Wednesday, July 11, 2018

How I Learned to Let it Go

For me it started with a boy, you know the way all my best stories do, he had slowly begun to find a way into my heart when the worst possible thing happened, summer break. A girl from Georgia and a boy from Maryland seperated by a 10 hour drive or a $200 plane ticket, what horrible timing echoed in my head as I drove home for the summer. I was quite confident that the summer would be the end of whatever this thing between us was. But as the summer progressed, I learned a lot of things but most importantly to have faith that things would work out the way they were supposed to. 

I guess when I look at it now summer doesn't really seem like an end but a pause to get to know each other better without any of the pressure of having a relationship. As a person always eager to check the boxes, I think this summer gave me a powerful reminder that sometimes you just need to slow down. It doesn't always have to be something real right away for now it can just be fun snapchats and lighthearted good nights as you drift to sleep. I learned to find joy in the little things and to know the next step will come when it's time. 

I'm also slowly but surely working on trust. I'm learning that a night of unanswered snapchats doesn't mean that they've gotten bored of you. And sometimes that unanswered text is nothing more than a text that got lost in the shuffle of a busy day. I've learned to let go of stressing about and making sure every little detail is perfect and just let it be how it is. I don't worry about rules and expectations. I just trust in the way that I feel and I never shy away from sharing that. To be able to just let go of all of those silly little things has made me 100% happier. 

I guess I don't really know where things will go in the fall and that's okay. I enjoyed this summer even if it never becomes something more, I loved every one of our silly summer converations. I was happy, truly happy this summer because I lived life simply. I'm not perfect and I still have days when I feel like everything's falling apart but that's when I have to remind myself to let it go and that everything will be okay in the end if you just have faith in timing. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

My Go-To Tees





Tee: Madewell // Shorts: J.Crew Factory // Necklace: Kendra Scott // Shoes: Soludos

Happy Tuesday!! How cute was my dog joining me for the photos? She just plopped down next to me while my sister and I were outside taking them and the photos ended up looking so so cute. But now for the more exciting part of this post all about this perfect summer tee!

This summer I've been keeping most of my outfits super comfy. I love to keep it casual and cute when I'm heading to babysitting or just hanging out at the house. I have this tee from Madewell in two colors and it's been constantly on repeat. It looks perfect paired with anything from patterned shorts to jeans to a cute skirt. Plus it's super lightweight for helping you to beat the summer heat! I know it will be on repeat for the rest of the summer and frankly the whole year. I would love to hear what's on repeat from your closet this summer?

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Big-Little Reveal Preparation Tips

One of my favorite weeks this past semester was Big-Little Reveal Week, where I got my perfect little Lauren (read about it here)! I absolutely loved getting to spoil her, my identity hidden behind a slew of fake clues. I know I spent a lot of time preparing for the week and I thought it would be fun to share what I did as well as some tips for those of you who are preparing to get your own littles this upcoming fall!

Tip #1: Pass Things Down 
Save yourself both time and money and pass down some stuff that your big gave you! There's probably lots of stuff you don't use that much and even stuff that you'd be willing to pass down on to the newest member of your fam. Plus passing stuff down is a super fun tradition. 

Tip #2: Craft!
Another great way to save money is to make stuff. A cute painted picture frame or a pin box is something so cute but also useful and really easy to paint. Even if your not the most crafty, it will mean a lot to your little that you took the time to make them something. 

Tip #3: Splurge on a Few Things
I thought it was nice to get a few nicer things for my little, as fun as the Target dollar section knick knacks are they really only need so many little things. Paying a little more for a pretty necklace or a cute bracelet will be worth it for something they'll be able to keep for much longer. 

Tip #4: Get Other Things
As fun as it is for your little to get lots of sorority themed things, it's fun to surprise them with some other stuff as well. Get them something to match their hobbies or their favorite TV show. This will also show just how much you know about them and care about their interests. 

Tip #5: Get Matching Shirts
One of the things that I think makes for the best big-little reveal is matching t-shirts. You can order lots of fun matching ones on Etsy or other websites but I decided to make my own with these iron-on decals. This allowed me to get the exact look I wanted with my shirts!

I hope this post was helpful for those of you preparing for your own littles! I could go on for days with all my tips but I think this is a pretty good wrap up. A couple final tips: utilize decorations and don't be afraid to send your little some other surprises (I had friends deliver doughnuts one day and then a pizza another day. Are you getting a little this fall? If so let me know what you've been doing to prepare!
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Monday, June 25, 2018

Norwegian Getaway: Trip Recap

This summer my grandpa decided to take my whole family on a cruise! We went on the Norwegian Getaway for 7 days, traveling to Mexico, Belize, and Honduras. It was a really great time and I thought it would be fun to do a short recap of our trip here. 

Day 1 & 2: At Sea 
Dress: Francesca's (old!) // Necklace: Brook & York

Dress: Red Dress Boutique (old! see it here) // Necklace: Love Always Couture
We departed from Port Miami. The view of the city was gorgeous as the ship set out to sea for our 7-day adventure. We spent most of the first day exploring the ship and the second day was mostly spent lounging by the pool. 

Day 3: Costa Maya, Mexico
Top: H& M (old!) // Shorts: J.Crew Factory // Sunglasses: J.Crew Factory (old! been my go-to sunglasses for years) // Shoes: Jack Rogers

 Swim Top: Old Navy // Swim Bottoms: Target (Old!) // Sunglasses: J.Crew Factory (old! been my go-to sunglasses for years)

We docked for our first stop, where we headed off the ship for a fun day enjoying the beach. While shopping around the downtown we were even able to find my favorite, flamingos!

Day 4: Belize
Coverup: J.Crew Factory // Sunglasses: J.Crew Factory (old! been my go-to sunglasses for years)


Bathing Suit: J.Crew Factory // Sunglasses: J.Crew Factory (old! been my go-to sunglasses for years)

 Top: Madewell // Bralette: Hollister // Shorts: Madewell (old!) // Sunglasses: J.Crew Factory (old! been my go-to sunglasses for years)
Our second stop was Norwegian's private island off the coast of Belize. It was so nice and we were able to enjoy the beach, some shops, and even ziplining. It was definitely one of my favorite days!

Day 5: Honduras
Tank: Nordstrom (old! have actually had this tank forever) // Shorts: J.Crew Factory // Sunglasses: J.Crew Factory (old! been my go-to sunglasses for years)





Bathing Suit: Aerie (old! See it here)
We then headed to Honduras where we spent the day at a sloth and monkey farm and then snorkeling. It was another full & fun-filled day. And I never thought that I would be able to hold a sloth or have a monkey jump on my head. 

Day 6: Cozumel, Mexico

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer (no longer available :( it's the Dusk Shift)

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer (no longer available :( it's the Dusk Shift) // Shoes: Macy's
We didn't end up getting off the ship when we docked in Cozumel as it was kind of a rainy morning. The weather did get better as the day progressed. Instead, we lounged around and I enjoyed a good book. 

Day 7: At Sea
Dress: J.Crew Factory (old! see it here) // Necklace: Love Always Couture
I spent my final day on the ship, lounging by the pool. One of my favorite things about the cruise was all the yummy food and having an excuse to dress up for dinner every night. And even better than dinner was the beautiful sunsets we were greeted with every single night. 

I hope you enjoyed this quick recap of my trip! It was definitely a major highlight of my summer and my life. I just don't think any amount of photos or words could really describe just how much fun it was! Do you all have any fun trips planned this summer?
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Monday, June 18, 2018

Just Slow Down

The other night I was having a sleepy conversation over text before drifting off to bed and I realized something that changed my thinking. The message was from someone who was so purely enjoying life simply because they knew how to make the best of the moment they were in. And that's when I realized so often we are rushing to something else instead of enjoying the present moment we are in. We've all done it, we're all rushing to get to Friday or to summer or to some other position in life. We think oh things will be so much better if I can get to this point or that point. Or maybe you've been dreaming of something and think if you just have it then everything will be okay. Then before we know it in the midst of all the running and rushing, we've missed out on so many of the little moments that make life worth living. 

So sometimes you just need to slow down. You just need to say you know what, I can't wait for that point, but I'm also so happy to be right where I am right now. For me, I'm always rushing to get back to school in the fall, to be reunited with all my friends and the place I love. But often times I brush over the little moments from my summer at home, like Sunday afternoon trips to the grocery store with my mom or trips to the lake or just lounging and reading by the pool. Those things should not be a means to pass the time but to enjoy, that conversation with your mom as you walk down the ice cream aisle and that hello to your neighbor and her adorable baby girl as you relax by the pool. 

Life becomes so much more meaningful when you enjoy every little bit of beauty that it has to offer you. Chase after your dreams and what you want but don't be afraid to enjoy yourself along the way. And sometimes letting things have the time and space they need can make them even stronger in the end. It's amazing how much less complicated and beautiful the journey becomes when you just slow down and trust that what you want will come around in due time. So breathe in, breathe out, and slow down. 


Thursday, May 10, 2018

That's a Wrap on Sophomore Year

I'm back and happy to report that I survived sophmore year! Sophmore year was the everything I could have ever wished for and more. I have more happy memories then I could ever recount here, but I've also learned a lot both in the classroom and about myself. I've had some of the best days of my life and I attribute it all to this perfect school and the great friends I'm so lucky to have. Here are just a few lessons and moments to recap from the year. 

Lesson #1: It's Never Too Late to Find your Best Friend

Lesson #2: Always Say Yes 

Lesson #3: Things May Not be Perfect at First..But Give them Time

Lesson #4: Eat the Sweets... Always

Lesson #5: Don't Be Afraid to Step Up to the Plate 

Lesson #6: Call Home Often & Always When it Counts

Lesson #7: Dance the Night Away

Lesson #8: Always Go For It

Lesson #9: Joining a Sorority Was 100% the Right Decision

Lesson #10: Someone Always Has Your Back 

I have at least 100 more things I could have included in this post, but for brevity sake these are some pretty great highlights. Here's to a year of taking chances, having fun, studying hard, and making friendships and memories that will last way beyond the gates of Wake Forest. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Closure

It all starts with a boy, a brunette boy I met while carelessly dancing in the basement of a frat house, you know the way all the best stories begin. He was the adventure I craved and quickly became addicted to. In the moment, he was all I wanted but honestly, he was nothing I needed. I found myself getting attached while he seemed to grow distant. It was a cycle of unanswered texts and a slew of mixed emotions leading up to this past Sunday night. 

For sake of clarity, I guess I should back it up a bit. It started the fall of my sophomore year, we were a random makeout until eventually, it wasn't so random anymore. When I'd show up to their house pretty much every weekend, he'd be the first one I'd look for every time. And you know by some strange logic, it seems the more times you stick your tongue down somebodies throat the more you seem to develop feelings for them. You may not realize it until you see him with another girl and suddenly your jealousy seems to truly come out. Then the next thing you know, you may accidentally start crying about the situation to one of his fraternity brothers and your big in the student center, and at that point, you're in too deep and you need to take action. 

So this brings us to Sunday night, the night when I'd finally take that step. I'd honestly been thinking about it for a while, mostly because I'd started to realize just how much I liked him. He was consuming my thoughts and I found myself starting to get attached. So I decided I needed a way to see if he wanted anything more or if I should close the book. I figured the easiest way to do this would be to ask him to hang out. We had never interacted much outside of the frat party atmosphere, so I knew that would be a good test. My friends were pretty much split, some saying to go for it while others didn't think it was a great idea. But for me, it came down to the fact that I couldn't let myself sit around and make this pretty little story up in my head anymore. 

So I sent the text. Knowing that there were two possible outcomes: he responds and I explore what it could be or he just doesn't respond and I close that chapter of the book. And as much as the thought of not getting a text back hurt me, the thought of being in limbo for any longer hurt worse. I bet you can guess the outcome- no response. And at that point, face full of rejection it was time to close the book. And while it hurts, if I never felt the rejection I'd never be able to completely move on, there would always still be that glimmer that maybe I should have done something more. Now I can move on, saying I have tried and he just wasn't right for me. So cheers to finding the closure we need, even if it requires us to be bold and to take a risk.