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Monday, April 28, 2014

Motivation Monday

Hey guys! I apologize for not posting in a while, I've been super busy with school and with finals coming up I probably won't have much time these next few weeks to post. Don't worry though! Once everything settles down, I'll be back to posting more frequently :)

In the meantime, I thought I'd post an inspirational quote every Monday in order to help us get through the week a little bit easier and remind us of how powerful we truly are! I'm a huge quote-collector and have many saved up on my phone to look at whenever I'm down but this quote specifically, has been in the back of my mind lately. I can honestly say this is one of my most favorite quotes of all time.


For one of my business classes, we got assigned to read the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson and I was incredibly inspired and also surprised by Jobs' journey to creating Apple and the challenges he faced through the process. Although it was a book assigned for a class, it was quite an easy read and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for some inspiration or just want to know more behind the icon.

Now onto the quote...there was many quotes from Steve Jobs that inspired me in the book but this one really affected me the most. Death is not something I frequently think about and I think this happens to a lot of people my age. We just "assume" that death is far away and we put off our dreams and goals as if we're going to live forever. We sometimes even settle for less and simply hope for another opportunity in the future when we don't even know for sure if we'll be alive to see another opportunity. 

I know the topic seems depressing, but it's the truth. Remembering that you're here for a limited amount of time is the key to doing more in life and fulfilling your true potential. Let go of the weight that's on your shoulders from failure, disappointment, fear and everything else that's holding you down. You weren't born to live depressed, defeated, and unworthy. You deserve so much more than that. Although its easier said than done, slowly train your mind to believe that you have all the strength within you to accomplish your dreams and live a life that you're satisfied with at the end. Just like Jobs said, "There is no reason not to follow your heart." 

Until next time lovelies, 

-Ruya 
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Michael Kors Selma Grommet Bag




Introducing...my new summer handbag! After much contemplating and online shopping, I decided to go with the Michael Kors Selma Grommet in white. I first saw this bag a couple months ago and wanted to get it in pink but I decided not to since I wouldn't be able to wear it with everything. Other than quality, the color of a handbag is important to me because I want it to be able to go with everything that I'm wearing. Why spend that much money and not be able to wear it everyday?

As for the color, although I was paranoid at first about carrying a WHITE bag, I slowly warmed up to the idea and now I'm glad I bought it! White just screams summer and surprisingly I don't see that many people carrying white bags in the summer so I thought it was a nice change.

What attracted me to this bag was the structure which resembles the flaps on a Celine bag (which I'll probably never be able to afford) and the fact that it stands up on it's own without having to stuff your bag with a bunch of things. In these photos the bag is empty and it still keeps it's shape! I also loved the silver grommet on the sides which makes the bag more eye-catching yet is still plain enough for everyday.

The size that I got is a large which is roomy enough for stuffing things in there but not so big that it's overwhelming. As you guessed from the title of the blog, I'm pretty short so carrying an oversized bag just makes me feel smaller than I am haha. Another plus is that it also comes with an attachable crossbody strap which is great when I get tired of carrying it in my hands all day. 

I hope you enjoyed this post and if you're looking for a Selma bag of your own check out department stores like Macys or Michael Kors stores. If you're looking to get one for cheaper like I did check out Threadflip or Ebay and make sure to get it from a trusted seller. Although they do come in a variety of different colors, I haven't been seeing all of them in stores so your best bet is online. 

Until next time lovelies, 

-Ruya 

(p.s. I apologize for how dark the photos came out! I usually like to take my photos with natural light but of course the weather has been rainy everyday this week, forgive me!)
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Blog Name Change + New Design


Hey guys! As you may or may not have noticed but I actually changed the name of my blog! I was thinking about doing it for a while but wasn't sure what name to actually change it to. I finally decided on sweet, short, and stylish cause I thought it described me in a way and also lets people know that this is mainly a fashion blog. 

I also decided to change the banner and design of my blog into something more sophisticated but simple so it doesn't clash with whatever I'm posting. I thought that my old banner was a bit distracting so I went with a black and white design so my posts would be the center of attention. If you were looking for some premade blogger templates or wanted a custom design of your own for a blog then check out Miss Lilly Designs on Etsy. She's super helpful and makes sure you're satisfied with your design so I highly recommend her! Mind you, I paid for this design with my own money so I'm not getting sponsored to say this. I was simply looking through some web designers on Etsy and came across her store and thought her designs were lovely along with her prices that were reasonable. 

The blog is still under construction but it's pretty much 90% done so I will keep posting as usual, just don't mind the changes that are happening here and there. 

Until next time lovelies, 

-Ruya
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

8 Ways to Save Money During College


Hey guys! A common problem I hear all the time from people around my age is that they can't seem to save money and always have the urge to spend it. I always believed that saving money shouldn't be hard. Sure it involves some sacrifice and self-control but after you get used to it you feel proud of yourself for saving money towards your future. Of course when I say this to other people they agree with me and then go back to spending every penny from their paycheck on ridiculous things. Well, here's a few tips that I've tested out myself and found MAJOR success in when it comes to making and saving money. They're quick, simple, and can make the biggest difference when it comes to how much you're spending each month.

1.) Cutting Down On Coffee

Before I started getting serious about saving money, I remember buying Starbucks frappes about 3-4 times a week. Every time I went through the drive thru I just said to myself "ehh it's only $4, it won't kill me", little did I know spending $4 on a drink a few times a week results in spending $208 in a entire year! Kinda ridiculous...

2.) Stop Buying Clothes You Don't Wear 

I already dedicated a post specifically for this topic just because it's SO common which you can read here.

3.) Gym Membership

When it comes to getting fit, it shouldn't be something that you should be spending your whole paycheck on. I know some people who pay to go to these fancy gyms that have classes, a swimming pool, and sauna yet don't even use these extra things! Try to find cheaper gyms around your area where you'll know you'll only be paying for what you actually use. Gyms that don't include so many extra features will usually cost less such as Planet Fitness which is only $10 a month because it only has cardio and weight lifting equipment. Of course there is the option of working out at home and using YouTube or even working out outside since the weather is getting warmer! So many possibilities with this one...

4.) Eating Out Less

I hear people complaining about this one a lot and what's worse is that not only does this affect your wallet but also your waistline! It's not easy but try to slowly start eating at home a few times a week and watch how it all adds up at the end of the month. Personally, I only eat out once a week or sometimes less and I'm completely happy with that! My rule is that if I can make it at home then it's not worth it to go to a restaurant and pay for someone else to make it when it's so simple.

5.)  Offer Tutoring

Most college kids these days have a part-time job but sometimes that's just not enough. If you're really good at a certain subject, try offering tutoring to kids in high school or at the same college as you. You would be surprised at how much money people are willing to pay to get that A+ in a class. Start by putting up flyers at your school particularly a few weeks before exam time and watch how popular you'll get ;)

6.) Two Words: Student Discount

It surprises me how many people don't take advantage of student discounts at stores! Popular clothing stores such as J.Crew and Topshop will give you at least 10% off every purchase so why not ask? Even restaurants such as Moe's will give you a discount on certain days of the week. Remember, every penny counts.

7.) Turn Your Hobby Into a Business

Love playing the guitar? Singing? Photography? With lots of promotion and marketing you can turn what you love into a business. I'm a jack of all trades, master of none and I took advantage of that by offering makeup, nails, hair, and even photography services to people around my town and made a good amount of money from it! It's unconventional and not always a stable way to make money but it's nice to do once in a while for some extra cash!

8.) Shop Online

Another reason why I love shopping online is that there is so many more discounts on there than there is in stores! Sites like Hautelook offer designer clothes and accessories for some seriously cheap prices along with Threadflip and Ebay which you can find practically anything brand-new, with tags still attached. Just make sure that it's a good seller and you're good to go! Added bonus: you'll be helping small at-home businesses instead of major corporations that are already making so much money.


Hopefully this list has helped at least one person, if not it's a great reminder to myself to do more to save money haha.
 
Do you have any good ideas when it comes to saving money? Leave a comment below!

Until next time lovelies,

-Ruya
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Favorite Looks From The MTV Movie Awards 2014

Hey guys! Did anyone catch the MTV Movie Awards last night? Sadly, I didn't get to watch it but I did catch the red carpet before it! Not too many exciting looks I'm afraid but there was a few that really caught my eye. Here they are in case you missed it...

Chrissy Teigen


Once again Chrissy is looking fabulous at a red carpet event! First it was the gold number at the Grammys, then it was the Carolina Herrara dress at the Oscars, and now this. Seriously how much more classy can she look? This was by far my favorite look of the night!

Shailene Woodley 


I admire Shailene for wearing something more high fashion, I've noticed most celebrities playing it safe on the red carpet lately but she defiantly stood out by taking this fashion risk. Also the scrunched up leather top? A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I swear only she has the body to pull off something like this. 

Jessica Alba


Oh Jessica how I miss seeing you on the red carpet! This outfit just screams summer with the crop strapless top and the flowly yellow skirt. Classy, retro, and a little bit sexy. I thought it was perfect and defiantly something that I would want to wear on the red carpet.

Victoria Justice


Right when I spotted this dress I knew it was Versace! Only they would be able to make a dress that looks feminine and powerful at the same time. The color was gorgeous on Victoria's skin tone and I loved the silver clutch paired with it.

Those are all my favorites! Although I would like to mention Nicki Minaj! I didn't even recongize her when I saw her without the crazy wig, colorful costume, and contacts on! She looks gorgeous without all that stuff! The saying "less is more" is defiantly true in her case!

What were some of your favorite looks from the night?

Until next time lovelies, 

-Ruya
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Blog Spotlight: World of Wanderlust

 

A few weeks ago when I was still in New Orleans, I posted a video of the French Quarter on my Instagram and noticed someone with the IG name Worldwanderlust liked it. I thought it was just another person like me who loved to travel and I thought I should check out their page. Little did I know, one of the most popular travel bloggers on Instagram and the web liked my video and I haven't even heard of her! (what?!)

Her name is Brooke Saward and she's the creater of the blog World of Wanderlust which provides gorgeous pictures of her many travels along with guides and helpful tips on how to make your travels easier. It only took me a few minutes to scroll through all her pictures and instantly becoming envious of her job as a travel blogger. Later on when I looked through her blog, my envy soon turned into inspiration when I learned more of Brooke's story on how she got started traveling the world and how she realized she wasn't living the life that she wanted. What really spoke to me was how she started traveling solo at 20 (my age!) and decided to take the leap of traveling full-time right after her college graduation. She is a success story all because she had the courage to follow her dreams and not live a normal, mundane life. 

It's only been a few weeks since I've been reading her blog and following her travels, but I'm already obsessed with her and what's even better is that the girl has amazing style! How much better can it get?! I'm not even shocked to see that she has so many fans and has won a prestigious award for her blog. I could only hope that I have half the courage she has when it comes to living my life.

If you want to check out her blog visit worldofwanderlust.com!

Until next time lovelies, 

-Ruya 

(image belongs to worldofwanderlust.com)
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tiffany & Co Charm Bracelet


Ever since I was 13 years old and first heard about Tiffany & Co and their charm bracelets, all I dreamed about was having one of my own. Unfortunately the price always made my parents hesitant and they simply reminded me that I could have nice fancy things when I'm older. Although it did pain me to walk right by the cute little charms at Tiffanys whenever I was there, I will say that I'm glad my parents made me wait. It feels SO much better when you work hard and save up for something that you've always been dreaming of. You feel proud of yourself and realize that if you want nice things in your life you have to work for it. To me, this is like my first adult purchase aside from my car! haha.


I got the bracelet and charm from the Tiffanys in New Orleans at the Shops at Canal Place which I mentioned earlier in my post about my trip which you can read here. The staff was so friendly and helpful and really took the time to help me choose the perfect bracelet and charm, highly recommend that store!


I went with a standard oval link bracelet and was planning on getting the charms permanently sauntered on but then the sales associate told me that they had small links that you can attach to the charm to put on to the bracelet. That way, I can rearrange charms whenever I'd like and wear the charm as a necklace also! So much better!

They did have another bracelet that has links that open and close so you won't have to buy a small link for every charm but that one was much pricier and I didn't like how bulky the bracelet was so I simply went with this option.

The first charm that I wanted to buy for this bracelet was the classic Tiffanys shopping bag charm which I was happy to say that they had. I was afraid that since it was a smaller store and they had a smaller selection of charms that they wouldn't have my favorite but luckily they did! It's so cute isn't it?

Well that's it for now! I hope you enjoyed this post!

What are your favorite Tiffany & Co charms? Do you have any other favorite jewelry from there?

Until next time lovelies,

-Ruya
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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Current Obsession: Lauren Conrad for Allure April 2014


It's no secret that Lauren Conrad is my girl crush and one of the many people I look up to. I grew up watching her on The Hills and followed her through her successful business career afterwards and I swear she just keeps getting better and better! It's refreshing to see a young celebrity so down-to-earth and ladylike and I only hope we get to see more of her in the future. 


As for now, Lauren is on the cover of Allure once again (her third time!) and I can't help but adore the Catherine Deneuve-inspired photoshoot! I think this is the first time I've seen Lauren sporting a smokey eye! Such a gorgeous look and far different from her usual California-girl look. 


I was a bit disappointed that they only included these two pictures from her photoshoot to be published in the magazine, all those beautiful photos and you only choose two?! I would've also liked to see more of what she was wearing for the shoot since you never really get to see Lauren in head to toe black clothing. I remember Lauren at one time mentioning that you don't see many California girls wearing a lot of black and it's a color typically associated with New Yorkers. Mhm...

Lastly, I love how they went with a more moody, dark photoshoot for a spring issue instead of going with something airy and pastel which you would typically see for a spring/summer look. That just drives me nuts and has been way too overused in magazines. As Miranda from The Devil Wears Prada would say: "Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking" ;)

What do you guys think of Lauren's photoshoot?

Until next time lovelies,

-Ruya
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Friday, April 4, 2014

Travel With Me: Guide to New Orleans


Hey guys! I've been MIA lately due to my recent trip to New Orleans earlier this week. It feels so nice to travel again! I thought I'd share the highlights from the trip and be a travel guide in case any of you guys are planning on visiting in the future! :)

New Orleans has always been on the top of my list of places to visit in the US and it certainly didn't disappoint! I felt like I was in the middle of a movie the whole time that I was there! It was so surreal! If you're a fan of history, warm weather, and southern comfort food then this place is defiantly for you.

Flights


I booked my flight and hotel through Kayak.com which searches through all discount flight and hotel sites instead of you going off and searching for them one by one. I highly recommend it although I'm sad to say that I'll never be flying through United Airlines again. I've flown with them twice before and both times they cancelled my flight due to "insufficient amount of crew members". A flight that was supposed to get me to New Orleans at 12pm got cancelled and I had to take the next flight which got me there at 5pm! :(

Hotel + Transportation 


Other than that, I scored a good deal for a 3 day trip in the middle of a school week and managed to stay at the Astor Crowne Plaza which is in the middle of Canal Street, which is walking distance from most attractions and the streetcar! Score! New Orleans is a pretty walkable city so there's no need for you to rent a car and if you do need to get somewhere far, there's always the infamous streetcar which is only $1.25! Although it doesn't go very fast, I consider a necessity if it's your first time in NOLA because of it's old world charm. Plus the St. Charles streetcar gives you a great tour of the fancy mansions at the Garden District, highly recommend it!

Attractions


There's SO many things to do in NOLA and sadly I didn't get to do everything that I wanted to because of time but it only gives me a reason to go back ;) I did get a chance to visit Jackson Square which is where the St. Louis Cathedral is located and I was mesmerized by the beauty of it! It made me realize how fortunate I am to be able to travel and see such great things! It's pretty much a must-see since it's such a famous attraction and is what makes NOLA recognizable in the world, kinda like the Empire State building!




Of course you have to visit Bourbon Street (especially if you're a drinker, they give you to-go cups!), the French Quarter to see some beautiful historical architecture, the World War II museum (for all you history fans!), and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Other attractions that I haven't visited but are defiantly worth a look is the St. Louis Cemetery (which includes creepy tours like the Witches tours!) and Audubon Zoo and Aquarium.

Lastly, in case you missed Mardi Gras which is usually the reason why most people visit NOLA, you can attend the many other festivals they have going on such as the French Quarter fest and the Jazz fest.

Shopping


Here's my favorite part: shopping! Sadly, I didn't get much time to do any good shopping but I did get time to visit the Tiffany & Co at the Shops at Canal Place right on Canal Street. I'll be posting a separate review on what I got later on this week, so stay tuned! The Shops at Canal Place was a great place to do some luxury shopping and included stores like Saks, Armani, Michael Kors, and BCBG.

If you're not into the luxury shopping scene, check out Magazine street which is lined up with pretty little boutiques and cafes! Royal street I would also recommend along with the French Market which is where you can find authentic, handmade NOLA style souvenirs. Other than that, if you're looking for a mall to go to in NOLA check out Lakeside Mall which is a bit far from the French Quarter so you might want to rent a car.

Food

I still feel like I'm new to this whole blogging thing so I forgot all about taking pictures of my food! I don't even do it on Instagram! Ugh. Anyways NOLA is pretty much the city of food! There's restaurants and cafes lined up everywhere and you have to try the typical cuisine such as po' boy sandwiches, gumbo, and beignets!

I honestly don't think you can go wrong with whatever place you choose to eat in NOLA but I do recommend checking out Cafe Du Monde which is in Jackson Square and Sucre which is on Magazine street. Sadly, both places were PACKED so I didn't get a chance to try any desserts there but they're raved about all the time.


Although New Orleans gets a bad rep due to Mardi Gras and is sometimes considered a "raunchy" city, I thought it was beautiful and defiantly met my expectations! They have something there for everyone and you'll never find yourself bored, no matter when you go during the year! In case you're wondering what the weather was like when I went, it was 75 and sunny aka perfect weather!

I hope you enjoyed this post and hopefully I'll be able to post more travel guides in the future since traveling is a huge passion of myn. 

Until next time lovelies, 

-Ruya
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