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Monday, August 6, 2018

The Perfect Unique Watch for Back To School + A GIVEAWAY!

JORD Wood Watches

JORD Wood Watches

JORD Wood Watches

JORD Wood Watches

JORD Wood Watches

JORD Wood Watches

JORD Wood Watches

JORD Wood Watches

Hello friends! I am so excited to share a new style post today because I am hosting my very first GIVEAWAY on my blog! All info will be at the end of this post as well as on my Instagram page!

Anyway, with back-to-school season quickly approaching I thought this would be the perfect time to share the perfect unique watch for back to school- JORD watches! They're amazing quality, lightweight because they are made of wood, super comfortable, and seriously beautiful. I get so many compliments every time I wear mine out- I've even caught my dad and BF trying to steal it, ha! Personally I can't wait to wear mine during recruitment this year so I can keep track of time since cell phones are off limits. It will also be perfect to wear to classes this upcoming fall since none of my classrooms have clocks anymore!

The JORD watch I picked out for myself is the Fieldcrest Zebrawood & Maple style and I'm seriously obsessed. I really don't think I've taken it off since I received it in the mail! I styled my JORD watch with a classic denim skirt and white tee and kept accessories simple since I wanted all the attention to focus on my unique watch. This look was perfect for brunch downtown and walking around the local farmer's market but I can't wait to repeat this look for Sunday meetings and coffee dates in the coming weeks!

They have all kinds of men’s watches and women’s watches!

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Now onto the giveaway! You'll be able to win $100 towards a beautiful, unique, wood watch from JORD just like mine! All you have to do to be entered in the giveaway is use this entry form, fill out your name and email, click submit, and that's it! To increase your chances of winning make sure to follow JORD Watches on Instagram! This contest will be open until 8/26/2018 at 11:59pm CST.

A huge thank you to JORD Watches for working with me on this post and giveaway!
All opinions are my own.

Angela

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

July Favorites

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Hello friends! Over this past month, and really the whole summer, I've been trying a lot of new products and I've found some real game changers that I just had to share with you. I found some fashion, style, skincare and of course some organization favorites that would be great for the rest of the summer as well as the new school year on the horizon! 

I want to try and start sharing my monthly favorites here on the blog because they're always some of my favorite posts to read and I love discovering new products and things people love. :) I think I have a lot of really great products that I thought would make the perfect first post in my series of favorites!

This has been a favorite of mine since the beginning of the summer and I kick myself for not trying it sooner! I really truly believe this has made a world of difference in my skin. My skin has been less red, had less breakouts and pores, and has had an overall better and smoother texture. I use this after I cleanse my skin every morning and night as a toner. This has also been a lifesaver for when I get home late or I'm too tired to actually cleanse my skin so I can still remove all of my makeup and get my skin clean before I go to sleep! It's under $10 at Target, it's amazing, and trust me- you need it!

I was in serious need for an upgrade on my frames for years, and when a Warby Parker store opened near me I took it as a sign to invest in some new glasses. I'm SO glad I did because I seriously love my frames. I've been wearing them so often out- and I never used to wear my glasses out! They were comfortable right out of the box, and so beautifully made. I can't wait to wear these to class come fall!

THIS product is AMAZING. I don't even understand how or why this works so well but it just does. I picked this up randomly on a Target run before we left for vacation because I had been reading that vitamin C was really great for evening out skin tone. I used this for one whole week before I noticed results- I woke up one morning and I was like omg?!? My skin looks GREAT! I use this product morning and night as well! It's $16 and seriously it's a miracle in a bottle which just blows my mind because I had zero expectations for this product. If you purchase anything from this post- take my word for it and purchase this and the rose witch hazel

Another drugstore find that is seriously AMAZING. I have naturally really short, blonde eyelashes so anything I can get to make them longer and darker- I'll take it. It took some getting used to with this product but after a little trial and error I figured out that using just the smallest amount on the tips of my lashes, letting it dry, and then applying my mascara on top makes the best difference! I use this mascara over top and love the length and volume the combination gives me!

I am planner and organization obsessed. This year I decided I needed an upgrade from my normal sharpie highlighters to a set of 15 different colored highlighters, ha! I plan to mainy use these to color code my planner but obviously I can use them to highlight in my notes once school starts! The best part in my opinion is that they have two tips- a highlighter and a marker tip!

I think I'm just a freak about pens and markers or really anything that you use to write with (please tell me I'm not the only one...). I've been really into learning about hand lettering and practicing my hand lettering techniques lately and I've found that the tombow brush markers are the best tool! I have a few different colors of these markers (I get them at Michaels craft store individually!) and they're really fun to use in my planner (they don't bleed through the pages!), or to address letters!

I initially bought these sandals for the sole purpose of wearing them to work this summer since our dress code only allows us to wear sandals with a back on them. I seriously haven't taken them off since I got them- I wear them with everything. Truth be told they've actually replaced my jack rogers in my summer wardrobe....! I will admit the one downside to these shoes- they were a pain to break in. However, once I broke them in after a few wears they turned into the most comfortable shoes I own right now!

I realized I hadn't bought a new swimsuit in almost two years so I desperately needed one for our beach vacation. I went into aerie to try on some new suits and fell in love! I loved their selection but ultimately ended up going with this top and these (and these) bottoms. I can honestly say that I've never felt so good in a swimsuit before. The top fits me really nice and is so flattering and both bottoms I picked out to go with it are comfortable and have great coverage which I love. I'm going to try to get more use out of this by going to my pool every chance I get before school starts!

This is a great SPF- I used it all during my beach vacation and never once got burned on my face! It's a mineral SPF which means it won't clog your pores, and it claims to calm your red skin as well which I think it totally does! I do use another moisturizer under it since I don't feel like it does a good job of moisturizing on it's own, but I think it works great as a daily SPF and I do plan on repurchasing!

I hope you enjoyed my monthly favorites! I'm currently trying even more new products that hopefully make the cut for next months favorites post! What have you been loving recently??

Angela

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Monday, July 30, 2018

IM BACK! A little update and explanation...

Hello blog, it seems like forever since I've last logged onto here! I honestly wasn't planning on taking a month long break but obviously I think it was very much needed.

There isn't much to the story as to why I went MIA- just typical stuff like getting in the routine of working at my new job, really getting into the details of planning recruitment, a week long vacation, and just trying to enjoy my summer and spend time with friends! I love blogging and keeping up with my favorite bloggers but when a busy season comes into my life it's so easy for this little space of mine to be the first to go. That being said, I don't have any plans of quitting blogging at all! Over the past month my creative juices have been flowing and I am happy to report that I have so much exciting content coming to Cue the Coffee so so soon! Recruitment updates, back to school posts, style, beauty and so much more!

I have one month left of my summer vacation and it's already jam packed with tons of stuff- two recruitment video shoots, mine and my BF's birthdays, working a lot, and even a possible camping trip! I'm going to try to come back with posts on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays as best as I can because I'm really excited for all of the content I have coming up!

Anyway, thanks for being patient! Here's a quick little peek at what I've been up to for the past month...

I heald TWO recruitment shoots! One at the park where I recruited the help of a panhellenic sister from my school to take our pictures since she is working on her photography skills! She did an amazing job and you can check her out on instagram here! The other was at a local roller skate rink which turned out to be so much fun!


I went to a baseball game with my family and BF! I got tickets for all of us to go as a father's day present for my dad. We couldn't have asked for better weather and all had such a blast!


And I went on a week long vacation up north with my BF and family! We stayed in Traverse City, MI and spent the week going to breweries, the beach, shopping, exploring and just relaxing!

Our favorite brewery of the week... Shorts!


A close second was Right Brain. Notice the matching shirts?? Yeah, we're that couple. ha!


Lastly, we spent a day exploring and biking around Mackinac Island! We even got a little bike basket to take our dog, Bentley, with us! He LOVED riding in the basket and being able to spend the day with us on the island.




Thanks for stopping by! I'm so excited to be back and have a lot of fun things planned! Make sure to check back on FRIDAY because I will be hosting my first ever GIVEAWAY on my Instagram and trust me, it's one you won't want to miss!

Angela

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

How To Save Money & Make Money In College

As a college student, I'll be the first to admit that money is tight. I have a lot of things that I need to pay for (textbooks, sorority dues, my car, phone, etc.) and there is only so many hours I can work before sacrificing my academics and study time. Now that it's summer it's a little bit of a different story, but nonetheless saving and making money can be hard when you're in college!

I've picked up a few tips during my years as a college student that I thought would be fun to share now that the new school year is on the horizon!

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TIP #1: GET A JOB:
My first tip is kind of obvious...but get a job! Weather it's a (paid) internship, or a minimum wage job- make sure it's something that brings in an income for you. Looking into on-campus jobs is also a really great option during the school year because you can make some money while being able to work around your school schedule! I know I've shared it on here before, but during the school year I work as an ads assistant for my school newspaper and the maximum hours I can clock in with that job is 10 hours per week. I thought that seemed really low but it's actually perfect because I can work between classes and still have time to study/ see friends/ even work a different job during the day!

TIP #2: BABYSIT:
This tip kind of goes with my first one, but babysitting is another great way to earn money! During the school year my primary job is babysitting which actually works out great for me. After I'm done with classes for the day I'll pick up the kids from school and help them get ready for anything else they have to do that day and be able to be home and done with my day between 5 and 6. Again, this gives me time to study and do homework in the evenings plus at the end of every week I get paid cash!

TIP #3: TRACK YOUR SAVINGS & BUDGET:
In other words WRITE IT DOWN. I can't tell you how much this helps me. I just recently got my new Passion Planner and I made a whole page in one of the note pages to track my monthly savings. I did this last year in my planner and writing it down and actually being able to see my progress month to month really helped me and motivated me to save even more than what I set my goal at for the month. Additionally, writing down all of your bills and when they're due helps you to know how much money you need to save and where your money will be going. I do all of my budgeting and tracking in my Passion Planner!

TIP #4: SELL YOUR STUFF:
I've been using Poshmark to sell my old clothes for years and seriously I love it. It's so easy to list your items and sell them quickly and make money. I usually request personal checks (as opposed to direct deposit to my bank account) and then either just put them directly into my savings account or put the money towards something I've been saving up for. For example, I saved up a few Poshmark checks and was able to pay for my new glasses without having to take any additional money from my account! There are other places and apps out there where you can take your old stuff you no longer use and exchange it for cash as well!

TIP #5: SAVE YOUR CHANGE:
Saving your change at the end of every week is so simple but can have such a big payoff! Typically at the end of every week I take all of the loose change and $1 bills I have in my wallet and put them into a mason jar on my bedside table. I wait until the jar is filled and I'll either take it to a Coinstar machine (although you do have to pay to use this) or the bank to exchange for cash, then I'll take the money directly to the bank and deposit into my savings account! Last time I had about $30 in my little jar so it for sure pays off!

Those are my tips that help me save money even as a broke college student! I hope these tips help someone else out there and as always if you have any additional tips let me know in the comments below!

Angela

Monday, June 25, 2018

New Frames With Warby Parker

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Last month I had to go in for an eye exam so I could order new contacts, but once I realized that my glasses were a whole power lower than what I was seeing at I knew it was time for an upgrade. I have had the same pair of glasses since I was a senior in high school. They've been beat up and I just have not felt confident enough to wear them out- plus I couldn't see very well out of them anymore, so wearing them to class was out of the question!

Fortunately for me, a Warby Parker store just opened up in my local mall and I knew it was a sign that I needed to upgrade my glasses ASAP!

I ended up picking out the Lucy Narrow Frames and I seriously love them! I have not worn my glasses this much out in public since middle school- so that's saying something! Aside from the styles they carry I was so impressed with the overall service provided by Warby Parker. I ordered my glasses and not even a week later they were on my porch and ready to wear. They immediately fit right out of the box and I haven't had to take them in to get adjusted! They were also super easy to get used to! If you're in the market for new frames I would 100% recommend trying out Warby Parker!

PS- Bonus story about this outfit: I went the whole day wearing my shirt backwards and didn't even notice until I was out to dinner with friends later that night! Ha! Good thing you can't really tell, right??

Angela


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Friday, June 22, 2018

Coffee Date || A Busy Work Week

Happy Friday, friends! This week has been so busy for me with working two jobs basically every day. I currently work at Paper Source as my main job, but I've also been finishing up watching my niece and nephews for the school year and I still have to go to my on campus job as an ads assistant for our school newspaper a few times a month. Unfortunately for me all three of those jobs had me pretty busy all week, ha! But now it's finally (almost) the weekend and I can look forward to a little break. :)

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Jack Rogers Sandals

Last Friday I met two of my friends for dinner downtown! It was so much fun and such a needed little catch up time. One of the girls I met for dinner is going to be a recruitment counselor (we call them Rho Gammas on my campus!) so she will be disaffiliated from our sorority pretty soon, so it was nice for all of us to get together before that happens!

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Saturday was a pretty busy day from the start. I got up early so I could drive to my BF's house to celebrate Father's Day with him and his family. My BF lives about an hour away from me, and I'm not the best at driving or directions so I don't make the commute over to his house as often as he does mine but I always enjoy spending time with him and his family when I can. We went to one of his relative's house for a family party and some BBQ. There was even chickens just roaming around at the party! I was pretty fascinated by watching the chickens all afternoon, ha!

After the party I had to drive to my brother's house to babysit for my niece and nephew for a few hours. I was a little tired from the day's activities but it ended up being a good night with the kids- we went for a little walk after dinner and I couldn't help but snap this sweet pic of them on their little Jeep! How cute?!

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Warby Parker Lucy Narrow Frames

Sunday we celebrated Father's Day! My BF came and celebrated with my family this day since I went to see him Saturday. We had a BBQ at my brother's house and most of my family was able to come which was nice. The guys spent most of the day watching golf on TV and drinking beer, typical! However, my brother introduced me to this beer and I am seriously hooked. I'm not a beer drinker at all so trust me when I say the stuff is good (Bonus, its PINK). It's a Michigan brewed beer and the actual brewery is close to where we are staying in Traverse City next month, so my BF and I are planning a trip there to try a flight of beers and get some lunch!

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Bathing Suit

The rest of the week was pretty uneventful! I worked Monday-Friday and have another shift scheduled for tomorrow, so safe to say I've been pretty busy!

The first official day of summer was yesterday and I wish I had done something more exciting than work on the longest day of the year but at least I'm making money right?! I did my first closing shift at Paper Source last night as well- I found a few goodies that I added to my wishlist while restocking inventory like this sticker maker, this little puzzle book, and this cute calendar! Maybe I'll treat myself to something after work tomorrow. :)

This weekend should be a fun one! Tomorrow after work my BF and I are planning on going to see the Incredibles 2 with some of our friends and Sunday we are taking a trip to our favorite art museum! Next week I'll also have a few days off from work so I'm looking forward to catching up on some blog stuff and doing some errands I didn't get to this week.

What are you up to this weekend?

Angela

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Sorority Recruitment || Video Shoot #1: Planning, Executing, & Lessons Learned

Hello! It's been a while since I last shared any updates on my sorority recruitment planning. Now that I've had my first recruitment video and photo shoot I thought it was time for a new post!

Throughout the summer I planned five video/photo shoots so we can get footage for me to make our recruitment video and have nice photos to share on our social media pages to spread the word about recruitment! It's been stressful and a lot of work but also so much fun so far! Now that I have one video shoot under my belt I thought I'd share the planning process, decorations, some pictures and inspiration, and lessons that I learned and will be using throughout the rest of the summer to help make this recruitment season successful!

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The theme for this recruitment shoot was a pool party! One of my sisters generously offered her pool for us to use for the day. I wanted the decor and props to be really bright, fun, and summery! I asked everyone who came to bring their cutest pool floats (I contributed a cupcake and a donut!) and I had both a silver and gold sequin beach ball! So fun! I also brought some supplies for a photo back drop, a balloon arch, a bunch of sigma themed things, and of course some food and snacks!

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Tablecloth (Similar) // Tassel Garland // ALOHA Banner (from Target dollar spot)

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Balloons from Target // Pizza Float // Flamingo Float
Pineapple Float // Donut Float

I had originally planned for the photo backdrop to be put up on some piping we have that will make it stand up, but unfortunately this day was pretty windy so the girls who helped me set it up decided to attach it to part of the fence. Not my original vision but it worked! To be completely honest we only got a handful of pictures and video with it before the wind blew it completely off the fence anyway, ha! There's only so much you can plan for when it comes to decorations.

The balloon arch was something that I was most nervous about considering I had never made one before! All I knew was that I wanted some sort of balloon arch decoration to be in the pictures but I wasn't 100% sure how I wanted it to look or where I wanted it to go. I just improvised as I decorated and actually really loved how it turned out all together! It looks so cute in the backgrounds of all the pictures and video so for that, the struggle was worth it, ha!

To make the balloon arch I got about 8 packs of 15 balloons from the Target party isle and that was more than enough- I actually have a good amount left over so maybe I can figure out another balloon decoration later in the summer. I kept with a pretty simple color scheme of pinks, purple, and white. My sororities official colors are purple and white so I wanted to make sure I had that in the decorations, adding pink just made it cute and super girly. :)

To keep them together, I actually ended up using a needle and thread and it worked perfectly! I had also purchased some different types of wire but didn't end up using it. The arch definitely needed a lot of balloons to make it look good though. My dad, BF and I blew up 4 garbage bags of balloons the night before and although it was very helpful it wasn't enough! Special shoutout to my cousin for blowing up like 800 extra balloons, LOL. Once I had all of the balloons I needed I just threaded the bottom of the balloons together, tied them to the tree and that was it!

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As far as the actual photo/video shoot went- I'd say it was pretty successful. I had about 9 active members from my sorority show up (which was a little frustrating, but what can you do once it's all said and done?). I just made the most of the time we all had, took pictures of everyone, tried to get footage of everyone, and everyone had fun which was the most important! I'm still trying to maximize participation so I'm implementing some incentives and a prize for the rest of the summer. I've gotten a good response so far so fingers crossed my next recruitment shoot goes better!

Here are some things I took away after having my first recruitment shoot and what I'm going to do differently for the next ones...

1. INCENTIVES: for the rest of the summer I decided I will be taking attendance at each of the recruitment shoots. Those who have come to the most events will have their name put in a raffle and the winner will have both of her recruitment shirts paid for! Who doesn't want free shirts??

2. MAKE A FACEBOOK PAGE: since this event was technically combined with a sisterhood me and the other girls hosting ended up making a seperate Facebook event page. This was super beneficial for everyone else so they knew the address, date, and time without having to scroll through other documents online or on email. Plus this helped me because I could get an idea of who was coming and who wasn't based on the RSVP's. I could also post as much information to this page about the event as I wanted and it didn't clutter our chapter Facebook page. I've already made a new event for the next recruitment shoot!

3. REACH OUT TO PEOPLE: going along with making a Facebook event page- by looking the "go" or "can't go" options on the page I was able to get a good idea as to who was coming. However there is always those people who just don't respond to either and kind of leave you hanging. I reached out to a few girls last time who didn't respond to the event but it's my goal to reach out to everyone who has seen it and hasn't responded to the new event coming up. It might make them more excited to come knowing you want them there, or it could just simply serve as a reminder of the event- either way it never hurts to ask!

4. DON'T GET DISCOURAGED: This is probably the most important thing I can take away from my first video shoot and apply to everything else for the rest of the summer- but don't get discouraged!!! No matter how much work I put into the events, or how many prizes you can win, or anything else there is always going to be people who can't come or don't show up. I also have to remember that it's summer and people have school/work/internships/vacations/etc. and I can't control that. So I'm just going to finish out my video shoots, update on here as I go and have fun with the sisters who do show up!

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Are you planning recruitment for your sorority? If so please leave me any suggestions or any additional advice- I could always use it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

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