Summer Lovin’

Hey everyone! I am so, so, so sorry that I haven’t posted in FOREVER! I was so incredibly busy, what with school ending and all! 🙂 But I’m back (hopefully for good)! And what’s more, I am super excited to share this post with you, because, as you may have guessed, I LOVE SUMMER. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT. LOVE with a capital L (and O, V, E too)!

Aaaaaaanyhoo, before I spontaneously combust from overexcitement I should probably get right to the post!

(Disclaimer: There are many, many, many, many…yeah, you get the idea – there are a LOT of reasons why I love summer. These are just my top ten! Oh and also, be prepared for a whole lot of exclamation marks!!!)

10. Flowers! For some reason – I don’t know why – flowers are just prettier in summer! Flowers are everywhere, too. I love that you can find entire fields full of beautiful wildflowers, but it’s also great that you don’t need a huge meadow to see flowers. Some of my favorite flowers are the tiny ones that appear on the sidewalk or in my backyard without me planting them. And summer is the perfect time to go looking for flowers!

9. Colors! There are so many beautiful colors everywhere we look, and I feel like everything just seems more colorful in the summer, with all the sunshine. The colors are there all year round, but I think I appreciate the colors more during summer. Summer is a great opportunity to experience and discover new colors, as well as sounds, smells, and tastes.

8. Traveling! Traveling is one of my favorite things in the entire world! Exploring new places, discovering fun things to do far away from home, and adventuring to new and exciting destinations are my idea of a good time! I absolutely love flying! I always take the window seat, because the feeling of soaring through the sky is unlike any other. I absolutely adore the sensation of seeing the world drop away beneath the plane and knowing that I am headed towards a new adventure.

7. The Fourth of July! The Fourth is such a fun holiday, and it’s smack in the middle of summer, so that’s one of the things I love about this season! I love getting together with family to celebrate, grilling outdoors, and setting off fireworks. Fireworks are so beautiful, and I think lighting up the sky is so much fun. There’s also great food around Independence Day, which is always a huge plus! 🙂

6. Watermelon! Yes. Watermelon gets its own category. When I think summer, I think watermelon. Watermelon is SO STINKING GOOD. It’s juicy and sweet and crunchy…I mean, what more could you ask for? It’s also pretty! (Green and pink look great together!) To be perfectly honest, I think watermelon is more photogenic than I am! Overall, watermelon is one of my favorite summer snacks.

5. Sunsets! Sunsets are so, so, so beautiful! I love how the sky is blue during the day, and then once the sun begins to set, almost like magic, it completely changes color! The sunset paints the sky a whole slew of colors, from red to pink to yellow to orange to purple! I just love the beauty in sunsets, and summer is the ideal time to see them!

4. Ice cream! Okay. Confession time. So ice cream is, like, the best. It’s my most favorite dessert. Ever. I have quite a sweet tooth, so I’ll say I love all different desserts, depending on what I’m eating at the moment :), but I always come back to ice cream. I love how it can be sweet and creamy, or tangy and fruity. There are soooooo many options with ice cream, and I’m always up for experimenting with unique and unusual flavors. Ice cream is also one of the perfect summer desserts, because not only is it delicious, it cools you off as well!

3. Beach days! Yes. Yes. Yes. I adore the beach. And you canNOT have a list of summer faves without the beach. That’s practically blasphemy. I love everything about the beach, from lounging on a towel to building sand castles to looking for shells to body surfing to swimming! There are endless options! And they’re all fun! In my opinion, the days where you’re in you’re swimsuit all day, where you’re sandy until the sun sets, or where sand and surf are the whole world for a little while, are some of the best in summer. 🙂

2. S’mores! Man, I can’t even say how good s’mores are. There are just no words for it. They are the perfect combination. Warm graham cracker base? Check! Melted, gooey chocolate goodness? Check! Sticky, sugary marshmallow? Check! I don’t just love to eat s’mores – making them is so much fun too. Curling up around a campfire with friends, wrapped in blankets, maybe singing a few campfire songs, telling stories, talking, laughing, and of course, making s’mores. So much fun!

1. Summer vibes! I’m talking about that incredible feeling. You know, the one you get when you just wake up one morning, and you realize that you don’t have to go to school. It’s the first day of summer and you can see it stretching out ahead of you, in that endless, beautiful laziness. Or when you’re happy for no reason, simply because it’s summer! Happens to me all the time. 🙂 It’s probably the hugest reason I love summer – that unexplainable summer feeling. Those summer vibes 🙂

10 Days of Sports Hairstyles • Day 7

Hi everyone! It’s day seven!!! Yay!

This hairstyle is nice and stylish, but has very few steps and will keep your hair pulled back and away from your face!

All you need is a hair tie and a brush!

  1. Brush the hair back away from the face. Pick up a small section right in the front.
  2. Start a French braid straight down the head.
  3. Continue to braid, adding hair with each stitch, until you reach the tops of the ears, and have added all the hair above the ears.
  4. Now, without letting go of the braid, gather the rest of the hair in your hands too, and tie the whole thing into a ponytail.

That’s it! Only four steps, but this one is super cute and practical at the same time! I definitely think this is versatile enough to be worn out and about as well as while exercising!

10 Days of Sports Hairstyles • Day 6

Hi everyone! It’s Tutorial Tuesday, and you know what that means…drumroll…another hairstyle tutorial! Yay! You know the drill, so let’s get straight to it! 🙂

This hairstyle is a super cute one that could be worn to, of course, sports practice, but potentially even school!

For this style, you will need a brush, a comb, three hair ties (color doesn’t matter), and a bobby pin.

  1. Using the comb, part the hair in the center, all the way down to the nape of the neck.
  2. Take a small section from either side and begin a Dutch braid.
  3. Continue Dutch braiding until you reach about the tops of the ears (it doesn’t matter if all the hair has been added in; in fact, be sure to only add in hair from that side of the part.) Then braid normally a few more inches and tie off with one of the hair ties.
  4. Repeat steps two and three on the other side of the hair.
  5. Now gather all the hair, including the braids, into a low ponytail, and use the last hair tie to secure it.
  6. Take out the hair ties in the braids and brush through the ponytail.
  7. Take a small piece of hair and wrap it around the hair tie, securing it with the bobby pin. Sorry guys, the picture for this step turned out blurry so I didn’t include it 😦

Ta-da! This hairstyle is so cute and fun, and fairly easy to do! Leave a comment if you try it out!

*BONUS!* Day 5.5 • How to get the perfect ponytail!

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I am super excited about this BONUS DAY, with tips and tricks on how to create a ponytail that is stylish but won’t fall out easily! I’ve got 5 tips for you guys that will help the ponytail stay in if you’re running or playing sports – or if you just have the problem of your hair always falling out of a ponytail! So here we go!

(Thanks to Abigail from freckledfashionista.wordpress.com for suggesting this in her comment!)

Tip #1: This is suuuuuper simple, but helps a lot! I have hair that for some reason really likes to fall out whenever I try to put it into a ponytail, and this always works for me! All you have to do is use two hair ties together, instead of one. Wrap them both around the ponytail at the same time, and you should feel the difference in how tight it is!

Tip #2: This one helps a lot if the problem is looseness on the top of the head, or beneath the ponytail. Simply bend over, flipping your hair so it’s upside-down. Brush your hair out like this and gather your hair in a ponytail, but don’t use the hair tie yet. Stand back up straight, but hold the ponytail in place with your hand. Then secure with a hair tie.

Tip #3: If you have a dad or brother who uses hair gel, just steal a little bit and apply it to your hair to slick it back before securing it in the ponytail! This actually does a surprising amount to keep it secure. (Similarly, if you don’t have any gel handy, hair spray has almost the same effect.)

Tip #4: If your problem is baby hairs that just won’t stay put, keep any of these three things handy (in your backpack or purse or anywhere that will make them easily accessible): bobby pins, hair clips, or a headband. Simply pull your hair back into a ponytail and then add any one of those to keep those hairs under control!

Tip #5: Tired of trying – and failing – to create the perfect ponytail? You might want to try something entirely different! Dutch and french braids work amazingly well at keeping all the hair back and do the same job as a ponytail! If you’re ready to take a break from ponytails, consider braids as a fun alternative!

That’s all for today! Bye!!!

10 Days of Sports Hairstyles • Day 5

Hey guys! I’m back with my 10 Days of Sports Hairstyles series! It’s day five!

This is a simple, easy hairstyle, but without all the clutter of complicated steps, it’s super cute and super chic! Besides that, its simplicity makes it a favorite for anytime you’re in a rush!

What you need is a brush, one regular hair tie (color doesn’t matter), one small, clear hair tie, and a bobby pin.

  1. First brush the hair out, and then make a side part in the hair with the brush.
  2. Take a small section of the hair, about half an inch wide, and divide it into three sections.
  3. Begin a normal braid, and braid all the way down to the end of the hair. Tie it off with the smaller hair tie. 
  4. Pull the individual stitches of the braid to make it wider and fluffier. This is called pancaking. 
  5. Gather all the hair (including the braided section) into a ponytail and secure with the larger hair tie.
  6. Take a small piece of hair and wrap it around the hair tie to hide it. Use the bobby pin to hold it in place.

All done! Super simple but super fun!

Rain, Rain, Go Away…Or Not!

bear-windowHi guys! Where I live, it’s been raining quite a bit lately. I actually love the rain, but I don’t like the feeling of being soaking wet. The worst thing though, is the frizzy hair! *cringe in apprehension* (Like if you can relate:))

I enjoy rainy days, because it gives me an excuse to relax at home and do some things that I don’t normally have a chance to do. Sometimes though, I get stumped trying to figure out what to do…

If you’re in the same position, today’s your lucky day! 🙂 I’ve created a list of 5 things that are super fun to do on rainy days. Enjoy!

  1. Read a book! Guys, reading is so much fun, but when our lives get busy or overcrowded, sadly, reading is usually one of the first things to go! Take this rare chance to dive into a good book!bookshelfs
  2. Do a craft! I love making things, and rainy days are the best times to do it! Turn up some of your favorite music and get crafting! Try my 5-step, super easy and fast headbands or origami flowers!IMG_0992
  3. Make a smoothie! Who cares if it’s raining outside? Inside…it might as well be summer! 🙂 A super easy recipe: about a cup of any blend of frozen fruit, half a cup of milk, a third of a cup of ice, and a generous squirt of agave or honey (makes approximately one serving).smoothie
  4. Learn some new hairstyles! This is one of my personal favorite things to do on rainy days! I have some posts that can help you with that! 🙂 Click here for my Cinderella bun hairstyle, and here for the two French braids into a braid! (Part of the hair series I haven’t finished yet, but don’t worry – more hairstyles coming soon!)img_3867img_2312
  5. Look for rainbows! This needs no explanation:) Just enjoy the rain!rainbow'.jpg

Bye!!!

And That’s A Wrap || Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!

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Hi everyone! I hope all your holidays were fabulous!

Are you ready for 2017? I, for one, am most certainly not! I am definitely one of those people who is like, “Hold up. Wasn’t it just Thanksgiving???” Time flies!

2016 was a wonderful year! Here are some of the highlights of my favorite things from the year:

Favorite Live Action Movie

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

I really liked this movie. I like prequels a lot in general, because I like to see the background stories. This one was especially good! I thought the acting and costumes in particular were really great.

Favorite Animated Movie

This one would have to be a tie; how am I supposed to choose between these two?!

 

I definitely loved both of these. If you didn’t already know, I’m a huge Disney fan, and these met and exceeded my expectations! 🙂 I thought the animation was fabulous in both, and loved the strong female lead characters in both as well! They’re both really different – Zootopia’s mystery and suspense kept me on the edge of my seat, while I absolutely adored the music in Moana – but they’re both on my list of top Disney movies!

Favorite Book

I couldn’t choose, so these are my two favorite books that I read in 2016 ; The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase (sequel to The Candymakers) by Wendy Mass and Flunked by Jen Calonita.

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I really love both of these authors, and have read a lot of books by them. These two are definitely two of my favorites! I’m not normally a huge fan of mysteries, but Wendy Mass’s The Candymakers series makes me enjoy reading about them in a fun, light-hearted way. In Flunked, the characters really came alive to me and I enjoyed the author’s writing style. In conclusion, I would read these both again anytime! 😀

Favorite Fashion Trend

I have to say it was these!

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I saw these shoes everywhere throughout 2016, and I saw them worn about a thousand different ways. That’s one of my favorite things about them – that they can be worn lots of different ways and go with everything!

Favorite Blog Post

Flashing waaaaaaaaaaaay back to last January, my favorite post from 2016 is 10 New Ways to Drink Hot Chocolateten-new-ways

My reasoning: 1) Hello! It’s hot chocolate and 2) It’s hot chocolate

Oh wait, I already said that…

Oh well, that’s a good enough reason for me! 🙂

Lastly, these are my New Year’s Resolutions for 2017new-years-resolutions

Bye for now!!

 

December Fashion!

Hi everyone! I have not posted in FOREVER! I have been sooooooooooo busy lately, but hopefully I’ll be back for good! 🙂 I promise I’ll try to post more often, but life often just sneaks up on me. Like right now, for example. I cannot believe that it’s already December! The weather suddenly decided to get real cold, real fast, and Christmas is right around the corner! (I still need to do all my shopping – yikes!)

I don’t know about all of you, but for me, one of the most frustrating things about December weather (which I actually love, by the way) is trying to be stylish and stay warm at the same time. Seriously – “warm, cute clothes” is basically an oxymoron! They practically don’t even exist!

However, if you’ve suffered from this same problem, you’re in luck today! 🙂 I’ve created a list of clothing and accessories that I think are cute and fun to wear, but still help keep you warm, and still have a fall/winter theme to them. It’s like a three in one!

So, without further ado, here’s my list – these are some of my personal favorite things to wear during fall and winter!

  1. Boot socksI LOVE boot socks! They are just so cute, and I feel like they add something super special to any outfit. They make boots – which are already awesome in my opinion – like ten times cuter.
  2. ScarvesScarves are so much fun! It seems like a crime to only wear them during the cold months! These definitely keep you warm while making any fall or winter outfit complete!
  3. SweatersSweaters are another great clothing item that will keep you warm for sure! One thing I love about sweaters is that there are just so many different kinds! The options and outfit combinations really are endless!
  4. Fall dressesIt can sometimes be hard to find a dress suitable for fall and winter, but once you do – instant perfect cold weather outfit! Scarf? Check! Boots? Check! You’re all set to go!
  5. Knit dressesThese are the absolute perfect type of dress for fall! I mean, they’re basically a combination of sweaters and dresses, which are already two of my favorite fall clothing choices! Come on, like how genius is that?! 🙂
  6. Trench coatsTrench coats are another fun fall and winter option that will keep you warm while preserving your style! One thing I really like about them is the variety. There are so many completely different approaches to the trench coat. You can either go with the classic trench coat, or (as I’ve included) a pop of color, or anything in between!
  7. FlannelsFlannels are so fantabulous! They’ll keep you warm for sure, plus they’re in style right now. They also go with so many different things, and there are endless color combinations with flannels. You could pair it with a skirt, or pants, or even shorts! Have fun with all the possibilities! 🙂
  8. BeaniesLast, but most definitely not least is beanies! Beanies do an awesome job of keeping your head nice and cozy, and they look super cute with any fall or winter outfit!

That’s my list! That’s all for today! I hope you’re all having a wonderful December! Bye!

10 Days of Sports Hairstyles • Day 4

Hi! It’s day four, so let’s get started!!!

This hairstyle is another one of my favorites! It’s super elegant and kind of fancy-looking, but quick to do and it will keep your hair off your face!

All you need for this hairstyle is a brush and three regular hair ties.

  1. First, brush the hair out. Gather a section of hair at the top of your head, a couple of inches above the tops of the ears. Tie it off.
  2. Next gather another section of hair, making the part right in the center of the head, approximately at the middle of the ears. Add this hair to the hair from the first ponytail, and secure the whole thing with a hair tie.
  3. Repeat this one last time, making the part at the middle of the ears.
  4. Now gather the rest of the hair and secure it all in a ponytail using the last hair tie, at the nape of the neck.
  5. Now loosen the sections of hair in between the hair ties, forming bubble shapes.

All done! I think this style could work for all kinds of sports! If you try it out, comment and tell me how it went!

10 Days of Sports Hairstyles • Day 3

Hiiiiiiiiii! It’s day three of the sports hairstyles tutorials series! Yay! (You know what they say: three is a magic number!) 🙂

For this hairstyle, you will need a brush and two normal hair ties, the color of your choice.

  1. Brush the hair out and secure it in a ponytail using one of the hair ties.
  2. Now it’s time to begin a rope braid. First divide the hair into two sections. Then twist both of the sections to the right.
  3. Now twirl the two sections together. Be sure to twirl them to the left; you have to do it the opposite way you twisted the first time. As you braid, continue twisting to the right while you twirl the sections together, and constantly pull the braid tight.
  4. When you reach the end of the hair, tie it off with the other hair tie. All done!

There you go! I love the rope braid because it’s more unique, but it’s still easy!

Till next time!