Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday Fours

Yet again, this week went by in the blink of an eye. I'm so excited because it's Parents Weekend at IU and my mom is coming down for the football game, to do a little shopping and to hang out on campus. I can't wait to show her everything now that I actually know where I'm going and to have dinner with my roomie's family too! 

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Caroline, our friend Ariana and I had such a blast going out to eat at this cool vegan restaurant called the Owlery last Friday night. It was nice to dress up in a cuter summer outfit for the last time before it gets cooler outside. Definitely recommend eating there if you find yourself in Bloomington anytime soon! 
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Did you check out my blog post with Daily Harvest on Wednesday? Caroline and I are obsessed with the flavors we've tried so far and are loving being able to whip up a quick, refreshing meal whenever we want. See the post here! 

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I'm starting to reach the point where I can't just jump out of bed, hit the library and be productive every morning like in the beginning of the year, so I've been trying to get stuff done from bed on the days when I don't have class until 11. It's surprising how much you can actually accomplish when you put away your phone and block social media on your computer! 

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It's hard to believe that yesterday was the first day of fall when it's been nearly 90 degrees here lately! I would love nothing more than to wear cozy leggings and oversized sweaters to class, but it looks like I'll be wearing Nike shorts and tees for a little bit longer. Thank goodness my mom is bringing some of my fall clothes though - it'll be fun to slowly start transitioning my closet for autumn! 

What are you up to this weekend?
Enjoy the beautiful weather!
xoxo

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Perfect Post-Workout Snack


A while back, the coolest company called Daily Harvest reached out to me about trying out some of their smoothies. Being the smoothie fanatic that I am, I was so excited about getting fresh, ready-to-blend ingredients delivered right to my dorm. They have a bunch of different flavor combinations but my favorites have to be the Acai & Cherry and Strawberry & Peach (pictured above!). It's recommended that you add a liquid like coconut water when you blend it, but we only had orange juice in our refrigerator - oh my goodness did it add the best flavor ever! After our workout on Monday, the roomie and I whipped up a few and honestly could not have loved them more. My school doesn't have the largest selection of fresh fruit, so being able to blend one of these in my mini blender whenever I need a refreshing meal is so nice. We can't wait to stock up on some other ingredients and make smoothie bowls! Side note: 10/10 recommend this mini blender from Target to keep in your room. It was only $17, barely takes up any room and is super easy to clean out. 

Have you heard of Daily Harvest before? 
Check them out and comment below which flavor sounds the best!
xoxo

Monday, September 19, 2016

What I'm Loving Right Now

People always say that your style will change in college and to be honest, I have to agree. While I haven't done a complete 180 and want to, say, give away all of my bright colored clothes, I think I have refined my taste a bit into a more mature look. It could just be the fact that summer is ending and fall is just around the corner, but I've been really attracted to neutrals like navy, white, gray and cream lately. Distressed jeans, for example, have become one of my favorite looks and I've been searching for a pair I love. (Help a sister out if you have a recommendation or a pair you swear by!) I've also come to wear more burgundy - it's my school's color so I guess I have to like it, right? I never thought I'd be a girl that would wear burgundy nail polish or an off the shoulder top, but I'm kind of into it right now! Check out some of the pieces I'm loving right now in the graphic below.



What are you loving right now?
xoxo

Friday, September 16, 2016

Friday Fours

Ok I know I say this a lot, but this week seriously went by at lightning speed. I swear it was just Tuesday and I was starting to worry about my first Finite exam that's today! When you're reading this, I will have already taken the finite one and will officially have two college exams under my belt (the first was Psychology on Monday - luckily it went really well!). I'm hoping to have a less busy weekend and get ahead on some work for the next week. 

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Our first tailgate and football game was last Saturday and oh my gosh was it fun. Having attended a tiny private high school, football games were never a huge deal. Now that there are 45,000+ people everywhere, the tailgates are such a blast! No one stays at the football games for too long, but the experience itself is really exciting (and tiring!). My friends and I stocked up on some funny tailgate clothes the night before - I'm thrilled to finally be able to get a lot of use out of my IU stuff! 


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As fun as this week was, it was super busy which naturally caused me to get sick. I'm not quite sure if it's allergies or a cold yet, but everyone seems to be slightly ill at the moment, so I'll be chugging EmergenC in orange juice like crazy for the next few days. 10/10 recommend buying a bunch of this stuff next time you're at Target! 

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On Monday, Wednesday and Fridays when I have to wake up at 7, I don't even bother trying to get myself up earlier to go get breakfast. Instead, I've been having a granola bar, some fruit or one of these belVita breakfast cookies. I had never tried them until Caroline introduced me to them when we moved in, but they are so addicting and easy to grab on my way out! 

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Did you catch my post all about organizing my planner for college on Wednesday? It received some great feedback and I absolutely loved hearing all of your thoughts on organizing your own agendas. Read it here!

Have a great weekend everyone!
xoxo

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

How to Organize Your Agenda (College Edition)

Ever since middle school, I've always been someone who needs an agenda to keep everything I have to do organized. However, now that I'm in college, having an agenda is even more crucial as my schedule changes literally every day because of meetings, events, appointments, etc. I splurged on the Emily Ley planner this year and can't even tell you how glad I am that I did! The layout is so nice because each day is dedicated to an entire page. I don't know about you, but I'm much more motivated to get things done when I have an entire page to plan everything out on. 


Every Monday (or Sunday night if I have enough time) I go through all my syllabi and make a big to do list with everything I need to accomplish for the week. I highlight big projects or exams and make sure I plan enough time to get them done. I love using the "This Week" pad by Knock Knock because I can break down my to do list by the day and then use the back for my general weekly to dos. I keep this list in the front pocket of my planner for easy access. 

Here is a look at my agenda on a Monday. (The left side is Monday and the right side is Tuesday.) I color coded each class using different Le Pens (which I remind myself of on the sticky note on the left page). Although they're a little pricey, Le Pens are one of the only pens I'll use in my agenda because they're so bright and don't bleed through the pages! You can buy a big set of them from Amazon right here. As you can see from the picture, I write in every class, meeting or event I have that day, as well as exams or projects. I highlight exams or big assignments in orange and then events in pink. Having a little time schedule section is so nice and something I didn't realize I needed until I came to college - I can't imagine going through the day without checking this multiple times! Then to the right of that there's the to do list part where I write down everything I need to do. It may seem a little repetitive with my orange "This Week" pad too, but I just really enjoy making lists :) 

I seriously don't know how I would survive without my agenda. 10/10 recommend the Emily Ley one, but I have also heard Kate Spade and Day Designers are great too! 

How do all you college girls out there organize your agendas?
xoxo

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Outfit: Gray Shoulder Cut-Outs


First of all, I apologize for being so MIA lately! School has been kicking my butt and now that all my clubs are starting to pick up, I am busy every minute of the day until I come back to my dorm at night and fall right asleep. I promise I'll get in a better blogging routine soon - I miss working on new content all the time! Second, let's talk about how cute this gray top is from Julianna's Boutique. Not only is it super comfortable, versatile (easily could work for a casual day of shopping or more dressed up for going out) and cute, but it's only $28! The online shop is a great destination for college girls because it's trendy and fun but also really affordable. I can't wait to wear this top with comfy leggings and white tennies, white jeans and booties when it cools down a bit and maybe even ripped jeans too! Third, how crazy long is my hair in these photos!! I took them a few weeks before I left and it's insane to think how much better I like having shorter hair. Highly recommend taking the plunge if you're hesitant. 

Is it just me or are you really into shoulder cut outs right now too?
xoxo

Friday, September 9, 2016

Friday Fours

Short weeks are seriously the best. Although it was busy and I definitely did not get enough sleep, it was overall packed with so much fun! This weekend will be a busy one as I'm doing IU's Glow Run tonight, going to the first tailgate and football game of the season Saturday and then have to study all day Sunday for a psychology exam on Monday. Let's hope it doesn't actually rain all weekend like the weather channel is predicting! 

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People say it takes a while for your dorm to feel like home, but I think it really is starting to finally feel that way to me. I can't wait to curl up in my little corner after a long day and I'm so picky about keeping it perfectly clean. (I literally make my bed every day #noshame). Look out for a post all about my bed coming in the next few weeks! 

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Caroline (hi roomie!) and I have been trying out tons of different workout classes and are loving the variety of options for exercise. When we aren't feeling motivated to go run or hop on the elliptical (which is most days, let's be real), we go to a class instead and end up getting such a great workout. We also joined a workout club called CHAARG and are so excited to go to all of the small and large group activities! 

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Our first care package arrived on Wednesday (after a long night of homework for our computers in business class) and we were so excited for some homemade cookies to arrive. You never realize how much you appreciate home cooked treats until you've been eating dining hall food for four weeks straight!  

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It was a literal monsoon in Bloomington last night and although I looked like an idiot trudging around in my rain boots all night, it paid off when it actually started pouring! I guess it rains a lot here so I'm going to have to get used to walking to class in this weather (and covering up my backpack with my umbrella because I do not want my Emily Ley planner getting wet haha). 

Have a great weekend everyone!
xoxo

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

How to Make Time for Yourself in College

So far, I'm absolutely loving college. There's always fun stuff to do, it's been amazing being able to meet a ton of new people and I'm able to come back to a bed that's literally comfier than my bed at home (shoutout to the Tempurpedic mattress pad). However, the endless opportunities make it so that time totally flies here - I'll often check the clock and see that it's 1 am and remember I have an 8 am the next day. People don't lie when they say that you'll be the most tired you've ever been in your 4 years in college, and as someone who needs a lot of sleep, I have a feeling it will definitely start to catch up with me very soon. So, I've been coming up with different ways to make time for myself throughout the day to ensure I am calm, well rested and feeling my best. Read about them below!


+ Don't say yes to everything
It's so easy to take every opportunity to watch a movie (or Bachelor in Paradise in my case) in a girl's room down the hall when you should be studying, but this totally messes up your schedule. I made this mistake the first week and then realized how far behind I was the next morning. If you have the time, definitely allow yourself a little fun. But, if you are feeling swamped with things to do, put yourself first and get your work done so you can still get to bed at a reasonable time.

+ Schedule alone time in your dorm
Everyone needs some alone time every day to stay sane, so make sure you and your roomie schedule time to be alone in the room. This has worked out coincidently for my roommate and I because we have classes that start and end at different times every day, but be sure to talk about this idea as soon as you can.

+ Allow yourself at least 30 min of "me" time per day
Sometimes if I'm really running low on energy and can't make myself go to the gym, I'll curl up in bed and go on Pinterest for a few minutes or watch a Youtube video. Whenever I have an extra 30 minutes or so and feel like I'm at a good place with my work, I'll take some time to unwind. I've come to realize how important this is and how much it really benefits me (even if it's only for 15 minutes!).

+ Don't be afraid to stay in some nights
It's really hard to say no, but if you're dying from lack of sleep and know you'll be even more dead the next day, don't be afraid to stay in and watch some Netflix and catch up on sleep. People make going out and having fun a huge part of college, but put yourself first and realize when your body needs a break.

I'm curious to know your ideas about making time for yourself in college - comment below!
xoxo
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