Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Youtube? Again?

So quick update: no Product of the Week post this week because I will be heading off to New York bright and early tomorrow!
So sorry about that, but I do have some exciting (well at least I think it's exciting) news.
1) I applied to a job at American Apparel and was interviewed on Monday. I'm looking forward to hearing back about it soon, so keep me in your thoughts and cross your fingers with me!
2) The title of this post: a lot (if not all) of you probably don't really understand what it means. Well, last summer, I started a YouTube channel about fashion and all sorts of fun stuff. But eventually I got really bored and tired of making videos... I also didn't have much time to edit the videos. But now that it's summer again, and I'm starting to get a hand of this blogging thing, I've decided to try again!
Here's my "first video" of my new and improved channel. It's about basic summer outfits that I'm absolutely loving.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puwaIEm11yY

Enjoy! Let me know what you think!
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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Click Click (OOTD)

So I actually wore two outfits today... But at the current moment I don't have pictures of the other one! Oh well! 
Today was a great day to say the least! I got to take pictures twice today with some of my favorite people. And on a less exciting note: I went to the dentist. The good news there, though, is that I only have 3 wisdom teeth instead of 4 which means less pain! It also means that I'm a mutation of human life (hahaha, joking, joking).



P.S. Look! I finally got my Birkenstocks in the mail! And believe it or not, the pants are ones I wore for the majority of my Nicaragua trip. I decided to pull them up and make them high-waisted. So proud that I put them to good use.


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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Product of the Week: American Apparel Summer Hat

It's time for Product of the Week! This time I'll be talking about the Floppy Summer Hat from American Apparel. Although I do not own one (yet) I really like it, and think hats like these are super cute!


I love American Apparel and this hat is perfect for a hot summer day on the beach. It comes in so many colors too which is great because it's always essential to have options. 
The colors are: Tan (pictured above), Poppy, Dijon, Red, Orange, Dusty Pink, Pink, Hot Pink, Purple, Lime
So many fun colors, right?!
All American Apparel products are quality. They are made in the USA which I really appreciate because, well, I am American!

Happy shopping!
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Monday, June 16, 2014

Adventures Beyond Suburbia (OOTD)

This title says it all. On Saturday I finally got to get out of the "bubble" for a little bit. I went to a grad party that was about an hour away, and then my friend and I went to a college town in that area. It was my first time taking that long of a trip on the highway by myself. But we made it and had an amazing adventure there!
First, we went into this funky little shop that sold all kinds of cool books, knick-nacks, gags, whatever, etc. I can't find something like that near my house! Except maybe the stuff they sell in Urban Outfitters was somewhat similar... but anyways, I love little, unique shops like that so I was excited.

Next, we went to place called Graffiti Alley where people just spray paint the alley with whatever. It's like a public canvas. It's a great place to take pictures so, of course, I did!

Finally, we just wandered around a little bit until I had to text my cousin for a restaurant suggestion. We ate at the place she suggested; it was awesome. So yummy! I had a panini with red peppers, basil pesto, and chicken... it was to die for. Plus there fries were really good as well!

So besides all the fun we had, I was wearing a really cute outfit that'd I'd love to share with you all!

Check out this outfit on Chictopia!
And here's some inspired pieces from my outfit:
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Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Wanderlust Tag

I was so excited when I got a little notification from Alex (alexidilorenzo.blogspot.com) this morning that I was tagged in The Wanderlust Tag post. I absolutely love traveling - I honestly wish I could do it for a living. Thanks for the tag girly! See Alex's post here!
1) Your most treasured passport stamp?
My one from Iceland for sure! I was only there for a day, but it was an incredibly surreal place. We had a stop there for a day on our way to England. I went with my dad. If you ever get the opportunity to go there, take it. It's other worldly, plus the air is really clean. I'd love to go back.
Iceland
2) Can you recite your passport number from memory if asked?
Haha, no. I don't think my mom even can and she was a flight attendant for a long time soooo...
3) Preferred method of travel: planes/trains/automobiles?
All 3 are okay. I mean, honestly, I'd rather have teleportation and avoid any types of transit. But I can't have that so I'd say trains, because where I live there aren't subways or anything cool like that. The trains around my house are hardly used except for long trips out of the state. And we don't have high speed trains so it takes a long time. But when I was in London I loved The Tube.
London - by the Underground (The Tube)
4) Top 3 travel items
Camera / iPhone Camera
Music + Headphones
My St. Christopher travel necklace
5) Hostel or hotel?
I've never stayed at a hostel but I'm planning to when I go to Europe with a friend next summer for my graduation trip. So hotel!
6) Are you a repeat visitor or do you explore new places?
Depends. I'd love to go back to Iceland like I said, but the only place (overseas) I've gone to twice is Italy (once when I was like 6 and another time when I was about 11). I'll be going again next summer on my Europe trip because I think I'll appreciate it more than 6 and 11-year-old-me. Plus I have distant cousins there that I've never met and I'm a dual citizen because my Great Grandpa immigrated (American and Italian).
Cooking at an Italian villa when I was 11.
7) Do you read up on your destination (culture, history, safety) or do you wing it?
I do both. I mean I'll read a little bit about a place, but I'd rather just take in the beauty and the facts while I'm there.
8) Favorite trip website?
Honestly I don't use them! I just book my flight and go!
9) Where would you recommend a friend to visit? Name a city and why?
I'll name a few:
Iceland... because it's out of this world.
London, England... I love that city, besides all the smokers, but it's amazing.
Nicaragua... Well, it would've never been my first choice to go there, but I went for service so in that aspect it was an amazing trip. The land is really beautiful and green as well. Here is my post about Nicaragua!
San Francisco... It's a pretty fun city. I went on a trip for school to check out all the start-up companies in Silicon Valley, so in that aspect it was really interesting.
Chicago... I just love the city, plus I'm thinking about going to college in Chicago so I had to put it on the recommendation list.
Trying raw cacao beans at a Nicaraguan coffee farm
10) You're leaving tomorrow, money is no option. Where would you go?
OK this is difficult! Either Greece, New Zealand, South Africa (or somewhere in Africa), or Costa Rica. I really can't decide! Greece is pretty high on my list though. I think it's so beautiful!
I tag anyone who wishes to do the tag! Have fun!
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Thursday, June 12, 2014

8 Books I'm Going To Read

One of my goals this summer is to read one book each week. Now, this is not going to be an easy goal. Knowing me I'll get distracted by the internet, or just put off reading (unless I'm really into the book). But nevertheless, I'm setting goals this summer because I want to become a better "me", and I believe reading some good books will help me get there. I think this crazy realization that books could actually do me some good happened when I read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I. Could. Not. Put. It. Down. No joke. I also talked about it constantly until my best friend was basically forced to read it. 
Currently on my desk I have the first book for my "summer reading" by none other than John Green again. This one is Looking for Alaska. I read the preview a long, long time ago on my Kindle, and decided to buy it after reading TFIOS. I'm on page 51 (to be exact) and honestly, I haven't really gotten into it yet. I'm assuming I will soon enough though. 
So Looking for Alaska is my first book of the summer. I also have Paper Towns by John Green on my bookshelf, but I'm going to explore some different authors before I read another one of his books (Sorry John Green! Still love ya!).
Side note: I'm really excited because I just ordered four books from Barnes & Nobles last night... The next four I mention are them.
1st: If I Stay by Gayle Forman
(I can already feel the tears running down my face, oh my gosh.) So coincidentally a trailer during the TFIOS movie was for this book (which is being turned into a movie). I cried during the trailer, so I'm like: okay, this has to be a good book then. Plus, I'll finish it in time to see the movie when it comes out in August. So get your tissues ready and watch the trailer.
2nd: Anatomy of a Single Girl by Daria Snadowsky
I'm not very good at summarizing plots, so I'm just going to talk about what I think it'll be about rather than try to rephrase the provided summary. This book really stood out to me - mostly because of the title. It reminded me of myself. I've been single for many, many months now, and I'm starting to like it more and more. Relationships are great and all, but there's something to be said for a girl that doesn't need to be with a guy to be happy. It's important to be yourself no matter what and someone, someday will come along and like you for it. I'm excited to read this because I'm itching to find out what it's really about.
3rd: Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date by Katie Heaney
This one's going to be so interesting. The plot is all in the title: yes, she has never been on a date, had a boyfriend, or anything like that. She's 25. It's suppose to be funny, but also super relatable even for girls who have been on dates and such. I was so drawn in by it that I couldn't resist. I'll definitely have a follow-up post for this one. 
4th: How to Be Interesting (In 10 Simple Steps) by Jessica Hagy
I'm going to put myself out there for a minute: I think this is going to help me a lot. A lot of the time I feel like nobody really wants to get to know me and that needs to change. I have pretty low confidence it seems. This book seems like a great tool for me to go out and reign that confidence back into my life. I'm sure this book has some great life lessons for anyone and everyone. 
So those are the books I have bought so far. But I also have a whole wishlist saved to a Wanelo collection. I have listed six books, so I'm going to continue with just two more that I will read this summer. 
First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung
The next one on my list is one that I surprising received today at my "moving-up" type ceremony at school. The award I got is called a Book Award and they are given to Juniors who fulfill certain requirements and attributions. My Book Award was granted to me by Saint Michael's College for academic achievement with a social conscience. The book is about the Cambodian Genocide, something I actually learned about when I was very young because my dad took a trip to Cambodia back in 2005. It'll be very interesting to learn more about something I've heard about for years. (Shout-out to Saint Michael's College! Thank you; I'm so honored!)
Full Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti
I think the issue of Feminism is so interesting and so important. Personally, I wouldn't go as far as to call myself a feminist, but I believe in the power of women. I think especially now, my generation of women are loosing power when women a generation, two generations before us fought so hard to get us the rights we now have. It's still an uphill battle for women, but we've come a long way and we still have to stand our ground.
I hope you've enjoyed my list and I look forward to reading all your comments!
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Tradesy

Today I had the intense urge to make room for the new, clear out the old, and make some money. But how did I do it on such a rainy day? Well, first I went to the local CoinStar machine and traded my big bag of pennies for $8 in cash (not bad, right?). Then, when I got back home I decided to look up websites that allow you to sell your clothes, shoes, accessories, etc. to others. But I knew there were a lot of websites out there that take a big chunk of commission once you sell something. So, I did a little research and I found Tradesy. Tradesy is simple to use, professional looking, and best of all: does not charge you to list an item! They also make shipping the item to a buyer simple and easy by giving you the option to add on free shipping. So far, I've really been pleased with Tradesy. 
For all of you that want to learn more, check out my Tradesy profile

A Juicy Couture bracelet that I am selling! Click the link above to see and buy it on my profile!
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Product of the Week: Wild Daisy iPhone Case

So I'm changing things up a bit since it's summer: now, every week, I will be posting "Product of the Week" blog entries! These entries will highlight one product that I have bought. I will give my opinions and "review" them. 

This week's product is the "Traveling iPhone Case" from Wild Daisy. I bought this case about a month ago when I got my iPhone 5s. I haven't taken it off since and it has actually been very good at protecting my phone! It's not only protective, but also so cute! It's a hard shell case that looks perfect on a white iPhone. Personally, the case is very "me" because it really shows my love for traveling and tea. The quote on the case is so sweet and people are always complimenting me on it. Also, the price is super reasonable. It's only $15. Compared to a lot of iPhone cases, that's a great deal! I really recommend this product to anyone looking for a new iPhone case. And don't worry, even if you're not the biggest fan of this design, Wild Daisy has plenty more iPhone cases to choose from, check them out here!

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

School's Out!

Finishing my Junior year of High School was a big relief. I feel like I have so many things to do, but I don't! Now I can relax a little, make summer plans, and find jobs. My first weekend of summer 2014 was pretty great. On Friday, I went to go see The Fault in Our Stars with my mom. Amazing movie (and book). I cried for most of it, so bring a tissue box if you see it. After the movie I had some really yummy Teriyaki Chicken (definitely helped to dry my tears, haha). 
Then, on Saturday I had a bit of a "spa day". I got a pedicure, and then I went home and dyed my hair pink! Well, that's exaggerating, I just dyed the ends pink, but it will come out when I wash it. That night I went to my friend's party which was super fun as always. 
Finally, today I went into the city and had some fun taking pictures and shopping around the market. Pretty uneventful I guess, but very fun! Here's some pictures from today, because now I feel like I'm blabbing! Thanks for reading!


(A lot more blogging will be happening soon!)
And also: follow me on Instagram! @JillianWaun 
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Monday, June 2, 2014

Totally Obsessed

Generally, I go through fashion phases on the daily. One day I want to look boho, the next I want to wear bright, girly colors, and then the next day I'd probably end up throwing on a punk-looking plaid skirt. I'm very indecisive if you can't already tell; I don't really have just one style. But lately I've been finding a lot of ways to incorporate every style I love into my own personal style. I'm just starting to really like simplistic, yet fun outfits. So here are the stores, outfits, and pieces I am totally obsessed with!

Brandy Melville
She has some of the best graphic tees you will ever find. And the thing I love about them is that they are simple and clean looking designs. I'm going to order one of these to pair with my black denim skirt and my brand new high-waisted hounds-tooth shorts!

 
Birkenstock
When I was about 12 years old, my mom basically made me get Birkenstock sandals. When I was that age (I think) the clog style Birkenstocks were really in, so actually, not sure why I got sandals, but whatever. Anyway, I really wanted to wear cute shoes back then but I have really bad arches in my feet so I needed orthopedic shoes. Birkenstocks have a good arch in them, so that's why I had them. But today, the Birkenstocks I had back then are totally in now! Sadly, they are a little small on me and I had weird patterned ones. What I'm really obsessed with is the black, white, and silver ones. So cute! And since I still have bad arches, they are perfect for me! Finally I can be excited about wearing Birkenstocks.
Maxi Skirts
To go along with my love of simplicity, solid colored maxi skirts are really starting to grow on me. I'm obsessed with this one from a store called YapYap on ASOS Marketplace. So I just splurged and bought it! Too cute to pass up. Another great place for maxi skirts is American Apparel, so go check it out!
GOLD METALLIC MAXI SKIRT
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