Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Halloween Costume Ideas

Now that I'm in college, Halloween has again become a big affair. I haven't dressed up for Halloween in about six years, so now I am scrambling to figure out what to dress up as! I think it's funny how we dress up as kids, stop when we're teenagers (at least where I live) and then begin dressing up again once we're young adults! I am definitely looking forward to it this year, because I love this time of year.
Anyway, I have been thinking of what to dress up as for a little while now, so I thought I would give you guys some ideas that I've gotten from the internet! (And I absolutely refuse to dress up as any character from Frozen)

Comic Book Character

How cool are these?! I can only imagine the time this actually takes, but the end result is definitely worth it!!

Greek Goddess

This is such a classic and timeless costume - although, I'm sure there will be a lot of Greek Goddesses at parties!

Group Costume: The Seven Dwarves
I think this is such a cute group costume! My group of friends and I are thinking of having a group themed costume, and this would be so perfect!

Any Character From Game of Thrones
Okay, I just had to include this because I'm a huge Game of Thrones fan! The dresses that the actresses get to wear are so pretty - it would be so much fun to dress up as them!

Fifty Shades of Grey Spoof
This is funny on so many different levels (ha ha) and would actually be a really cheap and easy costume to make!

Dobby From Harry Potter
This is also a really cute costume idea, and another one that would be easy and cheap!

Well, these are my ideas for now, but I'm sure I'll have more soon! I'll share with you guys what I finally decide on - I'm so excited for Halloween! I'm going home this weekend to go to the pumpkin patch with my family, so I soon get my roasted pumpkin seeds. I'm telling you guys, you need to try them!

What do you want to be for Halloween?

Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful day! :)

Disclaimer: none of these photos are mine!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Dorm Room Tour!

I've been moved into my dorm for three weeks now, but I finally have all of the decorations just the way I want them! Since it's all nice and done now I thought I would finally share some pictures with you guys!

 The area by the front door, and our little chalkboard/corkboard/key holder thing.

 These are our closets, and also the first thing you see when you walk in. To the right is the bathroom.

 I know I have dishes drying but I thought that would be nice to show you guys since that's what that counter space is used for most of the time haha.

Our little "kitchen" area.

 It's really nice being able to have this area, because it actually feels like a little mini kitchen.

 My desk area!

 I really love the second shelf area since I can store books up there and my perfume as well.

 My little perfume area, and also my whale ring holder that I adore.

 I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS. I am super happy with how it turned out, and it makes my dorm seem so much more homey! I also love maps, and I really like how the poster blends in with the wall.

 I keep my rice cooker, crockpot, pans, and tupperware in this little shelving unit, and I store food, shoes, laundry stuff and extra storage drawers under my bed.
 I love my little fox plant holder! :)

 Broader view of my side of the room.

 Close up picture of my wall.

My polaroid frames.

View of the "window wall."

Overall, I am so happy with how my room turned out! I am loving college life, and having my dorm decorated really helps to make it feel more like home.

Thank you so much for reading, and have a great day! :)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Book Review: Defy

It took me forever to finally order this book, Defy, and there really is no good reason for this. I had been interested in it for a while, but had never really gotten around to ordering it, so I finally did! I actually finished this book a couple of weeks ago, however, being busy with college has made this review extremely late!

Getting on with the actual review, this book is set in about the sixteenth century, in the made up kingdom of Antion. This nation is at war with another one, called Bevlon, however the reasons aren't as clear cut as everyone thinks. The king of Antion is a crooked one, and he declared war on Bevlon when his wife was supposedly killed by a Bevlon assassin. Fast forward a couple of years, and we meet a girl named Alexa, who is made into an orphan, along with her twin brother, when her parents are killed by the Bevlon army. In order to save his sister from being taken to the breeding houses, he cuts off her hair and says they are actually identical twins and both wish to join the army. They had been trained all of their lives by their father, so they're both very good with swords and quickly move up the ranks in the army. They eventually become apart of the Prince's personal guard; while very honorable, it is not the best job because Prince Damian fits the role exactly for haughty prince.
Alexa, now known as Alex, gets a special job from Prince Damian to deliver a message. She goes to deliver it, but gets attacked by a jungle cat (the castle is in the middle of a jungle) and has to stay in the jungle for a couple of days with some healers. Prince Damian is livid when she gets back, but she doesn't tell him she was attacked because she was healed by sorcerers, and the kingdom of Antion hates sorcerers. After a calm couple of weeks, the castle is attacked, and Damian, Alexa, and another guard in the Prince's guard are captured and taken on a two week trek to Bevlon. Many things happen throughout this journey, and Prince Damian is revealed to be different than his perceived image.

I absolutely loved this book! The writing was great and the suspense was done just right. I loved all of the politics within the book - it was more than the cliche "nobody knows who I really I am, I have to keep my secret at all costs" and each character had so much depth. The ending is great and I can't wait for the second book! I thought it was out already and was disappointed to find out that it isn't coming out until next year! I definitely recommend this book if you like thrillers, or books like The Hunger Games.

What books have you guys been loving lately?

Thank you so much for reading, and I hop you have a great day! :)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

OOTD: First day of College!

Yesterday was my first official day of college, since I actually had some of my classes, so I wanted to wear something cute but comfortable! The campus is huge, so comfortable shoes and a warm jacket (with a hood) is vital! However, I also wanted to look cute so this is the outfit I chose to wear!

(I'll be doing a dorm tour soon once I get a cuter TV stand, but for now, here is a sneak peak!)

Cardigan: Nordstrom
Shirt: Pacsun (Brandy Melville line)
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Macy's

I'm still trying to figure out where I can take all of my OOTD's since the campus is really busy everywhere, but I'm sure I'll figure it out! College has been a blast so far - I don't think I've ever been this busy before!

Thank you so much for reading and have a wonderful day! :)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Moving to College

Well, I definitely underestimated how hard and time consuming moving to college would be. I moved in on Thursday, and it has been nonstop activities since! I had about a week before classes start when I moved in (my classes start this Wednesday), but my college has a week of activities for Freshman in order to get adjusted, and probably to help avoid homesickness.
So far college has been really fun! It has been crazy busy and I have met more people than I have remembered names (and I always thought I was so good at remembering names!). My floor is surprisingly quite, which will most likely be really nice during the year, but for now it seems really lonely and my roommate and I don't know what to do because we really want to meet more people on our floor!
I think this will all get a lot easier once I fall into a routine, since right now I'm still trying to figure out how my routine from home fits in here. I think Thursday night and Friday morning were the hardest for me, since it was my first night and morning away from home. I'm still homesick sometimes, but that's only when I have a lot of downtime and don't really know what to do.
I'm pretty excited for my classes on Wednesday, though! I'm not sure how I feel about going back to school and having to do a bunch of work again, but I'm sure I will get used to it like I do every year. However, I think it will be a lot more fun since I'm taking subjects I really want to learn about. It's just so crazy that I'm at college! I feel like I'm still twelve years old, about to go into middle school. I remember my first day of middle school, and high school, like it was yesterday. Time has really flown! I know my time at college is going to fly as well, so I really want to make the most of it. I'm hoping I get well adjusted soon, and my moments of missing home aren't quite as striking or sudden. It has been really nice having one of my best friends with me, though. It's like having a little piece of home in this giant, new city.
Speaking of city, I am not used to all of this street noise! I'm used to coyotes howling and my dogs barking, but not buses running all night and people laughing and screaming on the streets until 2am. But once the colder weather hits, we'll be able to shut our windows which really blocks out a lot of the noise. For now, our dorm has been super hot! Even when it isn't that warm outside, our dorm seems about ten degrees hotter. But like I said earlier, the hot weather will be turning to fall very soon, so I'll probably be wishing for warmer weather anyway!

Well, I just wanted to do a little quick update and let you guys know I wasn't MIA! Regular posts will resume soon, and I plan on sharing some photos from college so far, soon!

Thank you so much for reading and have a great day! :)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Flash Tattoos!

A while back I saw some really cool pictures on Tumblr of what I found out to be Flash Tattoos, and I decided I had to order them!

You can go to the website here, and check out all of the different ones that they have, and I highly recommend you do! These are such cool tattoos, and a certain percentage of the profits from each purchase goes towards different charities. So, you get sheets of really cool gold and silver tattoos and help out people at the same time! It was a win-win for me and I do not regret buying them!

The tattoos come in sheets, and I chose the "Sheebani" one (you can find it here) which benefits the Miracle Foundation. I thought all of the henna inspired designs were so gorgeous, and there wasn't a tattoo I didn't like!

 The quote is "live. love. wander."

I adore these elephants! I'm thinking I might use them for halloween somehow? Haha I'm really not sure yet.

I love using these "bands" as bracelets and anklets.

I cannot explain to you how difficult it was to photograph these haha. The gold and silver are very shiny and metallic-y, so it was very difficult to get a picture that didn't have a weird reflection.

These tattoos are so fun to use! I love how they turn out and mine lasted for a full week (they say on the website that the tattoos are supposed to last 4-6 days). I'm really sad because I lost the photos I had of mine, I have no idea where they went, but they probably got lost when I switched laptops last week :(
However, you can kind of see them in my OOTD picture from my VloggerFair Post: I have two on my chest, one on my right ankle, and one on the side of my arm that is of course covered with my cardigan.

Overall, I really recommend buying these if you have a special event coming up, or if you just want to wear them anytime! They go on exactly like every other temporary tattoo, and come off easily with baby oil, or with gentle scrubbing with a rag or loofah in the shower.
I got a lot of compliments and questions about them when I wore them, and some people even thought they were real! If it was actually possible to get real tattoos that looked like these, I would definitely get them in a heartbeat. They are so gorgeous but also subtle, so they are absolutely perfect in my book!

Have you guys ever heard of Flash Tattoos?

Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful day! :)

This is NOT a sponsored post.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fall Clothing Haul!

Fall is quickly approaching, and I definitely have mixed feelings! I am sad to say goodbye to summer, but I love the fall as well so I'm excited for comfy sweaters and pumpkin everything. I think I have started to like the fall more as I've gotten older, and since I'm starting college this year, I'm not dreading the back-to-school season as much. 

Throughout the summer - mainly in July and August - I have been getting clothes for the fall, especially at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I actually really liked getting my fall clothes this way so it wasn't such a big and stressful event getting clothes for school. So today I thought it would be fun to show you guys what all I got since I'm pretty much done!

 I love the look of this sweater, and thought the blue roses were really pretty. I also don't have a lot of blue clothes, so I really liked the color of this. It's the perfect touch of old lady chic.

The back is also super gorgeous! I love the little cut out in the back and the lace detail. I think it's the perfect sweater to wear with a top knot!

 I love this one! The color is so beautiful and it's on the longer side so it will be perfect to wear with leggings and boots. It's also thin so it will be easily layered upon.

The detail on the side is really cool!

I think this sweater is the perfect basic - it will go with a lot, and it will also be nice to layer. Whether I put a jacket on top, or a collared shirt underneath it, I think I will get a lot of use out of it! I think the solid and more transparent stripes give it a little something other than being beige.

I know this shirt is pretty similar to the longer maroon shirt, but it is cropped and a totally different shape. I think I'll wear this shirt with skirts and high-waisted pants, or maybe even over a chambray shirt.

I love the maroon and gray shirts - they remind me of Harry Potter haha!

Pacsun, but it's from the Brandy Melville line they carry.
This shirt may look like nothing special, but ohmygoodness is it soft. There are no words to describe how great this material feels. I want to just live in the shirt. And I probably will be doing just that in college.

I love sweaters like these so much! They are perfect for throwing over basically anything, and are great for days with cooler mornings but warmer afternoons. I think the tri-color look is so pretty and all of the different ways the stripes are going is really cool.

Forever 21
Again, I think this shirt will be really great for layering. It's the perfect fall color, and the material is really soft as well. It also fits really nicely!

Pacsun, but from the Brandy Melville line as well.
This. Shirt.
I mean, as soon as I saw it I knew I was buying it. This is the purrfect shirt for me (see what I did there....*insert cringe face*) because I love animals, and of course, cats. I have a black kitty named Angel, so this shirt was just all around meant for me. I've also been looking for a "classier" cat shirt, instead of just a shirt with a picture of a cat on it.
You can also see this shirt in action here, where I wore it with an outfit the other day.

Okay, this sweater was kind of hard to photograph. I promise it looks more normal in person, haha. I love this color and I think it will be great to wear in the fall when I need a pop of color.

I love the lace detail on the bottom!

I think I may have an addiction to this color - it's just so gorgeous! I couldn't resist this dress, and I think it will be so nice to wear in the fall and winter. It'll just be a great dress to have in case there are Christmas parties to go to, or any other formal events, but I think it will easily be dressed down as well.

This dress is super versatile! I actually wore it during the summer, and it was the perfect sundress, but I think it will look adorable with some tights and boots and a big chunky sweater over it. I love the color and the lace at the bottom, and I think I will get a lot of use out of it!

Pacsun, but the Brandy Melville line.
This dress may look more summer-y, but I think it'll be great for the fall. Again, I'll probably pair it with some tights and a sweater to give it a fall feel. The print is blue roses, so I think it will be really pretty for the winter time as well.

Forever 21
This skirt reminds me of a pumpkin patch, and I don't really know why. Haha I think it's all of the reds and oranges. But this skirt will be really nice to add some color to my darker fall outfits, and the material is really cool! It's that stretchy, polyester type material I think (the tag didn't specify what kind of material it is).

Pacsun, from the Kendall and Kylie line.
 This skirt was difficult to photograph as well, but I FINALLY GOT A MAXI SKIRT IN THIS COLOR. If you have read my maxi skirt obsession post here, then you will know that I have been wanting a maxi skirt like this for a while. And, might I add, I got this for a much cheaper price than the Urban Outfitters one, which I am very happy about.

This picture is more true to the actual color of the skirt.

I have been wanting a pair of green army pants for a long time, and I think these are perfect! They fit really nicely and can be worn as is, or cuffed at the bottom, which is probably what I will be doing most of the time.

American Eagle
I haven't gotten a pair of ripped jeans in a long time, but I think these are really nice! I love the color and fit as they are actually high wasted, so I will probably be wearing these a lot!

These are more of a boyfriend-style pair of jeans, and I absolutely love them! I love the cuff at the bottom (it is sewn in) and the color as well. I have a lot of dark wash pants, so I really like this lighter wash.

I have never gotten a skirt like this one before, but I really love it! It fits so nicely, and I promise it does not look promiscuous on haha! This will be the perfect skirt for parties, but it is also easily softened up with a pretty sweater.

Check out my video of this haul!

What are you most excited for this fall?

Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you have a great day! :)