February 6, 2015

February Lust List

February Lust List

While couples plan their weekend getaways, singles get all hot and bothered about 50 Shades of Grey & stores explode with inspiration for your date-night outfit, I'll be plotting my plan of attack for this month's lust list. My wardrobe needs updating & the fashion Gods must have heard my prayers because my refund check landed around the same time I was drafting a much longer list.

There's much more to this list, but these are some of my favorites right now. By the way, how cool is the branded shop at Forever21?! Whoever pitched the idea, I love you. It's such a great way to discover other brands you might not have heard of before and shop them all in one place. Also making my lust list is the shoe of the year...the mule. I could tell an Elvis joke involving blue suede shoes here, but I'll save you the horror. I've never fancied the mule much, but I can already visualize several outfits involving this dime.

What's on your lust list this month?

January 12, 2015

Weekly Quotespiration : Week 2

With the spring 2015 semester starting today (for me anyway) I thought this was the perfect quote for the week. I've spent my Christmas break planning so many things simply so I could focus on my academic life a lot more than I have been in the past year and while my syllabi may be looking every bit as stressful as I imagined, I feel confident. I'm organized, focused and would be sparkly, but it's raining cats and dogs outside today. That said, I'm a firm believer in looking good and feeling good; the better I dress, the less I'll stress. This semester is about to be just as, if not busier, than my last and the grades I'm aiming for are all attainable with hard work and a well-functioning wardrobe!

Have a fabulous and sparkly week! 

January 5, 2015

Weekly Quotespiration : Week 1

Photo Credit: Tumblr
In honor of the first week of 2015 and the first quotespiration week on the blog, I decided to share a list of goals/resolutions I came across on Tumblr last week. Not only are they things you can more or less do every single day this year, they're things anyone can do and improve their life even if just a tad. I strayed from making year-long resolutions this year and went with daily/weekly and monthly goals for myself to keep me on track and to see continuous progress. Making resolutions are good and all, but the true blessing is in seeing the impact in ourselves when we stick with them. Even if you choose just one of the things on this list for this week or even this year, try your absolute hardest to stick with it and I promise, you will not be disappointed with the outcome. 

January 3, 2015

New Beginnings..

I survived because the fire within me burned brighter than the fire around me. - Joshua Graham

Almost every night before I fall asleep I spend a good hour or two scanning through my Tumblr dashboard. I came across this quote at a time when I needed it more than I could ever imagine and I have kept it as my mantra ever since. At sixteen I made up my mind I wanted to work in the fashion industry as a Journalist or a Publicist. I mapped out my education based around this one idea and even though life has taken me in different directions than I expected at the time, I have never changed my mind on my career goal. I've started and stopped blogging several times over the past 3 years sometimes because of other circumstances and other times, because I felt uninspired. I was letting the fires around me burn so bright that they almost ousted the one within me and that's when I took a positive turn.

I revisited Chic N' Coveted late last year and was astounded at the amount of views my blog had had while I had neglected it. People were reading things I had to say. People cared. I've changed and grown so so much in the past year that I feel my blog needs that too and that's how I've arrived here, writing this now.

I don't have resolutions for the new year. I have goals and expectations I've set for myself and I want to share them with whoever may be reading this blog now and because, this is my online diary-kind of.The fire within me is so much brighter than the fire around me and I have never been so excited to see where a new year will take me so here goes:

1. Focus on my academic life more than my social life - This is going to be tough considering I turn 21 in about 19 days, but I am shooting for straight As this year and I will get them.

2. Develop my blog - After a lot of trials and tribulations, I am ready to pour my heart and soul into my blog more than ever before.

3. Grow - In all areas of my life. I've felt and witnessed my growth as a young woman in just 1 short year that turned out to be better than the rest and I cannot wait to continue growing into the woman I want to be.

Do you have any goals for 2015? 

xo, Llana 

March 26, 2013

My Skincare Routine

My Skincare Routine

Since the age of 15 I've had issues with acne and after years of trying to tame it and find products I thought would 'banish' the hideous things, I finally found peace. It all happened last November after my Neutrogena products weren't doing much for me (I'd been using them for a couple of months) and I was getting impatient. My new environment wasn't helping my breakouts that seem to work around my cycle and I came across the Clinique Acne Solutions 3 step system on sale. I snatched it up in desperation, read through the leaflet on my way to the cashier and hoped that it would work a miracle because I'd lost all hope in skincare products. 

After the first week I had baby smooth skin and my breakouts were far less than they'd ever been! The 3 products I used in the set are now part of my daily routine along with the other products above. I thought I'd share how I care for my skin with you guys because I know there's a lot of girls (and guys!) struggling to control their skincare issues and who find it hard to make a routine and stick to it but when you've made up your mind that you're going to settle those issues once and for all, you'll be surprised you never found the time before! 

Some Extras! 

As you can see, I use other products besides my 3 key players for my skin because I don't have just acne issues and I need to keep my skin well moisturized, detoxed every once in a while and healthy so I use masks when I get extra time to have a pampering session, drink tons of water to keep my pores unclogged and swap out my 3 daily products for black soap and Shea butter every now and again so my skin doesn't dry out from all the chemical treatments it's getting. I'm also trying to cut down on sugar and eat more healthy foods to help my skin from the inside!

Tips For Establishing A Skincare Routine: 

  • Research products & speak with a dermatologist to get the best advice tailored to you
  • Try different products to find what works best for you & your skin 
  • I find the best times are in the morning and before bed as you're less busy at these times & your skin is most vulnerable to damage during the day when it's exposed (so protect it in the morning) and repairs itself at night
  • Commit to following whatever routine you put together regardless of your daily plans to see true results

What's your skincare routine? 

March 21, 2013

How To Wear: Yellow

I've never really been a fan of yellow as far as wearing it goes. I mean it's one heck of a color to pull off correctly but after seeing it styled very different ways in magazines and by designers this Spring, I'm a little bit more confident in wearing this season's hottest hue. Head-to-toe yellow isn't exactly top of my list but, I definitely won't mind wearing it these ways, especially toned down with soft greys or with my other favorite trend this season...black & white. Of course, if you're a little intimidated by such a bold color like I was, you can start off with splashes of it in your accessories. Whatever way you choose to rock this fun hue, wear it with confidence and have fun! 

How do you style your yellow pieces?