Tips to Avoid Finals Burn Out

Tips to Avoid Finals Burn Out

Is it just me or has this semester felt never-ending? Not going to lie, but this has been the toughest year yet and being two weeks away from my finals, I honestly feel like I can’t continue any longer. These are some tips I’m using this finals season, so I hope this helps you too!

1. Schedule Everything

I’ve been terrible at this these last few weeks and honestly it’s so good to keep up with it. I know sometimes it fills you with dread because that assignment you don’t want to do is due in two days, but it will give you a snapshot of everything that needs to be done and you will not miss a petty small assignment while cramming.

2. Start Early

Some people may think you’re crazy for already thinking about finals when you should be enjoying the time before it comes, but starting to write papers and glancing at your study guide will ease the anxiety of trying to do everything the night before it’s due. Figure out when your final times are and if there are study groups going on. Plus, you will have time to edit or ask your professor questions on something you don’t understand.

3. Try to Dress Up

Yes, this is probably the hardest thing to do because all you want to do is wear leggings and an over-sized shirt, but wearing your favorite outfit can give you more confidence and make you feel better. If not, at least wear your favorite over-sized shirt to keep you comfy.

4. Minimize your Junk Food Intake

If you’re like me, junk food just slows me down. Eat healthy foods and carry granola to keep your body up and alert. Plus, it will save you extra cash from buying pizza every night and the guilt of not being able to work out because you’re spending time studying.

5. Keep a Rhythm

Start a pace for finals week and keep with it. This way you don’t get distracted and mess up what you were studying. But this means you have to resist the urge to go out with your friends on an impromptu trip to the beach. Fight the urge, you’ll get time to party after.

6. Do Your Best

Simple advice but just try your best. Remember not to overwork yourself and make sure you have everything in order. Regardless of what you do, you’ll make it work and finals will be over before you know it!

Finals are by far the worst thing that can happen in our college career but we have to make it through. So do your best and drink your coffee! Best wishes everyone.

Ultimate Spring + Summer Essentials (Guest Post)

Ultimate Spring + Summer Essentials (Guest Post)
Hi, friends! I’m Alex and I have a style blog over at Undergraduate Style. I’m a student at the University of Kansas, so I write about developing a classic, timeless wardrobe even while I’m in college! I also occasionally write about my sorority, Omega Phi Alpha, and my life as a Resident Assistant on campus, but I mainly stick to style!I’m super excited to be guest posting for Adriana today! I’d like to talk about a few of my favorite style essentials for this spring. I don’t think it’s fair to say that EVERYBODY should go out and buy these things and wear them because A) I’m all about working and remixing your own closet instead of going out and buying something new and B) not everything works for everybody–as simple as that. But here are a few things that I’ve been seeing around a lot and that have worked for me!

Why you need them: I personally believe that a nice pair of chino shorts is a complete must have for the spring and summer! Of course, in the summer, most people live in shorts, whether they’re a worn-in, cut-off denim or comfy running shorts. But I also believe that most people ought to have a pair of nicer shorts that can be used in a slightly dressier setting–for example, a picnic event or a night out on the town with friends. The example above are chino shorts from J. Crew Factory, but you can find chino shorts just about anywhere these days!How to wear them: Chino shorts can be used to dress up a t-shirt or worn with a cute tank or tee! Another great thing about chinos are their versatility when it comes to footwear: they can be worn with sneakers, sandals, or even wedges!

Mix it up: Add a 3/4 tee, a statement necklace, and leather sandals for an effortless but polished look.
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Why you need them: These are so, so, SO much better than flopping around in those foam flip flops from Old Navy. Leather sandals take the same amount of effort to slip on, but they look so much more put-together! Get a few pairs in carefully chosen colors and they’ll go with just about anything you could possibly wear in the summer.
How to wear them: Wear these with anything. Wear them with denim shorts and a cool graphic tee. Wear them with the aforementioned chinos. Wear them with a nice chiffon dress to a summer wedding. The options are endless!
Mix it up: Wear them with a printed tank, cardigan, and cuffed skinny jeans on a cooler evening.
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Why you need it: Vests are a brilliant layering option, especially in the summer. It’s hard to add visual interest without adding bulky, stifling layers. Denim vests are a light option, yet add a cool, chic vibe to any outfit!
How to wear it: Layer it over a tank for visual interest, or over a flowery dress for a boho feel!Mix it up: Forget what your mama told you about denim on denim. Go ahead and rock a denim vest with more denim–just don’t mix two pieces in the same wash. Try a light wash vest with dark wash skinny jeans, or a white denim vest with normal blue jeans!

I’d love to hear your favorite spring/summer style staples! Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to guest post, Adriana!

Birthday Month Love: 21 Things

Birthday Month Love: 21 Things

There’s just something about March. My birthday, duh! (March 5th y’all!) Okay, that’s partially sarcastic, but I really am excited about my birthday because I’m turning 21! Besides, March has spring break and springtime, so it is definitely a month I always look forward to.

Since this month is special for so many reasons, I decided that I’m going to make it a challenge. For the month, I will be doing 21 different things, sort of like a bucket list, so I can have new experiences and not make everything just about me. Turning a new age means a big opportunity to just do something crazy, but not too crazy of course. So here’s my list! Also, if there’s anything you think I should try, let me know!

1. Do something nice for someone else.

Giving to a charity or even just giving someone a smile, I want to do things for others. Just as long as I make someone’s day better, I will be happy.

2. Visit a new coffee shop.

Starbucks gets boring after a while, thankfully there’s tons of coffee shops in California, so why not try a new one!

3. Go a week without buying anything.

It’s honestly so hard for me to not buy something, so I will really try to not do it! No matter how small, I must not buy anything.

4. Finish an assignment before the night it’s due.

Because I need to stop being a typical college student.

5. Take a picture every day. (So far)

I basically almost do this but not always. Since it is March, I want to take a picture everyday, at least of anything and keep record.

6. Sit down and actually learn a new song on the guitar.

I usually end up bouncing around songs when I practice, so I want to make sure that I at least get a song done and it actually sounds good.

7. Read at least two new books.

I’ve been neglecting reading since I’ve been busy, so I need to at least get two books out of my list this month.

8. Make a new friend.

Because new friends are cool and I want to find new interesting people.

9. Do some spring cleaning and clean out my closet.

Ah, my biggest struggle is letting go of things but I must because I look like a hoarder.

10. Donate my clothes.

Even harder than cleaning my closet. Usually when I clean, I give my stuff to my sister, but this time, I want to donate it and have it worth while.

11. Start watching a new TV show.

I haven’t really watched an actual TV show in forever, so it will be fun to start watching a new series.

12. Keep up my blogging game and read and comment on all my favorite blogs.

February was by far one of my best blogging months, so I want to keep that momentum. Also, I want to keep with up with all you awesome bloggers!

13. Go a week without eating junk food, sweets, or eating out.

Healthy eating is a must and being a commuting college student is hard because sometimes I don’t have time to actually make something and I have to buy stuff, but I’m making this a priority.

14. Discover a new band and go to a concert.

I’m pretty much powered by music and all I want to do is listen to music live. I also just want to listen to new music, so suggestions people!

15. Create a ton of new outfits with the items I already have.

I go through the struggle of thinking I have nothing to wear while I have a closet full of stuff, but don’t we all? I want to be able to get more creative with what I have and see what I can come up with.

16. Forgive and don’t sweat the small stuff.

*Cue Let It Go from Frozen* There’s no reason to get all worked up about things and I do it a lot. So my focus is to just let things go especially since they won’t really matter, it’s a habit I need to learn.

17. Journal constantly.

Unlike blogging, I want to be able to put my daily thoughts on paper and express myself and vent. It will be useful for me.

18. Forget the internet.

Obviously this may be impossible, but staying away from the internet and letting my phone rest is something I really need to do. I want to take more walks and enjoy the people around me and not worry about who is posting what.

19. Visit a new local city and explore.

Since I highly doubt I’ll be traveling out of the country or something, I want to go to a city around me and just discover new places.

20. Do something nice for myself.

Go to a movie by myself, spend a day people watching and reading a book, or buying myself something I’ve really wanted. I just want to take a day and be alone and acknowledge my thoughts and just be peaceful and content finding myself.

21. Have the best birthday month ever!

Given. My birthdays are always eh, so this will be the month, and year for that matter, that will be a good one!

If you have any ideas or suggestions on things I should do, let me know!I definitely hope this month holds a lot of surprises and excitement and I hope I stick with my list. It’s going to be good, I know it!

4 Things Singles Can Do On Valentine’s Day

4 Things Singles Can Do On Valentine’s Day

Oh Valentine’s Day. Once we step into stores the first couple weeks of January, there is no escaping the pinks, reds, and hearts that come from this holiday. For us single people, it’s just a dread because we will see our friends with significant others flaunting their cool plans and other sweet things that is going to happen to them. But Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all bad. Be single and make the best of it! Here are some of my tips:

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1. Hangout with your best friends

What better than spending time with your friends to feel loved! In some Spanish-speaking countries, Valentine’s Day is called, “El dia del amor y la amistad,” which literally translates to, “the day of love and friendship.” So instead of mopping that someone is not wooing you, spend time with your closest friends and even give treats to each other. Have fun and recount memories and make new ones, and if you want to watch your favorite rom-com or chick flick, go for it but make it about friends not about wanting a significant other.

2. Don’t be bitter

Yes it may be tempting to roll your eyes at every couple you see on this day, but being bitter just makes it worse. If you are really strongly against this day, the best way is just to ignore it and go on with the day as if it was any other. Or you can go the comical way and make light of the day by making jokes, without offending those who are celebrating. Look at memes and it will make it all better. But just remember, it’s only 24 hours and most of us have school or jobs, just dive in to your tasks and let it go. *Cue Frozen song* It will be over before you know it.

3. Love your family

Love comes in all ways, and there’s nothing that can come close to the love of your family. Whoever it may be that you have close, spend time with them. Write heartfelt letters to your parents, or bake cupcakes with your sibling. If you’re away from home, Skype them and let them know they are loved. Nothing compares to a family bond, so what better way to spend Valentine’s Day than the ones closest to your heart.

4. Love Yourself

Treat yourself. Spend a day watching for favorite movie, while eating your favorite ice cream. Valentine’s Day may seem like the day to love outwardly, but you can also just love yourself and enjoy all you are. Get that manicure you’ve been putting off or buy a new outfit, but choose to make yourself happy. Don’t depend on anyone else to make you happy that day, do it for yourself and it will be worth it. It’s always better to love yourself and be happy.

So have fun this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy it and if you have any tips of ideas, send them my way!

Look to the Stars

Look to the Stars

I’m all for mini vacations and for last-minute plans that turn into adventures. Living in Southern California is already really cool, but there is so much to do and it is fun discovering it all. So my sister and I decided to rent out a hotel out closer to Los Angeles and just call it a vacation. We were basically winging it but it was worth it because so many adventures came out of it.

My friend recruited my sister and I to go to the Observatory in Los Angeles to help one of his friends propose to his girlfriend. It was pretty scary because we couldn’t mess up or be too obvious, plus we had to guard the spot from other people, which was so hard! But we made it happen and it was the sweetest thing to witness.

So I’m a sucker for city lights, you can seriously put me up on a hill at night and I’ll just be happy looking out to the city.

Such a breath-taking view. I honestly could just stay there all night looking out and it would be perfect. This is the LA I love.

But of course all good nights come to an end and we ended up at Citadel, one of the coolest places to shop and also where our hotel was at, and we just roamed around and ate frozen yogurt before ending up at our room and then deciding to go out again.

So the main thing we were planning to do was to go to the Santa Monica Pier. Now for all you SoCal natives, this is whatever, but I have never gone. Yeah, pretty weird considering I was born and raised in California, so I had to visit.

It was such a cool place and thankfully when we were there it was pretty chill and not crowded. I love the ocean and hearing the crash of the waves was lovely. It’s one of those places that you can just go when you have a few hours to spare and just relax.

This whole little trip just made me realize how much more I want to live in LA and in a few years it may happen, depending how life goes.

P.S. I also made a video at Santa Monica so please watch (:

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It was all great and I’m all for adventures. But for now these memories remain and will definitely help me get through the week!