The Ultimate Roadtrip Playlist

I recently compiled a huge playlist full of music I love listening to in the car. Everything from the windows-down-sing-your-heart-out kinda music and music from every genre you can think of. Fun fact about me; I listen to a wide range of different music, but you gotta keep things interesting, right? I guess I just need to show you what I mean… so without further ado, here are 50 songs I love to jam to in the car.

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  1. Bailame – Alex Sensation
  2. Poison – Alice Cooper
  3. Tough Times Don’t Last – Bad English
  4. Price of Love – Bad English
  5. Welcome to the Future – Brad Paisley
  6. Online – Brad Paisley
  7. Mud on the Tires – Brad Paisley
  8. #Twerkit – Busta Rhymes and Nicki Minaj
  9. Sweetie Little Jean – Cage the Elephant
  10. Canadian Girls – Dean Brody
  11. Let’s Go – Def Leppard
  12. Bailar – Deorro and Elvis Crespo
  13. Wild Thoughts – DJ Khaled and Rihanna
  14. The Boys of Summer – Don Henley
  15. Danza Kuduro – Don Omar and Lucenzo
  16. I Need a Doctor – Dr. Dre and Eminem
  17. The State of Massachusetts – Dropkick Murphy’s
  18. I’m Shipping Up to Boston – Dropkick Murphy’s
  19. First Class Loser – Dropkick Murphy’s
  20. Burning Love – Elvis Presley
  21. Subeme la Radio – Enrique Iglesias
  22. La Gozadera – Gente de Zona
  23. Algo Contigo – Gente de Zona
  24. Swalla – Jason Derulo and Nicki Minaj
  25. Dirt Off Your Shoulder – Jay Z
  26. No Church in the Wild – Kanye West and Jay Z
  27. Numb/Encore – Jay Z and Linkin Park
  28. BodyBounce – Kardinal Offishall and Akon
  29. Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
  30. Jump -Kris Kross
  31. Shawty Get Loose – Lil Mama and Chris Brown
  32. Secret Love Song – Little Mix
  33. Leavin You – Lost in Japan
  34. How Low – Ludacris
  35. I Don’t Want This Night to End – Luke Bryan
  36. California Dreamin’ – The Mamas & The Papas
  37. LA Devotee – Panic! At the Disco
  38. Talk Dirty to Me – Posion
  39. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
  40. Shoop – Salt-N-Pepa
  41. I’m Gonna Getcha Good – Shania Twain
  42. Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-A-Lot
  43. Home for a Rest – Spirit of the West
  44. Africa – Toto
  45. One Night in Bangkok – Murray Head
  46. Life is a Highway – Rascal Flatts
  47. Footloose – Kenny Loggins
  48. Mighty Wings – Cheap Trick
  49. Vacaciones – Wisin
  50. Starstrukk – 3OH!3

 

Are any of these on your own playlist? Let me know in the comments!

x Emma

The 25 Wardrobe Essentials Every Girl Needs in College

The first thing I noticed when I started university was that every girl had the same staple pieces in their wardrobe. Even though there were 1000+ different outfits I’d seen on campus that day, there were always some common pieces that I’d see again and again. The “college girl” vibe is the perfect mix of put together and casually effortless, and it’s something that every girl wants to achieve.

Because the school year takes place during the fall and winter months, layering is a really common trend among students. I love layering, simply because you can make so many different combinations with just a few pieces… and that’s something my wallet really appreciates.

This list of essentials will not only help you look good, but it’ll also minimize the amount of clothing you have to pack with you when you move away (if you haven’t already)!

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  1. A jean jacket
  2. A fall jacket
  3. A “going out” jacket (mine is leather!)
  4. A vest…definitely something to wear when it starts to get chilly, but you don’t want to break out a coat just yet!
  5. A flannel shirt
  6. A chambray shirt
  7. Black leggings (lululemon is the usual suspect here, but any brand works!)
  8. Your school sweater (gotta represent!)
  9. Knit cardigan
  10. Work socks
  11. Sweatpants!
  12. Light and dark jeans
  13. Slip-ons/slides/flats
  14. Boots (I highly recommend Blundstones. Those babies have lasted me a long time)
  15. Rubber boots
  16. A cute pair of sunglasses
  17. Basic tees/tanks (solid colours, like white and black)
  18. T-Shirt dress
  19. Baseball cap, for those bad hair days… am I right, ladies?
  20. A bodysuit
  21. Mini skirt
  22. Jewelry!!
  23. Blanket scarf
  24. A poncho (it’s not as lame as you think, they’re actually super cute)
  25. And finally, a cute book bag to carry everything around

 

If you have certain pieces you can’t live without, leave them in the comments!

x Emma

Summer Prep for a Stellar School Year

August is here, guys! This is insane…

If I’m being totally honest, I’m ready to go back to school. Four months of summer is enough to drive me insane… I feel like I need to be back in the library with my face buried in a textbook. I already know that once the semester actually starts that I’ll be cursing my education every time I have to get out of bed (7AM… ouch.) but for now I’m just so excited to get everything organized for the upcoming year. Since we’re in the last month of summer, it’s time to start preparing for the inevitable… whether you’re a returning uni student or entering your first year, here are 5 ways to make sure that you start your year off on the right foot.

Summer Prep for a Stellar School Year!

How to prep for university, and the things you need to start the school year off right!

1. Choose your courses!

This one seems obvious, but it’s definitely something that gets me excited for a new semester. Choosing courses that interest you, and that are mandatory (ugh) can take some time, and a lot of thought. I like to make a lists, and lots of them, and this is the perfect opportunity to satisfy those habits. I start by writing down every course that I need as well as any other courses I’m interested in, and their times. This is so that I can make sure that I cover all of my required courses first, and with the electives I have left over, I can find some that fit nicely into my schedule. Once you have your first semester laid out, it’s easier to start planning for the next semester!

2. Go out and buy your supplies!

This is hands down my favourite part. Once I have my schedule set, I can start organizing the things I’ll need to get through the semester. Call me a nerd, but shopping for notebooks and highlighters is actually really, really fun. Here are the things that I need to start my semester off right:

  1. A planner: this stays in my bag 24/7 so that I can write down any due dates or important assignments, as well as office hours and other things I’ll probably forget
  2. Notebooks: one for every class. I always hand write my notes, I find that typing is easily distracting and I’m not as fast on the keyboard as I am on paper
  3. Pens: I need at least four different colours. BONUS if you can find one that has all of them built into one pen
  4. Highlighters. Lots of them.
  5. A calculator
  6. A ruler (even if its just a small one)
  7. A printer
  8. My laptop, duh.
  9. A pencil case
  10. Index cards and post-its
  11. A water bottle: gotta stay hydrated
  12. A travel mug: gotta stay caffeinated
  13. Headphones
  14. Charging cord/Portable charger: I have classes in a few buildings that are so old they don’t have accessible outlets, which means there’s a 150% chance my phone will die. Murphy’s law.
  15. An I.D holder: if your school is anything like mine, you’ll be using your student I.D for a lot of things. Instead of constantly having to fish through your bag to find your wallet and card, try to find a keychain that acts as an I.D holder so that you’ll always have it quickly at your disposal. BONUS if your school gives these to you for free (holla!)

3. Research your textbooks… but don’t buy them just yet!

Textbooks are easily the most stressful and expensive part of this process. My textbook experience has been an interesting one, so take my mistakes and learn from them! Step one is to find which textbooks you’ll need for your classes. This is typically based on the previous year(s) of the course. If they have used the same book over and over, you should be safe. Sometimes they make changes to the books every once in a while and that means that buying last year’s book isn’t an option, so be careful. Make a list of everything you think you’ll need and scour different Facebook groups or resale websites for used books. This is significantly cheaper than dropping $200+ on a brand new book. Bookmark these ads and wait until your first week of classes. Syllabus week is when the profs will tell you FOR SURE which books are being used in the course, and voila. You can officially start buying your textbooks. Find those deals, girl!

4. Fix your sleep schedule!

I haven’t gone to bed before 1:30AM at all this summer, and if I’m going to roll out of bed for an 8AM class, I better be well rested. August is the perfect time to get your sleep back in order. Start going to bed a little earlier and set an alarm to wake up before noon. Throughout the month, try to wake up a little earlier every day until you can get up and not hate yourself in the morning. If you’re still tired after that, you have all the time in the world to take naps after classes (or if you’re anything like me, you can always take a little 20 minute snooze in the lounge between classes). This is the task I have the hardest time with, and so this year I’ll be trying extra hard to wake up early to prep myself for what this semester has in store for me!

5. Plan your meals!

The freshman 15 is real, and it’s hard on your wallet. Even though I lived at home, I was at the University 23 hours a day, which meant that I was buying food on campus all the time. I ate mashed potatoes 3x a day because they were super cheap (and damn delicious), but this drained my bank account quickly and half the time, the food was mediocre at best. This year, I want to try something a little different; planning my meals ahead of time and pre-packaging them for grab-and-go days. Pinterest is always the way to go for these ideas, and my favourites idea so far is the “mason jar meals”. You can find a ton of recipes on my Munchies boards here. With this comes my resolution to hit the gym a lot more, but that’s a post for another day. Basically, by prepping my food for the week on Sunday, I’ll have something healthy and delicious with me at all times for a fraction of the cost! If I can save money on campus food, I’ll be able to use it for something else (like next semester’s tuition, yuck).

 

If you think of any other tips for smooth sailing into a new school year, leave them in the comments!

~Emma x

My Weekend in Tobermory

I think it took a total of 30 seconds for me to fall in love with this place.

Tobermory is the cutest little town on a marina in the Bruce Peninsula of Ontario, and let me tell ya; it’s my own little slice of heaven. I’m a small-town girl… always have been, always will be, so this place was perfect. I would move there in a heartbeat (…I’ve always wanted to live on a boat…).

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The minute we arrived, we checked into the motel and dropped off our bags. The Bruce Anchor Motel has to be the nicest motel I have ever stayed in, hands down. Between our king sized bed and jacuzzi tub, my trip was already made.

After picking up some groceries, we explored the town a little. Everything is built around the harbour, so the view is spectacular no matter where you stand. Dinner was tough, since there is no shortage of places to eat (and this gal likes to eat), and so after some serious debating, we ordered two pizzas from Della Rocca; one for me and one for my boyfriend Liam (we have different tastes, and I hate sharing). We ate the pizzas in our bed whilst watching the food network. What more could I ask for?

Day two was action packed with adventure. We took a jet boat over to the Fathom Five National Marine Park (a.k.a Flowerpot Island). The boat tour took us around the harbour, and over two different shipwrecks before dropping us off. We spent the afternoon hiking around. I can’t get over how blue the water was! Like I’m talking crystal clear and turquoise blue. It was incredible.

It was hard to go back to work today, after such an amazing time away… even if it was just for a couple of days. I was spoiled this weekend; even considered quitting my job so I could feel this relaxed like this all the time… just kidding. Now’s the time where I want to thank my amazing boyfriend for all of the thought and effort he put into this trip… you da bomb, boo.

It’s getting late… time to peel this charcoal mask off without crying and get some sleep. Tomorrow’s a new day (and a new shift, ugh). Sleep tight.

~Em.

 

 

Roundup: Travel Destinations

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how much of the world I have yet to see. Having only seen a very small percentage of whats out there really forces you to put things into perspective, right? This world is so large, but I am determined to dedicate my life to seeing as much of it as I can. Here’s a roundup of 50 countries and/or islands I dream of travelling to at some point in my lifetime;

  1. Peru
  2. Jordan
  3. Mongolia
  4. Cambodia
  5. Ascension Island
  6. Easter Island
  7. Chile
  8. Dubai
  9. Nepal
  10. Philippines
  11. Greece
  12. Croatia
  13. Iceland
  14. Thailand
  15. Abu Dhabi
  16. Italy
  17. Finland
  18. Sri Lanka
  19. Egypt
  20. Ecuador
  21. Wales
  22. Australia
  23. Tasmania
  24. Fiji
  25. Bora Bora
  26. Portugal
  27. Brazil
  28. Russia
  29. Germany
  30. Scotland
  31. Ireland
  32. India
  33. Spain
  34. Morocco
  35. Madagascar
  36. Kenya
  37. Japan
  38. China
  39. Greenland
  40. Antarctica
  41. Mongolia
  42. Serbia
  43. Puerto Rico
  44. Lebanon
  45. Guatemala
  46. Indonesia
  47. Turkey
  48. Israel
  49. Poland
  50. Czech Republic

*These aren’t in any special order, they were just the first ones to come to mind.

Its 4 AM. Making lists helps me put my mind at ease. Thanks for listening. You rock.

E.

What’s New?

Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians, 4th of July to any of you Americans, and last but not least, happy belated birthday to me! Yay!

I haven’t felt very inspired lately, hence the lack of content, however considering it’s my day off and the sun is shining, I thought I should try to post something.

Today I have been nothing short of productive. That is a lie. It’s 4:45pm and I’m still in bed. HOWEVER, I did do a little online shopping from the comfort of my own sheets, thanks to the Black Friday Sale happening at Forever 21 right now. I fell in love with these retro sunnies immediately after stumbling across them on the site. I also snagged these slides for a steal (they actually came in my size). Lastly, I found the most adorable sailor jeans here for a crazy low price of $9. Score? I’d say so.

On another note, I’m in dire need of a haircut. What with the weather and my job, my hair is always getting in the way. I’ve been Pinterest-ing the hell out of some inspiration for a new cut and possible colour; you can find all of my ideas on my beauty board here. I desperately want bangs, but am so nervous about whether or not I could actually pull them off.

Okay, time to get out of bed. Maybe I’ll get a little bit of sketching in, who knows?

Hasta Luego!

Em.