At This Moment… vol 2

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I wrote a post in this format about a year ago and randomly remembered how much I liked it, so figured I’d do another one! You guys really seemed to like August’s EDIT/ more chit chat format, so I hope you guys will like this too. Let me know what’s going on with you at this moment in the comments below, or in your own blog post! If you blog about it, be sure to share the link with me on Twitter or Instagram!

Enjoying… the final moments of summer. I (finally) move back to school this week!

Drinking… lattés. A staple in my diet, but now that’s well into September I’m back to hot versus iced. Enjoying our Keurig Rivo while I’m still home!

Loving… the color yellow. Read about it in my last post.

Reading… Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I watched the show when it came out a few months ago, read a few of Moriarty’s other books, then decided it’s finally time to read it.

Wanting… More goodies from Glossier. I have more of their products than I like to admit (exhibit A and exhibit B) but I’m dying to try a few new lip colors and the priming moisturizer rich. Use this code to get 10% off your first purchase!

Excited about… Fall! It’s my favorite season. The chilly temperatures (hello, sweater weather!), back-to-school, pumpkin flavored everything, Thanksgiving… I just love it.

Listening to“Galway Girl” by Ed Sheeran. I don’t know how I didn’t know about this song until now- it’s so catchy. I’m obsessed!

Watching… Gossip Girl. I totally got caught up in all the 10th anniversary media and started re-watching it a few weeks ago. #noshame

Wearing… My new necklace from Madewell. I’m obsessed with it and it’s perfect for layering!

Be sure to let me know what’s happening at this moment with you in the comments below or in your own blog post!

Sunshine Mood Board + Playlist

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I don’t know what it is, but I’ve been having such a moment with yellow lately. Usually, yellow is one of my least favorite colors but lately I find myself gravitating towards it. Not necessarily for clothes that I would wear (not sure yellow is my best color…) but in photographs, accessories and more. I also recently made a “good mood” playlist, entitled “Sunshine” because I think a lot of the songs on the playlist capture the mood of a bright, golden yellow color. It’s the perfect playlist for getting ready for the day, an afternoon dance party (solo or with friends) or a mood booster after a long day of class/ work etc. I see these golden sunshine hues as more of a mindset than a trend. Yellow is positive, encouraging, uplifting and relaxing. I have always gravitated towards cool or neutral colors, but I have been loving yellow tones and warm hues lately!

I’ve also been seeing a lot of shades of yellow in street style posts and on fashion blogs, so I’m thinking yellow is here to stay as far as trends are concerned. I might do a second installment of this mood board, but more fashion/ trend related. Is that something you guys would want to see? Let me know in the comments. I made a mood board with some of my favorite sunshine inspired images and also have my Spotify playlist linked here. All images from the mood board are via Pinterest and Tumblr.

What has been inspiring you lately? Let me know in the comments below!

Summer Day at The Met

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Hey Upper East Siders, I went to the Met last weekend with my mom to see their annual Costume Institute exhibit (we went last year, too!) and walk around the UES and wanted to share some pictures from our day! This year, the exhibit was: Rei Kawakubo/ Commes des Garçons: Art of the In-Between. We also visited a few other areas of The Met, including the impressionism wing and a new exhibit, “Talking Pictures: Camera Phone Conversations Between Artists”.

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These (above) are actually paintings of the images the two artists sent back and forth.

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The “Talking Pictures” exhibit was really cool. The premise of the exhibit was to partner up a few pairs of artists, let them only communicate between camera phone photographs for a given period of time and then document that conversation. Each pair interpreted the “assignment” in a different way: one pair sending one picture per day, then painting each image for the final display. Another pair of artists were both pregnant, so their conversation was framed in their pregnancies, among other world events. These conversations happened over the course of a few months, and happened to be the time a little before and after the election and inauguration, which was an interesting way to frame these conversations. Did the election/ politics/ policy influence these conversations or even come up? Overall, I really enjoyed this exhibit and highly recommend stopping by if you’re at The Met.

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After that, we headed to the Costume Institute. Seeing Kawakubo’s garments in person was amazing. Her designs are extremely thought provoking and I enjoyed reading about her and learning about her design process, which is an art in and of itself. A quick side note: I wouldn’t recommend this exhibit for those not interested in fashion or her designs specifically, because to “outsiders”, it can seem fairly strange. As you’ll see from my pictures, her designs are very different than most fashion houses or designers and can seem quite strange. In my opinion, this exhibit doesn’t even compare to how wonderful last year’s exhibit was, but it was a fun day going to the Met and getting a better understanding of Kawakubo, Commes des Garçons and her impact on the fashion industry. That being said, I would recommend this exhibit to those interested in fashion because it does prompt some interesting conversations and topics.

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On our way back to the lobby of the museum, we took a few minutes to wander around the Impressionist area of the museum. Impressionism is one of my mom and I’s favorite styles,  so we had to stop to see some Monet and Degas. It brought me back to Paris!

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We also had to visit The Met’s Rooftop before leaving the museum. It was such a beautiful day, we couldn’t resist stopping for a good photo-op. I was wearing one of my favorite outfits of the summer: my striped culotte jumpsuit from Flutter, the boutique where I work. It’s super comfortable and chic, plus it matched my comfortable shoes! I have a few other pairs of black sandals that I wear with it, but these black lace-up flats were the most comfortable for a day of walking around the museum and the city.

After our morning at the museum, we wandered around the Upper East Side, grabbed lunch at Sweetgreen (my favorite- I’ve missed it while living at home this summer!) and did a little shopping. It was such a great mother-daughter day in the city. Hopefully we’ll be able to go back, to a new neighborhood or two, once or twice before I head back to school at the end of the month.

Have you ever been to the Met or have another favorite art museum in the city? Tell me about it in the comments below! 

The August EDIT

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Hello, friends! Can you believe it’s already the end of the month? As excited as I am for September and to be back at school, the summer flew by! I thought I would end the month with a new kind of post that I hope will become a series on the blog: The Edit. The Edit will be a collection of all kinds of things I’ve been really loving recently: fashion items, beauty/ skincare, quotes, music, movies, blogs… the categories will really depend on the month! I also want to include a little life update at the end of the post. I love connecting with readers and other bloggers and reading other bloggers’ life update posts, so I figured why not try it here? Let me know what you think of this new post style and without further ado, let’s get started!

FASHION

 

My fashion mindset for this month has been all about comfort. It’s been so hot and I’ve been working/ on my feet a lot so I always aim for comfort these days. One of my favorite outfits I’ve worn lately is this striped culotte jumpsuit. It is super breezy and comfortable! I most frequently wear it with my black lace up flats, but I love how I can dress it up with a pair of black strappy heels or platforms. I’ve also been spending some time on Pinterest and Tumblr lately, so here are a few looks and trends that have been inspiring me lately.

 

I’ve also been trying to wear more color lately, at which I’ve been fairly successful so far. My favorite “colorful” outfit I’ve worn this month is the floral wrap dress I wore a few weeks ago in New York City. It’s a little bit bohemian and a little bit girly- I love it and will totally be wearing it into the fall!

BEAUTY

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My big beauty focus lately has been skincare, to which I devoted an entire post at the beginning of this month. I haven’t really tried any new products, but I am still loving everything in this routine, especially the rosewater sprays. They are perfect for freshening up your skin on a hot and humid day!

Due to both being skincare focused and the hot, humid weather lately, I’ve been wearing minimal makeup. Most days, it’s just concealer, Boy Brow, mascara and tinted lip balm or lipstick. Some days, I’ll add Haloscope highlighter and Urban Decay powder foundation. It’s been so nice to have such a quick beauty routine (5 mins, max!).

BOOKS

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While I was in Mexico, I did a ton of reading. My favorite book that I read while on vacation was The Circle. It really made me think about how and why I use technology and social media. I highly recommend it to everyone, especially those who find themselves using social media frequently. I cannot recommend it enough, it is a really great story and has some important messages and things to think about.

I am reading two books right now that I am really enjoying. The first is Why Not Me, Mindy Kaling’s second book. I read her other book a few years ago and absolutely loved it, and this book has not dissapointed! Mindy Kaling has such a great voice and is so funny. This book is a great summer read. I am also reading Where’d You Go, Bernadette, which has been recommended to me a few times, so I finally am giving it a try. I’m only a few chapters in but am enjoying it so far!

MUSIC

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I’ve been really into upbeat music lately. There’s nothing better than a great playlist to start your morning and set the tone for the day. A few songs I’ve been loving lately are… “Summertime” by The Mowgli’s, “Feel it Still” by Portugal. The Man, “40 Day Dream” by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes, “Play That Song” by Train and pretty much anything by Jack Johnson. Be sure to follow me on Spotify to keep up with the latest music I’m listening to!

WELLNESS

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Three big things in the wellness department this month. First is yoga. I have some back problems and have been going to the chiropractor a lot which has been great, but I thought giving yoga a try would be really helpful for that, as well as a good activity to add to my weekly routine. I’ve done a few classes so far and have been loving it. I forgot how much I missed stretching from my days as a dancer. At first, I was hesitant about all the “ohm”-ing, but I actually really like it.

Second thing in the wellness category is buddha bowls. I’ve been working a lot lately and have also been prepping for when I move back to school next month and have to start cooking on my own. Buddha bowls have been a great way to eat healthy, use a ton of different ingredients and still get enough protein to stay full. They’re also easy to make in advance. A lot of the time, main ingredients from mine come from dinner leftovers!

Buddha bowls are all over Pinterest and are basically salads with greens + grains + veggies and sometimes beans + anything else you can possibly think of. I have a post planned to share a few different variations I make but my favorite one is pictured above with spinach, arugula, tomatoes, mozzerella, grilled chicken, Israeli couscous, basil + pine nut pesto and balsamic.

I don’t know if this quite qualifies as wellness, but I didn’t know where else to put it, and this is my post, so I’ll do what I want, ok? 😉 I’ve been thinking a lot this month about technology, how often I use my devices (outside of work/ school) and why I use them the way I do. Why do I spend so much time on Instagram but so little time doing other, arguably more important things? I’ve been trying to cut out mindless scrolling and only check social media a few times a day. Of course, as a blogger, this can be difficult, but I am making it work. I’ve also been trying to get back into the habit of not looking at my phone before bed.

LIFE UPDATE

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I move back to Philadelphia to start my sophomore year in a few weeks. I’ll be living in an apartment with two of my best friends and cannot wait!!! I am so excited to be back in the city with my friends but am cherishing the time I have at home since this is my last summer break, ever (still in disbelief about that one).

I have been working a lot this month as a sales associate at the boutique and as a marketing intern for my mom’s company. It’s been really fun getting to experience and learn about marketing and have some more responsibilities outside of the boutique. Between these two jobs, writing for CollegeFashionista and everything for the blog- I’ve been super busy! I love having a big to-do list filled with places to go and people to see, so I’m enjoying it 🙂

I’ve also been squeezing in time to hang out with friends before everyone parts their separate ways for another year of college. I have also had a few bursts of creativity this month, which are always much welcomed. I love sitting down to paint for an afternoon. Lately, I’ve been loving watercolors, which is a fun alternative to the acrylic paint I’m so used to using from school.

There are still quite a few things I want to do before the summer is over, so hopefully I can buckle down and accomplish everything in the next few weeks!

What have you been up to lately? Anything you’re loving? Comment down below and let’s chat! 

Postcards from Mexico

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I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to share my photos from my trip to Mexico in July! A few weeks ago, my family and I travelled to Riviera Maya, Mexico for a week of sunshine, relaxation and great food & company. It was pretty low key in the sense that all we did for the whole week was lounge by the beach/ pool and go out to dinner each night. During the day, I read a lot and whizzed through 3.5 books during our week-long vacation! We also took lots of walks along the beach and spent a lot of time cooling off in the water. We stayed at Generations by Karisma which was absolutely magical. The food was incredible, the grounds of the resort were so beautiful and my family and I just had the most spectacular time!

I compiled some of my favorite photos from the trip to make a little photo diary post. Compared to my London and Paris travel guides and all the content I had from that trip last summer, this really was a relaxing vacation! 😉 Have you done any traveling this summer? Tell me all about it in the comments! 

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Floral Wrap Dress in New York City

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Last week, some friends and I went to New York City for a fun day trip. Living so close to the city is one of the things I love most about where I live. Being able to hop on a train and be in New York City or Philadelphia in an hour is something I really treasure and have been taking advantage of this summer!

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My friends Lexie, Caroline, Cammie and I spent the day downtown. We walked the High Line (the best way to walk downtown- scenic and breezy. Perfect for a warm summer day!) to get to to the Whitney, then spent some time exploring the museum. I am wearing my new favorite summer dress. It’s definitely not something I would usually reach towards, but as soon as I tried it on, I knew I needed it (plus it was on major sale!). It it a little low cut, so I paired it with one of my favorite bralettes from Free People. I also layered a rose-colored beaded choker, my fortune cookie necklace (my lucky charm!) and a lariat necklace from Urban Outfitters (similar). We had a big day of walking planned, so I wore my favorite comfortable and cute sandals from Sam Edelman. My favorite summertime bag is my blush Kate Spade Beau Bag (similar), one of my most treasured gifts!

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After spending the year in design and art classes, I have a whole new appreciation for art and see it in new ways. That being said, I could’ve spent an entire day in the Whitney. The art is incredible and very much along the lines of what I spent my year studying and re-creating, so seeing certain artists/ movements/ techniques was really amazing after working hard this year to emulate those very pieces! Another thing I loved about the Whitney was of course the views. There are a few decks outside on the upper floors of the museum that offer beautiful views of the city.

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After exploring the Whitney, it was lunch time! We wanted something quick and healthy, so we opted for salads and smoothie bowls at Le Pain. I had an awesome arugula + tabouleh salad with avocado and lemon basil vinaigrette with an iced latte. It was so nice to sit inside with some AC for a little bit! After our healthy lunch, we decided it was only appropriate to counter that with some sweet treats at Sweets byCHLOE and dō. I had a (vegan) chocolate cupcake from byCHLOE which was really good. I had eaten lunch at byCHLOE a few times but never dessert, and was skeptical of how good a vegan cupcake could be, but let me tell you, it was delicious. We were walking to Washington Square Park when we walked by dō, the super popular cookie dough place you’ve probably seen on Instagram, and decided we had to give it a try since the line wasn’t around the block, haha. Caroline and I shared a small, and we couldn’t even finish it together! The final dō verdict is: tastes great (we got the salty + sweet flavor!), but can’t handle more than a few bites. I’m glad I got to try it, but I wouldn’t necessarily go back.

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After lots of desserts, we decided to take a break and sit in Washington Square Park for a bit. I was laughing to myself because on every trip I’ve made to the city this summer (which is quite a few!) I’ve ended up in Wash Sq. Park. Usually, I don’t spend a ton of time in The Village but somehow I keep finding myself there this summer. After a little relaxing in the park, we headed to the Flatiron district for some shopping. We stopped at Free People, Paper Source and a few other stores for some window shopping. We also stopped at Madewell to give our friend Shelby a visit! It was so great to see her while we were in the city, and I never turn down a visit to Madewell 😉

All in all, it was a wonderful day in the city with three dear friends of mine. What is your favorite thing to do in New York City in the summertime? Comment below!

My Skincare Routine

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I have mentioned it a few times before on the blog, but in the past year and a half or so, I have really stepped up my skincare game. My skincare routine used to consist of a generic drug store face wash, Neutrogena makeup remover wipes and the occasional spot treatment cream/ gel for blemishes. Not to say that doesn’t work for everyone, but that certainly did NOT work for me. Once I moved to Philadelphia and was living in the city, my skin got even worse and I finally started prioritizing my skincare.

Nine months later, I feel confident enough to leave the house with no face makeup without feeling self conscious about my skin. Keeping this consistent routine has helped my skin tremendously. Everyone’s skin is different and I urge you to find out what’s right for your skin to keep it healthy and clean. I hope this post will give you a few new products to try out and if nothing else, inspire you to find a personalized skincare routine for yourself! I’ll warn you, my routine is on the longer side and I go into lots of detail in this post, but there is something special at the end of the post you don’t want to miss 😉

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MORNING SKINCARE ROUTINE

  • Face wash: Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser. This was the first product I started using when I was trying to clear up my skin this year. After a month and a half or so, I noticed major differences in my skin.
  • Oil: Bio Oil. I’ve been using Bio Oil on the acne scarring I have on the sides of my face. I just started using this product a few weeks ago, so the long term results are to be determined. So far, it hasn’t made anything worse and it hasn’t made me breakout. The scarred areas are a little smoother than before, so hopefully that’s a step in the right direction.
  • Toner: Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion. I don’t do this everyday, but when my skin is breaking out or just feels dirty or clogged, I swipe this toner over my skin using a cotton round.
  • Moisturizer: Mario Badescu Oil Free SPF 30 Moisturizer. I love this moisturizer because it doesn’t clog up my skin, it’s super hydrating without being oily AND it has SPF!
  • Rosewater Spray: Glossier Soothing Face Mist or Mario Badescu Rosewater Spray. I love how hydrating this stuff is. It also gives my skin the nicest glow! I spritz this on almost every morning after I put my moisturizer on. I also find myself throwing the bottle in my bag if I’m out for the day and giving myself an afternoon pick-me-up spritz!

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EVENING SKINCARE ROUTINE

  • Makeup Remover: Garnier Micellar Water. I didn’t understand all the micellar water hype until I tried it. I used to use Neutrogena makeup remover wipes even though they made my eyes itch and skin burn. So, I made the switch to the micellar water and LOVE it! It is so gentle and takes all my makeup off. Another perk is it is cheaper than most makeup wipes (the bottle lasts waaaay longer than a pack of wipes) and is environmentally friendly. I use cotton rounds to apply the micellar water to my face.
  • Face Wash: Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser. By this point in the post, I’m sure you’re not even surprised that I have yet another Glossier product in my daily skincare regiment. If you didn’t see this post declaring my love for the brand, you know now that I am a huge Glossier fan and this was the product that converted me! This face wash is so gentle and also takes off makeup, which is a nice back-up in case I missed anything with my micellar water. This cleanser is so gentle and soothing, but after washing it off, my skin feels really clean.
  • Toner: Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion. If my skin is feeling dirty at all (if I’ve been in the city, sweating or my skin is breaking out), I’ll use this toner again at night. Like in the morning, I also put Bio Oil over the acne scarring on the sides of my face. I’m still testing this product out, so results are TBD!

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  • Serum: Glossier Super Pure, Super Bounce or Super Glow. I’ve gotten to know my skin and know what it needs. If it’s breaking out, I’ll use Super Pure. If it’s dehydrated and dry, I’ll use Super Bounce. If it’s dull and rough, I’ll use Super Glow. It depends on the day, but I use Super Bounce and Pure the most.
  • Moisturizer: Glossier Priming Moisturizer. This stuff is so hydrating but doesn’t make your skin oily. It’s pure magic, I’m convinced. Before I had a real skincare routine, I never even used moisturizer. Now, if I get out of the shower at night and forget to moisturize, I can’t go 45 minutes without my skin tightening up and feeling super dry. This is definitely one of my favorite products I own! If I’m feeling like it, I put on a spritz of rosewater spray after my moisturizer at night, too 🙂
  • Spot Treatment: I haven’t found one definitive spot treatment that I love yet, but as of now I use either Mario Badescu Drying Cream or Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Healing Gel. I’m waiting to find that magic product that makes blemishes disappear overnight. If you have a go-to spot treatment/ pimple magic product, let me know in the comments below!

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In addition to this lengthy routine, I also try to do a face mask once every week or so. I alternate between using TONY MOLY Sheet Masks and the Glossier Mask Duo (Mega Greens Galaxy Pack & Moisturizing Moon Mask). Depending on how much time I have and what my skin needs, sometimes I only do one of the Glossier masks or even put one mask on part of my face and the other mask on another section of my face- haha! You’ve probably realized how many Glossier products I have on here, which is why I have a special treat for you! If you use this link to shop any Glossier products, you can receive 10% off your purchase.

Whew! Typing out my skincare routine made me realize just how long it is! Even though my routine is pretty cemented, I always love hearing what other people do/ products they use, so let me know your favorite skincare products and/ or your routine in the comments below! 

Disclosure: This post is not sponsored, but by using the Glossier link above to receive 10% off, I also receive $5 off a purchase through their refer-a-friend program. This blog is not affiliated with Glossier- I am just a big fan of their products and genuinely want to spread the word!