Pumpkin Patch

I finally made it to the pumpkin patch yesterday, after at least 10 years of missing out each fall.  Totally got me in the October/fall spirit! Walking around in the cool air, picking out pumpkins in the patch, walking through the corn maze, taking fall photos, and everything else to get in the holiday spirit.

As a Seattleite, it’s hard to find places out of the city where you can go to still participate in old-fashioned holiday festivities.  Fortunately enough, Stocker Farms in Snohomish is that perfect getaway for the true fall festivities experience.  Just on the outskirts of urban cities, Snohomish was the perfect place to enjoy the fall day.

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Time for my Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte! (I’ve never had one before!)

P.S. How cute is this sweater for fall!? It is currently under $45 at Nordstrom, total must-have for fall and the perfect color to match the season!

Back to School Playlist

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Well it’s that time of year again, at least for college students it is.  Back to the daily grind of homework, studying, papers, exams, and sleepless nights.  I have just started my junior year of college and have already put together music playlists to help get me through the start of a new semester, and even to listen to on my commute.

 

Don’t Give Up // Morgan Page & Lissie

Malibu // Miley Cyrus

Can’t Stop The Feeling! // Justin Timberlake

Let Me Love You // Justin Bieber & DJ Snake

2U // Justin Bieber & David Guetta

Attention // Charlie Puth

We Don’t Talk Anymore // Charlie Puth & Selena Gomez

No Promises // Demi Lovato & Cheat Codes

Passionfruit // Drake

True Disaster // Tove Lo

Not A Bad Thing // Justin Timberlake

Fetish // Selena Gomez & Gucci Mane

Without You // Avicii & Sandro Cavazza

Summer Playlist

 

Love, love, love summertime.  Summer is all about fun in the sun and making memories.  And what better way to go along with the good vibes of summer than with great music?  Here is a list of the songs that I currently can’t get enough of this season.

 

There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back // Shawn Mendes

Stay // Zedd & Alessia Cara

Wild Things // Alessia Cara

First Time // Kygo & Ellie Goulding

Don’t Give Up // Morgan Page & Lissie

I’m the One // DJ Khaled & Justin Bieber

Shape of You // Ed Sheeran

Treat You Better // Shawn Mendes

Sun Goes Down // Robin Schulz & Jasmine Thompson

Powerful // Major Lazer & Ellie Goulding

Outside // Calvin Harris & Ellie Goulding

I Need Your Love // Calvin Harris & Ellie Goulding

Walking With a Ghost // Tegan and Sara

Mercy // Shawn Mendes

Side to Side // Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj

Spring Playlist 2017

 

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Springing forward to nicer weather, it’s that time of year where spring and summer music are at their prime, and it gets me so excited and ready for summer time.  Here are the songs that currently consume my iPod and Spotify playlists that I cannot get enough of.

 

  • Outside // Ellie Goulding & Calvin Harris
  • I Need Your Love // Ellie Goulding & Calvin Harris
  • Mercy // Shawn Mendes
  • Shape of You // Ed Sheeran
  • Slide // Calvin Harris
  • It Ain’t Me // Kygo & Selena Gomez
  • I Took A Pill In Ibiza (Seeb Remix) // Mike Posner
  • Something Just Like This // The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
  • Paris // The Chainsmokers
  • The One // The Chainsmokers
  • Sun Goes Down // Robin Schulz & Jasmine Thompson
  • Into You // Ariana Grande
  • Side to Side // Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
  • I Feel It Coming // The Weeknd
  • Treat You Better // Shawn Mendes
  • Cold // Maroon 5 & Future
  • Can’t Stop The Feeling // Justin Timberlake
  • Faded (Tiesto’s Northern Lights Remix) // Alan Walker

How I Use My Erin Condren Life Planner

About a week ago, I received my very first Erin Condren Life Planner and I was beyond excited.  Recently, I discovered Erin Condren Life Planners on Instagram through following one of my role models, Nastia Liukin, who recently did a brand collaboration with Erin Condren, designing her own life planner cover.

After seeing her collaboration, I instantly adored it and felt that it was perfect and just what I needed.  Nastia’s cover design includes her life motto that I believe to be super motivating, “Be Fearless.”  I love the powerful quote with the pretty pink color and pink and white stars surrounding it, definitely a girl’s type of planner!

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I started exploring erincondren.com and found the gold-medal collaboration.  When going to purchase, I found it so awesome to have the freedom of customization of how I wanted my planner to look on the inside (such as horizontal or vertical layout) as well as my name printed on the cover.  I loved it and had so much fun designing and customizing it!

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But moving on.

I have noticed that as I get older and my life schedule seems to get crazier and crazier, I am becoming one of those people who needs to have things written down in order to motivate myself to get things done and check off tasks from my lists.

But I didn’t want just any ordinary black and white planner you can find at the office supplies store, I wanted something colorful and fun to look at as I plan out my day to day life.  And I have found that Erin Condren planners are the way to go to make that happen.

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As I have started using my planner, I think one of my favorite things about it has to be the motivational quotes.  The quotes are everywhere through the planner and they are definitely words that I like to hear, and words that motivate me to work towards my goals.

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When penciling in my day to day tasks, I like to match the fun and color of the planner by using some glittery gel pens of my own to make it look pretty.  That’s just something I like to do to make it more fun to look at!

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Going about the actual planning process, I like to go week by week and day by day for the most part.  In the month calendar portion, I like to plan out little things throughout the week that I’d like to accomplish, such as goals I am currently working on, as well as using the Erin Condren sticker pack to mark important dates such as birthday’s or appointments.  Shown in the image above, I have penciled in working out every night of the week that correlates with my list of goals on the side panel of the calendar.  This is because fitness and training for upcoming 5k’s are currently motivating me to put myself on a regular fitness routine, and penciling this in on my life planner really pushes me to get that done each day.

When I look at the weekly calendar views, I like to write down important things happening that day such as my goals or whatever else that might be happening, while finishing the day with a thankful thought or reflection of the day’s goal in the little side box at night time before I go to sleep.

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For those who love planning or being organized and motivated, the Erin Condren life planner is definitely a must have.  It is seriously one of the best things I have purchased in quite a while.  I have never felt so motivated to stick to my goals, in such a fun and creative way too!

Instagram RoundUp

Reflecting on my blog’s growing Instagram profile, I decided to do something different today and write a blog post regarding a couple of my Instagram’s top liked and most viewed pictures.  If you’re on Instagram, make sure to follow me @justkelsco to follow my day to day life.

1) Looking back at November 24, 2016, I wore one of my favorite fall outfits for Thanksgiving and felt so cute wearing it.  Definitely my go-to outfit for fall and showing off those fall colors.

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Outfit Details: Shirt (Forever 21), Jeggings (Abercrombie & Fitch), Boots (Madden Girl – Hollister Co.), Watch (American Eagle Outfitters), Necklace (Forever 21)

 

2) One of the best vacations.  This photo is from my vacation over Spring break last March, visiting sunny Los Angeles, California.  I absolutely loved Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach and walking around the beaches, boardwalk, and towns, while catching some California sun rays.  Definitely going back again soon.

 

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Outfit Details: Tank Top (Target), Skirt (American Eagle Outfitters), Flip Flop Sandals (Kohl’s), Bag (PacSun), Sunglasses (Target)

 

3) A must have.  Referring back to one of my recent fashion & beauty blog posts, I wrote a post about my trial run of e.l.f.’s Nourishing Night Cream and how well it was working for my skin.  I definitely recommend, not to mention it’s also super affordable.

 

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Available at Target

4) Love love love.  These makeup/beauty products are amazing.  I use the primers every day and they are wonderful.  I never knew how big of a difference primers could make on my makeup routine before I started using it.  Along with the primers, I love Tula’s beauty products and always make sure to use their exfoliating treatment mask every three days.

 

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Primers (Macy’s), Exfoliating Treatment Mask (Tula – tula.com)

5) One of my favorite places.  This photo was taken last summer in Langley, Washington, on one of my many visits to Whidbey Island.  Not only was the weather amazing, but the clear view of the mountains in the background reminds me why the pacific northwest is the best.

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6) This photo was taken in my room in my current apartment where I decided to display one of my new towels/tapestries from Sand Cloud for room decoration.  As a brand ambassador for Sand Cloud, I am always sure to keep up to date with their products and how I can make use out of their cute towels.

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7) This photo was taken at the top of the Space Needle in Seattle as I was home for Presidents’ Day weekend not too long ago.  I love looking at this photo because it always reminds me of such a fun day that I had with my boyfriend and the fun adventures we went on together that day.

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8) Summer time, summer time.  This photo was taken last September at the University of Idaho arboretum when my boyfriend surprised me by taking me on a nice date.  The summer weather was amazing and seeing all the different kinds of flowers in the sun was so relaxing.

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5 Of My Favorite Ways To Unwind

We all encounter stress in our day to day lives.  From work, school and homework, hobbies, and maintaining some kind of social life, these things can all catch up to us.  But at the end of each day, I am always making time for these five things that help me unwind and relax before bedtime.

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1. Cozy pajamas and Netflix

Throughout the day, basically, all I look forward to is coming home at night to curl up in bed in my pajamas and watch some of my favorite TV shows on Netflix.

2. Listen to my favorite music playlists

From Spotify to Pandora, I have so many music playlists for any kind of mood, whether it be calming and relaxing music or a workout fitness playlist, I’m set for anything.

3. Talking & spending time with my boyfriend

One of the things I love about my boyfriend is that no matter what may be going on in life, he is always there and calms me down when I am stressed and overwhelmed with school or work.  At the end of the day, I always look forward to time spent with him.

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4. Play around with my dog

They say pets are the best medicine.  And I believe it.  I have had my dog for over ten years and he is totally my buddy.  Playing with him at the end of the day always lifts my mood and I have so much fun with him.

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5. Keep up to date with social media

After my homework is done for the night, I find it relaxing to scroll through Instagram and Facebook, and even pinning things that I like or would like to try on Pinterest.