Weekend Links

Friday, January 30, 2015

This week has been beyond hectic. The semester is in full swing and it's starting to become a challenge to manage everything! This week I have a bunch of interesting links, so let's jump in!

Crash Course
This YouTube series has become a fast favourite of mine. You can learn about different topics during these 10 - 15 minute videos. I love the psychology and science series, but history and politics are also interesting categories.

Kendall Jenner for Estee Lauder
Everyone has an opinion about the Kardashians/Jenners, but I really like Kendall in this campaign. She's young but fairly mature - which I think is the ideal balance for a brand like Estee Lauder!

Women's Ideal Body Types Throughout History
This Buzzfeed video is really interesting! It's cool to see how 'ideal' body types have changed over the years.

HONY Sends Kids to Harvard - I've been following this story since it began and it's amazing. What started as a regular HONY post, turned into an extraordinary 1 million dollar fundraiser for a school in a troubled area of New York. Definitely worth a read and donation (if you can).  

J. Crew is having a great sale. Up to 50% off of Winter items! Click here to shop!

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J. Crew New Arrivals

Thursday, January 29, 2015

J. Crew has been hit or miss for me lately - but their Spring collection is definitely a hit! I'm really looking forward to warmer temperatures, so the light fabrics, prints and classic shapes are very appealing to me! I'm also super impressed with the swimwear! There are tons of flattering pieces for any body type available. I am going on vacation soon, and really want to invest in some swimwear pieces before I leave! 

Check out my favourites from the Spring collection: 
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Hey It's Okay

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I think this is going to be the first Hey It's Okay post of 2015! How exciting? Whenever I write these posts, I hope that someone out there identifies with at least one thing I include. If you do, please don't be shy and comment! We're in this together!

1. To go into Lush for one item and leave with 5
2. To double book yourself and attempt to be in two places at once
3. To misread the weather report and wear flats on a wet day
4. To wear socks with said flats 
5. To plan on having a 20 minute nap and wake up two hours later
6. To lose your house key and spare key in a matter of minutes
7. To pretend that orange San Pellegrino is a mimosa 
8. To spend 30 minutes trying on outfits but opt for yoga pants and a sweater
9. To play the same three songs all day long
10. To get a manicure done, but have a change of heart and change the colour hours later.

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Treat Yourself!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I have a couple of Valentine's day posts planned and this is the first! Today is all about you! 

If you - like me - are single, Valentine's Day is the perfect chance to completely indulge in whatever your heart desires! A lot of people get bogged down when they don't have a significant other on this day - but who is more significant than you?  Treat yourself to a new perfume, a day at the spa or a shopping spree! Pampering yourself can be just as fun and fulfilling! 

I've picked out some fun things that you can gift to yourself this Valentine's Day!

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Alone Not Lonely

Monday, January 26, 2015

I have always been relatively shy and I definitely do not thrive in large groups. I also really value the time I spend alone and sometimes wish I had more of it. I also live by myself. For these reasons, people tend to think that I am 'lonely' - which is not the case. I choose to spend a large portion of time alone - it's not something forced on me. 

I have a small group of friends who I love to spend my time with! I sometimes even joke with my best friend that we should find ways to spend all of our time together. I do get bouts of loneliness when something exciting is happening at home and I'm stuck at school - but that's natural. The bottom line is - I choose to spend a lot of my time alone because it makes me happy.

Over the weekend I went to a pretty nice restaurant by myself and despite receiving some disapproving looks, it was great! I was able to order whatever I wanted, take as long as I needed and sort through the ever playing dialogue in my mind.

This is why I think spending time alone is so important. I've noticed that people feel like being around others or being connected is necessary to not missing out on anything. Spending time with friends and online is great - but it can get overwhelming. It's easy to lose yourself when you constantly have information being thrown at you. This is why alone time is something I really value. It gives me the chance to discover more about myself in a pretty simple and fun way. 

Trust me when I say that it's okay to spend time alone. Whatever you 'miss out on' isn't half as important as self-care and self-awareness are. 

Do you spend a lot of time alone?

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Weekend Links

Friday, January 23, 2015

This week has been nothing short of crazy! I was always on the go - which is nice - but now I'm ready for a small break. I must shamefully admit that I still haven't unpacked my suitcase since returning from Christmas break, so I plan on doing that plus some laundry and homework over the weekend!

Here are the weekend links!

Law and Order on Netflix. 
I was SO excited to see Law and Order on my Netflix. Olivia Benson is my role model and overall I'm just a huge fan of the show (crime shows are right up my alley) and binge watch it often.

Veronique & Ian Proposal_1111

I am obsessed with this website. It's a collection of proposal stories plus tips on how to plan a proposal and like information. All of the proposal stories are SO cute and romantic - I love them! My favourite proposal so far is this one (but this is a close second)!

Dear Kitten: Regarding The Big Game
These Dear Kitten videos are beyond adorable. I sometimes wonder if cats actually communicate like this in their own way (I'm convinced my cat has a British accent). I laughed so much at this video because it's a pretty accurate account of what happens at a Super Bowl party - plus it's way too cute. 

Have a great weekend!

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Decorate Me: White Tile

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

For some reason, I have been drawn to images of white tile. I think white tile looks super clean and chic in just about any room. I think it would be a great addition to a small space, since it's brightness would reflect light and give the illusion of a larger space.

Nicole Franzen Herringbone Backsplash/Remodelista http://www.remodelista.com/posts/remodeling-101-white-tile-pattern-glossary

The New Bathroom: Sink, Tub and Tile Trends for 2014 and Beyond | Apartment Therapy

Dark tile floor and subway tile wall. White tiles with dark grout.

That tiny white subway tiles in this white kitchen sings to me.

I hope that I can incorporate white tile into the next space I move into. I just love the way it looks!

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Chic Satchels

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I've been carrying a backpack for a while at the advice of my doctor, but I'm getting tired of it. Backpacks have more room, which means I have been carrying more things and stressing out my back even more than before. I want to try either a laptop case and tote combination, or just a large tote. I am aware that I also need to cut back on the amount of 
things I carry around. 

I've picked out some bags that I think would work out well, but I'm also open to suggestions! I need something that will fit my laptop, tablet, phone, planner, wallet and a few snacks. 

How do you carry everything around in a chic way?

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Vegan Chili (Slow Cooker Recipe)

Monday, January 19, 2015

Yesterday I made a really delicious batch of vegan chili that I really wanted to share. The best part about this recipe is that I came up with it on my own! This is huge for me because I am not the best chef out there - but this chili is actually pretty delicious.

Image via: Simply Recipies

What you’ll need:

1 onion, sliced
1 stalk of celery chopped
2 cans mixed beans

1 red bell pepper
2 14 oz cans diced tomatoes
1 can of corn or package of frozen corn
1 cup vegetable broth
1 cup water
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsps fresh chopped garlic

salt and pepper to your taste

What to do: 

1. Place the onions, beans, tomatoes, corn, garlic, pepper and celery into the crock pot. Add the water and broth and stir.

2. Add salt, pepper, chili powder and cinnamon, then stir to mix.

3. Cook on high for 6 hours or low for 8 hours. When you serve, garnish with tortilla chips (you can add cheese and sour cream if you don't mind the dish being vegetarian instead of vegan)


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Madewell Spring Arrivals!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

I've heard a bunch of different things about Madewell here and there, but never really explored the brand...until now! 

I somehow received an e-mail about their new arrivals and decided to check it out. I was pleasantly surprised by how I liked the brand. Everything about it reads effortless yet chic - which is a look I think a lot of people go for. 

Personally, I really like the neutral colour palette, classic shapes and sophistication that Madewell uses. I also really like how they style their models. I definitely need to make a trip to a Madewell store soon, but until then I will just have to obsess over everything online!
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January Cure

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I recognize that I am a bit late with this one....but late is better than never, right? The January Cure is a little project being hosted by Apartment Therapy. The goal is for you to completely transform your living space in 30 days, by completing one small project each day. 

Image via: Apartment Therapy

There are 21 projects and even a handy calendar that you can download to stay on track. I am just starting on day one and plan to share the results with you on the last day! I invite you to join me, especially if you - like me - get overwhelmed over whole home cleaning/organizing.

You can find all of the information for January Cure here!

Let me know if you're planning to join in on the fun!

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STEM Spotlight: Michelle

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

I'm continuing on with my Women in STEM feature with another interview! Today I'm speaking with Michelle - a math major, fellow Delta Zeta sister and great friend! Michelle is also a great student who not only excels in her studies, but campus involvement as well! 


Name: Michelle Caruso 
Age: 19 
Field of STEM: Mathematics and Statistics

 Describe yourself in three words? 
Outgoing, hard-working, friendly. 

What sparked your interest in your field? 
I've always excelled in mathematics so naturally I started being interested in it.

What would your dream job be? 
An actuary; which is "a person who compiles and analyzes statistics and uses them to calculate insurance risks and premiums." They apply extremely difficult mathematical and statistical theorems to their work and are one of the best jobs in Canada. 

What are the best and worst parts about being a woman in STEM? 
Being in a male-dominated field, it is difficult to stand your ground but once you do you gain the respect of everyone. You are looked highly upon being a woman in a male-dominated field by those not in the field as well. 

Who are your biggest supporters?
Definitely my parents and professors. Being in a small field everyone wants to see you succeed. Also, anyone who knows what field I am in are my supporters; when they know the difficulty of mathematics and statistics it is really supporting knowing that they believe in me and my skills. 

What advice would you give to girls who are intimidated to pursue a career in STEM? 
Don't be intimidated. Men and women are created as equal and anything they can do we can do! Believe in yourself and know you can do anything in the world. 

When will you know that you've made it? 
When I land my dream job and start my life after my education has finished. 

Thanks Michelle!
If you are or know a female in STEM who should be featured, please e-mail me at: shontal@thepreppyscientist.com!

You can view past STEM spotlights here!


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Kate Spade New Arrivals!

Monday, January 12, 2015

I talked a little bit about the Kate Spade new arrivals in my Weekend Links post, but didn't get the chance to go into detail about the collection. First off, the theme is 'Fresh Start' and this is achieved through the use of balloon prints and catch phrase 'get carried away'. Honestly, this isn't my favourite collection, but there are some gems throughout!

carried away. shop new arrivals.

My personal favourites are the Bernadette sunglasses (which I can assume are named after the novel Where'd You Go Bernadette) and the Balloon party skirt! 
Somewhat related thought: I was hoping for a release of iPad cases in the new collection but there doesn't appear to be any! I am in the market for a case to fit my iPad mini - so your suggestions are welcome!

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Weekend Links

Friday, January 9, 2015

These past few days have been crazy! I'm trying to adjust to the Holidays being over and a new semester. This week's post is a quick read since I have a lot of unpacking and organizing ahead of me!

73 Questions with Victoria Bekham
These 73 questions videos are becoming a huge favourite of mine! Victoria Bekham is kind of mysterious so I was very interested in hearing her answers! She is pretty hilarious!

Sia - Elastic Heart
This music video has gone viral over the past few days! I am a huge Dance Mom's fan and I'm really happy to see Maddie's dance career take off. To be honest, I had to watch this video a few times in order to 'get it' but it was so worth it! It's very stunning! 

carried away. shop new arrivals.

Kate Spade has launched a really fun collection! The items are dreamy, quirky and cute! There are also tons of items that are perfect for Valentine's Day!!

Have a great weekend!

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My Most Used Apps!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

I have an Android phone and iPad, which is great because I get the best of both worlds in terms of apps. A lot of the time newer apps are only available for iOS - which means I can download them and test them out on my iPad until the Android version is available.
When apps are available on both platforms, I almost always download them to both my phone and iPad. I do this in case I get stuck without WiFi but have LTE or vice versa. 

I have a lot of random apps on my devices, but only a few of them get used on a daily basis! 

Google Keep - I love this app so much! It's basically a list/note taking app that syncs to your Google cloud. I love using the voice to text option, as well as the set a reminder option. I use this app to keep track of appointments, meetings, grocery lists and random bits of information that I need to save for later. There is also a desktop version of the app available!

Inbox - Inbox is the more functional and aesthetically pleasing version of GMail. I love it because it automatically sorts your mail into categories such as: finances, promotions, updates, purchases, etc. The app also picks up on dates and times within your e-mails and offers to add them to your calendar or reminders! How cool?

Instagram - I'm pretty sure everyone knows what Instagram is all about! I love taking pictures of my surroundings and uploading them to Instagram. I just finished December Photo A Day and it was a blast! You can follow me on Instagram here!

Snapchat - I LOVE Snapchat. It's really fun to see what your friends are up to at any given moment. A lot of public figures have also started using the app, which I think is a really awesome way to connect with fans! I recently learned how to let everyone see your Snapchat story - so if you are interested you can add me as a friend! My username is: preppyscientist

Elevate - This app is similar to Lumosity. There are a bunch of brain training games that are supposed to help improve your memory, language, and math abilities. The games are both fun and challenging and I play them everyday! There is a free daily training option and then a pro option - which gives you access of all of the games - for $5.99 a month! 

UP24 - This app is the companion for the Jawbone UP24 fitness tracker. There is a version of the app that you can use if you do not have the bracelet - but I'm not familiar with it. The app translates your sleep, food consumption and movement into easy to understand graphics. It also has a 'Smart Coach' that gives you insights and tips on how to improve your health. I highly recommend getting the fitness tracker! I love mine and wear it everyday! 

Duolingo - I plan on brushing up on my French skills as part of my 30 in 365 - and so far this app has been great! It's similar to Elevate in terms of the games, but differs due to it's focus on language. You can learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Irish, Danish, Swedish, and English for free! Yes that's right, this app is totally free! No paid pro-mode! I highly recommend this app if you are trying to learn a new language or practice one you already know!

What are your most used apps?

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PS: All of these apps are available on the iOS and Android platforms!
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Moisturizing Must Haves!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

I thought we were going to have a mild Winter since until recently, the temperature has stayed above freezing. I was very, very wrong. This past week has been SO cold and my skin is really taking a beating. If I'm not applying moisturizer every few minutes - my skin literally hurts. My normal moisturizing routine is simply not cutting it anymore.

I did some research on the best moisturizing products for extremely cold temperatures and this is what I found!

I hope adding a few of these products to my routine makes my skin feel and look better!

What are your moisturizing must haves?

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Reblog: New Semester Tips!

Monday, January 5, 2015

This is the second time I'm reblogging this post because it's great to start the semester off organized and stress-free! It's also important to note that this routine hasn't changed in years because it works so well! Give it a try!

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! 


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Weekend Links

Friday, January 2, 2015

It's the first weekend links post of the year, which is super exciting! I'm feeling very optimistic about 2015 and the blog! Blogging is something I really enjoy and is one of the few things that I have stuck with - even when I am beyond overwhelmed!

73 Questions with Amy Adams
I am obsessed with this series on Vogue's YouTube channel. Amy Adams is really graceful and feminine - two things I wish I could be more of. Her answers to the 73 questions are very spot on and fun!
J. Crew is having a great sale on their winter items! You can save up to 40% on Winter styles with the code STYLE2015. Some of the items from my 2014 favourites are featured in the sale!

Taylor Swift's Gift Giving 
Almost everyone has some opinion on Taylor Swift. Personally, I love her and everything that she does! This video went viral in less than a day for obvious reasons. You can just tell that Taylor is really grateful for her fans and I really wish that I was on the receiving end of her gift giving!!

"I'm going to stop licking all the balls in the ball pit."

This Buzzfeed article is both cute and hilarious. While most of us resolve to sleep more or lose some pounds - these toddlers hope to go a year without "pooping in the bath" and other hilarious things. 

I hope you have a great weekend and take some time to adjust now that the Holiday hullabaloo is over!

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