Winter Skincare Tips

#TBT to this delicious hot cocoa…Somehow I can always bear the cold when there’s sweets involved! I don’t think I’ve mentioned it on the blog before, but every winter my family is fortunate enough to have the opportunity to get away from the cold for a few weeks. The destination is always changing (Mexico, Jamaica, Aruba, the DR, THIS year it’s St. Martin…), but I’ve always had the same skin troubles year after year. I spend a lot of time outside when I’m in NY, especially now that I’ve got my horse Teddy to take care of (every day!). My skin gets SO dry with the cold weather. Not cute. And it only gets worse when I travel. You’d think the opposite would happen, since it’s always a warm/humid destination, but one day into the trip and my skin is fried. Tomato red. And of course, it’s even more dry…

5 Tips to Improve Your Focus During Finals Week

It’s 9:30 on a Tuesday morning. We’re not even five minutes deep into the lecture and I’m already scoping Pinterest and Tumblr simultaneously, while also searching the course catalog and planning my schedule for next semester. Oh, and did I mention the badass chick sitting in front of me is on BuzzFeed? She’s watching cat videos. So cute! Too. Many. Effing. Distractions. For those of you who don’t know me in “real life” (even though blog/social media life is still kinda real, right?), I’m a serial multitasker. I always think I can do 10 things at once, and I can. Except…none of them are done well. Shocker, I know. It’s no secret that finals week is a freaking abundance of distraction/confusion/everything in between. So, let’s get our heads on straight. I’ve been searching up and down the Web for some kind of breakthrough/testing my own methods, and I’ve come up…

On the OCM Blog: Navigating the Campus Cafeteria

Last month I received an email from Katherine Carpenter of Our Campus Market, asking if I would like to be a guest contributor for their up and coming blog. For those of you who don’t know, Our Campus Market is an online retailer that provides college students with all of their back-to-campus dorm room/apartment necessities. Needless to say, I was thrilled and accepted immediately. I’m on the blog Tuesday August 11th and Tuesday August 25th, so check it out! Here’s a little excerpt from my first contribution: While there’s rarely a shortage of food on campus, finding options that are both high quality and healthy is often challenging. In fact, most students find one of the most appealing aspects of off-campus housing to be the kitchen and full-sized fridge. Not to mention, how many times has someone mentioned the infamous Freshman Fifteen? Campus dining halls are packed to the brim with unhealthy options such as…

The Must-Have App For College Girls

What if someone told you that you could stay safe at school with the quick touch of a button? With BlueLight, you can. BlueLight, a personal safety app available in the App Store or on Google play, is any college girl’s go-to when it comes to living life with confidence and without doubt. Don’t think you’ll ever be in a situation that will compromise your safety? The app doesn’t just feature easy-to-use tools for emergency situations, but also for every day use. Not gonna lie, I’m kind of addicted to the On My Way service. This feature allows users to share their location with contacts whether on a road trip, walking in the dark, on the way to meet someone or even just giving someone a heads up that s/he is home safe. Just set your destination and location sharing will automatically turn off and notify the contacts of your…

Why You Need Dandelion Root In Your Life

For those of you who have been following along, you probably know that I’m very interested in nutrition and the idea of living a more organic/holistic lifestyle. This can be uber challenging as a college student, so I’m always researching and testing out the latest health and fitness trends. I’ve never really been big on coffee because of all the caffeine (and my many friends I believe actually have caffeine addiction issues) and have been able to (sometimes) kick my hot chocolate cravings with a mug of spicy herbal tea. So naturally, when I heard about the detoxification properties of dandelion root tea, I was dying to try it. Dandelion root can also be used in salads and smoothies for detox purposes, but I wasn’t quite ready to be sprinkling the weed in with my salads. However, I didn’t hesitate to jump right on the dandelion root tea bandwagon. And, let me tell ya, it was…

Calm Yo’ Self: De-Stress In 5 Minutes Or Less

If you follow astrology (I’m not a diehard believer, but it can get pretty freaky), you know that Mercury has been in retrograde. This signals a time of overall stress and misfortune. Whether or not this prediction is the real deal, there’s no doubt that February can be a stressful time of the year. Feel guilty letting your New Year’s Resolution go 11 months prematurely? You should, but that’s not the point here. Sometimes, before we can get back on track, we simply need to take a breather. And no, I’m not talking about creating a relaxation room or purchasing an aromatherapy kit. 98 percent of the time, we’re stressed because we have too much on our plates! Ain’t nobody got time for relaxation rooms and Scentsy parties today. Check out these quick tips for when you’re in a time crunch but are still in need of a quick recharge: Plan – When it comes to…

The Benefits of Green Juice: Fact or Fad?

Disclaimer: Image found on Weheartit and edited by TBC. Okay, so here I am trying to be super health conscious post holidays, thinking I’ll finally succumb to the oh so trendy green juice phenomenon. For the amount of people who swear by it, it’s gotta be legit right? Wrong. Well kind of. Here’s what you need to know about juicing and how you can healthily implement it into your diet (if you’re still interested after the lowdown). First and foremost, the most nutritious green juices taste earthy. Surprise surprise, homemade veggie juices and smoothies are nothing like the pasteurized, sugar packed delights you may find at your local grocery store. Most nutritionists recommend that you limit the amount of fruit in your juice and stick to mostly vegetables. While this suits some taste buds, it’s definitely a turnoff for others who prefer a sweeter beverage. However, to combat this issue…