Monday, September 18, 2017

Fall 2017 Wishlist

It seems like fall will honestly never come with this humid weather we've been having lately. Is it just me, or could you just kill for sweater weather and orange leaves already?! All of these cravings for fall have me doing a little more online browsing for clothes than usual, so I thought I would share some of my favorites as of late. Gray, olive green, white and pops of pink have been some of the colors I'm loving (if you can't tell from the items above!). Sneakers are such a college essential, and there's something about a new pair for fall that just sounds so amazing right now. I also love the tees I have that come down a little longer in the back, and this sweater seems like the perfect fall version. Now is it just me or are you ready to do some shopping?!

What's on your wishlist for fall?

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

6 Tips for Staying Inspired When You're Overwhelmed

With so much going on lately from career fairs to exams to joining new clubs, I'll be the first that I'm having a bit of trouble staying inspired. I am definitely a very passionate person, and with so much going on with all of my interests, I often get overwhelmed by what I all have to accomplish in a day. Running from class to meetings to meals at the house while trying to fit in enough time to study and work out (and socialize!) gets to be a lot, and I'm sure I'm not the only one that deals with this! (I can only imagine what all the college juniors and seniors out there are going through right now with internship and job applications!) So, I've done a little research and come up with 6 tips for staying inspired when you're feeling stressed out. I broke them into 3 categories depending on your mood or current situation - I hope you find them as helpful as I have!

+ Make a To-Do List
Whenever I'm feeling frazzled, I whip out a pretty notepad and write down everything I have to get done in a set period of time. I then highlight everything that needs to get done first and prioritize from there. Visually seeing everything you have to do will make you feel 100 times better. 

+ 50/10 Rule
Utilize the 50/10 rule where you work for 50 minutes and then take a 10 minute break to refresh and refocus yourself. It's not efficient to sit down and crank out work for hours on end - after taking a little breather at the end of the hour, you'll feel more centered and ready to take on other work. 

+ Hydrate
You probably hear it all the time, but staying hydrated is so, so important for your body. It helps clear your mind, keep you energized and feel happier overall. Keep a full water bottle with you when you're doing work - it'll remind you to get up and take a break when you have to run to the bathroom too!

+ Get in some cardio
Daily exercise boosts your energy level, reduces stress and improves your mood, so squeeze in even a brisk walk around the neighborhood for a quick break. Whether you have time to hit the gym for an hour or just do some exercises to get your heart rate up right in your room, try to do something active every day. 

+ Clean your space
Nothing makes me happier than coming home to a clean space, whether that be my desk, a freshly made bed or put away clean laundry. Take a few minutes every morning and night to tidy up so you can enjoy waking up and then coming home to a nice environment after a long day. 

+ Indulge in your favorite things
Watch an episode of New Girl or grab a smoothie with a friend to treat yourself at some point during the day. One of the perks of living in a sorority house is always having people around to talk to when I'm feeling nervous about everything I have to accomplish (and they always want to vent to someone about their busy schedules too!). 

What about you? What do you do to unwind and re-inspire yourself when you're overwhelmed?
Happy Wednesday!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Outfit: Heathered Monogrammed Tunic

 monogrammed tunic (c/o) / black lace up leggings (similar) / black tennies 

With all the weather craziness across the country right now, it's no surprise that the weather here has been a little weirder than normal. Last week it really cooled down here for a few days, and if we're being honest, I sort of loved it! Nothing makes me happier than a) getting to cozy up in a big sweatshirt and b) not be dripping sweat walking to class. Ever since coming to college, I've become a huge sweatshirt girl. I think it's because I had to wear a school uniform for a good amount of my life and I missed being really comfortable in class. Whatever it is, I can't help myself but add a few more to my collection each fall and winter, and this Marley Lilly tunic is one of my favorites yet! I love that it's a slightly dressed up version of your typical sweatshirt, and it's a tunic length so it has a more feminine look. The heathered gray is so pretty - it totally looks like the Patagonia version a lot of people have. And of course, the monogram adds the perfect little personalization. I've been wearing it with these black lace up leggings and my new favorite shoes - a super cute, athleisure look that I can't wait to wear all of fall. 

Are you as excited for the weather to cool down as I am?!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Friday Fours

This past week has gone by in the blink of an eye, amiright?! I feel like I was just going to bed Monday night, and yet here we are on Friday with one class left before the weekend officially begins. Yesterday was one of my busiest days I've probably ever had - it's amazing how much you can cram into one day when you're in college! Next week will be just as busy with tons of stuff for the Retail Studies Organization that I'm an officer for, and then my first Business Law exam on Thursday (I'm already panicking, ahh!). This weekend I plan to really buckle down and spend most of my time at the library preparing for it all. It's good to be busy though, right? :)

I had a bit of a chin incident last weekend, so this week has been a little weird dealing with that. Luckily, I didn't have to get stitches, but one side of my jaw still feels really numb. Needless to say, working out has been low on my priority list because I've been in a bit of pain. Hopefully all that gets figured out this weekend so I can get back into my workout habits! Side note: I have barely taken these shoes off and highly recommend them for fall. 

It got pretty chilly around here at the end of this week, and you won't hear any complaints from me! It was so nice walking around campus without sweating profusely for once. Cue alllll the cozy sweaters and sweatshirts. Look out for this outfit post up next week!

We don't have meal service in the house on weekends, so my friends and I have been exploring new restaurants around campus. I found the best smoothie place and it's less than a 5 minute walk from our house. I can't wait to try out some new places this weekend too!

The image above is what my weekend is about to look like. I need a new study spot because the library is starting to get reeeeally old very quickly! 

Have a great weekend everyone! 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

5 Things I'm Loving

Now that I'm back at school and have formed a new routine, I've been noticing certain things I've been really loving. From new wall decor to my favorite music, check out 5 of these things below!

1. Milwaukee Map Print
I love having a little piece of home in my room here at school, and this Milwaukee print is the perfect way to do that! The navy, gold and white is such a pretty color combination and looks great against the light blue walls in my room. It would be a great addition to a gallery wall too! Check out all of the awesome city prints they have right here. 

2. Planner
I was so nervous to try out a planner without lines this year, but my new one has been such a nice change! I got the large version and it has tons of room to write my schedule and all my to-do's in an organized way. The designs on the inside are beautiful and colorful, but it still looks clean and fresh on each page. 

3. Starbucks Refreshers
I don't know how much I've talked about my love for these drinks on here, but if you didn't already know, I've become obsessed with Starbucks canned Refreshers over the summer. My mom got me a big Costco pack to take with me to school and they are the perfect caffeine boost on mornings when I need a refresh. They have coconut water, vitamins and green tea extract in them, and are great if you aren't a huge coffee drinker like me!

4. Calvin Harris on Spotify
It seems like all summer I alternated listening to country and Calvin Harris (and nothing else). His music is so upbeat and fun - perfect for driving, working out or hopping in the shower! It all started with his song Slide at the end of last year, and then this summer Feels, Prayers Up and Cash Out became my go-to favorites. Go listen and tell me you aren't instantly addicted!

5. Tie Back Tops
There's nothing better than a big cozy sweater or long sleeve tee for fall, and I'm obsessed with the tie back style I keep seeing all over. I think it would look so cute with a bralette underneath and a pair of distressed jeans or comfy leggings for class. I just ordered the American Eagle one and can't wait to get my hands on it! Shop some of my favorite options below by clicking on any of the images :)

These next few days I'll be super busy but I'm trying to stay on top of my blogging too. Good luck to everyone starting classes this week!
What are you loving lately?

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

My Sophomore Year Room + Tips for Adjusting to a Sorority House

I'm so excited to share a little peek into my sophomore year room today! It's not as exciting as my  freshman dorm room last year since I have less of my own space, but I think it turned out really cute (especially since the walls aren't ugly white cinderblock!). I'm using my same bedding from last year and although it's pretty bold, it makes me so happy curling up in it every night. There are 4 of us squeezed into a room that was meant for 3 girls, so space is a bit tight (just imagine 4 girls squeezing clothes into only 3 closets and dressers on move in day!). Luckily they gave us 4 desks, and mine is right between our two beds so it acts as the perfect night stand too. Now that we're all settled, it's starting to feel like home more and more every day - I love having 3 girls to always come home to! 

I'm not going to lie... I was pretty nervous about moving into a house with over 100 girls. As someone who is very independent and craves alone time, I was worried I would never have any quiet time to myself. While it's pretty loud during meals and when everyone is getting ready, I'm surprised how peaceful it is a good amount of the time! We were lucky enough to be assigned a room in the back corner of the upper class wing, so our little area is really calm. Even though all of our friends are upstairs a floor, I love having it less busy when I'm falling asleep or waking up.

Now that I've been living in for a week, I've gotten a good feel for what it's like to be in a sorority house - and I really love it! You're constantly surrounded by friends to hang out with, and it's so easy to study or work on homework with girls because you can always find someone who's in your class. Meals are a great time to get to know people outside your friend group and meet older girls too. The only thing I don't love is that so far I've had a hard time being productive in the little study areas - it's hard to not talk to everyone! After this week, I now know that if I need to get serious work done, I'll head to the library instead. 

I'm curious to hear your thoughts about living in a sorority - comment below! 

Monday, August 28, 2017

3 Accessories for Fall with Charming Charlie

Even though I don't think it will be cooling down in Bloomington any time soon, I can't help but start doing a little shopping for fall. Every year when I get tired of the heat, I get really inspired to start transitioning my wardrobe. I stopped in Charming Charlie the week before I left for school and I found such cute, trendy things for amazing prices that I had to share them with you! Lately I've been noticing three big trends when it comes to accessories, and I think all three are perfect for this time of year. The first is this fun mini backpack in the prettiest cognac color. I've been seeing these all over - they totally work no matter what your style is. It's only $29 and comes with the navy fluffy pom so basically it's a major win. The second is this pair of pink ball earrings that I've also been eyeing up for months now. Charming Charlie has them in a variety of colors and patterns that it was nearly impossible to choose my favorite pair! And then third, this wrap choker is a little more trendy than I'm used to, but I think it adds such an unexpected element to an otherwise simple outfit. I love that you can tie it in different ways! I can't find the exact same one online as the one I bought in the store, but this one is really similar and literally on sale for $7.

If you're wanting to stock up on some goodies before school or just for fall in general, I highly recommend checking out what they have right now!
Are you loving these trends as much as me?
Thank you to Charming Charlie for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own. 

Friday, August 25, 2017

Friday Fours

We (finally!) survived the week! These past couple days have been absolutely packed with classes, meetings and long nights of homework, but I'm really happy to be back at school. Here's a peek into my past week: 

It's been so fun being back with my friends after 3 months of being home! I was so excited to see my bff/roomie from last year (even though she just visited me in July :) - we grabbed dinner with my mom the night of move in and it was great to catch up. 

Classes started Monday and I'm not going to lie... I've been pretty stressed. Now that we're sophomores, professors don't give us much time to adjust to new workloads and expect a lot more right away. I love my classes, though, and can't wait to learn more about things that I'll need to know in the future!

I was nervous to ditch my trusty North Face and start using a new backpack, but omg I am so in love with  my new Madeline & Company backpack. The slim version is so sleek and stylish - I keep getting so many compliments! 

The weather down here in Bloomington is insanely humid right now... definitely not something I've grown up with in Wisconsin! I've been trying to dress a little cuter for class the first week, but honestly in this heat, a pair of Nike shorts and a tee are way more practical. 

I'm excited for the first real weekend of sophomore year to begin (after my one Friday class tomorrow of course). Enjoy this sunny weather!!