I’ve been through a lot of changes in the last year: battling depression, leaving school, moving to New York City, working at a tech start-up, moving back to the midwest, and now adjusting to working remotely and balancing blogging in the midst of all of it. I look at how stressful the last year has been but I also realize that this time of change is just a part of growing up and everyone my age has either experienced that stress or will be very soon. I’m by no means an expert at handling stress (I’m known to hole up in my room and listen to Hilary Duff’s Metamorphosis album on a loop to hid from any and all stressors) but I have gotten pretty good at handling change. I’ve learned a lot, and while I still have a lot to learn I’m sure, I wanted to share my top five tips for dealing with change in your early twenties: Focus on quality The quality of the people you spend time with, the things you own, and the effort you put into the things you do. When I was younger I was so focused on having as many friends as possible (including… View Post

I like to think of myself as low-maintenance. Minimal makeup, sensible shoes, and air dried hair are sort of my jam. Sure, it’s easy to look at my favorite fashion bloggers with perfectly blown out hair, beautiful makeup, and edgy street style and want to replicate their look on the daily; but let’s be honest: I work from home and my idea of an adventurous night consists staying out later than 9:30. As much as I’d love to fit the picture perfect, #iwokeuplikethis mold everyday, I don’t have the time or dedication. But with that said, if I’m going out I still want to look nice without sacrificing my time or comfort and I’ve gotten pretty darn good at the five-minute makeup routine and outfits so comfy I can sleep in them and I thought I would share my process with you. The makeup The best tip I’ve ever been given in my entire life (exaggeration? Maybe.) is that if you have a bold lip the rest of your makeup doesn’t matter. A bold lip makes such a statement that a quick swipe of mascara can finish off the entire look and you’ll still look put together. No joke, when I go for a bold lip… View Post

I am going to be talking a lot about my move to New York in coming posts because, really, how could I not? My life has definitely taken an unexpected (and exciting!) turn, and every post idea I’ve brainstormed up as of late has something to do with the move. Today I’ve teamed up with Dove to talk about 6 things nobody warned me about before moving to the city. I was told all about spotting Craigslist scams and finding the best food (there are vegetarian restaurants as far as the eye can see, y’all!), but there were a lot of important things that were left out. Your MetroCard is your lifeline. See that little gold card peeking out of my card pocket? That is my ticket around the city. That little slip of cardboard allows me to get from point A to point B (no matter how far apart those points may be) for just under $3. Bonus Tip: Ride the subway more than twice a day? You’re going to want to invest in a monthly pass. Instead of loading 30 dollars on your card every week, pay just over 100 for the month! Personally, I walk when I can and avoid… View Post

Life has been moving really fast lately – I feel like I’m constantly moving a million miles a minute and I really haven’t been able to take time to slow down. I keep telling myself I need to start breathing and taking time for myself – and then I dream up another big project. While I’m all about dreaming and doing, there is something to be said for knowing when enough is enough and taking a break. I’ve been making a lot of changes lately and one more change I want to make is spending more time doing things I love and relaxing.  I teamed up with my friends at Zappos to bring you all different ways that you can unwind and have fun doing whatever it is that makes you happy! Enjoy the sunshine. Spring is (finally!) coming at us full force and we can shed our winter layers and enjoy the sunshine, however sparse it may be. Whether you’re ready to go out and get active or just looking to sit out and enjoy the sunshine and soak up some vitamin D. Create something. When we reach a certain age – our creativity begins to be stifled. Instead of short stories we are writing essays and… View Post

I’m definitely #TeamValentinesDay. I always have been, really. I am (almost pathetically) a die hard romantic, and even long before I was dating Chris, Valentines Day just meant watching romantic comedies and seeing beautiful flowers all over social media. And that is something that I can totally get behind. Now I will admit that Valentine’s Day is even more exciting because I get to be on the receiving end of those romantic gestures and it gives me a good excuse to dress up (something I’m always looking to do!) Chris and I thought we were clever trying to beat the crowds and celebrated last night. Unfortunately, we weren’t the only ones. Despite having to fight the crowds out last night, we had a wonderful time (and great food!) I was really excited to team up with ALYCE Paris to Own The Room and I was able to wear one of their amazing dresses. Chris and I don’t get dressed up too often, so when a special occasion does roll around I’m happy to take full advantage! With plenty of sparkles and a perfect fit this ALYCE Paris dress really helped me own the room during our date night. We went to one of our favorite spots on… View Post