Jan 22, 2015

Warby Parker Try On

The Vaughan

The Dale
The Durand
The Laurel
The Carnaby

Most people don't know that I actually wear glasses...but I'm actually pretty blind. My current pair of glasses are from almost 4 years ago..and trust me when I tell you that they are very unflattering. School has me staying up pretty late with studying/reading and with college coming soon, I figured now's the time to get a new pair. All the buzz on social media had me dying to try the Warby Parker frames and my "At-Home Try On Service" package just arrived yesterday. 

I'm having a hard time picking one pair out, so please help me out and comment which pair is your favorite in the comments below!

If you're interested in trying out some Warby Parker frames, check out their site and curate your own selection to try on at home! 
Thanks a million!

Jan 15, 2015

Makeup Staples

I thought I would share with you the beauty products that I have been swearing by lately! Whether its a full face of makeup, or just a bit of concealer and powder, these are the only things that I have been using lately.

Primer: Ever since I got this, I have noticed a huge transformation in the duration of my makeup and the appearance of it at the end of the night.
Concealer: After noticed that almost every beauty vlogger swear by it, I picked it up at the drugstore (I love that it's super affordable)! It works wonders if you are suffering from dark under eyes and even works fro blemishes/dark spots! It'll definitely be picking up a new one once mine runs out!
Foundation: On most days, I'm not in the mood to wear heavy liquid foundation/BB cream. I had been using the Bare Minerals powder foundation but recently switched to this Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation and I definitely notice a difference in the coverage and duration of the powder.
Blush: I don't have much to say about the Nars blush other than the fact that I love it! I have it in the shade 'orgasm' and I think it's the perfect color even year-round!
Brow Pencil:  It will seriously change the way you fill in your brows!
Eyeshadow primer: So easy and quick to use! It's ideal for when you want to add a bit of sparkle to your look without going overboard!
Mascara + Primer: I don't think I've ever use a black-er mascara. When paired with the primer, this mascara work wonders for your lashes..
Brushes: Super affordable and great quality! Blush brush/powder brush
Body Butter: The coconut body butter reminds me of summer. I use this daily and love how it leaves my skin extra soft!
Perfume: It's a classic...

If you want more info about the products I use (shade, where I got it, etc.) , leave a comment below!

Jan 8, 2015

Behind the Blog {Summer Wind}

She's so stylish...and not to mention gorgeous!

I'm sure most of us are familiar with Sydney from Summer Wind? If not, here's your chance to get to know the super stylish girl behind the successful blog! For all you prepsters out there, this blog will become your new obsession because her style is for sure preppy, classic, and definitely chic! I got the chance to her a few questions about herself and her style...here's what she had to say!

  1. What inspired you to begin blogging? And did you ever think it would grow to what it has become today?
    1. I started blogging during the summer after my freshman year of college in 2009. I had recently discovered some other blogs that I enjoyed reading as well as switched my major to Public Relations. I decided that my summer ‘hobby’ would be blogging—little did I know I would be still doing it 6 years later!
  2. If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
    1. Outgoing, kind, organized (I’d like to think ;))
  3. You were born and raised in the North but attended college in the South, do you think one location had more of an influence on your style than the other?
    1. I definitely think that while I was at school in the south, it had a major influence on my style. In high school I was very preppy, but in college, I adopted the cowboy boot with sundress style that was very popular at JMU. Now, being back in the north, I rarely pull out my cowboy boots. I love being in the south, but definitely consider myself more of a northerner in terms of style.
  4. If you had to pick one, which social media platform is your favorite?
    1. Definitely Instagram—I love seeing other people’s pretty photos!
  5. Would you say blogging has taught you any tips, lessons, values, etc. other than fashion/style ones?
    1. It’s taught me organizational skills, how to represent myself as a brand, how to work well with others, how to network…I could go on and on! There is so much blogging has taught me, I don’t think I could list it all. I honestly think the most important thing is that it’s taught me to be true to myself and have a tough skin when necessary!
  6. We’re all dying to know…what’s you’re favorite store?
    1. Ohhh.. this is so hard. I guess I should say something all encompassing and wonderful like Bergdorf-Goodman in New York. It has anything and everything your heart could desire. But, my favorite ‘everyday retailer’ would have to be Ralph Lauren.
  7. Is there one thing you can’t leave the house without?
    1. My jewelry. I wear the same jewelry every single day, no matter the occasion. I wear two rings, a necklace and pearl studs. I never go out without them on.
  8. Can you tell us what a day in your life would look like?
    1. I work for an ad agency as my 9-5 job, so Monday-Friday, that’s where you’ll find me. After hours, I am either trying out a new restaurant or happy hour with friends, or working on Summer Wind. On the weekends, I really like to travel and brunch, but also get a lot of work done on Summer Wind, then, too!
  9. If you could give one piece of advice to bloggers on how to grow their site, what would it be?
    1. Reach out to other bloggers to network, and also always be yourself!

    Follow Sydney's Instagram (be prepared to stalk it because it's gorg!) and Twitter

Jan 6, 2015

Turn Your Closet Into Cash


It's been a while since I last made a post but I'm so excited to get back into the blogging game! I'm definitely coming back this year with a more focused approach towards Belle Adore and plans to grow it further in the next few months!

Today's post is all about making money from a way you never thought about before. From a student's point of view, I never turn down an opportunity to make a little extra money. Sure, I have a job but it's nice to have a little extra something ($) to pay for those brunches/coffee dates, right?. So, when I was organizing my closet a few months ago I decided I didn't want to just throw my unwanted or outgorwn clothes away. I put my retail knowledge to use and decided to start sellingn it!There's something satisfying about making money while also tackling the dreaded task of cleaning out my closet. I guess it's like killing two birds with one stone...

Maybe you were proactive and spent your time on break wisely by tackling your to-do list task of cleaning out your closet, or, maybe its on your list of New Year's resolutions. Either way, once you've finished with the cleaning/organizational aspect, I suggest taking the time to separate the 'brand name, excellent condition' clothing because trust me, people will definitely buy it. That Lilly Pulitzer dress that you wore a few times but haven't since, or that final sale Jcrew top ? There are tons of people who would do anything quality products that are almost half the price. 

In my opinion, Poshmark is the best way to go if you're interested in selling your clothes. However, maybe a separate page on your blog or an individual Instagram account would be more appealing to you! Here are a few of my tips if you decide to sell your clothes:
  1. Brand Name: high quality, brand name items are always a winner on these sites. J.Crew, Zara, Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch, Kate Spade - they are all highly coveted brand on these sites.
  2. *Almost* perfect condition: the better condition the product is, the more likely it will be to sell. Don't list pieces with stain, rips, faded colors, etc. And if the tag is still on the product, even better! A small defect is nothing to worry about - people understand that with the price they're getting the product for, it might not be perfect!
  3. Reasonable Pricing: people are more inclined to purchase an item if they know they are getting a good deal on it. Make sure the price reflects the quality of the product but that it is also a good deal for the customer!

If you're interested in selling your clothing check out the sites below! (Feel free to contact me with any questions!)

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