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

Pros & Cons of Roommates

Having roommates is a huge part of college; I’ve been blessed to have wonderful roommates so far, but not everyone has! Going into my third year, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to live alone or keep living with roommates. I decided to have roommates because it kinda just worked out that way & I’ll be living with my best friend from high school so I’m super excited for that!! 

When I was trying to decide whether or not I wanted roommates, I had to think about the pros & cons. I tend to think things through A LOT, probably when I don’t need to, but I put a lot of thought into the decision. I decided to tell you guys about my experience living with roommates to help you guys out! I know it’s not an easy decision & living alone can seem really intimidating. So here’s the thing…

Pros: 

  • Built in best friends

College is so much better when you have people you can go to! After a long day, I always enjoy coming home to talk to my roomies or hang out with them. 

  • Low cost

Living with roommates will most likely bring down the price of rent. The more people pitching in, the less each person has to pay! 

  • Study dates

Chances are, your roommates will also be in college! Studying with them is a great way to get things done & enjoy time together out of your busy schedules.

  • Cute clothes

Okay, this is definitely, probably the best part. You literally have a bunch of other closets to shop in!! I know that my roommates & I swapped shoes & clothing all the time. We are each other’s personal stylists & there’s nothing better than that! 

Cons:

  • Messes 

Okay so before I get too far in, you must know I am a neat freak. Everything must look & smell perfect all of the time, so living with other people is tricky for me sometimes because not everyone is the same way! I may be OCD about it, but it can be hard to live with people that don’t value cleanliness as much as you do. I suggest making sure 1) you live with people who are somewhat like you in terms of cleanliness/messiness & 2) make a chore chart!! It helps to keep people accountable & avoids anyone feeling like they are doing too much of the work. 

  • Pettiness/Drama

So this is basically a given with any friend group. Everyone is going to have differences & sometimes those can just boil up & explode! It’s tough to live in an environment where you don’t feel welcomed, so when drama arises, it can have a big impact on your life because you are literally seeing these people every day. Since it is inevitable that problems will arise, just try to talk them out as soon as possible. It basically is the same as any relationship; the sooner you talk it through, the better things will be in the long run! Although there may be hurt feelings & some hard days, just try not to let anything ruin the friendship. And if all else fails, just be nice lol.

Living with my froomies (friends & roomies) this year was AMAZING. We had so much fun together whether it was watching The Bachelor, planning a party, making dinner, or getting boba (our bodies are 90% boba, 10% coffee at this point). That’s not to say we didn’t have problems & hard days, but that’s just a part of relationships in general! My advice is that you find some people you literally can’t live without 😉 & enjoy the experience. College is the best time in life to have roommates, so do it while you can! I have never lived alone, so I can’t speak for that, but I hope this post helped you think it out a little more!

Do you have any roommate horror stories? Let me know in the comments or DM me on social! 

with love,

jazz

P.S. *Actual picture of me & my roomies being cute. Love you guys ❤

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

Social Media: It’s Not a Competition

This is a topic that’s been on my mind for awhile now. I know it’s a little different than what I normally talk about, but I think it’s important to share. So I hope you really understand it & form your own opinion as well. I’d love to know what you think & how you feel. That’s part of the reason I started blogging in the first place! To share my thoughts with others & surround myself with like-minded people. And maybe make an impact in someone’s life.

Before I get too far into this though, I just want to say, I love social media. I spend an embarrassing amount of time scrolling through Instagram & curating the perfect theme; going through the Explore page & drooling at the vacation pics & wondering how on earth someone can be so perfect & afford that bikini. (But for real college students, please tell me your secret to not being broke.) I also may or may not plan my activities based on how Insta-worthy they will be. And I love looking at photo albums on Facebook & retweeting relatable stuff. So yes, I love social media & I spend a lot of time scrolling, liking, & feeling less than perfect.

And that is the problem.

I feel like summer is the hardest time to be on social media. Because everyone is showing off their trips, concerts, cuddle seshes with their SO’s, their hot bods, their cool cars, their sweet internships… the list goes on. And it’s all understandable. I am guilty myself.

But it becomes too much. Those perfect couple in Cabo vacation pics; study abroad snapchats; I start to compare myself to others & it becomes a downward spiral of “My life isn’t good enough.” 

My life is plenty good enough though. I have a family who wants to spend time with me, a good paying job, a car that gets me where I need to go, a supportive boyfriend who also happens to be my best friend, too many clothes & too much stuff… but somehow it never seems like enough when I go on Instagram & see my friends in Europe with their sports car, $180 bikini & designer carry-on.

But then I remember, it’s not a competition.

Everyone is on their own journey & social media only shows the good side of life. Instagram doesn’t capture the fights, the money struggles, the hours spent working, just to afford that plane ticket. Twitter doesn’t show the tears that are behind those depressing tweets that everyone takes too lightly. Facebook doesn’t show the moments that tear a family apart.

So next time you (or I) feel less than enough because of a silly picture on Instagram, remember that it’s not a competition. It’s okay to not have thousands of followers & only get 3 retweets. It’s not about likes, comments or follows. Social media should be about sharing what makes you happy, & encouraging others to do the same.

So go congratulate your classmate on that new job & tell your best friend just how good they look in their new outfit. Tweet your favorite bible verse because it means a lot to you even though it won’t get hundreds of likes. Take lots of selfies with your dog & don’t be afraid to post them, because remember, it’s not a competition. 

xo,

jazz