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Link Love Vol. 17

Because I'm fairly certain we could all use a cupcake right now...
Happy Friday! After a copious amount of standardized testing this week, a nice, relaxing weekend is just what I need - and what better way to unwind than with some links? I haven't written a link love blog post in a couple weeks, so hopefully the long list of articles will make up for the previous installments I missed earlier this month.

2 // Lauren went to Europe for spring break, and I've loved reading all of her travel blog posts!

4 // Renee's pictures from her visit to The Breakers are gorgeous.

5 // I'm dying to visit Seven Magic Mountains after reading Isabella's post about it.

6 // Shannon did an amazing job when painting her fraternity coolers... how cute and preppy are they?!

7 // I'm a sucker for colorful, patterned walls, so of course I'm obsessed with all of these cool pictures Fran took while in Miami!

8 // These 13 crazy interview questions really got me thinking...

9 // I loved reading the story behind Jade's name!

10 // Check out my latest blog posts here and here.

11 // There are a lot of behind the scenes aspects of blogging, and Dorothy's post really brings light to a lot of those aspects.

12 // Samoas are quite possibly my favorite cookies ever, so I'm definitely going to be making these cookie bars soon.

Hope y'all have a great week! Leave a comment letting me know how your week was!

March Favorites

It's crazy to think that it's been one year since I wrote my very first monthly favorites post! Time really does fly! These posts are some of my most popular posts, and I've loved writing them for y'all. I'm excited to continue sharing even more items I've been loving lately in the months to come.

Divide // Y'all. Ed Sheeran released his new album at the beginning of the month and it's so. good. I've been listening to it nonstop lately whenever I'm getting ready in the morning or working on homework. If you haven't heard it, stop whatever you're doing and go listen to it. All of the songs are so good, but my favorite songs are What Do I Know, Nancy Mulligan, New Man, Perfect, and Supermarket Flowers. I know that's like half the album, but I seriously can't choose a favorite.

Aloe Vera // After spending three days skiing, my skin got a lot of exposure to the sun and got a sunburn. While it was painful, aloe vera became my new best friend. I was seriously applying this stuff for a week after my ski trip, and it kept my face from hurting or drying out. This particular brand has been my go-to for a couple years now - I used it last summer, but I forgot how well it works. It's definitely a lifesaving product that you'll want to stock up on before summer arrives!

Faith, Hope, Love Bracelet // Awhile back, 212 West sent me this gorgeous bracelet! I featured it in this outfit post, but I wanted to share it again since I've worn it practically every day since I received it. The bracelet has the words faith, hope, love on it in honor of one of my favorite Bible verses. I also love the color combination of the brown leather and gold bars together.

Denim Jacket // My grandma bought me this jacket to wear with my Easter dress in a couple weeks. I'd been searching for a denim jacket for the past couple months, but had yet to find a style that I really liked until I saw this one at Old Navy. I'd been wanting a dark wash one, but I ended up liking this one better and I felt like it went with more tops in my closet. I think this jacket will be the perfect piece to finish off an outfit that consists of a cute top and white jeans!

Now that March is over, I am definitely looking forward to Easter Weekend! It's going to be a fun weekend, and I think I'm going to vlog it on my YouTube channel. I can't wait to show you guys!

What have you been loving lately? Let me know by leaving a comment!

LIfe Lately Vol. 17

Wow... it feels like it's been forever since I've written a Life Lately post! My blogging schedule has been pretty crazy for the past couple weeks, due to Spring Break, but I've gotten back on a normal schedule, so thanks for being patient with me while I figured things out. I have some really exciting posts and collaborations coming up that I can't wait for y'all to see!

Life has been pretty fun lately - a lot has been going on due to Spring Break, so I have some exciting things to share with y'all!

Spring Break // First and foremost, I had to talk about my Spring Break again! I wrote a whole post on it, but in case you missed it, I went to Park City with my dad and sister for Spring Break. It was so much fun, and easily one of the best trips I've ever been on. I hope to go back someday soon!

Instagram Stories // I've gotten really into Instagram stories recently! I had a blog Snapchat that I used a ton, but I kind of gave up on it a couple months ago... whoops. However, I've been posting a lot of pictures on Instagram Stories lately - I think it's such a fun way to share pictures that I wouldn't necessarily share anywhere else, and the stories reach a lot more people than they ever did on Snapchat.

Warm Weather // All of a sudden, the weather became warm! The temperature even reached 90 degrees the other day... this never happens in March, even in Texas. I've definitely been taking advantage of the nice weather by going on long evening runs and playing outside with my bunny. The weather definitely has me looking forward to summer.

Gigi's Cupcakes // Gigi's Cupcakes is my favorite cupcake place of all time, and my family and I went there on the last day of Spring Break to get some delicious cupcakes! Their peanut butter one will forever be my all time favorite, but I tried their cookie dough one and it was soso good. If you're ever by a Gigi's Cupcakes, please go - I promise, you won't be disappointed!

Shopping // My shopping addiction isn't a new obsession or anything, but I have been doing a little bit (okay, a lot) of shopping lately. I finally picked out an Easter dress (it's this white one) and I bought this jacket to go with it. I also tried on this dress at Lilly Pulitzer the other day and fell in love. It's technically a cover-up, and it's way out of my price range, but I have my eye on it nonetheless. I've made some other purchases, so expect a haul on my YouTube channel soon!

Thanks for reading my really long life recap! I'd love to hear about what's been going on in your life recently - let me know by leaving a comment below.

Navy Denim Top

Denim Top (sold out, similar here and here, dress version here) // White Jeans // Necklace // Lace-Up Sandals // Bracelet c/o

Ever since I purchased this navy top at Francesca's, I've been so excited to wear it! I knew right away it would be the perfect piece to transition from winter to spring. Although this outfit is a little outside of my comfort zone (I don't usually wear white jeans before Easter or after Labor Day) I really like how it turned out!

The fringe on the bottom of this top adds a fun little detail to an otherwise plain shirt, but I feel like the accessories really complete this outfit. One of my go-to outfits, no matter the season, is pairing a statement necklace with a plain top. It's so simple, but the combinations you can create with those two items are endless. I'm really glad I purchased this necklace last fall - I've definitely gotten my use out of it

I also added this gorgeous leather wrap bracelet from 212 West! If you've been reading my blog for a long time, you might remember reading this post, where I talked about their amazing necklace and the significance it held. I'm so excited to have partnered with them again - they were kind enough to send me this bracelet, which says Faith, Hope, Love, after one of my favorite Bible verses, 1 Corinthians 13:13. This bracelet will go with so many things and I can't wait to wear it!

Also - a huge thank you to my little sister for taking these photos! She's been my main photographer for the past few months, and she's gotten better with each post she photographs for me. We shot these pictures during golden hour, and I'm obsessed with how they turned out. Thanks, Annabelle!

What outfits do you wear while transitioning from winter to spring? Leave a comment letting me know!

Utah Travel Guide: Park City & Salt Lake City

Hello, friends! It feels like forever since I've sat down to write a blog post! My posts for last week were pre-scheduled, and I've been on vacation for the past few days so I've barely been at my computer at all. I went to Utah with my dad and sister, and we had so much fun! It was the best ski trip I've ever been on, and I can't wait to share pictures with y'all! While I vlogged my entire trip on my YouTube channel (click here to see everything) I still wanted to write a blog post about it since my audience on here is larger than my YouTube channel.

We went to Utah for five days, and they were some of the best five days of my life! I had so much fun, so I thought I would put together a little travel guide for y'all. We spent one night in Salt Lake City, and four in Park City, so I have so much to share with y'all!


We were only here for about 16 hours, so we didn't do that much, but I still had a couple things I wanted to share with y'all!

Rye // We ate here for breakfast on the first morning of our trip, and it was delicious! I was captivated by the menu full of veggies and tofu when I first looked online, so of course I had to come here! I got the veggie breakfast bowl, and my sister got the buttermilk pancakes, both of which were absolutely delicious.

Shopping Downtown // Before we left Salt Lake City to go to Park City, we walked downtown for a bit. The city itself is very different from Dallas, so I loved getting to look around. The only store we stopped at was the Real Salt Lake soccer store, but I saw tons of cute little shops that I would have definitely gone in if we'd had more time!

The World's Largest Costco // This is definitely a very random item, but I had to throw it in because I love Costco so naturally I thought it was pretty cool. We went in to grab a few items like water bottles, and we were amazed at how enormous it was. Upon Googling it, I discovered that it was indeed the biggest Costco in the world. Just look at this row of water bottles - it practically extends forever!

Emigration Canyon // My dad heard about this natural landmark, so we drove to go see it. I'm not really sure if we ever found it, or what it was exactly, but when Google Maps said we had arrived, we discovered lots of cool lookout stops that were part of a beautiful, scenic drive. We ended up doing a little bit of hiking, a lot of picture taking, and a ton of sightseeing. You could see the mountains everywhere in the distance, and everything was gorgeous!

Wyoming // Okay, clearly this isn't in Salt Lake City, but we drove to Wyoming after Emigration Canyon. We literally went just so we could say we'd been to Wyoming, but I'm still glad we went. It was only about an hour long drive, and we took tons of pictures at the state sign.

The Great Salt Lake // Five days later, we went to see the Great Salt Lake before we caught our flight back to Dallas. It was a pretty crazy experience - my dad couldn't get off the interstate to go see it, and we were practically speeding since we didn't want to miss our flight. However, we were able to get out of the car and see the sunset over the lake. What a gorgeous view - I would love to come back to the lake one day in the summer!


Now for the best part... Park City! We spent four nights here, but honestly... I could have stayed forever. It was the cutest little ski town - I loved all the houses and condos that surrounded the bright and bustling Main Street - but there was so much to do and see! Since I have a lot of ground to cover, I'm breaking this part up into two different categories - things to do and places to eat.


Olympic Village // We went here during our first morning in Park City, and it was such a cool experience! I loved getting to walk around and see the luge people compete (I'm not really sure what they're called, haha). We also walked around the museum and completed a bobsled simulation. The whole complex is huge, and it's so fun to walk around and soak it all in.

Shopping On Main Street // I briefly mentioned Main Street earlier, but I have to spend a little bit more time talking about it since it was so cool! On our first night in Park City, we walked up and down the entire Main Street, stopping in art galleries and cute little boutiques. It was such a cool scene - people everywhere, bright and colorful shops, so many places to eat. We ended up coming back to Main Street every night to eat dinner, since the best restaurants are located all on Main Street.

Deer Valley // We went skiing here on our first day of skiing and our third day of skiing. It's the best ski resort in the country, and for a good reason! Everyone is so friendly and nice, and there are so many runs for people of all different levels. I started out on the green slopes, but this was my third time skiing, so I really focused on improving my form and was able to ski double blues by the end of the trip! There are so many different slopes, and I only did about half of them even with two full days of skiing.

Alta // On our second day of skiing, we drove about an hour out of Park City to a ski resort called Alta. I happened upon this by accident when I tried to Google Altar'd State, but accidentally just typed in Alta. This ski resort came up, and it sounded interesting... so long story short, we ended up going here! It's a really different experience from Deer Valley - the whole resort is very secluded, and the slopes are very wide open as opposed to the tree-lined slopes of Deer Valley. I really enjoyed skiing at both places - it's so hard to pick a favorite!

Snow Tubing at Gorgoza Park // We made the impromptu decision to go snow tubing, and I'm so glad we went! We'd tried to go snow tubing in Beaver Creek the year before, but the place was closed so we were unable to do so. I wasn't really sure what to expect from snow tubing, but it was a blast!

// EAT //

Park City has so many amazing restaurants! There were so many that we didn't get to try, but we loved all the ones that we chose. Every morning, we ate breakfast at our hotel, and we had lunch at the ski resorts, so all of these places are primarily dinner places.

Este Pizza // This pizzeria was nice because it was in walking distance from our hotel. It's kind of a hole-in-the-wall, but I was intrigued by their unique menu. They had so many different pizzas to choose from, and the one that really caught my eye was the vegan lasagna pizza. I ended up not getting that, though, but the veggie pizza we got was still really good!

Vinto // This Italian food wasn't the best, but it was still really good! I had their forest mushroom and artichoke pasta, and it was really yummy. My dad got the chicken pesto pasta, which was also good! Definitely not the best restaurant of the ones I mentioned, but I think it's still worth a stop.

Cafe Terigo // Dinner at this place was by far my favorite meal of the trip. I had their mushroom and goat cheese ravioli, and ohmygosh it was amazing. I wasn't that hungry, but somehow I managed to eat it all! :) Sadly, I forgot to bring my camera with me, so I didn't take a picture of my food. You'll just have to take my word for it!

Freshie's Lobster Co // This is the perfect spot for lunch, but we ate here before we headed to the airport, so I guess you could call our meal a mid-afternoon snack. This place flies their lobster in from Maine, so it's really fresh and it tastes AMAZING! My dad had a lobster roll, which was heavenly, and I enjoyed a lobster grilled cheese that was so so good. We're definitely coming back here when we return to Park City!

Fletcher's // My dad picked this place out after seeing the eggplant lasagna on the menu, and he chose well! I ended up getting the eggplant lasagna, and it was delicious! Again, I wasn't that hungry, but I still managed to eat it all. I don't eat red meat, so I don't really remember what real lasagna tastes like, but my dad had a bite and he thought it could definitely pass for real lasagna. The lighting in here was really dark, so I didn't take a picture of my food, but trust me - it looked as good as it tasted!

While the big highlights of the trip were so much fun, it was the little things, like playing Foosball in the hotel and laughing at our wipeouts on the ski slopes, that really made this trip one to remember. There were so many things that we didn't get to do, so I already have a list going of things to do for the next time we come back (because we're definitely returning!!!). I'm sad to be back home, but I'm glad I was able to go on this amazing trip. It turned out perfectly, and I wouldn't change a thing!

Have you ever been to Utah? What did you do while you were there? Let me know by leaving a comment!

Spring Break Packing Guide

When I think of Spring Break destinations, my mind instantly jumps to snow covered mountains, ski equipment, and cozy sweaters. I think of Spring Break as the farewell to winter, the last time I will experience cold weather before spring officially arrives. However, I know many of y'all think of beaches and sunshine, so today, I've put together two packing guides - one for warmer weather, and one for cold weather!

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This will be my third year going skiing for Spring Break, and I can't wait! I'm leaving for Utah tonight, and I've never been before so I'm beyond excited. However, I've been skiing in Nevada and Colorado before (read my Beaver Creek recap here!) and I've found that a good pair of rain or snow boots, thick sweaters, cozy scarves, and fuzzy socks are the best items to pack when heading someplace cold. You'll obviously have to bring ski gear if you're planning on going skiing, but I just focused on the clothing you might want to pack when exploring the city or going out to dinner.

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If you're heading to a destination with a warmer climate, you'll obviously want to bring a swimsuit. A cover up like this pom pom one and this tote bag would be the perfect thing to accompany said swimsuit, and of course, you'll need a pair of sandals and some cute tops and dresses to wear throughout your trip. A lot of the things featured in my spring wishlist would be perfect to pack!

Even if you're not going anywhere, you can use this post as an excuse to do a little shopping! :) I hope y'all enjoyed this post, and you have a great Spring Break even if you don't have a specific destination. Staycations can be so much fun too!

Also, there will be no Life Lately post this week since this is my second post of the week already and I want to share all of my Spring Break adventures in my next Life Lately post. I hope y'all understand!

Where are you headed for Spring Break? What essentials are you taking? Let me know by leaving a comment!

3 Ways To Style A Jadelynn Brooke T-Shirt

Jadelynn Brooke t-shirts have forever been my favorite t-shirts. Not only are they incredibly cute, but they are also the comfiest t-shirts I've ever worn. I own more of them than I care to admit, and I am guilty of wearing them nonstop. They're basically all I wear to school anymore... whoops.

Naturally, I was thrilled last August when I became a Jadelynn Brooke Ambassador! I've loved their company for a couple years now, so I was excited to partner with them and get a discount code to share with y'all. You can use my code BBHS16 for 15% off all of your purchases there.

Today, I've partnered with a few other Jadelynn Brooke Ambassadors to bring y'all three different ways we like to style our t-shirts. I have loved getting to know these girls over the past few months - they are so sweet and I'm so glad I'm friends with them! Make sure you check out their blog posts here and here when you're finished reading mine.

"Beach Bound" tee c/o // Gingham Shorts c/o // Blue Beaded Bracelet // Pink Beaded Bracelet // Birkenstock look-alikes // Aviator Sunglasses

In my latest rep package, the Jadelynn Brooke girls sent me this gorgeous Beach Bound shirt! While I'm not headed to the beach any time soon (in fact, I'm leaving for a ski trip on Thursday) I still love this shirt and plan on wearing it a ton. I paired it with a pair of their athletic shorts - I got them last year, and they are the comfiest, cutest shorts I own! Surprisingly, they go with a lot of my t-shirts so I get the chance to wear them all the time.

I finished off the look by adding some colorful jewelry and my fake Birkenstocks - I actually got these for $5 at Belk, and they look just like the real thing! I also wore my new sunglasses from Kate Spade - I've been obsessed with them lately!

Psst... Jadelynn Brooke just released their Spring Break line and everything is amazing - I think I need it all! You can click here to shop all of the cute shorts, t-shirts, and coverups, and if you use the code BBHS16 at checkout you will receive a 15% discount.

Thanks for reading - make sure you go check out the other blog posts here and here. I'm so glad I got the chance to work with Faith, Avery, Mackenzie, and Gabby!

Do you own any Jadelynn Brooke t-shirts? If so, how do you style them? Let me know by leaving a comment!

Link Love Vol. 16

It's officially March! I'm really excited for all the things to come this month, and I can't wait to share everything with y'all. One week from today, I'll be in Utah, and I can't wait to show y'all a bunch of fun pictures. Make sure you're following me on Instagram so you can see all the snapshots from my travels.

While the long school days seem to pass by slowly as I wait for Spring Break, reading blog posts definitely helps pass the time! I've had a lot of free time in class lately, so I have a lot of links to share with y'all! Keep reading to see my favorite links of the past two weeks.

2 // I've seen a ton of cute items for spring lately - read my wishlist here!

Thanks for reading - have a great weekend!