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Yesterday, I went to Charleston for probably about a total of two hours. My friend Tori and I had to go to the Italian Honorary Consulate to apply for our Student Visas ~to study abroad in Italy next semester~!! We figured we might as well make a mini trip out of it, so we got lunch at 167 Raw... y'all it was SO good. Fresh seafood in a tiny little place and the staff was so attentive and considerate, I HIGHLY recommend if you ever pop over to Charleston!

⬗ What I am loving ⬖

 Technically it is fall? I would say it is hurricane season; USC canceled class for a week in September and one-day last week, but we have fall break tomorrow, not complaining though. All I know is I cannot wait to dress for fall, I keep trying to wear cute sweaters and end up sweating like crazy, not ideal. Hopefully, the South will figure it out soon... Now onto what this post is really about! I LOVE making these posts. I find a lot of new clothes, makeup, skincare, food, shows, etc and it is so easy to share all my favorite current things in one place at one time. There are not too many recent obsessions, but definitely a few stand out products.

Semester Slump & Recent Recap

Long time no see... I have been in a slump, not even a mid-semester slump, just a slump this whole semester, which is very unlike me. I am usually good at being productive, getting tasks done in a reasonable time, and having creative waves to create content. I don't know what has gotten into me. I obviously have not been posting on my blog, I could never get myself to just sit and write a post, but this has always been one of my favorite outlets to relax. Within the past week, it just hit me that I need to get back on my grind and do all that I committed to.

These past few months I have been nothing short of just flat out lazy. I have not been hanging out with my friends as much or taking advantage of awesome opportunities coming my way. I really could not tell you [or myself] why! My two best friends and I live in a different apartment than most of our friends and I definitely feel kind of secluded from everyone - it is hard to force yourself to leave the comfort of your own home just to interact with people. I have sort of looked at every chance to socialize or have fun as a burden on my simple life in my cozy apartment or in class. I also have been driving to class every day, since we live further away than I ever have, which is not my favorite thing. Long walks across campus for class or whatever reason were always some of my most relaxing times and my exercise most days. Realistically, I could walk, but I am waiting until it is not crazy hot and humid out - will fall ever actually show up, LMK. On that note, if you have any good workout playlists or quick workouts that are effective please send them my way, I want to try and do a quick workout at least every day to get back into a healthier routine.

In one of my past posts, I mentioned how I spontaneously decided to change my major. So, this semester I am taking classes technically not for my retailing major which I think is a huge factor. I love my fashion classes, they are always fun and I never mind doing work for them because it is work I enjoy! I dread having to do any school work with the majority of my classes this semester, which became a big eye-opener. With this, I decided to not officially change my major and keep being a Fashion Merchandising major and have a Journalism/Mass Comm minor. A lot fluctuated with school and other aspects and I realized I have no reason to change my major, this is what I have always wanted to do, so I am going to stick with it. It was a hard decision to keep my retailing major because I panicked that this semester would be a waste, but in the grand scheme of things, it is not taking a huge toll on my course to graduation. Now that I know I am staying a retailing major I have felt a huge weight lift off my shoulders and am so excited for what will come from this!

I continued my internship from this summer, with ADDO, and I am working remotely here in Columbia. I am so thankful for them to still have faith in me to be successful when I am away from the office. If you can get a remote internship, especially during the fall semester, it is amazing. One of the biggest reasons I did not want a regular retail or restaurant job because I just did not want to give up my weekends. Call me dramatic, but I go to a big SEC school, Saturdays in South Carolina are a big deal and with only one year after this (okay what), I want to savor every moment here as I can. I find it pretty easy to balance school and my internship, thankfully I do not have a crazy amount of work each week, but enough to fill time between classes and keep me productive.

Next semester, I am studying abroad in Florence, Italy and I am SO excited. Going abroad has always been at the top of my college bucket list. I decided on Florence kind of ironically, I tried to avoid it for a while. A lot of people go to Florence, which was a huge turn off for me, but as I researched other places, I soon realized why everyone actually goes there. I will be studying at Florence University of the Arts, and the classes offered are so cool! The program is one of the cheapest, and when else will I be able to live in Italy for 4 months. All the pieces sort of fell together and I could not avoid it anymore. It is insane how quickly it is approaching like I leave in January!!! It still has not hit me, but thankfully I will be going with a lot of my close friends so I am not too stressed. Stay tuned for Natalie and I's vlog channel while abroad, it will be an entertaining one.

This post was a total blurb of random stuff, but I felt it was necessary to give a little recap and let myself get back into a blogging routine. Stay tuned for my posts and please let me know what you would like to see!

As always, thanks for reading ✮