The Classic Brunette: December 2014

Monday, December 29, 2014

Differences

After finishing my first semester of sophomore year, I have noticed things about college that seem different than last year. Of course as time goes by things will almost certainly change, but I've already begun to see how freshman year is a lot different than the rest of the college years.

The most dramatic change is that I feel more comfortable. This comfort stems from all sorts of areas, not just physical comfort at the school I'm at. I feel a lot more at ease, there is less tension within myself, and I have confidence in the decisions that I make. Chapman is now a very familiar place, and sometimes I even catch myself calling it home. I feel like I'm really part of the community, especially since I joined a sorority. The majority of the school is in greek life, and since I've joined it, I feel like I know more people and see the school in a different way. Not that I'm advocating greek life, but in some cases, like my own, it establishes a connection that I wouldn't otherwise have made.

Another realization that I've had is that I'm an adult. Yes, I know, it sounds ridiculous. When I turned 18 my friends and I all laughed and joked about me being an old lady and actually being seen as an adult. It never quite hit me though until this year. Freshman year I was on a meal plan, was watched over by professors and RA's, and everyone at the school looked to my class as the babies. Now, I do my own grocery shopping, I make my own phone calls, I cook, I clean, it's like I run my own mini household in my apartment! In a month I turn twenty, and I've only just begun to realize that my teenage years are gone, and surprisingly, I'm okay with it.

I've learned that friends may choose different paths than you choose, and sometimes you will travel with them, and others you may not. It's okay to say goodbye to the friends you no longer connect with. In many cases, the transition from high school to college is where you lose friends, and I didn't realize it happens from freshman year to sophomore year too. You start to realize what you want, and surround yourself with people who support that. I'm extremely lucky that I've got friends from high school that I still talk to and freshman year friends that have stuck by my side. Some friendships remain strong, and others dissolve, but it doesn't mean that anyone did anything wrong. It means you decided to live your own lives.

I feel like this semester has taught me so much about myself, even if nothing particularly extraordinary happened. Making my own decisions, and learning to do things on my own has taught me that you have to become your own person. College is a time for transitions and changes, and although it might be scary at first, everything is going to be fine.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Follow me on Bloglovin!

 By creating a new username I needed to re-add myself to the Bloglovin website and therefor make a post about it. The site lets you easily see when I publish new posts and if you choose to get the app, it will send you updates. You can follow all your favorite blogs there! Follow me here!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Holiday Hiatus

Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a wonderful start to your winter breaks, and if you just got done with finals, I wish you the best of luck with your grades coming in! My tests were definitely were on the difficult side, but I'm hoping all my work pays off.

I've decided to take a short break from blogging while spending time with my family. Of course, if I think of something I want to share, I'll write something up, but for the most part I will be gone until the beginning of January. I will still be around via Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. I wish you all a great holiday season!!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Acts of Kindness

A lot of boring things happen in airports: waiting, sitting, sleeping, more waiting, but a lot of interesting things happen there too. While I was waiting for my flight to begin boarding to go back to school, the flight attendants were calling out names of those who were on the flight's waiting list. There was a couple and both of their names were on the list, and when the man's name was called he told his girlfriend that he couldn't take the seat knowing that she would be left behind. He told her to take his spot and go see her family. The woman had a similar thought and told him she wasn't going to leave without him either. I thought it was the sweetest thing, and it made me start realizing how I could show kindness to the people in my own life.

I think it's very important to show the people around you that you care for them, even if it's by doing something very simple like giving them a hug or asking them how their day went. I also think it's good to take the time to share kindness with others, even if you don't know them. During the holidays there are many people out there who don't get to see their family, don't receive gifts, or don't have enough to eat. Taking the time to do simple acts of kindness like smiling at people on the street, wishing happy holidays to people in your class, or donating to the local shelters will not only make others feel a little bit more cheer, but I guarantee it will warm your heart too.

The couple at the airport made me realize it's not always about yourself, and although I know I can be a selfish person at times, I have to remember to think about everyone else's needs at the same time. Life isn't meant to be spent selfishly and you'll live a happier existence if you spread joy to others. Recently there was an event on Chapman's campus that helped me recognize the privilege that I have of going to college, having a happy family, and everything else that I don't realize others are missing. Everyone deserves to have happiness and love during the holiday season (and year round!), and sometimes it's hard to remember that others may not have it as great as you do.

p.s. Sorry this post is a little gushy, I just think everyone deserves to have a wonderful holiday!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

10 Under $10

Need some last minute gifts? Money can be tight sometimes, especially for a college student, so here are 10 affordable goodies for under $10 that are available online right now! Buy them for a friend or just keep them for yourself!
Pearl Cluster Earrings - Charming Charlie $5.99

Flavored Lip Gloss - Victoria's Secret 1/$10,  2/$15, or 4/$20 

Metallic Gold Tree Mug - Starbucks $8.95

Flower Necklace - Forever 21 $6.80

Scented Candle - Forever 21 $4.80

Nügg Soothing Face Mask - Target $2.99

"Simplicity" Pillow - Forever 21 $9.90


Plaid Scarf - Forever 21 $6

Pearl Bow Hair Clip Set - Forever 21 $2.90

Happy shopping!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

My muse-INGS

Crav-ing

Starbucks Carmel Brulee Latte
I don't know what it is about the Starbucks holiday drinks, but when they come out I become obsessed with going to Starbucks as much as possible. Ever since I tried the Carmel Brulee Latte about 2 years ago I've loved it, and can't get enough! The frap version is also good if you want something cold!

Wear-ing

Loft Leggings
I feel like I don't wear anything else anymore when it comes to pants. These leggings are so comfortable and form fitting that I can wear anything with them and still look put together. Plus they're thicker than normal leggings and will keep your warm during these next few months!

Listen-ing

Taylor Swift's 1989
I haven't always been a huge fan of Taylor, especially with her country stuff, but everything that played on the radio I enjoyed. I decided to listen to 1989 after hearing from some friends that it wasn't like her usual stuff, and loved it so much. I've had the album on repeat for the last couple weeks. Good job T Swift! 

Obsess-ing

ihavethisthingwithfloors Instagram
What a simple instagram idea to capture your feet and the floor you stand on. This instagram is full of these posts, and honestly I'm not too sure why I love it so much. Maybe it's because sometimes we're all too busy to notice the beautiful details that are around us, including floors.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Juliana's Boutique


I recently became a representative for a wonderful store named Juliana's Boutique. I found them through Instagram and fell in love with their stuff (and their prices!!). I wanted to share with you a couple of my favorite pieces that I found from the store and encourage you to go check them out!

Don't these two vests just mirror the ones from J.Crew? I'm always on the look out for the less expensive version of what I want to buy, and I think these are great double! They have more colors and patterns in the store and I'm just slightly obsessed with them.


My absolute favorite thing at Juliana's right now though is this sweater. I have a real addiction to sweaters and this is definitely going in my closet. It's so preppy and great for layering, in the photo they paired it with a striped long sleeve tee and just look how cute it is. And you can never go wrong with an anchor symbol, I feel like the nautical look is always in.


Look at this classic skirt for fall. Yes, it's already December, but hey, put some tights under this, add a sweater, stick some boots on and you've got yourself a warm outfit! One of my favorite colors is forest green and it's a color that always sticks around during the colder seasons. How adorable would this be with a red christmas sweater for a holiday party?!


I. love. this. scarf. I'm a huge sucker for scarves, and even though I totally own too many I just keep buying more. This scarf is so cuddly and warm and bright, perfect for winter! Big scarves are very much the trend this year, and it's such a basic item to add to your wardrobe. This scarf would go great with any plain sweater or tee that you want to dress up or just to keep yourself cozy if you catch a chill. Here are some other big scarves that I love right now! One // Two // Three

Another designer dupe! This dress is a brighter white version of a Kate Spade dress from a while back!(It even says in the description that it was inspired by Kate Spade!) You can never go wrong with a simple black and white dress, especially at this price! You could wear this to brunch with girlfriends, a holiday party, date night, or really whenever! 


Okay, I lied, this is my favorite one. Stripes are such a staple in my wardrobe and the pop of pink is just to die for. Also, can I just make a comment about how great the model's legs are? How does she get them to look so perfect? Anyway, back to the dress, it's something that could be dressed up or dressed down and really worn anywhere. It doesn't look like much of a winter dress, but I'm sure I'll figure something out. :)

Those are my favorites on the site right now and I hope you check out Juliana's! They only have one store currently, but everything in their store is available for purchase on their website! Also, my readers can use the code thatcollegiategirl at checkout to get 10% off your purchase of full priced items! Yay! The code doesn't expire so you can use it multiple times on any occasion. This is the perfect place to do some last minute gift shopping (for friends or just for yourself!). Happy shopping!

Let me know what your favorite pieces are from Juliana's Boutique!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: Girls

Maybe it's because I'm a girl, but I feel like there are so many more options for us ladies during the holiday season. This is the second and final part of my holiday gift guide series, but if you guys have any requests for other specific people in your life, feel free to send me an email and I'll help you out as best as I can! My favorites here are the Naked Palette (I use it every day!), the Puffer Vest, and the Monogrammed Weekender!





Some other ideas:
A Starbucks card // Personalized Mug
Tory Burch Boots // Her favorite movie(s)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: Guys

In my opinion, guys are the hardest to get gifts for. It takes me forever to find something just right, so I've attempted to find as many presents that the men in your life will enjoy. I've tried to keep them at lower prices, but included some items that you might want to splurge on! I know there's a good amount here, but my favorites are the knitted beanie, the Michael Kors watch, and the Bean boots!




Some other ideas:
Phone case // A bottle/case of his favorite drink

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Holiday Decorating For Your Small Space

Dorm rooms are not exactly the place where you can go all out on decorating for the holidays. Although we won't actually be at the dorms during the holidays, the weeks before are still a festive time, and coming home to a place that feels cheery is exactly what I need when finals are stressing me out. I was recently at the mall and saw some of the most adorable decorations that would give any small dorm or apartment a ton of holiday spirit. I thought I would pick out some of my favorite decorations that I've come across, and also some ideas on Pinterest that I found inspiring!


Mini Christmas Trees: These come in a couple colors, but I personally prefer the red, the pink, and the blue. They're small enough that you can keep one of them on a desk without it taking up too much space, and they give a nice pop of color to any room.


Snowflake Lights: Although I love normal twinkle and christmas lights a lot, this is a classic twist on them. Of course these are a little dangly, so if you have pictures all over the walls it would probably be best to get the regular lights so you don't create a fire hazard.

Pinterest Finds


Popsicle Stick Snowflake: Building on the snowflake theme, here's a snowflake made from popsicle sticks, paint, and glitter! This would be such an easy craft to make, and it would look great on the outside of your door with a nice colorful ribbon on one of those handy dandy command hooks. 


Pearl Ornament: All you need to do is buy a cheap ornament, some faux pearls from your local craft store, and hot glue them on! You could even make a bunch and give them out to friends for their christmas trees. I think this is probably my favorite thing on this list, it's so pretty and easy to make!


Glitter Canvas: Again, another easy craft! Grab a holiday image, trace it onto a canvas, and cover it with glitter. 

Let me know some of your favorite holiday finds or crafts! 

Monday, December 1, 2014

November Favorites

I'm currently in Lake Tahoe for Thanksgiving break so I'm finally enjoying some cold weather! I can't wait for the rest of the holiday season! People have been putting up christmas lights and I'm so excited to be home for my winter break in a couple of weeks. Also the roommates and I might get a small christmas tree for our apartment which makes me super happy! Here's what I've been loving this past month!


I asked for Ugg boots last Christmas since I always used to borrow my sister's old knock-off ones. I ended up getting the classic tall in chestnut and use them all the time, especially during the winter! The fur on the inside is soft and warm and they are just so darn comfortable. 


Although I don't actually own this, I'm a big fan of Kate Spade wallets. I saw this one both in Nordstroms and at my local Kate Spade store, and debated buying it multiple times. The only thing that stopped me was the fact that I already have a Kate Spade wallet that is in no way in need of replacing. 


I love this dress. I bought it a couple weeks ago and am wearing it to my sorority's semi-formal in a couple days. When I first saw it I thought it was Kate Spade, but it surprisingly wasn't! The jewels at the top are so colorful and there's no stress about finding a matching necklace (although with black and white it's hard to go wrong). It's very comfortable, short, but not drastically so, and the black ribbon at the waist is such a nice touch and draws you in at your narrowest point. 

Four // Pistachios:

I've loved pistachios for as long as I can remember, but haven't had them in a long time. I came home for break and my mom had some in the pantry and I've just been snacking on them ever since!


I got a pedicure with my family while in Tahoe and they had this color. If glittering snow could be put into a color this would be it. I love textured polish and the textures within this one make the nail look even more shimmery and bright. I'll definitely be adding this polish to my collection and wearing it to the upcoming holiday parties!
 
09 10