Thursday, January 18, 2018

Hey Everyone!

I have been wanting to share with you all one of my favorite piece I received from Christmas! I finally found some time the other day to shoot this stunning, easy to wear outfit (thanks Kyle!) Not to mention, this wicker clutch from Tuckernuck. I hate to admit it, but I am a stripes hoarder and unashamedly aware of it! I'm not so sure why I always gravitate to wanting any article of clothing to have stripes on it, but that needs to stop or pretty sure that is all I will be wearing! 

No lie I have been living in this dress, to work, to go out, it's perfect for any time! Down below I liked a few of my favorite items from Tuckernucks sale going on right now, shop away!


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My Nightly Skincare Review

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Hey Guys!

Entering college, I knew it was time to get serious about my skincare. I wouldn’t treat my skin terribly, I just wasn't really paying any attention to it and it was sure lacking some TLC. I always made a “mini” vow to myself that I would start getting into skincare in my early 20’s, but why wait till then? Skin care is important and isn’t something you should just throw aside until you start seeing issues.
With that being said, after a few trials and errors, I have found the best skin care routine that works perfectly for my skin type, combination and dry. Before I dive any further into this post, just a little disclaimer, I am by no means a skin professional.  I have discovered these products that have worked wonders on my skin and I hope they will do just the same on you!

Below I’ve listed my “step by step” skincare routine.  For starters, I always make sure that all my hair is completely tied back.  I love a good stretchy headband, they always do the trick!


Makeup Removal: I have never really been fond of the way makeup feels on my skin.  I don’t care how tired I am, I make it a priority to wipe off all my makeup! (I do have some exceptions of not doing so, nobody's perfect right?) I used to use makeup wipes, but for some reason a lot of the popular brands of wipes have always burned and irritated my skin, not so sure why, so I go all natural.
Coconut oil is the jack of all trades, you can put that stuff on anything and it has so many amazing benefits. I put a small dab of coconut oil around my face and wipe off my makeup. Not to mention, the coconut oil always makes my skin feel baby bottom soft after I wash it off!

Cleanser: For the longest time I have had trouble with finding the right cleanser for my skin. I’ve been lucky enough to never have to deal with terrible acne breakouts, I do have the occasional ones here and there, but I always have these purple-red spots that never seem to go away. My dermatologist prescribe a topical cleansing gel, Glytone, which has helped tremendously! The only negative comment I would have to say about the cleanser is that it is prone to causing dry skin.  I’ve learned to use it either morning or night, or both if I remember to moisturize extra that day!Witch

Hazel Toner: I️t may smell weird, but it does the trick! Setting my skin with toner, essentially allows a “blank canvas” for my nightly products.

Serum: I recently got a Kiel’s skincare set for Christmas. I️t had to be one of the best gifts I received! Their nightly serum is some serious stuff. I️t makes my skin look hydrated and glowing in the morning, not to mention has a soothing smell of lavender!

Moisturizer: I am addicted to Glossier’s priming moisturizer. I have always struggled with dry skin and this does the trick! I️ highly recommend it, it’s one of my favorite products from Glossier. It’s also a two in one, you get the benefits of a moisturizer, well as it being a base primer!

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Recap of 2017 & Goals for 2018!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018


Happy New Year Everyone!

It’s hard to wrap my mind around the reality that 2017 is already another closed chapter in the books. Growing up, the year “2017” always felt extremely out of reach. Afterall, it was my graduating year and I have been at the same school for nine years… nine years…a huge chunk of my life was spent in the same environment. (Now you can see why 2017 never felt as if it would actually come!) I have been reflecting on this past year and realized that it has been a lot more than just the “resolutions” I had set for myself.

This year ended up taking a different turn than I was intending to follow. I know I’m only 18, so saying “this has been the year I have learned the most” can sound a bit far fetched, but this time has opened my eyes to so much more responsibility, independence, and learning how to find comfort within new situations. Things have been difficult, uncomfortable even, but I’m grateful for that. Again, I may sound like a cheesy Hallmark card, but the challenging times in life can produce the greatest outcome, that has been my most impacting takeaway.

I came to the realization not that long ago that a big part of my ambition and empowering feelings was supported by the ones around me and where I had attended school for so long. Being separated from that motivation and not being around like minded people, took a bit of a toll on me. Being able to come back, stand on my own two feet, and really pursue my dreams, my passions, and my calling on my own, really took some maturing. 2017 taught me a lot about personal growth, and how to stand my own ground within myself. Now, onto my goals for 2018!

2018 Goals

Running: I have learned to love running, you can read more on my progress here. Recently I have noticed that I don’t really push myself to go the “extra-mile” when I run. I tend to stay within the 1.5-2 mile distance. I am looking into running the Seven Mile Bridge Run in the Florida Keys, I know that this will be great motivation to get myself running longer, and train myself for the race!

Variety: I wanna start taking more of a variety of workout classes, rather than just the same routine to keep things interesting! I have been wanting to do yoga for the longest time ever, or even a cycle class here and there!


It’s okay to say “No”:  THIS IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST THINGS I HAVE LEARNED IN 2017! I cannot stress this enough. In the past I would bite off more than I could chew, essentially taking too many responsibilities all at once, in reality, I had hardly any time to complete it well, or time for myself! I used to think I was being selfish by always being the “yes man”, even though we sometimes think we can tackle the world, we gotta start small!  

Dream Log: Maybe it’s just a Pisces thing, it’s rare that I don’t go a night without having some of the most vivid, intense dreams. I want to start journaling them, just for fun, maybe they mean something who knows. (I’m proud of myself, I have one entry in!)

Budgeting: This is the year I am going to be smart with my money! I have heard great things about this app called “Every Dollar” it links with your bank account and at the start of every month you create different ways in which you decide to budget your money. No more of Jillian spending money on stuff I don’t need, or even impulsive buying. That habit will be kicked to the curb!


“Logging Off”: I have such a love/hate relationship with social media. I hate the fact that it can take away from wonderful moments in life, not even that, it can sometimes create a toxic mindset, whether you are conscious of it or not! I thought of this idea, which I really want to implement, which is dedicating the downtimes I have in the evenings or whenever, to write a ton of content, save it all, and schedule it. Hoping that this will erase the mindless scrolling since my post will be planned, I will have more time to spend with others and catch up on well, life!

I am looking forward to 2018 with a different perspective than the previous year, a year to really grow with what I love doing, which is blogging.  I want to strive to always keep it personal between my readers, as well as providing content you all will love. In this day and age with all the social media at our access, it’s easier now than ever to create what you've only dreamed of, having that outlet of self expression, as well as being able to be your own #girlboss. Besides my resolutions with Fabulously Floridian, I really love the feeling of an overwhelming sense of happiness. And, it is achievable! I want to always be a genuine friend to everyone, even people who I have brief encounters with, and share positivity to the ones around me. Why waste your energy on being with negative people or even being negative yourself? I’m elated to see all that this year holds. Here’s to all the new adventures, new memories with my friends and loved ones, and new opportunities ahead in 2018. Can’t wait to experience it with you all!


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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Hey Everyone!

I believe this is the first time ever on the blog that I'm writing something fitness related! To preface this blog post, I am clearly, by no means an expert.  I just want to share with you all some of the ways I keep myself fit, mentally and physically, just in time to kick off the New Year!  Throughout my life I have always been active.  Growing up I played different sports, including swimming, and I danced for a big portion of my life. The way I felt about myself wasn’t always sunshine and rainbows.


I struggled with my weight well into my middle school years. I was a bit more on the chucky side than most girls in my grade, but what I didn’t understand then was that I was still very much a kid, and a growing one at that.  Let me tell you, that did not make for a good three years of middle school. Kids are cruel, I thought the world was against me (I was so incredibly dramatic haha.)

This is a strange time in life where you can’t rely on your own thoughts and emotions because they are constantly up in the air.  At the time I was extremely insecure with myself.  I felt uncomfortable in large social settings and I was concerned that I didn’t look like the other girls in my class. This is the complete opposite of the confident woman I am today. My mindset was so toxic back then, I was hung up on the fact that I wasn’t as tiny as the other girls, that I missed out on just having fun with my life!

I joined a swim team in 6th grade just to give me something to do and I ended up falling in love with it! I swam competitively throughout middle school and into my freshman year of high school. One of my biggest regrets to this day is quitting! I loved everything about swimming, there was even a point and time I was on two teams at once. I began to see a change in myself, not only physically but even feeling comfortable in my own skin! I wasn’t dieting anymore or concerned about my image, I was simply just having fun! I always thought that if I didn’t eat as much, I would start seeing changes in the way I looked. That is the biggest lie ever told, but hey you live and ya learn!

My freshman year of high school I started dancing again.  Some of you may not know this but I had such a relentless passion for ballet. My freshman year of high school I even wanted to be homeschooled so I could join different ballet companies. Wow, things have changed in a few short years. Fortunately, my school offered dance classes during school, as well as an after school program. My sophomore year I took the dance endorsement track, I wanted to be such a dedicated ballerina.  Two hours of my school day was spent in dance class. The phase eventually wore out and I had to focus on school and what I wanted to follow in my future. I had no time for other activities. #D1BOUND #GRINDDONTSTOP.  I figured I would take up running because I could go at any time that worked with my schedule and all I needed was some headphones and running sneakers! I had always hated running, even in PE when we were required to run the mile, I would always walk it!  But, I have learned to love running! Now, I run about 2 miles a day and I keep pushing myself to go further. My goal this year is to start training for the “7 mile bridge run” in the Florida Keys!


Besides training for the 7 mile run, I want to be more consistent with my running. In high school, I pretty much had the same schedule, so it was easy to plan when I was going to go for a run. Fast forward to now, my work schedule is constantly changing, different class times, and other responsibilities make it more challenging to find the time. I want my motivation to be that running will make me feel wonderful, giving me energy to last through the day and have a more clear mindset!

On top of my love for running, I also love clean eating. Not only does exercising increase my mood and create an overall enjoyable lifestyle, but so does eating well. I want to try to also eat a lot more fruits and vegetables, I even bought a juicer! Another one of my New Year's resolutions is meal prepping for breakfast and lunch for the upcoming week. One of my favorite food accounts on Instagram:@cleanfoodcrush, has the best clean eating recipes.  Each one I have made has been a huge hit!


Shop this post below! (P.S: My outfit is from lulu lemon, liketoknowit isn't liked to them so I added some similar items:)

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Hey Everyone!

I’m so excited about writing/ planning this blog post because I honestly believe, well at least in my opinion, this has been by far the weirdest/strangest time of my life. (Hoping that doesn’t seem too dramatic haha.) This time has tremendously helped shape me into who I am. So many new things happening around me, it's hard to wrap my mind around it all, and that's okay!  Maybe you're like me and realized that your whole “ideal vision” of your college experience hasn’t turned out exactly the way you wanted it to. Personally, I really had no sort of “expectation” of what I wanted my college experience to be, I was never looking for that. I really went into this semester with the completely white and black mentality of “getting my degree and leaving.”
Just like all of you, I am beyond thrilled that this semester has wrapped up because it seemed as if it was never going to end! (To all of my readers who are still about to take your finals, you got this!!) It’s crazy to think that it is already mid-December and so many things are planned this month.  Traveling, Christmas is extremely close, spending time with friends and family, and finishing out 2017 strong.

It's crazy to think that we are at the end of another year, it always seems to creep up on me, but even though this year was difficult, it had to be one of the most memory filled ones. It’s strangely comforting to think that right around the corner is the start of a new year, a new fresh take on your life and how you want to make it out to be!

Now is the time that I would say I have some “tips and tricks” for you all about having to overcome your first semester of college, but honestly, what tricks do I ever share lol?? I feel that that phrase can be so overused, or maybe it's just an idiom, but one day maybe I'll throw in a trick of some sort (have any ideas ahah?) This post is all about some insight and advice I can say about my first year at college (well, first semester.) Essentially, I want to capture each semester of college to share with you all so you guys can grow from it, as well as I. So without further ado, let begin!

I believe in a previous post I shared about how my first semester was at a community college where many of the students attend for a semester or two to get their general courses under their belt, then transfer to their dream school. I spent my first semester there and now I’m transfering to Florida Atlantic University next semester.

One day over the summer, right as I finished high school, I went to one of their “informational sessions” to go and pick your classes for the following semester. The only exception to the classes they required me to take, since I was enrolled as a transfer student, were blended classes. If you are unfamiliar with that, all it is is that you sit in a classroom for a little bit more than an hour each week, your professor tells you your upcoming assignments, and you go home and learn the material yourself. Basically, I was homeschooled for the first time of my life. Major shout out to my parents for never doing that to me growing up, I would have hated it! My biggest struggle in school has always been math, in order for me to do well in math, I have to be very hands on and taught one on one to understand what is being taught to me.

Long story short, a good majority of the time this semester (I hate admitting this, but it's true), I would find ways to get my work done quicker, so I could get the grade in a short and quick amount of time. It wasn't until a few weeks ago when all of that started creeping up on me and I was in too deep.  So to wrap this all up, if you know you aren't that strong in one subject, admit it to yourself that it’s completely okay and get yourself the help you need to succeed! Don’t just coast along the whole semester and wait until the last minute like I did, trust me, it'll come to haunt you!


I’m not gonna share too much about this because this topic is a bit too personal than what I would like to share. I had a teacher in high school and one of my close family friends that would always say “You shouldn’t make decisions when you are alone, tired, hungry, and during new changes.” Please, please please, if there's anything I would want you guys to take away from this post, it would be this point right here. Yes, I have heard this on end, but some weird level of self-assurance and cockiness creep inside of me and was just being ignorant to what I have been told time after time.

Things were so unfamiliar, all of my friends moved away for college, I started a new job, I was at a new school. I figured if maybe I were to take things in the matter of my own hands, it would make me feel more independent and empowered, which was such a dumb mindset. I don’t even know. The hardest factor had to be accepting that this is where I was meant to be for the time being. Even though I grew up here and had so many memories with my friends around here, it was time to separate that from my day to day life. If you all have thoughts about these major decisions in your life, really think about it. It sounds lame, but make a pros and cons list! Just don’t act on impulse based on temporary feelings. The scariest thing for me is that it hit me out of nowhere that you have to make such big decisions that can affect your life. Yeah, I have heard people talk about it, but until you are really faced with those decision and having to put on your “big girl panties” and conquer them with your own thoughts and beliefs, is when you truly start to begin to grow up.


Again, my saltiness from where I spent my first semester is going to come out. Not to be dramatic, but I felt as if I was in some weird twilight zone there. I was in such a lull because “failing” was all everyone ever talked about. I have always been one to go against the norm, but it was such an unhealthy feeling of always being reminded of failure, and really no motivation by anyone, even the professors didn’t really care how well you did or put you on a successful path. Being constantly surrounded by that negativity, sadly puts a toll on you, whether you realize it or not! I began to slowly see a lack of motivation, obviously because everyone else around me felt the same!

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