Christmas Gifts: Your Best Friends

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I’m going to be honest I wish I could enjoy the holiday festivities while I’m shopping for Christmas this year however the best I can do with finals and sorority initiation season in full swing is shopping on Amazon and listening to Christmas music. So if you’re like me and need more inspiration while shopping take a look at the things I’m getting for my besties.

Slippers with Goodies: I love gifts inside of gifts and one of the easiest things to do is get a pair of fuzzy slippers and put a lotion, lipgloss and hand cream inside.

Pajamas: My personal favorites are Victoria’s Secret pajamas; if your bae’s like night gowns, sleep shirts, or flannel suits VS has a ton of great options and they usually have great deals around the holidays.

Coloring Book: There are so many chic options for grown ups now, I would personally get a small seasonal coloring book and a cute pack of gel pens.

Earrings: Personally I am a big fan of a cute pair of Kate Spade earrings. The whimsical designs are adorable around the holidays and everyone appreciates something special.

Spa Essentials: The combinations can be limitless, lip balm and cuticle cream, nail polish and a hair mask, lotion and face masks, this can be lots of fun and more importantly a cheap alternative to something more expensive when wrapped cutely in a mason jar.

 

Quick Ways To Pick Yourself Up

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quick-waysIt is officially that time of year when the difficult now seems impossible. With classes wrapping up and the holidays seemingly farther and farther away I have fallen into a slump. This typically happens once or twice or ten times a semester. I have compiled list of things that I have done, and continue to do in order to power through.

Netflix and Chill (with yourself): I have been marathoning Bones from season one (for the first time) and lets just say thinking about hopping into bed and curling up with an hour long murder mystery helps get me through a long day.

Get a Mani-Pedi: This can be a tricky one if you’re not financially prepared to splurge at a nice salon but one of the things I’ve always found enviably true is that my life feels more put together with my nails done. Even if that means treating myself to going out and having someone else doing my nails or sucking it up and doing them myself.

Date Yourself: Pull out that book you’ve been meaning to read since the beginning of the semester (cough cough Harry Potter) and finally get to it. I take myself to Starbucks and get a coffee and grab a seat. Sometimes getting lost in a different world is the best way to feel energized enough to face this one.

Get a Hobby: It doesn’t have to be anything expensive, or time consuming, something that you can do when you want and where you want. For me that is blogging, for some people that is going to a yoga class, or coloring. The key thing about a hobby is that you can’t let it stress you out because then it becomes something you’re not doing for fun.

Play Dress Up: Pick a girlfriend or two or three and go to the mall and try on cute dresses. Maybe go crazy and get fro-yo. You don’t have to buy anything (and sometimes you shouldn’t) but just trying on super expensive dresses or ball gowns you will never have the need for can be fun and good way to unwind.

 

 

Morning Routine

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Of all of the things important to college students, there is little more revered than sleep. I spent much of my time in high school and my entire freshman year trying to find ways to save on sleep. The quickest way to save time in the morning and sleep in as much as possible is by making your morning routine as quick and efficient as possible.

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1. Have a set wake-up time

One of the best ways to have an efficient morning and not wake up feeling like a creature from the Walking Dead is to have a set bed time and wake up time. For me this time is something that works for both class and school.

2. Set out your clothes the night before

The easiest way to save time in the morning is to prepare the night before. I’m pretty terrible at this because all I want to do at night is sleep. One way however that I save time in the morning is by thinking about or putting out my clothes the night before. This aims to hopefully eliminate the dreaded time spent staring at your full closet wondering why you don’t have anything to wear.

3.  Do a quick calendar check

I have two calendars in the form of dry erase boards right in front of my face when I wake up. I have a monthly view and a weekly view, this way I can quickly look over what I need to prepare for that day and adjust accordingly. Another thing next to my calendars is a to-do list where I put a list of things that have to get done that day.

4.  Budget time

If I could, I would spend two hours putting time into my hair and makeup, unfortunately I only have an hour in the morning to do all of that and get dressed. That means I have to realistically think about how long it takes me to get ready and keep an eye on time.

5. Refuel

I personally can not be alive without coffee or tea in the morning, I’m slowly trying to sneak water into my routine to stay hydrated and healthy, I have also been trying to remember to have something in the morning to kickstart my metabolism such as oatmeal or a banana or toast.

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Quote Of The Week

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I saw this on Pinterest and instantly claimed it as the quote of the week. This sums up what it feels like to be in college right about now. I don’t know if it’s because this time of year is crazy or I’m still adjusting to living on my own but I’ve learned that the key to figuring it all out is balance. Some night I break down and cry in bed with Netflix and some nights I stay up until 3 in the morning laughing with my friends. Sometimes its okay to take a personal day and some days you need to stay strong in your hustle. What quote inspired you this week?

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Hello all!

After spending a summer hustling and being laptop-less I am back and ready to blog. I have a lot of exciting things planned for this year including school things, social events and gatherings with family and friends. Here’s to a great year and stay tuned for a back to school post.

xoxo

Lilly