Friday, May 27, 2016

Blogger Interview: Grace

Grace is the blogger behind Graciela. She writes about faith, fashion, and authentic femininity. And I'd have to say that her blog is just so cute! Read below to learn more about this blogger!

Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging about 5 years ago, and didn't really know what I was getting into but knew it was something I wanted to check out. I have had the best experience in the blogging world and it can only get better. My goal is to one have this as my full time job and be able to create my own brand/company with it.

Do you have a staple clothing item? If so, what is it?

In the warmer months, my white jeans are definitely a staple in my wardrobe. In colder weather my faux fur vest is a favorite for sure!

What's your favorite TV show to binge watch?

I thoroughly enjoy murder mystery shows which most people wouldn't expect. But seriously, I love NCIS, Blue Bloods, JAG, Murder She Wrote. I also like Grey's Anatomy, Hart of Dixie (which I finished), Gilmore Girls, and Friends (which I finished both of these as well).

Do you have a favorite, or very recent, post you've written on your blog? If so, link it! 

Well I am really proud of the pictures in this post but I guess I'd have to say my most recent reflection post on college is my current fav.

What's your favorite quote?

"Do it with passion or not at all" I love this quote because I believe if you're going to do something then you need to put 110% into it and be 110% there. Being faithful to daily duty and what has been given to you only leads to bigger rewards and opportunities.

You can find her...
Instagram - @miss.graciela
Snapchat - @missgraciela

I hope you enjoyed learning about Grace and be sure to check out her blog and social media!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

My Favorite Statement Earrings

Hey everyone! Today I really wanted to share with y'all a few pairs of statement earrings that are by far my favorite to wear whenever I get the chance. Funny enough, they are all from Kendra Scott, but I promise this is not a sponsored post- I've gotten all of them as gifts from my wonderful family. I'll also link back to the website where you can purchase these if you'd like!

These are pretty classic Kendra Scott earrings and I just adore them! I love the white ones especially because they aren't overtly in your face but still add a great statement to your outfit!

I just love how bright these are! And pink is my favorite color so the magenta color makes these just truly perfect to add color to an outfit! I think these are a true life statement pair of earrings!

Carly Earrings 
I know these are pretty simple and aren't big dangle earrings or anything like that- but I still think they are so cute and can still be a statement with the right outfit. These are not linked because they are no longer sold on the Kendra Scott website- I'm so sorry!

I hope you enjoyed looking at my favorite statement earrings! Do you have any earrings that you just adore? Let me know in the comments!


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Hall & Oates Concert Outfit

Hey everyone! Last night my family and I went to a Hall & Oates concert (my dad is a HUGE fan and has seen them in concert a ton) and I really wanted to share the outfit I wore! I thought it was super cute and super comfortable; perfect for an outdoor summer concert! The outfit details will be later in the post and some of the items will be linked in case you want to check them out; hope you enjoy!

Outfit Details-
Zodiac Constellation Foil Tank Top from Crown & Honey
Jean Shorts
White Sandals 
Magenta Alexandra Earrings from Kendra Scott 

These pictures below my sister and I took right before the concert, they don't show off my outfit very well, but I still wanted to include them in the post!

Are y'all planning on going to any concerts this summer?! Tell me about them in the comments!


Monday, May 23, 2016

My Advice For New Bloggers

Hey everyone! Today I wanted to talk a little more about blogging! I'm going to share with you my advice for new bloggers. So if you've just started blogging or thinking about starting one- you're in the right place!

I do want to offer a bit of a disclaimer- I'm not in anyway saying I'm the best blogger or that you have to follow my advice- I'm just sharing what I think is important to know. If you don't feel the same that's totally fine. I understand different bloggers have different processes and ideas. 

Be honest + true to yourself
The best way to get people to read your blog that truly like you and your content is to be yourself. People enjoy reading about your life and getting to know who you are! From the start of my blog I knew I wanted to be 100% me, and it's totally paid off! I feel so good about my blog and it's content- and that is SO important.

Don't be afraid to connect with other bloggers
I have made some super sweet friends online through blogging! I chat with them on social media, I participate in Twitter Chats with them, and I even exchange snail mail with some! It's really made blogging that much more rewarding. In addition, I've learned so much from other bloggers! I've learned how to take better pictures, I've learned how to schedule tweets, and more!

Utilize Hootsuite
Hootsuite allows you to schedule social media posts on Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, and LinkedIn. This allows you to easily set up a bunch of posts promoting a new blog post to be posted over the course of the day or even a few days. This saves a lot of time and I so highly recommend it to promote any content you create!

Don't be afraid to go against "Blogging Rules" 
Honestly, I don't follow a lot of the "blogging rules you see circling the Internet, and you don't have to follow them either if you don't want to. Your blog is your space to do exactly as you please! Your blog is your space to make exactly what you want it to be! So it's ok to break the rules. 


Saturday, May 21, 2016

You Are Not The Grades You Get

Hey everyone- so today I just wanted to sit down and talk about something that I feel like is really important for college- and high school- students: Grades. With college just finished and high school nearing the end- I wanted to remind you that you are not the grades you get. 

I think it's important to always remember that you aren't defined by your grades and that- at the end of the day- your grades only matter a little bit. This idea was something I struggled a lot with in high school. I thought that if I wasn't getting an A+ on everything, it wasn't good enough. The first B I ever got in high school hit hard because I didn't think a B was good enough.

Now that I'm in college I do a lot better with this, but I don't think I'm alone in this idea either. I think college or high school students often place their worth in their grades. And I think it's super important to see why we shouldn't.

Now, please don't get me wrong, grades are important and you should always try your very best. School should be important to you and you should take your grades seriously. But you have to remember that your best is good enough. You have to realize that if you connect your worth to the letters or numbers written on your report card you'll only sell yourself short- even if you see straight As going down the line. Because a letter or a number will never truly express that beautiful person who you are. It leaves out the battles you've fought, the good times you've had, the people you've met, and so much more.

And if we're being truly honest here- do you really want to be remembered based only on the grades you got? Wouldn't you rather be remembered as a good friend? an honest person? a sweet person? a funny person? Your grades alone leave all of that out- and those things are what's going to matter.

So next time you (or someone else for that matter) shrinks you're worth down to the numbers or letters on your report card, remember that you are so much more than A, B, C, D and that you are so much more beautiful than any number.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Spring/ Summer Skirt

Hey everyone! So I haven't posted much about makeup or fashion on the blog in a while, mostly because I wasn't being very fashionable towards the end of the semester. But I really wanted to show y'all a cute (but not too dressy) outfit today! I really hope you enjoy it!

Outfit details-
Top- Monogram T-shirt (from Etsy)
Pink and Orange patterned skirt
White sandals

Pearl bracelet
Pandora clasp bracelet
Pandora bangle
Shoot for the Moon bangle- from Kohl's

I really hope you enjoyed this outfit! Stay tuned on Faith's Girly Life this summer for more makeup and jewelry related posts too! I'm really excited to have even more time to blog this summer.


Monday, May 16, 2016

3 Disney Channel Shows We All Miss

Hey everyone! Today I wanted to bring everyone a little blast from the past- and most likely a little nostalgia too! I thought it would be really fun to remember 3 Disney Channel shows that we all miss from our childhood, because if we're being honest, they just don't make Disney shows like they used to. Hope you enjoy this look back!

That's So Raven
As weird as the show may seem to us now that we're older, all of us loved the girl who had visions and helped the best she could. If we're all being honest, we've all probably thought about setting one of the late night reruns to record on DVR- even if we've never actually done it.

Lizzie Maguire
Another show all about a girl in high school that we all just loved. She was funny, awkward, and had great friends. What's not to like? We all grew up loving Hilary Duff- to be honest.

But lets not forget about the Lizzie Maguire Movie! That was awesome.

Kim Possible
We all loved this show too and we all knew every word of the theme song- Call Me, Beep Me, if you wanna reach me. Kim was the perfect mix between normal cheer leader and top notch BA.

So let me know if you enjoyed these TV shows as much as I did! What other Disney Channel shows did you love as a kid?!


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Garden Photos

Hey everyone! So there's actually a bit of a long story to go along with this blog post- but I'm happy to share it with y'all! There's this little boy I babysit often (he's super cute & super fun- but another story entirely) and I took him to this garden in his neighborhood and thought it was adorable.

Fortunately, I was able to take a few pictures while I was there. With summer starting up I thought it'd be cute to share these pictures with you all!

This is definitely something different than what I'd typically want to show y'all or talk to y'all about on Faith's Girly Life, but I enjoyed my time in the garden so much I just had to share. I really hope y'all enjoy!

Did you enjoy this post? What have you been doing as summer starts up? Let me know in the comments bellow!


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

5 Tips for a Successful College Orientation

Hey everyone! Today I really wanted to talk about college orientation. As the seniors are gearing up to graduate, many are also preparing for college- that means they will most likely be attending college orientation soon. So, here are a few of my tips for making your college orientation experience a success.

At UNC Charlotte (the university I attend), they require all incoming students to attend a two day event they call S.O.A.R. You spend two days, and one night, on campus learning a ton of stuff about the rules on campus, where things are on campus, and what kind of clubs or extra curricular activities are available on campus. You also sign up for fall classes and get your ID made. However, every college orientation is different, so everyone's experience will be different. Please keep that in mind with these tips!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Talking About My Blog IRL

Hey everyone! Today I just wanted to sit down and really talk about what I think and feel when it comes to something that tends to come up a lot when it comes to bloggers or blogging- talking about your blog with people you know in real life. And I'll be honest, it's hard to do. I think it's so hard for me because there is so many mixed emotions when it comes to the subject.

On one hand, I love my blog. I want to talk about it and I want people to know about it. I am proud of my blog and the content I put on it. I have a lot of fun blogging and blogging has become increasingly more important to me as the journey goes on. I have met some great people online through blogging. I'm also so grateful for those who already read Faith's Girly Life. I'm all about positivity and inspiration my blog and I'd love to share that with even more people.

However, on the other hand I'm scared to talk about it. I'm scared that I'll me ridiculed or made fun of because of my blog. I'm scared I may not be as good at this blogging thing that I think I am. I'm scared that people I know in real life won't want to hear what I have to say on my blog. I'm scared that they will call me stuck up for wanting people to know about my blog. I

I have come a long way and have gotten better when it comes to talking about my blog, I do talk about it a little more in real life. I no longer hide the fact that I have a blog, which is what I did when I first started Faith's Girly Life. I will acknowledge the fact that I blog and talk a little about it if I'm asked about it. I talk to my parents and sister a lot about recent blog posts I've written and I do know that some friends and family read my blog. Which is all great.

But, I have never been the one to initiate any conversation about it. I am not one to introduce myself and include the fact I have a blog. I'll often leave it out of the "what do you like to do for fun?" conversation. Which, I'm not proud of at all. I do wish I was more comfortable talking about my blog with those around me day to day, because I do love blogging- as I've expressed before. I'm just not sure how to get there.

So I kind of wanted to end with asking other bloggers how they go about talking about their blog in real life. Do you talk about it? How do you do it? Do you have any tips to grow more confident in talking about it? Do you have any tips on how to bring it up in conversation? I'd love to hear!


Friday, May 6, 2016

Freshman Year Reflection

Hey everyone! So I'm officially done with my freshman year of college! With such a crazy, fun, interesting year finished, I really wanted to take some time talking to y'all about my experience. Maybe it'll give you some insight. Maybe it'll answer some questions. Either way it'll give you a pretty good look into how this year has gone for me. I also apologize if this post is a little too long; I have a lot to say and wanted to share it all with you!

I want to start with saying that this has been one of the craziest years of my entire life. I was the girl in high school who claimed to be so busy and constantly running around to get stuff done; boy was I wrong! What my schedule looked like in high school is nothing compared to what I have experienced both semesters this school year. It is manageable and I'm very proud of what I've accomplished, but I have had to cut down the amount of activities I participate in outside of class. In high school, I was in many clubs, student council, volunteered a lot, and even went to Zumba classes. In college, I have had to narrow it down to just a few on campus organizations and Zumba classes. As much as I would like to do everything that sounds interesting me to, I've had to come to terms with the fact that I can't do it all and that I just have to say no sometimes. This year I've really learned to focus on what is important to me.

This has been one of the most fun years of my entire life. So many amazing this have happened this year that have become such an important part of my life. I have met wonderful friends that I only hope to continue to grow with. I have worked (and am still working) to start a chapter of such an amazing organization.  I have gotten the chance to attend so many sporting events and Walk Now for Autism Speaks. I met and started babysitting an amazing little boy with Down Syndrome that literally brings me so much joy and laughs. I've spent way more money on Starbucks than I'd ever like to admit, loving every bite and sip. I've attended workshops and learned some valuable information. I've spent more time in schools an working with students than I ever would've imagined. And I've loved every minute of it.

This has been one of the most humbling years of my entire life. Some things have happened this year that I never really thought would happen. Early in the school year I realized I wasn't as organized as I thought. I never thought I was someone who needed to work on time management, but it turned out that I was. I changed my mind and decided not to pursue the minor I had planned around at the beginning of the school year. I thought I was someone who made the right choice the first time and stuck to it, but that isn't what happened in this case. I stepped away from something I had been a part of for almost 4 years. I couldn't see myself as someone who would ever walk away, but it was something I had to do to keep being happy and successful. All of this was a little hard to deal with at first, I'll be completely honest. But I realized these things had to happen and that they have helped me grow up in ways I didn't think possible. At the end of the day, these experiences are so necessary. I've finished out this year completely humbled and a little more grown up because of these experiences.

In general, this was been a great year, I am so proud of myself and what I've been able to accomplish and learn this school year. If you would've told me at high school graduation that I would come this far it one school year- I'm not so sure I would've believed you. I'm so proud of the direction I'm headed in- even if it's changed a few times a long the way. I'm so proud of the people in my life. I'm so proud of my ever growing faith in God. I'm so proud to look back on this school year.

Lastly, I'm so thankful that I have my friends and family to do life with. I have no doubt that the fun times wouldn't have been as fun and the hard times would've been even harder without them. I'm also so thankful that Faith's Girly Life has readers that I can share a little bit of my experiences with. This blog has really allowed me to speak my mind, have some fun, and share my life in ways I would've have imagined without it. I know that without either of these things- college just wouldn't be the same. I'm so ready to see what the years to come will bring for me!


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

It's Ok To Change Your Mind

Hey everyone! Today I want to talk about something I have actually done a little bit during my freshman year of college- changing your mind.

This year I've changed my mind way more than I had ever thought I would. I changed my mind regarding which minor I wished to pursue multiple times (I think a total of 4 separate times), I sort of changed my mind on which organizations to be a apart of on campus, and changed which classes I was going to take next semester only days before registration was open.

So as you can probably tell, I've changed my mind quite a lot this school year. And at first this bothered me a lot because I felt like I should've made the right choice the first time or that I should've been smarter about making my decisions from the get go. I've always been someone who seemed to know exactly what she wants and how to go about getting it. So when I got to college with all these premade plans, I began to realize that maybe that wasn't what I wanted after all. This has caused a lot of stress on my part throughout this year.

But I'm finally starting to realize that it's ok to change your mind. I'm finally starting to realize that we won't always know the what's right for us at 18 or 19 years old. So when we come to a point when we realize that this major or minor isn't what we love, or this organization or that isn't want we want to invest our time into at the moment, we're allowed to feel this way and we are allowed to change our mind. It has finally dawned on me that the idea that I was only allowed one shot at making a choice was something I enforced upon myself.

So today I just want to encourage y'all who have changed your mind or think you may change your mind. Changing your mind is ok. You have more than one chance to get it right. Whatever it may be, don't be afraid to take a look at the choice you've made and wonder if it's the right one. Whatever it may be, if you decide that you've made the wrong choice, don't be afraid to change your mind.


Monday, May 2, 2016

3 Bible Verses for When You're in the Midst of Chaos

Hey everyone! Today I wanted to share some Bible verses for when you're in the midst of chaos- because lets be honest, life is hard and crazy sometimes. There are times when your life can feel like it's pure chaos. But you aren't alone and the Lord will carry you through. So here are a few reminders of that!

1. "But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31
This is really saying that as long as you've placed your hope in the right place, the Lord, you won't feel the symptoms of the difficulty you face in life. You'll be able to continue on despite anything that may happen.

2. "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33
This reminds us that life won't always be easy. It specifically says that there will be trouble in life. However, it tells us that this fact really doesn't matter because the Lord has already won the battles we'll fight. He has overcome the world.

3. "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28
This is a great reminder that whatever may happen in your life, God is working to bring you good. Any situation you go through is ultimately for your good, even if it may no feel like it the moment.

I hope this encouraged you today. If your life feels like chaos today, don't ever forget that He doesn't bring us to anything He can't bring us through. God bless!