Let Me Live

As the summer is coming to an end and school is about to start again, I wanted to take one last adventure with a friend. What better place than Adventure Aquarium in Camden.

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I went with my friend Tommy, who just started his own blog called Let Me Live, so go check out his blog and give him some love!

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Tommy and I went to high school together, but now he is a student at Monmouth University and he is studying Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing. As a student, Tommy has his own unique style and I decided to ask him about it.

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What does “style” mean to you?

“Style is when someone has his or her own uniqueness to their outfit. Everyone has style, but everyone has different kinds of style, if you know what I mean haha. For example, I wear a lot of t-shirts but I choose to buy the ones that have graphics or writing on them because even though it is a basic t-shirt it adds my personality on the t-shirt.”

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How would you describe your personal style?

“If you know my personality, that is how you would kind of describe my style. I like cool colors and graphics, but also clean cut clothing so nothing too big or nothing too tight. I try to be comfortable as much as possible in my clothes but still look decent in my clothes because why wear something that is not comfortable?”

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What is one piece of clothing/accessory you can’t live without or has a special meaning to you?

“For some reason, I always have my backpack with me. I always seem to have something to carry, either it is a book or my laptop or even my friends’ personal things. Also, since I have an Android phone, people never have my charger so I always just put it in my backpack just in case.”

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Tommy and I had so much fun exploring the aquarium and the Waterfront in Camden.

Here are just a few of the pictures from our trip.

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It wouldn’t be a Style Student post without outfit details!

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My white and blue romper is from Old Navy.

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I decided to pair the romper with my favorite summer accessories which you have seen in posts before. My sandals are from TJ Maxx and my bag is from & Other Stories.

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Be sure to check out Let Me Live, Tommy’s blog, and read the collab post he wrote on there!

If you like these kind of collaboration posts where I ask my fellow students questions, let me know and I will be sure to do many more.

Xo

Jami

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Sephora Play Box- August 2016

Am I the only person who didn’t know Sephora had a subscription box?!

If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you would know I was subscribed to Ipsy Glam Bags for months and I would do reviews each month. I was staring to get bored of the products that Ipsy was sending, so when I saw the Play Box on Instagram I immediately looked it up on Google.

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For the same price as Ipsy, only $10 a month, I decided to cancel my Ipsy subscription and subscribe for Sephora’s makeup box. I am so happy that I did! The August box is my second from Play, sorry I didn’t review the first!

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First of all, the box it comes in is adorable with black and white stripes! When you first open the box, you get a pamphlet with 50 free rewards the next time you are at a Sephora store.

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When you open the pamphlet, you find all the information about the products and tips on how to use them.

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Like Ipsy, you get a little makeup bag or pouch with each box. This month the bag says “Wink outside the box” with some winking eyes. Last month was a cute popsicle for summer.

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The first item I pulled out was the Urban Decay Perversion mascara. I love trying new mascaras! I am pretty sure I haven’t tried the Perversion mascara yet, but I know Urban Decay has amazing mascaras that I have loved in the past.

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The next product I received was the Sephora Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear in Love Affair. I am so excited to try this waterproof eyeliner. The pretty plum color is great for a colorful smokey eye.

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Next is Make Up For Ever’s Artist Shadow in I-544. This color is going to look so beautiful with the Sephora eyeliner, mentioned above. I have never tried Make Up For Ever eye shadows but I have heard the are extremely pigmented.

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I love trying out new eye creams. This Algenis Eye Renewal Balm is suppose to help reduce dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles. While I don’t suffer with most of those, I believe it is important to start protecting your skin early.

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I know Lancome has great makeup, but I never tried their skin care. This Smoothing & Glowing Liquid Care Moisturizer is infused with goji berries and lemon balm to help your skin. I can’t wait to try this instead of my normal moisturizer.

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Along with the 4-5 products you receive, you will always receive a perfume to try out. This month was the Clean Reserve Warm Cotton scent. I love clean and fresh scents, so this scent is right up my alley.

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So far, I am loving my Sephora Play Boxes and can’t wait to see what the September box has in store, stay tuned for my review of that box. Again, it only cost $10 a month!

Let me know what your favorite subscription box is, I would love to try some new ones.

Xo

Jami

Colour Pop First Impression

You probably have heard about the makeup brand Colour Pop, every blogger and youtuber has talked about the makeup brand. They are known for their low price points, amazing color range, and great quality.

I finally decided to give this brand a try and bought a few products from their website.

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I decided to try two of the Lippie Stixs, a Sculpting Stix, an Ultra Mate Lip, and a Creme Gel Colour.

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This first Lippie Stix is in the color Hype Girl, which is a matte finish.

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The second Lippie Stix is in the color BFF, which is a glossy finish.

I have tried both of these Lippie Stixs, and for a first impression I didn’t love how they applied onto the lips. I really want to love these, especially since they are only $5 each! I am going to continue to try wearing them for longer periods of time and see how I like them. Hopefully I will have a better review of them in the future.

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Colour Pop has two Sculpting Stixs, one for contour and this one for high light, each for only $5! I decided to try the high light shade called Releve. So far I have only tried this as an inner corner highlight, but I love it! The size of the tip is perfect for the inner corner of the eye. It is a great color to brighten and open the eyes.

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Another lip product, but unlike the Lippie Stix, I absolutely love this Ultra Matte Lip in Midi. This matte lip is not drying and dries down super quick. The color does not exactly match the color shown on the website, it is a little darker, but none the less a beautiful color. For only $6, this ultra matte lip is an amazing buy!

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I wanted to try something a little different for spring and summer, so right before I checked out online, I decided to but the Creme Gel Colour in Cry Baby. For just $6, I thought this would be a fun replacement to the harsh black eyeliner I typically like to wear.

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Here are some swatches of the products on my fair skin.

From top to bottom: Cry Baby, Revere, Midi, Hype Girl, and BFF

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I ordered my makeup on a Wednesday and got my package by Monday, which is super quick shipping. I have heard others weren’t happy with Colour Pop’s shipping and customer service, but I have no bad words for the brand.

Overall, I think Colour Pop is going to become a favorite brand and I am excited to order more products from them.

Xo

Jami

I Changed My Major…

So I did it… I changed my major…

If you don’t know already, I am currently studying Accessories Design. I am still set to get my associates degree next month. But as for next two years, I am going to be studying Fabric Styling for my bachelors degree.

This past year has been so hard, I realized that designing isn’t what I want to do with my life… It isn’t that I don’t enjoy accessories design, I just realized it doesn’t make me happy and I don’t want to design the rest of my life. I see how talented and successful my friends are going to be, and I don’t see the same passion for design in myself.

While some people may say, “Jami, you seem so happy with what your doing!” But that isn’t very true… This past school year has been so difficult and there have been times I was home with to my parents telling them I didn’t want to return to school. I am the type of person to hide my feelings and only appear happy. But, I am over the moon with my decision to switch majors. I believe that I have made the right choice for myself, and all I can do is hope the people around me will be supportive of me.

It wasn’t super easy to switch my major. When I decided to put in an application to Fabric Styling, I had to give up my spot in Accessories Design, meaning if I didn’t get accepted I would be packing my bags and leaving New York City and FIT. I had a meeting about a month ago with the head of the department and had to show her a portfolio project which she critiqued right in front of me. Thankfully, she and I got along pretty well and she accepted me into the program.

You may be wondering what Fabric Styling is. It is kind of hard to explain, but to keep it short, it is a mix of styling and textile design. The FIT website says “The BFA program explores design concepts, trend research, aspects of product design, and the preparation of presentation boards. In hands-on classes taught by industry professionals, you’ll study the role of fabric in fashion and learn about fabric design and styling.”

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If you aren’t happy with your path in life, I believe you are the only person who can change it and make it better. That is what I am doing with school, and I can only hope that things turn out well.

Xo

Jami

April Glam Bag Review

It’s that time of the month! I’m talking about my Ipsy Glam Bag, not what you’re probably thinking… If you don’t know Ipsy bags are only $10 a month and you get a bag as well as 4-5 products.

This is my second blog post review, if you haven’t read my March review be sure to check it out here!

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First let me say how cuuuutttee this bag is! I will be carrying this as my new makeup bag that I carry everyday in my handbag.

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The first product in this month’s bag was a Luxie Beauty brush. This is a 522 Tapered Highlighter. I have already started using this brush and I am already in love! I love how soft the bristles are and how it applies my highlight without going too heavy. This brush on the website retails for $24, thats double the cost of the Ipsy bag! This brush alone made the bag great, for me, this month.

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This next product I haven’t had the chance to test yet. The JOr’el Parker Fango Mud Therapy mask is infused with a blend of moisturizing and exfoliating antioxidants, leaving you with super soft skin. I am probably going to try this mask tonight and see if it helps with my clogged pores.

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Who doesn’t love a good highlight? I have just tried this Trust Fund Beauty That Glo Tho Highlighter this morning. So far I liked the application, but I feel the color wasn’t great for me at the moment… Maybe once I hit the beach and get a nice tan it’ll suit my skin much better. I love the packaging, the cream stick makes it so easy to throw in your handbag and touch up throughout the day.

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Everyone has heard of the Moroccan Oil Treatment, but I had never tried it until receiving it this month. I have tried it twice so far and I am not sure how I feel about it yet. I am not a huge fan of the smell and it is very thick. My hair does look nice after applying it, but I don’t think this is a product that I would go and purchase myself.

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I love this last product! The Tarte LipSurgence lip creme in Wonder is such an amazing product. Crayon lipsticks are one of my favorite lip products and this color is just so beautiful. Its a great mix between a bright red and a berry.

This was a really good bag this month. I love testing new products without having to spend so much money on the full size.

I want to hear about some of your favorite products, whether you got a glam bag this month or just discovered a new makeup favorite.

Xo

Jami

The High Line

One of the perks of a photography class in New York City is visiting fun places around the city. My class recently visited the High Line, one of my favorite spots.

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If you have never heard of the High Line, it’s an old train track that was built in 1934 but stopped running in the 1980s. In 1999, the Friends of the High Line was founded by Joshua David and Robert Hammond. Residents of the High Line neighborhood came together to advocate for the High Line’s preservation and reuse as public open space.

In 2002, the renovations began and in 2004 it opened to the public as a park.

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The wildlife and plants are so beautiful and you forget that just 30 feet below you are cars and tourist rushing around the city.

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My favorite thing to do while at the High Line is to people watch. While many tourist visit and enjoy the park, many New Yorkers can just relax.

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It wouldn’t be a Styled Student post without an outfit shot.

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The top I was wearing was a long striped t-shirt with splits up the sides from Zara, Forever 21 leggings, and my trusty Circus by Sam Edelman booties. I paired the look with a black jean jacket from Free People and my Kenneth Cole fringe handbag.

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The High Line is such a cool park on the west side of New York City, if you haven’t been there yet, I would recommend visiting.

Xo

Jami

Always Busy…

 

I know, I haven’t posted in a while! But I’ve been busy… I’m a full time student, I work, and I just started interning.

I have always been a hard worker, if you have been reading my blog for a while you know I have been working since I was a junior in high school. Since moving to New York City, where the price of everything is crazy expensive, I need to work to support myself. I work retail for a large designer brand in their flagship store in Soho, which keeps me busy in my free time and helps pay for things like food, school supplies, and other things. But recently I started interning for a startup called StyleKist, which I work 2 days a week.

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I want to share what it’s like to work and intern at the same time, while being in school full time.

This semester I am taking 6 classes, including: yoga, handbags, marker rendering for accessories, photography, belts, and art history. It’s a lot of work and I get assigned a lot of hands on projects. I spend a lot of time sketching and coming up with ideas for my next project or seeking inspiration.

I work 3-5 days a week, mostly on the weekends. I work on commission, so in order to make money I need to sell! It can be stressful at times, making sure customers are happy, making sure I made my personal goal as well as the store’s goal for the day, as well as dealing with crazy people. Some of those crazy people are my coworkers, but they just make my job more fun.

About a month ago, I was offered an internship with a startup company called StyleKist. My job is to come up with content, write blog posts, and help with social media. I know, it doesn’t have to do with my major but I wanted to try something and experience different aspects of the fashion industry.

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While it may be difficult to keep up with everything, I find that being organized and writing everything down helps. I know a lot of people like to use the calendar on their phones, but I think carrying an actual planner keeps me on track better.

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My suggestion to anyone thinking of working and/or interning while in college, make sure you have the time and commitment. I know plenty of people question whether I can make it work, but so far I have been able to.

Xo

Jami

Monochrome in the Spring ~ 3.27.16

Happy Easter to all who celebrate it today.

Although I don’t celebrate Easter, I just wanted to share a quick Outfit Of The Day with you that is perfect for the holiday or any spring day.

My look for today is a monochrome look featuring dark denim and this gorgeous white top I found at Express. I also found another top at Express, check out the store because everything in the store is 40% off! This white top has two long panels that flow over the lower cropped section. I love these jeans I found at Urban Outfitters, also on sale! These are the most comfortable jeans I own and adorable with the split detail at the ankle, which shows off shoes perfectly.

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I added my favorite faux leather jacket that I have owned for years from Steve Madden. The black leather added a little edge to the girly and flowy top.

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Couldn’t leave the house without some sunglasses. These sunnies were actually a gift from my cousin Hope. I love the shape of these and how big they are to block the sun.

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I am in love with these new shoes from Kenneth Cole. They are super comfortable because of the wedge and the treaded sole. The combination of crocodile embossed leather and black espadrille wedge is so different and fun.

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This look is perfect for any spring day, whether you are spending it with friends at brunch or while spending Easter with family.

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Xo

Jami

March Glam Bag Review

If there’s one thing I love almost as much as fashion, it’s beauty. I once asked my mom why I loved makeup so much and she said it’s because “Makeup has no size”. While a cute top may not fit, or a store my not have your size jeans… the beauty counter will always have something that will work on you.

I love trying new products and I found that subscription bags are the easiest way to try new brands. I have been subscribed to Ipsy for a few years now, but have only now gotten to sharing the products with you.

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This month was called “Hello Spring”. Every month, you receive a makeup bag with products. This month the bag was a super cute combo of teal and hot pink, perfect for spring. I also received 5 products ranging from hair to makeup and tools.

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The first product is the NYX Liquid Suede cream lipstick in 08. I love how creamy and pigmented this lipstick is, I can’t wait to wear this color on my next night out. It is suppose to be waterproof and infused with avocado oil and vitamin E.

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The next product is the Marc Anthony Nourishing Argan Oil . I am very excited to try this, but so far I love the smell and the texture seems very rich on the back of my hand. Since it is spring break, I plan on using this while curling my hair for the perfect beachy waves. It supposedly maintains frizz-free hair for 3 days, so those waves will stay beautiful for the rest of break.

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This next product I am not as excited about, the Beau Gâchis® Paris’ Cosmetic Eyeshadow Brush. I have a lot of makeup brushes, some I prefer to use more than others. I love a shadow brush that is dense and packs shadow on really well. As far as I can see, this brush isn’t very dense. But maybe it will be good for blending shadow, I still need to give it a try. According to the Ipsy review, this brush is handmade and can be used for liquid, cream, and powders.

This Vera Mona Lotus Eyeshadow in Clover is a gorgeous pink-peach. I don’t normally wear pink eyeshadows, but I would love to give this a try. If it doesn’t work on me as an eyeshadow, I would also use this as a blush. This is the perfect travel size product to throw in your handbag for touch ups during spring break.

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Last but certainly not least, the Pixi by Petra Blush Duo in Rose Gold. This blush duo is perfect for a spring and summer glow. I would wear both colors together for an all over cheek glow or use the rose gold as a blush and the champagne color as a highlight.

I am excited to try all of these products this month and can’t wait to see what the April bag has in store for me. If you are interested in subscribing to Ipsy, which I forgot to mention is only $10 a month, you can click here!

Let me know if you liked this review of this month’s Glam Bag because I can certainly start doing these monthly.

Xo

Jami

Perfect Pier Day~ 3.12.16

When New York City gives you a beautiful day, you need to go out and take pictures, right?!

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Today my Abby and I went to the piers by the Hudson River to take advantage of the gorgeous weather. We found this one pier with this giant wheel that looked super cool, so we decided to check it out.

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My outfit includes a pair a comfortable black gypsy pants with a crop top from Forever 21. I added a light denim jacket and my Kenneth Cole sandals to complete the look.

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I also wore my Prada sunglasses that I rented from Ditto.com. If you want to learn more about renting, check out my previous post!

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If you haven’t noticed already, I cut my hair super short! It was a super spontaneous decision after seeing tons of celebrities and bloggers chopping their locks off. So far I am loving my short hair! Let me know your thoughts about it!

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We also found a shop that rents kayaks, so maybe that will be our next sunny day adventure.

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We had an amazing time getting outdoors and exploring the piers. Sometimes we get caught up with work or school work and don’t get out enough, so getting the fresh air was much needed.

Hope you are all enjoying this spring weather!

Xo

Jami