Wednesday, March 29, 2017

My LA Travel Guide

I've gone to LA for the past 3 spring breaks and I'd be lying if I said I didn't love it more and more each time I visited. Now that I have explored several different areas of the city, I've come up with a bunch of must dos, eats and places to shop. Check them out below! 

Rodeo Drive 
A must see for window shopping 

Santa Monica Promenade
Really fun to walk around and listen to live music at night.

Abbot Kinney
Super cute street of unique shops and little cafes. 

Melrose Place
Beautiful shops tucked away in Beverly Hills.

The Grove
Literally the prettiest outdoor mall I've ever seen in my life.

 Griffith Observatory
The most gorgeous view of LA you'll ever experience. (See above for proof.)

Paul Smith Pink Wall
Can you really go to LA without taking a picture in front of the pink wall?!

Santa Monica Pier
A fun afternoon activity if you're into rides and carnival food (and people watching!).

Hollywood set tour
I saw Ellen Degeneres leaving the parking lot. Enough said. 

Drive Highway 101
If you have a car this is definitely worth the trip. 

+ The Ivy
If this post doesn't say it all.... Literally the prettiest restaurant I've ever been to. 

Arguably the coolest dessert I've eaten - if you love gelato this is a must try!

Beverly Hills Hotel
Definitely go here for lunch by the pool one day. Green palm print allll day long. 

The Shutters
Delicious for brunch, lunch or dinner right on the water in Santa Monica. 

Blue Plate Taco
Absolutely delicious Mexican food with bomb guac, and it's right across from the Santa Monica pier.

I'm a little biased (#citrus) but if you like sweet lemonade, fresh food and macarons the size of your hand, 10/10 recommend. 

Feel free to shoot me an email at or comment below if you need more recommendations! 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Victoria Beckham X Target

Oh-em-gee. Have you heard about the new collection Victoria Beckham is launching with Target? Target always has great collaborations this time of year, and this has to be one of the best yet. I was never one of those people that was obsessed with her, but after seeing this line I might change my mind! Launching April 6, she'll have a line for women, kids, toddlers and babies. (Is it too soon to start shopping for my future daughter?!) It totally reminds me of Kate Spade, don't you think? There's a "citrus scallops" collection that makes me so happy that I could barely choose which pieces to pick for the graphic above. I'm praying to God the Bloomington Target will have a good amount of the collection because I'm definitely going to need some of these pretties in my wardrobe for spring. 

Check out the rest of the line right here! 
Happy Monday!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Graduation Invites with Minted

Since I had a pretty busy week and didn't have anything too "photo op" worthy to share for Friday Fours, I thought I would mix things up for today's post! March is almost over which means that we're getting closer and closer to graduation season. I graduated high school last year and had an absolute blast preparing for the festivities, especially designing my grad party invites! Whether you're having a party you need invitations for or want to make announcements, I think it's so fun to choose a pretty card to send out to your friends and family. 

My family has been using  Minted for Christmas cards for years, but it wasn't until recently that I stumbled upon their gorgeous selection of cards for graduation. I know it's often hard to find simple cards for boys especially, and I definitely recommend looking through theirs if you're in the market because they have some awesome options. 

The links for all of the announcements are in order right below. 

Aren't they so simple and pretty?? I love the gold accents and pretty calligraphy fonts.  

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Ivy at the Shore

Sorry for the photo overload, but how gorgeous is Ivy at the Shore in Santa Monica?! The Ivy in Beverly Hills was my favorite restaurant I had ever been to, so when Sammy wanted to go to lunch at the location by the beach, I didn't even think twice. Let me tell you, this location is even more beautiful (and pink!). Rather than floral plates like at the other restaurant, the Shore location has pineapple ones that are absolutely adorable. And of course, they have the same infamous pink, orange and yellow roses as far as the eye can see. For lunch, Sammy and I both got strawberry basil mojitos (highly recommend) and chips and guac (obvi), and then I ordered a caesar salad with salmon. It was probably one of the most refreshing yet satisfying meals I've ever eaten in my life. To top it off, our waiter (who was donning the prettiest Liberty of London tie) brought us delicious chocolate chip cookies for dessert. And naturally, before leaving, we had to take photos against the pink wall adorned with palms right outside the restaurant. 

If you ever find yourself in the Santa Monica area (right by the pier!), I 10/10 recommend you stop at the Ivy for brunch, lunch or dinner - it's without question my favorite restaurant I've ever been to. 

I'm thinking of putting together a complete LA Travel Guide for you guys... would you be interested? 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Outfit: Shades of Blue

I'm back from LA with a fun outfit post for you all today! I ran to Target right before I left for my trip and found the cuuutest striped peplum top for a great deal. Naturally, I wore it for my last day in Pasadena with Sammy and it was the perfect flowy top for a day at the pool, and I was able to dress it up with a cute bootie for dinner. Speaking of booties, I am in love with these slightly edgier pair from indigo rd. I've been dying for a pair I can transition into spring, and these were ideal for the California climate. Also, I picked up this jean jacket at the Gap in Santa Monica, and it's my new favorite piece I own. A lot of girls wear denim jackets here at IU and I've been searching for the perfect one for a long time. Not to mention it was 40% off so it was hard not to justify investing in it! 

I have lots to post about my time in Cali and I can't wait to share with you - stay tuned later this week for a full recap! 
Happy Monday :)

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

A ~Much Needed~ Life Update

It has felt like years since I last posted on this little corner of the Internet... and I have to say, I really miss it. Blogging grounds me in a way that nothing else can, and I've really needed that lately. Life has been insanely crazy ever since second semester started. I went through sorority recruitment, got the flu, joined Delta Gamma, got the flu again, started my new classes.... It's been a whirlwind to say the least. So, I thought it was about time I sat down and updated you on what's been going on in every aspect of my life. (I think this will also help me organize everything mentally which, let's be real, everyone can use once and a while!)

My roomie, me and my bff Ariana at my birthday dinner

My big, my twin and I on Big Little Reveal! 

+ Health
The main issue with the past few months has been my health. Since rush in January, I've had Influenza A, Influenza B, Strep Throat, Strep Throat again and finally Pneumonia. To be quite honest, I don't think I've been this sick in my entire life, especially because I've literally been sick since January 10th (aka 3 months!). There were days when I would get out of bed and be so dizzy and sweaty that I would have to sit on the ground in front of the air conditioner and have my roomie bring me a cold wash cloth (Caroline - I actually have no idea what I would do without you!). After 8 trips to the health center, 3 strep tests, 3 mono tests, unlimited amounts of antibiotics and finally an appointment to my doctor at home, I can finally say my health is much more under control. Last Wednesday I had to get a chest x-ray because my doctor was so concerned about my lungs, and it turned out that my white blood cell count was 5,000 too high (which is actually a pretty bad thing). Living in the dorms is like constantly being in a petri dish, so being able to go home for the weekend was so, so nice. After three months, I finally feel better - luckily just in time for spring break!

+ My Great Uncle
Right before my birthday when my mom came down for Mom's Weekend, my mom called me and told me my Great Uncle had passed away. While I guess it wasn't super out of the blue since he was 87 and hadn't been doing well for a few months, I was still completely devastated. When his wife (my Great Aunt) died in May of my junior year of high school, I had a really hard time dealing with it all because I had never lost someone so close to me before. Right after she passed away, my uncle had a lot of health issues and had to be put in a nursing home. That was pretty hard on my family because he had been so healthy before it all happened. Luckily, I had a lot of opportunities to spend time with him, and I was able to see him during this past winter break. I went home to Wisconsin for the funeral last weekend and it's incredible how much spending time with all of your relatives can help deal with it all. I'm so blessed to have such a fun and loving family - it makes going home for the summer just a liiiittle bit easier :)

+ Joining Delta Gamma
Joining a sorority has always been something I wanted to do, and with Indiana being a very Greek school, I was both really excited but also slightly intimidated by what to expect. After getting through rush and finding out I got a bid from Delta Gamma, I was completely over the moon. It had been my favorite all along (thanks to my now Big who I met through working with KJP!). Now that it's been a few months since I've been in it, I've met so many amazing people both in my own chapter and also in other chapters around campus. I have had to miss a lot of stuff because of the flu/strep/pneumonia, but I can honestly say I cannot wait for the future with my new sisters!

+ My Classes
If you read this post, then you would probably know that I decided to switch my major so that I could take classes I truly love. I am so much happier and am in classes that I actually enjoy for the first time since coming to IU. I've been able to meet more of "my people" and it has made it much easier to study knowing that it will actually help me in the future. I also don't have any more 8 ams so that itself is suuuch a blessing!

+ Life in General
Other than these rather crazy events that have been going on from my health to my classes, I can honestly say I've never been happier in my life. People often say you're either a high school or a college person, and I definitely think college is for me. Constantly being surrounded by so many incredibly funny, inspiring and intelligent people always lifts my mood no matter what's happening. Caroline and I often talk about how different things will be when we're not roommates or even when we aren't at school this summer, and it really freaks me out to think about how soon everything is going to change. That being said, I've been trying to be very conscious of enjoying every moment I have while I'm here. I've joined so many clubs I'm passionate about, tried to spend every free minute I can with my friends and enjoyed getting to know my new DG sisters. I never want to neglect my blog that I've worked so hard at, but sometimes I just want to focus on the present that's going on around me. I know these 4 years are going to absolutely fly by (it's almost 1/4 of the way over!), and I don't want to miss a single second. That being said, I can't promise to always have a perfect editorial calendar, but I just want you to know I'm trying my best to keep c&s updated and interesting for you. It's one of my favorite passions after all!

If you've made it this far, give yourself a pat on the back because that was quiiite the novel! As always, thank you so much for your support and sweet words - it means more to me than you know! 

I'm so excited to finish up this week so that I can fly out to LA and spend a week with Sammy! Get ready for lots of fun pictures and posts :)

Monday, February 27, 2017

Spring Break 2017

Only two weeks until Spring Break! With all the excitement of my sorority and second semester, my vacation to California totally snuck up on me - now it's in just 14 short days. It cooled back down to 40 degrees here in Bloomington, so I'm thrilled to be able to get some real sunshine for a few days (and see Sammy of course!) I've been scrolling through Pinterest getting inspiration for my trip to LA, and I rounded up some pretty products that I would love to bring along in my suitcase. I'm loving light blues, pretty pinks and bright white (what else is new though :). Click on the images below to shop! 

Are you dreaming of sunny weather too?

Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday Fours

I feel like I say this a lot, but I swear it was literally just Monday.... Am I right?? This week absolutely flew by, but I couldn't be happier because it's moms weekend so my mom arrives later today! (Seriously the best birthday present :) We have a bunch of fun things planned for the weekend, but of course the one time I can actually hang outside, it is supposed to drop from 70 to 30 degrees - gotta love Bloomington weather! Here's a peek into my past week: 

It was so gorgeous outside Tuesday that my friends and I finally decided to make the trek downtown to get the infamous acai bowls. If you go to IU, you have to check out InBloom Juicery downtown - it was absolutely amazing and such an improvement from our usual dining hall food! You can bet I'll be going at least one more time this weekend :)

First semester I could never find a good spot to hang up my eno (aka colorful hammock that you can hang on almost anything). Last weekend, though, my friend in DG and I found a cute little area behind our dorm to stack them and get some work done. I think this will become a new Sunday tradition when there's good weather! 
I just can't get over how beautiful the sunsets have been lately.... My roommate says this is how they always are where she's from in Nashville, but I just can't stop staring at this picture from the view of my dorm. 
Luke Bryan and Brett Eldredge came to play on campus last week and it was one of the best concerts I've been to in a while. I am a country music fanatic, but somehow this was my first time seeing Luke. Seriously life changing, especially when he threw on a pair of candy striped pants (**insert heart eye emojis here**). 

On another note, I can't believe this is my last day being 18! My friend told me 19 is like the sophomore year of ages, and I couldn't agree more. Here's to another fabulous year!
Have a happy weekend friends!