DIY: Strawberry for a Day

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Kelly Lanza of Studio DIY is an absolute creative genius and this year she’s come up with some seriously cute (and easy) costume ideas. The minute she posted a picture of a strawberry costume, I pulled out all my arts and crafts supplies that were waiting to be used and had a ball making this. Check out her blog for instructions on how to create this costume and other adorkable ones as well. Let me know if you loved this as much as I did and be sure to use the hashtag #studiodiyincostume if you post a picture of one of her ideas on instagram. Xo

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They’re Real

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I got a sample of this mascara a while back and when I first used it I really didn’t like it. I’ve noticed that the first few times I use any mascara it doesn’t have a very strong effect and the application is light, so I try not to judge it right away. I started using this mascara again these past couple weeks and I like it a lot better. It’s not my favorite, but it does give great lift and length and the long bristles at the front of the brush separate the lashes beautifully . My lashes aren’t very thick so I’ve found that the best way is to mix different mascaras, one that lifts and separates neatly and one that is clumpier and adds volume. If you like neatly separated lashes then you’ll definitely love They’re Real, but if you prefer heavy fluttery lashes(like me) then you won’t get that effect with this mascara. Have you tried this mascara yet, and if so what did you think of it? Xo

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New York, New York..

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I’ve done quite a bit of traveling the past couple of years and in all honesty New York is my favorite city so far. I mean Greece was a dream, Paris was magical and Turkey was stunning, but NYC has a unique character and feel to it that gets me every time. I thought I’d share with you my top things to do in New York, and while you may have heard of or been to some of these places before, I hope you’ll enjoy seeing it through my eyes and want to visit the city my way.

  1.  Brunch and the City: New York is notable for delicious weekend brunches topped with yummy egg concoctions, a Bloody Mary and bottomless Mimosas. I highly recommend Cafe Mogador in the quaint and charming East Village or The Cupping Room Cafe in Soho.
  2. Ferry-go-around: We didn’t have a chance to visit Lady Liberty, but we did see her on the ferry ride to Staten Island to visit family and let me tell you, the ride turned out to be beautiful with a magnificent view.
  3. Serendipity 3: Yes I am quite the sap and I do love a good chick flick, but this place is worth your while even if you aren’t the type to burst into tears while watching Rumor Has It, and my husband can attest to that. They have the most scrumptious frozen hot chocolate (yes you read that correctly) and the cutest retro diner decor. <Tip: there isn’t a long wait time if you go at night, and frozen hot chocolate is appropriate at any time of the day!>
  4. Across the bridge: While Manhattan is overflowing with great places to see, Brooklyn has it’s own appeal. Visit the botanic gardens, eat sizzling pizza and get a fab view of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline. Don’t miss the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory either, though you might have to wait in line for over 30 minutes.
  5. Central Park: This is an obvious one, but I suggest taking half a day for this gem. I personally think the horse and carriage ride is completely worth it and don’t miss out on a lovely lunch at The Loeb Boathouse (make sure to make your reservations far in advance).
  6. Cosmo Tai: If you’re on the go and don’t want to waste time styling your hair, head to the Dry Bar for a voluminous sexyblow out that can withstand even the muggiest New York nights.

 

Pleats and Pleather

I am your average girly-girl but I do love an outfit with an edge, and pleather gives me just what I need. This pleated A-line skirt is so versatile and can go with any number of tops. I chose to add more femininity to this look with a bold floral top and suede booties, but I did keep the colors all cool and monochromatic. Since berry-toned lips are a must this fall, I thought it would make the perfect accessory for the look. I’m so ready for the weather to cool down here in Dubai so I can create different outfits with my new skirt! Let me know what you think. Xo

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Skirt: Zara | Top: Forever21 | Shoes: Nine West.

Lately Loving

IMG_0799I got a few new products over the summer and have been loving trying them all out. Here are my favorites at the moment:

  1. Dry Bar Sake Bomb Conditioner: After getting a fabulous blow out at The Dry Bar in NYC, I fell in love with whatever it is they had used in my hair. After digging around, I figured it out it must be the conditioner. It smells amazing and gives me super smooth curls, so I highly recommend it!
  2. Maybelline BB Skin Clearing Perfector: I was previously using their original BB cream with sun screen protection, but after getting very tanned in hawaii I needed a darker shade, and decided to try this one out. I’m not sure if the salicylic acid is really clearing my skin up, but It does have a more matte finish than the other BB cream and really sets beautifully and naturally.
  3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz: You may have read about this eyebrow pencil all over the internet, but it was so amazing I really had to mention. The selection of colors is enough to match any skin tone and hair color, while the formula is subtle and looks very natural. It also comes with it’s own blending brush on the other edge which is perfect.
  4. Revlon Matte Balm in Showy: I bought this on a whim because I’ve been wanting to try them and the color was gorgeous. I love the mint scent, and how easy it is to apply these. The color is long-lasting, but the only downside to this particular color is it shows any cracks and dryness on the lips. I ended up buying a few other shades and the finish is flawless with the darker colors.
  5. Miss Dior Eau De Parfum: This perfume is a little sweet , a little floral and so refreshing. I love it so much I’m already planning to re-stock it once I’m out.

 

Last Chance Rompers

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I’m back in Dubai and still recovering from jet lag and such, but I’m excited to share this outfit with you mostly because of the beautiful scenery. It’s pretty much beautiful sunny weather here in Dubai, but during my last week in Michigan I got to witness the essence of fall with pumpkin spice lattes, red and golden leaves and cozy boots. I adore rompers because they’re comfortable and easy to throw on without having to pair different pieces to create an outfit. We may associate rompers more often with summer but they can easily be pulled off during fall, given the weather is still not freezing. Choosing something with long sleeves and dark patterns or bold prints all fit in with the season. Pair them with some cute booties and you’re good to go! I hope you liked this outfit and let me know if you’re up for trying this trend. Xo

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Romper: Pitaya | Turban: Etsy | Boots: Express | Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters