Thursday, August 2, 2018

DON'T GIVE UP ON YOUR DAYDREAM








For a little over a year, I’ve wrestled with thoughts of my future endeavors.  My mind is always working like a ping-pong table, back-and-forth with my thoughts inside my head.  Also, being apprehensive about pursuing what I want to do because it’s more of a “creative” job, rather than your typical 9-5 Dunder Mifflin office style type of job.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m extremely passionate with what I want to do career wise, I just have such difficulty with actually trying to chase after what I want, because I get discouraged with negative thoughts that reign in my mind from time to time. Even though I want to pursue an EXTREMELY INCREDIBLE CAREER in PR, I end up having weird second thoughts and think “maybe it’ll just be best if I go to school to become a dentist.” Which, if you know me is extremely WACK because I get nauseous from the sight of blood and truthfully I'm not that great at science, so that would just be torture!

This summer I took a big step and applied for an internship at a reputable PR firm. It’s crazy how well the stars were aligned and I got the internship! I have realized that my biggest downfall is that I tend to romanticize ideas of myself doing something and achieving something without actually putting in the effort to do so; this is what ultimately holds me back from growing. Who would ever think that too much dreaming can be a bad thing?

You will never know until you find the courage within yourself to try, seek and find a way to make things work. Doors will open up for you if things are meant to be. I sound like such a cheese ball, but I just thought it would be a great post to share with you all, as well as be an encouragement if any of you are facing a new season in life whether it may be the start of a semester, a new job, or any other opportunity.  

Sunday, July 1, 2018

What to Wear this 4th Of July







Odds are, this Independence Day, like many others in the past, will consist of me spending the day in a swimsuit. Noting wrong with that, but I'm always a little envious of everyone wearing cute summery outfits on the 4th. With that being said, I found a cute outfit while I was in NYC. The beauty of it is that you can wear this outfit as a separate or as a set, which is how I styled it!

I hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday!!
Shop this post below (similar items): 



xoxo,

Jillian


Thursday, June 21, 2018

A Broke College Girls Guide to NYC


Before I begin, I have been reflecting about the stories that summers tell. Each summer has a story, as well as each trip to NYC. New York is obviously unlike no other, between the energy that the city brings that has you feeling inspired to create, achieve or even think beyond what you are currently feeling. I am not even going to apologize for such a cheeseball start to this blogpost, spending this past week in the city has really helped me prioritize what I want to achieve for myself in the future.


With all the wonders and enchantment that the city brings… it comes with a pretty big price tag. New York City is hella expensive, not to mention how easy it can be to blow all your savings on a handbag in Barneys! (I was very tempted to pull a little Carrie Bradshaw moment, but that would mean I would starve for the rest of the week haha.) If you are in the same boat as me don't worry, I’ll be sharing a few of my ‘broke college girl tips’ to really stretch your dollar when you visit the city!






1. Budget for what's important and save a little to splurge:
I know I might not be the right person to share money saving advice, but I surprisingly did okay with budgeting my money while being tempted with all that NYC holds. Prior to your trip, it's a great idea to map out your plans. This way you can visualize what you will be busy with and how much you should spend for each day, while leaving a little leftover for any emergency you didn’t plan for, or if you want treat yo self a little!

2. Where to rest your head:
Hotels aren’t cheap and most often it's hard to find one in your price range, especially if your staying for a handful of days. I was lucky enough that Mary’s sister let us stay in her apartment while we visited, so we saved a big chunk of change with the hotel. It would be foolish to stay in a hotel if you know someone in the city or at least close by!  Airbnb is a better alternative to a hotel since they are usually a lot more affordable, as well as kinda making you feel that you are a part time New Yorker!

3. YUM
I’m beginning to think that some restaurants are catching on to the concept of looking ‘gramworthy so they can up the prices with their not so great food.  Mary and I learned this the hard way. Please, please, please take my advice and if there's a new restaurant you have a strong desire to check out, please read the reviews before you end up shoveling out tons of money for a dining experience that was just ‘alright.’ Also, don’t feel obligated to eat out for every meal, that starts adding up. Cook a big breakfast, bring a protein bar with you and go out for dinner! Cutting back on how many times you eat out adds up in the long run.

4. Do Your research!
Not everything you do in NYC has to be extremely expensive. Get up on your research, a lot of museums and stores offer student discounts. Even if you are unsure if they accept a student discount or not, don’t be afraid to ask, the worst thing someone could say is no. Don’t get sucked into overspending on a tourist trap, there is so much more to New York for you to enjoy,





Friday, May 11, 2018

Fabulously Floridian X Fossil




BIG things are finally starting to fall into place with my life, as well as the blog. Well, the big "thing" in my life currently is the start of summer, also I recently embarked upon a new journey with a new job! Like I mentioned in a previous post here on the blog, some big changes are coming to the look and feel of Fabulously Floridian; that isn't meant to scare anyone, it will just be more tailored to who I am and my true vision of this blog!


In my perfect, ideal fantasy that I vision myself constantly living in, I was planning on announcing the "rebrand" of my blog with this post for my collaboration with Fossil. I have been way to excited to share with you all this post I decided to go ahead and post it now instead of waiting! This partnership with Fossil has been somewhat of a surreal experience for me. Looking back to when I started Fabulously Floridian, never in a million years would I have expected that Fossil will choose me to become one of their brand partners! I cannot stress how much of an incredible honor this has been to me!



It's kind of an oxymoron that I am so braindead when it comes to new technology, considering that I run a blog lol, but fossils new, chic smartwatch (which is now on sale!), Is completely user friendly as well as being one of my new favorite accessories! Not to talk down on the Apple watch, but one of my favorite aspects of Fossils Smartwatch it holds true to the elegance of the wristwatch, opposed to something futuristic looking thing that you wear on your wrist!








Shop this look and similar items down below!



xoxo,

Jillian

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Get Ready for Graduation!




Recently all that I have been hearing from so many people is that they are "so shocked" that this school year is coming to a close..... well not me, this year has felt like it was five years all wrapped up in one lol. ANYWAYS... I wanted to share a few dresses that caught my eye that will be perfect for high school or college graduation! It's kind of a funny story of how I got my dress, actually, It was an impulse buy. I was at some random store months before graduation, liked it for five minutes, bought it and within a few days I wanted to wear something else! My mom was so irritated with me for that very reason, that I had to wear the dress to my graduation. If I thought about it more clearly and had  some options of what to wear to graduation,  I added those personal favorites down below. Hope you all enjoy and happy dress shopping!






xoxo,

Jillian

Saturday, April 14, 2018

How to Feel Confident for Finals



Now, I have never been the "top of my class" when it comes to grades, but I always worked as hard as I can. If your a student, I believe that this is the most awkward and uncomfortable time of the semester. I am so close to wrapping up my freshman year of college *thank god* but I have to constantly reel myself back and remind myself that I still have this last stretch left. Ahh yes, thats right, I'm taking about finals and preparation for them.

 Like I mentioned probably a million times in the past on my blog, this first year has taught me a lot about myself and more importantly how to study and pass in college. In my opinion, high school really doesn't prepare you all that well for the ungodly amount of work you will have to endure! With that being said, I thought that I would share with you all some pratical tips that I have learn (the hard way) this year that will help you succeed and feel confident about tackling your finals coming up.

Don't Compare yourself to others!: As flawed humans, we do this almost absentmindedly. We always seem to compare our own capabilities with what others can do. This can be toxic to our mindsets because instead of focusing in on what makes us who we are we start discrediting our skills, talents, even interest and fixate our thoughts on how come we didn't get the same grade as so and so, or didn't get into the same program as them. The biggest take away that I have learned in college so far is this: we are all capable of different accomplishments, as long as if you put 110% of your own effort into your work, no matter what grade you receive, it should be the most rewarding payoff. Yeah, this seems somewhat dumb to just accept (and is still incredibly hard for me to face, I need to lay off on trying to be such a perfectionist.) It take the load off your chest of beating yourself up over the fact you didn't do as well as you thought.

Find out what works best for you: Lectures to me, is the most outlandish idea I have ever heard of. I don't know, maybe their is someone out there who thrives listing to a long, 50min. lecture class, but that such as..... well that sure isn't me. Throughout this semester, I have tried many different ways of studying that works well for me.  Finding out what type of learner you are, is extremely valuable to help you out in the long haul for studying and retaining new information.

Use whats at your disposable: This somewhat piggy-backs off of what I said previously, but using all of the resources, even something as simple as asking your professor a question can help you out tremendously with your finals. In our age of technology, it is seriously easier than ever to find out more information about concepts that you couldn't understand. Videos, study groups, etc. can make you feel more prepared, and take the stress of studying.

Game plan: Finally, create a plan for yourself. A plan for how and when you are going to study for each class. Luckily, I have two classes that don't require a "typical" final. Creating even just a mental plan for how and when your going to study will make things seem less intimidating, you can even start with the easy stuff first lol.

Good luck everyone, hope this helps!

Xoxo,
Jillian

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Spring Wishlist




Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed Forever 21 really stepping up their game recently? I still get extremely overwhelmed whenever I walk into the store, but recently I have found the cutest pieces that actually fit well and look great on me! I linked a few items from their and a few other of my spring favorites that are on my radar for spring down below.

  I look forward to this time every year. It's the time when stores start introducing their spring collections! Shopping for a Floridian is finally enjoyable again, no more sifting through treacherous amounts of coats and dark colors to find last seasons spring/summer look! I rallied together a few of my favorite bright, tasseled, ready for warm weather products down below, Enjoy!





Xoxo,
Jillian

Friday, April 6, 2018

What I Can't Live Without!




A few weeks ago, I received Fossils latest hybrid watch. Lemme be the first to say, I am in love with it! This post isn't sponsored, I simply just want to share my love for this beautiful, rose gold watch! I never leave the house without wearing a watch (even if the battery needs to be replaced!) I always feel somewhat naked if I walk out the door without one on!


  By no means do I consider myself a lucky person, If anything I have terrible luck. I would never bet on myself... for anything! The stars were somehow aligned for me a few weeks back, I was picked from Fossil in a random drawing, that's how I received this beautiful watch!


  It's insane how complex and interesting this watch is. From first glance, it looks as your standard wrist watch. As my curiosity started wondering around about how to work the watch, I realized that you connect it to its app that it is connected with! My mind was blown. It's the little things in life lol.  Once I synced my watch to the app, I was allowed to pick and choose the different functions for each of the three buttons on the watch. My Fossil watch traces my steps throughout the day, I can take pictures with it, as well as play my music straight from the watch!



Shop the watch I received and ones similar down below!






Xoxo,

Jilian



Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Easiest Hair Style Ever!


You guys asked and I am here to give you what you wanted! Last week when I saw the results from the Instagram poll (which are so fun btw) I did in regards to doing an easy, summer hair tutorial, I got positive feedback about making a video about it!
     I took my best attempt at it.. now i'm not sure if I used the right camera, lighting, etc. I worked with what I had and ran with the bit of knowledge I have of video editing from a class I took in high school and here it is! Hope you all enjoy!!


xoxo,
Jillian

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Best is Yet to Come..





Recently, I got a really exciting project for Fabulously Floridian that I am so trilled to be sharing with you all. Throughout the past few weeks I have really focused in on  "walking my talk" (in a more practical sense, showing my true personality through my style/blogging.) I alluded a bit towards this in one of my more previous post, Why it's Important to Developed your Own Personal Style. 

  With that being said, it has been a dream of mine to make my website ever so "fabulously Floridian." I tried my best to learn some coding to create the page that I had now (that stuff is hard!) I just knew that I can take my blog to the next level if I gave it a little TLC... and by TLC I mean a well deserved face lift! Over the past few weeks I took my hard earned, tax return money and invested it to a brand new site design! I have been working along side Kiki Co. Creative, to create a stunning, brand new, Fabulously Floridian! I can't wait see what it will look like!



Xoxo,

Jillian

Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Importance of Staycations


Let’s face it, It’s that weird, uncomfortable stuck-in-the-middle sort of time of the year. Everyone, including myself, is still recovering from all the fun of spring break and hopelessly anticipating the beginning of summer. For me, this time of the year seems to drag on.. nothing quite eventful going on, things seem to be somewhat dull, just yearning for a break from the monotony!


  Over the weekend, I took a quick, much needed getaway down to the Florida Keys (If you guys don't know by now, it is my absolute favorite place to go!) Their is something so unique about the keys, it's hard to capture all of its beauty into words, you just have to go and experience it all!
 I am a firm believer in taking some time off for yourself to enjoy life and all that is around you. People may consider it to be a bit selfish, but taking some time off for yourself is actually vital for good mental and physical health!

  With the Keys only being less than two hours than me, it is a the perfect "staycation" living down in South Florida. Even if you don't live around here, go and get out of the normal routine and rediscover what is close to your home! Today it is easier than ever to come across some charming little towns that are right in your own backyard. I already have a list going of costal towns I gotta check out across Florida (shoutout to Costal Living, making me wish I was always on vacay lol.) This, odd and dull time of the year is actually pretty exciting. It's the perfect time to get away from it all!


Support your locals: One of my favorite aspects of going on a staycation is that it allows you to connect with the local business around you. Visiting  restaurants and shops that are unique to the town around you allows you to immerse yourself with different food, people, experiences as well as taking pride in your neighbors accomplishments. It's a nice break from all the big chains and our usual spots that we are so familiar with!


Refresh & Recharge: Trust me, a little getaway from your day to day life helps you not loose your sanity. Taking a quick trip allows you to focus your thoughts back to yourself, remind yourself what is important in the moment and the time to come, as well as potentially creating a spark of creativity within you. I find that I draw some of my best ideas and thoughts for my blog, within the stillness of nature! Allowing myself to unplug and relax from responsibilities allows me to recharge and come up with new and exciting ideas for my blog, as well as my future. One of the best feelings in the world to me is how I feel standing besides the ocean, I think that is why I find so much inspiration while at the beach.  You look out onto the endless horizon and it begins to click that you are so so small in the grand scheme of things. Your worries do not add up to what is ahead of you! A little cheesy, but I had to share!

Where will your staycation lead you? What memories and experiences will you have to share with the quick break from your daily routine?

XOXO..
Jillian


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

March 2018 Playlist





photo via pinterest

  Not that long ago I believe I sent out an Instagram poll or story relating to how I wanna share my music with you all. For the past couple months, it has been a growing pattern of mine to post my "song of the day" on my Instagram story, I wanted a better way for you all to access my love for music and I hope you all would appreciate it just as much as I do!

  With that being said, I decided I would create my own "Fabulously Floridian" Spotify page! Creating that was a work in progress to say the least. (I'm by no means trying to seem that i'm complaining or ungrateful for what i'm about to say, i'm just stating some facts over here.) My computer is so incredibly slow. There isn't much I can do about it. When me and my sister were gifted this laptop a few years back, she decided to create/ manage ALL of the computers super important passwords, flash forward several years and she has absolutely no memory of what they could be,  so I haven't updated anything in a solid four years.... yeah.

  For some odd reason, running Spotify on my computer slows everything down to the point where I am smashing my hands on any button for them to *possibly* start working. I have to restart my laptop before I even get to click on one of my playlist! It's the most frustrating feeling, especially when I am trying to get homework or anything done, but hey things could be worse! I don't know why the dots didn't connect any sooner, but I have extensive amount of playlist ranging from Frank Sinatra, A$AP Rocky, the most obscure alternative music, to some good old country music, and everything else  in between.

Long story short I threw in the towel with that idea, and decided I will share with you all my favorite songs for each month from my account! I have been doing this concept for roughly three years now (shoot where did the time go) and I continue to add to the playlist during that listed month! So I hope you all enjoy songs I love listening to currently and from the past!



Xoxo,

Jillian

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Spring Break Recap



 I am currently writing to you all poolside, what could be any better then this! My apologies for last week, well for "ghosting" my blog and social media. Since last week was my spring break, all of my friends can into town and I just wanted to enjoy every moment with them, experience break outside from constantly checking my phone and having to be preoccupied with what I was going to post for that week!

   Truthfully I find nothing wrong with taking a break from the phone or whatever that may be tying you up. Enjoy the world around you, the people in your presence, life for what it is, unedited! Not to mention, I feel that putting down your phone/ technology is also great for improving your mental health as well! I may be talking to myself but whenever i'm on my phone for a while, I always feel so sluggish and extremely tired and just feeling like.. bleh. Like I said, maybe I'm the only one, but setting things aside is refreshing, and I also gain that added energy that I was lacking.

   With all of that being said, I had such an amazing break spent with the people who I love the most, and truly encourage and inspire me to chase after what I love to do.  The weather down here in South Florida has been unusual for this time, it was kinda chilly! Pretty sure all my New England friends brought the nor-eastern with them.. I almost wanted to curl up with a blanket down by beach! My days were well spent with great company, we didn't have a ton of plans, but that was all we needed to just catch up with one another.


    This might have been the most *get up and go* day of my break. Monday felt as if I was living in a dream land, my friends Josh, Juan and I headed down to South Beach to spend the day at the beach and "hotel hopping" (just trying to get into the most upscale hotels down there and hang out poolside hah.) The weather was UNREAL!  For lunch we went to this insane taco shack, Taquiza, that had some of the best food I have ever tasted, no joke it was heaven. If you are a cheese lover like me, try their corn on the cob, it was incredible! I was getting kind of hangry when we were there, but it was seriously worth the wait! If any of you are even down in South Beach, I strongly recommend it!



   The rest of my break was spent by countless hours on the beach with great company. Sometimes, that's all you really need. No over-the-top plans, just living each day with the ones you love the most! Down below is more highlights of my spring break!


Me and Mooch stuck in beach traffic for over an hour... yay tourist yay spring break..


sports party!! (I was a surfer lol)



My Squishes!! 


Love these girls!! 


Xoxo,

Jillian

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Swimwear Under $50!

 

photo via pintrest

I absolutely HATE (yes i'm saying in all caps) how expensive swimsuits are! Let's face, you are paying for hardly any material just to cover what is needed, just like underwear and whatnot.. but I digress. Real talk, I am very ashamed of this, but over christmas break I actually ended in a little bit of debt from buying a super expensive swimsuit that I, at the time didn't have the funds for but still impulsively bought it anyway. The remainder of my winter break I was constantly having to mooch of off my friends food (sorry again guys), be as frugal and cheap as possible for the rest of break.. well at least until I got my next paycheck!
      

  I have this love/hate relationship with swimsuits. In a way, I am such a hoarder of them, one just can't ever have to many! I'm such a sucker for anything locally made and has great quality, so if its gonna last me a good time (and if I have the money) I am willing to spend the extra penny. But I get it, sometimes you would just like something new to wear for vacation, spring break, etc! I found a good handful of adorable, trendy, swimsuits that wouldn't break your bank! Before I forget.. I also found this dupe for this Tory Burch swimsuit I have been seeing everywhere for under 20! If I could only convince my mom to get me a swimsuit for spring break....haha!





XOXO,

Jillian

Monday, February 26, 2018

Prom/Formal 2018




    It's that time of the year again... it's the time for prom dress shopping time! For some, this time is exciting, it's an excuse to try on a bunch of pretty dresses and have fun while shopping! I wish that was me,. This year, since its Kyle's senior prom, I will be going to prom for my third time around the block. Honestly, I am thankful that I had a few years to use as some what as a learning experience of what to wear for myself and my style rather than just looking like another girl my age in the same, somewhat stale, generic "prom" dress.



Kyle and I my junior year prom

     I feel that I  have some what of PTSD (all jokes of course) from my junior year prom, not that I looked bad, but it really wasn't me. I felt that I was a contestant in Miss America, glitter galore with giant, super highlighted hair! I loved what I wore last year, I got my dress from Camilyn Beth, it was so sweet she even wrote me a little card! I am still trying to find and excuse to wear that dress again, it was so comfortable and light, made it easy for me to dance and move around all night! The dress I wore to my senior year prom is linked down below, with a bunch of other dress options that are far from the ordinary!



Xoxo,
Jillian

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Helllooo 19!




I was beginning to become a bit unenthusiastic about turning 19. To me I thought  it's somewhat like being 13.... in a odd, strange way. Yes, legally at 19 you are legally "considered" an adult (I am learning what that means more and more each day) And 13 you are celebrating the years to the start of your teen years, but they both are kinda the ages that stuck in the middle, ya know? You are on the brink of being 20, while still being in between as a teenage.


 While enjoying my "spa day" I was treated to on my birthday, I had a new even better realization. I have a feeling that this maybe this will be one of my greatest year yet! After all, it is my last year of being a teenage, last year with getting away with saying that, the last year of adolescence. My goals for myself is to do more of what I personally want for myself and to get out of my comfort zones of the ordinary. For instance, if i'm presented an opportunity to do anything.. anything presented my way, I should take hold of that! It is just the right time to do so.


Also, each year is a marking of a new, fresh stage of life, a new beginning! That is something so valuable, just like each day given to us, I needed to snap out of the toxic mindset of nineteen being just a "bleh" year.

Most importantly, this one sorta relates to one of my New Year's goal, is to tell everyone what is truly on my mind/ heart. I don't know maybe i'm overthinking this a bit to much, but it seems to me that in our society where everyone around us is so plugged into what people are saying about each other online, etc. it's easy for us to sugarcoat our thoughts and honest feelings to others/ subject matters. If something is on your mind, feel free and say it! If something is bothering you, speak up! If you are passionate about something, express it! Life is too short to go through life without expressing your individual thoughts!

Xoxo,
Jillian

 

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