Review: Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette

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First Impressions
I'm a huge fan of Huda Kattan's false eyelashes, so I had a feeling her highlighting palette would be great as well. The Gold Sands edition includes four colors- one cream and three powders. Immediately, I was drawn to how bright and pigmented the shades are. They all worked complementary with yellow undertones, but didn't look too bold on my light skin. 

From left to right: Fiji, Seychelles, Tahiti, Zanzibar. 

From left to right: Fiji, Seychelles, Tahiti, Zanzibar. 

First Application
I followed the instructions on the package, which said to set the cream highlighter with one of the powders. I got so many compliments- the highlight was noticeable without being too flashy, and it makes a perfect, everyday glam look.

 

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After a Few Weeks
Before purchasing this palette, I absolutely despised doing any kind of highlighting. Maybe it was my lack of good products, or my confusion on how to actually do it. However, I can now say I love highlighting during my makeup routine! The palette includes simple instructions, and the colors can be mixed and matched with other highlighters (I love pairing Seychelles with "Moonstone" by Becca!) I would absolutely recommend this palette, especially if you don't know how to do highlighter. I cannot wait to try more of Huda's products!

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Collegiate Fashion: Then and Now

With summer slowly transitioning into fall, I assume most people are looking to upgrade their wardrobe to include more boots and cozy sweaters. Also, since the Her Campus College Fashion Week shows are rapidly approaching, I decided to compare college fashion from the past and the present, and I found that while things have changed quite a bit, a few elements have remained the same.

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Top (similar). Skirt (sold out, a cute alternative!). Sweater. Boots.

Early collegiate style included lots of preppy elements, from button ups and flannels, to loafers and blazers for the guys. The button up sweater and plaid skirt look was a popular combination, and it was the perfect transition look for this time of the year. 

One of the things I love about college is how everyone has their own individual style. The preppy look is still popular, although I see lots of kids mix it with their own personal look- sporty, glam, boho, you name it. Most girls go for a comfy-but-still-put-together look for class, which often includes cute leggings, a staple top, sneakers, and a hat with their favorite sports team or brand on it. 

If you're in college and you adore fashion like me, you should definitely look into the Her Campus College Fashion Week! It is being held in Boston and New York, and it is a great way to network with other college girls while finding out more about the upcoming season's trends. Buy tickets here:  http://www.collegefashionweek.com/

 

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My Current Workout Routine

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Getting used to college life has been pretty difficult. With more free time and even more homework, it's difficult to find some time for yourself. Luckily, I've been finding time to go to my school's gym and get in a workout. With dance team starting soon, I want to be in shape for upcoming practices and performances, so I've been changing up my routine to include exercises that include my full body.

I've recently started using a foam roller during stretching. It helps when I practice my splits, and it's also ah-mazing to release tension from my back. If your muscles have been feeling tight, I totally suggest trying a foam roller next time you're at the gym!

I've also started doing 30 minutes of cardio instead of 20- a simple way to burn extra calories. Typically, I go on the elliptical, but occasionally I will run on the treadmill as well.

Getting some sort of exercise every day is super important, especially in college. The "freshman fifteen," is by no means a myth, but with portion control and at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, it is completely possible to avoid.

Remember, when you exercise, always take it at your own pace, drink lots of water, and slow down if you start to feel uneasy. Also, my inner dance nerd would like to remind you all to stretch before and after you exercise to prevent serious injuries!

Exciting news- Her Campus is hosting College Fashion Week this month in New York and Boston! It is an awesome event to network with other bloggers and college students while finding out more about the upcoming season's trends! Read more and purchase tickets here- I'm hoping to make it to the Boston show! http://www.collegefashionweek.com/

How's everyone's semester starting out?

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Inside My Freshman Dorm

It feels so surreal to be writing this post! I'm officially moved into college, and I'm so excited to share some pictures from inside my dorm room. The experience has been incredibly fun so far. My neighbors are very friendly, and there has been a lot of activities to keep us busy.

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This is my side of the room. My lights, Chanel sign, and "Babe Cave" sign are all from Dormify. The Marilyn Monroe picture is from Icing- I got it freshman year of high school, and it's been on my wall ever since. The cute bear pillow is from a store in Times Square called Line Friends!

My board of inspiration!

To my freshman readers, how did your move in go? And if you haven't moved in yet, what day do you do so?

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My New Favorite Basic Tee

On Tuesday, it was my eighteenth birthday! It still hasn't hit me that I'm a legal adult- it will definitely take a while. To celebrate, my friend Kim and I went into Harvard Square for the day and got blowouts at Drybar, along with a delicious lunch at Shake Shack.

I purchased this cropped tee by Topshop from Nordstrom. On my birthday, I paired it with high waist jeans by Missguided, along with my trusty Tory Burch Parker tote. It was the perfect outfit that looked laid back but put together. 

Top. Jeans. Purse (New version).

This top will be perfect with a high waist skirt or pair of shorts as well, and it's less that $20! Topshop basics never let me down. 

On another note, I move into college on Saturday! It seems so crazy that it's finally here. I've been spending the last couple weeks packing and saying goodbye to my friends who were leaving earlier. To my readers in high school- college comes quicker than you think! 

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Dungarees in Central Park

I've been wanting to try out styling overalls for a while now, and I thought NYC would be the perfect place to do so. I found a great pair from Forever 21 for just under $35, and they were great for a day of traveling. 

Overalls in 2017 are a little bit different from the ones we wore in the 90s. They're a little more fitted, so they can have a sporty or glamorous look to them. I based my look off of 90s TV icon Rachel Green, pairing mine with a cute red tank from Brandy Melville.

Overalls. Top. Bag

I purchased this Henri Bendel wallet on a string a few weeks before my trip, and it was perfect for touring the city. It was lightweight, and it store my wallet and money very nicely. It comes in lots of different colors and patterns, although I love the iconic brown and white stripe.

The fountain in my photos is called the Cherry Hill Fountain, otherwise known as "the Friends fountain." As a huge fan of the show, I knew I had to get some photos here while I was in this particular outfit. 

Have you gone on any fun trips this summer?

 

My New York Photo Album

Hi, my loves! I feel like it has been ages since I sat down to blog. I just got back from an absolutely amazing trip to New York City, and I'm dying to share some of my favorite photos with you! 

Channeling my inner Audrey Hepburn, I had "breakfast at Tiffany's" on my second day in the city!

Channeling my inner Audrey Hepburn, I had "breakfast at Tiffany's" on my second day in the city!

Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum was a must see- posing here with my girl Marilyn!

Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum was a must see- posing here with my girl Marilyn!

Royal Wedding 2017. ;)

Royal Wedding 2017. ;)

Live with Kelly and Laura.

Live with Kelly and Laura.

We enjoyed some delicious Sprinkles Cupcakes!

We enjoyed some delicious Sprinkles Cupcakes!

Meeting Bobby Conte Thornton at the stage door- he played Calogero in A Bronx Tale. 

Meeting Bobby Conte Thornton at the stage door- he played Calogero in A Bronx Tale. 

Outside of the Longacre Theatre- this was my dad's first Broadway show! I'm so glad I got to share the experience with him.

Outside of the Longacre Theatre- this was my dad's first Broadway show! I'm so glad I got to share the experience with him.

I will also be making an outfit post on one of my favorite NYC outfits, so keep an eye out this week!

Gossip Girl Style

I know I am so late to the party, but I just started watching Gossip Girl this weekend. If you've never heard of the show, it's about the tumultuous lives of teenagers living in Upper East Side Manhattan. The show's two main stars, Serena and Blair, are still fashion icons to this day, even five years after the show ended. For today's post, I put together some outfits I think S and B would be spotted in today.

Top. Jeans. Heels. Bag. Watch.

In the first season, I get a very boho glam vibe from Serena. One outfit that comes to mind is her look from her first "official" date with Dan Humphrey, where she carries a brown purse similar to the one above. I also think she would love the lace up sandal trend, and I can see her sport an elegant rose gold Apple Watch to keep track of time.

 

Top. Shoes. Necklace. Bag

Blair's classic preppy style is a favorite amongst so many GG fans. I can see her being a huge fan of the off the shoulder trend, especially if it includes ruffles and a fitted dress. I'm sure she would also adore the Gucci Disco bag, which is the perfect size to carry all her essentials. Pearls are always a good idea, and I can see Blair rocking this minimalist pearl necklace. 

Are you a Gossip Girl fan? Comment down below! (No spoilers, please!)

How to Find Your Style

When it comes to style, I don't like to choose one label for myself. Typically, I'm drawn to anything preppy, or anything that emulates 90s street style. That's one thing I love about fashion- you can make it your own. If you're struggling to find your own personal style, I hope this post helps you!

1. Read Fashion Blogs: I might be biased as a blogger myself, but I found a lot of inspiration through fashion blogs! 

2. Find a Fashion Icon: There are so many stylish women in every field, including music, movies, and politics. As far as fashion goes, I gain a lot of inspiration from Kate Middleton and Ariana Grande. I also adore 90s icons like Cher Horowitz, Aaliyah, and Victoria Beckham.

3. Watch Netflix: Yes, you read that correctly! Watching old school movies and TV shows is a great way to find cool trends to try. After watching a few episodes of Saved By the Bell, I was dying to pick up some scrunchies!

4. Try a Quiz: I took this Topshop quiz and found a ton of cool items that suit my personality, age, height, and style preferences. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to amp up their wardrobe!

5. Be Confident: This is one pointer I have to work on myself, but being confident in your style is very important! Always dress for yourself, and not anyone else. 

A quick reminder: the most important accessory you can wear is a smile! Where do you find fashion inspiration?

 

My Nordstrom Sale Picks

As many of you know, yesterday was the beginning of the Nordstrom Sale for cardholders. Unfortunately, I don't have a Nordstrom credit card, so I'm not able to shop the sale until next Friday. Luckily, Nordstrom does let you preview the items on sale, so here are some of the things I've got my eye on for next week!

What are you hoping to pick up during the Nordstrom Sale? And if you've already shopped it, what did you get?

Mini Whole Foods Haul

I find that in the summer, I tend to pay attention to what I eat more carefully. Furthermore, I move into school in a little over a month, so I've been gathering a list of snacks to keep in the dorms. On Sunday, I took a trip to Whole Foods to pick out some new treats to try.

Halo Top Ice Cream: I've been dying to try these for a while, and I was pleased! This ice cream has no artificial sweeteners or corn syrup, and is low in sugar and fat. I bought the s'mores and the red velvet flavors- both were under 400 calories a pint!

Mary's Crackers (not pictured): Another snack I've been anxious to try was Mary's Crackers. These addictive snacks are made from super foods such as quinoa, flax seeds, and sesame seeds, and are perfect for hummus or guacamole. These truly are a perfect snack for your dorm room.

Gardein Meatless Meatballs: One food I've missed since becoming a vegetarian is meatballs. Gardein makes some of the best meat substitutes in the market, and their meatballs did not disappoint. The texture and taste was so close to the real thing, and I imagine they'll be perfect with sauce and spaghetti.

Whole Foods Brand Cocoa Coconut Chips: Coconut chips are one of my favorite healthy snacks, and they're even better coated in cocoa! I definitely will be keeping a bag of these in my dorm snack stash.

Synergy Kombucha: I don't drink as much soda as most people, but I still do get cravings for something fizzy and sweet occasionally. Kombucha is a fermented tea that comes in lots of different flavors, and has many benefits including detoxification, digestion aid, and energy boosts. If you're trying to cut out soda, kombucha is a great alternative.

Suja Drinking Vinegar: Many health experts have analyzed the benefits of apple cider vinegar, and now Suja has unique vinegar drinks in many different flavors. I picked up the "strawberry balsamic" and the "hibiscus ancho chile" drinks, and I cannot wait to try them!

What're your favorite things to get at Whole Foods? Comment recommendations down below!

 

Outfit Planning: NYC

Recently, I booked a trip to New York City for my eighteenth birthday next month! I've already begun planning some outfits, so I made a Polyvore set to inspire myself.

Pink Dress

Purple Dress

Blue Dress

Overalls

Off the shoulder crop top

White tank top (one of my favorite basic pieces!)

White Shorts (super affordable and comfy!)

Lilly Pulitzer shorts

Jack Rogers sandals

Sam Edelman flats (similar)

Adidas Superstars (my favorite!)

Our main attraction will be seeing A Bronx Tale: The Musical on Broadway! I've been dying to see this show since it came out, so it is the perfect birthday present. Typically, the dress code for shows includes a nice outfit, so I am definitely inspired by the dresses above. 

This will be my third trip to the Big Apple, but I have yet to visit Central Park! We'll be making the famous location a priority on our trip. I hope to channel my inner Rachel Green by picking up a cute pair of overalls soon- they'll be perfect for sightseeing around the city.

I definitely want to stop by Sprinkles Cupcakes. Unfortunately, they don't have a Boston location, so I hope I can try one of their treats while I'm in New York. I've also heard rave reviews of Dylan's Candy Bar and the M&M's Store. If you can't tell, I have a massive sweet tooth!

As for shopping, I plan on checking out stores that are distinctly New York, like Henri Bendel. Tiffany's will also be a must-see, along with Topshop, Bloomingdales, and Dash. 

I'm so excited for this trip! If you have any NYC must see suggestions, comment down below!

Links I Love IV

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1. This week, I started the Skinny Coffee Club 28 Day Program. Review coming soon!

2. The Lasenza Street Sport collection is utterly adorable and affordable!

3. This article made me laugh out loud- I am horrible at talking to boys!

4. Caitlin looks fabulous in this white maxi romper!

5. These toast ideas are making me so hungry!

 

Dorm-spiration

Where has the time gone? In just a few months, I'll be moving into my freshman dorm! One of the best parts about living in the dorms is personalizing your space. I've been gathering inspiration for quite a while, so I decided to share some items I've been keeping an eye on for my home away from home.

Shower caddies are a must for college- how cute is this one from Vera Bradley?

Dormify makes adorable decorative pillows, like this one!

This cool standing sign from Francesca's is on sale!

Bed, Bath and Beyond has a great selection of stylish bedding.

Who doesn't love motivating wall art?

To my incoming freshman readers, what day do you move in? For me, it's August 25th!

A Trip to Newport

Hey everyone! The last week has been absolutely crazy. I went to my freshman orientation this past Monday and Tuesday! Before that, my mom and I visited Newport, Rhode Island on Sunday and toured the Rosecliff mansion. 

The mansion was so beautiful, and the location was absolutely prime. Besides giving tours, many events are held at the Newport mansions, including weddings. In fact, Rosecliff was preparing for a lovely waterside wedding during my visit!

Keeping with the beach town of Newport, I wore a colorful seashell skirt from Lilly Pulitzer. I also carried my trusty Parker tote from Tory Burch- it is the most perfect bag. I also have fallen in love with my new platinum Jack Rogers sandals, which I debuted in Newport this weekend. 

 

I cannot wait to check out more of the mansions in Newport! Have you visited any?

Tory Burch Parker Tote Mini-Review

I've known for a while that when I graduated, I wanted to purchase a designer bag. I did a lot of research for quite a few months on different brands, styles and price points. After checking out  few different bags, I chose the Parker Tote by Tory Burch.

Tory makes two versions of the Parker- one is small and the other is large. I chose the small one, and it is the perfect size for someone who's always on the go. I can fit my phone, keys, earbuds, and any other essentials I may need during the week. Plus, it is nice and sturdy, so it will fit those library books you need to return, or your agenda book that you can't live without.

The Tory Burch website describes the Parker tote as "The ultimate work tote," and I cannot agree more. The bag comes in multiple colors and patterns, making it easy to find one you like. Surely, I can say this is the perfect bag for anyone who wants to be stylish on the go.

Huge Announcement!

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Via http://www.hercampus.com/influenceher-collective

I am so excited to announce that I am officially a member of the InfluenceHer Collective by Her Campus! It is a great network for female bloggers, and I can't wait to see how my blog grows with this new experience.

Her Campus is, without a doubt, one of my favorite blogs. Not only does it include advice about college, the website features articles on everything from relationships and fashion to building a resumé and preparing for a job interview.

I am so excited to find out what opportunities lie ahead!

The Best Podcasts Ever

I've enjoyed listening to podcasts a lot lately. There's such a wide variety on both Soundcloud and iTunes, so you're sure to find something you enjoy. I particularly love funny podcasts, where the hosts share hilarious stories, as well as their opinions on everything happening in the world. Today, I decided to share two podcasts that make me look forward to Mondays.

 

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The Jenna and Julien Podcast: You Tube queen Jenna Marbles and her boyfriend Julien discuss a wide variety of topics, from current events and conspiracy theories, to college and childhood stories. Even though they are You Tube royalty, these two are very down to earth, and often have their family members and friends on as guests. Personally, I love the episode titled "Honest Company Slogans," where Jenna and Julien make up funny slogans for well known products and brands.

The Basement Yard: Funny guy Joe Santagato hosts this hilarious weekly podcast, which usually features guest appearances from his closest friends and his siblings. They share stories from childhood, vacations, parties, and work that are LOL-worthy, and sometimes totally relatable.

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The Basement Yard: Funny guy Joe Santagato hosts this hilarious weekly podcast, which usually features guest appearances from his closest friends and his siblings. They share stories from childhood, vacations, parties, and work that are LOL-worthy, and sometimes totally relatable. My favorite episode would have to be, "The 48th Street Files" where Joe shares stories from his early video making days.

Do you listen to any podcasts? What are your favorites?

My Favorite Fitness App

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post! 

With summer vacation starting, I've had a lot more time to pay attention to my workout routine and eating habits. I found about about Lifesum through a You Tube video, and I've been having so much fun using it! 

When you make your account, Lifesum makes a plan for you based on your goals, activity level, and dietary preferences. Throughout the day, I log what I eat for each meal, as well as what I do for exercise. Lifesum will even give your a rating on each meal- a big smiley face means your meal covered each food group!

One of my favorite elements of Lifesum is the water tracker. I'm pretty bad about drinking water, so it's been motivating to check off each glass I have. After having the app for a few days, I've been successfully achieving my goal of eight glasses per day!

Another cool part of Lifesum is the recipes. They offer cool meal ideas based on your dietary preferences- I've been dying to try this avocado toast!

Overall, Lifesum has helped me to be more mindful of what I eat, and really make sure I drink enough water. My goal is to maintain my food diary throughout the summer- and to try some of those yummy recipes!