5 Things to Know About Me

I thought I would do a quick post on a few things to know about me. I was going to make them about me as a blogger but the five things ended up being about what I recently learned about myself. Living here in LA, the people are different than Texas in a few ways. They tend to be more chill and not as loud or welcoming. There are just subtle differences of course and I’ve joked that the farther from LA you get the nicer people get! LA is a place where everyone is fighting to make it big, so it’s understandable.

  1. I do not consider myself creative : I get my inspiration from others and even then I still struggle putting outfits together and I dissect the details until I feel like it’s right!
  2. I can talk a lot and very loudly : I have a big personality and I have a hard time just turning it off. If I am being quiet for a long time there is usually something wrong!

  1. I try to make most things a joke or something to laugh about : Even in serious situations, this is like a coping mechanism I guess, but I do this in everyday situations as well
  2. I have a hard time communicating exactly what is in my head : I understand concepts but I cannot always convey that accurately
  3. I have sometimes need to think before I speak because I tend to just have word vomit : It’s like that mean girls scene where Katy just keeps talking and talking, that’s me

Life is one big learning experience. Just when you think you’ve got something down you are thrown into a totally new situation. If you’re lucky its a situation you are not comfortable with. That when you are forced to grow. Remember the grass is always greener on the other side. But add some fertilizer to that b*tch and make a garden in your own yard.

What are five things that you learned about yourself recently?

Top : Revolve // Shorts : Levis // Boots : Forever 21 (similar) (similar) // Hat : Lack of Color 

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

My Dream Job

It’s life update time! I completed my first week of work at a job I have been wanting for a while! I, of course, am super into fashion and entertainment so naturally, when I heard about PR showrooms I was intrigued. I had not experienced it yet and I think everyone was a little worried when I stopped working at my old PR job in social media and started an internship at a showroom. It was unpaid and I worked at a store at the mall to get by but I knew I needed experience since I had no idea how a showroom functioned at first. Luckily I learned the ropes and was ready to apply for new jobs. I landed an interview at POP PR and after researching the brands they represented I loved it! I was truly blessed to be hired as a fashion assistant and I am excited to see where this journey takes me.

So what is a PR Showroom? I would describe it as a PR management of multiple clothing brands to lend out for celebrity/influencer shoots. It can include gifting, but mostly creates press for the clothes that are shot for magazines, in music videos, and at press events.

As a fashion assistant, so far I have gotten to know the brands, have written a pitch or two, created media lists and assisted in appointments with stylists that come in looking for the perfect outfit for their clients. While I probably cannot name the celebrities we have seen in some of the clothes, let me say there are some A-list names for sure!

This is exactly what I envisioned for myself when I wanted to land my “dream job” a year ago. I never knew this was apart of Public Relations and I am so glad I found it! The people I work with seem very determined and work-driven, but very funny and know how to balance work and play! I am excited to get to know them better and learn so much from them. I will do more updates as more milestones unfold with my job. I am so so excited for my second week of work already!

Blazer Dress : Forever 21 // Heels : Steve Madden

 

Vogue’s 73 Questions

I got the idea to do this from another blog post I saw! Hope you like!

1. ON A SCALE OF 1-10, HOW EXCITED ARE YOU ABOUT LIFE RIGHT NOW?

Probably a 7, I’m excited about what is to come!

2. WHAT’S THE MOST OVER-RATED FOOD TREND?

I don’t really keep up with food trends, fashion ones only.

3. WHAT’S YOUR WAKE-UP RITUAL?

Drink a glass of cold water, use my jade roller and plan my day.

4. WHAT’S THE BEST WORST MOVIE YOU LOVE TO WATCH?

I’m not that much into movies. Romy and Michelle was pretty good.

5. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TIME OF DAY?

The evening has always been my favorite!

6. DREAM COUNTRY TO VISIT?

I’ve always wanted to go to Greece!

7. VINTAGE OR NEW?

Vintage is the best when you find the perfect piece!

8. STYLE ICON?

There are so many! I guess right now it would be Tezza!

9. WHAT’S ONE INGREDIENT YOU PUT IN EVERYTHING?

Olive oil is my go-to

10. WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST FEAR IN LIFE?

Doctors! They give me the worst anxiety I’ve ever had in my life!

11.  WHAT’S YOUR CURRENT TV OBSESSION?

I watch every episode of Grey’s and This Is Us

12. FAVORITE APP?

Social media is my go-to, so Instagram.

13. MOST ADVENTUROUS THING YOU’VE DONE IN YOUR LIFE?

Off the top of my head just flown in a helicopter. I really want to go sky diving eventually!

14. HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS?

Bubbly, Opinionated, Interested

15. FAVORITE PIECE OF CLOTHING YOU OWN?

Right now it’s my dad’s denim jacket that is oversized on me!

16. WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU WISH YOU KNEW IN HIGH SCHOOL?

You’re gonna miss this and talk to more people.

17. WHAT’S INSPIRING YOU IN LIFE RIGHT NOW?

My blog. My ideas for expanding this and creating something new and brillant.

18. A BOOK THAT EVERYONE SHOULD READ?

Does Vogue count? Lol I’m a magazine fanatic!

19. BEST WAY TO TAKE A REST/DECOMPRESS?

Binge watch a Netflix show, take a bath and put on a facemask.

20. FAVORITE PLACE TO VIEW ART?

LACMA of course!

21. WHO’S SOMEONE YOU WOULD WANT TO HAVE COFFEE WITH?

Kourtney Kardashian. She seems so down to Earth.

22. WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU LOSE ALL THE TIME?

My phone charger, its the worst!

23. BEST GIFT YOU’VE EVER GIVEN?

Hmmm.. I’m the worst at gifts. I gave my cousin a ring holder recently to keep her mom’s rings on since she recently passed.

24.  BEST GIFT YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?

My boyfriend at the time bought me a star for Valentine’s day. I cried.

25. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BOARD GAME?

Chess. I like the challenge.

26. BLOW-DRY OR AIR-DRY?

Air-dry. It’s healthier.

27. COFFEE OR TEA?

Green tea

28. SUMMER OR WINTER?

As of now Summer

29.  YOU ARE STUCK ON AN ISLAND, YOU CAN PICK ONE FOOD TO EAT FOREVER WITHOUT GETTING TIRED OF IT, WHAT WOULD YOU EAT?

Buttered pasta

30. A DESSERT YOU DON’T LIKE?

Lemon Meringue Pie

31. WHO IS YOUR CELEBRITY LOOK ALIKE?

I don’t think I have one! I’ve been told I like to dress like Kourtney K though.

32. BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO YOU TODAY?

I took the best nap!

33. WORST THING TO HAPPEN TO YOU TODAY?

My friend’s canceled on going out

34. BEST COMPLIMENT YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?

That I look like Kourtney Kardashian. Lol I swear I’m not obsessed/

35. WHAT FLAVOR OF ICE CREAM IS MOST UNDERRATED?

Plain Vanilla

36. YOUR AFFIRMATION FOR TODAY?

You got this!

37. WHAT SHOW WOULD YOU LOVE TO MAKE A CAMEO IN?

The comedy show Mom. It’s so funny!

38. DIAMONDS OR PEARLS?

Super hard one! Pearls.

39. WHAT’S YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?

Britney Spears pre-melt down

40. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DATE NIGHT ACTIVITY?

Getting super dressed up and going for a nice dinner.

41. BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE RECEIVED?

“Don’t be scared”

42. MUST HAVE CLOTHING ITEM EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE?

A flattering pair of dark wash denim jeans

43. SECRET TALENT?

I can shake my eye pupils

44. IF YOU HAD A TATTOO, WHERE WOULD IT BE?

A tattoo on my side ribs

45. GIRL CRUSH?

Hailey Bieber right now.

46. HOW YOU KNOW YOU’RE IN LOVE?

I get butterflies in my tummy and a funny feeling in my hands.

47. SONG YOU CAN LISTEN TO ON REPEAT?

3rd Gear & 17 by Aaron Watson

48. WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT AT THIS TIME IN YOUR LIFE?

Living in California and getting a job I really like.

49. IF YOU COULD SWITCH LIVES WITH SOMEONE FOR A DAY WHO WOULD IT BE?

Arianna Grande!

50. FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME?

Again, I’m not much of a movie person!

51. WHO SHOULD EVERYONE BE FOLLOWING ON INSTAGRAM?

Me of course! @briana.nicole03

52. WHO IS THE LAST PERSON YOU TEXTED?

My dad

53. WHAT COLOR DRESS DID YOU WEAR TO YOUR PROM?

The first prom was a cream one-shoulder dress, the second was a strapless pink ombre dress, last was a light pink embellished dress

54. WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?

The Girls by Emma Cline

55. WHAT’S A REGULAR BREAKFAST FOR YOU?

One egg sunny side up with turkey and honey on wheat toast

56. WHAT’S YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON BEAUTY?

It truly is in the eye of the beholder

57. MUST HAVE BEAUTY PRODUCT?

Better Than Sex Mascara

58. WHAT’S YOUR SECRET TO A GREAT PHOTOGRAPH?

Being happy with your outfit, hair and makeup!

60. BEST CONCERT YOU’VE EVER BEEN TO?

Cody Johnson hands down!

61. BEST SONG TO SING IN THE SHOWER?

Firework by Katy Perry HAHA!

62. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

Fun, Flirty, and Feminine!

63. WHAT PERSON’S CLOSET WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO RAID?

Danielle Bernstein

64. WHAT’S SOMETHING ONLY A FEW PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I try to eat clean as much as possible!

65. WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU’RE NOT MISSING RIGHT NOW?

The rain!

66. WHERE DID YOU GO ON YOUR LAST GIRLS TRIP?

Dallas for my birthday!

67. DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN A HASHTAG?

#Loved

68. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CANDY?

Resses!

69. WHO DO YOU LOOK UP TO MOST?

My parents of course!

70. WHAT’S A GOOD RULE YOU’VE LEARNED FROM YOUR PARENTS?

You have to work for what you want

71. WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS?

Married, doing something that makes me happy with two dogs and a little one!

72. IN GENERAL, WHEN DO YOU FEEL THE MOST BEAUTIFUL?

Right before I go out!

73. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR?

Being a good person and being creative.

Top : Nasty Gal // Jeans : Revice // Hair Clips : Target // Shoes : Charlotte Russe (similar) (similar)

Actual Things I do to Stay Small

I’m a typical girl and I get frustrated when I feel like I’ve gained a pound or two.. or three. I want to starve myself but as soon as I get hungry I give in and totally eat whatever is in front of me. I snack way more often then I have meals some days just because I get full off of veggie chips/popcorn/granola. But I have tried to find things that help me stay fit and here is a few things I have come up with. Honestly, I’m not sure if this is dietition approved but these are just a few things I have heard and actually tried!

One thing I have not tried is the apple cider vinegar every morning! Have you tried it? Does it work? Let me know!

  1. Drink lots of water : I do this almost as a detox. I will do at least three days a week where I chug water all day and make sure I finish at least six bottles. It’s not too hard now actually! And I get thirsty quicker on the days I do not do it! I try to do these every few days as a small detox.
  2. Juice Cleanses : I do not do these often and I wouldn’t recommend to. If that is your thing then go for it! But aside from the fact that you are not feeding your body the same way as it is used to, you want to save a juice cleanse for when you are really noticing you gained weight, not just on a day where you feel fatter. You don’t want your body used to a cleanse, you want it to be your secret weapon!
  3. One big workout a week : I work out almost daily. But I focus on for sure working out 3-4 times a week. What I just realized though is if I do regular/moderate workouts and then one really hard workout a week where I will be sore the next day it will keep me in shape!
  4. Walk everywhere : I sit so much for work and sometimes I honestly get frustrated and want to bust out a few squats! What I like to do to combat that is park a little farther, walk to the mall nearby (it’s literally the next street over) or to a CVS and I feel like I combatted that effect a little bit.
  5. Count my calories : I am always counting my calories. I can honestly feel it when I go over them a lot too! But there are days also where you just need to have a cheat meal and enjoy it. Balance yes, but favoring the healthy side of the scale!

Jean Jacket : Abercrombie  // Crop Top : Forever 21 // Biker Shorts : Forever 21 // Sunglasses : Quay Australia

Blogger Advice : Style Collective

When I first started my blog I did not take it seriously… but then when I really decided to do it full force about a year ago I did not know where to start. I could not just jump into it but I had a lot to learn. I started off with blog conferences which helped me dip my toe into the blogging world. One huge resource I still use today is Style Collective! I started with style collective about a year and a half ago I would say. Not only do they have resources for girls like me to learn the ins-and-outs of the blogging world, but they have a community of girls with similar passions, all willing to help each other grow, and that’s what has made me stick around.

The CEO Annie Spano not only facilitates the conversations in the FB page, but she is very hands on. She always answers questions any of the girls have, does FB live videos where she answers questions we have and also conducts a podcast with other passionate females making it in the industry. I really enjoyed being a member and the resources are exactly what bloggers need at any level of the profession.

I have had girls come up to me or message me about creating a blog and if they are serious about it I really lead them to the right resources and Style Collective covers all of the bases. As I continue to grow my blog, the resources and community also evolve so that I never outgrow Style Collective, but it keeps up with the trends and meet-ups of the blogging community.

I plan on attending the next SC conference and I hope to one day meet Annie Spano! I get on the FB page daily and I get to interact with other bloggers at many different levels which helps me grow both my blog and me personally. One of my favorite parts of Style Collective is Link Love which is where we can all share our latest blog posts and comment on each other’s newest projects. We also interact with each other on Instagram and other social media sites to positively support each other since we all have a similar goal and understand the hustle.

I remember the first time I was featured on a SC email! I was so excited to be noticed by such an established platform. I knew at that point they really cared about the members and what they get out of the service. From setting up meet-ups with other members to pitching to brands, I am proud to be a #SCsister.

I would recommend any blogger/influencer/entrepreneur to join style collective! It is so easy and so worth it! The team really goes out of their way to make sure we have all that we need to succeed! They are responsive and helpful, and it is only $10 a month to join. Also, there is not a waitlist like other platforms! They are inclusive of girls at all levels! For the amount of support, resources and community you gain, it is a huge steal!

Sign up HERE to check out the site and to become a #SCsister!

Top : Free People // Sweater : Abercrombie // Shorts : Levi’s // Necklaces : Gorjana (second necklace) // Sunglasses : Quay Australia // Shoes : Halogen