Day 1 | NYC

DISCLAIMER: If you don’t like New York City or, quite frankly, don’t care to hear about my most recent trip, the next few days of reading definitely won’t be for you!

I, for one, love New York City. I have always dreamt of living there and am still not totally opposed to the idea at some point in my lifetime [enter heaps of money. .  now]. So, it was no surprise that I was extremely excited to board a plane at 4:25am on the 29th of December. We landed in the city that never sleeps just past 6:00 in the morning. Once we landed, we did the typical “I just landed at the airport” things. Because it was not even 6:30 in the morning by the time we were done, and we obviously couldn’t check into our hotel, we headed right into the city.

The first thing we did was visit the tree at Rockefeller Center. My brother had never seen the tree in person before, so it didn’t come as much of a surprise that this would be one of the first things we would do. If you have never had the opportunity to see the tree in person, I highly suggest that you do. TV and pictures really do not do this thing justice. You don’t realize quite how big it actually is until you are standing underneath it looking as if you are the size of an ant.

The tree is ever so conveniently located across the street from where the Today Show was filmed and, because it was a Friday morning, filming was in progress. If you know me, you know how much I am in love with the Today Show. I am self-proclaimed obsessed and I am totally okay with that. I watch every single morning, and actually look forward to the days that I don’t have to work so that I can watch the show in its entirety, up until its’ final hour. Being right at the front of the barricade, a short distance away from Dylan Dreyer and Carson Daly was a dream come true. And if you’re wondering, I absolutely fangirled.

Because it was pretty cold outside, we then went into the basement of Rockefeller Center, also known as The Concourse at Rockefeller Center. If you haven’t been, it is filled with little shops and restaurants, basically all of which we do not have at home [minus Starbucks]. After grabbing a bite to eat for breakfast and watching people pile onto the iconic ice rink, we decided plan out the remainder of the day. Because it was just shy of 9:30am, planning out the remainder of our day was the best thing we could have done, as there were so many hours left ahead of us.

Our next venture of the day was going atop the Top of the Rock observatory. Personally, I enjoy Top of the Rock so much more than the Empire State Building observatory, as the lines are much shorter, the view is better, there is more room on the observation deck once you reach the top, and tickets are substantially cheaper. My mom had never been up before, so she was pretty excited over the fact that you can actually see the Empire State Building as opposed to actually being on it. It was extremely windy and decently cold, but the view made it all totally worth it.

After this venture, we took the subway to Katz’s Delicatessen for some lunch. Upon emerging from the subway, we found the line outside of the building, almost halfway down the block. Although it was cold, we stuck it out and waited for our turn [although we were inside much faster than we anticipated]. Going out to eat with my family, you must know that there will always be too much food that is being ordered. While I would have been completely content with my matzo ball soup and half of a salami sandwich, when all was said and done, I had also consumed some of a chocolate egg cream and part of a piece of cheesecake [it must be known, though, that this was the best piece of cheesecake I have ever eaten]. So, we left full, and totally satisfied. We then headed back to Manhattan for some shopping, and then headed back toward our hotel to finally check in.

We stayed in a hotel on Long Island, outside of the city, due to convenience to the airport and Citi Field. Another perk was the fact that it was exceptionally cheaper than staying directly in the city due to it being New Years Eve weekend. After a much needed nap, thanks to having to be at the airport at 3:00 in the morning, we headed to Target to pick up a few things [yes, I went to Target, even while on vacation], and over to the Majestic Diner for dinner. After being still somewhat full from lunch, apple pancakes and a cup of coffee is exactly what I needed.

We capped the night playing a game of Uno and turning in early, getting refreshed for the next day ahead.

Stay tuned for day two adventures tomorrow. xoxo.

Shop ’till you drop | Holiday 2017

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving holiday and spent time with those that you love and appreciate the most!

As I am sure you’ve caught onto, I took a couple-day hiatus from the blog to celebrate the holiday along with some birthdays and an over-abundance of Black Friday shopping! In honor of Cyber Monday, aka the continuation of Black Friday, stick around for an overview of my first Black Friday experience!

It was my first Black Friday as a non-retail employee, so I was super-stoked to partake in this event. This adrenaline, and a few cups of coffee, pushed me [and my boyfriend] to get every single person on our shopping list complete, aka our Christmas shopping is done – and it’s not even December! It took around 10ish hours, but man, we did it [as pictured below].

While I can’t list a legitimate “haul” for the sake of friends and family reading the list and seeing their gifts laid out to the public, I can tell you where our journey began and ended.

  • Tim Hortons: Niagara Falls, NY
  • Target: Niagara Falls, NY
  • Walmart: Niagara Falls, NY
  • Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls: Niagara Falls, NY
  • *home to sleep for 3 hours*
  • Tim Hortons: Niagara Falls, NY
  • PetSmart: Amherst, NY
  • Best Buy: Amherst, NY
  • Starbucks: Amherst, NY
  • Target: Amherst, NY
  • Ulta Beauty: Amherst, NY
  • Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls: Niagara Falls, NY
  • *home to pass the frick out!*

Overall, some things I took from this experience are: if you don’t go to a department store right when they open, everything will be sold out; there were not nearly as many people as I expected there to be; some things totally are not worth getting on Black Friday – you have to look for the deals; large coffees will become the love of your life; people go wild for cat litter on Black Friday; you will see a million people you know; you won’t spend as much money as you think you will!

Did you have a great Black Friday experience? What are some deals that you absolutely could not pass up? xoxo.

 

So, you’re two weeks into college.. now what?!


If you are a college student, have been to college once or twice, or know all things college in general, welcome to a survival guide for us kids finally getting into the swing of the semester.
DISCLAIMER: Yes, I am 24 years old and a grad student. Yes, I still struggle to get that motivational push once the semester starts, even 12 semesters later.

  1. Organize every aspect of your life. This could not be any more essential. Let me tell you a little bit about me, here. My entire life needs to be organized. Without organization, I am a failure. I crash and burn. And let me tell you, it is worth the extra time to sit down and organize everything into your calendar, your planner, your Google Docs drive, whatever it may be. Why stress over something so little a few weeks down the line when you can have everything laid out and ready to go now? Three weeks from now, stress over that term paper, girl. Not your planner organization.
  2. Read the textbooks. If you haven’t figured it out by now, almost 99% of the time reading the assigned chapters in your textbooks [or journal articles, or PowerPoints, or whatever your professor assigned to you] will actually help you. I know, it seems like I am a mom relaying this information to you, but I can tell you from personal experience that 9 times out of 10, when I actually took the time to read, my grades reflected this extra effort!
  3. Do laundry on party nights. My brother learned the importance of this little trick real quick. Are you sick of seeing that dirty laundry pile build up? Sometimes it is worth the sacrifice to skip the party and take the time to do your laundry when literally nobody else is around. Any night between Thursday and Saturday, every college student is out on the town, this is no secret. So, it only makes sense that the more people that are out, the more washers and dryers are available! [And the less likely your clothes are to end up on the top of the washer!].
  4. You will end up eating the extra food your Mom packed for your dorm room. Chances are, when you moved into your dorm room, you rolled your eyes at your mother for bringing an insane amount of food and snacks to keep in your room. I will admit, I was totally guilty of this when I lived on campus. However, it was about this time of the semester when I started getting sick of eating the same food over and over again. All of a sudden, Mom is your hero! In fact, [I know, another connection to my brother], my brother just texted me last night thanking me for pushing him to buy some EasyMac for his dorm, because he needed to eat something different and was getting sick of the same routine. It’s okay to need this change, everyone does.
  5. Your grades will get better. By now, it is more likely than not that you’ve had your first college exam. *yikes* In the days leading up to the exam, you were probably stressed out of your mind, studying like a mad-man, and ended up not getting quite as good of a grade as you thought you would. And you know what? Not only is that normal, but it is okay! The first test in every single class will most likely be your lowest test grade of the semester. You are still trying to get a feel of the professor, the exam layouts, and what is expected of you. Once that first exam comes and goes, you will feel like a pro. You will now know what to expect, and you will go into the next exam ready to take it down. Things get better, don’t worry.

If you made it through this blog post, totally feeling like you can relate to anything I just said, welcome to the college club! Take what you’ve read, take what you’ve learned, and run with it! The future’s yours!

What are some tips you can give to us college kids out here? xoxo.

Weeks turn into days. 


Well, it’s Sunday. And it’s the week that many members of my family have been dreading for quite some time now. It’s the week that my brother, and my cousin for that matter, leave for college. For starters, my brothers girlfriend moved out yesterday, so that really jumped us into this week a day early. 

As I write this, I am sitting poolside in Canandaigua, New York, spending one of our last days together as a family of four, for the next 15 weeks at least. It’s crazy to me that months ago on this blog, I was simply writing about my brother graduating from high school. It seemed like these weeks would last forever and this day wouldn’t appear in an instant, but as most of life tends to work out, we blinked, and here we are. 

What is to be expected of this week, I really don’t have any sort of idea. But it’s something I will soon find out and be forced to figure out for myself. Here’s to the final days. Xoxo. 

School’s out for summer…sorta. 


Today was the last day of school for my students! They had a half day and I had the pleasure of moving classrooms for the upcoming school year [my feet are killing me]. Saying goodbye to my little buddies was tough, but I’m so excited for my next class come July.

One weight was being somewhat lifted off my shoulders, but when one thing ends, another begins; my summer class started yesterday and has already reminded me of how little of a “break” I will actually have this summer. I literally, no joke, have 10+ assignments due per week for the next four weeks of my life and I am sitting here staring at my computer screen wondering what I am even doing to myself. *sweats*

To think I actually debated taking 3 courses this summer, I’m looking at myself like, girl, you crazy.

Three staff development days away from summer – here we go. Xoxo.

Fashion 101: Save me. 


When I got this new job teaching, I did not expect to look into my [bursting] closet and truly not have a single thing to wear. It seems insane to say for someone who loves shopping a little bit too much, but it could not be any more true. Where I work, there are more days spent on the floor than standing up in front of the classroom – it comes with the nature of the job, this is not a typical school setting. Previously, working retail allowed me to wear basically anything I wanted – pants, skirts, dresses, sandals, jewelry – anything to show of my personal sense of style. It took so much as my first day on the job to learn that a dress paired with booties and a choker would absolutely not be work appropriate in this type of environment.
I will admit, for a while there, I completely felt lost. I missed wearing all of my clothes and totally would look forward to the weekend solely to wear items that I had been missing. I was struggling to find clothes that were not only environmentally appropriate, but professional, as well as me. Seems impossible enough, right?

I am a few months into my job and I am still occasionally stopping at the store on my way home to pick up a top or a pair of bottoms similar to that in which I had seen a coworker wear that day. Just yesterday, I was guilty of running to the outlets on my way home to pick up a few more pairs of shorts, because pants on a 80+ degree day while also working all summer simply won’t cut it [BONUS TIP: J. Crew has their shorts on sale anywhere from $10-$25 this week!]. Shorts are a whole new world for me now that I’ve “grown up” [lol] and am transitioning from high waisted ripped shorts to something that would be considered soccer mom appropriate.

Cropped trousers, flowy tunic tops, and wide leg printed pants have become my best friend – they are comfy, yet stylish. While I am now transitioning into shorts and tees, I am still missing accessorizing with [way too much] jewelry, etc. Slowly but surely, I am getting excited to get dressed each morning again as I continue to add more versatile pieces to my wardrobe and become comfortable with embracing my new soccer-momness.

So to all you fashionistas out there – what are some staples that you think I absolutely need to add to my wardrobe!? xoxo.

What an eventful day.

I am sitting here typing this at 9:33pm wondering how I am even still alive and functioning after the last few days I’ve had.

My trip home from Long Island finally ended at 4:58am,giving me a whopping 47 minutes to lay in bed and sleep before day one of my new job.

Monday’s always suck, but this Monday morning was absolutely dreadful. I slept for literally as long as I possibly could before having to wake up, shower, get ready, eat, make a lunch, etc. before making the trek to job training. In the back of my mind, I kept thinking about the weekend I had, hoping to find some glimmer of happiness to keep this day going, but I just couldn’t shake the fact that I was so unbearably tired driving into work today.

Once I got to my job, I got greeted with a “hey, time to take your ID picture!” ever so fitting that the badge I have to wear now sports the most disgusting sleep-deprived, hair in bun picture of me I have ever seen in my life. So bad, that I am contemplating faking a lost-ID scare and paying the $5.00 for a new one.

My first day was honestly great. I learned a lot and got some free pizza for lunch, so that is always a plus. I made it through my 8 hour day in one piece, still energetic after my XL coffee this morning, and proud of myself for not tipping over while sitting in the conference room all day.

Leaving, I was never so excited to drive home and go lay in bed. But naturally, because I was so exhausted and so ready to unwind, I was the victim of a hit and run accident on my drive home from work. I got sideswiped by an idiot trying to pass a car, who obviously did not see little ol’ me in the right lane. Damage is minimal but I felt like I was not going to make it the 0.25 miles home after talking to the police and filing a report.

Tomorrow is a new day. I am in bed now about to fall asleep, so I am confident I will be well-rested and ready for the week ahead. xoxo.

When you wish upon a star.

With the exciting news that I’ve gotten a new [*ahem* real] job with steady paycheck, the question most frequently asked is “What are you gonna buy with your first paycheck?!”

If I had to make a top list of thing’s I’d totally splurge on and purchase, it would be these:

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  1. Kate Spade 13″ Saffiano Laptop Bag in Toasted Wheat Multi
  2. Warby Parker Blair Glasses in RoseGold
  3. Quay Australia Jetlag Sunglasses
  4. Zara Multicoloured Printed Trousers with Contrast Belt
  5. asos New Look Suedette Slingback Heeled Ankle Boot
  6. Urban Outfitters Louise Femme Medallion Duvet Cover in White

 

Grammy fashion.

And, no, I don’t mean Grammy as in “what would my grandma wear today.” Unless you live under a rock, you would know that last night was the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. This year, I was just about obsessed with almost everyone [both the good and the bad] on the Red Carpet. Here’s some of my top picks from last night:

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Rihanna wearing Armani Privé.

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Lady Gaga wearing Custom Chrome Hearts and Vex Clothing.

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Chance the Rapper wearing Thom Browne. [Fun Fact Alert: Thom Browne was my godfather’s college roommate freshman year!]

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Chrissy Teigen wearing Roberto Cavalli.

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Maren Morris wearing ???.

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Nick Jonas wearing Balmain.

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Jennifer Lopez wearing Ralph & Russo Couture.

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Kelsea Ballerini wearing Ines Di Santo.

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Paris Jackson wearing Balmain.

What were some of your picks for best and worst from last night’s Red Carpet? What did you think of the show as a whole? My feelings were mixed, but overall, pretty good. xoxo.