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I'm fully aware that I am *possibly* the worst blogger to exist on the face of the internet. I've hinted at this in a few other posts (trust me, they aren't that many...), but I've fallen out of love with blogging at the moment. This is not to say that I still don't enjoying creating content and pursuing creative realms, but the act of being an influencer and always being "on" has really taken a toll on me. I like to believe that I'll come back to blogging more reguarly, but I'm taking it in piecemeal. 

Last week, I took a much needed social media detox and simply deleted the apps from my phone. During that break, I realized that I do enjoy certain aspects of social media and the authentic content that certain individuals put out into the world. However, I came away knowing that I used to spend way too much time concerned with other's lives and the image they put out in the world than I should have been. In fact, I have been practicing the technique of consuming "mindful media".

For me, that means following people that promote positivity or provide something that I want to learn about and explore, and unfollowing accounts that don't do anything for me. It is also paying attention to what you consume apart from social media; think about podcasts, television shows, etc. I am much more chill with shows and movies though.... watching Baywatch was one of the best decisions I've made in awhile. Ha. 

To continue, another reason that I decided to refocus my energy away from social media and into the real world, is that I want to truly live in the moment. That my friends, is still a work in progress and probably will continue to be. I'm slowly finding ways to be present. Spending less time on Instagram is one way. I'm also training for a half-marathon and have found running to be mediative to me. Just me, the music, and my two feet. Speaking of music, I've been on somewhat of a "music exploration", thanks to Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Times. Music.is.just.so.cool. 

I can say it everyday, life is too short. There is no reason to not live your best life and do it the way you desire. Oh I know. It sounds so incredibly cheesy and cliche. However, as I've learned over the past several months, all of this takes time. So, start today or tomorrow. Just get out there and do what you love. Simply start.

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I'm Back

 

Well, well, well.

Fancy seeing you around here, as it’s been quite some time. I finished my final exams last week, so I’m pleased to announce that I’m d-o-n-e with junior year. If you talk to any other person who has gone through this treacherous year, they will firmly agree that it’s akin to Dante’s 9th Circle of Hell. The absolute worst. It’s only recently hit me that I’m going to be a senior come September, but let’s not rush life. We have a full summer ahead before we even have the to cross the bridge to the land of stress, college, and my final year of high school.

During those crazy weeks of finals, I made an executive decision to take some time off from blogging. The main reason I did this was because I simply had zero time to focus on anything else other than school. The other reason, which I think is crucial to bring up, is that I wasn’t feeling inspired or motivated to blog. I know this could be seen as some ~saucy~ news to both readers and fellow people of the interweb, but yes, sometimes I just don’t want to post. After (almost) five year of blogging, I’ve realized that it’s okay to not be “on” all the time. A break is exactly what the digi-doctor ordered. 

So, at this point, you may ask… “Sloane, what’s next?”

And to that my friend, the answer is that some changes will be aflutter around here this summer. In the near future, STSS will begin the process of changing from a blog to an online portfolio with a blog component.  

Now, now, I don’t want you to think this is just for the sake of college applications or because I’m lazy. This is a decision I’ve been planning for awhile because as I grow and change, I feel like my own digital space should reflect that growth. 

Continuing on, in the next month or so, you will witness some design changes being born. To be honest, I’m not exactly sure if these changes will be happening overnight or… Forever and always winging it. Additionally, I have a plethora of digital back-logged posts from the past few months that deserve a spot in the online universe. Keep your eyes peeled for those. 

Now that the we have the nitty-gritty out in the open, time to dig into the goof stuff. What else is in store for this summer? I’ll be dancing the day away at Gov Ball on Saturday, followed by some time out in Montauk for quality surf and sun. No doubt that you’ll see me in the great Ocean State. Both Texas and California are on the horizon in July, so I’ll see you there. Finally, thank you for sticking with me this year. I’m completely aware that content has been up and down and back up, but I’m back.

Until next time, folks. Signing off. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas // OOO

wishing you all a, slightly belated, but nevertheless, very happy and merry holiday- for whatever you are celebrating. i'm currently down in miami and will be taking in a brief OOO state until the 31st.

take this time to be with friends, family, your dog, the barista at your favorite coffee shop, or by yourself watching Love Actually because why the hell not!?

plenty of new content with be rolling in with 2017, so be sure to follow along. 

see you at the end!

The Five

To kick off Monday, here are five things that hold somewhat of a relevance in my life right now. 

1. Outdoor Voices

I drank the kool-aid that is Outdoor Voices. Officially quitting the Lululemon way of life, and switching to OV 100%. To start my personal collection of Outdoor Voices, the firsts are these leggings and their signature "Doing Things" baseball cap. I'm never not doing things, so it is a match made in (atheleisure) heaven. 

 2. The Super Serums

Once again, Glossier created bottled magic. My skin has been drinking up both Super Glow and Super Pure like no tomorrow. I'm firm on believing that the Supers are nothing but goodness in a vile. 

3. Eddie Vedder

Great study music. Pop in some earbuds and listen to his Into the Wild soundtrack. Shoutout those Pearl Jam fans as well!

4. Crosswords

What I like to call brain food. Jump at it, nerds. 

5. Gran Hotel

SUCH A GOOD SHOW (!!). It's the Spanish version of Dowton Abbey, but set up a hotel (ca. 1910s)  and with simply gorgeous actors

 

Guess who's Back?

I have slightly disappeared off the face of the internet the past week, and it's been nothing short of glorious. Sometimes it is nice to step back, live in the moment and not through my phone and computer screen. Hell, yesterday was the first day I opened my computer at home in a long, long time. I am finally playing catch up and producing some new content for Fall later this week. I'm feeling refreshed and ready to face the busy September ahead. If you follow me over on Twitter, I've been sharing a lot of my thoughts surround self-confidence, validation, mindset, identity, and positivity. I have a more structured- aka a less rambling word spew- post in the works. 

In the mean time, here are a handful of pictures that haven't made it into the social media vortex.