Fall Break Recap

Fall Break was soooo good! It was honestly just what I needed. I went up north to visit Jacob &  actually have some cool weather. I mentioned it in my Chic of the Week last week, & I said that if I did enough cool stuff I would do a Fall Break recap on here so I made it a priority to do stuff! Not that I didn’t do a lot of laying around & watching The Office. (That show never gets old…) I also ate my body weight in candy corn, but hey, it’s October so I think there are no excuses…

On Saturday, Jacob & I went to the Grand Canyon. It’s only a few hours from where he lives so it was the perfect little road trip. He had never seen it before & you can’t live in Arizona & not see it! He thought the “big hole in the ground” was pretty neat. We found the perfect spot to take some pics that wasn’t overly crowded with tourists. Although Jake gave me a heart attack climbing the rocks! I would consider myself adventurous, but after hanging out with him, I think I take that back… Anyway, a super nice tourist took the pic of us overlooking the canyon together & it’s about to become my new favorite picture of us 🙂 After exploring the edge of the cliff (somewhat unwillingly on my part) we walked around for a bit & then headed out. For dinner that night, we went to a super cute 50’s-inspired diner. Made me want to go back in time… the food was super good, but the atmosphere was even better!

On Sunday, I hung out with my best friend from high school! Our friendship is a whole blog post in itself. But we always do the most extra stuff together! She’s always down to adventure & try new things & I love it. She took me to the local’s favorite coffee shop & then we went to the farmer’s market & walked around town. There were so many cute boutiques, I could’ve gone broke. I did buy one thing… I’ll do a Chic of the Week to show you guys! We also found a little pumpkin patch & took some pics & even bought little pumpkins to decorate! (Expect an easy, DIY fall idea on the blog soon!) Super successful Sunday 🙂

Jacob had class on Monday so I just hung out & blogged! It was a super chill break, but it was spent with people I love & I think that’s the best way to spend time. I didn’t want to leave, but unfortunately, I had school the rest of the week! But I get to see them both soon for Halloween. And eat more candy corn…

Hope you guys enjoyed this post! I love talking about my trips & giving you guys a look inside what I like to do for fun. 

xo,

jazz

Chic of the Week

It’s Friday the 13th… not cool.

This week’s outfit is the first fall look I’ve talked about & I’m sooo excited!

The top is from Forever21 & I got it last season. Not-so-funny story; I bought a sweater just like this one at Forever21 & then after the first few washes, it got a huge hole in the front! I thought about trying to sew it, but I didn’t want it to look ghetto, so I just ordered another one. Not gonna lie, I liked the first one better! It was softer & was kind of cropped, but loose, so it was perfect for Phoenix winters. But I guess that’s what I get for shopping at Forever21… I’m still a frequent customer. And it was only like $10 so I’m not that bothered, but still!! Anyway, this one is soft & cozy too! I’ll link a similar one down below. The pants are from the LC Lauren Conrad collection. These are actually a recent purchase because I needed new jeans! They’re honestly kind of big, but that’s the style. I’ve talked about the booties I’m wearing before, but I’ll link a similar pair down below. To find the pants I’m wearing, check out my OOTW from a  few weeks ago.

This was a short week for me because it was my fall break! Kinda ready for the semester to be over though…

Sweater – Forever21

Jeans – OOTW

Booties – Nordstrom

Here’s a picture of me trying to bring back my gymnast days… good thing I retired.

What’s in my Backpack?

Here’s a sneak peek into the things I keep in my school bag! Other than my laptop, glasses & notebooks, I try to keep it really simple because it gets heavy! I also put my lunch in my backpack so I don’t have a lot of space.

  • chapstick
  • mints
  • hair tie
  • hand sanitizer
  • extra pencils
  • phone charger
  • sunglasses
  • keys & student ID

That’s it! Like I said, the more stuff I have, the harder it is to find things & keep track of stuff. Hope this gives you guys some inspo as to what to pack in your own bag!

What are your must-haves for class? Let me know in the comments or DM me on social media! 

xo,

jazz

Chic of the Week

Happy weekend!

I’ve decided to do a few things differently with my outfit of the week: one, I’ll post some outfit pics like this one because it’s hard to get someone to take my pic every week so this way I don’t always have to depend on others & worry about not having a look every Friday! And two, I’m going to start calling it ‘Chic of the Week’ because why not?! Cute & unique.

This week’s look is a top from Charming Charlie that I got last year. It is a perfect transition top for fall because it’s light, but also has sleeves. And when you live in a place that is still 90 degrees in October, but you still want to dress cute like the rest of the country, you pull out a top like this. The bell sleeves with a slit are really in right now too! So although my exact top is probably not available anymore, you can find a similar one 🙂 My jean shorts are from H&M which you guys should know already because I talk about them all. the. time. I’m not sure where my sandals are from because I think they’re a few years old. You could also pair this look with ankle boots or flats.

In other news, I’m currently en route to a cooler place for Fall Break! I’m going to spend time with my boo & I think we’re gonna go to the Grand Canyon! I’ve been there once & he’s never been soooo we’re gonna go check it out. I also might do a little Fall Break Recap on here if I end up doing enough cool stuff 😉

Easy Work/School Lunches

I know I just did a post about an easy school morning breakfast, so I decided to go along the same lines & give you guys some easy lunches you can pack for work or school!

Monday

  • Salad, hummus & crackers

Tuesday

  • Sandwich, fruit

Wednesday

  • Pasta salad, protein bar

Thursday

  • Wrap, homemade fries

Friday

  • Rice with grilled chicken &/or veggies

I usually just switch between all of these combos. I prep my lunch the night before so I can just run out the door. I also save a lot of money by not eating out all the time. Some weeks I have salad most days, others I’ll eat leftovers, but for the most part, this is what you can expect to see in my lunch bag!

What do you guys like to eat for lunch? Let me know in the comments or on social media! 

xo,

jazz

OOTW

This week’s outfit of the week is actually from a shoot I did last summer! I never shared these pics & this is ~hopefully~ the last of the hot weather, so I thought it would be appropriate to share one more summer look before it’s all sweaters & boots! There is a super cool artsy district near where I live & it’s perfect for photo shoots. Also, Flashback Friday to my long hair!!

I don’t know the details of this outfit because if I’m being honest, I think I gave the shorts to Goodwill & went & bought that new pair I have that I talk about all the time. (Find the details here.)

But here is some photo shoot inspiration! Whenever people ask me how I am comfortable in front of the camera (trust me, I still feel awkward a lot of the time) I tell them to make sure to wear something they’re comfortable in because that will make the modeling part 10x easier! I had a lot of fun with this shoot because I wasn’t worried about a wardrobe malfunction or anything like that! And make sure to shoot with a photographer you’re comfortable with & knows your style. Just some tips 🙂 

All photos by Rachel Eroh @rachel_eroh

Quick & Easy Breakfast

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, hands down. I have a sweet tooth, so part of it could be I just love all the sweet options. But I love the classic eggs & bacon too. Basically, I try not to skip breakfast for multiple reasons; it’s also the most important meal of the day! If I don’t have a filling breakfast, I end up snacking way more than I should & choosing unhealthy options.

The only problem is, I usually don’t have a lot of time in the mornings to make a big, fancy breakfast. (Weekends are another story… brunch is my favorite part.) On days when I have class or somewhere I need to be, this is my favorite breakfast! I usually try to have a variety so I don’t get bored, but this combo is soooo good & filling & it’s literally 3 ingredients!

  • Wheat toast
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Honey

It’s that simple! I’ll usually pair it with fruit or yogurt & granola. And always, always a cup of coffee. 😉

What is your favorite breakfast recipe! Let me know in the comments or DM me on social media! 

xo,

jazz

OOTW

Happy first day of autumn!! I’ve been counting down to this day since probably July 1st! I have my pumpkin spice latte & Bath & Body Works cinnamon scented candle lit, so I am in full-on fall mode. And not complaining about it one bit!

This week’s outfit of the week is a simple look. I paired my LC Lauren Conrad jeans with a plain white v-neck from Forever21. (I’ll link the items down below!) I’m wearing sandals that I got from Kohls at the end of summer. To make this look more fall appropriate, pair it with booties & a cardigan if the weather permits. It’s finally cooling off in AZ & I couldn’t be happier!

Enjoy your weekend & drink all the hot coffee you want! Because that’s what I’ll be doing 🙂

Jeans – LC Lauren Conrad

Top – Forever21

P.S. I couldn’t find just a cheap, plain white women’s T, so this is men’s, but it doesn’t really matter when it comes to t-shirts!

Organization Tips

I am a very organized person. Anyone who knows me will tell you that every drawer in my room is neat & my clothes are color coordinated along with my planner, desk calendar & wall calendar.

Organization obsessed? Maybe, but being organized & clean has always been such a huge help in every aspect of my life. So whether you’re a college student, working adult or just want to get your life together, (we’ve all been there) I’ve come up with some tips & tricks that I use to stay on top of my game… most of the time.

1.) Use planners & calendars

I have a planner for school/clubs/life, plus a separate blog planner… Along with a calendar for my desk & a calendar in my phone. Whatever goes in my planner, is written on my calendar, which transfers to my phone. That way, no matter where I am or what I’m doing, I can stay on top of everything I have to do & ~rarely~ miss an appointment, deadline or party.

2.) Color coordinate

And I don’t mean your closet, unless you want to. Having a different color for each activity, social event, class or club can really help lay out your days. I am a visual person, so seeing all the colors laid out helps me remember what I have to do & when. Not only does it help you stay even more organized, it’s also kinda pretty.

3.) Make a To-Do list every day & prioritize 

I briefly mentioned this in my last post Productivity Tips, but creating a top 3 to-do every day is the best way to tackle big projects & little chores.

4.) Do things as soon as they are assigned

Or at least start them. As soon as I receive a homework assignment, I’m on it. Some things will take more than an hour or two to complete, but getting a head start is the best way to avoid last minute due date stress.

5.) Have a routine

Creating a routine & sticking to it is one of the biggest ways I stayed organized. When I have a million things going on it’s easier for me to know the order I’m going to accomplish them in. It also keeps me motivated to finish everything because I know by the end of the day I’ll be able to relax, plan out the next day or get ahead. I know that some people work better going with the flow though, so of course, whatever works for you!

6.) Use sticky notes

I have sticky notes everywhere. When I think of a question or something, I write it down right away so I don’t forget, & then I’ll go back later & write it in my planner or ask.

7.) Organize your space

Whether that be a whole house or a dorm room, having your space clean will help lower stress & keep you organized!

I hope these tips help you guys! I feel like as the seasons change so does my mood & sometimes I become really overwhelmed over little things, so if you’re the same way now is the time to pick up some new habits!

What do you do to stay organized? Let me know in the comments, or DM me on social media!

xo,

jazz

OOTW

It’s the weekend…

This week’s outfit of the week is one of my favorites. I got it at H&M this summer & it’s so soft & comfy. And you guys know me; that’s all I wear! I love it for a long day of classes because it looks cute, but it’s not stuffy & is nice for sitting all day. I paired it with some denim shoes that I got from Urban Outfitters a long time ago, although it could be paired with anything. I was going to link it, but I can’t find it on the site! :/ But striped dresses are pretty in, so you can probably find one elsewhere!

In other news, I’m currently tanning & sweating so bad! Fall has not come to Arizona yet, let me tell you. But get ready to see lots of sweaters & boots soon… Also, I got shoes today! I ordered them a few weeks ago from lucaandgrae.com & they are so cute! Go check out my insta story to see them 😉 @jaslynravenscraft

P.S. Don’t forget to let me know how many times a week you want to hear from me… xo