Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lilly Pulitzer 2015

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I was recently browsing the Lilly Pulitzer website and fell in love with so many of their looks - the colors and prints are getting me excited for spring. I picked my four favorites, but you should all definitely go check out the website for more! All of these would be perfect if you're going to a nice dinner or resort over spring break this year. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Guest Post: Alex from The College Life Stylist

Hi readers of Lauren Rose! I’m Alexandria (Alex) and I run a blog called The College Life Stylist. I pretty much talk about any problem in college that I, or someone I know has faced, and how I go about my daily life surviving college.

College is a lot more than just class, and a lot of people don’t realize that! If you don’t get good grades in college, and you’re a full time student, people will always question why. Why didn’t you do well if your WHOLE job is JUST school?!

Well, I’m going to answer this question today.

What people don’t get is that college life has morphed from being just about school, to being about pretty much everything a normal adult would have to deal with AND being a full time student.

Being a student with a part or full time job has gone from being uncommon, to being the norm. Right now I am taking 17 credits (which is not that much for our generation), I run a blog, and run a small web design business. And I’m applying to on campus jobs because the income from my business isn’t enough right now. This can be a lot to handle, but we handle it in the most ridiculous way: multitasking.

Our generation is known for our multitasking powers, but that is (in my opinion) our biggest flaw.

Recently I’ve been adapting a simpler way of organizing and maintaining my life. As the semester and my business have been picking up, I’ve been having major anxiety about how unorganized my life seems to have become. But I realized, it wasn’t unorganized, I was just trying to finish a lot of major projects at once.

I am a huge fan of breaking projects up into smaller parts to tackle them, but I had so many small parts that I was jumping from subject to subject really quickly. It was overwhelming to have so many different thoughts flooding my brain at the same time and not being able to just sort through them before I need to do something else.

My new method of daily organization is breaking up my day into large chunks, and using that time to focus on one project- I call this Block Spacing. These chunks of time are usually between 1:30-2 hours. Having this larger block of time to focus on a singular activity or academic subject allows me to spend time thinking about and working on it without distracting myself.

If you want to learn more about how I block out my schedule click here!

Thank you for letting me guest post today, Lauren! And If you try block scheduling and it works for you let me or Lauren know in the comments!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Ways to Treat Yourself

1. Buy yourself flowers - you don't need a boyfriend or husband for this! Flowers make me smile, so buying them for myself to put on my desk is an easy way to make my room brighter and me happier. 

2. Face Mask - This one is my current favorite. I like to use it while listening to my favorite music; it feels like my own personal spa and I feel so much better after.

3. Getting your nails done - whether I paint them myself or get them done, there is something so relaxing about the process of painting nails. This is my go-to when I am super stressed or need a break.

4. Splurge on yourself - it's true that money doesn't buy happiness, but it does buy temporary happiness! I really want the Naked 3 palette, so this is what I would buy at the moment if I wanted to splurge on myself.

5. Take yourself on a coffee date - going to Starbucks and getting an iced coffee is one of life's little pleasures for me. I probably do this one a little too often - but it is a way that I like to treat myself!

It's no news that life can be extremely stressful sometimes. Whether it's a job with deadlines, college (or school in general), friendships, relationships...the list just goes on and on! It's important that in between all of this we take time for ourselves. I know when there is a lot going on, I feel like I am my last priority, but even just taking a little time to do something small that makes me feel better goes a long way. These are some of the things I like to do - let me know what yours are in the comments!