OOTD: Hawaiian Blues

December 29, 2016

Hi friends!

I hope your holiday season has been treating you well! If you don't follow me on Instagram (which you should: sydney_cano), then you might not know that I'm back in Hawaii for the winter break. Since the weather here is pretty consistent year round, I can wear my summer clothes during the winter as well. Recently, I wore this outfit to go hang out with some friends. I switched out the heels for sandals for comfort purposes, but I really liked how this outfit was still cute, comfortable, and put together.

Thinking about what I'd look like if I was a dog.

Top: American Rag (similar) Skirt: American Apparel (similar) Shoes: Similar Purse: Ralph Lauren 

See ya soon with a new post!

Ciao for now!

Fashion Friday: Greenery With Envy

December 16, 2016

Hi friends!

Long time no see, I know. School hit me hard post Thanksgiving break and I found myself in a pile of  school work. I never want to see astronomy again to say the least.🙄

For those of you who do not keep up with the fashion world (wyd), Pantone recently announced the color of 2017: Greenery. I know what you're thinking "what the heck is a Pantone and what type of name for a color is Greenery?" I am here to answer both of those questions.

Pantone, according to their website, is a "world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries". In lamest terms, they're almost like a universal color index. Any color can be found on the Pantone website and some have super cheeky names. Each year they do a Color of the Year, announced late in the year before. I've been following Pantone's Color of the Year with my mom for as long as I can remember. I even have a phone case from them and have previously had a coffee tumbler by them as well.

"A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.

Greenery is described as "refreshing" and the "symbol of new beginnings", which after a rough 2016 I think is much needed. Gucci and Lacoste were already on the trend as they had the color in their S/S 2017 collections. 

Gucci S/S 2017

Lacoste S/S 2017

The color immediately reminds me of when I was in the fifth grade and my drama club put on a production of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and we all had these kelly green shirts that sort of look like Greenery. So, to be sure you don't look like a Grinch I found some items that you can already start to incorporate into your wardrobe. Take on 2017 and the Color of the Year head first and leave others Greenery with envy.😉

Disclaimer: Not all the items are exactly the shade of Greenery, but I tried my hardest to find the exact color!

(this one's nice if you don't want to wear green alone or prefer prints)

If green is simply not your color don't worry, Pantone also has their top ten colors for Spring 2017 here.

How do you feel about the 2017 Color of the Year???

Ciao for now!

Make Your December a Dazzling One

December 1, 2016

Hi friends!

I hope you're all doing well. Can you all believe that it's the first day of December?? Wasn't it just January 2012 yesterday? This year has gone by so incredibly fast, it's ridiculous that it's almost 2017. While we cannot go back in time and change these past months, we can end the year on an awesome note!!! I've compiled some tips and cheeky lil things to make your December DAZZLING:

1. Make Your Coffee at Home
I know, we live in a world that practically spits our money into the hands of Starbucks, especially around the holidays. I mean, who can resist those little decorative red cups and drinks filled with pumpkin flavoring and sugar? By making your coffee at home you can save yourself a few extra bucks that will definitely come in handy when you're penny pinching post-Christmas shopping. My all time favorite coffee is Cafe Bustelo.

2. Pick Up a Book
Start reading more, fam. Seriously. As a child I was a huge reader and now I am so guilty of not reading unless it's required for a class. As tempting as it is to just lay around and vegetate in your free time, you shouldn't. Stimulate your mind and read for pleasure. Currently I'm reading Leave Your Mark which is fantastic so far.

3. Set a Goal
Whether that be going to the gym more, eating more fruits and veggies, or eating out less, set a goal and stick with it. You don't need the New Years to do better with your life and your aspirations.

4. Start Journaling
One of the best things about blogging is that the blog is sort of like my virtual journal. While I do not put my entire life on here, I do document my thoughts in an actual journal. One day you'll be able to look back and remember all the wonderful things that are currently happening in your life.

5. Use a Planner
Kind of piggybacking on the last one, use your planner. Decembers are so busy whether it's for work, finals, appointments or super cool hot yoga classes. As someone who's mildly forgetful, writing things down in my planner is a LIFESAVER. I use a black one similar to this.

6. Stay Hydrated
It's so easy to forget to drink water and fluids but with the seasons changing and the temperature going haywire all the time (PLEASE tell me how global warming isn't real, I'll wait) it's so easy to get sick. I make sure I have my Hydro Flask filled with me at all times. When I'm drinking the proper amounts of water a day I find that sometimes I don't even need coffee.

7. Don't Procrastinate
Coming from the queen of procrastination herself, do not procrastinate. It literally makes your life a million times worse, yet we all continue to push things back. Get things done early or as soon as possible so that way you have more time to spend drinking hot chocolate and watching movies and not writing that paper that's due tomorrow but was assigned at the beginning of the semester.

Let's all encourage another to do better in our lives and to help out others. With December comes the holidays and we should all reflect and be thankful for what we have, not resentful for what we don't. There are people who will spend their Christmas receiving nothing, alone, or sleeping in the streets. Volunteer, donate, and try to make everyone's December dazzling!

Ciao for now,
S Money

Mind of Mine

November 20, 2016

Let's hope Zayn doesn't pull a Taylor Swift and sue me for taking the title of his album.

Sometimes I often think about how I got to this point in my life. I don't mean that in a "I'm in a such a low point in my life", because I truly don't feel that way. I just genuinely ponder how I got here. I blinked and now I'm in my second year of college stuck in between "I'm getting there" and "I've made it". For all my fellow musical theatre fans, I feel like Jamie and my life's moving too fast but I also feel like Cathy where I know I can do better than this.

As a dramatic perfectionist, I constantly feel that my life is over with the smallest setbacks to my academic career or my life overall. One of the greatest things about life is that it's truly personalized and no one's life is meant for someone else! Nothing is actually a "setback" as this is the pace I was meant to go at. It's so easy to look at others and what they've accomplished in their lives and think "well it's working for them so I'm going to do the same thing and expect the same results!" when that couldn't be further from the truth. Take your time and do what makes sense to you. Trust your instincts because they're generally right.

I feel that becoming a communication major was 100% the right decision for me to make. For those of you who don't know I went into college as a marketing major. I literally laugh at thinking about that now. That didn't work out for me and so instead of thinking of how that was the end of the world, I pursued something else. And if public relations hadn't worked out for me I would have pursued something else. The whole point is to find what truly speaks to you. This doesn't only apply to majors in college. If college doesn't work out for you, find something else that does.

I used to always jokingly say "I have no idea what I'm doing" but I've stopped saying that. You become what you think about and so now I remind myself that I've got this. Always work hard and better yourself as the dream comes free but the hustle is sold separately.

Ciao for now,

Fashion Friday: Fashion News

November 18, 2016

Hi friends, I hope you're all doing well! For this week's Fashion Friday I'm going to talk about some of the major fashion news from this week.

American Apparel Files For Bankruptcy and is Set to be Bought be Gildan Activewear, Inc.
This is the second time AA has filed for bankruptcy in over a year. They've come under fire for provocative advertisements in the past and have also had a drop in sales as of recently.

Nasty Gal Files For Bankruptcy
A personal favorite of mine has recently filed for bankruptcy and investors do not think they will be able to recover from this. Founder and CEO, Sophia Amoruso, stepped down from her CEO position in 2015.

Sophie Theallet Refuses to Dress Melania Trump and Encourages Others to Follow Pursuit
Theallet has dressed First Lady Michelle Obama for the past eight years and recently put out a statement claiming she will not dress Melania Trump. She claims that Melania's husband, president-elect Donald Trump, had his presidential campaign on everything her brand stands against.

Forever 21 Under Fire After Sweatshop Allegations
Fast fashion retailer Forever 21 has received more heat than usual lately due to recent allegations of their clothing being made in American Sweatshops. Workers are apparently being paid $4 an hour in Los Angeles, which is not only illegal but $6 less than the California state minimum wage.

Hugo Boss not Showing at NYFW
The Boss Womenswear line will not be showed at NYFW in February. The brand is currently under reconstruction under its head designer Jason Wu.

While obviously lots of fashion news and news in general happens everyday, these were the headlines that caught my eye. I mainly read The Fashion Law and Business of Fashion when it comes to receiving all my fashion news.

What are you opinions on these articles??

Ciao for Now,

Fashion Friday: Fashion Movies

November 11, 2016

Hi friends!

Happy Friday, I hope you're all doing well. On this Fashion Friday, I'm going to discuss some of my favorite fashion movies. Nothing soothes my soul more than a good cup of coffee and a good fashion documentary or movie. For those of you who do not know, I study communication with a concentration in public relations in college with the hopes to become a fashion publicist. My school offers no fashion courses so all the research I do on the industry is done on my own time. Here are some of my favorite movies in no particular order:

1. Bill Cunningham New York

2. Dior and I

3. Iris

4. Yves Saint Laurent

5. Mademoiselle C

What are some of your favorite fashion movies?? Leave suggestions down below!

Ciao for now!

Fashion Friday: Fave Style Icons

November 4, 2016

Hi friends, I hope you're all doing well!

Recently I've been thinking of new ways to spruce up the blog and to consistently put content out. After some thought, I've come up with a new series for the blog: Fashion Friday. Fashion Friday will be a weekly series where I discuss occurring events in the fashion world, my favorite brands, current trends, etc.. For the first post in the series I will be discussing some of my favorite style icons!!! I try to always take inspiration from everywhere and not limit myself to dressing one certain way. I feel that dressing myself is way more fun when I don't have to restrain from wearing certain things.

1. Miranda Kerr
My mom. The OG Queen. I've honestly been in love with Miranda since the seventh grade. I don't think there's been an outfit she's worn that I have disliked. I love how she can look so edgy and sexy and causal and classy ALL AT THE SAME TIME. I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to her :').

2. Alexa Chung
Isn't she on everyone's list let's be real??? No matter what she does, it's done effortlessly and cool. She has amazing street style. I highly recommend anyone interested in fashion in general should check out Alexa's series on British Vogue: The Future of Fashion.

3. Imaan Hammam
Not only is she drop dead gorgeous, but she constantly looks effortlessly chic. I love the versatility of her outfits and how freaking precious she is in general.

4. Harry Styles
Is anyone actually surprised by this? My ethereal angel face boy. I would literally leave my mans for Harry. Anyways, apart from the fact that I'm utterly obsessed with H, he actually has looks. From his band shirts to wild printed dress shirts to him wearing Saint Laurent. I'm in love with it all.

I definitely have other style icons and inspirations than this, including people I actually know personally!

Who or what is your fashion inspiration? What do you think of Fashion Friday? Let me know in the comments below!

Ciao for now!

Hair Care

October 25, 2016

Hi friends, I hope you're all doing well!!

Let me first start off by saying I now have a follow feature on my blog. If you're using a desktop it should be at the right hand side and if you're using mobile then at the end of the post. Follow the blog to keep updated! :3

Today we are going to talk about one of the most important things in life: hair. As someone who has literally had hair their entire life (came out the womb with a head full of jet black straight hair), my hair and how I care for it has certainly been a topic of discussion for me. For those of you who don't know, I have naturally dark brown, tight curly hair. And a lot of it. Before we get too far into this, let me answer a few FAQ's:
  • I am half black, half Mexican
  • My hair type is a mixture of 3B and 3C
  • My hair is super thin, not thick contrary to popular belief
  • I have never permed or relaxed it
  • I straighten it occasionally and yes it takes me a long time to do so
  • Yes if you continue to pull on the curls and release them they will spring back up (ahem, the boy who sat next to me in chemistry in high school)
  • Yes it is soft enough to use as a pillow😜
lol @ bby syd
Growing up I never paid too much attention to my hair as my mom always did it for me. I was never much of a hair person as a child (never a girl to sit in class and willing want to play or braid others' hair). It was when I was in the 6th grade that I really had to start actually caring for it. My mom told me I was old enough to start doing my own hair for school and so as a result I did the only hairstyle I knew how to do: a ponytail. And for the next three years of my life I walked out the house everyday with my hair smoothed back with LA Looks gel and a crunchy curly ponytail. How tragic.

I decided my freshman year to ditch the ponytail and attempt to wear my hair out. By the end of the year I had managed to actually make it look presentable. Who knew (lol in all honesty not me). Fast forward to my junior year of high school when I had this random thought of "hey I should cut all my hair off". So I did. (It was approximately mid back before the chop)
whos mans is this smh
Now as a sophomore in college I'm still growing my hair out from then. From lots of trial and error, I've figured out what works for my hair and what doesn't work. Here's what my "routine" consists of (routine in quotations due to the fact that it changes so often):
  • I co-wash once a week using whatever I have on hand. (I'm currently using this). I then condition also with whatever I have on hand. (this or this), and then I deep condition using this Pantene one or this Aussie one. While in the shower I comb through my hair with conditioner in it with a wide toothed comb and always make sure my final rinse is with cold water. 
  • For styling products I'm currently using this Cantu leave-in.
  • I air dry or diffuse, but only do the latter when it's 100% necessary.
  • I only shampoo my hair once a month or so.
Since my hair is thin it's not as high maintenance as some of my other curly haired friends. I rarely straighten it as it takes me forever to do so and I simply prefer my curly hair!
it me this past summer! 
(I know the two hair lengths might not look much different but that's what shrinkage will do to ya)

Here are some of my favorite products:
Gels (mainly used for when I want my hair slicked back or I use a little if I reeaaaaallly need extra hold):
I also use a satin pillowcase when I sleep. If you have any suggestions or products you think I'd like, please leave them in the comments below!!!

Ciao for now!
spooki syd

Style Tips 101

October 7, 2016

"Fashions fade, style is eternal" is perhaps one of the most famous quotes in the fashion world. And Yves Saint Laurent was right. Fashions fade and what's in for the season fade but your personal style will last you. This is one of the things I try to keep in mind when I'm shopping or buying trendy pieces that I won't like in a few months. Here are some of my personal style tips, not just for shopping but in general:

1. Style is Subjective
Whether it's chic, boho, hipster, preppy or southern preppy, find what really speaks to you. Style is truly in the eye of the beholder. While you should find what works for you and what doesn't you shouldn't let that define you. Take inspiration from everywhere and let that influence your outfits. If you typically dress classy don't be discouraged if you want to dress boho sometimes. Life is all about variety. 

2. Quality Over Quantity
Probably one of the most cliché quotes of all time, but very much so true. My mom has instilled quite a few style tips in me and one of them was that quality goes a long way. The three things I always buy quality versions of are perfume, purses, and shoes. Alas, those three things are also the things I have the least of in my closet. My junior year of high school I was gifted with Chanel perfume and a Dooney and Burke wallet. I still have both to this day and the wallet is practically in excellent condition and the perfume is almost gone but has lasted me awhile. Quality products will always last longer but that doesn't mean you have to break the bank, which leads me to my next tip.

3. Quality ≠ Expensive
Okay, this is coming from a girl whose kryptonite is anything designer. If my closet could be filled with Opening Ceremony and Rodarte, trust me it would be. Generally the quality things I buy are designer but that's not always the case. Don't get hung up on the brand name or where it came from. I've seen things that are quality from Express, Topshop, ASOS, Zara, Nastygal etc. Sometimes it's not the store it came from but rather the quality of the garment. 

4. Get Creative!
There's no need to go out and buy an entirely new wardrobe if you want to change up your style. Go to your closet and think of new ways to wear your clothes. If you normally only wear button ups as buttons ups, try to wear it as outwear or belt it and wear it as a dress if it's long enough. Most times I find that it's not that I don't have anything to wear but I'm just lacking creativity. 

5. Be Different
Here's a little Story time with Syd Syd: I really found my love for fashion and decided that was what I wanted to do when I was in my junior year of high school. I wanted a new purse but I had no money so my mom gave me her gently used two toned mustard yellow purse from Aldo (another example of how quality does not mean expensive). It had a shoulder strap so I could carry it that way, cross body, or as an actual handbag. When I carried it to school my friends laughed at me as they said it was weird, too big, this and that and it made me a little self conscious when I carried it. We went on a school band trip and a bunch of moms on the trip stopped me and asked where I got my purse from because they loved it. Some of them being the moms of my friends who laughed at me. True story. I realized that the reason my friends laughed at me wasn't because my purse was ugly or anything, but because it was different. The moral here is to not let what others think of you and your decisions influence what you do. Someone wise once said "We don't need no hateration, holleration in this dancerie". Do you boo. 

What are your favorite style tips?

Ciao for now!
spooki syd👻

Fall Faves

October 1, 2016

Ah, fall. What a time to be spooki. The minute I feel a chill around the September time frame I feel like the guy with the pumpkin head on.
So spooki.

Fall is my favorite season for many reasons including the fashion, beauty products, weather, and accustomed flavors and smells. What better way to start off this spooki season than with some of my favorite things and a lil giveaway?

Many of my fall favorites were mentioned in my Thrift Post, so I'm not going to repeat them but share some of the things I've had my eye on.

I've kept a close watch on these boots from Asos. They seem to be knockoff similar to the Stuart Weitzman ones.

I also really love the Esprit by Opening Ceremony collection. Let's be real though, I'd give a kidney to that brand; I'm obsessed with anything they come out with.

My favorite fall beauty products for fall are dark lips (like most people). My favorite ones of the month have been these ones from Colourpop
L to R: Notion, Love Bug, Prim, Lost, Frick N Frack, Tansy, Chateau
I've also really been loving this combo as well, it's the NYX SML in Transylvania topped off with Anastasia Beverly Hills lip gloss in Black Cherry

And also this Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick in Persimmon (it's described as a reddish coral on the website, but it's a true orange on my skin tone).

I created a little playlist of some songs I've been enjoying as of recently. We can call it a Spooki-list instead of a playlist amirite?? Shoot me some recommendations if you have anything you think I'd like

Film & Books:
My favorite movie of all time, Breakfast At Tiffany's, is back on Netflix this month so I'll definitely be watching that a good deal. I recently bought Capture Your Style by popular blogger Aimee Song and I 150% recommend it, especially if you're into strategic Instagram posting like myself (future PR girl problems).

Random Faves:
HARRY STYLES' MAGAZINE COVERS AND SPREAD FOR ANOTHER MAN (I told myself to not be dramatic about this and it literally was not possible for me to do so)

Opening Ceremony, Proenza Schouler, and Rodarte's SS17 NYFW collections

Niall Horan's new single

What are your favorite fall things??

Ciao for now,
spooki syd!👻

Casual Day in the Capitol (Sponsored by LuLaRoe Keisha Jarrett, Independent Fashion Consultant)

September 26, 2016

While this post was sponsored by a consultant of LuLaRoe, all opinions are my own. 

Hi friends, I hope you're all doing well!! Recently I was contacted by Keisha Jarrett, a consultant for the company LuLaRoe, about potentially doing blog post on the company. Of course I was thrilled and obliged! Here's a little about LuLaRoe and Keisha:

"LuLaRoe was established in May 2013 by owner, DeAnne Stidham, who has been in the retail business for over 20 years.  Named after granddaughters, LUcy, LoLA, and MonROE, LuLaRoe was created to help empower women while making money to support their families.   Watch DeAnne talk about this vision of hers at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLT3Ti_R2vA

I found LULAROE shortly after moving to Alabama from a 6-year assignment in Alaska.  I did not own much of anything that didn’t involve jeans, sweaters and boots. I was invited to an online “Maxi Skirt” party by a consultant in NY, Lisa Jones.  I ordered 3 maxi skirts and instantly fell in love.  I attempted to find a local consultant so I can expand my wardrobe for warmer weather and didn’t find a single one in Alabama or Georgia, Florida, Mississippi...  In fact, the only consultant east of the Mississippi River was Lisa, the one who I bought the 3 skirts from.  I called and chatted with her to inquire about what exactly was LULAROE…?  I have never wanted to sell anything – EVER.  Once I found out this was a brand new company with potential, I contacted the home office in California and submitted a consultant application. 

The concept behind a LULAROE home party, named “pop-up boutiques”, is simple.  The consultant brings her inventory and supplies (racks, bins, etc) and sets up a small boutique-style party where guests can try any and everything on and take their purchases home with them on the spot.  LULAROE does not carry catalogs because their patterns are unique and ever changing!  Generally, there are only 5,000 units created in one print – sold out to over 20,000 consultants – you can see where a favorite pattern becomes unique.  Customers are encouraged to snag up their favorite patterns before they are gone and/or hard to find. 

The majority of our styles are for women with styles for men and girls.  We have dresses, skirts, tops, tunics, leggings and more! Consultants have the freedom to choose the styles they’d like to carry within their inventory so it’s very common for woman to have more than one “go-to consultant” for variety! 

While in-home pop-up boutiques is my fun way to share the clothing, social media has brought selling LULAROE to another level.  Many consultants have Facebook groups from where they sell their inventory.  Another recent popular social media selling feature was the creation of “multi-consultant sales”.  This is where a group of 30 consultants (or so) come together and upload their items into a huge sale.  Customers can shop from over thousands of items.

Since I am still an active duty Soldier, I try to balance a combination of in-home and online sales.  I look forward toward military retirement when I can focus on my business full-time!"

As an avid online shopper, I love the convenience of being able to shop right from Facebook. The clothes I was sent are not only comfortable, but versatile as well. I love that I can dress them up or dress them all while still being comfortable. They offer a variety of clothing items in various prints, some being plain and some being super fun. I was sent the Cassie skirt, Amelia dress, the Classic T, and I already owned the Tween leggings.

I am absolutely in love with everything I was sent, so a huge thank you goes out to Keisha Jarrett. I recommend to everyone to check out Keisha's LuLaRoe Facebook page and be sure to join the group!

What are your favorite online stores?

Ciao for now!