Saturday, April 29, 2017

5 Lessons I've Learned in College | No comments:

In honor of the last full week of my college career (and let's not forget about finals next week ugh), I thought this was the perfect time to talk about what I've learned in college. And no not the boring stuff like always checking your email before you go to class just in case it's canceled (that one has happened to me too many times to count) but much more deeper stuff. The stuff that no one tells you about especially coming from a fashion blogger. Here they are:





Fear Can Be Powerful, But You Are More Powerful

Something that I don't share too often on here is that one of my biggest fears is public speaking. One of the best decisions I've made in my life but also the scariest was switching my major from Finance to Media Management. Switching meant that I would be a part of a new and exciting major that focused on media and the Internet but also having lots of presentations. And I do mean a lot. It felt like hell and I've lost track of how many times I was driving home and burst into tears because I couldn't be like the others. At the time, my fear felt more powerful than I was and I would have awful thoughts like "what if this ruins my career in the future?" or "who cares how successful I become, people will only remember me by the girl who couldn't talk". Now here's the truth: I have survived 100% of my presentations and I didn't die. Throughout many of them, I have stuttered, rambled, and sometimes even froze and had to have one of my group members take over for me. Yet I still survived. Trust me, you won't die from failure. Funny enough, the more mistakes I've made the more comfortable I've become with failure. Fear can be a painful thing, but sooner or later you'll realize you had the power to overcome it all along. This will all be worth it. 

Learn To Be Your Own Best Friend 

College means that your friendships will be constantly changing and people that you thought will be there forever, actually...won't. It's a sad change because a lot of times you'll be on your own. Either at your internship, in classes, or other places. One of the best skills that you can develop is to become your own best friend. Not many people are comfortable being alone and when you have the confidence to stay strong by yourself, people will notice. The best part is that it attracts the right kind of people and will help you to develop new and more meaningful friendships. 

Showing Appreciation Can Go a Long Way 

Believe it or not, being thankful and showing appreciation has led to receiving some of the best opportunities during my college years. Something as simple as giving a professor a thank you card or even telling one of your classmates how much you liked their presentation can make a big difference. It shows that you're supportive and who doesn't want to be known as that kind of person? Not only will it help you in college but in your future career as well. 

Trust The Process

One of the biggest lessons that I've learned in college is to relax and realize that everything is happening as it should. When I first got into college, I had no clue on what to major in and was terrified about the future. I remember asking everyone I knew how they figured out what to do with their lives and they all said the same thing which wasn't helpful at all: "you just know". I felt like I was running out of time so I threw myself into Finance cause it's a "safe" major where I would make good money. I had no passion for it whatsoever and in order to cope with how miserable I was, I decided to start blogging. If someone told my high school self that this is how I would find out what to major in, I would've never believed them but that's just how life is. I remember the excitement yet also the misery that I felt the day that I officially switched majors which meant I would be going to college for another year. Sure, I could've doubled up on classes and risked finishing college with a low GPA but my intuition told me that I needed that extra year. And my intuition never lies. I was able to accomplish so much in college and it never would've happened if I didn't study the wrong major in the beginning. The biggest realization was that I wasted a bunch of time worrying about the future for nothing when everything worked out in the end! Now that college is ending and my future is unclear once again, I'm reminding myself of this experience. 

Understanding The Art of "Slowing Down"

College will be over before you know it (and this coming from the girl who went to college for 5 years!) and one of the things that I regret most is not always letting go of my workaholic ways and appreciating the present. There was so many moments that I wish I could go back and experience again, not to change anything, but to just live through it and understand how precious those moments were. Ironically, it's always those little moments that meant so much. 




I hope this post was helpful for anyone that's going to into college and wondering what to expect on the journey and to everyone that's graduating college, congratulations!!!



Thanks for reading,



-Ruya

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Hints of Summer | 1 comment:









Dress: Michael Kors // Bag: Zara // Sunglasses: Dior "Origins" // Shoes: Steve Madden via DSW // Lipstick: Mac "Brave" 




There's nothing I love more than a white dress and with the weather getting warmer, I can finally wear them more often. This one I spotted last week at Michael Kors unexpectedly (for some reason I don't go to that store as much as I used to, kinda died down don't you think?) and just had to splurge on it since I can never find good crochet dresses anywhere. I wore it for my very last college presentation (of all time!) yesterday and received so many compliments on it. It works perfectly for professional settings because of the length but still looks chic and timeless. 

As for the sunglasses, they're another major splurge (and I really mean MAJOR) which I bought a few weekends ago in Toronto and that's because these are the first pair of round sunglasses I found that suit my round face. It's not an easy task I tell ya! I think it's because the shape of the sunglasses are more oval than round so it slims your face instead of accentuating the roundness of it. Plus it's simple enough to wear with every outfit and will last me for years so I don't feel super guilty about it. 

And this bag. Words can't explain how much I love it! This was another find at Zara in Toronto and it's just the perfect addition for a summer wardrobe and comes with a strap so you can wear it as a crossbody when you're tired of carrying it around all day. Plus the price was around $40 so it wasn't too bad compared to other bags. 



What are you loving for the spring time? I'd love to know! 



-Ruya



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Monday, April 24, 2017

Radiant Lip Look With Colgate | 1 comment:

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and it's advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MyRadiantLook #CollectiveBias



Spring is officially here which means switching up our beauty routines for something lighter and in my case, brighter. During the winter, I'm all about moisturized lips and tend to stick to mattes and neutrals and instead go heavier on the eyes since my makeup won't be constantly melting off. Yet during the spring and summer, I'm all about a bright lip. Since the weather has been rainy and gloomy lately, I decided this was the perfect time to share how to achieve my favorite lip look with you gals:




1. Prep Your Lips

First I like to start by applying a lip scrub which is necessary whenever you're going to put on lipstick  since it easily shows signs of dry skin. Gently massage it into your lips and remove with a washcloth.


2. Whiten Your Teeth

Next I've recently started to use Colgate® Optic White® RADIANT™ Toothpaste since years of drinking coffee in college has taken a toll on my teeth and makes me feel self-conscious whenever I smile. What I love about this product is that it's safe to use daily unlike other whitening toothpastes. With Colgate® Optic White® RADIANT™ Toothpaste, it safely whitens the outside as well as the inside of your teeth since it contains hydrogen peroxide which is a dentist recommended ingredient. 



3. Lip Liner 

Once you're done, I recommend lining your lips with lip liner since you want the lipstick to look neat and polished. Here, I'm using a nude shade lip liner which easily blends in with any lip color and makes your lips look plump. 



4. The Right Shade of Lipstick 

As for the lipstick, my secret tip is to choose a shade with a blue undertone which helps to make your teeth appear whiter. Why? If you look at a color wheel, blue and orange/yellow sit across from each other which means blue tends to cancel out orange/yellow tones which comes in useful when those tones are typically found on your teeth! 



5. Highlight

Lastly, if you have a small top lip like I do then use a small amount of highlighter on your cupid's bow and blend with your finger or small brush. This way, the light will reflect off of it which will help make your top lip look a little bigger. 



There you have it, the perfect lip look for spring! Make sure to pick up the new Colgate® Optic White® RADIANT™ Toothpaste at your local Kroger store. 




Thanks for reading, 



-Ruya 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Maps | No comments:










Scarf: Lord & Taylor // Shirt: Forever 21 // Jeans: J. Crew // Shoes: Steve Madden // Bag: BCBG Maxazria, sold out // Lips: Mac "Brave" // Bracelets: Alex & Ani "Pisces" and "Inspiration in Flight"



Hi ladies! I hope everyone had a great Easter break. I made last minute plans to take a road trip to Toronto and spend the weekend there which was the best! I've lost track of how many times I've been to Toronto but it's such an exciting city and you never run out of things to do. I'm actually going to make a Toronto travel guide soon so stay tuned. 

This outfit was obviously inspired by my love for travel and I can't believe this is the first time I'm actually wearing this scarf on my blog since I've probably worn it a thousand times before in real life haha. Scarves are the best especially in the spring time since the weather is in between warm and chilly and if you want to skip the jacket but still stay warm then I recommend adding a scarf to your outfit. 

It's also finally warm enough for me to wear these Chloe-inspired wedges which has been sitting in my closet for the past two months. They're super affordable compared to the designer versions and also come in black and grey and did I mention they are the shoes of the season? They were pretty popular last summer but they somehow have become even more popular this year! But it's no wonder, since they are a pretty comfy pair of wedges and I'm even thinking about wearing them for graduation!


Hope everyone has a good week! I can't wait to share some of the stuff that I bought in Toronto (major spring shopping spree!) on the blog soon. 



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Friday, April 14, 2017

How to Become a Leader (Even If You're Quiet) | No comments:

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Wellesley College and Her Campus Media. All opinions are my own. 




Growing up, I never thought of myself as being a leader. I always assumed that leaders were confident, talkative, and powerful people and those qualities I just didn't have. I'm the type of person that usually stays quiet and prefers to absorb information during class discussions, gets intimidated by large groups (talk to me one-on-one though and I'm awesome!), and did I mention my public speaking fears? Yup, not exactly leader material. I always preferred working behind the scenes and letting someone else have the spotlight. Yet I always supported leaders, especially other women, who could bravely handle any situation that comes their way and still have a smile on their face and stay positive. Secretly, I wanted to be just like them but I didn't think I had it in me. It took years of growing mentally and putting myself out of my comfort zone (and not always getting great results) but eventually I was able to become a leader. Even though I'm sometimes considered to be a "quiet" person. Here's how:




You Need to Be a Good Listener 
Listening is seriously underrated yet it's one of the best skills that a quiet women already has and can be successful if it's used right. Take the time to listen to each of your peers and not only understand where they're coming from but to understand their character as well and to have empathy. 

Be Decisive 
What's the difference between a good leader and a bad one? The bad ones are controlling while the good ones are decisive. It's all about knowing when it's time to stop brainstorming and make a decision. This was actually the way that I realized that I could be a leader because I took the time to see a situation in all angles and actually spoke up and made a decision and proved with confidence why it could work. Trust me, groups can go on and on when it comes to trying to make a decision so if you have a feeling that you know which decision is the best, speak up or else the brainstorming won't end for a while! 

Do Some Research 
If you want to become great, then you're gonna have to study people who are greater which means spending some time on the Internet reading about your favorite female leaders (I recommend Forbes or Fast Company!) or even...dare I say it? Reading their books!? Yup, a lot of powerful leaders have great books which will help you to get inspired but to also realize that people never had an easy start and that the whole process takes a while. 

Be Your True Self 
This one's tough. But as the saying goes "you can't influence the world by trying to be like it." People tend to follow and naturally are drawn to people that are doing something different. I noticed this when I started blogging and talking about my experiences with professors and  my peers and people began to value my opinions in the social media field. It was completely done naturally and all I had to do was be myself! I don't think I ever would've become a leader if I kept blogging to myself (which I think many bloggers do in order to not be judged! Been there.) but I'm glad I showed people who I really am. 

Wellesley College's Women's Contemporary Leadership Program 
I recently found out about this opportunity and wish that I could take advantage! My college doesn't offer any programs or classes on leadership especially on leadership involving women which I think is an area that is never talked about enough and if you look at workplaces, there's just not enough female leaders and that definitely needs to change. The five week program is for sophomores, juniors, and seniors and takes place at Wellesley College which is the #1 ranked women's college. You'll take two female leadership courses which will be for college credit, live on campus in residence halls, visit a Boston-area corporation to learn about women's leadership skills, and work on an experiential project. Also, you'll live in Boston aka one of the best cities in the country! Feel free to apply here




Overall, leadership is a skill that can be learned and there's no such thing as a "natural leader". It takes years to get it right which means that a lot of mistakes are going to be made but that's just all a part of the process! We need more women in leadership positions and you can be a part of that change so my best advice is to stay resilient and learn and put leadership to practice as much as you can.



Thanks for reading,



-Ruya

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Best of Shopbop Sale: Under $100 | No comments:

In case you're looking for some new additions to your wardrobe that screams spring then check out the Shopbop sale that's going on right now. Use the code EVENT17 to get 20% if you spend under $500 or get 25% if you spend $500 or more. I decided to link some of my favorites that are under $100 since ya girl is broke and I'm sure other college girls out there don't want to spend a lot either haha.


First up is that gorgeous striped ruffle dress that's perfect for any events that you have during the spring or summer. Also that white lace skirt, so gorgeous! Pair it with a chambray shirt for a casual look or dress it up with an off the shoulder top for date night. Also you guys need to check out that blue shirt cause it has a bow in the back and it's such a unique piece for your spring wardrobe. As for the accessiores, I'm going through an earrings phase right now and love long dangly earrings so I had to include those gold ones in there. Also that velvet Rebecca Minkoff clutch is perfect if you want to dress up any of your outfits and a great way to include velvet in your outfit for warmer days ahead. Lastly, I've always wanted a card case since I usually take a card with me wherever I go and don't want to take my whole wallet. And that phone case? Girl, I got an iPhone 7 a couple of months ago but can't find a nice case for it anywhere in stores so I have to order this black swan one especially because I have an obsession with swans!



Happy shopping! 






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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

How To: Evil Eye Nails | No comments:

In Turkish culture, the evil eye has always been an important symbol. If you ever get a chance to go to Istanbul or to any other popular cities in Turkey, the first thing you'll notice is that the evil eye is everywhere. From jewelry to home decor, Turkish people call it the "nazar boncugu" and believe it's a way to get rid of bad luck. Last night while I was doing my nails and trying to think of a way to glam up my usual mani, I thought why not the evil eye?! It's super-simple, quick, and of course is the perfect good luck charm! Here's how I did it: 





What You'll Need: 

Base coat, white nail polish, black nail polish, light blue nail polish, silver glitter nail polish, loose silver glitter, and a top coat. Also, a dotting tool/bobby pin/toothpick. 

Step 1: Apply Base Coat & Paint Your Nails White 

I decided that I wanted the evil eye to stand out so I decided to let my ring finger be the accent and painted the rest of my fingers white. Of course it doesn't have to be white (I was also thinking of painting them navy blue which is just as pretty!) but since it's spring I thought it would be a refreshing color. 

Step 2: Paint The Accent Nail Silver 

Once again, it doesn't have to be silver but that's just the color that I thought would make the evil eye stand out more and goes nicely with the white. Since most silver glitter nail polishes aren't opaque (and takes thousands of coats!), I decided to simply paint it one coat of silver and then waited a few seconds for it to get tacky (but not completely dry) and very gently patted on some loose silver glitter. 

Step 3: Paint The Evil Eye 

Now for the fun part! With a dotting tool (I got myn from Sally's!) or even a toothpick or a bobby pin, draw a large white dot. Wait until it's completely dry and now with a light blue color, draw another smaller dot inside of that one. Lastly, once that's dry, draw an even smaller black dot which resembles an eye. That's it! 

Step 4: Top Coat 

Make sure to wait until your mani is completely dry before sealing everything with a top coat. Afterwards, since I'm super impatient, I like to use OPI's RapiDry Nail Polish Dryer which is a product that I never seem to hear it about too often but it cuts the drying time in half so you can be on your way! I linked this and other products that I used below. 



Yup, it's that simple. I hope you gals liked this post and let me know if you would like to see more nail tutorials like this on the blog! 





-Ruya




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Monday, April 10, 2017

Glowing Spring Look With Le Petit Marseillais | 1 comment:

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and it's advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SoFreshSoFrench #CollectiveBias



Whenever the seasons change, I always like to change my makeup routine as well. During the springtime, I always tend to gravitate towards makeup looks that are going to make me glow and leave my skin hydrated. Since spring is officially here, I thought it was the perfect time to share my spring makeup routine with you gals!


First I'll start the day with the Le Petit Marseillais™ Mandarin & Lime Extra Gentle Shower Gel which has the most delicious smell and reminds me of warm summer weather. In case you've never heard of the brand, it's actually new to America but is the leading body wash brand in France. Le Petit Marseillais created a special line featuring 17 products that's exclusive to Wal-Mart.


Next, I like to moisturize after getting out of the shower since I have very dry skin and body lotion seems to absorb better this way. Lately, I've been using Le Petit Marseillais Shea Butter, Sweet Almond & Argan Oil Nourishing Body Milk Lotion which is perfect for dry skin that's suffering from  the transitioning weather and is a thicker formula that soaks into the skin in seconds and doesn't leave it greasy. Plus I love the fact that the packaging includes a pump which makes using the product so much easier!

Now for the makeup, I start by applying BB cream and use concealer to hide my dark circles and any other imperfections such as redness or dark spots. Next, I'm going to lightly fill in my brows with brow powder that's a few shades lighter than my natural brow color. Since I naturally have dark and thick eyebrows, I'm only concerned with filling in the sparse areas but for fine eyebrows, I recommend brow pomades or even tinted brow gel for a natural-looking fuller look.


Now for the eyes, I'm going to keep it simple with some light brown matte eyeshadow on my crease and pat some cream shadow on the lid. Then, highlight my brow bone and inner corners of my eye with a highlighting pencil. Lastly, I'm going to finish the eye look with black liquid eyeliner and mascara.


Now for the glow! I'm using my favorite liquid highlighter on the top of my cheeks with my fingers. If you're going to use a powder highlighter, then make sure to apply it with a fan brush. As for the lips, I'm going to line my lips with lip liner in a rose shade and fill in my lips with matte liquid lipstick in the same shade. Once I'm done, since I washed my hands a few times since my hands get dirty from the makeup, I always make sure to moisturize with a hand lotion such as Le Petit Marseillais™ Shea Butter, Sweet Almond & Argan Oil Nourishing Hand Cream which is a thicker formula than the body lotion and gets rid of dry skin so easily. Plus I love the smell of shea butter!




That's it! A simple but glowy spring look that works for all types of occasions and outfits. Make sure to update your beauty collection with these products from Le Petit Marseillais in stores at Wal-Mart (located in the bath and body aisle, where loofahs are sold) and on Walmart.com! The collection includes eight body/hand moisturizers, two liquid hand soaps, six body washes, and a bar soap which ranges from $3.99-$7.97.



Hope you enjoyed this post,



-Ruya

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

90's Inspired | 2 comments:







Hat: Urban Outfitters (on sale!) // Jacket: Forever 21, old // Jeans: Paige // Shoes: DSW (on sale for $50!) // Bag: LC by Lauren Conrad via Kohl's // Lips: Mac "Brave"



By far, one of my favorite decades is the 90's. I grew up watching 90's sitcoms like Saved The Bell, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and the Nanny (follow the Instagram @whatfranwore if you loved Fran's outfits! #styleicon) and I always wished that 90's fashion could just stay forever. Even though trends come and go, it's nice to see that the 90's revival seems to be here for a little while longer and that's what inspired this outfit which I decided to shoot at my favorite childhood spot which is Irondequoit Bay. Although it was super windy, I love the way the photos turned out and decided to edit them the same way that I edit my Instagram feed to give it a more airy and vintage look. I'm not sure why, but in some photos I look tan but I'm totally not complaining since I look ridiculously pale in real life! haha.

As for the outfit, as you know I'm always wearing baseball hats these days and my most recent addition to my collection is this vintage MTV one that the sales associate at Urban Outfitters searched 20 minutes for in the store. God bless her lol. I decided to keep the outfit simple with a jean jacket (another 90's staple) and my favorite new bag - what do they call these? hoop bags? - which I was lucky enough to grab the last one before it was all sold out at my local Kohl's. While I'm not the biggest fan of black bags, I'm obsessed with how different this was is and I'm pretty sure my Mom had one just like it when I was a kid so I had to get it. I can't wait to pair it with more outfits but it seems to really go with everything!


Thanks for reading,



-Ruya



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