Monday, January 4, 2016

My 5 Tips On Going Vegetarian

I've been vegetarian for a little over 3 years now and I'm always getting questions about it. So I'm going to do a few posts to help anyone who is interested.

I plan on becoming vegan in the very near future but for now, I'm just vegetarian. I don't eat meat... of any kind. So no, I do NOT eat seafood! I don't drink milk (never really have, I've pretty much hated it my whole life) and I don't eat eggs.

Believe it or not, it was a fairly easy change becoming vegetarian. Here are my 5 tips for beginners:

1. Just do it! 
Stop over thinking it. If you want, you can do over the span of a week or 2. Start eating less and less meat. I personally just stopped eating all meats at once. But if you eat a lot of meat it might be easier to do a gradual change as opposed to doing it so abruptly.

2. Find recipes online. 
Look on sites like Finding Vegan, Foodgawker, and Pinterest for recipes. There are so many! I'm going to share some of my fave recipes on here as well as my fairly new Youtube channel. 

3. Shop smart. 
Shop at places you normally would for veggies and fruits. If you go to places like farmer markets and whole foods, you're going to spend like x3 more. Also, you're going to spend a lot more if you buy all the meat substitutes and frozen foods too. I like to shop at Winco and Sprouts as I find they usually have the best deals. Look at sale ads and use coupons. Trust me, you don't have to be rich to be vegetarian.

4. Download useful apps. 
Animal Free is one of my faves. It shows you a list of what ingredients are ok to eat and which ones aren't. You'll be surprised by the nasty animal junk that's in the stuff you eat.  Eventually, you won't need it but it's great for beginners. Another one I really like is Happy Cow. It shows nearby vegetarian, vegan, and veg-friendly restaurants

5. Have self-control. 
Meat will be tempting in the first few weeks. Don't do it. Self-control is super important. If you do mess up and eat meat, don't be too hard on yourself. Just start again from there and try even harder not to give in again.

Yes, you're going to have to give up some of your fave foods. And you're going to think that nothing will be able to replace it, but I promise you, you will find a vegetarian meal that's the same if not better. You'll also find out that some of the things you were eating before are vegetarian or vegan. There are so many accidentally vegan products out there. 

It may seem hard because it's definitely a big lifestyle change, but it really is worth it. You'll feel the difference by the 2nd week. It's amazing. If you decide to make the change and need help with anything, feel free to contact me! I'm always here to help. 

Friday, January 1, 2016

10 Things To Start Doing In 2016

1. Spend minimal time on the internet and social media. 
I'll admit that I've become a bit obsessed with social media. It's always the first thing I see when I wake up and the last thing I see before going to sleep. It's definitely unhealthy. So I want to spend way less time on social media this year.

2. Be more spontaneous. 
I've always loved planning out everything, but I really want to have more spontaneous adventures. Everyone knows that those are the best kind of adventures!

3. Stop worrying so much about the past and future. Live in the now. 
I don't really dwell too much on the past, but I'm always stressing about the future. I mean I stress about everything in regards to the future. Even things that aren't worth stressing over. So I want to start living in the moment and stop worrying so much about the future.

4. Stop reading any celebrity gossip. 
I spend way too much time reading The Shade Room and worrying about who Zayn is dating now. Yeah... that has to stop.

5. Meditate regularly. 
Last year, I didn't meditate as often as I wanted to. I'm not sure why because it is seriously the best. So the goal for this year is to meditate at least 3 times a week.

6. Read more books.
I love reading so much. I'm always reading. I can spend hours reading the NoSleep Reddit and Creepy Catalog. Of course, I read a few blogs too. The Messy Heads is my fave at the moment. This year I want to read more books. I have a few I've been wanting to read so I'll be going to Barnes & Nobles very soon.

7. Create a fitness routine. 
I usually just work out whenever I feel like it and that's like once a week. So this year I want to have more of a schedule. The goal is to work out at least 4 times a week.

8. Go to more concerts. Especially new artists I've never heard of. 
I love concerts. I can't believe last year I didn't go to a single one. There are always concerts going on in San Diego and LA. And there are plenty with cheap tickets. So I don't really have an excuse for not going to any last year. This year I want to go to as many concerts as possible.

9. Watch more sunrises. 
Everyone knows I love sunsets and I know sunrises are equally as beautiful. I'm just never up early enough to see them. The only time I ever see them is when I've been up all night bullshitting around on the internet. I want to start waking up earlier and watching the sunrise.

10. Appreciate life.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Grocery Shopping

I was inspired by Mika Francis to do a video of my grocery shopping trip since people are always asking what I eat as a vegetarian. There's this common misconception that all vegetarians and vegans eat is salads. Um what?! That couldn't be further from the truth! Actually most of us rarely eat salads. Maybe back in the day, but now there are so many other options for us. Even though I didn't show everything I eat, you can still see that I eat a variety of yummy foods.

I'm also planning on doing some 'What I Ate Today' videos. As well as sharing some of my favorite vegetarian and vegan recipes. I'm going to post those sometime within the next few weeks. Hope you guys enjoy! And if there are any other veg type of posts you would like me to do, just let me know!


Sunday, November 1, 2015

October Moments

I'm so bummed because I had so many good blog post ideas for October but between school and being gone almost every weekend I didn't have much time to get them done.

I did manage to film some random moments throughout the month though! I'm pretty happy with how it all came together. I've decided I'm going to do monthly vlogs from now on. I think it will be really cool to look back on. 

I hope you guys enjoy! And I apologise in advance for the shakiness in certain parts of the video. 


Monday, June 29, 2015

23 Things I've Learned in 23 Years

1. Be open-minded.

2. Don't compare your life to others.
3. Never settle for someone who doesn't make you happy. No matter how hot they are.
4. Cut the toxic people out of your life ASAP.
5. Never trust a guy who calls his exes crazy.
6. Your perception of beauty will change as you get older.
7. The definition of success is subjective.
8. Compliment people more often.
9. Being a feminist is not a bad thing.
10. Support other women; don't try to bring them down!
11. Meditation will change your life.
12. Never choose a guy over the important things in your life.
13. Stop over-analyzing everything! 
14. Do not change who you are for someone else.
15. People are always going to judge you. So stop caring about what others think of you.
16. If you want to have sex, have sex... as much as you want.
17. If you like it, wear it.
18. There's nothing wrong with not wanting to get married or have kids. (And anyone who tries to make you feel bad about that is really shitty tbh)
19. Don't be overly picky when it comes to dating/Date people who you wouldn't normally date.
20. Be yourself, not who others want/expect you to be.
21. Don't take relationship advice from magazine and websites too seriously.
22. Eat more fruits and veggies!
23. Your life can change at any moment.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March Most-Loved

If you've been reading my blog for awhile now you probably know that I don't like to do monthly favorites posts, but since there have been a lot of products I've been loving this month, I decided to share them with you guys. 

e.l.f. Tinted Moisturizer in Beige: I'm not really a fan of foundation, but I like to have a little bit of coverage to make my acne scars less noticeable without completely hiding them. I don't like my skin to look flawless. So this tinted moisturizer works perfectly. It gives me the light coverage I want and it has SPF in it. I use it almost every day!

Flower Color Play Creme Eyeshadow in Good as Mari-gold: I've been using this as a highlighter. It's a really pretty golden color. I know I'll be using it a lot more in the summer. 

Milani Rose D' Oro Baked Blush: I included this in my favorite blushes post and I've still been using it like crazy. It's just so beautiful! 

Ulta Color Coat Cream Eyeshadow in Rose Gold: I haven't really been wearing eyeshadow lately, but when I do, this has been my go-to color.

Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub in Amazon Pequi: This is honestly the best scrub I have ever used. It makes my skin super soft and smooth. I love that it is super easy to rinse off too. I use it a few times a week to keep my skin feeling great. 

Karelen Curly Twirls Custard*: This is honestly one of the best hair products I've ever used. My twist and braid outs come out AMAZING when I use this. Also, I normally can't do a wash and go, but I actually can with this stuff! I'm definitely going to stock up on it. 

Karelen Luscious Coconut Hand & Body Creme*: Just a great smelling lotion that makes my skin super soft.

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray: I think almost everyone who's into makeup owns this setting spray! I'm always seeing people use it and talk about it. My mom bought it for me for my birthday this year and I use it all the time. It really does make my makeup last longer. I'm hoping it works just as well in the summer. 

Shea Moisture  African Black Soap Problem Skin Toner: After seeing all the rave reviews about this toner, I had to buy it. I can honestly see why it has such great reviews. My skin has become so clear and smooth. I'm super excited about it.

Neutrogena Naturals Makeup Remover Wipes*: I love makeup remover wipes because I'm usually too lazy to wash my face before bed. I normally just use the equate wipes from Walmart, but I was sent these to try and review. They work really well and smell amazing. I'm already almost finished with this pack so I need to go out to buy some more asap. 

What are some of your favorite products this month?

Because I'm the worst at taking pictures of swatches, click on the '' for swatches of the product on other blogs/websites!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

What's On My Galaxy S4

What's On My Galaxy S4
I've been wanting to do a what's on my phone blog post for a little while now, but I wanted to wait until I got a new phone because my old one was pretty crappy. I got the Samsung Galaxy S4 about a month ago and I'm obsessed with it. I have so many apps on it, but instead of listing everything on my phone, I decided to just share my most used apps. 

1 Second EverydayI've only had this app for less than a month, but I really like the concept. You literally just record a 1 second video clip every day and then over time you can create a whole video with all the clips.

1WeatherMy favorite weather app ever. I just really like the design and accuracy of it.

2048 PuzzleI don't know why, but I don't like to have games on my phone. So this is the only game on my phone! I love that it really makes you think. 

Animal-FreeSuper helpful vegetarian/vegan app. You can look up ingredients to see if they're vegan and what the ingredient actually is.

HappyCow: Another helpful vegetarian/vegan app. It shows you vegan and vegetarian-friendly food places nearby. 

Instagram: Of course! Who doesn't have Instagram these days? This is probably my most used app. 

Google Keep: A really handy app for reminders, notes, and to-do lists.

Nike Training: The only fitness app that I've ever loved.

Pinterest: I mostly just use this app to see my style inspiration pins when I'm out shopping or I'm trying to find something to wear. 

Reddit is fun: I'm not really a Reddit user. I just love reading stories from NoSleep and LetsNotMeet. I'll usually read a few stories while I'm laying in bed before I go to sleep. 

Tumblr: Because I'm addicted to Tumblr.

VSCO Cam: My #1 go-to photo editing app!

Monday, February 2, 2015

My Current Favorite Blushes

My Current Favorite Blushes
NYX Cinnamon Powder Blush Milani Rose D'Oro Baked Blush
I didn't start wearing it until like 2 years ago. I actually used to hate blush. All I ever saw was really badly applied pink blush and I honestly didn't know they even had blushes in any other color. I don't care for pink blush at all, especially on myself. I prefer more orange/coral toned blushes. I've been in love with Nars Taj Mahal for awhile now, but I really don't want to spend $30 on a blush. So I've been trying to find some drugstore blushes that are just as pretty. These are the 2 that I've been loving. 

NYX Cinnamon Powder Blush: This is seriously the only blush I used last year. I think because it's orange most people would only wear it in the spring and summer, but I wear it year round. I really like the way it looks on my skin. 

Milani Rose D'Oro Baked Blush: I recently picked this blush up and I haven't used any other blush since. It's honestly the prettiest blush I have ever seen. It's a shimmery blush so it really makes my skin glow. I like my skin to look dewy and luminous so this blush is perfect for me.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

My Travel Bucket List

My Travel Bucket List
My Travel Bucket List
My Travel Bucket List

Rio de Janeiro | London | BarcelonaRangiroaChefchaouen | MaldivesSantorini | Belize | Bora Bora | Hawaii | Australia | TulumBoca del Toro | Roatan | Puerto Rico | Samoa |

Lately, I have been completely obsessed with traveling. I've always known I wanted to travel the world someday, but I just felt like I would never financially be able to do so. I was so discouraged that I pretty much stopped thinking about it all together up until very recently. I saw a flyer at my school for the study abroad program and I just got super enthusiastic about traveling again. So I've been looking for ways to travel on a very low budget. Surprisingly, there are tons of ways to travel for cheap! Now that I know it's definitely possible for me to travel, I've been working on my travel bucket list. I thought it would be cool to share with you guys. I'll probably end up adding more, but for now this is it. What are some places you would like to travel to?