Finals Week Prep

Guess what week it is? The worst time to be alive for college students – finals week! Whether you have five finals or one, this post is for you: The hard-working, stressed out, so-over-it college student. Here are my tips for surviving finals week:

1.) Location

Studying is never fun, but it can be better if you’re in a relaxing spot. My personal favorite is the library or outside.

2.) Materials

Make sure you have all the books, highlighters & study guides you need! It sucks to get to your study sesh & realize you don’t even have what you need.

3.) Comfy Clothes

I’m talking fuzzy socks, cardigan, leggings, & a bun. Casual, studying-super-hard aesthetic.

4.) Snacks 

Or Starbucks. Or both. I get really hangry & sometimes I need to just keep working & can’t stop to eat so a quick break with a snack can help motivate me to finish.

5.) Music

I listen to my Spotify Coffee Table Jazz & currently, Christmas music! But whatever helps you focus & keeps you relaxed…

Good luck on finals!! And remember, you are more than your GPA 😉

xo,

jazz

Life Update + Gratitude

Hi all! I hope you guys had a great Thanksgiving!

I didn’t have a Chic of the Week on Friday because I was busy Black Friday shopping, wrapping presents & spending time with family! I figured you all were busy doing the same things so you wouldn’t miss me too much 😉

I wanted to take this chance to just catch you guys up a bit on my life & talk about gratefulness. I know I’m a little behind because Thanksgiving was last week, but I think it’s a great time to talk about all that I have to be thankful for & why you should too 🙂

These pictures are actually from a few years ago & it was an impromptu photo shoot with one of my friends, but they turned out so good. At the time, my friend was a freshman here at ASU & I remember asking her a ton of questions because I still had no idea what to do with my life or where I was even going to college!  As I was studying the pics, I also saw how bad my skin was & remember that my confidence was so low because of it. But I have changed so much since then & become way more confident, breakouts or not 🙂 And I’m also so, so happy with where I am, so it gets better!!

I went home to my small town for Thanksgiving to be with my family. As much as I disliked living in a small town at times, I have grown to appreciate it & the friendships it gave me way more since starting college.

My brother is in Hawaii for school & some of my other family is across the country so this year’s Thanksgiving dinner was a little different, but we did get to FaceTime those that couldn’t be there in real time & it was actually really fun & reminded me that no distance is too far when you care about someone!! It’s so easy to get caught up in how different life is & start to miss what you used to have, but I think it’s important to do the best you can in any new situation & look at the bright side. I love traditions & wouldn’t say that change makes me super happy, but I’m working on my go-with-the-flow attitude more.

Jacob & I are celebrating 3 years together in January! We are also turning 20!! Both are so crazy, but exciting at the same time. Sometimes I wish more than ever that we were at the same school & long distance can be sooo hard, but it’s worth it when we do get to see each other. I’m so grateful for him & the person he is in my life. And I always have to remind myself that, “what’s meant to be will be.”

I only have 2 weeks of school left! I have finals next week… prayers please haha. But then I’m gonna go on a little road trip, spend time with my friends & family, work a little bit, blog A LOT, (blogmas?) & do all the stuff I don’t have time to do when I have school! I’m super excited to just relax. And maybe finally binge watch the rest of Pretty Little Liars.

Anyway, good luck to all of those having finals soon 🙂 don’t forget to slow down for a bit & think about everything you have to be thankful for. It’s probably more than you realize.

What are you guys grateful for? Let me know in the comments or on social media!

xo,

jazz

*All photos courtesy of Rachel Eroh @rachel_eroh

My Top 20 Pinterest Quotes

I’m such a quotes person. I can’t remember exactly when I became obsessed with words & sayings, (probably when I got a Pinterest), but I love having a new phone background every week that will make me smile or inspire me when I look at it. I have an entire board on Pinterest dedicated to some of my favorite quotes. It was hard to choose just some, but if you want to see more make sure to follow me on Pinterest!

I hope these inspire you! Happy Monday!

What is your favorite quote? Let me know in the comments or DM me on social media!

xo,

jazz

For Him: Gift Guide

Tis’ the season to shop (& for gift guides on gift guides)! I don’t know about you guys, but I actually enjoy Black Friday shopping! The Christmas music, the busy stores, the cold…it makes me happy & puts me in the holiday spirit. I try to get some of my shopping done then & definitely weeks before Christmas so I can wrap them all cute! I always have a different wrapping theme every year, so maybe I’ll do a blog post on that too.

But basically, shopping for my dad, brothers & boyfriend can be overwhelming. I feel like dudes are hard to please. And I also feel like they never want anything because they just buy what they want, when they want it! So throughout this year I’ve been keeping a growing list in my notes when Jake mentions he wants something so I can just go off that when I’m shopping. That way I know he’ll like what I get him & it makes me feel better about spending money haha. I don’t like giving gifts just to give something!! I want it to be meaningful.

I’ve put together this gift guide, based on the stuff the guys in my life like, to help you guys out whether you are buying for your little brother or your mans! 

P.S. You can always find a lot of this stuff for cheaper if you get off brands or shop on Amazon or something. They’ll never know…  Just a tip 😉

What is your favorite part about the holidays? Let me know in the comments or on social media!

xo,

jazz

What’s in my Backpack?

Here’s a sneak peek into the things I keep in my school bag! Other than my laptop, glasses & notebooks, I try to keep it really simple because it gets heavy! I also put my lunch in my backpack so I don’t have a lot of space.

  • chapstick
  • mints
  • hair tie
  • hand sanitizer
  • extra pencils
  • phone charger
  • sunglasses
  • keys & student ID

That’s it! Like I said, the more stuff I have, the harder it is to find things & keep track of stuff. Hope this gives you guys some inspo as to what to pack in your own bag!

What are your must-haves for class? Let me know in the comments or DM me on social media! 

xo,

jazz

Organization Tips

I am a very organized person. Anyone who knows me will tell you that every drawer in my room is neat & my clothes are color coordinated along with my planner, desk calendar & wall calendar.

Organization obsessed? Maybe, but being organized & clean has always been such a huge help in every aspect of my life. So whether you’re a college student, working adult or just want to get your life together, (we’ve all been there) I’ve come up with some tips & tricks that I use to stay on top of my game… most of the time.

1.) Use planners & calendars

I have a planner for school/clubs/life, plus a separate blog planner… Along with a calendar for my desk & a calendar in my phone. Whatever goes in my planner, is written on my calendar, which transfers to my phone. That way, no matter where I am or what I’m doing, I can stay on top of everything I have to do & ~rarely~ miss an appointment, deadline or party.

2.) Color coordinate

And I don’t mean your closet, unless you want to. Having a different color for each activity, social event, class or club can really help lay out your days. I am a visual person, so seeing all the colors laid out helps me remember what I have to do & when. Not only does it help you stay even more organized, it’s also kinda pretty.

3.) Make a To-Do list every day & prioritize 

I briefly mentioned this in my last post Productivity Tips, but creating a top 3 to-do every day is the best way to tackle big projects & little chores.

4.) Do things as soon as they are assigned

Or at least start them. As soon as I receive a homework assignment, I’m on it. Some things will take more than an hour or two to complete, but getting a head start is the best way to avoid last minute due date stress.

5.) Have a routine

Creating a routine & sticking to it is one of the biggest ways I stayed organized. When I have a million things going on it’s easier for me to know the order I’m going to accomplish them in. It also keeps me motivated to finish everything because I know by the end of the day I’ll be able to relax, plan out the next day or get ahead. I know that some people work better going with the flow though, so of course, whatever works for you!

6.) Use sticky notes

I have sticky notes everywhere. When I think of a question or something, I write it down right away so I don’t forget, & then I’ll go back later & write it in my planner or ask.

7.) Organize your space

Whether that be a whole house or a dorm room, having your space clean will help lower stress & keep you organized!

I hope these tips help you guys! I feel like as the seasons change so does my mood & sometimes I become really overwhelmed over little things, so if you’re the same way now is the time to pick up some new habits!

What do you do to stay organized? Let me know in the comments, or DM me on social media!

xo,

jazz

Productivity Tips

I’m going to be starting a series all about productivity & organization since I’m back in school now & that’s all that’s on my mind! For all you college students, this will be super helpful & even those who are working, there are always new ways to make your Monday-Friday a little easier! I’ve adopted all these tips over time & these are the things that work best for me day-to-day.

1.) Do as much as you can the night before 

I set out my outfit for the next day, pack my lunch & pack my backpack all before I go to sleep. Some nights I just want to crawl into bed & not even think about the next day, but it’s easier for me to sleep knowing I’m somewhat prepared for the following day!

2.) Wake up early

All you non-morning people are probably like “really Jaslyn??!!” but I swear it’s the best thing for you. I get my workout in first thing, then get ready & have breakfast all before most people have even gotten out of bed. Now this does require going to bed earlier since sleep is the most important thing in my book because you can’t get stuff done when you’re sleepy! Slowly you will create a habit of rising with the sun (or sometimes even before) & going to bed before midnight & you’ll feel a lot better.

3.) Look at your planner before you look at your phone

I set my phone on my desk to charge overnight & don’t even look at it until the next morning after I’ve taken out my planner & written my top 3 to-do’s for the day. Which leads me to the next tip…

4.) Make a “Top 3” for the day

Write down three things you must accomplish that day. The rest can wait for tomorrow or the weekend.

5.) Be organized

I cannot stress this enough! Having a clean work space & a planner with all the day’s work in it, makes getting stuff done so much easier!

6.) Switch up your work environment

Coffee shops are always a good idea. Get together with others to study or get stuff done because just like with working out, having a friend can make it all easier (or at least more fun!)

7.) Motivate yourself

My personal favorite for studying & chores is an iced chai & Disney music.

8.) Break things down 

Big tasks can seem really daunting, so break them down throughout the week.

9.) Set a timer

Set a timer for an hour & do as much as you can. Then take a break & do it again!

10.) Silence your phone

This one is tough, not gonna lie. But the constant dinging makes me want to respond to that text & then see that Instagram notification & then scroll through the Explore page… you get the idea! If it’s easier, just put your phone out of sight & then you won’t even be tempted.

Being productive is always a good feeling. It will take time to get rid of bad habits such as distractions & procrastination, but you’ll get the hang of it! I still have bad days where I just want to sleep & cry, but balance in life is everything… Don’t strive for perfection; just strive for better than yesterday.

What kinds of productivity tips do you guys have? I would love to know in the comments or on social media!

xo,

jazz

P.S. How often do you all want me to post? During the summer I was able to keep up with twice a week, but I’m starting to think maybe once a week, plus an OOTW? Let me know 🙂

Back-to-School Supplies Haul

Probably one of my favorite parts about going back to school is shopping for new school supplies (other than buying new clothes which ~hopefully~ I’ll have a post about soon). I love the smell of new pencils & blank paper just waiting to be written all over & smeared with tears (at least in my case!!) It’s so fun to personalize your stuff & pick out your favorite notebook colors. I don’t know about you guys, but it truly gives me more motivation to study when my stuff looks cute! Ya know, so you can take a studious snapchat & then continue to procrastinate… 😉 Anyway, every school is different & I’m in college so my school supplies is honestly limited because a lot of my work is done on my laptop. But I will give you guys a list of what I do have in case you need some inspiration/motivation!

  • 3 ring binder, with dividers & folder
  • 2 spiral notebooks
  • No. 2 pencils
  • black pen
  • highlighters
  • sticky notes
  • big eraser
  • headphones
  • laptop

What’s your favorite part about going back to school? Let me know in the comments or on social media! Have a good year & remember, your GPA does not define you 🙂

xo,

jazz

Back to School: Planners & Stationery I’m Loving

With fall classes fast approaching I’m getting ready to go back to school shopping & my favorite part is always looking for a new planner. I am a very organized person who loves having every aspect of my life thought out & color coordinated in a cute notebook.

Target is probably my favorite store, especially when it comes to back to school shopping. I have gotten my planners & school supplies there since the beginning of high school. Every season they come out with a new design for their planners & stationary. This year’s design is from the Ashely G. Collection for Blue Sky & includes gold, white & pinks with various patterns. I opted for their largest planner with a ringed binder that has a gold, polk-dot design. Inside it has a space for notes & even a section for “Gratitude”. Each day I can write down one thing I’m grateful for, which is so important for staying sane! I got a smaller planner/address book for my blog scheduling. For my desk, I got a calendar that will allow me to quickly glance at that day’s schedule & events. It also gives me a space to jot down quick notes.

Not everyone loves planning & organization as much as I do. If the thought of scheduled days & thinking ahead is scary, these planners are a not-so-intimidating way to start. They offer different sized planners & calendars so they are perfect for every occasion. Just start by jotting down your plans for the week & soon you’ll have the next 3 months planned out! Life won’t always go as planned, but planners can definitely help!

How do you organize your life? Let me know in the comments or on social media! 

xo,

jazz

*not a sponsored post

College 101

Moving away from home & going to college is one of the most exciting, yet scary times in life. I know because I did it myself not too long ago.

My brother is going away for college soon & there are so many things I want to tell him! I feel like there is so much he needs to know, but I’ve realized you kinda have to learn as you go. But I’m going to do my best & share 23 Things I learned in college to help him & all other soon-to-be-freshman.

1.) Wear comfortable shoes for move-in day.

I made the rookie mistake of wearing Keds & trying to look cute. This is the only time I will tell you to put comfort before style… Try pairing a t-shirt dress with sneakers.

2.) Go to Welcome Week activities & get all the free t-shirts you can.

Anything for a free shirt! But really, getting involved is so important & can help you feel less homesick. And who knows, you just might meet your bff at a club meeting…

3.) Make your dorm room feel like home.

I was so tempted to throw all my bathroom stuff in a bag & act like I was living in a hotel for 9 months. But I didn’t, & my roommate & I were able to make our room look cute & be comfy.  Feeling at home is so important.

4.) Don’t buy your books before class.

Trust me, it’s more stressful to wait in line for a return & keep track of receipts than it is to wait for your professors to tell you what you really need.

5.) Meet with your counselor before every semester to plan out your schedule & make sure you’re on track.

Some schools require it; I recommend it. You don’t want to get to second semester senior year & be told you’re behind.

6.) Make at least one friend in every class & get their contact info.

It’ll be 10 p.m. 2 hours before something is due, & you’ll have no idea what you’re doing. That’s when you phone a friend.

7.) Study with your friends.

It makes it more enjoyable & you have built in tutors.

8.) Form study groups.

To go along with #7, it is so helpful to have people to study with & count on for study guide answers!

9.) Balance out hard & easy classes.

Don’t overestimate what you’re capable of. College school work is not like high school school work. Do not over commit!!

10.) Get to know your professors.

They are actually pretty cool people & it can’t hurt to be on their good side!

11.) Take advantage of the “free” gym & any classes that are offered.

Technically, the gym cost is included in tuition, but I took yoga classes & I’m basically an official yogi now so Namaste.

12.) Be positive.

A bad grade might seem like the end of the world, but it’s not. Trust me. Grades do not define you. Or your intelligence. You’re gonna be okay.

13.) Make time for dining hall dinners… or breakfasts… whatever you have time for (!!) with your friends. 

Because a good venting session can really help on stressful days.

14.) Don’t buy Starbucks every day with your dining dollars because you will run out.

Hahaha…um, I may or may not be speaking from experience here…

15.)  Download Lyft & Uber.

You’ll need both.

16.) Go out.

You won’t remember the nights spent alone in your room with Netflix. You’ll remember the nights you went to French Fry Heaven & the cashier yelled at you when you asked if the bbq fries were spicy & your friend puked in the bushes. (True story.)

17.) Go to football games & sit in the student section. 

Football games are the best!! And you will feel so much school pride being squished with 1,000 other sweaty, screaming individuals who also love *insert school name here.

18.) Do. Not. Procrastinate. 

But balance out all that going out with studying. You do not have as much time as you think you have.

19.) Your mom is still only a phone call away.

She wants you to call her.

20.) Make time for yourself.

It’s so easy to get caught up with clubs, deadlines, dates, friends, football games & so much more that you’ll forget to take time for yourself. But alone time is so crucial for staying happy & successful.

21.) It’s okay to miss your past.

It’s okay to miss your hometown, your family & friends. It’s okay to admit that. But know that you’ll get to make new memories in college too.

22.) Do it all for you.

Have your end goal in mind with everything you do & every decision you make. Now is the time to do that one thing you were gonna do that one time before you got afraid & didn’t. Go do it. And don’t let others opinions or agendas get in the way. Do it for you honey.

23.) Have fun.

Through it all, remember that college is only 4 short years of your life. If you are fortunate enough to go to school & study something you love, explore a new place & meet new people, do it. Do it all & don’t be afraid to fail, because sometimes you learn the most when you make mistakes. Soon you’ll be a full-on adult wishing you hadn’t worried about your chem test  & missed that pool party.

All throughout my freshman year, I made a list of “things I wish someone had told me before I came to college” in the notes section of my phone, so I could share it with y’all. I tried really hard to come up with real advice, & write about experiences that I came across when I was wishing I had someone to help me. My college friends helped me create this list too, & we’ve all been though the same things. So take this advice or don’t take this advice, but let me just tell you, you are in for one helluva ride…

Good luck!

xo,

jazz

P.S. Special thanks to all the people who contributed to this post. You just helped a freshman in need.