Friday, December 25, 2015

Blogger Secret Santa Revel

Merry Christmas everyone!



I hope everyone enjoyed spending the day with their family and celebrating this time of the year! Us bloggers got to celebrate by having a Blogger Secret Santa hosted by Cathleen and Olivia! I was so lucky to have Brooke as my person to pick gifts and Olivia had me! :) Olivia got me the cutest gifts and I couldn't be more grateful!






She is the absolute cutest and gave me so many adorable gifts! Be sure to check out Olivia's social media handles like Instagram and her blog!

Merry Christmas!


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: { Candle Crave }




What better way to cheer up someone's day then a candle? A great scent is the perfect way to gift someone, especially if you know what scent they adore! Look through some of the brands that I picked out and decide what scent and design of candle would fit them the most!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Rain Boot Reasons

In my area of LA, in the morning there is always a slight mist of rain, and very soon a lot more rain will be coming. I cannot wait! California is seriously needing some more green areas lately especially the drought and I cannot wait to wear these adorable rain boots more often. Since these are pretty bold rain boots, I love finding cute coats to pair with them like this one from H&M!







Whats your favorite way to style rain boots?

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: { Coffee Table Connoisseur }


We all have that one person in our family that is head over heels with decorating their home. ( I can name one or two off the top of my head in mine) And the holiday season must be one of their more excited times to decorate their home in all of the holiday cheer! And what better way to add some color and some great reads to their tables by adding in a couple of coffee table books!

What coffee table book do you think they will enjoy?

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

California White Christmas Outfit








With the weather finally cooling down here in California, I can finally say that it's Sweater Weather! I am head over heels with my new necklace from MarleyLilly. They sent it to me last week and I have been pairing it with everything! With this white sweater, I thought it would be the perfect match with it since the design stops at the top of the sweater. And of course you have to bring out the leggings and boots!

Thank you to MarleyLilly for sending me the necklace!







Monday, November 30, 2015

Guide to Cyber Monday & Best Deals

The day has finally come for us shopaholics! Cyber Monday is today! So get out your coffee ready and be in a cozy spot to get ready to do some searching on all of your favorite sites. I have listed bellow a couple of websites that have some great deals and three tips on how to use your time wisely on this day!




Favorite Discounts:

J.Crew
30 - 40% off your purchase with code : MONDAY

J.CrewFactory

50% off everything + an extra 15% off & free shipping with code: TODAYONLY

Kate Spade
30% off your purchase with code SHINE

Madeline & Company
30% off all backpacks with code THANKS2015

KJP
25% off with code SETSAIL

Hope everyone gets some great deals!



Friday, November 6, 2015

Inspired by Malala

     A couple of weeks ago, my best friend Eileen won tickets to see the I am Malala movie with her family. I read the book last year for a school project and ended up loving the book! (Definitely on my recommendation list! ) After reading the book, I fell in absolutely fell in love with the movie! I wasn't really sure how they would record and everything. But after watching the first five minutes of the show, I fell in love with Malala.

    One thing I don't like about reading books is how you never get the real personality of the person. I love hearing peoples stories in their own tone of voice and hearing them interpret it. It definitely helps create a better visual of the person and how they really are in their everyday lives.



    Malala story is absolutely inspiring with her father stating by her side to help advocate women's education. Usually most movies would go in order of her life story from when we was a baby all the way to present day. But in this case, the director of the documentary took a different approach by jumping around in parts of her life. Surprisingly this made it much more understandable with their different transitions.


   In the end, I would highly recommend seeing this movie. It is by far one of my favorite movies and give so much girl power motivation to help promote education into women's lives!

What are some of your favorite documentaries that inspire you?

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Monthly Blogger Interview: Hannah Payne from Practically Imperfect

    And so I begin back on track with my Monthly Blogger Interview Series! I have received so many emails about how people enjoy these interviews that I had to transfer the series to my new blog! With my November version of this series, I am interviewing Hannah P. from Practically Imperfect! Me and Hannah bonded instantly when we both started blogging a couple of years ago. Since then we have always been in contact and have worked on many blogging projects together!




1.) Why/When did you start your blog? It’s crazy to think that it was over two years ago when I first became interested in blogging. I really loved the idea of having a creative space online to share my passions. I had previously tried to start a travel blog, but I  couldn’t think of a name I loved, had trouble with site design, and realized that I didn’t want to be confined to just blogging about travel. I set the project aside and came back to it months later. When I started Practically Imperfect, I knew it just clicked. I feel like Practically Imperfect really embodies what life means to me, and I have loved sharing those passions and dreams with my readers ever since!  


2.) What is your biggest inspiration when blogging? 

My blogs name, Practically Imperfect, serves as a big inspiration when I am blogging. I think that it’s the imperfections that make life great and I try to use that mindset as a starting point for all of my posts. 


3.) Where do you get your inspiration when thinking of different posts? 
I get inspiration and ideas for blog posts through different experiences in life! Since there are so many blogs out there, I used to feel intimidated and think it was impossible to create original content. I learned that if you are staying completely authentic, your unique voice will shine through. 




4.) Where do you think you would see yourself in 5 years? 
Hopefully living and working in my favorite city on earth, San Francisco! 


5.) How do you balance school & blogging?  
Balancing school and blogging is definitely something that I’m still learning how to do. I am just now getting into the routine of my freshman year at UCLA and back to a (hopefully) consistent blogging schedule. I really try to keep all of my posts as intentional and effective as possible. What helps me the most is when I lay out all of my future posts and organize them into a monthly calendar. 


6.) What are some of your favorite things to do outside of blogging and school? 
Going on adventures is my absolute favorite thing to do, whether that means traveling all the way to a new country or discovering a local coffee shop! Moving to LA has definitely fed that adventurous side of me since there is so much to do here! 


7.) What is something you think that none of your readers know about you?
If I could, I would live out of a suitcase and travel 365 days a year!

Want to learn more about Hannah? Head on over to Practically Imperfect Blog to read all of her amazing posts!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Update + Current Favorite Instagramer's

   What a week has it been! I apologize first off for the lack in my posts. I have been at school for the past two weeks for my annual school play, Noises Off. If you have been following my blog for a while, you probably know that this isn't my first play, but even though I have done this multiple times it's still a very stressful couple of weeks adjusting to all of it! 

But fear not, I'm back into my blogging groove!

Today I bring you my favorite couple of Instagramer's that I have been loving lately! With me being at school all day (Meaning that I finish my homework pretty early and have some time on my hand for once!) I have been following a TON of new instagrame'rs. So many of them have been giving me so many different post inspirations. And they are all so good, that they must be shared with y'all! So here they are! 


@Alishylishy



I  love her creative and fun pictures using everyday items! My all time favorite photo of hers would have to be from a couple of weeks ago of these adorable gold & white sneakers blog a pink and white background!


@DarlingRachel



I have been studying my booty off for the past couple of test and I have been trying to keep my agenda as organized as possible. This Instagram account (And her AMAZING tumblr too!!) gives me so much motivation to study! I love how she utilizes her color coding system and how clean all of her work is.


@Domestikateblog


I love how warm and cozy all of her pictures are (Especially the ones about Christmas (; ) But her feed is amazing and I would highly recommend checking her out and giving her a follow!!

What are some of your favorite Instagram accounts to follow for inspiration and such?

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Agenda Organization: Must Haves + Tips on how to accomplish more

If you know me, you probably already know that I am one of the biggest fans of agendas. (Last year, I counted that I had well over 6 planners for the 2014-2015 school year). The reason why I am obsessed with them is because I love how their main purpose is to help you be more productive and to accomplish more things (Which is a huge plus when preparing for my upcoming years)!


Usually by the third month into the school year I have already switched agenda's (because of how indecisive I am!) but this year I am pretty proud of how I have fallen in love with my Erin Condren Life Planner. I have been buying Erin Condren Life Planners for the past three years, and out of all of them, this one has been my favorite! For a while I was using my Lilly Pulitzer Jumbo Agenda, but Junior Year quickly caught up to me and I realized that there wasn't enough room in the book for me to be able to write!




Keep a Color Coding System

I am big time visual learner, which means that I love learning by seeing everything laid out and color coded. What I like to do and the beginning of every year is grab all of my pens and pencils and write out all of the classes I'm taking and extra curricular's I have and make a color coding reference post it note! I usually assign all of my classes at school a specific color and then I grab two colors I haven't used yet and put them as Extra Curricular's & Personal. This way I don't have too many colors everywhere! I also grab three hi-lighters and assign them to : Completed word (To cross off in my weekly assignments) , Assignments Due, and Test, Quizzes or Projects.




Have Post-It's near by!
Post-it's are such an amazing tool when it comes to organizing your agenda! I love to use them when I need little reminders about an upcoming event and such. But one of my all time favorite ways to use them is where I grab a small post it and I stick it at the top of one of the weekly pages. Then I title it "Test's next week!" . This helps me become more aware of what I have to look forward too ext week and what I need to start studying for in advance.



Figure out a system
With all of the different planners our there with different layouts, it's good to know what your looking for to help keep you on track. I would highly suggest researching what types of planners there are out there (Ex. Erin Condren, Filofax, Kate Spade, Lilly Pulitzer and Day Designer). Another way to help you plan out what type of system you need is by what you need during your day! Are you looking for a hour by hour type layout? Or are you looking for something to jot down a quick to-do list? Ask your self these questions and then start researching!



Review/Plan your week ahead of time!
This may sound stupid, but trust me this helps a lot! I don't know how many times I have had a test I wasn't prepared for just because I didn't plan my studying out. I have such a busy schedule that I have to take time out of each day leading up to the test for me to be able to retain the information. (This is also how I learn personally). But reviewing your week ahead of time is the perfect way to be on top of things! With having so many extra curricula's on my plate, reviewing and looking over what I have to accomplish for next week can be a big advantage!

Let me know in the comments bellow what type of planner you use and how you choose to organize it! I would love to read all about it!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Texas Love

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know already that I just came back from a 4-Day trip to Texas! I went there with my school to tour four colleges, Dallas Baptist University, Texas Christian University, Southern Methodist University and Baylor University. This was my personal first time visiting any out of state schools, but it really helped me realize what I was looking for in a school!



The first two schools that we toured on day one were Dallas Baptist University and Texas Christian University. Both had tremendous campuses and were amazing schools. I personally likes TCU over DBU due to the religion not being so demanding, but both schools are definitely ones I would consider when applying to.

 


On the second day we toured Southern Methodist University and Baylor University. Out of all four schools, I fell in love with SMU. The campus is B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L . Everyone there was super helpful when we were searching for buildings and when talking to each student about their experiences their!


In the end, Texas schools are definitely on my college application list! Hopefully they will see me back there soon but attending the schools! :)

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Late Morning Go-To Outfit

With Junior being as hectic as it it, I would honestly would have to say that I have more mornings where I rush then I would love to. But lately I have been getting into a pretty good system of how to get ready and look "presentable" with-in 10 minutes. (Shocking right?!) My time gets cut down mostly because of my outfit. Overtime I end up having a morning where I rush, I go to my usual. jeans & a comfy tee-shirt. The long sleeve that I am wearing in this outfit is my absolute favorite because of how warm it is. (*Note: I walk to school around 6:30 am. Which is usually when it's around 60 degrees). If i'm not sporting this tee, you will usually find me in a school tee shirt or my Smart Girls Group Long Sleeve.

With my many different shirt choices, I will almost always go for my boot-cut Hollister jeans. I bought this pair two years ago, and I have been in love with them since! They are so easy to style and wear. Plus they fit my body shape perfectly which is a plus as always.

As for hair goes, I will almost always braid my front piece of hair back and add a clip. If I don't even have time for that, then it's monogrammed headband all the way!





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Top: Gap // Jeans: Hollister // Shoes: Vans // Bag: Madeline & Company / Planner: Anthropology // Phone Case: Target

What are your go-to morning must haves?

Friday, October 9, 2015

Into My Week V.1

With having multiple test's in one day and balancing my re-launch of my blog, this week has actually been pretty fun! Mostly because I had a lot of fun events going through out this week from college visits to club rush to having my blog re-launched!


Friday Girls Nights


With the stressful days that I have with school, my best friends and I decided to make a one a month girls night were we go and do something fun! Whether it's trying a new restaurant or going to see a new movie, we just have a Friday night to our selves! 

Re-Launch of my Blog


Ahh!! Such an exciting time! I had my re-launch of my new blog design along with my blog-anniversary this past Monday. I wrote a post about how I am so excited to be expanding as a writer and how I have been able to connect with so many great people! 


New Planner (Not surprising!)


I know, I know, I have way to many planners. But I recently just bought the 2015-2016 Erin Condren Life Planner at my local Staples. I have been buying from Erin Condren since I was a Freshman and I have always loved her products! But for the past couple of months, I thought I would try a different planner for fun since I knew my schedule would be filled. That ended up not going so well, so this past Sunday I went out and bought my Life Planner. And let me just say, I have been in love with it! So many new great features then the past two versions. I most definitely will be doing a Agenda Organization post soon, so be sure to stick around for that!

What have you been up to this week?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Transitioning into Fall (California Style!)

Most of y'all know already, but living in California means there isn't a big season change. Currently we are in mid-October and I still have to break out my shorts and tank tops during the day. But as for the mornings and evenings, it can become pretty chilly. (Which I enjoy very much!) With that being said, I am super excited to start wearing more jeans and of course sweaters! But for us Californians we have to ease into that transition. Thus I have brought to your screen this adorable outfit consisting on a semi-tank top with a cardigan along with my favorite booties and jeans!







Top: Francesca's // Jeans: Hollister // Cardigan: H&M // Tote: Anthropologie // Booties: Anthropologie

What are your go-to transition pieces for the season? I would love to know! :)

Monday, October 5, 2015

Cheer's to two years!

Today's the day! I cannot believe that I have been writing away of my little corner on the internet for two years now! Each and every moment that I write on my blog I get pure joy out of reading the comments and everyones feedback about my posts! I have met some amazing people and companies through blogging that I couldn't even imagine my life like right now with out!

You can also probably tell that my blog got a major face-lift! I know that for the past couple of years I have been changing my blog here and there, but I am absolutely obsessed with this design! (Thanks to this Etsy shop!).












Dress : Old Navy // Shoes: Steve Madden // Monogram Necklace: Etsy // Gold Cuff: Local Boutique

(Shout out to my fabulous photographer for making the adorable sign!)

I hope y'all enjoyed celebrating this amazing day with me! Be sure to follow my blog on this new platform & all of my social media accounts to stay updated with my blog and we go for more and more anniversaries. :)

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