Monday, December 30, 2013

A New Year's Resolution...

A New Year, a new you... well that's what they say at least.  2013 has been a year of accomplishments for me.  I have had so many amazing experiences and it amazes me how much has happened in one year and yet it feels like it has gone by so fast.  I have been thinking about resolutions to start my 2014 year and I'm hoping that by reflecting on this past year I can find out what I want for this next year and how to be new and improved!!

So we will start with New Year's Eve last year.  It was the night I made the resolution to be the strongest version of myself.  I vowed to not be weak and to make every day an adventure.  And I can proudly say that through 2013 I feel that I kept up with those resolutions.  (For the most part)  In my case it was truly a night for new beginnings.  For some reason I really became aware of the near end of high school and started looking past high school to my future which was both scary and exciting.  I think that New Year's was when I decided what I wanted to be doing who I wanted to be. It was the night I also had my first New Year's kiss and was just the beginning of something new... (:

Fast forward to the beginning of March my 18th birthday.  Up until that time the New Year was going just fine but this was the first big event all year!   On the night I became legal I got into a pretty bad car accident which  was not a great way to celebrate getting a year older and resulted in me having to say goodbye to my beloved Jeep.  The departure was inevitable as it wasn't quite plausible for me to drive a huge Jeep around L.A. but it was definitely a premature departure and heartbreaking none the less.  But don't worry the rest of my first night at 18 was actually pretty good:)




April brought Coachella which by far was one of the best weekends of 2013.  In 72 hours I danced my ass off, screamed the lyrics to all of my favorites songs, and twerked at 2Chainz. Yes... I twerked. We will just move past that.. tehehe...  Anyways... that weekend was my perfect senior trip.  Spending 3 days with best friends from school and having so much fun made it one of the best parts of my year.

May meant the end of high school a bitter but mostly sweet moment that marked the end of horrid uniforms and weekly masses.  Graduating was an amazing accomplishment just to have finished high school and getting excited looking forward to the beginning of my future. It was also a little scary as a I realized in just two months I would be on my own for chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast and I would be doing my own laundry!
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But before I could dwell on that too much I was in Europe which is where I spent most of June traveling through Sweden, Norway, Germany, Denmark, and Russia.  This was my graduation present and spending a lot of time with my family and exploring a lot of amazing cities was the best way to begin my Summer.  I fell in love with Denmark and still cannot                                                                 wait to go back.

By July 4th I was having my last day before I moved to LA.  Being that this is my favorite holiday it was the perfect way to celebrate before starting a whole new adventure! 4th of July is huge in my family with fireworks, barbecues, and lots and lots of s'mores!!  I spent the day with family, Trevor, and my best friend Jenn.

Ah! Moving into college.  Every kid experiences it and yet you have no idea what to expect when it's your turn to pack up your room and move in with total strangers! Luckily this day had no tears from my parents and my roommate was absolutely amazing!  Before I knew it I was starting classes and falling in love with my school and the city I was in. I love Los Angeles.



My biggest accomplishment or most exciting day over Summer 2013 was easily the day I went Skydiving!! Having it on my bucket list since I was 12 did not mean I wasn't scared out of my wits because I was but it was one of the most amazing days of my life.  If you haven't jumped out of a perfectly good plane yet then you haven't quite lived because it is definitely an adrenaline rush!

Saying goodbye to Trevor in August as he headed to school in Washington was definitely the biggest change and hardest part of 2013.  Considering that most of the year so far we had been inseparable it was not fun at all being apart.  The next few months proved to be challenging as we had to learn to be apart.  That was definitely not an easy day, even though I was so excited for him to begin his new adventure!  Looking now I can see how much we have grown together and individually and can be proud of our relationship and how we have grown together even when we were so far apart.

September was my first week of finals in college and I was able to finish extremely proud and passing all of my classes.  I also spent that same week moving into my new apartment with my favorite three people which was really exciting but also totally exhausting and by the end I was ready for a much needed 3 week break.  Those three weeks included a lot of sleeping and not a lot of productivity which was not a great way to spend my time!

However October was a great month for me.  I started this blog and opened my look book account which has become a great outlet for my creativity and a space to call my own on the internet.  I felt much more productive and inspired which is always a good feeling and so I loved this month. I also went to Washington for the first time and spent a weekend with Trevor exploring his school and that was definitely an amazing weekend and my highlight of October.


November was mostly a blur of stress and school with a slight highlight and break that was Thanksgiving week.  All of November included a lot of school projects and several times I got close to my breaking point.  But Thanksgiving was an amazing time for family and also a few amazing days with Trevor which helped break the daze I was in from school and lack of sleep!

December is always my favorite time of the year because it means the Christmas season! December was a great month as I was extremely prepared for my second time round at finals and I got to spend a lot of time with my mom and brother with lots of Christmas festivities!!  I got to spend Christmas with my family and also begin my 3 week break from school and spending the break with friends and of course Trevor :) We also had a big celebration as we celebrated our one year anniversary and went to Cirque du Soleil which was so amazing and wonderful and I've never been and I loved it so much and ahhhhh it was sooo cool!!



So as you can see I've had quite the amazing year.  I am so looking forward to 2014 but I have yet to decide on a New Year's resolution.  I'm hoping to have just as an amazing year as 2013 has been!! I guess I will just have to keep thinking on a resolution for myself but I will definitely let you guys know when I figure it out !  I hope you guys enjoyed this post just reading a little more on what my year has been like!  I'd love to hear highlights on your guys' year so leave a comment about your favorite moments of 2013!! Have a lovely day guys!



Something different..

http://www.sharkwater.com
This post is very different than most posts I write about but the topic is very close to my heart and  I find it extremely important.  As I've gained awareness about the danger our oceans are in through a few documentaries and a lot of research I feel I have the responsibility to spread the knowledge and  make as many people aware as I can and start to change things.  Growing up I have been so lucky to get to live by the ocean.  I get to see the beautiful water and beaches all of the time and it has helped me gain a healthy appreciation for our oceans.  Beyond the beautiful surface though is all of the life in the ocean which is the part that I find so fascinating.  There's a whole other world out there and were barely apart of it.  That is why after watching both documentaries Shark Water and Revolution both directed by Rob Stewart I became concerned, no... terrified of what our futures holds with the destruction of our oceans.  Humans are killing 100 million sharks a year for a fin industry and hundreds of species disappear daily from our pollution.  I'm scared that in 10 years we won't have beautiful coral reefs and exciting animals to swim with.  I think it is extremely important to watch these documentaries and become active in fighting against pollution.  Get as many people as you can to watch these documentaries!  Shark Water is available on iTunes to rent and will open your eyes to so much that is going on! Be active and fight for what is right.  Below I'll leave the link to the Shark Water website where you can get more information about the documentary.  I hope you guys didn't mind the change in posts but this is really important to me and if you're still reading then I hope you will give these documentaries your time because it is so important.Thanks guys! Have a lovely day!

http://www.sharkwater.com



Saturday, December 28, 2013

Day after Christmas Lush haul!!!!!

Christmas is my absolute favorite time of the year, and so when it's over the only thing that can truly cheer me up is a little bit of after Christmas shopping.  And my favorite place to go? LUSH.  The day after Christmas Lush has the most amazing Christmas Special of buy one get one free on all Christmas products.  This can be quite dangerous for those of us who have a hard time resisting a great deal and a bag full of goodies.  And so I thought I could share with you guys all of the treats I picked up
As you can see I got a little bit excited!!

These are just a few of my favorite products at Lush! Most of these are only out at the holidays, but I think you can still catch them as well as the great buy one get one free sale through the New Year!
I'm just going to tell you about a few of my favorites, but I will also give you the titles of the rest of the products in case you would like to pick up one of your own online at lush.com or if you want to stop by in your local lush shop!
The first two items I picked up which I am extremely excited about are in the picture above and are Lush Christmas gifts sets.  The one on the left is called the Woweeeee gift set and consists of a Sandy Santa solid body butter, Dirty Springwash Shower gel, Blue FUN Soap, and a Mr. Punch Soap.  It is such an adorable gift idea for only $28.95.  All of these products are amazing and can be bought separately as well! My favorite product is the Sandy Santa body butter as it is an amazing exfoliant that you can break off into small pieces!!
With the 2 for 1 sale I got to pick out another gift set for free which made me pick up the Snow Fairy Cone gift set.  Now the the Snow Fairy holiday collection is one of Lush's best products because it smells absolutely amazing!!  In the bottle it can be a tad overwhelming but it feels absolutely delicious on!  This gift set included The Snow Fairy Shower Gel, the Shimmy Shimmy Sparkle Bar, and an Angel's Delight soap!  My favorite from this gift set is the Shimmy Shimmy Sparkle Bar.  Its an adorable cream colored heart bar that melts at room temperature giving your body a little extra sparkle in all the right places!  It smells of lavender and vanilla and its absolutely delicious! I know this gift set is still available online and these products are also sold separately.  I was particularly pleased that I got all of these products for free with this Christmas sale :)
The final gift box on the far right I actually received as a gift but I thought I would throw it in here while I was at it!  This gift set is by far my favorite!  It is called the Night before Christmas and has 6 Lush treats inside!  It consists of A Father Christmas bath bomb, A Shoot for the Stars bath bomb, a Blue FUN, a Golden Wonder bath bomb, the Snowman bath bomb, a Christmas Eve bubble bar, and the Twilight bath bomb!  I have a HUGE weakness for bath bombs as they make my bath the most beautiful colors and smell delicious so this was the perfect gift for me!  I am really excited to try the Shoot for the Stars bath bomb because I think it will make my bath really beautiful colors!
The last few little treats I picked up were Santa's Grotto bath bomb, another Christmas Eve bubble bar, the Father Christmas bath bomb, a Dreamtime Bath melt, a Pop in the Bath bubble bar, and Honey I Washed the Kids soap bar.
All of these products are absolutely amazing.  They are extremely fresh and delicious and I cannot wait to use them.  I'm thinking of making a post on the type of pamper evenings I have using these products so let me know if that would be of any interest!  Have a lovely day guys!!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

It's Christmas!!

I  can't believe Christmas is here and almost gone! These last several weeks have been absolutely crazy finishing finals at school and preparing for finals but I am finally getting a break and can't wait to get back here and share all of the things I have wanted to share! I'll be posting a lot more regularly now and I can't wait to share new products and things I have picked up in the last few weeks.  I hope you all have a wonderful merry Christmas with your families and can enjoy this day! You can also check out this look with my festive christmas jumper here: at my lookbook account! Merry Christmas!!