Olia Box - Jewelry Subscription Review & Try On

August 14, 2021

In the big, wide world of subscription boxes, I'm a picky customer. I love the idea of monthly gifts, but I also have high expectations that these gifts be pretty, useful, and worth the investment.  During my search for more lifestyle and fashion subscription boxes, I came across Olia Box.  With Olia (c/o), the concept is simple - for different price points (that work for all budgets), Olia delivers style-customized jewelry straight to your doorstep.

My expectations were high, and I'm happy to report that Olia Box delivered (a simple concept needs to be exceptionally executed, and in this case, Olia was on point!). The box was delivered on time, and the actual jewelry pieces were beautiful and of great quality.  From bohemian to rocker chic, each of the Olia subscriptions is geared toward personal style - subscribers complete a short survey to identify the type of accessories that are the best fit.

Product wise, Olia Box jewelry has a minimalist design with a statement impact. I've had my fair share of bad accessories (think New York shady markets with flimsy items), and I always look for pieces that are well-constructed. Both the $25 and the $35 boxes contained lovely items that were a great fit for me - a perfect mix of dainty bohemian and classic geometric shapes, I've worn every piece since starting the subscription. Given the quality of the accessories, I find the price is an appropriate investment for the return (I've learned my lesson from paying for "break-in-one-use" or "so-last" season items). Lastly, I appreciate that the colors of the accessories are neutral and that the items can be styled as needed for any occasion.

For anyone that loves accessories and is looking to add to her jewelry collection. you can't go wrong with Olia Box (and this is coming from a picky gal!). If you would like to learn more about Olia Box and subscribe, be sure to visit the Olia Box site.  

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.

Pretty in Pink - Summer Resolutions with Starbucks Teavana® Shaken Iced Teas

August 6, 2021

As I'm preparing for my final year of graduate school, I'm realizing the importance of fully savoring and enjoying every single day left of my summer vacation.  Summer is all about trying new things, experiencing new places, going out of my comfort zone, and ultimately meeting my warm-weather resolutions.

I wanted this summer to be both productive and relaxing, the perfect balance of crossing out my to-do lists while pursuing my hobbies (sounds lovely, but this is the proverbial "easier said than done"). 
And because summer and sunshine hold the promise that anything can be accomplished, I wanted to share with you my three mantras for attaining my summer resolutions (think small changes in routine that make a big difference). 

Be motivated. From running errands around town to standing in line to buy the perfect sundress, you have to have energy. And because New York City in the summer is not the best for hot coffee (clearly, an understatement), I've been loving the Starbucks Teavana® Shaken Iced Teas for just the right amount of hydration and tasty energy. Formulated with delightful fruit flavors, the Starbucks Teavana® Shaken Iced Teas help brighten and invigorate my day so that I am ready for everything and anything. I love having my pick of delicious treats so be sure to try any of the Starbucks Teavana® Shaken Iced Tea flavors including Teavana® Shaken Iced Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade™, Teavana® Shaken Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade™, and Teavana® Shaken Iced Black Tea Lemonade™ (because nothing really says summer more than lemonade!).

Be colorful. I adore makeup and intricate nail art, but I realized I rarely sport colorful looks. This summer, however, I've made a conscious decision to wear more colors that are out of my comfort zone. I've experimented with a neon pink lipstick, with bright coral nails, and with pastel blue eyeliners. If there's ever a time to wear whimsical eye looks and strawberries nail stickers, it's now! I’ve curated a few of my favorite pink products and feel lovely every time I wear them - I advise to put together a color coordinated kit and make it a rule to incorporate specific shades in your beauty routine.

Be daring. It's easy to fall in a routine, but before making plans for the same dinner or the same movie outing, try to shake up your summer. I always ask myself how I can improve and add to an experience. For example, going to the movies takes on a whole new meaning of fun when I attend the Central Park outdoor cinema screenings (add to that a picnic and the Teavana® Shaken Iced Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade™, and you've got yourself the cutest date under the stars).

Summer resolutions are the perfect way to reflect in the middle of the year and add inspiration to your everyday. So, as you enjoy the sunshine, my advice to you is to be motivated, be colorful, and be daring.

Share with me in the comments below how you shake up your summer and your summer resolutions. If you need more summer mantra inspiration, visit our Pretty in Pink Summer Resolutions Pinterest Board!

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Starbucks through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Starbucks, all opinions are my own.

Neutrogena All Day Makeup Tutorial - Back to School Tutorial

August 5, 2021

This "Back to School - All Day Look" post was sponsored by the Collective Bias Social Fabric Community. 
#AllDayLook and #CollectiveBias

As I am preparing for the second year of my graduate school, I started reminiscing about back to school planning and shopping.  My sister and I used to plan our outfits and makeup routine for the week (and of course, fell off the wagon only the second day when we realized we'd have to wake up at 5 AM to actually stick to our lofty plans).

For grad school, I still have to think ahead for every day, but my routine has somewhat changed. Many grad school courses are later in the day, and my classmates and I often go out after class. Additionally, I always attend art gallery and show openings which also happen in the evenings.  Because of my schedule during the school year, I must transition my day makeup look to an evening appropriate makeup look.  For this tutorial, I'm using all Neutrogena products to create a subtle, brown smokey eye look and flawless skin finish that lasts well through countless hours of lectures, openings, and New York City adventures.

Products used include: Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture with Sunscreen SPF15, Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends Pure Blush and Bronzer, Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Liquid Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF20, Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Stick in Soft Raspberry, Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara, and Neutrogena Nourishing Eyeliner in Spiced Chocolate.  My skin responds well to Neutrogena (aka no blemishes) so these affordable products work perfectly together to create a beautiful look with no fuss (and yes, the tutorial below uses only the few listed products above which is also great for a school budget).

Step 1: Prep skin and moisturize with the Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture with Sunscreen SPF15.  The Oil Free moisturizer hydrates skin while also acting as a skin primer.

Step 2: Apply the Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Liquid Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF20 - this foundation is full coverage, long lasting, and provides protection with SPF20.

Step 3: Using the illuminating Healthy Skin Blends Pure Blush and Bronzer, add a bit of subtle color to your complexion.

Step 4: Because I like multi-use products (and my wallet doesn't complain, either), I use the Healthy Skin Blends Bronzer to add a wash of bronze color to my eyelids.

Step 5: Using the Neutrogena Nourishing Eyeliner in Spiced Chocolate, create a cat eyeliner to emphasize your eyes (the Spiced Chocolate color is not too harsh for everyday, and can be smudged or re-drawn to transition to a smokey eye finish).  Finish the eye look with the Neutrogena Healthy Volume mascara to add dimension to your lashes (without flaking or clumping).

Step 6: Add a pop of color to your all day makeup routine with the Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Stick in Soft Raspberry (aside the deliciously cute shade, the Color Stick provides hydration and protects lips).

Running around in between classes and to New York art openings doesn't leave enough time for makeup touch-ups - thankfully, in just six easy steps, Neutrogena helps create the perfect all day (and all evening) makeup look.

For more every day makeup inspiration, watch Hayden Pantierre's All Day Beauty video below that also features additional Neutrogena products.  If you're ready to build your Neutrogena kit, keep in mind that Target and Neutrogena will host Target Beauty Concierge events at select Target locations around the country this month. Event begins August 24th, limited quantities available. Check with your local Target store for Beauty Concierge day and times.

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.

InStyle and Nine West - Georgetown Fall 2014 Collection Launch

August 4, 2021

Shoe shopping is the best kind of shopping. I'm always guaranteed to find a pair of shoes that is absolutely lovely and fits perfectly (and more often than not, is in my budget, depending on my splurge levels).  For those days when I'm not up to trying on skinny jeans or figuring out whether a shirt is a dress or a tunic (or a hot mess), I can always count on some retail therapy with shoe shopping.  The Cinderella factor is all too real - pretty shoes make me happy (and shopping for shoes is simply exciting all around!).

When I received the Nine West and InStyle Fall Collection Launch email, I was downright giddy.  Runway-inspired shoes? Check. Styling-tips party? Check. Historical Georgetown location? Check.  On Thursday, August 7, the InStyle for Nine West Collection will be launching in downtown DC, and we'll all be able to celebrate and receive styling advice from the InStyle Accessories Director. Shoppers and attendees will also receive, with any $75 plus purchase, a gift bag full of InStyle selected must-haves (details in the invitation posted below).

As with the Spring Collection released a few months earlier, the Fall 2014 Collection is guaranteed to be a mix of excellent craftsmanship, beautiful details, and bold style statements (the sneak peek includes a black duffle bag and leopard strappy-heels). The limited-edition collection will be available in stores and online starting August 8 (hence, the store celebration). 

If you find yourself in DC and love shoe shopping (and I've already established that we all do), then be sure to RSVP to NineWest_Georgetown@timeinc.com to attend the Nine West and InStyle launch party. Happy shopping!
Stay Pretty, Miranda M.