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Got irritated skin? Love skincare? Need something to read to avoid talking to your uber? This one’s for you.Read More
available for Android & iOS
Sleepo is an application that provides soundscapes to help you fall asleep, study, relax, or meditate. You can create your own mixes, or use presets, such as "rain in the woods" or "winter camping."
available for Android, iOS, desktop OSX, and online
Coffitivity is another soundscape service; however, this one specializes in coffee shop ambiances! It claims (with peer reviewed research!) to "help boost creativity and help you work better." I can say that it has definitely helped me!
available for Android & iOS
Space is the perfect app for anyone with a cellphone addiction. It's not that we necessarily want to break up with Instagram; we just want to be a little less clingy. Space analyzes your phone addiction and sends you little reminders when you've been glued to your screen for too long. It's personalized, too!
stop, breathe & think
available on Android, iOS, Slack, Alexa, and online
Stop, Breathe & Think is my favorite guided meditation app. It's free (although there is a premium options - not that it's necessary to have a full and enriching experience), and their mission is to bring mindfulness and meditation everywhere. Stop, Breathe & Think also shares revenue with a non-profit providing mindfulness training and meditation to at-risk youths.
available on Android, iOS, and Google Chrome Extension
Forest - an oldie but a goodie. This adorable little application makes the Pomodoro technique fun and rewarding! You set a timer and "plant" trees during your study session. This is the perfect application for anyone with a phone or Reddit addiction who needs to get studying.
available on iOS & OSX
GoodNotes4 is my choice app for paperless education. I've tried nearly every paid and free option on the market and can say that nothing else compares. Not only is GoodNotes 4 great for digital note taking, it's also formatted so you can print your notes and save them for later.
nike run+ & training club
available for Android & iOS
There's no point in studying so hard if your body isn't going to make it to the end with you. The Nike Run+ and Training Club apps have been a huge part of my physiological and psychological wellness, especially during the school year. You can create customized training plans that suit your lifestyle. The best part is that it's free.
available for Android, iOS, and Desktop OSX
Need I say more?
My Productive Playlist
What are your favorite productivity apps? Let me know in the comments down below!
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about the exercise dress
Outdoor Voices - Dahlia, XS
I've worn the exercise dress to run once. Personally, the thin leotard lining in combination with the lower cut neck line doesn't provide enough support for any vigorous cardio. I can't imagine providing a lot of support for anyone who has any more curves than I do.
The dress shows off every curve, lump and crevice - a deal breaker for some or a win for others. I personally love the "clingy" drape of the dress; it's sexy without showing skin. However, this clinginess is a double-edged sword. Even the contours of seamless undergarments are shown through the two layers of fabric. However, I feel like this problem won't be as prominent with the darker colors.
Although I won't be wearing this dress for anything athletic related anytime soon, it's the perfect casual, weekend brunch dress when you want to take a break from the standard leggings-and-sweatshirt fare. It's chic, comfortable, and incredibly flattering.
→ Levi's Ex-Boyfriend Trucker Jacket
→ Fjallraven Kanken Mini
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Recently, I announced that I would be posting six pieces of content every single week until further notice: three videos on my YouTube channel and three blog posts right here. Currently feeling a mixture of excitement and fear that I'll fall short whilst I move up north for school. Eek!
Although I'm not out of ideas yet (it's only been a week since the announcement), I posted a question on Instagram Stories asking what content you would be interested in consuming and by far the most requested post was my favorite school supplies!
Currently, I am studying Applied Physics at UC Davis, so my stationery needs are very minimal, but here's what I love using nonetheless.
bullet journaling is the most integral piece of my productivity. from planning youtube videos to keeping track of the never ending list of things to study, bullet journaling is by far my favorite form of planning. my spreads tend to be incredibly minimal and simplistic, taking only a few minutes to set up every quarter.
my favorite notebooks:
leuchtturm 1917 b5 dot grid notebook
leuchtturm 1917 a5 dot grid notebook
muji a5 dot grid notebook
your girl loves a good color coding system. whether it's on google calendar or in my notes, i have a color coding system for everything. my favorite color coding supply is the zebra mildliner. i used to purchase them from jetpens; however target now has them available in an 18 pack, which i impulsively purchased, of course. they're like a less opaque version of your classic marker and come in pastel-muted colors.
practice, practice, practice
studying physics comes with a lot of studying involved. i mean a lot of studying. from practice problems to my own personal memos, i've found the best place to keep all of my notes to myself is a notebook. my favorite notebook by far is the muji b5 notebooks. although its size is a little strange by american standards, its slim profile and compact-yet-roomy page size is perfect for studying anywhere - from small coffee shop tables to secluded library desks.
muji b5 notebooks:
paper free, baby
although i'm not 100% paper free (obviously), i do carry around an ipad pro and apple pencil to take notes during lecture. ive tried every free and paid option on the market for digital note taking and my favorite app by far is goodnotes 4. i will be doing a video on how i use my ipad for school when the quarter starts for the most authentic experience possible.
Confession time: I didn't care about the environment until very recently. Like really recently. Because the harmful affects of human consumption had no direct, negative impact on the lifestyle I was living, I didn't think anything of it. Until I started working at a certain global coffeehouse/fast food chain. Yes, I'm talking about that one.
Every day, the average American produces 4.40 pounds of trash each day (Municipal Solid Waste, EPA). That's 132 pounds over the course of a month and 1,584 pounds over the course of a year, just from one person alone. Multiply that over the entire population and factor in the waste produced by businesses. It's a lot of waste. We've sacrificed our environment for the sake of convenience. From the thousands of disposable plastic cups and straws consumed daily to purchasing pre-packaged groceries, it seems nearly impossible to escape waste. Or is it?
After devouring many videos by Jenny Mustard (particularly this one), I've found myself inspired by the low-waste lifestyle. It aligns with my minimalist philosophy and is even more cost effective than the traditional lifestyle.
Note that it's a low-waste lifestyle, not zero waste. I'm not becoming a vegan fitness crystal warrior - that's just not who I am. I just want to make thoughtful choices about what I bring into my home and what I put out.
Because of my current academic endeavors and place in life, I can't eliminate all of my trash like Lauren Singer has. I still need (and quite frankly enjoy) analog stationery for school, enjoy indulging in beauty products, and occasionally need to purchase new things. However, my newfound low-waste credo is to use what I currently own, instead of tossing it and letting it sit in a landfill or purchasing new products and increasing the demand, and make conscious choices in the future. It's not perfect, but it fits the lifestyle I want to create for myself.
Although I'm not an outdoors-person or environmentalist by any means, I've always appreciated the sentiment of leaving nothing but footprints, taking nothing but photos, and killing nothing but time. Changing my lifestyle alone won't help solve the global trash problem, but it's better than nothing, right? Anyways, I digress; here's what's inside my zero waste kit and a few tips on how to get started living a more environmentally conscious lifestyle.
This adorable tote was complementary with my purchase at Glossier's LA store. Although it's not the world's highest quality (The New Yorker's complementary totes are quite possibly the nicest canvas bags I've ever owned), it's cute, lightweight, compactable, and most importantly has a large capacity
steel straw & utensils
We've all seen that video of the turtle with a plastic straw up its nose. Do the ocean critters (and yourself) a favor and use a reusable straw. Plastic utensils are also so incredibly flimsy, and practically useless when it comes to spooning as much food as possible into your mouth. Upgrade to a real utensil set to use on the go; literally just steal a set from your kitchen drawer!
A mason jar seems to be every zero-waster's kit and it's easy to see why. It's durable, cost effective, and can hold everything from your morning coffee to your afternoon snack. If you don't have a mason jar, you can use any spare jar! Just make sure to give it a good wash before you use it. Also plenty of coffee shops offer reusable cup discounts to their patrons if you bring one in!
This utensil wrap is made from 100% cotton that I made myself! Sure it's a little dorky but I don't sweat over it knowing that my planet is a little happier and cleaner.
There's no point paying for water when it's free.
Three Ways To Reduce Waste
- Replace paper towels with reusable rags! You can either purchase shop towels or make them from old towels and t-shirts. Just cut them up into appropriately sized squares, hem them if you're feeling fancy, and you're good to go.
- Purchase natural surface cleaning refills or use castile soap instead. Naturally derived cleaners and castile soap are both biodegradable so they won't be tainting your water supply for years to come. Not only will you be reducing your landfill contribution, you'll be saving a heck of a ton of money too. Castile soap can be diluted to be used for anything from washing your hair to your dishes.
- Make conscious fashion choices. I love Urban Outfitters and Zara as much as your fellow college-aged fashion enthusiast but their labor and environmental practices are less than squeaky clean. Opt for (more) sustainable and cautious choices instead, such as thrift shopping, Everlane, or Girlfriend Collective.
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