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.

Chic of the Week

Hi guys! Happy Friday!

This week’s outfit of the week is so cute & comfy! It’s from one of my favorite online shops Luca & Grae. They mentioned me in their Instagram story with a link to shop sweaters & I’m kinda fangirling!! I bought this outfit because 1) I don’t have nearly enough sweaters & 2) I can wear it on vacay (like here) or to work! We love versatile pieces! They already sold out of the exact sweater I’m wearing, but I linked a really similar one that I’ve been eyeing!

Now that it’s November 1st, you know what that means… Merry Christmas!! I am so excited for this season. I truly feel like it’s the happiest time of the year! It’s finally cooling off in Phoenix, just in time for me to put up my tree lol I’ve been listening to Justin Bieber’s Christmas album all day & drinking HOT coffee. Next up: my Christmas wish list. Because so far all I have on it is a nice knife set 🙂 hahah am I doing this whole adult thing right?!

Take Me Away Pants | Cool & Calm Lavender Sweater | Remmy Backless Loafers

 

Chic of the Week


Hi guys! Happy Friday 🙂 

I am excited to have some content other than a Fabletics outfit to share! I love sharing cute workout sets, but now that it’s fall, I’m ready to share some warm, cozy outfits. 

I had a photoshoot a couple of weekends ago & got some awesome photos! We went to a field in the middle of Gilbert, AZ & took these shots. It’s truly crazy what you can capture when you take good photos. It was about 90 degrees when these were taken, but you’d think it was a crisp, fall day!! 

The top is from Forever21! I think it comes in other colors, but I am digging the burnt orange look for this season. It’s warm & makes a cute oversized sweater, or you can tuck it in front, for a more polished look. I can’t wait to wear this to work & class when it’s actually cold! I looked online to link it, but I literally couldn’t find the same one I have, so I linked something similar. The jeans are so old, but I linked a similar pair. I’ve actually been on the search for a new pair of black jeans because these ones are low rise & I just CAN’T. So uncomfy. The shoes are from Urban Outfitters & they are the perfect black bootie.

I just got back from a fall trip to Durango, Colorado so be on the lookout for a little travel guide! I got a couple of days off of school for fall break, so my parents & I took a little trip up north to experience fall. It was lovely! Now I’m back to the grind, but feeling refreshed & inspired. 

Ribbed Chenille Sweater | Wedgie Fit Straight Jeans | UO Zoe Chelsea Boot | Wide-Brim Straw Hat

*Photos by Tyler Rittenhouse, @tritt_visuals

Chic of the Week

Hi guys! Happy Friday!

I have another Fabletics outfit to share today! This is my September outfit & it’s one of my favs. Too cute & comfy. I just ordered another one for October & it’s blush pink & I’m too excited! You can never have too many cute gym outfits. Speaking of the gym, I went to yoga this morning & it felt amazing! I truly feel so good from the inside out when I take the time to go. It motivates me, calms me down & reminds me that I can do hard things. This is your little reminder to get moving, whatever that might be for you 🙂 

I’m headed to Phoenix Fashion Week this evening & I’m so excited! We don’t have much of a fashion scene here in AZ, but this event brings together all the bloggers & fashionistas & it’s a great time haha I’ll try to get an outfit pic there so I can share deets next week. I also have a photoshoot this weekend so more content coming your way!! Yay!

Endurance 2-Piece Outfit

How I Manage Stress

This is a blog post that is near and dear to my heart. It’s honestly a topic that I take really seriously because it’s something that affects me & pretty much everyone that I know. That thing is stress.

I wouldn’t consider myself high-strung. People usually describe me as calm & laid back. My stress doesn’t necessarily come from external factors, but from the internal pressure that I put on myself. I have perfectionist tendencies, which in turn makes me work extra hard to make sure I’m going the extra mile. In high school I was considered the over-achiever & I felt like I had to live up to that, & still do to this day. It kinda all goes back to my consistent need to please people. But that’s a whole other blog post… What I want to talk about today, is how I handle the stress that I get from the pressure that I put on myself to accomplish everything with perfection. Hahaha that was a confusing sentence but you get the idea! 

Recognize that I’m stressed 

The first thing I do is recognize & admit that I’m stressed. Because I’m a perfectionist, I want my life to look perfect, which means I might be crumbling under this self-made pressure, but I’m going to act fine as I continue to push myself. It’s hard for me to admit that I can’t juggle it all sometimes, & that maybe I just need to sit down & watch Netflix & not worry about anything. I feel the constant need to be productive, so taking a step back & realizing that I’m being overworked is the first step to de-stressing.

Figure out why

Next I try to figure out why I’m stressed. Is it classes? Am I worried I won’t get all A’s like I told myself I would? Is it relationships? Am I not (in my opinion) being a good friend, sister, daughter, SO, like I promised myself I would be? This is the reflection step & a really important one.

Take actionable steps 

Once I realize where this stress is coming from, I can address that problem & break it down, giving me the actionable steps to solve it. (I’m also a fixer, so this fills my need to help, even if it is just myself). I will literally get a piece of paper and write down the steps I need to take to finish the school project, which will help me visualize that A. Or I’ll look at my calendar & decide what I can cancel so I can spend more time with my friends. Taking steps will help you feel in control & really start to actually manage the stress.

Remind myself that done is better than perfect

This is definitely the hardest step for me because I want everything to be perfect. But sometimes done is good enough & will just have to do!

Self Care

I pretty much just treat myself! I go back to the things that make me happy, even if that’s as simple as buying a coffee & going to Target for an hour. Stepping away from the thing that is making me stressed & distracting myself is my favorite tactic for stress management. I just have to make sure to not deny my stress, that’s why I do this last, after I’ve already identified the “problem.” 

I will also talk it out or journal. Writing has always been a great way for me to express myself & this is no different. I write about the stress & pressure that I’m feeling & it helps me figure it all out. This is the mental self care part & it’s just as important as the random trips to Target.

I hope this post gave you some tips for your own stress management! It’s not perfect, but it’s done 😉 & that’s what’s important!!

Also, yes I uploaded a photo of myself in a hotel bathrobe because it’s not a perfect photo, but it perfectly sums up me living my best life, stress free. *peace sign*

with love, 

jazz 

Chic of the Week

Hi guys! Happy Friday 🙂 

Last weekend I went to a rooftop bar in downtown Phoenix! It was so bouji hahah but the view was amazing & the drinks were good too. I also went to Forever21 last weekend to shop their bankruptcy sale! I don’t think that’s what they’re calling it, but everyone knows… I’m at this weird stage in life where I feel like I should be buying practical, modest clothes for the workplace, but alsooooo I need stuff to wear out on the weekends! Forever21 has cute lil tops that are good to wear out, so I got a few new ones that I’m excited about!

The top is from Forever21 & the perfect color for fall, but also a good style for summer. The pants are from Tilly’s & literally the only pair of jeans I will wear anymore hahah. The sandals are from Target! I wear the pants & shoes at least three times a week. I know what I like! 

This morning I spent some time thinking up new blog post ideas. I have been feeling a little uninspired & unfulfilled with my writing. I started this blog so I could share my thoughts on life, but also to provide value to people. I don’t want to treat this blog like a diary, but I also want to talk about some of the issues I face because I think it will help people feel not so alone! BUT I also want to share outfits, my vegan life, college stuff… It can be hard not to get creative burnout, but I’m feeling better & working on producing content that makes me happy & fulfilled, but is also entertaining & inspiring. Just a lil update 🙂 

Off-the-Shoulder Smocked TopHigh Waisted Straight Leg JeansAnkle Strap Sandal

Chic of the Week

Hi guys! Happy Friday!

Another mirror selfie today because ya girl has not had time to go out & take pics recently! BUT now that I actually have a full length mirror in a good location, mirror selfies are becoming the new norm. I was shooting a fall campaign this week & put together this little number & it actually turned out cute! I was dying sweating in the teddy coat, but worth it because the pics turned out!!

Teddy bear coats are SO in this fall & so comfy. I can’t wait until I can actually wear it all the time. This mind sound crazy, but it’s dipped below 100 degrees in Phoenix & everyone is so excited about it hahah but it’s a sure sign that fall is coming & I’m here for it! Anyway, I found the coat at Nordstrom Rack a couple of years back, but I’ll link a similar one because you need one in your life!! The top is my favorite white tee from Zara, & the pants are LC Lauren Conrad.

Feel Good High-Waisted Mom Jeans| Cuff Sleeve T-Shirt| Coffee Shop Faux Shearling Coat

How To: Hot Girl Semester

Hey guys, happy Monday! 

Now that summer is over & school is back, I wanted to give you some tips for getting your life together!! My life is definitely a hot mess, but I like to pretend that I have it all under control lol. Going back to classes is actually kinda fun, because I get to pick out a new planner & plan out my life! So if you’re anything like me & you enjoy color coordinating every aspect of your life, this post is for you!! Don’t be a hot girl bummer 😉

1.) Get a planner 

I have always been a planner. Writing out my to-do lists every day & the top three things I need to accomplish every week help me to stay on track & have a purpose. I like to be productive, so seeing my week laid out in front of me is the first step to success!

2.) Write out all deadlines

During syllabus week, I make sure to write out the deadlines for all of my classes. This helps me plan out my weeks & see what I have coming up, what I need to focus on, etc. 

3.) Meal Prep/Plan

I like to spend time on the weekends cutting up vegetables & washing fruit so everything is just ready to throw together during the week! I always come home from a long day starving & the last thing I wanna do is put together a meal. Having healthy ingredients ready to go makes it easy to make a healthy choice for dinner or a snack. Not to mention time saving!!

4.) Clean your space

Cleaning is honestly therapeutic for me & a great way to de-stress & feel like I have my life together. I usually block out one day on the weekend to get my life in order. Having a clean space helps me stay focused & productive. 

5.) Workout 

No matter what, I try to fit in a workout every day during the week & once on the weekends. It’s true that working out releases endorphins & just helps you feel good. If I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed, a workout gives me time to just think & focus on myself. Even just going for a walk will help you feel better & be disciplined. 

6.) Have a side hustle

This blog is my creative outlet & gives me a something to work for other than classes. Having a purpose other than just waking up, going to class/work, & doing homework is so important for overall health & happiness. 

7.) Take care of yourself!!

Do a face mask, cook a meal, try a new workout class, go shopping… whatever your version of self care is, do it!! When you feel your best, you’ll do your best. 

with love,

jazz