August 1, 2014

August '14 Playlist

I have so much trouble accepting that it's already August! Summer has absolutely flown by and I move back into the dorms in a little over two weeks. I'm so excited to be back! These are a few songs that I've been listening to a lot recently. There are quite a few newly released tracks, but also a few other slightly older songs. I've had this whole playlist on repeat for the last week and I'm really happy with the mix of things. I think I'd say that "Happy With Me" or "Rather Be" are tied for being my favorite and most-played song for the month. They're both incredibly catchy!
~ Listen on Spotify ~
Happy August!

July 31, 2014

Chipmunk Cheeks

Guess who got two of her wisdom teeth out on Monday?

For the past few days I've been resting up, watching plenty of Netflix, and surviving on various soft foods and liquids (all while bearing resemblance to a chipmunk.)
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I'm very ready to be back to my normal, non-chipmunk self and I'm almost 100% once again. Visiting with friends as well as FaceTiming with some of my out-of-state friends has helped tremendously. It has been such a blessing to have so many people checking in to see how I'm doing. Perfect example: My friend Annie popped by yesterday with the Catching Fire dvd and a chocolate peanut butter shake from one of my favorite ice cream shops... am I lucky or what?!

Also, I found this on Pinterest in the last few days and thought it was too funny not to share.
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Have a terrific Thursday!

Have you had your wisdom teeth out?

July 27, 2014

J.Crew Fall '14 Favorites

On Monday, J.Crew released their fall '14 collection and I love it! Today I'm sharing just a few of my favorite pieces. There were so many great new goodies to choose from! Everything is linked below.

The mixed media sweater in vintage cabernet has such a great color combo for fall. It gives off a "prep school" vibe that I really like.

These whisper drapey sweatpants look so comfy! I may be picking up a pair or two to use as pajamas this year at school.

This silk sleeveless blouse in rose blossom and deep sea is adorable! It's a great pick as a transitional piece. You can wear it on its own while it's still warm out, but add a sweater and you're set for the chillier weather. 

I can't resist bows.... like this tiny bow ring! The bracelet is pretty cute as well. I like that the ring incorporates a stone rather than just being metal like so many of the previous J.Crew rings.

These lip crayons by Bite in the colors Edie and Lola are such fun shades! They seem like they would make great additions to my makeup bag, for on the go. I love the one Bite lipstick I already own, high quality and great pigmentation.

What are your favorite pieces from the new J.Crew fall collection?

July 26, 2014

Path of Life

It was an odd feeling not to be on social media or do any blogging for a few days, but it gave me a chance to step back and reevaluate my relationships, how I envision my future, what my priorities are, and what kind of path I want to follow in life. The most important thing about this path is that it is my path and my path alone. I am the only person who has the power to make these decisions.
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This time of reflection has strengthened me. I now find myself in a place where I can think clearly and relax without stressing about every little detail or worrying about being misperceived. 

We are only human and if we focus so strongly on striving for perfection we will find ourselves in a self-destructive cycle. If you cannot be happy about the goals that you reach and you only focus on the next thing you feel the need to "fix" about yourself, then you will never be happy. It is a vicious cycle and it is one that I will not be following. I will be myself and I will reach my goals because I am determined to do so, not because I am told that I am not good enough as I am.

My worth is not based on what someone else thinks of me or how I am perceived. My worth is based on how I feel about myself and how well I am able to be my true self on a daily basis. I am a happy, thoughtful, and enthusiastic person who takes on life with joy in her heart and a smile on her face. The "me" that I am within the deep depths of my heart and soul is the only person I need to be.
 
Don't let anyone write your story for you. It's your life to live.

Happy to be back  

July 21, 2014

Unplugging

Every now and then I have to step back and give myself a break. That being said, it's time for a short vacation from social media, blog included. For the next few days I'm going to be spending my time off of all my accounts. The only things that will be going up are previously queued Tumblr posts and one Instagram for my best friend's birthday. In my 2.5 year history of blogging I don't think I've ever formally let myself stop and consciously take a blog break. This is new territory for me and I honestly couldn't be more excited to spend a few days without a blog to-do list clipped into my Lilly planner. I've got some fun content for when I get back, so be sure to visit Bowtiful Life on Saturday for my next post!
I'm really looking forward to the break not only to relax, but also to refuel and refresh.

Be back in a few.
Talk to you soon and have a great week!

July 20, 2014

55 in 505

I was inspired by Mackenzie Horan, from Design Darling, to create a 101 in 1001 list. I think it's very important to have goals set for yourself and it makes a lot of sense to put them on a timeline. By doing this, you ensure that they have a better chance of actually happening. I had quite a lot of trouble coming up with 101 solid things that I knew I'd want to accomplish during 1001 days. So instead, I decided to create a shorter-term list: a 55 in 505 list. My life is so incredibly different now compared to how it was last summer before I started college, so it's hard to imagine exactly what the next few years will be like. This is a list of 55 things that I want to do in the next 505 days. Some are relatively simple and attainable, but others are a bit more difficult and/or will take more planning. I'm up for the challenge! I'm planning to attempt to create a 101 in 1001 list once I finish all of the things on this list.
My List
1. visit New York City
2. unplug for 24 hours (no going on my phone, laptop, or other electronic devices)
3. set up a picnic potluck with a few friends
4. go through my room at home to eliminate excess and unnecessary items
5. buy flowers for my desk, "just because"
6. drink three full 32oz bottles of water a day for two weeks straight (so 96 oz per day)
7. watch all of Grey's Anatomy (yay Netflix)
8. try a juice cleanse 
9. get custom stationery made
10. attend a fashion/blogger conference
11. complete three Pinterest DIYs
12. make three Pinterest recipes
13. see Ed Sheeran in concert (again)
14. make some vlogs for my YouTube channel
15. attend the Kentucky Derby
16. go skiing
17. learn enough French to carry on a conversation
18. redo all my iTunes playlists
19. go a whole month without any recreational shopping
20. (relating to #19) put aside the saved money to upgrade to a DSLR camera
21. format and organize a formal (handwritten) address book
22. get my driver's license
23. find a gym/jogging buddy
24. run/jog from campus to downtown
25. visit the Skydeck
26. pay for someone's order behind me in line at Starbucks
27. wake up at 5am for two weeks straight
28. maintain straight As for a semester
29. wear absolutely no makeup for a full regular day (staying home days don't count!) (Tuesday, 07-22-14)
30. visit five museums
31. meet up with five different blogger friends
32. attend and participate in a karaoke night
33. find the "perfect" pair of gym shoes
34. vacation somewhere on the East coast (Hamptons, Nantucket, etc.)
35. cut out caffeine for two weeks
36. find a recurring service site to volunteer at
37. create a family tree
38. make a pie from scratch
39. read three autobiographies
40. repaint the inside of my closet
41. increase my annual donation to my high school by $10 every year
42. learn how to use photoshop
43. volunteer at an animal shelter
44. set up an Etsy shop for my Lilly Pulitzer letters
45. ride on a Segway
46. learn how to make macarons
47. take part in a color run
48. throw someone a surprise party
49. find a swimsuit I feel comfortable and confident in
50. see a Broadway show in New York
51. get rid of clothes that no longer fit my size or style
52. watch three of the "classic" movies I haven't seen: (The Notebook, Titanic, Les Misérables)
53. visit the 9/11 memorial and museum
54. try a Pure Barre class
55. go ice skating downtown at Millennium Park

Start Date: Sunday, July 20, 2014
End Date: Monday, December 7, 2015

If you decide to create a 101 in 1001 or 55 in 505 list, let me know! I'd love to see what you put on yours.

July 17, 2014

On Trend: Pink Doors

I absolutely love brightly-colored front doors on houses and apartments, especially pink ones! I seem to see colored doors more and more often when I'm out and about in surrounding neighborhoods as well as when I'm on Tumblr, Instagram, and Pinterest. My favorite thing about colorful doors is how they make an entryway look far more cheerful and inviting. Below, I've included a few of my favorite pink door pictures.
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If you were going to paint your front door any color you wanted, what color would it be? 

July 16, 2014

Summertime Chi

~ What I Wore ~
 field jacket ~ jeans ~ Jack Rogers sandals ~ tee shirt (similar) ~ vintage Coach bag ~ bow ring ~ Chi Omega necklace ℅ ~ Ray-Ban aviators ~ initial bracelet ~ J.Crew Factory earrings

Yesterday it was unseasonably chilly in the Chicagoland area. July is typically the hottest summer month for us, but the temperatures yesterday all ranged in the sixties. I love those temperatures in the early fall, but for summer it's a little weird. One upside to the lower temperatures was that I got to wear my new favorite jacket from J.Crew! I've been eyeing the downtown field jacket since Spring 2013 and this year I finally purchased one for the Fall. I love the gold hardware and it coordinates perfectly with my Chi Omega necklace from The Lettered Company. On a final weather-related note: I have my fingers crossed that the temperatures go up quite a bit in the next few days. I'm already missing the beach...

How's the weather by you?