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Friday, January 30, 2015

Get Real

In my time as a college student,  I have found that there is one hot commodity that all students want and need but never seem to have enough of.


I'm a victim of it and I bet you are too. Not having time for enough of it, falling into its persuasive grasp when you know you have to be somewhere, all that jazz has led me to believe that sleep is a precious, precious thing.

And you know what gives you more sleep some days? Wearing the comfiest, most acceptable outfit you can muster.

Sometimes sleep is just too precious of a thing to pass up for say, dresses or curls. Although I do sport those to class regularly (see here & here for examples of what I normally wear!) there are days when all I want is to savor 5 more precious minutes in my bed in lieu of glamor.

**shameless plug about entering the Catherine Mason Coffee Cozy giveaway that ends TONIGHT at MIDNIGHT EST**

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xx, Victoria

Photos by Olivia Burchett

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Vested Interest {Collaboration with The High School Prepster}

Today I'm partnering with Macey Lauryn to bring y'all one of my favorite fall/winter accessories - the vest.

I was out shopping with my friends in August and spotted J. Crew's infamous vest on major sale at J. Crew Factory, and quickly made it mine. I had it monogrammed, and even though my monogrammer messed up (read the story here), I still love the result!

This vest has become one of my favorite pieces. In unpredictable Southern winters, it's great because it provides just the right amount of warmth for 50 degree winters. Plus, if you pick a neutral, it'll go with pretty much anything. Talk about versatile!

Be sure to check out how Macey Lauryn styled hers on her blog and follow her on Instagram too!
PS - have you entered this week's giveaway yet?! It ends tomorrow at midnight!

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xx, Victoria

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Vic's Declassified School Survival Guide {Backup Plans}

We're back this week with one of the more painstaking parts of the college process - picking a different option.

Maybe you weren't accepted, maybe you were deferred. Maybe you were accepted and the finances didn't work out or your parents decided that school was a bit too far away. There are tons of reasons why you may not ultimately get to call your dream school home, but there is a way to make the most of a seemingly dismal situation.

Some of my friends experienced some of the options above, and they were emotional, gritty, and raw experiences. However, we wouldn't be doing the college process a full service if we didn't talk about the ugly sides of it.

So you can't go to your number one. The biggest thing is to accept it. You sent in that application, you did your best in high school, and that is all that you can do. You cannot do anything else, you could not have. The situation went out of your hands and that is okay. The first thing you need to do is accept the fact that your plan might be changing. I'm one of those people who does not handle changes to schedules well, so I understand that this can be very stressful and intimidating. However, hold faith in that everything happens for a reason.

All you can do is make the best of what you have available to you, whether that's taking out a student loan so you can go to your dream school, going to one of your backups, or anything like that. All I can tell you is that it will be ok. Keep your head up!

PS - have you entered this week's giveaway yet?! ONLY 2 MORE DAYS!
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xx, Victoria

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Review - The Day Designer

It's no secret that I live and breathe by my planner. Oftentimes I find myself needing a place to organize what I need to do, when I need to do it by, and occasionally write some notes on how it should be done.

I've had a Lilly Pulitzer agenda for 3 years now, and have absolutely adored it. It has been perfect for organizing my swimming schedule, future papers or tests, and daily homework assignments. However, this year, I needed something more. Juggling a full academic course load, being a varsity athlete at the collegiate level, being a member of a sorority, running a blog, and occasionally sleeping require a lot of time-management skills in order for me to snag a few hours of shut-eye each night. I found myself struggling to keep track of where I needed to be at what time, what errands or miscellaneous tasks needed to be completed, and I was also struggling to realize when I had free time to get ahead on homework.

At the end of last year, I published a daily planner I had created for myself - one for bloggers, one for students. I certainly used these and loved them, but I do not have a printer in my room at school, and printing a copy for every single day of the week really started to run up my campus bill (we pay by the sheet for how much paper we use through our student accounts and are allotted a certain amount per school year).

I had heard wonderful things about the Day Designer on social media, mainly after the Smart Girls Group conference last summer when everybody and their mother was raving about this planner on every platform they could. However, I just couldn't justify spending nearly $70 on a planner (it's $72 with shipping). But, as my printing bill kept going up, I realized that perhaps a bound planner might be what I needed so that I could manage to still print things that are important, like, oh, homework.

Earlier this month I pulled the trigger, and I can honestly say that now I see what the fuss is all about. Although I do think that this planner is ideal for an older audience (i.e. people who cook dinner rather than swipe a meal card for it), I have enjoyed the layout and simplicity of using a planner that has a daily organizer.

I particularly like the "top three" section at the top of the page - the first things you see are the first things you have to do. I love (and get a ton of use out of) the larger to-do column on the right of the page. This is especially helpful in organizing tasks that don't necessarily have a time slot, like laundry, editing pictures, or running to the library to look for an article.

Although this planner is rather pricy, I have been really happy with it so far, as it leaves me ample room to flesh out my entire schedule and to-do list, all in one (very cute) book.

Have you ever used the Day Designer? What did you think?

PS - have you entered this week's giveaway yet?!

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xx, Victoria

Friday, January 23, 2015

Girl on the go {GIVEAWAY!}

Oh yeah, oh yeah! GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

Giveaways, oh how they get me. Today's is this adorable Coffee Cozy from the lovely Catherine Mason.

She runs an online boutique selling handmade crochet cuteness. Ok, she actually sells Coffee Cozy(s), but cuteness is just my personal opinion.

I've been using mine nonstop since they landed in my box earlier this week, and have received tons of compliments on them as I carry my cup(s. Can't lie about that one) of coffee to class.

Plus, how cute is this "Cutie" one? Just in time for Valentine's Day! Enter using Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

PS - want more than the "Cutie" one? Use code "MEMPHISMADE" at checkout to receive 15% off of your order!

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xx, Victoria