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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Whiteout











Top: Free People // Jeans: Joe's // Shoes: Sam Edelman // Phone Case: Kate Spade // Watch: forgot the name but old (similar) // Bracelet: old (similar


April's almost here which means a whole month filled with college projects and finals. Ugh. My mood and motivation has been awful lately and I'm pretty sure it's because of that. I can't wait until it's all over and my summer can start. This is actually my last summer break before I graduate college and have to start adulting which makes me so sad. Don't get me wrong, I'm excited to begin a new chapter in my life but I'm also still attached to college. I loved my experience and who I've become in college but something's missing. Like there's so many things that feel unfinished about it. Did I miss some opportunities? I don't know. It's a strange feeling and it's one of the reasons why I've been feeling down lately. Oh well, my mind is so weird lol. 

I finally got around to doing another outfit post but this time indoors and with my natural hair which I never show on the blog. I've been experimenting with photography and wanting to try new things so I just went with it. Probably not one of my best posts and I should stick to shooting outdoors haha. On the bright side, I'm obsessed with this Free People top that's so cozy and I'm sure I'm going to be wearing it more often once the weather is warmer. Plus it goes with practically anything and can be dressed both up and down depending on where you're going. The only downside is that it does wrinkle easily which drives me nuts but because it's white, it's not as noticeable.


Thanks for reading, 


-Ruya
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Monday, March 28, 2016

Spring Basics


Hey ladies! I hope everyone had a nice Easter! I had a few days off from school and completely messed up my sleeping schedule by staying up late and binge watching too many shows so I'm probably in class suffering right now. Anyways, I thought I'd share with you a few of the things that I've been eyeing for spring. This off the shoulder top is perfect for spring and even has a subtle gingham pattern on it. As for my shoe addiction, I promised myself that these white Soludos wedges will be the last pair of shoes I buy until the fall. I'm seriously determined this time! If only the wedges didn't also come in black leather which is just as gorgeous. Lastly, I'm sure you noticed that beautiful floral YSL crossbody that just completely redefined florals. It's quite a luxury item but a girl can dream.



Have a lovely week!


-Ruya
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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Suede Jacket











Jacket: BCBGeneration, sold out (similar) // Jeans: Two by Vince Camuto // Shoes: Zara, sold out (similar) // Bag: Michael Kors, on sale! // Necklace: LC by Lauren Conrad // Lips: NYX Matte Lip Cream in "Istanbul"


There's nothing I love more than finding a beautiful mural hidden between random buildings ♥ It's funny, I've always considered Rochester an ugly city (#sorrynotsorry) yet if you look hard enough, you can find some beauty hidden in secret places like this. I actually discovered this wall while driving to my dentist appointment haha and knew I had to get some shots in front of it. 

Lately I've packed up my coat collection and brought out my spring jackets such as this suede BCBGeneration one which looks more expensive than it is and is actually my first brown jacket. I'm usually not big on brown but I think it's a great color to wear during the spring/summer when black can look a little severe. I paired it with an all white outfit which is my obsession as I'm sure I mentioned a million times before on my blog. It just looks so clean yet I admit it's harder to pull off compared to an all black outfit which makes you look ridiculously slim. Lastly, my pearl pendent is a new addition to my jewelry collection. I love dainty, unique pieces like this and I've received so many compliments on it! 


Have a great day, 



-Ruya
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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Ion Color Defense Clarifying Shampoo


Ever since I got my latest cut and color which you can see here, I've been taking extra care of my hair and being super picky about which products I'm using. When you're using so many sulfate-free products to protect your color like I am, a lot of build up happens and you're left with an itchy scalp and hair color that looks dull. If my hair wasn't colored, I would just use that good old Head & Shoulders but that's not possible in my case since it's not sulfate-free. Imagine all that hair color going down the drain! Yikes. Lately, I've been looking for an alternative and have been checking every store possible for a sulfate-free version of a clarifying shampoo which I'm not even sure existed. Is it possible to get rid of build up without stripping away color? 

My hunt eventually led me to the classic Sally's Beauty Supply where I bought a life-changing curling wand a few weeks before which I'll be blogging about soon. I swear lately I've been having the best luck finding great products there! Anyways, I came across the Ion Color Defense Clarifying Shampoo and after quickly checking the positive reviews online, I thought why not? It ended being the best decision ever! I specifically waited until my hair had tons of build up from styling products and dry shampoo in order to test it out and it only took one wash to get rid of the build up. I've noticed it foams better than most sulfate-free shampoos but it does leave your hair a bit dry so use a great conditioner or a hair mask right afterwards. The best part is that it doesn't change my hair color and makes it go lighter like other clarifying shampoos do. Your hair simply stays the same color yet looks shiny and healthy! Just a word of caution: don't use this everyday, it's a clarifying shampoo so it's not healthy to strip your hair of it's natural oils every single day and can lead to tons of damage. I only use it once a week and think it's more than enough. 


Did I mention the shampoo is only $7.29? Yup, I linked it below in case you feel like ordering right now or if you just want to read more reviews. I can't wait to try more products from this line!



Thanks for reading, 


-Ruya
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Monday, March 21, 2016

How to Create Beach Waves

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Without a doubt, one of my favorite hairstyles is the beach waves look. It's so easy to create, looks great on all hair lengths, and you don't have to make it look perfect since it looks better messy. All you need is a curling wand and a few of my favorite brushes from Goody. Let's get started!


Step One:



Since my hair isn't naturally straight (so envious of gals with straight hair!) I'm going to start by using the Goody Straight Talk Porcupine Hot Round Brush to help blow dry my hair straight. For girls with straight hair, feel free to skip to the next step. I love using this round brush because it creates so much volume and leaves my hair smooth and sleek.


Step Two:  


 
Beach waves usually look best on hair that hasn't been washed for a day or two because curls tend to hold better on hair that isn't squeaky clean and gives better texture. Of course product build up isn't a good thing so I like to begin by brushing my hair with Goody Clean Radiance Oval Cushion Brush which has copper bristles that helps to reduce build up which helps to leave your hair shiny and healthy. 


Step Three:


Next apply a heat protectant and begin curling your hair in different directions with a curling wand. I like to mix it up by curling thin and thick pieces in order to add to that tousled, undone look. Make sure to loosely wrap your hair around the wand and not make it a tight curl, as shown in the picture.


Step Four:


Once you've curled your whole head, here's the fun part: messing it up! Using my Goody Gelous Grip Paddle Brush, brush through the curls for that wavy effect that's not tangled, thanks to the brush. The bristles are gentle and flexible and not only works for this hairstyle, but is great for everyday use if you have frizzy, thick hair like I do. 


The Final Look: 


Finish off with some hairspray and there you have it! Super easy and the perfect hairstyle that works year-round for all sorts of occasions. If you're in the market for some new hairbrushes, I recommend these ones that I used from Goody that are available at Wal-Mart. The Goody website also offers more information about the brushes that I used in this post and the importance of brush education so check it out!


Thanks for reading, 



-Ruya
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Friday, March 18, 2016

#BloggerBoss: Public Speaking Tips For Bloggers

This post is longggg overdue but I finally got around to it! Last semester, I was given the opportunity to present in my social media class about my blog and boy was I scared. Not only because I have a lot of anxiety when it comes to public speaking (that I'm finally getting around to overcoming but that's for another post!) but because I'm sharing such a huge part of my life with my peers. It's not like I keep it a secret or anything, if it ever comes up in conversation I definitely mention it but presenting it to a class on a professional level can be intimidating. Face it, us bloggers and social media gals aren't always taken seriously despite the ridiculous amount of effort that we put into our work. What would they think of a girl like me who talks about her outfits everyday?! To say that I was nervous was an understatement. I was thinking about how to present it for two months straight! In the end, there was nothing to be nervous about because the reaction from my audience was crazy positive and supportive. Since I never see posts about this kind of stuff, I thought it was time to finally share some tips with you all that helped me get through it. Let's start!




Be Humble - This was one of the things that I was concerned about from the very beginning. I hate talking about myself. It's just not my thing (I prefer to write about myself on my blog instead haha). So how do I talk about myself and my accomplishments without sounding like a Kardashian? Keep it professional. Remember the point to any presentation is about educating the audience.

Talk About the Struggle - Most people don't know about the challenges of being a blogger. They don't know about the long nights that we work, how difficult it is to monetize, and how discouraging it is to have many people in your life not taking you seriously. Every professional goes through hardship so talk about yours. Not only will this make you look more down to earth, but people will be able to relate to you.

Humor - Typically when I do any sort of presentation, I like to add in a couple jokes and sarcastic comments here and there (my professors know I'm sarcastic, they don't mind lol) because I've noticed it always keeps the audience interested and awake. Plus if you're nervous about presenting, it helps you to relax when you notice that everyone is laughing at your jokes and actually enjoying your presentation.

Dumb It Down - Not everyone gets blogger jargon. Make the concepts easy to understand and simple. This will not only help others to understand blogging better but it gives you less anxiety since you don't have to remember anything complicated.

Practice With a Blogger Friend - When I was preparing my presentation, I asked my blogger bestie Kiara from Blissfully Brunette for some feedback and luckily she already made class presentations on her blog so she was able to give me some great advice on it. It's always nice to get a second opinion!

Watch the Experts - Due to my paranoia, I began watching Youtube videos of blog conferences and influential people in general giving presentations and began to take note of what they were doing. The funny thing is, I've attended blog conferences before and never really paid attention to the way people spoke until now. Even the most famous speakers make mistakes while talking yet they move on and don't show their nerves. You're probably the same way! One thing they all had in common was how passionate they spoke about their work and you can tell the people in the audience were feeling inspired. Watch a couple videos and see if you can adopt some things into your own presentation.



Overall, remember how lucky you are that you even got the chance to do some public speaking and educate people about blogging! This means that people are taking you seriously and want to know more about you. A lot of bloggers (including myself back in the day) dream about opportunities like this. I know it's painful, but get out of your comfort zone and I'm totally gonna sound like a Nike ad here but just do it. You'll be glad you did.



Thanks for reading,


-Ruya
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Monday, March 14, 2016

The Camel Coat







Coat: Topshop, sold out (similar) // Shoes: Sam Edelman // Bag: Kate Spade, old (similar) (similar) // Lips: Mac "Rebel" Lipstick



Happy Monday everyone! I wish I was looking this chic today but unfortunately I have an exam so I'm probably wearing a boring outfit right around now. Let's move on to the coat...are you really a fashion blogger if you don't own at least one camel coat? haha. I shot these photos a few weeks ago and completely forgot to blog about my new coat. I didn't have any plans to buy a new winter coat (especially towards the end of the winter) but this one was on major sale and I didn't have anything camel in my collection so I thought why not. I love the way the color brings out the blonde highlights in my hair and goes perfectly with the leopard shoes. 

I decided to add a pop of color with the mint blue Kate Spade bag which has been in my closet forever. Camel is a neutral and pretty much goes with anything but I love pairing it with a bright color such as mint blue. It's so unexpected! 

Lately I've been going through a dilemma when it comes to blog pictures, I'm not sure what it is but I'm just not feeling the way they look anymore. Maybe it's the background or my camera quality? I was thinking about shooting in front a plain background like a white wall but would that look too boring? I'm not a professional when it comes to photography so I would love to hear what you think! 


Thanks for reading, 


-Ruya
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Friday, March 11, 2016

How to Choose the Perfect Pair of Glasses


Fun fact: I've been wearing glasses since I was 8 years old. Sometimes I love them, sometimes I hate them but either way I'm always going to have a pair of glasses on me at all times. Once I got into high school, I started wearing contacts (and still do!) but the first thing I do when the day is over is switch to my glasses or even wear them all day when I'm feeling lazy. The right pair of glasses can totally elevate your look and make you look smart and stylish (or at least that's what people have told me haha) and I don't think it's the end of the world if you have to start wearing them. I know so many people that wear glasses just for the look! Since I recently bought a new pair (my first leopard pair!), I thought this would be the perfect time to share some of my best tips to help you to find the perfect pair as well:



Color/Pattern - Glasses come in so many different colors and patterns that it can get overwhelming after a while. If you're going to be wearing your glasses on a daily basis then I recommend sticking with black, brown, or even leopard (leopard can be a neutral!) in order for your glasses to go with all of your outfits. If you're like me and only wear glasses out in public every once in a while, then feel free to go bolder with your choices. Also, hair color and eye color plays an important role in glasses. Since my hair color is lighter, I decided on leopard glasses which would accentuate the blonde in my hair. For gals with dark hair or even green/blue eyes, try purple, teal, or even a red pair of glasses which would brighten your face and accentuate your eye color.


Shape - Ever wonder why certain glasses just don't look right on your face? It's all about the shape of them! Since I have a round face, I've noticed frames that are square or rectangular seem to be more flattering than round shapes which would accentuate my round face. If you have a petite face with great cheekbones then I recommend going for a rounder shape that would soften your look. Overall, I recommend trying out glasses in all shapes and sizes in order to understand what's flattering.


Style - During my lazy days which is usually the days that I wear my glasses (other than at home), I want my glasses to represent my personal style. If you're someone that's not into fashion, then go for a more simple classic black pair. If you're into trends, then go for the latest quirky style that Prada has out. Your glasses are simply another way to express yourself. 


Buy Them Online - I used to always buy my glasses from Lenscrafters and pay a ridiculous amount of money for good quality glasses yet lately I've been getting bored of the same old designs so I decided to shop online. I ended up falling in love with a designer pair on Amazon that I never would've found where I live and the best part is that I paid half price! I ended up saving a lot of money and most places have free returns/exchanges just in case you don't end up loving them.



Thanks for reading!



-Ruya
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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Charleston Travel Diary

Oh Charleston, you're just so charming ♥ It's so easy to fall in love with this southern city and I'm so glad I went during spring break because I had the best time! You have no idea how sad I was to leave (then again I'm always sad to come back to freezing Rochester haha, please tell me I'm not the only person who hates their hometown?) but I know one day I'll be back. In the meantime, I thought it would be great if I added another post to the travel section of my blog since it's pretty quiet over there. Traveling is an expensive hobby and it's hard doing it a lot when you're a college kid but I'm happy to say that my trip to Charleston was actually pretty affordable! Highly recommend it for college students who have wanderlust. I'm going to post a guide to Charleston filled with tips on what to do, eat, and see later on this week so stay tuned! 

On the first day, we landed around noon and got to check in at our hotel early (#winning) and decided to head to King Street which is within walking distance from our hotel. The first thing I noticed about Charleston is how colorful everything is! It's gorgeous and so different from where I live. I'm so glad we splurged and decided to get a hotel in the downtown-historic district area because everything is pretty much walking distance. That's another thing I love about the city, it's walkable! When you live in a place like Rochester, everything is so far away and your only choice is to drive. It's so refreshing and I personally think that's the best way to really get to know a city. 




King Street was packed with endless boutiques, chain stores, and restaurants and what I consider to be the go-to place in Charleston for fashionistas. We spent all day there! haha.

The next day the first thing we did at 9am was get breakfast at Callie's Hot Little Biscuit which is a super popular biscuit shop. I got the buttermilk biscuits with pimento cheese (they put pimento cheese on everything here!) and I swear I could eat 50 of them cause it was THAT GOOD. Southern food is the best...


Then we did the typical touristy stuff like visiting St. Philips Church which is a famous landmark. It's kinda become my very own tradition to take a selfie at famous landmarks (I started the tradition back during my London & Paris trip!). Right down the street is Dock Street Theater and a few blocks away is St. Michael's Church which makes some great photo opportunities. For a majority of the time, we explored so many streets just to see what colorful houses we would come across. Sometimes it's nice to not have a plan and to just go with the flow. 





On our last day, I met up with the lovely Ashley from Always All Dressed Up and she showed me around Waterfront Park (where Pineapple Fountain is located), Battery Park and the epic...Rainbow Row! It's funny how you'll see something on the Internet a million times but it's so much different in person. That's what I love about traveling! 








Thanks for reading!


-Ruya
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