It’s officially Christmas season! I’m playing my Christmas Spotify album, burning my Christmas cookie candle and getting into the holiday spirit! I’ve also been online shopping and trying to find all the good sales. Audrey rounded up some fantastic sales here. A couple of holiday seasons ago, I shared some of my go-to gift ideas for every gal in your life no matter there aesthetic. I can’t believe that we’ve been blogging for that long that I can say a couple of seasons ago. But, that’s a topic for a whole other post. I’ll go ahead and save you from my nostalgic mems and just dive right into the good stuff!

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For Her

So, we all have best friends, sisters, cousins, etc. that you know so well, but when it comes to buying gifts; you just have no idea what to get her! I mean sure you can make a meaningful card and write how much your nights spent eating tacos and margaritas helped you through your last semesters, but it’s also nice to pick out that perfect accessory or item that you know she’ll love.

On the affordable end, I love racking up from the cold weather accessory section of my favorite stores: Target, American Eagle, Old Navy, and J. Crew Factory! These sunglasses from Forever 21 are my absolute favorite! I have them in the tortoise pattern but have frequently thought about investing in the black design. They are perfect for when you want to feel like a diva. I am also absolutely obsessed with the Blue Velvet Booties from Old Navy; I was this close to purchasing them for myself. Imagine the New Year’s looks you could put together with these shoes.

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For Photographers

I don’t know if I would necessarily self-identify as a “photographer”, but I’d absolutely love getting all of these gifts especially as a beginner. There are certain things that I absolutely hate buying and paying for when it comes to my photography as a side hustle. Memory cards and editing software is an absolute bust. I would love an extra memory card and a year of lightroom paid for along with some Christmas candy that I can mindlessly nibble on while editing.

On the more fun and creative side, you can pick out an adorable camera strap. I have my eyes on a camera strap scarf that I’ve heard amazing things about. If you are trying to find some higher end options, a lens is always a fantastic gift. If they are #teamnikon, as they should be, I love my 35mm f/1.8G lens and have my eye on the 50mm f/1.4G lens as well! Perfect for portrait photography. 

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For Mom

I always struggle with limiting the number of things I can pick out for my mom because we are almost always on the same wavelength. I can basically just go shopping for myself and that’ll be exactly what she would want. For example, I am obsessed with my Calpak marble luggage [I know, I know], but I would probably pick out similar luggage for her like the adorable rose gold carry-on I have linked here. She also loves new cleaning gadgets; who knew that Dyson products were such a hot commodity. My mom has been bugging me about this handheld vacuum for weeks. You can also never go wrong with her favorite year-round perfume.

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WOW, I’m so excited for the holiday season! Baking, shopping, and making people happy are some of my favorite things and basically the point of the holidays, right? Where are your favorite places to get those holiday deals? I love Old Navy, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Ulta! I can get the best gifts at these places. Now, I need to go update my holiday playlist on Spotify and add some things to my blogger Secret Santa wishlist!

keep on keepin’ on,

Hey y’all! I know it’s been a hot second since I’ve posted, but the craziness of college football season always gets to me! My Saturdays are taken up by a whole day of football, which leaves Sundays for trying to get a whole weekend’s worth of work and cleaning done. Now that my final football season is over (I’m still in denial), I’m excited to have my weekends back.

This week, I thought I’d share with you my favorite things to do during my weekends in college!

I'm a firm believer that the weekends in college should be relaxing, so I try to be uber-productive with my school work to leave lots of time for fun!

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I love traveling. I love traveling to large cities. The hustle and bustle of people who have somewhere to be is the kind of energy I love to be around. A lot of major cities don’t capture that same adrenaline pulsing atmosphere. Phoenix is one of the largest cities in the country and it was pretty dead in the part of downtown that I was staying in for the entire week I was there. That was such a huge change from the never-ending movement of New York City I had experienced just weeks before. NEW YORK CITY. It’s a magical place. I hadn’t been there since I was a middle schooler and at that point, the only thing I really did while we were in the city was exploring the American Girl store. Yeah, that’ll make a cameo in a future post.

I’m pretty sure I want to live in the city at some point in my life maybe even for graduate school, to be determined on that one though realistically. I know that most people say they could “never deal with that many all the time” or “wouldn’t you get tired of the noise and the tourists”. Well, my sophomore year dorm was right by the hospital and college kids are loud so I think I got that one down. And as far as people being everywhere is concerned, I am so extroverted. I am a shy person, at first, but I get my energy from being around other people. So, I know I would thrive somewhere like, NYC.

This trip also shattered a misconception I had about the big apple. Outside of the main tourist spots like Midtown and the High Line, the city really isn’t as a densely populated with people as you might think. Soho and Greenwich Village had some empty streets where you could walk your dog or take an afternoon stroll.

To cut to the point, I loved it. I want to go back and anyone who’s looking for someone to document their trip to the city anytime soon, I am so down. I’m ready to be back already! I’m breaking down Day 1 of our adventures in the city and what you should hit if it’s your first time visiting! Let’s go let’s go.

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In the wake of the algorithm change, everyone is feeling the pressure when it comes to Instagram. I think this pressure is what leads our feeds to go down the drain. We start working too hard to post more frequently rather than focusing on producing the best content. Ultimately, I base whether or not I want to follow someone on the quality of their feed. Instagram is my favorite social media simply because it is so visual. It’s nice to use it for the blog and to share when posts go live and giveaways and things, but I’ve been enjoying working on my personal account way more. I have maybe a fifth of our Instagram followers on that account, but it’s just a ton of fun getting to post what I want and not being worried about how many likes I get.

This time last year, I wrote a post all about a beginner’s guide to Instagram. I tweeted the other day whether anyone would be interested in me doing an updated version. I’ve really stepped up on the content side of the game rather than focusing on fleeting gimmicks to gain followers.. yes, I’m talking about hashtags. Ya girl doesn’t believe in follow/unfollow or bots, so don’t even get me started on that. BUT, I figured I would break down my Instagram content strategy from start to finish so that you can see that Instagram is simply a curated feed of those special (and not so special) moments of my life.

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I’m a super busy gal and I’m like 95% positive that if you’re reading this you are too. We need to have our schedules right and tight in order to be efficient and still get everything done! I recently started a new Sunday routine that has become slightly religious and it works great. I schedule in time for cleaning, homework, meetings, and downtime.

There is a very thin line between being crazy busy and working so hard on too many things, inefficiently. So, I’ve learned that I need to maximize my time during the week a little bit more strictly so that I can use my weekends for things that I actually enjoy. {Note: I’m doing a ton of fun things almost every weekend of October and November and I’m excited!}

Now, let’s get into my tips to improve your week by efficiently using your Sundays!

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We’re back to blogging, y’all! Gabby and I always promise to keep up with the blog but somehow it always slips through the cracks. As seniors this year, we’re even more busy than usual! But fear not. We’ve got some great content coming up, starting with this little post on the easiest ways to save money in college!

While I'm not going to show you how to *stop* spending money, there are little things you can do to save money in college. Let's start saving!

Trying to juggle schoolwork + extracurriculars + a social life in college is a delicate balance, made even more difficult by the possible addition of an on-campus job. It feels great to make money during the week, but still, it’s not like you’re raking in thousands of dollars a week.

Or, if you are, hit me up. I want to know what kind of job you have.

But anyways.

Whether you get your money through an on-campus job, from your summer job, or from savings / parents / family, chances are that money is tight. Between going out to dinner with friends, paying for club dues and t-shirts, or simply browsing Amazon, somehow the money always disappears. While I’m not going to show you how to STOP spending money (I’m still working on this myself, yikes), there are little things you can do to save money in college. Every penny adds up, so let’s start saving!

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