Saturday, August 23, 2014

7 Travel Essentials

Happy Saturday, everyone!

I am currently making my way to New York to see one of my good friends! Since DC to New York isn't too far away, I decided to take a Megabus out so I can relax and not worry about gas or driving ($25 each way - can't beat that!) Lucky for me, the bus I'm taking has wifi so I am currently scheduling my blog posts for the week. It also inspired me to write a post on some of the things I find to be absolutely essential for a road trip:



Travel Essentials
  • Camera Phone: I like to take pictures of the scenery along the way. I'm taking what's called the "Chinatown Bus" - these buses stop at Chinatowns in DC, Pennsylvania, and finally, New York - that's gotta make for some interesting Instagram pics!
  • iPad/Tablet: I don't like carrying a big bulky laptop nor a ton of books for the ride so my iPad Mini has been a lifesaver. I always make sure to download a few movies to watch (in case the wifi isn't reliable) and a few books on the Kindle App to read. 
  • Snacks: This kind of goes without saying but a roadtrip is nothing without unhealthy and delicious snacks. I made sure to grab as much Flaming Hot Cheetohs, gummy bears, and Pepsi I could physically stomach for the way over. 
  • Hand Lotion: I have a weirdly compulsive need to make sure my hands are moisturized at all times. I like to carry Aveeno's hand cream with me for the occasion. 
  • Blanket: You know that annoying person in the office complaining that it's too cold when everyone else is hot and wants the air conditioning blasting as low as it can? I'm that whiner. I learned to just take a blanket with me on road trips to avoid the death glares when I ask to turn the air off. 
  • Spare clothes: I'm pretty accident-prone and I always end up spilling something on my clothes somehow (especially on a bumpy road trip). I make sure to bring an extra dress so I can change into something
So there you have it - my seven roadtrip essentials. What are some of the things you take with you when you travel? Also, I'll be posting all weekend on Instagram. If you'd like to follow me on my adventure in New York City, follow me here and join my #adventurenyc 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Updates

Happy Friday everyone!

It sure has been a while, hasn't it? I'm finally back and will be blogging (somewhat) regularly again. Thank you all so much for your kind words about my mother in my last post. She's doing well now and even goes to the pool regularly for her water aerobics class. She's back to her old self. She was so touched when I told her about my readers wishing her well - she told me to tell you all that she is incredibly grateful to all of you and your kindness!

I also wanted to let you guys know that I will be in New York City to visit a good friend this weekend! I have a few posts scheduled for the week and a couple of outlines for posts of my trip up. I really hope you all will enjoy them!

That's all I'm going to say for now. Thank you all for reading and stay tuned for more posts!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

July According to Instagram

Hi guys,

I've been a bit MIA on social media lately and I'm going to let you guys know now my posts this week may be a bit sparse. My mom was recently admitted to the emergency room after being ill for a few days. She's back at home and doing okay now but I've been with her this week and I didn't have time to schedule too many posts.

Now that I got that out of the way, here's what my July looked like:

I've been loving some of the nail polishes I got this month and I've swatched quite a few. I also mentioned on my last "Currently" post that I got a Kate Spade planner that I am totally in love with!
A couple of my foodgrams made it as well - I had a cupcake from Georgetown Cupcake a couple of times. As a DC resident, I know there are a lot of other cupcake options but I was just really craving a key lime cupcake from Georgetown Cupcake #dontjudge. Also, I had brunch at a place called Firefly for the first time. They have an excellent brunch menu and while they don't have bottomless mimosas like other places, they have $3 ones which is just as good!

So tell me about your weeks, guys! I'd love to hear all about your July!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Product Review: Dickinson's Witch-Hazel Toner

Splendid Saturday, lovelies!

I don't consider myself a beauty blogger at all but I know how much I love knowing what kinds of makeup products other people use. After all, if it works for them, it could work for me, right? I know a lot of people feel that way so I wanted to share with you a product I've been loving - My Dickinson's Original Witch-Hazel Toner. When it comes to beauty products, I tend to look at three big things: The packaging, the formula, and the price. 


I was never really into using toners until recently but I love how clean and fresh my skin feels after using it. Dickinson's is my first toner and I think I really lucked out because this stuff is amazing! I never knew how much dirt and grime I was leaving on my face because I missed it with my cleanser!

Packaging: I'm usually a big sucker for cute packaging so it may come as a surprise for some of you that I would reach for this at my local drugstore at all - the bottle is nothing extraordinary and there aren't any pretty pictures on it either. There is a picture of sunflowers in the back but it's not special. That said, the bottle is quite efficient and the nozzle stops all potential leakage of fluid. That's good enough for me. 3/5

Formula: I gotta preface this by saying I have an extremely sensitive nose and I can sometimes smell individual ingredients of a dish I am eating. The smell of this toner bothered me so much in the beginning - I can only describe it as similar to tequila (and not in a good way). Despite that, the formula itself is all-natural and worked wonders on my skin. I still notice the smell but it doesn't bother me as much as it used to. I will give it a 4/5

Price: Well I did pick this up at a CVS for $4 - such a steal, especially considering how well it works and how much of it there is in a bottle. Absolutely a 5/5.

I also want to note that I have very dry skin that is perhaps on the more sensitive side of average. I'm not usually acne-prone but I have used products that have made me break out on occasion (though this has been quite rare). If your skin is like mine, you will most likely love this product. Just be sure to use lotion afterwards because it can be a bit drying. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Closet Strategy: Romper

Today I want to try styling my romper in different ways. When these first became popular I was kind of repulsed by them because they reminded me of onesies that babies wear. Now that I've found one that is super comfortable and cute-looking to boot, I wanted to maximize the wears I get on this. So here are some ways to wear the romper:

Outfit 1: Fall Ready





If you're not ready to completely commit to a romper, why not wear them like shorts instead? Layer a sweater over the romper to fight the Autumn chill and slip into a cute pair of ankle boots  for look that is perfect for Fall. 








Top: Forever 21 sweater (similar here)
Accessories: Bershka bag (similar by Lulu Townsend), Geneva watch, Forever 21 bangle (similar here), Loulou's bracelets, Forever 21 belt (came with the romper)
Shoes: ASOS boots (similar here)


Outfit 2: Smart-Casual





I think blazers are the solution to everything! I love how this oversized blazer manages to make such a whimsical piece more mature. I added heeled oxfords and a satchel to keep the smart vibe constant. This would be a great outfit for a coffee date with friends






Top: H&M boyfriend blazer (similar here)
Accessories: Forever 21 belt (came with romper), Geneva watch, Forever 21 satchel (similar here), Forever 21 glasses (similar by MLC)

Shoes: Payless oxfords (similar by Spring Step)

So tell me what you think of my outfits! And if you have some ideas or blog posts of the ways you styled your rompers, let me know/link me up! I love seeing your creativity through your comments :]

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Classics | Double Denim and Statement Necklace

Good Monday, lovelies!


Here's a classic ensemble - double denim and pearls! I feel like chambray with white jeans has definitely become a new classic look, and with good reason too! It's so casual, fresh and effortlessly chic. 
I'm actually in the market for a new chambray shirt. I really like the one I'm wearing here but I want one with a lighter wash because it'd be perfect for warmer days. Any recommendations?






Top: Forever 21 blouse
Bottoms: Francesca's jeans
Accessories: LouLou's necklace, Kate Spade Beau bag
Shoes: Forever 21 pumps

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Currently...

Happy Sunday lovelies! Time for another Currently post!

Currently

  • Obsessed with: Kate Spade Agenda - I've posted this on Instagram earlier this month and I've been waiting for this week to use it! Super excited! The inside of it is so pretty and clean and whimsically pretty! 
  • Reading: America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness we Never Weren't - Another book that's coming off my summer reading list. It's been a hilarious journey so far. If you love the satirical greatness that is Stephen Colbert, you will love this book. 
  • Wearing: Formula X in Incandescent - I totally fell in love with this color when I stopped by my local Sephora. It's such a summery cantaloupe color that I just can't get enough of. The formula is out of this world as well! Highly recommend!
  • Watching: Doctor Who - I am currently rewatching the series to get ready for Peter Capaldi's takeover in August. Ahh a Summer with the Doctor. Super fabulous! 
  • Listening To: St Vincent's Rattlesnake - I seriously can't stop listening to this song. I have it on repeat on my iPhone and listen to it 50 times a day! It's just such an interesting song with a very intense yet summery vibe.
  • Eating: Luke's Lobsters - I found this little gem in Bethesda recently and it's been taking a toll on my wallet (it's lobsters after all). I don't care though. These lobsters are delicious!
Thanks for reading!
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