Monday, May 13, 2019

to new beginnings!



So, sophomore year of college is officially in the books! It's kinda obvious I've been putting posting on the blog on the back burner of things I need to get done, this past month has just required so much out of me between studying for finals and trying to transfer schools. Gah. That's another story I should probably update you all on. A little news flash too, no matter what it may seem like on the gram, we all kinda don't have it all together and that's sort of comforting that we are all in this together and learning as we grow! 

Most of the time I tend to find myself living in my own fantasyland where everything in my mind consist of all things good, you know rainbows and gumdrops sort of mentality, which isn't a bad thing BUT GOSH, I CAN BE SO OBLIVIOUS TO REALITY, LIKE WAKE UP FROM DAYDREAMING JILLIAN! I must give a special shout out to my mom for always bringing me back down to reality. I such a pisces lol. Long story short, I found myself not registered for classes at both FAU or UCF (I'm waiting for all my grades to be posted before sending out my application.)

 Registration? oh I don't need to do that, I'm gonna get in for the fall and their is no doubt about it! I would repeat this to myself. It wasn't until the felling of unease for the unknown kicked in and I had to quickly get my shi together and come up with a back up plan! I frantically met with my advisor and I'm still blowing her her email like a loon, but now rest assured I have something to fall back on if things don't work out! To be honest, the feeling of uncertainty bugs me beyond believe, but what I've learned through all of this mess to rest on the promise that wherever I may end up, is where i'm meant to be! 

I'm making a self promise to myself that wherever I may end up at, I will make the most out of these next two years before I graduate. During all of this, it was so easy to just beat myself up over not knowing where I should be at, where I should be living, etc. but I've came to the realization that I can do absolutely nothing about the decisions I made in the past, no matter how hard I dwell on them. But what I can do is to only go forward and make the most of any situation presented to me! 

Now that my TedTalk is officially over lol... I'm so excited summer is here! One by one my friends are coming back home and we've solidified that we must make this a summer the best one yet! One last summer of fun and not having major responsibilities to weigh us down. I'm overjoyed for the new experiences, new adventures, new friendships and new opportunities with this season ahead of me! 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

easter inspo. 2019




If you can't tell, I'm a big fan of springtime. I love the beauty of how spring time signifies the "rebirth" of nature and everyone collectively wears my favorite color pallet, pastels. Since Easter is right around the corner I thought I would put together a handful of my favorite spring pieces. It was hard not to include everything from the Gal Meets Glam collection, ugh I cry. Each piece is beyond stunning, I need to get my hands on one of those dresses asap! To not be incredibly biased, I included a wide range from other designers and retailers that are perfect for the spring holiday!

Like always you can shop by clicking on the highlighted links or by clicking the photos down below!




Sunday, April 7, 2019

prom/formal inspo. 2019



Shopping for an evening gown can already be a headache within it's own, but figuring out how to do your hair and makeup can unfortunately be worse than finding the perfect dress. Luckily for you all, I'm sharing a few of my favorite makeup looks, tips, as well as some evening gowns to make shopping fun like it should be!

Makeup looks + tips: 



tip #1:
If your dress consists of a lot of patters, colors, embellishments, etc. stick to a basic/more neutral makeup look. Warm, natural colors are your friend in this case. By using this color pallet, it allows you and your beautiful dress to shine, without being to distracting! 






tip #2
If your dress is more plain, don't be afraid to go full glam! Step outside of the box and use some color, it could really tie the whole outfit together while staying on trend. For example, last year, I had a bright red dress and last minute decided to make my lips the same color. I was apprehensive at first but it looked so good! 


tip #3
Test out the makeup look you want before going to someone to get your makeup done, especially if your getting your makeup done by someone you've never seen before. I've seen my friends go get their makeup done and immediately wipe it off because it was not even close to what they wanted. So to save time and money, take my advice. Stick to who you know is going to do an incredible job or just practice, practice, practice till you get it the way you want!



Annnd if you are still finding yourself searching for dresses, I linked some of my favorites down below!



Friday, April 5, 2019

life update 04.05.19





  Now, this is post is going to be equivalent to ripping off a band-aid lol. I've been pushing back on writing this post for a while now. Not sure if anyone really follows along on my obnoxious instagram stories when I have the pleasure to run my mouth lol. Something that I glazed over is the topic of bloggers/ influencers like myself essentially "oversharing" their lives and stepping out a little too much about their personal lives. I was blabbing about how I think others shouldn't really get too "deep" about their lives but you know what, I wanna eat my words. I don't know who I thought I was a month ago when I was taking about that. I established this blog to be somewhat of a community that I can share my thoughts, help and hopefully inspire other women like me that may or may not be going through the same thing.

     It dawned on me how double sided this whole social media thing can be without authentically sharing what is actually going on personally, rather than just sharing curated photos without any real substance. Thank god for stories though, at least through those I'm pretty much the real me on it! I guess that's the fun of social media, creating something that is fun and lighthearted. Some of this is going to be hard to share, but I honestly feel that what I have been going through can help someone, even if its just one person who happens to read this. Let's play the good news bad news game to make this a little easier. Starting with the good news first, obviously. So without further ado, let's get this show on the road.

THE GOOD NEWS: It's no surprise to you if you've been follow along on my instagram that I now have a job again (praise god!) It was completely unexpected how I landed the job too; it was like it was pre-orchestrated to happen. Clearly, I am a firm believe that everything does happen for a reason. About a month ago, Ride Element invited me to one of their classes; they had a "pop-up shop" event with a Fort Lauderdale boutique, The Wander Shop. I've met the owner Marisa over the summer when I stoped by her new store front location. Right as I opened the door, I was surprised that she remembered me!

    After the class I couldn't help but stop by their booth and shop around. The only issue I had the fact that I hardly had any money. Major broke college girl vibes, honestly this is the story of my life, I should write a memoir, kidding! So in classic Jillian fashion, I was running my mouth to her about how I wish I could shop till I essentially drop, but since i'm not working, it's a lot harder to do so. Just like that she asked if I wanted to work at her shop! If this has taught me anything, just speak your mind, it could get you places! Two days after the event I met with her for coffee and I was hired.

   I know I have only been working at the Wander Shop for less than a month now, but it hasn't even felt like work, it's so much fun working for a small business! I have the creative freedom to merchandise the story how I feel is necessary, create content for the boutiques instagram and so much more. Not to mention, my boss is the true definition of a girl boss. She's constantly getting so much done in one day, her energy is infections and inspiring! The clothes aren't exactly my typically style, but that's the best part. Each day I go into work, with the chance to push boundaries with my own style and the stores to cultivating it as my own.


THE BAD NEWS: Hmmm.. okay so here goes nothing. I believe it's been a little over two weeks since this happened. Anyways, I broke up with my high school boyfriend a few weeks ago. Writing this seems almost surreal, I mean clearly when we first started dating I wouldn't even begin to phantom this happening, but all good things must come to an end. We've been together for somewhat of three years, which is a long time for two kids haha. This choice I made clearly wasn't easy, but it was for the best.

   Luckily, it wasn't a nasty breakup ending in bad blood between the two of us, it was just us drifting apart and becoming two different people. I think i'm becoming comfortable with this change in my personal life and will elaborate more upon this in the near future. When it comes to getting over a breakup, I feel like now more than ever girls feel that their world is ending and nothing good can come from it, I want to share how to get over one in a healthy way and how their is so much self improvement to be done! So stay tuned. But, i'm surprisingly handling this all very well and I hope just the same for him! All good things everyone, it's a learning experience!

Glad I can have the time to chat with you all. Until next time!




Monday, April 1, 2019

welcome to the jungle


The whole "Target is a wonderland" meme and sayings may seem to be overplayed these days; you know, the ones that are like "I go into Target for toothpaste and end up buying the whole store." Blah Blah Blah Blah.  Time after time I am always blown away with some of the stuff I actually find in their! I recently popped into my local Target and found this adorable bikini that is so on brand for me.... and IT WAS 30 DOLLARS! Top and bottoms, 30 dollars!! I don't know about you, but it is almost impossible to find a swimsuit that is chic, fits you like a glove, and doesn't wipe out all of your savings! I believe that they have a buy one get one promo going on right now so run don't walk!

Shop my look below!




 

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