7.11.2015

Belfast!

Belfast!

In a little less than two weeks, I'll be boarding a flight from Newark Liberty International Airport to Belfast, Northern Ireland. I first visited Belfast about a year ago and I freaking loved it. My dear friend Adam lives there, and after years of him telling me to visit, I finally caved. I thought Northern Ireland was just a bunch of fields and trees, and while it is quite a verdant country, I spent most of my time there in the city capital, Belfast. Adam and his girlfriend and all their friends took such good care of this American lass, when I boarded my flight home I felt like it was the last day of camp. I even got a tattoo of the famous Samson and Goliath cranes! Belfast is a small and friendly city, with lots to do and see. I can't wait to see more of Belfast and NI in a few short days! Here are some of my favorites from last year. Any recommendations will be greatly appreciated.

DUKE OF YORK: 7-11 Commercial Court
Super-fun and pretty-crowded bar with lots of outdoor alley space. I had my first half-cider (of many) and kept repeating that it reminded me of EPCOT. #american
Belfast!

ST. GEORGE'S MARKET: 12-20 East Bridge Street
Indoor market with tons of vendors and lots of food and drinks. Try a bap!
Belfast!

BLACK TAXI TOUR
If you're an uneducated heathen like I am, you might not know much about the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Take a tour and learn some stuff.
Belfast!

THE MERCHANT HOTEL: 16 Skipper Street
Fancy hotel with a fancy lounge. I foolishly ordered a whiskey ginger ale before seeing their large selection of beautiful cocktails.
Belfast!

MCHUGH'S BAR: 29-31 Queen's Square
We went to McHugh's a few times and all of them were fun. Mega-drunk dance party one night, casual beer one (late) morning, food and cocktails with a friend one afternoon. Good times!
Belfast!

HOME RESTAURANT: 22 Wellington Place
Delicious and cozy.
Belfast!

THE SPANIARD: 3 Skipper Street
The night we went there was a great DJ who played the Pixies for us. Try a Dark and Stormy or two or three!
Belfast!

THE BOTANIC GARDENS
Beautiful gardens and greenhouses. Perfect for a long afternoon.
Belfast!

THE ULSTER MUSEUM
Located right near the Botanic Gardens! We saw an exhibit about the Troubles and it was truly moving.
Belfast!

COPPI: Saint Anne's Square
Their appetizer called "Feta Fritters" will undoubtedly change your life for the better. Tasty drinks and attentive staff, too!
Belfast!

THE CROWN LIQUOR SALOON: 46 Great Victoria Street
Historic and gorgeous. Stop in for a Guinness and some great Instagram fodder. ;)
Belfast!

MAGGIE MAYS: 2 Malone Road
Perfect for hungover brunch. So delicious, with large portions. Try a boozy milkshake.
Belfast!

ALLEY CAT: 46 Church Lane
I had my second boozy milkshake of the day here once. We need more of that in New Jersey.
Belfast!

7.10.2015

ADVERTORIAL: WSDear

ADVERTORIAL: WSDear

One of my advertisers this month is WSDear, an online clothing store stuffed to the gills with tons of trendy pieces. Looking for cute summer dresses? Look no further. My favorite at the moment is the 90s-style polka dot dress. A trend I fully approve of but rarely wear for whatever reason is the romper. Though my favorite type of outfit is one that feels like pajamas but is decent enough to wear in public. Comfort ├╝ber alles. When printed/elastic-waist pants came back into style a few years ago, my icy heart started beating again. These emoji joggers fit the bill and are absolutely amazing. The 100s are the best, in my humble opinion. The selection of bathing suits at WSDear is pretty cool, too. The crocheted style isn't one I'd normally gravitate to, but I think I'm starting to be swayed. So pretty! But what about tan lines? And of course, there's few things I love more than a good bargain, so the under $9.99 sale section is right up my alley.

6.22.2015

REVIEW: A New Pair of Glasses from Firmoo!

Firmoo!
Firmoo!
Firmoo!
Firmoo!
Firmoo!

I've spoken of my love of Firmoo eyewear again and again, and today is no exception. Firmoo generously sent me another pair of glasses recently, and like usual I love them! I opted for a slightly larger, tortoiseshell frame this time. Sometimes after a long day, my other glasses feel tight on my head. These are so light, I never have that problem! Also, how cute are these pink stone earrings Diana gave me? I think we should all give our friends little gifts for no reason more often. It was such a sweet surprise. :)

5.31.2015

An Afternoon at the Beach with SwimOutlet.com

An Afternoon at the Beach with SwimOutlet.com
An Afternoon at the Beach with SwimOutlet.com
An Afternoon at the Beach with SwimOutlet.com
An Afternoon at the Beach with SwimOutlet.com
An Afternoon at the Beach with SwimOutlet.com
An Afternoon at the Beach with SwimOutlet.com
An Afternoon at the Beach with SwimOutlet.com
An Afternoon at the Beach with SwimOutlet.com
An Afternoon at the Beach with SwimOutlet.com
An Afternoon at the Beach with SwimOutlet.com
An Afternoon at the Beach with SwimOutlet.com
An Afternoon at the Beach with SwimOutlet.com

I was recently contacted by SwimOutlet.com to try out some of their products. I chose the Penbrooke Hot Tropics Glam Girl Leg One Piece and Big Mouth Toys Pink Flamingo Pool Float, obviously. The suit has that perfect retro feel I was looking for and it's so flattering! The flamingo has been named "Gary" because of a misunderstanding regarding my friend Kerry. I have a feeling he will accompany me on many adventures this summer. Thank you so much, SwimOutlet! You can find SwimOutlet on Instagram (@swimoutlet) and Twitter (@swimoutlet), too.

Suit and flamingo: c/o SwimOutlet.com
Shorts and kimono: Target
Shades: c/o ZeroUV

Photos by the amazing Diana Van Horn Photography!

5.11.2015

Prom ↣ Wedding with Milly Bridal


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One of my sponsors this month is Milly Bridal, a dress shop featuring tons of lovely dresses for all occasions. Today I'm going to chat a bit about proms and weddings, as a lady who's right in the middle of both.

My prom dress was bought two years early at a store called "Value City" for less than $20. My mom and I agreed that for twenty bucks it would be a good fallback in case I never found anything I liked better. Prom didn't mean that much to me since I was one of those jaded punk kids, so I went with the fallback. It was baby blue and fairly simple, and amazingly timeless (in the sense that I don't look at the photos now, eleven years later, and want to crawl in a hole).

The two prom dresses above are my favorites. The one on the left is so unique and reminds me of the "Mandy" breakaway dress from "White Christmas". I think it's pretty and flirty, without being too revealing, and I love the floral details. The dress on the right is just adorable. It reminds me a bit of my own dress, except it's pink instead of blue. It's simple, and also fairly timeless.

I've never been the type to fantasize about weddings, but I do fantasize about dresses! If/when I get married, I know my dress will be delicate, vintage or vintage-inspired, and definitely not strapless. I love the straps on the first dress below and the sleeves on the second. Thanks for playing virtual dress-up with me!


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5.08.2015

ZeroUV Summer Wishlist


Womens Cute Eye Lash Fashion Oval Sunglasses 9385

Ever since I first learned of ZeroUV, I've been in awe of their amazing sunglasses. I've worn the two c/o pairs they sent me a few times on the blog (and a lot in real life, too). Every time I click over to the site, I want to buy at least 10 pairs. I made the mistake of clicking over to the site today and lo and behold I want to buy at least 10 pairs!

The shades above are my ultimate favorite at the moment. They remind me of a pair I just bought so I probably shouldn't order them. Really, how many pairs of eyelash-style sunglasses does one gal need? ;) (PS This post isn't sponsored or anything, I just love ZeroUV! They also have a great Snapchat that makes me miss California very badly on the reg.)


These are incredible. What a unique shape, sure to get lots of attention.
Womens Unique Heart Shape Half Frame Cat Eye Sunglasses 9616


This pair comes in a few different colors. Picking just one pair would be tough!
Eclectic Cute Pastel Pearl Color Half Frame Sunglasses 9430


These look like they could be a simple DIY. I actually have a pair of white heart plastic frames that I hardly ever wear. Perfect!
Cute Novelty Heart Shaped Sunglasses Adorned With Pearls 9592


Jane Jetson vibes.
Elegant Womens Metal Cat Eye Sunglasses With Flash Color Revo Lenses 9437


These are so groovy and perfect for summer. I love how they flip up!
Novelty Party Happy Smiley Face Cut Out Flip Up Sunglasses 9639


Another really interesting frame shape.
Unique Double Frame Square Womens Fashion Sunglasses 9417
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