how to rock: a maxi romper

Lets be real, the Spring and Summer seasons are practically synonymous with graduation parties and weddings. And I’ve always dreaded them. There’s a delicate balance between looking nice but not too nice. Incorporating fashion for the season while keeping warm, dry, and comfy if you’re smacked with some unruly spring rain, ominous clouds, and lots of wind.

So what’s a peep to do?!?!

The solution is to rock a maxi-romper!

In this photo, I’m wearing one from Francesca’s that I scored on sale! Then, I completed the look with my classic Madden Girl strappy heals (one of my wardrobe staples) and a blazer from H&M (another bomb-ass staple).

The outfit, FYI, was pulled together for a University Theatre Banquet–and omg I felt so CONFIDENT + comfy in my own skin all night long. Also, IDK if it’s clear from this pic, but me and my squad had a lot of fun. 🙂

The whole goal of this outfit was to be able to wear every piece more than once, and I know that by the end of the summer, I’ll have worn this romper out. How could I not? It’s perfect for the beach! Fun trips with friends! Concerts! Dinners! Dates! Banquets!

The list goes on!

(Also, shout out to Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun for saving my pasty ass skin)

minimalist skincare + beauty haul

Good morning, friends!

Even though the New Year arrives tomorrow at midnight, I’m getting a head start on 2017 by posting the first video of a minimalism series.

From just the title, I feel like this post is a bit of a contradiction in terms of me showing off all these items I bought in hopes of them providing me with more enjoyment as I continue my minimalist lifestyle journey. Haha. Oops. Oh well.

In all seriousness though, today I’m sharing with you the one and only shopping haul I embarked on in 2016, which entailed all things beauty and skincare related. I hope that these products will allow me to pamper, treat, and take care of myself…especially my acne prone skin. I hope that by sharing this, it will inspire and give you some new ideas for your self-care routine.  So yes, while this video itself is far from minimalistic, these are (with the exception of maybe ~5~ items) all the items I own in terms of beauty and hygiene…and for me, personally, that is a gigantic feat.

Let me know what you think! I’m sorry the video was so long, but I hope what I shared with you was helpful and entertaining. What are your beauty and skincare must haves?

Comment any ideas for future vids and posts down below, and have a FANTASTIC New Years! Let’s ring in 2017 with a bang!

hoppin into spring with a bob haircut

Springtime is the perfect time for something new!

Last spring, I sprung (haha, get it?) for some bangs, and this year they’re back, but with a little twist:

I got a bob haircut! It’s super short and super layered, and I absolutely ADORE it.

When I went to my wonderful hairdresser (whom I’ve known since a kiddo), she was just as surprised as I was that I was daring enough to chop it all off. Like, 8 inches. Chop. Chop. Chop. The last time my hair was this short, I was in elementary school, and I looked like Scout from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.

So, why did I do it? A few reasons (and trust me when I say this…cough, cough, Dad…I did this for no other reason):

Hair Health: For the past couple of years, I’ve really been into dying my hair to follow different seasonal trends. The BIG ones were having my hair ombré in Spring and Summer 2013, adding purple/red highlights put in for winter season, then going lighter and lighter in the Spring and Summer 2014 seasons, before I went as blonde as I desired this past fall and winter. YUCK! Now, luckily, I never heat-treated my hair on a daily basis during those intense dye sessions. I’d always let my hair air dry (I don’t own a hair dryer, and I don’t think I ever will), I never needed to add curl to my already curly hair, and why on earth would I straighten something that’s going to get frizzy? Anyway, now that I’ve cut off all the color and treat my hair with a coconut oil mask once a week, my hair is nothing BUT healthy!

One of my “New Years Resolutions” was to go to the gym and be healthy. I’ve lost the Freshman 15 that I managed to put on in one semester (shhhhhhh!!!) and then some, as well as put on weight…muscle weight! DAMNNNN (whenever I pass by a mirror, I tend to flex…) So, new body, new me!
If Julianne Hough can pull it off (especially in Safe Haven, which is always a viable option when I want to watch a movie), why can’t I?
I couldn’t be happier with my decision, and while you don’t haveeee to get a ‘bob’, be sure to try something new. Playing it safe is soooo last season.