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Holiday Week

Hello my loves!

As the holidays come to an end, I would like to recap with you all the outfit choices I made this holiday season. It must’ve been by coincidence but black was IT. From my newsfeed, to my cousins, to my emails, everyone was in black. This year I chose to go for basic and simple for Christmas. As some of you may know based on Instagram, my cousin was in a really bad accident Dec 21st, 2014 and it has taken a big toll on me and my family. The holidays were a little different but the unity of my family could not be stronger. I’ll post some pictures and descriptions down below.

Christmas 2014

IMG_4042Although me and my family were undergoing a very difficult time, the presents must always make an appearance at our holiday gathering/dinner. It is tradition that we do a Secret Santa (something I totally LOVE!) and that we open gifts one by one at 12AM. This year was no different and although Robert was missing, he was in all of our prayers and we know he is in safe hands at the Hospital. For my attire, I chose to go preppy and comfortable. My favorite go-to shoe are my H&M leather booties ($34.95). I also have become overly obsessed with tights and skirts for the winter. I used to hate doing that as a child but now I’m starting to realize that my style must not IMG_3058be hidden in the winter. It should be altered and embraced differently – something I’ve been abiding to the entire break. So for this fit I am wearing:

1. Brandy Melville Black Knitted Back Slit Sweater

2. Brandy Melville Pleated Ruffle Skirt

3. H&M 40 Den Tights

4. H&M Black Booties – Similar Here

THE INBETWEEN

Now, Ill talk about some outfit choices I made in between the Holidays. The only days where I actually had to wear anything that took effort was for my two close friends’ sIMG_8694urprise birthday party. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a full outfit picture for Kayleena’s birthday surprise but I posted a mirror pic of the top and my hair choice. I am no obsessed with wearing mIMG_0788y hair in a mid pony tail. I decided to wear a graphic tee from Zara (which I got for $13 with their amazing sale!!), wear my silver chain (thank you babe!) with light wash skinny jeans from Pacsun and my H&M booties. I paired it all with my olive green military jacket from Banana Republic (below) and the navy blue and green Tory Burch bag. I kept accessories simple and did more with my makeup by accentuating my eyebrows and working with my contour kit and highlighter. It was a simple girls’ night outfit!

The next birthday was Tahis’ and it was a surprise at her boyfriends house…which she ruined. LOL. But beyond that. The Zara Sale has truly IMG_0927 5been a blessing and I have been obsessed with all the items I scored. In the picture, although you might not be able to tell – I am wearing:

1. Zara Oversized Soft Knit Sweater

2. Liquid Faux Leather Leggings – Necessary Clothing (similar here)IMG_0914

3. Black Booties – H&M

4. J.Cat Wonder Lip Paint – Red Potion (here)

P.S. my little blue quilted patent leather clutch is actually my ipsy bag from October! (amazing isn’t it!?) I got so many compliments and just laughed inside!

Once again, my hair is in a half up-do but this time while it is curly. I’m learning to embrace the beauty of the texture of my hair and the trial period has actually been fun. YIKES!

NEW YEARS DAY

With everything still going on with my cousin, this new years was not a huge party. But that didn’t mean I was going to take out all of the fun out by not dressing up. I’ll be completely honest, I had no clue what I would be wearing when I woke up that morning. I didn’t sleep at home Tuesday night so I ran home (well Uber’ed my ass home!) on New Years Eve. I had to make the lasagna for our dinner and help my mom around the house and do my hair. By then it was 6pm and I still had zero clue what I’d be wearing. I got extremely lucky and was able to receive my ASOS package on time that same morning (which contained a full midi skirt, a black turban head wrap, and a textured black knit). I tried everything with the skirt but wasn’t feeling it until I tried on a mesh collar black crop top I bought from Forever21 months ago. And the final result was: 
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I’ll start with explaining my make up.

1. Milani Easy Brow Mechanical Pencil – $7.49 (at any drugstore)

2. Maybelline FIT Me Foundation – I love it! I’ve used it for over 2.5 years and it is really more of a natural look than anything. 

3. Wet N Wild Lipstick – in Plum (here)

4. Anastasia Contour Kit – Sephora or Ulta (I used Java to thin out my cheeks and then a mixture of Banana and Sand to highlight.

5. NYX Bronzer/Blush ComboIMG_7819

6. tarte – Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara (here)

Here is the complete look of the night. I straightened my hair and parted it down the middle and kept it slicked back for a dramIMG_3306atic look. I wore a black Guess Clutch and kept it simple by wearing ankle-strapped black pumps I bought at Charlotte Russe (similar here)!

I’ll admit that this look was difficult for me to try but I’m trying to embrace my personal style and this is just the beginning.

Nonetheless, HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM MINE TO YOURS!

xoxo,

Cyn

Fall Wrap-Up

My fellow readers,

I wish I would’ve been more attentive to this blog as I had promised. But of course, that wasn’t the case. 19 credits during a school semester along with sorority duties, Senior Editor responsibilities, and a job = recipe for a disaster AKA me. But now that one of my wishes has come true, I truly to do promise to keep you guys up to date with my life, my fashion endeavors, and much more.

Now for the hard part, trying to summarize the entire semester. Since I physically won’t be able to I’ll compose a list of things I loved from the fall.

1. Turtle-necks: You literally cannot go wrong with this. Whether is a turtle neck thick knit dress or a fitted turtle neck shirt, they always work. They make any outfit look chic and conservative. I wore this a couple days ago and its one of my favorite outfits!

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Outfit Details

Sweater Dress: Brandy Melville (similar here)

Leggings: American Apparel (here)

Short socks: Hanes

Converse: Beige Hi-tops

Bag: Tory Burch (similar here)

2. Floppy Hats: Not a summer hat. But a elegant one in muted colors such as burgundy, black, brown, gray, or beige.

3. Pleated Skirts: Match with opaque tights and booties and a sweater for a preppy but chic look.

Tights for the winter!

4. TIGHTS!!!!: It is not just because I’m obsessed with Blair Waldorf’s persona – tights are essential for the winter. Don’t be a bore and stick to jeans and leggings. Wear that cute summer dress but mute it down with colored tights and knee high boots.

5. Thigh-High Boots: Whether its with jeans or a sweater dress, look sexy but classy with thigh high boots. My favorite pair right now is my Steve Madden ones in a crocodile textured leather (click here).

6. Eyebrow Palettes: I love my eyebrows. Everyone should too. My makeup routine now revolves around filling and perfecting my eyebrows.

7. Open-Toe Booties/Mules: I had a horrible experience buying a pair from Forever21 but I loved the ones from Nine West and from Steve Madden. They really do make or break an outfit.

8. Dark Maroon Lips: I love dark lips. With any outfit. It is so nice and there are so many shades and they just effortlessly depict winter and fall. 

9. White Jeans: I’m sorry but I do not follow all the fashion rules. I do wear white after labor day. AND I love it.

10. Handle-Bags: Take my Tory Burch for example. They made my bummy outfit look more dressy while still being effortless. Color-blocking is also a plus.

These are just a few of the many many things I loved about winter. But stay tuned to hear more of all the things I love from winter and fall.

Until next time (and I promise that won’t be too long from now…)

ciao, cyn

New finds.

I’ve been on the hunt for a few things these past few days and I finally made three purchases that I’m very content with. First off, I’ll discuss my obsession with boyfriend jeans. Today was a crazy manhunt because I went everywhere looking for a decent pair worth my money. I first started searching in the stores like H&M and Forever21, but found nothing there except for two “ok” pairs. Then I went to Zara and found a couple pairs I liked but something wasn’t convincing me either. I was even offered a discount by my friend who works there and I refused. There was just something about them I didn’t like, they were either too loose on my hips or butt, or would be short, or would be too tight to be boyfriend jeans. I just didn’t like them. So I went and bought one of the pairs I left at H&M and then went to the other H&M down the street and found a good solid colored, ripped pair for only $30! I quickly made the line and purchased them.

I’ve also come across an obsession with clutches, if my outfit of the day posts haven’t already told you so. They dress any outfit up so I purchased a clear envelope from ETSY for only $18! I think this clutch would look very “chic” on any outfit. Lastly, I purchased my slip ons! I tried every where looking for Zara ones and looking for H&M ones (in one of my previous posts) but I found Sam Edelman ones in Macy’s for $30, they’re originally $40 everywhere like Urban Outfitters, Zappos, and Lord & Taylor, but I found them on sale in Macy’s and purchased them instantly! I’ve attached pictures below.

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Make-up Essentials

I know that as a teenage/college girl, our biggest problems can potentially be makeup and breaking out. Luckily for me I can count the amount of pimples I’ve ever had in one hand but I know not many of us have had this experience. Therefore, I want to share with you products that have kept my face nice and clean and always glowing – year round (trust me, this can be hard with how pale I am!)
photo 2 These are the essentials I carry with me at all times. They are affordable, easy to find, and a complete catch. The list goes as follows:

  1. Elf Golden Bronzer ($4 in Target or online)
  2. Elf Makeup Setter and Mist ($3 in Target or Online)
  3. Maybelline FIT Me Foundation ($9 any drugstore)
  4. Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer ($15 at Walmart)
  5. Wet n’ Wild Mega Plump Mascara ($2 any drug store)
  6. Urban Decay Naked Palette I ($52 Sephora)

Now I know you may not think the Naked Palette is necessary an essential but eyeshadow and playing around with different color schemes is vital to the face. Its a little pricey so I think that you’d be fine getting any of the other products first but it eventually must be in your makeup kit. I think the blending of the colors is beautiful and worth the investment. The Elf Bronzer is the perfect shade of gold and brown and it makes your face naturally glowy! The mist is cheap and does what it has to do. It keeps my makeup intact all night long without having to pay $15 for a MAC one. The FIT me foundation is very soft and looks natural which is extremely important when talking about foundation. It isn’t heavy and has not made me break out once and I’ve been using it for about 9 months now.  The moisturizer is good for girls with dry skin like me. It always leaves my face soft and dewy, not sticky, not greasy, it has the perfect amount of oils in it to keep my face hydrated. Lastly, the mascara. I chose this mascara because I already have long lashes, I don’t need to exaggerate them every day so this is a perfect soft coat on your lashes for a nice subtle look.

Hope I’ve been able to help you with some choices! Please shoot me any comments if you have any concerns or questions.

Ciao, Cyn

Inspirations.

Below I’ve compiled a list of my favorite fashion bloggers/celebrities. These are my biggest fashion icons.

My biggest inspirations. Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen.  They are effortlessly stylish, mature, and edgy. All their bold looks are nothing but inspiration to try new things. Love love love!

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Ashley Madawke. I first became acquainted with her when I started watching revenge but I eventually came across her blog and fell in love. She’s so young and spirited and has such a fresh style.

Fernanda Flores. Came across her Instagram and been obsessed ever since. She’s such a loyal shopper at Zara (my favorite store!) but makes everything look 90 times nicer. She’s so elegant and classy and its refreshing to see that such a young blogger has reached so much. I also admire that she’s hispanic.

 

New Beginnings.

As I write this post, I’m just reminiscing on the last time I actually blogged. I was probably 17 and I was blogging off tumblr in my “fake fashion blog.” I mostly just posted outfits of the day and I would reblog several images that looked “fashion” to me.  However, I just had a realization last night at around 12am, why don’t I have a fashion blog if I want to be in the fashion industry? And that is where it hit me, I started letting my life get in the way of achieving my dreams. So as of today, I’m starting brand new.

I’ll start by telling all my readers, if any, that my biggest beauty obsession right now is matte nail polish. I’m the kind of woman that likes to have my nails and toes done year round. There’s nothing that I hate more than ugly nails. I think it can make or break an outfit. So yesterday before I go into work, I run into Duane Reade and encounter the Wet n’ Wild Matte Top Coat for only $0.99! Such a steal. This is definitely something women who religiously do their nails should score, nail salons easily charge you an extra $5-$10 for just the matte coat

Hope this post has helped some of you! Tune back soon for more tips and tricks on fashion, beauty, and life.