Fall 2017 Favorites

Hi everyone and happy November!

It is so hard to believe that November is already halfway over and that Thanksgiving is next week. This year has been busier than ever — with fall semester of my senior year now in full swing, the pressure is on to apply to jobs and study hard. Not to mention that I am also interning part time at a marketing research firm….

With so much on my (and every other senior’s!) plate right now, it is important to have products that I can depend on. With this in mind,I have come across a few new things this fall that I naturally had to share with you all. So let’s get into my fall 2017 favorites!

DSC_0484An awesome planner 

I got this cute planner on sale at Michael’s and I have to say that it has definitely kept me organized. I would be lost without this thing, and not to mention its adorable marble print!

A great pair of jeans 

As a girl with thicker thighs and a butt, I never loved skinny jeans because I do not find them very flattering on my body type. So when I finally saw straight-leg jeans reappear in stores, I knew that I had to get my hands on a pair. I got an incredible pair from Madewell that I have LIVED in this fall. They are so comfy and I love the cut of them. The only cons are the price tag and the fact that they only come in one color. Madewell, please release these in darker washes!!

A comfy pair of motorcycle boots

Not a riding boot or LL Bean Boots kind of gal? I’ve got you, fam.  These Aquatalia boots are my favorite boots in the entire world, although very expensive. (Psst! They’re on sale for 54% off at Nordstrom Rack right now so snatch them up while you can!) They are so incredibly comfortable, warm and also waterproof, making them the perfect boot for wintertime. My sister and I have both lived in them for the past two years until we decided it was time to part ways with them because they were beaten to death. Naturally, I just repurchased them because of the sale!

A Dark Liquid Lip

While this is a new favorite of mine and have only worn it once or twice on nights out, I have to say that I was blown away by the Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment in Wild Night. Its a very deep purple and I like that it makes my teeth look white. I did not think that I could pull off a dark lip before trying this out!

Kat Von D Shade and Light Contour Palette  

When I spotted this amazing contour palette for $25 at Marshal’s after eyeing the full price item for nearly a year, I knew that I had to pick I up. While the one I just picked up is in its old packaging, which probably explains the difference in pricing, the pigmentation of these powders is incredible. I love using a bit of the middle banana shade to brighten the area under my eyes for everyday and then using the lightest contour shade to chisel out my cheekbones when I want to step up my makeup look.

Setting Spray

The Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray is my saving grace for nights out. After spending half an hour on my makeup, I want to ensure that my time was not wasted so I use this stuff to lock everything into place. It keeps my entire face looking nice for hours. Just make sure to wait to spray it on face after your mascara is completely dry to avoid making a mess under your eyes.

Keyboard cover

After having had to recently replace my computer, I knew it was time to take better care of my new one. With this in mind, I searched Amazon for a keyboard cover, as I often find myself spilling coffee and God-knows-what-else on my keyboard, which probably was something that led to my poor past computer’s demise. This Mosiso one is a great option — I purchased it on Amazon and while it took a day or so to get used to, I barely notice it anymore when I type on my computer. I also love the cool marble effect that it adds to my computer.

 

 

 

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Riverdale Drinking Game

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Riverdale, a teenage crime drama that is based off the Archie Comics, is sweeping the nation. With the words “Riverdale” constantly on everyone (and my own) lips, why not pair the hottest show of the season with a drinking game?! Many of the show’s viewers are young people, and what young person doesn’t like to sit down and watch some trashy tv with a bottle of wine?

So sit back and relax on this chilly Friday night, grab a few friends, and pop open a bottle of wine because this drinking game is about to get you lit.

Take a sip…

Every time Cheryl mentions her dead brother, Jason

Every time Archie isn’t wearing a shirt

Whenever “Dark Betty” is mentioned

Whenever Hermione calls Veronica “mija”

When Jughead’s teen angst comes out

Take a shot…

Whenever Pop’s is mentioned

Every time you roll your eyes at something Veronica says (her old life in New York, mention of her father in prison…)

Whenever someone makes a pop culture reference

When Archie doesn’t know what’s going on

Whenever someone mentions “jingle jangle”

Finish your drink…

When Jughead narrates a scene

Whenever Archie kisses someone

15 Reasons to Study Abroad in College

16508691_1458012714229859_2753767639007731147_nCollege is a time to learn about yourself and gain independence. While being on your home campus is all fine and dandy, it is important for college students everywhere to gain new experiences. Here are 15 reasons why college students should study abroad.

  1. Being on your own means that you will grow up.
  2. You will make lifelong friends.
  3. Studying abroad will give you the chance to practice another language.
  4. Your Facebook and Instagram posts will leave your friends and family feeling envious.
  5. You will most likely end up losing weight because of the large amount of miles you walk each day.
  6. You will be able to find your way around a brand new city.
  7. Who doesn’t love to travel?
  8. It will force you to keep a budget because trips and food get expensive quickly.
  9. While studying abroad, you will be given the chance to take classes that may not be offered at your home university.
  10. You will be forced out of your comfort zone.
  11. It will help you to better understand other cultures as well as your own.
  12. You can try a new activity that you would not be able to at home. Skiing the Swiss Alps? What about riding a camel in Morocco?
  13. Living in another country will give you international experience that you can to add to any resume or cover letter.
  14. You will gain a new sense of independence.
  15. Living somewhere else will allow you to realize all of the little things you miss about home.

Running late to class essentials – clothing + beauty

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Let’s be honest, any class before 11 AM in college is considered early.  Because of this, you will be running late for class the majority  of the time. To survive, you will need clothes and makeup products that can easily be thrown together. I have mapped out clothing and makeup products that will just about save your life the next time you are running late.

Clothes

You will need neutral pieces that can easily be thrown on and that can be worn a hundred different ways, simply because your closet will not be big enough to fit everything you may want. Here are my go-tos for class.

An awesome pair of jeans. 

Every girl needs a pair of never-fail jeans – ones that are her favorite wash and make her butt look good. I definitely recommend darker wash jeans because I find that they are often times more flattering than lighter washes and are so versatile. Although Paige jeans are very pricy I find that they work well on my body type (I’m a pear!) so I would definitely recommend those.

A neutral pair of sneakers. 

Neutral sneakers are my jam and I lived in my black leather slip on Vans last semester. I am definitely not the kind of girl to wear heels to class so I love low maintenance shoes that will match anything I toss on. I recently got another pair in this awesome tan color and I would definitely recommend them – just slip on and go.

A spirit jersey. 

Not feeling particularly creative or energetic today? Spirit jerseys are the answer – toss them on with your favorite pair of leggings (I like these better than Lulu Lemon!), running sneakers and a baseball hat and you’re ready to go.

A peasant top. 

Maybe these are just something that I love, but I find that they pair so nicely with jeans for class and always just look great. This one from American Eagle is super cute.

A cute dress. 

If you like looking nice for class but don’t have time to match a skirt and a top, a dress is definitely your best bet. Toss it on with a pair of cute sandals and you’re out the door, no matching required.  If it is a little chillier out instead pair with a pair of booties and a denim button up over it. I love these breezy tee shirt dresses right now and think they will look great going into fall.

A cute baseball hat.

Hey, you’re running too late for dry shampoo or just don’t feel like dealing with your hair today. It happens to the best of us! Make sure you have a cute hat on hand for those crazy days when you ~literally can’t even~.

Necklaces and scarves. 

Ah, the turning point of every outfit. Need something to spice up your plain tee shirt and jeans? Toss a layered necklace  or a trendy choker over it and call it a day.  I also love scarves because they can quickly add interest to any outfit.

Beauty

As a college student, I do not want to blow a ton of money on makeup. So rather than shopping at Sephora, I buy my beauty products mostly at CVS. Before shopping, I do my research to see what would work best for my skin type, dry, and my needs. (Thanks, YouTube beauty gurus!). Here is what I use each day for class.

A tinted moisturizer. 

Nobody has time blend in their full coverage foundation before class so instead stick with a tinted moisturizer or bb cream. They are sheerer so they are easier to apply but also are multi-use products because they both even out your skin and moisturize it. I love the LOreal Infallible Pro Glow because it is pretty light coverage, even though it is a foundation.  It can be built up to a heavier coverage and gives me a pretty glow.

Concealer.

If you are having a better skin day or just don’t have time to deal with foundation or tinted moisturizer, just spot conceal instead. I love the Maybelline Fit Me for pimples and Maybelline Age Rewind for brightening up eye bags because sometimes you’re up too late writing that history paper or just watching Stranger Things.

Powder. 

To make your makeup stay on all day place a light dusting of powder across your face and under your eyes. I like the Maybelline Fit Me.

Bronzer.

If you have time, dust a bit of bronzer on the places where the sun would normally hit you – your nose, your temples, your cheekbones, and along your jawline. This will instantly make you look much more alive and only takes a few seconds. I love the NYC bronzer in Sunny.

Lipstick/blush.

A pinky lip color is perfect for class – it can be swiped on in seconds and does not need to be super precise. Time saver alert! Instead of using powder blush use your lipstick on your cheeks to act as blush. I find that matching your lip color and blush actually looks very natural and pretty. I love the ColourPop Lippie Stix in Juice Bar.

Mascara. 

If you only put on makeup product for class it should be mascara – it opens your eyes and makes you look much more wide awake. I love the Covergirl Lash Blast or LOreal Carbon Black.

Dry Shampoo. 

Ahhh, a favorite among college students everywhere. If you haven’t washed your hair in a couple days or just want some added volume I would definitely recommend this Oscar Blandi dry shampoo. I like this better than most spray dry shampoos simply because I find that it soaks up more oil. I’ve gotten my roommates hooked on it as well!

 

Freshman year of college: what you need to know

IMG_2281So after two successful move in days, 4 semesters, countless late night study sessions, two majors, and living apartment-style this past year I think that I may have some wisdom to share with incoming college freshmen.

In college, you are given freedom that you never thought you would have. But this new freedom can be scary – this may be your first time away from home for an extended period of time. You may have never shared a room with anyone before. You may be in classes where you do not know a single soul whereas in high school everyone knew one another by name.

If you keep these things in mind for your first year of college I can assure you that it will be absolutely fine :).

Be friendly.

Say “hi” to that girl in passing that you recognize from your English class or chat up a girl who lives on your hall when you see her in the communal bathroom. Chances are that they are just as afraid to be here as you are, and you could end up making a new friend.

Study hard your first year. 

It is very easy to get wrapped up in going out even when you know that you have a huge Bio test on Thursday. My GPA suffered after my first year and I am still working on bringing it up. So do not make the same mistake I did and study, please!

The friends you make at orientation are not your be-all, end-all friends. 

So you are less than loving the friends you make at orientation, right? Keep in mind that you will continue to make friends over the course of your four years and you will meet tons of new people in classes and clubs.

Go to office hours. 

This is not something that I can stress enough. Office hours are times that your professor sets aside every week so that they can help you, so if you have a question about an upcoming quiz or are struggling in a class do not hesitate to visit office hours. It will only help to succeed (Psst! Professors will usually give you the benefit of the doubt when grading your assignments because they know you are a motivated student and care about doing well).

Actually make use of the on-campus gym.

The freshmen fifteen is real ladies! You will be amazed what just 30 minutes of running  a few times a week will do for both your mood and in keeping you fit.

It is okay if you do not go out every weekend. 

There is no shame in just wanting to veg out with your friends, watch bad movies and eat Chinese food. It is also fun to get off campus for a couple hours for a meal or something with your new friends.

Do not take 8 am classes. 

Every freshmen makes this mistake and hey, I took them first semester too. Just avoid these at all costs.

Communication with your roommates is important.  

Outline at the beginning of the year what you expectations are – how clean you like the room to be, what time you usually go to bed, when boys are allowed over, etc.  This will save a lot of frustration later on in the year when and if problems do arise. No one likes a passive aggressive roommate either!

Join clubs or sports. 

Meet people with interests similar to yours!

Cherish every moment of college because these are the best four years of your life.

Sorry – I had to get cheesy for a minute. In college, you are really able to grow into yourself. You can figure out what you really enjoy, what your values are, what you want to do for the rest of your life and more. It seemed like I just blinked and freshmen and sophomore year ended.

Her Conference 2016 // Recap

Dang, how it is already August already? This summer has f l o w n by my friends.

Last week I attended the Her Conference in NYC, which was an event that was ran by Her Campus Media. For those of you who have not heard of Her Campus  – it is an online magazine written for college girls and by college girls. This amazing club has allowed me to hone in on my writing skills and truly realize my love for writing, furthermore leading to me completely changing my major and minor choices.

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Her Conference was an event with many speakers – all strong, empowered and successful women whom I look up to. And being surrounded by many other young writers with similar aspirations to me was such an incredible thing.

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The event dress code was “collegiette chic” so I wore an outfit I would typically wear to work – something polished but still cute and colorful. I wore this white dolman style top from Loft, a red skirt from Nordstrom with crochet detailing and lastly my trusty black sandals.

Vanessa K. DeLuca, the Editor in Chief from Essence magazine, was one of the panelists who spoke. Having someone speak to us who had accomplished so much in her life allowed me to realize inspired me to work hard at work I love, writing, and to push myself out of my comfort zone, which is something I often struggle with.

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Ulta was offering free makeovers to guests, so, of course, I took advantage of the opportunity to get all ~glammed up~.

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The event was right on the water, so of course, I had to take a few more photos to showcase my #ootd. The view was absolutely beautiful – it was right near Wall Street, The Brooklyn Bridge and the Wall Street Pier, so I saw plenty of boats (and tourists) pass by.

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I hope to post more consistently on here is the coming months as I have added a few pieces to my wardrobe recently that I cannot wait to show off. 🙂 I have also launched an Instagram account recently so feel free to check it out.

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Last weekend I ventured over to Smorgasburg in Brooklyn with my sister and one of my friends and was absolutely blown away. In case you are living under a rock and have not heard of Smorgasburg before, it is a food festival in the city that takes place on weekends during the summer.

Smorgasburg is located right on the water, which makes it the perfect location to have photoshoots for the delicious food that you get. You know, as you do. IMG_0899

As for clothing, I busted out my trusty Loft dress that I bought on sale a few years ago and paired it with a white Urban Outfitters bralette. Lastly, I wore a brown quilted crossbody purse that I borrowed from my sister. Please ignore the fact that my sandals definitely do not match :).

Please ignore the fact that my sandals definitely do not match this outfit haha ! I don’t have a brown pair of sandals currently but I am in the market for a pair. Suggestions?

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To add more color to this look I wore a pair of blue mirrored sunglasses that I bought from Forever 21. Love reflective lenses for summer!

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If you have not yet taken a trip to Smorgasburg, I highly recommend that you do so. It was really hot so we did not eat as much as we normally would, so I think making another trip before we head back to college will be a necessity for us.

With only a few weeks left of this summer, Smorgasburg is a must-see for foodies.

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