Sustainable Living

Hi guys! 

Today I decided to write about ways to be more sustainable in your everyday life! Recently I’ve made the commitment to use as many ethical, natural & sustainable products as I can. I feel better if I know that I’m doing my part to make this world a better place! I know before I decided to make this change I was intimidated. I wasn’t sure where to start & I wanted to be PERFECT. But then I remembered it’s about trying! So in no way am I perfect about buying & using only sustainable, natural & ethical products, but I definitely do my best! I’ll link all the items I use down below 🙂 

Kitchen 

E-Z Seal Extra Thick Reusable Storage Bags

Stainless Steel Metal Straws

Reusable Produce Bags

Ball 12ct 16oz Mason Jar

Kate Spade New York Gold Stripe Thermal Mug

Beauty 

Love Beauty & Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Shampoo

Love Beauty & Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Conditioner

Wowe Natural Organic Bamboo Toothbrush

Raw Sugar Body Wash

Other 

Mrs. Meyer’s Lavender Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner

Fair Trade Shopping Bag

Photo: Katie Blankenship Photography, @katie.blankenship.photography

Chic of the Week

Hi guys! I’m back with more ootws!!

I wore this outfit on my first day back to classes on Monday! I decided to layer because it was actually a little bit cold. I’m a huge fan of denim jackets because they are easy to layer & lightweight, plus add a cute touch to any look! I paired it with a white sweater & dark, distressed jeans. I got pink Vans for Christmas & I’m so in love! They are the cutest thing. I’m channeling my inner skater girl 😉 hahah jk! But fun fact! When my brother & I were younger we would ride our scooters on our back patio & “jump” from the patio to the gravel. We thought we were SO cool. I can imagine if 8-year old-skater me would’ve had style, it would’ve looked a little something like this!! 

But yeah, I started school again this week & I want to CRY. School just stresses me out so much, but in 2019 we are staying happy, positive & stress free 🙂 And good luck to all my other college friends starting classes again! 


Shop this Look: 

H&M Knit Sweater

Zara Oversized Denim Jacket

Skinny Z1975 Jeans

Vans Old Skool Sneakers

 

The Year of Just Realizing Stuff

Now that I’m ready to write again, I want to reflect on 2018.

2018 was hard for me. It started out rough & never really got better. Sure, there were some highs, but a lot of lows. I experienced a lot of heart break, sadness, loss, & change. 

In January, just days after my 20th birthday, my grandfather died. It made me realize that life is short & to never take anything for granted, especially the people in your life. Love, forgive & cherish the time you have with your friends & family.

A lot of drama & pettiness filled my life with some of the people closest to me. I drew away from people that cared about me in fear of being let down like I already had. I learned a lot about friendship. It made me realize that life is too short to worry about what other people think & let them dictate your thoughts & actions. And that REAL friends will be supportive & respectful, while also wanting the very best for you. Cut out the toxic people, people! 

Last year, my relationship struggled. Long distance finally got the best of us & our differences started to show. I fought so hard to keep the relationship alive, but felt like a failure whenever my attempts to save the relationship failed. I so badly wanted to “save” the relationship because we had been together for so long. We talked about our future together, made plans to move in together, have a family. I so desperately wanted it to work out because he was my best friend. I felt safe with him. He was home to me. He was my first love, my first everything & I didn’t want to give that up. I didn’t want to lose him, because I knew that meant losing everything else. 

But I realized that I can’t save people, I can’t change people. I can’t have what isn’t mine to keep.

In July, I made the decision to break up with my boyfriend of 3 & 1/2 years. It was the hardest thing I had ever had to do because I hate hurting people. The last thing I want to do is make people sad & upset. I’m such a people pleaser. (Leaving that in 2018). I felt like I was not only letting someone down, but letting down the one person I never thought I would hurt. My best friend & love.

Although it was hard, it made me realize that letting go is so much easier than holding on. 

What followed was a lot of sadness. I had to get used to a new normal. A new life without my person. I had never felt more alone. 

Seven months later & it’s still hard. But I’ve learned so much about myself & what I want & need. 

I grew up a LOT in 2018. 

I got a big girl job that I absolutely love. It has made me realize giving back is truly my passion & whatever I end up doing in life needs to involve helping others because that is where I feel joy & fulfillment. 

I grew closer to new people & let myself be vulnerable & honest. I forgave people from my past that let me down, & I let them back in with caution. 

I started reading more self-help books & rediscovering my love for words & their power to heal. 

I traveled out of the country & saw some beautiful places. It reminded me how amazing our planet is & inspired me to do everything I can to make this earth a better place. 

I got some big brand deals for my blog & watched my Instagram grow. I made some amazing Internet friends that made me so grateful for the blogging community. I also started a YouTube channel to highlight my travels, which I hope to be doing more of in 2019!! I realized that the Internet can be a really positive place, but it’s all about what you make it. 

While 2018 was a year of sadness, let-downs, loss, & change, it was also a year of GROWTH. And I plan to take that into the new year with me & grow in every aspect of my life. (Except for height. I will be 5 foot nothing forever.) 

And for those of you who are also experiencing a huge amount of  sadness, change, hardship, whatever it may be, just know that you will get through it & you’ll be a better person because of it. It will take a long time to heal & you may never fully be the same, but everything happens for a reason. 

In the wise words of Kylie Jenner, 2018 was “the year of just realizing stuff.” 

Here’s to a better 2019. 

with love,

jazz

Photo: Katie Blankenship Photography, @katie.blankenship.photography

Chic of the Week

This is what “fall” in Phoenix looks like! Shorts & a sweater lol. But I’m not complaining!

I’ve talked about all of the pieces in this look before. The sweater is so soft & warm. I got it at H&M awhile ago, but they honestly have the best basic pieces! These shorts are pretty much the only denim shorts I own which is crazy considering I live somewhere where shorts weather is year around! The shoes are so cute & add a perfect pop of color to any outfit. I’ve linked similar items down below 🙂 

The place where this pic was taken is the cutest place ever & it’s in Scottsdale!! I’m honestly planning to write a big post about all of the cute, fun things to do in Phoenix/Arizona because this is my home state & I honestly love it sooo much. I feel like people hate on AZ, but it’s honestly perfect in my eyes & I want others to see it too!! There’s more to do here than you think! Anyway, that will probably go up next year (so crazy to say, but we’re like 2 months away from 2019). 

I am actually going to be taking a few weeks off from blogging because it’s the end of the semester & I’m going crazy lol. There is sooo much to do & I’m in a constant state of stress & my life is a mess. SO wish me luck on finals & I’ll see you guys in a few weeks!! 

Shop this Look: 

Sweater – Knit Sweater

Shorts – Denim Shorts

Sandals – LC Lauren Conrad Firefli Sandals

Pumpkin Seed Recipe

Hi guys!

We finally have a fall recipe to enjoy!! I carved a pumpkin a couple of weeks ago, & posted about it, but I finally made the pumpkin seeds. I found this recipe via Pinterest & they are so yummy!! 

Ingredients: Pumpkin seeds

1 tsp Cinnamon

1/8 tsp Cloves 

1/4 tsp Nutmeg

2 tbsp Sugar

1 tsp Butter or olive oil

Prep time: 10 minutes

Serves: 4

I left out the cloves because I didn’t have any, & I used oil instead of butter because I didn’t have any vegan butter. But they turned out great! I baked mine at 300 degrees for 60 minutes. They are the perfect fall snack 🙂 

Chic of the Week + 12 Things

Hi guys! Happy November!!

This week’s outfit of the week is one of my favorite pieces in my closet. I got it at Target (SURPRISE) for work, but have ended up wearing it to class, events, night out… what can an LBD not do?? The shoes are my famous Tuccis lol so basically my whole outfit is from Target, but I don’t think anyone is surprised by that. 

A little 12 Things since it’s a new month & this post is so short…

1.) It’s finally cooling off in Phoenix. YAY!

2.) I went to the library last week & got a library card for the first time since I was little. It’s been my goal to read more because I’m just really trying to be a more zen person & there are so many good books out there! I used to love reading as a kid, so I’m gonna make an effort to read instead of Netflix all the time. 

3.) I carved my first pumpkin ever this year! I made a kitty. You can find the post here. 

4.) This year for Halloween I was a trophy wife & I wore a fake ring & yet so many people thought it was real hahaha yeah I’m NOT engaged. 

5.) I tried aerial yoga for the first time a month ago! It was so fun, but takes lots of coordination. 

6.)  I also went to my first NFL game a couple of months ago. It was so fun!! Football is actually my favorite sport to watch & I got to see my favorite team play. (Go Seahawks!) They won. 🙂

7.) It is officially Christmas season. Don’t hate, just turn on Christmas music & be happy. 

8.) The one thing I really, really want for Christmas is an espresso machine. Because I am not afraid to admit that caffeine has lost it’s affect, so we are moving onto bigger drugs – shots of espresso.

9.) I’m going to visit my bestie up north next weekend & to say I’m excited is an understatement! I haven’t seen her in so long & it’s actually cold where she is so I’m just excited to wear a coat & be cute.

10.) I turn 21 in January!! It doesn’t seem real honestly. I feel 12. 

11.) Yesterday was World Vegan Day, meaning it’s been a year since I decided to go vegan! I am planning on writing a post all about it, but it has been one of the best things I’ve done for myself. 

12.) I’m currently listening to Justin Bieber’s Christmas album, baking pumpkin seeds, & drinking pumpkin spice. Life is good. 

Shop this Look: 

Dress – Frill Sleeve Ric Rac Mini Dress

Shoes – Junebug Backless Mules

Pumpkin Carving 101

Hi guys!

Today we are throwing it back to 2015 blogging with a DIY. I haven’t done one of these in so long & yet there’s an entire section I have devoted to DIYs. I honestly love crafting & using Pinterest for ideas, I just usually don’t have a ton of time. BUT since it’s fall, I made the time to carve a pumpkin! It was actually my first time ever & I’d have to say it didn’t go too bad! I actually had to look up the steps to carve a pumpkin (yikes) so I thought I would help you guys out & do a little how-to if you’re just as unsure as I was. 

For mine, I made a cat, but you can do whatever design you want! The steps are the same no matter what you decide to do with it. 

1.) Pick out a pumpkin.

The larger the better if you’re new at this whole thing.

2.) Wash the pumpkin.

3.) Use a sharpie to draw a circle around the top & then cut out the circle using a sharp knife. 

4.) Clean out all of the insides & save the seeds for a recipe! 

I used a combination of a spoon & a knife for this step & it worked pretty well. 

5.) Draw your design. 

This is where you get to be creative! 

6.) Carve out your design using a sharp knife or similar tool.

Depending on how fancy you get, you might need some power tools, but I would suggest not going for that right away, because this is just pumpkin carving 101. I used a knife & it worked fine! 

7.) Clean out any excess pumpkin & seeds.

8.) Put a battery powered candle inside & TA-DA!!

Chic of the Week

Hey guys!

As I was trying to figure out which outfit to post, I realized I didn’t dress that cute this week! And it’s been warm again so I haven’t been able to wear any sweaters 😦 I’ve mentioned this t-shirt dress before & it’s seriously so easy to throw on & still look cute! I paired it with the coziest cardigan that I own to try & act like it’s fall lol I think everyone should own a cardigan like this because it’s so warm! 

Last weekend was the busiest weekend of my life, so I’m going to slow down & try to do a few more fall activities before it’s alll about Christmas 😉 Yesterday was 2 months until Christmas so it’s officially appropriate to listen to Christmas music, & Jessie James Decker just released a Christmas album so you know what I’ll be doing today 🙂 

Shop this Look: 

Cardigan – Longline Ribbed Cardigan

Dress – Marled Mini T-Shirt Dress

Sandals – Kallima Faux Leather Toe Ring Style Slide Sandals

Phoenix Fashion Week

Hey guys!! 

I wanted to tell you guys about Phoenix Fashion Week! It was this weekend & I am so, so lucky to have the opportunities that I do! A couple of years ago I could’ve never imagined sitting (almost) front row at a big fashion show & walking the red carpet & interacting & connecting with designers, models & influencers! But here I am 🙂 

So for starters, I felt reallllyy out of place. I do not own one designer thing. And honestly, I’m okay with that! It’s not really my style. But I showed up in my Target pants & Madewell top & acted like I knew what I was doing, but in all reality I was a little intimidated! I had been to Fashion Week before here in AZ, but I went in the spring & I went with someone who was already involved in the fashion industry in Phoenix, so I didn’t have to try that hard to network. 

The fashion show itself was amazing though! They always feature a lot of up & coming designers which I think is really unique. The clothes were also not thattt outlandish. One of the designers is only 20!! I can’t imagine having a successful clothing line right now, let alone having my designs featured in a show. But it was really inspiring & I left feeling more comfortable than when I arrived. I would highly recommend going to a fashion show (even a small one) if you’re interested because fashion is honestly it’s very own culture. But everyone is super creative & hardworking, which I loveee. 

This event was just another reminder to me that I am so happy & lucky that I get to do these kinds of things! And another reminder that hard work really does pay off!!

with love,

jazz

Chic of the Week

Hi guys! Happy Friday! 

I finally went to a pumpkin patch last weekend & I had a full-on photoshoot! I am lovinnngggg this sweater! It’s really light so perfect for places like AZ that don’t really get that cold. I ordered it from Luca + Grae, one of my favorite shops! The skirt is from Buffalo Exchange & I’ve talked about it a couple of times. One of my best thrifting finds! I think the boots are from Rue21 like forever ago. I have to admit I liked that place in middle school… I’ve linked a cooler pair 😉 I’m not sure where the beret is from because I got it as a gift, but it’s seriously SO cute! 

Shop this Look:

Top – Heathered French Terry Striped-Trim Sweater

Skirt – Corduroy Mini Skirt

Black booties – Faux Suede Ankle Boots

Beret – Felt Beret