Friday, December 30, 2016

Thank You 2016: Highlights in 12 Photos

I'm starting to believe that new year, new you is a little bit outdated. Why wait when you can make a change now? With that being said, ta-daaaaaaa!!


The blog is now looking contoured, baked, and highlighted. I hope you love the new formatting as much as I do. It took long hours and lots of caffeine to get it finished, but I am overly happy that this day has finally arrived. Go ahead and take a look around for yourself. The re-branding made everything a lot more interactive, user-friendly, and just so pretty. Also, it is perfectly formatted for mobile devices in addition to desktops. One of my favorite features has to be the new "My Current Loves of the Moment" on the home page where you can actually shop some of my favorite things.

This year was insane and a blessing for sure, but I'm ready for 2017 y'all. 2016 is starting to feel like a filled up notebook that has some good content, but lots of scribbles, crossing out, doodles, and torn pages. It is fun to look back at the beautiful chaos, but I am so ready for a clean slate. Every single month this year I was surprised with some sort of opportunity that I didn't expect to happen. I wish I could have told myself this time last year that some of those accomplishments that I always imagined completing would happen this year. That would have spared me some anxiety. These accomplishments didn't just happen to me, but us. Every email and comment makes me so happy, so thank you babes. Happy New Year! 2017, I'm comin' for you.

Below is a favorite moment (it was so hard picking just one!) that I wanted to share from each month of 2016...

January. I was official crowned the new Teen Miss New York U.S. of America. This was the beginning of the long road that would take me to nationals and all the way to ultimate crown that changed my life.

February. It's my birth-month! This year I celebrated multiple times (ohh Raquel), but the best part was my pink Hummer limo party that came to school for my friends & I. Celebrate big or go home.

March. Rachael and Raquel. The Rachael Ray Show got in touch with me to co-host segment and style my mom. I had the coolest experience being on the show and got such amazing feedback from viewers across the nation. Thank you again to Rachael and the entire staff for this opportunity of a lifetime.

April. The national pageant was only four months away and I had a ton of appearances to make with my state title. This was one of my favorite events that I appeared at because I have a thing for princess themed parties. I can't even count how many autographs I gave out and Disney songs I danced to (Let It Goooooo), but the smiles from these little girls make it all worth it. 

May. I always dreamed of having a photoshoot with one of my favorite photographers, Georgina Vaughan, and it happened in May. Georgina and the whole team are the best of the best and I won a photogenic award at the national pageant thanks to them.

June. Another precollege fashion course was in the works. This year I studied personal branding & self promotion at FIT. There is nothing better than focusing on a certain area where you excel and meeting other like-minded people with the same interests as you. Studying in NYC is an experience all its own. There is no place I would have rather been.

July. Beyond blessed. My mom and dad surprised me with a brand new car. It was certainly the best gift ever and I love driving my cute little car around. 

August. I am your Teen Miss U.S. of America 2016-2017. Months later it still feels strange saying this, but I did it. This was such a fairy tail moment, but in all reality I worked for months to make it happen. Winning this title means so much to me and so far my reign has been simply amazing. Thank you to my director and everyone who supported me on the way!

September. Another season of NYFW was down in the books. I swear if you told me that I would have ever gotten invited to fashion week years ago I would have laughed in your face. Well guess what little one, you did it (a few times)! This season was really fun and the collections were out of this world. 

October. Besides the glitz and glamour that comes along with my title there is a lot of volunteerism. October was Domestic Violence Awareness month and I got to give back to volunteer and give back to an organization. Here my friend, Chasaity, and I attended a fashion show fundraiser and had a blast helping out.

November. I was selected to be a women leader at Dutchess Community College for the Live Your Dreams Girls' Conference. It was amazing to be given such an honorable title because last time I checked I was just a seventeen year-old girl trying to figure out this world. Luckily I have a different type of mindset and I only see success. I was able to share my story with a ton of middle-school girls and they were really shocked with how many things I have achieved and I'm not an old person, as they told me. 

December. So, now it is December as I sit here and reflect. The wildest part is that I only selected one thing for each month that I thought was pretty rad and so many of these things I hoped to achieve in my lifetime, but I did a bunch in a solid year. Thank goodness I am imaginative and I have ton more goals where that came from. 2016 was very nice to me. There were people who weren't so nice to me though and I thank them all. They were the reason why I focused on myself and look at what I got done. xoxo.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

What's Trending: Velvet

This season velvet has been in more places than your grandma's drapes, but in every trendy clothing store that has a clue about fashion. It's just one of those fabrics that make your feel some type of way. The elegance, the luxe, oh boy I just love it. This bodycon is from Sammydress and it the most gorgeous thing ever. The shade of blue is perfect for this season and it also has a criss-cross strap detailing for an extra kick.


Monday, December 26, 2016

Accessories of the Week

I hope everyone had a spectacular Christmas (or Hannukkah, or anything else) and ate lots of food yesterday! I know I did. I'm not sure why, but yesterday didn't really feel like Christmas...maybe it was the lack of snow. Santa definitely blessed me with way too much. How did I possibly make it on the nice list...just kidding? It definitely doesn't feel like 2017 is in a few days, but I'm genuinely excited. I love when you know that there are big accomplishments/excitement coming up like graduation, beginning college, travels, and career opportunities. Then there are all of the things destined to happen which I have no idea about yet to go along. This year I realized so much and I am overly grateful that I learned from the good and bad. 


Monday, December 19, 2016


I used to have a huge phone case addiction; it was getting a little out of hand. I would legit have a case for every holiday, season, occasion you name it. Then when I upgraded phones I was back to square one and my beautiful collection was useless. Anyway, I see cases as an accessory because my phone is in my hand 99% of the time, so it is the equivalent of a nice bracelet. Re-reading the last few sentences now sounds ridiculous, but I probably don't trust you if you are one of the people with a naked, case-less iPhone. Dropping my phone is a mini-heart attack experience and my heart would be shattered if my screen got shattered.

I collaborated with CaseApp to design my own custom case which was right up my alley. I knew I wanted my initials on the case, but then when I was on their site my eyes landed on marble. All of my fellow bloggers know the marble addiction is so real. CaseApp has pre-made backgrounds that can be used, so I picked the marble with gold and black to work off of. They also have little clip-art pictures you can add in which I took advantage of. I kept seeing things I wanted to put on there until I realized that my case was starting to remind me of a person dressed head-to-toe in statement pieces, and that isn't too cute. I decided to save some ideas to make another case sometime soon (excuse to shop more) and condense it a bit. I finally ended up with the perfect case in the end. Do you love or do you love?

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Saturday, December 17, 2016


I wish it was humanly possible for me to comprehend words to describe how in love I am with these lace-up gladiator heels from Amiclubwear. They lace-up past the knee and the heel is the perfect height. Shoes like this gives you an instant feeling that you can take over the world, or at least have the best shoes at a NYE party. What a way to feel festive. 


Monday, December 12, 2016


I love the winter. My hair really despises it. Question, is it just me or does anyone else notice their hair not being as moisturized and beachy as it is when its warmer? It doesn't really help that my hair literally does not produce oil which is a blessing and a curse. Kerastraight sent and introduced me to their Ultimate Hair Oil which has been saving me. This is a blend of 9 different oils that can be used in damp or dry hair. I've been using it and I have honestly noticed such a huge difference. I only need a little bit of product to fully distribute it throughout my hair and the smell, oh my goodness, is just heavenly. I promise you will find yourself using extra just for the scent. I love a product where you can actually feel and see a difference. This is such a hair-must. I can see how it was an award winning product. Take my word for it that your hair will look luxurious daaaarling *said in a French hairstylist accent*.

What are your go-to hair products?

Thursday, December 8, 2016

All Tied Up

More than ever I have been living in chunky knit sweaters like this one from Sammydress because they are practically blankets in the form of clothing. I literally can't get enough. Then you throw boots on with that and get away with calling it an outfit on a lazy day. This would be the moment to pull out a pumpkin spice or peppermint candle and we would be "fall-ing" to its full potential. 

This is one of those outfits that is truly versatile because I can wear it to a business meeting in the morning and still be comfortable to zip to Barnes & Noble and curl up in the café, as I make an attempt to finish a pile of homework. Ah, the life of a student/entrepreneur. Where is the weekend when you need it?! Please send me prayers.

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