When I'm older...


i'll wear whatever i want. ................................................. “I’ve apparently been the victim of growing up, which apparently happens to all of us at one point or another. It’s been going on for quite some time now, without me knowing it. I’ve found that growing up can mean a lot of things. For me, it doesn’t mean I should become somebody completely new and stop loving the things I used to love. It means I’ve just added more things to my list.” ................................................ Jeremiah 29:11



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It seems like everybody is obsessed with primers these days, but not just the regular primers that are gonna smooth out your skin and help your makeup last all day. Oh no, there are primers that do so much more.

I am not an active primer user. I used to wear a primer in junior high. That was six years ago (that’s a long time ago oh my). I started out with the Smashbox Color Corrector primer that was tinted green to eliminate redness and then I switched to the Makeup Forever primer, but to be honest, I never noticed a huge amount of difference. They were just another step to my lengthy makeup routine so I dropped them. I kicked them to the curb.

Primers have come a long way since them, like the newest of the Smashbox primers, this Pore Minimizing primer. Smashbox is the self-titled king of primers. With over ten different kinds of primers under their belt, it would be safe to say that Smashbox knows what they’re talking about when they’re launching their newest primer.

This pore minimizing primer strives to decrease the appearance of pores, while also soaking up excess oil for a matte look. It seems to have a fairly similar goal as the famous Benefit Pore-fessional. However there are some differences between the two. The Smashbox Pore-Minimizing primer is not tinted, it’s a clear base and it’s a lot thinner than it’s Benefit competitor. Although do not worry, it still has the silicone feel to it, which will give you the smooth baby-soft skin I know you all are looking for.

So what are my thought on this? I don’t like primers. I don’t wear primers. But I know that 90% of makeup-users are obsessed with primers and this one definitely has it’s advantages. It’s one of the better ones.

Check it out here

*ftc disclaimer: I was gifted this from Smashbox but all opinions are my own.

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Five minutes before these pictures were taken, I was almost kicked out of the building. This was my last day staying in Canmore, and the weather decided to be evil and rain all day. So, I was forced to relocate and take pictures inside. I found this cool rec centre in town and for those who find yourselves in Canmore, definitely go visit it, it’s called Elevation Place. Anyways, dogs aren’t usually allowed in buildings as I was told by the manager. But as soon as he stopped to pet Oakley, he said we could stay. I swear I could get away with robbing a bank as long as I had Oakley by my side. (Attn police: don’t worry I won’t actually rob a bank.)

I really love this tank top that I am wearing. It is from the cutest online store called Caralase. Everything at this store screams my name. I need everything. My shirt is a loose black tank with crochet detailing on the hem and the neckline. It is so pretty! It also comes in grey and ivory but I definitely love how the lace stands out on the black version. Because it was a bit of a chillier day in Canmore, I was forced to pair it with a sweater. This sweater is from Bethany Mota’s collection at Aeropostale and I am way too obsessed with it. It just feels like you’re wearing a blanket and who doesn’t want to wear a blanket all day? 

The necklace that I am wearing holds a very special place in my heart. It is from an online marketplace called 9th and Elm. It is a wooden sideways cross on a silver chain where I engraved Jeremiah 29:11. Ever since I started my blog a couple years ago, I’ve had this passage stated on my homepage. I have always found comfort in this verse. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Whenever I feel like I don’t know what I’m doing in life, it reminds me that God is watching over me and He already has a plan for me.

Top- ℅Caralase // Sweaters- ℅Aeropostale // Jeans- ℅Miss Sixty // Sandals- Sam Edelman // Necklace9th and Elm // Watch- Fossil // Bracelet- Urban Outfitters // Purse- Marc Jacobs

*ftc disclaimer: I was sent these products for free but all opinions are my own.

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a-trace-of-lace is wondering: Hey, I just found your blog. I like your style! And I must say, wherever you live looks so beautiful! All of your fashion post have amazing settings!

thank you! Alberta surprisingly does have some pretty places :)

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I have been focusing a whole bunch on university advice but in all reality, I’m the one who needs advice for university. I am definitely no expert after only completing one year of uni. However, I am an expert on high school or at least I like to think that I am an expert.
High school is not the best years of your life. Don’t get me wrong, I really did love high school. While everyone around me was itching to get out of that place, I was dreading graduation day. But as soon as I stepped foot into the real world, aka university, I realized there was so much more to life than high school. 
High school drama is stupid drama. It’s true. Looking back at those three years, I can’t even remember what I used to fight about with my friends. That shows exactly how irrelevant it was. Ignore the drama, stop gossiping, it’s really not worth your time.
Not everyone can be your friend. I wanted everyone to like me. To be completely honest, I cared a lot about what others thought. I wanted to be the coolest and have the most friends and really capture the whole high school experience. But at the end of the day, you only need your close group of friends. Stop caring what everyone thinks and start caring about your future. A lot of the people you meet in high school are only temporary.  
Get involved. I know this one is a classic tip. Everyone says to volunteer lots and blah blah blah. But in all honesty, getting involved at your school really does make a difference. It helps you care more about your school, meet new people, and get you ready for life after high school. Plus, it always looks good on resumes. So start padding dat resume. 
Don’t be intimidated by the older grades. I used to be terrified by anybody older than me. It wasn’t until I was friends with all the younger grades that I realized I missed out on having older friends that could have shown me the ropes. Now that I’m in university, I’ve realized age really is just a number. My goodness, I am cliche. 
Be friends with your teachers. And yes, there is a difference between teacher’s pet and friendship. I loved my high school teachers. I think that’s one of the reasons why I want to go into education. They helped me out so many times in all aspects of my life and I am eternally grateful. They understand what you’re going through and they give excellent advice. They are also especially gifted at pulling some strings and finding the best solutions. (Oh hey past teachers if you’re reading this! <3)
Enjoy high school. These are the last few years before you start to become an adult. Scary, I know. This may be the last time you can royally screw things up and still manage to survive. Don’t be stupid, but have a little fun, party a lot, and enjoy being a teenager. I know I did. 
Don’t procrastinate. I know everyone says this. Teachers, parents, fellow students, everyone preaches this. But it took me until university to figure out that you have a lot more free time if you just complete your assignments and studying right away instead of waiting until the last possible moment. So save that stress and panicking and just be productive. Trust me.
Graduation is the best. Here in Canada, we don’t have prom but we do have a grad banquet and commencement and all that fun stuff. And boy, was it fun. It’s a solid weekend of celebrating your newfound freedom from 13 years of school. But don’t put too much stress on it. So what if your dress isn’t perfect, or your makeup and hair isn’t exactly how you’d like it or if it’s raining that day, (It was raining on my graduation, I wasn’t as upset as I thought I would be.) once graduation comes, you’ll forget all about that and just have the best night of your life. 
Don’t follow any of these tips. (or you can, they are good tips) High school is the time to make mistakes. So don’t stress if not everything goes your way. Learn from your mistakes, you get the drift. Just take a deep breath and be a sassy, rebellious teenager. Or don’t be. Be who you want to be. (Sing to the tune of the Barbie theme song #holla).
Check out my University version and my University Advice post!

I have been focusing a whole bunch on university advice but in all reality, I’m the one who needs advice for university. I am definitely no expert after only completing one year of uni. However, I am an expert on high school or at least I like to think that I am an expert.

  1. High school is not the best years of your life. Don’t get me wrong, I really did love high school. While everyone around me was itching to get out of that place, I was dreading graduation day. But as soon as I stepped foot into the real world, aka university, I realized there was so much more to life than high school. 
  2. High school drama is stupid drama. It’s true. Looking back at those three years, I can’t even remember what I used to fight about with my friends. That shows exactly how irrelevant it was. Ignore the drama, stop gossiping, it’s really not worth your time.
  3. Not everyone can be your friend. I wanted everyone to like me. To be completely honest, I cared a lot about what others thought. I wanted to be the coolest and have the most friends and really capture the whole high school experience. But at the end of the day, you only need your close group of friends. Stop caring what everyone thinks and start caring about your future. A lot of the people you meet in high school are only temporary.  
  4. Get involved. I know this one is a classic tip. Everyone says to volunteer lots and blah blah blah. But in all honesty, getting involved at your school really does make a difference. It helps you care more about your school, meet new people, and get you ready for life after high school. Plus, it always looks good on resumes. So start padding dat resume. 
  5. Don’t be intimidated by the older grades. I used to be terrified by anybody older than me. It wasn’t until I was friends with all the younger grades that I realized I missed out on having older friends that could have shown me the ropes. Now that I’m in university, I’ve realized age really is just a number. My goodness, I am cliche. 
  6. Be friends with your teachers. And yes, there is a difference between teacher’s pet and friendship. I loved my high school teachers. I think that’s one of the reasons why I want to go into education. They helped me out so many times in all aspects of my life and I am eternally grateful. They understand what you’re going through and they give excellent advice. They are also especially gifted at pulling some strings and finding the best solutions. (Oh hey past teachers if you’re reading this! <3)
  7. Enjoy high school. These are the last few years before you start to become an adult. Scary, I know. This may be the last time you can royally screw things up and still manage to survive. Don’t be stupid, but have a little fun, party a lot, and enjoy being a teenager. I know I did. 
  8. Don’t procrastinate. I know everyone says this. Teachers, parents, fellow students, everyone preaches this. But it took me until university to figure out that you have a lot more free time if you just complete your assignments and studying right away instead of waiting until the last possible moment. So save that stress and panicking and just be productive. Trust me.
  9. Graduation is the best. Here in Canada, we don’t have prom but we do have a grad banquet and commencement and all that fun stuff. And boy, was it fun. It’s a solid weekend of celebrating your newfound freedom from 13 years of school. But don’t put too much stress on it. So what if your dress isn’t perfect, or your makeup and hair isn’t exactly how you’d like it or if it’s raining that day, (It was raining on my graduation, I wasn’t as upset as I thought I would be.) once graduation comes, you’ll forget all about that and just have the best night of your life. 
  10. Don’t follow any of these tips. (or you can, they are good tips) High school is the time to make mistakes. So don’t stress if not everything goes your way. Learn from your mistakes, you get the drift. Just take a deep breath and be a sassy, rebellious teenager. Or don’t be. Be who you want to be. (Sing to the tune of the Barbie theme song #holla).

Check out my University version and my University Advice post!

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If there was one place that I had to live for the rest of my life, I would choose New York. However, if New York wasn’t an option, I would definitely choose Canmore. For all you non-Canadians, Canmore is the cutest town you will ever see. It’s buried in the mountains, about 20 minutes outside of Banff. It’s so peaceful here and recently, we took Oakley (my dog) to the town and he loved it just as much as me. 

How can you focus on my outfit when there are mountains right behind me? The mountains are distracting me with their beauty. For those who have never seen mountains in person, you need to get your butt over here.

Anyways, my shirt is from a cute boutique called Simple Addiction. It’s a lace high low shirt with three quarter length sleeves and a low, open back. I’m usually not the biggest fan of open back shirts but I thought this one was very tasteful and pretty. I paired it with these orange shorts from Gentle Fawn and added strappy, snakeskin sandals. For jewelry, I wore my Fossil watch (duh!), a new bracelet from Simple Addiction with pretty blue stones, and my favorite grey and gold bangle from J.Crew. 

So folks, I hope to see you all in Canmore when I’m there next. It really is the best place on earth. 

Top- ℅Simple Addiction // Shorts- ℅Gentle Fawn (similar here) // Shoes- ℅Just Fab (similar here) // Bag- Marc Jacobs // Watch- Fossil // Bracelets- ℅Simple Addiction and J.Crew

*ftc disclaimer: I was sent these products for free but all opinions are my own.

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Little Do You Know- Alex &amp; Sierra         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J623YW80DkE
Hello L.A- Clay Borrell                             https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yqg92Nb53Q
Budapest- George Ezra                                   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHrLPs3_1Fs
Girls Chase Boys- Ingrid Michaelson         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsvKT8vsgF4
Shake It Off- Taylor Swift                           https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfWlot6h_JM
Hurricane- MS MR                                 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sj684zcmzw
Bottled Up Tight- Luke Sital- Singh       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GDFbVssI4c
Harbour Lights- A Silent Film                 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GL1ns-_Uw5M
Do I Wanna Know- Arctic Monkeys         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpOSxM0rNPM
Take It Or Leave It- Cage the Elephant       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lltC19f7xr4
January Playlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/73102337807
February Playlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/75266102772
March Playlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/78333123144
April Playlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/81396273564
May Playlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/84430256535
June Playlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/87500771228
July Playlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/90463399579
August Playlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/95197459063
What songs are on your playlist for this month?
  1. Little Do You Know- Alex & Sierra         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J623YW80DkE
  2. Hello L.A- Clay Borrell                             https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yqg92Nb53Q
  3. Budapest- George Ezra                                   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHrLPs3_1Fs
  4. Girls Chase Boys- Ingrid Michaelson         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsvKT8vsgF4
  5. Shake It Off- Taylor Swift                           https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfWlot6h_JM
  6. Hurricane- MS MR                                 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sj684zcmzw
  7. Bottled Up Tight- Luke Sital- Singh       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GDFbVssI4c
  8. Harbour Lights- A Silent Film                 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GL1ns-_Uw5M
  9. Do I Wanna Know- Arctic Monkeys         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpOSxM0rNPM
  10. Take It Or Leave It- Cage the Elephant       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lltC19f7xr4

January Playlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/73102337807

February Playlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/75266102772

March Playlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/78333123144

April Playlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/81396273564

May Playlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/84430256535

June Playlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/87500771228

July Playlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/90463399579

August Playlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/95197459063

What songs are on your playlist for this month?

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Anyone who knows me knows that I am not your typical camping type of girl. I hate bugs. I hate nature. I hate bad weather. I hate dirt. I hate a lot of things okay. But for some strange reason, I don’t hate camping. I really don’t. You would think that camping involves the majority of the things that I can’t stand, but somehow, I am able to get past them and still have an enjoyable time. So for my fellow camping amateurs, here is what I learned while camping. Take these tips and run with them and you too can survive a camping adventure (maybe). I wish you luck. 

  • Don’t forget the marshmallows. How did we manage to forget the marshmallows when camping? We have no idea who was responsible for that misfortune (ahem Kevin), but all we do know is that we had a lovely fire, roasting sticks, graham crackers, chocolate and yet no marshmallows to make s’mores. What is camping without s’mores? Nothing.
  • Bring socks. Lots of socks. You might actually be enjoying camping until you wake up the next morning and it’s pouring rain and your shoes are soaked and your poor littles toes are freezing and threatening to fall off. Nothing feels better than putting on a dry pair of socks. I promise. 
  • Makeup wipes are your best friend. I am the biggest preacher of making sure you wash your face every night. But lugging your Clarisonic and six-step skin care routine into the wild may not be the best choice. You don’t want to be high maintenance after all. So grab a pack of makeup wipes, the Simple Brand ones are my favourite, they are super gentle for sensitive skin and were able to remove all my face and eye makeup.
  • Fashion does not exist in the wild.  As a wannabe fashion blogger, I know you would probably expect me to dress in the perfect camping ensemble. I’m talking a Free People flannel, distressed denim, sneaker wedges (HA), and a leather baseball camping. But no, there was none of that for me. Comfort is all that matters. I wore a t-shirt, jeggings, and old Converse. Yes, that’s right. I think that’s the plainest outfit I’ve ever worn. Aren’t you proud? I didn’t even accessorize.
  • Get over your fear of outhouses. As much as I wish there is plumbing and running water on campsites, there isn’t. So, suck it up and do your business in that hole. The first time is the hardest I promise. 
  • Pitching a tent isn’t as hard as it looks. Team work is absolutely key. I think we probably set the world record for pitching a tent in the shortest amount of time. Where is the Guinness Book of World Records when you need it?
  • Bathe in Bug Spray. Mosquitoes love me. It’s quite unfortunate. And it’s even more unfortunate when I am allergic to them and swell up when I’m bitten. I know what you are thinking, “Tay, how did you survive camping by a lake where there are swarms of mosquitos?” My answer for you is to be prepared. I took every precaution there is. First, don’t eat bananas, eat oranges. Apparently mosquitoes love banana and not oranges, who knew! Secondly, stuff your pockets with dryer sheets and stuff them in your pockets. I’m thinking of making a onesie out of dryer sheets. I have no idea how these fend of mosquitos. Thirdly, don’t let any bare skin show. I don’t care how hot it is. Wear tight knitted fabrics that won’t let those pesky suckers in. Lastly, reapply bug spray every five minutes. If you can’t smell your bug spray aroma from 5 miles away, you’re doing it wrong. 
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It seems like every brand lately is stepping up their game in terms of lip products, which is totally fine by me. Most recently Smashbox launched their newest lip gloss, the Be Legendary Lip Lacquer

These lip lacquers seem to be the most popular type of lip products lately. They are a non-sticky, highly pigmented, long-wearing gloss. They’re similar to the Dior fluid stick, which I’m absolutely crazy about, except they are almost a stain. They don’t quite stain your lips, but they definitely last as long as one. The shine wears away after an hour or so but the color remains on your lips for a lot longer. Usually when a company launches a new product, they won’t release a large amount of shades right away. Smashbox went against the status quo and came out with a whole bunch of colours right away. There are so many gorgeous shades! Most of the colours are glossy, with no shimmer, but a few of the colours do have some glitter in them. There is a perfect mix of shades, some bold purples, neutral nudes, and my favourites, bright pinks. I received mine in the color Coral and it’s so pretty! It’s not your traditional orangy-pink. It’s a bit of a darker coral so it’s the perfect shade for the transition between summer and fall and i think it’s so flattering on a range of skin tones. Smashbox was very focused on ensuring that there was a wide variety of shades for every skin tones. They have special shades for both warm and cool tones so you can ensure that the one you pick out will compliment your skin, they make it so easy!

It might seem that I’m a bit overexcited about the Smashbox Lip Lacquers but they really are amazing! For someone who didn’t used to like lip gloss, I haven’t been leaving the house without one lately!

*ftc disclaimer- I was gifted this product by Smashbox but all opinions are my own. 

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Ever since we got Oakley two years ago, we have never been on a road trip. He’s a bit of a handful so we didn’t think he would do so well travelling in a car. But like any dog, Oakley absolutely loves people and walks and nature and car rides so we decided to take one final trip before school started up again. 

First stop was Lake Louise. It was crawling with tourists who were all way too excited to see Oakley. Eighteen people (yes we counted) asked to take a picture with him. Zero people asked to take a picture with me. It’s alright. Oakley was so excited to see canoes in the water. He wanted to join them.

Now, on to the outfit. I am wearing one of my favorite new t-shirts. I recently picked it up on sale from Zara. I didn’t even try it on, I just saw it and bought it. I love graphic tees, you can never have too many! And ‘AGGGGHHHH’ just seems to sum up my life lately. I also really love the pants I’m wearing today. I have such a special place in my heart for printed jeans.

The name necklace I’m wearing today is from 9th and Elm. 9th and Elm is a marketplace featuring products from independent and handmade designers. I am obsessed with this necklace. Is it narcissistic to wear a necklace with your own name on it? Maybe. But it’s super cute so we’ll just ignore that.

Shirt- Zara // Cardigan- Zara (similar here) // Pants- ℅Aeropostale // Sneakers- H&M (similar here) // Monogram Necklace- ℅9th and Elm // Chain Necklace- Shoppers Drug Mart (similar here) // Watch- Marc Jacobs (buy here) // Bracelet- Pandora (buy here)

*ftc disclaimer: I was sent these products for free but all opinions are my own.

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As everyone is starting to head back to school, it seems like there is only one thing on everyone’s minds: textbooks. To be completely honest, I hated text books. When ever professors assigned readings, I would usually only skim through them or not read them at all. Traditional textbooks are too heavy to bring to school and they’re extremely boring. Plus, I hated never knowing what the most important information was. What should I focus on and what should I skim?

However, Mc-Graw Hill Education recently changed my whole outlook on textbooks with their new launch, the Smartbook! This Smartbook is an electronic textbook that organizes and helps you through the readings to ensure that you read and catch the most important parts. McGraw-Hill Education’s Smartbook is the first and only adaptive reading and learning experience designed to change how students read and learn. I recently got to try out one of the Smartbooks and I picked out the Organic Chemistry textbook. Although I absolutely love Organic Chem, I often find the textbooks extremely frustrating to read. I am very pleased to say that was the case with these Smartbooks! The Smartbook highlighted all the most important topics, walked me through the readings and then tested my knowledge. Smartbook continuously adapts to a student’s study experience by highlight content based on what a student knows and doesn’t know. I felt confident that I was truly learning the material. Not only is the Smartbook less frustrating to read, studies have also proven that Smartbook improves student performance by at least one letter grade! 

But wait there’s more! Throughout the Read It Forward program, for every SmartBook purchased by October 31, 2013, McGraw-Hill Education will donate a textbook to children in need around the world. You have the power to help educated other children! With your help this fall, SmartBook will have an even greater impact on student education than ever before.

And because I know all of you are broke college students like me, McGraw-Hill is offering 15% off with the promo code FORWARD14 through October 31.

So go get your handy textbook to help yourself and a student in need.

McGraw-Hill Read It Forward:  MHEreaditforward.com

ftc disclaimer: This post was sponsored byMcGraw-Hill Education but all opinions are my own.

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It seems like just yesterday I was about to start my first year of university. I was beyond scared. I had absolutely no idea what to expect. It is such a big transition from high school to university and everything might change in your life so here are a few things I wish I knew before starting that scary new chapter in my life. Now that I have survived university for an entire year, I&#8217;m basically an expert on the whole uni experience, right? Wrong. But these things are still very valid.
Breakdowns happen- During my second week of freshman year, I had the worst breakdown at 3am. I had a lab the next morning at 8am and I was trying to finish the prelab assignment. I literally lost my mind. Here I was, sobbing and planning to withdraw from university. I thought I wouldn’t be able to make it past that moment. But I did. Breakdowns are a part of life. There are going to be times in your life when you feel like everything is falling apart. But, take a deep breath and move past it. You’ll be fine.
You need sleep- Don’t pull all-nighters. If you manage your time well and effectively, there isn’t a need to miss out on sleep. Sure, you might have to stay up till 4am finishing an assignment but always make sure you get some sleep before the morning or else you can basically count the next day as wasted. You need that sleep to function.
Don’t be afraid to talk to people- You are entering university where there are 30,000 new faces you have never seen before. Take advantage of this and make some new friends. Trust me, they all want to do the same and seeing familiar faces in your classes makes life a thousand times easier.
Everyone doesn’t know what they’re doing- As much as I like my pity parties, I have to realize that I’m not alone when I realize I have no idea what I want to do with the rest of my life. Everyone is in the same boat. We are all going through this four year journey of discovering what interests us and what we want to pursue. Very few people know exactly what they want to do as soon as they first step onto campus.
Some friends aren’t meant to be- I hate to lose a friend. I’m the type of person who needs a million friends around me at all times to be happy. But sometimes, those friends don’t have your best interest at heart and you need to be able to recognize that and let them go. It’s not worth it when they’re causing you more suffering than happiness.
Don’t listen to people telling you how to live your life- So many people tried to tell me what faculty I should go into or what classes I should take. They thought they knew my future better than me and I started to believe that too. Listen to their advice but don’t necessarily follow it. They don’t know you any more than you do.
Sometimes, you need to be independent- As I’ve said before, I need people around me at all times. I am a people person. But in university, you sometimes need to be alone. One of my biggest things that I learnt in my first year was exploring the university by myself and finding places to study where there wasn’t a single person to interact with. I could then focus on myself and exactly what I need to do.
Take advantage of the resources- There are so many things at university that are going to help you and make your university experience a lot easier. Go talk to staff, counselors, student peers, etc. They are all there to assist you and make this transition go a whole lot smoother.
Don’t be afraid of failing- You’re going to fail at some point. Maybe you will fail a test, maybe you will fail a class, maybe you will forget to hand in an assignment. As much as it sucks, it’s going to happen sometime in these four years (If it doesn’t, congrats!). It’s not the end of the world and you will still survive, I promise.
Have fun- University is supposed to be one of the best (and worst) times of your life so take advantage of it! These are the last few years before you actually enter adulthood. University holds so many fun and exciting opportunities. So, go to parties, hang out with friends, join clubs, have the time of your life!
For more tips and tricks, check out my University Advice post!
What do you wish you told your freshman self?

It seems like just yesterday I was about to start my first year of university. I was beyond scared. I had absolutely no idea what to expect. It is such a big transition from high school to university and everything might change in your life so here are a few things I wish I knew before starting that scary new chapter in my life. Now that I have survived university for an entire year, I’m basically an expert on the whole uni experience, right? Wrong. But these things are still very valid.

  1. Breakdowns happen- During my second week of freshman year, I had the worst breakdown at 3am. I had a lab the next morning at 8am and I was trying to finish the prelab assignment. I literally lost my mind. Here I was, sobbing and planning to withdraw from university. I thought I wouldn’t be able to make it past that moment. But I did. Breakdowns are a part of life. There are going to be times in your life when you feel like everything is falling apart. But, take a deep breath and move past it. You’ll be fine.
  2. You need sleep- Don’t pull all-nighters. If you manage your time well and effectively, there isn’t a need to miss out on sleep. Sure, you might have to stay up till 4am finishing an assignment but always make sure you get some sleep before the morning or else you can basically count the next day as wasted. You need that sleep to function.
  3. Don’t be afraid to talk to people- You are entering university where there are 30,000 new faces you have never seen before. Take advantage of this and make some new friends. Trust me, they all want to do the same and seeing familiar faces in your classes makes life a thousand times easier.
  4. Everyone doesn’t know what they’re doing- As much as I like my pity parties, I have to realize that I’m not alone when I realize I have no idea what I want to do with the rest of my life. Everyone is in the same boat. We are all going through this four year journey of discovering what interests us and what we want to pursue. Very few people know exactly what they want to do as soon as they first step onto campus.
  5. Some friends aren’t meant to be- I hate to lose a friend. I’m the type of person who needs a million friends around me at all times to be happy. But sometimes, those friends don’t have your best interest at heart and you need to be able to recognize that and let them go. It’s not worth it when they’re causing you more suffering than happiness.
  6. Don’t listen to people telling you how to live your life- So many people tried to tell me what faculty I should go into or what classes I should take. They thought they knew my future better than me and I started to believe that too. Listen to their advice but don’t necessarily follow it. They don’t know you any more than you do.
  7. Sometimes, you need to be independent- As I’ve said before, I need people around me at all times. I am a people person. But in university, you sometimes need to be alone. One of my biggest things that I learnt in my first year was exploring the university by myself and finding places to study where there wasn’t a single person to interact with. I could then focus on myself and exactly what I need to do.
  8. Take advantage of the resources- There are so many things at university that are going to help you and make your university experience a lot easier. Go talk to staff, counselors, student peers, etc. They are all there to assist you and make this transition go a whole lot smoother.
  9. Don’t be afraid of failing- You’re going to fail at some point. Maybe you will fail a test, maybe you will fail a class, maybe you will forget to hand in an assignment. As much as it sucks, it’s going to happen sometime in these four years (If it doesn’t, congrats!). It’s not the end of the world and you will still survive, I promise.
  10. Have fun- University is supposed to be one of the best (and worst) times of your life so take advantage of it! These are the last few years before you actually enter adulthood. University holds so many fun and exciting opportunities. So, go to parties, hang out with friends, join clubs, have the time of your life!

For more tips and tricks, check out my University Advice post!

What do you wish you told your freshman self?

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This summer, I’ve been shying away from color. But sometimes, I just want to go back to my roots and step out in an outfit that is reminiscent of a rainbow. Because who doesn’t want to be a rainbow?

This dress is from a cute boutique called the Happy Wardrobe and it is a summer staple. It is such a light material so it’s absolutely perfect for the hottest of summer days. It has cute three quarter length sleeves with a accompanying navy belt. I love the coral color and print of this dress. Coral is the mandatory summer color. 

For jewelry, I went along with the colorful theme. The cuff is also from The Happy Wardrobe. It goes great with the dress with the blue underlay and the gold metal. My necklace from the Hawthorne Collection also compliments the colors in the dress perfectly. As for shoes and purse, I think these two are pretty self-explanatory. I feel like I have been wearing this combination every single day this summer. But don’t change something that isn’t broken right? I think that rule applies to fashion.

Dress- ℅The Happy Wardrobe // Sandals- Sam Edelman (buy here) // Necklace- ℅Hawthorne Collection (buy here) // Cuff- ℅The Happy Wardrobe // Purse- Marc Jacobs (buy here)

*ftc disclaimer: I was sent these products for free but all opinions are my own.

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Black Distressed Jeans (buy here)- Black jeans are such a staple that everyone needs so the question is why don&#8217;t I have the perfect pair yet? I really want a pair with rips on the knees. So grunge.
Checkered Chiffon Blouse (buy here)- Checkered silk shirts are the fancy version of plaid shirts so I need one. Plaid all day, everyday.
Striped T Shirt Dress (buy here)- I think a striped t shirt dress would be perfect to pair with my leather vest and some sneakers. Comfy and chill.
Black Simple Sandals (buy here)- I think I&#8217;ve been searching for the perfect black sandals all summer and yet, I still haven&#8217;t found the perfect ones. Summer&#8217;s almost over, time is running out. 
March Style Wishlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/78222176334
April Style Wishlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/81494045562
May Style Wishlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/84727241783
June Style Wishlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/87703213663
July Style Wishlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/90856403719
Shop the looks here (click the box below):
  1. Black Distressed Jeans (buy here)- Black jeans are such a staple that everyone needs so the question is why don’t I have the perfect pair yet? I really want a pair with rips on the knees. So grunge.
  2. Checkered Chiffon Blouse (buy here)- Checkered silk shirts are the fancy version of plaid shirts so I need one. Plaid all day, everyday.
  3. Striped T Shirt Dress (buy here)- I think a striped t shirt dress would be perfect to pair with my leather vest and some sneakers. Comfy and chill.
  4. Black Simple Sandals (buy here)- I think I’ve been searching for the perfect black sandals all summer and yet, I still haven’t found the perfect ones. Summer’s almost over, time is running out. 
April Style Wishlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/81494045562
May Style Wishlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/84727241783
June Style Wishlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/87703213663
July Style Wishlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/90856403719
Shop the looks here (click the box below):

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Chasing the Sun- Hilary Duff                         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fj6MjDFD1Kw
Something More- Adelitas Way                         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f926saj7Bvg
Scarecrow- Alex &amp; Sierra                       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8R8oATk7NU
Linger- The Cranberries                       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6Kspj3OO0s
All About You- Hilary Duff                       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y64RiH0gnlI
I Just Wanna Run- The Downtown Fiction             https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrWnfx8uRPw
I Wanna Get Better- Bleachers               https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A81Z6hGjGJQ
Reverse- Somekindawonderful                       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crxcyRIFB8U
Like Real People Do- Hozier                 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrleydRwWms
Shower- Becky G                                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50-_oTkmF5I
January Playlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/73102337807
February Playlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/75266102772
March Playlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/78333123144
April Playlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/81396273564
May Playlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/84430256535
June Playlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/87500771228
July Playlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/90463399579
What songs are on your playlist for this month?
  1. Chasing the Sun- Hilary Duff                         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fj6MjDFD1Kw
  2. Something More- Adelitas Way                         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f926saj7Bvg
  3. Scarecrow- Alex & Sierra                       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8R8oATk7NU
  4. Linger- The Cranberries                       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6Kspj3OO0s
  5. All About You- Hilary Duff                       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y64RiH0gnlI
  6. I Just Wanna Run- The Downtown Fiction             https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrWnfx8uRPw
  7. I Wanna Get Better- Bleachers               https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A81Z6hGjGJQ
  8. Reverse- Somekindawonderful                       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crxcyRIFB8U
  9. Like Real People Do- Hozier                 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrleydRwWms
  10. Shower- Becky G                                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50-_oTkmF5I

January Playlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/73102337807

February Playlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/75266102772

March Playlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/78333123144

April Playlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/81396273564

May Playlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/84430256535

June Playlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/87500771228

July Playlist: http://when-im-older.com/post/90463399579

What songs are on your playlist for this month?

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I have heard such great things about these eyeshadows from Colour Pop but I was never quite convinced. How good could an eyeshadow really be after all? Aren’t they all the same?

NO. The answer is definitely no. These eyeshadows from Colour Pop are like no other shadows. Everything about them is perfect. Let’s talk about the formula first. These are creme-like powders that have an elastic-like texture. This means there isn’t any fallout and they apply beautifully. Plus, they last super long and don’t even crease throughout the day. Next, let’s talk about the pigmentation. Oh my goodness, are these ever pigmented. Take a look at those swatches, are those not the most beautiful colors you’ve ever seen? From left to right is ‘I Heart This’ which is a gorgeous light taupe. It is perfect for all over the lid. Next is ‘Desert’ which is a warm medium brown. ‘On The Rocks’ is a deep bronze with purple and gold glitter. I love this one for deepening up the crease. Next is ‘Amaze’, which is the perfect rose gold. I think golds with pink undertones are the most flattering colors! To the right of that one is ‘Meow’, which is such a cool color! It is a tie-dye shadow with pink, purple, and gunmetal colors that all combine to produce one gorgeous shade! Lastly, ‘Envy’ is a deep black with tons of purple glitter! It is the perfect color to line my eyes with!

Colour Pop has so many beautiful shades of eyeshadows and I think I need every single one. I’m not even exaggerating. And did I mention the price? Each eyeshadow is only $5. For quality like this, that’s practically, no definitely, a steal.

Check out Colour Pop: http://colourpop.com/

I Heart This: http://colourpop.com/product/taupe-eyeshadow-i-heart-this/

Desert: http://colourpop.com/product/brown-eyeshadow-desert/

On The Rocks: http://colourpop.com/product/bronze-eyeshadow-on-the-rocks/

Amaze: http://colourpop.com/product/rose-gold-eyeshadow-amaze/

Meow: http://colourpop.com/product/gunmetal-eyeshadow-meow/

Envy: http://colourpop.com/product/purple-eyeshadow-envy/

*ftc disclaimer: I was sent these products for free but all opinions are my own.

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