Why are Millennials Obsessed with this Color?

Why are Millennials Obsessed with this Color?

You’ve seen it all over your Instagram feed. You’ve seen it walk down the red carpet at major award shows. You’ve seen it at your favorite cafés or matcha shops. Hell, you’ve even worn it. But the one thing you may not know is why “millennial pink,” as The New York Times is calling it, is the biggest thing right now.

The thought of bubble gum, or worse, neon pink used to make me literally cringe. For years and years I refused to wear such a thing. In fact, I threw out everything in my closet that even resembled the lovey-dovey color. Fast forward to 2017 and half of my wardrobe is shades of pink. In fact, my wardrobe has been this way since 2016. Usually I’m used to a “color of the year” sweeping in and making its mark, but something is different about this trend – it’s here to stay.

As such, some of the worlds most respected fashion bloggers like Marianna Hewitt revolve their Instagram feeds and websites around shades of blush and soft pink. Even brands like Glossier are choosing to launch campaigns designed around this very same theme.  The question of “why?” still remains.

According to The New York Times, they seem to think the answer is as simple as the fact that, “the color keeps on selling product.” Not only that, but in this social-media obsessed world we live in, the color “happens to be both flattering and generally pleasing to the eye,” according to Editor Lauren Schwartzberg. I couldn’t agree more.

We’re also in an interesting moment of time where both women and men aren’t afraid to break outside of cultural norms by wearing a color that has been perceived as gender-specific for years. So as spring continues and summer nears, don’t be surprised if you see this trend on everyone and everywhere.

For those of you that haven’t hopped on the bandwagon just yet (or for those of you that are so obsessed that you just want MORE), you can shop some of my favorite “millennial pink” items below, plus the look that I’m wearing in the pictured photos. Enjoy!

My Look
As you can see, for this look, it’s all about the “millennial pink” accessories, rather than a full-pink outfit. From my earrings to my heels to my purse to the flowers, all of my accessories bring this trend to life.

Home Decor
From fluffy pillows to lush blankets and beautiful candles, you can’t go wrong. Below, show some of my all time favorite millennial pink decor items. Perfect for a small apartment or girly makeup room.

Women’s Fashion
I’ve pulled together some looks ranging from comfy t-shirts to fun dresses that all embody the essence of blush pink. Click around below to shop your favorite styles.

Men’s Fashion
A man in pink is a confident man. There’s no better time than the spring/summer to wear vibrant and bright colors, especially on items like swim trunks or collard shirts. 

How I Learned to Motivate Myself and be Patient

How I Learned to Motivate Myself and be Patient

This past month, I found myself feeling a little blah and unmotivated when it came to running and maintaining Publyssity.com and @Publyssity on Instagram. Not only was I iffy about the content I was producing, but I was feeling like my following was at a standstill.

Since I have a full time job, I work on my blog during off hours, which means I’m either up at 6:30am shooting with my photographer or I’m staying up late at night to finish up articles and to outreach brands. Due to this, I found myself choosing to take the convenient route like shooting outside my apartment before work vs. seeking out a destination around the city with character and culture. I was going through the motions of picking out outfits, shooting them and posting them, but I wasn’t taking my time to actually style them to the best of my ability.

I’m not sure what changed, but something in me clicked while I was browsing my feed. I started to feel like I could do better because I can. Just like that, a light bulb went off in my head and I started brainstorming ways I can fulfil my vision. As such, I’ve decided to get back to blogging more vs. just focusing on Instagram content. I’m also going to seek out new areas to shoot at (first on my wish list is Dumbo). Plus, I’m going to spend more time styling and curating outfits. I’m also going to try something new – more video content! And lastly, I’m going to learn to be patient.

Instead of relishing in the success of my following thus far, I often find myself wanting more, more, more. For bloggers and social influencers, I think it’s really common and easy to feel this way. We often see the success of others and think, “Why is it taking me so long to hit my next milestone?” However, I need to learn to sit back and trust the process. Many successful bloggers I know have been at it for years and years, so I need to realize that it doesn’t just happen overnight.

So please continue to watch as I evolve and learn. After all, we’re all in this together and I couldn’t do it without all of you.

 

The Most Insta-Worthy Brunch Spots in NYC & Brooklyn

In a city full of culture and some of the world’s best cuisine, it’s easy to stumble upon a restaurant that is serving up a mean brunch. But sometimes it’s not what you’re eating; it’s how it’s presented. These days It’s all about #DoingItForTheInsta and let’s face it, a killer flat lay is almost as rewarding as a full tummy. I said, almost. 

For this reason, I’m sharing some of my favorite New York City and Brooklyn cafes and breakfast spots that not only have great menus, but swoon-worthy aesthetics to match it. From hole-in-the-walls to macaroon shops, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

While We’re Young, 183 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014
This place screams décor goals. If I could live there, I would. Not only is this eatery perfectly styled with blush tufting and marble counter tops, the menu items are beautifully plated, making this spot complete Insta-bait.

RIDER, 80 N 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249
If you want a spot with a great ambiance and delish breakfast, look no further. This gem is the perfect mix of both. Plus, you’ll be sure to capture a share-worthy snap.

WOOPS!, multiple locations
In the mood for a little something sweet? Grab some macaroons and coffee, all while capturing the perfect photo at one of WOOPS! many locations around the city.

La Pecora Bianca, 1133 Broadway, New York, NY 10010
This Italian Eatery serves up the fluffiest eggs I’ve ever tasted. Not only is the food amazing, the ambiance is absolutely beautiful – simple, yet classy and welcoming. Sit at one of the marble table tops if you want the perfect photo.

Union Fare, 6 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003
This place defines #BrunchGoals. Between the oozing funfetti croissants and “smashes” aka loaded toasts with various toppings – you’ll be sure to not only photograph “food porn,” but you’re stomach will be thanking you for the good eats.
The Butcher’s Daughter, 581 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014 & 19 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012
The holy grail of brunch spots. While this favorite doesn’t take reservations, it’s worth the wait. If you’re looking for vegetarian fare and juices, this is your spot. Besides, who can pass up a photo at this scenic gem?

Maman, multiple locations (NYC & Brooklyn)
This café and bakery serves family-inspired recipes from the South of France and North America. The interior mimics that of the food – classic, inviting and delectable. 

Three Seat Espresso & Barber, 137 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
The new little spot in the East Village is the perfect place for grabbing a pastry and cappuccino. The quirky look & feel allows for a fun photo full of color and sweet treats.

Is your stomach growling yet?

My Current Beauty Favorites

My Current Beauty Favorites

For those of you that watch my Instagram Stories or Snapchat videos, you know I get tons of beauty products sent to me on the reg. What’s so fun about being a beauty blogger is that I’m able to try a slew of new products all the time. It helps me find what I really love. As such, I’m able to provide you guys with honest recommendations of what I actually use daily.

Lately I’ve gotten in a makeup groove and have been obsessed with the items in my routine. As I’ve said before, I’m not someone that cakes on makeup or loves a dark look, so I tend to like “glowy” / “natural” makeup. If you like this look too, I think you’ll be pleased with the below product recommendations.

Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint SPF 30 in “Sand
I’m a big fan of using tinted moisturizer over a thick foundation. Again, I hate a “caked” on look. I’ve become obsessed with this Milk Makeup roll-on weightless liquid foundation because it’s light, while also providing the right amount of coverage.

Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek Color in “Rally”
I love this product because it’s so versatile and pigmented. I use this generally for my cheeks as a blush, but it’s also perfect if you want rosey-pink lips. Don’t let the bright pink color fool you though – you can make this as bright or dull as you want by controlling how you layer on the color.

Flower Shimmer & Strobe Highlighting Palette
This palette is AMAZING. I’m really picky when it comes to highlighter and generally only like powder highlighters vs. liquid. This one is killer! I use the blush-toned one as a highlighter and mix the nude/gold colors together as eye shadow. Affordable and effective.

 Clarins Instant Concealer in #2
One thing that I can’t live without is concealer. Even if I have no other make up on aside from it, my entire face already looks better with a few dabs of concealer. Such a staple.

 Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Dark Brown
I’ve said this before, but I honestly don’t  need to color in my eye-brows that much since they are naturally really thick. However, i do have a few “bald” spots (weird I know) in both of my brows, so I carefully color them in with this amazing pencil.

IT Cosmentics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara
This mascara is my forever-favorite. I don’t have naturally long lashes, but I can honestly say that this mascara thickens and elongates them instantly. Highly, highly recommend this product.

L’Oreal Infallible Lip Paints in Spicy Blush
Don’t let the color of the packaging fool you, these lip paints come out a bit different than you’d expect. I’ve been loving the “Spice Blush” color. It’s a great mix between a natural pinkish-nude. Plus, it’s glossy and doesn’t dry out.

How to Cut Through the “Sponsored” Bullsh*t

How to Cut Through the “Sponsored” Bullsh*t

Word to the wise – marketing works. It’s the reason that I bought a bump-it back in 2009 (obviously never wore it) and the reason why I have a Vegetti (you know that thing that turns your veggies into spaghetti). So yeah, I’ve definitely fallen victim to “buying into marketing” – literally.

So how do you know what’s real and what’s fake? Especially when it comes to the world of influencers, who’s to say we actually like the brands we’re promoting? Because we all know there is no way in hell Kim Kardashian is really eating Sugar Bear Hair Gummies on the reg.

With that, I thought it would be fun to do a little 101 on how to cut through the sponsored bullsh*t.

So let me just put this out there – I never promote brands I don’t like or wouldn’t use. In fact, I actually turn down a lot of partnerships if the brand or product doesn’t seem like something I’d actually buy on my own. That said, there are a lot of ruthless influencers who would promote dog sh*t to make a buck. So how do you figure out who’s being truthful and who’s being dishonest? Find my tips below.

  • Get to know the influencers you follow. Anyone that follows me will see that I do Instagram Story make-up tutorials semi regularly. My followers know that I’m just genuinely sharing the brands I use in order to help my followers mimic a similar look and am not getting paid to promote the items. Once you “get to know” the people you follow, you’ll understand who is trying to share advice with their audience and who is just trying to make money.
  • Do your own research. If a skincare line is doing wonders for an influencer you follow, that’s pretty promising, but all skin types are different. Be sure to do your own research to look into the chemicals in each product and read online reviews before buying.
  • DM the influencer. Sliding into someones DM’s may seem creepy, but blogger welcome feedback and questions! I’ve had plenty of people text or message me asking “does that product really work or are you just being paid to say that?” I always am truthful and am open to answering any questions my followers have. At the end of the day, we want to see you guys love the products we love, so I encourage you to ask if you have any hesitation.
  • Trust your gut. Do you ever have a moment where you realllllly want something, but your favorite Bachelorette contestant just posted it and you feel like buying it would make you a total sellout? My advise – who cares! If you want it, buy it. It doesn’t matter where you saw it, it just matters that you genuinely like it.

Any additional questions that I may have not answered? Feel free to leave it in the comments and I’ll get back to you!