Thursday, June 29, 2017

Current Wishlist

While relaxing at my grandparents house this week, I have been doing a lot of online shopping. So bad to the point where I have a couple of windows open with different site. Many of the things I have been lusting over all really pertain to Charleston and/or traveling lately. I have been wanting to brighten up my wardrobe so many of these items reflect that!






Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Red, White, and Blue













Tank | Skirt | Shoes (Similar) | Necklace

Monday, June 26, 2017

Where I've Been

     

     This is kinda of a well-needed post. I haven't been the best with blogging this past month and lately, I thought I would be able to catch up. But with graduation and all, everything started to jumble altogether. The family was here visiting, squeezing in times with friends, balancing my two jobs, and taking the time to myself. Currently, I'm in Arizona right now for a little vacation to visit some family members before I leave for college, and so far it's amazing. It's relaxing to spend some time with my little cousins instead of worrying about work and such. 

    With this time off I have right now from work, I'm definitely utilizing it to work on my blogging some more. I have posts for every day this week and definitely like having the time all day to work on them. I like not being rushed when it comes to posts and would like to get back into the groove of not being when comes school. I also have been really focusing on my social media lately and have been working hard. My Instagram is my main focus right now and is actually something that I'm really proud of. The theme is exactly where I want it to be and all I need now is to give y'all more of it!

     Along with working more on my blogging, I have been definitely working more with my goals for the summer. I mentioned them in a blog post here a few weeks ago, and have been keeping them as a reminder. My friends and I have been trying to really hang out together and balance everything before we head to school. Another goal of mine that I didn't mention before is that I really want to start documented things more. I usually never take photos and don't end up ever liking the turnout with me in it. But within the past two weeks of summer, this is something I have been pushing and I can't tell you enough how much I love looking back on them. One of my favorite things is Live Photos on the iPhone. I love how it's still a regular photo yet gives you a little glimpse as a video!

     Of course, withing these past few weeks I the college idea has really been in my head. I'm incredibly excited to start my freshman year and all of the amazing things that will come. But I've definitely been reading all of the advice I can get! If you have any good posts, send them my way if you can!

     In the end, I'm pumped to get back into my regular blogging routine! I hope that this little update was helpful in where I've been for a while, but definitely look forward to some new posts this week!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Things I've been loving

This summer I have been really sticking to my goal of reaching out and trying new things. I love sticking to my normal routine of using the same things every day and have always been like that. But within the past two weeks, I already have been trying new stuff and experimenting which has been making me way more open. Everything from fashion to skincare to even stationary! If you have any things you have been trying out lately and have been loving, let me know in the comments what it is!


Benefit Triple Preforming Facial Emulsion - This stuff is amazing. I could not recommend this anymore with how vertical and comfortable it is with everyday use. Not to mention it smells so fresh and clean. With the past two weeks, I put it on right before I start the day. It's the perfect balance of not being too thick but still giving me enough moisture to last the say.

Ferragamo Purse - I received this purse back in February as my birthday gift and I was ecstatic. Ferragamo has always been a brand that I have loved and was definitely one of my favorite luxury bags out there. Since it does give a fancier element to any outfit, I was truly afraid of using it in my everyday life. But just within the last week, I decided to bring it out of the dustbag and start using this perfect pink bag! I think it was a great decision to bring it out because it adds the perfect pop of color to my summer outfits and is a perfect size.

Lily & Laura Bracelet - Arm candy is usually not my thing besides my Apple Watch. It sometimes can be distracting but I love how much it can add to an outfit. Lately I have been trying to find my go-to stack of bracelets, and finally added this one to it. The white it the perfect neutral to any outfit but the shimmer adds a whole nother thing to it!

Pacifica Perfume - Perfume is usually something that takes me a while to decide on which scents I like and I can be very picky. I got this originally as a gift and was a bit skeptical, but I grew to love it with this summer! I have the Hawaiian Ruby Guava and it smells so fruity yet clean. I personally have the roll-on so it's easy for me to throw in my bag for on the go!

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm - I bought a pair of these in Honey Nectar and Natural Rose a week ago and can't stop using them! The colors are so perfect and subtle and are so easy for on the go. I originally bought these at the actual Pixi store in Venice and loved testing the different colors, but just found out they have them at Target!

Tobi Ring (c/o) - Like I said earlier, jewelry and anything that is on my hand or arm can sometimes irritate me. I do look for pieces that can add to my outfit, and these rings are perfect! The sizing it perfects and isn't loose or tight so I usually don't feel like it's even on! Plus this style it very in right now and they add a perfect dainty touch!

Bright Ideas Journal - With balancing work, personal life, working out and me time, I have had many things on my mind to juggle. I picked up this set of two notebooks from Anthropologie and they are absolutely adorable! Both of the prints are the cutest (my favorite is the bikini's ) and are the perfect fit for the tossing into your purse!



Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Grove - LA

Yesterday was so much fun with my best friend Claudia while spending sometime at the Grove. We brunched the whole day while having cupcakes and doing the necessary shopping. When looking for clothes I usually gravitate towards basic pieces that I can style and jazz up. Tobi.com sent me this perfect white top that has just the perfect sway to it. With the hot Los Angeles day's, its perfect for a breezy laid back look or a polished up style. I loved how I was able to add to the outfit with my favorite monogrammed bar necklace and these adorable block heels.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Morning Pages

Finding peace in the morning is something that is so crucial when starting off the day. These past few months it was something that I wanted to work on more and started to think of new ways to improve. I try very hard to make my mornings phone free and it's much more relaxing, but I still was looking for something to improve it some more.


Monday, June 12, 2017

My Skincare Routine

Skincare is something that I really take seriously in my everyday regimen. When my skin is feeling clean and good, it boosts my confidence by so much. I didn't really start thinking about how it did that until two years ago when my acne started to get worse. But I will add that back then, I was wearing makeup and doing more activities in my life. Fast forward to today, I rarely ever wear makeup and keep up with my skincare routine to the tee every day. Now with my changes in my routine, I have had barely any major breakouts or changes in my skin.


Morning

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser - This is incredible when it comes to making your skin feel good throughout the day. I have been using this cleanser for over six months now and I love the way it makes my skin feel after. It's super hydrating and moisturizing at the same time, so even when I'm in a rush and can't ou

Glossier Priming Moisturizer - Glossier products are amazing when paired together so I usually opt for the matching moisturizer with the face cleanser. I love the rose smelling fragrance in it and really is a good choice for everyday use.

Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment - If I ever do get a blemish that occurs, I always use this product. I have one in every possible bag with me since I love how fast acting it is on fixing the pimple and such. I usually go through and add it on to where ever I need and throughout the day just do touch ups.

Night

First Aid Beauty Cleanser - This brand is super on target when it comes to getting blemishes and a good clean in each product. I use this at night and it works wonders when clearing up any pimples and such that I see throughout that day and making them disappear. Plus a little goes a long way so I usually don't stock up very often!

Benefit Triple Performing Facial Emulsion or First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydra-firm Sleep Mask - I switch between these two every day. While the Benefit moisturizer is great everyday use, I like to put a thick creme sometimes. I absolutely love the Benefit moisturizer smell and doesn't make me feel like I have a super thick layer on me. But the First Aid Beauty Night Creme is great when your skin needs some TLC and can get super hydrated overnight.

Face masks are a great way to refresh your skin but not in the normal routine. I only do face masks twice a week just so my skin can refresh and have some time to relax. I usually do this Que Bella Face Mask's at the beginning of the week, but they are a great value! At Target you can get a pack of six and they each have something they specifically target in trying to fix or work on in your skin. They are super slim and perfect to travel with and do their magic. As for the Glossier Moon Mask, this is a great heavy duty mask but does a lot of good for your skin. I do this immediately after my cleansing for the night and it acts as an amazing moisturizer and definitely relaxes me before sleep.

What's your skin routine? What products do you use? Let me know in the comments!




Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Grey Cold Shoulders Dress











Dress (c/o) | Necklace (similar) | Shoes (similar) | Purse (New version) | Ring (c/o)

Dresses are always my go-to outfit choices during the summer. They are super easy to put on and always add an element of cuteness to it during the warmer weather times. I'm always looking for trendy pieces to add to my closet and decided to try out a new site. Tobi.com sent me this dress along with the gorgeous ring and I couldn't be more obsessed. The dress in incredibly comfy and is perfect for summer nights. As for the ring, I love the detail on the band with this look. I ended up wearing this outfit to my best friends graduation party where I got so many compliments from where the items were from.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Summer Goals

Every new season I love setting new goals for myself. I really keep myself accountable and try to document htem with photos and even blog posts. And with this being the first summer without a giant  load of school work (*insert happy dance*), I'm looking forward to try new places and to start working on projects and goals for my upcoming school year in college.

Usually my goal list turns into a bucket list really quickly since I have so many different places to try and things to do, but this year is much different. I kept it to a simple five goals to work on - save, explore, try, expand, and prep. All of these have a bunch of subtasks and more specific things to do. So let's dive in!


Save | With getting a new job (and potentially another one) I have been really focusing on saving up for emergencies and my personal epenses. I'm planning on working through college and I really want to start saving up for when I need the money in August or other times. My budget has really been my best friends and is something that I truly stick by.

Explore | Los Angeles is such a big city with so much to offer, and this summer I'm determined to do so much! My friends and I have been creating a list for months of things we want to do with each other and we can't wait to start putting the into action! (Many of them are roadtrips and I can't hardly wait!)

Try | I'm usually a person who sticks to things that I like and never trys antyhing new. This year I'm determined to work on three different areas of my life - skincare, hair, and makeup. All of these I'm not the best in and don't really know much about. But I have a few classes and products to try out to find my best reiman for each of them. I'm hopeing to share with y'all my experminetation with the hits and misses of them!

Expand | My blog is something I truly want to focus on fixing, learning, growing from. I have a ton of mini goals for myself to work on and start once I graduate. I have some amazing ideas for posts and different projects to start on. One fo them is something a reader suggested to me - longer posts! Before I tended to stick with 300 or 400 works max, but this summer I want to expand that!

Prep | College starts for me in mid-August and I coulden't be more filled with mixed emotions. I'm goning to be travaling across the country from my family and I really want to make the transition as smooth as possible. This means anything from transfering my job to shopping for my new room. If you have any suggestions on things I should prepare for during this big move, let me know!
 

design + development by kiki and co.