What I Packed: One bag, 11 days

What I Packed: One bag, 11 days

You may have noticed that I've been traveling a lot more in the past few months.

Which means that I've had to master the art of living out of a suitcase. Most friends and family are SHOCKED to learn that I only pack one small carry-on. Yup, this style blogger packs her entire one-to-two week camera-ready wardrobe (shoes and all) into a standard rolling bag - no need to check any luggage. Most recently, my beloved little suitcase was packed full for an 11-day trip to Germany - and you guys asked to see what I brought. Keep reading to check out the pieces I packed (click an item to shop!) and some of the looks I put together.

TOPS

PANTS

JACKETS

ACCESSORIES

+ A FEW OF THE COMBINATIONS I WORE

Munich, Germany
Berlin, Germany
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Berlin Wall, Berlin

Chic This Week 050

What's CHIC this week (v. 50)

I think "box" style bags look really chic, especially when contrasted with softer winter textures and colors.

You know I love a good cutout, so I'm currently on the hunt for a one-shoulder sweater (like this one from Lovers + Friends, which is currently sold out).

Making me nostalgic: a VS model lists her favorite spots in my old neighborhood, the West Village.

This is not an ad, I am just really  o b s e s s e d  with my new Nespresso machine. I now make my morning lattes at home (which means less $ spent on coffee/more $ spent on shoes).

I'm not ditching my pink pom-pom beanie just yet, but I am really into the look of winter headbands/hairbands as a hat alternative. You can expect to see me wearing them in upcoming posts.

Berliner Mode

Pink Fur Coat

Jacket (similar) | Hat | Top | Denim | Boots (similar) | Bag

Hello and happy 2018!
I'm sorry I've been MIA for the first two weeks of the new year, but I'm officially back and so ready to tackle another year of Chic Now with you all.

If you follow me on Instagram, then you'll know that I spent the last few weeks in Germany.

Specifically, in Berlin and Munich. While I'd been to Germany before, I was only 8 years old, so it almost felt like an entirely new city now that I'm an adult. A pink faux-fur jacket wearing adult, to be exact. This jacket is so my style that I almost don't want to wear anything else. In fact, maybe a new 2018 resolution should be to only wear things that make me feel as good as this jacket does.

Blogger in Berlin, Germany
Pink Faux Fur Jacket
Museum Island, Berlin
Blogger Faux Fur
Pink Winter Outfit Idea
Travel Blogger in Berlin

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Get Lashy: My Eyelash Extensions Experience

Lash Extensions: My Experience

EYELASH EXTENSIONS

As many of you know, I got eyelash extensions for the first time a little over a month ago. As promised, I've put together a little post to talk about the overall experience and answer any of your questions.

What are lash extensions? Eyelash extensions are synthetic eyelashes that are placed on each of your natural lashes individually to add length.

Where do you get your extensions done? At RISE Beauty Studio in Boston. HIGHLY recommend. You can check out their Instagram here. 

How long does the process take? For the first application of a full set of lashes, it takes about 1.5-2 hours (they are carefully glueing an individual lash onto each of your lashes, so it takes some time!). For lash refills after that (basically a touch-up), it's normally 30 mins - 1 hr.

No makeup, no problem. Lash extensions

How long do they last/how often do you need to get a refill? This varies depending on the person, but normally lashes don't need to be refilled for 3-6 weeks. So far, I've only gone back once, a little over a month after my first extensions were applied.

Cost? Price can really vary, but no matter where you go, the price will increase if you want a more dramatic look. At my salon, your first set of lashes can be as little as $50. At other salons in Boston, most sets start at around $99-195, and I've seen prices go as high as almost $500. For lash refills after that, it's less expensive - depending on the salon and how many lashes you need, it can be as low as $35.

What is the process like? When I went in, they had me lay down and close my eyes. They apply eye pads under your eyes and gently secure your lower lashes so they are out of the way. From there, it just feels like someone is playing with your eyelashes. For first application, 1.5-2 hours sounds like a long time, but it goes by pretty fast and it's really relaxing - I fell asleep both times.

Lash Extensions

Does it hurt? Not at all! Application doesn't hurt and having the lashes on doesn't hurt at all. When you first open your eyes, sometimes they water because there has been (safe) lash glue near them, but that goes away after a minute.

Can you feel them? Not really. If I look up, my lashes sometimes touch my brow bone, but beyond that the only time I can "feel" them is if I touch my lashes or if it's really windy (ha).

Maintenance? You can't get them wet for the first 24 hours. After that, you can take showers/wash your face/swim as you normally would. Obviously, you're not supposed to rub at your eyes or pull at your lashes. You also cannot use an oil-based makeup remover on your eyes (as it will loosen the lash glue). The ladies at my studio recommended that I use a Q-tip with oil-free makeup remover (I use mycellar water) and just run it along your lash line to keep the area clean.

Lash Extensions

Can you wear mascara? No mascara - but you won't need it! All other eye makeup (liner, eyeshadow, etc) is totally fine, as long as you remove it with an oil-free makeup remover.

Do they fall out easily? Nope, as long as you are following your salon's care instructions.

Does it hurt your natural lashes or make them fall out? Not at all! Your lashes (and therefore, the extensions that are attached to your lashes) will fall out naturally as they do normally. Extensions do not "weigh down" your lashes or make them more likely to fall out.

Does it look real? It depends on how dramatic you want to go! Some lash extensions are very obviously extensions and some are very subtle. I like mine to look more on the natural side.

After Lash Extensions
After Lash Extensions

Warning: you'll probably want to take a lot of selfies afterwards. as seen above.

My style/preferences: There are a few different "styles" and shapes of lash extensions that you can get. My favorite is the "open eye" shape, where extensions are longest in the middle and shorter on the outer edges. What will look best on you depends on your eye shape!

Would you recommend? If there's a salon near you that fits in your budget, then yes! I definitely would.

Will you continue getting them? YES. I'm totally hooked.

About Lash Extensions

Have more questions? Feel free to message me on Instagram!

Thank you to RISE Beauty Studio for my extensions!

First and last photo by Nicollette Petersen.

Merry & Bright

Avec Les Filles Coat

Coat | Sweater (similar) | Boots | Leggings | Bag (similar)

I hope your holidays are merry & bright!
Christmas has come and gone, and now it's all about the big countdown to 2018. It's absolutely freezing in Boston, and while I will be hopping on a plane soon (follow along on Instagram to see where I'm heading!), I'm not actually going anywhere warmer, so my posts will still be seasonally appropriate for those of you facing the winter cold.
Also, let's just take a minute to talk about these boots and how obsessed I am. And it looks like I'm not alone - I've had so many messages from you guys asking where I got them (I even have one friend that actually ordered them for same-day pick up on the spot when I wore them to visit her in NYC)!

Blogger Faux Fur Coat
Embellished Booties
Faux Fur Purple Jacket
Could Shoulder Sweater

Photos by Nicollette Petersen.

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