July 17, 2017

NYC Getaway | Catskill Mountains

We are pretty much halfway through the summer and I have just been itching to get away from the city and do something outdoorsy and have a peaceful weekend that doesn't involve the Subway, people pushing and shoving, and tall steel buildings. The Catskill Mountains has been on a my bucket list for about a year now and I was finally able to go a couple of weeks ago with Daniel. We stayed in Woodstock, NY and was also able to do a hike trail and it was beautiful! 

We decided to do a beginners trail since this was pretty much our first time hiking in a very long time. At first we were completely unprepared for the hike since we had neglected to bring any water. Luckily we drove a mile or two and found a YMCA at the top of a mountain and we were able to fill up our water bottles. We sprayed ourselves with 100% deet (bug spray), had snacks in our backpack and we were all set to hike the Giant Ledge & Panther Mountain Trail. With the very little hiking that I have done since I live in the city, I was unaware of deet and how potent it was and surprisingly. no mosquito/bug bites!!! I found a durable long branch that I used as my walking stick for this hike and I felt like it helped out a lot and surprisingly I was not huffing and puffing at all. We made sure to stay hydrated early on our trail and eat peanut butter crackers every now and then.  

Once we reached the top I felt like a lot of weight was lifted off my shoulders and the view made the hike worthwhile. We also saw a small garden snake in person which is something I had never seen before and was taken aback by it and only watched from a distance. I will never forget my first hike in New York and I cannot wait to go back more frequently now and hike other trails and keep exploring the nature side of New York. The Catskill Mountains is an easy one day trip and less than a two hour drive from the city. 

What a great weekend I had in a very peaceful town and of course no traffic :)
Next on my New York bucket list is definitely Bear Mountain! Thanks for stopping by, till next time!
XoXoXo- Jess

June 19, 2017

New in Beauty | Upcoming Launches

Let us talk about beauty products that are hitting the market soon and are talked about all over social media. 

In no particular order, here is what the craze has been all about:

1. URBAN DECAY NAKED HEAT Eyeshadow Palette:

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This eyeshadow palette is what everyone and their mother is talking about! If you are a fan of Urban Decay then you are very familiar with their NAKED 1, 2, and 3 eyeshadow palettes and know how widely popular their eyeshadow palettes are in general. Urban Decay has finally announced a new palette to their never ending collection of the NAKED series. This UD palette is unlike any other of their NAKED palette's since this offers a completely different color tone. The NAKED HEAT palette is a warm toned palette that offers warmer shades such as coppers and rose gold tones. The eyeshadow palette officially launches on June 30th. This palette is perfect for summer since the colors range from an off-white egg shell color to a deep reddish taupe hue. It is no wonder why the palette is named "HEAT" as it is capable of creating the perfect sun-kissed eyeshadow makeup look. The palette will retail for $54 (before taxes) and will be available in ULTA, Sephora and the Urban Decay Website.

305 | Porter Miami | MIA | Ocean Drive | Magic City | South Peach

Behold the summer 2017 collection of Kathleen Light's KL Polish. Kathleen Lights is an ultimate beauty guru on YouTube. This recently launched nail polish brand debuted in the Fall of 2016 and has since had seasonal launches. The time has finally come for the first summer collection and it features 6 new shades: 305, Porter Miami, MIA, Ocean Drive, Magic City, and South Peach. These six new shades will launch on Tuesday, June 20th only at KLpolish.com and will each retail for only $8.50. If you want nail swatches, make sure to check out their InstagramTwitter and Facebook. Personally, I am very excited to get my hands on all of the colors but if I had to choose only three then I would definitely go for South Peach, Magic City, and Ocean Drive. I cannot wait to see what Kathleen Lights has up her sleeve for her Fall 2017 collection!

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Last but not least we have the best of both worlds! Jaclyn Hill, a YouTube beauty guru, and Morphe Brushes have collaborated to bring you the ultimate dream palette featuring 35 new eyeshadow shades. These new eyeshadows not only feature never before seen colors, but are also made from a brand new and improved formula, are individually pressed to fit their finish and are overall of higher quality. Jaclyn Hill mentioned that she has been working on this palette for about 2 years and it is now finally ready to launch for the world to indulge in these creamy and buttery shades. The palette will retail for $38 and will only be available on the Morphe Brushes Website on June 21st. I just know that this palette will be sold out within minutes of launching but I have high hopes that they will bring it back due to high demand. I am not sure whether this will be in their permanent collection or not. This palette is perfect for anyone since it features everything cool hues to warm hues, shimmery shades to matte shades as well as a couple duo chrome shades. 

That is all for now! I cannot wait to see how well all of these launches do. 

Till next time! XoXoXo- Jess

June 12, 2017

My Favorite Petite Store

It's a fashion post kind of day! A couple weeks ago I finally found my favorite store to shop at for both casual and business clothes. This magical store is LOFT by Ann Taylor, their petite section clothing fits me like a glove and is super inexpensive. Particularly, I am so happy that I have finally found the perfect pair of pants that fit me well for my body type. The Marisa Fit style fits me so well since my hips are proportionate to my waist and for under $75 is a steal since no additional costs like having your pants hemmed are required. 

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The main reason why I love LOFT is because of their amazing prices. Every week LOFT will announce some sort of sale that is too good to pass up on. Some of their sales can range from 40-50% off select styles or their already marked down sale section. Personally I have picked up a couple of great pieces from them and have always found their clothing to be of great quality. Apart from their pants, I am also a big fan of both their dressy and casual tops.

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In my opinion, I think LOFT does a great job in providing most of their regular sized tops in petite sizes. For their regular sized shirts I just feel as though their tops are way too long for my liking and most look odd since they come all the way down past my hips, making it look a bit unflattering. I find that a lot of their tops run big so I usually tend to be a size XS petite or sometimes an XXS petite depending on the style of the shirt. I have gotten a couple of tops from them and find myself wearing them both to work and casual days on the weekend. 

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LOFT also has some pretty great jewelry pieces and I must admit that the only time I ever buy jewelry from them is when they are having a sale so I usually spend around $10 - $14 for a great statement or dainty piece of jewelry. Their jewelry pieces are of great quality and last for a long time when properly taken care of.

Currently LOFT is having 50% off full-priced dresses, cropped pants, tees & tanks as well as 40% off their SALE section online. In stores only, LOFT is having 50% off their sale section so most of the time I am shopping in person and find great pieces for a steal. 

Which stores are your favorite to shop at?

Thanks for reading! Till next time. XoXoXo-Jess