Vacation Mode! Vacation Wardrobe Must-haves of This Summer

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As I’m sitting here at work staring at the clock wishing that it was 5 o’clock, my mind keeps wandering and daydreaming about summer. I LIVE, breathe and lust for summer! One of my favorite things about the summer, besides the beach, the fun, the ice cream, the endless amount of daylight (etc.) is summer vacation! It’s the time when we can go out and explore the world around us. Summer here in NY is great. There is so much to do and so much to see. While there is so much do in your hometown, it’s still great to use this opportunity to explore ‘merica! There are several vacation wardrobe must-haves that you NEED this summer!

jumpsuits

A summer vacation wardrobe must-have is definitely a jumpsuit/romper. They are so light and easy to just throw on. You will look super cute and dressy yet you will be so comfy.  They can easily be paired with some heels or flats, chunky necklace or any type of fun summer accessory.  They look great in any pattern, color, or material.  These are a few of my favorites that are cute yet budget friendly.  The olive jumpsuit from New York and Company is only $39!  It features a tie around the waist, which I love because it adds shape and fits nicely around your curves.  It can also camouflage your belly a little bit for those of you who suffer “the bulge” like myself.  The middle one from NecessaryClothing.com features a great flower print that’s perfect for the summer.  It’s for the cute girly girl in all of us.  The last jumpsuit is one of my favorites because, as you can all tell by now, I LOVE leopard print!  It’s the feisty latina in me that makes leopard one of my favorite prints of all! It’s edgy, fun, and sexy.

summer musthaves

A pair of white pants or jeans are essential for the summer months. They provide a fresh clean look and can be paired with virtually anything. Another must-have for the summer is a bright colored handbag. The brighter the better! I love hot pink, bright blue, yellow, and purple.  They’re great for brightening up those miserable summer days when you’re stuck inside of an office wishing you were outside.  My favorite accessory for summer is a big floppy hat! They’re perfect for those lazy days spent by the beach or hanging out poolside.  They do a great job of keeping your face from getting sun-burnt, while still staying stylish.

A summer essential hands down is the perfect summer dress.  I wear a dress almost everyday during the summer.  The perfect summer dress is one that is super comfortable and keeps you cool and dry all day long. I love the floral dress pictured from target.  It’s short and flow-y and will keep you feeling great all summer.  A maxi dress is another must for the summer! They basically go with everything! You can pair them with a cute pair of flats or a chunky heel.  You can dress it up or dress it down.  It doesn’t matter how you decide to wear your maxi, you will still look flawless!  Crop tops are also really big this season.  Dare to bare it all in this sexy summer piece.  I own the black one at the top, its from Forever21 and says, “I believe that I love fashion much more than anybody I’ve ever met.”  I love it! 🙂

Here’s how my summer looks so far!

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Bikini Ready! Tame and Manage Unwanted Hair for Smooth Summer Skin:)

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With the beautiful summer fun comes the ugly torture of removing unwanted hair! This is something that every women dreads during the summer months when we often wear less and expose ourselves more. Unwanted hair can be embarrassing. For some women like me, it can be more a nuisance than for others. Thankfully there are solutions to unwanted fuzz, although most of the time, the solution is painful. OUch!

I recently came across this place called European Wax Centers. I was referred to EWC by a friend. I decided to try it out. EWC has over 600 locations around the country. I went to the one in Forest Hills, NY. EWC offers many products and services for ok prices. Some of the services are a little pricey in my opinion, but if you want good quality care, you have to pay for it. If you are a first time customer, you either get a free eyebrow, bikini line, or underarm wax, or you can get any other service for half off. I decided to get a Full Bikini, which was originally $40, but I paid half because I was a first time customer.

My waxist was a nice Indian woman named Rima. She was very patient with me (I’m the biggest baby when it comes to stuff like this!) and she explained everything that she was going to do as well as every product that she was going to use. Overall it was a great experience! Although it hurt, it was somewhat bearable! One thing I didn’t like about EWC was that they were trying to sell you stuff as soon as you walked in the door. You should let your services and products speak for themselves, you shouldn’t have to try hard to sell it. That was the only negative experience I had. They convinced me to buy their Serum to prevent ingrown hairs. I’ve been using it for about two weeks now I don’t see huge difference, but I’m going to try it for a little longer, maybe my skin has to get used to it.

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When it comes to eyebrows, I only get them threaded now a days. It hurts like hell but threading provides more of an accurate result than waxing, in my opinion. For the past year, I’ve been going to Unique Threading Salon in Midtown Manhattan. It’s a nice threading salon that also provides waxing services and facials. Everyone in their is super nice and patient. For me, it’s so convenient because I work right across the street. I pretty much let anyone do my eyebrows there (mostly because I can never remember who did my eyebrows last….lol). I even get my legs waxed here occasionally, and it is virtually pain free! They also offer a sugar wax that’s supposed to be less painful and better for your skin.

In all my research about best hair removal practices, the best advice that I’ve found is to exfoliate your skin. If you shave, it is important to exfoliate first because exfoliating helps to get ride of the dead skin that could clog your razor. Exfoliating also helps to decrease ingrown hairs that may occur. If you want your skin to be smooth to the touch, you must exfoliate. It is extremely important to moisturize after shaving and waxing! Shaving and Waxing can remove much needed moisture from your skin, it is very important to bring back the moisture that is lost after removing hair. After shaving, I typically apply cocoa butter or Aloe Vera or some type of vitamin E. After waxing, you may want to avoid putting anything on your skin for 12-24 hours because your pores are open and it may irritate your skin. For the first 12-24 hours after waxing, you may want to only put an ingrown hair prevention serum.

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Hair removal is basically a trial and error process for most people. Everyone is different so methods that work for some, may not work on others. I am mixed with Puerto Rican and Black, so my hair is thick and curly. It’s a little difficult for me to remove hair from some parts of my body because of the thickness. My skin is very prone to ingrown hairs and bumps, especially on the bikini line and on my underarms. It’s all a work in process.

There are many options for hair removal, you should try them to see what works best for you.
1. Shaving is probably the easiest and (relatively) cheapest method of hair removal. Shaving cuts hair super close to the skin, not from the root, so for women with thicker hair, it may cause ingrowns and infections. When shaving, it is important to wet the hair thoroughly and shave in the direction that hair grows. Shaving is basically painfree, but unfortunately the results don’t last long. Hair can grow back in a few hours or a few days.

2. Waxing removes the hair from the root and last much longer than shaving. Waxing can last 3-6 weeks. Waxing is a little pricey. At home kits are available, but I would suggest to get your wax done at a salon, especially for areas such as the bikini line. At salons, however, you must be careful that the waxist does not double dip. Make sure your waxist doesn’t place the same stick in the wax twice.

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3. Laser-hair removal is a costlier option, although some may argue that it’s cheaper than long-term waxing or shaving. A laser is used to destroy the hair’s root permanently. It usually takes about 6-8 sessions to permanently remove the hair. Touch-up sessions are advised. The problem with laser is that it doesn’t work on everyone. The best candidates for laser hair removal are women with fair or light skin and dark hair. I tried laser hair removal and it seems like the hair grew right back. My skin is too tan.

4. Depilatories are a popular method for hair removal. These creams use a chemical to dissolve the protein that make up the hair. Depilatories are said to last a little longer than shaving, but not as long as waxing. Depilatories are not recommended for the genital area or eyebrows.

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5. Tweezing is a method that pulls hair from the root. Tweezing is kind of painful and is best used for small areas such as eyebrows, lip, or chin.

6. Threading is an ancient technique that uses a thin thread to pluck hair at the follicle level. Typically used for eyebrows, it provides more of a precise control. Since it doesn’t use any chemicals, it is better for your skin that waxing.

Guys don’t understand how hard it is to be a girl! Feel free to try different methods and let me know how it works out for you. If unwanted hair is a real problem for you, or you may think it is do to a hormonal imbalance, you may want to seek professional help from a dermatologist. Good luck in these summer months ladies. 🙂 Stay smooth.

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Summertime fine :)

I’m back ladies and gentlemen! It’s been a little while but I’m back to doing what I love….blogging! These past couple months I’ve been crazy busy! I’m finishing up my Master’s at St. John’s University, trying to pursue my “dream career”, and working like crazy! I’m actually working at Macy’s in the corporate buying office. I am a Merchant Office Assistant in the Fine Jewelry department. (Fancy title that basically means I do boring clerical work). I’m learning a ton about the retail world. It’s brutal out there! My favorite part about the job is going out with vendors. The vendors treat us amazing (cause they want our business!) I’ve never had so many free lunches until I started working here! Anyway these have been some of my favorite summer outfits so far…hope everyone is having an amazing summer! More to come!

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