Wednesday, October 18, 2017

My New Favorite Laptop Case

After hearing about so many incidents of people dropping and shattering their laptops in the past year, I've decided that it's finally time to invest in a sleeve to protect my computer. In high school I always made sure to carry one, but for some reason in college I haven't at all. It adds extra weight to my backpack that I don't need walking all around campus! Lately, though, I've decided it's time to take proper precautions. I seriously don't know what I would do without my laptop (I'm on it 23 of the 24 hours of the day, I swear), so making sure it is protected has become a pretty high priority for me. Buuuut, this doesn't mean it has to look ugly!

Marley Lilly has an awesome array of sleeves that I swear would fit any size laptop. I love that they're super cute and classic, but neutral enough where you wouldn't get sick of them. I'm obsessed with the tan check one I got - they also have navy stripes, black stripes and black quatrefoil! And one of the best parts? They're so lightweight that you barely realize you're carrying one with you. They also have a pretty roomy pocket on the front where you can keep a notebook, papers, etc. 

What's your opinion on laptop sleeves?

Monday, October 16, 2017

My Favorite: White Tee

Happy Monday! Now that I'm a sophomore in college, I've realized that there are a lot of clothing essentials you need to complete your wardrobe. Indiana University is pretty trendy compared to other places, and I would say it has definitely altered my style a bit (read: a trendy flair to my usually more classic, preppy style). I feel like this style is a lot more grown up and neutral, which has kind of been a nice change! A lot of girls here wear similar things: leggings with oversized or flowy tees / sweaters and fun footwear (aka Steve Madden and Adidas galore). I'm really into this look and think it's both cute and practical for running around campus for classes and meetings. 

So with all of this in mind, I thought it would be fun to start a new series featuring my favorite find of a particular category of clothes that I think is essential to your college (or really any other!) wardrobe. Today I want to kick it off with... my favorite white tee! 

I have always struggled to find a white tee that I love. The ones I've tried are either too fitted, too baggy or too see-through. This one from American Eagle, though, is seriously perfect. I love that it is soft and flowy, but it still defines your torso without being see-through. It's also hard to find a t-shirt with a pocket (at least, I've found it to be hard!), but this one has one! $19.95 is a pretty great steal for this shirt, and right now it's literally under $10. It comes in a bunch of other colors and patterns too, so I picked up the prettiest blue around Labor Day. 

Have you tried on this tee before?
Or is there another white tee you swear by?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

4 Workout Ideas (That Don't Include the Gym!)

Lately, I've really made a stronger effort to get in some sort of exercise at least 5 times a week. This isn't always possible due to midterm season and a lot of responsibilities for my sorority and the clubs I'm involved in, but I've really been trying to schedule a workout in most days like I would for a meeting or class. Last week, I made it to the gym nearly every day for an hour, doing lots of cardio and strength (legs, arms and abs). However, I had a good amount of free time on my hands so it wasn't hard to fit in! Even though I like going to the gym, the changing leaves are so colorful that I've been trying to spend as much time outside as possible. This season is so short that I want to take advantage of our beautiful campus! So, I did a little brainstorming and came up with 4 workout ideas that don't include the gym but will still get that daily exercise in. 

+ Call a Friend While You Take a Walk
Ever since coming to college, I have become a huge fan of phone calls to catch up with family and friends. When I'm on the go walking from building to building, I'll often call my mom or a friend from home to make the walk a lot more enjoyable. If I'm in the mood for a walk but don't want to hit the gym, I'll sometimes go outside for a little extra cardio in my day. You'll be totally into the conversation that you'll forget you're even getting exercise! There are a good amount of hills on IU's campus, so this also provides some good incline intervals too!

+ Play Tennis
Even if you're not really good at it, playing tennis is such a fun way to get some extra steps in. I played in high school and haven't really since then, so I'm extra anxious to get back on the court. My friends and I were dying to play on the courts near our dorm building last year but we never got around to it, so it makes me want to go play one day even more. If you don't have a racquet with you at school, you can most likely rent one out at your rec center or gym. 

+ Go for a hike
There are a bunch of beautiful places for hikes around Bloomington (Griffy Lake is a big one many people love!) and my friends and I finally took advantage of it a few weekends ago. Fall is the perfect time to go explore some trails because of the beautiful foliage and breezy weather, so check out the available hiking areas near where you live! 

+ Walk to Brunch or to Get a Smoothie
My sorority house is really centrally located so we're lucky to be close to Kirkwood Avenue (where all of the restaurants and shops are in Bloomington). We're fortunate to be able to easily walk to dinner on the weekends or to get a smoothie during the week - yummy food is awesome motivation to get in a few steps during the week! Even if you don't live super close to a ton of places to eat or shop, try to venture out and explore because you'll have fun while getting exercise. 

Do you have any other ideas to add to the list?

Monday, October 9, 2017

Weekend Recap // Fall Break 2017

Oh my gosh you guys, this past long weekend was packed with so many fun things and I can't believe it's already over! If you didn't know, I went home for fall break Thursday night, went to University of Wisconsin to visit a bunch of my friends (including Fran!) and then finished off the weekend going to my brother's homecoming pictures, dinner with my Grandpa and then an afternoon shopping with my mom! It was such a great combination of activities and even though I didn't sit still the entire time besides sleeping at night, it was worth the 12 hours of driving. I have a bunch of pretty pictures from everything I did and ate, so I wanted to share them with you in a little weekend recap. 

My friend Sarah took me to brunch at Marigold Kitchen right when I arrived in Madison and it was seriously amazing. I got the egg and greens hash with sweet potatoes and highly recommend it. After brunch, we did some exploring and she showed me their Delta Gamma house! I also randomly ran into one of my best friends from my chapter's best friend from home (if that makes sense) who is a DG at Madison - literally the funniest coincidence!  

Later in the afternoon I picked up one of my best friends (since kindergarten!!) from her exam and we headed to her dorm, walked around a little and got acai bowls with her sister - the three of us have been really close since we were four and it's crazy how much we still talk 15 years later! It was awesome getting to see their apartment and dorm. Then, I went to Fran our friend Elizabeth's apartment to settle in for the night. We got dinner at this incredibly yummy restaurant called Estrellon where we all split an insanely delicious paella. After that, even though it was pouring rain, we got ready and explored the nightlife at Madison. They're so lucky to live so close to all the hustle and bustle of campus!  

The next morning we woke up and walked down State Street to the infamous Farmers Market around the Capitol. But first, a stop for Pumpkin Spice and Chai lattes!

And of course, pastries were a must too! I got the chocolate croissant, Elizabeth got a pecan roll and Fran got a pumpkin scone. So festive and fall, amirite ;)

How beautiful is the Capitol?! I haven't been since our field trip in 4th grade and it was crazy seeing it again over 10 years later. 

Seriously gorgeous. After the Farmer's Market, we popped in a few stores, went back to their apartment to pack up my things and then headed to lunch before I drove home. It was pouring the entire drive back to Milwaukee which makes sense because apparently a tornado touched down later in the day! When I got home, my family and I headed straight to my brother's senior homecoming photos and then to dinner with my Grandpa. It was great being able to catch up with everyone, even if it was for a short amount of time.

Sunday morning, my dad made me a delicious omelette and then I packed up all my luggage so my mom and I could spend the entire day shopping. It was a much needed girls day and we always have so much fun popping in stores together! I fiiinally found a pair of distressed jeans I love and can't wait to break them out when the weather gets a little cooler. After that, my friend and I drove back to IU and hit a ton of construction traffic #naturally but we made it back safe and sound late Sunday night. 

Even though I was home for about 3 days, it was so worth all the hours in the car for a little break from school. I got all my work done before I left so I could really enjoy my time, and it was so nice to take a breather! 

This week we have a bunch going on before homecoming on Saturday - I can't wait but am also anxious about everything I have to get done!
I hope you all had a great weekend and have a productive week ahead!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Fall 2017 Playlist

Earlier this week, I stumbled upon my friend's Spotify playlist that she made for the semester. I tend to stick to the same genres of music, so I was eager to branch out and listen to someone else's playlist for once! Using a bunch of her songs and some others that I found after a little exploring, I came up with a little playlist to share with you guys. I plan to add a lot more songs over the course of the season and even semester, so let me know if you like this type of post! I'm always curious what other people are listening to, so I thought this would be a fun change from my usual type of posts. 

I'm road tripping home (and to UW Madison to visit Fran!!) this weekend, and I can't wait to listen to this playlist over and over throughout the long trek home. 
Happy listening!

Monday, October 2, 2017

2 Looks to Recreate for Fall

On Saturday, my friends and I did so many fall-esque activities and let me tell you, it sure got me excited for the best season of the year! I started off by getting pumpkin pancakes for brunch, did homework at a new-to-me coffee shop in downtown Bloomington while wearing a big cozy sweater, went for a hike to enjoy the changing leaves and finally snuggled up in our room and watched Gossip Girl. It was seriously the most relaxing day and put me in such a happy mood. While we were watching Gossip Girl, I did a little Pinteresting after what had seemed like forever, and I stumbled upon the most chic outfits for fall. Since I'm going home for fall break next weekend and plan to do a little shopping, I thought it was the perfect time to talk about 2 looks I love with the products to recreate them! Check out two outfits I'm absolutely in love with below - don't they just make you way too excited for the temperatures to drop (officially) for sweater weather? 


// Pieces to Recreate the look //
one /  two /  three /  four /  five /  six


// Pieces to Recreate the look //
one /  two /  three / four /  five /  six

Aren't they so cozy and cute? I can't wait to stock up on some fall essentials (aka way too many sweaters) this weekend. 
Happy Monday!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Friday Fours

Cheers to surviving another week everyone! Before I jump into my usual Friday post, I wanted to talk about a new thing I'm adding to my weekly post. After reading over your thoughts and recommendations from  the survey I posted last week, I thought I would mix up my Friday Fours a bit and add my "Friday Finds" to the end of the post! I want to make sure you're loving what you're reading, and I think this addition will help to keep things fresh and interesting. I hope you enjoy it!

My friends and I had such a fun time at Dads Weekend last week! Even though it was pretty much a million degrees the entire time, it was super fun bringing my dad to a darty (aka day party at a fraternity!), tailgate and football game. We were able to do a little grocery shopping to stock up on some food for my room which was super nice, and we went to some awesome new-to-me restaurants too! Overall it was a blast spending time with my friends and all of our dads. 


After what has seemed like endless days of 90 degree weather, it has finally cooled down for a bit here in Bloomington! I never realize how much of a struggle it is living in a warmer climate until September hits, but now that October is so close, I'm hoping the cooler weather is here to stay. 

I have fiiinally found a way to balance healthy eating, working out and occasionally treating myself this week. I've been really trying to take advantage of the fresh salad bar and fruit that we have and honestly, it makes me feel a lot better to eat it than the carb-loaded main courses like pasta and pizza. In addition to eating, I've been prioritizing working out by scheduling it into my day. I'm trying a spinning class this morning and hopefully a class at Orange Theory some time this weekend. And when I'm busy during the week, an hour or so at the gym is a perfect pick-me-up! 

My ~sisters~ and I have been spending a lot of time on our front patio lately, and it really makes me stop and enjoy my day more than I would normally. Things get so busy running around all day long, and it's great coming home to sit outside with my friends and talking about our day. 


Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

My Recent Skincare Struggle

Ever since coming to college, I've been struggling with my skin. Throughout my life, I've always been super lucky and never had to use any moisturizer or cleanser - my face rarely had even the slightest pimple. I got a ton of sleep, had a consistent workout schedule, and ate pretty healthy for the most part. I have really sensitive skin and I was nervous to put anything like makeup or lotion on it, so it remained pretty much untouched. After a few weeks into my freshman year, though, I would break out on occasion, and by winter break, my skin was pretty out of whack. Having never had this problem like most people, I had no idea where to start. I invested in some Bobbi Brown tinted moisturizer and concealer to cover it up, but that only helped hide the issue a little. I've gotten so self conscious about it because I've reached a point where I hate not wearing makeup around people - it's embarrassing having a huge breakout on my forehead and chin! Living in a sorority house where a lot of girls have perfect skin doesn't help either :)

Since then, I really haven't found the best skincare routine that works for me. Sure, I try to workout as much as I can (which is pretty hard as a college student as I'm sure many of you can relate to!), drink more water and sleep a sufficient amount of hours every night, but it just hasn't been enough for me. I'm so hesitant to try new skincare products because a) my skin is so sensitive and reacts to everything and b) it's expensive to try out new things that might not even fix the problem! Recently, though, I bit the bullet and bought a set of products that seem like they should do the trick. The system is called Bioclarity Clear Skin and is currently only $15 for a 30 day supply. I thought this would be the perfect way to try out a system without spending a ton of money on, say, a year-long supply. It's said to reduce redness, be soft on the skin, and give you clearer skin in two weeks. Not to mention, the bottles are very #aestheticallypleasing which is, obviously, always a plus. I just started it on Monday night so the jury is still out, but so far it hasn't caused any reaction to my face! 

I'm always interested in hearing people's skincare regimens, so I'm excited to share more about mine as the days go by! 

I'm curious to know - have you struggled with your skin at any point in your life? What has worked/ is working for you?