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Thursday, August 28, 2014

5 Seconds Of Summer + One Direction Concert

Last weekend, I probably went to one of the best concerts ever - it's definitely up there with Ed Sheeran and Fun. for sure. One of my best friends, Lexie, had moved to a different state in the beginning of the summer, and she invited two other friends and I to visit her in Detroit. We stayed at such a lovely hotel, and I can't thank her parents enough. I had seen both bands before a year ago in Chicago, but I could barely see because the people in front of me were pretty tall..this time I could see everything clearly! Oh and I apologize for the iPhone quality photos (I have the 5c) because I was not allowed to bring my DSLR into such a big venue like this.


3:30 PM
We got to the hotel, and just like any other girls, we took pictures of our view over Lake Huron - it was SO beautiful. It was a longer drive, so just relaxed for a bit and got ready for the concert.

Props to the Mariott for an amazing location.
4:30 PM
By this time we were starving, so we all got Mcdonald's or Subway in the hotel and then made our way to the "people movers". This was the first time I've ever heard of them, but it's like a subway that's above ground. If you've ever seen Batman Begins, they reminded me exactly of the trains where Batman killed Ra's al Ghul (one of my favorite movies if you didn't know). It only cost 75 cents, and it was a five minute ride - much faster than walking or trying to find a parking spot with 50,000 other people.

5:45 PM
After walking two blocks from the people movers to Ford Field (which is indoor), there was a huge crowd against the fence screaming because someone said they saw one of the members of 5SOS biking by! One of my friends let me hop on her back so I could see, and it was actually really intense because everyone REALLY wanted to meet them and got pretty crowded. With no luck, we went to our seats and just talked for over an hour waiting for 5SOS to come on.

It was a quality piggy back ride
7:05 PM
5SOS finally started, and they were AMAZING. They have improved so much from last summer. Some of the highlights from their set were their songs Beside You, Don't Stop, and their cover of Teenage Dream which they also did last time I saw them. Oh and Luke rapped part of Lose Yourself by Eminem which was pretty cool since we were in his hometown. I honestly think 5SOS and 1D were equally as good - I love them both. A lot.

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8:30PM
Around this time they played a video montage of all of the One Direction members at landmarks, and they opened with Midnight Memories. It was SO loud making it the loudest concert I've ever been to - where my hearing definitely turned bad for an hour or so afterwards. From then on they played most of their biggest hits, my favorites being Little White Lies, Diana, One Thing, You and I, and Moments. I recorded some of the songs, but my iPhone5c doesn't have the best camera for pictures. They were so much fun to watch live.

11:15
Sadly when it was all over, we went back to the people movers to our hotel. I was on twitter when I saw rumors that some of the 1D members were staying at our hotel, but my friends and I tried not to get our hopes up. They had already left for Nashville anyway, but it was tons of fun to walk around and explore. We ordered midnight pizza which was delicious, and the watched Friends and the videos we took from the concert until 3am!

It was a great weekend.

What are some of your highlights from this summer, and what's the best concert you've ever been to?

Love,
Stephanie


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Bloggers With Class Award

Thank you so much to Carrie for nominating me! I love finding about other blogs with posts like this - there are so many new ones that I'd like to check out.


Rules: 
~If tagged, please copy the rules into your post
~Please also link back to this post on Classy Cathleen (her blog is so cute!)
~Recognize the blogger that tagged you (share a little about them and their blog, and link back to them)
~Answer the questions that are a part of the award
~Tag 5 bloggers that you feel are classy to receive the award as well
~Let the bloggers know that they have been tagged!
~Be sure to include the link to the Bloggers With Class community (And don’t forget to join!)
~Include the image in your post


Q- What do you think it means to be classy? I think being classy is all about respect. I believe in respecting yourself and everyone else around you is class.
Q- Who are some of your role models? I have so many different people who make a big impact on my life. It can be people like Ellen Degeneres whom I've never met to my favorite music artists like Echosmith and 5 Seconds Of Summer. Ellen is such an influential person using her show and ability to connect with so many people raising awareness and making others laugh! Echosmith and 5SOS are both so talented at a young age, and it's great to see hard working people be so driven.
Of course, my parents are big role models for how hard they've worked, and during the internship I did at church this summer, I met some amazing people who I now look up to.
Q- Who are some of your style icons?  Some of my favorite people to gain inspiration from are Lauren Conrad because all of her outfits are polished and put together, and Hailee Steinfeld because she's around the same age as me and is always so elegant.
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Q- Pearls or bows? Pearls all the way!
Q- Who/What inspires you? Never losing hope. No matter what, there just has to be little piece of hope always there. 
Q- What is your favorite color? Any light pastel color! (hence the name of my blog if you didn't know haha)
Q- Do you like the classy style? What are some of your favorite pieces/trends of the style? Yes, it is my absolute favorite. The "classy style" will never go out of fashion, and it's always appropriate to wear. Some of my favorites are fitted blazers, oxford shirts, and nude flats.
Q- What are some of your favorite quotes? I always thought it is way more important to be funny or to be honest than to looking a certain way. - Emma Stone
Don't feel stupid if you don't like what everyone else pretends to love. - Emma Watson
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Oh, you got to just love your Emma's. They'll always be my girl crushes.
Q- Why is it important to have class? I think that if you have class, it just shows you care about you and your morals and how important it is!
Q- Why did you start your blog? When did you start your blog? I started my blog in March of 2013 just for fun, and only did it on and off when I had time. I created Petite Pastels because I had all of these ideas, and I would always watch Youtube videos - it looked so interesting. Even though I don't post as often as I'd like to, I think quality over quantity is important. Also, taking pictures and editing them has been SO much fun to learn along the way, and definitely talking with other bloggers too.
I hope you enjoyed this post! Here's who I nominate:
Thanks for reading!

Love,
Stephanie



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Clinique Moisturizing Cheek Balm - Robust Rhubarb

Sometimes I can't even tell what type of skin I have. It can super oily, super dry, or right in the middle. It can be a bit annoying at times, but now I've been trying out different types of face products depending on how my skin is feeling that day. I have mostly powder blushes, and this Clinique Chubby Stick looked pretty promising.

This color is Robust Rhubarb, and it's a pretty coral pink color. It has great pigmentation, and the best part is that it glides on smoothly and stay all day. I only use this on my drier skin days, because if my face is too oily, it won't last very long. I wish I had more colors because this is super fast and easy to use in the mornings, and you can blend it out with your fingers or a brush. The thing is that I probably won't buy many more colors because it's pretty expensive - $21. I have tried the NYC blushable cream sticks as well, and they are very similar!


Because of the price, I would recommend the NYC Blushable Cream Sticks instead, but they are discontinued! So sad. They might be available on Amazon or Ebay, but otherwise check out NYX or Maybelline if you want something similar - I just haven't tried them myself personally. Hopefully I will soon! :)

Overall Rating: 3.5/5  
Cost: $$$

Love,
Stephanie

5 Hopes + Fears For College

As I leave for college in four days (!!!!), I've been thinking a lot about how it'll be. With that, I have some fears of what might happen. Even though at the moment I am SO scared, all I have to remember is that millions of people are in the exact same situation as me - going to a new place barely knowing anyone.


  1. Roommates - Lucky me, I not only have one, but two roommates! I could have two friends who I will get to know well, or two people who I won't be so close with...Nevertheless, we don't have to be BEST friends, but to just be able to respect and live with each other. I've heard many horror stories, but normal people are out there, right? I have actually texted both of my roommates and they seem to be sweet and nice so far! (Update: One of my roommates moved out so I now only have one!)
  2. Getting Lost - Boy oh boy. I am going to a fairly large school with thousands upon thousands of people, and getting lost while being late to class would be the worst. I can just imagine it - coming into class ten minutes late, walking in while it's dead silent, and having the professor call me out. It's actually one of my nightmares. 
  3. Friends - A couple of my close friends are going to the same school as me, but they're living wayyy across campus. I want to still stay in touch with them, but at the same time there's going to be so many opportunities to meet new people! The problem is the first step where you have to introduce yourself, and it's always so awkward. I'm not a big fan of awkward situations...
  4. Classes - I've heard that college courses are MUCH harder than high school, and I hope I am prepared. I'm not even sure of what I am majoring in yet, and I really don't want to get credit for classes that I don't need. Also, I hope most of my professors are easy to get along with and are good at teaching the material - I'm especially anxious for chemistry! Eeeek!
  5. Parties - Like any college, there's definitely going to be some crazy parties. I'm not against partying, but I was never big into it during high school. I just hope that they'll be a lot of fun, and that'll I'll meet some cool people. Oh, and mostly, really hope I don't get into any shady situations.
What are you looking forward to this school year?

Love,
Stephanie

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Summer Jobs

I don't think I've ever had a crazier summer than this one. It's been so hectic, but the best part is that I've enjoyed every minute of it. I thought I'd highlight some of the my most memorable moments right before I head off to college (9 days!!). One of my goals for this blog is for me to be able to express myself and my love for many things in life. That being said, I think it's easier for you as the readers to get to know more about me to enjoy my blog.

The first thing that comes to mind this summer is that I spent most of my time working. I feel so lucky that I was able to have two "jobs" that I genuinely enjoyed doing. Now I put jobs in quotations because to me it never really felt like work...

My first job was coaching at my local tennis camp. I just graduated this year, and tennis was such a big part of my life. The camp was very popular this year, and there were four sessions each day with ages from 10 to 18. I worked at two of the sessions which were each 2-3 hours, and I mainly stayed with the younger kids which was so much fun. It was weird because I've been going to the same camp for the past six years, and now I was a coach! What's better than playing my favorite sport, being outside, and having co-workers be all of my friends?
My partner and I at the state tournament this year!
Another job that I had this summer was at a local Catholic church. One of my good friends asked my to do it with her last fall when I applied, and it was probably one of the best decisions I could have made. It was called an "internship", and we did a variety of things. Everyone there was either about to enter college or was already in college, and everyone was so genuine and friendly. I can't stress that enough.

I'm not Catholic, and I thought that would be a little weird, but it wasn't at all. Everyone was so welcoming and I'm grateful to have made so many new friends! Most days we would read articles at home, and then from 5-9pm we would discuss them in groups. It was perfect timing because I would coach tennis and have time to do this as well.

One of the highlights would definitely be service week for middle schoolers and high schoolers. We all stayed at a hotel and the kids were split into groups where each group would provide service for different things - cans drives, daycares, schools, thrift stores, etc. I was able to be a leader for some middle schoolers, and we scrubbed some bleachers as our service to the community at an inner city school! It was a great experience, and who knew you could have fun cleaning?!
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Doing both of these jobs this summer has really put things into perspective. As I head off to college next week, I know one thing's for sure - no matter what,  it's important to do what you love and love what you do.

Love always,
Stephanie


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

40 Beauty Questions

If you didn't already know, much of my love for this blog came from watching so many youtube videos! This tag is REALLY old, but I really like all of the questions and how in depth it is. Of course, I tag any of you who want to do this, and be prepared for a long post... :)

QUESTIONS:
SKINCARE
-How many times do you wash your face daily?
1-2 times a day! I don't like to be too harsh with my skin, so sometimes in the morning I'll just use my Boots Expert Sensitive Gentle Refreshing Toner (my absolute favorite).

-What skin type do you have? (dry,oily,combo)
comboniation! 

-What is your current facial wash?
I'm almost done with the Clinique Rise Off Foaming Cleanser - I like it but I don't love it. I think there are great products at the drugstore that work just as well!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Easy and Healthy Pancakes

Ahhh, breakfast. It is no doubt my favorite meal of the day and the best part of the day. Especially during the summertime when the sun is shining, I love playing some great background music and making these pancakes. Last week I woke up and had a huge craving for something other than my standard greek yogurt, fruit, and granola. I wanted something that would really fill me up for the rest of the day!
I found a recipe that inspired mine, except she used coconut flour and apple cider vinegar. (Check that out here!) I wanted to see if my beloved greek yogurt would work, and I was so happy that it did - I even posted a couple of those pictures to my instagram.

They turned out to be SO delicious that I've made them multiple times this week! I eyeballed most of the ingredients, but I tried to make the recipe as exact as possible-it depends what add-ins you want and if you're using oat flour or making you own! It's really all about balance.
Some of my favorite toppings!
Ingredients: Serves 1 (about 5-6 small pancakes)
-1/4 cup 0% fat greek yogurt
-1/2 cup oats (or about 1/3 cup oat flour)
-1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
-1/4 tsp baking soda
-1 egg
-almond milk (optional - depends on how thick batter is)
-sweetener (optional- honey, agave, stevia, etc.)
-add-ins (optional- banana,chocolate,cinnamon,etc.)
-coconut oil

Note: If you're wanting a gluten free version, make sure the oats you are using are gluten free! I found online that Quaker oats aren't "certified" as being gluten free.

Directions:
1. If you're making your own oat flour, prepare that first by blending 1/2 cup of oats. I used a Ninja single serve blender to get the finest flour. Pulse for 15-30 seconds.
2.Whisk together all of the wet ingredients and slowly add the oat flour and then baking soda. If your mixture is too thick, add a bit of almond milk or water slowly until you get the desired consistency.
3.Prepare your pan by using a non stick coconut oil spray, or by drizzling a bit around the pan - a little goes a long way! Set the stove to medium.
4.Using a large spoon, spoon the batter onto the pan in the desired size (I found smaller pancakes cook faster). Once the batter has risen a bit, check to see if it's golden brown, and then flip when ready. Finishing cooking the other side.
5.Serve with fresh fruit, honey, peanut butter, or pure maple syrup - the options are endless :)

I hope you enjoyed one of favorite recipes, and feel free to customize it however you like! What's your favorite breakfast food?

Love,
Stephanie



Saturday, August 9, 2014

What's In My Bag?

I used to watch these videos on Youtube ALL the time, so I thought I'd do a little blog post version on what I carry on a day to day basis! I got this purse last Christmas from my mom (it was on sale haha), and I absolutely love the color, shape, and of course, the over the shoulder strap. I will always prefer the longer strap because I can always have two free hands to use instead of trying to awkwardly hold a clutch of a shorter strap purse on one shoulder. Especially while shopping, an over the shoulder bag is a must!

This was my first higher end purse, so if it's raining outside or I know it's a possibility that my bag could get dirty, I will switch over my wallet and necessities into a different bag. That way, it won't be the end of the world if it's pouring rain or I get a couple marks on it. The specific bag I have is from Fossil, and it's the Sydney Satchel in the color camel. I love the size because it holds everything I need and more, the zippers are very smooth, and the strap is adjustable. The only downside I can think of is if you look at the picture on their website, the purse stands up straight when in reality it slouches a bit more in the framing. Also, I am pretty short, so I can't imagine if the strap is adjustable for anyone a lot taller than me - it's 20.75 inches as stated on their website. Otherwise, I will be using it for a very long time, I always receive on compliments because it's so versatile and neutral!



My purse must-haves:
Wallets- The smaller brown wallet is from Fossil (it was a hand me down), and in it is my driver's license, health insurance card, college ID, cash, and debit card - all of the necessities! In the pink wristlet (also from Fossil), I keep all of my gift cards, reward cards, and change. If I need to I can just quickly grab the smaller wallet without lugging everything around. Both of these wallets are years and years old so they aren't available anymore :(
Sunglasses- These were actually from the dollar section at Target and have actually been working really well! 1$!!
Eye drops- I carry around these Refresh eye drops because my eyes become dry when I wear my contacts from time to time and they really help! My family buys the 100 pack from Costco.
Yummy smelling things - I always have these three things - deodorant, perfume (Happy by Clinique), and gum. Often, I'm going straight from tennis or the gym and I don't have time to shower, and who doesn't love fresh breath? This girl's gotta smell good.
Hand lotion - My skin always feels dry, and the Satin Hands by Mary Kay seems to be working well. It was a free sample which is why it's so small and cute.
Bobby Pin(s) - These are always floating around my room, purse, car, and just everywhere. They always seem to be disappearing from the bobby pin fairy.

I'm thinking of doing a gym bag edition because I carry many more things in it! What are some of your purse essentials?

Love always,
Stephanie




Friday, August 8, 2014

Summer Book Reviews

Sometimes all I need is some music (preferably by Dawn Golden) and a good book. The books I am talking about today are the ones I read at the end of May up until now (not including the books I read for school, although I did like those :). I definitely haven't read as many books as I'd like so far, but even just writing this post makes me more motivated! Maybe you've read some of these books and have different opinions, or maybe you'll pick up one of these next time you're at the library. I'd say some of these are "beach reads" and all are filled with romance - which is what I'm looking for during this time of year!

We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han 
This is the third and final book in the Summer series. It's about a girl named Belly, short for Isabella, and her love story with two brothers. She's known them both since she was very young, having spent the summers with them at Cousins beach. The brothers, Jeremiah and Conrad, are then caught up in a love triangle that is so complicated - but makes this trilogy one of my favorite summer books. I always come back to these books every summer because it's my weakness - romance (especially since it takes place on a beach). I would definitely read the first two books before this starting with The Summer I Turned Pretty! Rating: 4.5/5 

Burn for Burn + Fire with Fire by Siobhan Vivian and Jenny Han
This is also another trilogy written by the same author along with her her best friend Siobhan Vivian! It takes place on Jar Island and is about three very different girls, Mark, Kat, and Lillian as they take revenge on the people who ruined their lives. It's definitely an intense book with your typical high school drama but is much more dramatic. I read both of these books in a matter of four days because I just had to find out what happened. Rating: 4/5


Ripple by Mandy Hubbard
I picked this up at the library literally the day before the beach because I knew that I was going to read on the beach a LOT. The cover was...interesting and not my cup of tea, and I already knew it would be a very easy beach ready from just reading the back of the book. If you want a (very) quick read with romance, sci-fi, and your typical girl meets boy characters, then maybe you'll like this one?  Rating:1.5/5

Just One Day by Gayle Forman
This is a book I just recently finished, and it was different from what I thought it would be after reading the background of the novel. I first became familiar with Gayle's book If I Stay a year or two ago after I saw it at the library. Now it's been made into a movie featuring the wonderful Chloe Grace Moretz, so I decided to try some other books written by her as well. It's about high school graduate Allyson who's on an European tour and meets an actor. She spends 24 hours with him as both of them become attracted to one another. There's also a sequel from the guy's perspective, but I have yet to read that! Rating: 3/5 (so far at least)


I'm so sad summer is coming to an end - I will be squeezing in lots of reading before school! What are some of your favorite books and what would you recommend?

Peace,
Stephanie

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