Musings No. 5 | Friday Favorites

Found this photo while digging through my external hard drive, it’s too pretty not to post

LATELY

listening to:  I’ve been obsessed with Harry Styles’s new album. I was never a One Direction fan so I feel like my opinion is on this is a very fair an unbiased one, you need to listen to it. I listened to it on Spotify, loved it so much that I bought the CD so I could listen to it on my drive to class. It’s been playing non-stop  

reading: I’ve been terrible about reading lately. I started 10 weeks of summer classes so I’ve been extremely lazy. I’m still working on  Now I Can Die in Peace by Bill Simmons... which I started in April.

watching: It’s been non-stop baseball for the most part. I re-watched  Newsroom for the millionth time. I’m obsessed with that series. So much so I bought it on BluRay so I could watch all the behind the scenes and commentary episodes.

snacking: Because I’ve been waking up earlier for my  8 a.m. classes, I feel like I’ve been snacking a lot more throughout the day. Recently discovered  Boom Chicka Pop cheddar popcorn and it’s seriously the most addicting snack ever. I’ve also been loving the Chobani greek yogurt drinks. Since I commute, it makes for an easy breakfast. I like the mixed berry but my favorite flavor is the Apple Veg.

loving: Shea Moisture blow dry cream, this stuff smells amazing and leaves my hair so smooth and soft. Makes blow drying with a round brush a breeze. 

wearing: I’ve been wearing these Old Navy sandals nonstop. They’re comfy, look good with everything, and come in a bunch of different colors and patterns. 

Summer Layers

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I am definitely not one for layers in the summer. It’s Texas in June and feels like 110 degrees, layers? No thank you! I’m not even sure you’d really consider this layers? It’s not too terrible, the tank and the vest are both super light weight, it’s not even bothersome. I honestly just didn’t want to wait four more months to wear this vest, there’s no fun in buying something if you can’t wear it at least once immediately.

It’s been a while since I’ve worn a striped shirt, I’m kind of proud of myself for that! It used to be a daily occurrence, so much so I had to actually remind myself to pick something other than stripes. My style, obviously, is very simple, if possible, it gets much more simple in the summer. Usually in the summer, I rotate through the same few outfits because it gets to just be too hot to wear anything other than shorts and a tank, or a dress. I’ve kind of given myself a challenge to actually put together different outfits instead of constantly repeating the same few looks for the next four months. Will see how long that lasts, July is right around the corner and I’m sure once we get into the real depths of summer, I’ll live in Nike shorts and college tees the four days a week I have classes.

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Here’s to the beginners

It’s only been a week and a half but it feels like it’s been over a month since I posted.  I started my first of two five week 8 a.m. summer classes this week and I feel like all I’ve done is wake up at 6 a.m., drive to campus, spend two hours in class, drive home, and sleep.  And that’s all I’ve wanted to do.

I’ve had four blog posts sitting in my drafts just waiting to be written. But for some reason I couldn’t make myself sit down and write them. I thought about them, on multiple occasions. On that 40 minute drive from campus at 10 a.m. every day I’ve had the thought “I can get home, have plenty of time to write and be productive, I can get so much done!” And then nothing.

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Swing Dress + Statement Necklace

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Do you ever have an item of clothing or piece of jewelry you love so much and want to wait for the perfect time to wear it and show it off and it ends up being months before you do? That’s how I felt with this necklace. I bought it a few months back when Baublebar first put out their line with Target and since then I’ve been dying to wear it for the blog and even real life but it just never seemed like the perfect time. Until I got this dress and it felt perfect!

This is one of two dresses I’ve purchased from SheIn.com. After seeing multiple bloggers have good experiences with them, I wanted to give them a try.  I was mostly hesitant because everything on their website is cheap and I figured there had to be a reason. I assumed the reason would be that once you get the items you ordered,they’d look nothing like what’s on their website.

I was wrong.

The best part of the website, is most items have a section that shows customer pictures, so you can see how the clothes look on real people and not just models.

I purchased two dresses and two shirts, the dresses were perfect, the shirts were not. They give a lot of measurements info online so you can get your right size, for some reason that did not work for the tops. Both tops were small in the shoulders but the dresses fit perfectly. When in doubt, sizing up instead of down is best.

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Embroidered Chambray Dress + Top Knot

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While walking around Old Navy, I passed by this dress and grabbed it to try on, mostly thinking I wouldn’t like it but wanted to confirm it. I had a suspicion that it would probably be too long for since I’m only 5’2″ and most dresses are just a touch too long.

I thought maybe if it wasn’t too long, I just wouldn’t like the shape of it.

Turns out I was wrong on both accounts.

When I get dresses or tops that are off the shoulder, I usually try them on how they’re intended to be worn… of the shoulder. But I’ll also try it on with it pulled up so the sleeves are actually acting like sleeves, just to see how it would look if the sleeves were to shift up through out the day. I like to see if it’s going to be a top I’m gonna have to constantly fuss with and adjust or if I can just leave it be if it does ride up.

This dress is super cute either way!

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Game Day No.2

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Last Friday I went to my first Rangers game of the season with my best friend, Cassidy. Armed with our cameras, zoom lenses, and giveaway Texas Tech Ranger caps in right field, we spent some innings just snapping away. I really didn’t think I had taken that many photos… until I uploaded them Saturday morning and saw almost 800 photos on my memory card.

It was so worth it though.

These are some of my favorite photos I’ve probably ever taken, definitely the best baseball photos.

While staying as far away from home run and foul balls as we could (we were fully prepared to duck and cover for any ball coming within 100 feet of us and letting any one of the kids with gloves surrounding protect us) we watched six innings in the outfield before moving away from the screaming 8-year-olds and to foul territory on 3rd base side, scouting out the best spots for the firework show.

In between moving seats, I made an enemy in the Rangers mascot.

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A few new Beauty faves

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I blame YouTube for my makeup obsession. I try to limit it and then suddenly a million new products come out that I need to try.

Totally got sucked in with this new Revolution eye shadow palette. This Fortune favors the Brave palette instantly grabbed my attention with the neutrals. I really loved the matte, satin, and the more metallic shades. I haven’t done much with this palette yet but just based on the swatches, I think this will become my go to palette. I will say, I probably won’t use the blues ever, I’m not one for color on the lid but I definitely not much of a blue person if I do reach for color.  The bottom two rows will probably end up being what I reach for the most.

Another Makeup Revolution I bought recently and I’ve been loving is the Skin Kiss highlighter in Peach Kiss

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Off the shoulder

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Anyone else counting down the days for this semester to end?

I’ll admit when this semester first started, it felt like it was flying by. Lately it’s starting to feel like it just won’t end. I felt so busy from the start, I’m ready for a few months off! Especially from my commute.

Anyway, once the semester is over I’ll have plenty more time for the blog and to take photos and hopefully get back to my two times weekly posting schedule that I had for a while there!

When I first ordered this top, I was so close to getting it in blue. But I talked myself out of my neutral and blue habit and went with the pink for spring. I still need to transition out of my black jeans though, I’m just not ready to give them up.

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Musings No.4

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LATELY

listening to:  Big Little Lies soundtrack, The Aventine album by Agnes Obel (who I found because of the Big Little Lies soundtrack) has been my go to when studying or writing lately. When I want to listen to music but not music I’ll get distracted to. It really makes me want to learn piano!

reading: Since the semester is winding down and most of my big assignments have been turned in, I finally started reading a book I got for Christmas, Now I Can Die in Peace by Bill Simmons. If you’re a fan of the Four Days in October 30 for 30 on Netflix, this book is for you!

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2017 Goals || March Update

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I totally had this planned to go up earlier this week but school has been crazy. So much was due this week and I’ve been swamped!

I’m excited for this update because February-March was really good for accomplishing my goals.  Especially the ones that I didn’t do much with in January.

2017 Goals

January Update

1. Watching more baseball and more photography went together especially in March.  My best friend and I went to the Rangers ballpark to watch Texas Tech play UT Arlington so I took my camera and I was so happy I did because the sunset that night was gorgeous.

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