Monday, October 31, 2016

October Favorites

It's really hard to believe that November is here and Halloween is today!

October has been an amazing month for me but I can't wait to see what November has to offer. But before the official turkey season begins, let me share some of my favorites of this month:



Passion Planner - Two weeks in and I'm hooked. I have heard nothing but good things on this planner and thought I would try it out for myself a couple of weeks ago. Although I was a little bit skeptical since it has no to-do list area for each day, it works out amazingly with my schedules! Plus when you start your planner you write out your goals that you want to complete by the time you finish it, then each week you try and find ways to implement it into your schedule. 

Carmex - Hello chapped lip season! If you are ever near me during the fall or winter time, I am constantly complaining about my chapped lips. I can never keep chapstick on me (I always loose it), but for some reason, I have been loving this Carmex pot. It's soothing feel is perfect for the harsh weather in the fall and winter.

Typo Stickers - I picked these up from Typo at the beginning of the month and I'm obsessed with them. They were $1.25 for each but had a deal for $5 for 5. These stickers are such a fun addition to the silver on my laptop and definitely give a cute vibe.

Bath & Body Works "Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte" - By far, the best smelling hand sanitizer that I have had yet. I picked up a few from Bath and Body Works and was battling trying to pick my favorite, but this one won by a landslide. Absolutely the most perfect fall smelling ever!

Have a safe and fun Halloween everyone!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Senior Pictures

I am so excited to finally reveal my senior pictures!

I took these a couple of weeks ago with my amazing Uncle and I am in love with them! I remember stressing the whole day since the weather was unpredictable (as usual for California). But, I am so glad that they came out well!







Wednesday, October 12, 2016

My Go-To Bracelet Stack

Arm candy is by far one of my favorite things in fashion. (Next to cute handbags of course) I love how they are able to make an outfit a dressier or casual in an instant just with how you layer them. Over the summer I was determined to find some pieces that I know I would use every day and that would match well with my wardrobe. Ever since I have been getting compliments how-how I even put together those pieces. Thus, I wanted to share with y'all today on how to pick the right pieces to make your perfect arm-candy combo.




#1 - The big piece : Whether it's a watch or a chunky bracelet, bit a big statement piece that you know will grab peoples attention. I usually opt for either my Kate Spade watch or my FitBit. Either go really well with my everyday school look and can just be paired alone and still look good.

#2 - Dainty : I personally like the look of something that it dainty yet brings in a lot of colors to your wrist. I found this amazing jewelry shop, where I was able to find my now favorite bracelet of all time. The beads are small of the bracelet, and with the added touch of small tassels brings in a good color scheme.

#3 - Middle ground : I always include something that is not exactly a big piece like my watch or something as small as my tassel bracelet. I love choosing either my Lilly & Laura bracelets (they come in ADORABLE colors) or my Alex and Ani bracelet. Both can add a lot of color to your stack and yet still not be the biggest thing on your wrist.

What are your go-to bracelets? 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

October Bucket List

Fall is finally here!!

I literally cannot be more excited for the cooler weather to finally hit the west coast! Even though we are still battling 80 and 90 degree weather, I can't wait to start wearing Ugg boots and jeans! And what better way to kick off the fall season with a bucket list. With this being my senior year in high school (Still can't wrap my head around it) I really want to make more memories with my friends.



Let me know in the comments bellow what you plan on doing this fall? Share your ideas in the comments below.

Monday, September 26, 2016

West coast Fall Look Collab.







Top (Similar)  // Jeans // Boots (Similar) // Earrings // Braclet

I have teamed up today with Ruth (Brains & Burbs) to bring you today West and East Coast fall outfits! I think that both areas have totally different styles when it comes to fall. For us here in California, we have 90-degree weather today (Not joking what so ever). It doesn't get cold here until the end of October and maybe even early November. I personally love cold weather and embrace the autumn weather pretty early since we don't get that much time. This outfit is something that I wear to school since it's pretty easy and function to be in. I styled it with some of my favorite items from Rocksbox that totally changed the look! 

Click here to see Ruth's look! (PS it have a TON of cute pieces to buy)

If you want to get your first box free and try out some gorgeous jewelry pieces, use the code:
SimplySophiaXOXO
as a promo code on Rocksbox.


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Sky Blue Striped Top

Lately, J.Crew has been killing it when it comes to fall fashion (Not to mention their fashion show was AMAZING) . I was able to pick up this super comfy sweater and I can't stop wearing it! The fabric is incredibly soft and definitely good for the transitioning weather. 

As for styling goes, I love how versatile it is. In this outfit (and most of the times I'm wearing it) I opt for dark wash jeans and fun shoes. But the other day I paired it with hot pink J. Crew chino shorts which really made it a staple piece! The light blue is pretty subtle so it creates a night effect when matching some jewelry with it.

And how can I not forget the accessories! I am in love with my Kendra Scott necklace from Rocksbox. the gold detailing adds the perfect finish and elegance touch that it can dress up anything! Along with my red Longchamp backpack, it always adds a pop of color to it.














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Friday, September 9, 2016

Glimpse of Sophia V.18

September is officially in full swing! I am a huge fall and winter kind of gal and can't get enough of it. Over here in LA, it's still getting in the low 80's but living next to the ocean has it's perks with the breeze.

Along with being in my second week of school, I have already started to feel the pressure. With everything from Common App to what the latest deadline in my broadcast journalism class, I am constantly on my toes. But weirdly, I love it! I can't stand doing nothing (maybe one of the reasons why I don't like summer being so long) but enjoy having things to look forward too. But with that being said, I have been enjoying my multitudes of study breaks along with catching up with some friends!

An ice creme break after a long study session for Marine Biology.

One // Study Playlists - I am a huge fan when it comes to listening to music when working on assignments. It honestly helps me remember when studying and also block out any sort of white noise. I try to opt for playlists where there is music I haven't listened to before so I don't sing along and focus more.

Two // Dancing Pumpkin Head Man - I had too. My friends and I have been dying over this Twitter account with their remakes of this dancing pumpkin man. My personal favorite is the Wii music and the Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Three // Popsugar on Snapchat - About 90% of the time at school, you can probably find me on my phone either on my email or Snapchat. I love catching up with Snapchat stories from friends to celebs. But recently I have been loving the Popsugar snaps! They do a ton of different things in which they share out that are so fun! It can be anything like a quick yoga session to help relieve stress demonstration to cute DIYs!


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Rocksbox

Jewelry has always been on my weaknesses. Especially when it's adorable and my favorite brands. I remember scrolling through Instagram and seeing these adorable boxes tied with a pink box. Who can resist trying them out! The company is called Rocksbox and definitely does the name. All of their jewelry is amazing and is perfect for fall time!

Essentially these adorable boxes show up to your doorstep once a month where you get three jewelry pieces to use throughout the month. But the part that I love is that they aren't just random pieces. When you create your account you first take a style quiz where it helps the stylist pick pieces for you to try during the month! 








I made it a goal of mine to try and wear each piece at least once during the month. Turns out that every piece I ended up loving! They definitely gave a different edge to my style and are perfect for everyday looks.

If you want to get your first box FREE, use the code "simplysophiablogxoxo" at checkout!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Labor Day Sales

Next to Black Friday, Labor Day is one of my favorite times to shop and get the best deals. So many types of places offer AMAZING deals and really give you the best opportunities to purchase! I have included a list down below of some of my favorite stores down below. They range from some of my favorite small businesses to some pretty big stores.


Get my top from J. Crew for 50% off!


Madeline & Company : 20% with the code "LABORDAY"

Lisilerch : 30% off select styles

Abercombie : 40% off everything

J. Crew : 30% off orders over $200 & 25% off orders over $125 using code "SHOPMORE"

J. Crew Factory : 50% off everything

Nordstroms : Up to 40% off items

Kate Spade : Extra 25% off Sale items with code "DOTTY"

Express : 40% off everything

BaubleBar : Up to 75% off extra 20% off sale items

Draper James : 30% off Sale items

Happy Shopping!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Glimpse of Sophia V.17

The first week of senior year is complete!

I loved getting to be able to reconnect with all of my friends this summer and catch up. All of us cannot believe that this time next year we will all be off to college, and are so ready to see what this year has in store.

Desk = 2nd home



Homework has definitely caught up to me already this week, but I surprisingly have been handling it well! Usually, by this time I would be already out of motivation but I'm so excited to start all of the back to school festivities! One of my favorite classes this semester would definitely have to be my Marine Biology Honors class. With my experience with working at aquariums, I think it would be fun to learn more in a class setting!

Cupcakes Galore



If you follow me on Instagram, you know I am a huge fan of one of my local cupcake shops. My aunt was sweet enough to drive me over and take me for the ride after the first day of school. We brought along my cousin's dog and enjoyed walking around the shoreline. Plus a pretty sunset isn't bad to start the ending of your first day of school!


Can't wait to share what I have planned for next week!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

How I Edit My Instagram Pictures

Instagram is by far my favorite app invented (next to my Postmates app). I think it's so amazing that people are able to snap or share pictures that either inspire them or create memories! Especially being in the blogging world, we are able to share what we love with our readers and what we think it special! From different filters to editing options, you can instantly brighten a picture! 

When it comes to my personal editing ways, I try to keep it pretty simple. I only use one editing app that I am in love with. Most people opt for VSCO Cam or just the regular phone settings you can edit with. I personally choose to use "A Color Story". This app is full of bright colors, filters, and so much inspiration! I keep my editing settings to a minimum, but are pretty easy to follow the steps below!




1. Upload the correct photo
This can take quite some time, but make sure that you are choosing the right photo. Whether you took multiple poses of your OOTD or snapping pics of a cute pup, make sure that it's the perfect photo! No one wants to accidently wants to edit and perfect a photo with someone closing their eyes!



2. Apply your choice of filter
I usually tend to lean towards anything in the "Blush" Catagory. I love bright colors and this pack of filters fits it perfectly with my theme! As for specifics, I choose the filter "Punch".




3. Add brightness
No matter what, my pictures always come out dark. It's very rare that they don't, but most of the time you will either see me use the exposure or curves option to help bring in some light.



4. Sharpen!
One of my biggest pet peeves is a grainy or blurry picture but had a great concept. I am always playing around with this button, mostly since I don't want my picture to come out so dark it's grainy.



And voila! That's how I edit my photos!

Monday, August 29, 2016

August Favorites

School is finally back in session! As we speak, I am off to my last year of high school! I cannot wait to see what this school year has to offer me and begin ! 

With getting a job and really focusing on my blogging this summer, I have been able to try out so many different items. Some I do love and some not so much, but either way it's fun experimenting with them! With traveling and prepping this month, I got to grab a few things that I LOVE!


Grey Malin S'Well Bottle // Basically love at first sight! I recently accidently dented my old S'Well Bottle and couldn't decide whether or not to get a new one. But the minutes I saw this Grey Malin limited edition S'Well, I couldn't resist!

Hand Food // I'm not a huge lotion kind of person, but after a nice mani, I'm constantly putting some on. I have been trying out a couple of different travel size lotions from Sephora and this one if definitely my favorite! The smell is so pretty and is super hydrating.

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser // All. Time. Favorite. This is an AMAZING cleanser and is perfect for everyday use. I have pretty normal skin (other than the winter) and this is the perfect way of maintaining it. I pair this cleanser along with my Benefit face creme.

Essie "Delhi Dance" // I have been in search for a nice pink to pair with any outfit, and this is my recent go to. Essie always has the best nail polish formula and this color comes out the same as it's in the bottle! You can probably find me sporting this year round...

Unbeadlivable // I stumbled upon this adorable shop online and was instantly obsessed with their jewelry! I picked up this beaded bracelet with tassels. It is the perfect bracelet to pair with my daily watch and bangle!

Erin Condren Coloring Book // With me trying to rearrange my room lately, I had the idea of using my Erin Condren Coloring Book pages to spice it up! All of the coloring pages are so bright and inspirational that they are so fun to fill in!

Monday, August 22, 2016

High School Backpack Essentials

With exactly less than one week until senior year, I definitely have the back to school feels! I have been collecting all of my supplies for the past week and surprisingly have gotten more excited to start! One of my favorite things about starting school was getting a new backpack every year! This mostly happened during elementary and middle school since mine would break by the end of the year. As for starting high school, I used my North Face Jester religiously. After getting bored with my plain black North Face, I fell in LOVE with my current Madeline & Co. backpack! This backpack is extremely spacious and is perfect for someone on the go but wants a little bit of color on their bag!



Waterbottle // I am a huge fan of Swell bottles. They are so good when it comes to keeping your drinks at the perfect temperature and are perfect to carry around! I recently bought this Grey Malin Limited Edition Swell bottle, and love it! 

Wallet (Similar) // I am constantly at the vending machine during school, so my wallet is a necessity. During the school year, I like to switch to this slim wallet instead of my Kate Spade just so it fits better.

Small Bag // Basically the Mary Poppins endless bag for my backpack. I keep everything from medicine, hair ties, pencil, and even a spare house key!

Extra Phone & Computer Cable // Weirdly enough, I am on my computer and phone constantly. Especially for my computer, I need my charger in reach at all times since it die's really quickly.

Extra Flashcards // I am a big fan when it comes to learning with flashcards for school. I also like using all the time I have to spare at school to get a head start on creating flashcards on what I need for studying.

Happy Back to School Season!


Friday, August 19, 2016

Glimpse of Sophia V.16

Post vacation mood can be hard yet a good change to occur. But with getting out of my post-Alaska trip, I am soo ready to start school! I'm going to be a senior this year, which I can't be more ready for. I have spent so much time this month working on college applications that I feel really prepared to take on my classes and focus on them. This year I'm not taking a ton of



One // Unbeadlievable Store
I am one of the biggest fans of dainty jewelry, and this store is heaven! They have the simplest beaded accessories and add the perfect touch. I just ordered this bracelet and I cannot wait to pair it with some colorful chino shorts!

Two // Grey Malin S'well Bottles
One word to describe this: Obsessed. With along the rest of the world, I adore all o f Grey Malin's photography. With the breathtaking beach shots to fun monochromatic snaps, he never manages to not amaze me. But he recently announced that he has a collaboration with S'well bottle! I adore my S'well bottle, but this collection is the perfect excuse to pick up a new one. ;)

Three // Ivanka Trump Working Playlist
I am a huge fan of Ivanka Trump and her company promoting woman in the workplace. Her blog is always something to check out when needing info about working or just fashion tips too! I came across this playlist from her website and have loved it! When studying I'm not a huge fan of listening to classical music, but these songs are a perfect balance!





Be on the look out this upcoming week for some fun posts! 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Alaska Recap

I'm back again today with my second part of my Seattle/Alaska trip recap! Like I said before, this was my first cruise and I loved my experience of it! I love everything about cold weather and nature, so this was the perfect fit for a vacation. 

We spent around three days at sea completely, where we honestly didn't do much. During the time we are strictly at sea we spent a lot of time all together and exploring the ship!


Day 1: Seattle / Boarding

After spending our morning in Seattle, my mom and I set off for the boat terminal to begin going through the lines. We spent roughly around 3 hours waiting in line until finally arriving on the boat. Once we got on we found my aunts and then headed over to eat at the dinner. From that, we just sat and relaxed in the sun to set sail for Seattle!

Day 2: At sea

This was definitely not my best day on the boat. We were in pretty rough seas the entire day and I finally felt sea sickness during the whole ride. I spent a vast majority of the day sleeping, but other than that we just explored the boat!

Day 3: Juneau, AL

This whole day I spent a majority of my time with my aunts since my mom, aunt, and uncle went on a hiking excursion. Instead of opting for the hike, my aunts, cousin and I all took a tram to a peak in the mountain of Juneau. The views were breathtaking and definitely so much to take in at once! Once we got up to the mountain we spent a little bit shopping and visiting the nature center they had. After this, we went back down and explored the town! The town is pretty small and all relates back to their jewelry shopping! We spent some time looking at what they had to offer and they were beautiful!






Day 4: Skagway, AL

Skagway was an adorable and very beautiful town. All of the buildings look like the wild west and has so much character and charm! We took the White Pass Mountain Railroad as our excursion for the day with the whole family! We spent three hours going up the mountain with the train and were amazed at the beauty of the area. 








Our view from dinner!



Day 5: Tracy Arm Fjord & At sea

By far one of the best highlights of the cruise. We woke up to the captain giving us all an announcement that the boat has stopped for an hour so we can all spend time with the glacier. I honestly had no idea what Tracy Arm Fjord was (And no cell service to Google it!) and was blown away! Just the minute we stepped out of the elevator on the top deck floor, you felt the cool air go through the ship! Once we got outside, we immediately started taking pictures of our view! It was breathtaking to see and definitely understand why people love it so much. Not to mention, there was a huge waterfall next to it!



Our view after getting off the elevator! 




Day 6: At sea

Not much happened on this day at all. The majority of the time was starting to pack up everything and just spending as much time as we could using all of the boats amenities!

Day 7: Victoria, Canada
This was my first time going to any part of Canada, and was amazed! It's such a beautiful and green city that we all decided we have to go back! We spent a majority of our day near the Empress hotel and at Butchart gardens. Both are something I highly recommend since they are two of the main things of the city!







Day 8: Departing / Seattle
We hopped off the boat and headed straight to the airport to LA!
 

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