Friday, January 9, 2015

This year I will...

To be completely 100% honest, I've never been efficient on following through with goals, let alone resolutions. However, lately I've been feeling a ridiculous amount of motivation for the upcoming semester. I recently changed a few of my super bad habits that were leftover from high school (yes, it's cliché, but you will be surprised about how different high school and college are. Word to the wise: change bad habits in high school now, and fast!) and I'm slowly working towards creating a better me. So, without further adieu, here are my (belated) goals for 2015! 


Get into an efficient workout routine
I've been a student athlete for as long as I can remember; so I feel like I've always been in season or training for the next. However, after my season was over I just realized that too much free time can result in procrastination and too many nights binge-watching Netflix. Oh and having a workout schedule would help me manage my time better (my weakness), so it's a win win win situation! Plus, I'm actually starting to run a bit more distance than I'm used to, and it feels amazing. I actually really like working out at school- my roommate and I always like to do it together, and it doesn't necessarily feel like slaving away if you're with a friend. As Elle Woods famously said, "Exercise gives you  endorphins, endorphins make you happy, and happy people just don't shoot their husbands." 

Wake up earlier to better utilize mornings
I love waking up early and starting to be productive early. My sleep schedule has been so messed up lately, (I'm writing this post at 3 am.) and I've realized that waking up between 11 and 1 is absolutely exhausting. I'm so much grumpier, I lose motivation to go to the gym too easily, and I hate the idea of losing so much time in a day. By the time that I'm ready to do anything it's already 3pm. It's not ideal in the slightest when you want to do so much, but it's already too late. I love everything about mornings, except for, you know, the getting up part. I struggle with that. I focus the best with school work early, plus I love the idea of having time to spend on myself before I start my super hectic day. I'm pretty sure that the reason I'm able to work so hard so early is because having a deadline is my best friend when it comes to assignments. And plus, it encourages me to get a good night's sleep. I'll be healthier, happier, and my GPA will thank me for it.

Schedule, schedule, schedule
Like I said before, time management has always been a problem for me. I'm an expert procrastinator, and I'm really not too proud of that. Scheduling free time is all about prioritizing, which, yet again, is something that I struggle with. My goal for the semester is to find time to study every day, and start assignments way before the deadline. I was recently accepted as a Style Guru for the internship for College Fashionista, so to be professional I really want to focus on creating a quality article every week for my readers; they deserve it! I also want to make time for a few blog posts a week, and editing. I'm obsessed with the Heart and Arrow Designs blog planner right now by the way. 

Make room for positivity
One of the biggest things that I need to work on for 2015 is going out of my way to think positively about stressful situations. I'm by no means a negative person, but in the past few months I had found myself getting down on myself much more than I normally had. I get frustrated really easily, and then shut down. By finding ways to count my blessings and look for golden opportunities in otherwise difficult conditions, not only will it make me (and everyone around me) happier, but it'll help me grow from mistakes.

Cut out judgement
I recently read an article on The College Prepster that dealt with judgement. It's no lie that everyone judges everyone at some point, but it's amazing how much you can do for yourself if you stop thinking negatively about other people. It doesn't matter if a lady on the street is wearing a hot pink bedazzled Juicy Couture track suit from 2006, it doesn't impact you whatsoever and she probably really likes it. In a few recent conversations with one of my best friends, she talked about how she was trying to completely stop judging others, and it has made her feel worlds better about herself. She always says, "Be kind to everyone, you don't know what they're dealing with. Everybody has faced a deeper problem that has made them into what they are today." I've gone to a private school all my life, so I know a thing or two about judgement. I've been on both sides.  I've recently noticed that a majority of the judgements that I make are towards myself. I'm extremely self-critical which wears me down so easily. By cutting down on internal negative thoughts and questioning why everyone around me is doing what they're doing, I really hope I can make 2015 into a positive year.

What are your goals for 2015? 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

How to Style: Bean Boots

As always, I love when friends and readers send me ideas for new blog content. One of my teammates told me that she would love to know a few different ways to style an extremely popular winter trend- the classic L.L. Bean Boots. I won't even lie to you, I'm all about this boot. They're perfect for braving even the worst Pittsburgh winter, and still look a lot cuter than some of the other boots available (don't worry riding boots, I'm not looking at you.) And some sizing information, they run pretty small. I usually wear about a 7 to a 7.5 in women's, however I ordered a 7 and they're  roomy and loose if I don't wear a heavy sock. I'm a total klutz when it comes to winter weather and dealing with ice, I swear I'm always falling everywhere. In my opinion, most of the snow boots with traction that I've experienced looked really clunky. I love how the Bean Boots are also so functional; you absolutely do not sacrifice comfort, warmth or functionality for fashion. 

I decided to style my Bean Boots in my 2 favorite ways: one, being a more feminine take on classic preppy style (inspired by Sarah Vickers of Classy Girls Wear Pearls and KielJamesPatrick fame), and the other a bit more casual and laid back while staying put together. Bean Boots are so versatile, I wore them at least twice a week during school. 

Outfit #1:

Outfit #2:

Cowl Neck Sweater // Vest (similar) 
 Leggings // Socks (similar & on sale!) // L.L. Bean Boots

If you're looking for something really similar, or Bean Boots are on backorder, (they always are! Word to the wise: BUY EARLY! I ordered mine over the summer on sale) then check out these Duck Boots by Sperry TopSider! I honestly really like them, plus they come in a variety of fun patterns and bright colors! I love these

What's your favorite winter trend?

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