Life Hacks For School

Hi everyone!

Welcome back to my blog! Though we are already a month into the school year, I thought I would still share some life hacks for school. You never know when these tips might come in handy!



Make a playlist exactly as long as you have to get ready.

I made my playlist 35 minutes long. I wake up at 6:00 a.m. and I am out the door by 6:40. Therefore, I have 5 minutes to spare for breakfast. Some songs I have on my playlist include Boys by Savannah Outen and Into You by Ariana Grande, though it's always changing. These songs are upbeat, therefore get me moving in the shower.

Here's my current playlist: http://bit.ly/2bGYgIk


Pick out your outfit the night before.

I started doing this during my freshman year of high school. It made my life a million times easier.

You've probably heard of this little hack already: while online, I came across the use of soda tabs to save space in your closet. You can also make outfits with them. I've been testing this out since the beginning of the school year. Works like a charm!


When it comes test time suck on a mint or two.

My Spanish teacher last year encouraged us to do this. She said, "mint stimulates the brain." I had no idea! Now, whenever I take a test I gravitate towards my Icebreakers.


Writing something out is equivalent to reading it 7 times.

Chances are you already know this, but I recommend making flashcards. Making flashcards is one of my favorite ways to study, especially for AP Economics and CE Spanish IV. I use colorful markers in order to make the process fun.


Write in blue ink.

I don't know how you feel about taking notes in pen, but I love it. I hardly ever use a pencil! I used to take my core notes in black, until I learned writing in blue ink encourages the memory. Now, I write my notes in blue ink, using red and purple ink to draw attention to extremely important ideas.


Have a table of contents.

Skip the first page or two of your notebook. Then, go back throughout the year and add a table of context for your notes.

I love this tip! I've used it in the past, and it made such a difference come mid-terms and finals.


Remember to use your planner.

Your planner in honestly your best friend in high school and college. Write down assignments as you get them.

A few years ago, I forgot to write down a biology assignment. I had no other option but to try to complete it during homeroom. Not my best work, but I still completed it. If you're not about utilizing a planner, use the app MinimaList. It's a lifesaver! I use it every morning to plan daily to-dos.


That concludes my life hacks for school. These are ones that I use on a daily basis. I find that they worked wonders for me in terms of time management and productivity.

Thanks for reading,

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Fall Fashion Wishlist 2016

Hi everyone!

Welcome back to my blog! This morning I am sharing my fall fashion wishlist with you all. I am absolutely obsessed with the items on this wishlist. (Especially that black backpack! So cute!)



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Black Rivet Traditional Plaid Blanket Scarf

I am absolutely in love with this scarf. You can't go wrong with this traditionallooking Black Rivet blanket scarf. It gives off such a classic feel. 


Sole Society Shaw Backpack W/ Front Pockets

I am a girl who loves purses. I like anything from Target to Louis Vuitton. I'm on the hunt for a purse-backpack that I can use for the fall and winter season. I find that they are much easier to carry as opposed to handle top bags.


AE Textured Boot Socks

I definitely love my Lauren Conrad knee-high boots. The caramel structured boot makes chilly fall mornings conquerable. These boot socks would definitely complement the caramel color.


Women's Free People 'Highlands' Marled Boot Socks

Again, another pair of boot socks. I only have one pair... and I love them to death. Hopefully I can get my hands on a pair of cute ankle booties to wear them with.


No Name Available: ASOS Booties

These booties have textile lining with a block heel and an almond toe finish. I think they are the cutest pair of booties ever.  Plus, they have a chunky heel that will give me some height. #ShortGirlProbs


Bustier Floral Lace Crop Top Bralette Sheer Sexy Cami Tank Triangle Bra

I have been on the hunt for a neutral colored bralette since last Christmas. I found one at Aerie, but it was too small. After returning the small, they explained they were all out of mediums. I was crushed. 


Army Green Lapel Pockets Loose Trench Coat

Army green is a color that screams fall and winter to me. I would definitely pair this with a white v-neck, skinnies, and my Lauren Conrad knee high boots. And maybe some boot socks? Yes, yes, and yes!


Polyester Knitwear

I love cardigans. I think they are so comfortable. I love wearing my Burberry frames and a messy bun with cardigans. It's so effortless, yet super cute. And comfortable! Isn't that the most important part?


Tory Burch Collins Leather Strap Watch, 38mm

Tory Burch is one of my personal favorite brands. This light caramel watch is perfect for transitioning into the fall season.


Womens Plain Loose Slash Neck Batwing Sleeve Sweater Khaki

I had to include this little sweater. It is so versatile! I love the fact that it can be dressed up or down depending upon the occasion. I would pair this with skinnies and flats for a school day. If I'm going out, I would slide on some boots and dress it up with a pearl statement necklace.


Don't Ask Why Muscle T-Shirt

American Eagle  has some of the softest shirts. Their Soft and Sexy collection is one of my personal favorites. Perfect for Monday mornings when I simply just want to roll out of bed. I would pair this with a light weight scarf and my favorite moccasins.


Gap Women Factory Oxfords

Last but not least, I included these oxfords from Gap. They're only $40. I would love to style these with a denim on denim outfit.


That concludes my fall wishlist. What's on your wishlist this season?

Thanks for reading,



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How To Take Killer Notes

Hi everyone!

Welcome back to another back to school post. I hope you've been enjoying this addition to my blog. I know I'm enjoying posting twice a week.

Without further ado, let's talk about how to take some killer notes:

1. Gather your materials.
  • Handouts
  • Notebook
  • Pens/Highlighters
  • Post-Its
  • Textbook



2. Take notes before class.

Out of all of my note taking tips, this is the one I advise the most. On Saturdays and Sundays, I like to skim through the chapters I'll be covering in class that week. From there, I just take notes from the textbook. Do this because it allows you to focus in class as opposed to writing down everything the teacher says.

  • Color code new ideas
  • Draw diagrams and/or pictures

3. Write down any questions you have.

If I have any questions after reading the chapter, I will write them on a post it note in green ink. This is also extremely important. I suggest doing some extended research prior to asking the question too. It will show your professor that you are knowledgeable and are putting in the extra time to succeed.


4. Add to your notes in a different color during time of the lecture. 


During the lecture, I will still take notes. (I like to do this in purple ink by the way.) If there is nothing to be added, I will star anything my professor exaggerates in red ink. Perfect for study time! 





5. Study your notes.

I admit, I'm not the first one to follow this; but do as I say, not as I do. Study your notes within hours of taking them. The retention rate is much higher if you do so. 

I have done this on several occasions, but with my busy schedule sometimes I put studying off until the last minute. Life gets in the way sometimes, you know?



6. From there, you can make a study guide.

This is something I do all the time. Over the summer, I took Introduction to Psychology. I made a study guide for each chapter. It really helps me retain the information. Click here to see how I make my study guides. 


That concludes my note taking tips. Go ace that test

Tub Time Favorites

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Last night, I was definitely feeling a pampering session. With that being said, I thought I would show you my favorite bath products.


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Cupcake Fresh Face Mask

I love this face mask to the moon and back. It's incredible! First of all, it smells so good. And secondly, it really deep cleans my pores. I like to use this when I feel a bad breakout coming on.


Pink Bath Bomb

Bath bombs are essential for tub time. I like this specific one from Lush because there are a million little confetti hearts and a few rose petals. It is absolutely gorgeous! 


Aussie Moist Shampoo and Conditioner with Pump

I've been using Aussie hair products for as long as I can remember. I specifically like the Moist shampoo from their line because it leaves my hair feeling nourished and soft. Something my new short locks adore!


BIC Soleil Triple Blade Disposable Razor for Women, 8-Count

Disposable razors are a must for me. They are so convenient!


Dove  Gentle Exfoliating Bar

I often switch up my soaps, but lately I've been using this one from Dove. After using it my skin feels fresh and smooth. Other soaps I use come from Bath and Body Works. If you have any favorite fall scents from Bath and Body Works comment below!


EOS Ultra Moisturizing Shaving Cream

EOS is one of my favorite brands without a doubt. Their products are stellar, and their shaving cream is no exception. I love the feeling of my super smooth legs after using it. When I don't use it, I go in with olive oil for a second shave. Now, that truly works wonders!


H2O Plus Sea Salt Hydrating Body Lotion

This lotion is definitely one of my favorites. I've gone through about 3-4 tubes of H2O+ lotion in general. Not only does it smell amazing, but it hydrates my skin unlike any other lotion. The moisture is locked in for the whole day! This is something I really appreciate as the months get colder.


OJON Rare Blend Deep Conditioner

I absolutely love this product. I only use it about once a month, but you can use it many more times than that. I use this deep conditioner as a hair mask. I let it sit for about 10 minutes while in the bath tub. I'll just be on my phone scrolling through Pinterest or something like that. After rinsing it out, my hair smells of a tropical island and it is so soft. I just keep touching it- I know that's bad though.


Banana Dot Duck

How can you have a bubble bath without a rubber ducky? It's nearly impossible. You can purchase a rubber duck anywhere!


That concludes my tub time favorites. What are some of yours? Comment below!

Thanks for reading,

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My Favorite Apps For School

Hi everyone!

Welcome back to my blog! Today I'm sharing my favorite apps for school with you all. These apps have definitely helped me during crunch time.



Organization


Google Classroom, Docs, Drive, Sheets, etc.


Google everything is a must as far as I'm concerned. Google Classroom is my most valuable app because this is how my teachers communicate with me. Teachers will upload assignments and tasks. It's my responsibility to simply complete them. 

With docs and sheets, I can complete assignments from my phone. I usually won't write a whole paper on my phone, but for convenience purposes it's nice to have. 

Minimalist


This app, by far is one of my favorites. It's a little more than your average to-do list. You can add tasks and cross them out as you accomplish them. While accomplishing them, you can even set a timer, which is my favorite feature. If you go on to the app while in the middle of a task- it will even yell at you! How cool is that? I love using this app when I don't have my planner within reach.

My Homework


I like having my assignments on my phone because I always have my phone on me. While I'm in line at my local coffee shop I can check due dates on assignments with ease.




Language



Word Reference


If you're taking a language, I would highly recommend this app. According to my Spanish professors this is the app to go to. It's the most reliable compared to Spanish Dictionary and Google Translate. I use this all the time for my homework.


Duolingo


This is another app for language takers. If I have some spare time between classes this is the app I'll gravitate towards. Not only am I enhancing my knowledge of the language, but I'm having fun!



Study


Study Blue


I discovered this app/website over the summer. There are tons upon tons of "answer keys" if you will. You can search by course, professor, or subject.

This past summer for my public speaking course I had a few take-home-test. I couldn't find a few of the answers in the textbook. So, of course I went online like any other teenager would. I came across this website. I typed in my professors name... and all of the answers to the test came up. I checked all of my answers to ensure their correctness. 

I'm now considering upgrading my profile to have access to all of the study materials on the app.


Quizlet


Quizlet has always been one of my favorite apps. It is very similar to Study Blue. It has a ton of flashcard sets, which are also like answer keys. Sometimes you can find answers to an entire worksheet on here. I love using this between classes to freshen up on topics. (Especially, AP Economics!)


Spotify


Spotify is my favorite app for discovering music. Music is an essential for me when it comes time to study in the library. Click here to listen to some of my favorite tunes right now.


That concludes my favorite apps for school. What are some of yours? Comment below!

Thanks for reading,

My School Morning Routine

Good morning everyone!

Welcome back to my blog! Today, I have an exciting routine post for you all. The exciting part is that it's a collab with two of my favorite bloggers: Christina, Eve, and RĂ³. We are all sharing our school morning routines with you. All of these morning routines are very different. I hope you like them!



5:45-6:00 a.m


My morning starts between 5:45 and 6:00 a.m. During this time frame I scroll through my social media, starting off with Snapchat, followed by Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Follow me on snapchat @guiliannamarie.


6:00- 6:10 a.m


I'm more of a night shower, but lately I've been taking my showers in the morning. I find that it truly wakes me up.


6:10-6:15 a.m


During this time frame I am usually brushing my teeth and washing my face.


6:15-6:30 a.m


I give myself 15 minutes to completely finish my hair and makeup. Click here to see my everyday makeup for school. Then, with the time remaining I do my hair. I typically like to use an infuser to dry it straight. If not, I use some mousse to scrunch it. 


6:30-6:45 a.m


During this time, I usually eat a bagel and prepare my bag for school. If I'm not preparing my bag, I'm scrolling through social media some more. (Probably checking my email or pinning pins to my Pinterest.)


6:45-7:00 a.m


Last April, I got my license! I am officially driving myself- and my sister- to school. So, during this time frame I am simply just driving us to school.


7:00-7:30 a.m


During this time frame, I like to go to my school's library. It is a little bit louder in the mornings, but I don't mind. I like to look at my planner during this time- create study times, see which assignments/projects are coming up, etc.

If I'm not going through my planner, chances are I'm using MinimaList, which is a to-do app. It really helps me stay organized throughout the day. I love it so much!


And then, it's time for homeroom! My homeroom starts at 7:40 a.m. Then, at 7:48, my day truly begins. My first class is AP Statistics, followed by Journalism I.


What's your first class of the day? Comment below!

Thanks for reading,




How I Stay Organized Throughout The School Year

Hi everyone! 

Welcome back to my blog! With school currently in session, I thought it would be appropriate to show you how I stay organized throughout the school year.



Desk Organization


First things first, get your desk organized. I am very particular about my desk setup. 

Declutter. Begin by clearing your desk completely and starting from scratch. Get rid of any old files or worksheets. Get rid of pencils without eraser tops and pens with dried out ink.

Change it up. Take advantage of all of the space you just created. Switch things up for your convenience.

Get new supplies! I recommend purchasing a to-do list pad and some fun writing utensils. 

Remember to decorate. You want your desk to be somewhere you want to go, not just need to. I have several photo frames on the top shelf. Then, on the smaller shelves, I have some decorative items.

Planner


Now that your desk is organized, let's move on your planner. A planner is essential for remaining organized throughout the school year.

Write down assignments as soon as you get them. Don't rely on your memory to remember to complete some math problems and a Spanish worksheet. 

Keep a key. Put a checkmark next to tasks you've completed. Put an "x" next to the ones you didn't. Put an arrow next to tasks that you are delaying. Star ones that are important. Highlight ones that are an extreme priority. Etc. 

Color code! I found an awesome blog post that describes how to color code your planner. Click here.

Decorate! Decorating is extremely important. My Lilly Pulitzer planner comes with fun stickers, but I utilize some that I purchased from the crafts store too. I like to put smiley faces on early dismissal days and off days. I also put seasonal stickers in my planner around the holidays. 

Free Printables


In all seriousness, an organized desk is motivation in itself and a planner is a lifesaver. These printables, on the other hand, will keep you organized for the rest of your school career if not your life. 

✿ Go to http://theorganisedstudent.tumblr.com/printables for some incredible printables. Some of my favorites are Topics To Study, Task List, and Exam Checklist. She has a ton of printables you can browse. Take advantage of them! (I keep some spare ones in a file folder under my desk for convenience purposes.)

✿ Go to http://saralaughed.com/index.php/free-library/ for some college oriented printables. The College Motivation Worksheet Packet is one of my favorites! *You must join her mailing list in order to download the printables.

✿ Go to http://justagirlandherblog.com/printable-student-binder/ to put together your own binder. She even linked some of her favorite tools to make your binder top notch! 


That concludes how I stay organized throughout the school year. I definitely like to clean my desk at least once a week. As for my planner, I take it everywhere! It's definitely my lifesaver. Then, below my desk in an orange file folder I keep some of my favorite printables, which I linked above for you all.  Comment below some of your organization techniques! 

Thank you so much for reading,

What I Wore: First Day of School

Hi everyone!

Welcome back to my blog! I hope you've been adjusting to the new school year. I'm still adjusting, but I'm getting there. With that being said, I decided to show you what I wore on the first day of school!





As you can see, I wore this beautiful white dress from Zara. I absolutely adore this dress. I like the fact that it is well balanced. For example, the white slit underneath is a little bit shorter, but the excess lace at the bottom balances it out.

Because the dress was a statement in itself, I paired it with simple slip ons from Sperry. I think they're almost five years old, hence the reason they are so worn out.

I wanted to wear a pair of brown sandals from Aeropostale, but unfortunately my school is currently under mega construction. With that being said, my parents didn't allow me to wear open toed shoes. I feel as though the Sperry's added a more casual undertone to my outfit anyway.

I wore my everyday cross pull chain bracelet from Alex and Ani. I love it because it's extremely simple and dainty, therefore it goes with everything in my closet. I love it to pieces. I definitely one to purchase another one in the near future.

*Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get very good pictures for this blog post. The pictures my mom took were in front of our house. For safety reasons, I cannot post them. You can click here though to view the one I posted on Twitter.

That concludes this blog post. I know it was very short and sweet, but I like it that way. What did you wear on your first day of school? Comment below!

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What's In My Backpack?

Hi everyone!

Welcome back to my blog! Kind of weird that I'm posting on a Thursday, right? I decided for the month of September, I will be posting on both Mondays and Thursdays. Mondays will be a beauty, fashion, or lifestyle post, whereas Thursdays will be more geared towards school life. I hope you're down for that.

To kick off my September #BackToSchool series, I'm going to share what's in my Vera Bradley Campus Backpack with you.

There are three compartments to this backpack: the main compartment for books and folders, a front compartment for smaller essentials, and a small zipper pocket located in the very front.

Main Compartment


In the main compartment of my backpack I carry all of my school supplies. This includes binders, folders, notebooks, and textbooks. I also carry my pencil pouch in this pocket, which is also from Vera Bradley. It holds my favorite pens. Oh, and my Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus Graphics Calculator. I've been required to have this calculator since 8th grade. I am now going into my senior year of high school. It has definitely had it's use!






Middle Compartment


In the middle compartment I like to store a few extra writing utensils for "emergencies". I'm sure you know exactly what I'm talking about. I also carry my 2016-2017 agenda from Lilly Pulitzer in Ocean Jewels. Having my planner accessible has made my life so easy for the past couple of years. Don't forget about a snack! I usually have some sort of granola bar located in this pocket, too.




Front Zipper Compartment


In the zipper compartment I keep my necessities. In this pocket I have my headphones, ID wallet, keys, and makeup bag. In my makeup bag I carry a lip balm, makeup remover, oil absorbing sheets, pads/tampons, and a few lip products. The lip product assortment seems to grow throughout the school year. I also like to throw hair clips and ties in there for gym class and tests.



  • Deodorant
  • Concealer
  • Lotion
  • Lip gloss
  • Lip balm
  • Socks
  • Mascara
  • Mini makeup brushes
  • Hair ties/clips
  • Powder
  • Nail file
  • Mirror
  • Lens wipes (glasses wearers must-have)
  • Tylenol
  • Pads/Tampons
  • Band-aids
  • Safety pins
  • Makeup wipes

I will also always have a water bottle handy. My personal favorite is this 20 oz Aquaburst bottle from Cool Gear. I love it because it doubles as an infuser. On busy mornings I simply chop up some cucumber and lemon- throw it in my water bottle and I'm good to go.

What are some things that you keep in your backpack? Comment below!

Thanks for reading,