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February 11, 2016

Swing of Things

Shirt: Old Navy (similar) // Coat: J.Crew Factory // Jeans: Topshop // Shoes: J.Crew Factory (similar, cheaper) // Necklace: J.Crew Factory (similar)

I'm only two weeks in to second semester and I can already tell that it's gonna be a looooong semester. With harder classes, more hours at work, and a million clubs, events, extracurriculars, and projects it feels a bit tough to keep track of everything. Luckily with the help of my handy dandy planner, and pens in every color of the rainbow I'm starting to get in the swing of things and make a routine for myself. I don't have as much downtime during the day as I did last semester so when I go to get dressed in the morning I have to make sure that my outfit works for everything from class, to work, to meetings and events. I wore this on a Friday which is generally my most relaxed day because I only have one class. However, on this day I had to attend an info session for a job I really wanted and made plans to get boba and enjoy the rest of the day with one of my roommates. 

These jeans from Topshop are by far my favorite because they are incredibly stretchy but hold their shape very well. This flannel is also very soft and it looks nice without feeling stuffy or constricting. Because I knew that at the people who would be looking over my job application would be at the info session, I felt like I really needed to look put together and added a flashy necklace and wore my favorite shoes. Although these shoes are not practical at all for walking around in New York (they have no grip or padding whatsoever), they always get noticed by others and hearing them tap tap tap down the hallways gives me a major confidence boost.

I'm already getting a bit bored with dressing for winter (I just want to wear shorts!), but with some solid pieces, creating a winter ready outfit isn't so bad after all. 
February 8, 2016

February Small Goals

Hello February, Nice to see you! Can you believe that we're already on month two? January was spent relaxing at home and then getting back into the swing of things here at school.

J A N U A R Y  G O A L S

1. File my taxes and fill out my FAFSA | My taxes are filed, my refund is on its way and my FAFSA will be done once my parents send me their tax info!

2. Post at least twice a week (M/Th) | So I didn't exactly post twice every week on the days I planned to, but this month was a good month content and consistency wise so I'm gonna cross this one off anyways.

3. Use my blog Facebook more | I think this month I used my blog Facebook once? maybe twice? Me and Facebook just don't jive and it's really not my preferred choice for social media. I definitely prefer instagram or twitter so I'm plan on trying to focus more on that instead!

4. Do something with my writing | This goal was really neglected this month. I didn't write too much, and I still don't have an idea on what to do with the writing I eventually will write.

For my first month of small goals I feel like 2/4 ain't too shabby. Hopefully I'll be able to ramp it up and knock out all my goals in February!

F E B R U A R Y  G O A L S

1. Stick to my budget | At the beginning of the year I made an official budget for myself to keep my spending in check and also help me reach some of my personal goals (saving up for studying abroad, saving to upgrade my laptop, getting my savings account to a certain amount). I'm trying realllllly hard to stick with it this month. My bank isn't available on apps like Mint, so i'll need to find another way to keep track of spending.

2. Finish Modern Romance | I started this book over the break and I would read a few pages before bed once I got back to school but now it's been over a week since I last picked it up and I'm not too happy about that. Hoping to finish this book this month, I mean it is February after all!

3. Keep killing the email game | I hate emails. I really do. But as a college student and a young adult I can't avoid them any longer. For the past couple of weeks I have been really dedicated to maintaining inbox zero and replying to emails in a timely manner and I hope to keep it up for the rest of the month and hopefully forever.

4. Practice being thankful more | A few months ago I got in the habit of tweeting "today I'm grateful for..." I really liked doing this before bed and being able to reread those tweets if I was feeling down or stressed out. I don't know why I stopped, but this month I want to get back into that habit!

*p.s. I'm linking up with Nicole
February 1, 2016

January Purchases | Budgeting Bloggers

1. J.Crew Factory Rolled Turtleneck Sweater- $88.00 $21.99 (43.98 total)
3. Uniqlo HeatTech Leggings- $19.90 $14.90
4. Uniqlo Fleece Zip-Up Jacket- $29.90 $9.90 
TOTAL: $91.58 ($43.98 fun clothing + $47.60 winter essentials)

January was a great month for my wallet! I had a very little urge to go shopping and I only picked up two items that I had been watching for a few months when the J.Crew factory had a sale on clearance items. I am obsessed with these turtlenecks and I want to wear them everyday. They are soft and warm and easy to throw on with a pair of jeans and head out the door. I almost managed to finish off the month with no other purchases but once I got back to New York just days before the blizzard, I decided to stock up on some winter layers for the season. I don't know if I should really count these since they're more functional than stylish, but I thought I would include them anyways! 

My feet are always freezing so I got a pair of Uniqlo's heattech socks with the hopes that they would leave my feet toasty warm. I think my hopes were too high because although they keep my feet warmer than normal socks, I'm still left with frozen toes after a day outside. Does anyone have some sock recommendations? While the socks were kinda a bust, their leggings do keep me quite warm and are great at keeping in body heat. I also picked up a scoop neck shirt to wear underneath sweaters to let me go longer without washing them by being keeping my sweat and oils away from the sweater itself. I think my favorite winter purchase however would be this fleece jacket. It is the softest, warmest thing I have ever put on my body and I wear it around my room all the time because my room is always cold! It's a little bit short in the body, but since I only wear it at home I don't mind. I can also see this being a great layering piece under a puffer vest or alone once the weather starts to warm up. 

I've yet to make an official budget yet, but it looks like my clothing budget will be around $70 a month so this month was a bit above that but I did have some extra cash this month and most of the purchases were necessities so I'd say I did pretty well. I just haven't really been in to shopping lately and I'm working on making more thoughtful purchases instead of impulse buys. On my list now are a pair of black jeans, new ankle boots because my old ones are totally worn out, and a new backpack that's a bit larger than my TOMS Backpacks. I also need to get rid of some items in my closet that are just taking up space. What are your favorite ways to sell old clothes? Hopefully next month comes with some more space in my closet and a new staple item or two! What have y'all been buying lately?

Linking up with Franish 
January 26, 2016

2016 Planner Overview

In an attempt to be more on top of things this year, I decided to invest in a nice planner. I ordered this one from Mossery on Etsy and although I haven't really started to use it, I love it so far! I thought it would be helpful to give y'all my first impression of this planner and I included plenty of pictures if you ever want to scoop on up for yourself!
January 25, 2016

Photo Diary | Snow Storm Jonas


Enough with the all caps, Jonas was no joke. With over two feet of snow in a day the fact that I still have all my fingers and toes is a miracle. I may have looked like a total idiot running around in the snow being stupidly happy and in awe and wonder but snow is so damn pretty. The park was absolutely covered and I took full advantage by making a snowman and having a massive snowball fight. I know that the rest of winter is gonna suck, and this winter is probably going to be brutal and long, but at least my first experience with snow was one filled with overwhelming delight and happiness– and I'm fully aware of how cheesy that sounds but being in a blizzard is truly a beautiful thing.
January 19, 2016

the look

Jacket: J.Crew Factory (similar) // Sweater: J.Crew Factory // Jeans: Topshop // Shoes: Adidas Universal // Watch: Daniel Wellington

My favorite outfits are the ones that when I look at myself in the mirror all I can think is "YES! this is it, this is the look I'm going for". I hate when I feel like an outfit is missing something so when everything comes together I feel like I'm on cloud nine. I finally picked up some turtleneck sweaters when they were on sale at J.Crew Factory and I can already tell that it's gonna take some major self restraint to not wear them everyday this winter. I really can't stand when my neck is cold, but scarves can sometimes just get in the way so this is a perfect alternative. 

I paired my cozy turtleneck with my favorite jeans (Topshop is my new go-to for jeans, these fit like a dream), my everyday accessories, a lightweight jacket to keep out the wind, and my new favorite pair of shoes. These sneakers happen to belong to my brother, but not for long because I fully intend to bring them back to New York this weekend. Adidas Superstars and Stan Smith's are all the rage right now, but I've always been a dedicated Adidas lover and my brother has quite the collection of sneakers from over the years, he totally wouldn't notice if this pair goes missing right?

I'm obsessed with this outfit because it's the right amount of smart and classic with a good dose of fun and casual. I wore this while doing a shoot this weekend but I can totally see myself wearing this to go to class, hangout at my favorite coffee shop, go to work, or even run errands. Just swap the lightweight jacket for a proper coat (nyc is expecting lots of snow!!!) add some gloves and I'll be good to go!

January 11, 2016

Meet Durand.

It finally happened– I got new glasses! I've been wanting new glasses since forever and I finally got around to getting my prescription renewed and ordering a new pair. I've worn glasses everyday since I started wearing them when I was in 1st grade until 8th grade when I finally made the switch to contacts. Ever since then I have been going between contacts and my old glasses that haven't been replaced in forever (until now!). The frames I was using before we're terrible for me, they weren't very flattering, they had awful transitions lenses (which are very practical, but also not cute at all in my opinion), and they we're hard to see out of! Most of the time I was looking out over the rims because of how narrow the glasses were and if I pushed them any further up my nose then my eyelashes would uncomfortably press against the lens. This just caused even more eyestrain and also neck strain for me and it turns out that my old prescription was just a tad too strong which is why I could never wear my glasses when doing something very close up.

I know that Bonlook is all the rage in the blogging world, but I'm also a huge fan of Warby Parker with their sleek and modern aesthetic. They also have a few showrooms in new york (and other cities!) so I had the chance to try on all their frames before hand. If you're not lucky enough to have a showroom nearby, you can order some of their pairs for a free at home try on which I think is super neat! I got the Durand pair in Whiskey Tortoise and I'm a little bit obsessed. I've been taking selfies non-stop and haven't even thought about putting my contacts in. I feel like they really fit my face and personality and I'm glad to finally have a pair of glasses that I look good in.