March 4, 2015

The Newest Waldorf - Meet My Little!

A few weeks ago, my sorority, Chi Omega, had Big/Little week and I finally got my Little who I've been anxiously waiting for all semester!!! My family's "family name" or "nickname" is Waldorf because my Big, Twin, and I are all Gossip Girl obsessed and Blair is our favorite character.

Without further ado, I'd like to introduce you to the newest member of the Waldorf Family...
my absolutely amazing and incredibly sweet Little, 
{Lucy (my Big), myself, & Mollie (my Little!!!)}

I got a call Sunday night of Big/Little week and was told that Mollie was my Little. I totally did a happy dance in the corner of the library while I was taking the call and one of my sisters captured this snapchat when I went back to our study room... I couldn't contain my excitement!
{snapchat: BowtifulLife}

Mollie and I first met last semester when we had a drawing class together, so I was super excited to see her during rush this semester and then I was absolutely ecstatic when we got our bid list and I found out she'd gone Chi O! Mollie is a sophomore and is from the suburbs, like me, and she's Pre-Med! Our high schools actually played football against each other all the time. Small world, right?

Apparently, I didn't throw Mollie off at all during the week and she guessed that I was her Big after the first day! According to one of my sisters, all my crafts and gifts throughout the week (more on those later) were "way too MRR" to not be from me... Whoops! ;)

We did a puzzle themed reveal this year, so I crafted a valentine-style card for her to find and I held on to the missing piece of the heart, which is how she learned that I was, in fact, her Big!
"My lovely Little Mollie,
You've stolen a piece of my heART and now I've stolen a piece of yours! Find the piece that fits and we can finally be the COMPLETELY perfect Big and Little pair"
(I wanted to throw in a pun about meeting last semester in an art class, hence ART being capitalized.)

You could say that we were both pretty excited at reveal!
 I'm so incredibly blessed to have such a perfect Little, love ya Mollie! 

Keep an eye out for an upcoming post about the fun gifts and crafts from Big/Little week!
P.S. Two of my blogger friends Dorothy and Amy just got their Littles too! Be sure to go check out their posts about Big/Little for Kappa Delta and Kappa Alpha Theta at their schools, every school and sorority does the week differently!

March 2, 2015

March '15 Playlist

Happy March! March is always one of my favorite months because it's when the weather starts to warm up a little bit and I also get to look forward to my birthday coming up in April! This month I have a pretty wide variety of music to share with all of you, but I've really been loving all of these songs recently! My personal favorite this month is "Billion" by Mat Kearney. I pre-ordered his newest album and it's absolutely fantastic! You should go check it out.

What's your favorite song right now?

February 28, 2015

Bring Some Bling to Your Life - Rocksbox

Monthly subscription boxes have become incredibly popular in the last few years. I've seen so many like Birchbox, POPSUGAR, Julep Maven... the list goes on! These boxes are typically food or beauty related and I've always wanted to start a subscription to one, but they've never interested me enough to make the commitment. Recently, I discovered a company called Rocksbox and their monthly boxes are much more my style! Honestly, who wouldn't love getting fun, new jewelry shipped to them every month?
The first thing that happens when you're signing up for Rocksbox is to take a style survey so that their personal stylists, who pick out the boxes for each subscriber, choose jewelry that fits your personality and style choices! You also have the opportunity to look through a whole list of jewelry and add it to your "wish list." Some of these pieces might end up in your next box! 

Each month's box includes three designer jewelry pieces valued at a total of approximately $200 per box. You get to wear these pieces as long as you want and then you send them back for your next box of bling! If there's something in the set that you love too much to part with, you have the option of buying the piece for 20% off of retail!! If that's not a good deal, I don't know what is!

In my first box I got these absolutely fabulous pieces from Loren Hope, Kendra Scott, and Perry Street. I've fallen in love with the Kendra Scott Dee Earrings in particular. I'm a huge fan of the color!

Does Rocksbox sound like something you'd love too? Typically each month is $19, but I have a special code for all of you lovelies to get your first month completely free! By using the code bowtifullifexoxo you can try Rockbox out and see what all the buzz is about! 

What will you add to your wish list?

February 26, 2015

Necessary Clothing

I don't know about you, but when it comes to getting dressed in the morning, I like to have a closet full of staples pieces that I can mix and match for a polished and put-together look! I then add onto these key pieces with various accessories to create different looks depending on the mood I'm in or what I'm doing that day. Necessary Clothing, a company based on Soho with an online store, is definitely one of my new favorite places to shop for affordable staple pieces as well as fun and on-trend items! Everything on their site is super cute as well as being affordable for a college student budget.
One of my new favorite staples in my wardrobe is their "Necessary Basic Shirt." I have it in both the lavender and green and they are honestly some of the comfiest shirts I've ever owned! {They also have a dress version of the shirt. I'm a big fan of the cobalt blue!}
Photos by Madeline Karas
What I Wore
top ℅ Necessary Clothing  -  pixie pants  -  scarf ℅ Necessary Clothing  -  boots  -  necklace {similar}  -  bracelet  -  earrings

Thank you to Necessary Clothing for sponsoring this post!
Check out more Necessary Clothing below.

February 23, 2015

Red Carpet Favorites - Oscars 2015

Happy Monday! Yesterday was a busy day for the stars as the 87th Academy Awards took place in Los Angeles, California. One of my favorite things about award shows has always been the red carpet, and the Oscars always bring out some of the most stunning looks. There's always a plethora of breathtaking gowns and gleaming jewels any way you turn! The following seven looks are just a few of my personal favorites from last night.
Reese Witherspoon
Anna Kendrick
Jennifer Aniston
Cate Blanchett
Chrissy Teigen
Luciana Duvall 
Kerry Washington
Who do you think was "best dressed" last night!? Did you see any cringe-worthy looks that would fit in the category of "worst dressed?" Sound off in the comments below! 

February 22, 2015

Roommate Tag (New Video!)

If you've been following my blog for a while, then you've probably seen me mention my freshman/sophomore year roommate (and primary blog photographer), Ola! After getting quite a few requests to do the roommate tag, she and I sat down and filmed the tag for my YouTube channel!
Ola and I are extremely different in personality, style, and characteristics, but we balance each other out to make the perfect roommate pair!

Please "like" this video and subscribe!

February 20, 2015

Artsy Afternoon

Hey lovelies! After taking a week off from blogging, given everything that's been going on and school really picking up, I missed all of you and I'm happy to say that posting is back on track! I've got some fun posts coming up soon and today I'm sharing an OOTD that I shot last week when I was going to the Art Institute, AKA one of my all time favorite places in Chicago.
via Instagram

Photos by Ola Wysocki & Jody Magrady
What I Wore

February 12, 2015

Saying Goodbye

I draw a line between my "blog life" and my personal life, but I needed to share this post. I've been sitting with this for the last few days, going through, editing, and re-editing and I've realized that there's no way to fully express exactly how I feel right now, or tell you just how amazing a person my godfather was, through my words alone. However, this post is something that I know I need to write and I'll just have to do the best I can.

Loss. The word itself has such a hollow sound, but at the same time it holds such an intense and emotional charge when you hear or say it.

This weekend I lost someone who was very important to me. My godfather and best friend's dad, Paul, was freed from his battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly referred to as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. Some of you may recall one of the very first videos I posted on my YouTube channel this summer. During the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge craze, my best friend, Marina, and I completed the challenge and created an informational video for the many people who were not familiar with what exactly ALS is. We created the video to honor Paul and to show our utmost love and support for him. Although it's no longer a viral fad, and he is no longer with us, I still encourage you and ask with my whole heart that you consider donating to the cause because there is no cure for ALS at this point and for this reason we lost an amazing person.
{via Instagram}
I was going through pictures on my old computer last week and I realized that this was the last picture of us together, a candid that Ola snapped at a family event last year while I was giving a speech. While flipping through this album of photos, I stopped suddenly on this one and realized, hey there's Paul smiling in the background, watching over everything and everyone like he always did. It's crazy to think that this was just a little over a year ago.

Paul inspired me on so many levels. He taught me the impact of kindness, being well-read and informed, and knowing how to listen to others. After spending any amount of time with him I would always walk away with the urge to be the best person I could possibly be and with a reminder to be kind in all aspects of life. Paul encouraged me in anything and everything I ever did. He was a supportive and incredibly loving godfather, husband, father, brother, friend, and high school English teacher. Paul was the type of person who you'd meet and be able to have a solid and intellectual conversation with. He was good at making others laugh and his smile was one of the kindest I've ever known. Paul was also one of the strongest people I've ever known. He never put himself before others, even after being diagnosed with ALS. He was greatly loved by all who knew him and he will be missed immensely.

It's hard to say goodbye, and even though I knew that this one was coming, it doesn't make it any easier.  We love you Paul, rest in peace.

February 6, 2015

Friday Five

Happy Friday, lovelies!!! This week has been crazy busy and felt really, really long. In all honesty, it's been a teeny tiny bit stressful balancing everything in my schedule, especially getting enough sleep. Regardless, it's finally Friday which I am so incredibly happy about! Here are five things I've had on my radar this week and wanted to share with all of you.
1. SNOW! It snowed so much this week!!! Monday classes around Chicago were canceled almost everyone, but we still had school. There's really no such thing as a snow day for us! However, my downtown morning class was canceled and I was able to relax in the morning and grab brunch. Later that day I trekked through the snow to my afternoon classes on campus.

2. I'm in crafting crunch time right now! I get my Little in just over a week so I've been busy with that in addition to everything else I've been up to recently.

3. I'm absolutely loving Kate Spade's charm shop! I was scrolling through their site this week during some down time when I saw the collection for the first time. I've always been a big fan of charm bracelets and the ones that they're making are all adorable! I think these three are my favorite charms (1)(2)(3) and this is my favorite of the bracelets.

4.  J.Crew has lots of fun new arrivals right now. I'm especially loving this bracelet! I think it's so fun and unique, but still has a classy look to it. I added it to my wish list on Pinterest.

5. Lastly, check out these cool pictures of an art exhibit in Texas that I found through Tumblr! I also found a video of the exhibit. Isn't it gorgeous?

Those are my Friday Five for this week, TGIF!

February 2, 2015

February '15 Playlist

Happy February, lovelies! Here are some of my favorite tunes to get you through the month. I cannot stop listening to "Only One" and "Pulaski at Night." They're probably my favorites this time around!
Happy Listening!