Thursday, October 17, 2019

fall beauty favorites!




Hey babes!

These days, instead of getting all dolled up for work, I find myself living in oversized frat t-shirts and leggings....the definition of fabulous right here lemme tell ya! Welcome to the reality of the ever so fabulous Floridian . Even with the lack of "getting all glam," I've been able to find my beauty fix in getting ready for tailgates & sorority functions... only for my fresh face of makeup to be wiped off by sweat by the end of the event lol! With that being said, here are a few of my fall favorites that I have found to be tried and true.

L'Oreal Infallible Foundation: Now you see, I've been wanting to try this holy grail drugstore foundation ever since I head my girl, Cameron Eubanks from Southern Charm, rave so highly about this $9 dollar foundation in her go-to makeup routine with Bravo. It's been on my radar for a few months now, but I had to take the plunge right before big and little reveal the other week when I realized I left my one and only foundation at home. One quick and frantic drive over to CVS too hunt for this foundation, I can now truly attest to the hype! Full coverage, super light weigh and did I mention, super cheap? What more could you ask for?!

Glossier Perfume: This perfume legit blows my mind away. If you aren't aware, Glossier's perfume matches with your own scent and created the most gooooorgeous scent. Pretty, light, dreamy, and airy. Whenever I spritz this perfume it sends myself to running around in a garden.

Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment:  Just like when I forget to wear my watch and earrings, when I forget to wear this lip tint I feel completely undressed and not put together. This natural red tint provided with SPF and doused with moisturizer has been one of my go-to's for years. I'm not brave enough to wear lipstick all the time, so I slap some of this on to make me more presentable, while still looking natural!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

life update!



I can picture it just like it was yesterday, this time last year I found myself tucked away inside my teeny-tiny, close to freezing cubical as the new intern for the PR company I was working for. Bright eyed and bushy tailed, I was prepared for this new and exciting venture that I was about to embark on. Up until then, my schedule wasn't all that thrilling. Driving back and forth to school, going to work and coming home was the mundane schedule I had on repeat. Comfortable with all I had within my life, dare I say I was almost comfortably numb with my life?

Flash forward to one short year later, I currently find myself curled up inside my cozy apartment after a long, busy day full of classes and dance practice for my sorority. As I sit here reflecting upon how far a year has gotten me and how changes in my life can make me so happy; one thing runs through my mind that I never in a million years I thought I would EVER dare to say..... but i'm really loving college! 
 
Whats funnier to me is that even though i'm still at the school I literally HATED a year ago, it feels like a brand new place by experiencing all that it can be! I wanted to just pop in and chat with you all since I've been kinda MIA on here lately. Truthfully, i'm still working out the kinks with how to manage my passion with running Fabulously Floridian on top of my other obligations and maintaining good grades, but I think i'm slowing to pick up the pace! Fabulously Floridan has always been this outlet where I can come and express myself, my thoughts, and my creativity. Recently, I am really feeling grateful for starting this little blog where I can come and speak my thoughts without any limitations. It's a therapeutic break from the busyness of life currently. I know i'm kinda gettin in my *feels* here but i'm extremely grateful for all of you who have been following along with my journey this far! 

Love you all and happy spooky szn!!


Sunday, September 22, 2019

fall wishlist 2019



ahhhhhh yes, it's finally fall.... well at least it is for the rest of the county! It's once again that glorious time of year for all of us Floridians where we really have to use our imagination to the fullest. I'm talking about "imagining" that even the slightest rustle of wind through the palm trees sends us  to pull out our *one* sweater from our closets and raid the grocery stores of all things pumpkin spiced. Even though it still is summer time down here in South Florida, I thought I'd share with you all some items I have to get my hands on this fall! Like always, click the highlighted links below to shop each product if you wish!

2019 Wishlist

One: Ditch the drab boring nail color pallet that's just "excepted" to wear during fall and add a pop of color to your look! Maybe it's the name "positive vibes only" that's drawing me into making this OPI purchase!

Two: Not gonna lie, but I kinda want to get back to some of my "preppy" roots when it comes to my wardrobe, especially for this fall. Lets face it, the classics never go out of style. I don't care what the "not being able to wear white" after labor day law, I've been loving white on white and I want to be wearing it even more this fall! Ohhh imagine how cute this sweater would look with the pop of that nail color... *droll face*

Three: You know that pair of jeans that look great on anyone? That skinny leg, right in between mom jean and certified "cool girl" jean?! Yeah, I need a pair ASAP and think I found the right fit, here!

Four: It's almost hard for me to believe that I do not own a simple yet versatile pair of white sneakers. It seems as if now's a suitable time to toss my flip flops in for a real shoe for fall. After searching high and low, I found the perfect pair!

Five: The midi cheetah skirt is the first clothing article I loved so much, I need the same thing in multiple colors! The blush satin midi skirt is so chic and is perfect to throw on with an oversized sweater for this fall. 

Six: When I first saw this candle featured on one of my favorite instagram accounts, @things.i.bought.and.liked, I was in so happy it existed I was almost in disbelief. Not sure if it's a new things, or I've just been sleeping on anthropologies pumpkin spiced fall inspired candle for a long time now. Time to light that bad boy, turn my thermostat to 65 degree, break out my ~ugg boots~ and pretend i'm up north.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

my recruitment experience!




 Man, life sure does have a funny way of panning out. In high school and honestly up until my first year of college, I was so closed off to even the slightest idea of myself going through sorority recruitment. Even though my wardrobe definitely made it seem as if I walked straight of a sorority house, (to paint a picture for any new readers, I had a strict vineyard vines, lily pulitzer type of wardrobe lol.) I cultivated this toxic, cynical, mindset to something completing unfamiliar to me and in my mind this whole thing  was something I would NEVER do. Not in a million years.

 A huge chunk of why I felt the way I did back then was due to the fear of being "stereotyped" as this one particular girl. I'm sure each and every one of us could easily generalize a version of what we think a sorority girl is like. Also, thanks to all memes out their, it may be easier then ever to do just that. Overtime, I slowly yet surely began to get off my high horse and realize maybe this whole thing isn't all that terrible, I should give it a shot. After all, I've had several friends who have been apart/are currently apart of greek life and only have positive things to say about it all. And hellooooo, women should stick together and be each others biggest support systems anyways!


Flash forward to today, I now find myself as new member of Alpha Xi Delta! It's still kinda shocking to hear myself say that! With that all being said, I can't wait to see all that is in store with sisterhood! Today I wanted to share with you all a bit of my experience of the whole insane recruitment process to help anyone who may be going through recruitment soon or in the future!


In the Words of Julie Chen, Host of Big Brother, Expect the Unexpected.

Any Big Brother fans out there catch my reference? yes? no? One of the biggest clich├ęs that you will hear tirelessly during recruitment is "tRuSt tHe pRoCeSs." While is 10000% true, there is so much weight to this phrase. I'd like to replace that phrase with "expect the unexpected." Each day you never really know what might happen, even when you may think you do. You may walk out of a chapter with the most incredible and moving connection with some girls within the chapter and start to believe that "it's the one for you" only to find out that you were BOOM! DROPED! Or, like in my case, a hurricane might roll through and cancel two of the most important days but you just gotta roll with the punches! Please, please, please, stick to being open minded. Wherever your mean't to be, you will end up.

Be Authentically You

I like to resonate this mantra wherever I go, and during any stage in life. During the recruitment process, I would even tell the girls recruiting me that i'm doing this full in authenticity of who I am. Let's face it, i'm not one to "fit a certain mold" of a group and pretend i'm someone i'm not just to get the "clout" of being apart of it. *I even told some girls that, whoops, I have no control lol* I want to always be unapologetically me because hello, this is where i'm going to meet my friends, it would be way to exhausting to keep up some act personally! Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you! Sorry for being complete cheese ball by throwing in a Dr. Suss quote, I just thought it is  extremely pertinent to the situation that i'm speaking about! So to wrap up, be transparent, be unapologetic, be you.


Can't wait to keep you all posted with all that this journey has in store for me!! I'm so excited!






Thursday, September 5, 2019

apt tour.. a work in progress!!




Since moving into my apartment a hand full of weeks ago,  I've been back and forth on the idea of whether or not I should share with you all my apartment as it is, or wait until I have the final touches in place and then share the "big revel." Not sure why I decide to keep my interior such a secret, considering the fact that I'm the worst when it comes to keeping a secret. Whoops. I'd have to admit, it's something I need to work on!

In classic Jillian fashion of spoiling surprises, I unintentionally *teased* you all on Friday when I posted the little glimpse of my coffee table display. Whether you noticed it or not, I obviously felt as if it's time to share my apartment with you all, even without all the finishing touches! After all, isn't their that saying that a place starts to feel more like "home" once you starting finding pieces along the way, or am I just making that up?


 R O O M  B Y  R O O M






Living Room: Colorful. Chic. Costal. These three adjectives helped me build the framework of what I envisioned when it came to styling my first place! Even though this is still parallel to having a college dorm, I still wanted to make the small space my own. After all, If i'm gonna be living somewhere I would want it to make me feel happy!

P.S: MAKE IKEA YOUR BEST FRIEND! I found the best pieces (my coffee table, end tables, rattan chair, fuzz throw, t.v stand, couch, legit most of my stuff) at ikea for such great prices! Like I said, if you just moved into a dorm/apt. in college, this isn't your "forever home" or "hot shot" apt. just yet. Take advantage of places like Ikea and target for simple pieces that are functional and half the price of some home furnishing stores!!



Bar Cart: How on brand is the whole set up for me?! Can't wait to dress it up for the holidays!





Kitchen: Angled this photo juuust right so I can crop up the giant blank space above my kitchen table, lol! Slowly and surely things will come together. In the mean time of finding the right print to frame above my table, thought i'd add some color to my kitchen with a jar of citrus. A very cheep and easy decor tip!




Bedroom: The star of the show is my bright, hot pink, obnoxiously adorable rattan headboard that I snagged at a none other than a local THRIFT STORE! Yes, you heard me right! Odd Ball's thrift store in Fort Lauderdale to be exact. If your in the area, I highly recommend checking it out, it's worth the visit! It's kind of a funny story of how I found this magnificent piece, actually.  It was the classic "i'm going to the store to get one thing and leave with something completely far fetched from what I came for! In my case, I went in looking for a coffee table, and walked away with a headboard!

Not sure if you all are aware of it, but bedding furniture is hella expensive. So to cut cost, I packed up what I had at home and "u-hauled" it up to my place! Highly recommend doing if you have the means to do so! 




Hope you all enjoyed this little tour of my place! More updates to come along the road!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

hot girl summer





  Wtf. That's the only appropriate way to start off this post because, honestly, WHERE IN THE WORLD DID THIS SUMMER GO?! I know, I know, typically around this time of year everyone is in denial that "reality" is kicking back in, but like, wasn't it just the beginning of May last week? lol.

  Right after I got back from my trip to New York life seems to be flying right past me! Between working and moving into my new apartment, it's been one heck of a whirlwind to say the least! During this fever dream feeling of a summer, just like every stage in life, I did learn two valuable life lessons along the road *well, two to be exact.*



LESSONS LEARNED THIS SUMMER

Summer of 19 you and me:  Even thought it felt like 102 and their was truly nothing to do, summer of 19 for me was far from the fairytale romance motif of the popular Dan + Shay song, and that was completely fine for me! This summer this was my first ever "single girl summer" since I was what.. 15? 16? It may be lame, but learning how to adjust to being solely independent after dating someone for so long is quite the adjustment! I can attest to the fact that time is really the best healer. It was nice being able to get back to my thoughts and prioritizing what makes me happy!

Budgeting: Taking into consideration that very soon I have to start paying for rent, groceries, etc. , I've been kinda nuts about saving my money. Instead of splurging whenever I get my paycheck, I take a big chuck of it and dump it directly into my savings account. Ugh. If only my younger self did this when I was working almost 40 hours a week.... oh well. I like to visualize the growing my savings as somewhat of a game to make it seem less mundane. The more I set aside, the more it grows!

Have a great week guys!

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!

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Saturday, March 30, 2019

get ready with joogs!



photo via pintrest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hope this helps!

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