2018 Spring/Summer Trends

It’s that time of year again. The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and the temperature is rising. But the change in season doesn’t just bring the sun, it brings a whole new wardrobe (or we wish it did). As always, certain trends never die: floral prints, ruffles, and pastel colors are still alive and well. Today I focus on a handful of fashion moments that are new and fun.

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Checkered print is normally associated with the autumn/winter season, but your more colorful pieces can be transitioned to Spring. A suit set would make the greatest statement, or for a more subtle approach try pairing the print with solids. My favorite way to wear this look is in the shade yellow – total Clueless vibes. Lulu’s, Missguided, and ASOS have wonderful options.

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Every Spring we know to expect pastel colors, but this year we also get to incorporate bright and bold shades! This trend is about a rainbow of hues, more specifically think of a children’s rainbow comprised of a Crayola box set. No, I’m not kidding. Crayola colors are in! My favorite crayon of the season is red as it exudes confidence and sexiness. I actually gasped when I saw these Jeffery Campbell shoes for $98, then cried when my size was sold out. Luckily, For Love and Lemons  and Lioness have the cutest dresses and tops to scratch my itch.

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Remember the fanny pack? Did you ever think you would see it again? Well it’s back and it’s rebranded with a new name – a belt bag. Out with the cheap and ugly, in with the expensive and … cute? I’ve fallen in love with so many luxury belt bags like this Prada one. Besides the fact that it’s hella expensive, I would not suggest splurging on this.  Many stores offer cute and affordable options, because, well, it’s a fanny pack. Try Zara, Urban Outfitters, or River Island.

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Fashion has adapted with the times and we see more skin now then ever. Take for example, @badgalriri who rocks the sheer trend day in and day out.

Let’s take a moment to praise a true style queen.

Although the idea of sheer clothing may automatically make you feel naked, there are other ways to adapt this trend. My favorite is through a raincoat. This BCBG one is to die for, fairy princess and badass all in one? YES PLEASE. For a more casual vibe, try Zara or Topshop!

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Lastly, I saved the best for last, my favorite 2018 trend is the sportswear/racing stripes vibe. The outfits I selected here feature TommyXGigi, Puma, and Fila. Unfortunately I missed the PumaXFenty release back on March 15 and have been paying the price. I am OBSESSED with the collection so if anyone knows where I can grab some of the iconic pieces please let me know in the comments!

 

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Review – SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

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If you love beauty, I’m sure you’ve heard about SK-II. Bloggers, Influencers, and Editors have been raving about the company all year. Their Facial Treatment Essence has been featured in many magazines and after all the hype I heard, I finally dove DEEP into my wallet for this one.

SK-II products are different from other Asian beauty products because of the presence of Pitera, a clear liquid rich in vitamins, amino acids, minerals and organic acids. This combination of nutrients claims to improve the skin’s natural surface rejuvenation process, leaving skin crystal clear and moisturized. If you want to learn more, the SK-II website explains the discovery, ingredients, culture, and science behind Pitera.

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The facial treatment essence is the brand’s top selling product, suggested by magazines and social media influencers around the world. It claims to reduce spots and the appearance of wrinkles, improve skin texture and firmness, and boost radiance. After using this treatment, your everyday serum and moisturizer is said to be better absorbed. The mini 2.5 oz bottle retails for $99.

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The liquid is enclosed in a weighted glass bottle that screams elegance, but prevents me from getting anything out of it. I kind of shake the bottle side to side in order to get a few drops out onto my cotton pad; at least I know I won’t spill too much on accident. When actually applying the liquid to my face, it feels just like any regular toner except that it has a faint smell of alcohol. After one week, I noticed my face felt firmer in the mornings and my pores were smaller, but still noticeable. However, my dark spots and discoloration did not improve throughout the week and I definitely did not see less wrinkles.
For a product that only made my face feel firmer and slightly minimized the appearance of pores, I do not think the facial treatment essence is worth the high price tag. In general I find that toners are a part of my beauty routine that I can skip spending a lot of money on; the drugstore provides great options, my favorite being from the brand Simple.

Getting Outside

As an adult, you tend to be very busy and most people choose to spend their free time indoors shopping, working out, or watching tv. In my case, it’s not that I’m too busy, it’s that I lack the motivation to get dressed and venture outdoors. Recently, I have decided to make a change and to embrace the outdoors. Here are my reasons why.

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Mental Health
Everyone has heard that the outdoors is good for your mind, body, and soul, but the power of fresh air is still overlooked. In order to get the most reward for your time, it’s important to disconnect from your phone (but definitely keep it on you if you’re hiking or out at dark). I find that the simple release from technology is a great detox on its own, plus it will allow you to pick up on details you wouldn’t notice otherwise. If you decide to venture on your own, this time allows you to reflect on yourself as an individual, which is something that is rarely done. If you’re more extraverted, this is a great opportunity to get out with a friend or spark a conversation with someone new.
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Creativity
Like I said earlier, disconnecting from your phone will allow you to pick up on details you wouldn’t notice otherwise. Modern life is constantly bombarding our mind with information and distractions. By removing these distractions, our mind is freed to wander, leading us on exciting new journeys. In the same way your body needs healthy foods to function optimally, your spirit can feed on landscapes like forests or oceans. Looking far away to these landscapes can make us feel free and as though time is abundant. This sense of “awe” helps you find inspiration as you feel like time is expanding.
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Physical Exercise
Going to the gym to lift weights or run on the treadmill can sound like toture, but getting outside makes exercise easier. Find an activity you enjoy doing, like soccer, basketball, or my personal favorite, tennis. I guarantee playing a sport with a friend or two will seem more like hanging out than an exercise, plus it’s much healthier then getting together over wine and cheese. If you don’t have anyone to workout with, don’t fret, there’s plenty of options for you like biking, walking, or swimming! Never be afraid of doing something on your own, its good to be independent.
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Review – Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask

I first heard of Glow Recipe when I saw Sarah Lee and Christine Chang on Shark Tank. It was my first introduction to Korean skincare and how innovative it is. Glow Recipe uses natural beauty ingredients and avoids any harsh chemicals to achieve dewy, glowy, and youthful skin. Plus, It’s totally vegan friendly and cruelty-free!

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The Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask claims to be a skin-smoothing, radiance boosting sleeping mask that helps with uneven skin tone & dullness. You can use this product two ways, 1) as an overnight sleep mask or 2) as a 10-minute wash off mask. 2.7 oz of this product retails for $45.00 on Sephora.

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First and foremost, the glass jar with baby pink accents is so cute; it’s definitely a product I would love to showcase on my countertop. The immediate thing I notice when I open the lid is the watermelon scent. It smells strongly of some watermelon candy I had as a kid, almost too strong for my own liking, but it wears off within a few minutes. The product itself has a lightweight, gel-like consistency I like very much. Two dime size scoops of this mask is enough to cover my entire face easily. It spreads almost like water and immediately feels hydrating on the skin. I personally like to leave it on overnight and wash it off in the morning.

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Usually when I wake up in the morning and wash my face, I look a little greasy from my nights sleep (probably due to my vivid dreams and skyrocketing heart rate). But when I wash this product off in the morning, my skin looks refreshed and feels incredibly smooth. After the first use I noticed my skin looking clear and bright.
I recommend the Watermelon Glow Sleep Mask for its hydrating powers and the immediate bright and soft skin results. I know the price is steep, but I’ve tried other moisturizing masks (like Glam Glow) and I think this product works way better.

Alexander Wang Rockie: Bag Review

Hello lovely ladies,

Like my mom, some of you might want to kick me when I tell you I’m over the summer months. With the talk of fall fashion week, the fashion trends in magazines, and the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, I’m currently in Autumn mode. In the midst of re-organizing my wardrobe to get ready for my favorite season of fashion, I pulled out my Alexander Wang handbag that had been stored for the summer and knew I had to write a review for you all.

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Details: 

Women’s Blue Haze Rockie Pebbled Leather Bag

Removable shoulder strap: 23 inches

Two-way zip closure

8″ W X 5″ H X 3″ W

The Review: 

I’ve owned this bag for over one year and believe I have had enough experience with it to give an honest review.

Let’s start with the outside of the bag – it’s stunning. When I first tried it on it took me some time to realize the front was where the zipper can be seen. Honestly, I think you can wear it either way, but the “proper” showcase is as stated. The leather is great quality and very thick, making it more difficult than usual to leave any scratch marks or show signs of wear. My favorite (and everyones favorite) part of the bag is the hardware on the bottom. Not only does it prevent your bag from touching the floor, but the edgy detail is what makes this bag so unique and personal.

No matter how beautiful a bag is, there always has to be a flaw or two … right? Due to the great quality of leather, this bag is heavier than most I have tried and tends to be the reason why I store it away in the summer – I can not be bothered to carry it around in the hot weather. Secondly, I find it hard to balance this bag when I place it on the ground or at a desk, it tends to want to topple over on its side. Not a major problem, just a little annoying. And lastly, as with most bags, I always find the need to keep it stuffed with scarves or sweaters when I am not using it, or the sides will cave in.

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Now for the inside – there really is not much to report here. The inside includes one zipper (large enough to fit a few cosmetics) and two phone pockets, which I don’t store anything in. Its basically a free for all, which I am totally fine with as I am an incredibly organized person. However, if you find your bag turns into a jumbled mess without dividers, this may not be for you. As far as the size goes, this is the Rockie bag so it’s on the smaller size. You can not fit a laptop in this bag. Alexander Wang offers the same model in a size up called the Rocco; however, keep in mind the additional weight of the larger one.

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Final Thoughts:

I think the Alexander Wang Rockie Bag is an edgy, “cool-girl” style perfect for the fall and winter months. As someone who does not carry around too much crap, it is the perfect size for me. The inside is very minimal, but I am drawn to this bag for it’s look on the outside.

I hope this review was helpful for anyone considering this bag. What are your thoughts on it?

Until next time,

Leila

OOTD: Corset Belt

Hello everybody!

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend full of hot sunshine and cold drinks 😉 Today’s outfit post is centered around one item – a corset belt. This fashion piece is trending online everywhere, and I thought it would be a fun piece to try out. The obvious use of a traditional corset is to make ones waist appear slimmer, however; wearing this belt on the outside of your clothes also serves as an accessory to an outfit – win win!

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I chose to wear the belt with a flowy bell-sleeve top I own, as I felt that this shirt could use a bit of synching. I kept the bottoms simple in a pair of high waisted denim shorts, but a pair of sailor striped pants would be spectacular for this look (need to purchase a pair immediately)! I also added a thin scarf to add color to the outfit and keep it fun!

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And finally, I finished off the look with my Anne Klein mules I have worn to death! You’ve already seen these featured in a past blogpost.

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What do you think of this outfit? Would you try out the corset trend?

Until next time,

Leila

Travel Diary: Spain

Hello lovlies!

If you haven’t noticed, I disappeared from the blog world for a bit. If you follow my Instagram @fashionflurry4 you know I was traveling Barcelona and Ibiza! I appolagize for the sudden drop, but hope you understand. Today I wanted to highlight my favorite parts of my trip and share some gorgeous photos. My boyfriend and I spent 7 days in Barcelona sightseeing, relaxing, and trying out every Paella and Sangria the city had to offer!

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Park Guell offered us the opportunity to hike (I was in a dress and sandals, so more like the opportunity to walk up) a few hills and get an incredible view of the city. We were able to point out Sagrada Familia and Torre Agbar as soon as we got up … can you spot them? Afterwards, we obviously had to make our way to the famous benches and snap a few ton of pictures. This area was a lot more open than I thought it would be, and we grabbed a shady spot to enjoy some lunch we had brought with us.

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One of my favorite parts of the trip was getting a tour of Sagrada Familia and learning about the history behind the beautiful artwork of Gaudi. If you are on a budget in Barcelona, I suggest spending the extra euros for a guide here. There were so many hidden details Carlos (yes, that was his name) revealed to us that had me in awe. The Basilica is under construction Monday-Friday and is not expected to be fully finished until 2026 – guess I’ll just have to come back!

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Ahh, my favorite street in Barcelona – La Rambla! This location was a tourist trap, but a warm welcome from our more residential quarters (we were staying in Gracia neighborhood). La Rambla offers souvenir shops, ice cream parlors, flower stands, and retail stores in every corny. PS. This country loves the clothing store MANGO. This place had an endless supply of fresh fruit, smoothies, and fruit pops – I was in heaven!

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To finish our trip, we spent 3 days in Ibiza soaking up the sun. We were stationed in Figueretas beach, a 20 minute walk from the famous Playa Den Bossa (party central). The location was amazing, stunning beaches, delicious food, and the most friendly people ever! After 2 days we ventured north towards San Antonia to spend a day at Cala Salada, our best decision ever. This beach is isolated, but crowded with people – for good reason. The water is crystal clear, and filled with fishes who are not scared of people. It was the perfect place to snorkel, I even saw a baby octopus (still can’t convince my boyfriend this was real, but I swear)!

Spain was a beautiful country; clean, sunny, and filled with friendly locals. Have you ever been? Where is your favorite place you have traveled?

Until next time,

Leila