Monday, October 27, 2014

Fall Playlist : #2

Back in September I posted some of my favorite fall songs, but my playlists are always changing because I'm constantly listening to them - between driving, studying, getting ready in the morning, and just relaxing.  I'm not always up on the top pop songs, but my playlists usually guarantee
a mix of older and newer songs... a mix of upbeat and slower songs.

What are you listening to these days?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Review : It's A Monogrammed Life

As I've mentioned in plenty of past blog posts, staying hydrated while studying is very important.  But to be honest, sometimes it's hard to motivate yourself to continue sipping on the H2O when you're water bottle isn't exciting.  When I came across an etsy store, It's A Monogrammed World, that sold Tervis Tumblers with monogrammed Lilly Pulitzer patches, I knew I had to have one.

The owner, Laura, graciously agreed to let me feature this adorable bottle on my blog, and I couldn't be more excited to share it with all y'all!

To start out with - Laura has so many options to choose from.  You can choose either a 16 oz tumbler, 24 oz tumbler, or the Tervis waterbottle (what I chose.)  Additionally, she has quite the collection of Lilly fabric and monogram styles to choose from.

In addition to the monogrammed Lilly Pulitzer tumblers, Laura's shop also has monogrammed bows, tank tops, and other styles of monogrammed tumblers.  She'll even be adding monogrammed Lilly Pulitzer badge holders to her shop in the coming weeks.  Are you a teacher or a nurse?  Perfect to hold your ID card!

Even better than the impeccable quality of the Tervis Tumblers and Laura's work is the customer service.  Laura monograms the patches and then sends them out to Tervis to be inserted into the tumbler or waterbottle.  When I received my bottle, the patch was crooked and shortly after, it started moving around within the double walls of my bottle.  I quickly emailed Laura to see if she know of a way for me to fix this, and she insisted on sending a new patch out to Tervis for a new bottle to comply with their life-time warranty.

When you buy a Tervis from Laura, Tervis' life-time warranty is included.  Can't get much better than that!  Plus, Laura is the absolute sweetest and also answers emails promptly.

Looking for a Christmas present for your closest friend?  Or just a new water bottle to motivate yourself to drink more water?  Look no further, because I can assure you these monogrammed Lilly Pulitzer Tervis Tumblers will be making all of your friends jealous!


Disclaimer: I received this Tervis water bottle in return for a two-part review on life with rMe.  All opinions are my own, and I would not endorse a product that I do not fully believe in.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How I Do It: Night Routine

This isn't the first time I've said it on my blog, but I'm practically geriatric.  I rather go to bed early and wake up early than pull an all-nighter or sleep until the very last second before class.  

I need at least 8 hours of sleep to be a functioning human being, so my night routine probably differs greatly from your average college kid...but I still have a great GPA, I rarely get sick while at school, and I can guarantee my sleep greatly improves my maybe my night routine isn't so bad at all!

I rarely go to bed after 11pm, but I wake up around 7:15 every morning to start my day.  I really like to listen to music while I'm trying to fall asleep, and I just recently discovered that the Pandora app on my phone and iPad has a sleep timer.  I can set it to turn off automatically after 15, 30, or 60 minutes.  I usually set it to 30 minutes, and I'm asleep long before it shuts off.

What's your night routine like?

Monday, October 20, 2014

What She Wore: Ruffles

Sweater & Scarf : Lilly Pulitzer / Jeans : American Eagle / Boots : Justins / Watch : Fossil / Bangles : Alex and Ani / Ring : Pandora

There's some days when all it takes is a look at Sweet Briar's campus to remember how blessed I am to go to school here.  It wasn't until this year that I truly realized how beautiful this place is.  The view from my dorm this year is straight out over the Blue Ridge Mountains.  It's especially wonderful that time of year while the leaves are turning those gorgeous orange and yellow shades.

The other day my friend Chloe and I decided to go down to the lake and boat house to take a few pictures.  Although the trees on the other side of the lake were amazing and the lighting was perfect, it was this chocolate lab who stole the show.  He was wandering around the boat house, and unfortunately didn't have on any collar or tag.  He's been living in my friend's apartment for the weekend, and today he's off to the vet to see if he's microchipped.  Here's to hoping we find his owners soon, as he's a super sweet dog and obviously a family pet!


Friday, October 17, 2014

Fall Fashion: Top Ten

Although my home state of Pennsylvania definitely is a four-season kind of place, central Virginia, the location of my college, experiences these seasons more intensely.  As soon as the leaves start changing to their beautiful red and orange hues and the temperatures dip into the 50's and 60's, I know it's time to trade in my Lilly shifts for my cable knit sweaters.

Unlike my spring and summer wardrobe, some of my favorite clothes for fall are investment pieces.  They're pieces that stay in style forever, and although they cost a little more than your average piece of clothing, they're worth the price as you'll continue to wear them for years to come.

One key to my fall trends is layering.  I layer just about everything...not only to keep me warm on those blustery days, but also for the design aesthetic.  I layer button downs and sweaters, sweaters and vests, sweaters and scarves, etc.

One of my go-to fall outfits is a pair of dark wash skinny jeans with riding boots or bean boots, depending on the weather, a button down under a cable knit sweater, and my Barbour Beadnell jacket.  If it's particularly windy, I'll throw on a scarf while I'm walking to class or the dining hall.

The best part about dressing in layers is that the outfit possibilities are endless.  It is so easy to create a totally different looking by layering different pieces together or changing up the way you layer them.

What's on your fall must-have list?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Study Essentials

We're getting to that terrible point in the semester with midterms, papers, projects, all-nighters, countless cups of coffee.  I have to admit that I seldom pull all-nighters and my marathon library sessions are usually limited to Saturdays and Sundays.  Nevertheless,  I think the key to a study session is gathering all of the necessary tools to maximize the productivity in order to begin minimizing the work you have left to complete.

I have been victim to the dead laptop or iPad more than once.  In my hurry of running off to the library, I've thrown my laptop into my backpack without a charger.  Clearly, I usually intend on spending more than 2-3 hours in the library at a time, so bringing my charger is usually non-negotiable.

I also like to bring a mouse (mine is wireless and connects to my laptop with a small USB chip) if I plan on working on a powerpoint, prezi, or blog post.  The trackpad on my laptop is perfectly fine for most day to day work, but if I need to edit photos or adjust levels, it's way easier to use a traditional mouse.

A stash of your favorite school supplies like colored pens, highlighters, and post its, will make studying easier as well.  Make notes within your articles, highlight quotes you wish to use in your paper, or use postits to indicate where a new topic starts in your text book.  By utilizing some of these tips while doing the reading, although it may take an extra few seconds, will make writing your paper or completing your final project much easier!

Finally, don't forget a snack and drink!  Studying is hard work for your brain, so be sure to properly hydrate and fuel your body.  Dehydration is not only detrimental to your overall health, but a dehydrated brain can influence cognitive function and response times.  Interesting, huh?

In this shot from my instagram, you can see some of my study necessities in action, like colored pens and my water bottle!

What are your study must-haves?

Monday, October 13, 2014

What She Wore: Cowboy Boots

Vest, Shirt, and Skirt : J. Crew / Boots : Justins / Glasses : Tory Burch / Bracelets : Etsy

I love vests, and I love striped shirts.  So it only seemed natural to pair the two with my favorite J. Crew paperbag skirt.  I seem to wear this skirt at least once a week because it is so easy to pair it with practically any top in my wardrobe.

I think this outfit would look great with either cowboy boots or riding boots, but I went with my cowboy boots to tie in the southern charm of the shotgun shell bangle and the woodsy atmosphere.


Friday, October 10, 2014

How I Do It: Weekly Prep

I'm a huge fan of spending Sunday nights getting ready for the week.  Whether that means catching up with friends, doing laundry, finishing up some homework assignments, or recharging my batteries (literally and figuratively).

I tend to follow the same "routine" on Sunday nights during the school year.  My Sunday nights start with dinner with friends, and from there, I move into the library or hunker down at my desk for an hour or two of studying or paper writing.

Once I'm done any homework I need to finish, I like to go through and put any dates for that week into my agenda.  My Whitney English Day Designer has space for both a schedule (with hourly spaces from 5am to 9pm) and for a to do list.  I write in my class, work, and meeting schedule (color coded!) and also any due dates for tests, projects, etc.  This helps me to see what is coming up during the week and gives me a good idea of what needs to be done by what date.

Additionally, I try to get to bed by a good hour.  I feel like starting your week without a good sleep is the worst possible idea.  I don't go to bed super late any day (#geriatricstatus), but I especially hate to start my Monday's with lots of yawning.

Do you have a specific Sunday night routine?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


I used to kind of dread fall.  The change in weather, the lack of day light after school, and the increase in the amount of school work and activities just drove me insane.  

But this year, I'm taking a different approach to the weather change.  I'm embracing it.  I'm probably adding way too many new sweaters to my wardrobe.  I'm using the increase in school work as a motivator to study more.  But with that, I'm using the mantra "work hard, play hard."  I work hard during the week, spending hours upon hours in the library or nestled at my desk.  But when it comes to the weekends, I'm using them to live.  I'm taking spontaneous trips home.  I'm heading to Richmond to celebrate with Julia.  I'm planning winter break trips to Denver to visit Bess.  And most of all, I'm enjoying all of the little things like orange leaves on the walkway to my dorm building, being able to crack my window to let some fresh air into my room, and the weather allowing for a warm tea or coffee in the morning.


Monday, October 6, 2014

What She Wore: Gingham

Vest: G.H. Bass / Button Down: J. Crew / Boots: G.H. Bass / Earrings: Banana Republic / Watch: Fossil

Sometimes I get 7 inches of hair cut off, and sometimes (more like all the time) my salon happens to be in an old mansion, and sometimes that means there are beautiful buildings and well-kept lawns.  I'm not super in love with the way my hairdresser styled my hair, but it looked 100% better yesterday when I styled it myself!

This is the first of many outfit posts consisting of layers, layers, layers, vests, and more layers.  I can't say it enough, but I am so happy it's getting chillier outside.  I'm sort of dreading winter - that terrible cold where even a sweater, vest, and Barbour isn't enough.  But for now, I'll take in these brisk fall favorite temperatures.


Friday, October 3, 2014

September Favorites

I seriously can't believe it's already October.  The first month of school flew by so quickly!  On various occasions in the past week I've even said to my friends that it doesn't seem like we've already been seniors for an entire month!

Tumbler / After being thrown back into dorm living, I'm trying my hardest to avoid getting sick.  Staying hydrated plays a big part in this fight...and having a cute tumbler to carry to class and the library doesn't hurt!

Glasses / I got these glasses back in the middle of the summer.  (They're the Tory Burch 2040 frames, in case your interested.)  I've really been loving them even more this fall because 1) I can see the board better in class and 2) they're the perfect statement piece in every outfit.

Wallet / This Kate Spade "Darla" wallet is perfect for college because it has a keyring for your dorm keys, a space for your ID card, a change compartment, and a space to keep any additional cards or cash.

Facewash / I was a little scared by this facewash at first, due to the dark brown color.  But I had heard great things about it, so I just had to try it.  It claims to remove eye makeup, impurities, and environmental pollutants.  I give Everyday Coconut's Cleansing Face Wash an A+.  My skin has felt so clean, and it really does remove eye makeup!!

Pirate's Booty / This is my favorite snack.  I bought the Costco bag last time I was home.  I don't think this needs any more explanation.

Bracelet / I'm sure y'all have seen these shotgun shell bracelets floating around on instagram and pinterest.  I'm a big fan of a stack of bracelets on the daily, and these are just so cute...and neutral!  

Cowboy Boots / I guess you can say I've finally been bitten by the Southern bug.  When I came to Sweet Briar, I never thought I would wear cowboy boots.  But I've seen a lot of my friends wearing them, and I've realized how many outfits they would look great with.  I went with this cute Justin pair with a scalloped edge, and I couldn't be more pleased!

What have you been loving this month?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

How I Do It: Studying

I don't have many tests in my classes this semester (papers and projects instead!), but I know that's not the case for everyone.  Studying can be really overwhelming, or at least I thought so, because it's hard to just get started.  Once you make that first move, things tend to get a little easier.

One of the key steps to a successful study session is gathering all of your materials before you get started.  This includes the text book, any notes and handouts, sticky notes, colored pens, and really anything else you may want while at the library.  Having to go back to your room for something creates a distraction and gets you off task!

Also, it's important to start studying about a week before the exam.  I'm not saying you need to be ready to take the exam a week early, but start gathering materials, printing out notes, and rereading certain sections of earlier chapters.  I also like to make a study calendar that says what chapters I will make study sheets on each night.  I like to finish study sheets two nights before the exam, so I can have two full days to actually study the material.

If you have friends in the class, and they study the same way that you do, I also suggest trading study sheets or notecards.  This is important because you can see if you missed a theme or topic, and you can see what the other person thought would be on the exam.  I don't like group all..but this method has definitely helped me to not forget some key themes before!

Happy studying!