Today I am super grateful to be celebrating my twentieth birthday with family. In addition, a huge thank you to my tumblr friends and readers who have supported me along the way!

Today I am super grateful to be celebrating my twentieth birthday with family. In addition, a huge thank you to my tumblr friends and readers who have supported me along the way!

The Art Of Finals

Unfortunately due to ending the academic term my habit of posting every two days has come to halt! However, like my most of my readers - final season here and I want to give you some fabulous favourites and tips!

{Study Favourite}
  • Quizlet and Evernote are my two favourites websites and apps that I  use for studying! These will save your grades with a notepad and flashcard system.
  • Staedler Coloured pens are really useful for index cards and note taking. The sets I have purchased are Triplus Roller 10 coloured rollerballs and Triplus Blackbox.
  • That leads to my paper stash that includes: index cards that are stored in a card file box and Mead Cambridge Limited paper pads. The fancy and crisp feeling of the paper produces more productive notes! 
  • Pilot Faixion light highlighters, point pens, and ball pens are also favourite desk accessories. This is because these pens use friction to erase the special ink! This is perfect for exam writing and perfectionists like myself!
  • Lastly, study music is a wonderful resource and can be found on 8tracks through a plenty of music. Unfortunately, due to being a music major I have to memorize particular listenings and other music causes distractions.

These study tips are taken from the brilliant website AfricaandCo! They created picture brainstorms that help you work and think fast! My favourite tip is using most of your senses to study! {Read the notes, write the notes, listen to the notes, and feel the notes on the index cards!}

What are your study tips or favourites?

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Lessons Learned - Second Year

{ADVICE}

  • You don’t always have to be friends with everyone. If people aren’t fond of you, it doesn’t hurt to categorize them as acquaintances.
  • Doing a small part for causes can make a big impact. 
  • If your friends can go on and on about Breaking Bad, you are allowed to boast about One Direction.
  • If you are invited, consider going.

{LOVE}

  • The ‘hottest’ boy, doesn’t always mean the ‘best’ boy.
  • He was a beautiful, frustrating puzzle, I couldn’t finish and who wasn’t worth my time.
  • Just because your friend ended their current relationship, doesn’t mean you have to end you friendship with their ex-significant other too. 
  • If you lived in another body, would you date your current self?

{FASHION}

  • When given the chance MONOGRAM IT.
  • When purchasing undergarments always asked to be sized beforehand. A perfectly sized bra can change a shirt and your posture.
  • Popping a pimple may be satisfying, but wearing the scab for two weeks is awfully frustrating.
  • If you are only going out once this month, be a trouper, rock those heels, and do your hair. 
  • Keep a travel size emergency pouch with you, travel sized deodorant come in handy. 

{SCHOOL}

  • Make the choice of writing it, typing it, or forgetting it.
  • It’s okay to fail a course and take it again. In the end, you feel more confident, have a new set of friends in the course, and a better understanding.
  • Balance and prioritizing is key in college. If I plan properly, I have enough time for music, school, and friends every week.
  • It’s okay to use retail or food as motivation to study. I love the thrill of drinking Starbucks in the library or writing definitions on newly purchased index cards.
  • Take a course out of your comfort zone, this year mine was modern dance.
  • Make a subscription to Netflix, its so worth it.

{SOCIAL}

  • The music you listen to affects your mood. Remember that when you feel emotionally drained when you click on another heartbroken mix of 8Tracks.
  • I would rather binge-read novels than binge-watch a television series.
  • Don’t be afraid to post that selfie or write that #hashtag. 
  • When creeping on public profiles of Instagram always check it in mosaic form, this prevents likes. 

What did you learn this academic year?

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March Madness Favourites

"Your naked body should only belong to those who fall in love with your naked soul." - Charlie Chaplin." {Favourite Quote}

{Beauty Favourites}

  • Burt’s Bees - Tinted Lip Balm - Hibiscus ($8)
  • Maybelline - Master Duo by Eye Studio - Black Lacquer 500 ($11) 
  • Marcelle - Multi Colour Powder Blush - Pink Fusion (Gift)
  • MAC - Mineralize Eye Shadow - Making It Easy ($17)
  • MAC - Cremesheen Glass - Boy Batt A30 ($15)
  • MAC - Cremesheen Lipstick - Shy Girl A90 ($17)

{Favourite Beauty DIYs} Pinterest may have encouraged me to wing my eyeliner every morning, I am getting used to the mystical look. In addition, I have also been loving hair and the different things I could do with my long locks. During these past weeks I tried hairstyles like: braided ballerina bun, scarf wrapped braid, and even straightened my hair for a choir concert.

{Favourite Treats} I found love in Haagen-Dazs Salted Caramel Gelato and Twinings Earl Grey tea. Also, on my best friend’s birthday dinner I enjoyed a top sirloin steak that was marinated in lobster butter, with a plate of mushrooms on the side.

{Favourite Tunes} All Of Me by John Legend. My friends and I have predicted how many couples will make this lovely song their first wedding dance.

{Favourite Reads} The Beautiful Bastard Series by Christina Lauren (Bastard, Bitch, and Beginnings). On Valentine’s Day this series went on sale for $2.99 on iBooks and I couldn’t resist! Christina Lauren also announced they are making a film and retweeted me! #Embracethenaughty

Ps. If you have a Pinterest, Twitter, or Goodreads comment bellow and I will add you to the Personal Blog group!

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The Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you to enginnerxeph who awarded me and included my link on her fabulous blog! I am so flattered to be recognized by you, keep sharing your lovely life and I will definitely read!

How “The Versatile Blogger Award” goes…

  1. Thank the person who awarded you and include a link to their blog.
  2. Select 15 blogs you’ve discovered and include a link to their blog.
  3. Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

CHECK THESE BEAUTIES OUT:
Memoryonrepeat | itsrozee | adiaries | macaronss | coffeestainedbooks | lovekaycee | rebeccabrianee | delimn | aimee-jeanne | rottenflowr | msangelina | thewallflowerssecrets | porcelaindoll-xo | dreamerinthecity | withlovecesca |

FACTS ABOUT MY CRAZY SELF:

  1. I am a balanced person who can go from obnoxiously loud to quiet and reserved. However, I am always jumpy, ticklish, and not flittered.
  2. I am drawn to pink, glitter, gold, pretty sayings, and monograms.
  3. I love to pleasure read romance novels that are borderline naughty. I have embraced that if it’s okay for someone to write them, I’m allowed to read them.
  4. When I was younger I was obsessed with Barbies, owning: 53 dolls, 2 houses, and 4 cars. This later led to my love of Sims 2 and 3. 
  5. For April Fools, I stole one of my guy friends laptop and wrote the Facebook status “My love for One Direction is too strong, I may make a Pinterest board about it.” They thought it was hilarious, I was actually talking about myself. 
  6. I can totally binge watch Youtube videos of TMZ, Bethenny, TheEllenShow, SacconeJolys, and One Direction funny videos. Chicken fingers, french fries, coffee, red velvet cake are allowed to join too!
  7. I am so thankful to have the such supportive family and friends. I get emotional just thinking about the laughs, tears, and memories I have shared with them.

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You’re an idiot. - Study Music Mix

She doesn’t say “I love you” like a normal person. Instead, she’ll laugh, shake her head, give you a little smile, and say “You’re an idiot” If she tells you’re an idiot, you’re a lucky man.

As finals are approaching, please enjoy this 8 tracks mix that is filled with soft love songs. I find that these artists help me focus during studies and fill me with pleasant feelings. Enjoy!

Ps. Tracklist bellow.

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Re-Vamp Your Spring Skin

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After years of drowning myself in salicylic acid, my skin finally decided to throw a temper tantrum. This is because while experimenting with acne collections from Clean & Clear, Clinque, and Spectro Gel, I have dried out all the natural oils in my skin.

Reading week was when this tantrum began as cystic acne appeared and wouldn’t bubble to the surface. In the end leaving me frustrated, in pain, and all red. Fortunately, with the help of Sephora staff I was able to sort through these issues and leave my acne skincare obsession behind. I was then introduced to Philosophy Radiant & Refined Trial Kit which has transformed my skin into a dewy blemish free miracle.

  • Purity Made Simple 3-in-1 Cleanser: This is a face wash used to clean pores and remove makeup as well. It has lovely fresh scent and the creamy texture lathers and feels soft on the skin.
  • When Hope Is Not Enough: This is a hydrating antioxidant serum for extra moisture in the dry months. I only use it for special occasions or on weekends.
  • Hope In A Jar: This is a high performance moisturizer for all skin types and is made with a gel to prevent breakouts. Philosophy has also created a night time cream version too!

UPDATE: @lovephilosopy (Philosophy Skincare) favourited this post!

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The Sunday Current - Vol. 1

  1. Reading cute Buzzfeed articles that revolve around puppies, babies, and self confidence.
  2. Writing my Musical Theatre essay that is due this Tuesday.
  3. Listening to 8Track mix tapes of The 1975! They are very much like a punk indie version of One Direction. 
  4. Thinking about my vocal lesson tomorrow, essays, piano, and music theory.
  5. Wishing I was finished this school term and pleasure reading at home.
  6. Hoping to stay focused and ahead in all my academic activities this week.
  7. Wearing the Gap grey/purple stripped sweater, Lululemon yoga pants, and pink floral Sperry Top Siders for study Sunday!
  8. Wanting novels, naps, time, and retail therapy.
  9. Loving brown leather, sunny days, hot beverages, chocolate peanut butter combination, procrastination, and youtube videos.
  10. Feeling overwhelmed with academics and activities. Hopefully, after this week I will feel relieved that two assignments have been handed in. I have to be determined and optimistic towards the future.

Thank you ItsRozee for the inspiration to complete this list, I love it! What are your Sunday currents, link here?

Ps. Photos are taken from my photo blog rosesandchailattes.tumblr.com

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On My Mind

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Classic Handbags - My father and I celebrated the first year anniversary of my Cambridge Satchel Bag last month. We always laugh over the adventure of searching downtown for the special pink bag. Since then, I have purchased two handbags that are reasonably cheaper and classic leather colours. The one above is a Chanel inspired steal I found at Forever 21 for $30 dollars! $30 dollars! 
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Stripe and Scarf Overload - This winter season, I indulged in too many stripes and scarves (Especially from The Gap). In my collection I added six new stripe sweaters and four scarves. Unfortunately I fell in love with how fashionable and comfortable they were. As well, I admire the classic look of a stripped shirt, denim skinnies, and heels. 

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Toss The Boots Aside - With spring collections and sandals being pinterest-ed everywhere, I have had it with boots! I now desperately long for painted toe nails, Birkenstocks, Sperrys, reading, shorts, tanned skin, and NO MORE SOCKS.
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Hair Envy - My birthday is around the corner and I am itching to get low-lights or ombre peek a boos. However, the angel (or my mother) inside of my head is screaming “Save the virgin hair!” “Save the virgin hair!”

Tell me, what is on your mind dolls?

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Anonymous asked: Mind if i ask how the medical staff helped you overcome your eating disorder?

  • Food challenges, lists, and fears.
  • Destroying my favourite ‘Ana’ jeans and writing all the things the disease took away from me.
  • Going denim, swimwear, lingerie, and prom dressing shopping with a new mindset.
  • Family, individual, art, music, and group therapy every week.
  • Supervising all our meals and snacks.
  • Finding new methods of relaxation and joy in my life.
  • Taking away the privilege of internet, television, and magazines.
  • Finding new ways to exercise that didn’t involve gym machines.

Hospitalization gave me my life back and I am so thankful. When my journey began I was in complete denial and at rock bottom. Medical staff there decide to look beyond the disorder and see a glimmer of hope. 

Finding Your Scent

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"Where should one use perfume? Wherever they want to be kissed." - Coco Chanel.

The Classic No. 5 - Chanel

Made famous by Marilyn Monroe, Chanel No. 5 is a staple fragrance. However, my mother was not fond of it and passed it down to me. The scent is similar to an older woman’s powder or cosmetic collection. ($74) 

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The Girly Viva La Juicy - Juicy Couture
In High School, Viva La Juicy my absolute favourite perfume. This is because the scent smells like sugary candy with hints of vanilla. I believe that it is the perfect scent for a pink-loving girly girl! ($72)
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The Floral Daisy Eau Du Fresh - Marc Jacobs
This was the second release to the Daisy perfume collection by Marc Jacobs. This scent is light and resembles the season of spring. When I first found this scent, I chased my parents around the department store and was gifted it for my birthday. ($89)
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The Sexy Euphoria - Calvin Klein
This scent radiates a confident and powerful woman. I was gifted this by a friend and wear it when I go out for romantic evenings. ($66)
The Royal Princess - Vera Wang
This perfume was purchased as an impulse buy in a department store due to its popularity. The scent smells exact like purple and symbolizes royalty. ($64)
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The Summery Dot - Marc Jacobs

This collection created by Marc Jacobs is another favourite of mine. I am currently finishing this perfume and have received many compliments when worn. It reminds me of summer, filled with red fruits like watermelon and dragon fruit. ($105)

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Honourable Mentions 
Be Enchanted - Bath & Body Works ($14) and Cashmere Mist - Bath & Body Works ($14). I wear body spray when I am in a rush or on vacation, when I can’t bring my heavy perfumes. They are also wonderful for a light scent and gym use.

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