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2016 Year in Review

Posted in Lifestyle
on January 4, 2017

picmonkey-collageOkay, so I know that I’m a little late to the party with my “farewell to 2016” posts, but I seriously can’t help myself! I’ve spent the past few days seeing endless “favorite moments” posts for the year/year in reviews, and it got me thinking about all the exciting things that have happened this past year. It’s definitely been a year of growing up & learning more about myself, but I do think that I’ve had a lot of experiences this past year that have shaped me as a person.

JANUARY

Kicked off the year with a trip to Oklahoma.

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FEBRUARY

Started my blog.

I know I’ve mentioned this so many times, but I truly cannot even begin to express how much I love blogging. I’ve thought about starting a Youtube channel for style for years and years (I’m proud to admit I watched makeup & fashion videos on Youtube years and years ago- before it was cool.) But for some reason, I could never bring myself to do it- mainly because I was embarrassed, let’s be honest. But I’m seriously so incredibly happy I decided to just bite the bullet and start my website. It’s blossomed into such an amazing creative outlet for me, and it’s been so much fun watching it grow. Looking forward to everything 2017 has to bring for Styled by Summer!!

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MARCH

Visited New York City for the second time with my best friend.

Two weeks before spring break, my friend Melody sent me a text asking if there was any way I would want to take a trip to NYC with her for spring break & stay with her brother in the Big Apple. Two weeks later we found ourselves on a plane to New York! It was my first time really ever taking a trip without my family, and it was an incredible experience. We wandered the city for 4 days- the majority of it was spent eating our hearts out at Insta-worthy places. We love you, New York!

MAY

Took a trip to Mexico.

Definitely one of my absolute favorite moments of the year! My boyfriend Akash and I spent an amazing 5 days in Mexico,

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JULY

Turned 20.

I turned 20 this year! Can’t wait to see what else is in store this decade of my life.

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AUGUST

Visited Chicago with my mom.

This girls’ trip with my momma goes down in the books as one of my all time favorite trips! It was so nice to take a trip with just the two of us & explore the city with no itineraries- just me, my mama, and the windy city! Chicago was so good to us, & we got to see and do so many cool things in the city. I’m hoping to do a lot more traveling in this next year.

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Saw my baby brother get his driver’s license.

Such a sweet moment- the day my brother got his license, I had to go to work after going with him to the DPS. When I got home from work, my baby brother took me to a restaurant to treat me for dinner & thank me for all the rides I’ve given him. I’ve realized that the older I get, the more I appreciate him (and the more patience I have for him.) I love you, little brother! I can’t wait to see what you accomplish in the next few years 🙂

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SEPTEMBER

Started my junior year of college.

I can’t believe I graduate in less than a year… *cries* Safe to say I’m definitely enjoying the time I have left at Texas A&M.

NOVEMBER

Celebrated our first anniversary.

It’s crazy to think that Akash and I have known each other since middle school & have been best friends for going on 4 years now. So lucky to call this hunk mine 🙂

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Earned my Aggie Ring!

I have a whole blog post on this special special day! For sure one of my favorite days of my life so far. Now I have this little piece of Aggie gold to call mine forever & ever.

DECEMBER

Visited Oklahoma with my boyfriend’s family.

Ended the year with a full circle back in Oklahoma at Akash’s dad’s cabins in Broken Bow! Hopefully this will continue as an annual trip- we’ve had so much fun the past two times we’ve visited!

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This year’s definitely been full of ups and downs (some really low downs) but I’m happy to say we’ve all made it out alive. I’m excited to start this new chapter- so many daunting but exciting things are coming up in this past year. 2016 took me to New York City, Broken Bow, Chicago, Austin, Mexico, Houston, and Waco- one of my biggest goals for the next year is to do a ton of traveling. Whether that means international or just in Texas cities, I’m hoping 2017 will bring me lots of new adventures & great memories. Happy (belated) new year, you guys!! Here’s to an amazing 2017.

A Week in the Woods

Posted in Lifestyle
on January 2, 2017

Last week I spent a super relaxing few days in Oklahoma with my boyfriend and his family. We stayed at my boyfriend’s dad’s cabins up in the Beaver’s Bend surroundings, in the Broken Bow area- check them out here!! For those of y’all in the Oklahoma/Texas area, iff you ever find yourself wanting to take a little vacay, I highly recommend checking out these awesome cabins!

Anyway, we had so much fun on our little 4 day trip & I really wanted to share some of our photos with all of you! Akash took some of these pictures- if any of you have photography needs, be sure to check out his work here & here; he takes all of my photos, and does an amazing job 🙂 Thanks, baby!

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Akash’s dad built a beautiful pond next to his properties- we spent one morning just exploring the area, and taking a nice walk around it. Last year we went fishing here, too!

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We stayed in the Hilltop Honey Cove- amazing cabin, so much room!

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Our second day on the trip it was super foggy- but it made for some really awesome photos!

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We also stopped by the Hochatown State Park. It had a huge lake, and we spent one afternoon just by the shore finding seashells, skipping rocks, and playing frisbee- it was so nice to get some fresh air & just hang out. Akash took this photo by the water- so pretty!!

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I hope all of you enjoyed seeing the pictures from our little trip! It was so nice to have a little getaway from real life, but now I’m back to work. Two more weeks until I head back to school, so I’m definitely going to be savoring my time here in Dallas for the next several days.

Hello 2017!

Posted in Lifestyle
on January 1, 2017

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Happy New Year!!! 🙂

I hope everyone had a super awesome New Year’s Eve and are having an awesome start to 2017 so far. It’s so crazy to think about all the things coming, I don’t even know what to think! 2016’s been full of life lessons that I am oh-so-grateful for- I’ve learned so much about myself. I’ve learned about my strengths and weaknesses, discovered new hobbies, grew up a little, and realized what a true friend really is. 2016’s definitely been a crazy rollercoaster, but I am so ready for a fresh start. I’m ready to focus on what’s to come!!

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So many things are happening in this next year, and I can barely wrap my head around it! I’ll be turning 21 (whoop!), doing lots of traveling (hopefully if everything goes as planned), and I’ll be starting my official senior year of college and graduating all in the same semester. Everything’s happening so fast- I feel like I just started college, and I have less than a year until graduation. I’m excited for what’s to come, but I’m not going to lie- it’s terrifying!

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Along with everything happening in the next year, I have things I want to work on personally & hope to accomplish within the next 365 days. Every year I make New Year’s resolutions, and every year I fail at achieving them by the month of February. You know how it goes- pledge to lose 20 pounds, shoving my face with ice cream and potato chips 2 weeks later. Jokes aside, this year I’m focusing on smaller, more realistic goals. Hopefully if I can learn to work on the small stuff, the big stuff will follow. 🙂

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  1. Learn Photoshop. Yes, I know… I’m a terrible blogger for not knowing how to use Photoshop! I’ve gotten so used to only slightly editing with the photo app on my Macbook that I just keep putting it off. I’m hoping to bite the bullet & learn how to use it this year. **Shoutout to my freaking amazing friend Melody for helping me design my site logo- it looks exactly how I’d pictured it in my head, & I have no idea what I would’ve done without ya!!
  2. Drink more water. I definitely don’t drink as much water as I should! Everyone knows water is the key to being and staying healthy- plus I know water’s also a huge part of having nice skin, so hopefully I can keep this one up!
  3. Get Trendier. If you’re an avid reader of my blog, you know that my style tends to be pretty classic & revolves around the same few types of pieces that I know and love. I really want to start branching out and finding pieces that are still my style but a little out of my comfort zone. This is definitely going to take some trial and error so bare with me 😛
  4. Eat when I’m hungry and not when I’m not. I have a really bad habit of eating when it’s “meal time.” I have to train myself to understand that if I’m not hungry it’s not illegal to just not eat at the time! Plus, this’ll help me eliminate all my unnecessary snacking!
  5. Choose more wisely those who I keep close. I’ve had a pretty rough year in realizing who my true friends are and weeding out the “bad.” I know it’s all a life lesson, but if I had chosen more wisely I think I would’ve saved myself a lot of heartbreak. I’m hoping to take what I’ve learned through my experiences and be more picky with the people I choose to surround myself with.

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The end! I have a lot of hopes for this upcoming year, and I’m excited to share it all with you. 2016 marks the very beginning of my blogging journey, and it has been a crazy ride so far, let me tell you that! I feel so blessed to be able to share my passion for style with all of you, and to have some amazing people around me supporting me through it all. Here’s to 2017, you guys!! Let’s make it the best one yet 🙂

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