How I Avoided the Freshman 15

Monday, May 22, 2017

Happy motivation Monday everyone! Summer is coming fast and for some reason I’m always much better about my meals and workouts in the spring. Lately, I’ve been surprisingly good about not missing the gym, staying on schedule with my lifting days, and attending kickboxing classes! I am proud of myself because I was definitely nervous that I would struggle with this my freshman year of college. I had always been warned about the dreadful “freshman fifteen” and how it was not a myth! Prior to starting college, I was doing Crossfit over the summer, but was not as fit as I used to be because I was home all day for summer.

 I made it a goal to get back into full swing the start of college but it definitely didn’t happen! It’s hard to stay fit in college because you want to meet other people and make friends, so obviously you would rather go hangout with new people than go to the gym! You also have so much free time now, so it’s so easy to just sit in your bed with a bag of chips next to you and watch Netflix all day. In high school, I never had any free time being in school and working two jobs, so this was a shock to me and I truly didn’t know what to do with myself. While I did find myself having less motivation to go to the gym, I made sure to stick to these tips.

Eating a healthy breakfast: This is so important because you are starting your day on the right foot. If I have a coffee with no sugar and a low-fat greek yogurt in the morning, I tend to stay on the right track throughout the day for my snacks and meals. I’d always say to myself “You ate healthy so far today, don’t ruin it!”

Avoiding the Dessert Line: This was soo hard for me because pretty much the only food I liked in my dining hall at school was the desserts! It was the first thing I saw when I walked in and the last thing on my way out, so it was so hard to avoid but I managed to do it. I never even tried most of the things so it made me never crave it!

Use Your Free Time Wisely: Like I said, you will be surprised at the amount of free time you have in college. You may not have class everyday and it’s a completely different schedule than high school! It’s so easy to spend your days in your dorm all day catching up on social media and Netflix. Instead, go to the gym on campus, walk around campus, look up fitness studios nearby (they may have some type of student discount!), or get a job! This will take up your time in a positive way.

Keeping healthy(ish) snacks in your dorm: This was something I was pretty good at for the most part. When I would go grocery shopping for my dorm, I made it a goal to get healthy or healthy versions of my favorite snacks. For example, typical snacks I would keep in my dorm were Skinny Pop (my fave!), sweet potato tortilla chips, protein bars, carrots, celery, unsalted pretzels, and red peppers. This stopped me from eating unhealthy while lounging in my dorm.

Indulging When You Really Want to: Depriving yourself from your favorite unhealthy foods will just make you binge one day! Me and my roommate were obsessed with this pizza place near our school, so we always ordered it every once in a while when both of us really wanted it. We never let ourselves get too excessive and stuck to once every two weeks! I loveeee pizza and actually ended up eating it less in college because I hated the dining hall pizza and pretty much only ate it when me and my roommate would order it.

Taking advantage of the free school gym: This is so important! Most schools offer a free full gym for students when they dorm. People always use the excuse that they can’t get fit because they can’t afford a gym membership, well in college you don’t need the money for it! I recommend taking advantage of this because it is such a better way to make use of your free time and is a great stress reliever from all the exams and group projects thrown at you. I made it a commitment to go the my school gym once every day while dorming, and it was even easier for me because there was a second smaller gym in my own dorm building!

What do you guys do to stay fit in college?

The Perfect Summer Jumpsuit

Friday, May 19, 2017

Long time no talk everyone! I’m making it a goal to get back to my regular schedule these next couple of weeks! I have been pretty busy getting back into the routine of working instead of being in class/doing homework and it’s almost more hectic. BUT I’ve been finding the cutest pieces for summer, including this jumpsuit! I bought this Mother’s Day weekend when the Loft was having a sale and oh my god, this might be my favorite purchase this year. First of all, it’s linen so it’s extremely comfy. I love the culotte style to the pants and can be worn dressed up or down. For example, I wore it to work one day with a cardigan over it and then wore it at night for dinner with some dressy earrings! These Baublebar earrings I just picked up are also my new favorite, they go with everyone! I was surprised how much use I’ve gotten out of them since I received them in the mail. 

Have a great weekend everyone! I’m working pretty much all day everyday this weekend, surprised?!

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Trending: Neck Scarves

Friday, May 12, 2017

Long time no talk, friends! (Disclaimer: Don’t mind my very wrinkly shirt, I packed it in my suitcase when I was moving out of school and it took me a while to unpack, lol!) I am loving the neck scarf trend this season. I think it is so fun, but I know it is not for everyone! After wearing this outfit, I definitely want to buy more and I think they compliment the off the shoulder trend so well. I got mine for under $6 at Forever 21! My shirt is also a bargain too with being under $20. My boyfriend also recently got me these blue Tory Burch which I’ve been eyeing forever! You guys know I’m a huge fan of the Miller sandal, this is my 3rd pair I own! I’m sooo tempted to buy these fringe ones because they are on sale, but I know I don’t need them. Have a great weekend everyone and happy Mother’s Day!

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Currently Craving

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Happy Wednesday, loves! Sorry for the no post on Monday, I was super busy this weekend with work and just didn’t get to it! But luckily now that I’m out of school I’ll have plenty of time to post :) I’m trying my hardest to curb my shopping addiction for the next month but it’s hard with all this cute stuff! For today’s post, I’m sharing all the stuff I’m craving lately. Watch out for some great sales going on soon for Mother’s Day!

River Island babydoll romper: This romper is so fun and girly! I love baby blue for the summer because it makes you look so tan. I also love how simple it is.

Circus by Sam Edelman “Rose All Day” espadrilles: These espadrilles are too cute for casual summer days. Need these for summer to pair with a basic white v neck and distressed denim shorts!

BP floral ruffle hem dress: This floral dress would be so cute for a Mother’s Day brunch or any summer occasion! It’s under $50 and comes in 2 colors, I need them both!

Tory Burch Shaw espadrilles: I was eyeing these last week during the Tory Burch Spring Event sale and finally made the move to order them yesterday when I saw Nordstrom was price matching! 

BP marble sunglasses: On the brighter (and cheaper) side of things, look at these adorable marble sunnies for $14! These remind me of the Quay sunglasses from last year and I definitely need to pick these up. 

Chloe round sunglasses: I linked these in a post I recently published about saving or splurging on sunglasses and haven’t stopped thinking about them since. Soo not my typical style but I just love them! A little out of my price range though, lol.

Fitbit Flex 2: I have been searching for a new Fitbit for quite some time (I have the original Fitbit Flex, it’s a little too bulky for my liking!) When I saw that the price has been marked down for Mother’s Day sales, I was sure of getting the black one but now I’m kind of leaning towards this pretty lavender color, thoughts?

Asos scruba ruffle crop top: I saw this amazing crop top on Vandifair’s Instagram and omg! Too cute for summer and the color is amazing.

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Healthy Greek Yogurt Pancakes

Friday, April 28, 2017

Happy Friday everyone! Today, I am officially moving back home and wrapping up my freshman year of college! I am so excited to say the least and it couldn’t have come any sooner, lol. To be honest, living at school was not for me and I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped I would. With that said, I came home a lot when I didn’t have class this past semester and will be commuting to the same school in the fall. One thing I enjoyed about coming home a lot was making my own meals! If you guys watch my Instagram stories, you’ll know that I love routine and like to start my day by going to the gym and coming home and making a nutritional breakfast. I am very picky and am terrible at eating healthy since I eat very limited foods, so breakfast is my favorite because it’s so easy! 

I found this recipe on Pinterest a couple weeks ago and thought I’d try it out since I loveee pancakes. They were amazing! I wanted to share them with you guys because I’ve been making them so much lately for after my workouts. The recipe is also super easy and makes enough for a couple of days! This breakfast is perfect to try out this weekend also. This weekend, I plan on attending some kickboxing classes and getting some spring cleaning done! My bedroom has pretty much looked the same my whole life and has had no theme to it. So since I’m moving home for good, I wanted to redecorate the whole thing! So that’s pretty much my plan all weekend, lol. What are you guys up to this weekend?


Duster Cardi

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Abercrombie duster striped cardigan // Abercrombie peplum cami (comes in 7 different colors for $10!) // PacSun distressed jeans // Marc Fisher LTD wedges // Burberry sunglasses // Rebecca Minkoff crossbody // Kate Spade watch

Happy Wednesday everyone! I recently scored this cardigan and cami on sale Easter weekend when Abercrombie was having 50% off the whole store! I love how Abercrombie has reinvented themselves and I still can always find something I love there. These Marc Fisher wedges are just about my favorite shoe ever and I can’t wait for my other pair to come in! Have a great rest of the week :)

Blogger Interview

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Hi everyone! Today I wanted to share with you guys a recent interview I did for blogger Bree Fesh at Stark Raving Chic. It was an awesome experience to be able to get some advice from a more experience blogger and see what a day in her life was like!

H: How did you first start blogging?
B: From a young age, I always enjoyed literature and writing, as a kid I always thought I would be an author of some sort. Whether it was journaling, short stories, or research essays for school, I just loved writing. However, after I graduated college and first began working in my field of advertising photography, I stopped writing because at the beginning of my new job, I was just too consumed to do anything else but work. However, about six months after the excitement of my job at DSG corporate wore off, I began to feel incredibly uninspired and very bored with my life. So, I decided why not start a blog as a hobby, and that is how my blog, Stark Raving Chic, got started.

H: What are your favorite type of posts to write about?
B: Hmmmm, this one is tough. Though I do enjoy my usual “outfit of the day” posts, I’d have to say the posts that are the most fun for me to write are ones that are not about me, e.g. interviews, events, and posts about local boutiques. Personally, I just love meeting new people and all three of those categories allow me to do just that! I also like writing about those topics because until my run of the mill outfit posts, they feel less rehearsed when I’m writing them. Sure, I know each of my OOTD’s are different, but there are only so many ways to format an article about an outfit, where with an interview, an event, or checking out a new boutique, you don’t know what’s in store for you until you get there and that’s what makes it so exciting!

H: What’s your typical day as a blogger like?
B: My days honestly range from painfully boring to crazy eventful—there is no in between, at least in my schedule. I would say two days out of the week are “boring days” where I simply sit at my desk (or kitchen table because my one dog does not know how to go upstairs) and do run of the mill things such as answer emails, go over my blogging budget, plan out/update my editorial calendar, and watch mind numbing amounts of Bob’s Burgers, just because that’s generally what is on Netflix for background noise. However, the other five days, are dedicated to writing all of my articles, completing my photoshoots, editing photos, and attending meetings or other events. Though I don’t get much down time, I have to admit, that my boring days drive me bonkers, so I don’t think I could handle more than two!

H: What social media site that you use to brand yourself have you found most successful and why?
B: My most utilized social media site is my Instagram, though they all have their perks. The reason why I personally like Instagram so much is because taking photos is simply in my nature and Instagram is the most efficient way to share my photos that I take for my blog! However, the runner up site that generates the second most amount of traffic, would have to be Reddit. I mean, when you submit your content to “the front page of the internet” you’re bound to boost your traffic!

H: What do you enjoy most about blogging?
B: As I stated earlier, my favorite thing about blogging is meeting people and getting to interact with so many different personalities! I just think it’s so cool to be able to connect with others while doing what I love.

H: What do most people not know about being a blogger?
B: As I stated a few questions back, I feel like many people do not realize how much work actually goes into a successful blog. It is definitely a full-time job.

H: If you were starting out blogging again, what would you do differently?
B: I feel like I would have not rushed into it so quickly. Though my blog has grown into a success, there were totally some posts during the beginning that were either useless, not well thought out, or the photos were not up to par and should have been reshot, and quite frankly, those posts mad my brand look sloppy (obviously, these posts have since been removed after my revamp). So, I guess my advice to my former 21-year-old self would be to slow down and plan things out more—it’ll save you a lot of grief later.

Thanks for stopping by, xx.