Tips for Incoming Freshman During Quarantine

There is a lot of uncertainty about the coming months, but if you’re anything like me, you’re just trying to take it day by day. I can’t imagine how incoming freshmen are feeling right now, but I do know that you have been given a gift of time. There are a few things I recommend doing during this quarantine to prepare for your fall semester and hopefully build excitement for what should be an exciting time!

Make a headboard for your dorm room
Crafting has been a huge trend during quarantine, so why not work on a project you can enjoy all year? I made my own headboard for my freshman year dorm and junior year sorority house room. You can read my post here.

Shop the sales
I’m all about shopping the sales, and right now there are some you can shop for things you’ll likely need in your dorm room. The Container Store, Target and Pottery Barn have been running consistent sales recently and will likely have more specials throughout the summer. It may help to purchase some necessary items like a laundry bin and desk hutch while everything is still in stock — you get to pick what you like! Here are items from The Container Store I use in my room at school.

Set up labels in your school email
My life would have been much easier freshman year if I had started organizing my inbox earlier! As a college student, you will get a lot of emails. Whether it’s from professors about classes, the university or any organization, you’ll likely want a system to keep everything organized. I know classes have not started and you have not joined any organizations yet, but I recommend going ahead and making labels for the classes you register for now so you’re ready when emails start to flow in on that first week. I like to color code my labels using the same colors as my planner too.

Map out your room
For me, this was one of the most exciting parts about moving in to the dorm! My mom found the dimensions of my dorm room on the university’s housing website. We used that to make a smaller scale drawing and played around with different layouts of my bed, desk, bedside table, rug and cubby storage. This made move-in day much easier knowing where everything was going and that each item I brought had a place. I did this with my junior year room too and it saves so much time and energy of moving things around.

Start deciding which clothes you’d like to bring
This is always the part of the packing process that takes me the longest. You won’t need all your clothes at school and will likely want some new clothes when you get there. It may seem early, but take a look in your closet and maybe start putting things to the side if you don’t think you’ll want it at school. You may even find some clothes that can be donated in the process!

I know this is a challenging time with so much uncertainty, but I hope this gives you a bit of inspiration to build some excitement toward this fall. With some extra time on your hands, hopefully these tasks will make the move to college a bit easier. 


Monday Mix: Loose Summer Dresses

Posting this week’s Monday Mix on a Wednesday because the days all seem to run together right now, ha! I’ve been in a comfy dress phase recently. As I prepare to spend more time at home this summer, I was hoping to find a summer version of a sweater/leggings look: comfy but still somewhat put together. 

I purchased three out of the four dresses in this mix at some point over the past few weeks and now am excited for the weather to warm up a bit more. I love dresses normally because they’re easy to throw on and wear for so many occasions. These four checked my boxes for cute, comfy and loose-fitting to help feel dressed up with no place to go.

Have you been shopping recently? What are you shopping for?


Monday Mix: J. Crew Finds

If you haven’t heard, J. Crew sadly filed for bankruptcy this morning. I love J. Crew’s timeless and classic pieces that are versatile for numerous occasions. Their website has some great sale items right now, so today’s Monday Mix is all J. Crew products!

This beautiful dress is a great color for spring and summer. Pair with some nude heels and some statement earrings and you’d be ready for any special occasion. 

This light pink sweater is the perfect pastel color for that transition from winter to spring. I love a turtleneck sweater, and it would be easy to dress up with ankle pants and mules or dress down with jeans and slip-ons.

Headbands are all the rage right now, and I love the pattern on this one. Such an easy way to make second-day hair look nicer!

I’m dreaming of swimsuit weather and a trip to the beach. I love this navy suit with the rickrack detailing. 

If your quarantine wardrobe consists of day and nighttime pajamas, you might want to consider this cute set. I have a similar blue pair and love how lightweight they are.

What are you snagging at J. Crew before they’re gone?


Mother's Day Gift Ideas

They say time flies when you’re having fun, but I think the same could be said of time during quarantine. It’s hard to believe that it’s almost May, which means Mother’s Day is just around the corner! With a little over a week to find a gift, I wanted to share a few ideas. Some are very quarantine specific but can still be loved beyond these weird times.

Liba Shiatsu Neck and Back Massager Pillow with Heated Balls + Hot and Cold Terapy Neck Wrap: Sitting at a desk at home all day can be hard on the neck and back, and I think we’re all likely carrying around some tension these days. Either of these would be a great gift for helping mom relax a bit!

Nantucket puzzle: Puzzles are a fun way to pass the time during quarantine, or really anytime. These pretty photos turned into puzzles are all of Nantucket and would be fun to do with mom.

Burt’s Bees Hand Cream + Tula Butter Hand and Nail Cream: Anyone else’s hands super dry from constant washing? These creams are timely and nice to have, global pandemic or not.

Evelyn Henson face masks: The future is face masks. These Evelyn Henson masks are pretty and perfect for the summertime.

Face massage roller: I have an ice roller and it’s one of my favorite things. This face massage roller is a step up and helps relieve tension while cooling the skin. Talk about the best of both worlds.

Personalized stationery: These pretty notecards are timeless and always good to have on hand. Love that you can personalize them too!

Acrylic stir sticks: How fun are these stir sticks?! Perfect for quarantine happy hour.

Printed dish towels: I didn’t know dish towels could be so pretty. You also can wrap them around a bottle of wine as a cute wrapping.

Yeti: Yetis are always a great go-to gift. Currently $25 on Amazon!

Monogram zipper wallet: With not many places to go, mom likely doesn’t need her whole purse. Love all the different print choices for this personalized wallet!

What are your suggestions for a great Mother’s Day gift?


Tips for E-Learning and Working from Home

Anyone else feel like they hit a slump while studying or working from home? I felt pretty productive toward the start of quarantine but hit a slump about two weeks ago. I was not getting much done and found it hard to stay motivated. I like to consider myself a highly motivated person and wanted to get out of this funk ASAP!

I changed my routine a bit and wanted to share what helped me maximize my day better. Obviously, times are crazy right now, so there will be different strokes for different folks. I hope that this may help some of you too!

Schedule your day by hour
At the beginning of the week, I like to schedule out my week and look at the deadlines I have coming up. I schedule chunks of time to work on each assignment, test or even just random to dos. This helps me feel like each hour has a purpose and I can see when my day will end. While my days at school felt very long, I have made my quarantine days closer to 9-5, which opens up my evenings to just chill out with my family or Facetime with friends.

Write a to-do before starting your day
Anyone else love the feeling of crossing things off your to-do list? It’s one of my favorite feelings, and I found that writing these to-do lists helps me feel more accomplished at the end of the day. I write down activities I do daily anyway like replying to emails because I love looking at the list and feeling like it was a productive day. I recommend doing this first thing in the morning to help start on the right foot.

Drink lots of water
I have been drinking much more water at home, partially because refilling my glass gives me a reason to stand up and take a short break every once and a while. Being stationary all day has made me feel super sluggish, but drinking water helps me feel hydrated and not so bleh. It’s a super easy way to help yourself get a little break and keep your body happy.

Schedule breaks
When I map out my days, I make sure to incorporate time for a lunch break or even just stepping away from my computer. Whether its back-to-back Zoom meetings or taking a test, it’s important to step away and give your brain a break! I recommend giving yourself a time limit so that the break doesn’t go too long and you lose your productivity, but I have to admit I’m still working on this myself.

Get dressed
I love my PJ sets and would stay in them all day if it meant my productivity didn’t see a dip. But even just putting on leggings and a sweater help me feel a tad bit more ready to get something done. I totally recommend embracing the quarantine wardrobe, but suggest an outfit that’s a step up from PJs ;).

What are your tips for staying motivated and finding a groove in these weird times?

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