A Paper Thing!

Hello wonderful readers. I want to announce that I have started an Etsy shop called A Paper Thing. My shop features notebooks with hand-made designs on the front cover. These notebooks are perfect for scribbling ideas, poems, stories, and more! Get yours now!




Beauty Links

I have to be the first one to admit that I’m not too big on make-up. I’d rather spend my money on clothes than a few lipsticks. But, I also have to admit that sometimes make-up makes or breaks your outfit. I think there’s a subtle art to how to do your make-up and do it well. Here you’re going to find a small collection of links for make-up and make-up tutorials that I’m dying to try. I’m the kind of girl who usually sticks to foundation, bronzer, delicate eyeliner line, and lip balm for her day look and then adds the smokey eye for the night. I’m so ready to change it up!

01. I’m dying for this RiRi Boy lipstick off of her new MAC collection. I’ve never been a lipstick girl but I think it’s time to change that.

02. This Benefit highlighter needs to happen this summer. I don’t want uneven splochiness on my skin that usually happens during the summer months when I get a little bit too much sun.

03. I know that I will always go to my smokey eye and anything with color on the eyes kind of scares me a bit but this palette from Sephora has my smokey-eye needs as well as other colors that I can add for a pop of dare devil.

04. Because my go-to make-up is always eyeliner, I totally appreciated this tutorial from The Beauty Department. My eyes are my best feature in my face and I’m sure this technique is going to help me make them look amazing every day.

05. WhoWhatWear.Com made this great story for natural-looking make-up. This might actually pump me up for wearing more make-up during the day.

A Thing or Two About Being A College Student

I just wrapped up my first year of college this last May. Let me tell you, this was a year of many firsts. Many things happened this year that changed my life and I truly realized what college is really about: making memories. You’re going to have some good memories and some bad ones, but please please don’t regret a single one. As I see the Class of 2017 go to orientation here at BU, I can’t help but think of my first year and a few things I would say to them if I were given the chance. So here they go:

01. Get out of your comfort zone. Going into college, especially if it’s away from home, is the best way to re-invent yourself. Now, I’m not saying to do things that will be dangerous, but hey, have a little fun. High school was that weird phase where I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do and where I wanted to fit in. Now, I’m not saying you’re supposed to have it all figured out by the end of senior year of high school but freshman year is the year to truly be yourself. Join the clubs you were never able to join because you feared judgement, go to the dining hall alone and people watch. The point is, get comfortable with being yourself, instead of trying to be someone else. You have a bunch of interests at this point, explore them all because you can!

02. Don’t be afraid to fall in love. I thought that freshman year of college was all about going out, having fun, and not getting stuck in relationships. That mentality would have gotten me very bored and to a very dead end if it hadn’t had been stopped on its track mid-October when I got into a serious relationship with my boyfriend. We were both not looking for anyone which I think is exactly the way love is supposed to happen. You never know what you’re missing until you actually have it. I’m not telling you to go look for love, heck, have all the fun you want, but once it arrives, even if it arrives a little bit sooner than you expected, do not turn it away. You never know how great it will be until you actually experience it.

03. Be international. So, I might be a little bit biased because Boston University is one of the most diverse schools in the US. But meeting people from all over the world is truly one of the most enlightening experiences ever. I have Italian friends, Asian friends, Hispanic friends, and, to say the least, my boyfriend is Armenian but he was born in Ukraine and speaks Russian (and three other languages, total). Talk about diverse! In the small world that is college, you truly cannot afford to NOT get to know all these amazing cultures.

04. Get everything that is free. I cannot stress this enough, you truly don’t know how absolutely broke you are until you have to pay for everything! From the T to my mid-day snack, I feel like I blow off around $100 weekly. Believe it or not, many student activities have free stuff and swag that can save you a ton of money. BU students have free access to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and I have been there so many times to see all the great exhibitions. I am paying big bucks to go to this university so I’m always the one to make the most of it.

05. HAVE FUN. College has been one of the best experiences of my life. Although my Freshman year was tainted by unfortunate family situations, it was still the best year of my life. I wish I could stay in college forever. I loved taking classes that helped me further discover and explore what I was really interested in and I’ve met some pretty awesome people. I am not into that big party scene right now but I still go out sometimes and have fun with my friends. It’s not all about binge-drinking and doing other stuff. You’ll be surprised to discover all the ways you can have fun at college.

Much love, Patricia

Summer Season Means Swimsuit Season

Being raised in PR all my life, it was always swimsuit season for me. However, having lived in Boston for the past 9 months really put life into perspective. I have a new-found appreciation for the sun and the heat. And what better way to celebrate that it’s going to officially (finally) be Summer in two days? Getting new swimsuits, of course! I have explored the web-verse to bring you the best swimsuits out there for every shape and size.


Nothing celebrates swimsuit season more than bright colors and a fun print. This Betsey Johnson set is a fantastic way to say hello during the summer. The skirted bottom, especially, is extra awesome for those girls who have a perkier butt and want some cover up.


For girls who have a smaller bust, a bandeu is a must. This one from Aerie has extra cute detail to make the bust area look fuller.


 I know that for curvy girls, it’s sometimes a complete struggle to find swimsuits that will not make you look frumpy. This one from DKNY provides the best coverage while still being sexy. The V neckline and rouching enable curvy girls to embrace and show off their feminine curves instead of hiding them. Hey, be proud! And if you got it, flaunt it.


I am in love with this Topshop swimsuit. The print and the color are awesome against a tan. Also, the hip-hugging bands that sit really high on the hips enables those with more athletic bodies to show off those strong legs. And the triangle top shows off those awesome shoulders while still keeping everything in.


Speaking of keeping everything in, This awesome suit from Victoria’s Secret is great for those who have a fuller bust. The cool tank-like top will keep the girls in place while still making them pop and look sexy with the beading along the top.

My philosphy is, there’s not any excuse to NOT rock out a swimsuit. There’s a swimsuit out there for every body type. And we all have to remember, the best accessory is CONFIDENCE. So wear it proud!

Summer Reading List

Summer, to me, is the perfect season to catch up with my reading list. This year, my freshman year of college, I highly overestimated my free time. I brought all my favorite books from home and got to read at most one and a half. Now that I’m working but have plenty more free time and less responsibilities in my hand, I plan to read some really good books. Here are some of the ones I’m planning to read:

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Coffee Shop Outing

So, right next to where I’m staying (near BC and the B line), there’s this cute little coffee shop called Fuel America. The coffee shop features comfortable, rustic-type seating, original coffee blends, food, and free WiFi. Since my apartment doesn’t let my computer connect to the WiFi, this is definitely an awesome find. I like sitting there for hours catching up with my inter-world and sipping some iced coffee. I’ve only been there a couple of times but I feel this is going to be my common outing on Mondays and Tuesdays when I don’t have work (or money to go anywhere, really).