The Little Lemon Dress

In the beginning of summer, I remember scrolling through Instagram seeing all of my favorite bloggers/fashion influencers sporting lemon print and I was immediately obsessed! I bookmarked their posts for inspiration and was on my very own hunt for the perfect lemon sundress for summer. While shopping in Marshalls looking for swimsuits, I stumbled across this sky blue, fit and flare, 50’s style lemon printed dress. It was love at first sight and the dress was completely darling; I darted toward the rack, scooped it up and headed for the dressing room! As soon as I zipped it up, I knew that I had to purchase it! It fit like a glove and I immediately started to style the dress in my head. I envisioned my blush Kendra Scott necklace, my gold holographic Michael Kors bag and some white vintage sunnies and that’s exactly how I wore it! I took the dress out for a spin at my favorite coffee shop in Long Beach Island with my sisters for some iced soy lattes and acai bowls!

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What print have you been loving this summer? Comment Below!

XO, Lexie

 

Memories from Maryland

On my freshman year move-in day, I remember one of the last things my Dad saying to me before he pulled away was,”Lex, you’re going to meet ‘your people’ here”. As someone who struggled through high school in the friendship department, that was everything I was hoping for. It excited and terrified me all at the same time because the possibility of making lifelong friends seemed so incredible, but I was also scared about whether or not I would connect with people in the ways I wished for. As they say, parents are always right and I was blessed with forming some amazing friendships this past year. One of the most special relationships I created in school was with my friend Carmen. We had met at an admissions event the Spring before our freshman year started. In the Fall we both happened to be in the same Spanish class, we sat together, and the rest is history! Every single Friday we met at our school’s coffee shop and gave each other life updates, laughed until we cried, vented, gave each other advice and inspired each other! Carmen and her family invited me to spend the week in her hometown and I was incredibly excited to spend time with her and make memories that would last forever!

One of my favorite places we visited was this small town called Berlin. This quaint spot is filled with awesome shops, boutiques and restaurants. I spent way more money than I should have and bought some awesome jewelry and a new pair of sunnies that I absolutely adore! Below are some photos of the food I ate and snapshots from this sweet place!

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Whenever I travel I always look for a cute and comfortable outfit to walk around in. I went for an off the shoulder, smocked gingham top that was super comfy and summery. I paired it with a high waisted, white, frayed jean skirt that I seriously have not stopped wearing this season. I finished the look off with some blush colored, suede slides that I cannot get enough of! Most of my wardrobe is black and white so these add a subtle pop of color that I am totally obsessed with!

I’m so thankful for my vacation with Carmen and can’t wait to show her my hometown next summer!

Special shoutout to this sweetheart for being the best friend!

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XO, Lexie

August Favorites | Beauty + Fashion

With August coming to a close and September right around the corner I thought that it would be the perfect time to share what I’ve been loving this month! Below I am rounding up my ultimate beauty and fashion favorites. I’ve also been doing some fashion trend forecasting lately and am going to be including must-have pieces that will spice up your wardrobe for the upcoming season! Without further ado, let’s get into it!

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Beauty Favorites

Obliphica Seaberry Hair Serum: Have you guys ever tried out a new product that you ended up loving/using everyday and wonder what the heck you did before without it? For me, that is this hair serum! It’s my new holy grail product. I was introduced to this stuff thanks to the sample size in my Birchbox! It just so happened that I was in desperate need of something to tame my hair from the humidity. Naturally, I was super eager to test this product out and couldn’t have been more happy with the results. After showering or styling my hair, I use about a pea sized droplet of the serum, rub the product between my fingertips and comb out my hair with my hands. It leaves my hair looking super healthy and shiny, without looking greasy…this is key when dealing with serums. This product contains Sea Buckthorn Berry which is super rich in antioxidants and completely restores dry, damaged hair and additionally, combats frizz. I have noticed a huge difference in the overall heath of my hair of my hair and have people asking me all the time what product I use in my hair to make it so soft and shiny! Because you only use a small amount of the product, it will last you months which compensates for the price. You will not regret purchasing this!

Garnier Micellar Water: For years, I dreaded when nighttime would roll around because that meant having to take off my makeup. For most people, that is their favorite time of the day, but for me, all I could think about were my eyes stinging and my face burning. The cause? Makeup wipes. Trust me, I tried to give them a fair shot by testing out a multitude of different brands and I just couldn’t seem to find something that got the job done without causing me discomfort. In dire need to find something to take my makeup off comfortably, I began to research alternate makeup removing products and that’s when I discovered micellar water. This stuff is seriously life changing. I soak my cotton round with the micellar water and in circular motions make my way around my entire face, taking off all of my foundation first. I then use a new cotton round to remove my eye makeup. There is absolutely no stinging, it removes 100% off my makeup, and is much better for the environment than using the wipes. And, if you can even imagine, the micellar water gets better than it already sounds. This product not only acts as a makeup remover, but a facial cleanser all in one, so you are tackling two parts of your nighttime routine in one step! How great is that!?

Maybelline Colossal Mascara: When it comes to mascara, I’ve pretty much tried every recommended brand in the book…drugstore, high-end, indie brands…you name it! Mascara is definitely a product that I go through pretty quickly. As a student, saving money is essential and considering the amount I go through, I was able to easily rule out the high-end products. To be honest, the high-end mascara brands I tried were very comparable to drug store brands and to me, it wasn’t worth the price tag. I stuck to looking in my local drugstore, that way spending between $5-10 was no harm, no foul. After trying a few different brands I decided to venture into the Maybelline section and the bright yellow tube of the Colossal Mascara stood out right away. I grabbed the mascara and I’ve been using it every single day for years now. This mascara isn’t clumpy in the slightest, applies evenly, lengthens, and adds a bunch of volume giving me a full glam look which is what I love. I often get asked what lashes I’m wearing and when I tell people that they’re my lashes you wouldn’t believe their faces! At only around $6 a tube, this stuff is unmatched. Great quality, great price, great lashes.

Gourmand Hair + Body Mist: Anyone else think that the best compliment ever is when someone tells you how good you smell!? I know that for me, it makes my confidence sky rocket! Ever since I have been using this hair and body mist, this compliment has been on repeat…and I couldn’t be happier about it! Special thanks to my sister Cammie for making me try out this spray! This mist comes in three scents, Fluer Monoï, Sel Ocean, and Pistachio Brûlée…all very different but all equally as amazing. Spritz this mist all over your body and in your hair for a scent that lasts all day! Reasonably priced at only $24 for 3.4 oz, this spray will be your new go-to scent!

TonyMoly I’m Real Sheet Mask: Recently, I’ve been trying to step up my skincare game. I wanted to start out doing a sheet mask at least once a week to ease into this new routine and I’m so glad I did! These TonyMoly masks have improved my skin more than I could imagine! Sunday night is dedicated to “me time” so while I’m unwinding on the couch watching Bravo, I put this sheet mask for about 15-20 min and relax. It is such a good way to refresh your skin for the upcoming week. It leaves your skin looking dewy, hydrated, and most importantly healthy. When removing the mask when the time is up, pat the excess serum left on your face into your skin so none of the good product goes to waste!

Fashion Favorites

Motorcycle Jacket: The fact that motorcycle jackets are one of Fall 2017’s biggest trends makes me the happiest! I got my first moto jacket back in the 8th grade and it has lasted me up until last year! In honor of them coming back into style, I decided that I needed a refresh on the jacket so I picked up a new one at Old Navy for a super reasonable price. I honestly can’t wait to sport it this upcoming season. The ways to style this jacket are endless. Throw it over a pair of skinny jeans and graphic tee for an effortlessly chic, cool look, or make it appear fancier by throwing it over a dress to give your look a bit of an edge. Personally, I can’t wait to wear it with a lace up tee, jean skirt and thigh high boots. It is the perfect transition piece from warmer weather into cooler weather with just enough weight to keep you warm, but not as heavy as an actual coat. I can’t wait to throw this jacket on for college football games!

Pops of Plaid: It’s time to channel your inner Alicia Silverstone…plaid is here to stay! Think total Clueless vibes, with plaid minis, blazers, and jackets! I’ve always loved the school girl prep look so I couldn’t be more excited to rock this trend this fall. I’m pumped to incorporate two trends into one look with a plaid mini skirt, black tee, and leather jacket thrown over my shoulders. Not only does this look make a trendy statement, but it screams fall! Make sure to check out your local thrift store for unique plaid finds at a price point that you simply cannot pass up.

Cherry Red: Get ready because Fall 2017 is going to be RED HOT! For the past few years, we have seen various shades of red, the most popular being burgundy. It’s time to let go of this subtle shade, and trade it in for something sexy and bold! Incorporate this color into your beauty routine by painting on a pair of rich red lips, step up your shoe game by making a serious statement with a pair of cherry heels or OTK boots, or go for a romantic look with a feminine, red, off the shoulder top! You certainly will stand out in the crowd in the best, most fashionable way! Red lipstick has always been a favorite of mine, so I can’t wait to wear this more than ever. I love Mac’s Russian Red lipstick the best! I’m also pining after a red coat…how gorgeous would that be!?

Dark Florals: I’ve always loved floral because I’m such a sucker for anything and everything girly! If it has flowers on it, I most definitely want it! Floral print is usually something we see during the warmer seasons, so the fact that this print is getting a fall makeover has me so thrilled! This trend is super wearable, so if you’re someone that likes to play it safe with fashion, but still wants to be a bit trendy, this is definitely the look for you. I can’t wait to style this trend by wearing a cold shoulder, dark floral print top with a pair of dark wash denim, leather booties, and bouncy waves!

The Bold Type: Ever since Jane by Design (shoutout to everyone who knows and misses this amazing show!) got canceled, I have been wishing and not so patiently waiting for a new fashion based fiction TV show to air! Until recently, I had no idea any fashion based fiction TV shows existed until I got a text message from my awesome friend Shelby that informed me that there was a new series that I absolutely had to see! The Bold Type follows the journey of three best friends in their 20’s living in NYC who work together at Scarlet Fashion Magazine (based off of Cosmo). The show highlights important issues happening in today’s society, romance, friendship, how to chase your dreams and tips on how to be a total #bosslady. You can catch this show on Freeform, airing Tuesday’s at 9pm. Just saying, Kat, the social media director at Scarlet has my TOTAL dream job!

I had so much fun writing this post! Let me know in the comments below if you would like to see more favorites posts in the future and/or if you tried/bought anything mentioned in the post! I would love to hear your thoughts!

xo, lexie

Spring Style Preview // The Classic Trench Coat 

With the unseasonably warm weather that graced us last Monday, my family and I felt it was totally necessary to spend as much time as we possibly could outdoors! We took a trip down to the shore to bask in warm sun, watch the waves crash, and grab a bite to eat. The beach has always been one of my favorite places even if the weather was still not quite warm enough to swim! The weather was however warm enough to debut one of my favorite spring trends…the classic trench coat! I’ve wanted to purchase a trench coat for years but somehow always managed to skip the buy until a few weeks ago. I was scrolling through instagram when I saw that Old Navy posted how to style the classic trench a variety of ways. After watching that quick insta vid I knew I had to have it. I pulled out my card and ordered the coat right away. When it arrived, it was as perfect as I imagined it would be. The structure gave me some serious Burberry vibes and I couldn’t wait to style it with oversized black sunnies. I kept my look pretty casual for everyday spring wear and paired the trench with dark wash denim and a blush handbag.

After spending time on the beach summer can’t come quick enough! How did you enjoy the warm weather? Let me know in the comments below!

xo, lexie

Best of 2016

Can you believe that 2017 is just a few days away!? As I’m writing this post I can’t help but reminisce about all of the amazing experiences I have had throughout this past year. I was so fortunate to be able to create amazing memories that will last a lifetime. For me, 2016 was an incredible year of growth and self discovery. I hope you enjoy this roundup of all of my favorite moments from 2016!

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Thank you all for following along this past year! I am so excited for 2017 and everything that the new year will bring. Wishing all of you health, happiness, and joy always!

xo, Lexie

 

 

 

 

Lady in Leopard

Let me preface this post by saying that I am completely and utterly obsessed with buying coats! Something about them just tugs at my heartstrings. A coat alone can completely transform not only your look, but the way you feel. Often times, throwing on a coat is what makes me feel confident and put together. Every season I look forward to adding a new piece to my outerwear collection. I always look for a coat that has just the right amount of trendiness balanced out with a timeless silhouette and material that is made to last. While shopping a few weekends back I spotted this leopard topper and it was love at first sight! I ran to the rack, pulled my size, and threw it on right away! It was perfect…so ladylike and femme. I bought the coat immediately and can’t wait to wear it throughout the season.

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What coat are you loving this season!? Let me know by commenting on the post below or tweeting me @lexieslifeblog! If you are interested in this leopard topper I linked some similar coats down below for you to browse…happy shopping!

Long Leopard Print Coat 

Leopard Faux Fur Coat 

Animal Print Frock Coat 

Navy Coat with Leopard Collar 

Leopard Coat 

Hooded Leopard Print Coat 

Leopard Double Breasted Coat

Pink Coat Leopard Pockets

Leopard Print Fur Coat

Knee Length Leopard Fur Coat 

xo, Lexie

Fall Fashion Favorites

Fall has always been my absolute favorite season. I’m crazy about every little aspect that comes with it; the cool crisp air, changing leaves, endless rows of apple trees, plentiful pumpkin patches and the oh-so delicious spiced lattes! However, what I look forward to most about fall is the fashion. Warm earth-toned colors, cozy knits and fancy fabrics are the key to my heart. Today I put together one cohesive outfit encompassing all of my favorite fall trends of 2016! Let’s get into it!

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Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn and rock statement sunglasses this fall! Sunnies are such a fun way to add personality and glam to your look. Urban Outfitters always has the best selection of unique, trendy, and well made sunglasses. Definitely check out UO if you’re in the market for new shades.

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The 90’s style resurgence has me over the moon. I am seriously crushing on chokers this season! Not only are they adorable but they are affordable. Available in a multitude of materials including velvet, leather, suede, lace, and ribbon, this trend certainly adds a little something special to your look. 

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Dusty rose is the color of the season and I couldn’t be happier about it! I decided to incorporate this color into my outfit by sporting this hue of pink in a structured handbag. I love how this muted tone adds a pop of color in a subtle, understated, and sophisticated way.

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Bold lips have always been a staple in my makeup routine. Fortunately for me, this fall it’s all about the dark, vampy lip colors! I’ve tried a multitude of different lipstick brands and I always go back to MAC cosmetics; they make my all time favorite dark lipsticks. Not only are they long-lasting but they are incredibly pigmented and glide on smooth and velvety.

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Whilst scrolling on Zara I came across these suede over the knee boots and it was love at first sight…I bought them immediately. These shoes look adorable with mini skirts, dresses, and jeans. Slip these boots on to make any outfit look fancy and luxuroious! I can’t wait to wear these shoes all season long.

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Floppy hats are a trend that I personally love so much. The delicate felt adds a sweet and feminine touch to your look. This soft caramel colored hat screams fall in the best way! My Grandman Marilyn always rocked a hat, so whenever I wear one I think of her!

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What trends are you obsessing over this season? Tweet me and let me know @lexieslifeblog or tag me in your #ootd picture on Instagram @lexieslifexo!

xo, Lexie

 

 

Golden Hour Under The Eiffel Tower

Seeing the Eiffel Tower has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl. I imagined for years how magical the moment would be when I saw it for the first time. I had high expectations nontheless for what this experience would be like, and when I started walking towards the Parc du Champs de Mars I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

The soft afternoon light caressed itself around the Tower…one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. Standing there in all of Her glory, the Lady of France is even more magnificent in person. Chills ran through my body and happiness surged. This moment was more amazing than I could’ve ever dreamed of. My beautiful friend Justine, who’s an incredible photographer couldn’t resist pulling out her camera to snap a few pictures. Standing under the Eiffel Tower I danced and posed in the golden light. This was one of the happiest moments of my life.

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Make sure to check out more of Justine’s amazing work on her website http://www.justinemaggiolino.com! Have an amazing day…write to you next week!

xo, Lexie

My Dream Came True / 31 Rue Cambon

I have loved fashion ever since I could begin to remember. When I was little, my mom used to give me her old pashmina scarves and I would create dresses out them. Trying to drape the best that I could manage with safety pins, I spent hours in my room perfecting my creations. As soon as my designs were complete, a runway show (that took place in my upstairs hallway) would immediately follow! My family would stand at the end of the hallway and clap as I modeled my very own designs. My love for fashion since then has only grown.

As I matured and got older, I became fascinated by high-end designers, my favorite being Chanel. I spent countless hours reading books and researching online about the brand and Mademoiselle Chanel herself. I was enthralled by her story, her empire, and chic, ladylike designs…she was (and still is) my idol. I can vividly remember coming across pictures of the first Chanel boutique, obsessing over how beautiful it was and seeing the address 31 Rue Cambon 75001 Paris, France. From the first moment I saw the boutique online, I promised myself that I would go to Paris one day and visit the original store.

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On August 3, my second day in Paris, I turned onto Rue Cambon and spotted the Chanel boutique…my dream came true at 17 years old! It was easily the most magical moment of my life. Tears of happiness streamed down my face. I was overwhelmed; I couldn’t believe that my dream came true. I was the happiest I have ever been in my entire life.

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I couldn’t stop snapping pics of the boutique…so classy and elegant! It completely took my breath away. The window displays were absolutely stunning. I’m totally obsessing over those shoes on the left!

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A walk up the grand marble staircase in the boutique will lead you to Mademoiselle Chanel’s apartment. Only the elite in the fashion world get to visit upstairs (Rachel Zoe for example) but that’s just incentive for me to work even harder in the industry to earn the status to visit the apartment!

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Chanel sure did love her marble! The iconic logo is printed on the ground in front of the main entrance of the boutique and I couldn’t wait to take a #shoestagram! Every inch of this boutique is beautifully crafted…I didn’t expect anything less from Chanel!

This magical moment in Paris is something that I will remember forever. I am so grateful that my dream came true at such a young age and I will never take that for granted. Maybe next visit to Paris I will make a purchase in the store…a pink classic flap perhaps!?

xo, Lexie

 

 

 

 

Fourth of July Reflections

The fourth of July is one of those holidays that I just get so excited about. There is always something fun going on, whether it be BBQ’s with friends/family, laying out a blanket and watching the fireworks, or spending the day at the lake or beach. Personally, I like to lay low on the fourth and hang out with my family. My parents will grill the night away, while my sisters and I relax on the back deck. As the sky darkens, all of us will sit around the table, watch the fireworks, and tell funny stories…and boy does my dad have a lot to tell! Picking out a fourth of July outfit now sure does look a lot different from when I was younger. If your parents didn’t make you wear the Old Navy flag tee are you really American!? HAHA! This year I went for a bold red lip, a chambray dress, and white sandals…definitely a lot more understated than when I was kid, but still very patriotic! How did you spend your holiday? Let me know in the comments below!

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xo, Lexie