Life Lately

March 26, 2017

Hi there! Happy Sunday, I hope you're doing well! Today I just wanted to share some recent photos that I've taken that give little glimpses of what I've been up to lately :) I've been really busy with work and school but it hasn't been too much!
watch / glasses
When I got my Nikon from Best Buy, they gave me a $20 Shutterfly credit which was pretty awesome because I've used Shutterfly before when they were having a huge discount & I got my entire order for just the cost of shipping. So this time I got a bunch of wall art and some more 4x4 photos that I can't wait to hang up all over my walls :) I love the effect of hanging them up on string with clothes pins give!

Prada flats
Last Wednesday, my fashion show production teacher held a fashion show for Neiman Marcus at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston and my classmates and I were able to help backstage by dressing the models, prepping the clothing, and getting together the gift bags. These were one of the many pairs of stunning shoes that were backstage among other brands like Stella McCartney, Christian Louboutin, Miu Miu, Brunello Cucinelli & Tom Ford. 


Sweater (similar)
I wore this outfit on our drive back home from Maine and I was really feeling it! I've had this sweater for YEARS lol! It's always nice when you have a piece that you can seriously wear over and over again and lasts. (Believe it or not, it's from Forever 21!)

leather jacket (similar)
Flatlays featuring my two soulmates- my leather jacket & coffee.

Triangle necklace / Love necklace / Criss cross ring / V Shaped earrings 
Lately I've been trying to figure out which color jewelry suits me better- silver or gold and I really can't tell! I've always worn silver but then recently I saw some photos of a gold ring set and was kind of wanting to get my hands on some! All of these pieces are from Hello Caroline :) 

The sunset along the Charles River yesterday. It was breathtaking and it has honestly been quiet a while since I've gone there to watch the sun fall behind the horizon. It rejuvenated me in a sense!

My favorite thing about winters in Boston is always the lit up trees along Commonwealth. I'm so lucky to have this view right out my window!

Have a great Sunday! 

Forever 21 Try On Haul

March 13, 2017

Tips for Commuting to School

March 8, 2017




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!


How I Cleared Up My Skin

March 1, 2017


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 :)




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