FabFitFun Editor's Box


Reward—A recompense or premium offered by an individual in return for special attainments or achievements.”


-Black’s Law Dictionary


Two posts in less than a week!  You guys must feel so special after my long absence in the fall.  If you follow my Twitter or read my last post, you may have seen that I ordered a FabFitFun box to reward myself for being 1/6th of a lawyer and celebrate the start of a new semester.  I decided to post my review of the box on here because I thought it would be a nice break from all law school related posts and I’m thinking about expanding my blog to cover lifestyle in general, but still have a major focus on law school and how my lifestyle fits into that.  Just a disclaimer, this is not an advertisement, but I just wanted to share what I got in case you’re looking into buying one (or just looking for some good gift ideas for yourself!).


So FabFitFun is a quarterly subscription service, which comes during the Spring, Summer, Winter, and Fall.  It’s $49.99 a quarter, but if you use the link at the bottom of this post, you can get $10 off your first box.  Additionally, you can sign up for a yearly subscription, which gives you the added bonus of picking which color or style you like of certain items.  Inside the boxes, you receive a variety of fashion, makeup, hair care, fitness, and fun items.  This box is a special intro box that you receive if you subscribe in between the quarterly boxes, and it comes with items that the editors of the box believe were the best from their past boxes.  Let’s take a look into my box!


ModCloth Key Loch and Key Scarf (retail value:  $34.99)


I absolutely love this scarf!  This blanket scarf is super soft and huge; it measures at 50 square inches.  There are so many different ways to wear it too, as a scarf, as a wrap, etc.  I personally wore it as a wrap over a plain t-shirt and it was super comfy and warm.  I do have a similarly colored blanket scarf already, but I like that this one has a more distinctive white, black, and grey plaid pattern.  Definitely a thumbs up for this one!


The Created Co. To-Go Coffee Mug (retail value:  $19.00)


This mug is adorable!  It came with two different sayings:  “Good Morning Gorgeous” or “Joy Comes in the Morning.”  I received the former and I think it is so cute.  I have yet to use it, but I probably will get lots of use of it.  It’s made of plastic, which means you can’t put it in the microwave, but the design is so cute, it makes up for that.  This item definitely gets a thumbs up!


FabFitFun Coloring Book & Colored Pencils (retail value:  $14.00)



Personally, I love coloring books so I was so excited when I got this.  The coloring book was made specially for FabFitFun, and one of the coolest things about the Editor’s Box box is it’s colorable too!  In addition to the coloring book, a package of colored pencils was included.  Part of why I love FabFitFun is that they usually include an item that donates money to charity as a part of its proceeds.  In this box, the colored pencils represented their donation to Pencils for Promise, which initiates programs to help educate children.  FabFitFun also designs the box for the quarter to reflect the charity they donate to; so this quarter, the box was also a giant coloring page!  So many thumbs up for these items!




I’m not a big lipstick wearer, or anything other than chapstick really.  However, this lip gloss/stain combo might change my mind.  It isn’t too sticky and has a nice neutral color.  Dark lipsticks aren’t really my thing so a neutral color is perfect for me.  It went on nicely and lasted for a while so it definitely gets a thumbs up from me! 

Marrakesh Argan & Hemp Hair Oil (retail value:  $22.99)



I’ve never actually used a hair oil before, but I’m excited to try this out because of the great reviews it’s gotten from other FFF members.  It has a nice smell and is supposed to soften and defrizz your hair.  I did try out a tiny bit of it on my hair and it did make it shinier, but I’m anxious to see what it does when I try it out on a larger part of my hair.  Thumbs up for this!

O.R.G. Skincare Mineral Peel Face (retail value:  $44.00)


At first I wasn’t too sure about this product.  I really don’t use many products on my face beside moisturizer, but I thought I’d give this a try.  To use it, you just spray a little onto your face and let it soak in for about three seconds.  Then, you rub it in and your dead skin comes off!  It’s kinda gross, but my skin did feel softer after I used it.  I give this product a half thumbs up (but more on the up side).


Jook & Nona Tag Necklace (retail value:  $65.00)


As with a lot of the items that come in FabFitFun boxes, there are multiple different phrases that come on this necklace.  I got the necklace which says “love.”  I’ve already worn this a few times and it’s a cute accessory that isn’t too distracting from your actual outfit.  It’s really good quality as it is 18K gold plated and the chain is thin but sturdy.  Overall, I give this necklace a thumbs up!



In the Editor’s Box, there were four different options of a mystery item and I got this eyeshadow palette.  It’s very similar to the Naked palettes you can get at Ulta, with eleven eyeshadows that range from a light, sheer color to a dark smoky color.  I was super excited when I got this because it has most of the colors that I use on a daily basis so I will definitely get use out of this palette.  Also, the retail value of this item alone was more than what I paid for the box, which is definitely awesome.  Thumbs up for this!

Zoya Nail Polish (retail value:  $10.00)


I think you guys might not take me seriously when I say I love everything in this box, but I really do and this nail polish is no exception.  The Zoya brand touts their nail polish as free from the five major ingredients in every other nail polish, and that makes their nail polish free of the strong smell most nail polishes have.  And the color is perfect for times when I can’t wear my typical bright color polishes, as it gave my nails a light pink color, but it was still appropriate for interviews and other professional events.  Thumbs up for this as well!


Total Retail Value:  $283.98


In addition to all of the great stuff that you get in the box, I also got a $40 gift card to try HelloFresh.  I’ve looked into it and for three meals made for two people, it comes down to around $20, which really isn’t that bad for that much food.  The FabFitFun website also comes with some pretty great deals online as well.  I utilized their coupon for two months free of Barre3 Online Plus membership, which was awesome because I looked into barre classes and those two free months came to about a $58 value. 


If you have any questions about the box, let me know and I’ll try to answer!  Also click this link to get $10 off your first box!

New Semester Resolutions


Resolution—The determination or decision, in regard to its opinion or intention, of a deliberative or legislative body.
-Black’s Law Dictionary

One week in to the new semester and I thought I’d give a brief summary of last semester and my goals for this semester!  At my school, we got our grades back the Friday before the semester started, which is just what you want to see right before classes begin again.  I didn’t do terribly overall, but it was definitely the lowest GPA I’ve ever had (not by much, I did a tiny bit better one semester in college, but by that point I had a high overall GPA).  That really stung since I was used to a particular level of achievement.  However, I had a mock interview this week with a practicing attorney and she told me that my current GPA is a good starting point because I can always increase my grades this semester now that I know how to work the law school system.
One of the things that got me down about my grades was the fact that some of my friends did better than I did and looking back, I felt like I knew as much as they did about the subject and didn’t think I did that much worse than they did.  But that’s one thing about law school, one point can separate an A- and a B+ based on the distribution of points each student earned on the exam. 
Looking back on how I studied and utilized my time last semester, I have a few goals for the next semester and I thought I’d share them here so I’m more accountable than if I just made them in my head.
Goals for Second Semester
1.  Read and brief every class assignment.  I did pretty well with this last semester, so this goal is more of a continuation of what I did last semester.  However, there were sometimes that I would just book brief and didn’t really internalize the material that I was reading.  I have heard from some people that as they continued their law school career they focused less and less on reading the cases, but my professors really liked to focus on the cases so I could never do that.  But my typical system involves reading ahead for the week on the weekends and then typing up my briefs the night before class just to remind myself what the reading was about.
2.  Start outlining earlier (and continue updating my outlines every other week).  I really didn’t start doing my outlines until reading week, which I think really hurt me when it came time to study.  I had to spend the first few days of my study period making outlines, which took away from time I could have been doing practice exams or reinforcing the concepts I learned during the semester.  So this semester, I want to start outlining once I finish the first section of material in my class and then update my outlines every other week until the end of the semester.  Hopefully, then I won’t have to spend as much time towards the end on my outlines.
3.  Utilize professor’s office hours.  I went to a professor’s office hours twice last semester (and once was for my memo) and I really think that I did myself a disservice with that.  I think my main reason for not going was that I didn’t really know what to ask.  But my goal for this semester is to meet with all of my professors at least once this semester and maybe more just to make sure I know what I’m doing.
4.  Work out more frequently.  In high school and my first year of college, I really never had to worry about working out since I was an athlete and that came with the territory.  And even for the rest of my college career, my school had free workout classes at school and the local gym and I was part of a dance group so working out was easy to get to and very inexpensive.  However, last semester, I worked out approximately three times.  During the whole semester!  I think that definitely had an effect on my energy level and motivation.  So over break, I looked into a lot of the local gyms and classes, but I found that they were really expensive and winter in the north is crazy so I didn’t really want to chance that I wouldn’t be able to get to the gym when I paid so much for it.  However, I recently purchased a FabFitFun box and with the box I got two free months of the Barre3 online workout program!  I just started utilizing the subscription and I love it, so hopefully, I can keep it up all semester!
5.  Increase my class rank by the end of this semester.  As I said previously, I didn’t do terribly and had a relatively good class rank, but I didn’t really meet my internal threshold of success I have for myself.  This semester, I’d really like to increase my class rank by 10% (but I’d really even be happy with a 5% increase, too!).  I think once I implement some of the changes I mentioned earlier, I can definitely do it.  And some of the classes I’m taking this semester are ones that I really couldn’t wait to take, like Contracts and Property, so hopefully they’re a little more my speed than my classes last semester.
6.  Blog every other week (at least).  I really tried to keep up with this resolution last semester but I don’t think I realized that I would have so much work to do.  However, I’m planning on (fingers crossed) blogging on the off weeks of my outlining, but this may be more depending on how much I have to do.  If you didn’t realize last semester, I really didn’t focus on my law school study tips.  That was mainly because I didn’t want to offer my advice on law school if I didn’t really know whether what I was doing worked.  But I figure that now that I’ve reflected on what I did last semester, I have more of an idea of how to fix what I need to and hopefully be of some help to others in law school.
I hope you guys weren’t extremely bored by my reflection on last semester and maybe some of it resonated with you.  What are your goals and resolutions for this semester?  Hopefully, at the end of the semester, we can all celebrate meeting a majority (or all) of our goals!

New Year, New Planner


Calendar—The established order of the division of time into years, months, weeks, and days; or a systematic enumeration of such arrangement.
-Black’s Law Dictionary
How ironic that my post about utilizing a planner comes after not sticking to my posting schedule!  I promise I will be better about posting this year and in this coming semester.  I didn’t realize how crazy busy I would get towards the end of last semester with my final memo and finals, but now I’m one-sixth of the way to having my JD!
One of the things that I get most excited about every year is designing and purchasing my new planner.  I’ve used and investigated a few different brands, but there’s one brand that I’ve been using consistently for the past four years.  I purchase my planner from the company May Designs.  Not only do they sell full year agendas, they sell academic agendas (August to July), calligraphy books, notebooks, stationery, and even full wall calendars.
The Planner Itself
One of my favorite things about the May Designs notebooks and agendas is their physical design.  The books are bound on the side and are quite flexible.  My absolute favorite feature of the planner happens to be the width of the agenda itself.  I’ve used several other planners that were really thick and couldn’t easily fit in my bag with all of my school textbooks.  That’s not the case with the May Designs books; they’re lightweight and don’t take up much room in a bag filled with law school casebooks. 

The inside pages of the 2017 agenda are awesome!  The first pages of the agenda includes a place to write down your goals for all parts of your life, including fitness, books to read, travel, etc.  I didn’t really use this feature that much last year but I’m planning on using it this year.  For Christmas last year, my mom bought me one of their adult coloring books and this year, they included pages of their coloring book into the agenda (awesome for stress relieving!).  The page after that includes another section for goals for each month, celebrations in that month, and a small place to write notes about what happens in each month.
Each month, a full month spread precedes a page layout for each week.  The month spread includes all of the major holidays, including some minor ones (like National Cheese Lover’s Day, my fav!), a place for notes, and a small calendar for the next month.  In the prior editions of the May Book agendas, I found each day’s space to be a little small and I would have to cram all of my assignments for every class.  Thankfully, they just expanded their product line to include notebooks that are the same size as a composition notebook.  I purchased two large sized notebooks for some of my classes and they’re definitely a great size so I’m excited to start using a planner this size. 
The planners themselves are not expensive relate to other planners, such as the ever popular Erin Condren planners.  The large size agendas, with a monogram of your choice, cost $28 plus shipping, but they have sales throughout the year and every so often have a MDInstaParty, where they release a pattern for only one day and provide a discount on it!  Trust me, they’re adorable!
How I Use It
I’m extremely organized about how I use my planner, maybe to a fault, but it helps me know what I have to do and when I have to get it done.  My first step every semester is to assign each of my classes a particular color.  I tend to color coordinate my binders for my classes to the pen I use in my planner.  Below you can see my color system for last semester.

Each Color = Different Class

I tend to only match one class with each color so that on my month at a glance calendar, it’s easier for me to see what class has the most assignments for a particular week.  I used to only use one color for my planner but that got a bit much when I was trying to distinguish between my class assignments.  I love using the colored Sharpie pens for this task as they have vibrant colors and the best part is that they don’t bleed through the page. 

If that weren’t organized enough, I also use large Post-It Notes to organize my week.  On Thursdays, I typically look through my syllabi and write down my reading assignments and other assignments in chronological order for the week on a Post-It.  I use this as more of a checklist to make sure I get everything done for the week.  That may sound redundant as I write down the assignment for the next class after each class is over but the checklist functions as a way for me to get ahead on the week’s assignments so I don’t fall behind. 

That’s my organization routine so feel free to share how you utilize your planners!  I hope your winter break was great and good luck on the start of a new semester!
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