Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Right Now.

This weeks thoughts:

"The danger for dreamers who plan is that we often end up clinging too tightly to our expectations about how life ought to unfold, rushing our way toward dreamed-of-destinations at the expense of simply savoring the journey.  If our eyes are firmly clamped on one particular endpoint- the place where we will live, the career path we may follow, the kind of person we think we should marry- we risk missing out on the many great and mysterious beauties that will happen to us along the way."

Dreaming.  It's a beautiful thing.  I have career goals, places I would love to explore, I would love to have a family, and have just a life other than studying 24/7.  The problem with dreams is that sometimes I forget I'm living right now.  So much time passes me by while I'm huddled up studying at my desk that I forget to be content and happy with now.  Okay, maybe studying theorems and definitions in Abstract Algebra aren't the absolute best parts of my life, but I'm learning these things for a reason.

Sometimes I have to remind myself that I'm twenty.  I'm only twenty.  I'm a planner and a dreamer, and most often than not I place pressure on myself that really doesn't need to be there.  This year in particular has really shown me that the things I never even planned turned out to be the best things.  Having goals, dreams, and plans are not the problem.  The problem occurs when we let those things take away from the now.  The older I get and the more I experience life, I'm realizing on a greater scale how I could be living life, but not truly living.  After all, moments are what make up our lives.  I think it's time to start appreciating and being thankful for what we do have every day, because that is what truly makes life worth living.

Outfit Inspiration:

I've been getting so excited for the cold weather because that means sweaters.  Yes.  For the past few years I've been saving up turtlenecks because they are just so cozy, but this year is particularly exciting because I've been seeing them everywhere (the runway, bloggers, every single store, turtlenecks are everywhere).  I decided to mix it up a little and pair my tan sweater with my pleated black faux leather skirt.  I love the contrast between soft and edgy, and it will definitely make another comeback this winter.  I found some super cute turtlenecks here, here, and here.  To complete the outfit I paired it with some pointy black heels and a low sleek bun.  I hope this gives you the courage to try a turtleneck this season!

I hope you have a great Thanksgiving and truly cherish every moment with friends, family, and loved ones.

Monday, November 9, 2015

The Positive

I'm actually kind of laughing at myself because I wrote a blog post about a month ago explaining how I prioritize and the best way to keep your life as stressless as possible.  I would post it, but I realized that I couldn't even fulfill the expectations I set for myself.  After midterms passed, I was convinced school would turn around, and I would be able to calm down and get back to the "normal" semester I so wished I had.  Sadly enough, things got worse, my stress levels rose to an ultimate max, and I'm pretty sure I'm losing hair.

After feeling not quite like myself for some time, I guess the best way to put it is that I've had enough.  I've had enough of playing the "poor me because college sucks" act (even though it does), and I would like to share some positive and happy things in my life currently.  I mean, I think we all need a little bit of positivity in our lives even if the negative does out way it.  With that being said, I've created a list of some positive things in my life.

1.  My Wonderful Friends
     I'm just going to give a shoutout to my friends Leah, Jodie, and Kaitlyn.  These specific girls took a train from Chicago to spend time with me this weekend and helped me "de-stress."  We not only bought matching brunch shirts, but we watched chick flicks, ate ice cream, and blasted One Direction.  Yes, that's what girls do on a Saturday night. 

2.  Lush Bath Bombs
     Nothing is more relaxing than taking a long hot bath after a stressful day.  Lush stole my heart in London, and I'm addicted to trying as many bath bombs as possible.  I'm so excited to try their new Christmas bath bombs that have amazing festive scents!

3.  My Parents
     Just when I think there is no way my parents could get any better, they do.  And I love them.  My dad dropped off groceries at my place this past week because I literally had no time to shop, and my mom took me out for lunch and took me to get my nails done after my exam on Friday.  They are actually the best.

4.  Festive Candles
     Okay.  I love candles.  I bought Bath and Body's Leaves candle about a month ago.  It's gone.  So now I'm ready to bust out some more fun fall scents!  Also, Anthropologie just came out with their holiday candles, and I'm dying to get one in every scent.  I'm actually obsessed.

5.  Good Coffee
     I'm happy to announce that I'm on a first name basis with the baristas that work at my favorite coffee shop.  This is huge.  Did I mention that my name was spelt right too when I picked up my coffee?  So ya, I'm just a little happy.

I hope my list has got you thinking of some positive things in your life, and maybe you should make a list too!  When I write down what I'm thankful for, it's a lot easier to see that even though I may not love my current situation, there is always something to be thankful for.  I hope these upcoming holidays show you that in life, family and friends are what really matter.  I hope you all have a great week!


Friday, October 9, 2015

A Travel Guide: Cinque Terre

Alright, so maybe it's been a little awhile since I've been to Cinque Terre, let alone blog about a place I've travelled to.  However, recently I was thinking about my Spring Break trip.  I then remembered I never actually talked about one of my favorite destinations on the trip.  Cinque Terre will forever be one of the coolest places I have ever seen and is a destination for those who want to explore or simply relax.  It is a region of five Italian towns carved into cliffs located on the upper Northwest side of the boot.  Cool right?  Before I visited I decided to do some research, find good restaurants, and scout out the best gelato (and yes I did find the best gelato).  So whether you just want some wanderlust, pretty pictures to look at, or a helpful guide to one of the most beautiful places on earth, I'm so happy I can share my tips and experience!


Cinque Terre is compiled of Riomaggiore (pronounced Rio-muh-zsor-aye), Vernazza, Manarola, Corniglia, and Monterosso.  After looking at airbnbs and hotels, my friends and I decided to opt for the little "hotel" in Riomaggiore.  It ended up being cheaper and more conveniently located then other places I found.  I love how Riomaggiore is set in the cliff and is so much fun to take pictures of.  Beware you will be using a lot of leg muscle since the town is set in a cliff.  This means that it's all uphill.  With that being said, pack light.


Do I really have to say anything?  I mean just look at the photos.  As I was editing my photos, I got major Manarola withdrawals.  Have you ever had one of those "I can't believe this is real life" moments?  I remember having one of those as I watched the sunset and saw the lights slowly turn on one by one.  Pictures just don't do it justice, but I tried my best.  It's just a magical moment.  Before I watched sunset, I ate at the cutest little restaurant called II Porticciolo.  Order the lobster linguine.  Don't substitute anything.  A huge lobster tail comes on top of fresh pasta covered in a tomato compote.  My mouth is watering just thinking about this meal.

My suggestion for this town is to go before sunset and spend time exploring, eating dinner, and taking pictures.  When the sun starts setting, take the sidewalk to the side of the cliff and watch the sunset over the water.  When it's just getting dark, switch sides and admire the sunset hitting Manarola.  You get to watch the lights flicker on and witness something truly magical.


Before I actually went to Corniglia, I read that it was hike to get up to the town.  That was an understatement.  Think 400 steps to even get to the beginning of the town.  Even though I almost passed out before I got to the town, let me just say it was worth every step.  You are literally on top of a cliff and get to admire the beauty of the Italian Riviera.  Lemons and oranges grew everywhere, and I was obsessed.  It was a foggy day when I went, but even then it was gorgeous.


Vernazza is just a beautiful town.  I actually felt like I was walking in a real life paint sample card.  Think corals, yellows, oranges, and reds in every sort of shade.  LOVE.  The best gelato you will ever have is found here.  Gelateria Vernazza is just a little hole in the wall, but it's where I found love called tiramasu gelato.  My friend and I came back to Vernazza simply for the gelato.  This is in my top three picks of the five towns.


Monterosso is the largest of all of the towns!  It is full of textured walls, lemon trees, and well gelato. This town is just fun to get lost in, and is a must to go to!

Things I didn't mention:
Eat as much pesto as possible.  Pesto pizza, pesto pasta, pesto on breadsticks, just eat pesto.
Even if you don't hike, go.  I didn't hike when I went, and I enjoyed it the same as those who did.
Watch the sunset every night (even if it's foggy).
If it's raining, go and enjoy a latte, go explore in the rain, get lost, and get wet.
When to go?  I went in April, and it was a bit nippy.  I would suggest going in the summer for optimum weather.

If I didn't mention something you are interested in learning about, leave a comment below.  Here and here are some other helpful blog posts I found about Cinque Terre.  I could go on and on about my love for Cinque Terre!  I hope you get to enjoy it just as much as I did!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

3 Ways to Wear a Blanket Scarf.

Hello again!  I feel like I haven't written in such a long time, but I wanted to keep you all up to date.  Basically these past few weeks have been tiring, rough, and just exhausting so I'm so sorry if you have checked in and there wasn't a new post.  This past week really took a toll on me, so I decided to take a quick little trip to Chicago this past weekend.  There is just something about being in the city that livens me up a bit, and let's not talk about how I over indulged this past weekend.  Ha!

While I was in the city I stayed with my friend Jodie, and we went shopping and just had some girl time.  We both love fashion and blogging so if you ever have time, go check her out here!  I recently bought a new blanket scarf from Zara like this one, and I'm SO happy I brought it with me to Chicago.  I literally ended up wearing it as a blanket since I forget my coat.  I have a deep love for blanket scarves, and I just love how versatile they are.  Whether you want the scarf to be the focus of the outfit or you would just like it for an extra accessory, scarves do the job.  Since I wear scarves all of the time during Fall and Winter, I thought I would share on how I wear mine and what kinds of looks you can do with it.

Look #1:

For the first look I just took the scarf, folded it diagonally, and wrapped the thickest part around my neck letting it hang in the front.  What I love about this look is that the scarf is the main focus.  It's big, bold, and did I mention warm?  Honestly, I didn't even need a coat when I wore it like this because it was almost like an extra sweater.  If you want the scarf to be the biggest statement, I would recommend this look.

Look #2:

What I love about the second look is how polished it is.  I know many people have told me they don't like blanket scarves because of how big and bulky they are, so this look would be for you.  Instead of folding it diagonally, I just halved it twice and placed it around my neck.  This look has more of a neat and clean vibe, and is perfect just to add on as an extra layer.

Look #3:

For the most part, I always wear both ends of a scarf in front of me, but I love how this look adds some detail to the back of my outfit.  I folded this the same way I did in look #1, except this time I placed one of the corners across my shoulder.  This look is great as both a statement piece or for warmth!

I'm just so excited the weather has turned for us Midwesterners, and I am slowly adding more sweaters and scarves into my outfits.  My newest sweater addition is this beauty in fig (it's on sale too!).  What I love about this sweater is the color and how soft it is.  The back is a little different compared to my other sweaters, so I know this will be on repeat this season.  One look I haven't tried yet is belting the blanket scarf, so if you are daring enough try it, let me know how it goes!  I only did three looks with mine, but there are many more I have seen on IG and Pinterest.  I hope you all are having a great October and be sure to bust out those blanket scarves!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Confidence and Class.

This past week, a situation occurred that led me to a difficult decision.  For everything there are always two options:  you can choose to be silent or you can choose to let your voice be heard.  Unlike other times where my quiet little self got the best of me, I chose the latter.  I'd like to share a little insight about why I made this decision, some thoughts about being confident, as well describe class and confidence are connected in my life.

I won't go into full detail as to what occurred this past week other than I was involved and a young man I have never even met had done and said some things that could have really hurt me (emotionally that is).  When I had heard about this, I was actually in shock.  Sometimes it's hard to pin point one emotion because at that moment I was just overwhelmed with hate, disgust, and vulnerability.  Do you ever have to wrap your head around the fact that some people are simply mean?  I'm usually a "let's find kindness in everyone" kind of person, but truth is some people are just mean.  Or in the words of Taylor Swift, "Why you gotta be so mean?"  

This young man just so happened to be in my class, and I had to make the decision to confront or ignore his comments.  Like I said, I'm usually the type to sit quietly, but something stirred inside of me.  I just kept thinking what if he says things about other people and what if those things really do hurt them?  My emotions I can deal with, but when it comes to other people who may be made fun of unknowingly, that is when I have a problem.  So I decided to have a little chit chat with him.  Nothing too fancy, but just letting him know how I was aware of his comments.  The moment I opened my mouth, my heart started to beat a million beats per second, and I could feel my voice getting shaky.  Somehow (despite my emotions) I managed to open my mouth with class, make my point, turn around, and learn from the class I was sitting in.

Something I've always struggled with is having confidence and standing up for myself.  Ask anyone that I went to high school and they will tell you how shy and quiet I was.  I guess I always just felt that what I had to say wasn't good enough, wasn't funny enough, and didn't quite meet the high standards I set within my own head.  Just within this past year I've started discovering that my voice does matter, it does need to be heard, and it may even help someone else out too.  Confidence is one of those things that everyone struggles with.  Even my friends who are loud people admit to lacking confidence, and that's okay.  What I have to remind myself from time to time is that I am good enough.  My life may not be perfect, it may involve tears on occasion, and I may not workout as much as I wish I could, but I am still good enough.

Along with confidence comes class.  Do you ever see really confident people who just lack class?  They seem to let confidence take over everything and let whatever comes to mind out of their mouths.  I know I have struggled with finding the perfect balance between the two, and I usually tend to lean towards having more class rather than confidence.  Throughout this whole situation I have especially learned that I don't have to sacrifice my confidence with class.  There is a unique balance that helps you maintain your self worth while preserving your persona.  One of the best compliments I have ever received was being told how classy I conduct myself.  I really pride myself with keeping my head up tall and knowing when to bit my tongue, however sometimes it's okay to open your mouth even when no one has talked to you.  Rather, when someone has talked about you it's also okay to stand up for yourself.

Now, maybe I'm just writing this for myself, but I'm sure all of us have had a lack of confidence at some point or another.  That is normal and okay, but try not to let others' opinions, thoughts, and talk affect you or your confidence.  It's so easy to get caught up in what others think, but I'm slowly learning that my opinion of myself matters the most.  No matter what you wear and no matter how you do your hair, just remember that confidence is key.  If you like it, rock it.

On a completely different note, check out these new lace up flats that I just got.  They come in red, cheetah, and black found right here!  Since they are very busy and bright, I decided to tone it down a little with my outfit choice.  I opted for a simple black skirt and my favorite peter pan collar top.  The shoes definitely make the outfit a lot more fun, and I'm pretty sure they will be on repeat all week!  I hope everyone has a great week!