T.J. Maxx Wishlist | My Latest + Cutest Summer Finds

Last week, I shared my morning routine with y'all. This week, I wanted to share my latest (and cutest) finds at T.J. Maxx. I love T.J. Maxx for not only their designer brands, but their affordable prices. Everything in this wishlist is under $60.

If you know me, you know that I love tassels. This clutch is perfect for a night out on the town. Pair it with white capris to make the colors truly pop.

This top also comes in black—I want both! This would look super cute paired with white pants and fun shoes. Maybe even that clutch I mentioned earlier?

During the summer, I like to keep my jewelry down to a minimum. Tan lines, am I right? Statement necklaces are one of my favorite ways to accessorize. They're effortless!

Sperry’s are a classic! I especially love these because of the colorful fabric. These shoes are another great alternative to summering up any outfit.

This skirt has my name written all over it. I love the fit, length, and print! Not to mention the price! Perfect for Saturday nights downtown.

These shoes are a summer staple. They can be dressed up or down depending on what you’re going for. I'd pair them with white capris for a family BBQ and a mini skirt like the one above for a night out.

These pants are absolutely adorable—I’m obsessed with the color. Pair with a white crop top and you're in style to run all of your Sunday afternoon errands.

A sun hat—another summer staple!! I’ve been by the pool these couple of weeks and realized I needed a sun hat to protect my hair, scalp, and face. This one is perfect because it has a wide enough brim. (However, I went to Marshall's the other day and couldn't find any hats. I was so bummed!)

I love these shoes, as they’re so easy to slide on when you're running out the door.

Jumpsuits are so trendy! My sister just purchased one from Charming Charlie’s for $10. I need to hop on this trend! (No pun intended!)

Straw bags are also so in season! I love this one because of it’s shape. I also like that it has a crossbody strap-- perfect for traveling to the beach and beyond.

And, lastly, I had to include a swimsuit. The deep cut and the front bow combination is both modest and stylish!

*I went to Marshall's last week and found some amazing brands on the clearance rack like Lilly Pulitzer and Polo Ralph Lauren. Go! Go! Go!

My Summer Morning Routine ft. Updated Skincare

Good morning, Everyone!

Today, I'm sharing my morning routine with y'all! With the academic year coming to an end, I'm able to sleep in and focus on my personal goals, whether they are related to my blog, fitness, or spirituality.

8:00 A.M. - Wake-up

Alexa wakes me up at 8:00 AM. The first thing I do is check my phone-- Messages, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. I've also been getting in to using networking apps like LinkedIn and Shapr.

8:30 A.M. - Get Workout Ready

By 8:30, I'm ready to get up and moving. I brush my teeth, throw on leggings and a sports bra, and pull out my yoga mat. (I found an adorable one at T.J. Maxx if you're on the lookout for one that won't break the bank!)

8:45 A.M. - Workout

Last year, I got into the habit of following a consistent workout schedule. I've never felt so confident! Click here to checkout my Poppin' Workout Routine.

9:30 A.M. - Shower

Right after I workout, I hop in the shower. My shower routine is a little different from day to day. Today, my shower routine consisted of: shampooing and conditioning my hair. As for my legs, I exfoliated them and followed up by shaving with my favorite razor.

9:50 A.M. - Skincare

Between the stress of finals and a certain time of the month approaching, my skin has been suffering.

Step 1: Dry cleanse skin with foam cleanser.

Step 2: Massage thoroughly into the skin.

Step 3: Add water and rinse.

Step 4: Exfoliate (every 2-3 days).

Step 5: Spot treatment.

Step 6: Moisturizer with SPF.

10:00 A.M. - Finish Getting Ready

Comb the tangles out of my hair, get dressed, etc. I usually let my hair air dry. I've been loving this spay from Garnier.

10:30 A.M. - Plan My Day w/ A Morning Snack

I am definitely a planner kind of gal. Most of my days include: blogging, responding to emails, running errands, etc.. (My mom actually just picked me up a new Lilly planner for the 2019-2020 academic school year. I'm so excited to see which one she got me!)

11:00 A.M. - Get To Work!

By 11:00 A.M. I am in the zone! With the school year over, I can focus on my blog and personal goals like I mentioned earlier. I've been able to get back into the schedule of posting once a week. I've also been able to pick up a few freelance gigs-- I'm super excited for those articles!

Comment below: What's a must-do in your morning routine?

9 Things High School Graduates Should Read Before Going Off To College

Congratulations, Class of 2019! 

I am so proud of all of you. Here are 9 things I think every high school graduate should know before going off to college:

1. You did it. Give yourself a pat on the back.

You graduated high school; that is a huge accomplishment! Don't underestimate how great of an achievement this is.

2. Preserve REAL friendships.

Good friends are hard to find. Believe me, I would know. If you have that friend in high school, don't lose touch-- no matter how far the distance is between the two of you. Like the tassel was worth the hassle, a good friend is also worth the hassle.

3. Don't let a relationship define you.

A friendship or a romantic relationship. Don't let a romantic relationship influence where you go to school. (No matter how serious!) My high school boyfriend and I ended up breaking up a year into our college careers. If I would have went to the same college as him, I would have major regrets. Going to my own school allowed me to grow and develop into the person I truly wanted to become.

4. Attend your college's orientation events.

No matter how corny. I ended up going to one and meeting a ton of great people. I even met one of my best friends there!

5. Use your college's resources-- no matter how smart you are.

I love going to my college's writing center. Having another set of eyes look over your 20 page English paper is truly a blessing. They'll fix that run of sentence you wrote at 1:00 A.M.

6. Show your professors you care. 

  • Arrive to class early. I like to show up about 10-15 minutes early.
  • I know it was cool to sit in the back of the room in high school, but this is college. Sit in the front.
  • Go to their office hours. Professors remember the students who show up to their office hours.

7. Living with another human being is probably a little different than you anticipate.

Many, many people think that their roommate is also going to be their best friend. (I was one of them!) I hate to be the one to break it to you, but that's not always the case. When you room with someone, you're exposed to their true colors. And, they're exposed to yours. You might realize that you two have a different set of interests or even priorities. Some people are drawn to the party scene, whereas others are drawn to making President's List. Regardless, stay focused.

8.  Don't forget to call mom and dad.

Mom and dad have been your biggest supporters since day one. Trust me! They've watched you flourish into the beautiful adult you are. Don't forget to send them a text letting them know your acing calculus. And, don't be afraid to reach out to them for help. If you and your roommate aren't seeing eye to eye, they'll be able to give you advice on how to deal with it.

9. Challenge yourself.

In the beginning of my freshman year, I was scared to try new things. I was scared to go against the norm. I decided to challenge myself and I'm graduating next semester. I completed a four year degree in two and half semesters. Not to mention, I'm graduating with two minors. Challenge yourself. Your future self will thank you for it.

Congratulations, Natalie! I am so proud of your past, present, and future achievements. You are going to do incredible things with your life.

Spilling All The Tea On This Past Academic Year (Fall '18- Spring '19)

My last full year of college has come to an end. I was a sophomore, junior, and senior all at the same time; it was awesome! Though this was only my second year of college, the amount of credits I've obtained classified me as a junior. In the spring, I had enough credits to be labeled a senior. I will be finishing my bachelor's degree this fall. I couldn't be more excited!

I thought it would be fun to wrap up the semester by spilling some tea from these previous semesters: academics, friendships, relationships, life lessons, etc.:

I got inducted into Delta Epsilon Sigma.

Delta Epsilon Sigma is an honor society that recognizes students in the top 20% of their class and those who are also dedicated to community service. Being inducted into this society was truly a memorable experience. It was the first of many during this academic year.

I met someone special.

Over the summer, I talked to a few boys, but one in particular sparked my interest. I quickly opened up to him about my past relationships, my current interests, and my future plans. In September, he repeatedly asked me to go on a date with him. I kept putting it off-- I had to leave campus every weekend to take care of my grandmother who had cancer at the time. Eventually, our schedules aligned and he took me on a super romantic date: a stroll in the park, Olive Garden, and my favorite cookie place for dessert. He later asked me to be his girlfriend and without hesitation I said yes. We've been dating for a little over eight months now and it's been magical. 

I lobbied for comprehensive immigration reform.

For one of my classes, Immigration, Law, and Social Justice, I had to go to Washington, D.C. and lobby. (I was scared out of my mind!) I specifically lectured on the psychological impact detention centers have on detainees. This class opened my eyes to the experiences immigrants encounter in their source countries and host countries. Read more about Berks County Detention Center by clicking here

I made President's List in the fall.

This past fall, I managed to pull off a 4.00. These classes were intense. As you can see, I took: Immigration, Law, and Social Justice, Personality Theories, Developmental Psychology II, Statistics for Social Sciences I, Social Psychology, and Intermediate Spanish for Social Services. My favorite class by far was social psychology. I learned so much.

And, in the spring too.

In the spring I took: History of Art and Protest, Honors English: Television as Narrative Art, Honors Sociology: Sociology of Happiness, Statistics for Social Sciences II, Lab Experiences in Sensation and Perception, and Spanish and Latin American Culture through Film. This past semester was definitely a lot harder than my fall semester, but I still managed to pull through and make President's List.

I learned what it means to be a true friend.

A true friend doesn't pressure you to drink. A true friend doesn't send you underhanded text about you going home on the weekends to take care of your ill grandmother. A true friend doesn't lie to you about dinner plans. A true friend doesn't-- you get the point. Instead, a true friend respects you and supports you. I’ve never been so disappointed in someone before. 

Girls and boys LOVE drama.

When I was younger, I thought only girls were drawn to drama. Boy, was I wrong! Boys are just as catty as girls. They like to take what you say, twist it, and then gossip behind your back. In this situation, I learned that it's okay to permanently remove yourself from a situation. By doing this, I saved myself from countless sleepless nights and a ton of tears. I was also able to focus on my studies and make President's List both semesters by ridding the unnecessary distractions. 

I presented my research at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education (SEPCHE) 2019 Honors Conference.

I presented on the impact of immigration on mental health. You can click here to read my essay.  I broke it down into four different categories: documented immigrants, undocumented immigrants, documented children with undocumented parents, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. I not only learned a lot about this population, but I learned that this is a population that I would like to work with in my future endeavors. 

I was inducted into Psi Chi. 

Psi Chi is the international honor society in psychology. Being inducted into this honor society made me realize that I did make the right decision in choosing to study psychology.

Those who try to pull you back are behind you for a reason.

I remember seeing a quote on Instagram and/or Pinterest regarding jealous friends. Something about appreciating their jealousy-- they're people who think that you're better than them. I couldn't agree with this statement more.

I'd be nowhere without my parents.

My parents guided and supported me with everything: boy troubles, jealous girl drama, character development in Breaking Bad, social psychology experiments, etc. I can't thank them enough for everything they've given me. I say this all the time, but I truly mean it: I can't wait to give back to them. Because of them, I’m doing better than I ever was.