Pros & Cons of Roommates

Having roommates is a huge part of college; I’ve been blessed to have wonderful roommates so far, but not everyone has! Going into my third year, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to live alone or keep living with roommates. I decided to have roommates because it kinda just worked out that way & I’ll be living with my best friend from high school so I’m super excited for that!! 

When I was trying to decide whether or not I wanted roommates, I had to think about the pros & cons. I tend to think things through A LOT, probably when I don’t need to, but I put a lot of thought into the decision. I decided to tell you guys about my experience living with roommates to help you guys out! I know it’s not an easy decision & living alone can seem really intimidating. So here’s the thing…

Pros: 

  • Built in best friends

College is so much better when you have people you can go to! After a long day, I always enjoy coming home to talk to my roomies or hang out with them. 

  • Low cost

Living with roommates will most likely bring down the price of rent. The more people pitching in, the less each person has to pay! 

  • Study dates

Chances are, your roommates will also be in college! Studying with them is a great way to get things done & enjoy time together out of your busy schedules.

  • Cute clothes

Okay, this is definitely, probably the best part. You literally have a bunch of other closets to shop in!! I know that my roommates & I swapped shoes & clothing all the time. We are each other’s personal stylists & there’s nothing better than that! 

Cons:

  • Messes 

Okay so before I get too far in, you must know I am a neat freak. Everything must look & smell perfect all of the time, so living with other people is tricky for me sometimes because not everyone is the same way! I may be OCD about it, but it can be hard to live with people that don’t value cleanliness as much as you do. I suggest making sure 1) you live with people who are somewhat like you in terms of cleanliness/messiness & 2) make a chore chart!! It helps to keep people accountable & avoids anyone feeling like they are doing too much of the work. 

  • Pettiness/Drama

So this is basically a given with any friend group. Everyone is going to have differences & sometimes those can just boil up & explode! It’s tough to live in an environment where you don’t feel welcomed, so when drama arises, it can have a big impact on your life because you are literally seeing these people every day. Since it is inevitable that problems will arise, just try to talk them out as soon as possible. It basically is the same as any relationship; the sooner you talk it through, the better things will be in the long run! Although there may be hurt feelings & some hard days, just try not to let anything ruin the friendship. And if all else fails, just be nice lol.

Living with my froomies (friends & roomies) this year was AMAZING. We had so much fun together whether it was watching The Bachelor, planning a party, making dinner, or getting boba (our bodies are 90% boba, 10% coffee at this point). That’s not to say we didn’t have problems & hard days, but that’s just a part of relationships in general! My advice is that you find some people you literally can’t live without 😉 & enjoy the experience. College is the best time in life to have roommates, so do it while you can! I have never lived alone, so I can’t speak for that, but I hope this post helped you think it out a little more!

Do you have any roommate horror stories? Let me know in the comments or DM me on social! 

with love,

jazz

P.S. *Actual picture of me & my roomies being cute. Love you guys ❤

Hawaii Recap

Hi guys!

I’m finally back!! Sorry I’ve been MIA for so long, but I had finals & then a super fun trip to Hawaii so I just decided to take a break from posts for a couple of weeks to get re-inspired & focus on other things. 

This post is going to be allll about my trip to Oahu, Hawaii! It was honestly such a dream & I would go back in a heartbeat. I was only there for one week, but I feel like I need a solid month to be able to see everything that there is to see.

We stayed downtown Waikiki, which is on the island of Oahu, close to Honolulu. Although I live in a city now, this city was nothing like Phoenix. For starters, we had a BEACH VIEW. It was so nice & I felt so close to everything.

As soon as I found out I was going to Hawaii, I got on Pinterest (typical) & looked up all the cool places to visit. We only had a rental car for one day, so unfortunately, we didn’t make it to North Shore or some of the other little towns nearby. If you ever go, try to get a car for a couple of days because there is so much to see outside of the city!! 

We took our rental car to Makapu’u Beach Park, which wasn’t too far from the city. You can bus there if you need to. (TheBus is how most people get around, but I would avoid it unless you HAVE to.) It was a small beach with lots of rocks & a view of a lighthouse. I felt like I was on the west coast with the rocky beach! It was so beautiful & the water was just so BLUE. I took all the other beach pics at another beach called Cromwell’s or Ka’alawai. I was really, really horrible at pronouncing all of the Hawaiian names lol.  

Another thing that we didn’t get to do, but would require a car ride, is the Sunrise Shack fruit stand, near North Shore. It looks so Instagrammable! 

One of the best things I think we did was hike Diamond Head. It’s a really famous hike that overlooks the entire city & the coast! It was so pretty, but very crowded. I took the jumping picture at the top of Diamond Head & may or may not have passed a No Trespassing sign to get it. Anything for the ‘gram amiright? 

There is a lot to do downtown Waikiki, so don’t worry if you don’t have access to a car! I still didn’t do everything there is to do. The Moana Surfrider beach side bar is the cutest place & has so many yummy drinks. (Especially if you’re over 21, which I am not.) :/ It feels like you’re in the south because the hotel style is like that of a southern mansion. There is a long porch with rocking chairs over-looking the ocean! Also, so much shopping!! The malls are open-air & unlike anything you’ve ever seen, I promise. The Ala Moana Center is huge & offers all the shopping you could ever want, plus we saw a hula show there! It has the coolest Japanese food court too with sooo much ramen!! The International Market is also a shopping center in the heart of Waikiki where I got shaved ice! The best shaved ice place is Island Vintage Shave Ice. I guess shave ice is a big deal in Hawaii so of course I had to try it & I was expecting it to taste like a snoh cone, but it was so much better! It almost had a sorbet texture & it was topped with fresh fruit. It would be super yummy on a hot day! (Also, P.S. it’s very humid in Hawaii.) 

Outside of the mall area, you can find Kona Coffee. There are several locations I think, but I went to the one at the Moana Surfrider hotel. I had to try it because I would definitely call myself a coffee lover. Kona is not the most Instagrammable place, but if you love coffee, I would try it. The best place for an Instagram & a drink is Olive & Oliver at the Surfjack hotel in Waikiki! It’s a boutique & coffee shop in one. The clothing is cute, & so are the lattes! Also, you need to try Banan! It’s a healthy ice cream place that makes ice cream out of bananas. It was really good, but normal ice cream is still better I think.

Last, but not least, my brother & I walked around Kings Village in downtown Waikiki. It is a small, European style village with tourist shops & Asian pop up shops. There are lots of good picture opportunities there. Also, Asian markets are a huge thing there & they are so intimidating! You have to bargain for everything because nothing has a price & it really scares me lol. But you can get stuff for cheap if you’re good at making deals!

I think that’s everything!! I’m also making a travel diary of my trip, so make sure to look out for that 😉 I hope you enjoyed this post & all of the pictures! It was by far one of my favorite trips ever & I loved telling you guys all about it! 

Have you ever been to Hawaii?? Let me know in the comments or DM me on social. 🙂

with love,

jazz

Shop this Post

Bikini Top – Tie Front Bralette Bikini Top

Bikini Bottoms – Tie Back High Waist Cheeky Bikini Bottom

 

Chic of the Week

Happy Friday guys! 

This week’s outfit is super summery! This has been the first hot week in awhile, & I wasn’t really ready for it. Spring lasted 2 seconds! Anyway, I do love summer fashion because it is so easy to look good with no effort! I love the minimal style that summer brings. 

This romper is from the Kendall & Kylie collection at PacSun. I got it last summer so it’s not available anymore, but I’ve linked a similar one in the “Shop this Look” section. Don’t forget to check that out at the end of my Chic of the Week posts because that’s where you’ll find all of the outfit details! Also, PacSun is having a SALE right now! Get 20% off $100 with the code SPRINGSTYLE20. You don’t want to miss that deal! 

Next week is my finals week & then summerrrr! I don’t know if I told you guys, but I’m officially going to Hawaii! I’m so excited to sightsee & have a vacation, but also to see my brother! I might just have him teach me to surf. We’ll see. But with that being said, I won’t be blogging this next week because I have a lot of studying & packing to do! But I will come back with lots of good pictures in a couple of weeks! 

Good luck to those of you taking finals! Check out my post from Monday for some motivation 🙂 

Shop This Look

Romper – Kendall & Kylie Surplice Strappy Romper

Loafers – Women’s Velma Slip On Pointy Toe Mules

Chic of the Week

Happy Friday!

This week’s outfit is super summery! It actually wasn’t too hot this week, but I think it’s going to be in the 90’s in Phoenix next week :/ 

The top is from Forever21 & I saw it & loved the back detail. It has a slit so it’s somewhat open back, but you can still wear a bra with it! I bought it last semester, so unfortunately they don’t have the exact one anymore, but I will link something similar down below! I have talked about the shorts many times because I only have a couple of pairs & it’s hard for me to find some that I like. 

Again, another super short post! I just don’t have a lot of details to give you all, & have a case of “no motivation to do anything” since it’s the end of the school year. I just want summer!! 

Don’t forget to check out my post from Monday!

Shop this Look: 

Top – Striped Trapeze Cami

Shorts – Frayed Denim Shorts

Inspiration

I am one of those people who has had many passions throughout my life. When I was younger, I went through a horse phase, & then a gymnastics phase where all I wanted in life was to go to the Olympics. I put my heart into everything that I do. I would spend hours reading horse books & practicing a back walkover on the wood balance beam my dad made for me. Now, my passion is this blog. I want to make it something big, & I work at it everyday & spend hours on Pinterest reading up on the “do’s & don’ts” of blogging, which is the equivalent to horse grooming books back in the day.

The problem is, sometimes I’m just not inspired. Take this post for example; I planned to write it this weekend & have it be really long & awesome, but it’s Monday morning & I’m just sitting down to write. I always want to be honest on my blog because people love honesty & that’s the only way to build a real “fan” base. So the truth is, sometimes I don’t want to. 

Staying inspired can be hard, but I’ve learned the best way to stay inspired is to be original. The moment you try to copy someone else, you become totally lost in who you are & what your goals are. It’s hard to copy someone so closely. But it also helps to follow people on Instagram or Pinterest who you admire, & befriend people who share the same passion as you. It’s important to have friends & people in your life that understand what you’re going through. I can’t stress this enough!! Make sure you surround yourself with people who inspire you & make you want to push yourself harder, but never compare yourself because you aren’t them & you are on your own journey. (SO CHEESY I KNOW.) This applies to everything in life, not just hobbies. It can be your major, or fitness, or even a relationship. 

I really don’t have a quick fix for feeling down or uninspired, but these are the things that help me. As college finals are getting closer, I know a lot of students (myself included) really start to stress out. It can definitely be a time where it’s hard to find motivation let alone inspiration. But remember why you started. You are doing this for you & you love it, & if you don’t love it, well you need to change something because life is too short to hate your life every single day. Staying inspired is so much easier when you love what you do & who you are.

How do you stay inspired? Help a girl out & comment below or DM me on social! 

with love,

jazz

Chic of the Week

Happy Friday! 

Today’s outfit is actually courtesy of my mommy!! When I moved out for college, she moved some of her stuff into my closet & so when I came home & saw this dress, I had to have it!! It’s crazy how stuff comes back in style! I can’t tell you details on this exact dress, but long floral dresses & jumpsuits are in this season, so go snag one!

I know this is a short post, so I decided to add “12 Things”. I’ve thought about doing it once a month, just to keep you guys updated on my life. So here goes… 

1.) Only 3 more weeks of school left!! I am so excited for summer because…

2.) I have a lot of exciting travel plans! I don’t want to say anything yet because nothing is for sure, for sure, but it’s about a 98% chance I’m going to some pretty cool places. 

3.) I also got an internship for this summer & fall! My school requires us to do internships for credit (do other schools too??) & so I’m excited to get that going because…

4.) I’m almost halfway through college! When this semester is over, I will only have two years left. I’m not sure how I feel about that. 

5.) I got my first OFFICIAL blogger mail from Chic Wish List which has jewelry, clothing & chic purses. I especially like their jewelry, so you will see a post soon. 

6.) I mentioned this before, but I recently purchased Aspyn Ovard’s presets for my blog & Instagram! (Make sure to follow along here.) I already love how they make my feed look.

7.) My mom told me that my name was almost Aspyn, spelled the same exact way! She & my dad love the aspen trees of Colorado, so that’s where the inspiration came from 🙂 

8.) I’m thinking about switching over my blog to be self hosted. I’m coming upon the year anniversary of starting this blog, so I’m ready to make improvements!

9.) I want to get my hair cut again before summer, & I’m thinking about getting highlights. YAY or NAY? Please help!! 

10.) I have finally watched Friends all the way through & it’s so good! I am so attached to the characters. I’ve been told I’m most like Rachel & she’s my fav character! 

11.) I bought a new house plant that isn’t a succulent & I feel like it’s going to die & I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong! I water it & keep it in the sun for 4-6 hours per the directions, but it doesn’t look like it’s thriving. So any plant people, please help me. 

12.) I am watching The Office & it was just the fake fire scene & I’m dying laughing. Best scene in TV history ever. 

Branding Workshop Recap

Happy Monday guys!

Last week I had the chance to attend a conference with Audree Lopez of the blog Simply Audree Kate! She has a fashion blog & she is also is a stylist, fashion consultant & editor in NYC. She graduated from my school (!!!) so it was great to hear someone speak that was once in my shoes!

I’m going to give you guys a quick low-down on what she talked about. It was a personal branding workshop, so she focused on how to build your brand & stay competitive in the fashion & creative industry. Resume writing, cold-emails, interviews, & internships were the main topics of conversation! We also went over the questions you should ask yourself in order to know yourself & build the most genuine brand.

Your brand is what you advertise with so-to-speak & who you are. It’s your “voice + vision + visuals”. It’s who you are, what you do, why you’re unique, and how you’re valuable. When I started this blog, I went through those steps & it really helped me decide what I wanted my blog to look like, what I wanted to talk about, the kinds of pictures I would post & all the other fun stuff! It can be a hard thing to break down your life into just four categories, but it really helps you get to know yourself better! Even if you aren’t a blogger, these questions will help you write a better resume & honestly, just live a better life!! Once you know who you are & what you really love, life becomes so much simpler 🙂

I recently finished the book The Happiness Project. Would you guys want me to share my own version? Let me know in the comments or DM me on social media. BTW, don’t forget to follow me on all social platforms! Links are at the bottom of the page!

with love,

jazz

Chic of the Week

Happy Friday!

It is already so hot here in AZ that I have been struggling to find something to wear everyday.  I will always love the warmth & Arizona is home to me through & through – but I can’t say I missed this weather :/

This cute dress is from Forever21. I love that store so much because it always has trendy seasonal wear for cheap, but I try not to go overboard because I know that’s bad for the environment to recycle clothing so much! But I do usually splurge on one must have. As soon as I saw this yellow dress I had to get it!! I am loving mustard yellow/yellow so much lately & thankfully, it’s in this season! I paired it with my brown sandals & a black sunhat.

I also went ahead & splurged on Aspyn Ovard’s Lightroom presets this week. I had been debating whether or not I wanted to spend money to get a filter, but I am in love with her feed & personality, so I decided to go for it! I’m trying to get really serious with my blog & have lots of plans to improve it this summer, so every little step I take will help me get to where I want to be!

Shop this Look: 

Hat – Braided Edge Floppy Hat

Dress – Button-Front Mini Dress

Shoes – Faux Leather Thong Sandals

Healthy Vegan Pancakes


Happy Monday guys!! I am super excited about today’s post because breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I love the combination of sweet & salty options. On weekdays, I usually throw something quick together, but on weekends I like to take the time to experiment with healthy brunch recipes! You can probably guess where I got this idea – Pinterest. The pancakes are so easy to make & taste like banana bread! I added the vegan sausage & raspberries on the side, but feel free to add whatever else you want.

Ingredients: 1 Banana

1 cup instant oats

3 cups Almond milk ( or any non-dairy milk of your choice)

Prep time: 20 minutes

Serves: 6

For the pancakes, put 1 cup of instant oats in the blender & grind them. Next, add a chopped up banana and 3 cups of milk. Blend together until smooth.

Place some batter on a heated skillet with some oil or vegan butter. Cook for about 2 minutes on each side, or until somewhat brown.

Chic of the Week

Happy Easter weekend!

I don’t know about you guys, but Easter is actually one of my favorite holidays. I love the food & family time & of course, PEEPS & chocolate.

This week’s outfit of the week was taken last summer in Chicago. I love that city, & wish I were there right now! You can read all about my trip here! The spring semester cannot go by quick enough! I don’t think I’ll be visiting Chicago again, but I do have some exciting travel plans 😉

Anyway, I have done a previous outfit of the week on this same look, but I thought I would bring it back because it’s officially spring weather! I sometimes have a hard time figuring out what to wear when it’s so hot out, but a bodysuit is the perfect choice. It could even work for internships & jobs if you dressed it up with a blazer!

I hope to get some more outfit pictures taken this weekend so I can come back next week with some new inspiration for you guys! I have also added a “Shop this Look” section to the bottom of this post so you guys can get all the outfit details.

Have a great Easter weekend & don’t forget the reason for the season 😉

Shop this look: 

Bodysuit – Scoop Neck Bodysuit

Shorts – Frayed Denim Shorts

Shoes – Keds Distressed Slip-On Sneakers

Sunglasses – Tinted Aviator Sunglasses

Bandana – Polka Dot Bandana