September 26, 2016 OOTD

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Hello everyone! It’s officially fall and I’m so excited for Halloween and warm, fuzzy sweaters! Here is a quick ootd to start off the season!

Jeans: F21

Sweater: Marshalls

Jacket: F21

Choker: F21

Shoes: Delias

Thanks for reading! 

 

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Try On Haul: June 16, 2016

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Hello everyone. It’s me again and today I’m bringing you a mini try-on haul! Let’s get right into it!

Shirt: Zara

This shirt was on sale at Zara. It’s very versatile and made of a very breathable fabric. I love it for a casual day out.

Hat: Nyc

I just picked this up at some random tourist store I passed by. I’ve been really into baseball hats and I thought this would be perfect.

 

Shirt: Zara

This was just too cute to pass up!

Romper: Marshalls (One Clothing)

I love rompers for summer looks! Especially ones with long sleeves!

Romper: Marshalls (Sienna Sky)

Once again, I’ve been loving rompers.

Bomber Jacket: Necessary Clothing

I talked about bombers in my June favorites and I’m still loving them. This is perfect for cooler nights during the summer.

Bomber: Zara

I’ve been eyeing this one for awhile and It was finally on sale, so of course I had to get it.

Pouch: Chelsea Market Nyc

Found this really inspirational pouch at the market’s bookstore. I can’t wait to use it with my bags.

Off the shoulder dress: Necessary Clothing

This reminds me so much of the dresses at Zara but it was only half the cost! I’m definitely going to get a lot of wear out of this because it’s so cute!

That’s all for my mini haul! Hope you all enjoyed and suscribe to me!

-A.A

 

Travel Diaries: Summer Honors Institute at LIU Post

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This summer, I was accepted into the Sumer Honors Institute at Long Island University. Throughout the week, I explored the various areas of fasion merchandising. This is my travel diary from my time there!

Day 1 & 2 

 

 So it’s day two at LIUSHI. With all the running around yesterday, I hardly had a chance to stop and write. Initially I had a lot of anxiety, but as soon as I walked on campus I received such a warm welcoming. The other students kept stopping to say hi and the staff was super friendly. I met my roommate who later that night moved out due to a mishap. However, after my parents left, the anxiety returned. There wasn’t really anything planned since check in would continue for a another couple of hours. After awhile I decided to check out the student boutique since I would be spending most of time throughout the week there. Thankfully I ran into another fashion merchandising student and we kinda joined forces to explore the campus. Two hours later I met a couple more girls taking the same classes and we hit it off really well. It’s really cool to meet people who are truly into fashion like I am and not just shopping at typical teenage stores like Hollister or Pink. We got to go to an ice cream social. I have been absolutely obsessed with ice cream with rainbow sprinkles this month so I was in heaven! During icebreaker games, I finally met the entire group and got to know what everyone. Things got really wild that night while playing manhunt! I ended going to sleep pretty early compared to everyone else since I was up really early that day. 

 

Day two has been so great. Everything that we’ve done has been so much fun. After going around in a circle talking about the what got us interested in fashion and our favorite stores, we got into three teams of four for our first challenge. Honestly with all the challenges I felt like I was on Project Runway! What a dream come true! Our challenge was to go around campus and find the best dressed for business and casual and the best shoes. Unfortunately, there weren’t a lot of people on campus since many groups went into the city, so my group didn’t really find anyone. We returned and presented what we found. Next we watched two TED Talks. The first one was called “Forget Shopping, soon you’ll Download Your New Clothes”. It was the perfect introduction to tomorrow‘s trip the the Met and digital printing. I wasn’t able to catch the name of the second video, but it was basically about how fashion thrives on change. Both were inspiring. Next came the fun part. We broke into teams again and did another challenge. This time the challenge was to put together a piece project runway style with scraps. Once again, our team struggled but it was still fun! Next, we started on our final project. The idea is to put together and window display and inspiration board based around a theme. Ours was ‘Blushing In Lace”. My group was really inspired by this blue lace two piece and decided to use royal blue as an accent color next to blush. It was nice to feel like a college student for awhile; working on our Pinterest boards and have lunch. We went back to our dorm and got a text from our group leader telling us to come back for pizza. I remember being really mad at myself for buying food when there was free pizza. Later that night we were forced to go watch Batman vs Superman. We ended up leaving since it was too cold and such a bad movie. I thought the rest of my night would be quiet and relaxing, but around 12, my friends knocked on my door asking me to come hang out in their room. I left around 2, and got like 5 hours of sleep. I’m still really tired as I’m typing this.

Because I was so tired, I missed the wake up call and had to rush to get ready. After a quick breakfast, we were on a bus to the city. First thing, we checked out the Manus x Machina exhibit at the Met. Absolutely stunning. Words can’t possibly describe it. We got to meet a curator and a conservationist who were both really interesting. Then we went onto shopping. I picked up a really cool bomber jacket on sale from Zara. Last we stopped by a store that sells fashion magazines from around the world for our final project. 
 
It’s day 3 and it feels like I’ve been here for a week. This morning we went shopping since the designer we were supposed to visit cancelled last minute on us. Then we stopped for lunch at shake shack which wasn’t so nice just because we were literally sweating outside. Then we stopped at Frank Cassata Designs. Basically Frank’s is where companies such as Tommy Hilfiger and IZOD buy their prints. All the prints are vintage or original. I always thought companies made their own prints so I was super interested in this process. Afterwards, we stopped by Chelsea Market to wait for our tour of Google. I got a really inspirational pouch to remind myself to stay strong! Touring google was really cool. After our really long day, we were all too tired to participate in the scavenger hunt back at LIU even though I was really looking forward to it. 
 
 
Today marks day 4. After a rough night, we all had to wake up at 6:30 am to get on a bus to NYC by 7:45. Thank the heavens for coffee and Starbucks. Our first stop was IZOD. Surprisingly I was really intrigued by menswear and the design process. I wish I was creative enough to be a designer. It was cool to see how designers plan collections months in advance before selling them to companies like Macy’s and Kohls. Then we headed over to the Manhasset Americana for a quick tour. Being so close to high-end fashion was such a blessing. When we got back, we had a quick “sample” class taught by Cherir Serota. She was the co-founder of a maternal clothing line that became a million dollar business. Her words of advice inspired me to start making my own clothes and selling them on depop. My username is lifeingrey if you want to check me out! That night there was a party in the commons center. There were arcade games, cotton candy and popcorn, and karaoke. We all had so much fun on our last night together.
 
 
Friday we presented our final projects. Everyone was so creative and did a really good job. We had a quick farewell group in the boutique and then we went our separate ways. That concludes my travel diary! Hope you guys enjoyed! Let me know if I should do this again or possibly make a travel diary video for my next adventure!
 

 

-A.A



My Summer Essentials: Part One

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 Since summer is here I decided it was only fair I share with you my summer essentials. This is of list of items I cannot imagine going without this summer. I have decided to make this a two part post. The first half is kinda starting while the second one will come possibly mid-August. This way you guys can get a sense of what changed and what stayed the same. Anyways, let’s jump right into it.

1. Journal

If you are a fellow blogger, I’m sure you don’t go anywhere without your trusted journal, planner, or notepad. Personally, I love having something to write in on hand. Throughout the day I find new sources of inspiration and new ideas. I love being able to pull out a small book to write things down. The next thing I know, I’ve written a new blog post. This summer, I’ll be doing a lot of traveling, which means I’ll constantly have a lot of down time to write. 

 

2. T-shirt Dresses

I absolutely love these! They’re so easy and practical. They can create a look that is either casual or dressed up. For a sporty look, I pair them with converses, but when I want to look more put togethher, I’ll pair them with some heels or wedges. T-shirt dresses are so versatile you can even use them as a swimsuit coverup. Here in New York, it can get very hot which makes it even harder to squeeze into jeans. Thus, dresses provide a more breathable solution. Definitely pick up a t-shirt dress on your next trip to the mall.

 

 

3. NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray

On a recent trip to Ulta, I asked for the best drugstore setting spray, which led me to the NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray. This is the most effective setting spray at a drugstore price. I have oily skin and this truly does help my foundation stay matte all day long. It’s perfect for hot and humid days. Of course this is a summer must have.

 

4. DSLR Camera 

For the past year, I’ve been taking a photography class. I started with traditional and took an introductory to digital photography in my second semester. However, summer means I have no place to develop my negatives and what not. Thus, my trusted Canon 300D comes in hand. The quality of my photos is really nice and this camera is beginner friendly. The only downside is it doesn’t record videos. This camer is perfect for capturing summer memories.

 

 

5. Backpacks

Ever since my trip to Europe two years ago, I’ve been obsessed with backpacks. I rather have a backpack on than a bulky purs. I love the amount of movement they allow and the space. I think they can make an outfit 10x cuter!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more!

-A.A

 

 

1. What is your middle name?

Elizabeth.

2. Share you favorite subject in high school.

Usually history is my best subject, so I guess I must like it quite a bit.

3. What is your Favorite drink?

I drink lemon water everyday, all day, but when I’m on vacation I enjoy pina coladas.

4. What is your favorite song at the moment?

It by Christina and the Queens. I just discovered her and I’m obsessed. The song is basically about a girl finally becoming who she wants to be.

5. What would you (or have you) name your children?

If I had a girl, maybe I’d name her Anastasia.

6. Have you participated in any sports?

Cheerleading! I took a year off, but I finally decided to get back into it for my senior year.

7. What is your favorite book?

Harry Potter, hands down.

8. What is your favorite color?

Black, white, grey, and neutrals.

9. What is your favorite animal?

SHIBA INUS!!

10. What is your favorite perfume?

I’ve been using VS Very Sexy lately.

11. What is your favorite holiday?

I enjoy Halloween, but I’m not sure if it’s my favorite.

12. On a scale from 1 โ€“ 10, rate your childhood.

A solid 7.

13. Have you been out of the country?

Yep! I’ve been to Portugal, Spain, and have traveled around the Caribbean.

14. Do you speak any different languages?

Je parle franรงais.

15. Do you have any siblings?

A brother and a sister. I’m a bit closer to my sister.

16. What is your favorite store?

Probably Zara’s.

17. What is your favorite restaurant?

Definitely don’t have one.

18. Did you like school?

Yeah. It’s pretty diverse and it offers a lot of opportunities.

19. Who are some of your favorite YouTubers?

Jeffree Star, Jamie and Nikki, Rachel Aust. Those are just a few.

20. What is your favorite movie?

The Heathers! It’s such a classic.

21. What are some of your favorite tv shows?

American Horror Story, Teen Wolf, and Vampire Diaries.

22. PC or mac?

Mac

23. What phone do you have?

Iphone 6s

24. How tall are you?

4’11, I’m tiny.

25. Do you have any pets?

Unfortunately no.

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