The Fall Tag

I’m sitting here after my first class of the day (and my first exam of the day, hsci is going to kill me this semester), catching up on some blogs abd sitting and staring out at this terrible weather.  So of course, when I came across the Fall Tag, I felt like it was the perfect thing to do on this rainy, cold, and tired tuesday morning.

1. Ok we’re talking coffee’s – what’s your favourite seasonal drink from Starbucks/Costa/Cafe Nero etc?
I am a total coffee person, but this past year I’ve found a new love for mochas.  Mochas? Kill me now they’re so delicious.  Dark chocolate mochas, specifically.  Dark chocolate peppermint mochas?  Even better!  At my cafe, we make a really really good one.  If only it wasn’t a million calories, I could probably live off of them!  From Starbucks I’ve also been loving the PSL, of course.  But McDonalds also did a really good, and reasonably priced, pumpkin spiced latte too, and I kind of almost think it’s better than the Starbucks ones!   In addition to the PSL from Starbucks, I tried the salted caramel mocha for the first time the other week and OH. MY GOD. I don’t know when I let my sweet tooth take over my life, but I love it!

 

2.  Accessories – what do you opt for, scarf, boots, gloves?
Scarves? Check. Boots? Check.  Gloves? Check.
I did a post yesterday about wearing scarves, so duh, I love them!  And not just thin ones either. I have a few of the really huge chunky knit ones, and I live in them in the winter.  As for boots, I have two and a half pairs of riding boots (my last pair is about to bite the dust), and I’m looking at investing in a pair of hunters.  (For those of you who remember when I considered the red ones, I’ve decided on the blacks.  And if I really love them, and wear them all the time, I may consider getting a shorter pair of the reds next year!)  And gloves? yes. I need them.  I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again: I go to school on a mountain and it’s friggen cold. I bought a pair of tech gloves from Old Navy last year and they’re amazing.  Being able to text, or change my spotify playlist without my fingers freezing off is wonderful!
3.  Music – what’s your favourite music to listen to during Autumn?
The only time my music taste really changes according to season is in spring.  In spring I always listen to a lot of Noah and the Whale and The Mountain Goats.  As for right now, I’m listening to a lot of Death Cab for Cutie (Total throwback! I have no clue where this came from!), a lot of top 40, like Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran, and of course our girl Taylor!
4.  Perfume – what’s your favourite scent for this time of year?
Since I don’t have a sense of smell, I tend to avoid perfumes, and just stick with cheap body sprays, and I usually just spritz them on once I’m done at the gym.  I get the travel sizes at Bath and body works and throw them in my bag!
5.  Candles – what scents will you be burning this season?
Okay, even though I don’t have a sense of smell, I still love the ambiance of candles!  I actually just finished off two yesterday, a sweet cinnamon pumpkin and a coffee scented one.  Yup.  Coffee candles.  Can things get any  better?? (Well maybe they could, if I could smell.)
 
6.  What do you love most about Autumn?
I love that I can start layering more!  I can wear jeans and sweaters, and lounge around the house in slippers and flannels!  Also lighting candles and turning my fire place on is such a nice way to end the day!  And of course, don’t forget warm drinks.  Coffee and mochas and hot chocolate? Love it. Bring it on!
7.  Favourite makeup look?
I pretty much wear the same look all year long, but I just do more or less.  In the fall/winter, I wear a heavier foundation (just like the rest of the world!), right now I’m loving the Estee Lauder Double wear. I also contour, bronze and apply blush, which I don’t do in the summer months.  And Recently I’ve been putting more effort into my eye looks! I’ve started wearing eyeshadow again, and doing more than just my usual winged liner!  And of course I pair it with my signature dusty rose lip colour, or a bold dark colour!
8.  What are you looking forward to most in Autumn?
That’s actually a really good question!  Before today I think I would say the weather, but the rain has totally turned me off of wanting it to get any colder up here.  For now,  I’m really looking forward to my Whistler trip with my friends. Every summer we go away to the interior for our summer vacation, and this year we decided to go up to whistler for a winter vacation!  I love spending time with my friends, it’s probably the highlight of any season, no matter what.
If you read this, I totally tag you to do this tag!  Comment below when you’ve done it so I can check it out!
Kayla

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Getting Friendly with Scarves

I’ve been listening to 1989 (which I love!  I’ll have my full thoughts published in a week from now!)  on repeat all day, and it’s now 11:31 and I’m totally stressed about my hsci exam tomorrow morning.  So I’m talking a little break to type up this blog post!

Today I was at work for 8 hours, so I wanted to stay comfy and super casual.

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I haven’t been wearing a lot of scarves lately, and I wanted to get back into them!  I’m kind of scared of accessorizing with them, to be honest!   I never know how to wear them!  Today I wore this colourful one from Old Navy with my white quilted vest and a dark grey long sleeve top for a pop of colour without being to out there.  But I wore it in a more loose ‘letting go’, sort of way. Thoughts?  I really liked the way it felt/looked!  Made me feel like a weird, but perfect, mix of casual and dressed up!

Kayla

Ps. Bear with me while I try to sort out my outfit photos!  I’m trying to figure it out!

Small Steps.

I constantly tell myself that I’m going to get my 10,000 steps in every day, and somedays I do, and somedays I don’t.  Today, I didn’t.  I even made an effort and went out for a half an hour walk this morning!  Admittedly I spent most of the day inside studying for my health sciences exam, but still!  Disappointing, much?

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But this week is going to be a good one.  I can feel it.  I’m going to be able to get out of bed for my morning run, and walk across campus and make sure I get the steps in!  Especially since it’s going to be a stressful week, I’m going to need to make sure I stay active and healthy and regulate my eating.  I’ll make sure I walk to the subway station instead of catching the bus, I’ll get up and move around during breaks in between classes, and make sure I spend time at the gym, or running, even if I’m busy!  Because no one is too busy for their own health.

And to really motivate myself to reach this goal, I’m going to add $1 to my ‘Preston Small Flap’ savings fund for each day I hit my 10,000 step mark!

Kayla.

Preston Small Flap

A while ago when the new Fall Fossil Preston collection came out, I did a blog post on my favourite bags from the collection.  At that point in time, I hadn’t actually seen anything in person. And the other week I went down to Macy’s with my mom, and I fell in love with the preston collection all over again, specifically the small flap.

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Oh. My. God. I need this bag in my life.  It’s the perfect size for your wallet, phone, keys and lipstick.  It sits perfectly on my body slung across my shoulder and it is just so stinking cute!   Unfortunately it’s a bit more expensive than I’m willing to spend on a bag right now, so I’m just admiring from afar.  I’m considering saving up and getting one for myself eventually, but I just recently bought my phone as well and have other things I’m looking at.

So if anyone has any suggestions for bags that are a similar size, but a much better price, let me know!

Kayla

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Back to the fitbit

For the first time since I got my fitbit, I went a week without using it this month.  It died, and I just kept forgetting to charge it!  It was weird, and I don’t ever want to do that again.  Now that I’ve got it up and going again, I feel much more at ease.  I feel more accountable and it’s nice to be able to look at your progress at the end of the day and track what you’re doing, and know where to make the changes necessary to meet your goals.

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Even if I’m not hitting my step goal every day, having the fitbit again is helping so much with being 100% accountable and keeping my fitness goals in mind.  I’ve slacked a bit this week, but for this next week I’m setting a goal to hit my goal every day!

Kayla.

Keeping your head high

For some reason whenever I wear a big oversized hoodie to class, I always feel like I didn’t try and like a bit of a slob.  I never feel very confident and I just feel very ‘bleh’ all day.  But for some reason yesterday, i wore my oversized Georgetown hoodie from PINK, and for lack of a better way to say this, I was totally rockin’ it!  Even though I wasn’t in a super cute outfit or anything, I felt incredibly confident.  IMG_0004

I thought about what it could have been – because surely there was something!  I never feel that good when I’m wearing a hoodie. It definitely wasn’t that I was super energized (I only had 3 hours of sleep the night before).  I wasn’t overly impressed with my makeup.  I had a long day of class, and wasn’t really excited about anything.  Nothing was different than any other day.

The only thing that I could think of was my attitude.  Instead of walking down the halls with my shoulders slumped over, my head was up.  I was physically keeping my chin up, and it helped!  I felt confident about myself all day, and I think I’ve found the key to avoiding those bad days.

Try it one day!

xoxo
Kayla

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The 3 Year Plan.

I have goals.  My goals are very concrete, and I know what I need to do to achieve them.  I’m lucky that I’ve found something that I’m so passionate about, Law, and that I have the opportunity to pursue my interests.

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In my psychology class we just briefly learned about the idea of having a well defined versus an ill defined goal, and that it’s more likely to achieve a well defined goal.  And I completely agree with that.  I think it’s extremely important to not only know what you want, but how you’re going to get there.  For example, I want to go into law.  With that, I know I need to get into law school, which means I need pretty good grades to be accepted.  And that’s my motivation for working hard in school.  I know that I need to have a 3.8CGPA to even be considered, and so I bust my ass trying to get my GPA up.

Knowing that this is what I want, and knowing how to get there, it’s easy for me to think ahead.  It’s easy for me to think of how much my actions will influence my future, and to plan out the things I need to do in order to get where I want.  And with all of that, I laid out my 3-year plan.  I know exactly what I need to do, and when to do it, to get into law school.

It’s an exiting feeling, and I totally encourage you making steps for your goals!

 

xoxo
Kayla

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