Blogger Recognition Award

This is definitely a post I didn’t think I’d be writing. Definitely not now, and definitely not in the near future, but here I am, writing it.

From the title, I’m sure you have a relatively good idea what “it” is, but even if you don’t, I’m going to tell you.

I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition award by The Lindsey Vibe (thank you so much!). Lindsey is one of the nicest bloggers I have met.

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5 Beauty Essentials and Why You Should Be Using Them Daily

Whether you’re a beauty guru or someone who just wants to highlight some natural features and take care of your skin, there are some essentials everyone should be using. This doesn’t mean you have to go out to Sephora or Ulta and spend hundreds of dollars on makeup and skincare products, though. When using these beauty basics, you don’t have to spend much to look and feel your best.

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How I Made My College Packing List

Last week, I shared my college packing list for Syracuse University with you. Find it here if you missed the post. This week, I want to share with you some more tools to help you pack for college. Here are 3 easy steps to finding all the items you need.

1.Make your list

This one just got easier since I shared my list with you, but every person is different. Some of the things I need you won’t need and vice versa. To make my list, I browsed Pinterest and got ideas from other people’s lists. Find some inspiration here, here, and here.

2. Find the items on your list

Once my roommate and I decided on a color scheme (Navy blue and pink with gray and white as neutrals) I started looking for a duvet. I decided I needed a duvet since Syracuse is hot in the summer (and the dorms don’t have A/C) and super cold in the winter. If you’re in the same boat, I recommend this route as well, if not, you might want a comforter instead; it’s up to you.

I found my duvet at Bed Bath and Beyond. I talked more about it in this post and in this video.

After that, I started looking for the other things on my list. Target has a great feature on their website that let’s you create a college registry. I don’t intend on sharing it with anyone, but it gave me a way to create a wishlist.

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They have you set the day you’re leaving for college and let you set a profile and cover photo. I used my favorite picture from decision day and a Syracuse University Lilly Pulitzer print.

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They also put all of the saved items into categories which the organizational freak in me loves.

Best Buy has a similar feature.

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So does The Container Store.

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For some other things, I just bookmarked pages of things I like/need and made a folder full of these bookmarks.

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I know at this point you’re probably thinking, “Wow, you have so many pillows.” Don’t worry, I don’t plan on buying all of them. You’re also probably thinking that I basically just gave you my college packing list for a second time which I totally did. I hope it’s at least somewhat helpful!

3. Prioritize and Buy

This is where things can start to get tricky. If you’re like me, you want to start with the decor. That’s not the smart way to do things unfortunately. The smart thing to do, and the way I’ve forced myself to do things is to prioritize what is necessary and most important and start with those things.

I made a list in the reminders app on my iPhone of things I want to buy in the near future.

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I know, this list has some non-dorm things, but it was easiest to combine them and use the priority feature with the exclamation points to prioritize what’s important.


That wraps up another post in my College Convo Series that hopefully helped any incoming freshman to start, or continue, packing for the exciting year ahead. For more college related information check out my College Convo posts here and my College Prep series videos on YouTube here.

What’s on your packing list? Share it in the comments below!

XOXO Anna

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The Ultimate College Freshman Packing List

It is officially summer, at least it is for me, and the quest to gather everything needed for college has begun. Packing up basically your whole life is a daunting task to say the least, so to make it a little easier for you, I’m sharing my list. Obviously everything on my list won’t be everything on your list, but hopefully this helps to get you started (Sorry it’s a little wonky)

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For more dorm content, check out my first Dorm Haul on my YouTube channel next week. Find it here.

What’s on your college packing list? Comment below!

XOXO Anna

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Prom Recap 2017

My senior prom has come and gone, so I thought I’d share it with you.

I think my favorite thing about prom is the pampering before hand and the mini photoshoot that occurs when we take pictures. I got my nails and hair done, but did my own makeup.

Here’s some pictures from the night:

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