Catching Up

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I made this collage from Bid Night at my sorority!  I planned and decorated everything, so I wanted to have a collage to remember how it all looked.  Those Lilly Pulitzer letters took a long time, but it was worth it because they looked gorgeous!

Daisy spend a day at the doggie daycare, and she got a spa treatment.  I’m not exactly sure what that entails, but my dad sent me this photo of her after he picked her up.  I love the sweet little smile on her face!

These Whole Foods brownies are AMAZING.  Like seriously, they’re so good.  The bottom layer is brownie, the middle layer tastes just like Oreo creme, and the top is fudge frosting.  It’s topped with white chocolate chips and crumbled Oreos.  I literally cannot.  It’s divine.

I’ve been loving iced coffee, even though it’s super cold out! My classes are about a mile from my house, if I bring hot coffee on the walk over, it’s cold by the time I get there.  So I just bring iced coffee instead because it stays cold.  It might be strange, but it tastes good and wakes me up!

I’ve been loving my classes this quarter.  I’m taking two infant development classes (Typical & Atypical Development and Early Intervention, for the curious) and couldn’t be more fascinated by the material.  I’m also taking a phonetics class and a marketing class.  I have a big test tomorrow, so I’m been freaking out!

 

 

 

I’ve been loving the look of hand lettering lately.  I tried making my own as a way to procrastinate studying.  It’s nowhere near as good as the ones I see all over Pinterest, but I’m trying!

Sorry my posts have been sporadic: the past four weeks have been a whirlwind of recruitment, classes, and more.  It’s been crazy, but I *think* things are calming down a bit.  Fingers crossed!

What have YOU been up to?

Pretty Polishes for Winter

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I sort my nail polishes by season.  Of course, I’m sometimes in the mood for hot pink nails even if it’s below zero, but I usually love to wear cool colors and glittery topcoats in winter.  Here are some of my favorite polishes as of late.

OPI in Suzi Skis the Pyrenees

Sally Hansen Triple Shine in Dream Sequin

OPI In Empirial Purple

Essie in Chinchilly

OPI in My Private Jet

Essie in Boxer Shorts

 

Have you tried any of these polishes?  What are your favorite nail polishes for winter?

Winter Must-Haves

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Also known as: things I can’t live without right now.

Old Navy Vintage V-Neck Tee // I bought one of these tees online on a whim to get free shipping, and I couldn’t be more in love with it.  It’s soft, the sleeves are long and cozy, and it is thin enough to be layered under a sweater but thick enough to wear on its own.  The tee is perfect for those days when I don’t want to change out of pajamas for class… it’s so comfy!

Old Navy Frost-Free Vest // In case you haven’t heard, it’s really really really cold in Chicago right now.  So I’m cold all the time, even indoors.  I wear this vest around the house and in class: it keeps me warm but isn’t too bulky.  I even layer it under my big winter coat when I go outside.  I told you it was REALLY cold!

Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow in 28E // I use this product almost every day.  It’s a perfect light rose gold/beige/taupe that makes my eyes pop without looking too over-the-top.  It’s a crayon, so it’s super easy to apply, too!

Maybelline Master Precise Eye Liner // This is my absolute favorite eye liner.  It makes super thin lines, so it’s easy to use even if you struggle with liquid liner (like me!)

Maybelline Baby Lips Dr. Rescue in Berry Soft // In winter, lip balm is a necessity.  My lips get soooo dry all the time, and this balm is my favorite for keeping them soft.  It has a little bit of color, but nothing too bold.

Essie Nail Polish in After School Boy Blazer // I’ve been loving navy lately, and this polish is sophisticated and pretty.  I like to wear it with a rose gold glitter accent nail if I’m feeling motivated.

Notebooks // I’m still obsessed with Target Greenroom notebooks.  They withstand my other office supply obsession: flare pens.  Greenroom paper is thick and sturdy, so the pens only bleed through the paper a little bit.  And they’re cute, too!  Check out how I use my notebooks here.

Coffee // It’s getting to that point in the quarter where my planner is starting to resemble a novel.  Coffee (hot or iced, I don’t judge) is always a must-have.

 

What are some of YOUR winter necessities?

Get ready… A HUGE Giveaway!

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Are you ready for this? 
I don’t think you are…


 

In honor of Keep Calm Blog On’s First Blogiversary, Jacky has gathered TWENTY of her favorite blogging ladies to host the giveaway of a lifetime. All blogs have to get their start somewhere and connecting with other bloggers is a great way to get some more exposure.  The winner of this giveaway will get ad space on the sidebar of all 20 blogs for the month of February! This means that your ad could reach a potential of 30,000 followers (including our blog and social media followers).  Oh. Hot. Damn. This is an awesome opportunity for a new blogger, small business or a blogger who wants to get some more exposure (really, what blogger doesn’t??).  Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter below and visit all of the fabulous ladies participating in the giveaway!
 
 

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Benefit Cosmetics Little Love Potions Product Review

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I love Benefit Cosmetics, so when I saw this set of 10 sample-size products, I knew it would be a perfect Christmas gift!  I’m almost out of some of these products now, and it’s been less than a month.  Struggles!  Check out my reviews of each one.

1 // Hoola Bronzing Powder — This powder is very light and fine, so it’s easy to get a sunkissed glow.  Be sure to tap the excess powder off the brush before you apply it, or else it will look splotchy.  Remember less is more when it comes to bronzer!

2 // Hoola Lip Gloss — I don’t usually like lip gloss… I still have memories of slathering gross, sticky, way-too-shiny lip gloss on my lips in junior high.  Blah.  This lip gloss is great because it’s not sticky, but still leaves lips feeling soft and looking pretty.

3 // Watt’s Up Highlighter — I love Watt’s Up, but I wish the applicator on the sample-size product was a bit larger.  I usually dab it on my finger, then apply it that way.  I also use this right under my eyebrows.  Be sure to use your finger to blend it into your skin: it can look harsh if you don’t.

4 // It’s Potent! Eye Cream — This stuff really is potent, but considering my horrible undereye bags that never go away no matter how much I sleep, I like the product a lot!  It’s very hydrating and moisturizing, but it’s not greasy.

5 // The POREfessional — I LOVE this product!  It makes my skin look so fresh and smooth.  If I was going to buy a full-size version of any of the products in this set, it would be this one.

6 // Posie Tint Lip and Cheek Tint — I’ve only ever used this as a lip tint because my cheeks are usually red enough on their own in winter!  It works nicely and stays on for a long time, yet it’s easy to remove.

7 // High Beam Highlighter — Unlike Watt’s Up, High Beam is a liquid highlighter that you apply with a small brush.  I use this product on the apples of my cheeks.

8 // Bad Gal Lash Mascara — This mascara is a classic, and of course it’s good!  I love sample-size mascaras because I don’t feel like I’m wasting product.  Mascara doesn’t keep for long (ew eye bacteria) so sample-sizes are perfect.

9 // Stay Don’t Stray Eye Shadow Primer — I like this primer, but I tend to think that all eye shadow primer is the same.  It’s on par with Urban Decay Primer Potion for sure.

10 // “That Gal” Face Primer — I’m really into this product: it just makes your skin look good.  I apply a small amount on my face before I put on foundation, but usually after I put it on, I realize I don’t even need foundation anymore… it’s that good!

Have you tried Benefit Cosmetics?  What is your favorite product?

DIY Earring Organizer

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I received several pairs of earrings for Christmas, and I had no idea how to keep them organized.  I looked around Pinterest for a while, but didn’t have the supplies to make any of the projects shown.  So I made my own!  You probably already have all the supplies on hand to make this cute earring organizer.

Supplies

  • Shoe box lid
  • 3 feet of thick ribbon
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Tacky glue
  • Ruler
  • Scissors or X-Acto knife
  • Paint brush
  • Pen

Directions

  1. Measure one inch from the edge of the shoe box lid on each side, and mark the one-inch marks with a pen.  Connect the marks so you have a smaller box.  Cut out the box using scissors or an X-Acto knife.  Now you should have a frame-shaped shoe box lid.
  2. Paint the frame in the color of your choice.  I chose a pretty light blue color.
  3. Measure the width of the opening of the frame, then add two inches to your measurement.  Cut four pieces of ribbon that are this size.  Use tacky glue to attach the four pieces of ribbon to the back of the frame.
  4. To make a hanger for the earring organizer, cut out a six-inch piece of ribbon.  Glue together the edges, then glue the ribbon to the top of the back of the earring organizer.  And that’s it!

Let me know if you try this project!

My Favorite Free Fonts: Part 2

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I love fonts.  They really take everything, from pictures to printables, to the next level.  Here are some of my recent favorite fonts, and they’re all free to download!  Want some more?  Check out my last post about my favorite fonts here.

// Salamandre

// Contribute

// http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/League-Gothic

// Janda Elegant Handwriting

// Birch Standard

// Simplicity

Enjoy!

How I Stay Organized in College

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Happy New Year!  To ring in the new year, I’m sharing my organization system for college.  It’s no secret that I like organizing.  A lot.  And organizing my school stuff saves me so much time each day because I don’t waste time searching for things I need.  Here is the system I use.

Planner

I love my Lilly Pulitzer agenda.  I received several packages of stickers for Christmas (thanks mom and dad!) and they’re so helpful.  I love that they come with fun stickers too, like “me day” and “mani-pedi”.  It’s just as important to schedule fun stuff as it is to schedule time to study!

Notebooks

I use a small notebook to take notes and make study guides for each class.  These notebooks are from the Greenroom line at Target, and I love them.  I carry the notebooks I need in my tote bag to each class. These notebooks don’t take up much space, and they’re so cute!

 

I labeled each notebook with stickers that I found at the Target dollar section.

Folder

I use one folder for all current handouts, and I bring the folder with me to every class.  When I’m studying for a test, I use binder clips to attach all the handouts for the class together.  When the test is over, the packet of handouts goes into my binder.

Binder

I keep a binder for each year.  Once a test is over, I put the handouts from before the test into my binder.  Before finals, I go through all the handouts and throw away the ones I don’t need.  I put the handouts that I do need into sheet protectors, and use the binder to study.  This way, I have the handouts organized so I can refer back to them for later classes.

 

How do you stay organized for school/work?

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

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I made this for my family a few nights ago for dinner, and it was soooo good.  We had leftovers, and it’s just as good cold the next day.  Make this for New Year’s dinner… it’s so rich and indulgent, so it’s perfect for celebrating!

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Shell Pasta
  • 1 Stick Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Flour
  • 2 1/2 Cups Milk
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Pepper
  • 2 1/2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Divided
  • 1 Cup Panko Breadcrumbs

Directions

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions, but cook it for 2 minutes less than the package says.  My pasta instructed me to cook for 8 minutes, but I cooked it for 6 minutes.  Drain the pasta and set aside while you make the sauce.
  2. In a medium saucepan on medium heat, melt the butter.  Whisk in the flour, salt, and pepper to make a roux.  Keep stirring for 4-5 minutes, or until the roux is light golden brown and thickened.  Slowly whisk in the milk until the sauce is thick and creamy.  Turn off the heat, then stir in 2 cups of the cheese.
  3. Pour the sauce over the pasta and stir to combine.  I did this step in the same pot that I used to cook the pasta.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  Spray a 13×9-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  5. Pour the pasta into the baking dish.  Sprinkle and remaining 1/2 cup of cheese and the breadcrumbs over the pasta.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the top of the macaroni and cheese is golden brown and crunchy.  Let it cool for 5-10 minutes and serve!

I hope you enjoy this baked macaroni and cheese!  I know I did!