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

 

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 

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

Chic of the Week

Hey guys! Happy Friday!

I was saving this outfit for the perfect occasion because I knew it would be cute & I was right! Hahah I got a lot of compliments on the skirt & so many questions about where I got it! Animal print is so in style now & I’m not mad about it! It’s so fun & can be dressed up or down. I wore this to work, but it would also be cute with a graphic tee & sneakers.

So for the outfit details: The top is originally from Zara, but thrifted from Buffalo Exchange. The skirt is from Forever21 for only $15!! Unfortunately they are already sold out of the exact one I have, but I linked a similar one. But check in-store too because that’s where I got mine! The shoes are from Target & the perfect size heel. They are a tall heel, but I can wear them all day without getting too uncomfortable. They can be worn to work, but I also wore them for my 21st birthday soooo. The sunnies are Ray Ban. 

In all honesty, this has been a WEEK. I wore this outfit yesterday because it made me happy & confident & I think that’s exactly what fashion is about!! I love sharing outfits every week & I hope it gives you guys style inspiration so you can be happy & confident too 🙂

Cuffed Sleeve T-ShirtSatin Cheetah Print SkirtEma High Block Heel Pumps| Ray-Ban Erika Classic

Chic of the Week

Hi guys! Happy Friday!

Life has been going 110 miles per hour since school started (as expected). But I wanted to share my September Fabletics outfit & show off my new chair!! hahah

I’ll link the outfit down below as always, but this is one of my fav outfits so far! I’ve been choosing more loungewear because I’m always looking for cozy clothes to wear around the house that are still cute! The sweater says “Never Settle” & I just love that! I feel inspired anytime I wear it & it’s a great reminder when I see it in my closet. Life is too short to settle for anything – bad coffee, bad boys, bad grades. 

So I know you guys are just dyingggg to know about my chair. I ordered it from Walmart & it definitely wasn’t cheap, but I truly have been looking forward to having this chair for awhile. It is the perfect compliment to the living room & fits the vibe so well. It’s also so relaxing! I like to sit & watch Bachelor in Paradise & forget about reality for awhile lol. I will link it here if you guys also want this perfect piece of furniture. 

Slay 2-Piece Outfit

Chic of the Week

Hi guys!!

These cutie pictures were taken at a pop-up shop I went to in Phoenix last weekend! The Mayfair Group & Dames Collective hosted a fun pop-up shop at a cute Airbnb in downtown & there was a braid bar, free snacks, drinks, coffee, cute stuff, & lots of photo ops! I went with a few girls from school & it was super fun. 

The top is from H&M & so cute (how many times will I say cute?!) & perfect for summer. I saw a top like this at Tilly’s that I reallyyyy wanted, but they didn’t have my size so I thought it wasn’t meant to be, but I couldn’t stop thinking about it lol. So I found something similar at H&M & it’s great for going out or going to brunch. We love versatile pieces! The pants are from Tilly’s & my absolute favorite! I’m also wearing my Target sandals, although you can’t tell in this pic.

I’m officially a senior in college!!!! I can’t believe it. I truly never thought I would make it to this moment hahah. I don’t feel grown up at all & I really don’t want college to end. I love my major & I’m excited to start working & not have homework! BUT college has truly been sooo fun & I want to do it all over again. 

I will probably be really nostalgic this year, but I can’t help it. These past 3 years have been crazy, & I’m so lucky I started this blog my first year! It’s so fun to go back & see all that I’ve done while in school. All of that is to say, that I am going to do my best to be consistent with my posts because it’s time to get SERIOUS if I want this to take me anywhere once I graduate. But I also have classes, homework, a part time job, a social life, & I need to take care of myself… so if I miss a post here or there it’s probably cuz I’m crying in the club… or my work cube… or my bed. 

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

Moving Tips + Hacks

Hi guys! Happy Monday! 

In today’s post I’m going to be bringing you some moving tips… or hacks… or whatever you want to call it! I’m currently in the process of moving so it’s very relevant, & I know that summer is a common time to move, especially for college students! I have moved every year for the past 3 years, so I know what I’m doing (or sorta). I get really stressed with moving so I hope these tips can help some of you be less stressed!! 

1.) Pack decorations first

Start small so you feel like you are making progress! You also don’t need decorations to live, so you won’t be scrambling to find your toothbrush or pots & pans while you’re in the process of moving. 

2.) Clean & declutter 

Moving is a great time to dust those shelves you’ve neglected, wash your comforter, get rid of clothes, throw away old papers… basically a great time to practice minimalism! I am pretty good about being clean & getting rid of stuff throughout the year, but I definitely get lazy & stuff piles up. Also, donate your clothes to a place like Plato’s Closet or Buffalo Exchange! You can sell your clothes for cash, & who doesn’t want that?! 

3.) Use Rubbermaids 

Not only is this more environmentally friendly, but then you can use them for storage once you move! I started doing this freshman year & have never bought a box since. 

4.) Label, label, label

So it’s definitely my OCD coming out, but I find it extremely helpful to label boxes where I want them to go in the new place, i.e. kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living room… this way whoever is helping you move also knows where to put things so they don’t just pile up by the doorway. 

5.) Wrap clothes in grocery bags

I used to fold up all my clothes & put them in a bin BUT that took up sooo much space. The past few times I’ve moved, I’ve used a garbage bag to keep my clothes clean while moving, but also so I wouldn’t have to take them all off their hangers & then put them back on. It saves so much time! If you are moving to a smaller space & need more closet space, invest in a rolling clothes rack that you can use to move clothes & then store them once you move! 

6.) Utilize storage you already have

I know baskets are having a moment, so you probably have a few laying around. Put shoes or other little knick-knacks in them for moving! Also, use your suitcase!! I like to put all my purses or leftover hangers in it because it rolls so perfectly & doesn’t take up a ton of space. 

I hope this was somewhat helpful! I am surprisingly calm considering I move in a day & still have a lot to pack 🙂 buttt I’m trying to remain calm & remind myself that everything will come together because it always does 🙂 

P.S. The photo is a sneak peek of my new place!!! 

Love, Loss, & Growth

I considered not writing this post, because it’s still hard to think about & talk about & I feel so vulnerable. BUT I’m coming upon a year (on Friday to be exact) of the biggest heartbreak I have experienced, & I thought it was time that I share more about the relationship & how I deal/dealt with the loss of someone so important to me, in hopes that someone else can resonate & feel maybe just a little bit better 🙂 

I never really talked too much about my relationship here because I didn’t (& don’t) want a relationship or another person to become my identity. I think too often some people are so involved with their significant other on the Internet that it becomes all people associate them with. I’m not putting them down because there are so many cute, healthy relationships that make me go #goals & believe in love again haha. But I don’t want that. At least not right now. Because I’m 21 & if there is one thing I’ve learned at this stage in life, it’s that people change & leave you & it hurts like heck & I don’t want to be reminded of them on every corner of the Internet. 

I met him in middle school. Funny thing, my dad actually coached him in basketball & I remember thinking he was sooo cute. Little did I know that years later he would become my best friend, boyfriend, first love, & then a complete stranger. 

Fast forward to high school just a couple of years later & we ended up being in the same friend group. He was crushin’ on me hard, but I was so excited that there were boys actually paying attention to me that I didn’t pay much attention to him. But we hung out together with our friend group & started texting & flirting. He became one of my closest friends & was always there for me through a few relationships & all the boy drama I put myself through. He asked me out a few times before I said yes… the rest is pretty much history. 

We share the exact same birthday. He is literally only about 3 hours older than me, & through some digging we found out we were actually born in the same hospital!! Pretty crazy. I don’t think it was coincidence though. We were pretty much meant to be from the start.

Our relationship wasn’t easy. In high school, we didn’t get to see each other a lot, which put a strain on the relationship. Family relationships & typical high school drama didn’t help either. Then we both went to separate colleges about 2 & 1/2 hours away. Long distance FaceTime calls & infrequent weekend visits consumed our relationship & lives.

But despite the bad, there was so, so much good. He taught me so much. Not only how to drive stick shift (or at least he tried to lol), but that people’s opinions don’t matter that much. Friend & family relationships always come first. It is possible to build an ice cream cone bigger than your head. He taught me how to snowboard, the first & only time I’ve been haha. He showed me that romance isn’t dead, & there’s nothing a large pizza & an episode of “The Office” can’t fix. 

Eventually, we started to drift apart. I broke up with him on July 12, 2018. And it was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. Not only because I still loved him so deeply, but because I hurt the one person who I never thought I would hurt. 

I didn’t know what to do. I had to get used to a new normal without my person. I felt guilty about being sad about a relationship that I ended. I felt misunderstood & lost. 

No one tells you how to fix a heartbreak. It will be scary. It will be hard. It will hurt. You’ll be confused. Mad. But my oh my, will you GROW. You’ll have more time for yourself & the things that make you happy. You’ll build stronger relationships with the people you do have in your life. You’ll grow in your faith & begin to understand the real meaning behind, everything happens for a reason. You also might scream the lyrics of “Truth Hurts” by Lizzo & cry yourself to sleep, but again, no one tells you how to fix a heartbreak.

It’s hard to summarize a 3 & 1/2 year long relationship. There were lots of downs, so many ups, mistakes, & many lessons learned together. But because of it, I am better, stronger, more confident, loving, romantic, understanding & compassionate. I can confidently say that although the relationship didn’t have the fairy tale ending I always dreamed about, I would never change a thing. And I hope he can say the same. 

Chic of the Week

Hi guys! I’m back with more ootws!!

I wore this outfit on my first day back to classes on Monday! I decided to layer because it was actually a little bit cold. I’m a huge fan of denim jackets because they are easy to layer & lightweight, plus add a cute touch to any look! I paired it with a white sweater & dark, distressed jeans. I got pink Vans for Christmas & I’m so in love! They are the cutest thing. I’m channeling my inner skater girl 😉 hahah jk! But fun fact! When my brother & I were younger we would ride our scooters on our back patio & “jump” from the patio to the gravel. We thought we were SO cool. I can imagine if 8-year old-skater me would’ve had style, it would’ve looked a little something like this!! 

But yeah, I started school again this week & I want to CRY. School just stresses me out so much, but in 2019 we are staying happy, positive & stress free 🙂 And good luck to all my other college friends starting classes again! 


Shop this Look: 

H&M Knit Sweater

Zara Oversized Denim Jacket

Skinny Z1975 Jeans

Vans Old Skool Sneakers