August Favorites

Welcome back to my blog, everyone!

Today, I'm sharing my August Favorites with y'all. I don't have too many beauty and fashion favorites, but I do have some lifestyle and music favorites.


COVER FX Perfect Setting Powder

Though I haven't been wearing that much makeup, when I do, this product is a new must for me. I like to use this powder to set my under eye concealer. It's great for baking!

MacBook Air

For graduation, my parents bought me a brand new Macbook Air. I am beyond grateful. I've been using this laptop ever since I got it. It's fast and efficient. I can't wait to start taking notes on it!

Cherry Coca-Cola

I know this is one of the unhealthiest drinks out there, but I could care less. I've been going through a slight obsession with cherry coke. It's so yummy! (Don't worry, I'll get back on the water cleanse this September.)

Worst In Me by Julia Michaels

I've been loving this song by Julia Michaels. Overall, Nervous System is really good! Definitely check it out!

"Yeah we know that we might actually work/ And the truth is that we could."

Learn To Let Go by Ke$ha

Ke$ha made a comeback. However, I'm kind of disappointed. Rumor had it: Ke$ha and Taylor Swift were collaborating on something awesome. Guess not.

O.D.D. by Hey Violet

I really like Hey Violet. I think they're songs are cool and catchy. I really like this one: the ending has a twist that screams confidence.

Question of The Day: What have you been loving this month?

Thanks for reading!

Classes I'm Taking This Fall Semester

Welcome back to my blog, everyone!

Today's post is a collab post with Katie from Thoughts with Katie. We're going to be sharing the classes we're taking this fall. She'll be a freshman in high school, whereas I'm going to be a freshman in college.

If you've been around since since February, you know that I was accepted into Cabrini University's Honors Program. Therefore, I am taking two mandatory honors classes. I'm also taking four other classes.


Images of Women: Lit & Media

When I saw English on my schedule, I squealed. I love English classes. This one requires a lot of heavy reading, but I'm down!

Honors College Success

I have a feeling this class is going to be mostly about how to succeed in college. Hopefully this class will include study techniques and health suggestions.

Honors Engage The Common Good - Reacting To The Past

I've heard a little bit about this class from upperclassman. Apparently, it's supposed to get you out of your shell. (I'm a little nervous, not going to lie.) I think you role-play WWII or something like that.

Europe in the 20th Century

By no means am I a history buff, but I'm looking forward to this class. I've found a bunch of study tips of Pinterest to help me with this class.

Spanish Conversation and Composition 1

First, I'm going to ask y'all to pray for me. I took Spanish 101, 102, 201, and 202. Now, I'm onto taking 203. My parents strongly encouraged me to do so. Having a minor in Spanish will open the door for me in so many ways. Let's give it a whirl!

Introduction to Computers

This class is only 1.5 credits, but I think it will be worth it. I think it's supposed to help me get familiar with my laptop and my school's system.


Overall, I'm looking forward to all of these classes. My schedule isn't jammed pack, but it's also not going to be a piece of cake either. It's perfect. In the middle of the semester, I'll do an update and let y'all know how I like my classes and all of that good stuff.

Question of The Day: What class are you most looking forward to this semester?




Ladybug Lather Soap Review

Good morning, everyone!

Today, I'm talking about some fancy, smell-good soaps from Ladybug Lather. Ladybug Lather is an Etsy shop that specializes in soaps and other toiletries. Janice, the owner, was so kind and sent me two of her soaps to review.


This soap looks just like the shore, which I love! It's a rich blend of coconuts and mangos. It's sweet and tropical-- perfect for the summer! 




Savon de la Mer

Savon de la Mer is also a tropical scent. However, it's not as strong. This soap is made from a variety of oils including palm, coconut, olive, and castor. It also consists of mango butter, sea kelp, and goats milk.





Overall, I am a huge fan of both of the soaps sent to me. Not only do they both have refreshing scents, but they lather up nicely. I feel super clean after using them. I also think they look so pretty sitting on my bath tub. (They match my beach theme!)


Thanks for reading!


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Pack With Me: College (Last Minute Essentials + Tips)

I'm. Leaving. For. College. Tomorrow. I can't even grasp that concept right now.

I thought sharing my last minute essentials and packing tips would make a fun blog post. Let's start off with some last minute essentials:

Storage

Storage is extremely important to me. (I'm pretty sure I have some sort of OCD.) I picked up a bin from Target, a basket from A.C. Moore, and a basket from Walmart. Within the baskets, I'm storing snacks,  like popcorn, granola bars, and pretzels.



Trinket Tray

I've also been on the hunt for a cute trinket tray since the beginning of summer. I wanted something bright and fun to hold my Alex and Ani bangles. This one is from the Wicked Southern Shop on Etsy.



Tote Bag

This bag is also from the Wicked Southern Shop. I am a huge, huge fan of this tote bag. I love the embroidery. Overall, it's a nice sturdy bag that I plan on using when I go to the library for study sessions. This will be easy to throw a book and my laptop in. As of now, I'm using it to to transfer some of my shoes. I have 30+ shoes in my closet. It was a struggle choosing only 10.


Rain Jacket

And, of course I need a rain jacket. I found a black one off of the clearance rack from Kohl's. I think it came down to $10. Maybe less! I really like it because it's neutral and sporty.


Now, let's move on to some packing/moving tips:

-Label everything.

-Pack your clothes on hangers and protect them with trash bags

-Organize.

-Don't overpack. But, don't under pack either. Be prepared.

-Wear comfortable clothing. (Under Armor shorts and a huge t-shirt!)


For everyone going back to school, I wish you the best of luck. This year's the year to do great things.

I'm planning on doing a bit of vlogging on my Instagram Story (@guilianna13) and Snapchat (guiliannamarie).

Question of the Day: When is/was your first day of school?


The Preppy Girl's Guide To Back To School Shopping


A Good Quality Pair of Jeans

I'm always switching up the brand of jeans I get: American Eagle Outfitters, Hollister Co., Lauren Conrad, etc. My personal favorite is probably Lauren Conrad. I've found that they're the most affordable and flattering on my body type. 

A Good Quality Pair of Leggings

During the school year, I live in leggings. I own about 10 pairs of black leggings. You can never have enough. I'd really like to get a pair of Lulu Lemon leggings, but my bank account just won't allow it. Instead, I opt for Aerie leggings. (They're on sale for $10 right now!)

Cardigan

I have a few cardigans in my closet, but I will forever love my gray knit cardigan from AEO. I got it on sale forever ago. I also have a black one. They're perfect to just throw on.

Rain Jacket

I found a rain jacket on the Kohl's clearance rack a couple of weeks ago. It's great quality and black. It will go with everything. 

A Good Quality Pair of Running Shorts

Running shorts are a must for gym class. I prefer Under Armor shorts because they're comfortable and affordable. Between my sister and I, we own 5 pairs of black Under Armor shorts. We're always wearing them.

A Good Quality Sports Bra

You want a sports bra that will last you the whole year. I recommend investing in some Fila sports bras. They're comfortable and, again, affordable. 

Long Sleeve Shirts

During the school year, I like to pair long sleeve shirts with leggings. The look is effortless. I recommend Simply Southern and Ivory Ella for you fellow prepsters out there!

Dainty Necklace

I personally love a  good monogrammed necklace. I showed my monogrammed necklace from USA Name Necklace in a blog post not too long ago. 

Stud Earrings

I have a few pairs of stud earrings, including the heart pair shown. However, I highly recommend getting a pair of pearl earrings. I received these earrings in PR from Sela + Sage. They're perfect in every way possible. The shade of white, the size, etc. I've been wearing them everywhere.



Statement Watch

A statement watch is the perfect way to accessorize an outfit. I have a rose gold one from Michael Kors. I love pairing it with sweaters during the fall season.

UGGs

UGGs are perfect to throw on when you're in a rush. Plus, they go with just about everything. (Pair with a PINK sweatsuit for a lazy day.)

Riding Boots

During the fall and winter seasons, I live in riding boots. I love pairing them with fun boot socks and chunky sweaters. 

Running Shoes

Running shoes are also a must for school. This fall, I'm going to college. I know I'm going to be doing a ton of walking between classes.

Flats

Again, during the fall season, I live in my nude flats. They're the perfect shoe to slide into. Pair with skinny jeans and a collared shirt for a chic, professional look.

Moccasins

The last shoe I recommend having is moccasins. I love these for the fall and winter time. I think they look great with jeans that have a bit of flare at the end.

Cute Lanyard

Vera Bradley has a ton of lanyards. They're so bright and fun! This year, I purchased mine from my school store.

Monogrammed Backpack

I usually always opt for a Vera Bradley backpack, however this year I was feeling something a bit more sturdy. I went with an LL Bean backpack. It looks very, very similar to the one shown above. I love it! 


Question of the Day: What's your number one fashion staple for school?

Zaful Review

About two months ago, Zaful.com reached out to me asking me to review some of their pieces. I've seen Zaful ads everywhere and wanted to know for myself if I was really getting a bargain.

Here is my honest review about Zaful parcel:

Striped Off Shoulder Ruffle Top - Light Blue // $12.99

I was immediately attracted to this top on the Zaful website. Lately, I have been loving the off the shoulder trend. And the fact that it's seersucker makes it 10 times cuter! Overall, I think it's a decent quality top for the price.

Though summer is almost over, I will definitely get a wear or two in before Labor Day.


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Casual Lace-Up Sweatshirt - Pink // $14.94

I was very, very impressed with the overall quality of this sweatshirt. It was not only thicker, but a lot softer than I was expecting. This clothing piece is definitely a steal! I can wait to wear this during the fall season with gray leggings and my Under Armor sneakers.




Artificial Pearl Collarbone Silver Necklace - Silver // $4.58

I've been on the hunt for a necklace like this since March. When I saw this necklace, I knew right away it was a steal. It looks just like the picture. I love everything about this necklace: the chain, the size of the pearl, and the way it looks on my neck. It goes with everything in my closet.


That concludes my Zaful review. Overall, I am very impressed with the products I received. They're decent quality for the price. However, please note that shipping does take about a month. The package is coming from China and it has to go through customs on both ends. Just keep that in the back of your mind when you're ordering.

Again, I am very impressed with my Zaful parcel. I highly recommend you check them out for yourself!

Question of The Day: Have you ever made a purchase from Zaful before?

Thanks for reading!


Your Complete Guide: School Life Hacks

Welcome back to my blog, everyone!

I'm here with another back to school blog post. I am a huge fan of making my life simpler-- especially when it comes to school.


If it doesn't move, monogram it.

I personally love monograming my "stuff" because I think it looks cute. But, I also like the way it divides my stuff from others. I decided to throw a monogram sticker on my laptop. No one is going to steal a laptop that has someone else's initials on it.

Come up with a color coding system BEFORE the school year starts.

When I was in high school, I always made up my color coding system as I went. (Unless it was Spanish. Spanish was specific. Always.)

Here's my color coding system as of now:

TITLE
VOCABULARY
EXAMPLES
DATES
OTHER

Take notes before class.

I liked to do this before my history classes since it was a lot of memorization. Take notes the day before.

TITLE
SUBTITLE
MAIN IDEAS

Also, take notes of any questions you might have! During class, you'll be able to focus on the lecture as opposed to frantically writing down information. Any notes that you do take, write in a different color. That way, it's easier to make note of what your professor emphasizes on. I did this all the time in high school!

Keep a pack of sticky notes on your desk during class.

Again, I did this all the time in high school and I plan on continuing in college. I'd keep a sticky note on my desk and jot down anything important. Maybe the teacher reminds you of an important vocabulary word, or maybe he/she gives you a quick 10 point assignment. Either way, I want to be the first to write it down. The last time I relied on my brain to remember something, I crashed and burned.

Note cards.

Enough said. Note cards are my best friend when it comes to studying. I've always found notecards especially helpful for history and Spanish classes. (You can get colored ones too to help you stay organized!)

Not only keep an agenda, but keep a to do list.

For the past two years, I've always used printable to do lists. You can find them on Pinterest. I use to do lists to organize my time, whereas my planner keeps track of due dates. I also use my to do list to breakdown different assignments and projects. Checking events off a to do list is a lot more motivating than you'd think!

Get two sets of school supplies.

When you're shopping, pick up sets of two. After the first semester, you can switch out your folders. I know mine began to fall apart in the middle of December. Going back to school in January with fresh folders is a nice pick me up.


Those are my life hacks for this back to school season! I tried to keep these life hacks original. I know life hacks are everywhere: Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, etc. So, hopefully you found some of these tips helpful.

Question of The Day: What's your favorite way to study?  

Thanks for reading!



Fresh and Fast Makeup For Class

Good morning, everyone!

Today, I'm sharing my everyday makeup with you: school edition. I'm all about a fresh, dewy look for school. Oh, and fast! At this time in my life, I've decided to pick sleep over eyeliner. Oops!




Step 1: Moisturize

Moisturizer is your best friend. I'm always switching up my moisturizer. For the past couple of weeks, I've been using the Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream by Ren.

Step 2: Primer

Benefit's POREfessional will always be one of my favorite primers. I start by applying this to the center of my face, blending it out with my fingers.

Step 3: Concealer

I like to go to town with concealer: under my eyes and on any blemishes. I then let this melt into my skin-- if I have time. #TheBagsUnderMyEyesAreDesigner

Step 4: Powder

I recently picked up a new powder from Sephora: Perfect Setting Powder by Cover FX.

Step 5: Blush

Again, I like to switch up my blushes. I like to go with some bright, yet natural. Apply to the apples of your cheeks and swirl up to your temples for a natural, more awake look.

Step 6: Highlighter

If I have time, I'll go for highlighter. I like Benefit's High-Beam. I think it looks very natural.

Step 7: Mascara

I switch my mascara up every other day. For a more natural, fluttery look, I like to use Tarte's Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara.

Step 8: Comb through brows

Sometimes, I find that filling in my brows is much too time consuming. I apply a bit of hairspray to my spoolie to keep my hairs from flying everywhere.

Step 9: Setting spray

Go for a hydrating/finishing mist from Tarte. This 4 in 1 product keeps your skin looking fresh all day long.


That's my makeup! This takes me no longer than 8 minutes.

Comment of The Day: If you could only have one makeup item with you at school, what would it be? 


Shills Natural Sciences Review

Good morning, y'all! 

This morning I am reviewing Shills Natural Sciences, a skincare company based in Taiwan. They were so kind to send me a few sheet masks, as well as their 3 Step Kit for ridding blackheads and other blemishes.




Snail Essence Sheet Mask

I loved this sheet mask. I'm not going to lie, I was a little skeptical about putting this mask on my face. Snail gel isn't necessarily my number one skincare go to. But, after using this, I've fallen in love. My skin was so much brighter.


Honey Gold Lifting & Firming Mask

I didn't see immediate results after using this mask. I'm sure after using it a couple of times, I'll see a difference.



For those of you who struggle with acne and blackheads, like myself, this kit is your new best friend. I love peel off masks, I've found that they get rid of dead skin cells and pull out grime. This kit pulled out twice as much. #SoGross


First things first, cleanse your face. I used my favorite foam cleanser from Peter Thomas Roth. Next, I went in with the Deep Sebum Softener. This sebum softens my pores allowing all of the bacteria to be removed with ease.


After washing the black gel off with warm water, I went in with step two: the Deep Cleansing Black Mask. I applied this with the mask brush. However, I wasn't a huge fan of the brush. It was difficult to apply. Therefore, I just used my clean fingers. I found that I had more control of the product. 

Peeling it off was my favorite part. Also, the most painful part. However, I thought the pain was worth the results. There was so much "gunk" on the mask. My skin instantly felt smoother. It also looked brighter.







After peeling the mask off and rinsing off any excess product, I applied the Clarifying Toner. This minimized the appearance of my pores. It also made my skin feel twice as smooth. 



Overall, I am a huge fan of Shills Natural Sciences skincare products. I'm definitely going to be using the 3 Step Kit once a week, or once every other week. It's the perfect way to detox the skin of any impurities. 

Question of The Day: What's your go to face mask?

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My Favorite Apps and Resources For School

Good morning, everyone!

I hope y'all enjoyed my last post: Lessons I Learned in High School. It was definitely a more personal post for me. Today, I thought we would kick it back with a post on some of my favorite online resources for school.



Brainly

I have a feeling this is going to be my new go-to website. This website is perfect for asking all sorts of questions. The community answers them in no time!

Google Drive

Take advantage of your Google account. You can open your Google Drive from anywhere- home, school, or your study buddy's house. Just remember to log out.

Minimalist

This is my favorite app for creating to do lists on the go. There's also a built in timer. (Which is one of my favorite features about the app!) This app is #ProductivityGoals!

Pinterest

Honestly, Pinterest is the only website you really need. Pinterest is your guide to free printables and finding more study sites. Follow my All Things School board. I'm always adding fun study techniques and note taking ideas.

Quizlet

By far one of my favorite websites for creating flashcards. I also like to print them out and mark the paper up with extra notes. Download the app for studying on the go.

YouTube

Definitely take advantage of YouTube. There are so many channels dedicated to math help and history. Here are some of my favorite channels:

  • Mr. Bett's Class (This is my favorite educational YouTube channel. I sang these tunes ALL year long. Hey, I finished with an A, right?)
  • Teacher Math Help (The only way I survived Honors Pre-Calc.)

That concludes my blog post on my favorite apps and resources for school. I highly recommend browsing Pinterest if you're in the need of something more specific. Anything and everything can be found on there.

Question of The Day: What's your favorite app for school?


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Lessons I Learned In High School

Good morning, everyone!

I'm kicking my Back To School Blog Series off with a more personal post. I'm going to be talking about the lessons I learned in high school. I'm not going to lie: most of them, I learned the hard way. 


*Names changed for privacy reasons.

Fake friends are real.

Friends come and go. In high school, I had a best friend. Let's call her *Nancy. I was always second to her boyfriend, *Alex. I remember, I wanted to hangout with her one day after school. I asked her if she wanted to get together and she had told me she was grounded. Instead, she was hanging out with her boyfriend. And that was just the last straw.

Your first date-- you'll never forget it. 

My first date was with a blonde haired, blue eyed jock. We met up with *Ryan's friends at the movie theater, where we saw Catching Fire. Later on, we walked to Kiwi for frozen yogurt. It was awkward. And uncomfortable. Really uncomfortable. But hey, I won't forget it.

You'll do better things than dating the boy on the soccer team.

At first, I didn't know how to explain this. I didn't know exactly what I wanted to write in this block.

Should I write about the time he invited me to a party? The way he asked for pictures via Kik Messenger? Or maybe I should write about the time he didn't get what he wanted? Or maybe, how he subtweeted me? Or how his friends and him would make fun of me? #BloggingForTheBetter

Rumors are unavoidable.

Needless to say, we broke up. And rumors travelled faster than the speed of light. People were making up their own stories and twisting them. He sent me this really long Facebook message calling me out. Saying, I told everyone that I broke up with him and blah, blah, blah. For the record, I didn't tell anyone I broke up with him. I told them the truth. I took pride in standing up for myself.

Grades don't define you.

During my sophomore year of high school, I had a really hard English teacher. She gave me a D or an F on a paper. I was extremely heartbroken because English has always been my strongest subject. It took me awhile to get over it.

Cut the negative people out of your life; you'll be so much happier.

When you cut people off who are just mean to you, you'll feel so much better. Once I cut off *Nancy, I wasn't insecure anymore. In 12th grade, I was in another toxic friendship. *Alexandria made me feel as though every decision I made was wrong. Unfortunately, jealousy gets the best of people. You have to learn how to ignore them so it doesn't get to you. It took me the longest time to learn that one.

Do what you love regardless of what other people think. Easier said than done.

Throughout the years, I got some heat for my blog. But I've kept with it. And I couldn't be happier. Lesson learned: do what you love. It pays off in the long run.

Help someone every chance you get.

During my junior year, I decided to become a Spanish tutor. I had the opportunity to help two people out. I hope they both do wonderful things with their life. I know they're capable of it.

Get involved.

Creative Writing Club, Interact Club, Key Club, Newspaper, Students Against Destructive Decisions, etc. I tried to do it all. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made.

Your parents are always right. Always.

They were right about the player. They were right about his friends, too. They were right about the guy who smoked. They were right about the jealous friends who plotted ways to bring you down for no good reason. They were right about trying your best. They were right about getting into the Honors Program at your dream school. They were right about believing in yourself. They were right about everything.

Time can heal most anything.

Boys. Toxic friendships. Wounds. Just give it all time and you'll figure it out. I promise. I did.

Everything happens for a reason.

I remember being so frustrated in high school. I didn't know why God would put me through such "low" times. Looking back, I see everything so much more clearly. Now, I know. I know what I want in a partner. I know what I need in partner. I know what love is. And I know, that some people aren't worth your time. I know people bring you down just to make themselves feel better. God has better plans for you. However, he may need to test you to make sure you're ready for those big plans.

Question of The Day: What's the most important lesson you learned in school? 

Thanks for reading!

A Wish For You: Thanking My Mom For Being My Mom

Welcome back to my blog, everyone!

Today, I'm sharing a special company with y'all: A Wish For You. According to the website, "A Wish For You offers the delivery of a keepsake card expressing your personal and thoughtful sentiment accompanied by a small memento to share with the special people in your life." I couldn't agree with that statement more.



I decided to send a package to my mom. Throughout high school, she has encouraged me in every way possible. 

Step 1: Choose your memento.

For my graduation, my mom splurged on a Lilly Pulitzer dress. It has a gold, starfish zipper in the back. It's absolutely gorgeous. Ever since, starfish have been our thing. When I saw that A Wish For You had a pair of starfish earrings, I couldn't resist.




Step 2: Choose your card.

The card designs are handcrafted using a technique called quilling. They are absolutely gorgeous. I decided to go with a matching card. It has a popping orange starfish on it. I love it!


Step 3: Write your message.

I thanked my mom for being an over achieving mom. But, you can write anything you want on these cards. Say, "Happy Birthday!" or "Thinking of you and your family." 


I absolutely adore what A Wish For You put together for my mom. The quality of the product is wonderful! As for the packaging, it's stellar! It was beyond my expectations. I love how bright and colorful it is. Lastly, the overall process was super easy to complete. I think this is a great alternative, as opposed to just sending a text. That text is going to be deleted in no time. A memento like this lasts forever.

Definitely go checkout A Wish For You. You won't be disappointed.

Thanks for reading!



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