October 2, 2017

a little update

Hi! It's been a bit!

I'm kicking off October (birthday month!) with a little update post.

1. I had a busy summer filled with several weekend trips around the state.

2. I finally used my HBO free trial and was able to watch Big Little Lies and finish Girls. Loved both of them. Definitely recommend BLL even if you read the book. I really enjoyed both.

3. I finally jumped on the Spotify train and even got 3 months of premium. I'm hooked but can't keep up the premium version. Free will have to do!

4. I really liked my summer playlist this year. It was more country than I usually listen to but still a good variety. A lot of good music came out!

5. I started to get in to watercolor painting. I'm just a beginner and my materials are cheap, but I love the way it looks. Hopefully I can make something cool soon.

6. I got my first baby succulents! I've had them for about a month and a half. I'm trying to keep them alive, but I don't know what I'm doing. Started with 6 and I'm down to 4 now. Wish me luck.

7. I'm turning 25 at the end of the month! I never do anything big for my birthday so I decided back in January that this was the year to really celebrate. I've got a list of little things I want to do (binge a show, go out for dessert, manicure, etc) and I'll spread them out over the month. Can't wait!

8. Last but not least, the blog got a makeover! It's fun to change it up, and I'm always trying to improve the blog. Hope you like the new look! Don't forget to follow the blog on Bloglovin' so you can keep up with my posts along with all your other favorite blogs. The link is in the sidebar on the right :)
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April 12, 2017

my current playlist

Happy Spring!

My most recent collection of songs. I've been listening to these a lot lately!
Listen on spotify or use the player below!

Only You - Selena Gomez
Love - Lana Del Rey
I Got You - Bebe Rexha
Rockabye (feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie) - Clean Bandit
Kill 'Em With Kindness (acoustic) - Selena Gomez
Believer - Imagine Dragons
Pretty Girl - Maggie Lindemann
Sign of the Times - Harry Styles
Middle Fingers - MISSIO
Work Shoes - USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker)
Stay - Zedd & Alessia Cara
Fire Escape - Andrew McMahon In the Wilderness
It Ain't Me - Kygo & Selena Gomez
Heavy - LINKIN PARK & Kiiara
Bad Things - Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello
Stay Together - Noah Cyrus
Guys My Age - Hey Violet
Chained To The Rhythm - Katy Perry
Just Hold On - Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson
Nancy Mulligan - Ed Sheeran
Barcelona - Ed Sheeran
Supermarket Flowers - Ed Sheeran
What Do I Know - Ed Sheeran
Galway Girl - Ed Sheeran
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Dive - Ed Sheeran
Castle on the Hill - Ed Sheeran
Shape of You - Ed Sheeran
(Basically the whole ÷ album)

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April 5, 2017

my favorite 1 hour tv shows

Some of my favorite ways to spend 42-60 minutes:

Psych
Parenthood
Grey's Anatomy
Scandal
The Flash
Roswell
Pretty Little Liars
Keeping Up With The Kardashians
Property Brothers
Girls
Fixer Upper
90210*
Jane The Virgin
Smallville
Lost
This Is Us
Ugly Betty*
Gilmore Girls
Chuck
Desperate Housewives
Timeless
Gossip Girl
Heroes
One Tree Hill
Nashville
Revenge*
Veronica Mars
Blindside
Glee*
Friday Night Lights
Undercover Boss
The O.C.*
Bachelor/Bachelorette
Bachelor in Paradise


*I watched a majority of the series, but didn't watch to the very last episode. Not every series is great from beginning to end.
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March 31, 2017

march favorites

What I have been loving this month!

Tired Eyes - EP by Katelyn Tarver. i've been following katelyn since she was on american juniors (american idol spin-off). so exciting to hear her new music. i love her new EP and have been playing it on spotify a ton. she's on soundcloud too!

Hacksaw Ridge
. i had no idea what this movie was about but just heard about it from the oscar buzz. it was really good!

The Flash. i finally caught up on the episodes that started after Christmas. binge watching an action show makes it that much more intense. definitely recommend this show if you're looking for a new one!

Downy Unstoppable In-Wash Scent Booster in "fresh"
. i know this is a super random laundry favorite, but this scent is amazing. i'm trying to figure out how to diy a car air freshener with this scent.

Grey's Anatomy. i'm in deep with this show again. the drama sucks me in every time. i'm trying to slow down a bit since i'm almost caught up with what is available on netflix.

About Time
. i love this movie and was so happy to catch it on tv one night. it had been a few years since i last saw it. i ordered the dvd on amazon the next day.

The Great British Baking Show. i kept hearing about the obsession with this show and then one of my friends started watching. she loved it and passed on the recommendation. i like it a lot better than the american baking shows. it's refreshingly simple and less gimick-y. there are 4 seasons on netflix!

Snake Chain Choker Necklace from Urban Outfitters. So simple and delicate and pretty! The size is adjustable so it can be worn like a choker but i like to wear it looser like a short necklace.

Divide by Ed Sheeran. huge shout-out to my friend that bought the cd and passed the music along to me. i've been listening to the album nonstop. some really great lyrics on this one!

Sully. this movie was so interesting! i remember when the event happened but the movie did a great job telling more of the story that the public might not have known.
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March 29, 2017

all about leggings

I tried on my first pair of leggings in December 2013 during my junior year of college (yes, I know how late I was to the legging obsession). My whole world changed. These were $9 black fleece-lined leggings at Windsor. I wore them to death over my month long winter break. It wasn't long before I had a whole pile of them. I never wore just leggings out in public, but all winter I wore them layered underneath my jeans because that was the most brutal winter I can remember. Two layers of pants were necessary everyday. If I was at home, I was wearing leggings.

Now that I'm out of school, my uniform has become black leggings and a long shirt or oversized sweater. Of course, only when it's appropriate! So today, I thought I would talk about my favorite leggings.

From October to May, I pretty much exclusively wear fleece-lined leggings. My favorite is this Zenana Outfitters pair that I got from Dry Goods a few years ago. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find them at the store or online since then. I wanted to purchase another pair so I'm hoping they come back next season. They are a thicker knit fleece-lined one-size legging. When I'm not wearing those, I like the black or grey fleece-lined leggings from Francesca's.

During the summer, I like a thinner legging or an athletic legging. My go-to are these from Express. I have a few pairs. My only dislike is that they are so long on me! But they just started carrying a short length so I might have to try those. For an athletic legging, I really like the ones by Gaiam. They have simple black, cropped, mesh cut-out, and a variety of patterned leggings. This brand fits so well!
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March 22, 2017

coconut chocolate chip cookies

This is a cookie recipe I got from Ingrid and have been making for a couple years now. I first started watching Ingrid in 2010 and she has always been one of my favorite youtubers. She shared the recipe in this video and I tried it out right away. Personally, I think they are delicious, but I know they are not for everyone. They are softer and can have a little bit of a different texture because of the coconut. I like them because it's just a small batch! I usually get 10-12 cookies out of it.

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 cups almond flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
6 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
1/4 cup honey
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 tbsp water
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chocolate chips

1. Combine almond flour, salt, and baking soda.
2. In a separate bowl, combine coconut oil, honey, almond extract, and water. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients bowl and stir.
3. Mix in coconut and chocolate chips.
4. Scoop cookies on to baking sheet and flatten slightly.  Makes 10-12 cookies.
5. Bake at 350ºF for 12-15 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
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March 15, 2017

on my radar

In this new series I'll be sharing things I'm looking forward to, trends I'm watching, products I want to try, etc. This was inspired by Carly from The College Prepster. I can't wait to share what's on my radar each season!

1) Beauty and the Beast. I was never super into the Disney princesses when I was younger but Beauty and the Beast is probably my favorite story. I'm really excited to see how it does as a live-action movie but also nervous because sometimes a sequel, remake, or movie adaptation can ruin the story. Hopefully all the hype doesn't make it a huge disappointment!

2) Girls. During the summer I was able to watch the first five seasons of the show over just a few months. I was obsessed. The final season has just started and I can't wait to watch it. I'm waiting until it's almost over so I can binge watch over a couple weeks while I use my HBOgo free trial haha. I'll be carefully avoiding spoilers.

3) One Piece Swimsuit. I have been seeing these suits all over social media and ads for a year and I'm dying to jump on this trend. The prints and styles are getting cuter and cuter. The last few summers I've been living in a simple black bikini, and I'm ready for a little change. Hopefully I can find one that I like in the next few months.

4) Big Little Lies. I read this book in the fall and really enjoyed it. I'm really looking forward to seeing it on TV. Just like Girls, I'll be waiting until it's almost over so I can binge watch it on my HBOgo free trial.

5) LOVODA. Statement necklaces were great, but they looked great on other people and looked overwhelming on me. I'm definitely more of a minimalist when it comes to jewelry and accessories. I'm so happy to see that simple, dainty jewelry is taking over. I love it! And I love that it's just about everywhere now. I've found a few great etsy jewelry shops and found Lovoda on pinterest. I love their stuff and can't wait to order some soon!
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March 10, 2017

the best tv shows when you need a good cry

Sometime I just feel like watching something super emotional. I want to watch something that is heavy and will help get out all my sad. I love a good TV drama that can take me on an emotional rollercoaster for 42 minutes and make me cry at the happiest and saddest things. Today I'm sharing my top five TV shows that really know how to tug at my heart strings.

Parenthood. Four grown siblings juggle parenthood, relationships, careers and more as they cope with life's ups and downs in this drama set in Berkeley, California.

One Tree Hill. Half-brothers Lucas and Nathan alternate between kinship and rivalry on the basketball court and in the hearts of their friends.

Grey's Anatomy. Intern (and eventual resident) Meredith Grey finds herself caught up in personal and professional passions with fellow doctors at a Seattle hospital.

Friday Night Lights. New head coach Eric Taylor finds his every move scrutinized as he takes over leadership of Texas's no. 1 high school football team.

Nashville. Country music superstars Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barns face personal and professional challenges as they navigate their paths as artists and individuals in the music city. 

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March 8, 2017

20 hours in chicago

I made a quick trip to Chicago over the weekend to watch my brother's college a cappella group compete in the ICCA Semifinals. ICCA is the international championship of college a cappella. If you've ever seen Pitch Perfect, this is the real life version of their competition. The groups are amazing and so fun to watch.

We were only there for 20 hours but I made sure to squeeze in some tourist stuff before the event. The event and our hotel were directly across from Grant Park, and we were able to see Shedd Aquarium from our window. We walked all the way up the park areas until we got to the famous "Bean" at the north end. From there we decided to go see the river since we were so close. By this time, I was started to get so cold and the strong wind wasn't helping. After the 30 minute walk back to our hotel, I was frozen. We grabbed a quick dinner at the restaurant attached to the hotel and then made our way to The Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University to watch the ICCA Semifinals. We watched 10 groups perform their sets, and they were all amazing. Of course, we thought my brother's group was the best. So proud!

The next morning, our group took an early trip back to the "Bean" to get some pictures without the normal crowd. We were there around 8:30 a.m. and it was perfect. More groups started showing up when we left so I'm glad we went that early. My favorite breakfast place is Yolk, and what do you know, there was one directly next door to the hotel. I was so excited (The picture of Yolk below was taken from my hotel room window). So of course we walked straight to Yolk and had breakfast.

Some quick notes about my beloved Yolk: 1) The plates are huge. Make sure you are super hungry when you arrive. You will be full for 8 hours. You could probably split with a friend or take half home for later. 2) I usually get the build your own scrambler. This comes with tons of fruit and two giant pancakes. These are the best pancakes I've ever had. And they taste just as amazing when taken home and warmed up later.

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February 28, 2017

february favorites

Some favorites from December, January, and February.

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines. I'm a big fan of all things home renovation and therefore, Fixer Upper on HGTV. I read their book in one sitting! Loved learning about how they got started with both business and their family.

Boscia Luminizing Black Mask. I have a face mask addiction, but surprisingly this is my first peel-off mask. I got a free travel size in a recent Sephora promotion and it's great. I think I might buy the full size when this runs out!

Make Me (Cry) [Acoustic] by Noah Cyrus feat. Labrinth. I love the acoustic version of this song and could listen to it over and over again. 

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I started reading this in fall 2016 but then took a break when the holidays took over. Finally finished reading it and now I can't wait for the HBO show! I really enjoyed the book so I'm interested to see how it plays out on TV. Just need to sign up for that HBO free trial!

Lady Lovin' podcast. My latest podcast obsession. I just discovered it and started all the way back with their first podcast. It's some entertaining girl talk.

Glamglow Supermud mask. This was a Christmas present to myself that I got an amazing deal on. I love it.

Issues by Julia Michaels. I heard this song on Selena Gomez's instagram and bought it soon after. On repeat! 
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February 22, 2017

my favorite chick flicks

My ideal night would be popcorn, drinks, pajamas, and any one of these movies. I'm always up for a RomCom/chick flick. I have a lot of favorites ranging from quality movies to ones that I know are bad but love to watch anyway. I tried to include all of my favorites, but I'm sure I forgot plenty. Here's my list!

10 Things I Hate About You
13 Going on 30
17 Again
50 First Dates
(500) Days of Summer
A Cinderella Story
A Walk to Remember
About Time
Along Came Polly
Baby Mama
Bad Moms
Because I Said So
Bring It On
The Choice
Clueless
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
Crazy, Stupid Love
The Devil Wears Prada
Dirty Dancing
Easy A
Fever Pitch
Hannah Montana: The Movie
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
John Tucker Must Die
Just Friends
The Last Song
Legally Blonde
Life as We Know It
Life-Size
The Lizzie McGuire Movie
Mean Girls
Miss Congeniality
Model Behavior
Music and Lyrics
My Best Friend's Wedding
Never Been Kissed
The Notebook
Pitch Perfect
Pretty Woman
The Princess Diaries
The Proposal
Raise Your Voice
Raising Helen
Safe Haven
Sex and The City
She's The Man
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 1 & 2
Sisters
Stick It
Sweet Home Alabama
The Other Woman
The Time Traveler's Wife
Two Weeks Notice
Uptown Girls
What a Girl Wants
You Again
Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century
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February 15, 2017

homemade granola

In college, I spent a lot of weekends at my cousin's house since they lived so close to campus. Sometimes my aunt would have homemade granola that we ate for breakfast. I had never had granola before, and it was delicious. Years later when I started getting into smoothie bowls, I called her up to ask for the recipe. She gave me the recipe but with no measurements. She said she just eyeballs it and so I do too! I usually make this every other week to have with my breakfast smoothie bowls.

Olive oil
Honey
Vanilla extract
Oats

1. On the stove, combine olive oil, honey, and vanilla extract on high heat until it bubbles.
2. Reduce heat to low and add oats. Stir until oats are well coated.
3. Heat on low for 10 minutes. Stir and repeat until oats have cooked for about 30-40 minutes.
4. Let cool. Store in an airtight container.

Just make sure not to over do it with the honey or the granola might be too sticky. I've definitely done it before.
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February 8, 2017

my current playlist

Happy 2017!
My most recent collection of songs. I've been listening to these a lot the last couple months!
Listen on spotify or use the player at the bottom!

Make Me (Cry) [Acoustic] - Noah Cyrus feat. Labrinth
Paris - The Chainsmokers
Issues - Julia Michaels
Sad Song (feat. Elena Coats) - We The Kings
I Don't Wanna Live Forever - ZAYN & Taylor Swift
Scars to Your Beautiful - Alessia Cara
Side to Side (feat. Nicki Minaj) - Ariana Grande
Casual Party - Band of Heroes
American Money - BORNS
Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur
Lover Come Back - City and Colour
Talk Too Much - COIN
She Sets the City On Fire - Gavin DeGraw
i hate u, i love u (feat olivia o'brien) - gnash
Welcome to Your Life - Grouplove
Starving (feat. Zedd) - Hailee Steinfeld & Grey
All We Ever Knew - The Head and the Heart
All Time Low - Jon Bellion
Million Reasons - Lady Gaga
Gold - Kiiara
Shout Out to My Ex - Little Mix
Trust Nobody (feat. Selena Gomez) - Cashmere Cat 
Cleopatra - The Lumineers
In The Name of Love - Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha
This Town - Niall Horan
Better Man - Little Big Town
Kids - OneRepublic
Mercy - Shawn Mendes
If You Want It - Sam Roberts Band
We Don't Know - The Strumbellas
Cool Girl - Tove Lo
Hate To Tell You - Katelyn Tarver
Starboy (feat. Daft Punk) - The Weeknd

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