Tomboy X: The Comfiest Undies in the World*

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Move over Victoria’s Secret, Rae has got a new favorite! Underwear is tricky and most are incredibly uncomfortable, which is why I’m so happy to share Tomboy X with you! Tomboy X is a brand that wants to create underwear for every size, every body, and everyone. Their message is simple: we are all people. Their underwear is made with eco-friendly fabrics (which I <3) and they are so damn comfortable. They have lots of different styles, ranging from bikini style all the way to boxer briefs (FYI: you can wear whatever damn underwear you want, screw gender stereotypes). I was kindly sent the 2.5″ cotton shorts in plum and the 2.5″ micromodal shorts in espresso. I love these underwear sooo much. They’re incredibly comfortable and I love that the band on them doesn’t dig into my sides like some other pairs I’ve previously owned. I also like the short style because they’re easy to lounge around in (which I’ve been doing a lot).

They also sell apparel, which is equally as soft. This is the shirt that I’m wearing and 100% of the proceeds go to Southern Poverty Law Center, which is really amazing. I also love the “Rise Up” message on the t-shirt, cause it can mean so many different things. Rise Up to me means to stand up for what you believe in, which is kind of a life motto for me. Don’t let others tell you what you should support, speak up for yourself and RISE UP. It also reminds me of when I used to let my anxiety rule my life, but I conquered that because I decided to Rise Up and take control of my life. The message is what you make it.

Use the code “LIVE-THE-X to save some moolah on your purchase from Tomboy X through October 31st. Trust me, you won’t regret buying their undies!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

Disclaimer: Tomboy X kindly sent these to me because of their ambassador program. I am not being paid for this post. All opinions are 100% honest and 100% my own. Collaboration supported by Shopping Links.

October 11, 2017
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DIY Dorm Decor ft Printiki*

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Hey loves! It’s probably been about a month since you moved on campus and I bet you’ve been too busy to decorate your dorm or haven’t figured out how to decorate it…well I’ve rounded up some DIY projects to make your dorm feel more home-like!

Woven Wall Hanging

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen this before! I don’t remember exactly how I got interested in these weavings but I’m so glad I did! They are super easy to make, customizable and really cute. You also don’t need much to make them either.

The supplies:

  • Cardboard (to create your “loom”)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn of your choice (1-2 colors is fine, you won’t need more than one skein each)
  • Wooden Dowel (or you can use a stick! Just make sure to clean it well)
  • Plastic needle for weaving (you could probably make a makeshift one from cardboard, just cut a little hole and thread the yarn through there!)
  • Gluestick or liquid glue

So starting with your cardboard, measure out a rectangle approximately 11.5″ H x 8″ W. This is going to be your loom base.

Measure out two strips of cardboard measuring 1″ H x 8″ W. We’ll glue this onto the loom base later.

Mark a 1/2″ from each side of your loom, I just drew a line so I would know not to cut beyond that point. So 1/2″ from the top, bottom and the left and right sides. From the 1/2″ marks on the top and bottom, measure out 1/4″ marks from one side to the other so you have 1/4″ marks going across the width of your loom base (see my pictures for reference!)

Grab your scissors and cut on each of these 1/4″ lines, but make sure not to cut them beyond the 1/2″ marks you made (again, look at my picture for reference 🙂 ) After you have finished that on the top and bottom, grab the cardboard strips you cut out earlier. Glue these to where the cuts finish. These pieces help the yarn sit a little higher so it’s not directly against the loom base. Let it dry!

After your loom base is dry, now you can begin your weaving project! Grab some yarn that you want to use as the “spine” for your weaving (ex: I used black for mine in the picture above, so you can see it in between my colors). Tie a knot at one end of the yarn and wrap it around the cuts you made in the cardboard. Once you’ve wrapped it around each cut, tie a knot tight to the back of the loom base.

Grab your next color of yarn and cut about an arms length of it, you don’t have to be precise with this project and I like that. Thread the yarn through your needle or cardboard tool, begin weaving over and under each “spine” piece of yarn, like so:

Once you get to the edge, go back to the other edge repeating the over and under technique. It’s pretty simple! I found this video helpful when it came to adding interesting shapes to my weavings. There are also lots of different YouTube videos with different weaving techniques!

When you’re happy with your weaving, now you can add your dowel or stick to finish it off! This part can be tricky, but what I do is weave up pretty high on the loom (not all the way to the top, but enough so that the loops will hold tightly around the dowel). I grab one loop (from the top) and push it onto the dowel and continue until all of them are off, I secure them by weaving more yarn in between the spaces. To finish the bottom, you can just pull the loops off and adjust the weaving so that they cover the gaps, or you can cut the loop and sew in the ends if you prefer (gives it a cleaner edge).

Add some yarn to the dowel so that you can hang it and, ta-da! That’s it. (Hopefully this wasn’t too confusing, but like I said there are a ton of YouTube videos with techniques if you get confused!) I think these work up pretty quickly, I watch Shameless while making them and I can usually get one done in 2-3 episodes depending on how much I’m focusing on the project.

Magazine Clippings Collage

I think this is a really amazing way to showcase some things that you like on your wall. Grab some magazines and start clipping away! I took a piece of chip board (the back of a notebook) and cut a 2×2″ square out of it with an Xacto knife so that all of my clippings would be the same size (make sure to use a cutting mat in between the pages!) If you don’t have that option, you can definitely use scissors.

Cut out different textures that you like. Maybe celebrities or high fashion pictures. Whatever you like! Once you’ve collected enough, arrange them in front of you and find a combination that you like. Grab some double sided tape and tape them on your wall in the layout you created! (If your college doesn’t allow that, tape them onto a poster board instead then use command hooks to hold up the poster board).

Photo Banner (with prints from Prinitki!)

I think these photo banners are a great way to bring some life into your dorm room. It’s a good way to showcase your friends, family, pets and past memories.

What you’ll need:

  • Printed photos
  • Clothespins
  • Yarn/Twine
  • Hooks for hanging

Printiki is a website that will print your photos for you and deliver them right to your doorstep! When you’re on a college schedule, you definitely don’t have time standing at a photo printing kiosk for hours printing out your pictures – that’s where Printiki comes in! All you have to do is upload the images you want from Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, etc and wait patiently for your prints to arrive. Not only do they print photos, they also have options for photo books and posters, pretty cool if you ask me.

I got my images printed in the Square M size, without the border, and with the glossy finish. They do have a few different options to choose from, so definitely explore their website to find out more.

Cut out some yarn or twine to the length that you want. Tie it to the hooks that you’re using to hang them. I cut my yarn a little bit long so the yarn would drop if that makes sense haha.

Attach your prints using the clothespins! It’s super simple, but a really cute way to add some life to your dorm. I even created some fall inspired images, so maybe there’s and idea for you to change the images for the seasons/holidays. These prints (or maybe even a photo book!) would be a great idea for a gift. Make sure to follow Printiki on Instagram to see some new ways to display your prints!

If you use the code “9THGRK2R” you can get free shipping on your order! Just apply it at checkout 🙂 My gift to you.

 

I hope you enjoyed the post! What’s your favorite DIY project in this post? Let me know in the comments 🙂

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

Disclaimer: These prints were sent to me for free in exchange for a review, but sponsorships/items sent to me do not alter my opinion in any way. I’m here to help you (my readers) to find new products that you may have never heard about. I am all about giving 100% reviews, whether I’m paid for the review, sent the item or I purchase it myself. Just something to keep in mind for my past/future reviews. This post does contain affiliate links.

 

 

October 8, 2017
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The Classic College Experience & Alternatives

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The most traditional option for after high school remains to be the classic college experience, but that doesn’t take away from the reality that only 33% of Americans over the age of 25 have a four-year college bachelor’s degree or higher. This means that the remaining two-thirds of Americans are finding alternatives to college. If you’re uncertain what to do when you finish high school, here is some information on the classic college experience, as well as some of its alternatives.

Four-Year College Degree

At college, you study to earn yourself a bachelor’s degree in your chosen major. The biggest difference between high school and college is the size. At college, you will attend lectures which are filled with hundreds of other students, and more often than not, you’ll spend most of your time in those lectures writing down notes. You’ll also have to complete assignments for which you will earn credits. To earn your bachelor’s degree, you’ll need to earn a minimum of 180 quarter credits.

Online Classes

If you don’t think a big classroom full of students is for you, or you simply don’t have the time or money to go to college, you could always take an online class to earn your bachelor’s degree. You would be able to complete a class in your own time, for a reduced price, and sometimes even for free. There is a range of different courses available from a psychology degree online, to maths, and even arts, so it really is a great option for you, if you still want a degree, but don’t want to have to attend college.

Get A Job

Not everyone wants to attend education for another fours year. Some simply want to head out into the world of work as soon as possible and start earning money. If this is the case, then you will want to write a killer resume and start job hunting. Look in local newspapers, online, and ask around (you never know, someone might know of a job that isn’t being advertised yet). You may be able to work your way up in your job, and could be running the place in a few years.

Community College

Community college has been found to be incredibly good value for money, as well as a great way of earning a job. In just two years, you could earn yourself an associate’s degree that will allow you to work in a range of different fields and jobs, such as a web designer or veterinary technician. As the first two years of bachelor’s degree classes are pretty much the same as in community college, some of these associates degrees will also allow you to transfer to college and earn your bachelor’s degree. This could save you a lot of money, compared to completing your whole degree at a four-year college.

Volunteering

Whether it be halfway across the world or in your hometown, volunteering is an incredibly rewarding way to fill your time after college. Volunteer work also always looks great on your resume and college applications, if you decide later on in life that you would like to attend college. There are volunteer opportunities in almost every country, so consider where you would like to go, who you would like to help, and how, and get looking online.

Start A Business

The world of work is great and all, but not everyone wants to work under someone else. Some people would prefer to be their own boss. If you’re particularly hard-working, driven, and independent, you may want to consider starting your own business. Brainstorm some ideas of what you would like to sell, and conduct market to give you some idea as to whether or not it actually would sell. Then, all you’d need is some funding. You could always set up a page on a crowdfunding website if you’re strapped for cash.

The Military

Joining the military is a very popular decision for high school graduates. This is probably because of the range of benefits that come with the choice. Most military workers get most, if not all, of their living expenses and healthcare paid for (healthcare is often paid for your family too), as well as earning $30k+ a year. You also get the opportunity to travel the world with a group of people with whom you will quickly become very close.

Technological College

If you want to continue in education, but don’t want to have to take classes that don’t relate to your career aspirations, then a technological college could be an option for you. Technological colleges offer career-driven courses that only teach skills specific to trade careers, such as plumbing and carpentry. This is a perfect option if you know that you want a career in a specific trade, and only want to focus your learning on this trade career.

Gap Year

If you’re still unsure as to what to do after college, then why not take a gap year? Not only will a gap year give you time to decide what you want to do with your future, but it will also give you time to have some fun before heading back to education. Often, people dedicate their gap years to traveling or working, but you can do whatever your heart desires. The possibilities really are endless.

It’s silly to expect every single eighteen or nineteen year old to know what they want to do for the rest of their lives, so don’t worry if you’re not sure what you want to do with your future. You’re not alone. Although college is a popular option, it certainly isn’t for everyone, and definitely isn’t necessary for everyone. If you’re unsure about whether or not you want to go to college, then give yourself some time to think about it before sending off any college applications. There is no point in spending four years of your life (not to mention a lot of money on college tuition) on college if you’re not one hundred percent sure that it’s the best option for you.

I hope you enjoyed the post!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

October 5, 2017
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Avoid These Common Products In Your Beauty Routine

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Looking your best can often seem like something of a challenge to achieve. One of the biggest elements of this is always going to be deciding on what products to use. Whether it is the skin cream, the shampoo and conditioner, or the moisturizer, you want to make sure that you are making as many of the right decisions as possible. As it happens, there are a number of common products and chemicals which people put onto their skin or in their hair which are actually incredibly dangerous and damaging. If you want to look your best without paying a price, be sure to avoid the following.

Hair Dyes

Wanting to change the color of your hair is pretty common, and a fair enough goal. But the problem with many mainstream hair dyes is that they can actually be extremely damaging to your hair follicles. Many studies over the course of quite a few years have shown that hair dyes are related to a number of serious conditions, including bladder cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and multiple myeloma. You can also develop a tolerance to the chemicals which can mean that you end up with a pretty horrendous rash. Instead of using hair dye, you can lighten your color effectively with lemon juice, or use tea to cover any grey areas.

Sulfate Shampoos

The choice of shampoo is pretty important too, and it is worth looking into if you are keen to keep your body as clear of potentially dangerous chemicals as possible. A common dangerous chemical in shampoos is sulfate, which over time can cause significant damage to your hair in a number of ways. Unfortunately, many of the most popular products on the market have a good deal of sulfate in them, so avoiding this might be harder than you think. However, if you look through these best sulfate free shampoos you will definitely be off to a good start. You will likely notice the difference in how your hair feels, too. My favorite brand of cruelty free + sulfate free shampoo is Hask!

Perfumes

Bad news for perfume lovers. As it turns out, many of the most popular perfumes on the market contain harmful secret ingredients which can actually lead to a number of serious problems later on in life. Many of these chemicals are related to hormone deficiencies, allergic reactions and even rare cases of cancer. There are also cases of it triggering asthma (even in nearby people to the person wearing it), migraines and nausea. Best avoided if you can help it – go for lesser-known indie perfumes which you can find online – and make sure they are always cruelty-free too.

 

By avoiding the three above, you will be on the right path towards ensuring that you are keeping your body as healthy as possible. It can be surprising how many harmful chemicals are in these products, so it is best to avoid them where possible – and always research a new product before switching.

I hope you enjoyed the post! What things do you avoid in your beauty routine? Let me know! 🙂

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

October 5, 2017
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Make College Count: How To Choose Your Major

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There are so many different things that contribute to your college experience to make it memorable. With the friends you make, the networking capabilities and the social scenes, college can be such an incredible way to start your adult life. And then there are the academics of course. Because the education side of things is really why you’re there in the first place, but if you really want to ensure that your college education does what it should, you need to be thinking seriously about your major. And there will be a lot of factors that go into making this key choice.

Whether you’re just starting your freshman year, you’re part way through, or you’re looking to attend college next year, now’s a good a time as any to get thinking about what your potential major could be. And although you may think that you have an idea in mind, it’s not always as easy as picking something you’re familiar with and going with that. Instead, you need to be able to consider the choice from all different angles to really be sure that you’ve picked the perfect option. And to make sure you do that, here’s what to factor in.

Look At Your Current Grades

Not everyone will want to base their choices based on grades, but it’s often a great place to start. After all, you don’t want to choose a major that you’re going to fail or find too hard. But, when you look at your current grades, you’ll be able to see what courses and subjects you do well in. Whether you’re at high school or college now, you can still use your current scores to make a decision on future courses.

Consider Your Strengths

Next up, you could consider your set strengths. Whether this is in a particular subject area, or with a certain type of workload. For example, if you struggle with the pressure of exams and you’re better with set essays, this may want to weigh up on what kind of courses you take. As exam-heavy majors might mean you fail. It’s just something to factor into your decision-making process.


And Your Interests

Then there’s also your interests to think about. Sometimes, this will help to make the decision for you. If you love writing and you’d really like to become a journalist, then a journalism or English major is definitely going to be the right path for you. But, if you’re more creative yet don’t know what career you want to do, taking creative arts courses might be a good way to choose a major for right now.

Look At Your Available Courses

However, one of the best ways to actually determine what you want your major to be, is to actually look at the courses that are available to you. Choosing courses can be tough, especially if there are loads that you want to be doing. But, you will find that this is a really great way to work out which major is right for you, because you can’t do something that isn’t available.

Talk To Your Teachers

When you’re really unsure on what avenue to take, then you should think about talking to your teachers. Because your academic guidance counselor or your course tutors really are the best-equipped people to be advising you on this matter. Your teachers will be able to objectively tell you how well you’re doing, and what the more realistic path to take will be. Whether you’re in high school now or you’ve just started college, your teachers should be able to take a look at where your strengths and interests lie and match up a strong choice for you.

Think About Your Career Aspirations

As we briefly touched on before, it can also be a great idea to think about your career aspirations, and what you want to do in the future. This is one excellent way to ensure that you take the right courses. Because when you match your major to your career aspirations, you can ensure that you have the qualifications to get onto the career ladder in the first place. If you want to become a doctor, you need to take pre-med courses in college before med school, and that will decide your major for you.

And Your Experience

You could also combine your experience into this. For example, if you’re great at sports, you might want to think about taking some biology or nutrition courses. Or if you love writing, then you could think about taking a historical fiction course. When you turn to your experience, you will often find that your courses and major will pick themselves.

Consider A Specialism

You could also consider studying for a specialism too. That’s the beauty of college. You don’t always have to take set courses as you would in high school. When you choose to do something industry specific, like nursing at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, you will be on your way to a dream career. And that’s not something that high school can offer you.

Take Electives

Then, you could also think about the different electives that you need to take as apart of your major. Because picking your major is just the start. You then often have to build your course load around that set major. So whether you need to pick scientific courses or liberal arts electives, you should think about how you’re going to form your major and get the education you need.

Base Your College Experience On That

And finally, the last step in ensuring that your education counts, is to form the rest of your college experience around your major. If you want to be able to land your dream job after college, you should think about how your extracurriculars, sports, and social clubs can support your jobs applications and your experience overall. And them, you should find that your overall college experience is completely invaluable.

 

I hope you enjoyed the post!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

xoxo, Rae

October 4, 2017
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