What’s Trending: How to Keep Up With Trends as a College Student

There’s nothing better than the start of a new season. Fall is my favorite since the weather is cooling off and there are always tons of new trends to try. As a college student, it can be hard to keep up with the newest trends every season and drop tons of money on an entire new wardrobe. That’s why I like to pick up one or two items every year that are a little trendy but interpreted in a classic way so I can wear them for a long time. Today, one of the season’s biggest trends is plaid, and I wanted to share how an item can be worn in and out of the season to make it the most versatile.

Kate and I are linking up today talking about trends and how to dress for trends as a college student with a limited budget. Whether that’s picking one trend and getting one or two fast fashion items or opting for inexpensive accessories to supplement pieces you already have, there are so many ways to make trends work for your budget.

I bought this plaid skirt from Urban Outfitters and while it can be described as trendy, I wanted to make sure I was get the most bang for my buck. If I’m going to spend money on a new trend, I might as well make it practical, right?!

This skirt can be worn all four seasons, as shown below. I wore it in September in New York City when I was desperately wishing for fall but it was still 80 degrees out. Recently, I wore it with a leather jacket, tights and boots since it’s finally fall! See how I styled it for both seasons below.

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If you’re a college student, how do you stay on trend without breaking the bank? Let me know in the comments below and don’t forget to check out Kate’s post, too!

Guide to Philadelphia

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After an amazing freshman year and great start to sophomore year at Drexel, I can really say that Philly feels like home. I have come to love this city so much more than I ever thought I would. I have always been a New York girl, and don’t get me wrong I still love it dearly, but Philly is a truly wonderful city. In my opinion, it’s the perfect place for college because being situated right in University City is a great balance of city and campus. We’re a quick walk away from Rittenhouse Square, Center City and South Street, and a quick subway/ Uber ride from Old City, Fishtown, and so many other wonderful Philadelphia neighborhoods.

COFFEE

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Coffee at One Shot in Northern Liberties
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Brunch at Luna Cafe in Old City

There are so many coffee shops in this city that I love. Two of my best friends have a coffee instagram, so every Friday we go out and try a new coffee shop! A few of my favorites are Rival Brothers Coffee, One Shot, Konditori, Bluestone Lane and of course, Saxby’s.

EAT

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There are so many restaurants I truly love in Philly, I don’t even know where to begin. I’m going to break it down by meal, because I have to share all of my favorites… I just can’t narrow it down. Please comment with any questions about the restaurants— happy to share!

Brunch

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Avocado Toast at Little Spoon Cafe on South Street
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Chocolate Chip Pancakes at Sabrina’s Cafe in University City
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Vegan Waffle w/ berries & cream and an almond milk latte at The Tasty in South Philly
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Breakfast Sandwich on a Croissant w/ fries at Ants Pants Cafe on South Street.
  • White Dog Cafe (University City)
  • Parc (Rittenhouse Square)
  • Little Spoon Cafe (South Street)
  • Sabrina’s Cafe (University City & other locations)
  • Ants Pants Cafe (South Street)
  • Green Eggs (Center City/ Gayborhood)
  • Luna Cafe (Old City)
  • The Tasty (South Philly)

Dinner

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Rigatoni Bolognese and Pizza at Capofito

 

  • Buddakan (Old City)
  • Pietro’s (Center City)
  • Capofitto (Old City)
  • The Dandelion (Center City)
  • Distrito (University City)
  • Pod (University City)
  • Nomad Pizza (Center City & Old City)
  • Gran Cafe L’Aquila (Center city)
  • Giorgio on Pine (Center City)

Dessert

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Waffles & Wedges at a Food Truck Festival.
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Birthday Cake Pop at Lil Pop Shop in Center City
  • Lil Pop Shop (Center City & University City)
  • Capogiro (Old City, Center City, University City)
  • Franklin Fountain (Old City)
  • Waffles & Wedges (Center City)
  • Beiler’s Donuts (University City & Reading Terminal Market)
  • Federal Donuts (University City)

TO DO

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Walking around Rittenhouse Square

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  • Magic Gardens
  • Reading Terminal Market
  • Old city/ Historic District
  • Spruce Street Harbor Park
  • LOVE Park
  • Rittenhouse Square Park
  • The Fabric Workshop & Museum
  • Barns Foundation
  • Philadelphia Art Museum (and Rocky steps)
  • Elfreth’s Alley
  • Schuylkill River Walk
  • Shopping in Center City

I didn’t want to make this post too long, but please feel free to comment with any questions or shoot me an email! Always happy to share more about the city I love.

Have you ever been to Philly and/ or tried anything on my list? Let me know in the comments! 

 

Midterm Motivation

It’s Week Five here at Drexel, so we are in full blown midterms season. Quick side note for those wondering how I can already have midterms when I *just* moved back to school— Drexel is on the quarter system so we have 10 week quarters as opposed to semesters, so things move fast around here! Classes are going well so far and I am pushing through midterms but wanted to share some midterm motivation for all my college gals today! Hopefully these graphics will inspire & remind you of all your greatness and the amazing things you can achieve #girlpower

Since being at school, I’ve really missed my yoga studio at home that I had been going to for the past month or so before I moved back to Philly. This may sound corny (I didn’t truly believe it until I tried it) but I really miss all the positive energy of my yoga instructors. Each and every one of them were so wonderful and uplifting, so hopefully this post can be your dose of positive energy for the day!

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I had to include this one just because I think it’s so funny and true. If you’re in phase 3 or 4, remember that it will all work out in the end! 

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What sayings or mantras do you like to read when you need some motivation? How is your semester going? Comment below!  All pictures via Pinterest.

Fall Fashion Inspiration

We are well into October and I am so excited to finally start dressing for fall. It is no doubt my favorite time of year. This year I am particularly excited because there are so many great trends I am eager to try. Today I wanted to round up some looks that have been inspiring me lately as we enter fall!

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Maybe it’s just me, but I love the “effortlessly chic French girl look” and will definitely be trying to capture that in my outfits this season. I thought this picture was adorable and I love the way she layered her sweater with the blouse. And those boots are amazing!

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Wrap dresses have been super popular lately and I’m dying to get one for my fall wardrobe. They are so flattering and can easily be dressed up or down. I love the fabric and color of this one here, it’s perfect for a fall dinner party or something!

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I always love Julia’s outfits, and this one is no exception. I have been seeing tons of emerald green and this silky midi dress is simply beautiful.

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I am not sure I am quite ready to embrace the flared jeans look yet, but this street style star is totally rocking it. I love that her jeans are a little cropped with frayed edges because it gives an updated twist on a classic silhouette.

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This isn’t a fashion trend necessarily, but I have been loving velvet bows lately… As belts, hair bows and everything in between! It puts such a classy and elegant touch on any outfit. I am trying to grow my hair out a little bit and I cannot wait until it makes a nice ponytail so I can add a velvet bow.

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Plaid is another huge trend for fall, as usual. I usually see it in flannel tops, jacket linings and scarves/ ponchos, so seeing these fun statement pants were a nice update to a seasonal classic. The colors and size of the plaid make it so that while they are a bold statement, they are also a classic neutral that can be worn by all.

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Last but certainly not least, I love a good fall floral! I love everything about Julia’s dress. The beautiful fall colors, the silky fabric and pussy bow necktie. This picture doesn’t show it, but it’s actually a midi dress… another one of my favorite trends of the season!

What has been inspiring you this fall? Comment below! All pictures via Pinterest

Healthy Eating for the Unhealthy Eater

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Ok, you caught me. I don’t love eating healthy. I never crave kale. I (usually) don’t choose salad over pasta. If there were no consequences, I would eat carbs for at least 2/3 meals per day. After going away to college for a year and being responsible for my own meals (under the guise of a university meal plan- ick), I realized that I feel like crap when I eat crap. Especially since I was using a meal plan, even when I was eating healthy, the ingredients weren’t always the best and I just didn’t feel great. Being home this summer and having access to a fully stocked kitchen (thanks, Mom and Dad) where I can cook (and eat my mom’s cooking), I have been feeling so much better. And by better, I mean more energized and just overall good

Eating healthier makes me feel great, even though I’d much rather be eating donuts all the time. Since I’m living in an apartment at school this year, I have been experimenting in the kitchen all summer to come up with some healthy meals I can make myself at school. I look for the balance of healthy and something that tastes good. Just because I’m eating healthy doesn’t mean I want to sacrifice eating the things that I like! I won’t be hoping on the Paleo, gluten free, dairy free train anytime soon. But I still like finding ways to have that balance and maybe eat healthy all day, then have a nice bowl of ice cream for dessert.

Today I want to share a few of my favorite things I’ve made this summer. All of these pictures were taken with my phone with the idea in the back of my head that I’d use them for a future blog post- so they’re not all the best quality. Most of these salads are things I just throw together based on what we have in the fridge on that given day and I love continuing to experiment and add new ingredients! Some of them are kind of similar/ repetitive so for that I apologize but I am a creature of habit and know what I like, I guess 😉

The salad at the beginning of the post is one of my favorite summer salads, especially with fresh Jersey tomatoes. This salad is perfect when I want pasta because it has all the essential Italian ingredients: tomatoes, mozzarella, balsamic and basil pesto! This is a spinach salad with grilled chicken, diced tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and Israeli couscous with basil pesto and topped with balsamic glaze. One of my tips for the unhealthy eater is create a mix of things you love with something new/ healthy that you might not like. For me, that was this salad. I love mozzarella cheese and tomatoes, but didn’t used to like spinach. By mixing things I liked with the spinach, I was able to work the new ingredient into my meals. Now, I eat spinach no problem and it’s just like any other green.

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Another Italian meal, are you surprised? This one is a variation of avocado toast, something I’ve been having at least 3 times a week this summer. It’s just a piece of whole grain toast with mashed avocado, a little bit of lemon juice, then topped with mozzarella cheese and cherry tomatoes with a balsamic glaze drizzle. I put the piece of toast over a bed of arugula for some extra greens (and because that’s how my favorite restaurant for avocado toast does it, too).

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I also love Mexican food, so I like to make at-home burrito bowls! We make these for dinner a lot, so this was just leftovers. I had a bowl of cilantro lime rice (just white rice with chopped cilantro and lime juice- it tastes just like chipotle!), homemade pico de gallo, homemade guacamole, grilled chicken, black beans, corn, grilled chicken and cheese. If you want to be even healthier, you can use brown rice instead.

 

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And yet another Mexican-inspired bowl! This one is actually from one of my mom’s cookbooks, though. It’s a Turkey Santa Fe Taco Salad. It’s supposed to have an avocado creama, but I just sliced up some avocado instead. I put it over quinoa and added some shredded cheese. The turkey taco salad has ground turkey, black beans, tomatoes, onions, cilantro and corn. I also ate this later in the week as a burrito!

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This was a quick lunch I just made that was arugula, tomatoes, corn, avocado, black beans, quinoa and grilled chicken with some balsamic dressing! Nothing super exciting, but yummy & all the protein keeps me energized all day long.

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This is probably the most boring bowl in the list, but I wanted to share everything I’ve been eating recently, so here it is! Also, I liked it because as I was chopping the pepper, it made a heart, so naturally, I *had* to take a picture. It’s just greens, quinoa, grilled chicken, corn, red & yellow peppers, avocado and greek dressing.

I hope this post was somewhat helpful and inspires you to try something new in the kitchen this week! I am by no means an expert on eating healthy, but these are a few meals that I like it make. I’ve notoriously been a picky eater, so I’m trying to branch out and try new things. These are all very well within my comfort zone and in the future I am going to start trying new ingredients and recipes.

I am always all ears for new recipes, especially since I’m doing my own grocery shopping now for my kitchen in my apartment (can you tell I’m excited about living in an apartment this year?!). I am super close to Trader Joe’s, so if anyone has any special recommendations or favorite things to get there, let me know in the comments!

What are your favorite ways to eat healthy? Do you like this new kind of post and if so, is there some other wellness content you’d like to see here? Comment below! 

Fall Layers

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This is one of my favorite outfits lately. It’s so easy to throw on and perfect for fall days where it’s chilly in the morning and warm in the afternoon. It’s kind of a weird concept, but I love my sleeveless turtleneck from Madewell. It’s a great layering piece and looks good with so many jackets, cardigans and necklaces. I bought it last winter and it has since become a staple in my wardrobe.

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A few of my friends got me super into enamel and button pins and putting them on my jacket. Right now, they’re on this thrifted denim jacket I’m wearing here, but once it gets a little colder out, I’ll probably switch them to my faux leather jacket (it’s a few years old and was very inexpensive or else I would never poke holes in it!). It adds a fun element to an otherwise simple outfit, like mine, and lets your personality shine through.

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The pins on my jacket are also special because so many of them were gifts from friends. One of my favorite pins is pictured above. It’s a typewriter that says “create something new” and my friend got it for me (from our favorite bookstore— The Strand!) because she knows how much I love blogging and writing. It was such a thoughtful gift and I love wearing it on my jacket everyday. My roomie also got me the “Erase You” pin (pictured below) after we both admired it while shopping together. She is one of the people who got me really into putting pins on my jacket, so I love wearing a pin she gave me!

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Adding pins, buttons and patches to denim jackets, or really anything, has become super trendy lately. I think part of the reason is that for so long, fashion was about conforming to the trends and having the specific name brand bag in a certain color and fitting in. There has been a shift in the industry and now many consumers and industry veterans are tired of that and want to stand out and make a statement with their outfits. Adding fun elements with a pop of personality ensures that your denim jacket will look nothing like anyone else’s.

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There are so many places to get enamel and button pins, but a few of my favorites are Etsy (so many unique ones on there- it’s where I found my Iris Apfel pin!), The Strand Bookstore in NYC and Madewell. Urban Outfitters also has a huge selection as well. If you are interested in starting to add some pins to your jacket, bag or anything else, I would recommend starting slow. Buy a pin or two as you see them, instead of ordering them all at once. It becomes a fun little treasure hunt and when you find them, it’s a nice way to treat yourself with a little something without breaking the bank 🙂

Have you ever DIY-ed something in your closet? Let me know in the comments below! 

At This Moment… vol 2

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I wrote a post in this format about a year ago and randomly remembered how much I liked it, so figured I’d do another one! You guys really seemed to like August’s EDIT/ more chit chat format, so I hope you guys will like this too. Let me know what’s going on with you at this moment in the comments below, or in your own blog post! If you blog about it, be sure to share the link with me on Twitter or Instagram!

Enjoying… the final moments of summer. I (finally) move back to school this week!

Drinking… lattés. A staple in my diet, but now that’s well into September I’m back to hot versus iced. Enjoying our Keurig Rivo while I’m still home!

Loving… the color yellow. Read about it in my last post.

Reading… Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I watched the show when it came out a few months ago, read a few of Moriarty’s other books, then decided it’s finally time to read it.

Wanting… More goodies from Glossier. I have more of their products than I like to admit (exhibit A and exhibit B) but I’m dying to try a few new lip colors and the priming moisturizer rich. Use this code to get 10% off your first purchase!

Excited about… Fall! It’s my favorite season. The chilly temperatures (hello, sweater weather!), back-to-school, pumpkin flavored everything, Thanksgiving… I just love it.

Listening to“Galway Girl” by Ed Sheeran. I don’t know how I didn’t know about this song until now- it’s so catchy. I’m obsessed!

Watching… Gossip Girl. I totally got caught up in all the 10th anniversary media and started re-watching it a few weeks ago. #noshame

Wearing… My new necklace from Madewell. I’m obsessed with it and it’s perfect for layering!

Be sure to let me know what’s happening at this moment with you in the comments below or in your own blog post!