What I Keep in my Beach Bag

While I'm in LA, I've been at the beach everyday (as you could imagine) and loving every minute of it.  Through my routine, I have figured out exactly what is essential for your beach bag.

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  • sunscreen/tanning oil make sure you have a good SPF on first, then you can add some oils/lotions on top for a tan (I like
  • book ugghhhh I LOVE READING ON THE BEACH! it's so relaxing and I've gotten super into reading lately (post on my fav books
  • headphones I like to listen to the book while I read or I like to listen to music 
  • wallet you can't leave the house without your wallet… you always need it when you don't have it!
  • lip balm the sun will DRY. YOU. OUT.
  • hat I hate when the sun is on my face so when I'm laying down I put the hat on my face (lol)
  • sunglasses ok, this is an obvious one
  • rosewater trustttt meee…. I KNOW I talk about this a lot but when you are hot and sweaty, a spray of
  • sun lightening spray my brothers and I love using the
  • hairbrush nothing is worse than trying to go out after the beach and having insanely salty hair

BONUS: don't forget a towel



Get a Spine… Pick up a Book

This is a very different post, straying from my usual, “wash your face” and, “this is the best way to apply bronzer” posts– so please, bear with me as I try to explain.

Lately, I have been getting into reading- and for those of you who know me: you’re probably confused.  I have never been a reader and it always puzzled me how people could read… for fun. Now, reading has become my favorite way to pass time (although I prefer to read while also listening to the audio version… it helps me focus!)– I can’t believe I can say that without laughing afterwards.IMG_2590.JPG

Down below I listed not only the books I’ve read but also the ones on my wishlist              (I’ll update this post as I finish more throughout the summer)

*read books that interest you before school takes over with boring ones!*

already read:

“What She Knew” by Gilly MacMillan a mystery about a boy who goes missing, narrated by both his mother and the detective on the case

“Twenty Boy Summer” by Sarah Ockler a light summer read about two teenagers’ adventures on vacation– with enough drama that you can’t put it down

“Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” by Amy Chua a Chinese mother sharing her experience raising children in America, the Chinese way  *this was my assigned summer reading for school and I wouldn’t have picked it up on my own but it was weirdly interesting and I finished it in 1 day* 

“The Summer I Turned Pretty” by Jenny Han a teenager’s experience in her summer home when all of the pieces start to fall into place

on my wishlist links to descriptions are included:

The rest of “The Summer I Turned Pretty” trilogy

“The Husbands Secret” by Liane Moriarty

“This is Where it Ends” by Marieke Nijkamp

“The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett” by Chelsea Sedoti

“The Woman in Cabin 10” by Ruth Ware

Anything by Sarah Ockler!!

♥ Maggie

BUY or BYE is Back to School: Avoiding Stress

It’s that time of year again where we are faced with balancing: school, school clubs, sports, after school activities, jobs, college prep, a social life and your health- while hoping to remain stress free.  Yikes!  Teenagers do not get enough credit, amiright??

Here are some of my favorite ways to destress (I can never have enough so please share yours in the comments below!)

  1. staying active/eating clean Staying healthy will completely help you destress your mind and body.  Keeping active is also proven to make you feel more energized and c’mon… we need the energy after 7 hours of school 5 days a week. If you do a sport (mine’s dance) then you’re already halfway there, now just take care of the body you’ve worked for and eat clean! I’ll be doing more health and fitness posts soon but some of my favorite workouts and healthy foods are…
    1. dance!
    2. (hot) yoga 
    3. zumba
    4. PiYo (pilates + yoga)
    5. cycling (classes at my local gym, SoulCycle, or on our Peloton at home)
    6. egg whites *I had this every morning before school from spring break to the last day of school last year…lol*
    7. avocados
    8. salmon
    9. nuts: almonds + pistachios
    10. fruits: love blueberries + watermelon + honeydew
  2. sleeping HAHA. It amazes me how many of my friends take sleep for granted and spend their nights up on their phone on Instagram doing nothing.  If you’ve ever had a conversation with me, there is a 90% chance you know that I love to sleep.  I promise you that after a long day of school and hard work, I am dead asleep by 10pm.
  3. finding your spirituality By no means will I push my religion and beliefs on any of you guys but I really recommend finding something that keeps you centered and relaxed.  This could be meditating, going to your place of worship, reading the Bible, studying a new religion, or anything to connect you with your spirituality.  It might seem like this will add onto your work load but, having something to make you feel centered can help a lot in times of stress.
  4. prioritize I’m not gonna tell you what should be at the top of your priorities but, it helps me so much when I know what needs to come first.  It can be hard turning down that party with your friends but getting that A on your chemistry test Monday morning could be way more important to you (if school is at the top of your priorities).  If things are important to you, you can and will find the time for it.
  5. planning/staying organized I am notorious for having a super neat agenda for school and there is no shame in it!  This one goes along with prioritizing because you can see what is most important while flipping through your planner.  I love to keep my agenda colorful to make it a little bit prettier… and I also keep a check box after each item to hold me accountable for completing them.  Having a good planner will help you remember to get everything important done before moving onto the things lower on your priorities. 

✰ Maggie

How to Cope with Breakouts

As a teenager, I know first hand how frustrating it is to see a blemish pop up on your face. Lately my skin has been so bad and I’ve been hard on myself for it but I had to realize that I’m a stressed out high school student and I’m obviously going to break out! Once you stop putting so much pressure on the way you look, you will notice how much happier you are.

The way I cope with clogged pores is by giving my skin a break. I try not to put face makeup on and I try to wash my face A LOT and moisturize A LOT. When your face is breaking out,                           you definitely do not wanna be adding anything else on top of that.                   Try: opening up your pores over steam or with hot water before washing your face.

I always stress that, even if you have oily skin, you should always be hydrating your skin! I have a blog post up about how to battle dry skin in the winter so be sure to go check that out for my top tips!

We all know the feeling of seeing/feeling a new pimple right on the center of our face (even when it’s on your jawline, it still feels like the center of your face lol). If you’re                                                                                struggling with this right now…                                                        Try: putting toothpaste or tea tree oil on the zit overnight to dry it out.

I know everyone thinks the cure to acne is exfoliating but DON’T! You shouldn’t be over-exfoliating your face and should only do this if your skin is overly dry. I was told that exfoliating too much isn’t good for your skin and I will continue to follow that rule! (hey Yassi, thanks lol)

Finally, just remember to calm down and focus on something else. Try to get some more sleep and have a relaxing spa night and give your face a break! As teens, we already have so much pressure on us at school, so don’t let your skin add to that stress! With time and care, your skin will clear up. Trust me, everyone else is too busy worrying about their own skin to worry about yours! Live your life and remember to love yourself ALWAYS! XO

Holiday Gift Guide: Everything Under $100

The holidays are time for giving, and I love gifting presents for the people in my life that I love! To kick off the holiday season, I’ve created the perfect guide for any lady in your life, whether it be your sister, your best friend, your mom, or any other special gal!

Whenever I’m picking out presents for friends or family, I always get them something that I would want myself/that I already have! (those puff-ball shoes have been in my cart for a month now and thanks to the black friday deals I got them in gray 😉 same thing with the joggers and vans lol)

Get my list of different gift ideas all under $100 below:



75 Things that Make Me Smile

In honor of Thanksgiving, I decided to do something very different on my blog. Instead of talking about clothes, or beauty products, or skincare… I decided to fill you in on what I am grateful for to spread some positivity! Remember to show love and joy, especially in the holiday season, and count your blessings! XOXO

*also, many of these things are silly, but I mean it’s the little things that matter*

  1. Puppies
  2. Having a passion
  3. Friends that feel like family
  4. Laughing endlessly and ending up in tears
  5. Manhattan Beach, CA
  6. When your friend is having a good day
  7. Smiley babies
  8. Acts of kindness
  9. Good eyebrows
  10. The NY Islanders
  11. Warm, cozy beds
  12. Shoes
  13. Doing something solely from the good of your own heart, not for somebody’s approval
  14. Confidence
  15. Long showers
  16. God’s love
  17. Mermaids
  18. Chocolate Cake
  20. Independence
  21. Family
  22. Watching someone grow as a person
  23. Pizza
  24. Smelling good
  25. Warm clothes right out of the dryer
  26. Compliments from strangers
  27. Deep talks
  28. The 70’s fashion/trends
  29. Bandanas
  30. Cooking with friends or family
  31. Fashion&Beauty
  32. “The look” you give your friend which makes you die of laughter
  33. Goofing off
  34. Knowing you’ve made a positive impact on someones life
  35. Happy little kids
  36. Disney in the 2000’s
  37. Potatoes (mashed, baked, fried, I take ’em all)
  38. Long talks with someone you’ve missed
  39. Photo albums
  40. Music jam sessions
  41. Blake Lively
  42. Mario Kart/Cooking Mama
  43. Bundling up in blankets
  44. Dance parties
  45. Memories
  46. Disneyland
  47. Working hard and achieving your goals
  48. Ben & Jerry’s
  49. Home videos
  50. Family recipes
  51. Animals
  52. Inside jokes
  53. Going on adventures
  54. Quality family time
  55. Coffee
  56. Bagels
  57. Jessie James Decker
  58. Summer
  59. Support from people you’d least expect it from
  60. Sweatpants
  61. The smell right before/right after it rains
  62. Flavor blasted goldfish
  63. Going to get ice cream
  64. Watching someone you love accomplish something
  65. Cute pajamas
  66. Dainty jewelry
  67. Surprising yourself by your capabilities
  68. Sneaking snacks into the movie theatre
  69. “This made me think of you”
  70. Making somebody’s day
  71. Mini-Golf
  72. Sleeping
  73. Fresh baked cookies
  74. Hannah Montana
  75. Sunsets

These are just SOME of the things I love, if you want to participate in this little activity, be sure to include “#BUYorBYEloves” in your post! Don’t forget to encourage everyone you know to take a moment to think about all of the little things in their lives that makes them smile and share it with their friends and family.

Getting Ready for the First Day of School!

Because I go back to school on Sept. 8th, I wanted to share my routine for the first day! Also check out these pics of a few of my first days of school when I was little. And an extra pic of when I was a cheerleader just because it’s too funny not to share.

2nd Grade Maggie:

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1st Day of School in 3rd Grade:

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1st Day of School in 4th Grade:

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Cheerleading in 5th Grade (I cheered from 5th-7th Grade) :Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 12.08.36 AM

For me, getting ready for any big event/day, like the first day of school, starts the night before (or a few days if you can). I’m a big sleeper so anything I can do the day before, I do! Down below is what I will be doing for my first day and some tips for YOU!

The Week Of:

  •  Wash your face 2-3 times a week! Ya gotta prepare the whole week, it’s rare for a new pimple to go away overnight!!
  • Mentally plan out your outfit. Don’t wait until the night before incase you have to buy something!
  • Go school supply shopping. DUH!!
  • Finish any summer assignments. Just incase you were bein’ a lil procrastinator (like me lol!)

The Night Before:

  • Wash, Exfoliate, Shave and Moisturize. Your whole body girlfriend.
  • Amp up your skin care routine.
    • Use a clarisonic (or a wet washcloth!!) and exfoliate your face too!
    • If you are prone to blackheads make sure to use pore strips!! You can DIY them but I use the Biore ones.
    • Use a face mask. My new favorite for super soft skin is the Fresh Rose Face Mask. If you have me on snapchat you know I’ve been loving this. (buybyebymaggie)
    • Use an acne face wash, if you don’t normally. I love the basic Clearasil one.
    • If you have normal to dry skin~ after washing, use manuka (or raw) honey and rub it onto a wet face (like a cleanser) and rinse off with warm water.
    • MOISTURIZE! I don’t care whether you have dry, normal, combo or oily skin… you gotta moisturize your skin and I use the Cetaphil one.
    • Spot treat any stubborn blemishes that haven’t gone away yet. You guys know I like my tea tree oil.
  • Spoil your hair girlll.
    • Use an in-shower hair serum/lotion. I love the Drybar Hydrating Shots but these cost a pretty penny so I like to save them for big days.
    • Deep condition your hair. I’ve been using the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter one for around a year and it’s my all time fave because it makes my hair unbelievably soft and it smells SOOO good.
    • If you don’t already, make sure to include a hair serum for your hair type after showering. My straight hair lovveess the Verb Ghost Oil but you BBbM viewers know that 😉
  • Paint your nails. Or go get ’em done if you’re feeling extra fancyy.
  • Whiten your teeth. Instead of damaging the enamel with chemicals, I like using oil pulling. (1 tbsp. of coconut oil and swish it around your mouth and pull it through your teeth for 10-20 mins, then spit it out and brush regularly).
  • Lay out your outfit. I’m a fan of sleeping in so I like to hang it up on my dresser.
  • Style your hair the night before. IF you are planning on styling your hair in the morning, do it the night before and sleep in a scrunchie!
  • Pack your backpack. Because who has time for that in the morning!
  • Pamper your lashes. Mix castor and coconut oil and load it up on your lashes (and brows) to promote growth and strengthen them!
  • Brew a coffee. I do this every night before school and put the mug in the fridge so it’s nice and cold in the morning~and isn’t watered down by ice~.

The Day Of:

  • Wash your face. A very common theme here.
  • Finish styling your hair. Or go au natural 😉 If you use heat make sure you are protecting your hair with a heat protectant spray!
  • Makeup timee! I have a whole post on middle school makeup and will have a new video on my daily makeup routine!
  • EAT! Because YUM. (also, since I’m a coffee addict I always make myself iced coffee to go)

So everyone, obviously everything is optional and you can get ready however you want (I just am a little bit of a diva and need to go through a whole salon routine for the first day lol). And NO I do NOT do this every night because ya girl doesn’t have that much time. 

Carry on Essentials

When you’re traveling you obviously wanna make sure you have all the essentials you are going to be needing on your flight. But, who wants to carry around 20lbs of useless stuff through the airport?? Here is my guide to having the perfect balance for your carry on!!

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Laptop: If you have a laptop and are planning on bringing your laptop with you make sure you dont check it with your luggage! It can get damaged or lost and thats the last thing you want after spending $1000+. Also, make sure you load that baby up with movies/tv shows so you can watch them on the plane!! side note: dont forget your chargers either!!
Book: Being on a flight is the perfect opportunity to crack open up a new book since you are stuck in a seat with no wifi and will get VERY bored. If you have to read a book for school and youre going to be traveling then take the opportunity to read on your flight.
Headphones: Basically, you ALWAYS need headphones while traveling so make sure you got those in your bag otherwise you will have a very quiet (or not so quiet if there is a baby on the flight) journey
Neck Pillow: If you are ANYTHING like me then you will take any and every opportunity for a nap and will want a pillow
ID: If you are flying out of the country make sure you dont forget your passport (duhhh) and if you are traveling in the same country then make sure you have some student id or license if you are over 18
Face Mask: I probably sound crazy but you should take advantage of the time you have and re-hydrate your skin. A sheet mask is awesome for the plane since its easy clean up and will moisturize while you are in a freezing cold, air conditioned plane that basically sucks the life right out of your skin.
Notebook: You never know when you have to jot something down, make a list, or just want to doodle so make sure you bring a notepad of some sort.

Back to School Advice for Freshman

UGHHHH!! I know what you’re thinking, Who wants to talk about school? Unfortunately, it’s around the corner (or may have started for some of you already) and since we can’t avoid it, we might as well be prepared for it. Going into high school can be really intimidating, I’ve been there, so I wanted to be the older sister for you and give you some advice to make your freshman year a little easier, especially since we all know how hard it can be to ask our parents. Here are some DO’s and DON’Ts of high school.

DO: Become close with your teachers and build a solid teacher-student relationship. If you are nice to your teacher or joke around with them then you’ll start to feel more comfortable to ask them questions and review before a test. I’ve always hated math class but my freshman year I had such a great relationship with my math teacher and wasn’t scared to ask him for help and he made it a point to see how I was doing because I never was rude or obnoxious. It was my best class, by far, and I ended up with a 99 on my final exam.

DON’T: Slack off because your friends are. It’s not cool to look dumb because other kids do. I promise you will thank me for focusing in school. Don’t worry about partying and skipping out on studying to be “popular.”

DO: Put as much effort in possible. I wish that I thought about how colleges see ALL FOUR years of high school, not just junior year.

DON’T: Stress if you can’t get an A in a class, if you are working hard it will pay off. Colleges want to see improvement over the course of your high school career so just make sure you put 100% effort into each class.

DO: Take a study hall if you have the opportunity to, and use it wisely. I was so lucky to have a study hall and made sure to get all my work done during it. As teenagers we can get really busy after school with sports, clubs, or just maintaining a social life and it can be hard to find the time to do all of that with piles of homework. I always got my homework done during school so I didn’t have to do it when I got home (so I could watch Netflix whoops!) extra tip: if you are lazy like me and have work due in a class after study hall then you can do it during free time instead of at home!

DON’T: Be scared of upperclassmen. Honestly, upperclassmen do NOT care about what the freshman are doing. That might sound harsh but they are worried about applying to colleges and their own problems so don’t stress about what they think of you! Anyways, they’re gonna be gone in no time xo.

DO: Get involved. So many people think that clubs at school can be kinda dumb (I was one of them!), but I regret not being apart of groups my freshman year. Going into next year I’m going to get involved in my school more because it’s a really great spot to make more friends and impress colleges in the future.

DON’T: Stress too much, high school is only 4 years of your life! Get the experience, have fun, work hard, and remember everything happens for a reason.