Goodbye Iowa State

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Wow. I really really really can’t believe that I’m graduating on Saturday. I feel like it was earlier this fall that I was chatting with hall-mates in the dorms, showering with flip flops on, and navigating through campus all by myself.

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I Found my College Bucket List from Freshman Year

Because of the new semester, I spent the day cleaning out my Google Drive folders and creating a new one for the semester. As one does when cleaning is involved, I got distracted and stumbled upon a file named Due May 2018. I thought it was a misplaced file since it was in my personal folder but then I remember: this was a bucket list I made my freshman year of college.  Continue reading “I Found my College Bucket List from Freshman Year”

My Goals for 2018

The goals post is finally here! I didn’t want to send this out on the first of the month because I really wanted to take the time to sit down and decide what I want to accomplish in 2018. So if you are nosy like me (personally these are my favorite types of posts!) then just keep reading. I’ll be going over:

  • my goals
  • my resolutions
  • my monthly goals
  • and my word of the year

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December Chit-Chat

Hello everyone and happy Monday! I hope everyone is cuddling up to the fireplace or wrapped in some cozy blankets as the temperature continues to drop! I have had a lot of new events come up in my life and I wanted to share with all you lovely people who come to BarryChic.Blog. I got this idea from Cristina who I’ve been reading for years.

So, today I’m sharing 7 things about me and about what is pertinent to December. Continue reading “December Chit-Chat”

Protecting Yourself During Finals Week: GIVEAWAY!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… and the worst time of the semester. I am that student who is pouting around in class in her Christmas sweater because while I’m stuck studying, all I want to do is be enveloped in Christmas cheer. Is that too much to ask for?! Ha! Well until finals are over, I’ll be spending hours hunched over my computer trying to cram a semester’s worth of information into my brain. I’m teaming up with Phonetic’s Eye wear to talk about their special glasses that protect your eyes from hash computer light. There’s also a giveaway detailed at the end, so make sure to read! Again, thank you to Phonetic for sending me a pair of their glasses — it honestly changed the game!

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Staying Sane While Applying to Jobs in College

Today we’re doing things a little bit different on the blog today! I’m collaborating with to talk about all about the job search process. Today, she is guest writing on my blog, and I went over and wrote on her blog. How cool is that?! So keep on reading to hear what she has to say about keeping your cool during the dreaded job search. Don’t forget to head to her page when you’re done to read what I wrote. 🙂

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My First Paycheck Must Buys

Back to school for me also meant back to work. And back to work means a paycheck again (woo hoo!). If I had to give advice for college freshman I would say get a job once you’ve been a school for a couple months. I’ve had a few different jobs through my years at school and I have loved the structure it gave me. It also gave me a steady paycheck so I never felt guilty for buying a pizza on a Friday night or grabbing that cute mug I spied at the TJ Maxx checkout line.

My paycheck is coming on Friday and I have been making of list of items I’ve been dying to buy. Here is my shopping list of fun items that I’ll be purchasing as soon as that direct deposit comes in! Continue reading “My First Paycheck Must Buys”

Four Things I Cut from my Budget that I Don’t Miss

If you haven’t heard already I chose to use the past summer to travel and to live my life to the fullest. My bank account was not liking this idea. I had to stretch my dollar a bit farther in summer and while some items have been hard and almost impossible to give up, there are some things that were a lot easier to say goodbye to than I originally thought.  

Even though I’m back to school and work, the holiday season is fast approaching. So today I wanted to share what I cut from my budget that I actually found easier to give up on than I thought.

Spotify Premium

So I convinced myself to keep paying for Spotify Premium after I decided to train to run a 10K last fall.  It was extremely helpful when it came to the five and six mile runs that I didn’t have commercials playing when what I really needed was some “Who Run the World” blasting. After the race, I kept paying for the premium membership. As a college student the price is $4.99. Now, that doesn’t seem like much but I became aware that I only used Spotify when I was running outside. If I was running inside I would listen to a podcast, and it was only going to get colder seeing that winter was right around the corner, I decided to make a deal with myself that I would unsubscribe only for the winter months, then when it was warm enough to run outside again I would start paying. It’s now November and I’ve saved over 60 dollars! I just haven’t been able to pull the trigger to start paying again, and personally, I don’t miss it.


Getting Coffee

My order as of late is a skinny vanilla latte (hint hint for anyone wanting to make my day!) and that is not a super expensive drink, but it’s not cheap either. I’ve always enjoyed the act of going to a coffee shop and ordering my drink. But this adds up, especially when I’m sitting in there just to study or to write. Instead, I’ve been bringing my own coffee and been taking it on campus or sitting outside after brewing my own. Even if you only cut out your daily Starbucks for a week, it could save you!


High-End Makeup

When I look in my makeup bag I’ll be honest when I say that there’s only two or three items that come from Sephora or MAC. If you aren’t already acquainted, let me welcome you to the world of drugstore makeup! Some seriously amazing foundation can be as little at ten bucks. I’m not kidding when I say I swear by this stuff. There are eye shadow pallets with the same pigmentation as something you’d find on a Naked pallet. You might even find that wearing less make up in general will save you those frequent trips to the store. 


Drinks with Dinner

I just turned 21 so let me tell you that this is HARD. It’s such a novelty for me to order a drink. Period. With dinner, at lunch, mimosas at breakfast! Being able to order this pretty Snapchat-able drink and have someone serve it to me legally is a rush. But this rush is costing my approximately 7-9 dollars a drink. That in addition to food easily doubles my meal cost. Okay… so this one might be something that I cut out of my budget that I actually miss… and tend to slip up on. But, I’m sure  if once the novelty of being 21 wears off it’ll be easier.


Let me know what things you’ve cut from your budget that you don’t miss!

What You Need Before Your Next Big Study Session

Has anyone found that sometimes it seems as though people spend more time letting others know that they have to study rather than actually studying? I admit I’ve been that person once or twice.

The task of studying for a midterm can just seem so daunting and overwhelming that it makes more sense to Snapchat the papers strewn about rather that actually go through them. Today I’m going to walk you through my favorite ways to help make it a bit easier to buckle down and get some work done.  Continue reading “What You Need Before Your Next Big Study Session”

Detoxing from the Chaos

A couple weekends ago some friends and I packed up our bags and headed out into the woods. Holy. Crap. People! If you’ve been following my blog for a bit, you know I am all about fashion, pampering items, and you know, a bed. But I was inspired by my friends’ stories of sleeping in forests and hiking mountains, and a felt an urge of adventure.

Now I wasn’t about to pack up the car and drive to Colorado for the weekend. But, we rented out some camping ground and spent the weekend at a state park about a half hour from campus. This was perfect for me because I was super concerned about a good night sleep and bears (I know I’m in Iowa, but still!). By doing this, I took the time to step back from hectic everyday life.

My goal for you all is to become inspired by my leap out of my comfort zone and to find your own time to detach from the world. Continue reading “Detoxing from the Chaos”