Cheers to the Best Summer Yet

Hey everyone! So Labor Day is the official end of summer and I just wanted to make this post to reflect back on the summer I’ve had. This summer has definitely been the most eventful and lively summers I’ve probably ever had. I am beyond thankful for every opportunity I was given this summer.

Starting out I want to recognize and reflect on my personal growth in my career. I started my blogging and fashion journey back in January and I was so nervous to put myself out there. Now I can’t imagine my life without it. I truly have found myself and what I love and I have never felt happier about working and growing up. I got an amazing job that I love waking up and coming too. There isn’t a day that I don’t want to work. Work doesn’t feel like work and that is the biggest goal I have achieved this summer. Diving head first into what I love and focusing heavily on my career goals has been amazing.

This summer I have learned so much about the people around me and our relationships. I have the absolute best group of friends who truly understand me and encourage me to be my best self. As I get older I realize how important healthy relationships are. Sometimes we think because people have been in our lives so long that they have to stay there, and that is not the case. I want every person in my life to have a positive affect on it. My life has no room for negativity and I have figured out who stays and who goes. I think the biggest thing I learned about myself this summer pertaining to relationships is, the relationship I have with myself is so important. It was really hard for me to grow apart from someone who was in my life for so long but, I learned so much about myself losing that person. Loss is really gain sometimes and that is so important for me to remember.

The trips I went on this summer definitely gave me the travel bug. I can’t wait to explore more of the world and see all the beauty it has to offer. I am so extremely blessed to have been able to do all of the things I did this summer. I want to thank my friends and family for being so supportive and helping me with anything they can. They have made the biggest difference in my life and I truly could not be more thankful!

 

Cheers to the best summer yet, and to many more in the future!

 

 

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How I Edit my Instagram Pictures

Hey everyone, happy Friday! I hope you’ve all had a good week. I have been enjoying my last couple of days of summer before I head back to the books. Back to school means, more outfit posts and back to school outfit ideas coming very soon! Get excited.

So for today’s post, I am showing you how I edit my Instagram pictures. I don’t do much but I definitely have a few apps and steps that I use on every picture.

Camera – Most of my photos are taken on my iPhone 7 plus. The quality of the 7 plus camera is great so I take advantage of that as much as I can. Sometimes I shoot with photographers and they do the editing so I wont edit professional pictures at all.

Apps – I usually take my photo into Snapseed first. In snapseed I use the White Balance tool. This tool allows you to add or take away temperature. Depending on the picture I will add a little or take some away. I like my feed to be bright but, warm toned. After using the White Balance tool, I use the Brush tool to either add or take away saturation to a certain area of the picture. I like that this tool allows you to add certain things to specific parts of your picture. So if my legs look a little dull I can just use this too to add a little saturation to just legs and not the entire picture. I also use snapseed to get rid of things in the background of my photo. If there is a cigarette on the ground or a coffee cup I use the Healing tool to get rid of it.

The next app I use is VSCO. After saving my photo from snapseed I take it into VSCO and add a filter. I use the filter A6 on every photo and I usually bring it down to about 5-5.5. After I add the filter I turn the exposure up a little depending on the picture. I like to keep it around 1. I also bring the contrast down to about 0.5. Sometimes I will add a little bit of saturation but it depends on the picture. If the picture is a little dull I will add some if the picture is vibrant I will take some away. Like I said before I like to keep my photos bright but very warm toned.

That is all I do to edit my pictures, like I said I don’t do too much but these steps definitely make a huge difference. The last app I use is called UNUM this app is great for making sure your photos flow with one another. You can move photos around to see what would look best with your theme or to see if a picture matches your theme.

Hope this was helpful! Leave your Instagram handles in the comments I would love to check them out! 🙂

 

3 Days in Vegas

Hey everyone! Hope your week is off to a good start. I am just getting back into the swing of things after a fun filled weekend in Las Vegas. This post is a little different from others because it is basically just going to be a bunch of pictures showing bits and pieces of my weekend. I’m going to show you a couple of outfits, what I ate, and other random pictures from my trip.

What I wore

Outfit 1

My top and skirt are both from Forever 21 and super affordable. My lace bra is from Victoria’s Secret and my shoes are from Charlotte Russe. I thought this outfit was perfect for a night out in Las Vegas because it is definitely more on the sexy side. Really anything goes in Las Vegas so wear what makes you feel comfortable.

Outfit 2

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This was our last night out and I wanted to be a little more dressy. This jumpsuit is my new obsession. It fit like a glove. It was the perfect length and all around so comfortable to dance in all night. The jumpsuit and belt are both from Express and my shoes are Charlotte Russe once again.

Bathing Suit

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This suit isn’t the most exciting but I am absolutely obsessed with this top so I wanted show it. Believe it or not it is from Target, which means it is super affordable. Finding cute swim wear this summer was definitely a struggle for me. When I found this at Target for less than $20 I was so happy. For bottoms I’m just wearing some cheeky black ones from Victoria’s Secret.

The Rest

This trip was so much fun and I am so thankful to have experienced all Las Vegas has to offer. We stayed at the MGM Grand hotel and it was absolutely amazing. There are so many options for food and it was all amazing! The location was perfect we were close to everything! There is something for everyone at the MGM. If you like hip-hop, country, house music they have it all. Obviously there is a huge casino and so many little bars throughout. I would definitely recommend MGM to anyone going to Las Vegas. Here a few more pictures from my trip!

A huge thank you to one of my best friends Ashley for making this happen! I am so thankful for my friends and opportunities I have been given this year so far. This year has definitely been a roller coaster and without friends I don’t know where I would be today. My heart is so full and I’m SO thankful! ❤

Cheers to girls trips! Are you headed anywhere exciting this summer? 

5 Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle

Hey loves! Today I am collabing with my sweet friend Katarina from Fashiions Finest again. We’ve come up with 10 tips for a healthier lifestyle. I will be sharing five and Kat will be sharing five over on Fashiions Finest.

Unplug

I think this is something everyone should do more often. We get so caught up in social media and texting that we lose reality. I’m not saying turn your phone off for 24 hours, but start with 30 minutes. In those 30 minutes try being present and taking that time for yourself. Whether you use that time for reflection, meditation, a bubble bath or whatever it may be, make sure you’re doing something positive and for yourself.

Read More Books

I was never into reading in high school, and I think it was because of how forced reading was for me. Having to go home and read multiple chapters of a book I had no interest in really deterred me from picking up a book. Now that I am in college and take zero reading classes I find myself wanting to read. I promise that if you find the right book for you, you will not want to put it down! Reading is a great way to unwind and relax, so if you don’t have time to read during the day, do it before bed every night! Some of my favorites are “I Had a Nice Time and Other Lies” “Pillow Thoughts” and “Girl Boss

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Drink More Water

This is a given! If you want to be healthier you need to drink water. Water does so many great things for your health, skin, and even mood. Drink only water for two weeks and see how much of a difference it makes.

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Try a Workout Class

I know working out isn’t everyones thing, but a workout class is a great way to get healthier. Doing group fitness is fun because you get to interact with other people who all have the same goal, to be healthier. If you check out your local gym I’m sure you will find a number of group fitness activities. Even use yelp and search yoga studios near you, or whatever type of exercise that interests you.

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Get Outside

Try doing something outside at least once a week. Whether you go on a walk, hike, kayaking anything. I swear that just being outside on a sunny day just boosts your mood. Who doesn’t love to be in a good mood?

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What are some things you do to be healthier? Let me know below 🙂 Don’t forget to check out Katarina’s blog for more tips! Be sure to follow us on Instagram! 

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Sunday Style

Hey loves! I decided to do something a little different. I’m starting a series on my blog called “Sunday Style” where I show you guys my typical Sunday. I’ll show you my outfit, whether I get into actual clothes that Sunday or stay in my workout clothes. I’ll show you what I eat and any activities I do. I want to be more personal on here so I think Sunday Style will show you guys into my real life.

I like to really take extra time for myself on Sunday’s so this is Sunday, my style.

 

Sunday Style

  • This particular Sunday I spent my day outdoors being active so I didn’t wear a super cute outfit or anything. These workout leggings are from Kohl’s and are actually really good quality! My Calvin Klein hat is from Pacsun and my shirt is thrifted. This backpack is probably my favorite piece I’ve bought all year. I wear it to music festivals, when I go out at night, shopping, or even hiking. It is so versatile and I love it. They come in all colors and price ranges, mine is $24.99 from Marshalls. But I linked a similar one.

Sunday Eats

  • After spending the day hiking I went out to lunch and caught up with a friend. Going out to lunch is one of my favorite things to do with friends. I got this delicious chicken salad. 🙂

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Sunday Funday

  • I went on a hike at a trail a little ways from home. It was so peaceful and so beautiful. Like I said in my HOW TO: Get Through a Heart Break post I love doing something outdoors on Sundays. It gets me back in tune with myself and focuses me for the week. I love starting my week with a clear head and letting go of all of the stress from the previous week.

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I hope you guys enjoyed my first post in Sunday Style, let me know what you think below. What did you do this Sunday?

xox,

Shy

HOW TO: Get Through a Heart Break

Hey loves, today I’m getting more personal on the blog. I want to keep this blog as true to me as I possibly can. With that being said, todays post is all about heart break and how to get through it. Trust me you will get through it. Even though it may feel like this will last forever, we all know nothing does. I will be sharing what I do to keep positive and happy through darker times!

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Exercise

This is an easy one for me. Exercising helps me in multiple ways. It most importantly clears my mind. I like to start my day with a workout. That way I start my day with a clear head. I know exercise isn’t everyones cup of tea, but that’s ok. Whether you go to the gym and lift weights or simply go for a walk, I promise exercising will help tremendously. Exercising also makes you healthier, and if you’re healthier you’re automatically happier. And you know what they say “the best form of revenge is a good body.” 😉

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Journaling

I have come to love journaling. I use my journal for three different things. First, I use it to write out my weekly goals. No matter how big or small the goals are, write them down. This way you are being held accountable. If you open your journal everyday and see these goals, you are more likely to accomplish them. Next, I use my journal to keep a to-do list for the week. Nothing feels better than checking something off your to-do list. It is all about finding happiness wherever you can, and that little check mark definitely puts a smile on my face. Lastly, I use my journal for daily reflections. I like to reflect on my day and write what made me happy, mad, sad, excited, etc. that day. I love looking back on my reflections to see how much growth I’ve accomplished or areas of my life that are continuously making me feel a certain way. Journaling takes time but I promise you will love it once you start!

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Be Social

It is so important to surround yourself with people through tough times. Find genuine people to spend your free time with. I am blessed to be surrounded by the best group of girls who build each other up everyday. Getting out of the house and spending time with people who make you happy is so helpful. Being social helps get through heart break the most.

 

Get Outside

This ties into working out but becoming one with nature is a big help. Getting outdoors and exploring the beauty of nature is so calming. Going through heart break and tough times often makes us feel anxious. Going on a hike or nature walk really resets me and calms me. I like to do something outdoorsy on Sundays to reset myself and start my week off on the right foot.

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I hope this was helpful in any way, shape, or form. Going through heart break can be so difficult and I want other women, and girls to know they are not alone. It’s hard and it hurts but it doesn’t last forever. We are strong and able to get through it. It is so important to love yourself and to take care of yourself. Remember self love is the greatest love. Take my advice and try these things, and with time I promise you will become happier with yourself and your life.

xox,

Shy

Leave me a comment below and let me know what you do to get through hard times!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Wish List

Sadly, whether we want to admit it or not back to school and fall are right around the corner. The only bright side to hours of homework and sitting through boring lectures is new clothes, right? I love to see all the new trends that come out and stock up on my favorites. I don’t want to be thinking about to the cold weather yet, and neither should you. But with the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in full swing it’s hard not to get excited about revamping your fall wardrobe. So I have put together 10 of my favorite pieces from the sale. I’m calling this a “wish list” because lets be real, I can’t have everything.

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This top caught my eye immediately! I love pieces that can transition through basically every season and thats this top. I also love that this top can be dressed up or down so easily. If you have been following my posts, then you know I love versatile pieces. This top is a great price at $38.90 and comes in three colors.

Nike Dry Versa Training Crop Top

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This top is definitely going to be purchased by me. This top can be worn to the gym or just running errands. I love that it is cropped because most of my workout pants are high waisted. I think this would be so cute with leggings and white sneakers. So comfortable and casual for running to class or anywhere really. This top is $48.90 and comes in two colors.

Life Changer Moto Jacket

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Every girl needs a good leather jacket, and this is it. The quality looks amazing and I love the gold zipper details since I mainly wear gold jewelry. The detail on this jacket make it look much more expensive than it really is. That is huge trick of mine, buying pieces that look more expensive than they actually are. The goal is always look put together, but on a budget! This jacket is only $64.90 and comes in two colors.

Donna Ponte Knit Skinny Jeans

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These are on my wish list simply because I buy a new pair of black jeans every year. No matter what I can never keep them truly black without them fading. These jeans are $45.90 and look like great quality.

Effect Block Heel Bootie

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I’ve had my eye on booties like this for so long now. I will definitely be purchasing these as well. I love the color of these it goes black as well as brown. I am so picking about mixing black and brown so when I find a shoe that can go with both I am sold. These booties would look great with jeans, skirts, and even dresses in the fall. They come in 3 colors and are $86.90.

Kipling Sneaker

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I don’t know exactly why I am drawn to these sneakers, but I think they are the coolest ever. I am in love with the color of them and just the entire structure of the shoe. I think these would look so good with raw hem ankle jeans and a white t-shirt. I love putting outfits together in my head before buying funky pieces like this to make sure I have things in my closet that will go with it. These are $129.90 and come in two colors.

Paint Stripe Transport Leather Tote

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I have been on the hunt for a good tote bag and this one caught my eye because of the mix of brown and black. Once again anything that can be worn with both brown and black is hard for me to pass up! This bag is $129.90 and comes in four colors!

Raw Edge Side Slit Tee

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Nothing too crazy here, but we all need a good t-shirt. I repurchase t-shirts all the time so during a sale why not take the opportunity to stock up on basics? This shirt comes in three colors and is $15.90.

Cold-Shoulder Sweatshirt Dress

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I think this dress screams fall! I love the color and the distressed detailing. I think this dress with the “Kipling Sneakers” I mentioned earlier would be such a cute casual outfit to wear to run errands or even to class. This dress is $31.90 and comes in three colors.

Knock Out High Waist Legging

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I love working out and buying new workout clothes always makes me want to go to the gym. I thought these leggings were such a cute color and I would even wear them with sneakers and a white t-shirt when I’m not working out. These leggings are $42.90 and look like great quality.

xox,

Shy

What are your favorite items in the Nordstrom Sale? Let me know below 🙂

 

Favorite Summer Dresses

Hey everyone! Today I bring to you my three favorite dresses for the summer. There are so many styles and prints out right now but these are my three personal favorites. I think they cover all occasions and can be dressed up or down for more casual occasions.

 

This first dress is perfect for just about any event you have on your calendar this summer. It’s a great length and is so simple. Paired with a pair of heels it can be dressed up and with a simple pair of espadrilles or sandals can be more casual. With such an upbeat lifestyle I like to buy pieces I can wear to multiple events. This off the shoulder striped dress is from Forever 21, which means its so affordable. I don’t like to spend too much on “trendy” pieces because you never know how long it will be around.

 

Up next, I have this beautiful printed maxi dress from Forever 21. I wanted to include this in my favorites because every girl needs a good maxi dress. Mine is a super fun print that would be perfect for the beach but also is cute for just a summer day out. I like to experiment with prints especially at an affordable price. Obviously a basic color maxi will do but its summer, why not have a little fun with prints? I think this paired with some dainty gold necklaces and gold bracelets would be gorgeous.

 

Lastly, I have this beautiful colorful mini dress from Express. This dress with tanned skin is amazing! The diagonal stripe is so forgiving and elongating. I think the mix of the colors is perfectly done on this dress. This dress just screams summer to me. You can pair this with gold sandals for a casual everyday vibe or dress it up by pairing it with some tan heels.

Which dress is your favorite? Let me know in the comments. Be sure to like and share on your social media page 🙂

P.S. I’m going to Vegas next month, do you guys want to see a “What I Wore in Vegas” post? lmk below 🙂

xox,

Shy

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