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Christmas Haul

Hello Lovelies!

The year is nearly at an end and as I promised for this beautifully rainy morning I will be sharing with you what I received for Christmas this year from family and friends. I just wanted to start off by saying how truly blessed I am for those I have in my life and for how fortunate I have been. I wanted to repeat that this is in no way a "bragging" post and would love to hear how you spent the holidays and what your favorite present was this year wether it be a physical tangible thing you can hold in your hands or something emotional, a trip, anything because its all special. 

Without further ado lets get into the haul shall we?

What we see here is a little bit of everything across the spectrum from room decor to make-up and fashion! I'm really excited about it.

The larger items here are just things I've been needing to get as well as a couple luxury products to feed my video game side. These two games I've played the earlier series and am so glad to keep following the plot lines. For those who also love video games these two immersive story lines are great and a high recommend from me. Asassin's Creed Syndicate and Fallout 4, check them out!

Also a quick mention is the mattress pad which makes all the difference in the softness of your bed if you are like me and like the softer comfier way of sleeping instead of a more stiff mattress. Some Gold colored and black cotton sheets to round off my obsessive need to coordinate the sheets to my room decor and wall colors.

I wanted to start with one of the bigger items I received as a gift from one of my dearest friends. She was so beyond generous to not only be coming for a visit but had purchased me the AMAZING Crosley record player in Mint, it is so adorable and retro that I am just in love. This record player gets a lot of mixed reviews, so far I haven't had any problems playing older records or newer records, you do have to fiddle with the settings to make sure its for the correct type of record you want to listen to, but for a portable record player it has great sound. It comes in many colors and variations, you can find them here.

Since I had this new amazing record player, what do you need? records of course! So while I still await my trip to go to a used record store, I had bought myself the Halsey Badlands album which has become my chill and read go to background noise.

I have been really obsessing over candles this fall/winter. I love my room or office filling with calming and soft scents. Because of this I received this really cute Candle holder that reminds me of the succulent plant atriums I have been lusting after. Along with this candle holder I got this amazing smelling candle, both from Anthropolgie. They are currently sold out of mine which is the Oasis Blossom, but honestly any of the scents are just heavenly. Find the candle here and the holder here.

Also pictured here we have Fresh Sparkling Snow from Bath and Body Works and the smell is absolutely heavenly, feminine and light. Not to mention that the body mist lasts which I am so glad because I had been needing a good sent for winter and leading into Spring. It's so fresh with an undertone of fruit smell that its great for a transition.

I've been transitioning through different make up lately. I normally have always been MAC obsessed and using make foundation products. However after a lot of youtube make up videos and reviews I did my own research and really wanted to try the Becca Foundation, primer and liquid highlighter. I have such generous people in my life that I was blessed with all three and I am so glad I made the switch in products! The foundation which I use in the color Nude, is so easy to apply and lightweight I forget I'm even wearing make up. I actually pump my foundation and the backlight priming filter on the back of my hand and blend them together applying both at the same time and get the best effect of a natural glow. The highlighter, which I got in Moonstone is nice, I personally after trying prefer the powder just because the highlighter needs a few moments to dry otherwise you run the risk of wiping it off with your hand but it also applies and blends a bit smoother with the liquid foundation. All three can be found at Sephora.com simply just search the names.

Lastly from this photograph is my new leather gloves from Kate Spade which are so soft and warm! The leather is like butter and do not feel that thick but they definitely do the job. They are simple and chic and great to brace the cold in the city. Found similar ones here.

Talking about candles, here we have Winter from Bath and Body Works which is a nice christmasy sent that I'll admit to probably carrying past the winter season. It smells to me just like snow falling, which for me is a combination of that just after rain smell and pine trees. The lower candle I absolutely love the alternative shape to it, sort of off balanced circle, in Night Storm which is from Urban Outfitters. It's the more dominating smell of the two candles pictured here. It is described as fresh blood orange, sugared lemon and white tea. It is part of their Boho candle collection and could be found with many other options here.

This Starbucks mug is absolutely everything. I had lusted after it since it was released in November but couldn't justify to myself buying myself yet another mug. Low and behold after sulking when it was sold out I was served my hot cocoa in this beautiful mug and I was a happy camper all over again. While it is sold out, if you are in love with this mug as much as I am there are still some floating around on ebay.

We also have here a couple more make up items. There is the Make Up Forever primer which I've tried for my under eyes and t-zone area just to even out my skin and it works great as a base and will be investing in a larger size. Next is the NYX dark circle concealer, I have yet to try it out just yet but have read some great reviews on the product. Lastly but certainly not least in the slightest is the Kat Von D liquid lipstick in Damned. It is the perfect color for winter if you are looking to sport a bold deep red lip.

Finally for my penguin obsession I got some treats that are penguiny. My penguin sugar cookie as well as penguin gummies that taste like peach rings and deliciousness which will probably be gone by January. Here also is a silver penguin potpourri holder which will be going on my desk and a great addition to my office redecoration project.

I've fallen into the Lush love and must say these products have done wonders for my skin. I recieved the Dark Angels charcoal cleanser, the Herbalism cleanser, D'Fluff shaving cream and the O'Honey face mask. They all smell heavenly and the all vegetarian products plus the recycle program are great incentives. If you have sensitive skin, I recommend this company.

Down to the final three items, This burgundy bowler hat is so cute and matches a pair of shoes that I've been dying to wear. I don't own many hats that aren't black, and to receive this one is making me a believer in deviating outside your comfort zone.

This headband from Anthropolgie is absolutely adorable. It has that wrapped turban look that fulfills my boho fantasies with such beautiful beadwork, I'm already planning my outfits for these accessories.

Lastly but certainly not least is my knee high socks. I know some of you are going to be confused why I'm so excited by socks, I know when I wasyounger they weren't my most treasured present, but trust me, socks can be amazing, especially when you like to run around the house in pjs and don't want slippers.

Ok guys I know this was a long one but I hope you enjoyed my Christmas Haul! Let me know if you want me to keep doing these types of posts and also let me know what you got for Christmas!

Travel Checklist - Pet Edition

Good Morning Lovelies!

I wanted to do a follow up from last Monday on traveling, specifically on our furry little friends! Most of us have pets, they are a staple in most families and provide us with never ending laughs, love and good memories who make the best road trip companions. So just like you have essentials, your furry baby has some essentials that you should not forget when heading out on that road trip. Below you'll find a quick list of times to pack your furry companion before you hit the road!

1. Vaccination Records

You should always keep a copy of your baby's vaccination records in your furry loves duffle bag. Just incase that emergency does arise once you're on the road you will have the important info you desperately need. You will also need these records if you ever need to board your buddy for the day or overnight if you end up taking an excursion that furry buddies aren't allowed to partake in. It's also good to check ahead if their are any additional vaccination requirements for any countries you may be visiting. You don't want to show up and have your bud be denied entry (or worse) because you don't have the records.

2. Collar & Leash

Mainly applying to the furry butt dog owners, we always need to remember that taking our pups out of the car for bathroom breaks must include a secured collar and being leashed. When you're out on the road you're bringing your pup into foreign territory which means new smells for your adventurer to discover that are oh so hard to resist. We'd better be safe than sorry no matter how well your explorer is trained.

3. Tags

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This goes hand in hand with having a collar and leash. You will never want your furry friend to get lost, and they would never want to lose you! But accidents do happen. So be sure that he has a current tag on a collar/harness or both with a current emergency number. Most people travel with a cell phone, making this the perfect number for your baby's tags.

4. First Aid Kit

Something to consider to be permanently in your car, just like you the furry ones can get hurt as well. Today there are a number of pet only emergency kits in the market and if you happen to have the time, you can even put together your own catered to your pets needs. Some basic essentials to include are: tweezers to remove ticks and foreign objects, stypic powder to stop toenail bleeding, eye wash to flush wounds, gauze bandages, adhesive tape, scissors and antiseptic moist wipes.

5. Food & Water

Be sure to bring your furry companion their favorite food so as not to upset their stomach. If you have the spending money you can also get road-worthy food and treats that also take up less space if this is an issue. If you are one of the people who like to cook for your pet remember to make the food ahead of time and pack along with any goodies for yourself. Remember, your pet is used to the water from your hometown, when travelling its a good idea to bring along as much of your home drinking water as you can for their comfort. If push comes to shove you can rely on bottled water as a safe back-up.

6. Seat Covers & Blankets

Vacations are suppose to be fun! But sometimes with fun comes muddy paws and soaked through fur which we all know cleaning up is not fun. Protect your seats with covers and blankets that are made specifically for your type of auto. You'll want to be proactive: don't forget to always carry some additional towels and wipes to clean off that muddy adventurer.

7. Safety Restraints

Something I learned recently is that some states seat belts are now mandatory for your pup. Then when you sit and really think about your best friend as a projectile from being free in your car in case of an accident, you begin to understand the wisdom of securing your baby to keep both of you safe. Do your research and pick the best option for you and your friend to have a safe and fun ride.

                                                                                               8. Bed & Crate

You can't leave home without your furry companions favorite blankie and bed! You wouldn't want him sleeping on the guest bed..or maybe you actually would? Also bring some sheets, too, so if your fuzzy butt is accustomed to sleeping on the furniture he won't leave a scruff of a sign behind. If like my pup your pet is crate trained and has his own little den then you may just want to bring that along for his security and good night sleeps.

9. Fun Stuff

Who could forget toys!! If you have a nervous nelly as a pet when they stay away from home, you can help ease their discomfort by bringing as many toys as that little guy could stand. The familiar smells, his favorite chew toy, will help calm even the most anxious of pets in a strange place.

10. Double-Check Hotel Reservations

So you have everything packed, you're settled, the furry baby is ready and excited to go and you're just about ready to hop in that car and hit the road. Stop, call your hotel/s and confirm your reservation/s for you and the furry buddy. Nothing can kill a trip more like a newly implemented "no pets allowed" policy added since you made your reservation that went unchecked.

I hope you find the list helpful with your furry travels, what type of pet do you have and what can they not live without while traveling?

What to Bring in Your Carry-On Bag

It's the traveling season. Wether you have been traveling non-stop this summer, you've been visiting college campuses, going home, or breaking in that last minute trip before a new semester starts. Wherever or for whatever reason you're traveling it's always essential to be prepared. While I may not have always practiced this tactic I have found myself many a-time rushing to throw everything into a bag and rush to leave, making me ALWAYS forget that one essential item I overlooked on my coffee table.

Now we all know the most obvious preparation for travel is packing, but like I said I can just never seem to get it right! if its a weekend trip or a two week cross country plane trip to visit a dear friend I just never seem to do it right. So, to save myself future dilemma and all you lovelies I decided to share with you one of my newly created lists to aid you in preparation!

The Chic Life Carry-On Essentials:

1.) a durable, lightweight, fashionable (duh) backpack, duffle or tote bag| I love this Warhol duffle because its comfortable, lightweight, a bit artsy and doesn't make me look too nerdy while being fashionably versatile and fit a lot of items.

2.) A backup outfit| A lot can happen when you're traveling, especially lost luggage. It's something we all dread and pray that it will NEVER happen, but just in case it does you'll be thankful for the backup outfit complete with shoes. (tip: pack all undergarments in your carry-on as well so you'll never be out of a clean pair)

3.) Makeup, Deodorant, toothpaste & toothbrush| keep you feeling refreshed and looking good during your travels

4.) Headphones, iPhone, iPad & a book| to keep you entertained and to keep you connected wherever your travels may take you.

5.) Sunglasses and a hat| to protect that beautiful face from the sun! this is a must to sunny destinations.

6.) Watch| a smart accessory to keep you on time when your phone dies -- We've all been there! this is so helpful and chic

7.) Camera| While in todays tech age this may seem silly but trust me, save your phone batteries and use an actual camera! I like the InstaxMini so you can print the memories as you go! plus you never know when the moment will rise to give a cute reminder with your number to that cute guy you don't want to forget ;)

8.) Itinerary| for all those you love in need to know of your travel plans and to help keep you organized

9.) Passport, Wallet Credit Cards, local currency| essential for wherever your travels take you, these are absolutes you should always have at all times.

10.) Chargers, chargers & chargers| lets face it, we all have gadgets, we all have multiple gadgets and these electronic devices we covet with out life dependencies require battery operational life. Don't let it go to chance and put it in your carry-on, scared they may get crushed? try winding those wires into a sunglass case for protection.

Did I miss anything? let me know one of your carry on essentials that I may have missed below!

[13] OOTD - 4TH OF JULY EDITION

So incase you hadn't realized this isn't my outfit for the day, however since I have dedicated every wednesday to OOTD's I am posting what I will be wearing this weekend here for independence day! 

It finally feels like summer with hot hot days and little to no wind. What does this mean? it means times for shorts, skirts, dressed and time to pack up that fall/winter wardrobe. Say goodbye to heavy jackets, lots of layers, tights and scarfs and hello to showing off that beautiful body! Here I have included a sweater to keep the patriotism going when the fireworks hit and the cool night begins to creep up on you, and of course, what's more american than layering shades of denim?

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So I wanted something super casual, comfortable and of course patriotic. This look is comfortable, relaxed but still enough put together that you'll look great. The tank could be worn on its own or layered with the polka dot denim top. The tank is one of my favorites because it's playful with its graphic print of 'Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of boys'; it's super comfortable, and if you wanted to alter it you could cut down the armholes to make it looser and more like a cover up. These converse are my absolute favorite pair. They're a bit edgy with the studs on the back with this amazing crushed velvet body. I chose a cross body because if you're going out to a fair, carnival or a family barbecue you want something easy that you can just sling over and not have to worry about adjusting but has easy access to your essentials.

What are your plans for Independence day? what type of outfit do you think you'd wear? Sound off in the comments below!

[7] OOTD -- Memorial Day

Welcome to Memorial Day. For those of you who aren't familiar with this holiday, today is the day we give remembrance to all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice (and those who serve) in the name of freedom.  Today we take a moment to say thank you and pray for your families who are grieving your loss. 

A lot of us today take this time to have get togethers with loved ones, barbecue or take a weekend holiday. So in honor of today and along this general guideline on this perfect summers day here in California I give you my memorial day outfit.

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Hunt for your Life

Today one of my dearest friends hit her 25 year mark, her daughter, is also going to be turning 5 this year. It's crazy to think that its been two years since I've seen them last, let alone 12 years since we've lived in the same state. As we talked briefly today I began to reflect on where are lives have led us, how we've gone in such different directions but always with the same motivation, that need to better and change our lives.  It’s a reminder for me to start “hunting” for what I really need. A lot of this past month has been all about adjusting and going after what’s next. 

I recently began an ever long pursuit for a job in the costume design field in LA and this blog has also continued to grow. I’ve fallen in love with new things and I feel like I’m always on the “hunt” for things that might make my life better. Although, sometimes I notice that what I really need to is minimize.

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This weekend, I got to really spend time with my friend and really talk, she told me about her plans of moving and downsizing her life from all the additives, all the extra stuff and solely focusing on her daughter. I felt like I was telling her the complete opposite with my future plans. It’s funny how when you’re 25, like me, you begin to think about settling down, buying a house, getting a new car and owning all of this “stuff.” Some of us hunt after this in our mid-20s and it’s normal. Everyday we grow, we are focusing on either our careers, our personal life or our health. It’s a constant hunt on really finding what we want in life.

So, as everyone goes and “hunts” after their Easter eggs today. I’ll be sitting here pretending each egg is a symbol of a value we need in life. How many eggs will you be hunting for?

Happy easter,
Jessica

Spring Accessory Favorites

Today my focus is going to be on accessories. Accessories that I'd be likely to sport out and about for various occasions and ones that can translate well from day to night depending on your requirements. A small collection I've compiled thats very versatile and feature items I create.

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Spring Makeup Favorites

Sunday was the official start of my Spring Break, and in honor of my favorite time of year I'm going to be posting five days of Spring, a new post every day with the theme of Spring. Today I'm going to be doing my Spring Makeup Favorites. Around this time of year I like to stick toward a soft and neutral palette. With a dewy face, soft features and neutral eye colors really gives me a soft, feminine and natural look.

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