Friday, October 5, 2018

College Outfits: Student Teacher Observations & Classes

Happy Friday! Just wanted to pop by and share some of my outfits from this past week or so. If you're following me on  Instagram then you've likely seen my Instagram stories every morning sharing my outfit of the day. I've gotten such a positive response from sharing my daily outfits and although I do tag where everything is from in my stories, I wanted to share a whole post with links to purchase the items I'm wearing or similar items. 

Usually, I just wear an oversized sorority t-shirt with running shorts and tennis shoes to class but now that I've started my student observations in local elementary and middle schools, I've been getting to wear "real clothes" so I'm excited to be sharing them with you! Shooting outfit photos aren't exactly the easiest thing to do while at school so I'm excited to have this as a way to keep the fashion aspect of my blog up to date. 






Happy Friday!

xoxo,

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Updated College Skin Care Routine

I don't know if I can speak on behalf of other college students but I know that after I made the transition into being a full-time college student, my skin care routine changed quite drastically. It's not to say that I got lazy about my routine because that's not true. If anything, I'm more serious about my skin care routine. 

When I say that my skin care routine changed, I mean in the products that I use. I've struggled with acne since middle school so sticking to a routine is something that has become part of my daily routines. Every morning when I wake up, I get out of bed and go straight to the bathroom to wash my face and apply moisturizer. Then, every night before I jump in the shower, I make sure to remove all of my makeup and wash my face again. 

I've never been one to use super expensive products on my skin and don't consider the products I use to be high end. Currently, all of the products I'm using are Neutrogena products (this post is not sponsored, just really love the brand) adn can be found at drugstores. Skin care is something that is important to me as a college student because I always feel more confident in myself when my skin is clear and if I'm being real, there's a lot of events that go on in my life and I don't like seeing acne all over my face in photos. 

It's no secret that college can be stressful and if you're anything like me, your skin likely flares up during stressful weeks of the semester. I've been able to minimize my breakouts and control them when they happen because I stick to a set routine every morning and night. 




F A C E  W A S H
The face wash I'm currently using & loving is the  Neutrogena Hydro Boost Exfoliating Cleanser. I love this face wash because it does have a bit of texture to it so it gently exfoliates my skin and helps to get excess dirt and makeup up. It's gentle enough that I can use it both morning and evening without irritation and it's helped control the oil on my face as I have natually oily skin. 


M O I S T U R I Z E R
I've been using the  Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream for over a year now and I've loved it from day one. As I mentioned above, I have naturally very oily skin but this product does a nice job of mattifying my face while also helping to keep my skin look and feel moisturized throughout the day. It isn't a heavy lotion and I've never felt like it was clogging my pores, an issue I've had with previous products. This lotion is a little pricey for my college budget ($20) but it lasts me SO LONG. It's definitely worth the investment in my opinion.


M A K E U P  R E M O V E R  W I P E S
I've been using  Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes since middle school and haven't had any issues with them so they've been my preferred brand of choice for almost 10 years now. Tip: if you're a Costco member you can usually find a bulk package for a good price or you can get a big box of them off of Amazon for a good deal, too. 




To all college students out there, what college budget friendly skin care products do you use?

xoxo,

Monday, October 1, 2018

Hello October

Happy October 1st, friends! It's (in my opinion) officially ~spooky season~ and I'm very excited about it. Fall is my favorite season and I'm jumping at any chance I get to wear fall outfits. It's still in the upper 80's here in South Carolina but luckily, now I'm starting to spend more of my days in local schools student observing which is nice because I have an excuse to dress up in fun fall outfits.

When I was home two weeks ago for an unexpected vacation due to Hurricane Florence, my mom and I shot photos of this outfit which I'm slightly in love with (it's all over my instagram, I promise I wear other clothes). I've included links to my outfit at the end of this post, including the gold star choker necklace which is less than $5!











Happy October!

xoxo,

Friday, September 28, 2018

Oh Hey There

Hi friends. It’s me. I’m back and very happy about it. It’s been such a crazy last couple of months with summer wrapping up, moving back to Columbia for my sophomore year, sorority recruitment and classes starting that I really haven’t had time to sit down and fill everyone in on how I’m doing.

Since I last talked with y’all a lot has happened. Highs and lows, good moments and not so good moments, so many new friends and new memories and I’m excited to be able to recap the last few months of my life for y’all in today’s post. 

For the sake of organization and structure, I’ve broken down my updates into categories: summer, recruitment, sorority, classes, blogging & life in general. 

S U M M E R

Summer 2018 was definitely one for the books. It was so nice to be back in Ohio for three months and get to spend some much needed time with my family and my best friends from high school. Surprisingly, I didn’t travel at all the summer which I was ok with because I do a lot of traveling here at school (perks of being two hours from Charleston, Savannah, Greenville & Charlotte). 


I worked this summer at a program put on by my city called Safety Town, which teaches incoming Kindergartners and 1st graders the importance of various safety concepts such as fire safety, stranger danger, bike safety and so on. I worked as a classroom assistant which is basically like a student teacher. Being an Elementary Education major, I loved this job as it allowed me to be in a classroom environment with students and since this was a summer program, I got to work with them on concepts that aren’t typically part of normal classroom curriculums. The staff that I worked alongside are some of the sweetest and most caring individuals I’ve ever met and I loved being around people who shared the same passion for teaching children as I do. I still keep in touch with a couple of my co-workers and it makes my heart so incredibly happy. 


Other uneventful happenings that occurred this summer include that I got contacts! I don’t know if y’all knew this but I have horrible vision and have worn glasses since my freshman year of high school. I wasn’t a huge fan of them so I always took them off in pictures which is why y’all rarely saw photos of me wearing them here on NP. I admittedly was terrified of contacts and the thought of touching my eyes everyday kind of creeped me out but my mom was somehow able to convince me to go to the eye doctor and try them and the rest is history. Not sure if that was relevant enough to share here on the blog but decided to share since it was a monumental moment for me this summer. RIP the days of not being able to wear cute sunglasses because of needing to wear my prescription ones :) 

The rest of the summer consisted of lots of babysitting, ridiculous amounts of iced coffee consumed and nights spent with my best friends from high school. Although I was sad to leave home, I was so excited to come back to Carolina and see all of my sweet college pals. 

R E C R U I T M E N T

Here at Carolina, our sorority recruitment takes place prior to classes starting. I know when I went through recruitment last year, I liked that we did it before the semester began because it gave me the chance to meet so many girls and make so many friends right off the bat after moving into college. 




I moved back to Carolina on August 6th which was 10 days before Round 1 Day 1 of recruitment. We have Spirit Week where each day we dress up as different themes and we practice and make sure everything is fine-tuned and ready go for when we finally get to welcome the PNM’s into our home! Round 1 is Go Greek, Round 2 is Philanthropy, Round 3 is Sisterhood, Round 4 is Preference and then Bid Day! This year my chapter’s (I’m a Delta Zeta for those that don’t know!) Bid Day theme was “Lucky You, Lucky Me, Lucky to be a Dee Zee” which I loved as we got to get decked out in green & gold with fun rainbow accessories. I’ll include some photos from recruitment & bid day below!




S O R O R I T Y

I’m living in my sorority house this year and it’s honestly one of the best decisions I’ve made since being a member of this chapter! Living in the house with 35 other members of my chapter means that there’s always someone who’s willing to go to Dunkin’ for iced coffee and there’s always someone down to watch How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days with me even though I’ve seen that movie countless times. I’ve grown so close to so many girls in the house that I didn’t know very well last year and have even found the girls I’m going to be leasing an apartment with next year, too!


I think I mentioned this in a post a couple months back but I’m currently serving on my chapter’s New Member Team which means that I work alongside 11 other sisters to help our New Member Class get acclimated to life in Delta Zeta and make sure that they have a smooth transition into Greek Life and answer any questions they may have. 




Also exciting news, I find out who is going to be my little tonight! I’ll be receiving a phone call sometime this evening with the name of my little & I’m SO excited to start crafting for her. Reveal is October 12th so stay tuned for a post on what I gave as my gifts & photos from the reveal. 

C L A S S E S

This semester I’m taking 5 classes (4 in-person, 1 online) and they’re going really well so far! I’m finally taking classes that are related to my major which means that I’m starting to go out into local Elementary & Middle Schools for student observations and y’all I am GEEKED. I’ve known that I wanted to be a teacher since I was in third grade so the fact that I’m finally starting my fieldwork and that I’m less than 3 years away from having my own classroom makes me so happy (I wish y’all could see the big smile on my face as I’m typing this). 

B L O G G I N G

I’m finally hoping to get into a weekly routine of blogging, fingers crossed. I’ve been more active on Instagram lately so here’s to hoping I can be more active online too. There are only 19 days until I go home for Fall Break and I’m planning to shoot a lot of new content for y’all then so get excited!

L I F E

In a nutshell, my life overall lately has been great. This is probably going to get deep but just roll with me here. I’ve never seen myself as happy as I am right now. I came into my sophomore year wanting to step more outside of my comfort zone, wanting to say yes to more spontaneous adventures and just overall not be so hard on myself. I can confidently say that I’ve found my solid group of friends here at Carolina and having them has made a world of difference. 


Yes, I’ve had some hard days. I still deal with homesickness. I still get stressed out very easily. I’m growing apart from some people, I’ve been sick, I’ve had a mental and emotional breakdown, but having found my people, it makes going through all these things SO much easier. My life isn’t perfect and I’m not trying to make it that way, I’ve just shifted my mindset to roll with the punches and appreciate the little things and it’s made such a difference and I’m loving the person I’m becoming because of it. 


Happy Friday friends, thanks for reading about my life update. Here's to being back to blogging!

xoxo,

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Little Things That Make Me Happy + My Favorite App

I'd consider myself to be a geniunely happy person. I like to spend most of my time smiling and laughing and I try not to take myself too seriously. Yes, I do have days when I've got myself down but for the most part, I like to be happy.

I was reading a book the other day and it asked the question, "what makes you happy?"

This got me thinking about all the little things that make my happy and put smiles on my face. I'm definitely the type of person who enjoys the littest things in life, it really doesn't take much to make me smile. If you've ever wanted to get to know me a little bit better, here's a handful of things that make me happy.


Early mornings, because I like being awake before the rest of the world. Fresh fruit & big, elaborate breakfasts. Iced coffee and local coffee shops. Getting dressed up but also lazy days where I don't change out of my pajamas. Trader Joe's Cookie Butter and Trader Joe's fresh flowers and carefully arranging them in vases. Opening my blinds each morning to let in the natural sunlight. The sound of little kids laughing and receiving handwritten notes in the mail. Christmas lights, because I think it makes everything a little bit more magical. Summer nights, when it's 8pm and still outside and I'm driving around, windows down, blasting old songs and singing my heart of with my friends. Watching my creamer mix with my coffee. Storms with heavy rain and loud thunder and lightning so bright that for a split second, it looks like daytime. The feeling of a plane speeding the runway right before takeoff. Golden hour. Laying on the kitchen floor with my dog. Making Spotify playlists. Ballcaps with messy ponytails. And so many more things.

There's a lot of things that can easily turn my mood around and one of my favorite ways to remember the little things that made me smile is by using the app HappyFeed. No, this post isn't sponsored, I just really love this app and wanted to share it with you.

The way this app works is like this: you can set a notification for a certain time every day and you'll be prompted to write down three things that made you happy that day or three things you're grateful for. You can upload pictures to remember special memories, too. After you've been using the app for one, two, three weeks and longer, you'll be able to go back and view your memories from previous weeks. My favorite time of the night is when I write down what made me smile that day and then going back and seeing what made me happy last week and previous weeks.

By recording what made me smile and what I'm grateful for each day, I'm creating an ongoing list of things that make me happy, so on days when I'm not quite feeling myself, looking back on previous memories can always put the smile right back on my face. Even if it's something as simple as getting iced coffee or seeing a friend, it's such a fun way to record my memories.

Happy Tuesday!

xoxo,

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