Making a Move (Part 1)

I’m kind of an expert at this whole moving thing. I’ve been moving in and out of dorms, apartments, and houses at least twice a year for the past 8 years and I’ve created quite the routine. This time will be a little different because after moving home for the summer, I’ll be moving into my home for the next four years at vet school. This being said, I have way too much stuff. I tend to accumulate things because they are on sale, “would go perfect with that one top I have”, or just because I find them pretty. A lot of things have changed for me in the past year and I think it’s time for me to do a cleaning both of my apartment and of my life. I’ve already made three separate Goodwill trips, but I have a feeling that there will be a quite a few more in my future. I’ve decided to compile some of my most helpful packing tips for those who may also be making moves in the near future.

  1. Start Early. I am a firm believer that packing gradually leads to the most efficient and least stressful move. It gives you time to slowly sort through things (and get rid of things) and come up with an organized plan of attack. I have actually already began the packing process even though I don’t move out until May.
  2. Make Lists. The worst thing is going to unpack and having no clue what is in the box. I always make detailed lists about what is in each box (which may be unnecessary, but it is handy to know exactly where everything is), rank my boxes in the order in which they should be unpacked, and make a list of things that I need to buy when I reach my destination.
  3. Enlist a moving team (if you can). I have made most of my moves with just my mom helping me (she has also become an expert at moving). We manage to get everything done rather quickly, but I always wish that I had a few more people to help. A few flights of stairs doesn’t seem like anything until you’ve carried heavy boxes up them over ten times. That being said, there is such thing as having too many people which can slow the process.
  4. Organize your car/ moving truck. As tempting as it is to just start loading up boxes, it really is better to have a method. My mother is the master at turning packing a car into a Tetris puzzle and I am always astonished at the amount of things that can be fit into a car using a bit of patience and coordination.
  5. Pack an overnight bag with the essentials. I used to try to get everything unpacked in the matter of a few hours, and although I have managed to do it a few times, it is no fun. I always pack a duffle bag with a few pairs of clothes, toiletries, cleaning supplies, my computer, and some snacks to get me through the first night in a new place.

I hope you find these tips helpful! Look for a post coming up with my favorite items to use during my moves!

Stay Fabulous,

Julia

Making a Move (Part 1)

Go Dawgs!

I know it has been a very long time since I have posted, but to say that my life has been tumultuous these past months would be an understatement. That being said, I have very exciting news, I have been accepted into my first choice of veterinary school and will be attending the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in the fall!  After months and months of waiting and being accepted into four amazing veterinary school programs, I am glad that this application journey is over (even though it has been an exciting one). I am not an exceptionally patient person, so waiting 6 months to hear back from veterinary schools was a rather stressful experience for me. However, the wait was most definitely worth it and I’m so excited to be embarking on the next chapter of my life!

For those of you interested in applying to veterinary school in the future or for those who are getting ready to apply in May, feel free to contact me! I would love to help in any way that I can!

Stay fabulous,

Julia

Go Dawgs!

Study Break

Exam week has just started and it has already been crazy! I had my first final exam yesterday and although it went well, I was already exhausted. In order to recharge, I went to bed early last night and woke up this morning feeling refreshed. I realized that I was so tired and worn out because I wasn’t allowing myself any breaks. It’s important to realize that no matter how busy you are, you must take breaks! No matter how short or how you spend them, they are important to mental sanity (and overall wellness). This morning I took the time to pick out an outfit and watch an episode of  Grace and Frankie, one of my favorite shows on Netflix!

In order to stay comfortable ,and look semi-presentable, I decided to wear my Pink Azalea monogram shirt that I got over spring break. It is super comfortable and I love the color combination. When I was picking the thread color I wasn’t sure if I would like it, but it ended up being perfect!  I paired it with dark wash skinny jeans and black sandals. I purchased these sandals last year at Payless (they were a steal!), but here are some similar ones (not as inexpensive, but still budget-friendly!).

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Stay Fabulous,

Julia

 

Study Break

Finds of the Week: 5/2/16

I can’t believe it is already May! There are so many exciting things happening this month, the first of which is being finished with classes. Finals are next week so I’ve been putting in 14 hour work days (not fun at all), but the end is in sight! Here are some fun reads and finds to help get you through the week:

1.Striped Flats. These flats are adorable and would make the perfect addition to any shoe lover’s collection! To make it even better, they come in larger sizes so that even those of us with larger feet can enjoy.

2. Do horses in the Kentucky Derby even know they’re racing? With the Kentucky Derby quickly approaching, this article helps readers understand what goes on in a horse’s head as they are running.

3.Pineapple Appetizer Plates. With summer right around the corner, these appetizer plates are the perfect addition to any summer party!

4. Gilmore Girls Quiz. Since I just finished binge-watching Gilmore Girls, I had to post this quiz! Take a study break and see how close you were paying attention!

5.Lobster Leggings. These leggings may be the cutest things I’ve ever seen! I think they will end up being a “being done with finals” present to myself (:

6. Pineapple Tote. If you can’t already tell, I love pineapple prints! This tote would make the perfect pool bag!

7. White Dress. For those who are required to wear white dresses for graduation (whether high school or college), but don’t want to spend a fortune on a dress that will be worn only once (and isn’t your wedding dress), this dress is for you!

8. Cheetah Cubs. The Cincinnati Zoo has cheetah cubs that I cannot wait to go see! Head to the Cincinnati Zoo to see all of the zoo babies. Here is an adorable picture of one:

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Source: WLWT

 

Stay Fabulous,

Julia

Finds of the Week: 5/2/16

Color Feature: Orchid

Springtime means that I can break out one of my favorite colors: orchid. As a teenager I loved it so much that I decided to paint my room “Plink” (a fun alternate name for orchid). It not only has hints of my two favorite colors (pink and purple), but it also reminds me of all the flowers that are blooming outside. Plus, it was Pantone’s 2014 color of the year (so you know it must be pretty spectacular)!

Here are some of my favorite orchid finds of this year (I think they are going to find themselves in my closet!):

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1.Converse      2.  Halter One-Piece Suit    3. Pocket T-Shirt    4. Shorts   5. Essie Nail Polish           6. Nike Running Shoes

 

And here is an inspirational quote from :

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Photo source: Better Homes and Gardens

Stay Fabulous,

Julia

Color Feature: Orchid

Finds of the Week: 4/21/16

Happy Thursday everyone! I hope everyone is having a great week. I’ve been busy studying for my last two exams of the semester before finals and trying to enjoy the beautiful weather! Here are some of my favorite finds/ articles of the week:

1.New 20 Dollar Bills. Most of you have probably already heard about this, but new $20 bills are being made with Harriet Tubman’s face on them. In addition, other bills will have pictures of women as well. I think this is very cool! Check out this article to learn more.

2.Monogrammed Linens. This Etsy shop has the most beautiful monogrammed linens. From pillow shams to cocktail napkins, they have it all!

3.  Face Masks. I just read this article from College Fashion about the best face masks for all types of skin. I have dry skin and face masks tend to dry my face out even more, so I can’t wait to try out the masks that they recommend for dry skin!

4. Robotic Horse Lift. Researchers in Saskatchewan are working on developing a robotic lift to help horses recover after fracturing limbs. Many horses can’t make it through recovery since they are so large and often develop secondary problems, so this has the potential to save many lives. Read more about this innovation here.

5. Here is a cute foal to make your Thursday a little brighter!

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Stay Fabulous,

Julia

 

Finds of the Week: 4/21/16

Stripes and Such

Today was a busy day full of classes and meetings and I made sure to dress comfortably. With a cold front coming through, I was restricted to the few sweaters I have left in my closet after my closet change from winter to spring. I love this magenta colored sweater because it goes great with navy blue, which just so happens to make up a large percentage of my wardrobe! My tortoiseshell necklace is another statement piece that I pull out at least once a week. This navy blue and white tank top is one of many in my wardrobe, but they are all slightly different!

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Shop the look:

  1. Magenta sweater. Mine is an Anne Klein find from a few years ago, but this one is very similar.
  2. Navy Blue Striped Tank. I found mine at Walmart for $4, this one is similar and more fitted.
  3. Monogram Necklace. This one is a gift from my aunt, but this one from Etsy is also super cute!

And to make your Monday a little better, here is a picture of a cute little polar bear family!

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Stay Fabulous,

Julia

Stripes and Such