Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Trying to get Cozy


    Ohhhh it's the most wonderful tiiime of the yearrr. Well, if you're a student, "wonderful" should be "stressful" and "time of the year" should be "always". 

    Just as things seem to be getting better, they get a whole lot worse. At a college prep school like mine, good grades and hard classes are the expectation. In other words, we get no rest until we are 100% finished with 250% of what we need to do. With every day so  packed and planned, it's easy to get wrapped up in your own head and lose sight of what's really important. 

   There's a reason I actually like the Christmas season while everyone around me is hating every second of it; the spirit of it makes me happier, I remind myself of everything I have to be thankful for, and that lets me go through my long days with a smile on my face. I think of all the people without homes that have no place to stay warm, of all the children who won't be treated to a special surprise on Christmas morning, the people who have lost family members or who never had family surround them. I have had the privilege of living in a heated home, always supported by my parents and always knowing that I will wake up to thoughtful and loving gifts on Christmas.  There's also just something in the air, maybe it's the change in temperature, the smell of pine tree scented candles or the beautiful light displays around my neighborhood, but it brings out the best in me. Living these moments gives me that little boost I need to keep my head up high throughout my last two weeks in school. And while everyone else is groaning about how much work we have to do, I try to be grateful that I have the opportunities that I do. There are so many things I take for granted every single day, so I have decided to come up with a working list of things to remember to be grateful for until the end of the year. If possible, I will document each day so that I can keep this little project in my life for the duration of the new year.

Wish me Luck!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

MY JAZZ OBSESSION

    There's just something about classic jazz that just makes my heart really happy. It might be the heavy stand up bass, or the scratchy sound of old gramaphones, or the simple and romantic lyrics, or maybe those powerhouse voices that I envy so much! Whether it be Sinatra, Ella Fizgerald, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, Miles Davis.....!!!!! AAH I could go on for a never ending amount of time, but my point is that.... haha I have no clue what my point is, I JUST LOVE IT. Sometimes when I'm in the right mood I'll just pretend I'm Etta James and convince myself that I can reach those high notes in At Last ;) For studying, any instrumental jazz is a definite attitude booster. Here's my playlist for postive vibes.... enjoy! 



Wednesday, July 6, 2016

I'm Home!!


    After a gruelingly packed two-week trip of Northeast area colleges,  I am exhausted and completely prepared to take my much-deserved vacation in the Florida Keys. Don't get me wrong, the college visits were great, but there's something about it that somehow induces a lot of stress ;). The pressure is definitely on after seeing the rigor and high levels of dedication at these schools. I could go on and on about my favorites and not-so-favorites, but I'll save that for more in-depth reviews. And since I don't have all night, here is my first college adventure in a nutshell:

Boston:
Brandeis University~ an American private research university in Waltham, Massachusetts, 9 miles west of Boston.
Boston College~ a private Jesuit Catholic research university located in the village of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, United States, 6 miles west of downtown Boston.
Boston University~ a private research university located in the heart of Boston.
Harvard University~ a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Providence:
Brown University~ a private, Ivy League research university in Providence, Rhode Island.

Poughkeepsie:
Vassar College~ a private, coeducational, liberal arts undergraduate college in the town of Poughkeepsie, New York.

New York City:
New York University~ a private, nonsectarian American research university based in New York City.
Columbia University~ a private Ivy League research university in Upper Manhattan, New York City.
Barnard University~ a private women's liberal arts college in New York City, New York.

    So all in all, it was 9 schools in 3 cities, with an info session and campus tour for each. All in 13 days! By no means is this it, though, you can see that there's a definite mix of small and large schools. I'm sure there's a couple that you recognize, there might be a few that you don't. That was the point of this trip, to broaden my knowledge of different types of schools and to help me understand what I should look for. There are so many things to think about, campus, curriculum, extracurriculars and CITY! You have to deeply consider all of these and the sensation I get is quite similar to trying to choose just one flavor of Ben & Jerry's ice cream. None of these was a complete win or loss, lord knows I have a long way to go! Thank goodness I don't have to decide anytime soon. Well, that's it for today, I'm looking forward to diving into the details in future posts. :) Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Colourpop Mini Haul // Makeup Review

Colourpop Mini_Haul

1. "Aquarius" Lippie Stix 
    It is a "crème" finish and it was super creamy and soft, there was no tugging and the pigment easily came off. The formula is as great as I've heard and it smells so good! The only thing I would say is that the color is very different than I thought it would be. In the picture it looks like a nude with a pink shift, but in reality it had a lot more of a purple undertone. This difference was tiny though, and it's very pretty just the same. Definitely would recommend for any skin tone, since mine is pretty difficult to match a nude to. I have a tan/olive coloring.


2. "Aquarius" Lippie Pencil
    This is the first lip liner that I have owned since I thought they were sooooo overrated, until I tried this one. I only really got it since I'm trying to grow my makeup collection and experiment with new things. Despite the pictures, it actually matches the Lippie Stix perfectly! It glides on like butter and does not feel chalky or heavy at all. It also does a great job defining my lips, even though I'm pretty sure that all lip liners do that.haha

3. "Vanity Fair" Super Shock Eyeshadow
    Again, the picture was a bit different than the actual product. This angers me a bit, but the real thing was so pretty that I could hardly be mad for long. It was described as a silvery-taupe, but I see more of a pearlized brown. The formula is just so incredibly smooth that I slightly freaked out when I swatched it. I love the color, though it is a bit dark. It could work for a simple day look or an elegant look for going out.

4. "Birthday Boy" Special Edition Eyeshadow
    I actually did not order this product, I got it for free! The day I placed my order happened to be the brand's 2nd Birthday and everyone got this special edition shadow. I haven't used it a whole bunch, but I really like it. It's very metallic and it's funny because it almost seems like the metallic version of "Vanity Fair." They work so well together and I am looking forward to when I have some real brushes to use them with.

    I have heard so much about Colourpop and I think it's a great find for anyone! This is such a small portion of the Colourpop product line and I have yet to try them all. I have a second order coming in, so I will have some more reviews for you soon. Overall, I like the products very much and I think they were worth well over what I paid for them. Each item was only 5 DOLLARS!!! For the quality, that's just incredible. I'm already a huge fan, so stay tuned for my second order ;) Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

24 Hours in Monaco // Style Watch No. 3

 
    Ah a city full of beautiful things, I've promised myself that I'll go one day. The mile-long city is known for its luxurious lifestyle and active royal family. The Grimaldi's have run not only the principality since 1297, they've slowly taken over the fashion world. With A-Listers around every corner, it's easy to see how difficult it would be to stand out. These royals have done it impeccably, the elegance is just unbelievable. 

    No. 1 on my list is just the most beautiful and stylish woman that I think I've ever seen. Beatrice Borromeo is an Italian heiress who married Pierre Casiraghi, the son of Princess Caroline. Beatrice is the daughter of the Count of Arona in Italy and her worldliness really shows through her work and her fashion sense. 


her wedding day
out and about


    Charlotte Casiraghi is a powerful woman in Europe, as the second child of Caroline, Princess of Monaco, she has contributed so much to the world of fashion and equestrian worlds. She is the face of Gucci and has a beautiful baby boy named Raphael.


front row at a Chanel show in 2007

Ad campaign for Gucci
    The girl who is going to sweep the nation, I am sure of it. Her name is Pauline Ducruet and she was a Junior Olympic diver. Now at the age of 22, she is becoming an influential stylist and is currently studying a FOURTH language. Wow, you go girl. She has also been working in junction with her mother (Princess Stephanie of Monaco) on the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo






    Well, there you have 'em, the style icons that I like to keep my eye on. I think a wealthy European principality is definitely at an advantage as far as branding and shows go, but we can always take inspiration right? From the younger generations to their parents, the House of Grimaldi does fashion in a very luxurious and sophisticated way. My favorite look out of all of these would for sure be Beatrice's wedding gown, its simplicity and elegance just puts me at peace. And of course, she looks beautiful too. Hope you liked it, and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

HAHA it's SUMMER // Movie Review



    Let me tell you, time is flying by faster than possible... I cannot believe that 5 months has passed since the start of the year like this. I've always been told that time goes faster as you get older, but I didn't buy it until now. Well, it's summer now for me, and I am finally home. I could not be more excited, I have so many things I've wanted to do but I haven't had the time to! On the list is getting a summer job, getting into a workout routine, and blogging regularly. This is hopefully going to happen as I settle in, but I am also excited for the travel plans I have :). In June, I am taking a two week trip with my mom to New England and then for a week or so in July, I am going with my family to the keys. 

    Now I just went to the movies the other day with a friend, and we both fell madly in love with what we saw. You may have seen the previews for Me Before You, and it seemed a bit cliché to me, but  I could not have been more wrong. This movie captured my heart in so many ways: the costumes, characters, setting/scenery, storyline, etc. The producers and director really knew what they were doing with this. Emilia Clarke did a fantastic job as the adorable, big-hearted Louisa Clark who was hired as a companion to Will Trainer (Sam Claflin) who had been paralyzed in a road accident. Louisa is the most lovable and oddly confident character I have seen in a romance like this. She wears clothes that are out of this world and her good nature was such an inspiration. While I don't think I could ever be as selfless as she was, I can definitely try a little harder. Here are a just few of my favorite of Louisa's outfits from the movie, they take an open mind to fully appreciate ;).



Here are my ratings, and a disclaimer that these are my personal opinions just for fun>
Casting 10/10
Storyline/Predictability 8.5/10 
Originality 9/10                                              
Costumes 11/10 haha, obviously my favorite part of this movie                              
Soundtrack 9/10                                                 
Overall Quality 9/10

    Alright so I won't spoil anything, but bring some kleenex to the theater because I definitely recommend that you go see it! If you like romantic stories, this one will play with your heart like play-doh. Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, June 6, 2016

Summer Music 2016

    Here you go, my playlist for this summer. I've got some oldies and some newbies mixed up and I think it's a lot of fun. Check for updates as I discover new music throughout the summer. :)




1. History (One Direction)
2. Crave You (Flight Facilities//Adventure Club Remix)
3. Lean On (Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. MØ)
4. Midnight City (M83)
5. Headlights (Robin Schultz feat. Ilsey)
6. How Deep is Your Love (Calvin Harris & Disciples)
7. We Could Be (Heroes) (Alesso)
8. Cake by the Ocean (DNCE)
9. Don't Stop 'till You Get Enough (Michael Jackson)
10. Fireball (Pitfall feat. John Ryan)
11. What's Going On (Marvin Gaye)
12. I Took a Pill in Ibiza, Original Version (Mike Posner)
13. I Took a Pill in Ibiza (Mike Posner//SeeB Remix)
14. I Won't Give Up (Jason Mraz)
15. I'm Yours (Jason Mraz)
16. Man in the Mirror (Michael Jackson)
17. Me, Myself and I (G-Easy x Bebe Rexha)
18. One Call Away (Charlie Puth)
19. Send Me on My Way (Rusted Root)
20. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours (Stevie Wonder)
21. Somethin' Stupid (Frank Sinatra feat. Nancy Sinatra)
22. Sorry (Justin Bieber)
23. What Do You Mean (Justin Bieber)
24. We Walk the Same Line (Everything But The Girl)
25. You've Got a Friend in Me (Randy Newman)
26. Make Me Feel Better (Club Shady)
27. Can't Stop the Feeling (Justin Timberlake)
28. This is What You Came For (Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna)
29. Stole the Show (Kygo feat. Parson James)
30. Freedom '90 (George Michael)
31. Wake Me Up Before You Go Go (Wham!)

Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Years 2015 // #ootd6

     Happy New Years Eve everyone!!! I hope everybody has fun plans for tonight and I also hope that all is safe. I am definitely excited for 2016, there's many things to come that I am looking forward to. Let me know some of your New Years Resolutions down in the comments below! AH I'm so excited :)


New Years #ootd4

xoxo,


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Girls Night Out // #ootd5

    Last night, I went out to celebrate a girl's belated birthday with a couple of my friends. We just got together for a quick dessert and presents, which was nice since we never have time to get together when we are all at school. The weather here is ANYTHING but winter-like. It's been warm during the day with a tiny bit of a chill at night. So I wore a long sleeve to keep me toasty, tucked into a white lace mini. I also pulled my hair into a simple three-strand side braid to keep it out of my face. Paired all that with my usual watch, long earrings and light shoes and I was good to go! I'd recommend this for any casual get-together when the weather is mild. Let me know what you think!

Night Out #ootd4

xoxo,

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

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    It's about that time of year.... What are you guys resolving? Let me know in the comments!

new years resolutions 2016


xoxo,