Halsey’s Hopeless Fountain Kingdom Review + My Top 5 Fav Songs from the Album

Halsey’s Hopeless Fountain Kingdom Review + My Top 5 Fav Songs from the Album

I have to admit, before the release of Hopeless Fountain Kingdom I wouldn’t identify as a Halsey fan. For some reason I found myself confusing her sound with Tove Lo’s because I believed both artists recorded music that was too distinct from mainstream pop melodies to be entrancing just yet.

I believe the only songs I liked off of Halsey’s previous album Badlands was Control, Ghost (mainstream, I know *rolls eyes*), and New Americana. I barely listened to them, but I knew that out of the entire album those were the only one’s I enjoyed enough to listen to on my own.

Hopeless Fountain Kingdom really took me by surprise. It’s very rare that I find an album containing more than two songs I love, and this album was a nice exception. I love the Angels vs. Demons theme she decided to go with since the songs are very much aligned with that kind of struggle. Her voice, as distinct as it is, is accompanied by beats that really accentuate it! No, I am not exactly obsessed with every song but the ones listed here are the ones that I can’t help but play on repeat!


Favorite #1: Now or Never

The first song I heard from Hopeless Fountain Kingdom was Now or Never and as I inclined my ear to it, I thought “This is so dope.”. So congrats to this song for not only being the most played song on the album, but making me curious enough to look up the album.

That brought me to discovering my next favorite…

Favorite #2: Eyes Closed

Her voice + this beat = perfection. Little did I know that this single was released before the album itself. I believe Now or Never was released as a single before the album was released as well, I just didn’t know 😛

On to number three…

Favorite #3: Hopeless feat. Cashmere Cat

I think I might… I MIGHT… be in the beginning stages of becoming a fan of Cashmere Cat. If you read my last music post, you know that I really enjoyed the songs on his album. I felt like I wouldn’t be disappointed with this collab when I clicked on the song and surely I wasn’t!

And now for the more upbeat favorites..

Favorite #4: Alone

This song is too adorable. I honestly don’t have much to say about it except that it’s fire and every time I hear it I’m dancing &/or singing along!

Finally, my last favorite is… drumroll please…

Favorite #5: Walls Could Talk

“And I’m thinking _ if these walls could talk *hit em with the beat*” ;P

Hope you guys enjoyed this post as much as I did making it!

Which songs are your favorites off of the album? If this is your first time hearing of it, what do you think of the songs mentioned?

5 Steps to Being the Change You Want to See

5 Steps to Being the Change You Want to See

*Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. All views and opinions are my own. 

Sorry to be the bearer of real news, but if you’ve been following this blog, you know that wrapped in pretty words or not, I try to tell it like it is.

So here goes the real:

Has anyone else noticed that there is never a short supply of bad news, and yet good news seems to have the opposite problem? I swear every single time I’ve watched the news recently, I’m updated on about 50 bad things and about 3 good things.

For all of the happenings we hear about on the news that require some sort of help or change, there sure doesn’t seem to be any.

It’s saddening how much we undermine our power of influence as individuals. We forget just how much we can impact the lives of those around us and in turn, the world. Like a domino effect, one person truly does influence the other.

So why don’t we allow the news to inspire us to get involved in outreach programs, charities, and things of the like? If you have a desire to give the news something awe-inspiring to talk about, no matter how big or small the cause, keep reading!

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Step 1: Find Your Personal Why 

There are plenty of charitable causes in the world and yes, all of them could use a helping hand. But why do you want to be that helping hand?

It’s one thing to do something because “it’s the good thing to do” and another to do something because “I strongly believe in XYZ”. The difference lies in the enthusiasm.

My personal why is simply that I want my life to make a dent in more than just my grave. If I can change just one person’s life for the better, that would mean everything to me!

Once you understand your why, your cause becomes even more relevant and most of all, important to you.

Step 2: Do Your Research

Find out more about the cause you hope to change! Look for interviews, books, podcasts, blog posts, statistics and even ask people you know about the topic.

If you don’t have a cause in mind, try googling “Non profits in *insert your city/state/country*”.

It’s pretty hard to commit to something you aren’t very knowledgeable of. If you want to nurture a deep-rooted passion for the change you hope to enact, this is such a great way to do so!

Step 3: Use Eventbrite… Really.

If you want to find charitable events near you, I strongly suggest you use Eventbrite. In my opinion, it is way more reliable than Facebook and more proficient in locating events.

Once you search for charitable events in your area, right away you get the price of the events as well as the distance between you and the events that auto-populate. Before you even click on an event title, you know exactly what you’re looking into!

If you want to make an event they even offer their software at a discounted rate for nonprofit fundraising!

Just trust me on this one, Eventbrite is a bomb tool to use.

Step 4: Invite Your Friends

Strength in numbers, my friend. The more you have rallying with you, the better!

Tell your friends about what you’re trying to support and invite them to support it with you. It’ll make the experience so much more enjoyable.

Step 5: Keep Track of What You Do VS. What You Say You’ll Do

This particular step is one I am still learning to do myself. It’s always been easier to express my intentions than to follow through with them. Wanting, doesn’t make anything happen. In fact, it can be a huge trap sometimes.

 It can encourage you to push-off the action and give yourself a pat on the back for the thought. At the end of a day with that kind of thinking, you end up feeling good about yourself for.. well… thinking.

“Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.”

-Bradley Whitford

What do you find to be your biggest hesitation in becomming more involved in your community? I’d love to talk about it with you guys in the comments<3

How I Organize My Life With A Bullet Journal

How I Organize My Life With A Bullet Journal

I started bullet journaling when I desperately needed a planner, but didn’t have 50+ bucks to spend on an elaborate planner. Bullet journaling is a very affordable, creative planning system option since whatever journal you own can be transformed into one!

Before I started, I think one of the biggest concerns I had about bullet journaling was the time it takes to make one and keep it up. After all, a bullet journal is a completely customizable planner. Creating every page in a bujo (bu -bullet- + jo -journal-) could take a lot of time depending on one’s needs in a planner. Also, pictures like these popped up every time I searched “bullet journal” on google and they definitely intimidated me:

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Beautiful, aren’t they?

The only problem is, I am nowhere near talented enough to make pages like those and to make matters worse; I don’t always have the time to make those kinds of pages…

So Why Bullet Journal?

Basically, anything that is specific to your life, you can put into a bujo. If I want to keep up with a new habit I am trying to start, I can simply add a habit tracker page. If I want to make sure that I stick to a certain day or night-time routine, I can add a page for my routine’s. If I want to have a page dedicated to listing blog post idea’s, I can make that arrangement as well!

A regular planner typically isn’t built to suit your life to that extent. I am such a huge advocate for bullet journaling for the reason that no matter how arts and crafty you are, a bullet journal gets your life on paper and in order!

If you’re curious as to how the whole bullet journaling thing works or simply need a little motivation to get organized, you’ve come to the right place! As I’ve said before, I am no artsy person so what you see here isn’t going to look the prettiest but hopefully it will show you how you can make the bullet journal system work for you.

Take A Look Inside!

I purchased this journal from 5 and Below (pretty much a dollar store) and it has nothing special about it. It’s literally just a plain regular lined journal. I know some people prefer to use journals with graph lined paper or dot grid paper, but you can use whatever you like.

Only two pages can be found in almost every bullet journal you look through. These pages are the Index and the Key. I rarely use my Index since my journal came with a bookmark ribbon attached. Whenever I need to reach a page, I simply open the journal where I’ve placed the ribbon and go from there. In my previous bullet journal however, I didn’t have the ribbon so I did use the Index pretty frequently. You’ll see why in just a little bit…

The biggest perk to using a bujo is the endless types (and even amounts) of collections you can add. These are pages that hold lists that you will constantly update. I have inserted a few collections before my monthly, and daily spreads. Some pages are more updated than others, as I have kind of experimented with different kinds of collections to see how they work for me. If one does, I keep up with it and if one doesn’t it typically just sits there. I have a page dedicated to listing my day and night routine, a study log page, and this page which I refer to for a dose of inspiration/motivation.

After those pages, you start to see my monthly and daily spreads. Some people use weekly spreads as well, but I just don’t see the point in making things that specific. In my monthly spread, I just jot down my schedule. That way when I take a glance at it, I have a brief explanation of what I am to do that week.

Some people prefer to insert a few other collections or spreads between their monthly spread and weekly spread but the only extra pages I find that I need every month are pages for monthly goals, and pages for weekly goals. 
Finally, my daily spreads tend to look like so! Here is an old daily spread just to give an example:

Notice how in some of the boxes, instead of a check mark or a penciled-in box there is a little “>”. If you visit my key up there ^^ you’ll see that it means “migrated”. I depend on this particular feature way more than I should but it is so useful!

If you don’t get to a task, you simply put this symbol next to the task and migrate it to either the next day, week, or month. This is yet another feature that makes the bujo so cool cause really, not everyone completes every goal/task they give themselves. It’s a very forgiving feature to have.

That’s All There Is To It!

Not too complicated (or great looking haha) and not too extravagant, yet perfectly suited for my lifestyle. When it comes to the time it takes to make the journal as a whole, I never take the time to make the ENTIRE bujo. Instead, I take one day within the first week of a new month to make the monthly/weekly spreads and the collections needed for that month. That way I can best tailor the bujo to my needs for that month in particular!

Honestly, the bujo system has been the coolest planning system I’ve ever committed to. And that’s the other thing: I am actually committed to it. I think the lack of ability to personalize (and I’m not talking about with stickers here) in previous planners that I have owned contributed to my lack of motivation to plan consistently. Because the bullet journal requires me to update it so it stays tailored to my life, I am actually more motivated to be consistent!

If you are looking into buying a planner, I recommend trying the bullet journal system first! See how much you like it and if you can make it work for you. If not, you’ve only spent x amount of dollars on a journal. No real harm done.

What planning system do you find works best for you?

What I Wore: Coffee Shop Outing

What I Wore: Coffee Shop Outing

IMG_8402 As much as I love coffee, I barely frequent coffee shops. I am well aware of how empty my pockets would be if I visited coffee shops as frequently as I crave coffee, so I have learned to make most of the drinks I love at home. When I do go out for coffee, I look forward to the boost of productivity I typically get from the atmosphere. You’re very likely to find someone typing away on a laptop or reading the newspaper. Something about seeing other people in their own zone of focus encourages me to really hone in on my own.

In this small outing to the coffee shop, I wore warmer, more neutral tones. The embroidered off-shoulder blouse just screams vintage, so I paired it with something that would highlight the blouse by being just as vintage looking in the wedges. I love wearing wedges when I know I might have to do some walking but still want to dress it up just a tad more than I would by wearing a typical sandal. Because of the textures and tones in the embroidery, I just had to pair it with some blue jeans and tie it all together  with my A1 bag: the classic Brown Cross body bag. When will it ever go out of style? I have no idea. But I do know that it serves me in way too many ways through out my everyday life for me to give it up.



Do you have one accessory that you just can’t live without, regardless of what’s trending? Let me know in the comments.

Top: Target

Bag: Target

Jeans: JC Penny’s

Shoes: Khols

Tops Similar in Style:


Shirred Embroidered Off the Shoulder Blouse




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Ethnic Style Women’s Off The Shoulder Long Sleeve Blouse


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White Spaghetti Strap Off The Shoulder Long Sleeve Blouse




June Goals

June Goals

Hello everyone!

How did your May go? If you set any monthly goals, did you get to accomplish all of them? If not, did you complete any of them? If you’re even slightly disappointed about not reaching a goal, don’t be too hard on yourself. We all have times we leave certain goals uncompleted. When I posted my May goals, I wanted to be sure that I kept it real with you guys about my success in completing each goal. If I’m going to post about my successes, surely I can post about my failures. No one is perfect and I am not even going to attempt to portray that I am. With that being said…

Here are last month’s goals:

  • Finish reading The Girl on The Train  
  • Successfully complete my content calendar  
  • Workout at least 2x every week
  • Be in bed by 11pm every week night (…tee hee… uh… about that…) 
  • Set aside 1 hour at least 2x a week to study something
  • Edit my resume

… >.<

Goals: 1 | Me: 0

So the month of May was not my most productive month… While I am not too happy about all of the goals I didn’t accomplish, I will say that last month really showed me what I need to perfect about my method of goal setting. My mantra for the goals I decided to set for this month was “Be Specific!” and that I was. Here are my goals for June:

  • Get at least 700 total blog views for the month of June

In January, my total views for the month capped at 665. April’s views capped at 370. Going into May, I had this unspoken goal to at least get more views than I did in April but aim to get more monthly views than January. To my excitement, the total blog views for the month of May capped at a total of 697 views! Time to get a new goal!

  • Complete 2 books.

I really want to fill my leisure time with things that actually benefit me in some way. At the end of May, I received a few books related to personal development and adulting and I am super excited to read them!! This month I hope to complete at least two.

  • Workout a total of 10 times this month.

I figured that a countdown number of workouts will keep me motivated enough to make time to workout.

  • Complete June’s Content Calendar.

Last month’s content calendar proved to be a success! There were a few quirks, so I made this month’s content calendar a tad more enhanced. I have included dates and times for certain photo shoots, editing posts, and times for social media. I’m hoping this will give me a clearer head so whenever I am not blogging I don’t have to worry about blog related things.

  • Come up with a budgeting plan between 6-2-17 and 6-16-17.

Before I get a job I really want to make sure I have a budgeting plan. In no way do I want to start making money without a plan for how to best utilize what I make. I’ve been very careful about spending any money for the sake of making the wisest, most beneficial monetary choices as right now I’m extremely anal about that.

Do you have a routine or particular method you use when you set goals? If so, I’d love to know about it!




5 Items You Need In Your Summer Wardrobe

5 Items You Need In Your Summer Wardrobe

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The official first day of summer is fast approaching for some and for others (like those in Texas) it feels as if it’s already here. I feel pretty behind as far as my shopping endeavors go since my closet is completely VOID of key summer pieces.

Typically when I go shopping for summer clothing, I’m scrounging through thrift shop isles or the clothing racks at the mall. This year I’m doing something different, embracing the millennial trend of doing shopping online. Truthfully, with the online shops I’ve found, I don’t think any of the stores I have around me can compare in price or available styles. With that being said, within this post, in the titles of each of the items listed are links to the coolest online shops I know you can find these items at! A lot are on sale for super great prices, so I had to share them with you guys!

 The following items are absolute must have pieces in a summer ready wardrobe!

5 Items

  1.  Cover-Up’s

These are perfect for trips to the pool and beach. Not only are they easy to slip on and off but they’re sold in so many cute styles. The crochet scalloped one in particular catches my eye because of the scalloped edges. It’s design is a mixture of vintage and tropical, which I love. Not to mention the fact that white always exaggerates tans. So yeah, I’m planning on grabbing one of these pretty soon.


2.                                     Maxi Dress’s

Maxi dresses can be considered a little formal at times, but in my opinion it’s all about how they’re worn. Since they can be dressed up or dressed down with a simple change of hairstyle or shoes, Maxi dresses can be suitable for various summer occasions. If you search for them online, you’re bound to find several styles (and even colors of the same style) you love.

3.                                         Rompers 

If you don’t try on a romper at least once during the summer, are you even doing summer right? Rompers can be kind of hard to shop for since there are many different body types and only a small variety that cater to each. Once you find one that has that perfect fit though, it’s an investment worth making!

4.                                           Sandals

A no brainer. The beauty of summer is that it’s hot enough to the point that whatever skin you can afford to leave uncovered, you are allowed to leave uncovered. This includes your feet. Summer is sort of an unspoken no-socks season.

5.                                          Summer Hat’s

Straw hats are such a classy touch to a summer outfit. They look amazing paired with a maxi dresses, rompers, and shorts or capris and a nice blouse. Pretty much any summer outfit you can imagine putting together, these hats are the cherry on top to.  I couldn’t complete this list without them!

What do you consider a staple summer wardrobe item for you?

12 Ways to Unwind After a Stressful Day

12 Ways to Unwind After a Stressful Day

Picture this. You’ve spent an interminable, busy, difficult day at work and you are exhausted. All you want to do is lay down and for just a few hours, forget all about your to-do’s and relax.

You just don’t have it in you to do anything else… but you know that somehow, someway, you’ll have to scrounge up a little bit of drive. Things still need to be done. The world doesn’t stop just because you’re tired as I don’t know what.

I can bet you that wasn’t too hard to picture. It probably sounds like the day you had yesterday, or last week, or even today. Most people spend the precious free time they get to relax watching Netflix, but! Can you believe that there are actually more effective ways to deal with all of that stress?

I know! It’s insane.

There are indeed more effective ways to unwind and release all of that stress build-up. Here are 12 beneficial ways to do so!  unwind after (1)

#1- Drink Some Tea & Read a book.

There’s a reason I didn’t suggest coffee here… Turns out tea, more specifically green tea, has qualities that are scientifically proven to reduce stress.

From its aroma, to the process it takes to make it, to the calming effect of its amino acids, Tea is definitely a good go-to if your goal is to chill and be chill. Coffee, in moderation, is said to be a stress reliever as well however, too much can actually result in stress increase.

Just like tea, reading has it’s fair share of health benefits as well. These benefits include exercising your brain (a no brainer), increased vocabulary, and you guessed it: Stress relief. Studies have proved that those who read have a significantly lower amount of stress compared to other avenues of stress relief.

You could see how the combination of the two makes for the perfect oasis.

#2 – Start an art project

Painting, pottery, photography, and pretty much any DIY project gives you something to focus on. It provides you with a mute button for the thoughts in your brain, making you feel calmer as you center on your project. An added bonus to working on an art project is the sense of accomplishment you feel when you finish. It’s worth considering.

#3- Eat Some Dark Chocolate

Find yourself raiding the fridge when you feel stressed out? The good news is you don’t have to trade-off junk food for stress eating salads! Settle for some dark chocolate. It reduces levels of cortisol (a stress hormone) and catecholamines (fight or flight hormones).

#4- Meditate

Apps such as Breathe, Headspace, Simple Habit, and Abide provide you with meditations and meditation series that you can use on a daily basis. These meditations are anywhere from two minutes to 30 minutes but you can choose to meditate as long as you’d like. All promote using headphones to give you a full, calming experience. You can also choose to YouTube some guided meditations or google them. There are so many helpful ones available.

#5- Get some fresh air

The outside air can clean your lungs (hence clearer and all around better breathing!), and according to research, make you feel happier. Serotonin, which is basically a natural happy pill, is increased when oxygen is increased. Therefore when you take a walk, sit outside, or do some sort of outside activity, you are increasing your sense of happiness and well-being while decreasing stress.

#7-  Bubble Bath

A nice warm bath is a timeless, age-old stress reliever, even though it wasn’t always the most hygienic in its history… Bathing in a bathtub relaxes any tension and because of the items you can add to the water (bath bombs, oatmeal, lemons, etc.), improves your skin as well.

#8-  Listen to music

Music can actually alter your brain wave speed, allowing you to fall into a meditative state. Music can also reduce the intensity of pain, increase happiness, increase motivation, and provide stress relief. This isn’t necessarily specific to genre either, so whatever music you enjoy should do the trick! Here’s the playlist I choose to wind down to.

#9- Laugh

Laughter really is the best medicine. Lucky for us, technology offers several avenues to get comic relief if there is no one in person to offer any (although that route is always preferred). Laughter eases muscle tension, gives you a relaxed feeling, and increases your oxygen intake.

#10- Take a Nap

It’s no secret that lack of sleep and enact a wide array health problems. Stress is always listed as one of the most common results of sleep deprivation. Making time to rest improves your memory, energy, focus, youthful looking appearance, and attention while decreasing levels of anxiety and depression. It’s important to incorporate naps into a daily or weekly schedule if you know that sleep is something you have a hard time getting.

#11- Planning

I know it sounds strange… most people associate planning with stress (I know I did!) but there are two ways you can do this. One is to plan a trip somewhere you hope to visit one day. You won’t actually be going on the trip anytime soon so there is no time restraint. It’s a more detailed form of vision journaling.  The other method of planning is daily planning. This increases motivation and allows you to properly prioritize your tasks so as you get them done, you feel accomplished, like you have clearer direction, and a greater sense of ease.

#12- Cuddle up and listen to a podcast.

This method is a combination of music and reading, which produces the same benefits as both combined. Grab a warm blanket and listen to a podcast! There are several available on a variety of topics. A few one’s that I enjoy are Having it ALL: Conversations about living an Abundant Loving Life, How I Built This, and TED Radio Hour.  

If you find that you’re going through a stressful program or day in and day out schedule than maybe you can try each of these methods and see which one works best for you! Do you have a relaxation ritual you use to un-stress?