A College Kid’s Guide to Holiday Shopping

I try to do my holiday shopping year-round. I work a lot during the summer and tend to have a little extra money then, so for me that’s the ideal time to start getting Christmas presents. Another factor is the timing of University tests. Final exams happen right before Christmas and buying presents is the last thing I want to do after two weeks of exams. So not only am I short on money come December, I’m also short a few hundred brain cells and some patience (haha).

After two and a half years of college, I think I’ve got this Christmas shopping thing down pat. Here are my tips:

Make a list of everyone you need to buy presents for and brainstorm what you think they’d like. Keep this list with you (I save mine on Google Drive) so that when you’re passing a sale rack or have a coupon you know exactly what people might want.

Make an overall budget and a budget for each person.

Scout sales as early as possible. Nordstrom has their super discounted anniversary sale each fall. Macy’s has a half yearly sale. Lots of places have similar annual sales, you just have to scope them out.

Clearance bins are your friend. No one has to know you bought that super cute waffle knit sweater for 75% off. A brand new gift is a brand new gift after all, right?

Student discounts. There are more out there than you think. Here’s a list.

Still not sure what to do? Try making a gift. Knitting Hogwarts house scarves or Weasley sweaters is always a hit with friends. So are mason jar cookies.

Happy gift giving! Christmas at the Marshall's

 

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Warby Parker Resort Collection Release

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It’s no secret that I wear glasses. I got my first pair in sixth grade, and since then I’ve learned that glasses, like makeup and hair, can subtly influence your overall image while also being an integral part of your personality.

I love the of the glasses from Warby Parker. A lot of their frames (with the prescription lenses) are under $100!

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I am so excited to announce their newest collection, Resort! The Resort Collection mixes rich acetates with hints of metal inlays and glimmering metallics. The unique outlines, delicate textures, and pops of glossy metal give the glasses a luxurious, high end feel.

I’m a sucker for a good tortoiseshell, and these frames are my absolute favorite! You can shop the rest of the prescription eyeglasses on their website, which you can find by clicking here.

The sunglasses in the Resort Collection are all so different that I can’t pick a favorite. I want them all! The Cleo sunglasses, the first photo shown below, remind me of a classic 1950’s beachgoer. On the other hand, the Wyatt sunglasses are more NYC edgy-chic. The classic gold is subtle, giving the accents a “for your eyes only” feel, but striking enough to get everyone talking. Shop the rest of their sunglasses on their website by clicking here.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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While Thanksgiving isn’t one of my favorite holidays, I’ve always loved the idea of bringing all your family and friends together for a meal (or a flag football game). As the fall semester of my junior year of college draws to a close I am finding more and more things to be thankful for.

I am thankful for…

My wonderful, supportive family

All my friends, old and new

The opportunities I’ve been given at the University of Georgia

Will

My cat, Chocolate, and my dogs, Boo and Blue

Books, and the authors and editors that make them possible

The mentors I’ve had throughout college that are helping me figure my life out one baby step at a time, haha IMG_0736.jpgIMG_0735.jpg

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

Thoughts About Self Care and Competition

A friend recently asked me “how often do you write?” To which I responded, “not enough.”

We’d been talking about how everyone everyone has been a little obsessed with Lady Gaga at some point. He mentioned that he liked how she’s unobjectively herself. I mentioned that I really appreciate that she’s learned how to be herself without having to be forceful about it (I wasn’t a fan of her during her meat dress faze, to say the least). You can be yourself without throwing yourself into a random party outfit generator each morning. You can be quirky and not have your outfit scream to the world that this is who you are. There is courage in doing that, yes, but there’s also courage in being firm in who you are without having to prove it to the world. And I think that’s where Gaga is now.

Getting back to the point: I was analyzing the evolution of her lyrics with my friend as we drove to dinner. Not to be cocky, but I could overanalyze anything. One could call it my hubris. But tonight, it worked out in my favor. My friend started asking me about my writing. Now, I love to talk about loving to write and all the plans I have for novels that aren’t going to go anywhere and how I used to perform slam poetry blah blah blah, but this conversation, for whatever reason, made me realize that I wasn’t doing what I loved as often as I thought I was. 

I created a motto for myself this school year: Do more of what makes you happy. By not making the time to write, am I not following my motto? By making the time to write but not writing what I am really passionate about, is that also breaking my motto? Sadly, I think so. It’s not that I am intentionally depriving myself of some mental need to obtain joy via the written word (*insert sarcastic eye roll here*), it’s that I am missing out on extra joy because I subconsciously internalize my want to produce literature. I don’t make time for writing, other than my blog, because I feel like there are so many better, more productive things to be doing. I could be studying for tests, or reading for bookclub, or calling my parents. I could do my laundry, cook real food for dinner, or vacuum. It feels like there are a thousand more important things in my life right now. But more important to whom?

That’s the catch right there.

I care how people perceive me. I overanalyze it to the point of lunacy. There’s this little voice in my head telling me that if someone caught me spending an hour a day writing for pleasure I would be stripped deserving the titles I have. If I spent an hour a day relaxing by planning out my next novel instead of preparing for Homecoming or reading over my UGA tour notes or creating guides for my next-to-impossible biology exams someone is bound to say that I don’t work hard enough for what I have.

I know I’m not the only one that looks at the things that make me happy and push them to the side because there are “more important” things to do. Part of this, from what I can tell, stems from how competitive my graduating class is. I remembering being in high school where people would brag about not sleeping for days, or using Adderall to stay awake long enough to do weeks worth of homework in a single stretch. I didn’t want to participate in things like that, so I did what I could to keep my grades up and still be a functioning human being. I got into college and that same thing kept going on and on and on. I’m even friends with people that still post on social media each time they’re up in the library past 2 am studying for a test. It’s a competition to prove that you’re the best student because you work the hardest, and it’s not healthy.

We, the collegiate millinials, have an unhealthy competitive edge (that’s probably going to lead us to early graves if I’m being honest). We care too much, and because we care we work to impress others (whether others actually care or not) rather than to fulfill ourselves. I am not asking everyone to become self involved workaholics. I am simply stating that doing self-fulfilling tasks with the fervor you put into your studies and extracurriculars would be a nice change of pace. So, instead of glorifying not sleeping or studying until you nearly collapse, let’s glorify doing things for not other reason than that they make us happy.

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Target’s Hit the Target

I love Target. It is my happy place. I don’t always go to Target to window shop, but since coming to college wandering the aisles there seems easier and more accessible than anywhere else. Not to mention affordable.

Because it’s close to Christmas, I’ve been scouting all the options for potential gifts. I love people watching, as use that as a way to judge what styles are in fashion, what people love, and what colors are popular. I’m not usually the person that goes for the name brand stuff (except J. Crew…I’ll always love J. Crew), but a few items have recently caught my eye. And, fortunately, I found a few of those items on the racks at Target the other day.

Splurge:

Fossil’s Emma RFID Multifunction Mini Wallet $50

Fossil Red Velvet Wallet

Steal:

Target’s Women’s Small Zip-Around Wallet $10

Target Red Wallet

I’ve had my eye on the Fossil wallet since summer and was over the moon to find a matching one in Target. The one I purchased is turquoise!

Splurge:

Anthropologie Indigo Rain Mug $24

Anthropologie Indigo Rain Mug

Steal:

Target’s Robert Gordon Indigo Brush Mugs, Set of Four $20

Target Indigo Mug Set

Splurge:

Kate Spade Poppy Fit and Flare Dress $448

Kate Spade Fit and Flare Dress

Steal:

Target’s Women’s Mesh Lace Fit & Flare Dress $28

Target Fit and Flare Dress

While the lace elements are different, the dress shape and overall texture are very similar.

Splurge:

J. Crew Boy’s Ludlow Blazer in Velvet $140

J. Crew Ludlow Blazer in Velvet

Steal:

Target’s Toddler Boys’ Velvet Blazer $18

Target Boy's Corduroy Blazer

Splurge:

Superga Velvet Grey Sneakers $119

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Save:

Target’s Women’s Savannah Velvet Sneakers $20

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Not exactly the same color, but personally I actually like the blue a lot better!

There are probably a lot more items from Target that are nearly identical to name brand clothes and accessories, I just haven’t seen them yet. Have you noticed any?

My Life: October

October was crazy. I had three weeks of midterms, Delta Gamma Initiation, Homecoming, Delta Gamma Low Country Boil, Will’s 21st birthday, my mom’s birthday, and my roommate’s 21st birthday. It has been a month. But there’s only one thing left: Halloween! Whether or not I’ll actually celebrate is still undecided, but we’ll get there when we get there.

I went to the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia at the beginning of the month to complete a biology scavenger hunt. This was one of the required pictures I had to take.

Botanical Gardens

My little and grandlittle at Initiation

DG Initiation 2017

My parents came down for my Homecoming, the UGA v Mizzu football game

The Marshalls at UGA v Mizzu

During Homecoming week, coffee was a must

Coffee

I got to participate in Dawg Walk with the cheerleaders and football players

UGA Cheerleaders

Here’s the 2017 Homecoming Committee and Court!

Homecoming Committee and Court

And here I am on the jumbotron with the UGA President, the Homecoming Director, and the 2016 Homecoming King and Queen

Me on the UGA Jumbotron

We all saw my pumpkin patch fun in this post from the other day

Milledge Baptist Pumpkin Patch

A snap of me in the Fine Arts theater building after work one day

Lazy Day Work Outfit

A friend from outside my GA house

Georgia lizzard

 

I went home for fall break and look how much the leaves have changed!

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An “early” morning sun

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I walked to Starbucks and passed the building I (as a small child) wanted to live in when I grew up

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Home wouldn’t be the same without Chocolate!

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My tomato plants from this summer finally made tomatoes! And then were promptly killed by yesterday’s snowfall…

Baby tomatoes

Happy Halloween!

Beary Scary Halloween

xo Bailey