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 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 done 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 

September 17, 2014

Transition

Being the super feminine girl I am, I've been surprising myself at just how much black & white I've been wearing. Since getting my fulltime job, I've been trying to save a little more by spending a little less. I want to get into the habit of buying staple pieces that will last me a lifetime, rather than going to Forever 21 & practically buying the entire store. There have been a few times in my life where my sense of style shifts & right now I can't stop dreaming of neutral shades & embellished pencil skirts. I'm thinking Miranda Kerr meets Atlantic Pacific's Blair Eadie -- so the ultimate high fashion super chick. While this might not happen for some time, as I save & collect new pieces, I can definitely see my style shaping up to be a mature, high fashion, ballerina-like badass (conflicting? yes. Fabulous? very much so.) Have you ever undergone a fashion transition?


LF cropped sweater - similar here
Carmar Jeans - super similar here





September 15, 2014

Golden Girl

I'm pretty sure this will be my last summer-outfit-hurrah. September started out pretty steamy but recent days have truly started to feel like fall. This weekend was spent in New Jersey as I got to spend some quality time with my family & a few friends. I also managed to put some fall looks together at home before heading back to NYC for Coterie. Amanda & I commuted cross-town to the Javits Center this past Sunday to spend time with fashion brand, KAS New York. We had an amazing time trying on pieces of their Spring '15 collection, while meeting the designer himself & chatting with his team of young fashionistas. It was definitely a day to remember & one that truly made me feel blessed. How was your weekend?

Free People top- love this
LF necklace - love this
Express skirt (vintage) - similar
Marc Fisher heels - love these

September 11, 2014

Late Summer Lip Look


For busy girls like me, summer doesn’t end immediately after Labor Day. With about a week of summer left, I wanted to share my perfect summer into fall lip before it was too late.

Recently while getting ready for a night out with my boyfriend, I was playing with my lippies collection, deciding on what color lipstick to wear with my natural makeup look. When I cannot decide on the perfect lip shade, I tend to get a little nutty and start mixing colors. This is when my new favorite late summer lip was created.

I started with Wet n Wild Fergie Crème Lipstick in Ferguson Crest Cabernet and topped that off with Revlon Matte Lip Balm in Standout. Both colors combined turned into bold magenta color that brought out my hazel eyes. I was instantly in love and felt this color could segway all of us into our absolute all time favorite dark and vampy lip combos (but not just yet!).

Below are my easy tips and tricks to get this lip look (links to buy included).



Make sure to intake as much water you can throughout the day to hydrate your lips from the inside out before a night out (cracked lips makes a lipstick look appear un-kept).

·       Before starting your makeup routine, add a lip balm to moisturize your lips. I love any of (1) Nivea’s Soothing LipCare Balm.
·       When it comes time to the lips, first I prep my lips with (2) MAC’s Lip Prep & Prime. Think of it as glue for your lipstick.
·       Then, I line my lips with a natural lip liner. I always grab (3) Jordana’s Lip Liner inTawny.
·       For a more natural look, I will pat lightly (4) Fergie’s Crème Lipstick in FergusonCrest Cabernet,
·       Followed by (5) Revlon Matte Lip Balm in Standout. Patting the colors on your lips rather than the easy way of smearing it on will give your lips more of a stained look and prevents bleeding.
·       If you prefer a matte lip, finish the look there. Otherwise, dab on some clear gloss or lip balm to give your lips the finish you desire.
·       Add your favorite highlight powder to your cupids bow to highlight your lips to get a sexy pout.



So what is your favorite late summer/early fall lip? Have you ever combined lipsticks to make your own lip color? I’m dying to know what you have experimented with so please leave any comments or questions below! 



Till next time, 
Amanda

September 10, 2014

Working for the Weekend

Happy Hump Day! In my office, Wednesdays have been designated as the 'appropriate' day to start talking about your weekend plans. This weekend I will be traveling home to New Jersey to be with my family & hopefully get to spend time with friends I haven't seen in what feels like forever. Balancing between working fulltime, blogging, spending time with loved ones & getting in some quality me-moments has been almost impossible. This weekend I plan to lay-somewhat-low as next weekend I'll be heading up to Maine for a wedding with my boyfriend & his family. I just bought the most beautiful dress & I can't wait to show you guys! It's been years since my last wedding attendance so I am super excited to celebrate love & happiness for a few days. I've also never been to Maine so I can't wait to explore & find pretty backdrops for outfit photos! (eeeee!) What are your plans for this upcoming weekend?

Express top - similar
H&M skirt - similar
Marc Fisher heels - love these


September 8, 2014

Things Change

The change of seasons always causes something nostalgic to rise in me. Not just because I get to pull out all of last season's material treasures but because I have always faced severe uncertainty in the midst of change. My life has really changed a lot in the past year. I graduated from college, landed a full-time job in NYC while simultaneously moving here, one thing happening after the other.  But that's the funny thing about life, one minute you're cruising for what seems like a lifetime when suddenly something stops you in your tracks, changing your life from then on out. I feel a wave of change coming, whether it will be good or bad is tomorrow's mystery. But one thing is for sure, whatever it is I will adapt as always, embracing whatever life throws my way.

wearing* ASOS dress - similar here, H&M bracelets, Michael Kors earrings, Mark Fisher heels - love these