Saturday, September 24, 2016

8 shows & movies you need to watch on netflix

If you're anything like me, you're probably always on the lookout for new shows and movies on Netflix, which is why today I wanted to share with you 8 of my top picks. I wrote another post like this about a year ago, but today I'm sharing an updated list!


TV SHOWS

one // Hart of Dixie
I started this show after I finished Grey's Anatomy and was in a Netflix depression and it ended up being so good! It's about a New York doctor that moves to a small town in the South to work in a private practice. It's funny and cutesy and the boys are fine. I would definitely recommend it!! (Be warned: there is a lot of back and forth drama so if that annoys you, be prepared.)

two // That 70's Show
This show is absolutely hilarious. It's a sitcom set in the 70's that follows a group of friends and all their shenanigans. It's probably one of the funniest shows I've ever watched and episodes are only 22 minutes a piece so you don't have to dedicate a ton of time to each episode. 

three // Jane the Virgin
This show gives me LIFE. It's CW's take on a telenovela which follows a virgin who is accidentally artificially inseminated and all the drama that comes along with that (and then some). Gina Rodriguez (the main character) is actually an angel and I love all of the actors and the writing and the jokes. It's honestly so good - I literally don't think I can recommend it enough.

four// The Carrie Diaries
I finished this show over the summer and it was so. stinkin'. good. I'm still so mad it got canceled. The show follows a high school aged Carrie Bradshaw (yes, the one from Sex and the City) and her friends - it's basically like a coming-of-age show. The plot gave me all the feels and it also has Austin Butler in it and if that isn't reason enough to start watching it, I don't know what is.

five // When Calls the Heart
It's made by Hallmark, so it's super cheesy, but this show is seriously so cute. Set in the early 1900's, the show follows a high society woman that moves to a small coal mining town to become a teacher and must adapt to a different lifestyle. Like Heart of Dixie, there's a lot of back and forth drama, but the story line is really interesting and it hit me in the feels HARD. They haven't put the latest season on Netflix, but I'm waiting on pins and needles for it to come out.


MOVIES

one // The Best of Me
This movie was really cute, and then really sad, but then still really cute at the same time and I lived for it. It's a Romantic Drama about two high school sweethearts who see each other again after so many years of separation. You can probably guess what happens. I loved the acting and the cinematography was BEAUTIFUL (I'm a huge film nerd - it's like photography but moving and I love it!).

two // the Holiday
This movie gets me in all my feels. I really don't like Cameron Diaz or Jack Black all that much but Jude Law and Kate Winslet make up for that. It's a Romantic Comedy (see a theme here?) about two women who do a house swap for Christmas vacation and meet some nice fellas in each respective community. If I'm being honest, I mostly just watch it for the soundtrack and Jude Law.

three // Daddy Long Legs
This is a Classic Romance movie staring Fred Astaire and it's so good!! It's about a man who 'sponsors' a French orphan to send her to school and, being a romance movie, she falls in love with him. It's a really cute movie and I love classics like this for the music and the costumes!


What are some of your favorite shows and movies to watch on Netflix?

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

6 girlbosses you need to follow

You know when you look at a blogger and you're like 'WOW they are so cool. I really look up to them a lot'. Yeah, me too. As bloggers or online entrepreneurs, having role models is so important, so today I wanted to share with you a few of the amazing #GIRLBOSSES that I look up to in the blogging community and that you definitely need to be following.


Cristina Mandujano // Cristina Was Here
Y'all, I'm high key a lil obsessed with Cristina. She's such a cool person (like she's smart and beautiful and so nice - wow) and her blog content is always so so good!! Some of my favorite posts of hers are this AMAZING post she wrote about anxiety, this post about traveling to Austin, and her post on $5 at home spa night ideas  If you're not following her Snapchat (cristina96x), you are missing. out.


Cristina's Twitter // Instagram

Helene Sula // Helene in Between
Helene's blog is amazing, y'all! Her content has been so helpful to me since I started blogging and I have loved watching how she and her husband are preparing for their move to Germany!! Her Instagram is always so beautiful and I love going to webinars she hosts because they're so informative! I actually had the chance to meet her on Monday at a blogger meet up she had in Dallas and it was so much fun!


Helene's Twitter // Instagram

Hope Young // The Young Hopeful
Hope is the creator of the Young Hopeful which is one of my absolute favorite blogs right now. It's intended for college students, but 1) I'm a planner and I love reading college blogs even though I'm in high school and 2) I find that most of the time I can link the content to what I'm doing now as well! I love following Hope's Twitter and just really admire how much work she's put into the Young Hopeful.


Hope's Twitter
The Young Hopeful's Twitter // Instagram

Rebecca // It's Sunny Rebecca
Oh my goodness, I seriously can't say enough about Rebecca's blog. Her content is SO. GOOD. It's always very relevant and helpful and I always look forward to posts from her. She's super sweet and I love that she's as obsessed with fonts and stationary as I am.

A photo posted by Rebecca (@itssunnyrebecca) on

Rebecca's Twitter // Instagram

Christina Ochoa // The Social Butterfly Girl
Christina is seriously one of the sweetest friends I've met since I started blogging and I love watching her hustle! I met her initially through a Creative Coffee Hour Twitter chat (hosted by Callie Gisler, you should definitely come!) and since then her business has grown so much because this girl is always on the move! Unfortunately, I don't have the funds to join her blogging community yet, but she just launched The Swarm Society and it looks amazing! I know she worked super hard on it, so you should definitely check it out.


Christina's Twitter // Instagram

Cathleen Slagle // Classy Cathleen
Cathleen was one of the first bloggers I met when I started getting serious about blogging, and I have loved getting to know her the past two years. Her photography is AMAZING and I am always so impressed by the work her family does on their non-profit. Her blog content is always beautiful and I honestly live for her Instagram.


Cathleen's Twitter // Instagram

Who are some of your #GIRLBOSS role-models? I want to hear all about them in the comments!

Sidenote: Anyone notice that I didn't start out with my usual, "Howdy, y'all!"? It was really weird not typing those words, but I decided that as Beauty & Blazers is evolving (rebrand coming [relatively] soon!!) it was time for that little greeting to go.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

autumn playlist

Howdy y'all! In celebration of September, I thought today would be a good day to share my Autumn playlist with y'all! It took be forever to make this because all the songs I was picking were super slow and string-y and I wanted to add some fun ones in, but I think I found a pretty good balance in the end. ;)


Make sure to follow it on Spotify if you want to see any updates I make to the list throughout the season!


My other seasonal playlists: Spring, Summer

What are you listening to this fall? Let me know in the comments!

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Saturday, September 3, 2016

september goals

Howdy y'all! I can't believe it's already September - it feels like just yesterday I was writing posts for the Be Bold Linkup in January, and it's been 9 months! As usual, with the start of a new month I've got a goals post for y'all!


Since I wasn't able to write a goals post for August, I just kind of rolled over my goals from July and continued to work on those. Here's a quick recap of how I did. My big goal for this summer overall, was to step out of my anxiety comfort zone and make some new friends. Y'ALL. I can not even explain to you the progress I've made in the last two months. I started taking anxiety supplements in July (let me know if you'd like to see a post specifically about that), and since then I've been on a roll!! I have overcome my anxiety in so many ways, but in terms of social anxiety, I've never even felt this level of comfort and excitement about talking to people. That's not to say that my anxiety has gone away (trust me, it's still there), but I've made huge steps in overcoming it. My next big goal was to work a lot on the blog. I did really well in July, but kind of slacked off in August. It's hard to keep up with right at the beginning of school, but I'm working on it. I also wanted to start looking for more photo opportunities to pull me out of the photography rut I've been having and while I was still kinda struggling in July, August has really been looking up for me in that department and I think I finally got my mojo back! Finally, I wanted to use my planner more. I really didn't use it for the rest of summer, but since school started I've been working in that puppy like there's no tomorrow!!

My biggest goal for August is to try to book at least 2 senior shoots for my photography business. I just ran a huge promo where I got 1 booking, but I'm hoping to get a few more as the year goes on. Even if I can't book 2 that are set in stone, I'd at least like to talk to a few of the seniors I know about their senior photos and see if they'd even be remotely interested in me. :)

Another thing I want to work on is growing my engagement in the blogging community. I've been working on that a little all summer but I'd really like to push it a little more this month. I'm hoping to do a few more Twitter chats (I've been slacking on those a lot) and comment on and read more blogs. (Send me a link so I can follow you on Bloglovin' if ya wanna!!)

Next up, I really need to be studying for the PSAT a lot this month. I'm eligible for National Merit this year and I'm really hoping I can get it so that I'll be more likely to get some scholarships. I bought a practice book as well as a strategy book, so I'll be working out of those a lot this month as well as studying on Khan Academy.

Lastly, I'm planning to start working out more this month. My dad has been going to the gym everyday after work so I'm going to start tagging along a few days a week and hopefully start running in the mornings as well!

What are your goals for September? 

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

august favorites

Howdy y'all! It feels like I haven't done a favorites post in forever and it's only been two months! I was really sad about not getting the chance to do my July goals and favorites because these are some of my favorite posts to write! I'm super pumped to share a few of the things I've been loving this August.


one // Harney & Sons tea
I've always had a thing for tea and while I won't say I like tea better than coffee, I drink more tea at home than I do coffee. I tried Harney & Sons for the first time a few years ago and I love it!! I haven't had it for awhile but when my mom and I went to Target last week it was on sale and I just couldn't say no! I will admit, I think the branding nerd inside of me just bought it for the gorgeous packaging.


two // black Old Navy cardigan
Y'ALL. If you don't have one of these cardigans, you are seriously missing out. I bought it for back-to-school and have been wearing it non-stop because it's just so comfy!! It's a little pricey in my opinion but it's such a staple that I think it's worth stocking up on a few of 'em.

three // The Constitutional Thought of Thomas Jefferson by David N. Meyer
I've been working on this book for quite some time now, but in the past few weeks I've been really digging in and trying to get through it. Thomas Jefferson had some very, very interesting governmental ideas and I'm having so much fun learning about them! If you're a history buff like me, I would definitely recommend this book.


four // Room Essentials bath towels from Target
I was in serious need of some new bath towels, (mine were absolutely nasty) so my mom and I got a couple at Target and I'm obsessed with them. They had some really pretty colors and I ended up getting this stripey one and this solid peach one. I'm planning to redecorate my bathroom in the near future and thought these colors would look pretty so I'm excited! Plus, they're cheap and super soft!!

five // A Color Story
I finally got on board and downloaded A Color Story and I really like it! If you don't know, it's a photo editing app that just about every blogger on the planet raves about. When I tried it out the first few times I was a little skeptical, but now I've kind of got the hang of it. I'm not sure that it will ever be able to replace VSCO, but I've enjoyed messing around with it!


six // 30,000 feet playlist
My family went on vacation in Colorado at the very beginning of August and I put together a playlist for all the travel we would be doing, but I've become obsessed with it for much more than just the occasional plane ride. It's got a few of my all-time favorite artists and some new finds, so you should definitely listen!




What have you been loving this month? Let me know in the comments!

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