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.

 

Spring Break Destination: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

by Julia

This spring break about 80 kids from my senior class and I went to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic! It was 6 beautiful days with hardly any clouds at the Iberostar Punta Cana- we did an all inclusive deal and this resort had everything we needed! Scroll down to see a few pictures of my week in paradise; highlights include Coco Bongo night club (it’s like Cirque du Soleil but Americanized – you really have to go to know what I mean) and zip lining with my boyfriend Jake through the forests! Really missing the 85 degree weather right about now!

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Flying into the Dominican Republic.

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Where our rooms were at the resort.

The beach at Iberostar.

The beach at Iberostar.

Coco Bongo- a must go.

Coco Bongo- a must see.

Poolside with some of my friends from school.

Poolside with some of my friends from school.

The jungle where Jake and I zip lined.

The jungle where Jake and I zip lined (those things that look like power lines at the top of the photo are actually some of the zip lines!).

Jake & I after zip lining.

Jake & I after zip lining.

The gorgeous beach.

The gorgeous beach.

A few of my girlfriends and I on our last day.

A few of my girlfriends and I on our last day.

March Favorites

by Julia

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  1. OGX Argan Oil: This argan oil has been saving my hair from all of the crazy weather in New York lately. Whether it’s freezing and windy or so hot it’s dehydrating, this oil has been helping immensely with frizz and keeping my hair feeling soft. I love using this oil when my hair is wet and letting it air dry or as a sort of shine serum after I straighten or curl my hair.
  2. Loft Sunglasses: For years I have been telling myself that I am going to invest in a really nice pair of sunglasses but have never gotten around to it. This spring break I went with half of my senior class (okay that’s an exaggeration but that’s what it felt like) to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, so with all of the salt and sand I didn’t want to bring a fresh pair of Ray Bans along. I found this pair at Loft for around $15 on sale and love them. The frames are on trend with the round shape, but not so much so that I feel like John Lennon, and black goes with everything- done & done.
  3. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen: This is the only face sunscreen I will put on my face since I have such sensitive skin. The lotion is not oily at all and once it’s absorbed, it looks matte instead of shiny or greasy. It also stays on really well whether you’re swimming or sweating- this is at the top of my summer must have list.
  4. Netflix’s Daredevil: Last year my guy friends introduced me to Daredevil on Netflix and season two just came out this March. While I liked Netflix’s Jessica Jones more for the complex villain and unusual characters, Daredevil is still very entertaining and not something I would’ve usually clicked on without their recommendation. It’s only 13 episodes making it the perfect show to binge watch over a couple weeks.
  5. Clean & Clear Morning Burst: While I have a pretty regimented skin care routine (and I don’t deviate from it much), I brought this exfoliating scrub with me on spring break to help slough off the sunscreen after everyday and loved using it. Not only does it smell great, but it works really well as only an exfoliate, which is just what I needed. It doesn’t have any harsh chemicals (like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid) that would react with any of my other products and was gentle enough to use all vacation long.
  6. Kendra Scott Necklace: This necklace was a gift from my parents for my 21st birthday, and I wear it almost everyday, but it’s a favorite this month as it was really the only piece of jewelry I took on vacation. The white drusy goes with everything and the gold is the perfect summery accent. I also love layering this necklace with longer ones, dressing it up and down.

My Favorite Instagram Accounts to Follow

by Julia

Instagram is my absolute favorite app ever – I seriously am on it 24/7- whether it’s posting my own pictures or stalking my favorite celebrities, Insta is the sh*t. So I thought I would compile and share a list of a few of my all time favorite Instagram accounts (in no particular order). Check it out below & follow me on Instagram here.

Taylor Swift: My all time favorite celebrity and the girl everyone wants to be BFFS with, Taylor posts candid peeks into her fabulous life along with funny videos of her cats and her girl squad. Perfection.

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Cosmopolitan: Even before I was an intern at Cosmo I was obsessed with their Instagram. They post the pretty aesthetic pics like all mags along with more relatable posts or pics of hot guys, so really it has it all.

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Unbirthday: This bakery in Australia makes the cakes of my dreams. They are whimsical and outrageous, and this is one the accounts I constantly find my self just scrolling through when I’m bored. Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 4.15.47 PM.png

Alexis Ren: Alexis is true Instagram-goals. She’s a gorgeous model that travels the world with her mega-hot boyfriend almost exclusively in bikinis. A definite girl crush.

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Hungry Betches: This is my favorite food porn account I follow 100%. The food and desserts they post always look delicious and they are always over the top.

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Gigi Hadid & Kendall Jenner: I love both of these models but what makes each of their accounts stand out from the others are the glimpses of their famous friends and families and their behind the scenes shots from inside the fashion world.

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Violet Grey: A beauty blog’s account that posts the coolest photos of beauty products and the occasion celebrity or trend setter. They also post some great #InPoliteSociety quotes that always make me smirk. (if you like this account, then you will also love The Coveteur)

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A Cozy Kitchen: This is a chef’s account that is 80% comfort food, 20% real food, and 100% perfect.

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Kristin Ess: A celebrity hairstylist’s account who works with the likes of Lauren Conrad and Lucy Hale. She constantly recommends products/accessories and behind the scenes pics of her famous clientele on her Instagram. Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 4.17.28 PM.png

Flatlays: This is the perfect account for anyone who likes to see pretty objects laid out in pretty ways. AKA what covers my Instagram Discover page.

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**All photos taken from respective Instagram accounts**