September 29, 2014

Bolt

NYC temperatures broke the 80's this past weekend. In excitement, I decided to wear this fun lightning bolt top I somehow neglected during the summertime. I paired it with this vintage cardigan my mom gave me & headed out for lattes & massages with Anthony. I wanted to stay cozy, as I was finally relaxing after running around non-stop for the past two weeks. Surprisingly, these are the only outfit photos I took this weekend, as I needed to catch up on work & focus on a few upcoming projects. But don't worry, this wont be the only outfit post this week thanks to my OOTD photo hoarding problem.

Express top - similar here
Vintage sweater - similar here

September 25, 2014

September Favorites


It is about that time of the month when I make my way over to YouTube and watch some of my favorite Beauty Bloggers discuss their latest favorite beauty products of the month. For some reason, compiling your much loved beauty products throughout the month and then talking about the love is just so much fun for beauty fanatics like me.

So now that I am officially a Beauty Blogger, I can now share with you three products I am obsessing over this month. And who doesn’t love monthly make up chats anyway? 



Ugh this perfume. It may be hard to explain your love for a fragrance in a blog post but I had to mention this product. It’s a fresh floral smell that I cannot get enough of.  It is not the type of perfume you can smell on someone from a mile away which I love, it’s a personal smell that I and those who are lucky enough, can indulge! Some of the notes in this scent include described as Freesia, Citrus Zest, Peony, Magnolia, Sandalwood, and Warm Chocolate Accord with a glamorous, sensual and romantic feel. It has replaced my past favorites like Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb and Chanel Madamoiselle. Overall, I am very satisfied with this perfume: it smells so fresh and sweet, it’s long lasting and my boyfriend can’t get enough of it when I wear it.

If you have never tried lining your waterline with a white or nude liner, I definitely recommend giving it a try! What this nude liner will do is make your eyes appear larger and more awake. I love to apply this liner to all my makeup looks but especially love to add it to my tired eyes when I am running out the door for work in the morning (wearing in photos above).

3. MAC’s Viva Glam V 
This lipstick shade is a cult favorite. I have heard so many great things about this product and finally decided to make the purchase when I needed a natural nude that matched my lip color perfectly. It’s a great color to apply when you are going for a super natural look. When light hits your lips, a gold finish reflects, creating a stunning look. It’s all about trying to find your perfect nude, and hopefully this can be yours! (wearing in photos above) One of my favorite websites, BYRDIE, just came out with an article discussing this shade being the hot lip shade for fall too! (article linked)

I highly recommend all three of these products. Let me know if you decide to try any of them and what your beauty favorites for the month of September were!  I added some links to my favorite beauty bloggers so you can check out their September Favorites as well.



XOXO, Amanda

Fringed



Photography by Gionna Tarantola

There's just something about fringe that has people going bananas. I love it, don't get me wrong, but after wearing this top I realized how annoying it can be as I was constantly getting stuck to everything! Not to mention, I've been feeling under-the-weather lately (as you can see in these photos, sorry!) so getting stuck to things was the last thing I wanted to deal with on this dreary sick-day of mine. But on a happier note! This getup really helped me channel my inner rock star. Also, being the petite girl I am, I find that wearing baggier shirts is always an issue, but not with this one! The heavier material kept the shirt from bunching & the tail helped create a slimming effect. So for all my shorties out there, be sure to check out my similar shirt finds!

LF top - similar styles here, here, here & here 
Car Mar jeans (not avail. online) - super similar here
Forever 21 necklace - similar here

September 22, 2014

Freedom Tower

Anthony & I visited Battery Park a few weekends ago to take in some sights & enjoy a delicious lunch at a little Italian restaurant located across from Liberty Island called Gigino at Wagner Park. As you can imagine, lunch is way cooler when you're eating with Lady Liberty! Days like this truly make me love & appreciate the city I live in. The history & meaning behind The Freedom Tower & Statue of Liberty is really what America is all about -- life, liberty & the opportunity to pursue your wildest of dreams!

Abercrombie top (sale!)
Madeline cross earrings - similar here

September 18, 2014

Au Naturale


Sadly New York Fashion Week has come to an end, but I thought this would be the best time to share my favorite NYFW Spring 2015 beauty trend!

It’s all about being natural. Long are the days for dramatic smoky eyes and intense makeup looks. Although they were super fun while they lasted (I almost never left the house without one), now it's all about enhancing our natural beauty. Ralph Lauren, Alice and Olivia and many others chose to tone down some over-the-top runway looks by keeping their model's makeup simple. Marc Jacobs had all barefaced models walk down the runway (that I just could not believe, but super cool!) Pulling off the no makeup look with makeup can be hard but follow my quick and easy steps to achieve this relaxed and natural look that I am currently loving.  

a.    Grab a foundation that perfectly matches your skin, this will help you look as natural as possible. I've been using Make Up For Ever HD Foundation for a couple years now and it is one of my favorite foundations, ever!
b.    Concealer could not be more important.  Cover dark circles and spots without over applying. Nars RadiantCreamy Concealer is a great high-end choice or if you are on a budget, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer is also a fav of mine.
c.    Colors that will blend in with your skin while bringing out the color of your eyes are the best choice for a dreamy and natural eye look. So give yourself a nude smokey eye with just softer shadows and even some light shimmer. The Naked Basic Palettes 1 & 2 and Stila’s All Over Shimmer Powder in Kitten are perfect for achieving such looks.
d.    Lastly, fill in those brows girls; they frame your face perfectly. Throw on some clear brow gel to hold those bad boys in place. Although it’s not clear, I love Benefit Gimme Brow to maintain my sometimes-crazy brow hairs and to just fill in the spots that I missed.


We are all so naturally beautiful in our own way, we could all be put at ease knowing that this beauty trend will be all the rage come spring. Have you always been rocking an au naturale look? (I've gotten a jump start on it myself) Let me know if you are diggin this look and any of your favorite NYFW SP/SU 2015 beauty trends.

Till next time, 
Amanda