Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Nashville Recommendations??

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I could not be more excited to be heading to Nashville after move out to see where my roomie is from! Nashville is such a popular vacation destination right now (especially for fraternity formals!) and I'm thrilled to be able to visit after hearing so many great things about it. Since Caroline is from there, she knows all the fun and ~trendy~ places to go, but also some more low key local places too. That being said, if you've been before, I'd love to hear your recommendations! I'm dying to hit up all the fun murals, restaurants and of course Draper James. Expect lots of fun Instagrams and photos to come on the blog!


Monday, April 24, 2017

How to End the Semester Strong

The end is so near! As sad as I am to be moving out of my favorite place, I am veeeery thrilled to almost be done with classes for the semester. My brain could use a break! With that said, though, it's time to buckle down and end the semester on a good note. After having one full college semester under my belt, I'm starting to realize what it takes to successfully finish up classes. Read my tips below!

+ Make a Calendar
With final projects, papers and exams already underway, I made myself a calendar to map out when everything is due. I hung it up on my desk so that I can visually see how much time I have to complete assignments or how many days I have left to study before an exam. It really helps freak you out and get to work on things you think are further away than they actually are!

+ Go to Office Hours
I know everyone tells you to go to office hours as often as you can, but it seriously could be the difference between, say, a B+ and an A-. If you form a strong relationship with your professor (or they at least know your face in a big lecture), this could benefit you in the end if grades are curved or you need a professor recommendation. I have been taking my papers to my English professor and it's really been helpful in making sure I'm turning in my best work possible.

+ Use a GPA Calculator
In order to give yourself the final push of motivation to finish off the semester, calculate your GPA using a calculator like this one. If you're aiming for a certain GPA, you can put in your current classes and the grades and credit for each in order to see what your projected GPA will be. This really helps put things in perspective to give you a realistic view of what you'll be receiving. I have become addicted to checking it whenever my grades change!

+ Take Care of Yourself 
A lot of stress comes along with finals and packing everything up to move out, so be sure to take care of your mental and physical health through it all. Set aside time to exercise, sleep, hang out with friends and eat nutritious meals to make sure you're happy and healthy for the remainder of the semester! It's a lot to all manage, but if you are smart with your time management, you can totally get it all done :)

I'm curious to know: what kinds of posts do you all want to see about my first year of college? I'll probably have a reflection from my entire freshman year, and I'm thinking my roomie and I need to film a Q&A before we move out! Let me know in the comments what you want to see!
Happy Monday!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Lauren James Loves

Ever since I wore a white seersucker Lauren James dress to my high school graduation, I've been hooked on their adorable pieces. From the preppy seersucker to big gingham and perfectly placed bows, their products are full of southern charm and make me want to host a summer soiree asap. Their new arrivals are even better than ever, and I had to share them with you, especially since the weather has been so sunny lately! 

Which is your favorite? I could see myself wearing every single one of these, especially the off the shoulder tops! 

Monday, April 17, 2017

My College Morning Routine

I absolutely love reading (and watching!) every kind of routine whether it's for before school, for a workout, for before bed... the list goes on and on. I always have the intention to make routine posts, but I put them off and eventually forget about shooting them. However, the other day it hit me that I only have 3 weeks left in my beloved little dorm, so I came up with a list of posts I want to make sure I write before I move out. First on the list? My morning routine! I had a lot of fun putting this together and I hope you enjoy reading it :)

:: wake up ::
I have class that starts at 10:10 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and then 11:15 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so I'll wake up at either 9 or 10 depending what day it is. The first thing I have to do every morning (unless I'm in a rush) is make my bed. It sets the mood for the rest of the day and I love coming home to a clean room. 

:: brush my teeth + wash my face ::
After I wake up, I head to the bathroom (gotta love communals!) to brush my teeth and wash my face. 
:: Get Dressed + Do Makeup ::
Then I check the weather to decide what to wear. I'll get dressed, pick out my jewelry and shoes and then sit down at my desk to put on my makeup. I don't always wear makeup, but I usually like throwing on some tinted moisturizer and mascara at the very least. 

:: grab a granola bar ::
Every morning I eat a Belvita granola bar - Caroline and I have an entire storage bin dedicated to them because we both eat them every day! 

:: Pack my bag + head to class ::
By this time at least 30 or 45 minutes have passed and it's time for class. I always get to my classes at least 10 minutes early #totalfreshman so I pack up my bag, grab my keys (and a jacket if it's cold), pop a water bottle in my backpack and head out the door. 

And that's about it! There were a few mornings where I would wake up early and workout before class, but I've started going to the gym around 9 at night instead - it's a little weird going so late but I'm more motivated to run at night for some reason. 

I can't believe I only have 2 more Sundays here until move out... My roomie and I would live here forever if we could! 
What does your morning routine consist of?

Friday, April 14, 2017

Friday Fours

I feel like today's Friday Fours are very citrus & style... wouldn't you agree? Something about the colors and content of the photos just seem very me! Anyway, it was a great week (mostly because of the beautiful weather tbh) and I can't wait to have a relaxing weekend before Easter on Sunday. My friends and I are going to mass and then brunch after - let's hope this amazing weather continues! 


We had our last floor meeting this week and it made it very real that we only have 3 weeks left until move out. I can't imagine what I'm going to do when I'm not living in my cute little dorm with my best friend! 
My friends and I got acai bowls today and I swear they get yummier each time I go. If I could live off of these, you know I would. Maybe I'll have to buy ingredients at home to make my own! How perfect would they be for breakfast or lunch in the summer? I also heard there may or may not be a place to get them in Milwaukee.... updates to come if this is true or not!

One of the reasons this week has been so great is because of how productive I've been. I didn't have a ton of work to do for a few weeks, and then it all piled up last week leaving me preeeetty stressed. This week I had just the right amount to do where I felt accomplished each day but still got enough sleep - there's nothing better than going to bed exhausted from a full day of checking things off your to-do list! Let's let this productivity continue into the weekend, shall we?!
Ok I think I win roomie of the year award here... Caroline's birthday was a few weeks ago and I got her and I matching gold bar necklaces with the coordinates to our dorm. Is that not the cutest thing ever?! I found them on Etsy and highly recommend - they're a great price point and are seriously the cutest. Everyone has been complimenting me on what a fun idea they are :) So cheesy, but when we miss each other next year we'll wear them and think of our great memories from living together freshman year!  Here's the link to them on Etsy! You have to  check out this lady's shop too - she has the most adorable things. 

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

5 Healthy College Snacks

With summer on the horizon, my roomie Caroline and I have been making it our mission to get more active and eat cleaner. In the winter, it was easy to skip the gym or get food delivered because it was too cold outside, so now that the weather is much warmer, we're changing our ways for the remainder of the semester! Since snacking is such a large part of college, I thought I would give you guys some ideas for healthy snacks I've been eating lately because I've actually really been enjoying them.

Also, a little tidbit I wanted to share that I've learned this year: if you're like me, avoid having any kind of junk food (ie. ice cream, candy, etc.) in your dorm because you will get bored and eat it all. If I don't have anything unhealthy in my room, then most often than not I won't binge eat anything. However, we've had a lot of Easter candy in the past few days that we easily could have avoided (especially after 10 pm when we are craving sweets!).

+ banana and peanut butter
I think I've had a banana and peanut butter every day for the past two weeks... They're so addicting! I've been trying to make a conscious effort to avoid dessert as much as possible (this all goes out the window during exams, oops) and a banana with some peanut butter acts as the perfect substitute. It's sweet and really filling, plus really good for you because it's packed with potassium and fiber! I'll swing by the dining hall in the morning or before doing work to grab a single serving container of peanut butter and a banana for the perfect snack.

+ Greek yogurt and granola 
I've really been on a Greek yogurt kick lately - I eat it at least 4-5 times per week for either breakfast, lunch or just a mid-day pick me up. If I want to make it a full meal, I'll pop it in a bowl with some berries and granola, or I'll eat it by itself if I'm not as hungry. A lot of people here also eat the  Chobani flips which I'm a little intimidated to try, but they sound delicious nonetheless!

+ humus and veggies 
Every time we run to Target or CVS, I always pick up a small container of humus to keep in our fridge. Whether I'm eating crackers, carrots or celery, I love adding a little humus for protein and extra flavor. This is nice to keep on hand because it doesn't expire too quickly.

+ one serving microwave popcorn
Oh my gosh you guys... my roomie and I swear by the  Skinny Girl lime and sea salt popcorn. It's only 160 calories per bag and you get the same crunchy taste with a lot less calories than the traditional greasy stuff. You can get it shipped to you from places like Amazon or Walmart in case you don't have access to a store nearby!

+ Fresh fruit salad
Honestly, half the time when I crave a snack it's just to have some food in my mouth... Like you could literally give me a bag of chips or a bowl of fruit and I wouldn't know the difference haha (well, maybe not :). My dining hall has a pretty good fruit section most of the time, so after class if I am in the mood for something sweet, I'll get a bowl of grapes and berries to satisfy my taste buds.

What healthy snacks do you recommend for college students?

Monday, April 10, 2017

Weekend Recap

Now that we're really getting down to the wire and freshman year is almost over, I've made it my personal mission to capture every moment. Whether it's a beautiful sunny day on campus or a funny memory with my roomie, I want to make sure I can scroll through my photo album months or even years from now and remember how much I loved my first year here at IU. This past weekend was one of those jam packed but super fun weekends where I took a bunch of photos, so for today's post I thought I would do a little weekend recap! 

On Friday  Meg came to tour IU and I was so excited we finally got to meet in person! It's so funny meeting blog friends (that you've only talked to over social media and text) in real life because 9 times out of 10 they're exactly how you would imagine them. Meg was no exception - she's just as adorable and sweet as I imagined! I had such a great time taking her to my classes and showing her some of my favorite spots on campus. 

Saturday we had our philanthropy event called Anchor Slam which is a big basketball tournament. The weather was so beautiful and my sisters and I had a blast cheering on the boys and watching from the roof above the court. 

Sunday morning my roomie had a little birthday brunch at the most delicious restaurant called Farm Bloomington. I had never been before but everyone raves about it for both brunch and dinner. As you can see by this picture, it did not disappoint! Highly recommend the biscuits (the apple butter was out of this world) and the parmesan fries for starters. 

I swear I fall more in love with this campus every day. People always say campus is the most beautiful in fall, but I think spring is a very close second. Flowers are being planted everywhere which adds so much color - not to mention it makes the air smell amazing. 

I hope you all had a great weekend as well!
Happy Monday :)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Spring Wishlist

I go through phases where I get completely immersed in my homework and college life that I don't even think to do a little online shopping, and then there's times where all I can think about is adding 20+ things to my wardrobe. Lately, I've really been in a dangerous shopping mood and can't stop perusing all the spring arrivals on my favorite websites. I've also been living in oversized tees and leggings, and the warmer weather is making me want to dress a little cuter! (I don't know about you, but when it's cold and rainy outside, all I want to do is wear something as similar to a fuzzy blanket as possible :). There have been way too many pretty things I'm adding to my cart, and  Francessca's has especially had ah-mazing new items. Check out some of my favorites below!