New Beauty Series Coming Soon and Collaboration Opportunity!

Hello everyone! For today’s post I actually wanted to announce a short series I’ll be starting on the blog. As you may know, I’ve loved creating makeup looks and you all seem to enjoy them or want some tutorials. So I thought a cohesive series would be one of the best ways to showcase some inspired makeup looks. I won’t announce the theme of the series yet, but I think it’ll be a great opportunity not only to practice my makeup skills, but hopefully give you ideas for your own looks as well. I want to find different ways to explore and share beauty on this blog, whether that is through different series or through collaborations. With that being said, if you love beauty/makeup and would like to work with another blogger to create different looks, please contact me through my email (sageoliviablog@gmail.com) or comment below! We can brainstorm and of course think up the perfect posts together!

I also wanted to share a quick makeup look with you guys today. The funny thing with makeup (at least for me) is going in with a specific idea in mind, and the look going in a completely different direction. That’s exactly what happened to me this time around, but I still think it turned out pretty cute and very wearable.

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I used very warm tones in the crease as well as a gray/smokey color from the Urban Decay Naked Smokey palette. This was my first go at a halo eye, which is placing shades at the outer corner of your eye, but also the inner corner. This leaves an empty space on the middle of the lid for a metallic or glitter shade. I went for a rose gold glitter and a classic gold shade.

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I made my winged liner a little longer than I normally would, but a dramatic look deserves a dramatic wing, right?! I also layered dark blue and teal glitter shades on top of each other for a bright and colorful under eye. Lastly, I put on a pair of Eye Spy lashes from Dani Mansutti. This was my first time trying these lashes, and I love how gorgeous but natural they look! That’s very important when I’m buying lashes; I adore that extra flare falsies give, but I don’t love when they look too thick or too fake.

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I finished off the whole look with a warm lip color. I used a brick tone from Tarte and layered a nude shade from Anastasia Beverly Hills on top. I made sure to concentrate the nude shade at the center of my lips to create a light to dark effect. It’s very subtle, but these shades worked well together. It was a bit difficult to blend them together to create a gradient because they are both matte shades. Once everything was complete, the look actually ended up matching my t-shirt very well which was great for photographs!

Let me know what you guys think of this look! If you have any questions about anything makeup related that you’d like me to create a tutorial on, please let me know in the comments! Again, if you’re interested in a collaboration please reach out to me through email or in the comments letting me know you’d like to be involved (and of course include some ideas if you’d like!) Talk to you all soon!

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I Graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University!

The day has finally come! I am officially a college graduate with a degree in Graphic Design. Words cannot describe this feeling, partly because I’m not quite sure how to feel about it. I am overjoyed, excited, grateful, nervous, unsure, and hopeful all at the same time. Saturday was the day of graduation and throughout these past few days I’ve been asked: “So, what’s next for you?” Although I’m not quite sure what’s next for me, I am passionate about so many things and extremely excited to join the work force in a field I love. I really wanted this post to go up this weekend, but with the festivities and moving out of my apartment, things got very hectic. However, the day was absolutely beautiful with gorgeous weather, lots of sunshine and love from family. We took lots of photos, so keep reading to check those out!

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This is the Greek amphitheater where the ceremony took place. Although my university did not have Greek life, we have this lovely amphitheater which made for the most beautiful moments. It was about an hour and a half long, starting and ending with a prayer and the reading of everyone’s names.

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Here are a few photos of me waving to my fam up in the stands. The president of PLNU handed me my diploma and as you can see, I was pretty dang excited about it! The whole ceremony seemed so surreal and at times I couldn’t believe it had been four whole years that I’d spent at this university. It had finally come to an end.

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We stopped by the art department to say goodbye to some of my professors and take some pics in front of the ocean view. I’ve been very blessed all four years to have such an amazing environment to study in. All of my art classes took place with a wide view of the Pacific and lots of palms. I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better location! Here is also a photo of me and my sister. My family was extremely supportive through this entire process and encouraged my artistic mind to explore and grow.

The rest of these photos I took about a month and a half ago, but wanted to wait until graduation to post them. They were taken by a photographer named Ryan Kratz. Check out his Instagram, and his photography website! The photos were shot on my university’s campus, on the cliffs next to the ocean and in the Greek.

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My years in college were filled with some high highs and at times some low lows. I’ve met some amazing friends and learned how to deal with difficult or hurtful situations. I am leaving here a different, more educated, and more confident person. I know currently the debate about attending college is very torn. However, as someone who has successfully graduated from an institution, I would 100% recommend attending college if you have the means. It brings so many unfathomable opportunities, which personally allowed me to explore the world outside of California and has provided me with professional connections in my field of study.

Thank you to Point Loma Nazarene University and all the art and design professors who have truly taught me everything I know about those subjects. To my friends and family, who again supported me financially and emotionally through this time. And of course I have to throw in a shoutout to God, who alone has made this all happen and gotten me through some tough times. I am excited to push restart on my life and see what could happen for me in fashion, beauty, blogging, and graphic design! Thanks so much for reading, and hope you have an amazing day!

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My Graphic Design Portfolio Website!

Hello, loves! Well, I’ve finally completed my portfolio site! It feels so awesome to have my favorite pieces all in one corner of the Internet. You can find it at sagepetersendesign.com. This was one of the last projects I had to finish up for the portfolio review, which happened yesterday! On the site, you will find eight of the pieces in my physical portfolio, as well as my résumé, travel photography, and a page to contact me. (Please only contact me if you are interested in Graphic Design related projects, as this website is more business related than my blog). I’m sure through the years as I create new works, the site will evolve; but for now, this is what I presented at the actual review.

As you click through each project, you will find a short description, the client, the specific product, and the typeface used. As you continue to scroll, you will find many photos and mockups of the project. All of my pieces are very illustrative, which gives a very personal touch to each of them. They were all assigned to me as class projects, however the very last one is dedicated to this blog! It’s crazy to think how far my blog has come in the last four years. I never really talked about it much, as I was a little afraid of what people would say. Over the last year though, I’ve really embraced it and been completely unafraid of any negativity towards my passion. I’ve been so excited lately, realizing that it’s actually something people are most interested in! Everyone who stopped by my table at the review was interested to know more about this blog and what I do.

I’ll keep this post short and sweet and let you guys take a look at my portfolio site. It was created using WordPress, specifically because I wanted it to be accessible to any person, whether or not you have a design background. I also wanted it to be similar to a blog, in that viewers can leave likes, comment, and interact with me directly. Of course, you can always send in a contact form, but creating a blog format enables instant feedback. Thank you guys again for all the support, and I’ll talk to you soon!

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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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