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Hi lovelies!! I ordered some gorgeous spring dresses the other day from F21 and was so excited when I saw the package in my room when I came home for spring break! I am seriously so in love with all of them- they all (thank god) fit so well!! I don't know why some people drag on Forever 21 sometimes, I've honestly never had a problem with them. Every time I've ordered all the pieces are exactly what I was expecting and now that I think about it, I don't think I've EVER returned a product that I bought online from them! Which is great honestly :)

So I got these really pretty dresses and can't wait to wear them! Currently we're due for ANOTHER nor'easter coming up this week... so we're expecting another 2 feet of snow. I might loose my mind but hopefully I can get away with Mike for a spring break vacay and we can get snowed in somewhere :) All of them fit pretty true to size, except I'd say the floral one is a little tight around the waist/bust area. I got it in a size small and I wouldn't say I'd go up a size but it definitely is a bit tight around the bust area if you're bigger chested.

Oh and by the way, I've also started an Etsy shop! It's something that I've been wanting to do for a while now and it was in my plans to get it started over spring break, so feel free to check it out and let me know what you think!
You can shop it here ♥

Have a great Monday! 

Tips for Commuting to School




Hi there! Today I wanted to give some commuters great tips that I've learned from my very own twin sister who was a commuter for a semester. She commuted about 40 minutes to an hour outside of the city into Boston for school, so I asked her what her top tips we're when it came to making the drive in!
I got inspired to do this post because next year I'll be commuting into the city... which honestly I might end up crying about when the day comes because I love living in the heart of Boston, but a girl's gotta save her money! It's bitter sweet; bitter because I won't be living in Boston anymore but sweet because I get my own space again (like a room... with a door and everything!!) Anyways, here are the tips!
  1. "Always act like you're running late." My sister said this for her first tip and I laughed at first but honestly I can see how this can be helpful! I guess it's goes along with the saying "better safe than sorry" because it's always better to show up early than late!
  2. "Buy your tickets in advance." My sister used to take the bus into the city as well as the commuter rail and she'd buy most of her tickets in advance. This is a huge time saver. A lot of public transportation has options to buy tickets online or through an app- so I'd definitely do some research on your local transportation methods and look through their websites!
  3. "Schedule your classes around traffic." My sister and I actually had a class together last semester while she was a commuter and a lot of the times she'd have to let our professor know in advance that she was running late due to traffic (most of the time professors are pretty forgiving about this if they know you're a commuter) because our class was during the PRIME TIME of early morning rush hour. She'd leave the house around 6:50 am and wouldn't make it into the city until around 9:30 am.  So try your hardest to get your classes in the later afternoons or evenings to avoid morning rush hours. *Also, definitely make sure to talk to your professor about how you're a commuter and let them know that you might be late on some days due to traffic. I'm going to ask for all of my teachers phone numbers so I can shoot them a text on days that traffic is bad and I know that I'm going to be late.*
  4. "Take weather into account." The weather app will be your best friend when you're a commuter for a number of reasons. First, when there is rain in the forecast, people all of sudden forget how to drive and your commute will increase by probably 35-40 minutes. So on those days, think of the best possible transportation method, you could take the commuter rail instead of the bus because theres less chance of let's call it.. human error. In addition, it's important to look into the weather to plan your outfits. Snow, rain, sleet, hail all require a certain kind of article of clothing so dress accordingly! Odds are if you are commuting you won't have a chance to get into your wardrobe and dress into something warmer etc. so definitely bring a change of something with you! I'd bring:
    • An extra pair of leggings
    • Some comfy sneaks or flats
    • A sweatshirt 
    • On rainy days I'll probably wear rain boots and a raincoat
    • Bring a hair brush
    • Blanket scarf in the winter months
    • If you've never heard of this Lo and Sons handbag; it's an incredible commuter bag that is the modern day Mary Poppins bag- it can hold SO much like your laptop, books, shoes, and so much more. Definitely worth the investment!
  5. "Do homework during breaks." I know that as a commuter, there will definitely be a period of downtime where I have nothing to do; so my sister suggests going to the library and banging out some homework and projects. It'll save you time from doing your homework when you get back home late at night and give you more time for those ZZZ's.
  6. "Take advantage of your time in the city." This tip is one that I came up with. I have two jobs in the city so I know that on days that I have school I'll be working right after my classes end so that I can wait out the night time rush hour traffic (while also making that $$$). I used to commute over my school breaks and on the nights that I closed our bus driver would zip right back home in no kidding like less than 40 minutes. It was great!
  7. "Bring food & lunches to save money." For me, I'm not a huge fan of having to blow all my money on food (especially since the cost of living in Boston is so high), so I'll definitely be preparing food the night before and bringing filling snacks to eat throughout the day. My favorite healthy food gal to look up to is Shannon Sullivan, she always has a ton of healthy, gluten free food recipes that I can't wait to try out. 
I hope these tips help you to make your commute less stressful!
-Amanda Carmela


How I Cleared Up My Skin


Hi there! Today I wanted to share how I cleared up my skin because I've been so happy with how well it has been behaving lately and it all has stemmed from simple yet effective changes to my routine that are honestly pretty inexpensive and easy to do!

A little history of my skin:
I have combination skin but am a bit on the drier side of the spectrum. I used to get really annoying breakouts around my T zone and mostly on my forehead around the time of when I'd get my period. Eventually I got so fed up with it and started to try and narrow down if the breakouts were coming from something that I could change. 
Somehow, I narrowed it down to my birth control and found this out because whenever I took my sugar pills and was not taking the actual pill, my skin would be clear and when I'd start a new pack I'd break out. I was on Junel Fe 1.5/30 birth control and had been on it for over 2 years but noticed that it was making me break out a lot more often than it ever had. So I talked to my gyno and told her that I thought my BC was making me break out (and told her that my hair would fall out in the shower as well which was also super annoying) and she instantly suggested Loryna because it has ingredients in the pill to specifically clear up acne. I was like SIGN ME UP!!!  
And I'm not even kidding, maybe after two weeks of using it (the first week made me break out and that's solely because my skin was getting used to the new hormones being introduced to my body) but after two weeks my skin was doing 90% better. I wasn't getting breakouts anymore! So if you're on birth control and you get breakouts I'd suggest talking to your doctor about the possibility of switching! I think I'm going to do a review of the birth control I'm on because I love it so much and wish I'd switched sooner.

How I cleared my skin:
Cleanser:  I use the Clinique Acne Solutions gel cleanser. This stuff is honestly amazing and works for my dry/oily combo skin. It's really affordable and does just the trick- it leaves my skin feeling clean and refreshed.


Moisturizer: I use the Simple Replenishing moisturizer and it's perfect. It's so lightweight but also super hydrating and makes my skin feel baby soft. I also have been using the Bare Minerals Butter Drench moisturizer and did a review on it here; but overall it's great in the winter months when my skin is really dry!
Micellar Water: This is what I use to take my makeup off. It does an amazing job at getting off all kinds of makeup and I love it. It's lasted me a really long time too!



Jojoba Oil & Rosehip Oil: I use these two oils and add about two drops of each to whatever moisturizer I use at night and these have seriously improved the overall complexion and texture of my skin! I wake up with a glow every morning and it's the best feeling ever.




Fish Oil: I started taking these Fish Oil pills about a month ago and I SWEAR by them. The Omega 3 fatty acids in fish oil does wonders for your skin because it reduces inflammation. Omega 3 is basically the kind of fat that your skin and body needs- and there are also SO many other benefits that come along with taking them. I take one in the morning with food.
Biotin: For my biotin supplement, I've been taking Hair, Skin & Nail Gummies by Natures Bounty as well. I take two in the morning with food as well. These have 2500 mcg of biotin per serving. 
Green Tea: I've been drinking green tea close to every single morning and I believe this has been helping the look of my skin as well! Green tea contains bioactive compounds that improve health. They help protect against free radicals and help strengthen your skin cells from damage.

I hope this post helped you to find some great products!
Have a great day :)