The Best Gifts For Your Sorority Little!

by The Classic Brunette, 8:00:00 AM
Long time, no talk! Hey lovelies I'm back from my little break. Midterms are (almost) over, and I'm ready to get back to my normal life, which includes blogging! Over the past few weeks I've had many things happen, and can't wait to share with you all. 

One of the things that happened was that I got a little in my sorority (I'm in Alpha Gamma Delta btw)! I never thought I would be super excited to be a big, because I didn't think I would find someone who I thought would get along with me so well. I was wrong. One of our new members is basically a carbon copy of me, we even have the same major, and with history that's something that doesn't normally happen, and we had class together so we were talking constantly. After lots of worrying whether someone else was going to take her, I got paired with her! And then the threat and stress of spoils week was upon me. 

My roommate also got a little, so we started crafting like crazy and making numerous trips to the dollar store to add more to our gifts. Our spoils week is 5 days long, so I started my gifts small and went progressively larger. I'll show you guys what I gave my little and then give you some more ideas at the end of the post!

Day 1 Theme: Holidays

I bought this ornament at the dollar store, and then decorated it with glitter! It was super easy to make, and easy to design with your own letters!

For each day I added a balloon with hints inside to help her guess who I am. Of course I lied on a few of them just to trick her... 

Other things I added to this day were a hat in the shape of a turkey (her favorite holiday is Thanksgiving!), a water bottle, a mason jar full of candy for Halloween, and a set of pearl earrings and necklace because they are Alpha Gamma Delta's "gem." 

Day 2 Theme: Alpha Gam Essentials

In Alpha Gam we have a thing called The Purpose, and it is basically how we have specific ways in which we try to lead our lives. I repurposed a frame that my big gave me, keeping the purpose that she made for me, and replacing the one in the frame with one I made for my little. I also passed down a set of rose pens that have been in my "family" to my little. Roses are Alpha Gam's flower, and I loved when my big gave them to me! I also gave her a cute little piggy bank to help her save money for the sorority's dues. My roommate and I also baked cookies in the shape of squirrels (AGD's mascot) and I also gave her a set of hair ties and sour candy!

Day 3 Theme: Girl's Night In

This is by far the easiest gift to get together for your little! Gather up some manicure and pedicure supplies, some apple cider, some magazines, your favorite movies (I gave her a four pack of rom coms that just happened to have two of my favorite movies in it! Bride Wars and What's Your Number!). Some of the items in my basket were also hints to who I am. I gave her a cat stuffed animal because I love cats, some British cookies because my mom is from England, some Starbucks because it has become an obsession ever since we got one on campus, and for the magazine I picked one with Emma Roberts on the cover because I've been obsessed with watching Scream Queens!

Day 4 Theme: Disney

It's an unspoken rule that if you go to Chapman, you have to love Disney. With it being 15 minutes from campus, it's kind of hard not to. I did most of my crafts for this day, and I have to say, I'm extremely proud of how these turned out! I'm thinking about making a separate post on a tutorial for the minnie mouse canvas, thoughts? I struggled on what to put my gifts in most of the week, but found this cute box at Ross for less than $5! Michaels was also having a sale on baskets, so the two baskets that I used for Day 3 and Day 5 were also less than $5! 

Day 5 Theme: Victorias Secret/Pink

I went all out on the last day with basically every pink thing that I could find. One of my little's favorite colors is pink, and thank god because I had already collected an obscene amount of stuff for that day. I made her a tie blanket (super easy Pinterest tutorial!), glitter letters, candles, lip balm, lotion, and lots more! Gathering gifts that are your littles favorite color is a simple way to make a themed basket!

Here are some other gift ideas that are perfect for your sorority little!

Also, don't forget to check out my post on Sorority Recruitment!

How To Get Free Preppy Stickers + Giveaway

by The Classic Brunette, 11:34:00 AM
Have you ever looked at someone's laptop and noticed it was covered in super cute stickers? Ever wonder where they got those stickers? Well wonder no more! I did a little research, emailed a lot of people, and filled out a lot of requests, and have come up with a list of places that will send you some!

I've linked to each website's sticker request form if they have one, otherwise I've linked to the company's contact page! You don't have to send any self-addressed envelopes for these ones!

Makai Clothing (Email on the page)
Southernly Stated (Also use the code TheClassicBrunette10 to get 10% off!)

Some of these places I filled out sticker request forms, and others I simply emailed the company asking if they had some stickers so I could represent their company. I only asked companies that I was truly interested in their merchandise, because otherwise it's not really fair for the company to be giving you something. 

I'm going to help one of you get started on your collection by giving one of you a few of my own stickers! Just enter the giveaway below(US residents only)! The winner will be announced next Wednesday.

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Show me where you put your new stickers by tagging me on Instagram @samimast

The Ultimate Fall Bucket List

by The Classic Brunette, 8:00:00 AM

I saw Southern Curls and Pearls' Fall Bucket List and was inspired to make my own! I loved how she set hers up, so I tried to do mine in a similar way. Fall is one of my favorite times of year (second after Winter!) and there are so many wonderful things that come with the changing of the seasons: leaves changing color, pumpkin spice everything, crisp fall air, and of course, the fashion!

What's on your Fall bucket list? If you have your own post, I would love to see it!

Related: Check out my Ultimate Summer Bucket List!

How To Be A Great Roommate

by The Classic Brunette, 8:00:00 AM
College living arrangements can be scary sometimes, especially if you're a freshman moving into a dorm with a complete stranger. You don't know this person, you don't know their habits, or how they will react under any and all circumstances that college will bring. You could end up rooming with an amazing person who will become one of your closest friends (Hi Jacqueline, so glad we got paired up!), someone who becomes your worst nightmare, or anything in between. Even if you aren't a freshman, having a roommate is a thing that you have to deal with all throughout college, and also in the real world, so these tips are good for everyone!

Get To Know Your Future Roommate

This is easier in college when you're given the person's email address, phone number, and can stalk them on Facebook for hours on end. The second I got my roommate's name I sent her a message on Facebook (though she didn't actually see it until we became friends, check your "Other" inbox messages!) and introduced myself. I also emailed her in case she didn't get my message, and we sent a few small talk emails back and forth. I suggested that we fill out a roommate questionnaire to get an overview of what each other's personalities/living habits are like, and if we had any specific pet peeves (turns out both of us hate the sound of people clipping their nails!), likes/dislikes, etc. This was the exact one my roommate and I used! Some questions are a little repetitive, but it's extremely thorough and I think it really helped in getting to know my roommate. When you do get together in person, get a meal together or something and just start talking about yourselves. You'll probably go over a lot of what you did online, but still, it's sometimes good to repeat yourself!

Learn How To Communicate

Telling someone what you want or how you feel about something is sometimes difficult, and it always seems to be harder when that person lives with you. If you don't like something in your room, tell your roommate. If she's always bringing people over without asking you, talking too loud when you're trying to study, or turning lights on when you're trying to sleep, you have to say something! I know it's a little weird when you don't know the person that well, but I promise things will get better if you express your worries/complaints in a nice, calm manor (unless your roommate turns out to be a psycho or unreasonable, then I'm sorry). If you're uncomfortable with something, talk about it when the problem starts to avoid the "you never said anything before" argument, and come up with a solution that is good for both of you.

Give Them Space

Physically and emotionally, figure out room divisions (if any), and understand that your roommate will at some point want some alone time. If you see her (or him!) feeling down, ask what's wrong, but if they say nothing, don't try to push them! Let them be and check in on them in a few hours. As for the room, make sure your stuff stays within your designated area to keep from having unnecessary arguments. 

You Don't Have To Be Best Friends

Yes, it's great when you hear stories about college roommates becoming best friends, but it's okay if that doesn't happen! It's more common to be friendly, rather than a friend with your roommate. As long as you are getting along in the room, you've succeeded! Don't try to force a friendship that isn't there, and don't completely ignore one another. In the first few weeks I would suggest you be friendly, ask how they're doing, how their classes are, and invite them to do things with you like go grab coffee or see a free movie that your campus is hosting. If a friendship forms, great! If it doesn't, don't stress yourself out about it. On another note, you could start off the year being extremely close with your roommate, but end the year being completely annoyed with them. This happens too, and you have to understand that some roommate relationships will fluctuate, and don't always end with friendship.

Rooming With Friends

Speaking of being friends, if you're planning on living with friends, make sure you have somewhat similar living habits! Sometimes friends don't make the best roommates, and it can lead to a falling out. Before making any serious plans, ask yourself, "Do we go to bed at similar times?" "What are our study habits?" "Are our cleanliness levels similar?" and other similar questions. If your friend lives in a radically different way, she may not be the best person to room with. Even if you and your friends seem like perfect matches, it's still good to go over any room/apartment/house concerns that you guys may have including cleaning schedules, noise levels, room temperatures, etc.

If you follow these tips, you'll hopefully have a great roommate experience! I was lucky that I got paired with someone who I now call one of my best friends, but that isn't always the case. 

Do you have any roommate advice that you swear by? Have you had a traumatic or great roommate experience? Let me know in the comments!

And don't forget to check out my post with advice for freshman year!

10 (More) Things I Forgot To Pack For College

by The Classic Brunette, 8:00:00 AM
Going into my junior year of college, I've definitely come to realize that there were some things that I either forgot to bring to the dorms, or just didn't think of at all. To help all of my college students out there I've decided to make a list of 10 things that I should have brought (and ended up buying) the last two years!

1. Storage Space

You know all those boxes and tubs that you use to bring all your stuff into the dorms and then toss into the trash once you've set everything up? Yeah, don't toss those. At the end of the year you have to pack everything up again, and those boxes you threw away would be so helpful! I invested in these storage bins (with wheels!) from Target that I always kept under my bed when I was in the dorms! When you aren't using them to move you can use them as storage space for out of season clothes, snacks, cleaning supplies, etc.

2. Water Boiler

A water boiler would have been so useful all those nights that I tried to make noodles in my dorm room. I never ended up getting one (because I moved into a dorm apartment with a kitchen sophomore year), but I know many people who did. My friends who were smart enough to have a water boiler could use it for a variety of things, but most people I know used it to make tea when the weather got cold. I have this one at home and it's the easiest thing to use!

3. Something That Smells Good

Dorms don't smell good. I could never pinpoint exactly what they smelled like, but it was probably a mixture of sweat, food, and dust, among other things. Candles are banned on most campuses, but air fresheners and plug-ins aren't! I always have two bottles of Febreeze in my room (So you don't get bored of the one scent) and my roommates and I recently got these plug-ins for our condo. They make the whole place smell amazing! Also if you don't live in the dorms this is one of my favorite candles!

4. Crafting Supplies

If you're in a sorority, you're going to be exposed to a lot of crafting. You craft for your big, your little, and basically anyone who will accept a craft will get one. Even if you aren't in a sorority, there will be times where you will want to decorate your space. A little DIY art makes a room look and feel so much more lived in than blank walls. Paint your name in wooden letters to hang over your bed, or make a cute sign for you and your roommate to hang outside of your door. It's also a great way to pass the time if you're stuck in the dorms for one reason or another.

5. Utensils

You have all your snacks lined up for your dorm, but sometimes it's easy to forget that some of these things require utensils. Picture me freshman year trying to eat mac and cheese the first week without a fork or didn't go too well.

6. Dish soap

Speaking of utensils, if you buy regular reusable ones, you have to wash them! I actually bought a bunch of plastic ones, but if you do opt for the real deal, please get some soap!

7. Spices

Since we're on the food topic, I should mention spices. Salt and pepper are basically a given, but sometimes you just want some flavor. I recommend cinnamon for when you want something sweet (cinnamon toast is basically dorm food heaven) and garlic powder when you want to feel fancy. I had a habit of making lots of garlic bread in the dorms last year, and it was delicious. Adding spice to your microwave meals makes you feel like you aren't stuck eating prison food. Another positive is that most spices are relatively cheap at your local grocery store.

8. Sewing Kit

I had countless rips and tears happen throughout my two years in the dorms. My buttons would sometimes pop off or I would accidentally stab my comforter with scissors when I was crafting, you name it I probably ripped a hole in it. I can do simple sewing, and a tiny little sewing kit is extremely helpful when you're extremely clumsy with sharp objects. My roommate (bless her soul) is a fantastic sewer compared to me, and I've had her sew more things than I can count using the sewing kit my mom gave me.

9. Blankets

The dorms can get pretty cold in the fall and winter, and stocking up on blankets is a necessity. TJ Maxx, Home Goods, and Marshalls always seem to have an abundance of cute throws (I've probably bought way too many from those stores) but you can also attempt to make one yourself! My best friend made a t-shirt quilt out of all her old t-shirts and it looks fantastic. I'm going to have her help me make one for me and my old shirts that have been sitting in my closet for ages. Either way, blankets are a great thing to have in your room!

10. Extra Sheets

Last, but not least, is an extra pair of sheets. (I promise I didn't try to rhyme, it just happened) Heading into the dorms I for some reason thought it would be okay to only have one pair of wasn't. When you go to wash your first set of sheets, you should have a backup to put on in the meantime! It keeps your sheets from getting dingy and gross, and it gives you more versatility in your decor. I love these flamingo ones from Macys!

Be sure to check out my previous post about 10 Things You Should Bring To College and How To Be A Great Roommate! Also if you have something to add to this list I would love to hear about it in the comments! I also love seeing everyone's dorm room, so tag me on Instagram @samimast and I'll check it out!

101 in 1001

by The Classic Brunette, 9:00:00 AM

I'm sure you guys have already seen a couple bloggers do a 101 in 1001 post, but I wanted to do one myself. If you haven't seen one of these posts before, it's essentially a list of 101 goals that you want to accomplish in 1001 days (2.75 years). It seems like such a long time for a goals list, especially when I'm   definitely used to doing a daily or weekly to-do list. When I make my traditional to-do lists, I usually stick to mainly short term, school related/chore goals. 


Finish History Paper

Pick up prescription

Go Grocery shopping

Go to sorority meeting

etc. etc. etc.

I saw the 101 in 1001 posts, and realized that maybe I was focusing to much on the things that I needed to do, not necessarily what I wanted to do. Of course I'm still going to have to do papers and chores, but having a list of the things that excite me seemed like a good way to put my happiness as a priority in my life. 

I decided to share my list with you all, so maybe you'll be inspired like I was! As I complete each goal I'll cross it off, so be sure to check back and see what I've done!

Start Date: May 22, 2015

End Date: February 16, 2018

1. Work Out 4 days a week for a month

2. Get a cat

3. Learn to cook 5 good meals

4. Plant a garden at the condo

5. Host a housewarming party at the condo

6. Drink only water for a month (#SorryDietCoke)

7. Spend one day without my phone

8. Go sailing

9. Run a mile without stopping

10. Buy better (and cuter) running shoes (picture)

11. Read for 30 minutes every night for 2 weeks

12. Try 5 new foods (broccoli, dates, rhubarb, dragon fruit, kiwano)

13. Graduate College

14. Attend a school sport's event

15. Put together all family recipes

16. Take a trip with the roommates

17. Go to 3 Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

18. Set up my gallery wall

19. Really go through my closet

20. Learn how to curl my own hair with a curling iron (embarrassing right?)

21. Fully decorate the condo for Christmas

22. Learn more Greek

23. Finish decorating the condo bedroom/bathroom

24. Inspire someone else to make a list (My roommate Jacqueline!)

25. Do 5 DIY projects

26. Get a little

27. Learn how to do the nurse's tuck bed making technique

28. Defriend strangers on Facebook 

29. Travel to a new country (Ireland, Scotland, England)

30. Visit a city I've never been to before (Pompeii, Cinque Terre, Seattle)

31. Eat at 10 new restaurants in Los Angeles/Orange County (Tutto Fresco, Chick-fil-A, The Saddle Ranch, Cho Oishi, Citrus City Grill, Blaze Pizza, Yard House, Green China, The Lazy Dog, The Burger Joint)

32. Eat at 10 new restaurants in the Bay Area (The Habit)

33. Figure out how to install and use Google Analytics (someone help me!) (I already installed it I guess?? But I figured it out YIPEE!)

34. Get hired

35. Make a lasting blog schedule and keep it for a month or longer

36. Buy a nice camera

37. Unsubscribe from every piece of junk mail

38. Attend a blogging conference

39. Move to a new city

40. Invest in a Kate Spade bag

41. Try 10 Pinterest meals (Smore's Dip, Lemon Cake, Orange Chicken, Pineapple Beef Skewers, Greek Chicken, Baked Buffalo Wings, Chicken Piccata, Pound Cake, Various Whole30 meals)

42. Buy a real lotto ticket

43. Set up an Etsy shop for my paintings (June 2015, Here it is!)

44. Movie theatre marathon:Watch 3 movies in one day

45. Go to a drive-in movie theatre

46. Take the GRE

47. Attend a taping of a show

48. Go to 5 new museums 

49. Visit 3 states I haven't been to (Washington)

50. Watch my sister graduate college (May 2015)

51. Invest in 5 beautiful coffee table books

52. Visit Jacqueline in Seattle

53. Visit Nicole in Hawaii

54. Perfect my french braiding

55. Make a t-shirt quilt 

56. Order food in Italian

57. Post at least 5 outfit posts (1 2 3)

58. Finish reading my Ben Franklin Biography

59. Make a cheesecake from scratch

60. Visit Griffith Park

61. Do the Hollywood Sign Hike

62. Eat a donut at Randy's Donuts

63. Go to a movie premiere

64. Go to the San Diego Zoo

65. Dye my hair back 

66. Drive across the Golden Gate Bridge

67. Gamble with my parents in Lake Tahoe

68. Eat breakfast for two weeks straight (When I was in Italy!)

69. Learn how to properly cut watermelon (Not as hard as I thought, thanks Dad)

70. Make homemade ice cream

71. Reread The Great Gatsby

72. Visit Rebecca at Cal Poly

73. Do paint balloon darting

74. Go to another concert (Taylor Swift)

75. Fill my change jar

76. Buy and style a bar cart

77. Sell a painting

78. Buy a pair of Hunter boots

79. Buy a domain name

80. Make $1000 by selling things (via ebay, etsy, etc.)

81. Make a new wish at the Trevi fountain

82. Read 20 new books (Yes Please by Amy Poehler, Holes by Louis Sachar )

83. Start watching a new TV show (Started watching The Originals!)

84. Buy What's Your Number on DVD

85. Take a picture with the 9 and 3/4 cart at King's Cross

86. Organize my desk space

87. Go to a yoga class

88. Be featured/guest post on another blog

89. Go back to New Orleans

90. Study in a coffeeshop 

91. Take a luxurious bath in my new tub 

92. Buy myself flowers

93. Go to an exchange with a fraternity

94. Organize my "Home" Pinterest into different rooms (May 23, 2015 So. Much. Better.)

95. Watch the Disneyland Fantasmic show

96. Reach 1000 followers on Instagram @samimast

97. See an improv show

98. Make my bed every morning for a month

99. Visit all antique stores in the circle

100. Put all my nail polishes on Snupps

101. Save $10 for every goal achieved

Wow this was a lot more difficult than I thought to write out 101 goals! Let me know if you start a list of your own (it's one of my goals! #24) I would love to read it!