December 31, 2013

My December Beauty Product Favorites

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Winter is upon us! There were several days of snow here in NYC this month so my beauty routine definitely took an overhaul to seal in moisture. Here are my favorite products I've tried this month:

December 30, 2013

Keeping Your New Years Resolutions by Modly Chic

Today's guest post comes from Katy of Modly Chic.

It’s the start of a new year. It’s that time when we have the chance to re-invent ourselves, that catalyst that makes us want to change. Whether it’s healthy, finances, education, relationships, hobbies… we all have some goals for 2014. But keeping resolutions is not easy, even with the best-laid plans.

December 27, 2013

3 Tips on Incorporating Radiant Orchid Into Your Beauty Routine in 2014 by Blush & Beakers

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Today's guest post comes from Laura of Blush & Beakers.

Every year the fashion and beauty world awaits with excitement the Pantone Color of the Year selection. While one color does not single-handedly determine what will be popular in the upcoming year, the color still affects what might be on trend. This year the shelves were inundated with Emerald products, from nail polishes to accessories to home decor and next year the color will be Radiant Orchard. Pantone describes the color as “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”  

December 26, 2013

5 Ways to Be the Best You This New Year by Delayed Missives

Today's guest post comes from Alex of Delayed Missives

Ready to get your new year off to a fantastic start? Here are five ways you can be the best possible you in 2014.

1. Find a new hobby or pick an old one back up. A fun activity can help you reduce stress, boost your mood and provide a new place to socialize. Need some ideas? Visit Discover A Hobby.

December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

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Wishing you all a Merry Christmas today! Hope Santa got you everything you wanted on your wish list this year :)

December 23, 2013

MMG: Holiday Travel

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Today I'm schlepping through the airport to travel to California to spend Christmas with my family. I'm going to have a white Christmas because we are going to go on a family skiing trip. I haven't skied in AGES so wish me luck on that adventure. I have some guest posts scheduled while I'm gone so stay tuned for those! Now for my weekend...

December 21, 2013

My Winter FabFitFun VIP Box

I've had my eye on the FabFitFun VIPbox for awhile so was super excited when I was offered the chance to review one. FabFitFun VIP is a curated box filled with full-size, premium products delivered 4 times per year. Each box is curated by Giuliana Rancic, the FabFitFun Team and promises $120+ in beauty, fitness, fashion, and wellness finds for only $49.99 per season. Here's what I received:

December 20, 2013

Review: Studio Gear Cosmetics CC Cream

When Brand Backer offered me the chance to try Studio Gear's Hydrating CC Cream, I jumped on the chance because I love trying new products. I've been doing thorough research. CC stands for Color Corrector. Studio Gear states that "this foundation simultaneously fights aging, retains moisture, and covers and treats blemishes with a non-oily, perfectly radiant finish." It is on the higher price point costing $34 for 1 fl oz.

December 18, 2013

My Top 10 TV Moments of 2013 (SPOILER ALERTS)

My office was rounding up the top TV moments of the year and since I got out voted I decided to make my own list. Humph. Also, these shouldn't be spoiler alerts because you should all be already watching these amazing shows lol but if you haven't then you've been warned:

December 16, 2013

MMG: Almost to the End

Marshmallow hot coco + banana hazelnut crepe // Julep Pop-Up shop // Christmas goodies

Today is my last final! The semester will be over and pretty soon 2013 will be over. I can't believe it. Friday I met up with Laura to check out the Julep Pop-Up Shop here in NYC. We ended up making a day of it, grabbing some delicious hot coco and crepes at Max Brenner and then buying each other nail polish for our Christmas gifts. I got her Juleps, she got me Essies. We are such enablers.

December 15, 2013

Giveaway!: 12 Days of Holiday Giving (CLOSED)


Holiday shopping can be a big pain! So many people to shop for, a limited budget, limited time! How can you get to them all? I'm here to the rescue! I've put together a giveaway filled with great holiday gifts that are sure to help you cross off many people on your list: co-workers, mother-in-law, the fashionista, and even the techie. There's over $150 worth of products so it will also help you save money this year.

December 14, 2013

My December Birchbox

The theme of this month's Birchbox was of course holiday. It came in an extra cute box that I almost didn't recognize it. There wasn't a description about the items they chose for the month. It was definitely an eclectic mix of products. Here's what I received:

December 11, 2013

Gift Guide For Men

I haven't forgotten about the men this holiday season! While many of the gifts featured in my 12 Days of Holiday Giving Giveaway are mainly focused on women, I thought I'd highlight some of the man-tastic goodies in Bonobos x Cool Hunting's Gift Guide. It features super stylish gift ideas for the man in your life ranging from $10 to $6,400 (a car). Here are some of my favorite pieces:

December 10, 2013

My December POPSUGAR Must Have Box

Let the holiday themed boxes begin! This month's POPSUGAR Must Have Box was all about "the wish you never knew you needed." Featuring items that will "keep the celebration going till 2014." Here's what was inside:

December 9, 2013


He's totally cute enough to be a member! 

Final projects and finals are looming over my head this week and the next. So I had no social life this weekend. Saturday night I did stay up to watch my beloved Paul Rudd host SNL. Despite all the cameos, it could have been a MUCH better show. And when did One Direction become Mumford & Sons?

December 6, 2013

My December Julep Maven Box

This month's Julep Maven box was called the "Glitterati Collection" and they introduced some new beauty products including an eye shadow palette, which was featured in most of the boxes. I selected the Boho Glam box because the polishes were colors I don't have in my collection yet. Here's what was included:

December 4, 2013

Currently Craving: Watches

Watches may seem obsolete since we all use our cell phones to tell time but I think they are still great accessories. I've had my eyes on a rose gold watch for quite some time. Rakani's Fashionably Late collection has a rose gold "What Time?" watch that I'm proud to say is now part of my collection. The Fashionably Late collection by Rakani is designed to turn the negative notion of being late into a creative and elegantly fun concept. "Arriving late doesn't have to mean being irresponsible or careless, but instead can show being fashionable and elegantly defying the standard." Thankfully with this super easy winter outfit and fashionable watch, I'll never run late.

December 2, 2013

MMG: Thanksgiving Weekend

Delays! // Bruce! // RV tour // Table decor before the crowd

Back to the grind! After a semi-relaxing long weekend, back to work and school I go. My weekend recap starts Wednesday when I rushed after class to Penn Station to head down to New Jersey. Imagine the 8 million New York residents trying to leave the city... nightmare.

November 30, 2013

Small Business Saturday Deals

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I can't get into the frenzy of Black Friday or shopping around this holiday but one day I do like to support is Small Business Saturday. Rather than pour your money into billionaire dollar corporations (*cough Walmart cough*), go out and support small businesses! Here are some I recommend that have great deals going on all weekend:

November 29, 2013

My Thanksgiving Mani

I always like to get festive on my nails during the holidays. I didn't have the patience to attempt any turkeys but decided to keep in the Thanksgiving color scheme - fall colors. I thought Ruffian's Fox Hunt would be the perfect orange and I contrasted it with some gold and colored dots along the edge.

November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope you're all eating some wonderfully delicious food and spending time with friends and family today. I'm in New Jersey at my parent's helping out in the meal preparation and overeating as I always do when I'm here. I'll be back!

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November 27, 2013

ShopStyle's #WeShopStyle Campaign

I'm wearing: Material Girl Marine Booties in black // Hanes Matte Opaque Control-Top Tights // H&M Leather Shorts // Old Navy Flannel Shirt // Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Color in 410 Blissful Berry

Being a member of POPSUGAR's Select blogger network, I was invited to take part in ShopStyle's We Search. We Find. We ShopStyle! campaign. This is part of their first ever print advertising campaign where they had models lay down among some of their favorite items. It was quite the difficult task to look cool while laying on your back lol but I tried. The theme I selected for my collage was '90s grunge because it's what I've been loving this fall. Here are the items I featured:

November 26, 2013


This month's November GLOSSYBOX was all about holiday romance. "This month, we're inspired by holiday romance - think gorgeous matte skin paired with bold and dramatic shades on the eyes and lips." Here's what I received: 

November 25, 2013

MMG: Greatest Day in Television

That might be a slight exaggeration but it was epic! Friday night I worked on a project with Laura (stay tuned), met with two of my groups this weekend, did homework, but mostly I was looking forward to the 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who!! 4 out of the 12 doctors were there including two of my favorites: Matt Smith & David Tenant who were hilarious on screen together. "My doctor" (or the doctor you start the series with) is #10, but he was a darker doctor. I definitely liked the quirky ones in bow ties and Fezzes. It was an amazing episode and reminded me I really need to make more time for Dr. Who in my life.

November 24, 2013

Modnique - The Flash Sale Site Of All Flash Sale Sites

I just discovered a new flash sale site that I think you should all know about - It is like the Amazon warehouse of flash sale sites. It is HUGE! If you like an exclusive brands only available in certain countries then I'm sure you can probably find it on Modnique covers every fashion taste from high-end to a good deal. I like the option of searching for $10 deals among all the designer temptations. It is also really easy to browse by Size, Category, and Price. I wear a small sized shoe (size 4/5) so I could easily eliminate all the other gorgeous shoes that I could never wear by selecting my size, which is not a feature on all flash sale sites.

November 22, 2013

Review: Josie Maran's Bear Naked Nail Wipes

During Sephora's VIB sales, I threw in Josie Maran's Bear Naked Nail Wipes for moi while shopping for Christmas gifts. These 3-in-1 wipes are formulated to remove nail polish, repair dry cuticles, and promote healthy nails. Josie Moran is known for her amazing Argan oil and although it didn't work on my hair, I was interested in trying it out on my nails.

November 21, 2013

Albums I'm Listening To

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There's been a lot of good music released lately so I thought I'd share what I'm listening to. It's an interesting mix but hopefully you find something new to listen to:

Don't judge! Lady Gaga knows how to create catchy, pop tunes and "ARTPOP" is no different. I like all of her albums so if you're not a Lady Gaga fan than skip. So far I'm only in love with half of the songs but as I'm sure with most pop music, the others will grow on me. Not sure why she needed another song called Fashion though... but I digress. You can watch the uncomfortable SNL performance of "Do What You Want" with R. Kelly:

November 20, 2013

My Tips For Creating A Holiday Gift Guide

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Are you looking to create a holiday gift guide for your blog? Check out my tips on Blog Trends!

November 19, 2013

My November POPSUGAR Must Have Box

This month's POPSUGAR Must Have Box was created to help prep you for the upcoming festivities. "We wanted to make your life easier with practical but swoon-worthy pieces. From a cozy wrap to a new way to remove nail polish, you'll find everything to get you through November and beyond." Here's what I received:

November 18, 2013

MMG: What I Watched This Weekend

My weekends are usually spent catching up on my beloved TV since I'm too exhausted during the week to stay up. I stayed up Saturday night to watch Lady Gaga on Saturday Night Live and boy was that a mistake... it was painful. I felt like she wrote the jokes because she wanted to make sure people knew she poked fun of herself (i.e. the last sketch where she's an old lady). I did like her performances because they were the songs I'm enjoying from her new album. But then R. Kelly had to go and make things uncomfortable lol.

November 15, 2013

My November Birchbox

This month's Birchbox was about "abundance in all forms. More thanks, more giving, more thoughtfulness, more samples, and of course more pumpkin pie and stuffing." I hear that! Here's what I received:

November 14, 2013

My First Stitch Fix Experience

I got the chance to try Stitch Fix thanks to my POPSUGAR Must Have Box las month. And being the box queen, I'm always down to try one especially if it's free! If you don't know, Stitch Fix is a personal styling service that delivers a curated box directly to your door. You fill out a style profile so that the stylists can come up with the best items for you. It was very thorough! You only pay for the items you keep and get 25% off when you purchase all 5 items. Here's what I received in my first box:

November 13, 2013

My Must-Haves From InStyle's Holiday Gift Guide

Yep. Time to start your holiday shopping! I've been lagging this year but retailers have been pushing sales and pop-ups to help me get motivated. I already took advantage of Sephora's VIB sale last weekend. Now through December 27th, InStyle has an exclusive Pop-Up Holiday Boutique. Shop this season’s must-have holiday gifts from 30+ fashion-forward brands. Categories you can shop include: Designer Fashion, Contemporary Fashion, Jewelry/Watches, Accessories, and Beauty. I'm getting lots of requests for beauty products (since I'm apparently an expert now...). Here are some items I'll be picking up for those on my list:

November 12, 2013

Tell Your Story With Elizabeth Arden

As I get older, I find myself attracted to different fragrances. In high school I would wear Bath & Body Works Cucumber Melon then in college it was Juicy Couture (I know...). Now I've graduated to what I like to call "sophisticated lady" scents like DKNY, Viktor & Rolf and Elizabeth Arden. Elizabeth Arden's UNTOLD is their latest launch and I am in love. From the bottle to the notes, it is the most sophisticated fragrance I've owned. But it's not a far stretch for me since it includes my favorite type of notes - fruity and floral. P.S. I've gotten several compliments when I've worn it!

Each note in the fragrance was selected to evoke a characteristic of the UNTOLD woman:

November 11, 2013

MMG: Veteran's Day

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This weekend was a pretty typical weekend for me: group project meetings, homework and catching up on TV shows. It was also a bit of an exhausting (in every sense) week for me as there were a lot of big (and sad) changes at the company I'm interning for this semester. Hence the shortage of posts this week. So this weekend I really just wanted to zone out and enjoy some laughs to take my mind off things. I watched Aziz Ansari's Netflix stand-up special "Buried Alive." He just turned 30 so he discussed all his friends having babies and being single at the bar scene. All things I could relate to so I enjoyed it. But it definitely wasn't for everyone's taste lol.

November 6, 2013

My Fall Cravings

My Fall Cravings
Fall is in full swing here in New York! Usually I share trends I'm currently craving but thought I'd round-up some things I'm craving this fall. Fashion, beauty and even food!

November 5, 2013

My Influenster #RoseVoxBox

I always enjoy when I qualify for an Influenster box... free stuff! This box was called the Rose Voxbox. "Romance yourself with beautifying goodies that will keep you in bloom all winter long..." Here's what I received:

November 4, 2013

GIVEAWAY!: 2 Pieces of Ethical Jewelry From Indiverve (CLOSED)


I'm excited to bring you yet ANOTHER giveaway! I was really excited when Indiverve reached out because I love what they're doing - Indiverve Retail Company Inc. is an innovative and socially conscious apparel company, dedicated to bringing high-quality, and artistically designed clothing to customers in an accessible and affordable way. Every Indiverve item is created responsibly and is purchased ethically by ISO certified manufacturers, which is refreshing in a very wasteful industry. Also, I really like that the pieces are available at affordable prices.

MMG: Fall Weekends

Friday I met up with boo Nicole who I haven't seen in weeks for some good ol' fashioned mac n' cheese at S'MAC. I tried the vegan version, which wasn't too bad. I wore my new MyTee BAD studded flannel headwrap so of course she had to snap a pic but I'm the worst model imaginable so this was the pose she ended up with lol. The logo was so perfectly placed.

November 1, 2013

My Halloween Manicure

I went for super simple this year because I just don't have the energy to do nail art like I used to anymore. Boo! This is a combo of the candy corn ombre nails I spotted on Elle Sees and the adorable ghosts Star Crossed Smile shared on her Instagram (and I shared in my Halloween round-up post last week). I like it!

October 31, 2013

October Beauty Product Favorites & Not So Favorite

October marks the beginning of fall: changing of the leaves, pumpkins, sweaters! And for those who live in a place that has seasons then it should signal a change in your beauty routine. As the temperatures drop, your skin's ability to hold moisture also decreases so you should switch to heavier creams and serums. Let's start with the good...

October 30, 2013

completely bare's #barefactsofwax

Last week I had the privilege of attending an intimate blogger event at completely bare's 5th Avenue spa. Hair removal can be a bit of a taboo subject but owner Cindy Barshop is not afraid to get down to then nitty gritty. We discussed some common misconceptions about hair removal. Not to be TMI but I hate body hair so I am pro-waxing. They were preaching to the choir for me but I know it can still be intimidating for others. For those who don't know, cb was founded over ten years ago and is the number one destination for hair removal, providing breakthrough treatments and unparalleled service.

Here are some common questions the staff encounters:

October 29, 2013

My Must Watch Halloween Movie List

Halloween is on Thursday so it's time to get into the mood! Halloween is my favorite holiday but I don't like being scared (NO CLOWNS!). So when it comes to my movie list for Halloween I prefer a light-hearted array rather than movies like It or Candyman (which has scarred me for life). Here's my must-watch list:

October 28, 2013

MMG: I Survived Midterms!

Hooray! After an exhausting and stressful week of midterms, I honestly wanted to do nothing. Can ya blame me? I caught up on TV shows, watched my Netflix (which has been collecting dust for the past month) and tuned into some Sunday football.
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October 25, 2013

October 24, 2013

Popbasic: Rubi Collection

The latest Popbasic collection, Rubi, it features a ruby red necklace and a casual dress that can be worn all year long. I had the chance to be featured on the site with how I'd wear the collection (hint: it's the 3rd look on the bottom of the page). And they were recently featured in InStyle! Here's what was included in the collection:

October 23, 2013

GLOSSYBOX + Byrdie Collaboration

This month GLOSSYBOXcollaborated with Byrdie - your online destination for all things beauty, from celebrity makeup secrets to the latest products. Here's what I received in my box:
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