Where I’m Going

Hi guys! 

Today’s post is going to be a little different.

I have been going through some things in my personal life that I don’t feel ready to talk about yet, but it’s been distracting me from keeping up with blogging, & pretty much everything else in my life. 

I am going to take a few weeks off from creating content. I love this blog & I love being able to write & help you guys out! It just doesn’t feel right to talk about my favorite hair products when I’m actually not worried about my hair at all. I am in the process of moving, & I’ll be traveling soon & won’t have Wifi access anyway, so I think this is a good time for me to take a break.

I try so hard to keep up with blogging & creating content for social, but sometimes I just don’t feel like it. I want to be genuine & real because I want you guys to know that my life is far from perfect. 

I know that I don’t owe anyone an explanation, but I wanted you guys to know that I haven’t forgot about my blog! Writing is my stress relief, but lately it has seemed more like a chore & one more thing to worry about. I never want it to be that way! 

I have lots of exciting things happening for this blog & in my life. I look forward to where this is taking me & everything happening. I can’t wait to share where I’m going 🙂 

See you in a couple weeks with lots of vacation pics!! 

with love,

jazz

Roadtrip Favorites

Hey guys!

Today I wanted to share my favorite products to use/bring on a road trip! I have a huge one coming up in a couple of weeks, so I’ve been preparing for awhile. 

Flying is just so expensive & there is so much more to see when you drive! The long hours are hard, & I age about 5 years every trip, but the memories are amazing. These products are what get me through it all!

I will link all of the products down below so you can get one of your own! 

Microfiber Neck Pillow

Xhilaration Casual Socks

AEO Lightweight Fleece Jogger

Purederm Collegan Eye Patches

Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones

ban.do Work it Out gym bag

Vans Old Skool Plus Backpack

That’s pretty much it! I like to take a backpack in the car with me as a carry-on with fuzzy socks, my charger, snacks (my favorite are Kind bars!) & a reusable water bottle. The neck pillow is the exact one I use, as well as the eye patches! They work amazing for getting those post-flight/long car ride under eye bags gone.

I hope this helps you guys be comfy & prepared for your next long trip! What are your favorite things to do on a road trip to kill time in the car? Let me know in the comments please!!

with love,

jazz

Chic of the Week

Hi guys! Happy weekend! 

I am super excited for this post because everyone needs this dress! I found it at Target & it was kind of an impulse buy. I didn’t need it, but I was browsing the clothes (bad idea) & had to try it on. As soon as I put it on, I knew I needed it. I also tried on a bathing suit that I thought was so cute & thought about getting every time I went to Target, BUT it just didn’t look good on me. Another fun fact: I hate trying on clothes! It’s such a chore. I was with my mom so she told me to try it on & I’m glad she made me because there are a lot of clothes that haven’t fit the best just because I refused to try them on. Learn from my mistakes. 

The story behind these pics is kind of funny! My roomie & I went thrift shopping (& I found $15 Levi’s!! Post coming soon…) & we saw these bushes on the side of the road so we decided to have a mini photoshoot! It was literally right by a main street & in a restaurant parking lot, but the lighting was so good. She’s also a photographer, so they turned out AMAZING. Any place is Instagrammable if you try hard enough! 

Shop this Look: 

Dress – Strappy Wrap Dress with Tie

How to get that Summer Glow

Hi Guys! 

I wanted to share my essentials for getting that summer glow! I have been getting so many compliments on my tan & I want to share what I do so you guys can glow & thrive 🙂 

First things first, WEAR SUNSCREEN. My absolute favorite is Hawaiian Tropics. It smells like coconuts & has a slight shimmer. It’s a light formula, so I never feel sticky! Fun fact: I hated wearing sunscreen as a kid because I didn’t like the smell & gross feel of it! I have linked the exact one that I use & it’s perfect. It has just enough to protection for my skin, but allows me to soak up the sunshine to get a tan. 

After I put on sunscreen, I lather on the tanning oil. I like to use Banana Boat Protective Tanning Oil. It contains sunscreen as well, so there is some protection. 

To be honest, I’ve always had an on/off relationship with tanning. When I was in high school, all I wanted was to be DARK no matter what it took. I was a lifeguard & then spent time tanning even on my days off. I probably didn’t always take precautions like I should of because I was so focused on just getting tan. I have thought about getting spray tans, but they seem like so much maintenance. But I have finally realized the importance of sunscreen & don’t go tanning without it! Being tan is amazing, but not at the expense of your health! 

Do you get spray tans, or like to tan naturally? Let me know in the comments or DM on social! I’m really curious about spray tans & the cost/maintenance of them, so please let me know!!

with love,

jazz

Shop this Post: 

Bikini – Beachwear Two Pieces Swimsuit set

Chic of the Week

Hey guys, happy Friday!!

This has seemed like such a crazy, long week! It kind of hit me how quickly summer is going & how much I have to do before school starts. I got stressed for awhile, but I’m trying to enjoy living stress free for as long as possible. Because we all know once the semester starts I’m a hot mess 🙂 Today I’m sharing another look from my staycation because I miss it so much!! I just want to sit by the pool with a shirley temple (or maybe something stronger) 😉 

So I actually got this dress at Ross. Before you all freak out, let me just tell you: Stores like Ross & TJ Maxx have so much potential, you just have to look. You can find some gems with enough patience. I’m also not going to lie to you all & say I’m wearing Gucci because we all know that’s not going to happen. Maybe someday I’ll pull up to a Prada storefront with my G Wagon, but today is not that day. So here I am, a fashion blogger, telling you it’s ok to shop at the cheap places.

Fourth of July is already coming up next week! I love dressing festive, so if you’re anything like me, this dress is perfect! I have linked something similar down below so you don’t have to go to your nearest TJ MAXX & raid the racks. And the shoes are the exact ones I have & I love them!!

Shop this Look: 

Dress – Striped Surplice Wrap Dress

Shoes  – Women’s Velma Slip On Pointy Toe Mules

Be Your Own Best Friend

Freshman year of college I had to learn how to be my own best friend. I struggled to find a close group of friends, as I think most people do. I went through a couple of friend groups & at one point I definitely thought each group was going to be my squad. But I quickly learned that people drift away & you’re left with only yourself & maybe a close few friends if you’re lucky.

At first I felt sad & sorry for myself because everyone else seemed to have their “people”. And while I do enjoy my time alone, night in & night out it got really lonely. It made me miss my boyfriend, who lives 3 hours away, even more. I thought about transferring too many times to count first semester. I spent all my time in my dorm room. Jim & Pam became my only friends. I ate all the time because I was bored & the freshman 15 started to feel real. I missed my family more than a college student probably should. I was just sad. 

Once I stopped worrying so much that I was missing out, or forcing myself to hang out with people that I didn’t really like, my life got so much better. I realized that nothing was going to change, & I wasn’t going to make close relationships if I just stayed in my dorm. So I got up, got out & took time for myself. 

I went to the farmers market. I discovered new coffee shops. I went on walks & discovered parts of my city I never new existed. I talked to strangers. And SURPRISE! When I stopped trying so hard to find my “people” they kinda just found me. Now I happily have a solid group of friends that I am sure will be friends for life, while also knowing myself so much better. 

It really all comes down to self love & taking care of yourself first, making yourself happy. I was looking to other people to try to fill this loneliness void, & while other people can certainly make you feel less lonely, they only will temporarily. You have to discover yourself to be able to have quality friendships, & to know what you want in a friend anyway. I know it sounds cliche & cheesy, but I’m telling the truth! If you’re feeling lonely or lost in your friendships, take time for yourself & see how your social life transforms.

This post isn’t to complain or make you feel sorry for me, but I hope it makes you feel less alone because all of us go through this at some point in life. And it’s totally ok to hang out by yourself. I still haven’t gotten to the movies alone, but I just might. 🙂 

What’s your favorite thing to do when you have time to yourself? Let me know in the comments or DM me on social! 

with love,

jazz

Chic of the Week

Happy Friday! 

The week has seemed to fly by, which is great because now it’s the weekend! I got back from a staycation on Sunday, so that’s where this pic was taken. They had happy hour every night we were there with snacks (hummus!!) & free drinks. I got a shirley temple & I forgot how yummy they are. They’re also pink & aesthetically pleasing. 

So actually a funny story about this jumpsuit: I had been looking EVERYWHERE for a jumpsuit that fit me, but they all had like a foot of material dragging on the ground because I’m 5 foot nothing. So I was kinda sad, but kept looking. My roommate had this jumpsuit & brought it on our spring break trip & I thought it was so cute! Well, she accidentally put it in the dryer & it shrunk :/ so it didn’t fit her anymore & offered to give it to me. It was such a perfect fit that we agreed I could have it! So it all worked out. She got it at Forever21, & although I couldn’t find the exact one on their website, I linked something similar. But hurry, because it’s almost sold out!! 

I also linked a similar pair of shoes. The shoes are so comfy & they go with everything, even though they are blue, it’s a neutral in spring & summer. I also used to be OBSESSED with aviator sunglasses in high school. I thought they would make me cool. (They didn’t.) I linked a cheap pair of glasses for you guys too, in case you want to be a cool kid. 😉 

Shop this Look: 

Jumpsuit – Abstract Print Cami Jumpsuit

Shoes – Women’s Jozie Slide Sandal

Sunglasses – Tinted Aviator Sunglasses

 

12 Things

Hello guys!!

Today’s post is going to be a quick 12 Things, to tell you guys about my summer so far & my whereabouts. The last time I did one of these was the end of the school year I think, so it’s time for an update! 

1.) I am for sure going to Canada this summer!! We are going to Vancouver & Victoria, so if you’ve ever been, please send recommendations for things to do/see. 

2.) I LOVE my new job/internship. It’s literally the best job ever. The people are amazing, the cause is amazing, the work is amazing. I’ll probably talk about it a ton, so sorry in advance! Just super passionate 🙂 

3.) I’ve been really into country music lately! I grew up listening to it because I lived in a town where everyone liked it, but I go through phases. My first concert was actually Tim McGraw!

4.) I just got back from a staycation, & it was rainy the whole time, but still a good time with my family & a nice break from life 🙂 

5.) Speaking of rain, it’s monsoon season here in Arizona!! For those of you that don’t know, that means rain & clouds, aka my fav weather! 

6.) For the first time ever, I made my own dentist appointment today. Growing up is horrible.

7.) I just started Riverdale on Netflix!! Seems like the typical high school flick, but I love those kinda shows. Everyone raves about it so we’ll see!

8.) I bought a Victoria’s Secret robe this weekend & I’ve been wanting one forever & it is satin & soft so I think I am never going to take it off. 

9.)  I am slowly transitioning into sustainable living, & by that I mean, not using plastics & horrible things for the environment as much!! It’s so important & I hope soon everyone catches on to that.

10.) I was THIS close to buying a cat last weekend. Then I decided now is not the time. Cute Pinterest kitties will have to do for now:/

11.) I counted & school starts in like 8 weeks & I. am. not. ready. 🙂

12.) It’s currently 9:40 p.m. on Sunday night & my bedtime is 10 p.m. (get your 8 hours!!) so I am going to say byeee!

with love,

jazz

Why & How I Started Blogging

Hey guys! I’m backkk. And better than ever. 😉

I took a little break from posting, kind of on accident, kinda not. I have been super busy & distracted with my new internship so I’ve been off track with posting. But I wanted to give you guys a little background on why I started blogging in the first place. I published my first post on May 8, 2017. So here I am now, a year later, & I’m ready to reflect. 

I have said this before, but I’m going to say it again, because it’s super relevant & the whole reason I started blogging in the first place: I love writing. It’s my form of stress release & really fun & rewarding. I have kept a journal since I was probably about 10. It’s funny to look back & read my entries because I wrote, “I heart Justin Bieber” on every single page, hoping that would magically translate into him discovering me & loving me in real life. Alas, that didn’t happen, but I kept writing & still journal (most) every night. I mostly write about my day, but a lot of times it’s just about what’s going on in my life. It’s kinda like my Burn Book (Mean Girls reference to those of you who are uncultured) in a way too, because there are many entries that are solely about one person & what they did to make me mad/sad. hahaha. 

This post isn’t about my journal though. It’s about how my love for writing & expressing myself through words, got me to where I am today. If you had asked 10-year-old me if I planned to go to college for journalism & start a lifestyle blog, I would’ve been like uh no, where are my ponies though?

When I entered college, I began to see so many people have hobbies turned side hustles. My roommate my freshman year actually had her own YouTube channel, & was/is very successful. I wanted to write for a magazine once I graduated & had an interest in fashion, recipes, working out… lifestyle stuff basically. I had a lot of free time my freshman year because I didn’t have a ton of friends, & didn’t work because I wanted to get adjusted to school first. I was following so many bloggers & influencers on Instagram & I started to wonder if I could do the same thing.

Second semester freshman year is when things started to happen. I got connected with a guy who had a side hustle & recruited me to help him with it. It was a blog of some sorts that talked about fashion & culture in Phoenix. I told him how I thought about starting a blog, & he was all for it. While it was my decision to start one, he really pushed me & motivated me & gave me the confidence to go for it. For that, I am forever grateful. Because while some may think I’m a super outgoing extrovert because I put my life out on the internet, I am actually the opposite. I am quite an introvert & it’s hard for me to put myself out there because I fear the judgement of others & failure. But once I had the push, there was no stopping me!!

When I first started my blog, it got a lot of attention because everyone was super excited to read it, & I was excited to post content. But eventually it slowed down after a couple of months. I’m not going to lie & say there hasn’t been days where I wonder why I’m even doing this. It is super frustrating to create content & write long posts just to realize I’m not getting a ton of views. But I remind myself daily that I’m doing it because I love it. And that’s honestly all that matters. 🙂

One day, I hope to turn my little slice of the internet into my career. Brainstorming & creating content, attending special events & working with brands & others is so fun to me. I love the creative industry because everyone is willing to help each other out, because we’re all in the same boat. Everyone I meet is so cute & nice!! I love helping others, so it’s literally a win-win. 

There are days when I don’t feel like posting. There are days when I question why I put my opinion out in the world so anyone can read it & hate me for it. There are days when I wish Instagram didn’t exist, & there was no such thing as the internet. But at the end of the day, I am so, so grateful I went for it & created this blog. It has become my identity & I am so proud of it. I can’t wait to watch it grow & look forward to all of the opportunities that will come with it. Thank you to each & every one of you who has ever read my posts, took my blog pics, liked an Insta pic, collaborated with me, & encouraged me. I want to help YOU & give YOU something to look forward to, so your support is everything!! 

with (lots of) love,

jazz

Hawaii Travel Diary

 

Happy Friday guys!!

The moment you all have been waiting for (or at least I have been)… my Hawaii travel vlog is up!! I’ve said it a billion times, & I’ll say it a million more, but it was such a fun trip & one of my best memories, so I’m excited to share it with you guys. What you see here doesn’t even do justice to how amazing Hawaii is & the awesome time I had!

Just as a disclaimer, because I feel the need, I am still new to this whole YouTube thing, so it won’t be the highest quality or anything crazy, but I’m hoping to only get better! I hope you enjoy it & feel free to subscribe to my YouTube for more travel videos!! (& maybe some others if I feel like it.)

with love,

jazz