Saturday, November 11, 2017

Simply Saturday V.32

Good morning y'all! This morning I'm traveling to Phoenix and then to California as an early Thanksgiving trip. My flight was early this morning, so by the time your reading this, I'm probably already there!  Like I said before on Thursday's blog post, I'm traveling to Phoenix for my nephew's baptism. I am so incredibly excited to see my family and finally to have a little break from school. I definitely have been a bit burnt out since we didn't get a fall break from Hurricane Irma, so I'm excited to do some relaxing before we get into finals.




ONE // J.Crew Casting
    At work, we have been super busy with putting out all of the new arrivals (which I'm OBSESSED with). Along with the new items,  J.Crew announced the social media casting campaign! I think it's such a fun idea and it's one of the things I love working for the company. If you're interested, use the hashtag #CastMeJcrew and #contest.

TWO // Relentless by Forbes
    I came upon this video on Youtube and loved the concept. I am always super curious about what big entrepreneurs and business owners do on their schedule to help with productivity. I ended up binge-watching all of the videos and felt totally inspired. Click here to watch the playlist!

THREE // Happy Stripes 
    I have been on the hunt for more sweaters to get for the chillier days in Charleston. Gap's newest campaign features this colorful and cheerful happy stripe collection and I am obsessed! It definitely reminds me of my Emily Ley planner, but they offer it in scarves, sweaters, and so much more!

On the Blog:
What I've been up to

Thursday, November 9, 2017

What I've Been Up To

Sophia here! I am so sad to have been away from blogging, and truthfully miss typing and talking to y'all! I have been so caught up with school, work, and extracurriculars that blogging has been something I wanted to jump back into. College life has been pretty good so far, but definitely something I have been having some trouble adjusting to, which is normal. 

Classes and my school life, in general, has been very different the high school but has been a learning experience. I'm currently taking 18 credit hours towards both my major and general education classes. I've been really pushing myself to do my best in my classes which causes me to spend a lot of time on my work and perfecting things. I'm a pretty slow learner and I'm the type of person who has to start early on anything from essays to tests. So I usually spend my time by starting early on assignments and organizing my time with what I can get ahead with.


As for personal life, it's definitely been a learning experience. I think college is definitely much harder to make friends and it's something that I'm quickly adapting to. I'm apart of a couple of groups on campus, and I'm honestly just joining a lot to find my group of people! I have found a group of friends that I enjoy and it's something that I'm feeling better about. I can think back to late September to early October when I honeslty didn't have many people to lean on and it was really starting to hit me. But I think as the time has gone on and I've definitely changed my opinion about things. I'm just taking life one day at a time!

As for right now, I'm really excited for this weekend! I am so lucky and blessed that I'm able to go home early for Thanksgiving and I can't be happier! I miss my family so much and cannot wait to see them. I'm heading home early for my nephew's baptism which is this weekend so it will be so much fun for the family to be together! After that, I will be going home to California and getting to spend some time to relax. We have some fun things planned for the two weeks I'm home, and I'm planning on getting back to my blogging groove! 


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

October Influencer Interview


Another month has gone by! October is officially coming to a close and I still can't believe it. College has been flying by to me and is definitely something I'm still adjusting to. Of course with the end of the month, comes my monthly influencer interview! I decided to interview Ashley M. from Dash of Social. We worked together for a bit and I absolutely loved her work ethic and passion for her company. This why she was perfect for my interview and I wanted to share it with y'all!




Please introduce yourself!
Hello everyone! My name is Ashley, and I’m a social media consultant at Dash of Social.

How did you get started in your business?
I was a blogger for two years before starting my business. I was able to grow my blog through social media, and because of its growth, I started working with companies to do sponsored content. I realized most of these companies barely had a social media presence or no social media presence at all, so I offered to help them out. I then got into freelancing, did that for two years, and officially established myself as a business in September 2016.

Who would you say would be your biggest motivator/inspiration?
My parents. They’ve known ever since I was little that I would be a business owner, and their confidence in me is what keeps me going.



What would you say is your goal for the next four years would be with your business?
Going full time! I graduate college in 2019, and I’m excited to say that I’m on the track to going full time with my business at that point.

For people who are wanting to start their own business, what would you say your biggest piece of advice would be?
Just do it. Every time you say you’ll get around to doing it, the chance of you actually doing it decreases.

What's something your readers don’t know about you?
Most people don’t know I’m still in college! They’re shocked when they find out because they always expect me to be older.



If you could switch lives with someone for a day, who would it be and why?
My business coach, Taylor Manning! She’s amazing and incredibly successful.


If you want to learn more about Ashley and her services, click the link here. Thank you again to Ashley for doing this interview!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Friday, October 20, 2017

Go-to Class Outfit

With Charleston still being hot, its hard for me to get motivated sometimes to get dressed in my normal clothes. It's so tempting to throw on a pair of shorts and a tee and walk out, but most of the time, I make it work. Denim shorts always haven't been my favorite thing (I'm personally more of a chino short gal) and never was something that I thought I would purchase. Earlier in the summer, my best friend got me to try on a pair, and I fell in love! These ones from J.Crew are super comfy and has a really easy going fit to them. I usually grab these along with a easy shirt and head to class!

Another favorite for classes is my backpack! I am obsessed with my Madeline and Company Slim backpack and get compliments constantly for it! If you want to get one of your own, use the code "SIMPLYSOPHIA" and get 15% off!















Top (Similar ones here and here) | Shorts | Shoes | Backpack 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Rollneck Sweater's are Back

Fall is definitely in full swing, and I couldn't be more excited. Although here in Charleston it's not particularly cold (we are still in the mid-80's here), I'm still determined to make the most of it. I am thankful that I'm not in the hot sun much and are either are work in the air conditioning or in another building.

Sweaters are probably my most favorite part of fall and always manage to steal the most of my money in the season. I'm a sucker for feeling warm and love long sleeved garments. I spotted this sweater at work a couple of weeks ago and fell in love. I was really conflicted on which color to get between the white and the pink. I ended up changing my usual shopping habit and purchasing the pink and I'm in LOVE!

















Sweater (On Sale!!) | Jeans | Flats (Similar) | Glasses

Thursday, September 28, 2017

September Favorites

This month has completely flown by and I don't even know where the time has gone! From the starting school at the beginning of the month, going through a hurricane evacuation and getting back into the swing of things, it's been a lot. I definitely have gotten acclimated with everything with school wise and have been figuring out what works best for me. This September has definitely been a lot of change and adjusting, but none the less I was able to find what products work best from day today!





Wednesday, September 27, 2017

September Influencer Q&A

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I used to do monthly interviews with bloggers. It was a super neat way to get my reader exposed to different people and connect with different bloggers in the field! I'm starting it back up today and bringing you my September Influencer Q&A! I interviewed one of my friends Emily from the blog Love Emmarie! We met over the summer when she was interning in Los Angeles and have been great buddies since! 

Let's get started!



Please introduce yourself!

Hi y’all! I’m Emily, the blogger gal behind Love Emmarie! I’m a Texan born and raised and a senior studying fashion merchandising at Oklahoma State.



How was Love Emmarie created?

I started Love Emmarie wayyyy back in high school under a different name, and finally rebranded right before college. I started the blog to share my favorite outfits, but since then it has evolved into beauty, fitness, travel and so much more!




How has doing Love Emmarie throughout college taught you and what are your favorite parts?

I think the biggest thing blogging has helped teach me in college is time management. That is one of my main weaknesses is procrastinating and doing things last minute (like getting this interview back to Sophia...sorry babe!). I know that if I want to stay on top of my school work, blog, social media accounts AND my social life, I’ve got to hustle and get stuff done!




What would be your ultimate dream for your blog to grow to?

My ultimate dream for Love Emmarie would be to branch off the blog and open the Love Emmarie Shop. As a fashion merchandising major, my dream career is to open up my own boutique someday, so I would absolutely LOVE to tie my two passion projects together!




What is something you think your readers wouldn't know about you?

Off the top of my head, I think a lot of my readers don’t realize how tall I am! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve met someone from social media in person and they tell me that they didn’t realize how tall I was. So just to clue y’all in, barefoot, I am six feet tall and with shoes well it just depends on the heel. ;)



What has been your all-time favorite collaboration?

I think my favorite collaboration I’ve done was the Madewell campaign I participated in last year with HerCampus. Madewell is like my all time favorite store, so getting to work with them was like a dream come true! I hope to work with them again in the future!!




What would you say is essential to creating new content and sharing it with your readers?

Your own personal touch! I hate when all the bloggers or YouTubers I follow feature the same pieces or all do the same kind of posts. It just gets boring after a while. And also consistency! Find an editorial schedule that works for you and stick to it! If you post super randomly, your readers get confused. A schedule keeps them coming back!




If you could switch Instagrams with for a day, who would it be?

Hands down Jacey Duprie from Damsel in Dior. I’m OBSESSED with her. Like if I ever met her I’d be so calm and collected, and then flip out once she walked away. We’d be best friends I just know it.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Currently

I’ve done one of these posts in the past and y’all really enjoyed it! It’s essentially a roundup of some things I’ve been loving and talking about it a little bit more in-depth than I usually would. It was a super fun idea created by one of my all-time favorite bloggers, Mechanize Horan, and is something that I love reading on her blog!

With college being in full swing right now, I thought it would be fun to do this more often and talk about things that have really been big in my life right now!!



Listening… When studying for exams and just doing homework, I am a big fan of listening to music. I usually can't-do classical music or anything without words, but I have been playing Arctic Monkeys and The Weekend on repeat!

Loving… Dry Bar Whipped Dry Shampoo is amazing!! I am such a big fan of dry shampoo since it’s effortless and easy to use, but sometimes I don’t like the spray on and the color to my hair. I picked up this whipped version (essentially a mousse) and it works so much better!

Reading… Anything Refinery 29 for Fashion Weeks! (Plus who can’t stop reading about the Versace Milan show!)

Wanting… I’ve been eyeing these Charleston sweatshirts sold at Skinny Dip. They are so darling and simple and perfect with jeans and a tee shirt for fall!

Watching… Anything on Bravo TV. Fun fact about me is that I watch all of the Bravo shows constantly, and are always my go-to’s!

Wearing… my linen J.Crew tank tops constantly. Plus they are all on sale!!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Simply Saturday V. 31

Happy Satur-YAY!!

I couldn't be more happy that the weekend is finally here! I've had a super draining week filled with three tests and a ton of projects to work on. But none the less, I'm remaining pretty sane and just taking it day by day. Most of the reason why this week was so hectic was due to Hurricane Irma from two weeks ago. Charleston County and College of Charleston ended up evacuating from Irma and leaving us to be incredibly backed up once we got back to school last Thursday. It's been a week since being back at school since the disaster, but at least everything s going well! Right now we are just crossing our fingers that Hurricane Maria won't come near us and have to miss more school again and stop hurting everything! I'll give y'all updates if anything else happens!




FAVORITE LINKS

New Evelyn Henson Prints | I am a big fan of Evelyn Henson and her designs! She has the most fun and beautiful prints that I've seen and always brings joy! She has a series on her shop where she does maps of different cities and adds so much color and happiness to them! She recently just added 10 new cities and I've already purchased some!!

Trunk Club by Nordstroms | This is something that I just got introduced to and I'm in love! Nordstroms has this service where you can get paired up with a stylist and they help pick out clothes for your style. They then can ship them to you in the right sizes and you can keep them! All you pay is a $25 styling fee and then the rest you just pay for the clothes individually. This is such a fun way to find some great pieces for fall!



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Thursday, September 21, 2017

College So Far

 Where do I even begin! I’ve already been in college for almost month now (what??!!) and it definitely hasn’t hit me still that I’m here. I’ve been talking to a lot of my friends from home about how they were feeling about it too, and we all still can’t believe that we made it. Back in high school, college was all you hyped up about since it was what we were working towards. And now that I’m finally here, I can’t process that I’m doing it! So far within the past month, it’s been really great and I can’t complain. I defiantly have been working to find a balance for everything (thus why I dropped the ball earlier on blogging) but everything is starting to 



The city:
    Charleston is utterly amazing. There is so much to do, see, and explore constantly. We have been trying to explore lots of restaurants right now along with the neighborhoods. With the hurricane and having to evacuate, I was able to see some more of South Carolina! I went to my roommates home of Clemson which was super cool to see!

Classes & Workload:
    School work is pretty good and honestly is something I’m used to now. College is most definitely more intense than high school, but something you need to find your groove in. I have been trying to get into a system of after all of my morning classes I go to the library within the time in-between others. This helps a lot because I’m already in the working mood and really gets me to do a lot of stuff. 

Friends:
    This is still something I’m adjusting to, but also pretty normal. It’s only the first month of school, and I’m just really trying out different groups and people I meet. This is really good within the different classes I’m taking and getting a chance to meet people. In my Women's and Gender Studies class, it’s all girls and we actually bond really well together and try to meet outside of the classroom.

Missing Home:
    Homesickness is definitely real, but I try my hardest to not let it consume me. It’s very easy for me to start thinking about home and everything California has and it can end up in a spiral from there. But I will say that I’m pretty lucky to be so busy and involved with my studies that I usually don’t get homesick. I’m planning on doing a whole post about it soon on the blog, so be on the lookout!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sun Protection

I’m super big on skincare and taking good care of my skin. I shared my skincare routine during the summer but actually was missing one major thing…. Sun protection!! This something new I added to my everyday routine as of a couple of weeks ago and I’m already seeing a difference! 



    One of my key things when it comes to protecting your skin from UV light is to really be constant. In the beginning of getting the hang of applying the sunscreen, I would always forget. I would put in next to my daily moisturizer for the day, but it never would get touched. One day I went to the beach and I ended up grabbing my Glossier one (super portable and easy to travel with) and loved the smell of it and how easy it was to apply. Since then I have been collecting different products and getting used to it.


Since I’ve been in college, I have been only using my Glossier sunscreen. It's super easy and only needs a little to go a long way for each day. During the summer I was really into any of Clinique’s products and Jack Black’s items. I listed some of my favorites below, but please let me know what some of your favorites are too!




Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Freshman Year Dorm Room Tour


I am so excited to be sharing my first dorm and room tour to y'all! I still can't believe that I'm in college finally and that I'm even able to be writing the post. But nonetheless, I'm here! As for my room, my roommate Beth and I really wanted to coordinate with each other on having the same stuff. We both went back and forth on what "theme" we wanted our room to have and finally decided on this simplistic feel. Since we are living in the south, we decided to go all out with monograms and adding in a headboard.

I'm absolutely in love with our room and it really goes well with our personalities. I'm very much leaning towards more simple things and this room really portrays it. We thought that the tassel garlands really added a girly effect to the room and thought that they complemented the monograms perfectly. I actually DIY'd them and were super duper easy to make! If y'all would be interested in seeing that, please let me know!





Comforter | Sheets | Headboard | Pillow | Monogram

Monday, September 18, 2017

Internship Tips

Internships are something that I have been doing for a couple of years now and is something that I have been loving. I've had an internship at least every school year since my sophomore year in high school. I've done everything to managing websites, editorials, social media, and even graphic design. Having an internship really can get you exposed to so much out there and even what you might want to do in the future. I just wrapped up my final summer internship about two weeks ago, and thought I would share some of my key tips on making it an amazing time!



1. Always be early and prompt on deadlines.
This was one of my biggest key to getting my boss or person in charge to give me feedback. I'm always looking at what to improve and I get major anxiety when I'm not able to give it my best shot. For a lot of my writing internships, we had set deadlines by the end of the day for what we should have produced. I usually liked to set a time of day (a couple hours before I would leave) to have all of my assignments done. I would then like to send them to the person in charge of me and ask and make sure it's what they are asking for and getting it done correctly. Making sure you are getting it done the right way, and your boss can see that you are putting in the effort can really go a long way.

2. Get to know your coworkers
Meeting and connecting with people is something that is really crucial and beneficial in the long run. You're here at your internship to get to know this field and to make lifelong connections with the people at the company.

3. Dress for Success
Right before I'm about to start my new internship, I always try and get some key pieces that go well with how they dress at the office. I've worked in somewhere you need to be in business casual constantly and others where you can wear jeans and a shirt and still be fine. Make sure that you are confident in what you are wearing and knowing that it's something appropriate for the workspace.

4. Ask for more (if possible)
In the past, after I would be done getting feedback and done with my corrections with assignments I would always ask if there was anything else I could do. Whether it's one more editorial post of helping them work on something for them, it really got my hands on with what the field was. Even if you just help out a little, who knows how much that can go in the long run with an event or even project! It also can lead to them giving you bigger tasks and more responsibilities even!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Simply Saturday V.30

Simply Saturday's are back! The last time I posted one of these was all the way back from before summer started... Whoops. I feel like with roundup posts and more weekly ones at that, they can be much harder to write than anything else. For me to sum up my week, I sometimes feel that I do nothing interesting to share with y'all and never end up doing them. But I think with college and me practically exploring a new place each day, this will be much different!



As for adjusting to college life, it definitely has been interesting. I absolutely love Charleston and this whole area! Southern hospitality and sweetness is definitely a thing and is something that I'm most definitely trying to adjust from what I'm used to. My classes are really fun and interesting for the most part. Currently, I have a Freshman Year Experience that the Psychology of Women's and Gender Studies class where I take both a Psychology class and Women's and Gender Studies class. The teachers for both are best friends and are so fun to learn from! The class is all girls, and that actually made us bond so much more together! We now have so many group chats where we have gotten to know each other and made more friends!


FAVORITE LINKS

     J.Crew Factory New Arrivals | Y'all, if any of you are looking for some super cute fall clothes you need to go to J.Crew Factory!! They are having a mega sale right now on all new arrivals is something you must check out!!

     Hurricane Harvey Help | I cannot explain how much I love seeing everyone supporting this cause. It's so sad to see what this natural disaster is doing to Texas and absolutely breaks my heart. Lots of companies are doing certain days where a portion of their earnings of the day to the people in need and I can't love that enough! I know that some of my favorite companies did that like May Designs, Kendra Scott, Soul Cycle and even Emily Ley!

     Project Repat | I teamed up with Project Repat for a collaboration and the results are coming soon! I am obsessed with their work and message about recycling old shirts and making them do amazing things. 


ON THE BLOG

     I'm Back!
     Reader Survey



Dorm room tour is to come soon! So excited to share with y'all! :)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Reader Survey

I've been in a blogging rut for a little bit and have been trying to see what content you guys like to read! Many of y'all DM me on Instagram about the things you want to see from my stories, but I would love to learn more. I can try and create a content calendar based on the responses and hopefully get going with the stuff y'all want! If you can, fill out the Google Form seen below or comment down below what your favorite Simply Sophia blog posts are!

Monday, August 28, 2017

I'm Back!

Hey, everyone! I'm finally able to have time to sit down and blog again (insert happy dance!!). I'm finally settled in and loving life here at College of Charleston! These past two weeks here have been quite interesting, to say the least, but still going really well. Since I haven't blogged since I was in California last, I'll give you guys a mini update of what I've been up to!


Back track to August 11th, I said bye to all of my friends, family, and co-workers back in LA. It was actually really hard to say bye to everyone since it didn't really feel real yet. I keep on referring to it as I'm going away on vacation and just trying to explore a new city! This is what I'm telling my self since I'm trying to refrain myself from getting homesick this early in the year. I definitely had those moments though within the first week when my roommate was at a leadership camp. I didn't really cry necessarily but I definitely realized that I was now on my own. I definitely have been trying to keep myself positive and busy to avoid getting those homesick blues, but I know eventually it will happen. I am however have been keeping my self to look forward to the things to come and see my family! My cousin is visiting me in the middle of October and I cannot wait to show her around the city! And as for Thanksgiving, I'm going to be leaving school a week early due to a family event and has been getting me really excited to see them.

As for classes, they have been really good so far! All of my teachers seem really nice and interactive and have some really fun things planned. I would say that my favorite class so far is my Women's and Gender Studies class that is a Freshman year experience course that is combined with Psychology. The two teachers are practically best friends so it's really interesting to hear what they have to say and have it tie in all together. 

Dorm life has been treating me pretty good so far! I'm trying to keep it as clean and tidy as I can which has been surprisingly keeping me focused when I work. I do have some finishing touches to add to my room, but the minute I am done with it, I will most definitely share it with y'all!

That's all I have to share with y'all! I'm going to be posting at least two to three times a week during college, so keep your eyes posted! My next blog post will be a reader survey so I can get a better sense of what you guys like to read so please make sure to let me know!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Red Tie Top










Top (30% off right now!!) | Pants | Shoes (15% off right now!!) | Bag

 

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