Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A Letter to the Boy I Never Dated

First of all, I want to say thank you. Thank you for making my heart beat a little faster, for making me wake up a little happier in the morning, and for showing me that it's okay to take a chance. Even if it was only for a short time, so much of your being brought me happiness and for that, I will be forever grateful. And I can say that you will always hold a portion of my heart.

The hardest part is looking at you and seeing the potential. Seeing someone I want to confide and take comfort in. Someone I want to spend fun nights out with but also someone who I just want to hang out with in my pajamas. I wanted nothing more than to call you mine. With every silly conversation and funny dance move, I found myself falling for you. 

You brought a smile to my face that I had never seen before. And that made it so much harder when I learned you didn't feel the same way. My heart broke and I was embarrassed; quite honestly all I wanted to do was get in bed and pull the covers over my head. On one hand, I hoped to never have to see you again, but on the other hand I hoped you'd show up at my door and tell me it was all a misunderstanding. I knew that wasn't going to happen and I decided the best possible thing would be to stop hoping, stop fantasizing and tell myself that I deserve better.

I know I deserve better than a guy that doesn't care about me. I haven't yet accepted this but I am getting there. I'm glad that I wasn't afraid to take a risk. In my mind, you won't be the guy that broke my heart but the guy that pushed me out of my comfort zone, that made me laugh on a Friday night after a long week, and that made me feel incredibly special. You're a great guy and I know that; we simply were not meant to be. 

Who would have known that I could have my heart broken by a guy I never dated? But I did and that's okay. And now I'm slowly learning to not think about how special you made me feel, and I'm telling myself that I'll be okay. Because I know the more I tell myself that eventually, I will begin to believe it. You broke my heart and it hurts but I know I will be okay because there are better things ahead, there always are.

The girl with the crush

Friday, March 17, 2017

Inspiration for Decision Making

I'm one of the most indecisive people, so when I have a big decision to make I often find myself looking to different quotes to try and help me make my decision. So I figured I would compile some of my favorites here to share with you all!
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I find so much inspiration from looking at different quotes, and I love to share that on the blog. I hope you all enjoyed this post and I hope you all have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Best of J.Crew Factory New Arrivals

It's no secret that I absolutely love J.Crew Factory. I think they have the cutest clothes at really great prices. I find myself shopping there more often than anywhere else. So when the most recent new arrivals came out, I couldn't help but stop everything(I was in math class) and check them out! I fell in love with the scallops and coral color, and of course, stripes are always a classic. Also, I recently discovered that there is a J.Crew Mercantile store(same as J.Crew Factory just a different name) in Winston-Salem where I go to school, and I couldn't help but head to check out some the new arrivals. I love being able to go to the store because you can use your student discount and get an additional 15% off, which is always great. I bought the striped ruffle top and the scalloped tank almost immediately as I fell in love with them when I tried them on. I decided to wait on the other stuff, giving my wallet a little break but I get paid this Friday so the other stuff may be in my closet real soon. I absolutely love that scallops are popular again this spring/summer season as I think it adds such a fun and simple touch to a clothing piece. 
What's your favorite trend for the upcoming season? 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Beauty of the South

I always had big plans to get out of my hometown, to go as far away as I possibly could. I thought I hated everything about it, but in reality leaving it made me realize how much I love living in my little southern town. I do go to school in the South, but I attend a university with many out of state and foreign students and while the southern atmosphere still exists it is nothing like my hometown. I'm beginning to realize that there is truly nothing I love more than the South. 

First, of course, the weather in the South is wonderful. You get all 4 seasons. The winter is never too cold and is over before you know it, and the summer only has a few really hot days. I feel like the majority of days are sunny and 60 or 70. But even on those hot summer days, there is nothing better than spending my summer at the lake. Whether it is simply tanning, riding around on the boat, or floating in the water, I find I'm happiest on a dock by a lake on a warm summer day. My dad's side of the family has a wonderful tradition of all of us going to my grandparent's lake house for a week during the summer. This is one of the things I look forward to most every single year. But thankfully my family lives quite close to the lake house, so we are able to spend many summer weekends there!

There is something about the southern atmosphere, life is often lived a little slower with a little less worry. It's okay to be a little late and take the time to do things. People are always going to say thank you and help you when you need it. People are willing to put their lives on hold. Whether it's giving you their umbrella when it starts to rain or helping you when you have no idea where you are. When you meet someone they will remember your name, and always give you a smile and a wave when you pass them if not having a full on conversation. Everyone treats you like you are family: from a person in the supermarket, to your teachers at school, and even your mailman. People in the south want you to feel at home, and the element of southern hospitality exists everywhere.

I also absolutely love the landscape. I love seeing empty land and rolling hills when I drive down the road. It makes me happy to take in the beauty of  nature all around me every single day. Plus there is nothing I love more than driving around chasing the sunset surrounded by a beautiful landscape. It's one of my favorite parts of coming home on the drive home I get to pass over the lake and drive by all these beautiful cow pastures with mountains in the background. How can you not live a happy life, when the world around you is so beautiful. 

But most importantly I love a good southern accent. There is nothing better than hearing that southern drawl, especially from a guy. I'm not usually a fan of accents, but southern accents can charm me like no other. And more than just the accents, I love the terminology. There is nothing that melts my heart quite like hearing a guy call your mom ma'am and your dad sir. It's just the extra element of thought and respect. And a southern gentleman is pretty hard to resist, the perfect manners, the constant respect, and of course the mutual love for college football. I hope I'm lucky enough to fall in love with a southern boy one day. 

Above all, I always leave my southern town happy and feeling loved. 
My heart belongs to the south, and it probably always will. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Instagram Round-Up

Happy Monday! I'm here with another Instagram round-up, because who doesn't love an Instagram round-up?? I really wanted to do this post because I really love a lot of the outfits I've been posting on my Instagram. 
Top: LOFT (Similar)
Jeans: Levi's
Necklace: KJP

Necklace: J.Crew Factory (Similar)

Necklace: J.Crew Factory (Similar)
Watch: Kate Spade

Top: J.Crew Factory (Similar)
Pants: Levi's
Watch: Kate Spade
Flats: Lucky Brand
Shoe Clips: Etsy

Top: J.Crew Factory (Similar)
Watch: Kate Spade

Top: Greek U

Shoes: Lucky Brand
Shoe Clips: Etsy

Top: J.Crew (Similar)

I LOVE this quote, too cute!

Top: Greek U

Top: Banana Republic (Similar)
Necklace: KJP

 Tulips at the Federal Reserve of Atlanta

Top: J.Crew Factory (Similar)
Pants: Levi's
Watch: Kate Spade

Necklace: J.Crew Factory (Similar)
Watch: Kate Spade
Shoes: Lucky Brand

That was pretty much my spring break in Instagram photos; I had a great week home and I'm excited to get back into the swing of things at school. I hope you guys all have a great week! I thought it would be fun to share a little bit of inspiration for this upcoming week. 
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Finding Peace in Yourself

I'm going to be brutally honest in this post, I went into college really wanting a relationship. I wanted desperately to find someone that would make me happier than I had ever been. I dreamed of the ideal college romance. Someone that would be my other half and would spend hours laughing with me late into the night. For some reason I just expected that it would be easy in college to find someone. But I've learned that in college boys generally aren't looking for relationships and because of this they will send you a plethora of mixed signals because they have no idea what they want. 

But I've realized that longing for something so entirely out of my control is absolutely ridiculous. I don't want to spend college chasing after boys hoping one of them will like me. I want to spend college chasing after what makes me happy. While relationships are beautiful aspects of life, there is no feeling like getting an A on a big test or cheering your team to victory at a big game. Happiness lies with you and making your life beautiful. You are not a half looking for your other side, you are whole all on your own. Depend on yourself for happiness. 

Independence doesn't mean that you will never find love just that you recognize the greatest things in life take time. Love will find you when it's time, and until then you should make the most of every single day. Life is something to be cherished, and should not be lost at the expense of some boy you barely know. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Songs I'm Loving

I recently read Emma from Dash of Serpendipity's February Playlist post and I was inspired to make my own similar post. I got so many great song recommendations from her post, so I thought maybe some of you would like to hear what songs I'm loving. I also thought this post was good timing as I'm driving home today, so many of these songs will be on repeat for the 5 hour drive!

I'm always looking for new song recommendations, so leave your favorite song at the moment in the comments below!