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!




Saturday, March 30, 2019

get ready with joogs!



photo via pintrest

As I promised the other day from my long "getting ready with joogs" insta story, here's the complete one stop shop when it comes to the makeup products I use day by day! Each product is in order with when I apply them. Like always, If you wanna shop, click the highlighted links for each product! Hope you all enjoyed!

Step 1: 3-1 Primer Spray: With the help of my handy dandy sidekick, I spray the 3-1 mist all over my beauty blender to get it a little damp, then blot it all over my face till I start to notice a dewy complexion. I couldn't imagine applying my makeup to my dry, flakey skin. This helps create a smooth, even canvas to work on.

Step 2: Luminizer Primer: It's no secret that I kinda over dew it when it comes to making my skin angelic (lol see what I did their ;) The plus of this luminizer is not only do I look even more radiant, but it covers up all of my pores to make my complexion even more smooth.

Step 3: Foundation: Now that my skin is all ready to be painted on, I take a few droplets of my bareminerals liquid foundation and place teeny tiny spots all over my face, and blend it all together with my beauty blender.

Step 4: Lip Plumper: Before I continue with anything else, I take my lip plumper gloss to give me more of that pouty look. Not sure if this has a tremendously different effect, I mean its not a lip injection, but I do feel my lips tingle so something must be going on!

Step 5: Concealer: Concealer is truly sent from God above. It creates the illusion that I'm well rested on days that I look like a walking zombie in a matter of seconds! I apply this concealer in an upside down triangle underneath my eyes to wake them up.

Step 6: Contour: Clearly, I am not as skilled as a makeup professional or even someone who works over the beauty counter in Macy's, so I play it safe when it comes to contouring. I'm a littler nervous to really "go awf" with my contour, so I stick to something subtle, it's more my style anyways. I tend to go back in forth with these two contour sticks, depends on what i'm feeling that day. I simply outline my cheekbones, forehead and my nose, blend it all in and voila, a more defined face!

Step 7: Bronzer: To lock in the definition I just created with my contour stick, I simply take my bronzer and go over the areas i've contoured. Rule of thumb is to create the number 3 on your face. For example, swiping the bronzer on your forehead, cheekbones, and chin.

Step 8: Blush: I have't really been a fan of the typical powder brush, that's what I am in love with this cheek stain. It's versatile, it's buildable, and the best part is that it last for evverrrrr! This shade give you just the right around of rosey, without looking insane! To apply I make a huge grin and apply the stain to the apples of my cheeks and bring it up to mix with the bronzer. I also enjoy putting a little bit on my lips and nose for some extra color!

Step 9: Highlight: Time to shimmer and shine! I apply my highlight to the areas of my face that would naturally capture light. Right above my cheekbones, the bridge of my nose and my cupids bow!

Step 10: Eyelashes: Right before I apply my mascara, I give my lashes a boost with my curler! I take the wand and clasp it on my lashes for 30 seconds. It's as easy as that! Now time for mascara, I make the ugliest face while doing this so for the sake of your enjoyment, I didn't film it. After my lashes are curled, I take the stick and wiggle up to the top of my lashes. I usually do 2-3 coats of mascara on my lashes.

Last but not least I take my setting spray and spritz it all over my face in an X motion!

Hope this helps!

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