Outfit of the Week

Hi happy Friday evening 🙂

I’m sharing one of my favorite Fabletics outfits again this week because if you’re anything like me, you’ve been going on a lot of quarantine walks & want to look doing it! Or even just sitting around the house, it’s nice to wear something other than pjs. This all white set is perfect for summer too! It brings out the tannn. I also like the sports bra because of the length, so it can pass for a crop tank too. Both the bra & capris are sold out in white or only have one size left, but I linked the same pieces because this set is offered in many colors!!

The stay at home order isn’t in place in Arizona anymore! It’s nice to know I can start to get back to my normal routine, but I’m still working from home & trying to social distance. Planning on laying out a lot & going for morning walks until things get a little more back to normal…

Mila Medium Impact Sports Bra | Mila High-Waisted Pocket Capri

*Sponsored by Fabletics

And that’s the way it is…

 

I’M A COLLEGE GRAD!!!

Today I was supposed to be graduating from Arizona State University. Today was the day that I was going to celebrate the past four years I have spent working toward a degree in a field that I absolutely LOVE. But the world came to a pause a couple of months ago, and with that took away the graduation ceremony, party and celebration that I worked hard for and have looked forward to since August 2016.

I feel a sort of guilt for being sad today. This pandemic has caused heartache, change, sadness and loss for so many people. I am grateful and fortunate for my health, my job and my safe and happy home that I have spent the last couple of months in. I know that I am not alone in feeling sad and discouraged about everything going on. I am feeling sad because my last semester of college was just a little bit different than I had imagined. Instead of going out with friends, spending time on campus, attending grad events, and enjoying my last semester of school, (possibly EVER) I spent it at home, finishing college online with nothing more than a PowerPoint slide of congratulations.

To the class of 2020, we did it. Despite the challenges, we earned a degree. We graduated. That is something to celebrate. But also. It’s ok to be sad. Just remind yourself that this won’t last forever. “If it won’t matter in 5 years, don’t spend more than 5 minutes worrying about it.”

Today, this week, this month, tell yourself this: I am allowed to be sad. I am allowed to mourn the senior year I didn’t get. I am allowed to want closure. Circumstances do not diminish my accomplishments. I am smart. I am capable. I am resilient.

Whatever life throws at me, I am determined to enjoy the journey. I am confident that the challenges I experience are only making my story better. Forks up babyyyy.

 

 

 

Outfit of the Week + 12 Things!

Hiii guys!

It’s been SO Long since I’ve made a post on here. I didn’t go MIA on purpose, but life just got really busy & weird & I stopped making time to write. But I decided to start back up with an outfit of the week (cozy quarantine edition) & also fill you all in on my life! A lot has happened in these past couple months!

I got the cutest pink lounge set from Fabletics for my April order & I’m obsessed. Not only is the color so on brand for me & literally matches everything in my apartment, but it’s so cozy & cute. It’s also part of their eco-friendly collection & is made with a company that transforms recycled plastic bottles into fiber! I have been wanting to buy cute lounge sets to make myself feel a little more put together while working from home, & this set is perfect. I also like the sleeves because I like to keep my place cold during the day. Only way I don’t take a bunch of naps! I’ve linked the set down below! It is true to size & I ordered an XS.

Okay so life update!

12 Things

  1. I realized the last time I posted was after my girl’s trip to Chicago! I went to New Orleans for senior year spring break back in March & will have a travel post up soon with all the things to see + do.
  2. I graduate from college on Monday 😦 It is so bittersweet. I’m sad about not having a traditional graduation, but my friends & I are going to make it fun. Graduating college is a HUGE deal & I honestly never thought I’d make it this far hahah #ForksUpForever
  3. I’ve been getting a lot of collaborations on Instagram & it’s so fun! Another reason I’ve neglected writing is because Instagram has been poppin’ off! But I realized that writing is my real passion & the reason my Instagram has grown. Can’t forget where you came from!
  4. I got a dream collab with Mapiful! They make the cutest personalized maps & they are the perfect home décor piece. I ordered one when I moved into my apartment & just got one for my brother with his college town. They make the perfect gift too! Just in time for Mother’s Day. P.S. NOT an ad BUT they are having a deal on their site for 50% off the second print…
  5. Speaking of social I am OBSESSED with Tik Tok. My screen time for Tik Tok alone is probably 5 hours a day lol growing up as a dancer, I really appreciate the dances & have so much fun making them. They are a lot of hard work though!!
  6. I’ve been exercising outside more since my gym is closed & I love it! Since being in college & living in a city, I’ve become more of a treadmill runner & gym user, but I forgot how much I love running outside & enjoying nature. There is something so peaceful about it! So much less pressure & no gymtimidation being outside. Even when my gym opens back up, I’m probably going to try to still take walks outside.
  7. I’ve been doing more reading recently now that I have time & have been stuck at home & I highly recommend getting a Kindle! It’s so convenient & easy to get a bunch of different titles & keep them until you’re ready to read.
  8. I’ve also been watching SO much Netflix. A couple things I recommend: New Girl ( I am almost done watching it for the second time all the way through), Narcos, comedy shows & The Morning Show (on Apple TV but still super good & entertaining!)
  9. My best friend moved to Seattle to start a new job & I’m so sad! But it’s been fun to start new traditions & we still talk all the time but I miss having her around!
  10. A product I’ve been loving recently is the Isle of Paradise self tanning drops! I was hesitant to get them because they’re kinda pricey, but the bottle lasts a long time & works really well. I haven’t been wearing makeup a lot since being at home so the drops give my face some color & glow.
  11. Working from home has been such an adjustment & honestly a really great thing for me. I’ve always dreamed of blogging full-time & (someday) being a stay-at-home mom, but I’ve learned that I do actually need social interaction & might not be as introverted as I think I am! I miss going out on Friday nights, Target trips, dinner with friends, brunch with my mom & generally just being out & about!
  12. I made a green smoothie for the first time yesterday because I just wanted to see what all the hype is about & because hot girl summer is NOT canceled & I’d have to say… I’ll stick with my smoothie bowls & salad on the side please hahah if you have a great green smoothie recipe, please send it my way! Trying to perfect the juice.

That’s it for now! It feels so good to be writing again & I’m going to start posting more regularly so be on the lookout for some content.

Consciously Cute 2-Piece Outfit

*Sponsored by Fabletics

 

Girls Getaway to Chicago!


Hi guys! 

I’m back with another trip recap! My bestie & I recently visited Chicago for a fun girls getaway! I had been to Chicago before (& even have another recap on the blog here) but never during the wintertime, & let me tell you it’s COLD. I’m an AZ girl at heart & love, love, love the warm sunshine. I have to admit it was so pretty when it was snowing in the city. It felt very… urban & wintery lol.

Where we Stayed

Ok so storytime! We originally booked an Airbnb in Chinatown. Now we knew it was in Chinatown, but we didn’t really know what to expect, we just wanted something cheap & a place to crash at the end of the day. Welllll it was a little more crusty than we expected, so we quickly made other arrangements & ended up loving our hotel. We stayed at the Warwick Allerton Hotel in downtown Chicago. It was literally blocks from everywhere we wanted to visit downtown. And we had a lovely view of Tiffany’s…

Where we Ate

We both chose places with plant-based options because we both try to eat that way, so for my fellow vegan, plant lovers, here’s a little list of yummy places in downtown Chicago!

We arrived Saturday morning & headed right to Hampton Social. For my Phoenix friends, it reminded us both of The Montauk in Old Town Scottsdale. Very beachy, chic, nautical vibes. There was the cutest neon sign & palm tree wallpaper. If my house could look like anything, it would be that. The food was also amazing & nourishing. They also served drinks in mason jars! So cute! The Little Beet Table was another restaurant that we tried. The menu doesn’t have a ton of veggie options, but we got the hummus to share & I got the veggie tacos. They tasted amazing after surviving off Clif bars for breakfast, lunch & snacks lol. We went to Celeste on Saturday night for drinks, but they also serve food. I got a cucumber, mint drink & it was so refreshing. Also the bartender was very nice & helped us figure out a place to stay since our Airbnb was notsocute. 10/10 recommend. The last place we went was highly suggested by locals & people who have been before. Cindy’s is a rooftop restaurant/bar with amazing views of Millennium Park & Lake Michigan. The food was also amazing. You probably want to make a reservation here, as we went on a Monday during lunchtime & it was super crowded. We made a reservation for every place we went (because we are both Type A preparers) but reservations aren’t necessary because no place was ever super busy & we were there on a holiday weekend. 

Where we Caffeinated 

The amount of oat milk lattes I consumed on this trip is not ok & probably not healthy. But they were all so good & got me through long days of sightseeing. There is no shortage of cute coffee shops in Chicago! We went to Intelligentsia Coffee on Saturday & it had a very minimal, urban feel. Great place to charge your phone & warm up! Fairgrounds Coffee & Hero Coffee were also stops we made. Hero Coffee is the “famous” one that is hidden away in an alley & has major Harry Potter vibes. The last coffee shop we went to was my favorite – Goddess & the Baker. So cute! They also have a full display of desserts & cafe food. We were sitting in that coffeeshop when it started snowing & it was the most wintery scene I’d ever experienced. It was so cute & romantic I wanted to move to someplace cold for a quick second. But then we stepped outside & I remembered who I really am. Not a snowy gal. 

What we Did 

We did so much in the short time we were there! Of course we did the typical Chicago things, like Millennium Park & The Bean. We walked along Michigan Avenue & Magnificent Mile. There is lots of shopping to do! Our hotel was a short walk to the Starbucks Reserve, so we explored that & ordered fancy drinks. We went to the Chicago Cultural Center, which just has amazing architecture. The Field Museum was also highly recommended, so we checked that out. We’re both not big museum people, but it was huge & has lots to see. It would be a great place to go if you have a lot of time. Also, you get a student discount!! Of course we had to go to Willis Tower, which has an overlook over the whole city. It was the coolest experience!! We bought our tickets ahead of time, but waited 3 hours to get to the top & get pics… I still recommend it because it’s really pretty & gives an amazing perspective of the city. The other paid activity that we did was a Wendella Architecture Boat Tour. It was sooo cold, but really pretty & we learned a lot about the city. About 15 minutes outside of downtown is the Garfield Observatory. There are different plant exhibits & it was pretty much the only time I was warm the whole trip lol. It is free, but they take donations. 

I think that’s it!! We did & saw so much, & it was a whirlwind of a trip, but so, so fun. 10/10 recommend taking a spontaneous trip with your best friend. We made memories that we’ll never forget!! 

LA Recap

Hi guys!

I just got back from a super fun trip to Chicago!! Lauren & I decided to spontaneously go because we had a three day weekend & it was the best idea ever! It was so cold but so worth it. Earlier this year though, I took a trip to LA with my brother & his girlfriend & I wanted to do a quick recap! I know I’m behind on trips, but I have another one coming up in March, so I thought I better get started!

Where we Stayed 

We stayed in Redondo Beach, which is kind of a suburb of Los Angeles. We stayed at the Redondo Beach Hotel, & had the best view of the ocean. It was a cute little place that was a great place to crash at the end of the night.

Where we Ate

For dinner one of the nights, we tried Cafe Gratitude in Santa Monica! For my AZ friends, it was a lot like Flower Child! Really good food, great vibes, service & prices. All of the dishes were vegan & it was so great to go somewhere & have so many options. Even my brother, who isn’t vegan, loved the food. 10/10 recommend. I also suggest having a beach picnic! We just went to a local Whole Foods & got some snacks & wine & it was so relaxing. 

Where we Caffeinated 

Whenever I travel someplace new, I want to try as many local coffee shops as possible. One that I HAD to try was Alfred Coffee & Tea House. It’s kinda confusing because there are multiple locations, but they are all cute so & yummy so you can’t go wrong. I got an oat milk latte & I’m addicted now! 

What we Did

We were only there for a few days so we had to make the most of our time! We drove so we had a car which was really helpful because it’s such a big place, it’s hard to walk everywhere. We walked around Melrose, with all the famous shops. We saw Paul Smiths Pink Wall, & stopped in Glossier. Such a fun experience! We also drove to the top of the Griffith Observatory! Pro tip! It’s kind of a hike up, so I suggest wearing comfy shoes & leaving time to walk, but also spend time at the top. We took a little detour to Venice Beach on the way home. Also such a fun place. I got a photo in front of the iconic Venice sign! It’s definitely a place you could spend a whole day, so I think I have to go back just for that. We hit up Hollywood, & I’m going to be honest, it was underwhelming. There wasn’t much to do in actual Hollywood, but it is fun to walk around & experience it.

I think that’s it! I should’ve written this post like, a month ago, but better late than never! Be on the lookout for a Chicago recap coming soon! 

Outfit of the Week

Hi! Happy Valentines Day ❤

I’m back with some more fashion content! Yes, the pic has a Santa hat in it because I took this pic wayyy back during the holidays, but obviously never got around to posting it. But the outfit is still cute & relevant because it’s chilly out! 

I have been living in turtlenecks & comfy pants this season. I’ve been working a lot more so I’ve had to get creative with my business casual. Fun pants are my favorite way to dress up a look. These ones are from the store Q, so I can’t link the exact pair, but I linked something similar. A black turtleneck is a winter closet staple in my opinion because it can be dressed up or down & you know I love that. The shoes are from Forever21 forever ago 😉 but I linked a pair kinda like them. 

I’m headed to Chicago to celebrate this 3 day weekend & I’m so excited! It’s going to be so cold, but I’ll try to get some cute outfit content. And be on the lookout for a trip recap in a couple of weeks!

Ribbed Turtleneck Top | Pleated Pants | Leather Slip-On Loafers

22 Things I’ve Learned at 22

Hiiii. Helloooo. I’m back!! 

I took a very long, somewhat unexpected break from writing. It was the end of the semester & the holidays & all of the typical excuses that I have. BUT I’m back & I’m going to be more consistent! Because this is the year we hustle & do what we gotta do. Get it done. 

In case you didn’t know, I turned 22 last month!! On January 21st I turned 22 & I listened to Taylor Swift on repeat that day. Let me tell you, I might’ve blasted that song when I was 14, but it actually really relates to a now 22-year-old. I’m glad to know that even T-Swift herself feels the same way I do about being 22 – “Happy, free, confused & lonely.” 

With that being said, I decided to write up some things and life lessons I have learned at 22 years old.  I did a post like this last year when I turned 21, & it’s so much fun to look back on & reflect about all I have learned & how much I’ve changed. 

1.) Learn to say no

This is sooo hard for me because I am such a YES kinda person! I am enthusiastic & always super excited to try new things, see new places, all that stuff. But, I tend to overwhelm myself. This year, I’m challenging myself to say no, & forget about the FOMO or letting people down. I want to give 110% to whatever I do, whether that’s a work project or being able to give my full attention to someone on a coffee date, I don’t want to be too stressed with all the yes’s. 

2.) Get out of your comfort zone

I told myself that 2020 was the year I won’t let fear get in the way. Some things seem super scary, uncomfortable, awkward, hard, whatever, but it usually ends up being fun, enjoyable & if all else fails, a learning experience.

3.) Book the flight & figure it out later

I have booked 2 flights in the past 2 months just because. I never thought I’d be one to just book a flight to some random place because I want to, but here I am a couple weeks out from trip one, & I’m so excited!!

4.) Be reckless, but responsible

Book the flight, but make sure you have enough money first. Basically. 

5.) Do what you can to help the environment

It can seem so impossible to have an impact on something as big as the environment – the very thing we live in. But, making small changes like using metal straws, reusable grocery bags, walking places instead of driving, going vegan ( 😉 )… If everyone does what little they can, it will make a big difference. 

6.) A job you love is so important

They say you’ll never work a day in your life if you love what you do. Which isn’t true because there are definitely some days I don’t want to get out of bed & go to work even though I find it fun, rewarding & enjoyable. But if you’re going to spend 8 hours a day, 5 days a week on something, you better make sure you freakin’ like it!!!

7.) I will never get tired of The Office

You know I had to say it. Because I’m obsessed.

8.) Learn your love language 

Things like love languages & personality tests intrigue me so much! Once you know what you do & don’t like in a relationship, you’ll be able to better communicate with your friends or partner or whoever. I also like knowing my friends & SOs love language so I can better serve them. Some people want gifts, some people just want to be heard. Learn which one you want. 

9.) Make a cry playlist 

It’s ok to cry over spilled wine! Sometimes you just need a good cry & a hot shower & you need the perfect playlist to go along with it. I’ll link mine here. I have almost 5 hours worth of tear music so *you’re welcome.*

10.) Keep a journal

I’ve been journaling since I was about 10 & it’s the best habit I could’ve gotten in. It’s a great way to end my day, just spilling everything. Talk about the good, the bad, the in between. I love to go back & read old entries & be reminded of everything I’ve experienced. 

11.) Go to therapy

I’ll admit it, I use to be the person who thought therapy was only for people with “problems,” but I’ve since learned that we all have problems, some big, some small. Your feelings are valid & deserve to be talked about. 

12.) Quality over quantity when it comes to friends

I can literally count on one hand the amount of close friends I have. I used to be bothered that I didn’t have a ton of friends, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized the people I have in my life are amazing, supportive, kind, open-minded, motivated, smart, sweet… I could go on & on. Basically, I’m really blessed to have the best friends ever!!!

13.) Save money 

Finally set up a retirement account! Woohoo to adulthood! But seriously, I’ve heard it’s never too early to start saving for the time in life when dinner at 4pm is the most exciting part of the day. 

14.) Invest in skincare

If you’re going to spend money on one thing, I think it should be skincare. Maybe it’s because I struggled with my skin for so many years, but using the right products can actually make or break (out) your skin. 

15.) Dye your hair

Because it’s cool & if you hate it you can always grow it out! I can confirm that blondes have more fun 😉 

16.) Do yoga

My favorite form of exercise!! I always leave yoga class feeling strong, sweaty & on top of the world. 

17.) Be open to new opportunities

I’ve said yes to getting coffee with so many random people just because I never know what it’s going to lead to! Sometimes it’s nothing more than a free cup of coffee (hey, I’ll take it) but other times it can lead to a great connection, professional or personal!! 

18.) My mom is my best friend

My relationship with my mom is one that I cherish & love. I look up to her in so many ways & she’s my OG supporter. I know she’ll have my back no matter what & I’m so thankful for her!! 

19.) Have a hobby

You have to have something to look forward to after that 9 – 5. This little space is my hobby & whether or not it becomes something more, I enjoy it & actually want to spend time on it. It gives me a sense of purpose & I think everyone needs that to feel fulfilled! 

20.) Find a wine that you love

No one told me how many wine drinking opportunities there would be in adulthood & how often you’d be asked “red or white?” Find a wine that you love & you’re at least a half successful adult. Oh & to answer the question… white. 

21.) Peoples opinions of you often have more to do with themselves, than you

This is something I am still learning, but even more so as I get older. People will judge you, they’ll talk. Some nice, some not so nice. I used to let what people said about me have a huge affect on my mood, but I’ve learned that sometimes people are just having a bad day & decide to take it out on you. Don’t let it get to you. You do you boo!

22.) Just be a nice person & do your best

Let’s Talk about Likes

Hi guysss.

I know it’s been a HOT minute since I’ve written, but I’ve just let life get the best of me these past few weeks. I love this time of year, but it’s also really stressful because everything seems to happen at once.  A ton of deadlines, so many social functions, new opportunities and ~sickness~. Currently battling a cold as I write this, BUT I downed some NyQuil & I’m drinking a hot peppermint mocha coffee, so feeling productive af. Also a little jittery hahaha.

As you can tell from the title of this blog post, I want to talk about likes. This is a topic I’ve wanted to cover for a long time, but never felt like it was the right time. But, with Instagram’s latest announcement about taking away likes, I thought this was the perfect time to have a little chat. 

Let’s first talk about the thing everyone is worrying about: how will this affect people like me, who use Instagram for business purposes to get sponsorships & make money? I am honestly not that concerned about this. I am considered a micro influencer, meaning I have less than 10k followers. I get companies emailing me at least a few times a month about collaborating & I only have 2.5k followers & average around 400 likes a post. Lately, my engagement has been less than it was even a few months ago. With this being said, I don’t think the fact that my likes will be hidden will affect who I work with & how often I work with companies. If nothing else, this will encourage influencers (ew, don’t like that word) & companies to be picky about who they work with. I have a media kit put together & ready to go that I can easily reach out to a company if I’m interested in working with them. I think this will put more of the control in the hands of the influencers, hopefully creating a more authentic space.

The business aspect aside, I do think it’s a good idea. Instagram has said that they are doing this to help make the internet a safer space. The reason I’ve wanted to talk about likes for so long is because it is something that has a big affect on my life. I would be lying if I said I had never let the amount of likes of I got on a post affect my mood or determine what I post. Back in the day, I used to like to post flat lays, but those never do as well as a photo of me, or for goodness sake, a pic of me with a boy. 

I love Instagram because it’s such a creative space. By taking away likes, I think it will give people even more creative freedom because they won’t be worried about the amount of likes they might get if they post a flat lay with their coffee or a throwback photo. I think it will help people be even more creative & authentic. Our worth should not be measured by the amount of  likes we get on a photo. 

In conclusion… You are worth more than likes, percentages, impressions, clicks, swipe ups, & engagement rates. 😉 

with love,

jazz

Chic of the Week

Hi good morning! Happy Friday! 

I took this pic the other day after coming home from work because 1) I knew I would need an ootw & 2) I was excited to share these cute pieces! My mom came down a couple weekends ago & we did a little shopping at Nordstrom Rack! They were having their red tag sale so sale pieces were on extra clearance! I literally got a skirt for $6. But I also got this cutie top! The pants are so cute & comfy & perfect for business casual, but also a fun weekend! The sandals are from Target & definitely my most worn shoes. 

It’s been cool & rainy in Phoenix this week & I’m absolutely loving it!! Anytime it rains here I seriously get a case of fomo & want to move to Seattle immediately. I currently have my PNW forest candle lit & I’m wearing a cozy sweater feeling allll the winter vibes!

Zip Back Polka-Dot Peplum Top | Take Me Away Pants | Michaela Mid Block Heel Pump Sandals

Chic of the Week

Hi guys! Happy Friday!

This week’s outfit is from another photoshoot that I did a couple of weeks ago! These photos make me cold just looking at them haha we really captured the winter vibes.

Believe it or not though, the flannel is NOT mine. I had to scramble the night before the shoot, texting all my friends if they had a flannel I could borrow hahah I found one eventually & it turned out really cute! I just wouldn’t consider flannels my style & that’s why I don’t have one, but they are a staple so I should probably invest in a cute one. The pants are thrifted Levi’s, & the booties are some of my favorite this time of year. The beanie is also super old, but I’ll link something similar because it’s cozy & warm! 

I’m spending this weekend with my mommy & I couldn’t be more excited! We’re going to drink lots of wine, go to the farmers market &… decorate for Christmas!! I can’t wait any longer to put up my tree. I actually went to a bar last night that was all decorated so I decided it’s officially time!! 

Femme Cable Knit Beanie | Urban Renewal Recycled Oversized Flannel |Cotton T-ShirtCropped Stretch Women’s Jeans | Avalyn Laser Cut Bootie

*Photos by Tyler Rittenhouse, @tritt_visuals.