Radio 104.5 Birthday Show

Hey people! Last weekend I went to the Radio 104.5 Birthday Show day one and I wanted to tell you all about it! I’ve been to a few concerts before, but this was my first time ever attending any sort of music festival and although it wasn’t as crazy or exciting as Coachella or Firefly, it was still pretty cool!

I didn’t have great seats, I was actually on the lawn so I wasn’t close at all. Still, I found this just as satisfying as a typical general admission concert because I always have such a hard time seeing past people’s heads, and at least on the lawn I had a clear view of the stage. Unfortunately, it was a poor day for a concert. It was raining all day and was extremely muddy and chilly. I missed a lot of the performers, but I did get to see Fitz and the Tantrums, the 1975, Empire of the Sun, and Bastille.

Fitz and the Tantrums sound amazing live, literally identical to the album. I really enjoyed the performance and honestly just listening to Michael Fitzpatrick’s voice. Their performance of Handclap was awesome and overall, they kicked the concert off to a great start for me.

I’ve seen the 1975 twice before, but honestly seeing them live just never gets old. Matty Healy is so entertaining to watch with his unique dance moves and cigarettes on stage. They performed all of my favorite songs EXCEPT my all time favorite, Robbers. I was extremely disappointed. Still, I was surprised and excited they performed Heart Out because I wasn’t expecting that. Although I like the 1975’s second album, nothing quite tops their first.

Empire of the Sun had to be my favorite performance by far. Seeing them perform a few songs actually felt like a tease and now I’m determined to go to one of their concerts. They are by far the most entertaining. I already love their music as is, but they really do have a performance for each song. They have dancers and smoke and costumes, and basically to sum it up, this performance was definitely the most visually stimulating. I would highly recommend trying to see these guys live.

Bastille was also great live and I got to hear them sing Flaws which I was super excited about. Unfortunately, by this time I was sore and cold and tired and did not make it through the entirety of Bastille’s performance which was disappointing. What was even more disappointing was I didn’t get to see Kings of Leon at all!! (sad face) Still, I had a great time at this concert and definitely got my money’s worth despite the rain, mud, and being so far from the stage. I had a great time and I can’t wait for day 2!

Summer Bucket List

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Summer is on its way and I’m more than ready for sun-kissed skin and crazy summer nights. It’s time to take a break from all the school work and kick back with some friends and try out all of those cool Pinterest recipes you just didn’t have time for during the school year. Summer goes by in the blink of an eye, so instead of sitting at home bored and alone, why not try something new? Here is your ultimate summer bucket list!

1. Read 10+ books


2. Do yoga on the beach


3. Host a bonfire


4. BEACH!!


5. Watch the fireworks on 4th of July


6. Go to a music festival


7. Get tan!!!


8. Get funnel cake at a carnival


9. Ride a ferris wheel with a cute boy


10. Meet someone new


11. Ride a roller coaster


12. Do something that has always scared me


13. Go night swimming


14. Make popsicles


15. Hit up a few yard sales


16. Go on a nature walk


17. Go to a barbecue


18. Go on a picnic


19. Play mini-golf


20. Star gaze


21. Stay up all night with friends


22. Eat s’mores


23. Tie-dye a shirt


24. Have a paint fight


25. Go on a waterslide


26. Get a tan tattoo


27. Bake cupcakes


28. Eat ice cream


29. Watch the sunset


  1. Make this summer the best one yet!


You worked hard this year and you deserve a break. Enjoy this summer and spend time with the people you love. Most importantly, make this summer one you can look back on with great memories you created with even greater people.

6 Things I Miss About Being Home

Time spent away at college makes you appreciate the little things even more when you visit home. As fun and exciting as college is, there are some things I really miss. I love college, but every once in awhile I find myself feeling a little homesick and really missing these seven things.

1. My dog- Probably the thing I miss most about home is my favorite little companion, my pup. My dog is my best friend and the cutest little cuddle buddy. The first thing I ask when I call my mom is, “How’s Sadie doing?”

 

2. My mom- Although we argue most of the time, I truly miss my mom more than anyone. I miss our nightly talks at dinner and gossiping to her about the drama going on in my school and at her work. I miss being able to tell her about anything and everything going on in my life and seeing her face every day.

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3. My own room- In college, you are almost never alone. Privacy becomes a true blessing when you have a roommate. Don’t get me wrong, having a roommate can be cool, but everyone still needs their private time. It’s the little things I miss, like being able to make a phone call without anyone overhearing, or being able to study in my bed. It’s easy to get distracted in an environment where you are constantly surrounded by people.

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4. Home cooked meals- Dining hall food gets old really fast. Not only are you eating pretty unhealthy, but you’re also eating the same greasy pizza every day. College will make you appreciate your mother’s cooking so much more than you thought you ever would.

 

5. My car- Just as soon as you get your license, the privilege of driving is taken away from you. Being stranded on campus really sucks sometimes, and things like Uber can be kind of expensive. Word of advice: If you can, bring your car on campus.

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6. Clean bathrooms- If only I could take a shower without wearing flip flops, and if only the the toilet seats didn’t have pee on them. It’s honestly just really hard to feel clean when your shower is infested with drain flies.

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As awesome as college is, there are just some things I didn’t appreciate enough at home. Everyone gets a little homesick at times, but still, I wouldn’t trade my college experience for anything.

31 days of self love

Loving yourself is important, and sometimes a lot us struggle with. Happiness stems from acceptance and love for ourselves. We cannot depend on others to make us happy, and we cannot force others to love us. However, we can love and take care of ourselves and our own well being. I challenge and encourage you to complete these 31 days of self-love, and to hopefully take a step further to love and acceptance.

Day 1: Write out your feelings. Write about what makes you happy and unhappy. Write about what you love about yourself. Write about something you need to let go. Let it all off your chest.


Day 2: Post a picture that makes you feel pretty.


Day 3: Wear your favorite outfit.


Day 4: Cook yourself a big, healthy breakfast full of your favorite fruits.


Day 5: Take a long bath with lavender oil.


Day 6: Watch a movie that makes you laugh.


Day 7: Put on a face mask and paint your nails. Pamper yourself a little.


Day 8: Stretch. Do some sun salutations in the sunlight.


Day 9: Forgive yourself for a mistake that you mad.


Day 10: Talk to someone who makes you smile.


Day 11: Belt out your favorite song as loud as you can no matter who’s listening


Day 12: Write down all of your dreams and aspirations and set goals toward achieving them


Day 13: Pick up a book you’ve always wanted to read


Day 14: Organize your closet, strip your bedsheets, clean every corner of your room till it is sparkling.


Day 15: Go to bed an hour earlier than normal


Day 16: Wake up early and watch the sunrise


Day 17: Try a new food


Day 18: Call up an old friend you haven’t talked to in awhile


Day 19: Do something you enjoy


Day 20: Make a conscious effort to be more positive


Day 21: Stare in the mirror and list 5 things you love about yourself today


Day 22: Spend the day outside. Go for a walk. Sit in the sun. Enjoy the beauty around you.


Day 23: Listen to new music


Day 24: Dye your hair the color you’d like


Day 25: Buy yourself flowers and watch them bloom


Day 26: Realize that you should be doing things for yourself and not for others.


Day 27: Lie in the sunshine and daydream about life.


Day 28: Buy yourself a new dress and go out with your best friends.


Day 29: Fill in a coloring book.


Day 30: Bake cookies. It’s okay to treat yourself every once in awhile.


Day 31: Reflect on what makes you happy. Continue doing things and spending time with people that make you happy. And remember, most importantly, to love yourself every step of the way.

Easter 2017

This Easter was a very hard day for my family. If you keep up with my blog or my life in any way, you know I lost someone very special to me back in August. My step father passed away suddenly, and this year his 43rd birthday fell on Easter.

I’m not going to say I had an awful day full of tears. Yes, of course there were tears, of course it was an extremely unfair day and it made me think about how unfair and cruel this world is. Not a day goes by where I don’t think about this, and wish he were still here. But still, today was Easter and one of the few days of the year I am home with my family and friends, so I had to embrace  it.

I didn’t do much on Easter, although I really wish I could say I did. I don’t have any cute OOTD pictures or anything. I was dressed comfortably in a tank top and shorts with my glasses on and a pair of old flip flops.

I dyed eggs with my mom which was a lot of fun. I haven’t dyed eggs since I was a little girl so that was nice. I had my best friend come visit and we got to catch up for the first time in 5 months since we go to different schools. I spent some time with my dogs and brought them to the local dog park. All around, the day wasn’t anything exciting, but it was still a pretty good day.

Yes, it was an extremely sad day, but I am forever grateful I got to spend a few days back at home with some of my favorite people. I’m always happy to be back with my mom and pets and all of my childhood friends. The day was very relaxed and much needed.

I hope you all had a great Easter this year!

Easter Dresses: $40 & Under

Still looking for a dress for Easter? No worries, I composed a list of __ dresses that are perfect for Easter and won’t break your budget.

Forever 21:

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Buy it here for $19.90

Urban Outfitters:

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Buy it here for $19.99

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Buy it here for $29.99

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Buy it here for $29.99

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Buy it here for $39.99

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Buy it here for $19.99

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Buy it here for 29.99

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Buy it here for $39.99

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Buy it here for $39.99

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Buy it here for $29.99

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Buy it here for $39.99

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Buy it here for $29.99

Lulus:

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Buy it here for $13

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Buy it here for $32

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Buy it here for $34

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Buy it here for $39

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Buy it here for $38

Tobi

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Buy it here for $40

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Buy it here for $39

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Buy it here for $40

Missguided

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Buy it here for $35

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Buy it here for $38

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Buy it here for $19

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Buy it here for $29

red-lace-trim-cold-shoulder-skater-dress

Buy it here for $29

blue-tie-sleeve-v-bar-bardot-skater-dress

Buy it here for $38

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Buy it here for $27

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Buy it here for $14

Charlotte Russe

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Buy it here for $36.99

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Buy it here for $29.99

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Buy it here for $26.99

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Buy it here for $29.99

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Buy it here for $32.99

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Buy it here for $34.99

Story Prompts

For all you creative writers out there, I wanted to write a post a bit different. Instead of my typical fashion or life posts, I thought I’d give you a story prompt idea. Something I don’t really post on here is any sort of creative writing, and you probably don’t know I actually love creative writing. If I have the time, I enjoy writing short stories or poems. In college, I take a few creative writing and poetry classes which I enjoy, but sometimes inspiration just doesn’t strike. While creative writing is fun when you have an idea, sometimes it’s quite hard to find inspiration. That’s why I wanted to provide all of you writers out there with inspiration.

Story prompt ideas:

  1. Write about a broken watch, a smelly pair of underwear, and a little girl named Amber
  2. Write about a One Direction concert, a glass of chocolate milk, and a stained tee shirt
  3. Write about a lost dog, a dead bird, and a box of tissues
  4. Write about green nail polish, a pair of glasses, and a cell phone
  5. Write about an expensive eye shadow palette, a notebook, and a camera
  6. Write about a wine glass, a picture frame, and deodorant
  7. Write about a bra, a box of #2 pencils, and an invitation
  8. Write about a ticking clock, a date, and a missing sock
  9. Write about a school dance, a jar of Nutella, and a stalker
  10. Write about fresh flowers, a toilet, and breakfast

I really hope this gave you some sort of idea/ inspiration. Let me know if you liked this post and if you’d like more writer inspiration! Thanks for reading!

 

 

March Faves

March is coming to an end so I thought I’d do something I haven’t done in a long, long time- a monthly favorites post! If you guys like this post, I’ll start doing making monthly faves more often so please let me know what you think!

Here are my March faves! 🙂

Beauty:

I have three big things I want to discuss. The first is Smith’s Rosebud Salve. Inexpensive, moisturizing, and pretty much a staple for my lips. It’s still pretty cold around where I live, so everything is still very dry. My lips dry out so fast in the cold air, and I find this to be the best way to keep some moisture.

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Another product I’ve been loving which I discussed in my self-tanner reviews is my Tanceuticals Self-Tanning Body Lotion. I love this because of the smell- not only does it not have that stinky self-tanner smell, but it actually smells good. Not to mention it is the perfect shade, as it’s dark, but not too dark to look fake. And it is probably the only self-tanner that doesn’t cause my acne prone skin to break out. If you’re into self-tanner, I highly recommend giving this a try.

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My last product is my Maybelline New York Eyestudio Master Precise Ink Pen Eyeliner. I don’t believe in spending an excessive amount of money on eyeliner. For one thing, I could never afford it because I wear cat eyes almost daily and pens never seem to last that long. This eyeliner is inexpensive, and it’s very easy to create a sharp wing with the felt tip. It has been my Holy Grail of liquid liners.

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Music

I have got to mention my latest song obsession because this song is going to be huge soon and I’m calling it now. The song is called There’s a Honey by Pale Waves and it is the catchiest, most relatable song ever and I am obsessed. I’m also seeing Pale Waves perform this summer and I cannot wait! Check out the song here! Fun fact: the song was produced by the 1975, and if you know anything about me, you know I’m obsessed with the 1975! I’ve seen them twice in concert, plus I’m seeing them again this summer. I guess it only makes sense for me to be obsessed with this song!

Others

I’ve been really into Instagram lately, not that I haven’t always enjoyed Instagram, but I feel myself becoming more and more addicted. If you’re interested, you can check out my Insta here along with other sites I’m obsessed with such as the Odyssey (my other blog), Bloglovin‘, and Poshmark.

But yeah, that pretty much sums up my monthly favorites! There aren’t too many things on my list for this month, but everything that did make the list has been my absolutely and utter obsession. If you liked this post, let me know and I’ll make another one for April! Hope you all enjoyed this post and hope you enjoy the rest of your spring! Thanks for reading!

xoxo Andrea

 

Favorite Childhood toys

Alright so I’m cleaning out my closet and attic in hopes for a yard sale, and I’ve encountered some of my old childhood toys, so I thought I’d share some with you guys. I was a toy hoarder. Basically when I’d find a style of toy I liked, I’d go all in and collect as many as I can. I went through many phases as a kid and I have so many toys to reminisce. Let me know if you collected any of these toys as a child either.

One of my first, and most basic, phases include my passion for stuffed animals. I loved stuffed animals. I mean to be quite honest, I still love stuffed animals. They’re just so cute and decorative and my heart warms any time someone gives me one as a gift. But my obsession when I was younger was real. I had stuffed animals all lined across little chairs in my room. I had bunk beds and the top bunk was literally full of stuffed animals. Like you couldn’t see the bed at all because there were so many of them. My two favorite stuffed animals I still have today. My one favorite was my first ever stuffed animal and it is a little blue and green rhino that I named.. wait for it.. Rhino. Wow, I was so creative! In my defense I don’t even remember naming it, and I got the stuffed animal literally as soon as I came out of the womb so. Whatever. My dog chewed off his ear once and I was really devastated, but my grandmother sewed it back on so no worries. Rhino’s been through a lot but he’s survived. My other favorite stuffed animal is a stuffed bunny named Beatrice. This bunny was my great grandmother’s and when she passed away I was given the stuffed bunny. I wasn’t close to my great grandmother or anything, but I really cherished the bunny when it was given to me. Not to mention it’s the cutest little bunny ever!!

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Another intense obsession I went through was Bratz dolls. Yes, I had a ton of Barbies too and I dabbled a bit with My Scene, but Bratz were my thing. Not gonna lie, they totally freaked me out at first with their big heads and attachable feet, but they grew on me. I liked that there were multiple characters and they all looked really different. And I liked their clothes because it was very risqué and my six year old self was totally into that.

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Another phase I went through was the Littlest Pet Shop phase and I still have a box of them underneath of my bed. I even had the Littlest Pet Shop Nintendo DS game because they are just so cute. OMG how I loved these things. My collection grew HUGE! It got to the point where I had so many that I had a list of all of their names because I couldn’t remember. And then I got so overwhelmed by having so many and not knowing which ones to play with that I just stopped playing with them all together and moved on to the next toy. What a rough life for a nine year old. Being too overwhelmed by how many Littlest Pet Shop Toys you have. I really had over 100, plus several different play houses.

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OMG speaking of play houses, I totally forgot about Sweet Streets. Like I seriously forgot that was a thing. Probably because that obsession happened when I was super young and then they kind of went extinct. Sweet Streets had to be one of the coolest toys though because they all came with their own little houses. That’s such a great toy invention! I used to set up all the houses outside and create my own little Sweet Streets neighborhood. There would be homes, a hotel, a dog salon, a ballet studio. Honestly shout out to whoever made Sweet Streets because they were one of the best toys to ever exist.

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I also went through a very brief Pixel Chix phase. If you don’t know what a Pixel Chix is.. then I don’t know what to tell you because it’s pretty self explanatory. It’s basically a pixel girl living in a house. It’s so cool it’s like having a virtual friend. Until you don’t play for three days and your Pixel Chix gets mad at you and moves out and a new one moves in. That really personally offended me was I was a child.

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Another phase was a common one for children, and it was the Webkinz phase. These little stuffed animals cost $12 because they were so popular, and now they’re so irrelevant you can buy them for $1. Webkinz were the hottest toy to have when I was in the 4th grade. I had a bunch and I loved playing online and decorating their homes and interacting with other Webkinz users. I believe Webkinz is what started my internet addiction, and I regret nothing. Except for maybe buying 20 of them.

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The last toy obsession I had would be Build-a-Bears. Yes, Build-a-Bears and Webkinz fall into the stuffed animal category, but these are so much more specific and different. Webkinz are different because they have a code to register online and interact with other users. Build-a-Bears are different only because they are stuffed animals you make yourself. Making the stuffed animal myself made me feel so much closer and more bonded to it, even though it’s an inanimate object. I loved stuffing it and putting its little heart in and picking out a sound and outfit, and then making its birth certificate. My fifth birthday party was at a Build-a-Bear because yes, apparently they also do birthday parties, and I was given a Build-a-Bear pillow for all my friends to sign and I still have that pillow sitting on my bed today. After that birthday party, my grandmother took me to get a Build-a-Bear for my birthday each year up until I hit about ten or eleven. I think Build-a-Bear is such a cute idea for children and unfortunately, the one near me closed so I cannot go to one anytime soon, but it’s a place I would still go to because the stuffed animals really are so adorable. I’ll always love you, Build-a-Bear.

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This was really enjoyable to look back on all the toys I loved as a child and reminiscing through all of my phases. I’m sure I’ve forgotten many toys I went through obsessions with so I definitely hope to make a part two of this in the future. If you enjoyed this and had any of these toys as a child, please let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!

Date Night

A few weeks ago I had another date night and I never posted about it! I really just want to show you the dress I wore because I LOVED it! Here are some pics~

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I bought this white dress from Missguided and I had to be reeeally careful because it’s pure white and lace-y. This is a size extra-small, but I got the bottom tailored a little bit because it was baggy and almost to my knees and I prefer a short, tight fit. My heels are super old, I’ve had them for ages. I believe I bought them from Burlington Coat Factory. They are pretty basic, 6 inch red heels. I like this pair because although they’re very high, I still find them comfortable and easy to walk in.

If you like this dress you can find it here.

Shoes that are very similar to mine can be found here.

Date night was a great time as usual, although getting dressed up I have to admit is probably my favorite part! Hope you guys enjoyed this post- I have a few more formal events coming up this month that I can’t wait to post about! Stay tuned! 🙂