Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Summer Swimwear Under $50 (vol. 2)

I always have a hard time shopping for swimsuits. So much so, in fact, that I'm doing a second installment of this post so I can show y'all even more swimsuits I've found! I'm so picky about my swimsuits: they have to be modest, cute, and under $50. It can be hard to find a good combination of all three, so today I'm sharing a quick roundup of some swimsuits that fit this criteria!

Side note - I'm in Galveston right now and out of office so this post is prescheduled. The best way to contact me is to send me a DM through Instagram or Twitter!

Don't forget to check out my first roundup of swimsuits here!

Where is your favorite place to buy swimsuits?

Saturday, June 9, 2018

3 Years

Three years ago today, I sat down at my ancient HP laptop and wrote a short blog post (very cringe-worthy, don't go read it) about how to save money on Lilly Pulitzer. My blog layout was atrocious back then: I had a Lilly Pulitzer Lobster Roll background and used what were arguably the world's ugliest fonts. I so wish I had a screenshot of that layout; I can picture it so vividly.

Two years ago, I published a blog post celebrating my one-year anniversary. I was taking pictures exclusively on my iPhone 5c then, and they were mainly of preppy stickers and t-shirts.

One year ago, I talked about how much blogging has taught me. I had been using a DSLR for about six months, and I was still figuring out how to use it. I had just started my YouTube channel, and was looking forward to spending the summer taking pictures and filming videos.

And today, I'm hear to talk about why I love blogging.

It's so easy to get caught up in the stress of blogging: maintaining social media, shooting and editing photos, putting together outfits... it's a lot of work behind the scenes. I can't tell you how many times I've thought about closing this tab for good and giving up blogging. I've taken several breaks, but I always seem to come back to this blog. I can't imagine my life without it, because when I look back, I don't see all the stress. I see the amazing opportunities and relationships this blog has created for me. I see nothing but great things. Let's take a walk down memory lane, shall we?

I see the very first travel guide I ever published, and I see my most recent. I see my very first collaboration I ever did, and I see my most recent. I see the blogging goals I achieved so long ago, and I see the ones I'm still working towards. I see my ongoing list of things I want to achieve by this September, and I see each of those things chronicled through my "life lately" series. I see my very first outfit post, and my most recent.

I keep coming back to this blog because I need this creative outlet. I need a space to document my life, my memories, all these crazy twists and turns on the road called life.

My mom once asked me if I thought I was missing out on opportunities because I spent so much time taking pictures of everything. It's actually the opposite, you see; chronicling every little detail has allowed me to capture so many more memories and go on so many new adventures. I can't tell you how many things I would've forgotten if I hadn't documented them on this blog.

It's crazy to look back on old memories and see how much has changed. So often, I feel like I'm still the exact same person I was three years ago (seriously. I'm still the same height I was in sixth grade.) but then I go back and I realize how much I've grown as a person.

I can't wait to see what the future has in store for me, and as always, I'm looking forward to documenting it here for you. Thank you for following along on my journey, whether you've been here since my Lilly Pulitzer days or this is your first time reading my blog. You mean the world to me!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Currently Vol. 8

Happy Friday! Today concludes the first full week of summer, and man, it was a good one full of shopping, photoshoots, and delicious food. However, I have a feeling next week will be even better... because I'm headed down to Galveston! Make sure you're following me on Instagram so you can see all of the fun snapshots from my trip!

from my fun photoshoot with the girls at Grace Layne!

Watching... White Collar! My friend Mia got me hooked on it, and I can't stop watching. It's about a former con artist/art thief who ends up in prison, then starts working for the FBI after that. It reminds me of the movie Catch Me If You Can (one of my all time favorites) and I can't stop watching!

Wanting... I just posted my summer wishlist on Tuesday, so go check that out!

Eating... ice cream. When it's 100 degrees outside, I want nothing more than to dig into a pint of Halo Top. I've also been loving Hubert's Lemonade - it's perfect for cooling down after spending some time outside.

Reading... I just picked up two books from the library: The Summer of Broken Things and The Unexpected Everything. I haven't started either one yet, but I will keep you posted as to how I like them!

Listening... country music! Whenever summer rolls around, I listen to country music nonstop. Anything by Sam Hunt or Thomas Rhett is pure gold, and I've also been loving Coming Home by Kieth Urban.

Loving... coffee. I never thought I'd be that person who says, I'm addicted to coffee, but I'm addicted to coffee. I've made it a part of my morning routine: every morning, I sip on a cup of coffee while checking my email, reading blog posts, and scrolling through Pinterest.

Wearing... somehow, I think you know what's coming here... Nike shorts and a Comfort Colors t-shirt, all day, every day.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Wishlisted: Summer 2018

Welcome to the first official blog post of summer 2018! I can already tell that this summer is going to be such an amazing one. Today I'm kicking off the season by sharing some things that I've had my eye on lately. I'm actually going on vacation to Galveston next week, so I've been looking for a lot of swimsuits and casual beach outfits.

one // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight // nine // ten

Let's talk swimwear!! I purchased this swimsuit the other day, but I have my eye on a few more. I love this embroidered one, this wrap one, and this palm leaf one (which didn't make it into the collage). And of course, I need a cute coverup to go with all the swimsuits!

I feel like I've become addicted to stripes recently. I just ordered this striped skirt, this striped top, and this striped bikini, but I also really want this striped dress and these striped shorts. Do I have a problem? Probably. Do I care? Nahhh.

As I said earlier, I live in t-shirts now, and I thought these three graphic tees would be perfect for summer. (I think the bring on the sunshine one would be so cute with the aforementioned striped shorts!)

Lastly, I have a couple basics. I need a new pair of white shorts, but I'm so picky about the way my shorts fit... fingers crossed these work out! I also am in love with these espadrille sandals - they would be so perfect with this white lace dress I have.

A couple other things that didn't make it into the collage... this out of office tee, this casual yellow top, and these Friends-themed pajamas!

What's on your summer wishlist?

Friday, June 1, 2018

Life Lately Vol. 37

HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SUMMER!! Clearly I'm very excited about summer (and on my 4th cup of coffee this morning #sendhelp) but it's my favorite season and I'm finally done with finals, so I think a few exclamation points are appropriate. Today I'm sharing some snapshots from the past month: what I've been up to, what I've been eating, and more!

First of all, Mother's Day was so much fun! My family and I went to Olivella's (our favorite pizza place in Dallas), did a little shopping, and had dessert at cake bar! It was such a fun day celebrating my mom! My sisters and I bought her Joanna Gaines' cookbook and she loved it. We've already made the chicken pot pie and strawberry shortcakes - 10/10 recommend.

One of the really cool perks about being in high school is that you get a ton of days off due to testing. I didn't have to take the standardized tests my school issued a few weeks ago, so I got to have two days off! Ashley and I had brunch and went shopping on one day, and I took my sisters lunch at their elementary school on the other day. It made me realize how much I miss being in elementary school!

For whatever reason, almost all of my friends have birthdays in spring. This month, I celebrated two of my friends - Eleanor and Mia! I loved getting to spend time with them and celebrate them!

I also have my AP Human Geography test two weeks ago and it was kind of stressful but I feel confident that I did well! I went out to lunch with Ashley and Mia after that. We tried a new burger place near us and went shopping afterwards.

Memorial Day weekend in my family is always really chill but still tons of fun. We spent a ton of time at the pool, and tried a new ice cream place that has the coolest desserts (I don't even know what to call them!)

Now that it's summer, I'm looking forward to creating more content and posting regularly again. The past few months were kind of rough when it came to blogging/social media, but I promise I'm going to be more active this summer! Go follow me on Instagram and subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don't miss out on any fun content!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Tie-Waist Pants & Blush Pink Hues

Long time, no outfit post! Today I'm sharing how to style one of this season's biggest trends: tie-waist pants. I'm so excited to be working with Shop Stevie on this post - keep reading to see how I styled their pants!

the yummy breakfast I had when shooting this outfit!

Top (old, similar here and here) // Pants c/o // Sandals // Bow Ring // Heart Ring // Earrings // Sunglasses // Tote Bag

When looking through the clothing on the Shop Stevie website, I instantly knew I wanted these pants. I've been wanting to try out this trend for a while, so I was so excited to finally have a pair to style! Initially, I wasn't sure what to wear them with, but I ended up pairing them with this shirt that I stole borrowed from my mom! Blush pink is one of my favorite colors (but you knew that already!) and I love how it looks paired with gray. I accessorized with some simple silver jewelry: stud earrings and my James Avery rings.

I wore this outfit yesterday when going out to brunch with my family. We went to my mom's favorite restaurant in Dallas: Dream Cafe, and it was delicious! I got the migas (my go-to dish) and enjoyed every bite. Afterwards, we went to some boutiques to do a little shopping. It wasn't the best plan, because most stores were closed for Memorial Day, but we found a few that were open and we each bought a shirt!

If you have yet to try out this trend, definitely go for it! I'll admit, these pants are a little out of my comfort zone, but they're so comfortable and stylish and I'm so happy I got them!

Thank you to Shop Stevie for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own!

Friday, May 18, 2018

How To Research and Compare Colleges

It's crazy to think that my freshman year of high school is coming to an end, and pretty soon I'll be heading off to college. Although it may seem a little early to start researching colleges, I've begun to do a little research and narrow down my list over the past year. Today I'm partnering with Her Campus Media and College Board to share some ways that you can start researching colleges, even if you're only a freshman or middle schooler!

The main colleges I'm interested in are the University of Texas, Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, and the University of Arkansas. I've visited the three Texas schools (see their respective blog posts here, here, & here) and my mom and I are trying to figure out a time to head up to Fayetteville to see the University of Arkansas. Since I'm only a freshman in high school, we've done very informal visits to the campuses (just walking around and getting a feel for the place) but as the time gets closer, we're going to do guided tours. I highly recommend going to visit college campuses that you might be interested in, because walking around the campus really helps you get a feel for the place and see if you can picture yourself there.

Another tool that I've found really helpful is the BigFuture search engine by College Board. BigFuture is an interactive tool that helps you discover potential colleges based on the criteria that you want: majors, college size, demographics, housing, environment... the list goes on and on! You can also compare all the colleges you're interested in and see how they stack up against each other in terms of tuition, admission, size, and more. There's also tons of articles and resources available to you if you're trying to determine what type of college is best for you. I could not recommend this site enough! It is so thorough and helpful, and I'm so glad to have discovered it.

Another thing I recommend is going to any college fairs your school might have. This is a great way to discover new colleges you might not have known about and get statistics and brochures for colleges you're interested in. My school had a college fair last fall, and that's actually what got me interested in the University of Arkansas - the lady at their table was really nice and told me a lot about the school! If you discover any new colleges this way, you can go onto the BigFuture website and research them more thoroughly to discover more facts about them.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Her Campus Media and College Board. All opinions are my own.