72 Hours in Chicago (First Time!)

Hey guys! Last month I had the opportunity to visit Chicago for a few days. Most of these pictures were taken on the same day of exploring. I uploaded a short travel vlog;

Of course, I had to go to Millenium Park first to see THE BEAN!
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We walked from Millenium Park to Navy Pier to meet up with the guys in our group and along the way, we came across these views!

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There’s way to many pictures and things we saw throughout the city so I just chose a set of photos from the same general area.

Last but not least, you cannot go to Chicago without trying deep dish pizza. We chose Giordano’s!

Pro tip: DO NOT order appetizers before getting your own personal pan pizza. When they say deep dish, it’s thicc af. I could barely get through half of mine after having mozzarella sticks and other cheese-related samplers.

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First Planner Stickers Haul! (3 Shops)

I use a medium-sized ban.do agenda and ever since I joined a Facebook group called Planners Gone Wild, I have officially fallen in love with planning even more than before! These are a few of the shops that I have bought or received stickers from so far. I have 2 more orders on the way too! (One from FabulouslyPlannedCo again and another from PlanToPlan on Etsy.) I will definitely be making a new post about those.

FabulouslyPlannedCo; (https://www.fabulouslyplannedco.com/), $7 including shipping.

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(left) Closet Organization/Cleaning   (right) Planner Girl Collection Full Boxes

I didn’t realize some of these were common “clip art” stickers that several shops use but I am in love with the cute armoire design. I’m either going to use it for my “laundry day” or days where I clean my room in general. The full boxes are from FabulouslyPlannedCo’s Planner Girl Collection. These are definitely going into my ban.do agenda for a busy college work week.

TwinSixteen; (https://www.etsy.com/shop/TwinSixteen), Free via RAK, est Value $15.

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Past Elle Kit (EC Vertical/Happy Planner)
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Birthday Sprinkles Weekly Kit (EC Vertical)

I actually won these kits from TwinSixteen on Etsy through the Planners Gone Wild group on Facebook. I joined in August and ended up winning from Mari’s RAK. They are the only kits I have so far because I am too afraid to commit to a full set for a week or month. I especially love how she named one of them Past Elle instead of just Pastel.

Purple Paisley Prints; (https://purplepaisleyprints.com/), $9.50 including shipping.

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(left to right) Top row: Books, Money, Movie Icon Flags | Bottom row: Laptop, Airplane, Car

This set right here is my first official small-business planner stickers order! Christy was having a $1 sticker sheets sale to help save her house and I ordered several sheets. As you can see, I’m an icon sticker girl, I’ve used at least a few from each sheet already and I love the quality, especially for the price! Christy’s sheets are conveniently hole punched too, I’ve seen other shops who charge extra for that. Even with the good deal, she included a little sampler set and I cannot wait to use those.

Comment down below if you have any sticker shop recommendations. I’m ready to continue building my collection!

FREE Girlfriend Collective Leggings?!

In October I saw the ad for free leggings, just pay shipping and I decided to go for it and see what these leggings were like! It took 2 months to get to me since they were coming straight from their SA8000 factory in Vietnam. The timing couldn’t be any more perfect because I’m going through my obsession with high quality workout clothes right now!

I made an unboxing video and show what they look like on me and when I’m doing some basic yoga with them. Getting these was one of the best impulsive decisions I’ve made all year! Can’t wait to see what other goodies they will be featuring in 2017.

They’re free leggings promo is still available for now, so try them out if you’re interested before it’s too late! www.girlfriend.com (Isn’t their brand name so cute first of all!)

Here are some pics of me wearing them:

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As you can see, they are not see through (yay!)

The leggings are made from water bottles (so cool, I know) which they turn into a yarn that can be used to create this fabric. I love what they stand for because they chose an SA8000 factory which means that the workers are paid fair wages and work in a safe environment while still producing high quality clothing.

Please note that I am just under 5 feet tall so they fit me a little long, if you’re of average height they will fit you just fine! I am wearing size S.

If you have any questions feel free to comment!

Get Rid of Dry Hands FAST

Hey guys! Here are the products I use to get rid of my dry skin during the cold winter. I also featured them in a video*:

  • Intense: Aquaphor Healing Ointment – Lather as much or as little as you want on your hands before going to bed and wake up with much softer, smoother hands
  • Daily: Bath & Body Works Nourishing Hand Cream ~$5 – This smells kind of strong but soooooo good. I don’t know if I can recommend this in public places in case you are around people who have allergies to scents and fragrances but it’s lovely to use and it makes your hands soft!
  • On-the-Go: Nivea Creme $1 – It’s simple and lightly scented; I throw this in my college backpack, going-out bag, and work bag.

*Not sponsored btw, I purchased everything on my own to try and make my hands smooth again

STRESSED OUT? – How to Get Back on Track

*Tap Tap Tap Tap Tap Tap…* It was the sound I heard from 6PM to 2AM yesterday night and the night before while typing out all of my essays that were due today.

To anyone who does not want to procrastinate; here are some things I did that helped me stay in focus and get sh*t done:

  • Map out everything your need to do for each class so nothing is forgotten and you can physically see what assignments are left.
  • Thomas Frank’s “Study With Me” video; he uses the 25/5 pomodoro studying technique and there’s a timer at the bottom of the screen.
  • Give your phone to someone who can hold onto it until you are done working on assignments. If you’re worried about missing anything important, have them periodically check your notifications for you.
  • Go old school and make flashcards to study and memorize important terms and concepts. If you don’t like handwriting things or prefer portability, make them using Quizlet and then review them on your phone between classes.

When I said all of my essays; I meant seven of them. Five were reflection papers based on what we went over in class and two of them were longer works; a midterm and a final paper. Why did I have to write so many essays in a short period of time? Because I hate myself. Just kidding, I love myself so much that I let myself avoid responsibilities for a while. After this, I swear I’m not going to procrastinate again…so I tell myself.

Good luck on your studies! x

Red Robin, YUM & MORE

To do list:

  • Attend today’s classes
  • Go out with Trang and Nina
  • Shop around for cute things
  • Ask Red Robin if they sell their special seasoning

Looks like I totally missed something on my to do list once again! There was a Groupon deal for a Red Robin near us today and we decided to go for it and I was given the perfect opportunity to ask about their seasoning but nope, I forgot.

I actually vlogged about it today and will probably be compiling it with tomorrow’s vlog because we made plans to hang out again; tomorrow’s goal is to get some thrifted finds.

Stores we hit up: Sephora, Nordstrom Rack, Barnes & Noble (or as Nina would call it, Barney’s and Noble’s)

Stay tuned to catch the vlog on my YouTube channel! 🙂