Tuesday, July 28, 2015

All the Advice for Sorority Recruitment

While Villanova does our Formal Sorority Recruitment at the beginning of the Spring semester, I know that so many girls are gearing up to head back to school in the upcoming weeks for it.  Rush brings a flood of emotions & can be super overwhelming, but is completely worth it all in the end. Below I have for you the best advice from thirteen sorority members & alumnae from all different schools & chapters to get you through rush.  In interviewing these women the common theme is to be yourself during rush because that is the only way you will end up in the chapter that is right for you.  If you have any more questions about the ins and outs of sorority recruitment feel free to contact me!

If any sorority girls have any more advice please feel free to leave it in the comments below!


Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Favorites

We finally made it to the weekend!  Here are a few of my favorite things from the past week to kick-off this Friday:

Favorite Celeb Sighting Kelly Rohrbach & Kate Hudson at the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation gala in St. Tropez
Kate Hudson's & Leo's girlfriend (who happens to be an actress & Sports Illustrated model) partied in major style for a good cause in the South of France.

Favorite Model Moment Cara Delevingne at the Paper Towns premiere in New York City
The supermodel has been hitting the promotion circuit hard for her much anticipated debut as a lead actress, however there's just something so special about a movie's New York premiere & the spotlight shined brighter than ever for Cara that night.

Favorite Hairstyle Braids, braids, & more braids
I have been obsessed with braids for quite sometime now & it is safe to say that the obsession is not going anywhere anytime soon.  Check out Amber's tutorials on Barefoot Blonde for the most gorgeous braids around.

Favorite Blog Post How to Start & Grow a Fashion Blog by Southern Curls & Pearls
Caitlin of Southern Curls & Pearls answers her most asked question & gives some awesome advice for all bloggers.

Favorite Song Good For You by Selena Gomez
I included this in my Summer Playlist last week & I still cannot get enough of it!  If you haven't heard it yet, you absolutely have to give it a listen.

What are your Friday Favorites for the week?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

D.I.Y. Pillow Spray

I have a chronic pain condition (you can read about it here), which doesn't always make sleeping the easiest.  I try to do everything I possibly can to make nighttime a little better for me & I've found setting up a super cozy atmosphere is a big help, I'm talking a cloud like bed, the softest sheets around, an ├╝ber plush comforter, & most recently pillow spray.  Scent is a huge part of the day for me so I figured why shouldn't I carry that through the night?  This thought is what made me decide it was time to mix up my own pretty smelling spray for pillows.  Misting this relaxing mixture onto my pillows before going to sleep helps to calm me & whisks me away to my dreams.  Read on to find out how you can make your nights even more dreamy. 

-2/3 cup filtered water
-1 tbsp. vodka (I used Smirnoff Citrus to add a very slight touch of lemon!)

-Place funnel into spray bottle.
-Add the filtered water.
-Add the vodka to the water.
-Add the essential oils to the water/vodka mixture.  If you would like a stronger scent add more of each oil at this point (for me the vanilla oil had a more powerful scent so I added less of it & recommend keeping that in mind if you choose to add more oil).
-Place the top on the spray bottle & shake to mix.
-Spritz on pillows before bedtime & any other linens to relax & help with sleep.

For any troubled sleepers this is a nice & natural way to help ease you to sleep.  This also makes for a nice little gift for someone who has trouble sleeping or just loves to wind down at night!  I actually made two bottles of it so I can give one to my sister who loves scent of lavender.  I know once I give it to her she won't be able to stop using it!

What are your must haves for bedtime?


Today I'm linking up with Summer Style Linkup, Throwback Thursday, & Fashion Files.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tuesday Ten: Floral Fun

Florals have always been a favorite of mine for spring & summer.  There is something so classy & feminine about incorporating pretty floral pieces into your look.  Here I have for you ten floral pieces for under $100(!) I am loving right now.  As you can tell I'm really loving floral rompers, they're just so fun & make for an easy & chic outfit.  The pretty matching separate looks are great for the same reason, but add an unexpected twist & are super on trend at the moment.  If you're not wanting to commit to a full floral look then a floral shirt, pair of shorts, or kimono are a great way to add just a touch when paired with solids.  No matter which way you choose to incorporate florals into your look I definitely think it's important to add something floral into your wardrobe for the rest of the summer!

Are you loving feminine florals?


Today I'm linking up with Confident Twosday, Style Sessions, & Trend Spin Linkup.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Summer Morning Routine

I don't know about you, but I definitely make a few minor adjustments to my morning skincare & makeup routine in the summertime.  For everyday I definitely like a very simple makeup look because I hate the feeling of a lot of makeup when it's super hot outside.  Below is my everyday regimen for clear & glowing skin in the summer.

Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel- I've talked about this cleanser on here before quite a few times (read about it here & here!) & for a good reason, it is seriously the best cleanser I have ever used & works wonders for my skin.  This gentle cleanser never dries out my combination skin & uses natural Alpha Hydroxy Acids to chemically exfoliate skin & breakdown anything that might be clogging your pores.  I use this all year round.

Mario Badescu Cucumber Cleansing Lotion- As the temperatures have continued to rise in July I switched to this cooling toner which helps me to control oil & shine throughout the day.  It not only works to combat the shine & oil, but it also  disinfects & further removes any residue that may clog pores, helping to keep skin clear. 

Aveeno Active Naturals Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer- This is another product I've talked about a lot on here because it is a standby for me.  I love that it is packed with antioxidants, Vitamins A, C, & E, that work to fight free radicals your skin comes into contact with.  It also has an SPF of 30, which is a must have for me in the summer.

Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Perfector BB Cream- I use this in the Light/Medium shade, but since my skin is so fair I mix it with my Aveeno Moisturizer to lighten it up a bit.  This does a great job at evening out my skintone & I also love that it brightens my complexion & gives it a hint of color. 

Benefit Cosmetics Stay Don't Stray- Not to sound dramatic, but this undereye concealer primer completely changed my life.  I apply 3 dots under each eye before my concealer & blend with a brush, this keeps my concealer looking great all day & completely crease free.

Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing Concealer- This concealer is great for covering up undereye bags & circles & any other little little imperfections on your face.  I recommend using it with a concealer brush to blend everything for a natural look.

Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder- I am completely obsessed with this 'magic' powder, I apply it under my eyes after the Boi-ing concealer & it works to set it & brightens up my undereye area.

CoverGirl Clear Mascara- I've been using this inexpensive mascara for years to tame unruly eyebrows.  You can pick it up at almost any drugstore & I comb it through my brows every morning to ensure they look & stay nice & neat.

CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion Volume & Length Mascara- Another favorite of mine is this mascara, which I have talked about on here before.  I have tried seemingly a million mascaras, but lately have been using this exclusively because I love it so much.  The large brush makes it so easy to coat all of my lashes & the formula adds volume & length, but never flakes.  I also have really sensitive eyes that get itchy easily from mascara & this never bothers them.

Benefit Cosmetics Coralista- Since my skin is so fair blush is a must have for me to add a little color to my face.  I sweep this coral pink blush on my cheekbones, it warms up my complexion & adds a subtle hint of sparkle.

Shop my routine here:
What are your favorite products when you get ready in the morning?  Does your routine change depending on the season?


Today I'm linking up with #HowISummer, Manic Monday, Mingle Monday, Weekending, & MIMM.