Celebrating 600! Q&A Announcement

Hello lovely friends! I am hitting another exciting milestone on this blog and I really wanted to do something that could further connect me to my readers. I am taking YOUR questions now, whether it has to do with fashion, beauty, lifestyle, relationships, blogging, college, or whatever else pops into your head! Your blog link will be included next to your question. I feel like a Q&A is a very personal way to engage with others on a more personal level and with more explanation than can be put into a simple comment response. The last time I did a Q&A was a few months ago I believe and my numbers have nearly doubled since then, so I’m excited to see the new questions you guys have! It was so fun last time, so I hope this one will be just as exciting! Don’t be afraid to ask anything, as I am pretty open on this blog about my life and whatever is going on in it. Need advice? I’m always here to help. Want some fashion tips? I’d be more than happy to give my opinion!

This is just a quick little post to let you guys know what’s coming and give you a chance to participate! I made a post about this on Instagram, so if you don’t want to leave a comment below, feel free to comment or DM me on Instagram @sageoliviablog. I am also very active on Tumblr, so you can always send an anonymous ask on there as well; here is the link to my Tumblr. I will be discussing reaching 600 more in the Q&A post and thanking you guys! Blogging is becoming more and more fun everyday and its all thanks to you guys! Looking forward to your questions! xx


An Honest Conversation With My High School Self

Girl, it’s just four years.

But that’s such a long time!

It seems like that now, but you’re graduating from college in 5 months.

Wow, I must have everything together by now.

Not quite, but I’m getting there.

High school sucks sometimes.

Yeah, but we all tend to dwell on things too much and for too long.

How can you not worry about things?? All of my teachers tell us everyday how much harder college will be.

They’re lying. College is so much better in so many ways that you can’t even imagine yet.

I’m in love with my best friend.

That will be a long journey for you.

I’m not going to my number one college of choice.

Your second choice is where you’re meant to be and has brought so many opportunities for you. Stop worrying about where you’ll end up in the future and focus on what you love.

I’m not popular, but I’m okay with it.

You’ve kept this mentality your whole life, but find more people who love what you love.

What will I do on my own?

Be strong in yourself and be confident enough to do little things like have lunch by yourself sometimes. It doesn’t have to be out of loneliness, it can come from a place of security.

I’m afraid of not being good enough and not meeting the high standards I set for myself.

You give yourself anxiety. Do the best you can and let it go. It’s not worth getting stomach aches and heart palpitations over.

I have a face full of acne and I’m gaining weight.

You’ll still get acne here and there, but it will clear up tremendously, especially from freshman year. It. Will. End. Even though you think it won’t get better. Everyone has insecurities about themselves, and these just happen to be yours.

I want to see the world.

You will go to 5 countries in 1 month and want to go back everyday.

I hate these school uniforms and I keep getting caught by the dean!

Those are hilarious memories, don’t get so upset over stupid moments that won’t last.

What does that girl (or guy) truly think about me?

Who actually gives a flying flip?? Live your life girl and don’t care what people think about you!

I go to 7 classes a day and I’m tired.

Yeah…that kind of sucked. Making your own schedule now is SO much better!

I almost passed out in the gym at Church yesterday because it was too hot and they make us wear heavy vests.

Those days make you treasure the rainy and cloudy days. When the pavement is wet and the air smells crisp. You don’t mind walking in the rain.

He held my hand today.

Those moments were the highlight of your day and you go back to them all the time. They were simple and innocent.

What now?

Take everything day by day. The horrible days make you appreciate the busy ones and easy times with friends are precious. Don’t take anything for granted, especially when mom does your laundry. Be hopeful for your next four years, and I’ll do the same for mine.

Here’s to the coming years of our lives and the new wisdom we will gain.


Where will you be?


Hey guys! Hope you enjoyed this little advice column/poem style. I’m not sure why I felt like making a very different post tonight, but I felt like I needed to switch it up and try something a little more artsy but still helpful. Let me know if there’s anything in this writing that you experienced in high school or worried about. They are very formative years that affect every person. I’d love to hear your experiences down in the comments!

The Best Shows to Watch While Being Lazy

Hi loves! Let’s be real for a second. Even though we all have busy lives when it comes to being a full time student or having a full time job, we have those days once in a while where all we want to do is be lazy. Lazy days are important to regroup and take care of yourself mentally. While I am at a point in my life where I love being busy and I welcome a full schedule with open arms, I’m okay with being lazy once in a while. Recently I’ve been looking through Hulu and they have so many of the old shows I was SO invested in during high school. In honor of my old high school days, I thought I’d share a list of shows with you that will probably completely waste your time, but are extremely entertaining (at least in my book.) Many of these are quite silly but a part of me can’t stop binging some of them when I have free time. Let me know if there’s any you’ve watched before or if there’s any you’re interested in!

1.Vanderpump Rules: This reality show is centered around the staff at Lisa Vanderpump’s well known restaurant SUR (Sexy Unique Restaurant). These aspiring actors and singers are full of drama and have extreme egos. While they are beautiful people, their tempers and confrontations at times lead to their downfall and a loss of close friends. Lisa herself has to reel them in when the claws come out and things get messy. If you love reality shows, you’ll definitely obsess over the staff of SUR.


2. Catfish the TV Show: This is one of my favorite reality shows EVER. The hosts of Catfish, Nev Schulman and Max Joseph are two caring guys who help people who have been lied to online. In almost every episode, someone reaches out to them wanting to find answers to their confusing romantic relationships. Some have Facetimed and texted whoever they have been talking to for months and at times years! Nev and Max are the perfect people to help and are clearly very caring and patient when it comes to these types of situations. The show is always extremely suspenseful and mysterious, so if you’re into that type of thing definitely check out Catfish on Hulu!


3. Long Island Medium: This is the newest show I’ve been binging. It’s a great one to have in the background while you’re folding laundry, which is what I’ve been doing all day! Theresa Caputo is who Long Island Medium is all about. She claims she can connect with spirits and communicate messages to their loved ones. This is truly a touching show and whether you believe in her gift or not, she is a genuinely loving and sincere person. At least that’s what I can pick up from watching many episodes. As for myself (and as a Christian) I’m not quite sure if I believe in her gift. Sometimes I think, “Wow, maybe this is a gift from God so she can truly help those who are suffering from a loss.” But I also know that doesn’t 100% align with Biblical teachings, so I’m not quite sure where I’m at with that. Whatever the answer is, she is a lovely person who brings comfort to whoever seeks her out. Definitely recommend this series if you’re into the whole supernatural thing!


4. Keeping Up With the Kardashians: Yes, yes I know. Sage, why are you putting this freaking show on the list?? My answer is, I don’t know. But it’s guaranteed to waste your time on a lazy day! Honestly, as ridiculous as this family is, they are definitely entertaining. I’ll admit I don’t understand how they came into so much fame, aside from the fact that their dad was O.J. Simpson’s attorney and Kim was in a sex tape. Of course, I think they have worked hard with their clothing stores, modeling careers, and the Kylie Lip Kits we all know too well. Their lives are extravagant and sometimes its fun and hilarious to find yourself lost in their daily routines on the show. If you haven’t seen it, check it out and let me know what you think.


5. Awkward: Wow, do any of you remember this show? Awkward came out when I was starting high school (I believe) and it is one of the most ridiculous shows I’ve ever watched. I mean that in the best way! The actors are amazing and each episode will usually have you rolling on the floor laughing. I haven’t binged it yet, but I won’t be surprised if I do. Who remembers the iconic phrase from Sadie “You’re welcome” in her snooty little voice? I know I do. Check out Awkward if you want to experience a little high school throwback and watch the misfortunes of one girl and those around her.


Let me know if there’s any other random shows you like to binge on a boring day! Hulu seriously has the best selection of random old shows like these, so definitely check it out (especially if you’re a U.S. student!) So with that, I will talk to you guys in the next post and leave you with a nice “You’re welcome!”

Adventures in Julian!

Hey everyone! Hope you are all doing well today. I am having quite the lazy Sunday and thought it was the perfect time for a blog post! My roommates and I had been wanting to road trip to Julian for a while now and we finally did that yesterday! I have so many photos to share with you and hopefully by the end of this post you’ll want to visit as well.. I actually made a post about Julian the last time I visited which was around this time last year, you can check that post out here. If you are unfamiliar with the city of Julian, it is a couple hours inland of San Diego up on a mountain. The drive had many curves yet was extremely beautiful. So without keeping you waiting any longer, here was our lovely day with plenty of photos!

Starbucks Stop & Beginning the Drive


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We hit the road bright and early and decided to stop for some Starbucks. I’m already getting into the Christmas spirit and go a decaf peppermint mocha; I would definitely recommend it if you love peppermint. Luckily we live a block away from a Starbucks so we drove through super quick, got some coffee, bagels and other goodies and hit the road. The drive actually end up being super easy, although the road up the mountain is very curvy and winds around. My roommate took it very slow so we wouldn’t get carsick, which I am SO thankful for! Also I apologize for the overly exposed first photo, it was from Snapchat LOL.

Going Back in Time & Exploring Julian

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Part of our day was spent antique shopping at this adorable little place! The store must have previously been an old house, so it was super fun to explore. I’m not usually one who’s into antique shopping but this place caught my eye at every turn. I ended up buying a little case of bath salts in strawberry and oceans scents; I’m very excited to use them! I also ended up finding a little bowl full of old photographs. I stood there looking through them for so long and finding my favorites. They were only $1 a piece so I took full advantage. The earliest one I found was from 1928 and most of the rest are from the 30’s. I’m obsessed with the fashion from those times and the mysteriousness of the families draws me in. Who knows in what hands my photographs from 2017 will end up in!

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My roomies checking out the goods!

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These random little shops we popped into were so cute as well. They were just filled to the brim with Julian themed items from kitchen ware to Christmas decorations to clothes. We took our time walking through these places and I picked up some special Julian apple jelly for toast and sandwiches.

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A little snapshot of me and my lovely roommate of 3 years!

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My other adorable roommate that I’ve known since freshman year!

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Next to one of the parking lots was this beautiful area full of trees. Since I’ve grown up on the coast of Southern California, I rarely travelled into the mountains. Forests honestly kind of freak me out, which I’ve mentioned before on this blog. These tress however, were just beautiful and it was awesome to see the changing of the seasons coming out in nature. The colors are extravagant and not something I see on the regular.

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Quickest OOTD you’ve ever read in your life: White T-Shirt (Nordstrom), black distressed jeans (Melrose in the O.C.), black leather and fur mules (Steve Madden), little brown backpack (Primark). I also brought a burnt umber colored sweater (Melrose in the O.C.) and my green plaid jacket (Garage) that you’ve seen in an OOTD before. I ended up not needing the jacket or the sweater because the sun popped out and decided to hangout the entire day!

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There were endless adorable backgrounds throughout Julian. The city is so tiny but there is charm around every corner. I loved this little bench with the open sign and the flowers in the window. This is about as country and I can ever get but it was so nice to experience for a day with my best friends.

Pies, Pies, & More Pies!!!

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Where else would we go besides the legend…wait for it…dary MOM’S PIES! If you ever take a trip to Julian, this is the place to stop! There is a Mom’s pies on the road up to Julian but there is also one on the main street. The air is filled with pie goodness that you can’t help but stop in and get a slice. I usually get a slice of Apple Flakey. The crust is so light and unlike any other pie crust you’ve had before. They also have an Apple Crumble that has a crumbly crust. I have yet to try that since I’m so hooked on the apple pie with flakey crust. There’s always a line out the door, so hop in there as quick as you can!

Stolen from Snapchat & Instagram

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This horse was magnificent and I had to post a picture of him/her.

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For lunch (and before pie) we stopped at a little diner for some nice homemade food. I got a classic turkey sandwich with some potato salad that was shockingly good! It was your classic small town diner that was filled with families and tourists from around San Diego.

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Here are some of the old photographs I purchased at the antique store that are from the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s. Let me know if I accidentally own one of your grandparents’ family photos. You could’ve watched my story as I was exploring Julian! Catch me on Instagram @sageoliviablog if you’d like to keep up with my adventures in my last year of college!

After our long day of walking around this little city of Julian and feeling like we walked through a time machine to a different era, we headed home back to our apartment. The drive was again very beautiful with many cows, horses, and some goats! It was the perfect weekend getaway with people I have nothing but great memories with. Happy I got to add another one to the list! Have you ever been to Julian or a charming place like it? Let me know in the comments and I’ll talk to you guys soon! xx

November Style: Oversized Sweaters & Denim Skirts


Hey everyone! I don’t think I said this in my previous post but HAPPY NOVEMBER!! It’s basically Christmas…LOL kidding we’re not quite there yet. Lately I have just been obsessed with denim! This was pretty obvious when I posted my 5 Ways to Style a Black Overall Dress for the Fall post. Check that out to see my favorite denim dress from Topshop and how to wear it! I usually have a hard time with fitted or denim skirts, but I found the perfect one from Forever 21 of all places! It’s normally hard for me to find something I truly love from Forever 21, even though it was my go to store when I was younger; my taste has evolved a lot since then. So I’ve put together a couple looks with the denim skirt that are perfect for the fall weather we get here in San Diego. The weather has been pretty bipolar so the options I have here are perfect for the fluctuating temperatures.

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Okay I have seriously been obsessing over this sweater lately! I’m so glad it’s been a little chilly so I can wear it whenever I want! This gorgeous pink color has a salmon tone to it, which I think makes it perfect for the fall. It brightens up any look and the fabric is just to die for. It’s so freaking soft and one of the thicker sweaters I own. They ended up not having my size so I actually got a Large and I’m so glad I did!! Sometimes I will intentionally buy sweaters like this super big so I can wrap myself up in them. Personally I think these types of pieces should be worn in an extra cozy way, who agrees?? They had a variety of different colors in this sweater, so I’ll leave a link here if you want to get your hands on one. I bought this from the BP section at Nordstrom’s!


I personally think the best way to style this with a denim skirt is to tuck it in the front. Since it’s so oversized it can easily cover up the details of the denim. I wear this skirt pretty high waisted, which is essential to this look. It has buttons instead of a zipper going all the way up and they’re covered by a small piece of fabric.


It seems the more I wear this skirt and wash it, the more distressed it becomes, which I absolutely love! The more worn, the more 90’s it looks and who doesn’t love that?? I wore some simple black boots with this outfit. They have beautiful gold detailing at the heels. I believe I bought this from Boohoo.com some time ago. These babies are a little stiff still but are getting more comfy as I break them in.



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This has absolutely been one of my favorite outfits lately! It was so easy to put together and SO effortless to wear! This is a great look for going to class if you’re a college student. It’s comfortable while still looking completely put together!


I absolutely adore the color of this cardigan! It’s one of my favorites for the fall or winter. I’ve also never had a cardigan that has short sleeves! It’s such a great cut and my hands are totally free if I have to do any sketching or designing. I usually like my cardigans or sweaters to be able to cover my hands but this is a nice change. I bought this at Melrose in the O.C. 


I decided to pair this outfit with one of my favorite little backpacks. The color goes with everything and is great for little outings. I love how it looks against the burgundy cardigan! I bought this backpack about a year and a half ago in Boston at their Primark. It’s my go to beach backpack! And of course, for shoes I threw on my classic checkered Vans. I feel like I wear these things for every outfit, but they are just so perfect for any occasion! Maybe not for a wedding or something like that, but you know what I mean! I really wanted to keep this look super casual, so my Vans seemed to be the perfect fit! They’re insanely comfy so if you haven’t tried them on for yourself, here is a link if you’d like to order a pair.



I’ve been wearing this mustard colored T-shirt so often lately! Although it is a simple short sleeve tee, the sleeves almost reach my forearm. It’s a V neck and again I decided to tuck it into the denim skirt so it could be more visible. I bought this shirt from BP at Nordstrom’s (for a great price!) and it also comes in so many different colors. Here is the page where you can find all the various options if you’d like one for yourself or as a Christmas present (it’s never to early to start buying!)



P.S. I’m wearing a Kylie liquid matte lipstick in the shade “Gorg.” I have a full post about it here if you haven’t checked it out yet!

That’s all I have for you guys for this post! Let me know what you think of these looks or if you have any questions about the products! Hope you’re all stay warm and cozy in this chilly weather. To be honest, I’ve been drinking a lot of peppermint tea and I’m already using a Christmas mug. Oops! Until next time! xx

Shocked by Kylie Cosmetics! (First Impressions)

Hi loves! I’m super excited about today’s post. Partly because I barely post about beauty on this blog and its one of my passions, but also because I was completely floored by this product! I have been avoiding buying Kylie Cosmetics for some time now. I see her snapchats all the time about new shades, highlighters, and eyeshadows. I suppose I just assumed they wouldn’t be the highest quality product and I didn’t really understand the hype about them. Wow, was I wrong! I finally decided to find out what the fuss was all about and bought my first liquid matte lipstick from Kylie Cosmetics. Here is my full review of what I got!




A little black box was sitting at the base of my doorstep and I knew it was my Kylie Cosmetics order. The box was absolutely adorable inside, with the logo and the iconic drips at the top. I love the all black look with the pop of silver text and white drips. Of course, it came with an adorable thank you note with the image we know so well of the lips. The only thing with the box I was a bit disappointed by was the way the lipstick was wrapped and placed in the box. Everything from the card, to the plastic wrap, to my shipping information just seemed to be thrown in the box. I realize they are probably mass producing these boxes, but even some cute wrapping paper to fill up the box a little more and keep the product safe would have been more appealing (to me anyways).


The packaging of the actual product was absolutely beautiful. This was one aspect of my purchase I was most impressed by. This is a collaboration between Kylie and her sister Khloe, hence the rose gold packaging. The white box with the rose gold lettering is to die for and I love how they repeated the same color over the entirety of the bottle. It’s beautiful how the color of the lipstick shows through for the font and the drips at the top. It’s very unique and something I haven’t seen before when it comes to liquid lipsticks.  The shade is called “Gorg” and I’d describe it as a mix of berry and maroon. It isn’t full on maroon since it has a very magenta undertone. I didn’t know Kylie was this good with packaging and colors, so props to her and her team!

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Here is what the lipstick looks like when applied. I’m a huge fan of this and can’t wait to wear it during the Christmas season! It applied very easily and felt pretty light on my skin. Something very different about her lipsticks too is that they smell SO good! I wasn’t expecting so much of a sweet aroma, even though liquid lipstick sometimes have a specific scent. One thing to look out for with this shade specifically is that it stains a lot. While it was pretty easy to wipe off it left a highlighter pink color, especially on my arm where I swatched it. A little color is always expected to be left over when you use dark shades like this but I was shocked it was so dang bright! Overall, I am very impressed with Kylie Cosmetics and I’m interested to check out more of her products, especially the eyeshadows! Let me know if you’ve ever bought anything from Kylie Cosmetics and what your first impressions were! Until next time loves! xx

Things No One Tells You About When Moving Into Your First Apartment

Hi loves! It’s been over a week since I’ve made a post, and that really bums me out. Quality time seems to be slipping away from me more easily now, and I’m sorry for that. Nevertheless, I still want to be making posts on this blog, even if it is less frequent during school months. Anyways, today I wanted to discuss things no one tells you about when moving into your first apartment. It’s a big step into adulthood, and definitely a step up from living in a dorm room for three years! As exciting as it is, it also comes with its challenges and hardships. I’ve made a little list of things I’ve been thinking about lately, and let me know if you have had similar thoughts or gone through these experiences.

  1. Cleaning more often! One of the major differences between dorm living and apartment living is the amount you have to clean. In a dorm, you share a bathroom with many other people, so there is normally a cleaning crew that comes in once or twice a week to clean the toilets, showers, sinks, etc. I really didn’t realize how amazing that was until now, when I have to clean my own bathroom. Don’t get me wrong, I would way rather spend the time cleaning than leave it dirty (I’m sure most people would have this mindset), but man was it nice to have the school do it for us when we were younger!
  2. Dishes always seem to need cleaning! I don’t know about you guys, but from freshman year to junior year, I would get in the habit of buying a lot of microwaveable food like mac and cheese, rice, and various other microwave friendly items from Trader Joe’s. It definitely wasn’t the healthiest, but I wasn’t the biggest fan of using the kitchens in each of the dorms I lived in. They weren’t usually the cleanest room in the entire building and the thought of different students year after year using the appliances in there kind of freaked me out. If you don’t know by now, I am a major germaphobe. Maybe this was ridiculous, but I just preferred making what I could in the room or going to the caf (which wasn’t any healthier than what I made in the dorm). So now that I’ve been cooking a lot more, there always seems to be dishes to clean. Also, since I live with two other people, there are usually always some dishes in the sink. This is kind of expected, but its not something I anticipated when moving into my first apartment.
  3. Landlords… Now I’m not going to say too much about this since I still have a while to live in this building, but landlords are a new thing we have to deal with. Sometimes they are helpful, and other times they definitely are not. It’s seemed to be a bit of a difficult relationship for my roommates and I, but we’re working through situations together. Storytimes are coming once I’m out of this building, guys!
  4. Loneliness is a thing. This is probably the biggest point I was not expecting when moving in. I’m very lucky to have my own room in this apartment. It’s a small little space just for me, which was exactly what I wanted this year specifically. However, being a senior this year, my days aren’t as jam packed as they used to be. I am taking less units and my classes are much shorter than they usually have been. It’s been a nice break from the hecticness (this may or may not be a word) of college. However, replacing those classes has been loads of loneliness. I really don’t want this to sound depressing, but its the truth and I want to be real and authentic on this blog. Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time by myself, so the social butterfly part of me has kind of been in agony. I love my time at home and some quietness in life is very important for mental health. Too much of it however, has been giving me a lot of anxiety. I honestly haven’t even had motivation to write on this blog, which is why I’ve been absent for a bit. After a lot of thinking and talking to family, I need to find ways to get out of the apartment during 8 hour gaps between classes. Writing this post now, I am sitting in one of my favorite coffee shops in San Diego and it seriously just feels great to be around people, even if they’re strangers. The company of others and watching life move around you is essential to living a life you love, in my opinion. If for some amazing reason you ever see me around in San Diego, please do not hesitate to say hi! Even now I would love to have a good conversation and drink my decaf salted caramel iced coffee with a complete stranger.
  5. Making a greater effort to keep up friendships. During my time in a dorm, I was usually surrounded by friends I already knew or ones I was getting close to. I had someone a few feet away from me every second of everyday. If I wanted to share a hilarious video, I’d simply walk over to another room and find a friend to share it with. If I needed to cry for a while, someone was just across the hall. This is not the case living in an apartment. Being off campus, I’ve found I really have to make an effort to keep in touch with everyone and make lunch dates or coffee outings. I have to admit I haven’t been great about this, but I’ve learned now that keeping up a friendship is very similar to maintaining a romantic relationship. It takes work when you don’t live near them, but you definitely want to keep in contact and hangout. I want to be a lot better about this, especially since I only have 6 months left in college (how flippin’ crazy is that?!)

I hope this didn’t scare any of you who are still living in dorms. There are also so many positives that comes with an apartment, but these are just a few things to think about if you’re getting your first apartment soon. And your experience may be completely different than mine! I’d love to know how your first apartments were if you’re well into your 20’s or older, I hope I’m not the only crazy one here! Okay, I’ll talk to you guys soon, I really hate posting only once a week. Have a beautiful Thursday everyone! xx