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Top: J Crew (runs small – wearing in size 0) | Shorts: Paige (runs large, wearing in size 25)

Cheers to a new weekend! I hope you all had an incredible week. The end is near on my vacation to sunny Jamaica. As sad as I am to leave, I can say that this has been one of the best trips with my crazy second family. I can’t wait to tell you all about it in my next post. My next post will also feature some of the best restaurants to try with a little help from my boyfriend Patrick. He’s been coming here for 12 years, so he has quite a few recommendations.

Nights in Jamaica can get really chilly. As such, this J Crew Striped long sleeve off the shoulder top was a great idea to pack. This piece is so versatile. I cannot wait to re-style it when we head back home to colder weather. The piece is made out of cotton so it is machine washable. The shorts I am wearing are by Paige. I love Paige from Nordstrom so much (seriously, I have three pairs of jeans and shorts from them. I can never get enough). I am wearing Paige ‘Jimmy Jimmy’ Denim Shorts in Atticus. I love these shorts because of the medium blue color. Plus, the cut is in a boyfriend styled jean so it’s not super tight. Keep in mind that these Jimmy Jimmy shorts run a little larger. I am usually a size 27. I had to purchase these in a size 25. These I chose to put my red lipstick aside and went with a raspberry color instead. I am wearing Bacca by Stila cosmetics.

If you are planning a getaway, I have also added some of my favorite bathing suit options below. Thank you so much for taking the time to read. Feel free to leave a comment below. I would love to hear where you are planning your next trip.

xoxo.

Nothing beats a day at the beach. This week, I have the blessing of getting away from the hardness of winter by instead enjoying the beautiful sunsets of Jamaica. So as I was deciding on what to pack, I knew I wanted to incorporate pieces that are full of color. Believe it or not, I had a hard time finding pieces for this trip because the limited selection I had back in Jersey.

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Chocker: Boho Betty snow white quad wrap

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What caught my eye when I came across this bell-sleeved dress was that pattern and the color. The dress is by Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren. The vibrant red is so much fun to wear! I LOVE the sweeping bell sleeves. Additionally, this is a piece that features an empire waist. So if you are self cautious about your mid-selection (like I am) this is a dress that will hide it without making you look bigger. This dress is very light which is perfect to wear on a hot day.  If you are not a fan of super short dresses, this is a piece that works just as well as a cover up.  The chocker I am featuring in this post is by Boho Betty. It is actually one of their single wrap bracelets from their classic collection. I have also included links to the bikini top and bottom and cover up from Target that I featured on my latest Instagram post.

I am wearing this piece in size S . This is a dress that is delicate, so I do recommend that you hand wash it. It does say on the tag that this is a piece that you can machine wash but I am not taking an chances – I love it too much! 😉 Are you going away in the next month or two? Where to? Let me a comment below!

xoxo.

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Each and every year offers 365 days of opportunities to grow. 2016 has certainly kept me on my toes. Nonetheless, this year has been a whirl wind of moments (both good and bad). Here is what 2016 has taught me:

Pursue what you love. 

One of the hardest challenges I have been facing in the past few years is pursuing my favorite hobbies and passions. Upon entering college, I chose to give up the possibility of a career in music. In doing so, I was miserable while pursing a career in business. I felt like a major part of my life was taken away and that there was nothing I could do to feel whole again. I was terribly wrong. If you love something, the only thing that will stop you from achieving your dreams is you. While I am not pursuing a career in business, I chose to start this fashion blog after I finished college. It’s not easy to run a blog, but now I have something that allows me to create content. I look forward to writing up my blog posts and  setting up photoshoots. My blog is not about vanity. It is about a small town girl that loves fashion (who is petite) and wants to show other girls who may have not come from a well-off middle class family that you can pursue your dreams. My journey to success is far from over. But then again, great time take time.

Cherish your family and friends. 

It is so easy to take your family and friends for granted. I should know, because I do this far too often. I am the first to admit that I am terrible at texting people back (or keeping in contact in general). Because of my rigorous work schedule and the time I put into my blog, it has been difficult to stay in touch with my family and friends. But not impossible. Anytime I catch myself spending too much time scrolling through Facebook or Instagram, I make an effort to reach out to my friends or family. We all have time to reach out to our loved ones. Let’s take the time in 2017 to be a good friend/sister/cousin/girlfriend to the people that mean most to us. 

It’s ok to mourn the loss of a loved one. 

Everyone mourns the loss of a loved one differently. During times of grief, it is important to put judgement aside and be a shoulder to cry on for anyone who is in grief. This year, I lost a father figure who meant the world to me. It seemed like he left at the absolute worst time because I felt like I needed him more than even this year. There were so many moment this year that I felt defeated. I miss him so much and honestly, I spent a lot of time crying. I now have accepted that he is gone and make an every effort to make him proud into 2017. We all are going to have days where we don’t feel like we are enough for our friends, family, bosses, etc. The fact of the matter is that we all need to give ourselves credit-we are all doing great! So what if your plan for your life did not turn out exactly how you wanted? Improvise and adjust your plan as needed. Life is not always going to go the way you want it to. It’s up to you to make the most of all situations-good or bad. 

Stay humble and kind.

I am not going to discuss politics. I did, however, see a lot of nastiness and cruelty all over my social media that frankly broke my heart. Look, we are not going to see eye-to-eye with everyone we encounter. Still, just because we have the freedom of speech in America that does not mean you have to go out of your way to be nasty. We have one too many people in this world who are selfish, greedy, and rude. Why be like everyone else when you can stand out (on the inside and out). Plus let’s face it, we gain nothing from spending time angry and upset all the time. 

I hope you all have a fantastic New Year! To all my followers, friends, and family who have supported my blog this year, thank you from the bottom of my heart. This blogging thing sure is a lot of work, but I am enjoying every minute of it! 

xoxo.

It’s almost time to say goodbye to 2016. As we ring in a new year, I hope you all have the chance to spend wind down from one heck of a year. Working full time and blogging is a lot of work. Nonetheless, I so grateful to have had the chance to start a blog this year (and grateful to all of you for taking the time to read my posts). I hope you all take a leap of faith and pursue any and all of the crazy dreams you want to chase. The pursuit is tough but well worth it! <3

 

Anyway, back to what I have featured in this week’s look. I for one, am loving that you can find just about any type of dress, shoes, scarf and even purses that are made of velvet. Needless to say, I could not resist this lovely lace trip slipdress by Topshop. The dress features spaghetti straps that are made with a light, stretchy strap. The plunging neckline of the dress is so flirty but not too revealing. I am wearing this dress in size 6 as there sizing tends to run on the smaller side (usually, I go for a size 4 in dresses).

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To bring out the lace detailing of this dress, I chose to pair this piece with a metallic bodysuit that I am wearing in a size M. There is nothing worse that putting on a bodysuit that is too small, am I right? 😉 Slip on some stocking and your favorite ankle boots for a look that is sure to turn heads on New Years or any major event you will be attending. Don’t forget your sassy bold red lip to finish your look. 😉 I am wearing LORAC’s liquid lipstick in in Berry Red.

Have you had a chance to dive into any velvet pieces? What do you think of the trend? Feel free to leave me a comment below. And have an amazing 2017 loves! <3

xoxo.

Nothing like a cozy sweater to keep you warm this holiday season! I am in love with this boxy scoopneck sweater by Lauren Conrad. This piece offers small (but pretty) embellished details. I am wearing this sweater in the color old rose. There is also four other color options in case you do not want to wear pink.I personally love that this piece is loose. It is nice to break away from clothes that are fitted every once in a while. I am wearing it in XS.

The holidays are all about spending time withour loved ones and enjoy great dishes. As such, this is a top that will allow you to enjoy holiday treats while hiding a full belly. Pair this sweater with a pair of high waisted jeans and a pair of booties for an effortlessly chic and casual look. This look is so easy to put together and looks great for all occasions even after the holiday season is over.

Are you ready for the holidays this weekend? Do you prefer to dress casually or dress up during the hoildays? Feel free to leave me a comment below.

xoxo.

Hola familia! You read right. MAC has announced that MAC Selena will be relaunching! Fans can make purchases online starting 12/28 and in store in 12/29. There was a lot of frustration for fans who were not able to get their hands on this collections. Thankfully, MAC is limiting customers to be able to purchase on 2 of any particular item. Hopefully this will help eliminate Ebay and Amazon trolls. MAC specified that all items will be available except for the Liquid Eye Liner in Boot Black (bummer).

I was able to get my hands on this collection when it was released earlier in the fall and it is incredible. I do recommend that  you get MAC’s eyeshadow primer to get the most of the eyeshadows from this collection. You can read more details about each piece here. If you are serious about getting your hands on this collection in store, be sure to call your local MAC, Macy’s, Belk, Bloomingdale’s, Dillard’s, Hudson’s Bay Company, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue to get specifics are to when the collection is available. I had a wonderful experience with my local Macy’s as to when the collection was in.

Have questions about the collection? Any comments? Let me know!

xoxo.

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