Friday Favorites: My 5 Top Books for Summer 2019

TGIF!

In my personal opinion, one of the best ways to spend a summer weekend is to layout in the sun with a good book. Whether you’re at the beach, sitting by the poolside or laying in the hammock in your backyard, there’s nothing like relaxing in the warm sunshine with a frozen margarita by your side while getting lost in a world of your own imagination. Some people; however, don’t find it as easy to find books to read in a bookstore compared to bookworms who can easily find a few that look intriguing to them. Some people usually find books to get lost into after getting recommendations from another person, and that person needing recommendations may be you!

I’ve rounded up a list of a few books I’ve cracked open this summer and that I now want to encourage you to crack open as well! Keep scrolling to see my picks ☺️

“Own Your Everyday: Overcome the Pressure to Prove and Show Up for What You Were Made to Do” by Jordan Lee Dooley

“Distractions make me a consumer of the world rather than a contributor of the world. But the contributors are the ones who change the world.”

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I just finished reading this and I swear I’ve never finished a book faster than this one. It’s SO good! Jordan Lee Dooley is so amazing and I can see God speaking to me through her encouraging stories and words. I’ve known who she was and had been following her on Instagram for a while now, but after finishing this book I now become more estaic whenever she posts something. She is absolutely inspiring and I would love to be best friends with her! Maybe someday 🤞🏻 Definitely check this book out for some encouragement and words of truth!

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“Girl, Stop Apologizing” by Rachel Hollis

“All you can do at any stage and season of life is try your best, and someone else’s opinion of how you’re doing or what you’re doing is… none of your business.”

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This book was recommend to me both by mom and my therapist. If both your mom and your therapist recommend something to you, you know it’s gonna be good stuff! I like to say that Rachel Hollis is officially now a big role model of mine. I feel like I have so much in common with her, and I dream of doing what she is thriving in someday. This is an amazing book for women of all ages. It’s so important to ignore the negative opinions of other people and the never apologize for what you want to create and achieve!

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“Everybody Always” by Bob Goff

“We’re all rough drafts of the people we’re still becoming.”

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This book became super popular and recommended by a lot of my friends early this year, so I put it on my wish-list for my birthday. I’ve only read the first few chapters so far, but I already love it. Bob Goff, who wittingly refers to himself as a “recovering lawyer”, spent 25 years in his law firm before pursuing a career in the speaking the word of God. You can see his cheerful personality and radiant heart shining throughout this book. He constantly writes about learning to love people no matter what circumstance, easy or difficult. It’s such a good lesson for everybody to learn, whether Christian or not Christian. Love is the answer to everything!

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“I’ve Been Thinking” by Maria Shriver

“Forgiveness is letting go of the need to feel like a victim. Work on it. You’ll lighten your load—the load of negativity you carry around.”

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To some, she’s known as Arnold Schwarzengger’s ex-wife, former First Lady of California, member of the Kennedy family, and journalist. To me, she’s known as a wise and spiritually thoughtful woman. In the book, her main focus is turning to prayer and meditation when dealing with any given situation, such as raising children, coping with anxiety, dealing with grief, learning to love, etc. I’m all about prayer and meditation, so this book speaks to me. And if you’re like me, it should speak to you as well!

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”The Light Within Me” by Ainsley Earhardt

“God put me here for a reason.”

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I actually read this book last summer, but I’ve never had the chance to write about it on my blog. My grandma bought it for me because she knows Ainsley Earhardt from Fox News (she and my mom are big fans of the channel), and she knew that she was a Christian which led her to buying the memoir for me. I wasn’t familiar with her that much since I don’t keep up with Fox News - or politics in general -, but I loved how much I realized I had in common. She is a true radiant individual that represents God’s love, and she had a dream given by Him that she was determined to (and eventually did) accomplish. Whether you agree with her political beliefs or not, this book is a must-read for deepening faith in the Lord!

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What are your favorite books this summer? Are you currently reading anything that you wanna recommend to me and all my subscribers? Comment below and share with us!



10 Best Dressed at the Oscars

Happy Tuesday, y’all!

Who watched the Oscars this past Sunday?? I certainly did, it’s the biggest night in Hollywood! It’s like my version of the Super Bowl! I’m gonna be honest though, I was a little concerned as to how they were gonna pull it off without a host. It seems almost impossible to have a big awards show without a host, whether they’re super famous or not as famous. However, I was surprised. It turned out to be very entertaining, and not very controversial as far as I’m concerned!

My favorite parts of the night were Adam Lambert and Queen paying tribute to Bohemian Rhapsody, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper performing “Shallows”, Keegan-Michael Key descending from the ceiling like Mary Poppins, John Mulaney and Awkwafina awkwardly but hilariously presenting together, and Regina King’s beautiful speech. But honestly, nothing beats watching celebrities glam in up on the red carpet in beautiful fashion statements! It’s so exciting to see who’s wearing what and how well they can pull it off. I’m pleased to say I was very impressed this year. It was hard to choose only ten favorite looks for this blog post, there were so many that I really liked!

With that being said, here is my list of top ten best dressed at the Oscars!

1.) Constance Wu

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I’m OBSESSED with that dress! Not many people can pull off a bright yellow, but Constance sure can! I’m totally getting Belle vibes, which I’m all for 💛

Designed By: Versace

2.) Laura Harrier

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This is very simple yet elegant all at once. I love the light blue shade, as well as the sparkly embroidery and jewelry. I also like her hot pink nails and blue eyeshadow. Laura looked absolutely gorgeous! 

Designed By: Louis Vuitton

3.) Jennifer Hudson

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I’m a sucker red dresses. It’s my favorite color and there’s many different red gowns that are stunning, especially this one worn by Jennifer Hudson. I love the ruffle sash and how one arm has a long sleeve and the other is strapless, it’s so unique and chic. She slays, both on the red carpet and on stage with her dynamite voice! 

Designed By: ELIE SAAB

4.) Brie Larson

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Brie’s silver dress and platinum blonde locks make a perfect style combo. Seeing her in this sparkly gown just makes me even more excited to see Captain Marvel in less than two weeks … this woman is a warrior in the Marvel Cinematic Universe AND the fashion industry!!

Designed By: Celine

5.) Regina King

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Not only did she give a beautiful acceptance speech (God certainly is good all the time 🙌🏻), but she looked stunningly beautiful in her white dress! I love the graceful train of the dress that flows perfectly, as well as the matching white pumps. This actually reminds me of a white prom dress I wore junior year to my prom, which is why it definitely makes my list for top favorite looks!

Designed By: Oscar de la Renta

6.) Ashley Graham

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Ashley Graham is one of my role models, so obviously I had to include her. It’s not even just her kindness and strong attitude that I love about her, but also her amazing fashion sense. This look is so timeless and elegant. The long black mermaid dress makes her look so glamorous, and even more with the beautiful diamond choker necklace fit for a queen because Ashley is always a killer queen!

Designed By: Zac Posen

7.) Jennifer Lopez

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I just have to ask … how is this woman almost fifty-years old? She looks like she could be in her early thirties! She’s one of the few people of her age that can pull off this ravishing, chic dress. I’m not gonna lie though, it looks very heavy and uncomfortable despite how stunning it is. It also looks like a disco ball, perfect for a 70s party! 😂

Designed By: Tom Ford

8.) Julia Roberts

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I’m OBSESSED with that hot pink goddess dress! It’s one of my favorite colors, and I just love the sexiness and elegance, as well as the matching sandal heels. Vivian Ward would definitely approve of this look. Julia will forever be a style icon! 

Designed By: ELIE SAAB

9.) Tina Fey

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The royal blue and flowing bottom are by far the best features of this outfit. That’s all I have to say, other than that she looks gorgeous AF. Period. I’d also be happy to sign a petition for her, Amy Poehler, and Maya Rudolph to host the Oscars next year together. How amazing would that be? Just wanting them present one award together was perfection!

Designed By: Vera Wang

10.) Leititia Wright

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Some say this look is a tad boring. It may be my least favorite on this list, but I still think it’s very graceful and demure. I like the neutral colors, it makes the dress look timeless but not too old-fashioned. Plus, the leaf embroidery gives off a playful, youthful vibe in a way. Leitita looked so beautiful as always!

Designed By: Christian Dior

Who did you think made the best fashion statement at the 2019 Oscars? Comment down below and share!

10 Best Dressed at the Grammys

Happy Tuesday, y’all!

Hollywood awards season is still in full swing. In less than two weeks is the biggest movie awards night of the year (aka the Oscars), and this past Sunday was the biggest music awards night of the year … the Grammys!

I’m gonna be real honest with y’all, I didn’t watch the Grammys. I didn’t even watch the live stream of the red carpet on E! News. I know, how absurd of me! I’m just not as excited about the Grammys as am about the Oscars or Golden Globes. I’m more familiar with movie actors/actresses than I am with music artists. However, that didn’t stop me from looking online and seeing what the celebs were showing off on the red carpet. I gotta say, I was very impressed! From Miley Cyrus’s chic pantsuit by Mugler to Anna Kendrick’s sweet and sassy Roaring Twenties dress by Ralph & Russo, I didn’t find myself disappointed one bit! Although I’m a little bummed Carrie Underwood didn’t attend the ceremony because she always has the most glamorous red carpet outfits. But hey, you can’t always get what you want. Plus, I’m thrilled that she finally had her beautiful baby boy Jacob and is taking time off for family. God bless her and the Underwood-Fisher fam!

Anyways, here are my top ten favorite red carpet looks from the Grammys!

1.) Lauren Daigle

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2.) Miley Cyrus

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3.) Lady Gaga

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4.) Kelsea Ballerini

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5.) Nina Dobrev

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6.) Tori Hall

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7.) Camila Cabello

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8.) Alessia Cara

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9.) Anna Kendrick

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10.) Alicia Keys

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What was your favorite red carpet look from the Grammys? Comment down below and share!

Best Dressed at the Golden Globes

Happy Tuesday! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts. I’m happy to be (sort of) back in the routine, and you’ll get to see even more posts with winter, spring semester, and awards season currently happening!

Speaking of awards season, did anyone watch the Golden Globes this past Sunday? I sure did! Ever since I was a teenager, I’ve always enjoyed watching Hollywood award show events. As I watched the glamorous events happen on the TV screen, I would daydream about having the opportunity to attend one of the many popular award shows, wear a beautiful haute couture designer gown, and meet some of my favorite celebrities. But for real, what teenager doesn’t dream about all that? And if I’m being honest with myself, to this day I still dream about attending an awards show, movie premiere, or some kind of big Hollywood event. I obviously don’t want to be a celebrity, but I would love to be an audience member just to be a part of the action. I bet events and shows also look for influencers or bloggers to help sponsor, so that’s definitely a possibility. Never give up on a dream!

One of the best parts about watching award shows, besides predicting and seeing who wins, is seeing the celebrity fashion on the red carpet. The glitz and glamour is everything. As a fashion blogger and fashion student at Kent State, it makes perfect sense as to why I love it. I always love imaginig what my favorite celebrities are going to be wearing and actually seeing what they wear, either better than I imagined or not what I imagined at all (which could go either way). It’s always felt like a special occasion for me, even if I’m watching from my couch in my sweatpants while eating pizza and drinking wine. Award shows are my version of Super Bowl games!

With that being said, here are my top ten picks for best dressed at the 2019 Golden Globes!

1.) Gina Rodriguez

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Gina is such a cutie. I immediately fell in love with her look when I first saw her on the red carpet. This dress is like a combination of Cinderella and a goddess. She looks so elegant and sexy all at once!

Designer: Reem Acra

2.) Holly Taylor

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Red is my favorite color, so this dress is a winner to me. I love the straps and how from top to bottom flows like a mermaid tail. Holly looked adorable!

Designer: Ines Di Santo

3.) Kristen Bell

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This is what I call a timeless Hollywood look. Kristen looked absolutely drop-dead gorgeous and flawless! I loved seeing photos of her twirling in the dress on the red carpet. She’s an actual Disney princess come to life, just like her character Princess Anna in Frozen!

Designer: Zuhair Murad

4.) Kaley Cuoco

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The navy velvet top is cute, the belt is cute, the bottom is cute, and her hair is cute. Cute cute cute cute! Plus, the dress also has pockets! Kaley actually said in an interview that wearing an outfit with pockets helps her stay calm on the red carpet. That’s such a great idea. And who doesn’t love pockets?!

Designer: Monique Lhuillier

5.) Keri Russell

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What’s not to love about this dress? She looks so sexy and gorgeous! The neckline is a little too low in my opinion, but the dress overall is super glamorous.

Designer: Monique Lhuillier

6.) Julia Roberts

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This was one of my mom’s favorite looks, as well as mine. I love the nude bottom tulle cape and top with the black pants and heels. It looks so chic and simple at the same time. I love how women’s pants are becoming super popular and trendy on the red carpet!

Designer: Stella McCartney

7.) Danai Gurira

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This look is so fiery and fierce! I fell in love with Danai when she played Okoye in Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War. She can slay in Wakanda AND on the red carpet!

Designer: Rodarte

8.) Halle Berry

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LOVE Halle Berry with long hair, especially in that sleek ponytail with bangs! And this dress looks amazing on her. She is literally slaying the red carpet. She is a killer queen!

Designer: Zuhair Murad

9.) Emma Stone

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I’ve always adored Emma Stone, and so does my dad and almost every guy I know 😂 The rose gold tulle and metallic embroidery match elegantly and make the gown fit for a princess. I heard a few people comment that the top of her dress looked too puffy, but I don’t think it looks that puffy. Plus, puffy tops are so in now!

Designer: Louis Vuitton

10.) Lady Gaga

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Periwinkle is one of my other favorite colors, and I love how the dress and hair match. Only Lady Gaga could rock a look like this. Sorry, Judy Garland!

Designer: Valentino

BONUS: Emily Blunt 

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What can I say? She’s practically perfect in every way! She and her husband John Krasinski also win Best Dressed Couple in my heart. If you haven’t seen pictures of them from the other night, go Google them right now. You won’t regret it ❤️

Designer: Alexander McQueen

What was your favorite red carpet look at the Golden Globes? Comment below and share!

Friday Favorites (Fall Edition)

Thank goodness it's finally Friday!

This week sure flew by! But of course, there was enough time to round up a few favorites of mine from the past few days and now is the perfect time to share with y'all. So before I kick off the weekend, I want to show you some finds that made this week more inspirational and happy, and I hope they are a great start to your weekend! 

And in honor of the first official day of autumn in two days, I’m sharing all of my so-far fall favorites. It’s finally fall, y’all!

Favorite Scented Candle: "Flannel"

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You know I'm a sucker for fall scented candles. Although I wish I had a full extra coupons when I made this purchase rather than buy it at full price, I do not regret it one bit. I love this candle, probably my favorite fall candle that I've ever owned! It's so cozy and warms the room with the scents of fresh bergamot and heirloom mahogany. It reminds me of crisp autumn air, or a freshly washed flannel! 

Where To Buy: Bath & Body Works

Favorite Sweater: Raglan Sleeve Pullover

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You guys, this sweater is AMAZING! The texture is so cozy and it's so stylish, absolutely perfect for autumn! I decided to try it on out of curiousity while shopping at the mall and immediately fell in love right away. I was like, "I have to get this", and so I did. I'm going to post a fashion blog about it very soon, so stay tuned to read more about it!

Where To Buy: Altar'd State

Favorite Book: Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone

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The entire Harry Potter series overall, including the movies, call out autumn thanks to the magic and wizardry. It especially speaks the spooky season when Harry and his friends start at Hogwarts in September and the Halloween feast a few chapters later (even the part with the troll creeping into the castle). And once you're finished with the book, you can read all the other books in the series from there! 

Favorite Hand Wash: “Pumpkin Cupcake”  

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Bath & Body Works just happens to have some of the best scented soaps and lotion during the fall! I’m obsessing over this pumpkin cupcake scented hand wash at the moment. I smells so sweet and pure. I recently visited my grandparents in Lima and they had this in their bathroom. I think I used it at least five-ten times, and some of those times weren’t even for after going to the bathroom!

Where To Buy: Bath & Body Works

Favorite Song: “Old Shoes” by Adam Barnes

I don’t know why exactly, but this song reminds me of autumn for some reason. Probably because it’s smooth, peaceful, and something you would play while taking a walk in the crisp chill atmoshpere.

(P.S. I have no ownership rights to these pictures and video.)

Friday Favorites (Week of August 27th)

Thank goodness it's finally Friday!

This week sure flew by! But of course, there was enough time to round up a few favorites of mine from the past few days and now is the perfect time to share with y'all. So before I kick off the weekend, I want to show you some finds that made this week more inspirational and happy, and I hope they are a great start to your weekend! 

Favorite Notebook: Marble Journal with Gold Foil

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This is one of my new notebooks for this semester. I love the marble print and the petite size, so I couldn’t resist buying it when I saw it. I’ve already taken so many notes in it for my classes! 

Where To Buy: Target

Favorite Book: "The Light Within Me" by Ainsley Earhardt

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I just finished reading this and I now consider Ainsley as a role model of mine. We have a lot in common, and her strong faith in Jesus is what makes her story so inspiring. I highly recommend reading this! 

Favorite Shoes: Hot Pink Open-Toe Block Heel Mules

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Mules are trending big time right now. I'm all for these hot pink block heels, they're so chic and adorable! It’s perfect for the remaining weeks of summer, especially for any Labor Day parties this weekend! 

Where To Buy: Gap

Favorite Art Exhibit: “Infinity Mirrors”

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A few weeks ago, me and girlfriends from work went to the “Infinity Mirrors” exhibit by Yayoi Kusama at the Cleveland Museum of Art. It was so amazing. What’s even more amazing is that it took the artist about 70-80 years to create! How crazy?! If you want to check it out and get that cool reflecting mirror selfie with all the lights like the one above, the exhibit is running till September 30. So book your ticket ahead of time and go before it’s too late! 

Favorite Song: "Everybody's Lonely" by Jukebox the Ghost

It’s funny because the meaning of this song sounds kind of depressing if you listen to the lyrics carefully. But it’s so upbeat and catchy that it puts me in a good mood. Ironic, isn’t it?

(P.S. I have no ownership rights to these pictures and video except for #4.)

10 Summer Reading Books

While laying outside in the sun during the summertime, most of us tend to spend that free time on social media. It's just the go-to for us millennials nowadays, or as we would also call "the norm". But how about we spend less time falling down the rabbit hole of Instagram and instead falling down the rabbit hole of a good book? I hope my fellow readers got that reference!

Nowadays as adults, it can be hard to make reading during our free time a priority with our busy adult schedules (ugh). I love books, but I have a tough time trying to get some reading in. And even if I do have the time, I instead get caught up on the latest Tweets trending the Internet. Lately; however, I've been disciplining myself more and making sure I have enough time to get caught up in reading. It really is a great feeling to put down the phone and read an exciting fairy tale that takes you away from reality for a few hours! 

With that being said, here are my top ten book recommendations for this summer!

1.) "Live Fearless: A Call to Power, Passion, and Purpose" by Sadie Robertson

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Y'all, this book is amazing. I'm not even halfway done reading it but it's already one of my favorite books! This is perfect for Christian college-aged and teen girls struggling with fear, insecurities, and anxiety. Sadie Robertson is a true inspiration and her empowering words should encourage everyone to overcome their biggest fears through the love of Jesus. I say in a world full of Kardashians, be a Sadie!

2.) "Creative Visualization" by Shakti Gawain 

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It's no secret that I'm a very spiritual believer. I love all things that have to do with God, the law of attraction, manifesting, visualization, and anything that has to do with creating life out of thoughts. This book is so amazing and empowering. I've already made mediating a part of my daily routine, but now I try to do a quick manifestation meditation at least once a day. It's so helpful and I feel even closer to achieving my goals that I send out to the universe!

3.) "Uninvited" by Lysa Terkeurst

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You guys, this book is amazing! I'm not even halfway done reading it but it's already one of my top favorite books ever, along with the Harry Potter series of course. Lysa TerKeurst has a quirky sense of humor, meaningful tips on how to "live loved", and reminds us all that no one is a perfect human being except for Jesus. I highly recommend this book, it's so good that I might write a full blog post based on it later on!

4.) "Wild and Free" by Jess Conolly & Hayley Morgan

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I saw this on one of my friend's Instagram story which she was reading on the beach. I've been trying to read more Christian self-confidence guide books for girls, so this looks like it's going to be a good one for me!

5.) "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett

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I've seen the movie and it's one of my top favorites, but shockingly I've never read the book. Now this summer I have the opportunity, and I can't wait to do so!

6.) "The Bucket List" by Georgia Clark

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The title of this book captures my attention. I know you're not supposed to judge a book by a cover, but it definitely sounds intriguing in this case!

7.) "Fangirl" by Rainbow Rowell

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I read this for a summer project in high school and I still really enjoy it. It's great for any girl starting college, especially if you want to major in English or creative writing!

8.) "Crazy Rich Asians" by Kevin Kwan

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This book is getting so much praise with the film adaption coming out later this summer, so it's definitely on my reading list!

9.) "Beautiful Disaster" by Jamie McGuire

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This book has been on my must-read list for a long time now, so it's about time that I actually start reading it. One of my friends said that I would like this since I like both Harry Potter and romance, so it's the perfect combination for me!

10.) "Little House in the Big Woods" by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Why not throw in a classic you probably already read in elementary school? I loved these books as a kid. My mom has a sign in our home that says "Home is the nicest word there is", and it truly is!

What books are you reading this summer? Comment below and share!

(P.S. I have no ownership rights to these pictures.)

10 Best Dressed at Met Gala

The Met Gala is one of the most glamorous nights of the year, in both the fashion and entertainment industry. It's the one night where it is exceptional to wear a crazy outfit that looks like it should be on display at a museum (ironic considering it takes place at the MET Museum!) It's always fun to see how creative celebrities get with their style, and every year almost everyone makes history with what they wear. This year, I was happy to hear the theme was "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination". I love that idea and I think everything about it is beautiful. Of course all the stars who attended looked beautiful in their heavenly masterpieces! 

With that being said, here are my top ten favorite looks from the Met Gala!

1.) Blake Lively

I mean, c'mon! I swear Blake is a goddess sent down from the heavens. This outfit literally fits a queen and no one could of rocked it better than her. Look at the amazing jewels and burgundy velvet skirt!

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Designer: Versace

2.) Selena Gomez

A very radiant and elegant look. Selena said that Queen Esther from the Bible was her inspiration and that her current relationship is set on Jesus, which makes me adore her even more. She's such an amazing role model!

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Designer: Coach

3.) Ashley Graham

Ashley is a BOSS! I love this girl, everything about her. She's beautiful inside and out, she's confident, she's cool, and she's a great inspiration for all girls to follow. Look at how amazing she looks in this gown, she's killing it! The sparkles and train, it all looks so perfect on her. 

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Designer: TASAKI

4.) Karlie Kloss

I seriously want to be Karlie's best friend. She's so cool and fun. And let's not forget her amazing taste in style, look at this dress! So elegant and sexy at the same time. She totally pulls it off!

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Designer: Brandon Maxwell

5.) Chadwick Boseman

Everyone make way for the King of Wakanda! Chadwick (sorry, the Black Panther) never fails when it comes to style like this outfit symbolizing Jesus Christ. But then again, what can't he do?! #WakandaForever

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Designer: Versace

6.) Liza Koshy

Not only is she hilarious AF, but the girl has style! I can't get over this classy yet spunky look, my kind of style for sure. And her beautiful winged eyes, perfectly lined eyebrows, and red lipstick are a great final touch! 

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Designer: Alessandra Rich

7.) Amal Clooney

I love red roses, especially on this outfit. I love the soft metallic top and satin pants, along with the beautiful floral train. This is a timeless look!

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Designer: Richard Quinn

8.) Dakota Fanning

If it's perfect for both prom and the Met Gala, then it's the best dress yet! I love this beautiful white gown, she looks like a princess! 

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Designer: Miu Miu

9.) Rosie Huntington

Literally an angel sent down from heaven. The halo couldn't make a better touch with this gorgeous gown. It's like she came right out of a stained glass window in a Catholic church!

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Designer: Ralph Lauren

10.) Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford to this day is still a fashion icon. It's as though she hasn't aged at all! She still looks like her 25-year old self back when she wore a very similar red gown at the 1991 Met Gala!

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Designer: Versace

BONUS: Cardi B

Cardi B seriously nailed this look, I love the Catholic inspiration behind it. I also give her big time credit for the heavy material on the outfit, especially while she has growing baby in her stomach! She literally is a queen!

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Designer: Moschino 

Who did you think was best dressed at the Met Gala? Comment down below and share! 

(All pictures are NOT my property.) 

Friday Favorites (Week of April 16th)

Thank goodness it's finally Friday!

This week sure flew by! But of course, there was enough time to round up a few favorites of mine from the past few days and now is the perfect time to share with y'all. So before I kick off the weekend, I want to show you some finds that made this week more inspirational and happy, and I hope they are a great start to your weekend! 

Favorite Book: Live Fearless: A Call to Power, Passion, and Purpose by Sadie Robertson

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Y'all, this book is amazing. I'm not even halfway done reading it but it's already one of my favorite books! This is perfect for Christian college-aged and teen girls struggling with fear, insecurities, and anxiety. Sadie Robertson is a true inspiration and her empowering words should encourage everyone to overcome their biggest fears through the love of Jesus. I say in a world full of Kardashians, be a Sadie!

Where To Buy: Barnes & Noble

Favorite Necklace: Harper and Jewels copper choker

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As you may already know, I am currently a brand ambassador for Harper & Jewels. I'm absolutely in love with this choker necklace, I feel like a rockstar! It also still elegant and looks great with almost any kind of outfit!

Where To Buy: Harper & Jewels

Favorite Breakfast Meal: Toast with Peanut Butter, Bananas, Granola, and Honey

Property of  Well Plated by Erin

Property of Well Plated by Erin

So delicious and nutritious at the same time. Peanut butter and bananas are a great combo. To be honest, I'll eat almost anything with peanut butter! Okay, not everything, but you get my point. Click right here to get the recipe!

Favorite DIY Idea: Floral Vanity Mirror

Property of @wed_head (Instagram/Pinterest)

Property of @wed_head (Instagram/Pinterest)

Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the most floral of them all? This is a cute project that I want to work on myself once I'm done with classes!

Favorite Song: "Whatever It Takes" by Imagine Dragons

This is one of those powerful songs that gives you motivation and confidence no matter what kind of situation you're in. The part where he sings, "Cuz I love the adrenaline in my veins" speaks to my soul every time!

(P.S. I have no ownership rights to these pictures and video except for #2.)

Friday Favorites (Easter Edition)

Thank goodness it's finally Friday!

This week sure flew by! But of course, there was enough time to round up a few favorites of mine from the past few days and now is the perfect time to share with y'all. So before I kick off the weekend, I want to show you some finds that made this week more inspirational and happy, and I hope they are a great start to your weekend! 

And since one of my favorite holidays is this weekend, this Friday Favorites is a special Easter edition! Praise the Lord Jesus, for He is risen! 

Favorite Worship Song: "Chain Breaker" by Zach Williams

I've been listening to this song nonstop, it's sooooooo good! If you're looking for new Christian music to listen to when you need fulfillment through God, click on the video below ASAP. Zach Williams has a gifted voice and a great reminder! 

Favorite DIY Idea: Glow In The Dark Easter Eggs

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That's right, egg hunting is getting more advanced! How cool would it be for kids to take on the special tradition with a challenge inside a dark indoor room filled with glowing Easter eggs? Very cool! I wish that idea was around when I was a kid!

Favorite Snack: Cheese Ball Easter Carrot Goodie Bags

Courtesy of  AThriftyMom.com

Courtesy of AThriftyMom.com

Now it’ll be easier to convince your kids to eat their carrots!  

Favorite Alcoholic Beverage: Carrot Mimosa

Courtesy of  KitchenTreaty.com

Courtesy of KitchenTreaty.com

What a great drink to celebrate our Savior being risen from the dead after a Sunday morning church service! 

Favorite Movie: The House Bunny

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I figured the title of the movie would be appropriate for the holiday theme! Minus the sexual references and cuss words ... 

(P.S. I have no ownership rights to these pictures or video.)

10 Best Dressed at the Oscars

Happy Tuesday!

Did anyone watch the Oscars this past Sunday? Can't believe it's been 90 years since movies have started to make such a huge impact on the world. But more importantly, did anyone see the amazing outfits from the red carpet? I always love watching celebrities walk the red carpet in the most glamorous (and expensive) styles designed by extremely talented fashion designers. For fashion lovers, like myself, these events are a huge deal. I'll never stop getting excited to see the new trending designs worn by my favorite celebrities!

So for this Tuesday Ten, here are the nominees for best dressed at the 2018 Oscars! See what I did there? 

1.) Jennifer Garner

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Designed by: Versace 

2.) Gina Rodriguez

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Designer: Zuhair Murad

3.) Allison Williams

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Designer: Armani Prive

4.) Lupita Nyong'O

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Designed by: Atelier Versace

5.) Zendaya

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Designed by: Giambattista Valli Couture number

6.) Allison Janney

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Designed by: Reema Acra

7.) Gal Gadot

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Designed by: Givenchy 

8.) Jennifer Lawrence

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Designed by: Dior

9.) Margot Robbie

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Designed by: Chanel Haute Couture

10.) Chadwick Boseman

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Designed by: Givenchy

BONUS: Sandra Bullock

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Designed by: Louis Vuitton

Who did you think was best dressed at the Oscars? Comment down below and share! 

(All pictures are NOT my property.) 

Friday Favorites (Valentine's Day Edition)

Thank goodness it's finally Friday!

This week sure flew by! But of course, there was enough time to round up a few favorites of mine from the past few days and now is the perfect time to share with y'all. So before I kick off the weekend, I want to show you some finds that made this week more inspirational and happy, and I hope they are a great start to your weekend! 

And in honor of the upcoming holiday, here are a few of my favorite things related to Valentine's Day/Galentine's Day/Single Awareness Day/whatever you want to call it day! 

Favorite Valentine's Day Gift Idea: JORD Wooden Watch

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Nothing says "I love you" more than a beautiful and unique wooden watch by JORD Watches. Check out my latest blog post, A Unique Gift for a Unique Valentine, to learn how to enter my giveaway and win a $100 gift code to JORD's website! 

Favorite Valentine's Day Eyeshadow: Mikasa Beauty Bodyography Cream Eye Glimmer Eye Shadow (Pink)

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I'm collaborating with Mikasa Beauty and I'm loving this sparkly blush pink eyeshadow, just perfect for Cupid's night out! I'm working on a blog featuring this eyeshadow along with the rest of my Valentine's Day makeup routine, so stay tuned! 

Where To Buy: Mikasa Beauty

Favorite Valentine's Day Dessert: Chocolate Heart-Shaped Strawberries

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So cute and so hungry ... my mouth is drooling just looking at this! Whoever came up with this idea is has an amazing mind! 

Favorite Valentine's Day Movie: Dirty Dancing

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A pure classic. Period. 

Favorite Valentine's Day Lookbook Video: Dani Austin

Dani Austin is one of my top inspirational fashion bloggers and her style is always so chic, whether casual or dressy. In this lookbook video, she shares her various ideas for Valentine's Day date night. What's great is that it doesn't have to be just for date night, they can also be worn for a Galentine's Day brunch with the ladies or wine tasting with your dear mother. Who says you need a man to dress this good? Certainly not either of us! 

(P.S. I have no ownership rights to these pictures/video.)

Friday Favorites (Week of January 22nd)

Thank goodness it's finally Friday!

This week sure flew by! But of course, there was enough time to round up a few favorites of mine from the past few days and now is the perfect time to share with y'all. So before I kick off the weekend, I want to show you some finds that made this week more inspirational and happy, and I hope they are a great start to your weekend! 

Favorite Bible Verse: Galatians 6:4-5

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I used this bible verse in the caption of my last Instagram post. Comparison is something that's been on my mind a lot lately which led me to looking up this verse in my bible. It reminds me that God created us all to be unique and authentic. He has a purpose for every single person, and He never wants us to compare ourselves with anyone else. Comparison is the thief of joy, but the Lord is the creator of joy! 

Favorite App: Spott

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I just downloaded Spott less than a month ago and it's one of the best apps I've ever downloaded. Basically what it does is allow you to shop celebrities' outfits or get similar looks based on them. You can also shop the outfits that characters from movies and TV shows are wearing. Spott's been out in the App Store for a while now and I can't believe I haven't discovered it until recently! 

Favorite Accessory: Gold Initial Necklace

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I just collaborated with 6th Borough Boutique on Instagram and I wore this necklace in a recent post. Isn't it adorable? And it's a lot bigger than I expected it to be, which is awesome! 

Where To Buy: 6th Borough Boutique

Favorite Candle: Ohio by Homesick

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I've had my eye on this sweet little candle for a while now and I finally managed to get my hands on one! It smells of carnations and bonfires, just like home sweet home! Although I'm a little surprised that it doesn't smell like buckeyes, since Ohio is the Buckeye State ... 

Where To Buy: Homesick

Favorite Celebrity Outfit: Olivia Munn 

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I mean, how can you not love this look?! The dress is so radiant and Olivia Munn looks stunning in it! 

(P.S. I have no ownership rights to these pictures except for #4.)

 

10 Best Dressed at 2018 Golden Globes

Happy Tuesday! 
 

Did anyone get a chance to watch the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday? It was very enjoyable to sit back in my bed with a cup of tangerine tea and watch Seth Meyers crack jokes and see many of my favorite celebrities in one room together (and Oprah's speech was amazing, oh my word!). This year's show, compared to the ones in the past, was much different, but in a powerful way. You are probably aware of the #TimesUp movement and how Hollywood is spreading the awareness of sexual harassment big time. So for that reason, everyone (literally everyone) wore all black on the red carpet and during the awards show. At first I wasn't sure how it was going to play out for a big event such as this, but it did and it worked very well. I am proud of all the celebrities, especially the women, who stood up for such an important awareness and having the courage to speak up for what is right and to empower the lives of others. The movement is strong and I love it! I’m proud to be a member of the girl gang 🎀 Let's keep uplifting one another and let's make this world a kinder place! 

I wasn't sure about writing a red carpet blog post for the Golden Globes since everyone dressed in all black and I thought they were all going to look the same 😂 But I loved so many of the outfits I saw, they were so beautiful. Plus, black looks goes with everything! So now the moment you've been waiting for, here are my top ten picks for best dressed at the Golden Globes! 

1.) Reese Witherspoon

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Designer: Zac Posen

2.) Gal Gabot

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Designer: Tom Ford

3.) Dakota Johnson 

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Designer: Gucci 

 4.) Renee Bargh

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Designer: Rachel Gilbert  

5.) Mandy Moore

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Designer: Rosie Assoulin

6.) Jessica Chastain

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 7.) Emma Stone

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Designer: Louis Vuitton

8.) Jessica Biel  

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Designer: Dior

9.) Margot Robbie  

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Designer: Gucci 

10.) Emma Watson and Marai Larasi

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Designer: Ronald van der Kemp

 

Who were your top picks for best dressed? Comment down below and share!