12.10.2018

College Room Tour 2018

This is the first year in college that I have my own room, and I had fun buying some new pieces to mix in with what I already had! I wanted to share this so I can look back on it, but also because it is always so fun to get a peek into other people's houses and see how they decorate. I also haven't shared my room since my freshman year dorm room, so I figured it was time to post an updated room post. I tried to keep everything really affordable too, so I will share throughout the post where I bought things in case you want something similar!


First my bed aka where I spend most of my time when I am at home. As you will see in this, I don't have a desk, and I prefer to sit on my bed and spread my books and papers around me. I got my gray bedspread, my fuzzy white blanket (softest thing ever!) and my patterned pillow all at Tuesday Morning for under $60 for all 3! I got my blue pillow at Target for $17, and I love the color and texture. Then I got my red pillow on clearance for around $5 and the two white fuzzy ones for about $20 for both at Big Lots! I rarely ever go into Big Lots, but I ended up finding quite a few things for my room there for a great price!


Next I have my dresser that I got from a resale store for $40 and added on new knobs to make it look better! It has actually worked really well and fits all my clothes that I fold perfectly!

Also I clearly took these pictures over a month ago when I still had all my fall decorations out! I loved how all these pieces looked together for fall. I also decided to hang my Don't Forget To Water The Plants print that Uncommon Goods sent to me above the dresser. The light in my room is in an awkward spot, but I felt like the fall needed something else besides just the light.


Next I have my bookshelf, also from Big Lots for $20 or $30 I think!  I keep my books in it as well as my "art supplies" basket and some chargers and random stuff in the bottom bins. I also brought my globe with me this year and I love how it looks here! If you haven't read my post about how I made it, then read it here. It is still one of my most popular posts!



I had been using the same cheap cork board since freshman year and it was starting to fall apart, so this year I bought one from Michaels for $13 and it looks a lot better since it has a frame! Below it I have two 3 drawer storage containers, one with makeup and hair stuff and the other with stationary and desk stuff. I didn't have a table to put them on, so I set them on a red storage container that currently holds my summer clothes! I was planning on moving them somewhere else or getting a real table to put them on, but the red matches and honestly I just never got around to it.


Another view, but this one also shows the edison bulb lights I have strung around my room. I needed more lighting and found these at Big Lots on clearance for 75% off, which means I got 4 strands for about $15!


Then I have my nightstand that I also thrifted for about $10 and the basket underneath was a few dollars from Bed Bath & Beyond. The prints above it are prints I have had since freshman year and I still love! Unfortunately the shop that sold the Adventurer's print is now closed, but the Work Hard, Stay Humble print is from Paper Tie Affair on Etsy! I would definitely recommend them if you are looking for a print like this.


Finally we have my corner with my bean bag and polka dot blanket. It is a cozy corner to read in or work on homework! Then one of my favorite pieces is this Koala picture I found at TJ Maxx for $40! I love koalas and was so excited to find this to fill up some of the blank space on my walls! I love that it is a little quirky but is a cute way to add something I like to my room.

And that is it! If you are interested in seeing more of my house this year, I am considering sharing my living room/kitchen as well. Let me know in the comments if you enjoy getting a peek into other people's houses and what your favorite piece in my room is!

xo, Scarlett

12.06.2018

Affordable Customized Clothes with eShakti

Is there anything more frustrating than seeing a pattern you like, but not liking the style of the dress? Or a dress that doesn't have the right neckline or has short sleeves when you wanted long? I get so annoyed while shopping sometimes because nothing seems to be exactly how I would want it. If you relate to this, you need to hear about eShakti!

eShakti sells such a wide variety of beautiful clothes that are great quality. I worked with them years ago in 2014, and I still own and love the skirt that I received from them. The quality is great, and I love how they have had the option to customize the measurements to make sure each piece fits perfectly. Also the fact that this skirt is something I wore in high school and I still wear it says a lot about the skirt! It was perfect to wear to clinic in the warmer months due to the professional length.



eShakti just came out with a new feature called Fx, which lets you take one design and change the style to fit what YOU love. It is a genius idea, and I had a lot of fun playing around with some dresses on their website. All you have to do is find dresses with "Fx" in the top right corner, then click into one to customize it to your taste! They have had the option to customize your clothing for a while, but previously you just had to imagine what it would look like if you decided to change something about the piece. Now when you click on an aspect to change, the picture changes too so you know exactly what it will look like. So many things are customizable these days, and I love that eShakti is taking the guesswork out and making custom clothing easier.



 

The fabric of this plaid dress is so pretty, especially for the holiday season. The picture on the left is the original design, which personally I didn't love. I really don't like 3/4 sleeves and the neckline was too wide for my taste, so I changed both of those! I also shortened it so it would hit above my knee! The picture on the right is my final dress, which I love so much more than the original. But if you don't, no problem! There are so many different options to customize it into something you love. 


I loved the skirt portion of this turtleneck mixed media dress, but I was not a fan of much else. So I got rid of the turtleneck on top, lengthened the sleeves, and shortened the skirt a bit to make it more my style! I love the final picture on the left so much more than the original, and this is something I would actually wear often. 

      
Finally I customized this mixed media belted dress. I initially looked over it because I did not like the way the top portion was styled at all, but when I clicked it and saw how cute it would be with a different neckline and no sleeves, I changed my mind! I also shorted the skirt just a bit to knee length. Overall this dress is something I would now wear and love, and I could even wear something like this to clinic because it is professional with a cardigan on top and still cute! 

I highly recommend checking out eShakti if you are interested in getting a dress customized exactly to your style and measurements! The best part is that most of their prices are really reasonable, and they have a really good sales section too. Perfect for any other college gals on a budget ;) 

Which of these three dresses is your favorite? How would you customize your own? Share in the comments below!

xo, Scarlett

12.03.2018

Recently Reading: November 2018

I only got through 5 books this month due to an insane amount of papers and projects due, as well as wrapping up things for clinic this semester. And technically the first one I finished in October but didn't have time to add to October recently reading post... oops! But I really enjoyed 4 out of the 5, so I still had to share them with you!




One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid 

"From the author of Maybe in Another Life—named a People Magazine pick—comes a breathtaking new love story about a woman unexpectedly forced to choose between the husband she has long thought dead and the fiancĂ© who has finally brought her back to life.

In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.

On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma's second chance at happiness.

That is, until Jesse is found. He's alive, and he's been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.

Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly?

Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She's just not sure what it's saying."


This was the last Taylor Jenkins Reid book I had to read and I had been waiting on the waitlist from my library since May! I was so excited to FINALLY read it, and it did not disappoint! I love the storylines TJR comes up with and I always like the characters too. I was torn about who I wanted Emma to end up with in the end and went back and forth throughout the book. Without giving any spoilers I will say it ended really well. 

Would I recommend?
YES! 



Love Anthony by Lisa Genova

Two women, each cast adrift by unforseen events in their lives, meet by accident on a Nantucket beach and are drawn into a friendship.

Olivia is a young mother whose eight-year-old severely autistic son has recently died. Her marriage badly frayed by years of stress, she comes to the island in a trial separation to try and make sense of the tragedy of her Anthony’s short life.


Beth, a stay-at-home mother of three, is also recently separated after discovering her husband’s long-term infidelity. In an attempt to recapture a sense of her pre-married life, she rekindles her passion for writing, determined to find her own voice again. But surprisingly, as she does so, Beth also find herself channeling the voice of an unknown boy, exuberant in his perceptions of the world around him if autistic in his expression—a voice she can share with Olivia—(is it Anthony?)—that brings comfort and meaning to them both.


This was another book I had been waiting to get from the library and I was really excited when it finally came in! While it was good, I didn't find it as well written or interesting as previous books I had read by Lisa Genova. While I felt for the two main characters, I feel like they were not developed enough for me to really connect or care. Also I felt the story did not have a strong conclusion, especially with Beth's part. 

Would I recommend? Maybe, but read Still Alice by Lisa Genova first! 



Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

"An atmospheric, gritty, and compelling novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the circus world circa 1932, by the bestselling author of Riding Lessons. 

When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, drifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town. A veterinary student who almost earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her. 

Beautifully written, Water for Elephants is illuminated by a wonderful sense of time and place. It tells a story of a love between two people that overcomes incredible odds in a world in which even love is a luxury that few can afford."


This book is different than what I normally read, but it had been on my list for years and always intrigued me. I finally picked it up this month, and I was not disappointed! I love how the book began with Jacob in the circus seeing the ringmaster murdered, and then jumps forward in time to when he is 90 and in a nursing home. I felt the back and forth added to the story and was not confusing. This full has you feel pretty much every emotion throughout and yet still be satisfied with the ending. 

Would I recommend? 
YES!



Closer Than You Know by Brad Parks


"Disaster, Melanie Barrick was once told, is always closer than you know.
It was a lesson she learned the hard way growing up in the constant upheaval of foster care. But now that she's survived into adulthood--with a loving husband, a steady job, and a beautiful baby boy named Alex--she thought that turmoil was behind her. 
Until one Monday evening when she goes to pick up Alex from childcare only to discover he's been removed by Social Services. And no one will say why. It's a terrifying scenario for any parent, but doubly so for Melanie, who knows the unintended horrors of what everyone coldly calls "the system." 
Her nightmare mushrooms when she arrives home to learn her house has been raided by sheriff's deputies, who have found enough cocaine to send Melanie to prison for years. The evidence against her is overwhelming, and if Melanie can't prove her innocence, she'll lose Alex forever. 
Meanwhile, assistant commonwealth's attorney Amy Kaye--who has been assigned Melanie's case--has her own troubles. She's been dogged by a cold case no one wants her to pursue: a serial rapist who has avoided detection by wearing a mask and whispering his commands. Over the years, he has victimized dozens of women.
Including Melanie. Yet now her attacker might be the key to her salvation . . . or her undoing."



I haven't read anything else by Brad Parks, but I really enjoyed this book! I hadn't read a good thriller recently, and this was exactly what I wanted! It was a fast-paced and intriguing read. There was a lot going on, but the author wrote it really well so it wasn't confusing and kept me hooked the entire time. I will say that I slightly predicted who had taken Alex, but part of it still surprised me so I am not disappointed by that! Overall, if you want a good psychological thriller that is not extremely popular, this is a great one to pick up. 

Would I recommend? YES! 


One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

"Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. 
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. 
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High's notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn't an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he'd planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who's still on the loose? 
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them. "


I don't read many young adult books anymore, but this was recommended on the Kindle library website and when I read the synopsis I was sold. Even though it is thriller, it wasn't as intense as most thrillers since it is YA. But it was still really good while still being a little fluffy. And I am proud to say I guessed what had actually happened before they figured it out, but I didn't figure out too early on which was good. I also enjoyed that it was told from all four perspectives, yet the character development was still good and I was somehow still rooting for all four people. 

Would I recommend? Yes!

What have you read recently? Tell me in the comments!
xo, Scarlett

11.26.2018

December Bullet Journal Spread

I started this bullet journal in July of 2017, but I fell off of it for a bit last winter so I haven't created a December bullet journal spread before! I was so excited to do it this year since December is one of my favorite months.


First I made the cover page image a cup of peppermint hot chocolate because, duh, that is one of the best parts of December.


Next I kept in a gratitude page because I always want to keep up my practice of writing down things I am grateful for daily!


This month I chose to take out goals and a habit tracker. December is filled with finishing the semester and finals and then days off for Christmas, so I didn't want to worry about tracking things this month. And the only goals I am focusing on this month are finishing the semester and enjoying Christmas, so it wasn't worth writing down! I did include this gift sheet to write down either gift ideas or to write down what I actually got people to keep track of it! 

Simple overall, yet also festive. Here's to a great last month of 2018!

xo, Scarlett 

11.19.2018

A Day In My Life: Fall 2018

I love reading Day in My Life posts just as much as I enjoy writing them. It is always so interesting to get a glimpse into someone's day to day life, but it is also fun to go back and see how my life changes each semester.

Since I am in grad school now, each day is different because of clinic. I honestly really like it, compared to before when every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday was exactly the same. For this post, I am doing a Thursday in my life because Thursdays are my busiest day.

7:40- Wake up and get ready

8:15- Leave for class


Typical outfit for clinic days: black pants, a nice top, and the mandatory gray cardigan 

8:30- Diagnostics class

9:50- Break

10:30- Aphasia class

11:45- Lunch in the grad room while prepping for my sessions or studying

1:00- Session with my client with fluent aphasia

2:00- Write report from previous session and plan for next session

3:00- Session with my client with nonfluent aphasia

4:00- Meet with my clinical instructor about 1:00 session

4:15- Meet with another clinical instructor about my 3:00 session

4:30- Write report from 3:00 session and enter clinical hours into our online log

5:00- Home to make dinner

5:30- Eat dinner

6:00- Start homework at home or go to a coffee shop or back to school to study with friends

7:00- If I am at home and it is decent weather out (less and less as winter is coming lol) I will often break to go for a quick 15-20 minute walk before it gets dark out!


I've seen some stunning skies on my sunset walks this fall! 

9:45- Make lunch for the next day

10:00- Clean up room and write to-do list for the next day

10:15- Get ready for bed/ shower

10:45- In bed and reading whatever book I am in the middle of

11:00 or 11:30- Go to sleep


Like I said earlier in the post, every day is different and thankfully not every day is this full. My Fridays I am done with class by 10am and don't have clinic, so every weekend is almost like a 3 day weekend which has been a lifesaver. But even my busy days like this are still good most of the time, and I truly have been loving clinic!

What does a typical day look like for you? Anything similar to my day? Tell me in the comments below!

xo, Scarlett

11.14.2018

Fall 2018 Trend Wishlist

This fall there have been a lot of trends floating around that I have yet to try. Today I wanted to share my top 3 with you guys and see what your opinion is on them too! I also made sure to find affordable options to share, because if you're anything like me you don't want to spend a lot of money on a trendy piece that might only be in for a season. 

1. Teddy Coats
This is a trend that has been around for a while already, but it is back this year and just as popular. They all look so cozy and are versatile because they can just be thrown over a t-shirt and leggings or over a more dressed up outfit. 




2. Plaid Pants-
The plaid pants trend is taking over this fall and winter, and it is actually growing on me. I haven't bought a pair for myself yet, but would consider it if it was a professional pair I could wear to clinic! Plus plaid pants paired with a neutral sweater and a cute bag is such a chic outfit. Some plaid pants even have red in it, which would be the perfect holiday look! 





3. Color Block Sweaters-
While we all love a good neutral, especially for fall and winter, these color blocked sweaters are trending and so fun! I love that you can find them in a variety of colors and they will add a great pop to dreary days. They can be paired with leggings for comfy look, or be worn with ripped jeans for a laid back style. I love that some have fun sleeve options too! 





If you choose to order any of these items off of Zaful, you can use the code ZVYABFS for 15% off your order! Considering how affordable everything is already, this gives you another reason to try out a fun trend for fall! If you choose to wait and order between November 23-26, you can also get free shipping worldwide on your order and click here between November 23-29 to see all the amazing Black Friday deals they are offering! 

Which of these three trends is your favorite? Let me know in the comments! 

xo, Scarlett


This post was written on behalf of Zaful. All opinions are mine. 

11.12.2018

8 College Time Management Tips

Any other college students wish days were slightly longer or your weekends had an extra day? If you answered yes, then you are not alone. But there are things you can do to add some time back into your day and make the most of the time you have. Today I am sharing 8 things that I have learned throughout college that help me make the most of the 24 hours I do have every day!



1. Plan your classes wisely
Try to block your classes together if possible and don't leave large chunks of time between class. If a break between classes is unavoidable, make a plan on what you will do during that time every week. Even a 30 minute break can be used to run through a Quizlet, proofread a paper, or even take a power nap.

2. Put school first 
Isn't there a quote out there that says you always have time for what you prioritize? Well, I would say that is mostly true. Yes, you want to balance everything and have fun, but honestly school should be your #1 priority while you are in college. Go to class, take good notes, and turn in assignments on time.

3. Use your planner
I am a total Type A, list-making type of person. But even if you aren't, I still highly recommend investing in a planner you love. The best way to stay on top of everything is to write it down so you don't forget it. During the first week of classes, write down any important dates from your syllabus in your planner. I promise you will thank yourself later!

4. Schedule in "me-time"
In college it can be so easy to forget about yourself, especially when you schedule things into every minute of your day! But don't forget to schedule in time for yourself and for your friends too. Schedule in coffee to catch up with a friend, or a study date with someone else. One way I do this is to make sure I have time over the weekend to paint my nails. It only takes like 30 minutes and I usually do it while listening to a podcast to give myself a break and do something I enjoy.

5. Find a study spot 
Some people cannot study in their dorms. Some people can only study in the library. Some people (like myself) cannot stay in one spot and have to move around every few hours to stay productive. Try out a few spots during the first week and see what works best for you! The past three years have taught me that I need to find a place where people are around so I feel like I have to work on things, but not so many people that I get distracted people watching!

6. Be careful where you multitask
It can be so easy to say that you are going to watch Netflix while you study, but ultimately it will end up taking longer. The only time I multitask while I am doing schoolwork is if I am making flashcards. For my anatomy class freshmen year, I made about 100 flashcards every week after lab. This was pretty boring but ultimately helped, so I usually watched something to pass the time. Yes, I might've finished a bit sooner if I was solely focused on the flashcards, but honestly it is a mindless task that I could do while watching something else.

7. Remember you can say no
In college there are so many clubs and activities are offered. While it is great to take advantage of opportunities, be careful not to commit to too much. Select a few things that you want to focus on (getting good grades, working out, a club, a social life, etc) and excel at those few things. While it might sound cool that you are a part of four organizations on campus, the fact that you only get 5 hours of sleep every night from overcommitment isn't cool at all.

8. Delete social media apps
As a blogger, I am on social media just as much, if not more, than the average person. But when I know I have a busy week, I will delete my apps or move them to the back of my phone. During finals last spring I moved Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook into a folder on the last page of my phone. Multiple times I found myself opening my phone and clicking on the spot where they used to be! But it helped me to stay off of them, and I would only get on and quickly scroll through for 5 minutes during dinner or before bed.

How do you make the most of your time in college? Share your tips below!
xo, Scarlett