20 Songs to Turn A Bad Day Around

Happy August everyone! Hope y’all are doing well, I am back once and for all lol (it’s been a long time coming)

Its the start of a new month and I hope for nothing but positive vibes, success, and new opportunities for everyone this month!

Lately, I have been going through a time of change and not really knowing what is the right path for me in life.  I don’t know about y’all, but I am a pretty positive and optimistic person most days, but like everyone, I sometimes struggle on always keeping that positive mindset. No matter how positive a person you are or how positive you try to be, bad days are inevitable. Every once in a while they happen, regardless if we plan to have one or not.

I’m here to tell you its okay. Whatever you’re going through, its okay because it will get better, maybe not at this exact moment, but eventually it will.

I feel like society has put this imaginary timeline in our minds of things that we NEED to achieve or this step by step list that we NEED to follow in order to have the absolute perfect life. However, your life is not a race and there is no exact timeline when things need to happen. Everything will happen and fall into place whenever it is intended to.

Whether you’re a recent college graduate and you’re worried about not having the perfect job lined up right after college, not being engaged or even being in a relationship when people the same age around you are getting engaged/ having families, you’re still living at your parents house when all your friends have already moved out of theirs, if you’re still in college when all your friends have already graduated, or if your going through a tough breakup or loss of a friendship. There are so many situations that happen out of our control or not as we plan, but the important thing is to enjoy your life and not be in a rush to make things happen. Not everybody’s story is the same and that’s what makes you unique.

When I’m having a bad day, I usually have a few songs that I listen to,  so I thought I would share them with y’all. Some of them are cliché but the words really do speak volumes. I usually put the playlist on shuffle and let the songs play on and once I’ve listened to the playlist entirely, I make sure my mood is changed and I am back to being my positive self again. I’m sure that I will add more songs to this playlist as time goes on but so far this is what I have, enjoy!

Another thing that I have found comfort in is buying plants such as succulents and cactus’s. All you have to do is show them love, water them often, and provide them sunlight. Its so amazing being able to watch them grow and flourish and it is kind of a beautiful metaphor of yourself and how you are growing and flourishing with these plants.

Remember:  its not a bad life, just a bad day.
Keep your head up and continue to keep living your life at your own pace, at the end of the day what matters is that you are happy and being the best person that you can be 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Xoxo,
Lori Allison ❤

Updates, xoxo

Hello Loves!

WOW! It has been such a long time since I have blogged, hopefully I haven’t been forgotten..

SO much has happened since my last post.. So let me catch you up on things.

I am officially a college graduate! YAY! Yes its true, as of May 2017 I officially became a college graduate. I still can’t believe that its already about to be a year, my how time flies!

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As many of you know, I completed an internship with Disney in Spring of 2016. Not many of you know, however, that I went back for another internship shortly after I graduated college. This Disney lover, just couldn’t get enough of Disney, so of course I had to go back to Florida for one last hurrah before becoming a full time adult (who is still a Disney fanatic). You can take the girl out of Disney, but you cant take Disney out of the girl 🙂
So – I completed the internship (had THE BEST 4 months of my life) and shortly after the New Year, I moved back to Texas, my most favorite state of all time & my home.

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Now I am living back in Texas, San Antonio but I hope to be moving out of San Antonio and to a new city in Texas very soon.
What have I been doing since I moved home, you ask? Oh you know, the post grad life: working, working, working (trying to save enough money to move out) and of course trying to find a full time job so I can be a full-time adult. As exciting as all of this may sound – something is still missing from my life – what possibly could it be?

Of course, I miss blogging and updating you all on my life, my outfits, and of course my shopping hauls. The good news out of all of this, is that xoxo, Lori Allison is coming back and I promise you all that I will be uploading content more regularly since I no longer have a crazy busy undergrad life (which I actually sometimes really miss). I guess I was good at being a busy body(?) but now I can put my energy into more exciting things like blogging again.

I am super excited to reconnect with you all and I can’t wait to hear from you all 🙂

 

As always, follow me on Instagram to keep up with my everyday life @ xoxoloriallison

Lori Allison ❤

Photoshoot contest

Hello again, loves!

Sorry it has been a while, working for Disney has me busy, busy, busy!

A few months ago I won a photo-shoot contest for a local photographer in San Antonio ‘Laura D Photography’. Laura was looking for models of all ages, with no modeling experience what so ever to help her expand her photography clientele. Three winners would be chosen – one for a portrait session, one for couples/engagement sessions, and one for a family session, you would also receive one complimentary photo shoot session, as well as an on set makeup artist, who would do your makeup for you the day of your photo-shoot.

Out of all the people who inquired and for the contest, I was one of the people chosen as a model! I was of course, so excited because I haven’t done a photo-shoot since I was taking pictures for my Quince invitations/party. Of course, being an aspiring fashion blogger, I knew not only would this photo-shoot help me be taken more seriously by companies and people in the world of Fashion but it would also benefit Laura by gaining new clientele from my followers on Instagram.

I accepted the photo-shoot opportunity, and we started texting and planned on a date and time when we could get together and start shooting. We did a lot of brainstorming and planning out details through text such as what we thought a good location would be and also a good theme for it. Once, we set a theme [Boho Chic] I stared shopping around and looking at different boutiques and stores. We decided that we would shoot in a outdoorsy area around the time that the sun was setting so the lighting would be perfect, we were both so excited to bring our ideas to life!

I finally received the pictures and I am in AWE over how they came out, so I thought I would share with y’all for those of you who don’t follow me on Instagram just yet 😉

I decided that I wanted to go with an outfit that included a lace up criss-cross top because I thought that it would go with the theme, what I ended up finding while shopping ended up being much better instead, while I was shopping in A’GACI I found a long sleeve, black, dress that ended up having the criss-cross lace up on the chest. Luckily, I found the last size small they had! Usually I get loose fitting dresses in extra small instead of small, but I couldn’t find any extra small dresses and just went with size small instead. I had also noticed that the trend for lace up ballet flats was starting to become a trend as well, and I found a perfect style at Old Navy for only $15. I thought that the lace up flats would compliment the lace up dress chest perfectly. I loved that the dress was black, because it was simple but I knew that I could dress it up with makeup and accessories.

We had decided on doing 2 different outfits for the shoot, and I was completely lost on what to wear for the second outfit change. I went shopping around for a few days and couldn’t find anything that I liked and went with the Nature-Boho theme. One day, however, I was shopping in Charlotte Russe and found a taupe colored wide long sleeve top with details around the forearm cuff area that I thought I could pair perfectly with white simple jeans, a long, gold necklace to compliment the color of the top, and taupe colored booties.

The day of the shoot, I was so excited that the day was finally here ~ time to bring these ideas to life! After school, I went over to Laura’s and her sister Elizabeth did my makeup, she decided to go with a neutral look since we were going with a boho theme and we didn’t want the makeup to conflict with the theme. She contoured my face and added some false natural looking lash extensions, and then we added one of my maroon lipsticks from Stila to finish off the look. We decided to shoot at this park in Grey Forest called Madla Park which has this huge open field of sun flowers and plants and had a beautiful scenery.  I have never been more comfortable with anybody doing a shoot except with my best friend Angelica, but the shoot went so well and I felt like such a natural with Laura. Down below I will post the pictures 🙂

Thanks for reading! Have a great week!

Follow me on Instagram @ itsxoxoloriallison 🙂

xoxo, Lori Allison

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Zelle Boutique Blogger Meet-Up

Yesterday I went to a pop up shop in downtown San Antonio for  Zelle boutique, an online boutique based in San Antonio who got chosen by PopUpSA to have a pop up shop downtown from December 11-19th.

Zelle boutique is owned by 2 twin sisters Michelle and Christine. They started their boutique a little over a year ago and already have a huge following base. You can find them on social media @ShopZelle and find their website at shopzelle.coChristine said although they had a huge online based following, they wanted to interact more with local bloggers. The pop up shop was the perfect opportunity to get us all together in the same place to network and of course do what fashion bloggers love to do, shop!

Right when I walked in I was greeted by the twin sisters and offered snacks that ranged from Macaroons, Poinsetta Punch, a variety of other cookies, and crackers with ham and cheese. The shop was set up so cute and artsy, you would think that they were permanently housed out of this location with the way everything was so beautifully set up. One thing I loved most about the decor is that most of it was hand made, Christine told me that shes very into crafts and she said she made a majority of the decorations. The shop was on the river walk with some stairs leading up looking into the shop so Christine made window decorations that were made out of white cone solo cups attached by fishing string and had letters from Urban Outfitters that spelled out “Z-E-L-L-E” as shown behind me in this picture.

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The accessories wall was definitely my favorite though with the string lights and the picture frames of different art work. They had a wide range of accessories from different styles of sunnies (one of which I bought), bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and fall accessories such as headbands and scarfs.

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I love that Zelle caters to everything you could want from all kinds of clothes, accessories, and shoes. They are a shop that offers it all! Many boutiques have very  cute clothes and jewelry but a majority of them are very over priced, I love that Zelles shop is affordable and everything is good quality! I got two tops, sunglasses, and a bracelet for around $5o, which is usually how much I would pay for one shirt at any other boutique!

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Sunnies – $15

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I tried on this top and absolutely loved how comfy and versatile it was! I can dress it up or dress it down and accessorize it in anyway. I originally had just purchased the black one but then I thought about it and talked myself into getting both colors because it was so hard for me to decide which color to get! The tops were only $20 which wasn’t bad at all! I think they will definitely be my go-to tops this winter.

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Gold spikey bracelet for arm candy – $10

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With the lovely Wong sisters, Christine (left) and Michelle (right) – Owners of Zelle Boutique

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Before leaving, I was handed a goodie bag which included free earrings, sunnies, a clutch, a coupon with 20% off my purchase, their business card, and a note pad tat says “Hello Holidays”.

Zelle is the place to shop, with two amazing sisters who are sharing their passion for fashion with all their products, they are so caring and easy to talk to and they love to talk fashion with you! One thing that really stuck with me was when Christine told me that they own this shop as a hobby, they aren’t trying to just make a profit from it but they truly care about their customer relationships and making people happy! If you’re in the San Antonio area be sure to check out their pop up shop until December 19th at 140 E. Houston St. Suite 40 , San Antonio, Tx 78249. Even if you aren’t in the San Antonio area I recommend you check their trendy shop out online, I’m sure you will fall in love with their collection!

Thats all for now, follow me on social media at @itsxoxoloriallison to keep up with what I’m doing and on snapchat @xoxoloriallison

Happy Holidays!

xoxo, Lori Allison