How To Become The Best Version of Yourself

I am so excited about today's blog post; I am helping Vanessa promote her new fitness blog: www.simplehealthhuman.com. It's one of my favorites!!


Over the past couple of months, I've been inspired to be a better version of myself. With that being said, here are some of my tips in order to work towards being the best version of yourself:

Create a feel good playlist.

Music has incredible powers. Instead of listening to sad songs like "Babe" by Sugarland ft. Taylor Swift on repeat, listen to "Can't Stop The Feeling" by J.T. Oh, and "Love Myself" by Hailee Steinfeld! That's one of my favorites.

Exercise.

Create a workout plan and stick to it. The creating part is the fun part, whereas the actually sticking to it is the hard part. Once you get into a groove, you won't be able to get out of it. I actually use this app called 7M Women (#NotSponsored). They have a variety of exercises that only take 7 minutes. And, yes, I have seen results. (If you're not into the whole sets and reps thing, try a dance workout! Click here to watch my favorite dance workout!)

Sample Workout:

  • 0.5 Miles in 10 Minutes
  • Tabata Body (7MW)
  • Stretch
  • 7 Minute Butt x3 (7MW)
  • 50 Squats
  • 50 Calf Raises
  • 50 Banded Walks (25 each leg)
  • Post Workout Stretch Routine in 10-15 Minutes


Buy something new.

#TreatYoSelf, Girl! You deserve it. Buy that Kate Spade wallet you've been yearning for, or buy those LuluLemon leggings you've been eyeing up since January.

Try something new.

I've been taking up yoga since the year began. (My best friend actually suggested we try it since my college offers free classes.) I ended up really enjoying it. This summer, I've been following along with YouTube videos and Pinterest poses. This upcoming semester, I'm hoping to fit not only yoga into my schedule, but pilates or kickboxing. Trying something new is empowering.

Cut the negative people out of your life.

After I graduated high school, I let go of friendships and relationships that I found toxic. Being constantly surrounded by negative energy left me feeling angry and miserable. Once I got to college, I found a group of friends with positive vibes that totally changed my life.

Drink lots of water.

Lots and lots. Victoria's Secret models drink a gallon a day. (I think that's a little overkill, but if you can do it, you rock!) I've been drinking between 48 oz. and 72 oz. a day. It's done wonders for my body!

Indulge in things you love.

I love to dance. And, I love to work. I love to help others and volunteer for local organizations. I enjoy spending time with my family and playing silly board game like Trivia Pursuit. Do things you love. Life is too short to not be doing what you love doing.


It's so important to be mentally and physically healthy. Put yourself first. Always. As cliche as it sounds: live everyday like it's your last.

Ana Luisa Jewelry Review

Welcome back to my blog, everyone!!

Today, I'm sharing one of my new favorite jewelry brands with y'all: Ana Luisa NY. Ana Luisa is a designer jewelry company. (Some of Ana Luisa's designers have worked for various famous brands like Tory Burch and Ralph Lauren-- two of my favorites!!) Their jewelry is not only high-quality, but also unique. Ana Luisa only releases a limited quantity in order to ensure each piece is exclusive.






Ana Luisa Jewelry sent me these adorable teardrop earrings. They add the perfect touch to any outfit for any occasion. You can dress them up or down depending on the look you're going for. (That's my favorite part about these earrings!) Morning brunch with your family or prom night-- you decide!



They also sent me this layered chain necklace. Which again, can be dressed up or down depending on the look you're going for. I decided to pair it with this floral romper from Hollister for a daytime look. But, you can also pair it with your LBD for a Saturday night on the town with your bae. I love the versatility! 



I am absolutely in love with these jewelry pieces. I've been experimenting; wearing the jewelry with a number of different outfits. I'm planning on wearing these two pieces to an Honors Convocation in the fall, and I'm also planning on letting my sister borrow the precious duo for her prom. I feel so gorgeous in these pieces. They're handmade, high-quality pieces that will never go out of style. Checkout Ana Luisa Jewelry for the latest fashion jewelry trends!

Question of the Day: What's your favorite way to accessorize?



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Handcrafted Designer Jewelry 
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How To Ace Your Summer Course

I am the queen of summer courses. I've been taking them since the summer before my junior year of high school. I've taken: Introduction to Sociology 101, Introduction to Psychology 101, Public Speaking 101, and recently Concepts of Biology 120. I'm a pro at this! Did I mentioned I got all A's?

In this blog post, you'll learn how to ace your fast paced summer course too!


Get a planner!

Step number one of any task should be to get out your planner. Currently, I am using my Lilly Pulitzer Jumbo agenda. It's important to stay on top of your course material and all of your other summer hobbies.

Go over the syllabus.

The first thing I always do for a class is look over the syllabus. Then, I put all important dates into my planner. Note, during the summer sessions, I've found that most instructors don't always stick to the syllabus. It's hard to judge for 2-4 hours of time, when they usually only have an hour and a half.

Go over the lecture BEFORE class.

Like I mentioned earlier, I took Concepts of Biology this summer. And, I'm not going to lie, biology is not my strongest subject. I read the lecture beforehand to get my feet wet. This way, it was easier for me to follow along when my professor was talking about peptide bonds.

Do the homework as soon as it's assigned.

Don't wait until the last minute to do your homework. Chances are you'll fall behind very quickly.

Find some friends-- fast!

This semester I was pretty fortunate to make some quick friends. (But, hey, in biology, you need some friends to help you get through the labs and pop quizzes.) We compared notes and made study guides for the exam. Super helpful!

Try your best.

Yeah, yeah, yeah! I know. Cliche. But, it's true. If you put in the effort, you'll see it in the results.


Question of the Day: Have you ever taken a summer course? If so, which one(s)?

A Preppy Girl's Packing List

Hey there, Prepsters!

In about a month, I am going to be vacationing in South Carolina. I've never been there before, so I'm super excited! (If you have any must-sees or must-dos, comment them down below!) With that being said, I am starting to make a mental packing list.


Here's what I plan on bringing with me on my summer vacay:

Hunter For Target Duffle Bag

When the Hunter For Target collection was first released, I dragged my mom to the nearest Targets. Unfortunately, most of the totes were over picked. However, I did get my hands on a duffel bag, which is the perfect size for a week long vacation.

Comfortable Clothes

Comfortable clothes are key, especially if you're going to be doing lots of walking (like me). Some of my favorite things to pack:
  • Nike Shorts
  • Under Armor Shorts
  • Khaki Shorts
  • White Capris
  • Leggings
  • Vineyard Vines Tees
  • Simply Southern Tees
  • College Tees
  • Shift Dresses (Lilly Pulitzer)
  • One pice suit
  • Bikini
  • Cover up
2, Maybe 3 Pairs of Shoes (If Your Mom Isn't Looking)

My parents have a rule of only bringing two pairs of shoes: a pair of sneakers and a pair of flip flops. As far as I'm concerned, a pair of boat shoes is also needed. Who's with me? 

Sunnies

Clearly the most important item in your duffel/suitcase! I have a pair of Tory Burch sunnies that I couldn't imagine living without. They're classic!

Makeup Bag With ALL The Essentials
  • Primer
  • BB Cream
  • Concealer
  • Powder
  • Eyebrow Gel
  • Mascara
  • Blush
  • Highlighter
  • Lip gloss (x3)
  • Setting Spray

Tote Bag

A tote bag is great for traveling! You can stuff snacks, a water bottle, wallet, etc. in it. I'm bringing my Michael Kors tote. It holds the perfect amount of "stuff!" (Plus, if you're traveling via plane, it makes a great carry-on!)

Some Miscellaneous Items
  • Laptop
  • Laptop Charger
  • Phone
  • Phone Charger
  • Headphones
  • Camera
That's just about everything I'm bringing, besides the boring stuff like deodorant and toothpaste. Comment below what you must have in your suitcase! (Oh, and let me know if you would like to see a South Carolina travel diary!)

The Ultimate Summer Playlist

Welcome back to my blog, everyone!!

Today, I have a short and simple post for y'all. I'm sharing my favorite songs for the summer season. Be sure to comment below what you've been jamming to lately!



Babe by Sugarland ft. Taylor Swift

2002 by Anne-Marie

Obsessed by Maggie Lindermann

Queen's Don't by Raelynn

LA Girls by Charlie Puth

Familiar by Liam Payne, J. Balvin

Back To You by Selena Gomez

No Tears Left To Cry by Ariana Grande

Singles You Up by Jordan Davis

Alien by Sabrina Carpenter, Jonas Blue

Queen by Shawn Mendes

I Wanna Know by NOTD, Bea Miller

Serious by Hayley Kiyoko

First Love by Lost Kings, Sabrina Carpenter

Worth It by Danielle Bradbery

Let You Be Right by Meghan Trainor

Butterflies by Kacey Mustgraves

Girls by Rita Ora ft. Cardi B., Ciarli XCX, and Bebe Rexha

Girls Like You by Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B.

That concludes this week's blog post. Stay tuned for next week. Remember to comment below what songs you've been loving lately!

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