Monday, February 18, 2019

Abroad Photo Diary: ROME

After a long bus ride through Italy, I am back from Rome for the weekend! The program I am studying abroad through has four excursions planned for us and the first one was Rome this past weekend. Although I would usually prefer to travel alone with my friends, it was super nice having tours set up for all of the must-see things in Rome (the Colosseum, the Vatican, Roman Forum, etc.). I got some much needed sunshine and loved exploring a new city in Italy. Plus, seeing the infamous places from the Lizzie McGuire movie didn't hurt either :) 

The sweetest dog I've ever seen!!

Fresh gnocchi with tomato and basil.

There was an Andy Warhol exhibit open when we were there which was incredible!!

 Trying all of the pizza and paninis is a must :)

My favorite view (pink + orange!) from this whole semester so far. 

Things to do (other than all of the historical spots):
+ Bershka
An amazing store that they have in a few different countries in Europe. Similar to H&M, Forever 21 and Zara! You must go if you're in a city with one - I got a pair of jeans, a scarf for my ponytail and a snakeskin belt for 13 euro total!

+ Art Museums
Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock exhibits were open at the Vittoriano museum and were really cool to see! 

Restaurant Recommendations:
+ Osteria de Fortunata 
There was literally a woman making the pasta right in the restaurant (aka the most fresh pasta you will ever have in your life!). This place was super highly recommended from tons of people we know and it did not disappoint! 

+ Tonarello 
Can't go wrong with any of their pasta but I got the pesto and loved it! They had huge portion sizes so go if you're really hungry!

+ Aromaticus
We went to this vegan restaurant on our last day because we needed something lighter after consuming so much pasta and pizza. It was so fresh and delicious if you're in the mood for something super healthy! 


Monday, February 11, 2019

Abroad Photo Diary: PARIS

Bonjour! I got back late last night from my weekend in Paris and I'm so excited to share some photos, restaurant recommendations and must-see things from my trip. I had never been to Europe before coming for my semester abroad, so seeing Paris for the first time was an absolute dream. Even though the weather was pretty cold, gray and rainy most of the trip, I loved every minute of exploring street corners, landmarks and cafes. One of my friends from high school and I flew from Florence together and met one of my best friends from IU and a few other girls for the weekend - it was so great to see everyone and experience the city together! 

We made sure to see the Eiffel Tower during the day as well as at night! We missed the sparkling lights by 5 minutes but still loved seeing it all lit up. 

Finding a crepe stand near the Eiffel Tower is a must! 

Louis Vuitton Foundation museum - a short metro or shuttle ride from the Arc de Triomphe. 

Hot chocolate and croissants at Angelina - highly recommend! 

Madeleines with Madeleine :)

A cute little cafe (I can't remember the name!) we stopped at for a glass of wine on the first day. Every street is absolutely beautiful so walking around and stumbling on little restaurants and shops is so fun!

The most delicious crepe suzette (caramelized sugar and orange zest!)

Restaurant Recommendations:
+ Cafe Blanc 
Super close to the Lourve and literally the most precious French cafe I've ever seen (see right above!). Order the chocolate and bananas or crepe suzette! 

+ Bistro des Augustins
A teeny hole in the wall restaurant that is perfect for a cozy dinner. We almost all ordered the "bistro" (a little casserole with potatoes, veggies, cheese and bacon) and loved it. 

+ Auberge Pyrenees 
Super local and authentic restaurant - we were the only "tourists". Definitely on the pricier side but the best service and most amazing duck I've ever had. Worth the splurge! 

+ Pierre Hermé 
I've been to Ladureé in New York City so I wanted to try a different spot for macarons. This place was beautiful and you could get an adorable little tin with 4 macarons for the perfect treat and souvenir! 

Overall it was the perfect first trip outside of Florence and I'm already looking forward to going back at some point in the future! I have a bunch of weekend trips planned in the upcoming weeks and I'm thinking I'll do a post for almost all of them - I love the idea of having a travel diary documenting where we visited and ate. More to come! 


Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Junior Year Update + What's to Come in 2019

I know I say this every post as of late, but hello it has been a minute! Happy 2019!

Like always, I could give a ton of reasons why I haven't been blogging: a busy semester, a lack of inspiration, a shattered computer (yikes)... the list goes on and on. To be honest, there isn't one big reason why I haven't been blogging, but rather priorities in my life have just shifted these past few months. When I started my blog, I was a high school student eager to share my passions of organization, fashion, health, and general musings. I craved a creative outlet and found blogging to be the perfect way to channel these interests given a very traditional high school curriculum. I truly love citrus & style and the community it has created (especially all of you amazing people!!), but recently I have found so many other things I am passionate about too. From being the Director of Branding for our Retail Studies Organization to the Apparel Chair for my sorority to even my classes this semester, I have been able to channel these interests in a new and exciting way. And as you can imagine, blogging has taken a bit of a back seat.

Now that it's a new year and I'm finding a desire to get back into it, I have decided to look at c&s in a new way. Instead of an old hobby I am trying to get back into, I want to think of it more like a diary, sharing fun and exciting things as they come along. When I try to keep myself on a strict schedule of posting X times per week, it isn't as fun to me anymore because it feels more like a chore than anything. I have some exciting updates for you if you read on and I think these new changes in my life will be the perfect way to get me back into blogging! So without further adieu, let's get into a Junior Year update and preview of what's to come in 2019!

Get ready for a novel :) 

Junior Year first semester was probably the most unique semester I've had so far in college. It wasn't bad by any means (I adore IU and all of my friends, my classes, etc.), but it was just different than the others so far. For me, this semester was my lightest load I have had academically, so I often found myself with a good amount of down time. On the other hand, most of my friends are business majors and had their notoriously difficult semester called i-Core which gave them far from any free time. As a really social person that thrives off of the energy of others, I learned to enjoy alone time and also became even closer with a few other girls too! 

 On top of classes, Junior Year is often known as the big internship hunt for students in business/retail/etc. I was really fortunate to have seen so many companies through career fairs, networking events, externships and industry seminars prior to this year, so this semester was more of a waiting game for me than anything else. I interviewed, completed final projects and traveled to final round interviews for a few companies and am so grateful to have an internship at a retail company I absolutely love this upcoming summer. I could have seen myself at several internships, but I have a gut feeling that this was the perfect fit for me. More on that in a little! 

Lastly, this was the third semester I had been living in my sorority house, and as much as I really enjoyed my time being in the DG house, near the end I was honestly starting to get sick of being under the same roof as 115 other girls. If you get the chance to live in a sorority house or with a ton of people, I highly recommend it - you get to know so many people on such a personal level and I wouldn't trade it for anything! For me, 3 semesters was just the right amount of time, and I'm really excited to live in my senior year house with 9 other girls next year! 

Now, let's skip next semester for a moment and talk about the summer. 

As you can probably tell from the photos above, I am going to be interning at American Eagle Outfitters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! I am so excited and fell in love with their company and headquarters the moment I got there. It's funny, the moment I first stepped foot on Indiana University's campus, I knew it was where I would end up going to school. AEO was really similar and I felt at home right away! 

To be honest, AEO wasn't a company I really thought much about career wise until the end of sophomore year. However, after learning that I didn't see myself in New York City right out of college, I was able to narrow down my options a lot and it became clear what was a good fit for me and what wasn't. I was fortunate to have participated in their externship in July, so this gave me the perfect sneak peek into what it could be like to intern there. I recruited on campus, took a retail math test, flew out to Pittsburgh for the final round interviews and was over the moon to find out I had gotten an offer! I met so many incredible people there and felt like it was an awesome place for me to start my career in retail. 

If you guys are interested, I am thinking about writing a post with all of my tips for recruiting, interviewing, career fairs, etc. It can be intimidating to start and I've had a lot of practice over the past few months! 

Ok so before I move to Pittsburgh this summer (!!!), I have one more semester left of Junior Year. Except, I won't be returning to IU. Instead, I'll be studying abroad in.....

... Florence, Italy!

If you asked me in high school if I would study abroad in college, I probably would have told you no. I love to travel but honestly consider myself somewhat of a homebody and couldn't picture living outside of the U.S. for 4 months. As college progressed, I heard more and more about how valuable studying abroad is and every single person I talked to raved about how it was the best few months of their life. Since I am ahead on credits, am able to take classes for my major there, and the cost is very similar to a normal semester at IU, I decided to take the leap and do it! I would be lying if I told you I wasn't absolutely terrified to move to another country, especially since I have never been outside of the U.S. and don't know a single person in my program, but I think it is just the change of pace I need at this point in my college career. I am so excited to take classes like Product Development, Trend Forecasting and Visual Merchandising in such a stylish place in the world, and I'm eager to learn another language too! 

If you've been to Florence or have studied abroad, please comment below or  shoot me an email with any tips or advice you have - I am anxious to learn as much as possible before I leave at the end of the month! 

If you've made it this far, I'm honestly impressed! We had a lot of catching up to do :) Thank you so much for reading along and I hope you're excited for some new content around here very soon! It means so much to me that you take the time out of your day to hear what I have to say and I look forward to sharing these next few exciting months with you via my blog and Instagram! 

Here's to 2019 and the adventures ahead!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Must-Have Teddy Coat Dupe

Hello! It's been a minute but I'm back to share the most amazing jacket dupe with you that's perfect for fall and winter. I've been seeing the  I.AM.GIA. Pixie Coat absolutely everywhere, and while I really do love it, I just don't feel the need to spend $100+ on such a trendy piece. So when I found a dupe for $19.99 (yes, you heard that right!), I scooped it up so fast and haven't taken it off since it arrived. 

I originally thought I would only wear mine with a very laid-back legging look for class, but I recently paired it with distressed jeans and a tee and it was the cutest, coziest outfit for fall! You can honestly wear it so much day to day and I can't recommend a piece for fall and winter more. 

Zaful version / I.AM.GIA version

Have you been seeing teddy coats everywhere too? Are you wanting to live in one all season long?

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Podcasts You Need to Listen to

Ever since my internship this summer, I have been absolutely podcast-obsessed. I've listened to so many different kinds... from murder mysteries to dating horror stories to health and wellness tips, I love the funny, informative and inspirational podcasts out there. These seem to be really #trendy right now and I seriously can't recommend trying them out enough. I plug in my air pods and listen on my way to class, before bed or just when I'm doing mindless work at a coffee shop. Since I've tried out so many and have discussed them all with my friends, I thought it was about time I wrote a post sharing my favorites! 

This is hands down my absolute favorite podcast I've ever listened to. I got all my friends addicted and we would wait around religiously every Wednesday for the new episode to be posted. It's definitely raunchy and unfiltered, but if you love funny dating advice and anything Betches related, then this is a must-listen. Just make sure your ear buds are plugged in all the way :) 

I started listening to Danielle Carolan and Brooke Miccio's podcast right when it came out, and I'm so impressed by the smart, real content they've been posting each week. It's really refreshing hearing about the lives of fellow college girls, and since they're so successful in the Youtube industry, it's so valuable to listen to their insights on topics like productivity.  

If you like hearing about health and wellness (ie. trendy diets, new workouts, etc.), then you'll love this funny podcast (also by Betches). It's really relatable and a nice change of pace from other popular podcasts out there. 

Learning the stories behind successful entrepreneurs always puts me in such a productive mindset, and Second Life is the perfect afternoon pick me up that will do just that. I've listened to episodes interviewing the founder of, DryBar, and even Jessica Alba. If you love hearing about successful women, then you'll love Second Life!  

To be honest I've only listened to this one once, but I've heard really great things about The Morning Toast. They talk about a variety of current events and trending topics like Hurricane Florence, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, and Colton (the new Bachelor). I think this is the next one I'm going to start! 

Now I'm curious to know: what Podcasts do you listen to? I need some new ideas! 

Friday, September 7, 2018

Athleisure I'm Loving

After having a few weeks of classes under my belt now, I have been constantly gathering outfit inspiration from students around campus and taking mental note of pieces I want to add to my wardrobe. College is such a unique time because you can get away with wearing casual, comfy clothes for class every day. While it's tempting to roll out of bed in an oversized tee Monday through Friday, I think it's a fun opportunity to create a stylish yet cozy look! Athleisure has been trendy for months now, and it seems like nearly every retailer has great options that fit this image. I've rounded up some of my favorites to share with you - don't you want them all?! From distressed joggers to oversized sweatshirts and fun baseball hats, I love how effortless and cool all of these pieces make you feel.

Some of my favorite places to look for pieces like these that aren't crazy expensive are Aerie, Target and H&M. They're trendy, fun and you won't feel bad if you don't wear them after one or two seasons because the prices are so reasonable.

Are you obsessed with adding athleisure to your closet right now too?

Monday, August 20, 2018

Sunday Night Rituals

Summer Sunday nights have come to be one of my favorite things during the week. There's something about spending some time outside, having a healthy dinner, being productive and getting to bed a little earlier that just sets you up for such a great week. There are certain little ~rituals~ I like to do every Sunday and after seeing similar blog posts and Youtube videos, I thought it would be fun to share my own! This was my first Sunday night back at school and I'm excited to get into my little night routine again. 
+ face mask
I never remember to do a face mask but lately it has become a Sunday night tradition! Over the summer my mom and I had been testing out a ton of different ones and loved doing them together on Sunday nights. It's such a nice little treat for your face and inexpensive indulgence!

+ long shower
I always feel rushed when I shower throughout the week as it's usually in the morning before work during the summer or right before dinner at school. Sundays are the perfect day to spend a little more time pampering yourself. I love blasting some music and taking a warm shower on Sunday nights for a little extra TLC.

+ tidy up
Whether it's a pile of workout clothes on the floor or makeup products scattered across my bathroom counter, I love putting things away and wiping everything down with a little Windex. Waking up on Monday morning is so much better with a clean space!

+ to-do list
I usually have a ton of things I need to do going through my head during the weekend, so it really helps to organize my thoughts by writing a big to-do list for the week. Maybe it's just me, but writing out everything makes me want to be more productive and check them all off the list!

+ laundry
This is probably obvious for some people, but even if I have a few things I need to wash for the week (ie. socks, etc.), I really try to get that done on Sundays. It's so refreshing going into the week with everything clean and put away.

Do you have any Sunday night rituals you've found yourself doing?

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

My Back to School Must-Haves

I can't believe I'm halfway done with college... it's so crazy to think that I'll be completely finished with school in just two short years. AH! But junior year is going to be crazy busy and packed with a lot of fun things so I'm really eager to head back to Bloomington in 2 days! Back to school shopping has been one of my absolute favorite things for as long as I can remember. Getting our "school supply" lists from our teachers and heading to Target for new binders, notebooks and pens was always the highlight of my summer (pretty sad, I know). These days back to school shopping consists more of clothes and various essentials rather than supplies, but the excitement is still the same! I made a list of new pieces to stock up on for the new school year and I thought I would share them with you guys.
+ A New Pair of Sneakers
I wear a pair of fun sneakers every single day to class, so I've been searching high and low for a new pair to invest in for this semester. The winner was this pair of olive I-5923s and I can't wait to wear them with shorts, leggings and jeans! They are so light that you feel like you are barely wearing anything on your feet - perfect for walking around a big campus like mine. I found them for a great price on Amazon and couldn't say no.

+ Basic Tees
My school "uniform" is a pair of leggings, jean jacket, sneakers and a basic tee, so buying a few more tees to add to my collection is a must. American Eagle's Soft and Sexy tees are my favorite, so I'm thinking of buying one in almost every color!

+ Sleek Backpack
Last year I used the Madeline & Company gray faux leather slim and could not even tell you how much I loved it. I was planning to use it again but Madeline recently reached out to me and showed me their new slims that can be monogrammed, so you know I'll be snagging one of those and using it this semester!

+ Distressed Jeans
I'm not sure why, but I can never seem to find a good pair of distressed jeans. I'm so picky about where the rips are, so it makes finding a pair kind of difficult. But investing in a new pair of jeans or two is perfect if the students at your school dress pretty casually like mine. American Eagle has some really fun options! 

+ Agenda
Agenda shopping is my absolute favorite thing on the planet. My planner is like my bible all year long, so I look everywhere to compare different kinds. I haven't quite decided which one I'll be using this year, but I'm kind of in the mood to try a new one! This Day Designer one is beautiful. 

+ Travel Mug
This year I'm going to start being more money savvy and using K-cups in the morning instead of constantly buying coffee from the library. I got in such a bad habit of buying a $5 cup almost every day, so popping a cup in the Keurig every morning will be a much smarter move. But, that means I need to find a good travel tumbler to bring my coffee in! I love's mugs (especially this one) and think I need one of these this year. Any ones you recommend?

Any back to school must-haves I'm missing?