Where Have I Been?

 

IMG_209B80FEEB1C-1.jpegWow. It’s been a long time since I’ve sat down to actually write a blog post! So what has happened? Before starting school, I thought I had my whole blog planned out through October. I had pictures ready and content planned out. Nothing was written, but I was more than ready to knuckle down and crank out at least a post a week, if not two.

But then college hit me. I was completely unprepared for the amount of time I would lose to studying, classes, extracurriculars, and social obligations. This past semester has been one big, long, learning experience that I have been so grateful for (more posts to come about the specifics). I thought I had perfected time management and was on top of everything happening in my new, crazy life. Boy was I wrong! My blog started to slip through the cracks. Even when people would ask about it, I kept brushing it off in my mind. It wasn’t until recently that I realized how much I missed it and how important it is to keep up with.

I don’t know how consistent I’ll be able to post, but my plan is to use last semester as a learning experience and as a way to figure out how to fix my timing and incorporate this blog into daily life. My goal is still to expand and improve and I know I can only do that if I put in the time and energy and make it a priority,

Sorry for the abrupt reentry into the blogging world. Rest assured, this post will not be the last time you hear from me. My plan is to restart consistency this month and continue as I return to school in three weeks. Bear with me as I navigate the life of a college blogger.

xo Carolyn

 

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My Favorite Way to Exercise

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I am not consistent with working out at all.  It is a major struggle.  I go through spurts where I’m all in and workout super consistently for a few days (or a month if I’m really good) and then I just stop.  Currently, I’ve been working out consistently and am trying to find a way to make it stick.  If you have any recommendations for keeping consistent motivation for working out, leave them in the comments below!

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Whether I’ve been working out regularly or am in a workout dry spell, there’s one thing I love doing-yoga!  I did ballet all through elementary and middle school and I think I’m reminded of that when doing yoga.  The flexibility and leg strength involved pushes me enough to feel the workout days later.

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In Ohio I’ve gone to 3 Sisters Yoga Studio and at home, I use the P90x3 yoga video.

I’m not the best at yoga but it’s a fun way to workout!  The stereotypes can make yoga seem like a relaxing experience, but not if you make it hard for yourself!

xo Carolyn

Everyday Curls

 

IMG_9F8D84DFABF2-1.jpegMy hair is naturally textured so curling my hair is generally a lot easier than straightening it or doing anything else!  My hair also holds curl really well so how I curl my hair might not work as well for people with thinner or naturally straight hair.

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What I Use:

Before curling, when my hair is still wet, I use this Aveda heat protectant.

I like to use a wand and have been using this one since Christmas.

I prefer this hairspray because it’s super light and keeps my hair from getting crunchy but if your hair doesn’t hold curl as well you might need to use a stronger product.

I recently tried a curling trick I had seen on the internet but didn’t believe actually worked.  Come to find out…it does!!  It probably works better for me now that my hair is longer and it has become my goto!

All you have to do is put your hair in a high ponytail and curl small sections.  I then take my hair down and do touch-up curls where I need!  But if you have shorter hair, or more layers this technique won’t work.

My other method is to curl the hair in layers.  I section off the bottom layer and curl 1in sections away from my face on both sides.  I repeat the process until the bottom layer is done and then move onto the next layer.  If you want the curls to be more relaxed you can hairspray them right after curling and then brush through your hair at the end, creating bigger curls.  For beach waves I recommend curling small sections and in different directions, not just all away from the face.

I love curling hair because curls can be dressed up or dressed down depending on how you style your hair! Let me know if there are any products you love for your hair or if you have any questions!

xo Carolyn

Miracle Hair Product

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I have tried SO MANY different hair products.  My hair is always my primary focus when I’m getting ready and because it’s thick and textured, most of the time I don’t wake up with it looking perfect.  When I need a quick fix, many times I use sea salt spray.  But the issue with salt spray is that your hair ends up crunchy or sticky and you aren’t capable of changing it up later in the day.  Thus, most of the time I resort to lots of heat.  I blow dry, straighten, or curl and basically ruin my hair.  Of course I use a heat protectant but that much heat every day takes a tole on the hair.  That’s why I was so so so happy to discover this product!!

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Phytodefrisant Straightening Balm is by far the best product I have every used in my hair.  And I’m not exaggerating in the slightest!!  All you have to do is put it in wet hair and if you want, you can be done!  My hair dries so smooth and straight just letting it air dry!  The product is also super light and doesn’t make my hair feel heavy or weighed down whatsoever.

But that’s not all!!  If you don’t want to air dry, the product also works amazingly well when you blow dry!  The label says it’s heat activated and I believe it!  After using a blow dryer I barely have to go back through at all with a straightener!  There’s no frizz, no fuss, and it takes hardly any time at all to make my hair look great!

Yes, it is called a straightening balm however I’ve used it and then curled my hair and get super big and loose curls that hold.

I would recommend this product to anyone looking to get gorgeous hair with no fuss!  Waking up for early classes and not having to worry about how my hair is gonna look has been a blessing in college!

xo Carolyn

Phytodefrisant Straightening Balm

P.S.
This post was not sponsored.  Everything I have said has been my own opinion without any prompting by the company.

My Travel Bucket List

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I love to travel and there are many places I want to explore!!  Moving forward I know I need to take advantage of every travel opportunity that comes my way!

Here are the places I would like to visit at some point in my life (in no particular order):

  • Greece

  • NYC

  • Iceland

  • Texas

  • Australia

  • New Zealand

  • Nantucket

  • Martha’s Vineyard

  • Maine

What are some places you want to go in your lifetime?

xo Carolyn

How I Relax (without technology)

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Sometimes decompression is necessary.  After a long day of getting work done or running around, an hour or two of rest can feel so good!  I have certain goto ways to decompress that have so far worked wonders!

Read//

I’ve made a couple posts about books I enjoy (this one and this one) so clearly reading is a good goto for me!  There are so many books out there that you can decide if you want some light fluffy reading or something more serious or thought-provoking.  Depending on my mood, I like to mix up the books I read.

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Knit//

My grandma taught me how to knit and it’s so relaxing!!  I like to knit while listening to music (preferably the John Mayer Pandora station) with a nice cup of tea next to me.  Once you get the hang of knitting, the repetitive motion let’s your mind wander and you it’s such a good decompressor.

Card Games//

A good card game can fun!  Especially if it doesn’t get super competitive and is just a fun way to relax.  It does involve finding someone else willing to play but if you can do that, you’re golden!

Life can get busy and work can get hard, but finding ways that allow you to relax without pulling out your phone or turning on the tv can work wonders on calming down the mind.

How do you like to relax?

xo Carolyn

Summer to Fall Outfit Ideas

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We’re now in that awkward in-between season where all I want to do is wear fall sweaters, jeans, and boots but can’t because the temperature still reflects summer.  Luckily I’ve found ways to incorporate some of my favorite fall pieces into more summery outfits.

Jeans//

Typical skinny jeans are too hot but these distressed jeans are perfect paired with summer tops!  Jeans can also be a super easy go-to for nights out in the late summer!

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Top (concert tee)// Jeans//

Jean Jacket//

A wardrobe essential, jean jackets can work in every season.  Paired with a summery dress, the jean jacket adds a touch of fall even during warmer days.

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(I know I’m wearing leggings in this picture, the day it was taken it was kind of cold.  But the jacket still goes great with the dress and the dress is summery)

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Fall Colors//

Sometimes just pulling out darker reds, navy’s and greens can make a summer outfit feel more like fall.

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Sweater (old)//

Fall is my favorite season so I feel no shame in trying to make every end of summer outfit more fall-like!  Are there any pieces you like to start adding in at the end of summer?

xo Carolyn