Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday Fours

TGIF friends! This week absolutely flew by and it was so nice to finally be back in the swing of things at school. It's going to be a very busy next two weeks before finals, but I'm excited to have my first semester of college under my belt. 

 We did Thanksgiving a little differently this year and had it with my two best friends (since kindergarten!) Hannah and Molly. It was such a blast being with them for one of the best holidays of the year! Later that night we bounced to two other dinners with more family and friends. It was definitely different than usual, but a really fun new tradition! 

We whipped up a delicious citrusy stuffing and garnished the turkey with lemons - to say I enjoyed our dinner was an understatement :)

Of course, Thanksgiving weekend wasn't complete without some Black Friday shopping! It was so fun to spend the day with my mom (hi G!) hitting up way too many stores and stocking up on gifts. How gorgeous does Nordstrom look this time of year?!

Caroline and I hung up even more twinkly lights around our room and oh my goodness does it make our little dorm even more cozy. Honestly, I don't think we'll ever take them down! 

I'm so excited for another basketball game tonight and a Christmas themed party, and then lots and lots of studying the rest of the weekend. 
Hope you all enjoy the rest of your week!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

How to Decorate Your Dorm for the Holidays

People all around my residence hall have begun decorating their doors with fun decorations for the holidays (my roomie and I included!), so I thought it might be fun to do a post all about ways to make your room a little more festive for the best season of the year. This can definitely apply to people not in college too - making your room cozier for winter is appropriate no matter if you're in college or not! 

Decorate your door 
Caroline and I thought it would be fun to put a pretty white garland on our door to keep it simple but still festive. Our neighbor has a giant red bow on hers and we're thinking this is a must as well - any excuse for a giant bow, right?! Decorating your door is the best way to add a little Christmas spirit to your floor - wrapping it in wrapping paper would be cute too!

+ Hang up lights 
We already have 2 strands of lantern lights hanging up in our room, but adding some twinkle lights or any string of lights in general adds a nice cozy vibe. Let's be real, does it get better than falling asleep with Christmas lights on?

+ Add furry accents to your bed 
Whether it's a fluffy white pillow or a warm blanket, treat yourself to a fuzzy accessory to make your bed even more snuggly. I just bought a giant white fur pillow for my bed and it surprisingly makes my dorm feel a lot more cozy. A cableknit blanket would be cute too!

+ String a tassel garland 
I already have a pink, white and gold tassel garland hanging above my window, but putting up any sort of garland by a window or on a wall is the prettiest touch. A little gold, white, green or red on your wall makes a huge difference.

How are you decorating your dorm for the holidays?
Share some fun ideas below!

Monday, November 28, 2016

My Christmas List 2016

I'm so excited to have my first gift related post for you guys! The holidays are so quickly approaching and I know that the time between now and Christmas is going to absolutely fly by (minus finals week of course). My family keeps asking me what's on my Christmas list and for the first time ever, it was actually kind of hard to come up with one :) A lot of the things I'm asking for are more on the practical side for school - for example a pair of UGGs so I can run to the dining hall without having to put on an actual pair of shoes. I'm in love with these flannel plaid pajamas from Gap that were in collaboration with Pendleton and how stinking cute are these leather croakies? I also think it's time I invest in a real bottle of Tory Burch's perfume because I'm currently on my 5th rollerball of her citrusy scent!

Shop all of the pieces by clicking on the images below, or on the links above. 

Happy Cyber Monday!
What's on your Christmas list this year?

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

My Holiday PJ Picks

Being home has made me realize that I really need to invest in some cozy pajamas for the holiday season. PJs are one of my favorite things to buy in general, but when they're plaid and extra Christmasy, they're even more fun to shop for! I searched high and low for some of the cutest and think I have a pretty festive assortment for you. I was pleasantly surprised to see how much flannel plaid Gap has right now - is the mixed plaid nightshirt not the best thing you've ever seen?! I will most definitely be stocking up during Black Friday because I have a feeling I'll be living in these comfy clothes during finals week! 

Happy shopping!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Outfit: White Ruffles + Pearls

Even though I miss school (well, mostly just my friends :) like crazy, it feels pretty great to be home. I'm finally able to get some actual rest, get ahead on homework and of course, finally sit down and do some blogging! I've missed it so, so much and couldn't be more excited to have some free time to write a bunch of posts for you guys. First up: a fun outfit perfect for the holiday season! I've been crazy obsessed with this fun ruffle top ever since it came in the mail and I can't wait to get some wear out of it this week. It's almost like the layers of a Christmas tree - don't you think? I love how simple and pretty yet exciting it is at the same time. Of course, I had to pair it with my new pearl jewelry from the Pearlfection Collection from Kiel James Patrick. This necklace has quickly become an everyday staple for me because it adds the perfect touch of preppy to whatever I'm wearing. And just when I thought a KJP bracelet couldn't get better, they added a monogram charm to their new Champagne bracelet and I couldn't be more in love. It's so weird to actually wear real clothes after having lived in leggings and oversized tees for so long at school! 

Have you seen KJP's new pieces lately? They launched a bunch of fun new things!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

What I'm Excited to Eat at Home

(Just a disclaimer, I'm writing this post while extremely hungry at the library, so get ready for lots of food inspiration!)

Eating from a meal plan seems like it would be great, but after a while, you get really tired of having the same thing over and over. It seems like everyone at IU lives off of yogurt parfaits, burrito bowls and smoothies, which, don't get me wrong, are really yummy most of the time. However, after eating them very frequently for a few months straight, you start to crave real food! I was taking a little study break a few days ago and found myself buried deep in Pinterest food boards mentally making a list of things I couldn't wait to eat when I'm home. I plan to cook a ton when I'm back because I don't have a kitchen at school, so I thought it might be fun to share what recipes I want to make when I leave school (this Friday!!). Check out what I'm craving below **insert the heart eye emojis here**.

How good do these all look?!
I can't wait to feast on Thanksgiving and make all of these things the other days of break :)
To all my college girls: what do you crave while away at school?

Monday, November 14, 2016

How to Master Napping

I've never been a big napper. My whole life, I've lived by the idea that you should just stick to the sleep you get at night - I thought sleeping during the day would mess up your body more than it would help you get energy. I would also get super disoriented after waking up from a nap and would be in a weird mood for the rest of the day (anyone know what I'm talking about?!). Recently, though, I got really sick and physically couldn't get through the day without taking a little nap. I felt so guilty laying down for an hour with everything I had to get done, but it was insane how much better I felt after just sixty minutes of rest. Now, if I'm ever tired and have even 45 minutes free, I'll take a quick nap to refresh my mind! It's seriously the best thing ever (I just have to be careful to not take too many and get too used to sleeping in the middle of the day :).

I came across this article about napping the other day and thought I would share some different amounts of time you should sleep depending on what you have going on. I try to limit myself to an hour, but apparently even 10 minutes can be enough to energize you!

+ The Power Nap: 10-20 minutes
This one is the best amount of time to sleep if you want to get right back to work. 

+ The Nasa Nap: 26 minutes
These 26 minutes are proven to improve pilot performance and alertness by 54%. It's best for a day when you know you'll be working late. 

+ The Slow Wave Sleep Nap: 1 hour
60 minutes is the perfect amount of time to help your memory recall places, faces, facts, etc. If you have a big presentation, this is the one to do! 

+ The Full Sleep Cycle Nap: 90 minutes 
Helps creativity, emotional memory and procedural memory. This nap is best before an exam or project you have to work on.

Another fun fact is that it's best to nap between 1:00 and 4:00, dim the lights and sleep in a room that is between 60 and 70 degrees. 

Are you a big napper? 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

How to Do a Smartphone Detox

Lately I've been noticing that I'm more addicted to my phone than ever. It's gotten to the point where I have to have my friends take it from me in the library so I actually get work done without getting distracted every 15 minutes. In my defense, you actually really need your phone for a lot of different things in college - it's essential for communicating for group projects, checking syllabi on the go, responding to emails, etc. Either way, I've decided I need to do some sort of phone detox for a few days. For the past few classes I have been keeping my phone in my backpack the entire class (rather than Snapchatting, oops) and I have to say, it's kind of refreshing. As I was thinking about this idea, I came across this graphic on Pinterest and knew I had to share it with you. I think I'm going to try to do it over Thanksgiving Break when I don't have to constantly be checking my phone!

Have you felt addicted to your phone lately?
Comment below!
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