Thursday, June 30, 2016

VENTURING OUT

   

Stepping out my comfort zone in a pair of wide leg cropped jeans, all while staying extremely comfortable. This pair of Hudson jeans features the widest leg opening that I've ever worn and now I'm asking myself why I haven't slipped on a pair sooner. Truth be told, after wearing skin tight skinny jeans for the past decade, deviating from the norm was a little intimating. Because the jeans hit right at my ankle, I slipped on a pair of nude mules to elongate my legs and was ready to conquer the day. xx

Photography by Vincent Elejorde

Monday, June 27, 2016

SUMMER SKIN


I have really fallen in love with Aveeno after taking their Aveeno Daily Challenge a few months ago (read here). I'm so excited to partner with Aveeno for this post to share 2 of my summer skin essentials.

Now that summer has officially arrived, taking care of my skin is a top priority. I love being outdoors and basking in the sun, but have learned the hard way to make sure I protect my skin before doing so. Even though I make a extra conscious effort this time of year, it applies all year round as well.

I'm sure you've heard how important it is to apply SPF to your skin, but it doesn't hurt to preach it one more time. APPLY SPF SUNSCREEN EVERY DAY. Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Lotion Suncreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 does exactly what its name says... it hydrates the skin and doubles as a moisturizer, while providing protection from the sun's harmful UV rays. The end result? Skin that's soft, smooth and naturally beautiful. I love using this oil-free sunscreen on both my body and face. Because the formula is fast-absorbing and oil-free, I can apply my foundation on top without affecting the end results.

For all over hydration, I've switched over to Aveeno's newly-introduced Daily Moisturizing Sheer Hydration Lotion for the summer. During the warmer months, I like using an all-over body moisturizer that's ultra-lightweight, yet still hydrating and this is the perfect lotion for that. The Daily Moisturizing Sheer Hydration Lotion absorbs in seconds to replenish my skin and give it a velvety soft, yet healthy glow.

What are your summer skincare essentials? Please do share!

Disclosure: I partnered with AVEENO® on this post. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make my blog possible.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

WHAT TO WEAR: BEACH WEDDINGS

IMAGINE VINCE CAMUTO RYAN GLADIATOR SANDAL

Wedding season is officially upon us! Being the hopeless romantic that I am, I love weddings! There's something magical about attending a loved one's special day and witnessing 2 people exchange their vows, saying "I do", dancing the night away and trying to catch the bride's bouquet (I still haven't caught one yet). It gives a sense of hope to those of us who aren't quite at that chapter in our lives and inspiration for when that day does come.

I have always been a fan of the beach and am always dreaming of my next tropical vacation. A beach wedding = goals. Last weekend I had the honor of attending a dear friend's wedding, which took place in Malibu, with the Pacific Ocean as the backdrop. It was casual, the weather was perfect, and the ceremony was intimate.

As much as I love weddings, the downside is that I never know what to wear. Picking the right outfit for a wedding is always difficult. Although the invitation may have suggestions like "cocktail attire" or "casual chic", etc., what exactly does that mean? Word of advice: you can never go wrong with wearing a dress. But what color? My go-to color is black and the dark color just doesn't seem appropriate for such a happy occasion. My second choice would be white, but white is completely off-limits for a wedding. Luckily, I've recently fallen in love with light pinks and found a dress that embraces the wind factor that a beach setting presents.

Now what about footwear? That is the real question. With a beach wedding, shoe options can be very limiting. For any other location, I would naturally gravitate towards heels, but how does on wear a cute pair of heels on the sand? The answer is you can't, unless you want to sink like quick sand with every step. Wedges? Doable, but still very tricky.

Thankfully, the Imagine Vince Camuto line came to the rescue at the most opportune time. The line is a collection of shoes that are dressy enough for special occasions, yet versatile for day-to-day wear. I opted for the Ryan, a gladiator sandal with rhinestone detail, exactly what I had been envisioning in my mind all along. I knew I needed a pair of flats, more specifically sandals. Since my dress was simple, my footwear needed to have that special "wow" factor. The Ryan features small silver rhinestone studs throughout, that glistened in the sun, and fetched compliments for me throughout the day and into the night. The neutral color makes it easy to style and I'll be wearing them all summer long. Stay tuned to see how I wear 'em in an everyday look!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Vince Camuto. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make my blog possible. 

Friday, June 24, 2016

HELLO, SPECTRE!


I recently found myself stuck in a rut, but after spending 3 weeks in Europe, I felt renewed, invigorated and inspired. Traveling works wonders for the soul. Upon my return, I vowed to be more productive with my time and think that my old laptop was to blame for my lack of productivity. It was slow and cumbersome, a pain to use and travel with. I only used it to do what I needed to do, and that was that.

HP's new Spectre laptop entered my life at the most perfect time. I was in the market for a new laptop and the Spectre fit the bill in terms of what I was looking for. It really was love at first sight. From the moment it arrived, and me opening the box, I felt the butterflies and excitement. I was a little apprehensive to touch it, being so enamored by its beautiful design. On the outside, the Spectre is unlike anything I had ever seen before. Its unique dark grey color with rose gold details set it apart and features HP's new minimalist logo design. The modern architectural details make it not just a piece of technology, but an elevated decor element in my home.

I was immediately drawn to how sleek and lightweight the HP Spectre is. As the world's thinnest laptop at 10.4mm in thickness and weighing in at just 2.45 pounds, don't let its size fool you. Despite its compact size, the featherweight 13" laptop is just as impressive on the inside as it is on the exterior. One of the most important features to me is its battery life. Often times, I'm working outside my home, at a local coffee shop, park, plane, etc., where power outlets are few and far between. I love that the Spectre can last up to 9 hours on a single charge.

Needless to say, I'm absolutely smitten by my new HP Spectre. I always look forward to using it and know that because I'm using something I love, I'll become more productive as well. I'll be sharing more of my experience with the HP Spectre as I get acclimated with its multitude of features in the coming weeks.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by HP. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make my blog possible.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

EASY CLEANSING


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Botanics, but all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make my blog possible.



I just got back from a whirlwind of a trip through Europe and one of the hardest parts about traveling for me is keeping up with my skincare routine. Since I am a product junkie, I wish I could've packed my entire bathroom with me! Being that that option isn't feasible, I had to narrow it down to some of my favorites.

Enter Botanics All Bright Micellar 3-in-1 Cleansing Solution. I actually first discovered this product while shopping at a Boots drugstore in London. I was familiar with the brand already, having used their eye-makeup remover for years. What I love about Botanics is that it is a plant-based skincare line. I like knowing that any product I use contains natural ingredients, which is important because I have sensitive skin. Having ran out of my face cleanser, I turned to the micellar cleansing solution for an easy, one step treatment that's effective, yet gentle. It feels as gentle as water, but no additional water or rinsing is required. I use it both in the morning and evening.

Mornings are always rough for me, but by applying this all over my face, I instantly feel refreshed and awake.  It doesn't strip my face of any of its natural moisture. I keep a bottle beside my bed and use it with a cotton pad right when I wake up. In the evenings, it dissolves, removes my makeup and unclogs my pores all while toning my skin.

Botanics All Bright Micellar 3-in-1 Cleansing Solution features hibiscus as its main ingredient, which acts as a natural brightness booster. Natural AHAs from the flower act as a mild exfoliator and leave my skin smoother and brighter.

Botanics captures the beauty-boosting power of plants to create efficacious skincare solutions. Each of the seven Botanic skincare ranges are developed in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and feature a unique plant extract sourced for maximum sustainability, and researched to ensure it aids skin's protection, renewal and general health. Follow Botanics on Facebook and Instagram @BotanicsUSA!

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