02.20.2017

How I’m Staying Organized This Semester

My spring semester is in full swing now, this is my third week of classes! With that being said, I’m doing my best to stay on top of my assignments and overall, life. It seemed like I could never get into planning out my days, I would forget assignments and things that I signed up for. But ever since I discovered ‘bullet journaling’ I’ve completely turned that around!

If you haven’t heard of bullet journaling, you can read up on it here. Basically what you do is purchase your own moleskin-type notebook and go to town. It’s completely customizable for your own life! I highly recommend looking up bullet journaling on YouTube, I got completely hooked after watching people talk about theirs!

The first step to the bullet journal, or bujo for short, system is creating a key. This notebook is a collaboration with bullet journal, but I opted out of their traditional key. I like using boxes rather than dots! I also went ahead and put a color code for all of the things that I would be putting on my bullet journal. In case you’re wondering, these are the pens I use!

When I started this bullet journal for 2017, I knew I wanted to incorporate a content calendar type of section for blogging. I got this idea straight from Lily Pebbles’s video on her own bullet journal. I won’t go too in depth with this just because Lily explains it in her video, and you can see from the photographs!

With my actual weekly layout, I like to keep it as simple as I can. I basically just divided each page up into three sections and drew arrows for the dates! I don’t want to spend too much time making my layouts, so the most I’ll do (for the moment) is coloring in the flags and such. I’m really enjoying the slight pop of color!

There isn’t really much else that I do when it comes to my bullet journal. If you want to see a beautiful one, my friend Jenna does a great job of decorating hers! You can see how she’s decorating her 2017 bujo here. If you’re looking for another video for bullet journaling, my friend Nicole also made a video showing how she uses hers!

How are you staying organized? Do you use the bullet journal method, or an actual agenda?

02.13.2017

5 Instagrammers You Should Be Following

Instagram is quickly becoming my favorite social media apps. Since they introduced Instagram stories, I’ve fallen back in love with it. I’ve been trying to use Instagram stories myself, but it’s hard for me to want to post on it because I never know what to put! Since I’ve been using it a lot more recently, I thought that I would share my favorite accounts to follow!

+ @evachen212
Eva used to be the editor-in-chief of Lucky Magazine, and now works for Instagram. Eva is my absolute favorite person to follow and watch her Instagram stories! If you follow on person from this list I definitely recommend her. She’s so funny and has the cutest family!

+ @targetdoesitagain
If you’re a Target fiend like myself, then this is the account for you. This account shows all of the new and in-style things that are coming to Target stores. From clothing, household items, food, etc. They will also post them to their Instagram stories occasionally. I’m not gonna lie, whenever I see they post something that I quickly run to the store and get it!

+ @letterfolk
My friend MaryClaire first introduced me to letter folk a couple months ago, and I’m obsessed with their feed. They’re always posting different photographs that customers are posting and I love seeing the clever things that they come up with for their boards.

+ @shelbyrevis 
Shelby is a blogger, and fellow Floridian, who has the cutest account! She’s always posting pictures from Disney World, as well as around Orlando. She also uses Instagram stories well, and has the coolest theme. If you’re a lover of Disney and fashion I definitely recommend checking out her page.

+ @tesschristinexo
Tess is a YouTuber, but her feed is still great! She lives in New York City and is always posting about the coolest spots. Another thing I like is that she posts and array of photos. It’s not just the same picture over and over again. Definitely check her account out if you’re looking for a great “aesthetically pleasing” account!

Who are your favorite Instagram-ers to follow? I’m always trying to find new people so please leave your favorites below!

02.10.2017

5 Study Abroad Must Haves

It’s that time of the year when students are getting ready to pack their bags and travel. Whether it’s an entire semester abroad, or just a vacation, it’s important to have items with you that you’re familiar with. I know when I went on my trip last year, I searched the web for lists of things that are important, so I’ve constructed my own list of five must-haves for when you’re abroad!

+ Portable Phone Charger
The last thing you want when you’re in a new place is your phone to die. These days they’re not just our main way for communicating, but our phones are also our maps, cameras, etc. Having a portable charger in your bag is definitely a necessity for those long days exploring and taking pictures, or getting your way around.

+ Outlet Adapter
I remember the first time I saw a non-U.S. outlet. I had no idea how I could still charge my electronics and things that were a staple for day-to-day life while abroad. Amazon makes it easy to purchase these adapters rather than wander the streets of wherever you are looking for one. Plus, they’re cheap!

+ Travel Journal
This is more of a personal item, but I’ve always loved the idea of keeping a journal while abroad. Whether it’s of writing or drawing, it’s a great way to note experiences that you liked and disliked. That way, when you’re home you can recall all your favorite parts of your trip to friends and family, as well as remember places to relocate if you do go back.

+ Good Headphones & Good Playlist
You’re probably going to be doing a lot of busing, training or even flying during your abroad experience. A good pair of headphones is stable when you need to tune out your noisy travel-mates and people around you. I recommend a good pair of noise cancelling ones!

+ Go-To Medicine
I didn’t even think of this one at first, this is something suggested by my two friends Jenna and Nicole, who both spent entire semester’s abroad. In case of the emergency that you get sick, or hurt, you want to have medicine available that you’re comfortable with taking. You also have to keep in mind that they may not have the same brands, or even be in English!

What are your must-haves when traveling and being abroad? I’d love suggestions!

02.07.2017

My Go-To Eyeshadow Palette | Too Faced ‘Sweet Peach’ Review

When I heard that Too Faced was coming out with a ‘Sweet Peach’ palette I knew that I had to try it out. Ever since I got the chocolate bar palette for Christmas I’ve been itching at trying more of Too Faced’s palettes. The moment I heard that they were releasing a peach version I had to jump on board and get it. Rather than sitting by my computer fighting the online queue, I drove to my nearest Ulta and marched right in!

At first I was nervous about trying these peach-hued shades because I wasn’t sure how they would look on me. But after using the palette several times I am absolutely in love with it! This palette is now my go-to whenever I’m getting ready for the day. I will say that the scent is no where near as strong as the one from the chocolate bar palette, but still nice. It’s crazy how they can get these palettes to smell like the actual item without being overbearing.

The pigmentation of these colors are amazing, and I wanted to give the palette justice so I included the above photo. Like the chocolate bar palette, there is a nice mix of matte and shimmer shades. This is the look I’ve been wearing recently and I am obsessed with it.

With winter winding down and warm weather quickly approaching, at least here in North Carolina, I can’t wait to experiment more with this palette. While I’m yet to use the blue and green shades, I am already thinking of possible looks that I can do with them. I tend to wear relatively neutral outfits so I’m really enjoying spicing up my eye makeup and incorporating brighter colors!

Have you tried the Too Faced ‘Sweet Peach’ palette, or want to? I’d love to hear your thoughts if you have!

01.30.2017

January Playlist | 2017

I’ve recently been getting back into making playlists. This is something that I did a lot when I first downloaded Spotify years ago. Alexa over at Life, Shuffled and Nicole from Flower Crowns and Revolutionaries helped me get the inspiration to get back into all of it, so I thought that I would share my most recent playlist! What I decided to do was make a playlist for every month and add new music from the month. I’ve also added any music that I’ve recently discovered from the end of 2016.I’m trying to keep it around 50 or so songs so it’s not too long and drag on but I add new songs as I discover them! If the widget below isn’t working, you can click this link to go to it.

What have you been listening to this month? I am always looking for music suggestions, so please drop any of your favorite songs in the comments!