Peplum and Leggings For Spring

Hi guys welcome back to another blog post. I am totally writing about spring even through it just snowed yesterday, but so be it. Can it just be spring already!!! Anyways today i wanted to share a look for spring that is super cute. It's just a simple casual outfit that is totally effortless, but yet still looks put together at the same time. 

Me and Gabby actually took these photos at public when we were grocery shopping together. The wall at publix is seriously aesthetically pleasing so we had to do a photo shoot haha. I have been totally loving leggings lately because they are so comfy, and they also are super cute. I always style leggings with a more baggier top that way the look balances itself out. To talk about the weather while shooting these photos, it was actually not bad at all outside. It was not warm, but it wasn't cold either, so i was fine. I just can't wait for the warmer weather through. 

Outfit details: My top is from Kohl's, my leggings are from Aerie, my boots are from Macy's. my watch is from Garmin, and my glasses are from Coach.

That is all for today's look. I hope you guys got some inspo from it, and I'll see you guys next Tuesday with another post. 

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Some Of My Spring Wardrobe Staples

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Spring is just around the corner, and that means it's time to start cracking out the shorts, and short sleeved tops. It is warming up a little bit where i live, but it's not close to being warm yet. But in the meantime i can dream of what i will be wearing once it's spring for real.

1)Gingham Print-Gingham print is such a perfect spring, and summer print, specifically spring. I wore it a lot last year, and i plan on doing the same thing this year. Gingham can pretty much look great with anything, but i style it with a more basic piece of clothing that way the gingham kind of pops out at you a little bit.

2)Sandals-You will always catch me in sandals once it's warmer. I love the Dansko ones that you can see in this photo. Sandals are just the bomb in general, they make you look good, and they are also comfy. 

3)Floral Print-I have to love a good floral print for the spring. If you have not noticed already from my Instagram, i am already bringing out the florals.

4)Off the shoulder tops-These were so trendy last year for spring, but there is not doubt this year that they will be in again. They are really cute for showing off your shoulders in a sophisticated classy way, but they don't look skanky or anything, so they are good.

5)Spaghetti Strap Top-I usually break out the spaghetti strap tops near the middle of spring. They are perfect for really warm days, and they also look cute.

6)Sunglasses-I love sunglasses because they add a cool vibe to a look, and they are good if you don't feel like putting on makeup. Sunglasses can make any outfit look chic, and i love pairing sunnies with swimwear.

7)Leggings-These are always my staple no matter what season. Leggings are just so comfy, and they also make my legs look thinner even through I'm already skinny haha. I wear leggings at least three days a week, so they are my total staple. The key to wearing leggings is to wear a long shirt that way your butt isn't in everyone's face, and then you just pulled it off!

8)Peplum tops-Peplum tops are a good kind of top to wear in the spring because it's kind of flirty, and shows off your waist a little bit. Peplum tops are also girly, and spring would be a good time to dress more girly because everything is flourishing, and there is flowers everywhere. I don't know if that made sense but i hope you know what i mean.

9)Cross body bags-Cross body bags are good if you don't like carrying your purse in your hand. Cross body bags work for any season, but i love cross body's for spring, and summer because that means my hands are free, and i can enjoy the world. For example if I'm getting ice cream i don't have to worry about holding a purse while i eat it because my purse is on my shoulder. It just makes my life easier, and when it's warmer outside i like to enjoy everything without carrying my purse with my hand.

That's all for today's post. I hope i inspired some of you guys to start thinking of what you are going to wear for spring. I will see you guys soon with another post! Have a good rest of your week. 

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A Little Athleisure Look

Hello guys I'm back with another post. Today I'll be sharing a cute athletic look because workout clothes are always so comfy, and such a must. It seems like i am always wearing workout clothes so i wanted to show a look where i am wearing workout clothes. I love this look because it's so comfy, yet also really cute. This look also shows off my legs a little bit too because the top is cropped, so you can see my build. I am a competitive runner so i do have some leg muscle on me. To talk about my pants, they are so comfy!!! I love wearing them, and they look great. If you also could not tell i am squinting in these photos because it was so bright outside while taking these pictures haha.

As you can also see i am posing with some Starbucks. I love Starbucks even through they are expensive, but what i do is only go there when i have a gift card. It's like girl who wants to pay 5 dollars for a drink?? Not me, but i love their frappes, and some of their fruit refreshers are good. Also shout out to my best friend who took these photos for me. I am so grateful for her because she is such an amazing friend, and has always been there for me no matter what. I am kind of going through a tough time right now with my old friend Sarah, and I'm taking steps to make it better, and having a best friend to help me through it all means so much. If want to read more about friendship, and what's going on you can read about it here

Outfit Details: My top is from Gamiss, my running pants are from Nike, my shoes are from Nike, my watch is from Garmin, and my glasses are from Coach.

That's all for today's look. I hope you guys all have a great rest of the week. 

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Starting Spring Early

Spring is barely here, but we have been having warmer weather where i live so therefore i can say it's spring. I literally hate winter with a passion, and it's funny because my friends all say i start spring too early. Like i'm not kidding if it's a seventy degree day you already know i'm getting my tan on even if it's January. So with spring around the corner i wanted to share a spring look. Also look how dreadfully pale i am!! I really need to get dark again. I was actually looking at a bunch of tropical photos on Instagram, and i'm craving to go on a tropical getaway trip. 

This kind of a dress is good for a casual day out downtown, or if there is some kind of social event. It's a cute, and season appropriate because there is flowers on the dress. When i initially got this dress from Ruufe i was a little apprehensive about the royal blue because i don't really wear that color blue, but i think it looks really cute.  I'm starting my spring Instagram theme early just in case if you didn't know already. I am just so ready for it to fully warm up, and i can't wait to be rocking the bikinis while i'm at my best friend Gabby's pool. That's not for a while through, so i can dream of bikini weather while it's forty eight degrees and raining

Outfit Details: My dress is from Ruufe, my shoes are from Dansko, my glasses are from Coach. 

That's all for today's post. I hope i inspired you guys with spring outfit ideas. I will be sharing more spring looks soon. Have a good rest of your week guys!

Finding Your Real Friends, and How It Can Be Hard

Hello guys i am back with another post. I was initially just going to post an outfit and be done, but i wanted to talk about finding your real friends, and how hard it can be sometimes. So if you guys didn't already know i am a junior in high school, and high school can be pretty shallow sometimes if you're not friends with the right people. Long story short i recently had a "fight" happen in my friend group so this is why i wanted to touch on this subject just to spread the awareness to always choose your friends wisely, and be careful who you hang out with. So to tell what happened, i have this one insecure friend who posted on her snapchat story "why don't people like hanging out with me". And some background on her: She has a lot of mental issues, and she is always complaining, and angry. So i commented something like "i don't know. Maybe because you are always angry". After that she just went off, but i wasn't trying to offend her, i was just trying answer her question just based off of how she acts. I was just being realistic, but maybe i said it too bluntly. I feel a little at fault because i should have thought more about my answer because she is really sensitive, and takes everything really personally. Then she blocked me on snapchat after going off on me. I don't get it because i was just trying to answer her question, but i think i could have done it in a better way. She has also blocked my best friend Gabby on snapchat, even through Gabby didn't say anything to her that was hurtful. She was saying stuff to me like, "you make half my problems worse". I didn't fight back because i don't want to stoop to her level, i just defended myself, and if it gets any worse i will go talk to a school counselor about it because I'm not going to let myself get bullied. And just to put it out there, you should never blame your problems on someone else, because it's your problem. I get it if you readers feel as if I'm at fault, and maybe i am, i was just trying to answer her question.

If you couldn't tell I'm trying to keep this generic because i don't want to tell every detail, but some of the stuff she said to me was nasty, and i will be speaking out about it for sure because no one deserves to be bullied, or yelled at. Finding your real friends can be hard, and it takes time. I'm just so glad that i decided to get into track, and cross country because i met really great friends through that, and those friends are like my squad now. In your younger years especially friends may come and go, and the real ones will be great to you and stay, you just have to find those friends. This situation really taught me to be more careful with how i word things because people could take it the wrong way. Me and this "friend" may stop being friends for all i know, but she is mad at me. If the best thing is to stop being friends with her, then I'll leave if i have to. It's not bad to leave a toxic friend at all because that just means more space for better friends. It can just be hard sometimes to find the right kind of people for you because everyone is so diverse, and sometimes it takes a while to weed through the crowd and see who you really should be hanging out with. I remember when i met my best friend Gabby my sophomore year of high school, and now we are like family. I'm so grateful to have Gabby as my best friend, and i'm really glad i met her because she is the closest friend i ever had. Like yeah i had best friends in middle school, but i was not as close to them as i am with Gabby. So it just goes to show that it can take some time to find the right people for you, but once you do it will be awesome. 

Outfit details: My top is from Target, my jeans are from Kohl's, my boots are from Macy's, my watch is from Garmin, and my glasses are from Coach. 

I hope ya'll enjoyed this, and i would love to hear your thoughts on this subject. I'm just feeling a bit torn because i don't know what i did wrong, i just think i could have worded it in a better way. Let me know your thoughts. 

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Custom Cards For Valentines Day

Valentines day is just around the corner, and that means spending time with your loved one, or being forever alone and eating ice cream by yourself in the corner. Which ever persona you are now is the time to start thinking of gift ideas, and if you guys didn't already check out my His and Hers Valentines Day Guide you can check it out here. I know not everyone is into Valentines day, but Valentines day would be a good time to show some love, even if you don't have a significant other. I came across Basic Invite, and they actually do custom invitations, and custom cards for pretty much any event. They actually have over 180 different color options to choose from, and lots of different designs too. Whether it be announcements, or sweet sixteen invitations, they got you covered. Their designs are absolutely gorgeous!! This will be my new go-to place for cards now because they have good service, lots of design options, and all of their stuff is customizable. Basic Invite is not expensive either, and they are good if you like to personalize your cards a lot, and if you're looking for a gorgeous design. 

When i first ordered the cards i thought they were going to be pretty, but when i got them in the mail i was really impressed because they were stunning. I'm not even a stationary person either but i was impressed. I love how they turned out, and i will gladly be giving these away on valentines day to my family, and friends. The photos don't do justice, you would just have to see them in real life because the cards i received were so pretty.  

I made one for my best friend Gabby, and i custom wrote on it, "girl you're an awesome friend, and i seriously don't know what i would do without you as my friend. I wish you a happy Valentines day, and we can both twin with the #singlelife. And we will probably accidentally twin on Tuesday or something because that's just how we are. But i appreciate spending time with you, and you are the bestest friend anyone could ask for. I remember when i first met you i was like "i have to become friends with her", and now we are so aye. -Courtney" I love the message that i wrote on her card because we always accidentally twin, and now i can empathize it on a card. 

This next card is so cute because i have my dog on it! With basic invite you can customize pretty much everything, so on this design i changed the colors around, added photos of my dog, and changed the text. I love how customizable their cards are, and customizing a card is a great way to add a personal touch to a card, and make the receiver of the card feel awesome. Basic Invite has raised, or flat text, 180 different colors, customizable foil, over 40 different colors of envelopes, and 7 types of paper to print it on. I think they are the best option for customizing a card because they have tons of designs, and lots of design elements that you could use on the cards. For my 17th birthday this year, or any other events I'm going to go to basic invite because their stuff is awesome, and there are so many different ways you could design something. Another thing to note about them is that they have an address capturing service where you can share a link on social media to request to have your friends and families addresses captured in your account so then you can send the cards out to them easier. 

I made a little card for my pantry that is in my room just to make my pantry prettier. So even if you aren't getting a card for someone you can personalize something that you would use yourself. I love the little phrase i put on there, it's kind of funny. This pantry card was actually one of their holiday designs, and i revamped it, so you can pretty much take any of their designs and revamp it to be something you would like. 

I also loved their little stationary cards, they are so cute if you want to write a little note to someone, or write a little phase. I hope you enjoyed this post, and got some inspiration from it. Thanks so much to Basic Invite for sponsoring this post, and i highly recommend using them for personalizing cards, or invitations. They are having a 15% off sale right now with the coupon 15FF51 if you want to go make your custom stuff. I'll see you guys on Tuesday with another blog post, and i hope you guys have a wonderful rest of your week. 

A Little Boho Chic

Hey guys i know this is kind of a late post because normally i post right in the morning, but i have been so busy with work, school, and track that i don't really have any posts pre-written. It's been hard with managing everything lately, and i hope you guys can understand my struggle. #reallife. I asked for less hours so then i can still manage everything, and i only have 18 and a half hours of work this week, so not too bad. But anyways here is a cute winter to spring transition look. 

I totally love this top from Target! It is super cute, and Target is seriously awesome because all of their stuff is so cute. To speak about these photos, i took them a while back when it was literally 20 degrees out. My face looks kind of weird in these pictures, but i think it's just the angle haha. There is this greenway near my house, and i took these photos on the greenway because i wanted to change up the setting a bit. I love the simple but boho vibe of this outfit. The top is what makes it a bit boho, and i  actually quite like it even through i don't have boho style. 

Outfit details: My top is from Target, my jeans are from Gap, my heels are from Kohl's, and my glasses are from Coach. 

I hope you enjoyed this look, and i will actually be posting on Friday this week because i will have Friday, and Saturday off from work. I also have state championships this Saturday for track, and i'm so excited but nervous. I'm literally going to book it as fast as i can go, and if i throw up after, or cause my legs to give out it's okay just as long as we win. I'm going to try to vlog at the meet maybe, and add a little clip of me booking it. I've also been working on a spring look book video lately, and it will be out once i have all the clips put together. I can't wait to see how it will turn out. Stay tuned, and i just wanted to update you guys a little bit about what's going on, and such. I will see you guys on Friday with some valentines day inspo! Have a good one. 

His and Hers Valentines Day Gift Guide

Hey guys I'm back with a valentines day post. I wanted to do a gift guide because gift guides are always fun to do, and i wanted to help out some of you guys that may be having a hard time finding a gift for someone. This is for him, and her, so that way there is ideas for both parties. I am also going to try to do two posts this week but of course I'm over scheduled for work, and i have school work. I really want to do two posts because it just feels better to do it. Also there is like a new update or something for blogger, and now i have no idea how to comment on other people's sites, if someone can inform me about it i would love to know. Now i hope all of these ideas inspire you, and i hope you have a wonderful rest of your week. 

1)Steiff Honey Teddy Bear-Teddy bears always seem like a good option for a valentines gift. Around valentines day there is always ads for a giant teddy bear. They are good if you want to get a gift for your lover if they miss you. 

2)Tiffany & Co. Open Heart Pendant Necklace-If your partner is into jewelry you could get them a necklace like this with a heart or another cute symbol. 

3)H&M Lace Push-up Bra-It seems like a girl always needs a new bra, so minus well help her out. 

4)Michael Kors Sexy Amber Eau de Parfum 3.4 oz.-Perfume is also a good option for valentines day because it could spruce up the romance. The perfume i linked is one i really like, i still have to buy it through, but the samples smelled so good. 

5)Madewell 'Whisper' Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee-Clothes are a good option for valentines day if your partner is really into fashion, or they simply need some new pants or something. 

6)Jessica Simpson Women's Bunny Ballet Slipper-My feet can get so cold sometimes and I'm sure every girl can relate, so get a girl some slippers. 

7)Peony Signature 9.4 oz Candle-Candles are nice for a night in to make everything smell nicer. I love candles because they create a nice warm light, and they make everything smell good. 

8)Adrienne Landau Rex Rabbit Heart Key chain-A heart key chain or a personalized key chain would be a good gift if your partner uses their purse a lot, or if they are always carrying some kind of bag. It's kind of like a simple reminder that can remind her of you. 

9)PJ Salvage Lip Print Pajama Pants-Now to be cozy, get your girl some PJ's. They are a must!!

10)MAC Little Lipstick/0.06 oz.-Lipstick or some kind of makeup would be good if your partner likes makeup but if not then this would not be a good idea.

11)Sweet Treats™ Dots Bralette-This kind of a bralette would be good if y'all are trying to have a romantic evening if you know what i mean. (this is why i don't do valentines posts because i know i gotta include something like this).

12)Xhilaration Women's Cozy Crew Socks Animals-Socks are always a gift because you can never have too many socks. Socks are awesome, especially Cabin socks, they are the warmest socks ever. 

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1)Paul Sebastian Fine Cologne After Shave Balm 4oz-After shave balm can't hurt to create a better smell.

2)Nike Benassi Slide Sandal-Slides are good if your man is athletic because these are so easy to slip on and be out the door.

3)Travel Shaving Kit-I honestly had no idea on what to put in this guide because it seems like guys are hard to shop for so i just put a shaving kit.

4)4.5" Valentine's Day Print Boxers-You could get kind of a gag gift, and get valentines day pizza boxers. They are funny.

5)Pillar Portable Speaker-Portable speakers are good if your partner is into music, and they want to amplify their music.

6)Logo Embroidered Twill Baseball Hat-Hats are always cool, and stylish, so you could get your man a hat, and I'm sure he wouldn't complain.

7)Adidas Diablo Small Duffel Bag-The duffel bag would be good if you have a partner that travels a lot, or plays a sport because a big bag will make their life easier.

8)Calvin Klein Euphoria Men by Men's Cologne-Smelling good is awesome, and you could get your man some cologne to put on for some romance.

9)Adidas Originals Sneakers-Sneakers are a must if you are always on your feet, or if sneakers fit your style. You really can't go wrong with sneakers.

10)Tommy Hilfiger Cotton Boxer Brief - Pack of 3-New underwear never hurts, so minus well stock up on valentines day.

11)Pico Brew Serving Keg-This would be a good one if your partner is into drinking, or if you're dating a college boy.

12)BOSCA Small Wallet-A wallet is always good for organizing cards, and everything else. It's a simple, and useful gift.

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Blogging While Your Life is Already Busy

Blogging is hard when you have other activities going on in your life. It's been really hard with blogging lately because my schedule is crammed to the brim, and I'm having a hard time finding time in the day to relax.  I'm a high school student, a track and cross country athlete, i work part-time, and i have this blog. Those things keep me so busy that i practically have no work life balance, and my only new years resolution this year was to have a work life balance, and i really want to achieve that. I decided that i would only post twice a week if i have enough time to post twice a week. I mostly just want the flexibility to post when i can. My posting schedule will be every Tuesday, but if i decide to do a second post it will be on Friday like how it normally is.While i really want to post two times a week every week, it's just not realistic for the circumstances I'm in right now. This week will just be one post but if my work schedule is kind of chill next week there will be two posts. So that's the new schedule I'm doing, and i hope this inspires me to crank out better content since i will be able to think over my content more. 

Over the weekend when i was having a hard time finding time to hangout with my best friend Gabby. I was initially going to do my blog work, go on my long run, and do my Instagram post but i thought, "does the Instagram post really matter that much"? So you know what i did, i put it off until later, and i went on my long run, and then i invited her over. I knew that Sunday was the only day i would be able to hangout with her the whole week due to working 5 times this week, and having track practice, and school, so i made it work because i will not let myself become so busy that i can't make time for the people that matter in my life. I'm tired of over working myself, and pushing work on myself, so i want to make this blog change for the better. I want to work to live, not live to work. For all of the bloggers that also have a job on top of blogging, you know how busy it can get, and i think we all need to cut back sometimes and treat ourselves to a relaxing day every now and then. 

Blogging is kind of like having a business, you are your brand, and your audience is your audience, your audience consumes the things you post. As a blogger you have to maintain everything, and keep everything going. It is really fun to have a blog, but it also is a lot of work if you have other stuff going on in your life. It's cool to create content, create your brand, and to make an impact on people. That's why i am still here blogging because i truly enjoy doing it, and it helps you discover what you're truly passionate about. It's just awesome but it sucks that I'm having a hard time finding the time to blog. Since i am cutting down my blogging schedule i want to try to post some Youtube videos. My first video is above this body of text if you want to check it out. I still don't really have a clue about Youtube but I'm going for it anyways.

Now to go off topic a little bit let's talk about social media. In social media there is always an endless cycle of content, and it never stops, but you can stop scrolling at any time. I totally love Instagram, but at times it can all just seems a little pointless. The Instagram algorithm is worse than ever before, and not everyone may be seeing your post unless your engagement is really good. Since engagement is low a lot of people have been joining comment pods. Comment pods are groups where everyone has to like and comment on everyone's photos, and then when you have a new post you can get everyone to like and comment on your post. It helps out a lot with engagement, and it makes your post more likely to be seen by your followers because only the "best" photos get shown to your followers. Comment pods are good, but i recently had a problem with a comment pod. A woman was being very rude to me because i didn't comment on everyone's pictures supposedly. But the thing was that i commented and liked everyone's recent photos, and she was getting mad because i didn't comment on photos from like 1 month ago. It's like some of these people have to chill out for real, like it's not that deep. So for anyone in comment pods i would just make sure that the people in the pod are not psycho or anything, and if they are i would leave the group because it's not a good idea.

Point blank, blogging is hard, and it can sometimes be frustrating because it's like unpaid work. I enjoy doing it but sometimes it overwhelms me. I will still be active on all of my platforms, and i will try my best to post frequently. I hope you all have a great week, and i will see you all on Tuesday with another post.