Tuesday, February 13, 2018

14 THINGS I LOVE: VALENTINE'S DAY EDITION














Hey y'all!



Happy Wednesday! I hope y'all are having a great week and staying warm!



Today in honor of Valentines's Day, I wanted to share a post of 14 things that I love. I am personally a big fan of Valentine's Day...for a lot of reasons. Of course I love all things girly, pink, hearts, etc. and who doesn't love chocolate?! But I also love telling people I love them and I'm thankful for all the amazing people in my life. Of course I love a day that celebrates all the wonderful people in my life!



So, here are 14 random things that I love:



1. Obviously my family...I am blessed with a wonderful family and they are some of my best friends! My parents, siblings, cousins, grandparents, fiancé, and my future family-in-law!!!
2. My dogs. I am a huge dog person and I just can't get enough of them! I have a dog with my fiancĂ© -- Scout -- and then my parents have three dogs -- Sage, Remi and Wyatt (our new puppy). We are biiig dog people ;)
3. Peanut butter -- y'all this is one thing I just can't ever give up no matter how healthy I try to eat! I pretty much have it in some form every morning for breakfast.
4. Sunsets. I love watching sunsets and sunrises too! I am always the person who tries to snap a picture of how pretty they are but they are the best reminder that some things in life are just worth enjoying without sharing. Living in the moment and knowing when to just sit back and shut your phone off is key!
5. Fresh flowers. Kind of goes perfect with the holiday? ha. But I used to hate flowers. I thought they were dumb...like why waste money on something that is just going to have to be thrown away in a few days? But in the past few years I have just grown to love them. They add so much to a room and just make me happy to look at.
6. drinking coffee. I am a huge coffee person. I just about always have a couple cups each morning. I love it black with just a little almond milk. These days I have really gotten away from really sugary drinks and I just enjoy the coffee itself. I feel like that's the mark of being a grown up? Not sure but I definitely feel that way.
7.  exploring and adventuring. I think this is something I will always love. I have grown up loving the outdoors thanks to my dad. We often went camping, fishing, or hunting together. When we could, my family took vacations that allowed me to see the world a bit. I love being able to see new places, cultures, and just get out of my box a little!
8. Running -- y'all probably know by now but I am an avid runner. Its about the only form of exercise I truly enjoy and I love getting better and better as I train more. I have ran 5ks and one half marathon -- this year I want to run another half, and then maybe go on and train for a full marathon!
9. Cooking. I also feel like so many people love to eat out...but I would so much rather try a new recipe at home! I love trying new foods and experimenting with recipes from Pinterest!
10. Mornings. I think I hold the unpopular opinion that mornings are better than any other time of the day! I always say that if I had the option, I would work from 6AM-2PM or something like that. I am always so tired in the afternoons, no matter how much I sleep! I would thrive on a situation like that. But, I always enjoy waking up and drinking coffee and just enjoying the mornings. Sometimes I run before work or class, but I always just love knowing that I am up and awake and getting things done before others are even awake.
11. Being creative. I love getting to express myself, do crafts, or create things visually. I love design and making things! I am always working on a DIY project and especially love my college program and future field of work because it allows me to create.
12. Lipstick. I am a firm believer that a fun lipstick is a real game changer! I love bright and bold colors and I always feel my best when I'm wearing one.
13. Burning candles. This is another thing I have grown to love. I love a good candle and every time I go to Bath and Body Works I always love smelling every single candle even if I already have it or know what it smells like!
14. Making lists. While I love being creative and exploring I am also such a type-A person and lists are just my lifesaver. I make lists for everything and find such satisfaction in crossing things off once I finish them!


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

WHAT'S TRENDING: BLUSH SNEAKERS




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Hey y'all!



For today's post, I wanted to share a round up and a few photos of one of my favorite trends that is going around! I have been seeing blush pink sneakers everywhere and I think they are the perfect shoe to pick up to wear for the spring. I think they are perfect for stepping into spring in style! I think they look great with jeans and a cute sweater while it is still cold, but could easily be worn with shorts and a basic tee as a casual look, or with leggings and workout gear if you're headed to the gym!


The pair I wore in the photos actually sold out really fast, but I am obsessed with the ones I featured in the collage and there are so many similar options! I also linked ones of different price ranges if you are looking for a more budget friendly option -- #5, 6, 9, 11 and 13 are on the lower end of the price spectrum!


I hope you all enjoyed this post! Let me know if you have any other trends you would like to see featured and I will gladly do a post on them.

Talk to you in my next post!



Monday, February 5, 2018

VDAY OUTFIT INSPO + FAVORITE MASCARAS















Hey y'all!

Welcome to today's post. I hope you all are having a great Monday! I am so glad to have had this past weekend to rejuvenate -- last week was long/stressful but I am feeling so good and ready to tackle another week! I spent a lot of the weekend with Nate, and some of our good friends Megan and Miles. It is so important to spend time with people who are life-giving and these friends are just amazing! We also watched the Super Bowl which is always really fun. I'm always sad at the Super Bowl time because it means football is over. I love watching football and now we have forever to wait for more games to watch :/

On a different note, today's post has a few important goals! First off, I wanted to share some Valentine's Day outfit inspiration. I personally really love Valentine's Day, whether you're spending it with a significant other, or whether you are spending it with your best gals! Its a great time to show others that you love them and care for them. :) Plus I love wearing pink and girly things so it just works out!

I decided to pair red and pink together, as they are the iconic colors for Valentine's Day, and pairing similar/monochromatic colors has been a trend for the fall/winter season. I think it looks really cute together and I honestly would wear this together!

I also wanted to share some of my favorite mascaras with y'all. I love beauty products, but I rarely try new things...unless we are talking about mascara or lipstick. I am always down to try out a new mascara! Below I listed some of my personal favorites, as well as a short bit about why I love them.

Drugstore
Loreal Voluminous Lash Paradise (great for volume...as the name suggests!)
Great Lash Lots of Lashes (wonderful for lower lashes + everyday product)
Loreal Telescopic (so great for lengthening + great packaging...that matters right?!)
Loreal Voluminous Lash Primer (Great drugstore lash primer. Works as well as high-end ones!)
CoverGirl Super Sizers Fibers (Great for getting clumps out and adding volume!)

High End
Benefit They're Real (my all time favorite mascara, combined w/Loreal Telescopic = my go to!)
Lancome Hypnose Drama (very volumizing, love the curved brush)
Tarte Lights Camera Lashes (great all around, love the brush)
Urban Decay Lash Primer (first lash primer I ever used...I think primer is a secret to great lashes!)
Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Drama (love the formulation and very volumizing)
Lancome Cils Booster XL (another great primer, works WONDERS)

I have been trying to branch out more when it comes to makeup, so if you would want to see more makeup related content, be sure to let me know as I always want to share what y'all want to read!

Thanks so much for watching and I will talk to you in my next post!



Friday, February 2, 2018

VALENTINES DAY GIFT GUIDE FOR HER






Hey y'all!

Happy Friday -- thank g o o d n e s s the weekend is finally here! Today I wanted to share a post with gift ideas for any gals in your life, or for yourself if you're into the treat yo self kind of life ;)

I love Valentines Day, pink and all things love! So of course I am excited for the holiday! I love a good excuse to write people sweet notes, buy gifts, and of course wear pink!

Hope you all enjoyed this post and got some good ideas! This weekend is going to be 48 hours of relaxation because I just need that after a super busy week. There never seems to be enough hours in the day if you ask me so I am going to try and get ahead this weekend.

Talk to you in my next post!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

5 TIPS TO SHOP ON A BUDGET














Hey y'all!

Happy Thursday!

Today I wanted to share a few tips on how to wear all the latest styles while still sticking to a budget. As a college student who loves fashion, I have to balance testing out all the new trends with a very limited budget! I have acquired a few practices to make sure that I can have both!

1. Use Pinterest. I think I get a lot of my style inspiration from Pinterest. There is so much creative inspiration there for all aspects of your life! I am kind of addicted to it. But, I have different boards for seasonal style, as well as a board that I pin things I want to look for or try out. That way I have inspiration on how to wear what I already have, but also inspiration for seeking out new trends.

2. Try new stores. I think the best way to find cool pieces is to always be willing to test out a new store. My favorites are Asos, Boohoo, Urban Outfitters, Target, Old Navy, etc. but I recently came across new stores such as 2020Ave and Pretty Little Thing that I really like as well. I've even purchased clothes off Amazon -- the options are endless! The retail industry is very oversaturated so there are always new stores popping up. Being willing to try new things will not only push you to expand your style but also find the best pieces to add to your wardrobe. 

3. Do your research. This is a big way that I find things that match the looks I am going for without paying the major price tag of designers. I am a huge online shopper, so if I see a style I want to wear, I will first head to Google and search as many ways as I possibly can to pull up whatever it is I am looking for. I often times try to word my searches differently to find what I am looking for. Google Shop will pull lots of different retailers and you can hopefully find someone selling what you are looking for that matches your price point!

4. Know how to mix and match. Kind of going along with tip #1, but I always make sure that I can picture wearing something in a few different ways to make sure that it is versatile enough. If I can only see myself wearing it once or twice, it needs to be either really cheap or I just shouldn't buy it at all! I think its important to build your wardrobe and add really cool pieces, but still be wearable for daily style/work/class etc.

5. Try DIY's. Sometimes I see a designer piece that is hundreds of dollars, but I know I can easily make something really similar. Weigh the cost if you can't find a dupe and get crafty! I am personally really into DIY projects so that doesn't intimidate me. For example, I saw a designer oversized denim jacket with pearl embellishments all over it. It was like $300 which I would never EVER spend on a trendy item. But, I think I could easily make something to give myself a similar look for the smallest fraction of a cost. Being willing to make things is entertainment and saves money!

I hope you all enjoyed this post! I hope these tips were helpful and be sure to check out my Pinterest for inspiration -- I am always pinning new stuff. Thanks so much for reading and I will talk to y'all in tomorrow's post!