Friday, March 29, 2013

Spring Things

As I anxiously await Spring, my closet and accessories are filling up with pretty pastels and crochet tops.




Saturday, March 23, 2013

Insta-Updates

{Beautiful tulips from the bodega around the corner}

{Early morning study session at Panera Bread}

{Beautiful prints and colors from the Prabal Gurung x Target collection}

{My favorite painting by Claude Monet at the MOMA}


Monday, March 18, 2013

What I'm Loving

What I'm Loving



I did a bit of shopping this weekend and found some great pieces at Forever 21. I love that store. I picked up a grey top with faux leather sleeves and pocket. Leather details are a great way to add a subtle edge to your wardrobe. This tee can be worn as is or with a fun necklace or scarf. You could also pair it with skinny jeans or a skirt. This shirt is very versatile.  My second purchase from F21 was a great pair of print pants. They were the last pair in the store, fit like a glove, and were under $18! A black top would be great with these or a fun spring color, like green or yellow. I am looking forward to wearing these now, in the spring, and even next fall. A lot of pieces in your wardrobe can be worn all year if paired appropriately. 
For non-apparel items, I have been wearing a beautiful gold infinity ring I bought from Baublebar. I love its simplicity. When it comes to jewelry, I love statement pieces, but I also want a balance of classic pieces. This ring is one of my favorite classic pieces. 
I purchased an amazing lipstick a few weeks ago and having been wearing it on a daily basis. It's called Unique Pink by Sephora. The lipstick picks up the natural color in your lips and enhances it, creating a color that is unique to you. I adore this product. It gives my lips a beautiful pink shade and is very moisturizing. I can throw this on with any outfit and my makeup and outfit feels complete. This is going to be a great product for spring and summer, it is light weight and an great go to color.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Midterm Madness: Finding Balance

If you're a college student, like me, you may be in the midst of midterm week. Luckily, I have just one midterm left, and I survived the week without loosing my mind. School is very important to me and I want to do well, but not at the expense of my mental or emotional health. Here are a few tips to help you through midterm week, or any stressful time in your life.

Finding Balance

1.) Stay ahead of the curve. This is a motto I am still learning. There are some days when I am able to devote extra time to get work done well before it is due, and other days when I'm so swamped I don't think I'll get through anything. When you know you are going to have a lot on your plate, such as the week before midterms, try to get as much done beforehand as you can, that way when midterm week rolls around you will feel prepared and not as overwhelmed.

2.) If you need a break, take one. When I have a lot on my plate, I tend to try to get it all done in one sitting. I have discovered that is not the best approach for me. After a while, I hit a wall and start to struggle if I spend too much time on one thing. Not only is this stressful, but you won't give your best work. Take a break and come back to it in a few hours. Over the weekend, I spent all of Sunday afternoon working on one project, and around 5pm I went to the movies. It was a great break. After a few hours of not thinking about the project,  I was able to go back to it with fresh eyes and a clear mind.

3.) Get your sleep. I have never pulled an all-nighter. I am sure there were some nights when I should have, but sleep is far too important to me. Just last night, I was working on some last minute details for another project. Around 11pm, I was loosing motivation and getting quite sleepy. Instead of powering through it, I set my alarm for an hour earlier than I would normally get up and hit the hay. This morning I woke up earlier and finished the project. Not only did I get the rest I needed, but I was once again able to take a second look at everything with fresh eyes. I know had I stayed up to finish the project it would not have been my best work.

4.) Eat breakfast. This has been engrained into my brain since I was little. My mom always stresses that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and she is right. I always try to eat a little something, even if that only includes a cup of coffee. At least you have something in your stomach. Eating breakfast not only speeds up your metabolism, but it also gives you energy to wake up and get your day going. I know when I don't eat breakfast I get pretty crabby around 11am and end up eating more than I need to for lunch.

5.) Don't be afraid to ask questions. Some of the best advice I can give to college students is to form a relationship with your professors. They truly enjoy students who are engaged and active. I have a great relationship with my Marketing professor and I know if ever I have a problem or question with the work, I can always ask him for clarification and assistance. He has even offered to help in other areas, such as internships and various school activities. Your professors are your best sources for networking, as well as educational purposes, so take advantage of that. They do want to see you succeed.

I hope these little tips helped. Good luck with midterms and any other stressful situations you may have headed your way! Don't let the stress get you down. What tips and tricks do you have for finding balance during stressful times?