Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday Faves #1

Hey everyone! Welcome to a new feature on Finding My Voice called Friday Faves. Each week, we'll be talking about our favorite things of the week, such as books, music, and movies just to name a few. So without further adue, please enjoy the first edition!
Watching: The Hills. On repeat. I recently got a Hulu plus account, and "The Hills" is one of the shows that was featured. I've always wanted to watch this show from beginning to end, so I finally sat down and watched it. I'm currently on season three, but I can tell you that I'm on #TeamLauren!
Reading: I've been chipping away at books from my summer reading list, however, I had to read the book from the College Fashionista common read. This book was amazing. It was called "Hello Hollywood," and it's about a girl (former mafia girlfriend) whose turning her best-selling book into a movie. I'm pleasantly surprised about how amazing this book is. I highly reccomend it. Next up is the book "Landline" by Rainbow Rowell.
Eating: Watermelon sorbet. Since I'm lactose intolerant it's been getting hard to fulfill that craving for ice cream. However, fro yo has dairy free sorbet which is amazing. I enjoy it a little too much, but that's okay. It's the perfect dairy free treat for those who can't have it. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Cool For the Summer

I don't know about you all, but things are really beginning to heat up. Temperatures are soaring in the 90's and early 100s and this week there's a possible heat wave. As the temperatures rise, the question about what to wear remains as the desire to be fashionable is second priority and to remain cool becomes the most important one. However, what if you can combine the two needs and get the best of both worlds?
Impossible you say?
However, it can be done. The answer is simple--sundresses. Sundresses come in all different kinds of styles and a rainbow's selection of colors. Needless to say, there's a sundress out there for just about everyone. I only have a few, but for the past few days in the effort to stay cool I've been bringing them out in the effort to stay cool.
Needless to say, I've been wearing them pretty much everyday this week. I pair a cotton sundress and pair them with a pair of flip flops. And tada! I have an outfit for pretty much everything I need to do for the day-whether it's work or hanging out with a friend!
Overall, if you're looking for some ideas for carefree style look no further. The sundress has all you're looking for! 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Top Life Lessons From LC

Lauren Conrad is like my idol in case you all didn't already know this. Lately, I've been binge watching "The Hills" whenever I get the time and am almost done with season three. The one thing that I like about Lauren is that she always is right about any given situation. So, here's some of my favorite quotes, brought to you by none other than LC. All images were taken from my Behind the Blog board on Pinterest.
Whenever you feel like you're alone:
 Lauren Conrad perfect quote
Whenever you are in a toxic relationship and can't get yourself to realize it:
LC on 'innocent' bystanders:
 Lauren Conrad- The Hills
On moving on from an ex:
 Guy Logic: When you stop caring, they want you back
On knowing when you're in love:

On staying strong:
 Lauren Conrad, The Hills GIFs |
On forgiving and forgetting:
 best line by lauren conrad <3

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Book Review: Shopaholic to the Stars

Another book review, another book off of the summer reading list to cross off! This time it's "Shopaholic to the Stars," which is the seventh book of the Shopaholic series. I've been a huge fan of the series, because it's extremely entertaining. Sophie Kinsella does an amazing job with them, and if you're debating about reading them than I suggest you do. This time it features the protagonist Rebecca Bloomwood (now Brandon) as she and her husband Luke move out to L.A.
Becky is determined to make it big into Hollywood as a stylist. As she does this in pure Becky fashion, you can be sure there's never a dull moment. Becky is a pure shopaholic and no matter what she does, chaos ensues. 
And this book is no different. Brandon finds herself in the middle of a celebrity feud, and is suddenly whisked away by the fame and Hollywood to the point where she's blinded by what's important. Soon, she puts being famous ahead of the things that matter such as her family and her best friend. Instead she wants to be famous, and begins to lose everything. 
The end of the book was a bit of a cliffhanger, however she does soon realize the effects of her neglect. 
I really enjoyed reading this book. I thought that it was funny and entertaining, as well as just a fun book to read. I finished the book in about a week, but I found myself reading it whenever I could find time. 
The only thing that I didn't like about this book was how bad it was to relate to/feel empathy for Becky. Since she's the protagonist, we as the reader have to feel a degree of sympathy towards her. However, I found her both spoiled and selfish. All she cared about was doing things for herself. I guess that's the nature of the character, because she was like that since book one. However, I did find her even more annoying in this book because I would think that after having a child she would grow up a bit. That wasn't the case. 
Other than that, I thought it was definately worth reading, and I definitely recommend if you enjoy chick-literature than you should give this book a try! 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Music Monday: Kansas Concert!

                                                         Kansas performing "Carry On My Wayward Son."
Hey everyone! So, if we're Facebook Official you would see that this Monday would be  One of the things I've been looking foreword to pretty much all summer was the chance to see Kansas live in concert this past Friday. For those of you who know, I'm a huge fan of classic rock. So, when I heard that my town was going to feature them as a part of their free concert series I was so excited. (Of course, it was free so YOLO)
Let's fast foreword a few months later when I got the assignment from one of my editors to do a piece about the Hamden Music Scene. So, I interviewed the lady who runs the Summer Concerts for my article. After interviewing her, I then sent her an email thanking her for her time. She then invited me backstage, which I gratefully accepted. (After all, who can resist going backstage?) I then emailed my editor asking if she wanted me to do a piece about being backstage with Kansas as well as covering the concert. She said yes. 
So Friday night, I went backstage and actually wasn't sure what to expect. I carried a notebook which was from the ACP Conference I attended and had my friend Elisia in tow. At first we ate some delicious cupcakes from the Sugar Cupcake Truck, and then headed towards backstage. 
All of a sudden I was in a whirlwind. I didn't prepare (which was bad for a journalist, I will never make that mistake again!) because I didn't know I was going to be interviewing. However, I quickly was able to think of questions as I interviewed a few people. 
One of the people I've interviewed was the violinist, David Ragsdale. At first, I was kinda of starstruck, because who wouldn't be? He was such a great person to interview and I am so glad to have gotten the opportunity to meet him. 
                                                               Elisia and I backstage!
After that, things were a bit quieter. I did get a chance to be in the town picture with the Arts Commission which was also cool. Than, Kansas took the stage and they were amazing. They played hits such as "Carry on My Wayward Son," and "Dust in the Wind." 
Overall, it was an amazing night and an amazing concert to get a chance to both cover and attend. I enjoyed covering it, and honestly wouldn't mind if I got to do more stuff like this in the future as I progress through journalism. I must say, I really am enjoying my job! 

Friday, July 24, 2015

What It's Like to Be a Style Guru For College Fashionista

My friend Elisia doing a beauty bar shoot.

Shooting an All in the Details with Bethany.
Style Guru Style Posts are fun with florals. 
As many of you know, this summer I've been interning as a Style Guru for the website College Fashionista. (If you want to check out my articles, please do!) Basically, it's a website that reports about the trends on my campus, Southern Connecticut State University.
When I got the internship back in April, I was so excited because I never really written about fashion before other than a few wannabe fashion blogger posts, and a few posts on my section's Fashion Column. So, this was going to be a fun challenge, and I couldn't wait!
The internship consists of writing a 250-500 word article weekly and attaching at least three images. One of them has to be a full body, while the other two have to be close ups. There are five different types you can choose from: Fashion Advice of the Week, Beauty Bar, What to Wear, Style Guru Style, and All in the Details. During the course of the semester, you have to make sure you do one of those columns at least once.
This semester I've learned more about fashion than ever before. I've learned how to report it and even perfect my images. I've also connected with some great people, and was able to polish off my writing which is always a plus. I'm so grateful to have this learning experience, and I even signed up to be a Fashionista in the fall. My friend Paige will also be joining me, and I'm super excited about it.
If you are interested in applying to College Fashionista, please contact me and I'll give you all of the necessary information! If you are considering to do so, I recommend it highly especially if you're a blogger, a journalist, or just interested in fashion.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Welcome Back, Alessia!

Alessia and I July 2013
Last Wednesday, I finally got to see one of my best friends that I haven't seen in over 2 years. And that was, Alessia.
Alessia, for those who aren't familiar, was the foreign exchange student in my high school a few years ago. We met through a mutual friend at a play one night, and immediately clicked. At the time, I was taking Italian, so she was the perfect resource. We bonded, and soon even took to hanging out without our mutual friend. I got to see her go to her prom, and we often were found getting our fro yo. But, soon enough it was time to say our goodbyes. I didn't know when I would be seeing her next, and that was okay.
Flash forward to two years later. When Alessia first told me she was coming to visit in America I was beyond excited. It's beyond amazing that we kept in touch all of these years and so we finally got to catch up over breakfast. (She was craving an American breakfast) On Friday, I took her shopping to some American stores like TJ Maxx and CVS. We even met up with Gabriel for a little while.
Alessia is going to be exploring California for the next week or so, but after that we're currently planning a trip to Boston before she leaves in mid-August. I am so beyond happy to have her back, because I really did miss her. However, no matter how far she is, I've learned that she's one of the truest friends that I have.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Age of Being Selfish?

I'm in my 20s, and I've just finished celebrating my 21st birthday. I've heard somewhere that your 20s is the time to be selfish. After all, the time in your 30s should be spent settling, so your 20s should be spent wondering around.
I'm 21, and I am at the age where I want to slow down. I don't hook up, but I want a serious boyfriend to talk to. I want someone whose going to support me, make me happy and of course watch "Breakfast at Tiffany's" with me. I don't want to get married but I want someone. Not anyone, but that someone who I can just be with. Sometimes, you think you've found that someone and it's great.
When you think you find that someone, you want to stand still with them for however long. They are your partner and your best friend. However, sometimes one realizes that life is never easy. Sometimes life will give you opportunities that you are too scared too take. Other times, life gets in the way. People move, things happen, and life goes on. However, the feelings are still there. And you're left to wonder what's going to happen. If you move on or away from them, nothing feels the same. But, of course it won't because nothing can ever compare. And if you stay right where you are, you begin to feel unhappy. You don't know where or with who. You just are.
With all of that mumbo jumbo aside, the question remains whether or not you are being selfish by putting your happiness first. And, I think in some senses no it's not.
In the past six months, I've done just that. I've felt so overwhelmed to the point where it effected my physical and mental health. But, then I got help for that, I've learned to listen to my little voice inside my head. That voice tells me to do what makes Natalie happy. Due to that voice, I decided to graduate late, because squishing everything I needed into two semester would have driven me insane. I am sticking with a major that makes me happy, and excited to go to classes. I was let down by an organization that I put my heart and soul into, however something better came along. As I approach another year, I have a lot going for me academically. I'm working on weeding my friends and only surrounding myself with someone who makes me happy. And as for my love life, I'm working on it. I may be forever alone...but that may be okay as long as I'm happy.
In some degrees, to answer my initial question being selfish is okay. It's okay because you need to be happy. No one else. And if you're not happy and you're in pain, you can change it so you're not those things anymore. Furthermore, those things won't hopefully last forever.
This entry may have been a whole lot of babbling, but sometimes you need to babble for the Internet to see. It's kind of like therapy, in some ways. And what's better than free therapy?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Feelin' Lucky

                                                               Something cool I saw there.
One of the perks about being 21 is finally being able to gamble! I've been talking about gambling for the past six months, and finally I was legally able to. So, the day after my birthday my mom and I headed to the casino. In our area, we have two casinos-Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods. Since we really couldn't find anything to go to Foxwoods, we headed to Mohegan.
The trip took about an hour to get there, so I came armed with a book from my summer reading list. (review to be posted this week, I promise!) When we got there, I had to get a player card. Upon registering, I had received a bonus gift since it was my 21st birthday which was $15 worth of credit to redeem at the slots, and a free shot glass. (Which I still haven't used yet)
Then we decided to gamble a little bit, before heading to the Season's Buffet. The buffet in my opinion wasn't the greatest. Partially, because I couldn't find much food to eat that I could have without getting sick and because the food I did manage to eat wasn't very good. Needless to say, I was disappointed.
After the buffet, we decided to do some shopping. One of the stores we hit up was Tiffany and Co, where I planned to buy the double heart necklace in blue. The service was amazing. The lady there was extremely helpful, and very friendly. It made my first trip to Tiffany's amazing, and I was so happy. Once I picked the necklace out, my mom decided to buy it for me as a birthday present. Needless to say I was excited. While I was there I also saw the matching bracelet, but decided that it wouldn't be the best idea. We shopped a little bit more, where we picked up an elephant charm for my Pandora bracelet and two new CDs.
                                                     Tiffany's necklace.
After shopping, I still had some promo money left over on my card. My mom encouraged me to spend it, which I was a bit hesitant on doing. But, I decided to anyways.
And I'm glad I did, because I ended up winning a hundred dollars on a slot machine! I was so excited, so I kept on playing the last few dollars. I ended up not winning anymore, but hey a hundred dollars is a hundred dollars.
So then I decided to get the matching bracelet at Tiffany's. I figured it was a sign for me to get the matching bracelet. So, we decided to go back. I am so happy that I got the bracelet, because it's now one of my favorite places.
Overall, it was a great day full of Tiffany's and luck. If you plan to go to the casino, definately don't go to the buffet but go to Tiffany's. 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Book Review: I Am Ozzy

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Another book to check off of the summer reading list! This time, it's the autobiography "I Am Ozzy" by Ozzy Osbourne. (We're up to four now!)
The book is about Ozzy's life, told through his eyes.The book talks about Osbourne's entire life story, and to be honest, the book is amazing. He tells you about the time he bit a bat, dove and about his drug addiction. He tells you about the rock and roll lifestyle, how he met Sharon and what it was like to be fired from Black Sabbath. Overall, everything you've heard about Osbourne will be in this book.
Let me be honest here and say how much I hate any kind of non-fiction.Ozzy is one of my favorite singers, so naturally I had to read the book.  And I am so glad that I did decided to do so. I think this book was perhaps one of the best books that I've ever read. Sure, the writing wasn't the best but it was very entertaining. Ozzy did an amazing job writing, and you can tell the stories were authentic. Reading the book gave me so much more respect for the singer than what I had originally, as well as just being an overall read. It's something different than any book I'm used to reading, which is usually fiction, so it's a welcome change of pace to read an autobiography.
I recommend this book to pretty much anyone, however, I would especially recommend this book to those who are fans of Osbourne, Black Sabbath or classic rock. Overall, if you're looking for a great autobiography to read look no further. "I Am Ozzy" is an excellent choice for you to spice up your book shelves.

Friday, July 17, 2015

21 is the Loneliest Number

Birthday cake!
As of last Sunday, I am officially 21. Yup, that's right. I'm legal. I can now buy any kind of wine, wine cooler and drink I want. So far, I still haven't used the power other than to buy a Seagrams escape bottle the day of my 21st birthday. (No I didn't take a picture of it, sorry guys I'm lame.)
 Beachside selfies, cause it's my birthday!
This year, I went to the beach with Griffin and Gabriel at a state park. We went later in the day, since it was so hot out. After making many stops, we were finally there. The beach was amazing, even though it was a bit crowded since it was such a nice day.

We even got bubbles, because awesome 21 year olds have bubbles.
Some bubble fun: Top: Griffin running through the bubbles. Middle: Me laughing while getting more soap. Bottom: Gabriel having some fun.
 After we got tired of the beach, we decided to get some Thai food. Thai food, is one of my favorite things to eat mainly since it's dairy free and I don't have to worry about it bothering my stomach. Being the foodie that I am, I naturally took a picture of it.
Thai food: Pad Thai!  
After the Thai food, we headed back to my house to get cake. (First picture) Overall, it was an amazing birthday, and I'm so glad I got to spend it with the people I'm closest to. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Book Review: The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

Okay, so this isn't "Saint Anything," but nonetheless, I still read an awesome book.
"The Moon and More" is about Emaline, who lives in a small town called Colby. Colby is the type of town that some get out of but many are there for life. She works for a relator service in Colby, which is a family-run business. It's also a vacation town, which means it's a tourist hot spot. She has the perfect life and perfect long-time boyfriend..but everything was about to change as she was about to head to college.
Emaline was Columbia-bound...or so she thought. Her father and her began a college plan to get her into Columbia, but at the last minute he withdrew from his promise. This caused Emaline to have to accept her full ride scholarship to East-U where many of her high school classmates were planning on going.
Emaline hasn't heard from her father since. Until he calls and asks to meet her for dinner. His aunt had died, and it was time for him to take care of things. She reluctantly agrees, and during the dinner in pops Theo, a guy from New York whose staying for the summer. He's the assis
During the course of the novel, Emaline and Luke soon break up due to Emaline finding out that Luke cheated on her. This causes Emaline to run into the arms of Theo. She thinks he's a summer romance, however, he believes he's in for the long haul.
The novel has a bunch of twists and turns but in true Sarah Dessen fashion, it has somewhat of a happy ending.
Overall, I thought this book was really good. It took me a while to dive into, but once I did I couldn't stop reading. I thought the character of Emaline was really portrayed and really liked how Dessen developed the character. From beginning to end of the novel, I could see a lot of growth on her end of the novel. I thought that was amazingly well done on her end, and also realistic. After the summer post-high school that precedes college is the one where you do the most soul searching. I liked how it took less time for her to get with Theo after breaking up with Luke.
I'm a little uneasy with the ending, I thought it was a little quick and I wasn't completely satisfied with it. But, I enjoyed reading the novel overall. I recommend this to those who are a fan of young adult, as well as a good summer romance. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

An "Adult" Birthday

This past Sunday, I turned 21. Yes, that means I now can legally drink and gamble. 21 is the big year where you're an official adult and suddenly are expected to do adultlike things. It's like one minute you're allowed to screw up and the next you're expected to have everything all together.
Like everything, when you're an adult and it's your birthday, things change. All of a sudden, the game has changed. Here's how.
You have to spend your birthday money on something really pratical. Or, to pay a bill. 
When I was younger, all I would do is wait for my birthday and then splurge the money on various books and toys. Now that I'm older, I have to actually use the money for things like paying my car insurance, or buying books for school. Ah, the struggles of being a college student. However, I did splurge on some new books to finish out my summer reading, which is always a good thing.
You might have to work on your birthday. 
Now that you're older you have responsibilities. Like going to work. Nothing is more adult than work. Sometimes, you're just going to have to be stuck at work versus actually having a good time. But, after work remind yourself that you can give yourself a little treat. 
Birthday parties are suddenly dinner outings with friends. 
Instead of parties, you'll be going out with a few of your closest friends. This isn't bad, but it's not the bash you were once hoping to have.
Birthdays are reminders you're getting old. 
How am I 21? Who allowed that to happen? Whenever my birthday goes around, I always get depressed because I thought that I should have done more than I actually did. Then, I feel pretty shitty about it. Then, I realize having goals is just stupid, and I should get over myself. The end.

Friday, July 10, 2015


My 21st birthday is coming up on Sunday (finally), and it's time for me to do one of my favorite things on my blog to celebrate it. That is post 21 facts about myself, because it's a fun way for you all (whoever is reading this), to truly get to know me. I've done this for my 20th Birthday, as well as my 19th and 18th birthdays. So, without further a due, here's 21 facts about me.

  1. I own every Madonna album from her early days, to her most recent release "Rebel Heart." Madonna is one of my favorite singers of all time, and she is extremely talented. The last CD I need to complete my collection is "Something to Remember," which has a few unreleased songs. My favorite albums are "Like a Virgin," "Madonna," "True Blue," "Rebel Heart" and "Confessions on a Dance Floor." To make me even more of a super fan, I also own the first four albums on cassette for my car.
  2. I enjoy reading the physical books rather than the e-reader. I once had one, and used it quite consistently. However, it just felt weird so I just bought paperbacks. 
  3. My favorite food is cookies. My favorite kind of cookies is chocolate chip. 
  4. My favorite place in the world is the beach. 
  5. My idols are Lauren Conrad, Audrey Hepburn and Zooey Deschanel. 
  6. My goal is one day to own a Tiffany and Co. necklace. I'm not sure which one yet, I either want one with the blue in it or just a plain heart. I am obsessed with them, and I really want to get one. I'm honestly considering purchasing one as a present for my 21st birthday, but we'll see. 
  7. My favorite television shows are "New Girl," "Sex and the City," "Gilmore Girls" and "Golden Girls." I've seen every episode of "New Girl," "Sex and the City," "Golden Girls" and "Gilmore Girls" and most of "New Girl."
  8. I've kept a journal actively since I was a senior in high school. Some of my journal entries have turned into blog posts. I like to journal because it's a good way to get all of your raw feelings out there, and you can choose who you want to see it. Before turning to a journal, I've blogged abut all of my feelings, which can be good to some extend. However, I'm looking back on my old blog entries on my other blog and I'm cringing. Once on the Internet, it will never leave you. 
  9. I got my license really late. Like I was twenty when I finally passed my test. I just started driving regularly, which is really weird, but pretty amazing at the same time. 
  10. My favorite artists (other than Madonna) are Lana Del Rey, Ozzy Osbourne (and Black Sabbath), Aerosmith and The Pretty Reckless. I am also a fan of Bleachers, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift and Tegan and Sara.
  11. When it comes to dating, I am absolutely petrified about making the first move. I'm afraid to take chances, and I'm afraid to tell someone how I feel about them. Why? Mostly because I'm afraid of getting rejected. I'll usually try to feel someone out when I like them, and go from there. Or sometimes, I can be extremely obvious about it. 
  12. My favorite decade is the 80's when it comes to music, television shows and movies.
  13. I am addicted to buying jewelry. One knows you don't need it, but I honestly can't help myself buying a new piece every so often. My favorites are rings and bracelets. 
  14. My favorite animal is elephant. 
  15. I have two favorite colors: purple and light (Tiffany) blue.
  16. My favorite app is Instagram. 
  17. I'm obsessed with Shirley Temples. 
  18. I rather buy CDs than download music digitally. My CD collection spans over 200 plus titles and is growing constantly. 
  19. I've been to 10 states other than Connecticut: Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, California, New Jersey, Florida, Washington D.C., Virginia and Pennsylvania. My goal is to go to Vermont and maybe make that number go up. 
  20. My dog is my best friend. I am constantly cuddling with her, and taking pictures of her. 
  21. I still don't know what my first drink will be, however, stay tuned to find out more about the happenings of my 21st! 
Hey everyone! So, I'm going to be hella busy for the next few days, so there won't be posts Monday or Tuesday. The next entry will be either Wednesday or Thursday, where I'll begin to update you all on the events of my 21st! 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Oversharing?: My Relationship with Social Media

I am no stranger to social media. I have over 27,000 tweets, over 800 Instagram posts and have been on Facebook since 2008. That was my freshman year, when I would post everything that would cross my mind and I'm pretty sure that no one actually cared what I had to say. Sophomore year, I joined Twitter and would only post about my significant other at the time (can you say unfollow?). Finally senior year, I joined Instagram and try to be artsy. (and let's face it, I still do this to this day. How many pictures of my coffee you all have seen?)
I have a love-hate relationship with social media. I like it because it serves the purpose of making and keeping connections. I like it because it involves sharing, because if something major happens than I can find some sort of support, good or bad, through the reactions of my "friends." I like that social media sparks a conversation, whether it's about the weather or about books that one is reading. I've made some awesome friends through social media, and I think it's an awesome way to connect. However, I don't like it because the funny thing about the Internet is that once it's out there, it's out there.
Sometimes, we share too much. This is called oversharing. The question here is, are we oversharing?
Yes, I believe so. Yes, because everytime I log onto my Facebook, I see people who post every thought they have and then I see some who haven't posted anything in weeks. I see people who post pictures close to every day, and then I see those who change their profile picture once every three years. Social media, like the personality behind the people who use it, can vary.
The thing about it, is that it can be addictive. Before one knows it, you are letting people have a glimpse of things you have no control over. Before you know it, you find yourself doing things for the sake of simply having something to post. Although we have the control of what we post and the consistency of it, we simply let it control us. And we simply need to not let it do so.
How has it been the one taking the wheel? Well, let me tell you.
Moments that were once private can be captured with a camera. Whether it's a selfie, what you're eating for dinner, or a throwback of yesterday, your timeline is constantly updated with some sort of image. Hashtags, which were once used to be for number signs, are now used for trends. #TBT, for example. Man crushes are only on Mondays, Transformations come on Tuesdays, women crushes are on Wednesdays, and throwbacks/flashbacks are reserved for Thursday and Friday. Thoughts have to be minimalized to 140 characters or less. It seems like our life is revolved around a heart or like, all displayed on the 4.7 inch screen. While it's jumped through hoops, I can't help but wonder what it's done for us.
How I use social media is mainly for photos and for linking posts. As a blogger, I take a lot of pictures so I can talk about them and use them for future posts. As a College Fashionista Style Guru, I use social media to get people to read my stuff. As a college student, I like social media because then I can procrastinate. But as much as I like and use social media, I will always have a weird relationship with it. I aim to never overpost, because I am paranoid about the Evil Eye of those who may or may not like me. I try to keep some parts of my life private, because I believe we're lacking the privacy of certain things. Like, if I talked to a hot guy in bio class chances are I'm not going to tweet about it. But, if something awesome happens, such as getting an internship, I will be posting about that.
Furthermore, I use social media the way one should eat sugar-sparingly. My social media habits may differ from everyone, but that's okay. In the end, social media is to serve the purpose of being social. And since everyone does that differently, than we can't expect to have a uniform way of posting.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Let's Go to the Beach, Beach

Panorama featuring Griffin
Hey everyone! It's been a while since I've done anything on my summer bucket list. Finally, I can cross something off, which is going to the beach!
I went to the Silver Sands Beach last Friday with Gabriel and Griffin. The weather was wonderful and the trip over there was filled with demands from Gabriel controlling the music, and Griffin playing DJ.  When we got there, the sun was shining while Gabriel was wearing a floppy hat. I was excited because I heard so much about the beach but have never gotten around to actually being there.
The beach was fun. We decided to pack pretty much half of the contents of Gabriel's house into a cooler so Gabriel and Griffin snacked on cheese and Nutella. (And other things!) We played talking games and just hung out. Soon, we decided to go for a walk and managed to walk around an entire neighborhood. After that, I decided I wanted some cookies so we headed to the local grocery store to get some.
Griffin and I
After that, we headed home. Overall, it was an amazing day with two of my closest friends and I am so glad that I got a chance to hang out with them! I can't believe the summer is half over already and before I know it, they will be far away.
The three of us!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Book Review: P.S. I Still Love You

The latest book I've read in my summer reading adventure is "P.S. I Still Love You" by Jenny Han. The book is a sequel to the book "To All The Boys I Loved Before" which I read last winter and loved. I was so excited to read what was going to happen next in the world of Lara Jean and Peter. 
"P.S. I Still Love You" starts around New Year's Eve when Lara Jean realizes she's still in love with Peter, for real this time. She decides to show up at his house, chickens out, but then drops the letter (a love one that proclaims her love for him, naturally.) He reads the letter, and the two finally get back together. 
Then a few days later, Lara Jean finds out that a video of her and Peter has been posted on a website. Of course, the video shows it as being much more than just making out. Everyone sees the video and Lara Jean panics about it. She's desperate to find out who it is, however she has a hunch that it's Peter's ex-girlfriend. She confronts her about it, however, they both are in denial. 
The story then progresses as one of Lara Jean's past boys who got the love letters replies to her. They suddenly begin a pen pal type of relationship where they exchange letters. Later, it is revealed that he is the grandson of one of the women who Lara Jean works with. She begins to fall for him, and has to choose between the two different guys. 
Overall, I thought the book was an amazing book. I had loved the preceding book, and was so excited that there was a sequel. I loved the character Lara Jean, because I felt that I can relate to her. I thought the dialogue was fresh and funny. The characters were unique, and I thought they were really well portrayed. I enjoyed reading it because it was such an easy book to get lost in, however, I couldn't put it down. Those are the best types of books in my opinion. 
If you're looking for a great summer read, look no further. "P.S. I Still Love You" is an amazing book to read. However, if you haven't read the first book, be sure to pick that up first because otherwise you would be confused if you didn't. 
What have you been reading lately? I'm currently reading the book "The Moon and More," by Sarah Dessen. Next up will be "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "Shopaholic to the Stars" (which is on my summer reading list!) 

Monday, July 6, 2015

iPhone 6 Review!

Last week, I announced that I was in the process of updating my phone. Now that my phone is finally here, I can finally post a review about it! 
I got the iPhone 6 64 GB in gold. It arrived on Tuesday and I have been in love with it ever since. I like the phone for starters, because the battery life is amazing. I can go about a day and a half to two days without charging it. This is when I wait until it's down to about 5 percent battery and during the time between cycles I use it moderately. I also love it that since I have so much space on my phone I can fit my entire music library. (About 2500 songs and growing) The phone is also bigger and thinner than the four, which is both a good and a bad thing. It's a good thing because I like the bigger screen. It's a bad thing because it unfortunately can't fit into my wallet. (I have a smartphone wallet.) 
Other than the fact that my phone is huge upgrade, I love some of the features it has. I like the fact that instead of entering a password I have the option to use my fingerprint to unlock my phone. I think that's pretty cool, if you ask me.  I also enjoy how fast the phone is compared to my iPhone 4. I can use Snapchat and it won't take hours and hella amount of battery just to open a single person's Snapchat. (Hence, why I would never use it)
I also like being able to use Siri. I will admit that I am one of those people whose using Siri for pretty much everything. Like, I'll ask Siri things for the sake of asking her things. I just think it's so cool! I also enjoy using it to talk to my phone through text message.
One of my favorite features about the phone has to be the camera. It's amazing. I like how clear the pictures come out. It looks a lot like my professional camera, so now I have the option to take pictures everywhere. (Which is good for the blog and for Instagram) 
One final think I like is the pedometer on the phone. Thanks to iOS 8, it now has the health app which tracks how many steps I take daily. I personally like it because then I can justify how much food I eat. 
Overall, I am in love with my iPhone 6, and I totally recommend it for those who are getting ready or even thinking about upgrading their phone. 
Do you have the iPhone 6? What do you think about it?

Friday, July 3, 2015

What Up, What's Happening.

For many, today begins a three day weekend. For me, well every week is a three day weekend. ( I don't work Fridays, yay!) As we ease into this fourth of July weekend, I'm going to update you all on the happenings on my life.
New Haircut:
Back in February, I debuted a new haircut as I got ready to go to California. However, by the time July rolled around, I noticed that my hair has slowly become really unhealthy and thin. I decided that it was the perfect time to go short. (Well, shorter.) I've been admiring the lob hairstyle for quite a while, so I got a longer version of that. I neglected to take a before shot (I always neglect to do that, so here's a picture of how short I cut it back then)


In total, I probably cut off about three inches, and I'm so glad I did because my hair is so much healthier and less dry. I never thought I'd say this, but I'm really growing to like shorter hair on me! I'm even considering going shorter before school starts, because I like how healthy my hair is now. (If I do, I promise I'll take before shots) What do you all think?
Planning my 21st Birthday:
I turn 21 in nine days. Watch out world. On my actual birthday, I plan to hang out with none other than Griffin and Gabriel. I hopefully will go to the beach and then go to order my first legal drink with them! (I'm a little too excited about this) Then on Monday, I plan to go to the casino with my mom. The following Saturday I plan to hopefully go out to dinner with some of my friends from school and home. I'm looking foreward to having some time for fun, and of course I'll be having something interesting to post about other than what I've been reading!
Alessia's visit! 
The day after my birthday, I get one of the best presents in the entire world. And that is, seeing one of my closest friends after not seeing her for almost two years. I'm so glad that I had gotten the chance to get to know her though, because she's one of my best friends. I'm not sure what we're going to do yet, however, I did take some vacation time at work to do things. I know for sure we'll be hitting up Fro Yo, which was one of her favorite spots and maybe even give her a tour of New Haven. I'm so excited to finally see her!
What have you been up to lately? Let me know!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Here Comes the Barely Legal Bride?!

When you think of 20 going on 21, you think of exploration. You're just about to be able to legally drink, and next year you'll be a Taylor Swift single. (I don't know about you, but I sure as hell am feeling 22) You'll graduate college, usually, and start your "big girl" full time job. Some move out, while others move around. But, is this the time to think of another committment-marriage?
Yesterday, while on Facebook I saw a status of a friend of my ex-boyfriend's. She was going to get married in three or so hours. And while I knew she was engaged, this came as a bit of a shock. She was about my age, and she was already put together enough to get married? Like how is that possible?
 I can barely remember to put the car in park...much less get ready to become a...wife. I want to be done wearing the graduation gown before even thinking about the wedding gown.
Before I continue, let me say this. I'm not opposed to marriage whatsoever. I think it's a good thing when two people get together and decide they love each other enough to be married. Maybe one day, I'll end married myself. However, I think that getting married before 25 is well weird and "too young to fall in love." (Thanks Motley Crue.) Even though the Duggars may think it's a good idea...actually wait don't listen to the Duggars..
Looking at her status (and stalking through her engagement photos), made me realize something. In the next few years, my timelines will be filled with photos of rings, couples looking to get married and of course many from the actual big day. Then there will be babies and all of that family stuff.
While that's cool, I'm not ready to get married. To get into a relationship, yes. But, I want to graduate college. I want to get my master's in Digital Journalism. I want to work. I want to fall in love like the way one falls asleep. I want to go to Italy, and travel the world. I want to learn languages, and I want to write novels that my grandkids will be reading in their classrooms. I want to be something other than someone else's partner or wife.  I don't want to plan ahead for my marriage. I simply want to live each day with love and without expectation.
I still have a long way to go. However, when the time is right rest be assured. I'll rock the veil like no one's business.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Book Review: Infamous by Lauren Conrad/Reading List Update

Yet another book is crossed off of my Summer Reading List. This book is known as "Infamous" by Lauren Conrad.
The book leaves off where the previous "Fame Game" novel left off. Gaby is coming back from rehab, Madison is adjusting to life without flame Trevor, Kate is focused on getting her image on point and Carmen is trying to figure out who is leaking personal information to the tabloids. The book deals with makeovers, and of course drama. (On and off camera)
Over the course of the novel, I've noticed a change in the characters. The biggest one is in Madison. Previously, she was the evil villian of the story, because she did just about anything for fame or personal gain. Now, she does things whether or not the camera is looking or if it buys her more time on the hit show. I also noticed a change in Kate. Orginally, she was the "good" girl who was innocent and naive. However, through out the course of the story, she began to change in order to do what was in her career's best interest. Towards the progress of her book, I felt like she began to lose who she was as a person and an artist.
The book was well written and an easy book to read. It was fast paced, and the way Conrad wrote made it easy to breeze through the pages. Plus, the plot was juicy which made it even easier to breeze through the pages. I really am a fan of the way Conrad writes, especially with the "Fame Game" series. She writes these novels with such insight that makes the voice of the story authentic and real.
Overall, if you've read "The Fame Game" and "Starstruck," you must  check out the final book in the series. Don't you want to know what happens next? I know I did! I'm so happy I finally got a chance to read this book this summer.
So, this also brings us to my reading list update. So far, I've read three books, and plan to hopefully start "I Am Ozzy" soon. (I've had it on my iPad for a while now!) Additionally, I've also read "We Are Liars," by e. Lockhart, "Love Rosie" and "The List." I'm currently reading "P.S. I Still Love You" by Jenny Han, which will eventually be a review posted up within the next week.
How's your summer reading going? Let me know in the comments below!
Reading List Update as of June 29:
Nice Is Just a Place in France by the Betches
The One and Only by Emily Giffin

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
The Complete works of William Shakespeare
I Am Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne
The Complete Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Fill In Boyfriend
Infamous by Lauren Conrad
Shopaholic to the Stars