Links I love v. 17

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I’ve been thinking and talking about blogging a lot lately. I wrote about my blogging process recently, and it wasn’t the first time I posted about blogging. Whether you’re a blogger or a reader, you may have noticed an increase in posts about blogging too. It almost seems silly. But it only makes sense that bloggers would blog about blogging (ha!) because their (our) online lives are important too us.

What I love about having a blog is that it’s a creative outlet in which I can both express  myself and refine my writing skills. I could do this by just writing in a spiral bound notebook. But the good thing about this modern notebook is that I have the critique and counsel of others. Blogging fosters community, which I love. Through blogging and reading blogs, I’ve had the chance to virtually meet inspiring, creative women around the world.

This month, I’ve been proud to sponsor the blog Jaybird, written by the lovely Alicia. I was already a fan of hers before I started sponsoring and have shared a post or two from Jaybird before, but once I became a sponsor, I started following along extra close. And I’m glad!

Alicia is a smart, funny, thoughtful 20-something living in the beautiful big city of Chicago. She shares funny advice, healthy recipes (such as this one) and has been known to share very on trend thoughts on succulents. Her writing comes across natural and honest, like talking to a good friend. For some incredibly helpful advice, read her Love Your Body Resolution series.

Sadly, Alicia won’t be taking sponsors in the near future. But I encourage you to follow along with her blog.

More links:

My bae and I thought this was adorable/hilarious.

I’ve been swooning over Chris Pratt. All. Week. Look at him being adorable.

This post “Sometimes this blog is silent” captures some more of my recent thoughts on blogging. Oh Joy! has an interesting first-hand perspective on the changing business of blogs. Also, congratulations to Monique for speaking at her first blogger conference. I wish I could have gone.

What’s keeping you from achieving your dreams? Remember, learning  = sucking. (And Delightfully Tacky rocks.)

Thor will be a woman in a new Marvel comic series. I think that’s pretty cool.

I’m loving these 4 tips to help millennials to find meaningful work. Since graduating, I have been hearing about networking nonstop. Apparently, networking doesn’t have to be weird. Here’s how to cold email a complete stranger and networking for introverts.

Speaking of networking, you should totally go to the Girl in Tech LA Summer Sip Mixer, especially if you’re a girl in LA. It should be a fun & inspiring night in Santa Monica.

The photo above is from the blog The Legacy of Sequoia Planting, which I’ve been following on Tumblr for forever now.

P.S. I’ll be back tomorrow with a movie review.

Links I love v. 16

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My sister had a baby this week and I’ve had the chance to see him grow up every few days. It’s truly amazing how fast little babies grow. He looks less like he did in these photos and more like he does in this selfie. So much hair for a little baby! He’s also got blue eyes and we’re kind of hoping they will stay that way. Brown, green or hazel would be fine too of course, but dark hair with blue eyes would be sweet.

Things have been super quiet on the blog lately. Sorry about that. I’ve been getting my computer fixed this week and I’m hoping to pick it up soon. It’s actually been broken since last year and I’ve been using my sister’s laptop when she doesn’t need it. I’ve got some exciting things planned for the next few weeks, though!

Happy weekend and happy links I love.

Stained Glass Lighthouse on Colossal // Isn’t this beautiful?

Blogging Is My Hobby. It Isn’t My Job. on MusicalPoem

Love Your Body Resolution: To Love is to Nourish on Jaybird

Pineapple Fried Rice Pizza on A Beautiful Mess

On their writing processes: Erika and Betsy

Links I love v. 15

DTLA bookstore

I can’t believe it’s already almost July! Anyone else feel like this month went by super fast? Not like that’s necessarily a bad thing. I’ve had some fun being unemployed, but I also keep thinking about how I need to step up my writing, blogging and applying to places game.

In the past week, I managed to go to Knott’s Berry Farm, go on a (super exciting) job interview, visit an old internship, get lost in Santa Monica, have dinner with my boyfriend twice, get my nails done, lock myself out of my house (accidentally), hang out with my bestie and go to a tea parlor with family. Whew! I don’t know about you but that’s not what a week normally looks like for me. I think I actually left my house every day, which like never happens. I even wandered around The Last Bookstore in LA, which is where I took the above photo.

So, since I haven’t shared links in a few weeks I’ve got a bit of a stockpile going and didn’t want to sell you short. Have at it!

Glorious, inspiring and thought provoking links!

July Instagram photo challenge on Postcards from Rachel

If You’re Not Anxious, You’re Not Growing
on A Novel Quest

Get rejected on Delightfully Tacky

10 Things you can do today to achieve goals by Emma Bauso

How To Be a Better Blogger on Avoiding Atrophy

Do Your Beauty Thing on Rookie

Everything I Need to Know, I learned From Mindy Kaling
on HelloGiggles

Why You Need to Know (And Love) Writer Roxanne Gay on HelloGiggles

Ask a Jeweler: A Beginner’s Guide to Diamonds, Part 1 on The Hairpin

P.S. Maybe read these while listening to my summer playlist.

Links I love v. 14

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I hope you all are having a nice, relaxing weekend. It’s always good to take a break and spend time with family and friends. To be honest, today I’m feeling a little anxious because I have to write my last college paper so that I can graduate. I can be such a bad procrastinator. After posting this, I should really finish writing the paper so I can spend the rest of Memorial Day Weekend relaxing and cuddling with my loves, including my dog Max who is in the above photo

No matter what your plans are, I hope you make them fun. . Listen to me when I tell you it’s better not to drag work through the weekend. Now, on with the links, browsing and chill out!

 

Ever wonder what self-love means?

Bikini season is here. Maybe it’s time for a change of perspective.

Speaking of fashion, I’ve been wanting a new pair of J Brand Jeans like this pair, this or this.

For those feeling like they’re “in progress” and anyone with multiple projects, this advice on setting deadlines could be encouraging. It was to me!

How can I get a job when I have little, no or the wrong experience? Well, there are a few ways.

I may have to add another book to my ever-growing mental must-read list. The book The Big Lie sounds good, necessary and a little scary.

Take a look at .

When in doubt, be helpful.

Have an awesome weekend and see you again soon!

Links I love v. 13

Welcome to the weekend! I hope you all are enjoying it, whether you have a set weekday schedule or not.

May has arrived and with it, we are getting closer and closer to summer. I’m loving each hot day in sunny California, while hoping it doesn’t go past 90 degree temps too soon. Whatever the whether where you live, I hope you get a chance to enjoy the great outdoors, have fun and spend some time in reflection. That’s what my weekends look like.

from Oh Joy!

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Matcha Green Tea Banana Buckwheat Pancakes

Yummy food {via Bright Greys blog}

Helpful tip
Tips & Tricks: How to Take the Perfect Instagram

Something to think about
We Get it, Donald Sterling’s a Racist, But Have You Looked in the Mirror Lately?

Natalie Dressed on The Practice of Presence

Awash with Wonder on potential

 

Links I love v. 12

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Happy Sunday! I hope you all are having a great weekend and that this was good for you too.

I’ve been fighting a cold and keeping busy. My brother was visiting from Tennesse the past few days, so we had a lot of family time. That’s always nice. We had a family party last night to celebrate my aunt’s birthday, complete with my mom’s famous tacos and Grandma’s peanut butter pie. Now I’m just sitting on the couch with a big warm blanket and a hot cup of tea, getting ready for a day of job applications and cleaning.

Whatever you’ve been up to this week, I hope you can find time to slow down before the start of another one. Enjoy the encouraging, inspiring and cute things I have conjured up in this here blog post.

Encouragement


Do you hate Mondays? Yeah, I mean everyone does, right? Well, Monique Muro brings up some really good points about why you should just give up that negative thinking. This video totally changed my perspective.


You are enough

Cassie of Witty Title Here really drives home the point that you are enough. Did you hear that? You are enough.


What’s Better Than Doing It All

It’s impossible to do it all. We all know that. But I still feel myself trying and getting way too overwhelmed. Alicia of Jaybird and four of her blogger friends have more on that.

Inspiration

Genius New (Promise!) Ways To Braid Your Hair
My hair game isn’t this strong yet, but I’m willing to work on that.

Whiskey Maple Cream Sauce, Perfect Potatoes au Gratin and Whisky-Glazed Carrots
My sister made a delicious dinner on Thursday night using these Ree Drummond (Pioneer Woman) recipes. Our brother came in to town that night from Tennessee, so she wanted to make an extra special meal.

Cute things

The Reveal to Grandpa
This video has been going around and I finally watched it. It’s so cute!

Oh Honey Bun

I made a Tumblr dedicated to bunnies. There are already some other ones out there, but this is mine. Yeah, I’m ridiculous. It’s kind of a collaboration between Paul and I. He’s always sending me bunnies to reblog.

Featured image via Tumblr.

Links I love v. 11

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Happy Easter!

It’s time for another round of links I love, where I round up some links that I love!

This is going to be a quick post because I’m blogging on-the-go.

Akilah, how did you get where you are today? on It’s Akilah, Obviously

Why I Don’t Wear Makeup via Man Repeller

On Man Repeller Not Wearing Makeup via Refinery 29

Teaching the Camera To See My Skin via Buzzfeed

Grin and Bare It: The Street Politics of Smiling via KCET

5 Ways To Generate Blog Ideas via The Chasing Happy Blog

Featured image via Imgur.

Links I love v. 10

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Hey you guys! Just stopping by to share some links I loved this week! No need for an explanation, I assume. Please excuse the quick post. I’m off to a 21st birthday party soon and need to get a move on.

I just have to share this feature on Norel Mancuso, the #GirlBoss at Social House Inc. I’m doing an internship at Social House and I can vouch that Norel is as cool as this makes her sound.

Speaking of bosses, what’s your take on the #BanBossy campaign? There’s been a lot of discussion on that lately. This post makes the most sense to me.

It’s impossible to do it all and those who do usually have help. Thanks for the much needed reminder, Angela.

Thank God I’m not the only one who thinks these things! Are you socially awkward too? Read this.

I could definitely relate to this post on All Things E about making friends as an adult.

I like this look of Mel’s music festival essentials over on The Nectar Collective. Very colorful!

Spring cleaning, y’all! This checklist on Lauren Conrad makes it slightly more bearable.

I hope you all are having a great week! Let me know what is making your weekend amazing in the comments below. As for myself, I’m happy about the haircut I got this morning, the party I’m going to later, and the double date I’ve got planned for tomorrow. It’s a busy weekend! I’ve also got a Q&A with an awesome lady going up tomorrow, so be sure to stop by for that.

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Links I love v. 9

Hello Internet friends! I hope you all are having a lovely weekend and that you had a good, productive week.

I have to tell you all, I am so super excited for tomorrow because there’s going to be a St. Patrick’s Day dinner at my house. Although St. Patrick’s Day is on Monday, my family will be celebrating it a day early so that my mom can have time to cook it. My boyfriend and best friend are coming over, which I am so happy about because we don’t usually hang out together that much. We don’t live all that close together and we’re busy people, so I think my two favorite people have only met three or four times in two years.  Which is just crazy! My oldest sister and brother-in-law will also be coming over and a few more family members may or may not. We’ll see.

Guys, I’m so excited for St. Patrick’s Day dinner that I may even blog about it later on. I want to take pictures of the food, the decorations and the people. Hopefully the people don’t protest.

So I think you will be hearing a lot more on my St. Patrick’s Day dinner, why I celebrate and all that jazz later on. For now, let’s get on with the links.

DIY movie stub pillow

I’m a sucker for romance and reading DIYs. If only I was one of those people that actually enjoyed doing DIY projects. Any way, check out this Movie Stub Pillow on Mallory Makes Things.

Akilah Hughes is one of the funniest people on the internet, according to me. Here is a makeup video she did with a bunch of different products. I don’t want to get into details at the moment, but a daily task at one of my internships is to watch makeup tutorials on YouTube. Yes, I’m serious and that makes this all the more hilarious for me than it would have been previously.

These Root Beer Float Cookies look so good. I want to make them for my grandma. Her birthday is next month and sadly, I’ll be missing it for Coachella, so I should give them to her to make up for it.

Ugh periods. Who needs them. Am I right? That’s why I absolutely loved this funny and helpful post on The Man Repeller entitled Beating the Crimson Wave.

Ashlina of The Decorista shared beautiful photos in her post 10 things that rocked my world this week. SXSW 2014 edition.

I also loved seeing SXSW photos on Instagram from Paul who was at SXSW for Yahoo (he’s an editor) and Hillary Anne, Vagina::The Zine editor-in-chief, who was reporting on the festival for Bitch Magazine.

P.S. You may have noticed that I updated my blog design. What do you think? Be honest. I’m still trying to think of a new blog name and url that isn’t already taken. I’m open to suggestions.

Happy early St. Patrick’s Day to the Irish, wee-bit-Irish (like me) and everyone else! I’ll put my St. Patrick’s day post up Monday, if not before.

Links I love v. 8

Happy International Women’s Day!

To all the females in the world,  you rock! Let’s celebrate! I have curated some links especially for the occasion.

First off, check out this speech by Lupita Nyong’o about self-love and beauty at the Black Women in Hollywood Awards.

Lupita’s Oscar speech for Best Supoorting Actress in 12 Years a Slave was beautiful too.

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Two-time Olypic gold medal winner Shannon Szabados has become the first female to join the Southern Pacific Hockey League. Sounds pretty badass to me!

Wazhma Frogh, who received the International Woman of Courage award in 2009 for her women’s rights activism in Afghanistan talks about the state of women’s rights in the country in this AP story.

Reuters photographers took photos of mothers and daughters around the world, asking them about their profession, education and goals. The resulting series is very interesting.

Why are you happy to be a woman? That’s the question over on the Manrepeller blog today. Join the conversation with me there.

Also, I thought I would plug my favorite charity on this special day. Perhaps you already give, but I thought I would just let you know about an organization that helps communities around the globe. I’m talking about World Vision. The Christian organization aids in education, health, economic development and disaster relief, to name a few areas.

Oh and just in case you’re curious about who started this day any way, here are one, two, three handy-dandy links about it.