Wednesday, December 4, 2019

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Her

Happy holiday season!! I can't believe Thanksgiving came and went so quickly and that pretty soon I'll be back home for Christmas. I don't know about you, but these last 2 weeks of the semester usually fly by. It's both a blessing and a curse - it's always nice when finals go by pretty quickly, but then I'm never ready to say goodbye to my friends for a month! Either way, it's exciting that it's my last semester of first semester finals (walking home in the cold after studying late for exams will definitely not be missed). 

To boost your finals morale and give you a little help with your holiday shopping, I thought I'd put together a holiday gift guide! I've seen so many cute things all over the place and love seeing guides with different price points for every girl in your life. Below I have one $25 and under (perfect for your friends), $75 and under and finally $200 and under! I had so much fun putting this together and hope you find a thing or two to scoop up for the holidays :)

Happy shopping!

$25 and under

$75 and under

$200 and under

Happy shopping!

Sunday, November 17, 2019

My Sunday Routine

Now that I am a senior in college, I feel like I've really found the value in a good Sunday routine. There's always been things I like to do on Sundays to feel more prepared for my week, but now I literally look forward to waking up on Sunday morning and getting things done. There's something so satisfying about having all of your ducks in a row for the upcoming week! Below are a few things I make sure to do every Sunday to feel organized and relaxed for Monday morning. 

+ wake up and workout
One of the best ways to start the day in my opinion is to roll out of bed and to get in a good sweat sesh. I've recently become someone who loves to workout in the morning because you get it over with right away and it sets up the rest of your day in a productive way! I never like to do anything too crazy on Sunday mornings but heading to the gym with a friend or two to get in some steps is a great way to get your day started. I've also been going in the sauna for 15 minutes at the end - I've heard that there are great health benefits and so far I love it! 

+ grocery shop and meal prep
I'm weird and kind of don't hate grocery shopping (just me?), so heading to the grocery store is kind of therapeutic to me. I don't always meal prep, but I do like to try to plan out what I'll be eating throughout the week so that I can buy accordingly. It always feels so good to have this taken care of going into the new week.

+ deep clean my room
If my room is a disaster, I always feel like a mess (a bit dramatic, but true!). Sundays are my favorite time to get everything in order (laundry, put things away, etc.) I also looove taking a few anti-bacterial wipes and wiping down my desk, dresser and bedside table. It's insane how much dust accumulates over the week - quickly doing this will instantly give your room a little facelift!

+ light a candle and plug in my salt lamp
Ok I always used to think that those Himalyan salt lamps were kind of odd, but after hearing so many people (including my own roomies) rave about them, I decided to give one a try. I got this one and so far I love it! It was only $12 and it adds the perfect little accent to my dresser. Before bed I'll turn off all the lights and plug this in and it creates the prettiest pink glow.

+ peruse Pinterest
I've recently become more into Pinterest than usual - whether it be for motivational quotes, style inspiration or recipe ideas, Pinterest is my favorite way to find a little inspo for the new week. Follow me if you don't already!

+ plan out my week
Whether it's in my planner or on this notepad (I've used it for years and love it!), something I like to do is write out what I have going on for the week. It really helps me sleep well Sunday night if I know what is coming up in the next few days.

Do you do anything specific on Sundays to prep for the new week?

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Cozy Things I'm Loving

It seems like someone snapped their fingers overnight and all of a sudden the weather here at IU has shifted from mild to absolutely freezing! A few days ago I was walking around campus in a light hoodie and leggings, and now it's time to break out my warmest coat and winter hat! While I'm not thrilled that it's super cold outside suddenly, it does give me more of an excuse to do a little cozy clothes shopping :) I've been randomly finding pieces that have been putting me in the fall/winter mindset and I thought I'd share with you!

Any cozy essentials you've been dying to buy?

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Sneak Peek at My College House with H&M

The back to school season is officially here and I could not be more thrilled for my (last!) year of college. It is so crazy senior year is finally happening and that my best friends and I moved into the house we signed 2 years ago. This was our first time fully decorating a space all by ourselves and we are so excited to make it feel like home. While it is still coming together, I wanted to give you a little sneak peek with some of my  favorite new pieces from H&M. I always go to H&M for back to school shopping (I think they have some of the best basic pieces at great prices), so when I found out they have a whole line for home as well, I was so excited to add some pieces to my bedroom here at school. I already had big ticket items like my bedding and headboard, so I got a few cute decor items that really added a chic feel to my (rather tiny) room. 

As you can tell, I'm going with a white, pink and gold color scheme with hints of fur, leopard, tassels and bows. H&M had a bunch of fun little things that are perfect for this year, but that I know I could use in the future too! 

Doesn't the pretty blush color just add the perfect pop of color to our neutral bathroom?!

It's slowly coming together but I think I've made some good progress!! I'll definitely be showing more photos in the near future once everything is perfect. 

Have you bought anything from H&M's home line before? Definitely go check it out because I had no idea how much they have for such great prices (aka ideal for college students!). 

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Abroad Photo Diary: Amalfi Coast

Today I'm back with a looong overdue recap of my last study abroad trip: the Amalfi Coast! I had been dreaming about visiting Positano, Capri and Sorrento my entire life and I knew I couldn't come back to the U.S. without seeing the southern coast of Italy (especially since it was only a 4 hour train ride away from Florence!). We totally lucked out with gorgeous weather which made our time there even more incredible. Although we were only there for 3 days, it was one of the most memorable weekends of my entire life. My friend Addison studied in Sorrento for a month last summer so it was super nice having an Amalfi expert with us to show us all of the fun spots! I recommend checking out Airbnbs there if you plan to go because we found a very centrally located one in Sorrento that was super affordable and somehow really nice too! 

The iconic Positano photo location... it was even more gorgeous in real life and I'm already dreaming about going back! 

We chartered a boat to Capri using an app called Click and Boat (basically the Airbnb for boats) and had the best day relaxing on the water! 

My favorite view I've ever seen

Every corner of Positano was so picture perfect

We celebrated our friend's 21st so of course some champagne was necessary :) 

Things to do:

+ Beach in Positano
You can rent a beach chair for the day or just lay out in the sand like we did! There's cute cafes to get drinks and snacks as well as pretty little shops all around the beach - the perfect set up for a beach day. 

+ Boat to Capri
Whether you charter a smaller boat or take a larger cruise, boating to Capri was one of my favorite memories of my entire semester. Seeing the coast from the water is so gorgeous and such a fun all-day event. 

+ Walk and Explore
Honestly just wandering around into cute shops and restaurants is the best part of the Amalfi Coast. Whether you're in Sorrento or Positano, there are beautiful stores full of Limoncello, home decor, clothing, etc. that are so fun to explore (preferably with gelato in hand!). 

Restaurant Recommendations:

+ il Leone Rosso
Delicious Italian food with a huge variety on their menu. We went twice and loooved the ravioli. Also super affordable if you're on a college budget like us!! A quick walk from the center of Sorrento. 

Have you been to the Amalfi Coast before? 
I hope you've enjoyed these Abroad Photo Diaries! I've loved recapping each trip and hope you've found them helpful and/or enjoyable if you are planning a trip too! 
Keep your eyes peeled for a Florence Guide in the next few days as well as a reflection on my abroad experience. I absolutely loved my time in Italy this semester and want to be a resource for anyone interested in studying abroad too! 


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Summer Wishlist

Happy Tuesday! I am officially home from Italy and have a few days at home before I pack up and move to Pittsburgh for my internship for the summer. It's crazy unpacking everything from the semester and packing up again for the summer, so as you can imagine I need to do a bit of shopping to prep for the summer months! I've been keeping a list of pieces I love for the warmer months and wanted to share them with you for some summer style inspiration. Lately I've been obsessed with denim shorts, fun little cropped tops (the green one with ties is absolute perfection), easy dresses and platform shoes (sandals, sneakers, etc!). I'm trying to find pieces that could work for my internship (ex. easy dresses and cute tops) but also look cute for the weekends as well. Luckily the company I'm working for (American Eagle Outfitters!) has a casual corporate dress code so doing a little shopping will be easy and fun! 

casual sweatshirt set / easy white ruffle dressthe perfect distressed jean shorts / the most perfect black short sleeve top / cutest green tie tube top / fun platform sandals / white ruffled set

Some of my favorite places to look for fun summer pieces have been American Eagle, Aerie, Zara, Princess Polly and Aritzia. I've been trying to pay a little more attention to buying better quality clothes that will last longer than one season, and I think all of these places definitely sell nicer quality products!

What's on your summer wishlist?

Monday, April 29, 2019

Abroad Photo Diary: Sardinia

Happy Monday! This past weekend my friend Addison and I spontaneously booked a trip to a little island called Sardinia (south of Italy and in between Africa and Spain) because we've been in need of some sunshine. We had absolutely no idea what we were getting into, booked our flights and a hotel and went for it! After a little bit of anxiety when we realized we had no idea where we were even going, we ended up being very pleasantly surprised with gorgeous beaches, cute restaurants and a really nice hotel! The prices were insanely reasonable due to the off season (the island was nearly empty but the weather was still beautiful), so we thought it was a no brainer! It has been so fun taking advantage of exploring new places each weekend and I can hardly believe I only have 20 days left before I fly home to the states. 

We had lots of time to unwind (and being in these robes made it extra cozy!)

The view from our hotel balcony... How is this place so underrated?!

We took advantage of being on the coast and ordered salmon pasta and clam pizza for dinner one night 

 Our favorite little spot to tan since the rooftop pool wasn't quite open yet for the season

I don't have a ton of recommendations since a lot of things were still shut down for the spring, but I do have a few suggestions:

+ Hotel Domu Simius
We stayed at this gorgeous hotel in Cagliari that was really nice for how inexpensive it was (due to the off-season). Although it was a bit of a trek to the beach (we ended up calling a taxi one way since it was nearly 2 miles away), there were tons of cute restaurants and shops nearby.

+ Porto Giunco Beach
After walking along a few different beaches this one was definitely our favorite. The most crowded (in a good way) and surrounded by water on both sides. There were also a ton of flamingos which was so cool to see!

Have you heard of Sardinia or Cagliari before?

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Abroad Photo Diary: Amsterdam

Prost from Amsterdam! I'm back in Florence for a few more hours before I fly out to my next destination tomorrow morning, but I wanted to share (a few too many) photos from Amsterdam this past weekend. We were so blessed with the most beautiful weather as well as some amazing food (the perfect Easter brunch = a fat avocado toast tbh). This was one of the destinations I wanted to visit the most and it surpassed every expectation! 

Tulip heaven 

Stroop waffels were as delicious as they look

The brunch of our dreams

Kind of wish I could steal this and put it in my apartment

Things to do:

+ Moco Museum
If you do one museum in Amsterdam this one must be it. It seemed really aimed at millennials/ had a lot of art relating to today's pop culture. I'm not the biggest museum girl (oops) but I loved this one. 

+ House of Bols Cocktail Museum
Literally the most random museum ever but for under 20 euro you get to see the history of cocktails and pick which one you want at the end. A fun way to spend an hour in the afternoon!

+ Explore De Pijp
This was the cutest area ever, full of little restaurants, juice bars, and shops. It's also close to the canal which is a really pretty view. 

+ Find Tulips
If you go during peak tulip season (pretty much anytime after February I believe), you will see tulips everywhere. We happened to go during the tulip festival and they were so gorgeous. 

Restaurant Recommendations: 

+ Blond Amsterdam
Probably the most precious restaurant I've ever seen (not even being dramatic). We just stopped in for a coffee and juice while we were waiting for our reservation at the Avocado Show but wow you MUST go see this place. They have a ton of pottery to buy (sounds weird but think mugs, glasses, plates, etc.) that are so adorable. 

+ Avocado Show 
A tiny bit overrated but also how can you not eat here?! We had Easter brunch here and absolutely loved the avocado fries. 

+ Vegan Junk Food Bar
This place was so good we went twice! I wouldn't consider myself someone who tries to eat vegan but their vegan burger was so delish. The coolest atmosphere too. 

+ Corner Bakery
The brunch at Corner Bakery was mouthwatering and did not disappoint. My friend Addison had the red velvet pancakes and I had the brioche french toast and we both highly recommend. 

Have you been to Amsterdam?