A Day in My Life : NYC Internship

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Long time, no blog post! Between finals and picking up a summer internship, I have been all over the map. I am certainly not completely adjusted to being home, but I am just about there.

This summer I have been fortunate enough to take on an internship position at LOFT corporate offices in NYC. My key to taking on an internship is NETWORKING. By making good connections, you can land an internship somewhere that you truly have an interest and passion in!

My day-to-day includes commuting to NYC, Monday through Friday. I would not have it any other way. I have been to many places around the world, however, this place is where my heart lies. I know the moment I walk into Grand Central, I am ready to take on my day.

Without further or do, let’s get started!

6:00 AM – This is when I wake up. The sound of my alarm going off, is probably one of the worst parts of my day! I think to myself, can’t I just sleep in a little bit later?  But I know if I do not get up, I will miss my train.

7:00 AM – 7:20 AM – This is the time I usually hop on my train. Some days I catch an earlier one, other times I catch a later one. Usually I decide what train I want to get on based if I want to take my time and walk around before I get to the office.

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM – This is when my train finally gets in. Getting off the train, without getting wacked by someones purse is actually an accomplishment. NYC is crowded, my best advice is to KEEP WALKING.

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM- I work till 12 and then usually take a break for lunch. I am not a heavy lunch eater. So usually I pack some fruit, overnight oats or I run out to get a coffee! Some awesome places are Zaro’s, Joe & The Juice, and Joe Coffee!

12:30 PM – 5:00 PM – This is when I crank out the last of my work. Schedule interviews, maybe sit in on a meeting, and double-check that I did everything I needed to get done!

5:00 PM – TIME TO GO HOME! I love my internship, but nothing is better than when it hits 5:00 PM. By this point I am exhausted and start heading back to Grand Central to catch my train home.

This is my life Monday-Friday. Commuting is tiring, but I would not trade this experience for anything else.

So happy to be back and blogging! Happy Tuesday everyone 🙂

XO Taylor<3

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10 Things I Learned my Freshman Year of College

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As my freshman year of college is coming to an end, I thought I would make a post on some of the things I have learned within the past year.

So….without further or due, lets begin!

  1. It really does go as fast as everyone says : Take advantage of every second you have and go outside of your comfort zone. Move in day seemed like just yesterday , but move out day is just around the corner.
  2. You will meet your best friends, but it takes time : Everyone wants to meet their best friends within the first week of being at school. However, the actuality of that actually happening is so slim. You will eventually find your people. 
  3. First semester makes it seem like college will be an easy ride: Not going to lie, second semester made me realize that my major was harder than it seemed. 
  4. Having neighbors is one of my favorite things:  Of course there are people who stick to themselves, but I have found that forming as many bonds as I can with people on my floor has made me love this school even more.
  5. I brought way too many clothes to college: Lets face is, you wear workout clothes Monday-Friday.
  6. Joining Sigma Kappa is one of the best decisions I ever made: I knew I always wanted to join a sorority, but I also had doubts it wasn’t for me. Joining a sorority on a bigger campus, especially being from out-of-state, has only made me make more friends and has allowed me to go out of my comfort zone. 
  7. My dorm room is one of my favorite places: It literally is what you will call home 
  8. I have microwaved too many potatoes for dinner: Dining halls really do get old.
  9. Doing laundry is the worst: Don’t lie, you take at least one pair of leggings out of your laundry basket each week.
  10. It is what you make of it: Always take risks, go outside the box and follow your heart ❤

I hope you guys enjoyed this post…

Till next time,

XOXO Taylor<3

My Top 5 Beauty Essentials

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Hey guys,

This week I am going to talk about my favorite beauty essentials. My beauty essentials are what are most important to my beauty regimen on a daily basis. I hope you keep on reading and find this post informative 🙂

Lets Get Started!

  1. Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes – Even if I do not have a full face of makeup on, I always use my makeup wipes to take off what I put on my face throughout the day. Not only do they do a good job at taking the day away, but they are gentle on my sensitive skin.
  2. Better Than Sex Mascara –  I love wearing a little bit of mascara during the day. Even if I only wear mascara, it makes a big difference. Sometimes it is the littlest things that make you seem more put together. I have tried a lot of mascara’s, but this mascara by Too Faced, is #1 in my book.
  3. Batiste Dry Shampoo – This product is more recent, but I tend to straighten my hair a good amount and I am also very physically active. Personally, I do not have time to straighten my hair more than 2x per week. I swear, this dry shampoo is magical and affordable! I can come back from the gym looking like I have the greasiest hair, spray some of this stuff in it, and you would never know that I just came back from an hour workout.
  4. Luminess Air Silk and Smooth Hair Removal – If you hate hair this is the product for you. This product removes hair on your face without it growing back darker! If I didn’t have a lot of hair, I wouldn’t invest in this product. However, if you are like me and looking for something that works…. THIS IS FOR YOU.
  5. Anastasia Contour Kit – Personally I use this kit on a day-to-day basis. I love having color on my face and this thing does the job. If you are looking for a quality contour kit, I highly recommend this.

I hope you guys enjoy, till next time!

XOXO Taylor<3

My Daily Workout Routine

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I am so happy to be back this week and writing about something I love. Working out is not only something that I enjoy, but it is also a major stress reliever for me. Personally, I am the type of person who needs to workout, because my body type can very easily become out of shape when not doing any physical exercise. Some of you reading this might be thinking to yourself, why am I taking workout advice from Taylor? I am certainly not a fitness expert, however, I have managed to change my whole entire mentality around over the past 9 months.

By the end of senior year I had gained a lot of weight. This mostly came from not working out as much as I should have, eating and drinking the wrong things, going out to eat a lot with friends and I kind of stopped caring. Two months before college rolled around, I had managed to lose around 20 pounds and lose a huge percentage of my body fat. For me it is not so much about losing the weight anymore, it is about maintaining my weight and becoming more toned and strong.

If you are looking to become more physically active, want to learn something new, or just curious, then keep on reading!

Lets Get Started ( M,W,F) : I do BBG 3x a week. Bikini Body Guide is a book written by Kayla Itsines. It is a 12 week program that you can do multiple times. I highly recommend it for people who like cardio based workouts.

  1. I aways do some type of cardio for about 30 minutes. Usually I run on the track, walk incline on the treadmill, or use the elliptical.
  2. After I am done with that, I walk for about 5 minutes. The reason I walk after my run is so I get a chance to cool down, before jumping right into my BBG workout.
  3. BBG circuit – The BBG circuit gets harder as the weeks go by. Currently I am on Week 10 and already see a tremendous difference in my strength. For example, I am able to do more burpees and more push ups, without having to stop as much. There is a series of 8 different circuits, with a certain amount of reps. Personally I really enjoy the program. I will link Kayla Itsines’ page down below, incase you want to check out the workout books and plans she offers 🙂

https://www.kaylaitsines.com/collections/guides

On days that I do not do BBG ( Tuesday, Thursday) , I still do the same amount of cardio.  Instead I will use more weights and machines. The reason I do this , is because I like to change it up. I used to be so scared to use the machines, because I had no clue what I was doing. Eventually, I kind of eased into trying certain machines and finding the ones that I like. Even now I still get hesitant, however, it gets better with time.

I hope you guys enjoyed this blog post. Definetly checkout the link I shared above. Another thing I sometimes do, is save my favorite Instagram workout videos that I find. There are some really awesome fitness people you can follow on social media now. Sometimes watching their short workout videos will give you another thing to incorporate in your workout  🙂

Till next time,

XOXO Taylor ❤

5 Tips to Staying Healthy at College

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Hey guys,

This week I am going to give you guys some tips and tricks, to keeping your diet on track while being at college. I thought it would be a good idea to write about this, because one of my worst fears when going off to college this year, was gaining the freshman 15! Now that my freshman year is starting to wind down, I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the ways I have maintained the same weight while being at school.

Stay Balanced – Staying balanced is important. If you constantly deprive yourself of the food you want, you will end up binge eating. Personally, I have been guilty of this before. It has taken some time, but I have learned that as long as I am nourishing my body properly a majority of the time, it is totally okay to have a cookie or two when I want it. Allow yourself to have a sweet tooth, it is natural.

Hydrate  I always carry a water bottle with me. Personally I like to drink around 3 liters of water a day. Three liters is equivalent to 8 cups! Drinking water will allow your body to get rid of toxins and it will also speed up your metabolism.

Stop eating by 8:00 PM  This rule applies for me most nights of the week, not so much on the weekends. I find that when I stop eating at 8:00 PM, I am allowing my body to digest all of the food I ate that day. When I wake up the next morning, usually around 10:00 AM, my body isn’t bloated and I am able to start my day feeling good.

Stay Active – I find that a lot of people use the, “I am too busy” excuse, as a way to avoid the gym. It is normal to have double the amount of school work you ever had in high school, while being at college. However,  I try my best to get to the gym 4-5 times a week. Even if my day is jam-packed, I try to get to the gym for atleast 40-45 minutes! If you don’t like the gym, take a walk around campus for an hour. The more active you are, the more calories you will burn and you will also produce more endorphins 🙂

Drink Lower Calorie Drinks – This statement is pretty self-explanatory. If you drink higher calorie drinks or drink things contain more carbs… you might notice a fluctuation in your weight.

I hope you guys enjoyed this weeks post. Sorry it went up so late! These are a few of my tips and tricks….

Till next Tuesday,

XOXO Taylor

 

A Day In My Life: NYC Edition

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You can take the girl out of New York, but you cannot take the New Yorker out of the girl.

The city is one of my favorite places to be. In fact, I think it is probably my favorite place in the world. Despite having traveled around beautiful countries in Europe and to some Caribbean islands, I always find myself the most at home, the moment I step off the train and onto the platform at Grand Central Station. I believe this feeling might generate from my whole entire family originally being from New York, including myself. With that said, there is an unexplainable feeling I get when I am in the city, that feeling is something I  have really never experienced anywhere else.

So, now it’s time for you to follow me around Downtown Manhattan. My personal favorite place… Soho!

First Stop: Grand Central Station

In order to actually get to the city, you will need to take the train, or you can drive. Personally,  I like to take the train, I feel like it is apart of the experience. Sure it gets crowded, but that is NYC for you. Think of the train ride as preparation for the subway, or even the sidewalks. Even if you have seen Grand Central Station 1,000 times, you will still be mesmerized by the beauty inside every time. You will always someone taking a picture, and a picture being ruined by someone walking through it. Anyways, first stop…. Grand Central! Grand central

Second Stop: Westbourne 

The beauty about New York City is that there is always somewhere you can go to get some pretty good food. I feel like I normally stick to the same old places, that are still pretty good, but this time I wanted to try something new. Plus, I was with two of my best friends and by the time we took the 6 train from Grand Central, to Bleeker St. , in Soho, they were getting really hungry. We walked around for a little bit, until we found a LA – inspired cafe, that sits right on Sullivan St. I highly recommend, plus, it happened to be a vegetarian restaurant too… a perk for some people!

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Third Stop: Eden Fine Art Gallery & Kate Spade 

I am not a huge art gallery person, but one thing I really enjoy about Eden Fine Art Gallery is that everything that is in there is always vibrant and fun. I was not allowed to take pictures inside, so I took what I could from the outside. The pictures will speak for themselves!

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We also passed a Kate Spade store, so why not go in? Balling on a budget is my life story, along with majority of other college students in this world. Although I did not buy anything, I did look and dream that my closet one day look like the store itself!

kate spade nyc soho

Fourth Stop: Georgetown Cupcake & Cafe Aroma

Cupcakes aren’t something I normally crave, but something about Georgetown Cupcakes I tell you! If you know me, you know that if it involves peanut butter, I like it. I went with the peanut butter, chocolate chip swirl cupcake. Peanut butter + chocolate… I think YES!

After Georgetown cupcakes, my friend Rachel insisted we try Cafe Aroma. I had never been to Cafe Aroma before and neither had she, but she saw on a sign outside that they had blended iced coffee. The words “iced coffee”, are music to my ears. Blended or not, we had to go in. Rachel has tried blended iced coffee before, I had no clue what it was. All you need to know about blended iced coffee is that you need to try it.

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Final Stop: 9/11 Memorial

I had never been to the 9/11 memorial before and while Rachel was in town from Cleveland,  it was a must see on her bucket list. It has been on my bucket list too, I just had never gotten the chance to go and see it yet. My other bff Meg showed us around the memorial, since she had been before. The memorial itself is truly beautiful. Although the memorial represents a devastating time in history, I do not want to end my blog post on a sad note. However, if you ever get the chance to go, you should!

I hope you guys enjoyed “following me around” Soho! My friends and I had an amazing time.

Till next time….

XO Taylor<3

Spring Break Travel Diary : Cleveland, Ohio

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I started off my week-long spring break, by taking a trip to Cleveland, Ohio, with two of my all time best friends, Meg and Rachel. Meg and I are both from Fairfield, Connecticut,  so Rachel wanted to show us that Ohio isn’t just farmland. Considering the three of us were only in Cleveland for three days, Rachel wanted to make sure she took us to a few of her favorite places.

Friday: Arrival Day

I didn’t take many picture on Friday, since we took Friday to relax at Rachel’s house with her family. The drive from school is about four hours to Cleveland, so when we arrived at Rachel’s house her mom set up a “happy hour”! As day turned into night, we met more of Rachel’s family and neighborhood friends. On top of all of this my stomach had a massive food baby in it considering the amount Chick-fil-A nuggets I had. All I can say to that is that there is nothing like being with awesome people, and having some really good chicken nuggets…..

Saturday: A Day Full of Adventure

Stop 1. The Stone Oven – Rachel took us to one of her favorite breakfast/lunch spots. One of my favorite things to have when I first wakeup is a bowl of oatmeal. So, when we went to Stone Oven that is exactly what I got, topped with fresh blueberries, strawberries, sliced almonds and little bit of brown sugar. Was it good? I think the picture down below will answer the question!

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Stop 2. Chagrin Falls – I loved everything about Chagrin Falls. The town almost reminded me of Chatham in Cape Cod, just smaller. The best way to describe this place is “charming”. The shops located in town are super cute, and it is the perfect place to grab a coffee or bite to eat with friends.

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Stop 3. Downtown Cleveland – Originally I thought Downtown Cleveland would be a smaller version of New York City, however, it is very different. Cleveland consists of mostly restaurants and little to no shopping, but this didn’t stop me from really liking my time downtown. Rachel’s family took us out to dinner at a super cool restaurant called Town Hall, which had a variety of vegan and paleo options. Although what I got wasn’t vegan or paleo, it is a good option for people who have dietary restrictions, or even myself who sometimes want to remain healthy when going out. Then we went to Mitchell’s, which is a delicious ice-cream place, that Rachel never stops talking about… even when we are at school. After we were all done with dinner and ice-cream, we drove around Downtown Cleveland to explore. The day was certainly long, but I enjoyed every second of it!

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Sunday: Bye Cleveland

Sunday meant that it was time for Meg and I to fly back home, and take Rachel with us, to show her around Connecticut and New York City. The trip to Cleveland was super fun, and Rachel proved Meg and I both wrong. We both learned that Ohio is not just made up of a bunch of farmland.

So far it’s been three days back in our hometown in Connecticut, and Rachel has learned that it does not look like the suburbs of Chicago!

Till the next adventure….

XOXO Taylor

Check out Rachel and Meg’s blogs:

Rachel – franklydarling.blog

Meg – theblondeonbricks.wordpress.com