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July Favorites | 2017

JULY FV

Hey guys! I was able to try out new products this month and some of them became my new favorites so I wanted to share them with y’all! I’ll be posting the links to the products as well as the link to my July Favorites video.

  1. L’anza Keratin Healing Oil Shampoo
  2. L’anza Keratin Healing Oil Conditioner
  3. L’Occitane Cleansing & Softening Shower Oil with Almond Oil
  4. OPI Nail Polish: Do You Take Lei Away
  5. Seche bite Fast Drying Top Coat
  6. Ofra Blush in Color Rasin
  7. Elizabeth Arden Lip Gelato in Bare Kiss
  8. Dose of Colors Cork Liquid Lip
  9. Freeman Charcoal Scrub & Mask
  10. L’Occitane Shea Light Comforting Cream
  11. Boohoo Hexagon Earrings

 

How I Edit My Instagram Pictures + What Cameras I Use

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I have always been a fan of Instagram themes, but only on other peoples’ feeds. I found it difficult to stick to, especially when your everyday routine is always changing. I found that if you use similar filters it gives the same effect of a theme instead of always having a white background or always having a little bit of green in your picture. I always refer to my theme as “VSCO-y College Girl”. Many college girls are in the same boat as me, they want to have an awesome Instagram feed, but don’t have the time to make it extremely consistent.

I filmed a video talking about how I edit my pictures and what cameras I use to take them. I also talked about some of my favorite applications that I use on a day to day basis.

One question that I get asked quite frequently has been “What camera did you use to take this picture?” It’s not always a different camera that I use, I usually switch up the lenses! I want to go through some of my Instagram pictures and just let you guys know which camera and lens I used so that you can check out the equipment if interested!

The only thing getting lit this weekend are my fall scented candles 🕯

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Taken with an iPhone 7 plus: check the phone out here.

A selfie (or 10) a day keeps the doctor away 😜

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Taken with a Go Pro Hero 4 Black: check out the product here.

Flockin' ready for Semi 🐦💗

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Taken with a Canon 70d with a 24-70mm 2.8 lens: check out the camera here | check out the lens here.

Just call me 20 Savage 🎂🎉

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Taken with a Sony a5100 with a 16-50mm 3.5-5.6 lens: check out the camera here | check out the lens here.

Taken with a Sony a5100 with a 35mm 1.8 lens: check out the camera here | check out the lens here.

5 DIYS That Your Little Will Love

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Just as I was getting settled back at school, Big Little Reveal hit and it was chaos again! We found out who our littles were the Friday before the reveal week so we could start crafting right away.

My first step was, of course, to go on Pinterest and get some inspiration for her crafts. In my sorority we give them a specific craft each day.

  1. Candle
  2. Letters
  3. Picture Board/ Bulletin Board
  4. Family Poem

When searching for material to use for DIYS, I recommend going to the dollar store and Walmart before going to any craft store because it is cheaper!

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If you want to know how to make these crafts then check out my video!

 

30 Questions to Ask a Sister During Sorority Recruitment

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12116540_10207993805388760_116397563_o-2Hey guys! Sorority recruitment is coming up and I have been getting a lot of questions to do a video about tips for holding the perfect conversation between a Potential New Member and a sister!

The biggest thing that helped me was that I jotted down questions to ask the sister just in case the sister was not asking me most of the questions. A PNM is not usually supposed to be the “question asker”, but if there is too much awkward silence, you might have to take the wheel!

QUESTIONS THAT A PNM CAN ASK A SISTER

  1. Why did you decide to go through recruitment?
  2. What was your favorite philanthropy that you participated in and why?
  3. Were you an in-state or out-of-state student?
  4. If they say out-of-state ask, How was the transition moving to a different state and how did your sorority help with that situation?
  5. If in-state ask, Even though you are close to home do you ever get homesick, if so how does your sorority help with that situation?
  6. Are you involved in any other organizations, if so what are they?
  7. Ask they to define terms that you are confused about, for example, What is a philanthropy event?
  8. How do you balance your time between academics, school and sorority events?
  9. What is your academic program like?
  10. Are you required to have a certain amount of study hours?
  11. Do you have a specific place for studying in the house?
  12. How much time commitment is a sorority?
  13. What was your favorite social and why?
  14. How does Greek life get involved on campus/ with the school as a whole?
  15. Why did you join this sorority?
  16. What is the best part about being in this sorority?
  17. What is the best part about being Greek?
  18. What is your sorority’s philanthropy?
  19. What are the initial steps you must take to become more involved in your sorority?
  20. What are some of the values that are associated with your sorority?
  21. How has your sorority changed you?
  22. Does your chapter plan sisterhood events? If so, what were some of your favorite?
  23. Does your chapter keep in touch with alumnae? If so, what are some events that your chapter planned with them?
  24. What was it like when you got your big?
  25. Why did you choose this university?
  26. If the chapter has a house on campus ask, Do you live in the house or do you plan on living in the house?
  27. What is your favorite room in the house and why?
  28. What makes your sorority unique?
  29. What are some of the traditions of the university that you have participated in?
  30. How much are sorority dues per semester?

WHAT NOT TO ASK DURING RECRUITMENT

  1. The four B’s: Boys, Booze, Bars & Bibles.
  2. Do not talk about another specific sorority.
  3. Netflix/ TV shows/ Movies, take advantage of the time to find out about the sorority!
  4. Don’t ask what a certain symbol means because it is probably ritual which means you will only find out once your are initiated!

WATCH THIS VIDEO TO FIND OUT MORE TIPS TO HOLD A PERFECT CONVERSATION WITH A SISTER!

Photoshoot with ShayCaptures

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Today I am sharing these amazing photos with you all! I felt honored when Shakira McGowan of Shaycaptures asked to shoot me! It was actually kind of weird because I have never really gotten my pictures taken by a photographer alone (I took my own senior pictures with the help of my boyfriend and a tripod).

We shot at the beautiful Baldwin Park in Orlando, Florida! I will definitely be going back next semester during my free time because they have outdoor sitting for yummy restaurants with a great view of the lake.

It was so nice to get to know Shakira and what made it even better was that she watches my videos so I asked her to give me feedback on my channel and she was very helpful.

If you are ever in the Orlando area and need pictures done, I definitely recommend shooting Shakira an email (shaycaptures@gmail.com)!

KrungThep Tea Time

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Hello readers! I just finished unpacking everything that I brought back with me from college to my home. Before I left Orlando for the summer, I had a small bucket list and one of the things that was on it was to go to KrungThep Tea Time.

This restaurant is located in beautiful Winter Park, FL. The first time I heard about this place was actually on Instagram; one of my sorority sisters posted a picture of her tea and I immediately put this place on my “Go Just To Take An Instagram Picture” list (don’t lie, we all have one). Luckily I love tea, especially matcha tea or green tea, my mom has gotten me hooked on it ever since she has raved about all of the health benefits, so I went to have a cute little tea date with a friend… okay and the Instagram. (;

My first impressions of this place was that it was smaller than I imagined, it’s like a little white shack on the side of the road, but once you enter it is totally Instagram worthy. I heard they that had dessert, but I didn’t know they had regular food too and it ended up being a Thai place! It is a very small place so if you plan to go, go early so you will be able to sit at a table!

Whenever my parents order Thai food, they get me green curry; so I ordered it and it turned out to be a Green Curry sandwich which was super interesting and actually yummy, although it was slightly on the spicier side. I also ordered my beloved matcha green tea, and oh my gosh you guys, this tasted like cotton candy!! But one tip, don’t spend too much time taking that perfect Instagram because the ice kind of watered it down and made it not as sweet!

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IMG_9232-2^^ (Thanks Marisyd for being a sandwich model) They also have this couch if there aren’t any tables!

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Freshmen Year Reflection

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I am finally done with my first year of college at the University of Central Florida! At first I thought of Summer B as summer camp just to ease my mind of moving to a different state, but once fall classes started I felt extremely homesick. I didn’t think I would have ended up liking UCF as much as I do now. I owe it all to my sorority, Kappa Delta, for providing me with opportunities to meet amazing people and build friendships. I joined my fall semester, but didn’t really find my place until this spring, but that was all my fault. This year, my friend and I made our New Years Resolution to go to as many events and meet as many people as possible. We did a pretty damn good job and kept our promise. Surrounding myself with my sisters and friends and exploring Orlando is what pulled me out of my “homesick funk”.

Moving to Florida was something that I have always dreaded and it still hasn’t hit me that I live in the sunshine state, but I am so fortunate that I was able to go out of state for college because it has made me the independent person that I never thought I would become. I don’t have my mom and dad around to baby me anymore, I had to take steps (a lot of steps) into the real world, by myself. I knew no one moving to Orlando, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way because I was able to make this place my own.

 

California Bucket List

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I decided to opt out of the OOTD post for every day in Cali and instead show you all pictures from my trip by sharing my California Bucket List! We got to do almost every thing on my list which was very exciting!

    1. In N’ Out
      Even though it is a bit overrated, do it for the Insta!
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    2. Lemonade
      You’ll notice that most of these are food related because west coast food is something’ else! Lemonade could get pricey if you don’t carefully look at the prices of the portions you get, but I would recommend trying the white truffle mac and cheese! I have had it 3 times just this week! They also have a variety of lemonades, my fav it the Blueberry Lemonade.
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    3. Take Pictures In Front of the Melrose Walls
      You may know the famous walls of LA, similar to the Wynwood Walls in Miami. They are more spread out than the ones in Miami, but the ones I went to were on Melrose! We went to the Pink Wall, Made in La Wall, and the Wing Wall!
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    4. Lacma
      You may recognize this from many movie scenes such as No Strings Attached!
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    5. The Grove
      This is an outdoor mall and it also has a farmer’s market!
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    6. L.A Facial
      Are you ever jealous of all of the celebrities that are able to do super cool facials all of the time? I know I am! But recently my favorite blogger, Marianna Hewitt, snap chatted her facial and said that your first time was free! It was a Laser & Light facial at Skin Laundry! It is supposed to get rid of any bacteria causing acne and tighten skin. It also evens out skin tone which i saw the biggest difference of!

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    7. Live Show Taping
      You have to research about this in advance because usually it is a raffle. At least for the show we went to, my mom had to sign up and then they pick people to come. It wasn’t a high demand show so we got in pretty easily. I was so excited because I got to see CHRISSY TEIGEN live in the flesh!! I was freaking out!
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    8. California Donuts
      This is a little out of the way and in a sketchy place, but I recommend getting the bacon donut and the donut holes!
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    9. Urth Cafe
      If you didn’t go here when visiting, did you even really go to Cali?? We went to the Laguna Beach location, but if you go to the LA location you might just spot some celebrities!
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    10. Laguna Beach
      There are so many scenic beaches such as Santa Monica with it’s famous pier, but this time we went to Laguna and it was beautiful! It had rock formations along the beach so we had a little adventure climbing the rocks to the castle!
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      To see more of my California adventures, check out my vlogs! I posted a part one.

And part two.

 

 

 

A Day In My Life: Miami Day Trip

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Good Morning!
Usually I am not the procrastinating type, but as I am boarding a plane to St. Maarten, I realized that I never posted about my day in Miami! The weekend of November 21st was my sorority semi formal so my boyfriend flew into town and I was determined to make it a jam-packed weekend! Since I had to plan my whole day out, I wanted to try something different by writing this post in an itinerary format!

Night before- Pack up everything and put bags in the car. Make a checklist of things that you need to grab in the morning i.e. phone charger, water bottle, snacks, etc.

5:30 am- Wake up, get ready. Grab your last minute items and check your checklist AT LEAST 5 times.

6:00 am- Start driving.

9:30 am- Arrive in Miami and your first destination. We decided to go to the Wynwood Walls first.

IMG_1826 IMG_1841 IMG_1815Since we got here early, we did not have problems finding any parking, but we did have to download an app to pay for our parking; you’ll use this app more through out the day! I honestly just wanted to go here to take awesome pictures, but there are very modern hipster places to eat and little shops as well!

11:30 am- Head over to Sugar Factory. We were on the verge of becoming hangry (hungry+angry). This gave us enough time to find parking on Ocean Drive. It was very hard for us to find meter parking and most valets are $35 for the whole day.. but since we weren’t going to stay there the whole day, that was ridiculous!IMG_1785
They don’t want you to find parking, but we did. #BlessUp

12:30 pm- Eat at Sugar Factory.
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I was honestly SO disappointed with the quality of the food at Sugar Factory. I have been wanting to try this place for forever! The price of the food is fairly cheap, but the way they make their money is from their over priced fishbowl drinks. The alcoholic fishbowls were around $45 and the non-alcoholic ones were $35 (like no thanks, I’ll go home and put my sprite in a fishbowl for a quarter of that price!) The waiter asked us about 4 times if we wanted a drink other than water; I would understand if he asked twice, but after that you’d think that he would get we just wanted water. I had a feeling he was trying to make the bill higher just so he could get a larger tip. Obviously, when I am 21, getting a fishbowl and taking an Instagram with it will be the first thing on my bucket list, but I did not think it was worth it to get the non-alcoholic ones.
IMG_1865While we were at ‘brunch’, an old man came to our table and handed Ryan a rose and told him to give it to me. Poor Ryan thought he was being nice, but I knew it was a scam. He asked for money and so Ryan handed him a $10 to get change and gave a $5 back. $5 for one rose?! I felt guilty holding it, but I tried to not let the scam annoy me, so I took a little phone photo shoot with my new rose gold iPhone (how fitting right?!)

1:30 pm- Visit Vizcaya. We had plans to visit the Vizcaya museum, but we decided it wasn’t worth it to drive all the way back towards Wynwood, so we skipped out on this event. But if you have the time, check it out! It is a villa that has amazing views and scenery. It has beautiful gardens to walk through and even has audio tours as this landmark has a story behind it: you can find out more here. Instead we headed towards our next destination and decided to take a nap in our car.

2:00 pm- We went inside Publix to use their bathrooms to change into our swim suits. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the best luck with weather, but decided to make the most of it!

3:00 pm- Paddle Board. I had bought a groupon to go paddle boarding for an hour for the both of us. It would have been $30 for each of us for an hour, but the groupon allowed me to buy it for $10 each! You can get the groupon here. IMG_1881

Since the rain was so bad we had to wait for more than 30 minutes to get set up, but it wasn’t so bad because I got to meet this little fellow!

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^^me attempting a random yoga pose…?
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I am SO lucky that I got it for this cheap because we ended up paddle boarding for a whole 10 minutes because the weather was getting worse, but it was fun while it lasted.

4:30 pm- Freshen up and change.

5:00 pm- Head to Lincoln Road Mall. This mall is an outdoor mall, so since it was raining it was a debbie downer, but I HAD to show Ryan this place! They do have quite a lot of higher end stores, but a girl can window show and dream, can’t she?

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(Sorry Ry you just look so cute!) We also got a quick snack at Dylan’s Candy Bar where we filled up a bag full of chocolate! My favorite was the chocolate covered sea salt caramel pretzels— these were TO DIE FOR!

7:00 pm- Head to dinner to find early bird parking. Luckily for us, we did not have trouble finding parking at this time!IMG_1904

I decided to bring out my boho chic-ness so I wore a poncho inspired t-shirt dress with a silver head piece, all from Forever 21. I re-did my makeup in the car to a more bronze look. I even used my water bottle to wet my beauty blender LOL!

We went to eat at Larios on the Beach because I went here with my family when we went to Miami, and I was craving it ever since! It is definitely on the pricier side, but we decided to splurge!IMG_1920

I was in cuban food heaven! I got the chimichurri steak and Ryan got the seafood fried rice. Both of our dishes were phenomenal, but the seafood fried rice was so good and we couldn’t figure out how because it was so simple!! The sweet plantains were also yummy! Overall, I love this restaurant and I couldn’t say enough good things about it!

8:30 pm- Walk along Ocean Drive. Unfortunately, we were ready to go home, but if you have time, just walk up and down Ocean Drive to people watch!

9:00 pm- Head home. Since this was a day trip we had to drive 3 hours and 30 minutes back home so we decided to start earlier than later.

This was such a fun day and I’m grateful to have had my best friend and boyfriend to take on this adventure with me!

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