Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Fours

I can't believe the first week of classes has come to an end! In some ways it felt extremely long (waking up at 8 am Monday, Wednesday and Friday) but there were also so many fun things to do that made it fly by. I finally feel situated here and its starting to sink in that I'm actually a college student... For a while it seemed like I was just at camp for a week! It made me realize that I 100% chose the right school and I can't wait for all of the exciting adventures in the future. 

I had my first Intro to Retail Studies class on Tuesday and as you can from the picture, I was pretty happy after it! I've finally found my people - and it's a class where you're required to have an Instagram #winwin. 

I never thought it would get super hot here, but when you're walking far distances with a huge backpack on you in the middle of the day, the heat really starts to get to you. My friends and I can't believe how sweaty we get from literally walking half a mile to get food! Nike shorts and oversized tees have become my daily uniform. 

Last Sunday my roomie and our new friend (from the Hamptons!!) went out to a cute brunch place in Bloomington called the Runcible Spoon. It was so delicious and even though there was a wait, it was close to stores so we were able to shop around for a little bit and pick up some spirit wear. Also, I must have gotten taller or something because my scalloped shirt now looks like a crop top (?!?). 

On Wednesday night it started to rain which we totally didn't see coming so my roomie and I started walking to the bus stop to ride it back to our dorm. We then started hearing sirens around us and got notifications that a tornado warning was in effect and one had been spotted 2 miles away. Both of us panicked and sprinted inside down to a basement to take shelter. Apparently these are pretty common in Indiana so I guess it was good to have one in the first week to know the drill haha! 

By the time you are reading this I probably have already taken my first finite quiz at 8 am this morning. College classes really get started quickly!!
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Tips for College Applications

It's college application season! I was so nervous about filling in my apps so I did a ton of research and talked to a bunch of girls about what did and didn't work for them. To make sure you have all the information you need to have a successful college application process, I came up with all of my tips for completing and submitting your apps. Compared to a lot of other people, I had a pretty easy process so I thought sharing what worked for me could help all of the incoming high school seniors out there!

Start Early
My first piece of advice is to get as much of the application process done as soon as possible. I had all of my stuff sent in before October and I can't even tell you how much better I felt knowing it was all done. I remember staying in one Friday night and cranking out everything so I could send my essays to my college counselor to read over Monday. Put in the time in the beginning of the year when you don't have as much going on - you'll thank yourself later!

Meet with your college counselor
I was fortunate to go to a small high school where we all got very familiar with our college counselors, but if you don't have an assigned advisor of some sort, I would suggest looking into meeting with one. I had a ton of questions about rolling admission versus early admission, etc and it was so nice having someone to meet with or email for a quick question.

Have someone read over your essays 
I read over my essays several times (aka printed them out and went through with a red pen) and then had my dad and a few teachers read them as well. Going off my last point, have your college counselor read over your essays too! They're such a great resource and have tons of knowledge about what schools are looking for in an applicant.

Have a variety of schools
I applied to about 5 schools which was perfect for me because I was already pretty set on two (Indiana University and Miami University in Ohio). Even though I knew I wanted one of those two schools, I still applied to 3 more because hey, you only go through the college app process once! I know people who applied to 11 and people who applied to 2 - you really just have to find what's right for you. Also, make sure you have a few different schools in terms of difficulty of getting in. Have one or two reach schools, one or two safeties and then some more mid range ones. That's what my advisor suggested as well as what I found to work best.

Make a resume 
Some schools ask for resumes as an additional part of the application and I definitely recommend uploading yours. From what I can tell, they seem to really help strengthen your application and are a great way to talk about other activities you do if they don't fit into another part of the application (ie. a unique club you're in, a business you run, etc.).

Get letters of recommendation
Pick two teachers or "mentor" sort of people you have good relationships with and ask them to write letters for you. Make sure they know you well and can talk about your strengths and areas of interest. I had one written by my physics teacher because science wasn't my greatest strength, but he knew how hard I tried in the class and how often I came in for study sessions, extra help, etc. The other one was written by my history teacher whose club I was also super involved in (he also knew about my blog and my interest in business so that was beneficial too!).

Meet with someone at a few schools you're serious about
Near the end of the decision process, I met with someone at Indiana and Miami to get more details about the programs I was interested in. It helped get my name out there as well as provide me with more information about the classes and opportunities each school had to offer.

If you ever have any other specific questions about the process, feel free to email me at! I'd be happy to help you because I know how overwhelming it can all seem! 

Any other tips to share? Comment below!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Outfit: Pink + White Embroidery

I wore this outfit shopping with Sammy when she was in town (I can't believe that was a month ago already!) and not only is the pop of pink so fun, but the entire outfit was just so comfortable. I love easy tops for summer and the embroidery trend is something I'm especially fond of at the moment. This top is another find from Charming Charlie and I can't get enough of it - I wish I would have bought it earlier in the summer so I could have gotten more wear out of it! Pink, white and cognac is my favorite color combo at the moment - doesn't it just make you so happy?! 

Are you a fan of embroidery right now too? 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday Fours

I've successfully survived my first two nights as a college freshman and so far I absolutely love Indiana! My roomie and I have met a bunch of great people and we've had so much fun exploring campus together. 

Here's a little peek at our dorm! We're still working on our gallery wall (the white area behind us) and have to find a spot to hang our lights, but other than that everything is coming together well! Keep your eyes peeled for an official tour in the coming weeks. 

I obviously had to monogram my otherwise boring white towels and think they turned out so fun! It's nice having them monogrammed because now my roommate Caroline and I know which is whose.  

It's weird to think that a lot of my friends aren't moved into their schools yet! IU move in was pretty early which I didn't mind, but now I'm so excited to hear how all my friends' experiences are! 

I couldn't write this post without including this picture - how freaking cute is this donut inner tube?! We found it in my friends' shed at their lake house which was a coincidence because we were so sad we forgot to buy one before coming up. Now I'm convinced I need a bunch! 

I might be a little MIA from social media in the next few days as I finish up welcome week and start classes Monday - wish me luck!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Healthy Road Trip Snacks

While on occasion you can find me stopping at Taco Bell for a quick bite during a long drive (#guiltypleasure), in general, I am a firm believer in packing healthy goodies for road trips. Sometimes long drives make me a little nauseous, so combine that with too much chocolate or chips, and I can promise you won't be feeling too hot by the time you arrive at your final destination. Driving to school, I knew I wanted to bring a bunch of nutritious eats to ensure I would be energized and ready to set up my dorm. So, I thought I would share some of my favorites with you since it's the season for college road trips after all!

+ Trail Mix
This is my one of my favorites because I love getting a little chocolate along with all the nutrients that are packed in nuts and raisins. The nuts will keep you full and the raisins will give you potassium, iron and energy!

+ Smoothies
If you want something easy to grab while driving, a smoothie is a great choice. I'll often swing by Starbucks and get their Strawberry Banana smoothie before a long drive because it fills me up really quickly and is packed with a ton of protein. Plus it's refreshing and is great for the summertime!

+ Skinny Pop 
If you want something light and salty while driving, this one is a no brainer. You know my obsession with Skinny Pop when it comes to studying, but I also love it to munch on in the car. It's not super messy and you won't feel gross after eating a bunch of it unlike normal popcorn.

+ Carrots and Hummus 
When I drove up north last week with my friends, I brought along hummus and carrots that I had in my refrigerator at home. Little did I know that they make such a refreshing snack while driving - I honestly could not stop eating them! The carrots were a perfect little crunch and the hummus is an awesome source of fiber.

+ Salted Almonds 
Another salty snack, almonds keep you so full and you only need a few to feel satisfied. I often keep a little container in my bag or on the inside of my car to grab if I need a little something to eat.

+ Clementines
These are more ripe in the winter, but I find clementines incredibly addicting and the perfect sweet and juicy treat. You can pack a bunch in a bag and snack on them with your friends and family.

What do you like to eat on road trips?

Monday, August 15, 2016

I'm Off!

While technically move in day is tomorrow, by the time you're reading this, I'll (hopefully!) be all packed up and ready to embark on the next four years at Indiana University. It's so crazy to think that I've been waiting for this day to come for months and it always seemed so distant, yet here we are and tomorrow is finally move-in! I honestly still can't wrap my head around the idea that I'm leaving everything in Milwaukee behind, but at the same time I could not be more excited about what's to come. I truly feel ready to begin this new chapter and I cannot wait to bring you along with me! 

Now you may be wondering what's going to be happening with this little corner of the Internet as I transition into college. While it obviously isn't going anywhere, I have put a lot of thought into how I'm going to manage blogging, academics, clubs, a social life, etc. For the past few years, I've had new content every weekday, Monday through Friday. While I have absolutely loved posting this much, I know I won't have as much time to do so in college (at least not in the beginning when I'm getting all settled in). So, I've decided to post 3 days every week instead. I love the idea of sharing what happened during my week with Friday Fours and think it would be especially fun in college when I have a ton of activities going on. As for Wellness Wednesday, I don't think I can part with the idea of sharing something in the middle of the week that improves your health, whether it be a new workout, a smoothie recipe or tips for sleeping better each night. However, I do want to expand this to include more things that benefit you overall, like organization! I am obsessed with organizing and I think it fits well under the "wellness" umbrella. Then for Mondays, I personally love reading about fashion related topics (to distract me from the end of the weekend, naturally) so I'll post any outfits, wish lists, inspiration, etc. that day. This could change at any point depending on the week, but I love having a little guide so you guys know what yo expect! 

As always, thank you guys so, so much for all of your support and sweet comments lately. You have been so kind and helpful as I prepare for college and I can't thank you enough! Be sure to follow along on my Snapchat (citrusandstyle) to see my move-in adventures with my roomie - her name is also Caroline! 

Here's to a new beginning!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Outfit: Navy Scallop Dress

Can we please talk about my crazy mane in these photos... I'm so glad I finally chopped it all off! Anyway, I discovered this J.Crew navy scallop dress lookalike on Sheinside and despite the fact that it wrinkles pretty easily, it's such a great steal for only $14!! It's such a fun little dress to have for summer but I can definitely see myself wearing it with riding boots in the fall as well. I also love adding little nautical touches through my KJP jewelry to brighten it up a bit! 

Even though it's been "trendy" for a few years now, I still can't get over how cute a navy scallop dress is! 
Do you have a version of it in your closet?

P.S. I'm going "unplugged" for the rest of the week as I'm up in the Northern Woods of Wisconsin. I'll be back to normal on Monday! 

Monday, August 8, 2016

What's In My Shower Caddy

I'm back today with another fun college post: what's in my shower caddy! Since I live in a residence hall with communal bathrooms, having a good shower caddy with all the essentials is crucial for a successful morning and night routine. Being the type-A organizer I am, getting my shower caddy down to a science is really important in order to keep everything neat and tidy. I'm so excited to be partnering with Procter & Gamble today to share some awesome products from Bed Bath & Beyond  in the Harmon section of the store. It seems really daunting to start college shopping, especially with having to stock up on random items like shaving razors, shampoo and toothpaste. The Harmon section of Bed Bath & Beyond, though, features all of these great Procter & Gamble products like Tide, Crest and Secret in one place, in addition to having your sheets, towels and storage bins for your dorm as well! Besides the normal stuff like deodorant, they also have more exciting things such as lipstick in pretty hues and eye products. 

Now let's get on to the good stuff... what's in my shower caddy!

Items in my shower caddy:

Oral B Toothbrush 

I love this particular shower caddy because it has pockets on the outside to hold all of my products. Having my usual products like shampoo, conditioner and body wash is obviously important, but I also recommend having some other fun things to wear while going out like red lipsstick and eyeliner. I can't wait to experiment with some different makeup looks in college and these particular products are the perfect little way to do so. The biggest thing I'm worried about, though, is doing my laundry in the basement on my own (as sad as that sounds!). Tide pods make it so much easier because you literally throw a pod into the wash and you're good to go! That way, you're clothes are basically momclean (aka like they came out of your mom's washer!). 

Want to hear the best part of shopping at Bed Bath & Beyond? When you purchase $40 worth of products from the Harmon section of the store, you receive a $10 Bed Bath & Beyond gift card! This offer is a great incentive to get some extra dorm goodies for free :) It's valid until August 31 so head to your local store soon to pick up your favorite products. 

If you want to learn more collegey terms, check out the #CollegeSpeak P&G Twitter party on August 17 at 9:00 am EST! And if you share your favorite #CollegeSpeak terms, you have to chance to win a $50 Bed Bath & Beyond gift card as well as all the products I featured above! Click on the Rafflecopter giveaway below to find out how you can win. 

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