Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Lucky U Box Review

Yesterday I got back to my dorm after a long tiring day and saw that I had a delivery notification. Let's be real, there's nothing that brightens up your day then hearing you have a package! I had no idea what it was, but was so thrilled to find out that Lucky U had sent me one of their college care packages. If you're unfamiliar with Lucky U Box, it's a website where you can subscribe for a few months of curated care packages or simply order one box like their adorable Birthday one. They're a tiny bit pricey, but are seriously so worth it considering the delicious things that are included. 

They sent me the cutest October box stocked with both healthy and more indulgent goodies (aka the perfect combination for a college girl that is trying to eat well the majority of the time but likes some real candy here and there!). I loved the pumpkin themed stuff (call me #basic) and was so excited to try out some brands of food I had heard of before, but never got around to testing out. Let me tell you, I will definitely be buying a bunch of these things on my own once they're gone! 

 I now have the best supply of little study snacks built up - and it's even more fun because so much of it is seasonal! 

Have you heard of Lucky U Box before? Definitely check it out if you are in college or have friends that are - it would make the perfect surprise or birthday gift for someone! 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Urban Outfitters {Tops} Wishlist

I've been really into shopping for tops lately. I don't know what it is, but I really don't tend to get that excited by pants or skirts. To me, a pair of jeans is a pair of jeans and it's what you wear on top that makes it a little more exciting. Everyone here seems to have really good luck at Urban Outfitters, so I took a quick look at their website the other day. It's not my usual place for finding lots of clothes, but I was so surprised by how many things I wanted to add to my wishlist! I put together a little collage of fun tops I found and think they would be perfect for any college girl (now if only I had an unlimited budget :). 

Happy shopping!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

How to Survive 8 am's

If you're like me and went into college thinking you'd loove 8am's (seriously, what was I thinking), then you're most likely having some trouble getting out of bed in the morning. I have dreaded 8 am classes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday this semester, so I can tell you from personal experience that they are pretty difficult to deal with. I've finally started to accept the fact that they won't get any better, and luckily I've come up with some ways to make them slightly less painful.

Set multiple alarms
I have somehow never fallen back asleep after my first alarm at 7, but I know plenty of people that have slept through both their 8 am's and 9 am's on a regular basis. To make sure this doesn't happen to you, I highly recommend setting multiple loud alarms to ensure you get up when you need to.

 Have you backpack already packed
I made the mistake of having to get everything into my bag while getting ready a few weeks ago, and I ended up forgetting my Spanish textbook for class. Needless to say, you'll sleep a lot better knowing everything is ready to go when you wake up.

Eat your breakfast on the go
Belvita bars are my new obsession, and I have one sitting out every morning to grab and eat while I walk to class. As much as I would love to have the time to sit down and eat a big breakfast, I would much rather get the extra 15 minutes of sleep. Keep a stash of quick breakfasts to eat on your walk to class and it'll make life 100x easier.

When in doubt, take a 90 minute nap
I personally am not one to nap because I always wake up super groggy, but everyone in college seems to swear by naps. Sammy informed me that 90 minutes are the perfect amount of time to get in some good rest, so if you find yourself falling asleep in the middle of the day, take an hour and a half to get in a quick snooze.

Any other tips for surviving 8 am classes?

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

My Dorm: My Bed

Happy Wednesday! I'm so happy to finally be back with another "My Dorm" post - this time sharing pictures of my bed at school. To be honest, I have to say that I think I like my bed in my dorm better than my one at home. It has a 3 inch Tempur-pedic mattress pad so it's really thick and squishy, and the duvet insert has cooling gels in it so I don't get too hot when I sleep (this really came in handy during the first few months of school!). Even though it's really bold, I absolutely love my bedding and I always get so excited to curl up in it every night while I fall asleep. 

One of my favorite parts of my bed is this blue and white striped pillow from Annie Selke Fresh American. You can never have too many pillows to curl up with and this one in particular is so nice because it's huuge. It adds the perfect pop of blue to the space, bringing out the pretty color in the bedding. Doesn't it just look like it belongs along the wall of my bed?!
String lights were a must for us so we have one set hanging above my bed and then another above our closets. We love turning off all the lights and then keeping these on while we watch Netflix before going to sleep. 
My white fuzzy boyfriend pillow is another piece I love about my bed. Sometimes I'll use my bed like a couch because we don't have a ton of seating, and people always love using this pillow as a backrest or to lay on on the floor. My roommate and I coincidently even got the same one! 
When it was 90 degrees outside, I made this little stand on top of our microwave so my fan would point at my bed. Not only is it great for cooling down the room but it also works well as a noise canceller (living with 40 boys on your floor tends to get a little loud!). 

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Stay tuned for another post about my tips for being on the top bunk - I've discovered a lot of must-haves for sleeping up there! 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Outfit: Gray Lace Up Leggings

 gray lace up leggings (c/o)/ white tee / Stan Smiths / Michael Kors orange crossbody (similar) 

If I could only wear one pair of pants for the rest of my life, it would definitely be this pair of leggings. Not only are they so light and comfortable, but I actually think they're the cutest thing ever! I get stopped all the time because people think the lace up part is so cool. Even though you would think it would take forever to tie them up, it actually isn't bad at all. I have a similar pair in black as well and I've been wearing them nonstop lately. They're so perfect with a longer tee like this white one or a hoodie, and I love how they look with my Stan Smiths. You honestly can't go wrong with snagging a pair because they're literally under $15! 

Have you seen this type of legging before?

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

How to Make an Exam Study Guide

Now that I have four college exams under my belt (one in Finite, one in Spanish and two in Psychology), I can finally say that I am starting to get the hang of preparing for them. While every exam obviously covers different kinds of concepts (ex. my Computers in Business class is very different from Spanish), I thought I would  break down my basic routine for reviewing information before an exam. I used my Psychology study guide as an example because I felt it was the closest to a traditional exam that a lot of other college students might have (aka based on information from readings and lectures). 

The first thing I do to start studying is go through all my lecture notes and figure out what I need to know. My Psych professor often gives us "study notes" with key concepts to review, so I'll go through and read over that information. I write out a bunch of terms and general information regarding that topic, referencing both my lecture notes and the textbook to be sure I have accurate definitions. 

After I write everything out that I have to know, I make a Quizlet with all of the important terms. I study these like crazy until I know all of them. Take advantage of the test setting if you have a multiple choice or True/False exam!

Finally, I recently started talking through all the material with someone. I've never done this before but I did it before my last Psych exam and it was actually really helpful. You aren't aware of things you don't know until you talk to someone else, so talking through it with another student in your class will benefit you more than you think! It also makes you think more about the big picture rather than little terms here and there. 

Remember: the key to doing well on exams is starting early! In high school you could usually get away with starting one or two nights before, but that is very rare in college. For your first exam in a class especially..... make sure to get ahead! 

I love reading about tips for studying, so if you guys want me to write more study related posts let me know! With midterm week coming up Monday, I'll have lots of material to share :)  
How do you study for exams in college?

Monday, October 3, 2016

5 College Wardrobe Essentials

Now that it has finally cooled down outside and I can wear something more than an oversized tee and Nike shorts outside without sweating to death, I've come up with 5 key essentials that are wardrobe musts for college girls. I swear all 5 of these very often and highly recommend investing in them if you're in college (or high school too!). 

+ baseball hat
For days when your hair is driving you nuts or you didn't have time to wash it, I always throw on a baseball hat. I wore these a lot in high school but even more so now that I'm in college. It's always so humid here so my hair puffs after being outside for too long - trust me when I say having a few to rotate through is a lifesaver!

neutral flip flops
A ton of both boys and girls wear Rainbows here and at first I was really skeptical to purchase a pair because they didn't seem like something I would wear. After realizing that I didn't want to be wearing my Jack Roger sandals all the time, I caved in and have literally worn them daily ever since. Whether you're walking around on your floor or running to the dining hall for a quick bite, having a comfortable and versatile flip flop is really handy. I wear these to my heavy class days all the time and they're actually super supportive!

+ cozy pullover 
60 degree weather means I can fiiiinally take out my cozy sweatshirts and pullovers! I've honestly never been happier that it's colder outside - I need to stock up on another pullover or two because I already know I'll be living in them for the next several weeks. I adore my Southern Proper one - highly recommend if you want something more unique than the classic Patagonia snap t version.

+ blazer
If you're going into business or are planning to join any clubs that involve networking, having a blazer in your closet is a MUST. Investing in as much business casual/ professional is very helpful because you don't realize how often you'll need it until you get to college. I love my J.Crew one but would say any good quality blazer would work.

+ leggings
This is quite obvious but it didn't hit me how much I would be wearing leggings until this week. I lived in my Nike Shorts for both going to class and working out, so now that it's cold outside, leggings are my go-to. I have yet to pull the trigger and buy a pair from Lululemon, but I think that will have to happen in the near future! I prefer dark gray ones so I can wear them with my navy bean boots, but having a few pairs on hand would be a great idea.

What are your college wardrobe essentials?

Thursday, September 29, 2016

I'll Be Back Soon!

Happy Thursday everyone!
I wanted to post a quick update as to why I've been MIA on the blog and social media lately. If you read Monday's post, then you would know that I'm pretty swamped with school right now. (Thank you to everyone who reached out to me about this! You guys are the best.) It's been challenging to find enough time in the day to sleep and eat, much less keep up with c&s, so sadly it's going to be a little quiet around here for a few days. Once I figure out a better time to squeeze blogging into my schedule, I'll be back sharing new content with you. Until then, I'll be focusing on my classes to make sure I'm prepared for midterms (T-minus 2 weeks !!). 

Wish me luck!
Best of luck to all the other girls with exams out there - you got this!

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