First Day Look

Unless you don't follow me on social media of any sort, you would know I'm back in the city for school! I started class on Monday with an 8am (yikes) but I loved my look, so it made it easier. You may recognize this dress from a recent post, but I wanted to show a perfect example of how to make your summer dresses versatile.






What I love about this look is simply how casual it is when paired with my Supergas and a tee, but it still looks as if I spent a while getting ready.


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Favorite Fall Bags



Can you tell I'm excited for Fall? Today I wanted to talk about some of my favorite staple bags, what I use them for, and the ones I'm eyeing for Fall. I gravitate towards more neutral colors such as nude or black but I really love anything burgundy or olive colored for Fall.

S M A L L     S A T C H E L


I love a great small satchel that I can grab and go and it matches any outfit. Grocery shopping, meeting a friend, or going to work, it's a perfect bag to have. I'm really digging this one because of how cute the tassels are, but I have this inexpensive one and I use it all the time.



T O T E   B A G


I feel like everyone needs a great sturdy, big tote bag. I use mine for my school books or as an overnight bag. It's the bag I can throw anything in and not worry about stuffing it to the brim.





B U C K E T   B A G






I love bucket bags simply for how cute they are. I recently got this one on sale at J.Crew, and I love how it pairs perfectly with any outfit. It amps up your simple tee + jeans or is a perfect accessory to a unique outfit.




What bags are you keeping an eye on for Fall?


Fall 2016 Fashion Trends



Fall has to be my favorite season of the year. I love bundling up in layers, everything apple + pumpkin flavored, the changing leaves, and of course Fashion Week. I did a bit of research to find out what the biggest trends will be for this upcoming season, out of curiosity and excitement. Today's post I'm giving you the scoop on what's going to be big for the autumn season.

VELVET


Velvet is the texture of the season. Whether it's in your shirt, shoes, or dress, it's bound to be seen everywhere.

my picks






STATEMENT SLEEVES

This past Spring/Summer off the shoulder was huge, but now it's all about the sleeves. Whether they're flutter sleeves, one sleeve, or bell sleeves, they're in for Fall.

my picks






CHOKERS

Again, chokers have been big for a few months now. I'm starting to really love delicate ones and velvet pink ones.

my picks







BLOCK HEELS

I'm SO excited for this trend. There's so many styles too; it's essentially anything with a chunky thick heel.. I think a cute kitten heel and unfinished denim is so cute - it can be casual or dressy. Wear them to work or to class!

my picks






PINK

Last but not least, my favorite trend for Fall. I, of course love this pink trend because of The 1975. I see pink in coats, pants, shoes, even couches. I love the pink for Fall because it's so unexpected; it's not traditionally a Fall color. I'm also living for this blog post from J.Crew where they asked Leandra to wear pink for a week.

my picks










And that's a wrap. So, so excited for Fall!

August Playlist


This month's playlist is a bit mainstream with a hint of the J.Crew store playlist.
The mainstream is all the J.Biebs + Kanye on this list - can't go wrong with either.
J.Crew has been incorporating some great songs into their playlist and I've always loved their hipster, eclectic upbeat music. 'Come Save Me' and 'Party Talk' are perfect examples of ideal J.Crew music. 
When I heard that two of my favorites, Halsey + Chainsmokers did a song together, I nearly freaked out; it's so dang catchy. At the beginning of the month I strictly only listened to Closer on repeat. 




Friday Faves // College Edition



In today's Friday Faves I'm doing things a little differently. I started packing for school this week and thought I should do a college related post on the blog, so here we are! It's a pretty lengthy list; some are obvious some maybe not so obvious to bring. There are some products that I just can't live without at school and if it's your first time going away I hope this is helpful for you! For the upperclassmen rookies like me, maybe you'll find something you didn't know you needed 😼



STRING LIGHTS

To every college girl, this might seem like one of those obvious things to decorate your room. My freshman year I didn't bring any simply because I didn't want to be like everyone else (such an angsty teen). I brought some for my suite the beginning of sophomore year at Oneonta and fell in love with them. They're just a nice lil' ambiance booster and great for reading in bed at night without completely blinding your roommate. I got these lantern ones at Target for over my bed and recently got these cute twinkle lights at Bed, Bath, and Beyond that I want to put around my desk area!

FAUX FLOWERS

This semester I'm bring some faux flowers to add to my desk. I've gotten flowers for my dorm before, but they end up dying and making a mess on my desk. I plan to just stick these into my mason jar that I use for pens + pencils. It's just a simple, inexpensive way to make your room feel more home-y.


WATER BOTTLE

I can't stress enough how much you need a really great water bottle in college. Take it to class, to work out, to hang out at a friend's dorm, heck even bring it to the dining hall and fill it up with your fave drink (Mike and his friends do this all the time). For some reason I didn't bring glasses for drinks in my apartment style dorm last semester (???) so I relied on my water bottle a ton. The more you have it with you the more likely you'll be drinking enough water each day as well. Hate drinking water? Add some fruit like lemon or berries!



KEURIG

Another obvious item, well if you're a coffee addict like myself. I have the mini one, which takes a bit longer than the regular larger Keurigs but it gets the job done. If you have access to ice in your room, I love brewing coffee over a ton of ice to get my iced coffee fix (it's a little watered down, but much cheaper than a drink at Starbucks). If you're not into coffee, they make tons of K-Cup flavors of tea, hot chocolate, etc.



YOGA MAT

To be honest, I actually just got a yoga mat this summer because I'm taking a yoga class back in the city. My suitemates / roommates, almost every year had a yoga mat. It's perfect for doing an ab workout in the comfort of your own room and of course it's great for bringing to the gym so you don't have to sit on the public mats. It's also great if you're all hanging out watching a movie or something and you're the one who ends up on the floor instead of the futon.



DISINFECTING WIPES

Whether you're in a normal traditional dorm, or an apartment style/suite, you're going to need some of these. In my regular dorm, I used these to wipe down my desk, my Keurig, clean up any dust, so on and so forth. Of course in a kitchen or bathroom these are great for quick cleaning. In general, they're just extra handy and convenient.




BACK UP TOILETRIES

Every single semester I stock up new toiletries and save them in my storage bins. At Oneonta, it was a pain to get to the store in town and lug everything I got back to campus. In the city, toiletries are much more expensive. To save time and money I've just always stocked up on things I know I'll need.

This includes but varies:
- Skincare products
- Makeup like powder, concealer, mascara
- Body wash
- Makeup wipes
- Razors + Shaving cream
- Toothpaste + extra toothbrushes (change them when you're sick or
 if you drop it in the shared bathrooms, yucky)


RUG

Another item you might be thinking, 'duh?'. My freshman year rug was about a foot long and didn't do much for our large cinderblock + tile room, but my sophomore year I got a huge one that went under both our beds and essentially covered the entire room. I highly suggest getting a big rug for your room because it's another element that makes the cold, white box of a room feel more like home. It's also a great background for flat lay photos 😎


SNACKS

I just wanted to share some of my favorite snacks I think are always great to have on hand. I generally don't buy junk food just because then I'm not tempted to eat it. I always keep granola bars (Cliff + Larabars are my fave), raw unsalted almonds, Craisins, popcorn, and if I do buy chips they're like whole grain tortilla ones from Trader Joes. I want to point out, especially if you're an incoming freshman, don't buy a ton of junk! If you don't see it, generally you won't crave it. Save your big calories for the dining hall. When I went to FIT I didn't have a meal plan and noticed how much weight I really gained from having unhealthy snacks at Oneonta + unlimited meals in the dining hall. But of course, late night pizza every once in a while is always encouraged.

Hope you all have an incredible semester, xoxo.


STORE HIGHLIGHT: Madewell





Where I live in Upstate NY I don't have access to the cool girl, vintage inspired, Madewell stores. Once I had access to one in the city, I wanted to adopt the effortless chic and casual look that the store gave off. Slowly but surely, I find myself adding more and more pieces from the store into my closet. I'm always checking out their rings, obsessed with this bracelet set, and my all time favorite coat is from here. Long story short, it's one of my favorite stores.


WHEN TO SHOP

Madewell doesn't have any annual/repeating sales, but most full price items always go on sale. I always score flannels, statement dresses, and jewelry on major sale. Full price items still have promos like 20% off from time to time. So my best advice is to frequently check for the item you're eyeing online, then head into stores.


PROMOS + DEALS

These are the promos I always count on. Madewell offers a student and teacher discount, which saves you 15%. Madewell also offers free shipping on orders with no minimum purchase required. Most of the time theres a promo code that they announce at the top of the webpage that you can enter at checkout. For example, right now 'ENJOY30' adds an extra 30% off sale items. Check this page frequently for their latest deals!


FUN FACTS

Madewell is the sister store of J.Crew. I think of it as it's trendy, edgier sister. Madewell that we all know launched in 2006, but the actual brand technically started back in 1937. It was primarily a work-wear company and shut down in 1989. Mickey Drexler, CEO of J.Crew, decided to buy the trademark and logo and adopt the Madewell brand. The company had a 'story' and an image Drexler admired and felt would give the clothing more background. Madewell has been compared to Levi's, LL Bean, and other American legend brands.


MY PICKS



Leather Skirt + Denim Jacket


 






I feel so Rihanna in the FourFiveSeconds video with just a jean jacket on. I've seen so many casual outfits lately featuring a leather skirt lately and I wanted to recreate the look! Other ways I plan to style this is with a simple white tee, a bralette, and a choker. 
ALSO!! Check out this gorgeous bag! I posted it on Instagram and in one of my recent Friday Faves, but I haven't posted an outfit with it so far. One of my fellow CollegeFashionista ladies sent me this gorgeous tote from Latico Leathers. It's SO incredibly well made and I'm obsessed with the color. I'm not usually a fringe gal, but this is such a perfect amount of it. So basically - I'm loving this bag.


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Friday Faves 8.12 + Update



It's been a while since I've really updated you all on what I'm doing, so I figured the end of summer was a good time to do so. I head back to the city in two weeks (😍) to begin my junior year of college at FIT. I swear I was a freshman, like, yesterday. In case you didn't see on Twitter, I'm interning with Rebecca Minkoff this Fall semester and I'm THRILLED. Thank you so much to everyone who congratulated me. All summer I was searching for internships, sending my resume to different companies almost everyday, and finally I found out I had gotten my first choice, Rebecca Minkoff!

In other Twitter related news, I have a few people asking me to send out some Gold Dime stickers. Want one for yourself? Fill out this form and I will do my best to get them out ASAP! If you're a college student I suggest giving me your school address incase you go back before I send them.

In addition to my internship I'm excited to have some old Oneonta friends coming to FIT this fall. At Oneonta they have a 3+1 program (three years there, one at FIT), so some of my fashion friends who are ready for their one year in the city are coming! I can't wait to show them the best brunch places and most importantly catch up and hang out with them. Also!!! My blogging/CF bff Bethany might be moving to the city real soon, I can't wait to do photoshoots with her borderline everyday! Check out her fab blog here, I'm obsessed with the layout of it.

As for living space, I'm in the same dorm as last semester in good ol' Chelsea, but unfortunately I'm on the first floor of the 15 story building. So if you enjoyed my city skyline view on Snapchat, I'm very sorry I cannot do that anymore. On the plus side I never have to wait for an elevator and moving in will be a breeze 😎

What day do you go back to school?
Let's get on with the favorites.



P O P S U G A R    M U S T   H A V E    B O X 

Popsugar sent me this Must Have Box to try out and I'm in love with this month's box. It includes Emoji napkin coasters (can't wait to use these in my dorm), a linen skinny scarf, a Pineapple Pintrill pin, brow highlight pencil, chips (not pictured because I ate them, YUM), Sachajuan Hair in the Sun, and a super cute blow-up Swan that holds your drinks in the pool! Read more about them here. I'm seriously loving the Sachajuan Hair creme - it gives my hair protection from UV Rays but also gives a great beachy texture; also smells like candy! 
Want to try these boxes for yourself? Use coupon code 'SHOP5' for $5 off, it never expires!
Popsugar sponsored this post for the Must Have Box.



C L E A N   S U E D E D   O U D   P E R F U M E

Like I mentioned in my last Friday Faves, I'm really loving perfumes lately. I truly love musky scents, and this one is the perfect mix of musky and feminine. This is the rollerball version of the full size, but what I love about it is that it sprays instead of rolls. I feel like my rollerballs fade after a while, but this one doesn't. It has notes of balsam, birchwood, suede, jasmine, and black amber. I'm definitely thinking of buying the full size soon!




M E A D   M A R B L E   A G E N D A

I don't use an agenda during the summer - I use a printable I made for myself that goes week by week. I have been beginning to organize and pack away things for school lately and pulled out my old agenda. The spirals were all bent and it would barely open, so I made the executive decision to get a new one. I never keep an agenda for a full year - more like one semester then I get bored. I've had a Lilly one, Kate Spade, then I just started getting cheap, cute ones at Target because I realized how easily I get sick of them. That's where I found this guy! It's no surprise marble is super trendy right now, but I love the color of this one. It also came in a pink shade! Super excited to dive into a new agenda for the Fall semester.



M A D E W E L L    T A S S L E     B R A C E L E T S

It's no surprise that I adore these bracelets from Madewell... I literally wear them everyday no matter the outfit. I love them because they're a cute pop of color and detail but still neutral colors. I also love them paired with my Pura Vida Bracelets ('Golddime10' for 10% off), and if Madewell doesn't make more of these I want some of the seed bead bracelets from PV. Basically, I love wearing these because they add a little bit of summer vibes to my outfits.


Don't forget to fill out the sticker form! xo.


All about FIT!




You wanted it, I listened! I did a poll on Twitter if I should do this kind of post, and I was really excited people wanted to hear about FIT. I wanted to make this post because I feel like when I was just accepted to FIT, I didn't know what I was going into. A fashion school can cause a lot of stereotypes in someone's brain, and especially when it's one of the top fashion schools in the country. Of course, I want incoming freshmen or transfers to learn from this post, but I know a lot of people who never plan to go to FIT are curious to what it's like! I always get questions like:

"Are people super dressed up for class?" 


"What are the classes like?" 


"What do you plan to do with that degree?"


"Do they even have dorms?"


I'm here to answer those 💃🏻

B A C K G R O U N D   O N   M E

I'm currently a junior studying Fashion Business Management. I transferred to FIT my sophomore year of college from Oneonta State. 



D O R M   L I F E   +  M A K I N G   F R I E N D S

I lived in Kaufman Hall last semester and will be this year as well. It's the newest dorm, and also the only one off campus. Shared with my roommate, I have my own bathroom and kitchen which is an absolute dream. In Kaufman you can have one roommate, triple, or a quad with an RA (which is what I'll be in this year!). I have a ten minute walk to campus but I really love the fact that I'm away from the hustle and bustle of 27th street.
As for the other dorms, which are all on campus, Nagler and Coed are traditional style dorms meaning you and one other roommate with no bathroom or kitchen. Alumni Hall has all quad style rooms with your own kitchen and bathroom.
Whether you're on campus or off, you have pros and cons. If you're on 27th street, you have access to tons of chain restuarants and coffee shops on 7th Avenue. You're also just closer to downtown by 10 minutes and are a few steps away from a subway station. In Kaufman, I love the fact I'm closer to Penn Station for travel and where Kaufman is I'm not on a hectic, busy street. Kaufman also has it's own gym and computer lab, which the others do not!

If you're a partier, don't expect to find Frat parties and 'house' parties around FIT. If you really want that I suggest making friends with NYU or Marymount students. Most FIT students go to clubs, typically with club promoters.

As for making friends, I've noticed if you're in the apartment style situation making friends can be kind of tough. The doors close automatically so no one has their room open to go say hi. No one generally hangs out in the hall way either. That was a huge adjustment for me coming from a school where everyone's door was open, everyone would walk by and say hi, etc. I made most of my friends through classes to be honest. Whether it was who I sat next to, or who I worked with in group projects. I also reached out to girls who also did College Fashionista and asked to meet up and have coffee. Additionally I had a lot of friends who went to other schools in the city so half the time I asn't with FIT students. The thing about students at FIT is everyone has a very different, busy schedule and most people are very independent.
My advice for making friends is to seriously go out of your way to hang out with people. Like I stated before, ask someone to get coffee. Work on homework with someone from class at a coffee shop. (I know I keep saying coffee but I feel thats what everyone does in the city when they want to chat or hangout!) When it's warm go hang out in Central Park or go shopping in Soho. You'd be amazed at how many people are in your situation though, people in the city actually get very lonely, so don't hesititate to ask!

My view leaving Kaufman Hall.

O N   C A M P U S

Our campus is SO safe. Each building, including dorms, that you walk into you are required to show your student ID to one of the security guards that are always patrolling. Coming back from a night out at 3am? They're there. Sometimes it's hard for even myself, a student, to get in, so I'm very lucky we have such a high security campus. Also, you can take a shuttle from campus to Kaufman any time of day for free. If you're in the library late studying or sometimes classes go until 9pm and you don't feel safe, it's a great option.

I'm not much help about the dining plan either since I'm in an apartment style room I do all of my own cooking. Our actual dining hall is actually a great place to hang out, which may sound weird to some. We have a Starbucks in there and you can find people sitting with their friends just hanging out. I like to go there to get Starbs and get some work done between classes too.

I always get asked, 'what do people dress like?'. I was shocked to see how many people simply wear leggings and sneakers, while others walk into class wearing stilettos. It doesn't matter what you wear honestly. People are really not judging at all. Why would someone make a comment on your amazing outfit at a fashion school? I usually just wore jeans most days but I dabbled in wearing heels, dresses, and this skirt. I love the fact you can wear whatever you want. At my old school you couldn't, so I'm incredibly happy about that.

The library is a great resource, but I usually find myself there to either print something or pick up a book I need for a class quick. It's a few floors, but it's pretty small. It fills up quickly and to be honest, it's usually pretty loud in there for a library. But if you're a design major they have plenty of workspace for you and tons of computers. If you're looking for some workspace there's rooms in Dubinsky, the business building lobby, a huge computer room in Feldman, and each dorm has a workroom in either the lobby or basement.

This little excerpt will be my favorite because I used these resources SO MUCH as a transfer student. I'm obsessed with academic advisement. I LOVE my counselor because I always have so many questions and she answers them all and reassures me I have my life on track. You can always pop in for a meeting or make an appointment way in advance. Don't be nervous to go either, it's literally an entire office of advisors there to help you! They help with classes, graduation, etc. I usually go around the time of picking classes but since I'm a transfer a lot of my credits got messed up so she helps me figure that all out. Highly, highly recommend.
I'm also obsessed with my internship counselor. At my old school, internships were unheard of. No one got one because the town didn't have much to offer. Wanted to do CollegeFashionista for school credit? They said no and it wasn't a 'great learning opportunity'. If you can't tell by the tone of my writing, that was a key factor on why I left. This is never the case at FIT. Sure they might say an internship wont be fulfilling, but they allow you to explore internships and will do everything they can to get you one. All summer I was in constant contact with my counselor about finding an internship for Fall. I would let her know what companies I was interested in and she would find out if they take interns and give me the contact info to send my resume. She was so beyond helpful and I'm so lucky to have an entire office dedicated to getting me some of the greatest internships in the fashion industry. This is another resource I highly suggest taking advantage of.

So I can't speak much about the clubs on campus since I never got invloved with any (oops). But even though I'm not invloved, I can tell you there's a bunch of clubs you can join. We also have a boutique on campus, The Style Shop, that our merchandising society runs. You can work in the shop for a couple hours a week and help pick out what goes in the store. My roomie is the manager (😍), so if you have any questions I could redirect you to her!



Just some other quick tips about campus. If you have early morning classes (mainly only 8ams or 9ams) keep in mind that no one takes these classes so no one is ever on campus. Want Starbucks? There's never a line at that time. We also have The New York Times for free on campus so get that while they're still there in the morning. You also get to walk around with the newspaper in your hand like a true scholar.
FIT's buildings all connect as well. You can walk from Dubinsky all the way to the library without ever coming back outside. I also have a tough time writing about the actual building names because we never call them that. Students and staff refer to the buildings as a letter "A-D". So for example,

Dubinsky is the A building.
Business is the B building.
Feldman is C.
Pomerantz is D.
The library is technically E, but we do actually say library.

I had trouble adjusting to this one, but once classes were in full swing I got the hang of it since thats how they tell you where they are on your schedule.

A C A D E M I C S

I LOVE MY PROFESSORS. This was also a huge factor for me when I transferred. I wanted teachers who actually get excited about the material and love this industry. I hit the jackpot with FIT. It's been said that professors must have at least 7 years experience in the industry before they can teach. I love that because of course they're prepared, but they also tell great stories about working. This is also a huge networking resource. Be friends with your teachers!!! I had a professor that worked at J.Crew Corporate (MY ABSOLUTE DREAM) and I'd literally ask her questions about it everyday. They usually ask in the beginning of the semester what you want to do one day, and they'll usually remember that. If they have any sort of connection they will tell you and help you out.

Classes themselves are 3 hours, but it's actually a blessing. I know what you're thinking, WHY. You only have them once a week! You have a week to do homework which is huge. You also can do two or three a day and have the rest of the week off. Typically students do that so they can work or intern, but I had a day off last semester that I used to explore the city. This semester I scheduled my classes to be Monday-Wednesday so I intern Thursday and Friday. It allows you to have more free time to do other things and I honestly love it. The time goes by quickly, at least if it's an interesting class. Most of the time you get let out 20-30 minutes early anyway. Certain classes like my yoga one are only 2 hours.

Adding to the flexibility aspect, FIT also offers online classes. I took some over the summer which was such a breeze, but I'm also taking one during my upcoming fall semester. I had to in order to have a packed schedule but still be able to do an internship. It just allows you to work when you can without having to sit in a classroom for another three hours. I love the fact that we offer it!




So that about wraps up the main points I wanted to make about FIT. I wish I knew most of this stuff going in, which is why I wanted to share! If you're an incoming freshman or transfer and have more questions, don't hesitate to ask, I certainly wish I had someone to bug about what to expect. If you're just reading because you were curious, I hope you learned something new and I broke a few stereotypes of fashion school!

While I finish typing this, I'm so excited to get back on campus! Eeeeee! If you're not already following me on Instagram definitely do to see a lot of 'hey i'm back in the city let me post tons of pics'.

xo.


Black Tank + Denim








There's something about the simplicity of a simple silky tank and some denim. I wore this outfit last week when I was in the city and I loved how effortlessly chic it was!
I wrapped an originally long necklace around my neck twice to give it more of a choker look! I've also been really loving the look of boots with a wider leg jean.


S H O P    S I M I L A R

My Skincare Routine


Let me get this out of the way, I'm obsessed with skincare. I could talk about it all day long. If I wasn't in the fashion industry, I'd drop everything and become a dermatologist. That obsessed. I love trying new washes, and masks, and treatments, but I know that can actually do more harm than good. And yes, I love makeup and it's fun for me, but I love being comfortable in my own skin too. So today I'm showing you the routine that I feel has dramatically improved my skin and consistently works.

S K I N   B A C K G R O U N D

Just to give you a little insight on my skin (and why these products work for me but might not for you). I like to mention this so people understand I know what having awful acne is like and being unhappy with my skin. I've never been someone who can sleep in their makeup, avoid skincare products, eat a poor diet without getting some sort of flare up. Basically, my skin has always taken a bit of 'work' to keep it nice. So if you're the same way, you're not alone!

Back in high school I had terrible acne. It was cystic, impossible to hide, and most obviously everywhere. I hated leaving the house, didn't make eye contact with people, and tried every possible acne product and regime. I feared new products because I thought it would make things worse than they were already. I even tried natural things, like drinking water with apple cider vinegar, which did help but not enough. My dermatologist had given me topical treatments, different face washes, and eventually prescription pills. The pills didn't do much, just gave me awful migraines. Towards the end of my senior year, I had had enough. That's when my dermatologist had mentioned Accutane for the first time, but my mom quickly dismissed it since it's so harsh. After having a complete mental breakdown in the mirror (to keep it simple) my parents decided it was time for Accutane. I was on it for the first 5 months of my freshman year of college (talk about changes). If you have any more in depth questions about Accutane, definitely feel free to reach out and ask! This post would be extra lengthy if I covered the whole process of it. It was tough, but I'd do it again for the skin I have today.

Today, I have combination/oily skin. I have some dry spots around my cheeks, but for the most part I'm oily. I still see a dermatologist but for 'maintenance' like fixing hormonal flare ups and just keeping oil/acne at bay.

What I find most important to any skin care, especially if you have acne prone or oily skin, is to get a facial. I got one for the first time at the beginning of summer (it was part of my birthday present, lol) and I swear thats why my routine has been working so well. With clean pores, your products can sink into your skin better. Even if your skin appears smooth, there can still be a lot of built up 'gunk' underneath your skin. If you can afford to get facials every few months, I HIGHLY suggest it.


M O R N I N G   R O U T I N E

1. I wash my face with the Cera Ve Foaming Cleanser with a silicone exfoliator. This really makes my skin feel fresh and clean while lightly exfoliating, but not tight and dried out.

2. After I pat my skin dry, I spray some Rosewater & Glycerin spray to calm the redness from cleansing and for my first layer of moisture. It's also really refreshing and smells amazing. I get mine from an organic goods store, but Urban Outfitters actually carries it too.

3. I let that settle in then I usually pat it in if I'm impatient. I apply my Aczone gel, my acne treatment from the dermatologist.

4. Once the Aczone dries I will go in with my Origins Original Skin serum. I just started using this last week, so I'm not claiming this is a holy grail product like the other ones are; Although I do see a great improvement in my skin's texture. I'll keep you updated on this one!

5. Finally I apply my favorite moisturizer, Simple Replenishing, all over. I'm all about hydrating my skin even though it's oily. Keeping your skin moisturized tricks your skin into producing less oil.

Ready for makeup!


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N I G H T   R O U T I N E

1. On dry skin, I take some coconut oil and rub it all over my skin. This gets rid of everything; waterproof mascara, lip stick, eyebrows. You look a little crazy after doing so, but it's so effective. I rinse this off afterwards.

2. This next step might seem a little excessive to some, but this is what I do to ensure all my makeup is off. I first go back in with my Cera Ve cleanser on my Clarisonic Mia 2. This really gets any leftover makeup off my skin. I rinse, then with just a little more cleanser and no Clarisonic, I wash my face again. Crazy? Maybe. But I hate sleeping unless my skin is squeaky clean.

3. I pat my skin dry and if I'm going to do a face mask I will do it now (read about my favorite ones at the end of this post).

3a. If I'm not doing one, I will go in with my Rosewater again, apply my Aczone, Origins Serum, and my Simple Moisturizer. 

If you haven't noticed I keep my products fairly simple and I repeat them morning and night. I found that with a more 'simple', consistent routine that doesn't involve a ton of steps or harsh products, my skin is happier. Sometimes less is way more.



A D D I T I O N A L L Y


  • You're probably wondering why I don't have an SPF product in my routine. I use this little guy! I talked about it more in last week's Friday Faves.
  • My favorite sheet masks come from TJMaxx/Marshalls, but I just found out they're at Target too. Each color has a different 'need' it's fulfilling (anti-aging, brightening, etc.), but all of them are extremely hydrating.
  • Origins is my favorite skincare line lately. This mask is great for acne. My tip would be to wear it much longer than you normally would; at least 30 mins to an hour makes the acne vanish as soon as you wash it off.
  • Que Bella is my favorite inexpensive brand for masks. They have all different kinds, each packet being around $1!
  • Fish Oil not only helps your skin, but your hair and nails, and is overall great for your body.
  • Niacinamide was recommended by my dermatologist for keeping acne at bay. I take one a day.
  • I follow this step by step process no matter what my routine is.
  • This is the primer I use for makeup, it additionally moisturizes while keeping makeup in place. You only need a little bit - this jar has lasted me almost an entire year.
  • This video covers tons of other skincare habits you should be doing.
  • Keep in mind that healthy eating and drinking a lot of water helps too!
  • Always, always, always wash off your makeup each night. You risk getting premature wrinkles, eye infection, and pesky acne if not!


Hope you found a new product to test out! Remember to be consistent and patient with new products,  sometimes it takes almost a month for progress to show. Also please, please, PLEASE reach out if you have any questions. Like I said, I love talking about skincare! Email me :)