Welcome to My World!

I decided my first blog post should be a small introduction about myself and why I decided to create my own blog in the first place. Ever since I was small, I loved to read and write. Whether it was reading the Disney classics or reading Greek mythology, I loved to take in the words on the page and envelop the stories in my mind. In turn, I began to love to write and take my own imagination to paper. I got countless awards in elementary school and beyond for my writing and my teachers told my parents in back-to-school night meetings that I had a real talent on my hands. I always took this compliment with a grain of salt to be honest, because I didn’t think reading and writing was “cool” as I grew in to my pre-teens. For a while I lost touch with my writing and reading to be completely honest, but now I’m back and I’m better than ever as they say. After completing my first semester at college and being forced to decide what my actual skills and talents were, I realized that staying up late nights and writing papers an hour before they were due was not my style. I genuinely loved writing papers, whether they were about Veronese’s Mars and Venus in Love for my Art History course or about my own business advice for Microeconomics, I just loved to write and I never procrastinated from that. I now know my strengths, being that I suck at math and science but I’m not too shabby at history and writing, why not play up what I do best. Deciding to minor in journalism became an amazing realization because it showed me that who gives a shit if other people around me find writing “cool” or enjoyable, I have found a niche of people who do and I love writing so why the hell not. Of course since I said I’m minoring in journalism, that means I need a major of course. I’m majoring in fashion, my one true love that I have never taken a break from. I know most fashion enthusiasts will tell people that they just love to shop and they love style and trends, but for me it’s something much more. Ever since I could walk on my own, I had to dress and style myself. Since that moment, my love for fashion has just manifested in different ways. It’s a passion and I feel passionate about following your passions. Now that I have an outlet to write about fashion, along with some beauty and lifestyle, I’m ready to share my life with anyone who is willing to read. Welcome to my world.

xoxo

Melissa

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Where Have I Been?

Hi my loves! It’s been a while since I posted on my blog, and I have several reasons for that. One, I just started college about 2 weeks ago at LIM in NYC. This is a huge step for me because I used to go to college at Montclair State University in my home state (sorta) in New Jersey. Now I’m living in New York City and I’m getting to pursue my true goal of becoming a Fashion Journalist. I want to thank everyone who has read my blog thus far, but this is only the beginning. As I try to find myself as a writer I’ll be experimenting here on my blog on WordPress until I reach my ultimate goal of starting my own stand-alone blog. That brings me to my second reason for not posting, and that’s because I just have felt uninspired. On top of being very busy, I found myself slacking off in my writing because I was in a true rut. I enjoyed the content that I was making, but I felt that literary wise, it wasn’t really helping me expand as much as I wanted it to. Until I find a way to merge fashion and beauty while still being able to write great content that actually helps me as a writer, instead of just reviewing products and doing out of the days, posting on this site might be a little slow. However, I want to say bear with me because as I discover myself here in New York City, I feel more inspired each and everyday. I have opened myself up to a whole new world of people, opportunities, food, and so much more.

Anyway, I wanted to just hop on here to notify you all that I’m still here, I still see your comments and your love on all of my posts and I wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. My blog will be under construction for a little while I try to find my aesthetic, so don’t be surprised if it looks different every time you check it. Thank you so much for reading and for supporting me as I express myself through this outlet. More content will be coming soon.

xoxo

Melissa

Brand Focus: Sephora Collection

Hi my loves! Often when we walk into a Sephora, the last area we check is the Sephora Collection because we’re usually looking for other brands to shop for. However, the Sephora Collection is actually extremely underrated, which is why I wanted to do this post and share with you all some of my favorite products from this brand.

Make No Mistake Foundation/Concealer Stick

This foundation/concealer stick is amazing for travel because it doubles up as two products! It has medium coverage and can be used all over the face or to just correct certain areas. The shade range is really great for this product as well, with both warm and cool undertone options.

Golden Hour Highlighter

This is probably one of the most underrated highlighters in the make-up world right now and it’s only $16! I absolutely love the rosegold tones in this particular shade, named “High Noon”, but there are 4 other shades to match with any complexion. These highlighters have a suede, plush, feel to them which is great because they are so blend-able and easy to work with.

8 HR Mattifying Compact Powder

I have been using the powder for probably a year or two, and I really haven’t branched out much since then. I have a relatively normal skin type but it leans more towards dry usually, so I thought a mattifying powder would be too drying but it’s the perfect level of matte without making my skin look dry. It covers up oil but it leaves the face still looking fresh.

Ultra Shine Lipgel

Usually, I prefer a matte lip, but I also do love to go for a glossy lip for the summertime. These lip gels from Sephora are great because they leave your lips look luscious but without being overly sticky. This is also a very comfortable and long lasting lip gloss for $12, so you can’t go wrong!

Daily Brush Cleanser

I had to throw this product in there because cleaning your brushes is so important, and it shouldn’t have to be expensive either. I’ve been using this brush cleanser for years and it’s so gentle on my brushes yet it really removes even the most stubborn makeup stains.

Thank you all for reading today’s Brand Focus, enjoy your Tuesday!

xoxo

Melissa

OOTD: Kendrick Lamar Concert

Hi my loves! Today’s post is on my outfit that I wore to the Kendrick Lamar concert this past Wednesday. First off, the concert was absolutely amazing and I got to see one of my other favorite artists, Travis Scott, during this tour as well. Absolutely amazing show put on by everyone at the DAMN. Tour and if you haven’t heard the album yet (although I feel like everyone has) I highly recommend listening!

OOTD:

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  • Top- Garage
  • Jeans- Pac Sun
  • Underwear- Calvin Klein
  • Sneakers- Adidas
  • Sunnies- Urban Outfitters
  • Gold Choker- Forever 21
  • Star Choker- Brandy Melville
  • Rings- Forever 21
  • Phonecase- Etsy

Thank you everyone for reading! I hope you all enjoyed my post, and I will see you all on Tuesday. Have a relaxing rest of your Sunday!

xoxo

Melissa

Step by Step Makeup Tutorial: Summer Bronze

Hi my loves! Today I wanted to do a step by step tutorial, showing you all how I do this gorgeous summer inspired bronze eye look. I love wearing bronze-y colors in the summer and this look is so easy to achieve! Keep reading if you want to learn all the steps 🙂

The Look:

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Eyes:

To start off, I applied the Urban Decay Primer Potion as a base for my shadow. For the shadows, I used the Lorac Pro Stylist Palette and applied the golden bronze shade all over my lid with a flat shader brush. Pro Tip: Apply Fix Plus, Primer Water, or Setting Spray to your brush before applying the shade to really enhance the pigment. For the crease, I used my Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer to help shape my crease. For the brow highlight, I used the highlight shade in the Lorac Palette. For this look I skipped liner and only applied my Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara.

Face:

Since this is a summer look, I wanted to keep the face looking natural, so I started with the Maybeline BB Cream to give my skin some coverage. For concealer, I used the Nars Creamy Concealer in Custard and I blended both out with my Beauty Blender. For powder, I set my makeup with the Clinique Stay Matte Pressed Powder. For bronzer, I applied the Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer to me cheeks, and I highlighted with the Anastasia Glow Kit.

Eyebrows:

For brows, I used the Anastasia Brow Powder in Ebony after brushing them out with a spooly brush. To keep the brows in place, I added some ABH Brow Gel afterward.

Lips:

To match this bronze looked, I wore the Kate Moss by Rimmel Lipstick in Color #47. I love the pigmentation and finish of this lipstick because it’s not highly matte or glossy. I think a nice natural finish looks great for the summertime!

Thank you all for tuning into today’s blog post, I hope you’re all having a great week! ❤

xoxo

Melissa

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Picks

Hi my loves! I’m so happy to be back on my blog and making content for you guys. I had a great few days in New York City, spending time with family and doing some fun activities away from the computer and my cell phone, but I’m ready to jump back into the blogging world.

Today I wanted to do a blog post about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and share with you all my top picks from their annual sale. This sale is one of the best sales in department store history and they currently have an early preview sale going on right now, until July 20th if you have a Nordstrom card! If you don’t, no worries, the actual anniversary sale will start on July 21st and run until August 6th. Make sure you stop by your local store or shop online to save on some great deals!

Stuart Weitzman Noazzie Bootie

Stuart Weitzman Notazzie Bootie (Women)

I absolutely love the whole sock boot trend, and Stuart Weitzman makes some of the best shoes around. These shoes originally retail for over $500, but for the anniversary sale they’ve dropped down to a whopping $350!

Shop Now: http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/stuart-weitzman-notazzie-bootie-women/4600287?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=BLACK%20SUEDE

BLANKNYC Life Changer Moto Jacket

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Well the name clearly says it all, this moto jacket is truly a life changer in your wardrobe. I believe everyone should own a good quality leather jacket because it will last you for decades and it goes with virtually any outfit you pair it with. This jacket originally sells for $98 but now it has dropped down to $64.90.

Shop Now: http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/blanknyc-life-changer-moto-jacket/4600354?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=BLACK

Topshop Jamie Jeans

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I have to include these jeans in this picks list, because Topshop sells some of the best jeans around. I love the classic high-waisted fit of these jeans, and of course the trendy ankle cut. Usually these jeans would cost about $70, but during this sale they’re only $45.90!

Shop Now: http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/topshop-jamie-high-waist-skinny-jeans/4685023?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=MID%20DENIM

Nordstrom BP Floral Embroidered Bomber

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Another staple item that I feel everyone should have is a classic bomber jacket. I love this rose accented bomber from the Nordstrom’s own BP line. For $38.90 when the original price was $59.00, how could you go wrong?

Shop Now: http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/bp-floral-embroidered-bomber/4593659?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=GREEN%20TIMBER

Free People Electric City Pullover Sweater

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Free People sweater’s are some of the most comfortable and best quality I’ve ever come across. One of their signature cable knit sweaters are on sale for $64.90 instead of the usual almost $100 price tag.

Shop Now: http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/free-people-electric-city-pullover-sweater/4474574?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=ROSE

Steve Madden Sunnie Peep Toe Boootie

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Everyone loves a good peep toe shoe, and Steve Madden is known for making some of the best shoes around. I love the gorgeous olive color in these babies, and the heel is thick and supportive. For about $80 you can rock these once $120 shoes for a more affordable price.

Shop Now: http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/steve-madden-sunnie-high-peep-toe-bootie-women/4609343?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=OLIVE%20FABRIC

I hope you all enjoyed my picks for this years sale! Take advantage of the discounts and get your shop on 🙂 Don’t forget that all items are on free shippin & return policies during this time if you choose to shop online. Happy hunting!

xoxo

Melissa

OOTD: A Day at the Beach

Hi my loves, welcome back to my blog! Today’s blog post is going to be an outfit of the day from yesterday, when I was at the beach soaking in the summer sun with some friends. I won’t be posting on my regular upload days, aka this Thursday & Sunday, because I will be on vacation but I will be back soon with a new post for you all 🙂

Outfit:

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  • Bikini: LA Hearts
  • Overalls: H&M
  • Pearl Choker: Etsy
  • Hair Wrap: Urban Outfitters
  • Ring: Pura Vida
  • Sunglasses: Topshop

Thank you all so much for reading today’s blog post! I hope you’re all enjoying this week, and I will see you all after my vacation 🙂

xoxo

Melissa

The Sunshine Blogger Awards

Hi my loves! Recently, I was tagged by my wonderful fellow blogger Lauzies Lifestyle for the Sunshine Blogger Awards. Her blog has always been so interactive and supportive of mine, so I decided to accept the award and post it here for you all to read today!

The Rules for these Awards are:
  1. Thank blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions that the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominated 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
My Answers:

1. What is the biggest regret in your life?

I think my biggest regret is letting my anxiety talk me out of situations in my life. I’ve suffered with anxiety for several years now, and while I’m in better control of it now, I haven’t always been. There are times where I wished that I would have gone out and done things instead of straying away because of my anxiety.

2. Which book has been the most influential on you?

The most influential book I’ve ever read was Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. I had to read this book for my summer reading assignment in High School and it was so eye-opening about the simplicity of life and what the true meaning of existing is.

3. If there was one person, alive or dead you could meet to spend a couple of hours with to chat, who would it be and why?

I would love to meet with Jim Morrison from The Doors. Jim is one of my favorite front-men out of all the bands I listen to, and I find him to be so interesting and intelligent. I would love to walk around Paris with him and discuss life and music!

4. Are you a cat or dog person?

Honestly, I’m a mix of both but since I currently own a little kitten named Dexter, I’m definitely more of a cat girl now.

5. If you could talk to your younger self, what would you say?

If I could give my younger self advice, I would say that no pain is temporary. I would also say that it’s okay to be yourself, no matter what anyone says or thinks. I think in my younger years, I spent a lot of time scrutinizing the negatives, but now I’m at the point in my life where I’m just saying whatever and living my life as the punches roll.

6. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

If I could have any superpower, I would love to be able to read minds. That could be a blessing in disguise, but I think it would be pretty amazing.

7. What inspires you when blogging?

I drag a lot of my inspiration for blogging from what goes on around me. If I’m scrolling through Instagram and I see a make-up look I’d like to try, I’ll go out and do it and write about it. If I’m reading a blog post that I really enjoy and would like to recreate, I’d do that as well.

8. If you could take 5 items on a desert island with you, what would they be?

  • My Cell Phone
  • A Portable Charger
  • My Cat
  • A Boat
  • Gas for the Boat

9. At what moment in your life have you felt the happiest?

I think I feel the happiest when I’m around the people that I love. It doesn’t really matter what I’m doing, as long as I’m in good company. However, specifically I think my vacation to Mexico last summer was the happiest and most care-free I’ve felt in a while.

10. What genre of music do you enjoy listening to?

I have a really vast music taste so honestly I listen to a lot of different bands and artists, but I think my favorite genre would be classic rock and hip-hop/rap.

11. What is your biggest secret? ( Don’t worry about sharing anything too personal!)

My biggest secret is that I love boys with blue eyes. I don’t know what is is about blue eyes, but I literally have an obsession with them and eyes in general when I’m attracted to someone. I find them to be so beautiful!

My Nominees:
  1. NocturnalJen
  2. TypicalTeenager76
  3. QuinnCove
  4. ColourThoseLips
  5. TheBellezzaCorner
  6. Megabytes
  7. FemmeRewritten
  8. BlameitOntheDeal
  9. ABrunetteBlogger
  10. WeeklyMeg
  11. IllyHelenBlog
My Questions:
  1. How wold you describe your sense of style?
  2. Who is your celebrity style icon?
  3. What movie has influenced/touched you the most?
  4. Where was your best vacation?
  5. What is your favorite album that has been released this year?
  6. Do you like to listen to your music by headphones, speaker, or record player?
  7. New York or LA?
  8. Coffee or Tea?
  9. If you could only shop at one store forever, which would it be?
  10. Are you a spender or a saver?
  11. What do you look for in a significant other?

Thank you to everyone who read today’s blog post, I’m sorry I missed Thursday’s post but I was on a spontaneous beach vacation and I didn’t have my laptop with me. If you were tagged I’d love to hear your answers, and even if I wasn’t able to tag you I’d love to see your responses in the comments below!

xoxo

Melissa