Monday, April 15, 2013

after grad

I have a job! I have a job! Seriously y'all I have never been more excited. Last week I got the call that I was accepted into City Year Jacksonville's 2013-2014 Corps! I have always wanted to be a teacher and this program is going to be a perfect break year to gain some hands on experience in education before I head to grad school!

After so much stress this year trying to figure out my life after college experience I was so relieved to finally find out I'll be doing something worthwhile and that I will love! Senior year is supposed to be fun and relaxing but for me it was a year full of comparison. Am I going to be as successful as Sally who just got a job in DC? Are people going to be as impressed by my plans as they are of Emily's who is going to Vanderbilt? Will people thinking of me as a success or a failure when I come back to visit?

I know it seems overly dramatic but I feel like my generation puts so much emphasis on figuring out what our lives are going to be, always in advance. Finding out my future steps so late in the game kept me really self-conscious. Now I know that it was silly to be so concerned, and even without City Year I know I would be successful and eventually become an awesome teacher. 

Here's the thing though, see that picture above. Yeah, that's the uniform. I have to wear that every day. Not the most flattering for a 5'2 lady like myself but I actually think they're kinda neat! I even get my own pair of Timberlands (I know, I'm giggling at myself too). Still unsure if I can wear bows with the uniform...I'll have to check on that. 

Here's to hoping everyone is easing into summer stress free!


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

the final countdown

      .....sooo. It's finally hit me. In less than 3 weeks I will be a college graduate! Where did the time go? Seriously. From Freshman year being scared and lonely to Senior year being surrounded by sisters and friends that I have no idea how I ever lived without. I honestly don't know how I am going to deal with the separation.
       Thankfully, I only live 2 hours from schools so I can visit my boyfriend (a junior) and my littles, grandlittles, and oh-good-Lord my future GREATgrandlittles, fairly often. I'm still not sure what exactly I'm doing for my year between undergrad and grad school but I'm learning to be ok with that. I've been planning every moment of my life for the past 10 years and it's actually kind of nice to just go with the flow for once.

on another note

Did anyone watch the Mad Men Season Premiere? Goodness, it was a weird one! But honestly I could watch it just for the clothes and the one-liners. Spoiler Alert: Don is in another affair and Roger Sterling cries for the first time. 

on another other note

I seriously CANNOT decide which color Jacks to buy or which style of Ray Bans to purchase. I have been planning/saving for these purchases since the beginning of the semester and I still can't decide. Help!



Wednesday, April 3, 2013

all i want to do is shop

       After 2 papers and 1 exam all in the span of 3 days, all I can think about is graduation, poolside drinks, and shopping. If I could, alllll of these things would be mine!

VS Swimwear


where would I wear them? Don't careeeee 
Why do you do this to me Lilly?

Kate, please stop making bags that I can't afford or find a justification to buy.

Am I brat for hoping I get lots of graduation presents? 



Tuesday, April 2, 2013


Exam week. Back with happiness on Friday!

hoping for A's


Thursday, March 28, 2013

a-tisket, a-tasket

With Easter coming up, I'm longing for the days when I lived at home and woke up Easter Sunday to a beautiful basket filled with candy and chocolate and the cutest stuffed animals. Now that I'm a grown up...ughhhh...I am really loving some more mature versions of the Easter basket. Being from Florida I have an inherent fondness for wicker and any woven design, of course the Kate Spade and Lilly Pulitzer Spring lines have some wonderful options I'd like to wake up to Easter Sunday...

happy hopping!


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

mad for mad men

I am obsessed with the show Mad Men! If you've never seen it go to Netflix immediately they have 5 seasons now and you have a week to catch up before the 6th season premiere! AEU and I are just as equally in love with the show. The clothes, the drinks, the lifestyles, we love it all. Next week we're having a little premiere party for the show with themed drinks and a few of his fraternity friends. I've instated a costume rule because...I mean come on...


I already have a dress picked out but I couldn't resist finding some other beautiful vintage inspired options on Mod Cloth !

Sighhhhhhh. Why can't it be socially acceptable to dress like this everyday?

Do you love Mad Men style as much as I do?


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

diet coke rehab

As you might have seen in my earlier post on trendy workout clothes, I have been working very hard lately to live a more active lifestyle. Food choices though are SO much harder for me to make changes to...I love cheese, and bread, and chocolate, and alcohol, and fried food.. All things that are totally not great for you or your weight. One of my biggest vices though is my diet soda consumption. Diet Dr.Pepper and Coke Zero are some of my all time obsessions. Lately I've been trying to make the switch and cull down my diet soda intake to 3 times a week or less. I know most of my friends struggle with the same Diet Coke addiction so I've been trying to find some tasty stand-ins to ween myself off

Now I know these are still not the best choices, and there is NO substitute for good ol' fashioned spring water. But sometimes that's just boring! To encourage myself to drink the most water I can per day I like to carry a cute Tervis tumbler or one of my sorority tumblers with a straw. I've about worn out the 3 or 4 that I have but I love these new cute water containers and like the workout clothes, I have a goal to reach before I buy myself a new one!

Of course some Tervis, this new funny Vintage line is adorable

I am still shocked I have witheld so long on buying one of these Lilly tumblers

By far my coolest find, this wate rbottle from lifefactory is glass (thus BPA free and much easier to recycle/reuse than plastic) and the silicone sleeve keeps it durable! Also, who doesn't love this Tiffany-esque Turquoise color!



Sunday, March 24, 2013

everything etsy

I love Etsy! I'm sure everyone knows the site, where you can buy from independent sellers all sorts of handmade items. I have bought everything from monogram stickers to jewelry from different shops on Etsy and I have never been disappointed! Here are some of the things I'm craving on this lazy Sunday!


I just ordered the state applique hat but I'm trying to have some self-control on the other purchases!

happy sunday!


Saturday, March 23, 2013

beautiful books

As an English major, I am a TOTAL book nerd. Not only am I a voracious reader, I'm obsessed with book covers and different editions of the same books. For the past 3 years I haven't had much time for reading outside of assigned books for my English classes and I haven't been able to just stroll into a bookstore and grab anything to read that I'd finish within a week. This semester being my last though, I've had much more free time. A couple weeks ago I popped into a Barnes and Noble just to browse and found this beautiful copy of Dante's Inferno:

It's hardcover with the designs embossed on them, so beautiful in person! After seeing College Prep's Instagram today I'm really inspired to grab some more of the Penguin Classic's series!

Here are some of the one's I'm totally nerding out over!

The collection is called Penguin Hardcover Classics and bonus, they're only $20 (which if you buy print books often you know is a steal for a hardback book!)

happy reading!


Thursday, March 21, 2013


Check out my Pinterest for some other things to make your day better (or make you hungry...there's a lot of recipes!)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

work that up-do!

I have been working out SO MUCH lately. It's one month until AEU's fraternity formal and thus my last formal as an undergrad! His fraternity goes to Hilton Head for 3 days and it's so fun (well minus the 6 hour bus ride with a bunch of rowdy frat boys!). I can't wait for Piggly Wiggly, Salty Dog, and the beach! The beach means bathing suits though, lots of bathing suits, on me and the other 100 sorority girls in attendance. SCARY! Soooo thus the working out.

Normally I'm rockin' a frat tank and leggings/norts but I am in love with cuter more put together workout gear!



1 // 2 // 3

I told myself if I reached a certain goal I'd treat myself to one of these (ok maybe 2 of these) pieces!

hoping everyone is having a fit and fun week!