Monday, October 23, 2017

Virginia Loving

I am quite surprised Fall Break actually felt like fall. Oh, how nice it was to not sweat everytime I stepped outside. It was even nicer to spend Fall Break at the University of Virginia, visiting my friend, Stephanie. I have heard UVA's campus is beautiful, but the talk does not do it justice! I loved it. Steph is one of my friends I met in Greece two summers ago, and we are basically the same person, loud, late to everything, etc. It was so great to spend so much time with her! 

Downtown Charlottesville was too cute. Also, all the food we had was amazing. I am extremely jealous of all the unique and delicious restaurants they have. My favorite place was definitely Roots, but this strawberry coconut smoothie from The Juice Place was so decadent as well. I wore this leopard print top from Nordstrom Rack, black jean shorts with Steph's sandals from Italy, and these sunglasses from Amazon. It was pretty warm out, so I had fall vibes going on while still dressing for the weather! Leopard is one of my favorite prints, especially in the fall/winter. I love this top because it is silk and lightweight, a perfect shirt for transitioning from warm to cold weather. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

CURRENT FAVORITES

Hey y'all! I cannot believe September is already almost over. I apologize for slacking on my blog, I know my posts have been very sporadic lately, but I am finally getting back into the swing of things. The school year is slowly absorbing me, but I am not too upset about it! I thrive off of being busy. I feel as if it is that way for a lot of people; what about you, does being busy make you stressed or oddly content? I have always found myself on the path to success when I keep myself involved and engaged... Anyways! Into what this post is really about, my current beauty, style, and lifestyle must-haves. Over the past few months, I have accumulated and discovered a lot of things I am obsessed with. I am sharing with you because I believe you need to be obsessed with them too, they are that great.


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

19TH BIRTHDAY & BID DAY!

Rush has taken over my life the past few weeks and it's so rewarding for the whole process to be over, and jump back into the swing of things on campus. Sunday was bid day which was beyond exciting, but it was also my nineteenth birthday! By far one of the best birthdays I have had, and it was a blast welcoming the new pledge class to Alpha Chi (who are perfect by the way). Our bid day theme was "set in stone", and I was OBSESSED. I thought it was so unique and we pulled it off so tastefully. 

My friends and I all made our own chokers to match the theme, and we went all out hair and makeup wise. Definitely fun jumping out of our comfort zones with pink/blue hair.

Friday, August 11, 2017

NDCP - CYPRUS 2017

Whew, summer is over just like that! I apologize for the lack of posts; it has been such an insane past two months. I am now back in Columbia prepping for sorority recruitment!

I was fortunate enough to have another summer spent exploring my roots abroad. This trip was quite different than Greece last summer, more of a study abroad rather than a religious journey. I went on a program called NDCP which was only for young Cypriots. It was a very unique experience to meet other young Cypriots from all over the world! Three weeks in one of the most beautiful countries, learning Greek and being immersed into true Cypriot culture.
Enjoy taking a peek into my summer adventure!

View from President Archbishop Makarios' Grave

Monday, June 12, 2017

HOW TO STYLE OVERALLS 3 WAYS

I have to admit, a few years ago I thought overalls were so tacky. However, my style has evolved a lot since then, as well as my ability to understand the versatility of garments! I saw these amazing overalls at Dress Up and knew they had to be mine. I love the rips on the legs and the length is perfect on my 5 foot 2 inch self. I wanted to make the overalls more trendy and perfect for any occasion, through the use of different shoes, tops, and accessories. So I have put together 3 different looks using the same pair of overalls! (My exact overalls are out of stock online, but here are some great options under $100: one, two, and three.) 

Look 1 - Fun and Flirty

For the first look I wanted to show y'all how overalls can be glam-ed up a little. I opted for this linen, subtle-fringe tank from the Loft outlet. I added a belt to define my waist line a little better, and these western belts are very trendy right now! For shoes, I went with these really fun short block heels from DSW which I am head-over-heels for (pun intended). I rolled the bottoms since the shoes tie around the ankle. I love wearing a bold shoe with a simple top, as well as the leather in the belt tying together with the base of the shoes. This outfit is perfect for a family dinner or brunch with the girls.


(similar) Top (similar) Top  // Belt // Shoes


Look 2 - Sporty Chic

The next look, I put together something very casual and comfortable, but still very stylish. I love the way overalls and sneakers compliment each other. You could definitely pair a bold top, like a vibrant red orange, but I opted for a simple black and white striped tee to keep a more monochromatic look. I did add a pop of color with this super cool hat from Express! This shade of pink is gorgeous and the satiny texture adds a pop to this simple outfit. I also did one strap undone to make the overalls more relaxed, as well as unrolling the bottoms. I would honestly wear this outfit anywhere! I can even see myself wearing it in the fall for gameday if I just switch this hat for a Carolina one.



Hat // Top (similar, not the exact same) // Shoes 

Look 3 - Bold Florals

This final look is definitely a more unconventional way to wear overalls, but I really like it! I put this stunning off-the-shoulder burgundy floral top over top the overalls. I like how the hooks on the overalls hold the top from slipping up (which can get very annoying with this style shirt)! This feminine shirt balances the distressed boyfriend denim perfectly. As for these Steve Madden wedges, I am obsessed! They are surprisingly very comfortable and would seriously match any outfit. I would definitely wear this outfit for a day in the city or even a date night (I mean I am not going on any dates lol, but if I was, I would totally wear this outfit).

Top (I have had this for a while, linked similar) // Shoes 


As for my jewelry, I kept it all the same for each look. You can really never go wrong with gold hoops and a simple Kendra Scott druzy necklace!

Thank you so much for reading! I would love to know which look was your favorite. I hope I have inspired you to give overalls a shot. Also, big thank you to Blair from allthingsblair.com for taking these pictures for me!

xo,
jojo

Friday, June 9, 2017

L'OREAL VOLUMINOUS LASH PARADISE MASCARA

Hey y'all! Todays post is a review on the new L'oreal Lash Paradise mascara! This post is a little different than what I normally talk about, but I thought I would try it out. I love testing out new makeup products, especially drug store. I do not usually like to stray away from my favorite mascaras which are Covergirl Clump Crusher, Too Faced Better Than Sex, and Benefit They're Real, however I heard about this new L'oreal one and knew I had to try it!

Monday, June 5, 2017

CUTE + AFFORDABLE SWIMWEAR | SUMMER 2017

In Atlanta recently there has been very few sunny skies and a whole lot of rain, and all I have wanted to do is relax by the pool. While waiting for the sun to come out, I have been ooooh and ahhh -ing over some freaking adorable swim suits (during my Netflix binges...Riverdale is SO good btw). 

BUT, some of my favorite brands have taken charge in making trendy swimsuits, and I am not complaining! Target has always been my go-to for swimwear, but Aerie has really stepped up the game. Plus, I love Aerie's platform of promoting you for who you are and embracing your body! I have put together some picks of very cute swimwear that are all under $50!