since I've been gone...

Hiiii friends! So a little explanation for this post: I felt like there was a large part of my life missing from this blog in the year that we were absent (went from freshman to junior so quick!), and it felt wrong to just continue without having filled that space. So here's what happened...not in order because I'm lazy...

I started sophomore year by being a staff leader for FYSOP23 and then returned again for FYSOP24 as a junior! honestly one of the most rewarding (and tiring but wonderful) experiences of my college career. Nothing will ever compare to those 2 weeks of meeting so many kind human beings, volunteering alongside bright-eyed first-years, and staying up late getting emotional about life, social justice, and other pervasive issues in our community. I've met so many inspirational people through this program and it's such a great way to start off the school year ... next year will be my last time and although it will be super bittersweet and sad, I feel very lucky that I even got the chance to do it in the first place...

....also met lots and lots of new friends in the past year! It's sometimes hard bouncing back from your freshman year of college..... thinking that all your closest "best" friends will still be there for you come sophomore year, and then suddenly realizing that people do change. and while a good majority of people never waver, there are always going to be those friends that simply move on. And it was hard for me to come to terms with that, but I'm finally happier and surrounding myself with people I truly care about and who honestly want the best for me

some throwbacks to sophomore year....seems like ages ago....

 I also got to do and see some pretty amazing things in the past year. got to be there for all of Maria's dance shows, travel to New york for winter break, to Atlanta for thanksgiving, to California for a part of the summer, went to lots and lots of concerts (One direction twice...Ed sheeran...Beyonce...the 1975...), had an internship with Girls' LEAP (working with teen girls on empowerment and self-defense) and got to live with Maria in Boston (!!!), had another internship with Let's Get Ready (getting high schoolers ready for the SATs)...

It's been such a great year and I'm really looking forward to what 2015 has to offer! starting off with the Bahamas, onto Turkey for spring study abroad, Italy for spring break, Greece, Poland, India for the entire summer... it's gonna feel really good getting out into the world, experiencing new things, and being able to share all of it on here...
lots of love,



Anybody who knows me knows that I'm completely (and at this point, dangerously) obsessed with Lush. I've been using their stuff for about 2 years now, and I honestly can't get enough. but before I get into all my favorite products, I wanted to talk a little bit about Lush as a company and what makes their products different from others I've used. Lush is 100% vegetarian, and 80% vegan, which means they don't believe in exploiting animals (also obviously means that they don't test on animals)! All of their products are fresh and a good majority of them come with an expiration date. Fresh fruit, herbs, flowers, vegetables, you name it! They are committed to picking the freshest ingredients and using them to, in turn, hand-make the most natural, organic products for our bodies. another thing I love about Lush is that they use minimal packaging for their products... and when they do have to use bottles for shampoos or containers for face masks, they only use recycled, reusable, or compostable materials. You can read more in depth about all of this on their website (Lush)

Bonus wonderful thing about Lush: when the Ferguson and Black Lives Matter protests were happening at the Mall of America, ultimately resulting in the entire mall shutting down, Lush workers left their store to participate. many shoppers were enraged about this and went to the Lush corporation, looking for some sort of apology. They didn't get one. Instead, they got this badass response -

"While the employees were not acting officially for the company, we are a campaigning company, and we support the right to free speech and peaceful protest. Standing in solidarity of fairness, justice and equality for all, regardless of gender, race, age, sexuality, and religion - this is something that as a business we do wholeheartedly believe in."

So so so wonderful! Now moving on to more good things......

Pink bath bomb: I haven't used too many bath bombs, honestly, just because I live away from home most of the time and the thought of having a bath in dorm tubs is kind of disgusting so! I save it for when I'm at home. I got this particular bath bomb as a gift this past summer and used it with the Creamy Candy bubble bar for one of the sweetest bath experiences of my life. It smells so nice, like warm vanilla, and makes the water all pink and lovely. Fizzes so well and leaves a nice, tingly feeling on your skin even after you've left the bath. All the bath bombs are probably great, just gotta get some more time at home to try 'em all out!

Honey Bee bath bomb: I also got this bath bomb as a gift and actually used it pretty recently. This one is a little different from the Pink bomb in that it felt more cleansing and refreshing. There's a sweet honeyed scent, with hints of orange, that soften your skin and leave you feeling completely moisturized and buzzing.

Creamy Candy bubble bar: Goes well with the Pink bath bomb, as I said before! Creates lots and lots of bubbles, and smells like the sweetest cotton candy. When you use it, it feels as though you also dumped in some cocoa butter because it lathers and moisturizes so nicely!
Hottie: I love love love this massage bar! It was the first one I ever tried and I still have remnants of it lying around somewhere because I just can't bear to throw it out. I should probably just get a new one lol ............anyway, this bar is so great for sore muscles and knots. The bumps on top help really massage the cocoa butter and jojoba oils into your skin. I would recommend this for the winter months because it's very oily and works wonders on any kind of dryness! Keeps you warm, for sure

Each Peach: I recently got this bar from Maria (love of my life hello) and I really love it. It's so springtime; lots of citrus and fruity tones. This one is also obviously heavy with cocoa and shea butter, which is wonderfully moisturizing, and another great way to get a  quick massage in
Celebrate: I only have a small sample of this, but it's become a fast favorite (and I just ordered a bigger one online...oops). It smells very citrus-y, kind of like skittles actually! But I love how just a tiny bit can go a long way. It's super creamy and lightweight, and it seems like they puts a ton of oils into it, so I often dab a bit on my wrists/neck as a perfume :-)

Dark Angels: I used this cleanser all of last year and absolutely fell in love with it. It looks kind of messy at first.... I mean, it is.....your sink will definitely look a little blacker for a bit but....trust me, it's worth it! It works so well on oily skin like mine. It kind of feels like you're scrubbing dirt on your face, but mixing it with water will allow it to soften up and exfoliate, leaving you feeling fresh and not so oily. Also helps with acne and breakouts by removing oil buildup and giving you more moisture and hydration! It definitely brightened me up
Tea tree water: This toner is a godsend. I love that you can just spray it onto your face instead of needing a cotton round to apply it and I love how fresh it makes you feel. It's a great base for any kind of moisturizer you're using afterwards! This is another product that helped with my oily, spotty skin. Toners are so important for a balanced skin tone and to give you some more moisture after you just washed your face!!
Ocean salt: I SWEAR BY THIS! HONESTLY I DO! I used it all this summer, when I was in the city, in Nantucket, California, at home, everywhere. It's so easy to use, so exfoliating, and you can use it either on your face or your body. It smells like the ocean, like going to the beach and splashing yourself with the cold water. Lush added some avocado and coconut in to hydrate your skin, as well as some lime and vodka to cleanse. This scrubs made my face so much brightener, especially during the summer when my skin is known to get much darker. Highly recommend this product!!
Mint Julips lip scrub: Minty and sweet, you can lick it right after your apply it! Leaves your lips feeling super tingly and soft. They also have other flavors that works just as well if you're not into the mint thing
It Started with a Kiss lip tint: A color you can use after you use the scrub, dark pink but not quite red. Smells kind of chocolate-y and fresh! I love it a lot
Honey Trap lip balm: The cutest lip balm to carry around, and it works like a charm. just a quick sweep onto your lips, and it sinks its soft honey and white chocolate right in. Always soothes my dry lips!
Love Lettuce: I can't say enough good things about love lettuce. Smells great and is super exfoliating, which is something I definitely need! Removes dead skin well and is another great product for oily skin. works best when you first buy it so try to use it all within the first month, at the absolute most!
Cupcake: I wrote Chocolate on the picture oops..... you can see where my confusion lies though. This is another mask that's great for spotty and oily teenage skin! Smells like chocolate (given) and mint, it's cool to the touch and cleanses unbelievably well

I Love Juicy shampoo: The first time I used this shampoo, it literally did a 360 on my hair. And I used maaaaybe a dime-size amount. My hair gets greasy kind of frequently and it honestly removed all signs of oil, leaving it shiny and smooth and full of moisture!! And it smells so lovely. I don’t use it every day though because it doesn’t have a same effect as using it once in awhile. I'm gonna look into the Seanik shampoo bar as a daily!
Happy Happy Joy Joy conditioner: Vegan conditioner that smells like rose water and jasmine flowers, and ends up being super moisturizing! The only downside to this conditioner is that the smallest bottle is quite expensive and I need to use a lot of product for it to actually work :( I might try out the Veganese conditioner next time and see if that gives me more value!!
Sultana of Soap: An extremely creamy soap that also happens to look beautiful. Smells very sweet and your skin won't forget it!
Honey I Washed the Kids! soap: Smells and look like caramel dipped in honey, leaves you feeling like you were dipped in warm butter and you will definitely feel super moisturized!! It's very gentle on your skin, and is one of the most popular soaps :-)
Buffy body butter: Use this scrub in the shower, on wet skin, and watch it exfoliate, remove all your dead skin, and leave you looking brighter and feeling so much fresher. There's a lot of cocoa and shea butter in here, so no need to use lotion afterwards! It's done it all for you
Aqua Mirabilis body butter: Pretty much the same effect as Buffy but smells like cocoa and almond butter! Also leaves your skin feeling super soft and matte. There's some sandalwood and oils that sink into your skin and give you the loveliest fragrant smell afterwards!
Rose Jam shower gel: I use this product sparingly because I love it so much! Actually just ordered myself another bottle..... yeah anyway, it smells like rose and lemons, and has a ton of essential oils which gives off a sweet perfume scent. I don't know how much it actually lathers because I've been using a small amount, but it does a lot for how little I put on the loofah!
Ro's Argan body conditioner: This is such a treat to use after exfoliating your body. Like conditioner for your hair, but for your body! Rose-scented, with tons of essential oils and softening butters, this is one of my recent favorites. Use just a bit on your skin, rinse, and pat dry. Leaves you feeling super soft, and smelling like the sweetest roses.

Happy Lush purchases, 



first off, just wanna say a quick apology for not blogging at all in 2014. our bad. but it's 2015, we're back, and we promise to be a little more active on here! In the time that we were gone, I finished my sophomore year of college, and started my junior year! I left boston on December 19th, came home to wisconsin and my family, and we left for the Bahamas on the 31st...

 honestly, this past semester was pretty stressful, so being able to go on a vacation like this was a treat. a week of laying out on the beach, getting way darker than I thought was possible, going through tons of books (one thing by b.j. novak is hilarious and witty, definitely recommend!) was really necessary 

if you ever find yourself in the bahamas (nassau/paradise island area) this is what I recommend: go on a daytrip to Rose island. That was, without a doubt, the best day for all of us. They took around 30 of us out on a boat, about 20 minutes away from nassau, to a private island for less than $100 per person. on the island, we could go snorkeling, eat lunch, get drinks, lay out and swim on what was honestly the best beach I've ever been to, use the hammocks, and the best part of it all was that it was only the ~30 of us on the island for the whole day... so relaxing

~selfies on cove beach~
(bc new year's resolution #3: MORE SELFIES, LOVE URSELF)

the trip lasted about a week, and we just got home a couple days ago. let me tell you, going from 80 degree weather to -6 degree weather is not the most pleasant thing in the world...

hope you all enjoyed your winter breaks too and spent it with kind family and friends!! 
love love love, pratibha



happy new year!!!! we hope 2014 was kind to all of you! if it wasn't, we're proud of you for making it through the year! you're amazing and deserving of happiness, and we hope 2015 brings you that happiness. we know we've been absent from this blog for a year, but we're back! 2014 was hectic for all of us, but we promise we'll be more active this year. to begin, we wanted to share a few of our new year's resolutions with you.

  • learn when to say no (and when it's ok to say yes!) these last few years of college have been all about figuring out a work-life balance that lets me get my work done without spreading myself too thin, so hopefully i'll get it right in my last semester!! this means paring down my activities and simplifying my routine so i have enough time for productivity but also some spontaneous fun things :)
  • set aside time every day to tidy up. i always slack off in the cleaning-my-room department but i also cannot work if my room is messy or cluttered -- not a great combo. this year i'll focus on working organization into my everyday routine (especially after graduation when i'll have an actual home of my own???) so i can have a clean, pleasant place to spend my time. 
  • keep a better written record of everything you do. i take lots of pictures which are definitely helpful for saving memories, but there are some things that i can't capture in a photo. (also my phone dies all the time.) this year i'm planning on writing all the important stuff down, especially since it'll be such a big year for me!

  • figure out a morning and nightly routine that works best for me. this past semester i was really stressed. stress + no routines in the morning or at night = waking up stressed and anxious and having trouble sleeping because of stress and anxiety. i'm not going to let that happen again. i want to wake up feeling refreshed and excited to start my day. i want to go to sleep relaxed and not thinking about all the things i have to do. a good morning and nightly routine should help me accomplish that.
  • read the news every day. you would think that as a journalism major i'd be reading the news like crazy, right? truth is, i've been seriously slacking in my news intake this past year. that needs to change. i want to be more informed in 2015. i want to be able to have meaningful discussions about current events. i want to read the news i hope to write someday. 
  • be healthier (and blog about it!) i know everyone's resolution is to be healthier and nobody really does it, but i'm not going to be one of those people. health wasn't really my thing in 2014 (or any year before that if i'm being perfectly honest). this year, that's going to change. i'm telling everyone i know that i want to be healthier so i can have group accountability on this, and this is no exception. i'm going to be blogging about my journey to health so that i won't cheat or give up. it'll be hard, but it'll be worth it. 

  • cut toxic people out of your life! if they make you feel bad, they're not worth the time or energy. if they're hurting you, recognize it and stop feeding into their bullshit. focus on yourself and the people you love, and you'll feel a million times better. you're worth surrounding yourself with people who respect you and genuinely want the best for you.
  • indulge in more random acts of kindness! buy coffees for your friends in the mornings, surprise them with their favorite treats when they're feeling stressed, be there for them when they need a listening ear or shoulder to cry on even if you're also having a rough time. it's good karma. genuinely ask people how their days are going, and reach out to old friends. show other people you care about them, because you'd want them to do the same for you.
  • LOVE YOURSELF IN 2015! more selfies! more trips to Lush! more nights in with a movie, your journal, and comforting food! don't feel obliged to go out if you don't want to. life's too short to regret how you spend your time and who you spend it with. love being independent, cherish every moment you have in solitude, try spending time in public alone as well. don't depend on others as much! and remember: you can be happy, sad, angry, argumentative, feminist, quiet, loud, crude, etc without feeling guilty about it. you're a Human being and you're allowed to feel a spectrum of emotions! make 2015 wonderful.
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