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Freshman Fifteen: 15 Things You Need for College

Back to school season is in full swing and it got me thinking about what I wish I'd known I needed to stock up for before my freshman year of college! Those endless dorm packing lists can be so overwhelming, so I attempted to simplify my list to the fifteen most essential items to pack for college. Shop all of my top picks for each category below! 

Keurig for coffee fueled early morning classes and late night study sessions

Backpack for keeping everything organized for class

Swell Bottle for keeping water cold all day long  

Tennis Shoes for working out and walking to class

Day Planner for staying organized

Robe for the walk from the shower back to your dorm

Headphones for study sessions and long walks to class

Desk Lamp for late night study sessions

Weekend Bag for trips back home or weekend adventures with friends

Baseball Cap for the days you don't feel like doing your hair

Dry Shampoo for looking great between washes

Leggings for working out, going to class, or having a lazy day

Wireless Speaker for dorm room jam sessions

Phone Case Wallet so you don't have to carry a purse

White Sneakers for going out

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West Coast Road Trip: The Bud Stop


One of our very first stops on day one of this summer's West Coast Road Trip was the Bud Stop in SF! In fact, while shooting these photos, we were simultaneously guarding luggage and keeping it from rolling down those infamous San Francisco hills. This little flower shop is nestled in the heart of my favorite neighborhood in the city: the Marina. It's full of gorgeous shops, restaurants, and historic apartments. It's also where Grove High School from Princess Diaries is...just drive to the end of Lion Street to find it! Angelika and Natalie were the perfect buddies for exploring the Marina. Who else would randomly stop along each photo worthy corner of the street? More photos from our trip to come soon! 

West Coast Road Trip Recap


It is something special to surround yourself with friends that light a fire under you; who drive you to be better creatively and do more... Going on this road trip with Angelika and Natalie was easily one of my best decisions of the summer. This photography trip was nonstop and I loved every second of it. We took the scenic route, along Highway 101, basically winding our way up the North Coast. Stopping along the way wasn't just part of the fun, it's honestly what made the trip. The unplanned moments that we got to capture as we bounced from place to place were spontaneous and beautiful.

Find friends that inspire you and drive you toward your own creative sparks. Angelika is a photographer, Natalie is a full time blogger + Etsy shop owner, and I am somewhere in between (currently balancing school, acting, blogging, etc). We all have different interests within a similar creative field which caused tons of insane inspiration throughout the trip. We never hesitated to pull over if there was an awesome shooting opportunity, but also savored the off camera moments (like endlessly laughing about booking our last minute honeymoon suite en route to Oregon). We put some serious mileage on my trusty little Volkswagen, met some crazy cool people along the way, and enjoyed our fair share of Taco Bell. All in all, the best kind of trip I could ever imagine.

PS: Go listen to our West Coast Road Trip Playlist on Spotify for an idea of how we survived those glorious 16 hour car rides!  

PPS: Many more photos and posts from this incredible road trip to come! Let me know if you want to read anything specifc!