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.

Workin’ 9 to 5.

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Hello blog world! Exciting news today!

Today, I received an offer for a full-time, big-girl job in my field of study. To say I am ecstatic is a complete understatement. I was so nervous before, during, and after my interview, as it was the first one I had ever been on for a career of my choice.

When I received the phone call today, I almost fell out of my chair at my desk at work. I couldn’t believe it and it took me a solid 10 seconds to process what was even happening.

The sense of freedom I immediately felt knowing I would never have to work retail again, would never have to work weekends again, and would never have to work nights again hit me so hard, I was ready to run sprints around the mall, hugging random strangers along the way.

All I’m gonna tell you is that you might feel like school or volunteering or intern/externships are a waste of time, but they are not. All the work I have put in has gotten me to this point today. Keep working your cute little butts off. Keep pushing. The time spent and stress felt will not last forever. And the reward of knowing you did it, it’s all worth it.

All that is left to do is tell my boss, finish out these two weeks, and the rest of my life will start to begin. xoxo.

Syllabus week?!

Here we go. Time for a new semester.

While it is dreadful getting back to the craziness that is mid-semester life, one thing most college kids look forward to is ahead of us – syllabus week. I’ve never really ever had an easy syllabus week, so I’m not sure where this semi-superficial stigma of the easiest week of the semester comes from, but we’ll go with it.

Here’s some things that are sure go to through that lil noggin’ of yours this week.

  1. Why is my alarm so loud?
  2. Is it really this early?
  3. How does anyone function at this time?
  4. God, this is the longest drive ever.
  5. How is break already over?
  6. I wish I was home.
  7. Do I really even need to go to this class?
  8. *first thing you check on the syllabus – the attendance policy*
  9. Why is it so cold?
  10. Why do you have to sit right next to me?
  11. Whoever invented icebreakers can rot in hell.
  12. How is paying $260 for a textbook logical?
  13. I mean really, it is only a giant stack of papers.
  14. This is the longest class of my life.
  15. Great, we still have 37 minutes left.
  16. Good God, I am so hungry.
  17. I have actually never been this hungry.
  18. I have no idea what is going on in this class.
  19. Yes, no tests!
  20. But theres 78 papers due, makes sense.
  21. Why do people ask 8,000 questions?
  22. Can’t we just go home?
  23. If I push this slow walker away from me, will he move faster?
  24. 56 slides on Chapter 1?! On syllabus day?!
  25. I wish I bought the XL coffee.
  26. How is it only Monday?!
  27. Is it May yet?
  28. Oh hey, theres my friends!
  29. Yes, we have class together!
  30. I love this school.

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xoxo.

And it was all yellow.

So I, like many other girls in the world, am obsessed with the award show season. Truthfully, I don’t even really care much about the awards shows as much as I do the red carpet. I often find myself looking at all of these glamorous outfits wishing I was still 18 years old preparing for the senior prom, wearing one of these dresses.

There were sooooo many A+ looks this year [did you see Olivia Culpo?! or Emma Stone?!], but there was one thing [well, color] that stood out the most….yellow.

I, for one, am not usually a huge fan of the color. It reminds me a little bit of Big Bird or something, but let me just tell you how huge of a fan I was of EVERY SINGLE yellow dress on the red carpet of the 2017 Golden Globes last night. Holy cow! See some of my favorite bursts of sunshine below:

Emily Ratajkowski wearing Reem Acra 

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Reese Witherspoon wearing Versace 

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Natalie Portman wearing Prada 

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Maisie Williams wearing ???

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Viola Davis wearing Michael Kors 

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Seeing these fabulous ladies rocking the yellow threads makes me want to expand my horizons past my usual [and boring] neutral clothing palette. I can’t wait to see what sorts of looks the next awards shows will bring. xoxo.

Things that college + grad school have taught me.

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I’m currently furthering my education and working toward my Master’s degree, so it’s pretty safe to say I’ve learned a lot being in enrolled in college for the last few years.

Not everyone’s experience in college will be the same, but here’s a couple thing’s I’ve learned so far:

 

  1. You need to sleep. Even if it is for 45 minutes, sleep is absolutely necessary. I am not saying that you will never pull an all-nighter, [I am guilty of that myself] – what I am saying that 2 or 3 all-nighters in a row is insane. Nobody likes a walking zombie! You do your best work when your mind has a chance to rest and recuperate and get ready for the next day. Whether it is at 3:30AM or 3:30PM, everything will get done.
  2. Everybody is perfect in their own way. Never ever compare yourself to others. You are smart, you are beautiful, and you are worth it. Your degree is just as good as the next person’s. Everyone is choosing a path that they love. Don’t beat yourself down when you should be building yourself up. No two people are exactly alike, and that is what makes you special!
  3. Getting your degree is a big deal. Not everybody makes it this far, and not everybody chooses to go to college or grad school, so that in it of itself is something you should be proud of! For the endless of hours I’ve put in thus far, I’ve gotten the amazing payoffs of not-perfect-but-still-freaking-amazing GPA’s. One of the most important things is to know that you have put in your best work and maximum effort at the end of the semester. You get what you give, so give it your all!
  4. It is better to be one step ahead rather than one step behind. Professors always tell you to keep on track and to make a schedule to ensure that all of your readings, coursework, research, and internship hours get completed in a timely manner to allow some time to breathe. Being one step ahead insures all is done in case something out of the blue comes up, preventing future stress. Showing up to class early is better than showing up late. Submitting assignments early as opposed to 11:59PM on the dot will prove you didn’t rush through it. If your assignment is due on the weekend, try to get it done during the week. This will allow time to unwind.
  5. It is okay to ask questions. Especially if any of your courses or coursework is completed online. I am not shy when it comes to attending office hours or emailing millions of questions for further clarification. Plus, it helps you to stand out in a group of many other students, while also showing you care! Nothing wrong with making a name for yourself.
  6. Don’t buy your textbook from your college or university’s bookstore. This is a giant waste of money. I repeat, THIS IS A GIANT WASTE OF MONEY. Buy it used. Rent it. Don’t buy it at all. Do whatever you’ve gotta do. But if you do buy it, please, please, trust me when I say to look online. I have [more times than not] literally saved up to $100 off each book when I purchased it elsewhere. From Amazon to Chegg, there is always a cheaper option. Do it!
  7. Sometimes you will feel like you’ve hit rock bottom. Things will get overwhelming. It will seem as if nothing will get completed, that 24 hours isn’t enough time in the day, or that you are failing at everything you do. Even though you may succumb to the stress and feel as if you are at the bottom of the barrel, the good news is, that the only place to go from there is up! Assignments will get completed, you will get through the semester, and you will realize it was all worth it in the end!
  8. Don’t forget to take time to breathe. Even if there are a million things that you have to do during the semester, you can’t forget that me time is important. Whether it’s taking a walk, grabbing a coffee with a friend, or going for a run, focusing on yourself and your mental health should always come first. Even if it’s only 5 minutes stress-free, it will help you feel better at the end of the day.
  9. You will create and lose friendships during this time in your life. I went to college having a solid group of friends from high school and, to nobody’s surprise, my group of friends is no longer the same! Everyone’s priorities suddenly become different. Everyone is trying to figure out their own lives, and your texts will not always be answered in 0.6 seconds. But while it seems as if your core friendships are dwindling, you will create some pretty kickass friendships in the process. At the end of the day, you will always have a couple solid BFF’s that stick with you through it all. These solid few, you will learn, are more important than the 8,000 acquaintances.
  10. You are not alone. There are 8 million times that I can think of that I have had to remind myself that I am not the only one out there that can get overwhelmed. There are people out there that have struggles way worse than being tired from having to pull an all-nighter trying to complete your work. It is important, though, to remember to reach out for help if you need someone to talk to. Sometimes talking to your classmates or friends will help you realize that everyone is overwhelmed and that everyone is in the same boat. It helps when you build a system to support each other. You will get through it together.
  11. You can get just as much work done at home than you will in the library. Just because you don’t spend a countless number of hours in the library doesn’t mean you aren’t as serious about school as the person who does. Not everybody will find success working in the same types of environments. One of my college roommates enjoyed working at cafe’s whereas another couldn’t focus anywhere but the quiet study. Where you complete your assignments does not amount to the type of student that you are. Your best work will be done when you are in an environment that makes you comfortable.
  12. Don’t stress over the little things. The barista didn’t put enough sugar in your coffee? You have a giant pimple on your chin? You broke the tip of your pencil? So what! Focusing on things that don’t matter will only take time away from focusing on the things that do. Stressing over everything will only create one giant avalanche of stress as opposed to one little snowball.
  13. Once you get handed your diploma, you will realize everything was worth it. The feeling you get once you’ve gotten that sacred piece of paper and achieved your goal is something that cannot be put into words. Put in the time and effort. Keep on fighting, power through, and get to that light at the end of the tunnel. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

 

Softer than a baby’s bottom.

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So, as we all now know, yesterday was my birthday. With a birthday, comes the free birthday perks from different retailers and restaurants. So yesterday, I “treated” myself to a [free] venti chai latte from Starbucks, a [free] pastry from Panera, and some free little perks from Ulta.

I just recently became more aware of the wonderful world of makeup. Up until about a year or so ago, I couldn’t give a crap about any of it. The entirety of my makeup routine consisted of $5 mascara from Target and maybe some Chapstick. *cringes* I am still shaky when it comes to achieving the perfect makeup look, but I can surely pat myself on the back for my liquid winged eyeliner abilities.

Anywho, yesterday little ol’ me goes bopping into Ulta with my boyfriend ready to spend some money. I was running low on a few things, and I had my birthday coupon in tow. I desperately needed a face cream, as my face has been so dry lately, I’m patiently waiting for a camel to waltz across it.

I had been reading up on various face moisturizers to try on different websites, so I had a couple in mind that I wanted to look at. When I got into the store, I asked one of the girls working there what she would recommend. One of these items was the Total Moisture Facial Cream by Benefit. I had read great things about this cream online, so when this was also suggested to me in person, I figured I’d try it. And let me tell youpurchasing this is one of the best decisions I have ever made.

I have always wanted to try Benefit products, but could never justify spending the money on them. This cream is retailed at $42 for a 1.7oz tub, which is way more than I would ever pay for a skin care product. But, all Benefit products are 25% off this week and after my coupon, I walked out paying $20 for this item!

So far, I used it last night and this morning and my skin feels light and airy and is so extremely soft, I keep wanting to touch my face! It hasn’t been more than 24 hours and I already feel a huge difference in my skin. I would highly recommend this moisturizer to anyone who, like me, is struggling with extremely dry winter skin.

I hope this helps at least one person. xoxo.