Its All Gucci

Its All Gucci

IM BACK! ♥

I know it has been quite some time, but life has been a little weird lately.. and when I say weird I really mean I spend most days daydreaming about going back to London. Oh well, *one day*. 

While back in good ole Philadelphia, I have had one of my favorite shoots to date with who other, than Nicole. 

I quickly gathered all of my new goodies from my time abroad and threw together some makeshift looks, all centered around my new Gucci baby.

During my last and final week in London I took the plunge and am now a proud owner of a gorgeous Gucci belt. She is simple, slender and sleek. 

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You can probably tell from my smile in those photos that I was basically lusting over life. 

Now, onto the photos from the shoot..

 

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What I’m wearing:

Zara Mesh Embroidered Top  (NOW $12.99 ON SALE)

Bershka Girlfriend Jeans (Purchased in London, don’t know if they are still available)

Bershka White Platform Sandals (Also purchased in London, but they are everywhere now!)

Gucci Leather Black Belt (with the smallest buckle size)

 

So that is my debut of my new belt that I can promise you will be seeing very often. 

Now that I am home and in the midst of summer, I am starting to write again. One of my next posts is going to be a more personal one on my time in London (UPDATE: NEW POST IS UP). It took me a while to sit down and write it, but I did and i’m looking forward to sharing it. Stay tuned folks!

Meet you here again soon,

Sami 

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 

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,

– Sami 

 

 

 

Let us snack: Graze

Let us snack: Graze

If you are a student, person on the go, or just an all around snack lover like myself, Graze is about to become your new best friend.

Living a healthy lifestyle is so incredibly important to me and keeping up with it while going from class to class tends to be a struggle that I’ve been working to fix. Not to mention, snacking can become quite dangerous if you’re not reaching for the right ones. 

Not only are these snacks portion controlled so you can’t over indulge like most of us do on a roll of Oreos, but the options are endless. When I say endless I mean over 100 snacks to choose from aka regardless if you have a sweet tooth or a salty tooth, you’re set. 

I was sent a box of amazing snacks from Graze to try, and spent this week doing just that! Let’s take a look:)


 

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ON TO THE SNACKS:

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1. Kettle Corn Kern Pops 2. Protein Cashew Kick 3. Zesty Lime & Red Pepper Salsa with Pita Chips 4. Cocoa & Vanilla Protein Flapjack

 

 

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5. Hazelnut, peanut, cranberry & raisin mix 6. Strawberries and Cream Granola Topper 7. Pumpkin & Sunflower Soy Roasted Seeds 8.Almond, Carrot & Apple mix

 

HOW good do these snacks look!? Like I said, this last week I spent time trying out these snacks for myself. So here are some of my favorites ↓

Cocoa & Vanilla Flapjack– SO good. The perfect pre workout snack and reminded me of cocoa krispies from my childhood days *sigh*

Protein Cashew Kick- If you like yourself a nice trail mix, you will definitely enjoy this one. The dried chickpeas were my favorite part not to mention it has got quite a kick to it if you like spicy food!

Kettle Corn Kern Pop– Need I say more?

Strawberries & Cream Protein Granola Topper- Great for on top of some yogurt, or by itself as a snack!

 

Those were just a few of my favorites out of this Graze box. Who doesn’t love snacking? Be sure to check out Graze and try out a box of your own!!

 

Meet you here again soon,

Sami 

Standouts of September

Standouts of September

It has been way too long since I’ve talked about my current favorites. So what better day than today!? I feel like I’ve dabbled quite a bit with some cool items and have accumulated a few new favs from fashion, to beauty to music that I would love to share! (Warning: these are incredibly random). 

Sidenote: You know it’s been a successful month when you discover a new podcast (In the Dark) and finally pick up a book after way too much time using Netflix as a time passer (this is what happens when you break the sound on your computer and have no other choice). 

On to the favorites ♥♥

 

TJ Maxx Rose Planner • Beauty Blender Duplicate (TJ Maxx) • Lululemon Align Crop Leggings Maybelline Better Skin Foundation • OPI Mod About You • Girl On The Train Book • Weekend- Mac Miller ft. Miguel • Cool Girl- Tove Lo • Bad Remix- Wale ft. Rihanna • Colourpop Lippie Stix • Conair Infiniti Curling Iron • In The Dark Podcast 


 

What are your current favs? Let a girl know! Also- on the search for my next book and podcast so if you have any suggestions I would love to hear it.

*EXTRA FAVORITE* 

This amazing little post from celebrity journalist Keltie Knight, on an article I had written for my internship with The Odyssey that is now posted on The Ladygang website:) High key one of the best moments ever. Check it out! ↓

http://theladygang.com/blog/2016/7/31/10-struggles-every-girl-has-had-when-applying-makeup

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Meet you here again soon,

-Sami 

OMG, SHOES.

OMG, SHOES.

I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS POST. 

Tell me something more important than finding the perfect pair of snakeskin booties. I have really tried to ponder this yet nothing seems to come to mind. 

My fellow fashion loving friend Nicole, and myself (check out her blog) have been on the search for some snakeskin booties. However, not breaking the bank was also a goal of ours. Who comes to the rescue of course?! Free People. 

I know what you’re thinking. How can not breaking the bank and Free People be in the same sentence? Sales, sales, sales. A few weeks back Free People was having an extra 50% off of their sale section, and I picked up snakeskin booties, a fringe bag, and an awesome belt for SO CHEAP. I was living. Check it √

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Beautiful right!? This sparked such inspiration within me and I just knew what had to be done. A back to school lookbook that is! I am slightly broken hearted to even mutter the words back to school, but that time is among us we need to face it head on!

Every outfit was focused around these snakeskin booties and I LOVE the way these looks came out. The amazing James Conley took these photos and I highly recommend checking out his website as well as his Instagram for more great stuff —> philatawgrapher.

Let us get into the lookbook shall we!


Look 1:

Clearly all about those neutrals. For both of our looks, we kept it simple with black jeans with rips at the knees. Nicole is sporting a throwback Harley Davidson off the shoulder crop top with AMAZING Free People sunnies that I need in my life despite my oddly shaped head. To finish it off, of course the bejeweled belt and snakeskin booties. 

For myself, I wore my new favorite LF inspired tee with the ties going all the way down the front. Its super long so I tucked it into the front of the jeans so that the belt would still be visible. I wore my black Topshop choker as well as my metallic sunglasses from Forever 21.

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THESE DETAIL SHOTS THOUGH!

 

Look 2:  

Still keeping things quite neutral. For this look, Nicole and I still decided to let the shoes do the talking, I mean.. look at em. Nicole paired a black see through chiffon top with the same pants and belt, while I threw on my classic Urban Outfitters tee that is so slouchy and comfortable. 

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Look 3: 

My personal favorite look. Yes it is a bit more on the wild side, but sometimes you just have to step out of the box even if it is for a school day.. (coming from the girl who wears workout clothes everyday, woops). For this look I paired my new Forever 21 red slightly bell sleeved top with the classic black jeans. 

As you can see, every look changes one item, which is the top. You can completely transform an outfit by simply changing one item and not breaking the bank. A pair of black jeans can go a really long way! The choker, belt, shoes and sunglasses remained the same:)

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Bonus Look 4: !!TREND ALERT!!

More of the lady in red. After laying all of my outfits out I realized I had beige and red in front of me. I’m not exactly sure how that happened but hey let’s go with it. I found this amazing blazer vest just a few days ago on sale at Lord and Taylor. I’ve seen these vests everywhere and absolutely love the way I’ve seen them styled. I may or may not have also purchased it in white…

I threw on a black tight tank with the vest right on top. Not only does this give off a sophisticated feel, but it was very lightweight and comfortable. Not to mention it can be styled so many ways and bring you well into the colder seasons.

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Ending it off with my favorite photo with this beauty! So excited about this collab blog post with Nicole. Be sure to check out her blog post coming very soon including more pics from this fabulous, yet 1000 degree day.

Meet you here again soon,

Sami

5 Ways to Survive Winter In Philadelphia

5 Ways to Survive Winter In Philadelphia

Winter is approaching and unless you live somewhere sunny and 75 year round you MUST be prepared for the winter season… (did anyone catch my song reference?).

Isn’t it a coincidence that our beds get 1000x more attractive when the winter months roll around? It’s technically not our fault for missing a few days of work/school when our fuzzy blankets are holding us hostage.

Now, although the best way to survive the winter in Philadelphia is probably by packing up and moving to California.. I am here to offer some realistic ways of doing so.

I believe when it comes to surviving the winter months, which involves a minuet amount of sun and light, positivity is key! I have found myself thinking about this a lot actually. How is it that I am supposed to survive the winter months when I attend school four days a week, it is bitter cold out, and always dark? If you catch yourself being down in the dumps on those dreary days, just know you’re not alone. 

 

So, with that being said I have something very fun and exciting! Who doesn’t enjoy a nice list now and again? I have compiled a list of my TOP 5 WAYS TO SURVIVE WINTER IN PHILADELPHIA... or winter in general if you are out galavanting somewhere else:)


 

HOT YOGA 

About 2 months ago I tried my first hot yoga class and it was truly something else. I can honestly say I have never in my life sweat more than I did in that single class. I had never dabbled in the world of yoga prior to that class, and I LOVED it. Hot yoga made me feel so refreshed mentally and physically and it was the perfect gateway into the world of yoga. I DEFINITELY plan on taking frequent hot yoga classes within these winter months. Nothing quite like a 105 degree room to help you see life a little more clearly, right?

 

A GOOD READ

Sometimes I forget that Netflix doesn’t need to be my only pastime. I swear it has taken over my life and it has been a serious problem for the last few years now. HOWEVER. Reading is good for the soul too! I know I’m not the only one who climbs into bed after a long day. Despite the assignments and real people work I should be doing, there are those times when I put those things on the back burner just to simply relax… take a breather… and remember that there is more to life than getting a bad grade on one single test. I have compiled a list (yes ANOTHAH ONE) below of some of my favorite blogs that always help to take my mind off.. well.. life. 

 

COLABINATION —-> When you feel like stepping into a world of creativity. All within a click of a button you can learn about tons of new designers and other bloggers!

WHO WHAT WEAR —-> One of my favorite fashion blogs not only for amazing fashion inspiration and photos, but there is so much advice, news, trending topics and more on their many many posts that I always catch myself  clicking on.

WE WORE WHAT  —-> Love this blog whenever I am in dire need of some amazing fashion inspo. There is not one look that doesn’t leave me in awe not to mention all of these amazing pics are shot in NYC which is one of my favorite places. 

 

ALL ABOUT THE BASICS

I may go to a fashion school, but when those insanely cold months roll around you will most likely see me dressed in my comforter walking to class. Therefore, winter is really all about the basics. 

Basic hoodie —> Pair your favorite hoodie with some with some ripped jeans or leggings and call it a day. Am I right?

Throw on a beanie —> Comfort and warmth = key. Throw on a basic or a fun beanie and it not only covers up a bad hair day, but the fact that you can’t really feel your ears.

Duck duck boots —> Over the summer I purchased my very own pair of duck boots and I am very excited to wear them during some delightful snow storms! Sometimes I find my Hunter boots to be a little too heavy and clunky so these are a nice change of pace:)

OUT WITH THE OLD IN WITH THE NEW 

No better time to rid your closet of all of its old worn self then with a little cleaning! Nothing makes me feel cleaner and more organized than cleaning out my closet/room. If you have a walk in closet like myself, you know things tend to get lost in the shuffle.. and when I say lost in the shuffle I really mean sweaters end up in shoe boxes and my left boot ends up shoved in a corner. Under another sweater. So one of those nights where it’s too cold to even leave your house, OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW! There are so many places nowadays that offer money for used clothing. The last time I took my clothes to Plato’s Closet I got 60 dollars! So…. the moral of the story is the more you sell the more money you have to revamp your wardrobe and visit all of your favorite online shops. You probably know where I’m getting with this… yes below I have listed all of my favorite online stores when my shopping addiction gets the best of me. Enjoy:)

 

 

 

KEEPING CALM WITH COFFEE

Those days where you are really needing some YOU time, take a little break from your hectic day and relax! Find a cafe (there are tons in Philly) and simply breathe! You can bring your laptop and get some work done, or just bring a book and let your mind escape. The winter in Philly can be brutal, so coffee and warm drinks are key.

THE 23 BEST COFFEE SHOPS IN PHILADELPHIA 


In the midst of all the madness, whether it be work, school or life related.. REMEMBER to take time out of your day to just chill out. You don’t always have to be on ON mode. Everyday ends so another day can begin.. another opportunity to get $h!t done! I hope you successfully survive the winter months in Philadelphia, and soon enough we will be welcoming summer in with open arms:)

Meet you here again soon,

Sam