Read w/ Me: Fall Edition

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I decided that a bookish blog post is long overdue and since I am currently an ambassador for the Book Sparks Fall Reading Challenge, I thought I’d give you guys a little updated book list for fall. With that being said, I’ve been getting tons of questions all about Book Sparks and what exactly the challenge is, and basically they have just been sending me fall-themed books for the past month or so for me to read and share with you guys! I have really enjoyed this experience because I love finding new authors and so far, they have all been new to me! Not to mention, I am obsessed with true-crime and that sort of thing, and some of these books seriously have the best, spooky story lines. Along with the books from Book Sparks, I am going to include my favorite fall-themed books, so I hope you enjoy this post + comment some book recommendations below!

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware:

I actually read this entire book on a flight home around Thanksgiving last year. It’s an easy read and honestly impossible to put down. I remember from start to finish, I was constantly wanting more. It’s a crime/mystery novel that takes place at a cabin in the woods so you can only imagine how spooky it is!

The Secret History by Donna Tartt:

I would consider this more of an advanced novel just because you really have to use your mind while reading it. It’s more complex but the story line is SO good and very compelling. It’s sort of a mystery/thriller.  It’s perfect read for fall!

The Night in Question by Nic Joseph:

This book was actually included in the fall reading challenge, and I have to say it stood out to me the most. It’s basically about an Uber ride gone wrong, and if that doesn’t make you wanna read it, I don’t know what will. I love the idea behind it because it’s so current and interesting. It’s definitely an easy + fun read for the fall time!

A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard:

If you’re someone who loves true-crime, then I highly recommend this book. This is a true story about a girl who was kidnapped for eighteen years of her life and survived to tell her story. She kept a diary throughout it all so it’s very interesting. This is a heavy topic and if you’re sensitive to that sort of stuff, I wouldn’t recommend reading because it gets very deep.

September Favorites

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So for the month of October, I am going to attempt to put up two blog posts per week (maybe more) so get ready for lot’s of content from me! I thought this would be the perfect intro into the new month with a little recap of products and favorites I was loving in September! img_2909-e1538523397783.png

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I am planning on doing an updated skincare / makeup routine blog post on it’s own so I just wanted to feature some of my ultimate favorites for this.

The first product I want to talk about is the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask. This has been a cult-favorite this year, for good reason. It took me the longest time to try it out (mainly because it was always out of stock) but I finally picked it up and gave it a try. I’ll admit, my first reaction was that it reminded me of toothpaste — it has a minty scent / thick texture. After using it overnight, I was amazed at how soft and moisturized my skin felt! I have fairly normal-to-dry skin so I found this stuff to be super helpful for that. Even though it’s considered a mask, I love using it as my daily moisturizer… it’s just that good!

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

Summer Fridays Overtime Mask

Next, I wanted to mention a fun little brand I discovered on Instagram. I feel like I’m always seeing ads on my feed for smaller skincare/body brands similar to this so I thought it’d be interesting to give you guys a little insight on how I actually feel about their products. Anese is a skin/body care brand that specializes in booty care. Yes, you read that right. They have a bunch of different scrubs and lotions for your bum. I wanted to mention that + I will link those products below if you’re interested! However, I decided to test out their new skincare SLAY serum for your face! I have been loving this product. I usually apply it under my moisturizer before my makeup! I personally think it’s super important to hydrate your skin before applying a full-face of makeup, because it applies sooo much smoother and lasts way longer.

Anese SLAY serum

Anese Bootycare

If you haven’t already heard of Wander Beauty, get ready for a huge spiel from me because I have been obsessed with their products! They are a cruelty-free beauty brand that carries makeup/skincare. I am planning on featuring a couple different products from them in my makeup routine but for this post I wanted to share their eye masks with you guys! They are so easy to apply, you can seriously do it anywhere! I love these.

Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Foil Eye Masks

Lastly, I wanted to mention two primers that I have been loving! Similar to moisturizer, I honestly believe in using primer. I know a lot of people have different opinions on whether or not it actually works but personally my skin needs all the hydration it can get! I notice a difference when I use primer versus when I don’t so that’s why I love it! You guys know I love Smashbox primers so I decided to pick up this Radiance once. It honestly reminds me of my Glam Glow Mega Illuminating Moisturizer, so I am super stoked about that.

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Another product that I am long overdue to test out is the MAC Prep and Prime Fix+ spray. This stuff smells so dang good and works amazingly! Personally, I can’t do my highlighter without some sort of primer spray so I really love this! It sets your makeup and leaves it looking super hydrated.

Mac Prep and Prime Fix+

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This was a hard section to pick for because I feel like I am still transitioning into my fall closet and I want to a do a fall style report so I just decided to go with some accessories that I’ve been loving.

I think these KDB boots might just be my favorite pair of shoes I’ve ever owned! I am seriously obsessed with this style. White boots are so cute for fall because they bring a lil pop of color to any outfit! I am super excited to style these.

Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn Boots

Similar Style – I love these for everyday wear!

I have been meaning to pick up a mini backpack and I was so excited to find this one at Brandy Melville. This goes with every outfit and it’s SO convenient. I will see if I can find the exact link to this one but I will be sure to link some of my other favorites below.

Brandy Backpack

Similar style + Cheaper

Lastly, I wanted to mention some undergarments that I have been obsessed with. This might sound so weird to feature in a monthly favorites post but these are so comfy + amazing to sleep in! Richer Poorer also has t shirts + socks so I highly recommend checking their stuff out. Their products are super high quality and soft!

Richer Poorer Brand

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I have a few different things for my lifestyle favorites but first I wanna talk about this perfume I’ve been loving from by Rosie Jane. They recently released their new scent Angie, which is a mix of honeysuckle + fig. I am obsessed! It’s the perfect light scent for fall.

Angie by Rosie Jane perfume

I am so excited to announce that I am partnered up with Olly. Olly is a vitamin brand sold at Target that I’ve honestly been using forever! I think my mom originally introduced me to their brand last year + I have been using them every since. They are gummies so they’re super easy to take daily + they have a decent taste to them. As a full-time student, I have been loving their laser focus/ goodbye stress vitamins. These are so helpful and I seriously think they make a difference!

Laser Focus Vitamins

Goodbye Stress Vitamins

Lastly, Califia Farms is my go-to almond milk / creamer brand. I have been using their stuff forever! I will admit I am not a huge pumpkin spice fan but every year around this time I give it another shot because I want to get in to the fall spirit. I picked this one up at my local Von’s and I was pleasantly surprised! It’s perfect for anyone who doesn’t like that intense pumpkin flavor. It’s a subtle taste, which I love. I highly recommend adding this to your fall morning routine.

shop w/ me—fall trends

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First off, I just wanna say, happy October / fall / best time of the year. You guys have no idea how excited I am that it’s FINALLY sweater weather. There has already been a few days under 70 degrees here in SD and I have taken full advantage of them. Fall fashion is my absolute favorite so you best believe I am planning loads of new posts for you guys! I created this “shop w/ me” section during the summer so I thought I’d give you guys a little updated post for fall. There are so many fun trends this season that I am loving and I wanted find some trending items at different price points! I hope you find this post helpful, + happpy shopppin !

img_2688-e1538369216791.pngI have been obsessed with this style of coat for the longest time! It’s so perfect for fall/winter and seriously so cozy! Since it’s finally getting cold again, I decided to splurge and make the purchase. I ended up getting the I.AM.GIA pixie coat but I linked some other, more affordable options for you guys below!

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I had to include this one in here because I personally am obsessed with the style of this Wildfox sweater and I was so excited to find some dupes!

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Jacket $118.00

Skirt $10.00

Mules $43.31

Body Suit $15.00

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You probably either hate or love the dad sneak trend but I wanted to include it because I  think it’s really cute. However, I do think that spending $70 on sneakers that look like my grandpas is a bit much, so I thought I’d include some dupes for you guys! Nasty Gal has tons of options and their whole site is 50% off!

Fila Dad Sneaks $70.00

Dad Sneak Dupe $30.00

Doc Martens $170.00

Dupes for Docs $35.00

Beach Style + Essentials

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It’s no secret I’ve been spending way too much time in the sun this summer. It’s honestly my favorite season for style because it’s so simple + easy to incorporate the same pieces into multiple outfits. I’ve honestly been the biggest outfit repeater this summer + just re-styling my favorite pieces for different looks. I’ve realized this is honestly the way to go…it saves you money + it’s fun to see what kind of outfits you can create. One big style tip I have for you guys is that it’s the little things that count the most. I swear just by adding a killer bag or some fun-printed shoes, you can make the most average outfit look IG worthy. I’ve been loving that beach bum look lately so I wanted to show you guys how I style my favorite outfits for a day in the sun. Even if you don’t live close to a beach, I have some great tips for your average pool day or tropical vacation. Here are some of my favorite beach style tips + essentials:

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First of all, if you don’t already own a black high-waisted bandeau bikini set…then you need to go get one right now. I personally love high-waisted bottoms because they’re super flattering + comfortable. I got my set on Princess Polly + I will link it below.

I am also in love with mini backpacks because they’re so perfect for the beach. They hold all the essentials + aren’t too clunky. I got this gingham print one in the Brandy Melville section at PacSun but I will be sure to link a few of my faves here:

Mini Backpack Option #1 — Okay guys…I am slightly freaking out because I am obsessed with the Chloe Mini Faye Backpack + this is a serious dupe!

Mini Backpack Option #2 —  I love this! This is the perfect backpack to tie a printed bandana to!

Mini Backpack Option #3 — If you love yellow like me, then you NEED this! This is also the most similar material to the one I have!

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If you can’t already tell from my excessive  IG posts, I am obsessed with the straw bag trend + these leopard print shoes. They’re both so versatile + honestly add so much to any look. They both stand out enough by themselves so you can only imagine how they dress-up an outfit. I swear these shoes are perfect for everyday wear or a night out. They’ve been my go-to pair pretty much every single day.

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Here’s a perfect example of me being the outfit repeater I am, jk. In all seriousness, it’s  so easy to just switch up an outfit with one simple piece, like these fun pants, + make it look entirely new. I am obsessed with the paper bag waisted pant trend going on this season. I love the classy look it brings to any outfit. These pants are from Threads + I am in love! They are seriously so comfy + versatile. They’re definitely going to be a staple in my closet this summer + fall.

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I also just  wanted to mention some beauty essentials I’ve been loving this summer thus far. I always want to show you guys brands that I love + support and just want to say that I only work with companies I truly believe in. With that being said, I am so happy to team up with Moroccan Magic to show you guys their products. They have an organic lip balm line infused 100% pure argan oil + essential oils. It’s seriously a game-changer + so moisturizing. My favorite flavors are Rose + Lavender Vanilla. Look out for a giveaway on my IG soon…but in the meantime you can find their products at your local CVS or Whole Foods.

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High-Waisted Bikini Set

Leopard Print Shoes

Straw Bag

Tie Pants from Threads

QUAY Sunglasses — these are on sale!!

Moroccan Magic

Manda Organic Sun Care

OUAI Wave Spray

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Be sure to keep up with my IG for some upcoming giveaways + recent posts, xoxo.

My Go-To Hair Products

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Before I get into my go-to hair products, I wanted to just give you guys a little low-down on my hair. I am naturally very blonde, however, I’ve been getting highlights since around my freshman year of high school. I’ve always preferred my hair to be super light…but, after so many years of bleaching + toning, I have realized the upkeep, and damage it does on your hair is just not worth it in the long run. I still get my hair professionally done, however, I have switched from full-highlights to balayage…which is basically another high-lighting technique where it gives a much more natural effect. I highly recommend balayage just because it’s way less upkeep + much more cost effective! As a college student, I love it because I don’t have the means or time to get my hair done very often…and I’ve noticed with balayage you can grow out your roots for much longer without it looking like a complete disaster. As for growing out long locks…this might sound gross at first, but my number one tip would be to wash your hair only a few times a week. I usually wash mine only twice a week + when I do, I make sure to style it with my favorite products so it lasts! This has helped my hair grow like crazy + it’s much healthier! Since I started growing out my hair in January, I have made an effort to find the absolute best products for my hair + I have been loving these…

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For shampoo + conditioner, I have been loving the brand Kristin Ess. Since I do get my hair done, I like to use a purple shampoo when I wash my hair to reduce brassiness. I have tried tons of different brands, and I love this one! She also has a purple conditioner but to avoid purple-toned hair, I just picked up the regular signature one. I love these products because the packaging + quality is very high-end at an amazing price!

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Once my hair is nice + clean, I always apply my Drybar Prep Rally detangler spray. This stuff works so well + smells amazing! I love it because it keeps my hair nice + smooth, and also works as a heat protectant!

To help detangle, I am obsessed with my Wet brush! If you haven’t already tried a Wet brush, you need to go to the store right now + pick one up. I seriously don’t know what I did before I had mine!

Lastly, I am still loving my OUAI Sun of A Beach Ombré Spray. I mentioned this product in a previous post + I just wanted to give a little update. Overall, I find that it definitely gives a slight highlight effect on my ends…I would highly recommend this product to anyone who wants the balayage look, on a budget.

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Once my hair is dry, I always try to style it right away. I prefer to curl my hair because I’ve found that it lasts longer than when I leave it untouched. I can add my favorite dry shampoo + re-style it throughout the week and it will still look good! For dry shampoo, I absolutely love Batiste! Overall, this brand is inexpensive and works perfectly.

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Once my hair is curled, my final + favorite step is to add my OUAI Wave Spray. I am honestly obsessed with this product. It adds texture + works as a hair spray to keep my curls in check. This stuff smells so fancy + amazing, it’s by far my favorite hair product I’ve ever tried! It’s perfect for those loose beachy curls.

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Kristen Ess Purple Shampoo

Kristen Ess Signature Conditioner

Wet Brush

OUAI Sun of A Beach Ombré Spray

Dry Bar Prep Rally Detangler Spray

OUAI Wave Spray

Batiste Dry Shampoo

IMG_9389I hope you guys enjoyed this post + be sure to follow my social media below for daily updates, xoxo.

Tips + Tricks: How to Make a Rental Feel More Like Home

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I am a firm believer that a happy environment at home can have the most positive effect on your everyday life. Similar to my own unique style and writing, I consider decorating as another form of a creative outlet for myself. As cheesy as it may sound, I think it’s so important to use your creativity in your everyday life. By surrounding myself with the things I love, I feel so inspired and motivated to be my best self. Since moving into my own place, I have been overly-obsessed with decorating and finding the perfect pieces for my little apartment, on a budget. I’ve mentioned before that as a college student, it’s so easy to feel like you’re just going through the motions and don’t have a set place you necessarily call “home.” With my own experience with renting, I’ve found that it can be difficult to make it feel like home, when you don’t exactly “own” the place. However, I’ve found that adding your own personal style, with bits + pieces of inspiration can fix any situation to feel cozier. No matter if you’re in a dorm room, apartment, or house,  I have a couple helpful tips + tricks that will go a long way into making your rental feel more like home:img_9355-e1531256243851.jpg

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I can’t stress this one enough…nothing makes a room feel more lonely than empty wall space. With rentals, there’s really only so much you can actually do with your space so there’s no better way to lighten up a room than with some wall art. A lot of online website are pretty pricey when it comes to simple prints, so I have a life-hack for you guys if you aren’t looking to over-spend in this area. On websites like Pinterest and Tumblr, there are tons of different prints and photos that you can print out for free…and then dress up with a pretty frame from your local thrift store. I will link some examples of prints I found online below.

Grateful Print

Do What You Love Print

X Print

Another place to find inexpensive wall art is on Amazon. I think it just might be my favorite place to find home goods because they have so much to offer and they make it so easy for you to shop. I found this wall decal on amazon for a decent price and it was so easy to stick on-to my wall.

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IMG_9356Now this tip might seem a bit strange at first, but trust me when I say adding different textures to a room can seriously change the vibe and make it feel extra cozy. For instance, I have been loving the whole wicker trend. You can find wicker baskets at your local Home-Goods, or online on Amazon for a decent price. Not only are they great for storage but they can quickly switch up a space and make it feel more put-together. In my apartment, I knew I wanted to add some type of marble piece but I wanted to stray away from making my living room “too” modern, so I decided to add a wicker basket on my marble coffee table and I swear it gives the perfect balance of modern, yet shabby chic.

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Another way to add texture is with your throw pillows + blankets. Pillows are my favorite because they are so versatile and can seriously change the feel of the entire space. I like to do this by playing around with different prints and colors, this is definitely where you can add your own personal style and creativity.

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This is probably my favorite tip I have for you guys and it’s so simple! Adding plants + flowers is the best way to freshen up any space. I like to find a good balance between real and artificial plants throughout my apartment because I am honestly the worst at keeping plants alive. However, I do love picking up a bunch of fresh flowers during my weekly trip to Trader Joe’s…they have the best options at the lowest price! As for artificial plants, I usually go to IKEA or Target. They’re always reasonably priced and seriously change the entire vibe of a room.

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Being the coffee enthusiast I am, I had to dedicate a section of my kitchen to my absolute favorite beverage. So I decided to turn a basic utility cart into a coffee cart. This obviously isn’t a necessity but I wanted to mention it because I am seriously loving mine! It’s perfect for small spaces that are lacking in counter-space.

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This might sound super cliché but it’s the little things that make a difference. I am obsessed with candles and make sure to put them everywhere. It’s a quick and easy way to make a room feel cozier. I wanted to share some of my absolute favorite candles with you guys:

Sweet Grapefruit Soy Candle

Capri Blue Candle

Panjore Lychee Candle

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Do What You Love Wall Decal

Woven Wall Hanging

Zodiac Print

Black + White Palm Print

Letter Board

Woven Basket

Woven Coffee Table Tray

Pink Pillow

Yellow Pillow

Fluffy Gray Pillow

Evil Eye Pillow

Coffee Cart

Coffee Table

Rug

Plants

Blue Keurig Coffee Machine

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post + don’t forget to keep up with my social media below for daily updates, xoxo.

Life Update – Moving, Beauty + Style

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These past couple weeks have been hectic…in between moving, strep-throat, and lack of WiFi, I haven’t been able to post on here as much as I’d like. With that being said, I want to give you guys an update on what I’ve been up to since we last talked. So here’s what I’d like to call a little round-up of the past few weeks, and some tips + tricks I’ve learned along the way…

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One not so “little” update  for you guys, is that I just recently moved into my own little place and I am beyond grateful + excited about it. Ever since I moved out to California in 2015, I have had at least 5+ roommates every year and some crazy experiences to go along with it. With those experiences, I have learned a lot about life and a whole lot about myself…one of those things being, that I prefer to have my own space. I don’t know if this is normal for a twenty-one year old to say, but I’ve realized I am the type of person who loves a clean, happy environment and that’s kinda what influenced my decision to live alone. Needless to say, I am basically the definition of an introverted-extrovert and I love having my own space but I also love being an out-going twenty-one year old sometimes, so I just felt like this was the perfect way for me to find a healthy balance. I think that’s all that really matters…it can be easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing or what seems to be the “norm” in college, but it’s so important to remember to put your own happiness first.

I am absolutely obsessed with home decor + interior design so you can look forward to loads of posts in the future dedicated to that. As for now, you can enjoy this tiny glimpse of my kitchen because I am a perfectionist and I don’t want to make a post until everything is settled in…sorry I’m crazy I know.

I’d have to say one of my favorite parts about moving so far has been being able to explore my new neighborhood and all the cool eats + drinks in Pacific Beach. If you’re ever in the area I highly recommend this little Mexican restaurant, Pueblo. My boyfriend and I both agreed they had the best spicy margarita we’ve ever had and their flatbread was to die for. Not to mention, the restaurant was killer with the aesthetics.

My second favorite thing about my new place is the short, two-minute walk to the bay. It’s only been a week and I’ve already taken advantage of being so close to the beach. I’m making it my goal to go watch the sunset at least twice a week.

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During the summer, I rarely wear makeup and with that I am usually also lacking in the skincare department. Along with the fact that I am pretty much empty on almost all of my products…I am planning on testing out tons of new stuff and I will hopefully have an updated skincare routine for you guys soon. As for now, I wanted to share some of my absolute favorite beauty products at the moment.

Since moving closer to the beach, I have been spending way too much time in the sun. For sun protection, I am still loving my Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense Sunscreen for my face/neck for everyday wear.

As for after-sun care, I have been obsessed with the most simple product that you can pretty much find anywhere, Aloe Vera. I keep mine in my fridge and use it religiously on my face/body and I swear it helps my skin so much.

Lastly, I recently picked up this frank + body lip balm from Ulta and I am obsessed. With other lip balms I’ve tried, I  would always find myself continuously re-applying the product throughout the day, but this one seems to do the trick. It lasts forever!

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Am i the only girl who is constantly torn between growing out my hair and suddenly chopping it all off…because I swear I have the debate in my head every single day. I have been growing my hair out since January and I’ve been trying my absolute best to keep it strong and healthy. I am planning to do a blog post all about my hair and my favorite products but for now I thought I’d share the products that have helped my hair grow like no other…

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Recently I’ve seen tons of beauty + health bloggers rage about collagen and the Vital Proteins brand itself, so I decided to try it out for myself. Basically, collagen is amazing for your skin, hair + nails…and overall health. I decided to go with the unflavored collagen peptides so I wouldn’t get tired of the taste. I usually just add a scoop into my water or smoothie in the morning and I have seriously noticed a difference. I started using it at the beginning of summer and my hair has grown like crazy.

The only downside of growing your hair out is taming it…so i have been LOVING this detangler spray from Drybar. It keeps my hair so smooth and also protects it from heat.

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If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already know that I have been LOVING the animal print trend going on right now. The whole trend makes me reminisce on that zebra print, lime green phase my pre-teen self went through. We’ve come a looong way since then and I wanted to share with you guys how I like to style animal prints in my every-day outfits.

I found this cheetah print overall dress on sale from Free People and I’m obsessed. Usually with bold prints, it’s hard to style/re-wear but this has been a staple in my closet. It’s perfect for a quick beach cover-up or if you want to dress-up an outfit. I will link everything below.

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I thought I’d also mention this necklace I have been loving. I’ve teamed up with Gem and Company to share with you guys my code, “JAMIELYN20” for 20% off some jewels. I will link their website here.

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White Body Suit

White Belt

FP Overall Dress

Silky Pink Tank Top

Cheetah Pants

Platform Vans

Doc Martens

Wicker Bag

Adidas Slides

Cheetah Slides

Round Sunglasses

Cat-Eye Sunglasses

Gem + Co Necklace

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I just wanted to end this post by saying thank you for all of the sweet, kind messages and support I’ve received since I started my blog. I was a little nervous to put myself out there at first, but I am so happy and overwhelmed with love. Thanks for reading this post and stay tuned for more to come, xx.

My Go-To Self Care Tips & Tricks

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I am currently in the midst of moving, which is very exciting…don’t get me wrong about that, but going from lease to lease each summer is always stressful. It’s hard not to feel like you’re stuck in the in-between stage of your life throughout college. Of course I am constantly growing, but there is always this tiny voice in my head that seems to be telling me that I should be doing more, or better. As a college student in my twenties, it’s hard not to get discouraged or worried when thinking about what appears to be the whole grand scheme of things. Especially with the significance of social media in our society today, it’s easy to compare your progress to someone else when in reality you’re only falling a victim to some strangers perception of their perfect life on a little screen. Through my own years of self-discovery and figuring sh*t out, I’ve come to realize the truth behind the fact that everyone you see online is a real person…who deals with real issues, give or take. Everyone is dealing with their own demons, and everyone handles them in their own way. Since I got back to San Diego I’ve been in the process of finding a new place and figuring out my next big step. It’s really brought me back to think about why I started this blog and what I want to share with you guys. It might be easier to share the good stuff, but I want to be real with my readers and show you that everybody has those days. Whenever I wake up feeling like the universe is far from being a friend of mine, I have a few special things I like to do. All of these things have to do with self-care, and taking that step back to really ground myself. Sometimes self care presents itself as this glamorous thing, like bubble baths or face masks & sometimes self-care just looks like going to your favorite coffee shop and reading a good book, or making a mental list of all the things that make you feel good. I am grateful for both.

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img_8074-e1530138778492.jpgThis is my first, and very most important tip because I believe that everyone should do at least one thing that makes their heart happy, each and every day. Now this might be different for absolutely everyone, whether it’s a hobby or simply just watching your favorite TV show at night…I am a firm believer in “Me Time.” Through the chaos of life, it’s easy to get caught up in making everyone else happy and I’ve learned the hard way that it’s SO vital to take time for yourself. Personally, I love to write. I’ve found that it’s my best stress-relief and always makes me feel productive.

img_8040-e1530139297765.jpgOn the same topic of making time for yourself…let’s talk about working out. I have a love/hate relationship with the gym. However, I am very aware that it has so many benefits for physical AND mental health. I’ve been doing yoga on & off for years and I love it. The best thing about it is that you can either sign up for classes at a studio or you can do it in the comfort of your own home. No matter how I’m feeling before a yoga class, I always leave in a significantly better mood.

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I swear there’s a song out there that can relate to any situation or feeling you may have. Good music can seriously change the world. Whenever I am having an off-day, I always force myself to clean. I know this might sound crazy to some people, but I find it very therapeutic. I love blaring my favorite feel-good songs while I try to be productive as possible. You can listen to my feel-good playlist here.

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Similar to music, there’s an endless amount of books and authors you can relate to. When you’re really busy it might seem impossible to sit down and read a book but I promise you it’s the best stress relief. Not to mention, there’s so many authors out there that have moving life-stories that will inspire you and get you out of your funk. Here are some of my favorites:

Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso — if you’re interested in fashion or being an entrepreneur, her story is amazing!

Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan— I read this whole book on the airplane back to SD…needless to say it’s amazing. It’s a true story about a crazy medical mystery. The movie actually just came out on Netflix too & it’s really good!

You are a Badass by Jen Sincero— I’m not usually one for self-help books but I will say sometimes they are necessary. I enjoyed this one because not only is it an easy read, but she has a great sense of humor!img_8043-e1530147629544.jpgI must admit…I am obsessed with Pinterest! I wouldn’t usually recommend going on social media to de-stress but it’s my absolute favorite for INSPO. I swear I could spend hours just scrolling through the app…especially in the process of moving, it’s been so helpful for my apartment inspiration. Check out my Pinterest:

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↓ Outfit Deets ↓

TLROOM top

TLROOM lounge pants — their stuff is so soft!

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Mini Gingham Backpack—from Brandy Melville, but I linked a similar one!

Thanks for reading my post, and I hope you find these tips & tricks helpful like I do! xx

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Weekly Style Report #1

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↓ Outfit Deets ↓

#1

4si3nna cropped tank top — this set is 40% off right now!

4si3nna skirt

FP hair tie

Bag

Necklace

Shoes

#2

4si3nna cropped tank top

Shorts—from E. Leigh’s so

I will link a similar pair!

Hair tie

Necklace

Shoes

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Dress — I found it at F21 for $12!

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Dress Option #3 — so cute!

Cozy Cardigan

Quay Sunglasses — I’m obsessed with these!

Rose earrings

Shoes

#4

Band Tee—on sale!

Cheetah Pants

Slides — the best on-the-go shoes!

Sneakers

QUAY sunglasses

Scrunchies— 3 for $12 at FP, i love these!

Vanilla Perfume — my favorite!

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Everyday Makeup Must-Haves

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I’ve been wanting to do this post since I started my blog because I’ve finally found a makeup routine that I absolutely love! Each and every one of these products has been a part of my everyday makeup for at least a few months to a year, so you can trust me when I say these are my favorites! As someone who loves watching makeup/beauty videos a little too much… I can honestly say that I have had my fair share of trying out different brands and products and I can’t seem to stray away from these!

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Before applying any makeup, I always moisturize. I’ve been absolutely loving the Glam Glow Mega Illuminating Moisturizer underneath my foundation because it gives my skin such a dewy finish.

I don’t always use primer, but if I do I use Smash Box.

Oftentimes, I feel like you can’t tell a difference when it comes to using primers, but this product color-corrects and gives your skin such a soft appearance.

Lastly, the Mario Badescu Rose-Water spray is my go-to product throughout my entire makeup routine. I spray it before I apply my highlight, and after I’m done with my makeup to set my face.

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After I prep and prime, I use my FAVORITE foundation ever: Too Faced Peach Perfect. I’ve been using this product for over a year now, and I am still obsessed. First of all, it smells amazing. It’s the perfect every-day foundation because it has the appearance of any other full-coverage product, but it feels so light on your skin.

Next, my go-to concealer is the Tarte Shape-Tape. Not only does work amazingly, but it also lasts forever!

For contour, I love Benefit’s Hoola cream to powder contour stick. I use their powder bronzer as well, and I love it!

For blush, I’ve been obsessed with this Too Faced Peach Perfect Pinch My Peach! I was hesitant about cream products at first, but this has changed my makeup game. I swear it’s so easy to apply and it’s such a natural-pretty color.

Once I’ve applied all my cream products, I finish the look with my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium! After trying out several different translucent powders, I found that this product gave my skin such a glowing finish!

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Now time for finishing touches…

I’ve been using the Anastasia Brow Wiz for as long as I can remember. I like to use the Benefit Gimme Brow for some extra hold.

My absolute favorite part of my makeup routine has to be highlight. I’ve used so many different highlighters and I absolute LOVE precious petals by Wet n Wild. I swear it gives the perfect natural glow and it’s perfect for summer.

As for eye makeup, I usually just add some bronzer to my lid. I have eyelash extensions which is why I don’t wear any mascara! Comment below if you’d like a post all about eyelash extensions…

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Although this isn’t necessarily a part of my “makeup routine”…I’ve been using these products DAILY. I absolutely love this brand and their products.

I use the OUAI Sun of a Beach spray on my damp hair before I blow-dry and it lightens my ends and gives more of an ombre effect. My hair is already very blonde so it’s just a tiny difference but this product is amazing for brunettes who want to lighten up their hair for the summer.

Once my hair is dry, I love using the Wave Spray for some extra texture. It’s the perfect product for beachy curls.

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Glam Glow Mega Illuminating Moisturizer

Smash Box Photo Finish Primer

Mario Badescu Rose Water Spray

Too Faced Peach Perfect Foundation

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

Benefit Hoola Creme to Powder Contour Stick

Too Faced Peach Perfect Blush

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Powder

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

Benefit Gimme-Brow

Benefit Hoola Powder Bronzer

Wet N Wild Highlight in Precious Petals

DOSE of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in Bare With Me

OUAI Sun of a Beach Spray

OUAI Wave Spray

Vanilla Perfume — my absolute favorite!

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