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!

August 11, 2014

Sophomore Countdown

I feel like a huge portion of my posts this summer have started off with something along the lines of "this summer is flying by" or "I've been super busy recently." Both of these phrases have rung especially true this summer. But in all honesty, this week has been crazy busy and next week, I'm sure, will be no different. I cannot believe that I move back into the dorms exactly a week from today.... Where did the summer go!? I am so excited to be living with my wonderful roommate from last year as well as another one of our fantastic friends. This year is going to be a blast and I cannot wait for it to begin! Here's to one last wonderful and fun-packed week of summer!
{throwback to move-in day last year}

August 9, 2014

My Sorority Recruitment Experience {video}

As many of my readers know, I'm in a sorority (and proud of it)! Last fall I took part in Panhellenic Recruitment on my college campus (aka Rush) and I joined my school's Chi Omega chapter! I get a lot of questions about Recruitment from readers who are considering rushing, so I thought I'd make a video talking a little bit about my experience! If you're planning on going through Recruitment, then I wish you the best of luck. It's an amazing experience if you go in with the right mindset and a positive attitude.
Check out the video HERE or below
I'm planning on doing a few more college-themed videos and posts in the next few weeks, so I want to hear what you want to know more about! Send me an email, message me on Tumblr, tweet me, etc. and I'll do my best to incorporate that information.

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Have a wonderful weekend, lovelies!

August 7, 2014

August 4, 2014

VIB Rouge Reception

This weekend I was invited to attend a VIB Rouge Reception at one of my local Sephora stores. We showed up early in the morning, before the store opened, and were greeted by numerous cheery cast members. (Rather than calling them "sales associates" Sephora uses the term "cast" to refer to their employees). They handed us shopping baskets, coffee, and pastries to enjoy as we browsed throughout the store and checked out newly released products and colors.
Sephora had representatives from various brands and numerous makeup artists on hand to help attendees try out different products. That being said, I went a little crazy with swatching eyeshadows and various lip products... I really enjoy "playing" with makeup and color, but I'm definitely a fan of more natural makeup with an occasional fun lip color or bright nail polish thrown into the mix to jazz things up.

I had a blast! They gave us fabulous goodie bags at the end of the event and I picked up some new products to try, including a new concealer routine. I'm really looking forward to the next VIB Rouge Reception and I'm very lucky to have been able to attend this one! I couldn't imagine a better reason to get up quite so early after the long week I've had. It was so worth it!