Daily Dose of Design: September 2018

Monday, September 24, 2018

15 Fun & Practical Photo Prop Ideas

If you're a blogger, vlogger or love taking pictures, then you know the importance of having pretty, bright and attractive photos. It's easy to find fun little things you can add to lifestyle shots, but they aren't always practical items or things you have use for. It's great to have things like these around but it's always ideal to be using things you already love, have and use on a daily basis. If you're in the market for some new decor or home finds, check out these picks that'll look great in your home and that you'll use but also make for great additions to your photos!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Save vs Splurge: Fall 2018 Must Haves

Where there's a hot new trend each season, there's likely a dupe for it! I'm all for a good splurge and will always pick quality > price but there's always some really great, less expensive options for the seasons hottest buys. If you're not looking to spend a ton of money but want to get a new trendy buy or just some new fun finds for fall, these dupes are nearly identical to their pricier counterparts and are all just as great of quality! Check them out, you'll be adding a ton of these to your cart today! ;)

Friday, September 14, 2018

How to Travel Like a Local in Italy

It's fun to be a tourist, but it's also really fun to experience a country like a local does in their home on the daily! I like to think that Italy is basically my second home - I go there as much as humanly possible every year and part of me really thinks I'd love to live there 24/7. The atmosphere is completely different than it is in America - there's no real "busy" time of day, or day in general for that matter. Everything is so laid back; the people are relaxed and honestly I find myself feeling so calm and not stressed in the least bit when I'm in Italy. It's such a beautiful country and there's so many things to see, do and experience - and if you want to do things as the Italians do, here's how:

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Planner Organization Hacks that Got Me Through Undergrad

Whether you're an organizer by nature or not (I am, clearly!), having your planner in good shape and having *a* planner that you use is sooo important for every day life. When I was in both high school and college, I would have been totally lost without my planner. I loved using the one they would give us in homeroom each year in middle school - remember that?! - and ever since, I've been a planner advocate! ;) I'm a Virgo which explains me wanting to be as organized as possible and I'm also a very visual person, so having everything written out in front of me helps big time. Every year when I was in school, I looked forward to picking out my planner for the year and nothing really has changed since then! Lol!

Luckily over the years I've come up with some really simple ways to stay organized and keep my planner in check to keep me on top of things. I couldn't imagine not using a planner now, and it goes to show that even after your years of schooling, a planner is so important! From work obligations to events/parties/dinners with friends, travel dates and more, you need a planner to keep you organized. Here's my favorite tips that most definitely got me through my undergraduate years of college, and that I still use to this day:

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Early Fall Favorites

Every season brings new trends and I don't know about you, but I LOVE going through pages and pages of new arrivals each season and seeing what's new, what I love and what I think is absolutely ridiculous - there's always a few, lol! I've said many times that although I do like fall, I'm 100% a summer girl and I can't believe we're already talking about the cooler weather but it's quickly approaching! If you're looking for some new pieces to add to your closet this fall, these early seasonal finds will have you swooning!

Friday, September 7, 2018

24 Things You Need to Do in Your First 24 Years

Today is my birthday!! Somehow it's already September, and somehow I'm already 24! Don't really know how either happened, but here we are! ;) I think most of us like to make goals for each year and aim to grow within every 365 days before turning another year older, but I like to judge every year based on the positives that happened rather than harp on the goals I may not have reached. And if anything, try to figure out what made it hard to accomplish something that was on my list. That's what made me decide to put together this list of the 24 things you need to do for yourself in your first 24 years, in honor of turning 24! I've been fortunate to do and see a lot so far in my life and I know there's a lot more on my list, but these are experiences I think everyone should have in their 20s!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Easy Ways to Re-Adjust to a Busy Schedule this Fall

Thank you to adidas for sponsoring today's post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are solely my own!

Doesn't it seem like as the summer winds down, the fall and winter months leading into the holidays are always the busiest and hardest to re-adjust to? It's freakin' hard to go from a relaxing summer filled with time in the sun, traveling and beach trips to a full schedule and heavier work (or school) load! If you're finding it difficult to get back on track, these tips have always helped me to regain my focus and hopefully will help you too before the fall really sets in.