Odaiba was a short trip my friends and I made during our last few hours in Tokyo because it was only a train ride away. This was actually my second time coming here because the first time was with my family during the summer. I realize that winter is their low season so there are not many people around and it is very quiet. Several stores and restaurants may be closed, especially the ones at the Decks Tokyo Beach (or at least when I went) but you can still go up on the deck to enjoy the view. Odaiba is a very colorful place at night because the ferris wheel, bridge, and attractions within stores light up. I suggest heading to Odaiba when the weather is warmer because other than it being more lively and more stores open, they also have more events such as the Tokyo Bay Grand Fireworks Festival in August. During the festival, many young couples and friends would have picnics by the river and watch for the fireworks display. My friends and I stayed for dinner with the view of the river and Rainbow Bridge. Everything is mostly walking distance from each other so there is no need to public transportation once you're in the area.
Photography by me.
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→ Hotel Londres Saint-Honore
→ 13 Rue Saint-Roch, 75001 Paris, France | +33 (0)1 42 60 17 91
→ The hotel is a short walking distance from the Jarden des Tuileries, Lourve, Palais Royal, and Concorde.
→ Pan Hotel
→ 11, Mitropoleos Strata, 105 57, Athens - Greece | +30 210 3237 816
→ The hotel is walking distance from the Syntagma Square, Parliament, National Garden, Monostiraki, Greek taverns, and more.
WEARING: MIDORI NECKLACE (C/O) + LORD AND TAYLOR STRIPED TOP + CHOIES PANTS + BOOTS
Photography by Dillon.
WEARING: ADIDAS NEO LEATHER JACKET & JUMPER + FOREVER 21 SKIRT + NYLON JOURNAL PRINTED TIGHTS
Photography by Dillon.
Jersey is my home state, and I feel it would not be right if I did not post about fun and must-see places to check out. So if you plan to visit New Jersey and do some shopping, The Outlet Collection | Jersey Gardens is one of the best New Jersey outlet malls to visit. I guarantee that you will not leave this place without at least one item in hand! Click below to read about it and view more photos.
WEARING: DEX KNIT JUMPER (C/O) + VINTAGE COACH BAG
Photography by Dillon.
This is the last time you will see my long hair! I had it cut the other day expecting just a trim but before I could speak, my hair was already cut short. I think I am going through hair withdrawal but it will grow. Then I thought, it would look nice if I ombre it so yesterday I went to the drugstore and had my mother do my hair today. I was a little nervous but it actually came our great. You'll see pictures soon! But onto the outfit.
When Red Light PR came in contact with me, I was so excited to style their latest collection from Dex. I love these oversized knit jumpers. They are perfect for the fall because they are great for the chilly weather but not too thick so it will still feel cool. I paired mine with black leggings and ankle booties. An easy outfit for a casual day out.
In this day and age, you can find bluetooth speakers anywhere. Bluetooth is a great way to connect you devices to other products in order to share media or listen to music. This mini speaker caught my eye because I actually do not have one (my mom does so I borrow hers if I need one). I was especially excited when I saw that it was waterproof on the product page.
LUMSING BLUETOOTH SPEAKER (C/O) - When I received the package, the first thing I did was test out the bluetooth connection. In order to turn the speaker on, you have to press the button on the bottom of the speaker. Afterwards, connecting my phone via bluetooth fairly simple and quick so I am able to play some music in a matter of seconds. It also allows you to take phone calls. The quality of the music is great and the volume can get pretty intense despite the speaker being small. There are buttons to adjust the volume and pause/play the music. The product comes in a cute color and the rubber/plastic material it is made of seems durable enough to handle any a fall. The speaker also has a hook so you can hang it anywhere (kitchen, shower, etc). Then, I wanted to check its waterproof ability. I flipped through the manual but I could not find anything regarding usage in water so I am a little afraid of trying it. Therefore I check back online on the product page and it said that the protection level is IP64, '6' meaning that it can prevent dust from entering and '4' meaning it can protect against water splashes. So this product does state that it is dustproof and splashproof but I wish that had not included waterproof in their title as people may misunderstand its capabilities. Overall, this is a good bluetooth speaker for those looking for a more durable one. It lasts for a good eight hours like it says and comes with a USB power cable and audio cable.
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)
WEARING: LYSSE ANISE TOP (C/O) + KRISTIN PERRY NECKLACE & EAR CUFF (C/O) + MARC BY MARC JACOBS BAG + LOVELYWHOLESALE PUMPS
Photography by Dillon.
Transformed this top from Lysse into a dress because it was long enough for my short stature but I made sure to put a pair of shorts before heading out. What's nice is that it comes with a second layer underneath to keep you warm, which is perfect as the season transitions into fall. To keep this outfit simple, I wore dainty pieces from Kristin Perry. I love minimalist jewelry like this necklace and the ear cuff is so unique!
I can honestly say that I would get bored of just a day without my electronics. Especially when I spend a whole day out and I have no wall outlet conveniently beside me in order to charge my dying phone, laptop, or iPad. Luckily, I was introduced to Lumsing's portable backup charger which practically lets me charge anything with a USB cable (iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Note, HTC One, iPad, Droid, Google Glass, Nexus, Smart Watch, Bluetooth Speakers, & more).
LUMSING PORTABLE BACKUP CHARGER (C/O) - This backup charger allows you to charge two devices at the same time! However, it is not advised to use your device while using this backup charger because it will not charge because you would technically be using the power it is charging. With the Lumsing portable backup charger, you can get up to 4-6 chargers without using a wall outlet. This comes in handy for long plane flights, when all your friends are using all the wall outlets, or when there is a power outage. On the side of the backup charger there are 4 LED indicators that let you know the battery level. The backup charger also comes with a cloth pouch to store it in and one USB cable. The AC charger is not included. The price is considerably decent and has a lot of good review on Amazon. What I like most about this back-up charger is that once your device is fully charged, the back-up charger will shut off on its own so you don't have to worry about overcharging your device. Overall, I really like this backup charger and would recommend it to anyone who constantly runs out of their device's battery power.
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Overall Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)
WEARING: KRISTIN PERRY NECKLACE (C/O) + LYSSE DRESS SHIRT (C/O) + LYSSE IKAT PRINT LEGGINGS (C/O) + SKECHERS LACE-UP BOOTS (C/O)
Photography by Dillon.
Autumn begins this week so I thought this would be the perfect time for more coverage and to bring out the boots. I love these pieces from Lysse because they hug your body and are great quality. You can find petite sizes if you shop on their website! Their x-small fits me well and I think I could have gone with just a Small instead (some places that carry XS are actually still big for me). I paired this outfit with my latest pair of boots from Skechers fall collection. And if you like the jewelry I am wearing, you can find them on kristin perry. Don't forget to use the code IMGORGEOUS for 10% off.
I usually buy my own face and make-up products but when I received an email to try out Neutrogena's Pink grapefruit line, I could not resist! I have been wanting to try them out and I always see their products at my local drugstore but I wanted to wait until I was finished with the current products I already use (don't want them going to waste). When I received my Neutrogena products, I was utterly surprised because I thought they were only sending me one product but it turned out that I got to try five of them!
I am not sure if you guys ever notice but I have acne-prone skin as well as acne scars. I have been battling with acne ever since I hit puberty but it has become a lot better because I take care of my skin. Sometimes I feel that I have such a long routine in the morning because of all the products I need to use but I know it is worth it in the end. Not only do I have acne-prone skin, but also sensitive and oily skin. This is why I am so excited to share this review with you all. Neutrogena helps treat unseen acne before they appear so you and myself can take our best selfies! Now the first important note you need to know about these products are that they all contain salicylic acid which is used to treat acne and grapefruit extract (for those of you who are highly allergic to fruits) so if you are allergic to that, do NOT use these products. If you do have a reaction even if you are not allergic, please discontinue use as it may be the formula that your skin does not agree with. Neutrogena notes that if you use other topical medications at the same time with their products, it may cause skin irritation or dryness so only use one medication at a time.
So far the products have been great on my skin. I have not felt any harshness or tingling from using them. However, I did have a red spot by my mouth after using the facial scrub and I am not sure if it is because I am mildly allergic to fruits (e.g. I have also tried making a DIY lemon scrub and it made me itchy), especially acidic ones. After about half an hour though, the red spot disappeared. I have not had any other reactions after using the products again so the cause is not completely known.
OIL-FREE ACNE WASH FOAMING SCRUB (C/O) - I love scrubs because you can feel your skin exfoliating as you gently massage it around your face. Once you rinse your face with water, it immediately foams before all the product is washed off. I know exfoliating may cause some people to have breakouts, especially if you have dry skin so I feel that this is a product suitable for oily skin like mine. After just 2-3 days, my skin felt smoother than before I used it. The only downside to this product is that it does contain polyethylene (plastic) because of the microbeads for those who are environment conscious. I recommend using a moisturizer after as it may make your skin slightly dry.
OIL-FREE ACNE WASH FACIAL CLEANSER (C/O) - This is probably my favorite out of all the pink grapefruit line products. It applies onto the skip very smoothly and using a little goes a long way. I use it every morning and night before and after applying make-up and it does a great job removing it. If one wash with it is not enough, the second will do the trick. I find this product best for those with oily skin as it may make your face feel tight and dry more than the foaming scrub does so make sure to apply moisturizer after using this.
BODY CLEAR BODY WASH (C/O) - This product is great for those who develop acne around their neck, chest, shoulder, or back. It also contains beads but they burst when used. I like this product because it is gentle on the skin and I have had none to very few breakouts since using it.
OIL-FREE ACNE WASH CREAM CLEANSER (C/O) - I have only used this product a few times because I prefer the facial cleanser for my type of skin but I believe this is more suitable for those with dry skin. Moreover, since this is a cream cleanser, it prevents your face from drying out as much because its purpose is to restore the moisture back into your skin. However, be careful when using this product as you should avoid the sun or otherwise avoid using it a day or two before you plan to stay out in the sun for several hours.
OIL-FREE CLEANSING WIPES FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN (C/O) - These wipes are great when you are unable to wash your face. I had on a full face of make-up when I used this product and it wiped it all off. However, it may make your face tingle or burn slightly for a few seconds after using if you have sensitive skin. I do not use these often, only when I need to.
These products range from $6-9 which is pretty cheap compared to other brands and for the amount of product you are receiving. They all have a nice grapefruit scent that is not too strong. These products are best suitable for those with acne-prone skin. Treating acne is not an overnight thing so give it some time and before you know it, you will be treating unseen acne and will have a clearer complexion!
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)
→ Captain John Traditional Houses
→ Oia, 847 00, Greece | +30 2286 071638
→ No receptionist at the desk after 16:00
→ The hotel is less than a ten minute walking distance from the town and supermarket.
Photography by my mother and me.
Fashion week is officially over! The last show of the evening that I saw last Thursday on 9/4/14 was the S/S 2015 collection of Meskita at the Theatre in Lincoln Center for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. This collection was new to me because it was the first time I heard of Meskita so I did some research and found out that the line was by Alessandra Meskita, a Brazilian fashion designer. Most of her lines consist of resort, swimwear, and lingerie. With that in mind, I had an idea of what to expect at the show.
After seeing the collection, I am now a fan of Alessandra's designs. I was very impressed with the collection because all the pieces were beautiful. The models all came out with half ponytails and open-toed strapped heels. The collection consisted of light shades and neutral tones with gold accents everywhere. Pleats continue to be a popular trend for skirts and maxi dresses, but also for outerwear. High-waisted knickers and crop tops also are a consistent trend to do not get rid of them yet from your wardrobes! Meskita was a wonderful show to end the night and I am looking forward to see what Alessandra has in store for the following season. Thank you for having me!
Photography by my mother andme.
After my visit to Trina Turk (post here), I headed over to Lord & Taylor because they were having an event on the second floor. Lord & Taylor along with Refinery29 curated a showcase of designers of contemporary women's apparel called Brand Assembly. Some of my favorites were the dresses and skirts by Priory of Ten and bags by Etelka. There were tons of people there as well as a DJ, a runway show (which I missed), free drinks, and mini make-overs with Laura Mercier (love her tinted moisturizer). I love how eventful NYFW is and how you get to see everyone dressed up. I could not stay for very long at this event because I had to run to the next show I was attending. The week becomes very hectic and everyone is usually running all over the place but if you ever get the chance to be a part of NYFW, definitely take the opportunity to experience it. Thank you to Renee for inviting me!
→ Mykonos Beach Hotel
→ Mikonos 846 00, Greece | +30 2289 022572
→ The hotel is walking distance from the Megali Ammos beach and a ten minute walk to the Mykonos town and windmills.
→ Booked a QUADRUPLE ROOM (one queen bed room with 2 twin beds)
→ Pricing: $$
→ Room includes: shower or bathtub, hair dryer, TV with satellite channels, air conditioning, iron/ironing board (on request), refrigerator, phone, balcony or patio, restaurant, cafe, bar/lounge, free self-parking
→ Free wi-fi in public areas
→ Safe deposit box at front desk
→ Free breakfast buffet was included during my stay
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)
The Mykonos Beach Hotel sticks to their name because the Megali Ammos beach is right across the street. Their location is very peaceful because it is a slight distance from the town and party scene. The environment is very different from Athens, which was more city-like, and there are no hotel floors. Instead, there are these mini caverns beside the lobby which are the rooms. The rooms decorated very simply with white walls and wooden furniture. The view is beautiful as you can see the sea and the windmills. You can either sit on your balcony/patio if included in your booking or sit at the lounge/lobby area where there is free wi-fi. The reception desk is open 24 hours and you leave your key with the receptionist whenever you leave the hotel. The rooms are cleaned and towels are changed daily. My room had the twin beds on the ground floor and the queen bed on the loft as I was there with my family. There was tiny TV in the room if you like to watch during your spare time and also a stove but I never used it because I always ate out and I actually did not know how to turn it on. What I liked about this hotel is that they included free shuttle transportation when I arrived and when I left. If you are traveling by car or motorcycle, there is space in front of the lobby to park.
*Note: This is not a sponsored post. This post contains content that are 100% my opinions and photos taken by me. My intention is to write about my experience and assist you on your travels. I would also like to thank the hotel for my pleasant stay. If you would like to learn about my adventures and travel guide in Mykonos, stay tuned!