Current Beauty Favorites

August 23
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Besides having a true love for clothing and shoes, I also happen to have an addiction to buying beauty products! In high school I began watching a ton of Youtube videos, all dealing with girls talking about makeup and sharing their favorite products. I began my beauty collection with drugstore products because I didn’t really know what I was doing. However after watching numerous videos and reading blogs and magazines, I truly fell in love with makeup and my collection began to grow. In high school, the closest Sephora was about an hour away, so I did most of my beauty shopping at Ulta. I love that Ulta carries both drug store products and designer beauty items!

I always got my makeup done at MAC when I had a special event to go to, so I began to fall in love with their products as well. I think I have close to 30 lipsticks from MAC, ha-ha. If you know me personally, you know lipstick is my weakness. I always justify buying a new lipstick and say, “Oh, well I don’t have a lipstick in that shade so I need this.” Then I get home to find that I already own 3 lipsticks in a similar shade! Oh well, we all have our flaws 😉 .

I do own a lot of makeup, but I’d like to share my current favorites and what I think is truly worth the money. So, lets get started!

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I have recently been loving the brand, Bare Minerals. I have extremely sensitive skin, so when it comes to beauty products I am very careful when choosing what to use on my face. I have been loving this foundation by Bare Minerals. I have always used a liquid foundation but found that it was making my skin oily. This is a powder foundation, so it has helped my skin immensely. I also have been loving this concealer by Bare Minerals. I also find that it doesn’t make my skin oily and is great for applying to my under eye area for a brightening effect.

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I also recently purchased this color corrective fluid from Urban Decay in the peach color because I always have dark circles under my eyes from lack of sleep. It definitely helps to brighten my under eye area and cancel out any dark spots I may have.

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Bare Minerals recently launched their Gen Nude Collection that includes a large variety of matte lipsticks and lip-glosses. Gen Nude is meant for all skin tones and lip tones. I swatched the lip-glosses in Sephora and instantly fell in love. I usually hate lip products with a matte finish because they always dry out my lips. However, these lip-glosses are super creamy and moisturizing and I don’t find them to be drying at all! They also smell like cookies 🙂 . I purchased the color “Smooch” and it is the perfect faded lilac shade. The rest of the shades can be found here.

As far as lip-glosses are concerned, I usually always gravitate towards pinks. I love neon pinks for summer, and pastel pinks for fall and winter.
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Shades pictured from left to right (Life of the Party, Melted Peony, Pastel Pink). I really love the Anastasia lip-gloss because it is super pigmented and smells like cupcakes!

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Aside from YSL, one of my favorite high-end lipstick brands is Bite Beauty. I have been purchasing their lipsticks for a few years and absolutely love them. They recently re-did their lipstick formula and it is fantastic! Their lipsticks are extremely moisturizing and come in a variety of stunning shades. I purchased the shade “Cotton Candy” at the start of summer and love the way it stands out against my fair skin. The rest of their shades can be found here.

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I am someone with terrible eyelashes. They always stick straight out, and without makeup it doesn’t even look like I have any! My sister has the most gorgeous eyelashes and I am so jealous! However, now I have a few tricks to help my eyelashes stand out. I always start with an eyelash curler and hold it on my eyelashes for around 10 seconds. I then use an eyelash primer. This has helped my lashes look long and created extra volume. I have loved this primer by Dior, but if you want to try a primer that is a bit less expensive, I recently purchased this one from the drugstore and it does a pretty good job too!

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Let’s talk highlighters now 🙂 . These past few months I have recently noticed the trend of applying a highlighter to your cheekbones to create a gorgeous glow and shimmer. After playing around in Sephora, (for an hour or two 😉 ), I finally decided to give the highlighter by BECCA a try. Boy am I glad I did! This has been the only highlighter I use since I purchased it. The color is absolutely gorgeous and can easily be blended into the cheekbones. A little goes a long way so I definitely can see this product lasting at the very least a year. I purchased the shade “Opal” and it gives me the perfect amount of shimmer.

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I love using this brush for all of my powder products! If only it were that easy to find “Mr. Right.” 😉

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I saw this cute little lips and lashes cup holder when I was shopping in Target last week and I thought it would be perfect for storing my makeup brushes! I love her little face, and I think it adds the perfect feminine touch to my dressing table! For those of you heading back to school, it would be the perfect decorative piece to add to your desk too 🙂 .

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If there is one perfume I can recommend it would have to be Black Opium by YSL. I don’t think I have ever loved a scent more! It smells like a fresh cappuccino with a side of vanilla frosting and a macaroon on top! It is the perfect blend of sweet and seductive. The boys won’t be able to stay away 😉 .

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I purchased the perfume last fall and I recently saw that it came in a hair and body oil– so I recently purchased that as well! The hair oil is amazing and I find it to be fine on my hair without making it greasy.

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Eyelash t-shirt // YSL Lipstick in shade “Rose Tropical”


I had so much fun creating this post and would love to hear about some of your current beauty favorites!

Thanks for stopping by…

xoxo,

Stephanie

How to have a relaxing night in…

August 16
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Hi loves! Today I’d like to share with you some things I do in order to have a relaxing night-in, and ensure a restful night’s sleep. I am someone who suffers from insomnia, so it is extremely hard for me to receive a peaceful night’s sleep. I enjoy incorporating a few things into my nightly routine and I’m excited to share them with all of you!

Bubble-bath

The first thing I always do when I want to relax is take a warm bubble bath. If I could take a bubble bath every night, I would! I usually workout between 5 to 6 days a week, so my muscles are usually sore. When I take a bubble bath my body tends to release a lot of tension that builds up. I love the smell of lavender while taking a bath, so I use the Johnson’s “Baby Bedtime and Bubble Bath wash, ha-ha. Yes, I know it is meant for babies, but I absolutely love the smell and it is very relaxing. You can find it here.

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I also love lighting candles to stay relaxed at night. I usually purchase my candles at Bath and Body Works or Anthropologie! I recently fell in love with this lavender candle. It smells amazing! Sometimes I will even light a candle while taking a bath, but I usually keep a candle on my night stand and light it while I relax in bed.

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Cuddling with my pups is also something that relaxes me 🙂 . If you have dogs then you know how relaxing they can be to cuddle and pet. This is my cutie named Chanel. She always like to lay on the rug next to the tub while I take a bath!

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I also recently discovered the Eat Pastry cookie dough at Whole Foods… Let me just say it is amazing and so yummy! The dough is very low in sugar, fat, and calories. It also is gluten free! I made a batch the other night and let’s just say I had more than one 😉 .

Vanilla-Tea

I also love making a hot cup of tea at night. I know I’m like a granny, but I look forward to having a cup of tea at night more than a glass of wine, ha-ha. No shame 😉 . This vanilla tea is without a doubt my favorite. I purchased it at Target, and for a while Target was sold out of it! I persuaded my stepdad to try this tea, (he is not much of a tea drinker) and he thought it was delicious. I also love the fact that it’s caffeine free, because I am someone who is very sensitive when it comes to caffeine. If I have coffee any later than one in the afternoon I will definitely have trouble sleeping that night 🙁 . If you are someone like me then this tea is definitely great to have at bedtime. Next time you find yourself roaming the aisles of Target, be sure to check this tea out! Highly recommended!

Hand-cream

I also keep hand lotions by my bed and apply them before I go to sleep. I usually try to pick scents that are calming as this also seems to help keep me relaxed. My current favorites have been this lotion from Victoria’s Secret and this lotion from Bath and Body Works. (It smells like smore’s!)

Lip-Balm

Along with moisturizing before bed, I also always apply a lip balm. My lips tend to get dry overnight, so applying a lip balm before bed helps keep them hydrated. I wear lipstick almost every day, so applying lip balm at night helps my lipstick stay on longer throughout the following day. My favorite lip balm is here 🙂 .

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All of you will think I am lavender crazy after reading this post, ha-ha, but I also love spraying this lavender mist onto my pillow before I go to bed. Lavender is known to be a very calming essential oil, so I try to incorporate it as much as I can into my nightly routine. I have been using this pillow mist for almost 2 years now, and I love it! It definitely helps me relax and fall asleep.

Eye-Mask

Although for the most part my room stays pretty dark, I like to sleep with an eye mask at night. My mom has sleeping issues as well, and she also sleeps with an eye mask and it helps her to sleep through the night. I just purchased this cute one from Nordstrom and it is so soft! For me, even the smallest amount of light bothers me at night, so sleeping with an eye mask really helps. I am currently craving this eye mask!

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I also love keeping a vase of fresh flowers on my night stand. Flowers usually brighten my day, and their fresh scent also calms me 🙂 .

This has been my current nightly routine and definitely helps calm me before bed. If you know of any other ways to ensure a restful night’s sleep I’d love to know in the comments below!

xoxo,

Stephanie

My trip to NYC…

August 1
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As you all know from my last blog post, I was away in New York City last week! I always have an amazing time when I visit New York, and I wanted to write a blog post that gave an overview of my stay in NYC.

We stayed at the Park Lane Hotel, which is directly across from Central Park! It was honestly in the best location because we were walking distance from all of the great shopping and restaurants. Our hotel was also right next to my favorite spot for brunch called Sarabeth’s The food here is absolutely delicious and I love eating here when I visit the city!

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The Pumpkin Muffin is absolutely amazing! If you ever get a chance to dine at Sarabeth’s you must order it!

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Scrambled eggs with nova 🙂

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A bowl of fresh berries (my absolute favorite).

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After we finished eating we were fueled up for some shopping! We walked down 5th Avenue and towards Rockefeller Center.

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I also love stopping by the Plaza Hotel while in New York City! I always idolized Eloise as a little girl!

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Once we made our way to Rockefeller Center, we decided to stop by the Farmers Market. They had the best fresh veggies and fruit!

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We then made our way to Anthropologie and Free People!

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I have this perfume in the travel size and I absolutely love it! It smells like a fresh bouquet of Peonies!

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I love the beauty section of Anthropologie because they always have a wide variety of lipsticks (my favorite 😉 ) My favorites are here & here

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Chokers are definitely making a comeback this season! Free People has the cutest ones out right now! My favorites are here & here

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This blouse would be absolutely perfect to transition into fall! I love the necktie and the polka-dots give it that added feminine touch. It comes in another color as well and I can’t decide which one I like more!

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I love adding these fun pom pom charms to some of my handbags!

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On the last day of my trip in New York City I went yo my favorite macaroon store, Ladurée 🙂 .

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 I finished my trip by visiting the Madison Avenue Kate Spade store. This store is the flagship store, so they carry absolutely everything! I was in heaven 🙂 . The store has 4 floors and is absolutely gorgeous!

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Kate Spade is known for all of her cute sayings! ^^^

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I absolutely adore these wedges! How fun are they?!
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I love the added detail of the tassels on these heels. Such a fun touch!

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These shoes remind me of Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz! They would definitely be a great shoe for the holidays 🙂 .

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The lips on these shoes are adorable!

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I definitely plan on buying this pump for fall!

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Kate Spade has been creating the cutest Keds! I am not a sneaker person but those light pink sparkly Keds are calling my name 😉 . My favorites are here & here

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These heels are perfect if you want to add a little sparkle to your outfit 😉

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The handbags pictured above are part of Kate Spade’s Madison Avenue Collection. This collection began in 2013 and was only exclusive to the flagship store. However, now many of the products included in this collection are offered online.
You can find the handbags here & here

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 I have this light pink jewelry box and I absolutely love it for storing finer jewelry. The inside of this jewelry box is made of velvet so it properly protects finer jewelry from tarnishing. It comes in this size as well.
These golden apples are also adorable to use as decoration!

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This is the new agenda Kate Spade released for the upcoming year! If you find yourself in a Kate Spade store you must look at it because the inside is adorable!

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This clutch was part of our July collection, which was based on a nautical theme.

My trip went far too fast (as most vacations always do), but I had a really great time in New York and was able to do pretty much everything I had wanted. I can’t wait to see where I travel to next! I hope this post was fun to read and I’d like to do more of these types of posts in the future!

xoxo,

Stephanie

Hello from NYC!

July 28
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Similar off the shoulder top (adore this one) // White Denim // Steve Madden Wedges // Bag: Louis Vuitton; similar here // Earrings: Chanel (purchased off Tradesy) // Karen Walker Sunglasses

Happy Thursday everyone! I am currently writing to you from New York City! I flew into the city yesterday afternoon and I am here until Saturday. It feels amazing to be back… There is something about the city that will always make it feel like home. It truly is the city that never sleeps and I fall more in love with it every time I come to visit. This trip originally was supposed to just be my mom, stepfather, and I. However, once we arrived at the airport my parents were acting a little strange and I didn’t think anything of it until I saw my sister walking towards us! To say I was surprised would be an understatement.. I started crying like the emotional little girl that I am, ha-ha. My sister is honestly my best friend and now that we don’t go to the same college any longer I miss her all the time. I am extremely happy she surprised me and is here while we are visiting the city 🙂 .

My grandma’s birthday is today so we are also making a surprise visit to New Jersey to see her and I know she will be in shock, just like I was with my sister’s surprise visit! Surprises are always fun shared with loved ones. It is just as hot here as it is in Florida though, which I’m not too happy about. My stepdad made us take a walk in Central Park yesterday to dinner and I was wearing five-inch heels and was basically falling down every hill (ha-ha). I definitely received a few stares to say the least!

I’m really looking forward to Friday because we are going to my absolute favorite macaroon shop for brunch! The macaroons at this shop are out of this world and they come in the most gorgeous boxes that I always save for decoration. I may have a mimosa or two also 😉 . I also plan on making a stop to the Kate Spade store on Madison Avenue. I heard this store is absolutely gorgeous and I cannot wait to see it! Kate Spade is coming out with some really gorgeous product this fall, and I cannot wait to share all of my picks and recommendations on the blog! I also will be doing a blog post talking about my favorite places to go if you are visiting New York for the first time, so keep your eyes peeled for that! If you have any favorite places here in NYC I’d love to hear about them!

Thanks for stopping by…

xoxo,

Stephanie

Romping Around At The Ranch…

July 26
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Embroidered Romper // Leopard Heels // Bag: Chanel; similar here // Michele Watch // J. Crew Earrings //

Happy Tuesday loves! It actually boggles my mind that it’s almost August… I turn 23 next month and I am not sure how I feel about it! I always say that I am part senior citizen and part a kid at heart. My parents always tell me I have an old soul because I am not the typical 22-year-old. I am not someone who goes out a lot (or at all ha-ha) and I’d be happier curled up with a good book at home than hitting the local bar. I always felt older then my peers and that used to really bother me because I just wanted to be like every other girl my age. Now that I am older, I’ve learned to accept that this is my personality and I’m okay with that.

On another note, I don’t know about all of you, but I did some serious damage at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale… There were just too many great items at amazing prices that I couldn’t resist! I usually stock up on everyday basics during this sale because I know I will get good use out of them. I ended up getting a few sweaters, some blouses for work, booties, a fall jacket, and some active wear. Even though we don’t get to experience the true changing of seasons living in Florida, I still like to dress according to the season. So once September hits, this girl is breaking out her sweaters and booties! If you purchased any goodies at the #Nsale I’d love to know in the comments below!

The pictures featured in this blog post were taken with my new camera and I have to say that I am very pleased with how they turned out! I had my mom, one of my really good friends, and our family friends help me to produce the images and I am so grateful for their help! I also just purchased Photoshop and Lightroom so I am eager to play around with using them to improve my blog photos 🙂 .

I hope you all are having a wonderful start to your week and stay tuned for some more blog posts!

xoxo,

Stephanie

My First Instagram Roundup

July 22
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I have seen many fashion bloggers do what is called an “Instagram Roundup” on their blog. This is basically a blog post that features my latest looks I have shown on Instagram. I decided to try one out for summer and have linked everything I am wearing in the photos below!

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Similar Cold Shoulder Top (I purchased mine at H&M but I couldn’t find it online) // White Skirt (On Sale!) // Shoes: Tory Burch (sold out) similar here // Karen Walker Sunglasses (obsessed) // Similar Handbag here & here // J. Crew earrings; similar here //

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Gingham Dress // Wedges // Earrings // Sunglasses //

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Black Top // Floral Skirt // Similar Wedges // Bag: Chanel; similar here //

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Yellow Dress // Wedges // Similar Pom Pom Hat // (I found mine at T.J. Maxx!) // Turquoise Necklace //

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Chanel Espadrilles; similar here & here

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Similar T-Shirt // Embroidered Shorts // Wedges // Similar Tote Bag //

That’s it for my first Instagram Roundup! Let me know what you think in the comments below! Hope you are having a fabulous week!

xoxo,

Stephanie

The key to confidence

July 13
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Similar two piece set here & here // Kate Spade Bangles // Michele Watch // Tory Burch Wedges (sold out); similar here // Free People Sunglasses // David Yurman Bracelets #1 & #2 // Similar Kendra Scott Necklace // Hat Attack Watermelon Clutch (sold out 🙁 ) similar here & here

Confidence is something I have struggled with for a while now. It is so easy to get down on yourself for things that may be out of your control. Growing up I would often compare myself to others and the result left me feeling down and like I wasn’t worth anything. However, as I’ve gotten older I have put things in perspective. I may not be the most confident person out there, but I have learned to accept myself for me. I’d like to share with you some tips that have improved my self-esteem as well as how to be the best possible version of yourself.

Tip #1: Don’t compare yourself to others

For as long as I can remember I have always compared myself to others, whether it be my peers or even people in the media. This is one of the worst things you can do for your self-esteem. Everyone is different and that in itself is beautiful. It’s easy to look on social media and think “Oh, that girl is so pretty and thin and rich. If I was her I would be so much happier.” Pictures are just pictures though, and can be very deceiving. Maybe that same girl is depressed or just lost a loved one. Think of all the things you have to be grateful for. There are always people who are going to have more than you and less than you. Focus on all that you do have because you can’t be anyone other than yourself.

Tip #2: Find something good in every day

There are many days for me where I find myself to be bored and even lonely. I always work out in the morning and that helps, but if I don’t have work or something else to do I tend to feel down. However, I know every day is not going to be amazing and that’s okay. So, at the end of the day I try to think about one positive thing that occurred during the day. It may be something as simple as someone telling me they just subscribed to my blog or receiving an “A” on a paper for school. Finding the good in each day helps us to remember the big picture. We were put on earth for a reason. I find that keeping a small journal is beneficial for remembering the positive things that occurred during the day.

Tip #3: Spend time with the RIGHT people

This tip may be one of my favorites. My parents have always encouraged me to choose my friends and even who I date wisely. For me, I used to be so insecure that I would settle for friendships or relationships that weren’t right for me at all. I felt as though I couldn’t get any better so I chose to settle. Now that I am older (and hopefully wiser haha) I tell myself that I would rather be single, for example, than with someone who doesn’t make me a better person. I want to be with someone who encourages me to be the best possible version of myself and loves me for me, flaws and all. So I advise you to choose your friends and significant others wisely. If you find yourself doing things that don’t feel right or that person doesn’t have the same values as you do, take a step back and really think about if this person is  someone you want to invest your time in.

Tip #4: Do something that makes you feel beautiful

Everyone deserves to feel beautiful. Get a manicure or your hair done to give yourself that extra confidence booster. Although looks aren’t everything, doing little things to treat yourself can easily enhance your mood. For me, I often buy a new lipstick haha. Walking into Sephora always seems to brighten my day 🙂 . There are several things you can do to make you feel that you are putting your best face forward.

Tip #5: Make time to focus on yourself

Sometimes when we feel overwhelmed it’s important to take a step back and focus on our needs. When I feel stressed and just want time to myself I always enjoy taking a warm bubble bath and lighting a yummy smelling candle. This time alone really helps me to reflect on myself and just simply relax. Reading a good book is also another great way to relieve stress. I love to read and write and I find reading before bed helps me sleep better at night.

Tip #6: Do what makes you happy

Happiness is the key to life in my opinion. Being unhappy is no way to go through life. I used to often think that being really thin and having the best clothes would make me happy, but that is definitely not the case. What good is the latest designer bag if you don’t have love, joy, and happiness is your life? Now that I know what truly makes me happy I won’t stop until I accomplish it. This blog is something that I truly love and am passionate about. I love writing and talking to other girls my age about all aspects of life. Whether it be fashion, health and fitness, or relationships I want to somehow make a difference for girls. My teenage years were hard and probably my unhappiest times. Now that I am in my early 20’s, I can honestly say that I am happier and know how to cope with days where I feel down. I know what brings me the most joy and I try to incorporate that into every day.

I hope that at least one of these tips helped you in some way if you are someone who struggles with self-confidence. I always enjoy reading articles and blog posts about how others improve their confidence, so I thought I’d share what has worked for me. I’d like to leave you with this quote: “Self-confidence is the most attractive quality a person can have. How can anyone see how great you are if you can’t see it yourself?”

Hope you all are having a wonderful week! Thanks for stopping by…

xoxo,

Stephanie

Photography by: Arif John Akar

How to beat the summer heat…

July 11
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Free People Dress (on sale!) // Ted Baker Leather Tote: similar here // Kate Spade Bangles // Michele Watch // Tory Burch Wedges (sold out); similar here // Prada Sunglasses // David Yurman Bracelets #1 and #2 // Similar Kendra Scott Necklace //

Hi loves! I am so sorry that I have not posted in what seems like forever! However, all of that is going to change from here on out! My mom bought me a beautiful Nikon camera and we are going to study photography together so that I can post on my blog as often as possible! We knew a camera would be a smart investment considering blogging is the direction I hope to go towards as a career.

Other then the excitement of learning the ins and outs of photography I have just been finishing up my summer classes and trying to beat the heat! If you live in Florida like me then you know what I am talking about! It’s been around 100 degrees every day and I can’t take it! Every time I walk out of the house with makeup on I feel like my entire face is going to melt off! If I am not working or doing a blog shoot then I am almost always in gym clothes haha. I just don’t see the point in getting all dolled up with a full face of makeup when it’s like a sauna outside!

When I do get dressed up though, I almost always find myself throwing on a lightweight dress and wedges. I just find loose fitting dresses to be the easiest during the summer months here in Florida. You don’t have to worry about feeling like the dress is going to stick to you and a loose dress is always breathable.

During these hot months I also make sure that I am drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated. I just purchased the Corkcicle, which one of my good friends recommended and am completely obsessed! It is basically a tumbler that keeps cold drinks cold for 24 hours and hot drinks hot. It’s very similar to the Swell bottle for those of you who are familiar with that. I also love adding fresh lemon and lime slices to make it more refreshing 🙂

I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July and look out for more regular posts from me!

xoxo,

Stephanie

Photography by: Arif John Akar

Pop of Pink…

May 27
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ASOS Dress (20% off with code “HISUMMER”) // Heels // Earrings // Sunglasses (only $12!) // Clutch: YSL, similar & less expensive here // Loren Hope Cuff // Ring: RocksBox, similar here //

I am finally back! Life has gotten a little crazy lately but I am hanging in there! I am currently writing this post at the airport. My stepsister graduates from Cornell this weekend so the whole family is flying up to celebrate! I can’t even believe it is already summer…

I have recently been loving RocksBox and I posted all about it on Instagram! For those of you who don’t follow me on Instagram I will explain all about it! It is basically a subscription that you pay for once a month and they send you a box with three different pieces of jewelry-usually a necklace, ring, and a pair of earrings. You can rent the items for as long as you want during that given month or send them back and they will send you another box right away! What I love about this concept is that it lets you test out new jewelry items to see if they are something that fits your style. If you do end up falling in love with a piece in your current set then you can purchase it with a member discount!

When you sign up for RocksBox you also get to pick from a large amount of jewelry that you can add to your wishlist so that your RocksBox team knows what pieces to send you! If this sounds like something that interests you then you are in luck because I can give you your first month free! Use my code “stephofspadesxoxo” to receive your first month of RocksBox for FREE! 🙂

I can’t wait to style my current set while I am away this weekend! If you would like to find out more leave me a message in the comments below! Now I have to catch my flight!

Talk to you soon beauties…

xoxo,

Stephanie

Photography by: Arif John Akar

A Little 70’s Style…

April 25
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Dress // Heels // Prada Sunglasses // Similar Handbag (my color is no longer available) // Earrings // Dior Lipstick in “Rose Caprice 475” //

So there are only 3 weeks left this semester of school and I am kind of freaking out! Is it just me or has this year gone super fast?! I feel like I have so much to do and not enough time to do it! My cousin  and two of my stepsisters  are graduating from high school and college this summer so we are making a trip to New Jersey in May. I feel like I need so many outfits for each occasion!

I know that whatever outfit I wear it will end up sticking to me because summers in New Jersey are extremely humid (not looking forward to that part 🙁 ) If you have been following my blog lately then you already know I have been purchasing a ton of items from Free People (no shame ha-ha), but I just cannot stop!

I knew this dress would be perfect for one of the graduations I will be attending. It is super lightweight and very breathable. I also am dying over the bell sleeves! Such a cute trend! My mom actually purchased this exact dress in the peach color and I love it too! She just better not wear it on the same day as me!

I am not ready for final exams to start… bring on the extra shots of Starbuck’s expresso. I have major anxiety when it comes to taking tests but I know I just have to do my best. It’s only a week and then it will be over! I purchased some bath bombs from Lush, so I plan to be taking a lot of bathes to relax and calm my nerves!

If you have any tips for studying for finals let me know in the comments! Talk to you all soon lovelies!

xoxo,

Stephanie

Photography by : Lisa Marie. Find out more here