Loving Wholeheartedly

FESE9297I have seen so much negativity recently, from things I notice around my school’s campus to what I witness in the news on a daily basis. I see people mistreating their friends, their co-workers, and even complete strangers all the time. It is so disheartening to see how poorly some people treat their peers especially because 99% of the time you don’t know what kind of a battle someone is facing. My friend and I were catching up over breakfast yesterday and she was telling me about all of the gossip she’s been hearing recently about one of her close friends, from other close friends of hers. If you can’t trust your close friends, who can you trust?

I had the best example of kindness growing up. Both of my parents are very affectionate people who would do anything for the people they love. I am so thankful to also have a close-knit group of friends who all have such a positive influence on my life. Being kind is not difficult and does not take any more energy than being negative does. I felt the need to make this blog post because I feel like kindness is something that everyone could improve upon. I try to bring kindness and love everywhere I go, even the places in which I am disrespected or not treated fairly. So please, let’s just all be kind to one another!

Let’s love wholeheartedly. 

May Playlist

How is it already the second to last week of May?! This year is just speeding by and before I know it, I’ll be a junior in college! What?! I’m in the midst of preparing for final exams and essays over the next few weeks so I’m trying to keep a positive attitude, which has been aided by the absolutely beautiful weather we’ve been experiencing over the past few days. I also was able to zip down to my hometown from Friday-Sunday to spend some quality time with my older sister (hey Caroline!) before she graduates with her Master’s degree this June! Anywayyyy, my saving grace during finals week (besides working out and lots of coffee) is a good playlist. Today I’m sharing some of my favorite tunes that a perfect for a good study sesh and some good-vibes songs when you need some pep in your step!

Study Sesh

*How Would You Feel by Ed Sheeran

*Pretty Words by Crissi Cochrane

*In the Blood by John Mayer

*XO by John Mayer

*Will I Ever See You Again by Makana

*Under the Umbrella by Andrew James

*I Need A Forest Fire by James Blake + Bon Over

Pep In My Step

*Still Falling for You by Ellie Goulding

*Sunshine by The Knocks

*Light by San Holo

*Something Just Like This by The Chainsmokers + Coldplay

*Runaway by Galantis

*Rise Up by Andra Day

*Barcelona by Ed Sheeran

Life Lately

Hi loves! I can’t believe that we’ve already reached the middle of May! I love the month of May because I can almost taste summer! The weather in L.A. has been really weird recently – think lots of super chilly temps at night and gloomy mornings. This past weekend I took a long-awaited break and spent some time catching up on Friends and catching up with friends and family. I wanted to share a life lately post because I’ve had a lot of fun activities over the past few weeks. As finals and the end of the school year approaches, it’s always nice to look back on some great memories from the past few months and reflect on my second year of college!

We finally got back some of the photos from my sorority’s photoshoot in Santa Monica a few weeks back! I absolutely loved the way that they turned out because they perfectly capture the vibe of our house – happy and carefree. We all joked that we looked like we were taking engagement photos because we were on the beach and all wearing white! 🙂

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^This is my little! Is she not the cutest human ever?! 

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My roommate and I from freshman orientation finally got around to our long overdue brunch! We had a delicious meal at this French bakery in Beverly Hills. This girl has the greatest sense of humor – she had me laughing until my stomach hurt!

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^There was a Blue Bottle Coffee right across the street from where we were eating so of course I had to stop in! I’ve heard so many good things and it definitely lived up to the hype! 

Last Sunday was my sorority’s formal event, Diamond Ball. It’s always so fun to see everyone get dressed up and re-live our high school prom days! I had the best time with my boyfriend Wilson, who was so patient when I made him take photos haha! If you can believe it, these photos were taken right outside my dorm!

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^He’s always cracking me up! 

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^If you can believe it, I snagged my dress from a consignment store! It’s by the brand Milly, which is one of my favorite designers. May I almost mention that it was less than $30?! Still not over that, lol! 

 

Spring Picks

I’ve been on a major shopping kick lately, most likely because of the warmer weather and therefore more opportunities to wear skirts, dresses, and shorts! I have a Francesca’s in my local neighborhood, both at home and at school, and they have quickly become my go-to for cute, affordable clothes. I pop into their store at least once a month and always find something that I want to take home. Also, they’re always having sales so that’s a huge plus. I hopped into their store this morning and found two super cute things, but trust me, I wanted so much more! If you’re in need of a dress for a graduation, bridal shower, wedding, etc., Francesca’s is your one-stop shop. Today I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites from their site. Happy shopping!

1. Helena One Shoulder Floral Maxi ($48): I saw this one-shoulder maxi dress in the store and it is so gorgeous. Paired with a clutch and a tan pair of sandals and you’re ready for any garden party this spring and summer! I’m kind of kicking myself for not picking it up.

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2. Serena Floral Maxi ($54): Wrap dresses are so versatile and look flattering on lots of different body types. I especially love the floral print of this particular dress and the length.

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3. Caylee Lace Shift ($48): I picked this dress up today and I seriously cannot get over how cute it is. It fits TTS and is perfect for any occasion. I can’t wait to wear it for my sister’s graduation in June!

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4. Sophia Wrap Top ($38): I’ve seen this wrap top everywhere but Francesca’s offers the most affordable option! I love the voluminous style and can see this paired with skinny jeans.

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5. Adi Scalloped Lace Wrap ($44): This lace kimono is downright dreamy. This would look gorgeous with just about anything – from jeans and a basic tee to a summery dress.

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6. Metallic Rhinestone Sandal ($25): These rhinestone sandals can be worn tons of different ways. I love the lighter, blue/gray color.

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Life Lately

Hi! It’s been a crazy April around here with winter quarter ending, spring break, and then the beginning of spring quarter. Spring quarter is my favorite quarter of the year because it means summer is near and the days are longer and brighter. I also love nothing more than warm temperatures coupled with a comfortable breeze. Don’t get me wrong – I love summer – but L.A. can sometimes be ungodly during the summer months. I have a really exciting summer ahead of me. Although I won’t be doing any big traveling this summer, I’m looking forward to immersing myself in a new job and making new friends along the way. Now, onto what’s been going on in life recently.

1. Coffee dates with my favorite guy. In my opinion, there’s nothing better than long walks around our school’s neighborhood, chatting with this guy, and an iced latte in hand. This picture was taken at one of my favorite coffee places in the L.A. area – Intellegista!

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2. My best friend just finished up with school for the year and I can’t wait for her to come visit me up at school this summer! She’ll be visiting over the weekend a couple times this summer and I already see lots of brunch and shopping in our future!

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3. I went home last weekend and was greeted by some really gorgeous weather. Around summertime, we also get some pretty amazing sunsets.

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4. Frolicking around Santa Monica made for a blissful beginning to my weekend. Last night, a bunch of my sorority sisters and I went down to the  Santa Monica Pier and had a photoshoot! It was so fun and a great bonding experience. Santa Monica at sundown is also pretty magical.

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P.S. Is this not the most amazing bougainvillea you’ve ever seen?! I shot this right outside of the restaurant, Ivy At the Shore. I’m definitely adding it to my L.A. bucket list!

Currently Coveting: Charleston

Happy Sunday, friends! I woke up this morning with a pep in my step because the weather is absolutely breathtaking today…andddddd because I heading to grab some iced coffee from the best spot in town in just a little bit. 😉 Today I wanted to share some travel inspiration for the beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina. Just within the last year or so, I’ve seen so many of my friends and bloggers head to this picturesque little town and it has me itching to plan a visit! I’ve never visited the South before and would love to schedule a visit to Charleston and Savannah, GA. It doesn’t help that one of my favorite bloggers, Julia from Gal Meets Glam, just moved to Charleston and has the most beautiful home in this charming town. Actually, most of these photos are from her gorgeous blog, which you can check out here! The colorful walls of Charleston aren’t the only things attracting me to the city – I’ve heard the food scene is pretty terrific there as well!

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What destinations are you dying to visit in the U.S.?!

Simple + Affordable Makeup Faves

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It’s been a while since I’ve updated you all on my beauty routine. I’m a simple gal, and I like to keep my beauty routine as simple and minimal as possible. I’ve always opted for a natural, “no-makeup makeup” look. This has especially held true during college, where I don’t have a ton of time to spend on my everyday makeup. I follow a ton of beauty bloggers on YouTube and I’ve learned a few things over the years about the best makeup that won’t break the bank. I’m always looking for a great deal, and makeup is no exception. Today I wanted to share some of my current beauty faves, all of which fall under $25 and most of which can be found at your local drugstore!

  1. Loreal True Match Foundation ($9.99): I’ve been wearing this foundation since my early high school days. As a girl with naturally oily skin, this foundation has done a great job of combating oil production. Loreal also offers a wide range of colors for this foundation, which is a total win.
  2. Wet n Wild Photofinish Powder ($4.68): I found out about this powder recently and have to say that I’m really enjoying it so far. It isn’t offered in a ton of shades, but it has a nice, light consistency and lasts all day.
  3. ELF Concealer Stick ($3.00): ELF Cosmetics are a fave of mine because they’re really high quality but so affordable at the same time. I love this heavy-coverage concealer to cover up any red spots.
  4. NYX Tinted Brow Mascara ($6.99): I was a little hesitant to use this product at first because I didn’t like the idea of applying a mascara-like product to my eyebrows. But, I’ve been using this NYX product for about 6 months or so and absolutely love it. It’s super easy to use and stays in place all day.
  5. Loreal Eyelash Primer ($8.99): This is another beauty product I picked up recently that I have completely fallen in love with it. This primer creates amazing volume for your lashes, no matter what kind of mascara you use after.
  6. Covergirl LashBlast Mascara ($8.99): This is another long-time fave. This mascara is long-wearing and creates super long lashes. It doesn’t clump or become flaky over time either, which is always a must.
  7. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($23): This mascara is on the expensive side but the Ulta beauty consultant I spoke to about the product convinced me to give it a try. I really love the length this mascara gives my lashes, but I can’t say that it beats the Covergirl mascara, which is less than half the price.
  8. EOS Lip Balm Stick ($2.49): EOS is everything. I love their lip balms in mint and vanilla to prime for my lipstick.
  9. MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick ($17): I wear this lipstick almost everyday because it’s the perfect nude for my skin tone. I’ve tried a ton of drugstore lipsticks that don’t wear as well over time as MAC lipsticks do, so I think that MAC lipsticks are a good investment. Other MAC lipstick favorites of mine are Snob and Brave Red.