My Collaboration with “Most Girls Apparel”

Good morning my beauts, and happy Saturday! I hope you all had a wonderful Friday, and are having a great start to your weekend!  I know I had a great start to my weekend bringing in some wine and hopefully having a little more over the weekend! If one thing is for sure, I absolutely love my wine! Anything from red, white, sparkling, you name it, I love it. I came across this awesome new clothing company over who were looking for influencers and bloggers for their company. I jumped right on this opportunity and messaged the company because I adored their page, website and clothing line so much!  The company who I reached out to is called, “Most Girls Apparel“, and they were more than happy to do a collaboration with me, which I was stoked about. Not going to lie, what caught my attention on their page was the wine sweatshirts, t-shirts and tote bags, they were super adorable. I don’t really own any wine shirts, so I for sure needed to start!

Most Girls Apparel is a sassy and funny clothing line for most girls. The company is like most girls; funny, irreverent, and not at all serious about anything. They make comfy and funny sweatshirts and tees for wearing to work, yoga, playgroup… the list goes on! Overall if your shirt says what you think, you don’t have to talk much and I absolutely love that. While looking at the site, two sweatshirts, in particular, stood out to me and I had to get them! The one is an adorable wine shirt that says, “ red & white & rose & orange & sparkling“, it retails for $55.00, and I absolutely love it to pieces. The caption of the shirts is the best! This one states, “HAHAHA It’s so funny because it’s true: LADIES LOVE WINE. Don’t pretend you don’t like wine because you do. You love that it goes down easy and that you can get kinda buzzed while holding an elegant big old glass of happy juice. Pay homage to all the types of yourfavourite beverage and stay cozy while you sip your troubles away”. Friggen love it.

The other sweatshirt that I adored was called, “Literally like most girls”, and this too retails for $55.00. The caption of this item states, “Has a man ever told you that you’re not like most girls and meant it as a compliment? But then you were like is this guy shading my entire gender whilst simultaneously trying to compliment me? And then you were like screw this guy I’m more like most girls than this idiot and I’m pretty proud of that fact? If any of the above applies to you then this shirt captures that feeling. Literally. You’re like most girls”.

I highly recommend checking out their website and the other clothing pieces and items they have! The company recently released a new shirt that is super cute! This is a sweatshirt called, “Will you accept this rosé?“, and this retails for $55.00 as well. The caption of this one is bomb as well, and states, “If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times. Some puppy-eyed looking square-jawed dudes handing out roses to a bunch of skinny ladies with perfect makeup and fake nails. We love it, we hate it, we love to hate it. But imagine if instead of handing out roses, they handed out bottles of rosé and curled up on the couch to watch reality TV? THAT would be a love journey closer that’s more real than the fantasy suite. For watching everyone’s favourite beautiful people go on fake dates, the WILL YOU ACCEPT THIS ROSÉ sweatshirt is here for you”.

I want to take the time to personally thank Most Girls Apparel for allowing me to collaborate with them! They were so friendly and awesome people to talk to which was fantastic. I absolutely adore their clothing line and I know that you beauts will too! Come spread some love over on their Instagram at @mostgirlsapparel.  Or come visit their website at http://www.mostgirlsapparel.com!  The company has a sale going on for all of May which is 15% off, simply use discount code “HEYGIRL” at checkout! Also be sure to follow my social media sites to stay updated with the latest blog posts and upcoming posts in the near future. Stay positive beauts, and have a wonderful weekend! Take care and much love xo.

My Collaboration with “Rose Paulino”

Good morning my beauts, welcome to my channel if you are new! Hello, my name is Alyssa and it’s a pleasure to meet you! I am from Hamilton Ontario and have been blogging for a while now. I recently have been focusing my blogging on fashion as I am a fashion enthusiast and love my clothes and accessories! To me, feeling good comes from having confidence in who you are as an individual and to me, I love showing off new outfits for you beauts. I recently have been focusing on spring and summer fashion. I know everyone is on the hunt for the latest trends, fashion and new clothing lines out there. One of the biggest and most beneficial site to find new clothing brands is none other than Instagram. I swear by Instagram when it comes to finding new clothing brands, and the latest fashion trends. I have met so many wonderful people through collaborations that I just want to give everyone a giant hug! I have developed so many friendships and it is all thanks to my collaborations and the opportunities people give me. I can not thank you enough! I am exploring every day on Instagram and was welcomed one day by a comment on my photo from a retail company whose brand focuses on swimwear. They had told me to get in touch with them and I did! They wanted to send me one of their beautiful bathing suits. This wonderful company is called, “Rose Paulino” and I was speaking to none other than the gorgeous Rose Paulino herself. She was a wonderful lady to speak to, and her swimwear clothing line is absolutely flawless… I mean flawless.  I could not say no!

Not going to lie, I have been working on my body for quite some time now, trying to eat healthier, cutting out the wine and pop. It was really hard but I am finally getting on track with my summer body and have been already losing weight!  I thought, “why not show off my progress and be a positive role model for others to see”. As Rose Paulino states, “confidence comes from within, confidence is beautiful”. I finally am at a place right now where I am confident with my body and am finally realizing that it’s okay to not be a size zero. I am learning o love myself from the inside and out. I am so proud to have been given the opportunity to rock one of Rose Paulino’s bathing suits.

Rose Paulino is the gorgeous co-founder and CEO of Rose Paulino, followed by Jalisa Jordan who is the creative director, and also Alexsa Tolentino who is the other creative director. I must say to this wonderful team that your designs are absolutely gorgeous and really do make you feel sexy, classy and chic all at the same time.  At Rose Paulino, the company is embracing women for who they are not only through confidence but by allowing them to feel luxurious without trying. Literally, the right outfit and style can make a woman feel super bold and confident. Rose Paulino has 4 core values that are mottos embedded into every piece every time.

  1. From shop to body- Ready to wear
  2. A prime focus-Beauty and confidence
  3. Be a rebel… embracing you!
  4. The Mantra- Swimwear, everywhere!

I absolutely love all of this and what Rose Paulino is all about. Rose Paulino is not just about swimwear, it’s swimwear everywhere! I was looking at their website and chose a beautiful swimsuit that completely caught my eye right off the bat. It is called “Blair” and retails for $59.00.  The features of this bathing suit include a low cut back, self-tie back closure, criss-cross halter front and high waisted bottoms. I love this and knew that I had to get my hands on one! This bathing suit comes in the colour black and is super flattering.  I was so anxious and excited to receive my bathing suit in the mail and was counting down the days! When I received my package in the mail, it was wrapped so beautifully in a red bag which was adorable and such a nice touch. I also received a business card and a welcome card which was so nice! I don’t know about you beauts but I do not own a nice sexy bathing suit, I just own boring plain ones. I was so excited!  It was so gorgeous in the package and once I tried it on, my boyfriend’s mouth dropped and so did mine. I truly felt absolutely stunning in this bathing suit, and I have always had a love-hate relationship with my body. I felt confident and beautiful.  One thing that I love about these bathing suits as you can wear them with a pair of shorts, maybe some jewellery and style them how you want to. For my photo shoot, I just paired my bathing suit with some black heels and some big gold thick hoops.

“Beauty is Confidence…”

I want to personally take the time to thank Rose Paulino and her company for reaching out to me and wanting to do a collaboration with me. I was so honoured and excited about this opportunity. I am beyond grateful when companies reach out to me, it means my hard work is paying off! Rose Paulino does custom swimwear per requests as well.. The phone number for Rose Paulino is (845)-430-8014 and their email is info@rosepaulino.com, as well as they are located in New York. The Twitter and Facebook account to follow them is as followed: rosepaulinous. Be sure to follow them on Instagram at @rosepaulinous! Come spread some love on their page as they are such a beautiful company who makes amazing and gorgeous swimwear. Also be sure to follow me on Instagram at alyssahotrum_xo to stay updated! Take care and much love xo.

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My Collaboration with “Coco Lime Apparel”

Good morning my beauts, I hope you are all doing fantastic so far, and having a wonderful Tuesday! Hey, you made it through Monday so that’s a good thing! I have been busy yet again doing collaborations with new companies which I absolutely adore and love! I don’ even know what else I would be doing if it wasn’t for blogging, to be honest! Blogging is what I love doing, and I love modelling clothing for you beauts! Also, if you are not following me on Instagram be sure to do so at @alyssahotrum_xo.

I have some recent exciting news for you beauts, on my channel I will soon be featuring men’s fashion modelled by my boyfriend Dayten Pottruff who can be seen in some of my pictures on Instagram. I am super excited and can not wait to show you guys the final product! So stay tuned! So recently I collaborated with a beautiful company called, “Coco Lime Apparel” who I found on Instagram one day. I reached out to the company as I absolutely loved their page and spoke to the Co-Founder of the company, Courtney Braddock. She was so pleasant and sweet to talk to I absolutely enjoyed our chatting!  While looking on her website for her company, there were so many unique and different styles that caught my attention right off the bat.

Coco Lime Apparel picks out items with unique style that will fit everyone’s taste, and I absolutely adore this. Coco Lime Apparel is an online boutique, and trust me beauts, the outfits are absolutely STUNNING. Simply flawless. So I know you beauts are dying to know a little bit about the company! Courtney states, “hi, I’m Courtney “Coco”. I started Coco Lime Apparel simply for the love of clothing and the diverse styles that I’m able to offer my customers for every unique taste. Coco Lime Apparel offers seasonal items and casual everyday items. A little background on how I came up with Coco Lime Apparel- my nickname is “Coco” and I absolutely LOVE lime on practically every food item, thus Coco Lime was born. A little background on me- I’ve worked in retail throughout high school and college and am aware that customer service and quality is as valuable as the clothing I offer. I’m able to bring that to my own business to serve new customers and returning customers too. I hope you LOVE my website! Happy Shopping Coco’s!”. I absolutely love the background information about this company, that is adorable!!

I checked out the website and was blown away by how many items I would wear. It was so hard to pick just one, as I fell in love with every single one. I finally had my heart set on one outfit in particular that I adored! I absolutely loved this item called, “Kai Romper Maxi” which retails in store for $35.00. I was blown away by how stunning this was and could not wait to receive it in the mail! Once I received it in the mail, it literally took my breath away! My photographer Dayten Pottuff, who is my boyfriend, was absolutely speechless. Like he had to gather his thoughts! I loved it.

I also received this beautiful card from Courtney which I loved! Cards from my companies that I work with means so much to me, they are so personal and beautiful… I love them so much so thank you Courtney! Absolutely beautiful!

I highly highly recommend checking out Coco Lime Apparel and checking out Courtney’s page! There are so many gorgeous outfits located on the website, perfect for summer and spring weather. I love how it shows a little bit of leg, it’s the perfect amount of classy and sexy at the same time. Be sure to tag Coco Lime Apparel in your Instagram pictures to be featured! I want to personally take the time to thank Coco Lime Apparel for allowing me to collaborate with their beautiful company! Courtney, you are such a sweet individual and I was so honoured to work with you and your gorgeous company. Be sure to come spread some love over on her page at “@cocolimeapparel” and her website is http://www.cocolimeapparel.com.   Also be sure to follow all my social media pages located on my home page to stay updated with blog posts in the near future! Have a wonderful Tuesday, take care & much love xo.

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Subtle Purple/Pink Smokey Eye

Subtle Purple/Pink Smokey Eye

Hey beauts , I hope you guys all had a fabulous Thursday! Just think … tomorrow is Friday! Thank God , and no more classes for me just placement on Monday ahh!! I decided to do this blog post today on a nice subtle purple/pink smokey eye that I came up with using my naked 3 palette, which is an absolutely stunning palette that I will always LOVE. 


So shall we jump right into it or what ? You can honestly wear this look for daytime or night time I would just highly recommend for daytime , using less of the shade ” Blackheart”.

So first things first I am going to start off with a fresh face , right away I went in and applied my foundation , powder and all that jazz. I skipped adding this in the tutorial as stated previously in my other posts , I usually stick to the same full face routine , so go ahead and check I out in my other blog posts !


I already went in and applied my eyebrows as well , and also an eyelid primer before moving onto the eyes!

The Eyes 

 So right away I am going to grab my Nakes 3 palette which has all these gorgeous pink shades and apply “Mooner” within the crease with a fluffy brush . I am going to ensure that this is all blended out nicely and that there are no harsh lines !


After applying this medium shade within the crease, I am going to take the shade “Strange” and apply this to the inner corners of my eyes. This is going to help brighten up your eyes! Next, I am going to take the shade “Buzz” and apply this to the middle of my lid. This is a beautiful soft sparkly pink which I adore, and it really gives off the gentle look.


After applying this subtle shade to the centre of my lid, I am going to take the shade ” Blackheart“, and applying this to the outer corner of my eyes, the outer V. This is going to create that beautiful smokey eye look, adding a hint of purple to the lids. I added a bit more of this pigmentation to create more of a dramatic look but you can go how dramatic you wish!


I then went in and applied some mascara, added in some false lashes and some stunning purple lipstick to complete the look!


And voila! You are ready for that hot date or a day out in the sun! You choose!




I could stop buying makeup… but I’m not a quitter” 



 

I hope you beauts enjoyed this super easy makeup tutorial! Be sure to check out my other social media accounts located on my home page for more blog posts to come in the near future! Let me know if you beauts try this look out ! 


Forever 21 Summer Haul 2016

Forever 21 Summer Haul 2016

Hello my beauts, I hope you are all doing well and dandy! I have been super busy lately with work and actually trying to decide what to blog about next. I came up with a few good ideas recently as I have gone on several shopping sprees! Normally, I would not really do any fashion hauls or try-on hauls, just because it’s not my forte. I went to the mall not too long ago and decided to go into one of my favourite stores, Forever 21. I honestly love going into this store, and have found quite a few nice things recently. I used to think that Forever 21 was either a hit or a miss, sometimes they have really weird and “out there” clothing. When I recently went there, I found so much nice clothing pieces that I literally could’ve kept on spending and spending if I didn’t cut myself off.  I decided to share the clothing that I purchased with you beauts, just to give you guys an idea what Forever 21 has right now, and what sorts of outfits I have been loving for the summer time.

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I absolutely love how big the Forever 21 is in Limeridge mall,  there is just so much to look at and I could spend hours in there just browsing! The first outfit that I decided to try on and purchase was this super cute Casual and Comfy skirt and top. I absolutely love the design on the skirt, and the material is super comfy. I also love the belt that comes attached to the skirt, it helps compliment the outfit. I paired the skirt with a plain and simple stretchy black crop top. This style of top came in a bunch of different colours, but I thought that you could pair black with anything, what is one more black top, am I right?!

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The next outfit that I am going to share with you guys is super cute! I absolutely love the look of dress shorts, and really did not own a pair of my own! I saw that a lot of people all over Pinterest were wearing shorts of this style and was so happy when I came across a pair at Forever 21. I personally do not know if they are meant to be high waisted but I decided to pull them up anyways! You can pair this with basically any crop top. I decided to use this super cute knot tie crop top that I had purchased from Forever 21 as well.

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I also decided to try this dress shorts with a plain white crop top that I had purchased from Forever 21 too. I love how there are buttons going down the front, so cute!

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The next outfit I decided to go for a more girly & flirty look! I decided to go a bit out of my comfort zone and purchase some floral loose shorts. I absolutely love how comfy these are and how nice they are high waisted. There are many different colours that you can choose from when it comes to matching the flowers in these shorts.

 

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I love love love this crochet crop top! I was so happy when I had found it, and decided that I needed to purchase it right away. This looks unreal with the shorts, and adds extra definition to the whole outfit. Like I said, you can wear other colour tops with these high waisted shorts, I decided to go with the beautiful tie knot crop top that I had mentioned earlier.

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(I also love the cute pompoms on the end of the shorts that I forgot to mention!)

The next outfit I decided to go for a more casual look with the high waisted retro shorts.Unfortunately I did not purchase these shorts however from Forever 21, but I did go the same shopping day and found these on sale at Garage. I absolutely love the salmon colour on anything, and knew that I had to get these right away. I love the way the navy blue looks on these shorts, and luckily I had bought two navy blue crop tops from Forever 21 that matched perfectly.

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How cute is this crop top? It ties on both shoulders into a knot and looks super classy!

I also paired these  high waisted retro shorts with the crochet crop top in navy blue that I had purchased and discussed earlier.

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When I was browsing through Forever 21, I had noticed this really cute oversized sweater just chilling on the rack. I am pretty sure it was in the wrong spot as there was only one there, but I had to get it! How cute is the back? You can pair these with some jean shorts and voila you are all set to go! I absolutely love the colour of this sweater as well.

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I was also playing around with different outfits that I could put together with some of the crop tops that I had purchased and came across this casual one. If you do not own any of these kinds of pants, I highly highly recommend it. They are super comfy and literally look amazing with crop tops or even just a plain t shirt. I am a daycare teacher and always get compliments when wearing these pants. I purchased mine at Garage for $30.00 each and bought one in black and the other in olive green. I decided to pair the olive green pants with the black stretchy crop top that I had purchased from Forever 21.

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Well my beauts, that sums it up for my Forever 21 summer haul. I really hope you enjoyed this blog and found it entertaining as well as interesting. I highly recommend checking out your nearest Forever 21 for beautiful summer clothes! Thank you for reading, and stay tuned for more blog posts yet to come for the summer! Please be sure to follow my site as well as my other social media accounts:

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Much love xo.

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Tips on how to say goodbye to summer and hello to university

Tips on how to say goodbye to summer and hello to university

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Having to transition from a fun, relaxing summer to a stressful busy university life can be challenging. Often the first week of being back to university can be exhausting, and it can be difficult to get back into the swing of things. Especially if you are entering your first year of university. Saying goodbye to summer can be heartbreaking, but  transitioning into the university life can be really easy, especially if you know certain tips and tricks. I am going to provide you with certain tips and tricks that I have learned over the years, that have helped me create a less stressful environment. Let me first start off by saying do not over think things. If you think that you are going to have a hard time getting back into the swing of things chances are you are going to! Breathe. Simply take each thing one at a time, and do not stress about a bunch of things all at once. The first helpful piece of advice that has helped me to say goodbye to summer easier is getting enough sleep and waking up earlier. If you are a night hawk you are probably thinking, “how the hell am I going to do this?”. I used to be a night hawk a few years back, and usually went to bed around 2 or 3 in the morning each night. I then would proceed to wake up around 12 or 1 in the afternoon, which is a no go. This was extremely awful when I entered back into the university life and could not wake up that late anymore, but proceeded to go to bed in the wee hours of the morning. Not only did I feel absolutely exhausted,but I had to get up early for morning classes. I became tired easily and grumpy as well.  I then decided to change my sleeping patterns. By going to bed early at night and waking up earlier each day, I felt more motivated and had more energy. I also became less agitated, and more happy throughout the day. Even simple goals such as “waking up a half an hour earlier each day”, will help you develop a more beneficial sleeping pattern for yourself.

Get Organized- Another helpful tip when transitioning into the university life is to make sure you are organized. There is nothing worse than having to rush on the first day or your classes, and try to get all your stuff organized. Make sure you have your note pads all ready, your pens, your binders and other necessities all ready in your backpack the day before your first day of classes. It also helps to have all your binders labelled with your different courses, so you do not get them all mixed up. Try buying different coloured note pads and binders to make each one stand out better. Do not buy your required textbooks for your courses the first week,as you may not enjoy one of your courses and want to drop it. This saves you a whole lot of money since university textbooks are not cheap by any means.When you are certain that you want to stay in your courses, make sure to stay on top of your required readings. Trust me, falling behind on your readings is not fun, and you will fall behind in your class. Take the half hour or hour out of your day to set aside time for your readings as this will benefit you later on when it is time for exams. Often readings in the textbook provide more helpful information than what your professors have to offer and it is much easier to understand. Having everything organized and ready to go helps create a more happier stress-free YOU.

One last Hurrah- When you are entering the final days of your summer vacation be sure to set aside one final day to see your girlfriends! After all, this is the last few days of your summer and you want to end it with a BANG. Whether it’s having a fire and roasting some marshmallows, going to the beach and roasting in the sun, going out for dinner followed by a movie, or just hanging out at home and having a movie marathon. Be sure to not hold back, and invite friends that you haven’t seen in a while or are not going to see for a while! This will help you transition into the university life with a good mood, and you will be sure to not have any regrets!

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Buy things in bulk & give yourself a budget- It can be extremely hard to spend your money wisely when you are used to buying whatever you want in the summer time. Especially if this is your first year of university that you are going into, you need to be sure you have a proper budget that you are going to work with each week. From personal experience I have learned this the hard way, and decided to spend a lot of my money the first couple of months while in university. You do not want to follow this route…trust me. Having money issues is not something you want to be dealing with while in university especially if you already have a heavy workload. Even having a budget discussion with your parents can be extremely helpful, since they already know a lot about bills and money.  Figuring out how much money you would like to spend each week and month will help you out in the long run. When you are going food shopping or shopping for supplies it is easier and more beneficial to buy things in bulk. This helps you save money and time when you start running out of that specific thing. Making a trip to Costco with your roommates and even splitting the expenses is something smart to do.

Stay on top of things-  It is crucial from transitioning to the student life from summer that you try to stay on top of everything. In summer, you were used to working, tanning, living it up and relaxing. When you enter the university life, be sure to keep up with your studies and your readings. If you have a project that is due in a couple weeks be sure to work a little bit on it each day even if it is for 30 minutes each  day. This will help create less stress for yourself, so you are not rushing around doing everything at the last minute. You will not feel stressed out and exhausted knowing that you finished the project a few days before it was due.

Touch base with your roommates before hand- If you are living in a student house and going into another year of university, then this is an extremely important step to do. Maybe a weekend before you go back to live in  your student house, see if there is anything that you need to bring up such as: detergent, toiletries, food, or even tupperware that you may need. Taking turns to buy certain things each month or week can help even the costs out, and will in turn help everyone out. This has worked extremely well for my student house, and I have had not one single problem in regards to this suggestion. Even messaging or texting your roommates before you move back in to ask them how their summer was will help break the ice if you have not heard from them all summer. After all, you do have to live with them for another year, so it’s best to get to know them as best you can and seem interested in their personal life.

Go pamper yourself one last time- When entering the student life, you become a poor broke student once again. This means no shopping sprees,  getting your nails done for a while, and no retail therapy. Now that you have textbooks to buy, rent to pay and groceries to buy, you need to limit yourself to what you are buying. Before school starts up again, treat yourself to one last pamper session. This could be going to get your nails done, buying a new purse, or in my case… both.  Doing things for yourself, or treating yourself, puts you in a happier mood when summer is coming to an end.  You then get to show off your new nails, or that brand new purse of yours to your friends at school. There are two places that I would highly recommend to get your nails done at. They are both located in Caledonia Ontario and are right down the street from each other. The first place is called Sky Nails and is a great place for getting gel nails done. I have gone there twice to get the gel nails, and it only costs you $30.00. Both times I have been extremely satisfied with the results and have no complaints! The second nail place that I would recommend is called Enliven and they do great pedicures here. I really like this place because they do not rush when they are doing your nails and it is extremely relaxing as spa music plays in the background. If you are looking for somewhere to treat yourself I would highly recommend these two places!

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Don’t let your summer die- Just because it’s nearing the university life, doesn’t mean you can’t stop doing the things you love. If you were on a baseball team over the summer months look into clubs and teams at you university you are attending. One thing that I have regretted over the years is not joining any clubs or teams throughout my university years. By joining teams,  you are becoming more involved in your school, and you can meet a bunch of new people as well. It is never too late to sign up for something new! Don’t stress so hard about the work load you have for school. Simply look into a sport you enjoy and do this on the side. As long as this does not interfere with your studies, you are golden.

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I hope that this blog has helped you beauts slowly transition back into the university life! Enjoy your years of university as they go by so fast, and they are the best years of your life! Do not stress yourself out too much, follow these simple tricks and tips and you will be good to go!

much love xo.