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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Making REAL New Year's Resolutions

Although I've heard the argument that there's no need to wait for the new year to make resolutions to become a better "you", I personally love the idea of a set time for a fresh start - everyone is supportive of each other's goals and seems to be on the same page as one another.

Here are my personal resolutions - some are pretty touchy subjects (ahem, #3 was so hard to write), but I think far too many blogs today are so "censored" and that just isn't my style!:

1. Exercise 5 days a week.
I usually average about 3-4 days a week, but I'd like to keep it consistently at five - but hey, sometimes things come up, and that's okay too. The key is to be flexible with these things ;) hahaha!

2. Remember that it's okay to put myself first when I need to.
It's like that saying on airplanes how in case of an emergency, we must put on our own oxygen mask before we attempt to help anyone else's with theirs. If we aren't taking good care of ourselves, we will eventually be able to lose our ability to help out others - and anyone who know me personally knows how much I adore helping others!! It's okay to have needs, and anyone who makes me feel selfish/needy/cray-cray/rude/just bad in general about it is not somebody who is kind and understanding  aka not somebody I want to keep hangin' around in my life!

3. Love my body/self again.
I am not afraid to speak up for those of us who have been in abusive relationships, particularly those involving physical/sexual abuse. Although this took place in my freshman year of college, my goal for this year is to heal by developing both self-love and a greater comfort level with the idea of being physically intimate with another person. I used to be far too embarrassed to admit any of this, but I've come to realize how many people find themselves in a traumatic relationship so I speak out for those people here. My goal is not to heal only for myself, but to be living proof to those who think healing is beyond their power. I want to show them that we can and will do so - we are not defined by our past.

4. Read books for pleasure on a daily basis.
As an English major, I usually stick to just assigned reading and then right before bed peruse a magazine, all tuckered out from reading all day. However, there is nothing so joyful to me than reading a good book of my own choosing; I won't have to slave away writing any papers on it - but maybe I'll blog about it! :p

5. Be less (!!!) extroverted.
Okay, okay I know how everyone thinks that being extroverted is much better than being introverted - but for me, I'm starting to disagree. Apparently according to those personality test things (like the Myers-Briggs), I'm 12% more naturally introverted than I am extroverted, which would surprise probably everybody I know. Let's face it - I'm a chatter box. I ask a billion lot of questions. I'm always surrounding myself with other people, and I know how to work a small group of people. But at a party? I'll be the first one in the corner stuffing my face with potato chips so I won't actually have to dance (I'm going to need something a little stronger than fruit punch for that, hmmm ;) …hahahah!). I love writing poetry, blogging, and I'm trying to get into journaling every day - just anything where I can be alone to think. I've realized that being around people can give me a loooot of anxiety if I never get a chance to (over)analyze my thoughts and feelings in the safety of my own company.


ak;sdfakdsfhadkshj that was a lot of personal stuff! But I do feel better posting this, hoping that my words will really resonate with some of you, both as a source of inspiration and providing hope.
I will see y'all again in the New Year - be back on January 2nd!



What are your New Year's Resolutions?

Monday, December 29, 2014

Best Mani Colors for New Year's Eve

We're just two days away from one of my absolute favorite times of the year. Essential to any good NYE is having the perfect manicure to clutch your drink (Martinelli's sparkling cider for all you readers under 21 ;)…). Here are my top five favorite nail polishes right now!

1. Spun In Luxe (Essie)


2. Jump In My Jumpsuit (Essie)


3. Christmas Gone Plaid (Gwen Stefani for O.P.I.)


4. I Carol About You (Gwen Stefani for O.P.I.)


5. Snow Globe (Ciate)


What nail polish colors are you loving right now?
xx, B

Sunday, December 28, 2014

On My Music Playlist

Here are some songs that I'm totally lovin' right about now! Whether iTunes, Spotify, or YouTube is your musical go-to, be sure to check these ten tunes out:

1. "Blank Space" by Taylor Swift
My life, sadly -_- hahaha.

2. "Naked As We Came" by Iron and Wine
Best listened to while accompanied by a caramel macchiato, WSJ magazine, and a buttery, flakey ~chocolate~ croissant! *fancily twiddles French mustache*

3. "Halo" by Ane Brun
This is a truly stunning remake of Beyonce's beloved love ballad. I apologize in advance to anyone you live with - you'll be singing this in the shower for weeks to come!

4. "Lips Are Movin'" by Meghan Trainor 
I am loving Meghan's songs right now. Refer to #5.

5. "Dear Future Husband" by Meghan Trainor
While a bit sassy and bratty and fun at first listen, there are so many important points made on a deeper-than-surface level. #girlpower !

6. "Girls" by The 1975
The 1975 is one of my favorite bands; I'm really into the music of alternative-sounding British male groups (like The Kooks <33333333).

7. "Geronimo" by Sheppard
Perfect to listen to while getting ready for the day - just the right amount of pep for unabashedly dancing around in your undies singing into a hairbrush! ;)

8. "Outside"by Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding
The melody is pretty haunting, just a warning!

9. "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson 
Grab your buddies and jump around like complete fools!

10. "Prayer in C - Robin Schulz Radio Edit" by Lilly Wood & The Prick (feat. Robin Schulz)
I LOVE THIS SONG AHHH!! YOU SIMPLY MUST GO DOWNLOAD THIS! I can't not get up and dance to it. I used to do ballet when I was a tiny girlie, and a little bit in high school, and I could easily choreograph a ballet dance piece which would be perfectly, exquisitely juxtaposed to the fast, far-clumsier-than-classical beat!

What's playing in your earbuds & headphones?
xx, B

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Spike the Punch… or Your Basic Blazer?

Now that Christmas is over, New Year's Eve is soon approaching! One of my favorite pieces to wear on the one night a year that it is socially acceptable to wear glitter, sparkle, shimmer, and shine no matter how old you are, is a blazer. I usually pair a basic black blazer with a slinky, shimmery camisole,  a body-con skirt in an equally-festive print, and my fave, trusty pair of Steve Madden black platform stilettos!

This year, even though I'm planning on having a casual night with the family, I'd love to switch it up and try a detailed blazer - a bit more unique, yeah!?

Here are my favorites:

1. Party Isn't Over Sequin Blazer (Nasty Gal, $78.00)

2. Made For Loving Blazer (Yoox.com, $77.00)


3. Sequined Open-Front Blazer (Forever 21, $32.90)


4. BKE Perforated Blazer (Buckle, $26.23)


5. Casual Style Lapel Ruffle Contrast Color 3/4 Sleeve Blazer (Sammy Style, $20.15)


What are you going to be wearing this New Year's Eve?
xx, B

Friday, December 26, 2014

Weekly Obsessions

So, I've decided to do a weekly post rounding up the major things I've been into, or basically what's been trending in the life of yours truly! (Note: All pics are not my own; they can be found off of Google Images.)

1. Trivia Crack

I am hopelessly, madly, devotedly obsessed with this game. It's the main reason why my iPhone 4s now only lasts half a day, even when starting out with a full charge… but I don't even mind. *saaaawooooon*!

2. Kinfolk Magazine

I first found Kinfolk at BAM (see #3 for reference) after hearing some girls at my college rave about how lovely and unique it is. Boy, were they right! It's based out of Portland, Oregon and is quite minimalist and definitely an inspiration for the indie-hipster crowd. The photography is incredible, the writing thought-provoking, and although a bit on the pricey side ($18 per magazine, although to be honest, they're far more reminiscent of coffee table books), it certainly pays to just splurge for a subscription!

3. BAM (Books A Million)

Maybe I'm just biased because this is the largest "commercial" (rather than independent) bookstore that is relatively close to my house, but BAM is just simply the best. In their discount section, you will find a multitudinous amount of everything from great classic literature to fabulous cookbooks to fascinating history books and more! I first prepare myself by ordering a coffee drink at Joe Muggs, their in-house cafe, while flipping through some magazines I grab from their shelves beforehand. And then? I do a lot of damage in that store… *strokes wallet soothingly*

4. "I'll have a Grande Decaf Non-Fat Peppermint Mocha Latte w/ Whip Cream, please!"

Ohhhh Starbucks. Get. In. My. Belly! I believe if you have a registered card, you score double stars this weekend with every purchase of a qualifying holiday drink! If you wanna reach me, you know where I'll be ;) !

5. G.H. Bass & Co. Cozy Knit Socks

Okay, okay, so they don't technically sell these on their website, but in the outlet stores - lemme tell ya, I have been living in mine - sleeping, lounging, shopping, and if I'm being truly honest here even wearing them to the gym (eek!). They are sooo uber cozy and I believe they are cheaper than J. Crew's camp socks!

What are your weekly obsessions?
xx, B

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

All of the Lights

My favorite part about the winter season is all of the lights! The following images are all taken from Pinterest, under the search "Christmas lights"!:





Happy Holidays, friends!
xx, B

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

10 Must-Read Books for Winter Break

Let’s face it, with jobs/internships, classes, clubs, sports/the gym, maintaining a social life, keeping a sleep schedule (eek!), and everything in between, we don’t exactly have much time to spare for reading for pleasure. Winter break, however, is the perfect time to catch up on all of those books you've heard about but never actually got a chance to feast your eyes upon! Check out my top picks:

1. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Bottom line: If it’s written by Amy Poehler, you know it should be on your bookshelf.

2. Bossypants by Tina Fey
Refer to description #1.

3. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
You love her on Girls and now you’ll be sure to love her as an author, too! “Refreshingly honest” is the best way to describe Dunham’s work, and you will learn quite a bit about life along the way.

4. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
Inspirational and encouraging, this book will shock you, intrigue you, and motivate you to achieve your dreams. If there’s something you’ve always wanted to do but your self-doubt and insecurities are holding you back, look to this book by a woman who went from delinquent to millionaire-status (ever hear of a little online retailer called Nasty Gal?! Because I sure have!) for incredible support.

5. Night Blindness by Susan Strecker
Written by a local author, this story challenges the idea of love in all of its forms: romantic love, familial love, friendship, love of life, and self-love. If you’re looking for a book that’s just begging to be read while you drink hot chocolate, curled up on the couch next to your dog with your family all around you, this is the one!

6. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
An accident. A really, really smart guy. Death. A mystery. New York City. A painting. If any of this appeals to you, you will go crazy for this book. Set large chunks of time aside for reading because you honestly won’t want to put it down!

7. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Another mystery story, but this time one notch higher on the morbidity scale. On Nick and Amy’s fifth wedding anniversary, Amy goes missing. But how can Nick prove his innocence? Or is Amy still alive? “Expect the unexpected” is a cliché for a reason, friends, and it certainly applies to this book!

8. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
What?! Don’t arch your eyebrow at me like that! The movie is coming out in February, and everyone knows you just have to read the book before the movie comes out. Think: If Twilight was rated R, the protagonist is in college, and the plot is a whole lot less vampire-y but more…erm, bossy.

9. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
This story, which takes place in Paris, France, is haunting and profound in so many ways. The way in which the two protagonists come together, a precocious 12-year-old girl and a brilliant concierge in the girl’s apartment building, is truly outstanding. The philosophical, psychological, and the spiritual intertwine to make for a novel that will be sure to stay with you long after you’ve read it.

10. Lean In for Graduates by Sheryl Sandberg
Even if you’re not graduating in the Spring, this book is ideal for anyone who currently is or will be looking for a job or internship in the near future. The advice is practical and on-point; you’ll feel confident and secure when it comes time to bring your career to the next level.


What's on your bookshelf?
xx, B

Monday, December 22, 2014

Mastering the Look: The Sassy Eyebrow

First off, let me warn you that the pictures below are me totesmagoatz goofing around!! I never take myself too seriously in pictures, so when I throw a duck face, rest assured that it's me teasing people who actually take pictures like that without being in jest.

A lady working at Ulta made a semi-rude comment about how if I come back in, they can teach me how to apply the new eyeliner I was going to purchase (to be fair, I haphazardly smeared on some turquoise eyeliner on that morning while packing my stuff out of my dorm room for Winter Break, but still - lady, plz.) and also that they can clean up my eyebrows for me.

PSA: ANYBODY WHO KNOWS ME KNOWS THAT MY EYEBROWS ARE A SACRED, SACRED PLACE. ONLY I AM ALLOWED TO TWEEZE, GEL, CONDITION, TRIM OR OTHERWISE GROOM THEM. I take great, great pride in my eyebrows (stems back from when I was bullied about them back in the grand ol' days of middle school for them being "too thick like trees"…. I know, children can be so cruel and unusual -___- !!) so now I refuse to let others take care of them, as I want to be the one to redeem them from their previous life of unruliness.

So, after she said that, her comment has been lingering in my mind until earlier this evening, when I decided to get to work…



#supersassy!!!! #lolzmcgee!!!!! #hashtag!!! #thatarchthough

#somuchsassiness!!!!! #oohlala #modelstatusyo



As you can see, I am all about the arch! I highly recommend Anastasia's eyebrow stencils (Use coupon code "DELIGHT" for a free mini gift with your purchase!! Y'all can thank me later ;)! )

Do you dare to hand your eyebrows over to a salon, or do you groom them yourself?
xx, B

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Sweet Escape

Something I realized today is that I currently am in desperate need of an escape from the present… some people flock to alcohol, to casual sex, to drugs, to binge eating, to watching too much Netflix, to overexercising - all really unhealthy outlets. People constantly tell you to "live in the present", but what if the present is a bit less-than-satisfactory, at the moment?

I'm excited for my future, and I've realized I need to stop living in the past (something I've noticed that many people I love and care about still do, as well). But too much thinking about the future, the planning, the worrying - it all causes anxiety. I'm only 20, but everyone seems to be talking about big topics like having kids, where you're going to set roots/live, what kind of a job do you want and what lifestyle will that job provide, etc.

Quite honestly, though, the thought of popping out little sweethearts that will be my children is terrifying for me to think about!!! Like, oh my GOD -  the pain! The nausea! The nine horrid months of looking like a beach ball yet nobody dares to ask you "when are you due!?" lest they accidentally come off as being rude! Naturally, having children is the ultimate proclamation of love, but at the same time it's a hard thing: will having kids make the love you have with your husband weaker? Kids can cause major arguments whether if one parent is way too strict and one is way too laid back, or economic concerns, or what-have-you. To me, kids seem like a potential threat to love and marriage.

But at the same time, if you're with the right person, I think having kids can make love and marriage far stronger. Your love was so strong that it created new people! That's incredible! You learn to love and trust each other in new ways, far deeper than you could have ever imagined. I know I've got several more years, or even a decade, before I need to be thinking about any of this, but for some reason lately, everyone has been talking about this stuff and it makes me just want to wear my little slipper booties and cuddle in bed with a stuffed animal of my own.

~But I digress~ Back to the idea of healthier escapes! I've thought of a few healthy escapes of my own:

1.Journaling
I'm most definitely a crier. Crying releases pain-relief hormones, so it makes biological sense that it's one of the best ways to heal. However, my parents who aren't exactly the most "sensitive artist" type go ballistic when I cry. They just don't get it because they never cry (which I don't get, but that's alright, I guess…). This is what made me realize today just how desperately I need an escape. Rather than keep driving them up the wall with my sensitivity, and then getting mad at them for being insensitive about my sensitivity (I'm an INFJ personality type, what can I say!?) putting my feelings into a notebook where they will not be judged is a safer way for me to express my emotions. I can write whatever I want without anyone criticizing me for it - ahhh, such paradise.

2.Creative Writing
A bit different, creative writing enables me to create fantastical, fictive worlds where I get to pick what happens. I can write stories where I'm a princess of a foreign land, stories where the underdog triumphs over the evil yet popular antagonist, stories where justice is achieved, stories where people you love will never leave you. There is much to be said for creative writing. I get into this trap where the only creative writing I do winds up getting published in a literary journal, or is for a class. But sometimes I want to write happy stories with fairytale endings, just for myself to read, and that's okay, too! :p

3.Reading (all of the books!!!)
Reading books, magazines, articles - anything that is uplifting and positive. There are so many disturbing books (and ahem, short stories I had to read for my creative writing class last semester -__-), but there are so many incredible ones that make you grow and are still haunting, but in that good way, rather than in that oh-geez-let-me-go-throw-up-now-after-reading-that-stuff way! By reading happy stories, I can remind myself about all the joy there is out there to appreciate and feel all warm and fuzzy inside about it.

4.Making Art
I rarely make art anymore because of #collegelife. *sigh*. I absolutely love drawing, but I wasn't raised in a household where the arts were encouraged (creative writing is the bizarre exception, I swear!). Emphasis was placed on math and science (but back in high school, AP Calculus was just awful, and AP Biology was literally traumatic) so I wound up doing neither of those things. I love writing poetry or an inspiring/uplifting quote, and then drawing geometric designs either as a frame of sorts to the poem or in the background of it. I think getting back to doing this, the coloring, the designing, will be incredibly cathartic in a way quite similar to how writing makes me feel.

5.Embracing Fashion
Fashion is my happy place. Although for the first two years of college I was suffering terribly from a field hockey injury, I am healing pretty rapidly now, although still injured to the point where I can only wear non-sneaker shoes for only about three hours at a time. Whiplash from a car accident back in last February, too, makes wearing heels difficult not only for my knees (field hockey injury) but now also for my neck/shoulders/back. Even if I can't always wear the fashion I adore, I am still able to write about it, admire it, and create outfits that one day in the future I know I will be able to wear.

What are your sweet, healthy escapes? Do people ever criticize you for being "too sensitive"? What is your "Myers-Briggs Personality Type"?
xx, B

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Organization Is Key

Whenever I'm feeling stressed out about a major life change (whether a breakup, family feud, internship applications - or let's be honest here, all three), getting organized keeps me grounded and makes me happier. It provides me with a sense of control, knowing that I'm able to select where things go, and why, and when - all comforting aspects when I feel like life is taking over, as you can imagine!!

I was looking around on Pinterest, and here are some of the categorically cutest organization stations I found:

Isn't this ribbon station just awwdorable!? As a girl who adores wearing bows in her hair, count me in!
I'm definitely all about the books, and this window seat embraced by a whole bunch of them!? Truly heavenly.

Three things I love: magazines, bright colors (esp. PINK!!!), & a good planner. Also, who can resist flowers & a MacBook!? Not this girl, that's for sure ;) !



How do you like to stay organized?
xx, B

Friday, December 19, 2014

Taking Care of… You!

So, unfortunately the trip to the Big Apple had to be postponed because I was not feeling good at all this morning (luckily we hadn't purchased our tickets yet!), so I spent the good half of the day in bed, praying my anxiety-induced tummyache would settle… which is when I came to an epiphany, halfway through the old November issue of InStyle magazine that I hadn't gotten to read yet because of the many demands of #collegelife , haha!

I realized that it's time to start loving myself, and taking good care of myself. It's so easy to fall into this pattern of thinking that you're too busy to take that half-hour shower you truly want to take, so you only hop in for a quick ten minutes, or that you and your bestie are fighting so you grab a Good Humour ice cream bar to drown your sorrows instead of making a yogurt/honey/granola parfait.

Once my tummy settled, I forced myself to get out of bed - I migrated to the couch to cuddle with my doggy and read a book, haha!!! Big change, big change, I know ;)

Then I came up with a list of 4 easy ways to start taking better care of ourselves, today.

1. Go to the gym 5 days a week.

One day werk (and why yes, I did indeed just say werk! *sassy hand flip*) out legs, the next is arms day. Alternate between the two each day! Psst…. notice how I didn't give an abs day!? That's because you should do them all five days (!!!), but every other day go a bit lighter - one day go hard, the other day (only do a little and then) go home.

2. Come up with a skin-care regimen that works for you - and do it daily.

For me, personally, I recommend Clinique's 3-step system! I use the "dry combination skin" system; they give you a quick quiz to determine which type of skin you have and voi la! Your personalized skin-care routine awaits! Even though for the past year and a half I've only using step 1 of the system... *sigh* guilty as charged… it works so so well. I swear by it.

3. Know what's actually in your food.

Polyethametabethyl-whaaaa!? If you can't pronounce it, you shouldn't be eating it!! It really is that simple. Start small - swap granola bars for homemade granola (my girl Martha Stewart has this incredible recipe), and make salad dressings from scratch (again, Martha to the rescue!!).

4. Get some Z's.

There's no way you can successfully conquer your day without proper shut-eye! No matter how many hours you think you need, my golden rule is: strive for nine.

5. Quit that negative talk!

Let's be honest: The media can make us feel pretty badly about ourselves. Seeing the Photoshop-enhanced boobs&butts&faces&legs of celebrity women, and the Photoshop-enhanced abs&arms&jawlines of celebrity men makes me extremely annoyed!  Why can't we celebrate people for their talent instead of creating non-realistic portrayals of their original beings? Why must aesthetic appearances take precedence over their skills and personalities, the things that are truly important? External beauty will inevitably fade, but internal beauty is always here to stay.


As a total side-note… Coming back from the gym I saw a drunk driver swerving all across the street, heading towards the opposite side of the road. There aren't many lights around, so he disappeared into the darkness but it made me realize how precious and beautiful life is. During this cray-cray holiday season, be sure to stay safe and report any erratic driving - you never know how many lives you might be saving.



How do you take care of yourself?
xx,B

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ugh.

After going through a breakup today, no post for the day.
I'm having a fun day with the mama bear in the city tomorrow to cheer me up, so stay posted!

xx, B

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

3 Easy Ways to Update Your Wardrobe

This break, my goal is to update my wardrobe from teen to ta-daaa! Because I'm still the same size I was in junior high school (there was the freshman 15 at boarding school *sigh* we don't speak of these days... hahaha, but then I've lost a bunch of pounds in college!), I still have sweatshirts from Rue 21 and (can't believe I'm admitting this - eek!) a few shirts from Limited Too.

Here are super-easy three ways to update your own wardrobe to feel more like a "young woman" than a "youth"!

1. Anything from J.Crew
Wearing clothing from J.Crew is a simple way to make a statement that you are no longer in teenager territory, and are instead a fashion-conscious, on-trend young woman with class. Many stores nowadays are making hemlines shorter than ever before, but nothing is as incredibly alluring as a flattering ankle jean or floor-grazing maxi-skirt. Don't think that showing off all of your skin is the only way to be sexy! If you love a piece for its color, texture, comfort, whatever it may be, your enthusiasm about it will shine through as you wear it and you will radiate infinite confidence - the truly most-sexy element of any outfit!

2. The Statement Coat
Image via Lyst.com
Coats are often overlooked as a way to update a wardrobe, but it is an incredibly judicious starting point! When you're walking around outside or walking into the office/restaurant during the chillier months or at night, the first thing that others will see is your coat. Investing in a classic trench, perhaps updated with a pop of color (cherry red or apple green are my personal favorites!), or classic pea coat in a preppy plaid are ideal choices to show the world the brand-new you!

3. Tasteful, Real Jewelry (with actual gems; costume jewelry doesn't count!)
If you've spent the last few years of your life being a devoted customer of Claire's, it's time to upgrade to Macy's, friends. Start saving up at the beginning of the new year so you can invest in a delicate piece featuring your birth gemstone, or something with diamonds - because who could ever say no to diamonds!?

How do you go about maintaining a fashion-savvy yet grown-up appearance through your outfit choices?
xx, B

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Discovering Liquid Liner

I'm baaaa-aaaack! Did ya miss me!? :p

Today I celebrated my first day of Winter Break by going to Ulta - my fave beauty store (besides Sephora, of course! <33) I purchased Benefit's "The Real Steal" set, composed of the beloved They're Real! mascara and the They're Real push-up liner. This was the first time I've ever used liquid liner, and lemme tell ya, I didn't totally fail! I've used gel and cream and pencil liners before, but never liquid.

Here's how it came out! I only did one eye, shhh…


I adore the results!! Now that I'm such a pro -jokes, jokes- , I'd love to grab a pink liquid liner (maybe a sparkly version from Urban Decay!?) and incorporate a second, sparkly pink line branching off of the black cat-eye design.

Do you use liquid liner, or do you stick to the easier stuff?
xx, B


Monday, December 15, 2014

Finals Mode - My Apologies!

SO sorry, you guys… I didn't write anything yesterday. Today is the last day of finals (best of luck to those who are also taking them!!) but there will be a shiny new post up for you to read tomorrow!
xx, B

Saturday, December 13, 2014

One Last Thing...

You guys, I totally forgot to mention something on my holiday wish-list last night!! Must be all these papers, hmmm…!


~Public Service Announcement about my Finals Status~
 Luckily, I only have four pages left of philosophy, and then I have to rewrite one last piece, about 10 pages or so, for my creative writing portfolio (I'm switching point of view from a third-person narration to first-person narration from one of the protagonists of the story). Then, for my meeting with my career counselor on Monday afternoon, I'll have to create a first draft of targeted resumes and cover letters. *sigh* I can try to finish most of the philosophy tonight, then do edits. But I really need to get started on the creative piece, as well as the targeted resumes/cover letters - eek!

But, back to my wish-list for the holidays! I have been coveting the David Yurman "Cable Classic" Bracelet with Gold (Pearl)  for years now. 

My Mama Bear told me that I can get it as a graduation gift, but the Amethyst gem one is seeeeriously calling my name. Because of my chronic sports injury/whiplash injury from a car accident last February (yeah... it was pretty darn bad), I can no longer stand on my feet for hours on end, nor can I put clothing on hangers or swipe groceries across a conveyor belt. I really would like a job, but it'd have to be something virtual… anyone looking to hire a lady in need!? Skills include: reading, writing, editing, being fashionable, a devilish amount of wit and charm… Pick me, pick me!! *waves hands wildly about* :p


Is there a piece of jewelry you've been lusting over for years?
xx, B


Friday, December 12, 2014

My Holiday Wish-List

The holidays are almost here!! I haven't had the time to figure out what I'd actually want for the holidays yet, because I've been so darn busy with these final essays! I need a break from working, anyway, so here are my top-10 dream gifts… What I truly want is that everyone finds inner peace and happiness and their true love but those goals are a bit lofty *sigh* so I'll stick to more tangible things!

(Note: my parents' rationale is that because they give me money to shop year-round, I only get one or two gifts during the actual holiday season… hahaha which I'm totally fine with. I'll be getting my own credit card when I graduate though sooo #independence which is nice!)

1. Photoshop

I want Photoshop so badly! I want to design my own logo and make all sorts of things with the program. I've learned to use it in a few digital art classes before, but I sort of forget a lot so I'd love to brush up on it!

2. Monogrammed Sweatshirt from Marley Lilly
I'm obsessed with monograms (my personal motto: if it's not moving, monogram it!) and a sweatshirt is a cozy choice to incorporate a dressy design in a low-key way. Perfect with leggings and boots, this would be my go-to outfit for snowy days walking across campus to class - because let's be honest here, there's only a snow day if there's a legitimate blizzard going on…

3. J.Crew Camp Socks
Refer to #4 below...

4. Birkenstock Sandals
I'd prefer to wear these in the winter with my Patagonia fleece, leggings, and J.Crew camp socks. I feel like Birkenstocks can look kinda smelly in the summer, but they're super-cute in the winter to achieve that snow-bunny-chic look!

5. Sparkly Dress (maybe with sequins!?)
My favorite thing to wear in the winter months is something sparkly. The more shimmer and glitter, the better! I absolutely love wearing dresses, so combining the two is certainly an ideal pairing!

6. Gift Card to ULTA <333
Let me start out by saying that I am a makeup fiend. I have way too much of it for my own good because I feel the need to try out everything they put on the market. Seriously, you guys. I keep these companies in business!! During the month of January, I get double the bonus points on every purchase I make because it's my birthday month!

7. Gift Card to Forever 21
Forever 21 is my favorite store, simply because they have every article of clothing you could ever want, ever. Whether clothes for "going out", heading to classes, or a day at the office, Forever 21 has it all.

8. Tickets for a Boston Bruins game
I -love- watching ice hockey!! I've never played, personally, but back in the days of boarding school, watching boy's varsity ice hockey on Friday nights with a styrofoam cup of hot chocolate was such a thing. Since then, I've always loved watching. Even though I'm a native New Yorker, the Bruins (and all of Boston, for that matter…) have simply captured my heart!!

9. Monogrammed Necklace (in 14k Gold)
Ooookay, so this super-pricey, but I personally believe that every girl should have a necklace, preferably a gold one, with her monogram on it!

10. Dinner at Junior's in Mohegan Sun
This is hands-down one of my absolute fave restaurants. The matzoh ball soup, the french fries, the chocolate milk so thick it's as if it's a milkshake, the cheesecake, …. oh, the cheesecake <3!! I tend to only go to Junior's twice a year at most, so when I do go, you can be sure that I go all out! I usually wind up feeling like I have to throw up after from eating so much (ugh) but it's so so worth it.

Bonus: My iPhone broke!! :/ The main menu button popped out somewhere in my bag, but it still works even though the white circle with the little gray square is no longer there. However, the inside of my phone is now exposed to the elements, because of this, so I'd like to use that upgrade to the iPhone 6 that I think is coming up soon with my AT&T family plan!

What's on your holiday wish-list?
xx, B

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

What better way to procrastinate writing three philosophy essays, finishing up editing my final draft of my "Humans & Animals in 19th Century Literature" essay, rewriting old pieces of creative writing that will now include corrections by my professor for my "Writing the Short Story" final portfolio, and preparing/writing up five targeted resumes (and five cover letters to go along with them!) for my appointment with my CELS (Career-Enhancing Life Skills) counselor - at my college, we are all assigned one! - to help me secure a summer internship that comes along with a $3,000 stipend… Whew, what a whirlwind of things I need to complete!

In times like these, it really helps to remind myself that after all of this work, I have some light at the end of the tunnel: 

1. I'm seeing The Bae (trust me, this was the least obnoxious of all his awwdorable pet names, ahahahah) at least twice this break <333 for a few days at my house, and then later on the next week, at his place and we are going into NYC to see the Christmas tree!! This has literally been a dream of mine for-ever and I am so glad to be sharing this special memory with him!


2. I'm going to two really fancy teas this break with my Mama Bear. One is at a local museum, the other is at an quaint,upscale bed & breakfast/inn. They both serve the most adorable, little CHOCOLATE desserts… they also have non-chocolate desserts and finger sandwiches (I'm talkin' cream cheese w/ dill & cucumbers here… oh em geeee, TOO good!! *flails arms with delight*) but let us be honest here and just acknowledge the fact that chocolate will always reign supreme in my heart.

Image via Google, but from the actual tea event!


3. My birthday is on January 7th, save the date ;) ! Hahaha, and I'm going to be at the Smart Girls Group reunion! Literally beyond excited. Be sure to let me know if you'll be in the Boston-area then, too! Boston is my absolute favorite city. It's relatively safe and there is so much culture. Love love love it!
I'm in this picture!! This was from the Smart Girls Summit Summer 2014 in NYC. Can you find me!?

4. To be honest, for the past few years I was really and truly extroverted. Now though, I'm feeling pretty burnt out by it all and I'm loving taking a step back and being more of an introvert. Although I'm not the "shy" type and probably never will be (except for back when I was in middle school and high school which don't actually count because anyone would be shy during traumatic times ahahah! But actually though….*sighhhh*), I mean "introvert" in the sense that I like spending a good deal of time alone by myself, whether walking around in nature or snuggled in bed staring at the ceiling daydreaming happily about my future. I haven't written much poetry lately - ahem, the lifestyle of a extremely-involved college student- and I haven't engage in art in the LONGEST time. I absolutely love creating art, drawing abstract designs with loads of color, basically, or writing a poem or quote and then illustrating around it (so my art becomes a frame, of sorts). This break I'm going to be doing a lot of creative, artistic projects so definitely keep your eyes peeled for future posts!
Drew this back in the days of Summer 2011 at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts Pre-College Summer  Program!


What serves as your "light at the end of the tunnel"?
xx, B


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Staying in the Loop

You guys… if you're super busy like me, then you don't have too much time to keep up with the daily news. That's where theSkimm ( http://www.theskimm.com/?r=2QGEA ) comes in!

It's a daily e-mail that's sassy, classy, and a little bit smart-assy that sums up all the news you'll need to know for the day so you'll always sound well-informed (super helpful for the workplace or school!!) Here is the link to sign up: http://www.theskimm.com/?r=2QGEA


It would truly mean so much to me if you use my unique link up above! Literally, forever grateful. This is because I am a brand ambassador for the company, and I need 20 more people to sign up to achieve my goal! 

I get presents (t-shirts, sunglasses, tote bag, umbrella, etc.) each time I achieve a certain amount of people who sign up using my link so they know they signed up because of me, rather than someone else! Below is a picture of me rockin' my sweet t-shirt for achieving one of my goals:

theSkimm is an awesome current events source!

Not only will you learn a lot about current events, but also you will be able to become a more informed and all-around better citizen/human being! Again, here's the link:  http://www.theskimm.com/?r=2QGEA 

THANK YOUUU FOR CONSIDERING xoxoxoxo let me know if you followed from my link and I'll buy you a latte one day, I pinky-promise! ;)

How excited are you to sign up for theSkimm!?
xx, B


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Rituals for Finals Week

Anyone who claims that Target is not fashionable is severely mistaken… But I'll get back to this in just a bit. Tomorrow is the official last day of classes for the semester at my college, and as you can imagine, the workload has been buhh-rutal these past few days! *sigh*

Whenever Finals Week arrives *cue music from Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" playing in the background*, I order my body weight in Chinese food delivery from my absolute-favorite local place. The middle-aged gentleman who delivers the food is always so genuinely sweet and kind, you know, like the type of guy who must be such a good father to his little kiddlez (and why yes, I did indeed just say kiddlez instead of kids!) at home. I always give him a higher-than-I-really-ought-to-be-giving tip because I love getting the chance to reward others for being good people!

My delicious Asian feast ;)

My mama bear knows me so well - once the Chinese food delivery happens, I'm not about to leave my room (although I ordered it tonight, I still have classes tomorrow, but I really needed a break from the dining hall food) and I wear pajamas for dayzz. Showering is a good idea but not necessarily practical during this time -- ooh yeah, I went there. I'll typically don the same pair of PJs until the work is done. She bought me these uber-cute Target PJs (photo is not my own; taken from Google Images):
My new pajamas<3 
How adorable are these macarons!? Ummm, #awwdorable alert!!!

As a side note, this semester I don't have any actual exams to take in the testing rooms for the first time in my entire college career. Instead, I have two 12-page papers, one for my English class about "Humans & Animals in 19th Century Literature" and one for my "History of Ancient Philosophy" class. I'll then need to prepare my creative writing portfolio for my "Writing the Short Story" class to hand in, and then make final edits on my 4-page paper for my class on the Italian Renaissance "The Artist and the Scientist".

The English paper is due this Friday (12/12), as is the Italian paper. My portfolio is due on Saturday when my entire class is having a southern-style brunch of eggs, grits, bacon (not for vegetarian me, though!), coffee, and apple cider at our professor's house (!!!). The Philosophy paper is due on Tuesday. And here's a plot twist for ya, I need to create seven targeted resumes and seven cover letters for the summer internships I'm going to be applying to over Winter Break.

I'm not even Christian, personally, but JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL!!!!

Luckily, I'll have these amazing pajamas to keep me snuggly as I type my heart and soul out into those papers. Personally, I prefer doing my homework in bed than sitting at my desk - it just feels far more cozy and less cold/sterile/umcomfy, you know!?

Do you have a favorite studying/working ritual that works for you?
xx, B


Monday, December 8, 2014

Must-Haves for a Holiday Party

If you're in the same situation as me, all you need to do is get through the next two weeks, and then the oh-so-beloved Winter Break -cue the *happydancing*- will arrive! The food will be delicious (and HOMEMADE <3…Sorry Harris refectory, it’s not you, it’s me!), the idea of the alarm clock will luckily be merely a distant memory, and your pets will be ready to snuggle you on the couch in the living room by the fireplace in front of the television… *sigh* Let the wintery reveries begin!
But let’s be honest – something else we’re most excited about is the excuse to get dressed up for a holiday party!  Whether Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, or anything in between, the following get-ups are sure to add a dose of fantabulousness to your festivities.
GENTLEMEN’S HABERDASHERY
1. Santa and Palm Tie (Vineyard Vines, $85.00)
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Is it Christmas in July, or do you just have the coolest tie ever!? Charm your fellow party-goers with this cheeky neckwear – it’s the perfect conversation piece, so you’re bound to have something to talk about with others… particularly those of interest! *arches eyebrow knowingly*
2. Gommino Driving Shoes in Suede (Tod’s, $445.00)
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The weather outside may be as frightful as the price tag on these luxurious loafers, but I can assure you that you will be able to wear these babies for the rest of your life! The craftsmanship of Tod’s shoes is superior to any other, and these loafers in particular will look good with almost any pair of pants you own. They’re worth taking an extra shift at your job for – seriously!
3. The Belgrave Check Blazer (Jack Wills, $298.00)
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If you’ve been following along with the previous posts in my column, you’ll know that time and time again I’ve proffered my theory that a man in plaid (or stripes, for that matter) is a good time. Make a statement to the party people that you’ve got personality – stories to recall, jokes to tell, and have substance, too… you know, the stuff that money can’t buy, a.k.a. the best stuff.
4. Candy Cane Anchor Bow Tie (Vineyard Vines, $55.00)
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Because anyone saying they can resist a good sir in a bow tie is in a state of denial. Candy cane anchors!? Ahh, TOO cute!!!!!!
5. Factory Bleecker Broken-In Chino (J.Crew Factory, $19.99)
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Did you know, wearing Nantucket red - colored pants makes the world a better place!? Fun fact of the (Mon)day! Please do buy them… for the world’s sake!
WOMEN’S DRESSES

1. Mardi Gras Navy Blue Sequin Halter Dress (Lulu’s, $73.00)
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There are certainly other ways to be sexy than showing off whatcha mama gave ya (although this dress is pretty short but, pshhh details, details…). By showing off delicate collarbones and strong shoulders with this trapeze shaped-frock, you will look stunning in a sophisticated, respectable way – certainly ideal if the grandparents will be partying along with you! Also to be completely honest, you can have the largest food baby in the world, dare I say it… even food baby twins, and nobody will be able to tell – this fact alone makes it well worth the money.
2. Glamorous Sitting Pretty Blue Sequin Dress (Lulu’s, $79.00)
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There aren’t many occasions in life when it’s socially acceptable to wear sequins – unless you’re a preschool teacher and you get them glued onto your clothes by small children! A holiday party, however, is the perfect excuse to embrace your inner arts-and-crafts queen and look beautiful while doing so!
3. Dazzle and Amaze Beige Sequin Dress (Lulu’s $64.00)
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Things that are cute and shiny: ornaments, wrapping paper (well…sometimes!), and you in this dress! If you’re not one to shy away from wearing clothing that is tight, consider this the perfect way to work the room – by werkin’ it. Shine on, girlfriend! *struts across the room with the utmost sass*
4. Covered the Basics Dress (Tobi, $86.00)  
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This white-sequin stunner is the perfect pop in a sea of LBD’s. Who cares that Labor Day has come and gone!? Not you! News flash, ladies: wearing white is now perfectly acceptable all-year-round. We love.
5. Sophisticated Sparkle Dress (Tobi, 80.00)
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For those who love their Little Black Dresses, this dress is a great way to inch out of the comfort zone of your go-to! The asymmetrical hemline creates visual interest, and the chevron pattern of the sequins gives an appreciative head-nod to champagne. So grab yourself a glass of bubbly (if you’re of age, of course!) because this dress is a perfect ten, so “cheers”to that!

Which pieces are your favorites?
xx, B