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Sunday, September 24, 2017 New York, NY

Why I Chose the iPhone 8

It seems like ever since the keynote, the question has been "iPhone 8 or X?" Since the announcement, I've had a lot of conversations with friends trying to figure out which one to go for. After a lot of thought, I decided on the iPhone 8+ this past Monday and it quickly arrived at my doorstep the day of the launch.

Going from an iPhone 7+ to an 8+ may not seem like much of a difference, but as someone whose career is based on mobility and constantly being on my phone, I'm one of those people that like to have a new phone every year. It's excessive, I know, so I try to make sure that I can justify the upgrade. Let's start with all the reasons why I chose the 8 Plus rather than the fancy new iPhone X that is to launch later this year:
  • The main reason why I didn't like the iPhone X is that dip in the screen. Visually, it just doesn't look good to me. How badly do I wish that was a straight top. Things to consider with this dipped screen: the interference in my images and videos on that top side.
  • The screen is taller, but it isn't wider. By this, I mean the ratio doesn't match up to existing screens. This may cause apps to look funny, and I'm just the type that loves a good rectangle screen. My opinion on this may change over time, but for now, I'm not with it.
  • I have T-Mobile and I'm on that iPhone Jump! Plan, meaning I can upgrade every year by paying the downpayment and then a $30 monthly installment on the phone. For the iPhone X at 256GB, I would have to drop a little over $500 to get the iPhone X, something I'm not really down with, especially for a phone I'm not even in love with.
  • The wait. I would have to pre-order the iPhone X at the end of October and potentially have to wait weeks, maybe months to get a phone that a lot of people are hyped about. Sure, I'm risking FOMO, but that brings me to my next point.
  • The iPhone X is the first of it's kind, edge to edge display, facial recognition. I anticipate glitches that will most likely be perfected with it's next generation, so this kind of helps with my fear of missing out.
  • I'm not comfortable with not having a home button. This may be weird, but I find comfort in having a button to press, even though my phone now isn't even really a button, just a haptic, but I do love my touch ID feature.
Now let's get to how I justified upgrading at all, going from my iPhone 7 Plus to an 8 Plus. Sure, the idea of just sticking to my phone crossed my mind, but clearly, the choice to get an 8 Plus won me over. With my plan, I paid $300 for the iPhone 8 Plus. The costs may vary depending on your carrier, so I just had to make sure the money I put down was worth the upgrade for me. Here's why:
  • I went from a 128GB phone to 256GB. Double the amount of storage I was working with. With the amount of photos, videos, and editing steps I take, it can take up a good amount of storage.
  • Aesthetics. I love how the glass back looks and feels, the phone is slightly heavier but I don't really notice.
  • Wireless charging feature comes in handy when I'm at a Starbucks and just want to set my phone down on one of those tables and I don't have a cable with me.
  • The 8 is faster and smarter than my previous phone. I'm gonna get all technical here with talks about their A11 'Bionic' chipset: Six core CPU, M11 motion coprocessor, etc.
  • This phone charges a lot faster than my 7 Plus, something that is great for someone that needs a quick surge of battery before being on the go.
So, if any of you were on the fence about going 8 or X, I hope this was somewhat helpful. Again, these are just my personal opinions and what works for me. I know the X will still do extremely well and the line for it will be really long. After a few days with my 8 Plus, I definitely am happy with my switch. Which one are you getting? See my favorite iPhone cases for the phones below.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Givenchy Mini Antigona | Reebonz

Nothing like a nude addition for the upcoming Autumn season! I've been shopping around for the perfect light/neutral tone bag and knew that the Givenchy Mini Antigona would be the perfect bag to add to my collection. As most of you know, I love my designer bags, but I love finding them for a deal especially. I've teamed up with Reebonz to share with you guys a special code to use site-wide (with the exception of certain pieces where coupons do not apply) to get 20% off!

Use my code "AL20" until September 30th 11:59PM PST to shop and check out their amazing selection! All pieces are guaranteed authentic and I've had so many friends shop with them and have had nothing but positive things to say. This is my second bag through Reebonz and it's going to be the perfect accessory, especially for this fall. I've been rocking it for NYFW and definitely love how roomy this mini bag actually is. Check out some of my favorites on the site down below.

In Collaboration with Reebonz

Thursday, September 7, 2017 New York, NY

Home Away from Home | The Quin Hotel

Just a little over a year ago, Marco and I stayed at the Quin for the very first time and we absolutely fell in love with it. Since our first stay, we try to make our way back every few months and each visit has been wonderful. It has now become our home away from home and Marco and I love seeing the familiar faces of the staff whenever we return. We made our way back to the Quin a few weeks ago and spent a much needed weekend staycation in the city back in their Terrace Junior Suite.
I'm all about weekend getaways, staycations in your own city. It's this perfect balance between being home and being on vacation too, the best of both worlds. Marco and I love to wander around parts of the city we don't often get to see. It's a chance for us to play tourist and then settle back into a comfortable suite that offers a great view from the terrace, making the sunrise and sunset just that much better.
The suite is nothing short of elegant. There are classic details with a modern twist and the way the light just fills up the room is something I never get tired of. If you find yourself in the city, definitely look into staying at the Quin, it is still one of my most favorite hotels here. You won't be disappointed.

Thank you so much to the Quin for hosting our stay.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 New York, NY

Lierac Paris Hydragenist

As you guys know, I love discovering new beauty products, especially when it's beneficial to my skin! For the past couple of weeks, I've been incorporating Lierac Paris' Hydragenist products into my routine. These are perfect for moisturizing, oxygenating, and replumping, perfect for the cooler months that are right around the corner.

The Moisturizing Rescue Mask is perfect for those that have really dry skin and it leaves you with a fresh and glowing complexion, not to mention how it helps smooth wrinkles and fine lines! The Moisturizing Mist is something that I love to apply in the morning before going ahead with my everyday make-up routine. I really love how it helps my skin wake up and get ready for the day ahead. On the go, I've been applying my Nutri Re-Plumping Lip Balms, they apply so smoothly and give my lips the extra boost they need throughout the day.
I'm all about products that are straight to the point and I make sure that anything that I share with you guys, I've taken the time to try out and can truly vouch for. Shop Lierac Paris Hydragenist here.

In Collaboration with Lierac Paris

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 New York, NY,

Everyday Jewelry | Mejuri

When it comes to everyday jewelry, there needs to be a balance between elegance and simplicity. Luckily, I found that balance with Mejuri. With my favorite dainty rings, the perfect simple necklace, and diamond earrings that are just the right size, I don't leave my house without my Mejuri. They go with just about anything, whether I'm dressed in my favorite comfy sweater or a silk slip dress for a night out, it's a perfect match.

The 14K pieces are mostly custom made and conflict-free diamonds. I truly admire the craftsmanship and love that goes in each and every single one. To shop my Mejuri pieces, shop their site here.

In Collaboration with Mejuri.
Captured by: Marco P.