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    Work Wear Tips for the Lazy Girl

    So, I live vicariously through my fashion board on Pinterest. As much as I want to dress up in these pretty outfits, I wake up too early and life just doesn’t start that early for me. But something happened one day and I decided to try. Honestly, it’s not as hard as I thought because you can do small things to immediately dress up an outfit. When I say little things, I really mean a small change. No need to buy a whole new wardrobe! Such a lifesaver and a finally a way I can stop looking like a hobo. I literally did this and so many were complimenting me. Here are my tips for all you people that simple roll out of bed like me and need to look put together.

    Tuck it In

    Okay, this is such a small thing that makes a huge difference! I have a lot of slouchy tops and simply tucking a corner in made an outfit looked much more polished. I invested in a really nice, fitted button up, which tucked in looks extra work wear appropriate. Seriously, try it. Tucking in makes so much of a difference.

    Booties

    I’m all for comfy shoes. Don’t get me wrong, I love heels but sometimes you have to be mentally prepared to wear those on a long day. Booties, I found, were my perfect alternative. I feel like they are a bit more comfortable than a traditional heel and putting them on, it already looks like you put effort into your outfit.

    Cape/Blazer

    Well, this is more of an opinion but capes are super cool. There’s a lot of tailored ones that look super professional. But if that’s not your jam, a classic blazer goes a long way. Seriously, you can be wearing a plain top and a blazer can immediately make it look more work wear appropriate. This might be the most obvious but seriously, get a blazer! It’s the easiest thing to put on and makes a big difference.

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    What’s your go to fashion tip to dressing up when you’re not feeling it? Let me know!

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    The Disney Bucket List | Final Recap

    I honestly can’t believe it’s been a year that I started this bucket list! Disneyland has become more than a theme park to a place I can genuinely go and just enjoy to enjoy a break from it all. I’m so excited to renew my pass and enjoy some more Disney magic for another year. I’m going to recap my first bucket list, before I put out my new one, to see what I got done this past year. Check out my bucket list and follow along!

    Disneyland

    Favorites Things:

    • Paint the Night, Disneyland Forever, and Soundsational – Can we talk about how I thought I would only watch these once? I completely fell in love and have watched these enough to last me a life time. They’re the most magical things ever.
    • Characters – Whenever I would go to the parks I never thought about the characters, but let me tell you, they’re sometimes the best part of Disneyland. Don’t take the entertainment for granted!
    • Train Ride Around the Park – Sadly it’s currently down, but I got to ride the train around the park at midnight and it was magical.

    Didn’t Cross off: 

    • Dole Whip – I don’t know why but it needs to happen soon so I can stop disappointing people.
    • Baymax balloon – I still really want it, but I think I haven’t because I really have no need of it. Sigh.

    California Adventure

    Favorites Things:

    • Ride Radiator Springs Racers more than 3 times in a day – THIS WAS INSANE. 1) It happened in August, which is still summer season and 2) IT HAD A 25 MINUTE WAIT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY. Plus, we had fastpasses so we literally got out and ran back in line. Seriously the greatest thing ever.
    • Riding Soarin’ Over California – This was my favorite ride and I’m so glad I got to say goodbye to it!

    Didn’t Cross off:

    • Spend a whole day just at this park – This seemed possible when I first got my pass, but the more time I spent at Disneyland I saw that DCA is kind of a hot mess. I rarely spend time there anymore.
    • Swinging side of Mickey’s Fun Wheel – Okay, why is the line (for either side) so long!? Basically the reason I didn’t do it.

    Miscellaneous 

    Favorite Things:

    • Enjoy Magic Hour – Shout out to the cast member that made magic happen! We got to the parks an hour early and we were waiting but a CM came and gave us a ticket to Magic Hour. Let me tell you, an empty Disneyland is a cool one.
    • Attend a Passholder Event – I got to watch Finding Dory a week early. Not an AP event but I also got to see a special showing of Aladdin a Musical Spectacular thanks to Disney Parks Blogs!

    Didn’t Cross Off:

    • Stay at a Disney Hotel – I stayed at a Disney hotel literally right before I got my pass and I couldn’t justify another stay. Boo.
    • Disneybound – I always feel weird dressing too Disney, if that makes sense. So I just never got around to it. Plus I would Disneybound as Gelatoni or Honey Lemon but most of my clothes are black.

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    What should I add to my new bucket list? Let me know! Stay tuned for it because this time I will also include Disney World!

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    5 Shops That Give Back

    I couple years back I went through a huge shopaholic phase. Every weekend I would shop and I would order things online and pretty soon my closet was bursting at the seams with stuff. You know what’s sad? There was tons of things I got just for the sake of buying something and went unused. Imagine? So much money wasted. Instead of just impulsively buying nonsense and giving companies your money for no reason, I am going to show you a few shops that give back when you buy something! All of these are some I have followed for a while so I’m just sharing so you can check them out!

    31 Bits

    I’m a big fan of 31 Bits because it was started by a group of women that went to the same college as I did. It goes to show that anyone can make a difference, no matter where you are! 31 are 100% recycled bead products made by Ugandan women. Their mission is to empower women by teaching them life skills, providing counseling, and providing health services! You can read about what else they provide here

    Krochet Kids

    I remember when I first heard about Krochet Kids, I remember it was mostly only beanies and such, but it has expanded into a full-fledged clothing line which is really amazing. Trust me, they have such cute tops and dresses! Their mission is to empower women to rise from poverty. They provide jobs and education for women and families. Read more about their impact here.

    The Giving Keys

    Probably one of the most well-known but still amazing. The Giving Keys are keys that you can pay forward. Their mission is to end homelessness and they even provide jobs to get people on their feet. What’s also cool is that each key comes with a word, which you can give to others when they need some inspiration. Learn more about them here.

    The Shine Project

    There’s nothing more overwhelming than having plans for your life but not knowing how to make them happen. The Shine Project is an organization that gives scholarships to kids who need help so they can go to college! They have really cute dainty jewelry and inspirational graphic tees. Read more about their story here

    Panda

    As someone who needs glasses to see and loves sunglasses, I love what Panda is doing. They’re paired up with Optometry Giving Sight and they build optometry schools, while training people in communities, so they can eventually give back! They have bamboo glasses and watches and you give back with every pair. Check out more of their process here.

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    What are some places you like to shop at that give back to others? I would love to check it out!

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    Through a Verse: Jeremiah 20:9

    This whole year I thought I would be focused on my word and focus on it. My word is joy, which is a really good thing to strive for but I felt my heart stirring for something different. I feel like things have shifted in my life and priorities were changing and life was going in a completely different direction. Not that I’m ditching my word, but I feel like I will also be redirecting my energy to something else, which brings me to Jeremiah 20:9.

    But if I say, “I will not mention his word
        or speak anymore in his name,”
    his word is in my heart like a fire,
        a fire shut up in my bones.
    I am weary of holding it in;
        indeed, I cannot. | Jeremiah 20:9 (NIV)

    I’ve had verses that I’ve liked but none have struck me as much as this one. I feel like it embodies the passion of not being silent and how God’s word is more powerful than we can imagine. I’m not going to lie, I’ve still been seeking God this whole time, but I can see that I wasn’t speaking out as much as I should have been.

    California is prone to have wildfires every year. These fires are sometimes so hard to contain because they spread so fast and get bigger and bigger. So considering that there is something in our hearts like a burning fire, it just needs to spread with no way to contain it. God is so much bigger than me and there is no way I can hold it in.

    As I was writing this I read this tweet from one of my favorite speakers I have ever heard.

    So much truth. No matter how much we try to repress it, the fire within us will win. This verse just convicted me in ways and showed me that God’s word is a living thing that’s ingrained in my soul and there is no way I can’t share it.

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    Has there been a song, quote, or anything that has stood out to you lately?

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    Must Have Travel Essentials

    Must Have Travel Essentials


    Planning a trip is both exciting and stressful. Theirs itineraries to check out, extra arrangements to make while you’re gone, and nothing gets more chaotic than planning what you will take with you. I spend way too much time in a car headed somewhere, so I know a thing or two of what you should pack. I have two moods, either I pack my whole life up or I take one thing. So here are the absolute essentials you must have when traveling!

    Blankets/Something Cozy

    If you’re in a plane or in a car, being comfy will make the hours go faster and will make you feel better when you’re in a cramped space. I usually get cold easily so I make sure to bring a small sweater that can easily be rolled up. I also always have a blanket handy (I have like three in my car) because you never know when you need to take a nap. For me it is so important to feel comfortable when I’m traveling or I get really restless and that is never fun. 

    Snacks

    On a road trip, stops are very limited and if you’re on a plane, sometimes they don’t offer food depending on length of the flight, so snacks are a big must have. Something small like granola bars or chips are your best bet because you never know how long it will take to get from point A to point B and have a bite to eat! Also, be a good sport and carry extras because there will always be a person that’s going to ask for some.

    Charger

    Almost a given even nowadays especially if you’re not going on a trip. Having a phone charger is essential since your phone is the easiest way to get directions and stay connected to everyone when you’re out and about. I’m the kind of person that gets really anxious when my phone starts to die, so I care two external chargers. Yup. Plus, we all know that you want to send all those Snaps to your story and you don’t want your phone to die.

    Clean Care Box

    You know you like Target, well they had an exclusive Clean Care Box by Cottonelle only available there. Boxes of goodies are all the rage right now and the Clean Care Box is just as great. Let’s be honest, when we travel we encounter a bunch of germs and icky places. The Clean Care Box has toiletries and other essentials that will be needed, regardless if you’re traveling on car or plane! This box is packed with things that help unwind free of any gunk.

    The box includes Cottonelle Clean Care Bath Tissue which is and its CleanRipple texture is designed to clean better! If you like to keep a fresh face after a long day, the box has Kleenex Facial Cleansing Wipes, which is a textured fabric with a gentle cleanser (also alcohol free and moistened) that will keep you feeling clean after a long travel day. The Clean Care Box also contains a Kleenex Facial Tissue, Skinfix Ultra Rich Hand Cream, Skinfix Lip Repair Balm (probably my favorite thing in the box), and a delicate sponge by The Bathery! It helped me feel clean after long days of touching unknown things and dealing with all these outside stresses. It’s so useful and things you NEED but might forget!

    Good Vibes

    Whether it is good friends or an adventurous spirit when traveling solo, having good vibes is key to making any trip extra special. Traveling is always a toss up. Sometimes your plans are perfect but sometimes the unexpected happens. Just having fun and going with the flow can make every situation work out. Sometimes the unexpected just works out better, so keep an open mind and just enjoy the fact that you’re already out.

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    What are your travel essentials? Don’t forget to check out the Clean Care Box at Target for more info!

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    Sounds: In Summer

    The best thing about summer is the music. Right before this season we get an influx of songs and tons of articles on Buzzfeed trying to determine what will be this year’s summer song. I haven’t found the ultimate song yet but I have found a few gems that are going to be playing nonstop this summer.

    Feelin’ | Lya

    I was skeptical, as I am with every new band, but LYA immediately got my attention with Feelin’. It has the Young & Free vibes, which you all know I love. It makes me anxious that they only released one song and hope they put out an EP soon!

     

    First + Last | Gateway Youth

    This is one of those bands I found on Spotify and can’t find any trace of them on the internet! It’s so weird. Spotify Discover is sometimes so wrong, but they got this right. This song is really fun in a not a super hyper, obvious way. I really hope this band gets the social media memo and that they also release a new song soon.

    Yea, Babe, No Way | LANY

    Okay, it’s safe to say that Lany has become one of my favorite bands. I love the mellow vibe they have to their music and it’s just cool without even trying to be cool. This song at first felt a bit too slow for s summer song, but after having it on repeat, I completely fell in love. The type of song you drive to, which is exactly what I enjoy. So good, you need to listen to them. They surprised me with a new EP and it’s basically summer in 6 songs.

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    Have you found your summer song? What’s on your playlist?

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