Spring Break Essentials { + Giveaway! }

Hey yall!

Yay! We’re already halfway through this semester!…. but spring break seems like it won’t get here soon enough. Midterms, all-nighters and all of those early mornings have left me wanting some sun, sand, and salty air to reset. But good news!!! Spring break is right around the corner, so I wanted to share with yall my absolute favorite items for spring break.  Keep reading to the end of the post for a chance to enter in a super amazing Spring Break Essentials Giveaway!

Here are 4 things that you NEED to get your hands on for Spring Break before the summer.

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ONE.

ACCESSORIES. Sunglasses, sun hats, you name it. Bring on the sun! Accessories can make or break an outfit, so you’ll definitely want to stock up on your fave pieces. Dainty, gold chokers are so in right now  – they really go with everything! Pair your fave pieces with your favorite bikini, tee, or sundress; look at it as your perfect introduction to Summer 2019! I’m obsessed with my gold choker from RocksBox, and you can get your first month F R E E with my code SIMPLEJOYOFBEINGXOXO! You’ll also get a $21 credit to use on your fav pieces, so it’s the perfect subscription box to get you glammed up for the warmer weather. 

TWO.

TINTED MOISTURIZER WITH SPF. No one likes wearing makeup to the beach, but if you still want a little coverage, go for a tinted moisturizer! Tinted Moisturizers help even out your skin tone without having that cakey, gross, 10-pounds-of-foundation-on-my-face kinda feeling. Don’t forget to grab one that includes SPF, so you can wear it on the beach and feel good about the skin you’re in. One of my favs is from FRÉ Skincare, and it has SPF 15! Get 15% off with my code SIMPLEJOY! Go ahead and pack your fav tinted moisturizer, because no gal needs sun damage. 

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THREE.

OVERSIZED, ROUND BEACH TOWEL. I LOVE round towels because not only do they perfectly fit you, a book and a chilled drink in hand, you don’t get your things covered in sand. What more could a girl ask for when you’re chilling on the beach?!?

FOUR.

A BEACHY TEE of course. 🙂 Comfy t-shirts are the perfect thing to wear on the beach! Pair it with some denim shorts, tuck it into a simple denim skirt for a cute and casual date night look, OR use it as a cover-up on the beach.  My favs are from Tropigal the Label! They make the CUTEST tees and are based in Destin, Florida! 

Whether you are spend spring break on the traveling or having a staycation, these 4 things are sure to help you have fun and feel good while doing it 🙂 

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GIVEAWAY TIME!

To get you perfectly prepped for your spring break and this upcoming summer, I have teamed up with Tropigal the Label and Destin Tikis to bring you the perfect Spring Break Essentials Giveaway! Go tag your friends in *this* post on insta to enter to win the perfect things to make your spring break the best it can be!

Click here to enter the giveaway!

Much love,

Chloe

5 Ways to Beat the Cold Weather Blues

Hey yall!

The holiday season has come to an end, which means cold, cloudy, rainy weather with ZERO holiday cheer. I don’t know about yall, but January and February I tend to fall into a kind of slump. I want to stay inside, I don’t get things done, and honestly, I just want some sunshine. In this blog post, I’m going to give yall 5 things that I do to get out of my slump and feel good about life!

ONE.

Get to the gym. Or do an at-home workout. or do some yoga, go to a barre class, whatever. Just get moving! I always feel so rejuvenated and happy after I workout (and sore), so make some time in your day to get those endorphins pumping. Because “exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy, and happy people don’t kill their husbands. They just don’t!” (name that movie!)

TWO.

Find some yummy seasonal fruits and veggies and try out a new recipe! Cooking is such a stress reliever for me, and I love finding new ways to incorporate seasonal fruits and veggies into my meals. Make a smoothie for breakfast, try a new recipe for lunch and dinner, and you’ve got a refreshed, healthy day set out for you!

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THREE.

Go shopping! (but do I really have to tell you to?) I always find it fun to buy myself something cute when I’m feeling down, whether its a new shirt, on-clearance shoes, or even a new $1 face mask or chapstick. Having a new little something to wear out makes my day so much fun, and I always like to incorporate something summery into my buys.  Floral tops, coconut scented lip balms, cute sandals to get me excited for the warmer weather, you name it. 

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FOUR.

Listen to new music! I’m loving songs by Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, and John Mayer right now. Jason Mraz’s music is so happy and reminds me of warm weather, so its the perfect thing to listen to when I’m not in the mood for the inevitable cold weather.

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FIVE.

Be content with where you are! I know it can be so easy to get caught up in the dreams of tomorrow (and warmer weather), but take each day as it comes and live in the moment! So many wonderful things happen in these colder months, so live it, love it, and know that you are so loved!

Much love,

Chloe

JORD Wooden Watch GIVEAWAY

Hey y’all!

The holiday season is here and that means family dinners, lots of shopping, and Christmas parties (my fav)! I love picking out fun holiday outfits for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, and no outfit is complete without the perfect accessories! Accessories add so much detail to an outfit and complete any holiday look. A few of my holiday accessory favorites are sparkly earrings, a dainty necklace, and my JORD watch! Whether I’m shopping, going to holiday festivities, or studying in the library, these accessories complete any holiday look. The watch that I’m wearing is the Fieldcrest series in Zebrawood and Maple.

Today’s blog post is in partnership with the brand JORD! This brand offers wooden watches that work with anyone’s style and any occasion! I absolutely love their gorgeous watches and wear my watch every single day because it goes perfectly with all of my outfits. As a little holiday treat for y’all, I am hosting a GIVEAWAY with JORD!

Since I tend to like a more unique, effortless style when it comes to accessories, these watches are SO perfect. I can wear it with jeans and a cute tee, or dress it up with a sparkly dress and heels (new years party outfit, anyone?) and it STILL looks so cute and classy. I love the detailing on the watch face. They also have a great selection of men’s watches as well, so this is perfect if you’re struggling to find that *perfect* gift for your boyfriend, dad, grandpa, uncle, or second cousin twice removed. 🙂 You can also get your watch engraved (for FREE! yes plz), which can add such a personal, sweet touch to your watch. 

Everyone who enters in the giveaway will have the chance to win $100  off of your favorite JORD watch! But don’t worry: everyone who enters the giveaway will automatically receive 10% off of any watch! The giveaway ends on December 21st at 11:59 pm. Good luck!

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What’s In My {Lipstick} Bag | Summer 2018

Hey y’all!

I recently re-discovered my love of lipsticks, so I wanted to share with you a few of the favorites that I ALWAYS have with me. Does anyone else have a specific “lipstick” bag that they keep in their purse to hold all of their lipsticks, or is it just me? Although I keep way more lipsticks than this in my bag, I narrowed it down to my 5 favorites to keep this blog post as short & sweet as possible!

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Kathleen Lights x ColourPop Dream Team Liquid Lipstick Bundle

Three of my current favorite lipsticks came in the Kathleen Lights x ColourPop Dream Team Liquid Lipstick Bundle! The three shades that this little set comes with are Moon Child, Dreamy, & Rêver.  This trio is the perfect set of lipsticks, and every color is so wearable! Yes, even the orange 🙂 I was really impressed with these, especially since they were my first ever liquid lipsticks from ColourPop! (crazy, right?). I was expecting them to be a lot more drying and not as long-lasting, but it hardly feels like I’m wearing lipstick when you have these on and they last all day! Like, put it on at 6 am, do a chemistry lab & eat lunch, then come home at 4 pm and IT’S STILL ON. Doesn’t look cakey, doesn’t crack, doesn’t do that weird thing where it wears off everywhere but the outline of your lips and it looks like you’re wearing a weird lipliner (does anyone else relate?). Dreamy is a matte rose-ish nude color and looks so pretty! I think I’ve worn this one almost every day this week. Moon Child is more of a light pink-nude gloss, but its so pigmented and has a really pretty gold shimmer to it. Rêver is definitely a pop of color! Ths one is a super matte orange-red, but its so pretty and is one of my favorite bright lipsticks!

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Bite Beauty Matte Crēme Lip Crayon in Glacé

Bite Beauty Matte Crēme Lip Crayon in Glacé is a gorgeous dusty-mauve, and is long-wearing, water-resistant, and super hydrating! I love Bite products because they’re all natural and contain ingredients such as agave, orange peel wax, and brown sugar. 

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Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in the shade Audition

The last lipstick that I always like to keep with me is the Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in the shade Audition. This lipstick is one of my favorite lipsticks ever because it’s such a gorgeous neutral rose color and is so creamy. It hardly feels like I’m wearing lipstick! This lipstick is so pigmented and stays on all day, so I hardly have to reapply. It works well with natural makeup, no makeup, or a full face of glam. 

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And that’s a wrap! I didn’t include everything that I keep in my lipstick bag, because that would be way too long of a blog post. These are just a few of the ones I wear the most often, and I hope you love them as much as I do. 

Much Love,

Chloe♥

Coming to the blog soon:

College Q&A! In honor of the upcoming school year, I’m doing a little Q&A for anyone who is starting college, high school, or just need a little advice regarding school 🙂 Go find the post on my Instagram (@simplejoyofbeing) and comment any questions that you might have! 

ALSO!!! The Simple Joy Of Giving is launching its second t-shirt campaign starting August 1st! Follow me on Instagram to stay updated, and don’t forget to purchase a shirt (supporting a FOCUS Catholic mission trip!!!) sometime between August 1st-21st!

All of the opinions in this blog post are my own. It is not endorsed by, sponsored by, or in collaboration with any of these brands. 

 

Staying Focused​ On What Matters

 

Hey y’all!

These past few weeks have been pretty crazy; I have been so busy with school, work, and so many other things.  My second semester of college is in full swing, and although I’m loving (almost) every minute of my classes, it can be pretty difficult to stay on top of things sometimes. Homework due here, essay due there, and chemistry labs and calculus tests to top it all. Not only has school been keeping me busy, but I’ve had to juggle teaching dance classes, relationships, and having time to stop and take a breath every once and a while. 

That being said, all this craziness of life has made me realize the importance of staying focused, not only on school but on the things that matter most.  I have also realized that it can be a struggle to effectively divide your attention between so many things (i.e school, work, relationships, going to the gym, and having “me” time, just to name a few.)

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The first thing that has kept me focused lately is writing everything down. And I don’t just mean the big stuff either: plan out every detail of your day.  I like writing down all of my big, pressing tasks first, then fill in the blanks of when to go to the gym, what I need to study, and even when to get on social media. This really helps me to not waste time by eliminating the constant worry of when I’m going to get something done, and it also helps me to not aimlessly waste time on Instagram :). Find a planner you love and use it! I absolutely love the Simplified Planner by Emily Ley, it has so much room for me to plan out my day.

Eliminate clutter. Whether it is your workspace, your mind, or the 12 tabs you have open on your browser, clutter is one of the biggest distractions that I have in life. Whether you dedicate 5 minutes a day to do yoga, clean your desk, or organize your workspace, it helps so much! 

Stop comparing your life to the lives you see on social media. This can be hard, especially since a lot of us do this without realizing it. Social media makes it so easy for people to only highlight what they want to portray themselves as in their lives and relationships without showing the real-life aspects of it. Stopping that constant comparison can be hard to do, and is something that I struggle with on a daily basis. My daily scrolls through Instagram always result in negative thoughts of comparison. I subconsciously compare my blog, outfit, makeup, hair, weight, lifestyle, and so forth. Limiting my time on social media and unfollowing those accounts that I found myself comparing my life to has helped me with this so much is. Life is too short waste time comparing your real life to the “perfect” strategically highlighted areas of other’s lives. 

Last but definitely not least is prayer. Praying about your worries and giving everything that is on your mind to God has made a huge difference in my life lately. Even if things may not go the way YOU planned, you need to realize everything happens in Gods timing. Pray about it! Give it all for the glory of God. 

Heres a list so you don’t forget 🙂

  • Write everything down
  • Eliminate clutter
  • Stop comparing
  • And most importantly, PRAYER

Even if you can’t eliminate everything negative, you can eliminate the unnecessary.

I hope these things can help you all stay focused on what matters. Even if you can’t eliminate everything negative, you can eliminate the unnecessary. This topic is something that I have struggled with, and I hope these things that help me can help you too. 

Much love,

Chloe♥

I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me. Psalm 120:1

My Top 5 Places to Eat Along 30A

Hey yall! I’m going to share my absolute favorite places to eat along 30A in South Walton, Florida. Located in Northwest Florida, South Walton is continuously recognized as a premier destination that has 26 miles of sugar-white sand beaches, turquoise water, and 16 beachside neighborhoods, each with its own personality and style. It was so hard to pick my favorites because I’ve loved every restaurant I’ve been to along 30A.

ONE.

Bud & Alley’s Taco Bar. Located in Seaside, this taco bar probably has the best burrito I’ve ever eaten. I always get the veggie burrito, which has rice, pinto beans, shaved cabbage, pico de gallo, cilantro, and queso. I order it without the cabbage, and it is incredible.

TWO.

LaCocina Mexican Grill. In Seacrest Beach, Florida, is this fantastic Mexican restaurant. Their chips and queso are delicious along with the Veggie Burrito, which has onions, peppers, black beans, and cheese. So delicious! 

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Amavida Coffee and Tea. This is my absolute favorite coffee shop I’ve been to. Their iced coffees are fantastic, as well as their food. They have super yummy muffins, breakfast sandwiches, as well as rice and beans in select stores. I’ve been to a lot of coffee shops around the country, and this one is definitely my favorite.  

FOUR.

Cowgirl Kitchen. Located in Rosemary Beach, Cowgirl Kitchen has a casual & fun atmosphere for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Whenever I go, I love to get the Vegetarian Green Chile Tacos.  These tacos consist of black bean patties topped with hatch green chile creme, roasted corn salad, queso fresco, avocado. These. Are. So. Good. I haven’t been back to South Walton since I started eating gluten-free, so as soon as I go, I’ll update this post with my favorite gluten-free foods at these places!

FIVE.

Raw & Juicy. Located at the corner of County Highway 30A and Central Square in Seaside, Florida, Raw & Juicy is a retro airstream café that serves fresh organic salads, cold-pressed organic juices, protein shakes, freshly prepared foods, and healthy snacks prepared fresh daily. Their smoothies are incredible, and so is the food!

Alright y’all, that’s a wrap! I hope you get the chance to enjoy all of this yummy food one day soon!

Much love,

Chloe

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21