Spring Break 2018 Packing List

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Ahh, spring break. My friends and I are jetting off on a senior year spring break trip to the Bahamas on Saturday morning, and after having a very busy last few weeks filled with papers and job applications, I could not be more excited to relax by the pool with a drink in my hand.

With this in mind, I have decided to write up a list of my spring break must-haves. Some of these are the exact items I am bringing with me, but if I could not find the item online, I have listed some alternatives.


A pair of flowy shorts

As a curvy girl, I LOATHE denim shorts — I can never seem to find a pair that really flatter my figure, which definitely takes a toll on my confidence. For this reason, I will look to flowy shorts time and time again. They are lightweight and flattering, perfect to throw over any bikini with a tank top at the pool. I love this pair from Tobi, but any pair will do for spring break! Whether they’re printed or a solid color, flowy shorts are incredibly versatile and perfect for a hot day.

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Breezy dresses to throw over any bikini

I love dresses because they take all of the work out of getting dressed in the morning — you throw one piece on and are out the door. And for spring break,  I love having the option to do just that.

I also love a great swing dress, like this tie-dye one from Tobi — they’re lightweight and do not cling to your body, making them ideal for a warmer climate.

This palm tree dress from Tobi is perfect for any spring break destination — I know I can’t wait to wear mine! The skater dress style is so flattering on my pear body type, but the print was really what sold me on it.

 


Crocheted crop top 

I ordered this top on a complete whim, but ended up loving the way it looked when paired with a denim skirt and my flowy shorts. I envision myself wearing this on a night out with a cute pair of sandals.

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Neutral platform sandals

I bought a pair very similar to these Soludos last summer, but unfortunately cannot track those down. A pair of brown or tan platform sandals instantly add style to any outfit.

 

 

 

 

 


A colorful pair of sunglasses

I personally purchased my pair of rose gold Ray Bans off of Poshmark (psst! read my blog post on my experience with selling items on Poshmark here!) from a reputable seller for a discounted price rather than shopping on ASOS. Either way, I love these! So much fun for spring break and these on-trend circular lens spices up any outfit.

Plenty of other stores like Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters sell fun pairs of sunglasses for lower pieces, so definitely check there if you do not want to splurge on a pair of Ray Bans like I did.

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A pretty coverup

I recently picked up a black crocheted cover up in a store in Delray Beach, Florida while I was there a few weeks ago, but was unable to find the exact one online, so you can find a similar one here from Nordstrom. I love that it has long sleeves, so it gives you a bit more coverage, but is also sexy because it is see-through. It’s the best of both worlds.

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Sunscreen 

As someone of Irish and German decent, I roast in the sun. For this reason, I apply sunscreen liberally and love using a spray sunscreen because it makes the process of reapplying so much easier for me.

I also like using a sunscreen specifically made for my face, like this one by Neutrogena, so my breakouts are kept at bay.

 


A crossbody bag

I saw beauty vlogger Allana Davison haul this adorable crossbody from Urban Outfitters in one of her recent YouTube videos (watch it here!) and while I haven’t gotten my hands on it, I definitely want to. While am personally packing a plain black crossbody bag I’ve had for months for this trip, I love this brown one because it’s fashionable and adds a bohemian element to any simple outfit.

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A colorful bikini

What’s spring break without a bikini? I love this triangle shaped one from Target and the matching bottoms.

 

 

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February 2018 Fashion Favorites

February 2018 Fashion Favorites

 


Hi guys! I decided to do a quick write-up of all of my favorite things I’ve been living in for the past couple of months

Free People White Bralette and Free People Laguna Beach Thermal Long Sleeve in Burgundy 

I’m not usually a huge fan of Free People because I don’t love how a lot of their clothing is rather loose-fitting, and I do not find that fit particularly flattering on my body type. But these two items of theirs have been a game changer for me.

This is most comfortable bralette I have ever owned — I love how soft it is. I used to swear by the Urban Outfitter halter top bralettes, but those do not even hold a candle to these.

I love this sweater too! Even though I definitely paid a pretty penny for it, I have lived in it the past two months and is a go-to for me when I want to feel comfy but still look cute for class. I love pairing this with the white bralette too —  it is basically a match made in heaven. I bought mine in a small and it’s definitely still long enough to wear with leggings on my 5’7″ frame.

Project Social T Textured Knit V-Neck Tee in white 

I bought this plain tee shirt on a whim last week and can’t wait to wear it when it warms up. I love that it isn’t your typical white tee; it has a bit of a texture to it so it adds interest to any outfit. I purchased it in an extra small and have a feeling I’ll be living in this when it warms up.

Inexpensive Western-Inspired Belt 

I have seen these amazing western style belts everywhere, and have struggled to find one that both fit my waist and was affordable. I picked this one up from Target a few weeks and was blown away — I love wearing it with any form fitting top and high waisted pants because it adds a trendy flair to any outfit.

Black booties

These booties have been my absolute go-to as of lately. I love wearing them out to the bar, to dinner with friends, or even with a pair of black pants and a blazer for a job interview for these chillier months. They’re perfect — 10/10 would recommend.

 

Poshmark 101: 4 Tips on How I Sell My Clothes Online

Ever wonder how you can make easy cash while simultaneously cleaning out your closet? Enter: Poshmark.

Poshmark is a smartphone application that is available for download for both iPhone and android users and allows you to sell your clothes online. Simply download the app from the App Store, take photos of your clothes, write a small description and include sizing and the brand name, and you’ve got your first listing up! Boom.

Once someone purchases your item, Poshmark takes care of the rest. They email you a prepaid shipping label, which you print out and stick on a box then drop it in your nearest USPS mailbox. Simple as that — nothing nothing comes out of your own pocket.

I have sold everything from Lilly Pulitzer dresses to converse sneakers that I haven’t touched. I have had Poshmark downloaded on my phone for quite some time now, but was not making sales until more recently when my awesome friend Alex gave me a crash-course on using Poshmark (Check out her closet here — she’s the best!)

With all of this in mind, I have outlined a few of my key tips on selling your clothes on Poshmark.

Take good photos.

You would think that this would be easier said than done. But since I have began taking more time to take nice photos of my clothes, my sales have increased drastically. This means having good lighting, maybe hanging your clothes on a hanger or folding them nicely for a photo with a bare backdrop. You want to make them look appealing.

With this in mind, takes photos of your clothing from different angles. Take close up shots, take photos of the back and front, etc. Also be sure to also be honest with your buyers — if the shirt has a hole in it, make sure it is shown in your photos and noted in the description. Also consider bringing the price down a bit if the item isn’t in perfect condition. Being honest will make you appear more reputable as a sellers, and this could lead to more sales in the future if your buyers are happy with your services.

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Make sure that you always have boxes/envelopes on hand.

Always having shipping supplies on hand allows you to send out purchases much faster than you might have if you didn’t — I know that I have made this mistake before and have paid the price by getting poor reviews from buyers. But I’ll talk about that in my next tip 🙂

Did you know that you can actually order USPS boxes and envelopes to be sent to your house for free? After having done this, I have the capability of sending out items much, much faster. Simply order Priority Mail USPS envelopes from the USPS website (not Flat Rate as these will get sent back to you) and have them mailed to your home if you do not have time to pick them up. Super easy.

Send out your items ASAP.

Everyone likes fast shipping, right? Right. With this in mind, be fair to your buyers and try to ship out your item within a few days — 1-3 is ideal. If something comes up, also be sure to take advantage of the comments section of your listing to communicate with your buyer.

Neglecting to send out your items quickly could lead to unhappy customers, which means that they will be unlikely to shop your closet again and leave you a nasty rating.

Wrap your item up nicely and include a card. 

Take time to wrap up your items with care in some tissue paper and include a “thank you” note. This will definitely show your customer that you care about their business.

Feel free to follow me on Poshmark here and shop my closet!

 

 

My Goals for 2018

Every year, everybody has the same basic goals — spend less money, lose weight, exercise more…but this year I want things to be different. I do not want to fall off the wagon on January 7th like so many people often do — I want to actually follow through with my goals, and in doing this, I want to make sure that my goals are realistic.

With this in mind, here are my New Years resolutions for 2018.

Begin a skincare regimen

I’m the kind of girl who often times cannot be bothered to do more than take her makeup off with a makeup wipe (and that’s on a good day!). In 2018, I want to begin taking better care of my skin and become more educated on skincare than just the basics of cleansers and moisturizers.

Attend fitness classes

I fall in and out of habit with working out often and I dread running on the treadmill or elliptical for 45 minutes simply because I don’t find it enjoyable. I have really enjoyed attending spin classes in the past, so in 2018 I vow to attend more classes/make room for the gym in my schedule because it’ll make getting fit much more fun and not something I view as a chore.

I am also joining Weight Watchers with two of my good friends so I hope pairing these together will help me to live a healthier lifestyle.

Drink more water

Drinking water has so many benefits – it clears your skin, prevents headaches, helps with weight loss…so why aren’t I drinking more of it? I want to make sure that my water bottle is always filled with ice and lemon, because I find myself drinking a lot more of it when it has a bit of a taste and is chilled.

Spend less money

I struggle with spending way too much money — I will go into Marshalls with the intention of buying a birthday gift for a friend, but I will often leave with a new top, candle and scarf that I had to have, oftentimes without the item I originally entered the store to purchase. I want to make sure that I save my receipts and create a budget that I will actually be able to stick to.

I also want to limit my purchasing coffee out to only once a week and then brew coffee at home with my Keurig the other days, as I know that this is where a lot of my money goes.

Become more organized 

Although most people would probably consider me a type-A person, you would be shocked to see how disorganized I am. My desk drawers are a mess and I often find myself scrambling to find my phone or car keys.

In the new year I’d like to declutter and make sure that everything I own has a place and is always put back in that place to save me time later.

Travel more

Last year I had the chance to spend a semester abroad in Florence, Italy, and since then I have wanted to travel more so than ever before.

I leave for a service trip to the Dominican Republic tomorrow (!!!!) and going on spring break to the Bahamas, but I would to love to plan a trip with friends after my graduation come May.

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Plaid? For Winter? Groundbreaking.

Hi everyone! Can’t believe November is coming to a close already and it’s nearly December! With Thanksgiving now behind us and temperatures dipping into the 30s here in New England, it is important to bundle up, and I did just that by creating an outfit around my cozy plaid scarf.

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For this fall-inspired look, I paired one of my favorite scarves from Urban Outfitters with a basic gray mock neck sweater from H&M and jeans from Madewell (I mentioned them in my fall favorites post)! I finished the look off with my favorite white Adidas superstars and this amazing suede jacket I got earlier this year.

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My bright lip is the Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Blast Off. 

Let’s throw in a mini-review because why not!

I’m not sure if I love it on my skintone but I picked it up after having read online that it was a dupe for Kylie Cosmetic’s Kristen, but I disagree that they are similar colors after having tried both. Kylie’s Kristen is an amazing deep berry color but I find that it doesn’t have great staying power. This Smashbox one definitely has a better formula than Kylie’s but maybe I’ll have to try a different color to find one that I really like — this one is too bright for my taste.

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Ahh, here’s an attractive shot on me sipping on my favorite holiday drink — a skinny peppermint mocha. Starbucks has released their holiday cups and I am HERE for it. I love Christmas and will play Christmas music right after we finish Thanksgiving dinner, but I refuse to listen to it any earlier because I want to fully enjoy fall and Thanksgiving.

What do you all think? When do you start fully embracing the holiday season?

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Wow, this post has been all over the place! I guess that’s what happens when you are currently only running on coffee 🙂

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Fall 2017 Favorites

Hi everyone and happy November!

It is so hard to believe that November is already halfway over and that Thanksgiving is next week. This year has been busier than ever — with fall semester of my senior year now in full swing, the pressure is on to apply to jobs and study hard. Not to mention that I am also interning part time at a marketing research firm….

With so much on my (and every other senior’s!) plate right now, it is important to have products that I can depend on. With this in mind,I have come across a few new things this fall that I naturally had to share with you all. So let’s get into my fall 2017 favorites!

DSC_0484An awesome planner 

I got this cute planner on sale at Michael’s and I have to say that it has definitely kept me organized. I would be lost without this thing, and not to mention its adorable marble print!

A great pair of jeans 

As a girl with thicker thighs and a butt, I never loved skinny jeans because I do not find them very flattering on my body type. So when I finally saw straight-leg jeans reappear in stores, I knew that I had to get my hands on a pair. I got an incredible pair from Madewell that I have LIVED in this fall. They are so comfy and I love the cut of them. The only cons are the price tag and the fact that they only come in one color. Madewell, please release these in darker washes!!

A comfy pair of motorcycle boots

Not a riding boot or LL Bean Boots kind of gal? I’ve got you, fam.  These Aquatalia boots are my favorite boots in the entire world, although very expensive. (Psst! They’re on sale for 54% off at Nordstrom Rack right now so snatch them up while you can!) They are so incredibly comfortable, warm and also waterproof, making them the perfect boot for wintertime. My sister and I have both lived in them for the past two years until we decided it was time to part ways with them because they were beaten to death. Naturally, I just repurchased them because of the sale!

A Dark Liquid Lip

While this is a new favorite of mine and have only worn it once or twice on nights out, I have to say that I was blown away by the Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment in Wild Night. Its a very deep purple and I like that it makes my teeth look white. I did not think that I could pull off a dark lip before trying this out!

Kat Von D Shade and Light Contour Palette  

When I spotted this amazing contour palette for $25 at Marshal’s after eyeing the full price item for nearly a year, I knew that I had to pick I up. While the one I just picked up is in its old packaging, which probably explains the difference in pricing, the pigmentation of these powders is incredible. I love using a bit of the middle banana shade to brighten the area under my eyes for everyday and then using the lightest contour shade to chisel out my cheekbones when I want to step up my makeup look.

Setting Spray

The Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray is my saving grace for nights out. After spending half an hour on my makeup, I want to ensure that my time was not wasted so I use this stuff to lock everything into place. It keeps my entire face looking nice for hours. Just make sure to wait to spray it on face after your mascara is completely dry to avoid making a mess under your eyes.

Keyboard cover

After having had to recently replace my computer, I knew it was time to take better care of my new one. With this in mind, I searched Amazon for a keyboard cover, as I often find myself spilling coffee and God-knows-what-else on my keyboard, which probably was something that led to my poor past computer’s demise. This Mosiso one is a great option — I purchased it on Amazon and while it took a day or so to get used to, I barely notice it anymore when I type on my computer. I also love the cool marble effect that it adds to my computer.

 

 

 

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Riverdale Drinking Game

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Riverdale, a teenage crime drama that is based off the Archie Comics, is sweeping the nation. With the words “Riverdale” constantly on everyone (and my own) lips, why not pair the hottest show of the season with a drinking game?! Many of the show’s viewers are young people, and what young person doesn’t like to sit down and watch some trashy tv with a bottle of wine?

So sit back and relax on this chilly Friday night, grab a few friends, and pop open a bottle of wine because this drinking game is about to get you lit.

Take a sip…

Every time Cheryl mentions her dead brother, Jason

Every time Archie isn’t wearing a shirt

Whenever “Dark Betty” is mentioned

Whenever Hermione calls Veronica “mija”

When Jughead’s teen angst comes out

Take a shot…

Whenever Pop’s is mentioned

Every time you roll your eyes at something Veronica says (her old life in New York, mention of her father in prison…)

Whenever someone makes a pop culture reference

When Archie doesn’t know what’s going on

Whenever someone mentions “jingle jangle”

Finish your drink…

When Jughead narrates a scene

Whenever Archie kisses someone