Tuesday, June 30, 2020

summer soundtrack!




I'm that nut job that takes serious pride and joy into each and every one of my Spotify playlists. Allow me to be dramatic for a second and say I love that thing as though it was one of my own haha. I think i've share on here before how it's been like my "audio diary" ever since my sophomore year of high school. It's fascinating to look back at a moment in the past and become completely transported to my mood as of that time. Soooo, I thought I'd share with you all the soundtrack of my summer thus far, after-all i'll constantly be updating it during this season! Perfect for catching a vibe down by the
beach, or blasting this playlist one summer night drive with your friends. Enjoyyy!

 




Saturday, June 27, 2020

june favorites


Tried and true by... well yours truly of course, I thought I'd share with you all a few of my favorite things i've been loving this month! To find out the details about each odd and end continue reading and click on the link to find out more about each product!

Sunglasses: Just like the coveted Celine sunglass dupe that i'm sure you all have seen while scrolling through the 'gram recently, these are very similar to that exact pair of Amazon dupes. I love that this pair gives off a little bit drama more with the ombre lens. I instantly feel so fabulous with these on, a must if you are even on the fence in buying a pair this size!

Gold hoops: I've read from countless blogs as well as reviews online about how this pair of $20 gold hoops from Madewell are the only gold hoops you could ever want! I can attest, not to big, not to small or chunky, the perfect fit. Don't be like me and waste your money trying out another pair and just go head and order these. Don't take my word? Maybe the 5 star review will convince you!

Tank: I bought this blush one but i'm already tempted to order one in every color! For a gorgeous price of only $13, I might as well! I love the look of this tank with a denim skirt and these retro sneakers and a pair of my favorite sunnies.

Purse: To be completely transparent, I didn't purchase this beautiful bag because it was gifted to be from the lovely ladies over at wknd wyfr, regardless i'm in love with it. Not only does this purse match my vibe, but it's perfect for summer and it's such a great size too!

Book: It's been a goal of mine to become more intentional when it comes to reading, thanks to being in quarantine I had absolutely no excuses to put this little goal of mine off for any longer. Not only was Get Out of Your Head such an enjoyable book read, I learned so many valuable lessons along the way!

Notebook: I feel as though I always have so many ideas and thoughts constantly running around In my mind that I would rather have documented on an actual notebook opposed to the random notes I jot down in my phone that I never end up following up with. Kinda random, but so cute. After all, who isn't a sucker for cute stationary stuff like me?!


Friday, May 29, 2020

my favorite healthy banana pancake recipe!



I would totally, undoubtedly, wholeheartedly vote to notion eating breakfast for every meal of the day day. What more could you ever want, some avocado toast, oatmeal, pancakes... it would be a DREAM I TELL YOU! Until that weird election day ever comes to reality, I'll stay scouting out new recipes to spice up (my favorite) and  most important meal of the day. Already over quarantine i've whipped up these deliciously fluffy and irresistible pancakes, and let me tell ya, this is already my new favorite recipe by far! Watch out Martha Stewart, by the end of quarantine I might just be coming for your job title with all this cooking and baking under my belt haha!

Oh, how could I forget to mention the best part of these delicious little breakfast treats, they are gluten and dairy free! Yes, you heard me! Go ahead, grab seconds, thirds, without all of the guilt! This recipe is perfect for you to be able have your cake, and eat it too without feeling gross with anything overly processed and unhealthy entering your body! To try some of this yummy goodness for yourself follow the instructions down below!

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

*2 1/4 rolled oats
*1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
*2 large ripe bananas
*1 tablespoon of pure maple syrup
*1 large egg
*1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
*1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
*1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
*1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder


INSTRUCTIONS:

*Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until everything is in a smooth, pancake batter form

*Heat a griddle or large pan on medium low heat and spray with nonstick spray. Once the pan or griddle is hot, pour 1/4 of the batter onto the pan, cook for 2-3 minuets. Top it all off with anything your heart desires! I like to add more cinnamon, pure maple syrup, bananas and strawberries!




Thursday, May 28, 2020

21 things i've learned before 21



Even though it's been a few months since my 21st birthday, I've been sitting on this post for some time now because I wanted to get it right, it required more thought on my end to put into words the most valuable life tidbits that I have learned up until this stage of my life. Obviously, by no means do I have life completely figured out, it's typically evident that I'm not even remotely close to having it all together haha, anyways I comprised a list  of little life advice that hones into one of the most impactful life lessons that I have learned and made me to who I am today! Enjoy!!

21 things I’ve learned before 21


If you aren’t happy in your current story, you have every right to change the narrative!

Doors & chapters of our Ives close for a reason, don’t revisit. The past is the past for a reason after all 

Don’t be stupid & save all your high school graduation money (or at least just don’t blow through it all)!!! 

Stay inquisitive about the world and everything around you. 

Shut off the negative vices in your head, they are only holding you back!

Keep yourself healthy: spiritually, emotionally and physically 

Don’t drive yourself crazy trying to understand why certain things happen or don’t happen, life has a way of unraveling itself 

Even though it may be hard to do so, become more of a listener

Develop some sort of routine to keep you structured & feeling accomplished at the end of every day

Slow down, you don’t have to have everything figured out just yet. You are still so young with so much growth to be made!!

Act your age

Start romanticizing every aspect of your life. Not just the good, but during the ugly and all else in between 

Go out of your way to do something nice to strangers, doesn't have to be a huge production, just something to leave them feeling loved

There is more to life than just high school 

Recognize your worth and constantly fight for it, don’t settle !! 

It’s ok to feel emotions, cry!! be a hot mess! 

Don’t be afraid to speak up and ask for help

Don’t feel ashamed of who you are, the right people will find attraction to your uniqueness.

Comparison will kill ya, embrace your authenticity! 

The smallest gesture, even a smile can brighten someone’s day, be that light! 

We all know the age old rhetoric that “communication is key.” It may be easier said than done, but ultimately so many issues will be resolved while just speaking what’s on your mind!



Friday, May 8, 2020

school recap



It’s almost hard to believe that this exact time last year I was so gung ho on transfer schools and preparing to kiss my current university goodbye, once and for all. With all this talk and hype I kept enforcing upon myself of starting over in a new city three hours away that I couldn’t totally picture myself in, starting a new school, changing my major, seemed like what was necessary for me to get a fresh start on life. If you’ve been following along with my life on here for some time, than you know by that that it’s  no secret that my college experience and I have had a “on-and-off again” relationship up until this year, which may I say, despite the corona virus cutting my spring semester to a close, has been the best year yet?! With wanting to almost prove to myself and others i was capable of “starting fresh”, I was determined to take the matter I to my hands and make the rest of my college experience something that I actually loved and will remember for the rest of my life. 

I don’t know if I’ve shared this previously on here, but I’ll never forget the day that I admitted not only to myself, but to my family that transferring schools wasn’t the best option for me. After touring, sending my transcripts and all that follows with transferring schools, something deep down inside of me wasn’t as thrilled as I wanted to be above the move. No, it wasn’t fear of the unknown or moving further away, but it was the fear that I was ultimately going to choose to be somewhere that I didn’t even picture myself being at.

 I recall my sister and my friends always bringing up the fact that I don’t seem 1000% enthusiastic about this “big move” I was about to embark on, dare I say they were right all along. They were able to pinpoint the truth inside of me that I was too worried t admit to myself because I didn’t wanna let myself self down, and more importantly let others down as well. After all, the past six months all I could talk about was how ready I was to leave my current school and get outta here, fast! 

Flash forward to today, as I sit here back at my parents home reflecting upon all the wonderful memories I’ve made throughout this year at the same school I wanted to put in my past and never look back. Moving into my very own apartment right behind the heart of campus and rushing to be in a sorority had made a tremendous impact of the way I feel towards the place once couldn’t stand. All the friendships I’ve made, independence I’ve gain from living on my own, as well as a promising direction thanks to changing my major to marketing, something I’m actually passionate about, has made all the difference within myself. 

I guess to sum up this year in a few statements would be to listen to your gut. Yes, I know you’ve heard this a thousand times before but it’s so important to do so! Like, I always laugh about the what if’s. “What if I decided to transfer, even when I knew deep down it wasn’t want I wanted for myself!?” Not to day things wouldn’t be good, but how different life would be! Sure it’s taken me some time to finally get things right, but I would take back the days prior to this year because everything along the route had taught me more and more of discovering myself! 
 

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