Pearls Please!

College football has officially started, and my family and I couldn’t be happier. What’s my game day essential? A strand of pearls. I’m pretty sure it is a southern tradition to dress your best for football games, and that is exactly what I do. Even though I’m watching the games from home today in my pjs, I couldn’t help but layer my pearls with a diamond necklace I got for my 16th birthday. Pearls to me are elegant and scream high class, yet they’re very basic and easy to add to an already fashionable outfit. You can purchase some here for $10 or the real deal here for $167.

What are your game day essentials?

xoxo, Ashley Brooke

 

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Confidence is Key

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Hello pals, readers, and those who have stumbled upon this blog. Today I will be sharing my outfit that I got at Goodwill and Payless for $27. I have always loved thrifting and Goodwill is the perfect place to start thrifting. There are so many nifty finds there, and you can normally make an outfit for under $20! I was unable to find shoes that matched my outfit at Goodwill, and so I went to Payless to find shoes! They were having a back to school clearance event so I ended up getting $40 shoes for 16 bucks. What a great deal.Anyways, I wanted to talk to you guys about confidence. I have struggled with body image for a long long long time. I also have struggled with depression and anxiety and have gone to therapy for about a year to work on my confidence and depressive symptoms. I am finally getting better and I am so happy! I recently got a new therapist and I was a tad scared that we wouldn’t mesh, but she is very helpful! We have been working on my confidence and self-image. I’m going to share her tips in hopes that it will help someone like me.

Tip 1. Recognize your strengths.

Recognize what you are good at. Are you artistic? Sporty? Really good at listening to people? Realize what you are good at and you will start to feel good about yourself, too.

Tip 2. Be proud of your accomplishments.

What have you done recently that is extraordinary? Did you start a blog? Did you talk to someone on the phone even though you have terrible anxiety? Even the smallest accomplishments are huge victories.

Tip 3. Celebrate life.

One of the biggest keys to confidence is to be happy.

“Happy girls are the prettiest girls.” -Audrey Hepburn

In order for your beauty to shine through, you need to be happy. There are thousands of ways to create your own happiness, but the easiest way is to realize you are awesome. Celebrate small things. Celebrate living to see another Monday. Celebrate that you will find someone who loves you with all their heart. Celebrate the confusion. Celebrate the bad times. Celebrate the good times. Celebrate scars, stretch marks, bruises. These are all signs you are alive. Just, celebrate life.

 I had a recent interview for a class and the interviewer said I needed to work on my confidence. Major blow to my already low self-esteem. I knew I wasn’t confident, but other people noticed too? I then felt more insecure than ever, but I knew if I wanted a spot in the class I would HAVE to boost my confidence somehow. I decided a photoshoot would either be a blessing or a curse. Sometimes I’m really photogenic and other times I look like a potato, so it was a 50/50 chance at boosting my confidence. Once I saw the pictures, I fell in love with them and the way I looked.

Get a similar skirt here, a similar shirt here, and the exact shoes here.

Comment below your struggles with confidence and how you built it back up! I’d love to hear your stories and see what worked and what didn’t.

Thanks for stopping by,

Ashley Brooke

How To Survive High School

Hello incoming freshmen, pals, readers, and those who have stumbled upon this blog. Today is the first day of August, which means school is just around the corner (groan). I will be sharing 15 tips on how to survive your first day as a high school student.

Starting your first day as a freshman can be exciting, scary, and a little intimidating. You may be smaller than the upperclassmen, and that is terrifying. Here is a handy guide to get you through your first day and the 179 days after. 😉

#1. Learn your way around the school

Nothing is worse than a freshman who is constantly bumping into people and being lost. But don’t worry! If your school doesn’t offer a freshman orientation, don’t be scared to ask an upperclassman for help navigating the hallways. Chances are they will help you and 1. If they don’t they’re a big meanie. 2. If they do, new friend!

#2. Memorize your schedule 

The best way to do this is to keep it as a lock screen on your phone! That way, if you lose your schedule you have it committed to memory or at least saved to something you don’t leave home without.

#3. Stop posting on Instagram 2x a day

You WILL have more freshmen that you meet and upperclassmen follow you after the first day. Nobody wants to follow a spammy account, though. Limit your posts to once a day if you absolutely HAVE to post. Most teens post once a week or less.

#4 Realize you might drift away from friends

You are now in high school. People are changing and developing into different versions of themselves. You and your best friend might have different tastes now, and that’s okay!

#5. You are going to make A LOT of friends

High school introduces you to so many opportunities to meet new people! Clubs, sports, tutoring, the options are endless.

#6. Join a club or sport!

The best way to meet people is to be active in your school!

#7. Don’t miss out on sporting events just because you have homework 

Don’t get me wrong, grades are SUPER important, but it is okay to have fun! You’re young, you can afford to stay up until 3 am doing homework at least once. Again, being social is the best way to meet people.

#8. Don’t let other people define your worth

I struggled a lot with this my freshman year. In fact, I still do. Do not let anyone feel like you are too much to handle or do not have enough to offer. You are perfect just the way you are, and if they don’t like you for you, kick them to the curb.

#9. Do not focus on romantic relationships

Sure, dating is fun, but chances are you do not have a car so you cannot actually “date.” Freshman year is the year for building friendships, focus on boyfriends/girlfriends later.

#10. Stay on top of your grades

Colleges will look at your freshman year, so do the best that you can! Do not goof off in class, pay attention, take notes. Do whatever works for you to get good grades.

#11. Keep a planner

It can be hard to keep up with all the assignments, projects, and school events. Keeping a planner helps you stay organized and stay on top of your grades.

#12. Spend time with your family

Just because you are busy with school does not mean you have an excuse to not hang out with your family. You will be gone in four years, and the time does fly by fast. Hang out with the rents, and not just so you can mooch money off of them. You family will appreciate you hanging out with them.

#13. Save money

You will be buying a car in two years and going to college two years after that. Save all the money you can, you’ll thank me later ;).

#14. Read Perks of Being a Wallflower. 

This is one of the best books of all time. Read it.

#15. Be yourself!

This is probably the most important tip. Be your crazy, unique, smart self. People will love you for you, and like I said earlier if they don’t like you kick them to the curb.

Thanks for stopping by,

Ashley Brooke

Everything you need to know on your first day of high school. Freshmen tips

7 Best Jobs for High School Students

Hello pals, readers, and those who have stumbled upon this blog. Today I am going to be sharing with you (some from personal experience, some from research) the best jobs for high school students.

Grocery Store Clerk

This job is best for effieicient, extroverted people. Be prepared to stock shelves as well as learn to bag groceries quickly. (recomended but not required: Tetris skills)

Babysitter

This job is one of the highest paying jobs for teens. Babysitters can make $12-$20 an hour, depending on how many children they are watching and how long the parent(s) will be gone.  If you love kids this job is for you. 

Bonus, you are likely to be hired faster/paid more if you are CPR certified. 

Ice cream scooper

Just imagine being close to all that yummy goodness all day! Some companies even let you take pints home (yay employee freebies!). You’ll get to see smiling faces all day long while working on your upperbody strength (scooping ice cream is harder than you think). Who could ask for a better job?

 

Dog Walker

You can make anywhere from $15-35 per walk! Great for someone who loves dogs and needs to hatch Pokemon eggs. 😉

Animal Shelter Worker

Animal shelters will pay teens to work with animals and clean out their cages. If you are interested in becoming a vet/ owning an animal shelter, you would love this job!

Filling out surveys

A good way to earn money without ever leaving your bed is to fill out online surveys! My favorite app to do this is SwagBucks. They ask you to fill out surveys in exchange for giftcards from places like Target, Starbucks, Walmart, and Amazon. 

You’ll only make about $5 a day, but it all depends on how much time you spend on the app. 

Pet Sitter

People go crazy over their pets! You can earn up to $15 per half hour of checking on pets! This includes feeding and watering them, letting them inside/outside, and possibly playing with them. This job is perfect for someone who is busy with school and can only work for a few hours a day. 

 

Thanks for stopping by! Leave your favorite job you worked as a teen in the comment section below. 

xoxo,

Ashley Brooke

DIY Monogram Keychain

Hello pals, readers, and those who have stumbled upon this blog. Today I am sharing with you how to make a monogram keychain for less than $10! (the actual unit price is $4.04)

Supplies: 

•Blank and tassel Lobster clasp charms (found here)

•Small Gold Monogram Letter Rub-On Transfers (found here)

First you pick out the letters in you monogram (First, Last, Middle) and then stick them on the keychain and you’re done! It takes three seconds and is so easy to do! I suggest you place the middle letter first so you can center your monogram!

Happy crafting,

Ashley Brooke

One White Tee, Ten Different Ways

Style 1. Patterns!

I love love love patterns. My favorite print recently has been a J. Crew Poppy skirt I found on Poshmark for $10! Can’t beat that deal. It combines classy with fun and I love to wear it. Style this with a white tee to dress it down, or dress up the casual tee-shirt look. I personally enjoy flats, but if heels are your thing you can add instant glam to your already fashionable outfit.

Get the skirt for $25 (size 4) here

Get the skirt here for $25 (size 2)

You can find a similar one here for $13 (size 6)

If you can’t find it in your size, keep looking on Poshmark!

Style 2. Patterns again

You can never go wrong with a crisp white tee and trendy drawstring pants. I found these at Marshall’s last summer and they have remained in good condition! I like to wear these pants with strappy sandals, that I also found at Marshall’s. Throw on some red lipstick and your outfit will be poppin’!

Find similar pants here

Style 3. Ripped Jeans

A perfect way to achieve a clean yet grungy look is by throwing on a pair of ripped jeans! My fav jeans I found at Goodwill for $4. Can’t beat it!

Find similar jeans here

Style 4. KnottedFor an instant crop top effect, knot your shirt! Not only does it allow you to show off your awesome bod, but it is also a chic way to wear an otherwise basic shirt. Wear skinny jeans or high rise shorts for a simple look.


Style 5. The flannel

I got this flannel from Forever 21 my freshman year (two years ago), and it still looks brand new!  Add this to your basic tee to add instant warmth and tumblr feel. Wear with the knotted style for a bonus effect. 😉 Wearing converse or sneakers would complete the look.

Find the exact flannel here

Style 6. With a Skirt

These are both from Loft (on sale of course!), but I personally like Forever 21’s skater skirts because they are $5.90. Style this look with sunnies and sandals.

Find skirts here

Style 7.  Over a maxi dress

This look is perfect for when you want to wear a strapless maxi dress to school but the dress code won’t allow it. I found this dress at a little local boutique.

Style 8. Khakis 

Adding jewelry to neutrals really spices up the outfit! I got these khakis at Sam’s Club for $15.

Style 9. With a blazer 

I love this look! My mom gave me the Dooney and Bourke purse, it was hers in college. I got the blazer at Target and the skirt from Ross.

Find the blazer here

Purchase a similar purse for $25 here 

Style 10. Red Faux Leather Jacket

Fall is quickly approaching, and one of my closet staples is a red faux leather jacket. I cannot tell you how many compliments I receive when wearing this!  This was given to me as a gift so I’m not sure where they found it, but search on Poshmark and at thrift stores!

Thanks for stopping by,

Ashley Brooke

GIVEAWAY

Hello pals, readers, and those who have stumbled across this blog. I am excited to announce my very first give away! Hop over to my Instagram to enter. Good luck 😉 Instagram