Thursday, August 15, 2019

college girl back to school!

WHERE DID THIS SUMMER GO?

  I know we are all in the same boat of being in denial that this summer is coming to a close ever so quickly; but that's a story for another time. Growing up, shopping for school supplies was almost just as exciting to me as the last day of school, what a psycho I am. I guess this is where my obsession for stationary items stemmed from.

  With the horrific back to school commercials & the days of summer growing shorter, back to school shopping to little me was a chance where I was able to have a fresh restart and *flex* a bit when I show up on the first grade of whatever grade sporting all of my new smelly markers, stickers and folders with my favorite TV characters on the front. Throwback to the forth grade when I vividly remember I had an iCarly spiral notebook and it was my prized possession haha.

  Back to school shopping in college is just flat out sad. Used binders and folders from semesters past that you end up finding tucked in your closet and using it because "it gets the job done." Where's the excitement in that? To put the fun back into back to school shopping, I designed a list of must have items for any college girl headed back to school!

THE COMPLETE COLLEGE GIRL SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST:

Agenda: Not to be dramatic, but I would be lost in the world without my agenda. I have until the end of August until my current one is donezo, so in the mean time I have been eyeing these two adorable ones from target! Not only are they at a great price point, but they even allow you to plan out each hour of your day. I by no means have all my ducks in order for every hour of my day, but at least I can pretend!

Brush: Everyone that I know that owns this thing, every blogger I follow that talks about it, looses their mind over this product. I already know i'll be carving out $36 to get this the next time I get paid. This brush fakes a salon blowout in the matter of minutes! We may not have flying cars in 2019, but we have this and to me that's just as incredible.

Backpack: Let me start of my letting you all know I am not that "cool girl" who wears a big tote to class, to me it's just not particle. I need something durable, yet cute, that I can stuff everything and anything into, but I don't wanna look like i'm about to embark on a cross country hike, you feel? The benefit of this backpack is that you don't have to sacrifice looking cute for practicality! Score!

Blue Light Blocking Glasses: Protecting your eyes from "blue light" is such a hot topic these days,  and finally I understand why! I've heard countless advertisements about these glasses, but it all seemed kinda made up to me. It was until my boss bought this pair & I have been borrowing them since then and I can now attest to the hype! The prof is in the pudding guys! No longer do I feel so drained and lethargic when i'm completing a task on my computer or phone. Did I mention these are less than $20? Run, don't walk.

Colorful Pens: The pens are the perfect tool to write down your plans in agenda, take organized notes in class, at the end of the day these felt tip pens are even better to doodle in class with lol.

Diamond Pens: The millennial version of Cher Horowitz's iconic pink fluffy pen.



Hydroflask: Another piece I need to add to my water bottle collection. What I like about the Hydroflask in comparison to my yeti & swell is that it is easy to store ice in *unlike my swell* and is easy to carry around campus with the little handle *unlike my big bulky yeti.* 

Mug: Since i'm strictly an iced coffee kind of gal (yes, even in the cold!) I wanted to find a way to drink out of a cute mug. As of yesterday, I made myself a cup of sleepy time tea before bed that really help me unwind and find a purpose to this mug I have!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

my favorite outfits for summer roundup






Hey babes!!! Throughout the duration of this summer, I decided to cut myself some major slack from the constant planning and posting here on my blog. Lets face it, the days of carefree summers are quickly slipping away from my fingertips since i'm getting older. Not only that, but I've learned that I work more efficiently & i'm more inspired when I have a daily routine opposed to just going through the motions like I do during the summertime. Anyways, I wanted to share with you all the details of my favorite outfits that I wore this summer! Since I don't have the luxury just yet of the "swipe up" feature on Instagram, you can shop every item that I wore in these photos down below!

*p.s: some items I linked are similar to what I'm wear due to the fact that some product I have arnt the newest :)




Monday, July 8, 2019

the only purse you need this summer


It's always surreal to me when brands reach out in hopes to collaborate with my little blog; especially when they fit perfectly with my lifestyle! Recently, I was lucky enough to be able to select my very own bag from amerii! Ever since the start of the summer, I've wanted a rattan bag that will work as a cohesive piece to wear all summer long and frankly all year. For the past two weeks, I've hardly ever left the house without my amerii bag! Not only does the bag go with essentially everything, but the quality of the handcrafted bag is definitely worth the purchase! Go check them out now while their 30% off summer sale is still happening!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

never thought I would say this...


I can picture it so well as if was yesterday, my last day of dreadded finals. Okay, I mean it was only in May, but still, i'm trying to paint a picture for you all. There I was, prancing around FAU's campus with a grin beaming across my face as I was thinking to myself that I'm kissing this place goodbye once and for all! "Bonsoir Boca!" I thought as I galavanted my way to my car. I just took my French final so naturally French was still preoccupying my mind. Orlando here I come! #transferszn.

Flash forward to today, June 27th where I am now OFFICIALLY a resident of none other than the city of Boca Raton, yes you heard me! In August to be exact. I know what you all are probably thinking. "Weren't you so ready to leave that place, I thought you hated it." Especially if you've read my last update. (Which if you haven't you can always catch up here.) Anyways yes, well see it's kind of a funny story I believe, so allow me to explain how I got here. 

If you are an avid reader of the blog, or have known me for some time, it's kinda obvious that I've prided myself as "a very indecisive person." Which, I've learned the hard way, isn't very cute. Since my last update, I was in that "limbo" period of being registered for classes at FAU as my backup plan, while still waiting on receiving an answer from UCF. During the start of summer, my family was down for a week and the whole time during their visit the unsettling feeling of unease from not really being sure of where I'm going to school in the near future was eating me alive, like always. I would bring up the pickle that I found myself in to my friends and to my sister and they would all give me almost the same response back. "Jillian, you have so much going for you in Boca and South Florida, why go to somewhere unknown just to prove to yourself that you can be independent!" Or as my sister bluntly stated "Jillian, you don't even seem excited to be going to Orlando." Greaaaaat. Now what do I do! With these responses hitting at me every which way, I found myself at such a cross road.

I swear, my friends are truly god sent. The advice that they give me are always what I need at the time that I need it the most. Grant said something that really stuck with me. "Sometimes, we tell ourself that we possess this certain quality that ends up harming us from doing big things within our lives, and for you it's constantly telling yourself that you can't make these decisions on what to do because you are indecisive and that is just "who you are." WOW! That hit me hard, a lightbulb flashed within me. THIS IS MY FATAL FLAW! By just classifying myself as "indecisive" and always feeling the need to prove something to others that ultimately, isn't going to make me happy is what I struggle with! I brought it up to my dad about the situation I found myself in, and like every dad, he gave me the most simplest answer, "you need to make a pro's and con's list." I did just that. It went something like this: 


UCF:                                                                                                              FAU:
PROS:                                                                                                           PROS:
*Moving alway                                                                                           *Not to far from home
*?????                                                                                                          *Smaller environment
*Big School?                                                                                               *Near the beach
                                                                                                                     *Get to keep my job
CONS:                                                                                                         *Etc..
*Trying to get into a program that I may or may 
not get into for something in not
 "thrilled" to study and major in
*Largest School in the country
*Where would I live??
*Do I really love the area?
*Landlocked
*Jobless

It was about time to put to rest my toxic mentality of my situation and make it the best it can be! All I know of FAU is just from me going to class all day, driving home, going to work/ internship & that's about it. Also, UCF has yet to confirm the status of my application because they are still "deciding" on my acceptance. If that isn't confirmation that it wasn't meant to be I'm not sure what is! Since being out of high school, I have really missed being involved and the feeling of community that coincides with experiences all that you can from your time on campus. For ONCE I am confident in where I'm going to school and I'm already counting down the days until I move in! With arms open wide I am welcoming this new chapter into my life and I'm beyond excited to start! I hope this kinda closes the loopholes of what has been going, hehe! 











Tuesday, June 18, 2019

summer swimwear under $50




After what seemed like WEEKS without seeing even just the tiniest glimpse of sunshine, i've been developing  cabin fever by trying to keep myself busy on my days off indoors.  You can probably picture the over abundance amount of excitement I had when at last the sun decided to show itself today in South Florida. With the sun beaming down upon my skin, I thought it would be best to share with you all some of my favorite swimsuits & pool/beach accessories at the moment! Feel free to click the items down below to check out each item!




Hope you all are having a wonderful start to your summer!


Friday, June 7, 2019

beauty master class in bal harbour


Hey babes! So yesterday I went down to Bal Harbor and experienced a master beauty class hosted by Maria Tettamati, a fashion blogger based in Miami. I swear, in another life or if I ever get bored when I'm old I wanna become an esthetician. I'm just way too intrigued with skincare! With all joking aside, in the mean time i'll just keep learning and familiarizing myself on new skincare products. This informative beauty class was on ANOTHER LEVEL. Also I must shot out Neiman Marcus Bal Harbor for their out of this world banana bread that was available to snack on... it was dangerously delicious. I'm convinced that with all the newly released skincare products I doused my face in, I look as if I just came out of the womb. Graphic I know, but I can't find a better metaphor to compare how rejuvenated my skin looks and feels! We live in a generation that women and men don't have to wait until their 65 years old to start wearing some sort of night cream product recommended to them on QVC. Take charge of your skins health now and educate yourself to the products out there! 


I also linked my outfit that I wore down below!




Chat soon!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

a salty soul x fabulousy floridian






No shoes, no shirt, no problem is my mantra when it comes to dress code down in the Florida Keys. I think this might have been the first time in a long time I wore more than just a big tee shirt and flip flops out to dinner thanks to A Salty Soul! If you are not familiar with this effortlessly cool costal outfitters, they are based in Nantucket, MA, one of my dream vacation spots!

Through their business they are able to provide for the boys & girls club in their area with the chance to live life on the water through various ocean activities; how awesome is that?! A Salty Soul was kind enough to send me two pieces from their collection, they fit my lifestyle (and closet) perfectly! A striped tee is a must when it comes to anyones summer wardrobe, the beauty of it is that it can be worn over your swimsuit, or you can dress it up with some denim for the evening time! Not to mention, I can't stop raving about their "seas the day tote." It's the perfect weekend travel bag that can double as a beach bag!

Make sure to check them out, I know you would love them as much as I do!


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!




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!

Shop by clicking the links or the products below!



Saturday, March 23, 2019

tips to buying trendy pieces: white boot edition

 

I always find it to be such a dichotomy when shopping for a trendy piece of clothing. Most of the time, the obvious answer seems to just to buy whatever is currently "in" for a dirt cheap price, while taking the risk that it could potentially look cheesy and fall apart after one use. While on the other hand, you can always take the route to save up some of your money and splurge on one item every once in a while. I'm a huge advocate for the last option haha.
 
 That's exactly what I did with the white boots that i've been shamelessly exploiting all over my instagram recently! I like to find the balance of classic pieces while sprinkling in some trendy items in my wardrobe. Personally, cultivating a personal style with mostly staple items and adding on a few trendy pieces here and there can completely transform your look for the better! With the scraps of of money I've saved from odd ball jobs before I started working again, I feel in love with these white boots by Schultz and saw it as my last "treat" before working again. I've looked everywhere and unfortunately they are all sold out, buuuut I did manage to find some in different price ranges that look exactly like the ones I have! Shop Below!



Wednesday, March 20, 2019

ride element!



If you've been following along with my blog for some time, it's obvious that I'm someone who enjoys a mix of variety in my life. You know, I like to spice up my normal mundane routines to make them a bit more enjoyable! Life is a party, and I chose to live it like one, even if it's doing homework, running errands, etc. I always try to find a way to make it fun for myself. When it comes to working out, that's a different story. Often times I struggle with having a good time while having to sweat my butt off during an intense workout. Whoever said that "working out can be fun" is seriously disturbed. I hate to admit it, but now thanks to Ride Element, I am one of those nut cases!

In efforts to spark some excitement, I've been testing out Ride Element, a new cycling studio in Fort Lauderdale. It's shocking how much of a good time I've had during one workout class, I honestly loose track of time! If you want a glimpse what a typical cycling class is like at Ride Element; think swanky, high end club vibe with a nonstop loop of great music. Instead of during calories while dancing replace it with cycling.

Unlike other chain cycling studios, Ride Element stands out from the crowd because not only do you ride to the beat of the music being played, but a majority of the class is spent with all the lights off, with the exception of the fluorescent lights on the roof that change to the beat, how cool! My favorite part is that you don't feel as if you have to compete with anyone in your class, only yourself. It's the perfect workout if you really just want to get everything off your chest and sing your heart out to one of your favorite songs, while cramming a high intensity workout!

To take a FREE CLASS use code: FABFLORIDIAN at checkout! To get started, all you have to do is create an account, add a single class drop in to your cart and enter the code at checkout!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

end result of the "bachelor experiment"



Not sure anyone if anyone who has been keeping up with this little segment of my blog has noticed that I haven't recapped the Bachelor in past 2, 3 or wait is it 4 episodes? Yes, four episodes of the Bachelor. I know that prior to the start of the season I made a vow to you all that week by week I would report my responce on the newest episode. I thought this would be a great idea! During past seasons I typically read other recaps that make me laugh more than the show did. I thought I would be the right girl to bring on this challenge! After all, I find myself to be eccentric and witty and would provide more of a fresh, young take to recapping each episode. Sad to say, I believe I have failed you all. Today i'm sharing all that went wrong with my little social experiment. During the season I hit the ground running by posting week after week, as time progressed I found myself  constantly apologizing for posting every other week, and I just stuck to that schedule.

After skimming through each show, it was almost tiring to just watch others "thirst it up" and witness all the corniness of the show. No joke, I would have to give myself a mini pep talk to publish the recap posts. It's like the show makes it almost too easy for the viewers to joke about it. Half way through I started feeling cynical and felt that I was hard to see more good out of it, so that explains why I haven't recapped the final episodes of this season.

Buuut, I do wanna keep my word like I promised in the beginning of all of this and share my final thoughts before I kiss this franchise goodbye. Here goes nothing. Okay overall I feel that the "hype" of it being "the most dramatic season yet"is a bit played out way too much and nine out of ten times the end game is predictable. I still feel weird about Colton and Cassie together. Don't get me wrong, I am one billion percent here for anyones happiness, especially when It comes to love; but I feel as if she was guilted into this. Colton seems like a great guy but his relentless persistence seems a bit creepy to me? And yes, Cassies dad did plant the seed in her mind that she just wasn't that into him, and that's okay! She could've articulated a bit better how she was feeling, but I get how intense that situation could be. I would have more respect for her if she just stuck to her word, that's just me. Personally I would've just enjoyed them mutually breaking up instead of bringing her back into the picture. I know I can't speak a whole lot on behalf on went down because I don't know them or know what they are going through.

The end of the night is mainly what I was excited for; the reveal of the bachelorette. I heard speculation of it being Hannah B. (which in fact ended up to be her) and I wasn't mad about, at first. My thoughts began to change when I witnessed the most cringey, uncomfortable 20 minutes in Bachelorette history. This has more validation to the randomness that Harrison spews lol. It was almost hard to watch between the awkward FaceTime and unfinished sentences of it all. I did feel bad for her, they kinda set her up to fail it seemed. Like, why couldn't production help her out a bit more with prompting her with things to say? Like I said Idk, but it's official, no recap next season haha. On the positive note, I will be looking forward to seeing the instagram story highlights of her because I do believe she was one of the best dressed!

Any who, thanks for being along for this little experiment.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

what I wish I knew before planning to transfer


Many of you may not know, but next semester *fingers crossed* I will be transferring to the University of Central Florida! I am so beyond excited, but I don't want to jinx my acceptance just yet and get my hopes up. I should have a finalized answer by May, so wish me luck! Even though I haven't been admitted into the university yet, the process of transferring hasn't been the best. I learned a few things along the way that if I can help out just one of you that are going through this process, it would mean the world to me. Big decisions like this are tough to make and I hope I can be the one along side you knowing that it'll be alright!

Like I mentioned, things haven't been the simplest when it comes to transferring. Here is what I've learned

Take Control, Don't Heavily Rely on Others: Not only did I have to submit my high school transcript, but I also had to send through the transcripts of the other two schools I've attended. Long story short, one of the transcripts slipped through the cracks. Each week I was frantically calling both my current university and UCF confirming if they sent/received the transcript. Each call getting different answers. I wasn't going to stand by and prolong the status of my application, so I began to blow up their phones at the admissions offices. After leaving voicemail after voicemail, it was time for myself to solve the issue, not others. From there I had to send out yet another transcript. Relying on complete strangers for a major change in your life can be somewhat of a challenge and honestly frightning. I've learned that it's best to keep track of everything and if their is a problem, their is usually a quick solution you can figure out for yourself, don't be afraid to do so!

Don't Be Embarrassed: My college experience thus far has been something so far from "the best years of my life" but I am willing to change that! The further I got into the transfer process, I began to feel bit embarrassed that I would be transferring in half way through. Hellloooo, kids that are younger than me probably know more about the campus than me. But you know what? That's okay. I snapped right out of my self pity party and realized that so many student's plan is to transfer after their first two years, I'm not in this by myself! In these moments of self doubt it's far more easy to just dwell on all that could go wrong, but their are so may potentially wonderful opportunities we are ignoring!

Saturday, March 9, 2019

working woman outfit inspo!


Correct me if I am wrong, but when it comes to dressing up in any "professional" matter, we tend to push ourselves into these lackluster boxes of wearing the expected frumpy, itchy-tweet body suits that are four sizes two big for our body type. Yes, of course I am being candidly dramatic just to paint this picture for you all. But just like many of you, when asked to dress "professionally" I tend to go into panic mode. After all, I still want to dress office appropriate without having to sacrifice looking cute and being myself at the same time! If I am going to be sitting in a cubical all day while getting up just to chat at the water cooler, I hope to look cute while doing that! Hypothetically speaking of course. 

"Dress for the job you want, not for the job you have." It is such a profound statement that has not only stuck with me while dressing for work, but even translating it to my day to day scenarios. Right before I started my internship I was a little apprehensive with dressing up for my new office life. This sounds silly, but for a girl that wore a uniform her whole life, now was my chance at a restricted version of "adult" dress up lol. Luckily for me, my internship wasn't extremely by the books when it came to the dress code, even with that I found some great styling tips along the way that is sure to ease anyones worries.

What I Realized: My biggest tip is to try to stick to one "bold" piece that sets yourself apart from the rest. Something that makes you excited about the day ahead of you and the job that you have. Whether it be a bold lipstick color, a fun embellishment on your blouse, or a pair of funky pants. Stick to one bold item to let your personality be on display through it. Take my word for it, I've learned it the hard way, I have shown up in a very loud Lily Pulitzer dress with matching hot pink heels (how Elle Woods of me haha)... the only benefit is that it sparked conversation before a conference call lol.) By sticking to mainly a neutral palate when it comes to the rest of your ensemble, not only do you look more put together but you are ready to march your way through corporate world looking fabulous!

Shout out for instagram for saving all my obnoxious stories that can be recycled to my blog! I've shared a few of my favorite looks from my internship days down below!






Tuesday, March 5, 2019

random items I'm currently loving


One:  I've been playing around with how I do my makeup for a few years now and I can proudly say with a boat load of confidence that I finally found the right way that works for me! With that being said, have been wanting to try a power highlight opposed to the creamy ones that I have been using. The problem with my creamy highlight is that they just make me seem, well, oily compared to the angelic dewy shimmer we all want. So, I did some research and stumbled across this cult classic. I have only been using it for a few days now but I'm already hooked! Along with how well it last, another plus for me is that it's a universal shade so I can wear it all year 'round depending on if i'm tan or not it'll still look great!

Two: Blame it on my Italian girl genes that I contently seem like such a hairball 24/7. I can only imagine how much money I threw out the door between the countless waxes to remove my horrendous girl-stache. Over time, my skin has become more and more sensitive to getting waxed that I couldn't even bring myself to the salon to have to go through the pain of getting my lip waxed and potentially burned. Ouch. Okay, I do admit it. At first I was really skeptical about this hair removal product. I have been seeing so much hype about it all over instagram and even from my best friend, I caved. But I am here to tell you guys that they are right, this product works wonders! Kiss your expensive lip waxes goodbye for good with this little gadget that's only $20!!

Three: I am constantly adding new "resolutions" to 2019 and the newest one is to stop picking at my fingernails. I have such a problem with peeling them off and making them even more brittle! Gross, I know but don't lie we all do it. Not only is this the perfect nude pink nail shade, it also doubles as a nail strengthener. I have been using this nail polish for about a month now and I don't think my nails have ever looked this pretty! Not to mention, it's on sale!!

Four: Not sure if multi-vitamins are somewhat a placebo but oh well!! Just kidding, I have been taking these vitamins every morning for over a month and feel such a tremendous difference. About a month ago, I felt as if my energy levels were plummeting. Was I low on iron? Am I not eating enough in one day? Is it normal for myself to feel this rundown at such a young age? The answer to all my questions is inside this cute little cube. These delicious gummy vitamins fill in the gaps of what I could be missing out on during a busy day!



Thursday, February 28, 2019

paradise waiting for us in summertime

It's finally my favorite time of the year, resort wear season!! Every year I always anticipate the time when stores clear out their winter garb to stock up on all of the colorful, fun, and light pieces I get to wear year long! Summer is coming! I selected a couple items that I have been eyeing that are sure to send you dreaming of someplace warm or even book a flight to a tropical destination! 

To shop my selection, click the links below!


Monday, February 25, 2019

hello 20!




Turning twenty really crept up on me; I am no longer a teen and have fully stepped into my adult years. Even just typing this seems wild, considering there is so much to learn and to grow through. When I was around 15 or so, I felt way more mature than I currently feel. Not so sure if that was a good thing or a bad thing haha. Anyways, I know a lot of people try to set these really unrealistic goals for themselves and ultimately feel defeated that they can't seem to accomplish them in their "decade of youth."

So instead of bungee jumping off Mount Kilimanjaro or something insane like that, what I hope to create personal goals for myself during this decade. What I hope for my twenties is to always stay true to what I want to do by putting myself first and standing up for myself when it seems necessary to do so. I also want to share kindness to everyone around me and whoever I may encounter. I hope to inspire others and grow more within myself. I think these seem somewhat do able!

Now is the time where I am beyond excited to see where life may take me; may these be the best years!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

bachelor 6&7 recap



It's that time of the week again! If you watched last nights episode or not, i'm here to provide with you all my interpretation of what all went down on the Bachelor last night (and the week before!)

Last weeks episode:
I really should've been better about taking notes on the episode because I feel as if last weeks episode was a year ago. Bare with me as I do my best and try to remember... wait it's all coming back to me! Last week Colton and the crew were on yet another exotic vacation to Vietnam?? Random but still a cool location. Most of the dates consisted on dilapidated boats en route to a "sandbar" that was apparently a private island? Anyways, last week is when I realized how Colton is the saving grace to the Bachelor franchise. Props to him for being vocal in keeping who he really wants, rather than keeping who would get the show more ratings.

I was beyond "shook" to say the least that he sent home DEMI!!! No joke, I couldn't lift my jaw up off the floor after that incident. I really didn't see that one coming after watching the preview for their "almost" sultry meet up that ended in devastation! Even while I am writing this I am still floored. 

This weeks episode:
Last week until hometowns!! I am still surprised how the end of the show is quickly approaching us; does it always go by this fast? I was so close to pulling the plug and looking up on Reality Steve to find out who will be the one to walk away with the proposal, but if this season has taught me one thing, is you never know really what is going to happen.

The whole "she said she said" drama between Kirpa, Tayshia, Caelynn and who else, Cassie? Was really to much to try and wrap my mind around. Here are my two solutions that seem somewhat reasonable to get down to the bottom of this unnecessary drama. 1.) Ask production if they have any recordings of what was said 2.) COLTON NEEDS TO STOP AND ASKS THE NEXT GIRL THAT STEPS INTO THE LIMO "WHAT DO YOU MEAN!" Ugggh. I was so frustrated! When Colton sent home Hannah B. she was the FORTH GIRL to walk away and say "some girls in the house aren't ready for this. We need an explanation instead of just making up scenarios in our minds! Also, when is the fence jump gonna happen??


Until next week... maybe i'll make my predictions on who will win.

Monday, February 18, 2019

fitness update


Since spring break is approaching us; it may feel as if everyone and their mother is trying out the newest "weight-loss" gimmick. I hope to be the beacon of light in that hazy grey darkness of workout fads! I am by no means an expert in exercise, I just want to share with you all what works for me and hopefully for all of you!

In high school I over tired my body into only doing extreme amounts of cardio. I was oblivious to it at the time but looking back now, I looked almost unhealthy, even though I was not!  For once in my life I was this lanky, string-bean looking thing and did everything in my power to keep up that physique. I devoted every day after school to running at least 3 miles, when I wouldn't find the time for my run, I would feel guilty and unhappy with myself.

When I started college I had a completely new schedule that wasn't as predictably ridged as my high school one. Finding the time slot for my evening run was challenging between balancing school and working a ton. This past year I have learned how to workout in a healthy way that is best for my body. Now, I aim to go to the gym 4 days a week, allowing me time to recover during the days off. I made the conscious effort to not go so hard on cardio, and pay more attention to my body as a whole. From time to time I do still enjoy long runs (If I can find the stamina to do so lol.) I don't beat myself up like I used to when I missed a workout. Now I workout to when I want to, not because I feel obligated to. With all of this being said, listen to your body!! If your not feeling well or so sore you cant move a muscle, it's alright to take a break!

If any of you are curious of my workout routine as of right now, look no further!

Workout #1

CARDIO:
WARM UP: 10 min walk (no incline)
10 minute run
5 min cool down

Strength: (repeat 3x)
20 Squats
20 Crunches
1 min plank

End with a 5 minute stretch!

Workout #2
CARDIO:
WARM UP: 10 min walk (no incline)
10 minute run
5 min cool down

Strength: (repeat 3x)
20 Step ups
20 Fire hydrants
1 Min wall sit

End with a 5 minute stretch!

Workout #3

CARDIO:
WARM UP: 10 min walk (no incline)
10 minute run
5 min cool down

Strength: (repeat 3x)
20 Crunches
20 Bicycle crunches
10 Leg raises on your back
10 Planks to pike
10 Plank twists each side

End with a 5 minute stretch!


Monday, February 11, 2019

2019 resolutions update!



With almost two weeks into February, I personally feel as if now is a good time to update you all with a “checkpoint” of where I stand with my quote on quote resolutions. Some still standing to this day, and some that I didn’t even start to attempt yet, maybe I’ll get to them a little down the road? 

If you are new here and would like to read up about my goals for 2019, check it out here!

1. Eat more holistically: I have somewhat lived up to this one thus far, minus the exception of recently getting my wisdom teeth out and having to eat ice cream on top of ice cream consecutively lol. I also eluded on my instagram stories to the “health trend” phenomenon that is celery juicing. After viewing so many positive results of what the power of the overlooked veggie has done for others, it wouldn’t be a terrible idea to try it out for  myself.

2. Wake up earlier to be more productive: Hmmmmmm. Okay, so going into this new year I was so obsessed of wanting to wake up & have he strict regimen a la Mark Wahlberg, but instead wake up at 3 maybe push it back to one more hour? I haven’t even tried to attempt this, I’m convinced my body wouldn’t even allow me to get up at such an ungodly hour. But, I have noticed a change with getting up at 9 on the days I don’t have class to get stuff done, I’m keeping my word! 
3. Start reading more: Have not started this yet. Any good book recommendations?

4. If you like a song, give the whole album a try: two words, Kacey Musgraves. I don’t know what I love more, her style or her music!

5. Go to more concerts: 2019 is my year. It will be. It doesn’t even feel real but this year I am going to see my all time favorite bands; Fleetwood Mac and Vampire Weekend. Someone pinch me, I must be dreaming.

6. Listen to 5 new podcast: Well make that 4 now, thanks to The Morning Toast, I am proud to say I am self proclaimed “toaster.” Needless to say I’m obsessed and with a new episode every weeks day makes the school week better!

7. Learn yoga: I googled “bedtime yoga poses” last night and tried my best at mimicking the minuscule imagines on my phone. I need to take a real class one of these days! 

8. Take more photos: Personally, for someone who hardly takes any photos, I feel as if I’m improving. Baby steps.

9. Learn to cook: NOPE. Maybe soon….. maybe.

10. Journaling: I have actually found the enjoyment of taking a break, not even ever day but whenever I can, and recap my days, feelings, whatever to my journal. I am also planning on doing a blogpost about how much I have been enjoying it!

11. Become more minimalistic, get rid of anything I don’t use or need: check out the before and after of my #konmari closet makeover!! 



 

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