Recent Thrift Haul (Clothes & Furniture)

I absolutely love watching thrift hauls on Youtube or reading them on blogs to see what gems other people have found! I enjoy digging a bit to find a good piece if it means I can get it for just a few dollars. Today I wanted to compile everything I have bought second hand recently into one post and hopefully inspire you guys to checkout your local thrift and consignment shops to find good deals too!

My love of thrifting goes back quite a few years, so if you want to checkout an old thrift haul from 2015 (I still own and love every piece from it!) click here. To see my most recent thrift haul from last summer, checkout this post!

First I will start with three things I picked up from Plato's Closet. I honestly don't have much luck there usually and don't go in often. But my friend wanted to check it out so I went and they were having 70% off clearance, plus if you bought two clearance items you got a third free.

The sweater above is Madewell and I got it for $3! For a Madewell top that is great quality that is a great price. I was a little hesitant about the side ties at first, but I think it adds a fun detail!

Next I picked out this green vest. It is Columbia and only $3 as well! Besides this I only have puffy vests or my fur vest, so this will be a great addition to cute outfits or even to wear on a walk outside when it is chilly!

Next was this top Gap. It is slightly too big, but I think it will be good to wear to clinic if I tuck it in like this! Add a watch or a pair of statement earrings and the look would be complete. This was also free since it was buy two get one!

More recently I went to a local consignment shop to look for some tops that would be good to wear to clinic this fall. I found this top originally from Old Navy and I loved the colors and pattern! It probably won't be great for clinic, but it will be good just to wear to class. It was around $8!

Next I found these dress pants originally from Eddie Bauer. They are slightly cropped and slightly too big, but they were only $3 so I had to pick them up since I could use another pair or two of pants to wear to clinic. 

This top was about $10 and originally from Loft. I really like the pattern and it will be a perfect top for clinic because when I bend over it stays put and you can't see down it. Always a win :)

This top was only $3 too and I love the pattern! I wish it didn't have the ruffles on the front, but I feel like when it is tucked in it still looks fine. For clinic we have to wear a gray cardigan over our shirt that has our school logo, and I think this pattern will be a fun one to wear under that!

This top was also about $8 and I loved that it is professional but also has red in it. It is originally from The Limited and will end up being a great shirt to wear to clinic! 

Finally I picked up this shirt originally from Gap and I loved the pink stripes! I wear stripes so often, but most of my striped tops are black and white, gray and white, or navy and white, so this will be a fun addition! I think I can even wear it to clinic if I add my cardigan and a cute necklace. But it will also be a great top to wear on casual days to class too! 

Finally I wanted to share about two furniture pieces I got! This fall is the first time I am living in a house off campus, so I needed to buy lots of things for my room since it was unfurnished. I was able to find this dresser for $40 at a Habitat thrift store in town! I am still planning on getting new knobs for the drawers because I am not a huge fan of the ones that came with it.

Then we were able to get this night stand that matches pretty well for $12 at a different thrift store! I am planning on putting a basket in the bottom part to hold books or even just charging cords and stuff. I was toying with the idea of getting a new knob for this one too, but I think I kind of like how quirky this one is. As of now when I am writing this post I don't have much else for my room yet, but this fall I am planning on doing a room tour in a post if it all comes together well! So stay tuned to see if I can make a few pieces of mismatched furniture look decent :)

Do you ever go thrift shopping? What has been your best find? Let me know in the comments!
xo, Scarlett


Nail Polish Collection Bullet Journal Page

This summer I made a lot more progress on my one-time pages in my bullet journal, so I wanted to share another page with you guys! I saw a nail polish collection page on Pinterest a few years ago, and I thought it was such a cool idea so you could have all your colors laid out in front of you and can check it before buying any new ones to see if you have a similar color. 

I chose to kind of put mine in an order by color, but as I buy new ones I will just add them to the end! I chose to put the brand, number, and name under each polish, but it is so easy just to add whatever you want if you don't like that. 

As you can tell I also painted mine out into oval shapes, but again you can swatch the colors however you choose. This was just a quick and easy way, even if they are not all precisely the same. 

If you do this, I recommend going through all of your nail polishes beforehand and throwing out any you don't like anymore or that are getting old and gross. I did this, and it was great because now I know all of these colors are good and will hopefully last for at least a few years. 

How do you organize your nail polish? Let me know in the comments below! 

xo, Scarlett


7 Things To Do During Syllabus Week

As the first week of school is approaching for many college students, I wanted to share a few tips to help you start the semester off on the right foot. I am a firm believer in staying on top of your work from the beginning of the semester in order to save yourself as much stress as possible.

1. Have a hard copy of your syllabi and read through it
This is important to do so you have a rough outline of what your semester will be like. I prefer a hard copy because I just put it in that binder for the class and always have it with me! It is also great if you want to highlight anything important such as the professor's office hours or a big due date.

2. Make sure you have everything you need for each class
The first week is the perfect time to figure out what textbooks you actually need, as well as buying a folder or binder for the class!

3. Put all important assignments and events into your planner
I have talked about how crucial a planner or calendar of some sort is on the blog so many times before that I won't go too far into this one. But take the time during your first week to write down any dates for assignments, papers, and projects into your planner so it is all in one place!

4. Spend time with friends and make new friends with your classmates
Chances are the first week of the semester will be one of the most free weeks for you and your friends. Take advantage of this by planning fun things with friends, but also try to make a new friend or two in your classes! This is especially important if you don't know anyone in a class because you will want a buddy to be able to text if you miss class and need notes. Or just having a study buddy can make a boring class a little better!

5. Work out
You might be like chill, it is the first week I have plenty of time. And you are right. But getting into a routine while your schedule is a little lighter is always a good idea! Especially if you have a gym buddy, set the days you are going to go together each week and start it out from the beginning of the semester. I find if I have been going consistently since the beginning of the semester I am less likely to skip going.

6. Make sure your computer is organized
Everyone has their own way to organize files, but make sure you have a good system before the semester starts! I have a school folder and within that I have folders for each semester and within those folders for each class. Sometimes I have even more folders for each class if needed! I also recommend getting rid of any old documents you don't need before the semester starts just so you don't start out with unnecessary clutter!

7. Set semester goals
Writing your goals out at the beginning of the semester will give you something to strive for even when the semester gets rough. In addition to setting academic goals, set a few personal goals too! Try to learn a new skill, improve at something you already do, etc.

How do you prepare for a great semester? Let me know in the comments!
xo, Scarlett


Recently Reading: July 2018

This month was a lot busier for me than June between traveling and just hanging out more often with friends, but I still managed to read quite a few books which is something I am proud of! There were a few books this month that I highly recommend, so keep reading to see which ones I loved and which ones were just okay. 

The French Girl- Lexie Elliot

"Everyone has a secret...
They were six university students from Oxford—friends and sometimes more than friends—spending an idyllic week together in a French farmhouse. It was supposed to be the perfect summer getaway...until they met Severine, the girl next door. 

But after a huge altercation on the last night of the holiday, Kate Channing knew nothing would ever be the same. There are some things you can't forgive. And there are some people you can't forget...like Severine, who was never seen again. 
A decade later, the case is reopened when Severine's body is found behind the farmhouse. Questioned along with her friends, Kate stands to lose everything she's worked so hard to achieve as suspicion mounts all around her. Desperate to resolve her unreliable memories and fearful she will be forever bound to the memory of the woman who still haunts her, Kate finds herself entangled within layers of deception with no one to set her free..."

This psychological thriller is a little slower than most, but it still kept me intrigued and reading. And as the story progressed it did pick up, but I do have to say I was hoping for a little more from the ending! If there is such thing as "light thriller" I would say this fits the category. Also just have to say that I didn't like that Kate kept seeing Severine throughout the book. I felt that addition was unneeded and was just weird to me.

Would I recommend? Maybe

A Chance In The World- Steve Pemberton

"From the day he is five-years-old and dropped off at his foster home of the next eleven years, Stephen is mentally and physically tortured. No one in the system can help him. No one can tell him if he has a family. No one can tell him why, with obvious African-American features, he has the last name of Klakowicz.
Along the way, a single faint light comes only from a neighbor’s small acts of kindness and caring—and a box of books. From one of those books he learns that he has to fight in any way he can—for victory is in the battle. His victory is to excel in school.
Against all odds, the author succeeded. He attended college, graduated, became a successful corporate executive, and married a wonderful woman with whom he established a loving family of his own. Through it, he dug voraciously through records and files and found his history, his birth family—and the ultimate disappointment as some family members embrace him, but others reject him.
Readers won’t be the same after reading this powerful story. They will share in the hurts and despair but also in the triumph against daunting obstacles. They will share this story with their family, with their friends, with their neighbors."

When I saw Kayla from Kayla Blogs talk about this book recently, I was intrigued and added it to my list. It happened to be available from my library on my Kindle so I went ahead to check it out to read on the plane ride to California! The fact that this book is a true story makes me so sad, but it was eyeopening to see how broken the system can be. His resilience is remarkable and his search for his personal identity was interesting to read. My only complaint would be that the writing style was not the best at times and included too many details that didn't really matter.

Would I recommend? Yes!

Here's To Us- Elin Hilderbrand

"Celebrity chef Deacon Thorpe has always been a force of nature with an insatiable appetite for life. But after that appetite contributes to Deacon's shocking death in his favorite place on earth, a ramshackle Nantucket summer cottage, his (messy, complicated) family is reeling. Now Deacon's three wives, his children, and his best friend gather on the island he loved to say farewell. The three very different women have long been bitter rivals, each wanting to claim the primary place in Deacon's life and his heart. But as they slowly let go of the resentments they've held onto for years and remember the good times, secrets are revealed, confidences are shared, and improbable bonds are formed as this unlikely family says goodbye to the man who brought them all together, for better or worse--and the women he loved find new ways to love again. "

This book is a great summer read. I started in on the beach and continued to read it once I was home and really enjoyed it. I liked the characters in this book, except maybe Belinda. I also liked how throughout the story as the conflict between the wives escalate as they try to carry out Deacon's final wishes, we get more peeks into each of their relationships with Deacon. I read a few reviews that said this book was all fluff, but I felt differently. I think the characters were developed really well and the story itself was good. 

Would I recommend? Yes!

Two By Two- Nicholas Sparks

"At 32, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expansive home in Charlotte. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear...and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down. In a matter of months, Russ finds himself without a job or wife, caring for his young daughter while struggling to adapt to a new and baffling reality. Throwing himself into the wilderness of single parenting, Russ embarks on a journey at once terrifying and rewarding—one that will test his abilities and his emotional resources beyond anything he ever imagined."

I'll be the first to admit that this book was on my to-read list for years, but it never grabbed me enough to actually check it out. But when one of my best friends read it a few weeks ago and said I had to, I finally checked it out. I will also say that I tried to start it 3 times before I actually got into it. I would pick it up when I needed a new book to read, but it was so slow in the beginning that I just couldn't get into it. Finally, I decided to just stick with it and about 50 pages in I broke through and became invested in the story. This is a longer read that took me about a week to finish, but I really liked it! At times the characters did annoy me, since Russell is such a people pleaser and Vivian is just terrible all around. But overall Nicholas Sparks did a good job writing it and parts were difficult to stomach just because they were written so well and could really happen to anyone. 

Would I recommend? Yes

Final Girls- Riley Sager

"Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout's knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media's attempts, they never meet.
Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancĂ©, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won't even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past. 
That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy's doorstep. Blowing through Quincy's life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa's death come to light, Quincy's life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam's truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished"

So many thrillers now are set around the premise of a group of college students going somewhere and something horrible happening. It happened in The French Girl at the top of this post and again in this book. This made me a bit hesitant to pick up this one, but I am so glad I did! This was one of my favorite thrillers I have read this year and it had so many twists and turns I did not expect. It was so well written and the plot was great that I could not even guess where it was going next. I also really enjoyed that the story of what happened at Pine Cottage was being told throughout the book in its own chapters as well, so as the current story unfolded, that unfolded as well. 

Would I recommend? YES! 

The War That Saved My Life- Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

"Ten-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada's twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn't waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him.

So begins a new adventure for Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan—and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother?"

This is actually a children's book that would be good for upper elementary school kids, but one of my friends had read it and recommended it to me. I ended up loving it because it was so well written! It kind of reminded me of Number The Stars, which is a book I read in elementary school that is also set during WWII. If you read Wonder and liked it, I also think you would like this book since it focuses on a character who has a physical problem and how she overcomes this. 

Would I recommend? YES! 

Every Note Played- Lisa Genova

"An accomplished concert pianist, Richard received standing ovations from audiences all over the world in awe of his rare combination of emotional resonance and flawless technique. Every finger of his hands was a finely calibrated instrument, dancing across the keys and striking each note with exacting precision. That was eight months ago.
Richard now has ALS, and his entire right arm is paralyzed. His fingers are impotent, still, devoid of possibility. The loss of his hand feels like a death, a loss of true love, a divorce—his divorce.
He knows his left arm will go next.
Three years ago, Karina removed their framed wedding picture from the living room wall and hung a mirror there instead. But she still hasn’t moved on. Karina is paralyzed by excuses and fear, stuck in an unfulfilling life as a piano teacher, afraid to pursue the path she abandoned as a young woman, blaming Richard and their failed marriage for all of it.
When Richard becomes increasingly paralyzed and is no longer able to live on his own, Karina becomes his reluctant caretaker. As Richard’s muscles, voice, and breath fade, both he and Karina try to reconcile their past before it’s too late."

This is my third Lisa Genova book and I have really enjoyed each one as they each take on a different disease. The writing is great, but since Lisa Genova is also a neuroscientist they are informative and I feel like I am getting an inside look into what it is like to live with one of these diseases. I like Still Alice the best out of the 3 I have read, but this one was very good as well! 

Would I recommend? Yes!

Bring Me Back- B.A. Paris

This book had so much potential, it really did. I have really enjoyed her two previous books and the summary of this one made me think I would enjoy it too. I will say this book kept me reading because I did want to know what actually happened to Layla. But I didn't really like any of the characters, so it was hard to get invested in the story. Peggy the dog was pretty much the only character I liked. The plot was okay, and I did the frightening significance of the Russian dolls! But it was also incredibly cheesy at times and I really was hoping for a better ending. Overall it was a quick read, but I can't say that I enjoyed it that much or that I will remember it in a month. 

Would I recommend? Maybe, but I highly recommend reading her other two books first. \

What books have you read and loved recently? I always love getting recommendations in the comments! 
xo, Scarlett


10 Resin Statement Earrings for under $10

Statement earrings have been a big trend this spring and summer. In addition to tassel earrings, these resin statement earrings have been really popular! They are a fun addition to any outfit, and I love how many colors and patterns they come in. Today I wanted to share my favorites that are under $10, because there is no need to spend $50 on a pair of earrings you might only wear a few times! 

Forever 21: $6.90

Forever 21: $6.90

Forever 21: $6.90

Forever 21: $9.90 

Charlotte Russe: $5.99 

Shein: $3.00 

Shein: $3.00 

Shein: $5.00 

Shein: $3.00 

Are you a fan of this trend? Or do you prefer simpler earrings? Let me know in the comments! 
xo, Scarlett


How To Stop Procrastinating In College

After making it through 3 years of college, I feel like I have learned my fair share about how to not procrastinate and how to stay on top of things from the beginning of the semester.

For some back story, I have never really been a big procrastinator. If I have big assignments hanging over my head it is hard for me to go out and have fun when I know I should be working on that. Even in high school I was pretty good about not procrastinating. But freshman year of college it was a little difficult for me to balance everything as I transitioned into college, and I procrastinated more than ever that first semester. Luckily since then I have realized that I save myself so much stress if I keep procrastinating to a minimum.

1. Write down all assignments
At the beginning of the semester, I take all my syllabi and write everything into my planner. This helps me know from the beginning when my busy weeks will be and plan around those. If I see that I have 3 papers due in one week, I know that I will want to have at least two of them finished before I even start that week or else I will be drowning. I also know some people who like to make a big spreadsheet of every single task for the semester, so that is another option!

2. Make a weekly plan
Every Sunday I take a few minutes to plan out the upcoming week. I want to make sure I am aware of all assignments, big and small. I also usually try to get any readings I will have to do throughout the week done the weekend before to free up a little extra time during the week. In addition to school stuff, I also make sure I have at least one or two things with friends scheduled in to give me something to look forward to! I also plan out any gym time and roughly plan my meals for the week. Obviously I don't stick to my schedule exactly, and I don't plan out every minute. But if I know what I need to get done each day to get through the week, and have a little time to myself scheduled in each day, it makes it go a a lot better!

3. If it takes less than 10 minutes, do it now 
You know those things that you put off that actually end up being really quick and painless? Get those done when you think of them! Walking by your dishwasher on your way to get food? Take the few minutes to unload it. Have a short assignment that sounds really boring but in reality won't take long? Just conquer it!

4. Batch your tasks
In my Audiology class we had reading responses that we had to do for every chapter. I would try to get 2-3 of them done at a time when I did them because once I was in that mindset I was able to do them pretty fast and then they weren't hanging over my head later because I dreaded them. This can apply to a lot of smaller tasks or busy work like that!

5. Finish assignments the day you get them
This is especially important if you only have a class once or twice a week! I have found that if I tell myself I have to finish homework for my classes the day it is assigned, then I always have it done by the time the next class comes around and never have the chance to accidentally forget. This doesn't apply to larger projects and papers, but if it just a short response to something, do it the day you get it!

6. Make deadlines for yourself
One major thing I had to adjust to in college was the fact that you get almost all of your papers and projects assigned at the beginning of the semester and it is up to you to get everything done by the final due date. To be honest, my type A self loves this because I can plan out my whole semester at the beginning pretty much and set my own deadlines so I have everything done in advance. One trick I use is setting smaller deadlines for projects, such as having all my sources by X and having a rough draft by X. I also try to set a final due date for myself about a week before the project is actually due so if I have something come up I have a little wiggle room.

7. Keep a running to-do list
I know I have shared this so many times, but my number one tip for productivity is having a running to-do list. I am a visual person and seeing all my tasks written down keeps me moving. I try to make a to-do list the night before or in the morning, so when I get back from classes/clinic I am able to see what needs to be done and start tackling things. If I don't have a to-do list, I generally waste a lot more time trying to think of things to do or avoiding a big project while I could've been tackling the smaller things I needed to do!

How do you keep yourself from procrastinating? Let me know in the comments!
xo, Scarlett


Great Books for Speech-Language Pathologists to Read

Today I am combining three of my passions (speech path, blogging, and books) into one post, and I am so excited to share it! I have had this post on my list for so long, but I wanted to read a few more of them for myself before I shared!

I understand life is busy, especially if you are in school to become an SLP like I am! It can be hard to justify taking time to read a book "for fun" sometimes, even if it is something you enjoy. But I find it a little easier to justify if it is a good that relates to speech pathology somehow, because then I just can say that it will allow me to learn new things and help me in the future. You probably already know I think it is important to read for fun, but I also think it is important to read books that relate to your field as well so you can gain new knowledge outside of the classroom too.

Still Alice by Lisa Genova-
This novel deals with Alzheimer's and how it effects a professor when she begins to show signs and symptoms.

Inside The O'Brien's by Lisa Genova-
This novel deals with Huntington's Disease and how it effects a police officer once he gets the diagnosis.

Every Note Played by Lisa Genova-
Clearly I love Lisa Genova's books about different diseases! This was another great one that allows you to look into the life of a pianist as he battles ALS.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio
This one deals with disability in general and how someone with a physical disability is often treated and helps reader appreciate the simple courage of kindness. It is also actually a kids book, so it is a fairly quick read but still a powerful message.

A Chance In This World by Steve Pemberton-
This book doesn't necessarily relate to being an SLP, but I think it is a good read for teachers, SLPs, or anyone working with children. It shows how much kids come truly overcome, but also how you never really know what is going on in a child's home life.

Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan-
This a true story about a 24 year old woman who had a "month of madness" due to an autoimmune disease that left her unable to move or speak. I read this one a few years ago, and I think it was interesting to see how quickly someone can change due to a disease like that.

Next I am going to share a few that are on my to-read list, but I haven't personally read yet.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon-
This is a novel about a boy with autism and I have heard it is does a great job portraying autism and would be a beneficial read for anyone who will work with autistic individuals!

Schuyler's Monster: A Father's Journey with his Wordless Daughter by Robert Rummel Hudson
This is a true story about a little girl who has a rare neurological disorder that has left her unable to speak. Again, I have heard great things about this one!

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

This biography is about a neurosurgeon who gets diagnosed with lung cancer. I have heard it is an interesting memoir since it is written by a man who was used to treating the dying, and suddenly he becomes the patient.

The Diving Bell and The Butterfly by Jean Dominique Bauby-

This biography is about a man who has a stroke and suddenly finds himself imprisoned in his own body and only able to communicate by blinking his left eye. This book was recommended in my neuroanatomy class last year, and I hope to read it sometime soon since it sounds like it would give me a better perspective into the different ways people have to communicate. The fact that he can communicate just by blinking is fascinating to me!

Have you read any of these books? I would recommend most of them even if you aren't an SLP! Let me know which one sounds the most interesting to you in the comments below!

xo, Scarlett