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

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

Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Guess what is this week?? Valentine’s Day!! I love this holiday because I love love & I think it is worth celebrating. I remember one time when I was little, my brothers & I woke up super early on Valentine’s Day to make cookies because we were so excited. We would always have a scavenger hunt & eat a giant heart-shaped cookie after a special dinner. My parents made sure that we always did something special for holidays & I’m so grateful!

I don’t go on scavenger hunts anymore, (fun fact: I hate scavenger hunts because I don’t like looking for things lol) but I still celebrate Valentine’s Day! I’m lucky to have a boo to spoil, but even if you don’t have an SO, galentines day is totally a thing! I don’t know the dude equivalent, but it probably includes fortnite & Domino’s.

If you’re looking for things to do, here’s a quick list of some of my favorite kind of dates:

  • try a new restaurant
  • go someplace new
  • have a picnic
  • make a fort & have an in-home movie night
  • redo your very first date

These are only a couple of ideas!! Get creative, but don’t be afraid to just stay at home & cook dinner together because being together is the most important thing!

with (extra) love,

jazz

2018 Resolutions

Hey guys!! I’m backkkk.

I know I didn’t post a Chic of the Week on Friday, but it was a day full of errands & unpacking & getting stuff done, so time just got away from me. One of my new year’s resolutions is to plan ahead more. I feel like I’ve missed posting sometimes just because I’m super busy, but no excuses! Stuff will always come up, but I want to be better at not skipping.

Anyways, this post is going to be a resolutions post. I know; so typical for this time. But I actually love the start of a new year, & the chance to start over new with everything. This is the perfect time to cleanse every part of your life & get ready to take on another 365 days!! I made a list of a few personal goals I want to accomplish & then a separate list of goals for this blog. I hope this post is inspiring, but most of all, it’s going to keep me accountable!

Resolutions 2018 

  • Eat vegan + try a new recipe once a month

I actually started eating vegan a few months ago, but I didn’t want to tell anyone until I knew I could stick with it. But at this point I love it!! And I really want to make time for all the Pinterest recipes I’ve saved haha.

  • Step out of my comfort zone!!

I have a tendency to do what I know & not reach out or try new things, especially alone.  But I really want to get more comfortable with doing new things & talking to new people.

  • Do more good

I recently cleared out my wallet of all its change & I think I’m going to donate it. I already volunteer a few times a year, but I want to give more because it feels good to do good 🙂

  • Go to church more

This is a tricky one because I usually want to sleep in on Sunday mornings, but I feel so much better after I’ve gone to church & surrounded myself with like-minded people. My faith is so important to me & I need to make time for it.

  • Do more yoga

Not only for the health benefits, but for my mentality. As I start a new semester today, there are many unknowns & stress that I know is to come, but I want to work on managing it all without having a breakdown every month.

  • Save money to travel

I really, really just want to go see so many places. I’ve been blessed to see most of the country, but as with stepping out of my comfort zone, I want to go to a new place I’ve never been before & just experience something different. I wanted to travel this year, & I might do some, but I really want to save up for someplace crazy 🙂

2017 was an amazing year, especially because I started this blog! I know I say it all the time, but I have been so much happier since I’m finally doing what I love. I hope 2018 is even better! Thanks so much for following along, & as always, let me know what you wanna see 🙂

What are some of your goals for the new year? Let me know in the comments or DM me on social media!

With love,

jazz

Finals Week Prep

Guess what week it is? The worst time to be alive for college students – finals week! Whether you have five finals or one, this post is for you: The hard-working, stressed out, so-over-it college student. Here are my tips for surviving finals week:

1.) Location

Studying is never fun, but it can be better if you’re in a relaxing spot. My personal favorite is the library or outside.

2.) Materials

Make sure you have all the books, highlighters & study guides you need! It sucks to get to your study sesh & realize you don’t even have what you need.

3.) Comfy Clothes

I’m talking fuzzy socks, cardigan, leggings, & a bun. Casual, studying-super-hard aesthetic.

4.) Snacks 

Or Starbucks. Or both. I get really hangry & sometimes I need to just keep working & can’t stop to eat so a quick break with a snack can help motivate me to finish.

5.) Music

I listen to my Spotify Coffee Table Jazz & currently, Christmas music! But whatever helps you focus & keeps you relaxed…

Good luck on finals!! And remember, you are more than your GPA 😉

xo,

jazz

Life Update + Gratitude

Hi all! I hope you guys had a great Thanksgiving!

I didn’t have a Chic of the Week on Friday because I was busy Black Friday shopping, wrapping presents & spending time with family! I figured you all were busy doing the same things so you wouldn’t miss me too much 😉

I wanted to take this chance to just catch you guys up a bit on my life & talk about gratefulness. I know I’m a little behind because Thanksgiving was last week, but I think it’s a great time to talk about all that I have to be thankful for & why you should too 🙂

These pictures are actually from a few years ago & it was an impromptu photo shoot with one of my friends, but they turned out so good. At the time, my friend was a freshman here at ASU & I remember asking her a ton of questions because I still had no idea what to do with my life or where I was even going to college!  As I was studying the pics, I also saw how bad my skin was & remember that my confidence was so low because of it. But I have changed so much since then & become way more confident, breakouts or not 🙂 And I’m also so, so happy with where I am, so it gets better!!

I went home to my small town for Thanksgiving to be with my family. As much as I disliked living in a small town at times, I have grown to appreciate it & the friendships it gave me way more since starting college.

My brother is in Hawaii for school & some of my other family is across the country so this year’s Thanksgiving dinner was a little different, but we did get to FaceTime those that couldn’t be there in real time & it was actually really fun & reminded me that no distance is too far when you care about someone!! It’s so easy to get caught up in how different life is & start to miss what you used to have, but I think it’s important to do the best you can in any new situation & look at the bright side. I love traditions & wouldn’t say that change makes me super happy, but I’m working on my go-with-the-flow attitude more.

Jacob & I are celebrating 3 years together in January! We are also turning 20!! Both are so crazy, but exciting at the same time. Sometimes I wish more than ever that we were at the same school & long distance can be sooo hard, but it’s worth it when we do get to see each other. I’m so grateful for him & the person he is in my life. And I always have to remind myself that, “what’s meant to be will be.”

I only have 2 weeks of school left! I have finals next week… prayers please haha. But then I’m gonna go on a little road trip, spend time with my friends & family, work a little bit, blog A LOT, (blogmas?) & do all the stuff I don’t have time to do when I have school! I’m super excited to just relax. And maybe finally binge watch the rest of Pretty Little Liars.

Anyway, good luck to all of those having finals soon 🙂 don’t forget to slow down for a bit & think about everything you have to be thankful for. It’s probably more than you realize.

What are you guys grateful for? Let me know in the comments or on social media!

xo,

jazz

*All photos courtesy of Rachel Eroh @rachel_eroh

My Top 20 Pinterest Quotes

I’m such a quotes person. I can’t remember exactly when I became obsessed with words & sayings, (probably when I got a Pinterest), but I love having a new phone background every week that will make me smile or inspire me when I look at it. I have an entire board on Pinterest dedicated to some of my favorite quotes. It was hard to choose just some, but if you want to see more make sure to follow me on Pinterest!

I hope these inspire you! Happy Monday!

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

xo,

jazz

For Him: Gift Guide

Tis’ the season to shop (& for gift guides on gift guides)! I don’t know about you guys, but I actually enjoy Black Friday shopping! The Christmas music, the busy stores, the cold…it makes me happy & puts me in the holiday spirit. I try to get some of my shopping done then & definitely weeks before Christmas so I can wrap them all cute! I always have a different wrapping theme every year, so maybe I’ll do a blog post on that too.

But basically, shopping for my dad, brothers & boyfriend can be overwhelming. I feel like dudes are hard to please. And I also feel like they never want anything because they just buy what they want, when they want it! So throughout this year I’ve been keeping a growing list in my notes when Jake mentions he wants something so I can just go off that when I’m shopping. That way I know he’ll like what I get him & it makes me feel better about spending money haha. I don’t like giving gifts just to give something!! I want it to be meaningful.

I’ve put together this gift guide, based on the stuff the guys in my life like, to help you guys out whether you are buying for your little brother or your mans! 

P.S. You can always find a lot of this stuff for cheaper if you get off brands or shop on Amazon or something. They’ll never know…  Just a tip 😉

What is your favorite part about the holidays? Let me know in the comments or on social media!

xo,

jazz

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

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