THE FIRST MONTH OF COLLEGE... | UNL

Hello hello! Kalina here today. It's been a hot minute but I am so excited to be back with a new post. To be honest, college has had its good and bad times but I wanted to give you all a recap of what's happened so far.

I moved into college a little over a month ago and went through sorority recruitment - and it was not at all like I imagined it would be. The process itself was fairly casual which I loved but it was stressful getting dropped with no explanation. That being said, recruitment week went pretty well and I ended up joining Tri Delta. 

After recruitment week ended, classes started. As a Public Relations major, my first semester schedule immediately had me questioning if I was wasting my time. Honestly, going through my three year plan (because I'm graduating early) is the main thing keeping me going. The reason I'm sharing this is because I think many students go through a similar rough patch with classes during their first year when they're taking mostly gen-eds or introductory classes for their major. 

Perhaps the strangest thing for me was that I actually loved college when I first came and then experienced a dip in my excitement about being in Nebraska later on. In a weird way, I'm glad I went through a rough time as it made me realize that it's okay to not always put on a happy face just because that's what people expect. I took time for myself and slowly started feeling more content. 

Hands down the best part of my college experience so far has been the people I have met. I could not be more thankful because they are honestly THE BEST. I have the best roommates and floor mates (aka my favorite people ever) I could ask for and amazing friends I have met through classes and just randomly.

Overall, college has been a learning experience beyond my classes. As cliche as this will sound, I have learned so much about myself through the ups and downs. I know we say this all the time, but I really do want to create more content on here and will do my best to make it happen! I hope you all are having an amazing day ♡




xoxo

KALINA

DORM TOUR // UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

Hello, Ivana here again! College time is here, and moving into my dorm and decorating was the first step to getting started. I am rooming with my best friend this year, which is the biggest blessing. We wanted to make our dorm comfy and cozy, while still keeping a clean look. Thankfully, we have similar tastes and agreed on a color palette of grays, blacks, lots of white, and a soft ashy pink. Our dorm is actually really nice, because we have our own bathroom (no communal bathrooms for us!!) and enough space to walk around. We were even able to fit a futon in between our beds so we can watch tv and hang out. We are also equipped with a black mini fridge and a microwave. I have to say, I am loving our dorm! It feels homey and comfortable! I wanted to share these pictures for anyone who needs some dorm decorating ideas (sorry about the picture quality, the lighting is not the best today). I am mostly showing my side of the room and our shared space, so as not to invade my roommate's space, however, I will be doing a complete dorm tour video sometime soon as well, we are just still working on some finishing touches in the room! We both lofted our beds to make room for our desks and dressers underneath and I think the setup of our dorm is perfect! On my side I hung up my DIY mood board, a "hello gorgeous" canvas, as well as lots of pictures of my friends, quotes, and my favorite places I've traveled. I also hung up fairy lights and set up my google home so we can jam in the room (I already feel like I have to apologize to the people in the room next to us hahah). I also have a little food and drink corner. Kalina and I will also be doing a dorm essentials blog where we will link the perfect items to put in your dorm (and at affordable prices!), so look out for that real soon! Though we are both now at separate colleges, we will still be doing a lot of things together, as well as visiting each other as often as possible!














xoxo

Ivana






DONT STOP BELIEVING

Hello all! Ivana coming at you with her first blog post from college!! ...Yes I did just refer to myself in third person, don't worry I'm making fun of myself for it too. As I mentioned, I just started college. Leading up to this event, I was super excited, in fact, ecstatic is the most appropriate word. However, moving onto campus, I am not feeling quite right. I am doubting myself, and my decision to stay in state. Though the grass is not always greener on the other side, it has definitely been a hard few days for me. Change can be hard, especially when there are built up expectations that are not met served up with it. But, at the end of the day, things WILL get better! I just have to keep reminding myself of that, and keep reminding myself to stay positive. Today, I just wanted to share some great quotes and spread some positivity for anyone who needs it, including myself.








xoxo

Ivana

BARCELONA TRAVEL DIARY

Hello... or should we say "hola"? Our first stop in Europe this year was Barcelona! We were so excited to finally visit Spain as it had been on our list for quite a while. We stayed in Costa Brava and we took a train to Barcelona for a few day trips. We absolutely loved Barcelona and are finally sharing our adventures with you all! Here's a look at what we did + our video travel diary!

















BARCELONA VIDEO TRAVEL DIARY (click here!)

WHERE WE WENT:
La Sagrada Familia // You must see this if you travel to Barcelona! The building itself is stunning and if you aren't afraid of heights, you can go up to the top and observe all of Barcelona from up high! A little tip if you are looking for a good photo - op: there is a lake near the building where you can go to get the best angles of the building. Also, make sure you wear modest clothes (no tank tops).  If not, you will end up having to purchase a t-shirt or scarf to cover your shoulders before entering! We ended up with lovely Barcelona shirts since we were wearing tank tops 😂.

Xurerria Sagrada Familia // Of course we had to include a good place for the foodies out there! Churros are extremely popular in Spain and so so delicious! This particular "Xurerria" is highly praised and a great place to get a treat after visiting La Sagrada Familia! We can vouch for this place - the churros are insanely good (and huge!).

Park Güell // This famous park is so beautiful with so many amazing features. It is composed of beautiful architecture in the style of Gaudi and gorgeous gardens! There is so much color in this park!

Casa Batllo and Casa Mila // Both of these "houses" are absolutely stunning! They are built in the style of Antonio Gaudi (as is most of Barcelona) and Casa Mila looks "wavy". We did not go inside but we definitely recommend stopping to admire these two houses as you are wondering around Barcelona!

La Boqueria // This was one of our favorite places in Barcelona! La Boqueria is a huge public market situated in the Cuidad Vieja district of Barcelona and has so many different food options! We got fresh squeezed juices there but there are endless food options. You'll see in our video travel diary that the market is full of color with so much fresh fruit and yummy treats!

Las Ramblas // This pedestrian friendly street is bustling day and night as it is situated right in the center of Barcelona! As much as we love sightseeing, some of our best memories from traveling come from simply walking around. We try to immerse ourselves into the culture as much as possible and this street is definitely a hit for both tourists and locals.

We hope you enjoyed this travel diary - we already miss Barcelona! We will have our Costa Brava, Spain and Bulgaria travel diaries up soon but until then, we hope you all have a great day!

XOXO

CLINIQUE HAPPY TREATS SET



Hello everyone! Summer is just about halfway over and temperatures are at an all time high. We LOVE getting a good tan on, so we spend quite a bit of quality time by the pool. Unfortunately though, too much sun exposure can make our skin very dry. We have been taking full advantage of pool days, and we also went to the beach twice this summer, and although we have been blessed with an olive skin tone that never burns, we did start peeling a little after our vacations, which is never pleasant. To keep our skin healthy and moisturized, we have tried endless amount of moisturizers and creams but what we often find is that some of the moisturizers are too heavy and make our skin feel too greasy. We finally found the cutest little set that is perfect for giving our skin the moisture it needs and keep us smelling good all summer, even in this crazy heat, so we felt we had to share with you guys! This Clinique Happy Treats set includes a body cream, hand cream, and a perfume spray. All the products in this trio have a refreshing and light scent which is exactly what we need for summer!  We have the individual products linked below, so feel free to check them out if you are looking for a way to keep your skin soft and smelling good this summer! 

XOXO

SOAKING UP SUN IN SPAIN

Kalina Popova in yellow swimwear

Greetings from Europe! Kalina here today! We have been traveling around Europe for the past month and have been having so much fun! I recently wore this yellow swimsuit that I have been obsessed with in Costa Brava, Spain and received quite a few compliments (thank goodness I took many years of Spanish in high school so I knew what the Spanish locals were saying to me!). Yellow is such a popular color right now that I thought I would hop on the train. I love the fit of this swimsuit and since it can be worn strapless, it is perfect for my ladies who want to minimize tan lines. The swimsuit is from Zaful and comes at an extremely affordable price but I have linked similar options of different styles and price ranges. To be honest, I needed a new swimsuit last minute so I ordered it not knowing the quality or fit but I was pleasantly surprised. For such a great price, the quality is pretty good. I received a medium (I am usually a small or XS) but it fit like a glove. I definitely recommend sizing up if you are ordering from Zaful!

As for what I did in Costa Brava? Ivana and I have a full travel diary coming soon but I can assure you I enjoyed tanning at the rooftop pool! If you have been to Europe during the summer you probably know that the heat does not hit until a little later (usually late June or early July) so it was not incredibly hot. That being said, the sun was still quite strong and since the temperatures were in the 70's, laying out was extremely relaxing. I could not have asked for a better trip and a travel diary will be on the blog very soon!

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy soaking up the sun, wherever you are in the world!

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-XOXO-

KALINA

PROM + LAST MONTH OF HIGH SCHOOL RECAP


Hello everyone! We have been quite busy these last few months trying to finish up our last semester of high school and did not have the time to create as much content as we would have liked. We've had to dedicate quite a bit of time trying to finish up some high school and college classes we are taking and getting ready for graduation, but we are back now and ready to update you! These last few months have been a whirlwind, but have been full of some incredible moments we thought we would share.

PROM

First up: Prom. A night to remember. Senior Prom was on April 28th and was nothing short of an amazing experience. I wore a white dress, with pearls on the top, from Lulu's and I loved it! My prom group took pictures at the Nelson Atkins Museum downtown, which is a popular picture spot for those in Kansas City! We then drove around in a party bus to dinner at Brio- an Italian restaurant, the prom dance, and our afterparty. Our party theme was "Jungle," so I had to pull out the cheetah print for this one! And a special thank you to my boyfriend for being the best date! -Ivana

Lulu's Blair White Strapless dress is linked here





GRADUATION PARTIES

The end of Senior year is famously known as "Grad Party Season" and for good reason. We have been busy every day of the past few few weekends hopping from one graduation party to the next. They're a fun way to celebrate surviving high school, with lots of good food and friends. Though we are not having one, we are enjoying attending one's all of our friends are hosting! Since everyone always dresses up for these parties, we will be posting some grad party looks on the blog very soon!


Kalina Popova - wanderlustvita.com


and finally...GRADUATION!!! This deserves its own post, so watch out for that one next!

Thank you to everyone for reading about our lives, though we may not be the most consistent! We have some very exciting blog posts coming up this summer with all our free time (including our travels which we are super excited to share!) so stay tuned. 

XOXO