TOP: old F21, similar here and here | PANTS: Old Navy pixie’s, love them! | SHOES: from DSW, similar here and here | BAG: Marshall’s, love this and this | EARRINGS: Baublebar | WATCH: Kate Spade | NECKLACE: Bluetique, discount code mentioned in post!

I wanted to share a business casual outfit and I felt that it went hand and hand with this post! I have had to dress up for quite a few things already! My Special Events Officer Interview, my upcoming Professional Retail Leaders Interview and my upcoming networking trip! I wanted to share this look because I know I’m not the only one having to dress up a bit. So here’s some inspiration and a life update as well!

So I have a lot to update and share. I started this year out feeling really alone. I’m living in a single and boyfriend doesn’t come back until next semester and on top of this I don’t see a lot of my friends during the week because we’re all SO BUSY. So I have decided to channel more of this alone time into something. This is the year of ME.

I am currently involved in A LOT all while taking 18 credit hours {lol not anymore since I was failing my online stats class!}. More often then not, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed but I don’t want to give anything up.

I just feel a fire in my soul, as corny as that sounds, to be great and successful. I just feel it. While I love my friends, I’m using this alone time that I seem to have a lot more of and using it to better myself. Two of my friends and I actually had this convo about how we’re worrying about ourselves and our success more this year!

Now I want to discuss the crazy amount of stuff I’m involved in:

Obviously my blog, I’m ride or die for Cincinnati Sass and really want to focus on growing my platform and brand.

Bluetique Brand Ambassador: you guys have seen me link to Bluetique items before in my outfit posts. I’m happy to say that after being obsessed with the store here in Athens, that I have become a Bluetique Brand Ambassador. I will be posting on both my personal and blog social media about Bluetique. I also have a code ‘Alexis15’ which saves you money at checkout!

Fashion Associates: I am currently on the executive board for my fashion club, Fashion Associates. I love the lovely ladies I call friends that are in this org and all that we do. We do networking trips, philanthropy, socials and a fashion show! This year we’re going to Columbus and visiting a few home offices of some big brands!!

The Black Student Cultural Programming Board: I love his org so much!! It’s a great way to meet other black people on campus {OU is a predominantly white institution, so it’s nice to see some diversity!} It’s also a great way to network and meet faculty because it is a tier 1 org.

I’ve also just been extended an offer as a Special Events Officer. I’m so excited for this position as well! I’ll be working along the Special Events co-directors.

On top of this all, I have a campus job 🙂 it’s okay I guess, I genuinely like the people I’ve met through the job. We all feel the same way about that place! I am also interviewing for yet another student org, Professional Retail Leaders, later this afternoon!

It’s a lot, but like I said I don’t want to give anything up, so wish me luck! I hope you all are working on your path to success. Make this the year of you!

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Comforter | similar white pillow | similar throw pillows | similar gold leaf {on desk} from target clearance | Kate Spade baby wallet | printer | twinkle lights | Keurig | bath mat, similar walmart bath mat | acrylic makeup organizers | LED makeup mirror | similar storage ottoman | hexagon cork boards | side tables are from my grandma!

See last year’s dorm tour here!

I love, love, love my dorm room this year!! I am in a single this year {thank God} and wanted to share my room with you all. If you’ve seen last year’s room, linked above, then you’ll recognize many of the items in my room this year. I switched out a few things and added some new pieces.

On Wednesday, I signed my 2018-2019 lease for junior year and now I’m just in such a decorating mood! Can’t wait to buy more decor goodies, follow along with my future dorm decorating on Pinterest!!

 

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I am randomly posting on a Thursday because Monday and Wednesday were BUSY, I spent about 4 hours on my accounting homework Monday night and once again neglected my blog. But I am back and I am ready to get back into the swing of things. All of August was super busy. I was legit working doubles at work at least twice a week and I was exhausted. And then came move in day and all the fun and stress that comes with that. Now I am a week and a half into classes and ready to update you guys.

So this semester I’m taking 18 credit hours, that’s 18 too many if you ask me! But honestly its not too bad because I’m taking a class online. I also got a job at one of the markets on campus..it sucks, so there’s that update. I know I’ll be poor soon, so I’ll keep going to work *eye roll*.

I’m living in a single this year GOD BLESS. I am sooo happy and I will have a room tour coming soon! Please stay tuned for new posts coming as well! Tomorrow’s post will be a brand review, so get excited. If you’re a student I hope your classes are going well, and if you ever start to struggle, know you’re not alone because it’s the second week and I’m already losing my mind!

xoxo!

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I wanted to write a post on study habits and managing classes. High school and college are quite different from one another and so are the study habits needed for them. High school, I just reviewed my notes, took my test and got an A or B. College you ACTUALLY have to study.. like a lot. No matter how smart you are, you will need to put some time and effort in. So let’s talk about studying and managing classes.

Going To Class

The MOST important thing you can do is go to class!! Yeah it’s easy to skip class and take a great nap but don’t! Some classes {like my fashion + culture class} take attendance points. These points will either help your grade in the end or ruin it if you can only miss a certain amount classes. My fashion class last semester only allowed us to miss 3 classes or we failed!

Dropping Classes

If you are FAILING or have a low grade, drop the damn class. This happened to me in math first semester. I thought I could turn my grade around. That didn’t happen.

Working With Peers

Try to find someone in your class that you can study with or get notes from and get their number. I was in a Learning Community 1st semester which is basically a group of people with similar majors that take some classes together. I love them and still try to take classes with them!

Studying

So my first semester of college, I took relatively easy classes {English, Math, Public Speaking, Intro to Retail and a Consumer Sciences class}, so I didn’t have to study much, which is also why I neglected to study for math. So, when it came to 2nd semester I was out of touch and my classes were much harder {Sociology, Math..again, Art, a Journalism class and Fashion and Culture}. I quickly learned that I had to put in a lot of time to get good grades on my sociology and math exams. I even had to study for art {lots of definitions!!} It was hard to build that routine, but I did it!

Going to the Library

Take time out of your weekly schedule to go to the library. For me I had time after Soc. and I would go to the library before my math class. That gave me about 2 hours every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, to study, work on my blog, or get some homework done.

When to Start Studying

I personally like to start doing heavy studying a week or a week and a half before the actual exam, this excludes finals though because there is more at stake there.

Staying Awake {Without Dying}

I really recommend coffee and RedBull, but not too much!! Also chugging water and just staying hydrated in general is great too!

Thanks for reading!! Hopefully these tips help you like they helped me! Also happy start of classes if you’ve started already. I wish nothing but a prosperous year for all of you, college student or not!!

xoxo

 

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A few weeks back my family and I went to Universal Studios. We never do theme park vacations so this was new for us! It was AMAZING. We had so much fun exploring Universal Orlando’s 3 parks. Today I wanted to share a TON of pictures of my family’s adventures. Part of the reason I created a blog was to have something to look back on and this is just that. I will try to link outfit and location details!

Our Hotel: The Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

TOP: Old Navy | DENIM: Hollister, similar here | SHOES: Old Navy | BAG: Marshall’s, similar | SUNNIES: Cincinnati boutique | EARRINGS: similar

The walking path back to our hotel. There are boat taxis but there had been lightening in the area, so they weren’t running at the moment.

Universal Studios { inside + outside the park!}

NBC Sports Grill, the avocado burger is bomb!

Super cute food truck for this Mexican restaurant. They sell tacos late at night!

Shrimp tacos are my weakness!! From Antojitos, same as above ^^

The dragon in Diagon Alley from Harry Potter

Most of Universal Studios!!

Top 2 pics are from the Hollywood area of the park. Also Scooby Too is my FAVORITE so I was totally in my happy place!

More Diagon Alley

Rip, Ride, Rock It coaster. It goes STRAIGHT up and I thought I was going to die but it was a BLAST the second time around!!

Me and Gab getting eaten by Jaws, no big deal

My sis and dad in New York!

The calmer version of the dragon, when he’s not spewing fire.

Islands of Adventure Park

 

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

{This is part of Islands of Adventure}

Three Broomsticks restaurant in Hogsmeade. We had breakfast here one morning. We also ate at The Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley!

I bought a wand!! It is Luna Lovegood’s second wand.

Volcano Bay Water Park

Lot’s of pictures, I know but I had a great time!

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