summer update: what i’ve been up to…

h e l l o !

 

 

I am so sorry that I have been slightly MIA on here for the past couple of weeks. If you follow along with me on Instagram, you know that I have been spending pretty much every weekend at the beach. BUT, I’ve also been working on a bunch of other things, which will be the topic of this post. So, let’s get into what I’ve been up to so far this summer… (I apologize in advance for the hodge podge of photos)

 

collage of summer photos

 

While at the beach, I’ve been working a lot on my bracelets. Side note: if you would like a bracelet please let me know! I charge about $15 per bracelet, depending on the size of the bead. See the photos below for some of my beaded creations.

 

beaded bracelets

 

beaded bracelets

 

Lately, my bracelets have been getting a lot of love, especially from my beach friends. I have loved making these little beaded creations and getting in touch with my creative side. I even created some cute business cards to hand out with my bracelets, which should be arriving by next week (fingers crossed!)

 

collage of bracelet photos

 

Most of my mornings at the beach have been filled with bike rides in Fenwick with my dad. I have been working on getting back in shape this summer – mostly through staying active and eating healthy. I try to keep my days simple – morning shake with fresh fruit, salad for lunch, and fish / meat for dinner. (A lot different from college food) – this is so ironic because as I type this I have been snacking on chocolate sooo obviously I still splurge. But as they say, everything in moderation!

 

I can’t believe I am typing this but I haven’t even started to shop for our apartment this year! I am going to re-use basically everything from last year since it is all in perfectly good shape, but I also want to pick up a couple of new things. But, don’t worry – I have been shopping for notebooks and stationary all summer! I love finding unique notebooks at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, & Target.

 

With all this planned (& spontaneous) shopping, it’s a blessing that I have a fun internship this summer! My friend Jenny and I intern at our high school, Mount de Sales, during the week. Jenny is studying Graphic Design at school, so she focuses more on the design aspect of the job, while I work on more of the social media / communications tasks. For instance, I may work on website updates or write articles. My favorite part of the week is Thursdays, when Jenny and I work together. (see photo below) We get to take-over the Instagram and explore the school, featuring our finds on the MDSA Instagram Stories.

 

internship photo

 

I hope that you have been having a great summer too, whether it has been filled with beach trips, adventures, or simply relaxing. Make sure to stay in touch with me through my insta!

xoxo,

madauer

 

PS – please enjoy these other random photos from summer…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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product review: Glossier

According to Glossier, “Skin is in…”

And I think that they’re right.

skin is in

 

Before visiting NYC, I heard countless reviews about Glossier from other bloggers and youtubers, all of them raving about Glossier’s skincare line / products.

 

“What even is this Glossier,” I thought to myself.

 

I decided to visit their website and do some research. I was immediately in love with their product design and packaging. (I always appreciate some clean and simple packaging.) This was about a week before we left for NYC, so I was so excited to find out that the Glossier showroom was in lower Manhattan.

 

Let me tell you, the Glossier showroom is definitely an experience and I loved every minute of it. They don’t call it the most Instagram worthy spot for no reason.

 

First, all of the workers wear their iconic dusty pink jumpsuit. L O V E it.

 

Then, they have each product set up and you are able to test every.single.one.

 

After looking online, I knew that I wanted to try the Milky Jelly Cleanser, Mint Balm Dotcom, and the Super Glow serum. After trying them out at the store, I bought all three and I have been loving them ever since.

 

three products

 

The Milky Jelly Cleanser is so light and refreshing. Something I love about their products is that they are multi-purpose. You can pretty much make them what you want them to be. For example, with the Milky Cleanser, you can either use it on dry skin to dissolve makeup, or on wet skin to start the day. I don’t wear much makeup, so I use it more as a cleanser to start my day and feel refreshed. Even better, it is gentle on your eyes because it is made out of the same ingredients found in contact lens solution. Overall 10/10.

 

 

Mint Balm Dotcom is just as amazing as the cleanser. I love a lip balm that leaves my lips feeling cool and moisturized, and this product does just that. You can use any of the balm dotcoms on your lips or anywhere that needs some moisturizing, such as your cuticles. Balm Dotcom is available in the following flavors: cherry, original, rose, mint, coconut, and their new flavor ~ BIRTHDAY ~

 

mint balm dotcom

 

Saving the best for last with the Super Glow serum. This serum is designed with Vitamin C (brightens) and Magnesium (energizes). Glossier totally understands our problems with this product line. Their three serums are made to lift us on our dullest days. You can choose from Super Glow (for when you’re feeling dull), Super Bounce (for when you’re feeling dry), and Super Pure (for when you’re feeling stressed). Honestly, I think we could all invest in one of these to help brighten our mood on our most stressful days. I love the way that Super Glow absorbs into my skin with its water like texture. It always leaves my skin feeling vibrant and refreshed.

 

super glow serum

 

As if that’s not enough to convince you to try out Glossier, their products come in reusable pink pouches with adorable sticker packs. The pouches are so popular that they sell them separately online! I have been reusing mine as travel pouches to carry my Glossier products on-the-go.

 

products in pink pouch

 

Overall, I highly recommend trying out Glossier. Everything about their products is unique and innovative, whether it be their packaging, design, purpose, or ingredients.

 

overlay of glossier pamphlet and stickers

 

Make sure to check out Glossier on Instagram & Twitter

 

xoxo,

madauer

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my first year experience

hello from…NOT four floors up,

 

"my first year experience" text over photo of girls

 

It’s weird, I know, trust me – I am no longer four floors up! I am currently back home in Maryland and feeling sentimental that my freshman year is officially over. However, I am so happy that I have been able to share my first year experience with you through four floors up. I hope that my blog will continue to inspire and spread good vibes in the future.

 

BUT you may be thinking, “okay so she was four floors up, but now what?” No need to worry – I will be continuing to blog throughout the summer and feature my daily lifestyle advice and inspo, such as trips to NYC and summer style. When I return back to school in the fall, I will also continue to post about ~ apartment style ~ décor and all things college lifestyle inspiration. Since my blog originated when I was living four floors up in Villiger, I will be keeping my name as four floors up (whew!)

 

Now that I have updated you all, I want to skip to the more important subject – my takeaways from freshman year / inspiration for my future college readers! Keep reading to learn more…

(ALSO shout out to my fourth floor girls – I could not have survived freshman year without you)

 

group of girls sitting on picnic table

 

BE OPEN // TRY NEW THINGS

I managed to figure this out pretty quickly into my freshman year. After moving in and participating in an early move in program where we volunteered throughout the Philadelphia area, I understood the importance of being open to trying new things. You never know what you will really enjoy / click with until you try it. This tip applies to both trying new things and meeting people. I am looking forward to further trying this in the future. There are so many activities, clubs, and trips that my school offers that I want to get involved in, as well as many people that I have still yet to meet.

 

DON’T RUSH IT

I think that there is a certain hype around freshman year and a rush to make new friends and meet as many people as possible. While you should be open and passionate about getting involved, don’t rush into things and get overwhelmed. The same goes for making friends – don’t feel rush or obliged to have your squad of best friends set by the second week of school. Making friends takes time and you shouldn’t worry if you feel like you haven’t clicked with anyone in the beginning of the semester.

My advice – take advantage of the various events your RA plans for your floor. I was lucky enough to have Greta (our 4th floor RA). She planned floor events for us to get to know each other, such as team bonding and road trips.

 

EXPLORE YOUR SCHOOL & CITY

Once you feel comfortable with your school’s campus and buildings, begin to explore and find your favorite parts of campus. I love walking around St. Joe’s campus and exploring all the different areas.

This didn’t happen for my friends and I until second semester, but once you feel confident enough, take trips into the city / surrounding areas around your school! After getting lost and taking about 2 hours to get to the city of Philly (all for Hibachi) my friends and I were a little scared to try Philly transportation ever again. However, I think we have now conquered Septa transportation and make city trips almost every weekend. It’s important to get away from campus, if only for a few hours. If you are planning to go to school in Philly, check out Rittenhouse Square or Suburban Square – just some of our fav areas.

 

ALONE TIME IS IMPORTANT TOO

As an introvert, I know that I need time throughout the week to spend alone / reflect on whatever has happened in my life. College was vastly different for me, as it involved constant social interaction, something that I was not used to. If you ever feel overwhelmed or feel like you need time to yourself, find a relatively quiet spot on campus. Everyone needs time to refocus, recharge, and center their thoughts and feelings.

 

IT’S OK TO FEEL HOMESICK

It’s okay, really! It’s natural for you to miss your parents, family, or dogs at home. After move in, all I could think about was going home and seeing my parents. However, after I got busy and my schoolwork began to increase, I forgot about how much I missed my home. If you are feeling consistently homesick, I would suggest getting more involved in activities that your school offers. For me, the busier I was, the less time I had to think about how much I missed my family / home / friends.

 

STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF

I also realized this pretty quickly into my freshman year. There are certain qualities and characteristics that you possess that some people may not like. However, these qualities make you who you are as an individual and differentiate you from the rest of your class. People will be naturally drawn to you for who you are, so don’t try and be something different.

 

girls sitting on picnic table

 

Now…special shout out to my fourth floor girls. I mentioned you guys earlier, but I really appreciate everything ~ all of the laughs, memories, and stories that we all shared this year. I cannot imagine living doors away from anyone else. I know that you guys are going to kill it this summer and I can’t wait to reunite soon.

Greta – thank you for being an amazing RA. You were the best neighbor and our floor could always count on you to be there for us. You were always down for a dance party or to listen to our problems, whatever time it may be. I can’t wait to see everything you accomplish and where the world takes you in the future. Can’t wait to see you super soon and talk about your trip to España!

 

xoxo,

madauer

// PS – stay connected with me this summer through my instagram accounts (linked in the side bar) – @madauer & @fourfloorsup //

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complete spring look book

Hello from four floors up & happy spring!

 

I don’t know about you, but I am so excited for spring – warmer weather, longer days, and of course, spring style. Part of the reason why I love spring is because it is the perfect time to take a step back, look at your wardrobe, and consider parting ways with some of your older clothing items. This is exactly what I did when I went home for spring break, thus opening up space in my closet for some spring essentials!

 

In this post, I will be linking to a range of products, all of which will complete my “spring look book.” These items will range from clothing to accessories to home décor. Keep reading for some spring inspiration…

 

 

 

CLOTHING

 

madewell jeans

One of my favorite looks for spring will definitely involve pairing these Madewell 9″ high-rise skinny crop jeans with other items in my closet. These jeans have a classic blue hue that will complement any outfit. Also, they are extremely comfortable and pair great with slip-ons or your favorite pair of sneakers.

 

 

If you happen to check out these jeans or any other Madewell denim, be sure to read about their Denim Donation Program. (see small infographic below)

 

sweatshirt

Even though spring brings warmer weather, you still need a sweatshirt to stay warm on those chilly nights. I am loving this new Love Your Melon Sweatshirt. I purchased mine in the color light gray (of course) but there are several other colors available, such as red, dark gray, navy, and purple.

 

 

SHOES

 

adidas stan smith

I am so very excited about this next item – the Adidas Stan Smith sneakers! I have been looking at the different Adidas shoes, trying to figure out if I should go with the classic or the Stan Smith collection. Finally, after trying them on, I went with the Stan Smith Adidas. I am looking forward to pairing these with cut-off jeans and a tee for the spring.

 

 

ACCESSORIES

 

calvin klein denim cap

For those super sunny days, it’s always nice to have a baseball cap on hand. For me, I love this Calvin Klein Baseball Hat. Its classic denim material and simple logo make it easy to pair with any outfit.

 

 

opi nail polish

Looking for a great spring color for your nails? Check out my favorite OPI color at the moment, the perfect nude pink!

 

DÉCOR

 

succulent

For me, succulents are always in style, but if there is an essential time to invest in a succulent, spring would have to be the time. Brighten any space with a small succulent. Some of my favorite places to purchase fake yet life-like succulents are Target, Marshalls, and TJ Maxx. I recently purchased this real succulent from a farmer’s market in Philly, but you could easily recreate your own succulent habitat.

 

 

SPRING ACTIVITY

 

hammock time

One of my goals this spring is to spend as much time outside as possible. On campus, my friends and I love spending time on the quad in our hammock (shout out to Luke.) We are definitely looking to invest in a hammock soon so we can spend even more time out on the quad.

 

bullet journaling

Bullet journaling has been one of my goals for this year. Bullet journaling takes time and dedication, but I have started to treat my bullet journals as list makers, helping me to check items off of my to do lists.

 

 

 

One of my favorite bullet journalists is @journalbeanie. I aspire to create a bullet journal similar to hers. Check out her Instagram feed (linked above) for some serious bullet journal inspo.

 

SPRING TIME SNACK

 

healthy eating

Usually, the warmer months inspire me to get creative with my snacking and consider the healthier options. For me, a staple to warmer months is fresh fruit. If you’re a college student, always grab some fruit before leaving your dining hall. My favorites have been pears and clementines!

 

I hope that this post inspired you with some new ideas for this spring. Spring is the perfect time to start fresh. Whether it’s cleaning out your closet, reorganizing your room, or eating healthy, this spring time is full of new opportunities.

 

xoxo,

madauer

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how to be more positive

Happy Friday from four floors up!

 

how to be more positive

 

After reflecting on my life and the past three months (thanks Chinese takeout fortune cookie), I have decided to switch it up and offer some advice on how to incorporate positivity into your life.

 

If you are curious about my fortune cookie and what it said to cause me to reflect on my life (who knew fortune cookies could be so inspiring?) – it said this, “Remember three months from this date. Good things are in store for you.”

 

Instead of throwing away my fortune cookie like I usually do, I decided to pin it to my bulletin board with the special date written on the back – February 21, 2017.

 

Since I received this fortune cookie three months ago, numerous blessings and amazing opportunities have entered my life. I think it is so important to always remember to reflect on our lives. It is so easy to get caught up in our routines and, as a result, we forget to stop to be thankful for all of the blessings we have received in our lives.

 

I have noticed that I have become more positive since my awareness of the blessings and opportunities that I have encountered in my life. One bad day of negativity and disappointment does not compare to the amazing opportunities we have. All that it takes is an open heart and positive vibes.

 

In light of this new found positivity and openness, here are some things that I am especially thankful for and happy about…

 

Beautiful Weather

Recently, it has become increasingly warmer in Philly. This past weekend, with temps in the 70’s, students headed outside to hang on the quad and spend time in the sunshine. Just being outside in the beautiful weather seemed to lift my spirits. I am looking forward to the arrival of spring and warmer weather.

 

Photography

Three months ago, I never thought that photography would become such a constant part of my life. I have loved having the opportunity to shoot at the SJU basketball games, as well as have photoshoots with my friends. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for my photography.

 

Friends

This semester, I have loved getting to know and bond with my fourth floor girls! From Wednesday work out sessions to movie nights and face masks, I know that we will always have a good time when we are together.

With new classes and being involved in different activities, I have also loved getting to know a wider range of people across campus.

 

Music

Since coming to college, I have definitely listened to more and more music. Some of my favorite artists are Jack Johnson, John Mayer, and Colbie Caillat. Check out my feel good playlist on Spotify for some artists that radiate good vibes.

 

Four Floors Up

And of course, how could I forget about this platform, four floors up! I never imagined that I would enjoy blogging when I first created this blog as part of my Communications class in the fall. Not to mention I never thought that people would be interested enough to read what I have to say! I am so thankful for this blog and my readers – thank you 🙂

 

If you are feeling in need of some inspiration, check out some of my favorite inspo quotes taken from Pinterest. For even more, head to my inspire to be Pinterest board.

 

your worth is far beyond what you know.

bad days build better days

it's a beautiful day to start.

esteemed, valued, set apart, chosen, pursued, loved.

 

Hope you all enjoyed this post and have an amazing weekend!

 

xoxo,

madauer

P.S. – If you haven’t yet, make sure to check out my feature on Her Campus SJU

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