Santa Baby







jacket // turtleneck // vest (old) // pixie pants // necklace // boots + socks

I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas! I had a great 3-day celebration with my family and friends and I feel very blessed. Santa was very good to me, but my favorite part of Christmas is getting to be with my extended family that I don't see as often as I would like. I am truly grateful for each and every person in my life. I'm very excited for New Year's Eve and to see what 2015 has in store for me! Also, I'm going to start posting on my Instagram more, so follow if you aren't already :)

PS: Shoutout to my cousins Lainey and Michael for these pictures! Also, to my entire family (who should be pictured soon) for continuing to support me through all my adventures! I love you all.

Turning in Tulle



Class in the Bluegrass and... a flying Jenna? :)



Woohoo for two posts in one day! I used Halloween as an excuse to buy this tulle skirt (50% off right now!!) and I am in love with it! I thought the Nutcracker ballet was the perfect occasion to bring it out and I wore it with my favorite button down, jeweled necklace, and black pumps. After exploring through Pinterest and Tumblr outfits, I was so excited to finally get to put this together.

More on our Nutcracker adventures - xo

Night at the Nutcracker


In September, my awesome friend, Eliza, got tickets for the Cincinnati Ballet Nutcracker at the Aronoff Center and I jumped at the chance to go with her and my other close friends, Jenna and Bethany. We drove up this past Sunday, checked into our hotel, and headed to the show! We stayed at the 21C Museum Hotel and loved it so much! It was very cool to get to look at all the art pieces and be right across the street from the Aronoff. I hadn't seen the Nutcracker in probably 10 years, so I didn't really have any memory of it, but it blew me away! The symphony was incredible and I absolutely love the Nutcracker music. We had the best seats and the whole thing was so beautiful.










Afterwards, we ate dinner at Nicholson's Pub (which had Nutcracker-themed drinks- so cute) and went to Fountain Square. At the end of our night, we stopped at the Waffo (waffle taco *insert heart eye emoji*) truck and took a (very cold, but fun) carriage ride through the city. Monday morning, we ate at First Watch and explored the city in search of a bakery Eliza really wanted to go to.

The four of us became close friends after rooming together during a school trip to Chicago two years ago. We are going to New York City in the spring for the same school trip together and couldn't be more excited! The holiday season always makes me feel so blessed, especially for great friends like Eliza, Jenna, and Bethany. I have found that good friends can be hard to find, but I am especially grateful this year for all of the amazing friendships I have. Happy Christmas Eve Eve! xo

Anatomy of a To-Do List




         



















I am constantly trying to find new ways to get organized and stay on top of everything. I read a ton of blog posts and search for videos with other people's tips and tricks and what they do. I love seeing what works for other people and I think it's really fun to try it out for myself! Today, I'm going to be sharing what works for me. Obviously, my agenda helps me so much and I am definitely slightly OCD about organization, sooo in addition, I have to make a to do list
every day.
Sometimes, I will start my list in the morning, but usually I wait until last period for what I need to do after school because that is when I get the most work done. My lists aren't just reserved for my school work because that's what I use my agenda for. Here are the steps I follow when creating my list:

























1 // School Assignments
I start with the most important aspect, school work. Right now, school is my job and the most important thing, so I include this first. Writing assignments down in my agenda and on my to do list help to reinforce how important it is because sometimes I can procrastinate just a little... :)


























2 // "Fun" To Do's 
I like to include fun things to do and switch off completing one of these and a school assignment. This helps to motivate me and to treat myself to something fun after doing important work. Some of these could include to catch up with blog reading, paint my nails, write a new blog post, etc. I highly recommend including multiple break times to break up your work to keep you on task and more motivated. This is something that has helped me extremely.




















3 // Things I Need
Usually when I start a list, it really gets my brain moving, so I tend to think of things I need. If I have a project or am planning on baking something, I add those supplies to my list. I always keep my to do list with me, so when I pull it out to check things off, I am reminded of what I need to pick up the next time I'm at the store.

4 // Things I Want to Do
Right now I have an ongoing list of books I want to read over the Christmas break (even though it's a little far off, a girl can dream). My mind goes a mile a minute when I start writing and planning everything going on and it's nice to see something fun to work towards like ice skating over the holidays with friends or curling up with Gone Girl (currently reading!!) by the fire on the same paper as my workload.


















*Tip* : I highly recommend color coordinating. If you don't do it, give it a shot with your agenda, list, or class notes. It is truly a game changer.

Creating this list with all the sections (or at least the first two if I'm running low on time) helps my productivity tremendously. I hope you try this out for at least one day and it helps you out! Happy Wednesday! xo

PS. I've been really into reading Lifehack and Thought Catalog recently and here are two of my favorite articles I've read! 
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