Monday, April 24, 2017

A Not-So-Empty Promise

As I look back on the last two-and-a-half years since my last blog post, I think of how many crazy changes I've gone through in my life.

I got into college. I went to college. I transferred colleges. I had a boyfriend. My boyfriend and I broke up. I picked a major. I changed my major. And I changed my major again, and again, and again. I've circled through different friend groups. I've traveled to some amazing cities and countries. I've decided to study abroad next spring. And so much more.

Today, on April 24th, 2017, continuous blogging is not an attainable goal for me. I have final projects, portfolios and exams to get through. I have a feeling I'm about to go through some more heartbreak pretty soon. To be blunt, my life is going to get worse before it gets better. However, I want to make myself a promise.

I want to be realistic about blogging, and where it can take me once I have the opportunity to be serious about it. So all of this is to say that no, I won't be blogging right now, but come the end of this semester, I'm going to make a conscious effort to a lot more of it.

This summer I'll be in Boston taking classes so that I can study abroad next spring. The fun thing about this is, obviously, summer in a fantastic city. The not-so-fun thing is that most of my friends will not be in Boston with me this summer. As a bit of a homebody, I know that I'm going to need to take some steps to avoid staying in my room when I should be strolling on the esplanade, or sitting in Mugar Memorial Library when my favorite Brookline park is a much better homework location. To combat this, I'm doing two things.

I got a Fitbit! All the thanks here go to my parents for a spot-on Easter present. The idea behind this thought was that if there's something on my wrist buzzing at me every hour to go walk around, then hopefully I will. Additionally, my Fitbit app has all kinds of work-outs to do, tracks my food and water intake, tracks my sleep, and likely a whole lot more that I haven't figured out yet!

I am going to make a very conscious effort that on May 10th I will start blogging. My goal is to blog every day, but this will depend on my school and work schedules. What I do know is that at least twice a week, I'm going to make a blog post. I've never committed to this before so I'm sure it will be a bit rough at first.

Hopefully, these two goals will go hand in hand, in that I will get to walk all over Boston blogging my summer away. I'm sure there will be days when all I can talk about is my outfit or how stressed I am about school, but I really want to try and commit to this.

When I first thought of this idea, I contemplated deleting the few blog posts I made a few years ago. However, I've decided that keeping them there will help motivate me of what I don't want to do. As I'm sure every blogger has, I've already failed at this a few times before. This time I'm bringing my camera up to school (I would write what kind of camera I have and post a link, but it's been so long since I've used it that I don't remember), brainstorming ideas, and going for it.

Wish me luck!


Monday, October 27, 2014

My Long Weekend

This weekend, I was totally checked out; it was great. We had a long weekend at school for Parents Weekend (no classes Friday or Saturday). It was so nice having my parents on campus for a bit! Here are a few things we did.


Friday started with sleeping in and college applications. I worked on my apps until noon and got so much done finishing them up. After that my dad came for lunch and we went to my favorite spot in town. A bit later my mom arrived and we had conferences with my teachers. Since they all went super well my parents and I were in great moods and ready for the rest of the day. My Mom volunteered with the welcoming committee for an hour while my Dad went back to my room so I could submit some college applications! I was able to get one more in during that time, so there was only one to go. After this I got dressed and we went over to the Senior Dinner. This dinner has been put on for seniors for as long as anyone can remember, and it's one of the nicest experiences at Kent. There was great food and we ate dinner with my boyfriend's family.

I'm wearing: Lulu*s Dress // (old, but similar) Tory Burch flats // (old, but similar) LOFT scarf


Saturday I had to take the ACT (for the last time!!) and then got to go to Theo's house after! We had such a nice time. We went back and Theo fell asleep on the couch while I watched TV and relaxed. Then we went out to dinner at a Korean BBQ place with his family, and went out for ice cream. After that we had a quiet night in and fell asleep early after a very hectic week. 


Sunday we woke up to the smell of Theo's dad cooking bacon and his famous pancakes. After this we laid low with his brother and spent most of the day at home. For lunch we went to Chipotle for the first time in forever. I swear Chipotle is Theo's favorite restaurant and there's nothing like it in Kent. Then we went over to his mom's house and hung out for a while before eating the biggest pizza I have ever seen. I swear it was three times the size of my head. 

This weekend was such a treat, and we came back to school feeling relaxed and ready for the last part of the first term. Another highlight is the fact that as of late Friday night I have officially sent in all of my early college applications!

What did you guys do this weekend? 


Thursday, October 23, 2014

The 10 Most Important Things In Your Life For Under $10

I saw this idea for a post on The College Prepster today and thought it was genius. The reason being not only do I get to share some amazing buys with you guys, but I get to discover them myself. So here it goes…

I literally swear by this mascara. ($8.99!) I'm not huge on wearing make up, and usually just wear mascara unless I'm doing something important, so a good mascara is very important for me. I have naturally pretty long eyelashes so I find that a lot of mascaras make them clumpy and look scary long. This stuff is perfect. If you're looking for a good mascara, without a doubt this is it. Many of my friends with many different sized eyelashes use this and I've yet to hear a complaint.

This scarf is only $9.80 at Forever 21. My mom jokes that when you buy something there you have 21 days until it falls apart, but usually their scarves aren't too bad. This one looks super comfy and very versatile for Fall! This is definitely on my wish list.

This book will change your life. OK maybe not really, but it is hilarious. I've read the whole series and they're all very quick reads and impossible to put down. They're the perfect mix of snotty and entertaining and will keep you laughing forever. I recommend for reading on the beach, on the plane, or at night when you can't sleep. The books are only available on the Kindle, but the Kindle app is free in the App Store and these are only $5!

This color is possibly my favorite nail color yet. I recently had it on my nails and they looked so good, and I felt fabulous with the shade on my nails. I'm a firm believer that a good nail polish color and a good mood go hand in hand (no pun intended) so this is definitely worth the $8.50.

This is what it looks like on- so cute! It's a bit darker in person but definitely doesn't look black.
P.S. fun fact- I don't actually know how to paint my nails. I've been taught before but it just isn't the skill for me. In order for me to have painted nails I either need to block out three hours to do them myself or get them done. It can be hilarious but usually it's just very inconvenient. I think half the problem may be that I just don't have the patience to let them dry.

Oh my goodness. These flats are only $9.98 at Target!! They only have sizes 9.5, 10, and 11, so my 6.5's won't be wearing them, but if you'll fit in them you should definitely snatch them up! They're so cute!!

Speaking of Target, I love this pillow. I have about a million accent pillows on my bed at school and I'm always looking for more. I swear one day I'll fill the entire bed with pillows… Get it for just $9.98.

While I don't have too many clothes from Urban Outfitters, I think their apartment section is hilarious. These are "Passive Aggressive Cards" for everyone in your life. With Christmas just around the corner (well not really, but I'm excited already!) you should definitely be investing in these for $7.95

This is my favorite book in the world. I read it junior year for my English class and didn't expect anything but it's great. It's so interesting because it's told from such a real perspective that you keep having to remind yourself that it's fiction. I don't want to say too much because I don't want to give it away, but you can buy it on Amazon for $9.54

This product will save your face. Normally konjac sponges are $15 but this one is $10 on Amazon! It will seriously cleanse everything away and you will feel like a new person. I'm obsessed with my skin and always need it to be clean, but this will clean the dirtiest of faces and leave your face feeling a way you didn't know existed. Buy. Now.

Alright, these are $12, but if you're a skier they're worth every last penny. I swear by these on the mountain and off, and they're a necessity for everyone. Whether you pair these with ski boots or riding boots they should be in your wardrobe ASAP. LL Bean makes the best warm stuff, I could seriously lay in bed all day with LL Bean from head to toe.

Rain Rain Go Away

Today is the last day of classes before a short break, and for the third day in a row, it's raining. Generally I'm a big fan of a good thunderstorm, but three days in a row can be too much. Possibly my favorite thing about rain is the cute outfits that go with it.

Hunter Boots:

I've had two pairs of hunter's in my life and I'm not sure which pair I like better. These are my current pair (you can buy similar ones here, mine aren't the high gloss they're regular gloss, but I couldn't find those). My old ones got lost somehow (still confused on how I managed to lose a pair of rain boots but oh well). I had these in green, and they matched everything. The one thing I do like a bit better about the black ones is they look a bit more formal. I still would definitely never wear them to a formal event, but if I'm going out for a not too fancy dinner and it's raining, I never feel weird about wearing these.

Do you have a go-to pair of rain boots?


Fall Staples

Like I've said before, Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. Fall seems to have its own wardrobe, and I love to break out my fall staples the first chance I get.
Some things I like to wear in the fall are…


I have an unhealthy obsession. This one is the one I wear the most throughout the colder months. Last year they made it in both men's and women's, but to order a mens one just go a size down from your regular size (i.e. if you're a medium in women's get a men's small) and it'll fit just fine. I love to wear flannels under sweaters, with leggings and an infinity scarf, tucked into skirts, really any way possible.

Which brings me to my next fall staple: Sweaters

I don't own this sweater yet, but let me just say the day is coming extremely soon. I've never had a sweater from LL Bean, but this one just looks so soft and warm how could I not? My parents are both avid LL Bean sweater buyers, and I definitely need to start investing in some ASAP. I'm also a obviously big into cashmere. Some of my favorite sweaters are similar to this (so many colors, and it's SO inexpensive) or this (again mens, but you can always size down).


For a more formal version try these leather ones! I love to wear leggings in the morning with a nice warm sweater when it's chilly or after classes while doing my homework

Riding Boots:

I think this goes without saying. There are way too many options to post one picture, but I love any type of riding boots. I just recently bought these in black and they're great. The best thing is they're fleece lined so they have extra warmth. My only complaint would be they're super tight on your calves so I wouldn't recommend if you have larger calves or like to wear thicker pants (basically anything other than leggings) with your riding boots.

What are your favorite things to wear in the fall? Do you have fall staples you just can't wait to break out in September?


10 Facts About Me

Since this blog is extremely new, for anyone out there reading I thought I'd give you a chance to get to know me better!

1. I didn't talk until I was 3 and my parents and I had to learn sign language to communicate
2. I repeated my sophomore year when I went to boarding school… To clarify this doesn't mean I got held back, it's pretty common in the transition from public school to boarding school and I was extremely young for my grade.
3. I love history and by the time I graduate Kent I will have taken 8 different history classes.
4. I go to an Episcopal school but I'm one of the only Episcopalians in my friend group
5. I moved away from my hometown in 3rd grade, but my parents couldn't take being away so we moved right back in two short years.
6. I just applied to my first two colleges last week and will apply to three more before this weekend.
7. Speaking of weekends, they don't really exist at my school. I have three classes on Saturday morning and mandatory chapel on Sunday mornings.
8. I would probably be lost on how to dress without a dress code.
9. My favorite weather is when it's thunder storming and about 65 degrees.
10. My all time favorite food is Lobster Mac and Cheese.

What are 10 facts about you? How do you define yourself?


Ma Vacance de Rêve

Ok.. maybe that was google translated.
For all you non-french-speakers out there it says "my dream vacation".
For my entire life I have wanted to nothing more than to go to Paris. When I was 6 or 7 my mom started teaching me how to count and say basic words in french. I forgot almost all of it between then and when I began taking french classes in 7th grade, but French has always been an interest of mine. My favorite restaurant (and birthday dinner destination of choice) is one of the French restaurants in my town, and I'm definitely a big believer in a good crêpe.

My mother always said that when I was 13 if I knew enough french she would take me to Paris (a city she knows like the back of her hand). Long story short my 13th birthday fell at the beginning of the recession, and each birthday since plans have either fallen through or been forgotten about. So here I am, about to turn 18, still never having to to Paris. While I feel very lucky to have gotten the chance to go on the vacations I have been on, Paris seemed like it would never happen… until August.

After getting home from good old summer camp mommy dearest casually dropped the news that I may want to think of a friend who I would want to take to Paris. This was an extremely big surprise and some of the best news I think I've ever heard. A few months later I have a friend, a plan, a plane ticket, and an apartment booked for our Paris vacation in March.

Kerry and I have been friends since pretty much the day we arrived at Kent sophomore year and have shared everything from secrets, to guys, to clothes, to beds. We've truly been through it all and I cannot wait to have this girl by my side as we take Paris!

While there we have a lot planned… Between Notre-Dame, Le Tour Eiffel, Le vin de rosé, et le louvre, it will be an amazing eight days. The possibility of a day in London is also looking good right now, so we essentially cannot wait. I'm so excited to share with you guys as more details are planned, but for now all I can say is it promises to be un bon voyage!

Do you have any trips coming up? What have your favorite vacations been?