Wednesday, May 24, 2017

My Skincare Routine

Skincare is so so so important. It's something I've definitely neglected in the past, and had yet to find the right products. College has been super destructive on my skin, with the late nights out, dehydration (if ya get what I'm saying), the sun in SoCal and just overall being lazy because my bathroom is all the way down the hall. I've come to a point where I definitely understand my skin a lot more than I used to and have found products that really help my skin, rather than hurt it. Also, being on a college budget I don't like to spend an insane amount on skincare at this point in my life. All of these products I swear by, and are super affordable!!
Current Skincare Routine
This CeraVe cleanser is literally the best at getting all of that dirt off of my skin. It's perfect for all skin types and super gentle. I don't greatly suffer with acne and was using acne products for far too long that were simply drying out my skin. This helps to keep my skin clean, and that keeps it acne free, but without over-drying my skin. Aveeno is my holy grail brand and I absolutely love their positively radiant daily moisturizer. It keeps my skin fully moisturized throughout the day and also has SPF 15. I love moisturizers that have sunscreen in them because in the southern California heat it's so so important to keep your skin shielded from the sun. I also love the Hawaiian Tropic sheer touch SPF 30 sunscreen for a daily sunscreen on my arms. Especially in the fall, LA is super sunny and warm practically every day from August to November so it's super important to keep your skin protected.

If I'm ever breaking out a bit I like to use the St. Ives apricot scrub to get rid of any dead skin on my face and help to clear up my skin. I don't use this always because it definitely does dry my skin out, but it's helpful if I'm every having problem skin. Also, the night calming Neutrogena makeup wipes are the best after a long night out when I'm feeling super lazy. Usually I'm too lazy to fully wash my face, but I like to use these wipes so I'm at least not sleeping with makeup on. 

Now I'm eager to hear...what products are included in your skincare routine?

Xoxo

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Best One-Piece Swimsuits for Summer

One of the perks of my summer job is that I get to spend so much time outside. I get to swim with the kids 4 days a week, which is so nice because I'm seriously trying to get that summer glow. However, I'm only allowed to wear one-piece swimsuits. Buuuttt one-piece swimsuits are like seriously so in right now so it works out! I've been searching high and low for cute, but more modest one-piece swimsuits that are fun for the summer, but will also work for my job! Here are a ton of different options, at all different price points. The fun thing about one-piece suits is that, especially in California, they can be worn as bodysuits too!

One-Piece Swimsuits



My favorite definitely has to be the off-the-shoulder white one-piece from J.Crew. Although maybe not super functional in the pool, it sure is cute! I'm most likely going to try and find one "cute" one-piece and then get two or three athletic one-pieces for my job. As much as I'd like to be super cute, I have to also be very comfortable because I'll be swimming with kids! But I definitely want a cute one piece for when I go back to school for pool parties!

If you have any recommendations of where to get cute or athletic one-pieces please share them below! I'd love to hear.

Xoxo

Monday, May 22, 2017

SF Recap

One of the best things about living in California is that it is a huge state. I mean seriously it's sooo long. But there are so many different areas to explore that aren't super far, but seem a world away. I have yet to explore the majority of the west coast, I've really only been to LA and Santa Barbara, and now San Francisco. 

One of my sorority sisters who I've been friends with since the beginning of the year lives about six hours north of LA, and only 45 minutes east of SF. My original plans for Easter were to stay with a friend who lives in Encino, but when Nicole offered her home to all of us for the week we couldn't resist! Four of us drove six hours north to spend Wednesday through Sunday at her house! Nicole also has a house in Lake Tahoe which we were planning on going to for two nights, but her mom unfortunately couldn't take the days off work so we opted to just stay in town. We were glad we did because as much as we saw a lot of things we were definitely on-the-go constantly.
On Wednesday morning we packed the car and headed north, but not before stopping for the necessary Starbuck's. Of course mid-drive we stopped for In-N-Out (my favorite!!) for lunch. We finally made it to Danville around 3 pm and spent some time unpacking. After doing a bit of homework (seriously why do professors assign so much over break) we headed into downtown Danville to explore. We didn't think ahead too much and most of the stores ended up being closed, but it was still fun to peek around. For dinner we went to a local pizza place that was seriously so good
The next day we explored downtown Danville again, but this time all the stores were open. It's such a cute little area and was so fun to explore! We went to a Danville favorite Sideboard's for lunch and my salad was seriously so good. Later in the day we went to Walnut Creek and had fun shopping and visiting Nicole's mom at work at Nordstrom. 
Day two was definitely my favorite day of the trip. This day was spent exploring the golden gate bridge. We went to a pretty famous lookout spot (where they filmed the sunrise scene in The Internship) to take lots of pictures with the gorgeous scenery. We ended up climbing down to a little restricted area oops but got the best photos ever. After looking at the view we hiked down to Kirby Cove to get pictures on the famous swing. Not gonna lie it was such a deal to get up on that swing and I got hit in the head by the wooden plank like 100 times. But...it's all for the photo ;)
At the end of the day we also visited UC Berkeley and the area around it. The campus is gorgeous with the prettiest view of SF, but it's huge compared to LMU's little campus. We met up with Nicole's friend that goes there and she toured us around the area. We also had dessert before dinner with incredible crepes. 
Saturday we actually went into the city by taking Bart. It's kind of a weird thing because the train actually goes underwater, which freaked me out honestly. But, it was kind of a cool concept. Once arriving in the city we wanted to go to the constantly Instagrammed sign "I got baked in San Francisco" at Mr. Holmes Bakehouse but we got there too late and had already sold out so they closed up shop. The walk to Mr. Holmes was through kind of a bad area, so my first glimpse of SF wasn't the best, but it was much improved when we went for a ride on the trolley. That was easily my favorite thing we did that day because it was so fun to finally do something I've wanted to do forever.
We took the trolley to Ghirardelli Square and got waffle cones of ice cream that were seriously to die for. Then we made our way to Fisherman's Wharf, not before stopping to see the sea lions lounging by the water. After exploring the wharf we Ubered back to the train station and headed home. We finished off the evening at Nicole's favorite local Chinese restaurant and then hit the hay. 

The trip was seriously so so fun and a great break from the high maintenance atmosphere that is LA. It's crazy that NorCal is only 6 hours north, but feels like a world away. I definitely want to visit again and next time go to my friend's house in Tahoe.

What's your fave thing to do in SF?

Xoxo

Monday, May 15, 2017

I'm Back. For Good!

Wow, blogging throughout college has turned out to be one of my biggest failures yet. All throughout high school I looked forward to posting on my blog and sharing different content for my readers five days a week, but college life got the best of me and blogging just wasn't as much as a priority as it used to be. But, I'm here now to stay for summer and I'm really going to strive to post five days a week and remain active on social media. So please comment what you'd like to see in the future because I'm pretty much open to anything! With that said, here's a little life update for you guys.
About a month ago I headed north of LA to San Francisco for Easter break. Going to a Jesuit school definitely has its perks; a full week for spring break plus five days off for Easter. A whole recap on the trip will be up tomorrow, but it was seriously so fun. It's only a six hour drive and three of my friends and I stayed in Danville, but went into the city on Saturday. More on that to come ;)
After returning from Easter break I spent most of my time studying for finals and with a broken phone. I broke my phone yet again, but managed to get a new one just in time for my sorority's formal. I brought a friend from high school that goes to school out west too and we had so much fun dancing and eating all of the snacks at the venue. 
The week before finals was my Big's birthday and we celebrated by going bowling. Seriously, bowling is like one of my favorite things ever and it was so much fun to spend some time with her, my phamily and her friends! I spent that weekend going to the final parties of the semester and overall just spending time with all of the girls on my floor. 
The week of finals was probably the most stressful time of my life because I had to manage studying for all of my finals (which was much harder than first semester) and moving everything out of my dorm and into my storage unit or luggage for the plane. Not to mention my recently developed fear of flying was distracting me the entire week. I managed to get through my finals and get everything out of the room in time and make my flight. Not before hauling my futon and rug in my friend's convertible with the top down because it wouldn't have fit any other way. Not having a car at school proved to be most irritating during move-out but thank God for Zipcar!
Two days before I left for school my friends and I went out to dinner for one final hoorah. Funny story actually, we wanted to go to this rib restaurant, but no one wanted to pay for it so we actually started a GoFundMe. I never thought anyone would donate or that we'd get more than $5, but we ended up raising $280 for our dinner!! It was so much fun to go out for a big, lavish dinner, but not actually have to pay for it.

I've been home for just over a week now and I cannot even begin to explain how good it feels to be in my own bed, have real food, and not have to wear shoes in the shower. College is so so fun and awesome, but it feels good to be back for a full four months. And it's even more fun being reunited with old high school friends. Something about distance makes relationships even stronger and all the petty things that happened in high school are really in the past. 

It's so refreshing to be on summer break and have zero responsibility - sort of :). I'm working as a camp counselor at a country club this summer and couldn't be more excited. I was in dire need of a full time job and am glad I found something that is fun, but also outdoorsy. Not to mention I'm done at 4 so I'll have the evenings and weekends to spend time with friends. 

What are you looking to read on ASAK? Please comment below because I'm in need of ideas, but I have a few different things coming up this week!!

Xoxo

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Warby Parker Spring 2017

As bad as it sounds I've always wished that I wore glasses. As much as I am so blessed to have great vision, glasses are such a cute way to accessorize. I've especially always been obsessed with classic frame tortoiseshell glasses like Carly wears! 

I've always been a huge fan of Warby Parker and am definitely guilty of going in their store just to try on glasses when in reality I don't even wear glasses. Their frames are just so cute and unique! I'm so excited to announce that WB's spring collection is launching today! I'm so obsessed with this collection and wanted to share a few of my favorites from this spring's line. The collection centers around metal frames, blues, blush tones and flat brows. Here's what I'm loving from the latest collection at Warby Parker




This collection is so so cute! The sunglasses are by far my favorites because they are something I could potentially wear! I love the navy and orange frames...I think they're so fun!

What do you think of Warby Parker's latest collection?

Also, Happy Valentine's Day!

Xoxo

Monday, February 13, 2017

What I Bought This Weekend

With my parents here this weekend it was especially nice to do a bit of shopping and re-vamp my wardrobe a bit. The weather's warming up a bit in SoCal (minus the major rain last Friday) and I was eager to find some cute new pieces for some fun spring style! Spring is my favorite season and I always love finding fresh new pieces to complement the blooming flowers. 

Of course I had to take my mom to my absolute favorite store in California, Irene's Story and she loved it just as much as I do! I ended up getting three fun tops; this fun plaid number, this ribbed off the shoulder top, and of course another off the shoulder top that's sadly not online. I also ended up finally caving and getting the Adidas Stan Smith sneakers in navy. Legitimately everyone has some form of the classic Adidas sneakers and I honestly hated them for some time (and I honestly still might), but I'm trying to learn to love them. I do have to say that they are extremely comfortable and easy to match!

Would you be interested in seeing a recap post from parents weekend? Let me know in the comments below!

Have you purchased anything recently?

Xoxo


Friday, February 10, 2017

TGIF


Happy weekend! The funny thing about college is that the weeks aren't necessarily long, they're just much busier than the weeks in high school. Especially since joining a sorority I've been busier than ever, meeting with the upperclassmen Pi Phis, going to new member meetings and having sisterhood events. Don't get me wrong, it's so so fun and I absolutely love it, but things have definitely picked up since first semester. 

This weekend I'm so happy to have my parents in town for parents weekend! My parents haven't visited since they dropped me off in August so it will be fun to show them around my neck of the woods in LA. I'm excited to show them around Abbot Kinney (featured above) and maybe a bit of Venice and Playa Vista. It's so nice being so close to just about everything in LA! I also can't wait to finally have some real food and try out different restaurants while they are here! A recap will surely be coming soon...

Here's what I've been loving this week:

+If you're planning on going through recruitment in college check out my post on What I Wish I Knew Before Sorority Recruitment

+I got a new computer recently and I'm planning on decking it out with stickers... a post from the ASAK archives about how to get free preppy stickers!

+Would you be interested in seeing a current playlist on the blog? If so, let me know.  For now, check me out on Spotify

+Kind of obsessed with these jeans right now!!

+Also, for the longest time I hated Adidas sneakers but now these are really making me want a pair...

+This is such a fun Valentine's Day recipe -- what are your plans for Valentine's Day? I think I'm having a Galentine's Day instead ;)

Have a great weekend!

Xoxo

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Things I Wish I Had Known Before Sorority Recruitment

Sorority recruitment is such a grueling process, and in all honesty was not entirely enjoyable. My mom, dad and sister were all involved in Greek life in college when they were in college so I always knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. Seeing both of my parents still have relationships with people from their Greek organizations made me all the more excited to establish bonds with girls that I would be friends with forever.

Since LMU rushes second semester I had a bit of time to think about sorority recruitment before it actually happened. All of the sorority houses (there are 7 total) host open houses during first semester as a chance for the PNM's (potential new members) to get to know the different houses. 

At first I thought it was the best idea to visit each open house and get to know the chapter a little bit better. I ended up visiting 5 out of 7 of the houses and went into recruitment knowing a few people in each house. In a way, this was good because I saw a couple familiar faces while going through recruitment, but I also had preconceived notions of each house. 

Here's some of the best advice that I can give about going through recruitment and the things that I wish I had known before going through sorority recruitment.

You will get dropped from houses you loved.
All of my friends that had gone through recruitment in the fall told me this and I did not believe them. LMU is a school with such a strong sense of community and such genuinely nice people that I always thought recruitment would entirely reflect that. In reality, that is just how sorority recruitment works. After day one I was dropped from one house that I really liked, but that's just how the system goes. 

It's definitely a demeaning process because you feel like people dropped you because they didn't like you, but that's not always the case. Each sorority knows their chapter very well and they will understand where you will fit in and find your home. The best way to go about this is to try and make real connections with the girls you talk to at each house. When you're dropped it's best to try and keep an open mind and continue to visit the other houses you were asked back to and continue to try and find your home.

Keep an open mind!
This is another piece of advice that everyone always told me, but it's definitely something that was hard for me to do. I definitely had biases when it came to my opinions of each house and going into recruitment with that was definitely not beneficial to me.

I'm glad I went to the open houses because it was awesome to see familiar faces when going to each house during recruitment, but I should not have picked a favorite in my mind. It's funny actually, because the house I loved most at the open houses, ended up being one of my least favorites during recruitment.

As much as you might think you love one house, definitely keep an open mind because rush is full of surprises.

Prepare a bit.
I'm not saying you should come up with answers in your mind for any possible question asked, but definitely go into rush having a few fun facts up your sleeve. This honestly just makes conversation so much easier rather than searching for the answers to all of your questions.

The first day is definitely small talk just about your major and where you're from, but I found that the girls I had a more in-depth conversation with on that first day were the houses that I ended up wanting to go back to! Share what's most interesting about you: do you love to travel? Have you ever been skydiving? Fun and funny stories made the best conversations for me!

Everything happens how it should.
The number of people that told me this is astonishing, but I never believed them until the entire process was over and I realized that I ended up where I belonged. Whether you choose to believe me now, I know you will agree with me later.

The process is exhausting and makes you question who you are as a person, but at the same time it always ends up working out and finding you a house that you truly belong in. Ya know that saying you have to kiss a few frogs until you find your prince, well sorority recruitment is kind of like that. You'll definitely visit houses that you think you love and houses that you think you hate, but as the process progresses it will all make sense in the end.

I hope this helps any of you that are rushing in the fall or just wanted to know a little bit about the process. Any questions? Comment below or email me here!

What advice do you have about sorority recruitment?

Xoxo

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Bid Day Recap

Hello there! I'm currently writing a post all about my sorority recruitment experience, but just until that goes live I wanted to share my super fun experience on bid day! If you're wondering which sorority recruitment I received a bid from...

Pi Beta Phi!

I was so excited to receive a bid from this sorority at my school! It was definitely my top choice and two of my best friends from school also happened to get a bid from Pi Phi as well! I was so so excited to go to bid night where all the girls of the sorority greet you and you have a celebration of joining the sorority!

Here are some fun photos!!



I'm so happy to be an angel and can't wait to get involved with this organization!

Are you involved in Greek life?

Xoxo

Monday, January 23, 2017

And We Back, And We Back

Omg hi guys...so honestly, I have no real, valid excuse as to why I haven’t been posting the past few weeks, or really the entire year. Although 2016 was such an incredible year filled with new experiences and lots of travel, blogging definitely got away from me and was not as much of a priority as I wish it was. 
College has been a crazy experience, but seriously so much fun! This past weekend was sorority recruitment and as exhausting as it is I cannot wait for bid night tonight! I'm planning on doing an entire post or maybe even video about sorority recruitment advice because there are definitely a few things I wish I had known before going through recruitment. 

With 2017 finally here (and a brand new laptop!) I’m more ready than ever to re-vamp this blog a bit and schedule a lot of fresh content for you guys. I really missed blogging and all the opportunities and friends that I have met because of it. And, living in LA I have no excuse to not post about the interesting things that I do on a day to day basis or even over the weekends. 

2016 was definitely not my year for blogging, but I'm really hoping to change that now that 2017 has arrived. If you have any input as to what you'd like to see coming up on the blog please leave a comment below with any requests. I'm really open to anything to build my blog and give lots of new content. I already have a few things scheduled for the coming weeks so get excited for lots of new posts! 

Cheers to the new year and I wish you a happy and healthy 2017!!

Something you want to see on the blog? Comment below!

Xoxo