Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Look for Less: Shoes for Spring

Even though the weather just cooled down here (yet again), spring style is very much on my mind right now. Spring break is just around the corner so I'm in the mood to add some new footwear to my closet. Since I'm not wanting to spend $100 on a trendy shoe as a college student, I rounded up 3 awesome pairs with a less expensive dupe! These pairs are all perfect for transitioning into spring and I'd be lying if I said I didn't want to snatch a pair of each :) 

Espadrille Wedges // Target vs. Marc Fisher 
Silver Mules // Target vs. Chinese Laundry
Suede Booties // Target vs. Vince Camuto

Which is your favorite?!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Friday Fours

Happy Friday! I've been so refreshed this week after having my mom here last weekend and have gotten so much done. We also had an awesome speaker come to my retail class yesterday and it was just the extra motivation I needed to power through the rest of the week. 


We had the cutest Black & White dinner on Wednesday with our littles, but since the weather was gross here's a picture from our Big Little Reveal a few weeks ago! It was Friends themed and it was super fun designing the apparel for it. Meet my cutie little Maeve!!  

I've been trying to expand my horizons when it comes to study spaces because I always find myself just ending up at the library since it's close to my house. Lately I've been going to our media school which has this huuge screen with tons of different news channels - it's such a productive environment and it's amazing how much more I can get done there! 

The weather in Bloomington is so incredibly all over the place it's insane. Earlier this week it was 70 degrees and sunny, and then yesterday was a literal monsoon and 40 degrees. I'll take it though if it means we can get away with just wearing a tee in February! 

This weekend is packed with events for initiation (including an amazing catered brunch that I'm already dreaming about), but I also have to get a lot done before we leave for spring break in a week. I have my Calc midterm on Tuesday which I'm already panicking about, so hopefully I can get most of that studying done this weekend! 

What are you up to this weekend?

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Spring Break Style Guide

Spring Break is so soon (less than 2 weeks away for me!) and I could not be more excited to go to Arizona with one of my best friends in DG. A few of our other friends and I are also going to downtown Chicago for a day so we can all spend time together, so even though we'll be getting relaxation time in Arizona, we'll also get a little hustle and bustle too. I think it'll be the perfect combination! With that being said, shopping for a few new goodies to wear is obviously on my mind (I mean, a new pair of sandals or shorts is a must, right?). I've come up with a little style guide with some pieces I'm coveting in a certain ~look~ if you know what I mean. Think lots of pretty whites, blues, pink and metallics (what else is new though!). Happy shopping :)

What are you wanting to buy for spring break?
Are you headed anywhere fun?

Monday, February 26, 2018

Weekend Recap

It's been a hot minute but I'm so glad to be back! Life gets so unexpectedly crazy in college - one week is slow with lots of free time and the next there's not even enough time to eat a relaxed dinner. Blogging grounds me so much and I really do love it, but obviously homework and things with hard deadlines have to come first sometimes (as sad as that is to type!). I want to start this week off on a productive note (and I finally got some fresh inspiration for some posts) so here we go!

This past weekend was not only Mom's Weekend for DG, but also my 20th birthday weekend! These past two years Mom's Weekend has fallen on my birthday, and it's so fun having my mom here for it. It was pouring rain most of the time but we had so much fun together. 

On Saturday we took a road trip to Indianapolis to go shopping at Keystone Mall - an absolutely gorgeous mall with tons of great stores. I've been dying for some retail therapy and it was refreshing to be off campus for a while. G and I love shopping together so it was the perfect way to spend our day. 

Then after the mall we drove to  Cake Bake Shop - literally the most beautiful place I've ever been in a really long time. There are so many hidden gems in Indiana and this was definitely one of them. I can't even describe how beautiful it was so I think I might dedicate a full post to it. I got a slice of the raspberry champagne cake in the top right and let's just say I was beyond content. That night I went to our hotel and ate it while taking a bubble bath!

It was amazing getting some fresh inspiration while shopping this weekend. I get so cooped up in the grove of school that sometimes I forget there's an outside world! I was really in need of some new spring looks to inspire me, and this trip really helped my creative state of mind. 

On Sunday morning, my mom took 3 of my friends and I to brunch at the cutest cafe in Bloomington. It was actually nice enough to eat outside which was the best surprise. I'm so glad we could all spend time with my mom together on my actual birthday in the beautiful weather. After that, I came home to my sorority house to the cutest little goodies from my friends. It was such a great day and I'm so grateful to have the sweetest people in my life to make my day so fun! 

I hope you all have a great start to your week! My roomies and I are going on an infamous #cleanse before spring break - wish us luck! 

Friday, February 2, 2018

Friday Fours

Was it just me, or were you insanely tired this week? It seems like everything I've been hearing from my friends and seen on social media is all related to being overly tired these past few days. I've really been trying to drink less coffee, but this week was a bit too long to resist :) 

Did you catch  my post this week about avoiding getting sick during flu season? I've seen so many people trying Medicine Balls from Starbucks like I mentioned and highly recommend you go order one too. I'm drinking one as I write this and seriously can't get enough! 

I was addicted to watching Sex and the City at the end of last semester and over winter break, but for some reason I haven't picked it back up yet this semester. One night this week I watched an episode and got seriously hooked again. I'm almost done with the whole thing and never want it to end! The only thing getting me through is the fact that there's a few movies that continue the story. I'm curious if any of you guys are as addicted as I am!

Last night we had two awesome speakers (who are also IU alumni!) come talk for the Retail Studies Organization, a club I'm involved in. They both work for the shoe industry and it was so interesting hearing their thoughts about retail and where it's going in the future. 

The weather has seriously been so hit or miss lately. One day I was wearing just a sweatshirt and then yesterday I could barely survive the short walk to the library in a huge parka and hat. Regardless of Indiana's random weather, there have been some pretty amazing sunsets like this one that make living here so worth the ever-changing weather. 

I hope you all had productive weeks and have fun, relaxing weekends ahead! Tonight we are heading to Indianapolis for the night for one of my best friend's birthdays. She's from Chicago and needs her Portillo's fix - they just opened one in Indy! 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

How to Avoid Getting Sick During Flu Season

Just like clockwork, flu season is here! Every year around this same time, it seems like one by one people are getting sick, whether it be a cold, strep throat, the flu, etc. Last year around this time was literally the sickest I've ever been in my life, and living in the dorms really didn't help. Surviving that flu season has taught me a ton of ways to avoid getting deathly ill again, and I thought now would be a great time to share them with you!

+ Starbucks Medicine Ball
A girl in my pc works at the Starbucks on campus and she told me about this amazing drink that's two different teas with steamed lemonade instead of water. It's supposed to be good for your throat if you're getting sick and omg was it incredible. I usually am not a tea fan, but the steamed lemonade made it sweet and flavorful! 

+ Drink 2 EmergenC every day
Technically the package says only 1 per day, but I have been drinking 2 EmergenC packets that are specifically for immune support just to be safe. I also mix it in orange juice instead of water because of extra Vitamin C (and because I think it makes it taste much better :). 

+ A light workout
A while ago I was googling tips for fighting a cold, and I saw that a light workout can actually be helpful for your immune system. Obviously don't be sprinting on the treadmill when you're super dizzy and have a fever, but if you just have a slight sore throat or something, a half hour on the elliptical or lifting a few weights could be beneficial. 

+ Get extra sleep
I know it's often impossible for college students to get extra sleep, but try to prioritize catching some more zzz's than usual. Turn off the Netflix earlier or spend less time talking to your friends and head to bed earlier - you'll thank yourself later! 

Wash your hands often 
You hear it allll the time, but it's seriously so important to wash your hands as often as you can. Think of all the public places people go and spread their germs like the library, dining hall, gym, etc. My friends and I have been washing our hands before and after we workout because of all the equipment and germs that are everywhere and so far we haven't gotten sick! 

Any other tips you can think of? 

Friday, January 26, 2018

Friday Fours

Happy Friday! I don't know what it is, but these past 3 weeks of classes have been going by so slowly. Last semester I was always super busy and easily fell into a routine where the days flew by, and this semester has been quite the opposite. Even though I definitely have been busy, every day seems to be different and therefore goes by a little slower than I'm used to. I'm not complaining, but it's just a weird change from previous semesters that have flown by! 


My mom surprised me with  this sweater for Christmas after I had tried it on during Thanksgiving Break. At first I was nervous I wouldn't get a ton of wear out of it, but I've been wearing it almost like a robe lately! When I run downstairs in my pajamas for eggs every morning, I throw it on and it makes me so happy and cozy. Highly recommend if you're in the market for a cozy splurge. 

 On weekends my friends and I have gotten more adventurous with our study spots and have ventured to coffee shops around campus instead of the library. One of my favorites is called Inkwell and not only has the best food but also is the most aesthetically pleasing little place I've ever seen in Bloomington. I got this egg, avocado, cheese and bacon sandwich for lunch last week and cannot stop thinking about it :)

Yesterday I wanted to spend some time outside because it was super sunny and actually kind of warm for once, so I walked to downtown Bloomington and did a little window shopping at Urban Outfitters. They honestly have the cutest little things for your room - go check it out if you haven't been in stores lately! 

My roomies and I have been doing a pretty significant cleanse all week. Everything was going great until my friends and I were craving ice cream so badly last night. Needless to say, it was interrupted a bit earlier than intended. My hope for the cleanse was to get my body to crave healthy things rather than unhealthy things, and I think it's starting to work! Updates to come - I think this might finally be a lifestyle change!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Tips for Balancing a Crazy Schedule

This semester, I can already tell I'm going to have a ton of things to balance. I'm so excited to take a bunch of classes that I'm super interested in (and are still the basic/intro level - aka a little easier!), but I do have a lot more responsibility than in previous semesters. Since I am my sorority's apparel chair, I am in charge of creating apparel for all of the events coming up (read: big/little reveal, mom's weekend, crush dance, etc.). I absolutely love this position, so I'm not complaining at all! Buut, it does take up a lot of time and there is a good amount of back and forth work with the other directors, the apparel manufacturer, etc. I also am taking on a much larger role in the Retail Studies Organization as the social media officer - the girl who was mainly in charge just went abroad so now I'm on my own! Just like apparel, I really have fun with this position, so even though it will take a lot of time, at the end of the day I can't complain. With all of this said, it is going to be a bit more difficult to balance everything I have going on. That being said, here are some tips and tricks for managing everything you have going on without going crazy! 

+ Stay organized 
I seriously would have zero clue what was going on if it weren't for my planner. As soon as I get a syllabus, a schedule for DG, a club, etc I'll immediately pencil it all in my agenda. This way, I have recollection of writing it down and can also look ahead at the upcoming week to see where I need to be and what I need to get done. Some people use Google Calendars or an app on their phone, but I personally really prefer the old fashioned way. 

+ Work ahead when you can
These past few days, my classes really haven't started to pick up yet, so I've gotten a little lazy and have enjoyed a bit too much time in bed watching Netflix. This weekend, though, I've been working ahead so I don't even have to think about certain assignments due in the coming days. I can't even tell you how incredible it feels to knock little things out of the way - you'll save yourself tons of stress in the future! 

+ Prioritize 
If you know you have a huge exam coming up and have a few small assignments due around the same time, I always think it's smart to crank out the small stuff so that you can put all of your attention on your exam prep. Nothing is worse than realizing how much random stuff you have to do in addition to studying, so avoid it by prioritizing your time!  

+ Avoid distractions 
For me, social media is such a difficult thing to avoid, especially when I'm stressed and can spend hours scrolling through random posts. I've been really trying to hide my phone or not even bring it with me when I get a lot of work done to assure I can stay focused. 

+ Find your favorite study places
Ever since coming to IU, I've found myself going to the main library to get work done. Even though it has definitely served its purpose over the past semesters, I am getting pretty sick of it (and it's lack of natural light!). So, my friends and I have been mixing it up by going to the Starbucks at our Union or a cute coffee shop near our house. This change of scenery is so refreshing and makes me excited to actually get things done! 

What are your tips for balancing everything you have going on?