My Last First Day of School!

Wow guys, I can’t believe I’m writing this post. As of right now, the first downpour of the season is happening in San Diego. As I’m listening to the water fall against the concrete at the back of my apartment and watching each little droplet race down the window, I’m wondering where the last four years of my life went. Tomorrow will officially be my last first day of school. What the H??? When did that happen? As you may or may not know, depending on when you found my blog, I am a Graphic Design major at a small school in San Diego. I am planning on going to grad school after a gap year, but I can’t help but feel like this part of my life is ending; like I’m closing a chapter to a book (as cheesy as that sounds). I’ve put so much blood, sweat, and tears (sometimes lots and lots of tears) into these last four years and I can hardly believe it’s coming to a close.

I wanted to talk about this on my blog because one of the major “themes” (I guess you could call it) has been my journey through college. Whether that’s giving advice about college life, or new places I’ve been because of this city. I made my first post the summer before freshman year! I love talking about college on here, and I think it fits my demographic very well. However, since I am a soon to be graduate, I’ve been pondering how my blog will be evolving. I used to be so afraid of change in high school and at the start of college, but I now realize evolving is absolutely necessary for growth even though it may not seem like it at some points. I’m excited for what is to come not only in my life personally, but how that will be reflected in my writing and this entire blog in general.

I am so ready for this semester. Of course I am a little scared to put together my entire portfolio and have it viewed by working design professionals, but I’m trying to stay positive! The day of my graduation I’m hoping will be one of the most exciting and impactful days of my life. Wish me luck and if you’re a college student or have already graduated, please feel free to leave any advice down below! Lastly, to give you a little laugh, and for me to properly document this time in my life, here’s a little throwback of my first day at preschool! Can I just mention the blue snakeskin pants and the dog plastered on my long sleeve tee? How times have changed (especially in fashion)! Talk to you all soon!

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Day Trip to the Los Angeles Arts District!

Hello everyone! I hope those of you on the east coast are keeping warm in the chilly weather you’ve been having. Luckily for us on the west coast, it’s been super sunny and great for traveling. I spend so much of my time in San Diego, which is where I’ve gone to college the last four years. Even so, one of my favorite places in the world to visit is Los Angeles. It’s such an open minded, artistic, and simply unique place that I hope I can live in one day. I’ve seen so much of the city but one place I had never stopped by is the Arts District. It consists of a few streets, so it isn’t that large of an area. However, there are endless walls covered in art and graffiti; it’s honestly one of the coolest area to take some pictures. So here are a few my family took yesterday, I would highly recommend this place if you’re in need of some awesome photos!

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The “Ain’t Easy” wall was one of my favorites. I love the look of pastel colors against a black background. Also, the font is so fun and vibrant!

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This industrial wall was so cool as well! It’s extremely urban but still light hearted with the bright blue hue. I’m not sure if this wall in particular was meant to be a work of art, but I certainly consider it one!

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The explosion of color on this wall was quite special. An entire building was covered in this pattern but unfortunately most of it was guarded by a large fence so we had to resort to this small section. Nevertheless, I love the photo and the colors are honestly to die for.

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This particular wall was covered in sketches that very much resembled the works of Picasso or Matisse. Of course, being a hard core art kid, I kind of nerded out. I also really love this photo of my sister against this particular wall.

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This white and red graffiti wall very much resembled a flag. I loved the look of it and how the paint is dripping down. It’s so loose and freehanded, which gives such a unique look.

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Here are just a few photos taken from around LA and at the Century City mall.

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I hope you guys enjoyed this little photo montage. I really love Los Angeles, there’s so many things to see and a new adventure to be had. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you choose to go?? Let me know in the comments below!

*All photos courtesy of myself and Avenue of Joy and edited by me!

xx Sage

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Urban Decay’s Newest Palette Comes With Some Heat!

Hello loves! I’m sorry I’ve been a little MIA from this blog lately, but I’ve been so looking forward to chatting with you about Urban Decay’s newest eyeshadow palette! I’ve been a big fan of Urban Decay (specifically their shadows) for some time now, and I’ve been eyeing their newest one for the longest time! No pun intended. From the packaging, to the shimmer shades, to the matte ones, I’m so in love with it!

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The Urban Decay Heat palette is chock-full of warm tones. If you’re someone who can’t get enough of shades with a red or orange undertone, then this is definitely the palette for you. If you’re a person who likes cool tones with more blue or purple undertones, maybe stay away from this palette. Honestly though, I’m so impressed with this shade range! There are so many shimmery shades with matte one; there’s just so many varieties of looks that you could create with this palette! Whatever you create, you can be sure that it’ll be completely warm and fiery! All of these shades would really make green or blue eyes pop!

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So here are all the swatches from the palette. At the bottom of my arm is the lightest shade and at the top is the darkest. All of them are extremely creamy, although some are more pigmented than others. I’ve found that the shimmery shades are much more pigmented than the matte shades. I noticed that from one single swipe on the arm, the shimmery shades were extremely bright and colorful, while the matte shades needed a few swipes to get the full effect of their pigmentation.

My Favorite Color Combinations

The following are a few of my favorite variations of the colors. There’s so many different options as mentioned before, but with these combinations I’ve created the coolest (or warmest) looks! Also, there is no good way to take a good picture of your hand or arm so please disregard my oddly positioned limbs, lol.

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These three shades are a few of the darkest shades in the palette, and all completely matte. They create the most beautiful gradient and would be a great combo for a “going out” type of look. The lovely auburn shade is warm and inviting while the deep plum gives a very edgy vibe!

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The next combination is a more day time friendly look. The first shade I have been using as a transition color in my crease for every look. It’s the perfect light, middle tone for all the rest of the shadows. The shimmery/pink middle color I’ve been using on my lid and it really is gorgeous, although turns out much lighter than you’d expect. The auburn shade has also been one of my favorites and is very similar to a shade in the Naked Basics palette (the larger one).

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Lastly, this look is more complicated with four tones. It’s a shimmer and matte combination. It uses some of the darker tones at the end of the palette with some of the orangey shimmer shades. I really do think it ends up looking like a sunset on your lids, lol. It would be an excellent combo for an important occasion!

Packaging

Finally, I’d love to discuss the packaging of this palette. The front is designed so beautifully with all of the shades crushed in a line. I love the organized chaos and the look is just perfect against the sans-serif, gold font. When you take off this sleeve, the palette is sitting in a beautiful little paper case with matches on the inside. It really accentuates the theme of the entire palette, so I appreciated this little detail. Lastly, the packaging of the palette itself mirrors all the shades so beautifully and the vertical gold lines parallel the burnt matches perfectly.

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As you can tell, I’m a huge fan of this palette. The only “negative” thing I would say about this palette is you are strictly able to create only warm shades. It’s absolutely perfect if that’s the look you’re going for, but there’s not a lot of variety if you want something a little more natural or low key. What do you guys think about this palette, have you tried it out yourself? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll talk to you guys next time!

xx Sage

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Goodbye 2017, Hello To A New Beginning!

Hello everyone! It’s so weird to finally be making another post. I’ve been taking a little break from blogging for almost a week now! I honestly just needed a little time to wind down after posting for 25 days straight for Blogmas. It was such a great experience to blog that often and I met tons of new readers (which is awesome) but it was also a lot of work. However, I’m back and wanted to write my final post of 2017 and give a little recap of my year. There’s lots of new subscribers that don’t know much about me, so I think a little throwback of my year will be nice!

2017 was such a bittersweet year for me. It was a time of immense change and growth for me as a person. I’d like to be honest without exposing too much detail if that’s okay. My year started off with a very heavy heartbreak. I’d never felt pain quite like this before, so learning how to handle that and cope with it was quite the process and at times it’s still something I deal with. I was starting the second semester of my 3rd year of college with an amazing roommate and an unbelievable summer ahead of me. This was definitely a blessing in disguise, considering I started off the year on quite the depressing note.

Honestly that whole semester of Junior year was kind of a blur. Looking back on it, I had a pretty heavy academic schedule but can’t remember much of those months. I turned 21 in March, which I suppose is an important milestone. But honestly, I’m not a big drinker so turning 21 wasn’t a crazy night for me (it was also a Tuesday if I remember correctly). I went to meetings once a month to get more information about my Europe trip through my university and got a Graphic Design internship lined up for the summer. It may also be important to note that the first half of 2017 I wasn’t very active on my blog. Actually, the first few years of my blog I was not very active. It wasn’t until the summer that things really started to change for me online.

Finally, in May I packed up my dorm and moved back home for the summer. I had to wait about a month before heading off to London to start my European excursion! I prepared myself for the trip that month, making lists and getting everything together that I would need. Time went by slowly since I was anticipating such a life changing trip. Unfortunately a week before I left, London was hit with a series of attacks, which at one point made me question whether it would be safe to go or not. Ultimately, I decided to go and concluded that I could not live in fear. Right before I left, I decided to make another blog post and do something different when it came to the subject of my blog. I tried networking for the first time (reaching out to bloggers and trying to connect more with the WordPress community) and everything changed from there! I started to gain more readers and got more feedback on my posts. Normally, when I would post there wouldn’t be much activity, nearly zero actually. I had reached some people when I first started blogging, but the less I posted, the less activity I would get. I didn’t completely understand how vital it was to connect with others, but it’s the most important thing you could ever do when writing a blog. Long story short, my blog started to pick up a bit and I left for London!

The next month would consist of me traveling with a large group of Graphic Design/Art majors throughout Europe, visiting five different countries and going to contemporary art museums everyday! It was the most magical month of my life and I wouldn’t have changed a minute of it for the world. Even the days when I was exhausted, I’ve never felt that type of happiness in my life. When I got home, I created separate posts dedicated to each country individually (called My Travel Journal), which if you’re interested to read more about, I will link here: England, Germany, France, Italy, Greece. After my return, I also started my month long Graphic Design internship, which was extremely professional and such an amazing opportunity.

At this point, my Senior year of college was about to begin! I moved into my first apartment off campus which is only a few minutes’ drive to my school. I moved in with a couple of the kindest friends I have and we’ve been experiencing apartment living together, the good and the bad. There have been tiny bumps in the road, but nothing we couldn’t handle together! I tried working at a new retail store during the start of the semester, it ended up not being for me, and I learned a lot about choosing what is best for your own life and your well being. Sometimes it’s hard to make that choice, but especially when it comes to jobs, you have to at least be able to tolerate the place you’re working. The semester had me extremely focused on my Graphic Design work and preparing for my final portfolio review (which will be in May of 2018). Again, I’ll be very honest and say this semester was full of ups and downs. Some days were extremely busy and I didn’t have a moment to myself and others seemed like they would never end when I got very lonely/depressed at times. I had my final grad check, and signed the papers to approve my graduation in May!

That about brings us to December of 2017. I participated in Blogmas, which as you may know is 25 days of straight blogging. It was awesome and I’m so glad I decided to take the plunge and do it! In the words of Shia Labeouf…

This month in particular has been a lot of growing for me mentally and emotionally. Realizing what exactly I need and want in life, making the necessary changes, and accepting it. Some things are very hard to go through, even if you know they’re the right thing. That’s probably been the hardest lesson for me, but I’m trying my best to do the right thing, in the most painless way possible. In 2018 I will be graduating college, moving back home, and doing research and filling out forms to go to grad school! It’s going to be an extremely transitional year for me, but I am so looking forward to a fresh start. New people, new jobs, new experience…I’m ready for you 2018! Please be good to me. I’m also very excited for where this blog is headed and I have many new things planned for you guys in the coming year! I’m so blessed to be able to share my thoughts with so many people online and always receive such positivity, so thank you for being a lovely audience. This was quite the wordy post, so if you made it this far, thank you so much. That was my recap of 2017 and I hope you enjoyed, I’ll talk to you all in 2018!

Happy New Year xx Sage

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Blogmas Day 25: Christmas Through the Years!

Merry Christmas everyone!!! Wow, the very last day of Blogmas, I seriously can’t believe it! I honestly wasn’t sure I was going to get through these 25 days of blogging, but I’m SO glad I did. It taught me so much about the blogging process and connected me to so many amazing and kind people here on WordPress. If you’ve stuck with me since December 1st, thank you so much for the constant love and support. And if you’ve just found me today, welcome and thanks for stopping by! I hope you all have the loveliest of days filled with family and happiness. So without further ado, here is my final post of Blogmas 2017!

So before I even started Blogmas, I found a long list of great post ideas that I could grab inspiration from. I reviewed it yesterday and found such an awesome idea for a post! A small collection of my Christmases through the years. I thought it would be really hilarious to show you guys some of my old family photos of me growing up and what my Christmases looked like.

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Okay so to start off, here is me as a tiny baby. I must say my mom must have loved the overalls look with the giant bow on my head. It is pretty adorable though, I must say. It looks like I was a pretty good baby when it came to visiting Santa…for other children though, this isn’t always the case (see below).

Update: This is actually my sister in the second photo?!?! Sorry for the mistake but we seriously looked similar as babies!!

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My sister may or may not kill me for including this photo. So it was nice knowing you guys. But come on, how could I not include this?? My little sister is pictured on the left and she was seriously not having this Santa visit. I think I was trying to keep it together for the both of us and my parents, lol. I really find this photo hilarious, and a great memory, maybe not for her though!

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Here is a happier photo with my little sis and I. I really love the little gingerbread and candy cane photo shoot they had going on. And can we just mention the matching turtlenecks?? Clearly I was a fashion mogul back in the day.

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And here we are a little more grown up. I must have been about 10 or 11 in this photo and she was 7 or 8. Santa clearly has become more of a friend at this point than someone to be terrified of, lol. And again, let me bring up the long white shirt under the V-neck striped top…wow…

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Finally, here is an up to date photo of my beautiful sister and I. Some say we look exactly alike and others say we look completely different. What do you think? Christmas is a big deal in our household, so we’re very excited for the day. We just wrapped up (pun intended) exchanging gifts and about to prepare for the whole fam to come over. Look forward to a “What I Got for Christmas” post, I have an amazing surprise that I can’t wait to write about!!

Thank you everyone for being so involved in my Blogmas 2017, it was such an amazing learning experience for me, even though it was challenging at times. It showed me how dedicated I can be to this blog and what the effects of that dedication can be. I hope you all have an amazing day and I’ll talk to you soon!

Merry Christmas! xx Sage

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Blogmas Day 24: Christmas Eve Traditions & My New MCM Bag!

Hello lovelies! Merry Christmas Eve!! Time to really kick off the holiday festivities! Here at home, we will be preparing all day for Christmas Day which includes snacking on some hors d’oeuvres, wrapping the last of our gifts, listening to Christmas music, watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” at night, and opening our Christmas Eve gifts! It’s been a tradition in my family for so long that my sister and I get to open one present each on Christmas Eve. I’m not sure if this is something everyone in the world does, but it’s certainly part of the festivities in our home! I wanted to share what I got today, as it’s extremely special to me and I’ve never gotten a gift quite like this before.

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This MCM backpack is one of the cutest little bags I’ve ever seen. It’s such a unique color and looks very mature. It’s a medium size, which means it will easily hold my wallet, some makeup, feminine products (if need be), and anything I else I would need when on the go!

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You know this is one of the fanciest things you own when it comes with its own bag to keep it safe! I honestly love the bold and black logo on the front of this clean, white bag. It seriously makes me feel like a princess just letting it sit on my white sheets, lol! My mom actually found this bag at Nordstrom Rack, with a major discount! There’s nothing better than finding a nice bag on sale! It’s funny, I actually don’t know much about this MCM brand, which is weird considering I’ve worked seasonally at Nordstrom for a few years now. I’m going to do some research soon, but if you guys know anything about it, let me know in the comments!

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The outside is gorgeous with the two toned stripes, diamonds, and MCM logo scattered throughout, but the inside had me as equally head over heels. It’s not super clear in this photo, but the inside is entirely black, with the same black logo placed throughout. It has nude detailing inside, which pairs perfectly with the all black interior. Also, the gold detailing of the zipper and buckles is just to die for and is the perfect match against the nude and black.

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Again, the little gold detailing is brought out in the front with the square medallion. This is one of my favorite parts, it really makes it look official and has a “no funny business” type of vibe, haha! Lastly, the straps are the perfect size and are very comfortable when you’re wearing it. It also has a handle if you’d like to carry it around that way.

I honestly can’t wait to use this bag, it really is perfect and totally my taste. If I ever take a Europe trip or do any sort of traveling for that matter, I know this will be the best carry on bag! It’s not too small since it will still hold my wallet and a passport, but not too big and bulky to the point that I’m being weighed down. Let me know what you think of this or if you’re looking into any high end bags this Christmas! Thank you again to my mom for getting me such a thoughtful and gracious gift, I love you! You all can check out her Instagram here, she posts some incredible interior design photos as well as some healthy recipes and food hauls! Talk to you guys tomorrow for our last day of Blogmas!!!

xx Sage

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Blogmas Day 23: Last Minute Christmas Shopping!

Merry Christmas Eve Eve,everyone! Hope you’re getting excited for Christmas Eve tomorrow! Santa’s comin’ to town! I’ve had some very busy days the last couple days preparing for Christmas and running errands for my family. I’ve been getting various presents for my little cousins while also finding a couple Christmas presents for myself. I wanted to share a little something I bought today, I thought you guys particularly would find it hilarious!

How amazing is this Bloggin’ sweatshirt?! I’m seriously obsessed with it! I bought this from a store called Owl Fish, I wonder if any of you are familiar with it. It used to be kind of an obscure store but they’ve really expanded! I saw it there about a month ago and thought it was too cheesy, but honestly I just love it. It’s exactly what I love to do: blog! This sweatshirt is also in the perfect shade of red for Christmas. I don’t own anything red, as it usually doesn’t match my skin tone but this sweatshirt is the exception. Better yet, it was 15% off the original price! You better believe I’ll be featuring this in an OOTD very soon! I’ll talk to you guys tomorrow on Christmas Eve and in my second to last Blogmas post (wow!)

xx Sage

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