Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Black Lace Romper + Magazine Launch

This post is way overdue, but because of finals, work, and now winter break I'm happy to have some down time to catch up on blog posts! Earlier this month, my school's student publication VIM Magazine had their Fall 2016 launch gala. This year was the first semester where I was creative director, and it was so amazing to work with so many talented and creative people. Seriously. I am so incredibly proud of everyone and the work put into it, because it is completely student run and turned out to be beautiful, professional, and an amazing magazine. The launch was held at the art museum on campus which was a dream venue, and was a black tie dress code. Everyone had such cute outfits, and I found this romper on black friday for only $35! Be sure to check out the online issue of the magazine HERE, and keep up with the magazine HERE

Monday, November 28, 2016

19 Things I Learned at 19

Another year older, another wiser? It sure doesn't feel like it, but I could easily write more than enough lessons I've learned this past year. Your girl is finally not a teenager anymore (I'm actually pretty sad about it),  but I'm not doing anything extravagant to celebrate this year. I'm saving that for next year of course for when I turn 21! Oh and also, please prepare yourself for some painfully cheesy, but true things I've learned this year. 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Body Image

In my opinion, I think this is a pretty heavy topic because everyone has experienced some negative thoughts about themselves just because of what they look like. I can't remember a time when I actually liked the way my body looked. Yes that absolutely sucks - but is also true for so many people. It all started in elementary school around the 3rd grade, when I just gained some weight (school lunches). The years went by and in middle school, I started to play tennis which somewhat balanced out my eating habits. They consisted of sugary breakfasts, chips, and especially those after school snacks by the television. I got to high school and was playing varsity tennis pretty competitively. I would just use the excuse of playing six days a week for eating bigger portions. 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

My College House + Living Off Campus

fabric banner - homemade(twine, fabric, hole puncher, and a couple nails), home sweet home sign - homemade (wood sign from michael's and any acrylic paint), flower decals - hobby lobby
Oh yes, I am still alive (barely). It has been so long since my last post, but school and interviews and clubs has taken up most of my time, and I miss this little corner of the internet. I'm so happy to be back and posting content! So, now that I'm in my third year of college, I no longer live in the dorms but in a tiny house off campus. I'm SO glad to have my own space and be much more independent, but it definitely has its ups and down. Although, I will say this post is thanks to all of the work of my roommates who are much more creative than I am - if it were up to me, all of the decor would be black and white. All of these little accents were super cheap to make, and make all the difference in making the space so much more comfy.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Healthy (and cheap) College Meal Ideas! {Vegan}

It's already been a month since I've moved into my college house, and one of the struggles has been cooking and making all my own meals. Compared to my freshman and sophomore year where I had unlimited access to the dining hall, now I'm grocery shopping weekly and clipping coupons. Literally I feel so old getting excited over the Aldi sale flyers that come in the mail....Anyway all of these meal ideas are vegan, and although I wouldn't label myself as vegan just yet, I always love trying out new and healthy foods. 

What's also exciting is that it is a collab with Ellie from Peanut Butter and Ellie! We go to the same school, and were able to get dinner together - it's so awesome to meet someone through blogging #teaminternet. Ellie is vegan, and will have even more easy meal ideas from the cafeteria. She is a freshman, so you'll be getting both ideas from students who live on and off campus!  

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Back to School Loves

The new roomies!
This week is officially my first full week of classes, and already I'm stressing out - but what better way to take a break from studying than to write a blog post? I've missed being able to write blog posts, but school comes first I guess...At least my first favorite of the year are my new roommates this year, and I will have a blog post on some cute DIYs we did to decorate the house! Anyway, here are the rest of my favorites that I've been loving for the start of the school year:

Thursday, September 1, 2016

5 Tips for Buying Clothes on a College Budget

Here is the first part to a series on how to save money in college, something that is a struggle for so many people just like me. I'll be writing about different areas of spending - the first today being about clothes, and some little tips that I have learned along the way. Thankfully, I grew up with money saving parents, and it's definitely made me more conscious and aware of where I'm putting my money. Honestly, it's even hard for me to spend more than $20 on a top or pair of jeans, but I definitely don't sacrifice quality. I really hope something in this post helps you out even if you're not a college student!

Friday, August 26, 2016

All Buttoned Up

When I saw this skirt at Garage for only $7, there was no way I couldn't buy it. I'm normally not one to wear skirts or dresses that often, but the color and buttons are just too cute. I wore this while walking around downtown Ada with my friend Ian, who also took these amazing photos! The skirt is stretchy, comfortable, and the right length. It does run big because I wear it high waisted, so I recommend going a size down. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Greek Life: To Rush or Not to Rush?

If you've been deciding on whether to join greek life or not, I had one of my best friends Emily talk about what she's loved for the past two years in her sorority. For myself, I decided not to rush for a couple of reasons. But if this is something that interests you, don't let the stereotypes get in the way! Depending on the school, greek life will vary, and it doesn't hurt to go to rush week to see for yourself and then decide. Don't forget to factor in things like cost and time commitment, but also life long friendships and community involvement. Keep reading to see what Emily has to say on her experience so far as a Chi Omega at Vanderbilt University!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Blueberry Banana Bread Pudding {Vegan}

I'm the kind of person who only likes super simple recipes, and this one has to be my new favorite. It was incredibly easy to make, and not too dry or soggy. It would also be delicious with strawberries, blackberries, raspberries....the list goes on. I wanted to make bread pudding because of this challah bread I bought...although I really really embarrassed myself when buying it at my local bakery. I totally mispronounced the name and the cashier was laughing so much, but now I know that it's not pronounced "ch"allah, but more like "holla" (at least I sure hope so). Also, you might be curious as to how this is a vegan recipe since the challah contains egg, but other than the bread, there are no eggs or dairy. Any day old bread will do! 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

5 Things to Expect At A Big College

To say I was scared for freshman year of college is an understatement. What intimidated me the most was meeting new people, me being a speck among thousands. For someone who isn't super out going or talkative, I thought I'd be alone in my dorm room every weekend, knitting scarves and stalking Nathan Adrian on instagram (as it turns out I only did that once a month). The college I go to has more than 50,000+ students, and it has its ups and downs. For anyone curious on what college life is like at a bigger school, or if you're a freshman about to go to one, here are some things I learned that will hopefully help you!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Small Town Exploring

A couple of weeks ago I had a rare saturday off from work, so my parents and I ventured out to the cute little town of Saugatuck, Michigan. None of us had ever been there before but it was only 45 minutes away. We parked by the lake and just walked around exploring the shops and cute little restaurants. Days like this remind me to always take time to relax and spend it with family. Also, I always forget how much of beautiful, beautiful michigan there is to explore.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

My Go-To Burrito Bowl (Vegan)

I've been experimenting with eating more plant based foods recently, and this burrito bowl has been my favorite for bringing to work. It is so easy to make, and also saves me a ton of money instead of going to qdoba! Sometimes I make this into more of a salad by adding lots of spinach, or by putting everything into a wrap to change it up. I know when I go back to college this month I'll be eating this all the time.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Summer I Turned Pretty

I'm not writing this blog post like my usual ones; a new recipe, makeup favorite, or outfit that only takes a little while to write. Today I'm basically journaling, and sharing some of my thoughts with you all. Usually, a post like this would definitely not go on here...but I thought I'd try something new and be (sort of) vulnerable because why the hell not? 

Everyday, something little changes, and it only takes so many of those days for me to even notice. Like for example, this summer I started working out almost every day, and declined so many potato chips and junk food opportunities (they seem to happen everyday??). And after two months, I reluctantly weighed myself yesterday and gasped at seeing a number fifteen less than a couple of months ago.

The same thing applies to this summer. I was supposed to live with a friend in the cutest house ever in the middle of nowhere, make memories, and complete an internship to really lock in any prospects for this forthcoming career far. When I found out I had to turn that opportunity down...oh wow, I was mad, but also confused. I thought it was an opportunity God placed in my life, but I was very wrong. Turning down that internship has resulted in me living at home and back at my old job...but still making so many memories. 

I was scared, so scared, of being back at home, not having my roommate there all the time, or friends just down the street to console in. The memories of last summer, a summer where I felt so far from my faith and people I cared about, came back to haunt me. Why do we always think that we know what's best for ourselves when God knows what is best for us?

I'm not saying this summer was filled with endless beach days, shopping trips, and easy peasy weeks, but I didn't think I could grow this much at home. Some days were SO hard, but the only way out if through. Looking on the positive side, I got to see friends and explore little towns, spend lots and lots of time with family, and best of all, meet new people I otherwise wouldn't have gotten to know at all. I'm still so ready to go back to school (4 weeks!), but I'm thankful for these past two months and plan to make the most of August. 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

The Simplest Qunioa Pizza Crust

I'm pretty stoked about today's post because I've found a way to have pizza and not feel too guilty about it. I've seen other recipes for quinoa breadsticks and whatnot, but I decided to make it into a crust. It is seriously SO easy and blew my mind with how great it was. It's definitely not going to taste like your run of the mill Little Caesar's, but it will (hopefully) satisfy your cravings.

Monday, June 20, 2016

5 Youtube Channels You Need in Your Life

It's no secret that I watch more youtube than any other tv show or movie. These five channels are some of my favorites, and range from making me laugh to making me want to make some food at 3am. If you're new-er to youtube (where have you been??) I recommend starting out with these channels. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Fluffy Pancakes {Vegan, GF}

These little pancakes of joy are so easy to make, and are also gluten free and vegan! I have always heard of those 2 ingredient pancakes consisting of bananas and eggs, but to be honest, those never ever turned out for me. After my workouts recently, I have been craving smoothies some fluffy pancakes after one too many smoothie bowls.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

If you know me, you'd know that my favorite food in the entire world has to be sweet potatoes. I love sweet potatoes in pretty much all forms, but my favorite way to make them are by just baking them in the oven. Oh my they are so good. I've tried and failed many times on making these, but now this recipe is finally perfected in how to have them cooked perfectly, while still being low-fat.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Sophomore Year ~

Being a sophomore was weird. I was no longer a little freshman, but I still felt lost in so many other ways.  Looking at everything I've learned, it all came from mistakes. I've just come to accept the fact that they are going to happen and they will suck. And after they suck for awhile, you slowly just move forward until it's not so bad anymore. But I don't think mistakes should define a whole year. Even though it's what stands out in my mind, every blessing God gave has given me far surpasses the bad. Even right now as I'm writing this, I feel down, and I've felt this way for weeks. 
I think to sum up sophomore year, I've learned that you just move forward. Thankfully, no one has to do this alone, because JC is here. Even when you are stubborn, He is still chasing after you. Like literally running towards you. Not only that, but His love comes through the people who care about you. I didn't mean for this to turn into some cheese ball post, but it's the truth and also something I need to hear right now. I think before college, I've always loved people, but I never thought I'd love people this much. And not in a "I'm now an extrovert" kind of way (def still an introvert), but in a "let's all love each other" type of way. Everyone is going though something that requires a hug and some loving (this also includes loving people you don't like wow).
How was my sophomore year? Eventful. So many things happened, so many people were met, and so many lessons were learned. Hopefully it means that I won't make the same mistakes again, but if I do (not on purpose I hope), it's okay. Never stop trying, and keep on loving. 

Monday, May 9, 2016

A Green Smoothie That Actually Tastes Good

Whenever I make a green smoothie, many people ask me if it actually tastes good, or if it just looks good. Let me tell you - this recipe is always a no fail with my mom and brother who say they can't even taste the greens. And making it a little thicker into a bowl makes eating this so much more enjoyable. There are no added sweeteners, and only require a few ingredients. Packed with protein, omega-3, fiber, and so much more, this recipe is my go-to for breakfast or after a workout. If you've never had a green smoothie, I'm sure you'll love this recipe even if you don't like spinach. 

-1 frozen banana (it must be frozen when there are brown spots for the most sweetness)
-large handful of spinach
-handful of any frozen berries 
-1 T nut butter
-1/4 cup almond milk (more or less depending on if you want a bowl or drink)
-1 T hemp seeds
-1/2 T chia seeds
-any toppings you'd like!

1. Put all of the ingredients into a high powered blender. I like to put the spinach in first, as it guarantees a completely smooth consistency.
2. Blend until smooth. If you're making a bowl, only add a little bit of milk in the beginning, and then add more or desired consistency. 
3. Serve with your favorite toppings or plain.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Thick Hair Tips

People always tell me of how much hair I have, and how I always always shed everywhere (sorry)I think the worst part is getting headaches if my hair is in a ponytail for too long, and you don't even want to know how long it takes to dry! I know I'm not the only one who has been blessed with 5 times the amount of hair actually needed, so I decided to let you know how I keep it tame (and how I don't pull it out myself).

1. Half up/half down styles are your friend. Best friend. 

I know for every formal event many people are sporting those gorgeous up-dos, but I know there's no way my head can support that much weight. Thankfully, there are many half-up/half-down styles that can be elegant OR for everyday! There's so many variations to play around with - twists, braids, sparkly accessories, bows..

2. Try out some low ponytails.

One exception to not being able to sport any up-dos, are low ponytails. They can still be elegant without being too heavy - not to mention how easy they are to style. Along with your favorite hair accessory, I love this look!

3. Braids, braids, braids.

Also another go-to hairstyle are the beautiful, but simple braids. Some of my favorite are french braids, dutch braids, and fishtails. Best of all, I usually only do one side of my head or just my bangs to save time, and to use as little hair as possible!

4. Leave in conditioner

Not only do these creams/sprays, aka angel's tears, help soften + smooth out your hair, but it cuts the drying time down tremendously. My favorites include the it's a 10! and Tresemme Split remedy - both are sprays which also make it so easy to use.
No matter what type of hair you have, find the go-to styles that make you love! 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Current Music Loves

I've been on a music kick lately, and oh boy have I been enjoying it. There's nothing like playing your favorite songs while walking to class to make it a little more bearable. All of these songs have put me in a ~mood and have made me just feel better. I'm excited to start these series of posts just to update my current favorite songs, since it's changing all of the time! 
Kevin Garrett
I discovered this soul-pop artist on 8tracks, and immediately fell in love. His songs are all on the slower side, but still make me so happy. He's so personal, and the words he writes always get to me. Kevin has to be one of my favorite artists, and seeing live videos of him on Youtube makes me love him even more. (marry me)
Favorite songs: Come Up Short and Pushing Away
This alternative band never fails to put me in a good mood. Especially their song ILYSB, I can't get enough of it on a sunny day while walking to class. The bad composed of three guys are amazing live as well, and if you're ever in a need of some road trip music, this is the artist for you.
Favorite Songs: ILYSB and Where the Hell Are My Friends
Bad Suns
I've known about Bad Suns for awhile, but more recently now that it's Spring their songs remind me of LANY, but the lead singers voice is so unique. He is literally only 20 years old and so talented. They are becoming more well known which is so amazing, and again, literally the perfect music to listen to poolside or while running outside.
Favorite Songs: Cardiac Arrest and Dancing on Quicksand 
Troye Sivan 
Of course I can't leave out youtuber Troye Sivan who has been blowing up recently. From being an internet personality to a real musician, his songs and aesthetic of not being your typical pop songs are so so wonderful. 
Favorite Songs: Fools and Bite 
As always you can listen to a playlist of my favorite songs by these artists on my 8tracks HERE. Let me know some of your favorite songs at the moment and I'll check them out! 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Coconut Crusted Tofu + Sriracha Peanut Dipping Sauce [VIDEO]

I'll just start off by saying that I've never loved a recipe quite like this one. I've been obsessed with the Youtube channel + blog hotforfood, and I saw them prepare this tofu in taco form. I wasn't in the mood for tacos, so I just made the tofu, and on the fly, this spicy + sweet peanut sauce. Oh my. You could do so many great things with this tofu and sauce - put in a salad, roll it up in some spring rolls, by itself as an appetizer, on a sandwich, or like hotforfood, put them in some tacos! Either way, I'm sure you will enjoy this crunchy, healthy, and hearty recipe. 
The peanut sauce I just made up with ingredients I thought would go well together and it turned out SO well. It is the perfect compliment to the tofu as a dressing or dipping sauce, and customizable to however spicy or sweet you'd like it to be. 

 Click here to watch the original hotforfood video!

- Block of medium firm or firm tofu
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 1/2 Tablespoon lime juice
- 1 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
2. Cut tofu info cubes.
3. Whisk together the coconut milk and lime juice. Set aside.
4. Mix the breadcrumbs, shredded coconut, garlic powder, chili powder, and sea salt.
5. Toss the tofu into the flour for a light coating, dip in coconut milk, and lastly the breading. Place on baking sheet.
6. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

Sriracha Peanut Sauce 

-2 Tablespoons peanut buter
- Juice from half a lime
- 2 packets of stevia or sweetener or choice
- 3/4 Tablespoon sriracha
- salt and pepper

1. Whisk all ingredients together until smooth. Add water until desired consistency.
2. Taste test to see if it needs more hot sauce or sweetener.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

PSA: Where Short Girls Should Buy Jeans

A month ago, I went shopping with a couple of friends and found jeans that actually FIT. I don't think this has ever happened to me in my entire life, and I thought it deserved its own blog post. Not only were they on sale for only $18 (originally $50), but yes, these jeans are great quality. Even though Forever 21 jeans can be $9, these are much better, and $18 is just such an amazing deal. The college student loan part of me is crying tears of joy. The best part is that I found these at the store where I never would have expected to find them.... Aeropostale. dun dun dun
Yeah, that one store you haven't walked into since 7th grade sells these magical jeans. I was shocked, and the whole brand in general I've noticed has changed so much for the better. The prices are much cheaper, and the clothing is minimalistic. The style of jeans I ended up falling in love with were the ankle length jeggings. I know the word jeggings (leggings+jeans) makes it seem like the material would be flimsy and thin, but these are just as thick as other jeans I've owned before. The ankle length is great, and I only have to roll them up about half an inch if I'm wearing ankle boots or Keds. The other ankle length jeans are great, but the jeggings in my opinion were definitely the most comfortable and flattering!
My favorite color is this dark wash, since I've worn them dressed up and dressed down. I highly recommend you try out these jeans even if you're not petite (5'0) like me. Anyone would appreciate the quality, price, and style of them. Thanks Aero. I never thought I'd shop here again...but here we are. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Coffee Table Essentials

This year I signed my first lease EVER for a house next year, and my roommates and I area already talking about decorating and little DIY craft projects. As much as I loved the dorm life, I am definitely ready to have a place to call home and be able to live with three amazing girls. I know we will all be hanging out in the living room together all the time, and here are a couple of my coffee table essentials that I know will be important for next year (along with my choice for an adorable table). 

1 // Polaroid photos - A couple of my friends right now have a glass table and they display so many cute pictures underneath it.

2// Candles - Basically a must to relax after a long day.

3// A pretty bowl - Somewhere to keep keys (and things I'll always lose). 

4// Coffee table books that are beautiful but also a good read. I've always loved Humans Of New York.

5// A placemat for Saturday morning breakfasts in front of the TV (this one is on sale!)

A couple of my favorite coffee tables are from Chairish.com, a website where people can sell vintage items. Prices range from as low as $75 to thousands, so there's a huge variety for anything you are looking for. I love this table for $95 with some wood detail, and also this low contemporary style table for only $100. For more options on some beautiful coffee tables, try Chairish!

*This post is in collaboration with Chairish.com, but is not sponsored.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Sweet Potato Cornbread [VIDEO]

I was on spring break all last week, and I was able to try out a couple of different recipes that I've wanted to make for a long time. My mom saw this recipe on facebook, and it was actually really really easy to make. Being my first official youtube video, these food videos will be a series of recipes that I'll be trying out on camera for the first time, and you'll get to see if they turned out or not. 
My mom absolutely loved the cornbread, but commented that more sweet potato should be added next time. With the leftovers, these tasted AMAZING if warmed in the microwave for a couple of seconds and topped with some butter + cinnamon. I hope you enjoy the video, and I highly recommend you try this out! I absolutely loved filming and editing this video and definitely plan on making more. 
The original recipe can be found here.

- 1 cup mashed sweet potato (I would add a bit more than this)
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup + 2 1/2 tablespoons yellow corn meal (I love Bob's Red Mill)
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 sugar (I used raw cane sugar)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 cup butter chilled + diced 
1. Preheat oven to 375 F and grease a 9 inch diameter pan/skillet
2. Cook and mash sweet potato. I used one medium potato, and that was enough for over 1 cup mashed. To cook potato, pierce holes all around the potato to let the steam out, and microwave each side for 3 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes. To peel the skin off easily, make scores with a knife and just use your hands!
3. Whisk the potato, buttermilk, and eggs together. 
4. Combine cornmeal, sugar, flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and ginger. There are three options to combine: a pastry cutter, your hands, or food processor. (The pastry cutter takes the longest but still worked for me)
5. Mix the wet and dry ingredients and pour into prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes until the top is golden brown and enjoy!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Glazed + Confused

Last weekend my friend Jess and I went to explore downtown Lansing, and I definitely underestimated the city. There were so many cute shops and restaurants that we visited, but there was one that we knew we HAD to visit. It was an urban bakery called Glazed + Confused, and oh my it was one of the cutest places I've ever been to. Being in college, I miss going to my favorite local place sin Grand Rapids (shoutout to Nantucket Bakery), and finding this place definitely reminded me of home. 

They call themselves and "urban bakery", and had many flavors of donuts and scones that were new to me. Jess got an almond joy cake donut, and I tried the black forest flavor which was light and airy. Each donut runs from $1.20-2.50, and they also have lots and lots of food other than sweets. There was a whole menu with breakfast and lunch options that looked amazing as well.

Jess and I did our homework there for a couple of hours, and people were streaming in and out the whole time: families, college students, and kids. It's only two blocks from the capitol, and the whole atmosphere and ambiance of the shop was what made this such a great place. If you're ever in the area, I highly recommend checking this place out, but be sure to look at their hours before you go! 
-their website