Summer-Sault Into Fall

Summer may be over, but it is still extremely warm here in Southern California. The only down side of living here is not being able to experience all four seasons. But the bright side is that the closer we get to winter time, the cooler the weather especially in the evenings. I can finally pull out my warm clothes, I have been dying to wear this warm overall dress which I purchased a few years ago in a small boutique store. I have seen similar styles in stores like Forever 21 and H&M as well. This dress is comfortable and casual yet still looks put together. I decided to wear it two different ways because it’s not overly heavy to wear during the warmer months. The first look I paired a pair of suede brown Vince Camuto lace-up sandals which I purchased at Nordstrom. The dress didn’t come with a belt, but I loved the cinched look at the waist so I added a belt that I previously owned. It is a very simple brown belt. My necklace is a choker like design made in a deep purple and green color glass from H&M. I thought it tied the look together very well.

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The second look is for the colder months. I added a black turtleneck underneath which I purchase from Forever 21 and my knee high boots are from Nordstrom rack and the brand is Catherine Malandrino. < em>Also comment below and tell me your favorite fall piece🍁

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Packing for Iceland

Weather in Iceland is very unpredictable. Thankfully for the duration of my trip, I experienced sunny, pleasant weather, although the first two days after I landed, it was gloomy with random spurts of rain. I stayed in a very cute Bed and Breakfast in Selfoss and the evenings would get pretty cold. The trip itself consisted of many outdoor activities, such as hiking and a lot of walking so staying warm was vital. 

Wearing layers is extremely important. Not only are you warm, but you can also peel off a  layer to cool down. My basic, daily setup was thermal pants and shirt, warm sweater or plaid shirt and my outer jacket. My socks were warm enough to only wear one pair and my boots kept me nice and toasty as well.

Below I have listed exactly what I packed. I hope this list is helpful to you as well. Almost everything I purchased for this trip was from amazon.com to keep my cost low as Iceland is on the expensive side and I wanted to save for the activities there:)

  1. Warm, waterproof jacket: This is extremely important in case it rains, to protect from high winds and waterfall mist. 

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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XF2LNH1/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

2. Several fleece-lined leggings: I would pack 3 to 4 pairs. i practically lived in mine. I brought only black ones, but next time I will include multi-colored ones. They are warm, soft and comfortable. 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01JBQRWB8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

3. Fleece lined hat/Waterproof gloves: Keeping your head warm is extremely important. This hat I bought from amazon was super cute and warm. I plan on purchasing a few more for future trips.

~And this Swiss mocha was amazing by the way. Perfect end to a chilly hike :))~

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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018V1D4MU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

4. Thermal top and bottoms: Highly, highly recommend taking several pairs with you. They are thin, I layered them under my jeans and fleece leggings. I doubt I would have stayed warm enough if I had not taken these with me.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XDJRHZY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

5. Sweaters: Bring a few. No need to bring a lot, as you will already have plenty of layers. Also make sure they are at least partially wool or cashmere. Synthetics will not keep you as warm. 

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6. Swim suit: You do not want to miss the Blue Lagoon. It is relaxing and beautiful but you need a swim suit in order to get in :). This one I purchased from Target last summer. 

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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LWX3YEV/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

7. Warm waterproof boots: You will most likely trek through mud and water and rain. Therefore a pair of sturdy warm boots is a must. I wore these Sorel boots almost every single day and never once had cold or wet feet. 

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8. Wool Socks: Must have to keep warm.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B019FETB74/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

9. Denim Jeans: Pack a few for those casual days when you walk around town or if you plan on checking out a few bars. The bar scene is very casual so jeans would be a perfect fit with a cute sweater or top. 

10. Camera Bag: Preferable waterproof as you DO NOT want to get you equipment wet. 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MQYHZ7G/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Happy Travels everyone. I hope you enjoy Iceland as much as I did.

Comment below about your travel adventures 🙂

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June Gloom No More- 4 Items That Kept My Skin Happy This Month

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Humidity and cloudiness, not the best combination for the skin. Humid weather dries my skin  out, and cloudy weather makes me feel like I don’t need to wear sunscreen when in fact, those hidden UV rays are the worst perpetrators for aging skin. Fortunately, here some products that work well for me and keep the June gloom away.

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This Vitamin C glow-protect lotion is light and easy to apply. It smells delicious, a mixture of tangerines and vanilla. The texture is a bit on the thicker side due to it being a combination of moisterizer and sunscreen, but the glowing effect is worth it. 

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The Jane Iredale hydration spray works as a two in one product which is why I go through it so fast. It could be use a make-up settingb spray as well as a light mist which hydrates your skin after a long day in the sun. This spray leaves you feeling cool and your skin silky smooth. The refreshing rose scent helps me feel calm and relaxed. 

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Serums are most effective after cleansing your skin but before applying moisterizer. It penetrate your skin with ingrediants which contribute to healthier skin. This one in particular is my number one choice. Why? It is made of all natural ingrediants so I do not feel like I am applying chemicals to my skin. The rose hips and green tea give it a sweet smelling scent yet not overbearing to the senses. The vitamin C reduces inflammation and promotes collegen repair. 

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This Rodial face cream indeed feels like pure velvet on the skin. Applies easily without leaving a heavy residue on the face, it dries quickly and leaves your face refreshed and dewy. I love to use it overnight because it absorbs well into the skin but it works quite well as a day cream as well. 

That’s all for now loves! What are some of your favorite facial products? 

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Don’t Be Afraid, Be Bold

 When I saw this fiery, floral crop top I just knew I had to have it. Bold and beautiful, this shirt is the perfect statement piece. Worn together with a pair of my favorite jeans and my Sam Edelman sandals I feel chic with a touch of bohemian vibes.

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The jeans I am currently wearing are from the store Cotton On. I am obsessed with their bottoms because they are very form fitting. Sometimes it is hard find a pair of jeans that flatter my shape. (Jean shopping is definitely a bit stressful sometimes ;)). 

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My shoes are a pair of dark orange Sam Edelman sandals which I purchased at Nordstrom Rack. I love detailing, whether it is on shoes or clothes and the diamond-shaped silver pins immediately drew my attention. The fact that they are super soft and comfortable to walk in sealed the deal. They were mine for the taking.  On my wrist I am wearing an assortment of multi-colored bangles. I purchased these at Forever 21. The choker around my neck is a dark brown and was purchased at h&m. 

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I added a thin gold chain around my waist to give my waist a bit of glitz. 

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February Faves

 

Happy Thursday !!!

With February halfway over, and thankfully so in my opinion (as I am ready for spring), I wanted to share a few of my favorite items this month. The reason I love them so much is because they are very versatile year round, but especially so in the colder winter months. Each item brightens up my day in their own way. We all have that special someone, that long lasting mascara, or the favorite lipstick, well I have several loves and I will explain below each image.

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Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet

Dior/$60.00

This perfume has got to be my favorite of all time. A sweet delicate flowery scent, it is so versatile that I use it for both daytime and evening wear. The bottle comes in two sizes, this one being the smaller of the two, but it still lasts me about eight to ten months. I love the little bow tie on the lid of the bottle. It is very feminine and just makes me happy. This particular perfume I purchased at Nordstrom, but they are also available at Sephora, Macy’s and Ulta.

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Be Legendary Lipstick

Smashbox/$21.00

Although Valentine’s Day is over, these two lipsticks from Smashbox are a perfect addition to your makeup collection. These classic colors are superb for a date night or dinner with a friend. It gives the perfect pop of color with any outfit.

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Better Than Sex Mascara

Too Faced/$23.00

If you are looking for an amazing mascara this is it! I usually use two different types, but with this single one, my lashes look perfect. It is on the pricier side, but I can definitely say it is worth it. I use only about two coats, and I am left with luscious, thick lashes. I also love that it comes in waterproof form too, so on the nights when I don’t want to carry much with me, I know my lashes will stay close to perfect all night long.

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Pro Bronze Fusion Bronzer

MAKE UP FOR EVER/$36.00

I am a huge fan of Make Up Forever products in general, but this bronzer was a great investment. It is such a pretty, yet subtle color. Although it is a bit difficult to get it on the brush at first due to the texture, as you work into it, you get a natural, beautiful glow. It is waterproof, therefore will last you all night whether you go out dancing or to a movie.

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 Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator

NYX/$7.50

If you are looking for the perfect glow, you’ve found it. Inexpensive yet effective, this illuminator will give you a natural, healthy glow. And a little bit goes a long way. All you need is a dab, extending the life of your illuminator for many months. Definitely a keeper!

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Radiant Creamy Concealer

NARS/$30.00

This creamy NARS concealer in the color Ginger is a part of my everyday makeup routine. It provides medium to full coverage and is light enough to wear on a daily basis but covers enough to not need foundation. I love that I don’t feel any heaviness and it is very easily applied with its brush. It is paraben, sulfate, and  phthalates free so I feel comfortable applying it daily.

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British Rose Instant Glow Body Butter

The Body Shop$/21.00

This body butter is literally heaven on earth. I cannot describe how ecstatic I am with this particular product. Not only does it smell delicious, but the texture of it is so smooth and lustrous, I simply count the minutes until I can apply it. It hydrates my skin quickly without leaving any sticky residue leaving my skin glowing all day. It comes in two sizes as well, which is perfect in case I want to reapply it, I can leave the bigger one at home and carry the smaller container in my bag. I highly recommend this body butter.

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Rose Lollipop Lip Balm

Lush/$9.95

This silky, smooth lip balm is the perfect travel size. Its floral scent is a joy, and will leave your lips smooth and glossy.

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Face Illuminator Powder

Laura Mercier/$44.00

This illuminator is so beautiful, I feel joy every time I use it. The color and texture of it is very light and easy to apply.You will be shimmering for hours after using this face illuminator.

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Smooth Affair Facial Primer

 jane iredale/ $48.00

I am in love with products that smell like grapefruit. This facial primer is one of my favorite items from jane iredale because it contains many natural ingredients such as grapefruit extract, thus the lovely smell, Honeysuckle extract which purifies the skin, aloe, which smooths the skin as well as many other ingredients. What I love the most about this product is being able to use it as a face primer before I apply makeup, as well as a moisturizing agent at night.

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Pro Amazonian Clay Palette

tarteTarteist™/$53.00

This palette is probably my new favorite. The palette contains an array of 20 shades which vary from neutral to glam. The amazonian clay generates vibrant, pigmented shades which are a perfect combination for blending. The colors are beautiful and can be used for a day look or glammed up for the evening with the bold colors on the far right.

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