How to Stay Organized In High School

As a senior in my second semester of high school (two months and twenty-six days as of today!), I feel confident that I know how to stay organized and on track. On most days, that is. I’ve rounded up five tips here on what works for me!

How to Stay Organized in High School

Make to-do lists.

I use my Kate Spade agenda in the medium size with the Bella Bookshelf print every single day. When there’s five or ten minutes left in each class, I take it out and write down my assignments for that class. That serves as my to-do list for the night and I’ll write other small things to do as well, like write a post for the blog. I use the Any.do app on my Android, but I love using the web version as well! I organize my to-do list into three categories: School, Blog, and Personal. This app is great because you can assign a due date for each task, color code them, etc. You can share lists with other people and in the premium version you can collaborate with other people on lists, which could be handy for group projects.

Use the Pomodoro technique.

This has been a game-changer for me lately and I wish I would have discovered it sooner! This technique is a way of teaching yourself discipline when studying and encourages you to get things done more efficiently. This article on Lifehacker explains it more in detail, but it’s a simple tactic. You work for 25 minutes straight, then take a five minute break. After four sessions of working for 25 minutes, then you can take a longer break, usually between 15-30 minutes. I use the Tomato Timer to track my time. I used to have an app on my phone, but every time I went to start the next timer I’d get distracted by another notification, so this is a good alternative. I feel like this has increased my productivity by a ridiculous amount!

Live by your syllabus.

In the first week or so of school, most teachers will hand out a syllabus, or a list of due dates throughout the year. Some teachers do it for the quarter, or for the semester. When I get my syllabus, I write all my due dates for big projects, quizzes, and tests in my agenda. This helps me stay on top of studying in advance. It’d be helpful to write this out on a monthly desk calendar as well, but I currently use my calendar for scholarship due dates.

Teach the tricky topics.

If you’re having trouble with a certain topic, teach it to someone else! I usually ending up explaining the topic to my dogs because my family doesn’t want to listen about codominant and incomplete genetics, but hey, whatever works. Before our last final, my biology teacher had us split into groups and pick a topic that we were unsure on and then teach it to the class. Afterwards, I felt confident on the topic that we had taught. Teaching a topic requires you to know all the little details to answer questions and explain the general idea, so this one works for sure.

Talk to your teacher.

This one may seem obvious, but I can’t stress this enough! Sophomore year, I was in Honors Pre-Calculus and math has never been my strong suit. I would go in every morning before class and have my teacher work me through an example of a problem that I was having trouble with. Being able to break it down into smaller steps usually helps me understand. For math, I take an example and break it up into every tiny step and write the calculator commands or the written explanation of each step off to the side. This has helped me a ton. I’ve also found that if you go in and ask questions of your teacher, they usually tend to favor you more and will be friendlier in class.

If you’re in college, check out my updated post for more tips and tricks that you can also use for high school!

I hope you found these tips helpful! Thanks for reading!

navy monogram

Continue Reading

Home Sweet Home

Over my five day weekend this past week, I stayed inside most of the time due to the cold. That means I spent a lot of time on Pinterest, particularly following new people and boards. I spent a lot of time on my Home Sweet Home board, focusing on gorgeous bright homes with clean design.
imagevia

imagevia

imagevia

imagevia

imagevia

You can follow me on Pinterest here! Leave a comment with a link to your Pinterest and I’d love to follow you.

Thanks for reading!
navy monogram

Continue Reading

Pottery Barn Teen Study Supplies

I’m a big fan of PB Teen in general, but I’m especially a fan of their study supplies. This post is a follow-up to my post on dorm items from PB Teen–you should read that after this!

Printed Desk Accessories

This desk accessory set in pool blue with white trim would be great for keeping my desk organized. Since I already have a busy bedspread, keeping things neutral on my desk is the way to go. The scalloped wire set would also add the perfect feminine touch.

Flip-Out Lap Desk

 After seeing this flip-out lap desk on Kate’s blog, I thought it was a great idea. I use lap desks when working at home and the ability to make it flip out is perfect. My posture is often slacking when I’m writing in bed and I slump like nobody’s business, but this would force me to sit up like I should!

Dry-Erase Calendar Decal

Getting organized in college is a must, so this dry-erase calendar decal would be perfect for staying on top of things. I love the amount of space to write whatever you want. If I had more space in the dorm, I’d opt towards the Peyton set in pool blue that comes with a dry-erase calendar, two pinboards, a caddy, and an open cube. When I was younger, I used to go on the PB Teen website and design my own systems. Any of these organization systems are perfect too for someone with a big amount of space!

penn task lamp

College will call for some late nights…of studying, of course. This Penn task lamp in pool, navy, or white would be so helpful for keeping me on track and awake.

Thanks for reading! If you love Pottery Barn Teen as much as I do, tell me in the comments your favorite product! Don’t forget to read the first part of my post here.

navy monogram

Continue Reading

Branding and Blog Design

I’ve only been an ‘official’ blogger for a few months, but I’ve learned the importance of branding already. A while ago I created an inspiration board for my blog on Pinterest, and from that I created this branding reference.

Branding inspiration for Hannah With a Camera.

The inspiration for my color scheme came straight from my room. Turquoise, coral, navy and grey are all throughout my room, from the light turquoise walls to the coral accents. A peek into my closet proves my love for these bright colors!

I wanted both a modern and a classic feel, and the fonts reflect this. Theano Didot is a classic font inspired by Vogue magazine’s bold lettering. Anyone with some knowledge of graphic design knows that serifs are best mixed with san serifs, so I picked Roboto Thin. These two fonts are great free fonts for any design.

The patterns I chose help influence the classic feel of my blog. Stripes and polka dots will always be in style. The gold, in my opinion, adds a stylish touch.

Keep an eye out for my next post with tips on creating a brand board for yourself!

Thanks for reading,

navy monogram

Continue Reading

Pottery Barn Teen Dorm Roundup

As a senior and soon-to-be college freshman, I’ve already started planning for my dorm room. I’ll be living in a suite, but my current task is focused on the smaller room I’ll share with one of my closest friends. I’ve been a fan of Pottery Barn Teen for forever and it was my first place to look!

bedding peyton

I got the Peyton Duvet for my bed.

ikat

My roommate got the Ikat Medallion for hers.

lattice

These lattice pillow covers are adorable! The grey or the pink would be my pick to complement the navy.

greek

I’m going to be rushing for a sorority at my college, so one of these monogrammed Greek letter pillows in the pink or turquoise polka dot would be perfect to represent my letters.

throw

Once it gets cold–and it definitely can get freezing in Kansas–a blanket will be my first choice to keep me warm at night. And let’s face it, the throw in pool blue will most likely be accompanying my shoulders when I’m in the dorm no matter what time of day. Can you see a color scheme forming yet? 😉

rolling cart

Because the dorms are small, I’m going to have to store things up on top of each other. This rolling cart in the mini dot pool would be great for storing shoes, out-of-season jackets, and other items that just need to be kept out of clutter.

monogram decal

This monogram decal in navy would be great to personalize the dorm just a little bit more and make it feel more like a home.

Pottery Barn Teen has a great selection of items for any dorm. This was not sponsored by them, but I clearly love their products! Stay tuned for what’s next to come in this series: desk and study supplies from PB Teen.

Thanks for reading!

navy monogram

Continue Reading

Charming Charlie Purse

IMG_4285 IMG_4292 IMG_4300 IMG_4305 IMG_4306 IMG_4309 IMG_4313

IMG_4316

dress (similar) // purse // scarf (on sale in black!)

I was on the hunt for a structured, small and versatile crossbody purse for a while…until I found this purse, that is. The navy and white is a perfect combination. I was originally looking for a wristlet, but since I have to carry around my wallet, phone, and Epi-pens (for my allergies) everywhere I go, this crossbody was the perfect solution. It being small forces me to not pack a billion things into my purse, like I usually would with a larger bag. I love the striped pattern on the inside too! It’s back in stock on their website and in stores now!

I got this phone case off Etsy and I love the monogram on it. Turquoise and coral is one of my favorite color combinations, so it’s practically perfect. My keychain is one of my favorite things ever, partly because it reminds me of the trips to Harry Potter World with my mom and my nana, and partly because I’ve always loved Harry Potter. I wanted to show off my rings and watch too because no matter what the outfit, I’ll probably be wearing them. The watch goes with everything in my opinion, because it’s every color of the rainbow, and the rings have a special story behind them. The gold ring was given to my mom on her sixteenth birthday. The silver ring was in a small bowl that my granddad keeps on his kitchen table of random things he picks up on his walks. I have no idea what it used to be or what gemstone it is, but it fits perfectly.

What’s your favorite accessory to wear?

navy monogram

Continue Reading

Charming Charlie Purse

IMG_4285 IMG_4292 IMG_4300 IMG_4305 IMG_4306 IMG_4309 IMG_4313

IMG_4316

dress (similar) // purse // scarf (on sale in black!)

I was on the hunt for a structured, small and versatile crossbody purse for a while…until I found this purse, that is. The navy and white is a perfect combination. I was originally looking for a wristlet, but since I have to carry around my wallet, phone, and Epi-pens (for my allergies) everywhere I go, this crossbody was the perfect solution. It being small forces me to not pack a billion things into my purse, like I usually would with a larger bag. I love the striped pattern on the inside too! It’s back in stock on their website and in stores now!

I got this phone case off Etsy and I love the monogram on it. Turquoise and coral is one of my favorite color combinations, so it’s practically perfect. My keychain is one of my favorite things ever, partly because it reminds me of the trips to Harry Potter World with my mom and my nana, and partly because I’ve always loved Harry Potter. I wanted to show off my rings and watch too because no matter what the outfit, I’ll probably be wearing them. The watch goes with everything in my opinion, because it’s every color of the rainbow, and the rings have a special story behind them. The gold ring was given to my mom on her sixteenth birthday. The silver ring was in a small bowl that my granddad keeps on his kitchen table of random things he picks up on his walks. I have no idea what it used to be or what gemstone it is, but it fits perfectly.

What’s your favorite accessory to wear?

navy monogram

Continue Reading

Old Navy Quilted Jacket

IMG_4058

IMG_4061

IMG_4064

IMG_4068

jacket (sold out, but similar) // scarf (sold out)

I love this jacket. Old Navy is always my go-to for…well…everything. This lightweight jacket has spurred my new love for navy. I’ve never been a big fan of black in the first place, and I think navy is such a classic color to match with everything. (Except black, but that’s not my issue!)

I took these photos with my new Canon T5i that I bought after Christmas. I love it already! The flipout screen is perfect for taking my own blog pictures. I bought this remote from Amazon and it works perfectly. One of my favorite things about the new camera is the autofocus–it only took about twenty shots total in a span of fifteen minutes to get the shots I wanted for both this post and my post on pattern mixing.

Thanks for reading!

navy monogram

Continue Reading

Inside the Insta with Prep Avenue

prep avenue header

While I was researching people to interview for this series, Shannon from Prep Avenue was one of the first people I thought of! Her Instagram is always so bright and colorful. She’s one of those bloggers that has created a ‘look’ for herself and the pops of color and pink is always what comes to mind when I think of her. (Plus, she’s adorable. Come on.)

What do you take your photos with?

Honestly it depends where I am and what I’m taking a picture of! If I have my camera with me then I’ll probably take the picture with my camera (I have a Canon Rebel T3i); however, if I’m just out and about then I just use my iPhone!

I love how bright and colorful your photos are! How do you edit them?

Thanks! Most of the time I just use Photoshop on my computer and enhance the brightness.

What’s your favorite thing about Instagram as a blogger?

My favorite thing about Instagram as a blogger is probably the inspiration it provides. I randomly stumble upon a Instagram account that I become obsessed with and I love to see others perspectives on life! I also love seeing what people are doing on a day to day basis. It’s a great way to stay connected with so many people through fun pictures!

prep avenue insta pic 1

What do you center your photos around?

Honestly, nothing too specific! I try to stick to bright colors, pinks, yellows, oranges, and of course lots of navy.

What three words would you use to describe your style on Instagram?

Ooo that’s a hard one! Probably bright, whimsical, and preppy!

Who are three people on Instagram that you admire?

I’m obsessed with Notes_from_Monroe, Mackenzie Horan, and ParisInFourMonths.

prep avenue insta pic 2

Where do you find your inspiration to take photos?

Everywhere! I find a lot of inspiration from other Instagram accounts, Pinterest, and just life in general! Going to new cities and exploring new places also always brings me a ton of inspiration! And the moment I walk into a Kate Spade store, I always feel overly inspired with their bright and bold colors.

How long do you usually take to set up a photo?

This also depends on where I am. But probably no longer than 5-10 minutes! Sometimes it’s frustrating because I can’t find the right lighting but once I do it’s a super fast process!

                prep avenue insta pic 3 Would you say you stick to a certain color scheme for your photos?

I try too. Although sometimes I take a picture that doesn’t exactly fit into the color scheme but it’s just way too cute not to post! My most popular colors are definitely navy and hot pink though.

Square crop or full size, and why?

Square crop all the way! The worst feeling in the world is when you take an amazing photo and then you crop it down into a square and you can’t fit it all! It’s so much easier if you just start out with square crop.

Thanks for reading! Go follow Shannon on her Instagram and read her blog!

navy monogram

Continue Reading

Stripes and Dots

IMG_4053 IMG_4049IMG_4045

IMG_4055

shirt (similar) // sweater (sold out) // necklace // boots

I made the (awful) decision of taking these pictures at 4:45 pm, when it was 25 degrees outside, without a coat for half the photos. Since it’s freezing not only outside but in my school, I have to layer up, so I went with the classic sweater+button-up combination. This necklace (18″) is the perfect accessory to the whole ensemble. I got it for Christmas and it’s been in a constant rotation with my outfits since.

I got this sweater and the button-down during Old Navy’s winter clearance sale. My local store is beginning to put out their spring collection, so I scored the shirt for only $8 and my mom picked up the same sweater for both me and her 😉 We’re about the same size in tops now and with me going off to college next year, I have to keep telling myself I can’t borrow things from her as much!

Yesterday I heard back from someone I am very excited to interview on the blog! I also heard back today from Shannon from Prep Avenue, whose interview will be up very soon. Stay tuned!

navy monogram

Continue Reading