Day 001

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Candid of my boyfriend. He’s really my best friend and the greatest thing that has happened to me while in Boston. I apologize in advance if he’s a regular appearance throughout this challenge. I hope my composition creativity develops throughout this challenge.

xo, Patricia

The 365 Project is explained here. You can find my Tumblr for this project here and the Pinterest board here. Join in on the fun and leave the link in the comments!

365 Project

I’ve been letting my camera sit around a little too much for my own good. When I got my DSLR I was thinking I would use it every day to take pretty pictures of my daily life and then post them here to show all of you. Unfortunately, that hasn’t really happened. So, as an incentive to expand my creative horizons, I have thought about starting the 365 starting November 1st. The premise is that you take one photo every day for 365 days.

Okay, usually I’m not good with these kinds of projects because I simply forget. However, I’m posting it here as an incentive and as a reminder so that I kind of feel the duty to do that. I would also like you to join me in this adventure. I plan to make a Tumblr to post all my photos (so that I don’t inundate the blog with photos) and possibly also post them on my Pinterest. During the next two days, I will be compiling a ‘shot’ list that I’m going to try to achieve by the end of the year.

Here’s my game plan: Think of it as a 30 day challenge, even a 7 day challenge if I can break it bit by bit because, woah, 365 days is a lot, right?

Right?

I’ll be sharing the Pinterest board, the Tumblr page, and the first photos really soon.

xo, Patricia

Do you want to join? Post a link on the comments with where I can find your 365 project. Let’s make this a collaborative project!

Tips for Study for Midterms without Dying

October is almost over. I don’t know about you, but my midterms are not over yet. October is generally a whirlwind of a month. So many things to do to celebrate the season–apple picking, hot cider, warm sweaters–and then academically–mid-terms, mid-semester haul, homesickness–it is exhausting. I’ve always been pretty good at studying. I’ve never been the kind of person to overly stress and be a zombie living on two hours asleep during the week. The reason for this is that I’ve learned to manage my time the right way. Here, I share some tips to help you out.

1. Get some sleep!
There’s literally nothing worse than being overly exhausted. It’s such a vicious cycle that can sometimes be hard to break. My rule of the thumb is to get about 7-8 hours of sleep every day. This means I usually don’t go to bed late studying but try to wake up earlier. Studying after waking up from a good night’s sleep is always way more productive than trying to not fall asleep while studying.

2. Take breaks!
I love learning but I hate studying. Usually, when I’m going over notes for a midterm, I get extremely bored because I feel like I’ve heard it all before. When this starts to happen, I make a note to do something fun for about thirty minutes–watch an episode of Weeds, take a twenty-minute nap, organize my room. It’s important to be a bit active and do pleasurable things while you’re studying otherwise your focus will go down and you will not learn anything.

3. Use colors!
I like taking notes in pink and using all kinds of cute methods to organize my studying. It makes me put some effort into what I’m doing and I then associate things which, to me, is a great way of learning.

4. Write!
When you’re studying, use note cards and write down study guides. You might not have time to reread everything after you write it (especially if you’re cramming) but writing it down already makes it way easier to learn. I heard somewhere that when you write down something you’re learning, you’re more able to retain it longer. It kind of makes sense because you have to read, analyze, and then write it down so you’re ultra exposed to what you’re doing.

5. Learn!
I cannot stress this enough. You are not actually learning anything if all you’re doing is trying to memorize stuff. It’s best to really internalize what you’re trying to study. Look at it this way, if a random friend asks you, “How does X work?” you should be able to give her a wholesome answer in your own words. Along those lines, if you have a study buddy and you explain things to each other, that makes for a great studying technique.

Hope that helps. Just rememeber, don’t overwork yourself. If you managed to break things down well and organize yourself, you’ll do fine.

What study tips do you have?

xo, Patricia

Fall Reading List

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I use Grammarly’s plagiarism checker because being original is the new black.

Although college doesn’t really give me much time to read, I still have that wishful thinking that at some point I’m going to relax in my bed and devour a book or two. I can just see it now: hot apple cider in one hand and a wonderful book in the other while the sound of rain pounds against the window. Ah, bliss…

Here is my fall reading list.

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What books do you have on your list?

xo, Patricia

When In College…

…you’re too busy to even breathe.

As you can tell by the lack of posts, college is taking the life out of me. Between school, friends, and Model United Nations, I barely have time to do anything else. And, let me tell you, I really enjoy my sleep. Sometimes, I find myself wanting to write a post but then I realize that it might not be in my blog’s genre. So I’ve been thinking, instead of stopping this blog and starting a new one, I’ll just refresh Me, Myself, and Boston, and make it a more personal blog about my thoughts and stuff bouncing around my head. There will still be some talk of fashion but I want to be able to blog without having the constraint of a specific theme because that discourages me from posting. I enjoy the blogosphere too much to limit myself into a topic or two.

With that said, here are some things that I have been thinking about in the last few days.

Sweaters
Sweater weather! I’m not completely enthusiastic about the cold but this weather means that I have a legitimate excuse to go shopping. As I’m typing this, a huge order of clothes is going through with sweaters, jackets, scarves, and tights. My favorite right now is this fisherman sweater that I just bought. The color, the texture, oh! I can’t wait.

Inspirational Quotes
I’m currently looking for inspirational quotes that I can use to decorate the walls of my dorm. I have a bunch of posters but my room needs a little extra. Here are some to inspire you, too:

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Golden Hair
I really want a hair redo. I’ve been looking at golden tones to lighten my hair but still give it some fresh breeze. I have dark brown hair and I don’t think going too light would look good but I want something to brighten up my face a bit. And no, I do not follow the whole dark hair in winter and light hair in summer. Who cares?

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Of course, I can never look like Adriana Lima. Still, I love her hair color.

What’s been in your mind lately?

Traveling To…Grand Canyon

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Every once in a while we’re in need of an outdoor adventure that connects us to the beauty of nature. Although I have never been to the Grand Canyon, my parents tell me it’s absolutely magical. I wish to go sometime and do a road trip to get an adrenaline rush. Adventure!

Grand Canyon USA outfitThis outfit is what I call it sporty chic. Sporty chic can take you both to the actual sporty or can be totally chic. My style tends to be a bit more offbeat. I love crop tops and high waisted pants so of course I would take the opportunity to dress for comfort. The high-top Nike sneakers are totally in. Add in unique friendship bracelets, funky glasses, and a cool watch and you can go from the Canyon to the city in no time.

xo,
Patricia

Jeans I Love

Although I’m from Puerto Rico and jeans aren’t usually my go-to outfit staple, ever since living in Boston, I’ve worn jeans plenty of times. It’s good for every season and I love being able to throw it on for any occasion. I have multiple pairs of jeans but there are so many washes and styles out there that I can’t help wanting more and more. Here are a few of my favorite jeans and brands.

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I recently bought the American Apparel Easy Jean and I absolutely love it. They feel like leggings and are really flattering. When buying these jeans, however, I had to buy size large (which I usually don’t even consider) because AA makes their clothes for really thin people and I, being a latina, am definitely very curvy. This is something to consider when buying the Easy Jean but other than that, I love it.

american eagle artist jeans

I absolutely love all American Eagle jeans. The quality is amazing and the fit is so flattering. I have a pair of skinny jeans that I absolutely love and use all the time (I might have to get a new pair soon). However, today, I bought this pair of Artist Jeans online. I’m already obsessed with them! They look super flattering and they seem like a good fit to wear with heels, flats, or booties for the fall. 

Undoubtedly, I will collect more and more jeans over the next few months as the weather turns colder. I’m a big fan of worn in jeans and once the weather is chillier, I like pairing jeans with sweaters, or tops and cardigans on top of it. What are your favorite pairs of jeans and brands?

xo,
Patricia