Okay, so I'm low key posting a 2016 recap two weeks after we rang in the new year...Delayed, I know. So are you guys ready for the 2017 talk to STFU already? I hope not (but to be honest, if I see another new year's meal plan popup on bloglovin' for the 500th time, I might be too...).
Anyways, for those of ya who've been following along with the shenanigans on Insta, you know that R. and I have been nonstop on the go lately. First Disney, then Ft. Myers, Jamaica & Pittsburgh.
Needless to say, it feels good to be home.
It also feels good to be behind the computer and back at the keyboard again. I had wanted to keep blogging while we were traveling but, as per usual, things didn't go as planned. We got so busy and, rather than feel guilty about not posting for a few weeks, I took you guys along on Instagram both through posts there and on my story (btw, I'm obsessed with this feature...RIP, Snapchat). Sometimes you've just got to live life in the moment, you know?
However, I'm finally settling down (currently laying in bed dozing off as I write this) and ready to get back to the grind. 2017 has big things in store, I just know it!
But first, can we take a second to look back on last year? Because it was pretty effin' amazing:
1. I hired a professional photographer
Though a lot of my girlfriends know me to be ballsy and outgoing, I can be equally shy and introverted when it comes to meeting new people. So, hiring my first professional photographer to capture some of my favorite outfits last year was a big step. It was majorly out of my comfort zone, but I couldn't be any happier now that I've done it. Though I don't always work with a pro on my photos (I'm teaching R. how to use the DSLR, and I have a fantastic roommate/BFF who somehow doesn't try to kill me when I ask her to retake a pic 10 times), it's something I definitely want to continue to do in 2017.
P.S. If you're looking for a photographer in Upstate NY, check out Katia. Her photos are gorg, and she's a blast to work with.
2. i started a youtube channel
Okay, technically I've had a Youtube channel for awhile. BUT, I wasn't really doing anything with it until recently. In the past few months though, I've posted an easy AF healthy(er) hot chocolate recipe, an unboxing video, and a travel vlog. It's not much, but I'm looking forward to creating more videos in 2017!
3. We went to St. Maarten
Richard and I started off 2016 with a two week stay in St. Maarten. We explored the entire island and loved being in a new place together. It sounds cliche, but it really was unforgettable.
4. I changed my graduation date
I officially decided that I would graduate college a year early in 2016. Now, instead of finishing up school in May of 2018, I'll be rocking that cap and gown this spring. I'm gettin' a move on in life, and it feels so good!
In this social media age, where FOMO is becoming the complete norm, I often hear college girls envying fashion bloggers and other Insta stars for their seemingly "perfect" lives.
Along with those picture perfect moments are also, typically, killer outfits. After all, isn't this part of what makes us girls jealous of these social media mavens in the first place? Not only do they jet set around the world experiencing the best of each and every city under the sun, but they do it in style.
Maybe I'm just speaking for myself, but lusting after clothes that are WAY out of my budget (which I typically stumble upon through street style blogs or Instagram) is just another day in the life of a broke-a** college girl. Ya know?
5. TBC went from a blog to a business
I started this blog during my freshman year at college pretty much as a creative outlet. In 2016 though, I did quite a bit of sponsored work and had the opportunity to collaborate with some of my favorite companies! I'm looking forward to expanding in 2017 and continuing to grow the business side of this blog.
Some of my favorite sponsored posts last year were...
6. We got a puppy
What would a recap of 2016 be without mentioning our new puppy, Brooke? She's such a trip, yet insanely cuddly and attached to us. I'm so happy we decided to adopt her and give her a better life.
7. I started experimenting with natural beauty
It wasn't until 2016 that I developed an interest in at-home, natural beauty remedies. Now though, I'm totally hooked. I featured a few different body scrubs and other recipes on the blog last year, but I'm really looking forward to expanding this section in 2017. Unlike topics such fashion and beauty tutorials, I don't see a lot of bloggers talking about homemade (cheap & easy!) beauty remedies, so I'm excited to get a grasp on this subject.
Here are a few of my faves from 2016!
8. My natural beauty recipe was featured in a Bloglovin' edit
Getting featured in a Bloglovin' edit last year was a big surprise. It was so cool to see such an interest in my 5 Minute DIY French Vanilla Coffee Body Scrub, and it helped me to realize how much people enjoy this type of content. So, keep an eye out for more in 2017!
What were your best moments of 2016? Any plans for 2017? I'd love to hear about them!
Well friends, I did something big this past weekend.
I graduated from college.
It still feels very surreal — and thinking of myself as a "college graduate" honestly feels kind of creepy, haha.
That being said, I'm beyond happy.
In fact, the quote "Dobby is a free elf" keeps popping into my head. Because now, as cliche as it sounds, I'm free. Free to do whatever it is I want. No homework, due dates, exams, etc. to answer to.
So I'm back from my three-day girls trip to the Adirondacks, and let me tell you...it was so needed. First of all, we had an entire free week to burn before graduation. In other words, why the hell not shack up at a dude ranch in the mountains for a few days?
Secondly though, I think all lady gangs should do this kind of a thang more often. Getting away from the hustle & bustle for a few days was honestly priceless. We particularly loved the place that we stayed, because it was all-inclusive. Therefore, all of our meals and activities were included with our lodging. We had ZERO things to worry/stress/overthink/plan about.
With the athleisure trend in full swing, I'm really vibing on casual pieces lately. I finally invested in a pair of Adidas sneakers a few months ago, which have really stepped up my game. And I don't even care that everybody and their mother has a pair at this point, because they're SO. DAMN. COMFORTABLE.
Seriously, just try 'em on. This pair is loaded with memory foam, so it's legit like you're walking on a cloud. I straight wear them at least a few days per week, simply because they're so comfy and go with pretty much anything.
I won't lie, I've been on a bit of a sugary/greasy food bender for the past few (!) weeks.
[Hence why I told ya'll about my plans to join a gym stat, here.]
Since finals week, my girlfriends and I have been livin' it up on Wendy's frostys & fries, cheese balls, coconut cake, + basically any other nasty-ass food you can think of.
It's gross. I KNOW.
I never put on the freshman fifteen, so maybe it'll just be the senior 15 instead, all compounded in the two weeks prior to graduation, haha! #cantescapeit
Earlier this week, I shared with ya'll some of my thoughts on graduating. It's honestly a bit of a weird time, and overall it's bittersweet. But want to know what I absolutely, hands down HATE?
Having to move my entire life out of my apartment and back home.
This is coming from someone who hauled a literal trailer to campus with all of her stuff in it at the beginning of last year. There was that much.
So yeah. Moving out is a sick freaking joke at this point.
Our last day of classes was Friday, and I'm officially done with exams this Wednesday.
How in the world am I graduating in less than two weeks?!
It sounds so cliche, but it really does feel like it was just yesterday that I was packing for orientation, stressing about finding a roommate, gagging over the nasty dining hall meals, etc. It's amazing how time seems to move so slowly day by day, until all of the sudden everything seems like a complete whirlwind and it's all moving too fast! It's honestly hard to fully enjoy these last few weeks at school just knowing that it's almost over in the back of my mind.
So, perhaps you've read this post, where I told ya'll about the little hurricane warning we had in NY last week...
Sounds like fun, huh?
We're obviously *quite* ready for summer over here in the East Coast, so I just couldn't resist putting together a little warm weather roundup to get in the spirit. I'm loving all the pom poms and tropical prints this season, despite the fact that I'm trying to keep away from such bright pieces (I wear 'em once and get bored). I can't wait to just lay out in the sun all weekend though — with SPF like 1 million on of course, b/c I'm a psycho bitch about preventing wrinkles.
Unfortunately, it's still sweater weather here in NY.
In fact, we had a literal tornado warning on Monday night.
WTF East Coast.
Can you see I'm a bity salty about this 'lil predicament here? I'm a person whose mood is definitely affected by the weather, so the constant grayness outside is quite underhwelming. How's a girl supposed to stay creative (which is essentially us bloggers' bread & butter) when it's downright gloomy out?
You guys know I love me a good deal. After all, I did write a whole post on how to afford designer clothes in college. And ICYMI, that really translates to: how to afford designer clothes when you're broke as sh*t.
Seriously though, I get a good laugh every time I see a fashion blogger advertising a "sale", where her favorite picks are "just *insert absurd price here*. To each her own...but I refuse to drop $50 for a t-shirt (cue "Thrift Shop").
Ahh productivity. It's a tricky thing, isn't it? These days, I'm distracted by just about anything and everything, and I sometimes find myself wasting the day away on miscellaneous tasks, only to be forced to stay up late at night in order to get actual work done. It's terrible!
As they say, "Do something instead of killing time, because time is killing you." A bit morbid, but accurate — right?
Lately I've been implementing a few strategies to get my head back in the game, and they've been working so well that I just had to share with you guys, too.