Best Memories of 2017

December 31, 2017

85 Little Ways To Feel Happier

December 29, 2017

1. Go for a walk.
2. Get off social media.
3. Pet your dog.
4. Take a bath.
5. Wash your face.
6. Use a face mask.
7. Put on lotion.
8. Clean your room.
9. Smile.
10. Eat a healthy snack.

50 Resolution Ideas for 2018

December 28, 2017

1. Drink more water
2. Eat more clean.
3. Travel more.
4. Be more spontaneous.
5. Wake up earlier.
6. Get outside more.
7. Less social media.
8. Learn a new language.
9. Run more.
10. Improve mile time.

10 Things To Do Before 2018

1. Declutter.

Get rid of all of the unnecessary clutter in your life including clothes, shoes, jewelry, books, and papers.

2. Write down your goals.

Make a list of all of the things you want to accomplish this year and break down your goals so that you have a clear plan of how you will reach these goals.

3. Backup all of your photos from 2017.

Backing up your photos really doesn't take that long, and it is really important because the next time your drop your phone it may actually break and all of your photos will be lost.

10 Places I Want to Travel To

December 27, 2017

For some reason my wanderlust is always extra prominent around this time of the year, so today I'm sharing 10 places that I want to travel to. There are some specific regions in these countries that I want to explore, but for the sake of this blog post I wanted to be a little bit more broad so that you could do some of your own research if you wish to travel to any of these destinations. I really hope you enjoy seeing the places that I hope to visit, and let me know if you would like to see more travel related posts.

To Travel Is To Live

December 26, 2017

I love to travel.

Traveling opens your eyes and allows you to experience life in a new light. The lessons learned from meeting people all across the world, exploring new territories, and immersing yourself into another culture are invaluable.

What I Got For Christmas 2017

I hope all of you had a very merry Christmas full of delicious food, music, and laughs with family and friends. In today's post I'm sharing with you what I got for Christmas this year! While gifts are in no way what Christmas is truly about, I still thought you all might enjoy seeing what I received this year. I didn't ask for much, but of course my amazing family gave me so much more than I had expected, and I am so grateful for everything I was gifted. I also have a lot of family members that I celebrate and exchange gift with, so not all of these items are from my immediate family. 

75 Stocking Stuffer Ideas

December 21, 2017

1. Hair ties.
2. Face mask.
3. Lotion
4. Candle.
5. iPhone case.
6. Gift card.
7. Socks.
8. Gloves.
9. Chapstick.
10. Notebook.

Check In | December 2017 Goals

December 16, 2017

Todays post 's going to be a "check in" on my December Goals post. For those of you who have not read it, I have included the link here and I will also be re-listing my intentions in this posts so I can talk about each one individually. I hope you enjoy reading this post and that it may help you with your goals. Let me know if you would like to see a post similar to this at the end of the December.

A Book Review: Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert

December 15, 2017

Today's blog post is a little different from the usual: a book review! Though I have yet to finish this book, I thought it might be interesting to write a review as I am still reading it since everything is fresh in my mind. Recently, I have really enjoyed reading books revolving around self-development and personal growth. I am planning to create a post consisting of ten or so books that I would like to read, so if you are looking for a couple of self-help books to read, then keep your eyes peeled for that post. I hope you enjoy, and let me know if you'd like to see more book reviews.

Gift Guide: Mom

December 10, 2017

Today's post is going to be my first holiday gift guide of the season. I know this may be a little late to upload, but if your anything like me, you are kind of a last minute Christmas shopper. Rather than creating one big gift guide, I decided to break it up into smaller, more specific guides so I could go more in depth and to make it easier to find what you are looking for. All of the gifts I have included in this gift guide are actually things I would buy, as I thought that it would be much more helpful this way.

This gift guide is centered on gifts to buy for your mom. For me this is pretty easy because I know my mom very well and we have similar taste and interests, but for those of you who have it a bit trickier, I hope this can help. I have chosen eight gifts ranging in price from around five to sixty-five dollars - pretty reasonable!

Staying Inspired & Creative

December 9, 2017

Today I am sharing my thoughts on a topic that has been on my mind lately: creativity. I have recently felt kind of down thinking about how monotonous every week seems to be and how in our society we wait so desperately for the weekends, which of course seems normal because this is when we get a break from work and school. Okay, maybe I can't speak on behalf of our entire society because everyone pursues different occupations and has a different lifestyle, but I know that many people experience this feeling. It may sound ridiculous coming from a freshman in high school who still has so much freedom and opportunities, but even so my feelings and thoughts are still valid and maybe I can help any of you who are feeling the same way.

10 Holiday Essentials

November 26, 2017

1. Candles.

I have an obsession with candles, especially around the holidays. Not only does the wonderful fragrance increase my mood, but the peaceful and festive atmosphere it creates calms and inspires me.The candle pictured here is from Anthropologie, and is included in my Black Friday haul.

Black Friday Haul 2017

November 25, 2017

I know that for many people Black Friday can be very stressful and more about the sales rather than the experience, but that is not the case for me! This was only my second time Black Friday shopping, but I absolutely love it. Of course the sales are great, but the feeling of waking up after an amazing Thanksgiving feast to another full day of fun where I get to spend time with my mom, aunt, and friend exploring the stores and simply enjoying the festivity of the holiday season is what makes this day so exciting to me. Anyways, I thought I would share with you all the goodies I picked up on Black Friday. Though I purchased very little compared to most shoppers on this special sales day, I still thought you might enjoy seeing what I purchased.

December Goals | 2017

November 23, 2017

Today I am sharing with you my goals for December! I love making goals and constantly working to better myself. I find that creating a short list of goals for each month is very motivating for me, and making my goals specific and measurable helps me to achieve them. I hope that you enjoy seeing what I hope to accomplish this December, and let me know if you would like me to do more "monthly goals" posts in the future.

100 Little Things I'm Thankful For

November 20, 2017

In the spirit of Thanksgiving I wanted to share with you all some of the things I am thankful for. I am of course so incredibly thankful for my loving and supportive family as well as my friends, home, education, and much more, but I thought instead I would share with you all some of the little things in life that I am grateful for and that I love. 

My Favorite Christmas Movies

November 19, 2017

Snuggling up in blankets in my fuzzy pajamas in bed or by the warm fire with my dogs watching Christmas movies is one of my favorite things to do during the holiday season, so in today I thought I would share with you my favorite Christmas movies. Many of these are popular films that you have likely already watched, but I hope there are a couple that you have not watched yet or rewatched in a while that you can enjoy.

Holiday Bucket List

November 12, 2017

I know it might seem a bit early to create a holiday bucket list seeing that November has almost just began, but as they say, it is the most wonderful time of the year. I've also already created my Christmas playlist, so I am prepared for this holiday season! Anyways, I hope you enjoy reading my holiday bucket list, and I hope that it gives you a couple of ideas for
what you can do this time of year.

Reading Terminal Market

51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA

If you missed out on my previous blog post, you wouldn't know that back in October my mom and I returned to the city of Philadelphia after falling in love with it on our short trip in the summertime. Rather than creating one big blog post covering our trip, I decided to break it apart into smaller posts and dig a little bit deeper into our travels and talk more specifically about some of the highlights of our visit. My previous post was all about our experience touring Eastern State Penitentiary, the world's first true penitentiary that is famous all around the world, but today's post is going to cover something very different from the ominous and awe-inspiring prison- Reading Terminal Market.

Reading Terminal Market is one of the countries biggest and oldest public markets. There are over eighty vendors offering a wide assortment of authentic cuisines, and many small shops selling baked goods, sandwiches, and chocolate, as well as ingredients and kitchen appliances. The colorful florescent signs, various smells that drift through the air, and hustle and bustle of people inside this market are only a part of what makes it so enjoyable. If crowds are really not your thing, this place may be a little stressful for you to navigate through, but the delicious foods and simply the atmosphere of this market makes up for it.

Eastern State Penitentiary

November 11, 2017 2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA

After falling in love with Philadelphia when my family visited during the summer to tour colleges with my older sister, my mom and I returned over my fall break back in October to get another chance to explore this city. There are so many things to do and places to see in this beautiful city. The first adventure my mom and I embarked on was touring Eastern State Penitentiary.

Operating from 1829-1971, it was the world's first penitentiary and is one of the most famous prisons, having housed several of America's most infamous criminals such as Al Capone and Willie Sutton.  It is amazing to be able to walk the halls of this historic prison and enter the cells that some of the most notorious crooks lived in. The self-guided audio tours including interviews with former guards and prisoners that the museum offers free of charge are very informative and educational but also provide the listener with insight as to what is was like for those who worked and lived here.

How To Prepare For School

August 9, 2017

Do your summer work.

This may seem very obvious, but it is very important. Make sure you have completed or are in the process of completing all of your summer work, including reading any books or working on summer assignments. You do not want to arrive to class your first day to find that you forgot to read a required book!

Declutter your desk.

I strongly believe that when you have a clear space, you have a clear mind. So get to work decluttering you desk and removing all of the items that are not essential to your studying or that you find distracting.

A Short Trip To Philadelphia

July 15, 2017 Philadelphia, PA, USA

As a rising senior in high school, summer is the time of year in which you embark on the journey that is college visits, and cram all of the schools that are in proximity to one another into a four day trip. At least, that's how it was for my family as we traveled throughout Pennsylvania with my sister visiting various colleges. 

Of all of the towns and cities that we explored, my favorite by far was Philadelphia. Though I have visited before, I was much younger and I couldn't remember much of the city. Philly is absolutely beautiful, from the gothic architecture contrasted with the massive glass buildings, to the small city streets with cute shops and fun restaurants. Though we only had two days here, my mom and I explored so much of the city and are already planning to return in the very near future.

A Pop Of Color Everywhere

July 12, 2017

In the summertime, color is my best friend both clothing and accessory-wise. Whether I am running errands with my mom, eating out for dinner, or taking a day trip to the city, when my outfit and accessories are colorful I always feel like I am in "a sunny state of mind." That is one of the reasons why I absolutely love my adorable pink and gold bracelets from lolohanaco on Etsy! Along with my obsession with the colors, I love these bracelets because they are perfect for layering.

Happy Birthday America!

July 5, 2017

Happy Fourth of July! This festive holiday in which I spend time with my family and friends eating yummy food, taking pictures, swimming (although not this year due to the thunderstorms), playing with sparklers, and of course, watching fireworks, has always been one of my favorites. 

Because I absolutely love dressing up for the Fourth of July, in today's blog post I am going to be sharing with you the outfit that I chose to wear in honor of America's birthday as well as a few other festive photos. Hope you enjoy!

Outfit Details:
shirt: endless rose
shorts: h&m
shoes: jack rogers

Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis Hotel

July 1, 2017 923 16th And, K St NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA

Tasting small, decadent sweets, sandwiches, and scones while sipping hot tea has always been something my mom and I both enjoy doing together very much, so we decided to schedule afternoon tea at our overnight stay at the St. Regis Hotel. The set up for our tea time was absolutely stunning. We were placed in the beautiful lobby directly adjacent to a window, and were given a long list of options regarding our choice of tea, from black, green, and white teas to oolong, rooibos, and herbal teas. Seeing that I love herbal tea, I chose the Garden of Dreams tea, and my mom chose the St. Regis Signature Blend, a black tea.

12 Ways To Boost Your Mood & Rid Yourself Of Stress

June 26, 2017

  1. Blast upbeat music, and sing along!
  2. Watch a "feel good" movie, whether it be a movie you loved watching when you were younger or a movie that never fails to make you laugh (most likely Harry Potter for me).
  3. Take a bubble bath, and leave all distractions, aka your phone and/or computer, in another room (I still need to work on that).
  4. "Rant" to someone you are close with. If you are stressed, anxious, or just have a lot of things bubbling inside of your head, spilling it all out to someone to whom you are very close with (for me this is my mom) clears your mind immensely.

5 Must-Reads For Young Adults

June 25, 2017

To me, reading is not only one of the greatest ways to learn in an academic sense, but it is also a way to become more open-minded, creative, considerate, and aware of the world that is constantly changing around us. It is a way to escape and become immersed in a story unfamiliar to our own, no matter if it is fiction or non-fiction. Today I am sharing with you a few of my recent favorite books that I would recommend to high school students such as myself as well as adults. Instead of writing a summary of each book, I chose to include quotes from other readers. I hope you give at least one of these books a read and share your thoughts and favorite books with me, as I would love to hear your recommendations.

A Delayed Introduction

June 19, 2017

After writing down a list of many ideas for my future blog posts in my journal, I realized that I sort of jumped into posting without giving you a proper introduction. Today sharing with you a little bit about what inspired me to create my blog and what you can expect from me in the future.

As mentioned in my blog post all about my online jewelry store lexaschicboutique, I absolutely love to create and design, and I love having an outlet where I can share my passions and express myself and my personal style. Prior to creating my blog, I posted fashion and beauty videos weekly on my Youtube channel Alexa Marsh, but my love of photography combined with my passion for writing fueled my decision to focus mainly on blogging. I deleted most of my old videos, but I still have several up on my channel. I still plan on posting montages and other creative types of videos, but just not as frequently as previously.


May 27, 2017

Today I am sharing a little bit about the online store I created: lexaschicboutique. I have always loved to design and create, so I combined this love with my passion for fashion. My online store, like my blog, has been my outlet for creativity, and has given me the ability to express myself as well as my personal style. 

Granada, Nicaragua

May 13, 2017 Granada, Nicaragua

Back in March, my mom and I traveled to Granada, Nicaragua. Last summer, we traveled to Costa Rica and discovered a love for Central America, so we decided to explore Nicaragua, a country that was on both of our bucket lists. We spent seven days on a beautiful island off the coast of Nicaragua and three days in the city of Granada. The colonial architecture, colorful homes, beautiful lakes and volcanoes, and kind and welcoming locals all make Granada such a special city. 

I hope you enjoy seeing a few of the many pictures I took on this trip! If you would like to see more pictures, you can check out my Instagram at @alexagmarsh. If you have any questions about the city, the hotel we stayed in, or anything else about our travels, then leave a comment and I will make sure to reply.