Friday, September 19, 2014

Listen Up: This Wild Life

So I don't remember how I heard about This Wild Life but it's been on my view later list for so long. I finally got around to listening to them and am sorry it took this long. They are a duo who grew up punk but now combine that beginning with folk sounds. The result is so pleasing that I had to share it with you today.



What do you think of This Wild Life? Do you have any recommendations for me? I'd love to hear from you!

-Alyssa J Freitas

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How To: Pick A Major

Do you want to know a secret? I have not actually, technically declared my major yet. Gasp! Indeed it's true; I came to The College of New Jersey as an Open Options Business major and still haven't made my declaration of what I will study (even though I have been telling everyone what my major is without mentioning the little fact that it's really only my plan). I have declared one of my two minors and am 100% positive that I will study Management; it's a matter of turning in the paperwork at this point.

But what should you do when you haven't declared a major (like me) and have no idea what you want to study (unlike me)?


  • Assess what is important to you. First things first, although I would love to believe that I came to college for the love of learning the truth of the matter is that I came for job training. Going to college is just a step in the process of becoming an independent, working person. For this reason, you need to decide what is important to you: do you have a passion you want to follow in life despite how difficult the going may get, do you want a guaranteed job (don't make me laugh...), do you want to make a lot of money even if you are not completely in love with your occupation? Once you figure out your priorities you can move on to the next step.
  • Look at a major list. You need to have a good understanding of what is available to you so take a look at your college's website and see what they offer. If you already have an idea of what school you want to be in, all the better! If not, just start at the top and get to reading.
  • Find out what is available to you. There are many different types of jobs to be had that you may not even know existed. Once you've identified some majors that interest you take a look at professions that will utilize those skills you will learn. A simple Google search can aid in this as well as a visit to the career center.
  • Research, research, research. It is soooo essential that you research what happens to people who had a major you are interested in. Since making decent money and being in a professional setting is important to me, I did all I could to figure out what major would lead me to that end. Studying business and then going on to law school just made sense and after shadowing multiple attorneys and interviewing professionals who had followed the path I was interested in, I knew my plan was good. You need to make sure that you do not arbitrarily choose a major and hope that it will lead you to what you identified as being important to you. 
  • Speak with your advisor. Once you have done your research on a few majors that you are interested in you should speak with your academic advisor. Some topics of discussion should be what are the requirements for this major, will you still be able to graduate on time, what resources are offered to students in that department, etc. Also, if you did not know any people to talk to when you were researching potential majors your advisor may be able to put you in contact with someone.
  • Commit. If you have done your due diligence and fully thought about where you want to go in your professional life, then commit. Make an informed decision, embrace it, and do well!
Hopefully these tips will aid you as you embark upon your collegiate journey! What helped you to decide your major?

-Alyssa J Freitas

Monday, September 15, 2014

Favorite Fashion Bloggers

Like most bloggers, I love to read blogs. Sometimes however, I want to simply LOOK at a blog rather than READ it. This is where fashion bloggers come in! I aspire to dress well and attempt to never repeat an outfit (haha, as if that could ever really happen), so it is good to look to fashion blogs for inspiration. Here are my top fashion blogs:

Penny Pincher Fashion





Kimberly is so fantastic! I have yet to see a post I don't like and all of the looks are actually affordable. 




Cathy is a sweet heart who is even smaller than me (she's under five feet) so I get great style ideas for short girls from her. Like Kimberly, she keeps price in mind which is essential for college students.




Caitlin is a southern gal who is beyond gorgeous; and so are her outfits. Although I am as far from a southern belle as you can get, I'm sort of obsessed with all of her looks!




Sarah is the ultimate prep. Every single post is perfection!




Caitlin is one of the more high fashion bloggers on the list. Although I would not wear everything she posts, all of her outfits are beautiful.

Who are your favorite fashion bloggers? Do you read any of these lovely ladies? For more fashion inspiration check out my "Wear" Pinterest board!

-Alyssa J Freitas

Friday, September 12, 2014

My Fall Wardrobe Necessities

Autumn is my favorite season and always has been. I love the cool weather, I adore starting school, I live for Halloween, I devour pumpkin seeds, and I embrace fall fashion. Today I wanted to share some of my fall fashion must haves!

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  • A leather jacket is the perfect way to add a warm layer to your look without making it bulky. I just recently purchased an olive faux leather jacket with gold hardware and am kind of obsessed.
  • Lipstick is always one of my essentials.  
  • A plaid scarf just screams fall and although I certainly cannot afford the one from Burberry above, I have gotten great use out of a similar one. 
  • Skinny jeans, especially in a dark wash, can serve many purposes. From date night to running errands, I am always reaching for them.
  • A good quality leather purse is an investment that every lady should make. I have a black one from Coach which I got during one of their surprise sales and I am so glad that I took the plunge! I'm partial to a satchel, but go with the size and style that fits best for you.
  • A watch is really an all year thing for me, but it is important for students to have one in order to keep track of time during exams and to tell the professor that class is over when he is droning on ;).
  • More leather! Can you tell that it's my favorite? Riding boots are truly a fall classic and I have literally worn mine to death. Black is a must and it's great if you can also get tan. 
  • A beret is certainly not for everyone but it is my hat of choice. When I am not thrilled with my hair, I just toss on my beret and am ready to go!
What do you think I missed? Are you excited for autumn fashion?

-Alyssa J Freitas   

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Organization: Blog Post Edition

I have found that keeping an organized blog schedule is essential; especially while in school. Over the summer when I really had the chance to spend countless hours on my blog (but really...) it seemed like it would be easy to continue on once school began. Now I see however that there are quite a few tasks that you must be on top of if you hope to maintain the quality of your work!


  • Write posts in advance. I do my absolute best to be at least two weeks ahead of schedule. I post three times a week (on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays) which means I need a minimum of six blog posts prepared and scheduled. 
  • Schedule posts automatically. If you use Blogger you can schedule your posts to go live at anytime. When you write a post look at the bar on the right, click schedule, select set date and time, and then click publish once you've put in that information. 
  • Keep a calendar of when posts are going up. I keep my blog posts organized on my iCalendar. Along with all of my work and school obligations, I have a separate iCloud calendar labeled "Blog" so I can get a monthly view of what is being posted when. 
This is the basic way that I keep my blog posting schedule organized and ready to go! If you're interested in learning about how I formulate posts you can check it out here. Also, leave comments if you want to know how I organize my social media!

-Alyssa J Freitas


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