Vogue’s 73 Questions

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Inspired by the Vogue series, I wanted to challenge myself to Vogue’s 73 questions!

 1. What’s your favourite movie?

The Great Gatsby

2. Something I cannot live without?

My pearls

3. Fictional character I relate with?

Charlotte from Sex and the City

4. A book you plan on reading?

One Day in December

5. A book that you read in school that positively shaped you?

Little Women

6. Favourite TV show?

Sex and the City

7. Favourite Cuisine?

Italian

8. iPhone or Android?

iPhone

9. Twitter or Instagram?

Instagram

10. Best Place I’ve Visited?

London

11. What’s your favourite food?

Pizza or Pasta, can’t decide

12. Least favourite food?

Any meat

13. What do you love on your pizza?

Just cheese:)

14. Favourite drink?

Cider

15. Favourite dessert?

Any kind of cookie (including dough)

16. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

Dark

17. Coffee or tea?

Tea always

18. Favourite makeup product?

Mascara

19. Dream country to visit?

Italy

20. Heels or flats?

Heels

21. Favourite song?

Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Ray

22. Favourite Accessory?

Sunglasses

23. What’s your favourite colour?

Pink

24. If you had a tattoo, where would it be?

No thanks

25. To be or not to be?

To be.

26. Dogs or cats?

Dogs

27. Diamonds or pearls?

Pearls

28. Stairs or elevator?

Stairs

29. Pilates or yoga?

Pilates

30. What’s your favourite ice cream flavour?

Chocolate Peanut Butter

31. What’s your favourite board game?

Disney Monopoly

32. Favourite season?

Fall

33. What was the movie that made you cry?

Manchester by the Sea

34. If you could have one superpower what would it be?

The ability to read minds

35. Do you like surprises?

No

36. Is there a dessert you don’t like?

Pie

37. It’s brunch, what do you eat?

French toast with a mimosa

38. What do you usually order in Starbucks?

Chai latte

39. Who is the last person you texted?

V

40. What’s your favourite brand?

J Crew

41. Best way to de-stress?

Diffusing essential oils with my salt lamp and face mask

42. How do you like your coffee?

I don’t drink coffee

43. What colour of dress did you wear to prom?

Sea foam green

44. What’s your favourite flower?

Peonies

45. What was the last thing you ate?

Hummus and pita bread

46. Do you like your handwriting?

Yes, sometimes

47. Do you bake?

Yes I love baking (hate cooking)

48. Favourite sound?

Pointe shoes

49. Favourite app?

Pinterest

50. If you could raid one woman’s closet who would it be?

Kate Middleton

51. Favourite holiday?

Christmas

52. Favourite smell?

Lilly Pulitzer perfume

53. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?

My dad

54. Jogging or swimming?

Jogging

55. Any regrets?

Not continuing ballet professionally

56. Hair colour?

Blonde

57. Eye colour?

Blue

58. Scary film or happy endings?

Happy endings

59. Favourite season?

I love the expectancy of Spring.

60. Three people alive or dead that you would like to have dinner with?

Kate Middleton, Walt Disney, The Queen Mother

61. Hugs or kisses?

Hugs

62. First pet? 

Jack

63. Worst subject in school?

Math

64. Favourite thing in the world?

Handwritten letters

65. Sweet or savoury?

Both!

66. Lipstick or lip gloss?

Neither

67. Guilty pleasure?

Chocolate chips

68. Favourite city?

Boston

69. Shop in store or online?

Online

70. Plane or boat?

Plane

71. Dream proposal?

Disney or Christmas time

72. Morning ritual?

Cup of green tea

73. Pen or pencil?

Pen

Self-Care Sunday: DIY Facial

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Hello friends! I wanted to start something new for my blog this year. As one of my New Year’s goals is to practice more self-care, I thought this would be the perfect thing to add to my blog! Now introducing “Self-Care Sundays”, Sundays I will be making a blog post that share ways that I like to practice self-care.

One of my favourite things to do is facials! They are so good for your skin and are a great way to relax. Every Sunday night I try to do a facial before the start of a new week. I wanted to share my DIY facial that you can do at home!

DIY Facial

Step 1: Cleanse

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First, take off any makeup you have on your face with makeup remover or a makeup wipe. I like to use coconut oil as it is moisturizes and removes everything easily. Then, wash your face with a gentle cleanser, I use Philosophy’s Face Wash. I have also used Cetaphil’s Daily Facial Cleanser. Both are very gentle on your skin and don’t have ton of stuff in them.

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Step 2: Exfoliate

My favourite step, time to get all of the dead skin off! This will help create an even skin tone, refine your pores and decrease wrinkles. Scrub your face with an exfoliator for 2-3 minutes, repeat if you need! Use circular motions and move upwards on your face. I use Philosophy’s Microdelivery Exfoliating Face Wash or I make my own! Here is one of my favourite green tea exfoliator’s I found on Pinterest!

 

 

Step 3: Steam

If you don’t have one of those fancy steamer things that salons use (I don’t lol), you can use just a bowl of hot water. All you need to do is boil some water and put it in a bowl. Then, put a bath towel over your head and put your face over the bowl. This will allow the steam to open up all of your pores before you put on your mask. You can also use a sink or a hot shower to do this as well!

Step 4: Mask

After all of that deep cleaning to your skin, time to give it what it deserves and pamper it! You can either buy masks from the store, I find good (and cheap) ones at Target and T.J. Maxx. But you can also make your own according to your skin type! Pinterest has tons and tons of ideas. Follow the directions of how long to leave the face mask on, typically 15-20 minutes.

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Step 5: Tone & Moisturise

After you rinse off your face mask, time to apply some toner. Toner helps maintains your skins pH and refreshes your skin. I like to use Thayer’s Rose Petal Toner or this one I found at T.J.Maxx. Next, apply a moisturiser to your skin to finish off the facial. Some of my favourite moisturisers are Cetaphil’sLancome’s, or just coconut oil. What is your favourite?

 

Any tips or tricks for DIY facials? Let me know below!

Cheers xoxo

Spirit, Mind, Body

With the new year, everyone is making resolutions and goals for a better me. My school teaches the philosophy of spirit, mind, and body as the pillars to an overall healthy individual. Wellness and health are important parts becoming the best version of you! Whether it’s physically, socially, or mentally, it all makes up your health. I wanted to share some ways to help you work on wellness this new year!

blog-lily-pulitzer-hero.jpgDrink more water Okay guys, I’m really good at this one in the summer but at school I tend to forget this one. Water is so important for a healthy body. It helps with nearly all of the body’s functions, especially the kidneys. Water helps flush the body of toxins as well as regulates the digestive system. I try to drink around 100oz+ a day. I use the Lilly Swell Water Bottle to help me with my water intake. Here is an article I found with more benefits of drinking water!

Take the stairs My goal each day is to take at least 10,000 steps. By opting to take the stairs instead of elevator can help increase your step intake as well as be much faster. You can also park farther away when going to the store, take the longer route to class and walk during your lunch break! Here is some creative ways to increase your steps!

Meatless Mondays Being a vegetarian, this one doesn’t really apply to me. But, I know so many people who are trying to make the switch. It can be difficult, but by designating oneimages.jpg day a week to no meat can slowly ease you into the lifestyle. There are so many benefits to following a plant-based diet, you can check them out here!

Exercise 10 minutes or 50, it is better than no exercise at all! I know how hard it can be to get exercise in with busy schedules but, it is so important! I try to make sure I have it scheduled in for at least 20 minutes a day. Not only do I feel better about myself but It is a destressor for me. This can be hitting the gym, taking a walk or even just finding some open space. Some of my favourite ways to exercise are pilates, yoga, biking, and cardio kickboxing. Here are some body weight exercises you can do anywhere!

Mindfulness Being present in the moment is so important to be an overall healthy individual. Sometimes we get very wrapped up in everything going on we forget to be in the present moment. Meditation is a great way to be in the present moment. I like to meditate before bed, as it helps relax and clear the mind. Here is a quick meditation to get you started!

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Sleep I am somebody who doesn’t function properly unless I have at least 8 hours of sleep at night. Sometimes that is hard to meet when you have a very busy college schedule. This semester my goal is to aim for at least 7-9 hours a night. Having a sleep schedule has always been difficult for me, I’ll take any chance to sleep in that I can get. This semester my classes all start at 9:30 am so I can try and enforce a sleep schedule more. Here are some tips I found that help to get better sleep!

 

 

Cheers to year full of health and wellness! Let me know your favourite ways to maintain your health!

xoxo

How to Get into Occupational Therapy School

 

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I recently got accepted for my Masters in Occupational Therapy and I am super excited about it! I wanted to share some tips on how to make the process a little bit easier! Schools will either offer a Masters or Doctorate, as many programs are moving to Doctorates, I will be sharing my Masters applying experience.

Get a Bachelors Degree

Most schools do not care what you have your bachelors in, as long as you have taken the proper prerequisites courses. Some of the most common majors for OT’s are listed here! I majored in Health Science, which was perfect way to set me up for a career in OT. The program is designed with courses to help prepare students who want to go into a career in Clinical Medicine. Here are some of the courses I took that I felt prepared me well:

Health Care Ethics

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Evidence Based Healthcare

Public Health

Needs of the Aging

American Sign Language

Complete the Prerequisites 

OT school’s each require their own individualised list of courses that are required for their program. Here is a list of some of the most common:

Anatomy and Physiology I and II

Abnormal Psychology

Human Development

Statistics

Sociology

Physics

General Psychology

It is best to aim for at least a B or a 3.0 in each of these courses to improve your chances of being accepted. Some schools won’t even look at your application if you do not need their minimum grade, so be sure to check that out!

Observation Hours

Start early with these! The more you have the better! Most schools will give you a minimum requirement of hours they would like you to have. My suggestion is to do at least 100 hours, as that is what the average number applicants do. Starting early can be an easy way to accumulate these hours over time. It is also good to do your observation hours in multiple settings. Occupational Therapy is very different depending on the setting you are in. It will also show that you have been exposed to a variety of settings and know more about the different core practice areas of the profession. I ended up doing over 100 hours for my application. I did inpatient rehabilitation and productive aging, outpatient children and youth, health and wellness, mental health and rehabilitation.

Personal Statement

Most of OT graduate schools are on a centralised system knowns as the Occupational Therapy Centralised Application Service (OTCAS). This makes it super easy when applying, you only have to submit everything once. The OTCAS has a generalised personal statement that each school requires as well as some schools have additional supplements. The personal statement entails”Your personal essay should address why you selected OT as a career and how an Occupational Therapy degree relates to your immediate and long term professional goals. Describe how your personal, educational, and professional background will help you to achieve your goals.” While the additional supplements, focus on why you want to go to that specific school and how that would help you achieve your long term goals.

Recommendations

Ask early! Don’t wait till the last minute to ask for recommendations. It is best to give your recommender at least a month to write the recommendation. These can be from a professor. advisor, boss, or anyone who can speak of your professional experience. Some schools also require a letter from an Occupational Therapist. My suggestion would be to arrange a OT observation over the course of a few weeks to help form a relationship with one. I asked my old boss from work, one of my public health professors and an OT I shadowed for a few weeks.

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I hope this was helpful for anyone who is interested in applying! Feel free to comment any tips, tricks, or questions! Good luck!

Cheers,

xoxo