Monday, June 29, 2015

How I Feel About: High School Graduation Part 2

Hey everyone! A few weeks ago I did a post about how I was feeling about my upcoming high school graduation. You can check out the full post {here} but to sum it up, I was so excited and was not upset about it one bit. However, I did promise to update y'all after I had actually graduated. Now that I've walked across the stage, received my diploma, and even attended college orientation, I thought it would be a good time to sit down to share my thoughts and feelings.

I'm still very excited for the future, that much hasn't changed. At SOAR (my college orientation) I had the chance to really get a start to learning my campus and meet new people who I think could become real friends. I got to register for classes (which was so exciting, though stressful) and even started to think about a possible minor (currently I'm thinking about double minoring in Reading Education and Urban Youth and Communities).

I'm still not sad about being done with high school either, although it has really set in that I will never be in high school again. I don't regret anything from high school and it was good to me. I just see it as a chapter that was ready to be closed.

However, I think the major change in my feelings is that I've finally realized what an adjustment my new life as a college student is going to be. Before, I believed I would live a very similar life to the one I had in high school. I'm still living at home (the college I'm going to is literally 20 minutes from my doorstep) and I was a very busy girl in high school. But SOAR showed me how different it will be. My schedule is going to change dramatically. The people I interact with will change dramatically. The things I focus my life around will change dramatically. I will be much more in charge of my life as well. After SOAR I had a long list of things to do (figuring out how to buy textbooks and buying a parking pass to name a few) and I got very overwhelmed. But then I realized that I had to take charge, get things done, and if I did that everything would work out. Now, that list of stuff isn't completely finished if we're all being honest here, but I'm more confident in knowing I'm capable of doing it.


Friday, June 26, 2015

Featured Outfit of the Week: 6/26!

Hey everyone! Are you staying cool?! I know this major heat wave is doing some major damage in NC! Hopefully we'll all cool off soon! Because of the heat, in this week's outfit I'm definitely trying to beat the heat! Hope y'all enjoy!

Pink and White Chevron tank top
Kakhi Shorts
White Sandals

 (I kept it real simple this time!)
Pearl Earrings 


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Room Tour!

Hey everyone! I thought it would be really fun to do a little room tour on my blog! I always like seeing into little parts of the lives of others so I thought this would be a neat way to show my readers a part of my life! Enjoy!

This is just one wall of my room. I've got a mirror, my makeup table, and some random photos on a fabric broad.

A closer look at my makeup table!

Another wall, this is where my window is. On my window I just have blinds and lace curtains.

Another wall. This one has my bed, night stand, and a mini bookshelf.

A closer look at my bed!

A closer look at my bookshelf!

This is the final wall where my closet and door are.

A closer look at my closet! Sorry for any mess!


Monday, June 22, 2015

June Ipsy 2015

Hey everyone! It's finally time to check out what I got in my June Ipsy bag! Let me know what y'all think and dong forget to chick the link here to subscribe and get your own bag of products!
This months theme is: Swim into Beauty

IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil
This is a duel ended pencil that has product on one end and a brush on the other. It seems like a great product from a great brand. However, I would never use something like this so I passed it along to my sister!

BeFine Cucumber Facial Mask
This is a face mask meant to repair your skin and make it look and feel great. I'm really excited to give this a try at some point!

tre'StiQue Mini Shadow Crayon
This is an eyeshadow crayon that works so well! It's a great neutral color and great quality. It also makes it so easy to get some quick color on the lid! I've used this a couple times already and I'm so happy with it!
Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer
This is Smashbox's famous primer. I've use this as well and I do enjoy it. I think it does the job well. However, it can be really slick on the skin if you put a little too much on. A little goes a long way!

J.Cat Beauty Liptitude Hydrating Lip Stain
This is a lip stain and I'm excited to get to try it out when I'm in the mood for a bold lip!


Friday, June 19, 2015

Featured Outfit of the Week: 6/19!

Hey everyone! Here's this week's outfit! I hope everyone is enjoying summer and staying cool!

Future First Lady Tank Top
Seersucker shorts
White Sandals 

Kendra Scott Alexandra earrings
Alex and Ani bangles 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

New Nail Color: 6/17!

Hey everyone! As part of my graduation presents I received a gift card for Target and when I went to my store Essie nail polish was 10% off! So, I ended up buying 3 new colors! What I've got on my nails now is two of the 3!

I painted all my nails with Sunday Funday (which is like an orange coral color). Then I took Summit of Style (which is a gold glitter) and put it overtop on my ring fingers for an accent nail.


Friday, June 12, 2015

Featured Outfit of the Week: 6/12!

Hey everyone! I hope you like this weeks featured outfit! It's what I wore for graduation yesterday and I just love it!

Pink dress
White sandals
Pink belt
White Elle earrings from Kendra Scott
Multiple Alex and Ani bracelets


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

How I feel about: High School Graduation Part 1

Hi everyone! Today I really wanted to just sit down and talk about my personal feelings toward something that is a big deal in my life right now: Graduation. I decided that I wanted to share and document my thoughts pre-commencement in part 1 of this post. However, you will see an update (or part 2) from me about my post-commencement feelings!

Right now, I am so excited for what lies ahead. My life is vastly changing, and I cannot wait! A University I love, new friends, and the next step towards a wonderfully beautiful future await upon graduation! I cannot wait to be attending a prestigious University. I cannot wait to take classes that will get me closer to teaching in a special ed classroom. I cannot wait to soak up information. I cannot wait to meet knew people. I cannot wait to accept a new adventure.

While thinking about graduation the other day I realized that anything that I may miss from high school are things that can still remain in my life. I'll still be able to see and talk to my friends. I will be able to go back and visit teachers if I want to. The volunteer opportunities that I hold so close to my heart will be replaced with others just as rewarding. To go along with that, the things I'm not going to miss from high school will no longer be in my life. I can unfollow "mean girls" on social media. I can forget about any pestering rules of public high school. 

For me, graduation is brought with a bright smile and open arms. Keep a look out for part 2 of this post later in the month of June to see how I feel after I've walked across the stage!


Monday, June 8, 2015

May 2015 Birchbox!

Hey everyone! So today's wanted to show you want I got in my May Birchbox. I'm sorry it's late! I don't normally sibscribe to Birchbox (a monthly beauty subscription service for $10) but I found a code for a $1 box at the end of last month that I just couldn't pass up! I'm sorry to say that y'all shouldn't expect more Birchbox posts in the near future, but maybe later down that road I'll subscribe and share the experience with you!

So here's what I got!

Nelson j Beverly Hills Argan Oil 7 Moisture Healing Mask
This seems to be a hair mask with Argan Oil in it. I think it's a pretty good size and I do really enjoy using hair masks about once a week. I have a few other samples of hair masks to get through right now but as soon as those are empty I'm trying this!

Suki exfoliate foaming cleanser
This looks like it's going to be really interesting. It's a very grainy and exfoliating cleanser. I'm not too sure how I feel about this yet. It could be really amazing for very painful. I'm excited to give it a try though!

Cargo Swimmable Water Resistant blush
This is a waterproof blush from Cargo. It's a very peachy color that I just love! I've already used this blush and its so gorgeous! I'm so glad I own this!

Wish flawless swipes
These are towelettes that are supposed to soothe skin and prevent razor bumps are shaving. I have already given these a try and my legs were SO smooth after using them! I think they made a difference in how my skin felt!

Costal Scents Revealed 3 palette sampler
This is a small eyeshadow sample with 4 different colors. I can't say how the quality of these shadows stand, but the colors are really pretty and I can't wait to use them!


Friday, June 5, 2015

Featured Outfit of the Week: 6/5!

Hey everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying their Friday and enjoying the start of Summer! Take a look at this week's outfit!

White Top
Pink patterned skirt
White sandals

Lilly Pulitzer bow earrings
Baylee bar bar necklace
Gold elephant bangle
Gold initial "D" bangle

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Summer Goals

Hi everyone! with summer approaching I wanted to share a few goals that I have come up with for myself to work on this summer. I think that this summer will be especially important for myself because I will be beginning a whole new chapter of my life in the fall when I start attending college. So, with this goals I really hope that I will be able to end this chapter of my life with a great note and begin the next chapter the same.

  1. Eat even more healthier than before.
This would mean cutting out soda and candy even more than I already have, making snacks consist of fruits or vegetables, and making better choices when eating out. I have gotten so much better with my eating, however, I know I still have so work to do.

  1. Exercise even more than before.
This means going to zumba, going to the pool, walking the dogs, and getting on the stationary bike or treadmill multiple times a week. I am good about making it to zumba classes, but I think that adding in the extra things would really help me so much more.

  1. Letting go.
This could mean being spontaneous, deciding to relax rather than search for an answer or a plan, or allowing myself to bypass things that I know would normally get to me. I have worked on this a little bit, but I also know I’m not where I’d like to be with this.
I hope you enjoyed my goals! I hope it inspired you to choose your own goals for this summer! Feel free to share your goals with me! Maybe we can keep each other accountable!


Monday, June 1, 2015

My College Application Experience >Collab!

Hi everyone! Today I have paired up with two bloggers, Eliza and Emily, to talk about the college application process and our experiences with it, as well as provide readers with some tips! I hope it's helpful and informative!

My Experience
I probably started thinking and worrying about college a little (or a lot) earlier than most.

During my Sophomore year I was getting serious about what colleges I could possibly attend.

During Junior year I was putting a list together of schools I was interested in, then meeting with those admissions counselors at my high school or attending open houses.

By the time my Senior year came around, I had it narrowed down to two schools- My top choice, and a back up school (that I liked just as much) just in case something went wrong. For me, This was UNC Charlotte and UNC Wilmington respectively.

I applied during early application. Meaning I had to have everything sent into both by November 1st. Because of this, the end of Summer and the beginning of my Senior year was a little hectic. On top of getting back into the routine of a new school year, I was applying to college. However, it paid off when I received both acceptance letters before Christmas break!

The actual application for both schools was very simple and easy to navigate. I was able to get through most of them very quickly.

  1. Start Early- If you know you want to go to college, start researching schools and gathering information as early as possible. This keeps you on top of any deadlines that may pop up as well as keep you from getting too stressed out about the entire process.
  2. Know what you want- What do you want to major and minor in? Do you want a bigger school or a smaller school? Do you want a school in the city or the mountains? All of these things will help you pick the school you want. Being honest with yourself about what you want from the beginning will help make sure you pick the right place to spend the next four years of your life!
  3. Visit Schools- Going on a campus tour or attending an Open House will help you get a feel for the campus as well as the faculty and students of the school. By the end of the trip, I promise you'll know if you'd be able to spend four years there and remain happy.
  4. Use Social Media- Colleges love when you Tweet or Instgram about them! If you visit their school- post about you experience. If you submit your application with them- post about your excitement to receive an answer. This may not help you get accepted, but you never know when someone who could be of help to you later down the road will remember your social media postings.
  5. Be Excited- As scary as applying for college is- it's exciting too! It's the next big step in your life and you should be excited about it! This will help you stay focused and less stressed throughout the process. 
Don't forget to check out Eliza's post by clicking over to her blog -- here 
And check out Emily's post by clicking over to her blog --here