Things I Wish I Knew: University Edition

     My first year of college is finally over! It went by so fast. I learned a lot this year and there are few things I wish I knew that would have made my life a whole lot easier! So without further adieu, here are some of the things I wish I knew: university edition!

1 One-Pagers
This was something a professor in high school made me do. Basically, for each chapter of the text book you put everything important (summary, key terms, main ideas, etc.) on one typed white piece of paper. The reason this is so great is because any time you have a test or quiz (or finals), not only will making the page help you retain and understand the information but you already have a study guide prepared!
2 DO NOT PROCRASTINATE 
An obvious one but something worth repeating. In high school, I always procrastinated and got really good grades. However, in college there is so much work you have to do, so many things you want to do, and unlike in high school your grades will reflect your effort! 
3 Read!!
Although you can probably get a B or C without reading the assignments, for most people, if you want an A you have to read. Not only will this help you on test and assignments, but when it comes time for discussion you may just be the professor's new favorite  student when you have something to say in class (and remember you can use that professors recommendation in the future!).
4 Try New Things 
Don’t go into college believing that your going to be the exact same person you were in high school. If you come in closed-minded you'll end up missing out on a lot!! Have fun, explore, go on adventures, try new things, I promise you won’t regret it!
5 Relax
College is stressful. As much fun as it can be, It’s going to be a rollercoaster of emotions. Just take a deep breath, turn on some tunes, smile, and I promise you will survive!


Wired Puppy


I love coffee. Any good college student knows the keys to success is a heavy dose of caffeine for those late night study sessions. Last week was finals week and I was scouring Boston for a cute place to study when I came across this cute little café! They had an array of organic blends and tons of flavors to choose from. I only got a standard coffee with Hazelnut but there are tons of options for everyone. Wouldn't brag its the best coffee but the place is so nice and with so many choices there isn't much to complain about!



I was studying for my International Relations Final (which is my major). 


Check out their website here !!

Are you more of a tea or coffee person? (I love tea but coffee takes the cake!)






Eastern Standard




So the other day, I went to Brunch with a group of friends. If you can't tell, Brunch is my favorite meal (look at my other Boston Brunch post here ). I can never say no to an eggs Benedict *sigh*, so of course thats what I got! It was delicious!! The eggs were cooked to perfection and the spinach which was a pleasant surprise (I love spinach). I ordered a side of home fries in addition to the Benedict which was equally as delicious! The service was great and everyone's food looked amazing!!



Until the next time! What's your favorite Brunch spot! Let me know in the comments down below!


Sources: http://www.52restaurants52weeks.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Eastern-Standard-ext.jpg, the second photo is my own. 

My 5 Makeup Bag Essentials

Everyone has those few products they just can't go without!! Here's my 5 makeup bag essentials:



What's your top 5 products? Comment Down Below!!



Sunday Brunch




      I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday weekend (and if you don't celebrate Easter/Passover, I hope you still enjoyed a weekend with friends and family!). This past Sunday, a couple of friends and I decided to go to brunch in celebration of Easter. Usually always on campus (the life of a college student), I was overjoyed to be able to have a nice meal in downtown Boston. When researching good brunch places, I came across North Street Grille. I saw the menu, made a reservation two days in advance, and was excited to enjoy a nice meal with some friends for the holiday. The food was so good and it looked great (this led to a mini photoshoot and a bunch of funny looks from fellow customers!). 



After we ordered we were immediately served, unexpectedly, banana bread. I could not contain my excitement (anyone who knows me knows how much I love everything bananas) and was not disappointed. So moist and sweet, I could easily come back just for some banana bread and coffee. But even then I may not be able to contain myself and would order a meal knowing I won't be disappointed.  I ordered the Eggs Benedict (which came with home fries-with your choice of onions, peppers, and cheese). The poached eggs were cooked perfectly, and although i thought the home fries looked to dark for my liking, I was presently surprised by how much I liked them!




The place was very small, so I would not recommend eating here if you are claustrophobic --or at least don't go during a busy time. Nonetheless, I found the place very nice and modern and can not wait to return!






Do you guys have any favorite Brunch spots in Boston (or your hometown)? I would love to here you favorites in the comments down below!


Pretty in Pink






     Simple and classic, the red lip is an easy day or night effortless look. However, finding that perfect red shade can be tricky, not just any shade of red will do–and sadly a bad shade of red may do you more harm than good. Personally, I have not been able to find that "perfect go-to red" that does all the magical things a good red lipstick can effect. But lately I discovered the power of a bright pink lip.  I have a light complexion with a lot of yellow/golden undertones and found pink to be more flattering and a lot more wearable than a red (click here to see my favorite shade). So if you want the similar bold lip look with a twist on a classic I would look toward the pinks!! 

          -Kayla L.



Sources:http://behindthescenesmakeup.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/DVF.jpg


Friday Favorites: The Walking Dead





     With another episode airing this Sunday on AMC,  I had to give this weeks favorite to the most watched drama series in TV history– The Walking Dead. For those of you who don't watch the show, TWD is a graphic novel series turned show, post-apocalyptic drama series. The show follows sheriff deputy Rick Grimes as he awakes from a coma to a zombie filled universe in Georgia. As the show progresses, his family grows to include other survivors as they face this new dangerous world together. The acting and writing on this show is amazing and if you've never watched it be prepared to laugh, cry, smile, feel incredible anger, excitement, anxiety, and almost everything in-between. The characters are so human and there is bound to be at least one character you see in yourself. (P.S. If you don't like guts and gore this show may not be for you!!)

    TWD is on Netflix so if you have the time I highly recommend binge watching the 4 out of 5 seasons they have!! You won't regret it!!

   Or you can watch it online here on AMC at 9/8c every Sunday (only two more episode left this season!!).


    Do you watch the show? What do you think? Who is/was your favorite character? I would love to hear your responses in the comment section down below!!


Check Out the Season 1 Trailer!! ( And if you've seen the show– Holy Throwback!!)




Sources: http://media.comicbook.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/a.jpg, http://blogs-images.forbes.com/erikkain/files/2014/11/season-5.jpeg