Monday, August 22, 2011

Checklist: Moving into College Apartment or Dorm?

I'm almost completely packed for college. I move in this Saturday and classes start on Monday. Talk about hectic! Moving can be stressful and exciting at the same time. I lived in a dorm freshman year. I had my own private room and bathroom. I was very fortunate considering most freshman have a roommate and share a tiny space. My space was still tiny, but I added cute wall decor and had great storage bins. This year i'm actually transfering to another University about 11 hours from my home in Florida. It's going to be culture shock thats for sure. Although I'm so excited to have a Fall and Winter. Florida doesn't get to experience that at all. I'm moving into an amazing apartment off campus. It's a four bedroom and we each have our own private bathrooms. I have not met my sweet-mates yet. But we all met on Facebook. The apartment complex has a roommate matching site where you can talk with other people who are moving in there too. We all chose to live together, and i'm so excited to meet them. But to make sure I pack everything I made a checklist on items I needed to bring with me. I thought I would share what's on my list. It may help you when your starting college or moving in the future. I tried to think of everything!

□ Hammer
□ Screwdriver
□ Surge protectors
□ Extension cords
□ Duct tape
□ Batteries (rechargeable is best)
□ Flashlight
□ Pliers
Medicine Kit:
□ Band aids
□ Cold medicine
□ Allergy medicine
□ Antibiotic cream
□ Mini first-aid kit
□ Advil
□ Aloe, Sunscreen
□ Vitamins
□ Eye drops
□ Contact solution
□ Contact containers
□ Q-tips
□ Hand sanitizer
□ Medical info (doctor, phone number, local hospital)
*Cotton Balls
Pedicure Kit:
□ Nail clipper
□ Nail file
□ 5-40 favorite nail polishes (ZOYA)
□ Cotton balls
□ Polish remover
Sewing Kit:
□ Safety pins
□ Needles
□ Thread
Laundry Kit:
□ Quarters (If you don't have one)
□ Detergent
□ Dryer Sheets
□ Laundry Bag
□ Space Clothes hangers (a ton) (JOY MANGANO)
*Fabric softener
□ Printer paper
□ Ink cartridge
□ Scissors
□ Desk Lamp
□ Rubber bands
□ Stapler and staples
□ Tape
□ Planner
□ Backpack (or any bag to carry books in)
□ Calculator
□ Erasers
□ Glue
□ Highlighters
□ Index cards
□ Markers
□ Notebooks/Lined paper
□ Paper clips
□ Pens/Pencils
□ Ruler
□ Three-hole punch
□ Push pins
□ Post it notes
□ Flash drive
□ Desk organizers
□ Blank CDs
*Laptop (Apple I'm a Mac girl)
*Laptop bag
Kitchen Kit:
□ Filtered water pitcher
□ Can opener
□ Plastic utensils, plates, bowls (If dorm) Apartment Regular silverware
□ Tupperware
□ Sharp knife
□ Mac n cheese (you can make box mac n’ cheese in the microwave)
□ Dish soap
□ Sponge
□ Water bottle
□ Travel coffee mug
□ Bag clips
*Fruits & Veggies
*Plastic Baggies
*Cutting Board
*Coffee Maker
Dorm D├ęcor Ideas:
□ Trash can or paper trash bags (only 1 trash can was provided in my dorm room. It’s nice to have a personal trashcan that you don’t need to share with a roommate, so next time you go to the grocery store, ask for paper bags. These hold their shape and are perfect to use as trash bags because they can just be thrown away when you’re done using them.)
□ Bulletin Board or dry erase marker board
□ Small lockbox for passport, jewelry, etc.
□ Wall decals that function like stickers and add color to plain white dorm walls
□ Desk fan
□ Posters
□ Command hooks (lots)
□ Full length mirror
Cleaning Kit:
□ Air freshener
□ Cleaning wipes
□ Mini vacuum (There’s a chance that you’re residence hall won’t have a good vacuum, so it’s a good idea to get your own. Plus, dorm rooms get dirty and really need to be vacuumed regularly.)
Bed Kit:
□ Risers (unless the height of your bed can be adjusted with the bed frame. I ended up not needing bed risers because our beds were already tall and had plenty of storage space. ) (Dorm Living)
□ 2 pairs of twin XL sheets (Most dorm bed sizes)
□ Electric blanket
□ Mattress pad
□ Pillows
□ Extra blanket/quilt
Bathroom & Toiletries Kit:
□ 2 sets of towels
□ 2 hair twist towels
□ Shower shoes ( If shared)
□ Shower caddy (waterproof)
□ Soap
□ Soap case
□ Toothpaste
□ 2 toothbrushes
□ Floss
□ Shampoo
□ Conditioner
□ Q tips, Cotton Balls
□ Shaving cream
□ Razors
□ Deodorant
□ Lotion
□ Moisturizer
□ Hair clips, ties, headbands
□ Brush
□ Make-up
□ Perfume
□ Hairspray
□ Hair dryer
□ Curling iron, Straightener
□ Tweezers
□ Bobby pins
□ Chapstick
*Makeup remover
*Teeth Whitener
*Self tanner

Bathroom Decor:
*Shower Curtain
*Shower Rod
*Floor mat
* Wall decor
*Toothbrush holder
* Shower Caddy (If dorm)
*Shower head massager

□ Don’t pack too much clothing. Only bring items that you wear regularly, like at least once every 3 weeks (unless you need certain clothes for different seasons like me.. Which means I'll be packing a lot :)
□ Bathing suit
□ Workout clothes
□ Dressy outfits
□ Sneakers
□ Underwear
□ Waterproof Rain jacket
*Shoes (Flats, boots, flip flops, & heels)( I am packing a lot) I'm a girl!!!
* Coats & Hoodies
*Game-day dresses (If FOOTBALL School)

□ Glasses with case
□ Passport (If study abroad)
□ Camera and cord
□ Favorite board games (Apples to Apples, Scattegories, a deck of cards)
□ Favorite DVDs
□ Umbrella
□ Ipod
□ Radio and CD player, iPod player
□ Cell phone charger
□ Address/Telephone book
□ Calendar (filled in with special dates like birthdays)
*Alarm clock
*storage bins (You can never have enough storage)
*Tailgating chair
Candles (If living in apartment)
Big Items:
Try to compromise with your roommate about who will bring these. If living in dorm: You don’t want to get to college and have 2 printers, 2 fridges, and 2 microwaves. There’s just not enough room for all that extra stuff…
□ Printer
□ Mini Fridge
□ Microwave

I'm sure I forgot something but these are just the things I can think of on the top of my head! Hope this helps someone :)

I will do a tour of my new pad as soon as I get settled in!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Fashion Inspiration: Get Inspired

I know most of you have started back high school or college by now. I don't start back until the 29th of August. LUCKY ME! I have been shopping like a crazy girl for fall. I stumbled across the website ASOS Fashion Finder & found these adorable outfits that caught my eye. These are of coarse outfits that go with my style and personality. However, they have so many different outfits for so many styles that are put together. It gives you a great idea about how things will look together. Trust me.. It's worth checking out. You will all have to let me know if you find any inspiration from there as well. I hope everyone is having a great day!


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Jessica Simpson: My Celebrity Beauty Style Icon

I have always admired Jessica Simpson. She has been called every name in the book from Ditz, Dumb, boring, Fame whore, stuck up, self absorb, and fat. Well we know she isn't dumb. She is smart and extremely talented. Her clothing line is fabulous. I don't know one woman who doesn't own at least one pair of her shoes. I love her line from Jewelry, handbags, shoes, jeans, dresses, swim suites, perfume and hair extensions.. I would say she's the only one laughing.. ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK! After all the magazines and gossip blogs calling her fat and pretty much just degrading her, she still keeps a positive attitude and a smile on her face. So she has gained a bit of weight people!!!! She's happy and got comfortable. I don't understand why everyone made it such a big deal. She is still the same fabulous person she was before. The thing people don't understand is that weight can be lost. It's pretty easy if your determined. Jessica is a very determined woman and has been hitting the gym hard lately. When I see blogs about her that are all negative and just flat out mean... All it comes down to is ladies who are insecure and unhappy writing hateful things to make themselves feel better. In other words jealously. It's sad that people have to be so cruel because she gained a bit of weight. No ones perfect.. Not Meagan Fox, Opera, me or you. All we can do is be happy with what we have and who we are.

My celebrity beauty style icon is Jessica Simpson. I don't only think she's a great role model, but I love her sense of fashion. She's very girly like me, and not afraid to take risk. She has amazing hair and skin. Her makeup always looks fresh and clean. i'm always recreating looks from her on myself. I posted some pictures of her that I love. She's fabulous and will continue to inspire others for generations to come. Whose your celebrity beauty style icon?