Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Charles River Crossover Pullover







Pullover c/o Charles River Apparel | Shorts Lululemon | Tank Lululemon (similar
Shoes Nike (similar)

I adore my Crossover Pullover from Charles River Apparel! It is great for running in fall weather and perfect for studying in the cold library. Lately, I have taken it with me everywhere. I would suggest going up a size if you want more of a relaxed fit!

Head over to my instagram later to win one for yourself!

*Thanks to Charles River for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.*

Monday, September 28, 2015

A Day in the Life of Me: Junior Year Edition

Junior year is in full swing, so I thought I would share with y'all how I juggle school/friends/blogging in a regular day! Although it can be tough, it is manageable–– I am currently taking six classes and I still have plenty of free time because I now know how to use my time wisely. Today I am sharing with y'all a typical Wednesday, since it happens to be my busiest day!



agenda | pouch (similar

7:00AM–– My alarm goes off. I stay in bed for about 30 minutes while scrolling through social media, checking emails, and responding to any texts I got while I was asleep.

7:30AM–– I get out of bed, quickly get dressed, put in my contact lenses, brush my teeth, put on makeup, etc... Then, I eat breakfast as I head out the door.

7:40AM–– I leave for school. Since I am exactly five minutes away, I park around 7:45ish if I get good parking and walk to class.

8:00AM to 8:50AM–– In Spanish class.

9:00AM to 10:30AM–– I either go to the library/my apartment to work on assignments. Usually, I work on case briefs for my business law class or do readings for my international politics class.

11:00AM to 11:50AM–– In World Art History class.

12:00PM to 12:50ish PM–– I have paddleboarding class, which counts as a PE credit.

1:00PM–– Shake Shack time. It's located on the lake where my paddleboarding classes are held, so I usually just get it to go and take it back to my apartment!

1:30PM to 5:00PM–– I either go back to the library to work on homework with friends or I go back to the apartment to catch up on work for a few hours.

6:00PM to 7:00PM–– Dinnertime if me and my roommate/friends decide to eat at a decent time. We usually all argue about who is choosing where we eat because we all hate making decisions.

8:00PM to 11:00PM–– Netflix and homework time. Multitasking between Grey's Anatomy and studying for Business Management. Priorities.

11:00PM–– Junior year is kicking our asses, so on the rare occasion that me and my friends go out on Wednesdays, we will get ready and leave around 11. We usually only stay out until 1AM because we all have early classes. It sucks being grown up and responsible.

11:30PM–– Shower and bedtime. Finally, I get to sleep!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

It's Fall, Y'all!

Honestly, I am not the biggest fan of fall. I am a summer girl, and I will always be. To me, there is nothing better than a heat index of 110 degrees and sunshine all around. Call me crazy, but I prefer bare feet and bathing suits over pumpkin spice lattes. Even though fall isn't my number one, it is nicer that it's cooling off here. I can finally wear jeans to class (on "cooler" days, keep in mind I live in Florida) and it's nice to be able to go outside without sweating! Here are some of my fall favorites!


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

All For Color Giveaway




Pajamas c/o All For Color

Hey y'all! I am excited to announce that All For Color is giving away a $250 gift certificate to the winner of their giveaway and two $50 gift cards to the runners up. Use the widget below to enter. Good luck!


Friday, September 18, 2015

Hues of Tan and Blue






Dress: similar | Sunglasses: Kate Spade | Watch c/o Jord Watches | Sandals: Joie | Bag: similar

I love tan and blue paired together, and this combo is quickly growing to be one of my favorites. I love how it works practically year round!

(Also: I am not this white; I promise I am tanner. When I edited these, I went all ghost mode for some reason).

Wooden Watches For Sale

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

White, Blue, and Snakeskin Too








Chambray shirt: similar | Watch c/o Jord Watches | White Jeans: J. Crew | Slip-on sneakers: Vince
Sunglasses: Kate Spade | Bag: similar

I have worn this chambray shirt in blog posts before, but it's one of my all time faves. Sadly, J. Crew does not make it anymore, but I have linked a similar option. Even though it's past Labor Day, you'll see me wearing white jeans–– they are a year round staple for me!

I urge all of y'all to try on a pair of Vince's slip-on sneakers. They are extremely comfortable and worth every penny. I got mine on sale awhile back, but I linked an extremely similar pair that Vince makes! I hope everyone is having an excellent week so far!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Fall-ish







Dress: similar | Shoes: J. Crew Factory | Watch c/o Jord Watches | Sunglasses: similar
Necklace: similar

I'm loving light knit t-shirt dresses for the beginning of fall! Since I live in Florida, it's still in the high 80s/low 90s so I cannot wear pants without suffocating. A dress like this allows me to be comfortable and fall appropriate at the same time. I paired it with my fave leopard slip-ons from J. Crew Factory and my wooden Jord Watch.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Neiman Marcus Beauty + Bobbi Brown Lipsticks

Bobbi Brown lip color in Pale Mauve
Salmon, Pale Mauve, Soft Rose
Bobbi Brown lip color in Salmon

Bobbi Brown lip color in Pale Rose


It's no secret that I'm obsessed with Neiman Marcus beauty, so I'm going to share my favorites with y'all today! I absolutely love these Bobbi Brown lipsticks for the fall–– they add just the right amount of color and are so much fun to wear! Here are a few more of my NM beauty faves that you can shop in store and online:

Mason Pearson brush: I swear by these; they are SO worth the money.
Clarisonic Mia 2: I use mine morning and night!
Clinique Dramatically Different moisturizing lotion: This is one of my all time favorite moisturizers!
Deborah Lippmann nail lacquer: I love this shade for fall.
Kiehl's lip balm: This stuff works wonders and is amazing for cold weather.
Laura Mercier Daily Face Shield SPF 40: Even though fall brings cooler temps, it's still important to use a good face sunscreen!
Chantecaille Faux Cils Longest Lash mascara: This stiff is a splurge but totally worth it.
Diptyque Baies scented candle: Use this to add a dreamy scent to your bathroom!
Tom Ford matte lip color: Comes in so many great shades.

Thanks to Neiman Marcus and ShopStyle Collective for sponsoring this post!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Transferring Colleges: My Experience (and advice for those planning to transfer)

I don't even know where to begin with this post and it's probably going to be pretty disorganized and super lengthy and detailed. A ton of y'all have been asking me questions on why I decided to transfer colleges after my freshman year–– Why did you do it? How did you know it was the right thing to do? Do you regret doing it? 

Making the decision is not an easy one at all. It's a life changing decision that can benefit you tremendously, and then there are also transfer horror stories. I had a ton of reasons that I decided to transfer from GSCU to Rollins (I'll talk about Rollins later). From day one of freshman year, I knew I had to get out. Even earlier than day one (through freshman orientation), I kept telling myself that I made a huge mistake. I couldn't sleep the night before freshman orientation in the hotel room because I knew I had chosen the wrong college, but it was too late.

Disclaimer: I am about to be brutally honest about why I transferred and I don't mean to attack GCSU in any way at all. It was most definitely not the best place for me, but if you go there and love it, I'm super glad that you do! These are just my feelings about it so don't take it personally.

Why I Decided to Transfer

GCSU had a beautiful campus and that was what initially attracted me. At first glance, it was a bunch of cute brick buildings and white columns and big porches and the front lawn was so green and perfect looking. Milledgeville (the town that it was in) seemed cute as well, and during the tour, it seemed like there was going to be a lot to do there. That was 100% not the case. It seemed that way initially because when I toured it, there was a downtown festival going on, meaning that there were plenty of happy looking people dancing to music and looking like they had just won the lottery or something. Then on orientation day, it was a literal ghost town. Besides the freshman on campus, literally no one was in Milledgeville. It looked like everyone that lived there had evacuated due to a nuclear crisis or something. It was super freaky, and let me tell you–– even when school started up, the nuclear crisis continued. Beside the lack of normal citizens, the nearest Target was 30 minutes away in Macon, GA (which by the way was just named the worst city to live in America... and to think, I almost transferred to Mercer). My idea of a rowdy Friday night was doing laps around TJ Maxx and Hobby Lobby for hours because those two stores were the only things that could bring me joy (and I avoid both of those stores now to this day). So the underpopulated boring town was reason #1 for me.

I tried to rush to make friends at Georgia College, meaning that I had to move there a week before school started. I made the mistake of living in the "on campus" apartments which were actually a 10 minute bus ride away from main campus, meaning I was completely isolated from all other human beings. If you plan on going to GCSU, just live in a normal dorm. You'll thank yourself later. Anyways, back to rush. It was not a good experience for me personally. I had nothing in common with any of the girls in my group. I tried to talk to them but it was just exhausting for me. Ultimately, I ended up accepting a bid from Kappa Delta. It's a great sorority and it kept me going later in the year when I thought I was going to have a mental breakdown, but it still didn't feel like home. I considered dropping the entire time. When I tried to talk to classmates during class, it just seemed off. Sometimes, I just slept through my classes because I dreaded going to them so much, and classes without attendance policies I barely went to. I only had one friend, Emily, and becoming friends with her was the only reason I appreciated my freshman year. We are still best friends to this day since we are both from Savannah, and she's practically my sister. Reason #2 (not counting Emily) was the fact that I could not connect with anyone else no matter how hard I tried.

Reason #3 was that the academics were not challenging enough for me at all. In high school, my college counselor glorified GCSU and made it seem like it was so difficult to get into. I have no idea why she did this because it has a 70% acceptance rate. People looked at me like I had two heads when I told them I took the ACT only once and got a 27 (which I thought was just an average score). Other students would point blank ask me why I was even attending GCSU with an ACT score that high. I was so disinterested in classes that I struggled to even study for them and I was totally unmotivated to even attend because I felt like I was not learning anything at all. My grades actually fell second semester because of this.

Reason #4 was how freshman year made me unstable. I went home almost every weekend first semester and every single weekend second semester. I am not an emotional person whatsoever (I have cried only once in the past two years), but freshman year I cried almost every time I had to head back to school after my weekend home. I counted down the seconds until I could leave on Friday and head back to Savannah. I was so bored that I actually created Yep, it's Prep because of my boredom (which is another positive thing about my bad year). Emily left after second semester and I sometimes went days without talking to anyone besides my mom on the phone. I stayed up until 4am for no reason and slept well past 2pm. Freshman year was taking a toll on me emotionally and physically.

The Process of Transferring Itself

Deciding where I wanted to go for sophomore year was not easy. I wanted GCSU to work so badly because I was so afraid that the same thing would happen to me again if I transferred. As nervous as I was to follow through with transferring, I took the leap. I applied to the University of Montana (my aunt lives in MT and it's beautiful), Mercer, and Rollins. I got accepted into all three immediately and it was time to choose. I eliminated UMT first because I didn't want to be freezing from October to April. I had visited one of my high school friends at Mercer, and although it seemed a lot better than GCSU, I did not really want to live in Macon and something still felt off. In April, I went to tour Rollins. As soon as I set foot on campus, everything felt so right. Even though it was a rainy day, all I felt was sunshine. I just knew it was going to be my new home. You know that Donald Glover quote I stuck at the beginning of this post? I saw a quote very similar to that while I was in the transfer process and it helped me pick Rollins. I was so scared to actually go, but I did it.

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I instantly connected with people at Rollins. Everyone here goes out of their way to be friendly. I made friends easily, classes were more challenging and the professors were so much better, and the city of Winter Park is amazing. I'm in a much better place emotionally and I am so much more confident about myself. My grades have soared. All of those long nights researching about how to transfer and filling out applications were SO worth it. Starting over and taking the risk was SO worth it. I only go home now 3-4 times a year for holidays and I never get too bored. I get to go to the beach and pool on the weekends year round and there are always great concerts and shopping. People ask me all the time how I knew Rollins was right for me, but it's kind of unexplainable. I just knew it was from how I felt, and that feeling has not gone away.

My Advice

I learned so much about myself during freshman year. Even though I hated almost every moment of it, I wouldn't take it back because I ended up where I am today because of it. My advice to anyone considering transferring is to simply go with your gut feeling. If something feels off freshman year, then it's most likely off. It's okay to give your school some time, but if Thanksgiving is rolling around and it doesn't feel like the best situation for you, start researching other options! There is absolutely no shame in transferring from any school. I had a person in my Rollins transfer class transferring from Brown University, my roommate here transferred from UNC, and a handful of people came from community colleges. What matters the most is that you're ultimately happy in the end. It is okay to be scared of more change, but if you feel like it's going to benefit you, take the plunge. If it doesn't end up working out again, tell yourself that college is only a small 4 year chunk of your life that does not have to be perfect.

Monday, September 7, 2015

A Weekend at Home














This weekend, I took my friends Ashley, Grace, and Virginia home with me! It rained pretty much the entire time so we did a lot of relaxing. Even though it poured, we managed to take some pics at Wormsloe Plantation–– I have always wanted to show off my friends on the blog, and it was the perfect opportunity to snap some blog worthy friendship photos!