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Four For You!

Hello, loves!

Today I have another round of Four For You!  Here are some of my latest obsessions:

1. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera

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It’s here!  I have been dying to get my hands on one of these instant cameras for a while now, so when I found one on sale for just $70, I knew it was time to pounce!  This little guy will definitely come in handy on my vacation this month, and will also help me capture some cool snaps of my year abroad.  Side note: I haven’t actually used the camera yet because I totally forgot to order film with it (lol) but I can’t wait to try it out!

2. Baublebar Emoticharm Bracelets

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I am head over heels for these emoji-inspired bracelets — how cute are they?!  I got one of these (the heart-eyed one) for my birthday and was so obsessed with it, I decided to order two more (the kissy-face and the smirk) to have a little set!  They’re so fun, and I got them on sale for just $10 each.  These are definitely my fave pieces of jewelry so far this summer!

3. Revlon Nail Polish in #771 “Clear”

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Okay, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect base/top coat for a while now, and I’m happy to say I’ve finally found it!  I cannot get over this Revlon polish — it’s truly a lifesaver!  I can use it both under and over my nail polish without a problem, and it dries super fast, so doing my nails no longer requires setting aside half of my day to allow enough dry time (thank God!).  It also keeps my nails looking super shiny, which I love, and it doesn’t get any weird creases or bubbles.  It helps my nails stay chip-free longer, too!  Ugh, I just can’t say enough how much I love this — and for $4.99, you can’t beat it!

4. L’Oreal Paris Collection Exclusive Lipstick in #600 “Doutzen’s Nude”

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Confession: I 100% copied my older sister on this one!  She had this lipstick for a while and I totally fell in love with it, so I bought one of my own…and I’m so happy I did!  It’s the perfect subtle light pink shade, especially for my fair skin, and it’s great for the summer months when I keep my makeup lighter.  I can swipe this on quickly for a natural look and be good to go!  It also doesn’t dry my lips out, like some lipsticks, which is obviously also a plus!

So there you go…four for you, Brenn Coco, you go, Brenn Coco!

XOXO,

Brenna

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The Need to Read

Hello, loves!

With summer comes a lot more free time, which for me means a lot more time spent reading!  While I love the occasional novel or two, I usually like to skim through articles on different blogs and online magazines.  You know I love sharing my favorite things with everyone, so — you guessed it — I’ve compiled a list of my favorite sites for you!  Here they are:

1. Twenty Something Living

This is one of my favorite blogs!  Obviously aimed at girls in their twenties, this blog’s got you covered when it comes to beauty, fashion, entertainment, health, and more.  New posts are uploaded regularly, and there’s always something interesting to gloss over!  Check it out!

2. The Lala

The Lala has great content, with tips and inspiration related to fashion, music, college, travel, food, and much more!  The site description asserts that “a true Lala girl oozes personality, owns her individuality, and gives a damn about the world around her.”  Um, sign me up!

3. Pink & Black

Pink & Black is an online magazine devoted to girls making the transition from carefree teenagers to independent, goal-oriented women.  But don’t let that fool you — the site still has a fun and fresh feel, with lots of interesting content!  See for yourself!

4. CHAARG

This is SUCH a feel-good blog!  Born out of the CHAARG college girls’ fitness program, this blog has a focus on physical and mental health and well-being.  It’s basically like a Pinterest board of positivity guaranteed to inspire you!  Take a look!

I hope you check out these blogs, and I hope you love them as much as I do!

XOXO,

Brenna

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Tip Slip!

Hello, loves!

If you’re like me, you are currently (desperately!) looking to snag a job before the summer really gets rolling!  I’ve had a few interviews recently, so I thought I’d share some tips I’ve learned that might help you during your own interviews.  Here they are!

1. Research the Company

It is very important to be familiar with the company or organization you’re applying to work for.  Know a bit about their history and their goals — this is usually on their website, on a page titled something along the lines of “About Us”.  If your interviewer were to ask you “What do you think we do here?”, you should be able to answer them with confidence!  It sounds like an easy question, but it’s very easy to draw a blank when you’re put on the spot (it has happened to me).  Be prepared!

2. Ask Questions

Nine times out of ten, the interviewer’s last question will be “Do you have any questions?”.  DO NOT say no!  There is no way you know everything you need/want to know after they’re finished speaking, and saying “no” can make you seem apathetic.  I usually ask what they consider to be the most important quality for the holder of the vacant position to have, or what their favorite part of working for the company is, and those questions almost always receive positive feedback!

Of course, also ask questions about things you need clarified, or ask for more information if you need it.  Remember, you are essentially interviewing the company, too, in order to see if it would be a good fit for you!  Just make sure you’re not asking for information they have already given you.

3. Take Notes

Interviewers always take notes during interviews, but candidates rarely do.  This should change!  I recommend taking a planner or notebook with you and jotting down notes and key points during an interview.  It shows that you’re engaged and taking this seriously, and that you want to remember all the information the interviewer is giving you!  I do, however, recommend asking the interviewer if you taking notes is okay with them, as I think it’s a bit more polite.

4. Stand Out

Your interviewer will likely be meeting with a number of candidates, so you don’t want your interview to be forgettable!  The best way to stand out is to show a little bit of your personality.  Relax, smile, and have fun.  Obviously approach the interview with professionalism, but make sure the interviewer gets a sense of who you are as a person.  Being personable and comfortable with yourself goes a lot further than you think!  As long as you’re not being inappropriate and unprofessional, showing your personality in an interview will only help you.

5. Follow Up

This is important!  Within 24 hours, shoot an email to the person who interviewed you.  Be sure to thank them sincerely for taking the time to meet with you, and tell them you hope to hear from them soon.  Let them know how much you enjoyed speaking with them — bonus points if you can reference something they said and how it stuck with you!  This is just a courtesy more than anything, but it can really improve your chances of landing a position.  A little kindness goes a long way!

Alright, I know this was a more serious (and lengthy!) post, but it’s important.  Everyone will have interviews at some point, and it’s important to do all that you can to ace them!

I hope these tips help you land the job of your dreams!

XOXO,

Brenna

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Intern Affairs

Hello, loves!

Today was a lovely day, as it was my last day of classes AND the last day of my internship!  This was my first internship ever, and it was an incredible experience.  I learned a lot from it, so I’ve compiled a short list of tips for present and future interns!

1. Ask for Help

This pill was initially a bit hard to swallow.  I think our generation is so driven that we often see asking for help as a sign of weakness, but really it’s a huge strength!  It shows that you are interested in learning and accept the fact that you don’t know everything — two traits that are attractive to employers and colleagues!

2. Go the Extra Mile

When you’re an intern, you get a lot thrown at you at once, and sometimes it’s hard to juggle everything.  This can make it difficult to put forth extra effort, as you can feel burned out halfway through the day.  But I promise, going the extra mile every once in a while makes a big difference, and your supervisors (who you may need for letters of rec in the future!) will notice for sure.

3. Take Notes

This is probably the most important thing I took away from my internship.  While working, I wrote EVERYTHING down.  To-do lists, contact information, drafts for emails and website copy, you name it.  While physical notes are a must, take mental ones as well.  Observe people in the office, and notice who has got their stuff together.  Take notes from the most successful people in the office, and learn from their example.  After all, you’re hoping to get a job like theirs in the future!

4. End on a High Note

Internships are not forever.  Work your hardest towards the end of your internship, and make your last day your best day.  Sincerely thank your supervisor(s) with your words and a thank you note, and leave a good lasting impression.  You never know what opportunities the company will have to offer in the future!

I hope these tips are helpful for anyone who currently is or would like to be an intern!  After all, you’ve gotta do a few coffee runs before you get to be the CEO, right?

XOXO,

Brenna

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The F Word

Hello, loves!

Today I wanna talk about the F word…FINALS!

That’s right…finals are coming up and I am slowly but surely getting ready to conquer them.  There are a few things I always do at the end of the semester to prep for taking my exams, and I figured I’d share those with you.  So, here are my top tips to ensure smooth sailing for finals week!

1. Go Grocery Shopping

This may seem a bit random, but I find it’s always a good idea to stock up on food for the week before your finals begin.  The last thing you need is to get hangry while studying and be stuck without your fave snacks.  Don’t forget to grab coffee as well!

2. Get Organized

Personally, I can’t focus on schoolwork if my apartment is messy — it just stresses me out too much!  So, I always make sure to clean my room (and do laundry!) before I start my study sesh.  A clean room = a clear mind, which makes studying go a lot more smoothly!

3. Write It Out

I’m a very visual person, so for me, it helps to write out a schedule in my planner of when my exams are, and when I plan to study for them.  That way, I don’t forget or mix up any dates, and I can stay on track with my review sessions!

4. Don’t Overdo It

While I of course want to do well on my exams, I am constantly reminding myself (and my friends) that “it’s only one test.”  Prepare yourself, yes, but also take time to unwind and relax.  Personally, I like to watch a movie or do my nails to give my mind a break, then get back to work!

I hope these tips help you survive your final exams!  Remember, these too shall pass, and one final exam will not make or break your future.  Study hard, but try not to go overboard.  You can do this!

XOXO,

Brenna

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