What I Got At The Sephora Sale

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Jeans, Sunglasses, Glow Serum, Pore Stick, Skin Tint

In case you haven’t heard yet, the Sephora sale started yesterday and you can save 10-20% off any products depending on what type of Beauty Insider you are. If you’re not signed up (I can’t recommend it enough!) here is the link to sign up so you can shop and save 10% off your purchase via in store or online. Oh and the birthday gift options make it oh so worth it.

I went today since I had a gift card I’ve been wanting to use plus what better time than when they’re having a sale πŸ™‚

I’m starting to get really into skincare lately so I wanted to try out some new products that focus on helping my skin glow. I picked up this glow serum, this pore stick, this skin tint and I can’t wait to try them all out. My favorite thing about Sephora is that they have an amazing return policy so for instance if a product doesn’t work for you or wrong shade, etc. they will take it back and give you a full refund as long as you have your receipt and it’s no more than halfway used.Β 

The sale ends this Monday 5/6 so there is still time to shop the sale if you haven’t already!

Happy Friday everyone, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend β™₯

xoxo, Liz

Day In Laguna Beach

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Shirt, Jeans, Sandals, Bathing Suit,Β Bag, Sunglasses

Since my last beach trip, I’ve been dying to go back so when I found out Isaac and I had Saturday off from work, I quickly suggested a beach day. We decided on Laguna beach and it was gorgeous. However, we left and went to our favorite place; Newport! We always go to Corona Del Mar so that’s why we originally wanted to switch it up but when we got to Laguna, it was so hard to find parking plus we both needed to use the restroom badly and there were no bathrooms. So we ended up turning back and going to our favorite beach.Β 

We soaked up the sun and dipped our feet in the water (which was freezing btw) and just had fun. I did get a bit sunburnt since it was gloomy but it’s not too bad thankfully.Β 

After the beach I really wanted ice cream so we made a pit stop at Atomic Creamery in Fashion Island. I’ve been following their page on Instagram for the longest but we never got a chance to stop by and try it out so it was a must for me to try it out yesterday. I’m so glad we went because it was so freaking good plus the decor and theming is perfect. If you guys are in the area of Newport or Laguna, definitely stop by and try it out.Β 

I hope you all have a wonderful day and week πŸ™‚

P.S. I’d also like to thank you all for the love on Friday’s post. It was hard to write but I’m glad I was able to write out how I’ve felt over the situation.

xoxo, Liz

How I’ve Dealt With Grief

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Over the course of six months I’ve dealt with a new feeling I’ve never felt before and that’s grief. I haven’t been very open the past six months since losing my brother and while it often hurts me a lot I’ve found comfort in masking my feelings. However, in doing this I’ve built up lots of anger, sadness, and questions. Of course this is no good way to accept death and begin to move past it. To backtrack I’ll share how I found out, whats happened since, and how I’ve been able to overcome this tremendous sadness.

October 26th…

As I look back on this day, never would I have imagined that something so awful would happen to my brother that would end up costing him his life. It was a normal Friday for my family and I, my parents were out of work, I had just gotten home from the gym and my mom asked if I wanted to go shopping with her. I said yes and off we went shopping. While doing this, we split up and I went my way and she went hers. When we met up to leave, my mom showed me a shirt she bought for my brother Jacob for Christmas. Genuinely I was surprised my mom was already thinking about Christmas gifts and especially a gift for Jacob, because every year she would always wait until the last minute and scramble on what gifts to get him. We got home and parted ways to go to sleep.

October 27th…

What started off as a normal morning of letting out our dog Chloe to use the restroom and feeding her turned into a day I don’t ever want to relive. I woke up and began brushing my teeth when I heard someone ring the doorbell at around 8:30 a.m. Immediately our dogs began barking and I heard my mom answer the door. A man asked for the parents of Jacob Rodriguez. My mom rushed to put our dogs away and she went and grabbed my dad to come out to the formal living room to speak with the man. To this day the one thing that I’ll live with forever is hearing the story of what happened to my brother. I was in complete disbelief and I remember my mouth being open because of the state of shock I went into. My parents immediately began to cry so I came into the room and finished talking with the man about what our next steps were. My dad walked away crying uncontrollably. His son, his best friend, his everything died. To this day what makes me most sad is knowing the pain my parents have in their hearts forever from losing their son. When the man left, my mom and I began crying together and we went into their bedroom. We all sat there on the bed crying and holding each other. We made calls and I had to tell my sisters and my other brother. Everyone immediately came over and tears were just being shed uncontrollably.Β 

As I was still in shock over what happened, I wanted to know what exactly happened to Jacob. The man that delivered the news and basically ruined the rest of our lives as we knew it, told us he had been involved in a car accident which also involved another person which was a female. I called the detectives number and in a horrific shock I found out what exactly happened. My heart immediately fell into my stomach and I felt sick. I won’t exactly share what happened but I’ll leave this here.

In the days after this, I was just numb. I wanted to escape from this hell that had been put upon us. Just when everything in our lives was going amazing, something so devastating happened. I’m a firm believer in everything happens for a reason, but why this? Why did Jacob have to make this awful decision that took his life and an innocent persons life? My brother was the sweetest most caring person. He was funny and got along with everyone. He loved his rescue animals with all of his heart. So why him?

Of course we’ll never know why my brother did what he did and although the pain of not knowing haunts us everyday, it’s best that we don’t know. Having to “move on” has been so difficult. We brought in his animals which consists of two dogs, Teddy and Zuko, and one cat, Kiwi. They have been the biggest blessings out of the whole situation. When I look at them I cry because they’ll never know why Jacob never came back home.Β 

A few weeks after we laid him to rest I had to work 10-5 at my job all alone. This day we had awful rainy weather so of course it was empty at my work. I was bored from not having any human interaction so I began remembering things from the past. Because of the weather I remembered back to New Years Eve of 2014 when we woke up to Jacob banging on our dads bedroom door saying, “dad it’s snowing outside!” Nicole and I woke up so fast because we were so excited that it was snowing and we didn’t care that it was 3 in the morning. So outside we went as siblings playing in the fresh snow that was falling in Temecula of all places. We used beach boogie boards as sleds and made snow angels on the street. That’s a memory I’ll never forget as it’s one of my favorites. But as I thought back to that moment, I felt so alone and empty when suddenly the song that played at Jacobs funeral in his slideshow began playing on the stores speakers. I instantly started crying and I knew I wasn’t alone.

For two months I cried every day on my drive home because going home didn’t feel like home anymore.

I used to find the formal living room couches to be so comfortable and the best place to relax and take a nap. But now that room feels cold and the couches are hard. I hate that room. That room will always be the room where we found out what happened to Jacob.

Over time we’ve found peace in this situation. The holidays without him were probably the most difficult. We’ve accepted his death and have began to move forward but we still keep his memory alive everyday. We light a candle everyday in his honor that never runs out.Β 

I miss him so much everyday and I know one day we’ll all be reunited again as a family.

xoxo, Liz

 

Living Desert Zoo Recap

Last Wednesday, Isaac and I made a day trip to Palm Desert to go to the Living Desert Zoo and it was so much fun. Took a little longer to get there than we expected but it was fun being in the car together talking and singing.

The admission is $20 each ticket but luckily I paid $18 with a military discount. We got to see all of the adorable animals which included lots of new babies. The newest giraffe was so stinking cute. Isaac and I also had lots of fun comparing our pets to the animals we saw at the zoo.

If you guys are in the area, you should definitely check it out or make a trip out of it and you’ll love it.

Happy Monday Friends! I hope you all had an amazing Easter like I did. We had everyone over at our house and we played games like, Jenga, Connect Four, and lots of basketball. Plus we ate lots of yummy food.

Today is my sister Tricia’s birthday so we will be going out to eat dinner in celebration of her big day. I hope you all have a great day β™₯

Swimsuit Haul and Review

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Swimsuit (Only $24), Sunglasses ($10)

As soon as spring started I immediately began shopping for cute swimsuits for the upcoming seasons. I began planning a beach trip for my spring break so I needed a cute suit. I didn’t want to spend too much since I like to swap them out a lot. I sized up to a large in each suit and I found my swimsuits on Amazon, Target, and Walmart.Β 

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Swimsuit top ($16), Swimsuit bottoms ($14)

I just got this swimsuit about two weeks ago and omg I’m obsessed with it! The top is my favorite. I love the straps because they’re so cute and add some uniqueness to an otherwise basic suit.Β 

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Swimsuit Top ($7), Swimsuit Bottoms ($7)

I wore this swimsuit to the beach during my spring break and I loved it! I do wish the bottoms went up a little higher but under shorts they’re cute. You can see how I wore it here.

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Swimsuit ($24), Sunglasses ($10)

I just got this suit this week and it’s so adorable. I’ve been seeing it everywhere on Instagram so I wanted to see what all the hype was about. Now I see what everyone was talking about! The quality is so good and it has the cutest details. It’s $24.99 with an extra 5% off πŸ™‚

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I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed Easter. My family is having a bbq at our house on Sunday so I’m looking forward to that.

xoxo, Liz

Lavender Dress

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Every girl needs a good spring dress in their closet and this one is it. Of course a white dress is the number one most important dress to have for the season but incorporating a light colored tone dress elevates your wardrobe to the next level. I found this dress a few weeks ago while shopping at the final sales of Charlotte Russe #RIP 😦 When I saw it I immediately had to have it. I scored it for under $10 and I’ll be wearing it all season long. Β (I can’t link the exact dress but I did link one that is super similar here.) For this look I paired it with my favorite jean jacket and black accessories to really help the lavender shade stand out.

I’m so excited for today as Isaac and I have plans to go to Palm Springs to shoot some blog content as well as go to the Living Desert Zoo. Plus I’m so looking forward to getting dinner at my favorite Mexican restaurant in downtown Palm Springs. I hope you all have a wonderful day!Β 

xoxo, Liz

 

 

 

Casual Spring Look With Old Navy

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Jeans, Shoes, Bag, Sunglasses

Old Navy has been one of my favorite stores since I was a kid. I remember going and shopping the sales with my parents and always reaching for basic tees that said Old Navy on them. Of course now that I’m older, I reach for their amazing denim, shoes, dresses, tops, etc. Every season I get so excited to see what new pieces they have plus I love that I get killer deals on my purchases thanks to the amazing coupons they send out.

Unfortunately my top is old so it’s no longer available but my jeans and espadrilles are! My jeans are true to size and the wash of them goes with everything. I also love that they have a mom jean fit.

Oh my gosh these espadrilles have already become my number one go to shoe since the day I got them. I plan every outfit around them because they’re so comfortable and the color is perfect for spring. I sized up one size and they fit great πŸ™‚

After seeing this bag everywhere last year on Instagram, my clear tote bag was something I had to have for this season and next. Lately I’ve been reaching for my heart eye sunglasses because the white color goes with everything plus they’re a fun switch up from normal sunglass shapes.

Happy Monday! This week already sucks because I’m no longer on spring break 😦 However, I am happy to get back to school and finish out this semester strong. This past weekend had so much going on and sleep deprivation definitely hit me hard. I’m hoping to get in a nap today so I can be well rested before going back to school tomorrow. Wishing you all a fantastic week β™₯

xoxo, Liz