October Favorites

The old Weekly Roundup can’t come to the phone right now… Why? Oh! Because it’s dead! I’ve realized that the idea of a weekly roundup is unrealistic for me so it is hereby being replaced with a monthly favorites post. I finally finished midterms, went home for Fall Break and am now back at school. Fall Break was amazing! I got six full days home after only getting four last year and definitely was able to take time to relax. A couple of highlights included jumping Henessy and road tripping with my parents up to northern Massachusetts! Now that I’m back at school, I’m counting down the days until Thanksgiving (39) and the days after that until Christmas vacation (12). Here’s what I’ve been loving.

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Doberman Delila: My dog is the cutest little model. Whenever she sees a camera, she turns into a total diva and with every click, she strikes a new pose. Fittingly, she’s on Instagram! Check out her account here. She has a ton of fun autumn content coming!

Lorac Unzipped: While in Ulta over fall break, I was instantly attracted to this palette and couldn’t help but swatch it all over my hand. The shadows were smooth, velvety and extremely pigmented. I instantly went home and ordered it! If you have blue eyes like me, these colors will look amazing on!

How dogs see color: While discussing the biology of vision in my bio-psych class, the professor put an image on the board displaying the visible light spectrum accompanied by two pictures of red sunsets, one from a human’s perspective and one from that of a dog. I was surprised to see that the red sky appeared green for them! Especially now that it’s fall, I’ve found myself trying to see color from my dog’s perspective. Does she see the red leaves as still green, or do they look fluorescent?  Is a red car green or blue to her? It’s just so strange, especially considering that there are probably way more colors out there that we humans just can’t see!

Leopard Print Sweatshirt: I recently purchased this with low expectations and was absolutely ecstatic when I tried it on and realized that it was actually fitted and flattering! It’s a comfortable piece that allows you to wear what’s essentially a sweatshirt while still looking put together. I know I’ll be getting lots of use out of it through the upcoming cooler months!

Macoon Apples: Last fall, I realized that macoons must be a New England thing because nobody had ever heard of them and they were nowhere to be found in D.C. This year, I made sure to go apple picking and get my fill of them! They’re literally the best, crunchiest, most flavorful apples ever. I flew a bunch back in my suitcase and have been snacking on them ever since!

The PERFECT Fall Lip Liner: Not only is the formula smooth and the pigment striking, but this lip liner is metallic!! The shade is called ‘Jewel.’ It’s the perfect dark yet neutral shade  AND it’s under $5! It looks great with a natural look or even darker eye makeup.

Cute Canoes: Isn’t this canoe adorable?! The other day, I saw a couple of people paddling around the pond in this canoe and was extremely jealous. You better bet I’m on the hunt for a cheap, used canoe because this one is ridiculously expensive!

 

Fall Bucket List

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Go apple picking

Toast marshmallows in the fire pit

Jump into a pile of leaves

Attempt baked pumpkin French toast

Visit a pumpkin patch

Go trick-or-treating

Make caramel apples

Gallop through the foliage

Take a scenic road trip with the Puppy

Make an apple pie

Visit a covered bridge

Carve a pumpkin

September Favorites

School has been crazy busy and I feel like I haven’t had time to stop and just do nothing. The ultimate proof of that is the fact that I still haven’t finished watching the Bachelor in Paradise finale and it aired TWO days ago (the horror)!! Needless to say, I’m counting down the days until I get to go home for fall break… just have to get through midterms first. Here’s what I’ve been loving.

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Calendar Print Outs: I love my Lilly Planner just as much as the next girl. It’s essential for me to map out my week and keep up on my current and never ending list of to-dos. However, I enjoy having a full monthly map out of all major assignments, exams and commitments I have coming up so I can plan ahead and be prepared. While browsing the web this morning, I came across these adorable and free monthly calendar print outs. I can’t get over how perfect they are! I love how they look hanging above my desk.

Foliage Map: I’m guilty of checking this on the regular since midway through August. I love fall. I’ve been checking it even more lately as Fall Break approaches and the leaves slowly start to tint.

Taylor Swift’s New Music: I’ve been listening to “…Ready For It” and “Look What You Made Me Do” nonstop since they were released. They are definitely two of Taylor’s best songs yet! I’m in love with her new sound and can’t wait to hear all of Reputation. If it’s anything like the first two singles, it will be filled with hidden meanings such as the ones discussed in this article. So interesting!

Pumpkin Muffins: Baking brings me life and the other night, I was craving pumpkin for some odd reason; probably because of the display of pumpkins and mums in front of Whole Foods. I found my family’s recipe for Pumpkin bread archived on my phone and modified it to make chocolate chip pumpkin muffins! They are sooo good. I’m definitely going to be making these several more times once I finish the current batch, which shouldn’t take long… I ate three of them yesterday alone.

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A New Miss America: Sunday night, Miss North Dakota was crowned as the new Miss America. You can tell that she’s highly intelligent and 100% committed to service. The second she finished preforming in the talent portion, it was obvious she would be the winner; she just lit up the stage!

Yoga: Last night, I had to go to a yoga class for an assignment and found a free one in Farragut Square. While the rush hour noise was a little overwhelming at first, I soon tuned it out and got a nice little workout in. I was so in the zone, that I didn’t even notice the motorcade that drove by! If you’re in D.C. I highly recommend going to one of the free classes hosted here. Tuesday is yoga night and Thursdays are for Pilates, which I’m dying to try. You can sign up here!

 

 

 

 

Dorm Tour

After living in a double and sharing a bathroom with three other girls last year, I am very excited about my current housing situation. When you walk into my dorm, you are faced with a long hallway. The first room on the left is my walk in closet and the second room on the left is the bathroom. The first room on the right is the kitchen and the room attached to it is my roommates. Finally, the room at the end of the hall is mine.

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I am so fortunate to not only have a kitchen almost entirely to myself, but my own bedroom! At my school, this almost never happens and the room I ended up with was by pure chance. Many of the rooms in my building are so tiny that girls need to bunk their beds to make everything fit, and here I am with my own space! While it’s not the biggest room, I get a door to close at the end of the day as well as a window that does not overlook the city street (thank God!). Stringing up various fairy lights along my walls combined with letting natural daylight in make the space feel a lot bigger.

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I ended up reusing all of my room decor from last year; I’m still in love with my pink and preppy Lilly Pulitzer themed room. The furniture my room came with was new and simple. A bed, mattress, desk, chair and bureau, which I deconstructed and placed underneath my bed. I also added two stacked boxes under my bed for some extra storage.

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The one new item I bought this year was a mirror, since I didn’t need one last year thanks to the half wall of mirror that my double came with. I ended up getting a great deal on it at TJ Maxx and strung some star-shaped fairy lights over it for an added touch. Under the mirror is my carpet which I am absolutely anal about keeping clean. Yes, I am one of those people who makes you take your wet and dirty shoes off before stepping foot on my carpet. In just three weeks, you don’t want to know how many times its been vacuumed.

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Because my desk also serves as my vanity, I like to keep it clean and organized. This means that only the essentials are allowed to be stored on it: makeup, sticky notes, a pencil cup, a stapler, tape, as well as my laptop and agenda. Everything else, such as textbooks and notebooks are stored under by bed in a desk organizer or under the desk in a little cubby.  The wall above my desk is still bare and I can’t seem to decide what to do with it. I’m sure as the year progresses much less of my wall space will be empty but for now, I’m still brainstorming. I’m torn between adding a large calendar, assembling a wall of prints, or adding a large collection of framed personal photos to the area.

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Now onto my favorite part of the room, my bed! My bed is always made. If there is a wrinkle in my duvet or if one of my throw pillows is crooked, I will fix it immediately. My bed is made with a heated blanket as the first layer and topped with a Lilly Pulitzer duvet cover. My two ‘sleeping pillows’ are dressed in white pillow cases with lace detailing and further accessorized with my Lilly Pulitzer pillows, a monogram pillow, and my bear Berry.

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Above my bed, I hung my hot pink wooden vine monogram decal. It really dresses up my room while personalizing it in a classy way. I love how it ties in with the monogram on my throw pillow and centers my bed. I ordered it online from Monogram Lane and got the 18″ size. It’s called the “wood script monogram.”

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I am once again in love with every aspect of my room. It expresses my personality and it the perfect inspiring place to be productive, creative or relax.

Fairy Lights // Carpet // Adgenda

Heated Blanket // Duvet // Lace Detailed Pillow Cases

Left Back Pillow // Right Back Pillow // Pineapple Pillow (reversable)

Front Rectangular Pillow // Monogram Pillow

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August Favorites

What a week. I feel like I haven’t stopped for two seconds since last Thursday. The progression of events have gone from going to the fair to driving to DC to moving in to eating cupcakes to riding to running around to being reunited with my best friend to submitting Fix-its for my new dorm and everything in between. I know starting out the new semester exhausted definitely isn’t in my best interest, but I feel like I don’t have a choice. Today especially, I’m feeling a little extra over everything. None the less, here are some things that have happened or piqued my interest this week!

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Fort Wetherill: This has to be one of my favorite spots in RI. It’s absolutely stunning and super fun to climb the rocks or chase the tide out to sea. I could spend weeks exploring here! The day before my last day home, I took a ride over here with a friend and had the best time.

Move-in Day: It wouldn’t be a true GW move in if something didn’t go terribly wrong resulting in a three-day series of freak outs and breakdowns. While there are still issues that need resolving, I can absolutely say that I love my living accommodations and the way I furnished my new room. Tour coming soon!

Georgetown Cupcake: I missed these so so so much!!! I’m especially obsessed with this months flavor, Chocolate Chocolate Chip and my Sunday go-to, Mocha Fudge. These are a major reason I’m thrilled to be back in D.C.

T-Shirt with a twist: Now that I’m back at school, I couldn’t be more excited for the weather to cool off and for the leaves to start changing color. I’ve been doing quite a bit of online window shopping lately, and this striped long sleeve tee from JCrew caught my eye. How cute are the bell sleeves?! Stay tuned for a post featuring several of my favorite BTS fall picks.

The Bachelor in Paradise: I’m honestly slightly embarrassed to even admit that I watch this show, but the fact that it’s so awful just makes it entertaining. Mondays episode was such a shake up, Dean is such a jerk!!!

Micheal Ray: When I went to the Washington County Fair Thursday night before coming back to school, he was the featured singer and I was absolutely blown away by his incredible voice and songwriting skills. I love his song “Real Men Love Jesus” as well as his newest single, “Get to You.”

Reunited: Just yesterday, my bestie moved back to school which means I’m no longer exiled in solitude!! I’m so excited to stop Facetiming for a while and actually enjoy seeing a real person!

The Eclipse: Monday marked the first solar eclipse to sweep the United States coast to coast in nearly a century. Although I couldn’t manage to locate a pair of glasses to watch, some of my friends did and we were able to view the eclipse from the roof of a residence hall on campus. Let’s just say the eclipse wasnt the only cool view!

Corpse Flowers: The corpse flowers were blooming in DC this week which means I’m going to have to head over to the botanical gardens to inhale something extra rancid soon… I just have to wait for a new one to bloom now so I can get the full stinky experience.  I don’t know if I should be excited or reluctant to go…

 

The Secret to Clear Skin

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Junior year of high school, I had awful acne. My forehead was red, bumpy and irritated. Going from a point of having more pimples than clear skin on my forehead to having it completely clear involved the quickest, easiest fix possible! As it turned out, I was allergic to an ingredient in Nestle chocolate chips that is also found in other chocolate and diary products, but not all of them. I still have no idea what the ingredient is, but I have established a list of “safe” and “unsafe” chocolates that I can and cannot have. While I was struggling with my acne, I could’ve sworn that it was genetic and that I would need hardcore medicinal ointment and a miracle to clear my skin. I wish I could go back and tell myself to eat organic chocolate instead and all my (skin) problems would vanish!

If you’re struggling with acne, I would first recommend that you follow a clean diet for a week or two to see if your face clears up. Strictly eat fruits, vegetables and healthy meats such as chicken prepared with no oil or butter. Then, start gradually reintroducing “normal” food to see what exactly makes you break out, wether it be oil, dairy, sweets or something else. It may be a preservative found in certain brands of foods but not others. I, for example, am fine with eating almond butter but the moment I eat peanut butter, breakouts start popping up all over my face.

Keeping your skin clean is also imperative to keeping it clear of blemishes. Although cutting out my allergen cleared most of my acne, I was still getting the occasional pimple. I attributed it to not removing all of my makeup and my mom recommended I try using a toner every night. The white cotton pads used to apply the toner don’t lie and will show you just how much grime and old foundation stays on your skin every night even after washing!

Now, after getting my nightly skin care routine down, my face is clear. I start by wiping the makeup off my face with a makeup removing towelette before using an acne fighting facial cleanser.  I then pat my face dry with a clean towel before applying some toner with a cotton pad and finish with some of what has to be the world’s best moisturizer.

Acne is an struggle that everyone faces and is often difficult to understand. Back in high school when the skin on my forehead was bumpy, irritated and broken out, even my dermatologist didn’t know that often times, acne is caused by a food allergy. Instead of suggesting that I find the root of my problem, she prescribed me a topical treatment that left me with painful chemical burns on the skin covering my acne. While a prescription treatment might serve as a short term solution (or just make everything worse), it will do no good in the long term if your acne is caused by an artificial ingredient you are ingesting. You are what you eat and if you choose to eat something unnaturally toxic or with multiple additives, your skin will reflect it; it’s trying to tell you something! The first step in clearing up your skin is listening to your body. The second is taking care of your skin by keeping it clean, moisturized and refreshed.

Summer Essentials For Your Car

As the season of Summer rolls on, I have found myself reaching for the same essentials every day before climbing into my car and heading out for the day.  No matter my destination, my car is always stocked with these necessities. Summer brings my spontaneity to a whole new level and I tend to live by the motto “you never know where you’re going until you go there.” Here are the things that I never leave the house without in the hot summer months.

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  • Sunscreen!!!  Before I apply my makeup, I make sure I am wearing at least SPF 40 on my skin but my protection doesn’t stop there. I always have a bottle of spray on sunscreen in my car to wear if I decide to go into the sun. It’s good to make sure you have it at all times. “I forgot it” is a lame excuse, especially once you’ve been burned and proceed to waddle around your living room because your skin is crimson and burnt to a crisp!
  • Sunglasses!!! All day, every day, 365/365, I wear my sunglasses. Especially in the summer, I make sure I have them in my car and my bag, incase someone else happens to be driving.
  • Water!!! Before I leave my house, I always fill one of my Lilly Pulitzer tumbler cups half full of ice before pouring in my water. It’s very important to stay hydrated in the summer and is easy to drink while you’re driving.
  • A Beach Blanket!!! Whenever I go to the beach, I almost always forget a towel which is why the emergency blanket in the back of my car is such a lifesaver!
  • A Floppy Hat: These are perfect for summer. They’re adorable and add the perfect touch to any outfit. They are also perfect for shading your face from the sun and are light enough to keep you cool.
  • An Extra Swimsuit/Towel!!! You never know if you’ll end up at a beach, pond or a friends pool. Better to have it than to only be able to dip your feet in! Plus, you’ll never know when you’re going to drive by a fun looking sprinkler… kidding!
  • A Change of Clothes!!! I always keep a loose sun-dress or comfortable shorts and a top in my car, especially on days I’m going to the barn and know I’ll feel sweaty and gross after. It’s better to drive around with extra clothes and never use them than to wish you had something fresh to change into and not have it!
  • A Sweatshirt/Sweater!!! Summer nights can get pretty chilly, always be prepared!
  • Flip Flops/Sandals!!! Let’s face it: sometimes your feet just want to breathe. Keeping a couple of extra pairs of shoes in the car is always a good idea. I always have a pair of white Keds and flip-flops somewhere in the back of my car so I’m never forced to have inadequate or uncomfortable footwear.
  • Phone Charger!!! Because phones die and nobody wants to be stranded with a dead phone.
  • Camera!!! Especially since I started blogging, I have implemented an “always bring camera” rule. You never know where you’re going to go or what you’re going to see! All too many time’s I’ve said “I wish I had my camera” yet never once have I complained about having it.
  • Snacks!!! I like to bring fruit daily but also keep gum and KIND Bars stashed in my car for when I’m hungry and miserable.
  • Makeup Wipes!!!Keeping old, sweaty makeup on your face feels gross and can lead to breakouts. Throwing some makeup removing towelettes in your console is a fool-proof choice.
  • Wet Wipes!!! As a proud germophobe, I always have these in my car or bag. They allow you to scrub your hands clean in a way that hand sanitizer just can’t match.

Well, now you can probably understand why I say I live out of my car… because I really could! What are your summer essentials?