How to be a "Morning Person" in College

First, I want to ask a question... does anyone else set multiple alarms?! I think this is something that is not beneficial for my sleep, but I am such a deep sleeper I worry that I might sleep through them!
My first year of college was tough because of my volleyball schedule. I was waking up at 5:00am and was in the gym from 5:30-8:55, then I would head to class at nine. Since I spent a lot of time doing this, I feel like I have a hard time waking up early because I realize how much I missed sleep!
I still struggle with waking up early, but I thought I would share some tips that might help you become more of a morning person!
  1. Find out when your roommates wake up and plan accordingly. / It is important to be cordial to your roommates when waking up. This year, I will be in an apartment with five other roommates. We are all our own individual rooms, but all of suit mates are athletes so there will be a lot of buzzing around early in the mornings. I am happy about this because if I wake up around the same time they do, I will be more likely to get moving as well! I think if you and your roommates try to be courtesy of each others alarms, it will help you feel more comfortable waking up early in a shared living space.
  2. Go to sleep at the same time each night - and at a decent time. / This is something that does not come easily. In college, it is all about time management. To go to bed around the same time each night, you have to manage your time to make sure you get everything done that needs to be completed. This will allow your body to get into a routine and will ensure a better night's sleep!
  3. Take time to wind down. / I wrote a post not too long ago about this, but I think its crucial to create a nighttime routine. I normally start my routine once I finish my homework. First, I will tidy up my room and maybe do some laundry. I will then wash my face and brush my teeth before setting out my clothes for the next day. I will finish checking emails in bed then filling out my daily agenda for the next day. I will turn on the TV just for a bit, set my alarm, and hit the hay!
  4. Silence your phone or limit social media time. / This is one of the hardest things for me to do! I always want to check my feeds before I fall asleep, but sometimes I get too caught up in it. I will plan to go to bed at 10:30, but end up staying awake until 12:00 without even realizing it!
  5. Find a cheerful ringtone. / I have always found this to be very helpful! I also realize that it has ruined some songs for me too, haha! A fun song can really put you in a great mood when waking up!
  6. Practice when you don't have to wake up early. / During the summer it is so easy to sleep the day away! In August, I try to start waking up early to get myself in the swing of things! It will allow your body to start getting used to it.
  7. Sleep with the curtains open. / This is something that has really helped me in the past. The natural light that streams in will allow you to wake up earlier and just help wake you up even more. This is hard in certain parts of the year, but when you can - totally do it!
I hope these tips help you out and leave a comment of any other "morning person" advice you may have!

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Fun Fall Booties

The weather in South Carolina is finally cooling down! I have seen so many adorable pair of boots and booties this year so I thought I would share them with you all. Also, I see so many different style Fall boots since I work at a shoe boutique... it is so hard not to spend my entire paycheck on shoes!

I was also very hesitant in previous years about wearing some nontraditional boots, but now I cannot resist them!

Here are my favorite for the Fall:

As you can see here, I am obviously love the putty/taupe color this season. I have actually always love this color because it can go with so much. All of these are fun booties, but can also be worn with so many different things. All are linked - just click on your favorite shoe!


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Favorite Places in Dine in Spartanburg, SC

Spartanburg is a college town in the upstate of South Carolina that features a lot of local restaurants. I thought I would share my favorite place to eat here! As a college student, it is nice to be able to grab a meal off campus everyone once in a while (sometimes the dining halls just don't cut it)!

So, here is a little guide to the best dives in Spartanburg, SC...

1. Willy Taco
This is one of the most popular places to eat in town! Willy Taco has the best authentic Mexican cuisine with a twist. I love how they name the different items on the menu... it will give you a good laugh. Also, the inside of the restaurant has the best decor... some of the booths are made out of old bus seats and they are actually super comfy!

2. The Farmer's Table
This is located right beside the shoe boutique where I work. This restaurant uses all locally grown produce to make their meals. They are open for breakfast and lunch and they always have a large crowd! Every item on the menu is so healthy and yummy... some of the breakfast items aren't as healthy if you use a lot of syrup though. :) One popular item is the "redneck pancake" - this is a huge pancake with sausage, eggs, and bacon under it! They also have butcher paper on all the tables so you can doodle while you wait for your food.

3. Cribb's Kitchen
This restaurant is always packed! They serve lunch and dinner during the week and brunch on Sunday... we go here almost every Sunday. Cribb's also uses all local produce, fish, and meats from Spartanburg or throughout South Carolina. They put a spin on a lot of classic dishes and it is phenomenal. My personal favorite is the shrimp and grits!

4. The Nu Way
Last but not least, The Nu Way (pronounced "the new way"). This is a local college and hometown hangout. I would say this is defiantly a "hole in the wall." They have so many great and easy meals that are perfect when you are craving a burger, wings, or fries. Every time I have a friend that visits Spartanburg, I try to take them to here! It is such a fun and unique place with great staff members!


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Weekend Update

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a great weekend and I thought I would just share what I did with you all. 
I believe that wedding season has officially started and it is so much fun! I went to my cousin's wedding this weekend back home and it was so beautiful. The weather was perfect and I really enjoyed seeing my family. 

I also went to Greenville this weekend before the wedding and found so many great finds at HomeGoods and Nordstrom Rack. This is the time of year where I like to shop because so many sales are going on before it gets too crazy with holiday shoppers! One item I found at HomeGoods was this Johnson Brothers Willow Blue bowl. I love this pattern and have found a few pieces here and there. I use them in my dorm since I can store them easily. I also like using it better than plastic sometimes when I eat dinner in my apartment! I linked a five piece set under the picture. 


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October Favorites

First, Happy Halloween!

I cannot believe that we are about to begin the month of November. This month truly has flown by!
This month has been filled with a lot of work, fun, and time growing and learning.

I thought that I would share my favorite items from this month:

I love this brand and this scent... we sell it at work so I couldn't resist. It has smelt so nice burning in my apartment.

I found these at TJ Maxx a while ago and happened to find them on Amazon... they are the perfect high waist and cropped leg. I cannot wait to buy them in more colors!

The ones in the widget are not the exact ones that I have. I have the ones in the shade "oak" and they seriously go with everything! They are suede, but also waterproof... double win!

I found this top about a month ago and I am kicking myself for only getting it in one color. It is super light weight which is nice so you can wear a sweater over it - such a great transitional piece!

These are probably my favorite jeans ever. They remind me of an old pair of Calvin Klien''s that I wore a lot in high school. The pair in the widget is not the exact pair I have, but are similar. Mine are a higher boyfriend wash that are high waisted with a finished hem.

I bought two of these tops just the other day. I was looking for something a little longer in the back to wear with leggings when I was babysitting, going to class, or running errands. I purchased it in a grey and oatmeal color... I have never gotten so many compliments before! I am also able to dress it up and wear with jeans and cute shoes... looks like I'll be going back to get the other colors.


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Junior Apartment Preview

We are half way through the week! I thought I would share a little "sneak preview" of my dorm room for this year.
My main color scheme for this year is navy and white. I plan to accent with different patterns and pops of pink. I really hope it all comes together once everything is in its place. It is so hard to tell until you are all moved in.
This year, I will be in a brand new apartment at my school. They built new junior housing and each apartment has six individual rooms. I will have five other roommates and we will share two bathrooms, a small kitchen area, and a living space.
I am beyond excited to have my own room, but still with five other roommates. I was worried at first about living with so many people, but once we established who was living together, I was thrilled! I have such a great group of girls in my apartment. I know this year will be amazing!
I thought I would just share a little inspo of what I am planning to do. Just about everything on here is what I have, expect for the rug. It is not identical to the one I purchased, but I cannot find it online so this one will have to do!
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Switching back...

Happy November! I cannot believe I am doing this again, but I have changed my blog platform once again...

I thought WordPress would be better, but sadly it was not so I am slowing making the transition back to Blogger.

I hope you enjoy viewing some of my older posts and new content coming soon!


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