Life in New York – A Happy Update

Hey everyone!

It’s been a few weeks since I last blogged, and I feel like I should give you all an update before I start posting my regular content again. Life has been crazy and busy, but also wonderful, and I haven’t really talked about my life in New York since moving here.

I really love school and getting to study the business side of the fashion industry is such a rewarding experience. It’s crazy to step aside from it all and think about how I’m on a path that’s going to lead me to working in fashion. It’s surreal, and I feel so grateful to be living in one of my favorite cities in the world.

I’ve met so many great people here, a lot of them who are also fashion studies majors (if any of you are reading this… you know how much I adore you). It’s so enlightening and special being able to talk to people who have the same passion as you but are all on their own, unique path.

I have a lot more free time now that I’m not in class for six hours everyday, and it’s insane to think that less than sixth months ago I’d sit in a classroom for hours on end. I love the freedom that college brings, but I do still spend a fair amount of my time studying. No surprise, there; we all know I’d work 24/7 if I could.

When it comes to living on my own and being so far away from family, I’m handling it a lot better than I expected. Time aren’t always the easiest; I miss my parents, my twin sister and my cats SO much, and there are times where I’d do anything to be with them for just a few minutes. However, I would not trade this experience for the world because living here is a dream come true. I’m getting a lot more used to life in New York, and usually visit the city every week. Speaking of, I know how to navigate the metro system by myself, and I’m honestly quite proud. I love how easy and quick it is to get into Manhattan.

Overall, I’m really happy with my experience here so far! I know there’s so much more in store for me, too; it’s only been about three months – who knows what the future holds?

I’m heading out tomorrow morning to my new home in Seattle (yay!) for Thanksgiving break, and I’m planning on cranking out a LOT of blog posts while I’m there. If there’s anything you want to see, be sure to leave a comment down below.

I’m endlessly grateful for all of you. Thanks for sticking with me and being such great readers!

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol

The New NYC Nordstrom

Hey everyone!

Last week, the Manhattan Nordstrom flagship store opened, and it’s something I’ve been looking forward to visiting for months now. It had officially opened on Thursday, and I decided to go to see what it was all about. It was far from disappointing. The store is all women’s clothing and accessories, with a lower level that has baby and home items. There’s also restaurants and cafes scattered around. Oh, and it’s seven floors. Yep, you heard that right. Seven floors. When can I move in?

There’s a variety of different designers on each level. To be honest, it’s a bit overwhelming because the store is so big and carries so many different brands. It’s kind of like a museum; you could spend days on end going through the store and finding new labels and pieces that you haven’t seen before. It’s truly amazing.

I bought two tops when I was there (one being the white turtleneck in the picture above), and the dressing rooms were also super cool. Everything is very high-tech; there was a panel towards the back of the dressing room where you could call an employee, order a different size, etc. One of the walls in the room also had a full length mirror and pedestal underneath it which is perfect for when you’re trying on clothes! There definitely was a lot of thought that was put into the Nordstrom when it was built.

The location of the store is super great, too. It’s within walking distance of Central Park, and I can only imagine how cute it’s going to look pretty soon with all of the Christmas decorations.

Although the store was super busy and packed, I seriously had such a good time visiting it. I’m so glad that we finally have a Nordstrom here in New York, and I know there are plenty of purchases to be made in the future…

Here’s what I’m wearing:

Urban Outfitters Mock Neck Sweater in Cream (only available in gray right now) from Nordstrom

BDG Girlfriend High-Waisted Longline Jean

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol

Four Favorites: October Beauty 2019

Hey everyone!

I haven’t posted about some of my favorite products in awhile, so I thought now would be a great opportunity to share a few I’ve been loving! I only have four products to talk to you about today, but I’ll be sure to keep you updated as I continue to discover beauty I love.

Feel Pure Anywhere Balm in Rose: I love this “anywhere” balm that I picked up at Anthropologie. I originally bought this lip balm because I loved the minty scent of it, but I can promise that the formula of it is super great and nourishing. I keep it in my bag when I’m heading out for the day, whether that’s to class or the city, and I also keep it nearby when I’m at home. It’s made with all natural ingredients which is awesome.

Philosophy Vanilla Coconut Shower Gel: I found this shower gel at TJ Maxx when I was home shopping for my dorm room, and I really love the scent of it. I’ve had Philosophy beauty products in the past, and they’ve always been great quality. It’s a three in one product, so you can also use it as bubble bath or shampoo, but I personally have only used it as shower gel. I can’t find this exact scent online, but I’ll link a similar one here. It’s the perfect addition to my shower caddy.

Maybelline Waterproof Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara: There’s no surprise over here that I’m a big mascara gal; you can pretty much always find me with long, coated lashes. I love the look of really long and thick lashes, so when one of my suitemates turned to me the other day and asked, “How do you get your eyelashes so thick?” I felt truly honored. As much as I love my Glossier lash slick, sometimes I want a more amplified lash look. I tried this mascara out awhile ago and liked it, so I’ve given it a go again. It’s honestly amazing; I can layer it several times without it getting clumpy, and it holds a curl all day. The only downside is that I notice some smudges towards my eyebrows where the top of my lashes touch (but if that’s the price I pay for long eyelashes, how bad is it, really?).

13 Moons Sugar Moon Perfume by Olivine Atelier: This perfume honestly smells amazing, and I’ve loved it even before I had my own bottle. We started carrying this brand and some of their perfumes where I used to work, and this was the scent that always caught my attention. I’d put some on me from the tester as I was working, and I always loved the smell and how unique it was. The notes in it are cassis, lily, sandalwood, white amber, and clean musk. The packaging is also super beautiful, and the perfume is made of all natural, clean ingredients. The bottom of the bottle has crystals in it too, which makes it even prettier and great if you love what crystals stand for/believe in their powers. You can also get a sample from the website for $5 if you want to try it out first before committing to a full bottle.

Thank you so much for reading, and I hope this gave you some new beauty products to try out! What are you currently loving? Let me know in the comments. 🙂

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol

Recent Urban Outfitters Purchases – Fall 2019

Hey everyone!

It’s been awhile since I’ve written a blog post, so I first want to apologize for the lack of content I’ve been creating. I moved to New York about a month ago, and I’ve been acclimating to life and school here. I’m honestly having the best time ever, and it’s a real dream come true to be living and studying in my favorite city! All of that put aside though, I really miss blogging and am so focused on getting back to it. It feels great to sit here and take time to write again.

I’ve made a few Urban Outfitters purchases lately, all of which have been pieces that I love and am so excited to wear. I hope these give you some inspiration for fall or show you some fun new pieces that you can add to your wardrobe.

Embroidered Wildflower Crop Top: I absolutely adore this top and have been wearing it so much since I got it. It’s perfect to pair with high waisted jeans or a long satin skirt. The flowers embroidered on it are so pretty and sweet, and it’s the perfect length for a crop top. If you’re looking for a new, cute little graphic tee, check this one out.

Sierra Sheer Smocked Cropped Top in Mauve: This blouse is so beautiful, and I was immediately drawn to it when I first saw it in the store. The color online says mauve, but it’s this stunning purple color which would look great on every skin tone. It honestly gives me sugar plum fairy vibes; I love it!

BDG Love Is Forever Overdyed Sweatshirt: I’ve had my eye on this since I first saw it online, and I’m really glad that I picked it up because it’s so cute! The flowers on the front and back are super pretty, and I honestly think the quote is beautiful. I think it’s so easy to find graphic tees with random phrases on it nowadays, but ones with special and sentimental messages are always a bonus. Lastly, the sweatshirt is a perfect shade of light blue.

Willow Fuzzy Drawstring Teddy Jacket in Pink: Urban sold this jacket in last year’s winter collection, and I remember thinking that they looked so cute and cozy. I’m so glad they’re back this year, and I’m in love with this pink one (so much so that I found which stores had it in my size and went to the East Village to pick it up). I love that it’s oversized and fuzzy. I also really like that it has the bright pink drawstrings at the bottom; it adds a nice accent color to the blush exterior.

BDG Girlfriend High-Waisted Longline Jean in Medium Wash: Alright, you all know that I’m quite the fan of denim, but I think these might be my favorite pair of jeans ever. I wear these at least a couple times a week, and I’ve found that they are incredibly flattering and perfect with any outfit. These are true to size, but they’re actually pretty long. I always roll them up one cuff at the bottom, and I’m pretty tall, so just keep that in mind if you’re shorter or are thinking about purchasing them! I really hope BDG starts making these in another wash because they are seriously game changing.

I hope this post inspires some of your own shopping! Thanks for being patient with me as I get back to blogging and balance it all with my crazy busy life. You are the best, and I’m forever grateful to have those of you that read my posts each time I upload!

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol

Nothing But Excitement Over Here! (Life Update)

Hey everyone!

August has been a crazy month, and I can’t believe that it’s nearing its end! So much has gone on, and I haven’t blogged for the majority of this month, so let me update you…

My birthday was a little bit over a week ago, so there were a few days of celebrations and lots of time that I got to spend with family and friends. It was so special and great, but before this, I was mainly spending a lot of my time packing or squeezing in some last shifts at work. I finished up my sales job at a small local business that I’ve been working at for the past year and a half; I loved my job and had such a great time working there, and I’m sad to see it end, but I’m grateful that my first job was one that I loved so much!

A few days ago I went to Portland in order to move my twin sister into her college, which was super cool because I had actually never been besides a layover in the airport! I spent a couple days hanging out with my aunt and my mom after we moved her in, and the city was awesome. I’m so glad that I got to see the campus that my sister is living on and to meet some of her friends! My next mission is to get her to visit New York, though, as she’s never been and I’m desperate for her to see it.

Lastly, I’m moving to New York tomorrow and officially moving into my dorm room on Saturday which is SO exciting! I honestly can’t wait because I’ve dreamed of living in New York and studying the business side of the fashion industry for so long. I can’t wait for it to be a reality and to also meet some of the wonderful people I’ve been in touch with for months now!

As you can see, August has been a whirlwind of new adventures, fresh starts, and happy times. I’ve truly been so content lately, and even though this new chapter is a bit uncertain, I’m so excited to embrace it and see where it takes me! I can’t wait to keep you all updated, too.

I hope everyone has had as great of a month as I have.

Talk to you really soon (and when I’m in New York)!

-Emily Berrol

To Dye For

Hey everyone!

Did anyone else go to summer camp and spend time outdoors doing fun activities, one of them being tie-dying shirts? Well, step aside, summer camp, because tie-dye is becoming so much more than just a camp staple.

Tie-dye has been everywhere lately, and it’s definitely going to be sticking around for a bit longer. I first saw stores with pieces at the beginning of summer, but now that it’s August (how is it already August?!) and stores are still dropping new items with the colorful print, it’s sure to stick around.

Tie-dye is super fun and a great way to elevate your style. I personally find myself drawn to monochromatic clothing for some reason, and I feel like tie-dye is such a simple and cool way to add a pop of color into an ordinary outfit. Pairing a bodysuit or tee with some cool jeans would look so awesome. I’ve also seen a lot of hoodies online that people seem to be loving. When I went and searched for items to include in this post, I noticed that practically every store I looked at had some tie-dye, so you’re not limited to the pieces I’ve shown.

How do you feel about it? Is the crazy and colorful pattern here to stay, or will it make an exit once fall rolls around?

Here’s what I’m showing:

Michael Stars Brittany Tee in Aster Primrose from Revolve

Superdown Lindy Tie Dye Bodysuit in Pink from Revolve

Tie Dye Long Sleeve Tee from Free People

Cozy Livin’ Mauve Purple Tie-Dye Tee from Lulus

Cozy Livin’ Mauve Purple Tie-Dye Joggers from Lulus

Lana Tie-Dye Bias Midi Skirt from Urban Outfitters

Thanks for reading, and talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol

Nice and Natural: Dip Nail Review

Hello everyone!

Back in December, I uploaded this post talking all about my experience with acrylic nails and the pros and cons I faced while having them. However, in June, I decided that it was time to say goodbye to long nails. I had acrylics for a year at that point with no breaks in between, so to say my natural nails were looking a bit worse for wear is an understatement. They were short and weak, and I knew that it was time to let them grow. As much as I loved acrylics, being able to let my nails breathe feels amazing. And I realized that if I wanted to let them grow strong and healthy, I’d probably have to do some sort of treatment since they’d definitely break on their own.

Ah, now this is where the magical thing called dip powder comes in. If you’re caught up on the beauty scene, then you’ve likely heard of this. For those of you that haven’t, dip powder is a nail polish treatment where you quite literally dip your fingers into colored powder after a base coat is applied. This happens several times, and eventually your nails are topped off with a top coat.

I’ve gotten this done three times, and each time, it has lasted me at least two weeks. The picture above was taken a little over a week and a half of having my nails done. And honestly? They look pretty dang good to me. I love that my natural nails have been able to grow out under the dip powder, and I also love that they look great for weeks. Additionally, the price hasn’t increased much from what I paid when I got my acrylics filled. I’ve also found that there’s a great variety of colors; pretty much all of the gel colors where I go come in a dip form.

There’s also been some talk about whether or not the powder has proteins in it that can actually strengthen your nails and help them grow. I searched it up, and there seems to be mixed opinions about it, so keep taking your biotin while we wait for some new information to come in.

Have I sold you on dip powder manicures? Honestly, I just love that I can have a great manicure for weeks that allows my natural nails to stay long.

Hope this was informative for you 🙂

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol