Monday, April 25, 2016

Finals Week Fuel

I can't believe it's the last week of this school year. I feel like I was just leaving on a plane to start my Sophomore year, and now I'm trying to purge my closet, redesign websites, perfect a print ad and write a final paper. As I write this I'm sitting in class listening to some last minute presentations, hiding under a hat because my hair is staticky from the rain and I didn't put makeup on this morning. Also, I may or may not be wearing the same hoodie that I've been wearing the past three days (but I promise it's still clean!) Ah, finals week. 

Friday, April 22, 2016


FOMO (fear of missing out) is something that I think almost everyone can relate to, no matter their age. Personally, I find nothing wrong with alone time, and I am by no means socially inept, but I do appreciate time to just be by myself, to do the things that make me happy and content and to take time for me. However, staying active and doing new things is something that has always been attractive to me and something that I really want to be better about. Being in college, having a job and being in a serious relationship means that a lot of my time is taken up, but my summer break starts in one week and I'm determined to make it one for the books. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Iced Coffee is Good For the Soul

It's almost Friday! After work today, I headed over to a local coffee shop owned and run by an adorable Italian man who calls everyone "honey" and makes the most delicious coffee right in front of you. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

My First Birchbox

I recently decided to jump on the bandwagon and subscribe to Birchbox. For those who don't know, Birchbox is a monthly subscription service that sends you a box of 3-6 samples especially curated for you. When first opening an account, you describe your skin tone, type, hair color and the certain types of brands and products you most reach for. They then do their best to send samples that match your preferences and unique style. I love the idea and it's only $10 a month. It was totally justifiable, so I went for it. They also have a great referral and rewards program. For every product you review in your Birchbox, you can earn 10 points on the site. 100 points = $10 in the shop, so it adds up quite quickly. For every friend referred who joins, you get $5 in the shop...they've got their rewards down pat. Enough about the details, let's see what is in my first box! 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Weekend Adventuring

 This Sunday's good things include everything from this past weekend. This weekend was a really good one. It's been raining since Friday, but I have no complaints because it feels so fresh and clean and Spring is officially here, which means that there are only 13 days until we go home to California and I can't wait. It's been a long year. There have been many tears, many sleepless nights, many worries and contemplations and reminiscing. There have also been many joys, many hugs and many laughs. One of the biggest blessings has been the man who has stayed by my side through it all and who inspires me to live life to the fullest and supports me and loves me, even when times get tough.
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We decided to take advantage of the dreary weather and go exploring this weekend. On Friday after classes, we took a walk along the beach, which is about 10 minutes from our campus. We walked, talked, took pictures and enjoyed some quiet time together, taking advantage of not having cell service. Breaks like that are so necessary.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Five (Good) Things

Image via Pinterest

I hope everyone's Sunday was pleasant and full of laughter. I really want to make an effort to make a list of five things I'm thankful for, aka five good things on Sundays. While cliché, I think it's good to take a moment to consider the good things, appreciate them and revel in them, especially week by week. It's sometimes hard to recognize the good things, as small as they may be, but in the moment they can bring immense joy and peace and it's these things that I tend to fall back on when things get tough. 

Friday, April 1, 2016

Current Spring Skincare

Wait, I'm alive? Yes, yes I am. I've been trying to think of a really spectacular way of coming back to blogging, but I couldn't come up with much except a bunch of beauty/skincare-themed updates, so we're just going to get into it. Excuses for not posting since December? Tons. Any of them worth delving into? Not really. 

My skin is *knock on wood* finally starting to be in the best condition it's ever been in, and hopefully by summer, I'll be even more confident with it. I'm struggling less with breakouts and more with hyper pigmentation and dryness, both the effects of the scars I'm working on healing; I've been focusing on the overall brightness and dewey-ness of my skin. A little more vitamin D exposure will help, but in the meantime, I've corralled a few products that I've worked into my skincare regimen that I'm really liking. 

It takes a lot of courage for me to post something unedited and barefaced and not feel self-conscious about it, so this is kind of a big deal 👏🏼