Saturday, April 22, 2017

I'm A Glossier Rep!

Yesterday was full of some super exciting news, but today has got some exciting news too! Last night ,I posted on my Instagram saying that I had something to share with you all involving one of my favorite brands ever, Glossier, and this is it! 

If you're unfamiliar with Glossier, allow me to introduce you. Glossier is the brainchild of Emily Weiss the founder of one of my longtime favorite blogs Into The Gloss and it thrives on it's mission to create beautiful products that make you look just as good on the outside as you feel on the inside without concealing your natural beauty, which is something I can totally get behind. In my experience, Glossier products work the exact same way they say they will and honestly feel like they are made just for you. 

I'm so excited to officially be a Brand Rep rep for a company that I love and trust so much. I've talked about Glossier many times before on the blog and I am so excited that now I get to share my love for the brand in a much larger capacity!

You can visit my personal Glossier Page by clicking here to watch my video and read about my favorite picks from the brand. Expect to be seeing a lot more of Glossier around here as I try and get you all to love it as much as I do! Have fun exploring the site and hopefully placing orders! Trust me, you're going to love it. If you have any questions about the products or the brand, please don't hesitate to email me, send me an Instagram message, or even tweet me! Whatever it is you want to know, I'm your girl. 

Hope you all have a great weekend! 

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Four Year Anniversary! {And A Surprise!}

Four years ago, while home sick from school for two days, I decided I was going to start a blog. Writing that sentence feels so weird, because it honestly seems like just yesterday. It's crazy how quickly time flies. I remember sitting on the floor of my bedroom writing my first post called 15 Facts About Me so vividly . The single best thing I did when I decided to start a blog was telling everyone and I mean everyone. I created a Facebook page for my blog and invited all my family, friends, and classmates to like it in order to hold me accountable. This ensured that I wouldn't just quit a few days after starting. Honestly, most people at school probably thought this blog wouldn't ever become anything. I mean, I never even thought it could either. All I knew was that I loved fashion and beauty and I had a lot to say about both.

Fast forward to today and I wouldn't be anywhere near where I am without all of you! The support I get from all of my readers warms my heart to no end and keeps me going even when my own passion isn't inspiring enough. I receive questions and requests daily and one of my most frequent requests is to start a Youtube Channel. I asked about it in this post to gauge interest and the results were a resounding "Yes!" It was only a matter of figuring out when the right time for it would be. Well folks, today's the day! I am so excited to be sharing my very first Youtube Video!

I hope you all enjoy it and be sure to subscribe to my channel HERE to stay up to date with more videos to come in the future!

Let me know what you think the comments and please comment any requests you have for other videos. I am so excited for this new adventure! 

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Friday, April 7, 2017

The Perfect Everyday Bag and What I Keep in Mine

The struggle to find the perfect everyday bag is real. For me, the perfect everyday bag is easily transportable and compact, fits all my essentials, and is neutral in color. I searched high and low for the perfect bag, settling on a couple different ones over the years that worked but didnt completely fit the bill. Then, I found this bag. I talked about the bag a little bit in last weeks Hellooo Weekend post,  but I wanted the chance to go into a little bit more detail about why the Gucci Disco Bag, is the perfect everyday bag. 

So, let me give you a little overview. The bag is made of amazing pebbled leather that is soft to the touch, but still sturdy. The long crossbody strap is adjustable, which makes it great for people of every height. My favorite part of the bag is the statement tassel that hangs from the zipper. The hardware on it is gold and shiny, but somehow also understated. The inside of the bag is lined with a tan canvas-like fabric with two pockets that are each big enough for business cards, chapstick, cash and credit cards, or spare change. 

Now, let's get to what I keep in my bag! These photos are of what I actually had in my bag right before I took the photos. I'm usually pretty neat when it comes to my purse, but I actually had 2 receipts and a gum wrapper in here that I took out a couple days before I decided to shoot this post. Part of why I love that the bag is compact is that it allows me to carry my absolute essentials, but it limits me from lugging around things I don't actually need. With the contents pictured above in my bag, there was still plenty of room for me to carry a fuller sized wallet if need be, a small journal (which I did while traveling over spring break), or even a small water bottle while on the go. 

These are the essentials I try to keep with me at. all. times. I've had that little Louis Vuitton Wallet Keychain for almost three years now and let me just tell you it is some of the best money I have ever spent. It has seriously withstood the wear and tear of very day use aside from the plating on the loop and chain scratching off a bit. It's the best because it's so convenient to be able to just grab it and go without even thinking when I'm running a quick errand and don't even need my full purse. I like to keep a lipstick in there for emergencies, but Glossier Bomb Dot Com in Cherry is my go-to when I'm out during the day because it keeps my lips hydrated while also giving them a little tint of color. The Indie Lee Blemish Stick is a new find of mine, but is great to have with me for emergency when I can feel a blemish coming on. It's clear so I can dab it on the spot without ruining my makeup or anything. I've only been using it for a few days, and I can already see a difference! I try and always carry some business cards with me, but I'll admit I'm not always perfect at it. Carrying sunglasses with me is never an option -- it's a necessity. As most of you know already, I've accumulated quite the collection of sunglasses over the years, but this is my most recent pair and quite possibly even my favorite -- I'm obsessed with them. They have a fun twist with the gold hardware, but the tortoise shell frame keeps them classic. 

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Let me know in the comments what you look for in the perfect everyday bag!

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

April 2017 Playlist

I know, I know, I slacked off and did not get you guys a playlist last month... I'm sorry! Things got a little crazy, but honestly there just weren't any new songs I was dying to share. To make up for it, I've been putting a little extra love into my April Playlist! The playlist has so many different kinds of beats... songs to make you sing and dance, some remixes, and things you can sit down and work to. It's not necessarily curated to et some kind of mood going, it's just a bunch of songs I'm loving. I don't know, I'm kinda random anyways, so I feel like it suits me. Enjoy! 

You can also access the playlist here.

Also, sorry the playlist is on the short side right now! I'm going to keep updating it as the month goes by!

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Monthly Favorites - March

I'm so excited to be starting a new series on the blog called Monthly Favorites. At the beginning of each month, I plan on sharing my favorite purchases/gifts/findings from the month before in one big recap! I feel like this will be a fun way to relive the month and share with you all what I'm loving! 

March was pretty good in terms of acquiring new items because it was my birthday! I received so much love from my friends and family and so many fun gifts worth sharing, but I'm just going to tell you about a few... 

Sonix Phone Case: A phone case that justifies drinking champagne whenever and wherever you want. Need I say more? 

Gucci Disco Crossbody: I can not express enough how perfect this bag is. It's everything a girl looks for in an everyday bag. I love how easy it is to just grab and go. It's big enough that I can easily fit everything I absolutely need, but small enough that it limits me from lugging around the things I don't. It's definitely on the pricey side, but I firmly believe if you have the means to purchase it, it is 100% worth the investment. It's the kind of bag that is timeless and really will last you forever if you take good care of it. (Look out for a "What's In My Bag" post later this week!)

Hand Lettering Book: I've recently taken up hand lettering and "fake calligraphy" as a hobby and i love it so much! Two of my best friends got me this book among a few other things for my birthday and I've loved using it to practice! I plan on getting this one too! 

A Couple Other Purchases and Fun Finds...

Lace-up Espadrilles (on sale now!): Words seriously can not describe how much I love these shoes. I'm grateful for the fact that I do not have to sacrifice style for comfort and vice-versa! I bought them at 30% off a couple weeks ago when J.Crew was having their sale and now they're back at 30% off! Seriously I can not recommend them enough. As far as size goes, they only run in full sizes and although some of the reviewers recommend sizing up, I think I would say to size down. I usually wear a 9.5 and I ordered a 10. They work fine, but are a tiny bit loose, so I definitely think I could have done the 9. That's just my opinion though! 

Lilly Pulitzer S'well: I was so sad when this bottle sold out everywhere in the first day. I went to all my local Starbucks's hoping to find just one, but I was left disappointed. So, imagine my excitement when I found my favorite of the designs in a random Starbucks in Central California while on the drive back from San Francisco over Spring Break! I love how bright and fun the colors on the bottle are! (Even though the Lilly ones are all gone, this one is to die for too!)

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Hellooo Weekend!

I always used to love writing my Lovely Links posts because I felt like it was a way for me to always get a little bit more personal with all of you! Unfortunately for some reason it was one of the harder posts for me to maintain in college, which made me so sad. I honestly don't even know what made it harder, it just was. I want to try and give it another chance, but this time giving it a new name! So, here goes nothing! Hellooo weekend and happy April! 

Is it just me or did this week feel like it dragged on for soooo long? I don't know what it was, but for some reason it seemed like the weekend just could not come soon enough! As a whole, the week was really good, just long. This weekend I'm going home to just take some time to relax and be with my family. I also am going to my cousin's baby shower on Sunday, which should be so fun! Hope you all have a great weekend! 

Wearing: I ordered these shoes last week during J.Crew's sale. They came on Wednesday and I am so obsessed with them! I think the price is pretty reasonable for the quality of shoe you're getting as well. And come on, how could you resist those gingham laces?? 

Wanting: If you've been following along for a while now, you may have noticed that I used to have a section called "Preptista's Picks" in my sidebar. I updated it to now be called "Preptista's Wishlist," so now you can always follow along with what I'm lusting after! Im planning on trying to update that section every time I make one of these posts in order to keep things interesting! You can shop my wishlist below: 

Watching: I mentioned it in this post last week, but I am obsessed with Beauty and The Beast. I even went and saw it again on Thursday night with some girlfriends! If you haven't seen it yet, I could not recommend it more highly! I've been listening to the soundtrack non-stop since I saw the movie. 

Listening: When I'm not listening to to the BATB soundtrack, I've been switching between the Discover Weekly Playlist on Spotify and J.Crew's National Stripes Day Playlist! I'm working on making an April Playlist too which you can sneak a peek at here! (Follow me on Spotify here!)

Things Worth Sharing: 

Definitely want to try some of these procrastination hacks.

Shopbop added tons of new styles to their sale section and some are up to 70% off! I'm especially loving this, this, and these are a total steal if they have your size

Amy looks so stunning in this cold shoulder little black dress. 

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Friday, March 31, 2017

National Stripes Day

If you know me, you know that I die for anything navy and white striped. I feel like that fits a lot of people these days, but when I say I love them, I mean I love them. The other day a friend of mine counted all the navy and white striped items in my closet and she found 7... and that was just my school closet. Pretty sure if we got them all together it would be in the double digits. 

When I found out that J.Crew was declaring today as National Stripes Day, I knew I had no choice but to participate. I mean it's basically a holiday made for me. When I saw this top in the store, I knew it was a match made in navy and white striped heaven. I don't know which part I like more, the fact that it's off the shoulder, the bold stripes, or the bow detailing at the bottom of the sleeves (... or all three)! 

I wore this outfit for a day out on a boat with some friends. We rented the boat for a couple hours and had brunch while we sailed around the marina. I wanted to wear something that would be casual but still fit the nautical theme of the day. This outfit totally fit the bill! 

Isn't the bow detailing on the sleeves to die for? 

Sunnies | Top (on sale!) | Jeans | Wedges | Clutch (similar)

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