My current go-to playlist. 


1. Paris by The Chainsmokers. I’m still waiting for the day that this duo releases a single that I don’t love. I mean, who still can’t get Closer out if their head!? Their newest single is just as good, if not better, than the rest.

2. Higher by Rihanna. I’m still on an Anti kick, even months later. This is one of my favorites off the album, but honestly, who can even choose just one favorite?

3. Out of my Head by The Griswolds. You can’t help but belt this bad boy out. This newest single of theirs will put you in a feel-good “I can kick anyone’s ass” kind of mood. [SIDE NOTE: someone come see them with me at The Waiting Room in March!!]

4. The Pocket by Andy Grammer. Can we just discuss how I’ve loved this dude for years and now he’s always a fill-in on the Today Show and performing halftime shows at major football games?? I saw him for FIVE DOLLARS at Niagara University a few years back and it was one of the best shows I’ve seen! This is a little bop from his first album, but it never gets old.

5. Past Lives by Børns. I love how this song goes from being melodramatic to a song you can dance to at the bar with your friends or sing at the top of your lungs in the car. Added bonus, he’s so hot.

6. Pop Style by Drake. When I saw Drake over the summer, this was one of the best he performed in concert. It’s always a go-to. I don’t think I’ll ever stop!

7. Strange Love by Halsey. Most commonly, this song tends to be linked to my boy Matty Healy, but the beats are so unique. And her voice…wow. I can truthfully say she sounds just as good in person, too. I had the chance to see her open for Imagine Dragons before she exploded into the spotlight.

8. Need to Know by Macklemore feat. Chance the Rapper. I never really used to be a big Macklemore fan until my brother turned me onto him. His new album didn’t get as much hype as the last one, but I tend to like the albums and songs that other people don’t for lord only know what reason.

9. Mercy by Matt Nathanson. He speaks the truth in every single one of his songs, this one no different than the rest. Plus, his music always reminds me of summer, which is perfect right now considering we’re in the depths of winter.

10. Paris by The 1975. This is my favorite song off of ILIWYS. It’s just so smooth and easy on the ears. Plus Matty has the voice of an angel.

xoxo.

How does the oven work, again?

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There is nothing I hate more than cooking. Baking, not so much. But overall, yuck.

I, like most girls my age, am sucked into the wonderful world of Pinterest. You would think by the looks of it that I actually knew what I was doing in the kitchen because my top 2 boards with the most pins are EAT and SWEETS & TREATS. [Follow me!].

I am making it my personal goal for this year to keep adding to this list and actually cooking the dishes I think I’ll like. You’ve all heard it here first. It’s gonna happen.

From what I have so far, I’ve narrowed it down to 10 recipes I’d like to try to successfully execute without burning down my house or my boyfriends apartment within the next couple of months. They are outside the box from what I usually eat, so it should be interested.

I’ll have to keep you update on the status of each home, because having them remain standing in one piece is not guaranteed.

  1. Almond Joy Poke Cake
  2. Chocolate Chip Cookies and Milk Cake
  3. Lighter Mini Cheesecakes with Oreo Crust
  4. Chocolate Pecan Coconut Cookies
  5. Peach Crunch Cake
  6. Roasted Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad
  7. Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup
  8. Baked Black Bean and Sweet Potato Flautas
  9. BLT Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocados
  10. Crispy Orange Cauliflower

What are some of your favorite recipes? I’d love to know and try them out! xoxo.

The struggle of figuring out how to adult.

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With about one semester left of grad school, it’s starting to smack me in the face that one day I’m gonna have to “grow up.”Actually, not just one day. It’s one day soon. Part of this sad reality came from asking for business attire, a blender, and money to put towards college tuition for Christmas and birthday gifts. How wild is that?

My boyfriend and I even bought a cute little dry erase calendar for the apartment to try to organize everything as best we can. Although the calendar looks full, it’s really only appointments, schedules, birthdays, and little events that are on there.

The more and more I try to plan out and organize each new month, the more I see that even though I think I am so busy or stressed now, chances are, I have no idea what is coming for me. I mean honestly, I only have to take care of myself – get myself to class, get myself to work, buy food for myself, make sure my homework is done. I don’t have a home to take care of, kids, anything like that.

The older I get, the more I am realizing that not everything can be planned out. My boyfriend is often a good reminder of that, as he always tells me that there are certain things in life that will happen unexpectedly. That there are things that will be thrown at you that you can’t prepare for. The more I realize this, the more I realize how much admiration I have for my parents and my grandparents for doing everything they do without losing their minds.

There are so many of my friends that seem to have everything figured out. They are either engaged or married, have kids, have a house, a stable job,  and have what seems to be an established life. Sometimes seeing all these posts on social media can knock me down a bit, because here I am at age 24, still in school, still waiting for a big-girl job that is not being a retail manager, still waiting for “life to begin.” While I know that 24 is still so young, it can still be hard feeling like there’s so much more you feel like you could have done in these few short years – things that are different than what you actually did.

While things can get overwhelming, I have to realize how lucky I actually am. I have a family who loves me. Friends who are always there for me. A boyfriend who supports me. A chubby little guinea pig. A roof over my head. [A little] money in the bank. An opportunity to further my education. I have food on my plate and a warm bed to crawl into every night. And that’s pretty damn awesome.

Hopefully one day soon, I’ll figure out this whole grown-up thing. I won’t want to nap to get away from the world. I’ll choose a pencil skirt and heels over distressed denim and converse. I won’t want to have ice cream for dinner. And once I do, I hope I’ll be able to look back and wonder why the heck I was ever stressing out in the first place.

Things I’m currently obsessed with. 


1. NYX Butter Lipstick in the shade Sugar Wafer (BLS13). Holy hell do I love this shade. The formula is creamy as hell, which makes it perfect for the chapped winter lips, and the color is perfect if you know you want to wear a lippie, but don’t want to go bold. It goes with honestly everything. I snagged this shade at Nordstrom Rack for $4!

2. Drive Like I Do by Drive Like I Do. If anyone knows me, they know my obsession with the band The 1975. Lately, I have been going back and nonstop listing to the pre-1975 era 1975. If you are new to the fandom and didn’t know about the pre-existing life of Matty and the boys, listen to this album. Right now.

3. Parenthood. I will admit, I am sooooo late to this party. I was recently looking into new shows to watch on Netflix and landed upon Parenthood. It’s something I always wanted to start but for some reason, never did. I am about 6 episodes in, and I am hooked. [Honestly, I’m sitting here counting down the minutes until I can go home and watch more].

4. Strawberry, peach and banana smoothies. I’ve been on a smoothie kick lately. Usually late at night, I crave something sweet like ice cream. But I’ve turned to the alternative that is smoothies. It is cold like ice cream. Kind of tastes like a milkshake. But is so much better for you. And sooo easy to make [thanks to the NutriBullet]. Once I’ve 100% perfected my recipe, maybe I’ll share.

5. Oversized sweaters. Okay, okay. This really isn’t anything too out of the ordinary for me or anyone. But lately, the last few sweaters I’ve purchased I’ve gotten in a L/XL size because, duh, they are soooooo warm and cozy and so perfect to pear with leggings or skinny denim. And, you still look cute and put together and appropriate for [most of] the work environment! So technically, this is a win-win.

Farewell, President Obama.

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In 2008, President Obama became the first African American man ever elected President. The Obamas were a top-notch family. No scandals, no turmoil. Not everybody had to like him, but I did. [DISCLAIMER: I will never tell anybody who to like vs. who not to like – this is solely my own opinion!]. To me, he was not some figure that I couldn’t relate to. He just seemed like a normal, everyday man with a normal, everyday family. Heck, Michelle often rocked these killer outfits that were affordable from stores that even I shopped at!

With the end of his Presidency near, here are some of my favorite things that President Obama has said over the last 8 years.

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – President Obama, on change.

“Tonight, we are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to. That is our history, whether it’s the pursuit of prosperity for our people, or the struggle for equality for all our citizens; our commitment to stand up for our values abroad, and our sacrifices to make the world a better place.” – President Obama, on the potential of America

“If we aren’t willing to pay a price for our values, then we should ask ourselves whether we truly believe in them at all.” – President Obama, on the importance of values

“We still believe that this should be a place where you can make it if you try.” – President Obama, on making it

“We have an obligation and responsibility to be investing in our students and our schools. We must make sure that people who have the grades, the desire and the will, but not the money, can still get the best education possible.” – President Obama, on the importance of higher education

“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.” – President Obama, on marriage equality

“We must carry forward the work of the women who came before us and ensure our daughters have no limits on their dreams, no obstacles to their achievements, and no remaining ceilings to shatter.” – President Obama, on glass ceilings and achieving dreams

“If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.”  – President Obama, on change

“Sometimes, when we’re lying together, I look at her and I feel dizzy with the realization that here is another distinct person from me, who has memories, origins, thoughts, feelings that are different from my own. That tension between familiarity and mystery meshes something song between us. Even if one builds a life together based on trust, attentiveness and mutual support, I think that it’s important that a partner continues to surprise.” – President Obama, on Michelle

And, how could we forget his love for children! [Warning: your heart will melt]

Thank you for the last 8 years, Mr. President. On to the next chapter. 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.

SOS! Send help! 


I am looking into ways that I can get my daily dose of caffeine [or other means for energy] without necessarily depending on cups and cups of coffee.

One thing I’ve wanted to work on this year is monitoring my cofffee consumption. I waste a disgusting amount of money on coffee every month, and am not a really big fan of drinking coffee black. So far, I have relentlessly failed. In the last 8 days I’ve probably drank more cups of coffee than I can count on my hands and toes combined.

If you know any tricks or tips on how to eliminate the overdose of caffeine while still maintaining high energy throughout the day, please let me know. xoxo.

New music from Ed Sheeran?! 


I repeat..NEW MUSIC FROM ED SHEERAN! It may have only been since 2015 since he gave us something new, but those 2 years felt like 20. Am I right!?

I was perfectly okay with the release of a new single, but then I saw it. There were not only one, but two, and I could not contain my excitement!

Shape of You and Castle on the Hill weren’t done in typical Ed fashion, but boy, to me, they were done perfectly. It’s like in the last 2 years, Ed found an entire new side of himself and I love it. Synthesized beats, a compelling chorus, and fast pace melodies make me so excited for this new album to be released [finally]. He’s back and he’s not messing around!

Find these songs. Sit there. And listen. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Thank you Ed, you rock. xoxo.

90’s babies unite!

283563_2072098676944_6849798_nBeing born in 1993, I am indeed a 90’s screen-shot-2017-01-06-at-9-56-32-pmbaby. While the 90’s for me ended at the tender age of 7, one thing that stuck with me is my ever-obsessive love for the Goo Goo Dolls. I remember hearing my first-ever Goo Goo Dolls song at as young as 3 years old, and can proudly say I knew almost every lyric to every song on the Dizzy Up the Girl album by 1999. They were my very first concert and I still buy tickets every single time they come back home.

Here I am at age 24, new album Boxes being released last May, still hopelessly in love with a frontman who is the same age as my father. [When worded that way, it’s disgusting, but come on…he’s hot!]. When people ask who my favorite artists are and the Goo Goo Dolls is on that list, they look at me like I have 7 heads. What they don’t realize is that their songs have helped me through some of my toughest times, their lyrics have related to me more times than not, and these songs have capped off some of my most amazing memories.

When asked to pick what some of my favorite lyrics are, I have to stop and think and try not to pick them all. So after serious consideration, I’ve narrowed it down to a select few [in order of release date].

“Everything’s wrong, but it’s alright.” – Two Days in February from Hold Me Up, 1991

“It’s a beautiful life, and I’ve got it in my sights. Ain’t that so obvious?” – We are the Normal from Superstar Car Wash, 1993

“And scars are souvenirs you never lose, the past is never far.” – Name from A Boy Named Goo, 1995

“When everything’s made to be broken, I just want you to know who I am.” – Iris from Dizzy Up the Girl, 1998

“I wouldn’t be the one to kneel before the dreams I wanted.” – Sympathy from Gutterflower, 2002

“You’re caught in the rules of the world, it’s a just a promise no one ever keeps. Now it’s changing while you sleep, but no one here can see.” – Truth is a Whisper from Gutterflower, 2002

“Laughter is my soul’s release.” – Can’t Let It Go from Let Love In, 2006

“I wish everyone was loved tonight and somehow stop this endless fight, just a chance that maybe we’ll find better days.” – Better Days from Let Love In, 2006

“So live like you mean it, love ’till you feel it, it’s all that we need in our lives.” – Before It’s Too Late from Goo Goo Dolls: Greatest Hits Volume 1, 2007

“I need you there when the nightmares and dreams have come true.” – Something for the Rest of Us from Something for the Rest of Us, 2010

“If the world should turn its back, you know that I’m still here.” – Notbroken from Something for the Rest of Us, 2010

“Say goodbye to all the things in life that tried to pull us down.” – Keep the Car Running from Magnetic, 2013

“When life gets hard, we get brave. We all get scared, it’s okay.” – Souls in the Machine from Boxes, 2016

“It’s hard to be yourself when everyone around is changing. Open up your eyes and you’ll never lose yourself again.” – Over and Over from Boxes, 2016

** You got two posts today, because yesterday was a day from hell and I did not get home until 11pm from 7:30 in the morning. So, I made it up to you with the double post today. 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.