NOTD: Light Green

I decided to paint my nails today with the nail polish I purchased a few weeks ago and though I’d share!

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This is Essie’s “Navigate Her” from the Navigate Her Spring 2012 Collection. It’s a pretty light green color but with a twist! Instead of a pastel green, it reminds me more of a pistachio green color. Two coats was enough for me to get the color to be opaque.

What do you think of Navigate Her (the polish and collection)? Do you own this polish or want to buy it? What’s currently on your nails? Tell me in the comments!

Stay classy!

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Travel Series: What to Pack in Your Carry-On Bag

Hello everyone! I know it’s been a while since I’ve updated my blog, but I’ve been super busy. With that said, one reason I haven’t been on here lately is because I just came back from a week-long trip in Las Vegas, Nevada! It was definitely an experience. It was also extremely hot! Haha. If you want me to do a post on anything Vegas-related, please leave your suggestions in the comments below.

Anywho, my trip inspired me to do a travel series. Basically, I want to give you guys advice on traveling, whether it is fashion tips, beauty tips, or just general/basic traveling tips. I hope everyone likes it! For my first post, I want to suggest some good items to pack in your carry-on bag if you are flying to your trip destination. Of course, this list could vary from person to person because everyone has different preferences, but I tried to make this as general as possible based on my flying experience. Alright well, let’s get into it!

  • Boarding pass/any other important papers or tickets. If your attending a show, program, or anything like that be sure to bring them. You’ll need these! Don’t forget them.

  • A change of clothes and important toiletry items. Important toiletry items might include (but is not limited to) toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, contacts/solution, brush/comb, and face wash and moisturizer. This is for just in case your checked luggage somehow ends up going missing.

  • Valuable items. This might be jewelry or even something electronic that you own like your camera (or anything mentioned in number 5). These are things that are probably important to you so to prevent these things from going missing or someone stealing them, keep them with you.

  • Medications. If you take any prescribed medication, make sure to have it with you!

  • Something for entertainment. Whether it is a book, magazine, your cellphone, your iPod/iPad, or your laptop, bring something to entertain you especially if you will be traveling for a longer period of time.

  • Gum. When you’re on a plane, you climb (and descend) high altitude levels. This causes your ears to experience a popping sensation. Swallowing helps to alleviate this but chewing gum during take-off and landing is an easy way to not be bothered by this slight annoyance.

  • A Sweater, Cardigan, or Jacket. It does get cold on the place sometimes! It definitely does not hurt to bring a light sweater, cardigan or jacket just in case!

  • Baby or makeup wipes. You might need to freshen up after your flight and baby or makeup wipes will do just the trick!

  • A Couple of Your Favorite Makeup Items. I don’t like wearing any makeup at all while on the plane because if I choose to go to sleep at some pint, I don’t want my makeup getting everywhere. I’m suggesting this particularly for after you arrive at your destination to make yourself look presentable, especially if on the off chance that it takes you a while to get to your hotel. I would pack concealer (for those under eye bags if you do sleep), face powder (to even out your skin), mascara (to make you appear more awake), and lip gloss (to add a little something extra to your face).

What are some things you like to pack in your carry-on? Let me know in the comments below!

As always, stay classy!

Haul: Forever 21 + Nail Polish

Hi everyone! So, had placed an order on Forever21.com and it came in the mail around a week and a half ago. I’m sorry I didn’t have this up usooner, but I’ve been super busy with work. Now, I have more time though since my work is officially over for the summer! Anywho, I just wanted to show you the things that I purchased from Forever 21 and the one thing I bought from the drugstore.

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A coral cardigan and 2 striped racerback tank tops in rose and navy.

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Black “paper bag” shorts and Navy pleated shorts.

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A rusted rose colored high-low skirt. LOVE!

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Essie Nail Polish in “Navigate Her.” A pretty green.

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Have you purchased anything lately? Tell me what you’ve gotten recently in the comments below!

Stay classy!

Lifestyle: Things to Do, Places to Go

Note: This is the first post in Lifestyle portion of my blog. Enjoy!

Many people have a list of things they want to do and places they would like to visit before they die. It is infamously known as a bucket list. Well, lately I’ve been giving a lot of thought to all of those things that I want to do and all the places I’m dying to travel to. A part of feeling accomplished and satisfied with your life is knowing that you got the opportunity to truly enjoy it and knowing that you actually took advantage of these opportunities. In other words, at any point in your life you should be able to say, “I feel really good about myself. I’m living my life the way I want and I’m very happy right now.”

A lot of the things on my bucket list that I have already began to create consist of one thing that makes me extremely happy every time I talk about it with someone: TRAVELING. After all, I wholeheartedly believe that whatever is on your list should reflect what you love or what you’re passionate about. Anywho, I had already started to develop my “bucket list” around a year ago, but I wanted to post it here to share it with anyone reading my blog and to have it some place where I won’t lose it.¬† Hope you guys enjoy!

  • Take a cooking class in Rome, Italy.

  • Visit all 7 Natural Wonders of the World.

  • Visit all 7 New Wonders of the World.

  • Take Salsa lessons in a South American country and show off my skills in a Salsa club.

  • Go whitewater rafting down the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe.

  • Snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Travel through Italy – from north to south.

  • Visit Auschwitz Birkenau.

PLEASE, share some of the things on your bucket lists with me in the comments below! I would love to read them.

Stay classy!

Trend Alert: High-Low Skirts/Dresses

It is without a doubt that the high-low hemline is IN for this summer. It’s everywhere! Have you ever had a hard time deciding between wearing a mini skirt or a maxi skirt or between a mid-length dress or a maxi dress? Well, high-low skirts and dresses serve as a great compromise. Think of it as having the best of both worlds! The unique hemline adds a flirtatious feel to these clothing items, allowing for you to show off your legs in a new, eye-catching way. Paired with a nice pair of heels, your outfit can instantly be transformed into one suitable for a dressy occasion – maybe a first date? OR wear your high-low skirt or dress with a good pair of sandals or wedges for a more casual feel. Below are two ideas for styling both a high-low skirt and dress:

High-Low Skirt

Casual

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Dressy

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High-Low Dress

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Dressy

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Do you like the high-low hemline trend? How do you like to style your high-low dresses and skirts? Tell me in the comments below!

Stay classy!

Nail of the Day!

After a hectic and stressful week at work, I decided to give myself a little spa treatment today and paint my nails! Here is the finished product:

On my nails: China Glaze’s “Peachy Keen”

I absolutely love coral for summer, because it’s so bright and fun and adds a little something extra to anything you’re wearing. It also goes well with pretty much any color! (I actually love coral any time of the year. It’s one of my all-time favorite colors). So what are your go-to polishes for the summertime? Let me know in comments below!

Stay classy!

My Top 5ish Wardrobe Essentials

It’s 8:45 am and I ‘m trying to figure out what to wear. I’m going to miss the bus if I don’t make a decision within the next 2 seconds. Sounds familiar right? This is where my wardrobe essentials come in handy, because I don’t have to think twice about my outfit. I just put it on and go. These must-have pieces will get you out of jam whenever you’re in a hurry whether it is for school work or even a date. Everyone has a different style, so you can always adjust this list to what you like to wear and your own personal style! Alright, here we go:

White Button-Up Shirt

First up is a white button-up shirt. It is a must have, wardrobe essential mostly because of its versatility. You can wear it to class/in the daytime with jeans or a skirt and a statement necklace for an added pop of color, at work with neutral, tailored pants, or at night with an edgy skirt and bold jewelry. Make sure the shirt has a little bit of a stretch and flatters your body type and you’ll be good to go!

Cardigan

If I could choose one item in my closet that I absolutely must have at ALL times, it would definitely be a cardigan. Cardigans are staple pieces for me because they complete outfits and are easy to layer over tank tops, t-shirts, blouses, and dresses. I like to have cardigans in all colors and prints for variety but starting off with neutral-colored cardigans in your wardrobe is to me, essential.

Black Closed-Toed Pumps and/or Flats

This is where the 5ish part of my list comes from. I couldn’t decide on what kind of shoes to include – heels or flats – so I’m listing them both. A black pair of each. These shoes will go well with virtually anything in your closet, especially the black ones since they are classic and will never go out of style. I would suggest investing on both of these shoes. That way, they will last you for a very long time.

A Little *Insert Color Here* Dress

Every girl should have that one go-to dress that they like to wear no matter what time of day or year. A dress in any solid color that you can dress up or dress down is a good piece to own. By day, you can pair it with flats, sandals, or wedges and simple jewelry. Add a scarf for a little something extra and voil√†, you’re out the door!

Pair of Jeans

A pair of jeans is a clothing item that everyone should own. They can be worn casually with a simple shirt and flats or dressed up with flowy tops and heels. Outfit options with jeans are endless. The key to finding a good pair of jeans is to try them on to make sure they fit you well. Basically, find a pair that fit your body type!

What are your go-to wardrobe essentials? Is your list similar or different from mine? Please tell me in the comments below!

Stay classy!