Fashion

My Swimsuit Collection

Summer is right around the corner, so I thought I would share a few of my favorite bathing suits with you. I try to only wear the same style of bathing suit, for tanning purposes, but I find that this is definitely the most flattering style on my body. Keep reading to see where I get some of my favorite bathing suits!

This first one, I got last year in preparation for my trip to Miami. Here’s the blog post I wrote about that trip! I found this one on Zaful, since I wanted some less expensive suits but I ended up loving how this fit. It’s high-waisted which was nicer than I thought and I like that you can remove the straps to make it a regular bandeau top.

Top: Small / Bottom: Small

This next one is an absolute staple. Everyone should have a plain black swim suit. This one I got at Target and I’ve had it for literally 4 years because the quality is really great! It’s affordable also, which is an added bonus!

Top: Medium / Bottom: Medium

Next up is another one from Zaful. This one is really cute because of the stripes and it’s high-rise on the bottoms. It’s very flattering, and great for laying out in the sun. The bottoms are a little cheeky but not too much that you’d be really uncomfortable so that’s why I really like these also!

Top: Small / Bottom: Small

This one I got from target last year and it’s my absolute favorite! I saw the color of this and knew I had to have it. The pretty hot pink is so flattering when you have a tan and I love the bra style straps because they give the best support. The little bows are also a cute feminine touch!

Top: Medium / Bottom: Medium

This is a new one I got this year from Target and it’s absolutely stunning. I got it with my trip to Punta Cana in mind because of the pretty fun colors. This is also high-rise and very flattering because of the cut outs on the sides.

Top: Medium / Bottom: Small

Another staple everyone should have it a red swim suit. This one is really simple with ribbed material. It’s a really pretty neutral red that would look great on any skin tone also. It’s got the crisscrossed back also which added some extra support.

Top: Medium / Bottom: Medium

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Lifestyle

May 2019 Favorites

The month of May went by so quickly, I feel like I didn’t even have time to enjoy it. I don’t have too many favorites for this month because I didn’t do very much honestly, but I have a few beauty products that I rediscovered and have really been loving.

1. Too Faced Hangover Rx 3-in 1 Primer Spray

I have had this for a few used and used it on and off but lately I’ve been really loving this. I haven’t been wearing very much makeup, so this has been a go to on the very few days that I actually do wear some. It keeps my minimal makeup look on all day and it looks dewy and light, not sweaty which is very nice.

2. Becca Liquid Shimmering Skin Perfector

This has been a real favorite of mine too! Since I’m wearing only a little make up lately, I like this because it makes me look bright and dewy without the powdery look from a regular highlighter. I also like to add it to my body lotion on my legs and arms and chest to make sure I look glowy and bronze now that it’s the season for wearing less and going out more, ya know.

3. HUM Nutrition Vitamins

I’ve talked about these vitamins a few times on my blog but I wanted to share them again because I can attest to just how well they work. I had been taking these for about a year and then I stopped for 6 weeks. In that 6 weeks of not taking these, I felt absolutely horrible. I was exhausted all the time, I was breaking out badly, my digestion was all messed up. I mean, I was a mess. This month, I started taking them again, and what a world of a difference they have made. I feel so much better and it’s definitely because of these vitamins. I would HIGHLY recommend them!

4. Polaroid Camera

I’ve been taking a bunch of polaroids over the last few months because I love how they look. It’s a fun new way to make memories and hold on to them. They are some of my favorite photos that I have recently and if you love aesthetically pleasing photos, definitely get a polaroid camera.

5. Sweat Shorts

Now that it’s warm and shorts weather, I love to wear my sweat shorts during the day since it’s too hot to wear real sweatpants. I can’t get enough of them. It’s comfy and airy, and they look so cute with graphic t-shirts front tucked. It’s like a comfy chic look.

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Fashion

April 2019 Favorites

I’ll be honest, I don’t have a lot of favorites for this month but I do really like the ones that I have so I hope that counts for something.

1. New Paltz, NY

Earlier this month my boyfriend and I took a little weekend trip to New Paltz and for a small college town, I really loved it. I shared our experience in it’s own blog post, linked here. We had to best time reliving our college dreams again. We visited the campus and ate lots of good food and drank $4 rum and cokes and had ourselves a ball. It was definitely my favorite experience of the month.

2. Craft Beers

I drank a lot of craft beers this month and my body has made me fully aware of how it feels about it (not very good) but I enjoyed them nonetheless. I went to a cask ale festival earlier this month that had about 85 breweries there to sample. Needless to say, I had a great time. Now that it’s getting warmer out too, I’m really looking forward to heading back to some of my favorite breweries on long island.

3. Trousers

You may have noticed that this month I was really into trousers. I bought 3 pairs this month. They are cute and practical and can easily be dressed up for work with a button down and heels or down for a weekend brunch in a t-shirt and sandals! Highly recommend investing in at least one or two pairs for the spring and summer.

4. Zara

I rediscovered my love for Zara recently and now I want to buy all kinds of things from there. I’m definitely not into fast fashion and I will admit that not everything they sell if worth the price, but Zara is very on trend when I’m in the mood for trendy pieces. It also is moderately affordable but much better quality than Forever 21 or a similar store.

5. Santa Clarita Diet

I started watching this show back in February or March with my boyfriend and we really got into it. It’s extremely gruesome and takes some time to get used to but it’s so funny and the storyline was not predictable which I really liked. I’m not a huge Drew Barrymore fan honestly, but I do really enjoy this show! And Season 3 came out recently!

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Fashion

My Favorite Spring Shoes

I wanted to do a quick post on some of my favorite shoes that I have for spring this year. Last year, I wore the heck out of my wedges and this year is no different. I’m also very into color, like we already knew, so I’m sharing a few more colorful shoes too! It’s still early so I’m sure there’s plenty more pairs of shoes in my future, but here’s what I’m most excited to wear this year.

See By Chloe Gyn Wedges

Steve Madden Lulla Heels (similar)

Steve Madden Sway Wedges (similar)

Urban Outfitters Kitten Heel Mules

Steve Madden Kandi Mules

Something Navy Portia Buckle Mule

Steve Madden Tropical Sandals

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March 2019 Favorites

March is finally over and spring is here to stay! 2019 is absolutely FLYING by and I think I say that every time I write a blog post, but it’s true. I can’t believe it’s April already! I only have a few favorites for March because frankly, I didn’t do very many new things this month. Anyway, I hope you enjoy!

1. The Chemistry Between Us by Larry Young and Brian Alexander

For the month of March, I was (still am) reading The Chemistry Between Us by Larry Young and Brian Alexander which is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a book about the science of why we fall in love and have sex and love our children, etc. If you don’t mind reading about testing the sexual hormones of rats and lots of science terms about the brain, the book is really interesting. The authors made the book fairly easy to understand and it’s written with a good balance of pure science and comedic relief. I would highly recommend this book if you’re interested in books based on real scientific research!

2. BaubleBar

I have been overly obsessed with wearing fun and over the top earrings lately so naturally my new favorite place to shop has been BaubleBar. They have such cute, bright and quirky jewelry and LOTS of rainbow pieces. I may or may not have purchased 4 pairs of rainbow earrings for summer but it’s only a problem if you make it one.

3. Fabletics

I recently signed up for Fabletics (literally 2 weeks ago) but so far have really loved the pieces I got. I needed to overhaul my gym clothes because I figured at 24 years old, it’s time to give up my sorority t-shirts and wear adult gym clothes. I bought a bunch of tops, some were mesh and some were the spandex material and I really love both! They fit really well and are breathable. I also bought 2 pairs of the Powerhold leggings and am OBSESSED with them. They fit SO SO SO well. They don’t fall down, ever. Literally ever. I can’t believe it. Anyway, obviously I highly recommend these pants and I’m looking forward to getting a few more pieces!

4. Pointed Toe Mules

I just bought a pair of these from Urban Outfitters in a pretty lavender color (as seen in the featured image, and currently on sale!) and honestly, I really love them. I had the same pair in a velvet leopard print which was to die for, so I knew for spring I would want to get them in the lavender. The style is so classic and the color is extremely wearable even though it’s pretty bright.

5. Maren Morris – GIRL

I would 100% be lying to you if I said I didn’t listen to this album on repeat 24/7 since the day it came out. I don’t know what it is, but I am in love with this album. I just feel like she was very real and honest and fun with this album. It’s got a nice variety of fun pop songs and sweet love songs which is what I love. I only knew a few of her songs before this album, but I’m a huge fan of Maren Morris now!

6. Rosehip Seed Oil

I jumped on the bandwagon with this since a friend of mine recommended it to me and showed me how much of a difference it made for her skin. I’ve only been using it for about 2 weeks now, but I already love how soft and smooth my skin feels. I’m hoping that it will help with some of the acne scarring I have, but either way I love how my skin looks and feels now so I am definitely going to keep using this! I got mine from Amazon!

7. Baiting Hollow Farm and Vineyard

Over the weekend, my boyfriend and I took a trip out to the Baiting Hollow Farm and Vineyard to do a tasting and enjoy the beautiful weather we had. This vineyard had such a great atmosphere and I was very happy to spend the afternoon there! There was lots different wines to try, live music and lots of people. Maybe it was the sun finally coming out, but it was such a great experience to sit outside and drink some wine and people watch. I highly recommend this vineyard, but beware that there will be lots of girl groups dancing and drinking wine on a Saturday here!

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Fashion

February 2019 Favorites

For February, since it’s Fashion Month, I have a heck ton of fashion favorites for you. There was a lot going on with the various fashion weeks and so I definitely want to share a few of my most practical favorites from those. I also want to share a few lifestyle changes that I’m really liking this month too!

1. Monochromatic Outfits

Don’t even get me started on this one. This is my absolute FAVORITE thing I saw during NYFW. It was prevalent on the runways of course, but it was much more prevalent in the street style and that’s where I like to pull most of my inspiration from. I was absolutely melting over the bright/colored monochromatic looks. No one has ever made me want to wear a full green outfit until I saw Maria Bernad (@maria_bernad) wear multiple all green outfits. Another favorite has been monochromatic purple/lilac/lavender and monochromatic shades of blue! OBSESSED.

2. Colorblocking

Similar to a monochromatic outfit, I also love colorblocking my outfits. I saw this all over NYFW also and was obsessed. Some of my favorite looks involved red and blue and pink and green! It’s especially cool to mix colors that are opposite on the color wheel. I’m going to keep this up for a few months for sure because it’s so pretty and springy and I just need spring!!

3. Spring Colors

Give me all the pink and green and purple and orange! I am going way overboard these days with wearing bright colors because I’m trying to will spring into existence. The weather has been such a tease (except for the snow earlier this month) and so I’m just hoping spring is on it’s way soon! I love bright green and purple right now but I’m really loving all the bright colors. I especially love to wear a bright color sweater with jeans and matching heels for work or going out at night. It’s such a pretty way to style the bright colors before it’s actually nice outside.

4. No Shopping Month

It’s been very interesting to see how I feel now that it’s about halfway done with my no shopping month. I sort of feel like I’m cheating because I started it at a time where I really didn’t need anything. I also noticed that I’m thinking of all the things I want to buy afterwards which is probably good for motivation but bad for habit building. We’ll have to just wait and see what happens I guess!

5. Going to the gym early

About halfway through the month, I started going to the gym in the morning before work instead of late at night after work. I was feeling really unmotivated and bored with the gym so I thought I might try going in the morning to get a change of scenery. So far, I really like how I feel in the morning after a good work out and it’s nice having an excuse to go to bed early, but it’s a tough transition into this routine. When my alarm goes off at 6:00 AM, I can promise you it takes everything in me not to go back to bed. But it’s definitely worth it to have my evenings free and keep my routine consistent every day.

6. The Shack by Wm. Paul Young

This was actually my book of the month for February because I wanted to try reading a different genre and my boyfriend gifted it to me last month so it was only fitting to read it now. To be honest, this book is a pretty scary in some parts that I actually had trouble sleeping after reading it! The stance it takes on God and religion and how humans relate to it is also really interesting and had me nodding my head in agreement most of the time. I loved the way this book was written also which probably stems from the fact that it’s not a self help book! I also can’t wait to watch the movie now that I’m done with the book.

7. Cocu Social

Earlier this month, my boyfriend and I decided to try a cooking class that we found through Cocu Social. It was a Ravioli making class in Manhattan and we were very impressed with it overall. The instructor was really personable and made the process very easy for us to understand. The recipes were really simple (about 2-5 ingredients for the dough, filling and sauce) and they were just delicious. It was also nice that it took place in the lounge area of a hotel, so we had access to the bar during the class for wine or other drinks. Overall, it was such a great class and we are already thinking about which one we want to try next!

8. Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

I started using this foundation earlier this month and so far I really like it. I love the way it makes my skin look. It’s definitely a medium to full coverage and it’s buildable but still light. I’m still trying to figure out what primer to use with it to make sure it lasts as long as possible because my skin gets oily, but it lasts a good amount of time. I also really love the concealer! I’m really surprised because I thought I’d never stray from my Nars Creamy Concealer. I also thought it would be similar to the Tarte Shape Tape which I do not like at all so I was pleasantly surprised.

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What Inspires My Personal Style

Today I thought I would share some of my style inspiration with you all because I don’t think I’ve ever really gone over it and I’m sure someone out there is curious about it! I’m talking about what I define my personal style as, how it changes season to season, and who inspires me .

To start, my personal style is definitely a collection of basics and then lots of things that make you say, “Are you sure that’s what you’re wearing?”. They aren’t even really elevated basics either. They’re pretty regular basics but basics are always good because accessories then become the key to a distinct look. On an everyday basis (meaning for the office in the winter currently), I select from my extensive collection of sweaters, button downs, t-shirts, blazers and jeans. It’s concerning how many sweaters can fit in my closet honestly. That’s literally all my wardrobe is with the exception of a few dresses for more formal occasions, trousers for formal/business and lots of leather pants. The fun part of my look is usually my shoes because everything else is always so simple! I also love to layer on jewelry. You might have noticed that I like to have a pretty, gold stack of arm candy and big giant hoop earrings. I’m also recently into hair accessories which is fun because my hair is basically always down or in a bun.

Season to season, there’s only a minor change in my personal style. Obviously during the winter and fall, there’s a lot of sweaters and coats and layering going on. I also wear lots of impractical pairs of heeled boots! During the spring and summer, I do still wear sweaters when it’s a little chilly or there’s AC but mainly I switch to wearing dresses everyday of the week. I love long floral, flowing dresses but I’m a huge fan of mini and midi dresses too! Also in the spring and summer, I’ll wear sandals or wedges everyday or mules! My mules honestly get worn year round because they are just so comfy and I have a few pairs with fur in the them. My jeans, t-shirts, button downs, and blazers are pretty consistent year round though.

As far as where I get most of my style inspiration, I have to attribute that to Instagram and Pinterest. For Pinterest, I like to just scroll through the home page and see what I find usually and pin according to what fits my boards. I also sometimes will search for something specific like “white pants outfit” or “Chanel shoes” and see what comes up. I also love to search for fashion week street style! I could scroll through those Pinterest photos for hours on end. On Instagram, I created a collection of saved outfit photos (and food pages and engagement rings because I have my priorities straight, obviously). In that collection, as I’m scrolling I’ll go through and save all he outfits that inspires me from my feed or my explore page so I can go back and find them later on, especially if I don’t feel like I want to follow the person’s page because I only liked that one outfit. I also religiously stalk through a few Instagrams because they have the most amazing and interesting style ever. Some of my all time favorites are @ariellecharnas (obviously), @weworewhat, @emilisindlev, @leandramcohen, @evachen212, and @allegrashaw.

So now I’m wondering, what inspires your personal style?

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