The Self Love Challenge

Hey, Babes!

I had so much creating the Self Love Challenge on my instagram. I’ve always been so afraid of showing myself on camera but I actually got a lot of great feedback from you guys about it.

Here’s a wrap up of how the week went!

Challenge # 1:

Treat Yo’ Self

A lot of times I find myself rushing in the morning and not making time for breakfast. Can anybody else relate to this?!

Anyways I decided to set aside this morning(and actually very morning that week) to make myself some breakfast to eat once I got to class/work. Even if it was just a granola bar stuffed in my bag… I still made it count!:)

Challenge # 2

Do something that makes you happy

Anyone who knows me knows that I love reading so naturally I choose picking up a book for this challenge! I’m a huge Harry Potter fan I actually never finished reading the books(I know shame on me). It was so great to pick up a book instead of spending most of the night watching YouTube videos.

Challenge # 3

Give yourself 3 compliments

A lot of times we can be pretty mean to ourselves. So I decided for this challenge to say 3 nice things to myself before I started my day. Although it felt a little weird saying these things in my car before I went to work but(especially when you make eye contact with other people in the parking lot😂) but it actually put me in a good mood to start my day off!

Challenge #4

Dress like your favorite Girl Boss

I get so much outfit inspiration from tv shows and celebrities(especially girl bosses!) I decided to dress up as one of my favorite girl bosses: Blair Waldorf!🙈

Challenge # 5

Have A Self Care Night

Taking care of yourself is so so important and it’s something I’ve been trying to be better at doing this year. Even something as simple as taking a warm bath with relaxing music makes a big difference!!

Challenge #6

Spend Time with People who make you Happy

This past Saturday my friends and I took me out for an early birthday celebration. Just sitting at a table with a few people, eating pancakes and laughing was the best present I could ask for. I think it’s so important to surround yourself with people who lift you up and make you smile!

I learned so much about myself throughout this week and I will definitely implement the techniques I learned in the future. Self love is so so important and I think it deserves a place in everyone’s lives.

I hope you all have an amazing week and for making it to the end of post I have a surprise for you…

I’m finally releasing my YouTube channel!

I’m working on getting a fancy camera but stay tuned for vlogs(omg🙊) coming your way soon!

Xoxo,

Jasmine

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Busy Girl Chronicles: Senior Year of College

Hey Babes!

I honestly can’t believe I’m already a senior in college. I only have months until I finally get my degree and start a “big girl job”.  My blog is going through some changes and I thought a new series would brighten things up a bit. I am changing up how I post on the blog, and hopefully that means posting more content for you all! This week’s post is all about my first thoughts of senior year!

 

If you’re in college, you know that each year flies by pretty fast. You live in a dorm and share a bathroom with 12 girls as a freshman and the next thing you know you are driving yourself to the grocery store so you can cook yourself dinner for the week. Now as a senior, I share an apartment with 3 friends and commute to class everyday. If you haven’t been reading my blog for long, you probably think this is a normal occurrence for me. Well, since I strive to be honest and transparent in my blog posts I have a little secret to share with you…

Conquering my Fears

I started driving this summer.

Yep, you heard that right. I’m 21 years old and I just got my first car. You may be thinking that I might be a little old to be a new driver and you may be right…but I am a big believer in letting life run its course. I don’t treat my growth as a human as a competition. I have allowed myself to experience things as my body & soul is ready to do so. So for all you late bloomers out there- There’s nothing wrong with taking a little extra time to grow! It took me 2 years of having my drivers license to actually start driving…but the important thing is I started.

My First Week

Anyways, my first week of classes was filled with new and exciting experiences like that, and also things that really tore my world apart- like realizing that my entire future I’ve planned for myself is slowly approaching(okay maybe not so slowly). I feel like 1,001 things have to be done in the next few months and my mind has been running a mile a minute. With all of this excitement occurring, I also balance a part time job, 16 credits and an editor position for my school’s magazine.

Final Thoughts

All of this craziness can make a girl go crazy! I usually keep myself full of copious amounts of coffee, energy bars, and always having my bible nearby. If anyone can handle the crazy mess that is a busy girl’s life- it’s Jesus. Although it frightens me to be so close to graduation(I turn my grad app in a couple months!) I get this  “butterfly-esque” feeling whenever I think about my future beyond the walls of my college dorm, and apartment.

 

I intend to post these updates as often as I can, because I like getting personal with you guys! It makes me feel more authentic as a blogger to share the real parts of my life that are not so glamorous all the time. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my content and I hope you enjoyed catching up with me. Consider it our monthly(or bi-monthly) coffee date! Stay Tuned for my weekly podcast, “Woah it’s Wednesday!?”, and Style Steals coming your way!!

 

Love,

Jasmine

 

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Style Steal: Aria from Pretty Little Liars

Hey Babes!

I made a poll on my twitter & instagram as usual…and asked you guys which Pretty Little Liar I should make an affordable outfit for! Aria is actually one of my favorite characters and I was secretly hoping you guys would choose her. Anyways- All of the items listed below are under $30…so let’s get started!

  1. Top

 

Since I was a bit bold with my print choices in this look I decided to stick with a solid color tank top. Aria loves mixing prints in her outfits- but she usually has one basic color that she layers the prints with.

Top $22

2. Layering Cardigan

This is where I had the most fun. Aria’s layering pieces are so funky and as soon as I saw this cheetah print cardigan…I had to add it to the list. Paired with the tank top the colors blend perfectly and definitely channel Aria’s artsy vibes.

Cardigan $10

3. Shorts

Aria wears a variety of dresses, skirts, and sometimes even overalls on the show. Since this look book is affordable and its summer time…I thought pairing a nice pair of denim shorts would be suitable…and Aria definitely wears them during the show!

Shorts $12.90

4. Tights

This wouldn’t be an Aria look book without a pair of patterned tights to wrap the outfit together! These are one of my favorite accesories of Aria’s and I find her most notable outfits on the show to include them!

Tights $10

5. Shoes

As my 5th item I decided to go for a pair of spacey combat boots instead of my usual jewelry piece. There are plenty of places to find chunky pieces like Aria’s but I feel like an outfit ALWAYS needs a good pair of shoes…it wouldn’t be complete without it. These silver boots scream Aria and I can already imagine her strutting through Rosewood in them to get to Ezra!

Combat Boots $14.99

Ok guys…that’s pretty much it for the look book! If you decide to recreate the outfit please send me pics on twitter with the hash tag #fablooksforless(the new name for the series!)

I love you guys so much and I’ll see you on Wednesday for my weekly wrap up!

Love,

Jasmine

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Woah It’s Wednesday?!: The Bold Type, Podcast, Eating Healthy

Hey Babes!

This week has been crazy and also exciting. So grab a cup of coffee and let’s catch up!

The Bold Type

Season 2 of The Bold Type just came out and I’m LIVING for it. If you are also watching the show be sure to comment down below and let me know!! I’d love to chat about it an also know who you ship… I’m personally #teamsuttard😍 If love to know what you think about the show- I was thinking about making a podcast episode series about it so let me know if you would enjoy seeing something like that!!

Podcast

Speaking of my podcast- it’s crazy that I’m already at my 7th episode🙊 I’m always open to new topics so make sure to DM me with all your suggestions! I’ll be doing a giveaway once I reach 1,000 followers on my Instagram so make sure to follow me there to stay updated!!

Eating Healthy

I don’t know about you guys… but I hate diets🤦🏽‍♀️ I’m currently trying to pick out a healthy eating challenge for the next month but every one I find seems to be so restricting. I’d love some suggestions so if you are following a plan that works for you feel free to comment down below so I can check it out!!

Alrighty, guys, that’s my wrap up for ya! I hope you guys have a great night and I LOVE you all😘

Xoxo

Jasmine

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How to Crush Your Next Interview

Hello Babes!

After finishing 3 in the past week, I think I have gathered some advice for anyone feeling nervous about interviewing! Two of my interviews were group interviews, and the last one was a one on one. I personally prefer one on one interviews, but a lot of interviews these days tend to be group because of the number of applicants who apply. 

Here are my best tips for sounding confident and professional for your next interview:

Tackling the Group Interview

Most companies will let you know if you will be interviewing with other applicants, but sometimes you might just get there and find out on the spot(like me). In this case, you have to engage and ask questions just as much as the other applicants! This means asking thought-provoking questions, making your voice heard amongst the sea of fresh faces.

Pro tip #1: Sit up straight

This might sound obvious, but make sure your posture is professional and open to your interviewer! Make eye contact, and keep your expressions neutral. Also, make sure to look and interact with the other applicants…no one likes an applicant that spends time talking about herself/himself and doesn’t care about what other people are saying!

Pay Attention to What You’re Wearing

Depending on what job you are applying for, your outfit can make or break your first impression with your potential employer. For example, I interviewed for clothing stores, so I made sure my outfits were brand free and professional. Each job has its different requirements!

Pro tip #2: Cater to your brand

If you are applying for a job who’s brand screams the 70’s…try to incorporate some bell sleeves or paisley prints in your outfit. If they are obviously 90’s baby’s at heart- this is your chance to break out the platforms and metallics! Whatever you decide make sure you still look professional for your employer. 

Get There Early(or at least 15 minutes early)

No one likes awaiting a late candidate… so make sure you are in the general vicinity at least 15 minutes before your interview starts! Sometimes your potential employer may even take you in early- it all depends on the situation!

Eat Before You Go

I don’t know about you guys, but I really can’t focus if I haven’t eaten anything. No matter what time your interview is…make sure you have a complete meal before you leave! Make sure to avoid breath killers like garlic, and teeth stainers like wine before you start snacking.

Pro Tip #3: Keep Snacks in your bag

Speaking of snacks…I like to keep 1-2 in my bag at all times. This way if you don’t have time to eat before you leave, you can munch on a granola bar or dried fruit while you wait for your turn!

Ok, guys, those are my best tips to get you through your next interview! I hope you guys found the tips helpful and make sure to tune in tonight for the next episode of my podcast! I will be talking about my interview experience and may just have some special guests as well. 

xoxo

Jasmine

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How to Live Life to the Fullest

Hello Babes!

My roommates are some of the most adventurous people I know, which inspired me to write my post today. My Junior year of college really taught me how to take more risks, and to stop living my life in the shadows. So here are some tips to get out of your comfort zone and live a life you’ve always wanted to!

The only thing holding you back is you;)

Explore New Places

I love visiting new places whether it is a coffee shop, or restaurant. If you feel like you always go to the same places and feel stuck in a rut, try getting food in a different location, or go downtown to listen to some music.

Change up your playlist

Something that inspires me to be more adventurous is to make new playlists on my Spotify. Uplifting music can really boost your mood and pump you up to get stuff done!

Here are some of my favorite songs atm:

Broken Glass by Rachel Platten

Brooklyn in the Summer by Aloe Blacc

Eye of the Storm Ryan Stevenson and Gabe Real

Never Fall in Love by Jack Antonoff, MO

Spend Time With Friends

I love spending time with my best friends, and they happen to also be my roommates which is a win-win. They inspire me to try new things, and we always have the best time during road trips, or even getting takeout at midnight(S.O for all those late night Cookout runs)

I think that’s all the tips I have for you guys! I hope you all enjoyed today’s post and make sure to text your besties and tell them you love them:)

xoxo

Jasmine

 

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Energizing Morning Routine

Hello Babes!

I hope you all are having a productive Monday! I finished my junior year last Thursday, so I am officially done for the summer! Since I have some more time on my hands…I wanted to share my morning routine with you and give tips to create a routine that will have you smiling at the sun rather than pulling the covers over your head. I don’t consider myself to be a “morning person” per say, but since I have worked at 9 am every day during my spring semester, I’ve learned to start appreciating waking up earlier in the morning.

Here’s what my Morning looks like(on a good day):

Drink that H20 Girl

As soon as I wake up in the morning, I try to drink some water. It’s so important to stay hydrated during the day, and drinking a big glass of water as soon as you wake up is a great way to do this! Since I have to refill my Brita before going to bed, I tend to pour a big glass at night and end up finishing the rest in the morning.

 

Eat Breakfast

I try to make my breakfasts healthy, although who doesn’t love a stack of pancakes??? My favorite combo is a fruit smoothie, some type of fruit, and plain cheerios with almond milk!

Here’s a recipe for my Green Smoothie:

1 cup of Spinach

I cup of frozen berries

I cup of almond milk(or any type of milk)

1 teaspoon of honey to taste

Work that Body

Ok, we all can’t be like Richard Simmons… but I try to do at least 15 minutes of some type of workout if I can fit it in before work! Here are some of my favorite workouts, and YouTubers I like to follow:

Cassey Ho(Blogilates)

Tara Stiles(Strala Yoga)

Yoga with Adrienne

Tone it Up

Quiet Time

Quiet time doesn’t have to mean meditating. It can mean journaling, reading, or anything that relaxes you! For me this means sitting down with my bible, studying scripture and then doing a 10-minute meditation. I love the app Headspace for this…they have quick meditations that you can do really quickly before work or class!

Well, this pretty much sums up my morning! I hope you guys enjoyed these tips and make sure to keep an eye on my twitter for updates on episode 3 of my podcast(that’s right we’re already on episode 3!)

Love you guys to the moon and back,

Jasmine

 

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