Note To Self: Dear College Freshmen

Note to the Reader: oh hello there. I'm moving to New York City this week to start college which is wonderful and scary and exciting all at the same time. I wrote a little (read: a long, very very long) letter, mainly to myself but partially to other freshmen who are experiencing the same feelings as me. If you take the time to read this in it's entirety then you should go #TreatYoSelf because this thing is a beast. Well, without further ado I present to you my letter.

Dear self,

First I'd like to say that you are a fabulous human being with a killer sense of style and an amazing sense of humor, but that has nothing to do with the content of this post.

You are going off to college, in a new state, in a new city. The most populous city in the country as a matter of fact because you are still a Texan at heart and you believe that bigger is better. I'm writing this post to you for the days when you miss home, when you feel lost (or actually are lost, the subway is no joke), when you question your decision, or when you just need something to push you the last few steps of the way.


Shirt: J.Crew Factory // Shorts: Aeropostale // Shoes: Gap Factory (similar) // Bag: c/o TOMS

Helloo old outfit! Man I have been crap at posting things in a timely manner. Regardless of when I wore this (over six weeks ago...) it's still summer and this outfit is still relevant. I wore this while I was taking my friend Jessica's senior pictures downtown and I was grateful for a thin button-up to shield my arms from the scorching sun while still being light enough to let air in. Unfortunately my legs had to bear the unforgiving sun and mosquitos but sometimes you gotta compromise. Covered arms and covered legs, while protecting me from the sun and mosquitos, would only result in death by heat stroke so it looks like covered arms and mosquito bitten legs won this round, but hey at least I didn't die of a heat stroke?

Also, since we're talking about leather (we weren't) how do y'all feel about mixed leathers? I love the lighter leather color of my shoes because they go well with everything and don't totally blend in with my skin, but I also love the rich color of this belt which happens to be somewhat close to my skintone. If I were to wear a lighter belt then I don't think it would look as good with the denim, but if I were to wear darker shoes I feel like you wouldn't notice my shoes at all. Apart these two items are great pieces, but together I'm not sure how to feel. Any thoughts or am I just overreacting and being nitpicky?

Distressed in Gingham

Shirt: J.Crew Factory // Jeans: J.Crew // Sunglasses: Forever 21 // Shoes: Gap Factory

I never thought I'd be the one to wear distressed jeans, but I came across these and they were $100 off and they actually had my size (!!! a 23 is very hard to find y'all) so I bit the bullet– and I'm so glad that I did! If you've ever strayed (or should I say frayed ba dum tss) away from distressed jeans because they didn't look polished enough, I highly suggest you give them a chance. Sure, they probably won't slide for causal Friday at the office but they are great for achieving the "Model off duty look" which is a look that I am 1000% here for. This outfit could totally be something that a cool New England soccer mom might wear, but add a rip at the knee and some cool details via a slightly open top, big sunglasses, and even bigger hair and you my friend have an outfit that looks like you just left a photoshoot and are one your way to some swanky lunch as a pretentious restaurant with your girl gang. Or you might look like you just came home from an NYU students event where you met some of your future classmates and tried your hardest to look put together but still really cool and casual because you actually did just get home from an NYU students event where you met some of your future classmates and tried your hardest to look put together but still really cool and casual. Either way, one outfit, two situations, still works. 


happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday dear toyosi, happy birthday to me. 

Today I turn the big 1-8 which means that I am legally an adult even though I have a high affinity for things like chocolate milk and blowing bubbles. When I was seventeen I had wrists like steel and I felt complete, but now that I'm eighteen adulthood and the responsibilities that come with it are quickly approaching I could not be more excited/terrified. 

I just wanna say a quick thank you to all the people who have had any impact on my life. For better or for worse every person I've met has helped to shape me into who I am today. I am a strong woman who is about to move to New York to go to the college of my dreams and I know that I would have never reached this point without quite a few helping hands. Thank you for the constant words of encouragement and affirmation and for the hugs and kisses and the "oh I thought you should see this" or the "this reminded me of you!" Y'all are the bees knees. 

Now go eat a slice of cake (or cheesecake, i'm not picky) or wear something from j.crew in my honor.

Elf Studio Eyebrow Kit Review

ELF Studio Eyebrow Kit Review
When it comes to makeup I like to consider myself pretty low maintenance. My everyday routine only consists of about six products and it only takes about 10-15 to do my makeup for a special occasion. I've never gone to get my brows done and I generally don't tweeze my eyebrows but sometimes I feel like I need to do something to them so that they're "on fleek" as the kids say. My tinted eyebrow wasn't cutting it for me so I picked up the ELF Studio Eyebrow Kit in Dark because at $3 it was cheap enough that if I didn't like it I could easily get rid of it without feeling bad. 

This product comes with a tinted wax, a setting powder, and a tiny double sided brush. After using this for a few weeks, I'd have to say that I will definitely be repurchasing this again! The wax stays put even in the brutal texas heat and I feel like the powder really helps it stay in place. The powder is also great at mattifying the wax so it looks a bit more natural and not as harsh. If you've never filled in your brows, you'll definitely have to practice a bit before incorporating this into your daily routine. The brush is a bit to short to use comfortably so I think I'll have to buy a full sized eyebrow brush but it's totally worth it.

If you're looking to experiment with filling in your brows, this is definitely a great product to start with! 

College Dorm Haul pt.1

Dorm shopping has commenced! Buying things for my dorm and slowly packing them into suitcases has made me realize how close college is getting and I am freaking out and overly excited at the same time. I'm hoping to include some more video content on the blog, so I hope y'all enjoy this dorm haul.

July Purchases

1. J.Crew Merino Wool Crewneck Sweater in Olive (formerly the Tilly Sweater)- $75 on sale for $17
2. J.Crew Factory Gingham Button Down Shirt- $65 on sale for $25 (purchased by brother :) )
3. J.Crew Factory Sketched Cotton Tee With Vertical Stripes- $40 on sale for $9
4. J.Crew Factory Long-Sleeve Striped Boatneck Tee- $50 on sale for $11
5. J.Crew Lookout High-Rise Jean in Grady Wash- $125 on sale for $25
6. J.Crew Dannie Pant in Dark Loden- $90 on sale for $16

TOTAL: $106

Hello friends! I decided to finally jump on the bandwagon and participate in the budgeting bloggers link up because I am about to become a college student with a very limited budget. I've never been one to really adhere to a budget, but I rarely spend more than $20-30 on any item and I try to buy things I know I'll get a lot of wear out of. I'll admit that all these purchases were bought on the spur or the moment, but I'm trying to make my closet feel a bit more cohesive before I head out to college!

If this month's purchases had a theme, I'd say its J.Crew, stripes, blue, and shades of olive. Seriously, when did I become such a J.Crew snob? I blame their near daily sales for that one. I picked up a few shirts to wear casually to class or out and about and a lightweight sweater partly because I can't resist a cropped sweater, but mainly because people have been bashing this sweater left and right and I just had to try it out for myself.

Pants are a bit finicky for me so I picked up another pair of Dannie pants to replace my cheap and thin olive pants from H&M and I decided to try out a pair of J.Crew jeans because the price was right and they actually had my size!

I'm trying to make a list of some closet essentials that I want to pick up before I move out and i'm hoping to stick to my shopping list next month! With my 18th birthday coming up very soon, I feel like I should have a little bit of extra spending cash for the month of August. I haven't figured out what my monthly clothing allowance will look like, but I'm hoping that if I can make some key purchases next month that I'll be able to shop a lot less the rest of the year and only have to buy super basic essentials like thick socks or leggings to get me through winter.

I've always loved reading Nicole and Fran's monthly budget posts, so I'm excited to start doing them myself!