where I shop for formal gowns.

Since living in Chicago, I have attended 2 black tie events, and the last time I wore a long, formal gown was my high school prom. Soooo, after looking at a variety of different places, I found that Forever 21 actually has decently priced, nice gowns. Below are the two dresses I have purchased as well my reviews on them. I am curious to try out Rent the Runway at some point also. If anyone has experience with that company, please leave a comment! xx, mir.

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10 easy ways to declutter your life.

10 items that you DO NOT need…
  1. old makeup/haircare products.
  2. contacts in your phone that are no longer relevant.
  3. belts you don’t wear.
  4. old cell phone covers.
  5. e-mail subscriptions that you immediately delete once you see them in your inbox.
  6. expired meds.
  7. scratched or broken sunglasses.
  8. old paperwork/notebooks.
  9. purses you never use, but keep telling yourself you will.
  10. t-shirts! we all have wayyy too many.

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DIY projects to try.

Hi loves! I hope you’re staying warm! Below are some DIY projects that I am excited about making. Comment below if you have additional suggestions! xx, miranda.

LEMON ICE CUBES!
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Inspired by one of my fave bloggers, Jen Saviano.

Her directions:

1. Squeeze fresh lemon juice into a cup. Add a little bit of water to help it freeze more evenly.

2. Pour into ice cube tray of choice. I prefer these mini ones, as I only pop a few into my water jug and they melt quicker….and did I mention they are cute and make me happy?

CRATE BOOK CASE

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brutal honesty hour.

Hellllooo Sunday morning! Below is a prompt that I found on Pinterest and thought I’d try out (with some edits). Please comment your thoughts and suggestions for new blog posts below! Also, if you’re feeling inclined, take 10-15 minutes today to fill this out yourself! xx, miranda.

a: if I’m in love.

yes.

b: who the last person I talked to on the phone was.

my sister.

c: how long it’s been since I’ve been kissed.

2 days.

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valentine’s day on a budget.

hi loves! below are lists of cheap ideas for you and your boo-thang, you and your galentines, or just for YOself! xx, mir.

YOU + BOO.
  • go to Target and read all of the Valentine’s Day cards under the “romance funny” section. you’ll be rollin’.
  • make dinner together, have some chocolate-covered strawberries, and put in a movie.
  • participate in a wine & painting class.
  • get a take-out meal + play a game of truth or dare.
  • see a comedy show.
  • buy valentine’s pjs and make breakfast (for breakfast) or breakfast (for dinner).

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5 + 5 + 5.

5 of my favorite songs right now

Hair Body Face — Lady Gaga

1999 — Charli XCX

Chapters — Brett Young

Girl Like You — Jason Aldean

SICKO MODE — Travis Scott

5 of my favorite things to eat right now

protein pancakes

chips/salsa

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an activity.

In one of my classes today, my professor asked us to introduce ourselves to the class and then share 3 words that describe us. I thought of the 3, but wanted to think of some additional things to share with you all. Please comment some of your attributes/words that might be surprising to me or others!

(P.S. This is a great self-care activity.) XX, Mir.

Grounded
Dependable
Type-a
Smiley
Active
Organized

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little bits of advice.

H A P P Y   F R I D A Y.

Here are some things that I did recently that made me appreciate my last few days off before my second quarter of grad school begins!

  • Watch the Taylor Swift reputation stadium tour on Netflix. Brought tears to my eyes. Her talent, voice, lyrics, and stage presence is absolutely incredible. I have loved her ever since her first album when she started out in the country genre. It is 2 hours long, so hop on a treadmill or paint your nails while watching!
  • If you want a cookie, go treat yourself. Just don’t overdo it 😉
  • Never underestimate the endorphins from a leisurely walk outside.
  • For my ladies: wearing lipstick can make you feel like a bada**

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