College Dorm Room Shopping Guide

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Not going to lie: this post is definitely an excuse to make a glorified shopping list!

a salute to all the successful freshman in the past.
this thing is more exhausting than I thought it would be. 
To be fair, however, I know many of you are also shopping for your college dorms, and an exhaustive list might come in handy, if for nothing more than reminding you of one or two things that are easy to forget. Right?;)

I've tried to catch everything that's not mentioned on most standard "Dorm Shopping Lists" you find online -- but (and this part is especially directed at those of you already in school/have finished school) if I've missed anything please let me know your further recommendations in the comments! I'm sure we'd all appreciate any extra advice we can get!

Things That Are Way Too Easy To Forget For College
Or: "College Needs List"
  1. Extra pillowcases  (I switch mine frequently to keep any dirt-related skin problems at bay!)
  2. Extra throw blankets / pillows (college in the north = snow and single-digit-degree nights!)
  3. Extra towels for cleaning (You don't want to have to use one of your bath towels to mop up the floor) 
  4. Flip flops for the shower (Because. ew.)
  5. Under-the-bed storage unit / set of drawers (staying as organized as possible is the goal!)
  6. Swimsuit (my mom taught me to always bring a really never know when you'll need it, and it's pretty miserable being the only one without/having to buy a tacky one last-minute.)
  7. TIDE To-Go Pen (didn't realize what a lifesaver this could be until I started working retail, and couldn't just throw a shirt in the wash if I got something on it at lunch! MAJOR lifesaver here, y'all.)
  8. Backup Phone Battery (because you never know how long you might be out without a chance to charge.)
  9. Portable speaker
  10. Snack Stash (all my currently-in-college friends say this is their biggest tip; having snacks on hand means you don't have to run to the grocery store if you miss dining hall hours or are up late studying and need a snack to keep going! If you're interested, I'll be sharing my Healthy Dorm Pantry Essentials in an upcoming post!
  11. Feminine hygiene products (I would recommend stashing up at the beginning of the semester, because if you're anything like me, you'll forget until the last minute, and depending on where you go to school, a drugstore may or may not be a 20 minute drive away...)
  12. Good backpack (this is the one I bought)
  13. School Supplies (amidst all the dorm room essentials, you'd be surprised how easy it is to forget about the most important things!)
  14. Dirty laundry bags
  15. Laundry detergent
  16. Over-the-door mirror (To make sure that outfit looks as good in real life as it does in my head, ha!)
  17. Baskets / Drawers for additional storage
  18. Posters / Artwork for the walls, and sticky tack for easy removal.
  19. Extension cords (and fairy lights) (of course) 
  20. MUGS. (If you and your 20 friends need one, I've got quite a collection saved up over the years...XD)
  21. Food storage (cardboard boxes attract small creatures - better to use Tupperware for your snacks!)
  22. Flashlight and batteries
  23. First Aide Kit
  24. Tools for building / hanging anything on move in day.
  25. Hard drive for regular computer backups

Fellow Freshmen: 
Are you feeling as overwhelmed with this dorm shopping task as I am? XD

Happy weekend, loves!

Summer Travel Essentials

Friday, July 21, 2017

I don't have any further travel plans for the summer (though I have to say, Nantucket looks pretty dreamy at the moment!), I still wanted to take a moment and spotlight one of my favorite topics, before the season comes to a close. Traveling (especially long weekend trips) is the quintessence of summer to me, and there's little I'd rather scheme about than what to pack for a dream vacation! So here you have it:

My (Admittedly Idealized) Summer Travel Must-Haves
DREAM DESTINATION: Somewhere in the Mediterranean
NOT INCLUDING: knickers and toothpaste, because who wants to talk about that?

The biggest benefit of summertime travel is the simplicity of clothing: a couple of dresses, one pair of shorts and a tee or three are really all you need for week in the sun. I always love a good cotton sundress, but this year I've been especially drawn to the eyelet-fabric trend that's been peeking back through! I feel like a little girl again, in the best possible way. :)

Whether you're wearing a strappy sundress, a loose, drapey tee, or this season's go-to off-the-shoulder look, a strapless bra is a really good summer essential to keep in tow. It's one of those things that are so easy to forget, until you desperately need it - and they're so easy to get wrong too, especially if you have a larger bosom (fuller ladies, you know what I mean!). One I've had my eyes on for quite a while actually is ThirdLove's Classic Strapless Bra: it is more expensive, but all the reviews I've read are really convincing me it's worth the price point. You may be able to fake it with your regular bra, but when it comes to strapless, any off-sizing or discomfort can really become a pain to faff around with, and can make wearing your perfect summer dress something to be dreaded instead of enjoyed. 

ThirdLove has been kind enough to offer an extra 10% off your purchase, with the code TLJLY10! I know I'll definitely be trying one - especially since any bra you don't love within the 30-day trial period can be easily returned, for no cost (save shipping). :)

This needs little explanation: a easy sandal is an absolute must-have for me in the summer! Especially traveling, you can slip them on and off easily, and some can even fit in luggage as small as a handbag. Win-win-win!

I've been back on the signature-fragrance trail, and though I still can't say I've found my "one", I did find a pretty amazing gem, amidst sniffing myself silly at Sephora the other night. Philosophy's Pure Grace is absolute summer-heaven in a bottle. I swear they've made perfume out of sunscreen because that's exactly what it smells like (or at least, the top settles down to something a bit warmer and richer) and it's incredible. 

Last but never least, is it really a summer vacation without a cute straw hat? Packable options are harder to find, but well worth it when you get to your destination (if anything, it looks good in pictures and can hide unwashed hair for a good extra day or two). One that holds it's shape well and doesn't take up too much space is ideal, but if you're stuck for finding one, you can always just wear it on your travel days and bypass the suitcase question altogether. Looking extra chic, too, of course. ;)

What are your travel essentials for summer trips?

An Explanation

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

via tumblr

First: Did you think I'd died?

(I sure hope not.)

Second: I sincerely apologize for dropping off the face of the blogosphere like that, with no explanation. I was at a point with blogging where it was beginning to feel like a chore, and that's never been my desire for this place. When what you love becomes a chore, it may be time to step back and reassess. So that's what I did.

Third: I still want to blog. I just feel the need to make that very clear, since the rest of this is going to be a little bit less so. I still want to blog, but I'm honestly not sure how much time (if any) I will have to do it in college. I always say (a bit tongue-in-cheek) that I don't do anything by halves, and though mostly I'm just poking fun at my own bull-headed-ness, it is partly true. To blog half-heartedly is a foreign idea to me - if I'm going to do it, I want to be all in. But unfortunately, I simply can't be all in blogging at the same time I'm all in school. It's not practical, and likely not possible.

Fourth: I'm going to be completely honest: I did think about quitting entirely. I've been getting a bit uncomfortable with focusing so much attention on myself, and as much as I love blogging, I'm not necessarily looking for a career out of it anymore. I want to reach other people who think the way I do, and uplift other women in this online community. I don't want this to become my alleged modeling portfolio.

Fifth: I realized I'm still egotistical enough to think other people care about what I have to say, and precocious enough to keep saying it. ;)

Sixth: If you're confused by all this, all you really need to know is this - to the question "are you still blogging?" Yeah, I am. I've still got so much to say, and in my small way, I think I always will. The writer in me is ever alive and kicking, Lord love her! On top of that, this blog has become a sort of way of keeping long-distance friends updated on the comings and goings of my life, and I know a handful would be pretty disappointed to see this space go silent entirely (not going to lie, I definitely would be sad too). Because I know if I just "post whenever" it won't happen, and if I promise 4 posts weekly I'll loose sleep for the sake of the schedule, right now I'm sticking with the promise of an easy, breezy, one post a week. If I find my footing quickly and begin to pick up this pace again, wonderful. If not, at least you know it's not for lack of care. I still love this space. I still love writing and sharing and connecting, best of all. I just don't want to loose the joy and allow it to become a task, a laundry-list item.

Seventh: I hope you can bear with me in this new season of life. That is - I understand if you don't. But if you do stick around during the new changes, it means the world to me. Thank you, dear friend.

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