Top 5 iPhone Apps X Case App

 

ZARA Crepe Blazer || ARITZIA Babaton Galen Camisole || AGOLDE Parker Distressed Denim Shorts || STUART WEITZMAN Studio Point Mule || MONICA VINADER Minnie Marie Pendant worn on a 24″ chain || MARC JACOBS Empire City Leather Crossbody Bag || BREDA Beverly Watch || DAVID YURMAN Cable Classics Bracelet 

Hello everyone and welcome back to StyLin! I am so excited to share today’s post. I’ve teamed up with Case App to share the top 5 iPhone apps that I literally couldn’t live without! I’m also doing a giveaway at the end of this post so make sure you read through to find out how to enter.

App #1: INSTAGRAM

This is truly one of my most used apps. I love being able to connect with so many people and see all of the unique and exciting content out there!

App #2: VSCO

I almost feel like this goes hand in hand with Instagram, but I love this app. I use it to edit all of my Instagram photos. I love it so much that I pay for a subscription to have access to the plethora of filters that the app offers (#worthit #doitforthegram).

App #3: SPOTIFY

I LOVE Spotify. I love having access to the MASSIVE library of music it has. I love the playlist feature. I like to make playlists for each month of the year just so I can document each month’s favorites but always feel like I’m listening to fresh new songs! You can see what I’m listening to monthly by visiting the home page of StyLin.

App #4: NETFLIX/ YOUTUBE (sorry I’m making this count as 1)

I’m counting these two apps as one because I literally use them for the same things. I like to use these apps in the morning when I do my hair and makeup! I also like to use these apps when I’m at the gym. The perfect distraction to distract me from how much pain I’m in while I’m on the treadmill.

App #5: GOOGLE MAPS

This is very self-explanatory. I have the worst sense of direction and I actually could not get anywhere without this app.

(BONUS) App #6: NORDSTROM

I had to include this because if I’m being honest, I spend WAY too much time on this app. Aside from the obvious function of purchasing things online, I love scrolling through the app because it allows me to stay up to date on what’s current in the store as well as what’s hot in fashion in general. This helps me strengthen my sales skills (I work at Nordstrom if you didn’t know) and gives me access to so much product knowledge.

There ya have it. My top *6 iPhone apps. They’re not the most exciting but when I sat down to pick out my top 5 these were the obvious choices. I’m also thinking about doing a blog post with my favorite photo editing/ Instagram related apps so leave a comment below if this is something you’d like to see.

ENTER MY GIVEAWAY

Congrats! You made it to the end of this blog post. As I mentioned before, I’ve teamed up with Case App to give away a  custom tech skin to one lucky winner! I love the freedom and opportunity Case App provides to express your own style and create unique designs. They also offer pre-made designs if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed. They were kind enough to send me two iPhone cases. I can honestly say the cases are great quality and SO cute. I picked out the “Summer Yellow in Lemon” case and the “Glass Beach” case.

If you’re interested in winning one for yourself here’s how:

  1. Follow me on Instagram (@stylinfashionblog.)
  2. Like AND tag one friend in the comments of my Instagram post featuring Case App.

*For a BONUS entry, leave another comment letting me know what your favorite iPhone app is.

Winner will be chosen according to contest entry rules and announced on Saturday, August 4, 2018. 

GOOD LUCK! xo. L!

Photos taken by the lovely Karya Schanelic. Check out her Instagram and website. 

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Ways To Budget in a Big City

Top Zara ||Citizens of Humanity Rocket Crop (similar style)|| Le Specs x Adem Selman Sunglasses|| Camelia Roma Leather Bucket Bag|| Aldo Fabrizzia 

Photos by Karya Schanilec. Check out her Instagram and website.

Hello everyone and welcome back to StyLin!

As you all know, I recently graduated from college so I’m focusing a lot more on saving money and knowing how to spend it wisely. It’s been a little bit of an adjustment but I’m working hard on changing stubborn habits and moving forward. I’m trying to focus on being more conscious of things I chose to spend on and invest in. I think this is especially important since moving to a big city, where things are super expensive and easily add up. Here are a few tips I’ve been using myself during this process.

  1. Cook for yourself- I am completely guilty of eating out WAY more than I should. I’m not the best cook and I don’t have a lot of time to set aside for cooking, so sometimes it feels like the easier option is to just order take-out or treat myself to a nice dinner. While there’s no harm in treating yourself here and there, I’m focusing on cooking at home a lot more. Like I said, I’m no master chef but there are TON of resources to find easy and healthy meals you can make at home. Seriously, pick up a cookbook, download an app, or search the web. My personal favorites are recipes from the Lifesum app or from Jess Duke’s website. Not only will this save you money, but it’s also a lot healthier and you can control what goes into your body!
  2. Make coffee at home- I LOVE STARBUCKS (or any cute cup of coffee for that matter). #noshame. I swear I live for coffee shop aesthetics, BUT I’ve realized that those $4 cups of coffee add up. I don’t think I can ever fully give up indulging and exploring cute new coffee shops (especially in Seattle), but for those mornings I need fuel for work, I’ve been skipping the Starbuck’s drive-thru and making my own cup of joe at home. I recently purchased my very own French Press. It’s so simple to use and perfect for days when I want a steaming hot cup of coffee. On hotter days I like to drink Califa Almond Milk Cold Brew.
  3. Leave your credit/debit card at home- If you’re planning on going on a shopping day with friends, or just walking around a market leave your card at home. Having a card makes it TOO easy to swipe and not even think about what you just purchased. If your card is at home, you literally won’t even have the option to buy it. Instead, you can think about the purchase for a longer period and later make a more informed decision about whether or not you actually want that item. I promise, it’ll still be there when you come back, and if you went back it’s probably worth it.
  4. Use cash- This tip is something that I’ve personally struggled with the most BUT it’s super helpful. At the beginning of the week, pull out a sum of cash that makes you feel comfortable and is within your budget. Try to make it last throughout the entire week. Having cash will make you a lot more conscious of what you chose to spend on, and you won’t want to run out before the end of the week.
  5. Rely on happy hour (#HH)– Now forget that I just told you to eat at home, sometimes you still need to go out, be social, and treat yourself to a drink because you are a human with needs! SO instead of going for a full blown sit-down dinner, head to happy hour with whomever you desire and indulge. As I’m sure  you all know the beauty of a happy hour menu is the cheaper prices. Now you can feel like you’re spending the big bucks when you’re really not.
  6. Invest in key pieces for your wardrobe- Fashion-wise, saving money is HARD! Let’s be real. I love clothes. I love shoes. I love bags. I love makeup. There’s nothing wrong with that. I’ve just been learning to spend on those things with a little more care and thought. When you’re shopping think about all of the different ways an item can be styled with pieces you already have. Think about whether or not they will translate throughout different seasons, if they will last, and if the price makes sense with your realistic budget. One thing I am super guilty of is buying a bunch of cheaper items, just to buy more rather than focusing on quality. It’s easy to get carried away and excited by cheap items. But if you actually think about it, it makes way more sense to splurge once on an item you may very well have for the next 5, 10, 15 years, etc., instead of buying a bunch of fast fashion pieces that won’t last. It might seem counterintuitive, but spending more now might actually save you money in the long run.
  7. Look for free events- One of the perks of being in the big city is that there’s ALWAYS something going on. It can be fun to seek out unique (and free events). Plus, it’ll get you out of the house and give you and your boo (or girlfriends) something to do! I typically end up finding out about events through the Facebook event section. There’s always so many cool things going on. These events can also be great networking opportunities and just great places to meet new faces.

That’s all for today everyone! Enjoy their weekend and let me know if you have any go to tips for budgeting in a big city.

xo. L!

5 Tips to Live Your Best Post Grad Life

Welcome back to StyLin!

Today I thought I would step outside my comfort zone and share with you all a few things I’ve learned since graduating from college. Of course I’ve only been graduated for exactly 21 days, but in that time I’ve moved to a new city, got a new job, and have successfully moved into a studio apartment by myself. I still have a ways to go and a lot more to learn but hey, we all gotta start somewhere right?

   TIP 1: Being alone is okay. 

One of the biggest things I’ve learned so far is that its okay to feel lonely and sometimes it can actually be good for you. Living alone gives you A LOT of time for self-reflection. The first day I spent in my apartment all day, alone was tough. I didn’t really know what to do with myself. Luckily my friends got me out of the house and talked me through it. While it’s hard to grapple with the feeling of being alone, I’ve realized that it’s a great opportunity to get to know yourself. You can take the time to find a new Netflix show, find a new music artist or podcast you like, or just sit back and take the time to do things you’ve always wanted to do. One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to read a book every month, so anytime I’m alone in the apartment I’ve been making an effort to sit my booty down on the couch and read!

TIP 2: Find your new favorite places! 

One of my favorite things so far about being in a new city is finding new places that make me excited to get out of the house. These new places can be as little as finding your new nail salon, gym, or even favorite boutique. I’ve been loving doing this, but my favorite part of exploring has been finding new restaurant/bar spots (let me know if you want to see a Seattle restaurant guide).

TIP 3: Get out of the house. 

This tip is pretty self-explanatory and goes hand in hand with finding your new places. Don’t get me wrong, some days it’s good to veg and be lazy but sometimes you just need to get out to spare your sanity. I’ve been doing this by motivating myself to get to the gym, or even just getting out to find myself the perfect vanilla almond milk latte. I grew up in the Southwest where we were 100% landlocked so living near the water is such a luxury to me. One of my favorite things to do is go for a walk by the water at sunset.

TIP 4: Lean on your friends for support. 

Despite all of this talk about being learning to be alone, it’s good to lean on your friends. Make an effort to see them because they’re the ones who will keep you sane. Make time for happy hour, wine and cheese nights, game nights, and movie nights. Do it all! Do what makes you guys close. Hold onto them a remind them how much you appreciate them because at the end of a long day they’re the ones who will be there for you and save you from your loneliness.

TIP 5:  No connection is a bad connection. 

My last tip is to put yourself out there as much as possible. You never know when you might find a new connection or make a new friend. It could be at a bar, at work, or even online! Meeting people will help you cater new interests and could potentially help you along in you endeavors down the road. It’s also just exciting to learn about new people and their own lives!

I hope this was helpful for all you fellow post-grad student’s out there. It might all seem like common sense but sometimes it’s nice to have a little reminder.

Photos: Jacob Pogorek (check out his Instagram here).

Outfit Details:

Aritzia Wilfred Chambéry Pant 

Artizia Sunday Best Montana Shirt

Breda Beverly Watch 

Sam Edelman Hazel Pump

2018 New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year everyone!

It feels crazy to say that it’s officially 2018! I thought today I would keep the post short and sweet and share my goals for the coming new year. However, before I share my goals, I wanna chat quickly about today’s look. Currently, H&M is having their huge winter sale! I stumbled upon this gorgeous oversized parka. I think the patches and embroidered detail are so fun. It’s usually not my typical style, but for $10 who could pass it up! I kept it casual with my favorite Levi’s jeans and these adorable brown cutout boots from a local boutique. I love them because they remind me so much of the super popular Free People cut out boots. Anyways, onto my goals for the new year! Keep in mind, some of these are super cheesy, but hey, that’s me.

  1. Call mom and dad at least once a week!
  2. Finish my senior year of college strong.
  3. Workout consistently.
  4. Move to Seattle with my best friends!
  5. Keep in contact with the ones that move away. 🙁
  6. Save $$$.
  7. Grow professionally and make connections.
  8. Eat healthily, but always treat myself to stay sane.
  9. Re-design StyLin, post consistently, and engage with my followers!
  10. Try out new hobbies!

I think my biggest theme for the year, in everything I do, is to stay consistent and passionate about I love. That’s all for today. xo. L!

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Blast From the Past

Today’s post is not your typical StyLin post. Spoiler alert, I’m about to get real sentimental and real reflective. I’m currently visiting home in New Mexico, and I’ve found myself really uninspired, and unmotivated to create content for StyLin. Believe me, I had all of these grandiose plans and so many ideas, but as soon as I hit touched down I lost them. I found myself feeling guilty for not wanting to create and not knowing what to create. It’s hard to be in college and blog. It’s hard to maintain a social life, a job, and grades but I do my best because no matter how busy I get, StyLin will always be my place to share what I love. It’s 12:28am here and I just spent a solid hour looking through old photos which have unintentionally reminded me why I love StyLin, and fashion itself. I thought, what better way than to kick off an (almost) new year of content with sharing some of my old shots. StyLin is my baby and something I only want to grow and I know that I can. I know that 2018 will be the best year yet, so stay tuned.

xo! L.

I went through a serious boho phase. These were my first pair of wedges EVER.

These boots were everything to me. Literally EVERYTHING.

I don’t know what to call this look, but I like.

Went through a serious Sincerely Jules inspired phase.

Not sure why I thought this hat would be cute with this shirt.

Skater/ Sincerely Jules phase?

I will forever love these Nikes. I would call this sport chic…

To this day, I still love this sweater.

I have no idea what to call this. I was still trying to figure out how to style my Doc Martens.