Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Summer Staycation Ideas



We'd all love to be able to vacation in the summer from the beaches of the Caribbean, to the culture of Europe, the exoticness of Australia or even just somewhere new here in the States. Well if you're bank account doesn't allow to jet set all over (like mine does) don't worry your pretty little mind. I have a few fun summer staycation ideas!






No. 1: Spend a weekend at a hotel//
Book a weekend at a local hotel to get in the mindset of getting out of town. Sleep in, order room service, go to a spa and enjoy all the perks of being on vacation.

No. 2: Go to the lake or beach//
Grab your friends or family and spend a day soaking up the rays and catching some waves. Have a cookout and end the night with a bonfire and smore's.  

No. 3: Get out of town//
Take a mini vacation to a nearby city. Stay a night or two and play tourist. Maybe it's catching a concert, seeing an exhibit or just walking around and enjoying the sights. 

No. 4: Dressed to the nines//
Get all dressed up and head out to a nice dinner. Treat yourself and eat a meal fit for a queen!

No. 5: Explore//
Spend a day exploring your city. Go to fun places to eat, shop, and play. Bike around it for even more fun! And for even more, more fun get your friends to go with you!


Some more fun ideas are go to the local's farmer market, eat at a food truck, go to the drive-in and attend a local concert! Staying home for the summer doesn't have to be boring or uneventful. There are plenty of things to do you just gotta get out there and find them! 


Staycationing this summer like me? What are some of your staycation ideas? Leave them in the comments below! :)






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"one's destination is never a place but a new way of seeing things"

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Weekend Reading No. 22





Why hello everyone! I hope you all had a good week! My week was great! It drug on forever but it was good! I've been super busy with my internship and enjoying myself this summer so that's why there's a lack of posts. I do have a whole bunch planned so bear with me as I shoot them! Thanks for sticking with me! :) Anyways, onto my Weekend Reading list! 


                                                                           


We've all sent that one #EmailFail, but here's some that make yours look like flawless. 

I'm obsessed with campaign dressers but not the price tag. So I found this easy DIY hack! IKEA here I come!

Who wouldn't wanna shoot arrows at objects sitting atop your head!?

Celebrities without makeup. Is it possible they look even more stunning bare faced?!

Juice cleanses are allll the rage in Hollywood and with celebs. I've been wanting to try a juice cleanse and after reading this I definitely want to!

Picnic essentials! Anyone wanna go on one with me?

I always marvel at the spot on impressions they do! I wish I had talent like that! 

I love the coordinate sets and this lemon clutch is too cute!

So HSM was my childhood. I knew every song and could quote the entire movies almost word for word. Yeah #Obsessed. But here are 20 facts I didn't know about it!

This is hilarious. Absolute hilarity

First off Channing Tatum and second off Magic Mike



What you missed on 'of life and style':

Summer Bucketlist // What's on my summer bucketlist

Beauty Obsessions // My beauty obsessions illustrated fabulously

Red, White and Blue // 4th of July outfit inspo 



                                                                           



That's all I wrote! Shorter than normal but the videos are definitely worth the watch. Just try not laughing. I dare you. 



What have you guys been loving on the Internet this week? Leave a comment sharing below! :)


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"my weekend is all booked up"

Friday, June 26, 2015

Red, White and Blue


I can't even believe Fourth of July is next week...... It was like Christmas yesterday. WHERE IS THE TIME GOING?! Anyways, it's one of my favorite holidays. I love it for a whole lotta reasons; family, friends, food, fireworks, freedom and when else can I wear an obnoxious amount of red, white and blue and not be judged? So if you're in need of some Fourth of July outfit inspo I've gotcha covered! I have outfits ranging from super casual and comfy to dressy!



No. 1: Top// Headband// Shorts// Sandals
No. 2: Tank// Shorts// Sandals
No. 3: Top// Shorts// Shoes
No. 4: Dress// Wedges// Bag


The first outfit is a mix between dressy and casual. It's perfect for dinner on the patio.

 Outfit number two is the most comfy and full of American Pride! I mean when else can you wear American flag shorts? This outfit is perfect for a day on the lake. 

The third outfit is my favorite. It's casual, simple, classic and very patriotic. You can never go wrong with stripes, Chino's and Converse. It's perfect for a backyard BBQ and shooting off fireworks. 

Finally, the last outfit is the most dressy. Pair a simple dress with wedges and a crossbody for a drinks and dinner. 


                                                                                


I hope this gave you some outfit ideas for what to wear on the big holiday! I still haven't decided what I'm wearing for the big day..... 


Do you have any big Fourth of July plans? What are you wearing for the festivities? Leave me a comment sharing!


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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Beauty Obsessions



Earlier this month the fabulously talented Evelyn Henson asked for bloggers/Instagrammers to be featured on her blog. Of course I jumped at the chance to be featured! If you haven't seen her work what are you even doing with your life?! Her illustrations are everything! They're super fun, bright, colorful and add the perfect decorative element! Go check out her website and be ready to fall in love with everything. I know I did. 

Anyways, her series is called "Beauty Obsessions" where she illustrates your favorite beauty products. I sent in mine and she illustrated them for me! How cool is that?! It turned out fabulous and needless to say I'm obsessed!  


You can check out the full post, with little snippets of why I like each product here


A huge thank you to Evelyn for doing this! I am beyond happy with the way it turned out!! :)






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"joy is the best makeup"

Monday, June 22, 2015

Summer Bucketlist


Yesterday was officially the first day of summer! Woot! It has finally cleared up here in Kansas and is starting to actually feel like summer! So in honor of  summer I'm sharing my summer bucketlist! 




Summer is the perfect time to do new, fun and exciting things! I'm determined to make this summer the best summer ever. Last summer was pretty hard to beat, but I have a feeling the summer of 2015 is going to be the best one yet! 


What's on your summer bucketlist? Got any big plans? Leave me a comment below sharing! :)





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"the tans will fade but the memories will last forever"

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Weekend Reading No. 21




Happy Sunday everyone! Sorry this is going up a little bit late! I didn't get home will about midnight last night and was exhausted so I went straight to bed. But you'll still get your Weekend Reading, just a little bit later. So without further adieu here it is! 


                                                                           



Oh man we've all had some bad first texts but I think these take the cake

Not one for colored hair but this rose pink hair is a million heart eyes emojis!

I need a new setting spray and I might have to pick up this L'Oreal one!

Loving this casual outfit! I definitely could recreate it. 

How to transfer your artwork or lettering to Photoshop! Gonna try out this tutorial! 

Mark Ruffalo is the new James Bond bassist. 

Loving this super casual but put together look! Can never go wrong with stripes!

I've been dying to go to Nantucket and after reading this travel guide I MUST go!

A pineapple coconut daiquiri in a pineapple? YES PLEASE!

Who doesn't love confetti and balloons? Combine them and you get this fabulous party decor idea!

I'm in love with Colin Farrell's accent, Vince Vaughn is hilarious as usual and I can't believe that happened to Jimmy

Absolutely love this white lace dress on Christine! She always has such impeccable style!

Flamingo macarons? Oh hell yes. 



What you missed on 'of life and style':

Black Out // An all black outfit that's chic and professional.

#TheInternDiaries: Interview Tips // Tips for acing your interview.

Chambray and White // One of my favorite outfit combos ever. 


                                                                           


So there you go! My Weekend Reading! A tad shorter than normal but still loaded with hilarious videos and great articles! 



What have you been loving on the Internet this week? Leave me a comment sharing!





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"sorry my weekend is all booked up"

Friday, June 19, 2015

Chambray and White


You can't go wrong with chambray and white. You just can't. It's stylish and uber comfortable. It's a staple spring/summer outfit! I first wore this outfit when I went to the KC Designer Showhouse, which you can read about here, since it was not too hot or too cold. 





Sunglasses: Versona Boutique (similar here)// Top: Old Navy// Necklace: BaubleBar// Belt: Target (similar here)// Jeans: Target (similar here)// Wedges: Ross (similar here)// 



|Thanks to Alex for taking these photos!|


Since it's lots of neutral's you can do a lot with this outfit accessory wise. I added my favorite go-to necklace, the BaubleBar Courtney bib and it added the perfect touch of glam. If it's getting to be on the warmer side, swap out the jeans for a pair of white shorts and the longsleeve top for a shortsleeve or sleeveless one! It's so versatile and can be worn a million different ways! That's my favorite kind of outfit!


What is one of your classic outfit combos? Leave me a comment or send me a pic! :)




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"simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication"

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

#TheInternDiaries: Interview Tips



Welcome back to #TheInternDiaries! Today's post is all about the interview. So your resume impressed and now you got yourself an interview to really show your stuff. The interview is muy importante. It shows your potential boss who you are as a person, how you carry yourself and if you're a good fit for the position. It's definitely a lot of pressure but hopefully with these tips will get you feeling confident and relaxed! So let's get into my interview tips!




Tip No. 1: Do your research//
Before you even get to the interview, do your research. Jump on the company's website and read up on their mission statement, what they're about, what the pride themselves on, etc., etc. This will help you get an idea of what they're looking for, show your proactive nature and help you answer questions. 

Tip No. 2: Be prepared// 
Print out a few copies of your resume, cover sheet, portfolio examples, business cards and anything else you might give to your interviewer. Get your things together the night before so have it all together. 

Tip No. 3: Practice, practice, practice//
Going along with Tip No. 2, practice what you will say when asked the questions. Have a family member sit down and do a mock interview so you can get a feel for what the setting will be like. Just like actors and actresses memorize their lines for a play, you can get an idea of your answers when asked certain questions. You don't need to have it memorized word for word, but a general idea is a great starting point. 

Here are a few questions that might be asked: 

Tell me about yourself. Tell me something that's not on your resume. 

Describe your working style. 

How do you stay organized?

What are your strengths? Weaknesses?*

Why do you want to work here? 

What are you looking for in a position?

How do you solve a problem?

What's your biggest accomplishment?


Granted these aren't every single question you might be asked but it gets you a feel for the type of questions that could come up. 

*When answering for weaknesses don't downplay a strength. "A weakness would be I do too much." Be honest with yourself and your interviewer and tell them a real weakness of yours. For me mine is that I can't say no. I will keep taking on assignments and projects even if I know I have too much on my plate. I just don't like turning down things, but it's something I'm working on. 

Tip No. 4: Dress the part//
Dress for success! A general rule of thumb is to dress on the conservative side and be overdressed. Granted, every work environment will be different, but it's better to be overdressed than underdressed. Stick with pants, skirts, dresses, blouses and low heels. Accessorize with a fun bag, scarf or piece of jewelry. When in doubt go with a nice blouse, pencil skirt and sensible heel.  
Pick out your outfit the night before and set it out. That way you're not rushed in the morning to try and find an outfit. 

Tip No. 5: Arrive early//
Arriving early shows promptness and punctuality but also that you are invested in this position and that it's important. Plan on arriving minimum 15 minutes early but air on the side of a half and hour. This allows for traffic, finding a parking spot, crowded elevators and gives you some time to compose yourself and get ready. 

Tip No. 6: Posture//
The second you meet your interviewer, stand up straight, shoulders back and head held high. Even if you're a shaking mess on the inside, don't let it show on the outside. Fake it till you make it, right? Have a firm handshake, make direct eye contact and smile. It gives a strong first impression. When sitting down sit up straight, hands in lap. Try to not fidget, play with your hair, clothes, etc., and avoid chewing gum. 

Tip No. 7: Answering questions//
If you get asked a question and you don't know the answer, stop, breathe and take a minute to compose yourself. Don't say "I don't know", make up an answer or rush it. Ask for clarification, if they can expound on it or give an example. If you have some knowledge of part of the question, tell your interviewer what you do know or how you would go about solving it. This can help you figure out the rest. If you still have no idea how to answer try something like this, "That is a great question, but I'm sorry I don't have the answer off the top of my head. I will be more than happy to follow up with the answer after the interview." After the interview, spend some time reflecting on the answer and be sure to send that follow up email. 

Tip No. 8: Asking questions//
Ask questions about the position and company. This shows that you did your homework and again that you're invested into the company and position. It also will answer any further questions you have about the job. 

Tip No. 9: Finish strong//
End the interview with another firm handshake, smile and a thank you for their time. After be sure to send a follow-up email thanking them again for their time and that you look forward to hearing from them. 


                                                                                


There you have it, those are all my tips for having a great interview! The main thing to remember is to be confident, remain calm and think things through. Ask for clarification if you don't quite understand something. Don't get worked up if you don't know the answer. Interviews are scary and it's okay to not know everything. Just breathe and relax. 



How do you handle interviews? Have any tips? Leave a comment sharing them!





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"that awkward moment when someone asks you tell more about yourself and you're are like 'who am i?!"




Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Black Out


I love the white on white trend. I also love the black on black trend. While a little harder to achieve (who knew there were so many different shades of black!?) it can be done. I wore this outfit when I went to work with Kat last week. We were going to various meetings downtown and it was a pretty hot and humid day so I needed something chic, professional and something I wasn't going to die in. Enter this outfit. 








Sunglasses: Versona Boutique (similar here)// Top: Target// Skort: Forever21 (similar here)// Heels: Off Broadway Shoes// Bag: Old Navy (similar here)// Bracelet: Versona Boutique// 


|Thanks to Alex for the photos!|


I feel so chic and modern in this outfit. And when I was downtown, heels a clacking on the sidewalk, sunglasses on, hair flowing in the breeze, surrounded by all the buildings, it was like something from a movie. It was so empowering. 

And these heels are my second most comfortable pair. Actually these are also Jessica Simpson pumps, as is my most comfortable pair. So what we've established here is that her heels are the most comfortable if you're going to be in them for a long time. Oh and they're under $30, SCORE! 

Okay back on track. I love black for business outfits, as it's chic and classic. And it's so versatile and pairs well with tooons of other options. It's simple, sophisticated and stylish.



How do you rock the black on black trend? What do you wear to work? Leave me a comment sharing! :)



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"the queen of all colors is black"

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Weekend Reading No. 20




Good morning or afternoon or evening everyone! Sorry for the radio silence. :/  I just hadn't been feeling like writing a blog post. So I decided than force myself to do it and A) hate doing it and B) put out crappy content I just wouldn't do one. I'd give myself a little break to let me relax and think. But I'm feeling ready to get back at it! So here's our Weekend Reading!


                                                                        


14 things I wish I knew in my 20s. A great article if you're like me and in your 20s!

Catchphrase with Jimmy Fallon, Marlon Wayans, Jason Derulo and Amanda Seyfried. I couldn't stop laughing! 

Where to stay in Paris. I can't believe Jessica stayed in this place! It's amazing!

Loving this striped top, white jeans outfit combo. You guys know how much I love both. 

Skinny cake batter ice cream. HELL YES. 

25 signs you work in social media. Now that I've started my internship working in social media I can definitely relate to some of these!

11 thoughts you have when someone brings donuts to work. Scarily accurate. 

And we're continuing with the wanderlust (seriously I need a vacation. Anyone wanna go? with the 10 best travel sites.

An editor tried living her life like a fashion blogger/Instagrammer and this is how it turned out

I laughed a lot more than I should have, but it's far too familiar to me.... Anyone else? (Please say yes!) 

It's wedding season and here are a few unconventional wedding ideas/advice

I love emojis, I think most everyone does. Here are the top 100 emojis. Interesting to see which are the most popular from a poll. Also I didn't know you could order pizza from Domino's by just typing the pizza emoji?!  

Going to New York? Then check out these coffee shops for your morning cup of Joe!

Must do's in Positano, Italy!

Love this striped midi dress outfit! I need this skirt stat!

The ultimate LA guide to donuts. Next time I go to LA I'm hitting some of these up!




What you missed on 'of life and style':

#TheInternDiaries: Resume Tips // Started a new series about being an intern. 

Cobalt and Converse // Styled this adorable cobalt romper.



                                                                        


Thank you guys for sticking with me! I appreciate it more than you know! You're the absolute best! :) 

Hope you liked this weeks links! 


What have you been loving on the Internet? Leave me a comment sharing! 




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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Cobalt and Converse


It's been a crazy spring with the weather going from stormy and rainy to bright and sunny! It seems like the weather changes every hour. Whenever there is a nice day I take full advantage and break out the summer pieces. Case in point, this romper that I bought from Nordstrom Rack. It's this gorgeous cobalt blue color that will be perfect for summer! Today I dressed it down but it can easily be dressed up! 







Sunglasses: Versona Boutique (similar here)// Romper: Nordstrom Rack (similar here and here)// Converse// Bag: Kate Spade// 

|Thanks to Alex for the photos!|



I'm obsessed with the color! I think cobalt is such a stunning color that can be worn by everyone! It looks good with any eye, hair or skin color. I'm already planning how to wear this for a night out! I also love rompers because they're an all in out outfit. All you need is accessories and shoes. They're easy, super comfy and ridiculously cute. They're a summer staple for sure! Oh and yes I am currently obsessed with these sunglasses and this bag. They're pretty much all I've been wearing. #SorryNotSorry ;)


                                                                                  



How do you wear cobalt? Leave me a comment or send me a picture! 




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Monday, June 8, 2015

#TheInternDiaries: Resume Tips

Welcome to a new little series here on of life and style! If you don't know I'm working as a summer intern which you can read all about here. It's my first ever internship so I thought it'd be fun to share my experience on the blog! So I'm starting this series, #TheInternDiaries, which will be posts focused around being and intern. I'll post about my experience, tips, tricks and general advice that I've found helpful, and hopefully you will to! Kicking off the series is resume tips!



Your resume is one of the most essential parts of applying for an internship. This is where your potential boss will see if you are even a good fit for the job and if you are qualified enough. To be honest I didn't have a 'grown up' resume and now had to create one. I took to Pinterest, Levo League and The Prepary for tips and tricks on crafting the 'perfect' one. After reading article, after article, after article I knew what I wanted to include and what I didn't. By no means am I an expert. I'm simply sharing what tips I have to help you with yours. So what are my resume tips? Glad you asked!

Tip No. 1: Make it reflect your personality//
Your resume is a reflection of you. It is the first impression your potential boss will see when he or she is flipping through 101 applications and other resumes. Be creative and make it stand out. But don't go overboard.

Tip No. 2: Be concise, Don't Ramble//
Don't write out your entire work history or life story. Your potential boss is not going to read all of it. He or she will most likely skim over it and see if just at a glance you are worth calling in for an interview. Keep it short, sweet and to the point. 

Tip No. 3: List only relevant experiences//
Going hand in hand with being concise is listing only relevant experiences for the job. Don't mention that one summer job you had years ago mowing lawns if you are working at a tech company. Employer's are looking for what current experience you have. I had trouble in this department because I didn't have any 'real experience' in my field. In my case I listed what experience I had in high school because it was relevant and I hadn't been out of high school for too long. But the general rule of thumb is to only list what's relevant.

Tip No. 4: Be specific//
When listing out your relevant experiences, skills, accomplishments, etc., be specific. Employer's like to know what exactly it is you did. They like details. Don't generalize or be too vague. But also don't go writing a novel. See Tip No. 2 for length. 

Tip No. 5: Spelling and Grammar matter//
Spelling and grammar are extremely important when it comes to your resume. Don't use abbreviations or 'text lingo'. Spell everything out. As for grammar, use proper punctuation and try to stick to one verb tense. Triple check everything before you save and send it off. 

Tip No. 6: Don't ignore formatting and aesthetic//
Keep all your formatting the same. If you use Arial for your font don't just randomly decide to use Times New Roman. Try to stick with no more than 2 fonts. Anymore and it will get cluttered and distracting. Use the bold or italicized fonts to help differentiate your wording. Stick to 4-5 headings on your resume. Remember, only include what's relevant. Make sure your resume is clean, neat and organized. No employer wants to read a resume that's all over the place. When creating it, organize your topics by what makes sense logically. 

Tip No. 6: Save it as a PDF//
Saving your resume in a Word document is a big no-no. Save it as a PDF. There are tons of free Word to PDF converter sites out there that can do it for you. By saving it as a PDF it makes it cleaner, easier to read and more professional. 

Tip No. 7: Share your links//
Include your social media links. Employer's like to know who it is they're interviewing. Just make sure that what you have on your social media sites is work appropriate. 


Those are all my resume tips! And so you can see them in action here is my current resume! 



So there it is! Turned out pretty well if I do say so myself!  


If you have any other questions about resume's don't hesitate to ask! I will do my best to try and answer them! :) 


Do you have any resume tips? Leave a comment sharing!




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"this is not just a resume, but the evolution of passion throughout the years of diligent work on the way to becoming an expert"