Friday, June 23, 2017

4 Perfect College Dorm Color Schemes

Tis the season for dorm room shopping! Honestly, I think one of my favorite parts of getting ready for my freshman year was planning my dorm. It is so fun to pick out what colors and patterns you want, and what things you think you will use and what you won't. I'm the type of person that goes all out in decorating my dorm room, see my freshman dorm tour here. While I don't think it's the most important thing, it really is nice to come home to a well decorated and pretty room at the end of the day, especially if you're not living in the nicest dorm(my experience here). I recently bought new bedding for my sophomore year room, and it inspired me to share some color schemes that will keep your room looking so cute!

I hope this post inspired some of you! Two important notes: don't compromise the decor/colors you want to match your roommate and don't feel like you have to buy all your decor from somewhere like PB Teen. They do have cute stuff but so do places like Target, seek inspiration from PB Teen but then shop at other more affordable places. I would love to hear what color scheme you are going with for your dorm next year!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Prettiest Kate Spade Dress

Hi everyone! Sorry for the lack of post yesterday, and the late post today; I spent the weekend at the lake and then worked yesterday so blogging got kind of pushed to the back burner. But I'm back today with a super exciting post. As you guys may have noticed from my past blog posts(Prom, Formal, Wedding), I'm obsessed with Rent the Runway. When I was ordering my formal dress and my dress for my cousin's wedding I decided to sign up for Rent the Runway Pro. This saves you on shipping and insurance but also allows you to get a free birthday dress!! I procrastinated ordering, so I wasn't able to get a dress to come on my birthday but instead I got one for father's day weekend! I chose this super fun Kate Spade, and it's safe to say that I did not want to take it off. It was so comfortable, but also bright and different from any other dress I own. So of course I took some blog pics to share this gorgeous dress!

Happy (late) Father's Day to my amazing dad!

I kept the accessories for this outfit pretty simple because I think the dress is so bold and colorful, that I didn't want to add a lot to take away from it. A simple gold link bracelet and classic gold Palm Beach Sandals were the perfect additions. I honestly wish I could keep this dress in my coset forever, because I think it is the perfect bright and fun summer dress. I was so glad I chose to rent it this past weekend. And shout out to my dad for getting in on the blog pics and even taking a boomerang with me(check it out on my Instagram). I had a great Father's day with my dad and grandpa at the lake. I would love to hear how you all celebrated your father this past weekend!

Friday, June 16, 2017

College Tour Tips & Outfit

Happy Friday! Though my college tour days are over, this summer I have gotten to go on some tours with my little sister. I think college tours are a very important part of the college process, as they really give you a sense of what the school is like. As a result, I thought it would be a good idea to share some tips for getting the most out of your college visits, and because when I went on my first college tour I had no idea what to wear, I'm also including some outfit inspiration. 

 Tip #1: Stay off of your phone. 
Whether it's in the information session before the tour or on the actual tour itself, try and refrain from using your phone. This is simply respectful of your tour guide and presenter. Though it's definitely okay to use your phone to snap some pictures along the way!

Tip #2: Take advantage of your tour guide.
Your campus tour will be lead by a student at the school. Use this opportunity to ask about what the school is like from the student's perspective. They can give you a lot of insight into the reality of the academics and the social life at the school. Save the questions you can google for later and dig into the real stuff you can only get from someone who actually attends the school.

   Tip #3: Have time to explore on your own.
Tours are great and will show you a lot of what the school has to offer, but they can't show you everything. Take time before or after your tour to walk around and explore campus more, go into some buildings, see how far the walk from the dorms to the dining hall is, and check out where you may want to study in the library. It's really great to also explore the city the college is in to see where you would be living, eating, and shopping when not on campus. 

 Tip #4: Visit again
If you like the school when you visit the first time, visit again at a different time! Especially if you go in the summer, you should go and see what the school is like during the school year. Or if you go during the week then maybe visit some other time on the weekend. This will give you a better idea of the school environment.

Tip #5: Dress comfortable and cute
Always wear comfortable shoes and clothes for a college tour as you will be doing lots of walking. I love to wear a comfy dress as you will look cute but also be comfortable especially in the summer when its warm. Always check the weather before heading on your tour as you don't want to be caught in the rain on your tour with no umbrella or raincoat. 

Dress: J.Crew Factory // Jacket: J.Crew Factory // Necklace: Brook & York // Bracelet: J.Crew Factory // Sandals: Palm Beach Sandals

I hope you enjoyed this post! How cute is this dress from J.Crew Factory? It's the perfect summer dress because it's light weight and fun and bright. Plus I'm obsessed with my name necklace my grandma got me for my birthday it's the perfect dainty jewelry piece. Are any of you headed on college tours this summer? And if so what school? Let me know in the comments!


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

How to Stay Productive During the Summer

It's easy for summer days to pass by without really accomplishing anything. And while it's fun to hang at the pool or binge a Netflix show every once in a while it also feels good to actually accomplish something. Obviously, a job is a great way to keep you busy, but I understand that's not possible for everyone or some of you may want to be productive in your time off from work(like me). So I think, summer is the perfect time to form a new habit or to start a new project. This summer I'm trying to get into the habit of exercising by running and doing yoga. I also want to create a scrapbook for my freshman year and get caught up on my reading list! Find something you want to start putting time into and then follow these tips to help you accomplish it. 

1. Use a Planner: The best way to convince yourself to stay productive is simply to use your planner and make to-do lists of what you want to accomplish for the day. If you are like me there is something motivating about getting to cross through things on your to-do list.
2. Get in a Sleeping Habit: We all are going to have those summer days when we stay up way too late, but the majority of the time focus on going to bed at a reasonable time and also waking up at a good time. This will make sure you are well rested but also that you get going and get productive in the morning. 
3. Give Yourself Time Off: Though some of the things you may want to do may be fun for you, make sure you still give yourself lazy days watching Netflix or time to enjoy a family vacation. You don't need to be productive all the time. 
4. Do Different Things: Don't plan to spend your whole entire day doing the same thing because you'll get tired of it. Maybe spend the morning doing one thing and then switch to something else after lunch. 
5. Still be Spontaneous and Have Fun: You may plan to spend your Tuesday working on something, but if your friend invites you to do something say yes! There will be plenty of other days to be productive, you should go and have fun when you have the chance. 

I hope these tips help you guys to make the most of your summer! It's great getting to list off the things you accomplished over the summer once you get back to school. Let me know ow you plan to stay productive during the summer in the comments below!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Summer Instagram Round-Up

Though summer has not officially started, it sure has been feeling like it outside! So far this summer I have been doing a pretty good job of posting on Instagram, so I thought it would be a great time to share an Instagram round-up. I always love seeing people's outfits on my Instagram feed, but sometimes it is hard to find their exact pieces. So if you've been eyeing something I've posted on Instagram, hopefully, this post will help you out!

Top: Macy's
Sweater: J.Crew Factory
Bracelet: J.Crew Factory

Isn't Wake Forest just gorgeous in the spring, I miss school a little more every day. 

Tank: Francesca's (Similar)
Pants: Francesca's (Similar)
Bracelet: J.Crew Factory

Top: J.Crew Factory (Similar)
Bracelet: J.Crew Factory
Planner: Day Designer 
Check out my post all about the Day Designer here!

I did a whole outfit post on this look, check it out here!

I also did a whole outfit post on this look, check it out here!

Shoes: MIA
Starbucks Strawberry Acai Refresher definitely the best drink for the summer(or really any time)!

Check out the outfit post for this outfit, here!

Top: Banana Republic (Similar)
Sweater: J.Crew Factory
Pants: Francesca's (Similar)
Necklace: J.Crew Factory
Shoes: MIA

I did a whole outfit post on this look, check it out here!

Shoes: Jack Rogers

Shirt: Old Navy
Necklace: Francesca's 
Shoes: Target
This outfit is featured in my post all about college fashion essentials!

Top: J.Crew Factory (Similar)

Dress: Old Navy

I hope you all enjoyed this post! Make sure that you are following me on Instagram @welldressedash. And comment down below what you'd like to see on my Instagram, more outfits, more lifestyle, more travel? Let me know!

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Truth About a Competitive College

After finishing my freshman year, I felt drawn to write this post about my experience at a competitive college. Over the course of the year, I had some realizations about what life is really like at a college that is known for being difficult. I attend Wake Forest University, which I have learned is appropriately nicknamed work forest. I wanted to share my experience to hopefully help give those of you looking at attending Wake Forest or a similar a college a look at what it is really like and what it really takes to be not only successful but happy. 

It starts out as a reality check because you have to realize that you probably won't be the best anymore, you're in a college made up of every high school's best overachievers. There's always going to be someone with better grades, a better summer job, or a better position than you and that's okay. It may seem discouraging and it may make you freak out on occasion. For me, it's so important to remember that comparison is the thief of joy. Do what makes you happy and what you feel is best for you. You're at a top college and will end up where you want to be, just have faith and work hard. 

Life at Wake Forest is all about balance. The school work is going to always be there, you are always going to have something that you could and probably should be working on. But you need to be able to stop and take a break. You need to make time for that fun club activity, dinner with your friends off campus on a Wednesday, or simply some time just to chill and watch Netflix. Because if you don't take a break you will get burnt out and you will not be happy. I think there is a reason that many of the top colleges are known for having a "work hard, play hard" mentality. It's because in an environment where the work is so difficult and everyone is constantly competing with one another you have to have an escape. The escape doesn't have to be alcohol and frat parties, but you need to have something. I love going and doing something off campus: ice skating, movie, trampoline park, or exploring downtown. It removes you from the school environment and allows you to create memories that you'll never forget. 

The people that struggle with happiness in this environment are the people who are high stress and unable to let loose until everything is done. I feel comfortable saying this because this was me the first couple months of school. I struggled to stop being a student, and never found time to do things that were fun. You end up always hoping for Friday, for a break, for summer, and I don't think that is the college experience that anyone should have. You aren't happy because you are stressed and overworked and just simply dying to be done. If you have this personality, I'm not saying you can't have a ball at a competitive school, but I do think you will have to put in the extra effort to make sure you are taking time away from your school work. I started doing it, and now I absolutely love every minute I'm at school even when my homework is overwhelming and finals are approaching. 

They key to success at a competitive college is not simply hours in the library or joining all the best clubs but to make sure that you make time to keep yourself happy: to laugh with friends and watch Netflix before bed. While academics are an important part of college, they are not the whole experience and you are doing yourself a disservice if you miss out on any of the amazing things it has to offer. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

5 College Fashion Essentials

Happy Friday! Today I wanted to share my college fashion essentials. When I was getting ready to head off to college, I had no idea what clothes I would want to wear. As a result, I ended up bringing way too much of my wardrobe to college just in case. I realized while day to day I still was wearing my favorite preppy pieces, my essentials were much more classic. 

Gigi Pants: We all know leggings are great but in my opinion, J.Crew Factory Gigi Pants are even better. They are just as comfortable as leggings, except they are thicker and slightly resemble real pants. Throw them on with a blouse and some flats and you will look so cute while still being comfortable! Perfect for so many occasions in college, trust me.
T-Shirt: In college, there are so man-days when I just throw on a tee with a necklace and some Gigi Pants. It is so cute but also super comfy! Gray is definitely my favorite color tee to wear, but I definitely recommend stocking up on some of your favorite colors before heading off to college. 
Converse: I never owned converse before I went to college because they aren't really my style. But they are really great comfortable shoes for walking around campus and they are also great for going out in college. As hard as you try I doubt you'll be able to resist buying a pair at some point in your college career. 
Stripe Dress: The J.Crew daybreak dresses are perfect for college because they can be casual but also interview/work appropriate. Wear it to a lunch with your friends and add some cute sandals or add a blazer or a cardigan and some flats and head off to work. I love how versatile it is for your most likely tiny college closet. 
Jean Jacket: I LOVE my jean jacket. Wear it with some black pants and a tee or a fun dress, it's the perfect addition to any outfit. It's great for transitioning between the warm outside and the cool buildings as you run from class to class or to meetings. 

This is a typical outfit for me in college, which I have worn more times than I can count. If you are in college, share some of your fashion essentials in the comments, I'd love to hear them!