Wednesday, September 24, 2014

My First Haul

I really don't splurge shop as much as most girls do.  So I was super excited to take a few days off work and go to Charlotte and treat myself for once. I like to shop cute and affordable. You'll most likely catch me in stores like Forever21, WetSeal, charlotterusse, and Body Central. 
My favorite part of the trip was going to ULTA for the first time. Don't get me wrong, I go by my local store at home and window shop all the time. But I've never bought anything until now.
I literally had a complete fangirl moment as soon as I walked into ULTA. Being the makeup junkie that I am, I was excited to try the things that I've always had an eye on. My first grab was the Naked 2 Pallete. I love the packaging. It has this sturdy metal container that would make it nearly impossible to crack the eyeshadows. I also love that there's a mixture between shimmery and matte colors and I can not wait to start making tutorials.

Of course I had to give the Benefit's They're Real push-up Liner a try after seeing all the hype about it from other bloggers and YouTube. This eyeliner is really outstanding. It's the first gel liner that's in pen form and it runs so smoothly onto the skin. I honestly believe it when they say that this is the "eyeliner of the century".
Knowing that foundation is the most important part of anyone's makeup routine, I decided to make my first Real Technique purchase a Real Techniques Stippling Brush. I love the soft, black and white fibers and the cute pink packaging. I'm so glad that I've invested in a good quality face brush. It gives my foundation a smoother application and reduces my makeup to little or no cakieness. For only $5.99, I could not turn this opportunity down.
Last but not least, is my all time favorite purchase, the Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Brown. I've been on the hunt for a good staple piece to add to my brow routine and for some reason, drug store brands were just not cutting it. This product is long-lasting, waterproof, and comes with a double-sided spoolie for an easier application.
It's always important to treat yourself once in awhile. Lately, I have been working nonstop for 2 months straight and I don't splurge my money very often. But I am so grateful to be able to get these products so that I could share them with you guys! I hope you enjoyed reading.
Much love, Sylvia S.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

When I met you in the Summer...

Would you like to help me win a trip to New York Fashion Week? Chictopia is hosting a contest with Ariat. The winners receive a pair of Ariat boots to wear during Fashion Week and to style in two blog posts, and a pass to an exclusive runway show. Seriously guys, this would mean so much to me. I know I'm just a newbie blogger but that's not going to stop me from chasing my dreams. Anyways, if you guys could just vote, favorite, and share this picture with your friends it would mean the world to me. And even if I don't win, I'm so happy that I can say that I actually got up and tried.
Much love x

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Strawberry Passionfruit Tea

This recipe is very fast and easy to make. It's one of my favorite drinks whenever I'm having a detox.  You will only need 5 ingredients. The strawberries are a wonderful antioxidant and I love to freeze them to use as 'ice cubes'. Coconut Oil is beneficial to your hair/skin care and can also increase your metabolism. My favorite ingredient and my new obsession is Agave Nectar. I try to avoid sweetening my foods with white sugar and sometimes honey can be a little too pricey. I remember seeing Agave Nectar in my Nutrition class when I was in Culinary School and in the baking section of my local grocery store. A few days ago, my curiosity told me to give it a try and seriously guys, I'm in love! It is so easy to pour, unlike honey's thick consistency and it's surprisingly sweet!

You will need:
  • Water
  • Frozen Strawberries
  • Coconut Oil
  • Agave Nectar
  • TAZO® Passion Tea
All you have to do is brew your tea, add a tablespoon each of Agave Nectar and Coconut Oil, and throw in your frozen strawberries. Stir until the Agave Nectar has fully dissolved and the Coconut Oil is melted completely. You can also add a few, thinly sliced lemons to bring in an extra pop of color and flavor. I hope you guys enjoyed this quick and easy recipe. Are you a tea fan? If so, what's your favorite type of tea? 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Back to School Tips

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Hi guys! I know that it can get a little stressful during this back to school season. Especially if you're a freshman in college.  Here are some tips and tricks that I wish I had known about to help you get through the school year. 

Dress for success 
You do not want to be that girl who wears 9 inch high heels or pajamas every day to class (unless you're into that kind of thing). But most schools have a dress code for a reason and it's important to follow the rules in order to stay out of trouble. Trust me, they're trying to make our lives easier. My advice to you is to stay comfortable, yet stylish and chic. Stick to your basics; A plain tee and comfortable pair of boyfriend jeans can give you that effortless, yet put together look. Also, most classrooms tend to get very cold. I like to throw on a light blazer especially during the colder seasons. It looks more professional than slapping on a hoodie or an old worn-out jacket. Try to avoid bulky jewelry. Big, chunky bracelets and dangly earrings tend to be a distraction in a learning environment. And If you do like to accessorize, wear something convenient such as a wrist watch. Try going the extra mile by stacking it on with a dainty bracelet or two. Just remember, less is more.

Your makeup should be natural and lightweight. So stick to your favorite nudes and brown eye shadows. A good waterproof mascara and an oil based eyeliner should be your holy grail beauty products. Personally, I like to use Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Mascara and my L'Oreal Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner. Both of these products will last all day without you having to constantly think about reapplying them. There are going to be some nights where you will get no sleep whatsoever due to cramming, studying, you name it. A good tip is to purchase a quality cream based concealer to get rid of those dark circles so that you don't end up looking like a zombie in class. My current favorite is Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer. This product is also going to last all day long. Sometimes being an adult sucks. You're growing and learning who you are as an individual.Therefore we need to be prepared for what life throws into our paths. 

Preparation is key 
Good organization skills are essential to having a smooth sailing semester. Instead of lugging around a bulky backpack, invest in a nice tote bag. Therefore, you'll kill two birds with one stone by being able to carry all of your belongings and looking stylish while doing so.

Your living space
A majority of freshmen tend to get a little homesick after the first few weeks of being in college. It also doesn't help that most schools throw you into some tiny, boring room and expect you to live there for the remaining of the year. Unfortunately, when I was a freshmen I had no experience whatsoever in home decor. Later on after observing my roommates, I learned that having a bright and colorful room can lighten up your mood. Luckily for you guys, Modcloth is having a 20% off Decor Sale that'll give your dorm a pop of personality. There's no code needed, so just shop until your heart is content.

Thanks so much for reading and remember, college is supposed to be the best years of your life. So study hard, party harder and have fun learning the responsibilities of becoming an adult.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Addicted to Heroine

The first step to having an addiction is admitting that you have a problem. Hi I am addicted to buying Mac lipsticks. As of today, I own 7 different colors. And although that may not seem like a lot to some people, I cannot help but think about what color I want to buy next.
Honestly, it was love at first sight when I had laid my eyes on Heroine. I actually saw a customer at work with it on and I had to chase her down like a crazy person in order to find out what the name of this shade was. My addict-like instincts were telling me that it was a Mac lipstick and that just made me want to go out and buy it even more. What I love about this color is that you can get away wearing it in any season. This shade of purple has a slight pink undertone in the light that gives you girly look for summer and spring.  And for the winter and fall, all you need to do is layer that baby up with a coat or two and you got yourself a dark, sultry lip. 
When I first started buying Mac lipsticks, I had to learn what worked best for my skin color through trial and error. I kept buying nudes that were too light and I don't know about you, but the powdered donut look is not for me. I feel like there aren't that many NW45 beauty bloggers out there. So if you know any, please comment below and I'll definitely check them out. 
Oh, by the way, do you like my nails? They're press-ons! I purchased them at my local beauty supply store and filed them into a stiletto shape. It's my first time having kitty claws and I'm not gonna lie, they're a little hard to get used to. I couldn't even start the microwave without looking like a doofus. But I got loads of compliments at work. Tell me what you guys think. 

M·A·C 'Heroine' Lipstick

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Baked Huli Huli Wings

It's that time of the year when everyone's having barbecues and picnics. What's a better way to enjoy a hot summer day than with some delicious Huli Huli Wings? The word "huli" is a Hawaiian term for to flip over; rotisserie, or simply barbecue. I learned this recipe in culinary school at Johnson & Wales from my Meat Cutting teacher. It was a class where you're in a walk in freezer for 7 hours fabricating meat (torture, I know). It was so cold in there that some people had to wear an extra pair of pants under their slacks to keep warm. But I learned a lot about the different parts of some animals. We worked on lamb, chicken, cows, and even a whole pig was brought into the classroom once.  Anyways, this recipe is very easy to make and all the ingredients only came up to about $20 at my local Harris Teeter.

You will need: 
  • 25 Chicken Wings
  • 1 cup Pineapple Juice (I bought a can of pineapple chunks, used the juice and ate the rest as a snack)
  • A small container of soy sauce
  • Light Brown Sugar 
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • 1 Lemon 

First, you will need to mince your garlic, lemon zest, and ginger into fine pieces. In a small bowl, mix together the marinade until it's a thick consistency and add the chicken. Squeeze fresh lemon juice on top and refrigerate for 2-3 hours or overnight. 
Preheat your oven to 450 and bake for 30 minutes or until the internal temperature of your wings is at 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Let sit for 5 minutes and serve! This recipe will feed a family of 4. I personally like to eat wings with French fries and bleu cheese. But I'm just an ex waitress from Buffalo Wild Wings so what do I know, right? If you would like to try this recipe at home, please share it on Instagram with the hashtag #thesilvercities. I'd love to see how they all come out. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Round Sunglasses

Lately, I have been seeing everyone bring back 60's retro fashion. We all know about the high-waisted shorts, crop tops, and the neon trends flowing around but what really caught my eye (no pun intended) were these round oil spill sunglasses. I decided to cop myself a pair when I came across them in Charlotte Russe. 
 Now don't get me wrong, these bad boys are a little tricky to style: for you don't want to over do it. I think they would compliment a really basic outfit of mom jeans, creepers, and a crop top. I will definitely need more practice. It's good to step outside of your comfort zone sometimes! Let me know what trends you have been experimenting with. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Denim on Denim

Top: Charlotte Russe
Belt: Thrifted
Jeans: Ross
Heels: NO NAME

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter weekend. I miss waking up to a basket full of Peeps and chocolate eggs. Instead I treated myself to a new Mac lipstick (Candy Yum Yum, which I'm wearing today) and I'm loving it. When I applied the lipstick in the store the girls started showering me with compliments like it was chosen from the gods. And I'm pretty sure they get paid to do that because it happens every time! 
It also started to get a little chilly and a rainy again. Therefore, I haven't really gotten a chance to wear any of my true spring clothing. I don't know if it's just me but, I feel as if the weather has been a little odd this year. Tell me I'm not the only one! I hope the world isn't ending soon, I have lots of goals that I need to accomplish... I still want to go to Coachella (priorities, haha). 
Anyways, I must go. Today's my one month anniversary with my boyfriend and I know he has a few plans up his sleeve. I feel like I've known him for so much longer and he's so wonderful to me. I am counting my blessings every day. Thanks for reading guys! Much love x

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Essie Plumberry

Lately, I've been obsessed with this color. It's like a perfect mixture of plum red with a hint of pink. And best of all, this universal color can be used throughout all four seasons.
My favorite thing about this varnish is that it's so opaque and shiny that doesn't even need a top coat! At first, I thought it was just another shade of red to add to my collection. But when you go out into the light, there's this beautiful pink undertone that's impossible not to love. So if you haven't already, I suggest you add Plumberry to your shelves. I will most definitely buy this shade again. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

Fine Wine

Faux Leather Jacket: rue21
High-low Skirt: Garage
Heels: Lane Bryant
Handbag: Anne Klein
Gold Chain Necklace: Forever21

Wow! Who knew taking pictures in a nature park would be so awkward. It was definitely out of my comfort zone. Whenever someone walked past us, I would look so embarrassed. But it was so worth it. It's great practice for me to be more comfortable in front of the camera for once. I love how the pictures came out and afterwards we got to chill by the beach. I even saw a horse shoe crab! I'm in the mood for some retail therapy so expect a haul to come very soon for I'm still in the process of building my wardrobe with some more staple pieces. Other than that, I know this isn't really much of a spring look but it's still rather chilly in the Carolinas so for now, this will do. Does it feel like spring where you're from? 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Spring into Florals

 Spring is here! Which means that it's only necessary to whip out the curls and florals. I decided to spend my spring break with my lovely boyfriend in Florida and after a day at the zoo, we decided to shoot a quick ootd. The cut-out top has gold embellishments on the collar which automatically transforms it into a statement piece. I found it on the sales rack in #bodycentral for only $5. What a steal, right?
The floral skirt was thrifted for $3 but it's originally from #forever21 which is a very good find in my opinion. 
I decided that since I have a lot going on I'd finish the outfit with some comfortable flesh toned wedges. As for nail varnishes, I'm wearing Do You Lilac It by O.P.I. It's the perfect purple for darker skin tones without looking too chalky. 
My spring break is finally over and back to my normal life I go. I enjoyed the sleeping in and sunny weather but I miss my family and friends. Peace out Florida, it's been real.  

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Baked Rotini Recipe

2 cloves minced garlic
1 whole diced onion
1 diced green pepper
1 whole diced tomato
1 pound ground beef
1 tablespoon oregano
45 ounces of RagĂș Chunky Tomato, Garlic, and Onion tomato sauce
1 box Rotini Pasta
4 cups (or more, yolo) of mozerella cheese
1 tablespoon of butter
salt and pepper (to taste)

1. Sauté your vegetables on medium high heat starting with garlic, onions, bell peppers, and then tomatoes.
2. Once your onions are translucent, add the ground beef and cook thoroughly.
3. Change your heat to a low summer and add the tomato sauce. (Hint: boiling your sauce at a high heat creates a soupy texture and we don't want that.)
4. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
5. In a large pot of boiling salt water, cook rotini until al dente.
6. Strain pasta and add butter to the noodles. Stir into tomato sauce and top with mozzarella cheese.
7. Bake in the oven until the cheese is melted and forms a light brown crust on the edges.
Let cool for 5-10 minutes and Enjoy!