Follow Me Around: A Rainy Weekend In ChiTown

These past few weekends my friends and I have been in a bit of a rut and definitely not taking advantage of this incredible city and all the super cool neighborhoods it has within it. With only 6 weeks left of school we had to make a change. This weekend was a weekend for celebration as three of my friends have birthdays this week. We started off Saturday morning exploring Andersonville only 3 stops away on the red line. We enjoyed an early lunch at Hamburger Mary’s and walked around town looking at all of the little shops. Later that night we had a big group celebration at Cheesecake Factory and ate way too much food. Sunday morning we went to brunch at Wildberry Pancakes to finish off this super fun and busy couple of days.

Saturday: 

11:20 am Andersonville – Hamburger Mary’s

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12:30 pm Andersonville – Candyality

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1:00 pm Andersonville – Women and Child First Bookstore

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4:00 pm-7:30 pm In between this was my initiation ceremony into Alpha Chi Omega but that stuff is secret so shhhhh 😉  officially a member!!

8:00 pm Downtown Chicago – Cheesecake Factory

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Sunday: 

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Happy Sunday xoxo Anna

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6 Tips To Becoming A Morning Person

morning personEveryone wants to be a morning person whether it comes naturally to them or not. Waking up can be hard. Believe me, as a full time student, I know this feeling all too well. The world just seems too dark and cold when we could be curled up in our cozy beds. But the feeling of waking up early and getting a productive start to your day is far more rewarding in the long run. By embracing this extra time you allow yourself to slowly ease into the day so you can put your best face forward. Here are some of my favorite tips that work for me:

1. Plan your day the night before.

Almost every night before bed I write down a list of things I would like to get done the next day. I list them in order of importance so when I wake up I have my list and I can just get started. Checking things off is a great motivator for me to keep going. Of course things happen and my list might change a little, but having them all written down is a great visual to keep me on task.

2. Make your bed right away.

You’ve heard this one a million times by now. This seems like a silly one but really can make all the difference. As soon as you wake up and hop out of bed, just make it. This way you won’t be as tempted to crawl back in and can get started on what you need to accomplish for the day. Pros argue that if you begin your day with a small, completed task, then it feels easier to accomplish even more things going forward.

3. Get moving.

Whether it’s going for a walk or a full gym workout I always find a few extra endorphins in the morning never hurt nobody. Working out first thing in the morning sets tone for your whole day. It always puts me in a good mood and gets it out of the way! Also they are an excellent way to reduce stress and not have to worry about trying to force your way into the 5 P.M. gym rush.

4. Drink a big glass of water.

Drinking water is so so so important especially after a full night of sleep. Our bodies often wake up dehydrated so it’s crucial to fit in a big glass first thing in the morning to jump start our metabolism. Set a goal of drinking a big glass of water in the morning right after waking up—before downing a cup of coffee, before grabbing a bite to eat, before taking a shower—before anything. Make it a part of your usual morning repertoire to avoid feeling sluggish or tired.

5. Natural light.

Open the blinds! I know that bright morning sunshine isn’t always the first thing our eyes want to see but I promise it will help you get moving and lift your mood.

6. A good breakfast.

I don’t care what people say, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. It doesn’t have to be anything super fancy but make sure it’s relatively healthy and something that can sustain you until lunch time. Having breakfast leads to better memory and improved attention skills and who wouldn’t want that?

Happy Sunday XOXO Anna

 

 

Get Ready With Me: Airport Edition

The airport is honestly one of my favorite places to be. Even through the hustle and bustle of all the people, security (TSA Pre is my saving grace), and getting to your gate on time, I find a weird sense of peace. I am about to get on a giant plane and be thousands of feet in the sky either going some place new or somewhere I may have been dozens of times. How cool is that? I can watch movies, read a book, or my favorite option, catch up on some sleep. Just a few hours without your phone or other distractions to yourself not having to worry about if someone texted you back or what has been shared on social media (unless you pay for that overpriced terrible wifi which I don’t recommend). During my time at the airport I obviously like to be as comfortable as possible, because although I do enjoy my time in the air, those seats couldn’t be any more unpleasant.

I often use these few hours (especially because I often fly in the morning) to go makeup free and let my skin breathe a little. But if I do end up wearing something this is what I typically go for, a natural dewy look:

 

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What’s on my face: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance, IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream in Light, Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Opal, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Taupe, Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara, Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

As far as the rest of my look goes I keep it super casual with a lot of neutral colors, leggings, graphic tees, sweatshirts, and slide on shoes. My new favorite travel accessory is my new carry on luggage by Calpack!! It is the perfect suitcase with a hard and durable exterior in this gorgeous white marble. It also has 360Âș wheels that make it much easier to maneuver.

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Happy Sunday and safe travels,

XOXO Anna

 

 

 

 

What’s In My Carry On Bag

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As I am currently packing for the first spring break of my college career, I thought it would be fun to share with you guys some of the things I pack in my carry on bag when I am flying. This list varies based on the time of year and usually what I’m loving at the moment but generally consists of the same basic things. I try to keep this bag light with only things I know I will use and not just filling it up for the sake of having certain items. Here is what I pack and why:

Laptop This is most crucial to ensuring a boredom free flight experience. I’ll have movies and tv shows downloaded, or if I’m really desperate I may even do some homework.

Book I really do love reading despite what the dusty textbooks in my dorm room might reflect. I always try and bring at least one book with me on every trip I take because honestly when else am I going to get to read it? There’s no better time than when you are up in the air for hours at a time with sketchy not to mention expensive in-flight wifi. If I don’t feel like reading along with a physical book in my hands I also am a big fan of listening to audiobooks or podcasts. They help the time fly and make me feel better about how I am spending my time.

Notebook I love writing as you may have picked up on at this point. So whether it’s a simple to-do list or some new blog post ideas I always like to have something to write in.

Snacks The peanuts and pretzels can only last for so long. I typically throw a bar of some sort in for a quick pick me up when I need an energy boost. Kind Bars are some of my personal favorites, limited ingredients and super yummy.

Socks This is really depending on the weather and I typically throw these in during the warmer months when I’m not already wearing socks. It always gets a little chilly up there so it’s nice to have some cozy socks to keep those footsies warm and toasty. And although it’s not pictures above I like to bring a light jacket for the same reasons. It’s chilly, people.

Headphones I feel like these are pretty self explanatory, I’ve gotta be able to listen to my tunes somehow.

Glasses, makeup remover wipes, facial mist & hand cream I put all of these into one category because they are all used for the same purpose. The air up there can be extremely drying to your skin and even eyes. I try not to wear makeup on the plane so right before we land it’s nice to use a makeup wipe just to freshen up my skin along with the facial mist to keep it hydrated. My glasses are there in case any problems happen with my contacts or my eyes just need a break. These are also great if I want to take a nap (which is most flights). Hand cream, or any lotion is also just a staple to have to keep those hands nice and soft, along with anywhere else that needs a little TLC.

Happy Sunday! XOXO Anna