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Monday, December 29, 2014

What's in my backpack

I've been meaning to post this for ages, but as I hope you all can understand, sometimes the homework contained in this backpack takes priority over the world contained in my laptop.

The North Face Backpack | Camelbak Water Bottle with Shop Swagger 3" Sticker | Vineyard Vines Makeup Bag (old, similar) [used as a pencil pouch] | Staples Binder | Lilly Pulitzer Agenda | Apple MacBook Pro 13" | Apple iPad | Skullcandy Headphones | Kate Spade "Cherry Lane Darla" Wallet | MyCharge Portable Phone Charger

Nothing super exciting here, but I LOVE reading these, so here's the lowdown on mine - I've had this backpack since my freshman year of high school. I took a brief hiatus from using it my sophomore year because I needed more space (i.e. bigger backpack), but I came back to it because it has a lot of compartments that I liked. I know a lot of college girls use tote bags for their books, but mine are just too heavy. I wish that I could use a cute tote bag instead, but alas, the books win.

Moving on to the contents of my backpack -

I ALWAYS have a bottle of water with me. As a student-athlete, it's extremely important that I have enough water in my system. It's easy to get a bad headache or cramp during practice if I don't drink enough water, so keeping it with me reminds me to drink it. Camelbaks are so popular that I put a monogrammed sticker on mine to differentiate mine from everybody else's, and because I tend to lose water bottles...

Next up is my pencil pouch. I prefer makeup bags as pencil pouches because they're lined, meaning that they can handle pen spills/explosions.

I've tried all the pretty/trendy binders in the world, and I still go back to Staples Better Binders. They just stay together better and don't break after wear and tear.

And into the tech pouch we go. I always have my laptop and iPad on me. Some people question the point of having both, but I like having my laptop open to take notes, work on a paper, etc., and have my research or reading open on my iPad. It makes it easier for me to switch between reading and writing if they are on two separate devices. I also keep a pair of headphones on me because homework is much more bearable with some good music (follow me on Spotify here!).

In my "personal pocket," or the smaller pocket on the front of my backpack, I keep my keys/debit card/Starbucks card/student ID in a small leather wallet from Kate Spade. I use this thing every single day, and it has been one of the best investments I've made. The leather quality is fabulous and it organizes everything and since it's small, it's easy to take out and about. I also keep a portable phone charger in this pocket because my phone dies about every 5 seconds.

Well there you have it - everything that gets lugged to class with me! If only my textbooks were lighter...

PS - Thank you to all of you who entered the Lilly Pulitzer agenda giveaway! I hope you all got to know Julia and I a little better, and we certainly say the same about you :)

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xx, Victoria

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Don't forget!

*shameless plug about entering the giveaway for the 2015 Lilly Pulitzer agenda that ends TOMORROW*

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Break Ideas

Is it just me or is the day after Christmas one of the saddest days of the year?

All the family is still here, the fun has subsided a bit, but have no fear, you can still partake in the joy of the season!

Ice Skate
Funny story - my friend Ellen came up from Atlanta last week and we went ice skating. If you know the two of us at all, you know that we are an absolute MESS together. I could barely shuffle around the rink, it was pouring rain, but we had a ton of fun.

Just because Santa has come and gone does not mean that the joy has to end! Christmas goodies are going on sale this weekend, and hey, Christmas chocolate is still chocolate. Go for it.

Help your fam
Chances are your mom doesn't know how to work her new iPhone or maybe your grandfather is a bit confused on the ins and outs of his new camera. Take a little time to help them figure everything out - I promise they will appreciate you!

...or you could just snuggle with your dogs all weekend. Whichever you prefer ;)
Hopefully these will help tide you over until the new year.

And speaking of the new year, have you entered the giveaway yet?!

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xx, Victoria

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Holly Jolly

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

I hope you all enjoy the day with your family, relaxing and enjoying all that Christmas has to bring.

And just in case Santa doesn't bring you absolutely everything you asked for...

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xx, Victoria

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Down to the Wire

Alright, gang. Less than 24 hours until Christmas.

Today I have 3 gifts that you can make quickly and easily because well, we don't exactly have a ton of time here.

One // Mug & Coffee
Head to Target, and pick up a cute mug. From there, head to the Christmas aisle and you should find little $1 bags of coffee from Archer Farms. They have Christmas blends and they make one pot of coffee. Add a ribbon, a note, and you're good to go!

Two // Beer & Beer Glass
For you 21+ people this is an easy gift as well. Grab a six-pack of the receiver's favorite brew, and if you don't know, maybe just get a local special or a higher end one and find a nice beer glass either in the liquor store or anywhere you get glasses.

Three // Nail Polish & Starbucks/Visa Gift Card
You really can't go wrong here. Grab a pretty polish from a local drugstore and while you're in there snag a Starbucks or Visa Gift Card. Both are always appreciated, no matter who receives them, and easy to use.

Basically, you need something that's fairly inexpensive, easy, yet thoughtful -- perfect for all those relatives you forgot were arriving this afternoon, right?

Merry Christmas and good luck to you all! And don't forget -- ring in the new year with a new Lilly agenda!

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xx, Victoria