Christmas Wishlist 2017

Thanksgiving is over, which means that it is now time to bust out the Christmas music and the tree! With that festive spirit comes the scramble to get all the Christmas shopping done and finding everybody the perfect gift. Although it may be more rewarding to give rather than receive, we all have to admit that receiving is just as fun. Because of that I have put together a wishlist of my five fashion finds that I hope to find under the tree this year!

  1. Sweaters, sweaters and more sweaters: Whether they are for a late night study session, or a date night,

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    sweaters are exactly what I need to rock any winter outfit. Right now I am loving pullover sweaters. I can throw them over a t-shirt-dress or pair them with jeans and booties, and be both comfy and cozy!

  2. Hunter boots: Rainy season is bound to hit at some point in San Diego, and I want

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    my feet to stay dry! Last year, the Hunter ankle boot was released and I am loving the look! They are perfect for the rainy days, but not as bulky and large as a full boot!

  3. DIFF Eyewear: Sunny San Diego only experiences the rain and cold weather for a little bit, and then it is back to the 75 degree weather! That is why everybody needs to own the perfect pair of sunnies. DIFF Eyewear is currently what I am obsessed with because they give back to different charities based on the line of glasses you pick from. The Lauren

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    Akins line is my personal favorite, because they are super trendy, and who doesn’t love Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins?

  4. Leggings/Yoga Pants: Whether you’ll be wearing them to the gym to kick off your New Year’s resolution, or to lounge around the house watching Christmas movies, yoga pants can be used for anything. My favorite place to get them is from Zella, a Nordstrom brand, because they are very comfy and don’t break the bank.
  5. Socks for everybody: Socks are known to be the worst gift ever, but not for this girl! They are the perfect stocking stuffer, and come in all kinds. There’s fuzzy socks to pair with your leggings for cozy nights in, or fun printed socks to pair with booties and Vans. You can even get knee high socks to rock with a pair of boots. Not only do socks cover an everyday need, but you can get fancy and creative with the types you buy.

Christmas is a time to give, but also a time to treat yourself. Whether you add these to the list of things you’ll be buying others, or the list of items you find under the tree, I hope you have a wonderful holiday season! Happy shopping!

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Coffee Adventures: Scrimshaw Coffee

My affinity for coffee has always driven me to seek out the cutest and coziest coffee shops to relax, read and maybe do some homework in. Now that I live in San Diego, I’ve adventured off to a few of the cities great shops. Luckily for me, a quaint coffee shop opened around the corner from my house a months ago, called Scrimshaw Coffee.

I stopped in a few days after its opening to get a little pick me up. I  kept it simple and got an espresso. The guys who opened the place were the people working, and both were super chill and welcoming. When I ordered my espresso they oh-so-casually referred to it as “spro,” like they were speaking some hip coffee language I didn’t know. When I finally did get a sip of my espresso I was blown away. Okay, I know this all sounds a bit much for coffee, but damn, it was great! Smooth and rich with an almost sweet finish. I want one now just thinking about it. Ever since then, I have gone back a few times and to get the same thing. Don’t get me wrong, I would go every day if I could. But, I am also a broke college student that can’t afford $2.50 every day for this stuff.

                                       

Originally, the place was easy to miss, as it was hidden away on El Cajon Blvd between a furniture store and another shop. Now though, they’re very visible with their very own “COFFEE” sign. With it’s giant Scrimshaw whale painted on the wall and a sign stating “Waste Time Together,” Scrimshaw is making moves an eclectic coffee shops right here in the SDSU area. The menu is simple: it sticks to espresso, coffee and tea. The space has a limited amount of seats. If you ever get a chance to go, do it! Since it’s so close, I say it’s a MUST!

 

What’s Trending: Love the Loafers

The current trend that I just couldn’t get on board with (at first) is loafers. But, it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with them. They made their way back into the fashion world during Fashion Week, and they are all the rage. Although they tend to be pricey shoes, brands such as BP of Nordstrom have come out with styles that are not so expensive and won’t break the bank. There are two things that make these shoes so popular:

  • They are so versatile. Whether you are running to class, or heading in for an internship, you can put together such a trendy and cute look. They can look laid back or dress an outfit up.
  • There are many styles. If you want to go for a more feminine look, there’s embellished styles. They have bows, sparkles, embroidery and even unique colors. You can choose between slip on loafers, or a full on shoe. You can choose to have a flat or even a heel. Even though it is a popular look, everybody can have their own spin and take, through the type of shoe they pick.

Because of all the options available with this this shoe, it can be difficult to put together a statement look. Because of that, I have chosen a few loafer-centered looks that I personally like.

Look 1: By wearing loafers that are colorful, you can add a pop of color to a plain outfit. By pairing them with jeans and a cute, but simple top you can focus on the trendy and oh-so-cute shoes you have on.

Look 2: If you are looking for incredibly comfy and laid back, I would go for a pair of slip on loafers. Pair them with a sweater and a messy bun, and you are ready to go! Just grab a coffee and you are prepped for a day at the farmers market or even a day of shopping.

Look 3: If you are getting ready for an interview or are heading to the office you can pair these shoes with almost anything in your closet. I suggest pairing them with either nice jeans or slacks, and a blouse. To achieve the ultimate power woman ensemble, add a tailored blazer over the top and you are ready to kill it at the office!

A shoe that I thought would was for just my grandparents has once again made a comeback and I am loving it! As I get ready to head into the business world, but am not quite ready to give up my laidback look, these are just the shoes for me!

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Living with Demons 101

As someone who has never had the pleasure of enjoying their own room, I feel it is safe to say that I am somewhat of an expert on living with roommates. Just in the past three years alone, I have had a grand total of eleven different roommates. At one point, there were three of us in a room smaller than your average Taco Bell public restroom. While some of these roomies became in friends, a lot more of them fueled anger and passive aggressive sticky notes.

Here are my top three tips to survive those roommate nightmares.

Tip #1: Good Headphones

Sometimes, you get real unlucky and end up rooming with someone who snores like your dad after a really good Thanksgiving meal. Like a broken lawnmower, like twenty airplanes starting up at once, like a gentle avalanche amplified a million times. Now, there’s nothing you can really do, unless you feel like a daredevil and actually want to break the news to your roommate that you hate them because their snoring kept you up all night. So, my big tip here is headphones and a good white noise playlist. My favorite so far can be found here.  .

Tip #2: Voice Your Complaints

If you don’t speak up for yourself, no one else will, duh! If you are like me, and avoid confrontation at all costs, try voicing your complaint through a nice little sticky note. Last semester, I had this problem where someone kept taking my sponges from the kitchen. One day, I could wash my dishes, and the next, I couldn’t. After I had lost four sponges to this monster, I left a bright pink note that said “please stop stealing my sponges” with a cute little sad face. Just like magic, my sponges never disappeared again.

Tip #3: Don’t Be Small

When the going gets rough, the tough doesn’t roll up into a ball and let demons step all over them. Or however that saying is supposed to go. Either way, you get the sentiment. Do not make yourself small just to accommodate others, and do not let them walk all over you. Because, they will if you let them. This is the most important tip to living with demons. Also life in general, which is full of other types of monsters.

Here’s to hoping you never get stuck with any demons. If you do, just remember that a lot of us have been there. And if you decide you don’t like my tips, just hang out with a friend, where you can both complain about your own monsters.

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