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WHAT I WORE: LA TRIP

AIRPORT


Crop Top, Sweats, Sneakers, Suitcase



LUNCH @ GRACIAS MADRE


Sunglasses, Flannel, Bodysuit, Skirt, Booties, Bag



OUT @ THE HIGHLIGHT ROOM


Dress, Boots



RODEO DRIVE SHOPPING


Leather Jacket, Bodysuit, Jeans, Booties



DINNER @ KATSUYA


Suede Jacket, Bodysuit, Jeans, Heels



DINNER @ PINK TACO


Dress, Heels



DINNER @ THE NICE GUY


Bodysuit, Skirt, Heels



#CupcakesCondo: Bedroom Decor

Hellooo friends! As you already know if you follow me on social media, I recently moved into a condo in Downtown Orlando [#SoAdult]… It’s my first time living ALONE & I looked at quite a few places before finally making a decision. I ended up choosing a studio in a nice high-rise that overlooks Lake Eola. I was torn between that OR a 1000+ SQ FT, 1BR/1B [for the same price] that was in an older building – it had a huge walk in closet & tons of space, but the kitchen wasn’t ultra updated & it didn’t have a lot of the building ammenities/safety features that I was really wanting. I ultimately decided that I would rather have a SMALLER space that felt modern, up to date & was in a building that I was extremely comfortable in!

My unit has SUPER high ceilings [like, literally 20+ ft] & one end is all floor to ceiling windows/a sliding glass door that opens up to a nice sized balcony [which I love.] Those features definitely make it feel LARGER & very open – but it’s only a little over 500 SQ FT total… & there’s no separation between the kitchen area / the rest of the space. I’m slowlyyyy trying to decorate & furnish my new home in a way that makes the MOST out of the small space + makes it look larger [& stylish!] I wanted to share this process with you guys incase you TOO are trying to decorate an *itty bitty* condo/apartment, or maybe just need some home decor inspo in general! I’m going to be doing a post about EACH section of my studio as I finish it. First up is the BEDROOM area, because…duh, it’s the most important. #ILOVE2NAP



Alright, so – when I moved, the only furniture I brought with me was my headboard/bed, nightstand & dresser [which I had from the last apartment I lived in with a roommate.] Tuft & Needle was nice enough to send me a new mattress [it’s heavenly]; & I had a basic white bedding set… but it was DEFINITELY time for an upgrade! I really wanted bedding that would look more adult/sophisticated & match the overall aesthetic of my new place. One of my favorite things about staying at nice hotels/resorts when I travel [besides the room service, obv] is the BEDDING – I love how crisp, classic & luxe it always is – so I wanted to recreate that feeling.



BOLL & BRANCH


 I’ve always heard AMAZING things about Boll & Branch + had seen photos of their beautiful bedding across social media… so I was BEYOND thrilled to partner with them to decorate the bedroom section of my condo! In case you aren’t already familiar with the brand – since its inception, they’ve been directly sourcing the world’s finest organic cotton and re-engineering every design for a better-end product of heirloom quality. Each detail of their products is highly intentional  from the tension of the thread to the diameter of the yarn & the type of dye used. It’s all 100% pure organic; proving that products can be BOTH eco-friendly & beautiful!



Honestly, not only does the quality of their bedding live up to all of the *hype* – it’s even BETTER in real life. When my order arrived, I was soOo excited, I ran down to grab the packages right away & immediately opened them up… As you can see in my photos, the Boll & Branch signature boxes & packaging itself is GORGEOUS [almost too pretty to open!] I was really impressed by the details & overall presentation of the products – definitely an amazing first impression.



For my bedding, I chose: the Banded Duvet Cover in White/Stone [I loved how classic & chic it looked], the Hemmed Sheet Set in Pewter [I wanted a contrasting shade of gray], the Hemmed Sham set in StoneBanded Sham set in White/Stone & a Cable Knit Throw in Carbon to top it off!



I’m BEYOND happy with how it all turned out – the Boll & Branch pieces serve as the *focal point* of my bedroom, & create the exact aesthetic I was going for [simple, sleek #HotelChic!] But on an even MORE important note – the sheets are legit the most comfortable I’ve ever slept on. Probablyyy because they use ultra-premium single-ply organic cotton [the highest quality available] to create them, plus they are woven to a 300 thread count – which creates the optimal balance of lightweight feel, softness, durability & quality. Boll & Branch sheets are also woven to last & soften with time!






DESIGNER LIVING


Another featured item in my new bedroom setup is this modern, gold Arlo floor lamp from Designer Living! I love how the matte gold really pops & serves as a nice contrast to all of the gray/black/silver. Plus, Arlo’s arched design & slim silhouette makes it perfect for small spaces like mine – it helps to illuminate from above without wasting any valuable space!












Hope you enjoyed this first peek into my new place… Next up, I’ll be diving into the office & living area decor!

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New Product Reviews: June 2017

I decided I’m going to start throwing a little post up each month talking about the new products I’ve had the chance to test out*! I typically post everything I get in the mail on my IG/Snap stories, but I feel like it’s way more useful for you to know if the product ACTUALLY worked/if I liked it – so here ya go!

THIS MONTHS HAUL:

ESTEE LAUDER: Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara

CLARINS: Body Fit

COSMEDIX: Restore Moisture-Rich Mask

COTARDE: Daydream Mousee Cream

WANDER Beauty: Dualist Matte & Illuminating Concealer




ESTEE LAUDER: Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara


WHAT IT DOES: “A mascara that delivers outrageous volume, lift, and curve for a false-lash effect. Lash out with Estee Lauder’s Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara. With each application, eyelashes seem to multiply, magnify, and grow for a bright-eyed, sexy look. Formulated with Extreme Bold Volume, a blend of three high-volume fibers in a mousse-light base, it conditions lashes with its Lash-Advancing Vitamin Complex. It features a wand with an oversized BrushComber Extreme brush, designed with two types of bristles: flexible fibers to coat on maximum formula, and its solid fibers comb and separate, building better volume and clump-free definition.”

WHAT I THOUGHT: Ok, I’ve tried A LOT of mascaras. Basically all of the ones that you constantly read good reviews about [both drugstore and high end]… & I REALLY love this one. I will have to rebuy it after I run out because now I don’t know if I can live with out it. Obviously, the packaging is GORGEOUS – my first impression when I received it was how pretty it is & how great the name is [I mean, who doesn’t want “SUMPTUOUS EXTREME” lashes?!] But it actually does live up to the description – it makes my lashes look SUPER long & thick, but not clumpy. I’m obsessed, go get it.


CLARINS: Body Fit


WHAT IT DOES: “A quick-absorbing, cream-gel formula that helps reduce the look of cellulite, visibly lifting and firming hips and thighs. Based on 60 years of contouring expertise, this innovative body treatment is powered by eight plant extracts, including quince leaf extract. It targets the appearance of cellulite, visibly lifting, firming, and smoothing hips and thighs for a more streamlined silhouette. This addictive, refreshing cream-gel instantly absorbs to soothe and smooth the skin’s surface.”

WHAT I THOUGHT: I’ve actually tried this before! Last year I was researching what the *best cellulite products* were & this one kept coming up… It’s kind of pricey, but I had an employee discount at Nordstrom at the time – so I decided to try it out. I loved it & could definitely tell a difference, I was pretty bummed when I ran out. I was really excited to receive a fresh bottle & still feel the same way about the product as I did before. It’s a light, refreshing cream that has a slight scent to it that’s not crazy or overwhelming…it tingles when it goes on [in a nice way, not a scary lip plumping gloss way.] I like to use it right after the shower &/or right before bed – if you use it regularly [like every day] you’ll definitely start seeing/feeling a difference. It makes your skin feel tighter, smoother/firmer & if you have specific cellulite spots that are always a problem – I think it really improves them [it doesn’t make them dissappear, duh.] If you use it religiously while ALSO on a clean eating diet & workout routine – you’ll see a HUGE difference & some of those spots will most likely actually go away. I know it’s on the more expensive end, but the bottle is pretty large [you can see in my photos] & there’s a lot of product in it – you can use a small amount & it goes a long way. If you’re getting ready for a specific event [vacation, photoshoot, wedding, etc] I think it’s totally worth using it during the month or so leading up to it. PS: EVERYONE has cellulite 🙂



 COSMEDIX: Restore Moisture-Rich Mask


WHAT IT DOES: “Restore skin with vital moisture, vitamins and essential fatty acids to help promote water retention and proper lipid balance. This ultra-moisturizing mask visually plumps skin to smooth out wrinkles and refines skin texture. The result is a healthier-looking complexion and skin that feels softer and revitalized.”WHAT I THOUGHT: I’ve tried this mask a few times now – definitely does what it says as far as moisturizing & smoothing, my skin tends to be dry so I really liked it. I like to do it at night before bed or in the shower. This was my first time trying out a COSMEDIX product & it made me interested in testing out some of their other stuff.


COTARDE: Daydream Mousee Cream


WHAT IT DOES: One-of-its-kind skin perfector that boosts skin appearance in less than a minute. Skin looks smooth and rejuvenated immediately thanks to cream’s surprising color and texture (no Silicone in, but Silicone-like insta-effect). Acts on a cellular level. Energizes skin aquaporins (skin’s water channels), boosts skin hydration and skin cells communication for radiant look right now. Its unparalleled ultra-smooth, silicone-like texture provides stress-free, relaxed and confident appearance in an instant. It works on blemishes and wrinkles leaving skin super smooth and matte, refreshed and radiant.”

WHAT I THOUGHT: First off, AMAZING branding – I loved the box, packaging, bottle etc. It also came with a mini sample of their “Face With A View Concentrated Cream.” The whole concept of the product is really cool & I love how it’s marketed towards people who travel; because it’s true – your skin does get really gross & dry from being in & out of airports/planes. I really liked using the product as kind of a primer for my makeup – it INSTANTLY blurs & smooths your skin for sure. I found that my makeup glided on easier & looked more perfected because of the product. The Concentrated Cream ALSO worked really well – overall great products & I’m interested to see what else this brand comes out with!


WANDER Beauty: Dualist Matte & Illuminating Concealer


WHAT IT DOES: “An innovative, double-sided concealer, with a full-coverage matte stick on one end and a lightweight, illuminating liquid on the other. Dualist Matte and Illuminating Concealer is double sided with a full coverage matte stick on one end and a lightweight illuminating liquid on the other. The matte stick provides maximum coverage for discoloration, blemishes, dark circles, age spots and redness. The moisturizing illuminating concealer can be used to reawaken a dull complexion, brighten the under eyes or cheekbones, and diffuse fine lines with a soft and flattering glow.”

WHAT I THOUGHT: I love how this has BOTH the liquid & stick versions of concealer! I got the product in the shade “light” which worked perfect for my skin tone. It definitely provides great coverage, I like to use the stick part on blemishes, dark circles, etc BEFORE I put on my foundation… then I use the illuminating liquid part afterwards under my eyes & on the sides/bridge of my nose. It’s also a super convenient thing to throw into your handbag or clutch for a night out to use for touchups!



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**I received these products complimentary from Octoly. All opinions are 100% my own #gifted #honestreview #octolyfamily

Get The Perfect 4th Of July Fit

gingham romper

4TH OF JULY

Ok guys let’s get PATRIOTIC! The 4th Of July is upon us, which means it’s time to break out your red stripes, white stars & blue gingham. I’m loving this super light & easy Oh My Love London romper [available at Topshop] paired with a small red cross bodyneutral heels & mirrored sunnies – for a chic, but festive look.



Whatever your plans are for the 4th of July [boozy BBQ, fireworks festival, pool day all day, star-spangled-shots in da club, etc] I’ve got TONS of perfect outfit options for you to choose from!



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