Thrifting around Melrose

Okay I have to brag about all of the amazing finds I have bought since I have gotten to LA. I have of course done some thrift shopping here and there, but never like in California! My sorority sister who also happens to be my roommate here in LA told me about a place called Crossroads which is like an upscale plato’s closet.

I did not really want to go at first but then she took me and I saw what she meant. The idea is the same and it’s the same as a consignment store where people sell their gently used clothes but the pieces are almost all designer!

I bought a lace up body suit by Reformation (similar)

This white Free People top, a one x one teaspoon gray jean shorts, the fringe Steve Madden Bag (similar)

Platform Steve Madden sneakers

A maroon pair of TopShop pair of slacks for work

A killer red dress with a peplum bottom (similar)… AND

A new pair of nude Jimmy Choo heels (similar) all for about $300!

I also plan on going to a few of the basic places like American Vintage and Wasteland as well. There was another place on Melrose as well where I found the Jimmy Choos and there was literally racks of designers by brand! Ah so I guess moral of the story is to shop for unique designer pieces half the price along Melrose as well as that there are many photo ops along the way!

Top : Free People // Shorts : One x one teaspoon Bandits // Shoes : Steve Madden (similar) // Purse : Steve Madden

  

    

Moving to a New City

I’ve been so blessed to be able to move to LA for this summer! It was such a new experience from being by myself, to finding new places to go to the gym, eat and go to church and making new friends. I am so proud of myself for being able to do this myself and live in California because I always wanted to even if it is for a short amount of time. This was like a fun, extended vacation and while I missed my friends and family like crazy I was so happy to do this as apart of my life.

I lived in student apartments right by UCLA which is very close to Bel-Air, and down the street from fraternity row I must add! I moved for an internship with a PR agency called PR for Artists. You could see the hollywood sign from the office and the roof had a gorgeous view!

I wanted to give a few tips and tricks for venturing out in a new city, or even moving back to your own city, and how I found my way around. I have learned a lot about myself recently and I think this is another experience I will always remember!

Make New Friends : I lived near UCLA so I stayed with college age girls and that’s how I made friends. Also just going to do things you love like yoga or art classes will make you friends with similar interests.

Location, location, location : Look around where you live, find places to eat, a gym and popular hangouts around you. It was super important for me to find a church so I definitely googled all of those things and more!

Find a Job : okay this is obvious but you need to find time to fill your days! Life is more fun when you have lots of things to do to fill your day with! Also the more you do the more people you meet and that is what counts!

Watch your Budget : This was the hardest thing for me because I always wanted to eat out and try a new place as well as do fun things! Plan out your week and the things you want to do, free stuff can be just as fun!

Plan to see your Family : It’s all fun and games until the homesickness hits! I was only gone for two months so I was with my dad on the drive there and back and I visited my momma the second month so that I would not get homesick! Also I snap chatted my friends constantly and begged them to come stay with me!

Step Out of your Comfort Zone, Safely : Do something new! Always try something that makes that place unique! But also be aware of your surroundings, keep your pepper spray handy and know some basic self defense!

Body Suit : Zara (similar) // Shorts : Asos // Bag : Forever 21 (similar)

  

How to Care for your Hair

Everyone knows the basics, cut an inch or two off the tips of your hair every few months, reduce heat on your hair and sleep on silk pillowcases. Well if you didn’t know those, there are a few more tips! Here are a few of the tips I found out work well for me and my hair type! I have a straight/wavy type of hair and it’s very thin. So what works for me may not always work for you but I tried to keep the tips as general as possible!

  1. Weekly Hair Mask : I usually do a quick hair mask when I shave so I can be doing something while I’m waiting for the mask to set in. That or for some serious repair an overnight hydrating hair mask will do the trick, just sleep with a shower cap on!
  2. Don’t wash everyday : Okay this one may be basic but I cannot stress the importance and the difference I have seen in my hair! I for sure go AT LEAST two days without washing it and now I am shooting for three. It takes training, patience and lots of dry shampoo, but it really does make a difference!
  3. Hold off on the Product :  I try not to use product the day I wash my hair to let the natural oils set in. I also try super hard to not straighten, curl or blow dry it after a wash just for a “reset” for my hair and give it some rest.
  4. Use Product : On the second day I always use a product that my specific hair needs. I usually use a hydrating product for the ends like a leave in conditioner and maybe a repair serum on the ends. If your hair is curly use something specific to your hair type and what you need.
  5. Use Protection : I never blow dry my hair without blow dry serum. It makes my hair silky smooth and I use it on “cool”. Also you should ALWAYS use heat protectant, I sometimes even do it when I know I’ll be out in the sun for a long time but that’s me being over protective now.
  6. Cut between cuts : My aunt recently taught me this but if your section off your hair and twist it then cut the ends that stick out because those tend to be the split ends.

I found a really great Keratin hair treatment by a hair care company called Finesse. I’ve been trying the MAX deep conditioning treatment and it has really changed the softness of my locks. Not only is it easy to use and came with this perfect comb, it’s easy to purchase as well. Check out Target.com , HEB, Meijer, Winn Dixie and Woodsman Market (depending on where you live) to try some for yourself!

I like to tease my hair a lot so this treatment makes my hair silky and easy to undo the knots I create.

 

More products on my Beauty Wish list!

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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.

Summer Beauty Products

With the heat comes all new beauty routines and products to use. I rounded up a few of my favorites to use and why I use them during these hotter months. Anything long lasting, containing SPF and most of all hydrating is what I am all about! Even better are the products with real, all natural ingredients. I believe those will do the very best for your face, but every once in a while I find a favorite that is not of that making!

Primer : I love the refreshing feeling of this MAC Prep + Prime rose water primer, it helps my makeup stay on longer and just feels so great when I put it on before my makeup. MAC has a whole line of prep and prime products that really make your makeup last!

 

CC Cream : I usually get some discoloration from the sun during winter because of the tanning, I like to use CC Creams to fix the redness I accumulate. I’ve been using this one by IT Cosmetics, it contains SPF and is more natural than other products. This one by Pacifica is also great and is cruelty-free, vegan and contains coconut water!

  

Hair Masks : This one is all about HYDRATION. Keeping your ends from damaging in the pool or the sun is essential, so I like to do a weekly hair mask to keep in the hydration.This first one I used to use before I colored my hair and I loved it! It made my hair so silky for only $16! The second is by Moroccan Oil which is one of my favorite hair product brands!

 

Hair Spray : For a long lasting look I have to have a touch of hairspray. The night humidity kills my locks and so I add a bit of hold to keep them intact. I’ve been trying out this one from the Marc Anthony collection purely because it contains argan oil. For a great hold, Aveda pure abundance is a great go-to as well!

 

Bold Lips : I love a bright pink lip for summer, or a great neutral gloss for going out at night with a dark eye. These are two of my favorite shades of the moment because of how often I use them during the summer! The MAC shade is in Patisserie and I prefer the cream consistency. The gloss is by Smashbox and I usually change up those colors!

 

 

Friday Faves

Happy Friday!

Here’s a quick round up of my favorite songs of the moment, what I want to purchase (where you can find more of on my Wish List), beauty product that I cannot live without, a new podcast I have been listening to and a look back at a previous post and outfit details! Leave a comment below on what you want to see more of on the blog!

Shoes : Steve Madden (similar)

Songs Of the Moment : Maroon 5 – Wait

Million Reasons – Lady Gaga

Brett Young – Mercy

On My Wishlist

I have been loving graphic tees recently because they are so easy to throw on with some jean shorts and a cute pair of sun glasses and run errands. I really want these two sweatshirts because they are so cute and would be great for all of the traveling and plane rides I will be doing! Click on the picture for direct links to the sweatshirts from Buddy Love!

Beauty Product

I seriously have been wanting my own jade roller! It reduces puffiness in the face and increases blood flow. It is crucial to roll in the right direction which is up and out of the face for the best results and I even want to put it in the fridge to help with a quick wake up in the morning.

Podcast

Make Speidi Famous Again : Heidi and Spencer Pratt from The Hills created their own podcast and always have their little bundle of joy on as a special guest! Listen to the fun and catch up on what they have been doing since the show stopped airing on Podcast One or wherever you listen to your podcasts!

Throwback Post

White Crop Tops Under $40

White Crop Top : Urban Outfitters (similar) // Tassel Earrings : Voge Boutique (similar) // Jeans : Zara

Other White Crops : Lulu’s front tie crop // Ruffled top with open back  // Halter with bow // Lace Crop