Beauty Secrets to Know: How to Get Rid of that Pesky Cellulite!

Beach Body Beauty Tips

Let's talk about cellulite! You guys know I love blogging about all things beauty, and taking care of those pesky dimples is an important part of my routine. Cellulite can affect anyone no matter how thin you are. It's not about how much you weigh, but is really caused by fat deposits pushing through the connective tissue in the skin. It can happen anywhere on your body but is most common in the thighs and butt. And while we are living in a day and age of body positivity and accepting your flaws, I'm still of the school of thought that if you really don't like something about yourself you have every right to try to fix it.  And while I applaud the women who embrace their cellulite, this is a beauty blog, and I'm still very dedicated to my routine that keeps it away. So if you want to learn my tips for how to get rid of yours, keep reading! 

How to Get Rid of Cellulite

1. Prevention is Key

As with anything skin care related, prevention is the first and most important step of treatment. I have been using anti-cellulite products since college, really before I had much of anything to worry about. And as I've gotten older and my body has changed, I firmly believe the routine I've stuck to consistently over the years has helped prevent my cellulite from really developing. If you already have some don't worry too much! You can definitely reduce it's appearance significantly even if you don't get rid of it completely. 

2. Layer on the products

My holy grail system has been Bliss Fab Girl Slim and Fab Girl Sleep.  They recently rebranded slightly, but it seems the products are the same ones I've used and loved. I've used that duo day and night for years and it has definitely made a difference in keeping my skin smooth and dimple free. If you are just starting out they will take a few weeks before you see a difference, but consistency is key if you are going to see results. They also make a tummy toning gel called Fab Girl Six Pack which I have used off and on, mostly just because I like the tingly feeling when you put it on.  And when I need an extra smoothing, firming boost, I use the Body Shop Moroccan Rhassoul Body Clay Mask. It's a firming mask that tightens and tones for extra smooth skin. I've found the best way to apply it is to smooth on a thick layer, then wrap your butt and thighs up in Saran Wrap, then hang out looking ridiculous for 20-30 minutes while it does it's thing. Yes, it sounds silly, but hey it's totally worth it!

3. Get a temporary glow

If you are looking for a quick fix before a vacation, the best thing you can use is the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. It smells incredible and will temporarily tighten skin, plus it leaves a very subtle shimmer that will give your bod a natural looking glow. I keep a mini version in my beach bag at all times! And tools like dry-body brushes and suction devices can give you some temporary relief!

4. Take it Up a Notch

If you've got deep set cellulite and are really desperate to get rid of it, you may want to look into some non-invasive treatments to get rid of it. Lasers can work wonders on pretty much any beauty concern, and there are also newly FDA approved treatments like Cellfina. Do your research and ask a cosmetic dermatologist to weight in on any procedure you are considering. 

Let me know in the comments what you'll be trying!

 

 

The Glow-Up: Keeping Your Skin Glowing with L'Oreal RevitaLift®

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ad #RAWellnessBeauty #RiteAid #CollectiveBias

Who else can’t wait for the weekend!? I’ve had an insane couple of weeks and just got back from an amazing weekend in Bermuda, and I’m heading off again for another trip this weekend. My hectic schedule and frequent travel can take a toll on my skin, so I look to products that keep me looking as radiant as possible. Since I have no time for a big spa day, here is how I pamper my skin when it needs some TLC on the fly!

Glycolic Acid Cleanser

The first step is to get all the makeup off so your skin can really breathe and your products can work their magic. I then go in with the L'Oreal RevitaLift® Brightening Daily Scrub Cleanser. It has gentle micro-pearls and Glycolic Acid which exfoliate dullness and impurities to improve skin tone, texture and clarity, revealing visibly brighter, more radiant skin. Skin is optimally prepared to absorb Bright Reveal treatments and moisturizers, which brings me to the next step!

Revitalift Daily Moisturizer for Bright Skin

I follow that treatment with the RevitaLift® Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer. It contains broad spectrum SPF 30 with a combination of Glycolic Acid, Vitamin C, and Pro-Retinol to reveal brighter skin, help correct uneven skin tone, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles in just 1 week. It visibly brightens, hydrates, and leaves skin feeling softer and appear smoother.

Daily Facial Peel Pads

I also like to occasionally pop in the RevitaLift® Bright Reveal Peel Pads, a dermatologist inspired anti-wrinkle plus brightening treatment. This daily peel pad resurfaces dull, uneven tone and rough texture to reveal fresh looking skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles over time. I’ve never used them back to back with the scrub just because my skin can be a little sensitive at times, but I like to work those into rotation every so often for a quick refresh.

And there you have it - 3 easy steps to glowing skin!

f you want to learn more about the L'Oreal RevitaLift® line, check it out here! And if you are ready to give it a try, my favorite place to get it is Rite-Aid. They have an amazing beauty section, and their Wellness + Beauty program is the best.

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After all, when it comes to wellness and beauty, everything is connected. When you eat well, you feel well. When you look great, you feel great. Rite Aid is ready cheer you on in your wellness journey, with new themes every month and personalized solutions to help you on your wellness and beauty journey. And since I love savings as much as the next girl does, I never miss their in-store offers. From May 1 - June 2, find up to $12 in coupon in store at Rite Aid.

Give it a go and let me know what you think in the comments!

Couples Trip! How to Survive Sharing a Suitcase with Bae

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TGIF guys! The boyfriend and I are just back from an amazing weekend trip in Bermuda! A few weeks ago as we were planning he had the interesting suggestion to share a suitcase. Obviously when he proposed this, a few thoughts ran through my head and the debate went a little something like this:

Me: Why, the airline will definitely let us each have our own bags

Him: It will be fun! And besides you need to practice packing lighter

Me: (in my head) YOU HAVE A STRANGE DEFINITION OF FUN

Me: (out loud) I pack pretty light actually! But half a carry-on suitcase babe?

Him: Yea! You can rough it a bit.

Me: Why would I be roughing it at a resort in Bermuda?

But I love him and sometimes relationships require compromise right? So I went along with the plan! Here is what made the final cut! And for the record he packed his half in 5 minutes, while I tried on about 8 bikinis.  

  • 1 Romper that can go day to night
  • 1 Maxi dress 
  • 1 pair of palazzo pants
  • 1 crop top
  • 1 tank top
  • 1 pair of denim shorts
  • 1 kimono
  • 1 one-piece swimsuit and 1 bikini, each with a cover-up
  • 1 pair of pool slides
  • 1 pair of comfortable walking sandals
  • 1 pair of dressier flat sandals
  • 1 mini straw bag

On the plane I'll be wearing a simple black cotton dress, white sneakers, and a light jacket. And since Dictator Bae didn't say anything about how big my purse can be, I'll be packing all my toiletries, and makeup, an extra sweater, and magazines in a cotton tote that will also be what I carry to the beach. His list was way shorter, just a few pairs of shorts, t-shirts/polos, and flip flops.

In all honesty, it wasn't as tough as I thought it would be! We are both beach bums, so spent most of the day on the beach and his Away carry-on was surpsingly roomy so it worked out pretty well. I didn't even end up wearing the maxi dress, but it was still nice to have an extra outfit, just in case.  Now he thinks this is the only way we should travel! What do you guys think, should we make this a trend? 

And stay tuned for my next post with some tips on traveling to Bermuda!

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Your Spring Accessories Guide

Spring Accessories Guide

Happy early Spring! I've been busy updating my wardrobe to transition to the new season, plus thinking of fun ways to transition some of my favorite pieces as the weather changes. But as you focus so much on fun new clothes, you can't forget your accessories! That is probably one of the most cost-efficient ways to breath new life into your wardrobe each season. Whether it's new gems, shoes, bags, or all, check out some of my fave accessories to add to cart this season! 

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Scarves

A chic scarf is a great topper for the most basic look. Elevate a simple sundress or classic jeans and tee with a colorful or graphic printed baby. I also love wrapping my hair up in one on bad hair days or when I just don't feel like dealing with my curls. You can go high-end if you want, or just anythng cheap and cheerful to take your look up a notch. 

And you can't forget the oversized earrings! They make even the most simple look special, and make your lazy buns or ponytails instant chic. Just choose carefully, you want styles that bring all the drama without being too heavy. 

Black Leather Boots

Booties

You can never go wrong with a basic black pair. These are from Thursdays and they are amazing! You can start to lighten up your boot wardrobe with cut-out or peep-toe options in lighter, more breathable fabrics. 

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Sunnies

So everyone has been into the tiny sunglasses trend. I tried it and am really not a fan! So I'll be sticking to my oversized shapes in classic colors. I love retro-cat eyes and oversized round frames, usually in soft colors that flatter my skin tone. Here are a few in my rotaton. 

What other accessories are you stacking up for Spring? Let me know in the comments! 

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One Look Two Ways - with The Perfect Watch!

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Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #StyledForSpring #CollectiveBias

Hello babes! Spring is here in full swing and the city is absolutely blossoming. I love spending long days bouncing about the city between museums, brunching, shopping and just basking in the new energy that rebounds after winter. 

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But being out all day this time of year can get tricky. In the morning it can be chilly, blazing hot by mid-day, then back down to low, breezy temps by evening. I like to play with little style spinoffs on days like this, and it's super easy to transform a look depending on how the breeze blows. Take this perfect little dress. It's from Macy's and just screams "style me for Spring!".  I've been seeing a lot of runway looks pairing dresses with jeans, so instead of tights I added my fave skinnies. The look is fresher and more unique but still keeps your legs covered if it gets chilly. And add an extra layer with a moto jacket to finish the look. A jacket always comes in handy when temperatures flucutate, so make it one that takes your look up a notch. 

And when the temperature rises and you start to feel the heat, shed the jeans and jacket and just rock the sundress! Just make sure to bring a tote you can stuff your extra layers in if you need to. 

There is also one key piece tying both looks together: An Anne Klein watch! Hover over the image above to start shopping!
I got this baby at Macy's and it's an instant classic. I love the timeless design and beautiful detailing. Plus it's versatile enough to go with pretty much any look from Spring to Fall! An Anne Klein watch would also make a great gift for your stylish friends or your mom on Mother's Day! The watches are versatile and can be dressed up or down like I did.
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Plus the packaging is so pretty no need to fuss with gift-wrapping. Check out the collection at Macy's and let me know your favorites!

3 Spring Trends You Need Now!

Well it took a while, but Spring is finally here! I’ve been putting off my shopping until I could actually wear the goodies I was buying and now it’s finally time! I tend to live by my own personal style more than I follow trends, but there are a few that I’m pretty excited about for the season. You got a little preview in the video above, and check them out in more detail!

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Maxi Dresses

If you want easy comfortable glamour, a maxi dress is the way to go! It feels like you are basically wearing pajamas, but you look super chic. Plus they can be great on their own with no styling, or you can add a layer to finish the look. Since this dress is so feminine and delicate I like the contrast of adding a tough girl moto jacket and black leather booties. As it gets hotter you can lighten up the look with sandals, and either no jacket or a lightweight vest. 

Graphic T Shirt and Scarf Spring Layers

Layers

You usually hear about layering for Fall, but some Spring days can be cooler and windy so you need a bit more coverage. I like pairing a graphic T with a lightweight jacket, and taking the look up a notch with a scarf.  Depending on the weather that day, you can rock this look with jeans like in the photo, or denim cutoffs like I did in the video

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Crop Tops & Mom Jeans

I pretty much never met a crop top I didn’t like. A lot of people think they can be too sexy or revealing for them, but there are crop tops for every body type. If you want to make the look more playful, pair it with something oversized, like these high waisted mom jeans. They give you instant cool girl cred and you don’t have to worry about the look being too revealing! 

 

What are your favorite trends for Spring! Let me know in the comments and shop the story below! 

The Perfect Staycation at Scribners Lodge

 This post is sponsored by Scribners Catskills Lodge & Trailways NY

This post is sponsored by Scribners Catskills Lodge & Trailways NY

You guys know I love to travel, and even though I've been lucky enough to do a lot of international travel, I've been working on doing more domestic travel this year. So when I had the chance to spend some time at Scribners Lodge in the Catskills, I jumped at the chance! 

Scribners Catskills Lodge

Scribners is a gem of a property in Hunter, NY.  The level of comfort and attention to detail is phenomenal. The building has been around since 1966, but underwent a transformation in Fall 2016. The attention to detail is phenomenal, from the amazing staff, stylish comfy rooms and treats like s'mores kits and to-go bottles of their signature cocktails. 

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Plus the restaurant, Prospect is a can't miss. It really is an experience all on it's own. Cocktails and wine list are steller, and the food is as delicious and decadent as it is photogenic. 

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If, like me, you can barely drive to save your life, the property is easily accessible on the Trailways Bus from Port Authority. It stops just down the road from the property and depending on traffic and how many passengers are on board, the driver may turn around and drop you off right in front of the hotel. Mine was nice enough to give me front door service since the bus was pretty empty and the road clear. But it's a pretty smooth walk from the hotel to the bus stop if they can't drop you off, or when you are making your way back. 

If you are looking for a mini trip somewhere close to New York, definitely check out Scribners! But be warned - it's so nice you will pretty much not want to bother leaving. 

April Showers, Spring Layers

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Spring came, then went in a day!

Last Saturday was an incredible 70 degrees and sunny, only to descend back into the 40’s the next day! This weather is really keeping me on the struggle bus. Between the extreme dips in temperature, the clouds and rain it really is both a mood and wardrobe killer! I can’t stand to wear my Fall/Winter wardrobe anymore, and have been trying to creatively transition out of my winter sweaters and work in some of the cute Spring trends. It’s too cold to just wear any of my favorite Spring pieces without layers!

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Froze for this shot for a minute though!

I’ve been feeling polka dots this season, so had my eye on this super cute jumpsuit from Macy’s. It’s a lightweight fabric, open back (another one of my favorites) and the pants are just a little bit flowy so it’s so easy to wear. Plus white is one of my go-to colors for Spring/Summer so it was the perfect find. However since the weather won’t let me be great, I had to top it with my favorite leather moto jacket to warm up. I’ll have to wait until summer to show off the pretty open back detail.

 

And even though this jumpsuit is begging to be paired with a cutout sandal or chunky 2 piece heel, the forecast called for clouds and drizzles so I went with sneakers instead. At least a bright floral umbrella is giving me some Spring vibes! 

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What are you looking forward to most about the new season (if it ever gets here?) And shop the look below!

 

Sephora VIB Sale Shopping Haul!

Sephora VIB Sale Shopping Haul

It's one of my favorite events of the year - the Sephora VIB sale!! While I'm a frequent Sephora shopper, I do my big shopping sprees around the sale since, especially for my bigger ticket purchases. If you are VIB Rouge, get your shopping on with a 15% discount now through the 16th. And the VIB sale continues for the non-Rouge babes next week. I love the sale not only because that 15% seems small but really adds up, it gives me a chance to stock up on old favorites and try fun new launches. 

Check out some of the items I'm adding to cart, including that coveted Fenty Beauty Body Lava, and the brand new Tarte Mermaid Makeup Brushes!

If you aren't Rouge yet but are wondering if it's worth the it, the answer in short is YES! Not only do you get early access to the sale and deeper discounts, there is a laundry list of perks, from pre-releases to free in-store makeovers anytime you want! Check out Sephora.com for the full list and how to qualify! 

Birthday Musings - Celebrating Yourself and (Never) Getting Older

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I celebrated a birthday recently, and it was full of love, affection, fun, and amazing memories created with the people I love the most. Even though it wasn't a milestone birthday, I was still feeling super festive so decided to throw myself a slightly silly but super fun pajama party. The spirit was in line with my hashtag #NeverGettingOlder and I really wanted to create a fun youthful vibe. Thanks to a lot of Pinterest searching, crafty DIY's and a generous discount on the perfect space thanks to Peerspace, my party was a hit.

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But as much as I love living in my youth, I am older, and am starting to embrace that things are changing. Even though I still look younger than I am, my skin, my body, my mind and my heart have changed and grown over the years. So here's to celebrating more, growing more, and loving myself more every year! I hope that you all find the spirit to celebrate yourselves and your accomplishments in the manner that you deserve. Remember, no one is going to celebrate you the way that you celebrate yourself. So whether it's an elaborate party or just popping a bottle of your favorite bubbly with a handful of friends, you deserve it 

Tell me about what you'll be celebrating this year. And if you are looking for the perfect space for any event, checkout Peerspace. You can rent anything from a studio to a beautifully decorated loft, with options for every price range and party size! 

The Festival Looks You Need All from Amazon!

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This post includes some affiliate links, hope you don't mind!

Festival season is here! Get ready for your feed to be flooded with amazing pics from your favorite bloggers and celebrities. I myself am not going to Coachella this year,  and I'm INCREDIBLY DISAPPOINTED about that!  But even though I won't be present, I'm still always so inspired by the festival fashion. Something about all the amazing looks just sets the stage for the style and trends that will carry you through summer.

If you are going to Coachella or any other festivals this season, you are probably going crazy planning your outfits. It's the time to let your style shine, but of course you don't want to splurge too much on clothing you will wear just to dance and sweat it out in the desert. So I'm gonna let you in on a little fashion secret - Amazon! If you haven't browsed Amazon for fashion you are definitely missing out. The site has an amazing  assortment of goodies, and a lot of them come with free shipping, free returns, and that 2 day shipping for Prime members. 

Check out the gallery below for some of my favorites for festival and summer style! And stay tuned for a post next week all about festival beauty, including the look above! 

If you get any of these let me know, I'd love to see how you rock them! And leave your tips for surviving festival season in the comments! 

4 Perfect Picks for a Spring Getaway!

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Spring is starting to bloom and one of the things I'm most excited about is Spring travel! Winter travel is fun, but can be so unreliable and downright annoying between the frigid temperatures and massive amount of snow we've been getting. Spring means longer days, a little bit more sun, and easier packing since you don't need as many heavy sweaters and boots. 

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If you are itching for a Spring getaway, here are a few of my favorite places that are perfect for an easy long weekend!

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The Catskills

This area is a go to destination for most New Yorkers, for good reason! It's close and easy to get to and full of beautiful scenery pretty much anytime of year. Stay somewhere super hip like Scribners Lodge, and leave plenty of time for everything from scenic hikes to wine tasting. 

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Cartagena

It seems farther than it really is, but in a quick 5 hour flight you'll be in one of the most beautiful, charming city I've ever seen. I've been twice, and each time it didn't disappoint. Plus by the time April starts to roll around I'm pretty much dying for some beach time, so the location is just perfect! 

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Italy

Flights into most major cities are easy to be found, and you'll beat peak tourist season by going this time of year. I don't love the beaches or coastal cities in Spring, but Florence, Rome, Tuscany, and Milan are all great options for a getaway. 

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Bermuda

If the islands are your thing, Bermuda is the best choice for a long weekend trip. It's a smooth 90 minute flight to pink sand beaches and charming colorful scenery. It can be a little pricey, so try to look out for deals that will make it more affordable. 

Let me know if you are planning a Spring vacation and where you end up going! 

The Ultimate Denim Jacket

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It's Mon-slay! Hope you guys are ready for an amazing Monday. I'm recovering from the best birthday party ever, which you can check out on my Insta-story highlight. My actual birthday isn't for a few more days, but why not spend a few days celebrating? Since I'm still in casual fun mode, this look is the perfect one for early Spring weather, and days when you want to look pulled together but still want a casual vibe. 

 and more of that Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife!

and more of that Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife!

Denim jackets are a style staple, and the coolest new versions are oversized. Think of it as the jacket version of your favorite baggy boyfriend jeans.  I've worn this baby after a workout and dressed it up for this look with a little black dress and booties. 

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I've been having more fun with my hair the past few weeks as well. Since the front of my hair gets a little too puffy when it's super curly, I swept it up into a fun top knot and left the back half out. This look will definitely be one of my go to styles for Spring!

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What trends are you most into for Spring? And If you are loving this look, shop these items and similar ones below! I also saved a few favorites on my Like to Know! 

Superwoman Style: How to Stay Balanced While Trying to Have it All

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I'm no super woman, but sometimes I try to be. When I run people through the tasks I accomplish in a day most of them are shocked. My to do list sometimes amazes me, and I can't even imagine what it would be like to be pressured to get it all done when I'm also responsible for someone other than me. As Women's History Month comes to a close, I'm sharing a few of the things that keep me motivated to get all (or most of it) done with style and grace (or so I like to think)!

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I get selfish with my time

The list of social obligations can sometime seem endless, but I'm never afraid to say no. The FOMO can get real sometimes, but there will be times when you need to be alone on your couch with Netflix more than you need another dinner out with the squad. 

I take inspiration from women around me

Social media can have a tendancy to make people feel worse about their lives, but I try to keep it positive and inspiring. There are a ton of sources you can turn to, from influencers to authors and self-care experts.  This isn't a one-size fits all approach, so take some time to find someone who's message resonates with you. 

I reflect on my goals and accomplishments

As an ambitious person you always feel the pressure to continuously accomplish things and hit your target goals. But you can't forget to reflect on where you've been and how you've grown. Make more time to look back on everything you have accomplished! You will definitely be impressed with yourself. 

Let me know your tips for trying to have it all while staying sane! And shop the look below!

Statement Jeans for Spring

 Images by Earl Jackson And peep the Trophy WIfe highlight tho!!

Images by Earl Jackson And peep the Trophy WIfe highlight tho!!

Hello guys!

Technically it's the first day of Spring, but NYC is about to get another big dump of snow! I'm completely and 100% over it, just trying to do the best to get through. Since I'm trying not letting the weather get me down and crush my style, I decided to break out these all eyes on me jeans. I love a pair of mom jeans, and they are even better with embellishments! 

The Highline New York

These are from Topshop and I was on the fence when I first bought them, but slowly fell in love. The light wash is super retro, and the rhinestone trim is the exact touch they need to make them pop. I especially love that they didn't skim on the details in the back, keeping the bling cute on both sides.  They seem pretty high maintenance and I still haven't figured out how I'm going to wash them TBH. But the look is worth it, even if I only break them out every once in awhile.  

The Highline New York

I rocked these with a cropped tee and classic black pumps, just to balance out the loose fit of the jeans, but they'd be equally cute with a simple tank and white sneakers. 

Unfortunately these babies are sold out. However you can shop similar items to get the look below! 

Insta-Famous! Social Media Tips for New Bloggers

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So let me preface this post by acknowledging that I am FAR from Instagram famous! In the grand scheme of things my following is tiny, but I am so proud to have grown it to what it is and am celebrating crossing the coveted 10k threshold on Instagram!

I've put a lot of effort in and learned a lot along the way and I wanted to share it with my blog family. Hopefully it helps you on your road to social media stardom, or something like that. 

Be a storyteller

I found that engagement on my posts increased significantly when my captions got longer- giving insight, inspiration, background to the photo or my mood that day. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a beautiful caption can only enrich the story. Give people a reason to be interested, and they will be. 

Be authentic

My most watched Instastory of all time was one of my showing my aloe vera and coconut oil pre-shampoo treatment. Most of the pics on my feed are of my hair styled super polished, and I had been long-term protective styling so that was the first time many people had even seen my natural hair. I think that viewers appreciated little sneak peek into my all natural, undone self. And while that will probably not become a regular trend, being more open only make you more human. I know there is so much pressure to curate the perfect feed, but nothing beats showing off who you are and what you stand for. 

 

Diversify Your Platforms

Instagram may be a big, wildly popular social network, but it's not the only one! As much as I love the gram, I split my time between Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Snapchat, and my blog, the only platform that is truly mine. Remember, a platform as popular as Vine can disappear overnight, crushing the careers of tens of thousands of influencers. No matter how big your Instagram following is, you don't own that audience. Think about your website, your email list, and other ways to build your brand, outside of one social network. 

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Don't Sweat the Algorithm

Yes there is an algorithm. Yes it changes whenever Facebook or Instagram feel like it, often dealing a crippling blow to engagement. It's a widespread problem that everyone in the industry is aware of. Instead of going crazy over the thing you can't beat, focus on the things that you can. You can always create high quality original content. You can always find a way to engage with your audience and potential new followers. And you can find brand partners that will evaluate you as an overall package, not just how many likes you average on each post.

Know the Rules (and follow them)

Shortcuts may be tempting, but taking them will only hurt you in the long run! Every aspiring influencer can get frustrated with growing at what seems like a snail's pace, while you see and hear stories of other people skyrocketing overnight. And you never know what tricks someone may have up their sleeve, so you really can't compare. But stuff like buying likes and followers is never kosher, and will come back to haunt you the second you start trying to pitch brands for sponsored work. Most companies use analytic tools like Hypr, or Fohr Card to get the scoop on an influencer's following and how authentic it is, so if you cheat you will get caught at some point. Your reputation is all you have and it can be destroyed in seconds if you are caught buying likes or followers, so just don't do it!

Keep it Up!

When I did my first shoot with a pro for my blog he asked me my goals and what I planned to do. I just said I was going to give it a try for a year and see what happened. His response was, "why only a year"? And if I would have stopped after a year I would have just given up thinking it was impossible to get past 500 followers! Yes it's a different ball game than it was a few years ago before all the platform changes, but that doesn't mean you can't do well with hard work, patience, and the right strategy! 

 Pin this for reference later! 

Pin this for reference later! 

Spring Ready Hair with Stylebox Salon!

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So I'm sure you noticed my new look on Instagram and my stories lately, so I'm finally spilling the tea! I'd been wanting to color my hair for sometime, debating the shade, the process, and how it would effect the health of my hair overall. Luckily I had found an amazing salon and a stylist I trusted to get me to the color of my dreams! 

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Stylebox Salon is a new gem in Brooklyn, with friendly and attentive service, talented stylists that serve all hair types, and a fantastic bar so you can sit drink and be merry, as they say on their site! They use amazing vegan products and even keep the bathroom stocked with organic tampons! 

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The process started with choosing a color, so I settled on a full head of caramel blonde balayage. I'd been obsessed with the technique forever but only ever seen it on straight or wavy hair, so wasn't sure it would work on kinky textured hair. 

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The brighter blondes were kind of calling me, but I decided to play it safe since it was my first time coloring. Nicole carefully painted tiny stands of my hair, keeping them separated with foil. Then I hung out with a bellini while it processed!

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My hair is super porous so it processed pretty quickly. However it decided on its own that I should be a redhead. My hair turned a shade of red that wasn't anywhere near any of the colors in the book!  Luckily Nicole expertly toned the color down so instead of leaving looking like Ronald McDonald, I ended up with this!

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And here's a close up of the finished style!

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Overall I ove it and my hair feels healthy as ever! I may make a second visit in a few months to try and go lighter, but for now just going to see how my hair feels. 

Have you guys tried balayage or are you debating? And check out the full Stylebox Menu for all their service options! 

Pretty in Polka Dots!

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Hope all my New Yorkers enjoyed yesterday's snow storm! It's almost comical to talk about getting ready for Spring at this point, but I kind of am anyway, so bear with me! And anyway, hopefully this helps inspire you to think about the days to come in a few weeks when you won't be bundling up to face a blizzard! 

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But seriously, we got a taste of Spring like weather recently, and it will be coming back in a few weeks, so if your wardrobe isn't ready, now is the time to start thinking about it. I usually avoid shopping until we are closer to the season, and even though this slip dress borders on summery,  I decided to grab it now because it would definitely sell out! The silhouette is mod, and flattering, and it's just the perfect cute dress for so many occasions. 

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Since it's still on the chilly side, I had to style it a bit to keep from freezing. I got these amazing thigh high boots at Crossroads Trading Co. I go there every couple of months to sell off old clothes and trade them in for new goodies. I posted about the visit on my Insta-story, so stay tuned to that for deets on my next visit. Since I can't link to the same style, I posted similar styles below. And I addd my go to quilted moto jacket that I've had for ages. It's Zara and I swear it looks better the older it gets.

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If you like this look, shop it below! And hopefully Spring is reallly right around the corner! 

Best in Beauty at the International Beauty Show

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Since I'm totally obsessed with beauty, I was so happy to attend the International Beauty Show this weekend. The show is the top trade show for beauty professionals, and even though it's technically for beauty pros only, I had a blast getting an insider look at the hottest new product launches, beauty tools, and wholesale pricing on everything! 

Check out my highlights from the show!

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Studex At-Home Piercing Kit

Studex is the leading manufacturer of piercing instruments, studs and supplies. Even if you've never heard of them, you've definitely touched one of their products. I partnered with Studex and Brand Backer for complimentary tickets to the show. If you go, check out their assortment of stylish studs, and maybe get a new piercing! I got one and am absolutely in love! If you want to try piercing at home with your bestie, their Piercing Kits are available for purchase here. It comes with everything you need for a new earlobe or cartilage piercing, is allergy-free, and sterilzed! And they've got even more products available at Sally's!

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Curls Cashmere & Caviar Collection

Since I'm wearing my natural curls again, I was so excited to see this launch! Coming out this summer, the Cashmere & Caviar Collection is a luxe new line that promises to strengthen, restructure, and add shine. All the products felt insanely rich and luxurious and smelled beautiful. Check out curls.biz for more info on the launch! I also stocked up on their Blissful Lengths Liquid Hair Growth Vitamin, so hoping to see some results as I start using it! 

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Touch Beauty Tools

I'm a little bit behind when it comes to fancy, high tech skin care gadgets, so I stopped by the Touch Beauty booth to get the scoop. Touch Beauty creates a variety of devices, from eyelash curlers, so ultasonic facial scrubbers. Their Cream Booster deliveres positive or negative electrodes to refresh and detox the skin, as well as maximize the absorption of skin care products. The Contour Sculpting Roller massages the skin and can be used for face and body. While they are mostly trade only, they have a selection of products available on Amazon

 The show is in town until March 6th, so if you can get a pass stop by! 

Get Camera Ready! Photo Shoot tips for New Bloggers

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Image by Julius July

Spring is almost here! Creating content is soooo much harder in winter, especially trying to shoot street style looks in the cold.  Some of you have seen my behind the scenes insta-stories, and seen the kind of freezing, icy, snowy conditions I've shot in! As  blogger you are constantly in front of the camera so it's crucial to get the most out of your photo shoot session. Here are a few of my tips for killing it at your shoots. If you are a new blogger or just looking for some tips to slay a shoot with a pro, this list is for you! And for this post I'm using a few of my favorite images, more on my Instagram story

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Image by Milli Stephania

Control Your Image

I'm a blogger, not a model. That distinction means that decisions made on a shoot (location, styling, makeup, how I pose) are pretty much mine.  Even when you are working with a brand, they've hired you because they like your organic content and style, so you have creative freedom. So don't feel pressure to do anything, wear anything, or try anything that you have doubts about. You want to make sure you feel 100% confident on camera. Style your hair in a way you know you will like, and don't try any new trends or makeup that you are on the fence about. If you have any kind of doubt or insecurity about your look it will show on camera and you won't be happy with the end results.

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Image by Jack Soltysik

Be Prepared

I do a seasonal mood board that helps give me general direction and inspiration for my upcoming shoots, and helps me keep the feed cohesive. It also is a helpful reminder of what content themes I may need to fit in - trends, upcoming holidays, events, etc. Spending a little bit of time to get organized before a shoot will help make sure you get the content you want. And if you are shooting multiple looks in 1 session, make sure you have undergarments that go with each look! You don't want to forget you need a strapless bra or change pants and see a ton of VPL! 

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Practice Makes Perfect

If you have never had a professional shoot before, you may want to spend some time practicing before you get in front of a pro! I shoot myself using my tripod sometimes, and it would def come in handy to get a feel for your best angles on camera. Even better if you can do a fitting/styleout the day before a shoot and actually practice how you want each shot in each outfit to look.

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Image by John Hibionada

Plan in Advance

As a blogger you are always under pressure to keep creating new content, but you have to make sure you are managing your timelines and expectations. Most photographers aren't going to give you photos back the day after your shoot, so save yourself the stress by planning a few days in advance. I try to give them at least a week or 2 to turnaround photos, even more during peak times like engagement/wedding season when photographers tend to get busier. 

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Image by Eddie Woods

Have fun!

Let's be real, it can be stressful and time consuming, but getting dressed up and having amazing photos taken is a ton of fun! Loosen up, smile and enjoy it! 

If you are a camera ready pro feel free to weigh in with your tips as well! And photographers, anything else you'd like to share about prepping for a shoot?