Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Fours

When you're reading this I am most likely on the road heading back to Indiana University... it's crazy the day is finally here! I'm so excited to move into my sorority house today and tomorrow - let's hope the temperature isn't as hot as my weather app says! 
It was really sad spending the last day ever at our lake house last weekend - it hasn't hit me that it was our last summer quite yet. My family built the house in the 1940's but has been spending summers on the lake even before then, so it will always hold a special place for us. 

Last night Fran and our friends Elizabeth and Karlie and I grabbed dinner at a beautiful restaurant in Milwaukee for my last night at home. We all split a bunch of different things and then got froyo for dessert - talk about a delicious last meal in Wisco! 

Speaking of dessert, I finally checked  FroZone off my bucket list! They make rolled up ice cream right in front of you and even though there's always a pretty long wait, it was definitely worth trying before I head back. 

Classes start Monday and I'm way too excited to whip out my  Madeline & Company backpack. See how I styled mine  right here!

I'm not sure how crazy I'll be with classes but if all goes according to plan then I will continue posting 3 times a week this year! I am definitely going to prioritize blogging more because it's something I truly love and feel completes my weekly routine. 

Here's to sophomore year!
Let me know if there are any posts you're looking to read - I'm all ears :)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Things They Don't Tell You to Pack for College

If you're off for your freshman year of college or are returning as a sophomore, junior or even senior, I came up with a bunch of things that you might not think to bring with you to school. After living in a very standard room at a large public university, I can definitely say I learned what is important to have with you at school to be comfortable for the year! Check out a bunch of items below - and comment any additional items you recommend too!

I originally picked up one of these at Target not even knowing what it really was, but it turned out to be a lifesaver! Being on the top bunk, it was incredibly helpful to have a little organizer with pockets to keep my phone, charger, ear buds and tissues. (Especially when I got sick and needed to have a ton of cough drops within reach!) And for $8, you seriously can't go wrong!

If you're like me and can't sleep in the heat, having a fan is a must. It also creates awesome white noise if you live on a noisy floor and need something to block out sounds. 

My mom thought I was crazy when I told her I needed a mini steamer for my room, but it was so quick and easy to use that I brought it out way more often than I ever thought originally. In under 3 minutes, you can fill up the steamer and have it heated up ready to go. A lot of my clothes (specifically my dresses and tops) would get wrinkly in the laundry or just from sitting in my closet over time, so my roomie and I got a ton of use out of this! 

Not only did our storage ottoman save space for seasonal things like mittens and scarves, but it doubled as extra seating too! (So much so that we ended up buying a few more!) If you need a place for things like blankets and hats, etc, this is the way to go. 

These days most rooms come with full-length mirrors, but if yours doesn't, you'll be really happy you got one of these! Caroline and I only had one pretty skinny mirror in our room, and while both getting ready, it would have been a lot more helpful having two. Whether you're blow drying your hair, putting on makeup or trying on outfits, having a big mirror is key. 

What other items do you recommend bringing?

Take a peek at some of my other dorm posts too :)

Monday, August 14, 2017

Back to School Style With Madeline & Company

You guys!! I cannot believe I move back to school this Friday... Where has the summer gone?! While I'm definitely sad to leave my friends and family behind after an awesome summer, I could not be more excited to see all my favorite people at school and start my classes. Not to mention I'll be moving into my sorority house with all my sisters which will be very different than the past year - I can't wait for a change of pace and to be in an actual house! So what better way to kick off the week than with a post all about my new backpack from  Madeline & Company? Madeline is the absolute sweetest + most stylish girl with a beyond impressive backpack brand. She recently launched a slimmer style and I am too excited to use it for my sophomore year! 

Side note: isn't my new planner from so fun?

I'm in love with how beautiful and chic the gray with gold details is. It's definitely more luxurious than my well-loved North Face :) The interior also has gray and white stripes that add such a fun flair. Whether you're in middle school, high school or college, add a little style to your look for class with one of these preppy backpacks! 

Oh, and don't forget to use the code "CITRU&STYLE" for 10% off your purchase!
What backpack are you using this year?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Looks for Less: Shoes Edition

The other day I found a bunch of Target gift cards that I received over a year ago (!!) from graduation. I've been on such a big shopping kick lately, so finding these was super ideal. Before going to the store near me, I did a little research online to see what clothes and shoes they had gotten in recently, and I was pleasantly surprised to notice that so many of the shoes are similar to trendy versions by more expensive brands (think Steve Madden, Adidas, etc.). The best part? They look absolutely identical for a fraction of the price! Check out some of my favorites below.

Platform Sandal: Steve Madden / Target
Black Sneaker: Adidas / Target
Pink Jewel Slip On: Steve Madden / Target 

I love all three of these pairs, and I just bought the black sneakers for school. They look so cute with black leggings for an ~athleisure~ sort of outfit! The pink slip ons are so in right now, and this jeweled version is a fun upgrade of the classic look. And for the rest of the warm weather this season, these sandals are way too cool. 

Have you noticed the same thing at Target recently? I can't wait to head back to the store and stock up on some more goodies before I return to college!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Outfit: Pink Scallops & Denim Fringe

I say this a lot, but this time for real... this outfit has to be my favorite in a while. It took me forever to find a denim skirt I liked, and now that I've found one I can't seem to take it off! Paired with this adorable hot pink scalloped top and my Tory Burch sandals (aka my best purchase of the summer), I think this outfit is too fun for a summer night. Now that the days are running out before I head back to school, I've been trying to break out my best outfits for the few weeks that I have left. This one will definitely be worn again! 

What was your best purchase of the summer?

Friday, July 28, 2017

Friday Fours

It's FriYAY! I've had such a fun last week of work complete with presentations, wrapping up projects and running around town hanging up flyers with one of my besties at work. Even though I'm so sad my time at the company is over, I'm pretty pumped to be spending some time with the fam on the water for the next few days. Here's a peek into my week:

Fran and I slept over at my lake house last weekend and had such a blast - we whipped up the most delicious dinner that night and then brunch the next morning! The weeks are winding down before we sell it and I've loved spending every weekend there that I can. 

How gorgeous was the sunset last night?! I feel like I've been cooped up in my office all summer and haven't enjoyed the outdoors in so long! Tomorrow my family and I are headed up north for some quality relaxation in the woods and I seriously can't wait to unwind for a few days.

Fran and I are going to be apart for over 7 days because we're both leaving for family vacations! We spend so much time together over the summer because we hardly see each other during the year and I'm not ready for the long distance friendship to start again! :(

I finally tried kombucha for the first time and I honestly don't really know how I feel about it... I'd be curious to know in the comments if you like it or not/ if it's worth the hype!

It feels so weird that I'm officially done with my internship today at 4:30! It's been such an incredible experience and I'm so grateful to have learned so much. Now onto some time by the water!

Happy weekend!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Updating Your College Decor with Walmart

Now that I leave for school in less than a month (!!!), I've finally started thinking about how my roomies and I are going to be decorating our quad room in the Delta Gamma house. Let's be real, nothing gets me more excited about going back to school than decorating a new space! I'm still planning to use my Lilly Pulitzer bedding that I bought last year, but I want to tone it down a bit with some neutral accents. While I don't need to buy a bunch of new things, I wanted to find a few inexpensive additions to freshen up the look and make it a bit more grown up. Lucky for me (and you!), I recently realized that Walmart has some awesome college decor that's cute, preppy and perfect for a girl on a budget! They have an awesome selection of pieces like pillows and throws from the Better Homes and Gardens collection that I especially love. Check out some of my favorites below! 

As you can tell, I'm really into the gray and white look - isn't it just so classic and pretty?! It will go perfectly with my bold bedding and I'll be able to use it all in the future no matter what bedding I end up with. And let's just talk about this monogram pillow for a second, shall we? For $16, you'd be crazy not to buy one (or ten). Their selection of monogram pillows is something I never knew existed, and I can't wait to get one!

After I get home from a vacation with family and one with friends, I can't wait to do some shopping and pick up some goodies before I move into the house!

Which piece is your favorite?

This post was sponsored by Walmart. All opinions are my own!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Outfit: Monogrammed Wicker Tote

I don't know about you, but it seems like everyone and their mother has some version of a monogrammed wicker tote this summer. I've been dying to get my hands on one for months so I could use it for a beach bag, but after toting it around with my towel a few times, I realized it would make a super cute purse too! I paired it with this pretty white and gold shift and my favorite gold wicker wedges from my high school graduation for a classic, summery look. 

Happy Monday!