Daisy’s first snow // My sister sent me photos from Daisy’s first walk in the snow. She liked it!
L’Occitane lotion // My mom sent me a care package FULL of L’Occitane products. The original shea butter body lotion can’t be beat.
Farmer’s markets // My sorority sisters and I went to the local farmer’s market a few weeks ago. We tried some delicious pears, dips, and cider. I treated myself to a chocolate chip scone… yum!
Williams-Sonoma Peppermint Bark // There’s nothing like a tin of peppermint bark to get me in the holiday spirit. The bark is amazing, and it comes in a red metal tin that I save for organizing pens and stationery.
Fresh Sugar Lip Balm // I’ve raved about this product before, but it really is spectacular. It leaves your lips feeling soft and smooth, and it smells incredible.
What little thing are you loving right now?
I’ve always wanted to run a marathon. I’ve read my fair share of Runner’s World, and I know that one day I’ll actually run one. They talk about a wall that people often reach near the end of the race. Around Mile 20. Close to the finish line, but not close enough to see it.
Each quarter, I reach a wall like this. I think a lot of us do. Not just students, but everyone, at least sometimes. A point when you feel so tired that you can’t sleep (quick: name the song!) And when you do sleep, you wake up feeling tired, not refreshed. A point when you have so much to do, but your mind feels like a blank slate because you can’t remember much of it. When you get those headaches that make you feel like your head is full of sand, swishing around whenever you move your head. When you want to wave a white flag, but you want to achieve your goals so badly that you don’t. When you procrastinate doing work by doing other work. When you’re so stressed that your mind just checks out. You don’t worry, you don’t freak out. It’s just blank.
It’s challenging, but none of us talk about it. We’re afraid to be told we’re complaining. Or worse, having our own list of obligations being compared to someone else’s. That’s the worst, because you know that your problems aren’t as bad as they could be. But this doesn’t mean they don’t matter.
We are told to “relax” or to “give something up” or to “prioritize,” but the joy, the sense of achievement that we get from fulfilling our many obligations feels worth it when it happens.
We are afraid of not being busy enough. Of not making the most of college. Of not taking advantage of every opportunity that comes our way.
Something has to go. Usually it’s watching TV. Then going out on the weekends. Harmless things. But eventually you realize you haven’t made an inside joke with friends, or that you haven’t called your parents, in a long time.
We hope to reach this wall right as final exams approach. That way, it doesn’t last long. We can see the finish line. But there’s no predicting when it will happen. For me, it tends to happen near Mile 20. When you can’t yet see the finish line, but you know it is there. When you’ve already made a commitment to finishing this race, and you know that you’ll finish it but that it will be so, so hard. That’s where I’m at right now.
And I’m trying to push through it. Listening to music helps. I like Mary Lambert and holiday songs. So do pictures of Daisy. And Pinterest. And hot drinks. I try to treat myself to these things as much as I can. I have a list of “Good Things” in my planner that I can refer to whenever I need a pick-me-up. It’s not a perfect solution, but it helps.
So let’s push through this wall. Let’s run through it. Or walk. But let’s get through it.
It’s almost the holiday season, and I couldn’t be more excited. I absolutely love buying gifts for my friends and family… but what about those people who are impossible to shop for? If they’re college students (or anyone awaiting their debut to “the real world”), then here is a selection of small gifts I’m sure they’ll love.
simple stationery // Thank-you notes are underrated – a handwritten note goes so far. I keep all the notes I receive in a box, so I make sure to send them whenever I can.
notepads // I love making lists, and I think written checklists are making a comeback in our technology-crazed age. I’ve mentioned it before on this blog: there’s something about checking items off a list that is so satisfying.
conservative earrings // I have more pairs of cheap, fake-silver earrings from Claire’s than I could ever wear in a lifetime. Much less a job interview. A neutral pair of earrings (and yes, navy is a neutral) go a long way when it comes to dressing up a simple outfit.
good pens // Brightly-colored pens make writing so much more fun. These ones come in so many colors, including unique colors like periwinkle and turquoise.
agenda stickers // I’ve been lusting after these Lilly Pulitzer academic stickers for a while now. I might have a test… but at least the reminder will look pretty!
potted plant // This cute little boxwood adds a pop of green to any room while freshening the air. It’s small enough for any space, and easy to care for.
What is your favorite gift for the person who has everything?
Hi loves I feel terrible about not posting or commenting at all since last week.
I always feel like I’ll have time to do something, but then it never happens. Which is why my first goal for the rest of the year is to schedule in blog time to hold myself accountable. It will probably be late at night before I go to sleep, but it’s better than nothing. This blog is so important to me: I don’t want it to disappoint you lovely readers by not posting content or commenting on your posts.
My next goal is pretty simple: that elusive 4.0 GPA. Each quarter, my sorority announces the women who got straight-A’s in their classes, and I really want my name to be read! My classes this quarter are really hard so I don’t know if this is quite attainable, but it’s better to aim high, right?
My final goal for the rest of the year is to express gratitude. A sorority sister showed me this video, and it’s pretty cool! Obviously the scientist in me was a little skeptical about the study, but that’s fine. It’s always good to tell people how much they mean to you, and I don’t do it enough. For those of you who don’t want to watch the video, the key takeaway is that if you express gratitude, you’ll feel happier. Awesome!
What are your goals for the rest of the year? We’ve only got 2 1/2 months left of 2013… I can’t believe it, either!
Happy Monday, everyone! I’m sorry I haven’t been on top of things recently… I’ve been so busy that it’s been tough to find time to comment on all of your blogs. But now that things have calmed down a tad, I’ll be back on track. Hopefully. Maybe. Actually I don’t really know. But I will try!
College has been going well so far. Classes are interesting but difficult; I feel like I have twice the amount of reading this quarter as I did last quarter. I sometimes have trouble getting the “big idea” out of reading, especially when it’s a long assignment, so it’s been tough for me!
Work has been fun: I’m working in my lab like I have been since January, as well as for KIND Healthy Snacks as a University Brand Ambassador. Both jobs are very different, but a ton of fun! Last weekend was Homecoming, and while we didn’t win, it was an AMAZING week, and I had such a great time cheering in a packed student section. Check it out!
I’ve been loving KIND products as of late: my favorite bar flavors are Cashew Ginger Spice and Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt, and my favorite healthy grains clusters flavor is Peanut Butter. All of the KIND products are so delicious and healthy — I love sharing them with people on campus because I feel like I’m helping out. So many times I’ve given someone a bar to try and heard, “Oh thanks, I haven’t had time to eat yet today!” At like… 2 PM. What?!? College kids need healthy snacks, and KIND products are portable and very good for you. I just love the KIND brand so much, and I am so honored to work with them this year. :D
I’ve been really into making to-do lists lately. I found a pad of paper and have been making them each day, checking items off, and then making another one below it the next day. There’s just something about writing down everything you need to do. It instantly relieves stress.
It’s been unseasonably warm, so it doesn’t really feel like fall yet. I think this week it’s supposed to cool down… I’m so excited! I love bundling up in leggings and scarves.
As always, thanks to Katie from Healthy Diva Eats for hosting Marvelous in My Monday!
As much as I wanted to title this post “Welcome to my crib, wanna come in?” I refrained. Because this is a sophisticated blog.
I finally moved into my room in college! I’m living in my sorority house again, and I’m thrilled to finally have a single room to decorate however I want. I wanted it to be homey, pretty, and relaxing. More like a bedroom than a dorm room. It’s full of floral, chevron, and scalloped details. And pillows. Because you can never have enough pillows.
Dresser/vanity and bed – I made the felt flowers using felt, cardboard for the back, and super-strong glue. I made the scalloped garland using a circular hole punch and yarn. I simply punch circles into white paper, folded each circle over the yarn, and taped the sides of the circles using double-sided tape. You can also see my makeup organization system in this photo.
Windowsill – Click here to see how I made the chevron picture frame.
Desk area - Check out this post to see how I made the C canvas. You can see my stack of to-do lists next to my computer in this photo!
End of my bed – I painted the sorority letters using acrylic paint and covered them with Mod Podge. To make the omega, I just flipped a “U” upside down! I made the paint chip canvas using an old canvas from an art sale and paint chips from the hardware store. I lined the front of the plastic drawers with scrapbook paper, and again, click here to see how I made the whale canvas.
I feel like I’ve been MIA from the blog world for so long… what has everybody been up to?
It’s almost officially fall! Fall is my favorite season, mostly because of the yummy smells, cozy clothing, and crisp, beautiful weather. And pumpkin of course. ;) Here are some of my fall favorites.
Shea butter // I love shea butter for all seasons, but I can’t really justify using it during the summer. While it is a great moisturizer, it’s very rich and therefore not the best for hot summer days. Fall means I can start using it again! I use pure shea butter on my cuticles, and even on my face if it’s very windy outside. I live right on the coast of Lake Michigan, so it gets windy often!
Scarves // There’s nothing better to keep you warm than a cozy scarf. With so many cute colors and knits, it’s easy to wear scarves with every outfit.
Fall nail polish // I tend to like fall and winter nail polish collections better than spring and summer ones. My skin looks best in cooler colors, so maybe that’s why? Essie has adorable cute colors for fall this year.
Pumpkin-scented things // This pumpkin cupcake candle smells incredible… I only wish I could use it in my room! I live in an old house and it’s against the rules, so oh well. One day I’ll invest in an entire case of pumpkin candles and have a pumpkin-filled home all year round. Livin’ the dream right there.
Boots // Up until last year, I had never owned a pair of boots that weren’t Uggs or snow boots. But I’m so glad I got some riding boots: they’re perfect with skinny jeans or even with a cute fall dress and tights. Not that Uggs aren’t amazing… they really are, regardless of stylish-ness.
What is your favorite part of fall?
I’m back at school! While I will miss having so much time to relax (and let’s be honest: watch trashy reality TV), I’m excited to get back to campus.
Here’s a final summer photo collage!
Clockwise from right:
// Chocolate chunk caramel peanut butter brownies! Divine and such a treat
// Daisy and I! She was especially sweet a few days ago, and I had to snap this photo.
// My boyfriend and I went mini-golfing last weekend, and we had so much fun! The course had hills and waterfalls… for a mini golf course, it was beautiful!
// Daisy’s little face! Sorry I’m not sorry I post so many photos of her. If you don’t like her, you probably don’t like anything.
// The boyfriend and I at mini golf again! I like selfies. He lets me take them with him. What a guy.
What was the best part of your summer? Tell me in the comments!
Let’s face it: when you’re crunched for time and exhausted in the morning, the last thing you want to do is use your energy creating a cute outfit. The solution? Neutrals! Because they always match! It’s so easy to look polished and pretty with an all-neutral look. Here’s one of my staples outfits.
J.Crew City Mini // anyone who know me knows that the city mini is my go-to skirt. I have one in black and one in green plaid, and I wear them all the time. They’re cute, comfortable, easy to tuck shirts into, and they even have pockets! J.Crew, unfortunately, didn’t release any new city minis this season. :(
White long-sleeved shirt // I like the Bowery Supersoft V-Neck from Gap.
Black ballet flats // Mine are from Target.
Tortoiseshell hair clip // These J.Crew ones are expensive, but unbreakable.
Nude skinny belt // This one is reversible!
Gold chain link necklace // Another from Target!
What is your staple outfit when you have no idea what to wear?