Tuesday, October 22, 2013

STRESS


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Forget senioritis. This year has been the most tiring/stressful of college so far. Between classes and work and activities and family, there hasn't been much time to me to just sit and breathe.
When you throw yourself wholeheartedly into projects and work, it's really important to remember to just breathe

It's such a simple thing, taking a second to have a breather, but sometimes the work piles up and deadlines are looming and professors get wrapped up in assigning things and it's easy to forget. 

For the last two months, I've forgotten. It took a jarring event last week to get force me to stop and realize that I've been letting everything pass me by. Friends, family, fun events. I wasn't making time for any of it. And that's so bad. 

No matter how much work you have, carve out a minute or two every day, or even a couple hours on the weekend, to just do what you want to do. Your health and sanity are so important. 

I'm starting to learn that (finally) and hope I can enjoy what's left of fall and my time in school.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Constructive Distraction: TodayWasMeaningful

Procrastination doesn't have to be a total waste of time. This post highlights websites to make your time avoiding writing research papers and reading textbooks productive.

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While the point of this series to keep your Internet distractions constructive, sometimes that strays from the traditionally educational and turns into personal betterment and self reflection. This month's distraction is a personal blog penned by Jessica, TodayWasMeaningful.

By no means am I Little Miss Sunshine, but reading Jessica's blog was refreshing. It made me step back and look at life's big picture. Especially now, when I'll soon be transitioning. In May, I'll graduate from university and step further into adulthood. 

This post in particular made me think about how I want to spend the next eight (and some change) years of my life. My journey has been pretty straight narrow and I wasn't afforded all the luxuries of most children and teens. This post made me think about taking a chance, saving my pennies and finally going on a proper vacation or doing something frivolous I have never had the luxury of doing.

Until next month, kiddies...

- J

Friday, October 4, 2013

Lip Service: October

As future PR people, it's super important to prep our pouts so we can confidently pitch and promote clients! Check out our top lip product picks this month!

Elise's Pick:
If you follow me on Twitter, you have probably become aware that I am a HUGE Marc Jacobs fan. I
Available at Sephora!
purchased a ridiculous amount of product the day his beauty line launched in late August, and let me tell you, it's a collection of beauty gems. My favorite? The lipsticks! They come in an array of amazing shades, and there is one shade of nude that is so perfect, I can't help but wear it almost every day. 


Moody Margot, the ever-so-flattering gel-formula lipstick pictured here, will set you back a cool $30 (I know, I know), but it is absolutely worth it. I'm totally lusting after "Seduce Me" a gorgeous berry, which is new to the 16-shade lineup. 

This is available at Sephora and at the special new Marc Jacobs Beauty store on Bleecker, if you happen to be in New York. 

Jasmine's Pick:
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My fav tint, Exposed
Normally, I'm all about keeping my Lip Service picks college-kid price friendly, but sometimes you have to splurge and this month's Lip Service is that time. For my fav month of the year, I want to encourage you to treat yourself to some Tarte LipSurgence matte lip tint. 

This matte tint is fantastic. You get longer wear because it's a tint, you get the benefit of LipSurgence, aka moisturizer, conditioner and other pout-protecting elements, which are great for the month transiting from summer to winter. 

A Tarte matte lip tint stick will set you back about $24. However, they are often on sale at places like Ulta. As a matter of fact, Tarte LipSurgence Luster tint sticks are on sale for 50% off at Ulta! Of course, Luster isn't as great (or autumn-ish) as the matte sticks, but still a great product available in subdued neutral tones (my fav!)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Spending Quality Time Alone

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One of the biggest challenges of young adulthood is learning to be comfortable spending time alone.

For me, the transition was a littler easier because I'm an only child--I've been spending time alone, entertaining myself my entire life. But at the same time, though I spent time entertaining myself, someone was usually in close physical proximity--I would be in my room, but my mom would be in the living room.

And of course, I would spend time with my friends studying, attending sporting events, etc.

But nonetheless, learning to embrace spending time alone is a valuable skill not everyone can master and I'll admit I still struggle with it from time to time.

Spending your alone time vegging on the couch and watching Netflix will definitely make it harder to want to spend time alone. Instead, diversify your alone-time activities:

  • Get outside: Don't be afraid to take a walk alone or hangout in the park and read your favorite book under a tree.
  • Drive: One of my favorite things to do is get in the car, crank the tunes and hit the open road. There's nothing like a solo car trip, even if it's just to the burbs or a scenic drive down a country road.
  • See a movie: I'll admit, the first time you go to a movie alone is a little daunting, but think about it--you're sitting in the dark, in silence, for two hours. Totally a solo activity.
  • Hit the bar: Starts out solo, but it's a great way to make new friends (wink, wink!). You're more approachable when you're alone (or a group of three--three's the magic number!). If you're uncomfortable, go during busier hours, so it's less obvious you're rolling solo.
  • Make a meal of it: Another seemingly scary option is going to eat alone. Instead of getting a table for one during dinner, try lunch or breakfast instead. These times are less daunting because odds are others are alone as well. People like to grab breakfast alone to prepare for the day and grabbing lunch solo gives you a nice break from your coworkers or classmates.
These are just a few of my favorite (and manageable) alone-time activities.

One day, after you've be comfortable with alone time, you'll even come to enjoy it. And people (those with families) tell me, you'll even miss it once it's gone. So take advantage while you still can!

Until next time, kiddies...

- J