May 25, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend

Happy Memorial Day! I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend with your friends and family! This year, one of the ways I celebrated Memorial Day Weekend was to visit the Chicago Botanic gardens on Saturday. I absolutely love the gardens and it’s one of my favorite locations for blog shoots and long walks. I was feeling a tad patriotic so I decided to wear some red, white, and blue as well as my fun new watch from JORD for the trip! I love the style of this koa & rose gold watch and the extra sparkle the Swarovski crystals add to the face. I picked the Cora because of its simple silhouette and classy details and I love the fact that you can see the gears working through the windows on the front and back of the watch. I threw on this striped tee from J.Crew along with my favorite pair of Jacks, a lightweight skirt, my Longchamp, and a monogram necklace for a comfy and casual outfit for walking around all afternoon!
What I Wore
Jack Rogers Sandals (similar)  -  J.Crew Striped Tee (similar)  -  Factory Linen-Cotton Mini  -  JORD Cora Koa & Rose Gold Watch ℅  -  PFMTY Cut-Out Monogram  -  Longchamp Le Pliage Tote  -  H&M Mirrored Aviators  -  J.Crew Perforated Belt (similar)  -  Kate Spade Seaport Pearl Studs  -  J.Crew Pave Bow Ring (similar

May 24, 2015

Social Media Sunday: 5 Instagram Accounts You Should Be Following

It's time for a new Social Media Sunday post! This week I'm highlighting five Instagram accounts that I've been loving recently, including a photographer and some fun bloggers. These accounts are all worth a follow, so you should go check them out!
@GRAYMALIN // Gray Malin, Fine-Art Photographer
Whenever I'm scrolling through my Instagram feed, Gray Malin's photos always pop out at me! Many of his shots make me feel like I'm on a mini beach vacation, even if it's just for a few seconds.

@JULIAHENGEL // Julia Engel, blogger behind Gal Meets Glam
I love the natural colors in Julia's Instagram and the slight pink tones that a lot of her photos have! Her recent shots from her trip to Alaska with Carly (@collegeprepster) are absolutely stunning.

@LETSGETPREPPY_ // Kathleen, blogger behind Let's Get Preppy
I had the pleasure of meeting Kathleen last month when she visited my campus and she's such a sweetheart! Her Instagram is a great mix of bright colors and photos featuring preppy brands like Lilly Pulitzer and Vineyard Vines.

@ASEERSUCKERSTATEOFMIND // Mikayla, blogger from A Seersucker State of Mind
The bright cheerful colors and crisp white shots are what I absolutely adore about this account!

@EMILYANNGEMMA // Emily Gemma, blogger behind The Sweetest Thing.
Emily's Instagram is the perfect balance of outfit of the day photos and fun lifestyle shots.

What are your favorite Instagram accounts right now?

May 20, 2015

My Colorful Sophomore Dorm

I moved out of my sophomore dorm two and a half weeks ago and I already miss it! It's certainly nice to have my own room again, but I loved the way we decorated our dorm this year. My roommates and I added personal touches on pretty much every wall and I contributed a lot of color Lilly Pulitzer to the room. We all added our own style to the decor so we had a nice mixing pot of everyone's taste in the room as a whole.

I absolutely loved having my bed lofted this year! Not only did I junior loft it, I also used these risers that I bought last year. (One of them has an outlet in it, so no crawling under your bed to plug in your chargers!) My bed was high enough that I was able to put my hamper, shoes, and dresser underneath with room to spare! I was also able to store my nail polish, perfumes, and any hair products on top of my dresser which saved a ton of space in other parts of the room.

We bought this futon secondhand from one of my sorority sisters at the very beginning of the year and it was so incredibly helpful whenever we had company over. We had the lights up all year, but added the garland at Christmastime and then never took it down because it was so festive! Our coatrack, hiding behind the brick pillar, came from Target.

One of the greatest parts of our dorm this year was that we had a real kitchen!!! The number of times we made breakfast foods (especially crepes, pancakes, and eggs) or pasta in this kitchen is just too high to count. Naturally, we still had our trusty Keurig in service just like last year! My Little, Mollie, gave me the "death before decaf" wall art for ΧΩ Big Appreciation Week. (She knows me too well.)

Our desks this year had a built-in bulletin board which was super helpful when it came to decorating. I wish I could say that it looked this clean all year... whoops! I think my favorite thing I had posted was the watercolor on the far right which says "First your name is on a diploma. Then it's on the side of a building."

One big difference about our room this year was that we didn't have real closets. Instead, we had these armoires which we covered up with a pressure rod and curtain for a cleaner look!

I used 3m hooks for easy access to all of my necklaces.

This year, I sat on my bed quite a bit when I was doing homework or blogging. It was such a cozy and colorful nook to spend time in! I posted details about my gallery wall earlier in the year, but I made all the canvases myself and printed the photos from Tumblr and Pinterest. As for the banner, I made it out of the Lilly Pulitzer print pages from my 2013 agenda!

One question I get asked quite regularly is where I purchased my duvet cover and what size it is. I ordered the duvet cover and monogram pillow from Garnet Hill and the duvet cover is the twin size. It fits the twin XL beds at school just fine!
I hope you had fun taking a peek at my Sophomore dorm room! You can check out my post from freshman year right here detailing my colorful freshman dorm.
Feel free to shoot me an email, write a tweet, leave a comment, or send me a Tumblr message if you have questions about where I got anything else! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

May 19, 2015

Delicate Details from Kate Spade

I am a HUGE fan of delicate jewelry and I find that there's a certain charm to just a little bit of sparkle here and there rather than going all out statement necklace every day. (Don't get me wrong, I love a good statement necklace too, but all things in moderation!) In the past, companies like Dogeared have held quite a monopoly when it came to dainty jewelry at bigger retailers like Nordstrom. However, companies such as Kendra Scott and Kate Spade have really expanded their lines to include more delicate pieces of jewelry and I for one am a huge fan! Kate Spade has released a few pieces in one of their most recent collections and these are some of my favorites!
Are you more of a statement necklace fan or do you lean towards more delicate styles?

May 15, 2015

Friday Five

Happy Friday lovelies! It's been a while since I've done one of these posts, so I thought I'd do a Friday Five today, sharing five fun, random, and/or relevant things on my radar this week!
1. I went to one of my favorite places yesterday, the Art Institute of Chicago! The AIC was recently voted the #1 museum in the world by Trip Advisor and every Thursday you can get in free from 5pm-8pm if you're an Illinois resident. (Loyola University Chicago also has a deal with the museum which allows all LUC students to get in for free with their student id at any time!)

2. I'm really looking forward to trying out these 4 fruit infused water recipes some time soon since it's finally starting to get a bit warmer! I'm really ready for sunshine and beach weather.

3. I'm absolutely loving THIS Lilly Pulitzer dress right now!

4. I've been spending lots of time on Tumblr and Pinterest these last few weeks and I'm looking for some more fun accounts to follow! If you're on either, leave your link below or message me on Tumblr. :)

5. Finally, some of you may have noticed that I did a little bit of construction on the blog this week, what do you guys think?

Have a wonderful weekend!

May 13, 2015

Rhyme & Reason

One of my all-time favorite quotes is "Everything happens for a reason."
I spoke in a recent post about silver linings and how I do my best to find them in every situation. I think that this quote in particular takes that one step further and touches on the fact that you may not see a silver lining at first. Occasionally, it takes a bit more time to find the silver linings and positive after effects of an occurrence, but when you find them it all makes sense!
On my latest NYC trip I purchased this Alex & Ani bangle which I wear almost every day as a constant reminder of this quote!

Some may call it coincidence, but I truly believe that everything that happens transpires in a specific way because it is a part of something bigger. I've had many circumstances in my life where I've questioned why something seemingly negative has happened, but then I look back and realize that something wonderful came about in my life because that initial situation occurred.

Sometimes we're put into situations that knock us down, but then we build ourselves back up and see that we're stronger than ever before. Sometimes people criticize us and we take that criticism to become even better at what we do. Sometimes we lose friendships, but in the process we strengthen other friendships and build new ones. Sometimes we don't do as well at something as we'd like to, but then we use our failure to propel us forward and inspire us to do 10x better the next time around.

One of the biggest occurrences to which I can connect this quote to was when I started blogging. As I discussed in a post I wrote in 2013, I started Bowtiful Life during my junior year of high school after having to take a break from dance. That break, which was so incredibly difficult and frustrating at the time, resulted in something that has become a huge and positive part of my life. Without that break, Bowtiful Life wouldn't exist, none of you would be reading this post right now, and Lord only knows what I would be doing with my free time!

Everything happens for a reason, absolutely everything, and I am so grateful for that!

What do you think?
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