Tag: Lifestyle

5 Non-Cliché Things I Learned My First Year of College

college lessons, road trip, unpacking, college

Well folks, I finally finished my freshman year of college (and am back to blogging). I know I’m a little late to the party, what with the quarter system and all—I mean, my friends have been on summer vacation since early May! But we’ll see who’s complaining in August when they all have to go back to school and I don’t ‘til mid-September, hehe. Anyway, it amazes me to think how fast this year went by (and how much I’ve changed in such a short period of time). I’m a nostalgic person at heart, so I couldn’t not write a reflection post about my first year. Before I left for school last summer, everyone told me the same bits of advice: be open, meet new people, get involved, etc. While all those nuggets of overused wisdom served me well, they were just that—overused. That’s why today’s post compiles some of the not-so-common things I learned my freshman year. Keep scrolling to read more and to see some of my favorite photos from the past 10 months! Continue reading “5 Non-Cliché Things I Learned My First Year of College”

My Obsession with Cost Per Wear and Excel Spreadsheets

cost per wear analysis, getting your money's worth, affordable fashion

The secret is finally out…I have just *a bit* of an obsessive personality. So much so, in fact, that I keep meticulous records of all my clothing items and constantly evaluate a cost per wear analysis for each piece, saving it in a massive Excel spreadsheet. For me, I think of it as “My Clothing Log”, but my close friends refer to it as simply “The Spreadsheet” (and yes, you have to say it in a dramatic voice). I’ve been maintaining my Excel spreadsheet for close to four years now, and in that time I have logged every piece of clothing or accessory I’ve bought/received, how much the item cost, where it was from, and at least three ways to style it in an outfit. Yes, I admit I have a bit of an addiction… Continue reading “My Obsession with Cost Per Wear and Excel Spreadsheets”

Pastels, Petals, and Pattern Mixing

pastel blue, pattern mixing, white shoes, botanic gardens

Nothing says springtime quite like rocking subtle shades of pastels—I’m thinking eggshell blue, baby pink, lavender, and muted sunshine-yellow. The only problem? I’ve learned over the years (and especially through all my blog photos) that I just don’t look very good in pastels. My skin tone lives for the “go bold or go home” mentality when it comes to what colors to wear. That’s why when the stylish ladies of the Magnificent Eight group asked me to participate in a special “pastel pattern mixing” post, I struggled a bit to put together a fashionable outfit! Continue reading “Pastels, Petals, and Pattern Mixing”