My Hamptons Getaway

Sometimes all you need is a quick little vacay to whisk you away from your troubles and to refresh your mind!

I did just that! One of my best friends, Danielle, has a house near the bay in beautiful East Hampton, New York. She and I stayed with her grandma in an adorable four bedroom house with a pool and all! I had such a wonderful time there; I stayed for three days and two nights (which was a little short but just enough!)

I was living the care free life! We swam in the bay, tanned at the beach, shopped in all of the boutiques, and went out for dinner and ice cream. The best part of it all was to be able to do it all with my best friend. I really had an amazing time and i don’t think I’ll ever forget it!

Danielle and I walked to the bay that’s right near her grandma’s house! It was so warm and breezy and the water was cool and calm, just perfect! I have never been anywhere like it! (Both pieces of my bathing suit are from Target!)
We took this pic when we were out shopping in the stylish South Hampton! We were playing dress up in LF (one of my fav stores!) and we found these crazy outfits! Danielle is wearing a wild studded tie dye demin jacket and I’m wearing a sequin cocktail dress! Check out our Jeffrey Campbell shoes too!! We love them!!
On one of the  nicer days I was in East Hampton, we went to this spectacular beach called Indian Wells and it was such a clean and private  beach. There were only a few other beach go-ers! It was so calm and quiet (besides the strong rip tides!!) We took the opportunity to get some sun and take some pictures!
In other news….. I took my road test on Friday and I passed! I am now an official licensed driver!! Watch out for me cruising down the street!  xoxo

All Packed Up!

Hey Girlies! Ever wondered what to pack and what not to? Me too. And to be honest, I haven’t yet figured out the best to pack. Usually in situations when I’m going on vacation and I need to pack I either 1. not pack nearly enough stuff and always forget important things or 2. pack an excessive amount of stuff in a big, heavy bag and have everything I need. I really don’t know which option is better.

Today I had this problem because tomorrow morning my best friend and I are going to the Hamptons for the next few days! We are going to take a coach bus out there and stay at her granny’s house, how fun right?! I was utterly conflicted whether to bring a smaller bag and risk forgetting the essentials or to bring an elephantine bag which would carry excess stuff.

I chose to bring my (big) Betsey Johnson carrier which pretty much a very large, very stylish duffle bag. It is filled to the brim with bright bikinis, short shorts, and crop tops, just what everyone needs on their vacay! I’m triple checking everything to make I don’t forget anything for my trip because last time I forgot my brush, YIKES.

Also, in preparation for my sweet getaway, I did my own mani-pedi today! In case any of you were wondering… I used Minted by Revlon on my fingers for that effortless chic-ness and Let’s Talk by Sinful Colors on my toes for a little pop of sass.

Lastly, as some of you may know, my family and I went to see Pat Benatar in concert last night at the Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey! I must say, she’s still got it. Pat is 59 years old and she still belts out some high notes and busts some moves! She is quite a legend and a true talent!

I hope you all have fun the this week! I’ll post when I get home ( :

DIY Diva

Howdy!

So, I have officially become a do-it-yourself diva! I have always admired the super creative people who could take their old stuff and completely revamp it. They are so cool and crafty! I began to realize how much old stuff I have that I never ever use, and that was when I starting DIY-ing.

Although I’m still a novice diva, I have done a few projects that came out exceptionally well! (If I do say so myself )

I just recently went through my closet parting with the items that no longer fit me or that I don’t really like anymore and I found one of my denim mini skirts from way back in middle school when they were super cool! And, with my mom’s sewing kit, an old sweater, and a little magic, my old school mini skirt was transformed into an amazing messenger bag! I sewed some sequins here and there and I made the handle and the bottom of the bag out of the old sweater and even studded one of the pockets! Super thrifty, right?!

Also, in my mom’s sewing kit, I found the prettiest piece of lace that she wasn’t using! So I whipped out a pair of lavender denim short shorts and sewed the lace on the top of one of the back pockets! It looks adorable and it adds a little girly touch.

I am also a huuuge fan of the at home mani-pedi! Yes, every once and a while it’s nice to get your nails done at a salon, but many people can’t afford to get them done regularly. DIY nails and funky nail art are really trendy and fun to do! I do my own nails all of the time and I only get them done before a special event or a vacation because it is so easy to do your own mani-pedi!

To do your own awesome mani-pedi this is what you should do:

  • wash and exfoliate your hands and feet
  • moisturize  your hands and feet
  • cut and file your nails
  • apply a thin clear coat
  • paint 2-3 coats of your color depending on how sheer your color is
  • TIP: you should wait about ten minutes in between coats; never paint another coat when your nails are still wet because your nails would take forever to dry!
  • apply a top coat

And it’s as simple as that to do a DIY mani-pedi! Of course, now you can do any designs that you would like. I’ve done stripes, reverse french mani, ombre, and even galaxy nails!

Right now I’m wearing Pacific Blue by Sally Hanson. I did an ombre glitter design on it with 518 by Artmatic.  All you have to do to achieve this look is to do the basic mani from above then, when its dry, paint the glitter polish backward (start from the white part of the nail and paint towards the finger). This creates the ombre look because there are more sparkles at the top of the nail than the bottom!

FIT Precollege Program Day 4

Today was such a bittersweet day to say the least. It was the last day of camp, but it was also the best day of the whole camp!

We went on  a field trip to the Lily Kate showroom on 39th street to meet with the designers of the clothing brand Parker! Parker is a small, high-end brand for the chic on-the-go fashionista. Derek, one of the designers, said that he would describe his collection as feminine, easy, comfortable, and noticeable. The company is known for their fabulous shapes, amazing fit, their effortlessness, and, last but not least, their wonderfully bold  patterns!

The owners took my class on a tour of their showroom and we also got a sneak peak on their not-yet-released Resort Collection! I’m in loove with this collection (shhhhh it’s full of rompers and cute dress in fabulous colors!). We also got to look around their design room and their sample room and see all of their past and future designs! It was so amazing.  I feel like I really understand the process and the work involved in designing and producing a clothing line.

Tons and Tons of celebs ah-dore the Parker collections and their products are constantly in magazines and on the starlets so look out for them! The company has only be open for four years and already it’s so successful and so established. You can buy Parker clothing at stores like Intermix and Neiman Marcus or online on a website like shopbop!

Oh boy would I like to intern there…

 

Here are some pictures from the showroom and the program in general! Enjoy! xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

FIT Precollege Program Day 3

I really wish that this program was longer, I looove it!

This morning we watched the documentary called The September Issue and it was actually quite fascinating. It depicted the extensive process behind perfecting and publishing the September issue of the esteemed Vogue magazine. Of course, Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue and world-wide style guru, starred in much of the video as well as some of her employees.

After watching this movie I respect the pages of magazines way more than I had before; now I just look at a page and muse over how much effort it took to produce that page. The movie takes you behind the scenes of photo shoots, meetings, fashion shows, and much more. If you are interested in the fashion industry and have not yet seen this documentary I would definitely recommend it.

Then in the afternoon, a guest speaker, Tami Ruiz, came to my class to share with us her experiences as the broadcast producer for CBS Saturday Morning. She stressed to us how important attention to detail is and how hard her job actually is. She must make sure everything is perfect for the show and she must minimize the amount of unforeseen problems that may occur on air.

Tami encouraged taking as many different internships as possible (like all of my other teachers!) and she said that exploring the field to find your niche is very important. Today I learned that there is such a huuge difference between print PR and media PR and that I have a LOT more to learn.

P.S. She won two Emmy’s in production!! So cool right?!

Once again I’m excited for tomorrow because we are going to visit a NYC designer showroom! But sadly, tomorrow is my last day of the program and i really think i’m taking a lot out of this experience!

BYE LOVELIES XOXO

FIT Precollege Program Day 2

*yawn* I had such a busy day today so I’m awfully wiped out!

Today was day 2 of my four-day long precollege program at the amazing Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Same as yesterday my sister, my dad, and myself rode an early train into grand central, then took two subways to find ourselves at the doorsteps of FIT (but of course we had to get a Starbucks frap first!).

My professor for the program is Melissa Stolper, a seasoned publicist who knows the business like the back of her hand. She interned for BCBG and Anne Klein, and worked for many established public relations firms all over Manhattan. I am so grateful that she is my teacher because she provides my class with really useful, relevant, and honest information about the business and how to survive in it! She even worked with Rachel Zoe!!

This morning Melissa brought our class of twenty one high school girls- and one very lucky high school boy- to The Brooks Group, a small but esteemed firm in NYC. We walked to her office, and, I must say, her office is just fabulous. It was all very minimal and mostly white but there were splashes of a deep purple or a bright fuchsia around. There were also plush purple rugs and a dazzling sparkling chandelier above their conference table. It was all very girly and glamorous while maintaining a certain level off professionalism.

ANYWAYS…. Rebecca Brooks opened The Brooks Group when she was only 25 years old!! She was determined to succeed and she slowly built up her client list and grew in popularity in the business. Rebecca’s first client that rose to starlet status was the amazing Racheal Ray! This big break brought tons of work to The Brooks Group and help make them what they are today! Rebecca and her team are so up-to-date with all of the latest trends and the newest gossip and they say that the gossip and the trends are what makes the job so interesting!

Later in the day, after we got back from the trip (and our lunch break) we had a guest speaker come to our class and give us further insight into this crazy industry we call public relations. The speaker was the lovely Nancy Cuocci from Siren Public Relations Inc. Nancy is the account supervisor for the firm which means that she oversees all of the business that goes in and out of the company. Siren, for the most part, deals with smaller jewelry companies and accessory companies and Nancy described how specializing in accessory PR is soo much different than specializing in lifestyle PR. She really opened my eyes to many of the different facets or PR and made a point to stress to the class the importance of getting internships.

I am so thankful to my parents for sending me to this program because without it I would not have learned all that i have so far and I would be blind to all of the career opportunities I have never thought of before. I’m starting to seriously consider fashion PR as a career option for me because it combines something I love, which is fashion/pop culture, with something I’m good at, which is marketing/business.

Tomorrow should be another fun filled day so be sure to check up! xoxo

 

FIT Precollege Program Day 1

HEY!! Let me tell you about my day, it was fabulous!

My parents signed my sister Nicole and I up for a week long precollege class at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), a college in NYC that specializes in everything fashion! It was a super exciting experience for us both because it’s something completely new and different from everything we have ever done before!

It takes a little while to get from where we live to the FIT campus. We have to take a train and then two subways to get there; we have to get up pretty early, but I guess that is all part of the experience so I’m not complaining!

I’m taking a ‘Public Relations for Fashion’ class and it is all about branding, PR for the fashion industry, and product placement. Even though today was the very first day I can already tell that this week is going to be awesome. This past year, I took a marketing class as an elective in my school and I enjoyed it a lot which is good because the FIT class is similar to that, but with a fashionable twist! SCORE!

My teacher is also pretty cool so that’s definitely a plus and all of the girls in my class are soo sweet (and they’re from all over the world!). One of the girls in my class is from Saudi Arabia, whoa!

I’m totally stoked for tomorrow’s class. We are going to take a quick field trip to The Brooks Agency which is a major PR agency in NYC and then, in the afternoon, a surprise guest speaker is going to come and give some inside info about the business! CAN’T WAIT!

I will definitely keep everyone updated, so check back soon! (:

My Unhealthy Obsession With Neons and Brights

Lately my sights have been set on everything neon and bright. Whether it’s flip flops, jewelry, or nail polish I’m pretty much drawn to everything vibrant and the summer season is the perfect season to wear these blindingly bright colors. I rarely ever leave my house without one of my MANY pairs of colorful Old Navy flip flops (I have so many pairs in so many different colors!). I always have tons of bracelets on my wrists: friendship bracelets, watches, charm bracelets, wristbands, you name it! Also, most everything in my closet is as bright as can be!

The one thing I don’t think I could live without at the moment is NEON NAIL POLISH. I love it. You can’t go wrong with nail polish, anything goes! You can alternate colors, do polka dots or stripes,  and even use weird colors like green or white. At the moment I have on the Twiggie by Color Club.  Some of my other faves are Coral Reef by Sally Hanson, I Eat Mainely Lobster by OPi, and Savage by Sinful Colors.

More is coming soon!

XOXO

What’s In My Purse!

As I’m out doing a bunch of different things I noticed that I always carry the same brown leather hobo bag! I figured out that the reason why I always carry the same bag is because all of the things I have in it are necessities! Here’s some of my necessities:

  1. Banana Boat SPF 15 Tanning Lotion
  2. Juicy Couture Go Steady Zip Wallet
  3. Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Pink Blossom
  4. Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Fragrance
  5. Hot Topic Purple Wayfarers
  6. Asos Retro Skulls Friendship Bracelets
  7. Essie Nail Polish in Jamaica Me Crazy
  8. Essie Nail Polish in Fear or Desire

Of course I have more stuff in my purse than just this,I also have hand sanitizer, bandaids, hair ties, and more, these are just a few essential things that every girl should have on hand! See ya soon!