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Monday, March 31, 2014

Stop & Save

My first semester of this year, I went to Starbucks almost every single day. I blew through over one thousand dollars by November. I found myself scrambling for money around the holidays to pay for gifts for my friends and family and even ended up in debt after getting into a car accident.

Learn from my terrible mistakes and stop the following things to save your money!

Stop paying for coffee.
You can make it at home or in your dorm room. When I finally stopped going to my beloved Starbucks everyday, I found that I actually liked the coffee at home better. Now, I don't even crave Starbucks anymore (go me!) and when I drive by it I don't feel the need to go.






















Stop being a chauffeur. 
Even in the picture above of my Starbucks, you can see that I was quite low on gas. I personally love to drive and I like being able to take my friends anywhere and everywhere they want to go. However, gas really adds up over time. I looked at my spending statements from the past month and I spent about $100 on gas in a month alone. I have decent gas milage and don't even drive very far every day, however it adds up quickly. If your friend is dying to go to the mall, meet up and carpool. The best way to save money on gas without being stringent with your friends is to alternate and carpool!

Stop hoarding old clothes.
I am the worst at this. I have a shirt that I wore to my sixth grade dance in my closet currently...how sad is that? I haven't worn it in approximately 5 years and yet, there it is, still taking up space in my already small closet.

Clean out your closet. Seriously, do it. I even have a space in my planner this weekend to clean it out and that shirt will be going to Plato's to be sold! Definitely check out places where you live where you can sell your gently used clothes. They may not give you the money you were hoping for, but hey, it's still money. And it counts.

Stop fearing coupons.
To be honest, and this will sound bad, I thought that coupons were tacky for a long time. I really did not like admitting that I wanted to save money on whatever I was buying (which is ridiculous). But, in light of my Starbucks-account-draining extravaganza, I have become a fan of the coupon. Now, a coupon is not a license to buy whatever you want just because it's on sale, but more like if you need something and you have a coupon, you're in luck because you're going to save some money!

I get e-mails from my favorite stores every so often that say what coupons are available at the time, and when I genuinely need or want something (CVS cards are the bomb, seriously), I'll go for it!

Please let me know if you have any other tips or tricks for saving money! I always need more help in this department!

xx, Victoria
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Sunday, March 30, 2014

#showuswhereyouwork

Hello lovies! I am so excited to be a part of another huge blogger collaboration, this time featuring workspaces!

As you all know, I adore looking at other peoples' desks. I love the mix of fashion and function, and now I will share mine with you all!








































Fun fact: my desk is inside a closet. In case you were wondering why it looks kinda dark, that's why! I have two lamps (one that I built myself) and Christmas string lights, and those help a lot! The doors have two ribbon boards on them, and those hold pictures, tickets (can you see the Beyoncé concert ticket on the right?), etc. Please excuse the swimming medals and middle school art. I just can't bear to part with those things because they have such a strong emotional meaning for me!

Anyways, without further ado, here are the questions that I was asked to answer!


1. Where is your favorite workspace located? (Library, apartment, dorm room?)
I personally prefer to work at my own desk! My desk is in my room, and that way it's all my space and my stuff.

2. Do you prefer a sleek desk or you more of an “organized chaos” kind of person?
Although I prefer a sleek more organized workspace, I normally end up with an organized chaos!

3. What is your favorite kind of writing utensil?
For pencils, I love the Papermate Sharpwriter pencils! To see what pens I love, check out my Pretty Writing post.

4. Show us your calendar or agenda!
Here's my calendar, but to see more of my agenda check out my post on it!




































5. And just for fun, what are you looking forward to most about spring?
I am so excited for spring break! Click here to see my post on my essentials for a beach-bound trip!

Thank you so much to Carlee, Rebecca, and Dorothy for hosting such a wonderful linkup! Be sure to check out their blogs today, as well as all of the other blogs participating in this!

xx, Victoria
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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Marley Lilly's App

CALLING ALL MONOGRAM-AHOLICS!

Marley Lilly has come out with an app that lets you make monogrammed wallpaper for free. Yes, free! And it's adorable!










































Oh! How cute are these?! There are tons and tons of options and the best part is that the app is free!

This app is also super dangerous because you can shop everything in their inventory right from this app... scary, right?!

Be sure to post a picture of your new wallpaper with #marleylilly to be entered to win a $50 gift card!

xx, Victoria
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PS - I made a mistake in the PDX Prepster's guest post! My guest post is live on Natalie's blog TODAY! Go check it out!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Vloggers We Love

For the second post in the Vloggers We Love series, we have Lauren Curtis.

She is the beauty guru of YouTube in my opinion, and with tons and tons of videos, it's easy to see why.

Reasons why we love her:
1. She is incredibly detailed and always names the products & brushes she uses.
2. She does a variety of looks that appeal to all taste levels.
3. She simplifies complicated looks and makes them easy to recreate.

Plus, she just published this video on self-love and...whoa. Definitely check it out if you're having a rough day.

In short, she's gorgeous, she's talented, and YouTube is better for her sharing her genius with us.

Definitely check out all of the videos on her channel, she has tons more!

xx, Victoria
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Southern Stereotypes

As someone who was born and raised in Tennessee, one of my pet peeves is the southern stereotype.

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I googled "southerner" and this is what came up.

First things first, not that many people wear cowboy hats. Unless they're Tim McGraw or Kenny Chesney (country music stars), most people just wear baseball caps if they wear a hat at all.

Next up, we are not all confederates. Many people assume that due to the historic nature of the region (aka The Civil War), that we are all racist bigots and honestly that's just offensive. This is not to say that there aren't any racist people in the South at all, because that would be a straight up lie. There are still active KKK chapters in my area, and although that is truly sad and disheartening, not everybody with a Southern accent is out to kill any and every person who doesn't look exactly like them.

We do not all have huge hair.

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Now, we do love Dolly Parton around here, but Steel Magnolias hair is not the norm, I promise."The higher the hair the closer to God," is not the beauty mantra around here! We actually wear our hair in whatever way is currently fashionable, or the way you would see someone's hair styled in a magazine.

A few years ago, I went to New York, and as I was on the subway, someone overheard my family and I talking and realized that we were from the South. Upon being asked, we told him that we were from Tennessee, and he was amazed that we were fully clothed in modern garb, and that my everyone in my family had a full set of straight teeth. He promptly told us that he didn't think that people in Tennessee had teeth, wore shoes, or went to school. Naturally, I told him that I had shoes on, that I always did, and that I was currently enrolled in a prep school and taking a full AP course load. Needless to say, he was absolutely dumbfounded.

In my experience, TV is the worst about encouraging some of these stereotypes.

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No one, and I mean no one, says "dang flabbit." Billy Ray is not an accurate representation of the south. And neither is the Robertson clan of A&E's "Duck Dynasty."

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They are an extremely successful family, and they do hold some wonderful values. However, they drive home the standard view that we all wear camo and that we kill all of our own food. No.

There's a saying that we are "American by birth, and southern by the grace of God." I love being from the South. There's a culture of hospitality and general friendliness that I have yet to experience anywhere else. I find it very frustrating whenever I travel that people automatically assume the italicized things about me just because of my hometown. After coming home from a trip exasperated and fed up today, I hope that you all can see that the standard view of the southerner just is not the accurate one anymore.

xx, Victoria
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Flawless

If you know me at all, you know that July 13, 2013 was probably one of the greatest nights of my life.

Why, you ask?
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Beyoncé Knowles Carter. Enough said.























My mom surprised me with tickets to her concert in Nashville the day before we were supposed to go. I went with one of my best friends and oh. my. gosh. It was absolutely amazing.

However, I don't just admire Beyoncé for her absolutely amazing voice (although Halo live completely rocked my world). She is active in so many great organizations.

Before her concert started (she took 45 minutes, yes 45, after the opening act performed to come out and perform herself), there were a couple videos played about her. They were essentially all of the philanthropy campaigns that she's involved in, and guys, this woman is absolutely amazing.

First of all, she dropped her latest album in December with no warning, and it still went straight to the top with no opposition. It was also a visual album - she made a music video for every single song on the album.

Next, she did things in the right order. I probably sound really old fashioned when I say this, but I admire celebrities who get married before they have babies - especially child stars! I see so many child stars go off the rails (ahem, Lindsey) and she's a solid role model because of her lifestyle.

Then, she got involved with female empowerment. If you've heard the song "Girls," you know what I'm talking about. Plus, you probably saw her on my "I'm the Boss" post two weeks ago.

However, last week I received one of the Her Campus Study Break e-mails (sign up to get them here!) and it linked me to this video:
I died. These guys are amazing....and then I found another video of them doing MORE Beyoncé!
Anyways, clearly the Beyoncé love is constantly flowing. Definitely check out her Instagram to see just how constantly gorgeous she is.

Finally, listen to Love on Top. This is perhaps my favorite song by her, and her voice really shines here.
To hear even more Beyoncé (because you can never get enough in my opinion), check out this playlist on Spotify to hear all things Beyoncé. On repeat.
xoxo (just like the song "XO" hehe), Victoria

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Guest Post: The PDX Prepster

For the second guest post this week, I have another great post for you all. Natalie, or the PDX Prepster, has kindly written a post for you all on sorority recruitment do's and don'ts. As someone who is planning on going through recruitment next fall, her wisdom is so helpful and honest. Also, be sure to check out my post on her blog! We did a little swap since we're both traveling for spring break this week ;)

"My Sorority Recruitment Experience: Do’s and Don’ts:





















When Victoria contacted me about doing a guest post, I was thrilled when she asked me to write about sorority recruitment. I loved my sorority recruitment experience, and am already prepping for my first recruitment as a member of Delta Gamma. Greek Life isn’t right for everyone, but I’m so happy I went through recruitment (I was a little hesitant about it at first). I ended up in a wonderful sisterhood and met friends in other Greek houses along the way.  Here is a list of what I learned through my experience! So glad I get to share it!

Do:

1.       Do Be Yourself- Unless you’re prepared to keep up appearances for four years, be who you are and not who you think a chapter is looking for. The best way to join a sisterhood that you will truly bond with is to be you.  I can’t stress this enough.

2.       Do Ask Questions (Important Ones!)- It’s important to understand the individual style each chapter you’re considering, so asking honest questions about the house is oh so important! In my experience you will only have a short time to talk to each girl when visiting a party, so make your time with them useful and informative. Don’t waste too much time talking about your dorm, where you’re from, or major (and believe me they will ask!) Ask them questions like “What’s your favorite part about living in the house?” and “What are some of your favorite memories with your sisters?” to get a feel for if the sisterhood is a fit for you.

3.       Do Dress to Impress- Dress nicely and appropriately but make sure not to overdo it! Your recruitment guides (Rho Gammas) should be able to give you some idea of what to wear to each event. Other girls who have gone through recruitment are your best source for info! Ask the Greek ladies in your life to give you some advice.

4.       Do Keep Your Mind Open- Don’t get your heart set on one house, the house that you don’t notice in the beginning may just be the perfect sisterhood for you. Enter recruitment with an open mind, and a positive outlook, it will all work out.

Don’t:

1.       Don’t Trust “Sorority Girl” Stereotypes- Don’t trust what you hear around campus about one house or another, decisions about a chapter should be made by you and you only. You can throw other “sorority” stereotypes out the window as well, you don’t have to show up in head to toe “Lilly and Pearls” wear for a chapter to consider you. My house hadn’t even heard of Lilly Pulitzer, Imagine how awkward I felt when I was the only one in a Lilly print shift my first day. Oops!

2.       Don’t Dress Uncomfortably- Make sure to be comfortable, recruitment is a long process and you don’t want to be that girl with blisters through the whole week due to high heel trouble (AKA. Me! Yikes!). Bring pair of comfy flats to slip into between parties. And don’t wear anything too tight, restricting, or anything you have to adjust (Hello, Strapless dresses!).

3.       Don’t Name Drop (Sorority Style) - If you previously knew any girls in the house you’re at, wait for them to come to talk to you. And don’t talk about how you know them; you would be amazed at how often I heard this kind of stuff when going through recruitment.  Some houses have rules about girls talking to freshman that they already know, so unless they were your best bud in high school chill out and wait till they choose to say hi. Same goes with name dropping alumni you know, the girls in the house truly want to know about who you are not who you know.

4.       Don’t Pass Up “Unpopular” Houses- Often after finishing up at a house, I would hear other girls talking about how bad the house was when walking away. IGNORE THIS!! Just because a house isn’t a favorite for others doesn’t mean it’s a bad house overall. Don’t write off an unpopular house, it may just be the sisterhood for you. Keep an open mind, and act gracious at every party you’re called back to."

Again, I hope this helps you all calm down a little bit about recruitment. I must remember to read these again before going off to college! 

xx, Victoria

PS - check out my guest post on her blog!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Guest Post: Prep on a Budget

Today I have a huge treat for you all - a guest post from Hunter of Prep on a Budget! Her blog is seriously adorable and she has some awesome job interview tips. I know a lot of you all are starting the summer job search, so I hope you find these tips as helpful as I did!

"I was contacted by Victoria a couple of weeks ago to write some job interview tips for her readers and I am so excited to be bringing them to you today!  Victoria is so sweet for asking me to do this and I am so happy to be guest posting for her blog!  Thanks Victoria!
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If you follow my blog, Prep on a Budget, you know that I recently interviewed for a job at my local movie theater and I got the position.  I am loving my new job and I think my interview really made the decision in me getting the job.  Interviews are so important and vital, especially when you start working in the professional world (not there yet, but soon!).  They show the company/person who you are and why you are there for the job.  I have interviewed several times before, so I think I have some good tips on how to perfect your interview.


1. Be yourself: No one is going to want to hire someone who acts completely different from who they are in real life.  If you are you, then you are already one step ahead of the rest.  When you show your personality, people get a sense of who you are and why you will be important to their business.

2. Look professional:  We all hate to admit it, but we all give first impressions by the way we dress; that is why it is important to dress nice for an interview.  By doing this you look professional and you look like you know what you are talking about, plus you are bound to be more confident!

3. Background knowledge:  I cannot stress this tip enough.  When you apply for a job you should have some general background knowledge or interest in the company you want to work for.  I made this mistake with my first interview when I barely knew anything about the brand... whoops; however I was much more prepared for working at the theater because I love films and I know a lot about the business in general.  So, definitely have background knowledge.

4. Be confident:  Even though we are all nervous for interviews, it is good to stay positive and confident.  When you look and act like you are confident you will shine and feel better about yourself too!  Trust me, employers will notice!

5. Don't be discouraged:  This is the last tip to, well, the post-interview.  If you don't get the job, don't let it get you down.  There will always be other jobs and who knows, the next job might be a better fit anyway!  I know my current job is a much better fit than some places I have interviewed at before!

I hope all of these tips help prepare you for your first interview and I wish you the best of luck!  Once again, a big thanks to Victoria for asking me to guest post :)"
    

I hope this helped you all! For more job interview tips, check out this article from the Smart Girl's Loop. 

Be sure to stop by Hunter's blog to see more great posts like this one!

xx, Victoria

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Beauty Brag

I am so awful at painting my nails.  I usually end up with a clumpy, sloppy mess no matter how hard I try to keep the polish actually on my nails. Although I've gotten better at keeping the polish where it should be, I am still awful about keeping it smooth.

Basically, I'm impatient and smudge my nails every single time because I start to move around before they are completely dry.

However, I think I have finally found a product that helps prevent my clumsy impatient ways from ruining a perfectly good manicure.

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When used with Essie's "All in One" topcoat and base coat, my nails hardly ever smudge. I still have to be patient with them, but it greatly reduces the chance that I will still smudge my nails.

I would recommend still waiting about 10 minutes after you apply the drops, but these are a great drugstore option to speed up nail-drying time!


























xx, Victoria

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Video: Vloggers We Love

Today will mark the start of a new series of posts called "Vloggers We Love!" This will be a spotlight on some of my favorite YouTube stars, as well as any that I may not know about that you all introduce to me!

I spend a shameful lot of time on YouTube in my free time, and I'm always looking for new channels to subscribe to.

To kick off this series, I want to start with one of my favorites - Sarahbelle93x.

Reasons we love her:
1. She is hilarious.
2. She is witty.
3. She makes everything (I mean everything) fun and upbeat.

She is a KD at an unknown Kentucky university and is constantly peppy and upbeat. After watching her videos, be it on boys, spring break, school, or her latest monthly favorites haul, I always feel a little bit more happy and energetic myself. Essentially, her upbeat personality makes you feel that way too, no matter what she's talking about.

Her subject matter is varied. She will do hauls on clothes and beauty products, but she will also venture into her personal travels and advice on relationships.

Now, be sure to check her out on YouTube, Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram!












































So, the video at the bottom is a TMI tag. Below you'll see my take on the TMI questions!















xx, Victoria
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Her Campus

So, you may (or may not) have noticed that "Victoria" has a new badge over on the righthand sidebar.

I am so excited to announce that this blog is now a member of the Her Campus Blogger Network!
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Her Campus is an online resource made by women for women geared towards college and high school girls that contains an online magazine and resources for job interviews, and various other articles and columns featuring subjects such as dating, fitness, studies, athletics, and many other topics that college age girls encounter. In summary, it's amazing.

I am so honored to be a part of the Her Campus community, and can't wait to see where this takes me and this little blog of mine. After scouring their website for hours, I was consistently impressed by the true sense that I, as a reader, felt when I was on the site. I felt like the girls writing the posts genuinely wanted to help me, even though they didn't know me and their columns were geared towards larger audiences. Also, all of the research that I did on Her Campus proved how absolutely amazing it is. I cannot tell you all how many great reviews, articles, and other pieces I read singing praise to this organization.

As a blogger, I love Her Campus because it will help me connect with other bloggers and help me find new opportunities to grow and expand my blog, two things that I really want to focus on in the coming months.

And when I found out that there was a chapter of Her Campus at Rhodes, I died a little out of excitement. I definitely hope to get involved with that next year, and I can't wait to see how I can be a part of such an amazing organization that has such rave reviews from its members and onlookers.

Click here to see the full list of other bloggers involved - you might recognize some a lot of them!

xx, Victoria

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The "New" SAT

Is it just me or is there a ton of stuff going on lately? And I don't mean busy (although that's true) but as in international news. One of the things that has struck me lately is the changes to the SAT.

I do not test well. I really struggle with standardized tests because they are really stressful. I knew that in order to get into this college I needed this score, or for this other college I needed that score. It's a crazy amount of pressure, and not to mention that those bubbles just drive me crazy.

So, when the College Board announced their "new" SAT, I was definitely interested in what the changes would be. Currently, the SAT is a 3 hour and 50 minute test (assuming it starts on time, which it never ever does) that consists of 10 sections - 1 essay section, 3 math, 3 writing, 3 reading, and one of those 9 objective sections is an experimental section in which the College Board tests new questions and problems. The maximum score is 2400 points, and for every question you get wrong, 1/4 of a point is deducted from your score.


































Essentially, the College Board will now cut out the essay and revert the scoring back to the 1600 scale. They will be eliminating the essay as well as the scoring penalty - if you get a question wrong, it won't be counted against you. The College Board has stated in a New York Times article that they will change the material of the test to be more like what most kids actually learn in high school. Right now, the SAT tests your "ability" to learn, and many students (including me!) find its questions to be obscure and unnecessarily difficult. The vocabulary words are so uncommon and the math questions are unlike anything I have ever seen before, and I'm in the most advanced math class that my school offers.

By making all of these changes, the goal is that there will no longer be a socioeconomic advantage for wealthier students. For example, more affluent families can afford private tutors and test prep classes. I took a prep class (hated it), but it was worth it in the end. However, this did give me an advantage to be completely honest. The College Board has stated that they no longer want a family's financial status to affect their SAT scores, which I think is pretty great. Although I took advantage of my opportunity to get extra SAT help, I know that a lot of my classmates were not given that opportunity, and it just isn't fair.

What do you all think of the new SAT changes? I know that this was an info-packed post that probably made your brain as sore as the SAT makes mine, but I hope that this run-down of the changes helps those of you who were confused or unclear about the changes!

xx, Victoria

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Video: Clear Skin!

Lately I've been getting tons and tons of emails asking how I got my skin to clear up!

First of all, thank you guys for noticing! It's been maybe a month since I went to the dermatologist, and already I see a world of difference.

I don't know if y'all can see my skin in the picture on the right compared to the left (click on it to enlarge it!), but there is such a big difference I cannot begin to explain! And without further adieu, here's the video that explains it all!



I'm really sorry that I was playing with my hair the entire time! I get kinda nervous shooting these things and it helps calm me down a little ;)
xx, Victoria

Monday, March 17, 2014

Mani Monday

A while back, Seventeen Magazine started the #manimonday trend on Twitter and Instagram. Basically, it's a roundup of all of the cutest manicures floating around on social media.

So, I'm joining in on the fun today to share some of my favorite shades.

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From top to bottom:

Revlon, "Posh"

OPI, "Bubble Bath"

Essie, "Headmistress"

Essie, "Turquoise & Caicos"

Essie, "Playdate"

Essie, "Peach Daiquiri"

I apologize for the weird spacing between the pictures, but I just could not get them to work in my favor! Plus, Revlon's "Posh" is a great St. Patrick's day color!

Happy Monday!

xx, Victoria

PS - I still need some more guest bloggers for next week while I'm gone! Please e-mail me at victoria.norris2014@gmail.com if you are interested! ;)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

RoomSurf

Calling all of my college-bound girls!

Is it just me, or is the roommate process incredibly intimidating? I'm personally terrified (TERRIFIED) about ending up with a roommate that I don't get along with, that I can't stand, or that can't stand me. There are so many things that could go wrong! 

A few weeks ago, I was introduced to a site called RoomSurf. It's essentially a roommate pairing service that is free (!!!) and works through Facebook. You answer about 10 questions about yourself and your lifestyle, and from there, you are paired with other people going to your school. 







You can communicate with them in a safe way and essentially get to know them before committing to living together for a full school year. 

I'm personally loving getting to know other girls that I'll have classes with next year, even though I may not room with any of them. It's kind of a preliminary round to make new friends if you don't end up as roommates! How cool is that?

xx, Victoria

Oh! And speaking of making new friends, I will be leaving for my own fun spring break trip next weekend, and will need a couple guest posts for the week! If you are interested, please email me at victoria.norris2014@gmail.com

Friday, March 14, 2014

Beauty Brag

Y'all must think I'm crazy for doing two of these in one week, but hear me out.

A few years ago, my mom gave me this weird scrubby brush to wash my face with. And it worked for a while, and then all of the sudden my skin was dry, cracked, and breaking out like never before. Following the advice of my dermatologist, I stopped using it. But now, (still advised by my dermatologist) it is back and better than ever!

My Clarisonic and I have quite the history, but I now know that it was not the product's fault - it was mine! I was using the wrong brush on the wrong speed setting, thus aggravating my skin. Now, I use the sensitive brush on the slowest setting, and honestly my skin has never looked better.

















I have the Clarisonic Pro (which I believe now goes by "Plus"), in white. Since I've had mine (I've had it for about 3 years), they have come out with much cuter colors, especially in their Mia collection, which I think is geared towards a younger market.

I mean seriously, how cute are those? If you have a hard time getting all of the makeup off of your face, or just want a better clean, I would recommend one of these brushes! Also, consult your dermatologist first. The Clarisonic is actually a great tool for me, I was just using it wrong. Ask him or her to help you figure out which brush to get and then which setting to use it on. It will make a world of difference for your skin!

xx, Victoria

Thursday, March 13, 2014

What I'm Listening To

Hello there!

As the weather warms up, so does my mood. And all great moods call for happy, upbeat music!






















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1. Afterlife // Ingrid Michaelson

2. Undo It // Carrie Underwood

3. Raging Fire // Phillip Phillips

4. She's a Lady // Tom Jones

5. Pumpin' Blood // NONONO

6. Island in the Sun // Weezer

7. Young Blood // The Naked & Famous

8. Manhattan from the Sky // Kate Voegele

9. Closing Time // Semisonic

10. Sweet Disposition // The Temper Trap

To listen to all of these, check them out on my playlist on Spotify!

xx, Victoria

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

March Madness

In my opinion there are two types of March Madness - basketball & studies.

I know these things are completely different, but is it just me, or is every teacher piling on tests/quizzes/papers lately? I know that a lot of other students are struggling out there, so today I will share some of my tips to get through this very stressful time of year!

Stay organized!
I know you're probably rolling your eyes at this, but the only way to conquer the pre-Spring Break blues is to stay on top of your work! If your parents are anything like mine, if your grades drop significantly, whatever fun Spring Break plans you have might be taken away. See my school supply organization video for some tips!

Remain Positive
This is probably the toughest thing. I feel like I'm just dragging my feet just to pick up my backpack in the morning, but one thing that has helped me is having a huge calendar on my wall. I can see that I have things to look forward to (such as a fun trip to the beach!) and that I am going to make it!


















This one is from Sugar Paper, and I picked it up at Target (I couldn't find it online, sorry!)!

Power through
Just remember that the best is yet to come. I know that after spring break for most schools, the year flies. Now is the time to keep your head down and just get all of your work done. You have to remind yourself that the work you are doing now will pay off in the long run. I have that written at the top of my planner pages and every time I go to write down another test, another homework assignment, another meeting, I see that phrase, and it helps.

xx, Victoria