Crazy Bell Sleeves

         A couple weeks ago I was going down the escalator in Lord & Taylor and this dress caught my eye from afar. After retrieving it from the rack and trying it on in the dressing room it was very clear that it had to come home with me! I was a tad bit nervous prior to trying it on because the sleeves were slightly intimidating to me. I have plenty of things with a bell sleeve in my closet, but none quite compare to this one. I was super happy when they weren't as wide as I thought they may be!
       I kid you not today is one of the first warm days I have experienced in 2018 and I'm getting such an itch to start wearing all of the dresses I have hanging in my closet. Am I the only one who feels like they always randomly need a dress for an event once the weather gets warm? I feel like a couple things come up every spring for me and I'm usually not very prepared. That's why in the more recent times if I find a dress like this, I buy it! I know it will get to be worn to some sort of fun event this spring or even the track this summer.

Do you remember this clutch? I also had it in a blog post from about a month ago but I had it as a crossbody. The straps are removable to make this a clutch as well. It doesn't get more versatile than that in my book! The light pink color of it is so fun too and happens to be one of my favorite colors.

      I lost track of how many posts I've worn these earrings in a long time ago. I bought these before I ever bought Lisi Lerch earrings to see how much I would really wear them before making such a large investment in earrings. A couple of my friends have these in various colors, I wish I could collect them all!

 Just happy to be here!! Honestly couldn't stop smiling when I was taking these pictures because for the first time in a while I wasn't absolutely freezing. Not covered in goosebumps? A rare sight! I'm always cold and under a blanket so when I'm finally warm that's how you really know that it's nice out.

How To Get A's On All Your Finals

      I hate to start this off on a disappointing note, but this shirt has sold out. Creating blog posts on outfits can get really difficult since things sell out so fast because stores turn there inventory basically every couple of weeks. Since I already took pictures of this outfit and everything else I'm wearing is still available I decided to still go ahead and post it for you all. Instead of linking this sold out shirt I found a handful of other eyelet shirts that I'm loving. I think eyelet is so beautiful and perfect for spring and summer!
       Since I felt like I couldn't fully deliver on this outfit post and why not? I'm including some of my best tips for tackling finals week. Last semester I didn't have a final in all my classes because in some I had an essay instead or something else in its place. This semester I didn't get quite as lucky so I am getting ready to prepare for five final tests and two final papers. Keep scrolling to see my top five tips!

1. Write down your grade goals- Before ANY of this you should get a piece of paper out and write down your goals. Now, of course, we all want A's on our tests but it is also key that you're realistic about these goals. Knowing you have a goal to hit rather just wanting to do "good" puts it all in perspective. I like to put this on a sticky note and hang it near my desk so I see it every day. You obviously aren't going to get that A if you skip studying that day so it will help keep you accountable.

2. Outlines & Flashcards- Depending on how much time I have to prepare for my tests I will make one or both of these. I make outlines by going through my notes, powerpoints posted online and the textbook. It really helps just to go through all the information that's going to be on the test and I feel like I retain a lot of information from doing this. After making an outline I usually use it to make flashcards. If I only have time to make one of these I always go with the flashcards. I usually quiz myself a couple times a day on these and whatever ones I don't know will be in my backpack or pocket for me to learn during the day.

3. Know when to give it a rest- I think we all get to a certain point where our brain is just fried and we aren't learning any more from our studying. I used to just try and ignore this so I could push through and learn more. No surprise here that this was not an effective tactic. If this happens to me during the day I like to go and take a break by doing some sort of cardio. This really gets my mind off it all and I actually find I feel more recharged after the fact. If it is at night I will probably just go to bed and wake up a little earlier in the morning to look it all over.

4. Utilize your planner- I could not be more attached to my planner all year round but it plays a special role in helping out around the time of finals. Before finals weeks even begins I go through and add when I have tests and papers due on the monthly calendar. Then, I flip to where it has my pages for each day (or the weekly spread most likely if you don't have a day designer). On my daily pages (like 2 or 3 weeks before) I write down how many days I have until each test. For example today in my notes section it said: 14 days until fashion paper is due, 15 days to geography final, 19 days to fashion final, etc. I almost feel like I have someone nagging me about all my tests every day when I see this, but sometimes that's just what you need!
        In my planner, it also breaks every day into the hours so you can schedule when you're doing what. I have found this section even more helpful since I've started college since I have so much less time in class and had to learn how to budget my time. What I do with this is write down when I am going to study what during each day. Now, this isn't a super strict thing that I make myself stress out over, but everything is just more likely to get done. Shop my planner HERE and get a free printable of my daily planning sheet HERE!

5. Talk to your professors- This can be on so many topics! If you're in a huge lecture hall there's a good chance your professor doesn't even know who you are. I'm not saying you'll automatically get a good grade but look at it from the perspective of the professor it makes sense. It probably makes it even easier for a teacher to grade your test or paper if they know who you are you (especially if you answer questions in class and look like you know your stuff!). I also really like to go to my teachers that assign final papers and see if they will read them before the due dates. Probably half of my professors will read a draft if I get it to them a week before the due date. And lastly, it just shows you care! I've definitely had a grade rounded up here and there because my professors knew I genuinely care and tried my best.

April Showers Bring May Flowers

        "April showers bring May flowers." There have certainly been showers lately, but much to my dismay they have mostly been snow showers. But, I knew I had to share an outfit with you all that is perfect for all those rainy days ahead. This striped rain coat is so unique and would be the perfect addition to your closet this spring. For around the past year, I've really found myself gravitating towards longer coats like this one. When you add it to your existing outfit I think it has a much more put together look, without the extra effort! I see this jacket being worn during finals week for me so I can add some brightness to that dreadful time!
      Other than this new coat, of course, everything in this outfit was things that I already own. I've really been focusing on purchasing good quality, essential pieces that I can use in endless outfits by just building off of them. Does that make sense? Haha! I think I'm going to write a whole blog post for you guys on this concept and what has really inspired this whole change.    

       I love the pinstripe details on the hood of this coat! If you wear the coat unzipped or have your hood up you can see them the best. It also happened to match my shirt which I didn't realize until right before I went to take these pictures.

        At this point, I'm not going to bore you by going on and on about my Hunter boots. Only thing I will say is how much they have gotten their money's worth, especially in the spring time!

         This was just a nice casual outfit for me so I stuck with my favorite accessories. First, is my sunglasses! If you were to ask me a couple of years ago how I feel about Ray Bans I would have probably told you that you were crazy if you thought I'd spend that much money on a pair for sunglasses. I used to be known for losing or sitting on my sunglasses way too often then I'd like to admit. I'm certainly changed now and these classic aviators are my babies!
        I love the way this KJP bracelet looks with my Daniel Wellington watch and I often find myself wearing them together. The gold on both looks perfect as a pair!

        I have found myself gravitating more towards my 1/2 inch to 1-inch curling wand lately instead of my 1 inch. I've had my wand for the past 4 years and it is still working great (not to mention it's just $20!). When I use the smaller wand I'm able to curl my hair in less than ten minutes. I use decent size pieces and hold them around the barrel for just 5 seconds. Afterward, I spray with hairspray, flip my hair once or twice and comb through with a wide tooth come. Voila, perfect curly hair in just 8 minutes!

Bloomingdale's Friends & Family Sale

Hi everyone! The Bloomingdale's friends and family sale is here! Which means you get 25% off everything and it will automatically be applied to your cart during checkout. If you're a Bloomingdale's loyalist I have even more good news... you get $25 reward card for every $100 that you spend (5,000 power points).

Rather then just a round up of my pieces I thought it would be a fun idea to create some outfits. I have outfits for every occasion from weddings to athleisure. I also made sure that every pieces included in these outfits are all under $100 (even before the 25% off!).

If you guys buy anything from the sale I would love to know what you got. As always the links for everything will be underneath each photo and at the end I just have some random other things that I liked, but didn't make it into one of the outfits. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment or direct message me on Instagram!

Scallops and Penny Loafers

       I'm so excited to share this blog post with you all since it's one of my favorite outfits I've put together in a long time. When I think of spring outfits, layers is the first thing that comes to mind for me. Those cold mornings and hot afternoons make it really hard to pick outfits out. A lot of times I have at least one piece of clothing in my outfits that are bright/colorful, but for this one, I kept it pretty neutral. My thought behind this was that it felt a bit more versatile this way. When it actually starts to get warmer out and the flowers are in bloom I think I'll replace this top with the same thing but a brighter color light yellow or pink.

       If you follow me on Instagram (which you totally should! @morganroseblog), then you've definitely seen this watch a couple times by now. To be completely transparent, I got this watch sent to me about a month ago for a sponsored Instagram post, but I loved it even more than I expected. I've been wearing it a couple times every week because it's just so versatile. I always feel like a watch can really tie a whole outfit together and it always makes me feel so put together. I'm thinking I'm going to get a colorful band for the summer. What color do you guys think I should get?

       If you untie this bandana it's a super pretty print of all kinds of things from London. As of right now I actually have it tied around the handle of my purse and it'll probably remain there until I wear it again! J. Crew Factory also has one very similar to this except it's all kinds of things from NYC. I think I'm going to get that one next and it's actually on sale right now for $4, so I will link that HERE for you all to shop.

        I'm wearing this shirt in an XS and it fits me perfectly. If you ever worry about the shoulder straps on shirts, this would be great for you because it also has adjustable shoulder straps. The top has a subtle, hammered texture which is great for dressing it up.

        What do you guys think about a hair tutorial on these curls? I feel like I've finally perfected the curls I am going for and nailed down the perfect products as well.