My Current Favorite Things

December 18, 2017

I've been meaning to compile a post of things that I have just been simply loving lately, but I've been soo busy and haven't been able to get around to it much. So I'm just going to go crazy and list a bunch of amazing things that mean so much to me below- from skincare to music! I wanted to do a separate post for each category, but honestly after thinking about it I just want to keep it authentic and real- and essentially list these things as if I'm scribbling down notes on a notepad. Blogs are so personal (at least for me anyways) and I want to take it back to the routes of the pure simplicity of having an outlet for creativity and passion. 
Without further ado, here are some things I have been loving lately.

I have always adored Leah James, (ashamedly, I discovered her while watching the Kardashians when I was younger), and I just absolutely loved her vibes and the way she presented herself. She was always an inspiration of mine. Her and Brandon have had a daughter, Eva, and she is the most precious thing ever.  She explained on her Instagram that she has had her record finished for some time now, but was hesitant to release it due to the pressures of releasing what feels like her diary to the public. The song is nothing but beautiful- she has the most angelic voice and the instrumentals are so soothing. One of my favorite songs to listen to at the moment!



J E W E L R Y : Mia & Tess Gold Bracelet
Woah- can you say goosebumps much?! I discovered this beautiful gold knotted bracelet when my mom & I visited The Paper Store the other day. I had been on the h u n t for a gold bracelet that was perfect for every day wear. I was also super specific in what I wanted, and I finally found the perfect match! And ladies... this was literally under $10... like what?! I am so so happy I discovered this piece- I don't think there will be a day where I wont wear it! I couldn't find the exact bracelet online but I linked another one by the brand that's also under $10 and another dupe for this knotted gold one here. 



S K I N C A R E : Cucumber Facial Mist & Hyaluronic Acid 
Like many other social media users, I've been hearing gals r a v e about Glossier- and even more specifically, the Super Bounce serum which is essentially just Hyaluronic Acid. I found this one at Marshalls at such an affordable price, and while I haven't noticed too too much of results- it does make my skin feel nice and soft when added to a moisturizer. Next up is the Cucumber Facial Mist. I was originally looking for a coconut water facial mist/toner, but ended up stumbling upon this one amidst all of the other products- and boy am I glad I did! I LOVE this stuff- and I can't even believe it but just using the mist alone without even adding moisturizer to my face at night is enough! I wake up in the morning with a soft, non dry face. It's always so shocking considering I have a super dry complexion. I use the combination of these two products and the result is skin that feels as soft as a babies butt. 


 A  N E W  R E C I P E : Coconut Pecan Cabin Crunch
Wow... I was going through my Pinterest boards and found this recipe and just WOW I want to eat this right this second! It's a quick crumble bake in the oven but then you have enough to last you for a while! You can obviously add this to whatever kind of yogurt you like- like Greek, non-dairy, gluten free, etc. etc. 


D E C O R  I N S P O : Live Edge Wall Shelves
I. want. these. EVERYWHERE in my house one day. I am in love with the natural affect it can bring to any space- and how much they can actually hold is also pretty amazing! Here is the DIY before and afters of this project! It's stunning. 




Monday Dig: The Best Cyber Deals

November 27, 2017



Slide View: 3: Mother The Sinner Frayed High-Rise Straight Jeans

ANTHROPOLOGIE: 20% full price items | free shipping on all orders over $100
Mother The Sinner Frayed High-Rise Straight Jeans : These jeans are gorgeous.. I don't think I'd ever take them off!

Wilfred Free FARETTA SWEATER | Aritzia

ARITZIA: Up to 50% off everything
Wilfred Free Faretta Sweater : This sweater looks like it would last a life time- and it's well under $100 on sale. Also comes in a bunch of other colors!

Color Swatch 6254Zoey Jeweled Satin Lace Up Ballet Flats

ANN TAYLOR: 50% off everything
Zoey Jeweled Satin Lace Up Ballet Flats : Take 50% off these babies 

Slide View 1: Extratropical Dress

FREE PEOPLE: Free shipping & 25% off sale
Extratropical Dress : Who says you can't buy summer clothes on Cyber Monday? This piece is gorgeous and perfect for a warm summer beach night. Comes in other pretty colors as well. 


MADEWELL: 25% off sitewide
Herringbone blazer coat : This little baby is such a staple- and at 25% off it's a steal!

Get to Know: Kiara

November 13, 2017



Hi loves! Today, I am introducing you to my gorgeous blogging girlfriend and artist, Kiara! We
are going to be collaborating in the future on many blog posts that include current favorites, guest posts, and we may even record some videos together! Read on below to learn a little bit about Kiara and head over to her blog and see some of her amazing posts! You can also find her Etsy shop here where she sells her adorable original artwork and prints!



Name: Kiara Lemus
Age: 24
Current Whereabouts: Kiara is currently working at Talbots, in her senior year and studying art at UMass Lowell
Favorite Hobbies: Kiara loves to draw & take photos
How many countries have you visited? Greece, the airport in Paris (still counts doesnt it? ;), Bermuda, Canada, El Salvador
Whats at the top of your bucketlist? "Traveling to Paris again."
Top 3 Favorite Artists: Odesza, Milky Chance, Lana Del Rey
Have you ever had a nickname? What is it? Kiki or Keeks
Favorite type of food: Pizza
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Why did you start your blog? Kiara loves writing, taking photos and sharing her experiences with others

Biggest Inspirations: "Mimi Ikonn is my only biggest inspiration, she’s why I started blogging."

I'm so excited to start working with Kiara! Hope you enjoyed this post and getting to know Keeks!

The Fall Checklist

October 22, 2017


Hi everyone! I've been meaning to make a post like this for a while now because I feel like it can be really helpful for people who are looking for a fall wardrobe refresh. So first off, I feel like a grey sweater is an essential because it's a great layering piece for those chilly fall days! 


The jean jacket. This one is lined with fur so it keeps me sooo warm and toasty! I also am in love with the embroidered roses. This is a great layering piece to have as well.



A flannel is also such a fall essential as well. I love way it really give some texture to an outfit. This too is also a really great layering piece to throw under some cardigans and sweaters to give extra dimension!



I love the way the flannel looks peeking out of a classic white sweater!



The hunter green color is definitely a fall staple in my opinion! I have it in a pretty silk blouse and also this slouchy sweater.


This leather jacket is seriously the love of my life. I have worn this baby so much- it really goes with anything and everything while also keeping you warm.




A blanket scarf is a great way keep warm on cold nights and easy to take off if it's warmer throughout the day.




Can we talk about berets for a sec?? Okay so last year when I watched Under the Tuscan Sun (for the hundredth millionth time) with the stunning and amazingly talented Diane Lane, there was a scene where it was Christmas and she was wearing a beret and I fell in loveee with the way it looked. I grabbed a black one from h&m a while ago but for some reason I didn't like the way it looked on me.. it was a tad intense. But I picked up this grey one from Primark and I really love it! I think that since it's a lighter color it just looks a little less bold and flatters my head a little more. I can't wait to wear it once the snow falls.


A fuzzy vest: this one is the coziest lil thing and feels like you put a fluffy cloud on your body. I love being able to layer this piece over a bunch of things in the fall. 



Leather booties: these are one of my favorite investment pieces I've ever purchased. They're from Cole Haan and they are so so durable and will last me a very long time. I wear these babies all the time- with my black skinny jeans, boyfriend jeans, leggings... they are really so worth the price.

       


I just bought these Converse Shoreline slip on sneakers and they're one of my favorite shoes I've ever owned in my life. They are so easy to get on and off fast and I love that they're black. (P.S- the boyfriend jeans I'm wearing are so great and at such an amazing price)


FAUX fur boots. I don't own any UGG boots just because I don't really agree with how they make their products... but these faux ones are great for cold weather and perfect for lounge days.


A Day in Jamestown

September 12, 2017




                       


Hi there!! I just wanted to pop in and quickly write a little post of how amazing my weekend was. To start, Mike had work until about 12am on Saturday night, so I met some friends in Boston for a drink which was so lovely because I got to see them all! Then, I hoped on the train to Providence and Mike picked me up there which I was so excited about because I hadn't seen him in sooo long! Then, we drove to Federal Hill to grab some drinks together. We went to a place called Opa and it was a hookah lounge! I loved the vibes in there it was a pretty cool place. After that we went home and I was so happy to be sleeping next to my love again! Normally, I always want to stay in Mikes little spare house in the full sized futon because I love to spread out, but this night I actually wanted to sleep in Mike's twin size bed in his room just so we could cuddle up! I loved it :)
Sunday morning, we slept in and had a late start to our day. On the norm, I would be like freaking out and wanting to leave as early as possible to go on our trips, but for some reason on Sunday I was so alright with doing things at a slower pace. It kind of made me realize that I need to take things slower and to not always rush around! Mike's mom and dad cooked us an incredible brunch; yummy eggs with potatoes and chocolate chip pancakes!! Everything was so delicious and Mike's grandma and aunt also joined us and it was so great having them and chatting with them! I love Mike's family so much :) 
Then, we started our drive to Jamestown! We had this plan of going there for a couple days and I was really happy that we went! We went to Beavertail Lighthouse. The weather was absolutely incredible. Such a perfect day. We walked along the paths until we found a private beach that we claimed! We spent hours just skipping rocks, laying in the sun and talking. It was so so so relaxing and I wish I could do that every single day. 
We then we're really hungry so we explored for some good places to eat. Mike and I had been to Jamestown before and we remembered the restaurant we went to before called Chopmist Charlies. And as we were looking for other places to eat, Google Maps let us know that we "visited" Chopmist Charlies about a year ago. We both looked at each other and thought it was crazy that we somehow came back to Jamestown an exact year later! So we decided to go back there and reminisce in the memories. We sat at the same exact table and in the same exact seats! It was so lovely. We shared a bowl of the Clam chowder and each got salads with our meals. I got a really yummy pasta dish and Mike got fish & chips. Everything was perfect! I also ordered a delicious watermelon sangria with mine! Mike got a pumpkin beer I think :) 
Then, it was nearing 7pm when we were finishing up dinner, and our original plan was to go back to our spot to watch the sunset. But we were a little late when leaving the restaurant so we decided to chance it and drive straight all the way on the road the restaurant was on because it seemed like you could watch the sunset from that point and we were right!! We made it just in time to see the sun setting. The road took us to a small pier that overlooked a harbor. The sky was a STUNNING purple, pink and orange and it really took my breath away. Such a perfect day. 
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend as well, feel free to tell me about it in the comments below! Xo
Amanda

Little Adventures In Boston

August 31, 2017




























Hi there! I hope you're all doing well. Today I just wanted to drop by with this post, and I included some photos from the other day with my sister and our friend Jake! We headed over to the North End to grab some coffee and breakfast in the morning, and then after that we just wandered along and came across a small festival happening in Government Center. There was a ton of natural and organic artisans showcasing their work in their respective tents. From natural perfume to handmade jewelry, there were such impressive pieces and I was so glad I came across them all (and grabbed all of their business cards as well lol!)
As for a little life update, I've moved back home to commute to school for the fall semester. As much as I love having my own space again and an actual kitchen to cook food in, I really already do miss living in the city so much. It's such a different kind of feeling and atmosphere. I don't think I will be able to stay away for too long!
Moving back home though, I've been able to really take a moment and reflect on how much has changed. I also really have learned to appreciate so much since moving back. I've started to commute into the city for work, and classes start next week! I'm really excited to start school again and continue learning and becoming more knowledgeable in my major of fashion merchandising! I also really hope that things start to become more routinely and I will be able to start up my Youtube channel! Beauty is something that I am extremely passionate about and it has always been a dream to start one.
I have Saturday off this weekend and my mom and I are trying to come up with something to do! Have any suggestions? Leave them in the comments below!
Thanks for reading!
Amanda Carmela

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