Amazon Gift Guide for College Girls 2018

Now that Thanksgiving is over Christmas season is here. This means that everyone and their grandmother is looking for the perfect present for that special someone. I used to be hesitant to do gift guides because I wasn’t sure if my ideas would be good but I feel like since my gift ideas are a bit more on the affordable side I could help you all out in that department. This one is geared towards people who are in my age group. So, if you are a mom or dad who is unsure of what to get your daughter who is in college, I got you covered! Plus all of these items are under 100 dollars!

  1. Headbands – College girls are in enough of a hurry already so the last thing we want to do is take the time to make our hair look nice when we are already running late for class. A headband like this is super cute and is a great distraction from our frizzy dry shampoo filled hair!
  2. A Keurig – I love being able to use my Keurig every morning to make a delicious cup of coffee to start my day off with. By replacing their Starbucks habit with a homemade cup of coffee, your favorite student can save quite a bit of money. Also make sure to use a reusable k-cup to help reduce your waste!
  3. A Magic Bullet – This blender only costs 34 dollars and can be used for so many things! We all want to avoid the freshman 15( and the sophomore slump, and so on…) so this is a great way to help a student you know or yourself maintain a healthy lifestyle. I have used mine to make everything from smoothies and sauces to grinding up oats to make my own flour!
  4. Phone Wallet – This wallet makes meal swipes in the dining hall so much easier. Instead of having to take off my backpack, find my wallet, and then pull out my card, I can just take it out of my phone wallet and I am good to go!
  5. Comfortable Wedges by OTBT – Every girl wants a pair of shoes that are nice enough to wear when going out but also comfortable enough to walk long distances in. These shoes fit into both of those categories and are so cute!
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Amazon Men’s Gift Guide 2018

Finding the right gift for my dad has always been tricky. Shopping for guys is very out of my element and many of the nice gifts are way out of my price range. So, I usually just get him cologne per usual, and by cologne, I mean the body spray version that costs way less. With these gifts, I decided to go back to the basics and search for things that the men in your life would actually use. Plus, all of these gifts are under 100 dollars!

 

 

 

 

  1. A Safety Razor – Not only are razors like these great for the environment but they are also very classy. Shave the old-fashioned way with a stainless steel safety razor and reduce your carbon footprint by doing so.
  2. Cologne – If you want to be super basic like me get cologne that has a fresh scent like this one by Dolce and Gabbana! This one is on sale right now for 38 dollars!
  3. A Baseball Cap – Girls aren’t the only ones who have bad hair days or days when they just want to throw on a hat in a hurry. Smathers and Branson have collegiate and sports hats for pretty much every major league sports team and big SEC college team out there. Plus the quality of their products are amazing!
  4. A Key Fob – I love my Smathers and Branson key fob so much! The quality is amazing and the designs are incredible. I’m sure I’m not the only one who is tired of seeing my dad carry his dirty keys around on the same metal ring he has had for the last 20( or more) years.
  5. A Watch – This gift idea is very classic and surprisingly fairly affordable. I always thought watches were expensive and some of them are but others not so much.

An Update and Holiday Thoughts

Y’all where has the time gone! The last time I wrote to you all I was getting ready to start my senior year of college and now it is Thanksgiving Eve! This semester has been so busy! With my sorority, honor fraternity, job, and trying to keep my grades up I have literally been here there and everywhere. Like many college students, I have also been well…tired. But hey, I’m almost there.

This is the first holiday season where I will be making my own vegan dishes which is both exciting and scary at the same time! I’m looking forward to seeing what veganism will be like when I put my own spin on some holiday classics.

While I am definitely not looking forward to working on the large amount of homework I have during the break, I am looking forward to catching up on blog posts and how girl-boss related things. Stay tuned.

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Back to School with InfluenceHer Collective

As much as we hate to admit it, summer is officially over at this point. My friends and I are in the second week of the fall semester and the homework is coming in like there is no tomorrow. Thankfully InfluenceHer Collective and Her Campus have come together to put together the perfect kit to help us start our semester off right!

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From incredible brands like Almay and High Sierra, these products are sure to help you start your semester off with a bang!

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Let’s start off this adorable sleep mask. At the end of the day, I want nothing more than to be able to close my eyes and sleep after a long day of class and work. This sleep mask is super cute and perfect for blocking out the distractions so you can rest for another busy day!

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This lotion by Bliss has such a simple but fresh scent! I love freshening myself up during the day by rubbing some nice smelling lotion on my hands. This lotion is probably my favorite product out of everything I got in this kit!

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I get so hungry during classes so a snack like these bars is perfect for someone like me! They are also a great healthy alternative to what might otherwise be a very unhealthy snack.

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In today’s makeup age, we are often very focused on matte lipsticks but I honestly miss the days when we would all wear sparkly lip glosses! These lip glosses by Almay look great on top of a liquid lipstick or by themselves!

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This backpack is very different from the type that I would normally steer towards but too cute to resist wearing!

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My biggest concern with backpacks is whether or not they will be able to hold all of my books and folders that I use for my classes in addition to my laptop and anything else I might need on any given day. This backpack has more than enough room for those things!

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Links – Necklace(similar)/Shirt(similar)/Shorts/Sandals(sold out but similar)

To learn more about these products, be sure to check out my Instagram post that I recently posted with photos of all the products!

Summer in Abella Eyewear

I feel like every time I log onto Instagram I see so many ads from online boutiques looking for brand ambassadors. Many of these ambassador programs are very overrated and try to get bloggers to promote their cheaply made products for hardly anything in return. Abella Eyewear is not one of those companies.

It is pouring rain right now and I wish it wasn’t so I could wear my new shades from Abella Eyewear!

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Abella Eyewear makes sunglasses that look like the glasses made by high-end designer brands but for the fraction of the price! Plus, if you use an ambassador discount code like mine, you get up to 30 percent off!

The style that I am wearing in the photos is called the Astley in the color combination of pink and silver. The lenses are pink and the frames are silver.

Links – Sunglasses/Choker/Top/Bralette/Shorts

As someone who has never been a sunglass person, I can honestly say that these sunglasses are so cute and versatile. They are also very well fitted. I have owned sunglasses in the past that looked good but were very uncomfortable. These are not uncomfortable at all and unlike some sunglasses that look trendy, they actually keep the sun out of my eyes.

P.S. Don’t forget to use my code, LIVI50 to get a discount if you decide to buy a pair!

 

A Week in Columbus, Georgia

This summer my family and I did something that we hadn’t done in a while. We visited our extended family in Columbus, Georgia for a week. It was seriously so great being able to catch up with everyone!

While we were there we also explored Columbus a bit and checked out some of the local restaurants and shops.

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At the Plucked Up Chicken, my family and I enjoyed a delicious breakfast and even did an impromptu photo shoot.

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This place had the cutest art on the wall. I couldn’t help but strike a few poses!

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img_2559Links – Cardigan(similar)/Tank Top/Bralette/Choker/Jeans

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This veggie wrap was seriously so good! It is healthy but tastes like the inside of an eggroll! Also, tater tots are one of my favorite foods so I instantly fell in love with the place!

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And the coffee was some of the best coffee I have ever had! I didn’t even add any cream to it.

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Even though we didn’t get to go to any local boutiques, we did go to the Peachtree City Mall. I went to Forever 21 as always and made a few purchases.

This top was seriously so cute! I’ve seen tops like this at other stores but for much higher prices, so when I saw that this one only cost 7 dollars I knew I had to have it!

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Just like with the top, the design of this dress is one that I have seen on many websites and in plenty of boutiques, but for a much higher price. This dress was 10 dollars! So versatile and so comfy!

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The night before going back, we had dinner at a restaurant called The Black Cow. It was very charming and welcoming, the perfect balance between a sports bar and family restaurant.

I got this delicious salad with mandarin oranges, walnuts, and a homemade sweet and sour dressing. So good!

Getting to explore a town that has seriously grown so much since the last time I went was so fun, and seeing my family that I haven’t seen in literally years was even better. I can’t wait till my family and I are able to go visit again.

My Junior Year in Review

Recently, I finished my junior year of college at Coastal Carolina University! This year was so busy and filled with so many new experiences!

I did something that I never thought I would do which is go through formal recruitment and join a sorority.

I found my home in the best sorority on campus, Tri Sigma!

Discovered my worth and learned about how to run for office at the ElectHer Workshop by the Women and Gender Studies Program!

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Joined the best brotherhood around with the NU class of the Zeta Xi chapter of Phi Sigma Pi!

Then I sadly had to say goodbye to my sweet big.

And G-Big at Senior Send-On!

This year was filled with many a stressful night in the library and quite a few runs to the class that I was running very late for. This year was also filled with many cookout runs and semi-formals that made raunchy rap lyrics seem not so nasty when you are dancing to them with your closest friends! With the good and the bad, I am so glad I chose Coastal and can’t wait to see what it has in store for me next year!

My Resolutions and Goals for 2018

Hey gang! Happy January! So I know it is a little late for a new year’s resolutions post, but I really wanted to think about my goals for this year and what I want to achieve in 2018.

As I have gotten older, I have begun making more goals than typical “resolutions”. I find that this makes me much more productive and actually help me achieve my goals. I also try to keep them pretty realistic, so not to end up giving up by the beginning of February like a lot of people do.

So, without further ado here are my goals for 2018!

  1. Transition to a vegan diet. – I have actually been a vegetarian for two years. It started as just a bit of challenge to myself. Now, I honestly can’t see myself eating any other way. After watching several documentaries and YouTube videos by many vegan bloggers, I decided to try going vegan. The first time I went vegan it did not go well. The main reason was that I was taking a lot of things out of my diet without replacing them with good vegan alternatives. This time I am much more educated about veganism and how to make sure I am getting all the proper nutrients. While the transition was not easy at first, I honestly feel great! I’ve really enjoyed trying new foods and different vegan alternatives to foods like yogurt and cheese!
  2. Exercise at least once a week. – I know this is such a cliche resolution but this is something I seriously want to do for myself! I actually really enjoy walking and jogging, especially in the summer! This past summer I literally walked at least 2 miles every morning! I just loved listening to my playlists while taking in that warm summer weather! When I came to school I wanted to keep the momentum going but I also wanted to do really well in my classes. Unfortunately, my classes got the best of me. I think I literally went to the gym once that whole semester and I’m pretty sure it was during syllabus week. Now, that I have a much better handle on my studies and how the academic side of Coastal works, I hope to be able to exercise more. There is even a cycling class that goes during The Bachelor! It’s called Cycle Cinema! Hopefully all the drama will distract me from how sore my legs are!
  3. Spend more time with God. – I feel like for Christians this our basic cliche resolution we make every year. As cheesy as it sounds though, I really do want to connect with God more this year. He has shown me so much already recently, even without me sitting down with Him and His Word, I can’t imagine what else I will learn. I know it won’t be easy with my busy schedule but even if I just spend 5 minutes with God that will make so much of a difference!
  4. Have more fun. – This past semester I worked really hard! I wanted to bring my grades up so I could apply for internships this summer. I definitely am glad I put in so much work. Yet, one thing I really feel like I missed out on was the social aspect of college. I am in a sorority but I really pulled back on my involvement in it because of how much time and effort my classes required. I hope to be able to maintain my GPA and also enjoy myself!
  5. Make all A’s and B’s. – I was able to finish last semester with all As and Bs. As hard as it was I was so proud of myself! I know keeping this up won’t be easy but I know that I can do it!

So these are my goals for 2018. As hard as some of these will be the feeling of accomplishment after is honestly so worth it. I would love to read what your goals for 2018 are as well as any blog post requests you all have for me in the comments below!

 

A Holiday Filled Update

Hi everyone! Happy New Year!I thought I would give you all a bit of an update on where I’ve been! I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season spent with your family and friends! I know I certainly did! I had a very busy semester at Coastal so it was nice to be able to just kick my feet up and relax!

Adjusting to a new school is always hard, especially when the school is out of state and bigger than what you are used to. The classes were far from easy but I managed to finish with all As and Bs!

Socially I feel like I am still adapting but I have made some moves in the right direction. I joined a sorority, Tri Sigma. I got a big who honestly is the perfect fit for me. Our sorority is pretty big and to be honest there are still a lot of people I have yet to get to know but hopefully, I will be working on that in 2018. I have also found a great church very close to campus. I’m really glad I was able to find a good church where I can grow my faith away from home!

There aren’t that many people I feel super close to yet but I do feel like I have met some good people and am planning on trying out some new clubs and organizations so that should definitely help!

As I am reflecting on both this past semester and year I am realizing just how much happened! 2017 was a doozy! Some good and some bad but all in all I’m glad made the decisions I made and where they brought me!

I will be posting my goals for 2018 later this week but in the meantime I want you all to tell me what you hope to accomplish in the new year! Thank you all so much for bearing with me during this transitional period in my life! Now that I have the academic part of my life under control I do plan on posting more this year!

Cheers to another great year with you all in 2018!

Coastal Carolina + My College Decision 

img_0791As I am typing this blog post I am currently sitting in the Starbucks on the campus of Coastal Carolina University, where I am a new transfer student! I seriously am so excited to start this new journey of mine!

Now, before I get into the present and the specifics of what I have been up to as of now, let’s take a step back to see how I got to where I am now.

When I began my college search, I never thought I would end up at a beautiful beach school in South Carolina! I always knew about Coastal because my family had vacationed near here, in Pawleys Island for years and was always curious about what the school was like. As soon as I stepped onto the campus, I knew this was the place for me! The vibe is relaxed but with great professors!

Hopefully, this will be a good explanation for why I haven’t been posting recently. If you all have any suggestions about college-related blog posts like specific factors that went into my college decision, how to be healthy in college, anything you all want to read!