Tuesday, January 9, 2018

3 Formal Dresses I Love for Winter

I'm back!! It has been way too long but honestly I really needed a break from all commitments for a few weeks. First semester sophomore year finals truly wore me out and it was so nice to unplug and spend time with family, friends and go to our lake house for a few days to unwind. Now that I'm back in the school mode (and mostly done with sorority recruitment!) I can't wait to get back in the swing of things with blogging. Today I wanted to share a few dresses that I've been loving from  Tobi that I just got.  

Ever since high school, I've found that  Tobi has one of the best selections of dresses for events, whether they be homecoming, winter formals, weddings, etc. They aren't crazy expensive, there are new options all the time and the dresses are always so cool and trendy. I personally love the skater dress silhouette, and Tobi often has some really pretty ones in tons of different colors, styles and fabrics. In high school I leaned towards the more classic looking ones, but recently I thought it has been fun to try out other styles too! I absolutely love the details on these dresses - I typically go for a more simple fabric, but the lace on these is so pretty. 

These three dresses are some of my favorites because they're trendy but still pretty classic and feel like my style at the same time. I don't know how to choose which to wear to our crush dance in February! 

Which is your favorite?! The black bodycon dress is a little out of my comfort zone but I think it might be the winner for crush dance!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

How to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

Holiday season is in full swing and that means that staying healthy amidst all of the tempting goodies is probably on your mind! Every year I find it pretty challenging to stay in a healthy mindset after Thanksgiving until the new year, and let's be real, this year is no different. That being said, I've come up with some tips for making sure you don't get too off track with all of the holiday craziness! 

+ Sneak in cardio during the day
My new thing for winter break is to wake up and go straight to the gym before I do anything else that day. Nothing feels better than finishing a great workout and having the rest of the day to do something fun. Plus, when you workout right when you wake up, it puts you in a healthy mindset to not ruin your good streak for the rest of the day! 

+ Try not to eat after 9 pm
I don't know about you, but I swear that half the food I eat in a day is after 9 at night. Whenever I'm laying around at home at night, I literally feast simply because I'm bored and I have easy access to snacks galore. If you're not at a holiday party and are just relaxing at home, try your best to stop eating before 9 pm because they are most likely unnecessary calories that you're not even really hungry for! 

+ Choose water over a sugary beverage
This has been one of my biggest problems this semester.... I've never been a big soda drinker but for some reason this year I've gotten majorly addicted to cherry coke (please tell me I'm not the only one!). Try to avoid sugary drinks because they're packed with empty calories and sugar. Opt for water with lemon instead! 

+ Pick your favorite holiday treats to indulge in
Rather than binging on every pretty treat that comes your way, pick and choose your absolute favorites to enjoy. It's so tempting to splurge on every single dessert that comes your way, but if you choose your favorites, you'll enjoy them more and feel better about maintaining a healthy mindset. 

Do you have any ways you personally try to stay healthy this time of year?

Monday, December 18, 2017

My Holiday Wishlist

I'm back! Finals are fiiiinally all done and I'm so thrilled to be home for a much needed break (and for Christmas of course). Now that my life is a lot less hectic and I have time to do things I enjoy, I plan to be posting a lot more routinely and produce some fun content for c&s. I've missed it so much and with the new year approaching, I'm always extra inspired. To kick off the week, here's my own holiday wishlist! The products below are ideas of things I would love, not necessarily all things I explicitly asked for!  

From a pretty pair of colorblocked leggings for working out to another bottle of Tory Burch Perfume to a fluffy pair of slippers, I would say all of these gifts are pretty but also serve a functional purpose. They are great gifts for high school and college age girls - I personally would use every single one as a sophomore in college! The monogrammed eye mask is ideal if you live with several roommates, the fur hood coat is amazing if you're walking a lot in a colder climate, the Tory Burch wallet is a worthwhile investment in a neutral color... you couldn't go wrong with any of these really! 

What is on your Christmas list this year? Any similar pieces?

Friday, December 8, 2017

Friday Fours

It feels like it has been forever since I've posted last (probably because it has been forever... oops!). Life has been absolutely crazy between finals, clubs, new leadership positions, my sorority, etc that I have had negative time to even think about blogging which honestly makes me so sad. Blogging is one of my absolute favorite things to do and I can't wait until all of this craziness is over so I can really focus on it again. It will probably be a few more days until things finally start to calm down, but when that happens, expect lots of new content! Here's what I've been up to these past few days: 

If you're curious what my life has looked like lately, this pretty much sums it up. If I counted up the hours I've been at the library in the past week, it would definitely add up to be way more than my time spent anywhere else, including my time sleeping (wow that's depressing). I had to write a 100 page paper on jean jackets for my retail class final, and I don't think I really left the library for about 5 days leading up to the due date! Now that that's out of the way, I have 4 more finals next week and then I'm home free for winter break!

 The holiday shopping season is in full blast and I could not be more excited for a few different secret santa exchanges with friends and shopping for presents for my family as well. I will hopefully crank out another gift guide or two before Christmas - let me know if there's any specific ones you're wanting to see!

We decorated our room for Christmas right after Thanksgiving break and coming home to some cute festivities every day is one of my favorite things about living in a sorority house. Today we're switching rooms for next semester and as excited as I am to move into a triple with two of my good friends, I'm so sad to not be in my four girl anymore! 

I could not be more excited to go home, omg. This semester has flew by in the blink of an eye, yet I am so exhausted from everything I've done and can't wait for a little refresh before we come back for next semester. Not to mention, we have recruitment starting January 2 and we will be getting a new member class of girls! It's all so exciting, and I look forward to having a break before the craziness of next semester begins. 

I hope the rest of your semesters wrap up well and you have a productive next few weeks!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Cyber Monday Shopping Guide

Happy Cyber Monday! One of the only reasons I'm somewhat surviving this Monday back is because of all the deals on nearly every online store today. Rather than sharing a list of 20 different retailers with sales, I thought I would choose 5 of my favorites and round up some pieces I'm loving. Happy Shopping! 

Old Navy
50% off everything

50% off everything

J.Crew Factory
60% off everything

Designer clearance up to 40% off

30% off sweaters

Good luck shopping + hope you have a great week back!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

10 Things I'm Thankful For

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I thought I would do a post that's a little different than usual today. A lot of times I find myself posting about things I want, but today I'm instead going to think about the things that I already have that I'm grateful for. Blogging brings out a really selfish side in me sometimes - I always compare what others have to what I have, whether it be a new pair of shoes, a beautiful vacation or a big group of friends. If you stop and think about it, you might be the same way! With social media playing such a major role in our lives, it's nearly impossible to not look at what other people have and get jealous of what they post. So, today I challenge you to think of 10 things you are thankful for - writing them down is a good way to really visualize it! The 10 things don't necessarily need to all be tangible or stereotypical like "my friends and family" either. Think about things that make you happy and that you really appreciate. Check out my list below!
What are you thankful for?

Monday, November 20, 2017

Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers Under $30

What better way to start the holiday week than with my first official gift guide?! While technically I shared  a pajama guide a few days ago, I like to think of today's post as my very first roundup of gifts for the 2017 holiday season. With Thanksgiving later this week, it's time to start thinking about some fun little goodies to scoop up for your friends, family or even as a little treat for yourself. Today I'm sharing ten gifts I love under $30 - I think it's safe to say there's something for everyone!
one / two / three / four / five / six / seven / eight / nine / ten

Happy shopping!
Let me know what other gift ideas you're wanting to see - I have a bunch of ideas up my sleeve but am always open to suggestions :)

Monday, November 13, 2017

4 Thanksgiving Outfit Inspirations

I cannot believe I am leaving this Thursday for my week-long Thanksgiving break! The combination of Thanksgiving being one of my favorite holidays and wanting to go home so much makes these next 4 days even harder to get through. I'm driving home with one of my roommates and her twin sister and we can't wait to get some holiday drinks from Starbucks and blast Christmas music all the way home! As a way to procrastinate everything I need to get done this week, I decided to pull together some inspiration for my Thanksgiving day look. After searching high and low, I found 4 of my favorite looks and broke them down into pieces you can use to recreate the outfit. Check them out below!

Which is your favorite?
Do you have an outfit picked out? I still have to figure out what I'm going to wear!