Backpack – Breakdown!

Hello lovelies,

It’s soon to be that time of year again. The discount stores will be packed with fresh notebooks, fully inked pins and post it notes in every color. Blogging inspiration will be rampant. Before you know it, you’ll be picking out new rainboots, snuggling into your favorite jeans, and clutching your lucky blue ink-pen like there’s no tomorrow… or maybe that’s just me. Oh well. Click the pics!

For those of you beginning your first semester of college here’s a breakdown of what’ll be in my backpack and should be in yours.

Little Must Haves:

Cute Coffee Cup Cozy                                                        Go To Earrings

   

Pretty Purposeful Planner                                           Kiss-Demanding Lip Balm
   

A cute personalized cozy can be a social-life saver. Pop your favorite iced or hot coffee into it, and collect the inevitable compliments, and probably a few friends too. Looking for a study buddy, someone to grab lunch with after class, an in for the apartment party you haven’t been invited to yet? This guy keeps on giving.

Picture this. It’s raining. Your hair won’t do what you want. You didn’t have time to perfect your make up, and your outfit just isn’t giving you the pep you need. To boot, you might’ve just gotten a less than satisfactory grade on that last paper, you missed the latest ANTM,  and your cute crush in the third row is chatting with that brat from the third floor. Ew. Needless to say, you need a boost. Tuck these babies in: your go to earrings, the ones that put the sparkle in your eye, and the bounce in your ‘natural’ waves.  I always feel better when I’m wearing these bad-boys.

Okay, you’ve taken on a bit more than you can chew. Like me, you’re the Pres. of a club, an Resident Assistant, and you’re chomping at 20 credits this semester. Not to mention you really would like to tryyyyy to go to the gym this lifetime ;) Throw in friends, formals, dates and family…  you’re to-do list is bursting. You need this customizable Planner. Believe me it’s worth it. Splurge for the binding strap, at least.

A new climate can be terror on your lips. Keep your kissers pillow soft with your fav. lip balm. I always go for the barely there flavor, leave just a little something to remember you by…

Just a few tips, more on the way.

xoxo,
-E

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Day #1

Okay,

So day one had some good times and some bad times…

Good Times:

Dinner at Potbelly’s- So I know the pictures a little fuzzy, I’ll work on that in the future, but I had an amazingg salad, super cheap for my first meal as an independent undergrad. I don’t remember the name of the specific salad, but it was romaine lettuce, red grapes, grilled chicken, cranberries and apple slices with you’re choice of dressing. <3 Super Tasty, and I got to sit up in the window and people watch while I ate, which was actually really inspiring (so much fun fashion walks right by), Don’t worry, I took notes, and I’ll be passing them along.

Successfully navigating the MD & DC Metro system! -Nothing feels better than doing something completely on your own and getting it right the first time. Am I right? I had my doubts when I got on my  the bus and was shuttled away from my familiar nook ,but I left my new apartment in MD, found my destination in DC, and got back smooth as Don Draper circa season 2. Huge Win for E.

Bad times:

With the memory of the sweet southern summer sunshine still fresh in my mind, I got on that bus in cropped denim jeans, white strappy sandles, a loose floral tank and my hair in a boho-y side braid, needless to say all was well. That is until I got off the metro and looked up. The clouds were sunken in, nearly brushing the top of the city buildings. Before I could get out a sigh of disappointment, the bottom fell out. What began as a sprinkle flipped into a storm in a matter of minutes. Of course I had no umbrella. After walking three blocks in the rain, I finally found a starbucks & a walgreens, thank goodness.

I went into the bathroom looking like a wet rat. First, I took out my handy-dandy cardi and buttoned it over my tank, which I felt ridiculous in due to the horrible weather. Then I dried my hair a bit under the hand dryer and styled it into a neat high bun. Last I patted off the excess water with some paper towels and ordered an Iced White Chocolate Mocha.  I’d say this part at least was a mini success.

(Note: Always carry an umbrella & a hair-tie, never underestimate the power of a public restroom. )

xoxo
-E

P.S. Get that Cardi here!