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

11.05.2018

Recently Reading: October 2018

Two months into grad school and I am still able to find a bit of time to read for fun... so I'd say that is a success! Not sure how many I'll get through next month with finals and progress reports due at the beginning of December, but for now I am enjoying the fact that I have been able to read.


original image via Design Love Fest


Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

"Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose, but then his big question involves a trip abroad--not a trip down the aisle. Completely crushed, Lottie reconnects with an old flame, and they decide to take drastic action. No dates, no moving in together, they'll just get married . . . right now. Her sister, Fliss, thinks Lottie is making a terrible mistake, and will do anything to stop her. But Lottie is determined to say "I do," for better, or for worse."

This book was literally at the bottom of my to-read list, which means it has been on there since 2012 or 2013 probably! So I finally decided to check it out and was pleasantly surprised by how funny and playful it ended up being. If you are in need of a lighthearted read, this would be a great option.

Would I recommend? Yes!


One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

"American audiences have fallen in love with Jojo Moyes. Ever since she debuted Stateside she has captivated readers and reviewers alike, and hit the New York Timesbestseller list with the word-of-mouth sensation Me Before You. Now, with One Plus One, she's written another contemporary opposites-attract love story.

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess's life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight in shining armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess's knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages . . . maybe ever."


I loved The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes, so I shouldn't be surprised that I loved this one too. It was cute and witty, but it still was a quality book with great writing. I really liked the characters, especially Jess, and I was rooting for her the whole time. I also found parts of it to be funny while other parts were so sad it made me want to cry.

Would I recommend? YES!


All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin

"Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville's elite. More recently, her husband made a fortune selling his tech business, and their adored son has been accepted to Princeton. 
Yet sometimes the middle-class small-town girl in Nina wonders if she's strayed from the person she once was.
Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs while struggling to raise his headstrong daughter, Lyla. His road has been lonely, long, and hard, but he finally starts to relax after Lyla earns a scholarship to Windsor Academy, Nashville's most prestigious private school.
Amid so much wealth and privilege, Lyla doesn't always fit in—and her overprotective father doesn't help—but in most ways, she's a typical teenaged girl, happy and thriving.
Then, one photograph, snapped in a drunken moment at a party, changes everything. As the image spreads like wildfire, the Windsor community is instantly polarized, buzzing with controversy and assigning blame.
At the heart of the lies and scandal, Tom, Nina, and Lyla are forced together—all questioning their closest relationships, asking themselves who they really are, and searching for the courage to live a life of true meaning."

I wanted to love this book, I really did. But in the end I just didn't. I felt like the author was trying to tie in too many current issues and it just didn't all fit together and work. It was entertaining at times, but overall I have already forgotten most of the story and I am writing this just few days later. Overall it just felt pretty shallow and I wasn't a big fan of any of the characters.

Would I recommend? Probably not


The Glass Forest by Cynthia Swanson

"In the autumn of 1960, Angie Glass is living an idyllic life in her Wisconsin hometown. At twenty-one, she's married to handsome, charming Paul, and has just given birth to a baby boy. But one phone call changes her life forever.

When Paul's niece, Ruby, tells them that her father, Henry, has committed suicide and her mother, Silja, has gone missing, the newlyweds drop everything to be by Ruby's side in the small upstate town of Stonekill, New York.

Angie thinks they're coming to the rescue of Paul's grief-stricken young niece, but seventeen-year-old Ruby, self-possessed and enigmatic, resists Angie's attempts to nurture her. While taking up residence in Henry and Silja's eerie, ultra-modern house on the edge of the woods, Angie discovers astonishing truths about the complicated Glass family. As she learns about Henry and Silja's spiraling relationship, and Ruby's role in keeping them together, and apart, Angie begins to question the very fabric of her own marriage.

As details of the past unfold and Ruby dissects her parents' state of affairs, the Glass women realize what they're capable of when it comes to love, secrets, and ultimate betrayal."


After taking a few book break from thrillers, I needed a good one to cozy up with on a rainy weekend last month. I have to admit, I definitely judged this book by the cover because both covers I have seen of it are so pretty and I felt like they fit the story so well! If you want crazy twists and turns, this probably isn't the thriller for you. This psychological thriller is slower, but I still finished it in 2 days so clearly it wasn't too slow! I really enjoyed how the chapters were told from Ruby, Silja, and Angie's perspectives and not just from a single character. I also liked all the characters, even Ruby who was portrayed as peculiar from the beginning. This book was detailed and well written, especially considering it was set in the 1940s-1960s and felt very historically accurate. If you like a slow feeling of dread and suspense that build throughout the entire book, this is a good choice for you! 

Would I recommend? Yes! 


Baby Doll by Hollie Overton 

"You've been held captive in one room.
You've been mentally and physically abused every day since you were sixteen years old.
Then one night you realize your captor has left the door to your cell unlocked.
For the first time in eight years you're free. This is what happens next...
Escape was just the beginning."

I really enjoyed this book and finished it within 24 hours! I loved the idea of creating a thriller that begins with Lily and her daughter escaping rather than how she got captured or her time in there. Of course, you find out about all of that as the book progresses, but it is mainly about the challenges she goes through once she finally makes it back to her family and has to lead the police to her captor. 
Would I recommend? YES! 

Dewey by Vicki Myron

"How much of an impact can an animal have? How many lives can one cat touch? How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world? You can't even begin to answer those questions until you hear the charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa.

Dewey's story starts in the worst possible way. Only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, he was stuffed into the returned book slot at the Spencer Public Library. He was found the next morning by library director, Vicki Myron, a single mother who had survived the loss of her family farm, a breast cancer scare, and an alcoholic husband. Dewey won her heart, and the hearts of the staff, by pulling himself up and hobbling on frostbitten feet to nudge each of them in a gesture of thanks and love. For the next nineteen years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility, (for a cat) and, above all, his sixth sense about who needed him most. 

As his fame grew from town to town, then state to state, and finally, amazingly, worldwide, Dewey became more than just a friend; he became a source of pride for an extraordinary Heartland farming town pulling its way slowly back from the greatest crisis in its long history."

This was another book that had been on my to read list forever and I finally picked it up this month. I went into it knowing I would enjoy it because it was literally about a cat and a library, two of my favorite things. And of course as I got into it I fell in love with Dewey just like everyone else. I believe animals can impact people greatly, and this story was just another example of that. 

Would I recommend? Yes! 


What books have you read recently? I love to get recommendations from you guys, so let me know in the comments! 

xo, Scarlett

10.29.2018

November 2018 Bullet Journal Spread


As you can tell from this first picture, we have a little camera hog in half the pictures in today's post. He got away with it because he is cute ;)


For November I just did a little floral/plant theme on the cover page with my Mildliners. I am obsessed with how well they work for bullet journaling and couldn't resist even though not all of colors are fall colors.


Obviously I had to keep up my gratitude page for November since it is basically the month of gratitude. I wrote "have an attitude of gratitude at the bottom as a daily reminder, and included a little fox at the top because I thought it was peaceful and cute and felt a bit like fall to me.


I decided to keep the same habits as last month, but switch up my tracker layout! I saw this idea for circles that you fill in a bit of the outline every day you do a habit, so by the end of the month the whole thing will have a colorful outline if you stick to all your habits. You can see I added little pencil marks inside the top right circle to show what I will be filling in each day, but I decided to leave the marks out of the other ones for now and just try to go off the first one because honestly they were a pain to draw in! 

I also added in a spot for a few goals, but since I am prescheduling this post I haven't come up with the specific goals yet. I usually try to have a reading goal, a school related goal, and at least one personal goal! 


Then finally I have my expense list! I added in a little pumpkin pie drawing and outlined the box in yellow so make it more November appropriate.


Chester approved.


Licking his lips thinking about all the good Thanksgiving food that will be here soon. ;)


Happy November!
xo, Scarlett

10.22.2018

SLP Style: Printed Scarves














top: thrifted- originally from J. Crew (similar) | pants: TJ Maxx (similar) | scarf: unknown (similar) | mules: Gordmans (similar) | bag: Old Navy (similar)


Today I am sharing another SLP Style post! If you missed the first one, click here! This outfit, or a variation of it, is one of my go-to looks when I don't know what to wear but still need to look put together.

This scarf is one of my favorite fall/winter accessories since it is neutral and goes with so much! I have always been a scarf lover, and adding scarves to an outfit can help to switch it up. I wear this button down all the time, but by pairing it with different pants or even adding a different scarf it gives a completely different look. Also since I go to school in Michigan, scarves are not only stylish but a necessity in the winter months!

Do you wear scarves to mix up your outfits? Let me know in the comments!
xo, Scarlett

10.15.2018

Easy Baked Blueberry Donuts

You might remember last fall when I made Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts and attempted to make my own donut pans from foil. While those worked and did the job, I wasn't in a big rush to do it again since it is a bit more work than just using a donut pan. This year one of my housemates has donut pans, so I was able to use them and try to make a new kind of donut!

A few weeks ago I had some blueberries that I wanted to use up, so I decided to get a little creative and make these blueberry donuts. I shared on my Instagram stories as I was making them and in the end asked if you guys wanted to see a full post on the blog including the recipe. I got all yes's in the poll (so kind that those of you who didn't want it just didn't vote ;) ) so I wanted to keep that promise and post it!

I originally got the recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie, but I tweaked it and my version is no longer vegan or refined sugar free ;)

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup milk of choice (I chose 2%) 
  • 1 tsp white or apple cider vinegar (I chose white!) 
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or agave or honey (I chose honey!) 
  • 3 1/2 tbsp oil 
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • optional pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen-thawed (I used fresh!) 
     Optional topping
  • 1/2 cup of sugar

Instructions

Combine first 5 ingredients, and set aside. Set aside your blueberries for now too. Grease a donut pan OR mini muffin pan, and preheat oven to 350 F. Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients bowl once the over is preheated. Stir until the batter is evenly mixed, but don’t overmix. Either stir the blueberries in very carefully so they don’t break and turn everything purple, or press them in after portioning the batter into the pan. Bake 10-12 minutes or until donuts have risen and batter is no longer wet. Let sit 5 minutes before removing from the pan. After they have been removed, you can dip them into a bowl with your 1/2 cup of sugar to get them sugar coated, or add a glaze on top! 
It is such a simple recipe that only took a few minutes to make. One tip I have is to get a sandwich bag and fill it with the batter. Cut a bottom corner off and use it to squeeze the batter easily into the donut pan. It makes them look so much prettier than trying to spoon them in and it is just a lot easier! 
Do you ever make homemade donuts? Tell me in the comments! 
xo, Scarlett

10.08.2018

Recently Reading: September 2018


September was my first month of grad school, so I didn't have a lot of time to read books. But I am still proud that I finished a few, even if one was technically for class! Click here to see past Recently Reading posts! 


The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks 

"Everyone wanted to believe that endless love was possible. She'd believed in it once, too, back when she was eighteen."
In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.
Now, twenty-five years later, Amanda and Dawson are summoned back to Oriental for the funeral of Tuck Hostetler, the mentor who once gave shelter to their high school romance. Neither has lived the life they imagined . . . and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever changed their lives. As Amanda and Dawson carry out the instructions Tuck left behind for them, they realize that everything they thought they knew — about Tuck, about themselves, and about the dreams they held dear — was not as it seemed. Forced to confront painful memories, the two former lovers will discover undeniable truths about the choices they have made. And in the course of a single, searing weekend, they will ask of the living, and the dead: Can love truly rewrite the past?"

This book took me a few days to get into, which seems to be the case for all the Nicholas Sparks books I have read. But once I got about halfway through it picked up and I finished it within a day. Overall, it was a pretty good book, though I didn't love the ending. I also predicted the ending before it happened, but since I didn't love it I was not happy to learn I was right! If you like other Nicholas Sparks books, then you would probably like this one too. 

Would I recommend? Yes


My Family's Holocaust Secret by Paul Glaser

"Raised in a devout Roman Catholic family in the Netherlands, Paul Glaser was shocked to learn as an adult of his father's Jewish heritage. Grappling with his newfound identity and stunned by his father's secrecy, Paul set out to discover what happened to his family during World War II and what had caused the long-standing rift between his father and his estranged aunt, Rosie, who moved to Sweden after the war. Piecing together his aunt's wartime diaries, photographs, and letters, Paul reconstructed the dramatic story of a woman who was caught up in the tragic sweep of World War II. 

Rosie Glaser was a magnetic force – hopeful, exuberant, and cunning. An emancipated woman who defied convention, she toured Western Europe teaching ballroom dancing to high acclaim, falling in love hard and often. By the age of twenty-five, she had lost the great love of her life in an aviation accident, married the wrong man, and sought consolation in the arms of yet another. Then the Nazis seized power. For Rosie, a nonpracticing Jew, this marked the beginning of an extremely dangerous ordeal. After operating an illegal dance school in her parents' attic, Rosie was betrayed by both her ex-husband and her lover, taken prisoner by the SS and sent to a series of concentration camps. But her enemies were unable to destroy her and, remarkably, she survived, in part by giving dance and etiquette lessons to her captors. Rosie was an entertainer at heart, and her vivacious spirit, her effervescent charm, and her incredible resourcefulness kept her alive amid horrendous tragedy. Of the twelve hundred people who arrived with her at Auschwitz, only eight survived. Illustrated with more than ninety photos, Dancing with the Enemy recalls an extraordinary life marked by love, betrayal, and fierce determination. It is being published in ten languages."

This was a book that had probably been on my to-read list for years, so I finally tackled it when I was loading my Kindle with books to read this fall at school. In the past I had to read books set during WWII for school, such as Night by Elie Wiesel, Number The Stars by Lois Lowry, and The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. I ended up liking all of those, so I added this one to my list since it was set during WWII also. It was really interesting to see one woman's perspective of her time in concentration camps and see her story unfold. I tend to like historical fiction set during WWII like The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, so finding a nonfiction book that was also interesting was great!


Would I recommend? YES!


One Hundred Names For Love by Diane Ackerman 

"A testament to the power of creativity in language, life—and love." —Heller McAlpin, Washington PostNo other writer can blend the science of the brain with the love of language like Diane Ackerman. In this extraordinary memoir, she opens a window into the experience of wordlessness—the language paralysis called aphasia. In narrating the recovery of her husband, Paul West, from a stroke that reduced his vast vocabulary to a single syllable, she evokes the joy and mystery of the brain's ability to find and connect words. Deeply rewarding to readers of all kinds, Ackerman has given us a literary love story, accessible insight into the science and medicine of brain injury, and invaluable spiritual sustenance in the face of life's myriad physical sufferings."

Technically I had to read this book for my aphasia class this semester. But I really enjoyed it! It almost reminded me of a Lisa Genova book, but I also loved that it was from a real person and her real perspective on having a husband with aphasia. As someone who is going to work with clients with aphasia, this book truly was helpful and made me realize a few things that people with aphasia struggle with that I had never thought about before. 

Would I recommend? Yes!


How to Eat a Cupcake by Meg Donohue

"Author Meg Donohue has cooked up an absolutely scrumptious debut novel, How to Eat a Cupcake, that explores what happens when two childhood friends, Annie and Julia, reconnect as adults and decide to open a cupcakery. But success in their new baking business venture will depend upon their overcoming old betrayals, first loves, and an unexpected and quite dangerous threat. Donohue's How to Eat a Cupcake is contemporary women's fiction at its smartest, sweetest, and most satisfying, joining the ranks of The Recipe Club, The School for Essential Ingredients, and Joanne Harris's classic Chocolat by proving once again that fiction and food make an unbeatable combination."

I read All The Summer Girls by Meg Donohue this summer and enjoyed it, so I picked up this one that had also been on my to-read list for a while. It was a pretty quick read, but a cute book overall. If you want something pretty light and sweet (literally and figuratively), this would be a good choice! I will say that there were a few twists in it that I did not see coming at all, so that kept me hooked. 

Would I recommend? Yes!


All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

"Until one night when young Jenny Kramer is attacked at a local party. In the hours immediately after, she is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. But, in the weeks and months that follow, as she heals from her physical wounds, and with no factual recall of the attack, Jenny struggles with her raging emotional memory. Her father, Tom, becomes obsessed with his inability to find her attacker and seek justice while her mother, Charlotte, struggles to pretend this horrific event did not touch her carefully constructed world.

As Tom and Charlotte seek help for their daughter, the fault lines within their marriage and their close-knit community emerge from the shadows where they have been hidden for years, and the relentless quest to find the monster who invaded their town - or perhaps lives among them - drive this psychological thriller to a shocking and unexpected conclusion."

I got about 25% through this book before I finally gave up. I just could not get invested in the characters or the story, and I found the narrator to be confusing. I think the idea of the book was a good one but I just didn't like how it was written. I read some reviews before I officially gave it up and saw a lot of people felt the same way I did, which made me feel better about ditching it. But I also saw some reviews where people loved the style of narration, so I guess it just depends on the person. 

Would I recommend? No 


Map To The Stars by Jen Malone

"Can one down-to-earth girl plus a very famous boy and a whole lot of paparazzi ever add up to a perfect Hollywood ending?

Seventeen-year-old Annie Shelton isn't sure why her mom thinks moving to Hollywood will allow them to escape the drama of their small-time life in Georgia, but she's along for the ride. When Annie's mom snags a gig as makeup artist to a teen movie idol and finagles a spot for Annie to accompany her on his European promotional tour, Annie's pretty sure she'll be fangirling over architectural sights rather than teen heartthrob Graham Cabot.

But then of course she actually meets him. As Graham and Annie fall for each other in the most romantic cities in the world, Annie realizes that this turn of events may not be quite as glamorous as she thought. Instead of red carpets and celebrity couple names, they are navigating a minefield of keeping secrets from Graham's fans, overprotective assistant, stage "momager," and beefy bodyguard. And when the paparazzi make an appearance, Annie has to decide whether their love is worth the harsh glare of the flashbulb."


This book was another light and quick read. It probably took me about 4 hours to read this book total, which was perfect for a weekend where I didn't have a ton of free time but still wanted to get through a book. This was another one that had been on my list for years and I finally picked it up. I will say I probably would have liked it more in junior high or high school, but to be honest I still found it cute now even if parts were cheesy and predictable. Plus I loved that they were in Europe for part of it!

Would I recommend? Yes! 



What has been the best book you have read recently? Tell me in the comments!

xo, Scarlett