January 25, 2015

wishlist #2.

Hello There! 

I wanted to share a few items on my current wishlist:

wishlist #2

Black cutout booties
$32 - theiconic.com.au

Banana Republic loop scarve

Stila eyeshadow

Nars cosmetic

Jimmy choo perfume

Happy Sunday!

xx BB

January 24, 2015

5 secrets for productivity || ft. kabbage

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I know I am not the spokesperson for having it all together, so for this post I am partnering up with kabbage.com! It's a website for fast and easy business loans. It's easy to be productive with the help of an efficient and comprehensive website. As I embark on my last semester of my last year of high school, I decided to reflect upon the tips and techniques that got me through these last four years.
Here are my five secrets to productivity:

#1 // start with a list: Before you start work, write down a list of things you would like to accomplish. It makes everything really easy to do, and the satisfaction of crossing tasks off of a list is one of the top best feelings in the world. Also, when you start with a list, you don't feel overwhelmed with the amount of stuff you have to do.

#2 // give yourself time: Make a timeline, or calculate mentally how much time you think it would take to get everything done, if you were working really slowly. If you make a timeline based around the idea that you won't get up from your desk for eight hours, you are not being realistic, and you will not meet your timeline. Calculating how much time you need allows you the freedom to do what you need to do to the best of your abilities, and it is much less stressful to work when you keep track of everything you do.

#3 // take a break: When you make a timeline, account for breaks, and lots of them. For me, I take a lot of breaks to drink lots of tea and clear out my mind. Even if you don't think you need a break, take one; it will give you more energy. I have found the perfect ratio: for every hour or two of work, I take a ten minute break. Go to the bathroom, refuel, etc. It makes a world of difference.

#4 // food for fuel: Eat food that will fuel you up for studying, AKA not junk food or candy. I like trail mix or yogurt or an apple with tea or a smoothie. Make something that has nutritional value. It will give you energy to work without a crash. Plus it's probably much better for you than a couple pop tarts. 

#5 // make it fun: Play music, or work with a friend, to make time go by faster. I have made countless playlists for all of my work moods to make studying easier. Jam to some tunes and make it happen.

What do you do to be productive?

xx BB

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January 9, 2015

a photobook catch-up.

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Here are a few things I did while I was off the interwebs. 

LACMA: LA Contemporary Museum of Art

Crystal Cove Beach

La Jolla
San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art

Here's to more fun in 2015!

xx BB

7 things for one year.

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Last year, I told you seven things I would try to do this year- mini resolutions, if you will. So let's see if I did them, and I'll tell you what I will try to accomplish in 2015. 

2014 goals:

Get to bed earlier- I am a night owl. I always try to sleep more and it never happens. And I'm kinda okay with that.

Reward myself for good work- I did this! I hung out with friends, treated myself to a Starbucks, and watched Netflix when I had worked hard or deserved a little break from life. A little pamper time for me.

Spend less frivolously- Mmm, perhaps. I stopped buying makeup for a few months to use up some products, but it probably feels like I spent a lot because I just went bankrupt from Christmas.

Be less judgmental- Totally did this! I will explain more in my "mantra of 2015." See below. 
Have lower expectations- I did this. I just thought "just go with it. what's the worst that could happen?" Even if it was not what I had planned, I always had a good time. 

Plan ahead- When it was necessary. I learned, however, that sometimes it's just nice to go with the flow. But when going on little trips or doing work I tried to make note of what I wanted or needed to do so I could get it done.

Will this matter in a year?-I said this almost every other day, and it helped me be less anxious. I thought about how much I blow situations out of proportion, and I realized that my happiness and health matter more. One tiny, insignificant detail (name that film!) won't ruin everything. 

and now, for my 2015 goals:

Go outside- I love the fresh air, and going outdoors is so good for you! Hikes are the best, so I want to spend more time walking, skipping, jumping, and flying, and less time on the couch (oops!).

More full workouts- I have been dancing for around six years, but sometimes I enjoy running and really sweating like crazy. Outside of dance, I want to spend a few days a week working it out. No pain, no gain!

Treat myself- After a long workout, I want shove my face in a chocolate cake. Not because it's delish, but because I have earned it! I always work hard and I need to pamper myself. 2015 is the year of me, no matter how selfish that sounds!

Spend time with friends- I have found some amazing friends that I will be seeing a lot less when I go to university next year, so I want to make sure I spend as much time with them as I possibly can. It's senior year, and I don't want to wish I had seen my mates more before I went to college.

Save moolah- In college, I will probably want to travel, go to concerts, and maybe eat? So I have to save some serious cash. I am keeping a jar on my vanity, and every week I am popping five bucks in the jar. It won't cover textbooks, but it's a start!

Be a minimalist- The day after New Year's Day, I cleared out the entirety of my room, and I through away trash bags full of dirty, old, ratty things, and I sent a bunch of clothes and other goodies to the charity shop. If I won't use them, they should go to a good home! But I want to only buy things I need or will use constantly. A girl only needs so many knick-knacks and bits and bobs and thingymoboppers.

"You do you!"-  My mantra for 2015. I think I have become a less judgmental person because of this mantra. Just because something doesn't work for me, does not mean it cannot make someone else happy. Everyone is different! And "I'll do me!" I will do things that make me happy, and listen less to what people think. Do things for you, and don't worry about anyone else. 

What are some of your goals, dreams, resolutions, and aspirations for the new year?

Here's to 2015!

xx BB

here is a girl taking selfies.

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Here is a girl taking selfies. In a messy room with full makeup on. And shamelessly, I might add. Here is a girl who wants to apologize for not taking care of this sweet, sweet blog. This girl was applying for college and getting into college (yay!) and catching up with friends and sleeping in and eating good food and trying to take it all in and live life to the fullest day by day. 

So please try to forgive her. She put on her vampiest lipstick and took a few high quality photos for you all.

She'll be back soon!

xx BB