Hi guys!! I’ve done a couple posts on beauty (you can see a stream of allllll of them under the beauty tab), that have all been more makeup-based. Today, I’m going to take you through my current favorite haircare products, ranging from my favorite hot tools to my favorite shampoo!! I’ve found that my haircare products tend to stay pretty consistent, partially because I buy shampoo in bulk, and my other products are tried and true.
For those of you who may not know, I actually have naturally wavy-curly hair. But, when it air dries it goes insane, and I’m more of a morning shower person nowadays so I find myself blow drying it out and running a straightener through it. To blow dry and style my hair it only takes around 20-25 minutes, but I’ve found that taking the extra time to style it helps my hair last a few extra days, and become a whole lot more manageable!!!
I do get balayage coloring every once and a while, but once you get that form of coloring once it grows out really well and doesn’t need to be kept up with as much as regular highlights. Ever since I’ve been at school, I’ve been getting more inches off rather than just a trim since it’s so dang hot here in Auburn!!! The long hair look just isn’t doable here. I mean people do it, but I just sweat to death!!! Hahah, but really, I’ve been into the shorter hair look.
Okay enough with all this chatting, let’s get started.
I’ll be honest and say that I’m a little picky when it comes to shampoo and conditioner. I have to like the smell of them both, and the conditioner MUST have detangling capabilities. Especially when my hair is wavy, tangles can get so gnarly!!!
But this pair of purple Pureology shampoo and conditioneris one of my favorites I come back to time and time again. My mom originally found this and I started using it after seeing how soft it made her hair!!! They smell divine, and are really good at detangling. I get them in the biggest bottles they sell, because I think that’s the best value. They also are the cheapest on Amazon. I had big bottles like these for the entire first semester (August – December) and didn’t run out until last week. They’re a little pricy, but they’re worth it and will last you FOREVER!!!
I used to always either use no heat protectant, or some version of a spray. I found this cream heat protectant a couple months back per recommendation of my hairdresser. It’s the cream / gel-like heat protectant from Bumble and Bumble, and it’s made specifically for curly or wavy hair!!! I used to never blow dry my hair since it would blow up like a lion, but since using this it’s made it significantly more manageable. Since it’s in cream form, it makes it easy to make sure you get every piece protected.
I’ve also always experimented with different hairspray products to get rid of frizz after I style my hair, but after my hairdresser used this awesome oil from Bumble and Bumble, I’m never going back!! I would usually think that an oil would make my hair more oily (naturally, right?!) but instead it gives my hair a really good shine, reduces frizz and helps keep my hair straighter for longer. It’s a little pricy, but I actually found mine at TJ Maxx for a lot cheaper, and they also sell a mini size at Ulta near the checkout if you want to try it out!!
I do usually blow dry my hair and run the straightener to it ever since I cut it shorter. I find it lasts a few more days and is a lot more manageable (and cute!!) when its straight. I’m really not picky about a hair dryer, and mine is a Remington one my mom got me on Amazon!!But as far as straighteners go, I’m definitely picky. My hair is so wavy naturally that I’ve learned that the better quality straightener, the better quality hair day!! This Paul Mitchell one is my favorite. And it’s on SALE!! It’s in a limited edition breast cancer color scheme and theme, but it works the same as the other versions! This one heats up quickly to 410 degrees and cools down pretty quick when its time to clean up. I’m a huge fan!
I’m not even being dramatic when I say that this Wet brush has changed. my. life. I don’t know what I did without this thing!! I now own four and I’m always finding them in bags, in my car and all over my dorm and house back at home!! Somehow, this brush seamlessly goes through my hair after I get out of the shower, and also whenever I need to tame the mane when it’s dry. If you haven’t tried this, you’re seriously missing out!
I’ve used a bunch of different hair ties in the past, but these phone coil ones and the metallic looking ones with the charm are my favorites!! I got these at TJ Maxx, but they both don’t leave creases in my hair but still keep it up tight enough to work out in!! I highly recommend. You can find them at TJ’s, Marshalls or Nordstrom Rack to get the best deal. I think they’re overpriced on Amazon!!
I’m so glad I got around to posting this hair care post!! I’ve had a bad hair cut experience in the past (if you know, you know!) and I’ve taken my haircare seriously since then to make sure it stays healthy, even though I get it colored every once and a while!
Please leave me a comment down below telling me what YOUR must have hair products are!!
Hi guys!!! Today I thought I’d go through my makeup and share the best of the best in every category of eye makeup. I do have a 2017 favorites post where I list a couple of my eye makeup favorites, but here I’m sharing more per category and other products I’ve been using looooong before 2017!!!
All of the product links in this post are clickable if you want more information!! I’m sure you can tell that many of these products are well loved and have lived in my makeup bag for a while. Be sure to leave me a comment down below with some of your favorite eye makeup products! Let’s get started.
Cream Shadows and Primers
I’m a firm believer in priming your eyes before applying eye shadow. It really makes your eyeshadow stay on for SO much longer and look more vibrant. I also loooove cream shadows, they’re so quick and easy when you wear them on their own, but also make your shimmery shadows that much more pigmented!!
MAC’s Painterly Paint Pot is a product I’ve talked about multiple times on here!! But in short, I use this as a base for all my eye shadows. I also wear it on its own just to get rid of any veins or oil on my eyelids. MAC also has another Paint Pot in the shade Bare Study that’s another favorite of mine. It’s a shimmery champagne shade, and it looks really cool on its own!! It also has the same staying power as the Painterly one, so I can just quickly apply this with my fingers to my eyelids if I’m in a rush.
A couple years ago I randomly splurged on this Chanel Emerveillecream shadow, and I’ve loved it ever since!! The color is more of a shimmery rose gold with a really cool cushion-like texture, making it really easy to apply. It works really well on it’s own, but also works well with a champagne or rose gold eye shadow on top. I also apply this one with my fingers, making it really quick!!
If I’m doing an everyday eyeshadow look, or even going out somewhere fancy, I always tend to use shimmery lighter eye shadows rather than creating dramatic smokey eye or darker looks. Partially because I’m really not good at eye shadow, and also because I just feel like just a little shimmer can help brighten your whole look!!!
Everybody who knows a thing or two about makeup has heard of allllll the variations of this Urban Decay Naked Palette, but my favorite is the original. I think this palette has the most warm toned shades that appeal to my style of eyeshadow looks. The quality and pigmentation of these shadows is so great, and I like having options to do darker more dramatic looks if I’m feelin’ fancy. My hands down favorite shade in this though is the light pink shimmery “sin” shade!!!
Another option for me when I want to go a little more bold is using my mini Lorac Pro Palette. The middle shade, “pewter”, is a really cool and pigmented shimmery taupe that blends really well in the outer corners with a champagne colored lid shade. It’s a really cool combo!!!
I found this NARS Alahambra Eye Shadow Duo a little while ago, and it’s definitely my most reached for eye shadows. It’s right up my alley, just two really shimmery and pigmented shades: one more pinky, and the other one on the gold spectrum. I love mixing these two together and putting it on my lid, or using each on their own, or if I’m feeling fancy, I’ll use the pink one on the inner corners and the gold on the outside. Even though there’s only two colors, I’ve been able to make a bunch of different looks with it!
A really easy way to get more definition in your crease and more color in your eyeshadow look that I’ve discovered is bronzer. Lately, I’ve been taking my favorite bronzer, Benefit’s Hoola, on a fluffy crease brush and blending it in. It isn’t as harsh as a dark brown eyeshadow, and looks really cohesive with any contour or an all over bronzed look!!
I’ve found I’m not particularly good at doing eyeliner, so I need to use products that are suuuuuper creamy to make my job a little bit easier. My favorite black eyeliner comes from Maybelline. It’s really creamy, but also really easy to smudge with a smaller brush in case you mess up and need to correct your line.
I love my brown eyeliner from Urban Decay in the shade Bourbon. These pencils are insanely creamy and pigmented, so even if you stink at eyeliner like me you can still get a good and thin line!!! I really want to try this one out in different colors. Brown eyeliner is always a good way to go if you want something less harsh than black!!!
Another good tip that creates the illusion of eyeliner that I’ve been sticking to lately is taking a little bit of any black eyeshadow on a super small eyeliner brush. I’ll take it and gently tap it on the outer portion of my upper lash line as thin as possible. This helps make your eyelashes look more full without going through the hassle of eyeliner!!!
Mascara is definitely my favorite makeup product!!! If I’m not wearing anything else, I know that no matter what, mascara can make me look more awake and alive!! I’ve tried SO many different ones, and these are some of the best!! I wanted to include a high end and drugstore favorite in this post for y’all.
On the high end spectrum, my usual go to is the Too Faced Better than Sex mascara. It works really well, and makes your lashes instantly full of volume and length in just a couple strokes! I use the non-waterproof for day to day use, but I also have the waterproof for when I’m on vacation or going to be going in water somehow!!! The waterproof stays forever though, so be ready with some good makeup remover to take it off!!
The L’Oreal Lash Paradise mascara is the best drugstore mascara that I’ve found. It’s a dupe for the Too Faced one, and it gives a really similar look. I think that the only difference is that it takes a couple extra run throughs of this L’Oreal one to get the same effect. The price tag is SO much more appealing, and it’s the one I’m reaching for the most right now!!
So there you have it! The best of the best eye makeup products. These are all tried and true, and are all worth the investment! I’d love to make this a series, with my next posts about face and lip products, maybe.
What’s your must-have eye makeup product?? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for stopping by!!
Hi guys!! Today I’m working with Elbie Boutique to show you how I’d style this cute and comfortable white tee with the coolest ruffle sleeves!! This specific top is called the “Oversized Ruffle Sleeve Top“, and I styled it with some of my current favorite jeans and sneakers. Even if you don’t own this specific top, I think these jeans and shoes are really good for styling allllll kinds of white tees.
I’m SO excited because Shop Elbie is being so sweet and giving you guys a coupon code for 10% off your order!!! Just use code KATIE10 at checkout and you’ll get the discount! I’ll be sure to link some other things I have my eye on at the end of this post for y’all to check out!! You can also go to their Instagram page to see more of their cute pieces styled.
Let’s get started.
Here’s a better shot of this oversized ruffle sleeve top! The material is extremely soft and super comfortable. I got a size small, my normal size, and I think it fits pretty well. I would say that if you want even more of an oversized look, I’d size up!! I’m also wearing this straight after opening the package, and just a few seconds with a steamer got any wrinkles out very quickly and easily. I usethis portable steamer, which is such an essential for any dorm!!
For this first look, I wanted to be cute and comfortable. The best part about this tee is that it’s a great basic material and shape, but the sleeves make it unique and pair-able with lots of different pant styles. These are my favorite Free People jeggings, and the bottom hemline is such a great detail. This top goes a little long in the back, making it extra appropriate for leggings or jeggings, which I always reach for when I want to be the most comfortable.
These sneaker shoes are my current favorite slip on shoes. I found them at Target recently, and I’d say they run a bit big. I sized down from my normal size and they fit perfect! I love the texture from the overlay of fabric and the metallic gold and silver aspects. The white portions also make them extra cute with a white tee, and they’re such an inexpensive way to make an outfit more interesting!
I love this next look. The feminine ruffles of the tee really go well with any ripped jeans, and sneakers for me are always a way to dress down a look while still looking cute and staying comfortable.
Since it’s still winter and cold, I reached for my favorite real jeans (not jeggings, haha!) from Abercrombie. These jeans are high rise and fit true to size. They’re full price at $88 right now, but if you keep your eye on them they go on sale every other week. When I got these I got them for $17!!!! These also have a darker wash on the hem and the frayed bottoms, which look really cute with these shoes!!! I don’t think they sell this cutout version of jeans anymore, but I linked the same style and shade with different distressing!
TheseSteve Madden slides are one of my favorite shoes that I’ve found!! They’re really comfortable (after you break them in for a couple wears) and go with so many different outfits. I think that these will transition well into the spring and eventually back into the fall season. They’re also really easy to clean. I was nervous about having the white bottoms, but after I wear them I’ll sometimes take a Clorox wipe and get the dirt away and they look good as new!!
There you have it! I was really excited to get this shirt in the mail from Elbie Boutique since I thought it was a great opportunity to share my favorite pairs of jeans and slides. Don’t forget to use the code KATIE10 at checkout to get 10% off your order. They also have super fast and free shipping, so you’ll get your orders ASAP!!!
Hi everyone! I know that a big part of college for a lot of students is Netflix. If you aren’t sure what Netflix is, it’s a streaming service that provides thousands of TV Shows and Movie titles. If you asked any of my friends, they’d tell you I’m a Netflix expert, so I thought I’d share my 10 favorite TV Shows and my 10 Favorite Movies available to stream on Netflix US.
Throughout this post, you’ll find direct links to the separate shows and movies, as well as a couple photos of some of my favorite blankets, slippers and mugs to make these picks even more enjoyable!!
Please leave a comment down below with your favorite movies and TV shows on Netflix, I’m always looking for new ideas! Let’s get started.
1. “Parks and Recreation”
Parks is one of my absolute favorite shows of all time!!! I know so many people have watched it, but I would’ve felt remiss if I didn’t include it on this lineup. It follows the stories and adventures of Leslie Knope and the rest of the Parks Department of Pawnee, Indiana. I’d recommend trying this show out to anyone. But, I do recommend maybe watching the first episode of season one and then skipping to season two. I did this when I first watched, and it really helped me since the first season doesn’t compare to the rest! It’s funny. It’s heartwarming. It’s the best!
2. “Grey’s Anatomy”
Grey’s had to make the list! If you haven’t given into the hype about this show yet, you’re missing out. I haven’t really kept up with the recent episodes, but that’s because I think that the Netflix episodes (aka alllll the earlier seasons!) are the best! I love following these surgeons and their love lives and personal traumas. It’ll get you hooked immediately! It’s one of the best out there.
3. “The Office”
This is another given! The Office is one of the best shows on television. But, I will say it takes a certain sense of humor. If you haven’t seen this or Parks, I’d recommend watching Parks first and then the Office. That helps your humor get used to the dryness that is found within the Office! Steve Carell is the best, and I personally didn’t watch much after he left the show, but I’ve seen every episode he’s in over 5 or 6 times! They’re all just so good!
4. “The People v. OJ Simpson”
This OJ Simpson American Crime Story is one of the best things I’ve found on Netflix to date. It’s very interesting, informative and really gives insight to the OJ trial. I really like how it’s not just a documentary with different narrators or other investigators, but rather acted out with different actors and actresses fully reenacting every scene from start to finish. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the OJ trial, I’d definitely recommend this documentary-series.
5. “The Great British Baking Show”
Two of my friends Ally & Claire introduced me to this baking show, and I’ve loved watching it! I remember the days when “Chopped” and other Food Network hits were on Netflix, but unfortunately those are gone so I’ve started watching this! I love watching random episodes here and there whenever I’m in the mood for a feel-good show that I don’t have to pay attention to very much. I love this fun show!
6. “Santa Clarita Diet”
This is another really light-hearted, comedy show. I’ll be the first one to say it, the acting is a littlllllllle cheeeeesy but in a good way!! I love Drew Barrymore and she did a really good job in this series. It’s about a seemingly normal suburban family who’s mother actually can only eat humans for nutrition. It’s funny and it’s one of those shows you’ll watch in just a couple days! I wish there were more episodes.
7. “Hart of Dixie”
I LOVE “Hart of Dixie.” It’s such a good show that follows a New York surgeon down to the boondocks of southern Alabama where she works at a general practice family office. It’s such a heartwarming show, and every episode makes you smile while still leaving you wanting to know what happens next. I will say too that the series finale of this series is one of the best one’s I’ve seen. It’s amazing!
“Riverdale” is a really good mystery show, that again, I’ll admit has a littlleee bit of cheesy acting. But, it’s still SO GOOD!! This is one of those shows you’ll watch so quick because you’ll be hooked. It follows a very intriguing mystery that clouds the town of Riverdale among a group of high school students. This is another one that has a current season going on right now, but I’m waiting for the Netflix episodes that I can binge watch!
9. “Criminal Minds”
“Criminal Minds” is one of my favorite shows of all time. My mom used to watch this so I was intrigued from the beginning, and have gone back and rewatched so many of the episodes in order a couple times! Its a crime TV show that follows the FBI profiling unit across the country solving serial killer murders. It’s a show I might have to follow with an episode of “Parks” if I’m watching before bed, but it’s still one to definitely check out!
10. “The Crown”
My bestie Savannah and her mom recommended this show to me, and I’ve loved watching it! It’s a Netflix original series that follows the beginnings of Queen Elizabeth’s reign and how she came to be Queen. What’s really interesting about this show is that with every subsequent season they’ll be tracking a new period of her life and reign with new actors showing their aging all the way up to present time. I can’t wait for those newer ones!
1. “Miss. Congeniality” (1 & 2)
I recently stumbled back upon this movie sequence and was reminded of how good they are! I’m sure everyone’s seen this movie, but if you haven’t seen it in a while I recommend going back and watching them again because watching Sandra Bullock as an undercover FBI agent during a Miss. America pageant never gets old! WOW! I just watched this on Netflix last month and they’re gone! I’m sorry!
I felt obligated to include a couple of my favorite kids movies in this list! My friends would all tell you that I’m always a fan of kids cartoons. They’re so good, and “Sing” is definitely one of the best! I love the ups and downs that this movie takes you through and allllll of the songs and the cute little animated animals. It’s really entertaining!
This Disney princess movie is one of my favorites on Netflix. I’ve seen it so many times, and it only gets better! The empowering story of Moana full of songs and joy is a great one to watch when you need a mood booster. I love Dwayne Johnson’s renditions of allll the original songs and the storyline!!! I’d recommend this to anyone who wants a good, happy movie, or if you’re a babysitter, all kids love it too!
This documentary is the best documentary I have ever seen. I remember the first time I watched it, it was 2 a.m. and I immediately felt empowered and wanted to make a change. This documentary follows the controversy surrounding SeaWorld and their killer whales. I really think this documentary is both informative and still intriguing, as they have so many old trainers from SeaWorld who share behind the scenes stories of the treatment of the whales. It’s a must-watch!
5. “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”
This movie is a classic one, and is definitely my favorite romantic comedy. I love the funny and light-hearted vibe between both Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson, and the whole movie is just the sweetest!!! If you haven’t seen this one, you should run to watch!
I’m a huge fan of movies that make me laugh, no matter how some may think they’re dumb. “Masterminds” for me is one that makes me laugh SO hard, but my other friends thought was a little dumb haha. But I think it’s really good, I love Zach Galifianakis and he never fails to put a smile on my face! It follows the true story of one of the biggest bank heists in America’s history. The story is really cool, and the comedy rendition is spot on.
This one is a little random, but I’m a huge fan of mockumentaries. That is, a comedy movie that’s a fake documentary. “Popstar” staring Andy Samburg is one of the more famous mockumentaries and one of my favorite movies of all time!! But “Mascots” is a movie that follows a bunch of different mascots as they travel to a mascot competition. The humor is definitely a little dry, but it’s still really funny and has a good storyline.
8. “Wedding Crashers”
This movie to me is another classic comedy, that’s a great movie to have on Netflix! Vince Vaughn is one of my favorite actors, and this is one of his best movies! This movie follows two friends who think they know the best way to get girls — spoiler alert it’s by crashing weddings. It’s a must watch!
9. “A Christmas Prince”
This is probably the most random pick on this list, but I watched this over the holiday season and loved it! It’s again full of ~cheesy~ acting, but the storyline is just too good! It follows a New York journalist who finds herself in this random country engulfed in alllll the Royal drama in a very unique way. The storyline is so heart-warming, and it’s a great reminder that even though it’s January, the holidays are (sort-of) right around the corner!
10. “Good Kids”
This is another really good heartwarming movie. My friend Grant recommended this to me, and I came out of watching it in the best mood ever! It follows some really hard working high school grads who want to let loose before they head to their first semester in college. It’s a great comedy that takes you through the mindsets of some very book-smart kids navigating the world of street-smarts. Highly recommend!
Well, there you have it, my 10 favorite Netflix TV shows and movies! I loved making this post and got the urge to rewatch every. single. item. on this list! I could’ve gone on and on with some more favorites, but these are the cream of the crop. If you guys want me to do another post like this, definitely let me know! I have some favorites too on Hulu and other streaming channels!
I hope you guys liked how I included some of my favorite comfy things throughout the post. I also just posted my current favorite comfy outfit (which includes the slippers!) at the bottom of my 5 minute makeup routine post if you’re interested!
What are your favorite Netflix TV shows and movies? Be sure to let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by!
Hi everyone!! I definitely don’t wear makeup to class everyday, but sometimes it makes me feel more awake and productive if I do! So when I decide to get ready before starting my day, I’m often doing my makeup in a rush and have developed a simple five minute makeup routine that looks like it took a lot longer. For me, in a short time frame, I just want to conceal, set, and brighten as quickly as possible to make me look the most ready.
Stay tuned to the end of the post to see a special snow-day outfit of the day! It’s super comfortable and cute. Don’t forget all the product names are clickable if you’re interested in learning more about each one! Let me know in the comments what your tricks are for a quick and easy makeup routine! A lot of these products I used were mentioned in my favorite beauty products of 2017 post, if you want more information on why I love them! Let’s get started.
5 Minute Makeup
I always find myself tackling my under eye circles first. Once those are out of the way, I feel like my face instantly looks much more awake and ready! (I go waaaaay more into detail on these next few products in their own post you can find here!)
I first use my First Aid Beauty concealer to color correct, and then use the metal side to de-puff. I’ll use my fingers to blend if I’m in a rush, but if I have a little more time I’ll use a damp beauty blender. I don’t have the real, name-brand blender, I have a much cheaper one I found at TJ Maxx! I find they all work the same. I mentioned before it’s important to brighten my face too, since that makes me look more awake. I love my Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch concealer underneath my eyes to brighten, but it also has reallllly good coverage so I’ll use it on my blemishes too (which saves time &&&& money!!). I set my concealer afterwards quickly with my Maybelline FIT Me powder with a big fluffy brush. I usethis brush from Sigma!
Even when I’m in a rush, I still want to have some color on my face during the winter time. I’ll take that same big, fluffy brush with my Benefit Hoola bronzerand brush that all over my face. Obviously, in a time crunch I won’t contour or anything, but just taking this lighter, matte bronzer all over my face can really make me look less pale, and more awake! If I have time, I’ll use some of my Benefit Hervana blush for just a little more color.
For my eyes, I focus on brightening, and I feel like that comes the most easily with a good mascara. I’ll use my MAC Painterly Paint Potevery time to make my eyelids all one color and avoid oil accumulating there during the day… and plus, it only takes about 5 seconds per eye! I’m not very good at doing eyeliner quickly, so I usually skip that step when I’m in a rush or just doing everyday makeup. But, my mascara has to be one that can get a lot of product on while still being efficient and not causing too much of a mess! I love the L’Oreal Lash Paradise mascara right now. It’s much less expensive than my usual Too Faced favorite, and gives a very similar look. I usually only need one coat of this then I’m ready to go!
For my lips, I’m always reaching for chapstick when I’m trying to do my makeup quickly. I found this Vaseline Rosy Lips chapstick recently at Walmart, and I’ve been obsessed! It makes my lips sooooo moisturized and also gives a natural rosy tint that looks like its more of a lipgloss!
There you have it! That’s my five minute makeup routine. My normal makeup is verrryyyy similar to this, just with a couple extra products and steps. If you want a more in depth post on that I’d love to make one!
Today we actually had NO school because of the snow that covered Auburn overnight! I wanted to share my somewhat-warm but still comfortable and cute lounge around outfit for the day. This Old Navy sweatshirt top was one of my favorite winter items to wear to class, and it’s just as comfortable to lounge in (it’s also 20% off!!!). I also love these Lululemon joggers. They’re warm, comfortable and super practical! These slippers are a must-have for me (they’re also on sale for $23!!). My dorm get sooo cold when I have the windows open so I wear these constantly!
Be sure to leave a comment down below telling me what your must-have product is when doing you’re makeup quickly!!! I’m always looking for more tips. Thanks for stopping by!
Hi guys!!! I don’t know about y’all, but I personally love being comfortable when going to class. Especially because I have to sometimes walk far to get to them, so my outfits need to be practical and comfortable, but still cute! I’ve found that I’m always reaching for my t-shirts of course, but I wanted to make this post without showing t-shirts as to give everyone a few more ideas and inspiration.
Keep in mind, I do attend Auburn in Alabama, so it doesn’t get extremely cold here. It’s a little chilly, but I never find myself bundling up like some of my friends are at schools a little more up north! So you can of course plan to layer these ideas with your favorite jackets, scarves and boots to make them more applicable to your school’s climate. If you’re interested in seeing more of my dorm, I just did a full post about it you can check out here!
Let’s get started.
I have this top from targetin four different colors. Yes, FOUR!! This 3/4 sleeve top is the most comfortable non-tshirt top I’ve found! The fit and cut are very flattering, and it comes in a ton of colors. I’ve found that this top is extremely versatile, as I’ve worn it with athletic shorts to class and with jeans out to dinner. I will say it runs a little small. I’m wearing an XL here, but I did want it to be more oversized and flowy. I would recommend sizing up if you want it to have a more flowed or oversized fit!
I love Lululemon, and I really think that their pieces are worth the investment. These patterned crops have been such a staple for me lately. The material is really thin and comfortable, but still keeps you pretty warm! Love the stripes.
During the summer and spring months, I switch out my leggings for Lulu shorts. I know that just this pair of shorts are a little expensive, but they’ll last you forever! I’d also keep an eye on their sale during the changing seasons. They’ll usually have a bunch of pairs of shorts in their “off-season” colors for almost half off! But really, I do wear these shorts in different colors and patterns daily during the warmer weather. They’re worth it!
I wear my sneakers to class every. single. day. I don’t understand how people can walk around campus in cute wedges or boots! I’ve found that these are the most practical shoes to wear day-to-day. I actually found this particular pair at the Nike Outlet, where they always have great shoes for discounted prices, but I linked a pair online that’s also on sale and very similar!!
I recently went to Old Navy and found this adorable and comfortable sweatshirt top on SALE! The material is soft, not too thick and very warm! I love the exaggerated neckline of it and the thick part of the sleeve and bottom hemline. It’s really comfortable and practical for class! I’d wear this with leggings like I did here, or with shorts if it was an in-between weather day! I’d say this runs a little small too. I got this in a size L, and it isn’t too oversized, so if you want it to be more loose, I’d get a size up from what you think.
Again, I can’t stress enough the longevity of Lululemon products and how they’re worth every penny! These leggings are SO cute and comfortable for lounging, going to class and working out. I love the crop style, and I have these in a few colors and styles. But, if you don’t want to splurge, I found some leggings at Old Navy that are very similar in feeling and color as another grey pair I own. I tried them on in-store and they’re very good quality for the price! Old Navy is also doing 20% off online purchases, so they’re even cheaper!
This is another cute and comfortable sweatshirt top. I got this one for Christmas (hence why I have two sweatshirts in the same color haha!) and I love the thick ribbon detailing and the zippers on the sides. I also like how it goes down a little lower than a regular sweatshirt. I have a size medium, and I’d say it runs true to size. Because of the length, I’d typically wear this with leggings instead of shorts. It’s on SALE right now and I’m seriously considering getting another color!!
That’s it for my staple pieces I own, but I did some searching and found some things I think are cute and that y’all might be interested in! If you’re somewhere a little colder, I saw this super fuzzy and comfy sweatshirt top at Old Navy the other day. It’s so soft and warm! It’s also 20% off at checkout. I also think that these sweatpants and these joggers (on sale!!!) would be super cute, comfortable and practical. I also have had my eye on these grey Adidas tennies for a while now. They’re so cute and good for working out and going to class!
Feel free to leave a comment down below telling me what you think and if you have anymore comfortable clothing recommendations that are practical for walking to class!! Thanks for stopping by!
Hi, everyone!! I promised in my first semester overview post that I would do a more in-depth segment on my dorm decor. I decorated my dorm with a navy and white theme, and focused a lot on cute storage to make the space as effective as it is pretty. In my dorm at Auburn, every room has a different colored wall, differing from shades of blue, teal and purples. Luckily, my teal wall actually ended up working well with my blue and navy theme! I really like how it accents everything.
In this post I’m going to go through snapshots of my dorm and highlighting my favorite parts and tips for creating cute storage that is both functional and good to look at. SO many of my dorm pieces are from TJ Maxx or from the dollar spot from Target, so they can’t be linked or guaranteed, but I still wanted to share to show that you can find really affordable and cute decor there. For the sake of my roommate’s privacy, her side of the room won’t be featured, so you’re only seeing my portion! Also, all product names are clickable if you want more information. Let’s get started.
As someone who practically lives in their bed between doing homework and watching Netflix, I had to make sure that mine was as comfortable and as cute as possible. My headboard and its pattern inspired the color scheme of my decor after I got it as a grad gift. My bestie Savannah and I have the same one, even though we’re at different campuses!! I ended up buying matching pillows from the same website to make sure that the navy color was the same tone. The big tan ones with the navy trim are super comfortable and I have the navy with white trim accent pillow which is a good pop of color against the white comforter. The blue and white striped pillow was a random find, but really adds to the bed!
My comforter cover is from Pottery Barn, and I have the matching sham. To be honest though, I wouldn’t recommend getting a comforter with a cover over top of it. I’d rather have a pre-sold comforter with a pattern overlay, or the comforter on its own with a quilt. The cover and comforter often lose their alignment and make the blanket uneven, and is really difficult to put back on. It also gets dirty quickly but is hard to clean. But, this cover is really soft and cute. But, I do LOVE this throw blanket from Nordstrom. I picked it up during the anniversary sale for cheaper. If you’re interested, I’d wait until the next sale if you want a deal!
These bedskirts are a must-have. It completely covers alllllll of the junk-y looking drawers and fridge underneath. With these, it makes the room look a lot less cluttered, and definitely less dorm-like, which is the goal!
I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with my wall space until I moved in. I was lucky in that my assigned side had a full wall to decorate, and I decided to do a photo wall. I just got a bunch of pictures printed and used photo mount double sided tape to hang them in an interesting pattern. The “And so the Adventure begins” sign was a TJ Maxx find. Even though you may not be able to find the same one at your local location, TJ’s is a great place for unique and cute wall decor! I also got the key holder piece from there. I love this for keeping track of my keys and jackets! My best friend made the awesome shadowbox collage on the end of the wall. It’s the best and is so sweet!
I also had a little wall space next to my closet, which I deemed my “gallery wall”. Here I have a sorority sign from my Mom, and a separate print from my hometown. The frame is from TJ Maxx though! This little over-crowded cork board is from the dollar spot at Target. I love the white trim and its been a great place for little notes and cards. The bottom painting was a grad gift from one of my very artistic friends!
I love how my desk area turned out. I bought this shelf from someone who had used it before me, and I like the shape and shelving. All of the black and white signs as well as the wooden K and “you got this” are from TJ Maxx. That’s always been my go to location for inspirational signs! They’re always SO good! The “you go girl” sign actually lights up and is from Target (I couldn’t find them online, but you can try stores!). I also put another one of those square cork boards from the dollar spot on the wall. All of the picture frames are also (you guessed it!) from TJ Maxx. The “class of 2017” and small “Virginia” ones were grad gifts.
The huuuuuge wooden Virginia sign is from Etsy. I LOVE it! My mom found it and the company makes all 50 states! I love the texture and the size. It is really heavy though, so I couldn’t hang it with command strips but it works well on this desk shelf!
My lamp and the small blue bins were from target also. I found the link to the lamp base (I just put a white simple shade on top) and it’s on SALE! It’s the perfect size and provides a good amount of light. I love having that small mirror from TJ’s for doing my makeup. I have a triple pencil cup that I also use as makeup brush storage from Target. I just recently got that white bin from TJ Maxx since I always had a pile of stuff accumulating on the side of my desk. This way when I need more space its easy to move, and it looks a little cuter than a random pile of stuff! But, more on storage in the next section. 🙂
My seat cushion was another really sweet gift. They found the same pattern as my headboard and had it custom made!! It’s so cute, and really nice to have. Without it these seats are so uncomfortable!
Storage is a very important part of dorm decor, and I think I’ve found a huge tip to help: BINS, BINS, BINS!!! Before going to school, I had SO many bins from TJ Maxx and Target. My mom told me I was never going to use all of them, but I did and they help me stay really organized! I use bins in my messy and not pictured closet for my hair tool, shoe and towel storage. I also use bins under my bed for different sweat shirts and cleaning supplies.
I love having a bin that I use for k-cup storage underneath my coffee maker. That was a great TJ Maxx find! I also love having this desk bin. That’s made my desk feel a lot less cluttered. I also have a two bin-fitting piece of furniture from Target. Here, I keep my sweatshirts and my cleaning supplies.
I also have three drawer bins from Sam’s Club (but you can find these anywhere) where I keep the majority of my snacks and other housekeeping things. These are really great, and they hold a bunch of stuff. I was lucky with my dorm to get a huge five drawer dresser that holds a lot of clothing, so I didn’t need these for clothes but I know a lot of girls who do!
I tried to link as many things I could for you guys in case you were interested, but SO many of them were gone or from TJ Maxx! My rug is from Amazon and is the softest and most comfy rug ever! It also comes in a bunch of colors. I always find myself sitting on the floor and doing homework since it’s really cozy.
If you want me to try to find a link for something similar to a product that isn’t linkable, feel free to leave a comment down below and I’ll be SO glad to help! Also, comment down below and let me know what your favorite piece of dorm (or regular room!) decor is. I’m always looking for new ideas! Thanks for stopping by!