Print Mixing in Layers

     Is it just me or did this winter weather go from zero to one hundred (or should I say one hundred degrees to zero degrees) way too quickly?  I was wearing shorts to lacrosse practice a few weeks ago and now I can hardly walk around the house without a sweatshirt!  In today’s post I’m sharing one of my favorite warm outfits for the winter time, including a couple complimentary prints.  Enjoy!

     This Christmas I participated in a Secret Santa gift exchange with several other influencers and my Secret Santa, Cayleigh from CNPrepster, was such an amazing gift giver!  One of the gifts she sent me was an adorable plaid blanket scarf with pretty yellow, orange, grey and green hues.  I have been so excited to wear it and thought it would pair nicely with my J.Crew herringbone vest.  With the outerwear bases covered for this potential outfit, I decided to pull from the scarf’s color pallet when composing the remainder of the ensemble.  I chose to wear a yellow sweater from Zara for my top (shoutout to my little sister for letting me borrow this sweater haha) and grey jeans on the bottom.  My favorite TOMS booties shared many colors with the scarf, so I thought it would be fun to bring the color back into the look on bottom by wearing these shoes.  With so much color in the outfit already, I opted for simple white and gold jewelry.

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sweater // vest // blanket scarf // grey jeans // booties // watch (similar) // watch (similar) // MantraBand // cross bracelet // rose gold ring // gold stacked rings

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January Playlist 2018

     Ah the playlist, one of my favorite posts each month!  Today’s playlist is my first of 2018, so I made sure to make it count.  A few of my absolute favorites that I can’t recommend enough are “Life” (so good, seriously so relatable and inspiring), “Exchange” (which I can’t believe it took me two years to come across), and “Someone That You Love.”  I’m also currently experiencing a major obsession with Khalid, as you’ll see his name makes several appearances in the playlist.  I hope y’all love this playlist as much as I do!  Enjoy!

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Tap on the name of a song below to listen to it on YouTube!

Life // Thunder / Young Dumb & Broke // Hung Up // All The Stars // Why Don’t You Come On // Garden (Say It Like Dat) // Someone That You Love // Never Let You Go // Exchange // Ain’t That Why // Coffee // Electric (R3hab Remix) // She Sets the City on Fire (Acoustic) // Late Night // Sleeping On My Own

Thanks for reading!

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5 Apps Every Blogger Should Use

     The community of kind young women has to be one of my favorite things about blogging.  That being said, I love to share advice and ideas with other bloggers!  Today I’m sharing five apps I have found to be super helpful in regard to blogging and its correlated social media platforms!  These apps are by no means necessities for producing good content, but I think they’ve definitely made my blogging experience easier and made my content more successful!  A few of these apps have also helped me with my personal social media accounts, so even if you aren’t a blogger you might still find this post beneficial!  Enjoy!

1. Planoly

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     Planoly allows you to upload and schedule your Instagram posts!  If I know I have a busy week ahead, I often use Planoly to schedule my Instagram posts so I don’t have to take the time to pick, edit, and caption a post amidst my busy after school schedule.  Once you upload a photo to the Planoly app, you can caption and schedule it.  Scheduling a post means that you will receive a notification at the scheduled time, please note that this app will not upload your posts for you!  However, once you open the app through the notification, your caption is automatically copied and Planoly opens Instagram for you, so all you have to do is paste the caption, tag any accounts you planned on tagging in the photo itself, and hit post!  My friend Olivia from @oliviasteppyt on Instagram showed this app to me when I took over her Instagram while she was at camp this past summer and it has totally changed my Instagram game.

2. Hype Type

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     I get asked constantly about how I make my animated Instagram stories, and this is it! Even with just the free version, you can use Hype Type to create animated Instagram stories with moving text and background music!  Paying to upgrade to the full version of the app allows you to remove the Hype Type watermark from your animations and creates a greater number of font and color choices for your text.  I recently upgraded to the full version and love it, but I definitely think the free version is perfectly useful as well!

3. UNUM

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     Using Planoly covers this area as well, but for a long time before I knew about Planoly I used UNUM to arrange my Instagram photos to my liking.  If you’re one to follow a theme or just desire a cohesive Instagram feed you’ll love this app!  UNUM allows you to upload several images and arrange and rearrange them to your liking so you know what order to post the photos in (or which photos to post at all).  Scheduling posts on Planoly also displays your projected feed, but if you’d just like to quickly see which photo or edit works best with your account’s theme UNUM is a little more convenient.

4. When to Post

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     It may feel like it’s just you who struggles with engagement, but truth is it’s everyone right now.  The fluctuation in likes relies heavily on when you post and when most of your followers are on the Instagram app.  When to Post tracks your following’s most active hours on Instagram and gives you three times that are ideal for posting each day so you can maximize engagement!  I refer to this app daily and while it’s not always going to result in an insane number of likes, I’ve definitely noticed that my posts do better when I follow When to Post’s suggestions rather than going against when it advises me to post.

4. LIKEtoKNOW.it

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     I recently joined LIKEtoKNOW.it’s influencer community, but I had the app and used it frequently way before I was invited to join the program!  If you have the app, shopping your favorite influencer’s posts (as long as they use LIKEtoKNOW.it) can be as easy as screenshotting an Instagram post and opening an app.  Having the app gives you more opportunities to connect with other bloggers and shop what they’re shopping.

Thanks for reading!

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Styling a Silk Scarf

     Y’all know firsthand that I’m no stranger to experimenting with new trends, but as much as I’ve seen silk scarves over the past year or so I just haven’t felt much of a desire to try them out myself.  I recently received a pair of silk scarves from Urban Outfitters for Christmas and figured two that came free to me meant it was about time I jumped on the trend!  Today I’m sharing one of my favorite ways to style one of my silk scarves.  I hope this look inspires you to try them out yourself, they add such a sophisticated and polished touch to any outfit (maybe that’s why flight attendants wear them)!

     The scarf I chose to wear in this look is white with simple blue and navy stripes.  To match the scarf’s navy and bring out the light blue, I opted for a cute navy tank with fringe and embroidered straps.  Given that it’s around thirty or forty degrees in South Carolina now, I layered a soft grey cardigan over the tank to keep warm and give the look a cozier feel.  I dressed up the ensemble with a brown corduroy skirt and pearly Kendra Scott earrings, which I think kept the look feminine and fun despite the silk scarf’s often mature use.  As for shoes, I wore a simple pair of taupe suede booties that match just about anything, including this look!

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tank // cardigan // skirt (similar) // silk scarf (similar) // booties// earrings // watch (similar) // MantraBand // cross bracelet // rose gold ring // gold stacked rings

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Scripture Sunday Vol. 25

     Good morning and happy Sunday!  Today I’m sharing my first “Scripture Sunday” post of the year, how exciting!  I honestly can’t believe it’s already 2018.  I made so many amazing memories around the world with several of my favorite people and had lots of success in 2017 (read my 2017 year in review post here), so I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings, especially for my faith and relationship with God!  Like I said, today’s post is a “Scripture Sunday,” so if you’re offended by the Christian religion or just don’t like reading about it this post might not be the one for you.  If that’s the case, feel free to scroll through my blog, I hope you find something else you like!  Enjoy!

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Today’s Verse:

Acts 14:22; strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.

     Before I begin my personal anecdote for this week’s “Scripture Sunday,” I’d like to address the fact that this verse was obviously taken out of context (as you can tell by the sentence’s fragmentation).  The complete sentence begins “When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconic and to Antioch,” referring to Paul and Barnabas’ missionary journey through hostile regions.  The reason I didn’t include more verses in today’s Scripture to avoid this explanation is that I really wanted to draw attention to verse 14 individually because I think it is so simple and applicable to a Christian’s daily life.  Now that you have a little background on today’s verse, let’s start applying it!

     As I head back to school for second semester of my junior year tomorrow, I have a lot of personal goals and changes for my life in mind.  I want to study harder, go to bed earlier, perform better in lacrosse, the whole nine yards.  The goal that is really at the top of my list is to start laying a spiritual foundation in my relationships and really begin to encourage my friends in their own relationships with the Lord.

A couple days ago, I had one of my best friends spend the night.  Around midnight, we had an impromptu Bible study in which we read Acts 14 and a bit of Matthew 4.  Something that really stuck out to us both was Acts 14:22.  This verse describes Paul and Barnabas’ actions when they returned to the hostile regions of Lystra, Iconic, and Antioch to check on the believers living in those areas.  According to the verse, Paul and Barnabas strengthened the souls of disciples, encouraged them to continue in the faith, and said that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.

Sitting on my bedroom floor with this close friend of mine, I realized that I want Acts 14:22 to be my daily life.  I think that as Christians, we should be strengthening and encouraging our disciple (Christian) friends to continue spreading God’s love and holding onto their faith.  We should remind them in tribulations (aka times of troubles and suffering) that a life with Christ isn’t necessarily an easy one, but one that is worth the work.

     This week, think about how you’re encouraging your Christian friends.  Are you already living out Acts 14:22?  Are you seeing any similarity between the verse and your own life at all?  I know there are days when I sure don’t.  It’s a new year, a new semester, a fresh start.  I firmly believe that if just a few of us begin loving on and encouraging our friends this way, this kind and Christ-like behavior will spread.  Let’s make a point to live a little more like Paul and Barnabas.

Thanks for reading!  Have a blessed week!

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P.S. – If you’re interested in reading my previous “Scripture Sunday” posts you can find them all here!

Progress Update on My Goals for The 2017-2018 School Year

     At the beginning of the school year, I wrote a blog post about my goals fro the 2017-2018 school year.  I began the year with attempting to keep an optimistic mindset, despite hearing the common opinion “junior year is the hardest” about a million times.  Today I’m sharing a progress update to show y’all how I’m doing and hold myself accountable for the areas in which I’ve been slacking, that way I feel more motivated to get to work when I begin second semester on Monday!  If you’re interested in reading the original goals post from September you can find it here!  If you have yet to create goals for your school year, it’s not too late!  You’re more than welcome to use today’s post as inspiration for your own goals for second semester.  The original goals are in italics under their categories and my post-first semester responses regarding my progress follow each one in plain print.  Enjoy!

Academic Goals

  1. Complete the school year with all A’s and B’s. – So far I’ve had all A’s and two B’s!  My two B’s at the end of first semester were both within two points of being A’s, which are better number grades than my B’s sophomore year!
  2. Be somewhat successful in A.P. Environmental Science (Science isn’t really my best subject.  It’s not that I’m really bad at it, I just typically don’t perform as well in that subject as I do in my other classes). – My final grade in A.P. Environmental Science for first semester was an 88, which still isn’t quite as high as I’d like it to be, but it’s honestly higher than I expected it to be!  My second quarter grade was actually an A, but unfortunately my first quarter grade was an 87 and my midterm exam wasn’t quite high enough to bring my average up to an A.
  3. Get a 100 on a test. – I have yet to get a 100 on a test, but I’ve had several A’s and even had a 99 on an essay!
  4. Make 4’s and 5’s on my three A.P. exams at the end of the year. – I haven’t taken the official A.P. exams yet, so I’m unable to gauge my success in this goal so far.  However, I finished the semester with two A’s and one B in my A.P. classes!

Athletic Goals

  1. Attend as many preseason lacrosse practices as possible. – I attended all of the preseason lacrosse practices and conditioning workouts offered!
  2. Work out more. – I’m not even going to lie, I’ve done very little to work out outside of lacrosse conditioning and preseason practices.  However, I’ve worked out a few times since the new year began and I plan on becoming more active in 2018!
  3. Play more in lacrosse games than I did last year. – The lacrosse season hasn’t begun yet so I’m currently unable to gauge my success in this goal.
  4. Make the varsity lacrosse team again. – The lacrosse season hasn’t begun yet so I’m currently unable to gauge my success in this goal.
  5. Score a goal during a varsity lacrosse game. – The lacrosse season hasn’t begun yet so I’m currently unable to gauge my success in this goal.

Spiritual Goals

  1. Make lots of new middle school friends as a WyldLife leader. – Check!  I’ve loved leading WyldLife thus far and have made a ton of middle school friends!
  2. Go to YoungLife club every week that I possibly can. – I haven’t missed a YoungLife club yet!  Am I really surprised by this though?  Nah.
  3. Feel refreshed after fall weekend at Windy Gap (a YoungLife camp in North Carolina). – This one was easy.  I loved every second of fall weekend at Windy Gap (read my Windy Gap travel diary here), as I always do, and I can’t wait to return next fall!
  4. Read the Bible daily. – I hate to admit this but I really didn’t do a good job of keeping up with my Bible reading during first semester.  However, this semester is off to a promising start as I’ve read at least a chapter everyday since January 1st!  I definitely plan on making this goal last through second semester.
  5. Pray more often. – I’ve begun praying constantly.  I talk to God all the time now and I think it has improved several areas of my life.
  6. Use my devotional daily. – I haven’t been using my devotional daily, but I hope to start doing that once second semester begins (here’s to getting up earlier and having extra time before school).
  7. Go to winter weekend with WyldLife campers as a leader. – Winter weekend hasn’t happened yet, but I’m hoping to earn a spot leading in a cabin in February!
  8. Apply for YoungLife camp summer work crew. – I have yet to apply for YoungLife camp summer work crew, but I have been in discussion with my YoungLife leaders about doing so and they’re going to guide me through the process this semester!

Social Goals

  1. Make five new friends (or at least acquaintances). – Thanks to my chatty A.P. U.S. History class and lovely yearbook staff members this goal has been accomplished and surpassed!
  2. Do something really fun one weekend with a friend(s). – I attended Music Midtown (read the recap post here) in September with a couple of my friends and we had so much fun.  I will also be traveling to Charleston with a couple close friends in a couple weeks for a girls weekend to celebrate one of my best friends’ birthday!

Blog Goals

  1. Post at least twice a week every week. – With the exception of two weeks, I have kept this goal up pretty well!  I always posted at least once each week, but there were those two weeks that I just felt overwhelmed by writing another post along with my schoolwork and extracurriculars.
  2. Reach 20,000 total site views for 2017. – This goal was reached and surpassed, thanks to you all!
  3. Collaborate with a big brand. – Since the beginning of the school year I’ve collaborated with several small brands and spent another semester as a Jadelynn Brooke high school ambassador, but have yet to collaborate with another big brand.
  4. Host at least three giveaways. – So far I’ve already hosted two giveaways over on my Instagram, so I’d say this goal is going pretty well!  Stay tuned for another exciting giveaway coming soon!

Thanks for reading!  Here’s to accomplishing more goals in second semester.

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