Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Hopeless Romantic | 15 comments:











Top: J. Crew Factory, now on sale for $22! // Jeans: J. Crew Factory // Bag: Michael Kors // Shoes: Soludos // Glasses: Gucci, sold out (similar) (similar) // Necklace: J. Crew Factory, sold out (similar) // Lipstick: Mac "Russian Red" // Watch: Michael Kors // Bow Bracelet: Kate Spade // Buckle Bracelet: Michael Kors 


I'm always on the hunt for new locations for blog shoots and decided that a tennis court could be an interesting place with the sharp lines and green background. Of course, I was also watching the Olympics nonstop around the time that I planned this shoot so that might have something to do with it haha. So sad it's all over!

I'm pretty sure this is the first time I'm wearing a t-shirt in an outfit post but I couldn't pass this one up when I spotted it in the new arrivals section at the J. Crew Factory. I always feel like a hopeless romantic and plus the cute red cursive writing fits right in with my feminine style. I've been seeing shirts like this all over the place now and think they're great if you want a basic tee with a twist. Of course I had to make it look a little more interesting with the statement necklace and red lipstick along with my favorite summer shoes which I'm trying to wear as much as possible before summer ends. They're just so comfortable and chic and come in tons of different colors which I linked below. 
Thanks for reading,


-Ruya


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Monday, August 22, 2016

#BloggerBoss: How to Deal With Blogger Competition | No comments:

It's been a while since I've updated my #BloggerBoss series and quite frankly it's because I've been running out of ideas on what to give advice on. But then I decided to look at some issues that aren't frequently discussed in the blogging world and that's competition. No matter what industry you're working in, competition exists but it seems to be even worse for us bloggers. There's just so many out there that it can be hard not to get discouraged from your own work. It just seems like our content will never be "good enough" compared to everyone else. While every blogger feels this way once in a while, it can be damaging to think this way all the time. That's why I thought this would be a good time to talk about my best tricks for dealing with blogger competition and getting yourself to feeling better in no time:



Don't Focus On Being a "Top" Blogger 

I hear too many people say that they're dream is to be a top blogger. I've accepted the truth a long time ago: I'll never be a top blogger and that's okay. Just because you're not a top blogger, doesn't mean that you can't be a successful one. Once you realize this, life just becomes so much easier. If you're happy with what you're doing as a blogger than that's all that matters.

Remember, Everyone Started As a Beginner

No one in the blogging world is a success overnight. I can bet that a large majority of them worked on their craft and hustled for a while in order to get to where they are today. They went through the same struggles that you did and maybe even had some doubts on whether or not they could be a successful blogger.

Comparison Is a Brutal Attack On Oneself

Sometimes I just can't help but compare myself to others. We all do it am I right? The problem with that is that you start to believe that you're not good enough as a blogger and focus on what you're lacking. Try the opposite: make a list of your strengths instead and reflect on how far you've come. More importantly, remind yourself that the only person that you're in competition with is yourself.

Make Your Frustration, Your Motivation

Sometimes competition can be a good thing cause it can motivate someone to take action and start creating change. Let's say you compared yourself to all those bloggers out there and you're just not feeling your blog anymore, don't like your Instagram theme, or just want to do more collaborations with companies. Okay, then do it! Make a list of realistic goals and deadlines for each one and spend more time researching and putting in effort so you can achieve them.

There's Enough Room For Everyone to Win

Everyone has a different meaning to the word "winning" but I can guarantee you that there's enough room for all of us to become successful. As bloggers we should support one another and focus on motivating instead of hating each other and being competitive. Trust me, it feels a lot better to become friends with your competition and learning a thing or two from them instead of wondering what they have that you don't.




I hope these tips helped! Let me know what other topics you would like to see covered on my #BloggerBoss series!


Thanks for reading,



-Ruya

Friday, August 19, 2016

Back to School Style | No comments:


It's so bittersweet knowing that senior year is almost here ♥ I started my blog with a focus on college fashion and even though I expanded, it still feels strange to not be able to talk about college as much once senior year is over. I've always been someone that's excited to go back to school shopping ever since I was a kid! I decided to round up everything that I've been eyeing in stores and either plan on purchasing or have already purchased haha. 

School supplies are on the top of my list and my go-to is anything from Ban.Do such as the "After This We're Getting Pizza"  and "Think It, Want It, Get It" water bottles which makes me laugh and keeps me hydrated along with the floral folders and sticky notes with the cute sayings. As for the sneakers, this year I'm focused on being comfortable especially with my knee injury so a stylish pair of sneakers that you can pair with jeans, leggings, or even with skirts is perfect for me. Also, how cute is that backpack from Target that's sleek and is on sale for $31.99! Lastly, that pink satin baseball hat is perfect for bad hair days but looks so stylish and reminds me of the 90's.


Thanks for reading,


-Ruya



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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Bows + Ruffles | 7 comments:












Top: H&M, check in stores (similar) (similar) // Shorts: Banana Republic // Hat: H&M, old (similar) // Shoes: Topshop, old (similar) (similar) // Cuff Bracelet: BCBG, old (similar) // Watch: Michael Kors // Lips: Bobbi Brown Lip Crayon in "Rich Nude"


Without a doubt, this has to be my favorite outfit that I've worn this summer. It's girly, sophisticated, and reminds me of NYC because I remember everyone there sporting a chic fedora while walking around especially in the West Village which is where I stayed at during the summer. Can you tell I miss living there? It's just not the same! 

I'm obsessed with this H&M top that I bought during the beginning of the summer and yet is sold out online but I still see it in stores so make sure to check it out! The ruffles in the back are gorgeous and looks great paired with some shorts like I did here or even with a pencil skirt if you're going to your internship. As for the shorts, you can kinda see that they have scallops on the side. Normally I wouldn't pair scallops with ruffles but since the black makes it look subtle, I can pull it off in this case. Apparently Banana Republic thought so too since they put my Instagram photo on their website a few weeks ago! That made my day. 


Thanks for reading (is anyone ridiculously sad that summer is coming to an end or is that just me?)


-Ruya


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Monday, August 15, 2016

The Future of Makeup Samples: So Choix | No comments:

Hey ladies! So I'm testing out another subscription box service today but this time one that involves everyone's favorite subject - makeup! We all know how much I love testing out new products all the time but it can get annoying to ask for makeup samples in stores. Sometimes the sales associates are just mean and don't want to give them to you (especially at those department store counters ugh), might not have the samples in stock or might not sell the brands that you're looking for. Lastly, the worst part that I'm sure we all have experienced in the past: only has samples that clearly looks dirty and needs to be replaced badly. No thank you! 

That's why I was intrigued when I heard about So Choix which is the first online beauty counter that lets you try makeup samples of your choice every month which gets sent right to your door. They have an endless amount of beauty products from so many brand names such as Bobbi Brown, Chanel, and even Gucci to name a few. What I love about this service is that unlike other subscription boxes that send you random samples every month that you probably won't even like, So Choix focuses on giving you the power to choose whatever you want which is just the way it should be especially when it comes to makeup! 

There are two ways you can use So Choix: the first way is by sampling any of the makeup products that they carry for $5 each without signing up for subscription which is perfect for people like me who can't make up their minds about subscriptions. The second way is by subscribing for $15 a month and having the choice of 5 makeup products to try. If you want additional products then they are $3 each. You'll also earn 250 points ($5 credit) every month and can be accumulated so you can buy the full-size of the products that you tried. Sounds good to me! 


They were kind enough to send me a box and I have to say I'm so impressed by how well they packaged everything and made sure that nothing would be damaged or accidentally opened during shipping. The best part is how clean and hygienic everything is and even comes with a mini eyeliner brush, lip brush, Q-tip, and a blush brush so you can try everything right when you open the box. They also sent a container which I can put any one of the pans inside and take it with me wherever I go. Most importantly, the samples are so much more generous than anything that you'll receive at a store and will last you a while so you'll really see if you like the product or not.


Here's what I chose to sample: 




Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in "Bordeaux Lust"

Yes, So Choix actually sends nail polish samples and it comes in a cute little bottle! I don't know any makeup stores or beauty counters that actually gives out nail polish samples so to me this was a surprise. I've always wanted to try Tom Ford nail polishes but the expensive price tag always scared me away so it's nice to be able to test out this gorgeous maroon color (perfect for the fall!) before buying it.

Chanel Tan De Soleil Bronzer

Probably one of the most talked about bronzers from my favorite brand. It's a universally-flattering shade that goes on creamy and is long-lasting. I'm so glad So Choix sent a mini-brush in the box so I can test it out right away (cause I'm an impatient 5 year old when it comes to makeup).


Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder in "Pink Glow" 

I've always had an obsession with highlighters and even though I usually stick to liquids, this powder one is making me change my mind. It gives a gorgeous pink glow that makes you look radiant and more awake (especially when you put it on the inner corners of the eyes). Plus the sample will last a long time since a little bit goes a long way.


Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Matte Lipstick in "Dolce Desire"

Another sample that will last me a while - this one's a gorgeous neutral berry color that's perfect for fall. Once again, So Choix saves the day with a mini lip brush that's included so you won't have to use your fingers to apply.


Gucci Infinite Precision Liner in "Black" 

Every girl needs some great black eyeliner and this one was put in a pan which was inside a cute little plastic jar. The eyeliner is creamy, goes on smoothly, and doesn't dry easily like other cream eyeliners I've tried.






Overall, if you're someone who's constantly trying out new products and don't have the time to go to a store or even have certain brands available in your city then I highly recommend giving So Choix a try. Plus you can't beat the price and if you're scared of committing to a subscription box service then you can try it without subscribing! 


Thanks for reading, 


-Ruya



(Received complimentary by So Choix for review purposes. All opinions are my own.)

Friday, August 12, 2016

Fridays With Chloe | No comments:








Top: Target // Shorts: Express, old (similar) (similar) // Bag: c/o Chloe via Bagdujour // Shoes: J. Crew, old (similar) // Choker: Forever 21 // Lipstick: Bobbi Brown Lip Crayon in "Rich Nude" // Bangle: J. Crew, old (similar) // Watch: Michael Kors 


It's no surprise that my last week in NYC would also be one of the most emotional weeks of my life. It's just been so hard to accept the fact that I have to leave one of the most wonderful cities in the world and go back to my normal life in Rochester. My entire time in NYC felt like a dream: sometimes a fantasy and sometimes a nightmare haha. While I did have some Carrie Bradshaw moments, there was also a lot of moments that made me realize how hard life out there actually is. It's nothing like the movies and I don't think I'm going to be moving out there after college is over but that doesn't mean that I didn't have the time of my life these past three months. It changed me in so many ways and definitely made me come one step closer to understanding what my calling is in life. I'm so glad I took a risk and did it and I hope that all of you take more risks in your life so you can improve and become the person you've been dreaming of. If I had to choose one quote to represent the entire experience it would be this:

"It's been harder than I thought, easier than I thought, and worth more than I ever thought"


Now let's talk about the outfit: I'm obsessed with chambray shirts and consider it a staple in my closet. It goes with almost everything and can be dressed up or down. I decided to pair it with these high-waisted pink shorts that I actually wore in my very first outfit post back in the day and they finally fit again now that I've lost a little bit of weight from healthy eating. Feels so nice to see some results! Lastly, the bag. As usual Bagdujour came to the rescue with this gorgeous Chloe flowerpatch bag that I already reviewed earlier this week which you can see here. I'll admit this is actually my first time carrying a patterned bag and I couldn't be more in love with it especially against a chambray shirt!


Thanks for reading, 


-Ruya


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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

POPSUGAR July Must Have Box | No comments:

I've never been one for subscription boxes. They always seemed fun in theory (who doesn't want to get a surprise in the mail every month?) but the things that come in them are either useless or just okay. Why spend money on something that's just going to sit in the back of your bathroom drawer anyways? Yet, when POPSUGAR sent me this July Must Have Box to try I couldn't help but feel intrigued. Everything inside is full-sized and it's worth over $100 in value yet it's only $39.95 per month which includes shipping. Certainly sounds better than other subscription boxes am I right? 


Here's what was inside: 



Sachajuan Hair in the Sun & European Wax Center Brow Highlighter

I've been looking everywhere for something to protect my blonde balayage from fading when I'm in the sun and just my luck the Sachajuan Hair in the Sun is meant just for that! As for the Brow Highlighter, it's a gorgeous creamy pearl color that you can also use on the inner corners of your eyes like I do or even on top of your cupid's bow for a fuller-looking pout.




House of Pom Emoji Cocktail Napkins 

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these! So freaking cute and perfect if you're having a party or just want a cute Instagram picture like I do (no shame). Even though I only pictured three on here, they actually came in a pack of six!

Michael Stars Skinny Scarf

Ehh, this wasn't my favorite but then again I'm not a big fan of skinny scarves. Instead I'll use it as a headband when I put my hair up or even as a way to protect my eyes when I'm getting my tan on at the beach. 







Pintrill Pineapple Pin & Joe Chips Sea Salt Potato Chips




Pins are ridiculously trendy this season and who isn't obsessed with pineapples? I can totally see myself wearing this on a white blazer, off the shoulder top, or even on a crossbody bag. As for the chips, I love snacks and the reason why they aren't pictured is because I already ate them haha. I can confirm that they were delicious! 

Trove $20 Gift Card & Free Brow Wax At The European Wax Center 




Another two things that were just "ehh". I don't get my eyebrows waxed so the free brow wax offer was useless to me and while the jewelry at Trove looked pretty, their pieces are quite expensive even with $20 off, it's just not worth it for simple jewelry that you can easily find someplace else for cheaper.

Sunnylife Inflatable Swan Drink Holder 























I saved the cutest for last...this Swan drink holder! I definitely wasn't expecting this to be in a subscription box but it was the best surprise ever. It holds four drinks and is perfect for your next pool party or if you're just chilling at home and want your table centerpiece to be more #Instagrammable. How can you not fall in love with this?!




Overall, even though a couple of things were completely useless, I absolutely loved everything else and think it's a lot better than most subscription box services because of how unique it was. I also loved how everything fit in with their summer theme and I'm wondering what they're going to do for the fall and holidays so I might actually sign up for this service. If you feel like signing up, then use the code "SHOP5" for $5 off your first Must Have Box! 


Thanks for reading, 


-Ruya
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