The Classic Brunette: 2018

Monday, May 7, 2018

What I've Learned My First Year As A Full-Time Blogger

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Just like with graduation, I can't believe it's been a year since I started blogging full time. I want to start off by saying that this definitely wasn't the plan for my year. Full-time blogging sort of fell into my lap due to a number of circumstances. After graduation I had planned to take the summer "off" as a final hurrah to my schooling, one last break before I began working in the real world. Turns out the real world hit harder than expected that summer with the passing of both of my parents. I was postponing getting a job, which turned out to be a good thing considering how much work it takes to understand and get an estate in order (thank you to my sister who is taking on more of a load than I am) and blogging was my way to pay the bills until I could find something more permanent. As it seems, blogging is the more permanent thing. Although I might pick up a second job in Seattle since the cost of living is higher, this year of full-time blogging was eye opening and full of lessons. Here's just a few of them!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Preserving College Memories

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Hello folks! As you are probably aware, it's graduation season! I've been getting all sorts of nostalgic lately due to my move and the fact that I graduated almost exactly a year ago. It's crazy thinking how fast this year went by, and even though I never left my college town, I still miss school, or at least the school atmosphere, so much! Whenever I hang out with my friends we always end up scrolling through our photos of our years together and pointing out the ones with our best memories. It's great that we can have all our memories with us at all times, but I personally am a fan of having more of a 'hardcopy' of photos as well.

 Back home, my parents created a closet full of photo albums. We had one for each year of our lives, all our special trips and memories, and it's still something I like to put together for myself or friends now and then. It's no surprise that college is one of those special events that I wanted to document, and I know it's not just me who feels this way! Graduation is the perfect time to start walking down memory lane, and creating some unique memory/photo themed gifts are the best way to set yourself apart from all the other friends and relatives. I'm partnering with Snapfish today to share my favorite ways to preserve your college (or any school) photos and leave your grad feeling happy and sentimental come their special day.

Monday, April 30, 2018

San Diego Safari Park Travel Guide


A week ago I was fortunate enough to drive down to the San Diego Safari Park! My weekend was super packed (this little excursion, a 5K and then a spontaneous trip to Disneyland) but I have to say that this was my favorite activity! I had been wanting to visit the Safari Park for a while, especially after finding out that I could feed giraffes, and so it went on the Orange County bucket list. My roommate and I are trying to fit everything in while we're hear this last month, so when she got the day off we decided we were going to go! Here's my mini travel guide for the park, although it's more of a tips and tricks guide to making the most of your visit here.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

How To Successfully Pitch Brands As A Blogger

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Happy Thursday everyone, sorry for the delay in posting! My internet has been all sorts of crazy these past few days, so unfortunately that meant things aren't going up on time! But, I think this post is worth the wait, especially for all you fellow bloggers out there! As you know, working as a full time blogger requires a steady stream of work. It's always great to have brands reaching out for sponsored work, however that's definitely not always the case. If I left everything up to the brands side of things, I would probably (read: definitely) be out of a job! I know that working with brands is something many bloggers aspire to do, and if you've already implemented the things that make brands want to work with you then it's time to start collaborating! I'm sharing my best tips on how to pitch yourself, plus my #1 source for learning how to successfully start partnerships.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Shopping Your Own Closet

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Hello hello friends! Today I'm here to talk about something that you don't always find on fashion blogs...your own closet and re-wearing your own favorite items. Most style blogs, my own included, regularly share new clothes that are trendy, classic, or just hitting stores to give you some fashion and shopping inspiration. The tough thing about this job is definitely trying to keep up with the joneses and purchase every new trend that crops up. Even tougher is when your bank account does not allow that. This isn't realistic for many bloggers, let alone any of you reading here!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Tarte Color Splash Shade Shifting Lipstick Review

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Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! I was busy busy busy this past week preparing for a huge garage sale between my roommates and I to help start the moving process (I move in about a month!) and then spent all day Saturday and Sunday working and selling. If you've ever had a garage sale you know how much work they can be! So glad to finally be rid of some stuff that I've collected over the years, although I have already picked up some new items in their places...including this new line of lipsticks from Tarte! As you know Tarte is one of my favorite beauty brands, and their Rainforest of the Sea line is one of the lines I use practically every day. Well, they recently came out with a few new shades of their Color Splash lipsticks, this time in fun shade shifting colors! I was lucky enough to work with the brand on Instagram and was provided these lipsticks, however I wanted to be sure I did a full review of them on the blog as well.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Mothers Day Gift Ideas

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I know Mother's Day isn't for another month or so, but it never hurts to start planning ahead! Plus, this gives you plenty of time to get ahead of the curve without stressing if your present will arrive on time. This year will definitely be different since my mom isn't around, but that doesn't mean I can't celebrate my favorite mom figures in my life. (I'm looking at you Leslie and Veronica!) My mom was the biggest supporter of my blog, so even though I don't have her around for her holiday I know she's with me every time I write and would encourage me to share my Mother's Day thoughts and gifts with you!

 I've gathered a few of my favorite gift ideas above, but also wanted to share another option for those of you who love supporting small businesses! I recently came across the subscription service called Le Decor Box. They are launching this month (!!!) and have the cutest items inside. Emily, the owner is so kind and curates each box with fun, festive, and beautiful products each month that are perfect for decorating your home. LDB is a $55 monthly subscription box service that provides 6-8 decor items that are themed by holiday or season. I think it's the perfect gift for the mom that loves to add a touch of fun to her home or office space. Below is the May box and all the goodies inside!



My favorite items are the glitter garland and the heart shaped wine stopper! You all know I'm a sucker for anything and everything gold, so everything in the box is going to look perfect in my place. I'm excited to hang the garland in my new living room when I move! Are you looking forward to Mother's Day?

Monday, April 2, 2018

How To Style Overalls

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Overalls: TJ Maxx, SimilarSimilar | Top: Marshalls, Similar | Bag: Target | Slides: Chinese LaundrySimilar | Earrings: TJ Maxx, Similar | Monogram Necklace: Brook & York

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Last Minute Easter Dresses Under $100

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Hello hello friends, can you believe how fast this year is passing? It feels like just yesterday I was celebrating my birthday in January and now it's almost Easter! I've been meaning to kick my butt into gear and get this post out to y'all earlier, but I've only just recently found the motivation to get to it now! If you're like me and still haven't found that perfect Easter dress well I am in the same boat, haha! BUT I've got some great picks here for all under $100 that you won't want to miss out on. My personal favorites are this white eyelet dress and the pink ruffle sleeve dress, what are your favorites? 

I actually don't have any current plans for this Sunday (although I will admit that since I'm not particularly religious the holiday is more about Easter egg hunts and Reeses chocolate eggs to me...) but I think my roommates and I might make a nice dinner for us to eat together. We only really make a meal together during Christmastime and Easter, so it's something special to me! I love sitting down with them for dinner instead of rushing through everything like every other day. Do you have any fun plans for the holiday?

Monday, March 26, 2018

5 Ways To Stay Motivated

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It's Monday, which means it's time for a little motivation to get through your week! Well, in this case, it's how to stay motivated and kick butt to get things done! Lately I've been falling into the rut of procrastination, putting things off, and overall just not feeling like working on my goals. I'm not sure if it's me possibly getting sick (let's hope not!) or if it's just one of those weeks, but either way I'm trying to stop it in it's tracks. Although I would totally label myself as Type B, there are times when I have to force myself to be Type-A, and that's usually when I really have to get things done. I'm the type of girl who certainly thrives on having a tight deadline! My best work is actually done under pressure. (Ask my friends as I constantly refer to the time when I wrote a good portion of my senior thesis in the three days before it was due and won an award for it. Procrastination is somehow my friend!) BUT many times procrastination isn't the answer, and you just have to put your nose to the grindstone and work work work! This is especially true for long term goals that can't be finished in a time crunch! Or, for everyone who is Type-A these tips will help you when you're just lacking that spark that makes you want to keep going. Here's to getting stuff done!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Goodbye Orange County, Hello....


Seattle! I've been gearing up for a big move for months, actually almost a year now, but over the last 3 months or so the location was finally picked and I'm so excited to move up to the Pacific Northwest! My best friend Steph and I are moving up there together to start our real post-grad lives.  (I'm not sure if this year really counted for me with everything being extremely chaotic and well, out of the ordinary to say the least.) I'm sharing my reasons for leaving the OC, my reasons for picking Seattle out of everywhere else, and some sneak peeks into our new apartment. I'm SO excited to share this info with you all since I've been trying to keep it on the down low for so long!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Getting Festival Ready With Babbleboxx

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Spring is nearly here! Quite honestly, because it begins tomorrow! People are starting to finally warm up, shake off the cold of the winter and get back into the swing of things. Part of that new routine means heading out to festivals and outdoor concerts! Coachella is only about a month away, and since I'm only a few hours from Indio I have a ton of friends who are gearing up for it. It's time to start thinking about how to best prepare for the fun events on your calendar, especially the ones that are outdoors! You've got to get a great fashionable look, create some flawless skin that will outlast the harsh sun, and make sure your hair can stay all day while you dance. Thankfully Babbleboxx is here with a ton of goodies to help me get prepared for all the fun!

Monday, March 12, 2018

My Spring Wish List


Spring is so close I can almost taste it! Although that might be easier to do in Southern California where the weather is always on the warmer side. I've been in an online shopping/browsing mood lately and I figured now would be the perfect time to share what's in my cart for the upcoming season. 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

The Perfect Strapless Bra

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I love bras. I'm definitely one of the few women that really has a love for this particular under your clothes accessory besides its practical use. So obsessed that I have over 30 of them. Yeah, it's excessive. I love how they can be pretty, help perfect an outfit, and help make you look your best, especially for us more busty gals. But the one type of bra I've never liked? Strapless. They're uncomfortable, tight, don't give you any lift, and never stay in place. It's beyond frustrating and makes me never want to wear anything strapless again. However, that's impossible with my love for off the shoulder tops and intricately sleeved clothes (anyone else have those dresses where your bra straps always seem to show no matter what?). So what's a girl to do? Thankfully I have the solution: a strapless bra that is comfortable along with being functional AND providing great lift.

Monday, March 5, 2018

5 Things Your Blog Needs Right Now To Appeal To Brands

I've been blogging for over three years now, and one question that I continuously get asked by other bloggers is 'How can I work with brands?' Collaborating with brands is something that all bloggers (especially those in the fashion, beauty, and lifestyle niches) aspire to do at one point or another, and there really isn't a magic formula that automatically puts you on a brand's radar. But there are a few things you can do to set your blog up so that it looks appealing to brands! I'll be sharing five simple tips that will make it easier for brands to want to reach out to you and get collaborating!

Monday, February 26, 2018

A Day In Los Angeles

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I've lived in Orange County for around five years and every so often I say to my friends "I want to go to LA more!" It rarely ever happens, mostly because no one wants to make the hour drive in the traffic. But this weekend my roommate and I decided that we needed some time in the city, especially since we'll be moving soon and don't have much more time to explore! I thought I would share the places I went to and some photos from the day. Warning this post is a bit photo-heavy!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Five Beauty Products To Add To Your Vanity


As a blogger I come across a good amount of beauty products in my day to day life. There are some I love, some I hate, some that are good for only a few things, and some, like these, that I end up reaching for all the time. I always love hearing about what new products my friends are using, and that's always how I hope to come across here. Just another friend sharing my thoughts on some products that I'm loving! I typically test out new products for a few weeks to decide if I really like them as well as to give myself enough time to see if the product has any faults or gives me any kind of reaction. Here are five products that have made it into my everyday use pile!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Updated 101 in 1001 Goals

Remember when all the bloggers were doing those 101 goals in 1001 days lists? Well I made one as well, and those 1001 days just ended on the 16th! It was so fun making that list a few years ago, and I wanted to circle back to that post to see what I accomplished and what things I didn't. I'll also be writing a new set of goals for the next 1001 days. This past year has been all sorts of challenging, and it's given me a much different perspective on life so I want to create some goals that aren't as superficial as before (although let's be honest there will still be plenty of those. I have 101 goals to come up with!)

In my last 101 in 1001 list I crossed off 67 goals. Not bad, but definitely not great. I did make it through some big ones like graduating college, adopting a cat, and buying a domain name (as well as preliminarily crossing off "move to a new city" since it's currently in the works!), and a lot of the ones I didn't end up finishing were small goals like putting all my nail polish on some app. I don't think I even touched that app after creating the list, oops! You can go ahead and look through my old goals, but here are my new set of goals! Of course there will be some silly, materialistic, trivial, etc goals, but there are also some deeper and more personal ones on this list as well.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

My Dream Living Room

Art Piece | Papasan Chair | Blue Vases (similar) | White Cabinet | Spotted Pillow | Pink Pillows | Blue Couch  (couch we actually bought HERE) | Coffee Table | TV Stand |

I'm ending this week on the blog with a little home inspiration! My best friend and I are moving soon (more on that in a few months!) so we get to decorate a whole new apartment. Woo! I LOVE when I get to decorate a new space, so just for fun I decided to create a mockup of my dream living room. Since I love reading about home decor, I wanted to find out if y'all were interested in it as well. I'm so thankful for Instagram Stories poll feature because it's been so helpful in coming up with ideas that I know you will enjoy. I asked and 99% of you said yes to seeing this mock-up! This is just a rough draft of the living room space to come as we don't even have an apartment or accurate gauge of how much space we'll have in our new place. However, we do have a general color scheme and a vibe that we're going for.

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Smudge-Proof Long Lasting Lip Color You've Always Wanted

Have you ever watched a movie or tv show and wondered how a character's lipstick stayed in place and glossy for the entire episode? One of my goals in life was to somehow achieve the amount of color and hold of those actresses' lip colors, minus having a makeup artist reapply my lipgloss every 15 minutes. Well folks, I can finally say I've done it. I've found the secret to that weird and random goal of mine, and it's so much simpler and better than you would have expected. The answer? Lipsense.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Valentines Day Gift Guide

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I know it's the second post about Valentines Day this week, but what can I say, I'm just really feeling the love lately! I wanted to share my favorite picks for yourself, your mom, your girl friends, and your girlfriends as well ;) Whoever's on your list this V-Day will be excited to receive any of these gifts!

Monday, January 29, 2018

The Perfect Valentines Day Dress

A more accurate title to this post for me would be to switch Valentines with Galentines (where are all the other single ladies at?), but that doesn't mean I don't get to celebrate the holiday! If you've been following my blog for the last few years you'll know that my parents always made Valentines Day special for my sister and I one way or another. Whether it was sending care packages to us in college or just a little box of chocolates, I never felt that it was something that I was to be left out of just because I was single. Even though my parents are gone, I'm still going to celebrate just the way they taught me to.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Three Tips For Styling A Graphic Tee

Ah graphic t-shirts, one of my favorite things to wear, but one of the hardest to style perfectly without looking like a complete bum. I love incorporating these into my closet, but a girl can only have so many without repeating the same outfit over and over! So today I wanted to share my three best tips for styling your cutest graphic tees and letting them be the statement piece of your outfit.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Best Purchases of 2017


Y'ALL. This post has been a long time coming! It's taken me a while to really gather everything up, but it's finally here! My best purchases post from last year was a huge hit with all of you, so I wanted to do it again this year to share all of my favorites! I'm splitting things up by category to make things a bit easier, but that also means that it's a bit on the longer side! Even longer because I'm sharing a few details in each category. Let me know if any of these items made your favorite purchases list too!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

10 Things I Learned In 2017


Happy 2018!! I know I'm not the only one who's thinking this, but THANK GOD 2017 IS OVER! I am not exaggerating when I say this has been the worst year of my life. Sad, but true considering the unfortunate events that have happened these past couple months. I've been forced into learning a few things this year, some for better some for worse, and wanted to share a few of those lessons (don't worry it's not all serious!) here on the blog. I'm trying my best to take every challenge and stressor that comes at me and make it positive, and it's taken this year of craziness to really make that positivity aspect step in.
 
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