Thursday, August 21, 2014

If I Stay Movie Review

I was just minding my own business, answering email and rocking out to Dev, when I got a text. "Free screening of If I Stay?" Why not?? I'm down! (psst...check out my guide for finding free movies here...)

If I Stay stars Chloe Grace Moretz a talented cellist whose struggle is between her "rocker" boyfriend and going to Julliard. (Yes-a touring musician mentions that "long distance dating is like dating a ghost" and not worth discussing). Suddenly, a car accident puts her choices into perspective. Keep reading only if you are okay with spoilers...

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tip Tuesday: Change What You Follow

Do you feel like your Facebook or Twitter feed is full of things you don't care about? My tip Tuesday today is about how to clean up what you read rather than what you post.

It starts out slow. You follow an internet personality after seeing a funny needed to for a giveaway...or you were following it for a special/newsworthy event. Now, looking through your feed on a daily basis, it just seems to be made up of stuff you are just not interested in. 

Here's how to fix it:

OOTD & Review: Amelia Rae Designs

A few weeks ago on Instagram, I won a contest from Nicole of Amelia Rae Designs!! She has some really unique pieces, and the bracelet & earring set was no exception!
OOTD: Lucky Brand Jeans, Silk Shirt (thrifted, similar), Ralph Lauren Sunglasses (similar), Jewelry by AmeliaRaeDesigns
Amelia Rae Designs Earrings
Amelia Rae Designs Bracelet
Amelia Rae Designs
The shipping was fast, and I got a compliment at work the first time I wore them! Thanks so much, Nicole!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday Night Wrapup

Eating: THIS Peach Crumble Cake is amazing. Like, knock your socks off, died and went to heaven amazing. This is the best dessert I've eaten after becoming allergic to dairy, and it has a relatively simple list of ingredients! If you are hosting a dinner, this is a great option for vegans/dairy-free/people who like things. (can you tell I liked it?)

Reading: An article about self awareness and meditation. Though it can be hard, self-reflection is the way to improve. This builds nicely off Tim Ferriss' "no complaining" technique: if you must complain, you have to come up with a way to address your complaint. For example, instead of whining about traffic, you might say, "Traffic during my commute drives me insane, but I could make use of that time by listening to an audiobook or calling a loved one".

Saturday, August 16, 2014

10 Tips for Packing for College You May Not Know (Part 1)

Hi! If you're packing for college for the first time, I am going to be giving you a few tips in a 3 part series! I hope you can avoid some of the mistakes my friends and I made!

1. Don't get an all new wardrobe right before school. Definitely get a pair of jeans or a nice top to wear so you feel confident, but try to hold off on spending big bucks before orientation. School culture in terms of what's "in" or cool can vary so much from what you are used to at home. You may not necessarily want to conform to that culture, but it's good to know what you're working with. Just weather-wise, it may also be different than you expect. (During University of Miami's summer program, I used a hoodie for cold summer nights way more than I was expecting!)

2. Don't bring books. I had SO many friends who had to throw away or leave behind books that they had never even opened that year. It can get really busy between school work and fun stuff to carve out that time. If you have a few days at the end of the term, you can get books with your school ID from the library!

3. Consider the campus when buying shoes. I love wedges, but my college campus was full of cobblestones. 2 inch wedges + cobblestones = danger!! As a freshman, you will also probably have 8 am classes...which means running across campus in heels! Rain boots also can come in handy for old campuses that may experience flooding at the slightest sprinkle.

Parts 2 & 3 coming soon! Make sure to subscribe or follow me on Instagram @affairofcharacter to not miss anything!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Inspiration: Choose Happiness

I recently saw this post when scrolling through Instagram and have really tried to take it to heart:
Choose Happiness
Image Source @Missychrisycharms

Makeup by 1 Direction REVIEW!

A few weeks ago, I was able to get my hands on the new makeup collection by 1Direction. I know some of you may be thinking: how good can this makeup actually be?

Makeup by 1 Direction Review
Actually, (in the words of Larry David): pretty, pretty good! I was happily shocked how nice this makeup is, and have already put it with the rest of my everyday staples.