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West Coast Style Guide

West Coast Style Guide

West Coast Style Guide by amandacarmela

Hi loves!! I can't even believe how long its been since I've made a post. I feel so bad! These last few months of school have been SO hectic. I work every single day and go to school every day so I literally never even have a second to breathe :( But tomorrow is my last final and then I am FREE!! I'm so excited.
Mike & I are going on vacation to Arizona very soon and I can't wait!! It's going to be incredible. I've been to Nevada before and just that side of the country is amazing. It's so different from the east coast in such great ways. In honor of our trip, I made an Arizona outfit guide! I wanted some inspo of what to bring on my trip and couldn't really find much online so I decided to fill the void and make one!

Dine: 
Arizona is HOT. Especially in the summer months. So I felt that a very lightweight and flowy sleevless dress would be perfect for a night out on the town. I paired it with these gorgeous yellow espadrilles that will be so comfortable to walk around in! To tie in the yellow, I added these really pretty tassel earrings and a cognac cross body.

Hike: 
As for hiking, the most comfortable and sweat proof clothing is going to be your best friend. I chose some khaki shorts and a Patagonia tee. Obviously I'd put on a sports bra underneath so that if when hiking I get too hot I can just take my shirt off! I paired a Patagonia vest because it does get very cold in the desert at night so an extra layer of warmth is always good to have on hand. Northface backpacks have always been my go to and they have a ton of colors and options to chose from. A good pair of hiking boots/sneakers are essential when hiking in AZ as well!

Lounge:
When I'm lounging around, I still like to look put together and cute! So I went for a nice pair of striped tie shorts and paired it with a white crop top keeping Arizona's high temperatures in mind. I added these gorgeous slip on sandals and colorful earrings to give the outfit a little pop! I also found this clutch that says, "beach hair, don't care." and I thought it was so friggin adorable!

I hope you enjoyed this post & found it helpful!
-Amanda Carmela


March 2017 Favorites

Hi loves! Like I said in yesterdays post, I can't even believe how long it's been since I've last had the second to blog! It's made me so sad leaving it unattended, it really does break my heart! I have been SO busy this past month or so with school and work, everything kind of just snuck up on me. I know it's a little late, but I wanted to include a collection of all of the fashion and beauty products that I have been LOVING in March. I discovered a lot of new products and fashion finds last month and am so excited to share them with you babes!


FASHION FAVORITES








I kind of bought a lot of new things last month in terms of fashion, but if you know me, I am SUCH  bargainer and I try to get the best possible deals on anything. To start off, we got a gorgeous aqua scarf in at Lou Lou with our spring shipment and as soon as I pulled it out of the box I wanted it in my wardrobe. It was exactly what I was looking for which was a light weight scarf for the warmer months with tassels on it. I originally wanted it in white but thought a pop of color would be great in the summer!



The next fashion favorite is the leather jacket that has been seen around the blog and on my instagram quiet a few times. It is absolutely perfect and when I put it on, I never want to take it off my body. Leather jackets are the best fashion staple because they never go out of style! I also scored mine for $3 at F21 when they were having a huge clearance sale (see, I told you I was a bargainer!)


I had been looking for a nice pair of boyfriend jeans for a really long time, and finally found one from H&M. They hug me in all of the right places and fit very nicely! I can't wait to start wearing these babies more often now that we are finally out of 30 degree weather!





BEAUTY FAVORITES

Lately, skincare has become my main priority in my beauty routine, so I've been trying out some fun new products as well as bringing back some old but good ones. The first beauty fave of march is this andalou naturals milk cleanser.








This face wash is really unlike any other that I've ever tried before. The consistency feels like a lotion and when you rub it all over your face it doesn't foam up. It's very nourishing and hydrating- perfect for dry skin. The first time I used this my skin felt like a babies butt! I like to use this in the morning when I first wake up so that it's nice and gentle on my skin rather than using an intense cleanser.

Recently, I really have not been wanting to use liquid foundation on my skin and that's mostly because my skin has been super dry from the cold weather. To combat that, I brought out my oldie but goodie CeraVe moisturizer. This stuff is so amazing- it's very thick but sinks into the skin and really helps your skin absorb the moisture. My skin never feels too oily or heavy in the morning when I wake up.

I've also been using my physicians formula mineral wear loose powder as a foundation over top a nice layer of the Cerave. The Cerave honestly acts as a great primer before foundation because it really hydrates and it makes my skin glow when I use my powder.


I wanted to mention another old favorite of mine which is the mac single eyeshadow in "Shroom." I don't think I'll never not have this shade of eye shadow in my makeup collection. It's so perfect and such an essential, I wear it as a base for almost all of my makeup looks.



Next up is of course, my all time FAVORITE drugstore mascara- the loreal butterfly mascara. I made a mistake recently in trying out a different drugstore mascara and as soon as I swiped the product onto my lashes I instantly wished that I had just stuck to my trusty old fave.

The tapered wand really adds so much to your lashes, it really does add a "butterfly wing" affect. This is my favorite mascara ever and I really cannot say enough good things about it!






The last beauty favorite is this mac patentpolish lip pencil in "Revved up". I feel like this shade is so perfect for the spring/summer warmer months. It's a very sheen coral shade and the formula is lovely.





I hope you enjoyed this post and discovered some new products & pieces! Let me know what you've been loving last month in the comments below!

Amanda

White Off The Shoulder

Hello babies! Long time no chat!! I've been so busy with school and work lately I haven't even had a second to gather my thoughts into a blog post :( So sad, I can't wait until summer so I can have free time to blog and do what I love!




Off The Shoulder Blouse



earrings / necklace (similar - same brand)



The weather in New England has been GORGEOUS this past week so Mike & I finally got around to taking some photos! I had this outfit planned out the night before because I had been DYING to wear this new white off the shoulder button up blouse that I got from Hello Caroline a little bit ago! It's been so cold so I was unable to wear it at all until now! I paired it with my blue skinny jeans and my little Soludos espadrilles tie up sandals. 

      





I'm so happy with this weather and loved dressing for the warmth!! This is getting me SO excited for summer. 

So I just to give a little update! I know that this post is already pretty long, but what is a blog if you don't express yourself/thoughts? ;) So basically, I've decided that I'm going to be living on campus in the summer and taking two summer classes, one each term (which will be super easy plus one of them is an online class so I won't even have to go anywhere!) After a lot of thought, I really did not want to give up/stop working at Lou Lou over the summer. This job is honestly my baby and I really don't want to be away from it for that long. I put so much effort and hard work into it and the thought of having to leave it and go back into something like a regular mall job made me pretty upset. So I am going to stay in BOS over the summer, work like crazy and save money, and get some classes out of the way while I'm at it!
So with that news, I was planning on starting my Youtube channel back up again over the summer at my parents house because the aesthetic of my room fits much better than my dorm room, but since there's not much I can change about it I will still definitely be creating content! Because I'll be living in the city, there will be a lot more excitement going on which means much more videos and blog posts for you guys. I'm so excited for summer to start and to start my channel back up!

Excited for the adventures to come & I'll see you in my next post!

Amanda