What’s in My Beach Bag? | Island Necessities

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Spring Break is upon us and the sunshine season is just a few months away! Here’s an inside source to my beach bag essentials and some tips to keep in mind as you replenish your vitamin sea!

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Sunnies

What’s a day at the beach without a cute pair of sunnies? Sunglasses are definitely a vacation necessity for me, not only do they protect your eyes but they can be a huge fashion statement. I adore this pair of Dior dupes which I discussed in my last post (if you haven’t read it yet, check it out here!) My adorable case is from a local boutique but you may be able to find a similar one at Nordstrom.

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A Good Read 

The beach is a perfect spot to dive into a good book! I’m currently loving Bossypants by Tina Fey, it seriously never fails to make me laugh. This read is perfect for some light, seaside entertainment and I would definitely recommend it. What’s your favorite book right now? Let me know in the comments below- I love new suggestions!

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An Underwater Camera 

Cute photos are a MUST on any vacation but a sand/water damaged lens can definitely put a damper on any trip. That’s why I love taking my FujiFilm waterproof camera on my beachy adventures! Not only does it have a wrist strap for underwater exploring but it definitely prevents the anxieties of a ruined camera. I used this a ton on my recent vacation and it perfectly captured my snorkeling memories!

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A Hat

Salty hair can get wild and a hat is definitely a beach necessity! Mine is from Vineyard Vines and it always comes in handy. It’s super important to protect your face from UV rays (and to look cute- both of which can be achieved with a hat!) If a ball cap isn’t your style, floppy sun hats are also adorable and will achieve the same fun, tropical look!

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Sunscreen (duh!) 

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my fair share of harsh sunburns. If anything, sunscreen is surely an essential if you’re spending the day with your toes in the sand. I like Neutrogena sunblock because I find that it is gentle on the skin and doesn’t give off a greasy feel. For my face I apply the Ultra Sheer stick and the Ultimate Sport Spray is perfect for my body for I know it will stay on all day. With sunscreen in your beach bag you’ll look like a bronzed babe instead of a lobster…Don’t forget to reapply!

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Sandals 

These definitely aren’t everyone’s style but I ADORE my white Birkenstocks. These sandals are perfect for long walks to the beach because they are super durable and comfortable- not to mention cute! Complementing a tan perfectly, the white style is awesome for Spring and Summer. Yay for Birks!

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That’s it for my Beach Bag Essentials! I hope you had/have an amazing and safe Spring Break! What’s in your beach bag?

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Thanks so much for reading, don’t forget to like, comment follow for more exciting  content coming your way!

Much love,

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Getaway Garments | A Week in Paradise

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A tropical tan is the perfect accessory to any outfit. I recently took a trip to the beautiful Harbour Island, Bahamas, where these beachy outfits left me feeling pretty in paradise. Enjoy (& don’t forget your sunscreen!)

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This first outfit was definitely one of my go-to beach looks. My tunic style cover up is super light weight and kept me cool in the Bahamian sun. I purchased mine from a local boutique, however you should be able to find similar ones like it at J.Crew. I paired my tropical tunic with my favorite white Birkenstocks which aren’t only comfy and durable, but they compliment a tan perfectly! The sunnies I’m sporting here are exact dupes to the Dior “So Real” Shades (except for the fact that they’re about $500 cheaper!) and I purchased them on Amazon. This outfit encompasses both comfy and cute aspects which are crucial to any vacation look!

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Whether I was grabbing lunch with a view or lounging on the pink sand beaches, this was another one of my favorite outfits from the trip. This navy and lime coverup is perfect for throwing over your swimsuit, instantly creating a beachy look. I paired my tunic with a simple pair of Tkees and I was ready for any adventure awaiting me on the island!

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This fun jumpsuit was one of my dressier outfits on my vacation yet it definitely still gave off a beachy and relaxed vibe. I purchased mine from a small online store, Boho Outfitters but you can find similar ones like it at Urban or Nordstom. I adore the detailing on this piece and can’t wait to incorporate it into more outfits this summer. I paired my jumpsuit with my rose gold pair of Palm Beach Sandals, dressing up the look a bit yet not straying from comfort.

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This final look is a classic white maxi dress that I couldn’t resist bringing on my trip. I purchased mine from Target but you can find tons of variations with this simple design. Whether you want to dress it up with a pair of wedges or wear it barefoot to the beach, this piece is so versatile and beautiful- not to mention it will make you feel like a goddess!

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My tan is beginning to fade so it looks like it’s time to rap up today’s post. I hope you gained some outfit inspiration from my tropical looks! Be sure to tell me your favorite outfit in the comments below!

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With Love,

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A Flight Done Right | Travel Essentials

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It’s time to stuff your carry-on bag and pick out your cutest duffle because February & Spring break are both swiftly approaching! Here are my absolute essentials for traveling regardless of the destination. Enjoy, and don’t forget to fasten your seatbelt!

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My first airplane must is definitely a good book. Let’s face it, long flights can get pretty boring and you can only sleep for so long before needing a real source of entertainment. I recently picked up the intriguing (and aesthetically pleasing, I might add), IT by fashion icon, Alexa Chung and I am in love! This is definitely a quick read as it consists mainly of chic, style inspired photos and unique illustrations. The brevity of the book in addition to the abundance of fashion insight within it, make this read perfect for your time spent in the clouds.

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My next two travel favorites will keep you sweet smelling, even if the lady in the seat next to you won’t stop eating her onion sub (yes, unfortunately I would know this from experience). First off, I love bringing my Kate Spade “Live Colorfully” roller ball perfume with me whenever I am on the go. This product has travel- friendly packaging and smells amaaaazing. In addition to this, I always throw a hand sanitizer in my bag because you never know when you’ll be caught in a sticky situation (literally). This particular one is from Bath & Body Works in the scent “Island Nectar” which not only killed off the germs on my hands, but made me extra psyched for my island vacation!

I’m certainly not the first person to say this, but airplane food is not the tastiest. That’s why snacks basically take up the majority of my carry on bag (oops!) One of my favorite treats to take on airplanes are these yummy dark chocolate pomegranate seeds. Not only are these so, so good but I like to believe that they are somewhat healthy (somewhat? Kind of? Maybe? Anyway…)

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Beat airplane dryness with the perfect moisturizer! A crucial item in my carry-on bag is definitely my EOS hand lotion. Can we just talk about how cute this is?! I love EOS products and this little, egg shaped lotion is the absolute perfect size for traveling. Not to mention it smells AWESOME. I’d definitely recommend bringing some kind of moisturizer on a long flight because dry skin is no fun.

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A final must have is definitely my phone, duh! Whether it be for relaxing music or mindless entertainment, my essentials would not be complete without it.

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My floral iPhone case is from Sonix.

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This is basically everything in my carry-on bag! What’s in yours? Be sure to tell me your airplane necessities in the comments below, and don’t forget to like follow for more posts like this! Thanks so much for reading and stay tuned for more posts from my trip to Harbour Island.

Bon voyage!

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Summer Blues | DIY Boyfriend Jeans

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Who needs a boyfriend when you can wear boyfriend jeans?! Really though, these distressed denim pants are so trendy at the moment and can truly transform an outfit. Versatile and comfortable, boyfriend jeans can give  a simple look an edgy twist. Not to mention they’re super easy to make yourself! Realizing this, I geared up with a pair of scissors and decided to convert some old jeans from drab to fab (that was cheesy but I couldn’t resist) in a matter of minutes. Here you will find how to create your very own boyfriend jeans… Enjoy!

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What you will need: 

In order to complete this super simple DIY you will only need a few items that can be found around the house!

  • Jeans (pretty obvious)- I thrifted mine from my local Goodwill for just $5, as this was my first time distressing, the thrift store was a great resource for finding inexpensive pieces to DIY.
  • Scissors- fabric scissors would be easiest if you have them however office scissors work just fine.
  • Tweezers
  • A pencil (or really any writing utensil of your choice!)

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Now that you have your materials, follow these easy steps and you will have yourself a pair of trendy, statement jeans!

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  • Step 1: First, try on your jeans and use a pencil to mark exactly how wide and long you would like your distressed areas to be.
  • Step 2: Next, use your scissors to cut horizontal lines about a half inch to an inch and a half apart, depending on how large you would like your holes to be.
    • Hint: Make sure you are only cutting through ONE layer of the pants!
  • Step 3: After that, use your tweezers to pull out the individual fraying strands of denim you have created. This will gradually begin to reveal white, distressed areas.
    •  This step can be quite tedious, but stick to it, you will be happily surprised with the outcome!

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  • Step 4: Continue with the previous step until you reach your desired amount of fraying.
    • Hint: if you are looking for a less geometrical shape in your hole, make the lines you cut in “Step 2” unevenly sized to avoid a boxy look.
    • Throwing your jeans in the wash immediately after distressing will also create a more frayed, edgy style.

After following these steps, not only will you have your very own boyfriend jeans, but the pride to say you made them yourself!

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Here are my finished pants! In addition to rolling the bottoms, I decided to create three holes, one on the thigh, knee and lower shin. I just love pairing my boyfriend jeans with my white Birkenstocks (they’re so ugly they’re cute!) for an extra fun and edgy look. I am so happy with how my jeans came out and would definitely recommend trying this DIY to spice up some old denim! If you do try it out or have any other DIYs you would like me to cover, leave a comment down below!

Thank you so much for reading- it means the world to me! Don’t forget to like & follow for more fashion DIYs in the future!

Have a wonderful week!

With love,

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Adventure Awaits! | Birchbox Haul & Review

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Summer is finally here!! With the sunshine season in full swing there are tons of adventures waiting just around the corner. At the beginning of the month I received my very first Birchbox subscription package, equipped with many products that will be essential for summer fun this season. Here you will find my initial thoughts and reviews on each item that I received in my June Birchbox. Enjoy!

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First of all, can we just talk about how adorable this packaging is? I am already loving this monthly subscription box because it’s such a blast being surprised with one of these in your mailbox. Plus, it’s awesome getting to try new products and experiment with what works best for you. It’s like a mini gift to yourself each month! I’m already looking forward to unboxing my July package (stay tuned for a haul next month!)

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The first item that I tried from my Birchbox was this Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Water. It is “made with active hydrogen mineral water” and is said to “remove makeup and brighten skin.” Originally I assumed that this was simply a glorified bottle of water… what could be so special? However, I was surprised to discover that this stuff really works! The Micro Water allowed me to remove all of my makeup with a single cotton pad and only a few drops of the product (even my tricky waterproof mascara!) While many other makeup removers seem to leave an unpleasant greasy residue on my face, this product left my skin feeling cleansed and truly clean. Much to my surprise, this was one of my favorite items in the box and is definitely something I would repurchase.

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The next thing I received was this sweet little Puravida headband. I love the tiffany blue color and feminine trim of this hair accessory. I will definitely be using this on hot summer days to keep my hair back and maybe even as a bracelet when my outfits could use a special blue pop!

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Next up is this Tocca perfume in the scent Bianca. I really enjoy the fresh and slightly flowery scent of this product. I tried it out this week and already received tons of compliments on its bright, summery smell. Although nothing can beat my favorite perfume, Fleur d’Or & Acacia from L’occitane, I’ve really been enjoying trying out this fun, new scent and will definitely be using it in the future!

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In addition to these other great products, I received the Templespa Good Hair Day shampoo and conditioner set. The products did a nice job of washing and detangling my hair, leaving it soft and silky. Personally however, I was not a huge fan of both the shampoo and conditioner’s scents, for the aroma of peppermint, lavender, and patchouli was a little too strong for my liking. Although it was not my personal favorite, if you do like this combination of smells, this is certainly the product for you!

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Last but certainly not least is this Marcelle waterproof eyeliner. I LOVE this product! Slightly out of my usual makeup comfort zone, this bright aqua shade looks stunning on the waterline of any summer makeup look. Not only is the eyeliner super pigmented but its waterproof consistency is ideal for summer afternoons, swimming and sweating. This easy to apply product glides on simply and is the perfect addition to spice up your daily makeup routine. I will definitely be getting a lot of use out of my Marcelle liner this summer.

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I had such a blast unboxing my June Birchbox and can’t wait to receive next month’s package!

To purchase your own Birchbox subscription for $10 a month, equipped with awesome products like these, Click here!

Thank you so much for reading, don’t forget to like, comment, follow for upcoming Birchbox hauls and other exciting beauty, fashion and lifestyle posts.

Much love (& happy summer!!!),

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Cute For a Cause | Ivory Ella

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Are you looking for a way to make a difference in this world? Do you like to wear adorable clothes? If you answered “YES” to one of those two questions then you must check out the garments of the adorable new company, Ivory Ella. With a mission to save elephants (my favorite animal!) from poaching and extinction, this awesome company donates 10% of net profits to savetheelephants.org! By purchasing a product you could truly make a difference, not to mention look incredibly cute while doing so!


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I recently ordered this fuchsia long sleeve t-shirt from Ivory Ella’s website and have been wearing it non-stop ever since! The soft, lightweight material and bright, fun color, make it perfect for summer! I also love the fact that it is so comfy and effortless yet still looks way cuter than a simple tee. Ideal for those pool days when you are running out the door to grab an ice cream cone, I will definitely get a lot of use out of this buy!

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Photo credit to http://www.ivoryella.com

With a huge variety of products there is surely an item for everyone! The company recently came out with choker necklaces and men’s apparel in addition to the fun women’s tees already in stock. I am in love with the diverse amount of patterns and styles on the website and am constantly finding new items each time I check back!

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With each t-shirt at a price of around $30, it is definitely comforting to know that a portion of your mini splurge is going to an awesome cause. Currently, the company ships to the U.S. only, however they have only launched recently and state on their website that they “hope to implement worldwide shipping in a few weeks!” I am extremely eager to see what this little company has in store and can’t wait to see what other adorable products I can purchase that can help save the elephants!

This is truly an awesome brand and I just had to share it with the rest of you! Let me know in the comments what your favorite item on the Ivory Ella website is and if you are planning to purchase anything!

Thanks so much for reading and don’t forget to like follow for more posts like this! Also, be sure to share Ivory Ella with your friends, each purchase can help to make a difference!

Click here to access the Ivory Ella website & purchase your own products. 

Wishing you a wonderful week!

With love,

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Loving L’oreal Lipstick |A Haul & Review

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Recently I’ve been loving trying out new lip products for the coming spring season. Amidst my latest trip to my local drugstore I decided to pick up two L’oreal Infallible® Pro-Last Lipcolor products. Here you will find my personal opinions regarding the lip stains and some helpful tips for application and the purchasing process…Enjoy!


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The Purpose: I was immediately drawn to this product due to the positive effects it ensured to have, as I was struggled with other lip stains being dehydrating and loosing their original color on my lips within hours.

L’oreal states that:

“This is the long-lasting, transfer-resistant color you’ve been searching for. The high-intensity color glides on with a moisturizing feel that lasts up to 24 hours.
The result: bold lips without the dry-out and no need to re-apply.”

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Application: At first I was a bit confused as to how to apply this product as it has two different ends. One of them being a transparent balm, and the other, the actual lip color. I later discovered that you are to first apply the lip color and then use the balm on top to lock it in with moisture and ensure that it lasts all day.

I found that the lipcolor end was slightly difficult to apply as it was tricky to control the runny product. The consistency of the lipstick itself was quite watery when first applied to the lips, and I definitely had to use a few q-tips to perfect the edges of my lines and prevent smudging.

Subsequent to applying the color I would recommend waiting for your lips to  somewhat “dry” before going in with the balm side of the product. I found that when immediately using the transparent side after the first application it resulted in a bit of smearing on the lips and on the product itself.

Although I first struggled with the runny consistency of the product, after I eventually applied the balm side, my lips did feel quite moisturized and the texture of my lips was altered from wet (with product) to smooth and sealed in.

The balm side of the product

The balm side of the product

The Colors: I chose to purchase two very different colors, a vampy maroon called, “Raisin Revival” as well as a baby pink called, “Rose Tattoo.”

I ended up loving the raisin shade as it wasn’t too dark on my lips that it was overbearing- but definitely gave them the fun and vampy look I was going for. I love this color because it can be layered to create darker shades, or applied in one sheer coat for more of a magenta look.

On the other hand, I did not end up loving “Rose Tattoo” as it appeared as more of a nude on my lips than the light pink I was going for. The shade wasn’t too pigmented and seemed to wash me out. This was not what I was looking for. Bear in mind however, that this may be complementary to your own complexion as everyone is different! I think this shade was definitely pretty in the tube, but just didn’t seem to work with me.

Swatches of each shade

Swatches of each shade

My overall opinion: As a whole, I would definitley recommend the Infallible Pro-Lat Lipcolor by L’oreal. The product isn’t too pricey and definitely does what it promises. My lip color lasted all day and was even quite difficult to remove (which is a good sign, as it won’t fade!) The combination of the color and balm products left my lips feeling smooth and healthy- certainly not drying them out. There is a huge color selection ranging from pinks to violets so there is surely a shade for everyone! I would love to hear your opinions on this product in the comments below and any of your personal favorite lipsticks or stains at the moment!

Thanks so much for reading, don’t forget to like & comment if you enjoyed & follow me for more product reviews and makeup looks! 

With love xx

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