Thursday, March 27, 2014

What's In My Bag? School Edition

I've seen quite a few "What's In My Bag?" posts over the last few days (specifically these from The Chelsea Way and College Prepster), so I was inspired to post my own! Today is the School Edition, aka what I always, always, always have in my bag before I leave my dorm room.

Lilly Pulitzer Large Agenda//Kate Spade Tote (similar)//Target Notebook//Earbuds with case//Juicy Phone Case//Sunglasses//Wristlet//Laptop

I bought my first Lilly agenda last summer and I LOVE it. I chose the Large Agenda in Lucky Charm and it has been perfect. I like being able to write down everything I need to do for class, all my reading, and important dates! Plus it's the most adorable agenda you could possibly buy, and it'll never got lost in the bottom of the bag.

This Kate Spade Sophie Tote (scored at an outlet for $50!) is my favorite bag right now- it's super light so I can fill it until it overflows (which is pretty hard) and it's still manageable to carry around all day. Right now I'm coveting these two Beau bags (ugh, if only.) 

I never leave my room without my phone, and I certainly never leave without headphones! If I'm walking around campus by myself all day I have to listen to music. I just got a pair that comes with a bright chevron case that keeps them from getting tangled in my backpack.

I always have sunglasses with me, even if it's not sunny when I leave- you never know! 

This little Steve Madden wristlet (which I also have in purple) holds my phone, keys, and ID card. I can't get into my room without either of these, and this little wristlet makes it easy to run to dinner or the gym without bringing a purse.

My new love/obsession/favorite item ever is my MacBook Air. I never carried my laptop to class because it was inconvenient, but my Air now comes with me everywhere. While I still love handwritten things, and I always carry a notebook with me to jot down notes, to-do lists, or blog ideas, it is beyond convenient to have all of my class notes and textbooks in a few apps on my computer. 

These are just a few of the things I carry with me everyday- my bag is always full, especially lately when I find myself heading out the door at 9 or 10 and not returning for 12 or more hours. You never know what you're going to need!

What do you always carry in your bag, either to class or just everyday? 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Los Angeles Day 5: Santa Monica

Day 5- my last full day in Los Angeles :( I loved, loved, loved LA and cannot wait to go back. My trip was absolutely amazing and exactly what I needed in the middle of such a stressful semester. I spent a week with my best friend in the world in a beautiful place, and I would definitely rather still be hanging out in California than at school back in freezing New York.

For my last day we headed back into LA and hit up Santa Monica, the ultimate Cali-style beach neighborhood. Everything was bright and colorful and sunny and beachy- I loved it! Our first stop was Urth Cafe, a very LA restaurant with the best Spanish lattes (my weakness right now). Then it was off to Santa Monica pier, but not before spending wayyyy too much time on the swing set!

The fact that we all lined up for this picture by accident was perfect! 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Los Angeles Day 4: Corona Del Mar and Newport

I know, I know, I'm behind on my LA posts but I'm slowly catching up before I head back to school today and get busy again!!

Tuesday I was still in Orange County, and we headed out for another day at the beach! After a delicious (and very California) breakfast in Newport, we went exploring at Corona Del Mar beach, which I loved even more than Laguna. CDM is filled with little hidden caves, tiny beaches tucked away, and breathtaking views of the ocean cliffs. After climbing over the rocky hills, we found these little coves.

The water was a little too cold for us, but that didn't stop any of the locals!

This is the view from Inspiration Point at the top of Corona Del Mar Beach, and it definitely deserves the name. You have to climb up a (very steep) hill, pictured above, but the view is entirely worth it. The top of the cliff gives you a sweeping view of the beach on both sides, with huge, beautiful houses running the length of the water.

I'll take one of these!

I love these little seal statues!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Los Angeles Day 3: Laguna Beach

Day 3 of my trip was my first day in Orange County, which I will try not to refer to as The OC because I know it drives people crazy. Our first stop in The OC Orange County was Laguna Beach- yes, that Laguna Beach. It's definitely more touristy since the show came out, but beautiful all the same.

Peering into the tide pools at Laguna. 

All the following photos are via Lauren!!

We found this mural near our tanning spot on the beach and had to snap a few photos before we left for dinner!

Love these girls! I loved being able to spend so much time in such a perfect place with them. 

I love California!! When can I move here??
Outfits details: dress (worn as a cover up) Lilly Pulitzer. Hat, vintage. Bag, Michael Kors (borrowed from Lydia). Maxi dress, Vince Camuto.