NYFW Outfit 1

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Hi everyone! These past few days have been a whirlwind. Everything happened so quickly from me flying out to New York City for fashion week to collaborating with Chictopia on a couple videos to flying back for a friend’s wedding within the span of 2 days. I’m also helping plan and wrap up the details for another friend’s upcoming bachelorette! Of course it doesn’t stop there as I am working on other videos and collaborations as well. My brain has been running a bajillion miles a second but I wouldn’t have it any other way :) Typing out this post is actually bringing me a lot of peace at the moment.

Luckily we were able to do a quick shoot of the first outfit I wore in New York. I actually carried my black faux leather backpack which carried my cameras, Madden Girl flats (a must!), and other essentials in turn explaining the absence of a clutch or small handbag. I found this dress last week and fell in love with its mix of patterns, cut outs, and how I didn’t have to worry about piecing together separates as I quickly packed for this trip. I feel like this dress makes more of a subtle statement in the faded print and it in a way symbolizes where I am at this point in my life. I definitely am at a crossroad of being a girl and a woman (cue the Britney song!) and I am just feeling all sorts of feels. Descriptive, I know. The shoes were needed to liven up the look and because i’ve worn them so many times I knew they wouldn’t be killer on my feet :) Wow, I was rather chatty today so we’ll sign off here! Stay tuned for more outfit posts!

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Photo Credit: Libby Kusuma (Chictopia)

Dress – Free People

Shoes – Zara

Rings and blue bracelet – Francesca’s

Beach Day

Xteeener - Nassau Beach Shoot - 01Life is so not a beach when you’re at this kind of beach!  When I stepped onto the smooth white sand and caught sight of the clear blue water up ahead I literally gasped.  Just breathtaking.  There were also very few people on this beach at Nassau which only elevated the perfection of it all.  In some ways this was like the calm before the storm as I prepare myself, physically and mentally, for my first New York Fashion Week experience.  Pinch me, i’m dreaming.  More posts regarding what i’m doing in New York to come!

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Cover up – Marshalls

Raybans – stole from boyfriend

Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

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Hi guys! I’ve been getting some questions about this Maybelline the Nudes palette and I was also curious to see if there was an upgrade in the eyeshadow quality. Upon first look I was attracted to the simplicity and size of the palette.

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Seriously, here’s a size comparison with the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette! I love how small and sleek it is considering it also has 12 eyeshadows varying from neutral to warm to cool tones.

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Let’s take a closer look:

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I numbered the shades since they don’t each have a name. Personally I find it easiest to view this palette as 3 eyeshadow quads (for ex. 1, 2, 7, 8) joined together so that the eyes don’t get overwhelmed. There are 5 matte shadows which I really appreciate: 3, 5, 6, 8, and 12. Shade 2 is kind of like the satin cousin of shade 5.

Swatches below were done with no primer. On the eyes I would highly recommend wearing a primer first so the shades show up better and last longer.

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The lighter shimmery shades 1, 9, and 11 lack pigmentation and staying power. They remind me of some of the lighter shades that I own in my other Maybelline quads in terms of quality. The rest of the shadows with the exception of the black shade are nice and smooth with decent pigmentation. Shade 1 had the potential to be unique and awesome because it has a pink pearlescent shimmer with blue and pink flecks in it but it’s just too lackluster. I love shades 5 and 6 because it has an ashy and cool enough of a tone to use on the brows! That is always a major plus for me.

I mostly pulled out the Naked 2 palette for comparison because the shades in the Maybelline the Nudes kind of reminded me of it. Are there any definite dupes? Nope, but i’ve swatched the ones that I thought looked the most similar beside each other below.

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My overall thoughts: I have worn the Nudes palette for the past week now and I really do like it. I typically do wear an eye primer and so far the shadows have lasted and still looked great on my eyes after several hours of wear. I’m even taking this one with me for my cruise trip with my family and Matt this weekend (so excited!). The eyeshadow quality seems to have barely improved if at all in my opinion but I think the selection of shades was very well thought out. The overall value is worth it considering the price. The price of their eyeshadow quads varies from ~$5-7 and this the Nudes palette varies from ~$10-12. The Nudes is pretty much like a triple quad in one which could have valued at a ~$15-21 price point. If you snag a coupon or discount then it’s an even better deal. I think the shades are all really wearable and most are easy to work with. Also, because i’m a big fan of smokey eyes and matte shadows I like the looks I can create with this. If you are a bigger fan of buttery shimmery highlight shades then I would pass on this one.

Have you picked up this palette or eyed it? What are your thoughts?

Black Playsuit

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Hi all :) I’m typing this up as I pack for my trip to LA tomorrow and I think this black playsuit is an ideal type of clothing item to travel with. It’s easy to dress up or down, you could pair a skirt over it for an additional look, and if you get something spilt on you it won’t be obvious haha ^^ I seriously love fuss free clothing. I also love golden hour; it’s freakin’ magical.

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Black Long Sleeve Playsuit

Hinge ‘Dresden’ Caged Leather Bootie

Kendra Scott Sky earrings in Violet

Bauble Bar Long Arrow Pendant necklace (check out my necklace picks in my latest video!)

Cole Haan crossbody bag

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Sammi started creeping into the shots so here’s his cameo! I love him and I love you all :) Thanks for stopping by!

Minimalistic

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I am often won over by separates because of it’s practicality in it’s capability of being mixed and matched. Does anyone else find it gratifying to wear certain items in your closet over and over again just because it’s so easy? Striped tops would definitely fall under this category. When I bought this textured striped top and pale blue skirt I had envisioned pairing them separately with either a print or something that would bring higher contrast to the overall look. The versatility of the two pieces inspired me to start by pairing them together and keeping it clean and simple.

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Nasty Gal skirt | Ten Sixty Sherman striped tee | New Look flatform sandals | Romwe bag (similar)

Tropical Fever

Hi everyone! Can you believe it’s August already?? I always love this time of year because it is so full of energy as everyone gears up for the new season. Is anyone else craving a summer get away like I am? This Tropical Floral dress definitely reads vacation in the print but I love the elegant cut of it. Summer is still here so I decided to inject even more color into the look!

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Dress: ASOS.com | Gold studded cuff: Vince Camuto | Bag: H&M | Heels: dresslink.com | Nails: Sally Hansen ‘Pacific Blue’

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Are you guys preparing yourself for Fall yet whether mentally or in terms of your wardrobe? Or are we not letting Summer escape us anytime soon? :) I’ve started buying some transitioning and early Fall pieces in this haul video! Check it out: