• Links,  Lists,  School School School

    8 Things I Wish I Owned When I Lived in a Dorm

      Dorm Room Essentials by magpiemakingdo on Polyvore A lot has changed in the world since I was an undergrad (seven years ago now… I honestly don’t know where the time went…). Myspace isn’t really a thing anymore, Facebook has changed so much it barely resembles what we so eagerly signed up for when our university FINALLY got added, AIM has died a slow death, iPods are rarely seen as a separate entity, and everything you used to use your computer for can now be done on the phone that fits in your back pocket. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the nature of dorm life. Rooms are still…

  • Fashion,  School School School

    My Favorite Planners

    Sorry for the quietness around here. We’re finally back at school, and for all the planning I did for THAT, I neglected to do enough planning for here on the blog so I could have some posts scheduled. I knew I wasn’t going to have time this first week to write new content, but I guess I just couldn’t bring myself to actually admit it and plan for it. My bad. But we’re back today with the last of the Back to School Week posts! Which is, ironically, about planners! I’m very picky with my planners. If I don’t like it enough, I simply won’t use it. There have been…

  • School School School,  Uncategorized

    18 Pieces of Advice for Your Freshman Year of College

    It’s that time of year again, a new group of starry-eyed, excited and – lets be honest – a little scared freshmen are about to flood campus with their under-bed boxes packed to the brim and their half-weepy/half-releived parents in tow. I enjoy this time of year so much, watching as all these fresh faces navigate their way from terrified and trying to hide it to truly feeling at home here – watching a whole new generation of people fall in love with the campus that has meant so much to me over the years. As these college newbies flood in, I can’t help but think about my days in…

  • Fashion,  School School School

    It’s Back to School Week!

    Welcome to “Back to School” Week here at Magpie! I’m dedicating this week of posts to that amazing and exciting (or dreadful, depending on who you are…) feeling of the ever-approaching first day of school. We’ll kick this week off with a discussion of… BACKPACKS. Yes, backpacks. I love them. I’m out of grad school for 4+ years now, and I still haven’t transitioned away from them. They’re just so much more functional, and so much easier on my back than the more adult messenger bags, or having to carry several totes around in addition to a purse. They’re seriously great. Now, I’ve been using the same backpack for going…

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    R.I.P. Robin Williams

                  R.I.P. Robin Williams – He brought so much joy to so many, and my heart breaks that such a brilliant actor and our beloved funny man was hurting so badly. The world has lost an amazing talent. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255, and here is the Suicide Prevention Wiki page for more specific and also international resources. Please, reach out and seek help if you are hurting. You are not alone. [Gifs from various Tumblr posts that have been reblogged beyond tracing – if you are aware of the original creators, please contact me so I can add credit]

  • Fashion,  Life

    So Yesterday I Got Contacts

    Sunglasses Love by magpiemakingdo featuring a wayfare   My eyes are weird. I’m near-sighted in one eye, far-sighted in the other, have a focusing problem in one, and an astigmatism in the other. My glasses are SUPER expensive as a result, and since losing my vision coverage (turned 26 and aged out of my mom’s super awesome benefits) I have been terrified to go to the eye doctor for fear my prescription changed and I would have to get a new pair of glasses, which in the past have run (WITH insurance help) anywhere from $500 – $700 dollars. Yuck, right? However lately I’ve been getting some pretty bad headaches…