Traveling Europe – Rome, Florence, Venice, Paris, and Beyond

 

For the past fall semester, I studied abroad in London. One of the best parts of being in London was that it was so easy to travel to different places around Europe. Today, I wanted to share some of my photos from my travels with you. These past few months have really inspired me to save up and travel more often. Hopefully, my photos will bring some wanderlust into your lives as well.

Rome

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Fall Favorites

I’m a junior in college and for this academic year, I’m studying abroad in London. Before settling down in the city, I traveled for two weeks around Italy and France with my mom and had an amazing time. Since then, I’ve been roaming around London and have had the best time so far. I absolutely love this city and can’t wait to start school. Due to all the moving-around and adjusting, I haven’t had much time to write on my blog and it’s really exciting to finally be able to update!

It’s been a while since I last posted so I thought I would start things off by telling you about what I’ve been loving these past few weeks.

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The weather here is perfect (my standards of perfect weather are chilly and grey) and I’ve been so happy to be able to bust out my jackets and start layering.

  • MAJE Bluff Leather Jacket with Sheepskin Collar
    I’ve been wanting a leather jacket for so long and this fall, I finally decided to take the plunge and invest in a nice one. I’m a huge fan of the shearling collar and I fell in love with this super-soft leather jacket from Maje immediately. The collar is detachable so you can change around the look depending on your mood. The fluffy cream collar definitely adds a bit of femininity to the tough leather jacket. For a similar look at a kinder price, check out Topshop! They have quite a large range of leather and faux leather jackets, including this one (which I actually own and love).
  • TOPSHOP MOTO Washed Black Denim Jacket 
    Can you tell that I have a very particular style that I love? This denim jacket from Topshop is perfect for this season as it’s very warm without looking too heavy. You can wear layers underneath if it gets colder outside or wear it over a thin long-sleeve shirt when it’s warmer. It’s super casual, comfortable, and my daily go-to.

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Products I’ve Used Up – Empties #3

Over the past few months since school started, I’ve emptied a ton of products. I’m trying to be good this year and finish things up before buying new items, and so far, I think I’ve been doing pretty well. I tend to write pretty long posts, so this time, I wanted to be quick and to the point. So, in this post, I’ll be giving short reviews that will hopefully be helpful.

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Thayers Alcohol-free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner
★★☆
Repurchase? No.
While I enjoyed how fresh this product made my skin feel, it didn’t really do much else for my skin.

Poppy Austin Rose Water Facial Toner
★★☆
Repurchase? No.
Once again, while I liked the scent of this product, it wasn’t as hydrating or soothing as I expected and did nothing for my skin.

Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray
★★★
Repurchase? Yes.
I’ve tried several brands of facial sprays including La Roche Posay and Vichy, but this has been my favorite so far. I love using it all year round and especially in the summer since it’s so refreshing. I’ve used up several cans of this and will be restocking once summer rolls around again.

Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Cottonseed
★★★
Repurchase? Yes.
This cleanser is one of my definite skincare staples and I always find myself going back to it. It leaves my face feeling clean but not dry and it works perfectly with my Clarisonic.

Clarisonic Deep Pore Cleansing Replacement Brush Head
★☆☆
Repurchase? No.
While I love the clarisonic, I found this brush head to be too irritating to use on a daily basis. I much prefer the green head, which is for acne, and the new radiance brush head, which is also quite gentle.

Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes with Cotton Extract
☆☆☆
Repurchase? No, no, and no.
These face wipes were terrible and made my skin extremely irritated. After using three of them, I gave up and ended up using them to wipe off swatches and makeup from my hands in the morning after getting ready. Not suitable for sensitive skin at all. I’ve never used wipes that made my skin feel as terrible as these. Continue reading

My Top 10 This Winter

The past week has been super warm in Nashville and everyone was expecting the nice weather to continue. Of course, perfect weather never stays and it became freezing cold overnight. In celebration of the once-again-subzero temperatures, I thought I would share my top 10 items so far this winter: 5 fashion items and 5 beauty products.

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1 • BEANPOLE Black Tweed Tailored Coat (available <here> but only in Korea)
The majority of the clothes that my family buys are from Beanpole. It’s a Korean brand and all of their clothes are really well made. They also offer lifetime warranty on all of their items, which is really great for me since I’m always ruining my clothes. When I went back home for the holidays, my mom gifted me this lovely coat that I’ve been wearing daily. It’s a cocoon-style coat that’s fully lined (making it super warm) and hits me right above the knee, helping me look a little bit taller. It’s really easy to match with everything and I love the flash of pastel blue on the inside of the arms, which I like to cuff up on warmer days.

2 • PIXIE MARKET Faux Fur Life Shoulder Bag (available <here>)
This was an impulse buy when I was in New York, but I’m really glad I purchased it. While the structure is very simple, it’s made from a pinkish-tan faux shearling that adds a bit of interest to my otherwise simple outfits. You can use this as a shoulder bag, a cross-body bag, and a clutch (I just tie the chains together on the inside of the bag). I think it’s a cute bag and that’s quite well-made for the price.

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A Look Into: InstaNatural

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I’ve always been interested in trying out more natural and cruelety-free brands, so when I was contacted by InstaNatural a few weeks back and offered a chance to test out a few of their products, I gratefully accepted. Based in Florida, InstaNatural is an affordable skin care brand that strives to create effective and safe products. All of their products are free of harmful alcohols, sulfates, and parabens, and most of their items (with the exception of their Emu oil) are made from vegetarian or vegan ingredients. I was really excited to be able to receive a few of their products and I’m very happy to share my thoughts with you guys today.
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Argan Oil Hair Mask ☻☻☻☺☺

The first product I immediately tried out was their Argan Oil Hair Mask. After cutting off a huge chunk of my super-damaged hair this past winter, I started to pay more attention to my hair care than ever before. Naturally, I have very straight, manageable hair, but after consistently dyeing and perming my hair for three years, it has become really unhappy. I use hair masks on a consistent basis, and I was really excited to try out a new one.
Compared to other hair masks that I have used, InstaNatural’s Argain Oil Hair Mask has quite a thick consistency, making it much easier to scoop and apply to my hair (without the product sliding all over the place). I left it on for about ten minutes and washed it off to find smooth hair. While it did leave my hair feeling quite hydrated, I do have to say that it didn’t leave my hair as silky as some of my other treatments. However, considering the price (under $20) as compared to the price of my usual hair mask (almost $40), it does give good results. Also worth mentioning is the scent. The product has quite a distinct, vanilla/cocoa-butter smell that I didn’t like but my roommate loved. I definitely think this is a personal opinion as there are also varying opinions in other reviews that I have read so far.
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100% Pure & Organic Argan Oil ☻☻☻☻☻

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Day Out With Iris – What’s in Her Pouch?

Over the past winter break, I went back home to Korea to spend time with my family and friends back home. I met my friend Iris several times over break since we live really close to each other and on one of the last days that we met, we went out to grab dinner and go makeup shopping. We both had a few things that we wanted to purchase before we left so we decided to go out together to see what was new. I thought it would be fun to show you guys what someone else uses and give you more information on what type of products are available in Korea.

Sadly, I forgot to bring my camera to Korea and the cafe we sat down in was really dark. These photos aren’t that great, but I hope it’s not too bothersome.iris1

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