September 26, 2014

Zara Mid Rise Skinny Jeans

September 26, 2014

A couple of weeks ago I stopped by Zara to do a little shopping. After trying some tops, the only thing that I completely fell in love with were these jeans. So pretty! I've been wanting a pair of Zara jeans for a while. I kept hearing good things about them especially on how great they fit. Plus, bloggers are always raving about their jeans too. I tried them on and they really do fit great!

These jeans are mid rise skinny in a medium wash. This pair and other pairs that Zara sells remind me of Rag and Bone jeans. I think they have a similar aesthetic but Zara is obviously much lower in price. Win! I can't wait to wear these jeans. I'll definitely wear them with my favorite go-to outfit — a tee, a blazer, and a pair of flats. Maybe I'll add a hat to the mix too. These jeans will be perfect for fall and I know I'll definitely be wearing them all season long.

Where do you buy your favorite jeans?

September 22, 2014

Olay Fresh Effects: Dew Over Hydrating Gel Moisturizer

September 22, 2014

As someone whose skin is always changing it is hard to find a good moisturizer. In the summer my skin can be oily but in the winter it can get dry. I read on Teen Vogue that gel moisturizers can be great for oily skin and they recommended Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over Hydrating Gel Moisturizer.

This gel moisturizer comes in a super handy jar but surprisingly the gel doesn't feel like gel, but instead a very soft lotion. After cleansing I applied this all over my face and neck. The gel dries quickly therefore letting you apply makeup right after. My skin felt smooth and hydrated afterwards.

I do suggest applying a small amount. The first time I applied it to my face I added too much and my skin felt greasy, so a little goes a long way with this product. However, after learning to apply the perfect amount, my skin did feel less oily and even brighter. This is great for dull skin that needs a little pick me up. With its subtle honeysuckle and white tea scent, it will give you a cooling sensation that instantly wakes you up and makes you feel refreshed.

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September 16, 2014

London Photo Diary

September 16, 2014
Blazer: H&M | Top: Sincerely Jules | Jeans: Abercrombie & Fitch | Shoes: Steve Madden | Bag: H&M

As promised, in this post I will share more of my European trip. This time it is all about London. Where should I begin? When we left New York for London we barely experienced anything that day because we had to quickly catch the Eurostar to Paris. But after our time in Paris was over we went right back to London for the rest of our trip. 

London was great! Such a cool place that reminded me a little of New York City. I was so excited to see the double-decker buses, ride the tube, see Big Ben, take a trip on the London Eye and eat real fish and chips.

We stayed at a hotel that was very close to Heathrow Airport so we had to ride the tube towards the inner city for the fun sightseeing stuff. Every time we wanted to go shopping or eat we would take the tube to Piccadilly Circus, which if you are from New York it is similar to Times Square. Piccadilly was filled with restaurants, souvenir shops, and shopping stores. 

We ate at a Pizza Hut which in the UK is an actual sit and eat restaurant. Also at Piccadilly we had a real English breakfast (beans, eggs, sausage, bacon, tomatoes, and toast) at a nearby diner and more amazing food at Garfunkel's. We also visited Cool Britannia which is this awesome souvenir store. They literally have everything London or UK related to take back home to friends and family. 

We visited Buckingham Palace which was filled with so many people taking pictures. It was so interesting to see the Queen's guards standing outside of the palace in their red uniform and big furry hats. But unfortunately the public can only see so much of the Palace. 

The London Eye was perfect for a good view of London. The slow moving "eye" takes you to a great altitude which lets you see Big Ben and other great London sights. We also visited the "shops," an area where all they have is shopping stores. It looked and felt very much like Fifth Avenue. 

On our last night we had dinner at our hotel. We had fish and chips which was so yummy. We were worried we were going to leave London without having real fish and chips. After being busy sightseeing we completely forgot about finding a fish and chips restaurant. But luckily our hotel had this on their menu! London was fun but next time I will make sure to stay longer. 

"This is a Piccadilly Line service to Cockfosters."


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September 6, 2014

DIY Hair Mask

September 6, 2014

Now that the summer is winding down it is the perfect time to take care of your hair after beach-bumming these past few months. Hot temps and hot tools can make your hair dry, unruly, and just plain frizzy. Get your hair in tip-top shape with this super easy hair mask. The best part? The two ingredients might already be in your kitchen.

What You'll Need

Small bowl
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
Hair clip

Olive Oil: Its antioxidant and vitamins A and E benefits will hydrate the driest hair.

Coconut Oil: Its rich fatty-acids will help moisturize hair and scalp.

Like any hair mask this works best when your hair is tangle-free so that it is easy to run your fingers through. This is definitely important if your hair is super curly and thick like mine. Applying the mask on wet hair also works best.

Mix one tablespoon of both olive oil and coconut oil. Section your hair into four parts and gently scoop some of the mixture onto your hands. Rubbing the oils on your hands apply it to each section scooping up more when needed. Focus application on the ends of your hair working your way up to your roots.

After you're done, gather your hair into a high bun and leave the mask on for 45 minutes. If you want serious moisture you can also leave it on overnight  — just make sure to protect your pillows with a towel. After time is up, shampoo, condition, and style your hair like you normally would. That's it! See, so easy! Now say hello to frizz-free hair.

What's your favorite DIY hair mask?

September 2, 2014

Paris Photo Diary

September 2, 2014

If you follow me on Instagram then you already know that I went on a very exciting trip to Paris and London. We were overseas for one week and loved every minute of it. Paris is such a beautiful and sophisticated city. There were so many exciting sights to see and to take photos of. We arrived to Paris in the late afternoon and couldn't wait to explore the city. 

After a small nap (we were exhausted) we headed out into the night to see what Paris had to offer. We checked out a restaurant called Hippopotamus and I had the best burger ever! Later we walked through the deserted streets. Around midnight you see very few people outside unlike New York City. 

We walked through those famous bridges with the locks, took some pictures of Notre Dame (which looks more beautiful at night), and we got a glimpse of a lit up Eiffel Tower. The highlight of the trip was going to the top of the Eiffel Tower. The view is simply breathtaking! Seeing all of Paris from that altitude was amazing. I definitely recommend going to the top to anyone who is visiting. 

Another great moment was seeing the Arc de Triomphe. Getting there was great since we passed by so many shopping stores including Abercrombie and Fitch Paris. Before you enter the store you walk through this very pretty garden. It was lovely! But seeing the Arc was fantastic. You could see everyone trying to get their best shot of it. We also visited the Musee du Louvre where Da Vinci's Mona Lisa is located. There were so many people surrounding the painting. It was crazy! I'm not a big fan of museums but I'm glad I got the chance to check it out. When in Paris...

Everyone in Paris was very nice. We were constantly being greeted in the hotels and restaurants we visited. I thought it was going to be difficult communicating because of the language barrier but surprisingly most people spoke some English and even Spanish too. Phew! I like to think I picked up some French during my short stay. Check out my Paris photo diary below and stay tuned for my London photos soon. Au revoir!

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