Sometimes when I look back at old photos of myself, I cringe…and then I think about how much I appreciate all of the “mistakes” I made back in high school and college when it comes to beauty (and, of course, life)…
Mesh Shower Caddy: Shower caddys coming in all shapes and sizes but, please, take my advice on this one…get a plastic version that has HOLES for drainage. There’s nothing more disgusting than seeing mold at the bottom of your caddy, which WILL happen if you don’t get one with proper filtration.
Body Pouf: A classic. You might want to buy a few at a time since you do need to replace these every few months.
Drybar The Morning After Shower Cap: For the non-hair-washing days, a good shower cap is a MUST.
Gillette Venus Breeze Razor: I’ve been a loyal Gillette Venus user since high school so why mess with perfection?
Revlon Pumice Stone: I’ve tried lots of foot scrubbing tools and this is honestly one of the best. You want to keep your feet freshly scrubbed while running around campus.
Orlando Pita Argan Haircare Collection: Guys, this trio is only $25! I mean, that’s a serious steal. You get a shampoo, conditioner and a hair treatment oil, all formulated by the fab Orlando Pita. If this existed while I was actually in college, I would be obsessed.
Yes to Blueberries Ultra Hydrating Body Wash: You need a hydrating body wash since dorm rooms are infamous for dry, stale air.
Skintimate Shave Gel in “Raspberry Rain”: I’ve always loved the scent of berries and this shaving gel is really moisturizing and easy to use in a small space (e.g. dorm shower stall).
Kiehl’s Washable Cleansing Milk: Truth be told, I didn’t even wash my face unti after college (my skin was THAT perfect), but I’m a big believer of splurging in a quality cleanser, which this one is.
Havaianas Flip Flops: You MUST protect your feet. This is non-negotiable.
It was 12 years ago TODAY that I started my freshman year of college at Hofstra University…god, how time flies. I’ve blogged before about how much I loved my college experience (ironically, in a post from exactly one year ago today), but I decided a few weeks ago that I’m going to dedicate this ENTIRE WEEK to back-to-school, all with a college spin. Make sure to check back every day for a new college-themed post but, in the mean time, enjoy these throwback college-themed posts AND the below letter to my 18-year-old college self.
Dear 18-year-old Jamie,
Looking back, I just smile ear to ear when I think about how excited you were to start college. I want you to grow as a person, experience new and exciting things, have fun and, of course, continue to learn and get a good education. I’m so proud of the 18-year-old that you are; you’re kind, compassionate and have an openness that I wish I could once again have at 30. Always stay true to yourself and value your innocence– it makes you unique, not weak. Most of all, enjoy the next four years because honestly, they are some of the best times you will ever have. LIVE in the present, don’t take anything TOO seriously, and remember this:
You can’t control anyone else; you can only control your reaction to other people.
Lastly, while I have you, please (PLEASE) always wear flip flops when you walk into the Estabrook 12th floor bathroom. You were usually so good about this but that one time…planter’s warts are no fun. Oh, and enjoy those 4am trips to SBARRO’s for baked zitti, because those will come to a prompt halt post-college.