Category Archives: Fashion

UniVoxBox from Influenster


Every so often I am fortunate enough to get picked from the wonderful people at Influenster to receive one of their themed VoxBoxes. If you have never heard of them before then let me just fill you in on the wonderfulness that this company is!

Influenster is a company/community where everyday people can share their thoughts, opinions and even ask questions to the Influenster community on products, food, travel anything you can think of! When you think about it hasn’t there been a time where you weren’t sure about a product or even a restaurant and you wish you could know what others thought about it after trying it? I know I do on basically a daily basis and that is exactly what makes Influsentser so ingenious!

So when you are picked to receive a VoxBox they are filled with products that you would see in your local store but they are sent to you completely free and all you do is try it all and share your opinion with the Influenster community! This UniVoxBox was geared toward college students and products and items that makes our lives easier and products that help with our crazy and often hectic schedules! I have been using these fun products for about two weeks now and I have to say they are AWESOME!!!! From the fun lip color from NYC Cosmetics that give my lips a fun pop of color for spring (and I don’t have to keep reapplying) and the Blackberry Current Tea drops from Red Rose that I throw in my school bag and add to my water when I want some flavor its is all amazing (and being put to good use).

There will be more posts coming from me on the products in this box but I was so excited to share with all of you the fun stuff that I got and give you all a little insight into the Influenster community!

xoxo Val

Olay Fresh Effects

Hi everyone!!!! I hope you all are doing well, I am in cram mode at the moment (cue the panic!!) Yes it is that wonderful time of year where finals run my life and I become a hermit!! However I do like to take a moment regroup, step away from my computer and pamper myself and lately  I have been using my Olay Fresh Effects products to do that. I was first introduced to the line almost a year ago thanks to Influenster and since then I have been hooked. From their BB Creams, face wipes and moisturizers I use it all!

My most recent discoveries have been the new Out of This Swirl Face Cleanser which is this wonderfully creamy and refreshing face cleanser. I love that even though it contains little exfoliating beads to get all of that dead skin off and purify my skin it isn’t too harsh like some exfoliators can be.  They have three awesome scent but this one is the White Grapefruit and Green Tea which  I have to say makes my skin actually look like I am refreshed and have slept!



Also I should add that I have been blessed (or cursed) with oily skin..ugh! So finding a moisturizer that gives my skin the moisture that it does need but not make it look like I slathered my face with baby oil is really a challenge. Many of you may have seen their new Dew Over Gel Moisturizer which I cant even say enough wonderful things about. First I love that I don’t need a lot of it to hydrate my skin and it absorbs almost instantly, which is great for me since I don’t have a lot of time to primp. I mean lets be honest waiting around for your moisturizer to sink is boring and there a plenty of things we need to get done in our days! Also the invigorating scent of Honeysuckle and White tea doesn’t hurt either!



After a long day with my tired eyes I just want to relax and take some time to decompress after a day filled with school work. These recent finds of mine are their Everything Off facial wipes. They take off all the make up, dirt and gunk that has accumulated on my face during the day and really does just take it all off! Even if I am not wearing any makeup on a particular day, I will just use these to give my face a little refresher and a nice pick me up. I like to throw them in my bag if I know I am going to be out a while since they are relatively small and are resealable which means no spilling!


Hope you all enjoyed, I unfortunately  have to get back to studying (woo hoo!)  Talk to you all soon!!!

xoxo Val

Nordstrom Home


Fun colorful quilts will add a great pop to a couch or bedroom

Ottomans and pillow for either your bedroom or living room that really brighten up a space

Ottomans and pillow for either your bedroom or living room that really brighten up a space

A few weeks ago I found myself wandering through Nordstrom after lunch at their Bistro and was thankful that I had my camera because I was so inspired by their little pop up home section. With spring on the horizon I always like to bring new pops of color into my world, and why shouldn’t the house be included in that. Wether it’s a pillow, picture or even a fun coaster I love finding little trinkets that make a house feel more like a home.

Pastel throws for the couch

Pastel throws for the couch

Who doesn't love some Tie-Dye pillows

Who doesn’t love some Tie-Dye pillows





Hope you enjoy these fun little items as much as I did and always be on the look out for something that can be brought into your home that gives it a great freshen up. And if you live near a Nordstrom I would swing by and check out this little section out for yourself, you may be inspired too!!

xoxo Val

The Liebster Award

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The ladies from The Pale Side of Beauty recently tagged me in this post for The Liebster Award and first I just want to say THANK YOU LADIES! I don’t normally do tag posts but I thought it is such a fun idea to get to know some of my fellow bloggers and for all of you to get to know me better. So here it goes and I cant wait to share!!!
The Rules: 
– thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
– answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
– provide 11 random facts about yourself.
– nominate 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have less than 1000 followers.
– create a new list of 11 questions for the blogger to answer
– list these rules in your post.
– let the bloggers know that you have nominated them.
My Questions from Fiona and Amber: 
What is your biggest beauty/fashion regret?
Thats easy, in middle school I used to wear my hear really crunchy in oder to get it scrunchy. (Thank goodness for my discovery or a diffuser!!!)
What is your ‘can’t live without’ product?
My COOLA Matte Finish face sunscreen in cucumber. You can really never protect your skin enough!
Bath or shower?
I know this is a cop out but it really depends on my mood. But for the purpose of this I will pick shower since that is usually my go to.
How long have you been blogging for?
Well technically I have been blogging for several years now but Simply-Gold is my newest venture due to a school project and is only a few months old =).
Who do you look admire most in the world?
That would have to be my mom. She is such a loving and strong women that I don’t know what I would do without her.
Where do you hope to see yourself in 10 years time?
I would love to be done with school and working doing what I love and have a successful blog! Whatever else comes about in the next ten years is just a bonus!
What is your favourite movie?
Any Romantic Comedy (She’s the Man, How to Loose a Guy in 10 Days, Brides Maids!)
What makes you happy?
Anything that makes those around me and my soul happy
What is your proudest moment?
Passing this impossibly difficult class in my major that has been such a battle for me
If you could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive) who would it be?
My Grandparents ( most of them had passed before I was born and I would love the chance to meet them)
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
So easy! I have two though. Fresh flowers and frozen reese’s!!!
11 Random Facts About Me:
1 .I Bake when I am stressed about anything
2. I have a love (or obsession) with Bond No.9 Perfumes
3. I want to go to Paris one day
4. I want to swim with elephants in Thailand
5. My dogs are the love of my life
6. I love cold weather (yet I live in the most tropical climate ever!)
7. New York is a city that stole my heart
8.  I believe in doing anything that makes your soul happy
9. I always wanted a Barbie Jeep when I was little and I never let my parents forget that I never got one
10. I really enjoy candles ( especially from Henri Bendel and Trapp)
11. I wish that more people would empower others, everyone deserves it!
My Questions to you!
What is your favorite piece of clothing you own
Flats or Heels
What is your favorite food
What is a city you would love to go to but haven’t
Lipgloss or Lipstick
2 Beauty items you can’t live without
How long have you been blogging
Who is your Idol
What is your guilty pleasure
What Fashion or Beauty item are you coveting at the moment
Favorite Quote
I Nominate!
Thank you again ladies and I truly can not wait to hear from all of you!!!!!! 
xoxo Val

April Maven





Its a new month and I am excited for some new polish’s! Literally the first day of every month when I get my Julep Maven Box my nails and myself do a happy dance! This months theme is the Vivid Collection and let me just say vivd does these colors justice. Since its spring and with summer right around the corner we finally have the okay to wear our favorite bright colors and not be judged. I am loving my new colors and know that they will be perfect additions to my go to colors for the season.

The beautiful pink color in Caitlin was simply stunning, I loved how pigmented it is and you can build the color up with more coats or just leave it sheer with one coat. The fun orange polish named Mariska was defiantly a surprise to me. Some of you may know that I tend to stick to the same color pallet with my nail polishes so adding an orange to the mix was hesitant for me. However I really really love this color, I enjoy that even though it is orange and pigmented it still isn’t overwhelming and very pretty (this color also has a matte finish and just added a topcoat to add more shine).

  Also how wonderful is this Peach Bellini Blush I got in my box. It gives you the perfect amount of color to your checks without being too much and would even be beautiful swept across the eyelids for an easy day look. Did I mention that it is also pore minimizing, who doesn’t love a little extra boost to our already beautiful complexions! Hope you all enjoy these as much I do and I can’t wait to see all of your favorite polishes for spring!

xox Val

Weekend Snapshots

Hi all! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! We were blessed with such amazing weather this weekend, the humidity was low, the sun was out and there was the most amazing cool breeze. I found myself down at Lincoln Road Mall to get my Laduree fix, grab some lunch and just enjoy this beautiful weather. Also and a bonus decided to swing by Trader Joes since the only closest one is down in Miami.


Though they didn’t have any of the Nina Ricci gold macrons that day I was lucky enough to get one of the boxes filled with all of my favorite flavors! ( and by favorite flavors I mean I got one of each!!!!!) Can I just add that I am always taken aback by how beautiful the Laduree windows always are and it doesn’t hurt that the Nina Ricci theme is hot pink!


And of course I had to the Miami Beach Art Deco Box as well since I didn’t get it the last time!!!!


If any of you have been to New York then I am sure you have heard of Serendipity, we are lucky enough to have one of our own and my beau and I stopped in for lunch ( my favorite tomato soup) and of course a classic Frozen Hot Chocolate for two!





They also added a Dylan’s Candy Bar and as you can imagine every sugary confection you could think of is housed in this candy land dream. I was so excited to able to have all of my favorite Dylan’s Candy Bar easier then ever now and I loved picking up a few of my favorites! I am so excited to have one so close but I know that when I go to New York I will feel like a kid in a candy store, there is truly nothing like the three story flagship store filled with candy!



Like I had mentioned I did treat myself and go to Trader Joe’s to stock up on some of my favorites. I know this may not be new to a lot of you who have been to Trader Joe’s but I just wanted to share with all of you a few of my favorites from the store!


I can not wait to enjoy all of my goodies that I picked up this week and look forward to seeing some of things you enjoyed this weekend! Also since I am newish to Trader Joe’s I would love to hear what some of your favorite items are that are worth trying!!

xoxo Val

Bucket Bags

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I must confess I have been coveting bucket bags lately, I don’t know why but I just find them so cool and yet incredibly practical. I mean hello bucket is in the name and what doesn’t a bucket hold! Now bucket bags are nothing new to fashion, they always come in and out of fashion and always come back a little more refined or reminiscent of the times. With an upcoming vacation of mine on the horizon I was looking to pick up a bag that I could throw all the essentials I needed for a day into and yet something that I didn’t mind being banged around. Unfortunately all of the bags I seemed to have gravitated to were really out of the budget I had set for myself. I tend to not like to spend a lot on items that are more in trend and something that may not be around for a while. So after what seems like weeks worth of searching I decided to share some of my favorite finds with all of you (or the ones who share the love of this bag as much as I do)! And the best part is that they are all under $100! Hope you all enjoy!!!

xoxo Val

Tan/Yellow Fringe/Grey/ Navy/Light Blue/ Black 

Loving La Fresh


It is no secret that I enjoy nicely primped nails. It can add some pop of color to any outfit and its a way to give people a quick glance into our personalities. Wether your a classic red wearer or the Van Gogh of nail art we are all able to jump in on the nail polish train. Unfortunately or fortunately for myself not all manicures last forever and if you are like me you are constantly putting polish on and taking it off for your new polish obsession of the moment.  With that for me came incredibly dry nails and cuticles and even a little brittle from all of the nail polish remover..sigh. Thankfully for my first ever birchbox about three years ago that brought La Fresh into my life.



If you have never heard of La Fresh they are a Eco Friendly beauty company that makes that most amazing products and one of my all time favorites are their Acetone Free Nail Polish Removing Wipes ( oh yes acetone free and yes they do actually work!) These amazing little wipes will remove all the polish from my hands and feet, depending on what color I am experimenting with and nourishes them all at the same time.  The secret behind this little miracle worker is that while the nail polish resolving enzymes are doing their job the Aloe, Glycerin and Vitamin E are moisturizing your nails and rosemary and horsetail extract are strengthening your nails.



Like I had mentioned I have been using these for about three years now and I have stocked up on these amazing wipes. If I haven’t con vied you yet that these are indeed amazing then I should mention that because they do not contain acetone the moment you open the little pouch you instantly feel as if you are in an orange field. Yes no more crazy chemical smell lingering in your bathroom for what seems like hours, instead you may actually find yourself taking just a moment longer removing your polish in order to enjoy the wonderful citrus smell a little longer.


You can go to La Fesh’s website to learn more about them and learn more about their amazing ecofriendly products, hope you all enjoyed!!

xoxo Val

Weekend Finds

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a lovely weekend! I must say I tried to just take it easy this weekend since this past week not only did  get back from my amazing vacation but I also came back with a cold (booooooo). Though no matter how hard I tried I did end up at my local outlet mall, I am actually lucky enough to live right next to one of the largest outlet malls in the country and a top tourist destination! Anyways I found myself at Nordstrom Rack and really scored some amazing finds, as much as I love high fashion I also love the thrill of a good find and that is exactly what you get at Nordstrom Rack.


I picked up some great simple tops that I think will look great for spring by the company Soprano. It was incredibly hard not to buy them all but I finally picked two (with the help of my mom) that I thought would be not only great additions for the new season but awesome for the hot and humid weather in south florida (similar here). They are incredibly light and airy which will be great for those rare days where there is more then a hot breeze.


And like any shopping trip how can one not scope out the she section, and if you have ever been to Nordstrom Rack then you know that its pretty much a gold mine! I try to find pieces that I can use a lot, as much as I love fun a crazy shoes when I am here I know that I am going to find a shoe that not only is great quality but it’s going to last me a long time. But with all of that in my head it all flew out the window the second I saw these Kate Spade for Keds sneakers(similar here, and here )! I have eyed these babies since they teamed up but never pulled the trigger (and I’m glad I waited, I got such an amazing deal). I love polka dots, I even have a pair on converse with them too so how could I pass up these girly and beautiful shoes. With crisp white and navy they are great for spring and in trend with the navy obsession of the moment.





On my way to the register I also snagged this two pack of simple belts that I was actually in need of! I was so excited that instead of having to buy two separate belts that some companies are pairing timeless and staple belts together. These simple and fun belts are from one of my all time favorite designers Betsey Johnson and as you can see from the picture there is a pop of leopard on the inside true to Betsey’s quirky and fun style. Also a fun little accent that you cant see in the photo are little black (similar here) stitched hearts that make even this timeless staple some spunk. Here is a link to a similar tan belt.


Hope you all enjoyed these fun little finds of mine and would love to see some of your favorite fashion steals and deals!

xoxo Val

Jo Malone London Rain Collection

I have many obsessions in life and one of them if you don’t know already is perfume. I just love being able to mix and match depending on your mood or maybe something that gives you that extra pep in your step. Being a fan of Jo Malone for a while now I always get really excited when their new collections come out and I get to experience a whole new perspective of fragrance. This years new limited edition collection is called London Rain(very fitting right?). The second I saw the water-colored bottles I knew this was not going to disappoint the excitement that I had built up in my head. Well this week I was able to get a one on one experience with these new fragrances and all I can say is WOW!


There are four fragrances in this collection and each will speak to the perfume lover in all of us, and they seem to just mist you with the perfect amount of fragrance like misting rain. Wether it is the spice and woodsy Black Cedar & Juniper, the fresh and light scent of Rain & Angelica, the romantic and floral notes of Wisteria & Violet or the citrus and vibrant notes in White Jasmine & Mint. As usual there wasn’t one scent I didn’t enjoy and could really appreciate all of the different layers to each scent but of course there was one that I couldn’t stop talking about. I really really loved the White Jasmine & Mint and I know that Jo Malone features a White Jasmine & Mint in their signature collection line but this one to me seems to be pumped up a notch. I’m not sure if it is more concentrated or what but it just has that something extra and I love it! The fresh mint really wakes up your senses and the soft jasmine and rose add a romantic and whimsical touch that I truly enjoy.

London Rain



If you all have a chance to stop by your local Jo Malone  boutique or store I know you will really enjoy this collection and all the scenes that it speaks to!

xoxo Val

Wisteria & Violet Cologne/Rain & Angelica Cologne/Black Cedarwood & Juniper Cologne/White Jasmine & Mint Cologne

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