12.13.2017

WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR

isneyland has simply been the best way to start off my December! My sister is absolutely obsessed with Disney, so I promised her a trip just the two of us before her annual pass expired. It turns out that Sunday's are the best day to go because we were able to hit 7 rides within only two hours!! Oh and my number one tip is to use fast passes. They were a life saver and allowed us to cut the line completely! 

The whole park was beautiful at night when all the lights came up! I have to say it was so hard taking photos around the park and I'm just lucky I have these to share let alone ones at night! So perhaps I next time I will start earlier in the day, haha. 


I've been to Disney many times yet for the first time I went on Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain Railroad (which is now my favorite), and Winnie the Pooh. It was so much fun. The only ride I wish we could have seen for Christmas is the Haunted Mansion, however, It's A Small World was a two hour wait ,which kept us behind schedule. I can't wait to go back because my sister is the best person to go with!! 

12.09.2017

DECEMBER SMALL GOALS | 2017


h my gosh you guys!! This will be the last small goals post of the year. Absolutely crazy how fast this year is flying by. I am officially done with college for my fall semester and it feels freeing. Over the weekend I have loved scrolling through my favorite blogs to catch up on everything I seemed to miss during my finals week, and it is making me so excited to write my own content now.

I am going to be brainstorming some new content for the beginning of the year, so if you can think of anything in particular you'd like to see comment below! I'd love some suggestions.

November goals...

1. Blog more | Ugh. My blog has been lacking content but I hope this will change come January!

2. Christmas shopping | I still have two more people to shop for.

3. Drink more water | Yes, I've done this so much more and its helping me.

4. Find podcasts to listen to | Nope. This one is soo hard for me. Any suggestions?

5. Get a pedicure | I didn't have time with finals. I need to do this though.


December goals...

1. Preschedule blog posts | I can't wait to tackle this.

2. Read a book | I have a book I've been meaning to finish and I know I'll be able to considering its a beautiful coffee table type of book.

3. Make a Christmas recipe | I would love to make some desert for the holiday.

4. Catch up on journaling | I haven't been journaling since I left for the semester and I need to stay updating on all different ones I have.

5. Watch Holiday Movies | Netflix has so many good Christmas movies I have been saving for this month like White Christmas and Grinch.

12.02.2017

CHRISTMAS TREE HUNT


logging for six years has produced a lot of content and constant brainstorming. I still have so much to tackle when it comes to my dream photo shoot spots, and today's post was one of them. This green coat worked so perfectly for this gorgeous backdrop!! We visited our favorite spot at Avila Farm, which is full of local produce, candy, and bakery goods, along with animals to feed. It is truly so much fun to buy a few snacks and walk around especially this fall with the colored trees. 

When I drove in and saw their fresh Christmas trees lined up all over the property, I fell in love. It smelt like fresh pine all day. My family has stuck with a fake tree for years now so any chance of being around a real one that smells good is my favorite! 


This sums up the last scheduled posts from our Thanksgiving weekend trip up North! It was so much fun and nice to getaway from everything. I'm back at Vanguard now, but I only have two weeks left until my winter break. I'm officially on countdown now, haha!  

11.28.2017

PLANT LADY


he Garden Shed is the cutest little center in Cambria. It's full of boutiques, home goods, and garden stores. Cambria is s tiny beach town with about a 2 mile strip of restaurants, shops, coffee, and even community needs such as a church and post office. So for me, the Garden Shed has the most unique shops, and prettiest courtyard. 
This one shop called 'Grow' is full of succulents! It was so gorgeous with the sunlight I had to do a mini shoot. Made me wish I actually had a succulent or plant lady graphic tee to wear for the occasion, haha. So if you are in Cambria enjoying the beach side and feel like hoping into town check out the Garden Shed!! 

11.26.2017

MOONSTONE BEACH


ambria is such a beautiful and little beach town. The central coast is seriously my favorite place in the whole world. My family and I spent our Thanksgiving weekend in San Luis like we did this past summer!! This time around we visited some more local favorites that I haven't been to since I was about nine years old. 

The beaches here are incredible. The water is crystal blue, and these photos almost don't even give it any justice. The ocean here is absolutely scenic because of the rolling hills and large rocks the waves crash on. It reminds me so much Hawaii! One day I would love to live up here.

11.23.2017

GROWING IN (GR)ATTITUDE

appy Thanksgiving my friends! I have looked forward to this day all month long. This year this holiday has a completely new meaning for myself. Half being that beautiful moment of driving home and being with my family longer than two whole days on the weekend, and the other being some self reflection.

I haven't talked about it here on the blog, but the Lord has been calling out to me this semester like never before. My faith in God was literally crumbling this past year, yet my semester at college has brought me closer to Him.

My semester in the beginning wasn't anything I had dreamed it would be. I had to transfer dorm rooms because of unchristian girls I was put with, and God delivered me out. I have a roommate now that I absolutely love and it's just so evident that this was God's plan. As bumpy as those two months were, I can see His hand in it all.

Without this issue in my living situation my faith would still be weak. It wouldn't have had the opportunity to grow, change, and be renewed. This experience allowed me to cry out to Him and gave me the perfect moment to place my trust back in Him.

This beautiful holiday now just seems to sweet to me. It's a time where I can reflect on all the ways the Lord met my needs this semester. In order to keep going strong, I have to constantly praise Him for my blessings. I've started a gratitude journal for the first time in my life, and I love it!! Waking up and realizing that each day is a new day with his mercy, is so comforting to me.

My family. They've been so supporting during my time being away.

Cassidy, my sweet new roommate.

Vanguard. My classes are stretching me everyday and I love it.

The power of prayer.

My pup Lily, I miss her so much at college.

Old friendships.

Genuine conversations.

Comforts of home.

Ability to travel around California this weekend.

11.17.2017

5 THINGS NO ONE TELLS YOU ABOUT UNIVERSITY LIFE

he university life everyone craves is something I can officially understand. I longed for this day to come where I could call a university my home and now that I have there are a few things that don't live up to the hype. College is wonderful and perhaps I'll write a separate post on that, however, people fail to mention the bumps in the road that a given to all universities.

This isn't a list of things I hate about where I'm at and have had to deal with, but things I believe every future college student needs to think about. Being prepared never hurt.


1. It's hard to meet people. 
Coming in with a clean slate it often the attitude everyone clings to believing it will gain a new group of friends - like yours truly! I hate to burst your bubble but, pop. It's not easy connecting with people, given the fact that you have to start completely over. No one yours past, problems, habits, or personality yet. You no longer have memories, inside jokes, or mutual friends anymore. Nothing connects you and others aside from common connections of similar lifestyle choices.

2. The roommates. 
Is it nice to live on campus and be apart of the community? Absolutely. It's what I waited forever to have. Yet, don't be surprised if the roommates you are thrown with don't match your room application form they used to understand who you are. Living with others is a challenge and takes lots of compromising on your part. Just something I knew when I came in yet not the extent on how it would affect me, so something I'd keep in mind if I was you!

3. Traveling abroad is expensive. 
Some universities make it the same price as a normal semester would be no matter the location of your destination. However, with mine this isn't the case. Summer tours are more common, therefore making this a completely separate cost aside from the annual tuition fees. This isn't the end of the world, however I came in with a complete false sense of hope thinking I could be apart of such an opportunity (but we'll see:).

4.  Choir is a huge commitment. 
I think everyone knows this, and I truly understood the schedule, and dedication!! It's just like joining sports. However, don't be fooled to believe tours, concerts, and rehearsals are all there is to be done. Private music lessons, and sectional rehearsals are fit into your weekly schedule come the first week of school. Totally not an issue for myself as I'm soaking in all the learning and practice as I can, yet something I wasn't aware of while planning my schedule.

5. The cafe. 
No matter what anyone tells you about the cafe, you will get tired of it!! Freshman 15 is also a thing to prepare for, however it might not happen through the cafe. But rather eating out all the time, because your over the cafe food, haha.

11.12.2017

SUNDAY MORNING READINGS 04


ay! Sunday is here. It's always bitter sweet as Monday then follows haha. But, Sunday's are the days I have zero regret from binging Netflix. Today I am doing just that. I came home for the weekend, so I have plans to enjoy my own room while journaling and watching Gilmore Girls!

I only have 3 weeks left of college, and I'm thrilled. It's gone by so fast. I have a lot coming up this last month such as finals, presentations, and my choir's Christmas production. This semester has been filled with so many changes, and bitter situations, but I'm finally feeling connected on campus!!

Anyways, let's dive into today's post. I've read some great articles this week, I hope you enjoy them too.


Web Love: 
I found this darling online apparel company, and now I want to buy every shirt they're selling. I love graphic tees, and they have so many to chose from! The fonts used for every saying is also my favorite, calligraphy! My favorite tee is the Gilmore Girl one!!

Blog Post:
My friend Veronika from 'Girl and Closet,' posted such a related blog post that I have to share with you all! This was back from October but nonetheless, I had to feature it. First of all, her sense of style is adorable, and always so inspirational in the fall season. Her outfit post styled sneakers with skinny jeans. I loved this because it's so relatable. I find this combination hard to pair, especially at school, as everyone walks around with their heels. Yet, she pulled it off so well. Be sure to give her some love.

YouTube Video: 
Claire Marshall is the cutest. Her style is edgy, just classic. Her latest YouTube video is an outfit of the day, and I love it. Her video is so creative, you'll have to check it out! :)

Instagram Account: 
If your one who loves home decorating then this account will spark some great ideas. I just want to go buy my own home and be married now haha.

11.05.2017

NOVEMBER SMALL GOALS | 2017

ow! November is here, and I just saw on my Bloglovin' feed that only four blog posts have been published since my last monthly goals! Ugh, time has escaped me! My whole October month has felt busier than any finals week. But, it's always nice to keep busy so I'm not complaining.

I've been attending so many extra events, and meetings at college all of which I can't wait to blog more about. My classes at Vanguard at literally the best, and my professors are so helpful. I have only five weeks left of this fall semester, and then I'll have one month off for holidays!!! I'm holding on for that.

I'm so excited for my Thanksgiving break, my family and I are going away for the holiday! I'm counting down the days. Traveling is my favorite thing in the world!!

October goals...

1. Take Photos of my Dorm Room | This one hasn't been easy to do because it's been overcast and gloomy in Costa Mesa, so the lighting just isn't right. 

2. Have My Friend Emily Out | I loved having her out. It was so much fun, and you can see one of our fun outings here

3. Go to a Pumpkin Patch | I decorated pumpkins, but did not go to a pumpkin patch this year. 

4. Share a Playlist | Another post idea I'll have to put on the back burner. 

5. Create a Twitter | I did it! You can follow me here


November goals...

1. Blog More | Okay I knew blogging would be hard once my pre-scheduled posts came to an end, but not this hard. I really would love to crank out at least 6 this month. Wish me luck. 

2. Christmas Shopping | I'd love to get some Christmas shopping done before it becomes stressful. I've done it before, so I know it's not impossible. 

3.Drink More Water | I was doing great but then stopped carrying around my hydroflask. I need to start filling it up at the cafe, and drinking more water. Period. 

4. Find Podcasts to Listen to | Podcasts would be perfect for me, considering how much I commute home on the weekends. Do you have any to suggest? 

5. Get a Pedicure | I haven't done this for myself in a long time, and it's about due!!