Friday, October 30, 2015

What I wore and Cute DNA Necklace by Eclectic Eccentricity Jewelry!

Hi Guys!
Happy Halloween!
Today I bring you an outfit post of what I wore to #FabDILab event last weekend (recap coming early next week along with the winner of the Firmoo Giveaway!), and a really cute necklace that I want to showcase!
#FabDILab blogger conference was a great time, I learned so much, and I decided to wear this really cute Chambray dress that I bought myself from Charlotte Russe. It was nice because it was casual but still chic and could easily dress it up with heels! I decided to go with gold accessories, and it was the perfect opportunity to wear my Eclectic Eccentricity Paired for Life Double Helix DNA Necklace that I received and fell in love with! What a better opportunity to represent my blog at the conference and to stand out than a DNA necklace that is super cute!
I went to their site, eclecticeccentricity.com to look at their necklaces and they were all SO CUTE! I couldn't pick just one favorite! I adored their unique take on accessory main pieces! Everything was science and space themed, I wish I could have everything! From dinosaurs, to planets, to space ships, to DNA, to moon dust, to special element rocks, everything was so unique and beautiful!
The Double Helix DNA necklace is really great, it is a brass double helix pendant along with a small red Cherry Quartz and another quartz and hematite cubes on a gold plated chain! DNA is the basis of our entire world and being, so this is a really cute necklace to showcase the importance of science!



Dress: Chambray, Charlotte Russe | Accessories: Bangle: Chartlotte Russe, Earrings: Charlotte Russe; Necklace: Eclectic Eccentricity Paired for Life Double DNA Helix

I really liked this outfit, especially with the necklace and gold accessories, and I loved these shoes I have previously worn in another outfit (see post here). I really like how they are big heels but they are actually really comfortable to walk in, and they make my legs look really long! (which is great since I have short legs!). 

What do you think about this necklace? I think this science theme jewelry company is SO SO cute and what an amazing idea!

Do let me know what you think in the comments below!

xo
Andrea





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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

How to style a scarf as a main piece - Jordanian Scarf and Zara Jeans

Hello!
It's been a hectic week and weekend, super busy with work and a blogger event (recap post coming soon!) and hanging out with long lost friends (my college roommate was in town so I got to see her for a halloween party in hollywood!). It was so nice because I hadn't seen my friend in 3 years, so it was really convenient to see her! I went to a halloween party at a club in Hollywood hosted by IronMan Magazine, it was a rather busy day because I went to a blogging event #FabDILab in Santa Monica (outfit post to come!), got home, quickly changed into a makeshift halloween costume, and headed out! I managed to develop a small cold too, I think from constantly being on the go and not allowing my body to rest! So I took yesterday off and worked from home. It was a nice little break.

The weather in LA has recently gotten a little cooler, so I'm pretty happy we have somewhat of a fall (but I am still in shorts during the day). On one of the cooler days I decided to wear this outfit I wore to lab, with my Zara skinny jeans and a plain white tank top from Forever21. Since it was a little chilly, I covered up using this beautiful scarf I received as a gift from my boyfriend's wonderful mother from Jordan. It was gorgeous!!! I fell in love with it and the pattern, it is totally fall! Matched with my black ankle booties from Target (Brand: Sam & Libby), I thought it was the perfect fall outfit that could be worn to work or out to dinner, drinks, whatever! Sorry for the multiple photos, I loved this shoot and couldn't decide on just a few photos to post!
Scarf: Gift from Jordan | Tank top: Forever 21 | Jeans: Zara | Boots: Target, Sam&Libby | Plain 10k gold Hoop earrings, Gift | Clutch: Aldo

What do you think about this simple outfit? I really love how easily I put it together but it is still super stylish! The scarf was a great addition, and you can easily use any other large scarf as a cover up! Matched with a simple top and jeans, what a perfect outfit for a cool (warm) fall day in LA!

What are you wearing this fall? Are there any trends you are into right now? Let me know in the comments below!

I have also been trying to grow my instagram following, as after the blogging event I went to this weekend they said Instagram is the new *thing* people are into - so if you haven't already please follow me on INSTAGRAM!

xo

Andrea


P.S. remember: I have a Firmoo giveaway going on still It ends Friday! Be sure to enter HERE!!






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Monday, October 19, 2015

Mission Pink Event - Breast Cancer Awareness with Susan G. Komen and The Outlets at Orange

Happy Monday!

Last week I was invited by my blogger friend Samira from Stylemesamira.com to attend an event at the Outlets at Orange in Orange, CA (outside of LA, Orange county) to raise awareness and funds for Breast Cancer with the Susan G. Komen Foundation through out the entire month of October, called "Mission Pink" (#MissionPink). I'm sure you have heard that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and a lot of people have been donning pink (or some purple) in support.

Ever since I was in high school, I was taking part of "Team Walk for Cancer Care" in my hometown, and we would fundraise and walk every year for Cancer research and awareness. As a graduate student and scientist working on biochemistry research, I am fully supportive of raising awareness and funds for research for breast cancer - a particularly tough disease that affects more people than you would expect. Did you know that one case of breast cancer is diagnosed every two minutes?! The statistics are astonishing, and while I do not directly do breast cancer research, laboratories need funding in order to make the breakthroughs and finding cures! Basic research (and translational research) is so important in determining mechanisms and proteins involved in disease pathology, that government cuts in funding are only pushing us back in eventually finding cures.

Simon, the parent corporation for the Outlets at Orange, set up several events throughout the month to raise funds, with a guaranteed donation minimum of $250,000 (Score! Do you know how much research that can fund?!?! Amazing!) to fund research and "support women, men and families suffering from breast cancer, and move toward a world with no breast cancer," said Dr. Judy Salerno, Komen President and CEO.

The event I went to was a Mission Pink - Yelp Elite Combined event, with a cool fashion show in which models from various retailers at the Outlets displayed pops of pink color to show their support in Mission Pink. There was free food, music, open bar, and various raffles and contests to win free stuff! It was rather cool! There was also a "wall of strength," in which a $1 donation, survivors, families and friends wrote their message of strength on a laminated "brick" and posted their picture.


Not only during this event but throughout the rest of the month the Wall of Strength is on display outside of the AMC Court (where this event was held), that has a pink display and randomly selected shoppers will be surprised with Mission Pink treats! So get shopping! There is also a voucher program going on, where $10 voucher cards are available, that will offer 25% off one item at participating retailers and all (100%!!) of proceeds will benefit Komen. How great.

Do I think that there will ever be a single cure-all for cancer? No. But I do believe in personalized medicine, which can target each person's unique case, as no two cases of cancer are identical. This is already in effect for various types of cancer, and would be wonders to target different cases of breast cancer. If we have the money to do this research, we can cure breast cancer. We can turn this into a world with no cancer! The government just has to prioritize where the funding should go - but until then, we can all contribute to funding for breast cancer research.

Info on The Outlets at Orange if you are in the LA area:
www.theoutletsatorangelc.om, twitter: @outletsatorange and facebook.com/outletsatorange.

All opinions are 100% by me, I was not paid to write this post, but invited to the event and felt it is important to spread the word!

Do let me know your thoughts. Have you or a loved one been affected by breast cancer or any other type of cancer? Do you wish more funding went towards research? Have you been to any other events for breast cancer awareness this month? Let me know in the comments below!

Have a great week ahead!

xo
Andrea

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P.P.S. remember: I have a firmoo giveaway going on still! Be sure to enter HERE!!

P.P.P.S. I have opened an Amazon aStore in which you can shop hand-picked items from Amazon including jewelry and fashion! I will only make a percentage of referral sales and all proceeds will go towards supporting this blog! Check it out by clicking on the SHOP link in the navigation bar! Thanks!


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Thursday, October 15, 2015

My New Glasses and Firmoo Giveaway!

Hi Loves!
I never had to wear glasses before, but with all the time I spend in front of the computer with blogging and work as well as being on my phone a lot, I have been getting a lot of headaches and migraines. I went to get my eyes checked because I noticed that my eyes would start to hurt and then I would have a cluster headache behind my eye. I went and got my eyes checked and I found out I have astigmatism and a very slight slight prescription, and also because of how much time I spend in front of a screen, the more tired my eyes get from having to focus constantly. So, I decided to get glasses to do the work for me when my eyes get tired, so my prescription is slight but it has drastically helped with my headaches and it is awesome!! Just goes to show you how slight changes in your lifestyle can affect you!

Well, anyway, a few months ago I was contacted by Firmoo Optics to test out a pair of their glasses and they gifted me a pair, and since I hadn't updated my prescription yet (I hadn't gotten my eyes checked then), I used an old prescription and while they still work for my eyes they are a little straining. You can see that post from April HERE. So with my updated prescription I bought a new pair (with my own money) and found an even more fashionable pair that I am in love with and am currently wearing as I type this post! The total cost was around $30 because there was a sale going on and they offer free lenses! Which is awesome because at the optometrist it was $60 for lenses and then super expensive frames! Firmoo gives free lenses and a couple of free add ons, or cheap add ons like glare removal, etc., and the frames are super stylish, durable and cheap!

Here is my look with these dark rimmed glasses with some gold accents! There is also a touch of purple on the frames which is awesome! Keep reading below for a chance to get your own pair from Firmoo for free (Giveaway!)


Would you like to get a pair of Firmoo's glasses for free? Well, then enter the giveaway below for your chance!

You can select your favorite pair of Firmoo glasses with free shipping to US from this page HERE. There is a HUGE selection of really cute frames! It will be hard to choose just one!
Glasses include the frames and standard 1.5 index single vision lenses, with upgrades and add-ons for an extra fee. 

Enter in the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win your favorite pair! The giveaway will end 14 days from today!

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Goodluck and have a great weekend! #TGIF!

xo
Andrea





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Monday, October 12, 2015

Conference Style Guide: What kind of Handbag to bring to a Conference

Hi loves!
Since I have been to so many conferences this past year (and still on planning on going to a few more before I graduate), I have become experienced with what kinds of bags work or don't work for carrying your things at conferences without sacrificing style!
I am coorganizing a symposium at the ASBMB 2016 Meeting in San Diego in April, and hopefully attending another conference or two by the summer - so there are a lot of opportunities to network but so many opportunities to be stylish as well!

What do you usually carry with you at a conference?

- The conference schedule/handbook (some conferences have changed to an app with all the info - super useful and less things to carry around!)
- Your laptop or iPad (I have found that an iPad has the same power as a laptop for conference purposes, browser, messaging, sending emails, reading papers, tweeting about the conference, etc! and it isn't as heavy!)
- Your Camera (DSLR, for bloggers!) - This can get really heavy, so I only brought one lens with me that I would use (you can bring two, but I would only bring two max!). You can always use your iPhone to snap some photos too, which is handy now that the newer iPhones have really great cameras! Just make sure you have great lighting.
- A backup external battery and charging cords - this is a MUST! Sitting though talks something might interest you, so you want to look it up, or you read a certain paper, or visit a certain site, etc., and all of a sudden your battery on your iPad, iPhone, etc. is drained! and it's only noon! Not enough time to go back to the hotel, so you should make sure you bring your charging cords with you to plug in. Some conferences are good about having charging stations, others don't, and if you are traveling internationally, make sure you bring a universal adaptor to change the voltages and plugs! An external battery that takes usb cords has been a life saver for me, and I have found a good one on Amazon that holds a charge for A WHILE - let me know if you want to know which one, I'd be happy to share it!
- A snack - an apple, granola bar or energy bar, etc. - Sometimes conferences don't provide meals so you have to fend for yourself and buy a way overpriced salad or sandwich from the conference concessions. If you will have enough time for a lunch break, then pack some snacks to hold you over until lunch time or dinner time so you don't have to spend money on unhealthy and overpriced items!
- A pen and some business cards. Even in this digital era, a business card is still important. Names and email addresses get lost in the digital world, so having a physical business card will link your face to the name and contact information. I know that I have remembered people because of their cards versus just writing down their email address! And if your digital devices fail, you have the contact info!

Since you can see there are a lot of things I bring with me to a conference, this calls for a big bag that can get heavy. I shy away from bringing a backpack mainly because I don't like the style, but you can always find a fashionable backpack to bring if you'd like. But here are my picks for what I would bring to a conference, and all are affordable! You don't have to spend 1000$ on a briefcase or an expensive bag!

The recurring theme with my selections: A big black leather tote! Nude totes also work or white, but I personally like black, mainly because I can match it with whatever outfit I am wearing more easily.

From Forever21:
 


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Thursday, October 8, 2015

How to Style an Elegant Dress - LURAP Gown

Greetings!
The science gods are smiling at me and are bringing good research vibes to me, finally, after toiling and stressing about experiments not working all last month! So I am in a pretty good mood after a successful hump day :)
Today I bring you another outfit post on how I styled an elegant dress I received from LURAP.com - that stands for L-ove UR AP-pearance, which I think is pretty clever! It is a customizable outfit site, similarly to other sites I've come across and worked with, like eShakti. They have so many cute elegant and stylish dresses, and I was very pleased with the price range! I had a really hard time deciding what piece to review, because there were so many options! Since it is fall (although in LA it still feels like summer), I decided to go with a wine colored dress. I picked this "My All Time Fav Gown," (which you can check out HERE) that was originally displayed as a royal blue (which is gorgeous!!), but I already have a couple of blue dresses. I was really digging the high neck and sleeveless gathered bodice look of the dress, as it looks so flattering on the site. As you can see, the high neck has pleats that fall into a gathered waist bodice, and the rest of the dress just falls flowingly and beautiful! This dress and the gathered waist really accentuates my curves and I am in love!
Since I could customize the dress, I picked my size based on my measurements (they have a handy size guide), and I decided to not go with a floor length gown, but instead go for knee length style and gave them my height (5' 2") so they could more exactly tailor it to my height (which is awesome! YAY!). If you read my last post about maxi dresses for petite girls, you can tell I'm a little nervous to wear floor length dresses, at least elegant fancy dresses, so this dress length was just perfect! (Anyway, I don't think I would have anywhere fancy enough to wear a floor length gown, so the knee length is perfect to wear for a special occasion or a wedding!
The back of the dress zipped up all the way to the neck and can be hard to zip depending on the type of bra you are wearing. I was wearing a more padded Victoria's Secret Bra at first and realized it wouldn't zip up, but I switched to a normal type bra and it was completely fine! So as with all pieces of clothing, test them out with different types of bras! That's my one tip!

www.lurap.com is a great site, and they have various deals like Buy two dresses get one free site wide, which is awesome! If you have a special event to go to definitely check out their dresses as you can get a great deal on a custom piece!

Dress: c/o Lurap.com | Heels: Steve Madden | Accessories: Clutch: Aldo | Sunglasses: Mango | Bracelets: Gift

To accessorize this elegant dress, I paired darker accessories like black Steve Madden Heels I have had for some time now, a Gray/Gold clutch from Aldo, and paired my favorite Mango Sunglasses along with some random bracelets!

What do you think about this outfit? Have you tried any customized outfit sites? Would you order a similar dress? Do you think it is flattering on me or should I have gone with a maxi length gown? Do let me know in the comments below!

Hope you have a great rest of your week (TGIalmostF!)!!

xo
Andrea


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