The Ultimate Spring & Summer Fashion Wish List For 2018

Though spring is over a month away, it's never too early to start shopping for your spring and summer wardrobe. I love amping up my closet with: bright colors and fun patterns. (Just a heads up; you'll see a lot of Lilly P. in this wishlist!)

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1. Twill X Midi Short

I am in desperate need of a pair of white shorts. I think they would be so much fun to pair with bright, fun Lilly tops.

2. Lowie Blue Skinny Leather Belt

A navy blue belt is also on my wishlist. I love belts. I think they're a super cute accessory. Not to mention, they keep my pants up.

3. Arriana Beach Please Tote

This tote is too cute to pass up. I love the bright tassels. During the summer months, I find that I carry around a ton more: blotting sheets, deodorant, water, etc.

4. Charming Urchin Bracelet

During the spring and summer months, I like to accessorize lightly. This bracelet isn't going to sweat my arm off.

5. Lilly Lanyard

For Christmas, I received a Lilly Pulitzer ID wallet-- that I love to death. I would love to get a matching lanyard if I get the chance.

6. Bell Sleeve Cover-Up

I saw this swimsuit cover up and immediately fell in love. I love the cut and wide sleeves.

7. Miller Thong Sandals

Lately, I've been obsessed with Tory Burch this and Tory Burch that. These sandals are at the top of my wishlist this season. They'll go with everything and anything; instantly transforming my outfit.

8. Diamond Tassel Earrings

Tassel earrings have been super trendy. I've always thought they were a little too bold for me. However, lately, I've been wanting to experiment with this trend. Maybe if I kept my hair down, they wouldn't be as "loud."

9. Villa Del Mar Logo Bar High Neck One-Piece

When it comes to bathing suits, I definitely prefer a good one piece. They'e just a little bit more modest. Ya know? I love this solid-colored one. I''d definitely be making a statement while sitting poolside. (I see it now: Classic Ray Bans and a pair of MK flip flops. Do we see it?)

10. Colby Silk Clip Top

This tunic would be perfect for a late night walk on the pier. I'd pair this with ripped jeans, or some white cropped pants depending on the occasion.

11. Resor Infinity Loop

A fun colored scarf is the perfect way to transition into the spring season.

12. Prana Women's Quinn Dress

I am in love with this peach color. So cute! I think this would be a nice dress to just throw on.

13. Lipsi One Piece

Again, I love one piece bathing suits. And, I love the color navy. Need I say more?

14. Pom-Pom Beach Woven Sun Hat

I. Need. This. Hat. In. My. Life. Enough said.

15. Adjustable Gold Tassel Necklace

This gold tassel necklace would be the perfect go to accessory during the warmer seasons. I can definitely see myself layering this with some solid colored tops and cut offs. (Comment below letting me know how you style your tassel necklace!)

Comment of the Day: What's on your spring and summer wishlist? 

How To Balance A Blog + College

Being a full time college student makes it difficult to be a part time lifestyle blogger. For those of you who are in my position, I'm sure you understand.

Here are some of my tips to help you run a great blog while maintaining an awesome GPA:


Use a planner.

My planner is my best friend. (I'm sorry, Natalie! You're a close second, I promise.) I use the heck out of my planner. My top tip: come up with a color coding system.

SCHOOL
BLOG
FITNESS
LIFE (VOLUNTEER, FAMILY, ETC.)
IMPORTANT

It's a pretty basic system, but I really like it. It helps me stay on top of all of my to do's. 

Stay organized.

Keep your work space clean. Keep your planner intact. Keep your computer files in range. If you stay organized, you'll be able to manage more tasks. And, you won't feel as overwhelmed. (I don't work well with a messy desk.)

Prioritize school work.

School, then blog. In high school, I couldn't imagine putting my blog second. However, this time, I'm paying for my college education. It's important that I devote the needed amount of time to my schooling.

Devote time to blog.

With that being said, if your schedule allows, block out time to devote especially to your blog. I like to spend Friday afternoons in my school's cafeteria. It's the perfect time to eat and blog, and blog and eat. A few weeks ago, I sat in my school's cafe for 2 hours. I had soup, and a grilled cheese. Oh, and fries! Two orders of those curly things. They're addicting!

Plan blog posts in advance.

During winter break, I like to go to town and plan for a year's worth of blog posts. That's almost impossible, so I settle for the end of the semester. I like to use Google Drive to help me organize dates and blog titles.


Here are some tips to plan for a semester's worth of blog posts:

  • Brainstorm. Set a timer for 20 minutes and put all of your thoughts on paper. Your bound to come up with some great ideas!
  • Search the web. The worldwide web is the perfect place find content inspiration. I like to gravitate towards social media, like Twitter and Pinterest. They always have great ideas in stock for me.
  • Revisit YOUR blog. Scope out your old blog posts for content ideas. Are there any routines you can update? What about a new story you can tell?

Those are all of the tips and tricks I have for managing a blog while in college. Live by your planner. It will make your life 10x easier! Put your school work first and devote a bock of time do your blog 1-2 times a week. And lastly, plan in advance! This is the system that works best for me. What works best for you?

Question of the Day: Do you find running a blog while in school a difficult task?

How To Perfect Your Next Essay ft. Boss Chic Crate

Midterms are right around the corner-- which means, midterm essays are in session. Here are my tips to make sure you get an A! (Or, at least a decent grade to keep that GPA going strong.)

Mug: Boss Chic Crate


Outline.

As soon as you get the assignment: brainstorm. Outline some ideas. I like to paste the prompt into a word document and post bullets/phrases underneath the topics. This helps me organize my thoughts.

Draft.

I like to complete research as I draft my essay. (I don't want to waste anytime researching information that I'm not going to use in my essay. Please don't tell your professor-- or mine for that matter, I said that.)

And then, draft again.

During the second draft is when I like to complete my research. I research topics that need stronger arguments. This balances my essay making it look more complete and thorough.

Edit.

Edit your paper. I like to read through my paper and move phrases/sentences around to make my paper flow better. I also fix any punctuation mistakes I may have made. Oh! And, now, is a great time to hit up a thesaurus. Word choice is everything.

Go to your school's writing center.

Some of my teachers actually offer extra credit if you go to the writing center. Another set of eyes on your paper does no harm.

Edit. Again.

I know. I know. How many times can you edit something? Just read through it one more time. One more.

Email it to your professor a week in advance.

If your professor will look over your paper before the submission date, take advantage of it! A few of my teachers did this and it really helped me.

Go back and add some things.

Add anything that your professor told you too. Make your paper the best it can be.

Submit!

Congratulations! You're done!


Editing is key. I highly recommend looking over your paper 2-3 times before you submit it. Your professor will be able to tell you put time and effort into the assignment.

And, celebrate!

Don't forget to celebrate with a cup of coffee in your favorite mug. My current favorite mug is this one from Boss Chic Crate. These mugs are so girly-- and I love them! They look so cute on my desk. This one is so fitting since International Women's Day was on March 8h. Definitely recommend! Go checkout Boss Chic Crate's social media links below.

Question of the Day: How are you enjoying your classes right now? Writing any big papers?



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Winter Makeup Routine

Today, I thought I would share my winter makeup routine with y'all. I've been testing some new makeup products and love this combo!

I tested the look on my sister, Natalie:



FACE

Face Base Illuminating Primer | Models Own

I use clean fingers to apply this product onto my face. (CAUTION: It is extremely sparkly!)

Dream Fresh BB Cream | Maybelline

I use a wet sponge to apply this product to my face. I like to use two coats of this product because it's so sheer. If I have any redness/imperfections I'll go with a concealer.

#NoFilter Finishing Powder | NYX Professional Makeup

This is my favorite powder of all time. It makes my skin look so smooth and radiant.

Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush | Tarte Cosmetics

I love this blush! It lasts a whole school day, which is a miracle to me.

High Beam Liquid Face Highlighter | Benefit Cosmetics

As far as I'm concerned, this is the best highlighter on the market. I like to apply this to not only my cheekbones, but the center of my face too.

EYES

Highliner Gel Eye Crayon  | Marc Jacobs Beauty

I simply tight line my upper lash line.

Troublemaker Mascara | Urban Decay

I don't love this mascara, but it's growing on me. I definitely prefer Urban Decay's Perversion mascara.

Brow Shaping Gel | Ulta Beauty

I like to run a bit of product through my brows to keep them in place. This product does just the trick!

LIPS

Shine Shine Shine Lipgloss | Essence Makeup

This is my favorite lipgloss. I can't say enough great things about it. It's so shiny! A little bit goes a long way (and it lasts a really long time, too!) My go to trick: Apply a little bit of product to the center of your lips. Not only does it look more natural, but it makes your lips appear fuller. Win, win!


Question of the Week: What's your favorite makeup product? 

10 Things To Do On Spring Break

Spring Break is right around the corner! I am so excited to be able to take a break and focus on my mental health-- college can be so stressful!


1. Catch up on school work.

Now is as good as time as any to get caught up on assignments. You can work at your own speed and devote the time necessary to that assignment you've been putting off.

2. Get ahead on assignments.

So, maybe you're like me and want to get ahead on some assignments. Not a bad idea! I like to use break as a time to get ahead on readings and final projects.

3. Do some spring cleaning.

I know when I come home for the weekends, I usually don't do much cleaning. Now is a perfect time to dust my room and clean out any old makeup in my drawers.

4. Catch up on some sleep.

I know I'm not the only one who stayed up until 2 AM last week writing a paper for my psychology class. Girl, take this time to rest.

5. Get together with high school friends.

If you're home and you have the time, get together with your high school friends. It will be nice to see their faces again.

6. Work on a hobby.

I'm sure you all know my hobby is blogging. It's my pride and joy. If you have a hobby dedicate some time to it. In college, you're always working on assignments. Now is a great time to show yourself some love.

7. Go to the beach.

For the Instagram pics.

8. Spend some quality time with your family.

I spend Monday-Friday at Cabrini University. I spend Saturdays running around and Sundays are really the only day I get to see my family. And, that's when soccer season isn't in session. And, when is it not?

9. Go on a mini vacation.

Hey, if you're bank account allows for it, get away for awhile!

10. Relax.

Do a face mask. Paint your nails. Watch Netflix.


Question of the Day: What are your plans over Spring Break?


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