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Wearing:// Top: ASTR (old), Pants: Aritzia, Bag: Gucci

      Naturally,  I found myself jet-setting my first weekend back at school for summer classes and working. On Thursday of last week, I was relaxing before class and planning for a weekend of work and pretty much doing nothing. But at 12pm when I received a text from my friend Morgan's mom (yes, her mom) to come to Seattle for the weekend, my lackluster plans quickly changed. I proceeded to book my last minute flight and get to packing for the jam-packed weekend ahead of me. The second I arrived in Seattle, Morgan and I were zipping across the city, through downtown and suburbia. I think I consumed enough that weekend to survive on for a month-- my favorite food stop was by far the icecream/cookie duo at Hello Robbin. When we weren't eating deliciousness, we were sight seeing as much as we possibly could in our 48 hours together. We hit all of the must see spots, from Pike Place to Kerry Park to the famous but disgusting gum wall. I had such a blast seeing Seattle with my very own Seattlite best friend and can't wait to go back. The combination of the mountains, the water, and the city was unlike anything else. 

     Now, I find myself back in La La Land slaving over a paper and prepping for a debate (yes, I'm being dramatic). To describe my boredom on this Memorial Day, I almost wish I had had class instead of having the day off. When you have to hail an Uber to seek out caffeine, you know you're in a tough situation. After this week, it'll be mostly smooth sailing until the end of the first session of summer classes. I have training up north in a couple of weeks for my job, and hopefully I'll be able to share that experience with you all! Until then, it's a whole lot of reading and soaking up the California sunshine. xoxo Isabelle 

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The Voice, 19th Birthday, The Museum of Ice Cream, & The Weeknd

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      Hi everyone! The past few weeks (or month, really) of school have been quite the whirlwind. Aside from finishing up classes and tackling the most stressful finals week, I did quite a bit of adventuring in order to destress a bit. In classic LA fashion, my friends Delaney, Laura, and I snagged tickets to see The Voice live! We were in the pit area of the filming and talked to Alicia Keys and saw all of the judges-- it was safe to say I was starstruck. The entire semester, I only missed one class and it was for this once in a lifetime opportunity to live out my The Voice super fan dream. The following week, my friends and I attended the grand-opening of The Museum of Ice-Cream where we indulged in black cookie dough "ice-cream", swam in a pool of sprinkles, and swung on a banana swing. I left more than full but was naturally able to consume some more ice-cream from Salt & Straw within an hour. #nice The next weekend, I celebrated my 19th birthday a little early (aka before the finals madness) with a brunch with my closest friends at USC. We went to Ivory on Sunset, which was situated on a beautiful rooftop with a pool, aesthetically pleasing decor, and some yummy food to match. The next on my list of things to catch you all up on is The Weeknd concert! My friend Dani and I saw The Weeknd live at The Forum in Inglewood-- our seats were pretty good alone, but The Weeknd was primarily on the walkway so our seats were essentially front row. It's safe to say that I can't listen to The Weeknd anymore because nothing beats seeing him live and up close. 

     I think I covered just about everything new and exciting that I've done recently. Otherwise, I've been holed up in the library approaching delirium while studying for finals. To my dismay, I start summer classes next week and will be working all summer out in LA. Here's to a summer of learning about foreign policy, dance as an art form, and hitting the grind! xx Isabelle 

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What to Wear This Summer | Warby Parker Summer 2017 Collection

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     I'm not sure about you, but I've always secretly wanted to have the need for eyeglasses. I guess as someone who appreciates fashion, I see eyeglasses as accessories more than something people actually need to see (shoutout to my four-eyed brother and mom, jokes). Anyway, I teamed up with Warby Parker again to help launch their Summer 2017 eyeglasses collection! While I myself do not wear eyeglasses, I wanted to pick out my favorites from Warby Parker and to show you guys some potential outfit ideas for the summer months. If I did need glasses, I would definitely hit Warby Parker for their sleek designs and affordable quality pieces. P.S. For those of my readers in the LA area, I will be stopping by Warby Parker's opening of their Melrose location on Saturday, April 22nd-- I hope to see you guys there! xoxo Isabelle 


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Antelope Valley Poppies

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     Despite living in Los Angeles, my friends and I often find ourselves locked in the bubble of our campus and constrained by our reliance on Uber. The very thought of driving or having a car at school is enough to get us excited (sad, I know). Last Wednesday, we spontaneously hit the road in our friend's car to see the hyped wildflower super bloom in Antelope Valley. With two photographer fanatics and plenty of Free People, we naturally took heaps of photos. The whole time, I couldn't believe just how beautiful and unreal the whole landscape looked. Sometimes, it's easy to forget that I live in such a beautiful state when I get caught up in the hustle and bustle of campus life. This little road trip was just what I needed to power through finals. 

Speaking of finals, WE ONLY HAVE TWO WEEKS LEFT OF CLASSES! To make finals just a little bit harder for myself, I am seeing The Voice live on Tuesday, my 19th birthday is smack dab in the middle of the last week of the semester, I am seeing The Weeknd the following weekend, and I might just fit in a trip to Disneyland. You're supposed to have fun during your free time instead of studying, right? Right. Well, a paper and actual finals studying awaits me. I'm sorry for a totally unintentional month-long hiatus! Somehow, school always gets the best of me. xoxo Isabelle 

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The LA Flower District

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Wearing:// Top: Aritzia, Jacket: LF, Pants: Aritzia, Sunnies: Celine

Hello all! I have resurfaced on the interwebs and am back at it with a new post--finally. l endured three midterms in one week (celebrated with a Sprinkles ATM cupcake, of course) along with a couple of papers, marking the end of half of my first semester at USC. I now find myself sunburned on only my second day of spring break in Miami..boy oh boy does it feel nice to be close to home. Just a few days until I can hug my dogs! Home aside, I have been loving exploring LA when I am not cooped up in our library with Starbucks in hand. My friend Lacey and I did some brunching at Poppy & Rose, where I had some yummy eggs and an iced latte. For some reason, we were not aware that this well-known brunch place is located in the Flower District. Alas, we stumbled upon the rows upon rows of bouquets in the factory-like buildings, where we took atleast three laps before making a purchase. We had to be sure of our flower picks in terms of type, color, and quality. Eventually, we arrived at our choices and promptly Uber-ed to Melrose to snap some cute pictures. I've been loving this rose embroidered jacket I picked up from LF a few weeks ago! It takes any outfit from simple to urban cool while giving you some warmth for the chilly Los Angeles nights. 

After we were done shooting, we kept walking along Melrose, enjoying the sunshine, when I saw Jojo and Jordan from The Bachelorette coming out of Dash. When I peeped, "Jojo?" they swiftly skipped/ran away even though I just wanted to say hi. I guess not all celebrities are so warm and kind as the main characters from the Fosters were when I saw them at the Grove. I hope you guys liked this post! I hope to come back with some more posts frequently despite the semester (seemingly) speeding up. Here's to almost being a sophomore in college! Wishing you guys relaxing spring breaks! xoxo Isabelle
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Midterm Reflection | USC

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       If you told me how quick the semester would fly nearly two months ago when I arrived at USC, I wouldn't have believed you. For the first few weeks of the semester, it seemed like it would be an eternity before I got into my academic "groove" and found my place at USC. Alongside trying to comprehend my art history and international relations material, finding my routine has also included discovering the myriad nooks of LA and tasting all of the yummy food this city has to offer. While school is always a drag, I have come to appreciate the experience of learning in classes I actually enjoy (as opposed to high school requirements) and being able to learn with the sun on my skin and LA at my fingertips. Although, I didn't see too much sunlight last week because I endured three midterms in one week...ouch; at least they were easier than expected! One of the highlights of my semester thus far was attending Air + Style, a part snowboard competition part music festival that was held just across the street from campus. I was able to dance the night away to Zhu, Flume, Russ, Louis the Child, and Major Lazer alongside my friends Dani, Morgan, and Carolyn. We also indulged in some food-truck churro ice-cream contraptions while I conversed with a group of French people...somehow, I always find French people no matter where I am. Otherwise, my semester has been spent deciding what I want my USC experience to look like, in terms of what areas I want to invest my free time into. While I haven't come to many conclusions in that regard, I do know that I want to influence people's lives in life-altering ways. I feel that I have the potential to make great change on this campus, but my avenues just haven't presented themselves yet. 

      Next weekend, I board a plane back to the east coast for the first time since January. My excitement is quite literally through the roof-- who knew that I would miss NJ despite living in CA? There's something about the stark contrast in pace between LA and my hometown that is curious. Oh, and I can always do a 5.5 hour flight to see my pets. Bentley and Molly, I'm coming home!!! xoxo Isabelle 
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