What’s On My iPhone

Hi!  Welcome back to Allison In Wonderland!  I am so excited to be doing a “What’s On My iPhone” post, I think it’s gonna be fun and different than the posts I usually do!  Let’s get started!

IMG_0218To begin, my lock screen is a photo that I’ve kept on there for a while.  It’s a nice little reminder to be able to see whenever I go on my phone.  It says, “May we look most like Jesus when the world needs Him most.”  I came across this print on Pinterest so I’m sure you’d be able to find it on there if you did a little digging!

Moving on, I’m going to go through my favorite apps that I couldn’t live without!  When I unlock my phone, the first page is full of all my social media.  I love, love, love Instagram, Snapchat, and Pinterest and I also just discovered that WordPress has an app!  It’s so convenient, I highly recommend getting it if you are a blog junkie like I am! 🙂

My second page is filled with the apps that come with your iPhone like the Calculator and Notes and such.  This is also the place where I keep my school email app and my GroupMe app.  GroupMe is an app that’s so great for college students!  It allows you to have a huge group message but makes it a lot easier for those without iPhones because all the messages can be on one message thread.  Another thing I store here is the one and only game I have on my iPhone!  I’m not a huge fan of playing games on my phone, I never have been.  But this summer, I found one that I just had to get; it’s called Panda Pop!  Basically, you shoot colored bubbles up into the air to pop other bubbles, but there’s little panda babies in them that you have to save.  It’s a very mindless game, but it’s nice for when you need a mental break!  Since this is the only one I keep on my phone, I’m open to any and all suggestions of any others I should get!

The third page of my apps is where it finally gets interesting!  This is where I keep all my photography editing apps.  I have about 10 on here, but I’m going to go through my two favorites!  The one I use to edit all my photos is VSCO.  I’ve been using VSCO since I graduated high school and I will probably use it forever!  No matter what look or Instagram theme you’re going for, VSCO can help you get there!  I definitely recommend this photo editing app over all others I’ve come across.  My second favorite app is called UNUM.  I found this one about a month or two ago and it’s so, so convenient.  All you have to do is log in using your Instagram log in info and it loads your feed into the UNUM grid.  From there, they give you about 20 open slots above where your feed starts so you can lay out and plan your future posts!  This makes it so much easier to create a feed that goes together and saves you from having to delete photos if they don’t look right next to each other.

That is the third and final page of the apps I have on my iPhone, I hope I was able to give you some fun ideas for new ones to try!  Let me know in the comments if you have any apps that you love or think would be helpful!  Have a great rest of your day and be sure to come back next Tuesday for a brand new fashion post!


A Soft Skin Lovers Dream ft. EOS

Hi everyone, thanks for coming back to Allison In Wonderland!  I just couldn’t wait until Tuesday to write this post, so I decided to do a extra one this week, I hope you don’t mind! 🙂  I’m going to be talking about how I keep my skin and lips soft and moisturized in this dry, summer heat we’ve been experiencing, so keep on reading!

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As you can tell from the photo above, I’m going to be writing about a couple Evolution of Smooth (EOS) products today!  Not only are they absolutely adorable and effective, but they’re inexpensive as well!  I managed to get a full sized EOS Body Lotion AND an EOS Lip Balm for under $12!  Can you believe it!?

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Going more into the individual products, the lip balm is a product that I’ve used for a long time.  When they first came out, I immediately jumped on the Honeysuckle Honeydew one and it lasted for so long!  They have a unique circle shape so it’s super easy to find when you’re reaching into your bag, and it makes the application process simpler because it doesn’t get all over the top and bottom of your lips like a normal lip balm would.  I always put on a lip balm under whatever lip product I’m wearing that day and this is perfect for that!  The one I’ve been using most recently, and have pictured to the right, is Vanilla Mint.  It’s the perfect mix of sweet and fresh, which is exactly what I’m looking for when searching for a new staple lip balm!

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The next product that I’ve been loving from EOS is their body lotion!  They have two different versions out right now, Delicate Petals (a purple bottle) and Berry Blossom (a pink bottle).  I went for the Delicate Petals scent and it smells so good!  The lotion is so light that it feels like it sinks into your skin immediately.  Since it’s made with shea butter and avocado oil, it moisturizes your skin so well and it lasts all day!  Another exciting thing is I’m moving into a new apartment when I head back to college in a few days and it will look so much cuter than a normal body lotion bottle in my bathroom!  It’s a win-win all the way around!  This is definitely a product that I’ll be using for a while.

That’s all for today, I’m so glad I got to put out another skincare post so soon!  Please let me know in the comments if you’ve ever used these products and, if you have, what your favorite scents are!  See ya next week!

A Midsummer Day’s OOTD

Hi guys and welcome back to Allison in Wonderland!  Today’s post is going to be fun because I’ve never done one about all the little details of one outfit before!  So let’s get started! 🙂

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetThe outfit that I chose for this post is an outfit I’ve been waiting to wear for months and months.  I actually bought the pair of overalls from Forever 21 back in the wintertime for, I wanna say, around $10.  What a steal!  I almost didn’t buy them because I knew I wouldn’t get to wear them until the summer, but they were just too cute to pass up!  I was envisioning wearing them with a cute t-shirt underneath, just as I did in the photo to the right (also pictured in my last post Being a Tourist In: Virginia Beach).  But as the colder months passed and the overalls got pushed further and further towards the back of my closet, I forgot about them!  I only recently rediscovered them and I was so excited that I’d get to bring them on vacation with me!
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Since the overalls give off a more relaxed vibe, I didn’t want to pair them with any jewelry that was too girly, so I went with my Daniel Wellington watch that I LOVE.  I have the Women’s Classic Bristol 36mm with the silver face and it goes with almost anything!  It can be dressed up or dressed down and it’s just the perfect accessory to add to any outfit.

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The t-shirt I picked to go underneath my overalls is a super cute and comfortable t-shirt from American Eagle!  It’s a creamy white color with blue stripes and an adorable little green pocket that goes perfectly with the look of the overalls.  I was a bit worried the shirt would keep popping out of the shorts and I’d have to get a bodysuit-type top but I actually had no trouble keeping it in place!  I definitely recommend these overalls if you’re in the market for a cute and affordable pair!

Well, that about wraps up my first OOTD post, I hope you enjoyed!  Please leave a comment  if you have any topic suggestions for future posts!  Have a wonderful day! 🙂

Being a Tourist In: Virginia Beach

Hi everyone, thanks for coming back to my blog!  For the past week, I’ve been in Virginia Beach, VA on vacation with my family!  It’s been so nice being able to relax for a little while and I also get to do another “Being a Tourist In:…” post!  I hope you enjoy!

The first day of the trip was a cloudy one so we used that time to walk around and check out the area around the hotel.  This was my first time in Virginia Beach so I was really looking forward to seeing the area!  We stayed at the Hilton Oceanfront hotel that’s located in the more populated area of Virginia Beach so there were a ton of beachy boutiques and cafes that were just a short walk away!  At one of the boutiques, I ended up buying a thin gold bracelet cuff, which is something I’ve been looking for for a while so I was super excited about that!  We also walked the stretch of the boardwalk so we could get some pictures under the pier and it was one of my favorite areas we saw the whole trip!  To end off the night, we had dinner at the Beach Pub, which was only a ten minute drive from our hotel.  It was a little hole-in-the-wall seafood place that was just what we were in the mood for!

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The next day was finally our first day of just relaxing.  We started the day off at the pool!  Because of the type of room we booked, we had access to the rooftop infinity pool (pictured to the left) and spent almost the entire day there!  It was beautiful out and the water felt great. After dinner at Chops, a beautiful restaurant located right across from our hotel, we took a walk on the beach and the sunset was gorgeous!

The third day was our last full day in Virginia Beach so we finally made our way down to the beach!  It was tremendously hot that day, so running into the ocean every twenty minutes or so was so refreshing!  Our hotel also provided beach chairs so that helped to keep us up off the hot sand!  After staying at the beach all day, we had dinner at Abbey Road, a really yummy Beatles tribute restaurant, and watched yet another beautiful sunset from the balcony of our room.  This day also happened to be a Wednesday and Virginia Beach does fireworks every Sunday and Wednesday, so we were lucky enough to be there for both rounds!

The next day was unfortunately the last day of the trip, so we woke up pretty early to start gathering everything to head home.  While this trip wasn’t the most eventful family vacation we’ve ever taken, I really, really enjoyed having time to relax and spend time with my family after a busy summer.

Thank you for reading and be sure to come back next week for a fun fashion post!

My Summer Skincare Routine

Hello!  Welcome to my first post about skincare!  I’ve thought about doing something like this for a while so it’s about time I did it!  Throughout this post, I’m going to take you through everything I do in the summertime to keep my skin healthy and moisturized.  Keep reading if you’re interested!

First, let’s start off with the main mistake I’ve made in the past that led to having more acne than usual.  I used to wash, tone, and moisturize my face every morning and then wash, exfoliate, and heavily moisturize my face every night.  I didn’t understand why I had so much acne when I was taking all these steps to prevent it but what I didn’t realize is that I was overwashing my face.  My pores couldn’t keep up with the level of natural oils I was stripping away so they overcompensated, therefore, clogging themselves.  This caused me to be in a vigorous cycle of sabotaging my own skin.  It took a while for me to figure it out but once I got it together, I haven’t had many problems since!

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To start off the day, I splash my face with cold water and pat it dry with a soft towel.  After that, I moisturize with Aveeno’s Positively Radiant daily moisturizer with SPF 15.  That’s it.  No serums, no exfoliating.  I love this moisturizer because it’s light and easy to apply but it does exactly what you need it to.  I’ve used it since freshman year of high school!  This is all my face needs in the morning.  Providing your skin with a little bit of moisture (and SPF protection) in the morning is also wonderful in providing an even layer for your makeup to be applied to!

At night, I cleanse my face in the shower using Aveeno’s Positively Radiant brightening cleanser.  This is also a product I’ve used for years.  Aveeno’s Positively Radiant collection is one of my favorites!  You can feel that, while this cleanser really gets deep into your pores, it doesn’t feel harsh.  My skin always feels cool and refreshed after using this product.

After getting out of the shower, I moisturize the rest of my body with Aveeno’s Daily Moisturizing lotion.  In the past, I’ve had a tiny bit of eczema on the top of my arms and using this product daily helped me gain control of that problem!  This is another product that I love and it’s scent free so you can feel free to put any perfumes or body sprays on and have no problem!

Thanks for reading this post about my summer skincare routine – I hope it helped you out! Let me know in the comments if you have any suggestions or products that you love.  See you next week!

My Summer Internship: A Summary

Hi everyone!  August has arrived and even though it’s only the first week of the month, unfortunately, it’s the last week of my summer internship.  I began this journey with 12 long weeks ahead of me that could’ve been extremely awful or extremely wonderful and I’m very blessed to say it’s been one of the best experiences of my life.

For the last few months, I’ve had the opportunity of being an intern at a marketing firm in Annapolis, Maryland.  They (whom will remain unnamed for privacy reasons) are a full-service marketing firm that services clients such as Duracell, Splenda, and Mars Drinks (plus many others).  I went into the job thinking I would mainly shadow and assist my co-workers with whatever small tasks they needed help with but I thought wrong.  From the moment I walked in the building on my first day, I have been working on things that I’ll actually be doing in my career.  How cool!  From the little meetings I’d had before beginning the summer, I knew my days wouldn’t usually be filled doing typical intern tasks such as doing coffee runs and making copies, but I had no idea the level of respect and kindness I would receive from the employees at this company.  Throughout this internship, I’ve been challenged more than I thought I ever could be in such a short amount of time.  In addition to being challenged design-wise, I feel like the classes I’ve taken at JMU helped prepare me for this summer, and I also feel that this internship will help me in my future classes and that’s a really neat feeling!

This internship has also greatly improved my design self-esteem.  One of the classes I took this past year was pretty much a class version of this internship.  I was designing invitations, infographics, logos, etc. and I hated it.  My professor didn’t like my style of design and the comments and grades I received made me rethink my future so much that I didn’t even have an interest in graphic design anymore.  So, when I got here this summer, I was secretly hoping I’d mostly work with employees in other positions such as the copy editors and trade marketing professionals.  However, I ended up falling into the design position and it couldn’t have turned out better!  Not only did I realize that what I originally wanted to do is still what I want to do, but I realized I have the drive and the talent to actually be able to do it.  This summer, one of my designs was actually chosen for a company’s new logo!  Your future does not depend on the opinions of one person and you should never forget that.

Ending this internship, I’m kind of in a state where I feel so ready and prepared and excited for my future that I just want to be in it already!  I want to be working full time at a job I love and traveling on the weekends, and I’m already doing that!  It’s definitely going to be difficult driving away from here on Friday and heading back to school at the end of the month but that just means I’m that much closer to being where I want to be.

Although I don’t think anyone from the company will ever read this, I’d like to thank them as a whole for maintaining such an open and friendly environment that was so inviting and comforting to me this summer.  Incredibly, I’ve been invited back to intern again over my winter break, so it won’t be long before I’m back at it and you can trust that I will be counting down the days until I return!

Thank you for reading this post and please let me know in the comments if you had a great summer internship as well!  See you next week! 🙂