Sophistication & Sparkles

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travel

Plan a Hiking Trip to Arizona

To kick off 2017, my parents and I went on a hiking trip to Arizona. Not only was there amazing food, but also we got some good work outs in throughout the trip. After visiting Phoenix, Sedona, and Grand Canyon, I have loads of tips on packing, trails, lodging, and activities. I hope this guide helps you to plan your own wonderful trip to Arizona! Packing Tips and Must Haves for a hiking trip to Arizona Boots: As someone who has only gone on ...
College

Goals for 2017 Success!

After a few weeks at home de-stressing from a long semester, I was thrilled to ring in 2017 last night! Now that the year has started it is time to set some goals for 2017. For the past couple of years, I have been setting goals to accomplish in 2017 instead of resolutions. I find goals easier to accomplish! Unlike resolutions, you can break a goal, so there’s no giving up. Some of my goals I am 99% sure I will accomplish, but others ...
College

College Gift Guide for Girls

Thanksgiving is over, which means the retail world is in full on holiday season. Personally, I love the holidays and shopping for gifts. My mom and I always spend Black Friday at the mall shopping for everyone on our list, and−despite the crowds−I love picking out fun presents for family and friends. Plus, Black Friday gives you a little kick in the butt to make quick decisions and move on, instead of dwelling on one gift for too long. ...
Beauty

November Ipsy Bag Review

As a girl on a budget that has a passion for trying new products, Ipsy is my perfect soulmate. For only $10 a month, I get five new products in the mail. In High School, I was a long time Ipsy subscriber, and I actually restarted based on my trip to the Birchbox Store in Manhattan. I realized how much I was missing the service and figured I would do it for a few months, get some new products, and then cancel again. I know, big plans for a ...