Saturday, June 24, 2017

Fourth of July Outfit Inspo

Hey y'all! So today I wanted to share with you some adorable pieces I rounded up that would be great for the 4th! There are so many cute things out there for the season so without further adieu, here they are! I've linked all the things in the collage below so be sure to check them out! Most of them are under $40!








Thursday, June 22, 2017

The College Series: Your Guide to Working in College

Hey y'all! I'm back with another installment in the college series and this time it's about how to handle your time so you can work in college. The phrase "broke college student" is real y'all. Between student loans, expenses, and fun money college gets expensive. It might not seem like those loans are real right now and they're just Monopoly money but the more money you save in college the better off you will be later, but that's for another post.

Find a Work Study Job 

There are lots of perks to a work study job, one being shorter shifts and very flexible scheduling. They understand that you're in school and they're more than willing to work around whatever athletics, activities and classes they need to. Downside? They don't typically pay very well. $8.00 an hour might seem like a lot but when you're working 6-10 hours a week, it doesn't really add up to much. My advice? Take a work study job and have that money go directly toward paying off your student balance instead of getting a paycheck, trust me it's worth it. Don't forget though you have to apply for work study when filling out your FAFSA.


Learn How to Manage Your Time

Seems pretty obvious, right? Wrong. In high school, you're used to waking up, going to school, possible extracurriculars after school, going home, eating dinner, homework, then going to bed. In college that's all different. I can say with 99% certainty that your schedule will not be the same every day and that makes it really hard to get into a routine and sleeping pattern. You'll learn to adjust, don't worry. It takes time though so don't be surprised when you feel exhausted the first few weeks.


Become a Morning Person

If anybody is going to fight this point, it's me. I hate mornings. There's nothing worse than dragging yourself out of a nice warm bed to go to class, but you need to. The sooner you learn to wake up early it helps establish a schedule like I mentioned earlier. If you have an 8:00 am class wake up at 6:30. Go eat breakfast, get your to-do list for the day, and go to class. Don't have class until 11:00? Still wake up early, it will help keep you in a routine. Use that time to workout, do homework, or study. Once your body is used to waking up that early it comes naturally and doesn't seem as awful.

You'll Learn to Love Coffee

Honestly, there's not much to say about this point. Just accept it. 😂

Get Yourself a Good Agenda

One of the best things I ever did was buy myself a good agenda. There are tons of options out there, find one you like and stick with it. It helps keep everything organized for you in one place. I keep track of bills, appointments, meetings, blog posts, classes and tons more and I would be a mess if I didn't have it. I've linked some great options below. Here's a hint: subscribe to the blog so you don't miss a post. There might be a giveaway with an agenda this summer!

    

Off Campus Jobs

To be totally honest, this could be an entire post itself but I'll try to sum it up for you. Typically, off campus jobs pay more. However, you need to have reliable transportation so for those of you not bringing a car to college you either need a taxi or a bus that runs frequently or a really good friend with a car. I will say if you plan on working off campus make sure that you ask if they are flexible with scheduling. I've had nightmare jobs who would schedule me during class and then be surprised when I told them even though I had given them my schedule. Do your research.

That's it! I hope you've found some of these tips helpful. Let me know if any of these helped you out or if you've experienced any of this before!


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

National Wear Your Lilly Day + Nashville

Hey y'all! I wanted to share my really great trip to Nashville with everyone because it was so much fun! We had great food, great music and family. I went with my mom, my aunt, and my great grandma and it was a blast. I took a ton of pictures so don't mind how long this post will be. I'll be sharing all the things we did and my favorite restaurant we stopped at! First of all I just want to say how in love I am with Nashville. It is such a great city and if you ever have the chance to visit do it. Everyone is so friendly and there are so many things to see, do & eat!

First off, I want to give a shoutout to the most beautiful hotel The Gaylord Opryland Resort for being so wonderful. The staff is incredible and were very accommodating about allowing us to take the wheelchair out and about for my grandma. I will stay at this hotel any time I find myself in Nashville because it is just stunningly beautiful and just an all around great experience. It's even more beautiful at Christmas (if that's even possible) There are various restaurants, a coffee shop, and so many other great things housed here, you have to stay when you find yourself in Nashville. By far my favorite part about the resort is the atrium and gardens, you can see from the photos below they are gorgeous. I am actually headed back in August if anyone wants to meet up! Advice: Stay in a room with a balcony you absolutely will not regret spending the extra money, the view is impossible to beat. Also, take a boat ride through the gardens!







Next up we stopped at The Parthenon, which was just a fun and quick stop during the day to keep us busy. My grandma thought it was just the coolest thing, she's so sweet.



We swung by Biscuit Love in The Gulch for breakfast and it was so good! I naturally had to have grits and they were delicious. Everyone's food was fantastic and the service was great too, I highly recommend stopping by!




Since it is Nashville we obviously had to make a trip to the Grand Ole Opry. My grandma has been wanting to go her entire life so we were really excited to surprise her with tickets! We all had a great time and the music is always great.



Last, but not least, we toured the beautiful Belle Meade Plantation. It's a must see if you're in the area. The home and grounds are gorgeous and the history is amazing. There are bullet holes in the front columns! Why? You'll have to stop by and find out! Bonus: They have an amazing winery on site, try the Blackberry wine!



As always, I had to pack some Lilly, so it's only appropriate to share this on National Wear Your Lilly Day & the first official day of summer! I've been in love with the Palm Reader Rossmore Dress because it's so perfect for every occasion! It's the perfect casual day dress! I've linked a couple of my favorite casual Lilly dresses below, check them out! 


I hope you enjoyed my first travel post, I'd love to share more of my travels with y'all! Let me know what you think! I've shared links to all of the places I talked about in this post so you can visit if you'd like! Let me know if you've been anywhere in this post, I'd love to know what you thought!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Bright Colors + Florals

Hey y'all! I don't know about you but I have a strong love for anything bright and colorful, and as you know from last week I also love maxi dresses. So when I saw this one, naturally I had to have it. I'm normally not one for strapless dresses but this one is just so cute!









I've linked some of my favorite summer maxi dresses above and I've linked my exact sandals (I'm wearing the silver)! They're so versatile and they're really comfortable! Stay tuned tomorrow for my next post in the College Series about working in college! 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Gingham Goals

Hey y'all! So any of you who follow me on Instagram know I am loving gingham right now! Today I thought I'd round up some of my favorite gingham pieces and share them all on the blog! I found some really great options, most of them are even under $50! All the products are linked below. I'd love to know which one is your favorite!


I just recently signed up for ShopStyle Collective and I'm really excited that this is the first post using it. Let me know what you think!




Friday, June 9, 2017

My Summer Must Haves

Hey y'all! it's finally starting to get warm here in Iowa so I wanted to share with you some things I just can't live without in this warm weather!


First up is my Instax mini camera. I got this as a gift from my grandma about a year ago and I've loved it ever since! It's small enough to stash in your purse so it can go anywhere and I love hanging the prints! They print instantly and develop the same way as an old Polaroid camera. Grab one if you want a fun way to capture memories and need a healthy dose of nostalgia! 

Next up is this adorable set of tassel earrings from Sugarfix by Baublebar. They're a new line by Baublebar for Target and they come in at such a great price point that you'll probably want 5 pairs! They're not heavy and the pops of color are perfect for spicing up a monochrome outfit or a solid color dress! These are no longer available on the website but I've linked a couple of my current favorites hereherehere, and here.

As always I live in my Jacks. These are the newest addition to my collection so they're not quite broken in yet (which is why they're not crazy dirty!) Jacks are so comfortable once they're broken in and this basic white goes with everything. 

My sunglasses from JustFab are my favorite pair so far. I love how they fit and they're super light so they aren't always sliding around on my face! I have a serious obsession with anything tortoiseshell so these spoke to me, just like my other ten pairs of tortoiseshell sunnies. Oops. Mine are no longer available but I've linked the pair I just ordered here.

One of my all-time favorite things for summer in terms of clothing are the 3" pull on shorts from J. Crew. They're so easy and comfortable they'll be making plenty of appearances this summer. I've linked a couple options here and here.

Continuing the J. Crew trend I have to mention the J. Crew chino shorts. Who doesn't love these? I'm not joking at all when I tell you I have them in 12 different colors. I love them! They pair well with everything. 

J. Crew recently released a pair of scalloped shorts and they are just the cutest! I grabbed a pair in pink and I can't wait to get them so I can share them with y'all! The best part? They're under $25 right now! 

I'll go ahead and end this post on my skincare fave! My face hates sunscreen, it feels like every time I put sunscreen on my face I break out the next day so when I found the Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Lotion Sunscreen I was super excited. I've never once broken out because of this and I have really sensitive skin. It's definitely a must have! I have a tube in my purse, my beach bag, and my bathroom. It's the best and it's under $10!

So that wraps up my Summer Must Haves. I'll be back next week with my favorite clothing finds for summer under $50! Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss out! 


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The College Series: Advice for Move In Day

Hey y'all! I'm back with my next installment in my College Series and this post is all about Move In Day. This is easily one of the most stressful and exciting days for all college freshman and I'm here to help out with some tips that will help keep the day more exciting than stressful!

college advice for incoming freshmen college move in day

Label Everything

Move In Day is straight up chaos. If it's anything like my school things get put from vehicles into one central location then residence hall staff helps to move things to individual rooms. Things get labeled with room numbers but sometimes the stickers or tape can fall off and your stuff can get lost. I learned this the hard way. If you're putting things in a clear tote put a piece of paper with your name and room number on the INSIDE of the tote so it's visible from the outside and (hopefully) your things won't get lost.

Expect Chaos

As I mentioned in the first tip it's a very hectic day, especially at bigger universities. There are tons of people from the residence life staff, the college staff, students, parents, and friends all trying to get people's things where they belong. It's a crazy day and a long one too. You'll be much more stress free if you expect things to go wrong and plan ahead.


EAT!

Honestly this might sound stupid but it's really important. At my college Move In started at 7:00 a.m. and I had to drive for 2 hours to get there to begin with. Make sure you eat something in the morning! It's a really long day and when they don't have lunch planned until 1:00 p.m. you might be starving if you don't eat breakfast.

Dress the Part

Believe me, I love to dress up. Especially for the first time anyone sees you as an actual student on your campus. I know someone who made that mistake (**ahem, me**) and it wasn't worth it. Nobody else cares what you're wearing to haul things up and down what feels like a million flights of stairs. It's. Not. Worth. It. If you have orientation later in the day and want to dress up for that just pack a separate outfit in your purse and change after you get all moved in. Trust me. Nike shorts and a tee shirt is the way to go. Don't wear flip flops, they like to break at inconvenient times. (Maybe I just have really bad luck?) Either way, comfy clothes and tennis shoes. Just trust me.

Be Prepared to Introduce Yourself 1,000,000 Times

This is no joke. Five hundred different people and their parents will ask you where you're from, what you want to study, what you want to do with your life, and tons of other questions. Just be prepared to answer them over and over. It's annoying at first but believe it or not it's how you make friends.

Pack Wisely

One of my all time favorite packing tips involves garbage bags. Make sure you have a bunch of them. Seriously this will save you so much time, are you ready for this? While your clothes are hanging in your closet at home take a garbage bag and pull it up from under a section of clothes (about 15 hangers to a bag) and tie the garbage bag strings around where the actual hanging part starts. You can rubber band the hangers together for additional security. Then all you have to do is carry the bag and hang it right in the closet. Untie the bag and you're done. No rehanging all your clothes. You're welcome. The other thing I would recommend is packing everything into large clear totes and using the first tip above. It's much easier to carry than 100 random tote bags full of things. Again, learn from my mistakes.


Buy Things Close to School

This is especially important if you're moving from a distance. You can buy things online at Bed Bath & Beyond and have them held at a store near campus. Talk about convenient! That way you're not packing and unloading as much right away. I also waited to buy things like cleaning supplies, a fan, and even dishes until later that night when I made a trip to Target, it made things so much easier.



Don't Be Shy!

I'm actually a pretty shy person when I'm around people I don't know. My advice for you is to talk to everyone. Some of my best friends at college are people I met on Move In Day. Nobody is going to think you're weird for talking to them, I promise.

You're Not Alone

No matter how stressed, anxious, or outright terrified you are right now everyone else is feeling the same way. For all the freshman this is your first real taste of total freedom from your parents. Some of you will love it, some of you will feel homesick. It happens. You will find your people.

Enjoy Every Minute

You only get a first day at college once. It's a stressful, terrifying, incredibly fun, and wonderful day. Don't let being scared or nervous keep you from making new friends or trying new things. Put yourself out there. College is great and you'll have a blast!

I hope you've enjoyed my tips for Move In Day and I'll link a couple of the products I found most helpful below! Let me know what tips work for you!



Don't forget to subscribe so you don't miss my post next week about What to Pack including a super cute printable packing list!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Monday Blues

Hey y'all! Sorry I've been MIA this weekend, my best friend from back home came to visit and we had a blast! It finally feels like summer here in Iowa, it's actually been in the upper 80's and 90's this week! To celebrate I decided to find a couple of maxi dresses. This is usually pretty hard for me because I'm super short but Old Navy is the best! Their maxis almost always fit me perfectly and I'm only 5'2"!


We went exploring and when we found some photogenic spots we obviously had to stop and have an impromptu blog shoot. She's quite the blog photographer! I'm loving the baby blue color and the gorgeous detailing on this maxi. I've linked a couple of my current favorite maxis herehereherehere, and here . I paired this dress with some simple and comfy gold sandals from Target and my favorite JustFab sunglasses! Unfortunately the sunglasses are sold out and the sandals are from last summer but I've linked some similar sandals here and similar sunglasses here and here.




I hope everybody had a great weekend. Don't forget tomorrow is the second installment in my College Series!