Fashion on a Budget

It’s springtime, which means it’s time to pull out those spring clothing lines. This spring I have been seeing a lot of boyfriend jeans, and baggy ripped high wasted shorts. I have needed a good pair of jeans, so I decided to go out and find a pair. This lead me to almost tears. I’m being dramatic, but it was the most difficult thing! Jeans are so hard to find because everyone has very different body types. For example I play soccer and have to lift weights, so therefore I have some pretty muscular legs. Boyfriend jeans are meant to look pretty baggy, but when I tried them on they looked like skinny jeans! I know that I’m not fat, but I cannot tell you how frustrating it is to try on a pair of jeans that fit you perfectly around the waist, but struggle to get past my thighs! Most jeans that are sold at the stores are made for one body type, the body type that isn’t mine! I went to a boutique where I found a pair of 7 For All Man Kind Jeans that fit me well, I didn’t love them, but they fit. I looked at the price and it was $250 for a pair of jeans that I didn’t even love! Finally I decided I was going to try and make my own jeans because clearly this wasn’t working.

I headed to good will and looked for a pair of light looking jeans. You have to be open-minded because they will look better after some fixing! I brought in about 4 pairs of mom jeans to the dressing room. They were pretty high wasted, so it fit around my waste perfectly and they were baggy around my legs, just like boyfriend jeans. I bought two pairs to experiment with for $8 dollars a pair. When I got home I Pinterested DIY ripped jeans. I found an awesome link from Free People (I will post the link below). I did this with my first pair, and they turned out great!! The second pair I decided to try my own version and I got so many compliments! When I went to UCSB for spring break, my very fashionable friend asked me where I got my jeans. She was shocked to hear I made them myself.

As an undergrad in college I know that most people are livin on a major budget. I couldn’t afford to go spend $250 dollars on jeans. If you have a little patients and an open mind when going to the thrift store, you can really create something awesome. Another thing I liked about making my own jeans was that no one had the same pair. Whenever I go to my social medias, I will see the ten girls wearing the same outfit because they all shop at the same trending store. Making your own jeans it incredibly cheap, fun, and fashionable.


Spring Break: Family, Friends, and Errands

Spring break was just what I needed, but was such a tease!! I decided to go home this spring break, and avoid the classic spring break ragers. My freshman year of college I decided to have a true spring break in Lake Havasu, and while I will say it was an experience I will never forget, it wasn’t one that needed to be repeated. This spring break was needed for major relaxation and I had a few things that had to be done. One of the major reasons I kind of had to go home was to get a new license.

Let me tell you my life is all over the place. So first of all, my legal name is Taylor Jane Hinman. Before I was born my parents signed the birth certificate, thinking they were going to name me Taylor. When I was actually born they decided I looked more like a Katie, but decided never to go back and change it. Simple for them, HORRIBLE for me. It was so embarrassing having everyone know you as Katie, but then the role is called and the teacher calls Taylor. Then they will ask, “Oh is Katie your middle name?” and then I will have to proceed to explain, no Katie is absolutely nowhere in my legal name, in front of the whole class and they just look at me like a loon! As if I chose to make my name this way. Now I can’t stand the name Taylor (sorry if any of your names are Taylor) because once people in Jr. high and high school found out they would purposefully call me Taylor. Now that I am an adult, it’s probably my responsibility to legally change it, but is around 500 dollars and I have to go to court.

So my name is a disaster, but as I got older the problem continued. When I got my license the DMV got my birthday wrong, making me a year older. As a 16 year old this was the best news ever because I was 21 a year earlier. Well this actually turned out to be the worst thing ever. When I got to college and started traveling for soccer, they made my flight with the wrong legal name and a birthday that didn’t match my license! I had to go get a whole new ticket and barely made the flight. My high school friend group also planned a huge trip to Cabo, and when I went to go get a passport I realized I couldn’t because my ID didn’t match my birth certificate. Also my ID is vertical, so even if I hypothetically were to try and use my 21-year-old ID a year early, New Mexico doesn’t except vertical IDs.

It was horrible. I was always too scared to get it fixed because I let it go on for so long. I also stupidly read on Yahoo Answers how it was a criminal offense or something, so I was always a little scared. Finally this spring break I sucked it up, and went to fix my ID. They literally didn’t care at all! They just looked at my birth certificate, changed the numbers, and told me I would get a new ID in two weeks. All that worrying for nothing. Next one up is the name change….that is another monster I just do not want to deal with.

Getting my ID changed was awesome, but the highlight of my break would have to be going to UCSB to visit my friend, and going to the beach with my friends and sister. I also started to get better at surfing, I no longer plunge my face into the ground each time I try and stand up! Here are a few photos from my trip!

Santa Barbra

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San Clemente

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Ready or Not, Spring Break

So spring break is just around the corner and it is time to eat healthy and get ready for that beach bod. NOT wow did I fail. It’s the week before spring break and all I can do is stress because of all my midterms and things I have to get done before I go back home for the break. I went crazy with breads and sugars and well, basically anything I possibly wanted to eat. Let me tell yah, BAD IDEA. I felt even crappier, achieved way less work, and felt like a big blimp. Only a few day left before the great vacation starts, and all I wanted was to go feeling healthy and clean.

Another major problem with my extreme cheating was the amount of sugar I was taking in. It’s Girl Scout season, and come on, who can say no to a SAMOA!! Not I. So with all the sugar not only did I feel gross, my face started to MEGA break out. It might also have to do with stress, but the food I was eating didn’t help. Long story short, with only two days left till my flight home I decided to put down the chocolate and pick up the veggies. I headed straight to Trader Joes and got some of my favorite (healthy) foods. It’s not that I looked fatter, but I just felt gross and disgusting and wanted to go home feeling well, not gross and disgusting. The first step was drinking water, lots and lots of water. I would drink a bottle when I woke up, and followed it by a cup of hot lemon water. The rumor is hot lemon water speeds up your metabolism.

For breakfast I had one large egg and one egg white omelet, with two pieces of turkey bacon, and a half of an avocado. For snack I would eat a Lara bar, and for lunch I had chicken, rice, and broccoli. For dinner I would have left over chicken and rice, which was boring but not terrible. Okay so I had the food part down, and after one day I started to already feel better. Now it was time to deal with the chicken pocks on my face! I looked up many masks online and found one that worked for the supplies I had around the house. On Pinterest I looked up DIY acne facemask. There was a ton of results but I decided to go with the egg white facemask because I have heard from others that it has worked. It didn’t take very long to make, and the results were great! I went home feeling less stressed, gross, and acne free! Below I will post the link for you all to try it out!

Creative Eats!

So far in my blog postings I have been talking about healthy eats, and ideas of places to go, and things to do to get out of the house and adventure. A main part of the problem with eating healthy as a college student is that it can get pretty expensive, it takes time, and it also can get pretty boring. When I started to eat healthy, I found that my food started to taste pretty bland and I was never excited for my meals. Then my research began. You wouldn’t believe the amount of suggestion I found on Pinterest! My first suggestion is to not look up meals when you are hungry! I typed in paleo dinners into the search and there were hundreds of results. One of the ones that stood out to me was one that had a variety of ways to cook chicken. Chicken is good, but can get old if you do not change up the way you eat it. After looking at the many options, one that looked great to me was the Paleo Chicken Stir Fry.

Once I looked at the ingredients needed I realized that I didn’t have half of them, and I could not afford to go out and buy spices for just one meal. So I improvised. Basically I took all the vegetables I had in the fridge and made an awesome combination for the stir-fry. I also had chicken broth, and soy sauce that I thought would be perfect for cooking the veggies in. I think that Pinterest is great for ideas, but it’s okay to use them just as an idea. Throw things together, and try new things. Here is how I came up with my own Paleo Stir Fry:

Whatever you have Veggie Paleo Chicken Stir-Fry


  • Any veggies you have
  • Chicken
  • Soy Sauce
  • Chicken Broth
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • (Pepper flakes optional)

To begin I threw in two frozen chicken breast in to oven at 400 degree for around 20-25minutes. While the chicken was cooking I started to make the veggies. I looked in the fridge and grabbed any veggies I could find. I grabbed an onion, mushrooms, zucchini, broccoli, and green beans. I cut them up and tossed them into a large zip lock bag. Then I added chicken broth, soy sauce, garlic, olive oil, and pepper flakes and shook the bag. After that I placed it in the fridge and let it sit for 30 minutes. Once the chicken was done I cut it into small pieces and set it aside. I then dumped the ingredients in the zip lock bag into a large pan. I let the veggies cooked for about 10 minutes at medium heat and then added the chicken, then let cook for another 10. It was so great, and it was just from the extra food I had in the fridge!