Wedding SZN

So you’re going to a wedding…now what?
It’s August, so it’s wedding season! All my friends are going to weddings left and right, while I’m over here still waiting for someone to get married. (No pressure, friends!) Weddings are SO fun…I LOVE THEM.
From the ceremony, to the 1st dance, to the food, to the booze, to the dancing, the list goes on. Honestly, weddings are like prom but with way more chaperones and it includes booze (if you’re 21+).
Although weddings are fun, they’re also stressful for both the bride & groom and the guests. There’s always that lingering question – “what kind of gift do I get them?” I still ask that question and didn’t find the answer till now because I’ve found Zola, the ultimate wedding tool (aka the best wedding registry option out there). Here’s a couple tips on what to do and not to do when giving a wedding gift:
DO:
  • Shop on the registry – the couple picked out exactly what they want as a gift, how easy is that?
  • If you’re close with the couple, be sure to include a personal touch. (i.e. adding their initial to a pair of cups)
  • Besides a gift on the registry, you also need to include real money. (Your wedding is the perfect time to have your friends and family buy you everything you ever wanted mwhaha, jk..kinda) Not sure how much to give? A rule of thumb is, if you’re just friends, $50-$100, if you’re family, $100+.
DON’T:
  • Don’t bring the gift to the wedding!!! Although, watching the bride and groom carrying their brand new table in their gown would be pretty funny.
  • Don’t show up late to a wedding, it’s super awkward.
  • Don’t show up empty handed, at least bring a card with some cash inside of it.
  • Don’t get too drunk from the free booze and make a fool of yourself. (I’ve seen that happen and it’s NOT pretty)
Let me know what you’d want as a gift when you get married/what was your fav gift you received from your registry?
Love,
V

College, Here I Come

Dear 18 year old me,

Your life is about to change, because college is coming. It’s the most exciting and nerve-wrecking time of your life, you’ll both love it and hate it at the same time. The people you’re going to meet are going to be stuck with you for life, they’re not going anywhere. But, you’ll also be meeting people that you’re never going to speak to ever again, and that’s ok.

Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re preparing yourself for this journey:

  • Have a meal plan during your freshman year, because you CANNOT live off of kraft mac and cheese every night
  • Join a club freshman year, it’s a great way for you to meet friends and understand your major at the same time
  • Participate in class, because participation points are a thing in college still
  • Don’t buy your books until after your first week of school and if you do, check out Chegg first. Ain’t nobody got time for full priced textbooks
  • Make sure you buy a planner, because it’ll be your life
  • Before your first day of class, go on a quick walk through where your classes are going to be so you’re not late on your first day
  • Check out your roommate(s) online before moving in, better yet – find your roommate online before you move in
  • Buy a bath caddie to put all your bath stuff in, because you’ll most likely be sharing a bathroom with a few girls
  • COMMAND HOOKS ARE LIFE SAVERS, BUY LOTS OF THEM
  • Get a shoe rack because you’ll thank me
  • Also, don’t forget a snack drawer – during those late nights, you’ll thank me
  • Don’t forget those flip flops for the shower – trust me, you don’t want to stand on those bathroom floors
  • Buy a foam topper for your mattress, because without it, it’ll feel like a cardboard box
  • Do your research. Financial Aid and student loans are hard topics to fully understand. Seek resources when and where you can. Like Earnest, they have great content to help explain how to apply for financial aid and can even help after you graduate.
  • Finally, don’t forget to go out and have fun!

Hope this helps all of you college in-commers J If you have anything you’d like to add in to my list, feel free to add to my list!

Love,

V

Review: All Set 👌🏼

Someone from All Set recently gave me a promo code to try them out, and honestly, idk how I’ve survived without this app. 

Basically, you choose the restaurant you want to dine at, your meal and pay for it beforehand. When you get to the restaurant, you tell them your name and everything is all set. 😂 (hence the app name) 

If you wanna try it out, I have a promo code (INSTAGRAM) for you, which will give you $10 off your first 3 orders. 😘 Check them out and let me know your thoughts! 

Much Love,

V

Stripes in the sun ☀️ 

If you’re ever in downtown Tampa and looking for a cute date idea, go to the Riverwalk. It’s such a relaxing walk and the scenery is to die for. At the end of the walk, there’s a fine arts museum that you can go to. (You have to pay for admission obviously) Also, this place is one of the best places to go watch the sunset 🌅. *fellas, you’re welcome” 

Shirt: forever 21 // Shorts: JCPenney // Shoes: G.H.Bass // Belt: H&M // Bag: Coach // Sunnies: H&M 

Much Love,

V

Sunsets in Tampa, FL 🌴

Tampa, you have my heart ❤️. From the beautiful sunsets to Fuzzy’s Taco Shop. (Let me just tell you, if you’ve never tried Fuzzy’s – you’re not living life.) The chicken nachos is TO DIE FOR. 

Anyways, on my way to Tampa I stopped on Sunset Bridge and watched the sunset. (How ironic huh) Check it out! 


Dress: SheInside | Shoes: G.H.Bass | Sunnies: H&M

Much Love,

V

How to balance a Healthy Lifestyle 

I have to be 100% honest with you all, it’s HARD balancing a healthy lifestyle. Some say it’s impossible, but like my bio – even the word impossible has I’m possible in it.

As you all know (if you’re a new reader, keep on reading and you’ll be all caught up!), I recently started my full time job which has a longer work day than most. I wake up everyday at 5am and sometimes don’t get home until 8pm or 9pm. Yet I still manage to do a quick 30 mins to 1 hour workout daily.

When you’re working out, you HAVE TO motivate yourself by setting a goal. It could either be losing X amount of weight or building muscles. Whatever your goal may be, stick to it. Write it in a journal and track your progress daily. You could also take a picture every week to see your own progress, that’s always a great way to motivate yourself to work harder.

When working out, it’s important to be sweating your butt off. That’s how you know you’re pushing yourself. Since I have such a tight schedule, I usually workout at home by watching some YouTube videos instead of going to a gym. Here are some channels I LOVE working out to.

Boho Beautiful, she does a lot of yoga, Pilates and HIIT workouts. She shows you detailed instructions and does it with you. I LOVE doing this when I want to fit a quick workout in. I usually do 2 videos per workout.

XHit, it’s a channel showcasing various trainers with various exercises. It depends on what you’re aiming to do, they probably have it. Again, I usually do 2 videos per workout.

Lastly, the infamous Kayla Itsines! If you want, you can purchase her ebook guide online or download her app to purchase them as well. However, I found that if you do this little trick, you can do her Bikini Body Guide (BBG) for free.

  1. Search Kayla Itsines on YouTube
  2. Click on the first video. It’s of a woman doing the whole guide showcasing her transformation and it tells you what the exercises are.

Fair warning: the BBG is HARD and will make you SWEAT!!! But it’ll feel so good afterwards. Currently I’m only on week 1, day 2. Follow my health journey on my Instagram!!


As you can tell, I’m a skinny built girl – but I want to be fit and healthy. Follow my journey! 


Much Love,

Veee

What You Should Watch Next on Netflix…

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Jane The Virgin.

Yeah, I said it. I have to admit, when I first heard about this show, I was a little skeptical. The title seemed odd and the cover seemed uninteresting. Basically, I scrolled through it and I ignored it for a whole semester. But then, everyone kept telling me about how great this show is, and I just gave in. (I also just finished another show, so I was show-less)

My first impression of the show was – holy sh*t, SO MUCH DRAMA! For those who don’t necessarily like shows that goes in order and is related to drama, then this show is not for you.  But, for those who LOVE drama as much as I do,  you’ll LOVE this show. There’s so much unknown, so much suspense, and so much detective-guessing-work on your part. It keeps you thinking and wanting more, and most importantly, it’s not repetitive. (We all know how repetitive Pretty Little Liars is)

I would give this show a 9/10 stars. I look forward to watching season 2 on Netflix when it comes out! What’s your favorite show on Netflix??

Much Love,

Veee

Why you should invest in a face serum?

“Moisturize your face, take care of your skin, use SPF on your face, don’t expose your face to the sun for too long…” I’m sure we’ve all heard one of those phrases one way or another, whether we hated hearing it or we appreciated it. A few years back when I was still in high school, I definitely hated hearing it. However, now that I’m older (and hopefully wiser), I see the importance of taking care of your skin. You can take care of your skin in many different ways, but recently, I’ve gained a new found obsession/love – face serums.

I’ve never used them before and have always been skeptical. I hated the feeling of putting oil-like serums on my skin. Why would I want to make my face oily after washing all the dirt and oil off my face? – made no sense to me. BUT, once I started using the face serum, I’ve seen a significant difference in my face. It looks more vibrant and healthy comparatively, also it makes my skin moisturize all day long.

There are a lot of different face serums out there, for some guidance as to which brand to purchase that will benefit your skin the most – check out this article.

Take your skin from drab to fab with one of these 8 worthy face serums”

What’s your favorite brand of serum? Share your thoughts to help readers like yourself! 🙂

Much Love,

Veee

Bring it on, 10 mile bike ride💪🏼

   
   

I went on a 10 mile bike ride with my boyfriend a few days ago. This trail is call the Columbia Trail, it also connects a few towns together. It’s hard to tell you where it’s located, because you can start from any point in any town you’d like. 

We started in a town call Long Valley, NJ, ended up in Califon, NJ. We found a stream on the way and stopped for a few pictures. But, I really wanted to stop so I could rest. We can keep that in the DL. Once we arrived in Califon, we got a quick lunch at a place call Rambo’s Country Store. Such a cute little store, it’s been around since the 1990’s. I’ll have that blog up in a few days, you don’t want to miss out! 

How do you like to work out? 

Much Love, 

Veee

Why falling in love is the best feeling in the world?

  
If you’re anything like me, then you most likely, love Nicolas Sparks movies, or any kind of love movies. As much as I hate to admit it, I secretly love it. I love watching two people slowly fall for each other and eventually fall in love. When I was younger, I always dreamed about  that “magical” moment, but who didn’t? As i got older, I thought it was more and more unrealistic and even not possible. I remember at one point, I actually told myself that – love ain’t real. (haha, in those exact words too.)

I’ll be realistic, you might not find that special someone until later on in your life – and that’s okay. You might meet him/her in high school, college, your first job, the unconventional bar, or at a friend’s party. Who knows where you’ll meet him/her? But, I think that’s the fun of it. The anticipated feeling that you will soon be so heads over heels for someone that you know or haven’t even met. I remember when I had that feeling and I thought it was the most magical feeling in the world, and I wasn’t even in love yet!

Then one day out of nowhere, you meet someone so amazing that you just can’t help but smile. Everything he/she does is so perfect. From the way he/she walks, talks, acts, you love it all. I call this the “I like him/her so much, I think I might be a stalker” phase. You want to know everything that he/she is interested in and how you can incorporate that into your life and spark a connection. Eventually, you end up being friends with them. You start to talk and find common interest, yay! You two exchange phone numbers, and stay up every night talking on the phone/texting. The world seems to disappear as you allow yourself to melt into this relationship. It’s just you and him/her against the world. That feeling right there, is what makes falling in love so great. When you feel like nothing is in your way of happiness and he/she is on the other side, ready to commit.

Being in a committed relationship is hard work and I’m sure anyone in one can agree. But, I can guarantee anyone can agree that it’s so worth it in the end. Seeing that smile on his/her face at the end of the day, that’s what makes it so worth it. To be honest, what doesn’t take hard work and effort? School, work, family, friends, everything takes time. As long as you truly believe that it’s totally worth it, then you go for it! Love conquers all. 🙂

Much Love,

Veee