Adulting (Success) No.1

For this lifestyle post, I had the idea to share a little tip with you guys about saving some money. I thought it would be kind of cool and informative to share my successes and failures at being an adult. A lot of my friends are the same age I am, and we all have our own stories of struggling through adulthood and finding our way. So I’m going to start a little series of adulting, hopefully more sucesses than failures, as new things happen to me. 

This post will be about cooking in. I consider this an adult win because it has been emotionally and financially rewarding. 

My tip is simple: Go grocery shopping every time you decide to cook in. This helps you save money because you are only buying for the meal you are having that night, instead of buying for the entire week or so. You can get all the ingredients you need, and whatever you have leftover can be for a new meal. This prevents you from overspending. It is also a way to stay healthy, because you can buy fresh ingredients for the meal you’re having. It’s actually not pricey to buy fresh vegetables, unless you’re buying in bulk for dishes you “might” make. 

What we had this night was soup. I got this at my work for cheap, and it made enough for the next day. So instead of spending over $40 to go out, the whole meal actually cost us about $10. 

My boyfriend recently got his place, so there is a little bit of improvising to do. We didn’t have a wisk, so we used a mixing beater, and we didn’t have a latel so we used a very effective mug to scoop the soup.

We made the soup, and I had a little craving for something extra. So we put saltine crackers on a pan, melted butter to spread on them, and sprinkled garlic salt over the crackers. We baked those for a little while, and they came out pretty good. The tasted like an overprized appetizer you would get at an Italian restaurant. 

My boyfriend and I have cooked together a few times now, and it has really helped both of us save money. We get to be creative with new dinner ideas, and when an ingredient is forgotten or something, we can improvise. We have and lot of fun cooking, and everytime feels like a date. 

This tip is more aimed towards couples just starting out in the real world. It is not very realistic for big families to go grocery shopping every other night, but for those of us that are broke and trying to save a little extra cash, cooking in is a great way to have a nice little date night. 

These little experiences are really what being a young adult is all about. Struggling happens to everyone just stepping foot outside their parents’ door. More posts like this are this come. Thank you for reading. 

Mid-Winter Lookbook

This post is a collaboration with my really good friend Hailey. She’s a beauty that is effortlessly cute, and we had a lot of fun taking these pictures for y’all. This lookbook doesn’t have a central focal point except for the weather being cold and all these looks being comfortable. I hope you enjoy what we put together.

I was really feeling maroon and leggings this season and my friend Hailey was rocking sweaters. We both ended up bringing black pants which just goes to prove that when in doubt, wear black.

This post kind of goes as a reminder that a little creativity can create a nice outfit, even if you don’t feel like wearing thousands of layers. As a side note, I had enough energy in the morning the do my makeup but not my hair, and Hailey was saying how her hair was so frizzy. My point is, don’t be rough on yourself for not always going the full distance. You still look amazing!

Hailey’s INSTA:

2016 Top 10 Trends

It’s a new year which means new trends. I thought that 2016 had some really unique trends develop, so I figured it would be a good idea to compile what I felt were the best trends and share them with you. 

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Eyebrows have been a big deal lately, and I personally credit Cara Delevingne for opening our eyes to beautiful brows. Some people prefer them very dark, very shaped, or very natural. It has grown to be a defining feature in full face looks.

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Slip dresses are so simple and easy to find. You can find them in all kinds of fabrics, in every type of store. The best part is that not all slip dresses are form fitting, so they can accommodate all types of bodies. 

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Ombre lips are something I’ve been seeing and absolutely adore. I am not gutsy enough to try this out yet, but I think the idea is wonderful and something we will continue to see more of in 2017. 

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I am obsessed and am regretful that I never invested in a pair of fishnets. They were sold out every time I checked my wishlist. There may still be time to wear this super edgy trend, but I feel it’s end is drawing near due to the weather. This was definitely a fall/early winter look WIN. 

Platinum blonde hair is ugh, so gorgeous. I started to see this hair trend spread across so many youtubers, and fell in love. I recently went blonde myself, which has been wondering if platinum might be in my future. 

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Choker neck shirts also spread quickly on YouTube hauls and I personally prefer this cropped sweater look over the plunge neck shift shirt dress version, but both seem to be doing sucessful. 

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This isn’t a “trend” but in 2016 we saw a lot of people defending their natural hair and hairstyles from cultural appropriation and conformity. That was a much needed social change. It’s wonderful to see beautiful women wearing hairstyles that make them feel confident. 

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Lace up everything: shoes, sweaters, dressrs, shirts, pants, EVERYTHING! This trend exploded during 2016 and I honestly don’t see it going anywhere. This technique can be used on so many verstile ways, there are many ways to reinvent it. 

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Forever 21 completely took over the bodysuit game. These look weird at least, but can be so cute! Meant to give you that perfectly tucked in look, body suits looks AMAZING with pants, shorts, and skirts. These I’ve been seeing on the decline, but they were definitely a staple in 2016 and may make their way around again soon. 

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Last but not least, we see distressed clothes. It started with our jeans and spread to tops, hoodies, hats, and I think I saw a pair of shoes out there but I’m not entirely sure. I honestly did not see it coming, and think it’s a pretty cool trend for those adventurous go getters. It was definitely popular. This reminds me of a grunge look back in the day, which I think a lot of styling drew inspiration from. 

2016 was a wild year, and although a lot of trends suraced and died, these were the ones that really stood out to me. I enjoyed seeing a lot of voice in people’s clothing. I feel like people are beginning to find their own voices in their clothing, instead of relying on expensive brands. I hope this continues in 2017, and even more positive changes happen.