October Favorites 2018!

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I seriously cannot believe it is already November, this past month has flown by! With that being said here are some of my favorites for the month of October!

  • Clothing 

– Maroon Converse/Accessories

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Seasonal Low Top Unisex ShoeShout out to my bff Candice for these shoes because they are seriously my favorite shoes to wear! My school colors are Maroon and Gold so these are perfect to wear around campus and to tailgate to show some school spirit! However, they are currently covered in mud from the last football game so if anyone has any tips on how to get mud off shoes please let me know!

Alex and Ani Harry Potter Bracelet

I bought this bracelet a while ago as a Christmas present to myself and I seriously love it! Anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love anything Harry Potter so when I saw Alex and Ani had a Harry Potter line I knew I needed this bracelet! My next purchase from them will for sure be something else Harry Potter related!

  • Beauty/Skincare

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes

Image result for neutrogena makeup remover wipesIf you are looking for good makeup remover wipes these are it! I have been using these for so long, they are perfect for on the go and they make taking off your makeup so easy. I keep a pack in my nightstand so when I’m too lazy to get up and wash my face I can just grab one of these and wipe all my makeup off! They come in a variety of kinds including oil-free, sensitive skin and night time!

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer 

Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer Makeup, Sand, 0.2 fl. oz.Remember when you were younger and would steal makeup from your mom or grandma to wear? Yea this concealer was the first I took from my grandma and I still use it to this day. This concealer is seriously amazing, I apply it under my eyes and over any blemishes before I go to class or work and it makes me look more awake and refreshed! If you are looking for an affordable concealer this is for sure the one for you! They also have a pretty good shade range!

  • Food/Candy

Bolthouse Farms Smoothies

Being in college I don’t always have time to make breakfast in the morning, and something I love to have for breakfast is a smoothie! These smoothies are seriously so good and for the price they are for sure worth it, they come in a big size or small individual ones which are good to grab and go on busy mornings! My favorite flavors are the strawberry banana and the berry boost flavor, these are a cheaper alternative to the Naked brand smoothies!

Black Forest Gummy Bears 

I first discovered these on a road trip when I randomly bought them at a gas station and ever since then I have seriously loved these. The best thing about these gummy bears is they are organic, which makes me feel a little better for indulging on sugar. If you have never tried these I 10/10 recommend!

  • Music

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Anyone who knows me knows my music taste is all over the place. I like everything from rap to hip-hop to indie to country to throwbacks, I seriously listen to a little bit of everything. My Spotify is the best place to keep up with what I’m listening and loving, for the time being, you can follow here!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! This month has been so hectic and busy but I’m happy to say that I meet my big for sorority tomorrow and I am officially initiated on Sunday! Follow me on all my social media listed below to see this weekend!

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There are my October 2018 favorites! 

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Fall Essentials!

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Fall is by far one of my favorite seasons, I love the beautiful colors of the leaves changing, the chilly weather, going to the pumpkin patch, apple cider and so much more! Here are some of my essentials for fall!

  • Candles

By far my favorite thing about fall all the different amazing scents that come with it! I love anything pumpkin spice and apple, it’s a subtle yet pleasant smell to keep your room smelling nice and fresh! Here are some of my favorite candles for the fall:

 Hot Cocoa & Cream 3-Wick Candle - Bath And Body Works

Hot cocoa and cream from bath and body works is by far one of the best scents! It makes your room smell like freshly baked brownies if that is the type of scent you like I would totally go for this one! You can check it out here.

 Flannel 3-Wick Candle - Bath And Body Works

I got the flannel candle for Christmas and it was lit almost 24/7 in my room last year! This candle is more of an earthy and musky smell and it provides a freshness to the room without being too overpowering! If you like more of the woodsy scent then this is for sure the right candle for you! Check it out here!

  • Decorations

Having my own apartment this year I for already knew I was going to decorate for every season! Having the freedom to decorate how I want is the best thing because Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for! 

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Halloween is one of the easiest holidays to decorate for because it is so easy to DIY things and make it look cute! For me personally, I have multicolored string lights all around my apartment which add a pop of color and a good vibe. I also recently painted a canvas at a sorority event(I am not an artist so it’s trash) and it just adds that extra hint of Halloween to my wall.

I get most of my decorations from dollar tree! They have cute and cheap decorations that you could even add your own touch to and give it something extra!

  • Tailgating

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A big fall essential in college is football tailgating! I looked forward to tailgating so much this year because now that I am a sophomore I know more about how tailgate works and how to dress for it! Because I live in Michigan, the weather can vary during tailgate season, on homecoming I wore a crop top and leggings yet last weekend for our rival game I work a sweatshirt, leggings, and gloves because it was snowing. 

Tailgating is definitely what you make of it! Have a good school spirit, rep your school and find an amazing group of friends to go with to make it that much better! At my school, we take tailgating pretty seriously and it is something everyone goes to and it is such a fun atmosphere to be a part of!

  • Fall Fashion!

Sweater weather is my favorite weather and fall is the perfect time to break out the fuzzy sweaters, flannels, and boots! My go-to during fall is a sweater layered with a flannel, leggings and black combat boots. There is so much you can do with a flannel to make an outfit unique and that much cuter and that is a big part of why I love fall so much!

I am also a big sweatshirt and hoodie type of girl and it is easy to throw on and go to class in while still looking cute yet comfortable! Hoodies keep me warm and there is nothing better than being comfortable in class, especially the long ones that seem to drag on and on!

Those are some of my fall essentials! I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post, I will for sure be doing a part 2 in the near future!

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Apartment Must-Haves!

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Even though I just moved out of my freshman dorm, I am already looking at all the different things I need to purchase in order to have the best apartment I can have! I am living in a one bedroom loft style apartment next year which is a version of on-campus apartment housing my college offers. With that being said they are not luxury apartments, the exact opposite of that quite honestly so in order to make them feel like home I want to decorate and have all the necessities that I think will make life easier! Here are a few must-haves I will be purchasing!

  • Bed Set

This for obvious reasons is a must-have and I want to go for a navy blue and grey theme for the whole apartment. I have found a few comforter sets that I have fell in love with and will for sure be considering when it comes down to buying one of them.

Madison Park Essentials Merritt Reversible Comforter Set

This Madison Park Essentials Comforter Set  from Bed Bath and Beyond is one I have been looking at for months and I think it would add the perfect pop of navy blue to my bedroom while not being too much as far as the pattern goes. I also love comforters that are reversible because I can easily change up the room if I get sick of it which is always a plus!

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The second comforter set I am looking at is from Target and it is the Blue Nissa Comforter and Sheet Set which I absolutely love! I love the muted patterns on both the comforter and the sheets and while it is not just navy blue I still love the shades of blue they do use and I think along with the throw pillows it looks so cute!

Which bed set do you guys like better?

  • Kitchen Essentials 

Farberware® High Performance Nonstick Aluminum 17-Piece Cookware SetObviously a major essential for the kitchen is a pots and pans set! I plan on cooking a lot (hopefully) and want a durable set of cookware that is going to be easy to work with and more importantly versatile!

Another must-have for the kitchen is a blender! I am a smoothie lover and my favorite part of eating breakfast in the caf at school was the smoothies! So I think the ninja blender would be perfect for that and it is the perfect size for me!

  • Decor Essentials 

If you follow me on Pinterest  you will know how much I love pinning all different kinds of home decor items!

One of my favorite ways to decorate a space is using tapestries! I have already gotten a few of them and plan on hanging them on bland brick walls as well as maybe using one of them as a couch cover to cover the not so cute couch provided by the university! Tapestries are a good way to add a pop of color and pattern to an otherwise dull and boring room! This tapestry can be found here.

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The next decor item I want to get is different kinds of plants! I love the use of plants to add a sense of life to a room and I think the thought that I need to take care of them will get me out of bed in the morning and again add a sense of life to my apartment wherever I put them! This one can be found here.

Crosby Schoolhouse Floor Lamp White - Threshold™ - image 1 of 4There is a huge lack of overhead lighting in the apartments so with that being said I am going to have to invest in a few lamps! Whether that be table lamps or floor lamps I still want to make sure they are a good addition and add to the decor and homey feeling! This one can be found here.

Another important aspect of decor is floor rugs! Not only does this add color and pattern but it also is used for different things like wiping your feet off in front of the door, catching water when you get out of the shower and protecting the floors from spills! I plan on buying a few different types of rugs and I think they will pull the room together that much more! This one can be found here.

  • Bathroom Essentials!

One important thing I plan on buying is a shower caddy which goes over the shower head! Instead of taking things in and out of the shower and I go I want to keep everything in the shower but still keep it organized! This caddy can be found here.

Another storage item I want to put in the bathroom is an over the toilet storage rack. This would be to keep things like toilet paper, all my skin care items as well as extra body wash and other shower items. This storage rack can be found here.

Becker Geometric Printed Shower Curtain - image 1 of 1Of course a must-have for the bathroom is a shower curtain! While the university does supply one I find them to be ugly as they are a bland beige color and I really would just overall feel more comfortable bringing my own patterned shower curtain! I think this one is absolutely adorable and would fit my navy blue theme perfectly!

So there are some things I plan on buying for my apartment and I could not be more excited to be able to decorate it and make it my own! I will for sure be updating you guys on any purchases I make and anything else I think of in the process of buying things!

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Mini Bath & Body Works Haul!

So recently I made the mistake of going to my local bath and body works while they were having a huge 50-75% off sale! I grabbed a bunch of things but ended up putting the majority back mainly because I am a broke college student and the things I did want were candles which unfortunately we cannot burn in our dorm. So here are the things I did end up getting and I do not regret purchasing! Don’t forget to follow my Instagram before you leave!

3 for $6 Lotions & Shower Gels

  • Cabana Breeze Shower Gel: Of course the most important thing when it comes to shopping at Bath & Body Works is the scents of things. This shower gel has a sort of coconut scent and when I used it in the shower it left my skin smelling amazing the rest of the day! It also is infused with Shea and Vitamin E which left my skin hydrated and soft!
  • Bright Autumn Blooms Shower Gel: This gel has more of a soft perfume scent which I tend to only wash with if I am going out or have something important to do because it adds a the soft smell of perfume that will last all night. This gel is infused with honey which is also amazing for the skin and will leave it feeling soft and hydrated!
  • Amazing Body Cream in Champagne Toast: I had the full size of this scent a while back and had just recently ran out of it. I love the body creams because they seem to really sink into my skin and leave it hydrated better than a normal lotion would. This is also the perfect size to go in my backpack when I am in class and in need of some skin hydration!

5 for $6 PocketBac Hand Sanitizers

  • Stress Relief Eucalyptus + Spearmint: I love the whole aromatherapy line at Bath & Body Works, it just is a nice natural scent that leaves you feeling clean and relaxed. I have the full size lotion in this scent and had to get the Pocketbac! What I like about these hand sanitizers is they don’t dry out your hands like most do, they leave them hydrated and completely clean!
  • Stress Relief Eucalyptus Tea: Again I absolutely love this scent, anything with eucalyptus in it I fall in love with. I just love how natural the scent is and they infused the hand sanitizer with essential oils which is amazing for the skin! With it being winter time my hands need all the moisture they can get!
  • Beautiful Day: I had the wallflower in this scent and it just left my room smelling amazing and fresh. If I had the describe this scent I would say it is for sure more of a musky cologne scent, however it is not too overpowering. I love the more manly scents because they tend to be less strong and more subtle!
  • Peach Bellini: I have the perfume in this scent and am sadly almost out of it. While it is not yet summer this is the absolute perfect scent for the summer time and smells peachy and delightful. The peach scent is not at all overpowering and just adds a pleasant fruit smell which is as I said before perfect to wear in the summer time. Wearing this in winter will for sure motivate me to push through to the summer time!
  • Watermelon Lemonade: This has to be hands down one of my absolute favorite scents Bath & Body Works has to offer! I had the candle to this previously and could not stop burning it! It just smells amazing and is the perfect mixture between watermelon and a light lemon smell. The scent can tend to be a bit strong but I love it so I do not mind one bit!

Overall I am very happy with this haul and ended up spending $14 when it would have originally been $30! I’m not sure how long the sale is going on but I would for sure drop into your local Bath & Body Works to check it out! Anything from the store makes amazing gifts and they now have added a mens collection which makes it a one stop shop!

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What I Got For Christmas 2017

This Christmas was absolutely amazing, getting to see all of my family and hangout for a couple weeks before going back to college is such a good relaxing feeling. Even though Christmas is in no way just about what we get I thought I would show you guys some of my favorite gifts I received this Christmas! Although this isn’t everything I received for Christmas I am still more than thankful for everything I got!

JBL Flip 3 Speaker(Blue): I was super excited when I opened this, currently I am listening to music on it right now and the sound quality is amazing and it plays music very loud. This was the number one thing on my list and I am super happy I got it!

Rose Gold Sea Turtle NecklaceI have been wanting a simple necklace I can wear all the time and this was absolutely perfect, the design is super simple yet beautiful and not to mention I love rose gold so this was a great present to receive! If you are interested in purchasing this necklace or any other of their products you can use my coupon code to save 25% KarlaSm25

Newdora Hammock: I was so excited when I opened this because I have been wanting a hammock for so long. I can’t wait until the spring to use this around campus and in the summer time to relax or study!

Fuji Film Instax Mini 9 Polaroid Camera: This was of course also something I had wanted and I am super excited to be able to use it and hang up the pictures. I am really happy I also got the blue color and I can’t wait to see how the pictures turn out!

College Apparel: You can never go wrong with college apparel and it is something I can never have too much of. I got a sweatshirt and a matching pair of sweatpants which I can’t wait to wear around campus! They are perfect for the cold weather and are super comfy!

All Natural Bath Bombs: What girl doesn’t love bath bombs!? I can’t wait to use these, they smell absolutely amazing and are made of all natural ingredients. I love the different categories and will definitely have to try them all out! I was also excited to receive Panera and Starbucks gift cards because those are two of my favorite places to eat!

Ramen Noodles & A Cookbook: This was a really unique and creative gift that I can’t wait to use. Being in college Ramen Noodles are a go to when I’m too lazy to go to the dining hall and getting a cookbook full of different ways to make them and recipes definitely has changed the game. This will especially be useful next year in my apartment when I have to cook for myself all the time!

Again this is just a few things I received, I am so thankful for everything I got and am so thankful to have an amazing family who knows me so well. In addition to the presents, being with family and eating a home cooked meal is a huge part of why I love Christmas so much and now that I am in college I treasure those moments that much more.

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How to Deal With Terrible College Professors

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In college it is impossible to go through your whole degree path without encountering at least one bad professor. Whether it’s the way they teach, talk, grade, lecture, or a combination of these things it is hard to deal with them. So here are some tips to deal with terrible college professors!

1.  Get a new professor 

This may be a given but some students coming in don’t know that this is usually possible. Most universities offer something called a ‘Drop and Add Period’ which usually takes place in the first couple weeks of the term. So if you get to your class and realize that the professor won’t work out well with you then explore the options of either getting a different professor or dropping the class and taking it at a different time!

2. Get to know the people you sit by

This has definitely helped me in my classes, I will talk to the person next to me and exchange numbers to meet up and study. This is also important for when you come down with something or miss a class so they can get you the notes. It’s always nice to have someone who is struggling as well so you can work together to prepare for exams.

3. Get a tutor!

College is so much different from high school, tutors are not only provided but you are encouraged to get help on what you struggle with! I personally have a math center on campus which has tutors who will come around and work with you on homework or help you understand concepts better. There are not just tutors for math, most subjects have tutors! Visit an academic advisor to get set up with one to make your semester a lot easier.

4. Have a positive attitude

This is such an important tip because it is often to blame a grade on a professor instead of taking some of the blame yourself. With the amount of resources available on campus unless you have exhausted them, blaming the professor will not change your grade. I recommend working a little bit harder on the course work or even going to the professors office hours because they may be a better teacher when it is 1 on 1!

 

I hope this was a little helpful, this is based on my own personal experience so it may not be the same for all!

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College Morning Routine 2017


Hey guys! I thought I would give a little insight as to what my morning routine for college looks like! Hope you enjoy!

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So my morning typically start at about 9:30, I get up and check my phone for about fifteen minutes before getting up and taking a shower. I tend to shower every morning and depending on the day I will wash my hair as well. Morning showers just wake me up and get me ready for the day which is what I really need.

I use my Olay body soap bar in the shower along with a loofa. I will also wash my face using the st. ives facial scrub or my dr bronners tea tree Castile soap depending on how my face is feeling.

Depending on the day I might go down to the dining hall and get some breakfast. Thankfully my university offers amazing options for breakfast like build your own omelets, smoothies, fruit, bagels and other baked goods, oatmeal and an assortment of cereal.

I will usually go for a bowl of cereal, a cinnamon roll and maybe a bagel or some fruit. On the days I do eat breakfast I tend to feel more awake and just focused in my classes. Like they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

I tend to finish breakfast at around 10:15 and I will head back to my dorm, brush my teeth using my crest 3D white and get my backpack ready to go to class. I don’t start until 11 everyday which is really nice because I can stick to the same routine basically everyday.

I will make my bed and clean up my room a little bit just because when I come home to a nice clean dorm I tend to feel better and be a lot more productive. Depending on if I have time or not I will maybe do a little bit of homework or go over some notes for a bit before heading off to class.

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College Move-in Day!


I can’t believe I am already moving into college tomorrow! It seems like I just had orientation and move-in was months away. I am pretty nervous to move-in yet really excited to be in a new place with all new people. I have been packing like crazy for the past week and it has just hit me that I have a lot of stuff. I am confident I am going to fit the typical freshman stereotype of having too much stuff but I’d rather have too much than not enough.

Tomorrow (August 19th) I am leaving my house at about 8:30am, the drive is a hour and a half and move-in starts at 9. My roommate is moving in right at 9 so I wanted to go a little later just so we are not all over each other while trying to get stuff in the room. It is of course supposed to be hot and humid tomorrow so I plan to wear a t-shirt, track shorts and nike tennis shoes. It is important to be comfortable while moving in to avoid being hot and uncomfortable.

My college does something called Leadership Safari which is basically where you make a bunch of friends and take part in a lot of different activities. I am super excited to see what they have planned and more importantly make friends and connections. This event is from Saturday night to Wednesday.

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5 Ways to Furnish Your Dorm on a Budget


Furnishing a dorm is very important and is often the focus of the college experience. Everyone wants their dorm to look neat and put together but often that can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some ways you can furnish your dorm on a budget:

 

Don’t Shop All In One Place

It is important to not get all your things in one place. Often times you will get sucked in to buying something that is way more expensive at one store than it is at another. Going to other stores is also very important because there are a lot of different things at different places that you may love more than the last store you went to. Make a list and go store to store and slowly get everything you need to ensure you are making good and smart purchases.

 

Pay Attention to Price

Some things are going to be expensive wherever you go such as bed sets and different pieces of furniture. However that does not mean there isn’t a cheaper alternative to some of the other things you need to get. Before making purchases compare the prices on different stores websites and even Amazon to ensure you are getting the best price possible for that item. This may be a given but often people are so excited to furnish their dorm they don’t pay attention to how much they are spending.

 

Don’t Buy Things Just Because They are Cute

I was guilty of doing this, I bought something I thought was adorable and found once I got it home that I wouldn’t have much use for it. It is okay to want your dorm to look cute but make sure that what you are buying is useful and necessary. Wasting money on things you don’t need takes away from things like your textbooks and tuition that you could’ve spent that much more on instead of buying something you’ll never use.

 

Take Advantage of Coupons and Discounts 

It is so important to take advantage of different coupons and student discounts stores offer for dorm shopping. Bed Bath and Beyond had a thirty percent off coupon I used to get my total down and made things a lot cheaper. Do some research to whether the stores you plan to shop at are offering different coupons for furnishing your dorm. I know Target has a lot of coupons on their Cartwheel app which can be used on dorm essentials you need to get. It never hurts to ask the clerk if they offer a student discount because it could save you a good amount of money!

 

Don’t Get Anything you Don’t Need

Again I know this seems obvious but often when we go shopping we see things and think wow I need that. But it is important to be able to visualize exactly what you will use that item for to ensure it is a good purchase. I recommend going shopping with a specific list to make sure you don’t stray from that while making sure you get what you need. Going along with the list you can make separate lists of each store you plan to shop to make sure you are buying the item from the store with the lowest price.

 

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School Supplies Haul: College Edition


I move into college in 10 days and I still can’t believe it. I haven’t begun packing yet which I should probably start doing! I have always loved school supply shopping mainly because it is just fun and a way to get excited about the upcoming school year. I did have a lot of stuff leftover from last year and I have already bought some things so hear is what I got:

 

Notebooks and Folders

I have never been one for binders mainly because they are bulky and take up too much space. I like to be organized and have a set of things for each class so I can keep everything separated. I got a notebook as well as a matching color folder for each class to make it easy to keep track of which supplies are for which class. I always get my notebooks and folders from the Five Star brand mainly because they last me the entire school year and are made of good quality plastic so they do not rip or fall apart!

 

Pens

I absolutely love writing my notes in pen mainly because it is easy on my hand and makes note taking easy. My favorite pens are the Pilot G2 gel pens in the .07mm tip. These pens glide and last a long time and are just my favorite pens to use. I got two packs or three black ones as well as a multi color pack because I do like to color code my notes!

 

Index Cards

I love studying vocabulary and terms using notecards because it is an easy and effective way for me to remember things. In the past I have used the app Quizlet which I highly recommend if you don’t want to lug around a bunch of notecards! It’s a free flash card app that has a lot of different subjects and flashcards you can search that were created by different people.

 

Scissors, Whiteout, Glue

I thought I would need these things just because you never know when you are going to get assigned a project or something where you need to get a little crafty. I absolutely love Whiteout mainly because I like my notes to look clean and mistake free.

 

Highlighters

These are one of the things I had leftover from last year mainly because I never really used them. This year I plan to use them to study and take notes from my textbooks just as a visual way to keep my information organized and informative.

 

Pencils and Pencil Pouch

I absolutely hate writing in pencil and will only do it when required to. Getting a pencil pouch allows me to keep all my pens, highlighters and pencils together and organized. It is easy to pull out in class and carry around wherever you go.

 

Planner

I mentioned in my dorm haul that I had got a planner, it is a simple Blue Skies planner in the pink marble design. I hope this will keep me organized and I plan to write down everything I need to know or remember in it as a way to stay on top of things and achieve my goal of getting a 4.0 this semester.

 

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