How I use a Physical and Digital Planner Without Going Crazy

If you see me running to my next class or sitting at a cafe on campus you will likely see two things with me at all times: my water bottle and my planner. Fortunately, this post is not about why I love carrying my water with me everywhere.

So I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love writing in my planner and the process of getting a new planner is always a long one. But what’s funny is that I don’t just use one planner. I’m always using my physical planner and my google calendar. Today I’m giving you the low-down on my planner situation, what planner I use, what I use each platform for, and how I keep track of it all without missing a beat.

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Six Habits to Start Your First Week of School

This is my last year of schooling ever (Cue the sad music and the panic attack).  Whenever someone brings up being a senior I love to gush about my passion for learning, school supplies, and basically being a big nerd when it comes to school. I love it and it’s almost unfathomable that this chapter of my life will be coming to a close. I’m already riddled with nostalgia and it’s only August.

After years of “First Days” I sat down and thought about the habits that I tend to reinstate once I head back to school. I came up with six habits that I start working on during my first week back at school that really benefit me in the long run and hopefully can help you too. Continue reading “Six Habits to Start Your First Week of School”

J Crew Fall Lookbook

I’m one of those people that as soon as school starts, I’m jumping head first into everything Fall. Last year, I even paraded around with a shirt that said “You Had Me at Pumpkin Spice.” At the risk of sounding like every other girl who blogs or is in college: I love Fall. 

So to celebrate the Fall season I rounded up my favorite J.Crew pieces from their newest line and put together my thoughts on what I’ll be wearing while sipping my PSL by the fire. There are links* to shop for your convenience!

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Monthly Favorites: July

August is finally here, which means I can finally confess that I’ve been accumulating school supplies since early July. It’s just that I love being a student and this is my last year to soak it all in. Lucky for you all, I get to share with you all the school related (and some other fun purchases) that I’ve been loving all July and can’t wait to utilize this month! Continue reading “Monthly Favorites: July”

Travel Diary: St. Louis, Missouri

I love being able to stay that I traveled across the ocean and solo traveled. But, I think it's safe to say that I know myself well enough to say that I'm a homebody and I much rather travel closer to home (home the people, not the place). So, when my friends from college suggested we make a trip to St. Louis I knew I had to get in on it. Check out this post to read all about my St. Louis travel diary! Continue reading “Travel Diary: St. Louis, Missouri”

The Cheat Sheet for a Summer Look

Currently I’m writing this sitting on my porch in the morning drinking an iced coffee. This morning is pleasant my friends! There’s something so wonderful about starting the day off with a quiet morning.

Speaking of good weather, it has been on my side lately (being nice and hot), but the last thing I’ve been wanting to do is spend a half hour loading on makeup that will just sweat off by noon!

My bestie Hannah asked me on Instagram (@Barrychicblog) what my makeup routine was and I have been dying to share ever since! So I wanted to share with you all how I get this look, which light enough for this summer heat! Continue reading “The Cheat Sheet for a Summer Look”

Books You Have to Read if You’re Headed to the Beach.

The weekend may be over but that doesn’t mean that your hours of laying out in the sun should be! I’ve been having such an enjoyable time diving into a good book while simultaneously soaking up some Vitamin D.  With summer and sun also comes time to read books that I want to read. Not that Managerial Accounting 12th Edition isn’t completely invigorating, but I do crave reading my own books. 😉  Continue reading “Books You Have to Read if You’re Headed to the Beach.”

Outfit of the Week

Happy Thursday friends! I am so grateful for a patch of sun this morning. Almost all week we’ve either had clouds or big storms, a perfect excuse to watch Under the Tuscan Sun guilt free. I enjoyed having a valid excuse to be the homebody I am without feeling the need to leave the house! Now that the good weather is back I wanted to share my outfit of the week. Or in other words, the outfit that I wanted to wear three days in a row but instead got the shorts dirty and had to throw them in the wash (classic Samantha). Continue reading “Outfit of the Week”

June Favorites

Happy Post-Fourth of July! Hopefully everyone has returned back with all their fingers not blown off. I personally have eaten enough barbeque food to last me until Labor Day. I’m currently sitting in my freshly cleaned room with my window wide open as the morning breeze is flowing through the room. It’s tranquil mornings like these that make me grateful for my summer back home. Being here for almost half the summer now has opened the doors to some habits that I’ve been falling into. This month was one that was spent traveling to Cancun, catching up on my new summer reads, and spending time in the gym. For this post, I’m going to share with you what I’ve been obsessed with for the month of June. Continue reading “June Favorites”

Your Fourth of July Style Guide

It’s a celebration that includes family, friends, food, and fireworks. The Fourth of July is a perfect excuse to pull out your red shorts, paint your nails white, and jump in a clear blue pool. When you’re not chilling out by some water, you’ll probably want to dress accordingly to celebrate. Today on the blog I’m sharing with you three ways to dress up for the holiday.


Red Bottoms

Red and white

whether you’re feeling a sundress or you rather be running around in shorts, I’ve got you covered. Red bottoms and a white top is perfect when you don’t feel like decking out in red, white, and blue flags. If you choose to wear a flowy skirt, pair it with a tighter top. Wearing a loose top? Vice Versa.



Stripes are wearable year round, so when in a pickle to figure out what to wear, why not go back to basics? With the summer sun, your favorite striped shirt can be the perfect match. Who says that you’re required to wear all the colors of the American flag at once?

Maxi Skirts

Maxi Skirts
Sometimes the weather just doesn’t want to cooperate with our outdoor plans. If that’s your case, pull out that maxi skirt (or maxi dress) to keep your legs warm and don’t be afraid to pair it with your leather jacket.
Enjoy the holiday, and have a safe & happy Fourth of July!