Happy Spring!

Looks like Punxsutawney Phil was wrong again – it’s spring here in Athens, GA!

While I love seeing everything covered in snow, seeing streets lined with flowers is far better. Living on Milledge Avenue, which houses almost all the Panhellenic sororities and fraternities on UGA’s campus, my life is a spring princess’s fairytale. White mansions with pillars and well manicured lawns suddenly come to life with all of the blooming trees, shrubs, and plants. I’ve also managed to befriend a small grey cat that lives behind Alpha Gam. He’s a tad bit camera shy, but if I manage to snap a pic I’ll post it here so you all can meet him!

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Links I’m Loving

It’s been such a long week, filled with some crazy good surprises!

First off, I made it onto the 2017 Homecoming Committee! For those of you that are new to Bailey Studies Psych and don’t know, I was on the Homecoming Committee for 2016 as the Community Outreach Chair. This year I’ve been selected to be the Court Chair, which plans and executes Homecoming Court interviews, selection, voting, banquet, and crowning.

I also made it into The Arch Society for the University of Georgia (which was perhaps the greatest surprise of the week).

I’ve also been doing yoga more, following an amazing Youtube yogi named Adriene.

Speaking of yoga, check out this sweet set of yogi master army figurines!

And just in time for Valentine’s Day – comedic candles that smell like certain world leaders (lookin’ at you, Justin Trudeau)

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Happy Day! Have a great rest of your week!

xo Bailey

Top Anthro Faves (that are now on sale!!!)

Anthropologie is one of my all time favorite stores. I’d live in it if I were ever given the chance! I was beyond thrilled when one opened up in my hometown, and even more thrilled when people started posting “Anthro DIY” crafts on Pinterest. While I do love a good DIY outfit or home decor idea, nothing beats the real deal. The going gets even better when the real deal is actually a deal.

Anthropologie is notoriously expensive, but the year round sale section and %-off offers make things easier on the wallet. Here are my top pics from the winter sale section! meribel-cowl-pullover

anthro-cowl-neck-sweaterMeribel Cowl Pullover

I own this sweater and can definitely attest to it’s warmth! While a little itchy (it’s wool), the boxy fit and the cowl neck make it very comfortable. I like the shorter fit of the shirt (I’m barely 5’4″) because it hits me right at my waistline. The picture on the right is me, right before I bought the sweater!

This sweater was originally $128 and now it’s $69.95! 

 

airmail-pencil-pouchAirmail Pencil Pouch

I love receiving snail mail, don’t you? You know what I also like? Fancy pencil pouches. Not only do I feel organized, I look chic while doing it.

And while you’re off buying your pencil pouch, take a look at these pens. Not on sale, but still a match made in heaven.

Originally $24, now $16.95

 

 

tasseled-agate-lariatTasseled Agate Lariat

While there are some pretty good DIY articles out there, not everyone can make flawless tassels. That’s why this one is up for grabs in the sale section of Athro!

Buddha beads were super popular last spring, but this should be your new go-to piece when looking for a long chunky necklace. Tassels are in again! And it doesn’t look like they’re going away any time soon. Plus the raw agate gives this piece a boho chic vibe.

The necklace was originally $68, now $39.95

velvet-tunic-dressVelvet Tunic Dress

Velvet is everywhere this season. From dresses to tanks to booties – even chokers! This dress can be paired with a leather jacket for a cute tough girl look or dressed up with chunky heels and gold accents for a more girly outfit. And the best part? It also comes in dark turquoise.

Something else that’s totally rad about this dress? It was originally $138 and is now $119.95

 

 

rehearsal-hoodieRehearsal Hoodie

The athleisure movement is my favorite, mainly because I can wear leggings and hoodies to class and somehow manage to look very en vogue rather than disheveled. This pick is great because of the crop and neutral colors. Grey is the perfect match for those days when you want to wear some crazy patterned leggings but don’t have a top to go with them and the crop top keeps the look from being slouchy. Just keep in mind that the top seems to run shorter in arm length than a normal hoodie!

Top was originally $88 but is now $49.95

Happy shopping!

xo Bailey

 

 

Celebrating Langston Hughes

Today is February first. Not only does today mark the beginning of Black History Month, it’s the birthday of one of America’s celebrated writers: Langston Hughes.

Langston Hughes was born in 1902 in Joplin, Missouri. Hughes first started writing poetry while living with his grandmother in Lincoln, Illinois and published his first book of poetry, The Weary Blues, in 1926. His first novel, Not Without Laughter, was published in 1930. Hughes is known for his portrayals of life as an African American. His writing, as well as his life, helped to shape the Harlem Renaissance. Possibly his most famous work is the poem Dream Deferred, which is what I’d like to share with you today. The poem talks about the “American dream” as it applied to blacks living in America during the 1920’s through the 1960’s. Even though the imagery is gore-y and gruesome, I still claim this poem as one of my favorites from Hughes’ works.

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?

I’d also like to share a poem of his called I, Too. The lyrical nature of this poem is absolutely beautiful, and the message is so empowering. I remember reading this poem aloud, as a class, in high school. Like the last, this poem also speaks about life for blacks in America in the ’20s and ’60s.

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Spotify also has a playlist of Hughes reading his poetry, which I’d really recommend. Nothing quite beats hearing a poet read their own work! You can find the playlist by clicking the link HERE.

 

Ten Healthy Goals for 2017 That Won’t Stress You Out

So it’s basically the end of January and I realized just how crazy these “new year new me” challenges have gotten…is it just me or is everyone trying to slim down a dress size or have ‘gains’ for spring break? While hitting the gym five or six days a week is a great goal, sometimes it isn’t obtainable, so don’t feel bad if you miss your Zumba sesh or only run a mile one morning. As a college student I often find myself studying until late at night and having a hard time getting up at 6 or 7 for a run, so when you skip a workout you’re definitely not alone! Instead of focusing on how often you’re working out during the school year try a different approach – small steps to health that take up almost zero time throughout your day!

1. Drink a glass of water before having a “regular” drink at a meal

This is something I picked up on at camp as a child as really wish I’d followed through on during middle and high school. Water does such great things for your body! Having a glass of water in the morning before your usual cup of coffee helps keep you hydrated (sounds self explanatory but coffee is a diuretic and can slightly dehydrate you). Water during dinner helps to flush impurities from your system. Drinking eight glasses a day is the ultimate goal to strive for and this is, in my opinion, the easiest starting point.

2. Whatever your average step count is for Monday-Friday try to double it Saturday and Sunday

FitBits and step counters seem to be more popular than ever nowadays, but do they really improve our lifestyle? While I usually get 10,000 steps a day walking to and from classes, I don’t actively pursue ‘real’ exercise after I’ve hit my step count. If you’re like me, or are just trying to hit 10,000 steps at least once or twice a week, try doubling your average step count on the weekends. For example, my average step count this Monday-Friday was 7,356 so for both Saturday and Sunday I’d try to hit 14,712. For me, that’s roughly 7 miles. It sounds like a lot, but if I spent an hour jogging as opposed to watching Netflix I’d be nearly finished for the day.

3. Stand up and walk around every one to two hours

Did you know that being seated for more than an hour and half is bad for your heart, spine, brain, and digestion? Because I didn’t! Sitting for prolonged periods of time (i.e. over an hour) slows your blood flow and makes it easier for fatty acids to clog your arteries. If you’re sitting incorrectly this puts an abnormal amount of pressure on your neck and shoulders, leading to pain and/or stiffness. Sitting extensively also prevents your brain from getting fresh blood flow and a good amount of oxygen, leading to fuzzy or slowed thinking! And what most people are probably concerned about – lots of sitting causes your digestion to slow, causing bloating and sometimes weight gain. While just standing up and stretching for a second each one to two hours doesn’t seem like much, it makes a world of a difference for your body! And walking a lap around the room, to the bathroom, or even just to fetch a fresh cup of coffee helps to keep your blood moving properly and takes a lot of stress off your shoulders (literally).

4. If you read a lot, or have to read for class or work, try reading while using a stationary bike or treadmill

Last semester I read at least one book a week for class. It took up a lot of the time I’d usually spend exercising, so I came up with a compromise. I took my book, and a highlighter, to the gym and sat on a stationary bike for an hour. Audiobooks are great for when I’m running or walking, but if you need to write in the books you’re reading for class I’d definitely suggest my stationary bike method.

5. When buying unhealthy snacks or desserts opt for the smaller carton or the prepackaged servings

Such. A. Good. Idea. Because who hasn’t eaten an entire chocolate cake before? Pro tip: if baking your own goodies cut the amount in half or more so you don’t end up with three weeks worth of servings for one person, if not share with friends!

6. Do calf raises, squats, lunges, or some other easy leg exercise while brushing your teeth

I had the unfortunate experience to have my calves called out in Calculus class early last semester. Two cross-fit junkies decided it was a good idea to make the entire class aware that they were jealous of my “muscular man calves” and ask for my secret as to how I got them this toned. The only thing I do specifically for my calves are calf raises while brushing my teeth, which also helps strengthen the ankle I rolled last January. When you think about it, doing four minutes of light leg workouts a day ends up being a whole lot of muscle toning by the end of the year.

7. Take a multivitamin with your breakfast

Easy, peasy, lemon squeezey. Just make sure to look for one containing both calcium and iron if you’re still a “young adult” like me!

8. Cut out the negatives for your life

We’ve all heard this a million times. But seriously, go do it. It’ll take some time, but if you’re scrolling through Insta anyways then what’s a little unfollowing going to hurt? Same with Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and the like. Surrounding yourself with positive people removes stress, which can eventually lead to better heart health and weight loss!

9. Do pushups, crunches, yoga stretches, etc. during commercial breaks or in between Netflix episodes

Think of it as a light pre-workout exercise or a stretch session. You shouldn’t be sweating or breathing hard, but you should definitely be using your muscles and slightly elevating your heart rate. This not only leads to better overall health but can keep you awake and focused for longer, meaning you can binge watch to your heart’s content (or at least until class starts…)

10. Smile

Think happy thoughts! Radiate happy thoughts! Be happy that your happiness is helping others be happy! That’s not just the little psychologist in me speaking – studies show that smiling more can help reduce blood pressure.

A Little Reminder for Today

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

This is what the quote at the bottom of the Statue of Liberty reads. Written by Emma Lazarus, the sonnet “The New Colussus” is about the truth and meaning behind the Statue of Liberty, the “Mother of Exiles.” 

While I try very hard not to get political, I am reminded of everything that has happened this weekend and realize I cannot sit by silently. We are a country made of refugees. We stood for freedom from religious persecution even before we became ‘America.’ Our Democracy inspired revolutions around the world. We were a beacon of hope. A beacon that was snuffed out for many nationalities today. 

pod·cast /ˈpädˌkast/: a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device

I have a three hour drive from my home to college. While it doesn’t seem like much, I have a hard time listening to one playlist for three hours (unless, of course, it’s Hamilton). So instead of playlists I listen to *drum roll please* podcasts! Some of the podcasts I loved in 2016 have been renewed for another season(s) in 2017, so without further ado here’s my list of recommended podcasts:

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Number one has to be Heavyweight. Hosted by Jonathan Goldstein along with Gimlet Media,  Heavyweight is created around the idea that almost everyone has a part of their past they wish they could change. Jonathan finds these stories and helps their owners come to terms with their past. I love this podcast because it’s sentimental and reminds me of parts of my life. The stories are so personal yet it’s easy to connect with the people telling them. If you want to check it out click HERE.

serial-s01-shareWho doesn’t love cereal? Whoops, sorry, I meant Serial! This podcast has been out for a whiiiile, but now there’s a second season (and a third season in the works). For those of you that missed out on the Season One, here’s a brief overview: teenager was wrongly convicted of murdering his ex girlfriend, a reporter picks up on his story over a decade later and decides to interview everyone involved to see if he was actually wrongly convicted.  The story was actually so compelling that a judge ordered a new trial for Adnan, the convicted ex-boyfriend of the murdered high school senior. Season Two is about Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, who sneaks out of a remote U.S. Army outpost in eastern Afghanistan. After he abandons post, six men from his unit are killed. He is blamed for their deaths. But should he be? Find out in Season Two of Serial, linked HERE.

0e4d1d0e928a1b8d1127ee797816df16As a Harry Potter geek you can probably guess that I jumped on the bandwagon with the Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast series. I went to Catholic school for almost a decade and have some pretty interesting views on religion, but I actually really like taking my favorite book series and evaluating (and reading) it as a sacred text. There are even prayers at the end of each episode for or about characters from the books. I wouldn’t suggest this for anyone that’s very devout in practicing their religion because I feel like some episodes, and perhaps the whole idea of reading a fantasy book series like you’d read the Bible, Torah, Quran, etc., that poke fun at the definition of religion itself. That being said, I still really like this podcast, and so does the friend I recommended it to.  Click HERE to give it a try.

logoHave you ever had a paranormal experience? UFO sighting? Deja vu that seemed to go…unexplained? Welcome to the club! Unexplained is about real life events that go ‘unexplained.’ The host of the podcast, Richard Maclean Smith, talks about the history of the event as well as the science behind why or how it could have happened. While the explanations are mainly theories, they still have enough traction to make the unexplainable easier to swallow. Find it on iTunes or at this link HERE.

04bbd1e1b2a9d6fc63c741be1964c645My friends sometimes say I remind them of a walking encyclopedia, like “the internet without the dirty pictures” to quote an Entomology professor I know. If you need random facts, look further than yours truly. But since I can’t be everywhere at once, the podcast Stuff You Should Know is a great backup. Reminiscent to “How It’s Made,” Stuff You Should Know talks about top facts and opinions on just about any subject you could ever want. From animals to Japan to war there’s a podcast for everything, including my favorite: Psychology! Check it out at think link HERE.