“Dear High School Seniors,”

Dear High School Seniors,

This is the moment you’ve been waiting for since you stepped foot on campus freshman year & saw the “grown up seniors”. You’re now one of them. Those “grown-ups”. And if you’re anything like me you’re probably kind of clueless as to how to adult. I’m not going to tell you how, because I’m still learning myself. But I am going to tell you that you need to enjoy these last few weeks as a high schooler, because you will never get them back.

Stay involved. I know you have senioritis; it’s a real thing. But as much as you want to stay away from all the annoying people at school & just get out of this town, don’t rush it. You’ll be on to bigger & better things soon enough & I promise there will be times when you miss the familiarity of high school. So cling to that feeling, but don’t get used to it.

Spend time with your mom. She loves you so much & she’s going to miss you. She has been there for you from the very beginning so thank her for all that she’s done. Appreciate her smile & her home cooked meals while you have it. Also, respect your parents. They have done so much to help guide you to this point, so say thanks once in awhile.

Hang out with your friends. They are your people & you won’t see them every day when you move away. By the end of high school my group of friends was really tired of each other because we had been together practically every day for four years. You will get tired of them, but you will miss them. Make memories that you can talk about later & love them even on the days you can’t stand them.

Say thanks to your favorite teachers. They saw you at your worst (awkward freshman year. Tell me why I wore a skort with Ugg boots??) up to now. They don’t get respected like they should. So just be nice.

Get a job this summer. You will need money in college. Uber is expensive.

Don’t make dorm shopping a chore. Meaning, don’t go on Pinterest & find a, “What you really need in College” shopping list because chances are, you won’t really need that ironing board. But you will need a Keurig. Get a Keurig.

Enjoy your free time. And sleep. It is impossible (speaking from experience) to get 8 hours of sleep & also be social, do homework, eat, shower, work out & still get a 4.0 in college.

Don’t hate on high school. While it may not have been the “best 4 years of your life” it was also not the worst. It gave you some lifelong friends. It didn’t prepare you for college, but it was fun. Enjoy being an upperclassman because soon you’ll be the newbie again & it sucks.

Last, but not least, enjoy every moment as much as possible. Go to baccalaureate; go to the after graduation party. Hang out with your friends, but say thanks to your mom more. Work hard & save up money, but also stay in bed all day with your dog. Pack for college, but don’t spend too much time worrying about it because you have the next four years to do that. For now, enjoy the past four years & all that it gave you, because you can never go back.

With love,

a College Sophomore

OOTW

This is the first post in the Outfit of the Week series I will be posting on my blog. My hope is to inspire you all with outfits & places to shop!

These classic wedges are probably my most worn pair of shoes! They are Apt.9.
These classic white pants are somewhat high waisted so they are super comfy. I got them at Old Navy about a year ago, but they are a wardrobe must have!
This top is from the LC Lauren Conrad collection. Absolutely love her style!

Balsamic Strawberries & Cream Croissantwiches

This sweet recipe is perfect for brunch or an after dinner treat. I found this recipe while scrolling through Pinterest & decided to give it a try. It was super easy to make & turned out just like the picture I pinned, so that’s a good sign.

Ingredients: 6 croissants

1 cup sliced strawberries

1/2 cup cream cheese

1 tbsp sugar (or more if you like really sweet stuff)

1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

chocolate syrup or hot fudge

1 tsp butter

Prep time: 20 minutes

Serves: 6

Start by toasting your croissants. While they’re toasting, melt the butter on medium heat. Add the strawberries, vinegar, & sugar & stir for approximately 5 minutes or until the strawberries look dark red. Remove the strawberry mixture from the heat & let cool. Spread cream cheese on one side of the toasted croissant & then add the cooled strawberries & sauce. Add the other side of the croissant on top & drizzle your choice of chocolate. Refrigerate until ready to eat or chow down immediately!

P.S. I didn’t have balsamic vinegar so I used a substitute of 1/2 tsp of honey & 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar & it was fine. Also, if you want to serve a larger crowd, slice the croissant in half & serve 10-12.

Top 5 Summer Beauty Essentials

I love summer for so many reasons, but one of my favorite parts of the season is the low-key look that is always in style. A dark tan, mascara, some highlight & lip color & you’re set. Below, I’ve outlined the essentials I use to create the perfect, laid back look that we all want this time of year.

The first product I swear by is Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer. It’s a self tanner that can be applied straight out of the shower & takes the place of your regular body lotion. It creates a gradual tan that doesn’t smell & leave any orange residue or streaks. I did some research on self tanners because I’ve been reading a lot about skin cancer & how tanning increases the risk, so I decided to try the more artificial way of adding color!

My second favorite product is a Charcoal & Black Sugar face mask. It feels so cool on my face & exfoliates my skin as I apply it. It’s super easy to take on & off & leaves the skin feeling so soft. A must try for your next spa night!

Another product I’ve been using for awhile now, but continue to love, is the Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist. It comes in a cute glass bottle & takes only a few sprits to refresh all day makeup & hydrate. I’m all about hydrating from the inside & out!

For summer makeup I don’t like applying a full face unless I’m going out because I usually end up just sweating off what I just put on! I’ll usually start with sunscreen & primer & then just add a bit of highlight to the cheek bones. I use the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector  because it has just enough subtle shimmer to not look too glam, but add a glow. I tend to use the lighter colors so the color looks more natural.

The last product I can’t live without is Burts Bees Lip Shimmer. It adds a tint of color, but isn’t overwhelming like most lipsticks. I apply it over regular chapstick & then again throughout the day. There are so many color options & I usually stick to neutrals, but feel free to experiment!

Those are my beauty staples for this season & all year around as well! The Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer is great for adding some color in the dead of winter & the Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mask is perfect for using mid-day to freshen up makeup. I’ve linked all the products below:

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer

Charcoal & Black Sugar face mask

Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mask

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector

Burts Bees Lip Shimmer

Let me know what your favorite summer beauty products are in the comments! 

xo,

jazz

Fashion Trend I’m Currently Loving: Off-the-Shoulder Tops

Spring is hands down my favorite season. Not only do I love warm weather, but everything just feels so fresh. Wildflowers are in full bloom & iced coffee is finally an acceptable beverage choice all hours of the day (& who doesn’t love that). But along with the fresh flowers & coffee comes spring fashion. And that is probably my favorite thing about this bright season.

I own my fair share of floral tops, dresses & tanks, but while floral is always in style, 2017 has proven that off-the-shoulder tops can be just as playful & bold. I love the way they can be dressed up or down, from class to a night out. Pair with jeans & converse for your 8 a.m. & then take them to nighttime with sleek white pants & wedges. 

Another reason to love off-the-shoulder tops? They will keep you cool. And while not everyone lives in a 115 degree climate (hello, Arizonians) the season is hot no matter where you’re at. Find a top that has a flare & a flowy fit that allows for movement.

Not everyone loves talking fashion like I do, so I’ll leave it at that. But I suggest heading to the mall to find your own perfect, off-the-shoulder fit.

What do you love most about spring? Let me know in the comments! 

P.S. It pairs best with an iced coffee in hand.

xo,

jazz

A Letter to my Freshman Year Dorm Room

Going off to college comes with a lot of changes & excitement, one of which is choosing a dorm room & contacting your future roommate; both of which will become your life for the next 9 months. I remember staying up late one night looking at the dorm floor plan trying to figure out which room would give me the best view & have the quickest access to the laundry room. Little did I know that room would be more than a place to sleep; it would be my home & become a room full of memories. So in honor of 1270 & all that it went through, here is a letter to my freshman year dorm room:

I remember move-in day like it was yesterday; we pulled up in front of the dorms & upperclassmen began unloading our car full of all my belongings. Music was playing & people were running around everywhere holding doors & offering bottled water since it was August in Arizona. The movers placed my stuff in a cart & we wheeled inside & waited in line with all the other freshman waiting to meet their roommate & see their room for the first time. We made it to the 12th floor & I wandered the hall looking for you, until I found you; wide open & empty, just waiting for my inner interior designer to come in & brighten up your walls. My family spent all day organizing furniture & plastering your walls with bible verses, inspirational quotes & pictures.

Eventually the excitement of move-in day & the first week of classes subsided & you started to feel more like home. You became my favorite study spot; the cozy perch right by the window was my favorite, with a view of Phoenix. As I started making friends, I invited them over to study or watch Netflix.

You saw me at my worst & didn’t judge me for it. You saw me stress eat an entire pint of ice cream & cry myself to sleep after multiple failed math tests. You saw me come back after a night out looking like a hot mess & didn’t yell at me when I fell asleep without taking my makeup off. You were there for those all nighters when flash cards covered every inch of your space. You watched as my roommate & I struggled through statistics homework, & were there when we passed grammar & cried with excitement. You were the best place for a venting session with friends. You watched my boyfriend & I down an entire pizza & watch movies all night; you also saw every hard good-bye we had to say.

I laughed, I cried, I whined… you were there for it all. And you’ll be there for the people after me, & those after that. You’ll see many more tears, but you’ll also be there for the good times & a gathering place for study & social hour. You became home to me, & you’ll be a home to many others too. My hope is that they will come to love you & cherish time spent in your presence as much as I did.

How to Relax after a Long Day

After a long day, you might be tempted to crawl in bed with ice cream & cry. But instead of making your already bad day even worse, try these tips to calm down & go to bed feeling refreshed. After all, I’m a college student so… I know stress. These are my tried & true tips for feeling better & regaining my focus.

1.) Do a Face Mask

Maybe don’t try the black charcoal mask that takes your face off with it, but try something that has calming, cooling ingredients to help you relax, such as a cucumber or lavender face mask. There are plenty of DIY’s out there for you Pinterest lovers, but for those of you who prefer to keep your kitchen free from beauty experiments, Target & your local pharmacy have a good spread of masks. Find a mask that is suiting for your skin type & needs. I’ll link my favorite below:

http://www.target.com/p/que-bella-174-face-mask-pamper-pack-6ct/-/A-50699630

2.) Read

I used to read all the time as a kid, but since coming to college I find myself turning to Netflix when I want to relax. As much as a good episode of New Girl can be fun to watch, reading keeps your eyes away from the screen & focused on something more calming. Here are some of my favorite books:

Eleanor & Park-Rainbow Rowell

Looking for Alaska-John Green

It’s Kind of a Funny Story-Ned Vizzini

3.) Write in a Grateful Journal

My new years resolution was to complain less & take a few minutes every day to reflect on all I have to be grateful for. It really is great to take a step back at the end of the day, no matter how good or bad, & see all there is to be happy about. Even when you’re having a good day, it’s important to check in with yourself & having a journal that you use to write down a few things you’re grateful for is a great way to do that.

4.) Pray + Meditate

I start & end every day with a few minutes of prayer & meditation. It gets my mind in the right place & reminds me that everything will be a-okay. It might take awhile to get used to sitting in complete silence, but focusing on your breathing & turning your phone off are the easiest ways to get started. There are also a lot of meditation guides on YouTube if you have more time to relax.

5.) Take time for your Hobby

For me, it’s writing for this blog! Pick an activity that makes you happy & calm & go at it! Whether it be coloring, yoga or cooking, anything that can bring your heart rate down & focus your mind will work.

How do you relax after a long day? Let me know in the comments! 

xo,

jazz

My Fitness Routine

“I love running!”- said no one ever.

I’m going to admit that running is one of my favorite ways to break a sweat, but some days it’s hard to leave my cozy bed for the thought of going to sweat in a smelly gym. But coming up with a schedule & routine that works for me has helped me get out of bed on even the coldest, darkest, sleepiest mornings. I’m such an organized, scheduled person in every aspect of my life, but especially when it comes to working out, because it keeps me accountable & motivated; which is something we all need!

I like to switch up my fitness routine every season so I don’t burn out. I also take the time to relax & meditate while I’m stretching to have some zen time before a busy day. It boosts my mood & finishes my workout on a positive note.

Below I’ve attached my workout schedule in hopes to inspire you to pick something you love, & stick with it.

Mon.  Tues.  Wed. Thurs.  Fri. Sat. Sun.
6:00am-Rise & Shine

6:20am-Head to gym

6:00am-Rise & Shine

6:20am-Head to gym

6:00am-Rise & Shine

6:20am-Head to gym

6:00am-Rise & Shine

6:20am-Head to gym

8:00am-Rise & Shine

8:50am-Head to gym

REST DAY 1 hr. Cardio

walk/hike

6:30am-Stretch

6:35am-Arms

6:30am-Stretch

6:35am-Abs

6:30am-Stretch

6:35am-Booty

6:30am-Stretch

6:35am-Legs

9:00am-Cardio

walk/hike

 Stretch
7:00am-Cardio

(treadmill or track)

7:00am-Cardio

(treadmill or track)

7:00am-Cardio

(treadmill or track)

7:00am-Cardio

(treadmill or track)

10:00am-Yoga
7:30am-Cool Down & Stretch 7:30am-Cool Down & Stretch 7:30am-Cool Down & Stretch 7:30am-Cool Down & Stretch

Working out doesn’t have to feel like a chore! Like I said earlier, find an activity that you love & it won’t feel so hard.

I hope this inspires you to break a sweat and keep up that #summerbod all year ’round.

Let me know what workouts you love to do & what keeps you motivated in the comments! 

xo,

jazz

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