October 26, 2014

Bowtiful NYC - Day 1 Recap

We started off our first full day in New York City by waking up to an amazing view from the windows of our hotel room. Shortly after getting up, Starbucks was also brought into play so we'd be fully prepped and energized for the day.
For brunch, we went to Plenty Cafe and I got the most delicious bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich on a biscuit which came with a really yummy side salad. They were playing a lot of acoustic and alternative music with some of my favorite Michael Bublé and John Mayer songs thrown into the mix as well.

I knew that I wanted to visit a few of the infamous Gossip Girl locations while we were in town. Our first outfit of the day shoot took place on The Metropolitan Museum of Art steps. I remember watching Gossip Girl years ago and seeing Serena and Blair sitting on The Met steps on numerous occasions eating yogurt, drinking coffee, gossiping, and hanging out. The outside of The Met is absolutely gorgeous. The stylized columns and detailing around the roof is stunning and so pretty in person!
{see the outfit of the day post Emily shot for me HERE}
Our next stop was Tiffany & Co. It so much fun to look around on the various floors. I discovered that I'm slightly obsessed with the Elsa Peretti bean necklace in rose gold. It's SO pretty!
Naturally, I managed to find the Tiffany bows within the first few minutes inside the store... typical.

Our final big stop for the day was the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. It was very difficult at times to see some of the things around the museum and remember the events of that day, but it was such a monumental and recent event in our country's history so I wanted to make sure that we made the trip to see the memorial and museum while we were in town.
I noticed immediately that the museum had lots of high vaulted ceilings with exhibits that reached feet into the air above everyone's heads. Looking up at faces, stories, artifacts, and videos associated with this event reminded me of being six again and the day that it all transpired. Seeing video clips of the news coverage from the attacks really threw me and I had a bit of a flashback feeling to watching the news when I got home from school that day in 2001. It was a very odd feeling of déjà vu.
The part of the museum that got to me the most, but was also the part  that I appreciated the most, was "Trying to Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning." I thought that not only was it physically beautiful, but also the idea of it was beautiful. It is so true that everyone remembers that day differently. Everyone has their own story of where they were when they heard and how they felt. The Virgil quote "No day shall erase you from the memory of time" was very appropriate.
{the full wall with all 2,983 squares showing}
We got to the reflecting pools around dusk and they were incredibly beautiful, but also shocking. To see so many names inscribed on these massive memorials really makes one realize and get a better idea of the number of lives that were lost. The visit to the museum and memorial was a very intense experience, but I'm very glad I was able to go.

For dinner that night we went to Blue Ribbon Sushi in Soho. After our dinner, we headed back to the hotel for the night.

Day one was certainly packed, and the visit to the 9/11 memorial made it very emotional for a bit, but it was a really good day. Stay tuned for more outfit of the day and recap posts from my trip in the next few weeks!

October 22, 2014

Back from The Big Apple

It's official, I'm back in Chicago! My trip to New York was a fantastic and extremely packed experience for me. We were able to squeeze a crazy amount of things into approximately five days. I finally arrived back in Chicago last night after a bit of airport craziness due to a last minute switch of my flight time (SURPRISE! You're going to be taking off almost two hours earlier than planned!)

I feel that words can't fully express enough how much I enjoyed this trip! New York was absolutely fabulous. I got to meet with some wonderful people and I was also able to see some beautiful and interesting places while I was visiting.
Plenty of recap and style posts from my trip will be on the blog in the next few weeks. Also, I did a little bit of vlogging while I was traveling, so we'll see how that turned out. There may be a fun video from the trip going up on my YouTube channel... whenever I end up having time to edit all the footage.

Chicago may have my heart, but NYC has grown on me. I can't wait for my next visit!

October 17, 2014

Hello New York!

via my Instagram
 It's official! I landed in NYC yesterday evening and I couldn't be more excited! I'm really looking forward to exploring with the friends I traveled here with and meeting up with some of my friends who live in the area. We have a pretty full itinerary between meetings and sightseeing this week and I'm really looking forward to all of it. I warn you in advance that my Instagram and Twitter may be getting slightly bombarded with NYC stuff, but honestly, I think that's to be expected. I am SO happy to be here and I'm looking forward to a busy and fun-filled trip!

October 12, 2014

Sigma Chi Derby Days '14

It's that time of year again! Derby Days officially begins tomorrow on my campus and I am so excited! For those of you who are thinking, "what the heck is this Derby Days thing?" one of the fraternities on our campus, Sigma Chi - Lambda Nu, raises money for the Huntsman Cancer Institute each year by hosting a full week of events and activities. 
Along with my chapter, I'm raising money this year for Derby Days and I would be extremely grateful if you'd donate to the cause! I've given myself a personal goal of $500 (to be raised by Friday), but I can't get there without help! All proceeds from Derby Days go to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation which focuses on cancer research and promotes the following formulas:
Research = Early Diagnosis + Better Treatment
Early Diagnosis + Better Treatment = No More Cancer 
I've had multiple people in my life who have been affected by cancer both directly and indirectly, so this cause is close to my heart. Even if you can only donate a dollar, it's one more dollar that's going to help to find a cure for cancer.
Happy Derby Days!
♥ Thank you! ♥

October 9, 2014

"Optimism" Bowtiful Wallpaper - October '14

It's been a few months, but Bowtiful Wallpapers are back! I went with a black and white theme this month since I've really been enjoying black and white photography recently. I also have a tendency to associate black and white with the cooler months of the year.
How to set up your new background
1. right click on the image. / 2. select "open in new tab" (or window) / 3. right click the image again. / 4. save the image to your computer and then set it as your background / 5. include the specification "fill screen" so you can see the whole thing and have no gapping issues.

If you do decide to set this as your background, be sure to take a picture of your computer & new background and use the tag #BowtifulLife on Instagram so I can see it! :)

{check out all the other bowtiful wallpapers you can download here}

October 6, 2014

Fall '14 Kate Spade Favorites

I don't know about you, but I absolutely love Kate Spade for their fun and creative jewelry, well-constructed bags and wallets, stylish office supplies, and chic clothing. That being said, these are a few of my current favorite Kate Spade items for fall! They've got a lot of really cute neutral pieces that will not only work for fall, but also when transitioning back into spring. I especially love the tan bow bag!

What are your current Kate Spade favorites?

October 4, 2014

Etsy Shop ~ Bowtiful Life Designs NOW OPEN

I've posted plenty of pictures in the past on my Instagram of various Lilly Pulitzer and sorority themed projects I've done for friends and as custom orders. I'm a big fan of crafting and I've finally opened an Etsy shop to offer a variety of pieces for purchase by my readers and fellow Lilly-lovers! I've been wanting to do this for a while and I'm super excited that I've finally gotten my shop up and running! Be sure to check out the shop page as I'll be adding to it over time. I'm also always up for doing custom orders, so if you have something in mind and you don't see exactly what you're looking for on my Etsy, feel free to shoot me a message via Etsy or email Megan@BowtifulLife.com.
Happy Shopping! {link}

October 3, 2014

October '14 Playlist

Happy October! It's officially fall and I couldn't be happier. I love this time of year because of sweater weather, sweet potato pie, the smell of leaves, apple cider, Halloween, and the fact that you can get pretty much anything right now with pumpkin flavor. These are a few songs on my radar recently that I've really been enjoying. My top 10 songs for the month of October, happy listening!