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Luscious Lashes with Vegalash

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Luscious lashes can be one of the most underrated beauty features. We all know long and thick lashes are a good thing, but don’t realize how much they really add dimension to our faces.

 

Over the years I’ve fancied myself a lipstick gal – that’s my one MUST HAVE beauty item I can’t live without. If I’m on a desert island and I had to pick one piece of makeup, I would’ve picked my lipstick. However, in recent years I’ve seen that slowly change to mascara. I wake up later and later for work, need to get out the door quickly and my minimal beauty routine exists of foundation, mascara and highlighter. Why? Because I’ve come around to the fact that I care more about full and dark lashes than a face full of blush or lipstick.

 

Enter vegaLASH – a cruelty-free vegan product line aimed at making your lashes become their best selves. Achieving longer, fuller lashes without extensions or falsies may seem too good to be true, but I’m here to say it’s not impossible. I’ve heard of lash serums before, but was hesitant about putting those chemicals close to my eyes. BUT – vegaLASH is gentle and didn’t irritate me, even as an everyday contact wearer. On their site, vegaLASH boasts “This hormone-free, latex-free, hypoallergenic serum is comprised of a natural, vegan formula for safe and effective results and is gentle enough for sensitive eyes.” I must agree. Ok, so I felt comfortable enough to try the product…now let’s talk about the results. I used the vegaLASH serum for a couple of weeks and was impressed by my lashes looking longer, but also more voluminous. In addition to the serum, vegaLASH also sent me a volumizing mascara and makeup remover. I love the mascara because the shape of the brush results in uber black lengthy lashes that don’t clump together. Last but not least the makeup remover actually entices me to take off my makeup before hastily scrubbing it in the shower, because the formula is so light, gentle, and fragrance-free. What I love most is that my face feels refreshed and it doesn’t leave behind an oily or unnatural residue. I’m such a fan of the makeup remover, I plan to order more when my stock is up!

 

Overall, I really liked the vegaLASH suite of products – especially since they are vegan and cruelty-free. If you’re looking for a new beauty buy to try, I recommend giving these products a go! Your lashes will thank you! xo

 

Thank you to vegaLASH for sponsoring this post!

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Fashion From Head To Toe With Happy Socks

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Being from Florida, I was never really a sock person… I was more of a sandal kinda gal. Not until I moved to New York did I realize what I was missing.
 
Besides my clothes, accessories (including socks) are such a fun form of expression, and living in New York made me realize that I needed socks for different situations. I soon found myself hunting for cute socks to wear hidden in my knee-high boots, but that brought a smile to my face at the end of the day. More common was the sock that peeped out of high-top sneakers or ankle boots for my inevitable mile walk to work. And lastly, there were the socks to keep me cozy in the house during the bitter Winter months.
 
When Happy Socks approached me about a collaboration just in time for boot season, I was really excited! I love their fun patterns, wide variety of styles and overall vibrant aesthetic. I chose a diamond print…obviously because they’re a girl’s best friend, a geometric pair perfect for my all-black looks, a colorful pair with a touch of whimsy, and my favorite…a cherry print to add some fun to my loungewear.
 
Not only does Happy Socks offer a wide selection of styles to match any outfit, they do as their name suggests…make you happy! The colors, designs and overall playful feel make me feel like I’m fashionable from my head all the way to my toes. Take a look at their latest here, and more fashion forward collection “Hysteria” (I’m obsessed), because life is too short for boring socks!

 

Thank you to Happy Socks for partnering on this post!

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Travel Diary: Amsterdam

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Sometimes a city just speaks to you. For Jason, it was when he visited London for the first time. He felt like it was HIS city. I love traveling, experiencing different cultures and enjoying the sights, sounds and food – but there are very few times when I’ve truly fallen in love with a city. Well…on my recent trip, I absolutely fell in love with Amsterdam. The people, the fashion, the architecture – I felt like it was MY city. A quainter New York, where everyone was hip, the fashion was envy-inducing and the people had ease and charm that was refreshing to say the least.

 

One of the details that made my trip so incredible was my stay at The Dylan Hotel. The Dylan, a luxury boutique hotel, is located directly one of the city’s most gorgeous canals. Because of it’s size – the hotel has an attention to detail that I found unparalleled. It had a Michelin star restaurant on the property, which I confess I never actually made it to. However, I did enjoy the lounge, the brasserie, and the incredible courtyard. When the hotel discovered that we were visiting, they actually treated us to a “High Wine” experience which was their take on a high tea meets wine tasting. Our room – extremely large by European standards – had all the comforts of home (comfy bed, Bose speakers, espresso machine) plus more. I took a relaxing bath in the oversized tub every single night! Like I mentioned, it was the service and the attention to detail that really made the Dylan special. For instance, they would send warm chocolate cookies to the room before bed. I was in heaven!

 

Besides the hotel being spectacular, I really enjoyed the neighborhood. It was located in the trendy “nine streets” district that reminded me of a West Village vibe. I loved popping in and out of boutiques, cafes, and bakeries as we strolled along the canals. The only caution is to look out for bikes, because they are literally EVERYWHERE. And because we spent our days walking up and down the city, I made sure to pack comfortable walking shoes, my favorite Spanx leather leggings, lots of layers for breezy and rainy weather, and block heels for going out at night! Stilletos and cobblestones aren’t an ideal mix!

 

When I go to a city I love to explore the neighborhoods and just soak in the culture. But one of my absolute musts in a new city is to visit some museums! In Amsterdam we made sure to visit the Rijkmuseum and also the Modern Contemporary Museum (or Moco Museum if you’re googling), where we saw the Banksy and Dali exhibit. In all honesty, I wish we would’ve gone to the Van Gogh Museum – but time didn’t allow. I find there’s a delicate balance between making plans and feeling free to wander. And wander we did! All in all our trip was amazing and Amsterdam definitely has a newfound place in my memories and heart. I can’t wait until our next visit!

 

What about you dolls? Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If so, what was your favorite part?

 

Thank you to The Dylan Hotel for partnering on this post!