May 2016 Favorites

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  1. Essence Lash Princess Mascara: One of my best friends, Taylor, grabbed this mascara for me a few weeks ago, and I have used it pretty much everyday that I’ve wore makeup this month! The formula of the mascara is super soft with some serious staying power, and yet it easily comes off with water. But the curved brush is my favorite part, as it grabs all of my lashes at once, making one or two quick swipes all I need.
  2. B.P. Undercover “Hug Me” Hoodie: I have been wearing this zip up sweatshirt constantly this month due to some unexpected travel. While I’ve had it for over a year now, it has been incredibly durable and is the perfect thickness for a hoodie you just want to throw on and go in. I would recommend this hoodie to everyone as it’s a great basic and is insanely cozy!
  3. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer: I am completely obsessed with this moisturizer! I have super sensitive skin and this product gives me healthy moisturized skin and never breaks me out. It’s also a great summer product as it’s not overly thick but is still hydrating.
  4. Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo: I have tried a ton of dry shampoos out there as I don’t like to wash my hair everyday, and this one always finds a place on my top shelf. This dry shampoo is super light (so if I spray too much it’s nbd), but does a great job of soaking up any extra oil in my hair without leaving that chalky white look on my scalp.
  5. Franco Sarto Hachi Strappy Sandals: Both my best friend, Veronica, and I picked up these sandals to wear on our graduation day this May, and now I seriously don’t know how I lived without them before (a little dramatic, but you know what I mean)! These are hands down the most comfortable heels I have ever worn, and I love that the nude color complements practically every skin tone (they also come in black!!). You need these in your life.

Spring Wedding Inspo: Romona Keveza

by Julia

While I don’t plan on get married for a very long time, what girl does’t love to fantasize about her wedding dress? After stalking checking out Romona Keveza‘s Instagram this evening, I have become obsessed with her incredible wedding gowns. Each dress is a true work of art and I would die to walk down the aisle in any of them- I especially love the dresses that incorporate bright colors. I have picked a few of my favorites to share below as wedding season is getting into full swing! You can follow Romona Keveza on Instagram here.

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17 Beach Bag Must-Haves

by Julia

With Memorial Day Weekend already here and the summer months coming up fast, there are plenty of beach days ahead! Be prepared for every adventure this summer with a tote that has everything you’ll need. Here are the 17 beach bag necessities you won’t want to leave home without!

  1. Swimwear: A bathing suit obviously tops the list when deciding what to bring for a day in the sand. Checkout Topshop’s swimwear line for unique cuts and unexpected patterns. Shop Topshop here.BUNDLE_03P05JMUL03P06JMUL_Zoom_F_1
  2. Water Bottle: A water bottle is a complete necessity when hanging out in the sun all day. A bottle from Swell is a great option as it keeps your cold drinks cold for 24 hours and your hot drinks hot for 12. Shop Swell here.img
  3. Sunscreen: To keep skin safe and to prevent sunburns, sunscreen should be in every bag you carry during the summer, but especially your beach bag. This sunscreen from Clinque is oil free, water resistant, and safe for sensitive skin. Shop Clinique heres1151729-main-zoom
  4. Flip Flops: Rainbow flip flops only get better the more you wear them- plus not only do they go with everything, but they will keep your feet cool walking to the pool or along the beach. Shop Rainbow hererainbow-womens-leather-narrow-strap1
  5. Cover Up: Cover ups are the perfect way to avoid getting too much sunshine, and they’ll keep you cozy as the sun goes down. This one from Surf Gypsy has the most beautiful detailing and open back. Shop Surf Gypsy hereScreen Shot 2016-05-26 at 4.42.34 PM
  6. Makeup Pouch: Not only does a tiny pouch help corral all of your makeup, but it also keeps all of your odds and ends from falling to the bottom of your bag. This cheeky one from Forever21 is the perfect size and will be easy to spot in your tote! Shop Forever21 hereScreen Shot 2016-05-26 at 4.08.46 PM
  7. Lip Balm: While the beach is not always the place to rock a full-on red lip, a little swipe of color (that has SPF 15!) never hurts. Korres lip butter sticks will definitely keep your lips hydrated all day. Shop Korres here.293638011_0_640x640
  8. Waterproof Mascara: Swimming and sweat are no match for a good waterproof mascara. This option from CoverGirl will stay on all day, yet is extremely gentle on the eyes. Shop CoverGirl Herek2-_2d6c3d43-f0f0-47c7-9726-b20021624df4.v1
  9. Mini Perfume: Stay fresh from morning to night by tossing a mini perfume into your makeup pouch. This scent from Bobbi Brown smells like all the best parts of a summer’s day. Shop Bobbi Brown herebb_prod_ECF5_415x415_0
  10. Polaroid Camera: With the beach being a perfect place to ruin a phone (water, sand, sunscreen, etc), save your iPhone and keep the memories by taking a polaroid camera along for the trip. This mini version from Fujifilm is the perfect size to grab and go. Shop Fujifilm hereScreen Shot 2016-05-26 at 4.26.54 PM
  11. Beach Towel: Whether you’re drying off from a dip or just relaxing under the sun, a towel is another beach bag must-have. This beach blanket from Urban Outfitters is durable enough to last multiple summer seasons and is large enough to share with friends. Shop Urban Outfitters here91f6b61dd633920eb6c261e1d12968ef
  12. Straw Hat: Light straw hats are the perfect complement to any piece of swimwear, and will help keep your face and shoulders in the shade. This packable hat from Madewell is the ultimate vacation-friendly option. Shop Madewell hereScreen Shot 2016-05-26 at 5.07.25 PM
  13. Hair Wrap: If a hat is not your style, a headband or hair wrap is another chic way to keep your hair up and out of your face during the summer, while giving off that boho, easy-going vibe. And who does boho better than Free People? Shop Free People here. s_56ed4e88f0137dc44b0334aa
  14. Book: The summer is prime time to dive into a good read (or your favorite celebrity gossip magazine). Check out Stephanie Clifford’s novel, Everybody Rise, for a more witty and grown up take on Gossip Girl. Shop Everybody Rise here9781250077172_custom-9b1a405d0ea3041f120e6120e06eecf28df08356-s300-c85
  15. Ear buds: Whether it’s a podcast or the summer’s hottest new music, ear buds are the perfect companion for a long walk on the beach. Ear buds from Skullcandy are sure to surprise you with their amazing quality and low price tag. Shop Skullcandy hereScreen Shot 2016-05-26 at 5.17.08 PM
  16. Portable Phone Charger: If you’re depending on your music and GPS to last you all day, a phone charger you can take with you (that doesn’t need an outlet) is a beach day essential. Ban.do’s chargers are cute, affordable, and small enough to take anywhere. Shop Ban.do hereScreen Shot 2016-05-26 at 5.19.34 PM
  17. Beach Bag: And of course you have to have something to put all of your must-haves in! Colorful, sturdy, and big enough to fit everything and more inside, this woven bag from Frye is the answer to all of your beach bag dreams. Show Frye here. Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 5.23.31 PM

 

Behind the Scenes with Scarlett Johansson and Cosmopolitan

by Julia

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Cosmo May 2016

Back in December, I had the amazing opportunity to go with the Cosmo team to the Scarlett Johansson Cosmo cover shoot! I had the most incredible time working on set and seeing how a true movie star operates.

Unfortunately, I had just broken my phone the day before the shoot so I don’t have as many photos as I did with the Fifth Harmony cover shoot, but I did manage to take a few behind the scenes shots seen below!

When I first got to set that morning, I helped our fashion director and stylist set up the looks that had been picked for Scarlett, along with a few racks of extra outfits and cool pieces incase she wanted a different look, and this shoot had an amazing shoe selection (scroll down to see my dream pair of Louboutins). As always the food for breakfast and lunch was amazing and everyone on set was really excited for the shoot.

Scarlett came on set and was incredibly nice and polite. She also really knew, naturally, how she looked best on camera. We shot around 7 (!) outfits in just a few short hours since she could work so quickly and professionally. Check out a few pictures from the shoot below!

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My favorite shoes ever were on set- rainbow crystal Louboutins.

Spring Time in NYC – update!

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Flowers in Columbus Circle

There are few things I love more than spring in New York. Everything and everyone seems just be happier! The other day I picked up my cap and gown at school for my graduation next month from Fordham, which was completely surreal. Just a few weeks to go!

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With my roommate Elle- picking up our cap and gowns with our school’s mascot, the ram!

Two weeks ago, my roommate, Mara, and I walked in our school’s annual charity fashion show! The club, Fashion for Philanthropy, does amazing work and all proceeds from the show benefit the Make a Wish foundation in the greater metropolitan area.

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Seniors walking in the show

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Models getting ready to line up.

And just this past weekend, my boyfriend, Jake, and I went to the NY Botanical Garden that is right next to Fordham. We had a great time enjoying the perfect spring weather and seeing all of the flowers in bloom. The botanical garden is massive and we spent two hours hitting practically all of the main parts.

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Pinterest Recipe Inspo

by Julia

The weekends always have me dreaming of lazy days sleeping in, watching movies, and baking up something that makes the whole apartment smell good. And with that last part in mind, where else is there to turn for incredible recipes except for Pinterest? I swear I can lose hours on there just searching for different pumpkin recipes alone… If you’ve never looked up recipes on Pinterest, you’ve never really lived- I swear that website has everything and more. Below are a few links to recipes that, in my mind, can turn a great weekend into a perfect one (why yes, I am that obsessed with food). Just click on each caption to be taken to the full recipe- Enjoy!

*all images come from the respective recipes’ Pinterest teasers

 

Spring Wish List: Sincerely Jules

by Julia

When I first came across the blog and brand Sincerely Jules, I was immediately smitten with the name along with her tees with cute and sassy sayings. While her collection does have several pieces of color (think the perfect basics in neutral colors), I am always attracted to pieces in white or gray. Check out my favorite picks from her line below from a soft tee that is cool without trying too hard and the perfect dress for summer nights. Follow her on Instagram here.