September 1, 2014

September '14 Playlist

Happy September 1st and Labor Day! During the past month, I have been listening to a lot of acoustic music. It's been great to have some slightly calmer tracks mixed in with a lot of the loud and upbeat pop and country songs I like to listen to. I've always been a big fan of acoustic music, but this month I've gotten into it even more. In the past week I've been listening to it almost exclusively while doing my homework. Productivity at its finest. :)
What's your current favorite song?

August 30, 2014

Week 1 Recap - Sophomore Year

I'm officially done with my first week of classes and I could not be happier to be back. There's something about being at school and being busy that automatically puts me in a great mood. I'm only feeling slightly stressed as I familiarize myself with a new schedule and living space, but that's to be expected. So far I really like all of my classes and teachers and I'm feeling pretty positive about this semester. It's going to be packed and require a lot of work, but I'm ready for it!
syllabus week 
I really like the way that my schedule worked out this semester. I'm a morning person so it's been nice to start each day by being the first awake, making myself a cup of tea, and then easing into my day rather than getting shocked awake by a noisy alarm, with just a few minutes to rush out before class. I have an 8:30am twice a week and on the other days I start a tiny bit later so that has worked out well so far.
via Instagram
My favorite thing about being back is seeing my friends and sisters again. The majority of my friends from school live in different states, so this week has been filled with lots of catching up over coffee, grabbing lunch, and hanging out in everyone's new dorm rooms and apartments.
via Instagram
I also missed being right on The Lake! Gotta love getting work done with a view like this.

Happy to be back :)

August 28, 2014

Shake It Off

Someone asked me recently what I thought of Taylor Swift's new song and video for "Shake It Off"...
Well, honestly, the first time I heard "Shake It Off" I absolutely hated it...
BUT I quickly realized that it was because it didn't sound like Taylor Swift to me. I like the country music that Taylor Swift makes because the songs usually have stories behind them and they aren't as repetitive as pop songs. I must say that I do love the message of this new song and I can definitely relate to it after dealing with more than my fair share of rude comments and judgmental people in my life. However, it still doesn't feel like Taylor Swift to me and that's what bothers me about it. In addition to this being a major departure from her usual style of music, the music video has caused a decent amount of complaints and minor controversy. Many people are debating as to wether or not parts of the video are too stereotypical or offensive. I'm not sure if I consider it offensive or not, but I would certainly agree that she's using stereotypes to help to reinforce the point she's making. More than anything, it's a catchy song and it's got a feel good message to it. All in all, I would say I like the song and I'll admit that I did in fact purchase it on iTunes since Spotify didn't have it released. I keep getting it stuck in my head!

What do you think of "Shake It Off"? Love it, hate it, couldn't care less? Let me know in the comments and through Twitter!

August 25, 2014

First Day of School!

Hey lovelies, I can't believe that classes start again today!
Posts have been pretty light recently since I've been helping with move in all week, but after I get my schedule all figured out, posting will be back to normal. For now, here's a throwback to my first day of school last year. My parents have been taking first day of school pictures of me for as long as I can remember, so I've done the same in college with the help of my wonderful roomie.
If your classes start up again today, have an absolutely fantastic first day! I know I'm excited. :)

August 23, 2014

Let the Good Times Roll

~ What I Wore ~
ruffle top ~ Lilly shorts ~ sandals ~ necklace ℅ ~ Alex & Ani bangles (1) (2) (3) ~ sunglasses ~ bow ~ watch ~ Longchamp tote
{post title inspired by Sam Cooke's "Good Times"}

{One of my favorite people from high school is now a freshman at my university! Welcome to the college life, Jennine!}

August 19, 2014

After Party Sale Scores!

I posted on Sunday about Lilly Pulitzer's After Party Sale, which started yesterday morning. The sale goes through the 20th, but I usually do my shopping on the very first day. Yesterday I got up early as I had planned and made my purchases before moving back to campus later on that morning. I actually made four separate orders since shipping was free and I wanted to make sure that I got the items I wanted before they sold but. I scored the murfee scarf I'd been hoping to purchase, an iPhone case I've had my eye on, a pair of callahans, and one of the wiley ruffle tube tops. I'm happy to say that I made a budget this year and not only did I follow it, I was actually under-budget! Thank goodness for responsible shopping and good sales. Another plus to this year's sale was that the site didn't crash! You can still shop the sale {here}.
Did you purchase anything from this year's Lilly sale?

August 17, 2014

Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale

Just in case you hadn't already heard...
the HUGE Lilly Pulitzer sale is tomorrow!!!
The sale starts at 8am (EST) and I'm planning on getting up by 6:30 CST at the latest so that I'll be up, caffeinated, on my laptop, and all ready to go at 7am CST/8am EST. This is the best time of year to get Lilly on sale at the very best prices, so it's one of my favorite mornings of the year. It's going to be a BIG day because just a few hours after that I'll be moving into my new dorm!
busy busy busy!

Are you planning on shopping the Lilly sale tomorrow?

August 15, 2014

Four Fragrances for Fall '14

I absolutely love summer, but there's something about fall that steals my heart. Besides the more obvious things that I like about fall (riding boot and sweater weather, gorgeous red and golden leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, etc.) I love the chilliness of fall. It's not so cold that you're freezing and pulling on a down jacket and wool socks, but it's cool enough that just a little bit of warmth feels nice. I definitely wear fragrances seasonally and I switch them out. Fall is a wonderful time for fragrances with a bit of warmth to them and at this time of year I like scents that make you feel like throwing on a scarf and going for a long walk with a coffee in hand. That being said, I'll be reaching for these scents on a regular basis while I'm getting dressed in the morning in the upcoming fall months. Can't wait!
Viva La Juicy // Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial // 
PINK Warm & Cozy // Kate Spade Twirl

August 14, 2014

ALS Awareness - Ice Bucket Challenge {video}

Yesterday my best friend, Marina, and I did the ALS Awareness Ice Bucket Challenge! We've seen so many Ice Bucket Challenge videos on Facebook and YouTube recently and we wanted to make sure that our video was not only spreading awareness, but also informing people about ALS (also commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease). This cause is near to our hearts because we personally know someone diagnosed with ALS and this is just one of the many ways we can show our utmost support for him.
{watch HERE}
It is VERY unusual that I would ask this, but please, please, please SHARE this video on social media. Help to spread awareness and inform others about ALS. Also, we challenge YOU to participate and film your own Ice Bucket Challenge video! This challenge has been sweeping the nation and as a result The ALS Association has seen a major increase in donations in the last few weeks. You can make a difference! Use the hashtags #StrikeOutALS and #IceBucketChallenge when sharing this video on social media. 
You can also donate to ALS research at

Help us to create a world without ALS.

August 13, 2014

Wisdom Wednesday: What Comes Next

This school year is approaching faster and faster as each day passes. Five more days till move in!!! There's a lot of uncertainty, plenty that I'm worried about, and quite a lot to think about right now. I'm taking eighteen credit hours this semester which are mostly CORE (classes not directly related to my major, but are required to graduate), planning on maintaining a job, attempting to still have a social life (yikes), and continuing to post here on Bowtiful Life. From the outside looking in, I may seem calm, cool, collected, and "so ready to go back" (which I am), but I'm also freaking out... just a little bit. There's so much that is unknown going into this year and it's really quite a lot when everything gets combined together.
I came across this quote recently as I was quickly scrolling through Pinterest during some down time after work and it gave me a sense of calmness and comfort. What stood out most was the line:
"you will be ok"
I say this sort of thing to my friends all the time, but I don't always remember to say it to myself. It's a good reminder every now and then when the world seems to be spinning out of control or moving at a ridiculously fast pace. Everything will work out! Regardless of any worries I have or stress I'm feeling now, I am SO excited for this crazy year to begin!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!