I knew it would be the perfect spot to shoot this fun cold-shoulder, holiday look and I love how the bright red accents pop against the black and white wall! Around the holidays, you can’t go wrong with a red lip and this matte lip pencil from Nars in “Cruella” has become one of my new favorite reds.
Happy December, lovelies! It seems like I say it every month, but this one seriously flew by for me…
Finals are next week, so I’ve been listening to a lot of music while working on my various projects and papers. That being said, I’m absolutely loving this month’s playlist and I hope you all enjoy it as well!
Can you believe that it’s December already? Fall is turning into winter in Chicago and Christmas is right around the corner! I love fall in Chicago, so I’m sad to see it go, but I am also SO excited for some snow.
I wanted to share this final fall look before we got dusted with our first real batch of snow. Warm caramel brown tones are some of my favorite colors to wear while the leaves are changing colors and there are still a decent number of trees with leaves since it’s been a very warm fall. Gotta love Chicago weather, am I right?
Hey, lovelies! For those of you who follow me on Snapchat &/or Instagram, you may have seen some posts and snaps about a top secret project that I was working on with seven fellow college-age bloggers earlier this month. I’m super excited to finally be able to share what we were doing with all of you! I’ll also have all these wonderful ladies’ blogs linked at the bottom of this post, so be sure to check all of them out and give them some love!
As many of you know, I’m involved with various philanthropies and causes both through Greek life at Loyola and on my own time. I have a passion for giving back, so participating in this experience was truly a privilege!
The eight of us were given the amazing opportunity to team up with the Kraft Heinz Company Foundation and Stop Hunger Now to take part in one of their meal packing events at the Kraft Heinz Company headquarters in downtown Chicago! The other bloggers were flown in from various states and campuses around the country and we all stayed at the Radisson Blu Aqua hotel, which was just a short walk from the Kraft Heinz headquarters, right in the center of the city.
If I’m being honest, I’m super picky when it comes to taking care of my hair and the products that I use. Hask gave me the opportunity to switch up my routine and try out their Superfruit Healthy Hair Collection and I’m absolutely loving it!
For some background, I don’t put much time into my hair routine and most days I just get up, brush it and go. It’s rare that I use heat or product on my hair at all (I literally don’t own a straightener and I’ve used a blowdryer maybe 12 times in the past three years.) I curl my hair a few times a year for special events, but that’s pretty much it. When it comes to shampooing and conditioning, I typically wash my hair at night and go to bed with slightly damp hair.
I’ve been a bit M.I.A. on here for a while… and for that I apologize. This last month has been the definition of hectic! However, I promise, I’ve got some great content coming your way soon as well as some fun new projects that are still under wraps. So, stay tuned! 😉
For now, I hope you enjoy this month’s Bowtiful Playlist. Happy listening!
I’m in shock at how fast this year is flying by. How is it already mid-October?
As a senior within the Greek Life community at Loyola, I always associate fall and the months of October and November with philanthropy because two of the philanthropies that are nearest and dearest to my heart take place during fall semester…
Today marks the halfway point of Derby Days, which is a week-long event hosted by Sigma Chi for the Huntsman Cancer Institute. In our lives, we have all have been touched by cancer in some way; possibly ourselves, through a family member, a friend, or even a casual acquaintance. As sad as it is, cancer affects all of us. This is my fourth and final year raising money for Huntsman as a part of Loyola’s Greek system and I’d be incredibly grateful and absolutely love any support you’re willing to give this year. (Fundraising ends Friday, October 21st!)
We are the generation to end cancer, but we can’t do it without the research and funding necessary! You can check out my personal fundraising page HERE and check out the video below to learn more about what Huntsman Cancer Institute does and what sets them apart from other cancer research and treatment institutions.
My sorority, Chi Omega, has our annual Dodgeball tournament for the Make-a-Wish Foundation in ONE MONTH and I am so incredibly excited! Make-a-Wish supports children with life threatening illnesses and helps grant their grandest wish. For some, their wish is to go to Disney World, others want to be Batman for the day, some may want to take their families on the vacation of a lifetime. With the help of Make-a-Wish and the organizations that support the foundation, like Chi Omega, these dreams are made into a reality for these amazing Wish Kids!
In the past six years, my chapter has raised $80,000 for Make-a-Wish and this year our goal is $25,000! To find out more about Make-a-Wish and/or donate to the cause you can check out my fundraising page right HERE. (Fundraising ends November 19th!)
To see an example of some of the amazing kids and wishes that Make-a-Wish works with, check out the adorable video of Violet and Juniper below!
Even if you aren’t able to monetarily support these causes right now, please keep them in mind for when looking to make charitable donations in the future. These organizations are both truly remarkable!
I typically don’t discuss politics here on Bowtiful Life, but especially after watching the debate last night, I felt the need to discuss one very important aspect of the upcoming election with all of you… voting!
As U.S. citizens, voting is one of our rights and it’s one that many people take for granted. Our chance to vote and have a voice in our government is a privilege that has been fought for time and time again. It’s crazy to think that there was once a time in our country where certain races and genders were simply not allowed to vote, and that that time was really not too long ago. Today, there are still so many places in the world where people don’t have any say regarding the way in which their government is run. Especially if they are a woman. Here in the United States, we are so incredibly lucky that we each have the opportunity to share our political opinions freely, both through our words & through the action of voting.