Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Apartment and Dorm Decorations #DormGoals

It's almost time to head back to campus! One of the best parts of going back to school is decorating your dorm room or apartment. It can be tough to move away from home so you want to make your new space feel as homey as possible. I'm going to show you some decorations that I'd love to have with me on campus this fall!

Society6 has the cutest decorations for your bedroom, bathroom, workspace, and common area! You can shop the back to college collection here! 

The best part of Society6 is every purchase you make goes towards the artist. They have thousands of decorations that are updated daily. I love traveling so some of the pieces that stood out to me were ones that reminded me of good memories. When you're decorating your new space, make sure you surround yourself with things that make you smile.

New York Pillow

Ace your classes with these adorable notebooks and backpacks.
You can also find cozy duvet covers and wall art for your space. #dormgoals

As you can tell from the pieces I picked, I love to decorate with colors like blush and grey. My little puppy, Millie, never leaves my side. She travels with me wherever I go, both for work and school.  

I'm going to make a room decorating series this year on my blog! What are you most excited for this semester? 

Friday, August 2, 2019

My Experience Casting for Victoria's Secret

With the news of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show being canceled, I thought I'd share my experience casting for the brand. I've never shared this experience publicly before!

 When I was 16, I was boarding a plane to New York City for fashion week. I sat down in my seat and a woman sat next to me. We struck up a conversation and she asked why I was going to New York. When I told her I was going for fashion week, she said that she was casting for Victoria's Secret. The funniest part of this whole story was that it was a red-eye flight so I was in pajamas and eating ice cream during this conversation! Although, they were pajamas from PINK (Victoria Secret's other brand). At the time, modeling for Victoria's Secret was my ultimate goal, as it is for every model. Let's just say I never wore a pajama shirt on a flight again!

She gave me her business card and said she wanted me to cast for their new campaign. She set up a meeting at the Victoria Secret Headquarters for the next day. I was in complete shock and disbelief. 

When I arrived in New York the next morning, I called my agent and told her the news. She didn't believe that I randomly met the VP of Casting for my dream brand on an airplane. Sure enough, she got a call from the brand scheduling a private meeting with me. 

I checked into my hotel and frantically ran through the streets of New York to get coffee and my hair done. Fortunately, I had my lucky casting outfit in my suitcase. I changed, put on some heels, and headed over to Broadway Ave for my meeting. I remember being filled with so many butterflies as I walked into the Victoria Secret building. 

After entering the offices, a woman took me back to the warehouse space. I loved the brand so much that I was just as excited to see all the new pieces that hadn't been released yet. 

I met with so many people in the company and everyone was so sweet. I tried on a bunch of outfits from their new collection and we took pictures on a white backdrop. As much I tried not to mention my age, they eventually figured out that I was only 16. Because of my age, I wasn't able to work for them but it was an experience I'll never forget. Such a dream come true for me at the time!

Want to hear more crazy stories from modeling? Let me know in the comments!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

What I Wore to the Paul McCartney Concert

Last night I went to the final stop of Paul McCartney's Freshen Up tour at Dodger's Stadium. We had so much fun, dancing and singing along to The Beatles music. It was completely sold out!

Shop my look:
My romper is out of stock right now but it's from the brand Aqua at Bloomingdales.

I like to buy my jean jackets oversized. For jewelry, I wore my favorite necklace that my boyfriend gave me for Christmas and some silver hoops. I've never been a fan of gold jewelry! Also, my boots were so comfy even with the three inch heel. I wore them on a road trip last year and almost ruined them in the mud! 

 During the three hour show, he sang thirty-eight songs. He made sure that his set list included his old and new stuff. In the middle of his performance, he told the audience to make sure they tell the people in their life that they love them because you never know when    you won't get to see them again. 

He took a moment to honor John Lennon, who passed away in 1980 with his song "Here Today." He said, "When we were kids in Liverpool, it's not the kind of thing you could say, in those days anyway, to a guy; you couldn't say, 'I love you, man.' You were just trying to be too hard, you were trying to be macho and cool, so you never really got around to saying stuff like that."

During a six song encore the drummer for the Beatles, Ringo Starr, made a guest appearance. Screams, as well as fireworks, lit up the entire stadium. 

I had such a great time!
What's your favorite Beatles song? 

Friday, July 5, 2019

10 Things I Learned During Freshman Year at Harvard

I finished my freshman year of college at Harvard about a month ago and I wanted to share my experience. Whether you're getting ready to leave for college or beginning your applications, hopefully you'll get a feel of what college is like!

 Walking into my first class on campus was so nerve racking. Everyone was so smart and accomplished, and I listened to their stories and introductions in awe. I had two NASA scientists in one of my writing classes! Since I'm in the dual degree program at Harvard and working on my bachelor's and master's in Business Administration simultaneously, I took two graduate classes this year. Being the youngest in these classes by about 10 years, I was immediately intimidated. However, I was surprised about how kind and helpful everyone was. Not one person acted superior and were constantly asking for my input on projects. My professors were some of the best teachers I've ever been around.

I grew as a person, both academically and personally, more this year than any year of my life. Moving out was a huge, scary step for me but also completely exciting. My mom is my best friend and not having her be only a walk downstairs took time to get used to. 

When I previously questioned if I'd be able to keep up with the amount of work, I now know I can. I'm so grateful for the friends and memories I've made this year. There were definitely overwhelming nights that were spent crying because of all the work that had to get done, but for every night like that, there were more spent laughing. College is an incredible experience, but it's completely normal to have some nerves going into it! Just remember that everyone is going through the same thing.

1. College is nothing like high school. I can't speak for other schools, but at Harvard there were no issues with drama, which was such a relief. Everyone is so busy with bettering themselves that there's no time! If you're in high school right now, dealing with mean girls and drama, it gets so much better!

2. Utilize!! I didn't know this until my second semester and I really wish I knew about it sooner. It makes such a difference to have a professor that doesn't make you afraid to talk or be in class! Good professors want to see you succeed! 

3. Don't buy your books through your school book store. You can rent textbooks on amazon. Who wants to be stuck paying for a bunch of textbooks that you probably aren't going to open again!

4. When they say it goes fast, it really does! Those endless nights in high school of studying, extra curriculars, and endless application essays, all got you to where you are now so enjoy it. Time flies!

5. Balence, balence, balence! Your school work should always come first but don't forget to have fun. It's perfectly okay to go out with friends but it's also completely okay if you want to stay in. One of the benefits of college is that you get full control over your schedule. 

6. Keep an organized planner. Being organized in college is essential. The first day of college, I wrote down all the important dates from each syllabus in my planner. That way I made sure I balanced school, work, and fun!

7. Be yourself and don't worry about making friends. Try new things and approach people! College is all about going out of your comfort zone. Try new things, meet new people, and laugh a lot.

8. Stick to your morals. Don't let peer pressure or anything else effect dating, going out, partying, or joining certain things. People won't judge you for not wanting to do something. 

9. Do not pick morning classes! As much as you think you're going to be up at 6 am for a workout, have breakfast at 7, and then be right on time for your 8 am class, you're not! Save yourself from some hard mornings!

10. Seek help if you need it. Everyone is rooting for you and sometimes we all have hard days. Your academic counselors, health center, professors, and friends can all lend you the support you need. Make sure to ask for help!

Let me know what your best tips for college students are. 

Saturday, June 22, 2019

My Haircare Routine and Tips for Healthy Hair

What you put in your hair is just as important as what you put in your body. Throughout my years of modeling and acting, my hair became damaged due to the amount of heat being used on a daily basis. After trying new products, I've come up with a routine that has kept my hair healthy. 

Shampoo and conditioner:
To wash my hair, I use TRESemm√© Anti-Breakage Shampoo and Conditioner. This has kept my hair strong, preventing split ends. I recommend finding a shampoo and conditioner that is specific for your hair type. 

Hair mask:
One of the best hair masks I've used is the Professional Series Hydrating Argan Oil Mask. It keeps your hair healthy, soft, and it smells so good. After I apply it, I brush my hair with a wide tooth comb. 

Both It's a 10 Miracle Leave-in Product and UBuntu Oils Repairing Mist, are great products to spray in your hair either wet or dry. They leave a lasting shine while repairing any damaged hair. 

Using a silk pillowcase can reduce friction on your hair and prevent breakage and split ends. I've noticed a big difference in my hair's shininess and health since using one.

For vitamins, I use a biotin supplement which helps your hair create amino acids that produce a form of keratin. 

My hair care tips:

1) Prevent frizz by using a t-shirt to squeeze dry your hair instead of a towel.
2) Try to minimize using heat-styling tools as much as possible. 
 3) Use coconut oil or a hair mask once a week in order to keep your hair silky and shiny. 
4) Try not to use a rubber band on wet hair because it can easily cause damage.
5) While washing your hair turn the cold water on because it helps your hair have a natural shine.
6) Use a wide toothcomb to brush out any tangles after you shower to eliminate breakage.
7) Try to eat healthy.
8) Use a leave in conditioner.
9) Braid your hair at night.
10) Choose a shampoo and conditioner that is specifically for your hair type.
If you have any other tips, comment them down below!

Friday, June 7, 2019

My Summer Makeup Routine

Happy Friday, loves! Now that I'm home in Los Angeles for summer, I thought I'd share my makeup routine. I normally don't wear any makeup unless I'm going somewhere special, but when I do I like to keep it natural and glowy. 

1. CC Cream 
I don't like to wear foundation so I usually apply a light moisturizer and then a CC Cream on top. Adding the moisturizer before the CC Cream makes your skin super glowy. My skin is on the drier side, so if you have oily skin you might want to skip the moisturizer step. CC Cream is great because it evens your skin tone and gets rid of redness without feeling heavy. I use this one from Clinique in the color "light." It's perfect for summer because it has SPF 30 in it.  

Clinique CC Cream
2. Eyebrows 
I naturally have light eyebrows so I like to make them stand out a bit more. I use Benefit's "Gimme Brow" in the color 3.5. This product is a brow gel that adds a bit of color for a very natural look!

Benefit Cosmetics "Gimme Brow"
3. Mascara
For mascara, I've always loved using Neutrogena's Healthy Volume Mascara in black/brown 03. It doesn't leave clumps, allowing you to look effortless.

4. Lip tint
I like adding a lip tint because you don't have to worry about reapplying! This one from Tarte is gorgeous!

Tarte Lip Tint

I hope you enjoyed reading about my summer makeup routine! If you try it out, let me know what you think!
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