Thursday, December 9, 2010

To Lift a College Girl's Spirit During Finals Week

One thing that I should have been told before I started college: DO NOT MAJOR IN BIOCHEMISTRY!
It is finals week.  The week that looms over you the whole semester, and dreadfully puts a damper on my favorite month of the year.  Five finals to go...woohoo!

Pittsburgh Updates:
The Steelers beat the Ravens...13-10...thanks to my beloved #43.
One week until Pat is home!
Today's high was 21 degrees. 

Have you ever had brief moments in your life, where you look back on decisions you have made and wonder...why? Let me compare North Carolina blue skies to Pennsylvania wind, ice, and clouds.  This week really has made me miss the south.  I don't remember the last time I was warm.  (Please excuse my negativity, I promise it will go away after finals) 

However, for the girls who are also struggling through the final challenges of the semester, I have created something to lighten the mood.  Looking back at when I was a college freshman, there are a few things that I wish I had been told before the school year started. One of those things, is to always be prepared for the elements.  Whether that be, keeping to your schedule, the weather, or keeping track of your student ID card...there are some key items that make every college girl's life a great deal easier.  

This Polyvore Set is a must have list of what has helped me survive college:

The North Face 'Denali' Recycled Fleece Jacket (Big Girls), $99
Sperry Top-Sider Women's Bluefish Boat Shoe, $79
Sperry Top-Sider 'Pelican' Tall Rain Boot (Women), $68
Vera Bradley Laptop Backpack in Night and Day, $98
Coach Madison Leather Wristlet
Juicy Couture "Pedigree Jelly" Watch, 35mm, $195
Silver and synthetic pearl earrings, 35 GBP
Fairisle Winter Fur Trappr Hat - Black/Grey, 20 GBP
Red Micro Frill Umbrella, 10 GBP
Black Club Master Sunglasses by Ray-Ban, 82 GBP
"Lilly Pulitzer" Thermal Mug - Coral Me Crazy at Lilly Pulitzer, $16
Bling > Artisan Square Red Glitter Bling Frame | Making Memories: A..., $1.99
Girl's new arrivals - shoes - Girls' ribbon fleur ballet flats -..., $63
Vera Bradley Zip ID Case in Very Berry Paisley in Clothing &...

The first item on the list is a North Face fleece jacket.  These are great for fall, winter, and early spring.  You will find them popularly worn at late fall college football games usually paired with team colored scarves.  This jacket will be put to good use.

Sperry Top-Sider Boat Shoes can also be worn in any season.  They look great with jeans, shorts, skirts, and certain dresses. Convenient, Classic, Comfortable. 

Rain Boots, are an obsession of mine (if you couldn't tell). They have great traction, and can be worn in the snow just as easily as in the rain.  Once again, convenient fashion statement that gives you a free range of individuality through the colors, heights, and styles of the boots.

Vera Bradley Laptop life saver! It is such a preppy staple, but has enough room to fit a whole days worth of books, flash cards, pens, and has a secret protective compartment designed to help you tote your laptop around insuring it's safety.  

Coach Wristlets are essential for nights out.  I have found in my past that I am very skilled at losing things.  Wristlets allow you to keep your IDs, money, lipstick, cell phone together while fashionably keeping it attached to your wrist.  

Walking into class late is embarrassing.  Professors also tend to frown upon tardiness.  Watches are a cute daily accessory that keep you fashionably on time. 

Umbrellas. Unique and keep you dry.

Lilly Pulitzer thermal mugs are adorable! The definition of preppy! They allow you to stay environmentally friendly by reusing them daily, they come in many different cute Lilly patterns, and most importantly they encourage caffeine intake... necessary for surviving college!

Ballet flats come in all colors, designs, fabrics, patterns...they are comfy and perfect to wear with any outfit.  

A pair of black pumps are great to have in your shoe collection because regardless of the color or event, a pair of basic black heels will be frequently used.  

Finally, the last item I will comment on...the zip ID case by Vera Bradley.  These are life savers! Mine has been used for my school ID, a few important other cards, my dorm keys, and my car keys.  They are easy to attach to bags, have a plastic covering that allow you to see whether your ID is in it or not, and are the greatest thing if you are just walking to the Cafe.  

Good luck with finals to mentally prepare myself for another night of books. 


kjo said...

hey girl! question are you a phi mu? I noticed that you use a lot of quatrafoils.

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