Friday, July 31, 2015

Book Club: July 2015

Hello Fellow Book Clubbies!

This month was interesting in terms of reading. I was fairly busy but going out of time gave me great hours in the airport to read! I love having down time like that because I have uninterrupted reading time. I highly suggest bringing books when you travel, not only to take up time but also to stay entertained endlessly.

one// Pale Horse, Pale Rider by Katherine Anne Porter
This is a collection of short stories. At first they are a little confusing because Porter just jumps into the story. I really liked the second short story. They definitely take twists and turns and take you on a journey. I'd suggest reading them when you have a little bit of free time. Its great because the stories intertwine, but you can still read them independently.

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Back To School {Dorm Shopping}

Hello Loves,

Well I guess its time to face the music and accept that in less than one month, we are moving back to school. Now don't get me wrong I love college and all of my friends coming back to school! Yet I'm going to miss this incredibly fun and chill summer, going back to school means going back to the absolute insane schedules and constant business. Its a different pace, one I love, but also I could use a couple more weeks of summer. I think going back this year is particularly hard because I'm going to be a senior, making it my last year (excuse me while I go cry for three days now).

One of the most important and difficult parts of college is getting dorm ready! You want to give your room its own style but you also don't want it to be cluttered and too busy. Its a hard balance to strike.

Remember that college beds are Twin XL which is not the same size as the regular twin size. When it comes to bedding, I suggest cute and functional. Remember a lot of people will be going in and out of your room so you don't want something in which the dirty is easily seen. You also want bedding and sheets that make making your bed easy! You also want to get a mattress protector and padding.

Get a bath caddy!! Chances are you will be sharing bathroom with a roommate or even your whole floor. This means that you don't want to leave your bathroom supplies in the bathroom for everyone to use. You also want to get shower sandals. Sometimes you'll have the opportunity to decorate your bathroom with your own shower curtain, I'd suggest getting one that is easy to clean but isn't too dark. Dark shower curtains will make your shower very dark and hard to see.

three//Storage & Organization
When it comes to dorms, space is invaluable! You don't want to clutter your room with too many things. You need to have a nice clean and crisp way of keeping your stuff organized. You want to go for function over looks here.

If you are planning on joining a sorority I wouldn't go too intense on decor because you'll get a ton of stuff for Big Little Week. If you still want to decorate try picking a theme or color scheme. By tying in your bedding, a rug, curtains, and a couple of other items your room can look immaculately decorated with little effort.

Some people suggest getting printers, I don't think they are all that necessary. You school will have printers. What you really need is a laptop, phone (and charger), and an alarm clock. Don't over do it with the stuff, remember space is limited!

Hampers, drying racks,vacuums, oh my!! While detergent is a given, I wouldn't suggest getting too fancy with your laundry. Bring clothes that are easy to wash and don't require extra maintenance (you'll be too busy for that). Some people get irons and ironing boards, but I suggest throwing it in the drying and taking your clothes out hot to remove wrinkles.

There's always some random odds and ends that you may need. Like a rug or curtains or an extra chair or lights. Some other extras can include kitchen supplies like coffee makers (saves bank on Starbucks!)

Dorm room shopping can be a very stressful process! Don't worry though, just take your time and pick things that are functional and cute. You don't have to get the most expensive stuff because most of the stuff is not going to be used that much more after college. Keep it simple and enjoy your time!

How did you decorate your room?
*none of this is sponsered they are just my personal veiws

Monday, July 27, 2015

Wok Cooking Class

Hello Loves!

I don't know how many of you have heard of the Levo League (I have talked about it before). But this passed weekend my local chapter had a Wok Cooking class. It was super fun! We learned how to use a wok in order to cook healthy, one pot meals in thirty minutes. I also got to meet a ton of amazing women that live in my city. A star chef, Eleanor, taught us how to use the wok properly and effectively. While I usually hate cooking* I am very excited to try out these new techniques.

The class was not exactly what I expected. I thought we were each going to have our own stations and try our hand at wokking, but that wasn't how it went. Instead Chef Hoh would cook and she'd have one other person help her out at a time. My sister volunteered to cook at one point. I didn't haha. I really just enjoyed watching, taste testing, and networking with the other women that attended. 

Here's my sister cooking some nice, fresh veggies! I think wok cooking the veggies is absolutely the way to go. They were so crispy and flavourful. 

I'm being a wok star :)

One of our final products. This was tilapia that was cooked in the wok. First we cooked the veggies in order to cook them thoroughly then we took the veggies out and put them on a plate. Afterwards we made a sauce and thickened it in the wok, we then put the fish in the sauce. It took barely five minutes to cook the tilapia completely. We then put the fish on the veggies. The sauce was thickened again and put on the fish. It was like a stir fry curry mix! It was so delicious.

After the class we became certified Wok Stars, like rock stars but with woks in the kitchen haha. I'm so excited to try the tilapia technique for dinner one of these nights. What do you like to cook when you're short on time?

Happy Cooking
*I know how to cook, I just hate doing it!

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Dysfunctional Pair Takes Boston

Hello loves!

This passed weekend I had a lovely little getaway to Boston! Last time I was in Boston was over four years ago and only for one night. Man, does time fly! I went to visit my best friend. She goes to college in Boston so she took me around town to her favorite places and obviously to very touristy places. I think I needed more time there because it really just wasn't enough to see everything!

(flying means Tomato juice #sorrynotsorry)

I flew into Boston Thursday afternoon. Then I made my way onto the T (I had no idea what I was doing but I'm pretty decent at winging it!). Once I got my Maddy's house we ordered in dinner and I checked my emails and such. Later that night we went dancing at a college type bar near her house. They had a really fun cover band and a lot of fun dancing! 

Friday we went to the Lawn on D and then the Prudential shopping centers. It was so fun and very cool. I find that traveling and visiting other people is an experiment in living their routine. Its actually very hard to do!! I like waking up early and moving fast with a plan, Maddy is pretty much the opposite. So we kind of started our days late and moved slowly :(. Other than that it was so fun!

 At Davis Square we saw fresh pasta being made! When we walked by the Boston marathon Finish line I obviously had to take a picture (plus some times I'm really funny)

We were able to watch a really cool dance at a local Artist Art Festival! Her dancing was to bless us all with beauty and peace!

On Saturday after the art fair, we went to the Museum of Science, Boston. It was such a cool place and we got to learn so much. They even had ducklings hatching there! We also went to the planetarium that night, I love looking at the stars! It really is a must see if you have time in Boston.

Who's foot is bigger? Maddy's or the T-Rex's?

On Sunday we went to brunch then walked along the harbor. We went to the cutest little place, that was absolutely packed! And for good reason too, it was delicious!! I had the most amazing eggs benedict that literally filled me for the whole day. Brunch is probably one of my most favorite meals.

At the harbor we went to the Boston Tea Party museum (I really think I'm so funny!)

At Harvard Square, I wandered into the cutest, most amazing chocolate place! I ate a chocolate square that was so decadent and so amazing. I wish I remembered the name of the place, but its definitely somewhere I want to go back.

On Monday, I took the T out to Boston Commons and embarked on the Freedom Trail. I am telling you this is a MUST DO!!!! You get to see all the different historical sites while walking along the beautiful city of Boston. It was a 2.5 mile walk (even though you don't have to do it all I highly recommend it). I made it all the way to Little Italy and over the Charles River to the USS. Constitution. This walk was probably the highlight of my entire trip.

My flight back home had the most beautiful sun falling off the edge of the world over Washington D.C. I just love everything about traveling and flying. Especially sitting at the window seat and watch the plane take off and land. I love seeing myself within the clouds! Its magical.

Where did you travel this summer?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Weekend Getaway: Packing Light

Hello Travelers!

I'm not doing much traveling this summer, but I did just go to Boston for the weekend to visit my best friend! I had so much fun. Since it was just a weekend trip, I travelled with carry-ons only. Its so much easier and quicker to travel with carry-ons only. I try to do that whenever possible. Since I mostly travel with carry-ons and I have crazy, obsessive packing skills (oops) so I manage to fit a lot in tiny spaces.

Packing for a trip is one of the hardest parts of the whole trip! I find it incredibly difficult to pack when I don't have a set itinerary of things I am going to do on the trip. Its easy to pack when you know what you need the clothes for. Since I had no set plans just vague ideas I felt like I was packing for an entire month instead of a weekend!

one// Check the Weather
Before deciding which cute shorts, dresses, or pants to take with you make sure they are weather appropriate! You don't want to take a bunch of sweaters (that take up space) when the temperature is going to be in the 90s.

two// Make A List
Make a list of everything you need to bring. This includes a phone charger, headphones, toothbrush, and even socks. This is to make sure that you don't forget those small things that always slip your mind! (I always forget my pjs!) Then you can check off all your items to make sure you don't foget anything.

three// Plan your Outfits
The most important part of packing your carry ons is to pack outfits that you can mix and match this includes jewlery. By having a couple of bottoms and tops that can be switched you automatically double the amount of outfits with half the amount of clothes. Set out the clothes you want to take in order to plan mixing and matching.

four// Wrinkle Free Clothes
Try to pick clothes that are considered wrinkle free. This is clothes that doesn't wrinkle easily in a suitcase. You don't want to pack your clothes tight then not be able to use them because they are so bunched. This is super important when you aren't going to have access to an iron or drier.

five// Strategic Packing
Wear your bulkiest clothes (specifically shoes) on the plane in order to have more room in your suitcase. Pack your shoes in the bottom and build it in layers from there. You want to roll up shirts in order to have more room.

six// Suitcase and Purse
The suitcase is for the majority of clothing and shoes and any other large necessities you won't be needing during the flight. Your purse is for the things you need close to you at all times, like a wallet, keys, book to read, headphones, etc. Sometimes if something doesn't fit in my suitcase but its small enough for my purse I'll just slip it in my purse. Its all about being flexible and solving the packing puzzle.

Enjoy your travels!

Monday, July 20, 2015

A Day In The Life: Summer Internship

Hello Loves!!

I know I've talked about my internship! But I haven't really touched on what I've been doing other than that. I have fairly crazy busy days! I feel like I'm always running around from one place to the other, but I wouldn't want it any other way! Although summers are usually reserved for more laid back times I really like having a schedule to stick to.

At work my day varies depending on what I have to do that day! And sometimes if its slow in the office I'll be checking my email, pinterest, facebook, blog, etc. Its so funny how varied the days can feel but ultimately they pretty much stay the same day to day.

Usually Fridays and weekends are the most varied and different! I usually go out with friends Friday nights or stay up even later. I have a problem with getting to sleep at a reasonable time. But I'm trying really hard to work on it. I am enjoying having both my sisters home so we do end up hanging out a lot and doing a lot of things together. Some times work takes over my weekends as well so it feels like I'm constantly at the office!
Illustrations via this fabulous illustrator
Do y'all have a routine or prefer to stay free all summer?
I'd love to know!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Round Up!

Hello Loves!

This has been an interesting and crazy week! I've been really busy with work and traveling, but along the way I found some really fun articles. I like particularly like these pieces of news. I'm not a huge fan of the Rebecca story because although its "feel good" it's also incredibly sad but I think it should be shared.

one// 25 Famous Women Best Advice
I love this article! It is 25 famous women giving us the best advice they have ever received! So basically we get 25 times the best advice! They have some very wise mentors.

Rebecca had previously fulfilled the other items on her list, which including kissing a boy in the rain and going to Spain. Her sisters and cousins found the list on her bed shortly after she died 

two//For Rebecca
This teenager fulfilled her bucket list in the most inspiring and sad way. She is an inspiration of selflessness but I wish that she didn't have to pass away along the way.

Image: Dorothy Olsen

three// WWII Plane Pilot Honored
One of 1,000 female soldiers that were Fighter Pilots during WWII, Dorothy Olson got a special birthday present. Its amazing how brave she was flying over 22 different kinds of planes in the 1940s. And definitely an awesome birthday to be remembered!

four//Pluto has an Earthly Visit!
Pluto is my favorite planet! I was so upset when it was no longer deemed a planet! But now finally we have reached the outskirts of out solar system and taken pictures of the lovely Pluto.

These are just somethings I've been enjoying this week
What's your favorite news of the week?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

How To Grow Your Hair

Hello Loves,

My sister is having a lot of issues with her hair so to help her we've been looking up many different tips and tricks and here I've compiled a list of tips and tricks that have help her hair grow!

one// Don't wash your hair everyday
Washing your hair everyday can strip away protective oils that help keep your hair healthy. Start slowly by reducing your hair washing by washing it every other day then every two days or so. Find the amount that works best for you. It may seem super oily at first, but your scalp will adjust in no time just use dry shampoo until then!

two// Dry your hair with care
When you get out of the show, gently squeeze excess water from your hair and pat dry with a soft towel or shirt. Don't rub or massage wet hair it causes it to break easier creating split ends. Comb your hair with a wide-toothed comb and gently work through the tangles. Try to let your hair air dry as much as possible!

three// Style your hair gently
Always make sure to use a heat protectant before using heat on your hair! Always try to use the coolest setting possible. Wash your hair in colder water to help fight frizz and keep your hair shaft smooth and healthy.

four// Avoid chemicals
Many shampoos, conditioners, and styling products contain a lot of harmful chemicals that can ultimately dry our and damage hair in the long term. Try to pay special attention to the products to minimize the use of chemicals to make your hair healthier in the long term. Try to avoid sulfates and silicone in the products.

five// Eat well
You are what you eat! Try to maintain eating a healthy and balanced diet, not just for your hair but for your body! Healthy diets will help hair grow faster, thicker, and glossier.

six// Drink plenty of water
Hydrating your body can help hydrate your hair. Try to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. This helps your body as well as your hair!

seven// Take vitamins
Biotin (500mcg a day) promotes healthy skin, hair, and nail growth. Its hard to get all the necessary vitamins for healthy hair and skin so I take a Women's One-A-Day to supplement my normal diet.

eight// Let your hair down
Play with different hairstyles but also let your hair down. Tight hairstyles like ponytails or buns can cause breakage in your hair. Give your hair a break!

nine// Massage your scalp
Give yourself a scalp massage 2-3 times a week for 10 minutes to increase blood flow to the scalp and promote hair growth. I like to do this when I wash my hair!

ten// Trim split ends
It is important to trim your hair when you are growing it out, but only trim it when necessary. Its okay to skip trims if the ends are strong and healthy, just trim the split ends!

Do you have any tips for growing out your hair?
I'd love to hear them!

Monday, July 13, 2015

The BIG 2-1

Hello Loves!!

Friday was my birthday!! I went out and celebrated with some friends. It really was such a fun 21st. Since my birthday is in the middle of summer no one is really here to celebrate with me. Most of my friends either don't live here anymore or they were out of town! It's weird how college works like that, you make the greatest friends but ultimately you don't live in the same places.

I started off my day with balloons! It was so cute!! (They also attacked me in the face a little haha)

Even google wished me a happy birthday so that was pretty special!!

Later on at work we had a Potluck! It was super fun and really cut into the day at work which is always great!

Once I got home my room was decorated with a poster of 21 things to do for my birthday! Sadly I forgot the poster at home so I'll have to try them another time at a bar haha.

Hanging out with my balloons! Does anyone else love balloons as much as I do for your birthday? They're just so fun!

Celebrating with the best :)

What kind of birthday would it be without some strattiness?

My best friend and little before we even knew big little was a thing <3 br="">

My DD and Little sister! Where would I be without this one?

Look at this sexy pirate ;)

Bar by the water means lots of harbor pics haha.

16 years later I can't imagine my life and birthday without these lovely sisters. They are the best sisters anyone could ask for. We even did this little recreation of my first birthday celebration with both my sisters! I turned five years old when my baby sister was born and now at 21 they are still the best people to celebrate with. Every day and on my day I'm so grateful they are in my life.

How did you celebrate your birthday this year?