Touched Down in London Town

Touched Down in London Town

 

*This post is a bit old, from my first few weeks here. Figured I would post it anyway ūüôā *

My first day in my Fashion Journalism class in London, and I cant help but laugh. If someone asked me a year ago if I would be sitting in a class learning about Hermes, Coco Chanel and JPG, interning for French Connection/Great Plains UK, and hopping on a train for a weekend trip to Paris in two weeks, I would look at you in disbelief and recommend counseling. But I am here, doing all of the above.

My life has changed drastically within the past year. While change is good, it can also bring a bit of discomfort and anxiety.

However when preparing for my trip abroad, my anxiety was low and my excitement was sky high. There is something so magical about having the chance to explore a brand new place and knowing the months ahead may be some of the best of your entire life.

A week and a half later, I am now finding my way in London.  I am starting the madness of school, my internship, and planning weekend travels. Also- I am convinced jet lag never ever goes away. I am struggling.

There is nothing more surreal than waking up in the morning and remembering you aren’t in the comfort of your home, next to your dog and a few feet away from your parents.

I thought this would scare me, a lot. But I’ve fallen in love with adventure, I love making new memories, photographing beautiful moments, and meeting new people. So no, I am not scared. I am excited.

While walking through tube stations and strolling around town, I am constantly feeling like I am in New York or Philadelphia. Its a bit deceiving really, but when I am reminded that I am walking the streets of London from the very few American accents, or the infamous black taxi almost running me over every time I step outside, I feel amazed time and time again.

While taking two classes here in London, I am also interning for French Connection. Yes… French Connection. Specifically Great Plains UK. I spend my days at work in the beautiful showroom surrounded by the most recent collections. Like WHAT.¬†

Somehow, someway I have only been here for 2 and a half weeks. I feel like it has been two months. 

I decided to compile some of my favorite photos I’ve taken while here in London. While not fashion related, I promise those are on the way:)

 

 

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Well thats all for now, meet you here again soon:)

Sami

Cheetah girls, cheetah sisters

Cheetah girls, cheetah sisters

Cheetah cheetah cheetah cheetah rocking everywhere!

I have to say, I love cheetah print. Some may read that and get slightly nauseous, however others will definitely feel me on this. I don’t think it will EVER go out of style and the slightest touch makes any outfit complete.¬†

I’ve been on the hunt for a faux fur cheetah coat and found one for SO cheap. Like so cheap. Like 14 dollars cheap. Thank you Forever 21.¬†

When researching for a coat this was the first one that popped up and you clearly couldn’t beat the price therefore I didn’t look any further. Took some photos in this bad boy with Tali and thought I would show some fun photos.

By the way, I am addicted to outerwear and need to seek help immediately. 

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More to come so soon (after finals if I survive:))

Meet you here again soon,

Sami

Sephora VIB- What did I get?

Sephora VIB- What did I get?

Every makeup junkie knows, taking part in the Sephora Rouge/VIB sale is simply a must. One of the very few times a year that Sephora offers a twenty percent discount on everything. Making it the perfect time to stock up on all essentials, try new things, get started on holiday shopping, and splurge on that clarisonic you’ve had your eye on.¬†

Before taking part in this sale, I did SO much research. Of course I had run out of all my products at once (just my luck) which required me to basically refill my everyday essentials, which included foundation, primer, skincare, etc. Yes my wallet is still crying. 

I also wanted to make sure I was fully stocked being that I leave for London in a short two months. *Acts as if there are no stores in London, using that as an excuse to keep Sephora in business and buy everything* BUT ACTUALLY.. the twenty percent makes a difference and you bet your bottom dollar I took advantage of that.

I added a bunch of items that I planned on getting in my cart on the Sephora app, just so when I went into the store I wouldn’t be overwhelmed and at a loss of what to get. I also had a great employee helping me who made the process really easy and informative.

On to the products: 

Primer: Cover FX Mattifying Primer- (originally tried the Smashbox poreless primer but it made me breakout, so I exchanged it for this one but have not tried it yet).

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Foundation: Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Foundation–¬†Love this stuff. I have very oily skin and although this foundation is hydrating, it’s also long lasting and keeps the oil at bay.¬†It’s buildable coverage, however I like to apply it with a beauty blender to simply even out my skin tone and then I am good to go! LOVE IT.

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Powder: Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder– Finished my mini version, so I upgraded! This product is definitely pricey, but I love setting my makeup with it and “baking”, it definitely helps to keep me matte which is my number one priority when it comes to a powder.¬†

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Skincare: Kate Somerville Cult Favorites Kit-¬†¬†I’ve experimented with these slowly so my skin doesn’t go into shock with the change of season mixed with new products and so far so good. I’m trying to use my old products down to the core which I just about did before really diving into these. However, the reviews are AMAZING and this value is pretty insane. It’s no longer available on Sephora but Kate Somerville offers the same product on her site.¬†

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Setting Spray:¬†Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Setting Spray-¬†¬†Haven’t tried this yet but figured I would give it a go.¬†

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Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Highlighting Duo Pencil-¬† LOVE this product. The perfect finisher for cleaner looking brows. The lady helping me told me to go for the golder shade and I’m so happy I did. I definitely recommend this product.

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Brows: Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade-¬†Already had this product in my collection, however I couldn’t use it because it was way too light. So I brought it back and exchanged it for soft brown and I have incorporated it back into my routine along with my new Benefit Brow Pencil.¬†

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Eyeliner: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner-¬†Purchased my first high end liquid eyeliner after years of sticking to drugstore. Haven’t tried it out yet,¬†however I have heard amazing things about this one and decided to give it a go.¬†

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* Also bought a cute little set of beauty blender dupes but I can’t find them on Sephora’s site*

So curious as to what other people purchased during this glorious sale. 

What did you buy and what are some of your all time favs from Sephora?! Let me know below‚ô•

Meet you here again soon,

Sami 

London Inspo

London Inspo

As I begin to wrap my head around the fact that I leave in just a short 2 months for London, I have started my most important pre departure task.. creating my London fashion inspiration folder.

Being a fashion major and lover, one of the things I am most excited about is dressing to the absolute nines while abroad. I have to step up and STEP OUT when walking the streets of London. Not to mention, Italy, Paris and wherever else I find myself frolicking (this still feels like a dream and isn’t casual AT ALL).

I have been stocking up on some awesome pieces that I cannot wait to experiment with ie: leopard faux fur coat, another faux fur coat, and quite possibly a third. 

I have been gaining a majority of my inspiration from images that have been floating around in my head as well as various Instagram feeds and blogs that have been killing the fashion game. I thought I would share some of these posts that I saved and loved and maybe pass some inspo off to you!


 

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One of the biggest trends I have noticed is jackets and coats. They have become a fashion statement and are sweeping the stores. They complete a look in my opinion, especially those above. 

*Sidenote- purposefully left the Instagram handles in the photos so you could check out their pages, highly recommend*

Veryyyy excited to continue my shopping endeavors and really getting down to the nitty gritty when it comes to planning looks. 

Thank ya so much for reading, meet you here again soon:)

Sami 

Fall Haul

Fall Haul

Over the last few weeks, I have been on quite a spending spree of all things fall themed. The stores are stocked to the brim with fall inspired gems that get me so excited and giddy for the upcoming season.

I thought I would share a few fun things I’ve purchased the last few weeks and maybe help spark your spirit.¬†Warning: This is incredibly random


 

Treat yo self. I stopped at a brand new Nordstrom Rack that opened up by my house and picked up a few fun things (also threw in a Lush item). Not exactly sure who allowed this store to open up so close to me considering my will power is non existent, but nonetheless IT DID.

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‚ô• Mario Badescu rose water & aloe facial spray – heard amazing things and was so so excited to pick this lil guy up for just five dollars (reviews to come).

‚ô• Rose Gold Stainless Steel Bottle (was able to find a link!!) Using this bad boy now for the first time and I am literally obsessed. I didn’t know a water bottle could put me in such a good mood but I guess it’s just the little things, ya know!? Keeps my water cold all day and there’s no sweating, not to mention its rose gold so…

‚ô• Anti Aging facial masks- really enjoyed my first time trying these out!

‚ô• Lush Honey Bee Bath Bomb- stopped in lush for the first time in what feels like ages and bought myself a little cute bath bomb. Honey is one of my favorite scents (honey I washed the kids soap is EVERYTHING) & was so excited to see they had this bath bomb. However, I was informed they are discontinuing this item *sheds real tears*


 

Going into fall I desperately needed a transition pair of shoes to help take me from birkenstocks to booties. ¬†I knew immediately that slip ons were the answer, and went straight to the Vans store to pick up a pair. I’m obsessed and have worn them with every one of my outfits!

 

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*Blacks out and orders another pair of Vans*

TO MY DEFENSE… Urban Outfitters was having an extra 40% off on sale items and it would have been morally wrong if I didn’t get them. If I’m being honest, I really saw myself trotting around London in these and from there my debit card was just doomed.¬†

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*All the twinkle light everywhere* Nothing screams cozy quite like twinkle lights. Shoutout to my dad for buying these christmas lights that I have been on the search for. Quite a random haul item but I love the way they make my room look & feel. I don’t know what it is but they just shine bright like diamonds and make me feel some type of way. Definitely a fall necessity if I do say so myself.¬†

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Food, food, food! I stopped by Trader Joe’s (thank you Amanda for the inspo) for some basic pumpkin flavored necessities. Blacked out, once more. Two boxes of pumpkin macaroons, two bags of pumpkin flavored tortilla chips, and two boxes of pumpkin waffles later, Trader Joe’s did things to my soul. Go now. You will not regret it. You’ll just end up with doubles of everything in fear that you’ll never see it again.¬†

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Moral of the story is… pumpkin everything.¬†

Meet you here again soon,

Sami

 

Fall Fever With Wanderess World

Fall Fever With Wanderess World

Fall is in the air, or at least I thought it was before mother nature sprung 83 degrees our way. 

There are few things better than fall fashion, one of them being the infinite pumpkin flavored items that are stocked on every stores shelves (this was proven to be true when I tried pumpkin flavored tortilla chips and macaroons for the first time WOW). 

I find the best season to experiment with fashion ends up being the fall. The weather is just right and our favorite stores finally get their heads back in the game and hand us coveted trends on a silver platter. 

One of my favorite humans that I have mentioned too many times to count; Nicole, was dressed in the THE perfect fall outfit. OUTFIT OF THE DAY TIME LEZ DO IT.

CAUTION: PERFECT HUMAN AHEAD

For this look Nicole is wearing ¬†‚áď‚áď

Frayed & ripped skinny jeans, paired with an off the shoulder quarter sleeve top both from Urban Outfitters, open toed nude booties from Dolce Vita for Target, a patterned orange scarf from India, and all da jewels from Free People mixed with Urban.

 

 

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I mean…. need I say more???

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If you are unsure of how to handle fall fashion, have no fear. Finding the basics is the most important step, and then from there Zara is your playground. Having a good pair of ripped jeans can take you a really long way. Not to mention nude booties can take you from school, to dinner to a night out on the town. 

Being that fall fashion is my favorite, I am SO excited for future outfit posts. I haven’t been online shopping instead of sleeping just for shits and giggles ya know.¬†

Also, shout out to my badass blondie girlfrand Nicole for allowing me to take an aggressive amount of photos of her. Check out Nicole on her blog, Wanderess World as well as her Instagram. 

Meet you here again soon:)

Sami 

Feeling Zen

Feeling Zen

I know I know, it’s time I stop talking about chokers. Or is it? I just can’t help it, okay!?

When I come across a good deal on something I love, I feel the need to share it with others! I came across a brand called UltimateZen  via Instagram, and have been hooked ever since. 

UltimateZen sells their chokers and other products on Etsy which is a jewelry addicts dream, with unbeatable prices. 

I was given the opportunity to try out some of these chokers and I have been wearing them with almost every outfit. Take a look:

 

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Blush Velvet Choker 

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Blush Velvet Choker 

 

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Kimiko Petite Wrap Necklace

 

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Mini O Seiki Choker 

My favorite so far is the gold Mini O Seiki choker. One of my favorite things to do is layer dainty necklaces and this one is perfect for just that. The blush velvet choker is a must have as well and adds the perfect pop to a monochromatic or funky look. 

Check out some of these chokers if you want to add a little spunk to your fall wardrobe:)

Meet you here again soon,

Sami 

UltimateZen Etsy Shop:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/UltimateZen?ref=condensed_trust_header_icon_items

Lets talk: Colourpop

Lets talk: Colourpop

Well I finally did it. I let my will power (that I never really had to begin with) disappear into thin air as I placed my order with Colourpop #onlineshoppingaddictionstillgoingstrong.

 Quite frankly, I am not sure why it took me so long to do so!

I placed an order with Colourpop during their Labor Day promotion (if you spent a certain amount you would get a certain number of items free) and of course I spent the amount that allowed me to get all 5 items for free #prayforsami2016.

I was SO unbelievably excited to receive my order in the mail and it’s safe to say it completely exceeded my expectations.¬†

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Let’s get into what I purchased shall we?!


Eyeshadow:

Sequin, La La, Tang, Stereo, Nillionaire

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Swatches top to bottom: Flexitarian Face Highlighter, La La Eyeshadow, Sequin Eyeshadow

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Above NO FLASH, below FLASH

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Lips:


Lippie Stix top to bottom: Brink, Bound, Tootsi, Lumiere  

Ultra Matte Lip top to bottom: Viper, Love Bug, Time Square, Notion

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Ultra Matte Lip top to bottom: Times Square, Notion, Viper, Love Bug

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Let’s talk:

I have to say, after experimenting with some of these products I’M IN LOVE. I am not only blown away by the price (nothing was more than 8 dollars), but the quality compares and beats some of my higher end makeup.¬†

The Lippie Stix in particular are my favorites. I am not one to throw on a lip product and go on my merry way, mostly because I usually stop at chapstick. However, the Lippie Stix are incredibly light weight while giving you the perfect amount of color. Not to mention, they are so moisturizing. 

The eyeshadows and highlighter are so buttery and smooth and you couldn’t ask for better color pay off, especially at the price AM I RIGHT LADIES.¬†

If you are lacking in the eyeshadow, lip or highlighter department I would highly recommend checking out Colourpop! Just in time for fall ♥ 

Hope you enjoyed this post! Many more to come:)

Meet you here again soon,

Sami 

Sit Down With Sami Podcast ft. Nicole

Sit Down With Sami Podcast ft. Nicole

Shalom friends!

This past week for my journalism class, we were assigned something quite different. As an avid podcast listener I never pictured myself making one of my own, but I ended up doing just that! This week I sat down with my beautiful fashionista friend Nicole and chatted about all things fashion. 

We dove right into an article I found on Elle which displayed all of the hottest trends that are making their way from the runway to our coveted department stores. Lets just say… some of them should definitely stay there.

Check out my podcast and Sit Down Sami (ha! clever am I right?) Let me know your thoughts on these trends and if some of them hurt your soul just like they did mine.

 

 

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Don’t forget to check out Nicole on social media and over on her blog!¬†

 

Meet you here again soon,

Sami 

What’s In My Bag?

What’s In My Bag?

If you read one of my latest blog posts, you would know that I received a gorgeous Saint Laurent handbag for my birthday. (If you haven’t read it go check it out here).¬†Being that I showed you the outside I thought it was only right to show you the inside as well.

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I am an avid watcher of Youtube, and one of my favorite videos to binge watch has always been “what’s in my bag” videos. There is just something about seeing what another girl keeps in her handbag that intrigues me. Plus, I’m nosy when it comes to this stuff and love getting ideas for myself.

Whenever I get a new bag, the first thing I want to do is organize it. In most circumstances it doesn’t remain that pristine for long, but this bag is WAY too special to me for me to allow it to get cluttered (if you opened up my suitcase sized Longchamp you would discover that I am in fact a hoarder).¬†

So what is in my bag you ask? Lets see!


 

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I like to keep a makeup bag to store all of those items we find ourselves needing throughout the day. I am THAT girl that has a life supply of Advil, floss, probably a first aid kit, 97 bandaids, probably a blow dryer and maybe even a game of Twister. Who knows man.

 

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In my makeup bag: spare contact case, eye drops, Advil, floss (not kidding I am literally a lunatic), First Aid Beauty Lip Therapy, mini Wet Brush, DKNY rollerball perfume, Burts Bees Chapstick, Pacifica Blood Orange hand lotion, Tarte large powder brush, Makeup Forever HD Matifying powder, Elf Blotting Sheets, Chanel Mascara, Sephora Mirror, Orbit gum, Colourpop Lippie Stix 

 

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My new little babes that I just found, from Forever 21. Mirrored lenses (that look black in this photo) with clear frames that I have been searching for for SO long.

 

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My personal “Oh Shit Kit” that has been the perfect storage for coupons, gift cards and receipts that I don’t want to lose! (Thank you Dara) (Purchased on Etsy)

 

Not shown: Wallet & phone, but those are a given! What do you keep in your bag? I hope you enjoyed♥

 

Meet you here again soon,

РSami