Monday, September 28, 2015

Fall Bucket List

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Are y'all enjoying this fall season as much as me? I love it!!

Okay so I made a summer bucket list. I did most of the things on there which I was pretty proud of. And because I love fall so much, I thought I'd make a fall bucket list.


Have a fire // My parents were kind enough to give me their fire pit/bowl and I need to use it

Bake a pumpkin pie using real pumpkin // I bought the pumpkin at the market so I need to make the pie

Watch a scary movie // With people of course...not alone!

Go through a corn maze // I loved these as a kid

Carve a pumpkin // I haven't done this since I was in high school maybe?

Take a drive to see the trees changing // Southern Indiana is one of my favorite places to see the leaves changing

Eat s'mores // This will go perfectly with the fire

Make hot apple cider // I've never made my own but I really want to


What's on your fall bucket list?

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Fall Staples

Happy fall y'all!!
It's the first day of fall! Even though it doesn't feel like it in southwest Ohio, I've already decided on the pieces that are going to see a lot of wear this season.
Utility Jacket // Y'all know how I love mine! I purchased mine at JC Penney and I love it! But I also like this sand colored one. Of course I love my green one which is similar to this one. They go with practically everything. I dress mine up with flats and a necklace but I can dress it down with Converse and a t-shirt.
Plaid Shirt // These are perfect for Flannel Friday (my favorite day of the week in the fall). Old Navy has a great selection here. I love my plaid/flannel shirts from there! JC Penney also has some good options here. I've decided JCP is an underrated place to shop recently.
Chambray Shirt // Old Navy comes to the rescue again for my favorite chambray shirt found here. This is another staple that can be mixed and matched so many different ways.
Striped Shirt // You know my striped shirt from Wal-Mart that I wear all the time? This is probably the closest match I've found and it's from LL Bean. I also love this flowly striped shirt. J.Crew has this striped shirt that comes in a gorgeous red and white.
Skinny Jeans // I'm obsessed with my American Eagle jeggings. I also recently purchased this pair of distressed skinny jeans. These are perfect for tucking into riding boots or cuffing with booties.
Riding Boots // My favorite shoe in the fall. So warm, so comfy. This pair from DSW is super cute. And they make a wide calf version here. This Nine West pair has less flair to them but they're still cute. [Quick note about wide calf boots: I suggest measuring your calf first before ordering a pair. The last thing you want is to buy too wide of a calf.]
Booties //  Nordstrom has a great selection. I'm really digging this pair.
Puffer Vest // About as basic as you get, especially on a college campus. But in all seriousness, they're actually really practical if you're like me and get warm easily. If you don't have the cash to buy the excursion vest from J.Crew, I suggest J.Crew Factory's puffer vest. Gap also has an even cheaper version.
Scarf // I couldn't survive fall without scarves. I love a good leopard scarf. Target and Old Navy have a lot of great options.
Cognac Tote // Whether you're going to class, meeting up for coffee, or strolling through a new city, I love my cognac tote. It's super similar to this one. This London Fog tote has more structure to it.
Aviators // The sun still shines in the fall! You can keep it classic with Ray-Bans or hit up Target for a cheaper option like I did.
I'm sure there will be other pieces that I'll fall in love with during the season, but right now these are what I'm excited for! Do y'all have any fall staples you can't wait to wear?
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

September Birchbox: Unboxed

Hey y'all! I thought I would share with you one of my favorite things: my Birchbox.
I signed up for Birchbox in December 2014, and I have zero regrets. I've loved every month (except one but I accidentally picked the wrong box...I'm sure I would have loved my actual box). You get five samples of items ranging from makeup to skin care to hair care and everything in between.
If I've lost you already, here's how it works:
You subscribe to a monthly beauty box (for men or women). They'll ask you about your beauty routine, skin type, hair type, and other questions I don't remember. These help the people at Birchbox to create a customized box just for you! For example, I have oily hair. I said that I love dry shampoo, and I've received 5 different types of dry shampoo to try. I fell completely in love with one of them, and it's the only kind I'll use. Because it's customized, your box will probably look different from mine. You also have the option of selecting one sample or receiving the featured box each month. I enjoy picking a sample...picking the featured box got me in trouble once. This box isn't tailored to your beauty needs. One month I picked it and everything was just completely wrong for my skin and hair. 
That's it! If you don't want to pick a sample or featured box, they'll send you your customized box. It's $10 each month (or $110 yearly and you save $10!). The quality of the products is great so I completely believe that it's worth it.
Now that I've explained it, here's my September Birchbox:
Every Birchbox comes in an adorable and brightly colored box.

There's always a note about your box with the product information on the other side.

Unwrapping my box feels like Christmas!

My five samples from my September box.

Here's a breakdown of what's in my box:

1. Harvey Prince Eau So Divine ($9) // (Perfume) Its notes include Italian lemon, pink grapefruit, Japanese lily, Moroccan jasmine, and many others that I don't feel like listing. It smells sweet and luxurious, just like paradise. I would probably wear this in the warmer months and possibly a little into fall.

2. amika Shield Style Extending Spray ($24) // I LOVE the amika line. Their dry shampoo is my absolute favorite (super great for darker hair and it smells heavenly). I'm excited to try this tomorrow (my hair hasn't been washed in a couple days so I'm not looking to extend this style). It smells like the dry shampoo so I already love it!

3. dr. brandt pores no more cleanser ($32) // I washed my face with this stuff last night and this morning. I'm not so sure about it as an actual cleanser (I'm a fan of my face scrub every night) but it definitely made my pores appear smaller (always a plus!). I could see myself using this once a day (in the morning) but probably not twice a day as it recommends.

4. POP Beauty POP Portfolio Eyeshadow - Sugar Plum ($45) // I love the term sugar plum (ask my best friend Katie). I also love purple eyeshadow (it looks great with brown eyes). This stuff went on smooth (it's a compact powder) and lasted a long time with minimal creasing (I tend to get eyeshadow creasing no matter what thanks to my oily skin). However, I can't see myself spending $45 on eyeshadow. But I'll use this sample until it's gone!

5. Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow in Medium/Deep ($20) // I'm such a fan of this stuff! I've started filling in my brows a little (with all of the hair on my head you would think I wouldn't struggle with sparse brows) and I've been using a cream/powder duo from e.l.f. It's great but it's kind of time-consuming. This stuff from Benefit looks like a mini mascara tube and has a mini mascara brush so it swipes on super quick. It's not a think formula so you can definitely add a little to just fill your brows in or add a lot for bold brow.s

Overall I love this box. It's probably one of my favorites. Typically there's maybe one sample that I like but I'm not crazy about and it sits and collects dust in a box. With these samples I can see myself using up every single one.

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I highly suggest trying Birchbox out! Ipsy is similar since it's a monthly subscription but it's more geared towards makeup and not necessarily skin or hair care. I love the variety that Birchbox has. If you want to give it a try, let me know! I would love to send you an invitation so you can get $5 off your first box. All I need is your e-mail (leave it in the comments or shoot me an e-mail)! (You can totally sign up without telling me...I would just love to help you get $5 off your first box!)
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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Wanderlust


I have a severe case of wanderlust. I need to travel. I've never left the midwest...specifically Indiana and Ohio. I have a burning need to see the world. Here are the top places I want to visit (in no particular order):

Switzerland

Ireland

Germany

Argentina

Zimbabwe

Thailand

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I've been researching traveling as a female and here's some of my favorite ladies who blog about travel:

The Blonde Abroad // She's my favorite! She has so many great tips and suggestions.

Young Adventuress // I want to be her travel buddy.

Ashley Abroad // Love her name, love her photos

Here's a list from Buzzfeed of female bloggers who support solo female travel.

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What place are you itching to travel to?

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Finding Rest In The Overwhelming

(This is me to a T.)

Y'all I have been so overwhelmed lately.

Between school starting up again, learning to use and maintain new instruments in the labs, and feeling pressure to have my life together, I'm going crazy. I'm forgetful, scatter-brained, and exhausted every night. But when I finally get to bed, my mind won't shut off - it continues racing with to-do lists, new ideas, past mistakes. I wake up more tired than I was before I went to bed.

Within all of this, I've felt a strong pull to be rested. Not only physically rested but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Physically resting is easy for me. I'm a pro at laying on my couch all night binge watching Netflix. But I'm terrible at resting in every other aspect of life.

I was recently reminded of a sermon my Bible study leader from college sent me a long time ago. It's by Tim Keller and it's titled Work and Rest. You can find the sermon here. I highly suggest taking 45 minutes to listen to it. I think I listened to this sermon at least 10 times my senior year of college. I listened to it this morning and I'll probably listen to it many more times in the future. It's a sermon that never gets old, and I take away something totally new each time.

If you're a student who just started school, a professional under a lot of pressure at work, or a parent trying to juggle your work and home life, take time to listen to this sermon. Listen while driving to work, running around the track, on your lunch break, whenever. Because of Christ we are able to enter into the rest God experienced when he rested after creation! 

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