Foodie Finds: Livery

Happy Sunday! So just like I started out the summer with a Foodie Finds I am ending it with one as well. For my last night home in Indy I went out to dinner with my parents to Livery in downtown Indianapolis. My parents had been there before and had nothing but good things to say so I knew I needed to try it. Livery gives a fun contemporary twist on Latin American cuisine. We decided to order off of the Devour Indy Menu. As a part of this we each got to pick a starter, main course, and dessert. We went with the chicken and queso empanadas and a shrimp ceviche. The main courses consisted of a chicken and a beef tamale, and ribs and jicama. Dessert was out of this world with two small plates of churros and an apple flan. I am so content that this was my last meal in my hometown. It was not only great food but an unbelievable atmosphere. There was an incredible upstairs outdoor bar that I’m planning on having my 21st birthday at now (that’s how much I am IN LOVE with it). It was an over all flawless experience filled with great food, my parents who I literally don’t know how I could love them more, and an amazing atmosphere. SO thankful I got to experience this place as my last hoorah and will DEFINITELY be back again. Highly recommend 10/10.

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My LOVELY mother enjoying the atmosphere and sipping on her marg!! How cute is she?!

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XOXO Anna

Summer Wrap Up: One Week Left

Heading into this summer I thought it was going to last forever. I had such an amazing first year of college but was ready for a little R&R in my beloved hometown. For the first time ever I had FOUR months to spend doing whatever I wanted, that is SUCH a long time!! Or so I thought. This summer has FLOWN by just as the first year of college did, high school did, and really just life in general (which is super scary by the way like OH MY GOSH). This summer has undeniably been one of the best summers of my life. I am continuing to learn so much about myself, more than I ever imagined I would in such a short time. I spent it with family and friends, went on vacations to places I’ve been and places I haven’t, had the internship of a lifetime (which I now will continue to work for as I head back to school, how cool is that?!!!), and made so many memories I will never ever forget. But inevitably I have reached the point in the summer where I am now ready to go back and see my people. All of my “home friends” have gone back to school and I am ready to take that 3 1/2 hour drive to the Windy City with all of my amazing new apartment decor and get back into my routine. I can’t wait to live with one of my best friends this year, have movie nights with all of my buddies, see my sorority sisters and CHAARG girlies, and get to know my city even better than last year. I know this year is going to be a good one. Stay tuned for all of my incredible adventures during my sophomore year!!

xoxo Anna

Enjoy my favorite parts and pictures of this summer!

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GYST DAYS: Getting Your Sh*t Together

Happy Sunday, friends!! I recently came across this on Pinterest and loved it so much I had to write about it. I have been doing something similar to this for a while now just without the creative acronym. As I am getting ready to go back to college this is exactly what I need. A “GYST” day can be described as one day in which you completely devote yourself to everything you have been putting off until now whether that is cleaning, taking care of yourself, getting in some extra work, or setting some goals. This list will be great for me as I move into my apartment in the next few weeks. You can do this whenever you want to but I always feel like Sundays are the best days as you can get everything ready for the week ahead. This way you have a clean slate and are ready to conquer the new week head on with nothing to worry about. I have always considered myself an organized person but even I do have things that slip through the cracks and need to be done. Hopefully you can customize this list to fit your needs and it will help you accomplish everything you need to get done and get back on track so you can be your best self.

#GYST DAY GUIDE

Categories

1. CHORES    2. BEAUTY    3. GOALS

Step One: Chores

organize items    clear clutter    wash bedding    clean out fridge

 sweep & mop   clean windows    water plants    make grocery list

garbage & recycle    clean bathrooms    dust     dishes    laundry    mirrors    vacuum

Step Two: Beauty

Hair             Skin             Nails             Extra

wash hair        get new razors        trim nails          whiten teeth

                                   hair mask    shave/moisturize      cut cuticles           self tan

                                  treatments         body lotion             file nails              wash brushes

                                   comb out           exfoliate                  clean nails            organize makeup

                                    blow dry           face/eye mask          paint nails

Step Three: Goal Setting

Set monthly & yearly goals

Set & establish long-term goals if you haven’t already

Plan out overdue tasks

Fill out planner or agenda for the week

Make an inspiration board or goal lists

Organize goals into week

Plan monthly budget

Plan week’s meal prep

Leftover work, homework, uncompleted tasks from the week

Final Step: RELAX

xoxo Anna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What You ACTUALLY Need For College

It’s back to school season so that means there’s only a few weeks until the college kiddos like myself head back. Last year when I was getting ready to leave for Chicago I was a nervous wreck about what to pack and how many of what and what I could and couldn’t live without. There are endless lists on Pinterest of what you need and don’t need to take with you to college. I am here today to tell you what you REALLY need. Because I definitely overpacked last year and you probably will too. And all of that EXTRA stuff is the LAST thing you need in that oh so tiny dorm room cramped with not only your stuff but also your roommate’s. So here it goes:

WHAT YOU ACTUALLY NEED:

Bedding

I got almost everything from Target

  • mattress topper
  • mattress pad
  • 2 sets of sheets (perfect for when you need to wash one set)
  • comforter
  • throw blanket
  • fun accent pillows

Bathroom 

  • at least 2 body towels
  • 2 hand towels
  • shower caddy
  • hair dryer
  • curling iron
  • straightener
  • shampoo & conditioner
  • face wash
  • makeup remover
  • razor & shaving cream
  • moisturizer
  • hair products
  • cotton rounds
  • makeup brushes
  • perfume..my absolute fave lately has been Laila by Geir Ness it’s slightly floral but a super clean & fresh scent
  • toothbrush & toothpaste
  • lotion
  • retainer
  • tweezers
  • deodorant..I’ve been going for a more natural one from Sephora the Lavanila vanilla summer with no aluminum
  • tissues
  • any medicines you may need..allergy medicine, cold, vitamins, etc.
  • Kopari coconut sheer oil (I’m obsessed! Use my link to check out their AMAZING products!!)

Electronics

  • laptop & charger
  • extension cords
  • surge protector
  • calculator
  • chargers
  • speaker
  • batteries
  • headphones

Storage

  • storage bins
  • desk organizers
  • closet organizers

Cleaning

  • clorox wipes
  • paper towels
  • trash bags (I just use left over target bags)
  • laundry basket or bag
  • laundry detergent..really recommend the Tide pods!
  • hand soap
  • trash can
  • dish sponge & soap

Dining

  • mini fridge
  • microwave
  • keurig & k cups
  • mugs
  • cups
  • brita water filter, I used the pitcher
  • ziploc bags
  • paper plates
  • silverware
  • reusable water bottles

Desk

  • lamp
  • printer
  • printer paper
  • tape
  • stapler
  • scissors
  • writing utensils

Another BIG tip I can give is to REALLY try and think about what clothes and how many to bring. I WAY overpacked and wore maybe half of what I brought with me. Think realistically. You won’t really wear that dress to class, you’ll wear sweatpants.

Once you have all of the essentials it is super fun to customize the room to make it your style. I had a big picture collage made, some string lights above my bed, and different wall art. I also had a ton of framed pictures on my desk of my friends and family from back home.

Moving away to college is SUCH a fun, exciting, nerve wracking, exhausting, and scary process all in one. Don’t make it any harder by bringing stuff you don’t need and taking up space you don’t have.

Good luck to all of the bright and talented people heading into college you will do amazing!!!

xoxo Anna