Weekend in my Life

Hello Babes!!

I want to apologize for the lack of posts in the past couple of weeks… college and work have kept me busy and I’ve had a lot of deadlines I’ve had to meet. Anyways this Saturday’s post is going to be a quick weekend diary that I hope you will enjoy! For those who follow me on Twitter I haven’t forgot about my Blair Waldorf look book! I have to schedule time with a friend of mine to take the pictures and as soon as we meet I’ll have it up on the blog. Ok enough of my rambling…

Let’s get into the post💃🏽

F•R•I•D•A•Y

After a very stressful, and long week I was so happy to clock out at work and jump into my comfy bed.(who else is super excited when they come home to a made bed?😂) I decided to make some dinner and go to Large Group with a good friend of mine. Large group is basically a night of worship and fellowship for a group I’m a part of. We sing worship songs and listen to a sermon. This night was particularly special because I got to see a bunch of old friends from freshman year.

S•A•T•U•R•D•A•Y

I started my Saturday kind of late but I still got a decent amount of work done before going out! I started my day off with a late brunch and a webinar by Marie Forleo(if you are interested in growing your business/brand and establishing yourself you should definitely check her out!!) I learned so much from the webinar and am happy to announce that I will be purchasing my own domain and growing this website in the near future! I plan of relaunching after spring break but the details will be spilled on my Twitter very soon😏 I ended the night with Chick fil a(much needed let me tell ya) and a trip to the mall and movie with my girls😊

I hope you guys enjoyed this little update and follow me on Twitter and Instagram for more updates!!

Love Y’all,

Jasmine🥀

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Coffee Chat: “Let’s keep things Casual”

Hey, babes!

I’m sorry this is going up later than expected but I had a busy weekend that got kinda crazy(what can I say I’m in my 20’s). Anyways I’m back with a post about modern dating(dramatic gasp). Whether you’re in a relationship or no- I think everyone can take something out of what I’m about to share with y’all!(hopefully)

Lets get into it🙈🤗

I’m a junior in college, I write for 2(now 3) magazines, have a part time job, and a full load of classes. I hang out with friends on the weekend, plan events for one of my clubs, and try to get the best grades I can. With all of this on my plate it can be hard to find time to go on dates. Sure, I can get coffee with someone from time to time- but I’m usually too busy to hover in the same place for more than a moment! Anyways, I’ve thought about the relationships I’ve had, and most of them have ended pretty quickly. We went on a couple dates, had some fun, and poof we both got *busy*. That’s the magic word. Some of my friends are in long term committed relationships and I’m totally happy for them- but I don’t think it’s the best thing for me now. I want to focus on myself, career, and most importantly my relationship with God. What does all this mean? Why am I telling you about my dating life?

Well… I want to stigma of *casual dating* to stop. It’s okay if you spend your time with different people, and go on dates with them. You shouldn’t feel tied down to one person if you don’t want to be. I’ve meet people I could see myself dating for awhile- but the timing just wasn’t right or maybe other things weren’t lining in- and that’s perfectly fine. I don’t believe you NEED to be in a relationship. They are supposed to add joy to your life- not extra stress. I used to worry so much about dating- and trying to make time for it in my schedule because my friends were quickly hopping into relationships. I’m here to tell you to embrace time to yourself. Meet people, grow, try new foods, sing karaoke at the top of your lungs with your best friends. Live your life! It took me awhile to realize this but once I sat down and starting writing, I had to share it with you all.

So like that taylor swift song says: “I go on too many dates” but instead of the next line, I’m adding this: “and that’s totally okay”

This was a more personal post than I usually share with you all but I want my blog to be a place where people can take away things that may help them. I hope you enjoyed reading this and if my story helped/encouraged you, I’d love to hear from you! As always you can dm me on my social media handles(I respond fastest to my instagram but personal emails may be a better option for privacy reasons. I love you guys so much and stay tuned for a new poll on my Twitter tomorrow for Thursday’s Style Inspo.

Xoxo

Jasmine

Style Inspo: Rachel Green

Pic Credit: Ronne Kent(my talented roomie)

Hey Babes!!!!

I’m so excited to share my very first style profile with you all. Basically every Thursday I’ll be creating and outfit inspired by a tv/celeb character and showing you piece by piece how to achieve it!

Today’s style inspo will be Rachel Green from one of my favorite shows: F•R•I•E•N•D•S!!

Here’s the outfit:

And here’s how to get it(under $50!! Prices are approx)

Checkered Overalls: Forever 21

Around $15

Tights: Old Navy

$10

Black Thigh High Boots: Target

$25 on sale!!

Pink Sweater: H&M

$10

Rachel’s style is classic and involves many pairs of overalls. I decided to mix of two of my favorite looks from her and blend them into one classic look that can be versatile for work/school or dressed up to go out!

Overalls are the base and I added a sweater because of the chilly weather(you can totally substitute it for a thinner material)

Rachel also wears statement patterns so I thought the gingham/checkered print overalls were a great touch to the outfit. You can go for a plain pair of overalls and it would work just as well.

Finally the shoes! Rachel’s shoes differ from outfit to outfit but again because of the weather over here I opted for a pair of cozy boots. I definitely think Rachel would be a fan of these and they tie in nicely with the black in the overalls. I added a pair of grey tights to keep my legs warm and also make the outfit school/work appropriate(if you want this to be more dressy/going out worthy you can definitely nix the tights!!)

I hope you guys enjoyed my first Style Inspo post and be sure to look out for my next twitter poll to see what I do next:)

Love y’all❤️❤️,

Jasmine

*Also thank you to my lovely roommate Ronne Kent for taking my pictures!:)

January Favorites

 

 

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Hey Babes!

I’m back from my hiatus and ready to share my favorites for this chilly month of January! Today is actually quite warm and after finishing some readings for my classes this week, I decided to sit down and make a list of all the things I have been loving this month. The list will be broken down into categories: Beauty/Skincare and Entertainment.  I hope you all enjoy:)

Beauty/Skincare

Albania Acne Dote Facial and Body Scrub

First of all, this stuff smells amazing! Literally like fresh citrus…I usually put it on before I go to bed, but I am considering using it in the morning because of how awake and fresh I feel after using it!

Mario Badescu Setting Spray

This. Stuff. Works. Wonders. I spritz a couple sprays after applying my makeup and it lasts me an entire day filled with classes and work! It even passes the pillow test- so a cat nap will still leave your face free of makeup and highlighter smudges!

Profusion Contour and Nudes Eyeshadow Palettes

As a #broke college girl, I try to find dupes of high-end makeup products whenever I can. These palettes are no exception. The colors are so pigmented and surprisingly last long when applied. I am definitely making another trip to target soon to pick up more.

Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant

I currently tried out the Lavender and Sage scented one, and I am in love!! I switched over after hearing how bad aluminum-based deodorants(and other products) are for your body and I am so happy with my decision. Natural deodorants have a tendency to wear off after a while, and after a week testing out this deodorant, I can confidently say I smelled just as nice and fresh in the evening as I did when I applied it in the morning.

Bath Bombs

I have recently gotten into these magical things and they have changed my life! I plop one into my bath every Friday night and slowly relax as the aromas kick in. I have tried two different brands this month and I intend on trying more. A friend of mine recently gifted a 3 piece set from a natural market downtown. These are great because the ingredients are totally natural and safe for your body. I try and stick to natural formulas- but sometimes I can’t resist a good birthday cake scent!

Entertainment

The Crown(Season One)

I am so late in the game to this series, but my word is it amazing! I watched episode one with my friends and I was immediately hooked! I am fascinated with the royal family, and you’d best believe I will be plopped on my couch as soon as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding is aired on tv. If you are a fan of Downton Abbey or The Crown, I highly recommend watching this show!!

Podcasts

I have been getting into podcasts lately and they are a much better alternative to watching Netflix before bed(although I am guilty of this sometimes) Some of the ones I have been interested in are Straight and Curly, Girl Boss Radio with Sophia Amoruso, and Lore.

Websites/Articles

As a woman in her early twenties, it is critical that I stay informed on what’s happening in the world. In addition to reading news updates in the morning, I get daily emails from The Skimm and the New York Times. In addition to more political based outlets, I also enjoy getting fun and self-care emails from Girls’ Night In, and my daily notifications from Shine. Both of these companies are run by amazing women and really have inspired me to take better care of myself and practice self-love!

As an English Major, I read pages and pages every day for each of my core classes, but I have found time to squeeze in some pleasure reading. This month I am reading Outlander. It is trying at times because of the length, but I am determined to finish the novel before the end of the month so I can start the series on Stars(Hello Sam Heughan😍)

Well, I think that’s everything on my list! I hope you guys enjoyed my post for today and stay tuned for more this coming week! I announced a new series on my twitter(@roarin20smth) so you should definitely give me a follow there so you can find out what it is. It will be up and running this Thursday and I could not be any more excited. I hope you all have wonderful days/nights wherever you are in the world.

Xoxo

Jasmine

*Disclaimer*

I am not sponsored by any of the companies listed above- if you are interested in working with me please email me at theroarintwentysomethin@gmail.com

November Coffee and Catch-up

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Hello Babes!

It’s November already and I haven’t been on here for quite a while! I missed you all dearly and I’m happy to say I’ll be posting on the blog more often. I have been on a brief hiatus, due to accumulated school work and career opportunities. Now that I have a sense of what my schedule looks like, I’ll be posting much more often then I have lately! This month has brought up lovely surprises and a fair share of hurdles to jump through. Despite the incessant stress I have been in during the last couple weeks, I have found my happiness in the little things. In the past 3 or so weeks, the magazine I work for has gone to print for the semester, I registered for my Spring 2017 classes, and have begun to ring in this year’s Christmas festivities. As a December baby, and a lover of Christmastime I tend to start celebrating a little earlier than usual. After all, the holiday season is when I’m in my prime! I have many exciting posts in the works for you guys for the next couple and I can’t wait to share everything with you all. I hope you guys have a great day, whenever this post comes into your inbox and I wish you warm hugs and smiles in this cold November weather!

xoxo

Jasmine

Stopping and smelling the roses: Lil’ Update

Hey Babes!!
I'm back with a new post after a brief hiatus. I've been packing, apartment planning, doing some freelance writing work, and now that a majority of it is done I can go back to my regular posting schedule. A lot happened in the past couple of weeks. I made some great memories and also started writing for a print magazine(my first time ever writing for print!!). Things are crazy busy and I'm totally in love with everything I'm doing. Even though I'm happy, I often race around and don't take the time to enjoy the journey. I scramble to make deadlines and fine tune my work. I don't even remember the last time I went on a walk or meet up with a friend for coffee. I need to slow down and enjoy the present. Sometimes I worry too much about what my future will be like, and how I need to have everything figured out. I'm young and I have a ton of growing up to do. I make mistakes, I say the wrong things, but I also make wonderful things. I create, inspire, and praise the one who gave it all to me. I'm so excited to share new content with you guys and I hope you all are having a wonderful Saturday. Writing this post is making me want to buy some roses and sit them next to my window!!😊
I hope you enjoyed this post even though it was more of an update. I'll have my 1950's look book posted sometime in the next couple of days.
Love Y'all!!
Jasmine❤️

Hawaii Travel Diary!


Hey, Babes!

I had the best 3 weeks visiting my family in Hawaii and I’m excited to share the highlights with you all! I hope you enjoy this post and have a lovely morning:)


                           •Makapu’u•

After spending getting rid of the jet lag, my aunt drove us to a great hiking spot. I haven’t been hiking in ages and I haven’t seen this particular spot since I was a young girl. It was a couple miles to walk but the view was absolutely breathtaking. I especially enjoyed snapping some photos from the lookout. I seriously felt like Moana leaning out towards the ocean!


                           •Shopping•

A classic Jasmine vacation is not complete without a day of shopping! We per used several places but my favorite had to be Ala Moana. They had so many stores, including some I don’t typically see in a mainland mall. I actually racked up some pretty sweet deals hat I will share in a collective shopping haul later this week. I made my first purchase at Zara and quickly fell in love with the store. Zara is similar to forever 21 but the quality of clothes is a bit nicer and is a little more pricey.

                               

                                 •Food•

You can’t beat the local food in Hawaii…period. I went to dozens of places with the family but you grandmas homemade fried rice and puertogese sausage and fried rice was definitely my favorite. If you ever go to Hawaii and want to eat great local food, try L&L and pearl’s. Both restaurants have amazing plate lunches and dinners!

                             •The Beach•

I can’t go to Hawaii without at least seeing the ocean at least once! My family had a day of stand up paddling, an whilst I’m not really a fan of the activity, it was great to see them have so much fun. My younger cousins even got a chance to learn from my uncle. 


                              •Movies•

We had time to squeeze in a couple of movies before we headed home and I’m so glad we did! I saw the newest Despicable me(so cute!) and Spider-Man Homecoming(very good!) with my family. Bonus points was grabbing mochi afterwards… bubbies is the best!!🙈I haven’t sat down in a theater with the whole family Ina while and it was such a great time! 

*Pro tip: Buying the kids portion of movie snacks no only saves you money but allows give your perfect portion size!

My uncle and I had fun jamming to the preview music and if he’s reading this, dancing in the movie theaters is totally in right nowXD

I had such a great time with my family, and although I’m sad to leave them for the summer I’m happy I got to share such fun memories with them. My two younger cousins were such a delight to hang out with and I love them dearly. I can’t wait to see them grow up into talented and respectful young adults! 

I hope you enjoyed this post and be sure to stay tuned for apartment updates!

Love y’all,

Jasmine🌹

Dear College Freshman

Hey Babes!

This one is for all the nervous, excited, and future college freshman! I have put together some tips for doing well your first year including dorm tips, organization, friends, parties, and relationships. I hope you enjoy this post and grab a cup of tea or coffee because this is going to be a long one.

                          

                         •Your Dorm•

No matter how big or small, AC or no AC, and hall style bathroom or suite style your dorm room is going to be your place to relax. This is your built in living room, dining room, and bedroom all in one! If you have a roommate(you most likely will) make sure you communicate ahead of time to discuss who’s bringing what. I did this with my both of my previous roommates and it was so helpful in the long run. Here’s a list of things I find helpful to bring(but make sure you check your school’s website for a finalized list!!)

  • Extra set of twin xl sheets
  • Desk hutch
  • Comfy lounge chair 
  • Throw pillows(for decorating!)
  • Canvases(another decor item)
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry supplies
  • Photos of family and friends 
  • Healthy Snacks and container to store them in!


                         

                        •Roommates•

You are either going to be best friends with your roommate or the latter… but that doesn’t mean you can’t peacefully coexist! Make sure to contact your roommate before moving in and talking about preferences. Early bird? Let her know that you’ll be waking up early to catch that 7 am yoga class. Night owl? Make sure to buy a reading light for late night hw sessions or chill out in the tv lounge. 

                  •School/organization•

Before we start this portion off make sure you buy a planner! These things are pure magic and help organize everything you need to get done. I’ll link a couple of my favorite ones below. If you are on budget(like myself!) TJMaxx and marshalls have the best deals on planners😊

Ok you’re in college to get an education so make sure your attitude is set in the right place. You might be tempted to stay up light and watch tv because your parents aren’t around the corner anymore… but trust me- you’ll regret it(I’ve been there🙄) 

Invest in a good computer and some good school supplies. They can last you a long time if you do this. I’ve had my baby Mac book pro since junior year of high school! 

                     

                       •Social Scene•

I’m going to be candid here… your college experience is entirely what YOU make it. If you want to party all night and fail your exams-you’ll do that. But you don’t have to get drunk and party to have a good time in college. I don’t go to parties often and I’ve met some of the greatest people and had some of the most enjoyable times ever! I am apart of a sorority but I don’t partake in parties, and I get the same enjoyment out of my experiences. Check out the activities your campus has for sober events- most of them are actually a great time! 

Here of some of my favorite things to do with my friends:

Trivia nights

Comedy shows

Late night restaurant runs

Movie nights 

12pm IHOP and cookout trips(my personal fave😂)


                         •Relationships•

From the experiences of friends, and myself, dating in college can be a bit of a mess. You’re in this exciting place with new opportunities and new faces. You want to try everything at once. I briefly dated a guy during my freshman year and it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. I guess in high school I expected adult relationships to be like a fairytale and how it is in the movies. This doesn’t mean you won’t have a Cory and Topanga relationship(ugh so goals) in college, but it also doesn’t mean that you should make it your prime focus. All I have to say with this one, is be yourself! Don’t try to change who you are for a guy and don’t make them your priority. There are so many things about college to be excited about!

Before I end this post I asked for questions on my latest post on Instagram for anyone wanted some advice before they started college. I got a question so I’m going to answer it here😊

💕”How do I balance school work and a social life while I live on campus?”💕

✨That’s a great question! What I have to say about this is make sure you make a schedule for yourself. Plan out your day and write down everything you need to do. You’ll have plenty of time to hang out with friends because most likely, they will be living with you! Always put school first and then filter in activities. If you happen to get involved with activities that align with your niche that’s even better! Also I would advise you to make friends with your classmates. Study parties can be a good time🤗✨

Good luck with college girly!💕

Ok guys, I hope you all enjoyed this post! I intend on doing more college related posts in the future… I hope you all have a good night and I’ll see you all soon.

Love y’all!

Jasmine💕

How to style rompers 

Hey Babes!

I don’t know about you guys but I absolutely LOVE rompers. They are super comfy and easy to throw on for school, and casual days out. In today’s post I’m going to give you guys a quick guide to styling rompers for every season and the best ways to wear them for certain occasions.

Let’s get into it!

                          ☂️Spring/Summer☀️


The weather is obviously warmer during this time, so it’s the prime time to wear short sleeve and tank rompers. Bright colors and patterns work best during these two seasons.

                             🎃Fall/ Winter❄️

Although I don’t recommend wearing rompers when is super cold out, there are ways to transition them into these seasons. 


I paired my purple romper with a denim skirt in the picture above. This outfit would be perfect for fall if paired with a chunky cardigan in a neutral color and boots/sneakers.

            ☕️Rompers in the workplace☕️

Depending on where you work, a romper could be a fun way to spice up a work outfit. I don’t recommend wearing if you work in a business, law firm, or other job that requires proffesional attire. I work at the library at my school so it’s perfect for a casual day of shelving books and sitting at the desk. 

If you…

Work at a magazine, small corporation, or something upbeat- a romper would be perfect for you!

                   🥂 Evening/Date night🥂

Rompers can be dressed up for a night out on the town with the girls AND the perfect outfit for a movie/restaurant date. I’ve linked a couple of cute rompers for both of these ocassions.

http://www.charlotterusse.com/mock-neck-lace-up-back-romper/302408053.html?dwvar_302408053_color=001&cgid=jumpsuits-rompers#start=25

http://www.forever21.com/Mobile/Product/Product.aspx?br=f21&category=dress_romper&productid=2000216345&curpage=

http://www.forever21.com/Mobile/Product/Product.aspx?br=f21&category=dress_romper&productid=2000321716&curpage=
Thank you guys so much for reading this post and I hope you all have a wonderful morning🤗

Love y’all!

Jasmine🌹

How to shop on a college budget


Hey, Babes!

I absolutely love to shop, but I also am a college student so I have to stay on a budget while I’m going to school. Even if you aren’t currently in school, this post will be helpful to anyone wanting to save money when shopping for clothes!

1) Subscribe to email lists

Usually online clothing stores have deals that will be sent to you once you join the email list. I’ve gotten free shipping and up to 30% when I do this!

2)  Shop large retailers before heading to the mall

I love TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Ross. I find the best deals on shoes from Ross and clothes from the other two. I usually shop at the mall during sale season and before major holidays. 

3) Thrift Thrift Thrift

I am a huge fan of thrifting, and a lot of times I get to curate my own style by doing this. You can find really original pieces in Thrift stores and for a lot of times end up getting a bunch of clothes for under $20!

4) Outlet stores

In my NYC travel diary I talked about visiting The Mill, a popular outlet mall in New Jersey. The great thing about these places is that it’s stores from a regular mall but the prices are marked down.

5) Buy on off seasons

This is such an underrated tip. You can save so much money by purchasing seasonal pieces on off seasons. Here’s a little guide that I follow that seems to work for me:

For fall and winter clothes->> Buy during the summer time

For spring and summer clothes->> Buy during early fall

I hope you guys liked this post and maybe took something out of it! 

✨Like this if you love saving money😍✨

Love y’all!

Jasmine🌹