Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Pink Tennis Shoes

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Pink tennis shoes are something that I feel like I've seen everywhere recently! They would be perfect with a pair of jeans for class, or with your favorite athleisure outfit for working out or studying!

I've been a converse girl for a while now, but I just love the comfort of tennis shoes so much I want to expand my collection! I really like the styles I've seen from Nike and Adidas, however I've also been seeing some great shoe finds from Target recently! I mean, for under $35 you can't go wrong right?!

Are you as obsessed with pink tennis shoes as I am?

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Internship Tips || How to Prepare for an Interview

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Top // Jeans // Jack Rogers Sandals // Tory Burch Tote (old)

This past week I have had three internship interviews. Three. That's a lot for one week! From my experience, interviewing for internships is way different than interviewing for a job at a retail store or a restaurant. I believe the questions are harder and a little more personal since you are actually using the skills you've been studying in a professional environment. Interviewers also need to know that you are able to communicate efficiently with other interns in the office as well as the current workers and managers in general.

With that being said- I totally don't think internship interviews (or any type of interview) are anything to be scared of! Yeah, it can be intimidating to talk in front of someone you don't know and compete for a job you know you really want, but at the same time it gives you time to brag about yourself and your accomplishments! I don't know about you, but I think that's pretty cool. 

Anyway, to help ease the nerves during this internship / interview season I compiled a list of my tips and advice to help you prepare for an interview!

To be honest, I never thought about practicing my interview skills before I started applying to more serious jobs- but it makes a world of difference! There are many ways you can do this like asking someone to help create a mock interview for you, looking up popular interview questions on google, and just practicing answering the questions out loud! Most campuses offer some sort of career services office where you can schedule a mock interview so you can practice and get critiqued. Find a way that you feel most comfortable and just practice and rehearse as much as you can! I can promise you'll be more confident and calm once the interview rolls around. 

It's proven that when you look good, you feel more confident. When dressing for an interview it's always important to dress in proper business casual attire, but just because you have to dress professionally doesn't mean you can't feel good about your outfit as well! Typically I like to wear either a professional dress, or a pair of dress pants, a nice top, and either a blazer or a sweater. Companies will also take note on how professionally you did/ did not dress for the interview- so make sure to dress and feel your best!

Remember my previous "Internship Tips" post all about updating your resume? Well pull out your perfected resume, print out a copy, and take some time to study it for yourself! All of the accomplishments you've listed on there you should feel proud of and excited to brag about to an interviewer. If there's something you're particularly proud of, make a mental note of it and focus on applying that accomplishment / experience to the job you're interviewing for. Also, don't forget to bring a printed copy to the interview, even if you've already emailed a copy!

My last tip is easily the most important...just be confident! You were called in for an interview because that employer saw potential in you and you should be proud of that alone! Even if one opportunity doesn't work out, keep trying because you can do it! Go in with an open mind, hold your head high and great things will come your way!

I hope you enjoyed reading my tips on preparing for an interview! Obviously I'm still learning myself so I'd love to hear your tips/advice in the comments below!

Thanks for stopping by!


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Friday, March 16, 2018

Coffee Date || Fraternity Formal Prep

Happy Friday! I'm so excited for this weekend because tomorrow is finally BF's fraternity formal! We are currently packing up and getting ready to drive three hours up north to the resort. I can't wait to finally wear my formal dress because it's easily my favorite dress I've worn in a while! I'm also packing this cute new bag to use for the night, and this one-piece swimsuit for the waterpark afterwards!

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Blue and White Dress // Cami Dress // White Dress

Monday, my BF and I took a trip to Old Navy and Target so he could pick up some last minute things for his formal this weekend! He ended up going home with a new bathing suit while I left empty handed (that's a first!). While he was shopping around, I was on the hunt for a new dress I could wear to Easter as well as my sororities founder's day event coming up. I've had my eye on this dress (pictured) for a few weeks now, and to be honest I was not thrilled with the fit! I was wearing an XS (and i'm about 5'7' for reference) and it was just too long and wide for my liking.

However, I did walk out with this dress, these sandals, and this top on my wishlist!

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White Dress // Blue and White Dress

Tuesday and Wednesday were a little busy but also a little uneventful. However, Tuesday afternoon I had an interview for a social media and communications internship position that I really want for the summer! Fingers crossed everything works out! As I was shopping around Old Navy I was trying to take a mental note of what could and could not be considered appropriate for office attire. Once I get my summer plans all figured out I think it's time to update my professional wardrobe. :)

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Draper James Coffee Mug

This time change is kicking my butt! I have been more exhausted this week than I have been in a long time, so an extra cup of coffee every day is totally needed. Plus I just love having an excuse to use my favorite Draper James mug I received for Christmas. :)

Also, Wednesday I had an actual coffee date with my sister to discuss more ideas for a new project we've been thinking of. I get more and more inspired each time we meet, I can't wait to work on it more and share it here!

I'm excited for this upcoming weekend and I can't wait to share my dress and some pictures in next week's coffee date post!

Do you have any fun plans this upcoming weekend?


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My five makeup favorites,

And 17 things that make me feel lucky in honor of St. Patrick's Day tomorrow!


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

17 Things That Make Me Feel Lucky

With St.Patrick's Day coming up, it has me thinking about luck. I realize every day that I am genuinely lucky for so many aspects in my life, however I don't stop and think about those things as often as I should. So, today I wanted to take a little time to share a list of 17 things that make me feel lucky. Some may be silly, but they're all aspects of my life that make me happy. Enjoy!
  1. My BF because he is my biggest supporter, and my best friend.
  2. Having a close relationship with my family.
  3. My sister because we have gotten close by motivating each other to chase our dreams!
  4. Iced coffee, because even in the middle of the winter it's the best.
  5. Coming home to see my shih-tzu puppy every day :)
  6. Having the opportunity to get an education and get my dream job after graduation.
  7. Donut shops... :)
  8. Holding the position of Membership Recruitment Director in my sorority and having the opportunity to invite new members to our sisterhood.
  9. Having marathons of The Office and Parks & Rec. because those are the best shows ever.
  10. Also, having wine and bachelor nights.
  11. Having coffee on a quiet Sunday morning.
  12. Spending time with my closest friends.
  13. Being an aunt to six nieces and nephews!
  14. Listening to good music (Ahem, specifically John Mayer. Ily.)
  15. Studying hard for a test and receiving a great grade on it.
  16. Target runs, because Target is the best.
  17. And having the ability and the opportunity to share my inspiration through my blog!
What are some things in your life that make you feel lucky?

Have a happy and safe St.Patrick's Day!


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Monday, March 12, 2018

5 Makeup Favorites

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Last week I shared my 5 skincare favorites on the blog, so today I decided to share my 5 makeup favorites! Like my favorite skincare products I've been trying to find the best go-to products for me. After a lot of trial and error I have finally found a handful of products that work great and look great on my skin! Typically, I don't wear too much makeup but when I do I can always count on these products to help me feel more put together!

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First off this foundation is my absolute favorite. As I mentioned in my skincare favorites post I have very dry, sensitive, red skin and it can be hard to find a foundation that actually looks good. Liquid foundation is just not in the cards for me, so years ago my Dermatologist recommended I switch to mineral based powder since it will look more natural and won't clog my pores. I tried it all from Bare Minerals to IT Cosmetics and nothing worked for me until I found the Neutrogena Mineral Sheers powder foundation! I use the shade 40 natural; it has a slight yellowish undertone that cancels out the redness on my face perfectly! I was wearing it around my BF recently and he even mentioned how great my skin looked! You know something works when a boy notices... ;)

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Along with my favorite foundation, this bronzer is my absolute favorite. Since my face is naturally really red, I like to use a bronzer over blush to add a little definition. Hoola is a great bronzer because the color isn't too dark (or orange...), and it has no shimmer to it so it looks really natural on! Plus it helps make me look like I have a little color even in the middle of the winter...ha!

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I don't usually wear a lot of eyeshadow, but I recently picked up this palette in the fall and I really love it! The colors are easy to wear and last all day when I use a primer. For everyday I like to use the lightest shade under my brows and all over the lid to brighten up my eyes! I then throw on a little mascara and fill in my brows and I'm good to go!

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These last two products are some of my favorite of all time! I've been using the Covergirl Clump Crusher mascara for years and it has always stood out as my favorite. Every once in a while I'll try something new just to try it, but I always come back to Covergirl. This mascara never clumps up, it goes on great, and really curls and lengthens your lashes. It reminds me of the Benefit Roller Lash mascara, but only a fraction of the price!

The Clinique Chubby Sticks are great lip products! They go on really smooth and never dry out your lips. I also really like the fact that the colors are really sheer because it makes it look more natural and easy to wear!

Those are my 5 favorite makeup products as of lately! I'm always interested in testing out new products as well so I'd love some recommendations of your favorite products as well!



Friday, March 9, 2018

Coffee Date || Midterms Week & Instagram

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Sorority Hat // Sorority Pullover (Similar) // Jeans (the best!!)

What a week! This week I had two midterms on one day (that's always fun), a midterm project and presentation due, two internship interviews, and work and class between all of that! To say I've been busy is an understatement... even my dad glanced at my planner and said "That is your schedule?! You really are busy!" Heck yeah dad I am busy, but it's a good busy you know?

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Most of the week I spent studying, fun right? Wednesday night I spent hours going over one study guide...I didn't even finish it and I had five pages of notes front and back. That's ten pages of information! How does ten pages of information even fit in one test? If you're a college teacher lmk because thats crazy. Luckily my other test was a bit easier so there was minimal tears shed from that one. (kidding, kind of...)

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The weather this week has been all over the place! As I mentioned in last week's Coffee Date post, we went from having sunny days to snow and this week was no different. We got hit with a pretty cold snow that stuck, so I woke up Thursday with at least an inch on the ground! I know that's not much, but I am so ready for spring and to not be freezing while I walk around campus.

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This week I also finally made an Instagram for my blog! I've always loved Instagram, but I thought it would be best to keep my blog insta seperate from my personal one. You can follow me @cuethecoffeeblog and I'll make sure to share when blog posts go live as well as other snaps of my life! Make sure to check out my first post here and follow my page!

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Lastly, I made up a mini-inspiration board because I've been really inspired by a new goal my sister and I have been talking about. I'm not going to go into too much detail since we are still in the dreaming/scheming process as of right now, but hopefully I will have some exciting updates to share soon... but for now these pictures can serve as a little hint!

Sorry this week was a bit boring! Midterm week isn't usually the most fun! However I'm excited for things to start picking up this month with formal only a week away, some fun sisterhoods, and an interview with a really exciting internship!

What are your plans for the weekend?



Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Sorority Recruitment || How To Have A Successful Informal Recruitment

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If you followed along with my latest Coffee Date post you would know that I just had informal recruitment for my sorority! Since this was my first time having events and meeting PNMs as the recruitment director I have to was harder than I thought, but definitely rewarding!

A little backstory; back in January I had planned a big, elaborate informal recruitment week full of events and fun. I made flyers to post on every bulletin board on campus, bought decorations, and was prepared to have a huge bid day celebration. Long story short, due to some complications on my campuses side all my hard work had to be canceled for the time being. Fast forward to a few weeks later and my chapter was finally eligible to recruit two members! Even though we invited in such a small class, those two new members are just as important to our sisterhood as any other member and we are so excited to have them!

With that being said, this week of informal recruitment was very informal- our events consisted of having a study night, grabbing coffee, and having lunch with our active sisters on campus. This may be a little different than how other campuses do it, and this was even way different than what I had originally planned! Either way, I took note of some things I learned along the way and I thought I'd share for anyone else needing tips on how to informally recruit!

No matter how big the pledge class, these tips can apply to you and your recruitment process!

My first tip is to be flexible! Since it's informal recruitment, it's not as "popular" as formal recruitment. It might take girls a little longer to find out about the events your chapter is hosting, and there's a good possibility that they can't make it to your events at all! If they can't make it due to class or work but they're genuinely interested in learning more about your chapter- make time to meet with them if you can! This past week my schedule and a PNMs schedule just didn't match up so I called her on the phone to chat for a bit! As long as you make the effort somehow, your chapter and the PNM will appreciate it!

This is one thing that I need to work on in all aspects of my life...but ask for help when you need it! A majority of your sisters will be more than happy to help out, meet with PNMs when you can't, and just lend a helping hand when you need it! I put so much pressure on myself to be the one who does everything, but when I finally reached out and asked for help I got an outpouring of connections and resources that I wouldn't have had otherwise!

As someone who is going into advertising you would think I'd be better about this. While preparing for a bigger recruitment in January I made flyers and social media advertisements, but with only needing two members I thought it would be best to not advertise our recruitment. Looking back, I wish I would have because it would have gotten the word out to more girls who were interested. Plus it looks more professional than just texting or emailing everyone the dates of the events. Lesson learned here!

It can be so hard to think, "Ugh I've had such a long day, I'm too tired for this!" but along with everything in your life, just suck it up and have a good attitude! Before the first night of recruitment I'll admit, I was pretty tired and just wanted to stay home and take a nap. However, once I got to the event and started talking to everyone I had a great time and made some great connections! Showing up with a good attitude is going to also make the PNMs you're talking to more comfortable!

Most importantly, have fun! Recruitment should be a fun time to bond with your sisters as well as the new members! It can be stressful, but the light at the end of the tunnel is being able to welcome all of your new members home at the end of the week!

Those were a few things that I learned after my first informal recruitment week! I hope this helped give some encouragement to someone else going through it for the first time as well!

Does your chapter hold informal recruitment events? What are some of your tips on a successful recruitment week?