Saturday, August 1, 2015


Hello friends, it has been a very long time, but I am back with a whole haul of things I'll be wearing/using/bought in China for college and I wanted to share. This is also a collective haul of graduation gifts, things I bought in China, things from my job, etc. Let's just get started and I'll show you!

1. Charlotte Russe (cue explanation)

so I just got this job at Charlotte Russe last week and then this weekend was employee appreciation weekend (how convenient) so we got 50% off so here's some pictures of things I tried on! (also I'm not sponsored to say any of these things; I just like a lot of the clothes at Charlotte Russe)

this pink dress is actually super cute and trendy for fall since it's that dusty rose color and it's got the cool peasant-y flow, along with the cold shoulder happening. It's fairly reasonable price-wise I think (around $23-25?) but it would be super cute for rocking on college campuses everywhere this fall.

I also tried on this cute maroon ribbed halter tank top, which I really like, but I'm not sure what I'd really wear it with so I haven't gotten it yet. Also I wore a pair of the skinny legging jeans in this picture and the following one.

I also tried on this burnt orange v-neck shirt; I'm not sure how CR makes these tees but they are so comfortable! They honestly feel like pajamas, but look really put together.

I actually bought this "going-out" top, which is a bright royal blue halter crop top. I think it'll be really cute with a bodycon skirt or pencil skirt.

I also hopped on the striped tee dress trend finally and picked up this little number.

Also, I'm way too obsessed with my second ear piercing and ended up purchasing this set of earrings to match my piercings together.
2. Starbucks ($2)

I went to the white girl Mecca today and happened to see this cute reusable tumbler/mug. I believe this was part of a contest to see who could design a pattern for the cups and I actually really like this pattern a lot so I gladly picked one up for only $2!

3. American Eagle ($12.95, given as gift)

My childhood friend and I share a common love for patterned socks and a few weeks ago, she heard me talking about how I wanted some socks to wear with ankle boots so she pulled out these socks from American Eagle, which was incredibly sweet of her. Also, these socks are super comfortable, but also thin in a breathable way.

I got three shirts from American Eagle; two are the Soft and Sexy collection and one is the Favorite tee collection. I enjoy all of them.

I also got this summer scarf thing, but I don't really think it's a scarf. I don't know what to do with it, so I'll just show you guys.

4. Ninja Blender (grad gift)

I have a slight obsession with smoothies and blended drinks and my parent's coworker very kindly picked up this blender for me. I've used it numerous times this summer and it works wonderfully! I'm so glad to have such a handy utensil for college!

5. South American gifts

One of my close friends recently went on a tour of South America and she presented me with a few goodies when she returned, which I was so appreciative for!

This is just a cute little decoration made from various gemstones (she knows that Northwestern colors are purple and white and tried to look in that color scheme)

She also brought me these two beaded Brazil bracelets, along with this cool jade-colored bracelet, which I really like!

6. China trip

I got a few goodies from when I went to China this summer, including these floral printed binder clips, which I think can jazz up any assignment/are really cute for every day.

I also picked up this little tumbler/mug for my roommate; it's got a very cute face with a moustache on it, along with gray and white polka dots!

I also got an enormous supply of washi tape, which can be used for decorating items. I'll have to try it out soon! There was a large variety in this stationary store and I went hardcore on these little rolls of tape.

Asian women care greatly, especially for their skin and beauty, which I could definitely see with the masses of parasols on hot summer days. I picked up a variety of these face masks (infused with different things; red wine, glacier water, pomegrante, etc)

I also just got my second piercings so I went hardcore on earrings in this cute store (think H&M, but Chinese. also open 24 hours a day).

In case you haven't noticed, I bought quite a few things in China and my last purchases were these skirts (but they're actually skorts!). They're cute and floral, but also come equipped with shorts for ladies who sit like guys a.k.a. myself, and have nifty pockets to hold goodies.

7. Ulta ($.97)

Ulta is in the mall where I work at and I happened to stroll in one day and picked up this Zoya nail polish for 97 cents, which I think it is a crazy good deal! It's a gray matte polish and looks great, but needs a few coats to become opaque.

8. Brighton (Chelsea's boutique)

Chelsea's might be a local boutique in my town, but I'm fairly certain it is a franchise. My neighbors gave me this Brighton necklace for graduation and I am completely in love with it!

9. Books A Million

I think Books A Million is not widely spread throughout the US, but it always has an assortment of home decor items (literature themed, of course). My friend saw this Alice in Wonderland canvas and got this for me. Alice in Wonderland is, undoubtedly, my favorite book of all time and this wall decoration proves that.

10. Earthbound Trading Company

Earthbound feeds my inner hipster, especially since the closest Urban Outfitters is about two hours away from me! However, it has more reasonable prices (in my opinion) and I've purchased a few things, along with received gifts from Earthbound.

First are these over the knee socks; they're navy with a cable knit sweater pattern. I'm about 5 foot 7 and these go over the knee for me, but just barely (maybe I have long calves).

My friend also gifted me this nice turquoise necklace for graduation with three rectangular stones. I've gotten numerous compliments on this necklace, which looks like it could have come from Anthropologie.

11. random Wisconsin boutique

My friend from Wisconsin drove six hours for my graduation, which is honestly the best gift I could have ever received, but she also brought this charm necklace that has a pink gemstone and the word "loved" engraved on the charm, which brings a smile to my face.

12. Claire's

I actually went in this store even though I'm no longer in middle school to get my second piercing, since my town doesn't have any other piercing places. After being way too thrilled about my piercing, I also picked up this antique-looking silver statement necklace that dresses up any outfit.

okay, I realize that was a large amount of objects I just threw at you guys. Hopefully you enjoy! I'll most likely have a few DIY posts coming up for incoming college students!

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