Wednesday, April 16, 2014

On Being Happy

These last two weeks have been a serious test of my abilities with all the different things going on in my life. At the beginning of this semester of school I knew I was taking on a lot between a load of hard classes, a job as an NYU admissions ambassador, and a new internship. Most weeks it all goes together easily, but then there are weeks like the last two where everything happens all at once. 

With two midterms and a paper due, an incredible project with my internship, as well as a busy week for admissions ambassadors as we prepared for NYU's main accepted student weekend I was getting less than five hours a sleep a night (I usually need 7-8 hours) and my stress level was hitting a maximum. I started to question whether doing everything was worth my weekends being filled with work instead of having time to explore the city on a beautiful spring day. 

Luckily, as of yesterday my schedule has calmed down a lot. I'm saying goodbye to not enough sleep every night and I'll be spending this weekend celebrating the Easter holiday with brunch and time with friends. Of course looking back on a few stressful weeks it always seems less stressful than it actually was, but what I realized was that the stress was worth it.

Even with my long list of to-dos that kept getting longer while I was working for the admitted students days over the weekend I was still so incredibly excited to get the change to talk to prospective students and tell them why I love my school. Even when I was studying for class or working on projects for my internship at 1am with a class at 8am the next morning I still loved what I was doing. Yes I was tired and in serious need of sleep, but the excitement never left. 

I'm definitely happy to have a few calmer weeks on the horizon that will allow me time to relax and see friends, but wouldn't give up anything I've been working on these past weeks. Each and every thing that I work on makes me happy and that's what makes them worth it. 

What do you all think of being busy and happy? It is all worth it?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Shop: Spring Picks

My friends know that my favorite color combination is the all American red, white, and blue, but this spring I've been turning to softer versions of these colors. A pale baby blue and soft coral are the perfect color combination for spring. Of course I always have to add in a little bit of a black and white stripe to an outfit!

I've had the craziest week and today and tomorrow are going to be just as busy! Look for a fun outfit post and another post about what's been going on in my life later on in the week!

Have a happy Monday!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Outfit: A Pop of Color

 {American Eagle jeans (similar), Forever 21 flats, Silence + Noise blazer, Target tee, Urban Outfitters scarf}

It's really truly spring in New York and the flowers are blooming! When I walked into the courtyard of my residence hall and saw these beautiful flowers I couldn't have been happier. I've been switching out my regular blue jeans for summery white jeans a lot recently, but of course my love of black will still always come through. Pairing an easy tee with a blazer and scarf was the perfect look for class on a sunny and beautiful day. I love the pop of color and pattern that the scarf adds to a simple outfit!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Save vs Splurge: Sunglasses

I've been trying incredibly hard recently not to spend money. While I won't say I'm on a complete no shopping regimen I've been not to go into stores or online shop as much. For someone who loves shopping this can be incredibly hard. Luckily, knowing that saving money know will let me have more money for studying abroad in the fall is a good motivator. 

However, there are a few things on my must-have list and one is a pair of sunglasses. I'm not a sunglasses person, but they are a necessity living in the city since the sun can become blinding in the summer. I've been looking for a fun but classic pair of sunglasses and have come to love 'Clubmaster' style that Ray Ban has. The $150 price tag is a little a lot more than I want to spend though, so I've been on the hunt for more options. 

What do you all think about sunglasses? Is it worth it to splurge and buy the Ray Bans?

Monday, April 7, 2014

Will Fashion Magazines Last?

The launch last month of Porter Magazine has recently made me think a lot of about the value of a monthly (or bimonthly magazine). For those of you that have bought Porter, or though about buying it, you know it costs $10 to pick it up at newsstands. I definitely felt some sticker shock when seeing the price of the magazine last month when the first issue came out, because seriously who pays $10 for a magazine?

What I didn't think about though was the true value that fashion magazines these days have. I know I subscribe to and Who What Wear online, but there is something different about waking up Saturday morning and spending time in bed just reading through a magazine. Long articles and truly beautiful printed photographs are missing on the internet and for me magazines still fill that void. So after going through all the rambling thoughts in my head I actually picked up Porter this month already knowing how impressed I would be with the magazine. 

Outside of Porter my go-to fashion magazines have always been Elle and Harpers Bazaar (I've also started reading Lucky more since Eva Chen took over!). Each of these magazines has sections that I look forward to every month and that is why I keep coming back to them. I've listed a few of my favorites above! With what is happening in digital media and publishing today everyone is questioning whether print magazines will be around for much longer. People thought New a Porter was crazy for starting Porter Magazine in what is seen as a 'dying' market. I believe, though, that fashion magazines offer something that isn't and can't be found online. 

What do you all think about fashion magazines? Do you have any favorite features that you wait for every month?

p.s Peachy Keen might not be all that active this week thanks to another round of mid-terms and a busy week of internship and admissions ambassador work. Wish me luck!