How I Survived A Semester in Quarantine

Hello everyone, I’m excited to share with you how I managed to excel at college during the quarantine, finishing the semester strong with all A’s! I am so proud of myself; this is actually my first straight-A semester in quite a while!

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However, taking classes all online was a bit of an adjustment. I almost felt like my world was turning upside-down when the quarantine started. I attend college at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, and I am obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Emerging Media with a minor in Fashion and Retail. The school first told us that we would have to test the online system just in case we would have to go online. It wasn’t long, I think only a couple of days, before we were all told that the rest of the semester would take place online, and soon it was decided the campus would be completely closed. I was so worried, because I had never taken online classes before. Learning in the classroom, with the professor and the other students there with me, is really how I thrive as a student. My goal was to get all A’s this semester, since last semester was not my best semester due to personal struggles, and I wanted to pull my GPA back up, but I was starting to worry I would not be able to accomplish that if all the classes were going to be online.

Lilly Pulitzer shirt, get it at
Borrowed white pants from my mom since I accidentally left mine in Florida! (And I’ve been quarantining in Atlanta)

Doing school online was a bit of an adjustment at first. We use Amazon Chime at Lynn for our classes, and on the first day, I didn’t make it to my first class due to technical difficulties, and I had to call IT. Being in class online at first felt pretty awkward, I think for all of us. I am really lucky that at Lynn however, you still get to have class with everybody through a video discussion while at some other schools, you have to listen to a lecture that is recorded.

I was also really lucky that my professors were so helpful. They were always there to talk on the phone and answer questions which made a huge difference for me. After a while, classes online didn’t seem so awkward anymore. Sometimes it was even kind of fun, to see people in their home environment, to see people’s pets, ect. However one time my cat was whining so loudly that all of the other students were like, “What’s that?”. I told them it was my cat and the professor said, “I’m going to have to mute you for now”.

My cat Tigger interrupting my video presentation; he is so silly!!!

While it sounds cliche, I got my A’s by working really hard. I came to just about every class, I communicated frequently with the professors, I asked for help from tutors at times, I checked Canvas every day, and I spent a great deal of time working on all of the assignments, especially the finals. At times I was very very stressed, put I still pushed through. It also helped that all the classes I took this semester were classes that I loved and found very fun and interesting.

If you are starting taking college classes online, you don’t have to be so nervous about doing school online. If you put in the same effort that you for regular classes that you have performed well in, you will still succeed. If I could do it, you can too; I promise. Just do your best to stay focused and be motivated. And also, definitely take advantage of all the resources you have available. Love you all, I believe in you guys!

Cody was always there for me when I was stressed about my work!
Cody was always there for my when I was stressed about me work!

Dressed Like a Southern Princess at the Hahn Horticulture Garden

Hello everybody! I spent my last day in Virginia strolling through the most beautiful garden in my brand new Gal Meets Glam dress. The Hahn Horticulture Garden where we visited is known for its abundance of gorgeous flowers and nature which create the most picturesque environment. It’s such a beautiful scene; many college students were there with photographers to take their graduation pictures. It’s like a fairy-tale, also perfect for a romantic date with your loved one or significant other. It was so wonderful!!


This Gal Meets Glam dress, the Lemon Dress, is the most perfect garden gown. I felt like a fairy strolling through the enchanting garden in this flowy maxi dress that has the cutest lemon water color print. The adorable lemon design is super popular currently for preppy spring and summer clothing, and I absolutely love it! Gal Meets Glam is one of my all-time favorite brands; their dresses are truly one of a kind. This dress exemplifies the classic Southern charm, a signature of most Gal Meets Glam dresses that I love, my being a native Georgia girl. I love the soft pastel colors, the buttons with the cloth that matches the dress’s pattern, and the bow ties at the top that make the dress ultra-feminine. Since Gal Meets Glam dresses are very expensive, I usually buy them on a discount at some place like Poshmark or Rue La La, for instance. But I wanted this dress so bad, and I had never purchased one of their newest designs before, so I splurged! And it was worth it. The dress came in the most beautiful packaging, all wrapped in pink. I was so ecstatic when it came in the mail in the most luxurious blush pink box. Gal Meets Glam is so “me”; I hope to be able to afford another dress straight from their website again sometime! The brand is fit for a princess, or a Southern belle, perfect for a fancy brunch or a garden party! I loved wearing this dress for the very first time at the Hahn Horticulture Garden.


I loved exploring the garden and seeing all of the fascinating flowers, plants, and trees. I was disappointed that we were not visiting during the season when the tulips are blooming, one of my favorite flowers, but I was happy that we still got to see so many other beautiful plants. The pink peonies were some of my favorite flowers that we saw; I love pink peonies and hope to have them at my wedding some day. The red maple tree was also amazing, and so was the Flowering Dogwood, known as the Virginia State Tree. The purple flowering union was also cool, and the purple German Iris. I really liked the alphine rose as well, which was also pink, my favorite color of course.


I love gardens, and I enjoyed feeling like a fairy princess wearing the Gal Meets Glam Lemon dress in the gorgeous, romantic Hahn Horticulture Garden. Now I hope to visit more magnificent gardens soon in the near future to see more flowers and take more stunning pictures! Hope you all enjoyed taking a peek into my fun adventure! Gardens are fun, relaxing places to visit and can still be safe to go to during the quarantine. It was really fun to spend time at the garden with my sisters during our trip we took to Virginia to see them and have family bonding time.


My Current Travel Bucket List

Hello my friends! Since I’ve been staying at home all day most days, I’ve become obsessed with traveling! There are so many places I’ve been dreaming of going to. I want to get out of my cave and see the world! There are a some places I truly miss and want to visit again. There are so many countries I have yet to see.

One place I truly miss is Saltzburg, Austria, which I’ve been reminiscing about more often lately since writing my final paper and presentation for my Intercultural Communications class on the country of Austria.








Many claim Saltzburg, Austria is the most beautiful city of all Central Europe. It is actually where The Sound of Music was filmed. The gazebo where my mom and I are at is the same gazebo where Liesl and Ralph sang with each other in the movie! The pathway by the trees where I am standing is the same place where Maria played with the children in the “Do-Re-Me” scene. Saltzburg is known for its magnificent mountains and castles, as you can see above. The lake is also so pretty. While it was a bit crowded, I loved visiting Saltzburg. It was so cool to spend time in this amazing city, and I hope to someday visit there again.

There are many places I’ve been dying to go; here are a few of the first cities that come to mind:

Santorini, Greece


Who doesn’t want to go to Greece? It looks so relaxing!! I wish I were sitting on the balcony one of the white cottages with the beautiful view of the ocean right now. It looks like a dream!

Paris, France


As a Fashion major (minor), it goes without saying that I’ve wanted to go to Paris ever since I was a little girl. I’m thinking of possibly studying abroad there for a few weeks next Spring. It’s a dream of mine to shop and dine there and someday see the famous Eiffel Tower. Definitely a must on every fashionista’s bucket list is experiencing the beauty and wonder of the City of Love.

Hallstat Alpine Village, Austria


The setting from Frozen was inspired by this fairy-tale like village, where the cutest and most unique pastel-colored houses sit by a peaceful lake. This enchanting town is very popular. People love to swim and boat in the lake during the summer as well as explore the charming town. I can’t believe I’ve visiting so many cities in Austria, but still have yet to see Hallstatt!

Florence, Italy


Florence, Italy, another one of the fashion capitols of the world, is one of my sister’s favorite cities that she visited when she studied abroad. I may study abroad there as well for a few weeks in the Spring! Everyone wants to go to Italy at some point; such a fun, exciting country to visit! I dream of one day getting to visit this romantic city and experience it’s lively culture.

Venice, Italy


Ever since I’ve seen Venice on Mozart’s Jungle, a show my parents love to watch together, I’ve wanted to go so bad! It’s a city like no other, with the canals that flow through the most beautiful and uniqur architecture. I want to go riding on a gondola in the canal so bad. Venice looks so beautiful, a spectacular place to go on vacation.

Split, Croatia


My grandfather was from Croatia, so it’s a given that our whole family wants to go there one day. I dream of someday visiting this beautiful city and getting to see where my grandfather grew up. We’ve been talking about possibly going there next year after my sister and I graduate college! I really hope we get to go!!

Going to a different country and seeing a whole new world is a life-changing experience. I hope I get to see all of these places at some point in my life, and hopefully more. Comment below some of your favorite places you’ve visited, as well as where you’ve been dying to go!

The Therapeutic Effect of Nature and Waterfalls

Nature is freeing. Nature is healing. Nature gives a boost of energy and joy. And it’s free! Which is why it’s the best kind of therapy there is.


You may look at me and think I’m more of an indoor-sy girl with my fancy clothes and purses, but I actually love the great outdoors as well! I mean I may not be into camping or anything like that, but nature itself makes me happy! While I love living in Southern Florida, 15 minutes away from the beach, I don’t get the opportunity to hike very much there or see mountains. That’s why I was so happy to get to go hiking in the mountains in Virginia where my sister and her fiancé live. We came to visit them for the weekend! We’re already having such a great time.



Spending time in nature is good for the soul; research has shown that it reduces stress and builds self-confidence and increases mental well-being. This is something we all need during this time of the Covid crisis. The best part of our hike was when we got to see the great waterfall; it was amazing, so beautiful. Waterfalls are so peaceful and relaxing, the sound of the running water. Waterfalls are also proven to help decrease stress and depression, as the negative ions from the waterfall exude calmness.


While hiking for the first time in quite a while, I felt like I was in the beginning scene in The 100 when all of the characters step foot on Earth for the first time and explore. I felt like I could hear the song “We Come Running” playing. May sound silly, but it was such a great feeling!


I also enjoyed seeing the new area where my sisters are moving soon. It was so beautiful!!


God’s gift, the natural world, brings more happiness than any material thing. So whenever you can, and wherever you can during this unusual time, make time to go outside and enjoy the fresh air and the bright sunshine! I am so happy I got to do so today with my family.

Wishing our brother Jonathan were with us as well, he would have loved it! Oh and by the way, my leggings are from Victoria’s Secret Pink!



David Yurman Diamonds, A Girl’s Best Friend

Oh my goodness; I am relieved and thrilled that I have completed my Junior year in college. I worked so hard this semester, and to reward myself for my hard work, late nights spend studying and typing papers, and excellent grades and performance, I decided to buy myself a… David Yurman diamond necklace!


When the stunning necklace came in the mail (surprisingly it only took two days to ship!) I was amazed at its immaculate beauty. I am sooooo happy!!! It is absolutely perfect. I can wear it with everything! The necklace I bought is the Infinity Pendant Necklace with Diamonds. It has a small square of sparkling pave diamonds surrounded by two sterling silver circles which emulate the classic David Yurman cable design that the brand is so well-known for. The pendant hangs on a lovely, delicate sterling silver chain. I am such a happy woman wearing it! I’m sure you’ve all heard that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and now with this beautiful shining necklace I can definitely see why!



I deserved to treat myself for my hard work and for my birthday this year. I earned it, and I am so proud of myself for pushing through to the end! Life is short, so sometimes you just gotta spoil yourself, or more or less reward yourself for your accomplishments. We are all princesses, and we all deserve finer things in life. Treating yourself with something extra special is not selfish, so I encourage you to buy that diamonds necklace you’ve been dreaming about for ages too! I am so excited that I now have a brand new addition to my growing David Yurman jewelry collection. Stay tuned for a post coming soon on how I survived a Third-year college semester in quarantine. Hope you guys enjoyed! Love you all!


Happy Mother’s Day 2020

Happy Mother’s Day everyone!!! There is no one in our life quite a mother, for they are there for you through thick and thin and will always love you unconditionally. Today is the day to celebrate and be thankful for our moms who have raised us to be who we are today. We would not be here at all without them. Today is the day to make our mothers feel extra special and loved.


My mom and I have been butting heads a little lately since being in the same house with each other all day every day. It is difficult at times. But I love her nonetheless. My mom used to be a pediatrician; she is an amazing, beautiful, intelligent, and loving woman. People often tell us we look a lot alike; which I take as a compliment! People also say we act alike, but I don’t really see it. We do have some traits in common, such as how we both lose things a lot and also lose track of time a lot too!


To celebrate Mother’s Day, we spent time at my aunt’s house with the family. We tried our best to keep our distance. My mom is wearing the cutest outfit from Anthropologie. My dress is a new dress from Vineyard Vines; I love maxi dresses, especially ones with fun, colorful patterns. And I finally got to wear my Tory Burch purse and sandals again today.


It was so great to finally get to see more people since we obviously don’t see many people nowadays! It was great to spend time with family. Love you mom! Hope you all have a wonderful Mother’s Day.






How to Beat Quarantine Depression

Social distancing, or really physical distancing, has been very hard on many of us. As human beings we are social animals and we are not meant to be a lone for an extended period of time. Staying inside and not be able be in the outside world has made many of us feel down. Isolating from the world and from others, which is what we have had to do for the past few weeks, can cause depression in a person. However, I am here to tell you that you can beat quarantine depression. I compiled this list of ways to stay mentally fit based on my own experiences as well as tips and advice from a registered mental health therapist.


Create and maintain a healthy routine/schedule

Mental health professional Cristina S. says that the best thing you could do to combat anxiety and avoid falling into depression is to create and most importantly maintain a healthy daily schedule so you stay productive and not get overwhelmed. Plan out when you’re going to work on school, when you’re going to work on your job, etc. and plan it strategically. Try to refrain from slacking off and being lazy all the time even though when staying at home doing so can be very tempting! But it’s best to stay busy. Cristina suggests still getting dressed in the morning instead of staying in pajamas all day to get yourself into the work mode. I suggest making sure your routine is realistic, fits your goals, and that you also leave time for relaxing and having fun!



Get some fresh air


Thankfully we can still go outside of your home in our front or back yard, and I suggest doing so as much as possible. Sunshine is good for the soul, and it increases the levels of serotonin and endorphins in your brain. Serotonin calms your brain and your anxiety while endorphins boost happiness. Spending time outside when it’s a beautiful days uplifting and is sure to improve anyone’s mood.




Elle Woods once said, “Exercise builds endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people don’t shoot their husbands”. Exercise is very important for maintaining your brain’s “happy” chemical balance, and for your husband’s safety, according to Elle Woods. I have heard from a mental health professional that exercise is just as beneficial to one’s mental health as are medications for anxiety and depression. So get out there and exercise; it will really give you more energy and the ability to feel so much happier!


Pamper Yourself

I feel so much better after pampering myself. Pampering yourself is so relaxing and gives you a boost of happiness and confidence as you are spending time on you. Taking care of you is part of self-love which essential to having inner peace. I have been using Lush skin care products to take care of my skin, and using these products is such a de-stresser for me. There are many ways to pamper yourself-taking a bubble bath, giving yourself a facial, giving yourself an at-home manicure, giving yourself a makeover, doing your hair, cleaning and decorating your room, ect. Pampering yourself is very healthy and so much fun as well! It is a sure way to combat quarantine depression.


Lush “Deep Sleep” Bath Bomb


Stay Connected With Others

We’re calling it social distancing, but it is really only physical distancing. We are lucky to live in the day and age where we can FaceTime our friends and family as well as speak with them on the phone. Zoom is also fun to use to talk with many people at the same time. So stay in touch with your friends and family as much as you can. Social interaction is so important for your happiness and growth as is having a good support system.


Don’t Watch Too Much News

Try not to get too caught up in watching the news all the time, cause it can really get depressing! Staying away from so much negativity like the news is essential to your inner peace. It’s so important to stay positive during this difficult and unusual time in order to avoid falling into depression.


Maintain a Healthy Diet

I struggle so much at this; I love junk food! However, my best friend told me that she feels so much better after eating carrots than after eating Doritos (even though Doritos may be delicious). You are what you eat; eating healthy foods really does improve your mental health.


Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness means only focusing on what you are doing in the current movement without thinking about the future or dwelling on the past. Staying in the present moment is key to happiness and avoiding falling into depression. Many physical activities such as yoga require you to only pay attention to the activity which can really help improve one’s ability to be mindful. Meditation is also very beneficial. Practicing mindfulness has been proven to have a positive impact on one’s mental well-being.



There have been many times during this quarantine where I have felt lonely and isolated. However, practicing these healthy habits has helped me a lot. I am someone who has struggled with clinical depression in the past, but taking these steps to bettering myself has really helped lift my depression during the quarantine, and I’m sure it can for you as well.





Cute Puppies to Ease Anyone’s Anxiety during Finals and the Pandemic

Puppies have a special way of always making us feel better when we are sad, depressed, anxious, or angry. Their floppy ears, cute adorable faces, and bubbly personalities are the cure for any negative emotion. Studies have shown that people who own dogs are statistically less likely to suffer from mental illness than those who don’t, which much be the reason why their cuddles, kisses, and unconditional love are often necessary for therapeutic purposes. Puppy love really does warm the heart and calm the mind like nothing else. If any of you happen to feel anxious (or any other difficult emotion) today because of finals coming up, the Corona Virus pandemic, or any other life struggles, here are some pictures of my dog (who is the best boy in the entire world) and my aunt’s new puppy who’s cuteness is way too much for any of us to handle. I hope that these pictures and videos put a smile on your face.

My aunt Sally’s new golden retriever puppy named Olive






My dog Cody, the best doggy in the whole wide world, he is a cockapoo






Cody and Olive wish all of you guys a wonderful weekend, and hope that all of you are healthy and safe!

Let me know if you want to see more pictures, and comment a picture of your puppy too! 🐶💗😘

The Modern-Day Woman is Expected To Have it All

Women in today’s society are ridiculed for everything they wear, everything they say, and everything they do. Even the most influential and altruistic women are criticized for such minor idiosyncrasies. We are expected to have it all nowadays, and to basically be perfect.


Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of today’s best-selling fashion “bible” Vogue, is a CEO, chairwoman of the MET Gala, philanthropist, fashion powerhouse, multi-millionaire, as well as a mother and wife, but still gets criticized for coming off as “intimidating”. Beyoncé is one of the world’s most famous and popular pop superstars; she has sold 118 million albums and has moved millions of people with her amazing concerts and music, and yet still people criticize her for twerking on stage. Award-winning actress Emma Watson is also an activist whose speeches on feminism have empowered millions of men and women, yet people criticize her for not being relatable because she is privileged.

If a wealthy and successful man seemed a little aloof, I don’t think people would nickname him “The Devil Wears Prada”. But since Anna Wintour is a woman, people expect her to be outwardly expressive and always smiling for everyone, and so she is criticized when she wears a resting “you-know-what” face (which by the way, this term is only given to women who often appear serious, not men) or when she is being harsh or too strict as a boss.

Society expects a lot from us women in this day and age. While we are not necessarily expected to be the primary breadwinners or make all the first moves like men are, we are expected to have a career,  to marry, raise children, as well as cook, clean, and be the homemakers. We are expected to be effective and polite communicators, to always be warm, and to act and look presentable. We are encouraged to be assertive and stand up for ourselves, but when we do, we are reminded that we must always act like a lady. If a guy walked into class with his hair in a rat’s nest, most people probably wouldn’t care. But if a woman did, that would be a different story. If a man gets too drunk, it’s funny. If a woman gets too drunk, it’s trashy. And men want to be with a woman who is innocent and experienced at the same time.

As women we have so much expectations put on us by people in general, by men especially but also by other women. It’s no wonder that twice the amount of reported people who have suffered from depression in the United States are women. Maybe it is because we feel so much pressure to be perfect ladylike angels and powerful superheroes at the same time always, and when we cannot live up to those impossibly high expectations because we are only human, we feel as though we are simply not enough.


I am not saying that men do not struggle as well, because of course they do. I think it would be so difficult to be expected to be the main provider and to “be a man” all the time and hide your emotions. I am just saying that it is very hard on women in society nowadays, because we simply cannot be perfect like men and society want us to be. Again, we are only human too. We are also so often mistreated. There is so much misogyny still occurring in the workplace, on college campuses, and in life in general. The much-needed “Me Too” Movement has shed light on the astonishing amount of women who have been sexually assaulted or harassed.

So to today’s society: for lack of better words—give us a break. We are trying our best. We try every day. But we can not always do everything right all the time. I will say it again; we are only human.


For me personally, men in the past have held me to such high standards, standards that they could not fulfill themselves. As of now, I am excelling in all of my classes while also working for a fashion magazine, keeping up with this blog, and writing for HerCampus Lynn. I just landed another internship for the summer, I haven’t gotten into any trouble, and most importantly, I do my best to treat others with respect and follow the Golden Rule. I am caring and supportive to my friends and family. But according to society and a lot of men, I’m still not doing enough, because my bedroom remains a mess, I can still only cook a few meals, I have many character flaws, and I do not yet make money of my own to pay the bills.

What if men accepted us as human beings instead of wanting us to be goddesses, and wanting us to look like the models on magazines who are photoshopped to look that way? What if we as women lifted each other up instead of always trying to compete with one another? Maybe cases of major depression in women in America would start to decline.

I think if men, women, if the whole world expected women to be human and not angels, because that is what we are, Planet Earth would be a much happier place for us. We would in general be much happier in life and with ourselves. So everyone, cut us ladies some slack (again, for lack of more eloquent words). We mess up all the time just like any human being, but that does not mean that we are not worthy or acceptable, or excellent, wonderful people. Let’s all remember to be kind to one another, treat each other how we would want to be treated, and to not judge another person until we’ve walked a mile in their shoes. And remember that as women, we can be exceptional even with all of our many flaws. We do not need to excel at everything to excel at life. We are perfect even though we are imperfect. Let’s spread love, not judgement, to each other and within ourselves. That is how we can be happier and make our world a happier place.


Dress from Gal Meets Glam, but I bought it for a third of the price at Rue La La!

How to Quarantine in Style

We have all been working and staying at home all day for a month now, and even the most introverted of all of us are getting bored just being at home. I know we all miss getting to go out to places. One thing I’m sure many of us fashionistas miss is getting to dress up in fancy and dressy outfits. I brought a few nice dresses and clothes with me to Atlanta where I have been staying during the quarantine, including the gorgeous Dress I wore for Easter. But even I, the girl always wearing dresses, have been spending most of my time lounging in casual wear. However, even when I dress casual, I still like to dress girly and cute. Continue reading for details on one of my favorite casual quarantine outfits, and on how I like to quarantine in style.

I love fun, colorful, girly pairs of leggings, and I love to pair them with cute tank tops and shirts. I recently purchased a couple of the cutest pairs of leggings from Fabletics Fabletics, one of my favorite brands for leggings. If you subscribe to Fabletics and become a VIP, you can get two pairs of leggings for only $24, and you can always unsubscribe from them later if you no longer want to be a member. Their leggings are of such amazing quality. Quality is very important to me when it comes to leggings, especially a pair I’ll be wearing for the whole day. Fabletics leggings are so comfortable; I really really love the material. They also come in so many different fun colors and styles. For this outfit I am wearing my blush pink Fabletics leggings that have a gorgeous metallic pattern on them. I paired these leggings with a pink tank top from Pink Victoria’s Secret, and I am also wearing my Jack Rogers sandals in these pictures.

I love to work at home with cute accessories like my Lilly Pulitzer agenda and my laptop with has a really cute mint blue base from Amazon and a sticker from Marley Lilly. I also use my iPad which has a rose gold keyboard and case that I love. My adorable tumblr that says “When in doubt, just add glitter” is from Sally Beauty; they have some really cute stuff there! Working with cute decor and supplies makes studying at home less boring. It makes even makes it something to look forward to since you can use the cute accessories you bought!

I encourage you all to make your quarantine more fun by taking advantage of the incredible sales that are happening now online and investing in new comfy lounging clothes that are also stylish and cute. And of course adding new girly accessories to your workplace at home can brighten up your day as well. It’s the little things in life. Hope you all are doing well and staying safe!




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