What’s In My Bag (for back to school)

I’m honestly pretty excited to start school this semester. I got some new supplies, which I’m super eager to use. The past school year was a hot mess. It was just constant running around and forgetting things. It seemed that no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t get organized. And if it wasn’t for me taking duel credit courses this year, I would be behind. So over the summer I decided to buckle down for real this semester and start taking care of my business. 

Having your supplies organized and having a specific system in place can help a lot. In high school, I memorized everything. I have a great visual memory, so reading or rewriting the same phrases over and over again helped me pass all the tests. However, in college, the whole structure is different. A lot of the work is on your own, the note taking is continuous, and since you don’t get to see your instructor every single day of the week, you have to investigate some of the questions on your own. 

I did not realize any of that last year, but I have now and it’s time to redeem myself. So anyways, let’s get into what I’m keeping with me everyday to keep me well structured. 

(I didn’t include my school bag because I’m pretty sure I will be getting a new one.)

The first thing I want to show y’all is this makeup bad that I’m using as a pencil bag. This little egg guy is so inspirational. Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed in class, I just look at it, and I’m like “yeah, me too buddy”.

And it’s literally the exact size I needed for my pens and prncils. Makeup bag for the win. 

This little rectangular box is kind of like my organization station. I got this pretty thing from Staples, and it comes with post-it notes, an eraser, binder clips, paper clicks and magnets. I really love this, the only problem is that it isn’t secure. The little pieces keep falling out. I’m going to need to do something about that. 

I like having the post-its being the same design. And I used them to label my $0.25 notebooks by class. I got 4 of these spiral notebooks, and a little journal one that I’m turning into a bullet journal for school. Here’s a peep inside:

I’m new to bullet journaling, but with everything going on now, with school and my first job, my somewhat second job, this blog, and just everything else that comes with life, saying I’m busy is an understatement. But I think this would be a cool way to keep me really organized. I want to do an entirely separate post about my bullet journal, so I won’t go too much into detail here.

Not pictured is the tiny stapler I bought myself, my hygiene kit that I bring with me that has an extra toothbrush and hand sanitizer in it, because honestly I just never know where I’m gonna end up these days. I’m thinking of getting more tiny bags to keep things in, because I hate when there’s a bottomless mess in my school bag. I’m hoping to develop a system that works well for me, and to keep this blog up and running on its feet. 

I’m sorry for the late post. I thought I was going to have enough time yesterday to post, but I was mistaken. I know better now, and will keep adjusting to make sure I bring y’all the best content I can muster up! 

Thanks for everyone’s support. Thank you for reading, liking, commenting, sharing, all of it really means so much to me. I’ll let you know how this new system goes, and share whatever tips I gain. 

Peace, 

Emma Katy 

Bananas for Bandanas 

All of the sudden I’m like loving accesories? I don’t know what it is. Is it because it’s hard to layer things due to the heat? Is it because I’m growing and changing? The answer evades me. But all I know for sure is I’m loving belts, high socks, and BANDANAS. 

So I styled too different looks for y’all featuring some bandanas that were literally a dollar each at Walmart to show you some fun ways to incorporate bandanas into your wardrobe.

So this first outfit is for when you’re feeling like a delicate flower but one of those Venus fly traps at the same time? The soft pink shirt, super comfy shorts, and the white bandana as a necklace is easy to put together  The shirt at the collar says “Girls Bite Back” in the most subtle of ways. It’s from H&M. The shorts are from forever ago from Hollister, as seen in my Spring lookbook. I love this for summer. Instead of only wearing a t-shirt and shorts, you’re really mixing patterns and ditching the choker for a western vibe. Very chic.

Next one!!

This one was my favorite. You may recognize this top from my 2020 Ave haul. I went to tuck it into my shorts from H&M, and I saw the slit in the shirt. And then I had an amazing idea. Tie it in a knot. Genius. Hello! Whoa. I love myself sometimes. The purple bandana just brings the whole thing together. And before you ask if I purposely picked 4 pictures with my head all turned the same way. No. No I did not. It’s my good side I guess. This look is meant to take you anywhere. Shopping. Brunch. Lunch. Concert. Wherever. The bandana keeps your hair out of your face and the outfit makes you feel great. I love the pop of color in this monochromatic look. How stunning! Let me know if you would like me to start linking products down below to create these looks yourselves and I will definitely provide for y’all. 

As always thank you for reading. I hope you found some inspo from these looks and come again soon!! I have an Ipsy unboxing coming for y’all, so check back in for that. 

Going Through Changes

I know, I know, you’re probably getting tired of these super personal posts. However, I figure this blog should be centered around things I’m passionate about. This Lifestyle section has kind of turned into a journal type section, but I want this material to be real for you.

Going through changes. We all do it. Every single one of us. And I’m not talking about physical changes like slimming down or moving away. I’m talking about deep in your mind. Your personality even. 

I’m becoming an adult now. Some of the things that have been changing inside me have been kind of freaking me out. So I wanted to address these changes with my blog followers and provide a little comfort. None of us know what we’re doing. We’re all just trying to make our way in this life. So here are a couple of things I’ve been thonking of lately.

  1. I used to think that college was the answer to everything. My whole life my mom encouraged us to go to school so we could figure out what we liked and get a well paying job. It didn’t matter what I enjoyed doing, as long as I went to college for it. And yes, I still believe college is a great path to go down, but actually being in college made me realize that it kind of sucks. But mostly my attitude about college has changed due to the fact that my interest in career has changed. Don’t be afraid if you don’t like college. There are other options if you feel you’ve found one that better suits you. Examples are learning a trade, internships or apprenticeship, or joining the military. 
  2. “Hustle and grind all the time.” This was the definition of me. And it mostly still is. I beat myself up at failures. I torture myself with worry if I don’t complete tasks. Yes, it got me to be very successful and have many accomplishments, but it drained me mentally. This destructive mindset of mine has slowly started to change. I’ve begun giving myself more breaks. I’ve started forgiving myself for messing up. I will procrastinate until the last second. This doesn’t mean I’m less motivated. It just means I’m tired and need to rest. 

These are just a few examples of some things that I noticed about myself. There are others as well. But don’t be afraid of changes. As we grow up we will experience completely knew things and be put in new situations. I hate when I hear people say things like “she didn’t used to be that way.” Or “I liked who he used to be.” Part of growing up is not living for other people. As a child, most kids live for the approval of their parents or their teachers. When we grow up, we begin to live life the way we want. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Mostly I just want to encourage you to not be afraid to express your thoughts. You don’t have to hide your new interests behind the personality people used to like. Continue to go out into the world and try new things.