Sep 5, 2017

Checking In from Abroad

Hi all! It's hard to believe that it has only been a little over one week since I've arrived in Holland. It's been a whirlwind of a few days but I wouldn't have changed a thing. After moving in to my room and meeting my sweet roommate from Barcelona, the student group that handles exchange program kept up extremely busy. From a city tour, bike workshop, meeting our buddy groups, a traditional Dutch dinner, and of course a few parties the past few days have been some of the best ever.

To say I was nervous going into this entire experience would be an understatement. While there are a few students from the University of Richmond on the same program, I didn't know them very well so it was almost as if I was coming here alone. We've ended up getting friendlier and one of the girls actually live across the hall from me. That being said, I'm actually very proud of my adjustment to Dutch life in just the past week. I got a bike (everyone here bikes from place to place...its amazing) and have navigated my way from my building to campus to the store and basically everywhere around town. The rules of the road here are pretty unique for bikers so while I've definitely got the hang of it, I'm nowhere near the level of a local - people here are somehow able to bike and use both hands to text (don't ask me how). I've been cooking for myself and have picked up a few Dutch words that have helped me get by in the grocery store. As for classes, its a bit different because I'm coming from an environment where my classes at my home University are around 15 students and here I have lectures of about 100 students! But, so far so good...I'll be sure to give you guys another update later in the semester.

I'm thankful that I've quickly met some of the nicest new friends from all of the world and that I've been able to share these experiences with them. Classes have started but I'm definitely more excited for some of the trips that I have coming up. My exchange program has planned a trip all across the Netherlands to see some of the most iconic cities in the country. We'll be traveling to Utrecht, Delft, Rotterdam, Kinderdijk and Volendam just to name a few....so stay tuned for tons of pictures of windmills and clogs😉. And since I only have classes two days a week, my friend and I planned a very last minute day trip to Cologne, Germany and we leave this week. It's only about 15 euros to get there and back which is definitely one of my favorite things about where I'm studying...the location is so central and accessible to basically anywhere in central Europe so obviously I have to take advantage of this and explore some of the neighboring countries.

That's all for now but enjoy these picture of my new home! More to come soon!













Aug 24, 2017

Hello Holland



After a summer spent thinking about this day, I'm so excited to be leaving for my semester abroad! I posted on my Instastory a few months ago and I'm sure you can tell from title of this post but I am going to be spending my fall semester in HOLLAND! 

Since the time I began my college search, I knew studying abroad was going to be part of my experience. After visiting my friend Julia in London two years ago while she was abroad and hearing all about one of my best college friends semester in Vienna (hi Kristina!), I have been even more excited for when my time would come! 

It still doesn't feel 'real' yet, even though by the time you're reading this, I'll probably already be on my plane to Amsterdam! Even when I was trying to pack my life into two suitcases, I still couldn't believe it was finally time to leave! Spending four months in another country is a really daunting idea for me (can someone teach me Dutch?) but I'm excited to travel, learn, explore an amazing new culture and make new friends with people from all over the world. I'm so thankful for this opportunity and can't wait to share my experience on the blog - expect tons of pictures, travel recaps, and even travel tips on the blog! 

Have you studied abroad? Where did you travel to?!

Aug 23, 2017

End of Summer Look with UNiDAYS

I’m so excited to be sharing this end of summer look on the blog today! While I’m sad to say goodbye to summer, I am so extremely excited for what’s in store this fall! Be sure to check the blog tomorrow morning for a super exciting announcement!

For all of you heading back to campus this month, I wanted to fill you in on a little secret! If you haven’t heard of UNiDAYS let me be the one to introduce you to it! I’ve been using the UNiDAYS app since I started college two years ago to help me get exclusive promos and savings for places like Urban Outfitters, Asos, GlassesUSA, Apple, Bed Bath & Beyond, and so so so many more places! All you need is a student ID to sign up and you’re ready to freshen up your back to school wardrobe without breaking the bank.
This look wouldn’t be complete without my new pair of sunnies from GlassesUSA. I'm wearing the Palermo in Black but they also come in this fun white color too! Right now, you can get 55% off your purchase of sunnies or prescription glasses (including Ray-Ban, Marc Jacobs, and so many other fabulous brands) when you shop through UNiDAYS - just sign up and start shopping! I picked this pair of reflective sunnies because that was one style that was missing from my collection! This printed skirt was one of my favorite finds of the summer - paired with a simple white tee and sneaks, it really makes for an easy and stylish look! I already plan to wear this as we transition to fall weather soon! Switch out the white tee for a black one and throw on a denim jacket and I’ll be good to go! While I couldn’t link this exact skirt, this is super cute similar one!
If you’re interested in learning more about UNIDAYS and how to sign up you check out their website. For exclusive content, student tips, and style inspiration head over to their blog, The Edit!



This post is sponsored by UniDays and Her Campus Media. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make the content on Belle Adore possible!

Aug 1, 2017

Back to School with Madeline and Company

Can you believe it's already August?! This is so cliche but the summer really flew by! Between my internship, my job at the boutique, our trip to Maine, and trying to having a social life, the past few months have seemed like a blur! My friends who are staying on campus will be moving back in the next 2 weeks and it's kind of just hitting me that I won't be on campus until 2018!!! I'll be leaving for my study abroad semester at the end of August and have slowly been preparing for this crazy experience!

My new Madeline & Company backpack is already becoming one of my favorite things that will be coming with me abroad! I'm sure this will be my go-to for school and travel during my semester abroad and of course, when I'm back at Richmond!

I'm so inspired by how this company started and so supportive of other #girlbosses like Madeline! She was just starting high school when she felt that there was a lack in the market for chic and functional backpacks - so she decided to make her own! Her mom helped her out and Madeline & Company was born. Now, it's the go-to for cute  backpack for young girls, college students, and working women!

I chose this simple, navy faux leather backpack because I knew it would go with 99.9% of my closet but trust me, it was hard to resist these super cute striped ones!



This outfit is something I would typically wear for a normal day of classes! Most everyone at Richmond 'dresses up' for class so I like to wear something simple, yet classy, like these jeans, a cute top and my favorite sandals


I love how functional this backpack is! There is one large pocket with a laptop sleeve built in, and the lining is a cute blue and white stripe. There's two more smaller pockets in the front and a pouch at the top for your keys, phone, money, etc.! But, my favorite part might be the cute striped detailing in the side pockets - which fits my S'well bottle perfectly!






I want to help you get back to school ready so if you use the code 'BELLEADORE' you can get 15% off you purchase of a Madeline & Company backpack! Leave me a comment telling me what your favorite backpack is!



Jul 18, 2017

Updated Beauty Routine

This post has been a long time coming! As I’m sure you could tell from the content that I’ve been posting recently, I’ve really taken a stronger interest in beauty and skincare! Maybe that’s because I’ve been so focused on getting my skin to a better place, but I absolutely love trying and talking about new products on the blog! 

I mentioned before that my skin wasn’t the greatest when the school year ended but now that it’s in a really good place, I think I’ve finally narrowed down what works for me and I’m excited to share those products with you! If you’re interested in my skincare routine, leave a comment letting me know because that’s definitely something I can write about!

I pretty much do the same makeup routine every time (if I need to dress it up I’ll add liner and eyeshadow) and these are the products I use!

I truly think the most important part of a beauty routine starts with your bare skin! For your makeup to look its best, its needs a good canvas. That means clean and hydrated skin! My skin looks its best when I’m working out and hydrating enough - I love love love my new  bkr bottles and while it may seem silly to think that a pretty bottle will help you reach your water intake goal, think again! I have this gorgeous  pink glass bottle on my desk at work and I find myself refilling it at least 4-5 times when I’m at the office! I have the full  1L and 500mL bottles and couldn’t recommend them more! 

Primer - I use to swear by the  Smashbox primer but after getting suckered in my the Sephora minis at checkout, this one by  Too Faced might be a new favorite! It smells deliciously like coconuts and its a moisturizer like consistency so it blends and sinks right into the skin. I let that dry before I apply anything else. 

Concealer - While I don’t have many blemishes to cover up, I do have a bit or redness/scars to cover up. I read SO much about the  Tarte Shape Tape that I had to give it a try! It was hard to put my trusty  Nars creamy concealer away but it was worth it! I make a triangle shape under my eyes and cover the redness and then blend it in with a  beauty blender. I would say the Shape Tate is full coverage, meaning it gives my complexion an even base, but its not too heavy! It blends best with a beauty blender but also really well with a brush or just your fingers!

Foundation - This  CC Cream might be my most favorite beauty find in the past year. I’ve been through so many foundations, BB Creams, CC Creams, tinted moisturizers and I haven’t really been happy with most of them. I tried the  It Cosmetics CC Cream from a recommendation from someone at my work and since then I’ve repurchased it already! It’s called the ‘Your Skin but Better’ and I really think the name says it all! I wear the shade ‘Light’ and I think its the perfect match for me right now. It goes on smoothly, has a light citrusy scent, gives you a really flattering finish, and doesn’t break up throughout the day. I have combination/oily skin and I’ve noticed that my makeup still looks great when I come home from work. I appreciate that it has SPF and that its even moisturizing on the skin - I definitely think this product will be great even in the colder months too!

Blush - You might remember me raving about the  Glossier cloud paints in an earlier blog post and I am still loving them! I absolutely love the shade puff for the summertime…I do a dot on each side and blend it in with my blender or my finger!

Bronzer - I don’t do bronzer everyday, but when I do I use  this one by Benefit! A little goes a long way but the result is sun kissed looking skin! I love this 

Setting Powder - I let my face makeup sink in for a few minutes and after that, I’ll use this  setting powder to keep my makeup in place! It’s translucent and sits on my skin really well throughout the day. If you have oily skin, you’ll love this product!  This one by Neutrogena is a great drugstore one that compares nicely!

Brows - You’re probably tired of hearing this by now but I swear by the  Glossier Boy Brow to fill and shape my brows. I use the shade ‘brown’ and its great if you want a quick brow fix! 

Lashes - After curling my lashes with this curler, I do a layer with my all time  favorite mascara from Bobbi Brown! I wanted to find a drugstore one to add to my collection and finally settled on  this one! I do a layer of this on top and the finished result are full, long lashes!

Lips - Finally, I’ll apply one of my all time favorite lip products - this  rose salve with mint! It's so hydrating and smells amazing! 

These are all the products I use to create my everyday beauty look! You can shop them below!

What are your must-have beauty products? Let me know in the comments!










Jul 11, 2017

Our Trip to Maine

My family and I celebrated the 4th of July weekend with a trip to Maine, and it definitely made my list of favorite places that I’ve been. I had been trying to plan a trip up there ever since hearing about the amazing time my friend Julia had! 

After our trips to Washington and Alaska last summer, my family has been into finding places with great trails to hike. With Acadia National Park being there, we knew this summer would be the perfect time to take a road trip up to Maine!

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

While the drive was long (about 10 hours on the way up) I dowloaded a few episodes of my newest obsession the ‘My Favorite Murder’ podcast - has anyone listened to it? Do you love it?! On the way up we stopped to take a break and grab some dinner in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It was seriously the most picturesque town. There was a band playing in the town center and everyone was strolling along the water. We got dinner and gelato and watched the sun set before we finished our last leg of the trip.


These were the  sunnies that I wore everyday of the trip - I've been loving them lately! I lived in these  leggings and  tank top on our hikes!

On our first full day we made our way to Acadia National Park to start hiking! It is gorgeous! We hiked up to the peak of Parkman Mountain and the views were amazing - it was strenuous but we made it! After a day of hiking we had dinner in Bar Harbor - it was the first of many lobster rolls:) 





We took a well deserved break the next morning and took a day trip to Camden! Tim Hortons coffee and donuts were a must for our drive there - so yummy and so much better than Dunkin Donuts - who agrees? Camden is a super cute coastal town and we couldn’t have picked a better day to visit - it was sunny and breezy and there were tons of people strolling around! After a quick lunch, we spent the afternoon exploring the shops, historic buildings, and everything the town has to offer! We couldn’t pass up a boat ride on such a beautiful day so we set sail for a sunset ride!




One of the gorgeously curated shops in Camden, ME


Since we were there for July 4th, we spent the day again at Acadia National Park. What better way to celebrate America than in one of most beautiful places in New England! We hiked around Jordan Pond and had the infamous popovers at the Jordan Pond House that morning. We spent the rest of day in the mountains and summited to 3 different peaks! We spent the night in Bar Harbor again having a rooftop dinner (of lobster rolls obviously) just in time to see the fireworks! 


The gorgeous sunset on our last hike of the trip!

Even though our trip was just for the holiday weekend, it was so much fun and everyone agreed that we definitely come back again! 

Have you been on a trip to Maine? Where did you go and what was your favorite part?

Jun 14, 2017

Farmacy Beauty Review

I'm back with another beauty post for you guys! I know most of my posts have been beauty focused so if there is something specific you want to see - just let me know! You can leave a comment or send me a quick message at belleadoreblogs@gmail.com


Farmacy Beauty kindly set me a few of their best selling products to try and I've been incorporating them into my beauty routine for the past two weeks. I have pretty sensitive, acne prone skin so I'm always hesitant to try new products, but I knew that Farmacy products were naturally derived and was curious to give them a go!



Let me just start by saying that I love these products! Like I said, I've been using them for about two weeks and I can honestly say that my skin has improved a considerable amount. When I came home from school in May, I was experiencing some pretty bad breakouts (probably stress related) and ever since then, its not so much acne that I'm dealing with as it is pigmentation and scarring. Since using these Farmacy products, I can say that I have a more even complexion and a reduction in overall redness/pigmentation.



The standout product for me is the Sleep Tight Night Balm! You guys, this stuff rocks! I was a bit turned off at first because it has a very different consistency - not an oil or a moisturizer. You take the balm and warm it up by rubbing your palms together. This activates it and makes it super easy to apply. I put it all over my clean face at night after using a toner and I've noticed that I wake up to smooth, moisturized, and even skin!


I was extremely excited to try the Honey Potion Face Mask - I'm a sucker for a good face mask and I heard such great things about this one! Its a very thick, honey like (obviously) mask that helps to nourish and moisturize your skin! The honey used in this product is from bees on the Farmacy farm in NewYork and includes propolis which is a healing ingredient found in beehives and is rich in amino acids to enhance your skins overall appearance! It was extremely soothing on my sensitive skin and I love that it warms up as you apply it to your skin - your skin looks great right after use but looks even better the next morning when used together with the Night Balm!

The Honey Savior salve has been great to treat the scarring on my skin. It's a universal product but I've only been using it on my face. It worked great on dry patches and even in place of an under-eye cream!

I've incorporated the Skin Dew into my makeup routine as the final step! It's a very refreshing mist that sets my makeup but also hydrates my skin - it also smells amazing!


You can try samples of all of these product in their Skin Savior Kit! Have you tried any Farmacy beauty products? What are some of your favorites?!




Jun 5, 2017

Life Lately

Ever since I came home for the summer, life has been SO busy! I don't think I've mentioned that much about my internship on here but I've been working at a PR firm in Philadelphia - so far it has already been an amazing learning experience and so much fun! I take the train into the city 3-4 times a week and when I'm not working there, I'm usually at the boutique I've worked at for the past two summers. Yes it's been busy but I wouldn't have it any other way! Here's a little look at the past few weeks!

1. There's a La Colombe right on the way from the train station to my office and I've been popping in there for a morning coffee everyday! I'm pretty sure the employees recognize me now which I'm not sure is a good or bad thing! La Colombe is definitely one of my favorite coffee shops in the city - next time you go, try the draft latte!


2. I was recently commissioned to take social media pictures for another local boutique! I love working in the boutique environment and it has been so fun getting to know and work with other small business owners! It's definite a plus that the clothes are so cute!



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3. Besides doing general tasks for the PR firm that I work with, I also exclusively work on a few different clients! Last week we did a wedding showcase at a new boutique hotel in University City! Oh my gosh, it was literally a dream come true with a fully staged wedding planned out throughout the hotel. Complete with food, music, cake, and wedding dresses! Even though I was working during the event, I think I enjoyed myself just as much as the attendees!





The restaurant at this same new hotel held a blogger preview that I attended for work! I got to meet some of Philly's biggest food bloggers and writers and it was so funny to see them all standing in line to get the perfect picture of the food - we had a ring light and everything!!




Another one of the clients I'm working on is a new power yoga studio opening up in the city! We've had two pop ups and the last one was a sunset rooftop class! Besides learning more about PR, this internship has proven to be an amazing experience in getting to know Philadelphia better!



4. You might have seen this picture on Instagram a few weeks ago but I'm bringing it back because I'm doing a Glossier GIVEAWAY! I'll be posting about it on Instagram so be sure to follow and stay tuned for that announcement!



5. Some of my best friends are home for the summer as well so we've been trying to do some fun things before we all go abroad! Julia and I drove up to Hawk Mountain last weekend for a hike and it was amazing! Incredible views and such a fun drive too!



6. Saturday night, Julia and I went to the Chainsmokers concert and it was SO fun! We were right at the front of the floor and the vibe of entire night was amazing! They put on such a good show... if you watched my Insta story from that night you might have heard us singing the background of the videos:)


Happy Monday...let's have the best week!!




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