Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Taking Stock July week 1

Hey guys! Man it's been a week for history books, I never thought I'd see gay marriage legalized in my lifetime. It was especially cool to be in the newsroom on a day like Friday.

Here's what I've been reading this week

I've been doing a teatox the last half of June, and I think it's time to boost my efforts. I've been eating clean, now it's time to get swoll. Here's Torie's 3 surefire tips to make fitness a habit.

How to have the best road trip ever

Here's The Sweaty Girl's guide to summer beauty from Pure Wow

A Clean eating grocery guide laid out in a gorgeous infographic

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Monday, June 29, 2015

July Calendar

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     I'm so in love with this month's calendar. My internship has had me doing a lot of drawing type of designs, and I've finally been gaining confidence creating new images. This one is very simple, but I figured it's a good start to boosting my drawing skills. If you want to download and print this calendar, check out the widget below. I also follow me on Snapchat for behind the scenes looks at my designs.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Fourth of July Outfit

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Red, white and blue can be a hard color combo to do subtly. But a little bit of balance is the key to pulling off this patriotic palette. Choosing white and blue as my base colors, I accented the entire outfit with red, like my Banana Republic purse, nails and lips. This simple, yet festive, outfit is perfect for summer parties or a Ranger game.

What's y'alls favorite outfit for a summer get together? Comment below.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Cute phone cases

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My poor poor phone case is very close to biting the dust. I'm not like my sister who can switch cases once a month or so. I've had my gold mophie for the last year and a half, and it's starting to show. Anyway I've been in the market for a new case and thought I'd share some of my favorite finds. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Apartment Cleaning Schedule

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I'm a very organized person. But not a very tidy one. I have a bit of a habit of leaving my tea mugs on my desk in the mornings. Adrian, my boyfriend, on the other hand is very tidy, but refuses to put his shoes in the closet when he gets home.

We've been living together for nine months now and we've decided it's time for a cleaning schedule to evenly split the housekeeping. I joked around that I'd make us a chart to put foil stickers on when we finished–not that I don't have the stickers. So here's our weekly cleaning schedule for the apartment. We've got a one bedroom, one bath apartment with a tiny kitchen and a dining room area that I've taken over for my desk. 

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

How to regain financial control

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Part of me feels like I have no authority talking about this type of thing because I'm terrible about my money. Most of the times I see pretty things and I want them that very instant, especially clothes, and food.

But I've started to realize being an adult requires a certain amount of fiscal responsibility. And I'm ok with acquiring just enough to not become cocooned in crippling debt. 

I've sort of been feeling out of control when it comes to my money recently, and it's not a very good state of being. Here are some steps to feeling a little better about your monety.

1. Stop spending - Yes I know it hurts, but if you're dipping to under $50 between paychecks it's time to look at things honestly. You're probably spending too much. A lot of articles will tell you to print out your statements and organized everything you've spend into categories. However, you should already have a general feeling about what you spend your money on. My weakness is clothes from my job at LOFT. By limiting myself to one item per month instead of shopping whenever there's a good deal, I'm able to put my hard earned money towards something more important, like bills or whatever.

2. Save a little - I use to be so good about savings when I was in high school. I'd put 50 percent of every paycheck into the account my mom and I shared. By the time I was a senior I had almost $1,000 tucked away. Fifty percent is a little hard to do now that I have rent and groceries to buy. I try to save at least $50 from each paycheck. Start out saving more aggressively until you have enough to make you feel comfortable, whether that's

3. Finally make a budget and stick to it - Making a budget isn't that hard, sticking to it really is. I've played around with the envelope system before, but I definitely prefer to use my card when I go out.  I made a Pinterest board with tons of college budgeting tips, you can follow it below.

4. Avoid debt, not credit - My parents taught me that credit cards were bad news, but when I moved out and tried getting internet set up they wanted to charge me a LOT more because I didn't have credit. Credit cards can get a little scary when you hear all the horror stories, but I went to a credit union and sat down with a personal banker who explained what credit is, why it's important and how to build good credit. She set me up with a college credit card, where I give them about $300, and in return I get a credit card with a $300 limit. If I can't make my payments they use the initial money I paid them. When I close the card I get my $300 back. I've been building credit the last three months without building up tons of debt.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Taking Stock June week 4

Hey y'all. It's been a pretty tough week. I went to the hospital last weekend with a really really high fever. Turns out to be strep throat, so they have me on antibiotics for the next two weeks. I didn't work for two days strait, which feels really weird for me. But I've been feeling much better today.

Here's what I've been reading this week.

One dress four ways

Because I feel broke about 90 percent of the time

Ptssh Freshman

Here are some posts I've been working on this week
How to style a summer swing dress // Young adult books for summer // Father's day gift ideas // Summer swing dress // Mondays are the worst

Here's who I've been following back on Instagram

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Mondays are the worst

     Hey guys, It's been a VERY long weekend. Normally I like to post a design of some sort on Mondays, but I've been sick the last two days. I ended up going to the hospital Saturday night because my fever got up to 104.8. They diagnosed me with strep and other infection... (that's all I'll say about that) They've got me on two different antibiotics and my fever finally broke this morning.

     Anyway, I'm cozied up at my parents house today catching up on Orange is the new black and resting. Just wanted to give y'all an update as to why today's post wasn't up. I should be back on schedule, and back to work, tomorrow.

     p.s. I think it's really hard to take a good photo in a hospital bed lol.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Summer swing dress

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Dress Old Navy $18 // Sandals LOFT $24.50 // Necklace Sam Moon

     I was a little hesitant to get this dress because I've read this swing style isn't be best for hourglass shaped girls. But when my boyfriends sister loaned me this one in black and white, I knew I needed to get one –or two– of my own.  I tried it with a jacket, but I what I like most about this dress is how flow it is, and it felt like the jacket kinda constricted it a bit. I also like that it's a super low maintenance jersey material. These black sandals are from work at loft, they were on sale for $10. 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Fathers's Day

     I've decided to not scramble around for a father's day gift this year. My dad is probably one of the best, but he's very low key about presents and stuff. Usually he's good with some kind of fishing gear or snacks. Here are a few other low-key gift for you dad this Father's Day.

     1. Funny Cards – I was pretty bummed when my ABM Happy Mail package didn't come with a card for dad this month.  So I found this one is $3.75 from Esty. My family loves funny cards there were tons more on the site that were cheaper than a usual hallmark one from walgreens. 

     2. PopcornopolisMy family loves this popcorn from Popcornopolis. This basket is only $38 and normally my parents share with Adrian and I. We definitely have a problem with polishing off a whole bag –especially of the Zebra flavor– in just a day or two.

     3. Texas Rangers Sportula My dad grills a lot, so this laser cut Texas Rangers grill spatula is perfect for him. Someone got Adrian's dad one last Christmas and it's been on my list for my dad ever since. 

     4.  Coffee Subscription – My dad loves coffee, so a subscription box of coffee would be perfect for him. Multiple months can get a little pricy, but a one month one is only $30 and the three month subscription is around $75 from this brand.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Young adult books for an easy summer read

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I love reading, but since starting college I've really gotten away from the type of books that started my love of reading. I think it's because young adult books can sometimes be very similar, you read one and you've read most. But the last thing you want during the summer is a huge tome to analyze. That's why I'm whipping up my list of easy young adult reads for this summer.

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     1. The Winners Curse – by Marie Rutkoski $8 - Publisher's Summary: They were never meant to be together. As a general's daughter, seventeen-year-old Kestrel enjoys an extravagant and privileged life. Arin has nothing but the clothes on his back. Then Kestrel makes an impulsive decision that binds Arin to her. Though they try to fight it, they can't help but fall in love. In order to be together, they must betray their people . . . but to be loyal to their country, they must betray each other.

     When I do read YA, I really like big plots instead of more nuanced ones like Never let me go.  This one was released March of last year. There's basically an entire of genre of YA dedicated to covers with big ball gowns on the cover, but unlike other frilly princess ones this one gives a (melo)dramatic feel that I hope the book mirrors. 

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     2. Slide – by Jill Hathaway $9 - Publisher's Summary: Vee Bell, able to slide into other people's minds, sees someone standing over the body of her sister's best friend, Sophie, holding a bloody knife but she is afraid that anyone she tells will think her crazy and so she must find a way to identify the killer herself, before he or she strikes again.

     I wasn't a big mystery fan until I read And then there were none, now I've got tons of different classic and modern mysteries on my list. This book seems like a classic murder mystery with a twist.

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     3. Graceling – by Kristin Cashore $7 - Publisher's Summary: Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight - she's a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king's thug. When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po's friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace - or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away...

     I read this book in high school in two sittings and loved it. Katsa is a kick butt heroine that follows a classic hero's journey. Cashore includes a lot of interesting aspects of the world of the Graced leaving me hungry for more.

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     4. City of Bones – by Cassandra Clare $7 - Publisher Summary: When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing—not even a smear of blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

     This was one of my favorite books growing up that got me hooked on reading. I've read the first three and one of the prequels. This fantasy series is basically all action with a little romance. I love how Clare blended the real world with her fantasy one to create an urban adventure perfect for summer. Just don't watch the movie because it sucks. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Styling a Swing Dress

Hey guys, I got to wear this adorable dress this weekend thanks to my boyfriends sister. I had always thought I was too curvy to wear this style of dresses but I was so wrong. I'm heading to Old Navy this week to get one of my own because it was so flattering and comfortable.

I guess the point is to not always listen to the rules when it comes to fashion. I spend a stupid amount of time researching fashion rules and tips, but at the end of the day you're the ones wearing it, so if you're comfortable then go for it. You might see this entire outfit in an OOTD post later this week. Till then I'll see y'all.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Taking Stock June week 3

Hey y'all! It's been an awesome week. I got to take a quick weekend getaway to west Texas to visit some of Adrian's family and I feel like I'm coming back ten pounds heavier. I'm starting a Tinytea Teatox this week from Your Tea, as well as following the meal plan listed below as a way to recoup from the weekend.

But first, here's what I've been reading this week

Lauren's path to clean eating and waking up insanely early to workout –something I'm definitely not looking forward to this week

23 Signs you're Adulting, which is one of my favorite non-fiction books

This amazing summer noodle dish I've yet to try

I'm all over this meal plan from the Blogailaties girl

How to ruin Jurassic World for yourself and all your friends

Here are some posts I've been working on the past week
A free phone background // My GoFundMe page // Tips for finding your dream job // My weekend getaway packing list // A casual outfit post

Here are some bloggers I've been following back on Instagram

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Bill Nye Quote and Background

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Hey guys! I made this phone background from one of my favorite childhood shows, Bill Nye –which was recently put on Netflix. I had a lot of fun messing around with this custom font to give it a very tribal or American Horror Story feel and I love this teal color for summer and spring. I've also really been into flat design recently, so I expect a lot of my future backgrounds will be in this style. Feel free to download this phone background and I'll see y'all tomorrow.

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Casual Stripes

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     This outfit was way too warm for the day I decided to shoot this, but once I got into the office it was perfect. I love this jacket that I got from Forever 21 a while back ago because it was only about $30 and it tones down a mom-ish outfit or livens up a simple jeans and a T-shirt combo. You can see from the pictures where I'm holding my jacket it seems like a lot older ensemble. I have those same boots in black, which I wear a lot more often like in this outfit, but I got them as final sale at work for $25 each. 
     I've been cutting back my clothes budget a lot recently, so I've been in the need of some serious sales. I've also been reading  The Cheap Chica's Guide to Style by Lilliana Vazquez. She has great tips on HOW  and when to shop, as well as knowing what you really need.
     Also, I've started to notice I always pose with my hands in my hair, I'm working on breaking the habit.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Weekend Getaway Packing List

     My boyfriend's nephew is getting baptized this weekend, so we're taking a quick weekend getaway to west Texas where his family is from. We're driving out early Saturday morning and coming back Sunday evening. I wanted to make a packing list that had cute and comfortable outfits. I chose a lot of outfits I've shoot outfit posts of before, so I'll include links below. Here are a few outfits I came up with, along with a packing list.  

Driving In
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     These leggings are insanely comfortable which makes this a perfect outfit for the drive out there. Instead of the boots I'll be wearing my grey high tops which I'll also use in another outfit during the weekend. I'm also wearing this denim jacket with the outfit below. I'm all about versatility, so I wanted as many pieces to overlap outfits as possible. I'll probably keep my jacket and necklace in my purse until we get out for pit stops or arrive. Road trips are about finding a balance between comfort and presentability for when you get there. I shot pictures of this outfit a few weeks back, you can check it out here. 

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At the Ceremony
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     The evening we get in my boyfriend's nephew is getting baptized. I'm wearing my summer maxi dress with nude heels. I'm also throwing my light denim jacket on top to make it a little more modest for church.  I shot pictures in this outfit a few weeks ago, you can check it out here.

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Hanging out
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     This is an outfit I would wear a lot during the semester (hence the backpack.) But I like this short-shirt combo because it's comfortable but still cute. I'm leaving the flats at home and wearing my grey high tops again. I probably won't even pack the belt or watch, I need all the room I can get in my tiny car on the way over. I shot this outfit a long time ago, check it out here.

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Sleeping In
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     My last outfits is actually more of pajamas. I'm wearing my same super comfy grey T that I drove over in to bed with some black sweatpants. I'm also packing a bralette to sleep in, just in case I need to get up during the night.
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     Here's my packing list for the entire weekend. I'm hoping I can fit it all in either my backpack or gym bag, but we'll see. What are some of your go-tos for a weekend getaway? Did I forget anything? Comment below. See y'all tomorrow!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Finding your dream job

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I've got my first ever paid design gig this month. Well two actually. I'm interning as a graphic designer and I'm also a page designer for The Shorthorn. It feels almost too good to be true that I get paid to sit at a computer and design stuff, which got me thinking about how people pick their careers.

That whole existential crisis thing has a lot of college age students wondering what the heck they should be doing with themselves, let alone majoring in. I feel almost certain that I've found my ideal field. Here are a few tips on how I got there. 

1. Figure out what you like ASAP- If you're in high school or the early years of your college career, take the time to try out tons of different things. I took a bunch of basics my first two semesters while trying out a communication class or two, but I also got involved in my school newspaper to experience the writing side of journalism.

2. Figure out what type of environment you like to work in - Personally, I'm perfectly content sitting at a desk by myself for hours at a time. I also really like to be in charge of my own pace and schedule. If you're the type who needs human interaction in your place of work, a graphic designer may not be the best option. You know yourself better than anyone, so don't worry if you're a loaner who doesn't mind a cubical or if you a socialite who would rather be on some sort of sales or marketing position.

3. Consider how much you want to make -There's nothing wrong with switching majors for the potential earnings. Money is an important part of your life as an adult, and knowing you wouldn't be comfortable without certain luxuries doesn't make you greedy, it makes you logical. However don't become a doctor just for the money, there's a fine balance between finding your passion and making money. It's up to you to decide which is more important. Honestly money one of the main reasons I'm not a journalism major, even though I work very closely with journalism as a comm tech major. I used sites like Salary.com to compare different professions based on my location.

4. Gain some experience - Whatever your desired position try getting an entry level job as soon as possible, especially during your undergrad. Even being a receptionist at a dentist office is a great opportunity to learn about becoming a dental hygienists. It'd be terrible to get into your first position after college with an architecture degree only to realize you hate looking at buildings all day. Plus, getting any experience in your field is a great way to bulk up your resume while trying out different professions.

5. Find your balance - The weirdest thing about my new design jobs is that I would do this stuff for free, which makes me think I'm in the right field of study. I started designing for fun as a junior in high school, and have been creating calendars, spreads and quotes ever since. This is where it comes back to choosing a balance between your passion and money. I'm probably just as passionate about literature and fiction writing as I am about graphic and web design, but it's easier to make money as a graphic designer. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

GoFundMe for Blog Elevated in September

     You guys know I love blogging and that I hope to create a career of designing and blogging. I started a GoFundMe page this week to raise money for a ticket to the Blog Elevated Conference in Dallas this September. It's a great opportunity for bloggers all over the country to network and share tips. There are even some of my blogger friends from the Her Campus Blogger Network attending this year.

     The only way I'll be able to go is from the help of readers like you. If you could even spare a dollar it would help send me to the conference. I want to produce the best content for you guys, and I think attending this conference would really help me do that. Please check out my GoFundMe page and if you can donate a few pennies towards my ticket. Thanks you so much I'll see y'all tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Taking Stock June week 2

Hey guys, this week has been insane, I've been picking up extra shifts after my vacation to save up a little money. I've barely had time for myself, let alone for blogging. I've been trying to post six times a week, but between my internship, my retail job and designing at the newspaper it all seems like a lot. I'll try it another week, but I may go down to four or five days a week. Anyway, I haven't had much time for reading recently, so my list this week is a little short.

Here's what I've been reading

A response to I am not a feminist

One of my summer work staples 

Some really good points on Caitlyn Jenner and gender as a whole

I wish I could draw like her! But she has some really great points. I've been in design ruts before, it's important to get back to why you love your hobbies.

This looks way better than takeout

for all those summer beach photos

Here are some of my posts from this past week. Cute water bottles to keep you hydrated // How to keep it together and look good in the heat // Ways to treat yourself without ruining your health goals  // Dressy summer outfit // Free Quote Background

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Free Quote Phone Background

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     I wrote myself a sticky note to remind myself that the next time I think I want to design with polka dots to stop. For the most part I do my patterns manually, which is the cause of some serious headaches. Anyway, this week's background is a quote from President Kennedy. Feel free do save to your phone and download to use as a screen saver. Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat for updates and behind the scenes looks at my designs and photoshoots. 

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