05.30.2017

I Graduated! + An Update

Long time no blog! Apologies for taking a little bit of a hiatus. If you don’t follow me on my Twitter or Instagram (shameless self-promo) I announced that I actually graduated from college a little over a week ago. The ceremony was great, it was so surreal knowing that it may have been the last time all my friends were together in one place (fingers crossed that it wasn’t). The only problem was the heat, but at the end of the day, all that mattered was that I got my diploma!

Walking across the stage was such a weird moment. I don’t plan on going to graduate school at all, so it was the last thing I would ever have to do with school. No more tests, quizzes, homework or studying… it’s strange. Now, I know once I have a job that will all be replaced with working, but for right now I’m soaking it all in. Here are some pics of me and the family from the ceremony!

I don’t have many plans during my time right now. I’ve really enjoyed sitting at home and catching up on my television shows as well as reading a lot more. I’ve already started and finished one book and it hasn’t even been a week!

With that being said, I’m now back home in Florida preparing for a move, nothing official yet but hopefully in the next couple weeks/month or so. I’ve applied to dozens of jobs, but still waiting to her back (fingers crossed!). I’m ready to hit the blogging road running. I’m starting to brainstorm and come up with some fun series’ to start, so if you have any ideas please let me know. 🙂

I think I may phase out the ‘Mood Board Monday’ posts… but I definitely want to replace them with something! This week is going to be filled with brainstorming sessions, and I can’t wait to share with you guys what I’m thinking of.

I hope you guys had a great holiday weekend and a great start to your week!

05.10.2017

Graduation Gift Ideas

Graduation gifts can be hard to figure out… especially if the grad is moving or starting a new job. One thing that I think about when coming up with graduation gift ideas is to think of something they’ll use long-term. People may be starting a new job, moving to a new city, etc. so you want to make sure to get them something to make that transition a little easier for them.

+ Coffee Maker
Coffee is something that I need to run on. I’ve used a Keurig in the past, but I think I want to make the jump to the Nespresso machine. I am definitely going to look into getting one of these when I move into my own place. My mom has one and swears by it. One plus with the machine is you can recycle the pods, unlike the Keurig!

+ Watch
I’m someone who wears a watch every day. The plus with these is there are watch brands for every price range! You can look at Fossil, Michael Kors, Michele or even an Apple watch for the tech-savy grad. Whenever they’re running to work or on their way to a meeting, you can help them be on time.

+ Purse/Wallet
This is similar to the watch, that you can get them a bag for any price range. Maybe you want to get them a bag that will stay with them forever, like a designer bag. Or maybe a good bag to carry to and from work. My newest love is these Dagne Dover bags. They have pockets for everything you might keep in them! They have a compartment for a laptop, water bottle, iPad, notebook, etc. The company has totes, overnight bags, etc. for all different occasions. They also make slim wallets!

+ Food Subscription Box
There are a lot fo different subscriptions boxes on the market, but I’m specifically talking about food ones. Whether it’s Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, Plated, etc. your grad will thank you! I love cooking, but sometimes I find it hard to find the perfect recipe and get all of the right ingredients. The cool thing with these is you can get several meals sent to your door, all prepackaged and ready to cook! You can also save the recipe cards to save for later.

What do you plan on purchasing for the grad in your life? Or if you’re graduation, is there anything in particular that you’re asking for?

05.08.2017

Mood Board Monday | No. 10

All photo credit to Pinterest

Happy Monday!! This week is my very last week of classes, and once Saturday hits I’m done with exams and everything all together. A lot of my friends from high school have graduated already, which is crazy! I’m one of the last ones of my friends to finish up their undergrad. Are there any post-grad posts that you guys would like to see? I’m definitely going to be doing one from graduation itself sharing what I wore, tips, etc. so be on the lookout for that in the next two weeks.

What do you all have going on this week? If you’re doing anything exciting, I’d love to hear about it! I have three exams this week, two on Thursday and one on Saturday, but none of them are actual tests, which is always a plus. I’m a big fan of final presentations over tests… what about you guys?

Recently I’ve really been trying to get into the groove of having ‘pampering’ session for myself. I love lighting some candles, doing a facemask, and catching up on YouTube videos or watching Netflix (currently on “The Santa Clarita Diet”). I’m also trying to eat healthier and get back into exercise, but I don’t think I’ll get into that until after graduation. I loved running when I was home so I’m definitely looking forward to that. What are your go-to exercises or overall healthy tips for getting ‘back into the groove’ to say the least.

I hope you guys had a great weekend, and are having a great start to your week so far!

05.05.2017

Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation Review

I’ve always wanted to try the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation for years after seeing tons of people recommending it. Unfortunately, I have much oilier skin than everyone who has talked about it, so I steered clear of it. Recently they released this Power Fabric foundation that is catered more towards us oilier gals, and I knew I had to try it. It claims to be long wearing and even has a good SPF.

I tried to get this in an actual Sephora store, but the one closest to me didn’t have it so I had to order it online. I’m always weary of purchasing products like foundation off the web because you never know if the color will match. I have the lightest shade in the range, and it matches me perfectly! It’s a cooler pale with pink undertones which looks great on my complexion.

Here is my face without the foundation. As you can tell, I don’t have many blemishes at the moment and am really just looking for something that will even out my complexion (I have some redness which you can’t tell as much in this photo). My biggest need for a foundation is something that will not sink into my pores and will last several hours without having to blot or re-powder.

And here is my face with the foundation! As you can see, I’m still very pale (this was before blush, bronzer, and highlight), but everything is blurred and it doesn’t look cakey.

 

The wear time on this foundation is great! I can wear it for hours without having to apply powder again, probably around 12 hours generally. This is definitely one of my favorite foundations overall! I highly recommend it if you have combination/oily skin with a concern with pores as well as oil control. I use a beauty blender to apply it, which gives it a more airbrushed finish.

Have you tried this foundation? I’d love to hear your thoughts if you have.

05.03.2017

May Goals | 2017

Happy May! I hope you have all had a good start to the month so far. This is going to be a really busy month for me, as I’m graduating on the 20th, but I’m hoping that I’ll be able to complete my goals. I still am unsure what my plans are, but once I find out I will definitely be sharing them with you all. I have a lot of fun content planned for when I do figure everything out that I’m extremely excited about (so fingers crossed!).

+ Tweet More
Last month my goal was to post on Instagram more (which I failed at). I decided to transition it more to Twitter for this month. I’ve always loved using Twitter but haven’t really been as active on it as I want to. I think I overthink what I tweet, but I’ve come to see that it doesn’t really matter! I’m just a huge overthinker… but I’m hoping I can use it more now!

+ Read Two Books
Like Twitter, reading is another thing that I want to get back into. Since school is starting to wind down, and I’ll be home by the end of the month (I actually can’t believe I’m writing that sentence…) I will definitely have more time on my hands. Even if I am moving at the end of the month to a new city, I’ll have flights and such that are the perfect time for reading. I used to read every night before bed, and that’s something I’m going to do once I’m home!

+ Network More
Now, I was going to put get a job or something along those lines, but I don’t want to jinx anything or be upset if I don’t have one by the time the month is over. So I figured that I would put networking there instead! Networking is super important when applying for jobs and looking for them in general.

What are your goals for the month of May?