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

New Beauty at Target

This is such an exciting post! I accidentally posted it last Monday too, but I wanted to edit it with the links to the products for you guys. I received a FREE box with some new beauty items from Target. And if you know me, you know I love Target. I spent all weekend testing out the products so I could share them with you guys!

The first thing I tried was the Crest Gum Detoxify toothpaste. It was a mini size so I brought it with me on spring break (have you guys seen the video??). It has a super minty taste, but nothing super special. I just liked the size of it!

The second product I tried was the Olay Whip. It says it helps with wrinkles & I’m not too concerned about that, but it was super light & my face felt firmer after just one use! I really like light moisturizers so this was a win.

I usually use disposable razors because they offer the best shave, but the Venus Platinum Razor  has a super sturdy handle & my skin felt so smooth after I used it! I think I’m gonna ditch the disposable ones & start using this.

The last product was definitely my favorite. My hair tends to be oily & it lacks volume a lot of the time. I have never found a good conditioner that didn’t weigh my hair down, but the Pantene Foam Conditioner  was so good! And it was really easy & fun to use because it has a pump so I didn’t end up pouring more than I needed (is it just me or does that happen all the time with conditioner??).

All these products can be found at Target & on target.com. 10/10 recommend them all.

I love doing review posts for you guys & testing out products. Would you want to see more product reviews? Let me know in the comments or DM me!

with love,

jazz

*thank you to Influenster for this box!

Chic of the Week

Happy spring Friday!!

This week’s look is what I wore to the Baked Bear blogging event (which you can read about here). I got lots of compliments on my shoes so I thought I would just share all of the outfit details.

The sweater is actually from my grandma, but the look is one that is very in & easy to accomplish. Go thrifting & buy an oversized sweater or, you could go to your grandma’s closet too! You guys will be shocked to know the shoes are also from her! She would be so happy to know that I love her style (& more evidence that I am, in fact, a 70 year old at heart). The shoes are nice because they are dressy, but not too dressy & have only a slight heel, so my feet weren’t killing me by the end of the night! I’ll link a similar pair here. The jeans are LC Lauren Conrad.

Have a happy weekend!!

*all photos courtesy of Catherine Hathaway

The Baked Bear blogging event

Hey guys!

This week’s post is a little last minute… but I think you’re going to love it!

On Friday, I went to a blogging/media event at the new Baked Bear in Gilbert! One of my blogger friends whom I go to school with, invited me to come & I was stoked, because obviously, FREE ICE CREAM. We spent some time wandering around downtown Gilbert before going to the event & I never realized how cute it was! There are so many picture opportunities & lots of murals. Also, lots of cute restaurants! We went to a fish taco place & it was super yummy. If you live in AZ or are ever visiting, it’s a must-see!

The event was for local Arizona bloggers & media to come & try the ice cream & then talk about it! (This is why I love what I do so, so much.) I had been to The Baked Bear before & it never disappoints. It’s an ice cream sandwich shop where you get to build your own! They have cookies, brownies & sometimes even donuts for the “bread” part, & then all the different ice cream flavors you could imagine! I’m honestly such a kid when it comes to that stuff & always choose something like cake batter or cookie dough, but they have basic flavors & more sophisticated flavors too. They have toppings as well, & you can have it heated up, which I always prefer because it makes it a little easier to eat because the sandwiches are huge!

The new shop is located in SanTan Village in Gilbert at: 2206 E. Williams Field Rd. #118. They have shops located all throughout Arizona.

This event was a great reminder to me about why I do what I do. Some days I get really discouraged & comparison starts to creep up on me & I feel like I’ll never get to where I want to be. But this is a reminder to pursue your passions & reach out, put yourself out there, because sometimes the best things come of it. (like free ice cream) 😉

Check out my cutie friend’s blog at tressesandtulle.com & her Instagram Catherine Hathaway. She was the one who invited me after all!! She takes really cute pics & has such a sweet personality 🙂

with love,

jazz

*all photos courtesy of Catherine Hathaway & Jaslyn Ravenscraft