Holiday Gifts for Every Kind of Girl on Your List

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Can we all agree there is nothing worse than having to get a gift for someone that you don't know super well? I mean the bad part isn't having to buy a gift -- I love that part. But it can be so difficult trying to pin someone down as a makeup junkie or a total sports fanatic.



Free Printable Holiday Wall Art

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Michael and I officially bought our first Christmas tree together last night! Although I'm not usually a big fan of multicolored light trees, that's all the store had in the size we wanted. I couldn't wait any longer, so we bought it. I think it's actually starting to grow on me!

We were on the look out for some stockings to get for our dog, Peanut, and cat, Denny, but Michael refused to let me buy one because they looked "cheap and our pets deserve better". So we put those on hold until we can make a run to target! I'm thinking some faux fur, but who knows!


Weekend Sales to Shop Now

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I made a post last week on my Facebook about all of the great sales that were going on, but I know that not all of my readers follow the page! I thought I'd make a post on my blog so that y'all don't miss out on some deals (especially if you're still needing to do your Christmas shopping).


Sit Down with Sarah | Vol. 5

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My life hasn't been really that exciting lately, so I've struggled to come up with 5 things that are really important to share with my readers. That's why I held off on posting a new Sit Down with Sarah because I don't just want to publish things just because I feel like I have to. It's important for me to be genuine with y'all!



5 Tips for Living with Your Significant Other

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My boyfriend, Michael, and I have lived together for over a year now. It's not every day that you meet a college student that lives with her significant other, but I honestly wouldn't trade it for the world! It makes me so much more confident that this is the man I want to marry.

I know a lot of couples are skeptical about moving in together before they're engaged or married, but I couldn't recommend it enough. You'll learn a lot about each other's habits and I definitely understand why some people break up after they move in together. Fights are easier to have when you're in a close space, but at the same time, they're over a lot faster because at the end of the day, you end up in the same bed so it's easier to forgive.

Now I'm definitely no love expert, but I figured I'd share some of the tips that has made living together for us a huge success! Hopefully you can use them yourself when the time comes around to move in with your boo.


My Affordable Fall Fashion Picks Under $50

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I recently asked over on my Facebook page what y'all wanted to see more of on the blog. I received a comment from one of my besties saying she wanted to see affordable fashion! A lot of my readers are college girls, so I know we all want to look banging on a budget.

I'm the type of girl that really hates to spend a ton of money on clothes (I'd rather spend it on food sorry not sorry). If you're interested in learning my secrets, then keep reading because I'm going to share with you a few of my favorite fall pieces, plus some tips on how to save money!


Plaid Scarf $22 | Flare Sleeve Sweater $39 | Hooded Anorak $41 (On Sale!) | Black Fold-over Clutch $15 (On Sale!) | Peep toe booties $25 (On Sale!) | Black Fidler Cap $42 | Beanie $26 | Cream Cardigan $35 (On Sale!) | Black Western Booties $30 (On Sale!) | Western Belt $47 (On Sale!) | Round Lens Sunglasses $40 | Circle Ring $10 (On Sale!) | Bar Necklace $14

Tip #1 : Make Use of Poshmark
If you're looking for a higher end item that you wouldn't mind buying preowned, then you need to download this app right away. I buy a lot of my Show Me Your Mumu pieces on there and they're always in great condition for a really great price!
Tip #2 : Shop at Discount Stores
Hit up TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Nordstrom Rack, whatever you've got. I can always find such great pieces for so much off the original price tag. Just make sure you're in the mood to rake through a bunch of stuff. It can be overwhelming, but make it a date with your best gal pal and it'll be so much more fun!
Tip #3 : Save vs Splurge
Do you really need a $100 pair of over the knee boots? If you find yourself wearing them every time you go out, then maybe it's worth the investment for you. But if you only wear them every once in a while, opt for a cheaper pair. Believe it or not, I just purchased a pair of OTK boots from Walmart for only $25! They're actually really good quality, so definitely consider purchasing some for yourself if you're in the market for a new pair.
Tip #4 : Borrow From Friends
We all have a friend that's up-to-date on all of the latest fashion trends. Hopefully they're nice enough to let you borrow their clothes, but if not, bribing is always a good option. I really love the idea of a clothing swap were you bring all of your clothes you no longer wear over to a friends house. They clearly do the same, and you can look through their items and score some goodies! One man's trash is another man's treasure.
Tip #5 : Repurpose Old Clothes
You might have an old t-shirt that has a few makeup stains around the neck, so you never wear it anymore. Try some DIY's to help spice up your closet. I actually turned a top into a choker shirt and I wear it even more now! It's the same shirt, just with a new cute purpose. There are so many different things to try on Pinterest, so I recommend searching for some easy tutorials!
So there you have it! I shared some of my favorite fall pieces all under $50 that I've had my eye on. Fall fashion is definitely my favorite because it's all about the layers and neutral colors. I hope my tips helped you and inspired you to try some new things!


Sit Down with Sarah | Vol. 4

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It's the fourth time I've written a SDWS, so hopefully you know the drill by now! If you're new here, then let me give you a quick run-down. Every Friday, I post a SDWS to help give my readers a glimpse into my personal life. I share 5 things in my life that I've been loving or I've just deemed important. Who knows, maybe you'll find your new favorite recipe because of me?  That's kind of the whole point -- too keep ya updated, and to inspire you to try some new things!


How to Grow Long Healthy Hair

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I've pretty much always had long hair. Not to mention I've also always had incredibly thick hair. It might not look that way, but every time I sit down in a hairdresser, they go "wow, you have a lot of hair!"

But they also always tell me how healthy my hair is too, so woohoo for me! I thought that I would share some of my secrets of how to grow / maintain long and healthy hair. It can be hard in a world full of highlights, straighteners, curlers, blowdryers...the list could keep going, but you get the point.


Sit Down with Sarah | Vol. 3

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Happy Friday, friends! Sorry I missed last week's SDWS! Junior year has been so unbelievably busy. I'm not sure if I love it or hate it, but missing out on posting definitely does suck.

Anyways, I feel like I have so much to update y'all on, so let's get started!

How to Maintain Mental Health in College

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Mental health is important, I think we can all agree on that. I think we can also all agree that it can be hard to make time for dealing with your mental health whenever you've got over 100 assignments, 3 tests, and a paper due.

Sometimes, we find ourselves being stressed and overwhelmed that we put our mental health to the absolute bottom of our to-do list. Sorry bud, but that's not going to help you.

It should always be your number one priority. I'm not saying that you shouldn't do a project because it would stress you out too much, but sometimes you can skip a night of textbook reading to just relax and watch Netflix.


Sit Down with Sarah | Vol. 2

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Another week, another SDWS. I couldn't believe the amount of positive feedback I got from the last one! There's seriously no better feeling then when you guys tell me you appreciate things I've written. Even my dad said he liked reading it and it felt like I had a secret life (even though I FaceTime him at least twice a week).


The Lazy Girl's Best Hair Accessories


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I'm a big advocate for messy buns. And I'm a big advocate for being lazy. Those two things go hand in hand, right?

As much as I love messy buns, I have pretty thick hair so they don't last on top of my head for as long as I'd like. So today I'm going to be sharing with you what accessories I use whenever I'm not rocking my favorite messy bun!


Sit Down with Sarah | Vol. 1

Hey y'all!

So I've seen tons of different bloggers do things like Friday Five or Friday Chit-Chat or things along that line where they basically talk about things going on in their life or things they're loving lately.

I really enjoyed writing one of my recent post because it allowed me to share a side of myself that isn't always seen whenever I'm writing about college advice and such. Basically what I'm trying to tell you is that I'm starting this new series on my blog called Sit Down with Sarah (so that means I'll be posting twice a week, yay!) where I'm going to be a little more personal with my readers.


Study Tips for Your Best Semester Yet

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I'm always constantly asking my friends for study tips. Is it just me or did high school completely not prepare me for the amount of studying that college requires? Not that it's hard, but it definitely takes time to learn how to study effectively.

Now that I'm a junior (wow that's still really weird), I'd like to think I can give some sound advice on some really great study tips. Everyone is different, so something to keep in mind is that you can pick and choose what you want to do or even do a combination of all of these tips!

Life Updates

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Long time, no talk, right? The month of August has been beyond crazy for me, and I didn't have as much time as I would have like to devote to my blog. I really didn't want to post content that I wasn't proud of, so I just decided not to post anything at all.

Sometimes I forget that I'm not friends with all of my readers on Facebook, but I thought I would update everyone as to what I've been up to!

Coping With Loss
Late July, my grandfather passed away. Unfortunately, part of life is learning how to cope with loss. Although I didn't get to see him as much as I would have liked to since he lived in Scotland, I would still consider myself close with him. I posted about losing a family member on Instagram, and I was overwhelmed with the responses I received. It was such an amazing feeling knowing how loved I am by people who might not even know me in real life.

Sorority Recruitment
If you're new here, I'm in a sorority. I absolutely love being a theta but in all honesty, recruitment isn't the most fun thing in the world. When you're a PNM, it's amazing, but on the other side, it's really exhausting. But, I managed to make it through another year.

This years was so much better than the last year though. I made some amazing new friends (because being in sorority with over 300 girls, it can be hard to know everyone), and I'm honestly so so thankful for my sisters.

After a very long week, we welcome 192 new members into the theta house!! 

Junior Year
On August 23rd, I started my third year of college at the University of Alabama. This sounds so cliche but it feels like just yesterday I moved into my dorm room as a freshman. I'm currently on track to graduate a semester early, so that means that this time next year, I will be entering my very last semester of college. Can you say YIKES?

I'm really looking forward to this school year though! I'm taking a few social media classes, so be prepared for my game to be on the next level. I really hope I can learn some new stuff that will be useful for sharing with my readers!

Wedding Weekend
My sister got married on August 26th. That feels weird to type out, wow. I was her maid of honor (duh). It was a smaller sized wedding in Dallas, Texas. It was all fun and games until my boyfriend and I's flight got canceled to fly back home to Alabama. Thanks to Hurricane Harvey, we had to rent a car and drive all the way back to the Birmingham airport to pick up my car, then all the way to Tuscaloosa.

I have a more detailed Facebook post that talks about ways you can donate money to people who are in need of it after the devastation Hurricane Harvey has caused. I'm so thankful that my family is okay, but I know there are so many others that need help.



Anyways, this has really been one of the craziest months for me in a long time, and I'm ready for things to start to go back to normal. Although I've enjoyed my summer, I'm SO ready for football season and fall weather. Get ready for some exciting new fashion posts!


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Stripe Embroidered Dress


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I never thought I'd consider myself a "dress person". In complete honesty, 99% of the time, you can find me in nike shorts and an XL t-shirt (aka why I don't call myself a fashion blogger). I'm all about comfort.

While I was frantically searching for a dress for sorority recruitment, I stumbled upon this little number. It's made of a nice thick linen material so it's not see-through at all! I tried it on and I knew that I had to add it to my closet right away. Bonus points for the fact that I can even wear a sports bra underneath it and you can't even tell.

I've worn this dress so many times already! It's seriously perfect for running errands in because it's so comfortable and doesn't wrinkle at all. I plan on getting a lot of wear out of this dress because it can easily be dressed up or down. I can totally imagine this with a pair of white converse and a cross body bag. The options are endless.

Although I couldn't find the link to the exact dress, I have linked some other affordable options that are very similar to mine!




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Why I Went to College Out of State

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I love my school. I love it so much. I'm the annoying girl who brags about how amazing it is, how great our programs are, how beautiful the campus is, and how talented the football team is 😉. If you're new here, then you wouldn't know that I go to the University of Alabama

Since my family still lives in Texas, it's a 10 hour drive or an hour and a half plane ride for me to go home, which really isn't that bad. I personally really enjoy long distance driving but my dad always tries to make me stop halfway. And flying is great, except for the fact Birmingham airport is tiny so you have to shell out big bucks for a ticket.

I'm sure you're wondering how did I find out I wanted to go to the University of Alabama when I lived in Texas? Well, thanks to football, I was able to find my dream school.

Sorority Rush Week Essentials

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Sorority recruitment is coming up sooner than I know it. At least at Alabama!

Although a lot of schools vary, UA always has their recruitment week before the semester starts. I personally am happy about that because then you don't have to focus on anything else except rush.

It's such an exhausting week, but it's also one of the most exciting weeks of your life!






10 Tips for College Move-In Day

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College move in day is stressful for everyone involved. For me, it was even more so. I go to school 12 hours from home, so I had to pack EVERYTHING into two cars.

And then I had to move all of that home. Most of it having to fit in my Jetta.

But the best part? I then had to move all of my stuff BACK to Alabama for my apartment the next year. So I'd like to think that I have some expertise on moving.


Essential Kitchen Items for Small Spaces / Apartments

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I've officially been living in my apartment for a year! I'd like to think that I can now officially give good advice about what you actually do and don't need while living in an apartment.

I have a decent sized kitchen, but it has hardly any storage at all. So I thought I would share with y'all today what things I totally love and believe that you need if you live in a tiny space! Everything I have linked is from Amazon, so be sure to use your prime membership for free 2-day shipping!

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Summer Beach Picks Under $100


Hey y'all!

I hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July! I spent the entire day driving back to Alabama from Ohio. Michael and I went up there on Friday to visit his family. It's always nice to get to spend time with them, especially living so far away.

I'm so excited for this week though because I'm heading to Navarre Beach in Florida for a little beach vacay. Since I was taking summer classes for the past month, I'm so ready to finally have a break and enjoy the warm weather.

If you don't follow me on Instagram, then you wouldn't know that I accidentally broke my camera (go me!!). So even though I had tons of cute outfits planned out for blog posts, I'm not going to be able to take super great photos of them. 

Basically what I'm saying is, if you want to see some cute summer outfit inspo, be sure to be following me to see all the clothes I would have made blog posts about. 🤷 Plus I'm all about the insta stories!

See ya next week, when I'll hopefully so much tanner!





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A Beginners Guide to Plant-Based Eating

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I started a plant-based diet in January of this year (2017 if you're reading this 100 years from now). My skin has cleared up, my body feels a lot better, and I actually know how to cook now!

P.s. I might be making a cookbook for my readers about all of my fave new recipes!

Even though my mom and boyfriend think I'm a "crazy" vegan, I'd like to think I do an okay job of not pushing my beliefs onto other people. I know how off-putting it can be when someone asks you "omg why are you eating meat???" 100 times a day.

But now I also know what it feels like to be asked "omg how do you NOT eat meat and dairy???" 100 times a day. Both are very very annoying.

Enough rambling from me though, you're here to learn about how to live a healthier and happier life!

Easy Budgeting Tips for College Students

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If I had a dollar for every time I heard a college student calling themselves broke, then I wouldn't be a broke college student myself. Your early twenties is the time when you get to learn about a not-so-wonderful thing called a budget.

Although a large majority of us are still under mom and dad's wing, we still have to mostly fend for ourselves. Some of us learn the hard way when we run out of dining dollars only a month into the semester, and then there are those of us who very wisely choose to use our money to do laundry instead of going to the bar for the fifth time this week. (even if there are $3 shots)

I'm definitely a mix of the two. I don't waste my money on dominoes every night, but I've had a few times where I've held my breath while scanning my debit card. It's all about balance, right?


What Not to Pack for College

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I'm sure we've all seen the typical campus checklists for freshman going to college. Dorm life is exciting, but it's always important to keep in mind that the rooms are fairly small. I was lucky enough to live in apartment style dorms so I had a big room to myself, but most college students don't!

Since you have limited space, you really don't want to take stuff that you won't use. If you feel like there's something you actually do need, you can purchase it when you're already at school. I'm here to help you with what you 100% won't need to take to college with you. You can thank me later.

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Simple Avocado Toast Recipe

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I think we can all agree that avocados are pretty trendy. Think I'm wrong? Then let me know why they have their very own emoji 🥑 (still waiting on the flamingo, Apple..) Along with the avocado cult is the one and only avocado toast. Not only is it extremely delicious, but it's also aesthetically pleasing, as I'm sure you've seen all over your Instagram feed.

The first time I ever made avocado toast, I literally just put a mashed up avocado on toast. Don't get me wrong, I love avocado and I love toast, but it was just so bland. Needless to say, it wasn't super yummy, and I didn't really understand the hype.

But after experimenting and listening to other people's opinions of what the perfect avocado toast recipe is, I have finally perfected my own vegan avo-toast!
Easy avocado toast recipe that's also vegan! | texasweettea

How I Decorated My Apartment on a College Girl's Budget

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I love home decor. I could spend hours on end walking around Target, Home Goods or Hobby Lobby, just looking at all of the stuff they have. But I think we can all agree that buying stuff for our homes adds up pretty quickly. When I first moved in, I always had to remind myself that it's a marathon, and not a sprint!


In all honestly, I'm not completely in love with the space I live in right now. Since I'm still in college, I rent my furniture. I rented it through my apartment complex so it was a "get what you get and you don't throw a fit" situation. All of the furniture is dark wood tops with silver metal trimmings. Definitely not the vibe I'm going for.

So I though I would share with you some of my favorite pieces I have in my apartment that helps to make it feel a little more like my own space (but are still super affordable)!

How to Avoid the Freshman 15

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I'm pretty sure everyone has heard of the "Freshman 15", but if you haven't...
Freshman 15 : when a first year college student comes back the following year and appears to have gained about 15 pounds from eating too much and not enough exercise. - Urban Dictionary
I think a lot of people think it's a myth, but it really isn't. I have so many friends that have felt discouraged because they gained weight during their freshman year (or the sophomore 30). A lot of the time, weight gain sneaks up on us and it's not until we look back at a picture and think "wow, I used to look like THAT?"

Well, I'm lucky enough that I actually lost 5 lbs when I was a freshman in college! So I hope that you take my advice because it's a lot easier to be proactive and avoid gaining weight rather than to gain it and try to work it off!



5 Free Mother's Day Cards


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Mother's Day is right around the corner, and that makes me so so happy!! Not only do I get to celebrate one of my favorite people, but I get to go home and see her -- ya know, the whole college out-of-state thing is fun until it comes to holidays where you can't spend them with your fam.

I think we can all agree that our mothers are the coolest people around. They take care of us when we are sick, help us wipe away the tears when we are sad, and are always cheering on the side lines when you're kicking ass at life. Moms seriously rock!!

I would consider my mom one of my best friends and I tell her everything that's going on in my life -- that basically means if I hate you, so does Lenore, sorry!! I'm not even exaggerating when I say that I FaceTime her at least once a week, and I'm constantly calling her asking how to cook something (your girl is trying to be #housewifematerial but I had no clue how to roast garlic in the oven last week...) 

So I hope that like me, you're making/getting/planning something special for Mother's Day. To make your life a little easier, you can download one (or all, I don't judge) of these prints to be the perfect little side-kick to the main attraction for your mom. 

Improve Your Photography Challenge - Part 2

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Hey y'all!

As mentioned in my original Improve Your Photography Challenge post, I teamed up with CreativeLive to take an online photography class on "How to Take Amazing Photos with a DSLR". And boy, did I learn a lot!


11 of the Cutest Accessories to Spruce up your Work Desk

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I'm a huge sucker for #aesthetic and who doesn't want a fun and creative work space? I think it's super important to love the space that you're in because if you like your space, you'll enjoy working. Plus it helps with inspiration!

I personally don't have room for an office space (college apartments are tiny), but if I did, this is totally how I would choose to decorate it! I went with a rose gold and acrylic theme because I feel like it's super trendy.


How to Create the Perfect Class Schedule

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I know before college orientation, I was really worried about signing up for classes. I had no clue what to expect, and I'm definitely the planning type so it stressed me out not knowing my schedule at the beginning of summer. When I finally sat down at the computer where I was going to sign up for my classes, it went by so quickly and I didn't really feel confident in the classes I had selected.

I really wish that I had looked into advice before I signed up, because it definitely would have saved me from signing up for a 9 am class on Friday mornings (it was miserable to say the least 😭). I hope my tips can help you to create the perfect class schedule!


High End Makeup Products Worth Buying

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I love talking about makeup products that I use. It's one of my absolute favorite things to splurge on! I can't count the amount of times that I've specifically saved up money to purchase a high-end product. Today I've compiled a list of my favorite items that I definitely think are worth buying!



How to be the Perfect PNM During Sorority Recruitment

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I have received so much positive feedback from "My Recruitment Experience" at the University of Alabama. If you're coming here to read this, you're either about to go through recruitment, or you're just curious about greek life in general! Either way, I hope this post can help answer your questions and calm your nerves.

Since I've only got through recruitment at UA, these tips are directed towards bama girls! Although I'm sure most recruitments are similar. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below and I'll try to help you the best I can!


Improve Your Photography Challenge

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Hey y'all!

I am so beyond thrilled to announce that I'm teaming up with CreativeLive to take a photography class! The best part? It's completely online so it fits perfectly with my busy college schedule. I plan on using whatever free time I have to sit down with my boyfriend (he helps take pics for my blog!), and learn how to "Take Amazing Photos with a DSLR".

For those of you that don’t know, CreativeLive offers more than 1,500 e-courses taught by some amazing people. They offer courses not just in photography, but money + life, crafting, and even music verticals.


Vegan Grocery List Staples + Free Printable Checklist


Hey y'all!

I think a lot of people have the mindset that vegans only eat kale. That couldn't be further from the truth. I still get to enjoy things like cookies, popcorn and most importantly, ice cream. It's all about looking at ingredients! Once you learn how to read a label, it's easy.

This is a simple list of things that I always like to have in my kitchen. This list has everything a vegan could need to snack on! Some healthy and some not-so-healthy!! I linked the particular brands that are vegan, but like I said, always be sure to check the label. 



DIY Choker T-Shirt

Hey y'all!

How cute is this top?! I've had to the idea to DIY this choker-style shirt ever since football season. I saw this type of shirt all over etsy and I knew I could easily do it myself for waaay cheaper.

This only took me about 5 minutes to do, and cost about $6 (thanks to walmart!) All you need is a shirt, a ruler, a pencil and a pair of scissors!



Alphabet Date Ideas

Hey y'all!

Date ideas can be hard. And although "Netflix and chill" is fun every now and then, it can get a little boring. That's why I sat down with Michael (the bf, duh) and we made a list of fun date ideas!

We made sure to include a variety of things, so they range from free to a little pricey. A date doesn't have to be expensive to be considered fun. It's all about spending time with your SO, right?

Sophomore Year: What's in my Backpack

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In a previous post, I mentioned that I wanted to do something about what essentials I keep in my backpack. Well, here it is! I love being able to help out other students because college is definitely trial and error when it comes to finding out the perfect routine. 

I would consider myself a pretty organized person, so some of the things I carry around may not necessarily be useful to everyone. But in case you're interested, I linked some of my favorite things!




Shoe Essentials Every Collegiate Needs

Hey y'all!

Shoes are such an important part of any wardrobe and can make or break an outfit. But when moving into a dorm room, minimizing the amount of shoes you have is essential. Since you won't have much space, picking out shoes that can be versatile and comfy is definitely key! I have complied a list of shoes that work for every occasion. I personally own almost all of these and highly recommend!




6 Vegans You Need to Watch on YouTube

Hey y'all!

If you're anything like me, you watch YouTube videos like they're going out of style. I watch anything from vlogs to makeup tutorials. And believe it or not, there are plenty of vegan (or plant-based eaters) to watch! Below I have linked a few of my favorites.


For Fashion & Lifestyle Videos :

Tori Sterling //  click the link to see her "how to be vegan" video

Mel Joy


For Recipes :

Liv's Healthy Life

Cheap Lazy Vegan

→ Tess Begg


For Miscellaneous :

→ Nina and Randa



 
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