Get Ready With Me: Airport + Carry On Essentials

Let's get airport ready! In this blog post, I'm sharing how I get ready for the airport and a tropical vacation. We're gonna cover my go-to hair look, my go-to makeup, and a super comfy outfit. I'll also highlight some of my carry-on essentials.

Let's get started:



Hair

I like to keep my hair pretty simple because I know I'll be putting my ahead against the window for a nice power nap. I like to enhance my natural hair texture by blow drying it straight. I'll also throw a big clip in my carry on along with several creaseless hair ties. 

Makeup

Same goes for makeup: I like to keep it relatively simple. I start off with a base to moisturize my skin and minimize my pores. To even out my complexion, but still keep things light, I like to grab my BB cream. Then, I follow up with blush, mascara, and a clear gel to set my eyebrows in place. To ensure this lasts all day long, I use my favorite setting spray from Urban Decay.

Outfit

Yoga pants are my go to! They're heavy enough for this chilly weather, but cool enough for the south. I like to pair my yoga pants with a soft tee, like one from J. Crew. I have one that reads, "On Island Time." Could it be any more appropriate for a Florida vacay? Then, I like to wear comfy shoes. I love my yoga mat flip-flops from Sanuk. I'm noticing a pattern-- cozy.

Weekly Prep

I definitely like to give myself a glam treatment before going on vacation because I'll be taking lots and lots of pics. I actually did a blog post a couple of years ago on how I prep for a big event. Click here.

Carry-On Essentials

I am actually squeezing a week's worth of clothing into my carry-on bag. I have been watching packing and travel videos on YouTube religiously. Below is my carry-on list. I'll be throwing all of these items into my Hunter duffle bag. It's a dream bag!


  • 5 Tops
  • 5 Shorts
  • 1 Dress
  • 2-3 Pairs of Leggings (Black, navy, and gray)
  • 2 Pairs of Shoes (Sandals + Sneakers)
  • 10 Pairs of Underwear
  • Accessories (1 necklace, 1 ring, a few bangles, 2 pairs of earrings)
  • 3 Pairs of Sock
  • 3 Bathing Suits
  • 2 Cover Ups
  • 1-2 Sweatshirt(s)
  • Make-Up
  • Skincare
  • Toiletries 
  • Pads/Tampons
  • Laptop + Charger
  • Cell phone + Charger + Headphones
  • Camera + Charger + Lens
  • Planner + Pens
  • School Work

Let me know what your must-have essential is for a tropical vacation. Is it a Lilly Pulitzer dress? Or, maybe a retro bikini? Comment below!


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20 Things I Learned About Friendships & Relationships

This post might come off as a little sassy, but we're down. With V-Day right around the corner,  here are 20 things I learned about friendships and relationships:


1. Patience is truly a virtue.

First, let me start off by saying: I am very sorry to anyone who caught me while my patience was running thin. I definitely struggle with possessing patience, but I'm working on it.

2. People throw rocks at things that shine.

When you're in a relationship with a wonderful person, your friends might try to break y'all up because they're jealous. Jealousy is a very ugly trait.

3. There are different types of love. 

And, I love that.

4. Exes are exes for a reason.

Don't stalk them on Instagram and Facebook. As Elsa would say, "let it go." (My mom taught me that one.)

5. Don't go to your ex's work.

It's awkward for everyone. Really. Trust me on this one.

6. If you breakup with a guy, and he asks if you can still make-out on the weekends he's a jerk.

No comment.

7. Don't make promises you can't keep.

It's hurtful for everyone.

8. Jealousy is an ugly trait-- that a lot of people wear.

When you are thriving, friends, even those who you think are your real friends will try to bring you down.

9. If your "real" friend talks bad about other girls to you, she's probably talking bad about you to other girls.

Who knew Mean Girls wasn't just a movie?

10. Love wholeheartedly.

Always. Always. Always.

11. If someone doesn't support your goals, they're not worth your time.

If someone says, you shouldn't-- ignore.

12. Those who can't accept you at your worst don't deserve you at your best.

We all have highs. And, we all have lows. It's important to still love someone through those periods.

13. Don't kiss and tell.

It's no one's business what goes on between you and another human being.

14. Don't fight for someone that you're over.

What's meant to be will be.

15. Say what you want to say.

If you want to tell someone you love them, say it. If you want to tell someone that you want to marry them, say it. If you want to tell someone that you want to move to a new state with them, say it (but also mean it). You never know what you might be missing out on.

16. Most people are good.

Most. Some are crazy.

17. Family is always a true friend.

I can always count on my family.

18. Different people cross your path for different reasons.

I've met people who have encouraged me to do my own thing and follow my own dreams. I appreciate those people and thank God for having them cross my path.

19. Commitment is a choice.

Believe it or not.

20. Loving is living.

Without love, you're not really living. Love is everything and more.


I hope y'all have a wonderful Valentine's day, whether you're celebrating friendships, lovers, or yourself! Stay safe!

Life Hacks To Slay The Spring Semester + Giveaway

The spring semester is in full swing and I am ready to conquer it like no other. And, I want you to be able to slay it in the same fashion. Therefore, I'm sharing some of my favorite life hacks to help you thrive this semester. 

Let's get started:


Make a schedule-- and stick to it.

I love a consistent schedule that is easy to follow. I made this one over winter break. I included when I plan to:

  • Eat
  • Go to class
  • Workout
  • Study
  • Volunteer
  • Wake-up/go to bed
  • Laundry

I definitely recommend making a schedule like this one that you can put on or above your desk. Having it easily accessible will encourage you to follow it.

Use a planner.

I am a huge fan of Lilly Pulitzer planners, as they are bright and colorful. However, they also have a lot of space for you to write down all of your assignments and to-dos. If you're a planner addict like myself, you can also purchase a pack of stickers. I love using stickers for birthdays, big assignments, events, etc. 

Get your textbooks!

I recommend purchasing your books from the Barnes & Noble Marketplace. I found 6 of my textbooks for $1.99. (Not sponsored, but I wish it was!)

Clean out your backpack.

Right away, start off the semester with a clean backpack. I cleaned out mine a couple of weeks ago and it was gross! Think: snack wrappers beyond snack wrappers. Ew. I also threw my backpack in the wash to ensure the ultimate level of cleanliness. Don't forget to pack it with your supplies and a girl survival kit!

Be a minimalist with your school supplies.

I take 6 classes; having 6 notebooks and 6 folders is extremely unnecessary, I use 3 folders and a 5-subject notebook. I label my 3 folders:
  • Important (Syllabi, mission statements, etc.)
  • To Do (Assignments in progress)
  • Turn In (Completed assignments)
I've found that this system works great! I then use a 5 subject notebook because one of my classes isn't a heavy note taking class. I'm also thinking about cutting this semester down to a  3 subject notebook, but we'll see!

Make flashcards + put them on your night stand. 

I actually shared this life hack with my social psychology class last semester. Everyone was super impressed! When you're done making flashcards, put them by your bed. You are more likely to go through them before bed if they're within reach. #ChannelFactors

Focus.

Constantly remind yourself of what you're going to school for (and how much money you and/or your parents' are paying for it). Last semester, I felt like I was spreading myself too thin. I wasn't. I was having trouble focusing. My friends were always partying and having fun. I felt out of place not being able to join them. It doesn't matter what other people are doing. It matters what YOU are doing. 

GIVEAWAY!

Now, onto the exciting portion of this blog post: the giveaway! I am giving away a $10 gift card to Amazon. You guys actually voted for this on my Instagram a few weeks ago (59%).

Here are the rules for the giveaway:
  • No purchase necessary.
  • Must be 18+ or have parent permission.
  • Entries will be valid from January 21, 2018 to February 16, 2019.
  • Winter will receive a $10 gift card to Amazon. *NOT sponsored.
  • The number of eligible entries received determine the odds of winning.
  • Winner will be chosen randomly.
  • The winner will be contacted via email with the electronic gift card. 
  • Winner will also be announced on my social media channels on February 17th. 

Enter:
  • Complete the forum below!
  • For extra entries, follow my social media. Each follow counts as one extra entry. If you already follow me, please indicate below and include your handles in the additional feedback section of the forum.
  • For 5 extra entries comment below. 
  • Good luck!





Winter Pampering Routine 2019

Definitely not a fan of this cold weather-- but who is? My skin is definitely in need of a warm detox. One that rids hormonal acne and gives me the glow up every girl wants this season. Let's talk about how I pamper myself during this chilly time of year:


A hot bath.

I like to start off my pampering sessions with a warm, luxurious bath. I like to go all out and use a bath bomb and/or other fun tub time potions to make my bath look pretty. Tonight, I'm using this citrus bath oil from Kneipp.

Glow-up body routine.


My glow-up body routine is fairly minimal. I like to start off by exfoliating my body with a scrub from Bath & Body Works or a DIY scrub.

To DIY a sugar scrub I like to use:

  • Brown sugar
  • Olive oil
  • Honey
  • Cinnamon 

Then, I shave and follow up with a body wash and an in-shower body lotion. This makes my legs so soft and smooth. 

Face care.


My skincare routine is kind of excessive these days-- I'm not going to lie. I found a Korean skincare routine on Pinterest and I've been following it religiously for the past couple of weeks:

  1. Oil cleanser
  2. Foam cleanser
  3. Exfoliator (Don't forget your lips too!)
  4. Essence
  5. Serum
  6. Sheet mask
  7. Eye cream
  8. Moisturizer
This routine has changed my skincare. It is so dewy and glowy-- I love it! 


Other bits and pieces.

During my pampering routine, I like to drink lots and lots of water to hydrate my body. While I'm sipping on my water, I like to watch beauty gurus on YouTube or something on Netflix. And, of course, a snack is needed! My go to is popcorn. This makes for the perfect comfy & cozy evening-- especially right before the spring semester starts up.