17 things to do to help you de-stress during midterms

Hi babes! It’s officially midterm season and I’m not gonna lie I have been so stressed out lately preparing for my exams that I have forgotten to sit back and think about myself. So today I was brainstorming some things that I could do that weren’t expensive and would help me relax while I’m taking breaks in between studying and here is what I have come up with.

  1. Go workout. ( I know you think you have no time to study let alone go to the gym but last week I went to a 25-minute spin class and was out of the gym in less than an hour.  I felt good, plus it feels good to think you’re doing something good for your body.)
  2. Take a bath. ( Try using Epsom bath salts, the magnesium is absorbed through the skin to help replenish magnesium levels in the body. Which will leave you feeling calm and relaxed, plus Epsom bath salts are known for improving sleep and your concentration. )  Epsom Bath Salts.
  3. Do a face mask
  4. Journal. I’m a firm believer that writing is truly one of the most therapeutic things you could do for yourself, so why not jot down some thoughts on paper on how you’re feeling that day.
  5. Drink some coffee or tea to help you get remotivated. (Starbucks K-Cups are a gift from the baby Jesus himself. )
  6. Listen to music. Better yet, you can follow my study playlist to help you stay in your zone.
  7. Take a hot shower
  8. Call a friend
  9. Go for a drive and jam to music. (Kentucky backroads are seriously such a blessing.)
  10. Dance it out
  11. stay off social media for a day
  12. Find a dog or cat to love on
  13. Drink water (lots and lots of water)
  14. Take vitamins to boost your immune system. (C, D, fish oil.)
  15. Practice yoga (maybe even goat yoga?)
  16. Watch a motivating ted talk or listen to a podcast.
  17. go hug someone.

Good luck on your midterms babes!

Xo,

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October fall finds under $50

Hi pals! & happy October! I seriously cannot believe we are already 3 months into this semester let alone into the fall season. Although, it’s still 80 degrees in Kentucky right now and it doesn’t reallllyyy feel like fall  we will imagine that it is and drink our PSL on ice for the moment being. ANYWAYS, today I’m sharing some of my most recent favorite fall finds for under $50! You know your girl is always ballin on a budget and just because we’re broke college students that doesn’t mean we have to dress like one too. As always I have linked all the products below so all you have to do is click on the image and it will take you directly to the product.

 


XO,

The types of guys you’ll date in college

Hi guys! So I’m trying something different on my blog today, I’m going to start writing about stuff that’s more relatable to my age and less about fashion and lifestyle type of things. I will still write about those things, I’m just trying something new to see if you guys like it and to even see if I like it. So given by the title I decided to write about the types of guys that I have either personally dated so far in college or guys that you guys had sent into me that you have dated.

The frat star-

We all know this guy, he’s friends with all your sorority sisters and he seems to know just about every other sorority girl on campus too. This guy most likely serves as his fraternity social chair or new member coordinator and he can go on and on for days about what his brotherhood means to him. You’ll never see him miss a darty and you can typically find him DJing the party or behind the bar on a thirsty Thursday. You’ll probably date this type of guy a handful amount of times in college before you either lock one down or move on from frat guys.

  • “I once dated a guy in a fraternity who seemed to care more about his brotherhood than our relationship. If you consider brotherhood activities and their commitment to one another, such as drinking and smoking to be reasons why he couldn’t commit to me then yeah frat guys definitely don’t have time for a girlfriend since that seems to be all he cared about. ” -L

 

  • I personally love dating a frat guy, it’s nice to know all his brother’s and for them to know you and to hang out with all of them like your one of the bros. It’s fun to always have someone to hang out with or to know you’ll have a guaranteed date to their next date party. Yeah, it can get annoying, seeing girls coming up and talking to my boyfriend but that’s just because he’s a social guy and it’s not like I don’t have guy friends either. You really gotta just go with the flow if you are dating someone in a fraternity.” -M

The guy from tinder-

This guy is a guy you will date when you are at your lowest, you’ll most likely go on a date with him because your friend told you that she met a great guy on the app or its winter and you’re cold and lonely and your FWB has been acting weird lately so your options are getting low here. And if Kelly can find love on a dating app then hell you can too. You’ll convince yourself that not ALL college guys use this app just to hook up with girls and maybe this guy will be different from the rest. Flash forward to that Friday night, the date went “eh” as expected, you two are driving home and everything is going fine and just when you think your faith in dating apps has been restored your date looks at you and says “so wanna come back over to my place and uh watch a movie?” And there it is ladies and gentlemen the classic tinder guy move. So anyways, moral of the story don’t date someone from tinder unless your intentions are to get laid that night.

  • “I once was on a second date with a guy I had met on tinder and the date was going fine until his dog decided to throw up all over my shoes. Of course, I didn’t want to be rude and get upset over it so I offered to help clean up his floor (and my shoes). After we cleaned up his dog’s throw up, he grabbed his dog’s face and kissed her on the lips right after she had just vomited all over the place. I’m never dating another guy from tinder again.” -E

 

  • “I had a good experience with Tinder, I met my ex-boyfriend on Tinder and we dated for about a year until I had to transfer back home. The app isn’t all bad.” -L

The good guy friend-

Ugh, this is the guy they write country songs about, he’s perfect and sweet and kind and everything you want in a guy butttt you just can’t seem to bring yourself to like this guy. Maybe it’s the fact that he put himself in the friend zone by being way too emotionally available for you (god aren’t we our own problems?) Or maybe it’s the fact that we seem to only be attracted to guys that treat us like crap but for some reason you just aren’t attracted to this guy and it’s the worst because you want to be. You’ll convince yourself for a weekend that you guys could work out until you realize that no matter how hard you try you can’t fake a feeling that wasn’t even there to begin with *sigh*.

 

The good on paper guy –

This guy is very similar to the good guy friend except with this guy you didn’t start out as best friends but he eventually turns into the good guy friend but we’ll get there. This guy is the guy that logically makes sense for you to date, he’s attractive, smart, sweet and the kind of guy your parents would want you to bring home for Christmas break but you can’t. But why? maybe your plans for the future don’t line up with his or maybe you have some serious commitment issues that need to be dealt with if you want to be married by the time your 30, idk your story but this guy just isn’t for you. On paper, he seems like the perfect guy but in reality, he’s just not the guy for you.  *cue I wish I was by Maren Morris*

  • “I once knew this guy who seemed like the package deal to everyone else, he was cute and smart and funny and had incredible hair but he wanted to move back to his tiny small town in the middle of nowhere after college and I wanted to move to New York and work at a big company one day so our plans didn’t exactly line up. Everyone always gave me crap about not making things works with this guy, but can you blame me? Who in their right mind would want to live in the middle of nowhere and raise kids their entire life? That’s cool if that’s for you, but I could never see myself doing that. So that’s why he and I could never work no matter how good his hair was.” – O

The not looking for commitment guy- 

You will probably date this type of guy at least 20 times if not more because this type of guy is what makes up about 95% of our current dating pool. This guy isn’t necessarily a bad guy, he’s just someone who doesn’t want to “commit” to one girl right now, because he will say either 3 of these things, he’s either A. “busy with school” B. “Doesn’t have enough time in his schedule for a girlfriend right now” or C. His cat died or whatever. But what he actually means is he doesn’t want to commit to just you because he wants to have sex with as many people as he can before it’s too late. Sorry, but it’s true, now maybe if you hit him up in about 3 years when we’re all about to graduate then maybe he will commit but I doubt it. In life, you win some and you lose some ladies, take the loss and move on.

The stuck in high school guy-

This guy most likely still hangs out with his high school friends and most of his stories will consist of the phrase “yeah back in high school..” He’ll most likely show you his football highlights he has saved on his phone and tell you stories about his glory days as a quarterback in his small town of who the f*** knows where. Most likely this guy was really popular in high school and peaked after graduation. You will most likely date this guy during your freshman year of college or whenever you go home for break.

  • ” My ex-boyfriend was definitely a stuck in high school kind of guy, this man was 22 years old and was still hanging out with the same guys that he hung out with in high school. They still talking about their “crazy high school days” as if they didn’t graduate four years ago.” -L

 The stoner guy- 

Personally, this guy isn’t the worst guy to date but he isn’t the best either. This guy is the kind of guy who is really adventurous and free-spirited, you will think you are in love with him because you guys have such deep and meaningful conversations together. But that feeling will quickly go away when you realize that it’s 9am on a Tuesday and your free-spirited James dean is high as a kite and has no other life aspirations besides getting high that day. If only you could have the best of both worlds. *sigh*

The REALLY conservative guy – 

This guy is a die-hard, old row lovin, make America great again or go home kind of guy. He’ll most likely own a needlepoint belt and have a confederate flag hanging in his room and can tell you everything you need to know about any type of gun. He will most likely want to talk about politics with you and if you try to argue with him about his views well…good luck charlie. You will most likely date this guy for two weeks…tops. (depending on your taste in men)

Now get out there and go find your prince charming ladies!

xo,

back to college : my favorite back to school makeup products

Hi friends! I’m finally back on campus and I’m more than excited to be back in the swing of things and to be reunited with my friends again! A little life update, I have FINALLY finished unpacking the last of my boxes and settled into my new house and let me tell you guys, I am MORE than excited to finally be able to say that. My roommates and I had such a hard time finding a house on campus that was suitable and clean to live in (PSA: college houses can be so GROSS sometimes) but we finally found this adorable little house near campus and it’s seriously the best. I’m finishing up recruitment for my sorority and we are only a few days away from meeting our new pledge class (YAY) but because of how time-consuming things have been lately that is why I have been a little MIA here recently. But despite how hectic this month has been, things are finally starting to slow down again and I’ll be a lot more active on here so stay tuned for some good stuff that is coming to the blog this month!

 

 

Now onto the good stuff!

Kicking it off with my favorite face products!

I usually don’t like to wear a lot of face makeup when I’m heading to class just because I have classes so early some days and nobody has time to get up that early and do all of that. But on the off chance, I have somewhere to go after my classes or I’m just in the mood to put on face makeup my usual go-to face products would be bronzer and concealer.

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer – This has been my favorite concealer for the past two years and it lasts so long! The formula isn’t too thick and it blends super easily too. If I’m ever in a hurry and I need something to help brighten up my tired eyes this is my favorite go-to concealer and it lasts for a while too.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer – This is just a cheaper alternative to the Tarte shape tape but the formula on the Fit Me concealer is not as thick as the Tarte concealer. So if your someone who doesn’t need as much coverage because you live in a perfect world where you get enough sleep every night (LOL I wish I could relate) or you enjoy the Nars creamy concealer than this is a good dupe for you.

Hoola Matte Bronzer – I have used this stuff for YEARS and seriously I can’t get enough of it! This bronzer has the prettiest undertone to it and it seriously does wonders for my face (hello cheekbones). I seriously don’t know anyone who has used this stuff before and has said “oh I don’t like this bronzer” if you have, then let me know why because seriously it’s that good. Plus, it takes a while for you to hit pan on it, I have had mine for mmm maybe a year now and I still have a good amount of product left. Seriously, so worth investing your money in.

Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer – Again, I totally understand what it’s like to ball on a budget being a broke college student and all so this bronzer by Physician’s Formula works just as well if not better than the Hoola Matte bronzer. I love that it doesn’t make my face look muddy (girls, you know what I’m talking about) and it’s not too dark either so it makes my face look very bronzy and natural looking.

Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter – Personally, I like liquid highlighters better than powder one’s just because I like the whole dewy face effect that it gives off. But I like them especially more when I’m not wearing foundation just because I think it helps makes my face look a lot more natural looking. A great and affordable liquid highlighter that I constantly love to wear is the Makeup Revolution liquid highlighter! This product leaves my face looking fresh and clean and I love that it has a droplet applicator so you can get just the right amount of product.

 

 

For the eyes, I like to go with something simple and natural looking so I usually will dig into my ABH Modern Renaissance palette and apply the shade “Buon fresco” to my lid and the shade “Raw sienna” to my crease. This palette is so universal and easy to use! t I think the main reason I’m obsessed with the Modern Renaissance palette, is because the palette has so many great, warm transitions shades but it also has bright and bold warm colors as well so it gives it diversity.

 

 

After that, I’ll just swipe some mascara on and apply some chapstick and I’m ready to go for the day! One of my favorite mascara’s that I have been using lately is the Buxom big tease mascara   I love that it doesn’t clump my eyelashes together and you only have to apply a few coats to get the job done!

Typically for chapstick, my go-to is the Aquaphor lip repair this chapstick has been a favorite of mine for years and I don’t see that changing anytime soon but if you know of some good chapstick brands please let me know, I’m always open for suggestions. After that, I’m ready to go and ready to take on my day! I hope you guys enjoyed my second post in my back to college series and until next time.

 

XO,

My back to college essentials

Hi pals! Can you believe it’s already August? I swear I blinked and this summer flew by, with summer coming to an end that means classes are about to start again and it’s time to make a trip to Target. I rounded up some of my favorite things that I use that help me throughout the school year and some things that I just like to have with me on a daily basis when I’m heading to class. I’m starting a “back to college” series here on my blog so I hope you enjoy my first post in this series and find some of this stuff to be useful for you too this semester!

 

  1. Planner

 

I’m super ADD like it’s not even funny so I absolutely have to have a planner that breaks down my day in order for me to stay on task and stay focused on things. My friend actually recommended this planner to me and it does exactly what I need it to do, it splits your days up into different time slots and also has a section for you to write out your to-do list for that day as well.  I think it’s an easy way to stay organized during the school year because if your anything like me it can become really overwhelming sometimes so having a planner will be a lifesaver for me this school year.

 

2. Reusable water bottle – Okay, confession time: I never have really used reusable water bottles before, I think it was because my family always drank from water bottles growing up so I was never really raised to be eco-friendly like that (although, we did recycle and compost growing up so disclaimer we didn’t completely hate the earth while I was growing up but moving on).  I don’t know but regardless your girl can’t afford boujie water bottles anymore so I guess we are going to have to get behind the whole reusable water bottle trend. #Adulting

Highlighters – This one is a given for pretty much everybody but I do love buying my highlighters in big sets like these ones here! I just feel like the more I highlight things the more I feel like my life is put together ya know? This pack is on sale for $5 right now!

 

Backpack- If you aren’t in college yet and you’re debating on whether or not you should use a backpack take my advice and use one. I practically live out of my backpack during the school year so I would invest in a nice one that will last you throughout college! You will have so many books, folders and things to carry around that you won’t want to use your purse for things like that, plus you can decorate your backpack with super cute buttons so that’s always a plus!

Vitamins – Sort of random but hear me out, going to a big university is seriously the best and I wouldn’t trade it for anything BUT the only thing that sucks about attending a big school is that you get sick a lot easier than when you were in high school. Seriously, take it from me I was practically sick my entire freshman year because of all the events you attend and how many people you are around 24/7. So this year I have decided to start taking better care of myself and start taking vitamins, so far Google said that the best ones take are the One-A-Day multivitamins  because it’s like taking 7 different vitamins in one tablet and to take the Nature Bounty Hair, Skin and Nails vitamins, which by the way I already take and they work wonderfully. Plus, both vitamins are under $10 so they are both super affordable!

 

Sunglasses – I wore my sunglasses everywhere last year and truthfully I liked wearing them because they would hide the bags under my eyes and sometimes they’d look really cute with my outfit. This isn’t necessarily an “essential” it’s just something I like to have with me throughout the school year.

K-Cups- I live, breathe, and run on coffee, like no joke I wouldn’t be able to function without my k-cups. My favorite k-cups are the Starbucks french roast k cups or the Italian roast ones and they’re inexpensive too! I believe it’s like $7 for a pack of 10 cups and you can just pick them up at Kroger or wherever your nearest grocery store is.

 

Some other essentials worth mentioning –

 

xo,

5 Foundations You Should Be Using For Summer Glowy Skin

If you’re a makeup lover like I and everyone else in the makeup loving world, you’ve probably always wanted to know, what is the secret to achieving “summer glowy skin”? For a broke college student over like me, I’m always looking for makeup deals, especially ones that are usually worth my dinner money for that night. I have spent hours searching through Pinterest trying to find the perfect foundation to achieve just that.  Keep on reading!

My Go To Items For The Summer

In every girl’s closet, their certain items she simply cannot live without. It could be a pair of shoes or a bag she worked really hard to buy, but behind every great outfit, there is a great story to be told with it. As well as great staple items that help make or break that amazing outfit. These few items just happen to be my make or breaks that I add to my summer outfits.  Continue reading “My Go To Items For The Summer”

My Fall Back To School Makeup Routine​

When it comes to looking good when going to class I am not someone who is the greatest at that. I’m lucky if I even brush my hair that morning because tbh it’s 9 am and I could care less if John in the front row cares about how I look that morning. Continue reading “My Fall Back To School Makeup Routine​”

Things I Wish I Had During Sorority Recruitment​

Hi loves! Sorority recruitment is just weeks away and I know every chapter on campus can’t wait to meet our PNM’s (potential new members) I didn’t know what this stood for when I first read that word so just in case you didn’t know either that’s what it means but moving on. Every sorority has been planning and double checking that everything is perfect for this upcoming recruitment year and we can’t wait to meet you girls and possibly call you our sister!

I remember when I went through recruitment, I was so excited to go through and meet every chapter on campus that I hardly slept the night before open house (the first day of recruitment). I picked out all my outfits in advanced and stalked every girl that had her sororities name in her Instagram bio and I was READY to go. As each day went by and I was one step closer to finding my forever home I often found myself in situations throughout the long days where I would think to myself “wow I wish I had this right now”. So instead of you making the same mistakes I did, I put together a list of things that you could bring with you to make your rush week as easy as possible.

 

  1. A Fan- Ladies, it’s the middle of August it’s HOT outside and it’s even hotter walking around all day long. So do yourself a favor and invest in a fan you will thank yourself later.

2. An Umbrella-  On the first day of open house it poured on us, We were all in grey t-shirts and it was hot and humid and let me tell y’all I looked like I had just walked out of a hurricane by house 5 of that day. It was rough, even my rain jacket was SOAKED, ( Another thing you should bring with you) So don’t be like me and bring an umbrella and a raincoat your hours of hard work on your hair and makeup will thank you later.

3. Blotting sheets- Going back to how dang hot it is outside, my makeup made my face look super oily from the heat and it just kept getting worse as the day progressed on. Keep some blotting sheets in your purse or with your gamma chi, you’ll be happy you did!

4. Bandaids- If you’re anything like me or the average girl, you like to choose your outfit over being practical, those cute wedges look super cute with your outfit until you reach house 4 and your entire back heel is covered in blisters. I get it, you want to look your best and no one is telling you, that you can’t but bring some band-aids to help you out along the way.

5. Gum- If I had to pick one thing to bring from this entire list it would be gum, ladies we want to talk to you and get to know you but keep in mind we are also talking to about 50 other girls at the same time we are talking to you so we are super close to each other for most of our conversation.  Bring some gum as a courtesy to the girls you are going to be talking too, no one wants to be remembered as the girl who had bad breath.

6. A small bag- I mentioned this earlier, it’s not necessarily something you HAVE to have during recruitment but it’s nice to have something to carry your phone or lipstick in or the things I mentioned above. Even a clutch or a shoulder bag will do the trick!

Lastly, remember to come in with an open mind, coming into recruitment I already knew a lot of different girls from different sororities because I had grown up in the area so I had a pretty good idea of where I wanted to go. Turns out what I thought I wanted really wasn’t meant for me all along but that was okay because I’m super happy and proud to be apart of my sorority today. You will hear this phrase so many times during recruitment but “trust the process” you may think it’s dumb or not true but it’s there for a reason and it really does work, you will find the chapter that you’re meant to be in and you’ll eventually call it home.

Every chapter is different from the other but we all have one thing in common which is the love we have for our sisters and the love we have for being a part of something bigger than our own selves. Every sorority serves a different purpose to a different organization but at the end of the day we love being a part of Greek life and that’s what unites us. You will find your lifelong best friends and you’ll meet other girls who aren’t in your sorority too, you are going to do great and we can’t wait to meet you and welcome you home!

xo,

A List of Thank You’s To the People Who Helped Shape Me Into The Person I Am Today.

Tomorrow is the day, I pack up the life I know now and begin a new journey in the next chapter of my life called college. I have so many emotions going through my body currently and I couldn’t describe just one I’m feeling right now. But I do know that I am very thankful for every lesson, laugh, and hardship that brought me here to this very moment.

As excited as I am to move into my new dorm and meet my new roomie (hi Kylie!) I can’t help but be saddened a little by the fact that this is the last day I will be a “kid”.  All the memories that fill my house now will soon be replaced by new ones, in a new room, in a new place and although I will always have those memories it just won’t quite be the same feeling as it is now.  So… Continue reading “A List of Thank You’s To the People Who Helped Shape Me Into The Person I Am Today.”