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I’ve heard of Groupon Coupons through the blogger grapevine, but this week I actually checked it out. I’ve been using Groupon for yoga and movie deals for years now. GrouponCoupons actually gives you really awesome coupons to a variety of places. If you have an online shopping problem like us, this literally saves you so much money. From hotels to clothes, they’ve got you covered.
Today, we wanted to show you how to save some money with business casual wardrobe basics featuring J.Crew Factory, Sephora, and Express. I highly recommend tailoring this to your work environment. Also, being a college blog, we are always super budget conscious. I personally consider business clothes more of an investment because they do last and tend to be versatile. Make the clothes you buy for career fair or an interview last way past just joining the work force. If you need help networking, we got you covered.
For your more conservative business place, we recommend J.Crew Factory. Business casual in a more conservative workplace is basically a suit without the blazer. You can play it up with textures and colors but generally keep things clean and muted. They have the simple pieces that you can build on to create an amazing work wardrobe. The first outfit is a really simple short sleeve top with tapered trousers and cute loafers. You can easily dress it up or down with accessories and heels to take you from day to night!
Trendy Dress Code
For a more trendy workplace, we recommend Express. They have those high quality trendy pieces that you can wear day or night. Once again, this is depends on your workplace dress code so take all of this with a grain of salt. We really wanted to find some edgy basics that are a modern twist on classic pieces to be trendy but versatile. like a blazer, shift dress, and button downs.
Best Face Forward
Bite MultiStick in Marscapone and Papaya are simple nude colors that can will keep your work appropriate and can double as a lip and cheek color. The Benefit Roller Lash will keep your eyelashes looking full and fluttery. This Clinique CC Cream will keep your skin fresh and dewy all day long! Honestly, wear whatever makeup makes you feel beautiful and comfortable all day. If you commute or want your makeup to stay all day, check out our no-budge makeup look.
Y’all, I pulled some next level magic this game day. My makeup did not budge the entire day even though it was 80% humidity and 90 degrees outside. I have really really oily skin, so this was an actual miracle that it lasted 9 hours through the game and tailgating. Because I turned into some makeup sorceress, I wanted to share with you my secrets to help your makeup stay in place.
I’m going to start off the primer. The Sephora Acne-Fighting Mattifying Moisturizer is super old, but it is the most effective mattifying primer. I put on two primers because I’m both paranoid and excessive. I used the Loreal Infallible Mattifying Base on my T-Zone and nose (the sweatiest areas). I followed that with the Too Faced Hangover Rx Primer.
Again, this might seem excessive, but I used three foundations. I used the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation under my eyes, on my nose, and on my forehead. This isn’t exactly a highlight/contour situation, but you highlight where you naturally glisten usually. I used the Maybelline Matte + Poreless Foundation in the places not mentioned above. After applying all that, I used the Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Foundation.
When I get ready for a game, it’s definitely a marathon not a sprint. I wait to let all my products settle into my skin before I apply the next layer. I also blot my skin between layers of primers and foundation to make sure that it stays matte at all times. I like to finish my makeup some time before I have to leave to make sure that my skin has time to absorb everything and I can powder again. I was worried about looking cakey,but honestly, I sweat the cakey-ness off the second I stepped outside. To blend everything together and to prevent my face from getting cake, I very aggressively use my Real Techniques Blending Sponge. Sometimes, I use it damp with no product on just to get a flawless finish from my powder.
I received the Maybelline Better Skin Foundation for free and all opinions are my own.
What are your tips to keep your makeup from budging?
In full honesty, I have been really disorganized in the first few days just getting back into a routine and seeing all my friends again. So, I took this weekend to really reflect on everything I have to do and wanted to share with y’all how I get organized. I use both a planner and Google Calendar to stay organized. Not only am I a crazy person, I also want to always be able to access my schedule and assignments. This post follow my post about using your syllabus to succeed this semester.
Also, I wanted to address blog organization really quickly. I use my blog email’s Google Calendar to create an editorial calendar. It’s not feature in this post bc I haven’t been using it (oops). I compile all my calendars on iCal, so they seamlessly sync on my phone and laptop.
Get all your syllabi in one place.
You’re basically transferring the course outline from your syllabus into your calendar. Have them easily accessible. Some professors decided to be unique and have weird hard to understand syllabi. This process makes you aware of all your deadlines and cut through all the filler nonsense.
Create a new calendar for the semester and add all your classes
I get rid of my old calendars every year and having a fresh start to the year. I start off with adding all of my classes. Some people find it pointless that I put in the time of each class. I do send this calendar off to my friends that go to school far away (and my mom, so she doesn’t freak out that I’m not picking up her calls).
Make each class day detailed.
I write down my readings and assignments for that day. This makes it super easy to access my readings, since I usually have 3-4 readings for each class. Also, to make it easier to find my assignments, I make the day red to indicate a deliverable.
Have all major assignments and tests easily visible.
Each assignment is marked in red. Assignments due on non-class days are their own event marked in red. This way you will never miss a deadline. I never have but the stress from potentially doing that stresses me out even more. Side note: I keep my calendar on a month view, so I know exactly how much work I have right now and in the upcoming weeks.
Have separate calendars for your academics and extracurriculars.
I used to have so much more information on my calendar and just found it overwhelming to have things like office hours and extracurriculars all on one calendar. Luckily, the lovely president of my organization made a separate Google Calendar for that and I recommend you do the same! Here’s my final view!
Integrate with your planner.
Every Thursday ( I don’t have Friday classes), I sit down and write down all my assignments and readings for the week along with other admin tasks. Along with that, I write down all the details for meetings and tailgates for the week. Yes, it’s possible to be a Google Calendar and a planner person!
How do you stay organized? Do you prefer Google Calendar or a planner?
It’s that time of the year again. I can’t believe that I’m starting my fourth year of college and my last year of undergrad. I’m in a five year Masters of Accounting program, so it’s bittersweet. It’s my last year with a lot of my friends, and I’m definitely not ready to say bye. Anyway, syllabus week has me stressed me out, but I’ve learned to channel that into a few small things that prepare me for the semester!
Don’t miss class!
It’s really easy and super tempting to skip syllabus week, but some professors really notice and care when students are missing. They show up ready to teach, so you should show up in return out of respect for your professor. Not to mention, missing class is actually a really big waste of money because you are paying to have a spot in that class. You might still be unpacking, but the first week is relaxed anyway.
Print off your syllabus
Having a paper copy of your syllabus is vital! I keep them pinned up on the bulletin board above my desk! If you want a more eco-friendly option, I recommend downloading your syllabi on to a free pdf reader app on your phone just to make sure
Put everything from your syllabus into your calendar/planner.
Your syllabus is really you map through this semester because believe it or not your professors have all of theirs expectations listed. A syllabus can be overwhelming so make sure you mark down all the important information using this method. If you are really into putting your life into your Google calendar, my lovely friend Kayla has an ~amazing~ guide for you! If you’re a student with a receptive schedule, I highly recommend this amazing planner, so you can create masterful planners.
Go to your professor’s office hours.
I say go the first week because no one else will be there. It really builds goodwill and you seem like less of a douche when you only see the professor the office hours before the exam the rest of the semester. Building a relationship with your professors is important because they can be your advocates if you want to further your education or just get bumped from the B to an A. Also, if you’re a freshman, you’re probably in these huge lecture halls, so having the professor at least know your face really benefits you.
Order all your books!
This is pretty self explanatory, but make sure you comparison shop for your textbooks. I usually just google the ISBN number and buy the cheapest option. Keep in mind shipping costs and dates when you shop because if you have assignments due, you may want to go with a different option. My fellow Longhorn Jessica Slaughter has a comprehensive guide to help you out.
Your motivation for an amazing semester will literally never be higher than this week. Use this week to build a good base for the semester and get ahead on all your readings! Also, I like to print out as many notes of class and make binders for each class during this week. I spend the first week getting ahead on as much work as possible because I ~know~ I’m going to fall behind afterwards.
If you’re anything like me, you started getting really nervous and stressed out your first week because you realize the difficulty and rigor of your classes. Remember to have fun! This is the last chill week you’re going to have a for a while. Catch up with your friends and have fun before the semesters starts.
What do you do during syllabus week? Do you take full advantage or do you get lazy like I do?
Over the years, I’ve realized I made some dumb tech purchases that I’ve either had to replace or get rid of all together. I’ve complied a list of 6 tech products that will save you space and money. Also, just a fun behind the scenes blogger thing, I tried to make the image clickable using and image map and spent 6 hours doing it (incorrectly) and gave up, so if anyone wants to help a girl out…
So, while making this list, I took into account my own laziness, and I made sure everything is on Amazon Prime. If you didn’t know, you get six free months of Amazon Prime Student when you first make your account. If you don’t know what it is, Amazon Prime is free two day shipping. Amazon Prime Student is great when you wait till the last minute for everything like me. Recently, I’ve found out how to shop for clothes on Amazon, so my bank account is about to be drained.
- Everyone needs a 10ft long iPhone charger in college. You’re probably wondering, why Shaguna, what a waste of space. Well, you can only have your bed in so many positions, which means that you might not always be next to an outlet. Also, this makes sure that you can continue your late night scrolling even if your bed is lofted! Also, this comes with two, so it’ll come in extra handy when you see number 5!
- Wow, a steamer seems super fancy pants. It seems excessive, but a steamer is a) cheaper than most irons and b) smaller than most irons. Better yet, you don’t even need an ironing board, so you don’t have to worry about having to store one of those either. Also, if you’re like me and don’t understand settings/temperatures on a iron, this is the solution for you.
- A decent sized mirror is necessary for when you share a room with another girl and you both have to be out the door at the same time. Also, its great when you have a bunch of people getting ready together. I like this one because of the shape and size!
- Okay, so wow~ ground-breaking~ a multi-plug thing. However, in order to combat the same problem as in the first item, this has a super long cord so you can plug it in anywhere you want and use it wherever you want. My dorm allowed power strips but not extension cords, so this is the best of both worlds.
- I am ALWAYS breaking my phone cords which isn’t something out of the ordinary. I’ve made a rule to keep one in my backpack and one in my bedroom, so I don’t keep on destroying them. This little stand makes sure your phone charges and is ~super~ aesthetic. Also, since number 1 comes with two, you can leave one at home and take one with you!
- So, again this addresses the problem of randomly spaced plugs. You will probably need to plug a few things in right next to your bed. For me, that’s my laptop, phone, lamp, and iPad. This sort of multi outlet is perfect bc it has USB slots to make charging everything extra easy! Full disclosure, there are some power strips that have them, but they are ridiculously expensive.
What are your dorm tech essentials? Which one of these picks are your favorites?
Pack a bag with your essentials
Contact your utilities and internet provider
Change your address
While you pack…
Clean out bathroom/toiletries/makeup
Donate your clothes and shoes!
Clean out your kitchen
Along with my health kick, I’ve really been into baking recently. I think these snickerdoodle cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting are now my signature item. I definitely will be putting up more of my baking adventures on the blog because my new apartment is gorgeous!
Also, for people with a keen eye, these photos were taken over two baking sessions, so I apologize for the lack of continuity! I’ve based this recipe off of this recipe, but I’ve tweaked it a bit more to make it my own flavor! Also, the first time, the frosting didn’t turn out correctly, so I’ve adjusted the recipe accordingly. My recipe makes 1.5 times the amount of frosting required, but that’s just how the the adjustments work for me. Also, please do everything to taste.
I have a lot of opinions on baking too as an avid consumer of baked goods.
- Personally, I don’t like products that are too sweet, which is why I usually prefer cream cheese frosting to buttercream.
- But, I love fall baked goods, so I love putting spices and fruit flavors into my baked goods.
- Unpopular opinion: I don’t like chocolate baked goods.
- Popular opinion: I love anything tart. Basically, I love anything with lemon and lime.
- After baking so much, I’ve started making healthier baked goods and experimenting with ingredients.
- 1.5 cups all purpose flour
- ½ tablespoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ tablespoon cinnamon (or to taste)
- 1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 large eggs at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup milk (or as needed)
- pinch of nutmeg
- ¾ package cream cheese, at room temp
- ¼ stick butter, at room temp
- 1½ cup powdered sugar (or as needed
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch of nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 350 F and line cupcake tins.
- Mix all dry ingredients.
- Cream butter and sugar until pale.
- Add eggs, one at a time, and vanilla
- Add dry ingredients and milk alternating in small sections until the correct texture.
- Scoop into cups evenly until ¾ way full
- Bake for about 18 minutes or until a toothpick enters center and comes out clean.
- Let them cool before frosting
- Cream cream cheese and butter together until combined
- Add cinnamon and nutmeg
- Add powdered sugar until desired texture and taste
- If too sweet, put a little bit of salt to cut the sugar.
We loved the affordable Nordstrom Sale beauty picks, so we’re back with some more! This time, we’re giving y’all NSale picks under $25 and $50. Just because you’re a college student doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of this sale. Honestly, I’ve had a pretty hell-ish week, so blogging has really been my escape. Summer classes are hard because they tend to be really extensive and dense. I really enjoy one of my classes, hate another, and have no idea what’s going on in the other. I’ve really enjoyed online shopping for this post (and myself) as a form of relaxation, so I hope y’all enjoy!
Have y’all bought anything from the sale? What’s your favorite pick?
Y’all it’s that time of the year again. It’s the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and DAMN have they stepped it up this year. As I aggressively filtered through the sneak preview, I realized WOW I can actually afford some of this stuff. There’s something about being a college student and shopping at Nordstrom that doesn’t match. I searched far and wide to come up with a list of affordable beauty specials that even college students can afford.
If you don’t know, every year, brands come up with special kits/palettes/sets exclusive to Nordstrom that are some serious deals. I have a love/hate relationship with makeup shopping because Sephora is overwhelming, but also I need to get shade matched. I found things that will work with every skin tone AND under 50 bucks, with a lot under 25! Just scroll over the product to get more details.
Laura Mercier Twist and Pout is the perfect neutral lipstick for every skin tone that is super work appropriate. It’s a perfect addition for the “nearly a real adult” section of your makeup.
LORAC Refined Romance Cheek and Eye Palette is only 19 bucks(!!!), and you’ll never travel with another palette again! The colors go from super wearable and work appropriate to night out glam. It’ll be just one less part of your suitcase that you’re overpacking.
Stila Stay All Day Set not only includes their legendary liquid liner (which normally is the price of the whole set, but also has an amazing liquid lipstick that is ready to end up in your purse with the other 900239483 nude lipsticks in there.
Living Proof’s ‘Perfect Hair Day’ Set is the most expensive item on this list but also so worth it. I’ve used a sample of the shampoo and conditioner and can’t make the plunge to by the normal size, so this set is perfect! Also, y’all, this dry shampoo though. You can use it after a workout and it looks like you took a shower. Which means, if you’re like me, you don’t have to plan your workout schedule around your hair washing days.
Beauty Blender set is an absolute steal because it’s 20 bucks for one but for 35 you get two and a cleaner. Blending sponges work wonders for your foundation but carry a lot of bacteria. With this set, you’ll be set for a long time. See what I did there.
Mario Badescu ‘The Icon, The Cult Favorite & The Hero’ Set is probably the item I’m most excited about. It’s an absolute steal with each product highly loved. Kylie Jenner swears by the drying lotion to get rid of any acne overnight and I concur.
What are you going to get from the Nordstrom Sale? Do y’all want to see more picks from the sale?