Sunday, August 30, 2015

Food Essentials for College

Hi guys!
I'm doing another college related post, but I've been getting into the hang of things and I wanted to share with you! Today's post is going to be all about food essentials! I do have a meal plan because my college forces all first years dorming to have one, but I have gone out and bought a few supplement type things that I'll be sharing today! Also, food is super personal, so this is just what works for me! Final little disclaimer is that I took these photos really quickly, so they're not the best quality/lighting/etc...

Breakfast Food:
I start at either 9:00am or 10:00am depending on the day. Also, my dining hall doesn't have very good breakfast foods, so I don't usually eat there. I like to keep some breakfast staples in my room so I can eat something quickly before leaving. I have a lot of cereal because at school, if I don't use all my meal swipes for a week, I can redeem them for cereal and other stuff. I bought rice milk because I don't drink cow milk, and it's also really cheap and tasty! BANANAS are my biggest staple food! I have around 9 of them in my room right now because I eat at least one a day (but sometimes more!) Bananas are so cheap, and calorie dense that it's a perfect staple food to have!

Three days a week, I have over four hours of school straight, so I need some food to eat in between classes! I have some goldfish, mint oreos, pecan pralines, and dried mango. There's also more stuff in the fridge that I'll get to in a sec!

In the freezer, the only thing that's mine is the pizza rolls! I've eaten almost the whole bag in a week!

In the fridge, I have some snack foods (gogo squeeze and cuties), my rice milk, and some diet coke! 

I also have some canned type things. I have instant ramen, instant miso soup, and four cans of progresso soups in case I need a meal!

I hope that this post was interesting or useful in some way to you guys! Let me know in the comments if you're in college and what your food essentials are! Also, I'm trying to film a dorm room tour, but it's going to take some time!

Saturday, August 29, 2015


Hi guys!
Another college related post today, but I really wanted to do one on the necessities! Obviously I'm a freshman and I just moved in, so what do I know, but regardless, I wanted to share some of my necessities!

1) Mattress Topper and Bedbug Cover
This is like a two-in-one type thing for me. I really feel strongly about bedbug covers that completely encase your mattress because you don't know who or what was in your mattress before you! And if you get a bedbug encasement, you'll want a mattress topper because it makes it so much more comfortable. 

2) Trunk 
I really like trunk type things for storage. My roommates and I all have the same ones from Walmart (here's the link) and it's really great because it has wheels, so you can roll it around if you need to! It also makes it super easy to put your stuff in storage later on! 

3) Fridge/Microwave/Coffee Maker/Printer
Obviously you don't need all of these, but if there's something that you think will make your life a lot easier, it's worthwhile to have in your room. For my room, it was all of this (plus a mini rice cooker), but it was split three ways, so cost-wise it wasn't too much!

4) Table Lamp
Super important if you're going to be studying in the room while your roommates are sleeping!

5) Cleaning Supplies
I think it's pretty much common knowledge to bring toiletries, but it's just as important to bring some cleaning supplies! If you're in a dorm with a communal bathroom, maybe some dish soap and a sponge is all you need, but if you're like me in a suite, then you're going to need to go all out! 

So these were my dorm room necessities! Let me know what yours are in the comments below, and let me know if I'm missing anything! Also, don't forget to follow my blog for more!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

California Dreaming

Hey guys!
I have another video for you today! This is a little video compilation of my trip to Los Angeles! I've been posting a lot on my travel blog (and I still have a few posts to write), so if you're interested in hearing more about this trip, click here! 

Also, I know that I mentioned it before, but I wanted to mention that I haven't been posting on my blogs or youtube much lately because it's the first week of school and I'm still trying to get used to the whole "college thing". 

I hope you enjoyed this video, and please give it a thumbs up and subscribe if you do! Also, let me know what types of videos and blog posts you'd like to see! 

Dorm Room Wishlist

Hey guys!
Lots of you know that I have just moved into my dorm, and I thought that it'd be fun to do a dorm room wishlist for you! To see all my other wishlists (and there's a TON), click here!

So, some of these are just NECESSITIES! Like sheets and some sort of storage, and cups, but a lot of these are really cool statements too! Like that mirror, or the rug, or even the succulents make really amazing statement pieces without being too disruptive. Obviously, space is an issue, and I'm luckily in a room that fits three people comfortably, but if you can have at least one item that makes a room comfortable, homey, and fun, then you should be good!

I'm going to hold off on filming a dorm room tour until next week or the week after just because we're still transitioning, and setting everything up. With that said, it's definitely going to happen eventually! 

To all my other college friends, good luck, and let me know in the comments what's on your dorm wishlist!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Disneyland Pictures!

Hi guys!
I have so many pictures from Disneyland that I really wanted to share with you! Instead of spamming your instagram feeds with my pictures, I decided it would be fun to put them here! I'm also working on a little video full of clips from my trip, so stay tuned for that!

Also, check out my travel blog (sisi travels) for a more in depth look into my trip!

Friday, August 14, 2015

18 Things I've Done Before I Turned 18

Hi guys!
I thought this would be a fun way to celebrate my birthday! It's actually my birthday today, and I'm at Disneyland, but I wanted to get this up for you! This post is going to be 18 things I've done before I turned 18. Some of these things are happy, some are sad, some are boring, but all of them have helped shape me into the person I am today! Let's get started (these aren't in any particular order!)

  1. I traveled by myself. Sure, it was a short mini trip to Portland, but I loved being able to meet new people and do things that I like without the safety net of family or friends with me. 
  2. I found my dream hobby! I found blogging and youtubing which is something that I am extremely passionate about! Very few people can say that they've found their passion at such a young age!
  3. I got a brother and sister!
  4. I allowed myself to hurt (emotionally). With the unexpected end to my cheerleading "career", I've dealt with some issues. I allowed myself to feel like a failure, be depressed, and hurt deeply and violently. Then I picked up the pieces and started to get my shit together. 
  5. I allowed myself to hurt (physically). I've gone through some of the worse pain in life and lived to tell the tale. I've dislocated my shoulder and sublaxed it on a few occasions, had surgery on said shoulder, and had needles jabbed into my neck and hands/arms... Not fun. 
  6. I got my first job! Sure, retail isn't my favorite thing in the world, but I was able to save money, buy whatever I wanted without a second thought, and become more financially independent than I was before. 
  7. I survived tuberculosis! Haha not really. But I was exposed to it when I was an infant, and had to take many rounds of antibiotics to kill it. Fun Fact: on those arm tests, I always test positive. Another fun fact: when you can't get those arm tests, they make you get chest xrays...
  8. I graduated! I think that all educated people take their education for granted, but I don't. I graduated high school before I turned 18 and I thoroughly realize all the resources, time, and effort needed for me to accomplish this!
  9. I found my squad. I have found a group of people that care for me and love me. I've realized the traits that I find most appealing in my friends and I have found an amazing squad that makes me a better person by just being around them. 
  10. I learned another language. I got to the point where I'm pretty decent at spanish. I'm definitely not fluent in it, and if I'm reading I might not know some words, and if I'm speaking I might conjugate wrong. But I know enough spanish to communicate effectively, and I think that's pretty great!
  11. I've failed. Looking back on high school, I never made it on to the Varsity Cheerleading squad or Symphony Orchestra, and I failed my AP Euro test. These things seemed like such big deals at the time, but failure has only made me stronger and more driven. 
  12. I've grown close with family. I think that the first 18 years of your life are the hardest because you live in such close proximity to your family and you're a dependent. There are definitely some issues that come along with that, but I've gotten to a point where I'm close with most of my family and I'm on good terms with everyone. 
  13. I've learned. I've taken some strange classes in high school (biotechnology, glass blowing, yoga...) but by trying everything, I've learned what I like and don't like and what will make me happy in the future. 
  14. I enrolled in college. I found a college that I love, that I can afford, and that will help me *hopefully* help me get a degree that will get me my dream job. 
  15. I found what I like! I'm not a huge partier, and I'm sure that this doesn't come as a shock to any of you! I found that I prefer dinner parties or just smaller gatherings with close friends rather than major ragers, and I don't think there's anything wrong with that! 
  16. I made meaningful relationships. Kind of goes along with the squad post (#9), but I have found ways to make really good relationships with amazing people. Sometimes this is online through blog/youtube things, sometimes it's offline with teachers or co-workers, but nonetheless, these are the things I love and cherish. 
  17. I stopped comparing. The world is becoming increasingly more digital, but I've stopped comparing my life to anyone else's. I try to live in the moment as much as possible, and I know that what I'm doing is just as valuable as what anyone else is. 
  18. I've grown. I'm not going to say that I've grown up, but I do think that I've matured quite a bit. After I stopped cheerleading, I really started to take responsibility for my health, education, and life in general. I've actually been told on many occasions that "I'm such an adult" by friends :P
I'm sorry this post was so long, but I felt like I needed to explain some of these points! If you read the entire thing, thank you! And let me know what you think of it in the comments! My birthday is today (8/14) actually, and I'm in California at Disneyland, so I haven't been posting much! To see more of my trip, follow me on Snapchat at misssienna because I've been posting mucho!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Too Faced Wishlist!

Hi guys!
I'm coming at you with another wishlist today! This time it's too faced! This brand has the cutest packaging (along with Benefit), and there's a lot that I want to try from the brand! Here's some items that look promising!

I've never tried any eyeshadows from too faced, but I've heard really good things about it from friends, so that is definitely on my to try list! The palettes in general look amazing, especially the face palettes! The "no filter" one looks especially intriguing! I've heard mixed reviews about the mascaras, but I think that's something I'd like to try for myself (especially the better than sex). And the Melted lipsticks are my favorite lip product ever! Especially the nude color and melted berry!

Let me know in the comments what items from too faced you want to try out next, and please follow me on bloglovin if you like my wishlist series!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

My Thoughts About Alexis Ren and Jay Alvarrez's "Breakup"

This week, the internet went crazy over Alexis Ren and Jay Alvarrez's "breakup" (I think it was a joke). I thought that this gave me a really good opportunity to share my thoughts on this and about social media and life in general. So first off, for all of you that don't know who these people are, Alexis is a 18 year old model and Jay is a 20 year old model/photographer. Both of them traveled the world together and documented it on instagram, tumblr, and in their popular youtube videos!

These two were often referred to as "goals". "Life goals", "relationship goals", "body goals", which is something that I never really liked. Sure their life is incredible, but I think that it's important for people to realize what they're individually capable of and not set aspirations based on someone else's life. I like to think of their posts as inspiration, things to help get me out of bed and doing stuff. That's all fine and healthy, but when you start comparing your life to someone else's it's not right. 

The second thing that I found that was disturbing came a couple days ago when I was looking at the comments under Alexis's latest picture. Many of them said something along the lines of "we deserve an explanation." I think that this is really messed up. These people choose to share parts of their life with us online, like many of us bloggers and youtubers do, but are in no way obligated to share anything that they don't want to. For people that choose to make their social media really public and try to monetize it, there's a really strong predicament with how much we owe our viewers/followers. Without their followers, they wouldn't be able to travel the way that they're able to, but whether that means they owe them an explanation should be up to them. 

The last thing sort of ties into the idea of "goals", but in a different way. I don't think that either of them are good role models to be honest. This is totally my personal opinion, and I definitely enjoy the content that they produce, but I don't think that anyone should aspire to be like them. For one, Alexis is only 18. That's pretty much the same age as me, yet she acts so much more mature. She's obviously had to grow up really fast, and while it's amazing that she has been able to stay so sane and normal with that, it's not something that people should try to do if they can avoid it. Youth is amazing! It's innocence, experimentation, and fun, and you shouldn't try to rush through that. And Jay shouldn't be a role model because he's a high school dropout. I totally don't think that education defines you or is insanely important, but I don't think that it's sending the right message to impressionable kids! Even if people drop out of school, it's a one in a billion chance that they'll be able to travel and do the same things that Alexis and Jay do. 

From what I can tell, the breakup was a joke for their anniversary or something, but it really emphasized the downsides of social media. Social media makes life really crazy, and we're all still trying to adapt to life with it. These are just my thoughts on Alexis Ren and Jay Alvarrez, so let me know in the comments your thoughts and opinions on all of this! Also, follow me on bloglovin for more! 

Friday, August 7, 2015

Bobbi Brown Wishlist!

Hey guys! 
We're doing the second makeup post in my wishlist series! The first was on Urban Decay (which you can see here), and the others were on fashion brands (see them all here!). Bobbi Brown is one of the classiest high end makeup brands and there's lots to love! Here are some things I'm lusting after!

I truly believe that the hidden gems of the Bobbi Brown brand is in the makeup sets! They are such good values and you can try multiple products! I also think that shimmery colors are amazing and that's where the brand truly excels. I swear by the gel eyeliner (especially the sepia shade), and I've had really good experiences with the staying power of everything I've tried! 

There is a reason why Bobbi Brown is one of the most respected people in the industry: her stuff rocks! Let me know in the comments what you're lusting after and if there's any other brands you'd like wishlists for! Also, remember this is 100% shopable, so click on an image to find more information!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Empties Round 3!

Hey guys!
I have another video for you today! This is my third empties video, and there's two more already filmed and edited and coming later this week! I've been purging my makeup a lot lately because there's only 9 days before I leave for college, and I have way to much stuff to bring!

I hope you enjoyed this video, and for the full list of products mentioned, check the description box of the video! Also, please give this video a thumbs up and subscribe for more!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

My Diet

Hi guys!
It's no secret that lately I've been more interested in diet and health. I've been watching a lot of health youtubers, and while I'm not super healthy or anything like that yet, I wanted to share my diet with you all! Keep in mind that I've been pretty athletic the majority of my life and that I'm not a health professional in any way! 

Let's start with a word on dieting. I use the word "diet" often, but I don't mean a crash or fad diet. My diet is a way of life for me, it's every single day. I don't believe in "dieting" and it's not something that I'll ever promote!

For me, I try to make the majority of my calories come from carbohydrates. This is how I was raised, and I believe that it's the diet that works best for my body. Every single cell of our body runs on glucose, and while fats and proteins can be broken down into that, the bi-products aren't always the best (for instance, excess protein leads to higher ammonia levels). I do eat meat, shellfish, poultry, and dairy, but I've been trying to be aware of my animal product intake lately. I find that I feel my best when I cut dairy out of my diet completely because I am lactose intolerant and take lactase when consuming dairy, but sometimes I have a bit of ice cream or cheese here or there. 

Here's a sample of a day...

Breakfast: I always try to get one fully raw meal in during the day, and I find breakfast is usually the easiest place to squeeze it in. I find that by having at least one raw meal I make sure I'm consuming enough fiber, fruits, and vegetables. 

Sample Breakfast: acai bowl blended with a frozen banana topped with two bananas, half a cup of strawberry, and chia seeds. 

Snack: Depending on when I wake up, I'll eat a snack between breakfast and lunch. This is usually small, like a banana or a bit of dried mango. Just something to keep my glucose levels up :P

Lunch: This really depends on the day. Some days I'm honestly not that hungry at lunch time, but I still force myself to eat so I don't crash later. Some days it'll be leftovers from dinner the night before, other times it'll be a bunch of fruit or a huge salad! 

Sample Lunch: Salad! Huge bowl of greens (my favorite is a mix of lettuce and spinach), some fruit (my favorite is pear, apple, or berries), 1/4 avocado, tomato, cucumber, with a tiny bit of low fat Italian dressing. Lately I've been super obsessed with beets on my salads too! It's sooooo tasty!

Snack: More of the same! Sometimes I'll also have a few nuts. Not the healthiest because if you eat a ton it'll get a bit high fat, but super yummy! Also really into chips and guac! 

Dinner: I'll eat whatever my mom makes me! But I bet this will change once I'm in college and forced to eat what's in the dining hall! It's usually some asian food with white rice! 

Sample Dinner: LOTS OF RICE! Curry with potatoes, celery, carrots, and peas! 

Dessert: Most days, if I eat a lot of fruit, I don't really want dessert. But if I do, sometimes it'll be a popsicle or something frozen, other times it'll be a little baked treat that I find in the fridge, and lately it's been a few pecan pralines that I picked up from Trader Joes (they're freaking amazing!)

So, I thought that this would be a fun post to do for you! I bet that my eating habits will change once I'm in college, so I'll be sure to do an update post soon! Like I said earlier, this is what works for me, it may or may not work for you, but do your research, listen to your body, and eat whatever makes you happy! 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Urban Decay Wishlist

Hey guys!
We're continuing the wishlists with Urban Decay! I've already done Kate Spade, Tory Burch, and Michael Kors, so check those out if you haven't already seen them! I'm obsessed with Urban Decay and it's probably one of (if not) my favorite makeup brands! 

I know that recently Urban Decay's been known for their neutrals with the success of the "Naked" line, but I really love the brights from this brand! The 24/7 liners are my absolute favorite (I have four and am eyeing a few more) and they have every color under the sun! The eye palettes are always a great value, and I had to throw in Naked Smokey because everyone's raving about it! Finally, the lip products. I haven't tried any, but they look incredibly bold and beautiful, so I might need to get some!

Let me know in the comments what you think of my wishlist, and if you'd like to see a particular brand next, let me know in the comments! Also, remember this is shopable, so if you want more info on a product, click the image!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

What I Wish I Knew About Applying To College

Hi guys!
I wanted to do this video because the college application process can be overwhelming and scary. I went through it last year, and I wanted to share some of my tips and advice for any of you going through the same situation! You don't need to be a senior to watch this video, though. If you're in high school at all, this video will still be really helpful!

Let me know in the comments if you have any questions and I'll be sure to answer them! Also, please give this video a thumbs up and subscribe to support my channel!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Michael Kors Wishlist

Hey guys!
This is the third post in my wishlist series! I've already done Kate Spade and Tory Burch! This post is on Michael Kors. I know that lately Michael Kors has been a little less cool because it's become more ubiquitous, but I still think that this company has hidden gems!

For me, I like the bags from Michael Kors, but I don't love it. I would rather spend money on a Tory Burch or Kate Spade, but that's just me. What I think Michael Kors excels at are the accessories and evening clothes. The accessories are more glamorous than Tory Burch or Kate Spade and they have a "wow factor" and a lot of bling. The evening clothes are great because they're classic with a twist! Obviously, this brand is geared towards a younger crowd, but the shoes are great no matter your age!

Let me know what other brands you'd like me to cover in the comments! I'm thinking about doing some beauty brands next, but if you have anything you'd like to see, let me know in the comments!