the taste of autumn (healthy & vegan!)

Tis’ the season of all things autumn!

If you know me, you know that I am OBSESSED with autumn! Despite the fact that I have spent the last (going on) three years now away from the lovely autumns of New York, I still find myself looking up fall aesthetics online, listening to autumn alternative playlists on Spotify, and rocking the scarves the second I feel a breeze.

Of course, one of the BEST things about fall is always the incredible food! Personally, I am not a pumpkin fan, however, I am a major fan of all things apple. That being said, today I came back to my apartment and wanted to make something easy, healthy, delicious, and totally fall time. This is the amazing deliciousness that followed…

Cinnamon Apple Muffin Bowl

a perfect breakfast blend on the go!

What You Need:

  • one apple of your choice (macintosh are my favorite but LA doesn’t seem to have them anywhere so I used a pink crisp)
  • cinnamon
  • water or milk of your choice (I used water)
  • pancake mix
  • a microwave

Recipe:

  1. Chop the apple into small pieces.
  2. Put those pieces inside of a bowl.
  3. Add cinnamon and mix in.
  4. Microwave for two minutes.
  5. Separately, mix pancake batter, water/milk, and more cinnamon in a smaller bowl. Make a small amount and make sure it mixes to a thicker consistency.
  6. Microwave the pancake mix for a minute and a half or until poofy.
  7. Once thoroughly cooked to your liking, combine the two!
  8. Enjoy!

This was such an easy thing to make and it passes as breakfast, a snack, or even a dessert! Plus, it’s super healthy so you can feel amazing eating it as well.

Enjoy!

me

 

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things you should know before college | back to school series

College is an incredible exciting time! Whether you are a first-timer rookie or seasoned student, here are some great tips for preparing yourself for the upcoming semester!

Pack Smart

A little bit of everything truly goes a long way.

Free Stuff

Prepare for free stuff that you will collect as time goes on. The amount of tee shirts you will get within the first week will last you!

Textbooks

Your books can get really pricy so shop around and be smart! For an entire post I wrote about the subject, click here!

Water Kettle

Invest in a water kettle for coffee, tea, soup, oatmeal, and infinite amazing D.I.Y. goods you can make in your room (saving your precious money).

MicroFridge

Yes, you want a microwave and mini fridge. Just make sure you follow the rules and codes of the school and housing so that you do not get charged for having these in your room!

One Notebook

Having one five subject notebook should help for all of your classes per semester. Keep things simple and write all of your notes in this one notebook.

Explore

Learn about your college town for fun weekend exploration!

Self Care

Sleep is important, coffee is pricy and addicting. Care for yourself!

Enjoy

Go with the flow of life! Enjoy every moment you can because time truly flies by! Meet new people, do fun things, and enjoy it all! (Take many photos to document it all too!)

If you want to see my years of college vlogs, check out my LIVIN’ CA series at youtube.com/sarahfhamilton! Tweet or comment any questions/thoughts @sarahfhamilton.

Best of luck!

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10 college textbook life hacks | back to school series

Textbooks can be super pricy (and annoying) but after two years of college, here is a collection of my best advice for the ideal textbook college life hack.

Wait until the first week

Professors typically tell you on the first day what you will need and by when. Unless you get an email from the professor in advance, your best bet is to wait it out so you don’t get anything you don’t actually need.

Compare prices

There are really great deals out there for those who don’t look around first! FIY: your campus bookstore is the most convienent way, so they probably charge the most!

Check your school library

Every school is different, but at LMU, most (if not all) textbooks are on reserve and can be used in the library for a certain amount of time. Chances are, you can probably even check some out. This is a way to save money and use the wonderful resources of your campus library!

Search online for free copies

Sometimes, copies of textbooks end up online as beautiful PDF’s. Even older editions have most of what you need for class, so this is a great way to find what you need.

E-books over Hardcover (if you can!)

Freshman year, I got all of my books as hard copies…which is exactly why I try to use ebooks at all costs now. Textbooks can be heavy and bulky. Chances are, you are already using a laptop and bringing that around campus, so to have your book on your phone or laptop is incredibly convienent.

Rent Used 

Textbooks can be rented or bought. They can also be brand new or old. You may not get lucky with this everytime, but renting used books can save you a ton of money!

If you like it, buy it!

There are some books that may be super convienent and you may want to keep on hand. These are the ones you should just buy and hold onto for life.

Share with a friend/roomie/classmate

College is a time where you are surrounded by peers who are probably taking the same classes. Team up and share textbooks! One in doubt, if you have a friend in the class you need the textbook with, split the cost of the book and then share it. This also may form a great study-buddy friendship!

Check Facebook

Students post out their textbooks to sell or just get rid of. Not only can this be you when you are done with your books, but this is a way to meet new people and get the copies you need from someone who already took the class. You can even contact another classmate with the book and ask for photo copies of the pages you need for the assignment. (Thank you, technology!)

Sell bought textbooks 

I hope those college textbook life hacks help! If you have additional comments/questions/thoughts, comment below and/or tweet me @sarahfhamilton!

Best of Luck!

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healthy snacking to-go | back to school series 

No matter what level of schooling you are at (or even if you’re not at all!), having easy and healthy on the go snacks is a great thing. Here are some of my favorite snacks you can pack in a pinch!

Popcorn

It’s light and fun! My favorite brand is Boom Chicka Pop in the sea salt flavor!

Carrots

Match it with some almond or peanut butter or eat them as is! You can truly never go wrong with carrots.

Crackers

Skip the messy snacks that leave fingers dusty and orange and choose crackers and/or pretzels! Oyster crackers are amazing and for a filling snack, the Reduced Fat Wheat Thins are incredible.

Cereal

Cereal is my go to for all great snacking and breakfast delights! I recommend ones that are less to no sugar just for the sake of keeping your energy from peaking and falling mid-day. Special K and Corn Flakes are always ideal! Munch on its own or add some milk.

Fruit

Fruit can be trickier to pack but it still stands as an amazing snack! One in doubt, fruit cups and applesauce to go are ideal.

Quinoa & Couscous

If you need something a bit heartier, this lovely blend will pick you up while providing some nutrients. It goes well with meals and makes for a great hold-me-over snack! For extra flavor, add some soy sauce!

What are some of your favorite snacks? Let me know in the comments below or tweet them at me @sarahfhamilton!

Happy Snacking!

*This is not a sponsored post! All mentioned above is personal preference. However, please contact me if you or your brand would like to potentially have products featured on this site.

 

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actual college essentials | back to school series

It’s back to school season and already you are being bombarded by all the “essentials” and greatly enforced items but let’s be real…if you want to save a bunch of money and get things that will actually benefit you through the whole year, then this post is for you! Every store wants your business and even in this day and age, social media influencers are trying to help brand items as “necessities”, when that may not be the case.

Take it from me as an almost college junior…these are the essentials that I am highly recommending:

Water Heater

For tea, coffee, hot chocolate, soup…literally everything…I highly recommend having one on hand! Also, dorm life rules vary between different campuses, so make sure that you know what is allowed and what is not. (Check microwave & fridge policies!)

Large Storage Bins

I can’t tell you how great these are! Not only can you use them to store your belongings, but they also help transport during move-in and move-out day. Need a small desk in a pinch? Throw a long scarf over the top of it and it transforms! Multi-task items are key.

Layered Fashion

Having a bit of everything can never hurt, but it is far too easy to over pack clothing. Jeans and shoes can get really heavy too if you are worried about traveling with weight requirements for airlines. That being said, have a few of everything and make sure that it is layerable and easy to clean/match/wear. Dorm closets are small and chances are, you will not be too on-top of laundry so bring as much underwear as you can and a sample of your home closet to rotate through. Also, don’t bother bringing t-shirts because chances are, you will end up with a bunch of free ones within the first week alone.

Heavy Duty Backpack

Textbooks, notebooks, chargers and laptops all weigh quite a bit and if you have a busy day, the times of dropping things off in your high school locker are over. Get a backpack that will support your supplies comfortably, safely, and adorably. Trust me…you will want this to last a long time!

Laptop Case/Chargers/Phone Case

This goes without saying, but make sure that you have all of your electronic essentials and protection for them! I highly recommend phone cases that double as wallets too to keep your school ID and credit card close and safe.

External Hard Drive

As a film student and a person who just so happens to make a lot of videos (youtube.com/sarahfhamilton!), I have a great tendency to run out of space, need to back up my laptop as much as humanly possible, and bring files around with me. As a film student, an external hard drive (or two) are truly essential but I highly recommend to anyone in college. A flash drive or two helps as well. Store your stuff, keep it safe, and make sure that it stays as organized as possible!

Planner

I have been a solid believer in the agenda/planner since the earliest of my schooling days. It is truly a great way to organize your to-do’s in life and other reminders. Having one that works for the school year is absolutely great and the lighter it is, the more likely you are to carry it with you everywhere! Save yourself some stress and keep your thoughts on pages.

Essentials

A laundry bag or hamper, pillow, sheets, cleansers, personal hygiene items, small lamp, shower shoes/caddy, mirror, few bowls/mugs…keep few of these things on hand to make life simpler.

As it goes for textbooks and school supplies, wait until the end of the first week! Once you get your classes situated and syllabi read, you will have a much better idea of what you will actually need. Long story short, you will be collecting as the year goes by so start as minimalistic as possible and know that things you need will be collected as you go along.

I wish you the best of luck this upcoming school year! Let me know what some of your school essentials are in the comments below or tweet them at me @sarahfhamilton!

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SPRING DAY IN SANTA MONICA

Happy Spring!

Yesterday I went to film a couple of interviews for the “High Strung” movie press day (http://www.highstrungthemovie.com/) and afterwards, took a little detour to Santa Monica to enjoy the sunny spring day in LA and get some footage for an upcoming contest video I have been working on.

So, naturally, I took some photos in addition to the video footage and decided to share them here to spread the perf blue skies, ocean breeze, and sunshine!

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Santa Monica is one of my favorite locations in LA, complete with a fun boardwalk (which is basically a lowkey carnival and amusement park in one!), infinite sandy beaches, breathtaking ocean views, and even a shopping mall and promenade!

Just another beautiful reason to love LA.

me

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It’s 2016!?!?!?

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!
2015 was such an incredible and life changing year for me and I truly cannot believe how it is actually 2016 right now, but here we are! As I write this, I am back in California after an amazing break back home. It’s surreal that my life has come to be the way that it is but I love it so much. If you’re subscribed to my YouTube channel, you probably have seen my new 2015 year in review video…

What you may not know is that I had several different ideas for this video, but ultimately made it as it is to fit as much of the year in as possible. But for this site, I wanted to exclusively share with you 15 Major Moments of 2015.

  1. Published my first book, “The Enchantress (a Royalty Status novel)” and got to attend multiple author events!
  2. Visited “Storybrooke”, Vancouver, Los Angeles (for colleges), Maine, and Boston!
  3. Lived my last several months of High School to the fullest!
  4. Created two 10-20 minute short films with my New York friends!
  5. Graduated High School!
  6. Turned eighteen!
  7. Wrote another full book! (but shh! more information soon!)
  8. Started college on the other side of the country to study film and television production!
  9. Made new friends, joined new clubs! (Swing Dancing, Improv, etc.)…and I got a radio show! (KLMU 88.9fm Tuesday mornings 8-10 Cali time)
  10. Got my first job!
  11. Attended multiple red carpets and events to film celebrity interviews! (OnTheSpotInterviews on YouTube)
  12. Acted in multiple short film projects!
  13. Got to be a part of Ricky Dillon and Trevor Moran’s new music video “Steal the Show”!
  14. Started to grow my YouTube channel and attend events at YouTube Space LA!
  15. Flew home on an airplane all by myself for the first time!

…and yes, Winter Break was this beautiful wonderful time that I got to spend with my family. It was weird to feel as if everything had changed and was the same at the same time, but I really enjoyed being back. Oh, and in the style of EVERY college student out there…I MISSED MY BED!

So yeah…my life has changed quite a bit. I feel more confident, people see me differently than they used to and 2015 holds an obsessively amazing amount of wonderful memories. Truth is, I loved high school and had no idea how it could get any better…but somehow, it did. I have accomplished so many dreams in 2015 and I am looking forward to seeing what 2016 brings!

What are your 15 Moments of 2015? Let me know in a comment below or tweet me @LockerStyler or @sarahfhamilton!

Happy 2016!

me

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Fall Flicks!

  HAPPY AUTUMN!

Fall time is definitely my favorite season of all time and I can’t go without posting about it each and every year here. There’s something about the colder weather, cloudy days, crisp and colorful leaves, the return of baking season (and TV shows!), and pretty much everything that goes into this beautiful time of the year. Which totally includes those fun fall movies we all love! Especially with the cooler weather, there’s something wonderful about chilling with some hot apple cider and watching a fun fall flick. (Okay, maybe it can’t be quite like this as it’s STILL 75 degrees and sunny in SoCal, but I still think about it nonetheless!)

So, without further ado, here are some FALL FLICKS that you can kick back and relax to.

  • Halloweentown 
  • Casper – Probably my favorite fall flick…it’s classic!
  • Scream Queens – it’s a new TV show and not exactly under the movie category but it’s a fun show that I have been getting into that I just had to post about! It’s perfect for this season too, which totally helps.
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Hocus Pocus 
  • Scream
  • Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Carrie
  • Halloween
  • Warm Bodies
  • Ghostbusters

…and of course, Netflix is the true bae that holds so many more great movies for Halloween!

So, what are you waiting for? Get that caramel covered popcorn, hot apple cider, and candy corn ready and prepare for a ghoulish night of fun fall movies!

Happy October!

me

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Autumn in LA

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Los Angeles is literally the sunniest place I know. It’s drop dead gorgeous weather, infinite possibilities, and abundance of things to do may be just a few of the things that drew me here in the first place, but if I have learned anything recently, it is that the weather never really changes and it’s always 75 degrees and sunny. I love it without a doubt, but…FALL TIME.

I am used to cloudy cold days and nights with colorful crisp leaves and a cool breeze where all I do is take aesthetic autumn pictures, write poetry, sip hot apple cider, and remain the cozy happy fall time lover that I am. Turns out, that’s definitely not exactly the case of how these months work here. HOWEVER, I have discovered some ways to get that perfect fall time feeling even if you’re doing so while wearing sunnies and trying not to be sunburned.

  • Embrace cloudy days!
  • Tumblr is a great outlet to get into that fall mood.
  • Halloween movie nights!
  • Wear a scarf…even if it’s a light one!
  • Drink fall-inspired drinks (hot apple cider, PSL, that yummy Toasted Graham Latte at Starbucks…)
  • Chill with fall-inspired chill music playlists.
  • Find fallen leaves and walk in them. Hear the crunch. YAS.
  • Wear darker colors (clothing, nail polish, makeup, etc.)
  • Read somewhere cozy…this one is always a great thing to do!
  • Sit outside on those rare windy days and soak it all in.
  • Go on a hayride or to a haunted house.

I know that about half of these I have already done and October has just begun! Anyways, I hope that you have a very happy fall time and I will definitely be posting more autumn themed posts and videos onto my YouTube channel to keep those fall vibes going strong.

Happy Fall Time!
me

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Study Tips 101

  Hello!

If you have been to this site before, you are well aware that I have just started my first year of college…on the other side of the country! (If you’re new, welcome!) Recently, I have learned that high school is VERY different from college and so is my study techniques! In high school, I used to get everything I had to done before ever getting home. Even for the things that did end up needing to be done at home, I made it a point to work on it ASAP! Turns out, college doesn’t give me that kind of ability since i’m either living at school or schooling at home…whichever way you want to look at it! Moral of the story: I needed to figure out my new study techniques.

  • GET IT DONE ASAP: No matter what, this one always applies! If you have time to work on something…JUST DO IT!
  • DRINK WATER, STAY LIVELY: If I am too tired to work on something, I usually don’t end up working on it until I’m more awake. By staying hydrated, you’ll stay awake more and remain focused.
  • SNACK BREAK: As long as you’re not snacking every time you don’t want to be working on something, then a little snack break is a good way to stay focused but also have a minute to clear your mind.
  • FRIENDS: Study with friends! Not only can you all help each other understand things better, but it’s also a great reason to see your friends and still be productive.
  • MUSIC: This may or may not work for you, but sometimes having music helps. Soothing background music always keeps me more lively and sometimes provides better focus when trying to stay on task.
  • NEW LOCATION: Maybe you’re just easily distracted or incredibly bored with your current study area…that’s okay! Change it up every now and then and visit different places. Coffee shops, libraries and bookstores, your room, a park, the beach…there are so many locations out there! Find what works best for you.
  • THE GUM TRICK: Did you know that chewing mint gum while studying increases focus and helps your memory for when you have the same gum during a test or class? Try it out sometime! You may be surprised.

That is all on the helpful tip train today, but check back next week for an all new post! Also, let me know what kind of posts you would like to see and/or what study tricks and tips help you out.

Best of Luck!

me

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