Friday, September 19, 2014

Quick Tips: Feeling Tired

I don't know about you guys, but this semester is kicking my butt already. It's only week four and I feel like, even though it's under control, I've got quite a workload being handed off on me. I'm feeling super tired and as the days grow shorter, that's only going to continue to happen.

I'm not the best at managing my time, especially when it comes to scheduling sleep in responsibly, but I have figured out a couple of things over the past couple of years. So here are my quick tips for staying awake and healthy and sleeping when you need it.

  1. Don't Procrastinate: Putting off doing your work only means you'll have to do it later, at night, when you should be sleeping. It sucks to have to be awake when you're exhausted so if you can work on things over time, then you'll probably be able to get to bed at a reasonable time.
  2. Schedule You're Sleep: During the week I wake up at the same time every day, even if my start time for the day differs. And unless it's a special occasion I try to wake up at the same time every Saturday and Sunday. It keeps me on track and gets me feeling tired at the same time most nights.
  3. Take Naps: As a college student, sometimes getting to bed at a "reasonable" hour just isn't feasible. On days when you're feeling exhausted try to find time to schedule in a nap and set an alarm for when you'll wake up. This keeps you in control of your sleeping, rather than falling asleep at any time and not knowing when you'll wake up. Know you're body and how long you need to nap. Too long or short of a nap can tire you out even more.
  4. Have Some Backup: Sometimes you've just got to power through a day of exhaustion. Look into some sorts of things that keep you energized. Exercise wakes me up, and so does minty gum or candy. And a cup of coffee won't hurt too badly.
xo -Val

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Outfits & Essentials: Made For Walking

I'm not going to lie to you; this trend is close to my heart thanks to Mr. Harry Styles. I've been loving his style for the past year or two (and I'm loving the long hair, by the way). From his YSL obsession and his love for hats and headscarves, boy has a style all his own. Aside from the skinny jeans, his signature piece is definitely a pair of Chelsea Boots.

I got myself a heeled pair this past Christmas (now unavailable from Forever 21) and I've been absolutely in love ever since. I'm not a big spender, as you know, so here are some of my favorite Chelsea Boots, all available for under $50. (Hint: H&M seems to have the most variety of styles!)

Info & links under the cut.