Art Museum Hopping in L.A.

Hey everyone! It’s been almost a week since my last post, which makes me super sad but I honestly didn’t have a choice. Firstly, school (especially my graphic design portfolio) has kept me busier than most semesters, which I wasn’t expecting from my last few months of college. Secondly, I caught the flu! What a great time to get sick, right? It’s been hitting me pretty hard so I’ve had to miss a few classes. The one thing I didn’t allow myself to miss though, was a field trip to L.A. for my Studio Seminar class, which focuses on Contemporary Art. We took the trip yesterday, and even though I was feeling absolutely terrible, I knew I would regret it if I didn’t attend. So today’s post will be all about my trip to L.A. with my class and everything we saw!

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The night before I made sure to pack a small backpack with DayQuil, cough drops, and TONS of tissues, because your girl was sick as a dog! We all met in the morning and started off our day with some bagels. The drive from San Diego to Los Angeles took a little over two hours, which definitely wasn’t bad. Depending on traffic, the drive can take three or four hours (foreshadowing our drive home). Our plan was to museum hop to a couple different places all in and around the Arts District, which if you remember, I just posted about a few weeks ago when I went there with my fam. You can find that post here to find more fun adventures to be had in L.A.

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Since we got into the city a little earlier than the rest of our class, we stopped by Vista Hermosa park, which has a gorgeous view of the downtown skyline. I’d definitely recommend this spot if you want the classic L.A. photo! Here I am cheesin’ even though I was under the weather. Who am I kidding, I absolutely look like I’m sick, lol!

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In the Arts District, we started with the Geffen Museum, which is a part of MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art). We saw a massive piece by an artist we weren’t planning to check out. Spatially it was quite a large pice, so it took a while to walk around and see the whole thing. It was dark inside and was painted blue, so it looked like a movie set where they would film CGI and special effects. The pieces mirrored a post apocalyptic era, in which nature, modern times, and robotics, all intertwined and were a thing of the past. I took a few photos of it, but since it was pretty graphic and most of the animal remains were real, I don’t want to disturb anybody on this blog. I’m sure many would find this art interesting, but I won’t take my chances.

For lunch, we went to a place called Wurstküche, which was a great hotdog place. Best of all, they had TONS of vegetarian options. I got the vegetarian Italian with onions and classic ketchup and mustard.

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Moving on to the second museum, we visited Hauser and Wirth to see an artist named Mike Kelley. Even though he has passed, his work is still very much alive and fascinating!  His collection centered around the story of Superman and how he kept the city of Kandor alive in a bell jar. The first few rooms started off at a macro scale, with illuminated miniature cities filled with color and hope. As you move into other rooms though, Kelley zooms into the micro world of the Kandor people, who are oppressed and extremely zombie-like. Here are a few photos of the first few rooms, but again a lot of these pieces are a bit shocking, so I’ll refrain from showing those.

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To end the day, we found an adorable little coffee/frozen yogurt shop called Bae. It definitely had a specific aesthetic and was a very trendy place you’d usual find in L.A. Of course, I love the looks of lots of marble and tiles with black walls and illuminated type. We bought some charcoal frozen yogurt (with free toppings) on a charcoal cone. It was very refreshing even though it was about to rain outside. Sitting with a few of my friends in such a cute place was a great way to end our busy day.

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Finally, we made our way back to San Diego, this time it took us over three hours to get home, through a little bit of rainy and cloudy weather. I was still feeling very sick by this point but I made it through the entire day! I’m really glad I stuck it out and got to see so many amazing places and such unique art. I would love to move to L.A. one day so it’s nice to walk around and get familiar with all the different areas. Have you guys been to any of these places I’ve mentioned? Or do you have any opinions on contemporary art or  art in general? Let me know down in the comments!

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Are Smartphones Trashing Our Lives?

Hello everyone! Since school has started up again and I’ve finished my first week of the semester, I wanted to share something quite interesting with you all that we’ve been discussing in my Art Seminar class. During this class, we will be taking multiple trips to Los Angeles to visit some museums and galleries while learning the ins and outs of contemporary art. Not only that, our professor has had us dive into topics that not only affect the art world, but every single human being individually. The first idea we’ve been reading about is how smartphones are affect our lives. Are they assisting us in our everyday tasks like they were assigned to do? Or are they slowly taking over our society and setting limits to our intellectual capabilities? Keep reading to hear my take on things!

The Smartphone Experiment

To start off this conversation, my professor had us read a short article from October 6, 2017 by Nicholas Carr entitled “How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds.” I will link the PDF here (WSJ Smartphones) if any of you are interested in reading the entirety of the article.  Basically an experiment was conducted with three separate groups. Each group was given an assignment, however the major differences between each group was where their phones were located. In Group 1, their phones were places right in front of them. For Group 2, phones were kept in backpacks or purses beside them. In Group 3, phones were left in a completely separate room while they worked on the assignment.

The results were in! Interestingly, Group 3 had the highest scores and Group 1 had the lowest scores. How crazy is that?? The phones simply sitting in front of Group 1 caused a distraction (even if they weren’t turned on) and made them not perform well. We aren’t even aware of the control that smartphones have over our minds. All day we are subconsciously waiting for something to pop up on that screen or to hear that PING or feel that vibration. We can all admit that we pull out our phones countless times everyday, and its definitely become a habit, almost involuntary.

I’ll Just Look It Up Later

Let me see a show of hands (or comments) for whoever has said this statement before. “I don’t need to know that now, I’ll just Google it when I really need to” or something along those lines. Smartphones and specifically search engines like Google have made it increasingly more easy to find an answer to any question we have. They were built to help us with problem solving and designed so that we need (and want) them everyday of our lives. How has that affected our minds though? The truth is since we don’t have a need to memorize or remember any of the information we search, our brains don’t truly take in any of that information. We subconsciously know all the answers are sitting in our phones or our laptops, so what’s the need to retain any of it? We let the phones remember for us. In one section of the article posted above Carr states, “As strange as it might seem, people’s knowledge and understanding may actually dwindle as gadgets grant them easier access to online data stores.” Unfortunately, there are effects to this lessening of understanding for our brains. Carr also mentions, “Only by encoding information in our biological memory can we weave the rich intellectual associations that form the essence of personal knowledge and give rise to critical and conceptual thinking.” 

What You Can Do

Alright so I know I just threw a lot of information at you in some giant paragraphs. But stay with me here. You don’t have to fall into the hole that is the technological takeover. I won’t dismiss the fact that smartphones, tablets, and desktops are simply a part of our world now and are necessary for business, profit, and staying connected to those we love. There is absolutely no way a person could cut out technology and not struggle a bit. However, this article and this discussion has made me review my own relationship with my phone and computer lately.

I am totally one of those people that constantly has my phone on me and checking it way more than I should. I love social media, it honestly does intrigue me, especially the business aspects of it. But when it becomes a nuisance is when you are spending time with friends or right before bed. I personally have been making an effort to not look at my phone before I sleep; I’ve been trying instead to read a book or write in my journal. It’s small changes like this that will lead to a better sleep and an overall higher quality of life in my opinion. Slowly cutting out times where you truly don’t need your phone and replacing it with YOU time or giving yourself moments to check your mental health is extremely important.

As for computers, obviously I am completely attached to mine because of this blog. My blog is something I’m extremely passionate about and is my way to stay connected to you guys. Not to mention, my entire graphic design major is dependent on my Mac. I literally could not earn my degree without this keyboard and mousepad. So again, I will try to make an effort to stay off my computer (specifically YouTube) as much as possible, since I’m already using it so much for my designs. Alright, I think I’ll cut this post here. Let me know what you think of this topic, I personally find it so interesting! If we could start a conversation about this in the comments, that would be so awesome! Talk to you all soon!

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Confused by Kylie Cosmetics…The Purple Palette

Hello loves! Hope you are all doing well and keeping warm during these chilly January days. I’m back with another beauty post and I want to get immediately into it because I really want to know your own thoughts on this. A while back I wrote a glowing review of a Kylie matte liquid lipstick (you can read that here if you need to catch up) and its honestly been one of my favorite shades. However, for Christmas I received one of her eyeshadow palettes because I was really curious if she had the same good quality throughout the variety of her products. Reviews in general of Kylie Cosmetics have been so up and down but I really wanted to form an opinion for myself.

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I saw this palette when Kylie first posted about it on her snapchat (and yes I’m afraid I do actually follow her on snapchat) and I was very interested. Not only because I’m a big fan of purple, but because the types of shades she paired together was very unique and I wondered what kind of looks she (or I) could possibly create. The Purple Palette consists of many different shades of purple, from matte tones to shimmery ones. However, it also includes some muted tones as well as some golds. See what I mean by a unique pairing of colors?? But wait, there’s more! Lol, that really sounded like an infomercial! She threw in a green…A GREEN SHADE, PEOPLE! What the heck??

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Alright so here are the swatches. The lighting in my apartment is very yellow, but I hope these swatches give a good representation of the palette. These colors applied fairly nicely. As with many palettes, the shimmery shades were much more pigmented than the matte ones. I’m starting to wonder if maybe this is the case for ALL shadows? Maybe that’s just how the formulas work? Let me know if you can confirm or deny this. Anyways, one thing I noticed was these shadows are not very creamy. I’m used to Urban Decay’s shadows, which in my opinion are quite creamy. Kylie’s shadows just seemed…more packed in and rougher in texture. This leads me to conclude that her shadows may have a lot of fallout. I’ve only used it once so far, so maybe that’ll be my next experiment.

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Let’s talk about packaging very briefly. You guys know me, packaging means a lot and it says so much about the integrity and care of the company. Kylie is not good at packaging in my opinion. The drips in her logo are honestly a bit boring and are overused in design. This palette in particular felt very cheap and thrown together. You can tell it obviously wasn’t her biggest concern, which is troublesome to me because an outer appearance should be a customer’s first impression of who you are as a brand or company.

Okay, I feel like I’ve been brutally honest throughout this whole post, so let me tell you some things I truly like about the palette. The color Amethyst (bottom left corner) is one of the most unique shades I have ever seen. I used this on my lid, and although I ultimately regretted the placement, it really is a gorgeous and unique shade. It would look lovely as an accent color on the lower lash line. Similarly the shade to the right of it, Purple Smoke, is something I have never seen before. On first glance, it looks like a shimmery bronze shade, maybe with some pink in it. When I swatched it however, it came out a golden purple. That sounds confusing, but it’s a gorgeous mix of shimmery gold and lavender that somehow combine to create this shade. The lighting doesn’t show that very well on my arm, but I’d love to do a makeup tutorial with it. Let me know which shades you find most interesting and post them in the comments below! Whichever shades are the most popular, I’ll do a makeup look with!

That’s about it! I’ve told you all that I will always be honest on this blog, and this has been one of those times. As much as I wanted to be head over heels for this palette, it leaves me confused and puts me at risk for an overly bright, costume makeup vibe. That’s a no no! Until next time, bye guys!

xx Sage

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My Last First Day of School!

Wow guys, I can’t believe I’m writing this post. As of right now, the first downpour of the season is happening in San Diego. As I’m listening to the water fall against the concrete at the back of my apartment and watching each little droplet race down the window, I’m wondering where the last four years of my life went. Tomorrow will officially be my last first day of school. What the H??? When did that happen? As you may or may not know, depending on when you found my blog, I am a Graphic Design major at a small school in San Diego. I am planning on going to grad school after a gap year, but I can’t help but feel like this part of my life is ending; like I’m closing a chapter to a book (as cheesy as that sounds). I’ve put so much blood, sweat, and tears (sometimes lots and lots of tears) into these last four years and I can hardly believe it’s coming to a close.

I wanted to talk about this on my blog because one of the major “themes” (I guess you could call it) has been my journey through college. Whether that’s giving advice about college life, or new places I’ve been because of this city. I made my first post the summer before freshman year! I love talking about college on here, and I think it fits my demographic very well. However, since I am a soon to be graduate, I’ve been pondering how my blog will be evolving. I used to be so afraid of change in high school and at the start of college, but I now realize evolving is absolutely necessary for growth even though it may not seem like it at some points. I’m excited for what is to come not only in my life personally, but how that will be reflected in my writing and this entire blog in general.

I am so ready for this semester. Of course I am a little scared to put together my entire portfolio and have it viewed by working design professionals, but I’m trying to stay positive! The day of my graduation I’m hoping will be one of the most exciting and impactful days of my life. Wish me luck and if you’re a college student or have already graduated, please feel free to leave any advice down below! Lastly, to give you a little laugh, and for me to properly document this time in my life, here’s a little throwback of my first day at preschool! Can I just mention the blue snakeskin pants and the dog plastered on my long sleeve tee? How times have changed (especially in fashion)! Talk to you all soon!

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Day Trip to the Los Angeles Arts District!

Hello everyone! I hope those of you on the east coast are keeping warm in the chilly weather you’ve been having. Luckily for us on the west coast, it’s been super sunny and great for traveling. I spend so much of my time in San Diego, which is where I’ve gone to college the last four years. Even so, one of my favorite places in the world to visit is Los Angeles. It’s such an open minded, artistic, and simply unique place that I hope I can live in one day. I’ve seen so much of the city but one place I had never stopped by is the Arts District. It consists of a few streets, so it isn’t that large of an area. However, there are endless walls covered in art and graffiti; it’s honestly one of the coolest area to take some pictures. So here are a few my family took yesterday, I would highly recommend this place if you’re in need of some awesome photos!

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The “Ain’t Easy” wall was one of my favorites. I love the look of pastel colors against a black background. Also, the font is so fun and vibrant!

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This industrial wall was so cool as well! It’s extremely urban but still light hearted with the bright blue hue. I’m not sure if this wall in particular was meant to be a work of art, but I certainly consider it one!

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The explosion of color on this wall was quite special. An entire building was covered in this pattern but unfortunately most of it was guarded by a large fence so we had to resort to this small section. Nevertheless, I love the photo and the colors are honestly to die for.

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This particular wall was covered in sketches that very much resembled the works of Picasso or Matisse. Of course, being a hard core art kid, I kind of nerded out. I also really love this photo of my sister against this particular wall.

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This white and red graffiti wall very much resembled a flag. I loved the look of it and how the paint is dripping down. It’s so loose and freehanded, which gives such a unique look.

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Here are just a few photos taken from around LA and at the Century City mall.

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I hope you guys enjoyed this little photo montage. I really love Los Angeles, there’s so many things to see and a new adventure to be had. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you choose to go?? Let me know in the comments below!

*All photos courtesy of myself and Avenue of Joy and edited by me!

xx Sage

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Urban Decay’s Newest Palette Comes With Some Heat!

Hello loves! I’m sorry I’ve been a little MIA from this blog lately, but I’ve been so looking forward to chatting with you about Urban Decay’s newest eyeshadow palette! I’ve been a big fan of Urban Decay (specifically their shadows) for some time now, and I’ve been eyeing their newest one for the longest time! No pun intended. From the packaging, to the shimmer shades, to the matte ones, I’m so in love with it!

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The Urban Decay Heat palette is chock-full of warm tones. If you’re someone who can’t get enough of shades with a red or orange undertone, then this is definitely the palette for you. If you’re a person who likes cool tones with more blue or purple undertones, maybe stay away from this palette. Honestly though, I’m so impressed with this shade range! There are so many shimmery shades with matte one; there’s just so many varieties of looks that you could create with this palette! Whatever you create, you can be sure that it’ll be completely warm and fiery! All of these shades would really make green or blue eyes pop!

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So here are all the swatches from the palette. At the bottom of my arm is the lightest shade and at the top is the darkest. All of them are extremely creamy, although some are more pigmented than others. I’ve found that the shimmery shades are much more pigmented than the matte shades. I noticed that from one single swipe on the arm, the shimmery shades were extremely bright and colorful, while the matte shades needed a few swipes to get the full effect of their pigmentation.

My Favorite Color Combinations

The following are a few of my favorite variations of the colors. There’s so many different options as mentioned before, but with these combinations I’ve created the coolest (or warmest) looks! Also, there is no good way to take a good picture of your hand or arm so please disregard my oddly positioned limbs, lol.

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These three shades are a few of the darkest shades in the palette, and all completely matte. They create the most beautiful gradient and would be a great combo for a “going out” type of look. The lovely auburn shade is warm and inviting while the deep plum gives a very edgy vibe!

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The next combination is a more day time friendly look. The first shade I have been using as a transition color in my crease for every look. It’s the perfect light, middle tone for all the rest of the shadows. The shimmery/pink middle color I’ve been using on my lid and it really is gorgeous, although turns out much lighter than you’d expect. The auburn shade has also been one of my favorites and is very similar to a shade in the Naked Basics palette (the larger one).

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Lastly, this look is more complicated with four tones. It’s a shimmer and matte combination. It uses some of the darker tones at the end of the palette with some of the orangey shimmer shades. I really do think it ends up looking like a sunset on your lids, lol. It would be an excellent combo for an important occasion!

Packaging

Finally, I’d love to discuss the packaging of this palette. The front is designed so beautifully with all of the shades crushed in a line. I love the organized chaos and the look is just perfect against the sans-serif, gold font. When you take off this sleeve, the palette is sitting in a beautiful little paper case with matches on the inside. It really accentuates the theme of the entire palette, so I appreciated this little detail. Lastly, the packaging of the palette itself mirrors all the shades so beautifully and the vertical gold lines parallel the burnt matches perfectly.

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As you can tell, I’m a huge fan of this palette. The only “negative” thing I would say about this palette is you are strictly able to create only warm shades. It’s absolutely perfect if that’s the look you’re going for, but there’s not a lot of variety if you want something a little more natural or low key. What do you guys think about this palette, have you tried it out yourself? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll talk to you guys next time!

xx Sage

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Goodbye 2017, Hello To A New Beginning!

Hello everyone! It’s so weird to finally be making another post. I’ve been taking a little break from blogging for almost a week now! I honestly just needed a little time to wind down after posting for 25 days straight for Blogmas. It was such a great experience to blog that often and I met tons of new readers (which is awesome) but it was also a lot of work. However, I’m back and wanted to write my final post of 2017 and give a little recap of my year. There’s lots of new subscribers that don’t know much about me, so I think a little throwback of my year will be nice!

2017 was such a bittersweet year for me. It was a time of immense change and growth for me as a person. I’d like to be honest without exposing too much detail if that’s okay. My year started off with a very heavy heartbreak. I’d never felt pain quite like this before, so learning how to handle that and cope with it was quite the process and at times it’s still something I deal with. I was starting the second semester of my 3rd year of college with an amazing roommate and an unbelievable summer ahead of me. This was definitely a blessing in disguise, considering I started off the year on quite the depressing note.

Honestly that whole semester of Junior year was kind of a blur. Looking back on it, I had a pretty heavy academic schedule but can’t remember much of those months. I turned 21 in March, which I suppose is an important milestone. But honestly, I’m not a big drinker so turning 21 wasn’t a crazy night for me (it was also a Tuesday if I remember correctly). I went to meetings once a month to get more information about my Europe trip through my university and got a Graphic Design internship lined up for the summer. It may also be important to note that the first half of 2017 I wasn’t very active on my blog. Actually, the first few years of my blog I was not very active. It wasn’t until the summer that things really started to change for me online.

Finally, in May I packed up my dorm and moved back home for the summer. I had to wait about a month before heading off to London to start my European excursion! I prepared myself for the trip that month, making lists and getting everything together that I would need. Time went by slowly since I was anticipating such a life changing trip. Unfortunately a week before I left, London was hit with a series of attacks, which at one point made me question whether it would be safe to go or not. Ultimately, I decided to go and concluded that I could not live in fear. Right before I left, I decided to make another blog post and do something different when it came to the subject of my blog. I tried networking for the first time (reaching out to bloggers and trying to connect more with the WordPress community) and everything changed from there! I started to gain more readers and got more feedback on my posts. Normally, when I would post there wouldn’t be much activity, nearly zero actually. I had reached some people when I first started blogging, but the less I posted, the less activity I would get. I didn’t completely understand how vital it was to connect with others, but it’s the most important thing you could ever do when writing a blog. Long story short, my blog started to pick up a bit and I left for London!

The next month would consist of me traveling with a large group of Graphic Design/Art majors throughout Europe, visiting five different countries and going to contemporary art museums everyday! It was the most magical month of my life and I wouldn’t have changed a minute of it for the world. Even the days when I was exhausted, I’ve never felt that type of happiness in my life. When I got home, I created separate posts dedicated to each country individually (called My Travel Journal), which if you’re interested to read more about, I will link here: England, Germany, France, Italy, Greece. After my return, I also started my month long Graphic Design internship, which was extremely professional and such an amazing opportunity.

At this point, my Senior year of college was about to begin! I moved into my first apartment off campus which is only a few minutes’ drive to my school. I moved in with a couple of the kindest friends I have and we’ve been experiencing apartment living together, the good and the bad. There have been tiny bumps in the road, but nothing we couldn’t handle together! I tried working at a new retail store during the start of the semester, it ended up not being for me, and I learned a lot about choosing what is best for your own life and your well being. Sometimes it’s hard to make that choice, but especially when it comes to jobs, you have to at least be able to tolerate the place you’re working. The semester had me extremely focused on my Graphic Design work and preparing for my final portfolio review (which will be in May of 2018). Again, I’ll be very honest and say this semester was full of ups and downs. Some days were extremely busy and I didn’t have a moment to myself and others seemed like they would never end when I got very lonely/depressed at times. I had my final grad check, and signed the papers to approve my graduation in May!

That about brings us to December of 2017. I participated in Blogmas, which as you may know is 25 days of straight blogging. It was awesome and I’m so glad I decided to take the plunge and do it! In the words of Shia Labeouf…

This month in particular has been a lot of growing for me mentally and emotionally. Realizing what exactly I need and want in life, making the necessary changes, and accepting it. Some things are very hard to go through, even if you know they’re the right thing. That’s probably been the hardest lesson for me, but I’m trying my best to do the right thing, in the most painless way possible. In 2018 I will be graduating college, moving back home, and doing research and filling out forms to go to grad school! It’s going to be an extremely transitional year for me, but I am so looking forward to a fresh start. New people, new jobs, new experience…I’m ready for you 2018! Please be good to me. I’m also very excited for where this blog is headed and I have many new things planned for you guys in the coming year! I’m so blessed to be able to share my thoughts with so many people online and always receive such positivity, so thank you for being a lovely audience. This was quite the wordy post, so if you made it this far, thank you so much. That was my recap of 2017 and I hope you enjoyed, I’ll talk to you all in 2018!

Happy New Year xx Sage

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