November Picks

I realize that this is a little late in the month, but I have been busy with the holidays and school lately.  Anyways, with Christmas just around the corner, it is hands down the best time of year.  The hustle and bustle, the joy, and the overall craziness is something to be thankful for as we get closer to Christmas.  I have compiled a list of my usual monthly picks, along with tips for holiday shopping and deals.

What to listen to (affiliate links included):

Blake Shelton-Texoma Shore

  • The newly crowed sexiest man of the year (thank you People) has recently released an album called Texoma Shore.  With great countries songs, Blake Shelton’s keeps the album down to earth and real, something that pop/country artists seem to sometimes lack nowadays.  The hit single “I’ll Name the Dogs” is my personal favorite since it is such a great feel good love song.


Niall Horan- Flicker

  • One Direction member turned avid golf enthusiast turned solo pop artist and country collaborator, Niall Horan has done a lot recently to make a name for himself.  Back in my middle school days, I was head over heels for Niall (being a huge directioner), so I love to see how well he is doing.  It also does not surprise me how much I love her new and first solo album, Flicker.  Slow Hands is a great catchy fun tune, This Town is nice and reminiscent of a past time, and Seeing Blind is a great collaboration with Maren Morris, one of my favorite up and coming country stars.

What to watch (affiliate links included):

Made of Honor (2008)

  • This is a little known American rom com that I stumbled across on Netflix.  It is clever, very predictable (of course), hilarious, and happens to star Patrick Dempsey (Mr. McDreamy).  While the movie isn’t award worthy, it’s a great distraction to rest your mind for awhile.   Click on the photo to rent on Amazon.

A Royal Night Out (2015)

  • Another random Netflix find that happened to be fabulous.  A Royal Night Out tells the story of a young Queen Elizabeth on VE day at the end of WW2.  For anyone eagerly anticipating the return next month of The Crown (me!) and with talks of an upcoming royal wedding, this is sure to satisfy your need of British culture.  Again, a bunch of fluff, but fun!  Click on the photo to rent on Amazon.

Fashion- How to get good deals this Christmas shopping season

Alas, Black Friday has come and gone, for better or for worse.  If you are feeling like you missed out on savings for presents and a seasonal wardrobe makeover, do not fret and be glad that you avoided the unnecessary stress associated with overhyped “bargains”.  It is probably not a secret, but I rely on online shopping to find deals with an abundance of promo codes and online services that alert me on where to find something for the cheapest price. Throughout all of December, it is pretty much guaranteed that your favorite retailers will one, restock everything, and two, offer up similar (if not better) deals to those offered on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Here are some tips on navigating this crazy shopping time.

  1.  Avoid all malls
  • Only go to an actually store if it is a must.  Malls and shopping areas are mobbed this time of year, causing extra stress and wasting time.  Online, you will find no actual people and much better discounts.

2.   Look into getting clothes and accessories through online department stores

  • Stores such as Nordstrom and Saks are super easy to navigate online and offer great return and shipping policies, especially this time of year.  Browse the gift guides and trend alerts for easy shopping, in addition to talking advantage of their fleeting and immense sales.

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3.    Download and use Honey

  • Honey.com is this amazing program that notifies you of promo codes and discounts while shopping at stores online.  The little widget will get downloaded on to your search bar and you can use it at pretty much any store.  What is even more amazing is that by using Honey, you get reward points that you can redeem for virtual gift cards.  It rewards you for saving!

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4.     Do not delete all of those sale notification emails

  • While they are super annoying and might seem meaningless, you never know when you might need to buy something from some random site.  When you do, it is nice to be able to go back and search for the store to see if any deals are currently going on.

5.   Sign up for ShopItToMe

  • This is another great resource that can save you a ton of money online.  Shop it to Me is an online program that sends you daily alerts of sales going on for any item of  your so-called “favorite brands”.  The best part of it is that you tell them all your sizes, so the clothes that are shown on sale are going to be in your size.  You like brands, put down your sizes, and voilà, you get notified when ever something that you might like is on sale anywhere online.  Screen Shot 2017-11-28 at 9.39.58 PM.png
  • I hope to have provided some good tips on shopping this month.  Stay tuned for a more comprehensive guide to saving money while shopping online in the future.

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October Picks

Wow, it’s crazy how time flies!  I have been at college for two months now, and we are definitely already deep into fall.  Things have been going well, except that I wish the weather would make up its mind!  I feel like I have been constantly changing what I wear do to fluctuating temperatures.  All I want to wear is a cozy sweater all day, but it oftentimes gets hot in the afternoon…

Anyways, here are some of my picks for this month.  Enjoy!

Songs:

  • Dear Hate by Maren Morris
    • Maren Morris is an up and coming country star that is gaining alot of ground on the charts.  Her hit “80s Mercedes” is one of my favorite new songs, and I just recently came across this jem, Dear Hate.  I found it really relavant to today’s world, in addition to being oddly comforting.
    • What is also exciting is that Maren Morris will be opening for Niall Horan during his up coming world tour.  Having been a big directioner (in my middle school years), it’s great to see him branch out.
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUPR5-igTVY

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  • Even If It Breaks Your Heart by Eli Young Band
    • A little throw back that probably seems a bit random.  The other week, my favorite professional golfer, Jordan Spieth, hosted his annual charity event.  This year’s featured musical was Eli Young Band, so I decided to listen to some of their music.  I was reminded of this gem of a song.  It really makes you feel good inside.
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-5GnZYxI4M

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  • The Louvre by Lorde
    • Lorde is one of the only alternative-like artists that I actually like, and I think it’s because her songs are truly unique.  One of my favorites from her new album is The Louvre which has a very interesting catching tune.  The first single, Green Light, from the new album is also amazing.
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Movies and TV:

  • Grace of Monaco
    • Randomly came across this movie on Netflix after it appeared on my suggestions line.  It’s a beautiful biopic on Grace Kelley’s life at the beginning of her reign being princess of Monaco.  The movie centers around her inter conflicts that she dealt with due to her love of acting, along with the political environment of 1960s France.  Extremely well done and enjoyable to watch.

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  • Beauty and the Beast (2017)
    • Yes, I know everyone has probably heard/seen this recent Disney live action, but it is now on Netflix for a limited time, making it a viable thing to promote. Emma Watson and Dan Stevens are amazingly casted.  Yes, I might be a biased Harry Potter fan, but Watson is Belle, and it shows.  The visuals are superb, and can truly be enjoyed by anyone.

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Great Finds:

  • Cools- Email subscription and website
    • I somehow randomly came across this platform and got my email on it.  Sort of strange, but Cools is an amazing fashion resource that calls attention to sales, trends, and news in your inbox.  All free, you receive email periodically regarding all things fashion, and you can always bourse the website for inspiration.  It’s a great site that really puts you into the know.
    • https://cools.com (use this to find out more)

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I’m Back!

Hello readers (who probably forgot about me), and non readers who I want to become readers!  I apologize for not writing these last months as I’ve been extremely busy with graduation, senior obligations, college decisions, and travel.  Everything has been a ton of fun, however, and I have now finally found time to share my fun with you!

A lot has been going on in my life recently including 2 big international trips, and myself preparing to move to New York for school.  With summer coming to an end, I’m hoping to share the adventures that I’ve had, and will have before I head out to school.  I’m trying to revamp the blog so that it’s  more of a overall lifestyle blog with me sharing tips and wisdom from my life centered around my favorites hobbies (food, travel, and fashion).

Then, once I move out to New York (and by the way, NY means small college town living, not city that never sleeps), I will focus on trying to live a fulfilled, adventurous, and classy college life.  I will share tidbits on how I’m doing that, in addition to travel.  My college’s location is a tad isolation from city life, but I believe that I’m going to have easy access to cities up and down the east coast, in addition to the atlantic shore and charming small town life.  I cannot wait to hopefully expand this blog while focusing on a more college student targeted audience!

I will try to post more content in the next couple of days, as I attempt to revamp everything!

Thank you, Addie ❤

How to make the most out of college tours

Visiting colleges is a big deal.  As a higher schooler, it is hard to figure out where you want to spend the next 4 years of your life.  At first it can be exciting, but as the novelty wears off, the tours can become a bit of a burden.  However, after a year of touring 16 colleges in different towns, I have figured how to make the most out of them and I want to share some of my insight.  For high schoolers everywhere, college tours don’t have to be dreaded.  The key is turning them into mini vacations of sort.  By taking time to explore a given town or area, you not only get to experience new places but also get to see first hand what life is like for students at a said college.

Tips-

  1. Stay somewhere near a school.  Sometimes, especially in bigger towns, the school could only be near a small part of town.  More often than not, that area is more charming and caters more towards students and a younger crowd.  Fun shops and cool hang out restaurants inhabit these areas, making the trip more amusing.
  2. After you tour a school, I highly recommend visiting the school chapel or church.  More often than not, a school’s chapel marks the peak of beauty at a school.  You don’t have to be religious to appreciate the different types of architecture these chapels have to offer.  Take some time to marvel at the beauty.
  3. However, don’t spend too much time on the campus.  Instead, make time to explore the local area.  When going to school, you’re living in that town.  Don’t feel as though you have to spend all day on campus.  Go explore and make it fun!
  4. Try to stay, if possible, in a local inn or bed and breakfast.  Usually, these types of places are more in the part of town where you want to be.  Also, they are fun and the people there really know the area well.  I recommend asking the inn owners about local places to eat and shop.  They often know a lot about the history of the area and such, so ask them to learn more about where you are.
  5. Now, if you are in a big city, that is different.  A good way to ask for advice on what to do is to ask the college themselves as they often want to show potential prospects the best of what is around.
  6. Eat at local places.  Different regions and places have their own specialities that are always worth a try and they help you really understand the area.  Don’t just eat at chain restaurants.  Have some fun eating at cool places!
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    Oysters in Connecticut

  7. See what other activities you can do in the area.  Visit a museum or do some site seeing.  Make the most out of where you are.

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    On a trip to New York State, we ventured to Niagara for a fun experience!

  8. Lastly, have a positive attitude and enjoy it.  You only go to college once!