Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Dressed in Red

It's been a little over a week and it's still a little strange to be back home. I jumped right in to regular life with my brother's soccer games and later in the week I wore this to my aunt's graduation. Though I fully remember the game of soccer, it's going to take me a little time to get the hang of using a tripod again and not having the eternal sunshine that is Spain. I'm sure I'll get there eventually (cross your fingers.) 

I spotted this dress at Zara awhile ago and I imagined it being a piece that was super relaxed but could very easily make an outfit look put together. This dress lives up to all of that, but it was in the sale and they only had it in medium which was a tad too big for me. Though I didn't mind hemming it a bit and sewing up the key hole a tad as to not expose my bra strap, I think buying anything (besides tee shirts) that aren't my size needs to be a habit to kick this summer (lets cross our fingers for that one too.) 

Let's set those summer goals,
xx Jasmine 

Dressed in: Zara dress, Distorted Earth ring  , Nails Inc nail polish in Uptown

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Getting Back to Normal

Right now I'm stuck wading through the last few bits of jet lag that are still hanging on. So while I'm waiting for my dark circles to fade and for my circadian rhythm to stop making me fall asleep at 9pm I thought I'd share some things that are getting me through it all. 

Traveling, for most everyone I believe, means seriously dry skin so I replenish my face with Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask and everything else with Burt's Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme. My skin has also been having a lot of blemishes so Origins Clear Improvements active charcoal mask is also a life saver. I don't really know if this happens to anyone else but jet lag can sometimes give me some serious headaches, and staring at a screen just makes it worse, so it's good to have a book around to keep you awake minus the pain. I loved reading Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell and I'm also loving Blink. It's not what I was expecting, but it's quite interesting and turned a lot of my attention to the psychology behind everything. 

I know you're suppose to just return to normal life to make the change in time go smoothly, but truthfully I just lay around in bed until it goes away and that means cute pajamas that are comfortable as well. Gap Body ones are always a good choice. To replenish my hair a mask is much needed. I've used Macadamia's Nourishing Moisture mask for years. It's a staple. Some Naked juice does the same thing for my body. Traveling doesn't always make it easy to eat healthy, so there's some vegetables and fruits that I need to get reacquainted with. 

Hope these tips help you cope with traveling or simply giving your body a much needed treat. 
xx Jasmine 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Great Scott!!

I picked up this skirt before this school year started, but earlier this week was the first time I've worn it (I know, I'm super lame). All the pleats got a bit flattened in my suitcase but I think it'll regain it's shape once I return home. It's a really bright color, and really stands out in my closet, but with a little matching and some black it's a lot easier to style. Unfortunately, I didn't have the time to catch more photos of my outfit so I'll make up for it with some cool facts I learned at the bull ring we visited:

  • Matadors in training train for years before actually performing in a bull fight
  • Only when you reach full matador status can you where the hat when coming into the arena 
  • Bull fighting started as military training
  • The uniforms worn can weigh many pounds, not including the cape which is also very heavy and requires two hands to use
  • Matadors are the ones that have gold trimmings on their uniforms
    (Picadores [the men on horses] may also have some gold detailing as a representation of they're importance in the original military bull fights) 
  • Traditional capes aren't red they are actually pink and yellow

Don't mess with the bull,
xx Jasmine 

Dressed in: Forever 21 mens shirt, H&M skirt (similar, similar, similar), Asos boots 

This is where the judge of the fight stands

Some posters of the previous years

Lances from before bull fighting became a popular event 

Those dark spots on the arm are actually blood, this particular uniform was worn by a famous matador in Seville 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Fish's Findings: Pastels

Some inspiration I've been looking at recently: All the pastels and generally girly things. 

xx Jasmine 

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

In the Gardens

I took a wonderful trip to Alcázar here in Seville earlier this week. It was a real treat to see the inside of a castle and it's gardens. I learned a few tidbits about Muslim art and really enjoyed seeing up close how detailed and ornate everything was. I particularly liked the gardens because they were just so dream-like. My friend and I kind of got lost, but it's not so bad getting lost in such a beautiful place. 
This outfit was originally going to be worn with knee socks, but I've kind of missed the season for that now. Despite the change in plans, this outfit was super comfy and very easy to wear. Shorts are a pretty easy way to add some color to an outfit and pockets are always a plus. 

Stay cool,
xx Jasmine 

Ps: This is where they filmed part of the new season of Game of Thrones. How cool is that?! 

Dressed in: Target tee, H&M shorts 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Heading Home

I'm currently sitting down waiting for my taxi to take me to the airport for my flight back to America. It's insane to think  about all I've done abroad. It's just so overwhelming to try and comprehend that I've actually done all of that and been to so many places now. It didn't come without its struggles, but it still is the most incredible thing I've done so far in my life. 
The bright spot, despite it being time to leave, is though I've learned so much and come to love new things, NYC still has a special place in my heart.
There will be a much larger post coming soon about my entire experience having a semester abroad but for now I just want to keep it short and give a heads up that I'll be MIA (aka jet lagged) for a couple of days.

Goodbye for now Europe, 
Xx Jasmine 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

London Photo Diary and City Edit

I spent my Spring Break going back to London and it was an excellent choice. I got to explore more places and it was a real treat. So, here's a photo diary, which kind of ended up being a food diary, after the jump. 

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