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Beach Blog 2018

Beach Blog 2018

This post was supposed to go up last week but better late than never I guess. Here’s what I did when I went to the beach for a few days about a week ago, what have you guys done this summer? Feel free to dm/email me ūüôā Also, as always, don’t forget to sparkle!


Port Aransas pretty houses teen blog stuff to do at the beach when bored

I didn’t travel a whole lot this summer but I did go to Port Aransas on Padre Island off the southern cost of Texas for a few days. Honestly, Port Aransas has the coolest beach vibes. I’ve been to beach towns all around the United States and of them Port Aransas has to be one of my favorites. For one thing, the houses are all painted very brightly and it is so aesthetic and cute. To add to the aesthetic, there are palm trees of all different shapes and sizes everywhere.

To make the trip even more fun, we rented a golf cart. Unlike a lot of beaches in the country, the majority of the beaches on Padre Island, if not all, allow you to drive on the beach as long as you have a special permit. It was so much fun driving around the beach on the golf cart and being able to drive right up to the water for a quick swim. Also we were able to ride the golf cart to the store and to restaurants for dinner which definitely added to the experience. The greatest thing, however, about the golf carts was how many there were everywhere: it definitely added to the beach vibes.

As well as spending time relaxing at the beach we explored the town a lot. One thing we definitely were made aware of was how bad the destruction of Hurricane Harvey actually was; more than once we passed hotels and condos still being fixed or left uninhabited and destroyed. To make things better, during one of our adventures I was able to get some really cool photos of a pier that had been entirely wrecked by the storm.

Overall, even though I did end up very sunburned, the trip was very fun and certainly memorable.

Don’t forget to check back next Friday for another post!

XOXO, Sophie

60 Useless Facts About Me

60 Useless Facts About Me

Ok, so I’ve been talking to a lot of you on Instagram recently and one thing I noticed is that a lot of you wanted to know (rightfully so) who I am as a person. Upon this realization I scrolled through my past posts and realized that I never actually post about myself. So, I decided to write this article. Also, as a side note, this is my official re-launch of the site because from here on out I will be posting every week. Without further adieu, here it is: 60 useless facts about me.


  1. I really love photography but didn’t start practicing it until this past summer when I went on my road trip and got my new camera. I did, however, get my first camera using my own money when I was nine. It was a Bloggie and I bought it because I wanted to be a Youtuber.

    A photo I took in Quebec City, Canada that I’m really proud of.
  2. My favorite animals are cats. I like domesticated cats the most because they are fluffy and adorable, but I also love snow leopards, lynxes, sand cats, and cheetahs.
  3. I have lived in four different towns and in two different countries (yes, one of them is the US).
  4. I have traveled to almost half of the states in the United States.

    A very blurry but nice picture of Boston in Massachusetts.
  5. I was terrified of and hated dogs until I was in fifth grade.
  6. Currently my favorite Bath and Body Works scent is Wild Honeysuckle.
  7. I love to sing and have been in choir for years.
  8. I absolutely love polaroid cameras. Both old fashioned and new Polaroid cameras are so cool and they make me really happy.

    My adorable Polaroid camera.
  9. My favorite colors are light purple, baby blue, and mint green.
  10. Polka dots are the best design. End of story.
  11. One of my biggest hobbies is baking. I’ve baked all kinds of things including pies, fortune cookies, truffles, lemon bars, homemade pudding, macaroons, and cornbread. I even alter recipes to make them my own. I started baking when I was thirteen and have been baking regularly ever since.
  12. I prefer gold over silver when it comes to jewelry except with earrings for some reason.
  13. I made a YouTube channel when I was younger and wanted to become famous for it someday.
  14. I want to go into the medical research field when I’m older.
  15. I listen to basically every type of music imaginable.
  16. I don’t wear leggings to school often.
  17. I love travel so much and I really want to travel around the world someday.
  18. Chocolate and cookies and cream are my two all time favorite flavors for everything.
  19. I eat a lot of salad. My salads consist of lettuce, Caesar or thousand islands dressing, and shredded cheddar cheese.
  20. I LOVE SUGAR SNAP PEAS.
  21. I don’t like Nutella. It’s weirdly sweet and nutty so I prefer peanut butter.
  22. My dream school is Harvard.
  23. I have a cat named Bobby and a Doberman dog named King.

    My cat Bobby. What a model.
  24. I really want to go to Bali because it’s beautiful and I want to take pictures there and blog about it.
  25. When I was young I had an eraser collection and then I moved on to collecting keychains. I would buy a new keychain everywhere I traveled.
  26. I have traveled to five countries.
  27. My camera is bright red.
  28. I love Paris and my room is Parisian themed.
  29. I prefer mechanical pencils over real pencils.
  30. I speak two languages fluently and have been taking French now for five years as my third.
  31. I memorize poems that I like.
  32. I’m shy when I first meet people but when I get to know them well I’m very outgoing.
  33. I  really like pasta, rice, tortillas, shrimp, and, best of all, chicken.
  34. I like the red Ice Breakers sours.
  35. I own a lot of wallets.
  36. I love the aesthetic of pineapples.
  37. I always order either pink lemonade or water at restaurants.
  38. Whenever I go to ice cream places I like to try weird flavors like cotton candy and apple pie.
  39. Pinterest is by far my favorite social media. I rarely post to it but I love browsing it. My favorite thing to do on Pinterest is look up photoshoot ideas.
  40. I don’t think I’m an extrovert or introvert, probably more of an ambivert.
  41. Winter and fall are my favorite seasons because I love snow, Christmas, changing leaves, and pumpkin stuff.
  42. I like Dunkin Donuts better than Starbucks unless I’m getting a chai tea latte.
  43. Inspirational quotes are my go to Instagram captions on my personal.
  44. I drink way too much tea. Bigelow is my favorite brand of tea and I really like lemon, vanilla chai, and green tea.

    Even though the croissant is the star of this picture, that’s a cup of tea behind it.
  45. I want to learn German and eventually be able to speak seven languages fluently.
  46. I’m really drawn to abandoned places and love the idea of visiting ghost towns to take photos.
  47. I used to memorize random facts that I found interesting. Don’t ask me why, I don’t know.
  48. I have never met anyone with the same birthday as me.
  49. I can’t stand doing nothing. I really like to go places and do interesting stuff instead, even when I’m sick. This is in part because I get bored very easily.
  50. I color code stuff a lot and I’m obsessed with scrapbook paper.
  51. I love fifties music and dresses.
  52. I like going to Ikea because they make really good Swedish meatballs.
  53. I am obsessed with cute socks.
  54. I know three very useless phrases in German: “Dieses Telegramm ist fur meinen bruder”, “Ich spreche perfekt deutsch aber ich bin kein deutscher”, and “Der kleine junge shaut durch das schlusselloch”.
  55. Cacti are my favorite plants, but lemon and palm trees are also definitely on the list.
  56. I prefer the forest and mountains to the city and despite the fact that I’m deathly afraid of spiders and hate most bugs, I like camping.

    The mountains of Wyoming.
  57. I really like to read books and watch movies.
  58. Person of Interest is my favorite show and it’s on Netflix in case you’re interested.
  59. I don’t like drinking water from cups but I do like drinking it from water bottles.
  60. I’m kind of a germophobe.

Game Night: Randomise

Game Night: Randomise

Hey guys! I have been incredibly busy with the holidays and then finals and extracurriculars, but now I’m back. A while back, I was sent a game by the lovely Randomise company, and so a few days ago I decided to give it a go and play it. Here was my overall opinion on the game. Hope you enjoy and, per usual, don’t forget to sparkle! (Or follow all my social medias)


To start, I would like to bring attention to how adorable the packaging of this game is. From the moment I opened the envelope to reveal this adorable game I was excited to try it out. So, the game is called Randomise and the premise is that you partner up and choose whether you wish to draw, act or describe, and then choose three cards that will determine your character. You must then act, draw, or describe what you are to your partner. For each card that your partner guesses, you are assigned a certain amount of points which vary based on difficulty level. It is kind of like Headbands mixed with Charades, but with its own special spin.

On Wednesday, I sat down with my family to play the game. Overall, it was a very fun experience; everyone was laughing through most of it and getting quite competitive. I think the most appealing part of the game, at least for me, was that one is not constantly doing the same thing. Unlike other games such as charades, players are not doing the same act over and over again, but instead have three options to chose between. In addition, it is far more challenging being that there are three cards, one describing your character, one telling what you are, and a final one telling what you are doing. This does make it harder to guess, but the wonder of it is that it both makes the game last longer and more entertaining.

There were only a few criticisms that I would have on the game. For one thing, on the scoring card it was stated that you receive one point for every card guessed, one point for guessing the complete identity (what you are, what you are doing, and about you) on an easy round, and three points for guessing the complete identity on a hard round. On paper, this seems fine, but one thing I noticed when my family played was that not once was anybody able to yell out the complete identity. Whether it be through acting, describing, or drawing, we all had the tendency to define one card first before moving on to the next. So, I would suggest playing with one point earned per card guessed on an easy round and two or three points earned per card guessed on a difficult round. Also, I would increase the time allotted for describing. The drawing and acting time limits seemed doable, but we always ran out of time on the describing. Besides that, the game was great.

I, for one, am certainly going to bring this game out the next time I have friends over and don’t know what to do. Whether it be with friends, cousins, direct family, neighbors, or anyone really, this game is sure to be a hit. I am sure that old and young alike will not be able to resist laughing and will, overall, have a fantastic time. In addition, this would make a wonderful gift of laughter for any kid, teen, or adult. I am really grateful to have been able to try it out and will be sure to play it much more in the future.

If you’re interested in buying a Randomise game or seeing more about it, click here to go to their website!

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Looking Back at 2017: Manchester, The Great American Eclipse, and More

Looking Back at 2017: Manchester, The Great American Eclipse, and More

“Be a Voice, Not an Echo” -Albert Einstein


2017 is finally coming down to the wire. A year ago I decided to write a review of 2016 and I ended the review with a hope that 2017 would be a better year. So, let’s look back at 2017 and remember the good times along with the bad and reflect on all the lessons we learned as people.

Americans started the year off with the inauguration of President Donald Trump on January 20th. Similarly, the French had their election this year starting in April and ending in May with the inauguration of Emmanuel Macron. Along with these were dozens of other elections, but the American and French particularly stood out due to the controversy around them.

This year there were also several brutal events such as the Manchester attack. On May 22, a young man detonated a homemade suicide bomb at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England killing 22 and injuring 59 others. Then, on October 1st, 58 people were shot dead in a shooting in Las Vegas and 26 additional people were killed in November at a church shooting in a small town near San Antonio, Texas. This being said, not all of this year’s horrors were man made. Starting in August, Hurricane Harvey devastated southern states such as Louisiana and Texas killing 77 people and destroying hundreds of thousands of homes. Then came Hurricane Irma killing 134 people in Florida and the islands south of it. Finally, Hurricane Maria hit multiple countries bordering the Atlantic ocean, most notably Puerto Rico, and directly killed 66 people but lead to the death of many more due to a lack of power, shelter, and resources, especially in island countries.

Despite these tragedies, we rose to the occasion and helped. First responders saved over 122,000 people and 5,000 pets after and during Hurricane Harvey and over 300 volunteer organizations rose to help victims of the storm. Relatives and strangers alike found room in their hearts and homes all around the United States for Irma evacuees. After the Manchester bombing, One Love Manchester was held, a concert that ended up raising millions upon millions of dollars for the families of the attack victims.

Even apart from these acts of kindness we found hope. On August 21st, Americans all across the country looked up and we saw a beautiful anomaly: a complete solar eclipse. Almost everywhere in the country you could see it, whether it be complete or partial. We watched online and read about a child born blind and deaf given the gift of being able to hear and see her mother for the first time.

We found happiness. We binged shows like Stranger Things, Riverdale, and 13 Reason’s Why. We listened to music that spoke to us like ‘Sign of the Times’ by Harry Styles. We watched the new Star Wars and the countless other movies of the year. We learned to laugh and smile an come together as a world community.

And most of all, we fought with resilience. Women raised awareness and brought attention to sexual harassment, its victims, and its effects through the ‘Me Too’ campaign. The women’s marches also took place to make it known that women are deserving of their rights and tens of millions of women marched nation wide in the United States. Also, women in Saudi Arabia finally earned the right to drive in September of this year.

So, in conclusion, if you ask me whether I think this year has been better than last, I will gladly tell you that it has. There is still kindness and hope in this world and that is what strengthens us to do good. Yes, there is bad, but there will always be bad. After all, it is the bad that truly allows us to see the good.

Here’s to 2017

My First Cup of Matcha Tea

My First Cup of Matcha Tea

Hey guys! Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, but I’m getting¬†back in the grove. That being said, from now on I am going to be posting normal¬†articles¬†on Sparkle Saturdays and Wednesdays and then I am going to be starting a new page on my site sometime this week called ‘thought of the day’. Because of school work, I am not able to write as many full articles, but I will do my best to post a ‘thought of the day’ at least twice a week where I will journal a quick response to one of your questions for me or write a quick reflection on something I thought of on that given day. As always, don’t forget to follow my social medias to get all the news that sparkles and don’t forget to sparkle! Now, onto today’s post!


In late July, I received a package filled with a very generous donation of a full pack of Matcha tea single sips and a sample packet from The Republic of Tea  for a review.

The Republic of Tea Matcha Tea Sparkle News

 

So, I decided to try out one of the sample packets today. The first thing that I noticed was that the tea packets had instructions for a few different ways to prepare the tea: hot, cold, or as a hot matcha latte. Being me, I decided to make the matcha latte. It was very easy to prepare, all I had to do was make a cup of hot water and stir in the tea packet with a fork and then add milk. Also, the tea was a very pretty green color when prepared.


As for the taste, the Matcha tea tasted slightly like green tea only with a slightly more subtle taste.¬†The milk also made¬†it very creamy and nice.¬†I would definitely recommend Matcha tea, especially The Republic of Tea’s Matcha tea, for people who drink green tea regularly or for those who like tea lattes. In addition to its taste, I read up on Matcha tea and found out that it has quite a few benefits as well. Not only is Matcha tea good for detox, but it also burns calories and boosts energy. Overall, I was really pleased with my first cup of Matcha tea. As for you guys, the full pack of Matcha single sips will be included in the much awaited giveaway that I will be doing soon.

Don’t forget to check back on Wednesday for a new fall related article and don’t forget to check my page ‘Thought of the Day’ which will be released soon! Don’t forget to sparkle!

 

8 Outfits Inspired by Your Favorite Movie Characters

8 Outfits Inspired by Your Favorite Movie Characters

Hey guys! With school coming up or having already started for most of you I decided to write this article to kick off my back to school series. I asked you guys on Instagram what your favorite movies and movie characters¬†were and I took¬†a few and made outfits inspired by them.¬† To make sure you can get your opinion in for the next article make sure to follow all my social medias which are on the side bar or down below if you’re using a mobile device. And now, 8 outfits inspired by your favorite movie characters.

Note: You can click on the images to enlarge them

Road Trip Blog Day Two

Road Trip Blog Day Two

Hi guys, I am so happy with all the¬†extra traffic I have been getting on my website recently! As you¬†may or may not know, I posted Day¬†One of my road trip blog on Thursday so if you haven’t already, go check that out now.¬†For those of you who have read it already, here is day two of my road trip blog! Enjoy and don’t forget to Sparkle!¬†(and don’t forget to follow all of my social medias either)


Day 2: Colorado Springs, Colorado

The morning of the second day was pretty calm. We took our time to get ready and get things packed up before heading downstairs to eat breakfast. ¬†I had received a map of Amarillo with all of the tourist attractions on it the night before and circled the ones I had already implemented in my road trip binder along with ones I thought were interesting so it was easy to know where we were headed. The first place we stopped was the RV museum. Unfortunately, when we got there we discovered that it was closed on Sundays. So, after that we headed off to the well known landmark Cadillac Ranch. For those of you who don’t know, Cadillac Ranch is ten vintage Cadillacs stuck in the ground in middle of a corn field off the side of a highway. As a man had told us on the way in, Cadillac Ranch is basically America’s Stone Hedge. We brought sharpies to sign the Cadillacs with, as is custom, just to find that they were soaking wet with spray paint. Luckily, there was a family who was leaving and giving away their spray cans. I signed the first Cadillac from the left twice and than my whole family signed one of the others. Honestly, the experience was so strangely satisfying. Especially considering there were so many people. People were coming and going CONSTANTLY.

After Cadillac Ranch, we headed back towards the center of town to explore the Route 66 Historic District. I have to say I was slightly disappointed with it because it was kind of sketchy and the image I had found on Route 66’s website didn’t turn out to be around the area. It was still really cool to see though. For our final thing to do in Amarillo, we went to the Palo Duro Canyon. Note that the pictures I took there aren’t nearly as good as the ones from before it because the camera I was using was dead and I needed to use my phone camera.

When I was planning the road trip I¬†didn’t¬†included Palo Duro canyon in the plans because I hadn’t seen it online, but I must say it was amazingly beautiful and I am so happy that we went. The best part was that we were able to go all the way down to the bottom of the canyon where there was a trading post. Also, in the gift shop there was a hallway made into a mini museum telling the history of the canyon and about the Native Americans that used to live there. I definitely recommend visiting it if you haven’t already. After Palo Duro canyon, we were on the road again. We passed through New Mexico on the way to Colorado and I got to see a lot of really cool rock structures and Pronghorn Antelopes. Because we spent so much time in the canyon, we got to Colorado Springs pretty late but the hotel was nice.


Thanks for reading guys! Road Trip Blog Day Three will be coming out on Tuesday so keep watch for that!

While you’re here, here are a few of my recent articles that you should check out:

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Quality vs. Price

Quality vs. Price

Hey guys! I know that I posted my road trip blog for day¬†one already, and I promise that I’ll post day two on Friday, but I thought that this would be an interesting and informative article to break up the series with. We all know that feeling where you get a great deal… and then our purchased item breaks the next day. To avoid instances like this, we sometimes have to ask ourselves which is more important: quality or price? So, let’s ask ourselves this one important question. Also, don’t forget to follow all of my social medias and don’t forget to sparkle!


Personally, and I’m sure most of you would agree with me, quality matters a lot more to me than price. This is because of a few simple reasons. For one thing, with good quality products, even if they are slightly more pricey, you feel like you actually got your money’s worth. In addition, you feel more satisfied with your buy because even though you spent more than you would have hoped, you did get a great product. Think of it in the sense that a more expensive item will last longer saving you the price of needing to buy replacements that¬†would¬†be necessary¬†if you bought a worse quality product. Of course I don’t always buy the more expensive item, we all like a good deal once in a while, but I find that higher quality items¬†usually make me happier.¬† Also, yes of course there are cheap yet good quality items, but for the most part the higher the price the better the quality.

So, now that we have decided that quality is more important, a new question arises; what exactly makes a product good quality? The most important factor of a quality product is material. For instance, leather is a much higher quality material than many other options: especially when it comes to accessories including purses, bags, shoes, and jackets. Leather is very durable making leather items far less likely to rip and allowing them to stay nice for a very long time. Also, leather is water resistant, so if you’re clumsy like me you don’t have to worry about spilling water all over your new bag or jacket and wrecking it. You can simply look at leather or even smell it and realize¬†that it is a¬†great quality material. Plus, who doesn’t like¬†the looks of leather?¬†If you are interested in knowing more about leather and its benefits and why it is used for accessories, click here to check out an interesting post about it from Mahi Leather. Overall, it’s pretty clear that leather is a great material and that material is what dictates whether an item is high quality or not.

Basically, the point that I am trying to get at is that sometimes we need to overlook the price of an item and pay more attention to how long it will last and how well made it is. Even if it is a little more expensive, if it is a good item it will make you happy with your choice. Also, most importantly, remember that it is okay to treat yourself to something special every once in a while too.

6 Cute Spring Outfits for 2017

6 Cute Spring Outfits for 2017

With spring approaching, I decided to put together 6 cute spring outfits for you guys. All of the items shown below are both very affordable and can be ordered online as well as bought at stores. Tweet your spring fashion tips and ideas to @Sparklenews_ with the #NewsthatSparkles to be featured¬†and don’t forget to follow all my social medias which will be listed down below. Outfit 1:

This is a cute and casual look that can be worn to school, work, or out shopping. The shirt is a tee with a gray top and a white and black floral bottom and is currently on sale for $24.99 at Belk. The shoes are adorable white Keds sold at DSW for $29.95 and the black jeans are on sale at Forever 21 for $10.

Outfit 2:

This outfit is not only very girly, but super cute too. It has an adorable cactus t-shirt from Target that is only $12.99 along with a pink button up skirt from Belk which is on sale for $24.01 at the moment. To finish it off, there is a pair of brown sandals which are $19.99 at Payless. Together, all of these elements make a bright and spring-themed outfit that would be great for school and other casual places.

Outfit 3:

Of the outfits I put together above, this one has got to be one of my favorites. It features a yellow, floral Abercrombie dress that sells for $58. I particularly love the dress because it has cute, flowy sleeves with a cold shoulder and is a bright yellow color which is great for spring. I added a layered charm necklace ($15.95-American Eagle) to make the outfit a bit more classy and a pair of cute brown booties which are $49.99 at Payless. This is a step up from the typical casual outfit, but can be worn in almost any situation.

Outfit 4:

I love this outfit because I think that it looks super comfy and would be perfect to wear for finals and midterms weeks or for traveling. To start, I chose a baby blue t-shirt from American Eagle which is currently on sale for $14.95. To go with it, I chose out a pair of cute, soft, camo shorts (On sale for $15 at Hollister). These two make for a great lounge outfit being that they would be very comfy. That being said, I decided to add a few accessories to make it look nicer so that it would be good to wear to school or to the airport. For jewelry, I simply added a set of bangles which are on sale for $12.60 at Belk. To finish, I added a pair of white, lacey sandals which are from Payless (sold for $24.99).

Outfit 5:

This outfit is an absolutely adorable and more dressy outfit that can be worn out to eat, for a day out, or even to school or work if you want. On top of this, it is super easy, comfy, and inexpensive. It is simply a light blue and pink floral dress which is $29.99 at the moment at Target and a cute pair of white buckle up sandals ($29.99 at Belk). This is such a simple outfit, but it looks really nice still. If you wanted, you could always dress it up by adding a pair of earrings and some bracelets, but it is not necessary.

Outfit 6:

For the final outfit, I decided to create a very comfy, yet super cute and casual outfit. There is a chic, coral, cold shoulder shirt that I found at Charming Charlie for only $22. Along with the shirt, there is a pair of really cute, black and white elephant print shorts that are on sale for only $7 at Forever 21. To finish off the look, I added a simple pair of black and white flip flops from Hollister.


Thank you guys for reading and don’t forget to check back next Tuesday for my next article! Have a wonderful Friday ūüôā

Valentine’s Day Survey 2017

Valentine’s Day Survey 2017

Hey guys! As many of you are aware, Valentine’s day is only a few weeks away. The link below leads to a google form survey about Valentine’s day.¬†The survey is only a few questions long and I would appreciate it if you all would help me get the best data by taking the survey and sending¬†it¬†to your friends too.¬†The results from the survey will be posted as an infographic next week in honor of the holiday.

The Survey (Click to follow link)