Summer Time Prep: Bathing Suit Wish List

I can't believe it's the last week of March and I still have to worry about whether I should start packing up my winter clothes or if I'll still need my hat and scarf come Easter. But there's one thing I can thankfully look forward to and that's the warmer weather and beach trips that come with the summer season. Unfortunately being that I'm officially an adult in the "real" working world (I swear I'm still young though), I no longer get excited for spring break trips like I did in college. Instead my summer season officially starts Memorial Day Weekend with the rest of America and my first stop will be on an island beach with a drink in my hand, sunglasses on my face and hopefully a cute guy by my side **crosses fingers**.

While I already have three trips booked for this summer getaways, the first thing on my beach trip check list is finding the right suit. One pieces, Bikinis, high waists and yes, thongs; For being the least amount of clothes that you can respectfully wear out in public, there's so many different styles to choose from. Here are some of my picks for Summer 2015.

The High Cut One Piece

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I know, I know... this is definitely not the one piece you wore in third grade. Just think of it as an upgraded Baywatch suit that makes you feel as smokin' as Pamela Anderson running across the beach or better yet Ariel coming out of the water first time with legs next to a waterfall--yes, I've been a little Disney obsessed since Cinderella came out.

Last fall I picked up this white high cut one piece from American Apparel for my annual trip to the Mother Land. As I've developed some larger assets in the last few years, I don't necessarily feel as comfortable in a skimpy bikini as I once did. What I like about this once piece is that it's covering while also keeping your look sexy.

I'm loving the high cut one pieces from Myra Swim. This brand takes 80's and 90's classic cuts and blends them with modern minimalist style to create the perfect suits. Their Claudia and Elle One pieces are my absolute favorite for 2015. Although these are double the price of the AA suits, I'd still recommend these for their color selection and the fact that they aren't as commercialized.

The 2 Piece

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While I have become a bit overly obsessed with the one piece, I do love a high-waisted bikini. These suits are the perfect way to really show off a skinny waist. I'm literally obsessed with this Mesh style suit worn by  Nazanin from Minimale Animale. You can pick up a similarly sexy mesh suit from Victoria's Secret.

Don't think you can pull off the high waisted look? No worries! Try for a high-rise string bikini bottom. You'll be surprised out how much the V-shaped design will elongate your waist to give you a slimmer frame. Not to mention, it's just the hottest look for Summer.

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I'm also really loving the more "sporty" look for swimwear. NastyGal has a boat load of new swim styles that have just the right amount of sex appeal and sporty-chicness. No more underwire for me that's for sure. 

Curly Girl 'do: No Heat Bantu Knots

On an average day, thinking about my natural curls makes me cringe. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE my hair, but sometimes I don't think it really loves me. Since I was young, my hair in its natural state has had some sort of vendeda against me. While one half has a flawless spiral the other side is straight, but all together they share a need to frizz like crazy. Yep my hair can be a serious mess. I usually give up on my curls and go for a blowdried look or use my curling wand, but today I tried something different. 

Bantu Knots

I've tried using Bantu Knots in the past and they've always failed me miserably. Today was a completely different story and I'm absolutely ecstatic with the results. I didn't use any product in my hair except for a dime size amount of Argon oil spread evenly across my towel dried damp hair. To make sure that the knots were fully dry in the morning (I have so much hair that these knots will literally take days to dry if I only relied on air), I sat underneath my hooded dryer for 45 minutes before I went to sleep and when I woke up another 15 minutes to make sure it was fully dry.

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I love that I was able to achieve this style with basically no heat. This will be a great look for the summer months as it will mask my usual frizz.

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Tell me what you think! Should I do a hair tutorial for this style?

First Day of Spring Fashion Finds

First day of Spring calls for closet clean-outs and new fashion finds. Even though it is literally snowing outside, I did get a little shopping in for the hopefully sooner-than-later warmer weather coming. Here are some of my finds for Spring 2015 from two of my go to stores for trendy looks.

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While Forever isn't my favorite place to shop, I've recently been pleasantly surprised by the quality pieces I've been able to find. As always, shopping at this mega-store is usually a hit or miss for me, but this Spring they've created some staple pieces that have really brought my wardrobe to life.

When it comes to Zara, I get a bit goggly-eyed when their Spring and Fall collections hit stores. I stopped into the newly renovated location on 42nd and Fifth and was pleasantly surprised not only by the redesign of the store but also with seeing my favorite colors in great new styles and silhouettes. 

WHITES

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If there's one thing I've been looking for relentlessly these last few months, it was a pair of high waisted wide leg trousers in white. Thank you Zara for reading my fashion-frenzied mind and bringing me an AMAZING pair of trousers. I paired these babies with a white ruffled crop top to make sure my legs looked super long. I'd also love to wear these pants with a black fitted crop or even a bandeau and a white blazer. Definitely a chic look for 2015.

OLIVE

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It's hard to believe that when I first saw this jumpsuit online I thought it looked a hot mess, but seeing it within the store, I fell in love with this zip front jumpsuit within seconds of walking into the store.

Unlike a lot of Forever21 products, this jumpsuit is made from a lightweight woven material that feels like it will be one of those pieces that will last.

Although this specific one is currently sold out, Zara has an crossover version in olive. When I saw it in the store I was so tempted to pick it up, but then I slapped myself back in to reality.

The Zara jumpsuit is not as casual but still has that slightly slouchy fit that I usually look for in a one piece. 

KHAKI

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Who doesn't love a good khaki? These caged booties are the perfect addition for warmer weather and brunch 'fits.

These shoes look a lot like a pair I got from Steve Madden in black leather, but the suede and khaki color give these shoes a versatile appeal.

Paired with my favorite pair of Leigh jeans from Topshop, white tank and a neutral toned trench vest, there'll be nothing stopping you from making a fashionable statement.

This trench is from Forever 21, who I've also been a bit obsessed with (have you seen their duster jackets??? Can you say Oh My GAAAA). If you're looking for good layering pieces, check out their woven dusters jackets.

 

Like my picks for Spring? Tell me what you're wishing to add to your wardrobe.

Bring On the Contour: Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit

I've always been a bit nervous about the contour craze just because I'm not one to do a face full of makeup, but today I can say I've officially joined the contour crew. From highlights to chiseled cheekbones, I'm in it to win it with this new makeup phenomena. 

Last week, I ordered a bronzer from MAC thinking that it would help give some definition to my face, but to my surprise it didn't even make a dent into my skin tone. Thankfully, I work steps away from the Harold Square Macy's, so getting a replacement would be easy, or so I thought. Walking up to one of the MAC reps, the first thing I was told was that I don't need a bronzer, but instead should go for a contour.  The rep was nice enough to show me the newest Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kitdespite him working exclusively for MAC. 

I was pleasantly surprised that only a minimal amount of product was needed to create an amazing natural look! The cream contour and highlights in Anastasia's new palette are not only light weight, but are also build-able for those girls who'd like a little more coverage.  And at $40, I think this is one of my best makeup investments this year.