December 31, 2014

Review: Influenster Frosty Vox Box

No7 Protect & Perfect ADVANCED Sachet: This clinically proven serum is even more effective at reducing the appearance of fine lines for younger looking skin in just two weeks. 

NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum: Ready to take your lips to the next level? Try our NEW Expert Last Lip Color in twenty tantalizing shades. Get intense, amplified color and shine that lasts up to six hours! Our moisturizing formula glides on easily for a silky, smooth, velvety finish for all day wear. 

Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea: Live life well this holiday season with Celestial Seasonings and take a stroll down Candy Cane Lane! It's made with the very finest green tea leaves, peppermint and other botanicals, because at Celestial Seasonings, we know you are what you steep. 

EcoTools Hair Brush: EcoTools hair brushes are designed with unique features that leave your head and air happy and healthy. Long or short, straight or curly, EcoTools has the brush to tame any hair style with a variety of five brush head shapes and bristle designs specifically crafted to suit every need. 

Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover: Gently removes all eye makeup, including long-lasting and waterproof makeup, with no oily residue.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner: Gives instant color impact with its high intensity pigments. The ultra smooth and creamy formula glides on easily.

McCormick Gourmet Thyme: The freshest flavors deserve a fresh new look! McCormick Gourmet's Thyme imparts a light minty flavor that is distinctively warm and aromatic. McCormick Gourtmet Thyme can be used throughout the day in dishes such as breakfast casseroles, hearty soups, stews, stuffing, and oven-roasted chicken.

Fruit Vines Bites: Fruit Vines Bites are a new, soft, chewy fruit candy, from the Red Vines family, available in two fruit flavors- strawberry and cherry. Low fat and made with no preservatives, Fruit Vines Bites are available in three sizes: a 2oz single serve, a 5oz hanging bag and a 10oz resealable stand-up bag and can be found at Walmart in the West, Kroger, Walgreens, Target, Safeway, and Rite Aid. 

Please note: I did receive these products for free, but am not being compensated in anyway to share my opinions.

December 29, 2014

These Are A Few of My Favorite Things: December 2014

Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars: Bruno Mars might just be one of my favorite artists because he combines the Motown I grew up listening to (and still today) with modern beats and lyrics. This song is no exception and is too fun!

RapidLash (℅): Stay tuned for a full review towards the end of January, but this has grown to be one of my favorite new products!

OAT Cashmere Adele Travel Wrap: This is up there with the most luxurious things I own and I knew I had to share it so I bought one for my mom for Hanukkah as well. It's so cozy and while it does look amazing while traveling, it's also great to just snuggle up in while at home.

Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover: I received this in my Influenster Frosty Vox Box this month which came just in time because I was almost out of eye makeup remover. It's super gentle, not too oily, and really gets my eye makeup off at the end of the day.

Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner: Another goodie from my Influenster Frosty Vox Box which just so happens to be one of my favorite eyeliners of all time. It's super dark and smooth and applies easily without skipping on my lash line.

MAC Quarry Eye Shadow: I got this earlier in the month through the Back 2 MAC program in an effort to experiment with colors I don't usually play around with.

Indulgio Sweet & Salty Caramel Cappuccino: Typically, I only drink coffee twice a week before class on Tuesday & Thursday but finals week was an exception this month. One of my roommates brought these back to Boston after Thanksgiving break and I think I used almost every K-Cup in the package.

Zara Sweater // H&M Necklace // Old Navy Jeans // Audrey Brooke Boots
The highlight of the month would definitely have to be the holiday shopping event I hosted with Nikki Zais of From Boston, With Love. The event was absolutely amazing and came together so well (stay tuned for more possible collabs from us in the future)!

December 28, 2014

Beauty Sales Week of December 28th

  • Haircare & Makeup Refresh Feat. By Terry, Upgrade Your Skincare (Sale begins Noon ET 12/31)
  • The Ultimate New Year Makeover (Sale begins Noon ET 1/2)

  • Smile Sciences (Sale begins 8am PT 12/28)
  • Cortex Hair Tools: Up to 80% Off (Sale begins 4pm PT 12/28)
  • #ManiMonday: Gellaka Gel Nails, Erno Laszlo (Sales begin 8am PT 12/29)
  • Crown Brush, Protective Nourishment Skincare (Sales begin 8am PT 12/30)
  • JUARA Skincare, Studio Gear Cosmetics (Sales begin 8am PT 12/31)
  • HerStyler Hair Tools, Vivant Skin Care (Sales begin 8am PT 1/1)
  • GlamNatural Cosmetics, Silk'n Hair Removal (Sales begin 8am PT 1/2)
  • La Femme Actuelle Diamond Infused Skincare, KIN Professional Haircare (Sales begin 8am PT 1/3)

  • Winter Glow: Our Favorite Skincare (Sale begins 9am PT 12/29)
  • Party Ready: Haircare & Styling Products (Sale begins 9am PT 12/30)
  • Make-Up Bag Update (Sale begins 9am PT 12/31)
  • I Will…Update My Beauty Regimen (Sale begins 4pm PT 1/1)
  • Skin Savior: Face & Body Care (Sale begins 9am PT 1/2)
  • Spa Day At Home: Skincare & More (Sale begins 9am PT 1/3)

  • Santa Slipped Up: The Beauty Products You Wanted (Sale begins 11am ET 12/28)
  • Pretty Talk: Face Masks & More to Share (Sale begins 3pm ET 1/3)

December 26, 2014

Review: Proactiv+ 30 Days Check-In

I've been using Proactiv+ for just about 30 days now so it's time for a check-in, but first a little background on my skin.

I used to break out a lot around my mouth when I was younger, and today I tend to break out more around the edges of my face and occasionally around my chin, but I have a lot of hyper pigmentation left behind from breakouts of the past that I have been focusing on diminishing over the past several years.

Before starting Proactiv+

30 Days In (it is that time of the month…which I believe explains the breakouts around my mouth, also sorry I look so miserable in these photos, I promise I'm not!)

I've seen the most improvement around my nose, which I didn't even think needed much improving per se. The size of my pores on and around my nose have significantly diminished, which I think is thanks to the Pore Targeting Treatment. However, I think that this product is also the culprit behind the dry and flaky skin I've been (unfortunately) experiencing around my mouth. The Complexion Perfecting Hydrator does help a bit at getting rid of dry skin, but a really good scrub in the shower with the Skin Smoothing Exfoliator will usually do the trick.

Overall, I have been seeing some results that I like so far, but have been experiencing majorly dry skin because of my skincare switch.

 I partnered with Proactiv+ through the Her Campus Blogger Network but am not being influenced by any opinions but my own.

December 24, 2014

Review: November 2014 GLOSSYBOX

Kneipp Balancing in Lavender Herbal Bath: From the popular German brand, which specializes in naturopathic healing remedies, comes this concentrated bath treatment with natural essential oils to calm nervousness and combat mental fatigue. Featuring aromatic ingredients like camphor, lavender and eucalyptus leaf oils, this is said to enhance overall mood and well-being.

12 Benefits Instant Healthy Hair Treatment: Correct damage from chemical processing, pollution and heat styling with this leave-in treatment, designed to offer a dozen benefits to dry, parched hair. From boosting the vibrancy of your existing color to preventing sun stress with sunscreen, this clean-scented multifunctional mist also tackles a mean case of the frizzies.

Kryolan for Glossybox Blusher in Glossy Pink: This universally-flattering micronized blush, which was created exclusively for GLOSSYBOX, offers cheeks a long-lasting rosy glow. With a formula that is both creamy and finely milled, it can be used to create looks that range from subtle to dramatic.

OPI Nail Lacque in Pink Outside the GLOSSYBOX: Pink Outside the GLOSSYBOX is a rosy play on the classic neutral for fall. Adding just a blush of pink to nails tells the world that although you are embracing the season in all its glory - changing colors, falling leaves, crisp air, and knee-high boots - you still have spring in your heart.

Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer: Replenish and firm skin with this clinically-proven, power-packed moisturizer that combines a brightening complex of apple, lemon and white grape juices with an antioxidant cocktail of vitamin C and peptides. The lightweight formula, which is 100 percent certified organic by the USDA, is a tall drink of water for your face.

December 22, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: The Best Friend

I'm very lucky to have very different best friends with totally unique personalities so this was definitely the hardest gift guide to complete this holiday season since I got each of my friends gifts that really match their personalities.

See my previous 2014 gift guides herehere and here.

Jonathan Adler Secrets Canister: Fill this with your best memories with your best friends for a unique and fun gift she's sure to cherish.

Buxom Full-On Lip Polish: Available in 100 shades, chances are there's one that shares your best friends name.

Rebecca Minkoff Monogram Jody Pouch: Perfect for tossing your odds and in's is this pouch. Even better is that's it's monogrammed for a personal touch!

How to Dress for Success by Edith Head: A reprint of the classic no-nonsense fashion advice book women have been following for years. Mega Babe Get Around Keychain: Remind her that she's a mega babe with this kitschy and fun keychain.

December 21, 2014

Beauty Sales Week of December 21st

  • Pro Beauty Buys: Up to 80% Off (Sale begins 9pm ET 12/21)
  • Anti-Aging Treatments Feat. Cosmo Skin Solutions (Sale begins Noon ET 12/22)

  • Corioliss Hair Tools, POP Beauty (Sales begin 8am PT 12/21)
  • #ManiMonday: LVX Vegan Nail Lacquer, Stila (Sales begin 8am PT 12/22)
  • Skin & Co. Roma, Smashbox Smoke & Mirrors Set (Sales begin 8am PT 12/23)
  • Argan Magic Haircare, Edward Bess Cosmetics (Sales begin 8am PT 12/24)
  • Dr. Brandt Skincare, Fragrances Under $25, ISO Beauty Hair Tools (Sales begin 8am PT 12/25)
  • Gift Yourself: Estee Lauder Best Dressed Lips (Sale begins 1pm PT 12/25)
  • Flirty Eyes Mink Lashes, Sprig Bath & Body (Sales begin 8am PT 12/26)
  • BH Cosmetics, Vivo Per Lei Skincare (Sales begin 8am PT 12/27)

  • Last-Minute Gifts: Haircare, Skincare & Makeup (Sale begins 9am PT 12/21)
  • Spa Day At Home: Skincare & More Feat. Avani (Sale begins 9am PT 12/22)
  • 70% Off: Skincare, Make-Up & More (Sale begins 9am PT 12/26)

December 20, 2014

Link Love: December 14-20

If American Girl Dolls Were Real [Lauren Ireland]

How to Manage Holiday Stress [Levo League]

Nutella Hot Chocolate with Hazelnut Liqueur [Saveur]

Rent the Runway Raises Another $60 Million to Open More Stores [Fashionista]

The R29 Transparency Awards: 10 Brands Truly Worth Gifting [Refinery 29]

These Are, Hands Down, The Best 14 Outfits From 2014 [Huff Post Style]

December 19, 2014

Review: Sassoon Salon in Boston, MA

Just before my event that I co-hosted last Thursday, I headed to the Sassoon Salon for a blow-out and style. I very rarely get my hair done before events because I never feel like there's much to do with it.

Before // After

My stylist was Lena Vinnitsky, Assistant Creative Director for Sassoon Salon Boston and she was amazing as was everyone else at the salon! We had a great time chatting while she curled my hair to perfection. I asked for tighter curls since the time of my appointment was a few hours before the event, so I knew they would fall to softer waves by the event.

Lena used amazing products by Kérastase (one of my favorite brands) on my hair that all worked so well and my hair lasted well into the next day. Stop by Sassoon Salon for your holiday hair appointment!

Sassoon Salon
399 Boylston Street
Boston, MA

P.S. Need a last minute gift? Sassoon's holiday gift offer is amazing! For every $100 gift card purchase, receive a $20 savings voucher as a bonus gift to give away, or keep it for yourself. Use it towards a future haircut, color, blow-dry, or treatment! (Some restrictions apply- see your local Sassoon Salon for details)

The service at Sassoon was complimentary to me in exchange for an honest review of their services. 

December 17, 2014

Magical Mondays at Chestnut Hill Square

On Monday evening, I headed out to Chestnut Hill Square in Chestnut Hill, MA for an evening of pampering at drybar followed by dinner at Seasons 52. I had never been to either location so I was especially excited for the evening!

First, we headed to drybar and were welcomed with champagne, cheese & crackers to enjoy while perusing what the blow-out only salon had to offer. I decided to go with the Cosmo-Tai! I never wear my hair wavy so this was a lot of fun to try out!

Next, we headed over to Seasons 52 just across the Square for an amazingly decadent dinner which all of us could barely finish! We were greater by amazing goodie bags (highlights: Starbucks reusable mug, Anthropologie socks, Starbucks gift card, Sweet cupcakes, & more!) and an amazing server Josh who took amazing care of us! The highlight of the meal was the fifth course and main entree- the surf and turf!

Six decadent courses later, we all headed out for the evening, with fabulous hair and a fabulously full stomach after a rich meal. I had an amazing time and definitely recommend checking out Seasons 52 and drybar at Chestnut Hill Square!

Everything mentioned above was complimentary, all opinions are my own.

December 15, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: The Boy

While I don't have a man in my life (besides my dad), I love styling imaginary boys in my life (embarrassing I know). Hope this helps for those of you with a man in your life!

See my previous 2014 gift guides here and here.
Woodlore Tie & Belt Hanger: Just as women need a box of sorts for jewelry, this will help clear up major space in your man's closet.

J.W. Hulme Co. iPhone Wallet: A sleek leather wallet and phone case combo that will prevent unsightly wallet creases in jeans.

Guy 001 Guy Stuff Pouch: Help him jet set in style and organization with this quirky pouch.

Deus Ex Machina Klopmus Keychain: A chic and antique inspired lobster clasp keychain.

The Leading Man Fragrance Sampler For Him: This kit includes 4 colognes & 1 shaving cream for the leading man in your life, plus a voucher for a free full size cologne of his favorite from the set.

December 14, 2014

Beauty Sales Week of December 14th

  • Beauty Gifts: Sets & Fragrances (Sale begins 9pm ET 12/14)
  • Makeup We Love Feat. Koh Gen Do (Sale begins Noon ET 12/16)

  • NuTika HairTools (Sale begins 8am PT 12/14)
  • #ManiMonday: Orly Gel Nails, Bioelements Skincare, jane iredale Cosmetics, L'Artisan Parfumeur (Sales begin 8am PT 12/15)
  • Dermovia Anti-Aging Systems, Mirenesse Australia, Topganic Professional Hair Care (Sales begin 8am PT 12/16)
  • AVIVA Hair Revitalizer, Fusion Beauty, Penhaligons London (Sales begin 8am PT 12/17)
  • Best Teeth Bleaching, Fragrance and Atomizers (Sales begin 8am PT 12/18)
  • Murad Skincare, Nest Fragrances (Sales begin 8am PT 12/19)
  • Color Me Professional Temporary Hair Color, Donna Bella 24K & Caviar Skincare (Sales begin 8am PT 12/20)

  • Beauty & Grooming Gifts, NuFace Skincare Treatments, Skincare Gifts Feat. Freeze 24-7 (Sales begins 9am PT 12/17)
  • $25 & Up: Winter Hair Secret Weapons (Sale begins 9am PT 12/18)
  • New Markdowns: Beauty Gifts From Favorite Brands (Sale begins 9am PT 12/19)
  • Best Bets: Beauty & Grooming (Sale begins 9am PT 12/20)

  • Mini Fragrances Make the Best Stocking Stuffers (Sale begins 11am ET 12/19)

December 12, 2014

LIT Boutique Holiday Shopping Event

Yesterday, I hosted a holiday shopping event at LIT Boutique on Newbury Street in Boston with Nikki Zais of From Boston, With Love. It was the first time event hosting for either of us, but overall an amazing event! We served champagne, cheese & crackers, and Baked by Melissa cupcakes and offered 15% off to shoppers. So glad that everything came together so well for the event and that we had a great turn-out!

the spread!

 Nikki & I

LIT Boutique

my friends/roommates Sam & Jennie

December 10, 2014

Products I've Used Up #7

Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel: This is a great spot treatment but I'm trying to use less harsh products on my skin since it's been super dry lately.

Olay Regenerist Intensive Repair Treatment: This seemed to last nearly forever since I only used the smallest bit onto a smile line forming on my forehead. It seems to have diminished it over time, so we'll see what happens when I don't use it.

Kirkland Daily Facial Towelettes: For products like this, I have found that I don't need to use a super expensive or even drugstore version because these do the trick just fine.

Crest Glamourous White Luxe 3D Whitestrips: I get these every few months or so and just finished up this box. These are definitely worth the money and out of all the varieties that Crest offers, this is the best one I've used.

Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid Deodorant: One of my favorite deodorants is this one. It works amazingly well at keeping odor and wetness at bay.

Bath & Body Works Aqua Blossom PocketBac Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel: I keep one of these in my desk and one in my purse so I use these pretty frequently.

Nature's Bouty Fish Oil: Just like a majority of the other things included in this post, I take these daily.

Tory Burch Perfume: I really enjoyed the smell of this. While it was sometimes too much for everyday wear, I did like it for evenings.

Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant Lotion: My all-time favorite body lotion. 'Nuff said.

Soap & Glory Hand Food Hand Cream: I love this hand cream for use before bed! The scent can be a bit overpowering, but overall, this is a must-have!

Queen Helene Hand & Body Cocoa Butter Lotion: I bought a few of these over the summer for traveling purposes and can't see myself using the other few that I have. Compared to my favorite Vaseline lotion (see above) this does absolutely nothing.

Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel: This is one of my favorite body washes. I'd rather use it in the summer time because the scent can be a bit too sweet for the winter.

Sephora Smoothing Body Scrub: This is kind of a meh product for me, it doesn't do too much so I'm on the hunt for a new exfoliator!

Whish Lavender Shave Inhibitor: I absolutely LOVE this product. I've been using it since the summer and use it after I shave my legs. I can definitely see myself re-purchasing this but maybe in the summer.

Skintimate Mandarin Burst Shave Gel: Just your classic shave gel, I'm not picky on scents as long as it's Skintimate.

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microfinish Powder: This is my go-to face powder. While it is translucent there's something about it that makes your foundation underneath look even more flawless and almost airbrushed.

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray: This is a must-have for making my makeup last longer without making my skin get oily.

Urban Decay Primer Potion: This has lasted me well over a year which is surprising considering I use it nearly every day. It's my go-to eye primer and has already been re-purchased!

philosophy The Present Clear Makeup: I bought this a few years ago and had it sitting in the bottom of my train case for the longest time so it was definitely time to downsize.

MAC Brule Eyeshadow: This is a shadow I wear everyday from my upper lash line to my brow bone before applying any other shadow color. It gives my lids an overall more polished look before I even put on real color.

December 8, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: The Hostess

I absolutely cannot wait to get my first apartment and host my first dinner party. We all have a friend who loves to entertain others, and that would definitely be me.

See my previous 2014 gift guide here.

Kate Spade New York Happy Hour Glitter Coaster Set: These glittery acrylic coasters would be the perfect fun addition to an intimate New Year's Eve get together or just a fun way to jazz up their morning coffee.

C. Wonder Pop Fizz Cocktail Shaker: Engraved with celebratory phrases, this shaker is yet another festive addition to your favorite hostesses stocked kitchen.

Williams-Sonoma Monogram Cheese Board & Spreader: Give a personal gift with this monogrammed cheese board and accompanying spreader perfect for the cheese lover in your life.

diptyque Votive Candle Set: Including 'baits,' diptyque's most popular scent, this gift may seem run of the mill, until you smell these three high-end scents.

Handmade Baking by Kamran Siddiqi: Food blogger Kamran Siddiqi shares beautiful baked goods recipes in his inaugural cookbook that your baking buddy is sure to enjoy.

December 7, 2014

Beauty Sales Week of December 7th

  • Beauty Stocking Stuffers (Sale begins 9pm ET 12/7)
  • The Beauty Boutique: Perfect Gifts (Sale begins Noon ET 12/9)
  • Gorgeous Holiday Hair Feat. GHD (Sale begins Noon ET 12/10)
  • Sisley Skincare (Sale begins Noon ET 12/11)
  • Holiday Nails Feat. Deborah Lippmann (Sale begins Noon ET 12/12)

  • Brillance New York Hair Tools, L'Artisan Parfumeur (Sales begin 8am PT 12/7)
  • #ManiMonday: ILLAMASQUA Nails, COACH Fragrances, Lord & Berry Cosmetics (Sales begin 8am PT 12/8)
  • Alterna Haircare, Retinol Skincare (Sales begin 8am PT 12/9)
  • Blend Mineral Cosmetics, Brilliance New York Skincare (Sales begin 8am PT 12/10)
  • Estee Lauder Best Dressed Lips, RapidLash, Sibu Beauty (Sales begin 8am PT 12/11)
  • BECCA Cosmetics, D'Or Skincare, Toppik Thinning Hair Solutions (Sales begin 8am PT 12/12)
  • Gifts Under $25: Smashbox Smoke & Mirrors Set (Sale begins 1pm PT 12/12)
  • Boyfriend Fragrances By Kate Walsh, Terre Mere Organic-Vegan Cosmetics (Sales begin 8am PT 12/13)

  • Healthy Tresses: Haircare Feat. Phyto (Sale begins 9am PT 12/10)
  • Under $25: Beauty Gifts (Sale begins 4pm PT 12/11)
  • $69 & Under: Fine Fragrances (Sale begins 9am PT 12/12)
  • Winter Skin Savers (Sale begins 9am PT 12/13)

  • The Best Stocking Stuffers? These perfumes. (Sale begins 11am ET 12/8)
  • Peter Thomas Roth & More: Top Beauty Picks (Sale begins 11am ET 12/10)
  • NuMe Hairstyling Tools: Redeem Online (Sale begins 11am ET 12/14)

December 6, 2014

Link Love: November 30-December 6

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for HER Under $50 [Allison Anderson]

10 Fashion & Beauty Products In Marsala, Pantone's 2015 Color Of The Year [Huff Post Style]

24-Old Blogger Beats J.K. Rowling's Record [NYLON]

51 Tools Every Freelancer Needs [Levo League]

Audrey Hepburn Is Getting An Enchanting Exhibition [College Candy]

These City Hall Weddings Will Make You Believe In Love [Refinery 29]

December 5, 2014

Review: Peter Thomas Roth Gentle Complexion Correction Pads

Peter Thomas Roth's Gentle Complexion Correction Pads ($36 for 60 pads) are gentle yet potent toning pads with a peach bellini scent. These pads are formulated with alpha hydroxy acid (glycol acid 10%), beta hydroxy acid (salicylic acid 0.5%), and alcohol (23%) to clear blackheads, refine pores, cleanse skin, and reduce the appearance of fine lines while supporting natural cell turnover.

I've been using these every night after washing my face, first with the rougher side, then with the smoother side. I've seen a definite improvement in the appearance and formation of blackheads especially around my nose, as well as hyper pigmentation left behind from previous breakouts. I can actually see the results in the appearance of my skin, even after only using these for a few weeks.

December 3, 2014

Event Announcement: LIT Boutique Holiday Shopping Event

I'm so excited to be hosting my first event! Nikki Zais of From Boston, With Love and I met at the recent Riders by Lee Heavenly Touch Denim Boston Launch Party and have teamed up to host an event at LIT Boutique on Newbury Street in Boston on Thursday December 11th.

Shoppers who RSVP to this email will receive 15% off any purchase made that evening and there will be a giveaway of the Card E Cardigan in the color and size of the shoppers choice. Hope to see you there for an evening of fashion and fun!

When: December 11th 7-9pm

Where: LIT Boutique
223 Newbury Street

Get more details on the Facebook event page.

December 1, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: The College Student

This is the first in a 4-week holiday gift guide series, stay tuned the next three Monday's in December!

As a college student, I absolutely HATE when my extended family members ask me what I want for the holidays. To be honest, I'd be fine with a gift card to Whole Foods, Starbucks, or Target. End of story. However, I know there are people who aren't like me and want more material gifts. Here's a gift guide to help you shop for the student in your life.

Jonathan Adler All Occasion Card Set: There's nothing like a handwritten note, and this is something many millennials forget about. Remind them to send out their thanks and congrats with this adorable set.

C. Wonder Zodiac Votive Candle: Any candle will do, but this simple white and gold design will match any dorm or apartment decor. 

Deux Lux Elle Wallet: In the sweetest navy pink and gold color combo, this wallet makes it easy for students to just carry their keys and necessary cards without toting around a big wallet. 

Tory Burch Robinson Pebbled Hardshell iPhone Case: Again, any phone case will do- but this emerald pebbled leather is especially gorgeous, and festive! 

White + Warren Cashmere Travel Wrap Scarf: For stylish and toasty traveling, this cashmere wrap looks absolutely delightful!

November 30, 2014

Beauty Sales Week of November 30th

  • Dr. Hauschka, The Beauty Boutique (Sales begin 9pm ET 11/30)
  • Erno Laszlo (Sale begins Noon ET 12/2)

  • Brillance New York Hair Tools, L'Artisan Parfumeur (Sales begin 8am PT 11/30)
  • Butter London, Clarisonic, Darphin Paris Skincare Discovery Sets (Sales begin 8am PT 12/1)
  • DKNY MYNY Fragrances, Skinn Cosmetics (Sales begin 8am PT 12/2)
  • Aesthetica Cosmetics, Clean Fragrance, Hairdo Hair Extensions (Sales begin 8am PT 12/3)
  • Tarina Tarantino Cosmetics, Tweezerman (Sales begin 8am PT 12/4)
  • Allegresse 24K Gold Skincare, Brazabra Beauty Solutions, ybf Cosmetics (Sales begin 8am PT 12/5)
  • Lucy B's Apothecary, Pure Brazilian Keratin Treatment, SpaLife Skincare (Sales begin 8am PT 12/6)

  • Ole Henricksen Skincare (Sale begins 9am PT 11/30)
  • Perfect Hair: Professional Styling Tools (Sale begins 9am PT 12/1)
  • The Gift of Gorgeous Hair (Sale begins 9am PT 12/3)
  • Under $30: Pampering Gifts Feat. Panier Des Sens (Sale begins 9am PT 12/4)

  • Crabtree & Evelyn (Sale begins 11am ET 11/30)
  • Creed Women's & Men's Perfume (Sale begins 3pm ET 11/30)
  • Lancome & More: For Glowing Skin at Every Age (Sale begins 11am ET 12/2)
  • Holiday Fragrance Sets for Her & Him (Sale begins 11am ET 12/3)
  • Sweet Scents for Your Little Ones (Sale begins 11am ET 12/4)
  • Give Her a Signature Scent: Perfume for Women, Give Him a Signature Scent: Cologne for Men (Sales begin 3pm ET 12/5)

November 28, 2014

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things: November 2014

Lovely Day by Bill Withers: Little known fact about me: I love Motown and similar music. I listen to this when I need a bit of motivation when working an opening shift at work or before my early morning classes and it always does the trick.

NYX 'Tiramisu' Butter Gloss: This is climbing to the top of my favorite glosses list. It's the perfect every day shade and consistently looks amazing with whatever I'm wearing. The formula is the perfect consistency and I just can't get enough!

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black: I received a sample size of this with a recent Sephora order and I'm  highly considering purchasing the full size or asking for it as an upcoming holiday gift. It's very different from the sweet scents I know and love, but that's what makes it interesting.

Peter Thomas Roth Gentle Complexion Correction Pads: I picked these up online in the recent Sephora VIB Sale and these are doing an amazing job of acting like a toner of sorts. Stay tuned for a full review next week!

Echo Design Milk Made Tubular Snood: I purchased this at work earlier this month and I can't stop wearing it! It's super warm and I absolutely love the burgundy shade with my complexion.

Exhale Cool Beam Facial: This is something I've never listed in a favorites before, but it's actually a service. I began working at exhale almost 3 months ago and I absolutely love it! I tried out the Cool Beam facial and that's what I can seriously credit to my skin being more amazing this month than ever before in addition to the Peter Thomas Roth product mentioned above. I can definitely see myself getting another cool beam in the future.

Peppermint Bark: Tis the season to make homemade treats with your friends. Our go-to easy snack? Homemade peppermint bark! Just melt chocolate and add crushed candy cane.

It's been a long three months away from home and I'm so happy to be in Philadelphia with my family even if it is only for a few more days. These have been some of the craziest and most emotion-filled few months of my life and going home was what I needed to cheer me up. Hope you all had a beautiful Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2014

Brand Spotlight: Opening Ceremony

Swirl Matelassé Stretch-Jersey Peplum Top // Margot Zip Boots // Scuba Wool-Blend Mini Skirt // Sequin-Embellished Faille Jumpsuit // Mini Paloma Tech Clutch

Starting as a boutique in New York in 2002 and inspired by a trip to Hong Kong, Opening Ceremony founders and UC Berkely grads Carol Lim and Humberto Leon seek to imagine a traveling couple as inspiration for their now coveted brand. Opening Ceremony serves as a platform to share their passions for art, travel, and fashion and has continued to expand and grow, partnering with fellow brands and creative minds. 

November 23, 2014

Beauty Sales Week of November 23rd

  • Beauty Essentials for Less (Sale begins 9pm ET 11/23)
  • The Beauty Boutique (Sale begins Noon ET 11/24)
  • Skincare Brands We Love (Sale begins Noon ET 11/25)
  • Luxury Beauty Gifts: Up to 80% Off (Sale begins Noon ET 11/29)

  • Hair Tools Blowout (Sale begins 8am PT 11/23)
  • Gifts We Love: Camille Beckman Bath & Body (Sale begins 4pm PT 11/23)
  • CIATE Nails, LORAC, Nest Fragrances (Sales begin 8am PT 11/24)
  • English Laundry Fragrances, LaLicious Bath & Body, VIOlight (Sales begin 8am PT 11/25)
  • Fragrance Republic, life therapy Skincare (Sales begin 8am PT 11/26)
  • COACH Fragrances, Mally Beauty, TEADORA Beauty (Sales begin 8am PT 11/27)
  • Luxury Gifts For All: Carven Perfumes (Sale begins 1pm PT 11/27)
  • AHAVA Skincare, Crown Brush, Holiday Fragrances $25.00 & Under, Smashbox Studio Smoky Eye Kit (Sales begin 8am PT 11/28)
  • Beauty Gadget Gifting Event (Sale begins 8am PT 11/29)

  • $39 & Up: Classic Fragrances (Sale begins 9am PT 11/24)
  • Up to 70% Off: Beauty Essentials (Sale begins 4pm PT 11/28)

Rue La La:
  • Holiday Fragrance Sets for Her & Him (Sale begins 11am ET 11/23)
  • Scentbird: Try a new perfume every month. (Sale begins 11am ET 11/24)
  • Holiday Hair & Beauty Musts Featuring Kerastase (Sale begins 11am ET 11/25)
  • Scents of the Season: Indulgent Candles & Soaps (Sale begins 3pm ET 11/25)
  • BeautyArmy. Personalized products picked monthly, Cologne for Men: A Foolproof Stocking Stuffer, The Best Stocking Stuffers? These perfumes. (Sale begins 11am ET 11/28)
  • Brillance New York Skin & Hair Care (Sale begins 11am ET 11/29)

November 22, 2014

Link Love: November 16-22

November Empties- Products I've Used Up [amarixe]

8 Designers Share Their Favorite Flea Market Finds [Domaine Home]

How Not To Look Like A Tourist in Paris [Refinery 29]

Lemongrass Stuffing Recipe [I Am Food Blog]

Meet Jaysea DeVoe, One of the Youngest Yoga Teachers in the United States [NY Times]

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1: What Are the Critics Saying? [College Candy]

November 21, 2014

What to Wear Where: Thanksgiving Dinner

I love Thanksgiving for several reasons but here's just a few:
-The Gossip Girl & Friends Thanksgiving episodes are among my favorite all-time episodes of any TV show. I fully intend on watching them next week when I fly home.
-I get complete control of the kitchen. 
-The food eaten on Thanksgiving has better food than any other holiday.
-I get to head home for the first time in almost 3 months. 

Enjoy a few serious (and a few fun) outfits to wear for Thanksgiving dinner.

images via 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

November 19, 2014

Quote du Jour: John F. Kennedy

Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.

We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came.

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.

November 17, 2014

Recipe: Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins

In case you can't tell Laura Vitale is one of my favorite chef's. Her recipes are easy to follow and her videos are fun to watch. Don't believe me? Her youtube channel popularity has gotten her a TV gig on The Cooking Channel, with her own show Simply Laura. The proof is in the pudding. Or in this case, the proof is in the muffins.

These muffins are so good and (of course) super easy to bake! All of the flavors from the orange, chocolate, and streusel topping complement each other perfectly for a fast and easy fall treat.

November 16, 2014

Beauty Sales Week of November 16th

  • Makeup Must-Haves Feat. Jouer (Sale begins 9pm ET 11/16)
  • Baby Quasar: Light Therapy Devices (Sale begins Noon ET 11/21)
  • Luxury Beauty Gifts Feat. Carthusia (Sale begins Noon ET 11/22)

  • Cattiva Cosmetics, DermaMD, Salon-Worthy Shears (Sales begin 8am PT 11/16)
  • #ManiMonday: Sephora by OPI, Femme Fatale Lashes, NYX Cosmetics (Sales begin 8am PT 11/17)
  • ClariSEA: Sea Salt Solutions, Kevyn Aucoin, Salon-Worthy Strands: Haircare (Sales begin 8am PT 11/18)
  • LightStim LED Light Therapy, Patyka Skincare, Rouge Bunny Rouge Cosmetics (Sales begin 8am PT 11/19)
  • Gifts For Him: Burberry Fragrances (Sale begins 1pm PT 11/19)
  • H2O Plus, Laura Geller Beauty, Pink Sugar Fragrances (Sales begin 8am PT 11/20)
  • Holiday Women & Men's Fragrance Sets, JAQUA Bath & Body (Sales begin 8am PT 11/21)
  • Gifts for Her: PMD (Sale begins 1pm PT 11/21)
  • Beauty Stocking Stuffer Event (Sale begins 8am PT 11/22)
  • Lovely Locks: Haircare Feat. Kérastase (Sale begins 9am PT 11/18)
  • Clarins Skincare & Gift Sets (Sale begins 9am PT 11/20)
  • AHAVA (Sale begins 9am PT 11/21)

  • Clarins & More: Beauty for Moms-to-Be (Sale begins 11am ET 11/17)
  • FabFitFun Beauty & Fitness Boxes, Spritz On Cheer: Fragrances for the Holidays (Sales begin 11am ET 11/19)
  • T3 & More: Create an At-Home Blowout Bar (Sale begins 11am ET 11/20)
  • GLOSSYBOX. Handpicked beauty, every month. (Sale begins 11am ET 11/21)
  • Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare (Sale begins 11am ET 11/22)

November 14, 2014

Heavenly Touch Denim from Riders by Lee Launch

On Wednesday night I headed over to the W Boston hotel for a fun blogger-only launch party hosted by Riders by Lee in honor of their new Heavenly Touch Denim collection!

The night was filled with blogger chats, drinks and snacks (including a delicious cookie/cannoli bar), a little photo shoot, and of course- trying on the perfect pair of jeans. 

I'll be honest with you- I hate jeans. I don't even own a pair (do jeggings count?) and you can find me in leggings almost everyday. These jeans are SO comfy. I opted for a dark wash skinny leg mid-rise pair and they fit me perfectly! There were women of all shapes, sizes, and styles at the event and these work on everyone!

The goody bag which included: Cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery, 2 Wicked Good Cupcake Jars (I'm totally visiting their Boston location to try out other flavors!), a bag of Melitta coffee, and of course my new jeans which I wore during the event.

I had a great time at the event and I'm so glad I was able to attend!