Saturday, June 30, 2018

Smells of Summer

Bag: Cult Gaia (similar),  Dress: Tory Burch, Shoes: LK Bennette London via Zappos (similar), Hat: Dynamic Asia (similar)
Photos by: Danny Fung

Summertime to me smells like, hot dogs, roasting on the grill, salty ocean air, fresh funnel cakes at the fair and tanning lotion. Summer smells like, chlorine at the pool and sulphur from the 4th of July fireworks. But when I want a perfume that smells like summer, I want something light and bright with citrus-y undertones and a fresh, clean vibe. My Tory Burch Bel Azur fragrance gives me all the summer feelings without making me smell like a hot dog. It's perfect for day or night and keeps me feeling fresh even on scorching hot days. That's what I call summer in a bottle.

I'd love to hear all about your favorite summer fragrance!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Bright Eyed

When it comes to getting glamorous for the day, there's one step we often don't talk about. Getting rid of that dreadful red eye! This year, I'm glad to be working with Bausch + Lomb and their ever so amazing product LUMIFY™ redness reliever eye drops. Whether I've stayed up late editing photos (guilty) or just landed after a long flight, adding just one drop of LUMIFY to each of my eyes before getting dolled up, is the perfect way to help my eyes look refreshed! It's my little hack in the form of an eye drop. LUMIFY has quickly and easily become one of my absolute must-haves on my vanity. I can't live without these eye drops! The one thing that takes away from any makeup look? Red eyes.
I've tried a number of eye drops, and to be honest, I can't believe how well LUMIFY works. From the moment you apply the drops they work in one minute and last up to eight hours. In a matter of a minute, my eyes quickly go from red looking to whiter, brighter and naturally more radiant. I’m also super picky about putting any little thing on my skin, so the same goes for my eyes, and what I love about LUMIFY is that there are no bleaches or dyes in the formula. It’s FDA-approved so I'm comfortable using it and trust me, you won’t believe your eyes! LUMIFY retails for only $14.99 USD (2.5 mL bottle or 75 drops) – $25.99 USD (7.5 mL bottle or 225 drops) at major retailers and online. It’s totally a steal, if you ask me!
Photos by: Jonny Villanueva
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Check out @LumifyDrops on social media and see how great they really are! And be sure to let me know what you think! Do you have a problem with red eyes too? What are some of your fave hacks? 

Thanks so much for visiting my blog! 

Monday, June 18, 2018

Feather Skirt

Top: Shein (similar), Jacket: Rag & Bone (similar), Skirt: Alice & Olivia (similar), Bag: Miu Miu, Shoes: Marciano
Photos By: Jonny Villanueva

You ladies know how much I love pink, so when I saw this beautiful pink feather skirt I just had to style it! Aside from the fact that the color is a beautiful, rich silky shade of pink, it's a statement piece that's also feminine and flirty. This skirt is perfect for those days where you want to feel a little more girly than usual and look effortlessly stylish. When I tried this gorgeous skirt on for the first time, I knew that I wanted to mess around with a different pattern, but continue to make this skirt the star of the show. I hurried to my closet and popped out my gingham print jacket and fell in love with the results. This skirt's perfect for absolutely any occasion, it's festive and colorful! I finished off the look with a white top, holographic heels and my Miu Miu purse.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

For Kate & Anthony

I’ve been mulling this over for a week now, in an attempt to compose my thoughts. I have always felt that words spoken in the moment are often too emotional, too unfiltered, but I do feel that they should be heard. Last Tuesday, when I heard about Kate Spade I was saddened and taken a back to say the least. Why? What happened? What was she going through? From the outside, one would assume that she had it all. An amazing fashion career, a happy marriage, a beautiful 13 year old daughter a wonderful life in the New York social scene, but underneath it all, she was just like the rest of us, fighting internal battles and dealing with emotions that sometimes overcame her. After my initial shock wore off, I said “she must have suffered from depression” someone doesn’t just take their life on a whim, it’s probably something that she struggled with, contemplated, time and time again. I thought about saying something but I didn't know where to start. But when I woke up on Friday morning only to learn about Anthony Bourdain, I knew it was even more urgent. 

As sad as it may be, suicide is more common than we think, especially now, in 2018. Suicide rates have skyrocketed in the past 20 years, in fact, it is now the 10th leading cause of death in the country and I can’t help but think that social media is a contributing factor. Yes, my own industry. People scroll past lust-worthy images on their Instagram feed and they can’t help but think “why isn’t my life so perfect? why aren’t I traveling the globe? why aren’t I perfectly made up like a barbie doll with a 25 inch waist?” I’m writing this post because I want you to know you are NOT alone. My heart was heavy reading about Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain because mental health disorders are something that hit close to home for me. As much as I am a fashion blogger and an “Instagrammer”, my life is not as perfect as the glossy images might make it seem. I struggle with my own insecurities and I too, have been guilty of comparing myself to the images on my iPhone screen. But it’s not something that I am surprised by, I come from a family that is no stranger to mental health disorders. My mother has struggled with depression and anxiety for years and unfortunately, it has taken a physical and emotional toll on the people that I love most, in recent years. Growing up, her manic/depressive tendencies were part of her charm, she was always high energy and the life of the party, but lately, it seems that it’s beyond her control and there’s nothing that anyone can say or do to make it better. 

A few moths ago, I had the pleasure of speaking at my dear friend, Sarah Pendrick's, “Girl Talk”  network conference at Loyola University. We spoke to 9 sororities on campus about everything from “mean girls” to work-life-balance and what to do after college. During our panel, we allowed the students to ask questions about anything and everything that was on their mind and do you know what the reoccurring theme was? Mental Health issues. One after the other they stood up to talk bouts of depression, body insecurities and overwhelming anxiety. They talked about times when they were in need and times when they helped others, and by the end of the day our hearts were heavy and happy at the same time. Why you ask? Because there was an open dialogue about something that is plaguing our nation, especially our youths, and we were standing up as women to support our friends, our sisters. 

Too often on social media things are glossed over. We put our images through 10 filters and 25 apps and then we post it and make people “envy” our lives. Some people are in this industry because they crave the validation (and they too are battling their own demons) and some people are in this industry because they love the creative process. But no matter which end of the spectrum you are on, it's important that we all acknowledge that there is a mental health crisis in our society. When a hurricane rolls through the U.S. everyone is so aware of the crisis but when 50,000 people a year are choosing to end their own lives, our society seems so silent and unaware. Just because a storm didn't wash all of those people away at once doesn't make it any less real or any less of a tragedy.

If you see a friend who is struggling make extra time for them. Smile at strangers and be kind to people. You never know what internal struggles someone is dealing with. If you are at a low point, surround yourself with people who lift you up, people who want to see you succeed. It may seem hard now but if you keep pushing forward you will get through it and be stronger than ever. 

My heart goes out to the families and friends of Kate Spade & Anthony Bourdain and to anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide. 

Xoxo -E

Monday, June 4, 2018

Sweet Vs. Sassy

In Collaboration with Clarins
Look 1: Dress: Revolve, Shoes: Zara (similar), Coat: Sheinside (similar), Bag: Valentino, Earrings: Icing Stores,  Look 2: Dress: Revolve, Shoes: Stuartz Weitzman (similar), Earrings: Revolve (similar)
Lips 1: Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort OilLips 2: Clarins Water Lip Stain
Photos by: Jonny Villanueva
As a woman, I feel like I’m always evolving. There are days when I want to be sweet, like the girl next-door and then there are days when I want to be edgy, bold, and sexy. My favorite thing about fashion and make up is that you can be whoever you want, whenever you feel like it. I’ve partnered with Clarins to share both sides of my personality.
When I want subtle color and a long lasting gloss I go for Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil and when I want something bold and sultry, their Water Lip Stain never disappoints. When asked to choose sassy vs. sweet, for me, it really is a tossup, but I think I may be leaning closer towards sassy. I mean, a bold red lipstick always makes a splash and gives a woman that certain je ne sais quoi that I just can’t seem to get enough of. If you had to choose your team what would it be? #TeamSassy vs #TeamSweet? Let me know in the comments below!
Thanks so much for reading. 

Xoxo -E