• beauty and fashion

    OOTD – Red & Orange Professional Outfits

    I’m finally continuing the long-awaited OOTD series! I’ve coordinated many outfits that I love since the last post I did, so I decided to organize them by color so I don’t overwhelm you all with my many looks.

    I’m beginning with red, the first color of the rainbow and the first color of the chakras in Yoga philosophy. This post also includes two orange outfits, which are representative of the second chakra.

    Side note- I finally began teaching the chakra yoga classes I’ve wanted to do since New Year’s on Friday!

    Anyway, below are the looks. Enjoy!

    1. Red Stripes and Bells

    This was an early-spring/end-of-winter look, and I think it packs a ton of attitude. The shirt was my mom’s and the skirt is an oldie from Forever 21.

    These are my favorite Marc Fisher boots!! It is also my favorite birthday purchase #23

    The necklace is a hand-me-down from my mom, and the earrings are alien spaceships I got from Hot Topic.

    2. Yogini

    I love this kimono I got from Target. It totally elevates any outfit I pair it with.

    My comfy grey dress was my mom’s and it’s by a young Russian designer that I found through Teen Vogue when I was in middle school. I honestly don’t know if she still designs or if her store in Manhattan is still there.

    I got my shoes on clearance! They are Franco Sarto and they’re very comfy. I love the silver heel and how unique the color is. It’s like an orange-y red.

    I got my turquoise necklace from a Native American store in the Grand Canyon. It is my favorite purchase from traveling to Las Vegas a few years ago. My earrings were a gift from my mom.

    My blue beaded bracelet is a gift from my mom when she visited my grandma in Puerto Rico. I always ask her to bring me back jewelry when she visits because I love funky jewelry, especially when it’s handmade by someone who shares my heritage.

    3. Orange Orange

    I was really vibing with the color orange the day I put this together lol

    In the chakras, the color orange is related to sexuality and creativity. Perhaps these things were a little heightened for me.

    Anyway, the sweater was my mom’s and it’s a perfect sweater for autumn because of its soft, warm browns. My shirt was probably less than $10 on clearance from Old Navy. My pants are from Kohl’s young professional collection.

    Here’s my look without the sweater!

    My shoes are Indigo Red and they’re so comfy and cute!

    My necklace says “She Believed She Could” on one side, and the other side says “So She Did.” It was a graduation gift from my mom last May.

    My earrings are a gift from my mom from her latest trip to Puerto Rico.

    My eyeshadow look was created using Tarte’s Toasted palette I got for the holidays.

    My bracelet was also from Puerto Rico.

    4. Be Mine, Clementine

    This shirt was a gift from my mom when she went to Anthropology with my sister for my sister’s 21st birthday. Considering how expensive that store is, the shirt isn’t great quality. I am pretty sure it shrunk after washing it once, and that’s without drying it. Thankfully I got it in a big enough size so that it still fits. Otherwise, I love the shirt. It’s very fun and summery.

    My skirt was my mom’s and it’s a perfect casual skirt for work because it’s denim yet it’s about knee-length.

    My earrings are the same as above. My necklace was a stone that my late-grandma had collected, which was then transformed into a necklace.

    I love these shoes.

    Both of my bracelets are handmade from Puerto Rico <3

    What was your favorite look? Let me know in the comments below!

    Also, stay tuned for the yellow and green looks!

    xx Vic

  • Speaking My Mind

    June & July Favorites!

    I’m super excited about this post! I’ve never done a “favorites” post before and I think it’s a fun addition to my blog. My favorite items range from books, clothes, food, and beauty supplies, so there is something for everyone. Let’s get started!

    Favorite Sunscreen: CeraVe Sunscreen Face Lotion

    I got this product after reading several articles about how the most common sunscreen in stores has been damaging coral reefs and it’s also not good for your body. You can look this up online for the details, but the gist is that the chemicals found in sunscreen interfere with hormones and such in your body. This sunscreen is made with zinc, which is a natural element, thus it’s better for your body and for coral reefs! What I have noticed though is that unless you make sure to rub it in, you may have some white residue on your face. Just make sure to look in a mirror before you take photos or go out haha

    Favorite Lotion: Sleep Lotion from Bath and Body Works

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    love Bath and Body Works! I go on a shopping spree there with my mom and sister at least four times a year so we have scents for every season. The store recently had their Biannual Rubber Ducky Sale, so I snagged this for around $5-7 whereas it’s usually around $15! While I have tried many of their lotions and scents, I think this one is my favorite and I definitely will have to repurchase. The scent is so relaxing and warm, I love it. It’s also super moisturizing! Since I’ve been shaving my legs for the summer, my legs get really raw and irritated but this lotion soothes them and locks the moisture in for 24 hours. It’s the perfect solution!

    Favorite Book: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass

    I know I listed two books but in my defense, the books were combined into one book, so, I count them as one. This series is phenomenal and incredibly thought-provoking. I purchased the edition published by Penguin and they included all these amazing footnotes that provided a ton of insight on the characters as well as the author. This makes a great summer read because it’s simultaneously philosophical and whimsical! Follow me on GoodReads if you want to link up about books!! You can find me by going onto the main page of my website and in the right sidebar, click on one of the books that I am currently reading.

    Favorite Drink: Taco Bell’s Watermelon Freeze

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    This drink is iconic! It’s not too sweet in my opinion and the flavor is so tasty! The only suggestion I have for this drink is to make the sugar candies chocolate candies instead. It would be more reminiscent of Friendly’s Watermelon Roll (did anyone else grow up eating these slices of heaven???) and it would, therefore, be better overall. The chocolate would provide a beautiful contrast to the sweet and sourness of the slush. Perhaps when I get it again, I’ll add chocolate chips myself and report back!

    Favorite Chocolate: Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Covered Ginger

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    I am obsessed with ginger! It’s my favorite spice. I also have a deep love for dark chocolate, which I eat daily. Two of my favorite things combined together is pure heaven! I was first exposed to this delicious dessert when my girlfriend bought me dark chocolate ginger candies to make me feel better. I don’t know if I was suffering from allergies or if I was sad, but it was one of the best treats she’s given to me and also the worst because unfortunately, chocolate ginger candies are sooo hard to find! I’ve only seen them at ShopRite where they had half the size of this container yet at the same price, and at Trader Joe’s, which is the best option for this delectable treat. I may have to make them myself, honestly.

    Favorite Dessert: Trader Joe’s Gone Bananas!

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    I strongly advise against buying this because it will ruin you. I devour almost the whole box in one sitting, they are way too delicious. They are so good that now whenever we go to Trader Joe’s, my family buys at least four boxes. Obviously, we can make this ourselves and it’d be cheaper to do so. In fact, my sister and I did make a version of this last summer, however, we didn’t cut the bananas up into slices. Banana slices make frozen bananas less painful to eat because you are less likely to get brain freeze or feel pain in your teeth from biting into a frozen banana half. Next time I make this, I will definitely be cutting the bananas into slices!

    Favorite Outfit of the Day: Tangerines!!

    My sister and mom picked out this cute tangerine top from Anthropologie for me, and I love it! It’s the perfect shirt for summer because it can be worn casually or more dressy as I wore it in these pictures. I paired the shirt with fancy, woven shorts from Abercrombie I bought two years when I used to work there.

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    My orange earrings and bracelet (the engraving in the bracelet is a coqui) are from Puerto Rico when my mom went to visit my grandma. I think I got the goldstone bracelet during a Florida trip back when my grandparents were still alive. Lastly, the watch is a gift my mom got for me for my most recent birthday.

    Those are all of my favorites for these last two months! I’d like to continue this series if not every month, at least every other month. Perhaps I can integrate some things that I got that I don’t like too! I also want to do lookbooks/OOTD pics again. I take photos for them but I haven’t posted them since like…2014/2015?

    Have you tried any of the things that I’ve listed, or are you interested in trying something that I shared? What are some of your favorite items from the last two months? Let me know in the comments below!

    xx Vic

  • beauty and fashion

    Professional and Taylor Swift Lookbook

    Professional Tuesday
    I had an interview for the third internship I applied for on Tuesday. I was required to wear “professional” attire…I’m not really a fan of professional attire because…well this article briefly describes how it’s problematic.

    Anyway, this was my ensemble…

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    The dress is from Forever 21 from the huge online sale I got my birthday dress from. I’m wearing a cool necklace I’ve shown a few times on here…I matched the dress with fishnets to make it more interesting as well as Docs.

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    This is my makeup…Viva Glam I by Mac with Brick by Mac lipliner…and then just some foundation, blush, and mascara…nothing too fancy.

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    I changed my industrial bar from the blue-green striped one too this cool one I got at the mall a few years ago.

    Taylor Swift Thursday
    I was inspired by Taylor Swift for this look…I’ve been really down lately…having breakdowns and feeling unmotivated. A lot of things are just bothering me and weighing me down…I feel alone and lost…it’s a depressing mess. So I decided that I should channel Taylor Swift because she’s gone through a lot of breakups, a lot of hate from people, and other things and if she can be strong and break world records, then I can too. Well, at least I can be strong.

    So this is what I wore…I actually got a lot of compliments.

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    The shorts are corduroy high-waisted shorts I got a long time ago, they come with suspenders. The striped turtleneck is something I got from my grandparents for my birthday…and then I’m just wearing leggings and another pair of Docs that I have. Oh and this headband because it was cold.

    This was the look I was trying to emulate a bit…

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    I just wore more layers because it’s cold…it actually snowed for the first time this season tonight.

    And this was my makeup…

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    It’s literally the same makeup as Tuesday lol

    Anyway, I hope you guys had a good week, thank god tomorrow is Friday

    xo Vic

  • beauty and fashion

    70’s Rocker Ensemble

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    I got this dress online from Forever 21.  Forever 21 was having a crazy sale and this dress reminded me of the seventies because of the sleeves and it felt like something that Free People would sell (I love Free People but it’s too expensive) so I got this dress.

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    Here’s the back…as you can see the material is like a thick, knitted fabric.  I wore tattoo tights with this dress that had this creepy corset stitching down the whole leg.

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    Here’s a closer look at my sexy legs lol the shoes I’m wearing are from my mom’s closet.  Like I’ve said before, I hate flats but you can only wear low-cut shoes with these tights so you can get the full effect of the tights.  I’m looking at buying a low pair of Docs soon…the ones I’m interested in getting are really expensive though but I know they’d get good use so I may have to make an investment.  We shall see…when I finally get nice low-cut shoes I’ll make a shoe collection post because I have a decent amount of shoes in my opinion.  They make my tiny closet at school really full lol

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    This is my beautified face…oh and there you can see the Betsey Johnson necklace my sister got me for my birthday that I wore in my birthday lookbook.

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    So let’s talk about my makeup today!  The palette that I used is by the brand Beauty Gems and it’s called “Change It Up.”  I’ve had it for about two years now so that means that I’m ready to buy another one.  I have my eyes set on the Urban Decay Vice 3 eyeshadow palette although it’s quite expensive for me but I think I’d like it more than the one I currently have so I’d probably use it more than I use the Beauty Gems one.

    I dislike the Beauty Gems palette because the quality of the makeup is just mediocre, like it doesn’t go on that smoothly in my opinion.  I got it for ten bucks though so I can’t be expecting too much haha Also, this particular palette has a lot of neutrals, which I never wear because I feel like the point of eyeshadow is to have obnoxious, awesome colors on your eyelids rather than painting on eyeshadow that matches your skintone…but maybe I feel this way because I’m young and I do whatever I want regarding fashion and makeup.  I wore a smokey eye and bright red lipstick during the daytime, in which I spent the whole day taking midterms.  I don’t care, as long as I think I look good 🙂

    Enough blabbering now haha okay so ideally I wanted to do bright red eyeshadow with grey/black eyeshadow around it to give it a smokey effect but my lame-o palette doesn’t have red.  Vice 3 doesn’t have a bright red either but it has colors that are closer to red than the ones that I currently have.  Anyway, I made do with pink eyeshadow and unfortunately I didn’t have time for fake eyelashes so I just used mascara, along with some eyeliner.  I’ve really gotten into wearing fake eyelashes now that I’m not terrified to apply them and that I’ve applied them successfully haha

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    I’m also wearing foundation and blush.  I’m really liking wearing blush, I have never worn it before until last week when I randomly decided to try it.  I never get flushed cheeks, even if I run or anything, so it’s cool having flushed cheeks now because of blush.  I think in this case it doesn’t suggest that I’m hot and sweaty as if I had run a mile, but it looks really feminine and makes me feel all…”come hither” to attractive people lol I don’t even know what I’m saying.  I feel beautiful, okay? lol

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    I decided to picture my rings today…I always wear rings but I’ve never shown them before.  The one on my left hand is a black rose ring I got at a cheap store in Manhattan most likely.  The rainbow ring is my pride ring, which I wear religiously so other queer people can know I’m queer too, although most people don’t notice it because it’s subtle.  My former boss actually noticed it and asked me about it and it was really uncomfortable…but he asked me about it because he wanted to segue into talking about his gay father, so that was kinda cool.

    The last ring I’m wearing is a creepy bunny that reminded me of Frank from Donnie Darko.  The fact that it’s a bunny also makes me think of my favorite YouTuber, Bunny Meyer, or Grav3yardgirl.  I consider myself a YouTube junkie, and I particularly love her videos because she’s so down to earth and also really crazy.  I feel like if I met her we’d actually be friends, and she has become my fashion and makeup inspiration.  She’s really funny too, her videos always make me feel better so…if you’re curious about her channel, click here.

    Anyway, that’s today’s ensemble.  Tomorrow I have an interview so I need to wear “professional” clothing but I found ways to personalize it and make it more “me” rather than the racist, sexist, etc idea of “professionalism.”  When I post the pics I’ll tell you guys why I think “professionalism” is dumb.

    Lastly, I decided to include two inspiring picture messages today.  I’ve been struggling staying positive lately…between school, my family, my ex…there’s just a lot of layers to the problems I feel that I’m facing currently and I came across these pictures on Facebook today.  They really resonated with me and I thought I’d share them.  photo 1 photo 2

    Have a good night! xo

    -Vic

  • beauty and fashion

    Last Day Being 18 and First Day Being 19 Lookbook

    Last Day Being 18

    It was raining that day so I decided the best way to combat the gloom (which I love) was to wear tie dye and my bright yellow raincoat with my bright yellow polkadot umbrella!  (Those two things aren’t pictured sadly).  So I’m wearing my campus tshirt that my buddy tie dyed for me.  I’m only wearing mascara, foundation, blush, and chapstick today.  I’ve decided that since my skin has been looking pretty good lately that I would start wearing blush more since I think it looks nice.

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    Although it was freezing I decided to wear black jeggings that retain no warmth, I might as well be naked.  But I wore them anyway with my dark blue ruffley socks and my Joker (from Batman) high tops.  They’re pretty snazzy shoes.

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    First Day Being 19 (Do I look older?  Wiser?  Sexier?  All of the above??)

    I wish you could see how beautiful my dress is but for now I’ll just describe it…it’s a deep, emerald green long-sleeved, velvet dress.  I wore it with my polkadot tights and my striped Superwoman socks and tallish Docs.

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    Here you can see the color of my dress better…isn’t it nice?  I love velvet dresses they’re so vibrant, festive, and warm.  Anyway, all I did for my makeup was foundation, blush, winged eyeliner, my new favorite “Sin” Mac lipstick and my Halloween fake eyelashes.  I have normal fake eyelashes but I wore my Halloween ones because they were already open and I didn’t think they were THAT dramatic…but they were.  Whatever, I love Halloween, Halloween forever.

    The necklace I’m wearing is one that my sister picked out for me for my birthday, it’s a funky tiger pendant with chains and bows by Betsey Johnson, I love it she always picks out nice jewelry for me.  I matched it with Betsey Johnson earrings she got me a few years ago, you can’t see them very well but they’re basically giant black balls and there’s a bow and green jewel at the top, which matched my dress and the necklace pretty well, if I do say so myself.

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    I decided to throw on one of my mom’s sweaters that she gave me like five years ago because I’d be walking around in the city a lot…this sweater is pretty ratty and old but I love it because it’s long and the sleeves, as you can see in the ridiculous picture of me, are awesome.  Unfortunately I left this sweater in my closet at home because the sleeves would be too annoying for college life.

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    Here’s a picture of me all bundled up in the city.

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    Finally, here’s a picture of me and my lil sis by the tree at Rockefeller, before they put up the lights.  I had a great birthday, thanks to my parents and lil sis.

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    Hope you guys have a great Sunday!

    -Vic

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