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Monday, December 29, 2014 Black Magic

 Fedora & Turtleneck: Brandy Melville // Vest and Skirt: Topshop //Shoes: H&M // Tights: Urban Outfitters

     If there was one thing I learned about living in London, not including how to switch tube stops effortlessly and swiftly use my umbrella in unseasonable rain, it was that an all black outfit is coveted, sleek and always in fashion. I read somewhere on Tumblr that "people who can't handle an all black outfit are weak" and I can't help but agree. It matches everything, slims like no other, and always puts you in a power position, even if you are just going grocery shopping or something else not particularly glamorous.
     This week I decided to put my Christmas gifts to good use (thanks, Mum and Dad!) and channel my inner sorceress for a fun, yet slightly gothic look in front of a cathedral in my town. Paired with my new fedora and extremely silky fur vest from Topshop, I stayed cozy in a new turtleneck which is fast becoming one of my favorite pieces in my closet. Turtlenecks are not only practical, but they also are sophisticated, making any outfit look a tad more smart.
     Another one of my current obsessions is fake knee-high tights.  I grabbed these over the summer in a sale from Urban (big surprise) and love that I don't have to adjust them at all like normal knee-socks, which sometimes are more of a hassle than they are worth.  It's all the appearance of a knee-sock but convenience of tights! Put this all together and you can say that I look a bit like a coven leader... something I don't really mind, if I do say so myself! Who doesn't want to relive the days of Sabrina the Teenage Witch? I guess next on my list would be a black cat that gives sassy commentary... Will report back on that one. Hope everyone had an amazing holiday. xx

P.S. Also, a shout out to my best friend Emma... Thank you for putting up with me and letting me teach you the world of fashion blogging. You're the best!

Friday, December 26, 2014 Lush

    This week I guess I  was a bit naughty and decided to congratulate myself for getting straight A's (and trudging through this semester) with some little bath time treats and a scarf I had my eye on for a while which went on sale! As you probably already noticed, I am a longtime customer/ fanatic of Urban Outfitters and always love to mix and match their pieces. Perfect for styling or making a statement, Urban always seems to create unique concepts and clothing, two things which are ideal when looking toward trends. Straying away from clothes, which is almost impossible for me to do, I walked into the world of bath bombs and body butters and I have to say- I'm hooked.  
    As a company, Lush has it going on. They fight against animal testing, use natural ingredients, and everything in the store smells incredible. Plus, the employees who work there are super outgoing and are eager to help you find whatever it is you might be looking for; which is prime for a person like me who gets slightly overwhelmed and ends up buying the first thing they see or walking out in a daze.
    These little guys are called "Bath Bombs" and they are honestly pure pieces of magic. I swear. Not only do they smell good but they moisturize your skin, soften your bath water, have no added chemicals, and turn your bath different colors!  I'd be lying if I didn't say that I've been trying to find more ways to take baths and stock up on some of the holiday goodies before they are gone. Below you can find the ones I bought and I'm sure I'll put a review of them up soon! Cheers! xx

(From left to right)

Shoot for the Stars- According to the Lush website, this bath bomb has a sweet honey-toffee scent and provides out of this world baths!  Also, I read that it releases tiny stars and turns your bath into a night sky.

Space Girl- Not only is the appearance of this one extremely cool, but apparently it fizzes around your bath like it's in orbit. Smelling of black currant (a British fav) and just pure overall yumminess, this bath with turn a dark plum like a midnight sky and give the sensation that your bath tub is actually in space.

Golden Wonder- Ok, this one is by far my favorite. Tanya Burr on one of her Christmas vlogs put this in her bath and the water turned to gold at first but then as the bath bomb dissolves, different parts of the present become unveiled and there are different color layers to it! And there is an added bonus of little gold stars that pop out of the present and swim around the bath. It's basically like opening a surprise present! Not only is the appearance gorgeous but the scent is fresh and citrus-y.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 It's about that time

Jacket: Dorothy Perkins // Turtleneck: My mum // Jeans and Backpack: Topshop // Boots: Docs // Scarf and socks: Urban Outfitters
   It's been a while since I've done a proper outfit post, mostly because I was drowning in work all of finals week, but I am happy to report I am back at home and ready give my blog some much needed TLC.
   On Monday I went with my two best friends from home, Liza and Emma, to Boston for some Christmas shopping and catching up over falafel. Although  I haven't seen both of them since the summer, it was like no time had passed and it was a perfect day. We spent our time browsing Newbury Street and revisiting our favorite spots despite the chilly weather.  Apparently I was feeling the all black and leather vibe (typical) but my absolute favorite part of my outfit was the fact that my Mum's well-worn black turtleneck kept me warm the entire time. Sometimes fashion can be functional!
   Hope everyone's holidays are going well and that you are relaxing and enjoying time with your loved ones. It's important to put yourselves first! Stay lovely and happy holidays.  Cheers!  xx

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Tune // Young Rising Sons

If you're into music that is of the indie-rock persuasion, Young Rising Sons might just be up your alley. This New Jersey native band opened for The 1975 on their tour alongside CRUISR (which I got to see in Montreal in November!) and had amazing stage presence.  I even got to meet them and have them sign their album!  They were all super sweet and grateful for opening for such an influential band. Although they only have five songs, their music is perfect for some casual cruising in the car.  It's more feel good than mellow, and their sound is a bit unique. So if you're trying to spice up your iPod playlist definitely give Young Rising Sons a listen.  Cheers! xx