Somerset House, London
Kuwana City, Japan
Sao Paolo, Brazil
Hello, lovelies! If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I am an avid traveler! I go on trips throughout the United States at least a few times a year. However, I have NEVER left the country. Crazy, right? With my flight benefits and all of the opportunities I am given to go out of the country, I felt like it was about time to file for my passport.
Normally, it takes about six weeks to get your passport in the mail once it is submitted… and after tons of paperwork and consistently checking the mail, I found this beauty!!
Buy/Receive my passport
That means one more thing is checked off of “The List.” Now I feel like I need to travel ahh! I know traveling out of the country is a lot of work and preparation, but I am so excited that more doors are opened now that I have my passport. Let’s see where this takes us (and yes,us, since I will post all of my travel updates on my blog)! Let the adventures begin ✈️
Even though I spend a good amount of my driving time listening to Ariana Grande’s “Christmas and Chill” or Sam Smith’s rendition of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” I need a break from the holiday music sometimes! I put together a small playlist of new music that I am loving lately. The genres are different for each song, it feels like, but nonetheless this playlist will give you that musical break you’re looking for.
Burn Break Crash by Aanysa and Snakehips – A summer electronica song that screams fun and dance. I can just picture a summer video log of best friends at the beach when listening to this one!
My Favorite Part by Mac Miller and Ariana Grande – A jazzy love song that my ears love. The two are in a relationship in real life and I love their chemistry. The visuals of this video are so nice too.
What’s Going On (Cover) by Allen Stone – What first attracted me to the song was the acoustics and chord progression behind Allen Stone’s rendition. Such a classic Marvin Gaye song, too, sung by an incredible, incredible artist. Perfection in a song.
Up There by Post Malone – This is a complete surprise if you are familiar with Post Malone’s popular songs. The vibes of this song are crazy fitting to late night flights or night drives. His new album “Stoney” has a good theme of this kind of sound if you like it!
Die Trying by Michl – Another song with good vibes. I do not listen to much of this genre of music, but this song is insane. Gave me straight chills straight off the bat!
You Don’t Know by Tank (ft. Wale) – And of course a song to satisfy the hip-hop/R&B craving! I have always been a fan of both Tank and Wale so I knew this song would be a hit. Tank’s vocals in this song work so well with the backtrack.
We all know this girl – the one who seems to have every aspect of her life together, who is constantly busy, and who kicks ass at what she does. Girl Bosses are everywhere! Are you a girl boss or do you know a girl boss? This is a perfect gift guide for the girl who works hard and who is doing everything in her power to reach her goals.
A LARGE Notebook is a must have for a girl boss. She is busy and taking names, so what better way to treat a Girl Boss than to buy her something she uses daily. You can opt for a cute, feminine design. I love gold foil, so naturally I would recommend something with gold foil all around it. White Cabana Striped Notebook, $18
Hand Cream is great for any girl that does a lot with her hands. These can be college students, teachers, office workers, business women, nurses, doctors, etc. This cutie hand cream is in the travel size section of Sephora and fits well into any purse. I personally use this brand’s hand cream, and it keeps my hands smooth and moisturized throughout the day without a greasy film like the rest of the hand creams give you. It’s Skin Mini Bebe Hand Cream, $5
Heels are not only a closet staple but also a confidence booster! When I wear heels, I automatically feel like my outfit is so much better. For a girl boss, it might be required to wear heels at her workplace so I would suggest a shorter heel. Beauty takes pain I know, but your feet and back will strain less with a shorter, more stable heel. Couldn’t find the link to this Steve Madden shoe! This is a similar one – Louise et Cie Kota Ankle Strap Pump, $1oo
Insulated Water Bottles keep your daily water intake cold throughout the day and is great for the environment. Busy, busy girls also may not have the time or the money to buy a cold water bottle whenever she feels thirsty. These bottles in particular are so sleek and are comparable to Hydroflask and Yeti manufacturing. S’well Onyx Water Bottle, $35
Sunglasses are a great stocking stuffer for any girl, girl boss or not. If you are in mood to splurge on a pair of sunglasses, I suggest Quay. They make super cute styles and many will double-take when passing you because most of the styles make a statement. Quay Australia High Key Gold Sunglasses, $60
A Fashion Watch would be great as a statement piece. This gift is not only practical but also stylish. Busy girls, like myself, work on a hour-to-hour basis. No time should be wasted! A watch that’s as cute as this one will for sure help to keep your daily schedule throughout the day. BP Roundface Watch, $25
What’s a LLR gift guide without a planner? All of the girl bosses I know keep a planner religiously. But since a new year is approaching, a new pretty planner would be the absolute perfect gift. The Happy Planner, specifically, is great because the pages can be pulled out and cinched back in at any time. There are also covers, sticker books, and other accessories that you could buy as well! Create 365 Happy Planner Make Things Happen, $14
Last but not least, a Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick would be ideal to a girl with a busy schedule. Currently, liquid lipstick are the BIGGEST trend in make up. Every high end brand has a form of liquid lipstick, so you gift givers should have no problem picking one out! I suggest either going for an everyday nude shade or a bold, dark lip shade for the winter. Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Fortune, $20
If you are interested in what other products or pieces are my favorite, I should be posting a favorites post very soon. If you have any other blog post suggestions or gifts that you found helpful, comment them below or message me on any one of my social media platforms. Happy Christmas shopping loves!
1. What is your favorite Christmas film?
Elf, a billion times Elf! This movie screams Christmas even in the middle of July. I thought the concept of the movie was quite interesting and the humor to be absolutely HILARIOUS. If you have not watched it yet, please do.
3. Where do you usually spend your holiday?
4. What is your favorite Christmas song?
5. Do you open any presents on Christmas eve?
6. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
7. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
8. What is your all time favorite holiday food/sweet treat?
9. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
10. Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?
12. What makes the holiday special for you?
This past Sunday, I got two new and exciting goodies for my two running papercraft projects:
Project Life Black Leather Album
About a week ago, I posted an update on my new papercraft project, Project Life! On my wishlist, I included obviously a Project Life album to house my upcoming 2017 spreads. Let me tell you, those albums are EXPENSIVE. Yes, $40 may not seem like a lot to you – but as a poor college student IT IS. I did not want to spend full price on an album online or in-store so I looked for other options from third parties and online. After church, I was welcomed with a canvas Michaels Bag and a gift card with $10 credit! CRAZY right? So by that time, I was destined to buy something for myself and my papercraft projects. After a long time thinking about my Project Life and the look I wanted to go for, I decided to opt for a Recollections Black Leather D-Ring 12×12 Album. This album is super cute and simple. Plus, it came with 10 12×12 pocket pages.
“It’s Your Year” Happy Planner Cover
After a bigger purchase, I normally stop myself from purchasing anything extra from Michaels. But as always, I decided to browse the Happy Planner section since my location just started selling the 2017 editions. Then I saw this beauty, the Classic Happy Planner Decorative Covers Set! My new Happy Planner cover came in a set of three. All three of the designs are wonderful and come with a front cover and a matching back cover. You can click the link above to see the two other designs. I FELL IN LOVE with this design because of the pastel watercolors and the gold foiling. I’ve already gotten many compliments on it and this cover came at the right time. I mainly bought my 18-Month Happy Planner for the inside colors and design, not really for the floral cover. This set made it all worth while!
Originally, the album was $29.99 and the cover set was $7.99. All Happy Planner supplies were on sale that day, so the price for the cover set reduced to $3.99. I scanned the 50% one regular priced item coupon in my Michaels weekly email. This took $15.00 off of the album, leaving the album at $15.00. The total plus tax as 20.55 and I used the $10 gift card I received at the door to reduce the price to $10.55. Overall, the album was:
$29.99 – $15.00 = $14.99- $10.00 = $4.99!
Great deal right! I know i’m such an old lady with my coupons, but a $5 Leather Project Life album is a deal I could not lose out on! I hope this inspires all of you to use your coupons and search for the best deals on your papercraft projects. Having money in your wallet left over makes the process a lot more fun. Have y’all found any good deals lately? Comment and share what kind of deals you got this Black Friday/Holiday season!
Happy Thanksgiving lovelies! This holiday season was quite a fun experience. I had a BIG Thanksgiving dinner with my family, a last-minute, late-night Black Friday experience, my first Black Friday retail shift, and a lot of heartwarming conversations with the love of my life. This Thanksgiving was all that I could ask for honestly and I hope you all had the same.
In spirits of Thanksgiving, I decided to tell you 15 things I am thankful for. These are things that are beside the conventional “my family, my boyfriend, the food, my life, and so on.”
I am thankful for…
- The view and the warm, cozy bed I get to wake up to every morning
- The goosebumps I feel when the Holy Spirit surrounds me
- Being able to document the great, wonderful experiences in my life
- Strawberries and sugar (my favorite snack) 😉
- Being able to talk to my best friend in South Dakota whenever I want
- The new fit lifestyle I started this summer. Not totally committed to it, but I am for sure getting there
- 24K Magic Album that has been in my ears from the day it was released
- Making 100’s on two papers I totally did not put effort in
- All of the standby plane seats I luckily sat in this year
- Being able to reinvent my look by cutting my hair, wearing new clothes, changing my makeup routine
- Having the luxury to spend a whole sick day watching Netflix in the dark
- The $38 dollar Kate Spade wallet I hauled to the outlet mall to get. The original price was $119! What a steal!
- The 9-hour Black Friday shift and the praise I was given after for my hard work
- Having a loving heart and the people that tell me when they feel it
- The “aha” faith and life moments I have gotten this year. There have been so many!
I have been on the longest blog hiatus of my life! I am so sorry for all the people who love to read my blog and see what i’m up to, especially the ones overseas. Hopefully, you have all been keeping up to date on my Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat! This blog post is well overdue since it’s been over a week since my trip to D.C. I had a blast guys! Kekoa and I have been planning for months to travel to another state or city. We finally put those plans to fruition, and this is the product! Took only three hours to get there, a lot of the attractions are free, and the food was pretty great. Such a great weekend getaway.
Btw, we visited the weekend before the election! We HAD to visit the capitol while Obama was still in office!
Also, another one off the list:
Ride a subway for the first time
The underground transportation there in D.C. was super fast and cheap! Definitely our favorite way to get around to all of the attractions.
As I say everytime, thank you my love for taking me to this beautiful place. You’re my favorite traveling partner and I can’t wait to travel the world with you. To my viewers, please keep an eye open for more blog posts in the near future. Just a million more papers to write, and i’ll be done with semester! Be patient with me! Everyone have a great day today and make sure to comment your favorite place to travel. See y’all soon!
My planner tab is incredibly lonely! Time to introduce a new papercraft project I am starting – Project Life. If you have been an OG reader or Instagram follower, you’d know that I’ve dabbled in pocket scrapbooking before. This time… I want to go ALL OUT. In this post, I’m going to give y’all an intro to project life, how I will go about documenting my memories, my sources of inspiration, my future purchases, and what I will use to document my memories! If these spreads come out well, I might do short process videos or in-depth blog posts on how I create my spreads. So, let’s see how this goes!
So, what is Project Life and what makes it different than any other scrapbooking technique?
Project Life is a new scrapbooking technique for the busy body! Normal scrapbooks have 12×12 sheets and millions of embellishments. Even though I think scrapbooking is a great idea, I gravitate towards more minimal ways to craft. I don’t like things too busy and I like things I can easily escape in when I’m feeling stressed out. THIS is perfect project for me. Project Life is a pocket scrapbook, which means there are preset layouts that perfectly format photos. Typical Project Life journals have spreads for each of the 52 weeks of the year! That way you are constantly documenting, not just documenting when big events happen.
My Inspiration Channels/Blogs
There are so many, but here are my absolute favorites
- Kelly Purkey, obviously (Do I even need a description? Kelly Purkey is the QUEEN of Project Life. She has beautiful spreads and a shop with tons of great tools and embellishments to pretty up your Project Life Pages)
- Juli Makes Things (Another one of my favorites! Juli Makes Things is a little closer in age to me and her spreads have a style that I really enjoy to look at and take inspiration from. This girl also has the newest and cutest supplies for her papercraft projects)
- Eat Scrap Bake (I think Eat Scrap Bake’s spreads are the airy, minimal layouts that I wish to have. Her style is absolutely gorgeous and I love the way she uses colors while still maintaining a minimal theme)
Things I will be purchasing to start off –
Project Life Grey 12×12 Cloth Scrapbook – This album is currently sold out on the Becky Higgins website! If I can get my hand on this beauty, I will. If not, I will probably find a black, white, beige album.
Project Life Photo Pocket Pages, Big Variety Pack 1 – Pocket Pages, of course, are a must for this project. I wanted a good variety of layouts this go around so I can find my style! I like how this one has big square layouts.
A Studio Calico Documenter Kit or the Currently Edition Core Kit – (Or both, lol) What’s a Project Life album without filler cards? I think I need a good set of cards to work with when I’m first starting out.
The Journal It Stamp by Feed Your Craft & The Dalton Letter Stamp by Kelly Purkey – I think with these stamps, I’ll be able to test out different kinds of embellishments and styles. Along with this, I will also get some simple ink colors and an acrylic block!
My Approach –
- I’m going to TRY to do all 52 weeks! I feel like completing one spread every week may get a bit overwhelming, though. We’ll see how it goes!
- I want to follow Kelly Purkey’s technique of stamping the date on every weekly spread. I think it’s a great idea to document what time of year it is to the events that are taking place.
- Stamping, stamping, stamping! I want to incorporate a lot of stamping and embellishment techniques.
Overall guys, it’s all really exciting to me! I can’t wait to start this project January 2017! Let me know if y’all want me to document every part of the process or if you want pictures of my spreads.