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. ūüėČ 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.¬†

A Little Life Update

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Hi loves and happy April! It’s¬†finally¬†starting to feel like spring in SoCal and I could not be more thrilled. Daylight savings also brought along longer days, which really make it feel like summer is just around the corner.¬†Anyway, the reason I’m here today is because I wanted to share a little life update! Get ready – it’s going to be a long one!

I’ve been on spring break this past week, which has been absolutely heavenly. I decided to ditch an extravagant getaway and instead opt for a quiet and restful week at home – a staycation, if you will. I had a lovely week catching up with my family and spending some much needed down time binging netflix, going for bike rides, and exploring more of my hometown. I also squeezed in a massage this week, which was the icing on the cake for a wonderful week at home.

Today I had a nice, slow morning, grabbed pizza with my sweet sister, and then spent the afternoon hunting around T.J Maxx/Home Goods. I CANNOT get over how many goodies Home Goods had today for spring. They had all of the spring/Easter-dresses and a huge display of pineapple decor, which made my Hawaiian-loving heart oh-so-happy.

This week was also spent reflecting on my past two quarters at school and looking ahead at the rest of the school year. I have a really exciting job lined up for this summer and have some fun classes this upcoming quarter as well. I¬†finally¬†finished the math requirement at my school this past quarter and could not be more thrilled to be done with college-level math forever! Finals week this past winter were¬†crazy so I’m more than happy to have that¬†over with.

Tomorrow I’m headed back up to school and am super excited to be reunited with my friends, many of which took amazing¬†trips this past week! I’m also looking forward to spending the next few months in Los Angeles and indulging in all of the fun activities the city offers during this time of year. ūüôā

If you got this far, congrats! That was a long update, haha! I look forward to spending more time this upcoming quarter really delving into the blog and sharing more content with you all. And with that, I bid you adieu!

Spring On A Budget

Hey what’s up HELLO! I don’t know about any of you, but one of my favorite things is to find new blogs to follow and gather inspiration from. I have no shortage of amazing ladies that I follow for travel, fashion, food, and lifestyle inspo. both online and on Instagram. Buttttttt, the one downside with so many of these fashion/travel bloggers (in my opinion, anyways), is that almost everything that they wear/buy is so. darn. expensive! There have been multiple times when I’ve seen a blogger wearing an adorable outfit, only to find out later that the blouse alone costs more than my two week’s salary. This girl’s on a budget! So today I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite fashion finds (all spring-related!) that don’t break the bank. I am all for affordable fashion and am a big believer that you don’t have to spend a ton of money to look amazing.

1.¬†Target rockstud sandals. I was at my local Target earlier today and did a double-take when I saw these sandals. (Sidenote: Does anyone else go into Target with two things on their list and leave with like five unnecessary things? Story of my life.) Anyway, I picked up these sandals in the tan color and absolutely love them. They’re not the best quality but for $28 I really couldn’t pass them up. They’re so similar to the Valentino ones, but cost¬†about $900 less haha.

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2. I spotted these at Nordstrom and they’re the perfect white denim shorts! They’re also the perfect length – not too long and not too short.

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3. This LOFT top is a little pricey but LOFT is always having amazing sales so you can definitely snag it for a good deal!

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4. These Urban Outfitters sunglasses are my fave! They’re a great dupe for Karen Walker sunnies.

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5. This cotton military jacket just went on sale and it’s perfect for spring. But be warned: it runs really,¬†really¬†big so definitely size down!

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What websites/stores do you browse for cute, affordable fashion? I’m all ears!¬†

Life Lately

Hi there! I’m so happy to be posting again on this little corner of the internet. The next two weeks are going to be pure chaos for me with finals approaching so I’m taking a break from the rest of the world and posting some tidbits from my life lately! Whenever I’m stressed I like to go back through my Instagram or camera roll on my phone and reflect back on happy memories. Also, the¬†weather in LA has been¬†beautiful¬†lately so at¬†least if I have to study for hours on end, I can do it outside with an iced coffee in hand. Check out some photos below for a glimpse into my happenings ūüôā

I visited the Huntington Library + Gardens a few weeks ago to do some research for a class project and ended up spending about half the day there just wandering around and soaking in the beauty! I especially loved the Chinese and Japanese gardens. The cherry blossom trees were just beginning to bloom and it seemed like the ideal opportunity for a photo!

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Grabbing dessert with my sorority fam at BSweet on Sawtelle (I definitely recommend it)! I love this fam of mine. They’re sweeter than the fudge brownie I shortly devoured after this photo ūüėČ

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From about a month ago when I went home for the weekend. Nothing beats sunsets after the rain.

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Lattes with bae at Caffe Luxxe in Brentwood. I definitely recommend their almond milk latte!

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And finally,¬†lunchin’ with my bestie Bella in Santa Monica this past weekend. Bella and I’ve been friends for five years and we’re still the best of friends even though we only see each other once every few months! There’s nothing better than good friends and good company.

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We ate at Flower Child in Santa Monica. The decor was top notch but I didn’t love the food. Super expensive for such small portions! Alas, it was still so nice to catch up with my girl.

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Can we talk about that bathroom for a hot sec?!

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Also,¬†I can’t fail to mention that Bella’s laugh is the best. thing. ever. Yesterday had no shortage of pure laughter and giggling! Love her so much.

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On a super unrelated note, has anyone else heard Ed Sheeran’s new album,¬†Divide?!¬†I’m so in love. His voice just melts me inside. My favorites are¬†Hearts Don’t Break Around Here,¬†How Would You Feel, Supermarket Flowers (cue the tears), and Barcelona.¬†I would love to see him in concert!

What has everyone else been up to lately?! ūüôā

Currently Craving: Acai Bowls

I have to make an honest confession – I had never tried an acai bowl until a month ago. I know, I know, I live in Los Angeles – how in the heck have I not tried an acai bowl before?!¬†I don’t have a great excuse, I just never jumped onto the acai bandwagon. Buuuuuut, let me tell you friends, I am a¬†big believer¬†that acai bowls might be one of the greatest inventions of our time.

To begin with, let me start off by saying that within the past few months I’ve been trying incredibly hard to change up my diet. When I discovered early into 2016 that dairy did not sit well with me, I cut it out of my diet. Now that we’re a few weeks into 2017, I can honestly say that I’ve done a great job with keeping up the no-dairy routine. I’m trying to also eliminate gluten, but that’s another story for another time.

Anyway, long story short, I have a super sensitive stomach and can’t always digest three full meals a day. Sometime I like to switch things up and substitute in a smoothie for lunch or breakfast instead of a complete meal. I’m not saying that this works for everyone, but this tends to help me, especially with my digestion issues. This is where acai bowls come in. I never really knew what made up an acai bowl until I tried my first one a few weeks ago. For reference, I ordered the Brazilian Bowl (the “beginnners” acai bowl) at SunLife Organics and absolutely loved it. Half of the bowl was smoothie, so it was a nice mix of liquid and hard foods. Because I don’t have access to a kitchen in the university dorms right now, I know for sure that I’ll be whipping up acai bowls weekly in my sorority house next year. I complied a list of delicious-looking acai bowls below, so be sure to check them out!

1. Acai Breakfast Power Bowl 

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2. Blueberry and pink grapefruit oatmeal 

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3. Tropical Smoothie Bowls

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4. Crispy Blue Brekky Bowl

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5. Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl

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Have you tried any other food “trends” lately that you want to share? Let me know!

 

Spring Essentials

I know that we still have a few weeks¬†until spring but I can’t help but start swooning over all of the new spring styles that have recently been released. I can’t wait for sun on my shoulders and outdoor spring brunches¬†in the next few months! Today I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite spring essentials at all different price points. Check them all out below!

  1. Soprano Bow Off-the-Shoulder Top: The off-the-shoulder trend isn’t going anywhere and I couldn’t be happier. This blouse is the epitome of business in the front and party in the back.

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2. Free People All I Got Maxi: Florals, for spring? Groundbreaking. I can’t help but love this adorable tie-waist maxi dress in cream.¬†This dress would be perfect for a weekend getaway or even a fancier occasion.

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3. Billabong Sing Along Dress: I love a simple striped dress and this one just shot up to the top of my wishlist!

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4. Floral romper: I typically can’t pull of rompers but I just love the look of them! This one caught my eye because it has hints of spring but it’s also a little moody. This price point on this one is¬†too good,¬†too.

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What are you loving for spring?