That’s where I want to be

Get ready for a sappy, inspirational post… and if that’s not your thing definitely just look at the cool shots and leave a comment anyway!

Also if you get why I titled the post ‘That’s where I want to be’ leave a comment below!

I never really understood just how much I believed in myself until I went on my study abroad and then over to LA right after. I think college definitely prepared me for this as I was not with my family as much and that was a huge change. But coming over to LA and barely knowing anyone was huge, and going across the country for two weeks with strangers was pretty huge too. Both were super fun and have been life changing.

I guess this post is really about saying to step out of your comfort zone and make things happen. Apply to Harvard, apply to the unreachable job, move somewhere new just because you can. Take the chance to do something new and good because you never know what may come out of it. Do your best and don’t just settle because in the end you will regret what you didn’t do.

For me, my next step is growing my blog and actually getting even more collaborations. I am excited to say that I am actually going to be going for it and exploring even more what I can do with this little hobby I have kept up with for so long.

Top : PrettyLittleThings // Sunglasses : Couleur blinde by Anthony Ryan (similar) // Shorts : Levi’s // Necklaces : Forever 21

   

A Few Things about Me

If you’re new here I wanted to say welcome to my blog! I thought I would introduce myself, or re-introduce myself if you’ve been here before. I enjoy reading a little about the girl behind their blogs and so i decided to share about me as well. Just a few things to accompany this look and outfit details as always!

  1. I genuinely love to blog : It’s the best hobby and I am definitely starting to focus on turning it into a side hustle! Shooting is always so fun and putting everything together is super fun when I see the finished product. It’s something I actually found that I have a passion to keep going!
  2. I love to watch criminal shows : Criminal minds and documentaries about serial killers are so intriguing to me! I have no idea why but I can watch them for hours. Sometimes I get scared if I’m home alone because of watching all of the shows, but it it entertaining and helps you remember to watch your surroundings.
  3. I try to go to church every Sunday : Going to private catholic schools all of my life has really engrained that in me and now I go freely. I am honestly blessed enough to not be one of those people who was burnt out because of it, but I learned how important it is to go.
  4. I’m a people person : I love getting to know people and learning about them and why they are the way they are. I like to decipher their personalities and try to make friends with as many people as possible because I like to talk to and be around others for the majority of my time.
  5. I have a puppy named Paisley : She’s a tiny one (like me) and it makes me so sad when I can’t live with her for whatever reason. I cannot wait to have my own apartment again to keep her because she is a handful! She lives with my momma right now and is so spoiled but there is nothing like having her with me!

Top : (similar) (similar) // Shorts : Levi’s // Hat : (similar)

  

Morning Jade Roller Routine

Let me start off by saying I have been way more into skincare than usual recently! From the products I use to how I use them, its all essential. I put on lotion everyday after I shower and I have even been applying sunscreen which I did not do before!

One essential beauty product is my Jade Roller. I have been wanting one of these for a while now since I definitely have puffiness in the morning. This is caused by lymphatic drainage and when you roll out the drainage is released from your facial area. There also are other benefits like increasing circulation and reduced dark under eyes.

So after a night out I will stick my roller in the fridge or for a few minutes in the freezer if I forget. Then I will apply my daily moisturizer with SPF and apply a light layer on my face, you can also use a serum. Then I use the roller and slowly roll up and out.  It should feel like a massage!

I try to do this daily if not at least three times a week. It has been a new part of my beauty routine and as someone who is used to having a puffy face in the morning it really makes a difference. The exact roller I use is this 100% natural Jade stone roller from Purbert.com and I bought it through Amazon. I use the larger roller for my cheek and forehead area and the smaller roller for around my eyes. You can also use the smaller part for your face and the larger parts for your body! The one I use also comes with a one year 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Jade Roller

 

Picnic and Podcasts in the Park

Every Thursday I have been going to The Grove for ‘Picnic and Podcasts in the Park’. It was a weekly event for the month which featured live podcasts from Dear Media. The four events featured The Skinny Confidential Him & Her, As Seen Online with Jilly Hendrix, That’s so Retrograde and Work Party.

I had really only heard of two of the four but I enjoyed it so I RSVP’d to go after work every week. I honestly love listening to podcasts so this was right up my alley! If you know anything about Dear Media you know it is run by Michael Bosstick who is the Him in The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast. It was so exciting getting to meet them both after their live recording and I knew the rest of the podcasts would be great because they are both so creative and business savvy.

There was complimentary drinks, candy, macaroons and sometimes goodie bags! It was just a fun experience and I wanted to write about it because it was one of the fun things I got to do while in LA that not everyone gets to attend. I cannot wait to listen to more episodes and see how the company grows.

Top : Top Shop // Jeans : Vintage (similar) // Necklaces : Forever 21 (similar)

   

Wearing a Dress Two Ways

Did I even really go to LA if I didn’t do a quick shoot on Rodeo Drive?! Ugh I just love that part of Los Angeles. So upscale and clean and the food is amazing! Designer bags and brands at every corner. So picturesque as well! I loved the white walls and it didn’t hurt to get a few of the brands in the center don’t ya think?

Okay on to the dress. When I first opened the package I was not sure if I would like this. I decided to shoot it and give it a try. I liked the unique strap and I put it on and I honestly was not too crazy about it because I felt like I lost shape.

It was obviously a small (which was the smallest size) but I am still a petite girl so I did what I could with what I had and added an extra safety pin in the back to create a keyhole look that you can see above. It gave me more shape and made sure all of my chest area was not too exposed!

Still I tucked it in as a tank and I loved the simple gray feel of it! Also as a dress I can definitely see it as a beach cover up as well or if I’m lucky I can pair it with some killer heels and go out with it! I also love the simple accessory of the gold coin necklace! Definitely one of my favorite trends of the moment!

I am definitely keeping this dress now that I know how to style it!

Dress : One x One Teaspoon bought on Lab25 // Shorts : One x One Teaspoon Bandits // Necklace : Forever 21

 

How to be more Sociable + Beachwear

We recently took a personality test in one of my summer classes and one of my top traits was the ability to win others over. I thought this was super interesting and never really thought about it before. I do love talking to new people, especially strangers every once in a while, and I have no problem making conversation. I am a naturally loud person and I wanted to share a few of the things I do that would help others who are either shy or in a new situation to be more open and talkative.

Compliment + Introduction : When I see someone I would be interested in talking to I think of why I want to talk to them and give them a compliment. Then after they say thank you I always introduce myself, usually conversations go on from there.

Similar Interests : When I am doing something that I enjoy, like a workout class, I usually will want to make friends that enjoy it too. I always will talk about how the teacher is doing or talk about similar classes I’ve taken.

Ask important questions : Asking the person around you a question about what you’re doing sparks conversations as well. Even if they do not know the answer, you can find out together.

Fake it till you Make it : Act like you are already sociable, take on a leader role and pull yourself out of your comfort zone. That’s the best way to do it is to put yourself out there!

Shooting this I was not exactly ready for a beach post to be honest! But then I borrowed my friend and fellow blogger @vickystyles (on instagram) hat and beach bag and I was set. It’s amazing what the right accessories can do! I always struggle to find the perfect hat, one because of the style and two because my head is small! But I loved this one and will definitely be looking into adding more hats to my closet!

Top : (similar) (similar) // Shorts : Levi’s // Bag : (similar) (similar) // Hat : H&M (similar)

      

Trend Spotlight : The Jumpsuit

Don’t you love it when you feel comfortable and cute at the same time? Yeah me too. Honestly that’s why I wear my platforms everywhere but that’s another story. Another piece that does this well is a jumpsuit! So many of the jumpsuits I have seen/worn have the easiest and softest fabrics. I had to show off the one I recently bought for my study abroad and for going around town so I featured a few that you can shop now!

I wore mine all day going to meetings for school as well as sight seeing and I love the way it felt! The wider cut of the pant felt airy and cool and the cinching at the waist definitely gives me a good curve! Finding a jumpsuit for your body type is everything! So this is something you may want to shop around for a bit before you find your favorite!

Denim Jumpsuit : Forever 21