How to have a productive summer

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There’s always about a 100 pound weight that lifts off my shoulders when I finish my last final of the school year. Once I actually get home I realize that within a few days I’m actually pretty bored and sometimes I wish I could be back at school for some kind of structure to my life. Summer is definitely the time to unwind a little bit, but as I and many others creep up on our adult lives, pretty soon I’ll have a real job that does not just stop in the summertime lol.

The picture above is one of my favorites from last summer. My best friend Ellie and I were on the most dedicated health and fitness routine we had ever been on, and our habits carried on well into our school year. I wanted to share some tips and inspiration to having a productive summer as well!

SUMMER JOB

Summer is the best opportunity to get a job, since we usually have less obligations while school is out. I personally love to babysit! It’s a relaxed job with great pay! Try volunteering, working in a resataurant, or at a clothing store to put some work experience on your resume. Maybe even dog walking?!

 

DEDICATE YOURSELF TO A WORKOUT ROUTINE

It is never too late to work towards your goal bikini body, or just work on your overall health in general. Finding a workout routine to dedicate yourself to daily, every other day, or weekends can be a helpful way to train your body into a consistent workout routine. I love going to various workout classes throughout a week consisting of barre, hot yoga, and hot pilates!

 

EXPERIMENT WITH (healthy) DIETS

I don’t mean diets as in “Lose 30 pounds in a month diet!” I’m talking about plant based, Keto, Whole 30, and more! Finding a diet that works the best for you while you have time to experiment with cooking and grocery shopping can help you carry your healthy eating habits into the school year.

 

DECLUTTER

My life feels the most put together after I clean out my drawers and closet. Get rid of everything you don’t use or need to take some cluttered stress off your shoulders. I recommend trying to sell your gently used clothes to local consignment stores to make some cash, and then taking everything else to a donation center.

 

FIND A HOBBY

Finding an activity that you love is a great way to keep you creative and inspired throughout the summer! Last summer I started blogging, which eventually led to vlogging. Both hobbies have kept me busy during my downtime, and have been a creative outlet for me when I feel overwhelmed with schoolwork. Try cooking, reading, writing, painting, dancing, or pretty much anything! Hobbies becomes more important as we get older to keep our minds sharp and creative.

 

Dedicate this summer to you! Learn things about yourself, work on being your best self, and make time for yourself. Hope you’re inspired now!

HAGS

Sam

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DIY minimal wall art

Hey everyone! Long time no talk!!!

I’ve been brainstorming blog post ideas for a while now and everything I thought of just wasn’t really speaking to me, so I stopped thinking for a little bit. As soon as I stopped thinking about blogging, I got the urge to make something to put on my wall in my room. BAM!!! A perfect blog idea.

Here’s how I painted a new art piece for my wall…

Find something to paint.

I’m not the most artistic person in the world, but with just a few minutes on Pinterest you can convince yourself your a chef at a 5-Star restaurant, so I convinced myself I was an artist. Here’s a link to the picture I recreated. Etsy Wall Art

Here is a link to my minimal art Pinterest board for some inspo on what to paint if you decide to try this out! Pinterest Board

Create a vibey setup.

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I put on some music, lit a candle, made some coffee to create the perfect setup. I also made sure to have all my materials at hand so I wouldn’t have to keep getting up to get something.

What you’ll need:

  • Paint brushes
  • Paint (I used acrylic paint w/ glossy finish)
  • Paper for sketching
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Frame (mine is 16×20)
  • Cardstock paper for for final draft (16×20)

I purchased all my supplies at Michael’s for $21.00! http://www.michaels.com

Practice with pencil first.

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I brought out a sketch pad to make sure I would be happy with how my drawing would turn out. I practiced twice on the sketchpad, and then drew a bigger version on the cardstock paper before going in with the paint.

 

Restart until it’s perfect.

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As long as you have a good eraser, keep restarting your drawing until it’s perfectly ready for paint. I drew and erased probably five times, and even had my boyfriend help me because I couldn’t seem to get the shoulder angle right!!!

 

Don’t paint too carefully.

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The painting is meant to look simple and effortless, but I realized I still wanted it to be clean. The difference in the brush strokes actually added a clean, messiness…if that makes sense? I recommend starting off with a thin paint brush and adding more layers of paint, rather than starting off with a thicker brush. The imperfectness of the lines make it look more handmade in my opinion.

 

The final product!

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I usually stray away from black decor, but I felt the black frame really tied the whole painting together. I named the girl in this painting Polly, and hung her up right over my bed for everyone to see! I’m very proud of this paining mostly because I only paid twenty dollars for it, and because when people ask me where I got it I can say I painted it!

 

Always,

Sam

VALENTINE’S DAY DATE OUTFIT IDEAS

Hey friends!

As Valentine’s Day approaches us I thought I would offer some outfit ideas for a date with your special someone or even a night out with friends! I know I always feel like I have NOTHING to wear even with a full closet, so here’s some inspo to easily make these outfits your own. Try adding some jewelry, bags, prints, or whatever else speaks to you!!

  1. Casual Outfit
  • Printed or Colored Pants
  • Simple Top
  • Fashion Sneakers
  • Colored Bag
  • Leather Jacket

This cool girl vibe is perfect for a casual dinner, movie trip, coffee date, or pretty much anything! The sneakers make it comfortable and a dainty top offers a nice balance under the leather jacket. Add a pop of color with a purse or neck tie!

My look:

  • Pants: Brandy Melville
  • Top: Brandy Melville
  • Jacket: Brandy Melville
  • Shoes: Adidas
  • Purse: Steve Madden

2. Classic Outfit

  • Skirt
  • Sweater
  • Printed/Colored boots
  • Printed/Colored purse

This super classic and classy outfit is perfect to either dress up with a nice jacket or dress down with some sneakers! Try adding a bold lip color, bright colored purse, or crazy shoes to dress up this simple look!

My look:

  • Skirt: Mustard Seed
  • Sweater: Nordstrom BP
  • Boots: Jeffery Campbell
  • Purse: J. Crew

3. Cozy Outfit

  • Cropped Flare Jeans
  • Slouchy Sweater
  • Printed/Colored Shoes

This super comfortable look is great for home cooking date, ice cream date, or even a Valentine’s Day lunch with your SO (or your friends). A simple look like this one is super easy to jazz up with jewelry, a hat, a scarf, or a chunky belt! I always prefer a casual night in with my bf over anything else, and this is one of my go-to looks for when we decide to go on a spontaneous ice cream excursion lol.

My look:

  • Jeans: Topshop
  • Sweater: Free People
  • Boots: Jeffery Campbell

 

Whether you’re cozying up with a date, or going out with the girls I hope all of you have a memorable Valentine’s Day, full of love, laughs, and lipstick!

xoxo,

Sammy G.

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MY NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS AND GOALS

You guys have to have known this was coming lol… I love being inspired, inspirational, motivated, and I especially love change, so naturally I jump at the overwhelming pressure to be better at the beginning of each year. Here is what I’m working on in 2018…

RESOLUTIONS:

  • Commit to drinking enough water a day.
  • Reduce my trash/waste production.
  • Spend less, save more.
  • Worry less about events/people/issues I cannot control.
  • Handle my stress better and easier.
  • Let life not go as planned.
  • Stop planning my life so much.
  • Meet new people.
  • Be a good listener.
  • Become as minimalist as possible.
  • Live in the moment.

GOALS:

  • Travel more.
  • Make hot yoga a main workout activity.
  • Keep posting blogs 1-2 times monthly.
  • Continue to work on my YouTube channel.
  • Get a summer internship.
  • Complain less, appreciate more.
  • Take more pictures.

I know this is a lot to work on, but in 2017 I learned A LOT about myself, and now know areas that I need fix in my life. I hope these resolutions and goals inspire you to create your own list, or take some things from mine! Now let’s kill it in 2018!!!

xoxo,

Sam

November Favorites

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Hey friends!

Another month has left us, and as seasons change, so do my preferences! For this month’s recap/post I put together a little November favorites list! Enjoy! 🙂

BEAUTY:

  • Rosehip Oil: Great for hydrating and the reduction of dark spots or scars.
  • Tea Tree Oil: Good for an acne spot treatment!
  • Murad Essential-C Moisture: This moisturizer helps to lock in moisture on my face so I don’t get dry skin in the colder months. (Even though it was just 90 degrees in California)
  • Murad Essential-C Night Moisture: I recently discovered that putting moisturizers with sunscreen on at night isn’t good for your skin, because you’re adding extra chemicals that aren’t necessary. I found that this night moisturizer without SPF is so hydrating and leaves my skin silky smooth from when I apply it until I wake up.

FASHION:

  • Neck Scarves: Easy way to jazz up a plain outfit, make a casual outfit look more dressy, tie around your ponytail, or on your purse!
  • Loud Print Shoes: What can I say, I’m just a loud girl who likes loud shoes. These are not for everyone, but they sure are fun to take your outfit up a notch!
  • Layering: I’ve been obsessed with throwing a cute dainty tank top over a plain t-shirt, or patterned long sleeve. This is a great outfit for days that are to cold without a jacket, but too hot with one.
  • Loafers: I ADORE the loafer trend. I recently snatched myself a tan pair, (my collection of black shoes was getting ridiculous) and love how easily they amp up my outfits to make me look very put together, while also being comfortable.

BLOGS:

  • Gal Meets Glam: I’ve followed Julia Engel on Instagram for years, and have just rekindled with her blog. Both her blog and Instagram are AMAZING. LINK
  • The Everygirl: Chicago based blog that has a killer Instagram. Seriously has me planning a trip to Chicago. LINK
  • College Fashionista: Awesome blog written by college students including lifestyle, fashion, career advice, and more! DID I MENTION NEXT SEMESTER I WILL BE A COLLEGE FASHIONISTA STYLE GURU??? I have little information on what exactly I’ll be doing, but don’t worry I’m sure I’ll be posting everything, everywhere when the time comes… LINK

SCENTS:

  • Prada Candy: If you know me well you know this perfume has been my signature scent for YEARS. I find myself not even considering another spray during the colder months just because this one is so warm and inviting.
  • Bath and Body Works Almond 3-Wick Candle: Of course I love this candle because it’s made with essential oils! The almond scent is sweet, warm, and perfect for cold weather!

SHOP MY FAVORITES:

WHAT’S NEW NOVEMBER??

 

 

 

Hey friends!!!

Don’t think I forgot about blogging! If some of you are unaware, I started a YouTube channel!!! (Link is down below!) On my channel I have been posting videos containing various aspects of my life as a college student! I wasn’t sure if I was going to continue blogging while juggling YouTube as well, but then I realized HECK YEAH I AM. This blog allowed me to realize how interested I am in social media, content creation, and helps me to work on my writing skills, so how in the world could I just throw it out the window??

I have decided to aim for monthly blog posts containing life updates, monthly favorites, or whatever has been on my mind the past month!

So let’s start with an October recap:

  • Started Lifestyle Youtube channel.
  • My boyfriend and I celebrated 2 years of dating! Woohoo!!
  • I am becoming more interested in photography.
  • I have officially changed my major to Communications.
  • I’ve changed my career path as well.
  • I’m also considering minoring in Arts and Technology!?
  • I can’t seem to get New York City off my mind :/
  • I have limited my meat intake to about once a week!
  • I am working on lowering my production of trash a day.
  • I haven’t been practicing yoga as much as I’d like to. :/
  • I have become DEPENDENT on essential oils.

I want to thank everyone who has been so supportive of this blog AND now my YouTube channel! I do all of this because it is what I genuinely love to do, to the point where I have changed my career path to hopefully involve something related to social media. Having people cheer me on while I do all of this brings a smile to my face and I am grateful for every single one of you (even the haters lol 😉 )!

Just know I will continue doing this even if I’m the only one reading or watching lol!

With love,

Sammy G.

My YouTube Channel!!

10 Facts About Me

 

Now that I’ve been around for a little while, I guess you dedicated readers deserve some fun facts about me! 🙂

1. I want to move to the East Coast sometime in my life.

2. I chipped my front tooth in 8th grade riding a scooter.

3. I crave donuts at all times of the day.

4. I can’t do a pull up.

5. I’m horrible at math.

6. I’m a morning person.

7. I want to open a trendy coffee shop.

8. I’m a dog person.

9. My favorite place to be is in a coffee shop.

10. I may or may not be starting a Youtube channel……… 😉

 

Thank you to Jack Antal for the awesome pics! Follow him on Instagram: _captainjackk!!!

Always,

Sam