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How to: Smooth and Silky Skin for Bikini Season

I’m so excited that the weather is finally better in Philadelphia and I can start baring my legs in colorful shorts and skirts. I’m especially looking forward to spending some time at the beach with my friends, and I would love to share with you my tips and tricks for getting ready for bikini season!

I prefer shaving my legs, so finding the perfect razor is extremely important to me.  I recently discovered the Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle razor and I absolutely love it! It has definitely become my go-to razor because it’s so convenient and well-designed. The moisturizing pads help to protect and treat your skin while you shave, and the 5 blades are perfect for getting a close shave without razor burn. The best part about this razor is that I haven’t cut myself at all, even when it was brand new!

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To get an extremely close shave and to decrease how frequently I have to shave, I like to dip my razor into a glass of freezing cold water before using it. The cold blades against my skin cause goosebumps and help to expose as much of my hair follicles as possible. This method works best when you dip your razor into the cold water between each swipe of the razor.

Since this Schick razor has a built in waterproof bikini trimmer, you don’t even have to grab anything else to finish up your routine! It’s super easy to adjust the comb to 1 of the 4 settings to customize your trim length. You don’t have to worry about replacing this razor because the razor head can be changed with any Schick Hydro Silk cartridges and the trimmer is battery-operated.

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Finally, I always put on lotion immediately after showering to help my skin become softer and more supple. I really like some of the moisturizers from Nivea and Dove because they absorb easily into my skin, don’t leave a sticky residue, and lock in moisture.

Thank you so much for reading!

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Disclaimer: I am a BzzAgent and received the razor to do this review. No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. 

How To: Budgeting for Health Care

I wanted to share about something different today because while I love fashion and beauty, I still need to learn about other things that are important in life, such as financial planning and health insurance. Fortunately, I am healthy and I haven’t had to figure out how I would pay for an emergency.  I fully admit that I haven’t put aside money for an illness, and I have very little money in savings. I am still a full-time student, and I’m constantly aware of the amount of money I have invested into my education.  I am so excited to graduate this year, and hopefully, by that time, I will be ready to budget for any illnesses or injuries.

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According to a study based on the Aflac WorkForces Report, “72% of young workers at least somewhat agree they regularly underestimate the total cost of an injury or illness, including medical, household and out-of-pocket expenses.” Isn’t that surprising? Also, I recently learned that if you can’t pay unexpected medical bills, that could affect your creditworthiness, especially if you already have student loans. Even just missing one payment can affect your credit score, making it harder to buy a car or rent an apartment! Now that I have read about this, I’m definitely going to start saving some money for my health when I get a job. Click here if you’re interested in reading more statistics about financial planning.

I think it’s so important to consider health care expenses when you are making a financial plan. However, most importantly, I’ve realized that I need to read the fine print in the future! Apparently, nearly half of millenials admit they spent 30 minutes or less preparing for and selecting their benefits choices in 2013. It seems like if I take the time to read through all of the benefits choices and researching about them, I will be able to select a better plan that will prepare me for any future health issues. Aflac is a company that provides individual and group insurance products to supplement major health insurance plans. Their insurance policies help people focus on recovering from their health issue and relieve them of having to worry about paying their medical bill. They have cash benefits that can be used to pay for serious health problems, rent, groceries, and more.

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you were able to learn something along with me!

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Top: Forever 21 || Skirt: Charlotte Russe || Necklace: ShopLately || Belt: Asos || Clutch: Romwe || Bracelets: ShopLately || Heels: Target

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I can’t believe that summer is coming to an end already! Part of me isn’t ready to put away all of my colorful and pastel summer pieces while the other part of me is excited for the layering and richer colors of fall.

I thought the perfect way to end summer was with a fun, vibrant outfit! I absolutely love this top because the colors remind me of a watercolor painting. I enjoy the way the color subtly fades into the center while the vivid florals are clearly visible from the side. I paired it with a mint green circle skirt to complement this top, and I had fun with a glamorous crystal statement necklace.

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

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I Run to End Alzheimer’s Disease

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I used to try to keep my personal life completely separate from my blog, but now I find myself dying to share more details about myself with you, my lovely readers. It’s hard to continue the separation because I get involved with you through social media and your comments. I enjoy learning about you, and in appreciation of your openness, I would like to give you a little bit more of me.

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This year, for the first time, I will be participating in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Run to Remember. Alzheimer’s Disease is an illness that not only destroys an individual’s memories but also hurts physically and emotionally. I will always remember how frustrated an individual suffering from Alzheimer’s disease can feel because he knows that he no longer has specific memories. His struggle to remember his daughter was so painful to watch, and I saw how his daughter quickly hid the flash of pain that crossed her face when he finally admitted that he couldn’t remember her. For the friends and family of someone with Alzheimer’s, the disease progresses all too rapidly because they struggle alongside that individual every day as he tries to maintain functions of daily living.

Right now, for people suffering from Alzheimer’s, they have no control.  They cannot make new memories, and they often miss important events in the lives of their friends and family.  This disease frequently leaves people feeling discouraged and helpless because it is a tremendous struggle to even slow its progression.  To give people a chance to fight back, we need more understanding and more research.  We need to find a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, and that is why I’m raising funds to support the Alzheimer’s Association. The Alzheimer’s Association is dedicated to supporting excellent research with the ultimate goal of finding a way to treat, prevent, and cure the disease. The Association also works tirelessly to offer care, support, education, and resources to the millions already affected by this disease.

I’ve always believed in supporting the race to find a cure for Alzheimer’s, but I was never directly involved in it before.  This is my year to take that first step towards making a difference, and I hope that you will join me in this adventure! I am determined to fight against this disease by running with the Run to Remember team. I truly think every little bit helps, whether it is a monetary donation to support Alzheimer’s research or volunteering to help the elderly exercise their minds.

If you’re interested in supporting me as I run to help others, please go here to make a donation.  Words can’t even describe how much I would appreciate your support for this cause.

Thank you all for inspiring me to try new things, to take chances, and to believe that anything can be accomplished with hard work and dedication.

Love you!!

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Nine West + InStyle Fall 2014 Collection

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I was so honored to be invited by Nine West and InStyle to celebrate with them the launch of their fall collection. I had a great time browsing their latest choices with my friend, and the staff were so helpful! The Tessa Pointed Toe Pumps look so sophisticated and classy with their deceptively simple cut. And, have you seen how adorable the Ella Open Toe Sandals are? I tried on a number of different shoes, but I especially loved the Cate Pointed Toe Pumps and the Jaiden Pointed Toe Booties. The suede they chose for these shoes feels so soft and high-quality.

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They even spoiled us with delicious cupcakes adorned with a touch of glam!

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I really did try to resist the temptation of buying anything, but I couldn’t help falling in love with these booties each time I looked in the mirror! I can’t believe I even thought I could attend such a great launch and NOT buy anything!

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I decided to treat myself for working hard in school over the last year and splurged on the gorgeous Jaiden Booties! I always think a girl can never have too many black shoes! I really enjoy the unique way these booties are laced up in the front, and the zipper in the back makes them so easy to get on and off. The cut-outs make this bootie perfect for both warm and cool weather! I’m so glad they have a pointy toe because that will really help elongate my legs and make them look even sexier. I can’t wait to style them and share my outfits with you. When I look at them, I see “Rocker Chic.” They will be the perfect finishing touch for spicing up a date night outfit or for adding a sexy edge to a casual look. I have a feeling they will be in quite a few outfits this fall!

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We finished off our lovely evening with a mini-photoshoot.  Of course, I had to pick a slightly silly position for my picture!

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There are so many great shoes for fall in this collection, and you definitely need to check them out! I hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend, and Happy Shopping!

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