What I Wore: Blazers, J.Crew & Magic Jeans

Gee wiz this blazer makes me feel powerful so I’m going to put my hands on my hips but I’m Alysse so I can’t be too serious so here is a huge smile!

So in case you didn’t know I have officially transitioned my mind and my closet to Fall! Besides the beauty of the leaves falling and the crispness of the morning air, my favorite thing about Fall is the various outfit options that are now available!

When I woke up Monday morning and saw that the current temperature was 48 degrees I knew today was the day. Today was the day I would showcase the J.Crew blazer I purchased 3 months back! This blazer retails at about $178 but I got it for a STEAL at the Lynchburg J.Crew “Warehouse” store for a whopping $60!!

During the same shopping trip, I purchased a pair of jeans (for $30!) that fit me like a glove. You might have heard me refer to them as my “magic  pants.” I’m not exactly sure how this store can sell seemingly perfect items for so cheap when the same items are still selling full price
on the website….but I’m not complaining! To make the J.Crew inspired outfit complete I went with one of my go-to striped tops. All J.Crew Errrrything!

The next day I got to wear another new outfit! Crazy how that works huh?Last weekend, one of my friends won a contest at a store here in town and we got to go in after hours and shop with an additional discount. I purchased this lovely grey dress which is just on the border of being outside my comfort zone but at the same time is very typical of my normal outfit choices(simple cotton, usually striped). Not pictured is the rather large “V” cut in the back of the dress. That, along with the fairly short ( in my opinion) length of the dress, and the lack of shape, I felt somewhat exposed. I have to admit though, I really enjoyed pushing my own style boundaries a little bit. 

It’s been a solid two days of style here in Lysse’s life. I’m not exactly sure what I’m wearing the rest of the week, but I think at least one pair of my cowboy boots deserve to make an appearance!

P.S Something slightly related, last week I ordered 4 shirts from Old Navy, for only $42! The sale ends the 19th, so check it out ASAP!

Doing it all & Staying Organized While You Do It: A Lesson from Lysse

I have to start off by saying OMG I THINK ITS FALL!! I am sitting on my porch swing in yoga pants and a Patagonia listening to leaves swirling in the wind, and gee wiz this is perfect. Okay, back to the featured presentation. If you know me IRL (in real life, thank you Call Your Girlfriend) you know that I can be slightly obnoxious when it comes to organization and planning, especially for school. Going into our 4th week of school and my activities are definitely in full swing and I thought I would share some of my tactics for keeping everything straight!
Of course we have to start off with my planner. Yes, is Lilly Pulitzer, and no I do not plan on every buying one again. It works just fine, but it is just too thick and takes up too much space in my bag. I carry my planner along with my “life notebook” everywhere I go, and it just too big. Anyways, all my homework assignments go in here, with activities and meetings on the top line. Its pretty simple, everything gets written down, and then it gets highlighted when completed, or dashed through if I didn’t get to it that day. I typically do all my readings for the week on the weekends, which is why Fridays look so tight. Personally, I rather work really hard on the weekends so that during the week I can have time for my many activities or other weekly assignments.

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My desktop! I keep folders on my desktop to have easy access to all my notes, all the papers I’ve written or are currently writing, as well as way to categorize documents that are specifically for something I am involved with. For example, documents that relate to my major (YSI), or a current research project (YWLP High), or my Personal Brand folder that holds my resumes and cover letters in. The sticky notes have been a new addition to my organization “plan.” Because I do a lot of my work beforehand I use the sticky notes to remind me of what the necessities are for each day. This is just to make sure I don’t spend too much time on something thats due Friday and completely forget about whats due tomorrow.

The first two pictures mostly focused on the academic side of my organization. The white board in my room is a way to keep track of my activities for the week. It hangs beside my desk in my room and is really helpful because I can wake up in the morning, look to my board and get a reminder of what I have for the day.  (S/O to those trusty command strips)

This one right here might be my favorite organization tool. I printed off my class schedule, wrote in my work and internship hours, along with other activities that happen weekly, then laminated it. Now, I keep a sharpie with me and simply write in other events I have throughout the week. It is a really nice illustration of what blocks of time I have open, so I can literally “pencil people in” my free time. Then at the end of the week I can take some nail polish remover and start over. If you use any of these four organization recommendations use this one, it is ridiculously helpful.

Everyone has their own ways of staying organized. I cringe at people who don’t use planners, but I mean you do you. I hope one of these tools could be helpful as you get in the groove of this new year, and I would love to hear y’alls own strategies for staying organized!?

My Unrealistic Payday Wishlist

Transitioning from working full time to only few hours a week has been sad for my wallet, to say the least. This past week I turned in my hours and I had a little moment when I only submitted 26 hours on the job compared to the 89 hours I worked last pay period. So while I am getting paid on Friday most of it will be going to bills, since I am an adult now. If I did have some disposable money, this is what I would buy!

I have almost finished decorating my room (maybe a post on this when it is all done), but I still want to do a few more minor projects. I want to make new curtains for my window and for my french doors, as well as create a cushion for the tv stand that will also serve as a bench. I have no headboard, so I feel like I need some type of art work to hang above my bed. I really love this quote right now, so I just need to find it in the correct size!

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It is almost fall, so that means I need a new pair of leggings…right? I bought a grey pair of lulu leggings last spring and they are truly magical, so now I really want a pair of black ones.

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I don’t always want to wear t-shirts with my leggings, and in my head loungy long sleeve shirts are a better alternate. So basically I want long sleeve shirts like this in as many colors as possible!

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Y’all know me, I couldn’t have a wish list without including anything from J.Crew! A couple years ago I bought a jacket that looked just like this for about $30 from Forever 21. My little sister started asking if she could have it last winter and I’ve decided that this is a perfect time to be a great sister, and at the same time, buy something new for myself. Eventually I will be passing my Forever 21 jacket down to her and I will purchase the lovely field jacket below!
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So yes, even if my paycheck wasn’t going to bills I still wouldn’t be able to afford everything on my list ( I would barely be able to afford the jacket) but a girl can dream right?! I have been putting some money away all year for a big shopping spree in January this stuff will just have to wait.

Playing an Adult: Morning Edition

For the past two years of my life I have become accustom to waking up at some ungodly hour of the morning. Allowing myself 13 minutes to: go pee, grab a protein bar, put my hair in a bun, pick up my bags that were nicely packed the night before, and head off to practice (I slept in my practice clothes to allow for more sleeping clothes). Now for the first time in a while, that is no longer my life. I do work at 8am three times a week, and give myself a solid 30 minutes to get ready. But twice a week on Tuesday and Thursdays, I try to be an adult.

At 7:30am my first alarm goes off, but no no no it is not time yet. I set a 7 minute snooze, grab my stuffed elephant Benjamin (Kenny) and turn back over.

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The quickest 7 minutes of my life just happen and I wake up again to set my 4 minute snooze. During this 4 minutes I try to think of happy, warm cuddly thoughts (I really do this).

tumblr_myz422dCTM1s77o8jo1_400Alright now I’m awake. Kinda. The next step is coffee. I stumble down the steps in search for the Keurig! ( I just bought 50 Dunkin-Donut K-cups from Costco!) With coffee in hand I open my laptop and stare at the bright screen patiently waiting for it to come on.
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Okay, here is the adult part, I read the news!!! First, I start off reading The Skimm, something everyone should try! If you’re looking for a simple way to stay informed of the current happenings in the world, the skimm is it. Every morning they email you the latest “skim” of the world news and its really entertaining, yet informative! After I have a general sense of what is going on, I move to the New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic to search for other articles I am interested in ( The education articles get most of my attention). I have always been someone who enjoys reading various articles, especially while I have been in college. I actually have another blog post in mind talking about the “love language” my roommates and I share from sending out links to the articles we think the other would find interesting.

So maybe this really isn’t an “adult” thing, but I definitely feel like there is an element of maturity that comes with this. Or maybe I’m just telling myself that I’m cool. Who knows? Really, I just wanted to experience what it is like to gradually start your day, instead of rushing into it with only 13 minutes. So far, it is has been a lovely experience and I hope to stick to it for many mornings to come.

This morning I read: The Demise of Private School, How Testosterone Affects Language, and The Skimm’s Guide to OPEC!

What are your favorite news outlets? Have you read anything good lately?