A California December OOTD!

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and are looking forward to the new year! Life has been busy as always and I’m very excited for what 2017 will bring (including a trip to Europe!) I would love to do a “what I got for christmas” post very soon and the following OOTD includes many things I received this Christmas. I am extremely grateful for everything I was given and Santa did a very, very good job this year! So let’s jump right on in to the OOTD! (Almost all of these pieces can be found at Melrose in the O.C. unless otherwise stated).

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So I’ll start off by going piece to piece. The t-shirt I am wearing is a lovely gray color with green undertones. It’s very comfortable and casual and is actually tied at the side to give it a bit more style. It’s a common thing to do with any t-shirt but it was actually sewn this way, which is super convenient.

Next, my absolute favorite part of this outfit: the jacket! I don’t own anything like this and I absolutely fell in love with it when I tried it on. The sleeves have a ribbed pattern and the rest of it is suede. The inside is a cream colored fur texture, which folds out as shown in the photo above. It’s very comfortable and warm. It probably wouldn’t work for a place that actually gets cold, but it’s perfect for the chilly and sometimes windy SoCal weather.

I am also wearing a simple crystal necklace with a long gold chain. I’ve been wearing this everyday because it goes with every single outfit!

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These jeans have also been my newest obsession. I love wearing black and having jeans with holes in them! They’re just so comfortable and so fashionable. These amazing jeans can be paired with so many tops and shoes. The options are endless and this is one of my favorite outfits with them! In this photo you can also see my black purse I carry with me all the time! It’s from Nordstrom and the pink poof is from Brandy Melville and I believe was $6!

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The jeans are cut off at the ankles and have frayed edges, which makes them perfect for ankle boots. These are my classic black boots that I got from H&M years ago. I’ve actually been looking to replace them for newer ones since I wear the heck out of these!

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One of the major reasons I love this look so much is that its so effortless. I just threw on some jeans and a t-shirt and dressed it up with a nice jacket, boots, and a necklace. Sometimes even the simplest of pieces can be dressed up or even down if you like!

All of these photos were taken in Laguna Beach, one of my favorite spots, by the lifeguard tower. Also, I think this is my first OOTD with my short hair! Hope you guys like it, it’s really been a burden off my shoulder (literally and figuratively, lol). Let me know if you have any questions about these pieces by commenting down below! I love you guys’ feedback! Happy Holidays everyone!

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Talkative Tuesday: Disneyland Adventures + Mishaps!

Hello loves! These past couple weeks have been so hectic for me with school. Mainly because it’s Finals week and all my art projects have been due at once. My Graphic Design classes seem to get harder and harder and challenging me more in the best of ways. I’ve definitely learned more this semester than I ever thought I would. But with that comes stress and sometimes even anxiety for a lot of people. However, through all the chaos we all need to try to find some peace or let ourselves have some fun! For me, my boyfriend and I had been planning a trip to Disneyland and it was the perfect escape for me. So instead of whining more about the difficulties of being a college student, I’d love to share my Disney day with you all.

So I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this on the blog before, but I pretty much grew up right next to Disneyland. It was always so much fun to go even though I’d been there dozens of times. For those who live in Southern California, there is still so much magic in that place even though it is so common for us. Even now at 20 years old, I get as excited as I did when I was a kid. I prepare the night before and pack a bag with snacks, extra clothes, etc. We live very early in the morning to get there at opening or a little after opening. We have our day planned out and ready to go before we even get there.

*Pro tip: If you get there at opening and have a Park Hopper Ticket: go DIRECTLY to California Adventure to get your fast pass for World of Color and the Cars ride. Unless of course you don’t care for World of Color and want to miss it or want to wait in a two hour line for Cars. Both of which I highly do not recommend.

Of course we went straight away to get our World of Color fast passes and actually decided to skip the Cars ride that day. We then walked back over to the Disneyland side to take some photos and get on our first ride: the Matterhorn! Now here’s where the mishap kicks in. My boyfriend sat in front of me on the ride and had a hat on. He didn’t take it off because we have never lost anything on a ride (*foreshadowing). The very first dip we take, his hat flies off at high speed and disappears into the icy slopes of the Matterhorn for the snow monster to enjoy. Naturally, I thought this was freaking hilarious while he didn’t think it was so funny. Later of course it made for a funny story and that kind of stuff happens every day at the park.

After we continued to go on all our favorite rides including Thunder Mountain, Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, and Alice in Wonderland. I’m probably forgetting some but when you’re at Disneyland for 14 hours straight you go on A LOT of attractions. Between seeing the sights, witnessing a couple of Disney proposals, and reminiscing about old trips to the park, you don’t realize how much you walk around and get some decent exercise. We ended up walking over 8 miles that day!

It was then time for World of Color so we made our way back to California Adventure for the Little Mermaid ride, Goofy’s Sky School, and other rides. World of Color, for those of you who don’t know, snippets of Disney movies are synced up with music and projected onto water that shoots into the sky. Lights and fire (lots of it) are also included. It sounds crazy, but I honestly would recommend it if you’re ever in California Adventure. It’s part of the magic of the park and great for families!

Lastly, we went back for about the third time to Disneyland to get to our reservations at the Blue Bayou restaurant. This is a lovely New Orleans themed restaurant inside of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. It has a great reputation and AMAZING food. Although it is a little pricey, the service is excellent and the atmosphere makes it seem like you’re sitting late at night in New Orleans. It’s very romantic and one of my favorite little spots in Disneyland. If you ever go, order the Mint Julip drink and if you’re gluten free, ask for gluten free bread (it’s so good!) After a great dinner and one more ride on Pirates, it was time for us to head home. At this point, it was about 11:30 and we were both exhausted.

I finally made it home and completely knocked out. These Disneyland trips make for some of the best memories that I have and I hope all of you can experience that too. Hopefully this gave you a good list of rides to go on and places to try. Let me know in the comments what your favorite thing to do at Disneyland is if you’ve ever been there! Even if you have any questions, I’d be glad to answer them. Hope you all enjoyed this rather long Talkative Tuesday, but I thought I’d share! Have a great week! ❤

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Talkative Tuesday: New Chapters

Hey everyone! Hope you all are doing well and had a fabulous Thanksgiving filled with laughs, family, and friends. For this week’s Talkative Tuesday, I wanted to go over some thoughts that my roommate and I were discussing a couple of days ago. Which is, ending certain chapters of your life to begin new and exciting ones!

Those of us who went off to college have either kept a group of our high school friends or simply lost touch with most of them. Personally, I am so grateful for the friends I met here in college and even for those who are only a part of my past. Most of my college friends I met freshman year in our dorm hall and I’m so lucky a group of us are still so close. They have been there for me through thick and thin and I couldn’t imagine my college experience without them. Many people feel this way about high school friends as well, which is totally awesome! But my message to you this week (especially if you are getting ready to go off to college) is that it’s okay to want to start a new chapter. It’s okay to need to let go of certain people to better or change your future.

I get the feeling that many people expect to keep their high school friends for their entire lives. And some lucky people do! But right now I hope to be that friend that will tell you the truth. Every one of your friends is going to change once you enter college and I mean that in the best of ways! These years will help to shape you into the adult you will become and if that means closing one chapter of your book to open a new one, then that’s 100% okay!

Some people may feel guilty about doing this, but honestly it’s only going to help you make your future what you want it to be. I know in my case I have chosen to end one time in my life to get to a better and more exciting one filled with new friends and new experiences! That’s what college is all about. This time is meant for YOU and what YOU want or need. I’ve been told time and time again that it’s your time to be selfish (not in a negative way, of course) and to dial in on exactly what it is you want to do with your life. If you need to let some friends go, whether you were only acquaintances or if they were a toxic friend, that’s okay. Be open to new people and don’t focus on what is in the past.

I know I’m still learning how to do this, even in my third year of being at my university. Being in a long distance relationship has helped me to not focus so much on the past and try to look forward to the future. As hard as this is, I think I’m learning more every day. If you focus on things you miss or on your past, you’re not giving your future a chance. In fact, you’re not giving yourself a chance. Only thinking about one chapter of your life isn’t healthy, try taking the future one day at a time and finding excitement in it!

I hope this post was clear and helped any one of you. Being the oldest sibling, I never had an older sister or brother to give me short tips like this or to tell me that it’s okay to let go. That it’s okay to be excited for what’s to come! I hope you’re looking forward to your future and pursuing whatever it is that you love! ❤

November Beauty Favorites!

Hey everyone! November is here! The weather is finally cooling down so grab your tea or hot cocoa and throw on that oversized knit sweater! I have so many favorites this month but for this post, I will stick with beauty products. Some items I use have changed completely and others have simply been a variation of past products I have used. In this post you will find a few products from high end department stores to drug stores. Let’s get right to it!

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Laura Mercier has blown me away yet again with their makeup products! In the past, I have struggled with acne and acne scars. I still do occasionally, but definitely not to the extent that I use to. I would need a full coverage, oil free foundation to make my complexion seem even and free of flaws. However, now that I’ve gotten older and my skin has calmed down a bit, I have switched over to the Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer! I can’t tell you guys what a relief it is to use this everyday instead of a heavy foundation. Not only does this moisturizer take less time to apply, but it is so much lighter than normal foundation! There’s some days I forget I’m wearing makeup. It can be applied with your hands or with a beauty blender. Personally I prefer a beauty blender since it’s a quicker clean up.

The tinted moisturizer comes in the normal formula and the oil free formula. Personally since I have naturally oily skin, I go for the oil free version. This product goes for around $40 and you can pick it up at any makeup counter where Laura Mercier is sold, for example Nordstrom. This would make for a perfect Christmas gift for any makeup lover!

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Next up is the Rimmel Stay Matte translucent pressed powder. After foundation or tinted moisturizer is applied, it’s very important to top off your makeup with a finishing powder. I normally will use the Laura Mercier translucent loose powder. However, I recently ran out of it and didn’t have time to go all the way to the mall after class. After watching many beauty gurus, the Stay Matte powder seemed to be the most recommended cheap option. I never doubt that you can find a great product at a cheap price when it comes to makeup, so I took a trip to Target and picked this up. I’ve been pleasantly surprised using it! It has the same exact effect as the high end Laura Mercier product. So if you are ever in need of a good pressed powder for an affordable price, check out the Rimmel section in Target! This product also comes in a variety of different shades if you’d prefer a color close to your skin tone instead of the translucent version.

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Lastly, the Better Than Sex Mascara from Too Faced. I have recently been obsessed with the waterproof version of this mascara! I’ve used the normal Better Than Sex mascara for a while now and it’s the first high end mascara I’ve ever owned. I used to normally go to Target for some affordable mascara which works amazingly! I definitely would go back to those. But this Too Faced mascara has lasted so long and I love that it’s waterproof. There are no little black flakes of mascara that fall onto my cheek anymore since it is waterproof. Not to mention, the packaging is freaking adorable! I love that there are fake little water droplets all over the tube. The applicator is also a plus; it has an hourglass shape that captures almost all of your lashes to define and elongate. Wow, this is starting to sound like a commercial for Too Faced but I promise I actually adore this product, lol!

If you invest in high end makeup, I definitely recommend this mascara. It has a ton of product to last you a very long time. You can pick this up at a beauty store, for example Sephora.

Hope you all enjoyed this little November Favorites post and that you’ve been enjoying this time of year, I know I have! Gearing up for Christmas at the end of November is definitely one of my favorite times of year! ❤

Talkative Tuesday: Chopping My Hair Off!

Hey everyone! Yay, finally another Talkative Tuesday! I’ve missed sitting down and just writing. There’s something therapeutic about writing your thoughts down. I remember learning about Stream of Consciousness in high school and finding it so interesting! I love that I get the chance to do that here. This week’s Talkative Tuesday is about making changes in your life, big or small. For me, I recently made a major change. It may not seem immense to some, but for me, this was a daring move! I cut my hair shorter than I ever have before!

My whole life I’ve always had very, very long hair. I considered myself a person that could only feel good with long hair. It was totally me, up until a couple weeks ago that is. I know a lot of girls, including myself found a lot of confidence because of our hair. However, when I hit my teen years and started to develop severe acne, it became something used to cover up all my spots. It was a security blanket that hid what I thought were immense flaws in my appearance.

I became so used to having my hair long throughout my life. A few months ago, I realized I didn’t look that different than when I did as a sophomore in high school. I’m now a junior in college and I knew it was time to make a change, even if that just meant cutting my hair. But little did I know what a difference that would make for me. I’ve been overwhelmed with kind comments from friends and even people I don’t know. It’s somehow made me look so much more mature and I don’t think people will be mistaking me for a 16 year old anymore (haha).

What I’m trying to get across is, if you’re not happy with something in your life, change it! As afraid as I was to break away from something that has been a security blanket for me, I’m SO happy I took the leap and did something out of the ordinary. Sometimes all it takes is a little courage and a little “Oh, what the heck, I’m gonna do it!” In whatever situation, take that small step or the big leap to get wherever you’ve been dreaming of. I’ll insert a little photo below of my new cut. It’s about shoulder length with a lot of layering. If you’d like to see the difference, check out some of my OOTD’s here and here. Hope all of your weeks are going well!<3

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Pumpkin Pancake Apple Rings Recipe!

Hi friends! I’m so glad I’m finally getting the chance to post. I’ve missed blogging so much while my life just seems to get busier and busier. I couldn’t pass up writing about this amazing recipe though! I found this Apple Rings recipe from Facebook and altered it very slightly to make it gluten free and easy for anyone to recreate! It’s perfect for the fall season, especially with Thanksgiving coming up, but also for busy moms who want to whip up a quick and healthy snack for the kids. So let’s jump right on into the recipe:

Items you will need:

  1. Apples (if you’re making these for multiple people, buy A LOT of apples)
  2. Gluten free pumpkin pancake mix (you can buy this at Trader Joe’s)
    • you will need 1 egg, butter, and water for the pancake mix
  3. Cinnamon
  4. Maple Syrup

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To start off this recipe, clean your apples and cut them horizontally to create thin apple circles. Next you must create rings out of these circles but stamping a hole in the middle of the apples. You can do this by simply cutting a circle with a knife or in my case, I took a tiny circular measuring cup and punched a hole out with it. Refer to the photo below for exactly what they should look like!

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Second, mix up your pancake batter. The Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes have instructions for how to put it together. Only 1 egg, melted butter, water, and the mix is needed. Make sure not to over mix the batter! Now it’s time to place your apple rings into the pancake mix and place them on your pan. I use a low heat since the pancakes tend to cook super fast and it’s easy to burn them. Flip the apple rings like you would a normal pancake.

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Once they’re cooked, place them on a plate and drizzle some cinnamon over them to add some extra flavor! Add some maple syrup on the side and voila! They’re done! They can be eaten just like waffle sticks and dipped into the syrup by hand. It’s a perfect breakfast or snack for kids before school or on an autumn Sunday morning.

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This recipe is 100% gluten free and safe for anyone around you who stays away from gluten. But it can also be made with whatever pancake batter you like, even if it’s not gluten free. It’s a very flexible recipe and took about 10-15 minutes to make. The more you make them, the better they taste! Let me know if you try out this recipe by commenting below! Hope you guys are having a great November and had a fabulous Halloween! ❤

Talkative Tuesday: Halloween Fun This October!

Hello loves! I am so stoked that we have finally entered the fall season! Even in SoCal, the weather is starting to chill out a little bit (thank goodness!). I wanted to make a short little post about great places to go to celebrate Halloween and autumn in general! There are endless amounts of things to do and places to go but here is a list of my favorites:

1. Pumpkin Patches! Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to go to a pumpkin patch every year, but it’s a great place to get some fall themed pictures and spend your time doing something cute and interesting.

2. Corn Mazes! You can usually find a corn maze right next to a pumpkin patch. They kind of go hand in hand. Whether you want to take a stroll finding your way through the corn during the day or spooking yourself out at night, it’s a great activity to do with friends!

3. Getting your costume together! This isn’t much of an activity, but I love thinking about what I’m being for Halloween and getting my costume ready for the 31st. Even though Halloween is on a Monday this year, I’m making sure I have a great costume with kick butt makeup (per usual). I won’t reveal what I’m dressing up as right now, but you can bet there will be a post all about it!

4. Watching scary movies with your significant other or with friends! I’m not much of a horror movie viewer throughout the rest of the year, but during the fall time, I’m down for a psychological thriller. I’m not so much into the gory films as much as I’m into the “mess with your mind” type of movies. For example, The Birds, Gremlins, The Shining, or even The Sixth Sense. Sitting down with some popcorn and hot chocolate (or better yet, a Pumpkin Spice Latte) with a scary movie is the best during this time!

5. Pumpking Carving! I almost forgot this one but I’m glad it wasn’t left out! Most years I will carve pumpkins and make jack-o-lanterns. It’s a very creative activity for those of you who are on the artsy side. I know I’ve always loved the super detailed pumpkins on the porches!

6. Knott’s Scary Farm! I’ve only been to Knott’s during Halloween a couple of times, but it is so dang enjoyable! When I went the first time, I was afraid it would give me a lot of anxiety, but going with my boyfriend and friends added some comedic relief and it was actually super fun! Even if you’re slightly afraid to go, I would recommend you try it out. It makes for some hilarious and spooky memories!

Activities from this list can make some of the best memories, no matter how old you are! I can definitely say I enjoy every one of these! Let me know which one you love most or any traditions you have for this chilly season down below in the comments section! Thanks guys, stay spooky! 🙂