May 29, 2015

Florida Fashion!

I don't know about everyone else, but I always enjoy receiving new outfit ideas just by observing the combinations of others! If you read my recent packing post from Vegas, you'll notice similar pieces. I like to take certain pieces from one outfit, and incorporate it into a new and fresh look. If you get good enough at it, you could have an infinite amount of different looks out of only a few pieces. You will know that you have reached "queen of style" status when the same piece worn over again is not even noticeable to others! You will also notice that the items from my posts can come from vastly different places. In my travels, I enjoy doing a bit of shopping so that I get a taste of something original to bring home. As a fashion stylist, you'll learn that your closet should consist of many things from many places. It's not wise to "put all of your eggs into one basket" as it is not wise to depend on one or two retailers to build your style from. I have purchased my style everywhere from high-end designers, brand names, mid-range retailers, boutiques, vintage shops, and flea markets, so always keep an open mind when shopping! Just make sure that you pay attention to the quality versus price of your possible purchases. I tend to go with "themes" when I'm choosing what to wear. My typical theme does tend to be nautical, but it's a good excuse to continue the theme when traveling to a coastal state... *wink wink*! There are 8 days and counting until I'm off to Palm Coast, Florida so I'll do my best to keep in touch! Enjoy, and check below each outfit to see the details of where I purchased each item! 

Tank, Skirt, & Necklace: Francesca's Collections, Sandals: Sketchers, Hat: Charming Charlies, Earrings: Simply The Best Boutique.
Skirt, Scarf, & Watch: Francesca's Collections, Tank: NY&C, Earrings: Icing.
Tank: Express, Skirt: Pitaya, Sandals: Sketchers, Necklace: Francesca's Collections, Earrings: Boutique in Vegas, Hat: Cracker Barrel (I know, right?).
Tank: NY&C, Skirt: Express, Clutch: Nila Anthony, Sandals: Dolce Vita, Necklace: Francesca's Collections, Earrings: Charming Charlies. 
Tank: Express, Shorts: Charlotte Russe, Hat: Cracker Barrel, Sandals: Dolce Vita, Necklace: JCPenny, Earrings: Charming Charlies. 
Sundress: Francesca's Collections, Sandals: Nine West, Necklace: Forever 21, Earrings: Bebe. 
Crop Top: Abercrombie & Fitch, Shorts: Charlotte Russe, Sandals: Michael Kors, Necklace: Francesca's Collections, Earrings: Vintage shop in Michigan.
Tank: Express, Shorts & Bracelet: Francesca's Collections, Sandals: Michael Kors, Earrings: Forever 21, Hat: Flea market in Indiana.
Crop Top: Abercrombie & Fitch, Shorts: Charlotte Russe, Sandals: Michael Kors, Necklace & Bracelet: Francesca's Collections, Earrings: Bebe.

May 18, 2015

Maryland And The U.S. Naval Ring Dance!

Honestly, if I were to pick one of my favorite states to visit, Maryland would be number 3! Can you really blame me for placing Hawaii and Florida as 1st and 2nd though? Annapolis, Maryland is right on the water, and it's also the location of the United States Naval Academy. So naturally, everything revolves around the nautical theme that I'm obsessed with! Make sure you have some seafood when you're there, Maryland is known for having some of the best fresh caught crab. On a restaurant's menu, the price is shown as "Market Price "for certain seafood dishes. This just means that the price varies by day according to the available catch, so ask your waiter for that day's price. In Annapolis, you can find cobblestone roads lined with historic buildings, ice cream parlors, fudge shops, and small boutiques. If you've ever been to Mackinaw Island, it is quite comparable to that. Two years ago, my close friends and I took a backstage tour of the entire Naval base by my friend in the Academy. This year, I was asked to join him to the prestigious Naval Ring Dance. This dance was beyond anything I had imagined. It looked like a party that Jay Gatsby had put on. All the members of the Academy were required to wear uniform, while their dates wore things worthy of a prom. There were couches to lounge on, tables to eat at, hammocks to swing on (yes, you read that correctly), bars to order drinks, and horsederves and desserts as far as the eye could see. I was very fortunate to be able to experience that. Last visit, we also went to Washington D.C. and toured the Reflection Pool, Lincoln Memorial, Captial Building, and White House. It is a great time to learn everything there is to know about the Nation and it's history. Don't expect to get too close to the White House, the gate isn't as close as it appears in the movies! Also, be prepared to walk a far distance between each sight. The scenery of Maryland is beautiful, with it's forests, winding roads and hills, and coastal views. If you get the chance, take a sailboat trip or try your hand at paddle boarding. The water is beautiful to admire, and feels like bath water in the spring. For both trips I was able to stay in my friend's Naval Sponsor's "house" that really was more like a castle. Let's just say I enjoy visiting! In 17 days I leave for Florida, and I can hardly wait! Make sure you check back for more posts between then! 

A sunset sailboat ride.
The group in the Naval Academy. 
The ring ceremony. 
The Naval Ring Dance.
The castle I stayed in both trips.
The view of the castle from the back.
The White House.
The Capitol Building. 
The Reflection Pool and Lincoln Memorial.
In front of the Naval Academy two years ago.
The streets of Annapolis. 

May 14, 2015

My Vegas Review!

Let me start out by saying that Vegas was quite the experience, and well worth it! First off, they aren't kidding when they say it is the city that never sleeps. I don't think there was a night that I crawled (and I mean crawled) into bed before 3am. During the day the streets are pretty open, but as soon as night rolls around everyone is out to have a good time. Also, gambling is seriously the main focus of everything and anything there. There's even slot machines in the airport when you first arrive. Another surprise to me coming from a state where it's banned in public places, was that smoking is allowed anywhere, and nearly everyone smokes. Drinks are offered to anyone, and they are very accommodating with non-alcoholic versions to those of us who don't drink. The streets of the new strip are lined with clubs, casinos, hotels, and upscale retailers like Versage, Tiffany & Co, and Armani. The streets of the old strip are filled with performers, cheap gift shops, and even more casinos. Don't be shocked if someone approaches you to give money to their cause or charity, they aren't afraid to guilt you into donating money. Make sure you visit Container Park on the old strip. In all the hustle and bustle, it's a calm oasis. Made of recycled materials, the park includes local artisans, a play place for kids, and little cafes with healthy food options. When it comes to the weather, it isn't as nice as you would think it to be in the desert. Standing in the sun is overwhelmingly hot, and touching any shade is instantly cool. The heat doesn't spread out as much, so be prepared to have a light jacket handy at all times. It also doesn't help that each building you enter has the air conditioning blasting no matter what the weather is like outside. If you are looking for a pool party, most hotels offer pool entrance to non-hotel guests for free on a week day or for a fee between $10 and $50 on weekends. We spent a day at the Hard Rock Hotel's pool for free, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The pool area includes a sandy "beach", cabanas, lounge chairs and beds, palm trees and vegetation, a bar with food and drink, spa and massage options available, and a fantastic live DJ. I was told that you might be offered a free invite by local sponsors to immense pool parties, but never received any to our disappointment. In downtown Vegas on the LINQ is the world's largest "observation wheel", which is really just an oversized ferris wheel called the High Roller that reaches a height of 550 feet. It cost a bit to ride, but is well worth it when you reach the maximum height and enjoy a full view of Vegas. Also located on the LINQ, is a cupcake, ice cream, and cookie parlor called Sprinkles, which is home to the cupcake ATM. We also attended Frank Marino's DIVA'S drag show, and had a great time watching the celebrity impersonations and stand-up comedy. If you're looking for a concert, this year was the first year that the Rock In Rio music festival was held in Vegas. If the crowds were any indication of it's success, I'm sure it will be back again next May! There were two seperate weekends: one for rock and one for pop. We chose the rock weekend and had the chance to see over 30 bands in the span of 2 days, including some big names like Foster the People, No Doubt, Metallica, Rise Against and Lincoln Park. The venue includes 5 stages, food vendors for any type of food you could imagine, street performers, pop-up shops, a ferris wheel, and a zip line that goes directly over the crowd in front of the main stage. I was hesitant in spending $300 on a ticket, but it ended up being one of greatest times! Don't forget to take your picture in front of the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada sign, but be prepared to encounter a creepy guy who thinks he's Elvis and will offer to take your pictures for tips. Take him up on the offer though, because he actually knows what he's doing! Well, there you have it. My review of all the good, the bad, the pretty, and the ugly of Las Vegas, Nevada! Tomorrow I leave for my second trip to Maryland, so stay tuned on my experiences there!

  

   The Rock In Rio rock music festival! 

 

The village of pop-up shops and food vendors in Rock in Rio.

    

 One of the 5 stages: The EDM music stage.

 Just before we zip lined over a crowd of people.

  

   The main stage at Rock in Rio.

    

 The Mercedes Benz stage with Foster the People.


 The old strip of Vegas.


  A view over Container Park.

  

   Sprinkles cupcakes, ice cream, and cookies shop with the famous Cupcake ATM.


  My choice at Sprinkles!
 

Riding the High Roller on the LINQ.

 

A view of 550 feet over Vegas.

  

Photo op in front of the Vegas sign! 

 

The Hard Rock Hotel pool, appropriately called Rehab.
  
Enjoying the sun on our last full day.

May 7, 2015

Lipstick Test!

I've worn makeup for as long as I can remember, so I'm constantly on the look for something new to try! Seeing as I love the "red lip classic" thing that T-Swift is known for, it's been my goal to attain that flawless red lined lip. It's not so easy though, I also want my lipstick to LAST. Is that so much to ask for? Well, I decided to do a little lipstick test in order to find the perfect long lasting red lipstick. I did my fair share of stalking fellow bloggers to get a good idea of the top brands they suggest. I found that the 3 most suggested long wear lipsticks were: L'Oréal Infallible, Wet 'N Wild Megalast, and Revlon 24 hr Superstay. Now, I tried Revlon's a few years back with high hopes, and was sadly disappointed. First, it did not hold up well through eating or drinking. Second, it left my lips very dry and chapped. Lastly, by the end of the day most of it had flaked off. L'Oréal came in second place being slightly better. It held up decent through eating and drinking, and left my lips feeling moist most of the day. It did however need a second application halfway through the day, and tended to bleed outside my lip line. I was pleasantly surprised that the Wet 'N Wild brand came in as my first pick and favorite, because at most drug stores it is only $2! It also comes in a very wide selection of colors. I only needed one application the entire day, my lips were somewhat moist, and it lasted through 3 whole meals. I would highly suggest giving it a try! As a side note...if you're looking for a good vegan choice, try the brand BITE. My choice for a good tinted chapstick would be Baby Lips. Thought I'd share this little informative beauty post with you all while on my flight to Vegas! Next post I will be sharing all the details of my trip, so stay tuned. What happens in Vegas doesn't have to stay in Vegas, right?