3 Ways to Style a T-Shirt and Leggings

May 6, 2019

T-1 more week (plus change) until I'm on summer vacation! It's still that weird time of year where it's cold in the morning so you need a jacket but hot enough in the afternoon that you're sweating in anything but a t-shirt. My go to outfit for this time of the year, or anytime of the year really, is a simple t-shirt and leggings. They are just so comfy and there are so many combinations and ways you can dress them up, or down with layers and accessories.

I love my lululemon leggings (Align and Wunderunder are my faves) but there are so many affordable options that are just as good. I've heard great things about Aerie leggings and Gym Shark is another great, more athletic option.
Some of my favorite tees are from Madewell, J. Crew and Loft. They're lightweight, but not see through, easy to wash and come in so many different colors and patterns. I like to size up so I can dry them and still have a looser fit to be able to tuck them in.

For this look-book I wanted to have a dressier, more casual and an athleisure look. If you're stuck with a dress code, you can easily swap the leggings for black denim or a nice pair of joggers.




Let me know which one is your favorite in the comments below! 

5 Everyday Camera Bags (that you'll actually want to carry)

April 30, 2019

For Christmas this year I got my first "fancy" camera and I had absolutely no idea how to use it. There's still a lot of settings I'm not 100% sure how to use and a million and one Photoshop and Lightroom actions I'm clueless about. This summer I really want to learn more and become a more experienced photographer. Even though I'm usually in front of the camera rather than behind it, I think that the more I know about my camera, the better I can help someone else learn how to use it to get the shots that I want for the blog. 
One of the things I hate is carrying around my clunky black camera bag wherever I go when I want to take photos. Que an Amazon deep dive. I found soo many camera bags that I would much rather carry around than my current situation that are both functional and fashionable. Ranging from inserts for bags you already own to whole backpacks for travel I think this list covers a wide range and has a bag for everyone. 

You can shop all of these  from my Amazon list here

Let me know which one is your favorite, or what your favorite camera bag is that's not on this list!

How I Use My Happy Planner to Stay Motivated and Productive

April 23, 2019

Spring is finally here! It has been almost 75 here and I am so happy I can finally walk outside again without a jacket (most days).
With the weather being so nice and the end of the semester just around the corner motivation is pretty much at an all time low. This is probably the worst timing right? There's still finals and exams and papers left to crush, so there is definitely no time to slack off.
I have raved about my Happy Planner before, but it really helps me stay on top of things when all I want to do is anything but school work.

I switched to Happy Planner last June. I was so drawn in by all the stickers and the beautiful spreads that people would create each week. I also loved the flexibility of it. I use the vertical weekly spread, which I was a little unsure of at first. I was so used to having a full page for each day I thought there was no way I could go back, let alone having it be vertical instead of horizontal. Boy was I wrong. Each day is split up into three different boxes, so you can designate one to different parts of you life if you want, or break it up by morning afternoon and night or just go wild and not use any sort of system.
When I first started out I used a box for each part of my day, but I found that I didn't like the way it looked and I felt like I was trying to pack too much into my day so there wouldn't be as much white space. After that I started to dedicate each box to specific part of my life. One for school, one for my blog and another one for other general life stuff. That system has worked pretty well for me so far and it's what I still use today, with a few tweaks. 

The Break Down

Top Box:
I like to have the top box for the day be my to-do list OR the most important thing that's due that day. If I have a big project due, I'll use a sicker from the Colorful Boxes pack and stick that in the first box and write what ever it is that's due in there. I find that I'm automatically drawn to what's at the top of the page, so it makes the most sense to put the things that need attention there. Plus there is just something so satisfying about opening up your planner and seeing all the boxes checked off from the day before that just makes you want to do it again.

Middle Box:
Here I'll either put my to-do list if I had something else in the box or any blog related to-dos or reminders. I like to keep all this sperate from my school to-dos since school always has to get done first. If I don't have any blog or life things to put here or it's a pretty chill week I'll add some full box stickers like the one I the picture below.

Bottom box:
The bottom box is where I put any big decorative stickers. If there's a holiday, this is usually where I put the big box sticker from the Seasonal pack. I also some times put shopping lists here, if I don't put them over on the side panel. I like to tie in cute little decorative stickers to my whole spread but this is where I really focus them.

The monthly spread is where I put all of my due dates, big tests, appointments, trips ect. I'll either put a little colored dot, a small stickers (like an asterisks) or a colorful box depending on a few things. Due dates usually just get one of the first two options since I have so many. Appointments and tests usually get a box so they stand out more. It also depends on the color scheme I'm going aiming for that month and how many stickers I have in said color.

My (current) Favorite Sticker Packs

What's in My Cart: March Wishlist

March 4, 2019

Happy March everyone!! We're gearing up for another snowstorm tonight here in NY, so I'm cozied up in my dorm doing some work and a little bit of online window shopping in between. My wish list has grown faster than the Grinch's heart on Christmas so far, so I thought that I'd share the top items on my list right now.
I'm really big on accessorizing lately and I love the minimalist/ simple jewelry trend going around lately and I've been looking for some really good pieces to add to my collection. There are so many affordable options on Amazon, Forever 21 and Shein. You can get the same look that all your favorite influencers have for so much cheaper!


Coffee Date no. 12 | Is it Spring Break Yet?

February 25, 2019

Happy Monday everyone! (Let's just pretend at least). It's midterm season once again, meaning I've been crazy busy with school work. Like one of those weeks where you're so busy that you don't even want to open your planner. It wasn't so much that I had a lot to do but the things I did have to do were super important. I'm convinced if I can survive organic chemistry I can survive everything at this point. I've go one more exam tomorrow then I get a little break for a week or so. It seems like the test just never end!

I cannot believe that it's almost March. This month has literally flown by and I'm not too mad about it. I am so over this cold weather. It hasn't snowed at much here as it has back home, and without snow I hate this weather; at least the snow makes it pretty.

I really wish I was going somewhere for spring break, but this year I'm staying home. It will be nice to spend some time relaxing at home and having a little extra time to study. (I'm a nerd I know) I have to stop at Ikea on my drive home to pick up some things for my new vanity. While this may not be very exciting for most people, I kind of can't wait. Even being the neat freak I am, I've never actually been to an Ikea. There aren't any in my area and the only ones in my state are near the city.

I plan on doing a fun DIY post about putting together my new vanity once I'm home for the summer. I got the idea from Pinterest so hopefully it will turn out okay. If not it will be a funny (hopefully) #PinterestFail. Speaking of summer, I'm also painting my room this summer so if you have any tips or tricks please share them in a comment or a DM on my Instagram!

I made a few updates to the blog this weekend. I fixed a few broken links and now all my seasonal fashion tags should be up and running again. I replaced my "Shop" link to go directly to my shopstyle page so that every look I put up through there will be in the same spot for you guys. Hopefully you guys like that format a little better. As always feedback is always welcome!

What are your top 3 things to do this week?

Everything you need to know about blue light glasses

February 18, 2019

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I’m sure by now you’ve all heard about blue light that is emitted from your screens. Every time I go on Instagram I see another ad or a blogger talking about blue light glasses, some prescription others not. But what do these glasses do exactly? They’re meant to block the wavelengths of light that are emitted from electronics that give off blue light. This blue light can tell your brain to stay awake and can mess with your sleep schedule.
 I read up on these mysterious glasses before I took the plunge and bought a pair and from my research there isn’t much scientific evidence that these work to reduce any eye strain like so many people advertise. You should still be taking breaks when you’re spending a lot of time in front of the screen, special glasses or not. 
Most of the blue light that enters your eyeballs is from the sun, like an overwhelming amount. And since for years and years people have been getting this blue light sent into their eyes before we were consumed by screens, we cannot conclude that blue light causes significant harm to the eye in normal doses (sorry my science side is coming out a bit). So are these blue light blockers totally useless? No!
A lot of the doctors interviewed for the articles I read said that these blue light glasses are great to wear at night if you need to do any work on your computer after the sun has gone down. It helps keep your brain on schedule with the sun and can help your screens stop disrupting your sleep. You should still be shutting down about 2 hours before bed though (impossible, I know) Outside of this though, there’s not much other proven helpful uses for them. 
With that being said, I got a pair for myself to test out. For the most part I do only wear them at night, I really do think that they help with my sleep. I used to put my phone down after some scrolling and lay in bed for what seemed like forever tossing and turning until I eventually picked up my phone again and kept scrolling until I was so exhausted that I couldn’t keep my eyes open. Really bad, I know. Now I find it so much easier to put the phone down and not go back to it before falling asleep; major win. 
I have always found that when I was in classes where a white screen was being projected onto a white wall that I was staring at for a while, when I tried to focus my eyes on something else, like my professor or my notebook it took me a little bit longer to adjust and my eyes felt tired and dry. After getting my (super cute) blue light glasses, I wanted to test out if they would help this at all by wearing them to class. It’s been about 2 weeks now and I think I can confidently say that it does, it could be a placebo or it could actually help, but I’m not getting that deep into it. I’ve also worn the glasses during the day time working on my computer, but I haven’t noticed any difference in strain or dryness. So, with the exception of my long lectures I only put these babies on around 6pm when I’m looking at screens. I urge you all to do your own research and use your own judgment on what you find the benefits are, but keep in mind all the things you learned about reliable sources in high school. Bloggers are not a cite-able medical source (most of them at least, myself included).

My Favorite Winter Skin Care Products

February 11, 2019

I'm sure we all know that the cold, dry, windy weather we get in the winter can wreck havoc on our skin. Do chapped lips and dry, pale skin ring any bells? 
Living in New York, we get some of the worst of it, so it's important to have a routine thaw actually works. It probably goes without saying that moisturizing is the most important part of keeping your skin healthy in the cold, but I've found that there's a few other key steps have drastically changed winter skincare for me.

 I tend to get small eczema breakouts on my nose, mostly in the winter time. When I already have a flare up, my go to treatment is the Aveeno Hydrocortisone Cream that you can get over the counter per recommendation by my dermatologist, but obviously the goal is to try and avoid them in the first place. 
I use my Clarisonic  Mia Smart to lightly exfoliate my skin every time I wash my face. I like this better than using a physical or chemical exfoliator because I feel like they just irritate my skin too much. I like to follow that up with a toner, the Mario Badescu Rose Water Spray is a great, easy option. Once a week I'll follow this step up with a mask, I linked a few of my favorites.  It's super important to put on a thick moisturizer at night, especially after putting your kin through so much. Some days I'll use an overnight moisturizing mask like the one I linked, but usually I'll just use the First Aid Beauty one. This moisturizer has totally changed my life, no joke.  It works wonders on my patches of dry skin, but doesn't make me oily in my T-zone. 
Besides the face, the rest of your skin deserves a little extra love too. I was introduced to the Neutrogena Body Oil at the Amazon store at my school and I love. It's so light and is perfect to use after a shower. 
Speaking of showers, this St. Tropez in shower self tanner is perfect for all of us pale girls. It's easy to use and develops gradually so you don't get streaks or turn orange. I actually use this year round. It provides the perfect glow to make you look healthy and not like a ghost. 
It may seem like a lot, but once you get  a routine down, it's like second nature.

What are some of your winter skin care life savers?

Hello Februray! Rosy Pink OOTD

February 4, 2019

JACKET: Forever 21 || SCARF: A gift but here's a similar one || BAG: Francesca's || BOOTS: Payless (old, similar linked here) ||LEGGINGS: Lululemon 

Happy February everyone! I have seen soo many people talking about how happy they are that it's February because January felts so long, and I honetly don't feel that way. Maybe it's because I was balancing work, a winter class and trying to declutter my spaces a home , but I feel like the last few weeks of January flew by.
Since it has been so insanely cold the past few weeks (and it's only gotten worse) I've been leaving the house as little as possible.  The few times I have, I've made sure that I'm bundled up in plenty of layers, which means that this scarf has been seeing lots of action lately. It's not only the perfect colors for this month but also for transitioning into Spring when it's still cold enough to now in New York.
Speaking of spring, the spring clean bug has gotten to me early this year. When I was home for break last month I started 3 major organization projects: My bedroom, my bathroom and my basement desk/craft/planning area.  I got a pretty great start, but there definitely was not enough time to finish. I'm hoping to get them all done when I'm home for spring break in March. 
There pictures were taken only a week or so after Christmas, but I'm finally just now getting around to put them in a post for you guys. I think it kinds of fits though since I had some cute pops of pink which are perfect for this time of year. Fun fact, the bag I'm holding isn't actually mine! I had my little Coach Backpack that I got for Christmas, until we realized that Ally's purse worked so much better. Shoutout to best friends who always have your back. 
Leave a comment down below with ideas for posts that you want to see in the next few weeks!

My 2019 Reading List

January 12, 2019

Happy New Year! I hope 2019 is treating everyone well. I've been spending time relaxing and hanging out with friends and family to kick off my new year. I cannot believe how fast this break has flown by. I know that most schools have gone back already, or are preparing to this week, but for some reason I still have another two weeks. I'm not complaining though. 

Each New Year, I like to come up with some resolutions. This year I swapped out resolutions for goals and on the list to read 10 books. Ideally these will be 10 non school related posts, but we'll see if things need to be modified in a few months. 
Rather than boring you all with the 2019 Goals that are pretty repetitive and generic
to everyone else's, I thought I'd share the books on my list for this year.

The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

I am Watching You  by Teresa Driscoll

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

A Case of Need by Michael Crichton 

Upstairs at the White House by JB West and Lynn Kotz

Life of Pi by Yann Martel 

The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

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