Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sorority Formal

Happy Wednesday! Today is the last day of classes of my freshman year. I can't believe it, it seems like I just moved in. I'll be home in less than a week, and I can't wait to have four months at home. But now on to the main purpose of this post, my sorority formal! My formal was this past Saturday and I thought it would be fun to share what I wore. It was my tie theme, which means your friend chooses a date for you (without you knowing) and then gives you their tie. Then when you guys meet up before, they find you by finding their tie! It's a really cute concept and definitely a fun and different theme.

Bracelet: J.Crew Factory (Similar)

Unfortunately, it rained the day of formal, so I didn't want to wear the suede heels out. I did manage to wear them for one quick picture before we headed out. I had the hardest time finding a dress that I liked, but Rent the Runway came to the rescue(per usual) and I found this super cute and classic one. Formal was a great break before a week of exams ahead!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Life is Messy and Imperfect

One thing that I have learned since entering college is that life is imperfect but despite that life is wonderful. All the little imperfections about life add up to make something distinctly beautiful. You may get a lower grade than you want on a test, you may get your heart broken by a boy, and you may get betrayed by someone you trust. But at the same time you are going to get the position you've been dreaming of in a club, you are going to laugh with your friends late into the night, and you are going to have days when life just seems to be going your way. That's just how it is, you should celebrate the good but you shouldn't have everything together. 

I like to call my mom every day, some days I can't wait to go on and on about how great the day was and other times I want nothing more than for her to be able to give me a big hug and tell me that everything is going to be okay. But I wouldn't want it any other way. I know every challenge is teaching me a lesson and is making me a better version of myself. I want to grow and become the best version of myself that I possibly can. 

Go for it, but go for it with no expectations. Apply for the position of your dreams, but don't expect to get it. Go to the party and talk to the boy you like, but don't expect him to like you. Take the chance, take the risk it's worth a shot. Go after what you want but be able to move on when it doesn't work out. That's the messiness of life, going after what you want and getting it sometimes and learning other times. 

I know it's hard, sometimes your going to get attached to people, your going to get attached to how things should be. Sometimes you are going to get hurt and while it stinks you will never have to live with the idea of regret. If you don't chase after your dreams how will you ever know if it could have worked out?

I guess the point of this post is to say that life is never going to be perfect, but that doesn't mean it isn't going to be fun and exciting. And more importantly, it is going to shape you into the person you are meant to be. Keep on living because life is crazy but it is always worth the ride. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

10 Reasons I'm Glad I Joined a Sorority

Joining a sorority is one of the best decisions I have ever made. It's more than a combination of letters or a full social calendar. It is a friendly face on your walk to class, a good luck text before your big exam, and endless love and support. I can't imagine my life without these girls. 

1. Someone Will Always Be There For You
Are you planning a cool event on campus? There will always be a group of sisters willing to come and support what you are doing. Did you have a bad day? Someone will always be there to cheer you up and drink milkshakes and eat candy with you. 

2. Academic Help
Study hours, academic mentors, rewards for success: your sisters want you to succeed. Struggling in a class? It's likely someone has taken the same one and would be more than willing to help you. But I think the best thing is having people to recommend which classes and which professors you should take, this is a lifesaver come class registration. 

3. You Always Have Something To-Do
I love that since joining my sorority I never feel bored. I always have different things to go to: sisterhood events, mixers, and dinners/lunches. Not only are there all the fun planned events, but more than that someone always wants to do something. 

4. Leadership Opportunities
Never have I ever felt more encouraged to take leadership positions or had more opportunities for them. We are constantly encouraged to get involved with the chapter. I love this because I find the more I get involved the more I fall in love with the chapter and my sisters. 

5. Finding Forever Friends
I've realized that I'm not going to be great friends with everyone in my chapter but I think everyone is able to find their group within the chapter. I know that the friends I have made will be friends forever because we share similar values.

6. The Connections
Girls in my sorority are involved with almost every organization on campus, someone is always willing to give you an introduction or help you get your foot in the door. But more than that is the connections with people all over the country in your sorority. I've found myself connecting with different people simply because we share the same greek letters.

7. My Big
Another great part of sorority life is having a "family". Your big is the person that will teach you how to be a sorority girl. She'll help you meet people, she'll invite you to events, she'll remind you of things, and she'll help you when you mess up. She's the one you can count on no matter what. 

8. Campus Presence 
Greek organizations are an important part of the campus community. They participate in every single major campus event. So you always have a team to join for any event and a great group of people to attend with. It's an easy, effortless way that helps you to get involved and connect with your school.  

9. Super Cute T-Shirts
^Highly recommend Greek U for super cute shirts like this one!!
Out of any organization, I would have to say that sororities have the cutest shirts. Whether it's the pile of shirts given to you during big little week, an event shirt you just have to have, or a cute shirt from a shop like Greek U. You are guaranteed to be looking absolutely adorable even on your lazy days. 

10. LOVE
The greatest part of being in a sorority is the love. Never have I experienced a group that cared for me as much as my sorority sisters do. Whether it's a little thing or a big thing, I always feel cared for and supported. 

I hope you all enjoyed this post! I feel so lucky every day to be a part of such an amazing and empowering organization. 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Carolina Cup

This weekend I attended the Carolina Cup in Camden, South Carolina. At Wake Forest and most colleges in the south, the Carolina Cup is an excuse for a giant, all day tailgate. It's a fun day to enjoy the warm spring weather, socialize with friends, and watch some horse races. And obviously it's an excuse to put on your favorite dress and floppy hat. 

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer (Similar)
Hat: Nordstrom (Similar)
Sunglasses: J.Crew Factory (Similar)
Check out Tall and Preppy for Elisabeth's outfit!!

Despite having to wake up at 5 AM, 4+ plus hours on a bus, and an intense sunburn: I had a great time at the Carolina Cup! I'm so glad that Elisabeth and I were able to find our way onto a bus and experience all the fun. 

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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