What to Wear: Amusment Parks

This post is sponsored by Pepsi and Darien Lake Theme Park Resort. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

One of my favorite things to do in the summer time is to take a trip to an amusement park. From being eight years old begging my dad to let me get on the Viper alone, I've always been a ride junkie. The higher the roller coaster the better! Thanks to Pepsi and Darien Lake I'll be spending Memorial Day at the park with friends and spending the night in one of their on-site cabins. 

What better way to say hello to summer? 

Darien Lake is known for always having awesome ways to save. This season you can visit http://www.darienlake.com/pepsi and use code PEPSI to redeem a free deal on buy-one-get-one tickets!

I always try and find a way to make my outfits picture ready when I'm doing something fun. I want to be ready for those Instagrams! Throughout my many summers of visiting Darien Lake and other amusement parks, I've figured out some ride-proof, comfortable but cute looks to get you through a long day of fun at the park. 

THE ROMPER

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If you've been shopping recently, you know that this is the summer of rompers. There are so many different options out there!  Layer a jacket and your favorite sneakers or slip ons for an effortless but comfortable look that's perfect for walking around all day! 

KEEPING IT CLASSIC

All you need for this look is your favorite pair of jeans and your comfiest pair of sandals. I find that sometimes it's easier for me to wear a pair of sandals instead of sneakers when I'm at an amusement park. I have this irrational fear of losing a shoe while on a ride! So if I have the option to take them off I definitely will. My Birkenstocks have been my tried and true comfy sandals but you can different sandals made for walkin' lots of places!

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MY PICKS: COMFY SANDALS

 

WATERPARKS

Now it might be too cold to be at the waterparks when I'm at Darien Lake but they are seriously so much fun, especially on a steamy 80-degree day. If you're planning on going to the waterpark later in the day but want to start on the rides first, my suggestion is to hop on the one piece bathing suit bandwagon and wear one with a pair of shorts. You'll be ready to take on the Tornado in Splashtown! Bring an extra top and a pair of flip flops and you'll be set. 

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Hope everyone has an awesome holiday weekend! 

- XO, L. 

NEW IN: Sephora & Free People

So in the fashion that YouTubers do hauls, I decided to bring that to the blogosphere. After a fun mommy-daughter day of shopping, I decided the things I bought are too good not to share! 

SEPHORA MUST HAVES

As some of you out there already know, there's nothing like stocking up on your favorite products! Here are a few of mine. 

MOROCCANOIL TREATMENT LIGHT (0.85oz/$15)– The minute I run out of this, I notice a different in my hair. It's such a mix-use product. I use it before I blowdry, it leaves my naturalhair frizz-free and I can use it throughout the next few days to tame flyaways or liven up my locks after a long day. I also love to run it through my ends after I use dry shampoo. I know it must seem silly to use an oil after you're trying to get rid of oily hair but trust me, it works. I find that sometimes my hair can look lifeless after dry shampoo and this counteracts that.  I go with the "light" version simply because my hair is prone to being weighed down so if you have finer hair, go with this one! The small bottle lasts me about 3 months.

GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD CLEARING TREATMENT ($22) – Glamglow has been ahead of the game in the face mask department for years, but the price tag can seem astronomical. My tip is to buy the travel size pots! While it might not look like a ton of product, it really does last a long time. I mask every two weeks can get at least 7-10 uses with this particular mask and even more longevity with their hydrating mask. 

This charcoal-based product draws out all the impurities in your skin and it's amazing. As it dries, the parts of your skin with a lot of build up stay a darker color, which I particularly find helpful so I know where to target my skin products. If you want to make it last longer, you can use this mask as a spot treatment and only put it on your problem areas. If I do this I put it where I get the most breakouts or blackheads on my nose, forehead and chin. 

TOO FACE BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION ($39) – I'm one of those girls who's probably tried 75% of the foundations at Sephora and I still run back to this one. As much as a love Estee Lauder Doublewear, it can look very thick if you're not careful. That never happens with this one! The natural-matte finish is buildable and really does look like skin. The key to beautiful makeup is really skincare, but even on a day where I'm feeling dull and dry, this product saves the day! Get yourself a sample and thank me later. 


FREE PEOPLE OBSESSIONS 

I have been in love with Free People for ages. So long in fact, that I really know how to shop in their sales. While I will invest on the occasional special piece, there are ways to shop around their higher price tag. One way is to look in the Lord & Taylor section! Not only to they always have coupons and sales off of clearance, their selection still has fairly new items. I got a sweater I was lusting after for $25 !!! Yes, you read that right.  It was the steal of the day and I am obsessed with the fit. 

If clothes could speak, this white patterned number would scream, "SUMMER!" I love the kimono style and side tie detail. I feel like it fits in with my wardrobe perfectly. With super soft fabric and a subtle boho vibe, I know I'm going to wear this to death. Sadly I couldn't find it to link online but Lord & Taylor also had a coral and blue color combination!

This is the famous $25 sweater. Like I said I've wanted this for ages, and I'm so happy to call it mine! I love that while it still fits slouchy, it also still gives you a shape. As much as I love a good oversize sweater, sometimes I want something a little more flattering, especially for date nights. I can already imagine this in the summer with a pair of white shorts and I'm super excited. There were a few different colors on the sale with an additional 50-percent off! 


I'm signing off for now. I hope all of you out there had a wonderful day celebrating Mother's Day.

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April Roundup

1. Cortney Bigelow of The Grey Edit – I stumbled upon Cortney’s blog after she followed me on Instagram a while back and let me tell you, I’m obsessed. Not only is she stunning, her aesthetic is so similar to mine that I find myself searching for her for daily outfit inspo a lot. If you’re into effortless cool-girl fashion, definitely go follow her! One of my favorite looks of hers this month was “Rooftop Ruffles.” I love how she styled such a fun statement piece.

Instagram / @thegreyedit

 

2. Allana Davison is yet another Youtuber I adore. My favorite content from her from the month of April was her fashion haul in preparation for Coachella. I really enjoyed how she kept all the pieces she bought really catered to her own personal style instead of trying to get super out of her comfort zone and Vanessa Hudgens boho. She also has great lifestyle content and I’m in love with her Vancouver apartment and how she's been decorating it! (Sitting here forever wishing I was Canadian and could go shop at Aritzia...thank goodness Toronto is so close to us.)

Instagram / @allanaramaa


 

1. Tati is literally GOALS. I'm serious. She's everything I want to be when I grow up and so down to earth. I love her "wtf" series where she tries out outrageously priced makeup products to see if they're worth the hype. Recently though, her "5 minute smokey eye" tutorial has saved my morning routine. I'm so used to having such a long makeup process that I'm always looking for ways to chop down some time (and sleep in a little longer). 

Instagram / @glamlifeguru

2. Tanya Burr was one of the very first Youtubers I started watching almost seven years ago. This British beauty not only has her own makeup line now but also wrote her own cookbook. While all her lifestyle content has definitely been awesome, I do still love a good old makeup tutorial. The bold orange lip she paired with her simple eye look in her "spring drugstore makeup" video is definitely on my wishlist. 

Instagram / @tanyaburr

1. As some of you may know, I began working at Blush boutique recently and I cannot be happier. It's amazing to be a part of a team with such strong women I've looked up to for years now and getting to really experience working in fashion. And congrats on your bundle of joy, Lex! You're going to be such a beautiful mom. 

Instagram / @blushbuffalo

2. Some of you might remember the name Brett Andersen from my "Daily Look: Chunky cardigan" blog post a couple weeks back. I wanted to give him another shoutout because my friends inspire me on a daily basis. Couple months ago he wanted to learn about photography, so he bought a camera and is doing just that! I can't wait to see how far he can go. Make sure to follow him on Instagram (and on Twitter too if you're looking for a good laugh). 

Instagram / @fouryearbrett

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Talking trends: Off the shoulder Pt. II

So now that I finally feel like the dust has settled and I'm finally getting used to my new schedule, here I am with my part 2 of Talking Trends!

Being that it's Sunday, I felt that this would be the perfect day for an outfit post. Every Sunday I tend to go through my closet and figure out my outfits for the week, so hopefully, this look can serve as some inspiration. 

I am a creature of habit, and as you saw in my last Talking Trends, I stick with all black because I know it's a classic look. But for this one, I had a little more fun.

I went with a colorful flat shoe to break up the blue monochromatic tones. If I hadn't been shooting in the middle of a field (props to Ryan Kell aka Seek Axiom for making me be adventurous) I would've styled this with a pair of block heels. 

One of my favorite ways to wear boyfriend jeans is with a heel! It adds a touch of girliness and lengthens your leg which can sometimes get lost in the baggier silhouette. 

Top: Forever21 Jeans: Target (best boyfriend jeans I own!) Shoes: Toms from 6pm.com

Top: Forever21
Jeans: Target (best boyfriend jeans I own!)
Shoes: Toms from 6pm.com

I love all these off the shoulder styles that are playing into the poplin trend. There's nothing like a well-structured shirt to make you feel a little more sophisticated. This one from Forever 21 is a little bit thinner making it super lightweight for the summer months coming up! 

MY PICKS

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I love the "cold shoulder" look simply because you can still wear a regular bra. Let's be real ladies, no one likes strapless bras! You still get to play into the trend while being a little more comfortable. 

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Thanks again to Ryan for these awesome photos! Be sure to follow him on Instagram @seekaxiom.

Stay tuned for my April Roundup, coming soon! 

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Talking trends: Off the shoulder Pt. I

Today, I'm talking trends.

One of my favorite trends actually... the off the shoulder top. I'm not one to buy into what's "in" very easily since I do tend to have a more minimalist style, but for this, I'm on the bandwagon.

Super happy to say today's post is a local one! With some awesome photography from Ryan Kell (a.k.a. Seek Axiom) and this top from local contemporary clothing brand Once and For All Clothing, I brought you a go-to nighttime look for styling up this trend. 

Top – OAFA Clothing Jeans – Zara Booties – Nordstrom Necklace – Saks off 5th 

Top – OAFA Clothing
Jeans – Zara
Booties – Nordstrom
Necklace – Saks off 5th 

Molly Hoeltke Worth, the designer behind Once and For All, is one of the coolest women I've met. A total powerhouse. All the pieces are cut and sewn locally or at two other factories in the U.S. which I think is amazing. I don't think I've ever owned a piece of clothing that was made with so much care!

As we all know, I'm into the idea of capsule wardrobe where you invest in high quality pieces you love and can be styled in different ways. I can honestly say brand this is worth investing in. Whenever nice enough weather hits where I don't need to wear a jacket, the "NYA II" linen off the shoulder top makes an appearance in once of my outfits.

 

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I'm old school in the sense that I find something as simple as showing off your shoulders can add some effortless sexiness to a look. Since my legs need some lunges before summertime, this has been my favorite way to still feel really powerful on a night out.

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I tried on a medium and a large in this top but because I am a little bit more broad shouldered and have a large bust I went with the bigger size. I know this is going to be a summer staple for me. I'm so tempted to get it in white!  If you're in the area, you can find OAFA Clothing is at Modern Nostalgia and Anna Grace boutiques. 

Make sure to follow @seekaxiom on Instagram to get your daily dose of sick photos.

Stay tuned for my daytime look featuring my trusty boyfriend jeans, coming soon!

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Daily Look: Chunky cardigan

If there's one thing to know about me it's that I have an addiction to cozy sweaters. Pullovers, longline cardigans, thin dusters - you name it, I have it. I love sweaters because I wear them all year and I especially love styling them for spring/summer. 

This sweater is one of my favorites simply because it's so soft. I got the quite the bargain during the Zara winter blowout online a few months back and I'm so happy it's part of my collection. 

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Styled up with my some high waisted shiny leggings big sunglasses and these killer heels (literally killer, I switched to espadrilles halfway through my day), I was ready for a packed schedule of running around to meetings and coffee dates.

I don't know if it's just me, but unless I have a shoot planned, most people don't see what I wear on a daily basis (trying to get better at Instagram stories). Thankfully, my best friend lives around the corner and has a new camera he likes to play with.

So shoutout to Brett Andersen capturing this daily look in just 10 minutes in between my busy day! 

Go follow him @fouryearbrett

 

MY TOP PICKS: COZY CARDIGANS

That's it for today! May your week be full of cute outfits & good vibes. 

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March Roundup

Not sure if it's just me but I feel like the month of March flew by! Can't believe spring is almost here. Let's hope our Buffalo weather cooperates, shall we? 

Today I'm bringing you the second installment of my monthly roundup series. I've definitely got some good ones! 

FASHION GIRLS

1. Caitlin Covington of Southern Curls and Pearls is another blogger I've been following for ages. I think she's got that Southern Belle vibe down to a tee. My favorite look of heres from this month has definitely got to be "One Shoulder Ruffles in Charleston." She always knows how to make capsule pieces pop up by just accessorizing! 

Instagram / @cmcoving

2. I first discovered Samantha from here Youtube channel where I go hooked on her hauls and styling videos. But her blog is absolutely stunning! I love seeing the way British girls dress just because they're so elegant and experiment with trends first. Her latest look "Fuzzy Feelings" features a pair of cropped ruffle hem trousers that I am totally obsessed with.

Instagram / @samanthamariaofficial

 

BEAUTY GURUS

1. Kayley Melissa is my go-to girl for all things hair. When I was in Charlotte this past month, I only brought my hair straighter but there was one night where I really wanted some pretty waves. Since I totally suck at the traditional curling method with the straightener where you have to twist your hair, I was super excited to find her video demonstrating an easier way to do it! Took a little practice but I was so happy with my beachy results. 

Instagram / @kayleymelissa

2. Casey Holmes is total goals. I'm obsessed with her Youtube videos and find that since we have very similar skin types, her foundation reviews are always so helpful. Not only is she beautiful, she's so real. Casey has such a fun personality you'll feel like you're watching your best friend. I'm dying to get my hands on her highlighter palette she just launched with Smashbox. It'll be so stunning for glowy makeup this summer!

Instagram / @caseyholmes91

 

BUFFALOVE 

1. If you're from Buffalo and haven't heard the name Rachel Good, you must living be under a rock! Not only is she a dear friend but through her repertoire of event planning in the fashion community, I have her to thank for a lot of my experience. I'm super excited to be on her team once again for the Buffalo Spree Spring Style show as well as Color the Runway 2017. Keep killin' it, Rach! 

Instagram / @rachelgood

2. Naa Quaye is such a #girlboss. She's launched her own clothing line after the idea was planted in her head four years ago when she took a trip to Ghana. When I asked her why she simply said, "I loved everything about the fabrics, prints and patters, so I told myself I needed to design my own collection one day. African people and culture is what inspires me everyday." Did I mention she sings, too? This girl is definitely going places, I can feel it! 

Instagram / @nkmstyling

LIFESTYLE

I am so pumped about my room revamp that is finally a reality. I've been doing a few things here and there, which you would've seen in some of my latest instagram posts, but with painters schedules and a few art prints ordered I am seriously so excited to see my vision finally come to life. You will see a final update blog post sooner than I expected! 

If you're looking to make a gallery wall yourself, I've uploaded two prints I edited. Go ahead and use them! We can match ;). 

It's safe to say March was a crazy but amazing month. I cannot wait to see what April has in store!

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GIVEAWAY: The Chef & The Dish

Head over to my Instagram to enter @luciavictoria!  Thanks to The Chef and The Dish I will be giving away 5 pairs of tickets to Niagara Food & Wine Expo! To be eligible to win you must be at least 19 and complete the following: 1. Like my giveaway post and follow me.  2. Follow @thechefandthedish. 3. Comment & tell me: what's your favorite dish to cook at home?  I will notify winners via DM on Saturday, April 8. You'll be able to pick which day of the expo you'd like to attend and your tickets will be held at will call. 

Head over to my Instagram to enter @luciavictoria! 

Thanks to The Chef and The Dish I will be giving away 5 pairs of tickets to Niagara Food & Wine Expo! To be eligible to win you must be at least 19 and complete the following:

1. Like my giveaway post and follow me. 

2. Follow @thechefandthedish.

3. Comment & tell me: what's your favorite dish to cook at home? 

I will notify winners via DM on Saturday, April 8. You'll be able to pick which day of the expo you'd like to attend and your tickets will be held at will call. 


The Chef & The Dish team are inviting you to the Niagara Food & Wine Expo coming up this month. 

Their chefs based in Hungary, Japan, Spain and New England, will Skype into The Niagara Food & Wine Expo to coach a guest on stage to make an authentic dish from their region. You’ll be able to meet the chefs, watch the cooking happen, ask questions and, of course, taste the results! 

EXPO SCHEDULE

"The Niagara Food & Wine Expo is a premier international tasting event featuring wines, beers and spirits from around the globe and stunning regional wines direct from neighboring vineyards. These delectable samples will be served alongside fresh, local cuisine prepared by top area restaurants." 

The expo will take place from Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Ave., Niagara Falls, Ontario. (Just a quick drive across the border!) 

7 – 8 p.m. Friday, April 21st  New England Cooking with Chef Joanie
3 – 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22  Hungarian Cooking with Chef Agnes  
7 – 8 p.m. Saturday, April 22  Japanese Cooking with Chef Yoshimi
2– 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23  Spanish Cooking with Chef Ana

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MEET THE CHEFS


I'd like to thank Olivia and everyone from The Chef and The Dish for partnering with me for this blog post. I'm so excited to see Chef Joanie's class on Friday and experience my first food expo! 

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Daily Look: Around town

Greetings from Charlotte, NC. 

What meant to be a five-day visit ended up a prolonged stay due to a mishap with my car but I can honestly say, I'm so happy I had to stay. 

I love being able to explore a new city. I've had great food, been in great company (love you babe) and even spent a few days in Florida. These are the perks of being a freelancer.

One challenge I've been able to conquer is living out of the same suitcase for this long. I will say, it was frustrating at first. But I've realized now more than ever, my capsule wardrobe is intact. With a few fun pieces like my felt hat and overpacking my shoe options, I've battled the challenge successfully!

This look has become a bit of a uniform for me. Plus there's nothing like a hat to disguise a bad hair day. 

Shoes – Sam Edelman Sweater – H&M Jeans – Zara Hat – Target Bralette – Victoria Secret Bag – Kate Spade

Shoes – Sam Edelman
Sweater – H&M
Jeans – Zara
Hat – Target
Bralette – Victoria Secret
Bag – Kate Spade

This look really is a compliation of all of my favorite things- black jeans, my Sam Edleman sandals which might've been my best Nordstrom Rack find, a black bralette, crispness from a white top and my floppy hat. 

I'm happy to say the boyfriend is finally on board with the hat! He was wary at first ;).

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Later on this evening, we wanted to walk off all the southern food we'd devoured at Tupelo Honey Cafe and took a ride to Romare Bearden Park.  This park is in the middle of the city and allows for such cool pictures. Dave, his camera and I had a little bit of fun. 

I will definitely miss it here when I get home. I swear I was a Southern belle in another life. 

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Avocado lovers' breakfast

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I'm sure I'm not the only one that spends a ridiculous amount of time looking at those 60-second recipe videos on Facebook. I'm also sure I'm not the only one that never gets around to actually making the recipe, until today! 

The inspiration for this recipe came from this video from Goodful. 

Here's the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

2 avocados
4 eggs
Salt
Pepper
Garlic powder
Toppings of choice (I used colby jack cheese!)

PREPARATION

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Slice the avocados in half and remove the pits. 
3. Place the avocado halves on a baking sheet and scoop out some of the flesh to make a bigger hole. 
4. Crack one egg into each hole and season with salt and pepper. 
5. Top with toppings of choice and bake for 15 minutes or until yolk reaches desired consistency. 
6. Sprinkle with fresh herbs and enjoy!

Now, I will say my preparation wasn't as glamourous as those dreamy producers make it look, so here's what I would do differently: 

1. Use smaller eggs. I always buy large eggs but this type of recipe would definitely work better with medium.

2. Season more. I only sprinkled garlic powder on the top of the egg, but next time I would definitely season the avocado itself then add a little salt and pepper on top. I found it a little less flavorful than I anticipated for this reason. I think adding little chopped onions would've been good too! 

3. Get a medium sized avocado. Avocado shopping can be difficult. I've definitely brought some home before that ended up brown (fail). For this recipe, I think you want to find an avocado that's on the larger side since I fell into the issue of the egg spilling over a little. 

Overall, I think this was a win and I'd definitely do it again! 

Hope I've inspired you to have a little fun with your breakfast. 

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Daily Look: Knit & Leather

One of my favorite (and easiest) ways to dress up a look is a touch of leather. Whether it's a skirt, moto pants, simple legging or a jacket, adding that texture gives any outfit an effortless edge.

Today I'm giving you a run through of my current favorite spring outfit and how I styled some of my new pieces. 

 

DREAM BOARD

When I'm thinking about outfits, I sometimes will create a dream board - like you've seen in my Spring Transition Outfits post. It helps me visualize pieces I might want to add to my closet or how to style things I already own. Crazy as this sounds, I usually do this in my head, but here's the dream board I had in mind for this look! 

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SWEATERLEATHER LOOK PANTSSHOES

 

SEE IT STYLED

The pièce de résistance of my outfit is this perfect chunky sweater from Blush. They also carry this sweater in a rusty pink and a robin's egg blue, but I was in desperate need of a new go-to neutral color. It's definitely thick enough for those mild 50 degree days we've been having, making it awesome for springtime.

And then I found leather trousers at Target on clearance for $9!! They are awesome since they're high waisted and actually fit like a pant with zippers and pockets. Most normal inseams will be an ankle grazer length on me which I actually really enjoy for spring. I knew when I found them, I knew they'd become an absolute staple in my wardrobe.

For shoes, I've been dying for a pair of red espadrilles, so when I saw a Toms version super discounted on 6pm.com, I knew I had to have them! They've quickly become my favorite and I know I'll get a lot of wear out of them. Still hunting for the perfect lace up ones. I might cave and buy the Havianas in my dream board in another color. 

So there you have it! This is look is so comfy and easy to wear. I'll definitely be putting it in my outfit rotation. I hope you enjoyed this structure for fashion posts. Gives you a little behind the scenes on my thought process. 

Shout out to Francesca Bond of Vintage Lillies for shooting out in the freezing cold with me – see her post all about statement denim here

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February Roundup

I decided since I spend so much time watching fashion and beauty videos, reading blogs and supporting other local bloggers, I'd start a new series where I share some of my favorite posts from the month.  Think of it as a "February Favorites" video on Youtube, just in a different format.

FASHION GIRLS

  1. Julia Hengel of Gal Meets Glam was the first fashion blogger I ever came across years ago and has been a favorite ever since. One of her posts this month "Pink & Palm Print" was giving me major summer vibes and made me miss my pink house in Puerto Rico.
    Instagram / @juliahengel
     
  2. Ashley Brooke has quickly become one of my ALL TIME favorite Youtubers, and that's saying something. This Texas girl living in NYC has given me so much outfit inspiration over the last couple months with her "How to Style" series.
    Instagram /@itsashbrooke
     
  3. Alexandrea Garza and her husband are total goals. Not only does she vlog their everyday life and share her decor, fitness and they're adorable dog Colby, her main channel is full of fashion and beauty videos that are so well done. My current favorites are her Hawaii travel vlogs " & "How to Be Stylish on a Budget." 
    Instagram / @alexandreagarza

 

BEAUTY GURUS

I have to say, Youtube beauty gurus and I have been in a committed relationship since about 2012. This is how I learn about makeup and these are some channels I've been loving.

1. Becca Bristow gives you the best of both worlds. Yes, she has beauty content on her channel but she's also a registered dietitian and has awesome healthy what-I-eat-in-a-day videos & advice. In her  "The Skinny On" series she compares products in the same category, explains ingredients and gives an educational outlook on which product is best. This is great for anyone trying to avoid added sugars or just looking to lead a healthier lifestyle! My favorites are on protein powder & pasta sauce.
Instagram / @beccamariebristow

 

2. Jaime Paige is probably the newest beauty guru I've come across but omg I totally binged. Being on the market for a new concealer, her "5 Best & Worst" video was awesome. I feel like we have similar skin types so it was so helpful!
Instagram / @jamiepaigebeauty

 

BUFFALOVE

1. Sushmitha is the brains behind Miss Minus Sized and I was so pleased to hear her at the February Buffalo Blogging Network meet up. Her latest post is featuring one of my favorite spring trends, gingham!
Instagram / @missminussized

2. Ryan Kell (aka Seek Axiom) has been killing it in the photography department. I'm super excited for him to team up with me for my Once and For All Clothing collab, I'll sit here and look at his photos from his latest group photoshoot. Caralyn Mirand is in the photo I featured ; she is stunning. (It was awesome to meet you!)
Instagram / @seekaxiom & @caralynmirand

 

That's all for this month! Hoping after my road trip this weekend I'll have a favorite podcast to share in March. 

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In a DC Minute: Date Night Guest Post

Go check out my latest collab with Scott & Al from In a DC Minute. I'm talking all about one of my favorite date night spots in Buffalo. Thanks so much for having me!


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Yes, they're that adorable in person, too.

"In a DC Minute is the brainchild of our desire for life filled with good food, good wine, and adventures no matter where we call home. We write about where to go,  what to do, and most importantly – what to eat.  You’ll find reviews from WNY, DC, and all of our travels in between."

 

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Let's get personal.

Writing was always an escape for me, ever since I was a naive seventeen-year-old girl writing on her Tumblr. So today I'm bringing that back. Today, we're getting personal.

I sat in my bedroom yesterday afternoon trying to decide what to wear for an important meeting, flipping through Instagram, admiring all the beautiful photos my fellow Buffalo bloggers have been taking and fashion week shots. 

Then I went through my own Instagram and realized, I don't post pictures of myself anymore. "Why?" I thought, "You're a blogger. Get in the game." 

Then it clicked.  I am not comfortable.  I'm an extremely happy person, but I'm not comfortable. 

Hell, it's my first year of actual adulthood so it's okay if I'm on a rollercoaster, right? 

I went from being in college doing two-a-days at the gym, to working in a restaurant running around every day to sitting at a desk and life just kind of happened. I gained weight and I didn't do anything other than stop working out. 

This is no pity party. This is just me admitting, I can't fake it.

As a blogger, this obviously sucks. I want to go on shoots and live the life,  but when I see a camera and clam up, it's a little bit difficult.

So that's why I'm sharing. I want all of you out there, whether you know me personally or just follow me on Instagram, to know that it's okay to not feel your best and accept that.

I'm working on it. I'm making lifestyle changes and switching up my priorities it's already helping. I can feel my confidence creeping back. 

Once summer hits, #OOTD will be my middle name, but the meantime... bare with me. 

Today, I'm just admittedly human. 

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Spring transition outfits

Whenever February rolls around, I go nuts...

Why?

Well because February means we're just about one more month away from spring and we all know how I love my transitional outfits. 

I've had a major clear out of my wardrobe and I feel like it needs a good capsule refresh. So this past weekend I came up with some outfit inspiration with a few pieces I already had and you might have too!  Here's what I put together.

I've always been a huge statement jewelry fan and I'm so happy this big boho style statement collar necklace is back. Who said trends can't come and go? My favorite thing to do is take a simple outfit and dress it up with accessories. As for the booties, I think I'm definitely adding a maroon pair to my collection for spring/summer. I wear so many neutrals, it'll be the perfect subtle pop. Plus I feel like they'll look so fierce in the summertime with a little white flowy dress. Is it bad I can't wait for summer fashion already?  I'll stop, for now ;).  

The older I get the more minimal I get. I know it's a little bit cold still, but I'm thinking about this sort of look for March. (Outfit post anyone!?) One of my favorite ways to wear my leather skirt is with a big oversized sweater so you can just see a little bit of the leather peeking out of the bottom. Then having the over the knee boots with just a small amount  thigh showing makes me feel like so sassy, yet sophisticated at the same time.  The coats in my closet are more of a blush tan and gray color, but I'm still dying for camel. Hoping I'll find one on clearance somewhere!

There's something about running errands that just gets to me. I love wandering around on weekends by myself just enjoying the day and getting things done. I don't really go full glam with makeup, my hair is usually in a bun, but with a fun jacket, I feel like a million bucks. It's a new routine but I wake up and do a mellow yoga video, throw on my Zara shearling jacket & some comfy slip-ons and head out the door. Also, can we talk about this workout moto legging trend!? I'm dying for the Alo Yoga ones. I'm making them a present to myself if I hit my fitness goal by May. Who said workout clothes can't be cute?!

The jacket and shoes are totally interchangeable. I think once spring really hits I'll switch out my shearling one for white denim and maybe a patterned or white sneaker instead! 

While it's still parka season, I'm hopeful Buffalo. These gray days won't dwindle my inspiration.

 

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Midweek Motivation

*Sigh* 

It's Wednesday. 

Today I'm taking a step back and instead of getting cranky from those midweek winter blues, I'm switching gears and focusing on some midweek motivation. I feel like the month of January has flown by so with a new month and a new mindset, I'm ready to start living the way I want to! 

Sometimes I feel as though 9-5 can be draining. I miss mornings to myself, but there's nothing a new routine can't fix. This week I've taken into account that routines will be my best friend. If I have a reason to look forward to Wednesday night spin or tea and a book, things won't seem so dreary and gloomy – I blame that on the weather most days. 

Here are some of my tips I plan on following: 

  • Pick a day where you're going to give yourself a little R&R. If you're crazy like me, you know what days you're probably going to wash your hair (dry shampoo club, I'm talking to you!) So why not make a night of it? Give yourself a hair mask, then exfoliate,  put a face mask on too, do your nails. An at home spa night early in the week can really perk you up.
  • Go late night grocery shopping. I actually find grocery shopping at night relaxing. I'm a night owl, so after the gym, I will grab what I need for the week. It makes it a lot more relaxing when you beat the after-work crowd. Then I get home and try to meal prep for the rest of the week.
  • Make your phone background something to motivate you. This is something I always like to do. If I'm seeing something positive throughout the day, I think it can really have a placebo effect on your mood. (SEE BELOW FOR DOWNLOADS!)
  • Workout & veg-out. Now that #TGIT is back, I make Thursdays my day where I know I'm going to go to the gym and watch Scandal while sipping on a smoothie when I get home. I normally really like Thursdays but this makes it extra special. 
  • Get up early. I'm one of those people that usually sleeps until the last possible minute. Making a point to wake up earlier and take time with your morning routine can prepare you for the day. I find when I do this I'm just more awake and enjoy the rest of my workday more.

Whether you do one or all of these, I hope you can conquer your week! Don't just go through the motions. 

These are a few backgrounds I made! Phone users, just hold down and click save the image. 

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Hair masks 101

With colder temperatures in full force and dryness plaguing my skin and hair, I've come up with a breakdown on my favorite hair masks and why. Whenever the seasons change, my hair texture changes with it. I am forever longing for low humidity 60 degree days where it's at it's best but that's just a fantasy world. 

ABOUT MY HAIR

I'd describe my hair as being fine but having a lot of it. I have a natural wave and it tends to be on the drier side but also can get weighed down easily. I'm basically just a "combination" type gal when it comes to hair and my skin care. That being said, I'm always looking to add moisture but also want to keep that product build up astray.  The following are products I've tried and tested and keep in stock. 

I find that if I use one product for too long, my hair gets used to it and the benefits aren't as great! Let's get to it. 

NO. 1 FOR FAUX BLONDES & DAMAGE

 

Olaplex deserves the No. 1 spot just because of what it can do. If you haven't heard of this already and have dark hair looking to go blonder without the crazy damage, buckle your seat belt. 

Olaplex steps 1 and 2 are done in the salon. Their bond multiplier rebuilds broken disulfide bonds and begins the process of preventing damage and repairing hair. Their second salon step, the bond perfector,  continues to rebuild and restore any remaining broken bonds ensuring the strongest, shiniest, and healthiest hair possible. I've done this treatment multiple times with my balayage and I'm telling you, it's worth it. Coming from someone with fragile hair but addicted to sun kissed color, it's a dream. Ask your stylists! (Most salons will have step three in stock or order it for you!)  

Now the product I keep on my shelf is Olaplex Step 3: the Hair Perfector. I make this a beauty ritual and leave it on while watching one of my favorite Netflix shows (about 40 minutes) and wash it out. Once every one to two weeks is all you need with this bad boy! Plus, it makes it last. 

NO. 2 THE HOLY GRAIL

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The Macadamia Professional hair mask was the first I've ever tried and every time I go back to it I remember why I fell in love. I find sometimes that if you have hair that can get weighed down, anything with oils can sound scary but on the contrary, My hair always feels beyond silky with this mask and I actually find that I can actually go longer without washing my hair again. 

NO. 3 SMELLS LIKE A GARDEN

When I first used the Schwarzkopf mask after opening my first blogger mail package (which was SO cool, thanks Schwarzkopf) I could not believe how similar it smelled to the Amika mask! Both will last a while but with Amika you're paying a higher price point for a product without sulfates.

Sulfates are sometimes rumored to strip your hair color if it's been dyed so be wary and just do your research! I find with mixed use, sulfate ingredients haven't really altered my hair color.

 I love these both and find them great for when I'm looking for quick nourishment. I use these as if they're everyday conditioners since every other wash I use a clarifying shampoo. I don't really ever buy bottled conditioners anymore!

If you want something where the scent lingers, give them a try!! 

Pro-tip: buy a travel size version of Amika if you're not ready to invest, it's only $10! Full size is $28. 

 

 

NO. 4 AU NATURAL 

Want to be the Pinterest queen? Why not just go into your kitchen and make your own mask! We're constantly being told that coconut oil is great for our hair, skin, even whitening our teeth so why not take the au natural route to conditioning your hair! 

My favorite recipe takes coconut oil, honey and apple cider vinegar. The key with this is to fully rinse it out. No one wants that waxy residue but if you have the patience, it's so worth it! 

You'll need:

  • 2 tbsp of organic coconut oil.
  • 1 tbsp of  Honey
  • 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar

What to do: 

Melt the coconut oil until liquid and add in honey then add in apple cider vinegar.

Mix the ingredients well. If it separates a little bit, that's ok!. Just mix it up again.

Distribute through your hair evenly, using a wide tooth comb if needed.  Wrap your hair into a bun and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with shampoo and you're done!

What's your favorite hair mask? Comment below! I'm always up for trying new ones! 

It's time for me to go rinse out my hair! Gotta love pampering yourself after a long Monday. 

 

 

Foodie on the go: Lake Placid

I have a few food addictions, one being french onion soup, the second being eggs benedict. I find that each place that has staple menu items has their own twist so it's definitely a new experience each time. 

Main Street in Lake Placid is home to many restaurants. I think we went to a total of five in two days, each with their own charm.

Menus:
The Breakfast Club | Cabin Grill Delta Blue | Generations | Smoke Signals

Benedict Addict

I don't know if it's just us, but one of our favorite things to do together is to go get breakfast. Needless to say, I was thrilled when our first stop The Breakfast Club had an entire section of the menu dedicated to eggs Benedict.

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 Every time I try and go out of my comfort zone and get something new, I immediately fall back on this classic. It's too good to say no. Dave actually got a version of a benny with a filet instead of Canadian bacon which made for a hearty, filling meal. Plus, their home fries were up to par! Yay! 

I had my second eggs Benedict dish at the Cabin Grill, the breakfast place in our hotel. After a mishap with a southwestern omelet that had peppers in it (I hate peppers and it wasn't part of the menu description) they made me a speedy Benny to replace it. I loved the different take on the hollandaise sauce. It was much more lemony in taste. This was proof that the universe thinks I need to stick with this dish for breakfast. It's my one true love.


Quest for the best French onion soup

When the weather is chilly and you've been walking around most of the day, there's nothing like sharing a soup before your meals come to get that warm comforting feeling you've been after all day. 

Our first one was at the Delta Blue restaurant inside our hotel. It was good, nothing crazy out of this world. I actually got shrimp and grits that night for dinner since it's a southern style restaurant, definitely one of my favorite meals!

Our first soup stop was the Upstairs Grill. While it was kind of hard to find since it's above Starbucks, I was so ready for a cozy soup when lunch time rolled around. This classic and flawless, not too salty and just the right amount of cheese. 

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I've been searching and searching and I can't find a menu online. Thankfully, all of the restaurants have their own menus posted outside the restaurant so you're able to get a sense of what's available before walking in. While their pasta was average for the price, I would definitely get the soup again. Might be better suited to be a drink and apps before dinner kind of place! 

For dinner, we still had that same soup craving since we weren't starving and a fried appetizer wasn't on the tip of our taste buds. We went to Generations, part of the Golden Arrow Resort across the street for a German take on this style soup. I loved that they made the soup with beer and pretzels instead of bread or croutons. The Munster cheese melted on top was my favorite part!

If I could have the consistency of the first soup which had a little less salt, and this cheese on top, that would be the perfect combo. 


When at least seven people recommend the same BBQ place, you go to the BBQ place

So I highly suggested if you go to Lake Placid, don't wait to go to a 9 p.m. dinner. It wasn't on purpose, we just weren't crazy hungry after two pretty big meals earlier in the day. Smoke Singals smokes all their meats daily so by the time we go there, they were out of a few things. It's okay though because what we did have was amazing. Dave's roommate recommended this place before we went, a couple of store clerks, our hotel concierge and one of the highest Yelp rated restaurants we knew we had to get over here before we left. 

I ended up getting lamb sliders with a mint aioli, tomato and feta. They were so crisp and fresh and tasted a little bit like a gyro. I loved them! It was the perfect portion for me. I joked and said, "this is how girls can eat at a bigger is better BBQ place."

My second option was the veggie tower with a balsamic glaze just because I wanted something lighter. I think our waiter thought I might be vegetarian and also told me they do a smoked tofu you can get in a wrap or as a salad topper. I think it's so nice when restaurants cater to vegetarian visitors too! 

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My second suggestion, go with an empty stomach. Dave's Reuben was the mac daddy of all Reubens. With a hefty side of bacon mac and cheese, he couldn't finish and honestly, I don't think anyone would've. So worth it though.

With a friendly staff full of stories and charismatic chats, our last minute dinner at Smoke Signals was one of the highlights of the trip.  


One of my favorite parts of traveling, and life in general, is going out to eat. It's always so much fun to discover new places in a new town or try out a restaurant that just opened up here at home. I'm happy with our Lake Placid dining experience. 

 

 

Life in a snow globe: a weekend in Lake Placid

Ah, a travel post, one of my favorite things to write and long overdue. Now I'm back to reality and already missing Lake Placid. With an Ellicottville vibe, reasonable hotel prices and dining and shopping right along Main Street and the adventure of going to see Olympic sites, it was the perfect spot for a weekend trip. 

One of the coolest things I think Lake Placid has to offer is you can actually buy a $35 pass to go to multiple tourist attractions. They actually give you a few months to actually complete all the sites so if you don't get everything done in one trip, it's easy to go back.

The Cloudsplitter Gondola ride at White Face Mountain alone is over half the price of the entire ticket! It was definitely my favorite part of the trip.

We stayed at the Hotel North Woods on Main Street. There are so many hotels to pick from but with this central location, we could pretty much walk to all of our meal locations and go back and forth quite easily if we forgot something. There were also two restaurants inside the hotel itself and 15% off breakfast which is always a plus! I checked AAA online for hotels a few months ago and we actually got a pretty good deal.

But if you've never been on a winter trip, you know it can be pretty hard to pack and prepare for everything. Saturday consisted of touring the Olympic Jumping Complex and being outside most of the day, so my outfit priority was to be warm

Coat: Northface Metropolis | Boots: Ugg Classic Short II

 

A special shout out goes to my next generation Classic II UGGs. This new and improved waterproof and stain proof version passed the test of a wintery vacation with flying colors. My feet were dry and toasty, even after trekking through snowy woods on the hunt for a frozen waterfall. 

Buffalo girls, if you haven't invested in a new pair in a while, definitely get this version! They're so worth it. I always order shoes from Zappos just because they have the best online customer service I've ever experienced. They even applied a coupon code after my purchase because I hadn't seen it. Plus if you order enough you can become a VIP (like me...) and get 1 day shipping. It's amazing. 

Being a fashion girl and still trying to dress for freezing temperatures is such a challenge. Thankfully, ski club in high school gave me a few insights into winter fashion that I still apply today. 

  1. Base layers are your best friend: Get yourself some weather tech leggings and an Under Armour long sleeve top and you've got the perfect pieces to start with. I actually found my Under Armour long sleeve top at Marshall's for less than $20! 
  2. Accessorize: This fur pom-pom beanie has become my new favorite winter accessory. I already want it in every color! I love playing with faux furs for my winter looks, there's something so comforting and cozy about it. Plus, we all know this is how you can get away with wearing your same giant coat over and over but getting a different vibe.
  3. Have a little fun: My "fun" piece for this outfit was my Banana Republic quilted vest.It's thin enough that I was able to layer it under my big parka to get that extra layer of warmth and add a bit of interest to the outfit. I left my coat half zipped most of the day to get that peak of the vest. 
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Vest: Banana Republic (similar) | Scarf: gifted (similar)

Hat: Windsor Store

I know it can be hard to bite the bullet and buy an expensive coat, but this one has lasted me almost four years and I can't get enough of it. My next purchase will definitely be a coat with a big faux fur hood though. Those look extremely cozy and I'm still kicking myself for not getting the one I saw at Marshall's recently. If you're a bargain hunter, Moosejaw & 6PM.com offer great deals on big name brands, start there! 

PHOTO DIARY - LAKE PLACID 2016

Up next you'll see an installment of my "Foodie on the go" series where Dave and I tried to search for the best french onion style soup in town and took a trip to the most recommended barbecue restaurant on the Main Street strip. 

Holiday gift guide x JORD watches

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is going out and buying presents. There's nothing like finding the perfect piece for a loved one on your shopping list. I've put together a mini gift guide so you have a starting point if you're feeling a bit stumped in your shopping trip. Let's be honest, the mall this time of year can look like a scene out of The Hunger Games. With Christmas only a few weeks away, it's crunch time! 

 

A TIMEPIECE FOR ALL

I'm so excited to partner with JORD watches for this blog post. I think a classic watch is a great gift for your S.O. mom or dad

I love the amount of variety to you get with JORD watches. Plus, I don't know if it's me, but I find that in cold weather, metal watches get very very cold on your wrist and can feel uncomfortable. With their unisex designs, you're bound to find a watch to suit whoever you're gifting. 

If you missed the boat for buying Christmas gifts, don't worry, Valentine's Day is just around the corner. ;) 

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"Frankie" series watch

I've seen this Frankie style watch modeled by both men and women. There are six different face color and wood combinations. I can honestly say it's my favorite design they carry. JORD has kindly given my readers a chance to be a part of an instant giveaway! Click here for more details. 

 

 

FOR THE GUYS

Whether you're shopping for your brother, boyfriend or dad, I find that sometimes shopping for guys can be really difficult. If you can, try and snoop on their Amazon account and see if there's anything they've been looking at. I know I can get away with buying my dad tickets to a Shea's show and he'll be happy, but I think tech gifts are always a cool option for guys.

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FOR YOUR BEST FRIEND

Depending on where you ore in life, I think a best friend is someone that should be super easy to shop for! I know a couple of my closest friends all have their own apartments or have recently moved out so I like to stick with little home decor pieces. This is a great way to show you know their style and throw pillows are so much better when you don't have to by them for yourself! 

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FOR MOM

I constantly see my mom borrowing my big blanket scarves in the winter time. I don't blame her, because they're so nice and warm! I think this is a great gift for moms, especially with our weather here in Buffalo. This gives you a chance to shop local and head over to one of our local boutiques to find the perfect one. Blush has so many great options! They have three locations in Elmwood, Williamsville and Orchard Park so you're bound to find what you're looking for. ! Pair your scarf with a delicious smelling candle or her favorite bottle of wine for a thoughtful cozy gift.  

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FOR THE NEWLYWEDS

I feel like everyone knows someone who just got married and spending their first Christmas together. I think this is where you can get creative and thoughtful with your gift giving. 

This map print is super cute if you have married friends who are from different places. Etsy is a great hub for finding awesome personalized pieces! I think this is one of the most unisex designs I've seen. Put it in a rustic frame and you're good to go.

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ETSY MAP PRINT

Again, I want to thank the team at JORD watches for partnering with me for this post. To all my readers, I hope you have a very Merry Christmas. Happy gifting!