Sunday, July 1, 2018

What to Wear this 4th Of July







Odds are, this Independence Day, like many others in the past, will consist of me spending the day in a swimsuit. Noting wrong with that, but I'm always a little envious of everyone wearing cute summery outfits on the 4th. With that being said, I found a cute outfit while I was in NYC. The beauty of it is that you can wear this outfit as a separate or as a set, which is how I styled it!

I hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday!!
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xoxo,

Jillian


Thursday, June 21, 2018

A Broke College Girls Guide to NYC


Before I begin, I have been reflecting about the stories that summers tell. Each summer has a story, as well as each trip to NYC. New York is obviously unlike no other, between the energy that the city brings that has you feeling inspired to create, achieve or even think beyond what you are currently feeling. I am not even going to apologize for such a cheeseball start to this blogpost, spending this past week in the city has really helped me prioritize what I want to achieve for myself in the future.


With all the wonders and enchantment that the city brings… it comes with a pretty big price tag. New York City is hella expensive, not to mention how easy it can be to blow all your savings on a handbag in Barneys! (I was very tempted to pull a little Carrie Bradshaw moment, but that would mean I would starve for the rest of the week haha.) If you are in the same boat as me don't worry, I’ll be sharing a few of my ‘broke college girl tips’ to really stretch your dollar when you visit the city!






1. Budget for what's important and save a little to splurge:
I know I might not be the right person to share money saving advice, but I surprisingly did okay with budgeting my money while being tempted with all that NYC holds. Prior to your trip, it's a great idea to map out your plans. This way you can visualize what you will be busy with and how much you should spend for each day, while leaving a little leftover for any emergency you didn’t plan for, or if you want treat yo self a little!

2. Where to rest your head:
Hotels aren’t cheap and most often it's hard to find one in your price range, especially if your staying for a handful of days. I was lucky enough that Mary’s sister let us stay in her apartment while we visited, so we saved a big chunk of change with the hotel. It would be foolish to stay in a hotel if you know someone in the city or at least close by!  Airbnb is a better alternative to a hotel since they are usually a lot more affordable, as well as kinda making you feel that you are a part time New Yorker!

3. YUM
I’m beginning to think that some restaurants are catching on to the concept of looking ‘gramworthy so they can up the prices with their not so great food.  Mary and I learned this the hard way. Please, please, please take my advice and if there's a new restaurant you have a strong desire to check out, please read the reviews before you end up shoveling out tons of money for a dining experience that was just ‘alright.’ Also, don’t feel obligated to eat out for every meal, that starts adding up. Cook a big breakfast, bring a protein bar with you and go out for dinner! Cutting back on how many times you eat out adds up in the long run.

4. Do Your research!
Not everything you do in NYC has to be extremely expensive. Get up on your research, a lot of museums and stores offer student discounts. Even if you are unsure if they accept a student discount or not, don’t be afraid to ask, the worst thing someone could say is no. Don’t get sucked into overspending on a tourist trap, there is so much more to New York for you to enjoy,





Friday, May 11, 2018

Fabulously Floridian X Fossil




BIG things are finally starting to fall into place with my life, as well as the blog. Well, the big "thing" in my life currently is the start of summer, also I recently embarked upon a new journey with a new job! Like I mentioned in a previous post here on the blog, some big changes are coming to the look and feel of Fabulously Floridian; that isn't meant to scare anyone, it will just be more tailored to who I am and my true vision of this blog!


In my perfect, ideal fantasy that I vision myself constantly living in, I was planning on announcing the "rebrand" of my blog with this post for my collaboration with Fossil. I have been way to excited to share with you all this post I decided to go ahead and post it now instead of waiting! This partnership with Fossil has been somewhat of a surreal experience for me. Looking back to when I started Fabulously Floridian, never in a million years would I have expected that Fossil will choose me to become one of their brand partners! I cannot stress how much of an incredible honor this has been to me!



It's kind of an oxymoron that I am so braindead when it comes to new technology, considering that I run a blog lol, but fossils new, chic smartwatch (which is now on sale!), Is completely user friendly as well as being one of my new favorite accessories! Not to talk down on the Apple watch, but one of my favorite aspects of Fossils Smartwatch it holds true to the elegance of the wristwatch, opposed to something futuristic looking thing that you wear on your wrist!








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xoxo,

Jillian

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Get Ready for Graduation!




Recently all that I have been hearing from so many people is that they are "so shocked" that this school year is coming to a close..... well not me, this year has felt like it was five years all wrapped up in one lol. ANYWAYS... I wanted to share a few dresses that caught my eye that will be perfect for high school or college graduation! It's kind of a funny story of how I got my dress, actually, It was an impulse buy. I was at some random store months before graduation, liked it for five minutes, bought it and within a few days I wanted to wear something else! My mom was so irritated with me for that very reason, that I had to wear the dress to my graduation. If I thought about it more clearly and had  some options of what to wear to graduation,  I added those personal favorites down below. Hope you all enjoy and happy dress shopping!






xoxo,

Jillian

Saturday, April 14, 2018

How to Feel Confident for Finals



Now, I have never been the "top of my class" when it comes to grades, but I always worked as hard as I can. If your a student, I believe that this is the most awkward and uncomfortable time of the semester. I am so close to wrapping up my freshman year of college *thank god* but I have to constantly reel myself back and remind myself that I still have this last stretch left. Ahh yes, thats right, I'm taking about finals and preparation for them.

 Like I mentioned probably a million times in the past on my blog, this first year has taught me a lot about myself and more importantly how to study and pass in college. In my opinion, high school really doesn't prepare you all that well for the ungodly amount of work you will have to endure! With that being said, I thought that I would share with you all some pratical tips that I have learn (the hard way) this year that will help you succeed and feel confident about tackling your finals coming up.

Don't Compare yourself to others!: As flawed humans, we do this almost absentmindedly. We always seem to compare our own capabilities with what others can do. This can be toxic to our mindsets because instead of focusing in on what makes us who we are we start discrediting our skills, talents, even interest and fixate our thoughts on how come we didn't get the same grade as so and so, or didn't get into the same program as them. The biggest take away that I have learned in college so far is this: we are all capable of different accomplishments, as long as if you put 110% of your own effort into your work, no matter what grade you receive, it should be the most rewarding payoff. Yeah, this seems somewhat dumb to just accept (and is still incredibly hard for me to face, I need to lay off on trying to be such a perfectionist.) It take the load off your chest of beating yourself up over the fact you didn't do as well as you thought.

Find out what works best for you: Lectures to me, is the most outlandish idea I have ever heard of. I don't know, maybe their is someone out there who thrives listing to a long, 50min. lecture class, but that such as..... well that sure isn't me. Throughout this semester, I have tried many different ways of studying that works well for me.  Finding out what type of learner you are, is extremely valuable to help you out in the long haul for studying and retaining new information.

Use whats at your disposable: This somewhat piggy-backs off of what I said previously, but using all of the resources, even something as simple as asking your professor a question can help you out tremendously with your finals. In our age of technology, it is seriously easier than ever to find out more information about concepts that you couldn't understand. Videos, study groups, etc. can make you feel more prepared, and take the stress of studying.

Game plan: Finally, create a plan for yourself. A plan for how and when you are going to study for each class. Luckily, I have two classes that don't require a "typical" final. Creating even just a mental plan for how and when your going to study will make things seem less intimidating, you can even start with the easy stuff first lol.

Good luck everyone, hope this helps!

Xoxo,
Jillian
 

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