My 2018 Vision Board

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Holy cow guys! It’s 2018!!! With the new year comes new goals, new attitudes, and new motivation. 2017 ended with a lot of struggling. Struggling with my anxiety, struggling with my career, struggling with my degree, struggling with a move to a different town, but as of now I can say I officially got through it. Some of these are still things I’m figuring out in the new year but in the last year I can say for certain that I am stronger now because of it.

Why a vision board?

I am a firm believer that if you put something into the universe then you will get that. Whether its something positive, negative, goals, dreams, anything. If you put it into the universe enough, it will happen. That is my attitude going into this new year. By putting my goals on a board that I will see everyday, I will be putting those goals into the universe. It’ll also remind me to do something that brings me one step closer to those goals everyday. Along with my goals, I also put positive quotes. By seeing and reading these quotes, I’m hoping it helps me keep positive throughout my day.

 

Supplies needed to make a vision board:

-Printed out pictures/quotes

-Siccsors

-Tape

-Cork board/ picture frame/ fee wall space

-Washi Tape (optional)

-Stickers (optional)

-Markers/ colored pencils/ crayons (optional)

-Basically any additional decorations that you want! (:

 

Creating my Vision Board:

My process of creating my vision board was going on Pinterest and looking up pictures of other peoples vision boards haha. I knew what they were but I wasn’t sure where to start. After getting a general idea of the goals and messages I wanted, I searched them (again on Pinterest) and printed out the ones I liked. Now, I could have taken pictures of how I put the board together, but it is pretty….boring. Print pictures, cut pictures out, tape to a board/frame. Pretty standard. Luckily I had a large cork board already, so I just repainted the frame and taped all my pictures to it.

Goals represented on my board:

-Do more yoga

-Be in nature more

-Be active

-Less stress

-Make more time to relax

-Let things go

-Stay positive

-Create more content

 

Your vision board can represent whatever you want it to! These are just expressions of who you are and what you want to achieve in your life! I would love to see if you guys make your own! Please tag me on Instagram and I’ll share my favorites!!! Can’t wait to see what you guys create!

xoxo!

 

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My Favorite Youtubers

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Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you, if I am not listening to a podcast or watching Netflix, I am watching a Youtube video. Now sometimes I get into a deep dive and end up watching compilation videos of owners coming home to their dogs after being away and just balling my eyes out (and if you don’t cry watching those videos then you really have no soul). However, I mainly go on to keep up with a few of my favorite people (none of which know I exist….so that’s fun). I watch a wide range of genres, so I am just going to share with you my overall favorite people to watch.

7. Clevver TV/Style/News: These are 3 different channels but it is the same people. I love the Clevver girls. They are relatable and funny. These videos cover a range of topics from celebrity news to cheat day food inventions. Their videos range in length (personally I like really long videos) which is great for binge watching.

6. Emma Hill: I just recently got into her videos and I am in love! I have been binge watching all of her content and it is really getting me inspired to revamp my wardrobe. A lot of her videos are fashion related. My favorite videos so far are her hauls (I just love seeing what people buy. I’m nosey like that haha). She also has a few makeup videos and vlogs. She is pretty new to Youtube but she has an amazing blog that I think you all should check out!

5. Acacia and Jairus: I feel like this channel is a little controversial. A lot of people don’t like Acacia for things that happened in her past and because they do a lot of sponsored videos. I used to watch her when she was younger and then when she started making videos again I got sucked back in. Acacia and Jairus are young parents. They just had their daughter Brinley and I believe that Acacia is only 19. I enjoy watching their videos because I like to keep ups with their family and see how they are constantly growing and changing together.

4. Julien Solomita: Julien is a vlogger. He is probably one of the most creative vloggers I have ever watched. He doesn’t just talk in to the camera like other vloggers. He uses different angles, voice overs and just creates vlogs that are like movies. I know he also does short films and those are amazing too. He is dating Jenna Marbles a.k.a Jenna Mourey (whose videos I also love) so its fun to see another side of their lives outside of Jenna’s videos.

3. Grace Helbig: I have watched her FOREVER!!!!! Her videos are a lot of comedy with a little cooking, beauty and DIY thrown in. She is a hot mess express and I love every single second of her videos. Her style of comedy is very self depricating in a way that makes you want to make fun of yourself. Because if you can’t laugh at yourself then life will just be a bore. Grace has also written/produced/stared in 2 movies; Camp Takota and Dirty 30 (I highly recommend watching both of those).

2. Jenna Marbles a.k.a Jenna Mourey: Jenna also does comedy videos with a little cooking, drinking, beauty, DIY, dogs and hot mess thrown in. I believe Jenna has been around since Youtubers became a thing, ya know, one of the OG’s. She is hilarious and has the cutest dogs in the world that put up with so much of her craziness. Her earlier videos (which I think everyone in the world needs to watch) were more sketch-like videos and now she has gotten into doing whatever pops into her head. This ranges from seeing how many balloons it takes to lift her chihuahua in the air to attempting to make a wig out of eyelashes. Her and her boyfriend Julien also have a gaming channel and a podcast.

1. Zoella a.k.a Zoe Sugg: Zoe is my number one youtube to watch. I have watched her since she was making videos in her room living with her parents and now she has her own home, her own book series, her own beauty line and her own lifestyle line. She has two channels; her main channel which features beauty, cooking and lifestyle videos, and her second channel which features mainly vlogs. She also has a blog but it isn’t updated as much as I would like. She is a British youtuber who has been extremely open about her anxiety. Because of this I have related to her more then I ever thought was possible. She is one of the only youtubers whose videos I will constantly go back and watch because I genuinely love them.

I highly suggest checking out all these youtubers! Let me know below what channels you like to watch!!

xoxoxo!!!!

“Build Your Own Planner” Review

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Evertime I go into Target I see these “build your own planner” sets in the $1-$5 section. Now, I am addicted to shopping at Target, so when I got paid I decided that I had to try it out! I was really really excited to build my own planner. I got to choose the binder that I wanted it in, the pattern of the pages/divider pages and any extras that I wanted to put in it. I didn’t really know what to expect because all my favorite planners have been more on the pricy side, so the fact that I was able to customize my own planner, for under $20, was a huge plus for me!!!

I really like the binder that I chose. It is simple and grey, with gold writing on it that says “work hard, play hard”. I also chose the pages/divider pages that had the palm leaf pattern. I do wish that I was able to choose a different color for the inside of the binder, but I liked the outside more than the others so I went with it!

The package with the pages included 52 weekly pages, 12 monthly pages and 40 note sheets. That package of pages was $3 (I got 2 packages just in case I messed up and needed more pages……which I did…), the binder was $5, the divider pages were $3 and the pages with the sticky notes on it were also $3.

As I started to put together the planner I found that the planner pages seemed to be printed backwards. So when you flip through the pages, so instead of opening the planner and seeing a page that starts on Monday, you open it and it starts on Thursday. That was a little confusing when I started writing in the dates. The pages that show the whole month at once also starts on a Thursday.

Overall, I wasn’t 100% in love with my planner. I am very picky when it comes to scheduling out my life and I need a planner that will fit my lifestyle. I do think this is a great cheap option for people who want to start organizing their day to day life, if they can get past the pages starting on a Thursday. This Wednesday I will be purchasing a new planner and will try to do a review/haul of what all I am buying!

 

xoxo!!!

June Beauty Haul

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Recently, I needed to refresh some of my beauty products. This time around I decided to treat myself with a few extra beauty goodies!!! Some of these are my go-to products and some are products I’ve never used before (reviews soon to come). Alrighty! Let’s get into the haul!

Revlon Perfect Style round brush: I have been needing a new round brush to use when I blow dry my hair. Using a round brush really increase the amount of volume of my hair, giving it a nice blowout look.

Dove Mousse: I apply a small amount of mousse to my roots before I blow dry. I don’t use this every time, but on days when I want a nice blowout, the mousse and round brush are my go to products!

TRESemme Dry Shampoo: I live on dry shampoo. It’s the first thing I reach for on days where I feel like my hair is less than lovely. I usually go for the Dove Dry Shampoo, however the store was out when I went shopping so I picked up this one! I have used it and I still find myself wanting the Dove brand. This one just sits on my hair a little more than the Dove brand. So my roots do look a little grey when I use this brand, but I will live with it for the time being!

Bella Beauty Beauty Blender: I have used beauty blenders before, but I always feel myself reaching for a foundation brush. It really depends on the day and my mood on if I use a sponge or brush. I just bought this new one cause my old beauty blender was gross.

The next few items I purchased at my work, Francesca’s, and have never tried before! I am very excited to try all of these product! I hope to put up a review of all of them (at some point in the near future). So here is pretty much my first impression of the products before actually using them.

Put Your Face On makeup bag: I absolutely love this bag! I have a weird obsession with makeup bags. I own about 6 of them and  I still want more. I like to use them to organize my everyday beauty products, especially when I travel. It makes it easy to just grab the bag I need and head out.

Nugg Lip Mask: This is a nourishing lip mask. It smells nice and I’m very excited to try it. The weather has been hot and dry, and it has not been very nice to my lips (or skin).

OhK! Avocado Sheet Mask: I am a little nervous about using this mask. I don’t really like avocado…so I am hoping it is nicer than just slapping some whipped avocado on my face.

Lapcos Sheet Masks: I bought a few of these! I got the Pearl, Honey, Charcoal and Milk sheet masks. Each of them have different purposes; the pearl brightens, the milk moisturizes, the charcoal is for pore care, and the honey is nourishing.

All of the sheet masks that I purchased are Korean brands. You can find them online through the Francesca’s website or on the brands website. I am unsure if you can find these sheet masks anywhere else. Again I am very excited to use these and I will be putting up reviews of each of them!

 

xoxo!!!

Date Night Nails

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I love a manicure as much as the next girl, but sometimes I just don’t have the money to get them done! Luckily I have found a cheaper (slightly less permanent)  way to get my nails looking amazing! imPRESS nails have been my savior on days I need a little confidence boost! This are stick on nails, that means no glue and no mess. I picked up a few of these nails at Walmart, however I know you can also get them at Target. They are super cheap, so you can buy 3-4 packs of theses for less than a trip to the salon! The thing I love most about these nails is that the sticky part allows for them to move around a little on your nails if you accidentally bump them. They fit comfortably on my nails and they come in so many different colors. I have found that they stay on for about a week and a half (which is about how long I can put up with long nails). I reach for these every time my boyfriend and I decided to have a date night or go out of town. When it is time to for them to come off, they peel off easily and don’t leave any residue on your nails. These are definitely my go-to nails for any occasion.

Let me know what your favorite date night nails!!

xoxo!!!

 

January Favorites

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I know that it is the middle of February, but I still had some favorites in January! This past month I had a variety of favorite things and I want to share some of them with you! I hope you enjoy!!

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The first thing I have been obsessed with in January is this HUGE pink blanket scarf. I love this scarf so much because 1) it is a pink ombre, 2) it is the softest thing I have ever felt in my life! and 3) it is GIANT. I got this at H&M on sale. It has kept me extremely warm in the freezing temperatures. I adore it.

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My second favorite in the month of January is Anna Kendrick’s book. I absolutely love her as a person and an actress and this book has made me love her even more. I enjoy reading these types of book because I like getting a look at their actual lives. I like learning what made them want to get into the acting industry. They always give great advice that is applicable to everyones life!

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I love my aviators. I got these at TJ Maxx and they are Tommy Hilfiger. I just think they are super cute and they go with pretty much anything.

Processed with VSCO with hb2 presetI have a few makeup products that I gave a little extra love this past month. This adorable makeup bag was given to me for Christmas by one of my friends. It is rose gold (which everyone knows I am OBSESSED with) and it is the perfect travel size! The fist product that I reached for everyday was my Rimmel Match Perfection concealer in the shade 230 Fair/Light. This concealer is super light weight but has great coverage. In the summer I sometimes only wear this because it blends really well into my skin. The next thing I was loving is the Covergirl + Olay “The De-Puffer” under eye concealer. I get this in the shade 320 Fair/Light. This product is amazing. It covers the dark bags under my eyes and makes me look like an actual human being. It has a metal applicator which feels great under your eyes in the morning when I feel less than alive. Next is the mini Smashbox X-rated mascara. I usually use multiple mascaras to get extra volume but after using just a few coats of this, my lashes are looking long and full. And last we have the L’oreal Voluminous Superstar liquid eyeliner. I have been using this eyeliner FOREVER!!!! It is by far my favorite liquid mascara. It has a nice felt tip that makes application easier and more precise. It does smudge a little during the day (but I have weirdly oily eyelids…), but if I do a wing it stays all day.

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This next one is very random but it also makes me so happy! I got a new sticker for my laptop that says “Say no to drugs & say yes to pizza”. I found this sticker at Zumiez and I think it was about $3. I saw it and it just made me so happy so I had to buy it. I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on it when I bring my laptop to class, which makes it even better!

I love hearing what you guys love every month so feel free to share!!!! I hope you enjoy seeing what I am into each month and I hope to continue these posts! Let me know what you think!

xoxo!!!!

 

My Planner Set Up

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Processed with VSCO with hb2 presetAt the beginning of each semester I take a few hours after all of my classes to reorganize my planner. I put in all the due dates for my assignments in each class, I schedule out time for going to the gym and when all of my new posts go up. This helps me stay on track throughout the rest of the semester.

What I usually do is pick one color for each class. On the top of the syllubus I color the corner of the page with the pen I chose for the class. Then I go through, class by class, and I put in all the due dates for my assignments. For bigger projects I schedule time to get with my group or work on the project alone. I do this as a reminder from the beginning that a project is due. Nothings worse than rushing to do a project last minute.

Along with all my assignments I use my planner to schedule times to go to the gym or any plans I have with my friends. I am horrible at over planning myself, so I always end up cancelling on my friends to do homework.

With everything happening all at once (classes, projects, outside work) I try to set aside time, generally on the weekends, to work on this blog. I have been slacking pretty hard recently. However, I feel that allowing myself to actually see when I need to start working on things makes it easier for me to stay on track.

Ever since I started scheduling my life like this and keeping my planner with me at all times, has really helped me keep my life in check. I hope this has helped you in any way! Let me know if you know of any tricks or tips that have helped you stay organized in your life!!!

xoxo!!!

Semester Favorites

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One things I love about my university is that we get about 5 weeks off for winter break. That is over a month of relaxing and hanging out. When it is finally time to start classes again I reach for a few of my favorite things. For all the years I’ve been in school Ive used a variety of these items and I think I have finally gathered the perfect combination to help me get through the semester.

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Sugar Paper Planner:

It has taken a while to find a planner that I really like using. Some were too small (I have big handwriting), some were too big. It wasn’t until I went to Target that I found the perfect planner. The first thing that caught my attention is the color, a light blush pink with gold edges. Sign me up!!! When I opened it up it won my heart. It has plenty of room to write in as well as a basic calendar at the beginning of each month. I would say that it is medium sized, so it fits in any bag I bring to school.

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Rose Gold Travel Mug:

You may not know this about me but I have a very strong weakness to anything rose gold. It might be the basic in me, but it just screams my name! So not only is this the perfect travel mug because of the color but it is also the perfect size. I don’t drink coffee, so any hot beverage I want to bring with me is hot chocolate 99.9% of the time. This mug was in the cute little $1,$3,$5 section at Target. Although it was fairly cheap it works really well. It keeps my drinks warm for an extended period of time and it is easy to wash. It holds enough for me to drink it all without it getting too cold. I really do love it!

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Bluetooth Beats Headphones (rose gold):

Now I did not purchase these, they were a free gift when I bought my MacBook. I know how expensive Beats can be and normally I wouldn’t spend that much on a pair of headphones. However, I will recommend these to everyone. I am the type of person who will have headphones in walking across campus because I don’t like talking to strangers. These headphones really do cancel out any background noises (which can be really awesome but also sometimes terrifying). I love the fact that they are bluetooth because I don’t have to worry about doing something weird and ripping the cord out.

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Sugar Paper Portfolio:

I found this portfolio at the same time I found my planner. Again the color grabbed my attention. The outside is light gray and is a pleather-y texture. They had one in the same pink as the planner but I liked the gray and pink together. I bring this basically everywhere with me. I like to keep important papers inside and it came with a super cute pink legal pad on the inside. I used this for notes or lists or anything I need to write down. It has really helped me stay organized throughout the semester. I keep all of my syllabi inside so I have them any time I need them. This was a tad bit pricy but I definitely use it enough for the price I paid. I encourage anyone who needs to get organized to purchase one of these. It is a life savor!

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Mud Pie #namasteinbed Mug:

Along with my rose gold obsession, I have an addiction to coffee mugs. And as I mentioned above, I don’t drink coffee…that still hasn’t stopped me from buy every single cute mug I find. I found this one at TJ Maxx and it speaks to my soul. Although this is fairly new I’m still including it in my semester favorites to represent all the mugs I own. I will drink anything out of mugs. I have a few of the mugs that look like bowls with a handle that I use specifically for soups. If it is cold out, a mug will be in my hand.

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MacBook Air:

Last but not least my MacBook. I have wanted one for YEARS! I love my iPhone and I just kept hearing how wonderful MacBooks are. I saved up for this purchase for a while. I have never been so happy with a laptop in my life. I love that my phone syncs up to it so I have all my information connected. This is one of the best purchases I think I have ever made. It has made my life so easy and I tell everyone I know to purchase apple products.
As classes start we all get ready to face new challenges and new experiences. With a few staple items your semester can be in your control. Try not to stress too much and make time for yourself. If all else fails, take a deep breath and live one day at a time. I hope all of my semester favorites help you pick a few of your own!

xoxo!!!

Reds

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For those who know me know I ADORE a red lip. It is the best way to dress up a plain outfit or to just make you feel better! I generally wear red lipsticks during Christmas time (for obvious reasons) but I am bringing the reds into the New Year. So if you would like to join me, here is a list of my favorite red lipsticks.

From left to right:

*Rimmel 124 Bordeaux- This has been my go to dark lip color for a few years now. I have about three of them in my collection at the moment. A beautiful dark berry color.

*L’Oreal 726 Divine Wine- This one has more of a brown/nude tone to the red.

*Rimmel Kate 107- This is the red of all reds. Love. Love. Love. I recommend this color to anyone in need of a red lipstick.

*Milani 67 Matte Confident- Like I mentioned before, I live for a matte lip. This is a beautiful red color that drys matte. It drys super quick and stays on for such a long time.

*Rimmel Kate 01- Again, Rimmel just knows how to get my attention. Love. This red is a tad bit darker that the 107, but I will reach for it just as often.

*L’Oreal 590 Blushing Berry- This one is nice for when you don’t want a crazy red lip or a crazy dark purple lip. It is the perfect middle shade.

 

All of these brands are fairly cheap and easily accessible. All of these colors are on the darker side because that is what goes with my skin tone. I do know that a lot of these brands have more orange/red shades that are also gorgeous, I just try to stay away from those. I really like to use red lips as a mood booster. No one can be sad with a killer wing eye and a red lip!

xoxo!

Coffee Table Books

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I love seeing what books people like to keep around their house. It helps me get inspiration into how I want my home to look, as well as, allowing me to understand that person better. These are the three books I currently have on my coffee table (amongst the piles and piles of magazines I have laying around my apartment haha).

The Fashion Book- Phaidon:

This book is like my bible. It is the A-Z guide of all things fashion. This book shows every person who created and inspired the fashion world. This book spans over two centuries with the whole industry represented. This book is a guide to over 570 clothing and accessory designers, photographers, stylists, schools, models and editors. As well as, the icons who instigated or symbolize an entire style or movement. This is great for those who really want to know the fashion industry inside and out.

14,000 things to be happy about- Barbara Ann Kipfer:

I have wanted this book for such a long time. Even just skimming through the pages you find things that make you happy! Whether its watching the sunset/rise, going to the beach, watching the snow fall or things  as small as Aunt Jemima  syrup, sipping a coke or getting the answers you want from a magic 8 ball. This book is just a friendly reminder that despite anything that goes wrong in your life, there is always something to be happy about.

101 Things I Learned in Fashion School- Alfredo Cabrera with Matthew Fredrick:

My mom got this book for me. This little book is super helpful for anyone in fashion. The book starts with “Fashion was born in the 12th century” and ends with a quote by Yves St. Laurent “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” Throughout the book there are little tips about how to illustrate, how to tie a tie, how to cut fabric, the measurements of average models and other helpful tips!

 

Anywhere you look in my apartment you will find a book or a magazine that has to do with fashion or the industry. I love when my passions bring out a passion in others! Let me know what books you like to keep around your home!!! Like, follow, comment and share!!

xoxo!!!