Fall Grocery Haul!

Hey everyone! Hope you’re all doing well. I’ve recently gotten so into autumn inspired food, whether that’s pumpkin flavors, spiced food items, or apple, I’ve been loving it all! I took a little trip to Trader Joe’s last week and picked up some amazing things. They’ve been going all out with their autumnal goodies, so here’s everything I chose!

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes

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So I thought I’d start off with one of my favorites: Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes! I tried this for the first time last fall and I was just dying to get my hands on them again. They are so packed with flavor and extremely simple to make! To make it even better, they are perfect for all my gluten free friends! They seriously taste like traditional pancakes and bake like them too, so it kind of blows my mind. I actually made an apple rings recipe that involved this mix last year, so if you’d like a fun new recipe to try out, click here. I’d love to make an updated recipe post with this mix since it’s just so life changing. Let me know if you’d like to see that. You can get this at Trader Joe’s.

Cinnamon Spice Oatmeal

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This Organic Cinnamon Spice Oatmeal is actually something I have year round, but it’s absolutely perfect for this time of year. I always put cinnamon in my oatmeal in the mornings, but this has it right in the mix! Usually I have limited time for breakfast, but I love instant oatmeal because I can pour it right into a to go mug, add some water, microwave it for 50 seconds and I’m done! Lately my routine has been to add some agave nectar to the top and mix it in. It gives a nice sweet taste while still having that lovely spice to it from the cinnamon. This box comes with so many packs of instant oatmeal, so it’s great for a busy student. You can find this at Trader Joe’s as well.

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Here is another one of my favorites! I just found this at Trader Joe’s, as it was one of the samples they were offering that day. The second I tasted it, I knew I couldn’t pass it up. This spiced cider is simply amazing and can be made so many different ways! I love having it cold and I actually warmed it up the other night for a couple of my friends. They went crazy over it, so this big bottle has gone fast! I’d love to see how this could work in some sort of recipe as well, since the flavor is so unique and the consistency is smooth. If autumn could have a flavor, this would be exactly it. That sounded weird, but its totally true! Let me know if you guys have any good recipes to include this in!

Vanilla Cake Mix

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This specific product I chose because I’ve been dying to make Halloween cupcakes! I’m not the best baker in the world, but I love making cute little things for the season. I wanted a very simple cake since I found adorable baking cups and bright orange frosting. I think the vanilla flavor is also an essential for the fall season, even though I drink it year round. A decaf vanilla latte is my go to in every season!

Baking Cups

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When I took my trip to Michael’s I found these adorable little baking cups that I just couldn’t turn down. They had so many different options, but I really loved the cob webs (they looked very Tim Burton to me) and the adorable pumpkin with the stripes. I’m very excited to use these and create the perfect batch of spooky treats! Here’s to hoping they turn out alright!

Pumpkin Shaped Pasta and Harvest Sauce

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Guys. Look at this flippin’ pasta. It’s shaped like little pumpkins!!! You can’t get much cuter than that! When I first saw them, I knew I had to try them out. I’ve never seen these before in stores, and it’s the greatest idea! Next to the pasta was the Autumnal Harvest Creamy Pasta Sauce. On the bottom it says,”Made with pumpkin and butternut squash.” Seriously the perfect combo and great merchandising for putting these two side by side in the store. It really reeled me in and now I’m so excited to have this for dinner with my roommates one night!

Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Baking Mix

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Okay so honestly, I’m a little torn over this product. I bought this Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread mix at Trader Joe’s and I ended up making 12 muffins. The mix was extremely easy to put together and when they were baking, my apartment smelled absolutely amazing! However, I had a little trouble with them because they were gluten free. I baked them over the amount of time that was needed and for some reason, they ended up not being cooked enough! To be completely real with you guys, I baked them and then they turned back into mush! Help me understand how that happens, lol. The bottoms actually were cooked perfectly but for whatever reason, the tops just sank back into uncooked goo. I was pretty bummed about this because the parts that were edible were so delicious! I’m including the mix in this haul because the taste was amazing and I think it’d be a perfect product if you can figure out how to bake with gluten free products correctly. It may just be something I have to practice, which I don’t mind doing because the baked part of the muffins were to die for! If you try this out, let me know how it goes because I’m super curious!

Caramel Almond Pumpkin Spice Kind Bars

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Last but not least, a little snack to grab and go! Kind bars are an essential part of my pantry when I’m at school. As I’ve mentioned before, I have very limited time for breakfast before my design class in the morning. Bars like these are perfect for me, especially if I have limited time between classes as well. These are special edition Caramel Almond Pumpkin Spice flavor and I’m living for it. I love the packaging as well with the little leaves falling. One down side to this box though, is that it only comes with four bars. I do wish they came with a little more, but hey, I won’t complain about a special edition flavor! I believe you can get these at Target.

Alright, that’s all I have for you guys for this post. I hope you enjoyed this grocery haul. Which items would you like to try most? Or if you’ve tried any of these, how did you like them?? There’s a few things here I have yet to cook or try, so I’m very excited for the upcoming weeks of October. Hope you’re all getting excited or even a little spooked for Halloween! Talk to you soon! xx

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Autumn Decor Haul!

Are you guys ready for an autumn invasion on my blog? I am and I’m so excited about today’s post! I really hope you guys like it and that it inspires you to celebrate a ton this fall! Last week I took a trip to Michael’s craft store to find some fall decorations that could (pumpkin) spice up my room. Lol, see what I did there? I’m so cheesy, I apologize. I didn’t realize they were having such great deals going on so I ended up getting a lot more than expected because everything was so cheap! So let’s just get right into it, I’m too excited too show you guys everything!

Bed Decor & Pillows

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These gorgeous leaves were an item I went specifically to purchase from Michael’s. I really wanted decor that would have a very nature-esque vibe. They were exactly what I was imagining. I believe they were sold originally for $9 or $10 but they were having a discount so I bought them for $4. When I said Michael’s was having deal, I meant amazing deals on Halloween/fall decorations. They ended up working perfectly with the fairy lights I already had on my headboard (my headboard and bed is from Ikea, in case you were curious). I bought those lights at Target for $6. I seriously have been finding all the deals lately guys! I ended up loving the leaves and lights combination against my gray pillowcases and bedding. The pillowcases and the sheets have little white outlines of flowers, which go perfectly with the leaves. My sheets and bedding are also from Target. The pillow ended up being the most expensive item I purchased that day, also from Michael’s. The “hello fall” pillow was $14.99 and has a little pumpkin and leaves on the bottom left. It ties together my autumn aesthetic so well and I’m really happy with how my bed is looking for this season!

Wall Decor

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Michael’s was selling a ton of these little decorative signs when I was there. All in different sizes with different sayings. This one was my favorite with the brown vertical stripes and the little pumpkin that looks like it was hand painted. For some reason this just looks like it belongs in a kitchen, so that’s exactly where I hung it. It would also be adorable on a bedside table or a desk, but I like how it looks hung in my kitchen. The frame comes off the wall about an inch and a half, and I love that about it. It’s super unique and I love buying canvases that come off the wall like that as well. I believe this was on sale as well, so I purchased it for $4.49.

Dark Pumpkin Decor

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At Michael’s they were offering so many of these little stacked pumpkins. I love how cute the little on on top is! I’m not sure I’ve mentioned this before on the blog but I absolutely love buying anything black, whether that’s clothing or decor! So these little pumpkins really spoke to me. I also really love how there’s a cut out in the back so you can put anything in it. I put some of my little fairy lights in the pumpkins so they glowed from the inside out. It was a nice little detail and really contrasted with the black. I might put a couple tea lights inside and see how that works. Candy would also be a great thing to put in here if you have friends over so they can steal a piece here and there. I’m almost positive this was $9.99, it could possibly by $8 (my receipt isn’t very clear which item is which, lol).

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Continuing on with this dark pumpkin trend, I got a simple fake pumpkin. It’s nothing super special, but I thought it would look great somewhere in our living room or in my room. Michael’s had an assortment of different colors and sizes of fake pumpkins as well. There was this black color, orange, or a cream. So simple, yet so autumnal!

Skull Makeup Bowl

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This is definitely one of my favorite things I purchased. It also came in a variety of colors including red and black. I loved the clear one simply because it matches my aesthetic and I like the simplicity of it. This could be used in so many different ways, for example holding fairy lights, candy or a candle but I love using it as a little makeup brush bowl. They fit perfectly inside and honestly I would use this year round. I’ve seen a lot of Halloween hauls on YouTube and this seems to be the item a lot of YouTubers are buying. And since it happened to be at Michael’s and was only $2.99 I thought I’d pick one up for myself!

Tea Lights

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Tea lights were a little something I thought would be very useful for the season. They are non-scented so I will purely use them for their light. Again, I love how easy and simple they are while still bringing that nice mood lighting into any room. I thought I’d try and use these inside some of the items I bought too, assuming they won’t melt them or set them on fire! Autumn is definitely the time I use the most candles, so I’m glad I got these. A fairly large set of them was only $2.99, so if you’ve been looking for tea lights, try out Michael’s!

Orange Halloween Lights

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Last but not least, I picked up some run of the mill Christmas lights in orange. I thought this will be great specifically for our living room. Orange is the epitome of fall for me, it’s just about the only season I ever use it, lol. They just seemed super fun, although the strand is pretty short so I would recommend getting two if you’re trying to cover a large area in your home. These were also only a few dollars I believe. I can’t wait to hang them up and celebrate the season!

That’s about all I have for you guys for this post, I really hope you liked everything! I don’t think I’ve ever decorated this much for fall, but I really enjoyed shopping and sharing everything. I know this post sounded like an ad for Michael’s but I honestly just loved all the deals they had! Almost all of them were 50% or 60% off which is seriously so good, especially for a college student wanting to be festive! Let me know down below in the comments which item was your favorite or if you have any questions! Look forward to more autumn posts to come! Until next time! xx

Fall Playlist 2017

Hey loves! For some reason whenever fall rolls around every year, I start to listen to very specific artists and albums. I’m not quite sure why I do this, but there are certain albums that just illuminate an autumn vibe. I suppose its the same thing as listening to Christmas music during Christmas? I don’t know, but I wanted to share some of the artists I’ve been listening to as the weather starts to cool down and as the rain (hopefully) begins to fall. I’d also love to hear if you guys do the same thing during the fall. What’s on the top of your playlists right now??

Panic! At the Disco

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I can’t tell you guys how much I freaking love Panic! The very first song I ever heard by them was Nine in the Afternoon when I was in like middle school! I was obsessed with it and with them. Panic! at first had many members that made up the band but now consists of only the lead singer, Brendon Urie. Every one of their albums is pure gold and Brendon is one of my biggest celebrity crushes. His newest album Death of a Bachelor (which isn’t so new anymore) has this very suave feel to it. It’s very sophisticated while still being 100% Panic! At the Disco. They’ve always had that dark, teenage angst vibe that I live for. Recently I’ve been getting into their music again and shuffling all the albums on Spotify. It’s great if you want to jam in the car and turn the volume all the way up. Be sure to check out the band if you’re not super familiar with him!

Some of my favorites from them (in no particular order):

Nine in the Afternoon

Emperor’s New Clothes

I Write Sins Not Tragedies

Death of a Bachelor

Don’t Threaten Me With a Good Time

Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off

LA Devotee

Lorde

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I don’t know why, but I ALWAYS listen to Lorde in the fall/winter time. Her voice and the vibe she has in all of her songs are just perfect to me. I obsess over her music all the time but specifically during this time of the year I always tend to listen to her first album, Pure Heroine. She is just such an inspiration to me, being such a young artist so full of beautiful words. Her first album also takes me back to my high school days, which seems like such a simpler time now. It’s crazy how music can transport you like that. Her beats are so unique, so if you love alternative/indie music, I definitely recommend checking her out. She just came out with a new album, Melodrama, which has a gorgeous oil painting of her as the cover. Let me know your thoughts on her, because I’ve heard so many different opinions and I’d love to know what you guys think!

My faves from Lorde:

A World Alone

Homemade Dynamite

Royals (obviously)

Liability

Green Light

Tennis Court

Ribs

Buzzcut Season

Team

White Teeth Teens

Sober

The Louvre

Coldplay

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So this should come as no surprise, haha. Coldplay is my favorite band over anyone else and I love them year round. Actually, they’re playing in San Diego tonight about a mile from my apartment and I’m pretty heart broken I’m not seeing them this minute. I’m super lucky to have seen them perform a couple times before though. They are just so amazing and SO CLOSE TO ME RIGHT NOW! I seriously can’t get over it guys, HELP! But some of their older albums like Parachutes is great for this season. A lot of their songs are very laid back and great to just chill to. I honestly could go on and on about them, but I’ll spare you guys that novel of a post. Here are some of my absolute favorites from them, even though its so hard to choose!

Clocks

Death and All His Friends

The Scientist

Charlie Brown

Paradise

Talk

Princess of China

Don’t Panic

Trouble

A Rush of Blood to the Head

In My Place

Honestly, every single song they’ve ever put out from every album ever.

Ed Sheeran

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I’m pretty sure Ed is someone everyone likes to listen to in the fall. Every one of his albums just has that specific vibe. Do you guys know what I mean by “vibe”? I don’t know, I hope you do. But like that softer, more relaxed feeling that music sometimes gives. Ed Sheehan is definitely the epitome of that and he just seems like such a genuine person on top of that. He is another artist that takes me back years to when I was in high school with his music. At times it gives me that sad nostalgia, so I have to really be in the mood for it, and that’s usually in the autumn time. I’d love to see him play live and experience his talent for myself.

Favorite songs from Ed:

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Thinking Out Loud

The A Team (of course)

Small Bump

Galway Girl

Castle on the Hill

The Neighbourhood

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The Neighbourhood is a band I specifically only listen to in the winter or fall. It isn’t intentional, it just always somehow happens that way. If you want that dark, heavy, rainy feel, try out their newest album “Wiped Out.” This is as perfect as you can get when you’re wanting that alternative style. Every song on this album is amazing and something I will always come back to. The bands members are also quite young, which I think is cool. They have such a mature sound, so this was surprising to me. I also really enjoy their album art. The fact that it’s black and white but still very visual is super amazing. It’s simple and sleek and matches the tone of the music perfectly. Definitely check them out if you don’t know much about them!

Best song from them (in my opinion):

Sweater Weather (had to include it)

R.I.P. To My Youth

Afraid

Daddy Issues

Greetings from Califournia

The Beach

Cry Baby

I hope you guys enjoyed this list of artists! Let me know if you love these songs or albums as much as I do! I love bonding with people over music since it’s always been very important to me. Little known fact, I’ve played piano since I was 5 so music is a big part of my life. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts about this autumnal music! xx

Sunshine Blogger Award!

Hey everyone! So recently I was nominated a couple times for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I have been doing these ever since the first year I started this blog. I know it’s something every other blogger does, but I do think its a great way for your readers to get to know you even better. So without further ado, I’ll jump into the different questions from both BumbleBeautyBee and Tamsin. Thank you both for nominating me, and definitely check out their blogs!

Award Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
  • Answer the questions the nominator gave you.
  • Nominate others for the award.
  • Notify the other bloggers you have nominated.

Tamsin’s Questions

If you had to live in a different country for the rest of you life, which one would it be? Definitely where I am right now. I grew up in Southern California and I’ve just always had such a love for it. I’ve seen a lot of the world and although I absolutely adore places like London and could see myself living there for a short time, I will always come home to California. I want to raise my future children here and give them a great life like I was given.

Favorite ice cream flavor? I am a die hard chocolate fan. I branched out with different gelato flavors in Italy, but my go to has always been normal chocolate. Not super exciting I know, but my close friends know you never come between me and chocolate!

Cats or dogs? DOGGOS!! In the last few years, I have been absolutely obsessed with pugs and I plan on getting one hopefully within the next 5 years. I would love to have my first officially apartment out of college and share it with a little pug puppy. (I’m making a pug mug in ceramics right now if that helps convince you of how much I love them!)

What sport would you compete in, in the Olympics and why? Hmm, this is a hard one because I don’t really care for sports, lol. I played soccer for 8 years when I was younger, so maybe that? They have an Olympic soccer team right? Wow, I should probably know that haha.

Apple or Samsung? Apple absolutely all the way. I’ve only ever had Apple phones (aside from the sliding phone I had when I was 13). Especially with graphic design, it’s very important to have a great device like an Apple computer to use the Adobe products with. Although the phones have a lot of problems (which I’m sure they allow so you can keep buying their products) I believe they are the most user friendly and versatile devices in the technological market.

Favorite book of all time? The Great Gatsby. I’ve talked about this book in other award posts, but it’s just so amazing. When I was younger I used to sit for hours and just read. I was in love with the books Island of the Blue Dolphins and The Year of Janie’s Diary. I have very old copies of both these books from when my mom was a little girl and they’re pieces that will be important to me for the rest of my life.

What’s your biggest cringe moment? Oh yikes. Honestly its hard to choose because I’m kind of embarrassing everyday. I’m kind of clumsy here and there and just kind of a silly person altogether. But one cringe moment I can remember from back in high school was when I was walking up a flight of stairs. I went to a private Christian school, so we had to wear uniforms. I was wearing a skirt that day with my backpack and books in my hand. I ended up tripping up the stairs and (almost) completely eating it. I’m SO lucky no one was around though because if someone was behind me they would’ve seen right up my freaking skirt. And usually those stairways were packed with people, so someone was definitely looking out for me that day!

Last time you were REALLY happy? Truly 100% happy?? Hmm, probably when I was in Europe. Every day was just so filled with excitement and adventure. I really miss that and spending time with my group that went with me. It was so magical and I need to go back soon. The month after Europe was also a truly happy time for me as well. You know those specific people that just make you feel happy whenever you’re with them? Without going into too much detail, I had someone like that..you know who you are.

How’s your day going? Very good, thank you! I spent the night in downtown San Diego last night with a couple friends which was pretty fun. I ended up sleeping in super late because we didn’t get home until 1:30, but I have a beach day planned with my roommate today. So after I finish this post, we’re off to Ocean Beach!

Sunny holiday or snowy holiday? 100% sunny holiday! I don’t know how to do snow.

One word that sums up your personality? Optimistic. I try to be as positive as possible with myself and especially with others. It’s hard to always lift myself up in difficult times but I will always try to cheer someone else up whenever they need it.

BumbleBeautyBee’s Questions

If you had the chance of a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently and why? To be honest, I don’t think anyone should regret the choices they’ve made in life. Even if it created an outcome you didn’t want, it got you to where you are now. I’m a firm believer in everything happens for a reason, so I try to remind myself of that if I ever make a wrong decision or something isn’t going my way. So really, I don’t think I’d ever want a “do-over.” One thing I would tell my past self as a sophomore in college when I was going through some pretty hard stuff is to not be afraid to stick up for myself. I stayed very quiet in situations that needed my voice and my courage. However, since I went through that, I now know how to handle confrontation and in certain situations, I know it’s absolutely needed for you to speak your mind.

What are you most proud of? (Can be a personal achievement or a person, etc. anything you want.) I’m super proud to be an (almost) college graduate. College changes you as a person. There are so many ups and downs, I could make a long list of everything I’ve experienced during this time. And the thought of graduating in 7 months is absolutely mind blowing to me. I know most people don’t even get the opportunity to go to college because of various reasons but knowing I was blessed enough to go through this journey and to finish it is very exciting to me.

If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be? This is a tricky one. My mom used to scrapbook a ton when I was younger, so I’d probably keep one of those. My copy of The Year of Janie’s Diary that I mentioned above (it’s surprisingly worth a lot since it’s an old book and probably not printed anymore), my phone to always keep in contact with people, a sketchbook, and a pencil. At least I’d always be able to keep myself busy sketching. That’s a really hard question, but very interesting to think about!

Is there a moment in life that defined who you are today? If so, what? Yes! I feel like this is my answer to so many questions. But the person I was before I left for Europe is not the person I am today. I mean, I’m the same in most ways but my perspectives have completely flipped. Traveling to 5 foreign countries opened my eyes in so many ways and made me a more confident person. Confident in myself and my beliefs particularly, but also sometimes things aren’t always as they seem. And that includes people. The world is such a big place and there is so much amazing diversity and always something new to learn. I could write an entire post about how my thoughts have changed since coming back to the states, but I won’t include all that in this answer.

If you won the lottery what would you do? Wow, those options are endless. I think it’d be really cool to buy my parents their dream house. They’ve given me everything my entire life and I wish I had the means to give it all back. I’d also take my sister traveling. She wants to see different cultures and I’d love to do that with her. I’d also love to give back to society in some way. Help those who need it most. There are so many different charities I could give to, but I’d love to do something unique to help if I won the lottery. Lastly, I’d love to pour the rest of that money into what I love doing, whether that’s art, graphic design, or this blog. If I had the means, I’d do SO much more with this blog and create the most amazing content for my readers who are so kind and deserve the best I can give.

What are you most afraid of? I hope this doesn’t sound too cheesy, but it probably will. I am so afraid of being alone forever, lol. Being single is fine for a while; it helps you find who you are and what you really want to do without the distraction of another person. It allows you to fulfill yourself so you can be the best for your significant other. But some days I wonder if I’ll ever get to be committed to someone again. I love commitment and getting it back in return. I dream about being with the right person, whoever that is, and having a cute little beach fam. Lol, yep so cheesy.

What does a perfect day look like to you? I’ve answered this in a previous awards post, but essentially working out in the morning, getting brunch with friends, going to the beach all day, and having a bonfire at night. I could do that everyday in the summer!

What is your pet peeve? Bad drivers. I literally cannot stand people who don’t pay attention or don’t know how to drive. It is so easy to hurt people with a car, so pay attention! I don’t think I ever get as heated as I do when I’m behind someone who doesn’t know how to drive properly.

What is the most expensive thing you’ve broken? Definitely my iPhone. I’ve cracked that darn thing about three times now and it’s just so frustrating.

What is the craziest conversation you have ever overheard? Hahaha, this question is hilarious. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve heard any insane conversations. I’m not much of an eavesdropper. Even if I had though, I’d probably stay super quiet and pretend like I didn’t hear it.

Alright so now comes the point where I’m supposed to nominate other bloggers. Thing is, I’ve done so many of these awards posts that I’m not sure who else to nominate! So if you’re reading this post, whether you’re new to my blog or have been here since the beginning, I nominate YOU! Please feel free to answer the questions I have listed below and let me know if you decide to answer them, I love reading everyone’s responses!

  1. Where is your favorite place to spend time where you live?
  2. If we lived in a perfect world, what would be your ideal career/life?
  3. Where would you like to travel?
  4. What’s the first thing that popped into your head right now?
  5. Do you have any cool Halloween costume ideas? Do you know what you’re going to be?
  6. What’s your favorite thing about yourself?
  7. What’s your favorite thing about blogging?
  8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
  9. Did you like high school?
  10. If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Thank you so much again to those who nominated me for this award, and I hope everyone reading this will participate in the award as well! I look forward to your answers to my random questions. Have a great rest of your day and I’ll talk to you guys soon! xx

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Honest Stories from My Experiences in Retail

Hello my cute readers! Hope you are all doing well, because its FRIDAY baby! I wanted to come at you guys with a bit of a story time post. Kind of like story time videos on YouTube? I don’t know, I’m gonna try this out and I hope you enjoy! So I’m not sure if I’ve talked about this too much on my blog, but since I was 18, I’ve worked retail every year seasonally. Whether that’s helping out with a major sale in the summer, sales during Christmas, or if a company simply needs more employees at a random time. I don’t know if it’s alright for me to say which company, but there is one that I’ve gone back to for a few years now. It’s considered quite a high end company and my time with them has been amazing each time. My manager has always been extremely nice and the other employees have usually always been delightful. Even with such a caring and customer centered company, there will always be setbacks. I’ll be talking about those experiences in this post, so keep on reading!

My very first job working retail (and my first job EVER) was when I was 18. It was an amazing job that I received because I did an internship with them while I was in high school. It would be the start of many seasonal jobs with this company that I am grateful for and would still love to go back to. But even though I worked for this amazing company at such a young age, that doesn’t guarantee customers will be nicer or more understanding. I remember my very first encounter with an angry customer. One sentence to describe that exchange: absolutely scaring the living sh*t out of my little 18 year old self. An older woman came into the store and I ended up ringing her up for her items. All went well with the new cash register system I had just learned to use…except for the simple task of printing the receipt. I don’t remember the exact details, as this happened three years ago now, but long story short, I couldn’t print her out her receipt and I had to get the help of customer service in the back. Yes of course, this could definitely be a little annoying to a customer and I was very apologetic. This lady though you guys….she was not having it. She ended up going off on me saying “I have to drive 45 minutes, I don’t have this time to waste!” I had never seen someone act this horribly and this annoyed in public before and honestly I was appalled at her behavior. I felt awful for putting her in such a “horrible” position and it felt like ages before customer service got her the receipt. At one point I thought I was going to break down in tears because of the way she acted towards me. Looking back now though with all the retail experience I have up my sleeve, these situations are 100% not the fault of the employee (and I’m talking about a hard working employee who cares about customers). When a customer gets truly heated over something small when the employee is working their butt off trying to make them happy, it is the negativity of that customer that makes it such a horrible situation. They are not responding correctly to the efforts of that worker and honestly making them feel horrible. Of course in sales, the customer is always right. But in a moral situation, sometimes they aren’t. If you get stuck in a situation like this, remember the employees are (normally) trying their best to make you happy and sometimes you just have to be understanding and patient. We appreciate patience more than you know.

A couple years back with the same company I had another run in with an angry customer. I had just started the seasonal job again, and I worked the floor officially for the first time. My very first retail job was strictly a cashier position, not a selling position. So I was a bit unfamiliar with the protocols between employees and customers. I was new at it and learning from trail and error with each customer I helped. I was also simultaneously trying to learn the merchandise. Finding out what types of clothes work best for different body types, which number represent small, medium, or large, and even remembering where each items sits in the store. It was all brand new and I was trying to learn as fast as I could. One day a customer came in to try on some bathing suits and she listed all the required things that needed to be checked off to find her the perfect bathing suit. I mentioned and gave her all the items I thought would fit her needs and gave her a fitting room. I gave her everything I thought she would like and opened a fitting room for her. A few minutes come by and she ends up buying a few things. Again, being new, I needed some help at the register from one of my fellow employees. This woman ends up saying to my coworker, “Will you please take credit for this sale? Because she (talking about me) wasn’t helpful. I was in the dressing room and she didn’t bring me any new things to try on.” I was so shocked and honestly a little hurt by this considering I thought long and hard about what I thought she would like. It’s also hard when you barely know the merchandise yet. I wasn’t about to bring her one of every item in the store! And yes, of course, if I think a customer will like something I have absolutely no problem bringing it to them! But honest to God, I thought I had done my job to the best of my ability, but she thought otherwise. She ended up complaining to my coworker about me for a couple minutes before she left. Once she was gone, my coworker apologized to me about her behavior and told me not worry about it, that I wasn’t to blame. She said these kinds of things happen to everyone and not to feel too bad about it. I really appreciated her concern for me, I think she could tell I was a little torn up about it, especially because I only want to make customers happy and satisfied. Again, I learned I can do my very best and even so, sometimes you won’t appease everyone.

Another company I worked for (and for a very short time I might add, it ended up not being the right place for me) had a very opposite mentality from the other company I worked for. This place seemed almost annoyed by their customers! When I was working the floor during one of my first weeks here, I basically shadowed another employee to learn the ropes. Customers would come up and ask a question and she would simply point to where they could find what they were looking for or say, “You’ll just have to look around to find it.” After the customer would leave she would say, “It’s not my job to shop for them. They just want me to be their personal shopper.” However, I found this a little conflicting considering it’s your job to answer any question of the customer and to assist them or walk them to where they need to go. At least, that’s been my experience with retail before this place and I’ve ALWAYS been told how important it is to satisfy the customer. This particular place didn’t seem to care much about that though, and it almost came off a little rude. I could tell the customers would get confused by some of the employees responses and frankly I didn’t understand why they wouldn’t hold their customers in a high regard. The customer is everything and even if they are morally off in certain situations, you still must make them happy to get the sale. Because in the end, their sale benefits YOU, and you can go home to complain about that person to your roommate later, lol.

These are just a few experiences I wanted to share with you guys. Let me know your thoughts or if you’ve had any weird retail experiences as well. Retail can be a great start to a future career path and I’m very glad my work experience has been in retail. Through the ups and downs it’s taught me a lot, shown me not to sweat the small stuff (including bad attitudes), and made me an even harder working person. Especially since I enjoy fashion and beauty so much, it’s usually been a great environment for me! Anyways, go ahead and comment below your thoughts and experiences, I’d love to hear them! Talk to ya soon! xx

Madison on Park: San Diego, California

Happy Thursday everyone! Hope you are all looking forward to the weekend, I know I am! So I believe it was about a couple months ago I went to this great little brunch place that I thought was worth sharing. Especially if any of you live near the San Diego area, you need to check this out! It is located on Park Blvd (quite obviously) in San Diego. Here is the complete address if you find yourself wanting to visit after this post: 4622 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116. This is the University Heights area. Image-3.jpgOne Sunday my friends and I decided to go to a restaurant for brunch. We had a place selected, but while waiting for our table we decided to walk around the area for a bit. It was a beautiful sunny day in San Diego and we ended up stumbling upon Madison on Park. The front of the restaurant is shown on the left and it didn’t look like a very big place, but as you walked through a short, colorful corridor (pictured on the right), you were led into a large area with a bunch of seating and high vaulted ceilings.

Critics have commented about Madison with, “Mediterranean-inspired fare and elegant cocktails…complete with arched vaulted ceilings, cedar-wood walls with bold, geometric designs and indoor/outdoor seating” (Zagat). I can’t describe to you guys just how amazing the decor in Madison is. I wish I would’ve taken more of my own photos to show the details a little better. With the wall graphics and use of unique wood textures, this place is the coolest hangout spot!Image-2.jpgOf course my graphic design loving side came out and I was obsessing over the menu layout. It fit their vibe so perfectly and you can tell whoever designed this place took great care with every little detail. I really appreciate that when it comes to restaurants, hotels, or homes. Everything is in the details, even if you don’t pick up on every one of them. They all combine to create an unforgettable experience. Every dish my friends and I got was very good and they also had a deal on mimosas. One thing I will add though, the service is extremely slow, but I think that’s kind of the point. They want you to sit and enjoy each others company with good conversations rather than focusing on the food. So I wouldn’t recommend going to this place if you’re starving and want something quick. It’s more of a small occasion type of place to have an easy Sunday. Since my own photos do not do this place justice, here are a few photos from Google that show more of the smaller details that make this place so adorable.

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Definitely check out this place if you’re ever in San Diego for a vacation or if you’re moving here! There are so many great places like this in San Diego and I’d love to write more little review like this. Let me know what you think of the decor or if you’ve eaten here, how was your experience?? Talk to you guys in a new post soon! xx

Cozy Fall Morning OOTD!

Hello everyone! Got another OOTD for ya, of course specifically for the autumn season! I recently went shopping for some new pieces and I think I found some great things! I went to one of my favorite coffee shops in San Diego this morning to get some homework done and this was absolutely the perfect outfit for that. Comfortable yet totally put together. This is a new look I want to try out more often, since it’s so freaking comfy and easy for anyone to wear! So here are some photos, let me know if you have any questions about it down below in the comments!

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These pants are just so amazing. They are a gray/taupe color with white stripes. For me, they come to about mid calf and sometimes longer depending on whether I roll the waist or not. They are not tight at all, which I really love because it gives such an effortless look. I love this simple striped print with the muted tones as well. It makes them very versatile and easy to create so many different looks. I paired them with a simple white cropped tee. Sometimes I will tuck it in and other times not. A simple colored top is one of the best ways to go with these types of pants.

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The burgundy cardigan is a new purchase of mine as well. It is very long, which is one reason I fell in love with it so quickly. I think cardigans should look extra big and comfy! It is very unique though considering the sleeves are rolled and out of your way (perfect for doing boring math homework, lol!) Also, as for hair, I straightened it today and threw it up in this messy yet cute high ponytail. Very Ariana Grande, but a great look to spend a couple minute on if you’re running late in the mornings.

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For accessories, I wore my silver necklace that looks like a little branch from Tiffany’s. It’s one of my favorites since it’s so simple and goes with anything you could possibly wear. I didn’t take it off in Europe! Next, for earrings, I wore these beautiful blush pink tassels with a gold diamond shape. I feel like they’re on the fancy side but still very easy to pull off. The pink compliments the burgundy pretty nicely too, which I wasn’t expecting. I also wore extremely basic silver hoops in my second piercings.

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I can’t tell you how often I wear these little white sandals. They go with the pants and the t-shirt perfectly. It adds to that comfortable vibe, especially with the straw like string that rims the edge of them. To add just a touch of edge to this look, I wore this adorable black bag that has a very long strap. I love the little sewn in details on this bag. It’s very minimalistic and quite versatile. I usually only buy black bags since they are foolproof for any look. I should probably branch out, but I couldn’t resist this one!

That’s about it for this little OOTD. I hope it inspired you to try out a look like this. It really was perfect for just hanging out and being totally comfortable. What more could you want in an outfit?? Here’s to hoping the fall weather comes soon so we can break out the giant knit sweaters for more comfy OOTD’s! Hope you all are having a great Tuesday, until next time! xx