Monday, November 13, 2017

4 Thanksgiving Outfit Inspirations

I cannot believe I am leaving this Thursday for my week-long Thanksgiving break! The combination of Thanksgiving being one of my favorite holidays and wanting to go home so much makes these next 4 days even harder to get through. I'm driving home with one of my roommates and her twin sister and we can't wait to get some holiday drinks from Starbucks and blast Christmas music all the way home! As a way to procrastinate everything I need to get done this week, I decided to pull together some inspiration for my Thanksgiving day look. After searching high and low, I found 4 of my favorite looks and broke them down into pieces you can use to recreate the outfit. Check them out below!

Which is your favorite?
Do you have an outfit picked out? I still have to figure out what I'm going to wear!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Cozy Pajamas You Need Right Now

All I've been wanting to do lately is curl up in a cozy pair of pajamas, grab a blanket and sip on some hot chocolate while binge watching Sex and the City. (Side note: if you haven't seen it in order from the beginning, I highly recommend! I can't stop watching.) Is it just me or does this weather make you crave something warm and fluffy to curl up in? I was going to wait until closer to the holiday season to dedicate a post to pajamas, but honestly who couldn't use a great pair of pjs (or two or three) to sport this early before Thanksgiving? I searched all over the web for cute ones and think I found some really great pieces that you'll love. There's a mix of holiday themed, simple gray and pretty pink (plus a pair with donuts!) that I personally wish I could add to my closet ASAP. 

Have you seen any fun pjs lately?

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

How My Sorority Has Changed Me for the Better

When I decided on attending Indiana University as a senior in high school, one of the questions a lot of people asked me was: "so are you going to rush?!". It's no secret that greek life is pretty prevalent here at IU, and I'm not going to lie... I was really hesitant about rushing and the potential of joining a sorority. I would consider myself a pretty outgoing and social person, but it always takes me a bit of time to warm up to people. Not to mention, I had no idea if I would be able to handle living in a house with over 100 girls. (I'm not sure how other schools do it, but most houses here have a 2 year live in requirement, so nearly all of the 22 chapters have sophomores and juniors live in.) Since recruitment doesn't take place until January here, I decided to not really think about it and instead see how first semester went. Fast forward to December of freshman year, and I honestly could not have been in a happier place. I loved my girl friends, had made some really awesome best guy friends and absolutely loved living in the dorms. I wasn't sure I really wanted to rush, but since all my friends were doing it, I decided to give it a try too. I didn't know many girls in houses here, so I went in super open minded (aka I didn't think much into the "tier system" at all). After the frozen tundra, little sleep, and health nightmare that was recruitment, I ended up in a chapter that I absolutely love. I already knew a couple of the girls in my member class, and we all became friends pretty quickly. However, even though I loved spending time with all of the girls, being able to come back to the quiet dorms with my friends from first semester was really nice. As someone who needs alone time and a break from all the craziness, it was perfect. That being said, I was super nervous to move into the house as a sophomore and be around over 100 girls every day. Now that I'm over half a semester in, I can confidently say that I'm just as happy but in a different way! 

Honestly, living in the house has really surprised me in the best way possible. I am not only more social because I have my sisters around all the time, but I am actually even more motivated than I was last year. Constantly being around my friends that are really productive and focused on their classes, clubs, etc has been a great way to keep myself on track. All of my friends are really involved in a bunch of different clubs, so it has encouraged me to get out and try new opportunities too. We live really close to two different libraries, so it's so easy to get a group of girls together and walk to and from the library every night. As far as working out, we live near two gyms as well, so a bunch of us will go workout together too. I think what has been so nice is how my friend group has kind of fallen into a routine of studying together, eating together, working out together, and then going out together. I've always been a really independent person who loves doing things on my own, but having other people keep me accountable has been a unique change that I think I've actually benefitted from. Plus, how often do you have the opportunity to live with so many amazing girls for two whole years?! 

I'm curious to hear your thoughts on being in a sorority... Comment below! I'd love to hear what you think.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Outfit: Oversized Monogrammed Sweater

Happy Monday everyone! I'm excited to have another outfit post for you this week. It's so difficult to find both a photographer and time to shoot outfits when I'm at school, so I'm glad I had the opportunity to get some fresh content for you! Now let's get to the outfit, shall we?

 I'm so into this oversized, cozy look lately when it comes to sweaters. This one from Marley Lilly feels as comfortable as a sweatshirt, but it's so much more stylish and can be worn with so many different things. I've worn it to class with leggings and then on weekends with jeans when I want to look a little cuter. I shot this look with Mandy when she was in town two weeks ago and it's crazy how much colder it has gotten since that Friday - I was warm in this that weekend, and now I need a coat on top because it has been in the 40s! 

I hope you had a relaxing and fun weekend - how nuts is it that it's practically November?!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Friday Fours

Another busy/stressful/productive week in the books! I had a mini panic attack Tuesday because my computer died and wouldn't charge for two days (even after trying 3 different chargers and outlets). After some research and pressing a few buttons, I somehow figured it out without having to trek to the computer store (a minor miracle). On another note, I can already tell I'm starting to get sick, so I can't wait to take it easy this weekend and work ahead on some homework (#nerdalert). Anyway, here's a peek into my past week!

Barn dance last Friday night was such a blast! My friends and I all brought dates that are good friends so we all had a really fun time getting to know each other and dressing up in country themed outfits. The venue was absolutely gorgeous with tons of twinkly lights and a banner perfect for pictures. The lighting sadly wasn't working in my favor, so here's a picture of some of my friends and I before we went to the venue :)
Did you catch  my outfit I posted on Monday? I'm in love with  this necklace and highly recommend it if you're looking for one with tassels. I had been looking for one similar to this for so long and I couldn't believe my luck when I finally found one in such a great variety of colors. 

Our Retail Studies Organization hosted our huge Fall Retail & Design Forum on Tuesday night and it honestly made me so inspired for a career in the fashion industry. The highlight was definitely hearing the founder (an IU alum!) of College Fashionista talk about her experience growing her blog into what it is today. 

Campus has been absolutely beautiful lately. I definitely think it's the prettiest during fall with all of the leaves and pretty mums (in c&s colors of course). The weather was perfect until this week when it randomly dropped to 35 degrees - can we go back to 55 degrees and sunny please?! 

My favorite finds from this week:

I hope you have a great weekend!
My friends and I are planning to get dressed up and go to a cute dinner tonight, and then pretty much lounge around the rest of the weekend to prepare for the busy week ahead.
What are you up to?

Monday, October 23, 2017

Outfit: Distressed Jeans + Tassel Necklace

This has to be one of my favorite outfits (and locations!) that I've shot in a while. Mandy came to campus to visit her brother for a few days so we met up to blog, go to the cutest coffee shop here in Bloomington and just hang out! It was such a beautiful day and the perfect way to spend a Friday afternoon. I've been looking for a pair of (mildly) distressed jeans for so long, and I finally found the perfect pair from Gap. They aren't super skinny jeans which I kind of love - this pair has a casual and comfy feel rather than a super tight one. I think they're perfect for class or a casual weekend outfit like this one! And I think the cutest way to dress up this outfit is by adding a necklace with fun detail like this one from Lisi Lerch. I'm in love with the tassel detailing and am really considering buying it in white too so it can match with even more outfits! 

Happy Monday everyone!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Friday Fours

In all honesty, I'm shocked I made it through this week! (Well, through Tuesday at least!) Last weekend was homecoming, so we had a ton of events going on all last week through Saturday. It was our first year celebrating homecoming while in Delta Gamma so it was really exciting having themed events to dress up for. However, if we're being honest, it was hard to truly enjoy it all because I knew I had two big exams and a ton of homework the following week. I'm the type of person that needs to go into a busy week with lots of sleep and preparation, so having a ton to do the weekend before definitely made me a little crazy haha. Luckily, I was able to study a lot that weekend and I think I managed to do well on both exams early this week! I'm so glad they're over and can finally breathe because we have a super fun weekend coming up and I know it's going to fly by. 

Tonight, we have our annual barn dance at an actual barn a little bit off campus and I'm so excited to get dressed up in a fun costume for the night! A bunch of my friends and I are taking some guys who are all friends so it should be a really fun night. Expect some pictures up on the blog next week :)

Now that my schedule has calmed down a bit after all my exams, I have really made a strong effort to workout every day and eat a lot healthier. I'm always tempted to stress eat (especially in a sorority house with lots of dessert always accessible!), so it's been a challenge to say the least! But, I've gotten in a good habit of running 3 miles a day, lifting weights and just generally getting in more steps every day. So far, I honestly feel better! It's crazy how a few little changes can totally change your mindset and mood.  

With lots of homework and exams comes the need for caffeine, so lattes (pumpkin spice especially, #duh) have been my go-to. It's insane that I had never even tried coffee until I came to college, and now I drink multiple cups a week! I'm still super picky and only drink really sweet lattes, but they're essential to surviving the week. Have you guys tried the Awake caffeinated chocolate bars? I had one the night before my law exam in addition to a big cup of coffee and I can't tell if it helped or not. I'm curious to hear your thoughts below! 

Another thing I'm working on? Getting better sleep each night. I brought my eye mask back with me after fall break and I think it really does help, especially in the morning when the light is blaring in the window right next to my head. I was having a bit of trouble sleeping through the night because I was really stressed about some of my classes, but recently I've been sleeping like a baby. I live with 3 other girls and I don't even hear them come in or out of the room anymore! 

Some of my favorite finds of the week:

As if barn dance wasn't fall themed enough, my friends and I are going to brunch at the cutest cafe Saturday morning for pumpkin pancakes! I can't wait to enjoy the beautiful weather and time with some of my friends that aren't in my sorority. 

Also - I think I'm going to put together a post with all of my favorite fall purchases so far this season. Would you guys be interested in seeing that? 

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

My New Favorite Laptop Case

After hearing about so many incidents of people dropping and shattering their laptops in the past year, I've decided that it's finally time to invest in a sleeve to protect my computer. In high school I always made sure to carry one, but for some reason in college I haven't at all. It adds extra weight to my backpack that I don't need walking all around campus! Lately, though, I've decided it's time to take proper precautions. I seriously don't know what I would do without my laptop (I'm on it 23 of the 24 hours of the day, I swear), so making sure it is protected has become a pretty high priority for me. Buuuut, this doesn't mean it has to look ugly!

Marley Lilly has an awesome array of sleeves that I swear would fit any size laptop. I love that they're super cute and classic, but neutral enough where you wouldn't get sick of them. I'm obsessed with the tan check one I got - they also have navy stripes, black stripes and black quatrefoil! And one of the best parts? They're so lightweight that you barely realize you're carrying one with you. They also have a pretty roomy pocket on the front where you can keep a notebook, papers, etc. 

What's your opinion on laptop sleeves?