Jasmine’s Journal #4 – Vulnerability || Style with Jas

Hello, and Happy Sunday everyone! It’s time for another Jasmine’s Journal post! Thank you for reading my last Jasmine’s Journal post if you did.  Today I wanted to talk about the importance of being vulnerable, hence the title. I’m reading this book by Brené Brown called Daring Greatly. This book is about being vulnerable and how choosing to be vulnerable can change your life. I’m not finished reading it, but I really agreed with a lot of the things that Mrs. Brown said in her book that I’ve read, so some of my thoughts and opinions may reflect some of the ones in that book. If you like this post or are interested in learning from an expert about vulnerability, I really recommend picking up the book, and/or watching the TED Talk that Brené Brown did.

When you hear the word “vulnerable”, what do you think? A lot of us give this word a negative connotation. We think of being vulnerable as being weak, but the truth is vulnerability keeps us all interconnected. It’s the center, the nucleus, the heart of all of our relationships. If you go onto Twitter it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll see someone tweeted something like “I stopped caring a long time ago” or “By now, I’m used to the pain. I don’t give a f*** anymore”. If you saw something like this on Twitter, first of all, unfollow this person, you are just inviting unnecessary negativity into your life and lowering your spiritual vibration and you don’t need that. Especially if it’s as easy as pressing the unfollow button. When people tweet these types of things constantly, it’s almost as if they’re trying to prove to everyone that they just don’t care. Sometimes when I see the same person tweeting the same negative things (pre-unfollow), I just think you myself, “Are you trying to convince us or yourself that you don’t care.” The funny thing is, they do care. They are projecting out onto the world what they want people to think about them, but the truth is, doing that only projects their own insecurities.

So, what does it mean to be vulnerable anyway? To me, being vulnerable is opening yourself up to opportunities when you know that you could potentially get hurt physically or emotionally. Though my definition of being vulnerable may be seen as something bad, it doesn’t have to be. Think about your relationship with your parent(s), a significant other, and/or best friend. Those all require different levels of vulnerability. When your mom makes dinner for you, just you choosing to eat the dinner that she made for you is being vulnerable. God forbid, but how do you know that she didn’t poison your food? You don’t. But do you think about this every time you dig your fork and knife into your food? Of course, not! You trust that your mother has put every ounce of love and care possible into your food. Something as small as that can be considered being vulnerable. This is an opportunity for you to get hurt, but you still took it. We usually correlate vulnerability with sexual relationships such as a boyfriend or girlfriend. Vulnerability is so important in those types of relationships because as I said before, it keeps them connected. Having secrets and hiding things will only disconnect you from others and weaken the relationships.

You do not have to be completely vulnerable and transparent to everyone though. This increases the risk of you getting hurt. There are some people that you may or may not know of that will only take advantage of your vulnerability and use it against you. That’s why it’s important to have 1-3 people outside of your family that you can trust with anything. It’s okay to have a lot of friends and acquaintances, just do not be an open book with all of them.

I hope that you enjoyed this post. Vulnerability is something that I think is so important that all of us have and express in our daily lives. Please feel free to leave your thoughts on my post or on being vulnerable in general in the comments section below. Make sure you follow me on my social media accounts at the bottom of the post, as per usual. Have an amazing rest of your day!

love jas

Vulnerability TED Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCvmsMzlF7o&t=443s 
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1st Day of School Outfit Ideas || Style with Jas

Hi, everyone and happy Wednesday! Today I’m going to be sharing three first day of school outfit ideas! I’m really excited about this post because I’ve never done anything like this before and I think it could be really helpful for you all. I really loved taking the pictures for this and creating this post. Enjoy!

Outfit #1 – The “Extra” Person


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This outfit is for the person who wants to go all out on the first day. I really like to be extra, so this is actually something I would wear during the first week of school. You can never go wrong with a simple bodycon dress. It’s so easy to just put on without worrying about matching too many things.

Outfit #2 – Smart but Stylish


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This outfit is my personal favorite because the button-up top looks really professional and crisp, but paired with these shoes and a pair of dark-wash jeans, it doesn’t look like you’re going into an office job. I think that this outfit would give teachers a good first impression, so if you don’t want to be too extra but don’t want to be super casual either, I would go for an outfit similar to this one.

Outfit #3 – Casual, Comfy, & Cute


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This outfit takes comfort into consideration the most. You can wear a simple top and shorts, but still look stylish. If you saw my blog post called Baby Pink V-Neck, you might recognize this top. I’m wearing the same exact one but in black and white. I know that a lot of schools have pretty strict dress codes, so that’s why I wore a longer pair of shorts. I made this outfit a little less simple by adding a pair of statement earrings and a cool bracelet. I got this pair of Converse when I was literally in 8th grade and I completely forgot about them, but they actually looked really cute with this outfit because of the black and gold bracelet and the gold earrings. Also, I literally just realized one of my shoes are untied, I’m so sorry if that annoys you omg.

I hope you liked the outfit ideas that I had for the first day of school! Good luck to everyone on their first day! Mine is September 5th. Leave a comment below about which outfit was your favorite. Make sure you follow me on Instagram and Twitter! Have a wonderful rest of your day!

love jas

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Jasmine’s Journal #3 – Getting Into a Rut || Style with Jas

Hi, everyone and welcome back to another Jasmine’s Journal post! I know that I did not post any outfit pictures for the past two weeks now. I want to apologize for that, but the title probably explains why this had happened. At some point during the end of July and the very beginning of August, I found myself in a rut. I was unmotivated to do anything from waking up at 7 AM, to working out, to taking pictures for my blog. I was always sad for no reason, crying almost every day. I didn’t want to do anything but sleep. In this Journal, I’m going to go into depth about the rut that I fell into, why it’s okay to be in a rut sometimes, and how to get out of them.

As someone who thrives off of being productive, it can be hard when I get into a rut. I really love to do everything and have a ton of things going on in my life that I have to do. I think that this was the true reason that I fell into a rut. Even though it is summertime and I am way more relaxed than I usually am during the school year, I always feel like I need to be doing something, you know what I mean? I feel like I need a purpose. For me, that was blogging, preparing for school next year, and preparing for another trip that I’m going on with my family.

I have been doing a lot of shopping lately and I have so many new pieces and outfits that I will be sharing with you all, which I’m super excited about. I also have tons of topics for more Jasmine’s Journal posts.  I really love blogging and creating content for you all. I got a summer assignment for my AP Chem class that I’m taking next year, which I’ve already finished, but I’ve just been studying and trying to remember everything from the assignment, because my teacher actually already told us when our quizzes and stuff are going to be, which is actually really helpful because I’m someone who likes to plan in advance. I’ve also kind of been mentally preparing myself for school because I’m taking a lot of hard classes and I am co-president of my class. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned that before, but I’m actually really excited about it and all of the great things that me, the rest of my board members, and the rest of my grade are going to do. As I mentioned before, my family are going on one last trip before school starts, so we’ve been trying to plan out what we’re going to be doing each day, our outfits for each event, and trying to get things that we need. While it’s exciting, it can definitely get frustrating at times.

It’s okay to fall into ruts. We can’t be super inspired and motivated and glowing all the time, it’s just not possible. If you’re like me and you like to do literally everything, it’s crucial that you take breaks and take time for yourself. Doing this will definitely prevent you from falling into ruts. At night when I’m going to go to sleep, I like to put on a face mask, make some sleepytime tea, listen to an audiobook or podcast, watch something on Netflix, just anything that calms me down. In the morning, I like to make my lemon water, make some tea, make a gratitude list, and listen to some music.  Find something that you love that makes you feel relaxed and do that every single day, whether it be in the morning, at night or both! I think this will help you get out of your rut.

Another thing to do is re-inspire yourself. This is one of my favorites. I really like going onto Pinterest and looking at inspirational quotes or going onto YouTube and watching videos to re-inspire myself. I don’t particularly like the “DIY Vision board! Neon colors! Inspiration!” type YouTube videos. If those help you, then you do you, girl, but I really like to watch people who have their lives together and are super productive. Personally, I find it really inspiring to see other people being productive and doing a lot in their lives and having it all together. My favorite vlogger ever is DailyPolina. I’m literally obsessed I watch her videos all the time, I follow her on all of her social media platforms, and watch her vlogs every day and I love them. I really recommend watching her vlogs if you ever need the motivation to be productive or just with life.

If you’re in a rut, I believe you can get out of it and get back to your grind! Thank you for reading this post, I hope you enjoyed it. If you have any other tips for how you get out of ruts, you can leave a comment below. Make sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter, the links/handles are at the bottom of the post, as usual. I hope you have an amazing rest of your Sunday!

love jas

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Chicago Travel Diary || Style with Jas

Hello, everyone and happy Monday! Today’s post is going to be a Chicago Travel Diary! I went on a little 4 day trip to Chicago with my family and we had a blast. We didn’t get to do everything we wanted to, but we did get to do a lot and visit some tourist-y spots. Enjoy!


The sunrise was so beautiful. It was about 6:30 AM.

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Breakfast/Brunch. This was so delicious.

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Better pictures of my breakfast. I had this all four days that we were there. Best pancakes ever!

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We visited a lake in this place called Streeterville, which is right next to the Navy Pier. LVUS5502

This was taken on this pretty bench right in front of the entrance to the Navy Pier. 

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This caterpillar is one of many that was on that bench you saw earlier. I found them quite photogenic.

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These pictures were taken on Michigan Avenue Bridge. I was stared at quite a bit, but the pictures turned out beautifully. The water and view was so pretty!

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These pictures were taking at “The Bean” or, Cloud Gate. This place is such a tourist spot. There were so many people there, as I’m sure there usually are.

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There was this fence with a really pretty view right across from The Bean and we decided to take pictures there. 

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This was our last night and we went for a fancy dinner. We took this picture outside of our hotel and, again got a lot of stares, but who cares?

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We went to a restaurant called Fleming’s. This was before we got out food. How cute are me and my sisters’ matching outfits?


Part of the view from our hotel room.


I hope you all liked this post! I really liked making it and getting all of the pictures I took together and creating this for you. I will try to make these kinds of posts whenever I travel. Make sure you follow me on all of my social media accounts below. I hope you have a wonderful rest of your Monday!

love jas

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Jasmine’s Journal #2 – Growing Up || Style with Jas

Hi, everyone, happy Sunday. Thank you so much for reading my first Jasmine’s Journal if you did. My best friend actually read it and told me that she really liked it and that it was thought-provoking, which made me really happy. I don’t know how, but somehow I’ll just be doing something random like eating lunch or reading or dancing to music and all of a sudden a topic to write about will just come to me. I’ll just think about some issue or a deep topic and think, Hey, I should write about that. Today I want to write about growing up and moving onto different stages of life.

I’m going into my junior year of high school. If someone had told me while I was in 8th grade that I was going to have boy problems in high school, I probably would have laughed in their face. I used to be very insecure and shy when I was younger. I think I was always cute, but at some point between 8th grade and the middle of 9th grade, I had changed my mind. I didn’t look like all of the 5’4, bright-eyed, pretty white girls that went to my school. For some reason unknown, I thought because guys weren’t interested in me  back then, I wasn’t beautiful. By the end of my 9th grade year, I realized that those thoughts were 100%, completely and utterly wrong. You and I both don’t need to fit into some cookie cutter image that society has made for us. Don’t be afraid to break the box that society is trying to fit you into. I just think I’ve grown so much since then. Once you have that self love and confidence in yourself, it will be reflected to the world and people will be attracted to it. It’s 100% true. I want to do a whole nother post on my thoughts about self love and confidence, because I am so passionate about it, but it’s not the topic that had come to me today.

We’re going to talk about growing up and moving onto new stages in life. I think that junior year is such an significant part of everyone’s lives. You are starting to think about college more seriously, you are starting to prepare for the SAT/ACT, and you are slowly approaching the end of your high school career. While I am excited to start my junior year and see where it takes me, I’m also terrified. I have so much going on next year and I’m not sure how I’m going to be able to handle it all. I’m taking a lot of hard classes, and I took on a really big leadership role for my class. I played volleyball my freshman year, but I decided that it was best that I don’t play this year because of how busy I’m already going to be.

I know everyone says junior year of high school is the worst one or whatever, but I’m really determined to make it the best year yet. Freshman year was quite bumpy for me. Though it wasn’t all bad and I made some really great memories, I also had some really low points, such as sobbing into my pillow on my birthday, but we’re not going to talk about that. It was in the past, I cried that river, built the bridge, and got over it, and I do not plan on going back. A lot of people in my grade are starting to get their licenses this year, and I don’t even have my permit. I am the second to youngest person in my grade, and while it’s really great, it can also suck so much. Whenever people find out that I’m about a year younger than most people in my grade, I usually get a mixed response. Most say “You’re so smart for your age!” but sometimes I get the occasional “Aren’t you supposed to be in ____ grade?” Maybe I am, I don’t know, but my parents put me into school earlier. I do really like being younger because I want to study to become a surgeon and I will be going to school for a very long time, so being younger isn’t so bad.

I’ve always been an independent person for as long as I can remember. I always rely on no one but myself, and I think it’s one of my best qualities. I am fulfilled and happy with myself. That is another reason why I can’t wait to graduate high school and go into college and be truly independent and not have to worry about anyone but myself. I know that this can come off as me being selfish, but I just know what I want for myself and where I want to be.

If you’re around my age or stage of life, I hope you could relate to this post. Throughout the week, I had a few more ideas for future Jasmine’s Journal posts, so make sure you are tuning in every Sunday for new ones! I have more posts coming soon, so make sure that you are following my blog to keep up with all of them. Make sure you are also following my social media accounts that are always linked at the bottom of these posts!

love jas

Jasmine’s Journal #1 – Social Media is Ruining Us || Style with Jas

Hello everyone and happy Sunday! I know it’s really weird to see a post from me on a Sunday, but I actually had an idea that I wanted to carry out. On my old blog, Chanel in a Nutshell, I used to publish posts every single Sunday that I would call Tea Time and I would just share my thoughts, realizations, and experiences throughout the week, one thought, realization, or experience in particular, and/or updates on my life (almost) every single week. My initial idea was to create a series called Redesign Your Life, where I would give my advice on certain topics and common struggles between people. I think it would be a lot more personal and a learning experience for not only you, but for me as well, if I were to just come onto here every Sunday and share my thoughts, realizations, experiences, as well as updates on my life with you. I thought the name Jasmine’s Journal was a little more practical, self-explanatory, and not something that I would grow out of.

It’s currently summertime and I’ve had a lot of time on my hands to do pretty much whatever I want to. I already eat a pretty balanced diet, but I decided to tweak it a little bit by cutting out processed foods. I may have a bag of barbecue potato chips every once in awhile, but for the most part I will not be eating processed foods. I’ve been super inspired with this and have been scouring the internet and Pinterest for new recipes and food to try. I wake up at 7 AM every morning and work out for 30-45 minutes too. I really love working out first thing in the morning, it makes me feel so good, super inspired, and just ready to start my day.

I was sitting on my bed, on my phone, refreshing Twitter for the fourth time when I actually had a realization. What was I doing? How long had I been sitting on my phone for? I had always heard people saying that social media will ruin your life and that we’re all too addicted to our phones.The voice in my head had told me, Maybe you should pick up that book you just borrowed from the library. Go drink some water. Get up and do something productive! I consider myself a very productive person for my age. I’m only 15 years old and I feel I do way more things than the average 15 year old. Although I very much enjoy social media, I don’t consider myself obsessed. Sometimes, I just find myself falling into a social media hypnosis. I think that this happens to a lot of us.

When you think about it, social media is fake. The only things that we put onto our social media accounts are the highlights of our days, the high points in our lives. Moments like when you graduate high school, or you’re going to brunch with your boyfriend of two years. What you won’t see is that maybe that person graduated high school with a 2.5 GPA. What you won’t see is that someone fought with their boyfriend right before brunch because they were taking too long to get ready. Once you are following certain someone on social media for a long time, you unconsciously start to form an image of this person. You only see that they supposedly have this perfect body, perfect boyfriend, perfect family, perfect life, when it’s not true. When you have this perfect image of someone in your mind, that’s when the comparison starts to kick in.

I think that self-comparison is a huge issue that people deal with. Comparison will kill you. People create these false images of other people and then start to compare themselves to these images. But I don’t look like her. I don’t have as many friends as them. So? As Hannah Montana taught me when I was in elementary school, life is what you make it. You are in control of your life. You are the only one that you have at the end of the day, so why are you wasting your time worrying about someone else? Do you see how much social media can affect all of us without even thinking about it? Think about that the next time you find yourself aimlessly scrolling through your Instagram feed.

That’s kind of what was on my mind when I realized that I should probably turn off my phone. Lana Del Rey’s newest album, Lust for Life came out on Friday. If you know anything about me, you know that I absolutely love Lana Del Rey. I’m actually obsessed. I know every single lyric to every single song (excluding the new album for now, and give or take two or three songs). I stayed up until the minute the album came out and listened to it. Don’t even ask me what my favorite song on the album is, because I honestly love every single one.

Anyway, I really enjoyed talking with you all and sharing some of my thoughts on social media and stuff. Let me know what you thought about this post below! Thank you so much for reading, and don’t forget to follow me on social media!

love jas

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Black & Blue || Style with Jas

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Hello, and happy Thursday, people! This outfit is really simple, but still really cute I think. Something that you can wear on chilly summer nights or getting a bite with friends. I really love wearing simple tops and blue jeans. This is just a really simple, go-to outfit when you don’t know what to wear. I got the Tory Burch flip flops when they were having a sale and selling them for $10. Both my sisters and my mother got a pair a little while after me and we all love them.

I know I never post on Thursdays and I did not post yesterday because I didn’t want to rush myself to finish up a post that would be half-baked. So, I just decided to write and edit my post so that it can look its best. I got from my trip with my family a little while ago, so my next post will be the travel diary. I have a ton of pictures and details for that one, so I want to make sure it’s pretty much perfect for you all.

I hope you have a wonderful rest of your Thursday! Please make sure to follow me on my social media accounts, which are always left at the bottom of the post. Thank you!

love jas

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Stay Hydrated Summer ’17 || Style with Jas

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Happy Wednesday, everyone! Today’s post is featuring this beautiful red and black checkered dress. I’ve actually had it for a little while now and it still fits me perfectly. It flatters my figure really well, but is still super flowy and comfortable. Because I am about 5’8 or 5’9 it’s super hard for me to find dresses that are not too short. I think that this dress is the perfect length for when I want to wear a short, flowy dress that’s not scandalous.

This summer I’ve been really focused with staying hydrated and healthy. I work out 5-6 times a week, maintain a balanced diet, and drink tons and tons of water throughout the day, I really like adding lemons and cucumbers, as you can see in the pictures. I think it adds a little zest to it and gives it a little flavor. Lemons and cucumbers also have tons of health benefits. I really want to do a post on my fitness routine and some of my health tips, so please let me know if that’s something you would like to see on my blog.

Right now I’m on my trip with my family and I pre-wrote this post. I will make sure to keep you updated on my social media accounts and I plan on doing a little travel diary here on my blog once I get back. I hope you loved this outfit and this post! Make sure you follow me on Instagram and Twitter, the links are at the bottom of the post, as usual. My next “Redesign Your Life” post should be up in the next two weeks! Have a wonderful rest of your day!

love jas

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Baby Pink V-Neck || Style with Jas

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Hello, and happy Monday! I’m so sorry that I couldn’t get a post up last Wednesday. It’s been a little rainy where I live so I couldn’t take pictures outside, and my bedroom is not a good place to take pictures either. I recently got this top from H&M. I got it in both baby pink and white because I loved it so much. The H&M near me had an amazing 2-for-10 sale where you could get two of their basic tops for $10. This top is not a basic one, but you may see an outfit post with one of them in the future.

I’m going on a little trip with my family later this week, so make sure you are following me on my social media accounts to keep up with me. I will have outfit posts up while I’m gone of course, I won’t leave you hanging. Anyway, I hope you loved this outfit, I will leave all of my social media links at the bottom of the post, as per usual. Have a wonderful rest of your day!

love jas

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Sundown Glow || Style with Jas


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Hello & happy Monday! I hope you’re having a great day. As you can probably tell by now, I’ve established this Monday-Wednesday schedule for my blog posts. Every time I post on Monday’s it feels like I haven’t posted in forever and it hasn’t even been a week since I last posted. Weird.

I got some frozen yogurt with my sisters the other day and this is what I wore. I really like the style of tying oversized shirts in the middle. I think it’s so cute and so easy to do and gives your outfit a whole new look. This top was slightly oversized and made me look a little larger and did nothing for my body. Tying it up like this gives my body some shape and extenuates my curves and figure, which is always a plus.

I’ve been watching the shows Nikita and Reign on Netflix and I’m obsessedI’m on the last season of Reign and I started Nikita literally yesterday night. If you have any recommendations for TV shows that I should watch, please leave them below. I’m always looking for new shows to watch.

I hope you liked this post and my outfit! I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day!

love jas

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