Friday, December 8, 2017

Friday Fours

It feels like it has been forever since I've posted last (probably because it has been forever... oops!). Life has been absolutely crazy between finals, clubs, new leadership positions, my sorority, etc that I have had negative time to even think about blogging which honestly makes me so sad. Blogging is one of my absolute favorite things to do and I can't wait until all of this craziness is over so I can really focus on it again. It will probably be a few more days until things finally start to calm down, but when that happens, expect lots of new content! Here's what I've been up to these past few days: 

If you're curious what my life has looked like lately, this pretty much sums it up. If I counted up the hours I've been at the library in the past week, it would definitely add up to be way more than my time spent anywhere else, including my time sleeping (wow that's depressing). I had to write a 100 page paper on jean jackets for my retail class final, and I don't think I really left the library for about 5 days leading up to the due date! Now that that's out of the way, I have 4 more finals next week and then I'm home free for winter break!

 The holiday shopping season is in full blast and I could not be more excited for a few different secret santa exchanges with friends and shopping for presents for my family as well. I will hopefully crank out another gift guide or two before Christmas - let me know if there's any specific ones you're wanting to see!

We decorated our room for Christmas right after Thanksgiving break and coming home to some cute festivities every day is one of my favorite things about living in a sorority house. Today we're switching rooms for next semester and as excited as I am to move into a triple with two of my good friends, I'm so sad to not be in my four girl anymore! 

I could not be more excited to go home, omg. This semester has flew by in the blink of an eye, yet I am so exhausted from everything I've done and can't wait for a little refresh before we come back for next semester. Not to mention, we have recruitment starting January 2 and we will be getting a new member class of girls! It's all so exciting, and I look forward to having a break before the craziness of next semester begins. 

I hope the rest of your semesters wrap up well and you have a productive next few weeks!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Cyber Monday Shopping Guide

Happy Cyber Monday! One of the only reasons I'm somewhat surviving this Monday back is because of all the deals on nearly every online store today. Rather than sharing a list of 20 different retailers with sales, I thought I would choose 5 of my favorites and round up some pieces I'm loving. Happy Shopping! 

Old Navy
50% off everything

50% off everything

J.Crew Factory
60% off everything

Designer clearance up to 40% off

30% off sweaters

Good luck shopping + hope you have a great week back!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

10 Things I'm Thankful For

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I thought I would do a post that's a little different than usual today. A lot of times I find myself posting about things I want, but today I'm instead going to think about the things that I already have that I'm grateful for. Blogging brings out a really selfish side in me sometimes - I always compare what others have to what I have, whether it be a new pair of shoes, a beautiful vacation or a big group of friends. If you stop and think about it, you might be the same way! With social media playing such a major role in our lives, it's nearly impossible to not look at what other people have and get jealous of what they post. So, today I challenge you to think of 10 things you are thankful for - writing them down is a good way to really visualize it! The 10 things don't necessarily need to all be tangible or stereotypical like "my friends and family" either. Think about things that make you happy and that you really appreciate. Check out my list below!
What are you thankful for?

Monday, November 20, 2017

Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers Under $30

What better way to start the holiday week than with my first official gift guide?! While technically I shared  a pajama guide a few days ago, I like to think of today's post as my very first roundup of gifts for the 2017 holiday season. With Thanksgiving later this week, it's time to start thinking about some fun little goodies to scoop up for your friends, family or even as a little treat for yourself. Today I'm sharing ten gifts I love under $30 - I think it's safe to say there's something for everyone!
one / two / three / four / five / six / seven / eight / nine / ten

Happy shopping!
Let me know what other gift ideas you're wanting to see - I have a bunch of ideas up my sleeve but am always open to suggestions :)

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?!