Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Travel Diary: Paris [Part 1]

Happy Tuesday!

As I had mentioned in my prior post, the Hubs and I had decided to celebrate our 3rd year wedding anniversary by taking a Eurotrip. First stop was Paris, France! It took us about two months to plan everything which didn't seem like a lot of time but good enough for it being our first time. Paris was exactly how I had imagined it and more! It was amazing with all the food, sights, and people. I absolutely loved every bit of the city and can't wait to share with you guys part of our trip there!

We arrived early morning after a 10+ hours flight and was able to take the RER B train from the CDG airport to our hotel. We also got to check-in early so we settled in and got ready to explore! We had to pick-up our museum passes at the Office du Tourisme in the Opera area so we took the train and found our way there. Tip - I highly recommend ordering your museum passes online and picking them up once arrived. It's much easier to have on hand without waiting in line to buy tickets! And you can bypass most entry lines at the museums. :)

 I will post another photo diary later as there were too many photos to shuffle through. 

1. Bonjour La Tour Eiffel! The amazing view from our hotel window. 
2. Walking along the streets of Paris. Trying to blend in with the locals.
3. First eats at Le Petit Cler - escargots a la Bourguignonne!
4. Arrived in Opera and spotted the Academie Nationale De Musique 
5. On our way to pickup the museum passes and stumbled upon Pierre Herme. 
6. Delicious moules frites! Especially with fresh baguette to dip with.
7. Arc De Triomphe - to get there we had to go underground.
8. Pain au chocolat from the local bakery.
9. People piling on for the Seine River Cruise Tours. 
10. Yep, had to try a double cheeseburger at MCDs. Tastes the same!
11. Hustle and bustle inside Laduree on Champs Elysees. 
12. Practicing my French from the Laduree dinner menu. 
13. Celebrated our anniversary dinner at Les Cocottes -
 [Seabass with Paimpol haricot beans, mushrooms and shellfish sauce]
14. J'adore Paris <3

Stay tuned for Paris [Part Deux]!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Crochet Tunic

Top: c/o Aeropostale (Here)
Jacket: Old Navy (Similar)
Bottom: Topshop (Here)
Shoes: Gap (Similar)
Necklace: c/o LookbookStore (Similar)
Rings: Madewell (Here)

Happy Thursday!

Now that we're slowly getting into Fall.. here's an outfit to slowly transition the two seasons. I've taken this cute crochet tunic tank from Aeropostale and turning it into a more Fall appropriate outfit. All you have to is layer up by adding this moto brown leather jacket and of course my favorite black skinnies from Topshop. If you haven't tried them out yet, they are the BEST! It's like a second skin.. believe the reviews! ;)

How would you wear this crochet tunic for Fall?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Product Review: Alaffia

Happy Tuesday!

Sorry for being MIA on the blog. If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen that I've been on a two week vacation to Paris and Barcelona. It was to celebrate our 3rd year wedding anniversary! It was our first time ever being in Europe and it was amazing. The Hubs and I had so much fun and I'll be having more pictures up on the blog soon! Stay tuned....

In the meantime, I'm trying to play catch up with my new sponsors and product reviews. Before I left, I received a generous box of beauty and skincare products from a company called Alaffia. They're actually based in Washington state which is local to me so I was pretty excited when I was contacted by their PR. The company is all about fair trade and being sustainable. Each product is carefully crafted and handmade and at least 10% of all proceeds will be donated to help families in Togo. It's a win-win situation for everyone! 
So I got to try out a couple products: 

African Black Soap in Tangerine Citrus
Africa's Secret Multipurpose Skin Cream
Purely Coconut Fair Trade Lip Balm (similar)
Moisturizing Shea Butter Bubble Bath

Each product felt great and smelled good too! I really enjoyed the bubble bath the most and loved that it was non-irritating and moisturized my skin. Also, the African Black Soap is all-in-one use and can be used for shampoo, body wash, facial cleanser, etc.. amazing!! I also really like companies that helps the communities out as well. Makes you feel good while using their products. :)

To learn more about Alaffia, you can check out their Facebook and Twitter

What do you think of Alaffia?

Disclaimer: Alaffia did send me the complimentary products so I can review. 
But all honest opinions and thoughts expressed were my own.  

Monday, August 25, 2014


Top: c/o SUNDRiED (Here)
Bottom: Zara (Similar)
Shoes: Converse Kids (Here)
Bracelet: Tory Burch (Similar)
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban (Here)

Happy Monday!

Hope everyone's weekend went well! My weekend was filled with lovely weather and lots of sun! An appropriate time to wear my new t-shirt sent by SUNDRiED! If you have never heard of them, they are a global company that is showing off their roots from South America. SUNDRiED sells organic cotton and recycled clothing only using fair-trade materials because they care about the environment and want to make things better along the way. They are passionate with charity work and sponsors the Surfers Against Sewage and is working local surfers as well as shops and schools. How cool is that? :)

The t-shirt that they've sent me has four Inca 4 stripes which was inspired by the Peruvian roots. I also love the bright yellow color that it came in! I definitely blended in with the sun. haha.. 

If you would like to learn more, check out their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Also, the winner of the Pinky Paradise giveaway is....

Andrea D!!

Please check your email girl! Thanks so much to everyone who has entered this giveaway. I will be having more giveaways coming up soon. Stay tuned! :)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

One Direction Up All Night Makeup Review

Happy Thursday!

Markwins had sent me this new limited edition makeup kit by One Direction. You've read right.. One Direction has created "The Looks Collection" inspired by the group which consist of three makeup kits (Up All Night, Take Me Home, and Midnight Memories) each with their own flare of tones that matches to what your lifestyle is like. Whether you're a fun party girl, rock & roll chick, or the girl next door..in each collectible tin, it comes with a complete set of beauty essentials.

I received the 'Up All Night' makeup tin which includes the following:

"Taken" - Liquilights Glow Gloss: Powerhouse glitter pink lip gloss 
5 Eye Shadow Palette in blues and versatile neutrals
"I Should Have Kissed You" - bubblegum pink creme lipstick
"Little Black Dress" - volumizing mascara 
"Na Na Na" - aqua-blue metallic chrome nail varnish
"Stand Up" - dark denim eye and body crayon
Stencil set with One Direction doodles

Left to Right: 

"More Than This" - soft blushing pink
"Save You Tonight" - shimmering turquoise blue
"Another World" - royal blue shimmer
"Up All Night" - sapphire glitter creme
"Gotta Be You" - silvered taupe shimmer

Top to Bottom:

"Taken" - gloss that glows to neon orange under UV light
"I Should Have Kissed You" - bubblegum pink creme lipstick
The colors are pretty bold and perfect for a night-out setting. The only two neutrals that's suitable for day-time is the "More Than This" and "Gotta Be You" eye shadows. Other than that, this makeup tin pretty much has all you can want to make different makeup looks with. It also has tips inside the tin to achieve that fun look! This collection line will be available worldwide starting in the U.S.

Release Dates:
Macy's - August 11th
Stage Stores - August 25th
Dillards - August 25th
Beauty Brands - August 25th
Lord and Taylor - August 25th
*International release dates are TBD at the moment. :)

Tell me what are your thoughts of these limited edition makeup kits by One Direction!

Also, don't forget to enter in my latest giveaway with Pinky Paradise here!

Disclaimer: Markwins did send me the complimentary products so I can review. 
But all honest opinions and thoughts expressed were my own.  
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