Empty Apartment Tour + Update

Happy Monday! I posted a new video on my YouTube channel today, and wanted to share it here as well. I talk a little bit about my move, what I’ve done during my first week in Los Angeles, and give a little tour of my empty apartment before I moved in. I hope you enjoy!

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I hope you enjoyed! Thank you so much for watching. Let me know if what videos you’d like to see from me in the future. x

The Weekend Edit | June 16

Happy Saturday! Hope you had a great week. Did you do anything fun? This was my first full week as a California resident, and I have spent most of the week busy moving in and showing my mom around LA. That being said, I have a lot of links to catch up on myself this week, since I’ve had little down time. Soooo expect this edition of The Weekend Edit to be jam-packed! Hope you enjoy!

{malibu views}

{alfred coffee}

{santa monica pier}

{mid-hike view at runyon canyon}

/ N O W  T R E N D I N G /

01. I’m Moving!
02. How to Become a Morning Perso

/ S H O P /

01. I purchased a few of these cute little garden pots, and they have quickly become one of my favorite items in my new place! I bought two of the smallest ones and one of the bigger ones, and they all look so great together.
02. A few months ago I bought my sister these all-black high-top sneakers for her birthday, and I quickly regretted not buying myself a pair too. They have been on my wishlist since then, but I haven’t scooped them up yet.
03.
I recently stumbled upon this water bottle while doing a little online shopping, and I knew I needed it right away! 

/ R E A D /

01. The One Ingredient You Need to Keep Your Skin Plump + Hydrated | Well + Good
02. 
The Model Pose That’s Actually Easy | WhoWhatWear
03.
 How to Mix the Ingredients in Your Skincare | Into the Gloss
04.
The Beauty Guru’s Guide to Healthy Summer Strands | Lauren Conrad
05. How to Multiply Your Succulents | Well + Good
06. Jade Rollers Are taking the Beauty World by Storm | Town + Country Magazine
07.
Former Disney Cast Members Reveal the Best Things to Do in the Park | Travel + Leisure
08. 
How to Optimize Your Desk For Wellness | Well + Good


What was
 your favorite link of the week? 

The Weekend Edit | June 09

Happy Saturday! As you’re reading this, I am sky-high on my way to California. If you’re a little lost or haven’t heard the big news: I’m moving! Today is the day, and I couldn’t be more excited. But, before we jump into moving vlogs, apartment tours, and LA city guides, it’s time for this week’s edition of The Weekend Edit. Here you can find my favorite links for the week, including what’s trending on the blog and my favorite shopping and reading links from the last couple of days.

Please let me know what kind of content you would like to see moving forward, especially anything involving moving, California, summertime, etc. I would love to hear your thoughts! I cannot wait to start creating more. In the meantime, enjoy this week’s Weekend Edit…

{one last trip to nyc}

{night of wine + dessert with friends}

{brunching}

/ N O W  T R E N D I N G /

01. I’m Moving (!)
02.
50 Random Facts About Me (video!)
03. How to Wake Up Happier

/ S H O P /

01. I am currently obsessed with everything tie-front, from dresses to rompers and to cute little tanks like this one. This is a staple in everyone’s summer wardrobe!
02. This bar of soap is shaped like a gemstone with beautiful colors. I definitely need to pick these up for my new apartment! I especially love the turquoise one.
03. 
I’m a huge fan of face masks, but I’m very picky with them. I don’t find them all that fun or relaxing to sit around in, so I really only go for ones that pack a lot of punch. This one seems like the perfect fit, because it works its magic overnight. I’ve added it to my current wishlist 🙂 

/ R E A D /

01. Here’s a New Face Mask for Your Instagram | The Cut
02. 
How to Sleep Better, Naturally | Into the Gloss
03.
 I’m a Frequent Flyer — These Are the Best Travel Clothes | Who What Wear
04. 
The Best Beauty Products with the Fewest Ingredients | Into the Gloss
05. She Had So Much Money She Lost Track of it | The Cut
06. What is a Jade Roller and Should I be Using One | Lauren Conrad


What was
 your favorite link of the week? x

I’m Moving (!)

Today’s post will be pretty short and sweet, I just want to announce some exciting news: I’m moving! If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you may have figured it out by now because I’ve been teasing it a little bit. So, where am I moving, when, and why? Keep reading to find out 🙂

Drumroll please… I’m moving to Los Angeles! I am so excited to be moving to California. I visited LA (for the first time ever!) with my sister last October, and I fell in love as soon as I landed. After only a few hours there, I knew I wanted to move. Then, I was given a sign: We pulled up to a stop sign and I turned to my right to see this street art. It says, “your intuition led you here.”

If you’ve been following me and the blog for awhile, then you know I have moved to New York City three times. I always move there, and never love it as much as I hope to. I even told my friends and family that one of my New Year’s resolutions this year was to NOT move to NYC. Lucky for me, I had found another city that I loved.

I loved the vibe of LA, I love how heath-conscious and wellness-oriented the city is, I loved the people, I love how there’s both the beach and mountains… I pretty much loved it all, and I can’t wait to share it with you.

I leave this Saturday, June 9th, so what can you expect after that? Lots of moving vlogs (subscribe to my YouTube if you want to follow along!), an apartment tour, and more content overall. I find it very hard to create when I’m uninspired, and with this new environment, I will be much more apt to create more content to share. I will be posting more on the blog, A LOT more on YouTube, and more on Instagram. I can’t wait.

 

You can see my LA travel diary and video here, if you’re interested in what made me fall in love with the city so much 🙂

Thank you so much for following me along on this journey! I can’t wait to share it with you. Do you have any recommendations things to do or places to go in Los Angeles or closeby? I would love to hear you suggestions. x

The Weekend Edit | June 02

If you’re an OG reader, then you probably remember my old weekly series: The Weekend Edit. Every Saturday I used to post one of these, filled with some of my favorite Instagrams of the week, what has been trending on the blog, some of my favorite shopping links (whether they’re items on my wishlist or items I purchased), and a few good reading links from the week.

The series started because I always found myself sitting down with an extra cup of coffee on Saturday mornings and catching up on everything I had missed throughout the busy days during the week. It was a nice part of my routine, so I wanted to share it with you. Although this was always one of my favorite posts to do each week, somehow somewhere I stopped posting them, but today, I wanted to bring them back! Hopefully you are as excited as I am. Without further ado, here is The Weekend Edit… Enjoy!

{nothing beats a summer sunset}

{signs of summer}

/ N O W  T R E N D I N G /

01. How to Become a Morning Person
02. 
Everyday Loose & Wavy Curls
03. The Ultimate Pool & Beach Shopping Guide

/ S H O P /

01. This little book looks as informative as it is cute. I just ordered it and can’t wait to get it in the mail 🙂
02. I stumbled upon this romper and immediately fell in love. How cute is the pattern and cut? Perfect for the summertime. 
03. 
Another perfect purchase for summer: this flouncy tank. I am so into the tie-front trend that is everywhere right now, and this fits right in.

/ R E A D /

01. Read This Story and Get Happier | The Cut
02. 
10 Wellness Gurus on Tools for Manifesting Positive Outcomes | Goop
03.
 The Pre-Going Out Facial | Into the Gloss
04.
I’m a Frequent Flyer — These are the Best Travel Clothes | Who What Wear
05. Kombucha Cocktail Recipe | DesignLoveFest
06. How to Get Rid of Back Acne | Into the Gloss


What was
 your favorite link of the week? Is there anything you want me to change about the format of The Weekend Edit? Anything I should add in or take out? I’d love to hear your thoughts x

How to Become a Morning Person

If there’s anything in this world that I’m certain I am, it’s a morning person. Sleeping in has just never been my thing, and I don’t think it ever will be. Why? I just feel better when I wake up and get a head start on my day, as opposed to sleeping the day away and losing those precious sunlight hours.

There are many days where I wake up and have a productive morning: I’ll meditate, work out, get a head start on whatever work that needs to be done that day, and clean my room all before some people are even awake. But don’t get me wrong, I also love to wake up early even if it’s just to give myself extra time to chill. I’ll have an extra cup of coffee and catch up on some Netflix or YouTube videos that I’ve missed, read a book or magazine, or whatever else I’m feeling that day. Either way, I’m a happy camper who loves those early hours of the day.

Ok so this leaves us with the “how.” How do you become a morning person if you are a night owl who can’t bear the thought of giving up those extra Zzzs in the morning? Here are my thoughts and helpful tips and tricks:

  1. Get to bed earlier. The first step to becoming a morning person is to get to bed at a reasonable time. Here are a few easy ways to get to sleep: Set your phone and other electronics aside an hour or so before you want to sleep; try a nighttime yoga routine with a few moon salutations; create a bedtime meditation practice (I love the sleep options from Headspace); have a cup of nice and warm herbal tea. These are just a few ideas on how you can get to bed on time, so that your body is well-rested and ready to start the day bright and early.
  2. Wake up and get up. I’ve always found that the more times I hit snooze and the longer I sit around in bed, the harder it is to actually get up. When I wake up and get up, it immediately lets my body know that it’s time to start the day. I don’t have any scientific facts to back this up — strictly speaking from experience here. For me, the snooze button is like a thorn on a rose.
  3. Have something to look forward to. I always find that when I have something I’m looking forward to, it makes it easier to drag yourself out of bed and get on with your day. This can be something big or small — some days it’s a new breakfast recipe that I’m planning on trying, some days it’s a big project I have scheduled to work on, and some days it’s plans with friends. Make your days filled with what you love, and you will be excited and happy to get out of bed in the morning.
  4. Have your coffee ready. If you’re a coffee person like me, it’s probably the very first thing you do when you wake up. I always either get my French press all set up the night before so that it’s ready to be made first-thing, or I set the timer on my coffee maker so that it starts brewing at a specific time and is already made when I wake up. This makes it so much easier for me to roll out of bed, knowing that my coffee is just a few steps away. If you’re more of a tea person, the same principle can apply.
  5. Get some sun. Once I grab my coffee, I go out into the backyard to let Charlie outside. The combination of the fresh air with my coffee perks me right up, and instantly puts me in a good mood. (Sidenote: if you have a dog, you’re pretty much forced to be a morning person — they usually wake you up bright and early, lol). Whether you live in the suburbs with a big backyard, or a cute little balcony in a big city, stepping out into the sunshine can only help.
  6. Move your body. Moving my body right when I wake up has always been an effective way to perk up. I would suggest a few sun salutations while your coffee is brewing or while you’re letting your dog outside — that’s my personal favorite. But whatever works for you is perfect… If you want something a little more high-energy to kick your body into high gear, try putting on your favorite playlist.
  7. Have a routine. If you wake up at around the same time every day, sooner or later your body will just become used to it and it will come naturally. They say it takes about 21 days to form a habit, so use the rest of these tips to wake up at a specific time for 21 days, and find out how much easier it is once you have this set routine.

 

While you’re at it, want to know how you can wake up happier? Well you’re in luck. Here ya go; you can thank me later.
Are you a morning person? Or are you on a mission to become one? 

Everyday Loose & Wavy Curls

One of my most-asked questions of all time is how I do my hair. I never really know how to answer, because I don’t do anything that special — I pretty much just curl it. I figured it would be best to show you in video form, so you can watch exactly what I do and see what product I use. I hope you enjoy!

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I hope you enjoyed! Let me know what other videos you would like to see this summer; I would love to hear 🙂 Thank you so much for watching xx

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