I have a love for Lilly Pulitzer.

My sorority sisters and friends make fun of me for it because everything in my bag is Lilly: my notebooks, planners, phone cases, my binder covers..everything.

I just love it and I can't explain why.

That being said, I don't own any Lilly clothes, just accessories and I'm fine with that. My college budget doesn't call for a $300 Lilly Pulitzer dress but that doesn't mean I can't dream, right?

Lilly's spring collection was released this week and the new prints are pretty amazing. Most of the stuff I love is from Lifeguard Press, just because they have the latest prints in all accessories but on the actual Lilly site, I've been day dreaming about purchasing a few items.

As you can see, my taste in clothes is very simple, nothing crazy, especially when it comes to Lilly's bold prints. As for accessories, my favorite new product is the wireless battery charger. I saw these on J.Crew a month or two ago but the fact that Lilly has one now makes everything better.

This is definitely my favorite print. It's called "Lucky Charms," and I'm simply obsessed with it. I love pink and blue and I think this print really captures what Lilly is all about. It's not over the top but it's still very much a spring print. 

I'll probably buy a mug and an iPAD case in  this print too. Sorry to my credit card and bank account.

I really like Lilly's spring collection; the new prints are great and I think the new dresses and outfits are simple but beautiful.

I want to save up and buy a Lilly dress but I know that'll be hard, especially since my accessory buying habit will be up and running on LifeguardPress.com

Leadership Conference

, by RoyallyPink, 6:30 AM

Okay, so I am now back on New York soil and I've never had more of a bittersweet feeling.

I spent the weekend in Washington DC with my incredible executive board and the lovely sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma.

I can honestly say that I am a changed person because of this weekend. I have never and will never experience anything like this ever again.

Being in the same room with sisters you never knew you had but share the same values, beliefs, and passions as you do is one of the best feelings ever.

I didn't know it was possible to love Phi Sigma Sigma more than I do right at this very moment.

The weekend was filled with learning, experiencing, listening to motivating speakers, and meeting new sisters.

I was kept busy the whole weekend and was wiped out when it was time to go to sleep but it was so exhilarating.

I learned a tremendous amount about my sorority and what it really means to be part of this sisterhood.

I know a lot of people are probably getting sick of hearing and seeing me talk about my sorority but this is who I am, I can't change that and especially after the weekend I had, my love for Phi Sig is here to stay.

I realized that I never want to leave my sorority; I saw all the amazing volunteers and executive council who haven't been a collegian in years and they were still just as passionate and into it as the collegians were.

I know that being a volunteer, an advisor, or just generally working for Phi Sigma Sigma when I get older is something that I need to do. 

If you follow me on twitter, you saw that I tweeted an awful lot about Leadership Conference. I might've clogged up some twitter feeds but my national president, the Grand Archon, along with our Phi Sig national twitter and a bunch of sisters favorited and retweeted me so I was on cloud nine!

For the entire weekend, I felt like a kid experiencing Disneyland for the first time. I was in my glory! It was especially special because on November 26th, we will be celebrating our 100th year anniversary so the conference was filled with lovely celebrations and talks about centennial. 

This was an incredible weekend that I was upset to leave but I was pretty happy to get back to normal. I'm now stressing out that I have so much to do in such a short amount of time after being away for a few days so it's crunch time!

I'm also coming down with something, I'm pretty sure its bronchitis so it's going to be a rough week! 

Happy Monday, everyone! Stay warm and healthy :)

It's two weeks into the semester and I am completely swamped. I've been trying to get the hang of my new schedule but it's always tough this time of the year.

It's been freezing in NYC the past few days and trying to find the motivation to do anything is rough. Yesterday I left my room twice--once to eat and then to go to work. It was too cold to even move.

Besides it being below zero out, I'm pretty sure I have a tad bit of senioritis, which doesn't make sense because I'm still a junior. I don't have the will to do any type of work. All I want to do is go out with my friends and hang around. I have zero motivation! 

I also haven't been getting any sleep because my days start at 7 AM and don't end till at least midnight, between classes, meetings, work, and homework, it's crazy!

I try to keep up with everything but sometimes it just doesn't work. There aren't enough hours in the day for everything you NEED to do and then everything you WANT to do.

I hate when I get this way because it's so unlike me. Being so busy really takes a lot out of you and sometimes you don't even realize it until you are running on empty.

There are a few things that I do no matter what to help me unwind. Whether it's at 8AM or 8PM, at some point I take a few minutes for myself to relax and keep me feeling like myself.

1. Check social media

No matter what, I wake up every morning and take ten minutes to check all my social media: twitter, facebook, instagram...it helps me feel connected when I'm so stressed out. I'm a tech junkie so being involved with other people's lives helps me escape for a bit and actually does calm me down, which is weird because when people are so connected, it usually stresses them out more. On your choice of social media, you might see a quote or saying that will resonate with you, sparking something inside of you that might be the inspiration you need.

2. Read my favorite blogs:

It's similar to social media but I have to take a little while out of my busy day to see what my favorite bloggers are up too. It's almost like reading a book or magazine; it keeps me grounded and it's interesting to see what other people are feeling and doing. I have my favorite blogs that I can't go a day without checking, it's such a great way to feel inspired and get you motivated. Reading someone else's words could help you find your own voice. There even might be a post about how to stay relaxed and not be stressed.

3. Manicures

I'm almost positive I have mentioned this in half my posts but I love painting my nails. Giving yourself a manicure is a great way to unwind from the crazy day. Painting your nails might even strike up your creativity and inspire you to get motivated and keep moving.

4. Take a nap

When all else fails, take a major break. You only need 45 minutes to feel relaxed; it's just enough sleep to get a re-burst of energy but not enough that you fall into a REM sleep. Sometimes your body needs a huge break in order to keep moving. Sleeping for a bit will relax your body and mind, giving you the energy to move on with the day.

When the day gets tough, know that it's just stress and that it doesn't define you. If you balance yourself and don't run yourself into the ground, everything else will fall into place. Search for inspiration all around you, there is something in your every day life that will help you stay motivated.

I've been stressing out lately, especially yesterday. With getting settled in at school, getting back into the swing of things and adjusting to a new schedule, I've been feeling very out of it.

I beat myself up way too much and try to do so many things throughout the day which really takes a toll on me. 

I could always count on Audrey to get me through a tough day, especially with this quote.

Nothing is impossible :)

Happy Tuesday!

Usually I am so excited for my Birchbox to arrive but this month, when I took a sneak peek at my items before the box arrived, I was a bit disappointed.

There's usually at least one product that wows me but this month, it kind of fell short.

I'm pretty sure either in November or December's box I got a shampoo so I wasn't really excited about this one. I haven't tried it yet but I'm sure it works good. It's also a pretty decent sample size so that's a plus also.

This is an everyday moisturizer that doubles as a foundation primer and make up remover. Interesting. I haven't used it yet but it's a rather small bottle so we'll see how it goes.

I have so many perfume samples it's ridiculous. Usually I love the perfumes Birchbox gives me but Shimmer is definitely not one of them. It has a weird, almost too sweet smell and I really do not enjoy it.

I received a highlighter in one of my other boxes of the same brand so I was pretty excited about this one. I used this once and I'm pretty satisfied with it. It's a great color; almost like a burnt red and it has good texture. This was my favorite item in the box.

This is a nail polish remover mitt that is supposed to clean all ten nails. I haven't used it yet but it seems pretty good; Deborah Lippmann is a great brand so I'm sure it won't disappoint. 

This box wasn't a complete failure but it definitely wasn't one of my favorites. Hopefully next month will be better!

This week's spotlight goes to UniversityChic.com, a wonderful website where myself along with other incredible young women blog about all sorts of subjects.

I love how this is a website dedicated completely to everything a young college woman needs to know.

Don't know how to handle roommate drama? Need help with your resume? Want to know how to live healthier? UChic has it all!

University Chic published their own book for young girls going into college called "The College Girl's Guide to Everything." I bought it my senior year of high school and it helped me so much. I still look through it from time to time. Because I had the book and read the website frequently, I felt prepared for not just the school side of college but the social side also.

It's not just college that UChic is geared toward; they have articles and sections dedicated to graduates and grad students also. 

The thing I love about UChic is that they care about their readers; working with them is such a pleasure and they truly want young women to succeed. It's very rewarding knowing that people are looking out for you.

It really is such a great outlet for young women to go too when they need some advice on things that only other college students and graduates would understand. It's perfect!

Go over to UChic.com and take a look!

I've been wanting to get more into make-up for a while now; I have my usual routine but I wanted to take some products out and add some new ones.

I never spend money on make-up, I never saw the point. Why buy a $30 mascara when you could buy one just as good for $10? I never saw the difference.

I received a $50 gift card to Bloomingdales for Christmas and honestly, what is $50 going to get me at Bloomingdales? Nothing basically so I decided to spend it on some good make-up.

After doing some research, I decided that Benefit Cosmetics was the most practical for me; I wanted some fun products that could add to my routine; I didn't need any lip-glosses, eyeliner, mascara, or anything typical. I wanted something new and different.

Benefit is FILLED with different products for parts of your face you never thought you would use make up for.'

Bloomingdales doesn't carry Benefit in the store I went too so I researched some products online and went to Sephora to try them on.

Well, turns out Bloomingdales didn't have all the products I wanted so I ordered some from them and some from Sephora.

I love ordering from Sephora! You get so many fun extras and it makes spending money so much more enjoyable.

From Sephora I ordered Benefit's "Ooh La Lift" which is an under eye "cream" (it's really not a cream but I don't know how else to describe it) that gives you the impression that you have had an eye lift; it also covers the bags under your eyes.

When I apply it, I see a major difference! This product sounds like a hoax but it's honestly crazy how much this actually does work.

That cost me around $22 but if you spend $25, you got a deluxe free sample of a beauty product that you got to pick from a few select choices. I couldn't pass up a deal like that! I searched the sale section and found Sephora brand Supreme Foaming Cleanser which doubles as a make up remover and regular face cleanser.

I read mixed reviews on it but I think it works great; it takes my make up off better than regular cream and my face is so smooth afterwards.

My free deluxe sample was another Benefit product, "The POREfessional" which is almost like a foundation to cover up your pores. You can apply it before or after you apply the rest of your makeup; it is so light weight and made my skin look incredibly smooth. I'm definitely going to have to buy the full size of this.

Because I'm a beauty insider for Sephora, I got a free birthday gift, a  "Fresh Sugar Lip Balm" pack with a regular lip balm and a red tinted one.

With that one purchase, I also got my three free samples: Urban Decay BB cream, Shaveworks: The Cool Fix, and a sample of the best smelling cologne on the planet, Hugo Boss Bottled Night.

I was so pleased with all the extras I got in the order, it's one of the reasons I love Sephora so much.

For the last Benefit product, I ordered from Bloomingdales and it's called "High Brow" which is a fat eyebrow pencil that is a light pink and gives the illusion that your eyebrows are lifted. This was the product I was most impressed by and worked the best. The difference is so noticeable it's actually scary and makes you wonder how they did that.

These products are all equally amazing. They work better than I ever expected and they have changed the way I look at make-up. 

I am now hooked on Benefit Cosmetics. 

At the beginning of the month, my Lilly loving ears perked up at the buzz of the New Year Cheer Lilly Pulitzer sale.

My mouth salivated at all the great deals and my bank account cried as I typed in the numbers needed to satisfy my Lilly craving.

I only ordered one item (self control, people, self control) and I am simply in love with it. I don't know how else to put it.

I've been eyeing the Lilly Sparkle Tote for months now but I couldn't justify spending over $80 on another tote bag. I have too many already.

Well, it was my lucky day because I scored the Sparkle Tote in the Multi in the Beginning Mini Print for $44.

I think this print is my favorite because it speaks everything Lilly. It tells the entire story of her beginning with the bright, fun colors she intended the world to see and enjoy. 

The bag is even more gorgeous in person than it is online. It has just the right amount of sparkle and great for my every day use. 

It's pretty big, almost the size of my LongChamp tote which is good for me since I carry an obnoxious amount of stuff with me every day. I like how my Lilly tote stands up on it's own with shape and body unlike the LongChamp which deflates immediately after you take everything out of it.

The bag also has a great, big inside pocket for throwing make up or whatever else you don't want getting lost in your bag.

Altogether, this bag is perfect. 

I do need to stop buying Lilly stuff because my friends are starting to make fun of me. Though, I can't help it if I love the Queen of Pink and Green and all her beautiful products!

In the meantime, I'll enjoy my gorgeous tote and bring my shopping habit down to a minimum. 

Did you score anything from the New Year Cheer sale?

Tuesday Inspiration

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Happy Tuesday !

I feel like I've been talking a lot about being organized but with this new semester coming up, it's a struggle. I've been back at school for not even two days and I'm already in over my head.

Between unpacking, my first shift of work, meetings, and sorority events, I am swimming in chaos.

Classes haven't even started yet and I already have homework in one of my classes. I have to take 100 original pictures for my photography class due Thursday. I am so not ready for this.

As previously stated, I have a lot going on this semester and I'm trying this new thing where I don't plan everything out and live a little more than I have been so it's all new to me.

Here's a few tips that I've been trying to use to get myself together.

First thing first, calm down. I know it's easier said than done but the most important thing to staying organized and positive is to remain calm. I go from 0-60 within seconds when I have a thousand things on my plate. You just need to take a breath, sit down for a minute, and gather your thoughts. It's the only thing that is going to help you and keep your motivation up.

Second, take a little while to yourself and your friends. Getting back to school is so exciting and I am so thrilled to see my friends that it just over takes me. Within all the madness, I usually forget about that and I get straight into unpacking. Leave your suitcases and tote bags for a minute and go reconnect with your friends that you haven't seen in a month, your stuff will still be there when you get back.

After you see your friends, unpack everything. My huge thing is getting all my belongings back into their place. After that is done, my mind is a lot more free to focus on everything else. You will feel a lot better once you unpack.

Then it's all smooth sailing; just make a list of everything you have to do and start crossing things off. Get your notebooks together, look online at your classes so you're prepared for class, and make a schedule of the things you need to get done throughout the week.

With the sorority, interning, and everything else going on, it's important for me to make my trusty lists and schedules of when everything is. My planner is my life saver in this first week of school.

It's going to take a little bit to get adjusted to school again after being at home for so long. The thoughts of meetings and classes and being on your own again are a little hard to swallow but within the first few days, you'll be back at your game.

As for staying positive, just keep your head high, take deep breaths, and have fun! Do the best you can with what you have; it's just college, it isn't going to bite you! Try not to stress so much because once things get really busy, it's easy to forget about everything positive in your life and focus on the negative. 

Make that your semester resolution, don't beat yourself up if you get a C on a paper, just take in strides and do better next time. Take breaks in between studying and don't ride yourself too hard, it will bring nothing but negative energy.

What I plan on doing is making a list of goals for the semester, both school wise, professionally, and socially. It might not help my "un-planning" that I'm trying to work on but it might clear your head with everything that is floating around in there. My mind is my worst enemy so when I write everything down, it helps a lot. 

I think this quote really sums up how I feel about the beginning of school and school in general. Just do what you have to do, it'll all be okay.

The most important thing to remember is to have fun! If you're away at college, these days don't last forever so be a little irresponsible sometimes because you won't always have your friends living across the hall from you or have the chance to go out on a Tuesday night, just because you can. Enjoy these days because they don't last forever!

Stay positive, the rest will come easy :)

I know I said that I was going to do a Saturday Spotlight but yesterday was crazy trying to get ready for school so here is my Sunday Spotlight!

A few months ago, I discovered Lauren Berger, the Intern Queen. As an aspiring journalist and a person in desperate need and want of an internship, I was intrigued by Lauren and her mission.

I bought and read her book, "All Work, No Pay" and my life was changed. She is a genius; Lauren has had 15 internships in her lifetime and feels that an internship is the best way for a student to learn the field they want or DON'T want to go into.

In her book, she talks about how to go about getting an internship, how to apply for an internship, what to wear to an interview, how to follow up with an internship opportunity...she explains everything you could possibly want to know about getting an internship.

Her website, InternQueen.com, is a goal mine for people who want internships--Lauren and the entire IQ team works with so many different companies and there are actually internships posted on her website and you could apply directly on the website after you create an account.

It's not just learning about internships; Lauren does speaking events, blogs, and is even starting up a book club where you can join and read along with whatever business book we're reading at the moment! 

Lauren sends out such a positive message and you can tell she truly cares about helping students and giving them the resources that she didn't have growing up.

I love the message that Lauren sends out so much, I applied to be an Intern Queen Campus Ambassador and was accepted! 

I am now responsible for spreading the message of Intern Queen every where I go and I couldn't be more excited.

Lauren is such a great person and cares about students and their futures; the rest of the Campus Ambassadors are strong, passionate people who strive to succeed. Working with them is going to be a blessing and I can't wait for the semester to begin so I could further my experience with IQ.

If you're looking into internships or currently have one, go check out InternQueen.com and go buy Lauren's book. It will help you more than you think with advice that you need to know to survive. It is such a learning experience in itself that you will not regret it one bit.

It's great that students nowadays have these amazing resources outside of their campus to help them succeed in life--we need to utilize companies like InternQueen; I've done my learning, now go do yours!

I am an organizational freak. With me, everything is made into a list, everything needs to be in it's place--my life is better that way.

I'm especially crazy when it comes to organizing for school and knowing when everything is due, when I have work and meetings. I write everything down and I mean everything. If I'm making a to do list, I'll write down to eat breakfast, just so the day is more put together.

I have a few different notebooks for various things: the blog, my planner, my Phi Sigma Sigma planner, and a random notebook where I jot down scribbly notes. For this, I use my Lilly Pulitzer planner and three different Maybooks.

I also have even toyed around with the idea of an online planner, like the Google Calendar. I have so many "list" apps between my phone and iPAD it's unreal. I feel that with all this technology, I have to use it for something useful, especially if I'm constantly on my phone, what better way to stay organized?

I've come to the conclusion though that I really do not like online planners. I don't know why, I'm just bothered by them. 

I really love physically writing things down on paper, until it's written in pen, it doesn't exist to me. I find the online calendars confusing and I usually forget about them. They don't work for me.

I like the fact that with a regular planner, you're able to flip through the pages and see what you wrote down, you're able to cross things off your list and feel accomplished. 

With an online planner, that goes out the window--you're just typing things up on a computer. 

Some people really enjoy online planners and it makes sense, everything is all in one place and since you already have your phone with you, there isn't something extra to carry around. On any given day, I have three extra notebooks in my bag, it definitely adds up.

I've tried and tried again but I just can't get on board with the idea of an online planner, it just doesn't work for me.

What do you prefer? Online or paper?

I've mentioned before about how my sorority has changed my life and how much I love it. I've also talked about the incredible start up Levo League that is there to help young women connect with others and give the best career advice around!

Those two loves of mine have mixed together in the form of Levo League's sorority articles, written by a fellow sister of mine, Elana Lyn Gross.

Elana has written articles about the benefits of greek life before, one of them in which I was featured in, and her most recent one, "Secrets About Sororities" really hit home for me.

In the article, Elana talks about her own sorority story and how she judged sororities based on the stereotypes that we all think of: air head girls who party too much and have bad reputations. We think of catty, mean girls who don't care about anyone but themselves.

That is so not true. The sorority women I know, my own sisters and others, are strong, intelligent, dedicated women with hearts of gold and would do anything for anyone. My sorority and most sororities are not filled with "air heads".

Sorority women take pride in their philanthropies and giving back to the community. We care about others and the people around us. 

We are leaders, followers, friends, sisters. 

A sorority is so much more than parties and friendships--it's about taking pride in the values that the founding sisters of your organization put in place. It's about living with your letters and showing people that you are strong and powerful. 

My sorority has made me the person I am today; it has completely changed my life for the better. I will always be grateful to the sisterhood I found in Phi Sigma Sigma.

Elana's article is such a great example of what a sorority is and how it's not what the movies show you.

If you have any questions about sororities, never hesitate to ask me! My sorority is my favorite thing to talk about so I would be more than happy too :) 


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I've always been fascinated by things that inspire me; inspiration can be found in the oddest of places and certain quotes and words have always struck a chord with me.

One of those words happens to be Serendipity. 

Serendipity is such a lovely word with a great meaning: A happy accident. I love the idea of serendipity.. Something magical that brings you to something special. Without serendipity, the world would be a less magical, happy place.

I think the movie "Serendipity" truly brings this to light. John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale bring the true meaning of a happy accident alive. Meeting a stranger on the streets of New York at Christmas time only to find out that you are both in relationships, that's sad.

What's happy is that after a little bit, they find each other again and that serendipity brings them together.

I've only watched the movie once, about two years ago and I have never been able to find it on television again. That was, until this past Christmas when I couldn't simple and it was on, at like 2 am. I was feeling a little down and the movie just came out of no where, just when I needed it to. Is that a moment of serendipity or what?

The movie is all about fate and soul mates, sending out messages into the universe to bring you to a person you really connect with.

It's just such a cool meaning, the entire movie has a message and it makes me so happy.

I hope to encounter more happy accidents in 2013 because life has a funny way of working out when you least expect it.

I've always enjoyed quotes and strange words that instill something in you, motivation, happiness, even sadness. Words have always resonated with me and people have mocked me for loving quotes so much. I'm one of those people who have documents filled with quotes saved on my computer and whenever I need a boost, I look at them and read my favorites.

Words make me feel better and there's nothing wrong with that. Words have always made me believe in whatever I needed to believe in. 

Serendipity makes me believe in something bigger, more powerful, like the universe has your back and that fate is something real. 

Everyone should have a word or quote that makes them feel good, what's yours?

I am the bag queen. Ever since I remember, I loved bags. When I was five years old, I had everything in my little girl's handbag. I can't think of a time where I didn't own a bag...I never leave the house without a bag and on the rare occasion that I do, I feel completely naked.

If you put me in the handbag section of Nordstrom or Bloomingdales, I could spend all day there, my mouth salivating at all the colorful leather, different designers, and odd shapes.

A handbag to me is the best accessory. It adds something special to an outfit; it can MAKE an outfit, in my opinion. If you're wearing an all black ensemble, a bright green or pink bag can add a little something else.

Some women hate changing their bags and they stick to one bag at any given time. I can't imagine that--I change my bags possibly more than once a week. It takes a minute to transfer your belongings from one bag to another, it's nothing to change bags.

I love a good everyday handbag but tote bags have become my forte the past few years. In high school, I never used a normal Jansport backpack, I went straight for the shoulder tote bags and that has continued throughout college.

I always did though, suffer from trying to find the perfect tote to fit all my books and extra belongings that I need throughout the day. That's why I'm going to break down some of the best tote bags I've found.

1. Coach Signature Stripe Tote Bag (similar)

This was my first tote bag. My dad bought it for me before my freshmen year in high school and it was my go to bag throughout my four years. It fit everything from my folders to textbooks along with some extras like a small make up bag and my phone. Every year in HS, I bought a new bag but somehow, I always ended up back here with my lovely Coach tote.

More than six years later, this bag is still in good shape and I still use it for time to time. It has become a little small for my daily activities in college but if it's a slow day and I don't have a lot to carry with me, it's my first choice.

2. Michael Kors JetSet Leather Tote (no longer available: similar here

This was a high school graduation present from my grandmother, a new bag to start college with. This has been my perfect college tote for the past two years. It's very deep so it's able to fit everything comfortably, without making the bag bulky. No matter what's in the bag, it almost always keeps it's slim shape.

This bag is able to fit a laptop or iPAD perfectly and still have room for books and other necessities.

The one thing I don't particularly like about this bag is that the bag itself is very heavy. I have some slight back and shoulder issues; no matter what tote I use, my bag is heavy so adding a heavy bag to an already heavy load aches me endlessly.

For a light day, this is another great bag.

3. Vera Bradley

In my opinion, any Vera Bradley tote is perfect for ANYONE! I have two of them, the "Tote" and another bag, and they're amazing. The cloth material makes the bag, no matter how heavy the stuff inside is, extremely light.

Both bags I have are pretty roomy inside, even if they look small from the outside, and can fit mostly everything comfortably.

Some might say that the Vera prints are a little too eccentric for them but I think there is a print for everyone. These are great for college and on my campus, almost every girl carries a Vera tote bag.

4. LongChamp Large Pilage Tote

This is the best of all! I have never loved a tote more than I love my LongChamp.

I used to see these all the time, in high school and my first two years of college. I never liked them, I thought they were ugly and I hated the material of them.

Even when my friends started to use it and I was able to see the bags up close and personal, I still didn't like them.

That is until this year when none of my totes were big enough to hold everything I needed. I carry an obnoxious amount of stuff on a daily basis (I'll do a post on this later on) and I need a huge bag to satisfy my tote needs.

I finally gave in and bought one of these at the beginning of the year. It has completely changed my life.

Everything fits in this bag, EVERYTHING! There is more than enough room for a laptop, ipad, books, make up bag, wallets, pencil cases....anything and everything!

The material is great in the rain and wonderful for a college student. I have the large tote and I think it's a great size; even if you don't carry a heavy load everyday like me, the large tote is probably the best still.

They might not come in crazy designs but on the Longchamp site, you can customize it with your monogram, different colors, and different add ons.

I can't get enough of this bag and I will preach about it to everyone.

Finding the perfect tote bag can be difficult but in the end, it all depends on what your needs are; are you a bag lady like me who needs to have everything with her at all times or are you more simple and only have a few books with you. No matter what, there is a bag for you.

What's your perfect tote bag?

I feel that sparkly nails are very "in" right now and I have jumped on the band wagon. Actually, I've been on the band wagon for a while now. I love a good sparkly polish but the fact that it's so difficult to take off really turns me off.

I can't resist sometimes, especially when it's New Years Eve...the sparkliest holiday of them all!

Last week, for NYE, I tried something a little different. I just painted the tips of my nails in a sparkle topcoat instead of the entire nail. It wasn't complicated at all and I liked the look a lot better.

I used my trusty Sally Hansen "Strobe-light" sparkle topcoat paired with my brand new bottle of Essie "Bahama Mama."

My local Rite Aid has had more Essie in stock and I'm super stoked about it. "Bahama Mama" looked like a deep purple in the bottle but when I applied two coats of it, it had a more burgundy color. I liked it but I wish I would've known before because I would've bought a different color. 

This was definitely one of my favorite nail choices, I loved how the sparkles didn't cover the entire nail, it made it look better in my eyes.

What's your manicure Monday?

It's no secret that I'm a passionate person. I throw myself fully into everything that I set my mind too: my sorority, my internships/positions, this blog...I love everything I do.

I am passionate about having a career in the world of journalism. Ever since I could remember, reading and writing were the only two things I ever truly loved. I feel completely at ease with a pen or book in my hand. 

My love for the entertainment industry, also, pushed me into majoring in Journalism at school. I want nothing more to work for MTV, E!, or any other entertainment news outlet. 

As the months have passed, my dreams are changing and I'm more attracted to the lifestyle aspect of journalism--women's interest..anything in that field. The more magazines I read and the more magazine figures I follow, the stronger my desire for a job in the magazine industry is.

I will do whatever it takes to get there because ultimately, no matter what, I want to be happy with my career and also be successful. 

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I spend a lot of time reading up on ways to improve my resume or how to apply for the right internships. I will read anything that will give me advice on being successful in my future.

While on one of these reading binges, I stumbled across an interview that Ed from Ed2010.com did with the Editorial Assistant at Glamour, Alison Goldman.

Glamour is by far my favorite magazine and working for them would be my ultimate dream. 

Alison was an intern at Glamour in college and then a little bit after she graduated, she went back to the office to say hello to a few of her former colleagues and at that point, her current boss wanted to speak with her. She was offered a job!

That is every intern's dream, especially if the job you are being offered is basically your dream job.

I found the interview so inspiring that a tear was brought to my eye. A story like Alison Goldman's is the one that I wish for. Reading what she does at Glamour reassures me that it's what I want to do--that my heart is in the right place. 

Also, in the interview, she offered words of advice and wisdom, to help everyone else achieve their dream job.

This semester, my goal is to build my resume and do everything in my power to psyche myself up for applying for summer internships. 

My goal is to be successful and to love what I do. With helpful words from Alison Goldman along with a few other inspiring people, myself, along with all of you, can achieve that same dream.

My advice to all of you? To everyone? Be passionate, it will get you great places in life--I've seen that through experience and from the advice of others. 

What are your career dreams and aspirations?

I'm going to start a new little segment called "Spotlight Saturday" where I focus on a specific person, blog, brand, or company that I'm really loving and think you guys should know about :) Hopefully you enjoy it!


As  a journalism major, it's my natural instinct to read and be up on the news. My area of "expertise" is Entertainment news, that's what I'm interested in and ultimately, the field I want to work in after college.

I was never interested in "hardcore" news. I know that as a citizen of the world and especially as a future journalist, I need to be informed and semi interested in what is going on around me. Through my journalism classes at school, I've learned to at least read the news apps on my phone. It's kind of boring but it keeps me up to date.

Well, I discovered something even better!

theSkimm is a newsletter that you sign up for that SKIMS the news of the day so you don't have to read the newspaper or sift through stupid, pointless stories to get to the important ones. theSkimm gets delivered to your inbox around 6am every weekday.

The thing I always find difficult is understanding what the news story is actually talking about; I'm an intelligent young woman but the New York Times doesn't always use language that a 20 year old college student could understand.

theSkimm explains EVERYTHING in simple terms so anyone could understand the current events.

It has a fun little sections that are featured every day such as "Repeat After Me." theSkimm is so much fun, it's a delight to read and the creators actually care about giving their readers the best/ most important news of the day.

Danielle and Carly (the creators) have coined a great motto that sums up the purpose of theSkimm "We skim the news so you don't have too."

I love theSkimm, I think it's a great, fun tool for people on the go or people who want to be informed about the news but don't know how to get started. 

If you feel the same as me and want to know about what's happening in the news, go sign up for theSkimm. Also, follow them on twitter!

I used to be one of those girls who didn't need to wear makeup to leave the house; there were definitely days where I just didn't feel like putting makeup on and did just that. As I got older and found new products, that changed.

Nowadays, I never leave the house without makeup, expect that occasional Saturday or Sunday morning. I do not, however, slather on a whole new face every single day. My make-up routine is nothing special; it's pretty ordinary since I don't have much make-up experience (I'm learning though!)

I don't put foundation on every day (or ever really) or any other heavy face makeup. It's really rather simple.


I start with my eyes because I heard somewhere a while back that you should always do your eye makeup first, incase anything falls, it won't ruin your face makeup. I apply a Sephora eye primer, then usually use my "Almay Intense I Color Black Pearl eyeliner." I love retractable eye liners because I feel they go on better.

My new favorite eyeliner is the Eyeko Liquid Eye Pen that I mentioned here. That gives off a darker, heavier eye look so I don't usually use that for an everyday eye but it does sneak into my routine every now and then.

My eyeshadow choice varies; I usually will go for a gold or brown shade but sometimes I choose purple. I have "Urban Decay: Freakshow" which is the purple I use the most. It's a deep purple color that goes on heavy if you aren't careful. It's such a gorgeous shade. Urban Decay has some great eyeshadow.

I had the special Sephora Holiday makeup set that comes with a crazy amount of eyeshadows, lip glosses, and a bunch of other stuff--that is the eyeshadow I primarily used. This Christmas though, I got the Smashbox Be Discovered beauty set so I've been using that. It has great eyeshadow shades, very up to date and rich. 

As for mascara, I'll use "Maybelline The Colossal Volume Express." It has a great brush that doesn't clump your lashes together and really makes a difference in your look. I also use the "ModelCO LashXtend" which isn't as thick or heavy as the Colossal...it gives a more subtle, toned down look.

If I remember, I'll curl my lashes before applying to mascara but mostly I forget. WHOOPS.


My face is very very simple. 

I apply concealer under my eyes, either "Revlon Color-stay Under Eye Concealer" in Medium or "MAC Studio Finish Concealer Broad Spectrum". Both work great but I prefer the MAC--it's not a liquid, it's a cream base and I like how that comes out a lot better.

After concealer, I put on pressed powder- "Covergirl Pressed Powder in buff beige". That's usually it for the face--sometimes if I'm feeling extra pale I'll put on some bronzer. 

I have a "Too Faced" powder bronzer or a "Stila" liquid bronzer--they are very different, the Stila one gives a more bronzed look so I usually use that one for when I go out at night.

I will apply a highlighter, "Mary Lou Manizer" highlighter to my brow bone which gives a more finished look to my face.

I've been experimenting with blush a little more and I'm really starting to love it; I use the blush I got in the Smashbox Be Discovered set so that will eventually weed it's way into my normal routine.

See? It's simple, nothing insane but I'm hoping to take it up a notch in the new year as a I learn and experiment more with different kinds of make up. 

What are your daily make up routines?