Visiting College as an Alum

 

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After almost a year of indulging in the post-graduate life, my friends and I planned a weekend trip to visit our alma mater, Susquehanna University, home of the River Hawks (previously the Crusaders but that’s a sensitive subject). So for the first time since graduation, my suite mates and I were back on campus again just like old times.

 

 

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2016

When we arrived at SU, I felt like I was having some kind of out of body experience. It was like I belonged there but then again I didn’t belong there. Driving through campus brought back so many memories though and I was more than happy to be back.

We conveniently planned our trip during one of the last weekends before school ends and got to see Airband (the show full of dance performances put on by the greek organizations) and enjoy the carnival for spring weekend. Can we just talk about these shirts?

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Hilarious.

During the night we got into some good old college shananigans and reconnected with old friends at a party. Numerous snapchats and low quality iPhone photos were taken and even more memories were made.

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Before we left, we stopped at the bookstore to pick up some River Hawks merchandise with our alumni discount. Perks.

When I graduated a year ago I didn’t know if I would ever be back to visit SU, however, I’m glad I did. The real world isn’t as easy as I thought it would be. So, to the graduating seniors who swear they will never return:

  1. You’ve spent four years here and after finals week, spending another day on campus seems like torture. But as time goes on after graduation, you realize how great the college lifestyle was. For example, you’ll miss living in such close proximity to your friends and being able to have dinner with them almost everyday or just being on your own leisurely schedule.
  2. It will really hit you when you see everyone participating in the same events that you used to participate in while your were in college. (Concerts, parties, campus traditions, etc)
  3. Even though you probably had complaints and there was always something that could have been better, you stayed. That place was your home. Sometimes I hate to admit that a small town in rural central Pennsylvania where most residents probably voted for Donald Trump was where I lived for four years, but it happened. And honestly, the memories made outweigh everything else.

 

The fashion behind it:

Going out in college is more casual than going out to the bars and lounges at home. So, I left my heels at home and opted for a casual look that I didn’t mind getting dirty (just in case someone drunk spilled beer on me ya know?)

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Jumpsuit on a Budget

Heyyyyy Everybody!

I am writing a post about a jumpsuit I bought a few months ago and haven’t had a chance to wear yet. This time around, I had a new photographer and shot at a different location. As I am editing the photos, I’m happily surprised with how they came out. I am slaying at all angles! YASSS! Shoutout to America’s Next Top Model for showing me how to smize, booty tooch, and model H2T (you will not get these references unless you watch ANTM religiously like I do).

 

 

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Jumpsuit: Charlotte Russe

Shoes: Madden Girl

Jacket: Vintage

Let me start with the fact that God is good and capable of amazing things. I walk into my local Charlotte Russe with the intention of returning some things I bought online. I decide to browse the store because you never know what you might find. I run into this jumpsuit and think ‘Okay I really want another jumpsuit. Let me try this on.’ I try it on and fall in love with how comfy it is and how it fits. I say to myself ‘Self, you need this so just get it no matter how much it is. You know you’ll wear it.’ I proceed to check out and the cashier tells me that the jumpsuit is a clearance item and costs $7.

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Thank. You. God.

Walked out of there with a whole outfit and had plenty to spend on some Chipotle afterwards.

I love one piece outfits like jumpsuits and rompers. They are so simple, require little effort, and still allow you to look bomb. They are really the greatest thing since sliced bread.

This jacket that I photographed with is vintage. By vintage, I mean I got it out of my mom’s closet and she’s had it for years. I love a black and white color scheme so for me it completed the look. Plus, everything comes back in style. Okay, maybe not everything, but most things.

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Sunglasses are courtesy of my photographer

 

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Yes this is new hair courtesy of Ali Moda. It’s a full lace frontal wig I constructed myself ;]

 

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Boss Mode

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Dress | TJ Maxx
Boots | Macy’s
Coat | Vintage
Hair | Best Lace Wigs (wig made by me)

Hi all,

I’ve been MIA lately when it comes to fashion posts and I’ll tell you why. It’s winter. I unfortunately don’t live in a place where it’s warm all year long. So, when it comes to doing a little photo shoot in the middle of winter, I usually take an L and fill my blog with other topics. However, it was a little warmer today so I’m hoping this means that Spring is soon to come!

This outfit was inspired by my mindset. Lately, I’ve been in BOSS MODE trying to balance finding a full-time job, working my part-time job, developing my brand, doing some freelance writing, being a full-time caregiver for my mom, and having a social life. I’ve been working hard and getting it done *insert hair flip*.

With that being said, I threw on my Olivia Pope inspired trench coat with a simple cream color dress I found at good ol’ TJMaxx. I found this dress at the end of last spring and it’s super comfy because the texture has a velvety feel to it. Simple dresses like these are so great to have in your closet. You can do so much with it. Dress it up and keep it simple.

My black thigh high boots have become my life and one of the best birthday gifts ever. I love love loooooove my boots! They take any and every outfit up three notches. This thigh high trend was definitely one of my favorites this fall and winter. Now if I could just find them in another color, I’d be set.

Now, if you notice at the top of the page, I told you my coat was vintage. This coat and I have a long history. I mean, I’ve had this coat since about junior year of high school. It has seen me grow up and it has been here for my Glo up. This coat came with me to college, has been to multiple college parties and was there to cover my shoulders as I walked to brunch the next morning. This coat has had buttons pop off multiple times and been sewn right back on by my dear mother. It travelled with me abroad to other countries and has been through the snow, rain, and hail. To be honest, I just haven’t gotten around to getting a new one. Maybe I’ll save that for next fall. Haha.

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*My dress looks super short here due to the way I’m sitting. But, I guess doing my squats has paid off. Yass!*

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Facial Cleansers!

Good Morning

When I was in college (which was only a few months ago) and would come back from a party at 2am, there were two things I was never too drunk to do: wash my face and wrap my hair.

This post is not only for those girls that enjoy a daily face beat but also for the gals that like to go au natural and wear little to no makeup. No matter what category you fit into, the most important thing to remember is to wash your face daily!

Washing your face everyday is super important because 1. you never want to sleep in your makeup and 2. even if you don’t wear makeup, nature’s elements like dust particles and dirt can land on your skin and help clog your pores and even lead to acne.

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…I know right?!

 

Typically, my face washing routine involves me removing my makeup with coconut oil and then washing my face using the Neutrogena Naturals Facial Cleanser and Pore Scrub. They both cost about $7-$8 each and they feel so light on my skin.

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So with the help of some friends, I did a little research about some other popular facial cleansers and products that our generation is using.

 

  1. St.Ives Apricot Scrub  | $3-$4

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“I love the way you can feel the exfoliants scrubbing away the dirt and grime from the day. I walk away feeling fresh and renewed!” – Jadzia | Queens, NY | Skin Type: Normal

 

2. Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash | $7-$8

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“Since I have normal skin, I prefer to use products that do not add extra oils or dryness to my skin. I’ve been using Neutrogena for years and it has always been a helper in clearing my skin.” – Biuma | Bronx, NY | Skin Type: Normal

 

3. Clinique Facial Cleanser Set | $20

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“I have very sensitive and oily skin! Besides drinking water and keeping hydrated, I use the Clinique Facial Cleanser set because it is specially formulated for oily skin. It’s a three step cleaning that works for me.” -Courtney | Dover, NJ | Skin Type: Oily and Sensitive

 

4. Neutrogena Deep Clean | $7

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“It works great as a daily cleanser when I take off my makeup every night and keeps my face feeling clean.” – Jelani | Bronx,NY | Skin Type: Between Normal and Dry

 

5. Clean and Clear Morning Burst Facial Cleanser | $7

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“The Morning Burst by Clean and Clear really helps with oily skin and I love how the beads give me a deep clean.” – Raquel | Redding, PA | Skin Type: Oily some days/Dry others

 

 

Brooklyn Smorgasburg

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So about a week ago (insert $hmoney dance), I went to Smorgasburg in Brooklyn, which is a weekend food festival that has a sea of food vendors. I heard about it through my friend and fellow blogger Jelani‘s blog. I decided, being the “chef” that I am, this would be a fun event to go to. So, I dragged some fam along with me and we headed to the BK.

When I first got there, I thought it would be a little bit bigger than it was. The online photos made it seem MASSIVE, but in person, it was just big. Nonetheless, we took a full lap around first just so we could see all of our options. There was pretty much every type of food there that you could have asked for plus dessert! I instinctively my vision zoomed in on the fried chicken stand, but being in an environment like this called for going out of my comfort zone.

It was difficult making my decision on what I would try first, but in the end, I went with the pork and cabbage taco from Gao Taco. They paired the slow roasted pork belly with pickled cabbage and chipotle mayo. I took a bite…….it wasn’t my thing. I took another bite…….it was decent. I took a third bite……then gave it to my mom. We have different palettes. The taco wasn’t horrible but I am personally not a fan of how they kept the fat on the pork. I felt like that was all I tasted as I chewed.

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While my mom enjoyed the rest of my taco, I went on a mission to find something else. I was kind of discouraged that stepping out of my comfort zone didn’t end well. So, I went with what I knew. I found a stand that sold wings (one my favorite foods). I said to my self “Self, you are being mediocre trying foods you can get anywhere”. Little did I know how great and amazing those wings tasted! They were easily the best wings I ever had from a place called Dan and John’s Wings. They were simply…

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My last entreè I tried was not really planned. I knew I was still a little hungry but I didn’t know what for. My fam and I happen to be walking by a stand that was putting up signs saying “1/2 off all food”. That was a sign from God for only he knows how much ya girl loves a sale. I forget the name of the place but they sold Asian food. I asked for the shrimp not realizing it came with the lo mein. All in all, again it was fantastic. I ate the entire bowl, without being able to take a photo because it was that good.

Overall, Smorgasburg was a success I would say. If you plan on going, I would offer these tips:

1. Bring a decent amount of money and make sure it’s cash. When we walked in, there was a long line for the ATM machine and a good amount of the vendors don’t take cards.

2. Don’t count on all of the vendors that you see online to be there. It probably depends on the day you go honestly. Some vendors do both Saturday and Sunday while others only do one day. I went on a Sunday so there are some vendors I didn’t get to see because they only come on Saturdays.

3. Try new things. Although, I didn’t like Goa Taco, I would recommend it to someone else looking to try something out of the box. Plus, they had great customer service.

4. Bring fold out chairs or a blanket to sit on in the grass. My mom thought about this last minute and grabbed a blanket before we left the house. Most likely, it will be hard to find an empty table so people will sit in the grass or on the curb.

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Oh yeah…I also tried a coconut!

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We ended our day with a walk on The High Line.

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