What’s in My Beach Bag

We are about half way through summer and sadly I’ve been to the beach only a few times.  I know, I think last summer I went at least a few times a week.  As a native Cape Codder, I know a little about how to pack the perfect beach bag.  So here we go.

My bag

My beach bag is not your typical colorful bag, but I love the fridge, also it’s has a round shape and no sand gets stuck inside of it.  I got this bag from American Eagle probably last summer for under $10.  If you’re ever looking for an inexpensive well made a bag look for an end of season sales at American eagle.

The Travel Bottle

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Never ever go to the beach without a water bottle.  The reason is no one wants to stand on the hot pavement waiting for the millions of kids trying to get their ice cream.  You don’t have to fill it with water, the beverage is up to you.

Viter Energy

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For me, I’m always exhausted at the beach, but where do you get good coffee at the beach? The answer, is sadly nowhere, at least on the cape.  These mints are super tasty and actually give you some energy to beat everyone in can jam.

Bare Republic Thermal Serum

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Lets just say, the sun is horrible.  I got a sunburn on my leg yesterday from just eating lunch outside.  The sun is also very damaging to your hair, but this serum can help protect it.  Also, you can use it as a detangler and a leave in conditioner.

Maaji Swimwear

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I absolutely love this brand more than you could ever know.  I probably spend hours going through their website wishing I could buy everything.  They have extremely creative patterns and literally everything you could need.  From bags to yoga pants.

KVOSSNYC Lotion

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I always put the lotion in my beach bag, because my skin is always so dry.  Always keep your skin hydrated when you’re out.

Pact Organic Is Your One Stop For Ethical Leggings

The fashion industry is not always the most ethical industry in the world.  That is why I like finding brands that are doing business for a purpose.  Pact Organic is committed to organic cotton to minimize their impacts on the environment.  They improve the quality of life and improve conditions of the people who make their clothing.

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Pact Organic united the collective vision of responsible manufacturing, cotton farming, values-based shopping, and sustainable and ethical certifications.  Growing organic cotton keeps families and farmers safe.  The are not exposed to the toxic chemicals in the water supply and in the fields or through their food.  This means that farmers can grow more than one crop with supplements their income and food.

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Pact Organic has clothing for everyone.  The have a womens, mens, and kids line.  The other great thing about Pact Organic is their prices.  Many ethical clothing companies tend to be more money, but pact is reasonably priced and have sales often.

Why You Need To Know About KVossNYC Cosmetics

A few months ago, I totally did not care about organic or natural anything when it came to cosmetics.  Then I went on Accutane, and quickly learned how important it was to look into what your putting on your skin and hair.

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I loved finding new organic companies and learning their story on what motivates them to start their business. Being a small business owner myself, I always try to look for female entrepreneurs I can support just by buying their product.

Kristen Voss started her business four years ago in her tiny kitchen in NYC.  When she was younger her mother had skin cancer.  She never went out in the sun, but she was freckled head to toe with red hair.  When her mother was diagnosed with cancer it didn;t make any sense.

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Voss started researching all the products she used to understand what was in the products her mother was using. Skin acts more as a sponge than a barrier. For example when you put something on your skin it goes into your bloodstream faster than if someone ate it. She created products to address all unique skincare needs and are made with the highest quality and effective ingredients.

After being on accutane the two things that are the most dry were my legs and my lips, I wanted to find something that would bring back my smooth skin that I had before taking accutane. Therefore I tried her body lotion and lip balm.

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My favorite part of the body lotion was it’s label. Whenever you look at a label of lotion in the drugstore their ingredient list is so tiny it’s a little hard to read because they don’t want you to know exactly what’s in it. Her label clearly showed what exactly is in the lotion. This lotion was perfect to put on your legs right after shaving. It was effective in soothing the damage a razer does to your skin.

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The second product I tried was her peppermint lip balm. What I loved about this lip balm was it was very light, while still moisturizing your lips. Also, it had the perfect amount of color for a lip balm.

13 Things You Know If You’re A Girl Who Gets Ready In 15 Minutes

In junior high, it makes me a little sad how long it took me to get ready, yet I was late pretty much every day.  When high school came around, school started at 7:30am and I don’t know how I made that when I complain about my 10am class now.  In high school, I used to be able to shower, do my makeup, and have straightened hair in 20 minutes.  Today, every morning I get up 15 minutes before I have to leave and am never rushing to my first class.

1. You can do your makeup in under 5 minutes

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Sticking to a basic routine has two pros. One is you get so good at it it only takes about five minutes to do your makeup.  The second is no one ever knows you wear makeup because you only have five minutes, no time for winged eyeliner, therefore no one ever thinks you’re even wearing makeup.

2. You’ve mastered the art of multitasking

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My most impressive multitasking is doing my makeup while brushing my hair.  When you’re crunched for time, because well you love your sleep, you learn some tricks that are actually super useful.

3. You’ve lost count of how many times you’ve worn those leggings

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We all have “those” leggings.  The ones that sit somewhere in your room or on the hook in your bathroom.  Even though you may have a couple more pairs you just love these ones.  Therefore you may forget how many times you’ve worn them.

4. You’re not a morning person

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The only time you’re awake before 9 is because food is involved and even then you have to think about it again.

5. You have a morning alarm, but never stick to it

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Every day my alarm goes off at 9am, but I don’t think I’ve ever gotten out of bed at that time.  I continually set timers that go off until I have 15 minutes before I have to leave.

6. You’ll scroll through your phone until you absolutely have to wake up.

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On the days where you’re awake, but don’t feel like participating in life just yet.  You start going through your phone because so much has changed since you went to bed at 1am.

7. You don’t understand why you didn’t do this in high school

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You used to wake up hours before class and now you’re waking up 15 minutes before and even looking better.

8. You wear the same pieces of clothing in a loop

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You have your classic pieces hanging somewhere in your room you can grab in a rush.  My current favorite it is maroon yoga hoodie.  Have I ever done yoga? No, but who has to know.

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I don’t understand how people have time to shower, and no one wants to walk outside in winter with wet hair.  Therefore, if your hair looks a little greasy just spray in some dry shampoo.

10. You love your nighttime showertumblr_m8npscayyu1rb2mc1o1_500.gif

 

If you do have time to take a shower, it’s about 45 seconds and you don’t have any time to relax.  You love your nighttime shower because you have time to sing through your favorite song.

11. The last time you sat down and ate breakfast was pre-k

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I don’t remember the last time I ate a breakfast sitting down.  You love just grabbing something to go, eating it in your first class, or stopping by your favorite place on campus to get food.

12. You continue to challenge yourself

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I’m always seeing how fast I can get ready.  It’s fun because whenever I challenge myself I end up getting ready even faster than planned.

13. You haven’t failed so far, so why stop now?

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You have never failed.  Your routine is an accomplishment you can talk to your friends about, sharing your secrets about how to look flawless without taking hours.

My Top 5 Tips For Shopping At TJ Maxx

I would like to start off by saying I hate shopping.  I still have flashbacks from having to try on shirts multiple times in a dressing room with the store employee asking if I’m okay.  I love to do my shopping in my bed and preferably on Amazon.  Recently I’ve started to go to Tj’s to pick up things for my new dog.  I found that Amazon was actually more expensive and the quality was way higher at Tj Maxx.  Like pretty much everything in life, shopping is always better with a few strategies, here’s a few of my tips.

1.Go to your local store, not online

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In my opinion, I always find better things at the store that are also less expensive.  The main reason behind this is the online store has more expensive brands and a smaller collection.  For example you can’t buy bras or many home items online.

2. Never go on the weekends

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This is one of my biggest rules about Tj Maxx.  On the weekends, the store is packed and sometimes you don’t get to relax and look through everything.  You could miss out on a great deal because you skipped over the section because a woman was standing in the way for ten minutes.

3. Always check the clearance

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Even if you’re going there for a black pair of pants you only need for work, always check the clearance (unless you’re strapped for time).  Some of my favorite things for my house I found in the clearance; sometimes you even find some funny stuff you just have to get.

4. Shop during January and July

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Stores tend to try to clear out inventory during these months to make room for the new season.  This could be the best time to get your winter jacket or bathing suit.

5. Use the Amazon Price comparison app

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All you have to do is simply scan the barcode and you can figure out if you’re getting a good deal.  Everyone knows about the “compare at” price on all their tags.  Well that “compare at” price is sometimes very inflated to make it seem like you’re getting a better deal.

4 Ways to Never Lose Your Rings

One of my biggest weaknesses is keeping organize.  You’d be surprised by the things I’ve lost, everything from socks to some of my favorite pieces of jewelry. Jewelry is incredibly easy to loose, but it is also very easy to keep organized if you just add one thing to your life.

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What I’m talking about is a ring dish.  It’s the perfect size to keep all your jewelry you wear every day and is small enough for your bathroom sink or your nightside table.  All the items below are made by Elycia Camille, which is a handmade Ceramic Art business on Etsy.

1. The newlyweds

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Any bride who opens this gift is going to love it because her husband will always have a safe place to put his wedding ring.  It also is a cute gift for a couple to keep for their new life together.

2. The fashionista

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This is perfect for someone who always has new bling they wanna show off.  It’s very important to take your rings off before you go in the water, even for a shower.  This way nothing will get lost or tarnished.

3. Your mother

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Just in time for mother’s day! This gift is perfect for any mother.  Over the years you’ve gotten her plenty of jewelry and now she has a place to keep it all.

4. Your Dad

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At least, in my opinion, I never know what to get my dad.  This is the perfect gift for your dad to hold on to his cuff links.

4 Steps To Create A Flawless Natural Look

Creating the “natural look” is commonly known as being more challenging than it looks.  The thing is it is if you’re using the wrong products.  These five products from IBY Beauty will make this effortless look actually effortless.

1. Conceal & Highlight Pen

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After washing your face in the morning apply this concealer.  This pen does a grat job of covering unwanted dark spots or blemishes.  It also works as a great highlighter, to emphasize your face.

2.  BB Cream

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BB cream is perfect to use for a light makeup.  This look is perfect for the summer months.  The reason being is BB Cream also has SPF and your face will be protected from the sun.

3. Brow Tint

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First, let me say that this brow tint is absolutely amazing.  A few years ago I got a brow tint and they stopped making it.  And since then I haven’t been able to find anything to come close until this brown tint.

4. Lip Stain Pen

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This lip stain is perfect for the right amount of color for your lips.  A common misconception is that you shouldn’t use any lip color for this look, but a little color make it look a lot better.

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13 Things You’ll Just Get If You’re A Low-Maintenance Girly Girl

This is for the girls like me.  You love fashion, but don’t like the word “high-maintenance”  because you’re not.  You like how you dress and are chill af.

1. You love makeup, but you refuse to spend more than 5 minutes doing it.

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You love looking at makeup tutorials on YouTube, but never spend more than a couple minutes doing your own.  It’s a classic look you love and have found the best products over the years.

2.You know all the latest makeup trends, you never take time to try them out.

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You know every makeup trend and say you want to try them out, but it never happens because you know soon they’ll be onto something else.

3. You’re a pro at getting ready in under 15 minutes.

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You can go from bed head to fabulous in under 15 minutes and awe everyone.

4.It drives you crazy when someone else takes forever and you have to wait for them.

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You are a little impatient when it comes to waiting for people to get ready.  It’s because you don’t understand because you can do everything in a few minutes when it takes others hours.

5. You have hair straighteners and curlers, but never use them because your look is classic.

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You have a curling wand and the latest straightener that won’t harm your hair, but you’ll never use them.  You like your hair how looks and don’t over think it.

6. Your beauty routine is constant and only consists of a few products.

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Over the years your beauty routine has changed.  You’ve found products that work and some that don’t. Today you have your small set or products you love and use daily.

7. You love dry shampoo.

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It’s perfect for mornings you don’t have time to shower and just need your hair looking your best.

8. You love looking at expensive things but never buying them.

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You love reading fashion magazines, looking at all the gorgeous dresses that were worn at the Oscars, but you don’t need anything that fancy.

9. You love online shopping.

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You have flashbacks of being a kid and having to try on everything because your mother needed you to. Today you love the convenience of being home and shopping online.

10. For you, feeling comfortable is absolutely key.

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You love finding clothing that is cute and comfy af.  You have pieces of clothing that are very stylish, but people would never know you actually bought them in the sleepwear section.

11. You have a closet of clothing, but wear the same five things.

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You have your favorite pieces, probably the newest things you just bought in a haul.  You wear the same few pieces and try different ways to style them.

12. Your nails are never painted.

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You love nail art, but don’t see the point of painting your nails.  You have a large selection of nail polish you’ve collected over the years, but never use it.

13. You’re chill, but like to look cute.

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You look amazing at your 8ams and everyone thinks your outfit took so much effort.  But really you got up 15 minutes before your class.

I Went Braless For A Month And Am Never Going Back

I would just like to start off that this was one of the best experiments I’ve ever done, even better when I did the mentos and diet Pepsi experiments in the 7th grade.

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I got this idea because I was getting very annoyed with bras.  My top reason was that they are expensive, uncomfortable, and I wanted to find out if they were even necessary.  There’s been many studies that there is no benefit to wearing a bra.  According to a recent French study, boobs gain more tone and support when you don’t wear a bra. The study found that when you’re wearing a bra “supporting tissues will not grow and even they will wither and the breast will gradually degrade.” That means you’re basically atrophying your boobs when wearing a bra.

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A little about my relationship with bras.  I’ve been wearing a bra since probably the 6th grade. My bra size is a 32C: not that small, not that big.  I started going braless when I started my semester after winter break.

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At first, it is a little weird going braless. Before this, the only time I was braless was when I was sleeping.  You do feel a little bare and feel like everyone can notice because you’re not used to not wearing anything to support your girls throughout the day.

The first thing I realized was how much more comfortable I was during the day.  I’m a broke college student, therefore no fancy Victoria’s Secret bras for me.  I would get indents from the wires and was constantly moving them to make them more comfortable.

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Then, when the weekend came around, I was getting ready to go out and I thought, “is this too much?”  After a few times, I got use to the idea and I gained more confidence about my boobs.  I always wasn’t very positive about them because they’re not that big.

When I was working out or wearing a shirt that I thought was too revealing to wear to class without one, I wore a bralette.   What I would do is buy a sports bra that looked very similar to a bralette and it was one of the most comfortable things ever.  I would wear it under all my open knit sweaters.  My name sweater got a classic sexy look.

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Lastly, I want to comment on the comments I got for going braless.  The first thing I would like to say is that no one realized I wasn’t wearing a bra.  The people I told were very supportive of the project and gave me advice on my outfits – seeing if you could tell I wasn’t wearing one or if it was too inappropriate.

The last thing I want to talk about is how guys viewed it.  I would like to say first and foremost that a way a woman dresses is not an invitation and I didn’t do this to get any type of attention from guys.  But I did get a response from a guy I was talking to at the time.  I told him what I was going braless and he said, “so you’re trying to get fucked?” First off, I think any girl doesn’t have to not wear a bra to get hit on.  Also, going up to a girl and instantly looking at her chest isn’t going to get you anywhere.

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After the end of the month, I took out all my bras from the dresser and put them away.  The only reason I would ever wear one now if for some reason I had a formal event where it was mandatory. With bralettes being as cute as they are and as comfy, there doesn’t really seem to be a need for me to ever own a bra again.

13 Things To Wear When Weather Gets Confusing

Even though it’s a little worry some that it’s not snowing this month, I’m enjoying the nice weather.  The only problem is I have no idea what to wear in this in between weather.  It’s too hot for a jacket, scarf, and a hat, but it’s too cool to wear just a sweater.  Here’s the guide we all need for this weather.

1. Lightweight longline bomber

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These are great for when you’re going out.  The reason being is it’s still a little chilly to be bare legged, but a longline bomber will keep you warm.

2. Scarfs

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It’s the perfect thing to bring with you when you’re unsure about the weather.  If it’s too warm it’s so small you can always just throw it in your bag.

3. Wool coats

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I know what you’re thinking, wool? Really? But they are perfect for a day out in inbetween weather.  The reason being is you don’t have to zip or button them up.

4. Light jacket, with a mini tee

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I just got a mini tee and love it.  Tees are one of the most underrated tops.  It’s a perfect opportunity to wear a pair of high waisted jeans. A light jacket will keep you cozy when you’re outside.

5. Bright accessories

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With warmer weather it’s a great chance to start wearing your favorite baby pink bag that you thought you could only wear in spring and summer.

6. Mini skirts

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I did this last week when the weather was so nice, warm, and it was amazing.  Stick to colors that are still wintery like denim, suede, or corduroy.

7. Light sweater

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Don’t worry – sweater weather is still not over.  Just trade in your wool knit sweaters for lighter ones.  They are perfect under a light jacket.

8. Statement coats

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Remember that leopard print coat you bought thinking you’d wear so much, but it’s always been so cold? Good for you this warmer weather let’s you wear that coat all you want.

9. Sneakers

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No need to worry about messing up your converse that you can’t possibly get any type a scuff mark on. Also, sneakers are super cute and way easier to walk in than heels.

10. Leather Moto jackets

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These a great because they add the perfect amount of warmth.  They also look amazing zipped up or better yet not zipped.

11. Long sleeve crop tops

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These are great for when you’re going out.  Let’s just say this warmer weather has made going out so much better.  You look cute and you’re also not freezing.

12. Draping

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No longer is this look for people who think they’re “too cool”.  This is perfect for when you’re walking around town and need a little warmth and love your winter jacket.

13. Overalls

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Match your overalls with a sleeveless turtleneck.  It’s perfect for when you’re going in between chilly and warm.  For example going between classes.