On My Radar // Bad Suns

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New music is popping up so fast it is impossible to keep up. I’m really bad at discovering new music, but I have a friend who is king of finding small bands before they hit the big time. A few months ago, said friend told me to listen to Bad Suns, and I fell in love. I didn’t know anything about the band, but I listened to the 4 songs they have on Spotify on repeat.

Well, last night I went to The 1975 concert (life changing) and Bad Suns was opening for them! I was one of the only people who had heard of them before, let alone knew all the words to their songs. But the crowd loved them. They were fantastic, full of life (the lead singer would jump around and dance like nobody was watching on stage, it was so cute) and their songs are amazing. I even put one on my summer playlist. Not to mention, the lead singer, Christo Bowman, is smoking hot (and looks a little like Ethan Craft from Lizzie McGuire).

The 4 person band is from LA and only just started making music. They dropped their first EP Transpose earlier this year, and release their first album Language & Perspective on June 24!

With only 7000 followers on instagram, this band is definitely still a small one, but I can tell they could totally make it big. Keep them on your radar and listen to the songs they do have out right now (3 available on iTunes, 4 on Spotify). Don’t forget to pick up their new album when it comes out, or preorder it right now! That way, whenever they do make it big, you will be able to say “I have loved them from the start, before any of y’all did”.

Here are a few pictures from The 1975 // Bad Suns concert last night AKA best night of my life.

 

 

abby and alyinaMe, my friend Alyina, and my stinking cute dog before the concert.

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the 1975The 1975. It is pretty much required to make all of your pictures of them black and white.

the 1975Matty Healy of The 1975. He started drinking straight out of a wine bottle on stage and I almost died then and there. Perfection.

If you want to keep up and see these pictures and more the moment it happens, be sure to follow me in instagram and twitter.

P.S. My ears are still ringing from the concert.

 

 

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Songs of the Summer

Although summer is in full swing for most of you, my summer is just around the corner! As school wraps up, I can’t wait for days filled with picnics, swimming, and day trips to who knows where. I’m excited for sharing laughs and creating memories with friends before they all head off to college (cries).

With all this summer excitement ahead, there is one thing I have to prepare to ensure happy summer days… my summer playlist! My odd taste in music ranges from the mainstream pop on the radio to folk artists you’ve never heard of. I combine them all to create a fun playlist that is sure to be the anthem of my summer. So here are my top 10 songs that are a must-have on my summer playlist this year.

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These are my favorite songs to blast in my car with all my friends piled in and the sunroof open, singing along at the top of our lungs. What songs are on your summer playlist?

Parties and Photo Booths

This weekend my friend Laurel had the cutest graduation party and asked me to be the official photographer. Her mom is an interior designer, so it was decorated to the nines. Complete with a burger truck, photo booth (ran by me), a band and a dessert table, this party had it all.

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IMG_9058She’s going to Arkansas, hence all the red & “A”s. Look at how adorable the tables are!

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IMG_8960I think the frames were the perfect photo accessory! All of the pictures turned out super cute and everyone had a ton of fun! I’m definitely going to steal the photo booth idea for future parties.

Happy Memorial Day everybody, I hope yours is great!

Buns & Braids

I have long, brown hair that is naturally wavy/curly. But I don’t mean a pretty beach wave, I mean it always looks like I just woke up wave. This, combined with the fact that I’m extremely lazy in the mornings, leads me to pulling my hair back in some sort of braid 5 out of 7 days of the week. My go-to hair styles are top not buns and french braids, but here are a few other cute pictures of buns and braids that I love that I found off Pinterest!

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1. This cute braid bun.

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2. This gorgeous fishtail braid pony tail

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3. This cute and fun braid into a low bun

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4. Selena Gomez’s pretty and casual side braid.

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5. This stunning dramatic side braid.

BONUS: Zoe Sugg’s super easy tutorial for how to do a milkmaid braid! I can’t wait to try this on my own hair!

So, what is your go-to hair style when you don’t want to take the time to do your hair? Let me know!

Disclaimer: None of these pictures are mine. All credit goes to their owners.

Things I Love: Scallops!

 

Things I love: Scallops

Tank Top // Dress // Shoes // Bag // Shorts // Luggage Tag

Currently, my favorite fashion trend is scallops. I think they are a perfect combination of classy and fun! They add interest to any piece while staying subtle enough to go with any outfit. Plus, you can find anything from dresses to accessories with scallops. So I rounded up a few of my favorite scalloped pieces for y’all. I think I love those heels the most, I mean they are to die for.

Do you own anything scalloped? Which piece is your favorite? Let me know!

p.s. The J. Crew dress is on sale right now, so get it ASAP!

How to Have a Perfect Prom

Prom is notorious for being extremely lame at our school. Usually no one dances or has any fun. But on Saturday, I went and my friends and I had a great time! I realized that if you go into it thinking it is going to be lame, you’re not going to have fun. So I decided to put together a guide on how to have the best prom ever!

7 Tips for a Perfect Prom

  1. Start planning early: Planning is the most stressful part. Make any reservations you need (limo, party bus, dinner, hair and makeup) as early as possible so you aren’t scrambling to find a place to go last minute. Buy your dress as soon as you can so you have plenty of time to get it altered if necessary. This way  you don;t have to worry about any of it closer to the big night!
  2. Get a group together: Things are always more fun with friends, so get a big group and go together! Take pictures, eat dinner, and even rent a fun party bus to drive you around. Going with fun people guarantees that y’all will have a great night. Plus, if you can’t find a date going with friends is the perfect thing to do.
  3. Put together an emergency kit: Accidents happen, so make sure you come prepared. Bring a small clutch filled with lipstick, breath mints, bobby pins, safety pins, and tide to-go so that you are ready for any sticky situation you might run into.
  4. Dance the night away: Once you get to prom, make the most of it! Get all your friends together and show off your craziest dance moves. Make a dance circle and have people go in the middle to dance for the group. Even if no one else is on the dance floor, this will encourage them to join! Prom is only as fun as you make it, so dance like no one is watching and have the time of your life.
  5. Bring flats: With all that dancing, your feet are going to get sore. So bring in a pair of small flat shoes to put on when your feet start to hurt. No one will notice, and this way the bottom of your feet won’t be pitch black like mine were from dancing barefoot all night.
  6. Plan an awesome after party: Even if the actual dance isn’t the best, having a great after party can save the night. Go to someone’s lake house or ranch with all your friends. Rent a bouncy house, set up a photo booth, and stalk the place with great snacks to ensure a fun night from start to finish.
  7. Don’t stress: This is the most important of all. Things may not go as planned, but that’s okay! Go with the flow and make the best of every situation. This night is supposed to be great, so just go and have fun!

Your prom may not be like the movies, but it may be even better! As I was leaving on Saturday, my friend from Scotland remarked “Well that was nothing like the American movies make it out to be, but I loved every minute of it!” So go have the time of your lives at prom with all your best friends, and make memories to last a lifetime. Here are a few pictures from mine (I’m in light blue)!

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© Norma Harais photography

What to Watch on YouTube

Alright guys, I have a confession. My guilty pleasure is (mostly British) YouTube. No, I’m not talking about occasionally watching a few videos, I mean emotionally investing in these people and watching every video they have ever made. My taste ranges from sit-down chatty videos, to challenge collabs, to beauty gurus. Here are a few of my favorite YouTubers I watch!

Zoe Sugg: zoella230890
Zoe is by far my all time favorite YouTuber. You may think of her as a beauty guru, but she does it all! She makes hilarious collabs with her brother Joe and boyfriend Alfie, makes cute DIY videos, and chatty vlogs. She is obviously gorgeous, but just by watching her videos you can tell she’s super sweet, genuine, and a ton of fun! Plus, she has an amazing blog that encouraged me to start this blog!

Troye Sivan: TroyeSivan18
This guy never fails to make me laugh. His videos are quality, but his personality is what truly makes them amazing. He is also an extremely talented singer, so I always look forward to those videos as well. Not to mention he is South African (but lives in Australia) so he has an awesome accent!

Bethany Mota: Macbarbie07
Beth is the queen of DIY. She posts amazing and creative how-to vids, as well as clothing hauls and makeup videos! She always has great content and the best ideas and outfits. I wish I had her closet!

Kate: katexone
So all my other favorites have been big YouTubers, but this last one is a hidden gem. Kate makes vlogs where she talks to the camera every week. She is funny and super nice, and I love every video she makes! She is super relatable (we are extremely similar) and I would definitely suggest going and checking her out because her videos are great!

Who are your favorite people to watch on YouTube? Let me know in the comments so I can go check them out!

Pincouragement

I use Pinterest all the time. I check it 24/7. One of my favorite boards is my “Be Inspirational” board, where I pin quotes and other encouragement (you can follow it here). I decided to start a series called Pincouragement, where I choose a quote from my Pinterest board and write about it. So here we go!

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In today’s society, it is so easy to feel alone. Even when we are surrounded by people, sometimes we may feel isolated, as if no one is truly there. Thankfully, that is never the case. No matter the situation, no matter the circumstances, God is always right there by your side. To me, this is so comforting. Even when the rest of the world turns their backs on you, you can always depend on God to be right there by your side, getting you through the toughest of times. It can be hard to remember, and I have even found myself doubting it some times, but God has promised us this. It is as if he is the ultimate best friend. He will always be there for us, and we will never be alone.

So be joyful knowing that no matter what God will be there to get you through it. Thick and thin, forever and always.

Grad Gift Guide

Yes, it’s grad season. And while the celebrations and parties are quite fun, the gift shopping can be, well… not so fun. Here are a few gift ideas for both guys and girls of high school graduation gifts.

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  1. Lilly Pulitzer Planner: Pamper her with Lilly while helping her get organized with these must-have  planners. They are both stylish and sensible and she will use it every day, from writing down assignments to planning parties on the weekends.
  2. Longchamp Bag: These cute and sturdy bags are perfect for lugging books from class to class on a college campus or throwing a swimsuit and sunscreen in for a day at the beach!
  3. Tory Burch Wristlet: This little wallet is the perfect size to put your phone, money, keys, and whatever other little things you need to carry around on a night out on the town.
  4. Kendra Scott Earrings: Kendra Scott is a must-have for every girl. With a pair of earrings in every color known to man, they are guaranteed to spice up any outfit.
  5. College Tumbler: Buy a travel cup with the logo of the college she is going to, and stuff it with a gift card, nail polish, candy, and anything else she would love to create the perfect mini college gift basket!
  6. Naked 2 Palette: Any girl who loves beauty is guaranteed to love the Naked Eyeshadow Palette.

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  1. Tickets to a game: Guys can be hard to shop for. Buy him 2 tickets for his favorite sport and cheer his team on with him!
  2. College Watch: Every guy needs a good watch. Buy him one with his college’s logo on the face and give hime something he will love and use every day!
  3. Initialed Flask: Keep him looking classy with this initialed leather flask.
  4. College Cooler Bag: This school-spirited cooler bag will help him bring all the drinks in style.
  5. Bowtie: A bowtie is an article of clothing every guy needs, even if he doesn’t know it. They dress up an outfit and show each person’s personality.
  6. College chair: Folding chairs are a necessity for tailgating. Getting him a chair with his college’s logo on it is smart, and he will use if all 4 years.

What are your go-to graduation gifts?

 

Pamper Yourself

During this time of the year, stress is at an all time high. As the school year comes to a close, last minute tests, essays, deadlines, and exams pile up until you feel like you’re drowning in a sea of to-do lists and unfinished business. Now that my days are filled with freak-outs and cram sessions, I realize I need to take an afternoon off and spend some quality relaxation time in a homemade spa.

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First, maximize relaxation in a calming bubble bath. Gather all of your favorite candles and light them all around the bathtub. Next fill your bath with bubbles and any other soaks you desire (I’ve been using this stress relieving bubble bath from Bath & Body Works). Put on a relaxing playlist (may I suggest some John Mayer or Penny & Sparrow) and pull out your favorite book (currently reading: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn) and take your time soaking in the suds.afterlight

But the pampering doesn’t stop when the bath is over. Make yourself feel as beautiful as you truly are by treating yourself to am at home mani-pedi and facial. Spay yourself with your favorite body mist and get to it! Paint your nails your favorite color (may I suggest Bikini So Teeny by Essie) and grab a super cheap and easy DIY face mask form Target like these Masque Bar facials and relax as you enjoy an at home spa in the midst of the end of the year craziness.

Even if your aren’t crazy stressed like I am (lucky you) take some time out of your week to treat yourself to a little pampering. Trust me, you deserve it. And tell me what you to to pamper yourself in the comments!