Tuesday, October 28, 2014

10 Tips on Eating Healthy in College!

These are my five tips! I definitely have more tips up my sleeve, but that shall be another post when I think of more! BTW, I want people know that in the past two months I have gained weight in college and it's super easy to! Why? Because during the first few weeks of college you will be eating all the time because you're in college away from your parents and you can eat whatever the hell you want. Your body then adjusts to eating all that food and when you try to stop it all of a sudden, you feel hungry all the time. Basically, the first week of college I had a huge breakfast, huge lunch, and huge dinner, followed by snacks in between. At home my diet was a small breakfast, huge lunch, and small dinner, with maybe one snack. Maybe. So, it's definitely takes time getting used to, but give it shot!

1.) Skip the fries, burgers, and entrees! Instead of eating a burger with fries or oily pasta that the dining halls normally serve, go to the salad bar. I know the salad bar -- it's boring. You might say the lettuce is gross or the veggies they serve are limited, but let me just say my college's dining service is by Sodexo and if you don't know, Sodexo isn't that healthy, but I make it work! That means you can too. So this brings me to my next tip :)

2.) Learn how to make a delicious salad! During my first few weeks of college, I hated the salad bar because I only put spinach, iceberg lettuce, some tofu, cucumbers, and dressing. NOW I know how to make a gorgeous salad and it tastes amazing. So, here are my suggestions:
  • put a mix of ALL veggies into your salad. Not just the ones you like. Seriously, if you put them all together and you take a bite of it with something you like, you don’t even notice it. Now, I put carrots, green peppers, celery, and more! Also, to make it not taste as bland you can put a tiny bit of coleslaw or potato salad, but not too much.
  • For protein, I always add tofu, chickpeas and beans! If you aren't vegetarian and you want some grilled chicken or turkey, go to the deli line and just ask for some! They're normally more than willing to give you some.
  • Don’t get the fatty dressing! Use the olive oil blend or red wine vinaigrette! Or if you totally want to go crazy you can skip the dressing all together :)
3.) For breakfast, skip the bagels! I’m pretty sure a lot of colleges have bagel shops around and it makes it convenient for students to stop by before class to get breakfast. But on top of the convenience, it’s inexpensive! Bagels are about $2 or less if you get butter or cream cheese, but there’s a downside -- bagels are super high in sugar and they don’t give you any nutritional value at all. They’re full of refined carbs and sugar and if you get butter or cream cheese you’re adding unnecessary saturated fat into your system. For breakfast, CHOOSE fruit! You can eat a bunch of fruit too because they aren’t as caloric as a bagel. I normally opt for a a few bananas or an apple, but definitely switch up! If you must eat a bagel try eating half of it, opt for a whole grain bagel, with a tiny bit of natural peanut butter!

4.) Try cooking your meals once a week! I know it’s tough and you’re on a budget but I have an amazing tip for you! Okay, so pasta is pretty easy to make right? Well, you can make it in your dorm with a mini rice cooker! A rice cooker can boil anything you need! I’ve even boiled steel cut oatmeal for breakfast and it’s delish :) So, go to you trader joes can some whole wheat pasta with fresh tomato sauce and BUNCH of veggies! Don’t forget to eat only once serving of the pasta though! If you aren’t sure 1 serving of grains is equivalent to a ½ cup of pasta.

5.) If you really want to go at it and become super healthy in college try the weekday vegetarian lifestyle. Eat a huge salad or veggie sandwich, veggie wrap. You should watch Graham Hill’s Ted Talk on why he’s a weekday vegetarian. I’m in the midst of trying to become vegetarian entirely, so I’ll do a blog post on how I feel about eating meat a little later.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sunday, August 31, 2014

What I Packed for College?!

I'm going to college!! I'm going to Emerson College to be exact and I'm majoring in Marketing Communications! The school is Boston, so I basically have to prepare myself for a blizzard.

Ah I'm so excited and nervous and just ahh so overwhelmed by everything (in a good way).
I decided to make a list and share with you guys what I'm bringing to college and how I'm packing everything.

Also, my rooming situation is also a little different. I'm going to be sharing a suite with 5 other girls and there will be a common room, a little kitchen area, a bathroom, and 3 rooms (2 girls per room).

From the pictures, you can see that I packed everything in boxes and  in suitcases/dufflebags. To me it was easier to pack in boxes because there was room behind my bed to put the boxes in. What I did was I just stacked them and that goes the same for the suitcases as well.


- Sweaters
- Dresses
- Leather Jacket(s)
- Anorak Jacket
- T-shirts
- Long Sleeves
- Tank Tops
- Cardigans
- Tights
- Leggings
- Jeans/Jeggings
- Skirts
- Shorts
- Sweatpants
- School T-shirts (for sleeping)
- Sweatshirts
- Bathrobe

- Sandals (2 pairs)
- Flip Flops
- Combat boots
- Riding Boots
- Black Wedge Booties
- Moto Boots
- Steve Madden Booties
- Converse
- Converse look alike Vans
- Brooks Running Sneakers
- Black Flats
- Michael Kors Wedges
- Toms (2 pairs)
- Black Flats

Toiletries/ Products:
- Shampoo/Conditioner
- Shower gel/Soap
- Lotion
- Body Spray/Perfume
- Face Masks
- Face Wash
- Facial Lotion
- Leave -in- Conditioner
- Deep Conditioner
- Hairspray
- Nail Polish
-Nail Clippers

Dorm Essentials
-Laundry Bin
-Lingerie Bag
-Tide Pods
-Fabric Softener
-School Supplies
- Towels

- Collapsable Containers
- Cardboard Boxes
- Coat hangers
- Jewelry Organizer
- Makeup Organizer

- Water Bottle
- Microwave
- Pictures
- Decorations
- Bulletin Board
- Headphones
- Alarm Clock/Speakers
- Chargers
- Camera
- Jewelry
-Cross body Bag/Backpack/Purse
- Books/DvDs

-Grandola Bars
-Trader Joe's Cookie Butter

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

10 Things Most College Students forget when Packing for College!

1.) Nail Clippers: If you forget these, in a week or two you're probably gonna have to make a trip down to the local drugstore. Save yourself the trip and don't forget to pack these!

2.) Camera Charger: Yes, most of us have smartphones now with pretty decent camera however, its always nice to bring the digital camera/ DSLR camera to document your days in college. Just don't forget the camera charger! It's just as important as the camera itself.

3.) A Book: If you're not a bookworm please just do yourself a favor and bring a book! It's nice to sometimes have some time to yourself and get away from the internet and social networking world now. Bring your favorite book and who knows maybe you're gonna realize that reading is most fun thing ever!

4.) Movies: Besides reading, movies are also a great way to past time! Especially if you're living in a suite style setting. Prop the door open in your suite and let people come hangout and enjoy the movie together. It's a great way to make friends during your freshmen year!

5.) Umbrella: Just imagine it raining cats and dogs outside and you have an 8am class! On top if it you forgot an umbrella! Save yourself this potential awful start to a day and bring an umbrella!

6.) Lightbulbs: So having a light go in the middle of night is not fun right? Trust me not even when you're in your own home its not and you have to go dig for another light bulb. Just bring one extra lightbulb, so that you're not in complete darkness for the night.

7.) DuffelBags/Collapsable Boxes instead of Suitcases: Okay so if you're dorm has limited space, bringing everything in a suitcases is probably not the best option. Just think where are you gonna put those huge suitcases in your tiny room? Unless your parents are gonna take it back with them or theres is more space in your room, the best option is to bring your clothes in duffel bags, so you can easily stuff it away or collapsable boxes. Bring one carry-on suitcase if you have to, so you can travel back home with it on vacation though!

8.) USB/SD Cards: If your computer gets full or you need to back up some important documents bring a USB Flashdrive. Also, don't forget your SD cards if you're bringing your camera!

9.) Printer Paper/ Ink: Printer paper and ink is just as important as the printer itself! You don't want to be finished with your paper just to find that your ran out of paper/ink. Stock up on printer paper and ink, so you can avoid this.

10.) Vanity Mirror/ Full length Mirror: Many dorm rooms most likely won't come with a full length room. It's nice to have one, so you can check your outfit for the day. Also, a vanity mirror is nice so you don't have to share the tiny bathroom mirror with other girls to do your makeup for the day.

Hope this helps! This is my take on what I've heard from family members on college tips and from friends. I'm gonna be going to college in less than a week and I'm super excited!


Saturday, August 9, 2014

A Small Beauty Haul

Hi Everyone!

I know it's been a while since I did a post, but today for reason it felt like a blog kinda day. So I decided to post a recent beauty purchase of mine! I actually bought almost everything today when I went dorm shopping at Target except the mascara, which I got at Bed Bath and Beyond a few weeks ago.

- Cetaphil Cleanser
- Tangle Teezer
-Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser
- L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess Mascara
- L'Oreal infallible Lacquer Liner
- Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Wine With Everything (525)
- Revlon Colorburst Mattebalm in Elusive (205)
- Tangle Teezer

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Wine With Everything (525)

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Wine With Everything (525)
This color was surprisingly like a red when I swatched it. I was not expecting it to be red color at all. However, it's not a straight out red -- more of a muted orange-y red that a brown undertone to it. I would say this a wearable every day kind of red that perfect for the fall! The formula is amazing though! It's smooth, pigmented buttery, soft, and not grainy at all! I'm not sure about the lasting capability yet, but I will be sure to update you. Al I'm not in love with the color, but I can see myself grow to love it once fall comes around.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Elusive (205)

This is more of a bubblegum pink and wasn't expecting it to be this kind of pink -- I was hoping for a more berry color like the tube. I can see this color to be more of a spring and summer shade though. 

The formula is super smooth, but not has soft has the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick. It has a minty tingly feel to the lips which is refreshing. It's also super pigmented. I actually own this in another shade Standout, and from previous use, the lasting capability of these balms aren't that great. It lasts for about and hour, and then you have to reapply even when there is a lipliner.

I was on the hunt for the perfect my lips but better lipstick, but today's haul shows that I wasn't able to find one. Hopefully next time though!

Left: Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Elusive (205)
Right: Super Lustrous Lipstick in Wine With Everything (525)

Tangle Teezer

This comb is so unique and different I decided to try it out. I haven't bought a hair brush in years, so after watching one of Stilababe09's video on Youtube I decided to try this one out. 

Tangle Teezer

Tangle Teezer

Thanks for reading :)

~ Annie