Christmas Post Ideas for New Bloggers (Blogmas Day 8)

Hey guys! How are you all? I’m so sorry Blogmas Day 8 is going up so late, but I’ve fallen a bit behind with scheduling and my day was extremely busy and spent in San Diego. While it was such a fun Saturday, this post is going to be a bit short. However, I think it will be very helpful for any new bloggers out there or for anyone that needs some extra ideas. Christmas is a very busy time for everyone and sometimes you need some fresh ideas or inspiration from others. Especially when it comes to Blogmas, sometimes thinking of post ideas can get difficult. I know for me, it helps to research! So for this post, I wanted to give a quick list of Blogmas post ideas. Feel free to try out any of these ideas for your own blog. They are posts I’ve created myself or ones I’m wanting to create soon. Let me know if this is helpful or if there’s any that should be added to the list!

1. Gifts for bloggers
2. Family traditions/storytime
3. Family Christmas cookie recipe
4. Trader Joe’s Christmas haul
5. Day in my life in December
6. Christmas wishlist
7. Year in reflection
8. Round up of bloggers/posts you’ve loved this year
9. Blogmas post ideas
10. Stocking fillers
11. Favorite christmas candles
12. How to make the perfect hot chocolate
13. Holiday bucket list
14. Goals for next year
15. Christmas eve night routine
16. Visit a christmas tree farm
17. Gift guide for the beauty lover
18. Favorite christmas films
19. Best places to shop online for gifts
20. How your city/country celebrates Christmas
21. Christmas blogger tag (look up questions on google)
22. Holiday OOTD
23. Best appetizers for christmas day (if you’re cooking)
24. Christmas makeup look
25. Christmas party playlist

Extras: Downloadable Christmas wallpapers for phones/laptops. Lastly, for my designers out there: best Christmas fonts available on Google Fonts 

I hope this little post was helpful to you guys! I definitely didn’t want to miss a day of Blogmas so I hope you don’t mind that it was brief. I know lists like this are so helpful to me and my blog around Christmastime. Feel free to leave any extra ideas below and leave a link to your blog if you’re participating in the challenge this year! Talk to you all tomorrow for Blogmas Day 9! xx

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The Season of Pumpkins, Candles, and Cozy Nights!

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Hello everyone! Yes, I know it’s been a couple weeks since I’ve posted, which I’m super bummed about. To be perfectly honest it gets quite difficult to stay consistent when school starts up. My weeks are hectic and my free time is filled with finishing homework or tidying up the apartment. However, this blog has not escaped my mind and I really miss connecting with you guys. Especially with the fall season upon us! The first day of fall was on September 22nd, just a few days ago. Even though summer is absolutely my favorite season, I still get a little excited knowing the temperature will drop (very slightly) in San Diego and a few rainy days are to come. Although Southern California is known for constant sunshine and beach days, downpours are some of my favorite moments and actually make me feel super happy. It’s a change of scenery, which I think is important for everyone.

Anyways, I just wanted to jump on here to say hello and see how you all are doing. Are you excited for autumn and do you have any fun activities planned for October? Do the seasons change dramatically where you live? I know I always look forward to pumpkin patches, PSL’s (because of course), hot cocoa, and movie nights with a warm cup of tea in my hands. Not only that, but fall fashion is making a comeback! I cannot wait to slip on a pair of my favorite boots with black jeans and a big ol’ comfy sweater! Honestly oversized sweaters are some of my favorite things to wear and I love being engulfed in an excess of fabric. Any excuse I have to wear them, I take it, even though it’s rare here.

I have a lot of new post ideas bouncing around in my brain, specifically tied to the changing of the seasons. I will get to them as soon as I possibly can, since a lot of them deal with fashion and beauty! If you guys ends up creating any fall/Halloween posts, send a link my way! I’d love to look through your posts, so feel free to comment them down below or tag me on Instagram @sageoliviablog. Again, I apologize for the lack of posts, I’ve had a lot going on with school and some things in my personal life too, so thank you all for being patient. Talk to you soon! xx

Another College Move In & Freshman Year Advice!

Holy cow I can’t believe I’m writing this. My little sister has moved into college! I wanted to make a little post about this because I am just so proud of her. She is going to an amazing college and guess what? It’s in San Diego!! I’m so excited to keep exploring the city with her since she’s so close to my apartment and school. It’ll be nice to have family so close while I go through my senior year of college.

It’s always so funny between her and I since we’re three years apart. Just like in high school, I was the senior while she was an incoming freshman. We’re repeating the same thing in college just on a more adult level. I’ve changed incredibly in these last four years and it’s insane to think she’s just starting her journey. Moving her into her dorm was hectic, like it usually is each year as you move into a new building. It was one of the hottest days of the year, but her room turned out adorable and I’m excited to see what she thinks of dorm life. She has many advantages that I didn’t have, for example having her own bathroom in her room (major plus!) Her room has an amazing view of part of San Diego, so she is very blessed.

Moving her into her dorm made all the memories flood back from moving into my own dorm freshman year. It is extremely overwhelming being bombarded with new faces, rushing around, and trying to be friendly and sociable with your new roomies. It’s a lot but she handled it with more grace than I usually do. This time is filled with so many opportunities, with four years ahead that will be loaded with new friends, hours of homework and studying, uncontrollable laughter, and quite a few tears. It was such a trip to look back on the day I moved into my little dorm room thinking the sophomores were incredibly old and very experienced (lol). But now I’m a senior, about to start working on my final graphic design portfolio, thinking about grad school, and wondering where the heck my life is headed after I graduate.

So with that being said, I think I’m definitely in the position to hand out some advice. Hopefully this helps you in some way if you’re headed into college, and I especially hope my sister takes these things to heart.

Be Open and Excited to Meet (Plenty) of New People

There is absolutely no doubt that your first year you will meet a crazy amount of new people. Being the new kid is kind of scary, but everyone is in the exact same boat. Everyone is looking for someone to talk to and everyone wants to make a life at your new school. Be genuinely interested in learning about someone new and don’t be afraid to ask questions. The more genuine questions you ask, the more the conversation will become easier and better! People want to know about you too! Tell them about yourself, sell yourself! Try not to be closed off and work on building a new network of friends.

Friends Will Come and Go

So you’ve made a nice group of friends freshman year. Go you! That’s amazing. Be aware that every year in college is different and people change rapidly. Some in great ways and others in not so great ways. Know that each year you may hangout with different people, add more peeps to your list of friends, or lose those that become toxic. This time is made special for YOU and there’s no time for people that bring you down. I was lucky enough to have a freshman hall where mostly every person keeps in touch and we all still love to get together every now and again. The same may happen for you, and don’t count it out! Simply be open to new people every year and it will get easier and easier.

Say Yes to Everything!

These four years are your chance to try things you’ve never done before! If something makes you hesitant, it’s probably going to be a great learning experience. Within boundaries of course, I’m not talking about drugs or excessive drinking. That’s a no no. If you’re thinking, “Should I go to that event tonight? I can’t make up my mind.” Just go! You may meet someone or do something that could give you new realizations or change your path! You never know. I’ve tried to do this in my life recently, and it’s honestly made me really happy. From saying yes to Europe and yes to smaller things in my life, I’ve really grown from deciding to simply say YES more often. Try doing this in college, spread your wings! #cheeseball

Find Your Balance

One of the hardest things to do in college is learning to balance your new life. As a freshman you’re going to have to learn how to balance school, your social life, and your personal life all in one place. School and homework comes with its own stresses and trying to make new friends can make you feel a little displaced and unsure. But your personal life is of top importance as well. Take care of YOU. Go to sleep extra early some nights if your body needs it. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with saying, “Hey guys, I need a little extra rest tonight so I’m gonna hit the hay now. I’m feeling a little drained.” Those who truly care will completely understand. I’ve been blessed with roommates who really get that and appreciate if I ever need sleep, and vice versa. If you’re feeling sick one day, REST! Don’t push yourself to the max; if you’re feeling horrible one day then skip your classes and take care of yourself. Missing one day is better than going out extremely sick and then having to miss multiple days.

It’s Okay to Feel Unsure or Even Scared

This is something every person experiences during their first week, month, or even year of college! Leaving your family for the first time is a big step. It’s 100% understandable to feel a little scared or filled with anxiety. I know there were points when I struggled. It’s a completely normal response, and know you’re definitely not the only one. It’s okay to not be okay some days. You’ll have your ups and your downs, but you simply have to accept that. It’s a part of the experience, but every down comes with an up. These are moments to check in with your family or friends back home. Sometimes just hearing their voice and talking about how you’re feeling can make you recharged and more positive. Don’t hold anything in, especially if you’re not feeling great emotionally. You’re becoming an adult who can care for themselves, but everyone needs a little advice or support sometimes.

So those are a few tips for you guys, I hope they are helpful or comforting to even one person. It comes from my own experience and specific things I wish I could’ve heard as a freshman.

To My Little Sister (Whose Not So Little Anymore)

I am so proud of you. Things are hazy right now and everything is new. But try to take it all in and enjoy your new life! It’s quite an exciting one. San Diego is a paradise I hope you take advantage of and want to come back to one day. I also hope my experiences have made you feel more sure about the new adventure you’re about to embark upon. Be safe and I’m only a few minutes away if you ever need me. Congratulations, love you Skye!

xx Sage

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Pasta Recipe + Meal Prepping!

Hey everyone! I have another new recipe for you! It was great to see the feedback from my last summer salad recipe post. You guys really love that healthy salad as much as I do! This recipe may not be as healthy as that kale and grape salad, but it is just as delicious and can be modified to be more health friendly. It is one of my favorite dishes that my mom always makes when I come home, so I thought I’d try making it in my apartment! I also made extra of everything so I would have it for the first week of school. I have a small meal plan this year, so I’m planning on bringing my lunches mostly everyday. It was super easy to make and great to take on the go! Keep reading to learn what ingredients you need, how to make it, and how I organized the extra food for the week!

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What You’ll Need

  • Farfalle pasta
  • Peas
  • Corn
  • Grated parmesan cheese
  • Ranch dressing
  • Salt (optional)

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  1. To start off, simply cook the pasta! (I put salt in the water so it boils faster and that’s good to do when cooking pasta).
  2. Cook the corn and peas (cooked separately and not in the same pot).
  3. Toss together the pasta, corn, and peas.
  4. Once those three ingredients are in a bowl, add in however much ranch you prefer.
  5. Add on some parmesan cheese, again to your own liking.
  6. Mix together and you’re done!!

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Time to Meal Prep!

Here’s the part I’ve been excited for. Since it’s a new year, I bought nothing but healthy things at Trader Joe’s. I want to start off on the right foot with meal prepping and knowing exactly what’s going into my food. I brought a ton of tupperware for the apartment, so I split all the extra food into separate containers that are easy to take on the go. All I’ll have to do is add on the ranch and a little parmesan before I leave and I’ll have a fresh lunch! I’m planning on meal prepping on Saturdays or Sundays so I’ll have meals and snacks for the entire week. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep it up, and I really hope I can to stay healthy!

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I know to some this recipe may seem a little different, but I kid you not, it is DELICIOUS! It’s one of my favorite things ever and such a nice treat. Try it out let me know what you think. If you end up trying it, post it on instagram and tag me @sageoliviablog! I’d love to see what you guys think! Hope you are all having a lovely week and if you’re back to school, hope you’re having a nice fresh start! xx

Beach Grunge OOTD!

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Hello loves! Hope you all are doing well this fine day. Time for another OOTD, yay! I missed putting together outfits for your guys so much. I think my last OOTD was posted before I left for London. Wow, that was so long ago but nonetheless I think you all will enjoy this one! This outfit is great for the upcoming school year since it’s very casual but also has “fancier” elements. You could always make small changes and variations to this style so it can be worn on a night out as well. So without further ado, let’s jump into this 90’s inspired beach grunge OOTD!

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As you guys may or may not know, I absolutely love an all black outfit. Black clothing in general seems to work very well for me and I love wearing it, especially in the fall! I bought these distressed black jeans months ago and I can’t stop wearing them. Even though it’s the summertime, I take the chance to wear them whenever I can. They match with absolutely any time and look fabulous with any shoe. I’d love to get a pair of these in white as well since they fit so great. I bought these jeans at Melrose in the O.C. and they are from the brand Just Black.

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I threw on a simple black t-shirt to go with the black pants. In order to make the denim stand out, an all black look seemed the best way to go. I got this t-shirt a while back at Nordstrom and I love the scoop neck style of it! This denim jacket has been another staple of mine for the summer. It served me well in Europe on the chillier days while still being light and airy with the sporadic distressed rips. The giant pockets at the front and with the sleeves unrolled, it gives a very 90’s look, which I’m always a fan of. Rolling up the sleeves is perfect as well if I want an even edgier look. I got this slightly oversized denim jacket at a store called Owl Fish, which is a very affordable shop with a great selection!

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To continue with the 90’s grunge, I decided to throw on a plain black velvet choker (I bought it at a random store in the mall, but you can find these types of chokers anywhere). I’ve been loving the choker trend lately and all the different styles they come in. They look just amazing on everybody and a great way to punk up a look. Another great trend that’s been happening lately is the dad hat or baseball hat style. It’s been super hard for me to find just the right one, but luckily the Vans US Open of Surfing had my back! I’ve attended the US Open for the past few years now and I always make sure to stop in the Vans shop. They sell tons of Vans march including shoes, apparel, accessories, and more. This year I found a gorgeous little pink hat and I love the pop of color it gives to this outfit. It radiates a feminine and playful vibe without taking away from the edginess. That’s my perfect outfit combo: cute, beachy, and dangerous!

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Lastly, to tie up the look I threw on these nude strappy sandals. They have a very slight heel and I love how they can be kept casual in a look like this but also played up with a dress or a romper. While being super easy to walk in, they definitely need some breaking in to get past that blister phase. You all know what I’m talking about when you’re dealing with new shoes, lol. I bought these at a shoe store called Reflection. This lovely nude color combined with the pink, black, and denim texture is something I’m obsessed with lately. It’s so easy to put together and they compliment each other extremely well. On my hands I have a few dainty rings and a marble ring for a little extra something. Combining a modern look with styles from the 90’s is definitely something I’m into right now, and I hope you guys love it too! Let me know what you think of this OOTD, I love chatting with you guys! xx

Advice from Sophia Amoruso and Becoming A #GirlBoss!

Advice from Sophia Amoruso and Becoming A #GirlBoss!

Hi everyone! When I was younger, I was such an avid reader. I could sit for hours on end and read, read, read. However, that changed when I entered high school. Readings that were assigned to me were uninteresting and sometimes I simply didn’t have time because of countless other assignments. Reading became a bore and I didn’t consider myself someone who liked it anymore. I’m realizing now that I’m in college that instead of reading books that intrigue only my imagination, there are some that can benefit other aspects of my life. I now love books that can help me in life and show me different outlooks.

One of those and the one I currently can’t put down is #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso. Sophia is the creator of Nasty Gal, which is an extremely successful clothing store. If you don’t know much about Nasty Gal, basically Sophia started on eBay auctioning off vintage clothing that she found at thrift shops and other places similar to that. When she was young, she was a dumpster-diver, thief, and even a hitchhiker. The book is about her transformation from that life to one where her wildest dreams became her reality. Her online store (and now actual store in L.A.) is one of the fastest growing businesses the fashion industry has ever seen.

I knew about this book for a while, but I just recently began to read it. And I am so glad I did! Sophia has become my newest inspiration and she has values she sets for herself that has made her a fashion icon and success. She gives the reader advice and lessons that she has realized from her own life. Like all of us, she has made so many mistakes but accomplished what not many do and learned from them. The stories she tells are not short from crazy, but from them she tells the reader what it means and what it takes to be a #Girlboss!

The road to that is not easy, as she explains. Through her eBay site, she found success, her passion, and even some hate. Nowadays, hate from people in inevitable and something you must become immune to. I’ve found this in my own life on various occasions, but here I am, writing another post and loving this passion of mine! Ignoring any hate and keep on doing what you’re doing is something every creative soul should live by!

At the beginning of every chapter, Sophia provides little high fashion-esque illustrations along with quotes. Also, at the end of every chapter there is a short story telling the journey and thoughts of other #Girlbosses. This provides me with even more inspiration of women turning what they love into something bigger. Into a career. This book has been such a great tool for me and has truly inspired me to continue to pursue my endeavors. I have been lucky enough to come from a good place where I don’t need to dumpster-dive for leftover bagels, like Sophia did. But to hear her overcome such heavy obstacles is amazing and I look up to her.

If you need a little pick me up, check out her book #Girlboss. I guarantee it’ll get you motivated to chase what you want in life and how to get there. People like Sophia can give you fantastic advice, but it’s your place to make those changes and go after what you want. It’s all up to you. Good luck! ❤

Fashion and Lifestyle Books!

Fashion and Lifestyle Books!

Hi loves! I recently got a couple of books from authors Lauren Conrad and Kristin Cavallari.  If you are familiar with the Laguna Beach reality show or The Hills, you know quite a bit about these two ladies. I absolutely loved these two shows since the cast grew up where I did, even though some of it was scripted. I loved seeing shots of the surrounding area and thinking, hey! I know just where that is and it’s beautiful! Anyways, even though those shows have ended, I still loved Lauren Conrad especially. She’s been so successful in all the right ways and I really respect her. I have most of her books including L.A. Candy, Beauty, and Style. I can’t say I’ve kept up with Kristin Cavallari as much, but I’m actually quite impressed with her book! In high school, these two weren’t exactly friends, but I’m happy to see both of them are still successful and hopefully they cleared up some beef!

Let’s start off with Lauren’s book entitled Celebrate. This book was very cohesive with her other two fashion and lifestyle books she let out. They all flow together very nicely style wise. The photography is always gorgeous and from a graphic design perspective, very well organized and thoughtful. I really appreciate all the small details that went into this book and not to mention, she has A TON of information in it! She shows you how to organize for events such as a bridal shower, a dinner party, a housewarming, and even a wedding! Any person who aspires to be an event planner should definitely pick up this book! Here’s a few pages that I found especially beautiful from her book:

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Next is Kristin’s book entitled Balancing in Heels. In it she covers topics from being a mother of three, to food recipes, and even working out! She give some great tips about a ton of different things and I must say her photography is also gorgeous. From a design standpoint, I do enjoy Lauren’s book a little more because it matches my aesthetic, but that doesn’t mean Kristin’s is any less beautiful! I love how she covers a broad spectrum of topics and gives her advice! Here’s some photos of a few pages I loved:

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Definitely go check out both these books by these amazing authors! It’s definitely worth the buy and they’re some great coffee table books as well. Hope you enjoyed and happy reading! ❤