Outfit // Blue Dreams

It is no secret that here in California the summer weather drags on long after your heart is ready for the cooler fall weather... I think I mention it every year! Well, this year has been no different and was have had mannnny warm days that I wish were, well, not so warm. Sometimes it makes it difficult to know what to wear and even a little disappointing because the photos on Instagram have you thinking it is time for booties and sweaters, and it sadly isn't! This outfit is from one of those days! I have since cut my hair since these photos and that fun blue dye has faded, but I still wanted to share this outfit because it is perfect for that fall transition weather we have here.
My roommate Laura had gotten some temporary blue dye and asked me if I wanted to dye my hair too, so I figured why not?! It was a fun little pop of color to change things up a bit without too much commitment haha. It has since faded, but I enjoyed it while it lasted!edit-7890 blue-5
I got this floral print shirt on sale at Old Navy (pretty much where I buy alllllllllll my clothes!) and I love it! The fit is great and I really like how dainty the floral is. It is just a nice subtle print.edit-8036 edit-8005
I think that this shade of blue will forever be one the best colors on me! I think it goes well with my hair color and makes my blue eyes pop. I always seem to gravitate towards this blue when I am shopping! I guess if it works then just go with it?blue-8 edit-7918
We are still having sunny days here, but things are getting a bit chillier and you can bet that I am taking advantage of it by pulling out all my cute fall clothing! Hopefully I can convince Dai to take some outfit photos so I can share :)

I hope you all had a great week! I am enjoying my usual Friday off from school and am really happy it is the weekend! We don't have much going on, which is really nice! We are planning to go for a hike most likely, have dinner with family friends, and just chill :)

What are you up to this weekend?

Top // Old Navy
Pants // Uniqlo
Necklace // h&m
Sandals // Target
Watch // JORD
Bag // Madewell


New Month // November Goals

November is here! I wanted to have my goals post up on the 1st, but I was a little too sugared up from Halloween candy that I got from a party to think straight! Here I am now, though, fully detoxing from that sugar high (I will miss you, candy). I realized that I sort of accidentally skipped October goals!

Before November gets going, lets review September's goals...
+ Book a photo session with a client
I did book an event to shoot for October, which was a nice bit of extra income, so that's good! I would still like to book a portrait session or something like that though so I am going to keep at it with this goal.

+ Read two books
I finished one and started a second at the end of the month, but I didn't finish the second one in September so I didn't quite make this goal! Making reading part of my evening routine has been a really nice way of unwinding before bed though and I have since moved on to another new book!

+ Work on my hand lettering skills
Though I am not nearly where I would like to be with this, I did work on my lettering! I also made a friend in one of my classes who is into lettering too and she has been giving me some tips to practice, so that's nice! Hoping I can continue to work on this in October.

+ Make a video of our trip to Hawaii!
Done! You can watch it here :)

+ Frame photos and hang things on the walls
I didn't get to this unfortunately, mostly because I just am not sure what I want to hang up. I think I am going to scour Etsy for some inexpensive prints and maybe make a few pieces myself. Also need to decide how I want to display photos. All of this just takes time, which is not something I have a lot of!

+ Find eating balance/follow Whole30 principles
Hmmm.. Still working on this one. I have a lot of different ideas and interests when it comes to eating, but I just need to find something that works for me and get into a new groove.

Goals for November...
+ Decide what to give people for Christmas!
This year, I will not rush around right before Christmas! Or, at least I will really try not to haha. I am planning to hand make most of the gifts this year because #brokecollegelife, so I need to get started early!

+ Practice yoga 2-3 times per week
I've been going to a yoga class one a week and it has been really nice, so I would like to do my best to do yoga another one or two times at home on my own. I recently checked out Yoga With Adriene on YouTube and I really enjoy her videos!

+ Create and order Christmas cards
In the past, I have been very awful about this! Every year I want to send some out, but I only got around to it one year and didn't even finish sending them to everyone I wanted to. This year, I promised myself to keep them simple and not try to make it into a huge DIY project because let's face it: I just don't have time for that.

+ Register for classes for the spring semester
Registering for classes is one of the biggest pains! It can be difficult to make sure every class fits in your schedule when you need it to and then actually getting a spot in that class is a whole other story depending on your registration date! I am working on figuring out all the classes I need and when I can take them, and it is draining... Wish me luck!

+ Spend time with family
I don't really have family living around me, so whenever I can go down to San Diego to see them it is extra special. I am super excited to be going down there for Thanksgiving and can't wait to see my sister especially!

+ Host a Friendsgiving
Hosting a Friendsgiving is something I have wanted to do for a few years now, but I have never had my own space to do it... Until now! The invites are out and now I am just waiting to hear back from people and need to plan the menu! Everyone is going to bring something and we will just have a nice time hanging out together :)

It should be a great month! I am really looking forward to the start of the holiday season and want to do my best to enjoy every moment of it!

What are your goals for November?


Keeping My Skin Fresh as A Girl on the Go

It is no secret that I am a busy college student always on the go. My days are filled with classes, work as a nanny, and school assignments. I am in a hurry most days and during the week I rarely wear makeup (I mean, use that time for extra sleep, am I right?) If I'm not going to wear makeup, it is particularly important for my skin to look fresh, clean, and clear though!copy-9687 copy-9693
I recently received the Clarisonic Mia 2 to try out and it came during the perfect time: midterms! One of the busiest, most stressful times of the semester, when there is little sleep and lots of studying to be done.
Included with the face brush was a deep pore cleanser and a clay face mask, both also made by Clarisonic. When I use the brush, I just put a dime sized drop of the cleanser on the brush and then turn it on and start using it on my damp face.
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It is amazing how easy to use this brush is and how it really does all the work for me. I just need to move my hand around my face and let the brush work its magic!
I love that the Clarisonic Mia 2 has a travel case! So nice to be able to take it with me on the go and not have to worry about germs getting to it.copy-0025
I've struggled with acne in the past and make it a priority to keep my skin nice. This brush definitely makes it easy to do that and is a nice addition to my skincare routine!copy-9956
I'm really happy with my Clarisonic Mia 2 and absolutely love how fresh and clean it makes my skin feel! After using it for 7 days straight, I really see a difference in the brightness of my skin and am amazed at how clear it is, despite the stress of school! Even though I may not get much sleep because I am up late studying, my skin looks like I got my full 8 hours of beauty sleep! And that is all a girl could really want, right? ;)

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Clarisonic and Her Campus Media. All words and opinions are my own.


Latest Reads

I love reading, but for a long time I didn't make the time for it in my schedule. Back in August, I started reading every night before bed. It has been such a nice addition to my evening routine! Since I have been reading more lately, I thought I would share with you a few of the books I have read.
Good Things by Mia King
Back cover description: "A charming debut novel about a lifestyle maven who learns that living simply isn't simple. Deidre McIntosh became famous teaching women to live simply, and simply live-ironic for a woman who thrives on the chaos of a television career, and shares a home with her best friend, the one man she can count on-who happens to be gay. But when her Seattle cooking-and-lifestyle show gets bumped off the air, and her best guy moves in with his boyfriend, she's left trying to figure out the next segment. Seizing on a chance encounter with an attractive stranger, Deidre accepts his offer to use his country home. She hopes to get away for a while and learn to practice what she preaches. To appreciate life without voice mail. To gain the courage to start again, and take the first slow, cautious steps toward a new kind of success-and maybe even love. It seems like a simple task. But it may be the hardest thing she's ever done..."

My rating: 3/5

This book wasn't the greatest piece of literature, but it was really enjoyable to read, which sometimes is just what you need. I really liked the world that this author created and would like to read the other two sequels that she wrote!

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
Back cover description: "Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the hard years following World War Two. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis in America, she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind. Eilis finds work in a department store on Fulton Street, and when she least expects it, finds love. Tony, who loves the Dodgers and his big Italian family, slowly wins her over with patient charm. But just as Eilis begins to fall in love, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her future."

My rating: 2.5/5

I had been wanting to read this book for so long, but when I finally did, it was kind of disappointing. I mostly enjoyed the story, but it was slow moving and didn't have a very satisfying or concluding ending, to me anyway. This book has been adapted into a movie, which I would like to see to compare it to the book. Sadly, I don't think I would recommend this book.

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
Back cover description: "It’s January 1995, and Franny Banks has just six months left of the three-year deadline she set for herself when she came to New York, dreaming of Broadway and doing “important” work. But all she has to show for her efforts so far is a part in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters, and a gig waiting tables at a comedy club. Her roommates―her best friend Jane, and Dan, an aspiring sci-fi writer―are supportive, yet Franny knows a two-person fan club doesn’t exactly count as success. Everyone tells her she needs a backup plan, and though she can almost picture moving back home and settling down with her perfectly nice ex-boyfriend, she’s not ready to give up on her goal of having a career like her idols Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep. Not just yet. Everything is riding on the upcoming showcase for her acting class, where she’ll finally have a chance to perform for people who could actually hire her. Meanwhile, her bank account is rapidly dwindling, her father wants her to come home, and her agent doesn’t return her calls. But for some reason, she keeps believing that she just might get what she came for."

My rating: 4.5/5

Queen Lauren can do no wrong in my eyes and it was really interesting to see her as an author instead of an actress. There were definitely some things I could relate to with the main character, Franny, since we are similar ages. Lauren's voice really came through in this book and I didn't want it to end! She could easily write sequels to this book and continue's the character's story.

Lately it has been nice reading things just for pure enjoyment rather than being required to read things for school. I love giving myself the freedom to read whatever I'd like!

I definitely could use some new books to add to my reading list, so please give me some suggestions!

What kinds of books do you like to read?


Hawaii Video!

I recently had the sad realization that it has nearly been two months since our trip to Hawaii. Two months already! Dai and I say nearly every day that we want to go back ASAP... We fell in love!
On this trip, we used our GoPro to film parts of it so I put together a little video! I'm not really familiar with making videos, but I am really happy with how this turned out. Most of all, I am just happy to have this to look back at our trip! Dai and I have decided to start taking more footage of our trips so we can have videos of all of our adventures :)

I hope you enjoy it!

P.S. We are actually already at the midterm point of the semester! Crazy how quickly it has been going by, but the rest of the semester should be a bit calmer and I am hoping to be able to blog more! But we shall see...

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