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Vacay to Paradise: Preparations

Vacation. The two words that come to mind when this word is uttered are: excitement and money.

I’m not usually one to take a long vacation that involves me going anywhere other than my parents house. I’ve just honestly never had the money. But starting as of this year, I’ve decided to make travel an important part of my life. I work hard, so I deserve some time to have fun, right?

This year marks my first real, long vacation where I’m traveling by myself. I’ll be with friends in between the flight there and the flight back, but it just screams of excitement. I’m an adult now.

So where’s the vacay at?

CALIFORNIA.

(Not sorry for the all caps)

I’ll be visiting the San Jose-San Francisco area for the first part of the trip, where I’ll see my first friend (best friend from college/unofficial sister). Then I’ll fly down to San Diego and take the train up to the San Marcos area to visit my second friend (my non-blood twin). We’ll be taking a trip past LA to Universal Studios.

To see Harry Potter World and everything else that the parks might hold. Thrilled is an understatement. I’m still trying to plan the perfect outfit to show off my Ravenclaw affiliation.

As with any big trip, there are a list of things that I have to do. I shudder just thinking about the money that I’m spending (thank god for bonuses, right?).

Never the less, flights are booked and I still have a few things to get settled before May 29th.

  • Buy a Suitcase: My last suitcase was super bright, colorful, and all sorts of fun. Then the wheel broke as I was heading to the bus to leave Japan. It sucked. So I need to get a new one but I don’t really want it to be plain and boring – there needs to be some life to it.
  • Plan the Outfits: Come on, I’m a fashion/style blogger. I have to look the part as I travel. Since it’s going to be the beach and summer and California, I’m thinking of a cute maxi, maybe a romper, and a sundress. Shorts and a comfy top. Maybe a big, wide-rimmed hat to help keep the sun off of my face.
  • Get the Hair Did: Okay, definitely not a vacation requirement. But a birthday requirement. And maybe a bit wanted for vacation as well. I need to get my side bangs back and want to have my hair frame my face with some feathered layers.
  • Call the Bank: It’s a requirement to get with your bank before traveling. What would be worse than trying to buy the perfect souvenir and your card is declining because your account has been frozen? Always call the bank.
  • Buy Train Tickets: I mentioned the train, right? Freaking excited. And also terrified. My goal is to plan my train route in the next couple of days and book tickets. And then hopefully not get lost. My twin might kill me if I do.
  • Set up Travel To and From the Airport: I honestly just don’t want to leave my car at the airport. So I’m going to use a service to get there and back. It’s practically the same as leaving my car. Plus, I have to be at the airport at 4:30 AM to get to Cali. I don’t think it would be safe for the rest of the world if I’m driving.

Those are the big things that I need to plan! Not to mention finishing presents for birthdays and getting travel-sized items to take with me. It’s going to be an exciting trip – both in finishing preparing for the official vacation and actually going. I can’t wait for this adventure (only a good adventure with good outcomes and happy feels).

What about you, dear readers? Any fun trips coming up soon? Feel free to share your fave destinations or can’t-live-without travel tips below!

Love,
Brittany

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OOTD: Simple and Chic

May is starting up to be a whirlwind of a month. Work has been crazy busy and my calendar has majorly filled up through mid-June. Though, it’s no surprise since this month involves Austin Fashion week from May 13th – 21st (more on that next week), my birthday, holidays and weddings, and planning for my first […]

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My Fave Coachella Looks

It’s that time of year again. Weekend one of Coachella just ended and I am just in awe at the fashion that reigned over Instagram.

Most of my fave looks involved either lots of sheer material, dazzling bralettes, patterns of sparkling stars, or just overall flattering styles that just make your jaw drop. And lots of black. What can I say? It’s a classic color to wear.

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Source: @evelina

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Source: @jamienkidd

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Source: @daitrang

 

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Source: @pammiek_

Like, honestly, how can you not be in love with all of the fashion at Coachella? All my favorite trends are on display – and so flawlessly put together! I’m honestly so excited about the amount of sheer pieces that I saw. They’re so chic and daring all at once.

Weekend two is just a few days away and I can’t wait to see what other looks there will be. What have been some of your favorite looks, dear readers? Feel free to share and comment below!

Love,

Brittany

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Straighten Your Crown

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Sometimes bad things happen that you weren’t expecting. And maybe, even if you had an idea it was going to occur, you still felt blindsided when it actually happened.

Maybe in the aftermath, as you are staring wide-eyed at the knife you’ve pulled out of you, blood drip drop dripping from the blade, you start to realize that the small sliver of hope you’d been holding onto wasn’t strong enough without the other person holding onto it.

Maybe you hadn’t even been holding on that tightly anymore.

Maybe hope had slipped away a long time ago and you forgot you were wielding a blade of your own.

But now it’s time to set that blade down. Sew your wounds shut. Hold your head up and adjust your crown. Push through the pain because you have greater things to face.

You were meant to rule the world. So don’t you dare give up until you are on your throne. Build that empire. Adventure awaits.

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Trend Alert: Off the Shoulder

I am a huge fan of the off the shoulder trend – but I’m definitely still growing my confidence in wearing them.

That’s why you can see me sporting this lightweight cardigan with my super earthy outfit (most definitely Saphire Approved!).

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While it does a good job at hiding my back and shoulders, it still doesn’t take away from the overall effect of the outfit.

However, it’s a bit too big on me and tends to slightly fall off. Which I was fine with, because it let me get away with wearing the off the shoulder just enough to where I could it could grow on me.

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Let’s talk about the top itself! It’s actually a bodysuit that I got from Altar’d State (see link here). Super cute and I just love the ruffle – it’s definitely my style. Green is one of my favorite colors. Fortunately, it goes really well with my hair color, which is a good plus in this case.

The skirt is just absolutely FAB. It’s a patchwork of suede and leather, all in gorgeous earth tones.

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As I said, this outfit is definitely Saphire approved – this earth Guardian is in love with every piece of it (though, I definitely wouldn’t wear it to battle).

That being said, I’m definitely going to work on getting more into this off the shoulder trend and starting to pop the colors a bit more as we get into spring. It is definitely a great way to enjoy some nice, cool weather and look super chic when going out!

What are your thoughts on this fun trend, dear readers? Do you have a favorite outfit that you wear? Please share and comment below!

 

By the way, I went on an absolutely fantastic trip this past Friday to the San Antonio Zoo where I got to FEED A GIRAFFE. If you know me at all, you’ll know that I’m “mildly” obsessed with these beautiful creatures. Unfortunately, I can’t share the video on my post, but you can take a look at it here. It was the highlight of the entire week.

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Signs That You Need to Slow Down

While we can all aspire to be superwoman (or superman), there comes a time when we need to stop what we’re doing and take a breather. It’s not good for our bodies or our minds to be running a marathon all of the time.

So before it gets to the point where you’re having crazy philosophical dreams that are telling you to calm it down, learn to recognize the signs that you may be overdoing it.

  1. You are tired all of the time. It’s normal to feel a bit tired after a long day at work or after a rough night’s sleep. But when tiredness and exhaustion start to seep into your bones on a daily schedule, it might be time to give your body a chance to rest up.
  2. Your anxiety levels are through the roof. Sure, we tend to get butterflies when we have a big presentation coming up or we got assigned a big report at the last moment. However, it is very bad when your levels of stress cause worry to take over your thoughts and affect your work quality. Sometimes stress can be positive, but in this case it’s only going to bring you down. Learn to say no and take off some of the workload that is causing you to chew your fingernails down to the quick.
  3. Sleep is like something out of a movie. Not real. And it’s starting to look like a galaxy far, far away is something you could get to sooner than you can fall asleep. Your mind is always racing and you can’t calm down enough to enter dreamland. When I hit this point, chamomile tea always helps to calm me down. Maybe try some meditation or calm stretches before hitting the sack.
  4. Your memory is starting to be finicky. Did you turn off the curling iron before leaving to go to work? Wasn’t that report supposed to be due tomorrow and not today at 9:00 AM? Since you are always on the go, it’s no surprise that a hundred things are racing through your mind. However, when it’s hard to remember even things that you marked down, it’s probably time to take a step back.
  5. You get easily aggravated. Are you snapping at your boyfriend all the time? Did you accidentally yell at mom over the phone? When your stress levels are high, so are your emotions. It’s easy to get angry over something small and to break down at any mistake that might occur. Take a deep breathe and try not to take it out on people who may not have done anything wrong (unless maybe they did).
  6. Going out seems more like a chore than fun. Maybe you don’t like to go out – personally, ever since I started living on my own I feel that I have become a bit of a hermit. But it might be a bad sign if going out is something you usually do (and not just to the club, but maybe to dinner with a friend or out to the movies) and you’ve started saying no to every invitation you receive.

I will be the first one to say that overworking yourself is not good – been there, done that and nothing good came out of it. Your health is most important, so remember that it is so so important to take care of yourself. What you do today paves the way for who you will be in the future – and maybe your work is taking you to that great place in your life. But if you don’t rest up and give yourself a break, you may not quite make it to your dreams in the condition that you need to be in.

How do you give yourself a rest, dear readers? Any helpful tips on maintaining healthy stress levels and your sanity? Feel free to share and comment below.

Until next time,

Brittany

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I Have a Problem

And it’s called shopping.

I swear, these semi-annuals are going to be the death of me. Well, at least the death of my bank account.

While I can’t say that my wallet hasn’t left the mall unscathed, I can say my battle wounds are worth showing off. I’ve grabbed some super cutes clothes for spectacular deals – and I mean spectacular.

Some of my favorites so far have been:

  • Altar’d State: 70% off of sale prices. I will say that this is where I work part-time, which is probably why half of my closet is Altar’d State, but the semi-annual sale is my favorite time of the year. Nothing beats 70% off of cute clothes already on sale!
  • White House | Black Market: Currently 50% off of sale. I’ve grabbed some of the cutest things this past week from there – one being the super cute blouse with exaggerated sleeves (see post here on Inbetween Thoughts) and another being the below silver skirt. It ended up being just $35 after all the discounts were applied!
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  • Dillards: Extra 30% of sales for members – though, I think they might be opening it up to the public eventually (I’m not sure how that usually goes. My mom has a card, so she lets me know when it’s members only. Thanks, Mom!). Grabbed the CUTEST pair of Giani Bini Mary Jane heels. Just in time – my current pair are falling apart and I needed a good replacement. I’ll be sure to show these off in future posts, or at least on my Instagram.
  • BCBG: There’s no additional percentage off right now, but there are still some great deals.
  • Teavana: Because what’s better than getting holiday-only tea for 30%? You can bet I stocked up enough White Chocolate Peppermint to last me until next winter.

Honestly, those are all the ones I’ve shopped at recently, but there are so many stores finishing up with their sales (and a few that have ended). My wallet can’t take much more damage, but I love getting to see a good deal.

What about you, dear reader? Have you found any spectacular sales that you’re willing to share with us? Please comment below! We’d love to hear!

 

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“On Behalf of the Moon…”

“…I will right wrongs and triumph over evil, and that means you!”

Let the triumphing commence with this gorgeous new palette that I just discovered (courtesies of Popsugar Beauty).

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As you can see from their picture, this fun new makeup comes in a true blue Sailor Moon Prism Compact – and I am just dying to get my hands on it! The compact isn’t available until March, but what other way is there to take on the world than in magical girl makeup?

The answer is none.

This compact is being sold by Creer Beaute and they also have other fun pieces in a Sailor Moon theme – eye makeup, powers, blushes, etc.

I’m a little upset I didn’t know about this line (Miracle Romance) any sooner. Maybe I’ll be seeing this compact sometime soon in my future.

What are your thoughts, dear readers? Interested to try out this palette or maybe just have it for your collection?

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2017 Beauty Wishlist

So perhaps I’ve been MIA lately. There’s a reason. One is work (two of them). The other is that I’m working on a joint blog with my friends Meagan and Alyssa. Please take the chance to head over and check out our blog, Inbetween Thoughts! And while you’re there, read my newest post – 2017 Beauty Wishlist.

With the new year comes a new round of trends and looks – which means, a brand new horde of beauty products to make us sparkle and glow. Bring on the heart eyes. 1. Smashbox Eyeshadow Palettes My first stop on this checklist is the new makeup palettes that were just released at the end […]

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Glam Looks for the New Years Party Season — Inbetween Thoughts

We’ve just passed Christmas (unfortunately) and it’s time to dust off the dirt of 2016 in order to prepare for the New Year. I’m sure we can all agree this year was a little too crazy, but we can all dream of a better tomorrow, right? Before finalizing our resolutions for 2017, it’s time to […]

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