An Afternoon with Origins

This past weekend, my friend Jenna and I drove over to Raleigh for the Origins ‘A Perfect World’ launch event at the Southpoint mall. The event was sponsored by Influenster, a free blogger network for those with all different niches (seriously, you should join if you haven’t already)!

The event was my very first blog-related event that I’ve been to. I was so excited to get the email and immediately RSVP’ed.

As mentioned, the basis for the event was to introduce Origins’ new skincare new line, A Perfect World. They even had free 30-minute facials for those who attended the event! There was also a tea reader, which I had never experienced before. When I had my reading, the woman told me that some really interesting things about my future. Of course, it’s entirely up to you to believe it, but I still thought it was fun!

I hadn’t really used Origins products in the past, but after my facial, I picked up a moisturizer, serum, mask prep and a sensory therapy item (don’t worry, I’m planning a blog post on those items soon).

At the end of the day, Jenna and I left the event feeling very pampered. It was a great way to take a break from senior year and all the work of classes. It was definitely a chance for me to break out of my introvert shell, which I didn’t really do, but hey it’s a start. If you get the opportunity to attend an event, you should go for it. Make sure to check out Jenna’s post on the event on her blog tomorrow!

Thank you to Influenster and Origins for inviting me to the event! All thoughts and opinions are my own. 


Graduation Photo Tips + Tricks

All photos were taken by Christina Casillo

Graduation is right around the corner (I promise this is one of the last posts about it!) which means that announcements will soon be being sent out (if that’s something you do). A couple weeks ago, my friends and I decided to take some photos for not only announcements, but for ourselves as well. The actual event that is graduation can be stressful, crowded and let alone emotional, so you may not be able to get all of the pictures that you want. This is a great opportunity to get those! Here are my tips and tricks for having the photo session go smoothly.

+ Don’t be afraid to be silly or ‘basic’
If your campus has signature spots around campus like mine, having a photo here is a great nostalgic thing to look back on in years to come. Also don’t be afraid to do poses that lots of other people do! As my friend Jenna says, “things are basic for a reason” so those shots that you may feel weird about taking, you’ll look back on it happy that you did them.

+ Plan out outfit ahead of time
The last thing you want to do is panic about not having something to wear. At the end of the day the choice is up to you, but I would avoid bright colors and patterns so you don’t clash with the gown that you’ll be wearing in some of the pictures.

+ Try to keep your group small
It’s hard enough getting everyone’s schedules to work out, but you don’t wait to overwhelm the photographer and yourselves with a lot of people. Five is the sweet spot if you’re wanting to do it in groups! If you have a large group, you may be justifying the quality of the picture if you’re trying to fit everyone in while keeping the backdrop you chose.

+ Have fun!
This is supposed to be a fun event, so don’t stress out about the photos being absolutely perfect. At the end of the day you’ll love them no matter what. Laugh, cry and enjoy this special time.

Have you taken any graduation pictures yet? I’d love to hear your tips and tricks also!


Monday Mood Board | No. 6

All photo credit to Pinterest

Happy Monday! A month from now I’ll be completely finished with classes, and just be anxiously awaiting my exams. With that being said, I’ve been looking into apartment decor recently. Basically any chance I get to be on Pinterest I end up spending too many hours looking up ways to decorate a small apartment. There are so many things that I’ve written down as items I definitely want in my own place! I’d love to hear yours if you have any.

I’ve also been watching the Netflix original ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ the past week. No spoilers please, I’m only halfway through with it! I never read the book, but I’m intrigued to see how it ends. Have you watched it, or anything new recently? I feel like I’m always looking for suggestions.

This weekend I also attended my first event! I went to a launch party at the Origins in Raleigh for their new ‘My Perfect World’ range. I brought Jenna along with me and we had so much fun pampering ourselves. We even picked up a couple pieces for ourselves, so be on the looking for some new skincare posts in the next couple weeks. I also got my graduation dress! I’m so excited to share it with you guys. Just a little over a month away 🙂

How was your weekend? I hope you guys have a great week!


Graduation Party Inspiration Roundup

All photo credits to Pinterest

As I’ve mentioned previously, my college graduation is just a couple weeks away. I’m still trying to decide if I want to have a graduation party when I’m back, or more of a little get together with friends, but nonetheless I’ve been looking for some inspiration! I love going on Pinterest to find just that. I love the idea of “words of wisdom” and advice tables. I think it’s a cute way to share memories and help for the recent graduate, as I know I’m going to be hoping for some once I move out and start working.

If you’re planning on hosting a graduation party, Minted has the cutest graduation party invitations as well as announcements. I’m using them for my announcements (post coming soon) and I’m so excited to see them. Their items are super high quality and adorable. I know the second I get my photos back from my announcement shoot I’ll be placing my order. (You know I’m going to get some rose gold in there!) Minted even has thank you notes for after the party. I always struggle with pretty thank you notes, so I was excited to see that they offer them!

Are you having a graduation party? I’d love to hear your ideas!

Thank you to Minted for sponsoring this post. While some of these links are affiliate links, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


April Goals | 2017

How can it be April already? It seems like it was New Years just yesterday. Last month I started sharing my goals for every month and I really liked holding myself accountable. This month is my final full month of college, which is incredibly hard to believe. My last day of class is May 9th, and graduation is May 20th, so I’m really kicking it into high gear in order to finish this year on a strong point.

Last month I did a pretty good job at completing my goals! I posted every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in March and got my online portfolio finished in the first week of the month. Hopefully April is just as productive, we shall see!

+ Post on Instagram Every Week Day
Instagram is a platform that I’m really slacking in. I really want to amp it up this month and post every week day! I also want to get a consistent theme with the editing for my pictures, I think it helps it look concise and more “on brand”. I’m trying to start up a theme that I really like and stick with it, so I thought posting every week day would help!

+ Find Alternatives to Coffee
I have a big coffee addiction. Iced coffee, mochas, lattes, you name it. I definitely am getting a tolerance to it too… one coffee barely keeps me up once the afternoon rolls around, so I want to try to not only cut back on my coffee intake but find alternatives such as tea and other things. If you guys have any recommendations on good alternatives, please share!

+ Don’t Procrastinate
Since my last month of school is wrapping up, I have several major assignments quickly approaching. I have a capstone paper due on Monday and presentations scattered around. I have a problem with leaving things to the last minute, and definitely don’t want to do that now!

What are your goals for April? I’d love to hear them!