Friday, September 12, 2014

One Direction Beauty Collection

With summer coming to an end (this is my last day of summer vacay) I've been squeezing in as much activities as possible. Over the next week, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite adventures from the summer.

While sitting poolside today, I was reflecting on some of my favorite makeup essentials for the season. Shimmer eye shadow, bright lipstick, and mascara were a must. Buying makeup can get very pricey. When I was contacted to write about one of my fav boy band’s new makeup line, I was ecstatic .My debit card was even more excited to learn the price.  


One Direction has released makeup kits perfect for makeup enthusiasts, as well as first-timers. The kits include an eye shadow pallet, shadow stick, lip gloss, lipstick, nail polish, and mascara. At first, I have to admit I was a bit skeptical, but the products are AMAZING. I like the shadows and mascara just as much as my high-end items. And for under $30, everyone should buy this. The kits are being sold exclusively at Macy’s.

To learn all about the new collection, visit http://www.facebook.com/MakeupbyOneDirection


Makeup c/o One Direction. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

6 Bags to Buy this Fall

Although most of my friends from Maryland start Fall Semester this week, I have 3 weeks left of summer break. I like to call this time of the year my “crunch time”. Crunch time includes trips to NY for Fashion Week (which I will be attending/working AGAIN this year), packing for school, and purchasing Fall essentials.

If you know me personally, you know I have an obsession with handbags. It’s honestly what made me choose the fashion industry. And this season, I cannot get enough of the new styles/colors. Take a look at my favorites for this season.



(From Left to Right)

I know, I know. Some of the bags above are very pricey (what can I say? I have expensive taste). If you are on a tight budget this season, take a look at these similar bags. And the best part? They are ALL under $50. 

(From Left to Right)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Oh Shift!

Every Fashionista/Fashionisto has their go-to designer. This designer inspires their everyday outfits, style, and anything fashion related. If you know me, I can guarantee you already know “my designer”. Lilly Pulitzer has been my inspiration for years.  Besides being drawn to the preppy colors and prints, I love her entire life story/philosophy.
example of lilly print
If you don’t know anything about LP, I'll sum up her story. Lilly eloped with Peter Pulitzer (heir to the Pulitzer Prize). One day, they decided to leave their NY social lives behind and move to West Palm Beach to open a juice stand. To hide her juice stains, she had a sleeveless dress made out of colorful cotton. Customers begged Lilly to start selling dresses like the ones she wore to work, thus starting a phenomenon. Today Lilly Pulitzer sells everything from her iconic shift dresses to bedding.
Lilly and Peter Pulitzer with new fabrics
Everyone associates me with Lilly Pulitzer. This meaning, anytime my friends see something Lilly-related, I get a text/email usually starting off with, “I saw this Lilly____, and it totally reminded me of you”. My friends even blame me for their obsession with the “queen of prints”. Since high school, my dream has been to eventually work for Lilly Pulitzer as a Merchandiser or a Print Designer.
Me anytime new Lilly comes out
This all being said, yesterday made me question everything listed above.

As a true Lilly fan, I have found “my print”. I have been obsessed with “Tusk In Sun” since I purchased my first Cassie dress in the print October 2012. Since then, the brand has come out with 5 color variations of the print (and trust me, I own almost all of them). So when I heard they were coming out with the Elsa in a color variation of pink green and navy, I could not contain my excitement. I called my local store ahead of time to hold this blouse (because I knew it would sell out quickly). Since the blouse was not released until August 7th, I had to wait to pick it up then.
As I walked into the Lilly Pulitzer in Towson Town Center, I was greeted by eye-rolling sales associates. I went up to the desk to ask for my item, the woman asked for my name (like any worker would do) I said my name, and also stated the item name and size. “Britney” looked at me and said, “oh sorry, that item is actually on hold for another customer. And we don’t have any left in “that size” as she scanned my body up and down. A rush of emotions ran all through my body. I was sad, angry, and embarrassed. I tried telling her I called, and had this put on hold, but she dismissed me, and continued to play on the computer. I left the store so I could collect my thoughts, and also wait for my mom since she was the one who actually called and put the blouse on hold.

I returned to the store with my Mom and things did not get any better. Another sales associate named Ashley appeared, and said she recalled speaking to my mother, but could do nothing about it. We stood there still trying to understand how the blouse was not mine since we called ahead to put it on hold. Ashley rolled her eyes (again) and offered to overnight the blouse free of charge. In reality, I would have probably done that, but I was going away the next morning with friends, and really wanted to take my blouse with me. I looked at my mom and said, “forget it, I would rather order it online and not give this store business”. Ashley then threw her hands up in the air, moaned and yelled, “UGH, I GUESS I’LL GIVE YOU THE BLOUSE, AND OVERNIGHT ANOTHER ONE TO THE OTHER CUSTOMER”. If this print and brand was not so important to me, I would have just left. However I purchased the blouse, but verbally swore I would never shop in that location again.

My intention is not to bash Lilly Pulitzer AT ALL. However, I am very disappointed with the Towson Town location. I have been to Lilly stores in NYC, King of Prussia, and Savannah and I could not have been more pleased with their customer service. I talked to some other local Lilly Lovers, and they also were not thrilled with the Towson location. One shopper who asked to remain anonymous said, “I feel like I’m being looked down upon every time I walk in there. The girls seem to turn up their nose at me, and never seem interested in making a sale. One time one even followed me around the store, without saying one word -like I was trying to steal something”.

My purpose of writing about my experience is to change the way this store treats others. As someone who has grown up loving the brand, I am highly disappointed of the negative reputation this one store could be making on the entire corporation. If Lilly were alive today, I do not think she would appreciate the Towson Store tarnishing her reputation the way they are. Lilly once said “Style isn't just about what you wear, it’s about how you live.” Although these girls are dressing fabulously, they are not living the true spirit of Lilly….because LP would never have wanted her customers to be treated poorly.

Monday, August 4, 2014

One Direction Ticket Giveaway

When I was contacted to work with One Direction, I was shocked. One Direction's has decided to collaborate with my blog to give one lucky reader tickets to one of their upcoming shows. To enter, follow the instructions below.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Aeropostale: Aero now Launch Party

Think back to the early 00’s. What was considered “in style”? What was your favorite store?
Since I was in elementary school, I would have to say my favorite stores ranged from Abercrombie and Fitch, Hollister, and Aeropostale. Wearing a logo tee with skinny jeans and Vans was the uniformed look of all of my friends. But what happens when we get older? We realize there is more to fashion than flashing a branded logo across our chest. That is why we tend to ditch the “preteen brands”.

I have to admit; Every time I walk past one of my childhood stores, I’m hit with a rush of memories including my first boyfriend, my first boy/girl dance, and my SMS crew. Since my past has been intermixing with the present lately, I decided to check up on one of my old favorite stores…Aeropostale.

I had heard rumors that Aeropostale was “turning over a new leaf”. Rumors included collaborations in the works with Youtube Guru Bethany Mota and my favorite….Pretty Little Liars. I was so happy to find out that both of these were actually taking place. And then the most ironic thing happened.

Her Campus sent an email to all of their influential bloggers, wanting 20 of us to do press coverage at Aeropostale’s Relaunch Parties all over the country. I obviously showed interest, and a few days later was asked to attend the relaunch party in Delaware.


Since Press Coverage is one of my favorite aspects of Fashion Blogging, I was stoked to attend the party. Besides being treated like royalty at the event, I was given the first look of Aero’s new look. And boy was I shocked. I could not believe this was the same brand that used to plaster their logo on every piece of clothing. I had a blast in the photo booth, hanging with the DJ, and scoring some amazing new merch. Check out some recap photos of the relaunch party. I am so honored to have been chosen to cover such a great event. To see the new line for yourself, visit http://bit.ly/HCAeroNow