Lightly Layered for Fall

I just realized that I haven't posted any fashion posts in forever, and I miss them. I kind of feel like a robot during the week - I wake up, go to school, come home, do homework, go to sports, shower, eat dinner, and then go to bed. Fun day, I know. I try to always wear nice outfits to school, but when the weekend comes around, and I finally have the time to take pictures, all I feel like wearing are sweatpants. But don't worry... I'm back, and so are my outfits!! 

As it's so comfortable and yet still presentable (which I feel like I say about everything I wear), this outfit has been a favorite of mine for so many years now. I'm a big fan of chambray oxfords - a definite necessity for a fall/winter/spring wardrobe. I love wearing it with my white cardigan and simple black leggings. Oh, and these shoes (similar)... best footwear ever for crummy weather. I love that they're high enough to cover my ankles and feet from light snow and rain but low enough to easily slip on and off! Have a great weekend!

Cardigan  |  Leggings  |  Shoes

The Healthier Alternative to Ice Cream

My true superpower? I'm a killer ice cream eater. I'm not a fan of cake, brownies, or pies, but man do I love ice cream. At parties, my extended family makes fun of me for only eating fruits and vegetables and turning down baked goods, but they don't see the ice cream I eat after they leave. (Oops!) Yep, I'm even eating some right now - but a way healthier alternative. I'm so glad I discovered Arctic Zero; an ice cream brand that's lactose free, gluten free, GMO free, and low fat. When I got the 2017 flavors in the mail to sample, I was so skeptical of trying them (as I wasn't a fan of the Halo Top ice cream). When I took my first bite of the Rocky Road Trip flavor, I immediately regretted my hesitation. Arctic Zero tastes exactly like any other ice cream you would normally purchase, but 100x healthier! And did I mention you can have it shipped frozen right to your door?! (Best birthday gift ever!!) It's no fun to never allow yourself to eat what you love, but with Arctic Zero, I can satisfy my sweet tooth and still enjoy my favorite frozen treat!

Thank you, Arctic Zero, for sponsoring this post. 

Girls... Being Encouraging

 I always wonder why there are so many blogs out there, but I can never find any to read that talk about everyday, awkward, random situations. Honestly, I'd much rather read about conversation starters or ways to be a good, genuine person than about someone's new Gucci clothes I could never afford and their hours spent in the gym (my personal opinion). I've been thinking for months about starting a series for girls to discuss the things they've experienced and as a place for me to share the few little things that I've learned about life so far, and I'm so glad to finally be putting my thoughts into action. I love receiving advice and wisdom from others (as most all of my readers are older than me), so if you have a post idea you would like to see addressed or any form of advice that's worth sharing - please, please, please email me or send me a message via Instagram!

Yesterday on the bus, I listened to two girls bicker back and forth and back and forth about the littlest things, and it made me so sad. Honestly, there are way too many disagreements between girls at my school, and the b-word is tossed around A LOT. I mean, why is it so hard to just be kind and compassionate and understanding?! Everyone has their struggles that no one else knows about, and I feel like us girls pounce on each other wayyyy to quickly for the smallest little things. (Yep, I'm guilty sometimes.) Why do we so often feel the need to criticize each other? Don't get me wrong, I'm in no way saying that all we ever do is be mean because that's certainly not the case, but I feel as though our gender, in particular, is much more personally competitive with each other than the boys. (Though, I guess all boys care about is how good they are at sports?!) We hate when others are smarter than us, prettier than us, more athletic than us - and all I can do is wonder why??!! Every girl in the universe is unique and special in her own way, and if we can all find our best traits and confide in them, I can only imagine how happy everyone will be! ...And as my mom says - always try your hardest to be the best you you can be!

Happy almost Friday!!

Fall Favorites Under $50

Fall weather is slowly making it's way to New England, and I'm a little bit overly enthusiastic about being able to wear vests and jeans again. My friend and I are planning on going pumpkin picking at a local farm next week, and with a trip to New Hampshire coming up this weekend, I'm soooooo looking forward to taking out my fall gear (!!!). I think I've worn every single summer outfit I own at least twice because the weather doesn't seem to want to cool down, but my fall wardrobe is ready to roll. A fellow blogger, Devon, and I have come up with our favorite items for fall - and they're all under $50! Devon has the best taste in clothes, so I strongly recommend you check out her post as well! You can shop the pieces I chose by clicking the image. Happy shopping!! 

Fully Enjoying Fall Adventures

On Sunday, I went apple picking and through a corn maze with my family, and I had an absolute blast!! Going through a maze with six people that all wanted to go different ways kept me giggling the whole trip. I think we went around the same loop 15 times, but we all made it out together with our tickets fully hole-punched. Yessss! Of course, when we went apple picking, my family picked enough apples to overflow our bag, and when we regrouped, we had another five apples each. (Have no fear; they'll be gone next week.)

I didn't take any outfit pictures, and I just wore jean shorts and a long-sleeve shirt, but I had the best time. I often find myself looking for opportunities to take photos, like at the apple orchard, but just enjoying the trip without a camera or fancy outfit on felt so good. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for photo shoots at a picturesque scene, but when you're having a fun time with the ones you love, I strongly suggest you put the phone/camera down and just enjoy.

All in all, with society nowadays being so obsessed with our technology, it can be so hard to unplug, but it feels like a weight lifted off your shoulders when you do! Here are the very few pictures my mom and I took of the scenery and my family!

3 Tips for Dealing with Anxiety

No matter who you are, I can assume that at some point in your life you've been anxious about something - whether it be a test in school, job interview, or a big meeting coming up at work. It happens to all of us, and it's a horrible feeling. When I was younger, I would feel sick to my stomach about just going to my best friend's birthday party, get shaky about going to sports practice (not even games), and couldn't go anywhere in public without feeling uneasy. To this day, I occasionally still get anxious about a few (much larger) things, but I've definitely gotten SO much better. The countless amounts of Pinterest articles I read about how to deal with anxiety just weren't doing the trick, so I came up with my own solutions.

Face it head-on // No matter how hard you try to elude the fact that you're anxious about something, it doesn't work. Whenever I'm in the middle of a panicking situation, I think to myself about what I'm nervous about and why. For instance, I'm about to read an essay in front of 200 people, and I don't like public speaking, which is totally freaking me out. It really helps me to calm down when I know exactly what's causing my anxiety.

Focus on being happy // I'm 99% sure that none of you have ever heard someone tell you this when you're nervous, but I promise you I'm not crazy. If you think about it, when you're having a good time, you're so caught up in the moment that you're not stressing or worrying about anything. Whatever you have to do to make you happy and help you forget about what's causing you to feel so apprehensive, do it.

Steady your breathing // You've probably heard this one before, and I swear it works like magic. About four years ago, my mom taught me to breathe in through my nose for four seconds and exhale through my mouth for six seconds at least five times, and I still do it to this day. Taking the time to calm yourself and your breathing takes away the jitters and makes you feel more at ease.

What are your best tips for dealing with anxiety?