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)
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!
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
So the reason I said this is a throwback is because I wore this almost exact outfit a year or two ago when I went to California. I obviously like to save this maxi for fun occasions! I paired it with a white top that I tied last time and this time I added some bright turquoise earrings and a light pink cross body. I really never wear my hair up for blog posts but this day was a bit hot after all the walking around geneva!
Switzerland was never high on my list of places to travel. I always heard it was beautiful but I wanted to visit Paris, Rome, Italy and Greece before I started venturing to new places. When I heard that the study abroad was going I thought hmm, still worth a try and I submitted the application. I was super excited when I was accepted and the whole trip was beyond amazing!
Geneva was truly gorgeous, clear water, mountains in the background, nice locals and amazing food. We walked all around the city and while we were there the pope even came! I tried to see him but there was a conflict with our media visits.
BACK TO THE MAXI! I love a good yellow especially one that brightens up my skin tone! The jean jacket made the look a little more casual and neutral along with the pony hair which I think made the look a little better for the daytime. Also these sweet earrings went well with the bright yellow without over doing it!
Jean Jacket : H&M // Maxi Skirt : Zara (similar) (similar) // White Crop : Asos// Earrings : (similar) (similar)
And when you get the chance, go to France! 10 out of 10 would recommend. I actually got to visit France twice and while I did not go to Paris (I’ll save that for my next trip) it will still just as beautiful as I imagined! We drove about 45 minutes from Geneva Switzerland to Annecy France, there were the most beautiful mountains and country side as a backdrop it was like a dream!
This was honestly one of my favorite parts of the trip! Walking around a little french town and eating genuine french food. There was a beautiful park that was so quiet and filled with natural beauty. It was like stepping into a movie! Best of all I got to experience it with the most amazing group of girls. The mountains and water were so beautiful, the food and wine was amazing, and I was excited to wear my new clothes as well. Truly an amazing day!
One thing though was the city we visited did not have an uber back to the city we were staying in and the trains were not running. One thing about traveling is you always need a back up plan. So we ended up taking a taxi after trying bus stations, train stations, uber and lift. It was worth it though and I wish I could have stayed longer than the two days we went.
My only regret was not trying escargot! The girls did not want to try it with me and even though I know I probably wouldn’t be fond of it, it’s all about the experience! Also when we crossed from Switzerland to France we did not get our passport stamped which was a major bummer. But it was beautiful and I cannot wait to go back!
Pants : Pretty Little Thing // Crop Top : Asos // Bag : (similar) (similar)
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?!
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.
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!