OOTD- Summer Concert!

Recently, I was able to attend Radio 104.5’s Birthday Show and it was awesome! I wrote about Day 2 last week here, and I have to say, I really had a great time. The weather was beautiful- hot and sunny during the day, and cool and breezy at night.

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I wore a simple outfit of just a black bralette bought at Forever 21 and black high waisted shorts that are the brand Mystic. I didn’t want to accessorize too much in fear of losing something, but I did wear a simple, silver ring. Also (not pictured) I wore some knock off all black vans because I knew I would be in grass all day and I didn’t want to get any of my nice shoes muddy.

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I actually did my makeup for the first time all summer, which I picked a very awful day to do this since I melted within the first hour. Still, I thought the orange and pink eyeshadows looked perfect for summer and the winged eyeliner really pulled together the look.

Overall, the look wasn’t anything crazy, but comfortable and cute for a day spent in the sun listening to all my favorite bands.

Radio 104.5 Birthday Show Day 2

The 104.5 Birthday Show is officially over and I have post concert depression, but I have to say day 2 was AMAZING! Unlike day 1, the weather was perfect. The day started out a bit hot, but extremely sunny, and the night ended beautifully cool and breezy. Absolutely no complaints weather wise.

I’m sad I missed Marian Hill and also super sad about Northern Faces, but I could’ve never survived a whole day out there when water bottles cost $7. Disappointing, but there’s no way.

The first performer I saw was Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and he was so much better live than I had expected. I think Andrew McMahon has such a soothing and pretty voice and he really is incredible live. I really enjoyed laying out in the sun and listening to him sing.

Next, was Kaleo. He’s got that whole soulful vibe going which is cool, but he’s not really my favorite. I would’ve much rather heard Marian Hill in all honestly. Her music is personally more my style. Still, he was another performer that was pleasant to listen to while lying out in the grass soaking up the sun.

Bleachers also weren’t necessarily my favorite to hear live even though overall they do produce some really awesome music. Maybe it’s because I was so far in the back and could’t really see anything that I wasn’t really into it that much. Still, it was kinda cool to hear “I Wanna Get Better” live.

Foster the People is when the show got really good. Foster the People was amazing! They opened with “Helena Beat” which was perfect, and closed with “Houdini”, which was even more perfect. I really liked hearing the classic, “Pumped Up Kicks” live, but my personal favorite performance they had was “Coming of Age.” I was a huge fan.

The reason I bought these tickets was to see my all time favorite band, the Killers. Let me tell you, it was a dream come true. It’s funny because throughout the whole concert, everyone was just sitting in the grass just listening to the music, but as soon as the closing act (the Killers) come on, everyone’s up, singing along, and extremely hype. The Killers were even better live than I had expected. Brandon Flowers stage presence is just unreal. Not to mention, the setlist is everything I could’ve hoped for. They opened with “Mr. Brightside”, which was expected but still incredible. They played one of my all time favorite songs which I did not expect, “For Reasons Unknown.” I literally freaked out when they started playing this I love this song so much, and I’m so beyond happy I got to see it performed live. They also played a new song called “Run for Cover” which I’m totally into. The only thing I’m slightly disappointed about is that they didn’t play “My List,” which they played the night before in Atlantic City. This just means I’m going to have to go to another concert and hope they play it. Overall, it was an amazing night and I’m still suffering from post concert depression four days later.

 

 

Body Journey

I have found setting goals for myself and posting them publicly really help increase my motivation to accomplish each goal. This goal may be the most challenging so far due to a combination of my busy schedule, and pure laziness, but I am determined to become stronger and healthier. While I want to build a better physique, my main focus is my health and to see how much of a difference changes in my diet and exercise can make. I have always been comfortable and satisfied with my body. I’m a very petite girl and I have come to accept it. This isn’t so much about image, it’s about health, and becoming the best ‘me’ possible. Life is a journey and every day I want to try to make myself a little bit better than I was yesterday. And this includes my health and fitness.

I have always been slightly underweight. I want to gain muscle and become stronger and leaner. I want to tone my body and improve the overall shape I am in.

I will begin this journey with a workout plan and a healthy meal plan. My goal is to work out 5 days a week. I started following a workout plan created by Jen Ferruggia called Bikini Body Workouts. I find this workout plan perfect for beginners like me. It is not too challenging, but just challenging enough to leave me sore the next day. I already feel a difference.

As for my diet, here is what I eat in a week:

Sunday:

Breakfast- Nut butter on toast

Lunch-Chicken salad sandwich (swap the mayo for avocado!)

Dinner– Chicken breast and veggies

Snacks– Veggies and hummus; pumpkin seeds and cashews

Dessert– Ice pops made of fruit juice


Monday:

Breakfast– Fruit smoothie

Lunch– Salad with mixed greens, berries, nuts, chicken breast, and a balsamic dressing

Dinner– Salmon and veggies

Snacks– Tea plus mixed fruits; frozen yogurt

Dessert– Greek yogurt blended with frozen berries


Tuesday:

Breakfast– Berry parfait with greek yogurt, granola, and nuts

Lunch– Chicken salad wrap with lettuce and dried cranberries

Dinner– Salad with leftover salmon and veggies

Snack– Dark chocolate, mixed fruits

Dessert– Banana and peanut butter


Wednesday:

Breakfast– Oatmeal

Lunch– Turkey and avocado sandwich on rye bread

Dinner– Spaghetti with pesto and spinach

Snack– Homemade trail mix with nuts, dried cranberries, pretzels, and dark chocolate; sliced apples and peanut butter

Dessert– frozen banana dipped in dark chocolate with a side of berries


Thursday:

Breakfast– Scrambled eggs with a side of fruit and vegetables

Lunch– PB&B sandwich

Dinner– Turkey and rice

Snack– Pretzels; mixed fruits and veggies

Dessert– Oatmeal cookie


Friday:

Breakfast– Acai bowl with berries and bananas topped with peanut butter or honey

Lunch– Chicken noodle soup

Dinner– Shrimp scampi

Snack– frozen grapes; yogurt

Dessert– Frozen yogurt


Saturday:

CHEAT DAY!!

Of course my diet may not exactly follow this schedule and some things change day to day based on what I have in my house and what is available to me, but for the most part, these are the foods I keep in my diet. Not everything is perfectly healthy, but it’s a great combination for me of nutrition without ridding myself of all of my favorite things. Not to mention these recipes are simple and do not take an excessive amount of time for preparation.

I’m excited to work on myself and my body and to become the best me possible. I want to become healthy and strong and I am determined to stick to it.

May Favorites

May is over and summer has officially begun! I’m excited to discuss my favorites for this month with all of you because I’ve got a lot. Also, I linked all of the products if you are interested in checking any of these out!

Beauty

  1. Hawaiian Topic Dark Tanning Oil– okay, I know a lot of people flip when I say I like to use tanning oil, but I think tanning oil is great when used safely. At the start of summer, I love to use a bit of tanning oil on my body and soak in the sun for about an hour or two just to start my summer tan. This tanning oil is great because I darken so fast without burning and get that summer tan in no time without spending an excessive amount of time outside baking my skin. It’s perfect to use at the start of summer.
  2. Sephora Pearl Face Mask– this face mask is great for brightening the skin. I love using the Sephora face masks in general because they aren’t too expensive and are perfect for a little spa day. They make my skin feel much cleaner and fresh.
  3. Smith’s Rosebud Salve– I talked about this in my last favorites post and I will keep talking about it because it is 100% my holy grail of lip moisturizers. My lips get so dry and I swear this is the only product that helps. Not to mention one little jar lasts a lifetime.
  4. Mally Face Defender BB Cream Foundation– I’ve been loving this BB cream because it’s so light and perfect for summer. It also is great for my acne prone skin and doesn’t clog my pores. I currently wear the color medium light, but will probably go up a shade as I get tanner.
  5. Mally Poreless Perfecion Glowing Foundation– I use this product on top of my BB cream and together makes the perfect result. This powder alone is not quite enough coverage for me, but it really ratifies my face without looking cake-y. I find it to be the perfect powder for sealing in my foundation and eliminating an oily T-zone. I wear this in light.
  6. Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer (Tiki)– I use this bronzer in the shade Tiki and it works as the perfect highlight for summer. Since it’s actually a bronzer, the shade is perfect to highlight my summer glow. It’s dark to add a bit of color, but is so illuminating that it really brightens my face. It’s also great to use as a bronze eyeshadow. Overall, it’s a very versatile product that can be used on a wide range of complexions.
  7. IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette– This palette has been perfect for adding color to my face. Honestly, I haven’t really used the powder since I’m so obsessed with my one by Mally, but I love the bronzer and the blush. The bronzer is the perfect dark shade to contour and the blush is bright and natural looking and adds the perfect flush of color. The palette is a bit pricey, but worth it.

Fashion

  1. Tee Shirts– As boring as this sounds, I’ve been enjoying wearing just plain old oversized tee shirts lately. I really like to be comfortable, especially when it’s so hot and sweaty out. Still, I think big tee shirts are extremely cute paired with some cute sneakers and high waisted shorts. Cute, casual, and comfortable. (BTW I linked a cute one for you to check out!) IMG_2803.JPG
  2. Twist-Front Crop Top– This has been one of my favorite pieces to wear lately because it is such a cute little top, and so versatile! I wear it with jeans and sneakers, or I’ll pair it with some high waisted shorts and sandals. I also love to dress it up a little by pairing it with my corduroy skirt and a denim jacket. IMG_2895.JPG
  3. Bralettes Bralettes are the best for summer because they aren’t as restricting as a regular bra and go perfect under cutoff tanks and backless tops. I might be biased since I used to work there, but my favorite place to buy bralettes is definitely Aerie. IMG_2904.JPG
  4. Sneakers– I love wearing sneakers when it’s still a bit breezy out. I also find them way more comfortable for walking on the boardwalk than flip flops because there is no toe chafing! I particularly love my Adidas, Converse, and Vans even though they’ve all gotten super run down because I wear them so often!IMG_2907.JPG
  5. Open Cardigans and Tanks– Since it’s still a little chilly some days, I like to wear loose sweaters and cardigans on top of my tank tops. Layering is perfect when the weather is still constantly fluctuating.IMG_2733.JPG

Entertainment

  1. Big Little Lies– I just started watching this show so I’m not very far in, but I’m already hooked. Also, I want to note how awesome this cast is. I definitely recommend.
  2. 13 Reasons Why Who isn’t talking about this show?? I wanted to see what all of the hype was about so I decided to check it out. I’m definitely not as obsessed with the show as some people are and I do think the show has its flaws, but it’s still an intriguing show. Plus, Clay Jenson is the cutest creature to ever walk the earth.
  3. Invisible Monsters– I started reading this before and got sidetracked with school and never was able to finish, so i started again. I was obsessed with this book from the start. Chuck Palahniuk never disappoints.
  4. Empire of the Sun– I just discussed this band in my last post because I was lucky enough to see them live, but I decided they were worth mentioning again. Swordfish Hotkiss Night is the ultimate jam.
  5. The Killers– I’m so excited because I get to see one of my favorite bands perform in a few weeks!! I’m so excited that I’ve been nonstop blasting the Killers ever since I bought the tickets (aka like 3 months ago).
  6. Poshmark– One of my favorite apps, Postmark allows me to sell clothes I no longer wear and buy clothes from others for affordable prices. I use Postmark constantly and find it a great way to earn some extra spending money. Check out my closet!
  7. Duolingo– I really want to brush up on my Italian and this app lets me practice and overall is really effective. Not to mention, it’s free!
  8. MyFitnessPal– I’ve been really trying to eat healthier and this app is one I always go back to. I’m able to keep track of what I eat and check my calories. It also breaks down the nutrition so I can see how much protein, carbs, etc. that I’ve consumed. This app also allows you to set goals. For example, you’re goal might be to lose .5 pounds each week. The app tells you how many calories and such you should consume to achieve this goal.
  9. That Poppy– I’ve been really addicted to Poppy lately and I can’t tell if I like it or not. Her music is awesome no doubt, Lowlife is a great song for the summer. Her channel; however, is a bit strange, yet I can’t stop watching?? Her vids are definitely a bit odd and I wish she were to give a meaning for it all, but I’m definitely hooked and can’t stop watching.
  10. Sarah Baska– I discovered Sarah last summer and I’ve loved her ever since. I’ve been catching up on her videos lately now that classes are done for the summer and I can’t stop watching. She’s absolutely hilarious and her videos never fail to make me laugh.

Food

  1. DIY Trail Mix– Lately, I’ve been snacking on trail mix that I create myself with whatever I have in the house. I try to keep it as healthy as possible by mixing together some cashews, dried cranberries, dark chocolate, and pretzels. It makes the perfect snack to munch on.
  2. Bananas and Peanut Butter– Bananas and peanut butter are a perfect combination and a great snack. I love eating this if I want a quick snack before bed or sometimes even for breakfast. I also like making peanut butter and banana sandwiches for lunch because basically I’m obsessed with this combination. 10/10 would recommend.

Hope you all enjoyed your month of May and found something in this article worth checking out! Everything is linked!

 

 

 

Radio 104.5 Birthday Show

Hey people! Last weekend I went to the Radio 104.5 Birthday Show day one and I wanted to tell you all about it! I’ve been to a few concerts before, but this was my first time ever attending any sort of music festival and although it wasn’t as crazy or exciting as Coachella or Firefly, it was still pretty cool!

I didn’t have great seats, I was actually on the lawn so I wasn’t close at all. Still, I found this just as satisfying as a typical general admission concert because I always have such a hard time seeing past people’s heads, and at least on the lawn I had a clear view of the stage. Unfortunately, it was a poor day for a concert. It was raining all day and was extremely muddy and chilly. I missed a lot of the performers, but I did get to see Fitz and the Tantrums, the 1975, Empire of the Sun, and Bastille.

Fitz and the Tantrums sound amazing live, literally identical to the album. I really enjoyed the performance and honestly just listening to Michael Fitzpatrick’s voice. Their performance of Handclap was awesome and overall, they kicked the concert off to a great start for me.

I’ve seen the 1975 twice before, but honestly seeing them live just never gets old. Matty Healy is so entertaining to watch with his unique dance moves and cigarettes on stage. They performed all of my favorite songs EXCEPT my all time favorite, Robbers. I was extremely disappointed. Still, I was surprised and excited they performed Heart Out because I wasn’t expecting that. Although I like the 1975’s second album, nothing quite tops their first.

Empire of the Sun had to be my favorite performance by far. Seeing them perform a few songs actually felt like a tease and now I’m determined to go to one of their concerts. They are by far the most entertaining. I already love their music as is, but they really do have a performance for each song. They have dancers and smoke and costumes, and basically to sum it up, this performance was definitely the most visually stimulating. I would highly recommend trying to see these guys live.

Bastille was also great live and I got to hear them sing Flaws which I was super excited about. Unfortunately, by this time I was sore and cold and tired and did not make it through the entirety of Bastille’s performance which was disappointing. What was even more disappointing was I didn’t get to see Kings of Leon at all!! (sad face) Still, I had a great time at this concert and definitely got my money’s worth despite the rain, mud, and being so far from the stage. I had a great time and I can’t wait for day 2!

Summer Bucket List

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Summer is on its way and I’m more than ready for sun-kissed skin and crazy summer nights. It’s time to take a break from all the school work and kick back with some friends and try out all of those cool Pinterest recipes you just didn’t have time for during the school year. Summer goes by in the blink of an eye, so instead of sitting at home bored and alone, why not try something new? Here is your ultimate summer bucket list!

1. Read 10+ books


2. Do yoga on the beach


3. Host a bonfire


4. BEACH!!


5. Watch the fireworks on 4th of July


6. Go to a music festival


7. Get tan!!!


8. Get funnel cake at a carnival


9. Ride a ferris wheel with a cute boy


10. Meet someone new


11. Ride a roller coaster


12. Do something that has always scared me


13. Go night swimming


14. Make popsicles


15. Hit up a few yard sales


16. Go on a nature walk


17. Go to a barbecue


18. Go on a picnic


19. Play mini-golf


20. Star gaze


21. Stay up all night with friends


22. Eat s’mores


23. Tie-dye a shirt


24. Have a paint fight


25. Go on a waterslide


26. Get a tan tattoo


27. Bake cupcakes


28. Eat ice cream


29. Watch the sunset


  1. Make this summer the best one yet!


You worked hard this year and you deserve a break. Enjoy this summer and spend time with the people you love. Most importantly, make this summer one you can look back on with great memories you created with even greater people.