Sandcastles & Pinstripes

July 25, 2017


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!

Losing Friends & Embracing Change

July 23, 2017

Lets talk, shall we? It's almost 2am and I'm scrolling Pinterest and I've started to see the most relevant quotes to the events that are currently happening in my life- so I want to discuss these changes as I'm sure there are other people in this world going through something similar.

Losing friends. 

I know, this is kind of a sticky subject and a lot of people would rather not address it because it tends to be so complicated. But as a fellow gal who has a ton of emotions and is in constant need of words of wisdom- I'm here to share the love and sympathy with you. 
Losing friends, first off, sucks. One day you go from have a solid group of friends where you think they care about you and you feel like you are important to them, and the next day you could be as irrelevant as a payphone to them. (... does anyone use those anymore??)
It of course all depends on the situation. If there was an altercation and between you and your friend and no one cared enough to repair it, or if you made a mistake and regret hurting them, there are times when you get in fight with someone and the clouds part and you are able to see crystal clear- their true colors. 

Similar to my last post about embracing change, sometimes when you lose a person that meant a lot to you, you are able to see something in the person that you never noticed before- and it might make you see what kind of a person they truly are. People tend to act out when they are mad and can say things or do things that can hurt (which really isn't cool at all). However, a true friend will do the following in a fallout situation: 
  1. If you feel upset about something your friend did and you try to confront them- they will try to become conscious of this action and tell you ways in which they will work on changing how they acted. They will not belittle you or manipulate you to make you feel as though you did something wrong or make themselves out to be the victim. 
  2. They will be concerned that you are feeling distressed in the friendship and will want to make a an effort to mend it. They will not ignore the way you are feeling or tell you that you are being over dramatic, etc. 
  3. If you made a mistake or wronged them in anyway, they will try to hear you out and they will put themselves in your shoes to try and fully understand your side. *If it was a drastic mistake; this doesn't always mean your friend is 100% willing to forget about what you did, but your friend should always try to forgive.

If your friend drops you and does not put in an effort or their actions are immature and they are not acting like an adult to solve the situation, take it as a blessing in disguise. If you see a negative quality in your friend as you are in a fallout, take note of their actions and the way they behave. It might just teach you a whole lot about their character and could make you realize that they weren't a true friend after all.
You should know your value and your worth and let's be honest, if your friend is acting out and not being mature- it's probably better off that you stay distant. You need to realize that you deserve caring, trustworthy and lovable friends! 

Wardrobe Diaries

July 22, 2017

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Hello lovelies! The other day after work I went a little crazy and had so much fun trying some clothes on. I love it when you can actually find a bunch of cute things to try on. I spend hours (not kidding) and just get so lost in all of the gorgeous styles and fashion, imagining how I'd style each piece with my current wardrobe.
My first stop was at Forever 21 where I found this stunning little classic pinstripe OTS- I had to buy it! I paired it with some white shorts and cognac colored shoes and the look is to die for! (There should be a post on this look soon!!) You definitely need this piece in your wardrobe and at only $17.90- it's a steal! I was looking for a floral maxi dress but couldn't really find anything that made me swoon. The mauve one that I tried on in the first photo would have been p e r f e c t but for some reason there was no lining whatsoever so you could see... everything underneath. I couldn't find it on the F21 website so I linked some similar ones
At F21 I also tried on this grey v-neck body suit (this first bodysuit I've ever tried on, yall..) and I really really loved the way it looked. I just wasn't in dire need of it but I was able to imagine it in my wardrobe and was coming up with different looks to wear it in the fall. It's a great staple piece!
The next place I went was TJMaxx and I picked up the grey maxi dress, which is the most comfortable thing I've ever put on my body... It's perfect for this summer heat wave we've been having and I've already worn it a bunch of times. I wasn't able to find the exact pieces for the rest of the looks but I linked similar ones!

I hope you have a great Saturday

I encourage you to go out and try some cute clothes that make you feel good about yourself! Spend a day treating yourself :)

Amanda Carmela

June Beauty Favorites

July 16, 2017

1. Milani Color Statement Lipstick in "Pretty Natural"- I've been reaching for this lipstick so much this summer! I think it is the perfect shade that gives you the slightest pop of color while also being very natural.

2. Fresh Soy Face Cleanser- I was introduced to this product from Allana Davison, who's word I trust so much because she's honestly such a relatable person and we both have dry skin and hers looks amazing. She's mentioned this in a couple of her favorites videos so I decided to go over to Sephora and pick up a sample size with my beauty points. I seriously love this cleanser so much- it's perfect for my sensitive skin and leaves my skin feeling very squeaky clean while also making it feel baby soft. The rose scent in this is also another beautiful thing about this product!

3. Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator- Woah, talk about a mouth full! This product is honestly incredible, I got a sample size given to me from the man at the Clinique counter because I told him I had very dry skin. This baby works absolute wonders and keeps my skin feeling supple and hydrated without being too heavy or oily. It has a gel-like texture that just smooths over the skin and really sinks in.

4. Rosehip Oil- Rosehip oil is such a staple in my skincare regimen, it does such a great job at brightening my skin and also evening my skin tone. I always put a drop of this in with my moisturizer at night and it does its magic and I wake with gorgeous, hydrated skin!

5. Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Bronzer+Blush Duo in "Glisten"- I picked this up at Target on a whim because I wanted more of a coral blush shade for the summer and since this one includes a bronzer as well I thought it was a great deal! These shades are gorgeous and pair lovely together. Pigmentation is great.

6. L'Oreal Infallible Glow Pro Foundation- Such a stunning foundation. This is AMAZING for dry skinned babes. I am still in shock with how well this works on my dry skin. This is the only liquid foundation I use and it's seriously the best purchase I've ever made.

7. Clinique Beyond Perfecting Powder Foundation- I love using this product on days where I feel I don't need an entire layer of liquid foundation. On my better skin days, I will just put some moisturizer on and apply a thin layer of this pressed powder and it really just evens out my skin tone and blurs any imperfections that I might have. It's so lovely for the summer because it doesn't feel like I have too much product on my face- light & airy.

I hope you have a lovely Sunday!

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