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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Via pishandposh.com

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!

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

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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Via podcasts.com

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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Via ticketweb.com

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!

All About Graduation

Last week was such a whirlwind- I started a new job, and I graduated high school! The days leading up to graduation were hectic, but in the end, it was all worth it.

After a week of rehearsals and senior activities, we arrived at school on Friday around 4:30 to prepare to receive our diplomas. I wore this white dress from Abercrombie (fun fact- I also wore A&F to my eighth grade graduation!) This dress combined three of spring's biggest trends- one sleeves, eyelet, and ruffles!

 

Inside the school, it was painfully hot- especially in our black robes. Luckily, it was breezy and comfortable outside, so the ceremony went off without a hitch. It was a beautiful night filled with laughs, tears, and great memories. One particularly special moment was when the choir sang, "Let It Be"- it was completely acapella!

I couldn't have asked for a better way to end my high school career. Each graduate received a sunflower as a reminder to, just as the flower turns to the sun, to turn to God as we continue to grow.

 

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After the ceremony, my family and I went home and ordered pizza while watching the (rather unfortunate) Celtics game. Next week, I will be having a party with lots of my family and friends, and I can't wait!

Breakout Summer Beauty

The summertime is a major time for new beauty finds to drop. Today I checked the Sephora website, and I found some interesting new arrivals that I'm going to share my first impressions of today.

1. Milk Makeup Matcha Toner: The matcha tea hype has been everywhere the past few months, and obviously, it's making its way into the beauty world. This product is similar in form to Milk's Cooling Water. The toner is described as being good for any skin type, but works to cleanse and tighten pores. If it's anything like the Cooling Water, it will be a great hot day refresher for under your makeup!

2. Kat Von D Lock It Blotting Powder: A new addition to Kat's "Lock It" collection, this powder comes in four shades. Sephora recommends pairing it with the Lock It setting spray, which is also a fairly new product. Kat Von D is a beauty powerhouse, so this product will definitely be a summer hit.

3. Pretty Vulgar Makeup: A new brand I've spotted all over the Sephora website is Pretty Vulgar. On their Sephora page, the brand's goal is for the customer, "to embrace the shades of your uniqueness." Their packaging has an interesting Lolita-esque aesthetic, and their nail polish has gotten rave reviews- I'm sure this brand will become a new favorite among the beauty world.

4. Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liner: Huge news, you guys- Kat Von D has released lip liners! With the success of her liquid lipstick collection, the liners include favorite shades such as "Bow N Arrow," "Lolita," and "Vampira." I'll definitely be picking up "Lolita"!

What new products are you anxious to try? Leave me some recommendations!

Spring/Summer Gym Routine

With school winding down, I've found a lot more time to go to the gym. I've finally found a regiment that keeps me in shape and is also fun to do. As a dancer, a lot of my focus is on strengthening my core, shoulders and arms, while maintaining my strong legs. 

(Disclaimer- I'm not a doctor or personal trainer! If you try this regiment, take it at your own pace and stop if anything starts to hurt.)

A friendly reminder- always stretch before beginning your workout! I typically stick to my splits, although recently I've been trying some yoga poses to work on balance. It's really up to you- there's so many options!

What's your favorite way to exercise?

Springtime in Lilly

Back in January, I posted about my experience shopping the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale for the first time. Since springtime is finally here, and summer is on the horizon, I wore this dress that I purchased for my sister's confirmation.

It was such a special day, since I was my sister's confirmation sponsor. After mass, we celebrated with our family and friends at home, along with some good food and particularly delicious cannolis.

Unfortunately, my dress is no longer available in this pattern. However, I've linked some cute alternatives from Lilly below!

My Everyday Makeup Look

I must admit, I am a bit of a makeup junkie. I really enjoy trying out new looks and products, although there are a few items I will always stay true to. For today's post, I'm going to share with you my go to look for school, dance rehearsal, and other everyday tasks. 

Face: After washing and moisturizing my face, I typically prime my skin with the Too Faced Hangover primer. It's light on your skin and it smells lovely! As far as foundation goes, I've been using the Mary Kay Timewise foundation in the shade Ivory 5. To conceal any blemishes or dark under eye circles, I either use the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer or the Hard Candy Glamoflauge. To set my face, I use the Elf Cosmetics HD Translucent Powder- it's only $6, but it works like a charm!

Brows/Eyes: I cannot live without my Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow pomade. It's $18, and it lasts for ages! I use the shade "Chocolate". When I'm in a rush, I do a simple eye look with the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, which is perfect for a nice smokey eye or no-makeup look. You'll almost never catch me without winged eyeliner, and Kat Von D's Tattoo Liner is my love. Most days, I wear natural looking false lashes as well.

Lips: An old favorite that I've began obsessing over again lately is MAC's lip color, "Brave". It's neutral enough for everyday, but colorful enough to add a pop of pink to your look. Before applying, I usually line my lips with MAC's liner "Edge to Edge".

What are your favorite everyday makeup products?

The Perfect Senior Year Playlist

Graduation is so close, I can hardly wait! I love music, especially putting together playlists for special events. As a senior with less than a week of actual school left, these are the songs that have been inspiring me lately.

My first senior event is a college sweatshirt day, where everyone wears their college gear. I can't wait to rock my sweatshirt and see where my classmates will be heading in the fall. Another big event I'm looking forward to is our class luau, where we'll get our superlatives. If you're graduating, what events are you looking forward to?

Easter 2017

I had so much fun this Easter. Maybe it was the sweet treats, the eighty degree weather, or seeing bunnies in my backyard, but this year might be one of my favorite Easters yet. We started the day with morning mass, and then went back to the house for brunch.

A couple of surprises from Mom and Dad!

A couple of surprises from Mom and Dad!

My Easter dress is from Francesca's (fun fact- I was almost going to be named Francesca!) I fell in love with the pink lace, and the off the shoulder style is so on trend right now! Plus, the dress was the perfect length. Usually, I have to wear heels with short dresses so my legs don't look short, but this dress was perfect with flats!

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Dress

Necklace (I got this in a Fab Fit Fun box!)

How did you spend your Easter Sunday?

Recent Purchases

My deepest apologies for the slowness of my blog lately. School, dance, and life in general is kicking up right about now. Although, with summer on the way, new fashion and beauty products are popping up everywhere. I've gotten a couple new items that will be perfect for summer, and I decided to share some of those today. 

White Tank Top: I'm always on the hunt for a good basic piece. This Topshop blouse is pretty and versatile! I'd definitely style it with some nice jeans and a cool statement necklace.

Beauty Blender: Beauty Blenders and I have had an interesting relationship. Usually I get one, use it for a couple weeks, and then I start hating how it makes my makeup look. However, the Beauty Blender Pro doesn't stain as easily as the pink one, and it's more durable- making it less likely to tear.

Seersucker Dress: I fell in love with this dress after seeing it on Caitlin's blog. Seersucker is a preppy wardrobe essential, and this dress is in a classic blue combined with this season's off the shoulder trend.

Bondi Sands Spray: This might be my new favorite self tanner. It's dark enough to give you noticeable color, but won't make you turn orange. Plus, it smells ah-mazing. 

Have you started shopping for the upcoming season?