How I Use My Agenda + Stay Organized in College

January 18, 2017

Hey y'all!

Since it's the beginning of a new year and the beginning of a new semester, I decided to share how I organize my agenda (or planner..whatever you call it!) as well as how I like to stay organized. This is my sophomore year of college, and I'd like to say I have a pretty good system down.

I've been using this planner system since my freshman year of high school, and it really works for me. Everyone is different, but I think this is a super easy way to hold yourself accountable for homework, due dates and assignments. 

{ The Planner + Pencil Bag }
I usually use a Lilly Pulitzer Large Agenda, but I'm waiting until the summer to purchase a new one! Since those planners are 17-months, they leave an awkward time gap. I found myself searching for something similar, but not wanting to shell out $45 for something sub-par. I checked out Amazon, Target, Walmart...

And then I found this simple Mead Weekly/Monthly Planner. It's the perfect size for me to just carry around in my backpack, plus it's super affordable, so there's no excuse to not have one! I just added my own "Life is Good" sticker that I purchased from Redbubble, and I was good to go! 

As for my pencil bag, I bought this longchamp dupe from Old Navy a few years ago. I personally prefer cosmetic style bags instead of regular pencil cases, because they fit more! 

Here are a few cute options: silver cosmetic bag ,  iridescent cosmetic bag , black cosmetic bag

What's in my Pencil Bag + How to Color Code }
My absolute favorite pens of all time are the Pentel Energel Deluxe in the color 'blue medium'. They write so smoothly and never bleed through paper. I refuse to use anything else! They have a few other colors in this pen as well. 

As for my highlighters, I use the Lilly Pulitzer pen with highlighter set. Honestly, they aren't anything special, so using the basic Sharpie highlighters is another great option, especially on a college girl budget.

I recommend also keeping sticky notes / lined note pads to write reminders and to-lists!

I personally use a color coding system for my planner. As you can see, each color means a different thing. I am a very visual person, so having events and deadlines highlighted in different colors, really helps me realize what's going on in my life.

 { A Typical Week }
Since it's currently the beginning of the semester, I don't have very many assignments. So I skipped a few weeks ahead to show an example of what a 'typical' week looks like for me. As you can tell, it's very easy to see that I have quite a few due dates! 

 { But What About Breaks? }
Since it is spring semester, I'll have Spring Break off (woohoo!!!). For situations like that, I just like to use washi tape to make it obvious that the vacation lasts the full week. I like to leave room in case I need to write things like flight details, travel plans or anything else like that.

{ Organization Tips + Tricks }
The key to keeping up with a planner is staying organized. I recommend buying an accordion folder to help keep on top of all of your classes. I label a section for each one of my classes. Since I'm taking 15 hours this semester, I have 5 tabs. 

At the very beginning of the semester, print out each classes syllabus. Staple it together and go through it with a highlighter. I personally choose to highlight the required materials (books, access codes, etc), the due dates, and quizzes / tests. Then I transfer that over to my planner to make sure I know ahead of time when I have something important for that particular class.

Another helpful tip is to create your own pdf version of your schedule. I personally use picmonkey to create mine every semester. Then I print it out on a note card and use a paperclip to attach it onto my planner. That way I know when each class is without it being obvious that I'm checking the room number 100 times. You can see my example on the first picture! 

I really hoped this helped! Using a planner is such a simple way to make your life easier. Once you start, I promise you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. If you liked this post, let me know! I think next, I would really like to do a "what's in my backpack" style post to show some of my every day essentials for college life! 



Drugstore Makeup Starter Kit

January 13, 2017

Primer // Foundation // Concealer // Makeup Sponge // Powder // Blush //Eyeshadow Palette // Mascara // Eyeliner

Hey y'all!

Today's post is one of my favorite things to talk about, makeup. I used to be super skeptical about drugstore makeup products. I firmly believed that if something was under $10 then there was no way it could work. And honestly, that couldn't be further from the truth!

Now a large part of my beauty routine consists of products that I can just grab from Target! Not to mention, it makes my wallet a lot happier when I'm not  shelling out $20 on an eyeliner every few months.

Linked above are my own favorite drugstore products. I've used all of them that are listed. And personally, I use the mascara and makeup sponge every single day that I choose to wear makeup!


Almond Milk & Berry Smoothie

January 6, 2017

Hey y'all!

Part of my New Year's resolution is to eat a more plant-based diet or essentially eat vegan! I plan on doing some more blog posts in the near future about my decision, my favorite snacks and even some good documentaries to watch if you're considering it!

Here's a yummy smoothie recipe that's perfect for vegans and is super easy to make! I originally found this recipe on Food Network's website and just had to share with my readers, but I changed it up a tiny bit.

{ Serving size: } 2

{ Ingredients: }

  • → 1/2 medium banana, cut into chunks
  • → 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • → 1/4 cup frozen strawberries
  • → 1/4 cup frozen mango (chopped into chunks)
  • → 2 cups of unsweetened vanilla-flavored almond milk

{ Directions}
Mix all ingredients in a blender until combined, about 40 seconds. Serve in a glass and enjoy!

{ Tips: }
I use refrigerated almond milk to make sure the drink is cold.
Add some granola on top for a nice crunch. My personal favorite is Nature's Path Nature's Path Organic Pumpkin Flaxseed (shown in the picture!)


30 Last Minute Gift Ideas

December 14, 2016

Hey y'all!

If you're anything like me, I'm a huge procrastinator. I always find myself scrambling at the last second to get myself together! Sometimes that happens to me during the holiday season as well. This list is for people like me, who need some inspiration for last second gift shopping!

Check out some of my other posts: Holiday Gift Guide and 50 stocking stuffer ideas under $50!

Under $25
1. Watercolor Cactus iPhone Case
2. Cards Against Humanity
3. Fairy Lights
4. Fuzzy Socks
5. Volcano Candle
6. Sheet Mask
7. Vegetable Spiralizer
8. Beauty Blender
9. Salt Lamp
10. Mason Jar Shot Glasses (4)

Under $75
11. Cinema Lightbox
12. Polaroid Camera
13. S'well Water Bottle
14. Mermaid Tail Blanket
15. Birkenstock Sandals
16. Portable Phone Charger
17. Reversible Fuzzy Robe
18. Anastasia Beverly Hills "Renaissance" Palette
19. 2017 Agenda
20. Wine Cork Holder

Under $100
21. Lulu Lemon Leggings
22. Bluetooth Speaker
23. Record Player
24. UGG Slippers
25. Keurig Coffee Maker
26. Beats Headphones
27. Agate Coasters (4)
28. Kendra Scott "Rayne" Necklace
29. Furry Slides
30. Wildfox Cactus Jumper


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