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Friday, August 29, 2014

Weekend Links: Back to School Edition!

I hope you enjoyed my week of back to school posts! I had a lot of fun planning and writing everything! If you have started school already, I hope you've had a great week! If you haven't started yet, I hope that you are feeling prepared for the upcoming school year!

Here are your links for the road: 



J. Crew Sale!
J. Crew is having a great sale right now! 25% off select items with the code ALMOSTFALL! This is the perfect chance to get some last minute clothes and accessories for school!


After reading these quotes, I wish I had put left a witty comment in my high school yearbook. Some of these are ridiculous but most are just hilarious!


Smudge-Proof Makeup // Teen Vogue
When I'm at school my makeup is the last thing on my mind. I love this tutorial featuring Elaine Welteroth with tips on how to make your makeup last all day long. 


IHeartOrganizing Planner
I have finally found the perfect planner for school! It was really difficult for me to find one and I almost gave up until I came across the IHeartOrganizing Planner! This planner comes in a PDF file that you print and bind yourself. There are also tons of add on and customization options. Plus Jennifer is a great person and wonderful to work with! I'm so excited to start using my planner for school!

Have a great weekend!
xoxo

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Back to School: Organize All Year Long!

I think it's pretty easy for anyone to organize their life and belongings, however staying organized is the real challenge. I am definitely guilty of letting things pile up on the floor, counter, kitchen table and couch at my house - especially during the school year. I often use the excuse that 'I'm busy with school work' to justify the disarray! 

I've come up with a mini guide that breaks up different tasks for optimal organization. Rather than trying to tackle everything all at once and becoming overwhelmed - break the tasks up into daily, weekly and monthly occurrences. This will definitely lighten the load and keep you sane during the school year!
How do you stay organized?
xoxo

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Reblog: New Semester Tips!

This is a post that was originally posted on January 3rd of this year but is definitely helpful and relevant for back to school! 


It's a new semester for me, which means it's time to get reorganized. I find that towards the end of each semester things get super hectic and downright messy. I think it's super important to start of each semester with a clean slate, and that means organized! 

I have a system that I use to get organized at the start of a new semester, and today I'm going to share it with you! These tips have worked for me since I started university!


1. Organize and archive old notes.
If you use your computer for notes like I do, now is the time to move them from your computer to an external hard drive or USB drive! I make a folder for each semester and store the notes there. If you use paper notes, organize them into a labeled binder and store them away. 

2. Create new folders for each subject.
Pretty self explanatory. I like to keep my folders on the desktop for easy access to the files I need! 

3. Read Syllabi and write down key dates.
Most professors will upload the syllabus before the first class. That is the time to print off a copy for yourself and to write down all of the important dates into your planner. This will ensure that you are aware of  deadlines and test dates well in advance, and that you are prepared for them. As a former TA I noticed that a lot of students would ask questions about things that were outlined in the syllabus (huge pet peeve), so reading it thoroughly will put you ahead of the game. 

4. Make a hard copy of your timetable
I love having a copy of my timetable on the wall. It makes it easy for me to budget my time each day and schedule in any meetings that I may have. You could print your timetable from your school software or write it out on some cute stationery (like me)!

Lastly, treat yourself because you are now ahead of game this semester! 

xoxo

Back to School: Quick List

In my first year of school I relied on the huge Target list to decide on what to bring with me. I noticed that each year I needed less and soon the Target list no longer applied to me. This year I know that I will not need many things, other than the few odds and ends that need replacing! I put together a 'quick list' of items that I will need to stock up on before the school year starts!  


Do you follow a 'quick' list or a more detailed one?
xoxo


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Back to School: Get More Out of Your Mornings

I would definitely classify myself as a morning person. I typically wake up around 6 AM (7 if I don't set an alarm) and usually feel pretty refreshed. I usually start class between 9 and 11 - so always have about three hours to kill in the morning. I like to use this time to be productive because after a long day, I long for my bed. Whether you're a morning person or not - here are a few ways that you can get more out of your mornings! 


Image via: Harry Crowder

1. Plan the night before 
A lot of people I know do not do this and I can't understand why. Rushing seriously cramps my style and I always end up forgetting something. Planning the night before is a great way to get a few more minutes in the morning to yourself. Just think, if you pick out your outfit, have your lunch ready and bag packed - you can save 20 minutes in the morning and not have to rush. I always pick out my clothes and have everything I will need for the next day prepared, before I go to bed. It works! 

2. Ditch the devices
Many of us have a really bad habit of hopping onto social media right as we wake up. It can be overwhelming to our minds to take in so much information right as we wake up! Instead, take that time to write out some goals and intentions you would like to guide your day. This will give you a direction and concrete purpose for each day, and the satisfaction of fulfilling your daily goals and intentions will help you sleep better at night! 

3. Get moving! 
I have this great little 20 minute exercise ball workout that I try to do every morning. You don't have to run 5K - but a brisk walk, some quick yoga or even some jumping jacks will energize your body and get those endorphins going for the rest of the day! 

4. Plan an activity that you love for the morning
Every morning I really look forward to reading a few chapters of the book I'm reading at the time - so I always make sure to have my book ready for the morning commute. Some people look forward to walking their dogs, cooking a hearty breakfast or speaking to a loved one on the phone. Whatever the activity you love may be (save for checking social media) try to plan it so that you do it every morning. This will give you something to look forward to in the morning and therefore make waking up easier! 

These are my tips and I hope they help you this back to school season!
xoxo

Monday, August 25, 2014

Back to School: Backpacks and Totes

Welcome to the back to school series on the blog! I'll be covering a variety of topics this week to get you prepared for Fall! 


One of my favourite things to shop for during back to school season is a backpack/tote. Last year I pledged to use a backpack and I really liked it! My neck and shoulder did not hurt as much as when I used a tote and I could fully use both of my hands! I still love a good tote - I just try to limit their use to days when I don't have much to carry or a long day! 

I've gathered variety of backpacks and totes that will be perfect for back to school. There are different styles and I tried to cover many different price points to appeal to everyone! 

Do you carry a backpack or a tote? Which do you prefer? 
xoxo

Sunday, August 24, 2014

One Direction Concert + Makeup Recap

I've been waiting to write this post for what feels like a super long time! I had the amazing opportunity a couple of weeks ago to attend the One Direction concert in Toronto. I received the e-mail the night before letting me know that I would be going and though it was super last minute - I was really excited! I am a huge One Direction fan. At one point I would use 1D notebooks to take my class notes...in university (no shame). 

I asked a friend from school to join me, and we met downtown about an hour before the concert. There were so many fans lined up down the streets of Toronto! It was a crazy scene. The concert was at the Rogers Centre - which I'm unfamiliar with so it took us a while to realize that we had FLOOR SEATS!!! When we realized what section we would be sitting in - we both freaked out! 



5 Seconds of Summer opened for One Direction and they were a really great band! I loved their song "She Looks So Perfect" before the concert, so it was great to hear that and a few new to me songs by them! Finally One Direction went on - and the rest is history. They sang all of my favourite songs and I had a blast singing along! 





In addition to the concert - I received some awesome samples of One Direction's new makeup line! I really loved everything I received - but my favourite item would have to be the "Midnight Memories" kit! The kit includes and eyeshadow palette, eyeliner, lipstick, lipgloss, mascara and a nail varnish! 


What I love are the instructions included in the packaging to create three different makeup looks! I tried out the first look which was really fun! 


Fun! 
I'm really glad that I had this opportunity - it was definitely a highlight of my summer! 

xoxo
- This post is sponsored by Bandbacker and Mawkins! Thank you for supporting The Preppy Scientist! 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Weekend Links

This was the last week of camp which means I have an entire week off before school! Nothing super excting went on this week - so I'll leave you with the links!


Miranda Sings covers 'Shake it Off'
Let me preface this by saying I LOVE Taylor Swift's new song! I also think Miranda Sings is quite hilarious and this cover does not disappoint!

happy art print - art illustration - flower print - girly decor - watercolor

I featured an image from this shop in yesterday's post (don't forget to comment!) and decided to browse around the shop! I love the fun, girly prints - and I think they would a perfect addition to my gallery wall


Breakfast With Bevan ft. Janelle Monae
Another music related post! I couldn't help it though because I love Janelle Monae's aesthetic. She's a little bit classic a little bit edgy and a whole lot of cool! This week she chats with Teen Vogue's Andrew Bevan about her style! 

Cake Mix Oatmeal Cookies! Only 5-Ingredients. Sooooooo good!! #recipe #cookies #food

My mouth is seriously watering right now. I NEED to make this recipe over the weekend! 
Have a great weekend!
xoxo

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Back To School - Your Voice!

Next week the blog will turn into a back to school headquarters of sorts - and I'd like to hear what posts you'd like to see! If you have a specific topic that you'd like me to discuss for my back to school week, please leave a comment or send me an e-mail!

I want this! It looks like my sweet girl!{illustration watercolor girl with books by illustrationsbyaimee}
Image via: Etsy


Can't wait to hear your ideas!
xoxo

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Beauty Obsession: Glittered Nails

I spend a lot of time on Pinterest where I am constantly exposed to the newest trends. I don't usually wear nail art - mostly because it gets ruined quickly - but I think that a glittered statement nail is really fun! I love that this look is pretty easy to accomplish at home, which means you can skip the nail salon and save a few dollars!

#nails

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An easy trend to try is the single statement nail. Paint one nail on each hand one color, then paint the rest with a different shade.

How do you wear nail art?

xoxo

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Recipe: Chocolate Banana Bread

I love banana bread! It's an easy treat to make and a perfect way to use up those brown bananas you have laying around (it's okay...we all have some). This chocolate banana bread recipe is super rich and sure to satisfy any sweet tooth!

Delightful Nourishment: Banana Bread With Chocolate Chips
Image via: Fare Recipes

3-4 medium very ripe bananas (I sometimes use up to 5)
1/2 cup butter, melted3/4 cup brown sugar 
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup sugar 
1 cup milk chocolate chunks or chips

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Butter a 9×5-inch loaf pan, or spray it with a nonstick baking spray. 
Mash bananas in the bottom of a large bowl. Add in the melted butter,brown sugar, egg, and lastly vanilla. Add baking soda, salt, sugar and flour. Stir dry and wet ingredients with a spoon until combined. Stir in chocolate chunks or chips. Pour into the pan and bake 55 to 65 minutes - checking often - or until a tester or toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out batter-free. Cool in pan for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from pan and serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe adapted from: Martha Stewart



Enjoy!

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Blogmopolotian Quiz!

I saw this quiz circulating around different blogs and I thought it would be fun to fill it out for myself! 


I had a lot of fun with this and I'd like to tag any blogger who would like to fill it out! Send me a comment with the link to your post if you complete the quiz! 

xoxo

Friday, August 15, 2014

Weekend Links

I'm so happy that it's the weekend. Camp is winding down and so is the summer - which means I'll soon be able to sleep a little bit more! 

Here are your links for the road:


I love this little article! Everyone knows the story of Eloise living in The Plaza and in this article we see what she's up to as an adult. This is totally fictitious and hilarious!  


Trick to Plucking Perfect Eyebrows // Teen Vogue
The Teen Vogue YouTube channel is great! There are tons of great tips and mini-series on there to keep you entertained. I particularly like this tutorial on plucking your brows. I am a complete amateur when it comes to eyebrows and this simple video is a great resource! 


Jessica Lange for Marc Jacobs Beauty
I LOVE everything about this. American Horror Story is one of my guilty pleasure shows and I totally love that Jessica Lange is representing the Marc Jacobs brand! 


J. Crew is having a sale on some summer favourites and a handful of Fall items. This is the perfect time to grab some items for your back-to-school wardrobe!

xoxo

Thursday, August 14, 2014

5 Movies I Must See!

I love watching movies in theatres for some reason. Something about the big screen and experiencing the plot unfold with a bunch of other people is super fun for me! There are some pretty great movies about to be released, and I gathered the trailers for you to enjoy!!



The F Word


Mortdecai

  
 Two Night Stand



The Theory of Everything




Very Good Girls

Do you plan to see any of these movies?
xoxo

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Mish Mash of Thoughts

Hey everyone! With all of the talk going on about mental health and like topics going on right now - I thought I'd use today's post as an outlet. Firstly, I'm not quitting blogging or anything! I love it too much. That being said, sometimes I go through periods where I have zero inspiration or motivation. You can imagine how difficult this can be when I've committed myself to writing 5 posts a week! This only happens about 5% of the time and I can usually get it together. 



Other times I'm so overwhelmed by my schedule that I don't even know where to begin. Between school, work and other commitments - it's definitely not easy to make sure every area of my life is at high performance. This can be incredibly draining and terrible for my mental health (which is already fairly fragile....maybe one day I'll talk about it). I'm still learning how to live a full and balanced life. I think I will constantly have to be learning because things are always changing. I'm currently reading a really great book on how to do all of that (which I will review once I have finished it) and so far it's a fantastic resource. 

In short, just know that I value this blog and it's readers. I'll always try to have the best possible posts for you to read everyday, but sometimes that may not be the case - and I hope you can understand. I feel very blessed to have this forum and people who choose to listen! I also want you to take away that sometimes life can be hard - and that's okay. Allow yourself to feel and to heal. Ask for help and remember that above all else you are human. 

xoxo 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Makeup Inspiration



via: She Finds



I've been really interested in makeup looks that are fresh, but feature some subtle colour. I love these three looks for school, work or running errands! 

xoxo

Monday, August 11, 2014

Kate Spade New Arrivals: Tokyo!

Kate Spade always seems to put out new collections when I need to save my money! Keeping up with the theme of 'Places to Go' the new collection is inspired by Tokyo! Expect bright colours, fun (and kitschy) accessories, plus classic silhouettes. 


I'm a huge fan of the cat pieces (of course) and the bow detail on some items! Check out my picks below! 

xoxo

Friday, August 8, 2014

Weekend Links

I always get confused during short weeks and forget which day it is. This week was no exception. I had the week off of work which was nice, but I also had a lot of things to catch up on. This weekend I will continue to catch up and take photos of all of my clothing for an upcoming project/blog post!

Here are your links for the road!
Mint Desk Accessories // Poppin
I'm a huge fan of Poppin! They have fun and colourful desk accessories that are sure to liven up any desk! They just released a mint collection and I'm in love!

A product image shows the new Research Institute playset from Lego, which features women in roles as three scientists. In January, the company was criticized by a girl who said all its female characters were "boring."

I'm so excited about this! Lego will be releasing a set called 'Research Institute' which will feature women! I'm all for having more women in STEM so showing children (especially young girls) that science is cool and fun is definitely great! 


Lion King Cast Takes Over NYC Subway
This is SO cool! I don't think I've ever met a person who doesn't love The Lion King. To celebrate one billion dollars of revenue, the cast of The Lion King took to an NYC subway to perform 'Circle of Life'. This video left me really wanting to see The Lion King on Broadway!!

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How To Eat For $4 A Day
This is a pretty interesting concept. Leanne Brown - a Canadian food studies scholar - has come up with a recipe book that teaches you how to eat well on just $4 a day! What's great is that all of the ingredients can be found at your local grocer and the dishes are actually good! You can download the PDF file of the book here


xoxo

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Currently Reading: #GIRLBOSS

I downloaded #GIRLBOSS to read on my daily commute. It was on the popular list on iTunes and looked like a fairly quick read. I'd like to think of myself as a #GIRLBOSS but after reading this book, I definitely have a long way to go before I reach Sophia's level of boss. In this book Sophia Amoruso - founder and CEO of Nasty Gal - talks all about her life before Nasty Gal and what life is like now that the company has become massive. 

I really admire Sophia's work ethic and how she built Nasty Gal. What started out as an EBay shop is now a multi million dollar empire and every ounce of the company's integrity is still intact. #GIRLBOSS really gave me some great tips that I can apply to this blog and my life in general!


My favourite excerpt from the book: 

“That’s the number one thing, perhaps even the only thing, you can absolutely count on. Regardless of what your dreams are, if you listen only to those around you, the chances of your dreams coming true are very small. The world loves to tell you how difficult things are, and the world’s not exaggerating. And that’s a real bummer. But, here’s the real sh*t: You can’t have it all, and nothing comes easy. You will make sacrifices and compromises, get let down and let other people down, fail and start over, break some hearts, take some names, and learn to pick up and continue when your own heart gets broken. But difficult doesn’t mean impossible, and out of the bajillions of things in this universe that you can’t control, what you can control is how hard you try, and if or when to pack it in.” 

If you agreed with that paragraph - then you will definitely love the entire book. I give #GIRLBOSS five stars - a must read for every girl! 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Life According To Instagram

I've been really into Instagram lately and I'm trying to post at least once per day. Sometimes it's hard to find something that's 'Instagram worthy'...but I think I'm starting to get the hang of it. I'm not really into selfies  - but you can follow me if you'd like to see landscapes, stationery, food and clothing! 






xoxo

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Vintage Ads

The other day I was browsing Pinterest and came across a really neat vintage Lilly Pulitzer ad. I decided to search for vintage ads from some of my other favourite brands, and to my surprise there were quite a few! It's really interesting to see how ads (and prices) have changed over time! Can you believe that a pair of Lilly Pulitzer pants were once only $25?! 

I'd love to have some of these made into prints and hang them up on my new gallery wall! Take a look for yourself! 

Vintage L.L. Bean catalog page. Wish they're prices were still like that today.


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Iconic boat shoe brand in a vintage ad

xoxo

Monday, August 4, 2014

Holiday Break!

Today is 'Civic Holiday' in Canada and while I couldn't tell you why we have this holiday, I am grateful for an extra day off! Regular posting will resume tomorrow! 

Fireworks #fireworks #Canada

Friday, August 1, 2014

Weekend Links

First of all - how is it August already? I can't believe that summer is flying by so quickly. This week has been nothing short of crazy and I'm really glad that there is a long weekend coming up. I have so much catching up to do (and maybe some relaxing) before another busy work week! 

Here are your links for the road!


Walk off the Earth covers Rude
I love Walk off the Earth! They are such a fun and positive band with awesome covers (and original music). They just made a cover of the song Rude (which I love no matter what) and it's really great! Have a listen! 

Chanel No 5 Print

Charm and Gumption is a cute online boutique with a variety of fun items! They are currently having a sale on prints (including the one pictured) and other various items! Check it out! 



How to Curl Your Hair with a Flat Iron // Sephora
Whenever I want my curls to be a bit looser - I use a flat iron to do the trick. It's a really quick way to curl your hair and I prefer it much more than using a curling iron or wand. This tutorial breaks down how to achieve the look in just a few steps!  


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I'm so excited! Stella and Dot is now offering personalization on certain items (for great prices)! If you love to monogram your things - I highly suggest you check out their selection! 

xoxo