My Favorite Things: Corner Desks

Thursday, October 24, 2013

I moved into this apartment thinking I would never use a desk. My bed is my mecca; it's giant, tall, fluffy, and perfectly fine for homework.

I was wrong.

While I am still in love with my three-and-a-half foot tall bed, I have realized that it is not always conducive to getting work done...especially when there's Netflix. But with the small size of my room, I wasn't sure I'd be able to find a desk small enough to fit yet big enough to actually work for me. And then I stumbled upon the corner desk. I snatched it up almost as soon as I saw it because I knew it would be perfect, and it is. My parents found a chair, re-finished it for me, and voilĂ ! I have a work space!



It's been a long time coming, but I've finally found all the bells and whistles (monogram acrylic pencil holder, acrylic letter organizer, acrylic file holder, lamp) a girl could ask for and my desk is complete. And who doesn't like a personal thank you note for buying something? Thanks Mackenzie!

What is your work space like? What are your must-have desktop accessories?

Looking for some cute new additions? Take a look at Design Darling by Mackenzie Horan! 


XOXO,
Em

State of the Union: October 22nd

Tuesday, October 22, 2013



Autumn has officially settled down in Lincoln Park and the brisk air has forced me to put some things into perspective. I have a lot going on (naturally) and life is only getting tougher to juggle, but I can't make excuses for myself. I am a strong, independent, beautiful woman and that is enough. Midterms are over and I'm looking with bright eyes toward finals! Here are a few updates on my world:

going...to a seminar on preparing for Law School, even though I'm not convinced I want to go. I've always learned that it's best to keep your options open, so why not learn a little more about what it takes to make it in the American judicial system?


thinking... about Thanksgiving break and, well, Thanksgiving in general. Don't tell me you're not, because you are. Just imagine at all that delicious food, being surrounded by family and knowing you have your own comfortable bed to crawl into after the day is over

Photo from: therecipegirl.com

listening... to my new favorite band, The Neighbourhood. Just listen to his voice, I can almost guarantee you'll cave and buy their whole "I Love You." album too. Almost.



planning... my Halloween costume. I know, I know, I said I wasn't going to celebrate Halloween this year, but I just can't pass up the opportunity for a group costume. Sorry not sorry


wanting... these boots forever and ever. It's love.


Well that's where I stand right now. Where are you?

XOXO,
Em

What You Need to Know...Living with Girls

Friday, October 18, 2013



Living with other people was never really tough for me. I'd only lived "on my own" once and that was when I was still back home. But otherwise, I've always loved and even fought for living with others. My exchange students, my French sisters, my cabin mates at various summer camps...the list goes on. But living with two other girls in an apartment during my second year of college has proven a little more difficult.

They all say that too much estrogen in one household is catastrophic - I don't know how sorority houses do it. And while neither of my roommates nor I have ever considered ourselves to be very girly, nevertheless, we found ourselves dramatically balling our eyes out and talking about our feelings on the kitchen floor one afternoon. The fact remains the same.

We are all women. We are all moody. And on top of that, we are all stressed to the max with an overwhelming sophomore year course load.

After one giant heart-to-heart, we've all come to the conclusion that there are just some things we need to face that haven't needed facing before.

  1. Communication; this is the most important because everything that could possibly go wrong will stem from this. Talk, talk, talk! It's better to be bitter for a moment than upset for a week.
  2. Habits; everyone comes from a different background and it's tough sometimes to accept other people's habits since they may differ from your own house rules. Learn to accept them.
  3. Gestures; that smile, encouraging pep talk, or mug of hot tea says a lot more than you think. Your roommates are most likely your friends and if they aren't, they should be. Be there for them and know that they'll be there for you when you're trudging home from a long, defeating day!

Do you have female roommates? What advice would you give for getting along with them?

XOXO,
Em

Product Review: Mint.com

Monday, October 14, 2013

I never realized how different life is between your freshman and sophomore years of college until I transitioned from a freshman to a sophomore in college. Go figure.

I've dealt with a lot of adjustments, especially living in a city where I'm actually renting my first apartment instead of living in university housing. But I'm slowly learning to appreciate the skills it has given me. I will now be proficient in rent checks, paying utilities bills, having credit, and understanding the meaning of a budget before I even graduate!

Athough I'm taking this all with grace, I'm only twenty and I really was not expecting the mounting responsibility that I had to take. So I've enlisted the help of a budgeting website called Mint.com.



Mint allows you to create an account and sync up with your bank account(s), making budgets for whatever you might need (groceries, utilities, clothes, savings) based upon your income. Once you've set the limits for what you'd like to spend on each for the month, the site sends weekly e-mail updates on your spending - yes, it will definitely let you know if you have gone over-budget.

It has really helped me to realize the need for a budget and what areas I need to cut back on in terms of splurging and such. I could not be more thankful to have this loyal site by my side as I embark into adulthood and the world of deadlines with potentially severe consequences (hello, credit scores!)


What helps you stay on track financially? Have you used Mint.com before? 

XOXO,
Em

Playlist: Midterms

Saturday, October 12, 2013

The pressure has been on for the past month for me between tougher, second-year classes, the craze of recruitment, working for my university's newspaper, and my inevitably busy social life. My friends often ask me how I do everything and manage to stay (at least somewhat) composed. And my answer?
I have no idea.

Sometimes I wake up with a full plate of homework and deadlines to meet and I tell myself that this time it isn't going to work out. But then it does.
I suppose most of the reason I make it through is due to my biggest cheerleaders: my mother (she keeps me sane at my most frazzled moments), my Lilly planner/ iPhone 5 (putting everything in my planner AND my iPhone helps me to relax and see the big picture. I look at certain deadlines and determine when I will have time to do what), and my favorite playlist of the season.



  1. Sweater Weather - The Neighbourhood; This band is my current obsession. I just bought their album "I Love You." because it's really that good. I can listen to it when I'm getting ready, doing homework, cooking, or even just relaxing. 
  2. Tennis Court - Lorde; I cannot think of a better song to get me excited about doing homework.
  3. Safe and Sound - Capital Cities; It may be mainstream, but I can't help loving it.
  4. Counting Stars - One Republic; Okay, this one is actually very mainstream. But I am counting my lucky stars that I will get these papers written! 
  5. Let Her Go - Passenger; I like to take a nostalgic pause whenever this comes on. Look me in the eye and tell me it doesn't remind you of someone/somewhere. Yeah, that's what I thought.
  6. Stubborn Love - The Lumineers; A calm and collected melody is just what I want sometimes.
  7. Daughter - Youth; Sorry this is getting depressing but I just love her voice.
  8. Pompeii - Bastille; This song makes me feel like I just won a marathon. 
  9. Hold On, We're Going Home - Drake; Let's be honest, no playlist of mine is complete without a song by Drake. Sorry not sorry. 
  10. Hold On - SBTRKT; His voice and accent are the perfect motivation to finish a project. 


 How do you make it through midterms? What is your go-to playlist?

XOXO,
Em