The Power of Friendship: Life Update

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Hi everyone! It’s been awhile since new content was posted here on Lovely Dusk. My life has been swept up into a spiral of change and my priorities had to shift for a bit.

If you’ve been keeping up with my Instagram stories, you know that my apartment flooded three times in the past month. Twice from flooding due to rain and once from a broken water heater. My roommate and I have had a whale of a time dealing with the damages while starting our new jobs.

A few days ago, we received a call from our leasing company saying that we could move to a new apartment the next day. In 24 hours, we signed for a new apartment, packed up our bags and moved to a brand new space in town.

We couldn’t have done any of this without our friends and family.

The outpouring of love and support from family and friends, both old and new, was absolutely astounding. People traveled across the state to come and help us move. We were blessed.

The takeaway from this experience? It’s easy to see the negative news going on globally and not believe in hope. It’s easy to judge your neighbor based on a social media post. It’s easy to see the world as a bland place, but then something like this happens. When people bond together to simply help one another. Where unity and friendship collide to make a beautiful masterpiece.

So hold on to those friends who would help you move. Hold on to family members who drop everything to come to your rescue. Hold on to hope, because God is always watching over you.

That is the power of family and friendship.

 

xx,

Rebecca

 

 

Blush Graduation Dress

Guess what….I’m graduating college! After a long, arduous ride I have earned two majors, created lasting friendships and made a multitude of memories. In order to commemorate this exciting yet nerve wracking stage in life – I bought a new dress.  All the outfit details are below!

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Blush tones and classy A-lines are always on trend. You can find this Calvin Klein dress here.  The wedges are from a few years ago, but you can find the new version here, or similar ones here.

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I’m crazy about these ruffle sleeves.

 

More on graduation coming soon!

 

xx,

Rebecca

Finals Guide: 25 Tips to Get Your Through the Week

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It’s that time again. The most dreaded week of any semester, a week sent to test student’s willpower, focus, determination and ability to survive on coffee. I asked my sorority sisters, friends and classmates for their studying tips and was overwhelmed with the response. Here is the compilation of the 25 best – somewhat – sarcastic tips for studying during this difficult week.

  1. Flash Cards. Make them and carry them around like precious gold. These babies will always work.
  2. Don’t binge watch Netflix… a.k.a. 13 reasons why You shouldn’t study.
  3. Study somewhere different. Switch up your study routine and go to a new environment. A change of scenery will help you focus.
  4. Sit up straight. Don’t study on your couch – you’ll fall asleep.
  5. Reward Yourself. Did you read a sentence? Eat a Skittle.
  6. Sleep. It’s better to get a couple hours of sleep than to study until your eyes glaze over.
  7. Memory games. If you’re trying to memorize those random facts about something that you’ll never need – make up a song/rap/poem or try ‘chunking’. It’ll make studying more tolerable.
  8. Don’t participate in Wine Wednesday. You’re welcome.
  9. Take a break. Hit up your closest pizza joint. It’s okay to let your brain relax for 30 minutes.
  10. Plan out your study times. Mark them down in your planner, phone or on your hand. As Nike says, just do it.
  11. Caffeine. This life staple will always rev up that old mind engine. Just don’t overdo it.
  12. Extra credit. One of my friends suggested crying in front of your professor. It’s been tried and approved.
  13. Take a Bath – it’s relaxing and also allows one to drown in one’s sorrows. But seriously, this is a great tip.
  14. Yoga. Speaking of relaxing, try a downward dog pose. It’s good for your brain.
  15. Watch a cat video. Just one…
  16. Music. Need some motivation? Put in those headphones and jam out. See my study playlist here.
  17. Take a short nap. A fifteen minute snooze fest is shown to increase brain function. Bonus points if you fall asleep on top of your books.
  18. Find a study buddy. Bounce questions off each other.
  19. Or lock yourself away in the library. To each their own.
  20. Stay off social media. It’s a dark hole of procrastination. Your ex’s best friend’s sister’s Facebook page will still be there later.
  21. Don’t go to work. Have a part time job or internship? Take off and bury your head in books.
  22. Ask for notes. Did you miss a day? A week? A month? Ask a classmate for the notes you missed.
  23. Interrogate the professor. Want to know how many questions are on the test? They usually answer.
  24. Figure out the lowest grade you can get on the final without failing the class.
  25. Or you can just do nothing. C’s get degrees.

So, there you go – 25 tried and true tips to get you through the week. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this list! Be brave my friends.

 

Study Hard,

Rebecca

Festival Vibes Dress

Hello lovelies!

This past weekend has been crazy busy. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I had a birthday! I celebrated by attending my last TriSigma semi-formal. It was a bittersweet night and one that will definitely go down in history.

For a great night you have to have a great dress. After scouring the internet for the perfect outfit, I found a gorgeous dress at Lulus. The fabric and princess seams combine to make a comfortable piece of fashion. The dress is decently priced and can be worn for so many different occasions. You can find the dress here and the shoes I wore here.

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