Top Picks Tuesday: Current Playlist

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Hey there!

I hope everyone had a lovely Labour Day weekend! The weather was absolutely beautiful here making it a perfect way to end summer break. The sunshine has put me in a really great mood lately, so I’ve been on a hunt for new, upbeat music to add to my playlists. I want feel good songs that I can sing at the top of my lungs while dancing in the sunshine. I’m always looking for good music, but these are my top picks for this Tuesday!

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Monthly Muse: September!

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Happy September!

Autumn is my favourite time of the year! I love the fashion, the colours, and the spicy scents and tastes that come with the cooler weather. As you might already know, I’m a Bath and Body Works-aholic. I could, and frequently do, spend way too much money there on hand soaps, candles, and I recently purchased my first wallflower! But anyway… Bath and Body Works in the fall is the best, the scents are my personal favourite. My most favourite scent of all time is sold during the fall… LEAVES! You must check it out this season. Apart from spicey scents, Starbucks fall drinks reinforce my love for autumn. I love chai lattes all year round, but this time of year they are a million times tastier for some reason. You can get chai lattes iced or hot, so they’re perfect for bi-polar Canadian fall weather. If you’re not up for spending money at Starbucks, I found a recipe on A Beautiful Mess that teaches you how to make your own iced chai latte. I’m definitely going to try it out, here’s the recipe if you want to try it too! For an at home hot chai drink, I suggest Tetley vanilla chai tea with a little vanilla almond milk. So delicious!

The warm-but-chilly weather in September makes for the best fashion of the year. The first outfit I put together for this month is something super easy and basic that everyone can pull off. A plaid shirt is a wardrobe must have this season. What I love about plaid shirts is they can be worn so many different ways.. For example, you could wear a plain or graphic shirt under it and leave it unbuttoned, you could button it up and wear a short necklace with it, or you could simply wrap it around your waist and rock a grunge look. Another thing is there are so many different plaids out there, you’re bound to find something that looks good on you. Keep trying different plaids until you find something that suits you! The downside is these shirts can be quite pricey, like $50 for one shirt (as a broke college student, I don’t approve) so shop around to find one that’s reasonably priced or one that’s worth the money. I love the button down shirts from American Eagle because they’re so soft and fit me really well. The plaid shirt in this month’s inspiration board is from American Eagle ($43.46), you can purchase it in stores or online here. I matched it with basic skinny jeans from Forever 21. These jeans are very comfortable and the price makes them even more attractive… $9.90? Yes please! Purchase them in stores or online here. You can wear whatever shoes with this outfit, I just chose these ones from Forever 21 ($15.80) because they’re affordable and could be worn with multiple different outfits.

The second outfit I put together is one of my favourite fall looks: skirts and sweaters. Wearing a skirt and sweater together is a perfect way to enjoy the last bit of summer weather while the sweater weather moves in. Both pieces are from H&M (sweater- $29.95, skirt- $19.95). This half casual/half dressy combination also allows any sort of shoe to go with it; a heel works but so does a sneaker. However, I love wearing boots during this time of year, so I went with little ankle boots from Forever 21 ($33.80).

I won’t put off saying it any longer… September also means back to school. You’re going to need a backpack this month and it’s going to become part of your outfit everyday, so I suggest buying a Jansport or Herschel backpack. I own a Jansport so I can talk about them way better than a Herschel. Jansports come in so many different colours, patterns, and even sizes (so do Herschels, I know that much). The lifetime warranty is a great bonus, but my backpack has been through a lot and still looks as good as new. You can buy Jansports and Herschels all over the place: Staples, Bentley, Zumiez.. You name it. So keep an eye out and shop around for your favourite colour/pattern!

Even though school is starting up again, you need to find the time between homework and extra-curricular activities to enjoy some downtime. A lot of TV shows return this month with a new season… What I’m most excited for is New Girl! You’ll catch me watching new episodes of this quirky, funny show every week. If you aren’t a TV watcher, maybe you relax by listening to music. I recommend listening to Rescue by Yuna. It’s an upbeat feel good song that might even lead you to a few self epiphanies if you listen to the lyrics! Or, if you’re looking for a mellow song to listen to, check out All Those Nights by Chase Coy. It’s perfect for this time of year when you’re reflecting back on your summer memories and possibly coping with your move to college/university.

Okay, okay! I’ve rambled enough about fall. Sorry, I just love this time of year (as if I haven’t said that a million times already). Let me know in the comments below what you’re looking forward to this month, or share your favourite fall things!

 

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College Diaries: School Supplies

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Hey there!

I hope you’ve been enjoying your last month of summer. With one week left of summer vacation, it’s time to start thinking about back to school shopping. I’m an organization nerd as it is, but I know tons of people enjoy shopping for new school supplies. This post is about my great finds for back to school shopping.

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Monthly Muse: August!

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Hey there!

Again, one more month of summer is gone. It’s hard to believe how fast this summer is going by! Instead of talking about back to school (that topic is impossible to avoid these days) I’m going to talk about how you can enjoy your last month of summer. It’s not school time yet, so lets enjoy what we have left of our summer break. Here is August’s Monthly Muse!

The month of August is usually full of festivals, carnivals, and the hottest summer weather. Some events to look forward to this month in Toronto include the CNE (August 15th-September 1st) and Scotiabank Buskerfest (August 21st-24th). The CNE is a fun time for everyone in the family: there’s shopping, rides, and incredible food. The Scotiabank Buskerfest brings international street performers together into one festival. I’ve never been before but apparently it’s super cool, I definitely hope to check it out this year! There’s also quite a few music festivals going on in the city. I love festivals and highly recommend going somewhere this month. Not only is a fun to go on rides and eat carnival food, there’s usually great music and vendors who are selling unique items. See what’s going on in your town if you can’t make it to Toronto! Make it your goal to explore the town before you’re back to walking the same halls of school everyday.

This dress from Bootlegger ($59.50) is perfect for festivals and day trips. It’s a light weight summer staple that keeps you cool and looking incredibly cute while out and about. Unfortunately you can only buy this dress online, but it can be purchased here. Wear it with this fedora from Forever 21 ($15.80) to protect yourself from the daytime summer sun, and this denim jacket from American Eagle ($54.63) for late summer nights. Denim jackets also get you ready for Fall which is right around the corner.

Maybe you’re like me and also like to spend summer nights in the backyard around a campfire with your family and friends. If you’re looking for something tasty and fruity to drink while socializing, I highly suggest the newest summer edition Palm Bay, the Ocean Peach Pomelo flavour. It’s a fruity vodka spritz that tastes just like juice, it’s my new favourite summer drink. Sip on this while roasting marshmallows and making s’mores and you’ll be in heaven!

I have to admit that even as a country music hater, summertime is all about country music. I know not everyone likes country music, but Drunk On You by Luke Bryan is so great for the summer so I have to suggest it for you to add to your August playlist! Listen to it here. Like I said, country isn’t everyone’s cup of tea so for all of you who refuse to listen to country, I suggest listening to Feels Like Summer by Panama Wedding. This song is a good one for dancing on the lawn with your friends, take a listen here.

It’s sad that summer is coming to an end, but enjoy the last month of it! I’ve been in my hometown for a week now and it’s been nice to do summer things like having campfires and BBQ dinners. When I head back to the city I’m going to be hitting up some of the festivals I mentioned and enjoying life before heading back to school. Let me know in the comments what you’re looking forward to doing through the month of August. Make some memories this month, for summer memories last forever.

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College Dairies: Rez Room Necessities

Hey there! This summer has flown by and it’s already time to think about back to school. This time last year I was buying so much stuff to move into residence and to start my college life because this is the fun stuff to buy! I can honestly say that I had a great residence experience and I hope to share some tips on what made my experience so great. If you’re going into your first year of college, returning to college, or if you’re still in high school and living at home, here’s some room must haves you should consider when planning and designing your room.

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Top Picks Tuesday: Beach Bag Essentials

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Hey there! I’m so sorry I have been MIA from Maybe It’s May, but I was inspired by my beach adventures yesterday to share an essential summertime post about what to pack in your beach bag. Yesterday my roommate and I spent the day at Centre Island on Toronto Island, it was a perfect day for a beach day! These are the things that I packed in my bag and highly suggest for your beach adventures this summer!

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Monthly Muse: July!

Hey there! :)

If you’re thinking what I’m thinking, you’re wondering where the month of June went! It’s hard to believe it’s going to be July tomorrow. Two months of my summer break down, two more to go. I’ve crossed off quite a few things from my summer bucketlist so far and hope to continue doing so over the next two months. I’ve put together a little collage to inspire you (and myself) to get out and enjoy the month of July.

(Thanks so much to my lovely sister Alex who came up with the title “Monthly Muse”! Since tomorrow is Canada Day, I’m posting this before the first of the month, bear with me :))

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Finally the warm weather is here! As excited as we are to see the sunshine, it’s important to stay hydrated and keep cool. One great way I’ve been managing to do this is through fruit infused water. I Heart Nap Time is a website I found through Pinterest. It has a few drink ideas including a detox water I tried and loved. Check it out here! I highly recommend these tasty and refreshing drinks no matter the activities you do and the adventures you go on this summer.

Not only should you feel good this month, you deserve to look good too. It’s time to show off those arms and legs you’ve been toning up through your summer bod workouts. Step into basically any store and you’ll be able to find a crew neck muscle tank to rock this month! Not only do these tanks have some awesome graphics and prints, they’ll keep you cool in the warm weather. The one I picked out for the inspiration board is from American Eagle ($26.68) and can be found here! I also picked out denim shorts with printed pockets from H&M ($29.95). These shorts can be found here. Lastly, a summer outfit isn’t complete without a pair of sunglasses. I’m a sunglass fanatic, and for me, the bigger the better. The ones in the July Monthly Muse board are from Forever 21 ($6.80), view them online here. Forever 21 is also a great place to buy cute but affordable swimwear and hats. These are summer essentials that usually have a high price tag attached to them, so I suggest Forever 21 if you’re on a budget.

And finally, you need an upbeat and good vibe playlist to listen to while out and about. Right now, I’m in love with Young Volcanoes by Fall Out Boy. This song makes me want to dance and act all wild and free. It’s an essential to your summer playlist, trust me. Check it out here!

So, turn your can’ts into cans and start making some summer plans! Some of my plans for this month include:

  • Hitting up a flea market
  • Beach day!
  • Amusement park (specifically Canada’s Wonderland)
  • Camping (even if it’s just in the backyard)
  • Exploring local trails (I feel like every town and city has some secret trails to hike, look into it!)
  • Shopping at an outdoor mall

Let me know, in the comments below, what you’re looking forward to doing this month!

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