a day at the museum

My suitemates and I took study break and headed to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. A group on campus was offering transportation and free shuttles, so we took advantage of it, and I was looking forward to finally checking the museum out.

The modern art section was amazing and by far my favorite – it was really casual and each piece was more interesting than the next.  Aside from Emory students, it was fairly empty so we had plenty of time to walk around and hang out near our favorite pieces.

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Ultimately, this is the most famous piece at the musuem. Kapoor, the artist, also created the Bean in Chicago. (It also amplified your voice and echoed it if you stood in front)

Our little trip reminded me to get outside of the campus bubble more often and take advantage of all of the amazing things that Atlanta has to offer.

 

laundry lessons

I thought I was pretty good at doing my own laundry. After all, I’ve been at college for more than a year now and I’ve had to do my fair share of it. That was, until I had the unfortunate experience of shrinking my backpack this week.

Lesson #1: Do not put a North Face backpack in the dryer. 

I purchased a white North Face backpack at the beginning of the year because I liked the look and thought that it was something a little different. After all, I’m in college and I can keep my backpack clean. So when it had a little bit of dirt on the top yesterday I decided to throw it in the washer and the dryer (after consulting my mom for laundry advice). The wash went fine. I thought that the dryer went fine — until I went to look at the straps! The best way to describe it is a raisin. It’s sitting in my room, staring at me, looking me in the eye. It’s also even more dirty than it ever was – I think the washing must have brought it all to the surface?!

IMG_4307.JPGI guess I’m getting a new backpack, which I will NEVER put in the dryer.

Today I ordered this lovely Jansport, which I hope will be arriving within the next few days.

It’s funny because all summer as I searched for backpacks I ruled Jansport out because I did not want their classic design. However, I stumbled upon this one which has a little bit of flair and style, as well as fun pockets. It’s a little bit different while still being nicely made bag with a laptop sleeve and room for all of my books. I can’t wait for it to come – my back is dying from lugging around my laptop and all of my books in a shoulder bag. Needless to say, I appreciate my North Face now more than I ever have!

 

swoozies giveaway

I’ve teamed up with Sydney and Rebecca for a Swoozies giveaway in honor of being fall (or almost fall if you live in the South).

Swoozies has adorable goodies including the Kate Spade planner that I’ve fallen in love with this year, amazing personalized gifts, stationary and basically everything in-between! Honestly, I could spend hours browsing their site – its all so cute and perfect for gifts or rewarding yourself! (I got paid today, woohoo!!!).

3 winners will get any item of their choice from the Swoozies website, up to a $50 value! You can also use the code SwooFallFun25 to get 25% of your order! Yay! Both run until September 26th, so by then you have plenty of time to browse the site and find what you want.

The Rafflecopter can be found here, good luck!

Hint: you get an entry by liking from campus with love on Facebook. You won’t regret it!

vs sport vox box

This week I received my Victoria’s Secret Sport Vox Box ,which I have been eagerly awaiting for a while now. I mean, who doesn’t love sports clothing? Having some sent to me c/o of VS was like magic!

I was expecting the Incredible by Victoria’s Secret Sport Bra, which definitely did not disappoint. I usually get sports bras that are thin and not necessarily supportive, but this one feels like you could wear it for any activity. There is a full bra inside and it closes in the back just like a normal bra would. I received it in a beautiful floral, which I love but never would have picked out for myself. A similar version, in a different color:

I was super excited about the unexpected part of this package. Anyone who knows me understands I’m obsessed with leggings – they sent a pair of Victoria’s Secret Sport Knockout Crops as well!!

I’m in love with these. The heather grey is a perfect addition to my wardrobe – it’s a color I don’t have yet it will match with everything! The fit is perfect, which I was worried about because workout pants are so all over the place in size. They even have a nice drawstring pull at the waist for if you want them to be tighter, which I haven’t found myself needing to use.

Overall, this was one of the best Vox Boxes I’ve received so far, and I can’t wait to use both of these items! It also came with a ton of coupons for their sports line, which sadly I won’t be able to use before they expire.

Thank you, Victoria’s Secret and Vox Box!

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

fish eye view

I’ve been eyeing clip on phone lenses for while now, but I’ve never really been able to justify getting one. However, when I found an old Best Buy gift card laying around the house and saw that the perfect set of lenses were on sale, I just had to do it.

After some research, I found that the Olloclip is one of the better versions currently out there. I have the 3 in 1 lens kit for iPhone 5/5s. Anyone can tell you, I’ve been obsessed with it since I got it. It takes some pretty amazing pictures and I’ve always wanted to experiment with a fish eye.

 

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While the pictures are definitely less clear, I think the cool effect makes up for it. I wouldn’t use this all of the time also because you need to take the case off to use it, but it’s great to carry with you if that special moment does come along!

kate spade planner

I finally gave in and bought the Kate Spade 2015 Planner that I’ve been eyeing forever.  I chose the Set the Stage 17-month Medium Agenda in Black Stripe  and to be honest, I definitely haven’t looked back.

In the past, I’ve talked about how I made my own planner, but I’ve been craving something a little bit more professional than I have time to make myself. These planners seem so cute and fit my criteria perfect, unlike anything I’ve seen before.

In a planner, I wanted(/require?):

  • Dedicated lines for each day, with less for Saturday and Sunday
  • A pocket of some sort
  • A hard cover that won’t bend in my backpack
  • Some type of closure – string, or elastic, or snap
  • A binding that won’t break in the middle of the year  – ex. no cheap ring bindings
  • Spots for notes

The Kate Spade Planner was able to hit all of these bullets, while looking stylish as well. I went with the black and white stripes because I wanted something that would be timeless (after all, it’s for 17 months!) and professional but still had some pop. I almost chose the Green Painterly Cheetah pattern, but honestly it’s so hard to tell online if that would be green overload.

I love the black and white pattern is continued on the inside with the black and white polka dots, and all the pages are classy and simple. I’ve added my own color in the form of colored post it notes and flags, and eventually I might add some washi tape. I just love that it’s simple and plain to allow me to focus on what really has to get done.

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*Note: the 2015 writing is not actually blue – it’s more of a silver!

Overall, I’m very happy with my decision – I’ll be sure to update once I begin using it for actual school in 17 days! (oh my gosh!).

washi tape keyboard

I’ve been seeing Washi Tape all over the internet lately, and I can’t help but look at it every time I go to the store. This DIY Washi-taped Keyboard is one of the best uses that I’ve seen. I love how the combination of patterns works but isn’t overly crazy. After weeks of browsing through Pinterest boards and pictures, I finally decided to give it a try and purchased my own roll of Washi Tape.

Etsy features a thousands of rolls in patterns more beautiful than the next, but I decided to stick with the Scotch brand from Staples because I’m not ready for a big commitment to Washi Tape. They had a decent variety and a roll was only $2.99, which is perfect if you’re just looking to try it out.

Last Import - 3The white parts of the tape are semi translucent, which is great because whatever you put it on will show through. I do wish though that it was either fully white or fully translucent, because this color gave my black keys a filmy, strange look. I think that using a roll from Etsy would solve this problem, but for my purposes I didn’t really mind.

Last Import - 1I didn’t want to overwhelm the keyboard and do every key, so I chose to do the space bar, the return & shift buttons, and then A and P for my initials. The tape was very easy to cut to the correct size, and I just made sure the pattern lined up how I would like it on each key. I’ve also successfully taken it on and off a few times and I love how the tape doesn’t leave a residue yet stays sticky.

I’m really looking forward to expanding my Washi collection and hopefully using it to create even more! I’ve tried it in my planner and on my phone cord, and I’m planning to try it on more DIY crafts in the future.

 

 

a note on textbooks

With textbook buying season right around the corner (I’ve already made spreadsheets comparing prices), a sorority sister posted a fabulous way to buy. I get most of mine on Amazon, but from now on I’ll be using Amazon Smile, which donates 5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charity of your choice.

I took a quick scroll through the list and the possibilities are endless – I could donate to my sorority’s philanthropy, Girls on the Run, or Make-A-Wish, a foundation that I’ve always loved. It even breaks it down by the regional organization so that your money can go close to your heart.  I love that Girls on the Run Atlanta, the organization that Emory Gamma Phi works directly to support, is on there. They also claim to be able to reach out to any unlisted charity so that they can begin accepting Amazon donations.

I think this is genius on Amazon’s part, and I wish that more people knew about it. I spend a ton of money on Amazon every year and it would be great to know that it is going to a good cause. Of course, not all items may be eligible but I’m really hoping the majority are. 5% isn’t much but it can definitely add up quickly.

Textbook shopping just got a little bit happier!

my first voxbox

Much to my surprise (and delight!) I returned home just a few days ago to my first Influenster Vox Box. I signed up for Influenster recently, and after connecting all of my social media accounts I have been eagerly awaiting to qualify for a box.

I wasn’t sure what the #surfsup box would involve so you can imagine I was excited to look inside…

Last Import - 74The bright orange box was around the size of a small notebook, and the goodies inside are all summer themed. Below, I’ve highlighted a few of my favorite items from the box!

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The first item I was excited about was this Hawaiian Tropic After Sun lotion. I just returned from a beach trip and my sunburn was in need of some TLC. I loved the mixture of lotion and aloe, and I will most likely repurchase it once the trial size runs out.

Last Import - 78The next samples were Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Shampoo and Conditioner.

The last item was coupons for Jamba Juice Smoothie Mix. Next time I’m at the supermarket I’ll be sure to use them – Jamba Juice smoothies are perfect for hot summer days!

 

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.