Monday, September 15, 2014

Best, Finds | No. 11

Guess who's back. Back again. I know it's been a while since you've heard from me, but I must admit I had a pretty hectic start to this school year and this hiatus was much needed. That being said, let me share some of my favorite internet finds since I've been away.

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  • This has absolutely nothing to do with beauty, fashion, decor, or anything else I typically talk about but I adore this family. I've been watching their growth for a while now and they make me smile each and every time. I figured I would share them because I know if they bring me joy, they just might do the same for you. Plus, they make beautiful children so just a warning, they may cause baby fever. Sorry! (The LaVigne Life)
  • In keeping with the theme of putting a smile on my face, this post instantly lifted my spirits. There are few things cuter than a good Instagram board and I loved this one by Lorelai's Things. Honestly the attraction was probably due to the huge amounts of neon...but what else is new? It also is a great farewell to summer, which couldn't have come at a more apt time. The leaves are already changing here and I'm pulling out my fall jackets and this is the perfect way to say goodbye. (Lorelai's Things
  • I never include men's fashion but that's something that has to change. Luckily, I have a good friend who knows a thing or two about it. I featured him not too long ago and I've fallen in love with his own blog. His sense of style is impeccable and his creativity inspires me...whether he knows it or not. Well, I suppose the secret is out now. (The Timeless Aesthetic
  • Wishlists. We all have them. Whether they're simply mental, scribbled down in our notebooks or we have entire picture boards dedicated to them; we all have them. These next two blog posts are wishlists that make me want to add on to my own. First up, this beauty list has a few high-end items that I've been eyeing for a long time. I may have to wait a little longer and add them to my Christmas list, but they'll be mine soon enough! (Dizzy Brunette
  • This next wishlist is more fashion focused, which is equally important. My favorite season to dress for is fall. The jackets, boots, and layers bring out a freshened sense of creativity that I look forward to every year. It seems I'm not the only one that feels the same way because Jourdin has put together a pretty fabulous list of fall essentials. Check it out! (BonJourdin)
As always, if there are any links you've loved feel free to share them with me so I can give them a look! 


Saturday, August 23, 2014

BTS Staples | School Supplies

For those of you in high school, follow the list they give you. No matter how ridiculous the item is, even if you'll only use it once the entire year, just get it. If you don't you'll probably regret it.


Now, for those in college, especially those who are just starting out, listen up. Tread lightly when it comes to buying school supplies. This isn't grade school anymore and I guarantee the things they say you'll need, you actually won't use. That protractor you just bought could have easily been a small pizza. These are the years where you'll learn to use your money wisely, so why not start now instead of learning the hard way?


  • Textbooks | The days of free books are over. I'm sure you've heard that already, but it won't hit until you have to actually purchase a $150 book that you'll only read one chapter of. My solution: don't commit to buying any of your textbooks until the second week of class. For one, schedules change all the time and it's possible that the classes you started with won't be the same ones that make it past the add/drop period. Also, those two weeks are a good time to see if this class really requires the book. Are we using it to take notes or does the professor put everything you need online? Save your money if you find it's truly not necessary. If you make the wrong call and you do end up needing the book later, check your university library or become close friends with someone who did shell out the money for it. 
  • Pens | Or as I like to call it: the only thing I write with. Get them in fun colors so you don't get too bored while taking notes in class.
  • Pencil | Just one though. I only bought pens one semester completely disregarding the fact that I may have to take a Scantron test at some point. Big mistake. 
  • Planner | Unless you just have a stellar memory or use your phone for everything, a planner is the best way to keep track of everything going on. If you're anything like me, you'll be in plenty of organizations, have a job, and still squeeze in time for an internship. That requires a lot of memory space that my brain simply does not have. Pick out one you really love to encourage you to write in it if using a planner is new for you. 
  • Shopper/Tote | Every semester I try to treat myself to a new bag, so I've accumulated quite a few. It gets you excited for a new school year and makes it a little less dreadful. H&M has really great ones that are big enough to fit your laptop, notebook, etc., sturdy enough to last all semester, and classic enough to last the rest of your young adult life. 
Everything else is completely up to your discretion...and your bank account. As for me, this is my senior year so pretty much everything you see above is what I'm getting...minus the textbooks most likely.

I hope this series was able to help out even one person and that all of my readers have an amazing school year! Class dismissed.


Friday, August 22, 2014

BTS Staples | Interior Decor + Dorm Life

Because I have readers in high school, college, and beyond, for this essentials list, I'll try my best to name items that are applicable for every stage of your life and can grow and move right along side you.


  • Storage | This is probably the most important thing you'll need during your young adult years. Chances are, you won't start off in a huge room with space for activities. That means you have to get creative with storage solutions. Make things stackable, tuck storage boxes under your bed, invest in shelving units, whatever fits your style and your room!
  • Mirror | Whether you'd like to admit it or not, every girl secretly loves checking themselves out in the mirror and if you don't, you should. I'm not suggesting to become a vain person but mirrors not only help make or break and outfit choice, but they also brighten and make a small room appear bigger. When it comes to making a space larger, it's all about the power of illusion. 
  • Artwork | Art and posters are the best way to express your personality, especially in college dorm rooms. Every room will look the same for the most part so wall art is a great way to set yourself apart. Just remember, if you're in a dorm or a rented space to use materials that won't damage the walls. (The hanging strips by Command really work!)
  • Bedding | This is another easy way to add personality into your space. Probably the most fun I've had while in college has been coordinating my bedding to the rest of my room decor. As I'm gathering materials for my new space (which I'm planning to make predominantly white), it's really hard to buy everything separately without knowing how it's going to come together just yet. But sit tight, I'll definitely share pictures once everything is done!
Anything else that got you through your college dorm and apartment days? Feel free to share below!

Tomorrow's lesson: school supplies! Class dismissed.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

BTS Staples | Fashion

Fashion is a huge part of how we express ourselves as individuals. However, there are a few things that every woman should have in their wardrobe. Here are a few foundation pieces you should keep in your arsenal.

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Tops
  • White button down | This is a classic. No doubt about it. It's a piece that can easily be transitioned from class to your internship to a night out, seamlessly. Just make sure not to spill anything on it!
  • Chambray | This denim classic screams all-American. It's tailored without being too formal and can be layered with other pieces or worn alone to create a variety of options.
  • Basic tee | Boring, I know, but part of the fun is accessorizing to make it your own. Basic tees (I recommend white, black, and gray) are simple pieces that can lay the groundwork for a pretty phenomenal outfit if you work your closet just right. 

Bottoms
  • Jeans | Well duh. Of course you need a pair of jeans in your life. In fact, you should have several of varying washes and shapes. Add a little variety to your jean collection this year by trying styles out of your comfort zone. A good place to start? Medium wash skinny, light wash boyfriend, dark wash wide-leg trouser, and white skinny jeans.  
  • Slacks | *gasp* Yes we're getting older, and with that comes a more mature side to our wardrobe. But don't worry, you don't have to sell your soul to the corporate world just yet. Slacks don't have to be boring, in fact, there are a pink pair that I've had my eye on. As long as you stay within the dress code, you're free to experiment with different cuts and colors that flatter you best.
  • Pencil skirt | Whether it's office-appropriate or a cotton jersey bodycon version, this is a great piece to have. It oozes sex appeal without looking trashy and, yes, can also be dressed up or down. You're probably noticing a trend here, huh? 

Outerwear
  • Blazer | Inserting my own personal style in here again, but I used to wear blazers semi-religiously. They're the easiest way to look instantly put together. A simple tee, jeans, and a blazer looks like you put in a ton of effort in the morning...even if you really didn't. 
  • Jean jacket | I've met a few people who aren't huge fans of jean jackets so if you fall into that category, I understand. However, for those of you who don't object, a jean jacket is a more casual finishing piece. It does the exact opposite of a blazer and makes a formal outfit look more relaxed. Much like jeans, they come in a variety of washes and shapes so you can find one that works best for your body type.
  • Leather jacket | I promise I won't go on a rant but ever since I found my perfect leather jacket from H&M last year, it's the only thing I ever want to wear. Leather jackets aren't just for rock stars anymore; anyone can pull one off and incorporate it into their wardrobe. It simply takes a bit of patience (and a ton of luck) to find a great shape and style to fit your personality.
  • Cardigan | I'm hoping this one will be pretty self-explanatory. They're cute. They keep you warm. They're easy to layer. They make you look effortlessly chic. Any further questions?

Shoes
  • Sneakers | You don't have to be into Jordans, but a good pair of sneakers are a good idea to have. So many women's shoes are open-toed or low cut that it doesn't leave us with many options on rainy days. There are several options depending on your needs. Every girl has a sportswear kind of day, make sure you're prepared for yours.
  • Black heels | If you can find a pair of black heels that work in the office and at a party, you'll be straight for the rest of your life. Simple.
  • Flats | Another pretty self-explanatory item, they're perfect for the girl on the go. I mean, unless you were a part of the Gossip Girl cast, running in heels may not be your strong suit. Flats are a great way to keep it classy without breaking your ankles in the process. 
Tomorrow's lesson: interior decor and dorm life. Class dismissed.