Chic of the Week + Life Update

Hi good morning, happy Friday!!

I’m back with another outfit of the week! I actually have a non-Fabletics outfit to share today, but don’t fret, there are more hahaha 

Lately I have been LOVING a good graphic tee. They are just so easy to style & I feel like they really show someone’s personality too, which I love. A walking billboard for all the things that make me happy! This cute tee is from Thread Tank & I had such a hard time picking one out because they have so many cute options! The shirt itself is so soft & fits just right. I hate walking around looking like a 12-year-old boy. The pants are thrifted Levis that I’ve talked about a couple of times because they are my best thrift find to date! The shoes are from Target & I’m convinced I can’t go a day without wearing something from there! All the items are linked at the end of this post. 🙂

I thought this would be a good post to give a little life update in since I’ve been MIA. That always happens at the end of the school year. I say I’m going to take a week off & it ends up being like a month. Ooops. But it’s officially summertime so I’m hoping to have more consistent content & just take more time for my blog!

I think part of the reason I just kinda stopped there for a second is that I am/was feeling uninspired. It can be so hard to constantly have to “keep up.” With something like blogging & content creation, there is so much pressure to work, work, work because you won’t get anywhere if you don’t put in the time & effort. I was just burning out & uninterested, especially with school. This isn’t to make excuses, but this is more just me being honest. 

I’ve realized that I have been feeling uninspired because I’ve been trying too hard. It was difficult for me to accept that because I never thought of myself as a wanna-be. But it hit me that sometimes I don’t want to share about makeup, or fashion or anything like that, I’d rather just write! About my feelings! Because feelings are great! But forreal, my passion for writing began when I started journaling & just writing about my day & what was on my mind. I started this blog so that I could share those thoughts & I realized I’ve become just another lifestyle blog! And there’s nothing wrong with that because I truly love all things lifestyle & the different aspects of it interest me, but I also sometimes just want to VENT to the internet. Hahah no not really, this is not a diary. But I guess I’m just saying I’m going to start writing about whatever the HECK I want to write about, whether that’s skincare, or another Fabletics outfit, or how I’ve been feeling less than confident. I want to inspire people because I love helping others, & so I think by sharing my struggles or even just talking about the things that bother me, more people will be able to relate. We love a relatable gal! 

Anyway, if you’re still reading this, thank you!! It truly makes me so happy when people actually read what I write & enjoy it. I hope to continue to create content that inspires & entertains. 🙂 

Peachy Keen T-shirt |501 Original Cropped Jeans|Velvet Slide Sandals

Vegan Raspberry Cupcakes

Hi guys! 

I have another yummy recipe today! I made these delicious vegan cupcakes for Mother’s Day yesterday & they were a HIT. My family isn’t vegan, but they thought they were the “best cupcakes” they’ve ever had! These are light & perfectly sweet & they weren’t that hard to make at all! I know that when it comes to vegan baking, I’m always intimidated because everything has to be by scratch, but the ingredients were simple & instructions easy to follow. I found the original recipe on Pinterest, & I’ll link it here 🙂 

Ingredients: 1 1/16 cup non-dairy milk

2 tbsp raspberry jam 

1/2 cup vegan butter 

1 1/2 cup flour 

1 tsp baking soda

2 cups powdered sugar 

1/2 tsp salt 

3/4 cup sugar 

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 

1 tsp apple cider vinegar 

1/3 cup coconut oil 

Prep time: 38 minutes

Serves: 12

I used almond milk and coconut oil butter for the substitutes! The batter is thicker than usual, but it makes the cupcakes super dense & flavorful 🙂 

Chic of the Week

Hey guys! Happy Friday! 

This is the last Fabletics outfit I have to share with you! I have loved working with them & showing you guys the different outfit combos they have! This last one is so cute & something I probably wouldn’t normally go out & get for myself so it’s nice I got to try something different. The leggings are so comfy & I can’t get enough of these types of tops! The bra is attached so it makes it so much easier to pick out my outfit in the morning before the gym because I don’t have to try to match anything! I like to workout when my outfit is matching because I just feel a lot more pulled together & motivated to workout hahah 

School has been kicking my butt these last few weeks with final projects & tests on tests, BUT it’s almost over in a couple of weeks & I’m excited to get more blog & Instagram content! Sometimes it’s so hard to focus on school & this, plus work & Instagram… they’re like four totally different things & I get very overwhelmed sometimes! Like I’m currently writing this in bed & it’s past 10pm & if you know me… you know I don’t just stay up past 10!! But I’m trying my best & it’s all totally worth it 🙂 

Strike 2-Piece Outfit

Vegan Banana Bread

Hi guys!

I finally had some free time this past weekend, plus some old bananas to use up sooo I made vegan banana bread!! I hardly ever buy bananas so it’s not something I would normally make, but I had gotten them for another recipe & decided to try something new! Growing up my grandma made the BEST banana bread & sometimes I just get a random craving for it. This didn’t turn out as good as hers, but for being vegan & only a few ingredients it hit the spot!

Ingredients: 4 bananas

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tsp vanilla extract 

3 tbsp almond milk

1 & 3/4 cups flour 

1/2 – 1/2 cups brown sugar 

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon 

Prep time: 15 minutes

Serves: 4

So I actually halved the recipe because I only had 2 bananas, but it still turned out! I will link the original Pinterest recipe so I don’t repeat the steps, but it only took me about 15 minutes to put together! I baked it for 35 minutes & the consistency is perfect. It definitely needs something for added sweetener, so maybe even try adding agave or maple syrup for added flavor! 

Chic of the Week

Hey guys! Happy Friday!

I’m comin at ya with another Fabletics post! Is anyone surprised? lol But they seriously have the cutest workout outfits & I feel like it’s a good way to show you guys what they send me! Hopefully in a couple of weeks I’ll have a cute spring outfit to share because I just got the CUTEST dress from Luca & Grae & I bought it specifically for Easter! Easter is one of my favorite holidays because it’s the perfect excuse to buy a new outfit & eat chocolate in the morning 🙂 

So this outfit is definitely my favorite from Fabletics so far. Maybe its just because of the pink leggings 😉 but it is so comfy & cute. I’ve already worn the leggings to class & just for hangin out because they are so soft. The bra is also sooo comfy. It has adjustable straps which is so nice & there is just enough coverage to not feel too exposed hahah. The jacket is perfect for working out. It’s form fitting, comfortable & so flattering! I can’t wait for winter hikes in it! 

Breakthrough 3-Piece Outfit

MyClarins Vegan Skincare Review

Hi guys!

Today I’m comin’ at you with a beauty post! I feel like it’s been a minute since I’ve written one of these, but I tried out some new products & thought I would share! I worked with MyClarins to try out their new vegan skincare line & lemme tell you, I’m obsessed. For one, their packaging & aesthetic is amazing. Very minimalistic & cute. They sent me tiny samples & I’m so happy because I’m always needing mini beauty items for when I travel! 

My favorite product in the new line is the micellar water or hydrating cream. I have become a HUGE fan of micellar water because it helps get all of my makeup off. I’ll actually use it in the morning right after waking up to refresh my skin, but a lot of times there’s still leftover makeup from the day before, & that’s after cleansing & using toner before bed. (Trust me, ya girl needs her night creams). The hydrating cream feels so light on my skin & I like it for when I just want light protection throughout the day if I’m just hangin out. I always use my SPF on days I’m out & about or going to be outside at all, period! They also have a purifying gel cleanser, hydrating mist & sleep mask. The mist is so refreshing & I like to use it to finish off my makeup look, or even a bare face day. My friend tried the sleep mask & said her skin felt sooo soft the next morning. All of the products smell amazing as well, which is a super plus! 

You can find all these products online at clarinsusa.com or at Ulta!

*Post in collaboration with MyClarins. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

Chic of the Week + 12 Things

Hi guys! Happy Friday! 

I have another Fabletics look to share today! This outfit is one of the comfiest & simple for sure, so it’s great for working out or honestly just lounging around! The top is a pretty peach pastel just in time for spring! The leggings are super warm and soft, so if you live somewhere cold they’d actually be great for layering. 

Since this post is so short, I’ll do a quick 12 Things!

1.) The semester is almost over!! We have about 4 weeks & the amount of stuff I have to do before then is overwhelming.

2.) I’m probably moving at the end of the summer! Excited to finally get a place for myself!

3.) My allergies have been so bad this week! It’s finally spring time in AZ & I’m loving it, but I have to drug myself everyday just to get through. If anyone has any natural ways to help allergies, send them my way.

4.) I’ve been trying new recipes recently & loving it! I have so many Pinterest recipes saved, but never want to put in the effort to actually make something. But now that school will be out soon, I’m hoping my evenings can be filled with cooking instead of homework.

5.) I dyed my hair blonde!! Idk if you can tell in this pic, but my hairstylist did an amazing job blending it to look natural. Next time I really want to go for the blonde of Jaci Marie Smith. She’s the cutest human ever. 

6.) I’m currently reading Michelle Obama’s book Becoming. It’s so interesting & she’s a really great writer.

7.) I’m also watching This is Us for the first time & it has me so emotional! 

8.) Hawaii was amazing & I want to go back. Everyone thinks I live there now because I was posting a bunch of pictures on my trip & I was like, yeah, I WISH. You can read all about my trip here!

9.) I did a quick interview/Q&A with Arizona Foothills magazine! You can read my piece here.

10.) I went to my first hockey game last week! It was very cold & there was a fight, but still a fun experience. 

11.) If you live in AZ go check out Wonderspaces! I was actually in one of their ads for an art display & I went to the preview night & there were so many interesting art installations! There were a couple of virtual reality exhibits & it was sooo crazy.

12.) I have to go study for a marketing test now so byyyeee.

Seamless Mid-Rise LeggingsCashel Cropped Swing Tank

Peanut Butter Banana Nice Cream

Happy Monday!! 

I’m sharing a recipe with you guys today! It’s been a minute, but I really want to start sharing more recipes because I want to try new things more often! I get in ruts of eating the same thing over & over while my Pinterest foodie boards get overflowed with new ideas. 

I’m sharing a yummy “nice cream” recipe today just in time for hot spring & summer days. I made this using my newish Ninja food processor & I am OBSESSED. Invest in one if you haven’t already because it’s truly magical. I’ve been using it for so many things & the possibilities are endless! 

Okay, so now for the recipe… 

Ingredients: 3 bananas

1tbsp maple Syrup

1tbsp sugar

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 pinch salt

1/4 cup almond milk (or non-dairy milk of your choice)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Serves: 4

It’s soo easy to make! Just chop up the banana & freeze it. Then add all of the ingredients to a blender or food processor & TA-DA you have healthyish ice cream!!

So I originally found this recipe on Pinterest, but I modified it a bit because it called for non-dairy chocolate chips & I couldn’t find any, so I added shredded coconut instead! I also added sugar because it needed something more… but you can definitely play around with it & add whatever you want!! 

Chic of the Week

Hi guys!! Happy Friday!

This week’s outfit of the week is one of my favorites for summer! It’s from my favorite online shop Luca + Grae. I got it about a year ago actually so unfortunately it’s out of stock, but I thought I would share something similar & to introduce you guys to Luca + Grae cuz it’s seriously the best! I brought this romper to Hawaii with me & it’s perfect to throw on & go. The tie front detail adds a little fun & the print is so summery! 

I posted a Hawaii/spring break recap on Monday so make sure to go check that out for more Hawaii pics & a little story time behind this acai bowl here…

Toe Wrap Thong Sandal|Striped Cami Romper

Spring Break 2019 Recap

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Guys! I’m back!! I took an unintentional like, month long break. But this post will be all about my spring break trip to Oahu, Hawaii!!

This was my second visit to the island of Oahu & I am just as in love with it as the first time! My brother is super lucky & actually lives there, so I am excited for lots of future visits, but also wanting to explore other islands! 

I went with my roommate & her friend this time around & we got to see some things that I missed last time I went which was nice. We stayed downtown Waikiki, which I highly recommend doing because you’re literally so close to everything. We stayed at Ohana Waikiki East & the Hilton & both were within walking distance to Waikiki beach & all the tourist shops, places to eat & the mall(s). 

Our first night there we were tired from a long day of travel & had to watch the Bachelor finale! (This season omg). But when we landed we went to the Ala Moana Center for some food. It’s a huge mall in the middle of the city, so I’d suggest making your way there at some point. They sometimes have shows going on, like last time I saw a hula dance! If nothing else, there is an international food court with lots of yummy options. 

One thing on my must-do list was a waterfall hike. A popular hike is the Monoa Falls Trail. The waterfall itself is honestly not as impressive as I thought it would be, but it’s still a beautiful, somewhat easy hike. There is also a fence surrounding the actual falls, so to get the best pics & stuff you gotta break the rules. 😉 Diamond Head is another hike that we did. It’s super famous & has amazing views of the city & ocean!

We had lots of good eats on this trip too, which made my inner foodie soo happy. Every morning we tried out a new coffee shop, & some of my favs were Island Vintage Coffee & Kai Coffee. Island Vintage also looked like it had amazing, colorful food, plus super cute mugs. If you’re anything like me, you’ll wanna stop there for a souvenir mug (or two). For places to eat, we tried the famous UDON Ramen that is only in Waikiki & Japan!! It was sooo good. If you’re a ramen lover, 10/10 recommend. But it’s usually super crowded, so I would suggest going in the middle of the afternoon like we did to avoid a long line! We also tried Maui Brewing Company, Buhio Waikiki, Mahaloha Burger, & Cheeseburger in Paradise.

This time around I made it to North Shore! I HIGHLY recommend finding a way up there because the drive itself is so pretty. We stopped in Haleiwa, a small town on the North Shore to look around in the shops. We also made it to the Sunrise Shack, which is the cutest little smoothie/acai stand on the side of the road. 

STORYTIME: So the Sunrise Shack was the one thing I realllyyy wanted to visit because I wanted a cute picture & an acai bowl. By the time we got there I was so hungry, so I ordered a large acai bowl. Jay Alvarez, the Instagram famous photographer was there in front of us in line! He was with his girlfriend(?). Anyway, I was waiting around for my acai bowl for about half an hour & finally I went & asked them about it & they scrambled to make it, BUT I think that Jay Alvarez’s girlfriend TOOK my acai bowl. She has since taken a photo with it & posted it on Instagram & it’s gotten 50,000 plus likes, so at least I can say my acai bowl is famous. In the moment I was hangry, but it’s a pretty funny story to tell!!

On our North Shore day we also stopped by the Dole Plantation to get some dole whip & Green World Coffee Farm. If you’re a coffee lover, make sure to stop there & get free samples & smell alll the yummy bean juice. 🙂 We also spent time on the beach in North Shore & it was way less crowded than Waikiki beach.

It was another amazing trip & I’m seriously already trying to figure out when I can go back!! It is such a gorgeous place to visit & relax.