Things To Do The Summer Before Starting College

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Hi everyone!

I don’t know about you, but the summer before your freshman year of college can seem a bit emotionally draining. Knowing that you're leaving your friends, family, and hometown behind to start a new and thrilling chapter of your life seems a bit scary right? I have a few tips on how to soak up every minute of your last “high school summer” and have it be one that is productive for the year to come, and make it memorable.

  1. Make Plans for Everyone in your Life
Call up a friend you havn’t seen in years, have lunch with one of your family members, set aside time for the ones in your life. Be sure to reconnect with those close relationships or even any relationship in your life to create lasting memories you will take with you to college.

People are moving in all different directions, now is the best opportunity to spend time with those individuals. This season of my life has been especially challenging for me.  My close friends are moving far away or out of state, and having to expect a major change with making new friendships next year. Since I will be staying local, luckily I will still have Kyle and my family by my side.  It’s gonna be such a big change not being less than 20 minutes away from the people I spent every moment with. Don’t hold back on spending every miniature of those you love.

2. Get a Job!
If you haven't realized already, college is insanely expensive. Spending money on books, coffee, dorm necessities, tution, the list goes on and adds up so quickly. Having a job before your freshman year will help you save for you college expenses while teaching you budgeting tips you’ll need for the next upcoming years.

Having a summer job gives you great exposure to balancing your time and managing your planning, which is crucial for your college years. Even if you don't find a job, look for an internship with something you are passionate about. Your college will see how you have used your summer to pursue more “hands on” learning and this will make you stand out to your professors and future employer especially when you are applying for a bigger and better job.

3. Dorm Shop
This sounds like a no brainer if you're living on campus, so look for mood boards or any inspiration to help you plan want your new dorm to be like. I mean, this will be your new little “home” so make it personal to you and that it makes the whole transition seem inviting. Even if your staying at home, a fresh start is always nice. Gut out your room and get rid of all the useless junk like textbooks or anything that caused clutter. Add some new finishes to your room or redo the whole thing!



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Life Lately | July 2017

Monday, July 10, 2017

Hi everyone!

I wanted to update you all on everything that's been happening in my life lately! I always want my readers to feel completely personal with me and I hope you all realize that through each of my blog posts. I never wanna seem like some robot haha. Like every kid who just got out of high school, I was desperate to find a job. My parents kept bugging me about finding a job and they were right, I need some extra change in my pocket for college, my blog, etc.!

I knew that I wanted to start working in the retail field and lucky for me, one of the largest outlet malls is a hop skip and a jump from my house. I landed a job at Club Monaco and I have been loving every second of it. Right as I saw them building the store, I knew I wanted to work there. It's incredible that people travel all across the globe to come down here to shop! Getting to interact with people from other cultures while helping style them motivates me each and every day.

I have had so many fun adventures this summer, with still more to come. As you all know, I started off my summer by going to NYC. There is still so much of New York I need to experience, you can't possible check everything off your list in just one trip! I visited St. Augustine to catch up with one of my closest friends and have spend a few weeks down in the Florida Keys. (The Keys has to be my absolute favorite spot to vacation!) I need to start bringing my laptop with me on these getaways so I can multitask between blogging and traveling!

I'm trying to find the perfect slip on sandals that I've been seeing all over Instagram.  They are the perfect shoe for my summer closet. If any of you have any suggestions, feel free to let me know! This week I will be sharing with you all my picks from the Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale and I can't wait to see all that they have to offer for this yearly sale!

I have so much in store for you coming up on the blog, I hope you enjoy! It was great catching up with everyone.



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Tips to make High school The Best Four Year of your Life!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

It’s been about a month since I graduated high school and I’ve been thinking about the great times I had as well as some of the more challenging times I had that made me who I am today. Sound a bit cheesy but it's true. This blogpost I really want to encourage you all to really capture your youth and all the opportunities that you have in high school. I hope the little things that I write on Fabulously Floridian really speak to you all, and you enjoy it along the way!

1. Don't limit yourself to normalcy
Break the mold and truly live by what inspires you; what fuels you every day, whatever that may be. To anyone reading this that may be a rising freshman, if you try to live these next four years of your life acting like someone you’re not, where’s the fun in that? Many people get caught up in in trying to be others, they don't reach their full potential. There's only one you in the universe, so be the best you you could be! In high school, I made up for the times that I wasted in middle school; well, all the times in middle school I didn't speak up for myself or bother to pay attention to my school work and even my friendships!. I’m not sure what it was, but at the end of freshman year I knew I needed to break the mold of trying to pretend to be some girl that I wasn’t, and I was completely okay with that. Even if it meant showing my classmates and others who I am, a loud, crazy, energetic person (okay, and sometimes messy) ,I wanted it to be my mission to stay authentic to myself.

2. Chase after your passions
I'm gonna try to do my best and not have cheesy titles for these, but it’s hard to fit all that I need to say into little captions! Attention all juniors and seniors, I want you guys to pay good attention to what I have to say. Junior year, I let too many false perceptions of my future creep into my mind. I felt that the only way I'd be happy is if I went to law school and became a lawyer. Wait, not even happy. I just remember trying to catch up to my genius friends (which wasn't all a bad thing, they gave me great motivation.) But I had this toxic mindset primarily all throughout my junior year that I just needed to prove to everyone that I was smart. Think Elle Woods, who just wanted to prove her smarts to her sorority and ex by following him to law school. I mean, props to her, she graduated from Harvard Law and looked fabulous while doing so, but like her I was seeking to prove my wits for all the wrong reasons and unlike her I wasn’t making any progress with pursuing law school. **hint hint**
I remember having a "quarter life crisis" as me and Rachel called it, which kind of shook me from that mindset. One night after dinner, we went for a little retail therapy, during this time of the year, it was all talk of college applications, and constant pressure from teachers and other students about assignments, who got the highest SAT or ACT, the list goes on. Long story short, the two of us ended up crying in Saks, part of the reason being that we couldn’t afford anything, but the primary reason being that we were both so confused of what to do with our lives. "Jillian I know you, you wouldn't be happy reading endless court cases everyday of your life, you need to do what motivates you." said Rachel, amid me pathetically crying.
She was right. Even if someone has said this to you before, I can’t stress how real it actually is.
Please, don't be like me and think senior year will be such a breeze, because it was definitely a wakeup call. I always felt bombarded with having to know exactly where I wanted to go to school, what job I needed to get, that it was almost suffocating to hear! I remember time after time coming home and yelling to my mom that I needed almost a huge "heads up!" for senior year, and that I had to be making major decisions that will pave my entire future; which, was kind of a struggle as I'm also so indecisive, haha!

3. Friendship is everything
Even though I've been going to the same school with basically the same kids from third grade to my senior year, that doesn't mean I have had the same friends all those years. I've had friends come and go, which was a huge struggle during a particular time in my high school career, just always wondering what I did for that to happen, if anything, without realizing that those disappointments, would lead to bigger and better things.
It might have taken me until the end of my sophomore year, (Not to mention, I met the best boyfriend out there unexpectedly that summer... now that was a good year!) but I have found the best girls out there (Fab 4!) they are my other sisters, seriously. We have had countless sleepovers, the most insane moments together and have lived and continue to live our young lives to the fullest. I remember that the week leading up to graduation was filled with such bittersweet emotions and even now, as summer is happening, I’m still experiencing those emotions as I experience all the happiness I have with my girls by my side, and all the sadness I experience from them leaving in a few short months. Hannah, Mary and Rachel, I wanted to thank you all for filling my life with so much endless joy and laughter (well, croaks!) Living in South Florida without you all is going to be quite a hard adjustment. You all have taught me so much about myself and have always been a huge support system by always believing in me. To Grant, such a close friend of mine who's creativity inspires me (and his humor, I swear we are the same person.) we still have memories of us in fourth grade together!
And not to mention the other friends who I have shared the greatest adventures with and end up crying laughing whenever we are together. (You guys know who you are... hint: snapchatgroup: GHJx4MRS ;) These friends who I have had countless memories with, I'll cherish you all and each of these moments for the rest of my life.
Find friends in high school that really bring out the best in you and who are excited for all that there is to come in your life, those are the ones to cling to. You shouldn’t have to change who you are when you’re around them; that proves the authenticity of how much they love you. This goes for friendships as well as any relationship you have with another!

I hope you all enjoy your years of high school and really make the best out of the years that you have, trust me, it's nothing like the movies, but with the right friends around you and a positive attitude on life, you can make it better than the movies!



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Fabulously Floridian x Tobi

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hi everyone!

To kick off the "official" start of summer, (well not for Floridians, it's summer all year round!) I have teamed up with Tobi to showcase a few of my favorite summer pieces from them currently! Not to mention, they have adorable outfits for an extremely affordable price! It was an amazing opportunity to be partnering with them, they have something in store for everyones style, even mine! Their casually cool pieces that I have received for them goes perfect with my wardrobe for the summertime, and anytime!

Best Dress to Beat the Summer Heat!

Hope you all enjoyed this post, and be sure to check out Tobi!

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NYC Recap!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

View from Top of the Rock

 FAB4 Takes the MET!

Best View of the City at Top of the Rock!

Hannah and I!

Roochie Poochie

It was a tad windy...

Thanks again SoulCycle (and the best instructor, Robert!) at  Bryant Park for kicking off our morning! 

City Strolls

Brooklyn Bridge 

Jean Andre capturing us in the streets of Soho

The Knickerbocker has a stunning rooftop with a panoramic view of Time Square!

Us 24/7

Wrapped up my time in the Big Apple with a little shopping at Vineyard Vines Grand Central!

A few months back, I met up with 3 of my best friends and their moms for lunch. While we were munching on our lunch, a gift bag came out that included an apple, a taxi cab, and a napkin from subway (lol). We were going to New York City for our graduation gift! We all were thrilled and counting down the days until we boarded the plane!  Fast forward to last weekend, I’m excited to share with you all the memories and stops we made when we were in the Concrete Jungle.


Our plane touched down in New York and we had the whole day ahead of us. We arrived at the Knickerbocker Hotel, let me tell you, the room was huge and their soundproof walls made the insanity of Time Square completely fade away! We found our way around the subway to headed to the MET.  I was so excited to be going there and the place is gigantic!  You could spend days in there! Next, we had tickets for Top Of the Rock at 7:30pm which was the perfect time to get a bird's eye view of the city at the golden hour! That was a major highlight of the trip. Scratch the observation deck at the Empire State Building (overpriced and metal bars crowding the view). Visit Top of the Rock instead, it's mindblowing how peaceful and still the bustling city streets look from that high up! There is always room for dessert in my book, so we made a stop at the famous Magnolia Bakery to get their out of this world banana pudding. (P.S. they ship nationwide now!)


Saturday morning, Mary and Rachel left for the Governors Ball Music Festival, while  Hannah and I did more exploring of the City. Before we headed out, we starting off our morning with an intense SoulCycle class! That was my first class and I was surprised how much it lives up to the hype! By far one of the best workouts I have had! SoulCycle, if you happen to take a peek at this blogpost, can you please open a studio in Ft. Lauderdale? Thanks! Next, we took the subway over to visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.  You must take the tour of the museum if you are there, it’s such a heart wrenching experience but it really makes you appreciate our country and those that are here to protect us. When we were finished, we walked over to the Oculus building right next door and this place is insanely cool! The building reminded me of something from the Jetsons!

Since it was our last full day in the City, we were determined to make the most out of it and we did! We got up and headed to Brooklyn to trek across the Brooklyn Bridge. You are able to view the City in such a different perspective! Then, we all wanted to do some major shopping in SoHo. As we were casually walking down the street, we came across these beautiful polaroid portraits of people, so we walked back and began chatting with the man behind the camera, Jean Andre. Listing to him talk about his passion was so inspiring to all of us, he was such a kind soul! So we did a little shoot with him in the middle of the City! I thought it would be interesting if we took a photo on a taxi, so he quickly ran up to the cab driver if he could sit us upon the trunk of the taxi cab! Meeting him and getting those photos of us was an amazing memory we could only experience while in NYC.

Hope you all enjoyed my little NYC recap! What's your favorite stop to see in NYC?


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