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

Styling My Shelves

August 30, 2017


Hi loves! Today I am giving you a little sneak peak of my room. I am loving the way it's turning out and I am practically done designing it. It has taken quite some time to get it to the way I have been imagining it- a whole bunch of saving up, buying pieces, and moving and rearranging big and heavy furniture. In honor of finally being done with my decor, I wanted to show you how I styled my cube storage. I got the 3x3 cube storage and I love it. It's the perfect size and holds a bunch of things. I really wanted to keep this cube shelving unit looking cohesive and having it flow all together. So, I opted for neutrals (what else is new) and wanted to have big contrasts within. I also like combining different textures. 


The bottom shelves I wanted to use for some extra storage space. Each of the black bins are the perfect size and can hold a lot of things. I made a contrast by adding the light baby pink Burberry Brit box in the center. Inside, I store all of my craft supplies. The next shelf up are some more contrasts. I displayed my copy of "The Little Dictionary of Fashion" by Christian Dior and stood a pair of black suede heels next to it. In the center, I used a white Moroccan oil box which holds a lot of my lotions and perfumes in it. I also added a Louis Vuitton small handbag on top because I wanted to play around with the height a bit and add a bit of dimension. The wire basked on the right is great and I placed some faux peonies in it to give it some texture. 


On the next shelf up, I played around with illumination. The "A" decor letter lights up and since it is black it stands out against the white shelf. I placed a small black candle next to it and a sparkly neutral clutch behind to give it some depth. Next, I wanted a different way to display my jewelry. Originally, I had a "t-stand" to display my necklaces and bracelets, but overtime I noticed that it was very inefficient and I was always getting them tangled in each other. So, I used my old acyrilic drawers and placed the velvet bottoms back in the drawers and it really creates such an elegant and sophisticated touch. They sparkle in the case and it really makes them look expensive. The final shelf, I displayed my pink Himalayan salt lamp (one of my favorite decor purchases ever). I placed my little rose gold bowl, a find from savers that I display my bracelets in and placed my most used perfume in the back to continue on with the depth factor.






I hope this helped you with styling inspiration! You can shop most of my decor pieces below! Xo

The August Edit: Three Beach Night Looks

August 15, 2017



As we near the middle of August, summer nights start to slowly drop by just a few degrees, especially when by the coast. So today, I've styled three outfits for beach nights in the end of summer months.
I hate being cold so if I am on the beach at night and the wind is just a bit breezy but there is a touch of humidity in the air, I like to wear some comfy boyfriend shorts and throw on a slouchy over sized knit sweater. This keeps me nice and toasty without being too bundled up. Add some cute cognac espadrilles and you're ready to go!
The next outfit is more for those really chilly days, maybe it's drizzling out or the clouds are covering the blue sky. I styled a comfy pair of joggers with a light weight cardigan and some easy slip on sneaks. I love this look and often wear something similar in September/October when I'm running errands.
The last look is perfect for a night out or date night on the beach. This long jumpsuit is sure to keep you feeling warm and really gives such an elegant and sophisticated feeling, while also elongating the figure. Pair it with some wedge espadrilles and a statement earring and you're good to go dance under the moon by the beach. 

Wardrobe Diaries: Vol. 2

August 10, 2017



Hey loves! I went into Nordstrom Rack the other day and decided to try some things on! I was looking for more fall fashion but there wasn't too much out... I think I am just a little too early when it comes to that department haha!
This baby doll tee is SO SOFT though and it's such a steal at less than $25! It is such a staple piece.
I tried on these blush colored joggers and they were so so comfy! I think these would be great for a casual day off strolling the city. (Maybe when it's not 85 degrees though)
The next top is this ruffled sleeve sweater and I couldn't believe how cheap it was! This is a great layering piece and perfect for the chilly months ahead on lounging around days.
I tried on these black distressed skinny jeans from Joe's Jeans and really felt that these would be a great investment piece. I have heard some great things about Joe's and I can only imagine that these babies would last quite a long time.
Last piece I tried on was this long-line cardigan vest! I was SO IN LOVE with this piece. I think this would make for a great transitional piece and is very versatile. I can see this being great for work and also dressed up for cocktails.

Hope you found some inspiration from this post! Have a great day!
Amanda Carmela

Sandcastles & Pinstripes

July 25, 2017










OTS BLOUSE / WHITE SHORTS / SANDALS (similar) / CROSSBODY (similar) / CIRCLE NECKLACE

Hello loves! I hope your week is off to an alright start! Sunday evening, Mike, my sister and I went to Revere beach to check out the International Sand Sculpting Festival that they showcase every summer. People from all over come and get to build a piece and they name them and each have their own message about the sculpture! The detail that goes into each one is incredible and you just have to be there in person to get the full affect!
It felt really good to get out of the city for a little bit and do something different for once. I grew up around Revere beach and being there was really nostalgic. The memories flooded in as soon as I stepped onto the sand and I was brought back to when my sister and I used to spend days at my grandmother's house with our cousin, playing Gamecube and watching Harry Potter. I really miss those kinds of days and honestly, I feel like going back to your roots every once and a while really grounds you and sort of centers you. It was lovely being there and I encourage you to do something or visit somewhere that was a big part of your childhood! It will really warm your heart.
As for this outfit- I mentioned that I bought this OTS pinstripe top from F21 in my last post, and I seriously am so in love with it. The over-sized sleeves are a showstopper and the pinstripe is such a classic look. I paired it with my white shorts and cognac sandals that have a metallic detail. 
Get the top here!

Have a beautiful Tuesday!



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