Monday, January 30, 2017

Gifts for your Gals: Valentine's Day

With Valentine's Day quickly approaching I thought it would be the perfect time to share some fun gift ideas! But these are not just any gift ideas, these are for your best girlfriends. The best tokens of appreciation for the people who love and support you all throughout the year!

Don't forget to treat your best friend this Valentine's day, whether its simply a night out together or a cute little gift. And no matter your relationship status, celebrate the beauty of love around you. Plus how can you resist all the fun pink goodies and all the chocolate!

Friday, January 27, 2017

10 Things that Make Me Happy

Happy Friday everyone! This year I've been trying to make it my mission to enjoy the little things. The fun moments with friends, a delicious meal, an interesting topic in class: I want to take advantage of all the beauty that every day holds. I thought it would be really fun to portray this in the form of 10 things that make me happy. These are just really simple things that never fail to bring a smile to my face. 

1. Laughing with friends
2. Hearing the perfect song 
3. Surprises 
4. Coming home and giving my mom a hug
5. A warm chocolate chip cookie
6. Flowers 
7. A book that you don't want to put down
8. The perfect outfit
9. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
10. The feeling when you know something is right



Top: J.Crew 
Watch: Kate Spade
Necklace: Love Always

I decided to include these outfit pictures because another thing that makes me happy is 70 degree weather in January! I loved getting to wear a short sleeve shirt and walk around campus and simply enjoy the weather. It truly is the simple things that really make life so great. Comment down below with something that makes you happy! 

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

My Recruitment Experience

Sorority recruitment was one of the most stressful processes that I have ever gone through, but at the same time, it was ultimately the most rewarding. I think a lot of the stress came from the fact that everything about the process was out of my control. When people ask me about recruitment I like to explain it as something that I'm happy that I did but that I am glad that I never have to do again as a PNM. With that being said with this post I'll give you a little insight into Wake Forest's recruitment process, then go into my personal experiences with it, and finally talk about my sorority! 

WFU Panhellenic
Wake Forest has spring rush meaning that formal recruitment takes place the week before classes in January. I loved this because I got to get acclimated to college before I was overwhelmed by sorority life. I also like that I have friends outside my sorority so that my life does not seem to be revolving around one group of people. As for the actual process of recruitment, there are four days of parties and the fifth day is bid day. Each day the parties get longer and more focused. This year there were a ton of girls rushing and though Wake Forest tends to have a more relaxed recruitment process this year it was a bit more intense because there were so many people. The pressure was definitely felt as girls all across the board got cut from ones that they felt they had a good connection with. 

My experience was a unique one. I'm not going to lie, I had an idea of which sorority I liked going into it, but ultimately I did not end up there. We have 8 sororities at Wake Forest, so the first day I went to all 8 parties. After that day I had 3 that I really loved. The next day when we got our schedules I was initially devastated to find out I had been cut from all except for one. In all honesty, the sorority I had left was one I liked, but it was definitely not one of the 3 I loved. My GRCs were awesome and encouraged me to stick with it today and make the best of the party I was invited back to. At the end of the day, I felt better about the sorority but I definitely was not sold. I stuck with it, each day only going to this one party. I thought about the idea of dropping very seriously. It wasn't until preference night when I suddenly just knew that it was right. On preference night you talk to 2 girls you had previously talked to and you hear stories and also perform some kind of ceremonial type activity. The 2nd girl that I talked to came over and she gave me a bow that we were to put on a string of a kite(their symbol). Each bow said a word on it of something the girl thought you could bring to the sorority, mine said kindness. As the girl explained to me why she picked that word for me, I began to tear up and instantly knew this was the place I wanted to be. I had no doubt in my mind that I wanted to be a part of Kappa Alpha Theta. So when I got the call on bid day that I had received a bid I knew it was Theta(because I only went there on preference night) and was ecstatic about the fact I got to join my perfect new sisterhood. 


Sorority recruitment was nothing like I had expected, I never thought that 3 of the 4 days I would have been going to one party, and I didn't think I would end up in the sorority that I did. But I have to say I think everything turned out perfectly. I'm so happy and excited to have found this awesome group of girls who I know will constantly support me. So I guess what I'm trying to say is to be open, sometimes you really do find the best things where you are least suspecting it. 

Now onto bid day! It took place on our first day of classes after all of recruitment got pushed back because of snow, so we didn't receive our bids until 8:00. But that didn't really matter because bid day was one of the most exciting days, as everyone opened their bids everyone was screaming and jumping around and then we all got to run to our new sisters. We each had a bid day buddy that greeted us with a tote bag full of goodies and of course a super cute bid day shirt! Our theme was Friends(the T.V. show), so all the members were dressed in 90's clothes and we had lots of fun friends themed props for photos. We all spent the first-hour taking pictures before heading to an auditorium to watch a movie and eat cake, lots of cake. It was so much fun to meet so many new people and I was sad when it was all over and we had to head back to our rooms at 11:30(campus bid day policy). 

Now for some super fun bid day photos:






And a super cute video made by one of the sweet girls!

Since then I've been having so much fun getting to know all my new sisters and doing so many fun activities. I look forward to all the great memories I will have with these girls! And I've said it a million times, but I feel so lucky and excited to be a part of this amazing group of girls! 

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Instagram Outfit Round-Up

I've definitely been slacking with my blog lately, but I'm back today with an Instagram round-up post!  I thought this would be a good post to get back into blogging, but also share a little bit of what has been going on in my life lately. 

Sweater: J.Crew Factory
Vest: J.Crew Factory (Similar)
Jeans: Levi's
Boots: GAP (Similar)
This was my outfit for the first day of classes for second semester! As you can see there was still some snow on the ground and this outfit really helped to keep me warmed as I trekked around campus. 

I joined a sorority! Bid day was the night of the first day of classes and I am so happy to say I'm a part of Kappa Alpha Theta at Wake Forest. I'm planning a whole recruitment experience post to go up this Wednesday, and you all can see so many more photos of the adorable Friends Bid Day theme. 

Jacket: J.Crew Factory (Similar)
Watch: Kate Spade
The weather here in North Carolina has been quite warm, so I've been loving wearing this lightweight jacket from J.Crew. It goes perfectly with so many different outfits. 

Top: J.Crew Factory (Similar)
Sweater: J.Crew Factory (Similar)
 What this picture doesn't show are the adorable maroon flats I was wearing. I absolutely love how simple this outfit was, it was perfect for a day of class. 

Shirt: Aerie (Similar)
Jacket: J.Crew Factory (Similar)
Pants: Levi's
Shoes: Lucky Brand
Watch: Kate Spade
Necklace: KJP
Again with my love for this jacket, it is just too perfect for the weather. We've just been having the most wonderful weather, it doesn't even feel like winter. I'm so tempted to pull out some more fun spring pieces. 

Top: LOFT
Pants: Levi's
Shoes: Tory Burch (Similar)

Top: LOFT
Pants: Levi's
Shoes: Tory Burch (Similar)
I bought this top after Christmas on sale, and I have been loving wearing it! It's so simple and cute to wear and I know I'll get even more wear out of it once spring comes. 

I hope you all enjoyed this post! I'm looking forward to getting back into blogging with lots of fun new posts. Make sure you are following me on Instagram @welldressedash so you don't miss out on my photos!

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017

A new year is a time for reflection, whether you like to sit down and write concrete goals or simply create a mantra to live by. It is a holiday that is completely about you. It is your chance to dream big and think critically to make changes and to learn. It is a time to look at the past and explore the possibilities of the future. 

This year for me is not about setting concrete goals or trying to accomplish a checklist of things, but it is about focusing on me and developing into the person I have always wanted to become. Loving the people in my life, saying yes to adventure, focusing on the important, and spending my days happy. I want to feel that I am living my life. I no longer want to spend my days yearning for the weekend but instead waking up every morning excited about the adventure in store for that day. And I think by living with the new sense of glee for life, everything else will begin to fall into place. Life begins with you and how you look at life, so this year I plan to start each day with an open heart and mind. 

I've discovered that writing is a method of reflection and self-exploration for me. When I write a post on my blog about my life it really allows me to reflect on the situation and sometimes it even helps me to decide what action to take next. So this year I plan to pour my heart and my energy into my blog. I want everything about it to reflect the goodness of my life and the beauty around me. 

So here's to a happy, healthy, and exciting 2017!