2019, I’m Ready!

2019!

This year has been one on my mind for awhile now since I knew it would be a year of new experiences, changes, endings, and beginnings. Now that it’s here, I can’t quite wrap my head around it but it gets a little more real each day.

I’m excited for 2019. Some resolutions for the year are…

-Wear more color! Try to step out of your habit of buying white shirts, Emily. You’re more interesting than that! (13 days into this new year, and let me tell you, I have been so much better already.)

-Actually eat breakfast. I’m the kind of person who runs out the door in the morning and doesn’t grab something to eat because I’m “too busy,” which is a lame excuse that will end this year.

-Read more books. I love reading, and I forget about how therapeutic it is for me. This year, I’m going to make sure I have a book that I’m reading at all times and that I give myself time to read it.

-Less Starbucks, more coffee at home. I have become way too reliant on Starbucks for my daily cup of iced coffee, but I have a Nespresso machine at home and am 100% capable of being my own barista. Catch me perfecting my iced coffee recipe this year.

Those are some changes I’m going to make this year; what are your plans and resolutions?

In terms of exciting and new changes, I will be graduating high school this spring and then starting college in the fall. However, I’ll be leaving my home for the past 18 years, Southern California, for a new adventure in New York where I’ll be a Fashion Studies major!!! I’m not too pumped about packing everything, but I’m ecstatic to be studying what I love in my favorite city! I also really love the school that I committed to, which makes everything ten times more wonderful (go Johnnies)!

Anyways, many amazing things are on the horizon, and I’m ready to make the very most of this year and all of the things that are coming my way. 2019 is going to be a year to remember!

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol

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Nailed It

Hey everyone,

I’m definitely getting some flashbacks to my old blog posts where I used to talk about my nails and polishes quite a bit. I’m bringing those vibes back today to talk about my experience with acrylics.

If you’ve been here awhile, you know that I naturally have pretty long nails. However, in June, my nails were going through a new nail cycle where they were really short before they grew out again. My friend had gone and gotten acrylics, and I wanted to get my nails done since I hadn’t in awhile. I was planning on getting extensions and putting dip powder nail polish on top of it. Long story short, the place I went to was a disaster and ended up giving me really wide acrylics with gel on top. Thankfully, I was able to get them fixed, and months later, I love my acrylics and how they look!

However, before I had gotten acrylics, it would have been nice to read about the pros and cons of having them. Here’s a list of both pros and cons that I wish I would have known earlier:

Pros:

Saves Time: I’m able to spend a lot less time fussing over my nails when I have acrylics. I used to spend a good amount of time painting and repainting my nails. It’s nice to have them done and not worry about it anymore.

More Options: Having them done means that they’re always long and always the perfect shape. I have a variety of colors and polishes to choose from each appointment.

Longevity: I’m able to go two weeks with my nails looking super great which is nice since I’m usually busy with school or work. I feel a lot more put together when my nails are done and I’m using my hands during work (i.e. when showing jewelry pieces to customers or handling their purchases).

Cons:

An Investment: Getting your nails done every two weeks is definitely an investment in many aspects. If I didn’t have a job, I don’t think I’d be able to financially justify getting them done. They are also an investment of time – not everyone can make time to do them with everything else going on in life.

Upkeep: Acrylics require a lot of upkeep. You have to make sure you’re taking care of them and getting them done so you’re not at risk for infections.

Finding A Salon: I’m going to put this in the cons section because, let’s face it, finding a good nail salon and technician is hard. As I mentioned above, the first salon I went to was a nightmare, and until recently, I haven’t found one with really great people. However, once you find a good one, you’re set!

I hope this helps some of you who are planning on getting acrylics or are just curious about what they entail! Overall, it’s a personal decision and depends on your lifestyle, but I find them 100% worth it!

FYI: The shape I get is narrow and square. The gel color in the first photo is by DND and called Sunset Fog. The second gel color is also by DND and called Amethyst Sparkles.

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol

Moon Walker

If there’s one thing that I know for sure, it’s that I love a good pair of boots. Ever since I started this blog, I’ve had an eye for all pairs: velvet, faux snakeskin, patent, pointed… you name it. And today, I carry on the tradition of sharing my new favorites.

I got these as a Christmas present after wanting them for awhile, and since I tore open the wrapping paper, they haven’t left my feet. They’re unlike any other pair I have because 1. they are white and 2. they have a chunky, thick heel. One thing that I can say is that these boots are so comfortable. I’ve been wearing them for long periods of time, whether that’s shopping for four hours or working and assisting customers for five. No problems yet!

These shoes add a nice pop of color too (ironic, I know. The white is just so bright that it gives an outfit a little extra something). They go with everything and look interesting when paired with darker accessories.

Additionally, I’ve seen so many people wearing white boots lately, so these fit right in with the trend. A lot of the ones I’ve seen have been very big and bulky; these are not like that, thank goodness.

They seem like they will be relatively easy to clean, too. I know they are bound to get dirty, but if I keep cleaning them up as I wear them, they should be pretty solid.

You can get these Maci Chelsea Boots at Urban Outfitters here!

What’s one pair of shoes that you have been reaching for lately?

Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year’s,

-Emily Berrol

20 Holiday Gifts Under $15

Hello everyone!

With Christmas right around the corner and only six days away, I thought it might be a good idea to put together a last minute gift guide with items under $15. I know many of us are still scrambling to finish up our final touches on gifts, so I hope this is helpful for any of you that need an extra little something. All the items I’ve listed are ones that I think would make a great gift or stocking stuffer!

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater – $7

Velvet Hair Scrunchie Set – $12

Balm Dotcom from Glossier – $12

Cable Bites (I have one of these for my phone charger, and it keeps the end from breaking!) – $6

Watermelon Glow Jelly Sheet Mask – $8

Mini Capri Blue Candle – $12

Molly Hatch Icon Mug (or any mug for that matter – Anthropologie always has the best!) – $14

TONYMOLY I’m Real Sheet Mask – $3

Garnier Cleansing Micellar Water – $7

Mini Glitter Polaroid Frame – $6

Write On Mechanical Pencil Set – $10

Rose Enamel Pin – $10

Ban.do Tumbler – $15

Firefly Battery Powered String Lights – $12

Key Tags from Towne9 (I have the “I came, I saw, I left early one!) – $6

Hamptons Weekender Contour Palette – $10

Beauty Bounce Back Makeup Recovery Set – $15

BANG! Beauty Blowout Set – $15

Ban.do Sticker Book – $12

Gift Card of your choice!

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

-Emily Berrol

The Best Black Friday Deals – 2018

Hey everyone!

Happy Black Friday! When it comes to the craziness that comes with this day, it’s sometimes easier to sit at home and do your shopping online. In order to make it even easier for you, I thought I’d compile a list of 15 places with good deals! Enjoy!

Urban Outfitters: Buy one, get one 50% off. Mix and match any items!

Topshop: Up to 50% off selected lines.

Glossier: 20% off everything!

Free People: 50% off selected items. Take an additional 25% off select sale items.

ASOS: 25% off everything with code EPIC25.

Nordstrom: Up to 60% off selected items.

Sephora: $15 and under Black Friday deals.

Succulent Clothing: 30% off entire order with code BF30. Free priority shipping.

Lulus: Take 25-90% off all items with code BF25. Free shipping.

Anthropologie: 30% off all items.

XLE The Label: Up to 30% off all items.

Revolve: Up to 65% off select items.

Reformation: 30% off all items. 

Luca and Grae: 30% off your entire order with code FRIYAY.

Verge Girl: 20% off all items and free shipping.

Happy Shopping!

Talk to you soon,

Emily Berrol

My Favorite Hair Products

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Hello everyone! 

While I was thinking of new things to blog about, I realized that I’ve never actually shared my favorite hair products with you. As someone with very long and curly hair, I know how important a good routine is. Keep reading to find out some of my favorite products!

Moroccanoil Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner: Yes, I can promise you that I do own those big containers that I’ve decided to show. The product is just that good, especially for my curls. Instead of weighing them down or making them look flat, this product does a great job boosting them. I’ll say this probably one million times when writing this post, but the shampoo and conditioner smell heavenly. It’s 100% worth the money; Moroccanoil products are so great and always leave my hair soft, clean, and smelling amazing!

SheaMoisture Leave-In Treatment: If you want to close your eyes and imagine that you’re on a tropical vacation, this leave-in treatment will help your daydreams. With its coconut and beach-like scent, this product helps rehydrate and restyle your hair. I love using this when my curls need a little bit of volume and protection from frizziness. This spray completely helps give your hair that freshly washed vibe when it’s been a couple of days. I can’t really speak to this as a treatment, but more of a replenishing spray; however, it’s strong and healthy ingredient (coconut oil) does help repair hair, so I’m sure it would be awesome to spray this after brushing through wet hair.

12 Benefits Spray: This is a miracle, do-it-all spray. Seriously. On the bottle, it claims that it “seals color, smoothes frizz, repairs damage, prevents split ends, moisturizes dry hair, strengthens fragile hair, prevents flat iron damage, protects from chlorine, wind, and sun damage, adds shine, softness, and a silky finish, protects from blow drying, improves texture and manageability, and has an anti-age formula that keeps hair youthful.” Yep, all that in one pink bottle. It’s the best, and it smells the best. Since it is pricey, one way to make it last is by pouring half of it into a separate container and then filling it back up with water. This seriously helps if you’re using it to respray hair and make it look better. Besides that, I usually reach for it as soon as I brush my hair and spray it in. 

Are you sold on any of these products yet?

Here are their links so you can get your hands on them!

Moroccanoil Shampoo

Moroccanoil Conditioner

SheaMoisture Spray

12 Benefits Spray

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol

Pep-Talk Sunday: Taking Time To Relax

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Hey everyone!

Happy Sunday! I’m back, and hopefully for a bit longer this time. I’ve been so busy with work, college applications (which are done now, yay!), and other things so of course, this had to be put to the side for a little bit. I know that I don’t owe an explanation, but I just like to keep you guys updated! So many of you have still been checking out my blog and past posts lately as well, so thank you for the great support! You are the best.

This blog post is kind of going to be like a little pep-talk for all of you since it’s Sunday, and a new week starts tomorrow. I think I might turn this into a series where I upload a post like this maybe once a month, or every two weeks, depending on what you all want!

Today’s topic is going to be about not doing it all. If any of you are like me, you might also be someone who finds themselves working and becoming busy. Sometimes it’s hard to find time to relax and not put so much pressure on ourselves. And when we do take time, we might feel as if we are wasting time or undeserving of a break.

However, taking time to chill is so important, both physically and mentally! If you don’t take time to rest, you’re overall going to be more tired and less productive. This is your reminder to take time for yourself this week! Whether that’s reading a book, getting your nails done, listening to your favorite podcast in the car, or catching up on your favorite shows, take time to relax.

Remember, it’s okay to not do it all. It’s a part of being human.

Hope this helped in some way or another. Thanks for sticking with me, and I’ll talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol