Chic of the Week

It’s the weekend!

I am so super excited for this week’s Chic of the Week because I’m IN LOVE with these pictures!! I had a photoshoot a couple weeks ago & I have been looking for the perfect time to post these photos & it looks like that time is now. I have also been feeling sick again this week & it’s been super cold so I haven’t been dressing cute.

I recently did a Chic of the Week with this skirt from Buffalo Exchange, but it can be worn with many different things because it’s such a versatile color. I paired it with a white tee & a denim jacket. The t-shirt is from Forever21, per usual. I actually don’t know where I got the booties because I think they were a gift from a couple years ago. But I’ll link a similar pair here. I really like them because they are perfect for dressing up when it’s cooler outside because idk about you guys, but I have a hard time finding cute, comfy winter shoes! I usually live in my slip-ons. The denim jacket is such a staple in my closet, especially this time of year when it’s hot & cold at the same time! I like this one.

These photos were taken by my friend Victor Ren. He is from Vegas & takes super cool pictures! I was actually really nervous about this shoot because I feel awkward in front of the camera sometimes, but he didn’t pressure me to do anything & was super helpful! So if you’re local in Phoenix, hit him uppp. Make sure to check out his Instagram & give him some love. 🙂

Vegan Diet at my Local Grocery

As some of you may know, I went vegan a couple of months ago! So far it’s been really good. I want to do a whole post about it, but I want to wait & keep at it for longer because although I have seen some improvements, I really want to make sure I know what I’m doing & talking about!

This post is basically going to be my shopping list since I’ve gone vegan. I wanted to show you guys that it’s possible to have a certain “high-maintenance” diet without spending a ton of money. One of the main reasons I went vegan was to try & save money! But I think sometimes people think that when you eat vegan, you can only shop at places like Sprouts or Whole Foods or all those other specialty grocery stores. I love those stores, but they are sooo expensive! And that is totally not the point of eating vegan! So I’m going to give you guys a break down of what I buy at Safeway & some of my favorite vegan brands that can be found there.

PRODUCE – Vegetables & fruit are the basis of my diet. I literally eat a salad for at least one meal a day, if not two. I don’t eat organic, so that saves me money, but I try to stick to the veggies that I eat on a regular basis in my salads or with hummus. (I would eat hummus for breakfast, lunch & dinner if I could.) My go-to’s are: peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, & apples. I also get frozen broccoli. I’m allergic to a lot of fruit unfortunately, so I rely on vegetables for my fresh food. I might get seasonal fruit if it’s not too expensive though!

DAIRY – So I don’t actually eat any dairy because that was another main reason I went vegan. I love cheese, but it’s so expensive & just really not healthy, at least for me. I also hate milk, so almond milk is not a problem for me. I usually get unsweetened vanilla. I can’t drink coffee without creamer though & I was so worried I was going to have to give that up or spend a ton on an alternative, but luckily my favorite brand is already dairy free! Coffeemate is my go-to & I think they are all dairy free, but I can’t be sure of that! I just know my favorite flavors are. (Hazelnut & vanilla in case you were wondering…)

CANNED GOODS – Canned goods are so cheap, but they can have a lot of added sugar & salt, which brings down the health factor. I always buy beans for my protein, & I recently discovered that pinto beans are the best. I will usually get tomato sauce because spaghetti is another quick easy meal I love that doesn’t necessarily need meat to be good. I’ll get non-creamy dressing to avoid dairy, & then mustard for the hummus wraps I live off of. I’m also totally digging beets these days – I am Dwight Schrute.

GRAINS – I just recently discovered that my favorite bread has milk & eggs :/ so I switched to Thomas’s Everything bagels, which are just as good if not better! I also get tortillas to make wraps & stuff.

SNACKS – The most important meal of the day if you ask me haha. I always get popcorn, & nuts are also a healthy choice.

FAVORITE VEGAN BRANDS –  Okay, so ever since going vegan I love finding new brands that are dairy free & meatless. Gardein makes the best meatless meat haha. I recently tried their “chicken sliders” for the Super Bowl & they were so good. I’m always skeptical of stuff that isn’t “real” meat, but these aren’t even that bad. But they are expensive. I also already mentioned Coffeemate, but their creamer is the best. I also already talked about my fave bagels, but Thomas’s Everything bagels are basically everything to me.

This post is longer than I thought it would be, but I eat a lot, okay! I really want to do a grocery hall or a what I eat in a day, but I think those would be better as videos. I figure if I talk enough about making a YouTube channel & making videos, I’ll get the bravery to do it. Speak it into existence.

I hope you guys liked this post because it was so much fun to write! Grocery shopping is one of my favorite chores, as you guys can probably tell! If you eat vegan or even vegetarian, what are some of your favorite brands? Let me know in the comments or DM me on social media!

P.S. Oreos are vegan, so if you weren’t already convinced…

with love,

jazz

Chic of the Week

Helloooo guys!

This week’s Chic of the Week was actually taken in preparation for a Valentine’s outfit post I was going to do, but then I didn’t get to shoot the other looks, so I decided to give you guys outfit deets anyway!

The blouse is from Forever21 & they basically catfished me into getting it because I saw it on their Instagram story or something & was like “wait I need that” so yeah. But it was worth it because it is super cute & colorful & I’ve worn it only a couple of times, but I’ve gotten compliments so that has to mean something right?? The pants are LC Lauren Conrad & I have no feet in this picture so I can’t give you shoe details, but I’m almost 100% positive I was wearing my black mules from Forever21. This is a casual look that could be paired with sneakers or sandals.

This week seemed to go by super quick, but it could be because I’m going up north this weekend to see Jacob & it snowed a bunch so I’m super excited for that! It was cloudy & rainy in Phoenix all week so I got to pretend I lived in Seattle haha!

P.S. I am looking on Amazon for a good suitcase that’s not too expensive & I want white because it looks good, but I feel like it’s just going to get super dirty… so if you have a white, hardcover suitcase, let me know how it works for you…

P.P.S. Jacob took this picture, so can we all just clap for him because I’m going to turn him into an Instagram boyfriend one of these days…

Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Guess what is this week?? Valentine’s Day!! I love this holiday because I love love & I think it is worth celebrating. I remember one time when I was little, my brothers & I woke up super early on Valentine’s Day to make cookies because we were so excited. We would always have a scavenger hunt & eat a giant heart-shaped cookie after a special dinner. My parents made sure that we always did something special for holidays & I’m so grateful!

I don’t go on scavenger hunts anymore, (fun fact: I hate scavenger hunts because I don’t like looking for things lol) but I still celebrate Valentine’s Day! I’m lucky to have a boo to spoil, but even if you don’t have an SO, galentines day is totally a thing! I don’t know the dude equivalent, but it probably includes fortnite & Domino’s.

If you’re looking for things to do, here’s a quick list of some of my favorite kind of dates:

  • try a new restaurant
  • go someplace new
  • have a picnic
  • make a fort & have an in-home movie night
  • redo your very first date

These are only a couple of ideas!! Get creative, but don’t be afraid to just stay at home & cook dinner together because being together is the most important thing!

with (extra) love,

jazz

Chic of the Week

Happy Friday!

Today’s Chic of the Week is my attempts at reluctantly transitioning my wardrobe from winter to spring :/ Don’t get me wrong because I love spring, but not quite yet!! It’s only February!

I would look ridiculous if I wore a sweater because it is literally 80 degrees, so I wore a denim jacket over top a simple crop top & paired it with my white high waisted jeans. I chose to wear sandals, but booties would also look good! I also did some simple braids, which is crazyyyy because I normally don’t even touch it, except maybe to spray some dry shampoo because who has time to wash their hair during the week?? Might just have to do a post on this 🙂 Oh, & my choker is from the LC Lauren Conrad collection!

This weekend Jake is coming down for a Valentine’s party & then my roommates & I are going to see the newest 50 Shades of Grey…….

Check back Monday for some Valentine’s Day outfit inspo!

Garnier Fructis 1 Minute Hair Mask

I haven’t done a beauty post in awhile so I thought it was about time! I actually received this product complimentary of Garnier Fructis and Influenster to test out & then tell you guys about! I was so excited when I received the email saying I was being sent a product to test & talk about because I feel like I’ve finally made it in the blogging world haha.

But for reals, I have actually used Garnier products since I was in high school & started taking care of my hair. In high school I never cut my hair, only had it trimmed, & I straightened it almost every day & wore a high ponytail for cheer… basically my hair went through a lot. I started experimenting with different hair masks to keep my hair from looking too dead. The only problem with most hair masks is they take a long time to apply & who has time to sit for 10-45 minutes while a hair mask fixes all your problems? No one. So that’s why I love that the Garnier Fructis Smoothing Treat 1 Minute Hair Mask literally only takes a minute to apply & do its magic! I can also tell a difference in the texture of my hair after applying it – it’s always so soft! I usually swap this mask out for my regular conditioner once or twice a week.

There are many different kinds of the mask depending on what your hair needs most. My hair tends to be frizzy, so this smoothing mask helps calm it down & keep it sleek.

Do you guys like product reviews? Let me know in the comments or DM me on social media!

with love,

jazz

Chic of the Week

Happy Friday! And February! I can’t believe January is already over, but at the same time, it felt like a super long month.

Last week I went to an ice cream pop-up museum in Scottsdale & it was the cutest thing ever! I’ve always wanted to go to the real one in LA so when I saw one in AZ I got super pumped! They give you free ice cream samples as you go around to the different “exhibits” & you can take all the pictures you want.

Obviously I knew I would be taking a bazillion pictures because I paid $25 to get good Instagram content for the year. I actually got the brown corduroy skirt I’m wearing from Buffalo Exchange, which is kinda like a thrift shop where you can take your old clothes & trade them in & stuff. I got super lucky because it’s always a scavenger hunt with places like that, but I’ve been wanting a skirt like this for awhile & it was even my right size! It was meant to be. The sweater is from JCPenny & it’s one of my go-to’s. Unfortunately, I won’t be wearing it much longer because it is literally already hot here in AZ. I am not about it. So I’m sorry if my Chic of the Week’s seem irrelevant to some of you lucky people who are actually in the right season! The shoes are of course my mules from Forever21. Link to them in this post.

Don’t forget to check out my post from Monday for a super cute & easy DIY!

DIY Wall Hanging

This is one of my favorite DIY’s I’ve ever done! It is so easy & actually turned out sooo well!

I had been seeing these wall tapestries all over & thought they were so minimalistic & boho, which tends to be my style. But most of them were around $25 & I just wasn’t willing to spend that on some string & a stick! So I got on Pinterest & found my own version.

Supplies: 1 stick or wooden dowel

yarn

scissors

I got my stick from the desert, but if you’re not fortunate enough to walk in your backyard & find one, you can buy a wooden dowel at places like Micheals or even Walmart craft section. The size of the dowel will depend on how big you want your tapestry! Then get some different colored yarn. I chose grey & baby pink! You can play around with the yarn length, but for starters, cut a super long piece because you can always go back & cut it shorter. Fold the yarn in half & place under the stick. Then stick the end of the yarn through the loop & bang! You have the start of a yarn wall hanging. I wish I had pictures to show you guys exactly how to do it, but it’s pretty easy to figure out!

What are some other cheap DIY’s you love? Let me know in the comments or DM me on social media, because I’m always looking for projects to do!

with love,

jazz

Chic of the Week

Hi all.

As you guys know, I turned 20 on Sunday! My quarter-life crisis has finally hit. (I say that like it’s a good thing? It’s not.) I went to brunch with my roommates at another cute place in Scottsdale. My inner foodie is so excited because I’m knocking off so many places on my food bucket list.

I paired a sheer LC Lauren Conrad peasant top with my denim dress (that has pockets!) & my new pink boots from Charlotte Russe. You can find the link to them here. I was afraid I might look like a pilgrim, but I actually pulled it off! I love when an outfit vision comes together in real life. This look is really popular right now & can be pulled off with anything in your closet! Just pair a peplum or peasant top with a dress or overalls & you’re set! Coming up with new ways to wear things that you already own is so rewarding. You feel like an actual stylist.

I think it might be a bad sign for my 20th year of life, but I ordered over-priced french toast & it was so good, so I got a to-go box & then set it down outside when we were taking pictures & didn’t remember until we had already left! :/ I was so sad. I didn’t think memory loss would hit until later in life, but here I am at 20 years old already forgetting things.

Better than Reese’s

I’m back this week with another recipe to share! I also found this one on Pinterest. I feel like at this point they should just sponsor me if that’s even a thing because I use Pinterest for pretty much everything in my life.

This recipe is literally heaven. They’re like super big, rich Reese’s & if you know me you know chocolate & peanut butter together are my weakness. They’re also super easy to make because I also don’t like anything really involved when it comes to the kitchen. When I’m hungry, I’m hungry.

Ingredients: 2 cups creamy peanut butter

3/4 cup salted butter (softened)

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

3 3/4 cup powdered sugar

2 packages (1 lb each) Chocolate Candy Coating

Prep time: 1 hour

Serves: 55(ish)

 

 

Mix the peanut butter, salted butter and vanilla together in a large bowl. Then add in

the powdered sugar, a little at a time. I know the recipe calls for a lot of powdered

sugar, but unfortunately, you’ll actually probably need all of it. I tried it with 2 cups &

then put it in the fridge to harden, but the dough wasn’t stiff enough so I ended up

using 3 cups & it was just right. Once you’ve added enough powdered sugar, make a

big ball of dough in the middle of the mixing bowl, cover & place it in the fridge to

harden for about 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, take out the ball of dough & make into

smaller balls & place on a wax paper lined baking sheet & then place in the refrigerator

again for another 15 minutes.

You will want to wait & make the chocolate as soon as you’re ready to cover the peanut

butter balls because the chocolate will harden quickly. I had to reheat mine multiple

times during the dipping process. I used actual chocolate candy coating, but I’m sure it

would work with melted chocolate chips too. So once you’re ready, melt the chocolate

in 15 second intervals in the microwave & stir it after every 15 seconds. Then take the

balls & place them on a fork & place into the bowl of chocolate. Cover fully & place

back on the baking sheet. Once they are all fully covered, place in the refrigerator to

harden.

P.S. I don’t know why the spacing is off in this post! :/ I think it has something to do with how I typed it…

What’s your favorite type of chocolate? I think you all know mine…

with love,

jazz