Talkative Tuesday: Fun Things To Do With Your Friends In College!

Hello loves! Hope your Monday went well and that it was a great start to your work/school week. Us college students usually have so many things to check off our To-Do lists on a Monday. I know with my school schedule Mondays are always super busy for me. However, my week starts to die down around Thursday and I finally get a chance to take a breath. This is the time I like to cater to my social life and see what my friends are up to. A lot of the time, we like to just stay in and find something fun to do at the dorms. Because as you would expect, we are exhausted from our week. So here’s some things we love to do when staying in and I hope it gives you some ideas to try out with your own group of friends!

1. Watch a movie + popcorn!: This may seem like an obvious one with the technology we have nowadays. But there are times when all we want to do is sit down together and pick a movie off of Netflix. The dorms here have a place called “the box” where you can buy candy, popcorn, and usually any sort of junk food (not so healthy I know, but once in a while I’ll cave in). We’ll buy a bag or two from there if someone doesn’t have any already bought. Sometimes a simple hangout with a movie is all it takes to relax and spend quality time with your favorite people.

Bonus tip: While we’re on the subject of movies/television, some of my friends and I love to keep up with a T.V. show. For example when it’s on, we love to keep up with The Bachelor or Bachelor in Paradise!

2. Do our nails/hair: Surprise! Shocker here…NOT! This could sound very stereotypical of girls and what we consider fun, but I know if we have any free time, some pampering is always a good idea. Personally I bring to school a bin of many different colored nail polishes. I can’t use them all myself and I know my friends loving looking through the colors. It’s fun to just sit around with your friends painting nails or doing our hair for the next day of classes. It’s super simple but you never know when you’ll get free time again!

3. Order in: Sometimes when its dinnertime and already dark out, you don’t really feel like going off campus to get something other than cafeteria food. Ordering up a pizza to split together can be fun. Chinese food is another good alternative if you aren’t feeling up for all that cheesy pizza. (Make sure the place has good ratings before you order. I speak from experience when I say it’s not fun to get borderline nasty Chinese take out when you’re starving). That’s a good habit to get into anyway when you’re trying something new: always check for good or bad ratings on sites like Yelp!

4. Do something creative: My friends and I have done this once where we will paint together outside our dorms. This is a creative and memorable activity to do with your friends and may even open them up to something fun and new. Maybe do some watercoloring or calligraphy to add some art to your white walls in the dorm room. It definitely makes for good use of your time and it’s a great memory to share with friends. Doing something artsy will always be something fun to look back on once you’re all graduated and living different lives.

5. Take photos: This is something I need to get in the habit of doing more often. When you’re in college, take tons of pictures! It’s something I’ve really been making an effort to do more because I want to look back and remember the happy memories with great people I met over the years. Even if you’re doing something totally normal like talking with friends in your room, go ahead and take that selfie. Whenever you’re out to dinner or walking around campus, that’s a good time to pull out your phone and take a couple Snaps or post a photo to Instagram.

These are such simple things to do with your friends but they really do make for the best memories. Some of the selfies or old photos I’ve found from my freshman year really take me back. The years are flying by and the best thing to do is take advantage of the time you have. Talk to you guys soon!❤

Talkative Tuesday: Things I’m Looking Forward To This Fall!

Hey there, guys! With September upon us, that also means some lovely fall weather is on its way! Now I know my part of California doesn’t get a lot of change between the seasons, but we do have a couple weeks where it gets cold and rainy. Those are the weeks I look forward to during the autumn time, because believe it or not, I love a good rainy day. My blog has always been focused on California culture, fashion, and trends. But I like to change it up a bit during the fall and winter with the colors I wear to a slight change in my aesthetic. For example, I plan to replace one of my pillows this fall with a fluffy/furry one I got last year to match the feel of autumn.

So here’s a little list of things I’m especially excited about for fall (I’m sure most of you can relate to them, so hopefully your favorite thing is in this list):

1. Neutral/autumn colors: Orange, black, beige, mustard, brown, burgundy are all perfect colors for the season and I can’t wait for them to back in trend!

2. Pumpkin Spice Lattes: Okay, I’m going to be real honest here and say I had my first Pumpkin Spice Latte last week…I know, a white girl who hasn’t had one every year?! Shocking! Starbucks just released their classic autumn drink recently and I’m hooked. If you’re wanting a warm, pumpkin drink to warm you up, definitely try it out.

3. Cuddling up with a blanket and a book while listening to the rain: This is probably one of my favorite things to do in the fall. On a cold, rainy day there’s nothing better than a big warm blanket, tea, and a book/Netflix. During school it’s hard for me to find time to read for leisure but I’m hoping to find time this autumn!

4. Going to eat pho with my boyfriend or friends on a chilly afternoon: So pho is kind of the new thing I’ve been obsessed with. If you don’t know, pho is a vietnamese dish that consists of rice noodles, broth, meat, sprouts, mint, and Sriracha sauce (for myself, I get the vegetarian pho since I don’t eat meat, so there’s a ton of veggies to replace it). I have never been a soup fan, but this has surprisingly won me over. Thanks to my boyfriend for getting me hooked and I have a few friends at school who love it as well! Perfect to warm you up on that wind blown day.

5. The smell and feel after it has just rained: A lot of things on this list have to do with rain because we don’t get a whole lot of it here and it never snows. It’s our little taste of the fall season that most Southern Californians look forward to. Watching the rain is a beautiful thing, but the smell after it has passed and the feel of the air after a downpour is one of my absolute favorite things!

That’s it for this week’s Talkative Tuesday! I hope you enjoyed my favorite things about the fall and that it got you into the September mood. I’m ready to say goodbye to the heat and hello to cuddly, chilly days.🙂

Drive-In Movie OOTD

Hi everyone! One of my favorite things to do on date night is go to a movie. But what’s better than going to a normal theater for a show? A drive-in movie! I went to my first drive-in movie last night and I fell in love with them. It felt so old timey and like we were back in the 60’s. Tickets were only $9 a person and they had three movies playing at one time. We saw the movie Sully, which is doubt a pilot who landed his plane in the Hudson River. It was such an amazing movie and it was so fun watching it from the car on a clear night. They will even play movies on a not so clear night, even if it is raining. But for us, it was the perfect night after a gorgeous sunset. I’ll add some bonus photos of the drive-in below, but this post is actually going to be an OOTD. If any of you can go to a drive in movie, I have the perfect outfit for you here! Keep reading to check it out!

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I’m so glad I’m finally getting a chance to sit down and write about this OOTD. A lot of people loved it on Instagram, you can see the post here, so I’m happy I can go into depth about it.

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This outfit was created specifically for this jacket. I got it at Nordstrom but you can get an almost identical one at Windsor. Bomber jackets like these have been so in style right now and I absolutely love it! Some stores like Forever 21 have even been selling them in a beautiful blush color that is equally as cute. It’s slightly cropped and the material can be compared to a light suede (if that makes sense). It’ll keep you warm with the long sleeves but if it’s a warmer night, you an simply scrunch up the sleeves for a more casual look.

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I love how the jacket gives an edgy vibe. I love pairing edgy pieces with more feminine ones, so I knew this light pick t-shirt would work well with it. I got this shirt a while ago from H&M. The shorts also paired well with the black accents of the jacket. They’re very torn and worn so it adds to that element of edginess. I believe I got these shorts at Lamb and Flag years ago. I’m not sure those stores are around still but black denim shorts would work as well.

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For accessories, I wore these suede boots in a beige/gray color. It has a pointed toe and a V cut on the side. I absolutely love the cut of this boot and it went perfectly with the outfit (I bought them from Tilly’s). Black boots would have worked well too, but I wanted to change it up a bit! As you can see in other photos above, I also wore a classic black choker with my layered beige necklace from Nordstrom. I also wore my sunglasses from Nasty Gal that I am LOVING right now. I believe they were only $20. This was a steal since everything from Nasty Gal is pretty pricey.

Photos from the Drive-In:

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This was such a fun date night and the movie was amazing! I definitely recommend both of them and I hope you love the outfit I put together!

Last but not least, today is 9/11 and I don’t think I should post without mentioning a day that is so significant in my country’s history. We remember what happened that day 15 years ago in 2001 and are thankful to those who risked their lives to save others. They are truly heroes. Even though I was only going into my first week of kindergarten and don’t remember it at the exact moment it was happening, it’s something that stands out every year. God bless<3

Beginning of School Recap/Exciting News!

Hi loves! I’m so sorry I haven’t been as consistent with my post as usual. As most of you know, I moved into my new dorm and started my third year of college. That’s crazy to say and to write. However, I honestly think it’s going to be one of the best years of college for me. The first couple of years had their high highs and some low lows. This year though, is off to a great start and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings for me and my friends!

I want to touch on some major things that have happened in just the past couple of weeks. Firstly, move in day was actually way better than any other year. Of course, it brought it stresses but I suppose the more you do something, the easier it gets. I think it was easier simply because I knew exactly what I needed and what I would never use. When you’re moving into college as a freshman, you tend to overpack. (At least I did, since I didn’t have a car to go out and buy whatever I needed that day). But this year I knew the things that I would be using often and things I had in boxes only because “there might be a time when I need this.”

Secondly, (and a more exciting event I may add), I am the design editor for my college’s yearbook this year! I haven’t gotten too involved in different clubs at my school for various reasons, and I’ve been looking for an opportunity to branch out and challenge myself, especially with graphic design or art. I’ve taken more than half of the graphics classics my school offers so far and I think I’m ready to tackle a bigger project. I have never worked on a yearbook before, but I’m hoping my creative and organizational skills will pull through for me. I’m confident in my artistic skills and actually this blog has given me the confidence to try new things. Many people don’t realize, but one blog post could take a few hours depending on the content. For example if I decide to post an OOTD, there is a list of steps that I have to take before even getting online. I have to decide on the look I’m going for with an outfit, set up my camera/tripod, take the photos (it takes a while to get the perfect set of photos), download them off my camera to my phone or computer, edit them  (some photos need to be put into PicMonkey for further editing), and finally write and insert the photos into a new WordPress post. By the time this is all done a few hours have gone by. What I’m trying to get across is that I don’t think the processes of blogging are too far off from the processes that go into putting a yearbook together. At least, I hope they aren’t… But I think it will be good for me to get out of my comfort zone. Also, my professors have encouraged me to pursue this, given me confidence and advice, which I appreciate more than anything. I am so looking forward to working with the team and making a bomb yearbook for my school this year!

As for my classes this year, I am taking a couple of G.E.’s including Poetry and Spanish along with a few major classes like Digital Photography, Branding, and Web Design. I am especially into my Web Design class since we will be taught coding and how to put together a successful and efficient website. I’m hoping this will help me with my blog since I do have the coding feature that comes with WordPress Premium. It’s a skill I’ve been wanting to learn for a while and something I think is very useful in today’s world and in the technology we use everyday. So who knows! My blog may be getting more detailed and look more professional as the semester goes on since it’ll be a great place to practice what I’ve been taught.

Last but not least, my bed area in my room is pretty much completed so I would love to get some photos up soon. As you’ve heard before, I went with a very modern/simplistic look with black, white, gray, and splashes of light pink. I really planned out my room this year and I think it turned out pretty cute. Again, I will try to be more consistent with my posts since my blog is becoming increasingly important in my schooling and with myself. I will always find some time to fit it in between homework, designing/editing the yearbook, friends, and family. I love writing and sharing special things on here and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon. Thanks everyone, have a great end of the week!!❤

Back to School in Style OOTD!

Hello, lovelies! It’s that time of year again, back to school! I hope you’ve been enjoying some of my dorm hauls, my room is really coming together so far! Since I am in my first week of school along with so many other students around the world, I thought a back to school OOTD would be perfect. So let’s jump right on in with this easy to wear look!

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For back to school outfits, I usually like to go pretty casual yet still looking put together. A simple blouse with some jeans is a great way to go, so that’s what I did here! This gridded collared shirt is from Boohoo.com and I have to say I was very impressed with the site when I received my order! The products I wanted fit like a glove and were very flattering! This is pretty hard to come by from an online store, but I HIGHLY recommend Boohoo with their great fit and affordable prices. I’m in love with this top right now, even though it is more of a very dark blue instead of a black that I was expecting. I have been looking for a shirt like this for so long and I’m so happy this one worked out from Boohoo!

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I paired it with a pair of ripped up boyfriend jeans, a choker, and a cute black hat to accessorize. I got both the jeans and the choker a while ago from Melrose in the O.C., a small boutique. The hat I bought from Urban Outfitters. I really think the accessories made the outfit more stylized and so adorable! I also put some waves in my hair to make it more feminine and cute for school. Rolling up the sleeves of the blouse also helps to edge it up a bit and give it some flare.

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Lastly, one of my absolute favorite parts of this look is the shoes! These black ankle boots are also from Boohoo.com. You can get black ankle boots from so many places, but what makes these so unique and expensive looking is the small gold trim at the heel. The gold also goes across the heel by the arch, so its a small detail that really makes a big difference. Detailing is probably one of the most important things for an accessory, so I really appreciated that. Not to mention, these shoes are impeccably made and fit me! Again, a risky move on my part for ordering shoes online, but again I totally recommend Boohoo because every single thing I ordered fit! These shoes are definitely affordable as well, even though they look pretty high end.

As for makeup, I went for a very simple wing with dark brown eyeliner and a nude liquid matte lipstick from Anastasia Beverly Hills!

This outfit was SO comfy to wear, which makes it perfect for school! I know I would 100% wear this to class and I’m excited to that. I hope you guys enjoyed this OOTD as always and let me know what you think of it or if you’ve ordered from Boohoo before! Have a fantastic rest of your week, loves!❤

Talkative Tuesday: Cruelty Free Makeup Brands

Hello babes! For this week’s Talkative Tuesday, I want to discuss something that may benefit not only you, but the planet as well. I’ve made a couple posts about my vegetarianism, and I’m still going strong with it! I transitioned from pescatarian to vegetarian and even though it’s bee hard at times, I’ve stuck with it! You can read more about my journey here and here if you like! If you’d like me to go more into detail about my vegetarianism journey, feel free to comment below! Anyways, this post will be going off of those ideas. Veganism is something I’ve been learning more and more about during the past 6 months and it’s really been causing me to think differently.

A big part of veganism, apart from not eating meat or dairy products, is not buying any products that cause harm to animals or are made from animal products. So many women love makeup and use it as an expression of themselves. However, so many companies are not vegan friendly, meaning they test on animals, causing them harm.

During my first year of college, our writing class required us to create a 15 page research paper. My topic I chose was animal cruelty. As expected, it was a ton of work and a lot of it wasn’t so fun. But I can say that I actually learned so much from my research. It is so heartbreaking what happens to these animals during tests and is 100% inhumane. We as humans are higher beings than animals, but that doesn’t mean we should take advantage of this fact. I believe that God put on this earth to care for the animals, not harm them to better our own lives. Every person can have their own opinion on this topic, but I thought I’d share a little snippet of my own.

Personally I have not transitioned to cruelty free products yet, but I would love to do so! If you share this opinion and want to start using only cruelty free products, I found a long list online that I want to share with you all! There are SO MANY cruelty free companies, so I think the best way to show you is in this photo below. This list is from crueltyfreekitty.com!

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I’m stoked that this website has such a long list of cruelty free products. I personally use Too Faced, Anastasia Beverly Hills, ColourPop, and more and I can say these products are just as nice as, for example, MAC who is not a cruelty free makeup brand. I hope this Talkative Tuesday sparked your interest or helped inform you more about this cause!❤

Dorm Decor: DIY Ribbon Hanger

Hello, loves! I promised more back to school posts and I’m so excited to share this one with you! I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m usually not one to go all DIY with room decor or anything in general, but I decided to try it out this year. I’ve seen these all over the internet and they look easy enough to make. This is a ribbon hanger (or at least that’s what I’m going to call it) that makes for a great little unique accent on your wall! This took only a few minutes to make and I think it’s going to match super well with the rest of my decor. Here is the finished product:

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This is exactly what you’ll need: 3 different ribbons (preferably each a different color and texture to add dimension), a stick or branch (any size will be fine), and string (I used two different colors). 

The only thing I had to pick up at Michael’s for this DIY was the ribbon since I already had the embroidery string and I found the stick in my backyard (I couldn’t find any branches that would work at the store).

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The three colors I chose were white, beige, and gray. I thought these would work well together and give that modern feel I’m trying to achieve in my room. The white and beige ribbons are a rougher texture and have a little bohemian edge (since they are also a thick fabric, I had to tear them in half). The gray is simply normal ribbon and will be used as the accent color.

So, I wasn’t exactly sure how to start on this project. I wanted the ribbon to have an arrow shape so that the longest ribbon was in the middle and they gradually got shorter at each side of the branch. To start, I measured how long I wanted the middle piece to be and then folded it over on itself (the piece should be double how long you actually want it to hang). You must double the length to be able to tie it on the branch; there will also be two pieces hanging instead of one. To tie it on, fold your piece in half and tuck it under the branch to make a small loop. Take the two end pieces of the ribbon and bring it over the branch to tuck it into the loop. Tighten as needed. (If this is at all confusing, try referring to the first couple photos for clarity).

I continued this same process with each color and made some pieces shorter. After I had a majority of the ribbon on, I had to trim some down to give that arrow shape. It’s a very simple process, just continue to tie on the ribbon as you’d like and adding more to make it full.

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Next, I started on the string that would allow it to hang on a wall. I used white and cream embroidery string that I used to use to make bracelets when I was younger (throwback to anyone who remembers that craze!) Since this string is extremely thin, I knew I would have to make it more sturdy somehow. I decided to make them into a braid.

To do this, I needed two strands of the white and one of the cream. Again, I knew it would still be too thin. So for one strand, I would have to use three pieces of string. I’ll make it super simple:

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Once I had measured how long the braid would be, I cut all 9 pieces of string. I sectioned them off like how they are listed above. Once they were all together and almost ready to be braided, I tied them to one end of the branch. After this, you can go ahead and start braiding them. Make sure you keep each group separate so one piece doesn’t wander into another. This could make the braid look wonky. This was a very easy part of the project once it got going. When you reach the end of the braid, tie the end onto the other side of the branch.

Once you’ve finished the braid, you have completed this DIY ribbon hanger project! I love how mine turned out and I’ll be sure to post photos of it with my other decorations when my room is put together. I love how you could change the colors of this to match any room.  It’s so simple especially when you get the hang of it. If you try this out or have done it before, comment down below, I’d love to know what you think! Hope you guys are have a great end of the week! I’m moving into my dorm this weekend, so wish me luck!<3