November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and take the time to enjoy time with your family.  Be grateful of all the wonderful food on your plate and for everything you positive you have in your life.  Thanksgiving is my all time favorite holiday because it doesn't need Hallmark greeting cards or presents to make it anything more than it already is.  It is a simple holiday devoted to taking a step back from our busy lives and appreciating what we have.  I mean who could ask for a better day?!  Plus, all the delicious food makes it 10x better!  Hello sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce :)


Going home last weekend was probably the best part of the long holiday week so far.  I actually skipped class Monday and Tuesday and took an early flight home to Chicago on Sunday morning.  Getting to see my brother and sister and just have a relaxing weekend to hang out with my family is exactly what I needed!  My sister and I pretended to be tourists and went into the city for the day, got facials, went to the art museum, and took cliche photos at the Bean.  All in all so far this holiday break is perfect.  I can't wait for food tomorrow and a crazy shopping experience on Black Friday!  I have never done Black Friday shopping before and have always wanted to do it so my sister and I decided this year we were going to go all out.

I hope you all enjoy time with your family and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

xoxo

November 21, 2014

How to Get Away with Murder

It took me a while to post about this show because for the longest time I have had very mixed feelings about it.  I kind of hated it and kind of loved it.  It confused me so much that I think that was what peaked my interest and curiosity.  I wanted to know what was going to happen next.  


The basic premise of the show is that a law professor, Annalise Keading, who hires five of her law students to help work cases at her law firm with her for the semester.  Each episode they work on a different case but there is one main case that is the thread of the show.  Who killed Lila Standgard and who killed Sam Keating?  Through a series of flashbacks and flashforwards and untrustworthy compilation of scenes it takes the entire nine episodes before we fully know the answer to these two questions.

This is show is extremely hard to summarize without giving too much away but I thought I would simply say that you must watch it!  There are tons of points where I watch the show and think "This is ridiculous", "No way would this happen in real life", "Don't they have to worry about their other classes, I mean they are in law school", "How have none of them been caught the illegal acts they have been comitting" and many more questions along the similar path.  And even though the show is sometimes questionable the pure plot line and acting makes it beyond superb.

Viola Davis is hands down amazing.  The way she plays a strong lawyer but self-conscious and weaker woman in her personal life is flawless.  Her ability to seem perfectly real and imaginary at the same time transcends acting.  Along with the rest of the Keating Five, I can honestly say they all play their parts perfectly.  Each has distinct characteristics and they play their roles wonderfully.  The end scenes where they all have their meltdowns are prime.

I really don't want to ruin too much of the plot for anyone who hasn't seen it but I am going to ask a few questions that I still have after watching the winter finale on Thursday.  So if you are not all the way caught up you may want to stop reading!  Will Michaela's missing ring ever turn up?  Is Connor really a drug addict?  This one I don't really believe but it would/could make a ton of sense actually... he did attack a dead body with a log.  When was Annalise's sad call to Sam made?  I think it was after she talked to Wes which means she is now part of the cover-up too.  And last but not least, who did kill Lila Stangard?  While people kept claiming it was Sam he continually denied it.  Yes, why would he confess to murder but still, even after his entire fight with Annalise where he admitted to not loving her anymore he still never said her killed Lila.  This makes me think that with the return of the show we will realize that Sam didn't kill Lila and we will have to figure out who really did.  Something tells me it was Bonnie...jealous rage maybe?  Maybe even Annalise herself?!

Let me know what you guys thought of the winter finale and if you have any interesting theories!

xoxo

November 6, 2014

Spotted

This week was probably the most relaxed week I have had in a very long time.  It was great to have a week that wasn't too stressful and I could actually enjoy what was happening around me.  Sometimes I feel that I get so caught up in my stressors that I forget to take time to take a step back and enjoy where I am in life.  Anyways, I thought I would shared a Spotted this week because I found a few great things while browsing the wonderful interwebs.


One || Carrie Underwood's Something in the Water
Enough said.  Like can she get any more perfect?  This music video is to die and Travis Wall choreographed it.  If you didn't already know about my Travis Wall obsession you can see here but this man is a genius.  And I honestly cannot believe Carrie is singing this while pregnant... like what?


As a full time college student I often wonder if teachers and professors truly understand what a student goes through.  I know that at one point in time they were also students but its easy to forget.  This article by The Washington Post is written by a teacher who actually shadowed two students for a day and got a completely new perspective.  I think its hard for teachers to realize just how monotonous and tiresome a student's day is.  In college, the day goes until midnight.  School doesn't end when classes are over but it keeps going.  I think this is something that not many professors truly understand.


Three || Plaid Scarves
My new found obsession with plaid scarves as hit a new low.  I think I have more scarves in my want list than ever before.  I just love the idea of a large warm plaid scarf to spice up an outfit.  They look perfect with riding boots and puffer vests and I want one in every color scheme imaginable!  This one from Madewell is definitely at the top of the list. 


Four || True Detective Season 2
OMG Taylor Kitsch is back!  I think I screamed when I read this.  I could not be more excited for this new season and am beyond stoked.  I absolutely loved the first season of True Detective and if you haven't seen it I highly recommend it.  But the fact that Tim Riggins, good old #33, is going to be a main character makes me very. very. happy!


Five || Glennon Doyle Melton
Ted Talks are my newest YouTube addiction and this one really stood out to me.  I cried while watching it.  This woman has been through hell and back when it comes to mental illness and addiction but her outlook on life is something that I think everyone should know.  My favorite line from it is, "It is braver to be Clark Kent than it is to be Superman."  She talks about removing the facade of capes and being our true selves.

November 3, 2014

Long Weekends

The month of October was truly amazing.  It was probably the most stressful month I have had in a long time but the stresses were most definitely counterbalanced with wonderful memorable moments.   I actually went away for two long weekends in October which is something that you don't really get to do in college that often.  I dove at the opportunities to do so and they were amazing.  Often I feel trapped within the confides of the college campus.  While I do go to school fairly close to the city of Boston it still takes about 45 minutes on the subway to get there.  The college bubble can often feel suffocating and overwhelming.


In early October for Columbus Day, I  asked a relative if I could go visit her on Cape Cod.  It felt odd asking someone to go visit them because normally this happens the other way around, but I was very glad I did.  It ended up being one of the best weekends of the year and I am so much fun.  I didn't do any homework and I just got to relax before my very stressful midterms were about to happen.  We hiked along the beaches and ate some amazing meals.  We went shopping and just enjoyed the beautiful outside for what was probably the last beautiful New England weekend.



 I was very sad to leave but I felt refreshed heading back to school.  The next two weeks were hell.  That is not an exaggeration, they were miserable.  I pulled one too many late nighters, studied and wrote more papers than I can remember.  In the middle of this week I called home and was completely panic-y and beside myself.  I could not keep my emotions in check and spontaneously asked my dad if I could come home for a weekend.  Not really being serious when I asked, my dad started looking at potential flights and weekends and found an insanely cheap flight.  Giving me something to look forward to, I plowed through the next papers and exams.



 Going home for a long weekend was amazing.  I took Monday off from class and enjoyed spending time with my parents and brother.  I got to hang out with my niece who I miss every single day.  She is 2 and it at the age where she learns so much more every single day that not seeing her for a few months is crazy.  The weekend flew by but getting to see my family definitely rejuvenated me.  Luckily I had zero work to do because all of my midterms had just finished.  It nice to not have to worry about any school work at all and just got to hang out.  


My mom and I went for some nice walks with my dog and my dad and I went to a hockey game.  Side note, seeing my dog was probably the best part about the entire trip.  Also, I feel like the only thing I do when I am home is eat.  I mean, I have to stop by all my favorite restaurants.  I may or may not have gained at least ten pounds in one weekend alone. And even though the weekend felt way to short going back to campus felt a little bit better.  



I am now ready to push for the next big chunk before Thanksgiving break and then finals.  While we all get crazy stressed sometimes and find that nothing seems to be going right, sometimes we just need to pull away.  I know this isn't always possible, but when it is I highly recommend taking use of it.  Getting yourself out the stressful environment can be exactly what you need to keep going.

What do you guys do to help yourself destress?

xoxo

November 2, 2014

Halloween

Confession time.  I don't like Halloween.  I never really have and probably never will.  The fact that there is an entire holiday devoted to dressing up and scaring people is scary in and of itself.  I don't like being scared because I have a very good memory and things will stick with me forever.  I thought I would share a few funny stories about times I've been scared that have scarred me (kidding...kind of!) and have forever made lasting impressions.  Many of these have to do with scary movies so let's just say never ask me to watch a scary movie with you because I will probably run for the hills.


1. For my friends birthday one year she thought it would be so much fun to watch a scary movie.  Turn off all the lights pile on the blankets and stuff our faces with popcorn.  I was not for this.  I protested as much as I could but with 6 other girls all wanting to watch it I was sadly outvoted.  The entire movie I sat with a blanket over my head with my eyes and ears closed.  The move was When a Stranger Calls and lets just say I couldn't babysit or take a shower for about two months afterwards.  I still get scared when I am home alone or I hear a noise while in the shower... it is like 7 years later.

2. For another friend's birthday party she too thought watching a scary movie would be a wonderful idea.  This time, I stuck my grounds and refused to watch the movie.  Being outvotes yet I again, I went upstairs and played cards with my friends parents. #truth

3. One time I made my mom take me to another movie in the theater because I got so scared by the one we were watching.  The rest of my family stayed in the theater and my mom and I went to see Cheaper by the Dozen 2 instead.

4.  My friends all thought it would be a wonderful idea to go to a haunted warehouse one Halloween and I told them there was no freaking way I would ever go inside it.  All of my friends went in except me and another girl.  We thought we would avoid the scariness being outside the warehouse but no sadly there were people dressed up outside too.  A man dressed up as a serial killer chased me around the parking lot with a fake chainsaw while I was crying.

Some people may call me a little dramatic but I don't like being scared.  And Halloween is the perfect opportunity for people to think it is okay to just scare anyone.  You never know who is behind the costume and that scares me.  However, I hope you all still had a wonderful Halloweekend and dressed up as wonderful (nice) things!

Do you like Halloween and scary movies?

October 22, 2014

Whoops

I sincerely apologize for my lack of blogging these past few weeks but it has been beyond busy here at school.  I think I can honestly say that last year was the most stressful week of college I have had thus far.  What teacher assigns 4 papers due in 2 days?  Somehow it always happens that everything gets piled on at the same time.  I'm never quite how things work out that way but I feel like they are just testing your stress levels.  Sometimes I think the worst part is that I get in my own head.  I never actually stress about the material but I stress over the fact that I am not stressed about the material or just the amount of work itself.  See, I psyche myself out.


I have a lot of awesome posts planned (especially since I have yet to do one about fall!!) so stick with me and I promise good things.  Hope your semesters are going wonderful and your fall time is filled with colorful leaves.

xoxo

September 29, 2014

Revenge {Season 4 Premiere}

Revenge has definitely had its ups and downs these past few seasons but this premiere was probably one of its bests!  I often questioned how the writers could make the plot line extend for more than a few seasons because eventually there won't be anyone left for her to get revenge on.  Sure enough that happened in the last season and I was left wondering where the show was going to go?  However, the show took a very unexpected turn and I loved it!  **SPOILERS AHEAD**


At the end of last season (season 3) Emily committed Victoria to an institution because she had apparently "gone crazy" and believed that Emily was actually Amanda Clark.  Conrad Grayson escapes prison with the help of a security guard.  We also find out that apparently David Clark never died and he appears when Conrad is escaping and ends up stabbing him in the middle of the street.  Jack Porter is arrested for the kidnapping of Charlotte Grayson even though we know he was against the idea the entire time.

This season starts about 6 months after the last one ended.  Victoria is planning her escape from the mental institution and Emily is the new "queen" of the Hamptons.  Emily even moved in to Grayson Manor.  With no revenge plans Emily is living the Hamton High Life and is on the road to becoming the new Victoria.  Emily doesn't really know what to do with all her spare time so she tries to enact revenge for people who were never actually seeking revenge in the first place.  As soon as Victoria does escape, she ends up being drugged by David Clark!  I guess he still has some plans of revenge.

Moving onto the story line behind Daniel Grayson.  He was blackmailed out of the magazine and is now just living in misery and self loathing.  He is almost broke (selling off old fancy cars for quick cash) and can't tell his sister about it.  Speaking of his sister, good ol' Charlotte Grayson has officially lost it.  She is torturing Jack with the fact that he "kidnapped her" (I mean does she really think Jack kidnapped her?) and is now doing some serious drugs while dating the man who blackmailed your brother.  Oh and the blackmail was the fact that a girl OD'ed while in bed with Daniel #notgood.

Jack Porter is now a cop.  I kind of saw this coming awhile a go when he went all "I want to save everyone" on us.  I don't quite see the transition from suspected kidnapper to cop but its TV and a lot can happen in 6 months right?!  I feel like Jack being on the inside is really going to come in handy.  Also, Brian Hallisay plays the role of Jack's supervisor so that just adds for some extra eye candy (like the show doesn't already have enough).  Also, there is some serious tension between Jack and Charlotte and Margaux.

Rumor has it that this is Revenge's final season.  I am both relieved and upset by this.  One on hand I really think the plot of the show needs to end because its been dragged on a bit too long.  On the other hand, I just love these characters so much I don't want to part with them quite yet.  However, if it is the series final season then I hope they do some amazing jobs at tying up all the little lose ends.  hopefully the plot line of David Clark brings some new life into the boring war that has become of Emily and Victoria.  And here's to hoping that every character has a (relatively) happy ending!

What did you think of the season premiere?  Do you have any new shows I should watch?

xoxo 

September 26, 2014

Chicago Fire {Season 3 Premiere}

There were tears, actual tears.  This is going to be a quick post because I feel like I just need to say something about the episode.  Please be wary as I am about to SPOIL the entire episode.  While what I am about to say is revealed within the first 5 minutes it still needs to be said.


Leslie Shay died.  OMG!  I about had a mental breakdown.  I kept it together pretty well actually right up until the end when Severide started crying and Dawson was feeling guilty and everyone was just falling apart.  I was definitely not expecting this at all.  I mean I figured someone but me hurt or in the hospital but not dead.  And definitely not Shay.  

You can't just kill of a main character at the start of the season.  How is this going to effect everyone?  I can't stand this!!  So here is my post to Shay.  She was one of the more relatable characters and even though she had her ups and downs she was always there for her friends.  I can't even hold back the tears while writing this post (they aren't real people Annie!).  I am looking forward to see how this effects all the characters even the show will most definitely not be the same without her!  I also don't know how I feel about the new girl looking almost exactly like Shay...  

What did you all think of the episode?

xoxo

PS.  I just want to warn everyone that there might be quite a few TV show reviews coming up as its time for all the fall premiers and all of my favorite shows are coming back (OMG SCANDAL!).  Let me know if there is a specific show you want me to watch!

September 25, 2014

Spotted

This week literally flew by!  Honestly, the fact that today is Friday is actually crazy.  I swear time does not exist in college.  We live in this bubble where the real world isn't happening.  Even though I have been crazy busy this past week I thought I would share a few things that have most definitely been on my eye.  This is going to be a video centered week but hey, I like YouTube!


One || Beyonce and Jay-Z
I am sure you have all probably seen this video already but OMG Queen B did it again.  At the end of their tour the Carters showed a touching home video while singing an awesome mix of songs.  Can you get any more perfect than these two love birds?  Also, the clips of baby Blue are beyond precious.


Two || Emma Watson "He for She" Speech
 Another video I am sure has probably been all over your timelines.  This is a wonderful speech that Emma gave at a UN conference about how the term feminism is changing.  She argues that everyone should care about equal gender rights, both men and women.  She is very compelling and an amazing presenter.  I guess that explains why she is a wonderful actress and went to Brown #inspiration


Three || Hilary Duff - All About You
She is most definitely back!  All of her new music releases are making me so freaking happy.  It is really throwing me back to my childhood and I just wish they were making a Lizzie McGuire remake.  Also, can you believe that Hilary Duff had a baby?  You cannot even tell!


Four || Nick Jonas - Jealous
I know another music video.  But seriously, NICK JONAS is back and worse than ever.  I hate to break it to you Nick but this music video kind of sucks.  The green screen action may have been a little obvious.  I had to include it though because I mean, its Nick Jonas!  And I guess the lyrics and tune are kind of addicting... #noshame Also, he just turned 22 which makes me feel incredible old.


Five || Travis Wall
The other night I got sucked into the vortex that is YouTube and caught my self watching contemporary dance routines.  Why?  I have no idea.  It just kind of happened.  Pretty soon it was two hours later and I realized I should probably go to bed because I had class the next morning.  Any who, my favorite choreographer is most definitely Travis Wall.  He is also a dancer so everything about him is perfection.  This obsession might relate back to my love for Center Stage but I swear these videos will suck you in.  Picking just one to show you guys was very difficult so please go watch them all for yourself!

I hope you all have had an amazing week!  What have you spotted?

xoxo

September 24, 2014

Dorm Decor!

It is finally done!  It only took me like 4 weeks to finally put all the finishing touches on my room together but I am head over heels in love with it.  Honestly, going back to my dorm makes me so unbelievably happy.  And I think that is exactly how it should be!  You want to go back to a space that feels like your sanctuary and your safe space.  At the end of the day, it should be the place that makes you relaxed after a long stressful day.  My color scheme is blue, grey, and gold...kind of of.  There is definitely some white in there too.  I don't know but it definitely does all flow nicely.


My bedding is from PB Teen however the comforter is no longer available but the sham is only $10!  The sheets are the simple grey twin XL ones with a white monogram (honestly this might be my favorite part!).  I really never want to let go of my bedding and it makes me want a twin XL forever (kidding).  And yes, that is my stuffed animal Norman.


My blue and gold tassel garland I made myself.  I also painted the gold ampersand myself as well.  The ceramic letter "A" was made for me by a friend.  All the photos on the wall are places I've been too, a quote I love, and a collage of all my friends and I from high school.  This was my attempt at a gallery wall in my dorm room!  Hey, I tried.  All I need is a gold deer head and I'm all set.


To the right of my bed is my dresser with wonderful clothes in it!  On top of my dresser I have a vanity mirror and all my makeup products.  This is where I do my makeup every morning!  Then on the wall above it I have a foam finger and a Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup champions banner!

Under my bed is very messy and you can't quite tell so thank god!  I have a three-drawer plastic bin thing.  In it I have all my hair care tools, extra products, and random odds and ends.  I also have my laundry basket, trash and recycling bins, extra paper bags because you never know, and more storage in the back for all my heavy winter clothes.

I know you can't see in these images (I plan to show you soon) but my closet is to the left of my bed, behind the wall with the single photo on it.  And then my desk is underneath the window further to the right of my bed!

I would love to know what is in all of your dorm rooms!

xoxo

September 16, 2014

20

I honestly cannot believe that today is my 20th birthday!  It feels so old.  Like how am I already two decades old?  Time sure flies.  I remember when I was a kid and my sister turned 20 and to think that is now me.  Sometimes the world just feels like one big dream that we aren't really living.  Its crazy to think of all that has happened within the last 20 years.  The person I am today is totally different than the person I was last year even.  How much of ourselves has evolved and all the life experiences we have endured.  Turning 20 may fly under the radar but its a very important year.  You are officially no longer a teenager and its the start of what what some people say is the best 10 years of your life.  I mean your 20's are supposed to be prime time.  I have made a list of 20 things I wish to do during my 20's!



1. Take a road trip
2. Travel
3. Get out my comfort zone
4. Take risks
5. Go skinny dipping
6. Be more forgiving
7. Learn who I am
8. Love who I am
9. Say "I love you"
10. Discover what I want to do
11. Take a photography class
12. Learn how to cook
13. Make mistakes
14. Get a tattoo
15. Move around the US
16. Have no fear
17. Have no shame
18. Dream big
19. Go for it
20. Have fun!

September 14, 2014

Woah

I don't think I have ever had a more stressful first two weeks back at school.  Before I even started classes I was stressed out.  To be honest though I wouldn't have it any other way.  I was so ready to get back to the routine of school and being busy.  I don't really like have nothing to do because I get super antsy then.  


I am the Vice President of a club on campus this year so that has been a major stress in and of itself.  It is a completely new adventure for me that I am not used to doing.  I have been in many clubs before but never ran them.  All of the logistics that go behind the clubs is way more than I ever imagined.  And at the start of the year your main focus is recruiting new freshmen.  Then you have to schedule all of your meetings, start planning your events, and make sure you don't go over budget.  No big deal though!  ha.  I think though that once we get over the hump of the transition we will get more into the swing of things.

I am also a design editor for my schools magazine.  This means that I do the layout.  I absolutely love this but the one week a month we do layout is chaotic.  And because we want to get a magazine out this month we had to do layout the second week of school.  This added more meetings and places I had to be.  

Oh syllabus week.  I think at most schools the first week of class you don't do to much.  You basically go over the syllabi for each class and introduce yourselves and then the second week you get into the nitty gritty of class.  Yeah not so much.  This is a lie that doesn't actually exist.  I had a 70 page reading assignment the first day of class!  They really believe in jumping into the deep end.

I hope you all are having an amazing first couple of weeks back to school!  My biggest tip is try to stay on top of your game during this time because it will most definitely pay off in the long run.  If you start poor study habits and fall behind on reading, it will only follow you throughout the semester.  Good luck!  On a side note, I promise to have a few pictures of my room once I get one more item I've been waiting for!  I am in love with everything about it this year and can't wait to show you all.  

xoxo

September 1, 2014

Back to the grind

Its crazy to think that today is September 2nd and today is my first day of classes as a sophomore.  I cannot believe that a year ago I was a nervous baby freshmen who was terrified she wouldn't know a single person in any of her classes or would walk into the wrong class or would be late because she got lost.  I've been on campus for a weekend and it already feels like home again.   I knew exactly how to get everywhere and how the dining system worked.  It kind of feels as though summer never happened and I am back to the routine again.  I guarantee that once classes start it will feel like nothing has changed.  



College literally waits for no one.  Like I said, I moved in on Friday and today is Tuesday.  This weekend I have already had two meetings for clubs I am involved in.  This upcoming week I have 4 meetings planned.  Yeah, FOUR!  A week ago I was lying by the lake tanning and reading summer beach reads.  Now I have meetings and classes and textbook readings.  Its back to the grind already.  I'm sorry if my postings become a little less regular these next few weeks!  I will try to schedule some ahead of time but I know it is going to get crazy.

While the amount of stuff on my to-do list is already stressing me out, I cannot wait to jump back in.  I like having a schedule with a routine and being in the college swing.  I am not looking forward to the midterms and papers but there is something about going to class and having a system that I love.  I know I might regret saying that in a few months when I am way behind on my readings and I have three exams in one week but as of right I am excited to go back.

I hope you all have an amazing first day of class if you haven't started already!  If you have, keep up the amazing work and have a wonderful Tuesday.

xoxo

August 27, 2014

Packing Tips

I have started packing for my sophomore year of college and I am completely stressed out.  You never realize how much stuff you own until you have to move it all half way across the country.  The hardest part about moving to college is that you really never know what you might need.  For example, I have to pack a few pairs of shorts because I know for a fact that these next few weeks are going to be insanely hot in all the classrooms but then I also have to pack heavy winter gear.


It also makes it a bit challenging when you aren't sure if you are coming home for Thanksgiving or not.  I can't really leave too much at home then.  I am going to have my mom ship me a few things but it is still stressful.  With all the new regulations when it comes to flying you have a lot of things to take under consideration.  I would be less nervous if my bag was bordering the overweight line.  Last time I weighed it, it was 48.5 lbs.  

Also, you can only really check one or two bags because otherwise the fees are through the roof.  And you can only bring two carry ons so there is that to deal with as well.  I have a question for everyone out in the world who makes suitcases.  Why do you make the larger ones weigh more?  I mean, I buy the biggest suitcase I can and it already weight like 25 lbs... that means I can only put about 25 more pounds in it.  That is not a lot of clothes right there.  So by the time I get to the weight limit, there is still way more room in the suitcases.  It like tricks you to over pack it above the weight limit!  I don't understand.

I thought I would share a few tips that I have found over the years to help while packing.  I am definitely no expert and always over pack like crazy, but I am usually a good packer (except now when I am moving my entire wardrobe and life).

1. Roll your clothes || You think this is a gimmick and doesn't actually do anything but it does.  I swear I can cram way more in when my clothes are rolled.  Apparently it has something to do with reducing the amount of air in the suitcase.

2. Stuff your shoes || All of your underwear and socks can be put to good use.  Instead of letting them take up valuable space in the suitcase put them in your shoes.  Not only does this help keep the shape of your shoes, but it also uses every inch of available space.

3. Heavy items in the carry on || This is kind of your preference but it works well for me.  I always pack my shoes and anything very heavy in my carry on because those don't have a weight limit.  Keep lighter clothes and tshirts in the checked bag because you can add way more too it then!

4. Wear the bulkier items || If you plan on bringing sweatshirts and boots try and wear them to the airport.  Yes, I have been known to wear these items even if I am going to a warm climate because packing them is a b***h.  This is a great way to stay warm on the plane too because they can get really cold.  Its important though to not look like a complete slob.

5. Break things apart || I know that sounds odd but I mean it.  Don't pair two shoes right next to each other just because they are a pair.  Not all tshirts have to go in first.  I think its important to realize that its all about filling the spaces you see.  Its like a giant game of Tetris!

Packing is never easy nor fun but you can make it a bit less stressful.  Please let me know if you have any other packing tips to share with me because I could use all the help I can get right about now.  Oh college how you frustrate me and I'm not even back yet.

xoxo

August 25, 2014

True Blood Series Finale

I am going to try and make this post pretty short because honestly I didn't really like this finale.  I wasn't even going to do a post about it but its the end of television era so I thought it had to be done.  The fact that this show has been running for 7 years makes me feel so old.  I started watching it maybe 5 years ago and loved it.  It definitely had some ups and downs along the way but the fact that it is now over is so sad.


**Spoilers ahead** This final season didn't have any crazy plot line except maybe the Hep-V vamps but it mainly focused on the closing the story lines of all the major characters.  I liked the endings for almost everyone except Tara, Alcide, and Bill because they all DIED!!!  Yes, Tara and Bill both died.  The biggest character of the entire show dies in this finale at the hands of Sookie.  Technically Bill commits suicide because he believes his time as a vampire is over and the only way Sookie will ever have a normal life is if he is not it.  Why he couldn't just move to Europe I don't know.

We find in a time jump at the end of the episode that Sookie meets a new man and is pregnant.  I am glad she is finally able to end up happy and have a life but its still so sad she and Bill didn't up together.  I hate how we never actually see the face of the person she ends up with but I guess it adds to the mystery.  Everyone else ends up with who they were with at the end of the season.  

Hoyt came back (YES!!) and married Jessica.  This was honestly the best part about the final season.  Hoyt might have been one of my favorite characters back in the day so I am glad he got a happy ending too.  And even Jason is married with 3 children.  Eric and Pam are off making billions with New Blood and seem to very happy.

All in all it was an okay series finale, nothing too exciting to write home about, but they did conclude everyone's story which was nice.  I hate how some shows leave out people or forget things but they did an amazing job and going back all 6 years before and tying up every loose end.  I am sad that True Blood is over and if you have never watched it I definitely recommend it.  Also, True Blood (along with True Detective) goes down as having one of the best intro theme song/rolling credits ever.  Keep doing bad things.

xoxo

August 24, 2014

Kate Spade 2015 Gold Dots Agenda

I know I am a little late to the bandwagon but I wasn't going to buy this agenda for the longest time.  I convinced myself I didn't need it no matter how many times I saw other people Instagram or Blog about how amazing it is.  I couldn't justify buying a planner purely because it was Kate Spade and just because it had gorgeous gold dots and that me do cart wheels.  My frugalness kicked in and yelled at my to close the tab every time I added it to my cart to buy it.  


While I was doing my back to school shopping at Target (only the best place to do it ever!!) I couldn't find a single agenda I liked.  I know that may seem crazy but its true.  Maybe it was just the Target I was at but I looked high and low for a weekly agenda that didn't have hot pink flowers all over it and I simply could not find one.  I loved the one I got last year at Target so I was trying to find a similar one but the pickings were slim.

So I walked out of Target empty handed and on my home I saw yet another post about the Kate Spade Agenda.  Call it fate or good timing or even my bad luck but I took it as a sign that I was meant to have that gold dot planner.  I could have easily just gone to another Target or even an Office Max to find a planner but no, it was the perfect excuse to splurge.  

And now here I am lusting over the wonderfulness of this Kate Spade planner not wanting to write anything in it because it is just that pretty.  I just stare at it and think how beautiful it is and how much I can't wait to whip it out of my bag at school and have people look at its beauty.  Yeah #noshame.  While I cringed inside when I bought it because its a bit expensive (a lot!) I think its worth it.  Also, its 17 months so it lasts longer than a normal agenda.  The covers are also hard and not flimsy which is perfect to help keep the agenda in nice condition for much longer.  I am in love with the little quotes at the beginning of each month and really want to go read them all but am trying to save it so its a surprise at the beginning of the month!

If you are questioning whether or not to buy this agenda I would say just do it.  I mean you definitely don't need it at all.  There are plenty of other agendas out there in the world that are way cheaper and probably just as cute.  The only think I don't like is that the monthly views do not have lines on the days (its just an empty box) because it makes jotting information there a little more iffy.  I could also complain a tad bit that the sizes are annoying because the covers make the agenda way bigger than the actual pages.  But honestly I really like it and use a planner religiously so for me I think/hope it will be worth it.

What are some of your favorite planners/agendas?

xoxo

August 23, 2014

Gallery Wall

Gallery walls are my newest obsession.  I love how they take items that shouldn't go together and put them together to create something truly amazing.  The organized clutter of it all adds to the beauty.  I love how you can pair a deer head with a photo of you and best friends with your monogram and make it all look chic and sophisticated.  I think this is a great thing to do on a dorm wall because you can keep adding to it as the year goes on. 

So for this DIY I figured I would just show you some of my personal favorite inspirations because that is honestly the easiest way to pick up ideas on how to create your own.  There isn't too much needed except some amazing odds and ends you find and want to hang on your wall.  





I love this project is so personalized.  Literally you can take whatever you love or find at thrift stores or have lying around your house and it turn it into something amazing!  I personally think they look much better when the images are framed but you definitely don't need to.  I want to try this out in my room but can't really bring frames with me to college so I am just going to stick the images straight on the wall.  Please let me know if you love gallery walls as much as I do and what are some other DIY dorm decorating ideas that you love!

xoxo

August 19, 2014

College Fashion Essentials

I brought 5 suitcases to school with me my freshmen year.  Yes.  I repeat.  5 suitcases.  A bit of an overkill and I ended up not wearing a lot of it.  To save you the misery of bringing your entire closet like I did (and a lot of money while we're at it) I thought I would share some of the essentials and other tips that I learned.


1. Don't bring 30 tshirts || I can absolutely guarantee that you will get more than a few of those basic tshirts during your first semester and you won't need as many as you need.  Plus, don't bring shirts that have your high school all over it because you are in college now so you should move on.

2. A blazer || Perfect for dressing up a pair of jeans for a night out but also important for any business meetings or interviews.  You have a last minute job interview and can't find anything to wear... adding a blazer is the perfect finishing touch.  Along these lines it couldn't hurt to bring a pencil skirt just in case too.

3. Chunky sweaters || This is a must especially if you live in colder climates.  I had to take a bus to class and these bad boys kept me extra warm while waiting at the bus stop in the middle of a snow storm or at night after a late meeting.

4. Dark denim || I'm not one for lighter wash jeans because I don't like that they aren't versatile.  Dark denim on the other hand can easily be worn during the day with tshirts and at night with a cute tank top and a pair of heels.  I only own super dark wash jeans or black jeans and wear them all the time.  Black jeans look exactly like black leggings but you feel a little more put together when wearing them.  The perfect thing to throw on when you are late to class.

5. Little Black Dress (LBD) || Another given but still something thats important that I thought I should still mention.  This is another very good day to night piece that works for many occasions.  Perfect for nights out with the girls, formals, or pair with a blazer for a nicer look.

6. Button downs || Whether it a be a chambray or a white button down these are my favorite thing to wear!  I think I'm obsesses with pairing them with skinny jeans and chunky circle scarves (I'm aldready dreaming of fall fashion).

7. Don't pack too many summer clothes || Sometimes people think that the warm weather will last longer than we hope.  However fall comes at the end of September so you probably don't need your entire summer wardrobe.  I know your slinky camisoles and high waisted booty shorts are perfect for the beach but not so much for walking around campus.  It's time to part ways and leave them at home.  Also, I would only bring like one bathing suit because you probably won't need it but its a back up.

8. Pack lots of underwear || Laundry in college is the worst.  The machines are old and gross and the entire process takes over two hours because you can never get a dryer when you need one and its just terrible.  To help you avoid that get tons of underwear and socks.  It helped me extend the amount of time between laundry days like no other.  Sign up to get mail from Victoria's Secret and you can get your free underwear every couple of weeks to help grow your stash!

The most important thing I can stress is to bring clothes that serve multiple purposes.  Don't just bring tops that will be good for going out at night but tops that can be worn for going out and also paired with a blazer for a class presentation.  I wish you all luck in your packing endeavors and if you are already at school then i hope your first couple of days have been amazing!

xoxo

August 17, 2014

Stripes & Leopard


Leopard loafers are my favorite.  I bought this pair from Target two years ago (similar here) I think and they are the comfiest shoes I have ever worn.  I wear them all the time in the nice weather and the second it is too cold to wear them it pains me to have to put them away for the winter.  

I have never been one for mixing patterns because the entire concept kind of scares me.  Mind you, I adore it on other people and am always shocked by how well they are able to pull of some wild mixing, ideas I would have never thought of.  Something about polka dots and floral patterns always look amazing on others but the second I try and put a look together I look like I stepped out of the 60s.  

The other day when I bought this striped top from Lou & Grey, I happened to be wearing my leopard loafers.  I fell in love with the look.  I couldn't quite place it but it was the perfect amount of pattern mixing for my taste.  I figured, start small and eventually I'll work my way up.  I love the idea of pairing a patterned accessory with a patterned top or bottom because it makes a much smaller statement.  I also added a pop of color with this foresty green Gilmore crossbody from Michael Kors.  

I have been wearing this look way more than I would like to admit and think it makes the perfect back to school look as well.  The loafers are super comfortable for walking around campus all day and it is a super relaxed look but still fashionable.  If you are hesitant to get into the mixing patterns trend I would definitely try starting small first.  It breaks up the pattern a bit and therefore the two won't clash!

What are some of your favorite ways to mix patterns?

xoxo

August 16, 2014

Photos of the Week

After this week I have two more weeks before I head back to school.  So this week my family and I all went up to Wisconsin for one last mini vacation where we hung out by the pool, relaxed, and ate a ton of delicious food!  This as definitely a much needed chill vacay before these next two crazy hectic weeks.  With so many last minute appointments and errands to run I don't want this vacation to end.  However, all good things come to an end and then that means school is starting back up again!  I cannot wait to head back to campus but still don't want summer to end because that means winter is coming.


One of my favorite things about Door County, Wisconsin are all the beautiful rock formations and bluffs.  They line the water shore and are absolutely stunning.


I mean just look at this beauty of a sunset... ahhh.  Perfect!


Peaches with yogurt and granola are honestly the perfect snack.  Any fruit will do but peaches have been my latest obsession and I have probably eaten 3 at least in the past few days!


Confession: I don't really like cake.  It just hasn't ever been something that I liked very much no matter what flavor.  Pie on the other... a completely different story!  Any type of fruit pie is my favorite thing in the entire world.  My favorite pie flavor though is definitely Key Lime pie!!  And this one had a delicious raspberry drizzle #noms


So I saw this cool hair flip done by The Beauty Department a long time ago and thought it was the coolest thing ever.  All you do is take a video of flipping your hair while in the water and then pause at the perfect spot and you get this awesome mermaid flip thing.  I love it!

Hope you all had an amazing week :)

xoxo

August 14, 2014

#strikeoutALS

I'm sure if you all have been on any form of social media lately (mostly Facebook) then you have probably seen all the videos of people dumping buckets of ice water on their heads.  The reason for this is to raise money for ALS (or Lou Gehrig's disease).  ALS is a "progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord." 


The Ice Bucket Challenge, which has been flowing around the web for a few months now is now being associated with this disease.  The campaign started from a Boston College Alum, Pete Frates.  Frates was a baseball player at BC who was diagnosed with the disease in 2012.  He nominated himself to participate in this challenge because ice water and ALS do not go hand in hand.  He then nominated a bunch of other people to participate in the challenge.

Being a current student at BC I have watched this thing grow pretty quickly.  From what first started out as just people from BC doing the challenge, to other friends, and now celebrities doing the challenge it is crazy how fast it has spread.  In this 2 week period in 2013, the ALS foundation raised about $27,000 where as in 2014 they have raised approximately $1.5 million.  This is incredible!  If none of you have done this challenge yet I nominate you to do so because it is for an amazing cause.  Please help spread awareness for this disease and donate to ALS.

August 12, 2014

Stay Gold

In middle school I read the book The Outsiders and fell in love.  Also the movie is pretty great too!  The best quote from the movie was "Stay Gold."  Johhny Cade said this to Ponyboy as he was dying.  True friends.  Basically the quote means that you should stay young and enjoy the world.  I think this is important to keep in mind before heading off to school or really any stage of your life.  You should take life seriously but never too seriously to not live and have fun.  Feel free to use this logo that I made as desktop wallpaper or for your phone or iPad.  You can also print it and frame for some more dorm decor!


Large Wallpaper || This one can be used for computer background or print and place in a nice frame.

iPhone Wallpaper (click here|| This is the perfect size to open on your iPhone or other phone.  I would recommend opening on your cell phone and then just saving it.

iPad Wallpaper (click here|| The perfect size for iPads!  

What are some of your favorite quotes?

xoxo

August 11, 2014

Murder in the First {Season 1}

While making my tassel garland I needed a new show to watch.  Because nothing makes crafts better then mindless television in the background.  My parents and sister love the new show Murder in the First but I was very hesitant.  I definitely did not need a new show to add to my list.  But then it showed up in the iTunes free shows list and I figured it was a sign that I should start watching it.  It turned out being a great decision because the show is amazing!  Yet another detective show but still just as amazing.


Murder in the First centers around the detective duo of Hildy and Terry.  The entire first season focuses on two murders both with the same suspect: Eric Blunt.  Blunt just so happens to be the newest tech genius and is creating a new line of cell phones or something.  So throughout the season you, as a viewer, have to determine whether or not you think Blunt actually killed someone (his girlfriend) and/or whether or not the detectives can prove if he did so.

The show remind very much of a True Detective meets Castle type of show.  It's definitely not an HBO type of show with the raw-ness but you get the detective feel from Castle.  The type of plot line is also similar to that of True Detective.  They follow the same story line and case throughout the entire first season.  I think there were about 10 episodes (also similar to that of TD).  However, the relationship between the two main detectives remind me very much of Castle and Beckett's relationship (although less humorous).

Hildy and Terry are both amazing characters and each have a very unique background.  Terry's wife dies of cancer in I think the second episode so he is very torn up about that the entire season.  He finds that the best way he can cope is dive 100% into the Eric Blunt case.  Hildy on the other hand is divorced with a child.  being a single mother you see her battle her love of the law and her love of her daughter.  So each of these stories play a role in the season as well.

Eric Blunt is played by the Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy returns!!).  Honestly he just plays such an amazing villain its so hard to not like him.  The whole time he is some evil guy you just can't help but remember 12 year old Malfoy and it all disappears.  I can't picture him as ever playing a good guy.  Not complaining though... Felton is an amazing bad guy.

Now onto some of the interesting points of the show.  For of those of you who haven't watched this show yet I highly recommend starting it because it will definitely give you a good mystery for a good amount of time.  And if you have seen it, please keep reading and let me know what you think about some of the major events!  **SPOILERS AHEAD** 

I am mainly going to focus on the season finale because that was last night and it brought up a lot of mixed feelings for me.  We know that Blunt killed his girlfriend Cindy and we assume he also had is father killed.  After some fake wiretapping and maneuvering on the detectives part, they finally got Eric Blunt to confess to both murders.  However, he was already found not guilty for the murder of his girlfriend but not yet for the murder of his father.  After he got away with murder the first time I was practically screaming at the TV.  I always figured he did it but hearing him blatantly confess was a bit of shocker.  

Any who, my main problem with the season finale was the last few minutes.  Eric confesses to hiring someone to kill his father and then gets sent to prison.  There he finds out that every has left him.  He has no friends and no family left because they realize that he lied to everyone the entire time.  In the end, Eric hangs himself before his second trial can even begin.  While I get that they needed to show to end cleanly in 10 episodes I hate that he had to kill himself.  It just seems so not Eric Blunt that it actually annoys me.  He is such a cocky person that I think his ego would have prevented him from killing himself.

I think the second season will be focused on a completely new murder trial and investigation with a completely new suspect.  So I get why Blunt needed to be off the show but couldn't they do that with him just getting a life sentence in a high security prison where they would never hear from or see of him again?  Maybe this is just me but what do you guys think?  Did you think the ending was fitting for the show or just a cop-out from the writers?

Do you guys like this show?  Have any amazing shows I should watch, please let me know!

xoxo

August 10, 2014

Things to Ship to School

I always dreamed of driving off to college in my own car and the back filled with boxes and suitcases.  I ended up going to school about 1,000 miles away from my home and I flew.  Let's just say it was not all that fun and packing was a nightmare.  I couldn't just fit everything into a car because most of it I couldn't actually bring with me.  I had to ship a lot of stuff to school and luckily I had a relative who lived near by who could take some packages.  Then when I got to school I had no car and no way of getting to the nearest Target or Container Store to get everything I needed.  Here is a list of things you should ship to your campus (or buy when you get there if you can) so you don't have to worry about packing them! 


1.  Feather Bed (and all other linens and towels) || This will be the best purchase of your entire life.  It will transform that dingy mattress to one of similar standards to your bed at home.  Pair it with the cutest sheets and comforter and you are all set.  Nothing is better than at the end of a long day getting into a comfy bed.  Also, you definitely do not want these taking up space in your suitcases that could be used for clothes and shoes.

2. Step Stool || You will probably raise your bed to fit your massive suitcase and other drawers underneath.  In doing so, your bed will be almost impossible to get up on so I recommend a stepping stool.  Based on what kind you get will determine if you can pack it or if you should ship it.  Some people I know had tiny fold up ones while others like me had monstrosities.  I actually used one of the cushions from Target that is like a seat with storage in it for extra room!  I loved it and it doubled as a seat for when people were over.

3. Vanity Mirror || I know a ton of people that did their makeup in the bathroom but I much prefer to do it at my desk.  I would suggest getting one with a light so that you can use it in the morning if your roommate doesn't like you turning on the dorm light if your class is before hers.  Definitely ship this bad boy with caution because you don't want to take any chances on the mirror breaking.

4. Vanity Storage || I assumed my freshmen year that I would just end up keeping all my makeup in the makeup bags I brought to school.  And while I did end up doing that, I think it would be way easier to have a few little awesome storage devices that you display and so you had easier access to your makeup.  Also, maybe get a simple jewelry hanger so you have a place to hang your jewelry instead of keeping it in tins in your desk drawers like I did.  This is something you can buy at the container store and have them ship it!

5. Command Hooks || I had cinder block walls in my dorm and absolutely nothing would stick to them.  The only thing my friends and I found that worked were the Velcro Command Strips and Hooks.  Also, sticky tack worked great for hanging photos!  You will use way more of these than you think and other people will definitely need some so stock up.  Instead of throwing these in your suitcase, toss them in one of the boxes you ship because you will probably use it with more of that stuff any way.

6. Trashcan || You would think that the dorm would provide one of these for you but they don't.  So make sure to remember your own if you don't want to walk all the way to the bathroom every time you need to throw something out.  Also, make sure you and your roommate each have a separate one because then you just have to worry about taking out your own trash and not sharing the responsibility which can lead to some unwanted fighting.  Fill this with odds and ends and put it in the box too.

7. Notebooks and School Supplies|| If you ship them early there is no worry about forgetting them!  That way you have them when you get there and don't have to rush to the bookstore and buy overpriced ones like everyone else.

8. Surge Protector || If your room will be anything like mine we only had two outlets on each side of the room.  My surge protector had like 10 plugs and I had things plugged into it at all times!  Also, be wary of buying extension cords because most dorms do not allow them because they are fire hazards.

9. Fan || Buy the best fan you can afford because you will need it.  My dorm didn't have air conditioning and that first month was a terrible.  I felt like I was baking in my own room and it was pure torture.  This might have to be something you just buy when you get there...I did and it turned out okay.

10. Huggable Hangers || Best. Invention. Ever.  Honestly how did I never think of putting felt on a hanger before?  These will save you so much room in your tiny closet.  But they are extremely awkward to pack so ship them early.

11. Desk Lamp (and light bulbs) || Don't be like me and remember the lamp but forget the bulbs.  This is another clunky item that you cannot travel with and will have to ship or buy there.  You need this when it comes to late nights or early mornings when your roommate is asleep and you are up doing work.  Also, most dorm rooms are just poorly lit in general and any extra light is needed!

I recommend going to either Bed Bad and Beyond or the Container Store and buying everything there and having them ship it.  It saves you so much storage and you usually don't have to pay for all the boxes and shipping then is normal charge.  If you know anyone remotely in the area of your school ask them if you can send it there, if not, most schools let you start sending good early because often there are students there for a month in advance who need to use the mail room.

What are some of your college packing essential tips?

xoxo

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