Dark Glam Coachella Look!

Hello, lovelies! I’m coming at you with another makeup look, this one specifically geared toward COACHELLA! Are any of you attending the festival this year? I’ve actually never been, but I’d love to go within the next few years. Coachella season is super fun, even if you aren’t actually going. I love the makeup tutorials and fashion videos that creators post on YouTube that are Coachella themed, so I thought I’d create a look myself this year! Of course, being me, I went a little dark and vampy. So if you’re into that, keep on reading!

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So this makeup look actually started off with me experimenting with a new foundation. I rarely ever buy or even wear full coverage foundation, but I’ve been dying to try out the Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able foundation. I’d love to do a whole separate post on it because guys…it’s freaking incredible. Of course I then whipped out an eyeshadow palette and the look was built from there. Here are some themes I was going for with this look: dewey, glowy, glam, bronzed, and witchy with a little desert vibe. This made sense in my head…let me know if you understood any of that, LOL.

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As you can tell, I went extremely heavy with the highlighter and glitter shadow. I really wanted to do a sparkle/jewel freckles look, but I didn’t have any of those materials. So I opted for the next best thing: glittery eyeshadow on the cheeks, horizontally across the nose, on specific points of the eyelids, and even on the center of the lips (by the way, I’m wearing a Kylie lip kit in “Gorg”). I never do an ultra highlighted look, so this was super fun to create! For this, I used a combination of the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop highlighter and a Colour Pop shadow in Birthday Girl. 

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Zooming in specifically on the eyes, I used the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette. I made sure to use the lighter shades toward my brow bone and the second to darkest shade on the majority of my lid. I placed the Champagne Pop highlighter on the center of my lid and lower lash line. I also dabbed it in my inner corner, directly under the wing of my liquid liner, and under the arch of my brow. With this look, the more highlighter, the better!

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As I mentioned before, I really wanted this look to emanate a day out in the sun and very bronzed. So of course, I used the Benefit Hoola Bronzer along the usual cheek area, as well as my jaw line, temples, and sides of my forehead. I also used a bit of rosy blush from BareMinerals (I’ve had it forever, so I’m not sure of the name). Combined with the Colour Pop eyeshadow on my cheeks, this left a very sun kissed, almost sunburnt look (which, if you’re going to Coachella, you’re more than likely to get a sunburn). Growing up in Southern California, I spend the majority of my summers sunburnt, so I’ve gotten used to the look, LOL.

After throwing a couple braids in my hair and some bohemian inspired jewelry, I’ve completed my dark Coachella look! Let me know if you like it down in the comments below! Also if you’d like specifics on any of the products I used, don’t be afraid to ask!

*Also, just thought I’d throw this out there, I know the lipstick application on my bottom lip looks a little wonky. Sometimes we get breakouts in the worst places and it messes with our fabulous lip colors. But hey, smile through it right?

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Blog Party & Thank You for 1K!

Hey everyone! Wow, I can’t believe I’m writing this post. THANK YOU GUYS FOR 1,000 FOLLOWERS!!! As I was sitting in Chemistry the other day, I watched as the number changed and that class instantly got 1000 times better (quite literally). I know that in the entire blogosphere, this is still a tiny number. For me however, I never expected it to reach this. I’ve never actually had a specific number to set as a goal, but I feel this is a great milestone for my blog. I hope it continues to grow because I genuinely love this little community I have on here.

A little background for ya…As most of you may know, I started this blog before entering college four years ago. Over half of that time, I wasn’t very dedicated to this platform and at times even forgot it existed! It wasn’t until last summer that I really became enthralled with blogging and reaching out to like-minded people. I wish I would’ve been doing that all along! Anyway, my blog has become something I would completely forget about to a major project in my Graphic Design portfolio! I’ve realized within this past year that it’s been a gradual project for me that I love building upon and getting better at. Not to mention of course, chatting with you guys and receiving feedback is amazing! Now, with college coming to an end in a short couple weeks and this blog about to get some major changes as my life transforms into a new adventure, 1K couldn’t have come at a better time.

So with that said, I really wanted to give back to all my readers as a thank you. While I would have loved to make a little gift bag and sent it out to one winner, that simply is not possible for me right now. Instead though, I want to throw a BLOG PARTY!! Here are the simple requirements to participate: give my blog a quick follow and in the comments please post your name along with a short description of your blog. Also post the URL so it can easily be viewed. If you have any other sort of website as well, please feel free to post the URL and write a quick description. This is a great way to meet new bloggers and support each other on WordPress, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, or any other social media! Being active and networking is the best way to grow your brand.

Thank you guys again for this milestone, and hope your week is going well!

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Life Update: My Graphic Design Portfolio!

Hey, guys! First off, I can’t believe the first week of April is over. The days and weeks of my time in college seem to be passing me by faster and faster. As some of you may know (or for those of you who are new readers, hey!) I have been studying Graphic Design at my university for four years now and I’m graduating in a short MONTH! How insane is that?? Before graduating though, I have been preparing for one event that may be just as important as graduation itself: Graphic Design Review. 

What is a Graphic Design Review?

I’m sure most of you are unfamiliar with this event. I believe most schools that have a Graphic Design department have something very similar. Long story short, my entire semester was spent revising all my old work and creating a collection of these pieces. I have immersed myself in Adobe Creative Cloud for months to create one complete book containing all the love I have put into these artworks. At times I have adored the process, other times I wanted to break down and cry, feeling like I wasn’t good enough to truly create something I could show to future employers. I received constructive criticism, coupled with endless encouragement from friends and family. Both were absolutely necessary to my growth as a designer.

I am ecstatic to announce that my portfolio is officially completed and has been sent to a printing company (Clearstory in San Diego) to be bound and printed on beautiful paper. It should be done within the next couple weeks, just in time for the review, where I will be sitting down with a couple Graphic Design professionals from around the San Diego area. With the reviewers, I will be flipping through my entire book, explaining my projects and answering any questions they may have.

What else do you need to design for the review?

The review involves a few elements outside of the portfolio book itself. Each of the students in my class gets their own table to design and match to their unique aesthetic. I have been thinking about my own table for some time, and I’d love to make a whole separate post (with photos) about it when the time comes. I won’t spoil any surprises yet! 😉 Some elements every person will lay on their table are business cards, postcards, and résumés for professionals to take home. Other publications I have created and printed will be sitting on my table for people to take a peek at as well.

I also had to create a website for my portfolio to live online! This is something I’ve been super excited to tell you guys about. On Instagram, I’ve gotten a few comments of followers wanting to see my work. This is seriously so sweet, and I’ve been wanting to share my artwork for so long! Well, it’s coming your way, if you’re interested! I am still in the process of creating my website, making it custom to my own design choices, and giving it unique touches. Once I am completely happy with the outcome, you better believe I’ll be posting about it! Stay tuned for that.

What kind of pieces are in your portfolio?

Our portfolios had to include 8-10 works. Initially, I had planned for 10, but ultimately decided I wanted to eliminate a couple in order to give a little extra love to my pieces. A few of my projects include an album cover (which has a full alternative playlist listed on the back), a sustainability poster, a complete rebranding of a city in Orange County, and more! Once my website is up, you will be able to view the full portfolio, with hi-res photos and descriptions.

Couldn’t have done it without them! (Acknowledgments)

Many people contributed to the success of this portfolio (or, I like to think it’s a success, lol). I acknowledge that many students do not receive 100% support from their parents to become art or design majors. I personally have always been encouraged to pursue art, and more recently in my college years, design. I think there’s always going to be a sense of uncertainty if your kid comes to you and says they want to be an art major. I wouldn’t doubt if my parents ever felt that, but they’ve never shown it; they have pushed me to move farther with my art and truly make something out of my passion (including this blog). My sister also, has always been interested to see my work. Through the stress of portfolio, she was the one to receive the the late night Snapchats of my exhausted being.

My close friends and roommates who are excited when I offer to show them my work. They’ve shown genuine interest in what I do, especially this year when I needed their support the most. In turn, I love their work and find fascination in the differences between our majors. Everyone’s major should be celebrated! Lastly, the Point Loma Nazarene University Art department, who took me (and a large group of other students) on a personal tour through five European countries and have taught me all I know about art and design. Without their concern, criticisms, and love, I’m not sure we all would be where we are today as designers. Moral of this whole rant, I can’t take full credit for the completion of my bachelor’s degree and this portfolio. It has been the combination of various influences from good people who have gotten me through this major. To all of them, I couldn’t thank you enough.

That’s about it for this post! I hope it was informative to any of you who had questions about my major or this cap stone project. I do mention it quite a bit, but I leave out a lot of details when it comes to what I do exactly. Graphic Design has been a rollercoaster of a major, but ultimately brought me SO MUCH happiness! I encourage any of you entering college and interested in this major to give it a chance. If you have any questions about Graphic Design, my portfolio project, or my school even, please comment down below or shoot me an email! I’d be more than happy to answer questions! Talk to you all soon!

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My 22nd Birthday with Panic! at the Disco

Hey, everyone! Hope you are all doing well. Currently I am on Easter break, which I’ve been spending in a city near LA with my fam. My birthday was on March 28th and I honestly didn’t have much planned except for driving home from San Diego. The craziest thing happened though! A couple days before my birthday I was sitting in Chemistry, waiting for class to start. While browsing through Facebook to pass the time, I came across a post from Panic! at the Disco, one of my absolute favorite bands! They had a concert planned for March 28th in my county! What are the odds that they’d be a short drive away from me on my birthday?! That’s fate, people! I ended up buying tickets so me and my sister could attend. Here are some of the photos from that night!

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To be honest, I captured way more videos than photos, which I shared on my Insta story. The following are a few snippets from those posts, so I apologize if they are blurry. Cue my obsession with Brendon Urie…

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Brendon is an absolutely unbelievable performer. He is so in love with his music, just as much as his fans are (including me). The entire concert I was screaming and singing along, the little emo girl inside of me just couldn’t help it! Their music has evolved quite a bit throughout the years, along with the dwindling members of the group. With each person who left, there seemed to be a seismic shift in their musical vibe. They started off as high schoolers with very emo music, but have slowly become more punk and alternative pop at times. Panic! has been around for 14 years now, which is crazy! I remember listening to their music when I was just in middle school; look where they are now!

The concert lasted about an hour and a half, with the finale coating the pit with gold sparkles and confetti. Honestly, it was one of my favorite concerts I’ve ever been to (partly because the venue was so small and we were feet away from Brendon). Also because I’ve followed Panic! for so long now and continue to enjoy their music more with each album. I definitely recommend checking them out if you’ve never listened before. Alright well, I’m off to class. Talk to you all soon!

p.s. Thank you to everyone who made my 22nd so special!

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Vlog 2: Sushi, Grocery Haul, and the Ghost Next Door

Hi loves! About a week ago I posted a day in my life vlog. There was no reason for it, but I’ve really been wanting to include more video content on my blog. I had a lot of fun making and editing it, and you guys loved it! Honestly I didn’t think there’d be requests for another one, but here it is!

In this vlog, I discuss my thoughts about going to the gym, grab some food with my roommate, and shop for groceries at Whole Foods. If you’re vegan, this is definitely the vlog for you. Most of the things I picked up at the store are vegan, so there’s plenty of great options for you! Not to mention, there may or may not be something mysterious going on next door to our apartment. I touch on my conspiracy theory a bit in this video!

Again, I’m sorry about the bad quality, I filmed this on my iPhone. I think it gets my points across though. Feel free to leave a like on my video, it’d be much appreciated. I don’t post consistently on YouTube, but once I graduate I’d love to start making videos more on the regular. So subscribe if you like! Alright, that’s it for me. I’m off to the gym and enjoy the vlog!

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Hello Spring OOTD!

Hey everyone! Happy spring! The season is finally here and the cold winter months are behind us. Recently, I did a little photo shoot to take some senior pictures. I loved the outfit I wore for the photos, even though it was something out of my comfort zone. So this OOTD will focus on that outfit, and I’ll save the photos of me in a cap and gown for an actual graduation post! Also, a big thanks to Ryan Krantz, who was the photographer for this shoot. All of his information will be linked below. If you are in the Southern California area and need a photographer, I’d definitely recommend him!

Insta: @rkrantz_photo

Website: ryankrantzphotography.com

Now on to the OOTD!

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While shopping for an outfit, I found myself at Topshop. I love looking around that store, but I rarely find anything whether it’s because something just doesn’t fit right or because of the prices. The day I found this romper was definitely one of my luckiest days! For whatever reason, rompers rarely ever fit me correctly. This one though, fit like a glove and is honestly so comfortable. The mesh material is quite flexible, yet very delicate. I was also shocked by the color! Usually the best colors that work with my skin tone are cooler shades like blue, purple, gray, or straight up black. The decorative aspects of this romper are a bright color, almost red hue. I normally stay away from red, but there’s just something about this piece that I love and it photographed beautifully.

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The neckline of this romper is pretty low-cut and the sleeves are a perfect length. They are loose and give quite the feminine touch to this look. I also really enjoy the cut at the bottom, which helps bring in some nice movement when I’d walk. As you can probably tell from some of the photos, my hair was quite curly at the start of the shoot, but it got so windy and cold that all the curls fell out, lol! All of these photos were taken on my university’s campus, which is clearly right next to the water so a bit of wind was expected. It made for a lovely background and is completely my aesthetic. The white columns in some of the photos make up the Greek amphitheater at my school, which is exactly where the graduation ceremony will take place in about a month and a half!

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As for accessories, I wore some small heeled shoes. They’re the perfect nude shade that matched well with the romper. They have very simple straps, which has been quite the popular trend lately. I thought they worked well considering the intricate coral patterns. My necklace is a small silver branch from Tiffany’s. This collection of jewelry was actually designed by Picasso’s daughter, which I find absolutely amazing and I kind of got overly excited when I found out.

That’s about it for this OOTD, hope you all enjoyed! It’s been a while since I’ve been able to post one. It was so fun doing this shoot, I think the photos turned out great considering Ryan has an amazing lens and the campus is just gorgeous. Let me know what you think down in the comments below!

P.S. Thank you guys so much for all the love on my Vlog! I didn’t expect so many people to comment on it and ask for another one. I’m planning on filming another since everyone has been requesting it. Okay, talk to you guys soon! xx

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Day in the Life of a College Student (Vlog)

Hey loves! Hope your’e all doing well. The other day, I decided to film a vlog! Honestly I’m not quite sure why, but I realized my life here in college is ending so soon, and I want to remember what my normal days were like. I go more in depth about this in the vlog. Be warned that I filmed this on my iPhone and there are a lot of bad angles and lighting in this, but its very authentic. I discuss topics from my major, music, traveling, and more! If you’d like to know what life is like in San Diego, California, then this is for you! Click the video down below to watch my first vlog!

Again, I’m not super great at vlogging, but I’d like to incorporate video more into my blog. Let me know down in the comments if you enjoyed or if you’d like to see more “Day in the Life” type content. It was super fun filming my day and I’d love to build upon my editing skills more. Talk to you guys soon!

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