Poppies and Peter Pan Collars

Surprisingly, I’m enjoying some of the new updates to WordPress. The option to display photos in different ways is actually useful! What do you think of today’s all-circles layout? However, I’m not a huge fan of some of their other changes to their formats. More on that in a later post, though!


Anyway, today’s OOTD features one of my latest favorite items! I found this red dress at one of my local thrift stores for just $8, and it fits perfectly! It features a peter pan collar and an allover red, white, and grey poppy print. I can’t stop wearing it lately!

Back in middle school and the beginnings of high school I was obsessed with wearing just all black and concert tee shirts…*shudders*! If me at 18 had met me at 14, I’m sure I would have told me I needed a serious style makeover! However sometimes it’s hard to keep away from what used to be your default way of dressing…I saw this dress and thought that a grungy/indie vibe was just what it needed. I grabbed my trusty black Converse and some black knit knee socks, and of course a beanie, and voila! I had to grab a nice dark lipstick too of course. I kept the rest of my makeup neutral except for defining my eyebrows.

 

Dress: Thrifted, Knee Socks: Payless, Sneakers: Converse, Beanie: Forever21, Lipstick: Milani in Cabaret Blend.


It can be super hard to avoid your style roots, but overall I really like how this turned out! What do you think? Do you ever revert to what you style used to be? What do you think of the changes to WordPress? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by!

Love Kiki

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6 Study Tips For College Kids (And Other Busy People)

Hey there everyone! As a current college student, sometimes I feel like my life is totally consumed by my classes and schoolwork. Nursing requires hours of studying from the textbook every night, and it can get really overwhelming. So I wanted to share with you some of my tips for successful studying and keeping the stress levels controlled. I think that these tips work not only for college kids, but for busy bloggers as well! Read on for more!


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1. Use Your Resources.

Tutors aren’t just there to look pretty-they’re there to help you succeed! Same with your professors. Their job is to help you learn, so take advantage of that and go to office and tutoring hours to review any questions you might have and stay on top of your work.

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2. Set aside a specific time to study each day.

It’s hard to make study time a priority in college with so many time demands from friends, clubs, and work. Make sure to set aside a specific time every day to study, so that you get into a routine and get used to doing it each day.

3. Put away distractions.

Turn that phone off and put it where you can’t see it. Out of sight, out of mind! If you don’t need it to study, put your computer away and just focus on the textbook or notes you took. Which brings us to number 4-

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4. Take good notes.

Taking notes might seem time consuming and difficult while in class, but they’re so helpful to look back on and connect the material from the textbook to what your professor is saying. Studies have shown that if you don’t take notes, 60% of what you hear in class is forgotten after just 9 hours- yikes! Avoid this by reviewing and rewriting your notes after class to help you retain the information.

5. Eat Healthy Snacks.

Snacking is something all of us do, but when you’re stressed and studying it’s too easy to sit down with a new bag of chips and find it’s empty an hour later! Stock up on healthier snacks like blueberries, yogurt, and almonds that contain brain-boosting compounds (and taste delicious too).

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6. Leave time for yourself.  

Sure, studying is really important. And you’re in college to learn. But breaks are important too; they give your brain time to recharge and help you do better in the long run. Take a 15 minute break for every hour of studying, and you’ll find yourself much less stressed than trying to do all of it at once. Grab dinner with friends or binge-watch some Netflix (I recommend Once Upon A Time 😉 ). It won’t kill you or your GPA to take a break every once in a while!


I targeted this post towards college kids like me, but I think these tips can be applied to blog work as well! What do you think? What study strategies do you use? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Love Kiki

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All opinions are my own; this is not a sponsored post. All photos courtesy of Unsplash.

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August Favorites

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I hope everyone’s been having a good month! Tomorrow I start my second year of college. I’m so glad to finally be back on campus, but I’m not quite ready to start actually going to class again…waking up at 6:30 is not my favorite thing in the world, I’m pretty much the opposite of a morning person. Anyway, here’s what I’ve been loving this month!

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First up, pretty stationery! I’m the kind of person that would be totally lost without a good planner. This one is from Staples and has both a monthly and daily view. I also have this adorable world map notebook! Pretty stationery is one of my favorite vices. You can find this planner here!

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My current makeup obsession is baked eyeshadows. I picked these up from Sally Beauty supply for just $1 each just to test them out. Of course, they’re not the best quality, but I’ve really loving the great neutral metallic shades, and they do well worn wet with a primer underneath. I’ve been loving this BellaPierre lipstick as well! I received it in a previous Ipsy bag, but didn’t get around to testing it until recently. It’s extremely pigmented, and I’m really loving wearing it this summer. You can find it here for $19.99!

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 These boots. I could wax poetic about how much I love these boots for hours. They’re the perfect height, have an awesome chunky heel, and go without absolutely everything! Stay tuned for an outfit featuring them soon! I can’t wait to wear them when the weather gets a bit colder. I found them at Forever21, and though they aren’t available in black anymore, you can grab them in maroon or cognac here!

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What have you been loving this month? Are you ready for the month of September? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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How To Be A Good Roommate

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Roommates! We’ve all heard horror stories, or maybe we’ve lived them. I was lucky enough to have an amazing roommate my freshman year (Shoutout to the lovely Monica!), but many of my friends were not. Living with someone you’ve never met before can be a daunting concept! As the next school year rapidly approaches, whether you’re done with college, are currently attending one, or have yet to apply, the thought of living with a random person for nine months or so is enough to set anyone on edge. As a rising college sophomore, I thought I’d share my tips for making living with another person go smoothly!

  1. Set ground rules-what’s off limits, what’s okay, what’s not okay. You guys will be spending so much time together, it’s a good idea to lay down the law at the beginning. Think of it as a pre-nup for your roommate-hood! Discuss what’s allowed when, whether overnight guests are okay, what the other party is comfortable with. It will make both of you feel much more relaxed!
  1. Have a study space away from your room. Spending study time outside your shared space gives your roommate some alone time, as well as giving you a better spot to focus on your work. It’s hard to be productive when there’s someone perfectly willing to discuss last night’s Pretty Little Liars episode for hours on end with you!
  1. Make friends other than your roommate. It’s awesome to be friends with your roommate, but it’s also hard to spend a lot of time with them outside of the room, since you’re already living with them! It’s easy to get sick of one person, and since you have to live with them for the whole year, try not to get fed up with them quickly!
  1. Talk about what’s bothering you. This is the biggest one. Bottling little annoyances up is what causes tension and fights. Don’t be passive-aggressive! Do you hate when they throw their clothes on your side? Do their feet smell heinous? Tell them! It’s the only way to really resolve the issue.
  1. Be understanding! Remember, they’re also sharing their space with someone else, and it may take a little while for you to get used to each other.

I hope these help! Any good roommate stories to share? How do you make the roomie situation go smoothly? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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