9 Binge-worthy Netflix Shows You Need this Summer

Hey lovelies! So since my health has not been at its best during the start of my summer break, I have had plenty of time to find some amazing Netflix shows. I would not recommend starting any of these shows if you are still studying for finals. However, if you need a chill day between long beach days and pool activities, try out some of my binge-worthy Netflix favorites! *These are in no specific order, but I will mention which ones are my top favorites/shows you absolutely need in your life at this very moment. 

1. Riverdale: The current series I have been binging like CRAZY. The characters in Riverdale are inspired by the Archie comics. I love this throwback to classic comics I used to read as a kid in the summer. However, the creators definitely added a darker twist to the lives of each character and they even threw in some new stories. It’s so cool to see Cole Sprouse (from the Suite Life of Zach and Cody) as Jughead and in such a serious role considering his past with Disney. Not to mention, Cole and KJ Apa (Archie Andrews) are complete heartthrobs. This show definitely has me completely hooked and I need another season on Netflix! Definitely a top favorite of mine. 

2. Lost: I actually binged this entire series last summer. It was kind of my summer 2016 show. I was super late to jump on the Lost bus but I’m so happy I did! This show has become one of my favorites and it’s definitely something I want to rewatch. Every season is completely captivating, even though it wrapped years ago. I love every single character the creators introduced, but I have to say I have a special place in my heart for Sawyer 😉 Lost is another one of my top favorites! 

3. GirlbossThe story of how Sophia Amoruso created her business out of her passion after struggling for every penny. This inspiring and oftentimes hilarious series is great for fashion lovers. It is based off of and named from Sophia’s book “Girlboss,” which I can say is an equally inspiring book. It is a quick series to watch and totally worth it!

4. 13 Reasons Why: To be honest, I finished this series within a few days while on vacation in Santa Barbara. I watched this the first week it came out, simply wanting to see what the hype was all about. I love the actor who plays Clay, I think he did a fantastic job. To be even more honest, 13 Reasons Why definitely has a somber and saddening vibe to it. Since the main subject discussed in this show is teen suicide and depression, the viewer is left pretty shocked and a bit down by the end of the last episode. Don’t get me wrong it was a great series, but don’t watch this if you want to feel pepped up or need something to make you feel happier. 

5. The Great British Baking Show: Do not, I repeat, DO NOT watch this show if you are hungry. This show brings together a group of fantastic British bakers to bake out of this world pastries and more! The vibe of this show is very calming somehow, even though it is a competition. It is clearly different from American baking or cooking shows that are usually quite stressful. Chill out with these British bakers and the stunning English landscape they bake in. 

6. The Carrie Diaries: Another great show for that fashion lover in your life! Set in the 80’s its an amazing throwback to the trends of that decade. This series recounts the teenage years of Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City. I actually have never gotten a chance to watch Sex and the City, but I absolutely loved the Carrie Diaries. She lives the dream of a high school girl and although her adventures are pretty impractical for a person her age, the show is completely binge-tacular! 

7. Gossip Girl: I watched Gossip Girl the first semester of this last school year and it was a show I had heard about for so long. However, it ended up being a little different than what I expected, in the best way! The lives of these characters are so glamorous on the Upper East Side of New York City. I was so captivated by the lives of these NYC royals, I totally recommend this series! 

8. Friends: Of course, I have to mention my top favorite show of all time: Friends! I know this series is talked about repeatedly, but I honestly have rewatched this show about three times. Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Joey, and Phoebe are the friends you need in your life. I can’t get enough of their adventures as a group and I love getting wrapped up in their love stories. I can’t say enough about it, so if you haven’t seen Friends, please stop reading this post and go binge watch it! Go on, close that computer and turn on Netflix! 

9. Leap Year: Although Leap Year is a movie and not a T.V. series, I thought it was worth mentioning. I just recently watched this adorable love story. I personally think it is the Irish equivalent to the movie About Time, which is set in England I believe. Such an adorable story and a great date movie! 

Bonus – Bob Ross: Beauty is EverywhereAlright here’s a little series you should check out if you don’t know who Bob Ross is. He is an amazing man who teaches you how to paint professionally with the flip of a brush! Seriously, is there anything Bob can’t paint?! I find him both hilarious but also quite talented. With his love of squirrels and landscapes, there’s no way you can’t fall in love with Bob Ross! 

That’s about it for my binge-worthy Netflix shows list. Let me know if you have any favorites from this list as well or if there’s any shows I missed! I am always looking for something to watch so let me know down in the comments! Thanks guys! xx

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Stroll Along the Beach OOTD

Hey everyone! Sorry I’ve been a little absent lately, I was hit with a pretty bad sickness that lasted for about a week. Such a bummer! Nonetheless, I am back with another OOTD! When I shop, I tend to be drawn towards cooler shades (and black) rather than warmer ones. It fits better with my skin tone and is gorgeous for this time of the year. I’m also a fan of babydoll tops, which I feel accentuate every body type beautifully. They’re so easy to wear and are so gorgeously feminine.

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I love that this top is off the shoulder but also has straps attached. I personally find off the shoulder tops a little difficult to wear; the slid up your shoulders too easily and it’s a bother to constantly adjust them. However, this periwinkle blouse requires no adjusting and is totally comfy! I bought this recently from Nordstrom.

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I recently wore this to a trip down to San Diego on a hot day and it was perfect! The flowiness of it kept me cool and still looking put together. Personally I think this would work perfectly for a date walking along the beach, watching the waves. It is the perfect mix of bohemian and elegant!

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Hope you guys enjoyed this summer inspired OOTD! I’ve been finding so much enjoyment in blogging so often again, so I really hope you all have been enjoying the posts! I have been posting every OOTD on Instagram as well as Tumblr, so check me out on there if you’d like! Love you all, have a great rest of your day! xx

High Mountains and Calm Seas

College. What a whirlwind of emotions, activities, and endless classes. It seems like every year I make these posts recounting some thoughts and looking back at what I’ve learned, specifically while attending my university. I am now in the summer of my senior year of college and I started this blog when I was in my very first year! That’s so crazy to look back and think about the person I was in the perspective of who I am now. I remember laying in my bed in the first semester of freshman year and telling myself, “Don’t worry, college will be over before you know it.” Not that I was having a horrible time freshman year, but I just knew that somehow these four years would be over in the blink of an eye! Boy, was I right! Even though I still have one year left, I know it will be the quickest year yet.

This post is mostly for myself. Even though I love each and every one of you who reads it, I really want this so I can look back and be able to know exactly how I was feeling. So let’s start with my freshman year. For those of you who don’t know, I go to a small university in San Diego. Although this is not at all far from my home, it was still a pretty big transition, as it is for anyone. I wasn’t so sure about San Diego, since I always imagined myself going more towards the L.A. area (still dreaming of that btw!) However, as the weeks and months went on after I moved, I found myself falling in love with San Diego. I’m not sure why, but I never expected that to happen! I am such a planner and an organizer; I know what I want and like, even when that comes to locations. I knew I loved where I came from and nothing could be better than that. Through these years though, San Diego has undoubtedly become my second home and I am so comfortable whether I am surrounded by tall buildings in downtown or lounging around in Ocean Beach. Not to say that freshman year was all sunshine and beach days; there were definitely some obstacles I had to overcome and I learned a lot about people and how to deal with them. Not to mention, my boyfriend at the time and I decided to try out long distance. But those tiny roadblocks were nothing compared to sophomore year…

Now I won’t go into great detail about my sophomore year at this point in my life, but I can say without hesitation, it was the year with the highest mountains and the toughest obstacles. Sophomore year was something that had me questioning myself and who I was, in not so great ways. The things I experienced were things I had never dealt with before and completely caught me by surprise. They were, with a lack for better words, very hurtful. And although in those moments I was feeling alone and unsure, they have now led me to know exactly who I am and what I stand for. Those unfortunate moments in my life were vital to my growth, to see myself and those around me with a completely clear lens. I count myself lucky though, that I had very specific people who supported me wholeheartedly and who I cannot thank enough. You know who you are. Alright, enough with the vague and depressing. Sophomore year was also a great year of growth for me artistically. My very first Graphic Design classes were teaching me knew techniques and programs every day and it gave me a great foundation for the skills I have as a designer today. Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop were throwing me for loops that were difficult, yet made me eager to master them and learn more. I am still learning with these applications, but my second year was a must to get me where I am now. My junior year was a breath of fresh air compared to my second year…

As I just finished up my junior year, I look back and think how blessed I was. The sea had seemed to calm in my life and things were looking great again. My roommate (if she’s reading this, Hey girl, you’re da bomb!) and I had a lovely little room with a breathtaking ocean view. The entire year I was surrounded by people who loved and encouraged me. I feel so lucky to have made bonds with such special individuals. I thank God I had these people, because they’re part of the reason I got through another major obstacle: heartbreak. I hope one day I can go more in depth about this topic to give advice to anyone going through the same thing. This year I also feel I really grew in my designing skills. Although I’m still trying to find my style, I absolutely loved my design classes and my professors. It was definitely a creative year for me and quite a different experience from the year before when I barely knew what Graphic Design was!

Anyways, this is getting to be a little too long of a post for my taste. To sum it up, I have a crazy summer planned with a lot of traveling and much more! If I could go back and give my freshman-self some advice, it would be to hang on tight because the road will get bumpy. Embrace the difficult and do what you love. I’m sure I’ll look back on this years from now and hopefully have the same advice. And I’m praying there is something even better to come! Thanks for reading, and I’m sorry if this post is a little long winded, but I hope you enjoyed. See ya in my next post! xx

Galway Girl OOTD

Hey lovelies! Two things have been on my mind recently: Ed Sheeran’s angel voice and this amazing wrap dress. Firstly, I have been listening to many of Ed’s songs off his new album, specifically Galway Girl, Castle on the Hill, and Shape of You. Thus came the name for this blog post! Secondly, wrap dresses seem to be making a come back this year and I am obsessed! I had never tried one on before this specific piece, but I’m SO glad I did. They are made to match anyone’s body type since you can tie it wherever is most comfortable on your waist. I absolutely love that it has this ability. Keep reading to learn more about this dress!

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Putting this dress on is quite different than others. It is first slipped on like a robe, with two separate sides. The two are then wrapped around your body and secured with strings tied around the waist. The sleeves reach about elbow length, making it a flattering dress and very mature. It is a high-low dress, which is such a throwback to years ago when those types of looks were what everyone was wearing. I’ll admit, when I was younger I loved the high-low trend and honestly, I’m still kind of into it with this type of look.

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Next, the pattern and material of this is just stunning. I’m a big fan of wearing black, so even though this came in colors like lavender and even yellow, I had to go with black. It’s just so versatile and there’s so many options for variations of this look. The fabric is very light, making it the perfect dress for weather that is heating up, like it is here in California (well, except for this week since it’s been RAINING!) Hopefully the sun will get it’s ish together soon, LOL. By the way, I purchased this dress at a small boutique in my little beach city and it actually wasn’t extremely pricey. However, it is from the brand Cotton Candy L.A., if that helps any.

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Since this wrap dress is in fact high-low, it gave me the opportunity to pair it with these black suede sandals. Even though the majority of this look is black, I think these sandals add a very summery feel to it! Perfect for going out at night in the warmer weather. I actually have a whole post about these shoes and other summer sandals here, if you have some time to check that out!

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Finally, to tie this look together, I paid special attention to the makeup. Since I wanted the hair to look windblown/natural and I didn’t accessorize too much except for my classic holographic crystal necklace and a few dainty rings, I went all out with the eyes. I used the Modern Renaissance palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills, which I also have an entire post about here.

I hope you all enjoyed this Galway Girl OOTD! I wore this wrap dress to my 21st birthday and I have to say, it was extremely comfortable! Let me know what you think down in the comments! xx

Modern Renaissance

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Hello loves! So usually the only eyeshadow I use is any of the Urban Decay Naked palettes. However, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and pick up a new set of shades from a different brand! Shocking! Anyways, I have fallen in love with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette. It is the perfect mix of glamorous and terra cotta tones. Lately I’ve been really into the red shades to bring out any sort of green in my brown eyes. This palette is perfect for that, but you can also have a ton of fun mixing the oranges with the reds and yellows. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw my review of the palette along with swatches!

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In my opinion, Primavera is the most gorgeous shade (bottom row, third to the left). It is extremely pigmented and can be toned down with some of the mauve shades or glammed up with the pink tones and some winged eyeliner. I can’t wait to experiment more with this palette; the formula is very creamy and easy to apply as well as being quite buildable. It also came with a two sided brush: one end is a smaller detailing brush and great for the crease, and the other is a fluffy brush which is great for blending or applying color near the brow bone.

I also really appreciate the packaging (again, that’s the Graphic Designer coming out in me). The entire palette is made of a pinky velvet material, that gives it a total Renaissance vibe, apart from the colors which, to me, totally reflect that specific era. Let me know if you guys would like to see some makeup looks with this palette, since I will be using it nonstop! Hope you enjoyed, talk to you all soon! xx

Summer Sandals You Need Right Now! (and life update)

Hello, everyone! Wow, I cannot believe how long it’s been since I’ve made a post! Through these last four months though, I have not forgotten about my passion for blogging, fashion, beauty, and lifestyle! This last semester has been quite the tough one for me. Not only academically was it very challenging, but many things in my personal life have been throwing me for a curve. It has definitely been a time for change and adjusting, and that has been my top priority. Before I pursued anything, I had to make sure I was okay. On a better note, I have finally completed my Junior year of college! Woo! My classes this year were vital to my growth as a graphic designer and artist all around. I was pushed hard by my professors in the best of ways and surrounded by friends who caused me to want to go the extra mile. However, I am ready for this summer and my final year at my university!

Speaking of summer, I am so excited that I will have more time to post. I am also taking a long trip out of the country to some very amazing places that I can’t wait to share with you all! So to kick off my summer posts, here are a few gorgeous sandals that you need for every sun dress, shorts with a crop top, or even with a bathing suit!

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I love the simple sandal trend that has been going on lately. It seems like every store has basic sandals available that are able to go with every outfit! These are probably my favorite pair that I picked up the other day. The pink blush is so subtle, yet so beautiful! Light brown is also a very flexible color that can work with many looks. The fabric is soft, making for a very comfy shoe that can be worn all day. Check out the photo above for more details! ($29)

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I can’t tell you how long I have been eyeing a pair of shoes like these. These shoes from Brackelle’s are gorgeous with the short heel and open toe. I love shoes like these with flowy dresses or pants. They would be perfect with a sun dress on a hot day while out shopping with your friends or out on a lunch date! The black color and suede material would also transfer over well to the nighttime, when it isn’t super cold, but you still want to look put together. These also came in a stunning pink blush. ($34)

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These are the easiest pairs of sandals you could ever wear! If you’re in a rush, slip them on for a beautiful, effortless look! The crossed straps make for a beautiful detail, while the sides are lined with a rope-like material. It adds quite the bohemian vibe to them, making them the perfect beach shoe! These also came in a brown color and black as well. There’s so many great options, it was hard to choose! Ultimately, I didn’t have many white sandals and I knew they would work with anything. ($28)

I bought all three pairs at Melrose in the O.C., who have locations in both San Clemente (Orange County) and Carlsbad. However, I believe these would be available wherever these specific brands are sold. Hope you enjoyed this post and that the first half of 2017 has treated you well! Make sure to keep up with me and see sneak peaks of upcoming posts on my Instagram: @sageoliviablog! Until next time! xx

A California December OOTD!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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