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.