Monday, September 28, 2015

The Best [Not Scary] Halloween Movies.

Yesterday was the first day that actually felt like fall. It got me in the mood for all things autumn: pumpkins, decorations, candles and best of all--Halloween movies. I am a total wimp when it comes to scary movies. I already have trouble falling asleep, let's not add a gory film to the mix. 

I love watching [kids] Halloween movies around this time of year. Here are a few of my favorites:

Some consider this a Christmas movie, I do not at all. I got sucked into this movie by Joe and the Haunted Mansion decorations at Disneyland at this time of year. Joe and I have the tradition of watching this movie with hot apple cider while we carve pumpkins. I'm glad he's moving here before Halloween!

I only became obsessed with this movie last year. I don't know how that's possible! It is such a fun movie. I watched it earlier while working on some DIY fall decorations [video to come later this week!]. Also if you want to see Sarah Jessica Parker as a witch in the early 1990's, this is a must see. 

I'll watch Charlie Brown specials for any holiday [although Christmas has the best one!]. This totally brings me back to childhood. It's always a good go-to. 

What are your favorite Halloween movies?

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Current Beauty Favorites! [Video]

Favorites are back! I haven't done a favorites video or blog post in quite some time. With moving and decluttering, I wasn't buying or trying many new products. However in the past month or so I've found some products that work really well for me. I am sharing them in my current beauty favorites video

I hope you enjoy it!

What are some of your current favorite products?

Friday, September 25, 2015

How To Be Successful In College [Extracurricular/Part 3]

Welcome to Part 3 of this series about being successful in college! If you missed part 1 or part 2, have a read--they focus on completely different topics. Today we are focusing on extracurriculars because believe it or not, those clubs and activities you participate in make a huge difference when applying to jobs! 

Join A Club: Join any club you find interesting. In fact, try out multiple clubs and pick one you enjoy. This doesn't have to be related to your major whatsoever. You could join the triathlon club if that's your jam. Or maybe you're interested in film or foreign language or water polo. Take your pick. Universities often host a club fair at the beginning of the academic year (or sometimes each term). Wonder around with a friend or solo. Grab flyers. Check out some club meetings. I highly recommend checking out your major's club, if they have one. I would go at least once or twice. I attended my major's club for my first year. I went to the weekly meetings, met some people, listened to talks by people in the field and figured out careers I'm not interested in! Academic clubs generally offer a lot of career-related support by people who want you to be successful. Go for it and make sure to include it on your resume! 

Do Internships: This is incredibly crucial and sometimes even required to graduate. In my second year I did something like an internship. It was in my department and I got a couple units. The best part: after being in the "class"/internship for a quarter, I got hired. This was my first job ever and it was on campus [score!]. I worked there for a year until moving up to a higher paying part time job elsewhere on campus. 

Take Advantage Of Opportunities: There is a good chance that professors will send out opportunities to students via e-mail. Several of my professors sent out e-mails about on campus jobs, internships [paid or unpaid], research assistant positions, and volunteer opportunities. Take advantage of these opportunities! I cannot stress this enough. If you follow up on some of these opportunities, they will lead to future jobs or internships. Even if something isn't paid, it will still look great on your resume and you could get a reference or job out of it. Aside from that, volunteer work is highly applauded by employers and universities. My university gave out a special certificate and mention on your diploma if you completed over a certain number of volunteer hours during your time as an undergraduate. 

Check Out Greek Life: Although Greek Life is not for everyone, I highly recommend it if it's your thing. I am a member of a sorority and am really glad I chose to be involved in Greek Life. I recommend checking out sororities or fraternities before you start school, then consider signing up for rush. From my experience, sororities offer a lot of leadership skills, discipline and create a lot of friendships and a fun social life. There are also academic and cultural fraternities that are much different than social organizations. 

Network: This is my most important tip and I had no idea where to place it! Networking is the best thing you can do for your job prospects. I found my first big girl job [the one I had up until grad school] by networking. Go to events, get to know friends of friends in your field and mingle at clubs. One of my professors once said, "it's not about what you know, it's who you know." That cannot be more true [as sad as it seems!]. Seek out people in your field for advice and help; eventually you will do the same for someone else. 

I hope these tips were helpful. I enjoyed writing this series! Did you like it? Is there another area or topic you'd like to see in the future? 

Let me know!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

NARS Audacious Lipstick | Audrey

I am already a fan of the NARS Audacious Lipsticks, even though I've only owned one shade. Earlier this week I ventured into Sephora--on a mission for a gorgeous fall shade. Not only do I love the formula of these lipsticks and their long-lasting power, I also love the packaging [I am a sucker for magnetic closures]. 

I opted for the shade Audrey as it is a red currant color. I am picky about my red lipsticks [I am very fair]. This seemed to work perfectly for me. It glides onto your lips and lasts all day. This will be perfect for fall and into the holidays.

Pro Tip: after applying your lipstick, place a tissue over your lips. Brush translucent powder over the tissue. Your lipstick will stay all day [even through eating and drinking]! 

Have you tried the NARS Audacious Lipsticks? What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Autumn Beauty Wish List

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Ah fall, the time when I suddenly want a vampy lipstick and bordeaux nail polish. What is it about this time of year that makes me want to buy everything in Sephora? With the start of school and crisp air [my makeup is no longer melting off my face], I want to change up my look. I've compiled my ultimate beauty wish list for this autumn. 

Have you tried any of this products? What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Casual Weekend Outfit

This weekend Joe visited me in the new apartment. He is still living in California and job hunting. On Saturday, we had a nice stroll around the city. For the sake of comfort and the weather, I opted for a skirt and sneakers. 

Joe even ended up purchasing my new sneakers in black. He realized he needed a good pair for wondering around the city. For any men in need of some good sneakers, check these out!

What did you get up to this weekend?

Monday, September 21, 2015

Favorite At-Home Workouts

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Happy Monday! With a new week upon us I figured what better time to share some of my favorite workouts. Personally I like to be as efficient as possible so why not workout at home? It's free, saves you the commute and lets you have some 'me time'. 

My favorite at home workouts are pilates and yoga. YouTube is an incredible resource for exercise classes in the comfort of your own home. I own a chromecast and I can cast my workout videos on my TV. I bust out my yoga mat and my block (not mandatory) and I'm ready to go!

My favorite channel for pilates and strengthening classes is Blogilates. Cassey is energetic and knowledgable! She is incredibly positive and motivating. She has lots of shorter videos that are perfect for a quick workout. 

When I want to unwind and center myself, I go for Yoga With Adriene. Her videos range from gentle yoga to advanced. She offers classes that meet the needs of many types of individuals (for those who suffer from back pain or other injuries). I really enjoy doing her videos at night to relax after a long day. 

What is your favorite type of at-home workout?

Saturday, September 19, 2015

How To Find An Apartment In New York City [Video]

Happy Saturday! Today I am sharing my advice on finding an apartment in New York City. If you are moving to the city or know someone moving to the city, check out this video

Friday, September 18, 2015

How To Be Successful In College [Wellness/Part 2]

Welcome to part 2 of this series! Today I am focusing on wellness--a term that is often forgot about when determining how to be successful in college. When I say wellness I mean physically and mentally; we need to take care of our bodies and minds to perform our best. There are some obvious ways to stay fit: run, walk, bike, swim, etc. and we often forget the little things that have the most impact. 

Set aside 'me' time everyday: This can be five minutes or an hour; this is whatever you can fit into your schedule. During this time you will do whatever makes you happy and relaxed. Maybe you like watching Netflix in your sweats. Maybe you like having a spa night and a bubble bath. Choose something that isn't related to school, work, or any stressful aspects of your life. 

Take advantage of fitness classes: Often times your university recreation center will ofter group fitness classes at a free or reduced rate. My undergraduate university had an incredible recreation center (I know, I worked there!) and ofter tons of amazing group fitness classes at varying levels. Fitness classes can be incredibly pricey outside of this setting so take advantage while you can! This will give you the opportunity to try something new or turn working out into a social activity by going with friends. 

Get outside: Go for a walk or hike outside, if the weather permits it. Taking a break from being inside and getting some vitamin D is good for your health. Just make sure to wear your sunscreen! 

Journal: This doesn't have to be a journal in the traditional sense. Journal your thoughts, worries, and feelings. Whenever you feel overwhelmed or cannot quiet your mind, pour your thoughts onto a piece of a paper. This will get your worries out of your head and you can focus on other things [having fun, sleep, etc.]. 

I hope these tips were helpful. What are your tips related to wellness?

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