Favorite Things

Here are a couple of my favorite things from my Instagram recently!

  1. Forever 21 Pouches

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I have the “Simple” one with me constantly to hold all of the random junk that would otherwise float around in my purse, and the other to hold pens for school. At only $4.50 each they were a steal!

2. Home Goods Flamingo Tumbler

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This baby has been going EVERYWHERE with me. Not only does it make my caramel macchiatos even more fun, it was only $3 in the clearance section!

3. Charles & Charles Rose

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Not gonna lie, I picked it for the cute bottle, but I’d totally pick it again. IT’S SO PRETTY (and tasty). I finished it off while watching the balloons from the NJ Balloon Festival float through my back yard.

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4. Finding a Coke with my Name on it!

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This was just exciting. I’m easily amused.

5. H&M Pineapple Keychain

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OB-Sessed with this keychain. It was only $4.99, it’s gold, and it’s a pineapple. What more could you want?

Stay tuned for more of my favorite things!

Fourth of July Planning

I am so pumped for the Fourth! Jack and I will be making tri-colored margaritas for his family, and I got some amazing headbands from Shop Bracket!

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These are just three of the five designs that came in the pack!

Here’s a subtle red, white, and blue outfit if you don’t feel like going all out. I’ll be keeping my actual outfit a surprise until the day of!

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I’m wearing a sheer lace top from the Limited, jean shorts from Pac Sun, J. Crew earrings, Jack Rogers Wedges, and NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella

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The boyfriend was not happy about having glitter blown at him, but he managed to pull through.

I also did some experimenting for my holiday mani!

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From pinky to thumb, the colors are Essie Butler Please, Julep Ivy, Essie Double Breasted Jacket, Essie Butler Please with Summit of Style, and Essie Double Breasted Jacket. I started and finished with the all in one base and top coat from Essie.

What are your plans for the 4th?

Winter Whites

With the first week of January done and my last semester just around the corner, I thought I’d do a post on some ways to add white to your winter!

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I’m wearing a cut out turtle neck from Kerisma, with a white camisole and a Kate Spade necklace. Despite all of the cut outs this sweater kept me warm today with a real feel of 12 degrees!

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Another wintery white way to keep warm is with a cute pair of gloves! I got mine from Ann Taylor LOFT.

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If you’re trying to keep your hands safe this winter try Burt’s Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream. I have tried other Burt’s Bees products before but this one was new for me. It is very thick and you can feel it soaking into your skin to make it luscious! Since it is thicker though, it leaves my hands a little sticky, so this might be better for before bed!

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I hope you’re dreaming of a white January now!

Sparkle and Shine

One of my favorite gifts was a sweater and shirt combo that my mom put together from J. Crew!

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The J. Crew Long Sleeve Tee has a metallic gold leather collar and a quarter exposed zipper in the back. It was just the right neutral to pair with this gorgeous J. Crew Belted Cardigan. In the above picture the belt is tied behind my back. I paired this with my Kendra Scott Rose Gold Elle Earrings and my new Kate Spade Cedar Street Ombre Nisha Wallet. I fishtail braided my hair to make this look a little more trendy!

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I was very happy with this look and wore it to have dinner with my boyfriend’s family. Even he complimented me twice!

Don We Now Our Gay Apparel

When I came home from school, my mom had gotten me the cutest sweater; she calls it a subtle Christmas Sweater!

I finally planned out my Christmas Day outfit, but I’m still working on Christmas Eve. If you need some last minute inspiration, here’s what I’m wearing!

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Ann Taylor Loft Sweater, Garage Red Velvet Skirt, Charter Club Socks, Rimmel London Lipstick, Essie Nail Polish, Alex & Ani Bracelets, Loft Necklace (my mom’s), and Toblerone!

I plan on wearing this with black riding boots and tights, but my feet always get cold so I’ll stick some Christmas socks over the tights!

Date Night

Last night I went out to dinner with my boyfriend!

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I wore a simple coral dress from American Eagle and dressed it up with my Jack Rogers wedges and some accessories.

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My necklace is from Forever 21, but it reminds me of the Lilly Pulitzer Goodie Goodie Necklace. It was a lot cheaper, and it doesn’t have the pink and green accents like the Lilly one does, so it goes with more outfits.

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I got this bag last year as a free gift from Lilly Pulitzer. it was supposed to be a different color, but they ran out of the original print and sent me this gold one instead (it perfectly matched a dress I ordered for a wedding!). I love it so much because it matches everything!

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I always lug around a huge tote, but when I go to dinner I like to have a smaller bag with just the essentials: YSL Lipgloss, Nirvana Black roller ball, and my favorite compact.

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And heres me attempting to cutely twirl in my twirly dress… and almost falling down the hill!

Thanks to my boyfriend for a wonderful evening!

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New Glasses

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Finding the right pair of glasses can be tricky. They need to compliment your face shape, be the right color, and you have to like them!

I have wanted tortoise shell glasses for a while now, but I couldn’t find any in the right shape for my face. I have a small head so a lot of glasses look too big on me.

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I finally found a pair that had the perfect shape, but they didn’t come in tortoise shell. They are kind of a greenish gray color and they actually compliment my skin tone a lot better than the heavy brown and black would have. The best part? My mom made them! She is learning how to be an optician and she cut the lenses and fit them for me at the shop where she works!

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What I’m Wearing

Glasses: KLiiK Denmark

Romper: Aqua

Necklace: KK’s Boutique

Make a Statement

I don’t usually wear a lot of jewelry so if there’s one thing I love it’s a statement piece. One really great looking piece is, in my opinion, much more elegant and eye-catching than loading on a ton of bling.

I had been looking at a particular necklace from BaubleBar for-EVER, but I wasn’t sure if it was worth it’s original price. I found it the other day for only $17 so I had to get it! Unfortunately since it was on sale, it is no longer on the website but you can find similar necklaces at other stores.

This was my first Bauble Bar purchase (even though I’ve wanted everything on the site for a while!) so they sent my bauble in really cute packaging with a handwritten note!

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They even included a free gift, Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Polish in Dive In.

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I paired this necklace with a neutral outfit so it wouldn’t be overwhelming.

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What I’m Wearing

Shirt: Target

Shorts: Abercrombie & Fitch

Necklace: Bauble Bar

Bracelet: Kate Spade (Similar)

Espadrilles: Etienne Aigner (Similar)

I also love statement earrings! Most of the time I just wear them on their own, especially if they are as big as the ones I received as a free gift from Lilly Pulitzer.

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I haven’t worn these out yet because they are definitely a statement, and they’re a little heavy so I wouldn’t want to wear them for too long. Hopefully my boyfriend will take me to a nice dinner soon 🙂

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Earrings: Lilly Pulitzer Free Mystery Gift

Lipstick: NYC Expert Last (Forever Fuchsia)

Sorry for all the selfies, the worst part of being a fashion blogger is when no one is around to take your picture!

 

In My Bag

As I was getting out of my car the other day, I realized that my tote was awfully heavy. What could I possibly have in here, I thought, as I searched for my house key. I finally found it among a vast sea of receipts, multiple lip glosses, and even a couple leftover shopping bags.

As MTV Girl Code’s Shalyah brilliantly put it,

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So with that thought, I cleaned out my bag and left only what I actually need… or what I think I might need in some kind of emergency that will never happen… maybe I should clean it out again!

Anyway, here’s what’s in my bag whether I need it or not!

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C. Wonder Tote (Similar)

I bought this bag earlier in the spring after winning C. Wonder’s Instagram contest. (Now you know why I have so much from there!) This is the perfect bag for going to class or running errands. I like to keep a lot of stuff with me, and if my bag is too small I end up juggling everything in my hands. The cork is such a great neutral and the gold flecks are really eye catching.

Target Wallet

I bought this wallet a while ago to use as a wristlet, but my usual Lilly Pulitzer Carded ID Wristlet was too gross to photograph (oopsies). This one has plenty of room, but I think I might get another Lilly wristlet to replace my DZ one.

Sephora Blotting Films (Mattifying)

As I’ve said before, I have very oily skin. These sheets clean my skin right up and leave me feeling refreshed without messing up my makeup

5 Gum (Cobalt) 

I am always terrified of having bad breath, so gum is always in my bag. I love 5 Gum because the flavor is strong and lasts for a pretty long time. Cobalt is a strong mint flavor.

Lilly Pulitzer Umbrella (Chin Chin)

This umbrella puts a pop of color into my rainy days. It opens and closes very easily and has a comfy handle. Perfection.

C. Wonder Sunglasses 

These mirrored glasses are just the right amount of cool. They’re a little big, but I have a really small head!

Lilly Pulitzer Sunglass Case

I received this case last summer as a free gift with purchase. I love the print and it is super soft for my glasses. Lilly has the best gifts, so be on the look out for them.

Band-Aids 

I like to keep 4 Band-Aids in my bag just in case the shoes I’m wearing start to hurt.

Opti-Free Rewetting Drops

Since I wear contacts I have to be careful of not letting them dry out. A little bottle of eyedrops is all I need to be prepared.

Sniff Tissues

Again with the being prepared! These little piggies help me catch sneezes and spills.

Clinique Almost Lipstick (Black Honey)

I love this lipstick because it gives me a dash of color without having to put on real lipstick. Perfect for when I suddenly make lunch plans.

Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment

This chapstick makes my lips super soft and the slight lemon scent is amazing. It also has SPF 15 to protect me from the sun.

The Heather Blazing by Colm Tóibín 

I am currently halfway through this book about an Irish judge and his affectionate reflections on his past. I am attempting to write an Honors Thesis on another Irish author, so this is “research” (English Major nerd).

Earbuds

Because you never know when you’re going to be sitting next to someone who doesn’t use their indoor voice on the train.

Lilly Pulitzer Agenda (Peelin Out)

This is the newest addition to my bag! I love love love Lilly agendas; I actually don’t know what I would do without mine…. probably forget everything!