Wednesday, August 15, 2018

My Back to School Must-Haves

I can't believe I'm halfway done with college... it's so crazy to think that I'll be completely finished with school in just two short years. AH! But junior year is going to be crazy busy and packed with a lot of fun things so I'm really eager to head back to Bloomington in 2 days! Back to school shopping has been one of my absolute favorite things for as long as I can remember. Getting our "school supply" lists from our teachers and heading to Target for new binders, notebooks and pens was always the highlight of my summer (pretty sad, I know). These days back to school shopping consists more of clothes and various essentials rather than supplies, but the excitement is still the same! I made a list of new pieces to stock up on for the new school year and I thought I would share them with you guys.
+ A New Pair of Sneakers
I wear a pair of fun sneakers every single day to class, so I've been searching high and low for a new pair to invest in for this semester. The winner was this pair of olive I-5923s and I can't wait to wear them with shorts, leggings and jeans! They are so light that you feel like you are barely wearing anything on your feet - perfect for walking around a big campus like mine. I found them for a great price on Amazon and couldn't say no.

+ Basic Tees
My school "uniform" is a pair of leggings, jean jacket, sneakers and a basic tee, so buying a few more tees to add to my collection is a must. American Eagle's Soft and Sexy tees are my favorite, so I'm thinking of buying one in almost every color!

+ Sleek Backpack
Last year I used the Madeline & Company gray faux leather slim and could not even tell you how much I loved it. I was planning to use it again but Madeline recently reached out to me and showed me their new slims that can be monogrammed, so you know I'll be snagging one of those and using it this semester!

+ Distressed Jeans
I'm not sure why, but I can never seem to find a good pair of distressed jeans. I'm so picky about where the rips are, so it makes finding a pair kind of difficult. But investing in a new pair of jeans or two is perfect if the students at your school dress pretty casually like mine. American Eagle has some really fun options! 

+ Agenda
Agenda shopping is my absolute favorite thing on the planet. My planner is like my bible all year long, so I look everywhere to compare different kinds. I haven't quite decided which one I'll be using this year, but I'm kind of in the mood to try a new one! This Day Designer one is beautiful. 

+ Travel Mug
This year I'm going to start being more money savvy and using K-cups in the morning instead of constantly buying coffee from the library. I got in such a bad habit of buying a $5 cup almost every day, so popping a cup in the Keurig every morning will be a much smarter move. But, that means I need to find a good travel tumbler to bring my coffee in! I love's mugs (especially this one) and think I need one of these this year. Any ones you recommend?

Any back to school must-haves I'm missing?

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Internship Recap + 6 College Room Pieces to Invest In

**Note: I've been getting requests to do both a post talking about my summer internship as well as some pieces I think it's important to have for your space in college. I'm combining these two ideas into one giant post for you today! Hope you enjoy xox

I'm back today with another college interiors post for you guys! This summer, I have been interning at a furniture company here in Wisconsin called Steinhafels. It has been such a cool experience learning about merchandising, advertising and set styling at Wisconsin's largest furniture and mattress retailer! I have always been interested in the interiors side of retail, and this summer made me realize it's definitely a part of the industry I could see myself working in the future.

As an Apparel Merchandising major, I always assumed that post-graduation you would just get a job in the fashion category. What I didn't realize until this year is that there are so many different parts of retail (whether that's apparel, furniture or other goods) - you can do buying, product development, marketing, copywriting, store development, media... the list goes on and on. This summer, I really was able to see a ton of these different departments in action. I worked on set styling in the photo studio, wrote product copy for new merchandise, put together an outline for the next season's new trends and product lines, and wrote for the company's blog, just to name a few projects. I am really grateful to have been able to get a little taste of several areas this summer. Before the internship, I thought I would end up doing either buying or product development after college, but now I think it would be so fun to do a combination of several of these areas!

at my cubicle - my home away from home :)

I haven't talked about it a ton, but I also did shorter externships at Ross and American Eagle Outfitters this summer. Besides furniture (and shoes like at my internship last summer), these two externship experiences taught me about off-price retailing (Ross) as well as specialty retail (AEO). I can totally do a separate post talking about these if you guys are interested. Just let me know!

Now, let's get onto some pretty furniture and accessories, shall we?

As an incoming junior at Indiana University, I like to think I have a pretty good grasp on which essentials you need for college. After surviving the cinderblock dorms and then a crowded sorority house, I've found that it's important to invest in simple, quality pieces that will last your entire college career. Since my internship ends today, what better time to share a few pieces from Steinhafels with you! All of these pieces are pretty neutral and can match nearly any color palette you are working with. Not to mention, greys and whites add a luxurious feel to your college space!

Stash all of your jewelry, accessories and cosmetics in a pretty jewelry armoire like this one. Extra storage is always helpful in a small space, and a jewelry organizer is sometimes something people forget about! I love the classic silver finish on this one.

Something I've found is that a pouf doubles as décor and seating in your space. This one is neutral and will match everything! Whether you need a cute ottoman or a place for your friend to sit, this pretty pouf is perfect.

Don't you just want to cozy up in your bed with this furry white pillow?! A little touch of white fur adds a chic, put together look to your bed or sofa. I totally overpaid for the one I have - this one is so much more affordable.

A simple rug is a great investment in your space. I love how cozy and plush this one is - perfect for movie marathons or late night chats with your friends. And the darker color will help hide stains over time.

Nothing is better than snuggling up after a long day, and this chic faux fur throw is just what you need for the job. This one is big, cozy and the prettiest cream color.

I was always on the fence about buying a lamp for my room at school, but I honestly regretted not making the investment after seeing that almost every other girl had a cute one on her desk! A simple, neutral lamp will match your décor for a long time and I love this one.
Thank you so much to Steinhafels for such an awesome sophomore year internship experience! If you guys have any questions about internships (how to get them, tips for being an intern, etc.) totally feel free to email me - I'd love to help you out.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Senior Year Bedding with Annie Selke's Bed 101

At the end of last semester, my friends and I signed our lease for senior (!!!!) year. It may seem super early, but students typically do it about a year and a half in advance, especially when there were 8 of us that wanted to live together! We found the cutest little duplex right next to campus in the most adorable neighborhood. To say I'm excited to live there (and decorate it!) with 7 of my friends is an understatement.

Right after we signed the lease, I started putting together a Pinterest board with decorating ideas. I absolutely love shopping for interiors - from the bedding to the wall décor to accessories... it makes me so happy to piece it all together. I already have a theme in my head for my bedroom in the house and I can't even contain my excitement to start shopping for it. When Annie Selke coincidentally reached out to me to collaborate with them on their new Bed 101 collection right around this time, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to pick out bedding for the house!

I had a bunch of cute things in my dorm from them (read: these striped bins and this pink and white pillow), and I couldn't wait to see their new line.

Bed 101 is their new line that offers the Pine Cone Hill quality but at lower prices. If I was a little older and had a steady income, my entire house would be Pine Cone Hill because it's so beautiful and amazing quality. But since I'm still a college student, Bed 101 is the perfect solution! It's simple, stylish, easy to mix and match and perfect for college students like me, a first apartment or a first house. They have a bunch of different bundle options with pieces ranging from duvet covers to quilts to sheet sets... you can pick which one works best for you.

I chose the Load it On Set along with their pom pom throw, rose shimmer velvet pillow, laundered linen white decorative pillow and sheepskin throw in dark linen. These accessories are such pretty, simple basics that I can't wait to use for years to come, no matter the current interior trends.

Since I'm only going to be a junior and obviously can't show you all of these goodies in my new house yet, I set it up in my bedroom at home to give you the general idea! I love how chic it all looks - I can build off of it however I want to senior year but I can tell I won't get sick of it any time soon.

Here are all of the pieces broken down in case you want to shop what I chose:

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

What I Wear to My Internship

Hello! I'm literally the worst blogger ever. I've been working so hard on my math class every night but luckily the final is this Friday so I'll have time to dedicate to blogging after that! I have a bunch of posts planned out and look forward to having some time to work on them. 

Today's post is something I've been wanting to share for a while now. If you follow me on Instagram  (which you should be doing, obviously ;), then you probably see that I've been posting my internship outfits on my stories on most days. I've gotten a lot of questions about specific pieces so I thought a big post sharing my favorite outfits was in order! I've collected a lot of these pieces over the past few months so not all of them are available, but I searched high and low for very similar pieces to help you achieve the same look. I hope you enjoy!!

gray tee  (similar) / pink pants / white mule loafers / earrings  (similar)

distressed jean jacket / striped tassel dress  (similar) / sandals 

white top  (similar) / pink pants / sandals

distressed jean jacket / striped dress  (similar) / sandals 

striped jumpsuit  (similar) / jean jacket / sandals 

jean jacket / floral dress  (similar) / sandals

As you can see, my outfits are generally kind of casual for an office, but I try to look put together every day. Clearly the jean jacket + dress or flowy pants + fun top are my favorite combinations!

What do you wear to your internship or work?

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Difference Between Apparel and Home Trends

Hello and happy Tuesday! Today I'm excited to share a little research project I did for my internship: comparing apparel trends with home trends and how they're changing in the future. It's been really cool getting to learn more about the furniture industry, and I've noticed some similarities and differences when looking at this industry compared to the apparel one. Enjoy!! xo

If you’re familiar with the interior design or furniture industries, then you might know how interior design trends change much slower than apparel ones do. With fashion, every season there’s a major shift in terms of what’s “in” at the moment, and these trends often do not last more than a few months or even weeks. In furniture, however, things move much slower. Why is this the case? Well, apparel trends move quicker because people buy clothes a lot more frequently than they buy a sofa or a rug. There is a more urgent need for new clothes each season than there is for new furniture. And with the rise of fast fashion, retailers are able to turn around new merchandise even faster than ever before, which makes trends change quicker as well. Furniture also lasts longer and is much more expensive than clothing, which makes the consumption slower and therefore changing trends slower.

It’s also interesting to look at how fashion influences interior design trends. Recently, apparel trends have really been influencing what happens aesthetically in interiors. It starts with designer runway shows in Europe, and progressively trickles down to markets like ready-to-wear and then eventually into home. So, chances are a trend like Pantone’s 2018 color of the year Ultra Violet will play a role in interiors in the coming months!

However, recently there has been an interesting change in the way people have been shopping for their homes. According to the UK Fashion Network, “customers are now approaching the homeware category in the same way they buy their clothes: trend-oriented, impulsive and seasonal.” Retailers are starting to mix their store layouts to include both clothing and homegoods all in one area, making shopping for the home a more frequent, day-to-day thing. This inspires the customer to update the decor in their home as much as they would their wardrobe. CEO of an on-demand interior design service called Homepolish, Noa Santos, says something similar: “People are engaging with their home spaces or office spaces very similarly to how they engage with their wardrobes. A space is never really done—it becomes a continual reflection of themselves.”

Have you noticed the home industry becoming more incorporated into your frequent shopping? Places like Anthropologie and Nordstrom definitely make me want to redecorate my bedroom!
Thank you to Steinhafels (where I'm interning!) for shooting a few pictures of me in one of their stores!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

What I Eat in A Day (Summer Edition)

I'm back with a very long overdue Wellness Wednesday post! Today I'm talking about what I've been eating every day during the summer. 

By the end of my second semester of sophomore year, I was snacking an unreal amount and generally eating pretty unhealthy. (Read: a few too many ice cream runs with my roomies!) So for the summer, I decided to start eating super clean to feel better and get in a healthier routine. I cut out most carbs (besides the occasional whole grain toast, quinoa and plain popcorn) and tried to subtract as much dairy from my diet as possible. My brother is allergic to dairy so we really don't have a ton in our house anyway! Besides my morning mochas, I pretty much avoid all dairy now (except ice cream and chocolate every once and a while, obvi).
So does this healthier diet really do anything? Well, I honestly feel a lot better - more energized, happy and ready to tackle my to-do list. I eat a toooon of fruits and veggies everyday and never feel too full, but rather satisfied. It's almost like I crave fruits when I want something sweet (which is pretty weird since I have a big sweet tooth!).

Now, here's pretty much what I eat every day:

Breakfast: 7:30 am
-One scrambled egg
-A few baby tomatoes or a little pico de gallo
-Half of an avocado

Snack: 11:00 am
-Grapes or raspberries (at my cubicle!)

Lunch: 12:30 pm
-Mixed greens
-Tilapia, lemon chicken or flank steak
-Carrots and hummus

Snack: 3:00 pm
-Raw almonds (I just switched over from salted/roasted and kind of like raw better!)

Dinner: 7:00 pm
(Depends on the day)
-Veggies (green beans or brussel sprouts are my fave)
-Sometimes quinoa if I feel like it 

Snack: 9:00 pm
-Fruit or Trader Joe's organic popcorn

I've been eating a little more ice cream than usual but, hey, gotta treat yourself!

What do you eat in a typical day? I'm curious to hear new ideas!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

I'm Back + A Summer Update

Hello hello I'm back from the dead!

I so apologize for the silence around here for almost two months. With finals, moving home, 2 weeks in New York, getting adjusted to my new internship and starting a pretty awful summer class, I've been a bit swamped!

So you're probably wondering what the heck I've been doing since April when I posted last. Well, here's a bit of an update.

Sophomore year was honestly my favorite one so far both academically and socially. This past semester I took some awesome classes like Visual Communications, Marketing, Retail Professionalism and Intro to Media. Needless to say, I seriously enjoyed my school work and all of the fun projects on my to-do list. I can confidentially say that I am totally in the right major and minors for me, and I am so excited for the fun courses ahead too. (For reference, I'm majoring in Apparel Merchandising through the School of Art, Architecture and Design and then minoring in Marketing through the Kelley School of Business and Media and Creative Advertising through the Media School.) Then socially, I definitely found my people this year. I was always so nervous about being in a sorority because I thought I would get sick of being with so many girls all the time, but it has really been the biggest blessing I could have ever imagined. Moving home was such an adjustment because I wasn't used to not being with 5 of my best friends at all times! From late nights chatting about life to ice cream runs to studying at the library, this past semester was one of the best of my life. I soaked up every moment with my people and can't wait to move back so we can do it again.

After I moved home, I had just a few days before I headed to New York City for two weeks. The first week was for what was called the New York Field Seminar which is an application based 3 credit course that about 26 of us attended. I only knew one girl going and it was so fun bonding with everyone over running around the city going to appointments at different companies. We went to some awesome companies like Nike Swim, Club Monaco, L'Oreal and the Kohl's Design Center, and I am so grateful I had the opportunity to go. That weekend, I took the Jitney to the Hamptons because one of my best friends from school lives there. Even though the weather was cold and rainy, we had so much fun shopping and spending way too much money on food. And then the second week, I attended the Ross Sophomore Externship back in the city. There were only 11 of us there and it was awesome getting to see what buyers and planners really do on a daily basis. I used to be hesitant about wanting to potentially intern or work full time in NYC, but both of these weeks made me think: why not?!

What have I been up to since then? Well, my brother graduated high school the day after I got back (yay Chuck!) and I started my internship at a furniture company about 40 minutes from my house the week after. I'm working in both the buying office and advertising departments and have gotten to do some awesome things like write product descriptions and help design the set for commercials. Unlike last summer where there was a whole intern squad, I'm the only intern this summer so I've been super busy working on a variety of projects. I'm learning a ton and have quickly discovered that coffee every morning is veeery important :)

So you're probably wondering now... is she back for real or what? Well, I do plan to post as much as I can, but with my summer class (which is getting pretty hectic since it's crammed into 8 weeks) and my internship, I'm not going to promise 3 posts every week because it's just not realistic at the moment. But, I do have some fun post ideas in the works that I think you guys will love! I'm trying to really think about what content I love to read (and watch on Youtube because it's my latest obsession), and I can't wait to share them with you. I've been trying to live in a more healthy, balanced way this summer, and I want to share these ideas with you guys too!

As always, let me know if you have any post ideas - I love hearing what you guys want to read!
Happy Hump Day!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday Fours

How is it already Friday?! This week has flown by and it makes me sad knowing that there are just a few more left until move out. As excited as I am for summer, there are so many hurdles to cross before I can even think about things other than school. I have some fun things planned for the summer and I can't wait to share them with you when I have them all locked down. We are also in the process of signing our lease for our senior year house which is pretty crazy to be thinking about! Here's a step into my week:


Although the weather fluctuates from 30 degrees to 70 degrees from one day to the next, it is finally starting to look like spring here in Bloomington. How gorgeous is this tree in our front yard?!  

I've been getting over a pretty bad cold and have been trying to speed it up by eating tons of fruits and veggies. I can't wait to eat this many pretty, colorful foods this summer! Does anyone else have a Pinterest board dedicated to food to make over the summer, or is that just me...

Did you see that Target launched their line with Hunter? Even though our store was definitely more kidswear focused, it was still fun to see what they all came out with. I haven't bought anything yet but am considering  a fun jacket like this,  a bold pair of slides or  this pretty umbrella!

 I don't know what it has been about this year but I just feel so out of a routine lately. Since I end class by 10:45 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I have most of the day to do whatever I need to. As nice as this is, I miss having a specific schedule with designated chunks of time to study, workout, etc. That's just a big part of college I guess! In the next 2 weeks I just really need to buckle down and get everything checked off my to-do list. 

This weekend is our huge Little 500 bike race (women's on Friday and men's on Saturday) and I can't wait to watch our team race! Delta Gamma won what's called "quals" (the qualifying sprint race a few weeks ago), so we can't wait to go cheer on our amazing bike team. 
I hope you have a productive + fun weekend!