Summer Time Casual

One of my favorite parts of summer are the clothes. Shocker right? But seriously, I love getting dressed up, or mostly down if we’re being honest because of the hot weather. While the heat is not really my friend and I honestly hate getting sweaty or having to put my hair up, I love the idea of tanning by a pool or drinking a sweet, cold drink. Summer is the time for me to catch up on all the things I did not have time to do during the year; reading a book, going to church and seeing my friends are more fun since I have more time. For all of the activities I have to have a go-to summer look.

My summer look is simple : a tank or tee + denim shorts + sandals + fun accessories. I am a sucker for a white tee and denim and I say that a lot but it’s so true! I just think it looks great on everyone! Sandals are easy to slip on and I like to match them with my outfit. I usually keep it simple and easy and throw on pieces I know will “breathe”. I get super annoyed when I get sweaty too easily so I try to plan wisely.

 

Texas heat is seriously killer. Like cook an egg on the sidewalk killer. So I dress my outfit up with accessories. My main goal for an outfit is always the focal piece. Well since I cannot always wear a cute pair of jeans or a top with lots of ruffles I go for the accessories. This scarf is seriously my favorite! I love wearing it because of the bright colors and it makes my hair look super cute when I don’t have time to do it. Another way to dress it up are fun earrings! Fun earrings and plain pieces are a great combo!

Top : Buddy Love // Shorts : Levis // Shoes : Steve Madden (similar) // Scarf : Zara

 

Post Gym Products

Hey loves! I have been going to the gym at least four times a week recently. So I got the idea to add a post about some of the products I use after a good workout sesh as well as a few workout wear pieces I have been wanting! Let me know in the comments what your favorite machine is at the gym, I always love learning more and changing up my routine!

Water Bottle : First off I had to add my water bottle! Hydration is a must for skin, hair and over all health so it starts from within! How cute is this water bottle?! I’ll take two!

Dry Shampoo : After a good fitness class my hair tends to be a bit oily. Everyone’s quick fix is a dry shampoo. So I love this one because it does not leave any white residue on my hair since my hair is brown. Do you know of a more natural dry shampoo? I’d love to try!

Face Wipes : While I hate to wear makeup to the gym, sometimes I like a light coverage like a CC Cream. So regardless of if I have a CC cream on or not I always wash the sweat off my face to clear my pores. I use Olay 5-in-1 daily facial wipes since it is an easy product to clean, exfoliate, hydrate, tone and remove make up all in one!

Deodorant : Between deodorant and body spray I can never get enough until I shower. If I don’t sweat I don’t feel very productive. I prefer an all natural deodorant for before AND after a gym session because I get super self conscious about how I smell. I definitely recommend this Kopari Coconut Deodorant because of the brand and the smell!

 

Body Cleansing Wipes : Like I said, I like to sweat when I workout. So after if I am having lunch out I like to feel cleaner with these towelettes from Bath and Body. How convenient, right?!

   

My Summer Routine

Since I am writing this post early and it is super long I am going to have this been a week long post! I will also be in Europe when this goes live so keep up with my instagram stories to see my trip before it hits the blog!

Everyday is always something new, but I do definitely have an ideal day from workouts to planning out my meals and seeing my friends and family. I decided to document my typical summer day step by step. Keeping in mind I do not have a full time job quite yet, I get to enjoy my free time and get the things done that I have to do as well.

The real reason I wanted to share my typical day is because today was not a regular “binge watch netflix” kinda day. I really do love to fill my day with blogging and listening to podcasts, eating healthy and doing at least 15 minutes of cardio. Summers are my “trophy wife” seasons because after a while I have to fill my time with something, but for the while it’s definitely a good break.

10:30 A.M. : I usually wake up a bit early if I did not go out a night before. In all honesty I wake up and try to take a big drink of water because I hear it gets your body and your organs ready to work. I prefer lemon water but regular water or hot tea works.

10:45 A.M. : I finally start getting up and I weigh myself every morning when I wake up because you should weigh yourself at the same time everyday, I just choose the morning.

11:00 A.M. : I get some breakfast which I never used to do. I just recently started eating breakfast but no matter what I start my day out with fruit to get in one serving and either oatmeal, cereal and almond milk or some scrambled eggs on the side.

11:30 A.M. : To let my food go down I usually start brushing my teeth, putting on my face moisturizer and spraying dry shampoo into my hair if it’s second day hair. (I’m in the process of training my hair to not be washed constantly)

11:45 A.M. : I like to answer any emails I have received, take all the notifications off of my phone, and check up on Instagram and my blog. I always love to also read The Newsette for my news of the day and a daily tip or two.

12:00 P.M. : I lace up my shoes, and drive over to the gym. I get pumped on the way with some Kanye or Britney Spears if I’m being honest. While I do my cardio I like to listen to Beyonce or a Skinny Confidential Podcast. Then I’ll focus on my body part of the day to work out on and I’ll make sure to drink a whole bottle of water all the while.

1:00 P.M. : I eat a small portion of breakfast so I can eat a salad, soup, or wrap for lunch right after I workout. I go straight to eat right after a workout since that is when your metabolism is working.

1:30 P.M. : I take a quick shower and make sure to put lotion on as soon as I get out! You have to lock in the moisture after a good wash especially after exfoliating!

2:00 P.M. : On this day I went to the mall with my friend. I usually like doing something fun since I have spent so much of the day by myself. Either meeting my parents for lunch or seeing a movie with a friend, going hiking or the pool, its something fun to look forward to.

4:00 P.M. : I make sure to run any errands I have left to do and eat a snack along the way. Usually almonds are my go-to or a yoplait peach yogurt or even a cheese stick and some trail mix.

5:00 P.M. Finally home, something different that I do every single day is to comment on blog posts. I leave a sweet comment on 20 blogs every day to increase my traffic and grow my network!

6:00 P.M. : I usually try to spend time with my family and get all the little things done like taking Paisley (my dog) a bath, online shopping for my wish list, applying for jobs, follow some new accounts or anything that needs to be wrapped up in the day.

7:00 P.M. Dinner Time! Half the plate should be veggies, and I do a protein and sometimes a small card like a piece of garlic bread but I try not to. I am in no way a nutritionist I just go with what I have heard!

8:00 P.M. for the rest of the night I usually try to just settle down and watch my favorite show and pamper myself whether it be a jade roller massage, fix up my eyebrows, exfoliate my feet and put on my under eye cream. This is the ideal time for me to read my book of the moment as well!

The only other thing I would do is if I am going out to start doing my hair and makeup around 9. I do not take long in all honesty so I can wait until 9 to get ready. Rather than that I am usually in bed early preferably with a face or hair mask watching a scary movie.

Student Discounts

Since my time as a college student is basically over, I’m sharing a few of the places that I would shop and use my student discount. The thing about student discounts are I always forget that I have them! So even if you are a part-time student, under grad or master’s degree make sure to sign up for student discounts and utilize them! Why pay full price if you don’t have to? It’s easy to do and is so beneficial!

Asos : 10% off

Forever 21 : 10% off

Kate Spade : 15% off select stores

Levi’s : 15% off

Madewell : 15% off in store

Pretty Little Things : 30% off

Princess Polly : 25% off

TopShop : 10% off

One of the best ways to know who has student Discounts is by signing up with UniDays. Log on every time you are ready to do some online shopping and check out their page to see who is having the biggest discount. They have brands like Nasty Gal, Tobi, Urban Outfitters, Missguided, Show Me Your Mumu and more of the above! They also feature Beauty, Food, and lifestyle brands!

*Some Restrictions apply*

Kimono : Forever 21 // Shorts : Levi’s // Top : (similar) // Shoes : Steve Madden (similar)

My Favorite Healthy Snacks

I try to be super conscious about what is going into my body. I am a huge planner so I like to plan out what I am going to eat and how many calories each meal will consist off. What I don’t always account for are snacks. I always get hungry between meals and depending on the time of day I like to have a handful of almonds or a piece of fruit. But every once in a while I crave a little more or something different! Here are around up of my favorite “healthy” snacks and where I get them as well!

Rebel Coconut Milk Elixir : Organic and is my replacement for coffee. I do not like coffee but the energy boost this gives is exactly like coffee and it tastes just like it without any of the coffee. My favorite flavors are the Maca cold brew, Macha mocha and Reishi Chocolate.

Skinny Pop Popcorn : Easy snacking for a movie night or watching a good series! It’s all about portion control so pour yourself a cup or two of this popcorn and drink with some sparkling flavored water!

Fit Joy Protein Bars : These are hands down my favorite protein bars! They literally taste like cookies without any chalky flavor. They are also GMO free, have no artificial colors or flavors and Gluten free!

Justin’s Almond Butter : Natural and organic, I love this with an apple or eating from the tiny packets to go with some pretzel sticks. So better than peanut butter in my opinion.

Special K Nourish Bites : The blueberry Almond Quinoa bites are my favorite especially for some breakfast on the go with a piece of fruit! 

Organic Apple Sauce Squeeze : Okay, so I know these are probably for kids but I so love them! They are convenient, mess free and easy to transport. Did I mention they are organic as well?

These are just a few of the “packaged” items I like to snack on. I really try not to get anything processed and an easy way to stay away from those foods are to shop on the perimeter of the grocery store! For some healthier snacks always go for veggies and hummus, rice cakes, greek yogurt, hard boiled eggs and berries.

My Favorite Online Boutiques

I always think the best, most unique pieces come from local boutiques. I love getting basics and trendy pieces from places like Forever 21 and more common places at the mall. But for a piece that not everyone has I like to go to thrift shops and specialty boutiques downtown. While we don’t all have the same places to shop, I wanted to share a few of my favorite online boutiques for you to check out! These places are some of my favorites and range in price, so check first before you totally fall in love with a killer look. Also leave a comment below on your favorite online or local boutique! I’d love to check it out!

Amazing Lace : Girly and fun, this shop has the best swimsuits as well! I never buy swimmies online, but I couldn’t resist and it fit me perfectly!

 

Berkley Elleven : Boho Style with a chill vibe, I love the layered jewelry they sell as well and they’re pieces are always unique

 

Sundae Muse : Australian boutique with super cute pieces, but it does take a while to be shipped because of the distance so keep that in mind and tends to run small so size up if it’s a tighter top!

 

Top : (similar) (similar)  // Skirt : Free People // Shoes : Steve Madden // Purse : Kate Spade (similar)

Denim Shorts Guide

Not all denim is made equal! There are different ways to style your favorite shorts and I am showing off a few of my current favorites from my closet. I linked a few other pairs as well so check out those and lets get on with it!

Affordable

Some of my favorite denim shorts are the ones I buy from places like Forever 21 or H&M. While they may not last more than a year or two, it’s okay because you out grow them sometimes and trends come and go! Places like Charlotte Ruse and Agaci also have some great pairs and their denim always follows trends like frayed edges and really great basics.

  

 

Comfy

Some of my favorite comfy denim is from Articles of Society and American Eagle. Definitely two different brands but I found them both to be super comfortable and easy to wear! What’s your favorite comfy denim brand?

  

Going Out

Some of my favorite denim is the ones that you can wear out. Not just on a summer day to the pool but some that you can wear out with a cute blouse or some wedges and a scarf in your hair. Denim like this is one of my favorite pieces because it really ties an outfit together.

  

Splurge

Every one in a while you have to make yourself feel better and spend some money on yourself. A piece that you like and you know will wear over and over it always worth it for months to come. If you are like me and live somewhere hot like Texas, you will definitely get good use out of a few of these pairs!