Monday, November 27, 2017

Exciting Opportunities

My life lately has been nothing short of exciting. I've been having such a great sophomore year, learning a lot and having a wonderful time. And it's only looking to get better with some amazing opportunities I have gotten recently. 

The most exciting thing for me was being chosen to be recruitment director for my sorority. I have been working like crazy on recruitment this year: serving as day 1 chair, decorations chair, and on the recruitment video. I've been loving every moment preparing for that quickly approaching week in January. And I think the best part is that I get to do it all and more next year! 

One of the looks with Tobi!
I've also been trying to get better about blogging and have been blessed to do some awesome collaborations. I recently did a collaboration with Tobi and worked with Maple Holistics. It's been really cool to work with these brands and work to create new and different content. It's really allowed me to see a deeper value to this little passion project I love to work on every day. 

I also just got to go home for Thanksgiving which was a refreshing week long break from school and I loved getting to see my family: especially my cousins, grandparents, aunts, and uncles! We went up to my grandparent's lake house and spent the week eating so much yummy food, checking out the local shops, and playing Apples to Apples way too many times. 

Overall, I feel so blessed every day for this amazing life I have been given and these incredible opportunities I get to pursue. I can't wait to see where the future takes me!


Friday, November 17, 2017

My Go-To Place for Formal Dresses

Happy, happy Friday!! I made it through my final week of school before Thanksgiving break and am looking forward to heading home on Sunday for a week full of fun with my family. But we all know once we arrive back from a restful Thanksgiving break college hits you full speed ahead. And one of the many things that you have to deal with in that short span of December time is finding a dress for formal. But you don't have to be that girl because I'm here to share with you the absolute best place to buy formal dresses, Tobi.

Dress: Tobi // Shoes: Target

I wish someone had told my little freshman self where to buy a dress for formal because I spent weeks scanning the internet for a dress. And even in all my constant Pinteresting and online shopping I still never discovered Tobi. I loved the dress I got but it cost double the amount of any of the ones on Tobi which were basically just as cute. But this summer by the grace of God I discovered Tobi

Every year my school has a President's Ball where everyone dresses up, and I ordered this super cute scallop back dress from Tobi. So when formal season came around, the first place I went to look for a dress was Tobi. I was instantly obsessed with this one because I thought this gray/blue color would be so cute in the winter. It looks perfect paired with some simple black heels. I also love all the different types of lace and eyelet it combines. It's honestly such a fun dress and I can't wait to dance the night away in it at formal in just 2 weeks. 

I hope you all have enjoyed my collaboration with Tobi, it's a company that I genuinely love and have purchased from. Make sure to check out all of this weeks posts featuring some of my favorite Tobi items: Casual Fall Style and Going Out Style. I hope you all have a great weekend, I'm looking forward to one of our last home football games and lots of fun with friends. I would absolutely love to hear what you all are up to!

**Tobi sent me the dress featured in this post free of charge, but all opinions of it are my own**

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Songs I'm Loving

I always go through different phases with music. Sometimes I'll listen a lot to pop, sometimes I find myself always turning on Ed Sheeran, but lately and most of the time I'm on a country music kick. No matter what type of music I'm into I always find myself listening to the same songs on repeat so I thought it would be fun to share some of the songs that I've been absolutely loving lately. None of them are new or unique but they're all super fun songs for listening to all the time. And maybe there's one or two you haven't heard of or listened to in a while. If you all have any other fun song recommendations let me know I'd love to hear them!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Going Out Style

It's the second day of a week full of fun posts with Tobi, YAY! Today's outfit is a bit different than what I would normally wear on a daily basis but I really love it. I think it's a classic but slightly edgy outfit perfect for heading to dinner or a night out. 

 Top: Tobi // Leggings: Nordstrom // Shoes: Old Navy

When I came to college I had absolutely no clothes for going out, my preppy and conservative wardrobe didn't really fit the stereotypical party outfit. So when it came time to go to my first college party I kind of just stared at my closet in confusion. Since then I've developed quite the repertoire of college party clothes. While I normally stick to my otherwise preppy clothes sometimes I'll have some fun wearing my leather leggings or a flowy tank top to class. 

When I got this top from Tobi I was so excited because I knew it would be perfect for pairing with my leather leggings. The open back and cutout in the front make it ideal for wearing out. I kind of brought the outfit back to earth by pairing it with some flats, but I think if you wore it with some fun black booties it would make for a great outfit for heading out with friends. 

I'm so excited to continue styling this shirt for every day as well as fun nights out. I would love to hear what some of your guys' favorite things are to wear out, I'm always looking for fun suggestions. Especially pants because 80% of the times I go out I just end up wearing my leather leggings. And stay tuned for Friday for my final Tobi post and a fun formal outfit!
**Tobi sent me the top featured in this post free of charge, but all opinions of it are my own**

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Well Dressed Guide: Lazy Day Essentials

Tank // Tee // Cardigan // Sneakers // Leggings // Drapey Top

We all have those days when the thought of putting on real pants is the most dreadful thought and when we wish it was acceptable to wear our pajamas out in the real world. But because we all value how we look, we get dressed in our favorite athleisure. While I have a full drawer full of t-shirts for those comfy days, sometimes I appreciate looking a bit more put together. 

I've included so many of my favorites in this post. One of my absolute favorite things are these leggings from Aerie, first of all, they are super affordable but they also hold up so well. The fact that they are so affordable only means you can buy more which means less time spent doing laundry, which is always a win. Another favorite is the J.Crew gold New Balance sneakers, I hesitated to buy them for a while but in the end, I'm so happy I did. They are so comfy for walking around campus and the gold makes them so fun and they literally go with everything. I wear them way more than I ever expected. Also, if you haven't noticed I'm utterly obsessed with the yoga cardigan from J.Crew Factory. It's absolutely perfect for layering with a t-shirt and some leggings for a comfy day outfit. 

I'm always looking to add some new athleisure pieces to my closet, especially for lazy Sundays. Let me know what some of your favorites are in the comments below!

Monday, November 13, 2017

The Final Days of Fall

Happy Monday!! This week I have a super exciting set of posts for you all, I'm collaborating with Tobi to bring you all three super cute outfits, ranging from every day to night to formal. Today's outfit is perfect for a casual day spent enjoying the final bits of fall weather. 

Dress: Tobi // Vest: J.Crew Factory // Necklace: Love Always Couture // Boots: Macy's

This outfit combines two of my absolute favorite things: stripes and puffer vests. There's nothing better than a classic and comfy stripe dress and I love this one. The three quarter length sleeves make it perfect for the cooler weather and the classic gray stripes make it great for any season. I know this dress will be a staple in my closet for many years to come. For fall I paired it with a maroon J.Crew Factory vest and some classic brown boots. It's a perfect outfit for heading to class or heading out shopping on the weekend!

I hope you all enjoyed this post! Make sure to stay tuned all this week for more fun posts with Tobi!

**Tobi sent me the dress featured in this post free of charge, but all opinions of it are my own**

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Tips for Juggling it All

Shirt: J.Crew Factory // Vest: J.Crew Factory // Jeans: Levi's // Boots: Target (Similar) // Necklace: Brook & York

College is the biggest juggling act I have ever experienced. Over the course of the week, I attempt to balance: school, work, my sorority, other clubs, my blog, friendships, family, fun, and exercise. And let me tell you it doesn't always come easily. I have to sometimes make choices that hurt me in another area, it's usually a big constant give and take process. But the key is creating priorities, so when it comes down to choosing between two things you know what choice to make. 

I think it is so important to know when it comes down to it what is most important. For me I always prioritize school first, I will drop any of these other things to make sure I am at class and that I can effectively finish my school work. Everything else usually balances out somewhere below. Exercising is at the bottom and normally gets cut. Obviously, there are always specific instances that may change my priorities but overall I usually have a clear picture of what I value. 

I couldn't imagine my life without my planner, but I know that planners aren't for everyone. But whether you use a planner or not I think it is so important to have some method of planning when you are going to do something. If you have something due on Thursday but have to work Wednesday night, make a plan to do it earlier in the week. Work ahead as much as you possibly can, this is so often my saving grace!

Know that as much as you plan and prioritize sometimes things are not going to work out how you want them to. Sometimes you'll still have to come home from work to a bunch of homework or go to a slew of meetings back to back on Sunday afternoon so you can't get Monday's blog post up. This is okay. There's going to be days where things just slip through the cracks. 

I hope this post was a little bit helpful for all of you. I think it's important to remember that no matter how crazy it gets you can prioritize and plan to try and make it all work. If there are a few imperfections that's okay, it's only when the imperfection begins to take over that you know you need to make a change. Because no one needs to stay up until 2 AM just to fit it all in. Do all you can to make it work, but also know when you've reached your limit. 


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Now Doesn't Have to be Forever

Top: J.Crew Factory // Sweater: J.Crew Factory // Watch: Kate Spade

This fall I came back to school and my attitude changed. I spent the summer broken hearted over a boy I shouldn’t have wasted a moment sad about. Even though it was a tough situation it played a large role in shaping my perspective. I still want the same thing, I want a boyfriend but I want one in a different way. I spent a lot of my life convinced that every boy you date should be someone you want to marry, but today I disagree. I’m not opposed to the idea that maybe your now isn’t your forever, especially in college. A lot of my friends think I’m crazy for ever thinking of wasting a moment on a guy if I didn’t see some perfect future with them. But sometimes a relationship can be a lot of happy memories without a happily ever after.

I know why my friends tell me this, they tell me because I get attached to people so easily. Basically, if a guy is decently entertaining and mildly attractive, I’m convinced I need to date them. I become attached and when they don’t reciprocate feelings I become devastated. So, my friends worry that if I’m dating someone just to date someone I’m going to end up hurt because I’ll get attached. And then when it inevitably ends they’ll have to hear me cry and complain and see me heartbroken. I honestly think part of the problem is that I wasn’t looking for the right type of guy, I was trying to find my forever not my now.

But the reality is I want to date someone that makes me love the moment I’m in. I don’t want to be spending my days with someone because I think they’ll be a great husband in 10 years. I want someone that is perfect for me in this very moment. Someone who likes to go to sorority functions, who likes to go out on the weekends, who will come visit me at work just to make me smile, who will go to Krispy Kreme at 11PM, and who will watch TV while we procrastinate our homework. And who knows if the person that gives me that now will be the person who meets a different set of needs ten years from now.

But I’m starting to learn that sometimes a guy really can just be a kiss in a frat basement or a fun date to a sorority function. Guys are just people to be friends with and to make happy memories with. You don’t always have to be overly invested. They don’t always have to be your boyfriend, they don’t have to be your forever sometimes they just should be what you want in a moment.
I guess a lot of it for me is that I have no desire to get married young, I’m not the girl that wants a guy getting on one knee shortly after college graduation. I want to finish law school and find the city I want to spend the rest of my life. I want to feel successful and accomplished and then I want to get married. So maybe I’ll get hurt a few times before then, I’ll get attached and things won’t last forever, but what is life without a little struggle. In the end, I know it will all be worth it because I’ll live a life I love but also find my happily ever after. Maybe not right now but eventually.

I know a lot of people won’t agree with this blog post, I know a lot of my friends won’t agree with this. And hey who knows maybe I’ll find my soulmate tomorrow and everything will change for me. But for now, my plan is to live, to love, and to cherish the present moment because in reality that's all you can really ever do.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Well Dressed Guide: My Favorite Skirt

Who's shocked that today's post is going to be all about something I love from J.Crew Factory? But today I'm talking about my favorite skirt, the perfect skirt for literally every single season. They're perfect for every day paired with a t-shirt or more dressed up for a presentation with a nice blouse. 

Seriously though if you do not have one of these skirts in your closet, it is definitely a worthwhile investment. Currently, they have the wool sidewalk skirts for the fall/winter, which are definitely great paired with some tights and riding boots when it starts to get a bit chillier outside. Plus, if you're in a sorority these are the perfect skirts for wearing to chapter, I'll normally wear a top with jeans during the day and then change the jeans to one of these skirts for a super easy and still put together look. I wear these skirts day to day around campus, to job interviews, and to dinner. They really are so versatile and perfect for any day and occasion. 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

October Favorites

October went by so quickly for me, it was like before I knew it it was Halloween and the month was coming to an end! Overall, October has been a great month filled with so many fun memories that I figured I'd share some of my favorites. I've never done one of these posts before but I thought it would be something fun and different to put on the blog. In this post, I'll be sharing my favorite products, my favorite moment, and my favorite outfit from this month.

Favorite Products:
Maple Holistics Tea Tree Oil Shampoo: I'll be the first to tell you that I have the worst hair, almost every shampoo makes my scalp itchy. Normally the only shampoo I can use is Head & Shoulders, but I was cautiously optimistic when I got sent this tea tree oil shampoo from Maple Holistics. But after using it for almost a month, I fell in love! First of all, it smells so good, it doesn't leave my scalp feeling itchy, and it makes my hair so soft. It's safe to say I absolutely love it!
Covergirl CG Smoothers BB Cream: My skin has been so dry this month, I think it's from the changing weather but I've been having to seriously fight it especially on my face. This BB Cream has been my life saver, it makes my skin look so smooth and nice while hydrating it as well. It's my go-to every morning. 
Bath and Body Works Strawberry Hand Cream: Again my skin has been so dry, so I've been loving my hand cream. I got this one from Bath and Body works mostly just because it smells like strawberries which is my absolute favorite scent. I use it on repeat all day long. 
Mark and Graham Daily Mini Crossbody: I got this bag at the beginning of the school year and I absolutely love it. It is so cute and classic for every day. It's perfect for grabbing to run across campus, going shopping or heading out to dinner. It's a perfect size and I love that it has a monogram too!
Brook & York Nella Mini Nameplate Choker: I've always loved my monogram necklace but lately I've been loving my name necklace. I love it because it's so simple and lays well with sweaters and button-ups. I've been reaching for it more than any other necklace lately!

Favorite Moment:
I've had so many great memories this month, but I think my favorite has got to be the Thomas Rhett concert. Thomas Rhett was so amazing and he played so many songs from his new album which I absolutely love. Also, he was on tour with Dan & Shay who are so great too! Plus it was just a super fun night with my roommate, despite the long drive(so worth it).  

Favorite Outfit: 
Dress: Francesca's // Necklace: Juliana's Boutique
I think this is definitely my favorite outfit of this month! I love this dress, it is so comfy and the sleeves are so fun because you can't go wrong with ruffles. Plus I absolutely love the colors, mixing the teal with maroon. I think it's the perfect classic fall outfit. How gorgeous does Wake look in the picture!

I hope you all enjoyed this post, let me know if you would like to see another one next month! Also, a big thank you to Maple Holistics for sending me the shampoo to try, but as always all opinions of it are my own! I would love to hear what you all are loving this month in the comments below. 
**Maple Holistics sent me the shampoo featured in this post to review but all opinions of it are my own**