The Classic Brunette

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

What's In My Bag: Finals Week Plus A Special Gift For Your Favorite Grads

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It's that time of year again...finals week. I'm unfortunately in the middle of my worst finals week ever, but I decided to make a post on what I carry in my bag during this week besides the boring notebooks, binders, papers, and my computer. 



I am a multiple to do list person. I have three different places where I keep my lists: my accomplish notepad, my planner, and random sticky notes that I leave in places that will hopefully remind me to do these things. This week I have about a million things on my to do lists including study guides, final papers, and blog posts! I keep both my planner and my notepad with me just in case I forget to write something down or I need to double check when things are due. 

I also have my mini-mergency kit that has a number of items just in case I have a little emergency while I'm on campus for 8 hours. (I actually went one day last week where I was on campus for 13 hours!!) Then I bring my fun array of highlighters, a comb for when I feel like I look like I've been studying for too long, and some chapstick.

I also bring the new Extra® 35-stick pack in either Spearmint or Polar Ice® that I bought from Walgreens. The packages are recyclable and fit twice as much gum as regular packets! I bought two, but you can split the packages in half and keep one in your bag and one in your car, at your desk, or give it to a friend! I use gum as a way to help me study. I've heard that if you chew gum while studying and then chew that same gum while taking the test it can improve memory. I have no idea if that's true or not, but it's worth trying! The 35 packs also make it easy to share some gum with your study friends as well, there's plenty to share!


Along with finals, it's also the time for graduation! I'm not graduating this year, although I have many friends who are, so I thought it would be nice to give a little more thought to them by sending them off with a small gift!



I just tied some twine around one of the packs of gum that I use, or well, my roommate Nicole tied the twine since she makes a mean bow, haha! And then added a little flower that I got from my local craft store and a cute punny note!



Even Mowgli got in on the crafting!

Hope you're all having a great finals week and aren't drowning in too much work! Go wish your grads a happy graduation too!




Thursday, May 5, 2016

May Goals


Hope everyone's May has started out well, it's been a bit stressful for me since I'm finishing up school and have had so many things on my plate. I'm happy though because I finally decided on a thesis topic that I'm ready to commit to and absolutely love! I won't bore you all with the details, but it involves New Orleans and voodoo! I hope the rest of the month comes quickly so I can finally go home for vacation, here are my goals for the month of May.

Blogging Goals

1. Reach 35k views this month

I hit my last goal of 30k, so now I'm upping it another 5,000, hopefully I can do it! 

2. Take Instagram pictures ahead of time

I have this awful habit of taking most of my Instagram photos the day I post them which gives me little time for editing, or leaves me without a photo for the day. If I can spend some time, maybe an hour twice a week where I plan my photos, I think that will really help me. 

3. Reach 300 Twitter followers

I cannot for the life of me grow my twitter! I'm not sure why, but even when I'm putting in some serious effort my numbers stay relatively the same. If you have some tips I would love for you to send them my way!!

Personal Goals

1. Make study guides ahead of time and finish assignments as early as possible

A very broad goal, but I'm not that great at making study guides early. I always end up completing my review sheets a day or two before the test, which definitely isn't enough time to study. I get good grades, but I would probably get better ones if I was better at planning ahead! I also want to try to get all my assignments out of the way so I can start making my study guides. I've started implementing library study hours for myself this week which has really helped me be more productive, I'm thinking I should make this a new routine. I'm still hitting myself for not understanding the power of working in the library until Junior year...

2. Only drink water except at restaurants

I've been drinking way too much diet coke recently, and I need to get back into my habit of drinking water! I'm limiting myself to only have soda while eating out, because if I cut it out completely it will suck. 

3. Sell all unused books to the bookstore

I have an extremely large bag of books that has been growing since freshman year sitting in the corner of my room. These are books that I've bought for classes, probably never looked at, and now are gathering dust. I have to go check with my school's bookstore and see how many, if any, they'll take back. Hopefully I can earn some money in the process!

Reflection on April's Goals

1. Reach 30k views - Done! I hit 30,649 last month
2. Post on Instagram at least 5 times a week - I tried my best, but this did not happen for every week, unfortunately
3. Reach out to other bloggers more - Sadly no! I got extremely caught up in schoolwork and barely had time to comment on people's instagrams!
4. Commit to Whole 30 - I got sick, so Whole 30 was put on the back burner. Will try again someday soon!
5. Clean my room once a week - I've actually been pretty good at this one. I would pick up a few things here and there, so my room wasn't a total disaster. Right now it's a little bit crazy, but I still have a few more days until the week is over!
6. Be more social - I have definitely been more social! I've hung out with some of my Alpha Gam friends, I've hung out with people from my thesis class multiple times, and I've just been out and about more and home less. It feels good to be social. 

So I didn't do the greatest job at committing to last month's goals, hopefully this month I'll be better!

What are your goals for the month of May?

Monday, May 2, 2016

Mother's Day Gift Guide


Happy Monday everyone, Mother's Day is less than a week away! Unfortunately I won't be able to be with my mom on the special day since I'll still be in school, but for those of you that will make sure to make the best of it! You really don't know how much you love your parents until you can't see them all the time, seriously I'm only a few hours away (well 9, but still) and I miss them all the time. 

Mother's Day has always been pretty special ever since back in preschool and kindergarden where our school invited all the mothers to come spend time with us as we made them paper hats, I'll be the first one to admit that these hats were pretty horrendous, but my mom wore hers like a champ. 

I graduated from making paper hats to my elementary school's "Muffins with Mom" day where we would all spend the first hour of school on Mother's Day eating mini muffins. We have photo albums for practically every year of my childhood, and the ones where I was in first and second grade I can guarantee you will find at least five pictures of me smiling excitedly with my mom and sister or cheerfully stuffing a muffin in my mouth. (And if you flip a few pages forward you'll find similar pictures but at "Donuts with Dad" for Father's Day!) 

Although my college doesn't have any fun Mother's Day themed events, (But imagine how fun that would be, I'm picturing "Mimosas with Mom" or "Molten Lava Cakes with Mom" or both to really excite mothers and daughters. ;) ) I still like to celebrate with my mom as best as I can. Normally this means sending her a morning "Happy Mother's Day!" text and then skyping with her and my dad later that day. It's not much, but it's all I can really do when I'm not actually with her! Of course I'll give her something too, but she normally ends up getting it after school gets out. This year though, she may not get anything if she doesn't decide on what she wants! Mom if you're reading this think of something! :)

I've put together a few things that I think moms will enjoy, but here are a few other things that I didn't add to the collage that would be great gifts: A "book" of certificates for doing chores, spending quality time, cooking, etc. for your mom to use at any time, a mother daughter spa day, a book from her favorite author, flowers, mani/pedi with your mom, an edible arrangement, matching pajamas.

What's the best gift you've given your mom for Mother's Day?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Weekend Adventures

I hope you all had a great weekend! It's back to school today, although my Mondays will be a lot better from now on because my roommates and I now have a dog! More on that later, here's what I did this weekend.

Friday

I have my one class on Friday, but ended up coming home to all my roommates being there. It's somewhat rare that we're all home during the day, even on Friday, so we all spent about a half hour deciding on something fun to do. We decided on going to a very late lunch at 3:30 and then a spontaneous shopping trip to the mall close to our house. It was only a few hours, but it was so nice to have some roommate time.

Saturday

My best friend Steph is graduating early and headed into a masters program a few weeks after she graduates (!!!) so we went to Disneyland and took her senior pictures. Our other roommate Nicole was the photographer while I was in charge of wardrobe. The park wasn't extremely crowded, although people always seem to find a way to get into photos! The pictures turned out really great, and I don't want to ruin the surprise of her showing her pictures, but here's one that Nicole already posted.


Sunday

We spent the whole day at the Orange County Pet Expo on Sunday. The main goal of the day was to find a dog that Nicole wanted to adopt, but there was a lot more to the Expo than adoptable pets. There were so many dog exhibits that showed the different breeds, and each exhibit had multiple dogs!! We spent about an hour with the Great Pyrenees because Steph has one at home and really misses him. 

There were a lot of giant breeds there which was super interesting as I had never seen any in real life! I knew Great Danes were huge, but they were almost as tall as me! So we spent the day walking through all the dogs and cats, petting the animals and chatting up the owners. There were also a lot of booths set up for companies and I actually ran into Arm the Animals! I worked with them on an outfit post earlier this year and we had a great discussion about working together in the future. It was great getting connected to these companies and animal owners, and it was such a fun day. 



At the end of the day we were walking through the adoptable dogs and Nicole decided on this little cutie pie! We named him Mowgli and he is just about the sweetest pup ever. He absolutely loves kisses, sometimes a little too much, and just wants to play or cuddle all the time. He's better than I could have hoped and I can't wait for the little guy to get 100% settled in our house. 




Hope you all had a great weekend, and a great start of the week. Sorry this post is up so late! New dog and nearing finals isn't the easiest combination of events to write blog posts under. 

Also, most of you have probably already guessed with the pictures of burgers and starbucks on my Instagram that I'm not doing Whole 30 anymore. On day 8 I got pretty sick and officially quit by day 12 because my body was just 100% craving real hearty food. I tried my best, but the sickness just took over. I'm still attempting to eat healthier than before, but my cold still hasn't fully left me yet! It's ridiculous how intense this cold was. In the future I will definitely try again to complete Whole 30, but it just wasn't in the cards for me to do it right now!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Romping Around Newport Beach







Romper: Marshalls, Similar | Sunglasses: Target | Shoes: Topshop, Similar
Monogram Necklace: Similar | Purse: Kate Spade, Similar | Bracelets: Francescas, Similar, Similar

On tuesday my roommate Steph and I went on a spontaneous shopping trip to Fashion Island in Newport Beach. It has been incredibly hot this past week, and as much as I am over the cold weather, I'm not quite ready for 95 degree days! 

The great thing about this weather though is that I can finally bring out my rompers and sundresses! I bought this romper from Marshalls about a month and a half ago, and I thought shopping was the perfect place to wear it. Although I have to say, I don't really recommend shopping in a romper. If you're trying on tops or bottoms it will be difficult to see how they really look unless you grab a whole outfit to try on. Also just maneuvering in and out of a romper multiple times isn't exactly easy! 

I was actually really in the mood to go to Newport since I've been re-watching The O.C. on hulu. If you've never seen it, it's set in Orange County (duh!), specifically Newport. Although it's dramatically different from actually living in Orange County, it's still so fun to watch all the drama. Well, I don't actually live in Newport, so maybe all the drama is real and I'm just not experiencing it! Plus, if you don't fall madly in love with Seth Cohen (Adam Brody) I don't know if we can be friends. All four seasons are on Hulu plus, so let me know if you watch it, I would love to talk about my obsession with you. Haha!

What have y'all been up to this past week? I know I skipped posting these past two Mondays, I've been a little swamped with school work!