Cheers to a New Year

Throughout all the chaos, I will admit that 2016 has been my favorite year yet. I’ve grown academically, professionally and truly as an individual.

This year, I’ll be saying goodbye to Chicago for a bit while taking on a new adventure in New York City; I have officially survived my first week as an “amateur New Yorker”. It’s both thrilling and nerve-racking coming face to face with the unknown, but the endless possibilities are more than welcome.

I’m finishing up my junior year at Kent State University’s NYC Studio. The NYC program is a unique opportunity to learn from industry professionals in the classroom as well as immerse yourself into the world of fashion as an intern. I’ll be spending my semester as a Public Relations intern at Karla Otto, an international luxury public relations firm. I’ll also be keeping a long distance relationship with A Magazine as the Social Media Director.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve only dreamt about working in the fashion industry and now, it’s actually becoming a reality. I can’t wait to share with you as I embark on life in the big apple through To The Nines.

XOXO, Kendall

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Function of Beauty

I recently stumbled across the amazing hair care company, Function of Beauty. I could not be more impressed with their product. They understand the importance of individuality when it comes to hair care and all their products are free of harmful sulfates and GMOs. Function of Beauty allows customers to tailor their shampoo/conditioner set to their specific needs. Customers first create a profile, which includes hair type, hair structure and scalp moisture. You’re also able to choose “Hair Goals”. Depending on your choices, natural ingredients are added to your set to help you achieve those goals. The personalization goes even further to allow for customized fragrance and color. I can definitely say Function of Beauty has helped me reach those hair goals and leaves my hair smelling like beautiful white tea jasmine. Between humidity, chlorine, and sunlight, summer is a tough time for hair and Function of Beauty is here to help.
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Guide to City Essentials

If I could choose one way to spend the day, it would be exploring a city. Whether it’s somewhere new or a place I’ve been to dozens of time, there’s always new adventures to be discovered. Arts, culture, and life lie around every corner. For a successful day, it’s crucial to bring along the a few essentials.

  1. Bring sunglasses. It may not even be THAT sunny, but with glares coming off of every passing car and building, you’ll be happy you had them.
  2. Download Uber and Transit. This gives you access to every possible form of transportation the city has to offer.
  3. Following the apps, make sure to pack a phone charger, so you can actually benefit from them.
  4. Your favorite lipstick. After a few cups of coffee, impulse macarons, and lunch, you’ll be ready to reapply.
  5. Satchel style purse. Whether you’re shopping or exploring a museum, worrying about your purse is the last thing you’ll want to be focusing on. This style allows for maximum movement and safety as it’s strapped around you.

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Coat: $26 SheInside/Buffalo Exchange/Top: $25 H&M/Pants: $25 Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th

The Haul: When in Wicker Park…

When in Wicker Park, it’s a must to go thrift shopping. Wicker Park is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Chicago. It’s filled with unique stores, restaurants, and coffee shops. Every time I venture out there, I tend to spend the whole day wandering around discovering new places. My trip home was short, but I made the most of it by hitting all my favorite spots. First things first, we stopped into Stan’s Donuts for a quick treat. I’m not even a sweets person, but Stan’s is home to the best donuts I’ve ever tasted. Crossroads Trading Co never fails when looking for unique pieces. I scored a black shearling vest, perfect for layering. Next we stopped in Buffalo Exchange. Although the set up can be a tad overwhelming, I was able to find a SheInside jacket for $26 and a trendy fringe skirt from Hollister (Surprising, I know) for $14. Finally, it’s not a trip home without a stop to Akira. I’ve been lucky enough to be a brand rep for them and my obsession has only grown since. I bought quite the haul: Patterned poncho wrap for $20 (orig. $45), CHI tank for $18, plaid scarf for $12 (orig. $25), and two pieces of jewelry for less than $10. It’s safe to say my shopping addiction has been satisfied until my next trip home.

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Outlet Store Finds

Although I’m always up for a good bargain hunt, outlet stores never fail to be overwhelming. I’ve had a pleasant surprise since starting my job at Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th. I’ve found amazing quality pieces for almost unbelievable prices. This outfit is made up completely by outlet store finds. If you have the patience to fight crowds and sift through racks, I can guarantee you’ll be satisfied with your finds. IMG_7712IMG_7713IMG_7716 IMG_7715  Sweater: Ivanka Trump/Leather Leggings:Evleo/ Faux Fur Coat: Frenchi/ Boots: Saks Fifth Avenue

Best Beauty Products of 2014

Finding the perfect beauty products never fails to come with a lot of trial and error. It always takes me multiple tries to find the product that is a perfect fit for me. After a year of ups and downs, here is my list of the must-have beauty products of 2014:

Lipstick: Anything from NYX

Anyone who knows me has probably noticed I’m obsessed with lipsticks. Ever since I discovered NYX, I just about own every color of the rainbow. They typically start at $3.99 and range to $5.99. NYX is inexpensive, but has a great variety of pigments and lasts nearly all day without reapplication.

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Hair Mask: InstaNatural Argan Oil Hair Mask

This is a deep conditioning treatment that can also be used as a conditioner. It contains Argan Oil, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, etc. After one use, I noticed a drastic difference in my hair. It makes it incredibly smooth and is great for dealing with frizzy hair. Over time, it strengthens hair and fights off heat damage.

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Concealer: Benefit Boi-ing

For years, I religiously used Studio Gear concealer, but due to it being discontinued in stores, I’ve had to find another option. Benefit’s Boi-ing is an industrial strength concealer that is perfect for people with the curse of dark under eyes like myself. It has great coverage and is long lasting without drying out.

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Foundation: Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream

I always use a BB Cream for every day, because it feels so much lighter on your skin while providing a decent amount of coverage. It’s long lasting, but it’s not as clogging to your pores as regular foundation. Some days I even mix it with my regular moisturizer to make it more like a tinted moisturizer.

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Mascara: Rimmel London ScandalEyes Lycra Flex

I’ve tried multiple mascaras all from different price points, but this one has always stood out to me. The formula creates intense volume and length while the brush is made to define the lashes. If you’re looking for a new mascara, you definitely won’t be disappointed.

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November Obsessions

November is all about three things: traveling, sales, and every college student’s favorite: finals. This month has been a bit hectic to say the least. After experiencing my first November of college life, I’ve definitely learned some valuable lessons.

Traveling: No matter how insanely early your flight is, allow time for security. The line at Midway literally went all the way into the parking lot Sunday morning. This may be the one I was thankful for having to wake up before the crack of dawn so I could make my flight. Another important aspect of travel success is a good travel bag. My oversized tote was perfect, because it fit all my travel essentials (make up, chargers, magazines, etc.) and I could just put it on the security conveyor belt without having to worry about messing with one of the bins. Even though the flight was short, it was the perfect time for me to catch up on the latest issues of InStyle and Vogue before finals start to take over my life.

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Sales: Every American seems to love a good Black Friday sale, as much as Thursday’s Thanksgiving meal. I waited in line at H&M to receive one of their scratch off cards. Being a “poor college student”, I used my birthday gift cards and scored a haul of a cardigan ($10), jumpsuit ($20), cape style sweater ($30), and statement necklace ($10). My best purchase was $70 ana booties from Carson’s for $20. And of course, today is my personal favorite day, Cyber Monday. Be sure to check sites for free shipping, percentages off, buy one, get one deals, etc. You’d be surprised how much better deals are out there than on Black Friday, and for half of the hassle. Check out stores like AKIRA for 30% off site wide.

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Finals: I’m currently experiencing my first college finals, and you could say these next two weeks will definitely be the most stressful yet. Right now, my planner is my life line. My schedule would be in shambles without it. But most importantly, I need a consistent flow of coffee. There’s nothing like a shot of expresso at ten o’clock at night to power through your work. As important as studying is, so is de-stressing. A quick workout, power nap or online shopping break is the perfect way to take time for yourself and rejuvenate mental health.

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