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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fall Beauty Must Haves

A while back I made a post about my summer beauty must haves, and now that the seasons have changed I feel that it's necessary to post again! I love Fall because the weather is still somewhat warm but there is still a chill in the air. This means that you won't have to worry about makeup melting off of your face or your hair getting super frizzy. 

I also love that it's more appropriate to experiment with darker makeup looks during this season! I am a huge fan of a plum lip - but I feel more comfortable wearing it in the Fall! Here are my Fall beauty must haves:


What are your Fall beauty must haves?!
xoxo

Monday, September 29, 2014

Wanderlust

I often get into moods where I just want to do everything and go everywhere. It's like my current life is not enough and I'm experiencing a serious case of FOMO. It must be the millennial in me wanting everything to happen all at once, but despite how hard I try I cannot shake the feeling of needing to travel! 

Some of the places that are on my map right now are:

Streets of Monaco at Night. I want to take you there forever.  That place has something very special and with you would be magical.

Monaco
I'm really intrigued by the history here and I would just love to walk the streets in search of adventure!

Transformation: The High Line, an elevated park in the sky built on top of the tracks of a disused railway, weaves its way through the city blocks

NYC
New York City is great because there are so many hidden gems spread throughout and I really want to explore them all. I'm dying to visit the High Line and sit on the Met steps! 

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Kyoto, Japan part of the TOP 10 Book-Story Magical Places on Earth - Japan has many places that we have found in our thoughts while reading some book. This enchanting image is one of my favorite photos of Japan, hope u like it 2! - Dragan

Japan
I bet you didn't think this photo was of Japan! Japan is actually a very scenic country and has one of the highest life expectancies in the world! 

I'm trying to save up for a trip - but I just don't know where I want to go!
Are you dying to travel or have an upcoming trip?

xoxo

Friday, September 26, 2014

Weekend Links

Everything seems to be calming down around me. School, the weather, everything! Overall this was a pretty good week. I'm really excited for the Fall weather that is ahead! I'll most likely spend my weekend switching out my clothes and shoes for the season and decorating my apartment for Fall! 

Here are your weekend links: 




Vanderbilt Melodores sing 'Latch'
I love the men's a capella group at Vanderbilt. They are all very talented and do amazing covers of popular songs. This time they've covered Latch by Sam Smith and Disclosure - which is one of my favourite songs at the moment! 



What is the Difference Between These Foods?
I love this short video by Buzzfeed! I didn't know the difference between many of these foods until now and it's actually really interesting!


Emma Watson's He for She Campaign
I am a huge Emma Watson fan and I love that she is working with the UN. Her new campaign named He for She is all about getting men more involved with gender equality. This speech is iconic, the campaign is wonderful and I'm really happy to see the media attention it has been receiving! 
I love the look of this new collection of handbags and wallets. The patent finish makes the bags pop just a little bit more! I have my eye on the Cedar Street Margot in red! It's time to start saving up! 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
xoxo

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Down To a Science: E-mail

My e-mail inbox is a huge source of stress for me. E-mails are always coming in at a rate faster than I can manage them. Whenever I do sit down and go through my e-mails - I have a system that I use which works for me! 

1. New E-mail! 
2. Does it need a response?
I tend to get quite a few e-mails from stores notifying me of sales and promotions or follow up e-mails that don't necessarily need a reply. When this is the case, I instantly delete the e-mail.  
3. Do I have a response now?
After I clear out the e-mails that don't require a response, I tackle the ones that do. Typically I can formulate a response and send it off right away. Sometimes, though, I don't have a response right away! If that is the case then I move on to step 4!
4. Flag or star
I use Microsoft Outlook so which has a flag function. This function allows me to flag an e-mail, add a reason for the flag and set a reminder to follow up! I love it! G-mail also has a great start function for e-mails that you need to go back to! 
5. File for later
If I have an e-mail or e-mail thread that I think I should hang on to, then I create a folder or tag and place it there! This makes it a lot easier to find something quickly! 
6. Delete
After going through all of the steps and finding no reason to keep an e-mail - I delete it. I do not like to see e-mails in my inbox. It causes me unnecessary stress and looks messy!

This is how I manage my inbox and while it may not be a perfect method, I think it's pretty effective! If you're a stickler for a tidy inbox - let me know what methods you use!

xoxo

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

J. Crew Factory!

J. Crew Factory has a bunch of great deals happening right now and I thought I would share! If you were eyeing some of the items from my Fall Wardrobe Staples post - now is the time to get them!
xoxo

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Recipe: Easy Cobb Salad

I'm going to admit that sometimes I can get lazy when it comes to cooking. I'm very impatient, so when I'm hungry - I can't be bothered to wait for something to cook! I'd rather just grab takeout and eat it right away (terrible..I know). Anyway, I found a perfect recipe for a semi-lazy, semi-impatient cook like myself that is both delicious and filling! Cobb salad is essentially a bed of lettuce topped with chicken, hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, an avocado and cheese! I make this salad often and I really like it! You could even make it into a wrap! 

Oven Fried Chicken Cobb Salad by @Heather Creswell Christo. YUM!

Image via: Heather Cristo

Ingredients:
1 head romaine lettuce, chopped into small pieces
¼ pound grilled or crispy chicken
1 large avocado, cut into bit sized pieces
4 strips crispy bacon, chopped (optional..I pass on the bacon)
½ cup cherry tomatoes
¼ cup blue or sharp cheddar cheese (I love cheddar!)
4 hardboiled eggs
Any dressing will do! I prefer Ranch!
Optional: Crunchy salad noodles. I seriously love the texture these add to the salad!

Instructions:
Arrange the lettuce on a platter and add all of the other ingredients one by one.
Add your preferred dressing and toss everything together!
Enjoy!

How simple? This salad is really filling and is perfect for lunch or dinner!

xoxo

Monday, September 22, 2014

Fall Wardrobe Staples

I cannot believe that tomorrow is the first day of Fall! Summer is my favourite season weather wise, but Fall would have to be my favourite season clothing wise. Shopping for Fall clothing is definitely towards the top of my "favourite things to do" list. I put together a list of items that every Fall wardrobe needs for the season! 




Shop using the widget below!

xoxo

Friday, September 19, 2014

Weekend Links

This week has been a mess for me. I don't have much of a routine right now and it's just super uncomfortable and annoying. I really need to find a way to fix my mindset - and soon. 

Here are your weekend links!


These bangles are so cute! Choose from tons of inspirational words or phrases that are sure to uplift you when you're feeling down. I love the choices they offer AND that shipping is free (even internationally)! My personal favourites are the 'live what you love' and "this too shall pass' bangle. 


I don't exactly know why this excites me so much - but I'm beyond happy for Lauren and her new husband Will. There have only been a handful of photos released, but they all look magical and I cannot wait to see more! 

kate spade new york spiral notebook - quick & curious
I was browsing the Lifeguard Press website and noticed that they have many new arrivals in their Kate Spade section. If you're super ambitious and like to start shopping for Christmas early - definitely check out the selection at Lifeguard Press because it's great! 


Mockingjay Trailer
I am really excited for this movie to come out! Truthfully I was not the biggest fan of the Mockingjay book (though I loved the first two) so hopefully the movie will bring more to the story! The movie is coming out in November which is not too far off from now and I can't wait! 

Have a great weekend.
xoxo

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Great Button Downs for Fall!

I love button down shirts when the weather gets cooler. Pair your (ironed) shirt with a pair of jeans and comfy flats and you'll look super chic without a ton of effort. This outfit is great if you're going to be spending Friday evening in the library - but want to stand out from your pajama clad peers! I've picked out 10 perfect button downs that are perfect for your Fall wardrobe. 

How do you style button downs?
xoxo

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Decorate Me: Decorating With Flowers

I bought myself an Orchid for my apartment and it got me thinking how great flowers are. Now that we are approaching cooler weather - I feel like bright and fun flowers are a must have for any home! Whether it be a fresh bouquet every few weeks or hardier plants that will persist indoors, flowers lighten up a room and your mood!

I gathered some inspiration from Pinterest:

Vignettes love the books and this is something I could do at home, good inspiration, simple #bywstudent 


❥ Home Office: Fresh flowers always lighten up the mood of every room. So yes! Great addition to any desk :)

SS Print Shop's Stephanie Sterjovski at Home | The Everygirl // gold, white, pink bedroom // photo by Anna With Love

Stylizimo - Home. Decor. Inspiration.

Do you decorate with flowers?
xoxo

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Getting Dressed with eShakti

When the lovely people over at eShakti asked me to write a review on an item of my choosing, I was instantly drawn to this gingham skirt. Initially it was a bit longer and has some embroidery, but thanks to eShakti's customization options I was able to cusomtize it to fit my style! If you haven't heard of eShakti before, they are an online store that sells a variety of women's clothing in sizes 0-36! They also have many different customization options for their clothing including sleeve and skirt length! 

I decided to pair my gingham skirt with a chambray button up and I love the way it looks! I wore this outfit 


I'm also a massive fan of the pockets on this skirt. I don't know why - but I'm always drawn towards skirts and dresses with pockets! 


If you sometimes have issues with standard clothing sizes - definitely try eShakti! Beautiful, affordable clothing tailored to you! 
xoxo

This post was sponsored by eShakti! Thank you for supporting The Preppy Scientist!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Dark Lips For Fall



I love darker lipstick in the Fall. For some reason dark lipstick just screams 'Fall'. I think a dark lip looks great with a bit of eyeliner and mascara! I am personally a huge fan of Clinique's 'Black Honey' but there are so many brands with awesome dark lipsticks right now! 

Do you love a dark lip in the Fall?
xoxo

Friday, September 12, 2014

Weekend Links

This has not been the best week for me. There are just a lot of ups and downs and frankly - I'm exhausted. I hope I can take the weekend to gather my thoughts and relax! 

Here are your weekend links!

73 Things You Didn't Know About Anna Wintour
In honour of Fashion Week, I thought I'd include this fun video about Anna Wintour. I love when celebrities make these 'get to know me' videos since you really only get to see one side of them in the media!

I'm in love with the new style page that the Barbie team setup. It's actually really cute and not too cheesy for grown ups to enjoy!


Although I'm a huge stickler for snail mail - I can't help but love Paperless Post. Their designer collaborations are fantastic - especially their new collection with Sugar Paper! 


Kate Spade is offering 20% off of their Fall collection items! Now is you perfect chance to buy that item you've had your eye on! 

Have a great weekend!
xoxo

Thursday, September 11, 2014

10 Loafers Under $100

I need a pair of loafers! I've been wanting a pair for a while but I just cannot commit to one pair! I have been searching high and low for the perfect pair and in that process I came across a few great pairs that were under $100! I love how each pair is so different, but hate how much harder that makes my decision! 

If you are looking for a pair of loafers, check these ones out! 
xoxo

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

5 Things I'm Loving Right Now

I'm always interested in reading 'my favourite things' posts (I guess that makes me nosy...) so I decided to make a list of my favourite things for you! It was really easy to make this list because I'm the type of person to obsess over something until I get bored of it (a bad habit, I know..)

Here are my 5 currrent favourites!


1. Crackerfuls
I'm seriously obsessed with these snacks. They are perfectly cheesy and crispy and are way more filling than a handful of chips! Plus they come in a variety of flavours meaning there is something for everyone!


2. Finding Carter
I am ADDICTED to this show. It's super melodramatic - but I cannot stop watching it. It's all about a girl who finds out that her mother is actually her abductor (so much drama) and is returned to her actual family. The season finale is next week and I cannot wait! 

3. Super City Block
I've been using this for a while and it's definitely a game changer. My skin can get discoloured when I spent too much time out in the sun - but this SPF 40 cream keeps everything looking great and even!

I'm currently nursing a heel spur and wearing these massaging sandals around the house have been great. They are super comfortable and take my mind off of the pain. I highly recommend! 


I think Tumblr can be pretty strange, but I stumbled across the 6 word stories blog and I love it. There are some adorable, some heartbreaking and some uplifting stories that are all six words or less!  

What are your current favourites
xoxo

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Essie Fall 2014 Collection

I'm really excited about the Essie Fall collection. I've grown to love Essie nail polish because of their durability and variety of shades. Every season I look forward to the new colours and really enjoy hunting them down in various drugstores and department stores! 

Here is the Fall 2014 collection!

dress to kilt - reds by essie
Dress To Kilt

take it outside - neutrals by essie

Take it Outside

fall in line - greens by essie

Fall in Line

the perfect cover up - greens by essie

The Perfect Cover Up

style cartel - blues by essie

Style Cartel

partner in crime- neutrals by essie
Partner in Crime

How perfect are these colours for Fall? I really cannot wait until I can add them all into my collection! 

xoxo

Monday, September 8, 2014

Book Review: Thrive by Ariana Huffington

Over the summer I did a lot of reading and I'd have to say that Thrive was definitely one of my favourite reads. This book is written by Ariana Huffington (of the Huffington Post) and discusses how we can use the Third Metric to improve our lives. 

One of the biggest points I took away from this book is that it's okay to slow down and enjoy life rather than feeling guilty about not being busy. I really loved the narrative that Ariana used to write the book as it made her seem very relatable! 


I highly recommend this book to everyone! A great and easy read!
xoxo

Friday, September 5, 2014

Weekend Links

This week has been great! I'm back at school and I'm excited for the semester ahead. I have a lot more free time this semester, which is really great. I look forward to being able to take my time with school work and other things!

Here are your weekend links!

I am OBSESSED with these boots. Everything about them is perfect. I just bought a pair of riding boots for Fall but truthfully, I might just go ahead and buy these ones. Good things come in twos, right?

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How delicious does this look? I love avocados so much and adding mangoes into that mix seems like a really great idea! 


I bought these anchor print pixie pants this week and I love them! The fit reminds me of the J. Crew Minnie pant - but at a fraction of the cost!


I saw If I Stay this week and I am pretty shocked by how much I loved it. I was not the biggest fan of the book, but I found myself bawling throughout the movie. The soundtrack is SUPERB! My favourite song is called Today and it was originally performed by The Smashing Pumpkins, but I love the version they perform in the movie! 

Have a great weekend!
xoxo

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Recipe: Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie!

I love smoothies! They are very versatile and easy to make. I like to experiment with different smoothie recipes and sometimes the product is delicious while other times it's not. Luckily the recipe that I'm sharing today is really delicious, filling and healthy! Hooray! I tried to take multiple photos of my smoothie, but the pictures did not do the smoothie any favours. Trust me - it tastes better than it looks.

Oatmeal Cookie Dough Smoothie -- A thick and creamy smoothie that's reminiscent of a comforting oatmeal cookie. Recipe at runningwithspoons....

Recipe:
1 1/2 banana
1/4 cup oats (raw)
1/4 cup milk (any kind will do - I used unsweetened coconut milk) 
~1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
4-5 ice cubes 
Raisins (fior garnish) 

Directions:
Cut your banana into small pieces. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and garnish with raisins. Enjoy!

xoxo

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Kate Spade New Arrivals: Shanghai

Kate Spade's around the world collections are perfect. Just when I think their most recent line is the best, they release another set of new arrivals and I fall in love all over again! Their most recent line is inspired by Shanghai which means deep reds, plums and bright pinks! I also love some of the cheekier items like the takeout bag clutch!




Shop the new collection below! 
xoxo

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

STEM Spotlight: Eileen

Lately I have been trying to figure out how to incorporate more science related posts into my blog. After thinking about it for a while, I decided to start a series of spotlights involving women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). I started off interviewing my friends and I hope to expand this series to include professionals! I hope you enjoy this series! 



For my first interview, I spoke with my friend Eileen! 

Name: Eileen Chen
Age: 20
Field of STEM: Environmental Science

Eileen in her natural environment

Describe yourself in three words?
Big Tree Hugger

What sparked your interest in your field?
Growing up, I've always liked science subjects and playing outside. I guess I just combined those two likes into a program. It’s really something I always saw myself going into.

What would your dream job be?
My dream job would be to work with people and in the great outdoors; a job that requires me to do half office work and half fieldwork.

What are the best and worst parts about being a woman in STEM?
The best part about being a woman in STEM is the opportunity to show people that science is for any gender. Everyone likes to think that Engineering and Technology is filled with men, but in fact more and more women go into these fields every year and it’s great to see. The worst part about being a woman in STEM is that sometimes, there is still discrimination towards women whether it is less pay or the fact that if you go on maternity leave, you might not be guaranteed a job afterwards.

Who are your biggest supporters?
My biggest supporters would have to be my parents and my professors. My parents have always told me to do the stuff I like and are interested in. The professors that I’ve had over the years at University of Windsor have been great. They really care about their students and want to see each and every one of them succeed.

What advice would you give to girls who are intimidated to pursue a career in STEM?
I would say do whatever makes you happy despite when your gender is. There are always going to be obstacles in any field you go into. As long as the program is right for you and you know that you can make something of it, then it shouldn't matter what the other people think. You must accept yourself first before others can accept you.

When will you know that you've made it?
When I am doing something meaningful and making changes in the world, I will know I have made it.

Thanks Eileen! 

Keep up with Eileen on Twitter

Monday, September 1, 2014

Labour Day Sales!

Happy Labour Day! If you don't have any plans for today - check out these great end of season sales! If you still need a few items for school, now is the time to pick them up! 




J.Crew Factory - 40% off online and in stores 


Nordstrom - 40% off of clearance items

Wash & Wear Lingerie Bag Set by Kate Spade New York

Papyrus - 20% off entire purchase with code LDAY20 


Old Navy - Up to 50% off 
Extra 20% off all items (including sale)

xoxo
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