3 Ways to Style a Scarf

 

Hi all & Happy Monday!

Last week was crazy busy, with getting hired for two new jobs & filling out that paperwork; I’m just so happy for it to finally be over! I am really excited though that I finally have an excuse to get dressed up everyday. I thought I’d share with you all today my 3 favorite ways to style a scarf, I hope you enjoy!

1. In Your Hair 

I love love love adding scarves to my hair. It always adds a little extra to an outfit I think. I either make a top knot or low bun in my hair, then I wrap the scarf around the bun & tie a knot. I like to leave the remaining part of the scarf hanging down but you can tuck them in or even make it into a little bow!

2. Around Your Neck

I know styling scarves around your neck isn’t a new trend, but I’m so happy it’s back because it’s such a cool look. What I do is depending on the length of the scarf, I wrap it around my neck either once or twice and tie a knot. I move the knot over to be on the side of my neck so I can let the remaining scarf hang down. It’s such a carefree look & you can wear it with any type of look.

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3. Around your ankle

This option is a little different, but I think it looks really cool! I’ve seen photos on pinterest where girls wear capris & then wrap the scarf around their ankle a few times. So I thought I’d give it a try & I think it looks great & adds a little extra pop to the outfit!

 

Thanks for stopping by I hope you like my 3 looks!

What’s your favorite way to style a scarf?

 

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Why You Should Be Using Reusable Bags

Hi all & Happy Friday!

Today I am going to share with you something that I strongly care about; using reusable bags! I gave 3 speeches on this topic my senior year of college, a lot of research was conducted, & writing those speeches only strenghened my view.

My love of the ocean inspired these speeches, sharks are my favorite animals & their lives are being affected by these plastic bags. Plastic bags are taking over the ocean & destorying it’s ecosystem. Whales are ingesting plastic bags, a pilot whale in Thailand was found with almost 20 pounds of plastic bags in it’s stomach (Zachos, 2018). Whales are not the only animals that are being harmed by these plastic bags. Turtles mistake plastic bags for jellyfish & try to eat them, sea lions are getting wrapped up in them, & sea birds are eating small bits of plastic known as ‘microplastics’.  These animals are dying & their homes are being destroyed because of us humans.

So much plastic is being produced & a lot of it isn’t being properly disposed of. If plastic isn’t properly recycled it takes 400 years to decompose (Parker, 2017). I’m not going to go deep into the numbers & facts because trust me, I just won’t stop, but please check out the two articles that I’ve linked!

As you can tell so far I am not a fan of plastic bags. After making these speeches I’ve worked hard to make sure that I always have a resuable bag with me; whether I’m grocery shopping or going to the mall. I understand it can be hard to stop using plastic bags, they are literally everywhere! However, one resuable bag can make difference! Even if it’s just one bag you bring to the store, it’s one, or maybe even two, less plastic bags that you are taking home, or that end up in the ocean.  Many cities have something called a plastic bag tax; which means that consumers have to pay for plastic bags while they are shopping. I have come across plastic bag taxes in London & in Chicago & I think they are brilliant! Studies have shown that these taxes really do work & many consumers respond positively to the taxes as well. It encourages consumers to bring a resuable bag around with them & it makes them feel as though they are making a difference in the environment.

Reusable bags are super easy to come by, you can buy big bags at TJ Maxx & many grocery stores even offer them as well. When you buy bags & bring them to the grocery store they often give you discounts for using the bag! I have loads of bags & even though it’s just a reusable bag it does make me feel as though I’m making a impact. Companies have made some really cute bags as well, TJ Maxx has cute designs that they change around all the time. My favorite resuable bag right now is actually one that I got printed myself & passed around after my final speech. The bag features my favorite quotes; one of the quotes that I live by.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not” – Dr. Seuss

I hope you all reflect on this quote & really think about the impact that you could be making by recycling & using a reusable bag. If we don’t make changes soon we may lose the ocean, which is home to thousands of beautiful animals.

Do you use resuable bags? How do you feel about them?

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Liebster Award #2

Hi all & Happy Monday!

I was nominated for the Liebster Award last week by Hot Shot Headlines (Thank you so much) & now it’s time for me to answer my questions & pass the award along!

If you haven’t taken part in the Liebster Awards before here are the rules:

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer 11 questions about yourself provided by you nominator—or 11 random facts.
  • Nominate 5-11 fellow bloggers with fewer than 1000 followers who you think deserve the award.
  • Create a new list of questions for your nominees.
  • List the rules in your post.

Here are my Q&A’s

Do you play games?

Mostly board games! I grew up playing board games with my family & I love playing them. It’s brings together the family for some fun & also a little competition. 

What are your five favorite movies?

My 5 favorite movies is a little tricky! My top movies would have to be Waynes World, The Breakfast Club, Silence of the Lambs, The Grand Budapest Hotel, & Boondock Saints. 

Do you have a favorite animal?

I do have a favorite animal; it’s Great White Sharks! 

Where is your favorite place to watch movies?

My favorite place to watch movies is curled up in bed. I can be super comfy & pig out in bed. 

Where is your favorite place to read?

My favorite place to read is usually outside on my back patio. I can get a little bit of sun & a wonderful breeze & it’s all just very relaxing. 

If you could have a dream breakfast served to you, what would you order?

My dream breakfast would be a mimosa, eggs, bacon, toast & my book!

Do you have a favorite alcoholic beverage?

LOVE me some wine, but who doesn’t!

What is your most vivid childhood memory?

My most vivid childhood memory is running through these obstacle courses & completing these treasure hunts that my mom would set up for me & my brother in my backyard.

If you could have a house built anywhere in the world, where would it be?

A beautiful house a little outside of London, so I can have a beautiful little english garden. 

Where is the one place you want to visit, but haven’t yet?

Poland! It’s where my family is from but I haven’t managed to get there yet. I am going there on a cruise this summer so I cam super excited! 

What is your favorite city?

London, England! 

Below are my nominations of blogs that I really enjoy reading! This is just something fun so if you do not want to take part please don’t feel obligated!

MY NOMINATIONS:

My Q&A for nominations:

  1. What’s your favorite song?
  2. What book have you read more than once & why?
  3. What’s your go to activity when you’re feeling down?
  4. What’s a issue/cause/topic/charity that you strongly care about?
  5. If you could vacation anywhere in the world; where would it be?
  6. Do you have any pets? What are their names?
  7. Where is your favorite place to travel to?
  8. What’s your favorite painting/drawing?
  9. If you had to choose your last meal what would it be?
  10. If you could go back in time, where & when would you choose to travel to?

Thanks for stopping by!

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My 5 Interview Tips

Hi all! Happy Tuesday!

I’m still trying to figure out a blogging schedule that works for me so sorry for the random postings!

Since I’ve recently graduated college the one goal in my mind is to get a job! It’s a current stressor that keeps me up at night sometimes. I’ve been putting myself out there & applying to jobs all over the place & taking part in all sorts of interviews. So because I’ve been going through the interview process I thought I’d share a few of my interview tips!

1. Look Your Best

The first tip is an obvious one; you always want to look your best for an interview! When putting together an interview outfit I always make sure to go for simple patterns, nothing too crazy, I usually stick with patterned dress pants & a solid colored shirt with some flats. Another tip is to wear something that is comfortable; if you’re anything like me you’ll most likely be nervous & you don’t want your outfit adding to your discomfort! Some of my favorite interview clothes from from H&M, New York & Company, TJ Maxx. They all have great selections of cute clothes that are also professional. If you’re short like me New York & Company has great dress pants that actually fit to the ankle!

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2. Gum & Water

Before an interview my mouth goes completely dry with nerves & dry mouth can bring the feeling of bad breath. Personally, if I feel like I have bad breath I will be self-conscious about it & not be able to focus during the whole interview. So before my interview I make sure that I chew a piece of gum on my way there; chewing gum, to me, helps relieve some tension & anxiety. Bringing a water bottle along with you is KEY! Fill one up before your drive so you can have a drink on your way there; but more importantly so you can have it after your interview, because if you’re anything like me you’re completely parched after an interview.

3. Be Prepared

The job hunt is not just about searching for jobs & applying; you need to know who you are working for. Before your interview be sure to research the company/position you are applying for.  The things I always look for & write down is the company’s mission statement, their care approach, & their history. Since the jobs that I am looking for are in the mental health field I find it very important to see how prospective companies treat their patients. This research will not only benefit you but also impress your interviewer as well!

4. Plan Accordingly

I am someone who is always early, not matter what the occasion. The night before it is key that you plan your drive to your interview. Especially, if you live in a busier area, you need to plan around traffic patterns, to make sure that you are not late! I always arrive at least 15 min early, being early helps relieve some of my anxieties, because if all else goes wrong I know at least I made it on time! Even if you are taking part in a phone interview I make sure that at least 15 minutes before the expected call I go into a quiet room & try to get comfortable.

5. Smile & Be Polite 

Never underestimate the power of a smile! Going into an interview with a big smile & firm handshake makes a great first impression. A smile can show your positivity & it also makes you look happy to be there & interviewing. Be polite during the whole interview (obviously) & when you leave be sure to smile, shake their hand, & thank them again for taking the time to interview you.

Thanks for stopping by & checking out a few of my interview tips!

What are your pre-interview rituals?

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Travel Diary: Sedona, Arizona

I swear time moves faster when you’re on vacation! My time in Sedona, Arizona has already come & gone & I am super sad that it is already over. Continue reading to check out my trip!

A bit of holiday traffic slowed us down from getting into Sedona; but once we arrived into town we were sure to stop in to one of my families frequent pizza stops. Pisa Lisa is a great spot in town & luckily for me they have gluten-free crust. The food was incredible & it was nice to get a drink in after the long flight! After filling up on pizza we stopped at the groceries to get supplies for the week, then back out to a local winery, Vino Di Sedona, for a bit more wine & cheese. We sat outside as the sun started to lower & enjoyed live music while we snacked on some cheeses; it was a perfect ending for the first night.

As Sunday came along, we decided to keep it relaxing & explore more of our favorite spots in Sedona. We grabbed breakfast at the Pump House Station Urban Eatery; my mom & I ordered the smashed avocado toast & the salmon toast & split it between us. Both meals were so delicious, something I would definitely order again! After exploring more a bit in Sedona we stopped by the Mariposa, which is a Latin grill. They have amazing views of the red rocks surrounding the area. My family & I sat outside (I had my mom take part in a mini-photo shoot) & enjoyed the views with a glass of wine. We stopped for dinner in the Tlaquepaque shopping area, which is beautiful by itself. There are so many different boutiques & many cute places to take some pictures! We had dinner at El Rincon which is a Mexican restaurant with some amazing guacamole; if you go there you have to order it, as well as the Prickly Pear Margarita, that I became obsessed with over the trip.

Monday or Memorial Day, was another day spent relaxing. My mother, Aunt, & I spent the morning getting massages at the Page Springs Winery. That massage was much needed, my shoulders were so tense even the masseuse noted on it! After the massage, we stayed for some wine, I mean we were already there! Just down the road was another winery called Javelina Leap Vineyard. We decided that we would spend the day Winery hopping & it was the perfect way to spend Memorial day! For the evening we stopped by the Airport Mesa in Sedona to check out the amazing sunset. It was absolutely gorgeous over the red rocks.

Tuesday was the day that we decided to start our hikes. We started the day at the Coffee Pot Restaurant, named after the rock formation that is located behind it. Every time I have eaten there it is always good & they are known for their many omelettes. After a protein filled breakfast we hiked the Devil’s Bridge Trail. We started the hike a little later in the day so it became very hot very quick. Other than the heat, the hike was very enjoyable & the view at the end was incredible! Once we came back from the hike we visited a town nearby Sedona called Jermone. Jermone is located up on a hill & the views are so cool. We stopped by a restaurant called The Haunted Hamburger known for their amazing Bloody Mary’s. My mom ordered one & said it was incredible, I of course, stuck with my Prickly Pear Margarita. The food was amazing as well, & to my luck they had these delicious gluten-free buns!

Wednesday was a full day! One of the hottest days of our trip we decided to visit a popular spot known as Slide Rock. Slide rock is a natural water slide located in one of the  parks & it was so much fun! I took my Go-Pro down & looking over the videos is just so cool! After sliding down the rocks in freezing cold water we decided to grab some drinks at the Indian Gardens Cafe & Market. We had some wine & sat outside & we even saw a snake in the garden! All the water sliding tired us out, so after a nap we decided to walk around the shops on Sedona’s main street. I bought a cute touristy shirt & we stopped by a Mexican restaurant downtown called Oaxaca. Again, they have amazing guacamole & Prickly Pear Margaritas, also an amazing view of my favorite rock formation, Snoopy Rock.

Thursday started off with another one of our favorite hikes, Cathedral Rock. Though it does have one portion that is a little tricky, those parts are always my favorite. One part of the climb is a little tight & I always say that I feel like Spider-man when I am climbing up. The top has amazing views of the valley below & it feels so relaxing once you’re finally at the top. Once we made our round trip we stopped by the Enchantment Resort for more views & Prickly Pear margaritas! I have become so obsessed with Prickly Pear I had to buy some prickly pear candy! The night was completed with our trip to the Blazin’ M Ranch. The ranch has a little town built where guests can learn to lasso, shoot, ride a tractor, & buy some drinks. Dinner is involved, which included these amazing ribs & baked potato. After dinner there was a show that featured some comedy & country music. It was very family friendly & a lot of fun as well!

Friday was our last day in Sedona so we had to make it a good one! Another day meant another hike & this time we were trying a new one. We went on the Soldier’s Pass Trail, which features the Seven Sacred Pools. The hike did not feature any high climbs which was nice in the heat. Once again the hike parched us, which meant it was time for another drink! We stopped at the SaltRock Southwest Kitchen for a relaxing lunch. Everywhere you go in Sedona has amazing views & outdoor seating is always the way to go.  We ending the night eating all of our collective left overs & having a talk on the patio.

Once again another amazing vacation is over way too soon. Sedona is such a relaxing & beautiful area I definitely recommend it; through visiting with my mother it has totally grown on me!

So where are some of your favorite places to visit in the States?

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What’s in my Carry-on?

Hi all!

Sedona, Arizona is now one day away & I couldn’t be more excited! Today I am going to share with you what I normally have in my carry-on for my trips!

1. A Book

Every time I go on a trip I always make sure to have the current book that I am reading. Even though I don’t exactly read on the plane, because I get motion-sick when I do, I have it for when I am waiting around to board the flight. Currently I am reading The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by. Stieg Larsson. It’s the third book in a very popular series & I couldn’t recommend them more, especially if you’re into crime novels!

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2. Water Bottle

Keeping hydrated is KEY especially when traveling! I always have a water bottle in my carry-on, I empty it before I pack it so I can make it through security with no problem. Once I make it through I buy a bottle of water & fill my water bottle up. I personally like using my own water bottle & I am not a fan of drinking out of plastic bottles!

3. Glasses & Contacts 

If I wear my contacts on a long flight my eyes completely dry out! So I always make sure to pack my glasses case, contact case, & a travel size contact solution so I am able to change into my contacts after the flight!

4. Snacks, Snacks, Snacks 

I am a lover of all snacks. I always make sure to have at least 2 snacks with me on a flight. I usually go for some kind of cracker snack, like cheez-its, goldfish, or even popcorn, & then trail mix is a go-to as well. Trail Mix is super easy to take especially if you are traveling with family because you can buy a large container & split them up into smaller bags among the family!

5. Ginger & Lavender

All of a sudden this turned into a grocery list but hear me out. I bring along these Ginger snacks called Ginger Candy that have become my saving grace. As I said I deal with motion sickness, whether it be in the back of a car, on a boat, or if I am looking around too much on a plane I start to feel nauseous. Ginger is amazing for nausea, so I always make sure I pack 5-6 of these ginger snacks to suck on incase I start to feel a little sick.

We have essential oils all over the house, lavender being one of the favorites. My mom got me into bring a little bottle of lavender essential oil & a wash cloth on the flight. Either on flight you can add a few drops to the wash cloth & breathe it in, it helps you relax; or you can use the lavender for after the flight, by going into the bathroom, wetting the cloth a little & adding a few drops to the cloth. I like to wipe my face with it, the smell of the lavender seems cleansing to me so after a long flight I find it to be rejuvenating. Also, I have this super cute pineapple themed bag that I keep all my beauty stuff in!

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6. My phone/Audible & Podcasts/Headphones 

Bringing my phone along with me seems pretty obvious on a flight, but I use it for more than just my plane ticket & keeping in contact with others. Since I find it very hard to read on a plane I fill my phone up with my favorite Podcasts & Audio books. Audible is such an amazing platform if you enjoy reading but don’t have the time to sit down & read a book. Instead you can do what you need to do but listen to someone read it to you instead! On my Audible account I have Outlander by. Diana Gabaldon downloaded. It’s a book I’ve been wanting to read for quite some time now; since it is a larger book it’s much easier to have it downloaded on my phone. I also have all sorts of episodes from my favorite Podcasts downloaded. I am very into true crime so my all time favorite podcast is Last Podcast on the LeftI am just such a huge fan so I always make sure I have the new episode downloaded as well as my favorite episodes to re-listen to on the flight.

Thanks for stopping by!

What are some of your favorite things to bring on your carry on?

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Pack With Me: Sedona, Arizona

Happy Hump-Day!

In 3 days I’ll be headed off for my first adventure of the summer! Along with my family I am visiting Sedona, Arizona. So I thought I would share what I am packing for the trip!

I have been there twice before, but my Mom & Aunt seem to visit there constantly. There are many things to do in Sedona; most people enjoy all the trails through the rock formations which are open to the public. Since we are going in the spring/summer & Arizona is already hitting high tempuratures packing light was key!

The first outfit that I always start with is what I am going to be wearing for the flight. Since we are flying out of Cleveland in the morning, we will be arriving in Sedona pretty early. The goal for on flight outfits for me is to be comfortable, but not look so much like a bum! I choose my favorite pair of demin shorts, they are super comfortable & they won’t be annoying during the flight; with it I choose a comfortable t-shirt, I sure do love my band t-shirts! This outfit to me is perfect because even if we don’t have time to stop at the hotel before exploring the town I’ll be ready to go! IMG_0076

Once the on-flight outfit is taken care of I focus on grabbing my favorite tops that I have that I can basically pair with anything. The tops also had to be light & airy since the projected forcast for the week goes up to 90 degrees! Since I will be gone for only a little over a week, I really only bring 2-3 pairs of shorts & alternate tops. I choose to bring my jean shorts, a soft pair of maroon shorts, & this super cute new jean skirt that I am obsessed with!

 

Now that I had my ‘arount the town’ clothes together I had to start with the hiking clothes. We always try and get out early in the morning to hike or else the heat makes it impossible to take 10 steps (I don’t do too well in the heat!) Most of the hiking clothes have UV protection which is important, you don’t want to burn out in the desert! Along with my fancy hiking pants from Columbia & Eddie Bauer I threw in a few Penn State t-shirts, I mean you never know where you will find some fellow Alumni!

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To end my packing I threw in a few accessories, such as some silk scarfs to tie in my hair or around my neck (it’s my new fav trend), and a couple hats as well! Where I live I don’t wear hats out & about too much even though I love wearing them! I threw in my new hiking hat that will protect my eyes & the back of my neck from the sun. I got it from TJ Maxx & I just loved the funky floral pattern! I also threw in my black pom-pom hat that I got last year from TJ Maxx as well; I thought it would really complete one of my desert outfits!

 

Now that my packing is done the excitment & waiting is just killing me!

Thank you so much for stopping by & packing with me!

Where are you excited to visit this summer!?

 

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