Spring Break Essentials

Spring Break Essentials

Winter is still hanging out with no intention to leave without throwing more unexpected snow or cold wind on us. If you are a college student in the North-East or have semesters then you know spring break is around the corner! We all struggle to stuff our closet into our teeny-weeny suitcase, and sadly, you can’t take it all.

As a girl whose had the opportunity to go to Florida every year around Christmas and summertime due to family living there, I can help offer some advice on traveling essentials! Those who have booked their tickets are most likely going to tropical places such as Florida, Cancun, Mexico, Bahamas, etc.

Here is the what you need in your suitcase:

  • Basic shirts (white and black): It’s easier to have basics as you can pair them with anything and dress them up or down. Pair them with a great floral denim or short-shorts and you have a cute, comfortable outfit
  • Sweater/Hoodie: The weather tends to get chilly and unexpected at times, as well when the sun drops and the moon appears. The best thing you can bring with you is a zip fleece hoodie to keep you warm.
  • Umbrella: Tropical areas are susceptible to lots of rain. Try to buy the mini ones that you can stash away in luggage or a purse.
  • 3 Great pairs of shoes: 1 pair of great heels/wedges, 1 pair of flip flops/sandals, and 1 pair of comfortable shoes. Spring break means parties whether it is on the beach or in a club. While many would cringe at the thought of wearing sneakers, it’s not always partying. You want to walk and actually enjoy what the area has to offer. You could also bring some cute flats or loafers.
  • Shorts: Is there really a need to explain? They could be short-shorts (denim or not), cotton, solid, prints, Bermudas, linen, etc.
  • Jeans: I’m a jean’s girl so jeans are what I most likely live in. Make sure that they are comfortable and not too restrictive as sometimes the heat can make you bloat a little.
  • Razors: Do I need to explain?
  • Sunscreen and cosmetics: Take sunscreen. Yes, everyone wants that tan..but don’t burn yourself to a crisp as it could lead to skin cancer. Take a few of your favorite cosmetics but make sure it is in your checked baggage as they only allow travel sized liquids in your carry-on.
  • A Dress: Any dress of your choosing, one you could wear casually or dress up. Don’t go crazy and take 3 or more. 1 or 2 is fine.
  • Camera and chargers: Take a camera (disposable is always good) or any camera you have along with its chargers and chargers for your phone.
  • First Aid and Feminine products: You never know when you might have an accident or mother nature will decide to drop her gift. Be prepared! Don’t forget the deodorant either!
  • A Hat: Keep cool and believe it or not you can actually burn your scalp! Bring along your favorite cap or sun hat. It will make a cute addition to an outfit as well!
  • Mosquito Repellent: Depending where you are, chances are you will cross paths with this pesky pest. Ward them away with some repellent or make your own!
  • Belts and Accessories: I usually bring a small cosmetic bag with my jewelry (fashion jewelry). It can change an outfit from casual to dressy in a snap and a belt is great to cinch your dress.
  • Bathing suit: Bring your best bathing suit or 2 if you know you’ll be spending a lot of time in it. Bikini, one-piece, etc. it’s all your choice. Bring more than 1 if you don’t want to have to wash it the day before.
  • Sunglasses: Squinting brings on crows feet and is plain annoying. Put on some smoking sunglasses and relax!
  • Towels: Hotels will supply some towels to shower in but I like to bring along my big beach towel to lie on.
  • Tote Bag: To carry all your beach essentials
  • Book or Nook: We all love reading a good book on vacation!
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste: Minty-fresh breath..really is the best (I just rhymed. Oy Vey.)
  • Extra Cash: In the world of credit cards..people tend to forget that paper money exists. Bring cash. You don’t want to be left with nothing.
  • I.D or Passport: This should be a given.
  • Tank Tops: Any color. It’s a basic!
  • Purse: Any purse you love!

I know this is a long list but it really is the essentials! You can always add whatever you feel fit but for a great vacation don’t forget these things. Hotels usually supply those mini shampoos and body gel but if you don’t want to use those, then bring your own, like I usually do. Vacations are fun but nothing is less than enjoyable when you realize you forgot your camera or some sunblock.

I hope my list helped and if you have anything you would recommend, do not hesitate to comment below and add to the list!

Collars are Calling Me!

I was never much of a necklace girl when I was younger but as my love of fashion grew, so did my love of accessories. Well, more than love..more like an obsession.

Collared shirts have also become a basic for me in a way, particularly the sleeveless, flow-y, and roomy ones. I love to add a necklace underneath the collar to add a little interest and pop. It’s a great way to dress up an outfit. I made some outfit sets for an example. There are a variety of colors, finishes, and embellishments on the necklaces which can turn your everyday bland shirt into a wonderful outfit, especially when the weather warms up!

Collars
Collars

The first and third collar are from BaubleBar  and the second is from Dorothy Perkins, while the fourth is  from Topshop.

They are all very affordable and very cute! There is a style for everyone!

Favorite Pre-Fall 2013 Look

McQueen

I have an undying and unconditional love for all things Alexander McQueen. He truly was a revolutionary man with impeccable taste and a crazy, Van Gogh-like mind. I believe Sarah Burton is doing justice to his name with these designs. They are close to what I think we would have seen if McQueen was still around, may he rest in peace.

It is opulent, elegant, with just a hint of that dark mysteriousness we usually see in his clothing. While it is not ready to wear, if given the opportunity, I would rock these looks.

The draping and the way the clothing flows just makes my heart stop and I sigh in wonder. Clothing truly is an art and these two are art pieces. You might not be able to wear the whole look together, but the dresses and the shawls separately would be magnificent. The colors are the perfect transition into fall with just enough weight to the fabric.

Burton has certainly taken her inspiration from early time periods as I see a bit of Middle Age influence in them. I can’t stop staring at these two outfits. It only transports me back to when I first heard of McQueen and saw his designs in the exhibition at the Met. I just wanted to share these two wonderful works of art and I hope you can appreciate them as much as I do!

Source: Harper’s Bazaar

Positivity is Key

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Today has been a great day. It was a bleak and chilly day as I made my way to school with only about 6 hours of sleep. I did the usual, take notes, and make my way to the cafe on campus with a friend. We were chatting and I was checking my email when I saw I got one from one of the internships I had applied for. I don’t know if it’s a good thing to just say the name but it’s a company known for owning many great fashion magazines.

I got an interview! It’s about a week and a half away, and I’m still racking my brain on what I should wear, take, and ask. Another great thing that happened today, is that my night class was canceled, woo! I am home in my favorite little pjs and just relaxing before I start cracking down on my homework. I am slowly getting many of my projects down, which is relaxing me.

I’m the kind of person who loves getting ALL their homework done on a Friday so that they could have the weekend full of freedom. It’s a great thing, positivity. Positivity brightens your mood and makes even the bleakest days bearable. I must admit, I’ve always been the person who was a little on the negative side, always letting the smallest things stress me to the max. Now that I am in university, I don’t let things get to me. You get used to the bumps in the road and it’s only natural.

All you have to do is breathe and relax, everything happens for a reason. You always need to look on the bright side, even on the cloudiest of days.

Vlogging: Not So Easy

Last night, I had an epiphany while watching one of my favorite bloggers, Zoella. I want to do a vlog! I want to do hauls, and reviews, and it will be so much fun!Not. I got all made up,put on a nice t-shirt and proceeded to sit in front of my Macbook Pro. It was a mess. 15 video redo’s later and I am no closer to getting started.

First off, It’s awkward. It’ awkward to sit there and stare into the little camera. How are you supposed to start your own video? What should the topic be? How long should it be? I picked a topic but I ended up rambling. I then began to pick myself apart. “Oh my god..is that how I look like when I talk?Look at that double chin! I look like I’m having a seizure with my eyes always rolling up to look at the ceiling!”

Awful.Just awful. I’m going to give it another shot on Wednesday and see how it goes. I have no lighting in my room and no editing skills, this is going to be quite a challenge. Fingers crossed!

Have any of you vlogged or did a youtube video?Any tips?

To the Scottish Highlands

Plaid Pre-Fall 2013 Plaid
Fabrics with a texture are one of my favorite things in the world. Boucle, Tweed, you name it. But as far as prints I would have to put Tartan and Plaid on the top of my list. It’s a classic and always will be. They are aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
When  I found out that plaid was coming back full-force in pre-fall, I couldn’t be happier. I could see this going into Fall and Winter as well. They are cozy looking and you could wear it with a variety of colors depending on the color of the plaid itself.
Plaid Pre-Fall 2013

My personal favorites are the Gucci skirt and this Chanel ensemble. The Gucci skirt is a neutral color with a little flounce and peplum on the top, which is also signaling that that trend is here to stay. While the Chanel ensemble, doesn’t have any plaid. I absolutely adore the textures of the dress and jacket. I sense that designers may have been influenced by Europe this autumn and winter; which I obsess over.

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What do you think of textures and prints like tweed and plaid?

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When is too much..too much?

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Sometimes, I’d like to think I get a little bit carried away. As I look at my ever-expanding collection of polishes, I think to myself, “Is this obsessive?” Just look at the collection I have but I can’t help buying more! I always want to buy more even though I have a whole box. There is just too many choices, I often want to wear several at a time! Sometimes, I try to think of why I always want to buy more and then it came to me.

It’s such a great accessory, especially for college students. It is inexpensive, versatile, and easy to change. Every season, more colors come out that can be such a great compliment to your wardrobe. Bare nails are nice, but colored ones complete and enhance your outfit.

There is one color that I can’t seem to part with: Mermaid’s Tear’s by O.P.I. I want to use it all but at the same time I want to preserve it. It’s a beautiful ocean blue color that was part of the Pirates of the Caribbean collection a few years back. When, I searched it up on Amazon. I was shocked to see it was $15. $15 for a nail polish? It’s not bad..but more than I would be willing to spend. I might treat myself to it  IF I ever finish the one I have.

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Do you have a large nail polish collection?Is it your guilty pleasure? I know I am not the only one who covets the best nail polish colors!

Photo Inspiration

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After reading All Work, No Pay by Lauren Berger, I decided to spend a good hour clearing out Facebook things that might be taken the wrong way by a potential employer. (I didn’t find much, mind you.) But while I was going back on the time line..all the way down to 2009–when I was a sophomore in high school, I was shocked. I may have not been stick thin, I never have been, but oh my god, I looked healthy! I was slightly overweight..but a lot thinner than now. 

I felt a twinge in my heart and looked down at myself, of course I want to be healthy, of course I want to be a good weight, but it’s just so hard. I’m a crash dieter, I hop on one day and the next, I’m already slipping off. I can only blame myself as I try to remember when my weight started going up. I think it’s when my social life began to take off, and I went out to eat a lot more. Before then, I would only eat home-cooked meals and stay inside, I wasn’t exercising much but my stress wasn’t as high so my food intake wasn’t affected either.

I am going to print out this photo of myself, where I see no belly bulge, no arm fat, and no double-chin. I am going to put it on the wall right next to where I sleep so when I open my eyes, I know that this is my goal. It will be my inspiration.

The Queen Speaks…The Intern Queen

The struggle. The struggle of balancing your social life, work life, school life..it can all get to be too much but yet I am still searching for an internship.
When I first found out about the Intern Queen, it was through my editor-in-chief of Her Campus Montclair, I was of course interested. I logged onto her website www.internqueen.com and then proceeded to search for internships. I applied for a few and got two responses back, hurrah!

I loved her story and the fact that she had 15 internships under her belt in four years at college! I had to purchase her book. I absolutely love it. I whole-heartedly recommend it. I, like Lauren, struggle to get any help from my advisor. My blood still boils when I think back to last semester. I was making my way into my advisors’ office as I had just landed my first internship at a start-up in New York City. I had been emailing her about the internship and credits when she told me to come into her office the following day. Upon arriving, she instructed me to sit and told me, “You can’t do this internship. It’s free labor, we can’t cover you if you fall and break your back, and you don’t have enough knowledge or experience for it.” Frankly, I was taken aback. Who was she to tell me I didn’t have enough ‘knowledge’ for it. Life is full of opportunities and I seized it. I wasn’t about to let it go. I clenched her teeth, told her thank you, and walked out to continue on with my internship. I don’t know why colleges and universities don’t back up their students, they can’t expect us to just leave it off until senior year.

This is why I decided I would pick up Lauren Berger’s book. I wanted more internships, I wanted to experience the field, and have an edge over my competitors in the fashion realm. She offers tips, advice, and first hand experience. The book is only $12.99 and that’s a bargain for all the things she has to tell us!

Lauren Berger, you truly are an inspiration, thank you for writing such a helpful and wonderful books!Image

Sunflower Sailors?

Stripes and Florals

Prints have yet to slow down in the trend forecasting; two of the big ones this upcoming spring are the ever present stripe and flower power. I must admit, florals would make me cringe, back in the day. They were oddly reminiscent of old textured sofas with those ugly, dull flowers prints that looked as if they were wilting away in front of your eyes.

But alas! We’ve modernized it and oh, does it look good! Stripes are the prints the remind you of the ocean, of sailors, maybe it is always present when the weather warms up, it has a nautical feel to it! Florals are a great print in the spring when the real ones bloom; you’ll feel like you’ve had a new beginning.

Why not mix them both together? What? Stripes and florals….together? I will forewarn you all now; its not for the faint of heart. It’s for the risk-takers, the ones who are not afraid to stand out, and those who do not mind print. The key to mastering the two prints look is simple, make sure they are in the same color pallet.

As you can see from the top, keep accessories to a minimum as the prints will be doing all the talking for you. A little stud or two wouldn’t hurt though.

Do you think you could rock this look?

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