The Best Agendas & Pens + Cute Desk Decor

8.15.2017

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 1. & 2. may designs custom agenda | 3. gold turtle paper clip dish | 4. staedtler pens | 5. ban.do travel mug | 6. gold & white 2018 agenda | 7. blush bow pencil case | 8. gold pineapple dish | 9. marble journal | 10. gold pineapple pencil holder | 11. cat iphone sticker card holder

Today I'm sharing my favorite pens, agendas and the cutest desk decor with you all! This is perfect if you're headed back to school, or even if you're not and are just obsessed with colorful pens and planner stuff like me! :)


Agendas
My favorite agenda and the one I'm currently using is the spotted one from May Designs. It's thin and compact so it doesn't take up much space in my bag or my desk. Another important feature is that it has a monthly view as well as weekly. The monthly view is so handy for planning out my blog posts while the weekly view helps me keep up with daily tasks. These are also super customizable! You can pick from 3 different sizes, tons of patterns, different layouts, and even add your monogram! Numbers 1 & 2 are both from there! Ban.do does really fun and cute agendas too (they even come with a sticker page!).

Pens
I am a total pen addict! I love using colorful pens in my notebooks and agendas so I'm always trying new ones. I bought these MUJI gel pens from Amazon last week and they are amazing! They write so smooth, don't bleed and don't skip. One thing to note though, the listing says they are 0.38mm but the ones I received are 0.5mm. I'm thinking they must've been mixed up because the bag they came in also said 0.38mm... but I still LOVE them and would repurchase! Staedtler triplus fineliners are my other favorite! They don't dry out if I forget to put the cap back on which is HUGE because I always forget haha. They write pretty fine and I prefer them over my Stabilos!

Desk Decor
I love this gold pineapple dish! Right now I'm using it to keep my most worn watches and bracelets on my desk. I love anything gold and shiny so when I saw this turtle dish from Target I fell in love! It will go perfectly with all my other gold stuff on my desk! (Anthro is selling a similar one that is $1 less!) Also, how cute is this pencil case that I found at the rack!?

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Any other pen addicts out there? I'd love to know what your favorite pens are! Let me know in the comments below!


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Light Pink Cami | Easy Summer Outfit

8.14.2017

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Silky cami, zara ripped denim shorts, target lace up sandals,fossil watch, zara coral crossbody bag

Lately, I find myself reaching for a silky cami and a pair of shorts almost every day! It keeps me cool in this sticky summer heat and I can easily layer on a light jacket or cardigan. I've been slowly growing my collection  of camisoles because it's the perfect closet basic. (I did a post on my favorite silk camisoles a few weeks ago!) You can easily dress them up or down and wear them all year long! Now I just need to find one with lace trim, this one is super cute and the color is great for fall! 

The one I'm wearing in the photos is super affordable at only $13! I bought it in both the white and pink colors. I paired it with my Zara denim shorts, they are super comfortable and I love how distressed they are. I also wore my coral cross body bag which is one of my favorite purchases from the Zara summer sale! Let me know in the comments what your go-to summer outfit is! :)

 Thank you for stopping by! I hope you all are having a lovely Monday! xo

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Black Ripped Jeans & Ribbed Cardigan

8.09.2017

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Fall Outfits Black Ripped Jeans, Steve Madden Block Heel Sandals, Grana Silk Cami, Ribbed Cream Cardigan

Black Ripped Jeans Outfit Ideas, Block Heel Sandals, Ribbed cream Cardigan OOTD

Black Ripped Jeans Outfit Ideas, Steve Madden Block Heel Sandals, Ribbed cream Cardigan OOTD

Washed Black Ripped Jeans Outift Ideas
 Grana silk cami, similar here | Rue 21 jeans, similar here or here on sale! | Rue 21 cardigan, similar here for $20! | Steve Madden sandals, similar under $30! | Cluse watch | Ray-Ban sunglasses | Nails: Essie's Topless & Barefoot

Black jeans are a staple in my closet because not only can they be worn year round but they go with everything! Recently I bought this washed black pair with rips instead of going with my usual choice from Topshop. They fit really well and I'm in love with the rip details! I can't wait to style them for the upcoming months! In case you love Topshop jeans, they make a super similar pair here. I wore my favorite off white cami and a lightweight ribbed cardigan. The latter is a must when all stores and buildings have their ac on blast!

Let me know which is your favorite brand of black jeans in the comments below! 

Thanks for reading! xo

Improve SEO by Optimizing Your Images | Blogging Tips

8.08.2017

How to Optimize Blog Photos and Improve SEO Blogging Tips

Happy Tuesday friends! Today I'm sharing three things I always do to every single one of my blog images to help improve SEO. SEO is short for search engine optimization and this can directly affect your ranking in search engines. You want to make sure you stay on top of your SEO game so that your blog stays visible to search engines and people are able to find your content organically. There are so many ways to improve your SEO but for today I'll be focusing on three simple things you can do to give your posts a search boost. Let's get started!

Keywords 
SEO is all about KEYWORDS! Not only should you be using them in your posts but it's super important to use them when naming your photos. Since search engines can't actually see your photos, they rely on keywords to know what's going on in the photo. A photo named 'IMG_2017_08' doesn't tell google anything about what's going on in the photo, therefore, it's not going to perform well in search results. When I rename my outfit photos I like including the brands I'm wearing, or which season the outfit would be appropriate for. If I'm doing a review on a beauty product, I make sure to include the word 'review' along with the name of the product.


Three Tips to Improve SEO for Bloggers by Optimizing Blog Photos


ALT Text
This stands for alternative text. You should use this space to write a description of what's going on in your image. Like I said before, search engines can't actually see your photos so they rely on this description to help users find the most relevant information. I like using the same keywords I used to name my photos to fill this in.

Image Size
My last tip is to always resize your images. Huge image files will make your blog load a lot slower and loading time can have a big impact on your SEO. The quicker your website loads the better it will rank in search results. I find that keeping your image width anywhere from 600-1000 pixels works really well.

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See you guys tomorrow with another outfit post!

Thanks for reading! xo

Bow Tie Off the Shoulder Blouse

8.07.2017

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 Rue 21 top, similar here | Zara shorts, similar here or here | Steve Madden sandals, similar here | Zara bag, similar here | Westward Leaning sunglasses | Fossil watch | Pieces of Me cuff

Off the shoulder and bows? Yes please! I was so happy when I found this adorable blouse for under $20! I wore it with my favorite denim shorts from Zara and my go-to summer sandals. It's perfect for this August heat but it'll also be great with a pair of jeans (just bought this pair) for early fall!


That's all for today lovelies! Now I'm going to go make breakfast, plan out my birthday and watch some youtube videos! I hope you all have a wonderful Monday!

Thanks for stopping by! xo

Lace & Leather

8.04.2017

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navy lace off the shoulder romper, steve madden carrson sandals, all saints leather balfern leather jacket

navy lace off the shoulder romper, steve madden carrson sandals, all saints leather balfern leather jacket

navy lace off the shoulder romper, steve madden carrson sandals, all saints leather balfern leather jacket

navy lace off the shoulder romper, steve madden carrson sandals, all saints leather balfern leather jacket
Rue 21 romper, similar here or here | Steve Madden sandals, similar here | AllSaints leather jacket | Fossil watch | BP bracelets

Happy Friday friends! Here's a little weekend outfit inspo. These photos were taken a couple months back but this can still be worn now. I would take the leather jacket off if you're wearing it during the day but throw it back on during the night. I LOVE the leather combined with the lace because it helps break up the girliness. Also, I'm totally feeling the color on my nails in these photos (see photo 3)! I'm ready for dark nail colors but for now I'll keep wearing my lighter colors. If you're looking for a good neutral nail polish check out 'topless & barefoot' by Essie, it's what I've been wearing lately! I've linked similar rompers that I also love below in the widget!

Thanks for reading!




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8.02.2017

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Happy Wednesday lovelies! It's my favorite month of the year and I wanted to start it off by sharing a few of my favorite fashion and beauty buys that you guys will love too!

The Perfect Distressed Denim Jacket

 This jacket is such a steal! (It's on sale right now for just over $20!) I love the wash and the placement of the rips is perfect! It would be even better if it had side pockets! On the website there are two color options, mine is the 'dark blue' color. It reminds me of this Topshop distressed denim jacket but a lot less oversized!

Rue 21 Distressed Denim Jacket

Burgundy Floral Off the Shoulder Romper Cluse Watch Pieces of Me Dreamer Cuff Bracelet

This romper has the cutest ruffled sleeves and I love that it's off the shoulder! This is perfect for the end of summer weather and early fall!

I've been wearing this bracelet non-stop since I received it. It's gold so it fits in perfectly with the rest of my jewelry! It also has a special meaning, I talked about it in this post


Nike Free TR 6 Simple Modern 32 oz Water Bottle Rue 21 Open Back Tank

Reusable water bottles are a must for summer! This one keeps your drinks ice cold (or hot) all day!! I love that it is half the price of this one! That brand is also really good (My dad has one and loves it!) but you just can't beat the price of this one for basically the same product! If you have a Sam's Club near you, they sell a 2 pack there for around $20 which is an even better deal! I really want the light pink color but I'm trying to resist haha!

Rue 21 Off the Shoulder Tie Blouse

This top was just too adorable to pass up! I love that you can tie little bows on the sleeves and it's only $20.

Steve Madden Carrson Block Heel Sandals Taupe

Most of you know that I love these sandals. The taupe color makes them super versatile because it goes with almost everything in my closet. They're also perfect for everything from date night to casual outfits. 

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Chanel Chance Eau Tendre Pink Peonies Flowers Pretty

This is the perfect light & feminine summer fragrance! It's soft and not overpowering at all yet it lasts all day! I highly recommend you try it out next time you're in a Sephora! 

Wet n Wild Pearlescent Pink Color Icon Blush

I love coral blushes and lately, I've been loving this one from wet n wild. It's called 'pearlescent pink' and it's a beautiful pink/coral with gold shimmers. 

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder Translucent

This has been one of my favorites ever since my high school years. I recently picked it up to control my shine for the summer months. It works wonderfully and is so affordable!

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector
  
This product is a little miracle worker for tired eyes. It's a light peachy pink color that helps cancel out darkness and really brightens up your under eye area! I love (and need!) this stuff because I never get enough sleep.

Leave me a comment letting me know one of your current favorites! :)

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Pieces of Me & The Softest Thermal

7.31.2017


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Socialite thermal top, zara ripped shorts, lucky brand larise booties

Pieces of Me Dreamer Cuff Bracelet, Socialite thermal top, zara ripped shorts, cluse la boheme watch

Socialite thermal top, zara ripped shorts, lucky brand larise booties

Socialite thermal top, zara ripped shorts, lucky brand larise booties


Socialite thermal top, zara ripped shorts, lucky brand larise booties

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Socialite top | Zara shorts, similar here | Lucky Brand shoes | Forever 21 bag | CLUSE la boheme rose gold watch | Pieces of Me 'dreamer' cuff bracelet | Ray-Ban sunglasses

Say hello to the comfiest top you'll be reaching for all throughout fall! I bought it from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale because it looked so cozy and the price was too good to pass up (under $25). But to be honest I never expected to love it so much. Two things I love about it: the material is super soft and it fits oversized! I know it's been one of the top sellers so sizes/colors come in and out of stock but it's worth checking up on if you want it! Trust me, you do want it!

Another piece I'm loving and just recently added to my jewelry collection is this pieces of me cuff! It's no ordinary gold bracelet, it has a meaning behind it! Each bracelet is stamped with a unique symbol that represents a certain personality trait. Mine is called the 'dreamer' cuff bracelet. I've been wearing it every single day since I received it and it reminds me to never stop dreaming and turning my dreams into realities! With time and hard work, everything is possible!

Happy Monday loves!!


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Grana Silk Cami Review

7.28.2017

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If you were to take a peek into my closet you would see a lot of basic pieces with a few trendier items mixed in there as well. It's no secret that I'm a lover of a good basic! This allows me to create a countless number of outfits with pieces that will take me season after season! These are the kinds of pieces that you want to invest in but let me just say you don't have to have a huge budget either! Companies like Grana and Everlane offer basic styles in good quality materials at lower price points! Take this Tibi silk cami for example, it's beautiful and I'm sure it's amazing but there's no way I'm spending that much on a cami right now! Well, I was able to find one almost identical in style from Grana, here, for less than half the price!


So today I'm reviewing two camis that I wear ALL the time! I bought them from an online store called Grana. Their philosophy is selling quality clothing for a lower price by cutting out the middlemen and shipping directly from their warehouse (in Hong Kong). I ordered two styles of silk camis that they offer, that way I could see which one I liked best. They offer free shipping over $75. I took advantage of this and I have to say it's surprisingly fast for coming all the way from Hong Kong! I believe I got my order in 2-3 days. Okay let's get on into my thoughts! (Stay tuned until the bottom of this post for a discount!)

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This top has a round neck, I like it but I would prefer this style with a slight v neck instead! The size XS fit me perfectly! It's lined so you don't have to worry about it being see through which is amazing! It's made with from 'crepe de chine' and this material is soft but has a little texture to it. I bought it in the color 'off white' and I'm glad because white tends to look dingy over time but I won't have to worry about that with this color. I also plan to buy it in the black!

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Grana V-Neck Camisole | $49 | Size XS

I think this cut is very flattering and I love that the v-neck is also in the back. The size XS fit me fine but I think the XXS would've fit me better. This style fits a lot looser compared the other one. Definitely consider sizing down in this one especially since it has a pretty deep v-neck! It's also double layered so that's a huge plus! The silk used in this one is called 'georgette satin' and I love it so much more than the other! This one feels smooth and silky to the touch. I'm planning to buy this in the black but the mulberry color is gorgeous as well!

How Do You Take Care of Them?
The instructions for both say dry clean only but I don't have time for that. I took the risk and hand washed them in room temperature water with a mild soap (I used Dr. Bronners.). Then I did a final rinse with diluted white vinegar (This is a trick I use on my silk pillowcases too!). Then I laid them on a towel to dry.  They turned out just fine using this method! Another tip I have is to shake around the fabric - I believe it helps loosen up the fibers and makes it feel softer and gets rid of the stiffness.  As for removing wrinkles, I've had success with this spray. I just tested it on an inside layer to make sure it wouldn't leave spots. 

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 A tip I have when wearing these silk camis is wearing this bra underneath. This way you don't have bra straps showing anywhere! I also like wearing bralettes that way if it peeks through it's still cute!

Here are some photos of how I've worn them! 

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grana silk cami review and refferal link coupon code

grana silk cami review and refferal link coupon code

Camis like this are perfect to wear on their own right now during the summer but will go perfectly with chunky cardigans and scarves in the colder months!

P.S. You can shop through Grana.com through this link and you'll get 10% off your first order! It's a referral link and everyone has access to one if you create an account with them.