Hello 2017!

Happy New Year beautiful!

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It is finally 2017 and it is that time of year where everyone is ready to reinvent themselves and better themselves. But lets be real, you don’t need a new year to better yourself.

At the end of 2016, I decided to go back to my roots. LITERALLY (see New Years photo above with my dark hair!). But I also decided I wanted to make more of an effort to better myself and my future.

If you haven’t read my last post where I explain what I have been up to (here), then you wouldn’t know that at the end of October I lost my job. I was working at Kenneth Cole and unfortunately the store had closed. After the store closed, I got an internship at DVF in the fabric department working with two amazing bosses. I am continuing my 3 month internship through January 2017 and I will continue to learn and grow as a person. I also needed a weekend job to continue making enough money to live in New York City. I started  working at Anna Sui Downtown, the only Anna Sui store in the USA. Anna is an amazing designer with cool clothing pieces, a makeup line, and a fragrance line.

I’m sure everyone has heard of Sophia Amoruso, founder of Nasty Gal. In the beginning of 2016, I started reading her book #GirlBoss, and its an amazing motivator that shows you how she started her career. But towards the end of 2016, I started listening to her podcast of the same name where her and other woman who have amazing careers talk about their journey and how they got to where they are. If you haven’t listened to it before and you may be in a slump, I highly recommend listening to the podcast!

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I believe 2017 is going to be a great year for not just me, but everyone. If you want to be a better person or you want to further your career, you need to put yourself out there. Whether its staying up all night and applying to every internship you can find or putting a little more effort into the job you already have for a promotion, you can do it!

I can’t wait to see what happens in these next 12 months!

Until next time…

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

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

Spring Break in Mexico?!

Midterms are over and Spring Break is finally here. While some other college students may be partying on the beaches of Mexico, I’m just excited to head home for a few days. Before heading home, Abby and I decided to have one little adventure around the city.

We headed downtown near the World Trade Center and found an adorable Mexican restaurant called El Vez on Veset Street. Even though I could be in Mexico partying, I loved the atmosphere of the restaurant with mosaic benches and low hanging string lights.

The food was even better than the atmosphere! I ordered a chicken enchilada while Abby ordered a massive burrito, both of us bringing nearly half home!

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After lunch, we found this manmade park by the river.

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It wouldn’t be a Styled Student blog post without showing my outfit.

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I wanted to dress down this asymmetrical dress with a pair of Kenneth Cole white sneakers and my favorite accessory, a vest. If you have been reading since last spring, you know I love pairing vests with dressier looks to dress down the look.

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Don’t let my outfit of laugh confuse you, it was frigidly cold in New York City. I am ready for spring to permanently be here.

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I always have so much fun exploring new parts of the city and trying new restaurants. If you live in the city or have any recommendations on where to go next, let me know in the comments!

My next few posts will be about my few days back home for Spring Break. Make sure to check out my Instagram to stay updated on when I post new blogs.

Until Next Time..

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

Beauty Favorites

Getting dressed up and looking cute doesn’t always rely on a cute outfit, sometimes makeup and hair are a huge part of the process. Today I want to share some of my beauty favorites with you all!

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My first favorite is the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. This is a recent purchase from Sephora. The weather has been crazy here in New York City, and my skin is suffering and becoming super dry. I like to keep this in my handbag or school bag to help with my dry hands, but this cream is also sensitive enough to use on your face. I love the fact that this is formulated without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and other harsh chemicals.

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This next favorite is a bit of a splurge, the YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick in the color 9 Nude in Private. I bought this as a birthday gift to myself back in October and it has been my go-to since then. The light pink color is beautiful for daily wear at school or work, or when I am out with friends. I love the creamy texture of this lipstick and how moisturized my lips feel while I am wearing it. I definitely believe this lipstick is worth the money.

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On my nails, I have been wearing Essie’s Off Tropic polish. This color is from their new Spring 2016 line. Essie describes this color as “lush grove green”. I have been painting my nails none stop with this color since buying it. It is the perfects transition from winter to spring.

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This month I decided to invest and start my morphe brush collection. I have bought cheaper brushes that weren’t as great quality before, and they either fell apart or the bristles would fall out after a few months of use. I started with the M458 Flat Contour brush, which is the perfect brush to get a chiseled contour. I loved the quality of the brush so much that I went out and bought the M333 Chisel Shader brush and M441 Pro Firm Blending Crease brush. My favorite of the 3 would have to be the M441 brush, I use it everyday to blend my eyeshadow. I can’t say how much I love these brushes and I can’t wait to try more of them in the future.

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I want to know what your favorites have been recently! Or if you have tried any of my favorites?

Xo

Jami