Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

This is something that I really struggle with in some areas, and really shine in some. When it comes to dealing with life changes, like leaving college and ending relationships, I have a really hard time. I think I have a hard time when I am forced out of my comfort zone rather than when I choose to leave it. But that is just an everyone thing. I think I usually need to just build up my mentality to change things first. Something to work on for the things I can’t change…food for thought.

What I really wanted to talk about was the part that I shine in, because maybe someone reading may have a harder time with that part and need the little encouragement it takes to push through with some of the small stuff. Being mostly alone in Los Angeles has taught me independence. I do not really have anyone to rely on and that’s okay because not only did I choose this, but I am lucky enough to have support back home. That being said I think it is hard for some people to 1. live alone in a new city and 2. leave the apartment and go to events and things like that alone. I know a few girls that have expressed this to me and I wanted to leave some tips.

A great brand once said, “Just Do It.” Sometimes you just have to psych yourself out and force yourself. Honestly, I picture it like taking a bath as a little kid. You do not want to go to a new event or meet up with a bumble bff match, but when you’re there you’re happy you went. Even if it wasn’t super perfect, you accomplished going!

Start small. I am outgoing and very talkative so I start off by giving a girl I think looks nice a compliment. Then I ask where they are from or why they are there. If they are meeting with someone I tell them how I am there alone. Get a feel for the conversation and above all, do not be afraid to just hang out alone! We’re old enough that no one should judge you anymore!

Also stepping out of your fashion comfort zone is a must! Once you got your style nailed down you definitely need to be able to play dress up once in a while! This tee was a little out of my regular buys but I thought it looked cool. I decided my style is comprised of pieces I like and that is basically what unites them all!

Top : Zara // Shorts : Levi’s // Shoes : TopShop // Hat : GigiPip

Bloggers Who Brunch Health and Wellness Event

Happy Memorial Day! This past weekend I went to my first Bloggers who Brunch event. It was such a fun experience as it was centered around health and wellness. I was able to take my very first class with the one and only Aubrie Winters! Aubrie is the cutest fitness influencer who teaches classes around LA and we were all able to do a mini dance cardio sesh with her!

I loved meeting her because she is so upbeat and so fun! She is such a people person and I loved her class. She teaches with a “never not moving” mentality and her music keeps you pushing through. Even though it was a 30-minute mini session, I was still sweating by the end!

There were some great sponsors such as Lavazza coffee, and Suja pressed juice. I also loved the yogurt bar that we were able to enjoy at the end of the workout! It was such a fun experience and I wanted to share a bit more of the LA events I attend on my blog! If you keep up with my Instagram story then you were able to see videos of the workout, of the yogurt bar and some snips of me actually working out!

Another great thing about the event was running into some of my other blogger friends! I went with Gina from Teenie Genie Styles (who I went to Coachella with), and I ran into a few other bloggers like Joy who is also a designer, and a few others from blogger meet ups! It really is cool when you get to see the community come together and enjoy a cool event like this!

If you are in the LA area I would definitely recommend taking a class from Aubrie Winters! Trust me, I definitely see myself taking more of her classes in my future! I mean look at her awesome bod, who wouldn’t want to take her classes?!

Friday Faves

It’s that time again for a short round-up of my favorite things of the moment! So let’s get started.

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Show 

I have been addicted to watching ‘The Act’ on Hulu! It’s based on the true story of the seemingly sickly Gypsy Rose Blanchard and her mother Dee Dee Blanchard. The story turns when Dee Dee ends up murdered and Gypsy Rose ends up missing. It is a must-see because there are so many unexpected discoveries and since it is true I recommend watching the full documentary on Youtube after! Super interesting and such a truly insane situation!

Skin Care

If you follow me on Instagram you know I was gifted with some cleansers, lotions, and creams by SebaMed! I have been using them daily and I am really enjoying the moisturizing face cream. I use it pretty much daily after I get out of the shower to seal in the moisture. Also, did I mention it is only $15?!

Shoe Trend

I am obsessed with clear, nude heels! I really want a pair because I can see myself wearing these for years! Have you ever felt like you have the perfect outfit but you don’t know what shoes to wear because you don’t want to ruin the whole outfit? These will do the trick. Plus I am all for simplicity and these could not be more simple!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juicing

So let me start this one by saying I have not tried juicing for very long or extensively. I usually will do a day at most if I am trying a cleanse, but I love having a juice at least once a week to keep up with my veggie intake and because of the many benefits. I have tried so many different brands and the ones I recommend are sold at Whole Foods and Pressed Juicery! Those are the best tasting in my opinion and make it easy to use as a meal replacement or supplement.

I usually opt for a juice filled with various greens. I always follow it up with some cold water to speed up my metabolism and I really like it infused with lots of lemons! I would recommend every at least try a local juicery near them for the flavor at the very least!

Brand : Meshki

Meshki has quickly grown to a more well-known brand especially because of Instagram and I wanted to share a few of my favorite pieces. Also, there are a few similar versions of their pieces sold at Forever 21 if you love the look but not the price. However, I definitely recommend checking it out because the quality is really worth it for sure!

 

Website 

If you keep up with my Facebook Page for the blog, you know that I am always advocating for The Newsette! It is a daily newsletter filled with short, informative articles on pop and fashion news, health sections, inspiration, and shopping columns! It is sent right to your inbox daily, is short, sweet and to the point and updates you on a few things in today’s world before even having your first cup of coffee!

Getting Swim Suit Ready

Swim Suit season is basically here so let’s go over a few of my tips that I think are super important. I truly believe to have a swimsuit body you just put a swimsuit on a body. Still, living in an age where everyone seeing everything with one post, it is easy to feel judged over something so simple. Plus it is the worst looking at these perfect looking girls! Okay, mini rant over… let’s get on to the post.

1. If you are not happy with your body, do something about it!

I get super frustrated when I feel like I’ve gained a few. And I hate that you feel like you have to be swimsuit ready 24/7 for all of the summer. Take a fat day you know! But what I am trying to say is get ready by running or taking a fitness class. Work for what you want. Also, it makes you feel good after and like you’ve accomplished something. Plus there are so many health benefits to just getting up and moving!

2. Body Positivity.

This is a big one. While you are on the road to looking how you want to. Accept your body as is. Remember the blessing it is to even have a body, especially a working one. Own what you have and be confident no matter how big or small you are! And if you want to look different, revert back to 1.

3. Flatter yourself not fatter yourself

Wear the pieces that flatter your body no matter the size! I used to wear smaller pieces just because I could fit into them, but that doesn’t mean they look the best on you! Plus when it comes to swimsuits there are SO many different silhouettes that you can mix and match and find the pieces that you love. Pick a cute cover up for those days you aren’t feeling it. And of course a matching headband for a completed look!

Swim Top : Pretty Little Thing // Swim Bottom : Pretty Little Thing // Hat : Forever 21

My Favorite Hair Products

It’s been a while since I have shared a few of my favorite products on the blog! I always have my beauty wishlist tab that I update, but I wanted to do a post on the products that I actually use on my hair. I have tried a few different ones, and there are still ones I would love to try! I actually use these products and I wanted to share them in this post!

Also, how cute is this pink fire station?! I found it while searching for Marfa on my way home to Texas and I knew I had the perfect outfit for it! I actually thrifted this skirt from a downtown store in LA and it was only $20! I also have been wearing this shirt on repeat because I just love the color and there are so many ways to style it! For more outfit inspo on styling a graphic tee check out my latest blog post!

First off I took this picture for a Pantene contest to win free Coachella tickets but I wanted to do it because I actually do use Pantene! I usually use the shampoo for colored hair or the charcoal shampoo to keep my locks clean for days!

 

 

 

 

 

Also because my hair is colored I always use this conditioner to keep my ends soft.

 

 

 

 

For a much needed deep conditioning, I use this conditioner and leave it in for five minutes AT LEAST!

 

 

 

 

I also read that using heat protectant even without using heat helps your hair. I’m not sure if I trusted it but I use It’s A 10 which has heat protectant at least twice a week.

 

Batiste is my go-to dry shampoo! I have tried at least four and this is my favorite! I use the one for brunettes so my hair does not turn white.

 

 

 

 

 

About once a month (or when needed) I use this hair oil for a sleek look. I am very careful with hair oil since I usually like my hair clean and teased!

 

 

 

 

 

I use my wet brush every day and especially after I get out of the shower so my hair dries straight.

This texture spray is my go-to for big bold hair!

 

I actually used this beach spray for the messy wave! I love scrunching my hair with it and creating volume since my hair is so thin.

Should I do an updated hair care post?

Top : (similar) // Skirt : (similar) (similar) // Shoes : Forever21 (similar)

Link Love + Outfit Details

Happy Valentine’s day! I hope you had time to shop my Valentine’s day gift guide and for some extra special last minute gifts you can check out my Wishlist too! I know it’s a special day so I’ll keep the post short and sweet. I rounded up a few of my favorite links of the moment, and to see more of my favorite links be sure to check out my Facebook page because I always post my current favorites!

How are you spending Valentine’s this year?

 

I’ve been listening to Ashley Tisdale’s new song ‘Love Me or Let Me Go‘ nonstop!

This Heart Sweater from Madewell is so fun even for after Valentine’s day

How to make Homemade Valentines Cards to send to friends and family

I’ve been eyeing the new Fenty Beauty Foundation and I think I just found my perfect color

Did you check out my recent Lash Lift post? It’s all about the process and has before and after shots!

Have you signed up for The Newsette? Such a cool girl must for getting your news every morning!

Glasses : Quay Australia  // Shirt : (similar) (similar) // Thigh Highs : Steve Madden // Bag : H&M x Moschino (sold out)

Lash Lifts

I had a great response from everyone wanting to know more about Lash Lifts and my experience with them! I have had about three or four lash lifts now ever since I heard about it from my Little! I’ve had them done at two different places, one in Texas and one in LA and the process and everything was the same. ALSO, I am not a lash lift expert and do not know all of the terminologies and what goes into the chemicals used, however, I have had positive experiences with the process and wanted to share that with my readers!

I’ve heard it described as a lash perm! Really it is just a chemical put on your lashes that curls them and keeps them standing up instead of straight down. I have thin hair so obviously, my lash hairs are no different. I struggled with getting lash extensions for a while and was scared of the damage it did to your natural lashes. I was told the first time I went for a lash lift that extensions probably would not be best since my lashes were so thin and would struggle to hold up the extensions which would increase fall out. Also, I am so not ready for the upkeep of it!

I go once every four or five months and the lashes usually last about 6-8 weeks depending on how you take care of them. I buffer in a month or two for some down time to let my lashes have a break. I never see any breakage or anything out of the ordinary, I just like to be cautious.

Lash lifts are different from extensions!!! They are your natural lashes just curled upward so they look longer and like you just put on a single coat of mascara. Extensions tend to make your lashes fuller and more visible. Lifts make them longer and for some extra oomph, I like to just use a mascara with my bristles to separate them for a fuller look. Also, you save on mascara since you do not need to apply extra coats.

WHAT IS A LASH LIFT?
A lash lift is a non-invasive lash service that uses cream solutions to “lift” the eyelashes. Lash lifting is essentially a new age lash perm that uses cream-based products and silicone shields to curl eyelashes — eliminating the need for traditional lash curlers. Unlike old school lash perms, which use barrel rollers and give lashes an unnatural curl, lash lifts use silicone shields to lift the natural lashes upward, simultaneously giving height, length, and volume. Lash lifts often accompany lash tints (although a tint may be down on its own) and darken the lashes. When a lash lift and tint are used together, they replace the need for daily eyelash curlers and mascara.
ARE LASH LIFTS SAFE?
When provided by trained and experienced technicians, lash lifts are safe. Since they are cream-based products, they are easy to control and will not run into your eyes the way liquid solutions would. Always get your lash lifting service from a trained and certified lash lift technician.

*Some photos and answers provided by @ingelashes

 

How long it lasts : about 6-8 weeks

How much it costs : I would say anywhere from $70 – $100 depending on where you go. Mine usually cost $75

How long it takes : About an hour

Taking care of the lashes : No oils after getting this done! It can take away the product and make it not last as long. Carefully wash your face, I try to get my lash lifts with no makeup on and then go to sleep and not wash my face until the next day to really let the product set in even though you probably can use most cleansers. I am gentle around my eyes for a while to make the lift last as long as possible.

Don’t try if you are prone to eye problems!