January 31, 2015

Winter Wonder Glam

What I Wore
J.Crew skirt {similar}  -  Banana Republic sweater {similar}  -  top {Is actually an XL from Target's kid section! - similar}  - tights  -  Bean Boots  -  Lands' End parka  -  scarf  -  bow belt - vintage watch

January 29, 2015

Chi Omega Recruitment Recap - Spring 2015

As I mentioned in my previous post, this weekend I was super busy recruiting with my sorority, Chi Omega Lambda Mu! We had an amazing time meeting the numerous PNMs going through rush and we got so many fabulous new members! I know that I've been bombarding all forms of social media with recruitment pictures recently, but I wanted to share a few more here on the blog to recap this fantastic experience! {So fair warning, this post is picture heavy.}

It was such a blast to be on the other side of recruitment for the first time this year! Granted, it was a little crazy and stressful at times, but I wouldn't have traded this weekend for the world. I loved getting to meet so many amazing new girls as well as having the chance to get even closer with the other actives in my chapter. Whether it was a late night dance party after a long day of recruiting, chugging coffee together at the start of another busy day, chatting between rounds and on breaks, or going through each round together while finding our brand new Epsilon class, this weekend was definitely a bonding experience. I'm so lucky to have all of these wonderful ladies in my life!
Friday: Open House
Saturday: Philanthropy Round
Make a Wish
Sunday: Preference Round 
"It may be cold outside, but Chi Omega is on fire!"
Be sure to check out my chapter, Lambda Mu, on social media!
Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr

Fun side note: The Chi Omega Nationals official Instagram account has featured pictures from our chapter three times this week! Lambda Mu love ♥

January 26, 2015

What's Up?

Some of you may have noticed that I haven't blogged for the last few days or been as active on social media as usual... Want to know why?

My chapter, Chi Omega Lambda Mu, just finished up Panhellenic recruitment this weekend, so I've been crazy busy prepping for and participating in recruitment. My sisters and I had such a great time recruiting this year and all of the girls going through rush were absolutely amazing! Our chapter was incredibly blessed and we got sixty-nine absolutely fabulous new members yesterday evening at Bid Day (technically night). I am super excited to get to know all of our new members and to see how they flourish within our chapter. I also want to congratulate all of the other Panhellenic sororities on our campus for such a great recruitment this year! As I mentioned earlier, the girls I met throughout recruitment were amazing, so Greek Life has definitely been kicked up a notch this year on campus and there are lots of wonderful new members in all of the organizations!

Blogging will be back to normal shortly and I'll also be posting some recruitment pictures and posts in the next week or so!
P.S. To learn about my recruitment experience as a PNM (potential new member) in Fall 2013 you can take a peek at the reflection video I made this summer talking about my experience. Linked HERE

January 20, 2015

Three Years Later

On January 20th, 2012 I put up my first blog post here on Bowtiful Life. Since then, what started out as a fun side project during a rough patch of my junior year in high school has turned into one of my greatest passions and accomplishments. It's crazy when I stop and think about how long I've been blogging for and how much my life has changed in these past three years. When I started this blog, I would never have been able to imagine myself where I am now. I've been incredibly lucky to meet and work with so many amazing people and companies as well as having the chance to grow as a blogger, writer, thinker, photographer, and person.
I am so grateful for the wonderful experience I've had thus far as well as the constant outpouring of support from friends, family, fellow bloggers, and classmates as well as many people whom I've never even had the pleasure of meeting. I always get the biggest smile on my face when I'm going through emails from my readers or scrolling through the many kind and sweet comments and messages that are left on my various social media accounts. I have been incredibly blessed and I cannot fully express the magnitude of my gratitude. I wouldn't be where I am or the person I am today without all of you. Thank you! ♥
What I Wore
top {similar}  -  pixie pants  -  boots  -  necklace ℅  -  earrings  -  watch  -  bracelets (1)(2)(3)(4)(5)(6)  -

Here's to another wonderful year! Stay bowtiful, lovelies!

January 18, 2015

Snuggly Sunday

It's time for Snuggly Sunday once again! {Also known as a chance for you to stay in bed for a few more minutes while checking out everything linked below in this post.} Posting this week has been somewhat sporadic since this first week back has been kind of hectic for me and I've already gotten a decent amount of homework. However, I'm so incredibly happy to be back at school with all of my friends! Classes have been great thus far and I really like my schedule. I have some really fun outfit of the day posts coming to the blog in the next few weeks, so be sure to check back to check those out. For now, enjoy Snuggly Sunday and have a wonderful rest of your day!
This touching quote from Sam Smith's Facebook page this week: "You are a flower..."

I'm loving this David Yurman bracelet from Saks.

This remix of Tove Lo's song "Habits" has actually made me like the song so much more.

Happy three-day-weekend!

January 15, 2015

Throwback Thursday - Fall Recruitment 2013

On September 22nd, 2013 I joined a sorority after going through two hectic weekends of meeting and greeting so many absolutely amazing girls from the various Panhellenic sororities on my campus. I approached the end of the whole process with so much anticipation, a little bit of stress, and a whole lot of relief that those incredibly packed weekends of recruitment were almost over. Even with the craziness of the whole process, recruitment was such a blast and bid day was a HUGE highlight of my freshman year!
Flash forward to now, January 2015. Recruitment is approximately one week away and I'm so excited! This year, our Greek system switched to deferred recruitment, so we're doing "spring recruitment" even though it's in January while snow and slush cover the ground, and temperatures are in the teens. That's Chicago for you! ;) Waiting for recruitment has built up even more anticipation for me and I'm so excited! I get to be on the opposite side of where I was last year, and I get to do so along with the girls from my rush class. Fondly referred to as "The Gamma Gals" since we're Chi Omega Lambda Mu's Gamma class, this will be our first time recruiting, and many of us will be getting a Little (a new member of the sorority who becomes our little sister) this semester!

I'm so excited to turn the tables, have a whole new recruitment experience, and potentially meet my future Little next weekend!

Go Greek!!!

January 12, 2015

Spring Semester '15

Today officially begins the start of my fourth semester of college! To say that time is flying would be cliche, but it's incredibly true. I can't believe that after this semester I will be halfway done with college... that's just mind blowing to me! There's so much going on all at once in my life right now, and there's potential for stress around every corner. I was talking with two of my friends yesterday about classes starting and dealing with so much happening and they reminded me of a saying I don't let myself use often enough:
{peony image via}
Take it one day at a time.
When it rains, it pours. If you find yourself getting stressed out about work piling up or lots going on in your life all at once, take it one day at a time. It is far easier said than done, but when you accomplish this and are able to separate what you need to get done, it's honestly a godsend. Taking care of school, the blog, and maintaining a social life is always a balancing act, but I'm so excited for all my classes this semester and getting a fresh start once again. Most importantly, I'm so happy to be taking Comm classes again for my major rather than just core classes! 
Here's to another amazing semester!

January 9, 2015


I love being a tourist in my own city and Chicago is truly one of those places where you can almost always find something new and discover places you've never been, simply by turning a corner. The city is always changing and buzzing with activity. My roommate {and wonderful photographer} Ola and I took a trip downtown to shoot for the blog and we ended up at the Chicago Cultural Center. This place is absolutely stunning... I'm talking fancy wedding reception stunning. There are two different glass domes {one by Tiffany}, grand staircases, and the absolutely gorgeous hall that we shot most of these pictures in. The molding on the ceiling is so incredible and I actually set my recent Instagram of it as my lock screen because it's just so beautiful and interesting to look at.
One thing I've thought a lot about in the past few weeks is perspective.
This past semester was a whirlwind for me and there's just been a lot going on in my life in general in the last few months. Thanks to the break from school, I've had the chance to get to a place now where I have a better perspective on what my priorities are, what I want to accomplish, and how exactly I plan to accomplish those things. I consider myself incredibly driven when I put my mind to something, but sometimes being so intent on doing everything can {majorly} stress me out and take the fun out of things. So, if you're like me, it's important to step back from time to time, give yourself some perspective, and reevaluate what's important to you.

 I always put a huge emphasis on silver linings, but sometimes the best thing to do, rather than finding a silver lining to everything, is just flat out accepting a situation for exactly what it is. Accept it and then find the right perspective for the situation. By looking at things from the right perspective you can react more efficiently and effectively which will help you succeed in the long run.
Now you might be asking, how exactly does perspective relate to this outfit of the day post? 
Answer: the location we shot at is a relatively large building and each of the bigger features can be looked at from a number of perspectives. Simply by moving your point of view just a little, you can see a different part of something bigger. Or by moving completely, to another room for example, you can see something brand new. It's all about your perspective and how you look at things. 

I love how our pictures turned out from the shoot and if this is how 2015 is starting out, I can't wait to see what else is in store! Here's to many more fun and successful blog shoots throughout the year and to using perspective to help out along the way.
What I Wore
sweater  -  jeans  -  boots  -  earrings  -  necklace ℅   -  watch  -  vintage ring {similar}  -  bracelet  -  nails