Merry Christmas

12.25.2013


Just wanted to quickly wish everyone a Happy Holiday, no matter who you are. 
Watch the inspirational video above, it's very special and personal to me, so spread it around.

Love,
Alexandra

black & navy

11.13.2013




Sweater: Michael Kors via TJ Maxx; similar
Jeans: Gap (old)
Booties: Madden Girl via Marshall's (old)
Lipstick: Black Cherry by Revlon
Sunglasses: Steve Madden via TJ Maxx (old)

Shout out to my amazing roommate Ali for encouraging my shopping addiction and talking me into buying this sweater. I am really lacking navy in my wardrobe for some reason, but I absolutely love the classic color. I especially love navy and black paired together (again, shout out to Ali for reminding me - she is the best).  I know some people say that black and navy don't go together, but I could not disagree more. Black and navy were made for each other.
I'm wearing my absolute favorite lipstick (as seen here) that seems to go with every outfit I put together these days. I never used to be that big into lipstick, but recently I just can't buy enough. 

What are your favorite fall color combinations? 

xx Alexandra

best dressed: CMAs 2013

11.07.2013

Miranda Lambert
via Getty Images


Taylor Swift
via Oceanup.com


Carrie Underwood
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Lucy Hale
popcrush.com


I love awards shows because I can't get enough of the dresses on the red carpet. Carrie Underwood stunned in about 50 outfit changes last night (exaggeration), but she was by far the best dressed in that gorgeous, beaded dress. Connie Britton looked incredible as well but I could not find a good enough picture to put up on here.

Who was your best dressed last night??

xx Alexandra





revlon: black cherry

11.05.2013




Lipstick: Revlon, "Black Cherry"

 So I got this new lipstick and couldn't wait to do an outfit post with it, so I am doing a post dedicated to this lipstick. It's such a great, dark shade for the colder months and I've been looking for a shade like this for a while now that would match with my skin tone. I'm soo happy I found this color! 

What are your favorite lipstick colors? Name them!

xx Alexandra

going blonde

11.04.2013



So, I have decided I want to go blonde over Thanksgiving. I always wanted to try out the hair color, but I always thought that with my skin tone, it would look horrible. But when Kim Kardashian recently went blonde, I started seriously thinking about just going for it. I feel like women with darker skin tones, like myself, often cannot pull off blonde, but the pictures in this post prove otherwise, don't you think? Obviously Beyonce can pull anything off, but...why not give it a try?

What do you guys think?

xx Alexandra

creme de la creme

10.21.2013


Sweatshirt: Etsy
Jeans: Seven via TJ Maxx
Shoes: Tobi
Lipstick: Revlon "Red Revival"

Hey guys! I've been wanting the "Creme de la Creme" sweatshirt by Zoe Karssen for sooo long now, but spending $150 on a sweatshirt is not my style. Instead, I found this one on etsy for way less than the original. Etsy is an amazing place to find knock-off t-shirts and handmade jewelry for amazing prices (like this one here). 
I hope you guys enjoy this look! As always, leave your thoughts in the comments below.

xx Alexandra

recently acquired

10.16.2013

Recently Bought



Knock-off Zoe Karssen Sweatshirt: Etsy
Converse High-Tops: Nordstrom
Mini Skirt with Zip: Zara

Here are this week's new purchases! I'm so excited to show you guys how I'll wear them in upcoming posts!

xx Alexandra


OCTOBER WISHLIST

10.10.2013

October Wishlist

October Wishlist by alexandrarosaria featuring a butter london nail polish


Hey guys! These are some of the items I'm coveting this month. I am absolutely loving those moto-jeggings and the oxblood nail polish. Now I just need to stop spending money on shoes so I can buy real clothes!!

What are your fall wishlist items?

xx Alexandra

BEST DRESSED: EMMY AWARDS 2013

9.24.2013

Getty Images/Jason Merritt
Rose Byrne in Calvin Klein


Getty Images
Allison Williams in Ralph Lauren


Getty Images
Kate Mara in J. Mendel


Getty/Jason Merritt
Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang


Getty/Frazer Harrison
Kerry Washington in Marchesa


Getty/Frazer Harrison
Clare Danes in Armani Prive


Getty/Steve Granitz
Christina Hendricks in Christian Siriano



These are my picks for the best dressed at the Emmys this year - and in no particular order! Some of the trends we saw on the red carpet were black and white (always a classic), pastels, and several red gowns. I absolutely love the simplicity of Rose Byrne's pastel pink gown and Allison William's gorgeous cobalt blue gown. Kate Mara blew me away - she was one of the only stars who had a major fashion moment on the red carpet on Sunday. Sofia Vergara always looks flawless, and some people dislike that she always goes for a mermaid-style gown. But it WORKS for her, and she looks stunning every red carpet. Clare Danes and Kerry Washington look so beautiful and ethereal in their light-colored embellished gowns. Christina Hendricks looked the best she has ever looked in her Christian Siriano Gown. Her large chest has always seemed to be an issue with fit (and I know how she feels), but this gown fits her top half perfectly.

I hope you guys enjoyed the Emmy red carpet! Who was your favorite? Who was on your worst dressed list?

Let me know in the comments! 

xx Alexandra

MAKE-UP MUST HAVES

8.28.2013

Make-Up Must Haves



So sorry for the lack of posts lately, guys. Classes just started back up this week and I spent last week moving into my new house at school - which is still in progress. I am so excited about being back at school with all my friends, but I have had no time to post! So, here is a quick post about the 5 beauty products I can't live without.

I do not wear much make-up, nor do I wear it often, so when I do I pick good quality products that aren't cakey or heavy. I don't wear real foundation; instead, I opt for this tinted moisturizer by Laura Mercier. I have an olive skin tone, which makes it SO hard to find foundations or moisturizers that match well, but this product in "Caramel" works so well and provides just enough coverage to smooth out my skin without being too heavy. 
I don't wear eyeshadow, I just wear a little bit of eyeliner and mascara. Smashbox has the best eye make up products and I will never use anything else. I use the smashbox eyeliner to do a subtle cat-eye line, and the Smashbox hyperlash mascara finishes off the eye by lengthening and thickening my lashes without leaving gross mascara chunks.
I use NARS bronzer in "Casino" and NARS blush in "Orgasm". Both amazing products that I couldn't imagine trading in for something else. 

So there ya have it! What are your make-up must haves?



FALL FRESH BOOTIES

8.21.2013

Fall Fresh Booties




Here are some of the booties I've been coveting for this coming fall. The Rag and Bone shoes are a TOTAL splurge that I will never make (probably) but I love them so much I honestly considered it for a minute or two. I love the burgundy/wine color of those and the Cole Haan booties (3). It's nice to add a pop of color in the Fall among all the neutrals that are all around. I'm actually more of a fan of booties than I am of tall boots. While I own a pair of amazing Steve Madden riding boots that I've had for about 7 years (crazy, right?!), I love the easy slip on style of booties. 

What boots are you guys craving for Fall? Let me know in the comments! 

x Alexandra

BRAIDED BUN

8.16.2013


This is a really easy and simple hairstyle that I wear when my hair is a little greasy or if I just feel like having it all neatly tucked back and out of my way. I love braids - they make it look you tried really hard when really it just takes a few seconds!

How to:

1. French braid a big section of your hair starting at the top of one ear and working towards the other ear.
2. Keep braiding past the ear and around the base of your neck until you reach the ear you started at.
3. Braid the rest of the loose hair and tie with a clear elastic.
4. Twist and tuck the loose braided part around the back of your head however you want and pin it in place
5. Voila!

I know these directions are a little bit confusing so if you have any questions or want a tutorial just comment or e-mail me!




SHOE ROUNDUP: ANKLE-STRAP HEELS

8.12.2013

This is just a quick post featuring my favorite shoe trend from the past few months: ankle strap heels. I love the simplicity of this style and they make it so easy to dress up an average outfit into something chic and stylish. I am yearning for a pair in nude but I've been trying to curb my shoe addiction...to no avail.

Are you guys fans of this trend?




NEW YORK CITY

8.07.2013



Yesterday my family, my boyfriend and I made the trip up to NYC to see my older sister's art show! I know the pictures that I took of her work are horrendous but she is so incredibly talented I had to make a post about it. This isn't really much of an outfit post because the art show ended up being at this super casual cafe, which was so cute and intimate. I wore my Zara skort and a light blue t-shirt. I was wearing my ankle-strap heels, but packed flats for walking around, so in pictures you'll see I'm wearing my cheetah print flats instead. 
Mitch, my boyfriend, had never been to NYC before so we obviously had to get the cheesy Times Square picture and walk around all night in the bright lights! We had so much fun and I wish we could have stayed longer.

If you would like to contact my sister about her art, e-mail jennalouisedanna@gmail.com



MAXXED OUT

8.06.2013


 Shirt: TJ Maxx (unknown brand) // Skirt: Max Studio via TJ Maxx // Shoes: Dolce Vita via TJ Maxx // Bag: Michael Kors via TJ Maxx // Ring: Lucky Brand via TJ Maxx

If you know me in person or read my blog at all, you know I get a large portion of my wardrobe from TJ Maxx. A lot of people are skeptical about places like TJ Maxx and Marshalls, but if you know how to look, you can find AMAZING items and for great prices. So, I decided to do an outfit post featuring an outfit made up of items ALL bought from TJ Maxx. Yes, even the two Michael Kors bags that have been featured in my posts before are from TJ (and for half the price of what they would cost in the MK store). The only thing not from TJ in this post is my necklace, which was given to me as a gift by my boyfriend. 

Anyway, I decided to put together a simple but adorable look using neutral pieces that you can mix and match with countless different outfits. Not to mention, most of this outfit contains staple pieces by well-known designers. Don't be afraid to search the racks at TJ Maxx and other places like it - because you will find AMAZING deals!