OOTW

It’s Friday!

Today’s outfit of the week is another look from vacation. I like to call it my “travel outfit” because it’s super comfy for long car rides, but can be turned into something casual for stops or last minute family visits. I don’t know about you guys, but when I travel I want an outfit that is comfortable, but that I can also turn into something nice because changing in the car is hard!

This mural is on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. There was a tunnel filled with positive graffiti & art that you could walk through. I thought it was a pretty cool idea…

I’ve been slacking on the blogging & posting because I literally feel like I’ve been running these past two weeks to get everything done. But I’m all moved into my apartment & it’s slowly coming together. My roommates already feel like family & we have so much fun together, I honestly forget to post on Instagram & check my blog. But I’ll focus more, I promise 😉

I have also been trying to figure out future posts & get them ready to go because homework will soon consume my life… I want to keep the posts steady & relevant so please, please let me know what you like or want to see more of! I got a lot of positive feedback on my last OOTW, & that’s what makes it all worth it. 🙂 So feel free to comment or DM me because I would love to chat & know what you think!

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Happy Friday!

This week’s outfit of the week is an ultra comfy, but stylish ensemble. I paired a soft off-the-shoulder top with soft denim shorts from Forever21 & of course, the sandals I can’t live without. Some sunnies completed the look. I’ve mentioned all of these items in past OOTW’s, but they are very versatile items & let’s be honest, I can’t afford new clothes every week (although I wish). And since I assume most of you also can’t afford a mall trip every week as well, try taking the same items & adding a new set of jewelry or pair of shoes to create something completely different & unique. I’m kinda into the capsule wardrobe recently…

In other news, I put up my first blog post from vacation! I had a wonderful time & I can’t wait to share more with you all, but I’m focused on moving currently! I also can’t wait to decorate my new apartment & give you all a tour… but that will come much later. For now, go check out my Chicago post & let me know what you think!

These pictures were taken near the Cincinnati Bridge in Ohio. It was so hot & humid that we decided to skip the city & camp out in Starbucks!

Chicago Recap

Hello all!

I’ve been crazy busy lately trying to get everything ready for school, plus packing up my stuff to move. I’m excited for another semester, but let’s be honest, summer went way too quick. I was gone for two weeks visiting family & exploring some new places, but now I’m back to adulting & I just want to escape again!

Chicago was our first stop & I fell in love, despite how stressful it was. I wish I could say I saw everything I wanted & got to explore every inch of the city with time to spare, but I would be lying. We only had a few hours to spend downtown. Parking alone took us an hour because the traffic is so bad. On the plus side, I did get to see some things as we were driving the streets in search of a place to park. Pro tip: Get a hotel downtown & either walk or Uber to your destination. That’s what we did the first time I visited & it worked a lot better & saved us time.

River Walk

The only thing I really had to see was the Wrigley Building clock. At the time, I didn’t even know what it was called, I just knew I had to get a picture of it because I saw a picture on Pinterest that was so cool I needed my own version. (Ya know how I roll…)

I also wanted a selfie at the famous reflecting bean statue so we walked there, but it was super hot, humid & crowded. Not my idea of the perfect Insta shot, but I got a few good pics & an excuse to go back!

Just me & my mum being typical Windy City tourists…

 

Cloud Gate sculpture, better known as the Reflective Bean in Millennium Park.

Although I didn’t get to see everything I wanted, I got to spend time in a new place & create new memories ( not all good… ). I did get some good pictures & lots of reasons to go back & visit. I even kinda want to move there now. But I say that about almost every place I visit…

This is the signature pose that I do in front of anything with significance. 

What are your favorite places to visit in Chicago? Let me know in the comments or on social media because I definitely plan on going back someday soon… 

P.S. Also. Guys. Have you tried true Chicago deep dish pizza? If you haven’t, you need to. This was my first experience & it was sooo good. There were layers upon layers of cheesy goodness.

xo,

jazz

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For this week’s outfit, I paired a light pink bodysuit from Forever21 with shorts from H&M that I’ve talked about a bunch because I actually love them. I wasn’t sure how to feel about the bodysuit trend, but this one is super comfy & you don’t have to worry about it becoming untucked (idk how to describe it) from your shorts, like you would a t-shirt or tank. Instead of  a bodysuit, you could even wear a one piece with shorts for the beach or beginning-of-the- school-year pool parties. I opted for white Keds because I was exploring the Windy City (expect a blog post with lots of pics!!), but I think sneakers are the best shoe for this look. But feel free to play around with it! That’s why I love fashion; there are no rules.

Have a great weekend & don’t forget to read my last post raving about my favorite planners!

 

Back to School: Planners & Stationery I’m Loving

With fall classes fast approaching I’m getting ready to go back to school shopping & my favorite part is always looking for a new planner. I am a very organized person who loves having every aspect of my life thought out & color coordinated in a cute notebook.

Target is probably my favorite store, especially when it comes to back to school shopping. I have gotten my planners & school supplies there since the beginning of high school. Every season they come out with a new design for their planners & stationary. This year’s design is from the Ashely G. Collection for Blue Sky & includes gold, white & pinks with various patterns. I opted for their largest planner with a ringed binder that has a gold, polk-dot design. Inside it has a space for notes & even a section for “Gratitude”. Each day I can write down one thing I’m grateful for, which is so important for staying sane! I got a smaller planner/address book for my blog scheduling. For my desk, I got a calendar that will allow me to quickly glance at that day’s schedule & events. It also gives me a space to jot down quick notes.

Not everyone loves planning & organization as much as I do. If the thought of scheduled days & thinking ahead is scary, these planners are a not-so-intimidating way to start. They offer different sized planners & calendars so they are perfect for every occasion. Just start by jotting down your plans for the week & soon you’ll have the next 3 months planned out! Life won’t always go as planned, but planners can definitely help!

How do you organize your life? Let me know in the comments or on social media! 

xo,

jazz

*not a sponsored post

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Today’s outfit of the week includes pieces that I’ve talked about before, but I put them together to create something totally different.

The shorts are from H&M & they are the first pair I’ve actually really liked. And the top is another favorite from the LC Lauren Conrad collection. (I just love all her stuff!) The shoes are from a post a few weeks ago, but they are basically the only shoe I’m wearing these days! If there is one shoe you need, it’s a basic brown sandal.

This look is easy to recreate & mix & match pieces with. You could also pair with Keds & a backpack for a more casual look for class.

You can’t tell much in this picture, but the wall was the brightest yellow color & it was just calling my name for a picture! I have the mind of a blogger & avid Instagrammer for sure…

 

Travel Carry-on Essentials

Traveling is a lot of fun, but there is so much to think about when packing. Not only do you have to think ahead for what you’ll need at your destination, but you have to think about what you’ll need to get there! Plane rides or cross country road trips; however you choose to travel you’ll need stuff for comfort & entertainment. Below I’ve outlined the things I can’t travel without:

  • Laptop/headphones/charger
  • magazine/book
  • healthy snacks
  • reusable water bottle
  • tissues
  • makeup remover
  • mints
  • comb/hair ties
  • medications
  • lotion
  • hand sanitizer
  • passport/boarding pass/wallet
  • chapstick

This list is a basic outline, so feel free to adjust it as needed. And don’t forget to check out air travel regulations because you may not be able to take certain things. Remember to enjoy your trip & don’t stress out about packing too much!

Happy traveling!

xo,

jazz

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This week’s outfit of the week is a grey dress from Forever21 & booties from who-knows-where because I got them so long ago! I will link a similar pair down below though, because trust me, you need a shoe like this. They are so basic & can be worn in the summer or winter!

Recently I’ve been trying to create office appropriate outfits & I’m realizing I don’t have a lot of professional clothes! But I have plenty of time to grow a collection. This dress is modest, but comfy & not too “stuffy” so it’s perfect business-casual wear.

Booties-  Ted Baker London Zip Bootie

There are actually so many cute places in my town to take pictures! I took this one by a laundromat…
…& this one behind the catholic church! It was a super humid day so grey was a bad choice in terms of sweat butttt I got a lot of good pictures. Photos by Emily Hobrock @e_hobrock

College 101

Moving away from home & going to college is one of the most exciting, yet scary times in life. I know because I did it myself not too long ago.

My brother is going away for college soon & there are so many things I want to tell him! I feel like there is so much he needs to know, but I’ve realized you kinda have to learn as you go. But I’m going to do my best & share 23 Things I learned in college to help him & all other soon-to-be-freshman.

1.) Wear comfortable shoes for move-in day.

I made the rookie mistake of wearing Keds & trying to look cute. This is the only time I will tell you to put comfort before style… Try pairing a t-shirt dress with sneakers.

2.) Go to Welcome Week activities & get all the free t-shirts you can.

Anything for a free shirt! But really, getting involved is so important & can help you feel less homesick. And who knows, you just might meet your bff at a club meeting…

3.) Make your dorm room feel like home.

I was so tempted to throw all my bathroom stuff in a bag & act like I was living in a hotel for 9 months. But I didn’t, & my roommate & I were able to make our room look cute & be comfy.  Feeling at home is so important.

4.) Don’t buy your books before class.

Trust me, it’s more stressful to wait in line for a return & keep track of receipts than it is to wait for your professors to tell you what you really need.

5.) Meet with your counselor before every semester to plan out your schedule & make sure you’re on track.

Some schools require it; I recommend it. You don’t want to get to second semester senior year & be told you’re behind.

6.) Make at least one friend in every class & get their contact info.

It’ll be 10 p.m. 2 hours before something is due, & you’ll have no idea what you’re doing. That’s when you phone a friend.

7.) Study with your friends.

It makes it more enjoyable & you have built in tutors.

8.) Form study groups.

To go along with #7, it is so helpful to have people to study with & count on for study guide answers!

9.) Balance out hard & easy classes.

Don’t overestimate what you’re capable of. College school work is not like high school school work. Do not over commit!!

10.) Get to know your professors.

They are actually pretty cool people & it can’t hurt to be on their good side!

11.) Take advantage of the “free” gym & any classes that are offered.

Technically, the gym cost is included in tuition, but I took yoga classes & I’m basically an official yogi now so Namaste.

12.) Be positive.

A bad grade might seem like the end of the world, but it’s not. Trust me. Grades do not define you. Or your intelligence. You’re gonna be okay.

13.) Make time for dining hall dinners… or breakfasts… whatever you have time for (!!) with your friends. 

Because a good venting session can really help on stressful days.

14.) Don’t buy Starbucks every day with your dining dollars because you will run out.

Hahaha…um, I may or may not be speaking from experience here…

15.)  Download Lyft & Uber.

You’ll need both.

16.) Go out.

You won’t remember the nights spent alone in your room with Netflix. You’ll remember the nights you went to French Fry Heaven & the cashier yelled at you when you asked if the bbq fries were spicy & your friend puked in the bushes. (True story.)

17.) Go to football games & sit in the student section. 

Football games are the best!! And you will feel so much school pride being squished with 1,000 other sweaty, screaming individuals who also love *insert school name here.

18.) Do. Not. Procrastinate. 

But balance out all that going out with studying. You do not have as much time as you think you have.

19.) Your mom is still only a phone call away.

She wants you to call her.

20.) Make time for yourself.

It’s so easy to get caught up with clubs, deadlines, dates, friends, football games & so much more that you’ll forget to take time for yourself. But alone time is so crucial for staying happy & successful.

21.) It’s okay to miss your past.

It’s okay to miss your hometown, your family & friends. It’s okay to admit that. But know that you’ll get to make new memories in college too.

22.) Do it all for you.

Have your end goal in mind with everything you do & every decision you make. Now is the time to do that one thing you were gonna do that one time before you got afraid & didn’t. Go do it. And don’t let others opinions or agendas get in the way. Do it for you honey.

23.) Have fun.

Through it all, remember that college is only 4 short years of your life. If you are fortunate enough to go to school & study something you love, explore a new place & meet new people, do it. Do it all & don’t be afraid to fail, because sometimes you learn the most when you make mistakes. Soon you’ll be a full-on adult wishing you hadn’t worried about your chem test  & missed that pool party.

All throughout my freshman year, I made a list of “things I wish someone had told me before I came to college” in the notes section of my phone, so I could share it with y’all. I tried really hard to come up with real advice, & write about experiences that I came across when I was wishing I had someone to help me. My college friends helped me create this list too, & we’ve all been though the same things. So take this advice or don’t take this advice, but let me just tell you, you are in for one helluva ride…

Good luck!

xo,

jazz

P.S. Special thanks to all the people who contributed to this post. You just helped a freshman in need.

OOTW

Good morning!

This week’s outfit of the week is super simple. I’m wearing my favorite t-shirt dress from Forever 21 paired with espadrilles from Steve Madden. I wear this dress at least once a week so I really need to invest in one of every color! And these shoes are the perfect pair of slip-ons that are neutral enough to go with a lot. It looks like I put in effort, but that’s what I love about t-shirt dresses…

 

 

I’m having a hard time with finding unique locations for my outfit of the week… Let me know if y’all  have any creative ideas!