August 04, 2016

August Goals

Wow guys, I suck! I spoke this huge plan about getting back into the swing of things, and I just failed! But it's okay! I'm accepting it and moving on! I cannot believe we're in August already. Literally five seconds ago it was January, but ok 2016, move fast why don't you?! Let's get into this month's goals!


RECAP OF MY JULY GOALS

1. Book another client // Not only did I book another client this month, but I actually expanded how I'm working with one of my current clients as well, as well as picked up some freelance work! This is really exciting for me especially as I gear up to start work full-time, I still want to work on my side-hustle and get as much experience as I can! 

2. Continue to work out at least three times a week // Ok, I kind of did this one. There were good weeks and bad weeks, so I'm gonna give myself partial credit, but my workout classes kind of were put on pause as there was so much going on this month. But, I did start back running and over the last two weeks, I've been running 3-4 times a week, so hopefully I can continue this in August. 

3. Shoot two outfits to post // Not even gonna try and justify this, I totally failed at this one. Between the heat and a lot going on, I just haven't gotten around to this. On top of that, I've been feeling really not myself lately and not 100% comfortable in my skin, so the last thing I want to do is shoot pictures! 

4. Read three books // I'm going to admit that I was majorly failing this goal this month, but in the last few days I've managed to read 5 books! It's actually sickening how much time I spent laying in bed reading my Kindle.. but I also have a whole new list of books waiting to be read! 

5. Re-do my resume // I planned to redo my designed resume, but about a week into the month, I got a phone call and was asked to interview within an hour - so I didn't have that much time. So I updated my document resume! I'm giving myself partial credit because even though I didn't re-design my resume, I still updated it and landed a job, so pat on my back! 

3/5 - I'm actually impressed because up until last week, I thought I had accomplished none of these goals, and a lot just fell together in that week! So props to me for pulling together :) And now I'm gearing up for a new month and time to crush it! 

AUGUST GOALS

I'm spending the next week and a half sailing in the Grenadines with my best friends, and will definitely be MIA 

1. Buy a new laptop // I'm in desperate need of a new computer, and Apple is having their annual student discount deal where they're including a pair of Beats headphones with your purchase, so what better excuse to get a laptop than that?!! I've got my eye on a Macbook Pro with retina display and the rose gold headphones ;) 

2. Save my money // I'm gearing up for some pretty big purchases and so I'll need to save majorly and stop my random spending for the next few months!

3. Read five books // This is kind of a high number but I'm hoping I spend my time on vacation wisely! What better place to read five summer reads than lounging on beaches with white sands and crystal clear waters?! Have any good book recommendations? Wrote a summer book list? Send them my way!! 

4. Book my carnival costume // Have you heard of Trinidad carnival?! It's the first time I'll be playing in 5 years, so I'm very excited! I'll be playing with Harts and have to decide between two costumes so fingers crossed I figure it out and make my downpayment soon! 

5. Create my September content calendar // Once I start to work full-time, I know I'm going to have less time to focus on the blog, between work, freelancing, VA stuff and an actual life.. so I want to plan ahead with a content calendar and get back to posting at least twice a week (maybe Tuesdays and Thursdays!)

Well, that's it.. those are my goals for this month! Fingers crossed I can get through them. In the mean time, you can find me lounging on a beach with my kindle in hand! 

What are you goals for this month? Did you crush your July goals? 

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July 18, 2016

I'm Feelin' 22!

Today, I turned 22 and despite all of the Taylor/Kim/Kanye drama that occurred last night, I still blasted Taylor Swift's "22" obnoxiously.. I don't know about you!

Ok, all T-Swift lyrics aside, 21 was a big year for me! Besides being able to legally drink in the U.S., it was one of the most stressful, fun, chaotic, crazy, busy, exciting and trying years - there was never a dull moment.

I remember my 21st birthday like it was yesterday - time seems to fly when you're older doesn't it? Remember when you were young and you'd ask your mom every night how many more "sleeps" there were until it was your birthday/Christmas/whatever big event you were looking forward to. Now, I feel like it's the opposite.. one minute you're in May thinking you have months before your birthday, and then I wake up and it's one more sleep to my birthday. How does it just fly like that now?!!

So to celebrate another year passed and becoming another year older, I figured I would look back and reflect on my year and share some big moments that have passed.. from the blog and my personal life, in no particular order.

... I traveled to Puerto Rico // I crossed something off my 101 in 1001 bucket list and took a trip to Puerto Rico with two of my best friends. There, I did everything from sightseeing to tanning to partying with the locals! A "must do" if you're heading to Puerto Rico? Ditch San Juan for a day and head to Cabo Rojo - it's worth the drive.. just look at that view!!


... I interned for New York Fashion Week // I was so excited to cross this one off my bucket list because hellooooo fashion week! Although I had a 4 am wake up call in order to make it to the shows on time, it was so worth it. Mental and physical exhaustion is so worth it for fashion, don't you think? ;)


... I learned how to use makeup for real // I shared in the past about how horrible I was at being a girl.. and in October that all changed! I spent an hour at a Bloomingdale's beauty counter, spent way too much money and left with a changed mindset! While I keep my makeup mostly low-key for regular days, I did learn so much so that when I do do my full-faced makeup, I know how to do it well! Money well spent, I'd say! I also may or may not have a huge makeup obsession now.. All I want is the entire Jaclyn Hill x Becca collection and maybe every single Kylie lip kit color! They're incredible.. I might be obsessed with lipsticks!

... I finally grew out my nails // I mentioned at the beginning of 2016 that one of my New Year's Resolutions was to stop biting my nails. I honestly didn't think it was possible.. but somehow, by the grace of God, I managed to do it! Not that it wasn't hard as hell.. and to this day I still get tempted to bite them, but I kept strong and kept them long by sticking to my tactics. I'm definitely gonna do a post about how I grew my nails out soon :)


... I got my first job rejection // And this one crushed me! I wrote a whole longgg post about how I didn't have my shit together and maybe that was okay, and I received so much positive feedback but honestly, I was still freaking out. I mean, I got rejected from a job! I went on to apply to many jobs in the U.S., mainly New York, and nothing panned out there, so I returned home with my head hung low. But honestly, everything happens for a reason. My mother tells me this everyday, and I always ignore her but it's so true. Maybe I wasn't supposed to live in New York for some unbeknownst reason.. I guess we'll see!

... I watched my big sister get married // This was such an exciting day for me, not only because I got to see my big sister marry the man of her dreams, but because I got to play such a big part in the big day as her Maid of Honor (or her maid of horror, as she so affectionately called me!).

... I graduated from college // Another thing on my 101 in 1001 list, I was so excited to graduate with my Bachelor of Arts in Print Journalism this year! I had the most incredible time at school, and it was definitely bittersweet coming towards the end because I was so excited for it to be over, but at the same time, I knew I would miss my friends, the fun and the security that college provided. I definitely went through a transition period (who am I kidding?! I'm still transitioning!)


... I moved home // This one was tough. Not only was the process of packing up all my stuff absolutely tedious and difficult, but the thought of having to say goodbye to all of my friends completely broke my heart. I mourned the whole flight home, I cried for the first few weeks and I thanked God for FaceTime for making me feel like I was right there even when I wasn't.. But now that I'm home and semi-settled in, I'm ready to embrace the change (and the familiar!), and make it the best experience possible. I have so much in store for TCD as I explore my home, my region and the local fashion - get excited!!

... I got my first big girl job offer // Remember how I said everything happens for a reason?! God has a plan and it's completely out of our hands.. and sometimes things fall into your lap when you're least expecting them to. Can't wait til I can share more :)

... I had the time of my life // In the last year, I completely lived it up. I don't know if it's because it was my last year of college, or the fact that I was 21, or the fact that I have the best friends a girl could ask for.. but the last year has been incredible! From riding mechanical bulls at country concerts to taking the least intellectually stimulating (yet the most rewarding) class to dancing on benches at my Friday night hot spot and crushing every themed party to competing in drinking competitions in leopard print onesies.. and waking up and doing it all over again!



21 was a great year. I can't say that enough. Yes, there were some ups and downs. The fights, the drama, a lot of computer troubles (can I PLEASE get a new laptop for this birthday!?!), some loss, and some troubles - but overall, you take everything with the good and the bad, and it was a year to remember.

So, here's to 22! I hear it's miserable and magical at the same time!

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July 08, 2016

July Goals

Holy hell, how is it possibly July already? I feel like every month I say that, but really.. how is it July already?!! This month will be a fairly exciting one because it's my birthday month! Yep, in a little over two weeks, I'll be turning 22. Cue all the Taylor Swift references, sorry but I'm not sorry, I've been waiting for this! Plus, there's the whole "still settling in" thing going on. It's gonna be a crazy month, but I'm ready to get started! Ready to see my July goals?


July 01, 2016

Seas the Day: 7 Things To Do In The Water This Summer


As you know, I grew up by the water and I've spent my entire life close to the ocean. I'm not a huge swimmer, not that into fishing and not a professional boater by any means, but the sea and the water still means something so so special to me.

When I was leaving for university, one of the biggest things that attracted me to Connecticut was the fact that it was on the coastline and there was access to the water. And while the New England beaches had nothing on the Caribbean, it still made me feel at home.

Now that I'm home for the summer, the first thing I wanted to do was spend time in the ocean. Hello, it's summer! 90-degree weather, shining sun and surrounded by my family and friends, what else could I possibly want?! And so many of my friends from university tell me the same thing: all they want to do this summer is lay out by the water, tan, and spend time with their loved ones.