Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Genius Lips


Have you tried Hourglass lip gloss? If you're not sure, you'd know by the unique packaging and idea behind the brand that I think is absolutely perfect for the girl on the go.
 These lip glosses are made flat-ish so that you can slip one undetected into your back pocket, or be able to fit it into the tiniest of clutches. If the long flat one doesn't work, they have other shapes as well to fit anyone's spacial budget.
I love the idea of the product. It is definitely a product that keeps most girl's needs and wants in mind. Not to mention the lip gloss is great! I have a ton of little clutches that I don't use because they are too small to fit anything in. Not all of their products are in convenient packaging, but they have a full makeup line. I really would love the bronzer because it is so flat and would be perfect for clutches. My face gets so shiny at parties that this would be great to have on hand as a touch up!

Have you tried Hourglass products? Do you think the design is great? (I was not compensated in anyway for this post-- I just think Hourglass is really neat!) Have a fabulous day!
Yours,
sCe

Monday, January 30, 2012

Scouted


Has anyone seen the E! show called Scouted (Mondays at 10pm ET)? It's a somewhat new reality show with the basis of models being scouted on the streets. I've caught it a few times, and I really don't love it, but I think the thought of being scouted and becoming a model is such a fun thought!

Here's an excerpt from the show on YouTube that you can watch if you want to get the gist of it. Anyway, the reason I am posting about this show is because a character said something that got me thinking. It was one of the men that worked for a modeling agency and the newly scouted model didn't want them to cut her long hair to a short bob. The show played this off as the model not caring about modeling enough and that she was being too difficult. The guy that worked at the modeling agency said, "If Marc Jacobs told you to shave your head, would you?" The model in training said no. Everyone was appalled at her answer and acted as though they would do anything that someone "famous" told them to do.
Here's the point: Sometimes, to get to a certain point in your career you have to make sacrifices. Even during high school and college this theory applies. I have stayed in many weekends during college so I can assure that I am getting all of my work and studying done. I've worked for companies unpaid just to get the experience. It's all about sacrifice to get you to something that you really want. However, I thought that this situation crossed the line. Yes, I think it would be amazing to be a high fashion model or fashion designer and that these models that have been scouted are getting a huge break. But, if someone told me that I needed to change something about my body just to have that career or just to fit in, I would tell them to hit the road. After seeing that excerpt of the show, I put myself in that model's position: I love my hair and it is one of my favorite attributes about myself, why should I shave my head just to give Marc Jacobs what he wants for one shoot. Yeah, hair will grow back, I get it, but to me, no one is that "famous" and amazing that I would do anything to please them.

What do you think about sacrificing and this situation? Would YOU shave your head if Marc Jacobs told you to? Have a fabulous day!
Yours,
sCe

Friday, January 27, 2012

Survival Kits

No, not your average first aid kit or survival kit to get you through being stranded in the wilderness. These are a little more practical and hail from MsandMrs.com

I can't remember where I heard about these, maybe it was Southern Living? I'm not sure but they're super cute and definitely functional. The Dorm Survival Kit would be a perfect graduation gift.
Some come in adorable colored pouches. I carry a pouch similar to this but it  is a lot bigger. This would be perfect for a smaller clutch/purse.
From Advil to bandaids, Blistex to clear nail polish, this Minimergency kits have you covered. They also have versions for bridal parties, athletes, and moms.

Have you heard of these? Do you own one? Have a fabulous weekend! (I was not compensated in any way for this post).
Best,
sCe

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Giveaway; E. Olsen Monogram Bow


I'll take one of each please! Seriously how cute are these bows? I can't tell you how in love I am with them! They are made by Emily from E Olsen Designs. She has the cutest Etsy shop and has a real talent for adorable monogrammed bows!
You can have your sorority letters embroidered, pick your choice of seersucker (she also has other printed bows as well... like PLAID!). And then you can even pick your thread color! Thanks to the wonderful Emily, one luck Summer Wind reader gets their very own E Olsen Designs monogrammed hairbow! I think it would be so much fun to get it in school colors and wear it to football and basketball games. Or it makes a great Valentines Day gift to give or receive! Here are the rules and entry options! This is my first time using Rafflecopter so bear with me while I work out the kinks! Good luck to All!
**EDIT To enter, you have to click "read more" and then wait a few seconds for the Rafflecopter widget to load to enter. I apologize about the inconvenience but this will make it SO much easier and much more time efficient to choose a winner! 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Twistbands


Have you noticed these different looking hair ties in ponytails recently? I wanted to know what the buzz was all about. Enter Twistbands. They are supposed to be better than the average hair tie and not give your hair a dent.
Well, believe it or not, they actually work. I wore mine out for the night and my hair did not have a dent in it when I took my pony out. They are definitely worth trying out. One Twistband costs less than a coffee at Starbucks! However, with shipping costs, I'd definitely stock up. They also come in 3 and 6 packs which save you money. The only issue I have with them is that they stretch out super fast. I have extremely thick hair and one Twistband kept my hair in a ponytail but it felt loose. So now I wear two to ensure a tight feeling. Have you tried Twistbands? What do you think?
Have a fabulous day!
Yours
sCe

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Knock Knock: Housekeeping


I've decided to do a bit of Summer Wind housekeeping so please, bear with me. First order of business?

E-mail (SummerWind41490@gmail.com)

I LOVE receiving e-mails. It seriously makes my day! Recently, I've been noticing a lot of time sensitive e-mails. It usually takes me around 5 days after I receive a blog related e-mail to respond so if it is something that needs answering ASAP, then go ahead and put "TIME SENSITIVE" in the subject. That way I can respond to you quickly!
Really, the best way to ask a question is on the Summer Wind Facebook page or the Summer Wind Tumblr page.


Facebook
Rumor has it that Blogger is doing away with Friend Connect. You know... the followers counter? To keep track of who follows my blog, and so I can follow your blog back, "like" Summer Wind on Facebook! If you have a blog page on Facebook and I don't follow, let me know and I'll be sure to "like"  your page! It's a great way to keep in touch!


Comments
Just like e-mails, I LOVE comments. I have been getting questions in the comments section as well and the only way I can think to answer the questions is in the comments section of each post. So if you ask a question in the comments, be sure to check back for an answer (I'm going to try to remember to do this for every post!).


Social Media Outlets
I never announced that I was on Pinterest so I get a lot of questions regarding that! Here are links to all of the social media sites I am on.
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest (I don't pin much though!)
  • Tumblr
  • Instagram: SummerWind41490 (I am OBSESSED with Instagram!)
  • Polyvore
  • Currently Obsessed (I'm somewhat new to this.. It's basically a place where I can keep a file of things that I'm loving.. like clothes/jewels/shoes/etc.  complete with links to the actual website where you can make purchases) To access Currently Obsessed, you need a code... my code is Summer_WindObsessed 
I guess I'm pretty social...Maybe a little too social? Nahhh..  What networks are you on? Have a fabulous day!
Yours,
sCe

Monday, January 23, 2012

Dresses on the Mind


With lots of events coming up this semester, I have dresses on the mind. From semi-formals to my sorority's formal to fraternity formals, my 22nd birthday (YIKES!), horse races and even graduation, I have way more than several occasions to sport a fancy frock. I have been scouring websites to find the perfect dresses. Here are some I've bookmarked so far... let me know which ones you like!
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Valentine's Day/Sorority Semi Formal
I love this one. The neutral fabric is great because it can be worn in fall/winter/spring. Plus the sequined cuffs add a fun touch and a wrap dress creates a flattering silhouette for any figure. I would definitely do a nude pump and a bold lip with this dress!
Senior Reception/Birthday
I love this dress. It could be dressed up or dressed down, worn with or without tights, and is seasonally versatile. Plus the inexpensive price doesn't hurt either. However, I can just picture my mother saying that it looks like a sack dress and she hates when I wear those types of dresses. The ruffles are just too hard to resist though!
Sorority/Fraternity Formal and for Prom goers
 Okay, so this dress is totally out of my price range but I just had to include it. I love the blue hue and the cut of the dress looks stunning. I love wearing floor length gowns for both my formal and bEw's formal because honestly, how many times a year do you get to wear a gown? Of course, I'm usually only one of a handful of girls that does this-- most girls wear short cocktail dresses but when most of the guys are wearing tuxes and the title of the event is called "formal" I just can't help but immediately resort to wearing a floor length dazzler.
Sorority/Fraternity Formal and for Prom goers
This J. Crew gown has a much friendlier price tag. I really like dark dresses. Last year for bEw's formal, I wore a black dress and pearls for a classic look.  
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Semi-formal/ Senior Reception/Birthday
I love this color. This would be so perfect for late spring with a tan! I picture it with gold earrings and a gold cuff and nude heels. Plus, you could definitely re-wear this with black tights and TB flats around Christmas time! 
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Anything and Everything
I am OBSESSED with the LP Sunshine dress in black garden lace. It is so flattering and the dip in the back is so fun. The silhouette creates a very classic look. Definitely needs to be worn with pearls! I mean this is about as versatile as you can get!
Graduation/Horse Races
Another Lilly favorite.
Will you be a dress wearing lady this winter/spring? Which dresses have you picked out? Have a fabulous day!
Yours, 
sCe

Friday, January 20, 2012

Weekend Shots


me and cCm at the Georgetown VV
I posted a little about my trip to D.C. previously, but I wanted to share some other fun shots! We went sight-seeing, we ate great food and did lots of shopping. Of course no trip was complete without a stop to Vineyard Vines. Not to mention a stop at J.McLaughlin where Stephanie at Prepfection and I literally ran into each other! It is too funny that I saw her there because that is where we met back in November!
One night we didn't have reservations and it was getting late. We stayed at the Mayflower and wanted something that we could walk to. Well, we ended up at the Daily Grill. It was fabulous. It honestly might have been one of the best meals I have ever had in my entire life. Not to mention our server was excellent and made for an even better dining experience. If you are ever in the D.C. area, I highly recommend the Daily Grill. There is one in Georgetown and then one near Dupont Circle and they even offer take-out. We got several appetizers and my main course was the Salmon Farfalle pasta. I dream about this meal.
We went to several of the Smithsonians. My favorite is the air and space. As you can see from above, cCm loved it too.
We got a private tour of the FBI in Quantico. It was really need to see the makings of an FBI agent. We even got to do a shooting simulator!
We were major tourists and saw the White House decked out for Christmas. I had to take the requisite picture, I mean when in Rome, right?
Of course no trip was complete without a late lunch a the Tombs. They were also decked out in their Christmas decorations. Where do you go when you are in D.C. ? Have a fabulous day!
Yours,
sCe

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Customer Service Dissappointment



Remember at the very end of 2011 I posted about how much I love Gallery Leather's planners? Remember how I said they are the best? Well, they still are wonderful and I do still love the product. While it is wonderful quality, I will not be doing business with them. Ever again.

Here's a little back story. I placed my order on December 26th, fully paid for, but the website said that it wouldn't be shipped until January 6th. Well, my old planner had the future monthly planner so I figured I could hold off a bit. Well, January 6th rolled around and I never got a confirmation e-mail to confirm that my order had shipped. On January 9th, I e-mailed the contact information for Gallery Leather that they had listed on their website. I gave them my order number and asked them if my order had shipped and if not, if it will be shipped that day or tomorrow. I explained that I really needed my planner and was counting on the January 6 ship date.

Let me preface this next part by saying my e-mail was very friendly. All I got back from the company was a one sentence response. Not a hi, not a thank you for ordering, not an explanation but an "Your order has not shipped and should ship Friday". That is an entire WEEK after it was supposed to ship. I wouldn't care so much if this was a piece of clothing or anything else, but this is a planner. Something that I literally plan my life with and absolutely need. I was willing to spare a week without it, but this just made me annoyed.

I promptly replied asking if there was any way to hurry the shipping along because it clearly stated that the planner would be available on January 6th (still very polite). All I got back in response was "I will check tomorrow and see what they are able to do." The woman never followed up like she said so I sent her a follow-up e-mail asking if anything was able to be done about getting my planner to me sooner. There was nothing she could do.

I tried to be patient and hold  my tongue.

I waited FIVE more days. Finally I broke and sent another e-mail because I had STILL not received a shipping confirmation. I sent a polite yet stiff e-mail basically saying "what is going on with my order, I am extremely dissatisfied with the customer service I received and the false advertisement of the availability of your product."

All I get back is "your order was shipped out today". That's it.  No apology, no rectifying the situation in any way, no saving face. Not even an explanation. NOTHING.

Well I hate to say this, because Gallery Leather does offer a good quality product and I've gotten very used to it over the years, however, I am going to need to find a new planner come 2013. Sorry Gallery Leather but you lost a loyal customer.

Have you ever had something like this happen? Do you shop companies after you read a complaint? Isn't it so disappointing? I felt like I had to say something especially after I wrote such high praises about them previously-- I don't want anyone to think I promote this kind of terrible customer service!! Well, that's my rant for today! I promise no ranting tomorrow!! Have a fabulous day!
Yours,
sCe

New Years Eve Recap


I forgot to bring home the cord for my camera while I was home on Christmas break so I wasn't able to upload pictures until recently. I wanted to share about my New Years Eve experience because it was just too much fun! I packed my bags and headed to bEw's house in D.C. and we then headed to the J.W. Marriott right near the White House with some other friends for a celebration.
I was loving that we got the corner room so we had a huge window overlooking the Willard Hotel. 
 The boys getting all suited up in their New Years best. 
bEw and I.
AS and HN. 
Getting ready for the countdown. We went to the Mellon Auditorium and it was the best time! I would definitely return next year.
Isn't the venue gorgeous? There were 4 bar areas and then a huge dance floor with many high tables surrounding the venue. Definitely an elegant but super fun event. We also loved that everyone was around our age and there were bands and DJs!
Dancing the night away.
bEw wore a High Cotton Ties bowtie!
Happy New Year!
Have a fabulous day!
Yours,
sCe

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Jack Wills: University Outfitter


Georgetown Jack Wills (these are shot glasses!)
As I have blogged about previously, I met my parents in D.C. for a long weekend right after finals week to shop, eat, play. Well, of course we had to do some damage in Georgetown. We went to all the staples, you know, Vineyard Vines, Rugby, Kate Spade, Brooks Brothers and... Jack Wills. I had seen the storefront in August however, I didn't go in. I just spied the Jack Wills adorable navy and pink striped car.
So cute, right?
I didn't know much about the brand, but as soon as I walked into the store, I knew Jack Wills was a new favorite. The store is decorated with a hodgepodge of Rugby themed items and their famous bold navy and pink stripes. There was a huge preppy vibe but on the women's floor, there was also a touch of glamor with lace and sparkly things. The shot glass wall as seen at the top of this post was just a small touch that definitely lent to a university feel. Well, Molly at Jack Wills sent me the most gorgeous blazer... ever. I mean seriously this blazer is the blazer to end all blazers.
 These are the buttons.  I love that they secretly say Jack Wills but no one else can really tell! This also gives you a close up to the fabric. Nice, heavy wool.
I love that the inside lining is their signature navy and pink stripe. It makes it super hard to resist not to roll up the sleeves.
So fun, right?
My second favorite part is that the underside of the collar is pink! I mean come on, these little details are just icing on the cake! 
This blazer is called the Renshaw boyfriend blazer. It seems that it is no longer available on the website, but I'm sure you could track it down in a store if you wanted to. Just from this blazer I can already tell that this is a new go-to shop. The fit of this blazer is outstanding. It is fitted and definitely true-to-size although if you want to wear a super heavy sweater underneath, I'd size up. I'm very impressed with the quality and was pleasantly surprised!
So a big thank you to Jack Wills for helping me to look fabulous in their pink and navy stripes!
Have you shopped JW? Almost everything on their site is on sale right now (we're talking prices around $25/$30ish plus you get an extra 10% off. Do you love it? What is your favorite piece? Have a fabulous day!
Yours, 
sCe

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

OOTDs


Here are some new OOTD's with my promise of starting to utilize my tripod... I've been doing really great with it-- However, I've been trying to find the best spot where the lighting is good, but that hasn't happened yet, so bear with me until I get the lighting just right!
Red Top: Forever21
Denim: Ralph Lauren 
Knot Button Cardigan: Talbots
Boots: Dan Post
Fur vest: Nordstrom
Over-sized Cable Knit: Ralph Lauren 
Black Cords: Talbots
This is a further away shot but it turned out blurry. I am loving my new fur vest. It is SO versatile. It was cold so I wanted something super comfortable but I felt too frumpy in just my over-sized sweater so I added the fitted vest for a nicer look.
OCBD: Ralph Lauren 
Denim: Ralph Lauren 
Loafers: Bass Weejuns 
Scarf: Santa
A little Summer Wind LOL moment. I wore this outfit on my second day of classes. So they were all new classes with new classmates. Well, this class was at 5:00pm and lasted for over an hour. Previous to heading to class I was snacking on carrots and garlic hummus. Apparently I dropped a big gob of hummus and it fell into my scarf. I had no idea at all and went on my merry way to class. When I walked into class I kept smelling garlic and thinking that one of my classmates had been cooking before they came to class and just smelled of garlic. Well, the smell never went away. When I got home, I promptly changed into workout clothes when I noticed the huge gob of hummus caked into my scarf. It was me that was stinking like garlic. Ew. Apologies to my classmates for having to smell me all class. 
 So last random thought of this post. I love carbonated drinks. I love champagne, diet coke, gin and tonics, seltzer water, etc. Well, all of those drinks are not necessarily very healthy. I've been cutting back on the diet coke majorly but sometimes I just need something fizzy. Well, I have turned to club soda with a sprinkle of lemonade Crystal light. It makes for a low calorie, delicious drink! Has anyone else tried this? Have a fabulous day!
Yours, 
sCe


Friday, January 13, 2012

Crystal Catcher


I have been wanting a valet tray for some time now, however, sometimes they look too manly. This crystal "catch all" is actually a wine coaster that I got from Lenox. However, I saw it as a different purpose. I now use this next to my nightstand at home  to house all of the things I like to have next to my bed. It goes really well with the crystal lamp and ring holder so I think it's a winner.
What do you think? Do you experiment with using different things for different purposes? Have a fabulous day!
Yours,
sCe
 

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