Friday, August 24, 2018

Brunch OOTD II A-Line Dresses










My friend and I decided to take a girl's trip to a super photogenic brunch spot last weekend and of course we had to snap a couple photos. We both wore dresses from Free People and strappy sandals to finish the look. 

Some of these photos were taken when it was raining! We were eating and it started pouring then stopped and then drizzled when we took pics. You can tell since my hair progressively lost its curl, haha. 






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xoxo,


Sunday, August 19, 2018

Stuck In A Sunflower Field II Striped Tee + Denim Skirt OOTD









My BFF Jordyn and I went out into a sunflower field several days ago for photos. It was the last time I'm going to see her before school starts :( This is the girl who encouraged me from the beginning to start my blog! It's honestly so amazing to have a friend support + be there for you. 


I got my top off of a clearance rack at H&M, but you could use any striped tee you own. It's such a simple outfit but also stylish. Denim skirts are making a comeback and I'll all about it. I got my skirt at Hollister but I linked one down below that is super similar! 





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xoxo,



Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Easiest Ways To Unwind + Relax





Honestly sometimes life gets the best of us and stress accumulates to a point where you need to take a breather. School is starting back up soon or maybe it's work that is stressing you out. There are so many variables in life that you never know what it is going to throw at you, but you can be active in your own self-care. You need to make sure that you are your own priority and don't forget about yourself. 


Self-care is the best care. 


Make time before bed to unwind and take some time for yourself to relax. Whether it's 5 minutes or 15 minutes, it will make a difference for sure. There are many ways to do this, but here are the easiest ones I have personally found that helped me: 




1. Yoga
I'm no yogi, but I do some stretches and meditate for a little afterwards and this seems to do the trick. Do this in a quiet place and it will clear your mind -- I now understand why people go to yoga classes, but I just don't have the time to do that. Here are some easy yoga poses anyone can do. The 'child's pose' and 'cobra' really help with my back problems. 


2. Taking A Bath
Most people shower the majority of the time, but there's just something about a hot bath + a lush bath bomb. Add a Bath and Body Works candle and there ya go! You could read a book or just close your eyes and relax. If your muscles are sore, throw in some epsom salts.


3. Taking a Walk
Taking a quiet walk in the neighborhood could help you wind down for the night. You could do it after dinner and walk your dog too. It's peaceful and can put your mind at ease.


4. Drinking Some Tea
A nice cup of hot tea can make you feel sleepy -- especially tea with lavender or chamomile. Decaffeinated tea is best in order to not disturb any sleep.


5. Turning Everything Off
Turn your phone, tablet, + laptop off so notifications do not disturb you or further stress you out even more. Those emails and texts can wait because some days you need to focus on yourself. If you are constantly replying to this and that, it's not the best schedule to be on.


6. Diffuse Oils
Aromatherapy has become a trend lately and I've found myself purchasing essential oils. Lemongrass, tea tree oil and eucalyptus are some of my favorites. B&BW has an aromatherapy line and I like the shower gels. You could purchase a diffuser and diffuse the oils in your bedroom.


7. Meditate + Managing Breathing
Sitting in one spot and letting your mind take a breather is something that everyone needs to do. You can't always go-go-go. Meditation can improve your mood and make you release the negative energy.





xoxo,






Tuesday, August 7, 2018

My Chia Seed Pudding Recipe



I've been trying to make a serious change in my diet to become healthier in general. It's been a slow process, but every week I try and incorporate more and more vegetables/fruits. It's difficult to find new recipes that taste good and also have lots of nutritional value. I came across chia seed pudding on Pinterest and after trial + error, I made my own recipe! 

I've been eating this on-and-off for months and find myself craving it sometimes. It's so versatile because you can add whatever fruit/toppings you'd like and it's great for fiber intake! For example, I like a subtle coconut-y taste, so I add more coconut milk and less honey if I'm watching my sugar intake.


Creamy Chia Seed Recipe: 

1. Use 1 tablespoon of organic chia seed for every 2 tablespoons of unsweetened almond milk (so you can make as much or as little as you would like). You can swap almond milk out for whole milk or soymilk if you'd like. 

2. Add several tablespoons of coconut milk (gives it a creamy texture + depth in flavor). Let the chia seeds bloom in the refrigerator. You can make multiple servings, but since I only make them for myself I make one serving at a time. 

3. Add chopped up fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries -- you can add any fruit such as dragonfruit or even cherries. I like to put in frozen strawberries + blueberries since they make the pudding cold and because frozen fruit is more convenient. 

4. Mix in some honey to taste and serve! Stevia or agave syrup can also work. 





This takes me less than 5 minutes to make and it makes for a great dessert. It's something not heavy or too sugary so it's a go-to. It's super simple and will help a sugar craving here and there. You can always add more fruit or cacao bits for crunch. 




xoxo,




Thursday, August 2, 2018

Welcome, Friends! Life Update: August 2018



It's been almost a year since I have started my blog -- isn't that crazy? I remember like it was yesterday because I was so excited. Also, I want to say hi to my new readers!! A little bit about me: I've loved clothes ever since I was young and my mom would tell me stories of how I would change into multiple outfits in a day, even if we were just relaxing at home. My love for fashion only evolved during high school and I like to think that my style has refined from my 'hipster' days. There's nothing wrong w/the hipster style; I just cringe when I look back at pictures during that stage of my life because I thought I was so cute haha. 

Time really flies when you are busy with school, work, extracurriculars and I can't believe that I am going to be a sophomore in college in three weeks. I still am undecided if nursing is right for me. Honestly, I don't know what direction I want to go in because all my life, I've been working towards the career path of medicine. It's difficult to stray away from that because that's all I've dreamt and thought about doing.  

I'm excited for classes to start but also a little bit anxious because I hope I can handle the course load + work + clubs. I'm trying to work on socializing at school more since I commute so it's more difficult to make friends. It's hard when I am only on campus for classes for a few hours. 

In the beginning I was not blogging consistently because of the adjustment from high school to college. But I have since become more serious about blogging and hope you are liking the content that I am putting out. I'm the most active on Instagram, so feel free to DM me about anything! 

This year, I'm trying to branch out from what I would normally do such as possibly joining a sorority for the fact of meeting new people. I'm more of an introvert with strangers but super outgoing with my friends -- is anything else like that? It's become more of a problem in my latter years. 

Anyways, back to blogging -- I've learned so much within this past year in the blogger world and have never looked back since. I've made friends and the community has been so positive for me. Cheers to a great semester + another year down (blog-wise)!


Hope enjoyed the post!

xoxo, 





Monday, July 23, 2018

How To: Stay Organized + Excel in School



Trust me, I know how difficult it can be to juggle work, school + extracurriculars. I go to school full-time and I work part-time on the weekends. I also am involved in clubs, blog at least 1x a week, and help my mom out. A blog post takes way more work than I had thought (before I actually had a blog). 

For fashion posts I buy or put together an outfit, go out & shoot them, edit the photos, write the post, revise the post, post a correlating photo on Instagram, pin it on Pinterest, etc... Needless to say, I was really overwhelmed at the beginning of this school year when I was getting my toes wet with my blog. 

College is very different from high school and being a freshman, I had to adjust to the new lifestyle. Class isn't 7:45 to 2:45 and professors don't babysit you like teachers did in high school. Time management and organization is KEY. You also need to be organized and be motivated. Shoving your papers into your backpack isn't a good idea because things will end up getting lost. 

Classes are shorter and you have to put in the time outside of class to study. College is about independence and taking initiative -- putting aside time to go to office hours, tutoring, etc... When a class is only 50 minutes 3x a week, information is just thrown at you in class and you're expected to internalize and comprehend the material. 

After finishing my freshman year at college, I've compiled a list of tips that I learned and use. It has helped me keep my grades and energy levels up: 


  •  Get A Planner: I write down all appointments, activities, and my work schedule so I know what I need to do/go for that day. I use THIS planner & it has monthly and weekly spreads so you can.
    • Write down all homework assignments, paper due dates, exams, & quizzes from the syllabus.
    • Jot down your goals for the week -- whether it be hitting the gym 2x or drinking a glass of water before each meal. 
    • USE your planner daily & keep it up to date. There's no point in buying one if it is just taking up space. 
  • Take Your Notes In One Place: I used to just take notes on loose-leaf paper and leave them in random places. I ended up losing most of my notes... Not a good idea. 
    • Get a notebook for each subject and keep all your notes in one place. 
    • Write neatly so you can go back and study them later. 
    • Type them if that works better for you; divvy up folders and keep notes in the correct folder (I use GoogleDocs since it automatically saves my work). 
  • Ask Questions: If you don't feel comfortable raising your hand in class, go to the professor's office hours. They're there for a reason! It is super frustrating to not be able to do a problem if you don't fully comprehend the concept. 
    • Also, do not wait until the night before the exam to email some last-minute questions. Study a few days before and then ask questions about the material you are confused about. 
  • Eliminate Distractions: I'm guilty of watching reruns of Project Runway while rewriting notes, but it does not do you any favors. Switching between the show and your homework takes more time and energy than you'd think. 
    • Turn off the TV, music, and phone. 
    • Do all of the work you need to, then indulge in Gossip Girl or Grey's Anatomy. 
  • STUDY: This is super important unless you are some kind of wizard and remember everything you learned. Instead of cramming the night before, break up your study sessions 3-4 days before an exam. It's much easier to focus when you are studying for 45 minutes - 1 hour compared to 4-5 hours at a time. 
  • In high school, I did not really study that much -- just a little here and there. In college, there might only be two exams the whole semester and that may be the only work that contribute to your overall grade. 
    • Set aside time to review material you have learned that day (proven that this works!)
    • Rewrite your notes and color-code them.
    • Do practice problems & watch YouTube videos on the topic. 
    • Have study-group sessions w/friends. 
  • Stay Motivated: For me, it's about that time in the semester where I'm worn out but it's the final stretch of the race! Don't let go of all that hard work you've done and slack off. Whenever I am feeling lazy and don't want to do an assignment or study, I just think about the end goal -- graduating and starting my life. 
    • Write down your goals for the week, month, or even year. 
    • Once you reach your goals, reward yourself! Even if it's something small as getting ice cream after earning an A on an exam. 
    • Don't spread yourself too thin; know your boundaries and do not overstep them. If you cannot function without an x amount of sleep then plan your day/life around that. Ex. taking 20 credits and working full-time -- a few may be able to do this successfully but c'mon let's be realistic. The majority of us need some down time b/c we cannot always go-go-go
  • Sleep: I cannot run on 3-4 hours of sleep so I make sure I get at least 7 hours a night. Sleep is important and you cannot function as well if you are sleep deprived. 
    • Set a bedtime and stick to it -- the more consistent you are, the better you will feel.
    • Put your phone on airplane mode or turn it off, there's nothing more annoying than being waken up by an unimportant notification. 


Thanks for reading, 

xoxo, 





Monday, July 16, 2018

Ways To Make Money As A College Student




We've all been there -- sometimes life throws us a curveball and we need some extra cash. Textbooks aren't cheap and neither are parking tickets. If you're a high schooler, you're probably working a minimum wage job (my first job paid me $7.25) and want some extra spending money. If you're a college student then tuition is probably eating you out alive. 
It's super easy to spend money while earning money is hard, so learn when to spend it. Don't just splurge every time there is a good sale. I know the pain... Set aside a certain amount for miscellaneous expenses every week or other week.

Also, do NOT spend money that you do not have. This is muy importante! It's a black hole since expenses tend to pile up and interest accumulates. 

So what can you do? I've gathered up several ways that I have earned money as a college student and will share tips on what I did. And these are doable ways to make money! 


1. Resell your clothes

My style has personally evolved so much over the last couple years that I have lots of clothing that I am not into wearing anymore. I personally use Poshmark, but there are other apps and places to sell clothing/accessories such as Mercari or Thredup. I've been using Posh since I was a senior in high school and still am selling my gently used or brand new clothes on there. I have sold shoes, necklaces, purses, etc... 

The reason I like Posh is because of how easy it is to sell: you need to take pictures of the item, write an accurate description, and wait for offers to come in/someone to purchase. Once someone purchases, download the pre-made shipping label and send it off. Disclaimer: they do take a percentage of the sale -- I believe it's 20%. You can share other people's listings and interact with other sellers. The majority of interactions on Posh have been positive for me! 

Also, their customer service is amazing -- if the item comes damaged or is not as described, then you can open a dispute and go from there. On the other hand, if you're a seller make sure you post pictures of the item from all angles and write a descriptive caption to make sure the buyer knows what they are getting.



2.  Turn your hobbies into profit 

Are you into nail art, doing hair or baking? You could charge $10 for a gel manicure or polish manicure with designs. Start with your family members and practicing on them. If you're great at hair and makeup, you can do homecoming makeup (it is expensive to get done at a salon, so people might turn to you for their hair/makeup).  Everyone likes sweet treats so if you have a knack for baking cakes or cookies, then you could do it for birthdays or special occasions. Everyone has to start somewhere! 

If you are super into fashion and would like to share it, then you might consider about starting a personal blog. Even if you just started, smaller brands might want you to wear their clothes or collaborate with you. If you play an instrument, you could play at weddings or give lessons to younger kids. Lessons with an actual music teacher can be really expensive, so parents might be more willing for their kids to learn with a student. Same goes for sports too -- tennis or volleyball lessons could be easy money, and not to mention fun for you. 



3. Resell your textbooks 

Textbooks are overpriced and you most likely only need them for one class only. They just sit there, wasting space after the semester is over. Why not resell them and make some money? Some other student will need it and you can sell it for a lower price. I've resold mine to the school bookstore, but you can sell them on eBay or Amazon. 

Some students sell them to underclassmen, so that's always an option. In my school there are little flyers of used textbooks from students who have taken the class previously so I take a look there before the semester starts. 



4. Work at school 

You can do work study in the library or be an orientation leader. One of my classmates worked in the school bookstore as a cashier. I've seen some students work in the gym, where they just make sure the people coming in are actual students. You could be a campus tour guide for prospective students in the summer. It looks good on a resume and it could be a fun job since you can interact with incoming freshmen and teach them a lot from your experiences. It'll be gas money or extra spending money, but it never hurts!

I'm going to be a part of the faculty this upcoming fall semester, working with freshmen in their seminar classes. I'm super excited because I get to help them adjust to college life and it'll be less intimidating for them since I am only a year older than them. 


5. Internships 

Some internships are paid, while some are not. If you find one in your field of study, then it is super valuable regardless or pay or not. It will help you on your resume and give you more experience. If it's paid, then that's a plus -- but don't turn down an internship just because it's unpaid! 

You could build connections and meet new people in your career field. You never know what might come your way. Your mentor might be your boss one day, after you graduate.



xoxo,