Saturday, August 31, 2013

Saturday Recap {week thirty-four}

Pearls and Curls

My precious littles!

Too many monogrammed hair bows is never enough.

#1: Pants & Shirt : J. Crew / Shoes : Jack Rogers
#2: Shorts & Shirt : J. Crew / Shoes : Jack Rogers
#3: Top : Loft / Jeans : Joe Fresh / Cardigan : J. Crew / Bag : Longchamp / Shoes : Lilly Pulitzer McKims

Judicial Secretaries / New students arriving / Getting ready to meet class of 2017!

I hope y'alls week was just as exciting as mine!  However, I'm ready to get back into the swing of things with classes, work, and a set schedule.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Friday Five

1. I started classes yesterday!  However, I only had one class yesterday, and I only have two today because I have night classes two nights a week (I'm taking 5 classes because two of them are four credits each.)

2. I chose my little sisters last night!  I am the proud big of two beautiful West Coast babies!

3. I am craving fall weather.  I am so over being hot and sweaty just walking to class.  Give me the crisp fall air, cable knit sweaters, puffer vests, and scarves.

4. Why had I never heard of Eric Paslay until the other week?  Let's all take a break and listen to this song...

5. Not having class until 11 on MWF is both good and bad.  I don't want to get out of bed, but once I have work to do, I know it will be a good time to be productive.

How was your week?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

6 Jewelry Must Haves

The easiest way to spice up a simple outfit is with some jewelry.  I'm not one for trendy clothing or overly fancy outfits.  I stick to simple pieces, but I spice up my outfits with my bracelets or earrings.  I've come up with a list of six jewelry pieces that I believe a necessities.

jewelry must haves
Pearl Studs / Watch / Bracelets to stack / Dainty Charm Necklace / Pearl Necklace / Fun Earrings

While pearl studs are a necessity for every day, bright, fun stud earrings are a great way to dress up an otherwise bland outfit.  Kate Spade is seriously killing it on the stud scene.  I am obsessed with these tortoise shell studs.

A single stranded pearl necklace is great with dressier outfits, but for everyday sometimes it can be a bit much.  Simple chain necklaces with charm look great with t-shirts, button downs, and dresses.  My favorites are from Dogeared.  I'm hoping to add the lotus necklace to my jewelry collection soon.

What's on your jewelry must have list?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

WILW: Orientation

This week I am loving that we're done with orientation and we're setting the class of 2017 out on their own!  I know they're totally ready to embark on this new journey!

It was great getting to know the fifteen girls in my orientation group, but I feel a bit like a momma bird letting her babies leave the nest!


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Dorm 101: Snacks

I'm back with my final installment of Dorm 101 (or at least I think this will be the last post!  If there's another college/dorm/school subject you'd like me to cover, just let me know!)  I've been in my room for a week now, and I've realized I have a few different snacks that I'm always gravitating towards.  I do have a full meal plan, so I eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the dining room, but of course I get hungry between those three meals!

Boom Chicka Pop is seriously one of the best snacks.  It's the perfect amount of salt, low calories, and filling!  Plus it's a good choice to snack on while studying or reading!  Another one of my favorite salty snacks is tortilla chips and salsa.

I try not to have a lot of sweet snacks in my dorm room.  But sometimes you just need something sweet!  Some of my favorite sweet snacks include protein bars with chocolate flavors, Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Peanut Bars, and a handful of chocolate chips.

When I'm feeling super hungry and I need something more substantial, I'll go for a cheese stick (or I'll cut up a block of cheese and have it with some crackers) or Greek yogurt with granola.

What are your favorite snacks?

Monday, August 26, 2013

What She Wore: Susquehanna Style's Managing Editor & Marketing Coordinator

While at my internship this summer, I was constantly surrounded by fashionable people (Alex and Hannah, I'm talking about you!)  On the last day of my internship, the magazine hosted a happy hour event at The Yorktowne Hotel.  The ballroom was beautifully decorated for the event, and everyone dressed in the best outfits.

Susquehanna Style's Managing Editor & Marketing Coordinator, Hannah Wigton, enjoyed the last taste of summer with these hot pink shorts and navy blouse.  Check out those wedges, too!

With her vintage Dooney on her arm, J. Crew pave link bracelet on her wrist, and coffee in her hand, Hannah was ready to take on the evening.  

What are your favorite outfits to wear while savoring the last bits of summer?

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Comfort Zone

Yesterday was a very exciting day!  We welcomed the first year class onto campus.  While they were busy moving into their dorm rooms, meeting their roommates, and saying those final goodbyes to their parents, I was preparing for my first orientation session.  Last night, I helped the students go through their orientation folders and become familiar with the schedule for the rest of orientation.  Under one of the sections I was discussing, our advisor left us a note to remind the first years that their college experience is what they make of it.

I took that point, and I encouraged my girls to try new things and go into class and meeting with an open mind.  If I had gone into college afraid to try new things and with a closed mind, I doubt I would have a job as an intern in the President's Office.  I wouldn't be on the Judicial Committee.  I wouldn't have been on the staff of the school newspaper for three semesters.  Being open to new activities and experiences is one of the best things I did in my first year at Sweet Briar.

This doesn't apply only to students starting their first year of college.  I think it can apply to everybody.  If you're scared to try new things or step outside of your comfort zone, will you really achieve great things?  You'll be stuck in your own little schedule and never experience the amazing things that are out there.

I'll be the first to say that I'm hesitant to try new things, but I've seen how it has payed off in the past, so I know it's always worth it.

How will you step outside of your comfort zone?

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Saturday Recap {week thirty-three}

Pearls and Curls

First OOTD in my new dorm room!
A little Lilly Pulitzer for a tea party with the Docents
I didn't really miss the food from Sweet Briar's cafeteria....
So in love with the decorations and decor of my dorm room!
A typical White Girl starbucks instagram...but this one was special because my sweet Smart Girls Group sister, Eleanor, sent me a gift card that fueled this caffeine fix
Lead a colorful life.
 I hope y'all had a great week, too!  I was super busy, but this week will be even busier...and I can't wait!

Friday, August 23, 2013

I'm Gonna Make This Place Your Home & Orientation Jitters

This week has been complete craziness.  I left home after an amazing summer, moved into a beautiful single dorm with tons of natural light and two closets, started and completed Orientation Leader training, and started my second year of training for the Judicial Committee.  Needless to say, the few moments of spare time I've had this week have been spent organizing my room, catching up with my friends after a long summer apart, and sleeping!
Sweet Briar's Bell Tower
However, the craziness is just beginning!  Tomorrow Sweet Briar's first year class moves onto campus and orientation officially begins!  I have fifteen girls in my group and I can't wait to show them around campus and help them make this place their home.  Sweet Briar is such a special place, and I can't wait for each and every member of the class of 2017 (and trust me, there's a lot of them!) to find their place here.
Sweet Briar College
An aerial shot of Sweet Briar's Campus
One of my favorite traditions at Sweet Briar is our big sister/little sister program.  We don't have sororities, so the first years don't go through recruitment or anything like that.  However, the junior class (my class) is the freshman's sister class (the sophomores are their rival class) and we each pick a first year (or a few, depending on the freshman:junior ratio) to be our little sisters.  I can't wait to pick a little sister and help her meet her Sweet Briar family and call this place home. (ps, Kiersten, if you're reading this...I really hope I get to choose you as my little!)

How was your day?

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Dorm 101: School Supplies

Maybe I'm just a major nerd...but I love shopping for school supplies!  I love making sure I have the perfect notebooks and pens.  I've compiled a list of something the school supplies that I think are essential.

school supplies

Colored Pens
I like to use colored pens to code my agenda, point out important parts in my notes, and make my To Do lists more appealing.  I'm partial to Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner Felt Tip Pens, but I also like Paper Mate Flair Pens and Staedtler Fineliners!

Post It Note Tabs
These clear tabs are perfect to mark your place in a textbook or mark an important passage in a novel you're reading!  They come in tons of different sizes and colors.

Binder Clips
Printing off a long reading? Doing some research? Writing your thesis?  Keep all of your papers together!

I think this one is pretty self-explanatory.  If you're planning on taking notes (which I highly recommend!) you probably need some paper to take those notes on!

I'm a fan of using cute notepads to make to do lists and write others reminders for myself.  I usually browse the stationery section of TJ Maxx or Marshalls.  They usually have the cutest notepads and they range in price from $1.99-3.99!

Pens & Pencils
Once again..self-explanatory.  You need pens and pencils to take notes, take tests...and just be a functioning student.  Don't be that person who shows up to class without a pen!

Sticky Notes
Sticky notes are so handy to stick notes inside your textbook, inside your planner, on your mirror or on your desk!  Leave a reminder for yourself in a place where you'll find it!

Finding key words in your textbooks? Taking notes and you want to make sure you study something specific?  Highlight it!

What are your go-to school supplies?

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Dorm 101: Junior Year Room Tour

Welcome to my junior year dorm room!
This year I am living in a single room with two closets, two windows, plenty of space, and a hopefully quiet hall!

This is the view when you enter my room.  On the right, I have my bed and dresser.  On the left, I have a bookshelf, my mini fridge, and a cozy chair!

This is the left side of my room.  I had to use the Lilly Pulitzer decals (the elephants, palm trees, and little flowers) to cover the dirt and holes in the walls.  I don't want to see that! :)  On top of my fridge, I have a Lilly Pulitzer storage box with my dishes and snacks.  I have some of the smaller storage bins on my book shelf to hold smaller school supplies and knick knacks.  One of my favorite decorations is the navy, pink, and green flag banner that my mom and I made!

 This year I purchased a desk from Target instead of using the desk that the college provides.  The college's desk is inside one of my closets with plastic crates stacked on top.  The college's desk isn't very big and I couldn't even have my laptop and a textbook on it at one time!  I'm still deciding how I want to organize the things on my desk, but for now I'm using a mason jar and coffee mug to hold my pens and pencils.  I have additional school supplies in boxes on my book shelf.

 This is the right side of my room.  Lots of pillows on my bed and two generous windows to let in sunlight!

In each of the back corners, I have some lanterns or flower pom poms hanging from the air vent.  These add some decoration and color while hiding even more dirt and imperfections on the walls.

I am so happy with my room so far!  I still have some organizing to do, but for the most part, this is what my room will look like!  I am so happy that I am able to have my desk at the window to let in some natural light.

Have you moved into your room yet?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Catching Up

I'm sorry I've been so quiet lately!  I've been finishing up things at home and moving into my new dorm room!

Here's a little sneak peek....
I'll post more pictures of my room later!

In the mean time... congratulations to Dulce Urizar Ocampo for winning my To Gild The Lily iPhone case giveaway!  Please email me by Wednesday at 9pm EST to claim your case!


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Dorm 101: Fashion

You've picked out your first day outfit...but what about every other day!

In my mind, college fashion can be divided into two categories.  Gym clothes (even if you're not planning on going to the gym) and more casual outfits.

college casual
I'm a huge fan of Nike Tempo "Norts" shorts.  They come in every color and they're just plain comfortable.  Pair them with a t-shirt and you're good to go!  When the weather gets a little chillier, switch out your Norts for leggings and throw on some kind of fleece.  I am obsessed with this Patagonia!  Speaking of Patagonia, head over to their website today!  They're having a huge sale.  The pullover listed is on sale for $59 instead of $120!

Depending on your campus job and classes, you probably won't be able to wear your leggings every day.  I work in both the President's Office and the Admissions office.  For both of those jobs, I have to maintain a professional appearance.  I'm a huge fan of J. Crew Minnie Pants, dark wash tailored jeans, and dresses for work!  Also be sure to bring one business outfit, maybe a pencil skirt and a blouse.  You'll never know when you have to give a presentation or you'll be invited to a special dinner.

Don't forget to enter my giveaway for a personalized iPhone case from To Gild The Lily!

What are some of your favorite outfits to wear to class?

p.s., The Lilly Pulitzer Endless Summer Sale starts on Monday morning! Check out their facebook page for all of the details.  This is a sale you won't want to miss!

Saturday Recap {week thirty-two}

Pearls and Curls

Best of York Party and the last night at my internship with Susquehanna Style

A little crafting for my dorm room...
We went to a Phillies game last night!  Although they played terribly, it was still a lot of fun!
Little Alice so happy after we took her to the new $500,000 dog park in Lancaster
 How was your week?

Friday, August 16, 2013

Dorm 101: First Day Outfit

You've got your bedding and decorations, packed those must haves, picked up everything from the dorm section at Target...what's next? Clothes!

I know you've heard the cliche that first impressions are everything.  I truly believe this.  You want to make a good impression on your professors and peers.  You want to go into your first class looking put together, ready to learn, and do well!

First Day

Since it will probably still be hot, I recommend a pair of shorts!  I'm partial to J. Crew chino shorts, but find something that you like and run with it!  Choose a nicer top, add some accessories, and you're good to go!

What will you wear for the first day of school?

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Dorm 101: Don't Forget Your...

Since college packing lists are typically a mile long, I thought I'd highlight a few things that are likely to be left at home!  Add these to your list and you'll be the queen of the dorm when everyone else has forgot theirs!

don't forget your...

Shower Shoes
This one is pretty self explanatory.  If your hall has a communal bathroom, you won't want your feet to be touching the floors!  You don't know what's been on that floor, and I don't think you want to find out!  A pair of rubber flip flops will solve that problem!

I don't have an exact reason for this's just come in handy and I think you should add some to your desk.  Is that good enough? :)

Safety Pins
You don't know how many times people came to me and asked if they could borrow a safety pin!  They come in handy for tons of different things.  Pick up a pack and throw them in a box with a needle and thread.  You'll never know when a button will pop off or a seam will come undone!

USB Drive
I mentioned this in my technology post, but a USB drive is great to transfer files between computers, take something to the lab to print, or just to backup your documents.  You can get them fairly cheap at any office supply store, so there's really no reason not to have one!
I have a professor who will automatically give a student a zero if their paper is not stapled together...she doesn't even accept papers that are paperclipped.  Keep your papers organized and get yourself a stapler!  This Jonathan Adler one is super cute, but a simple version from Staples will serve the same purpose.

3M Command Hooks and Strips
Most dorms don't allow students to hang up decorations with nails, that's where 3M Command Hooks and Strips come in handy!  The hooks are great for jackets, hats, keys, etc.  There are two different types of strips and I recommend you pick up some of each!  One kind is like heavy duty velcro.  I use this on big picture frames and anything kind of heavy.  There are also command strips that are more like double sided tape.  These work for lighter picture frames and any other kind of light decorations.  The great thing about 3M Command products is that they do not tear off the drywall or leave a mark when you remove them at the end of the year!

Lysol Wipes
Sharing a dorm room means double the germs.  Combat any sickness with some antibacterial wipes.  Wipe down the door handles and any other flat surfaces!

Microwave Safe Dishes
You're pulling an all nighter and you need a snack to get through the night.  You go to make some easy mac and you realize you only have your super cute Lilly dishes that are not microwave safe.  #ConfessionsofRebeccaMill Pick up some kind of microwave bowl so at least you can make some easy mac! :)

What are your "don't forgets"?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

What songs have you been playing non-stop this summer?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Dorm 101: Textbooks

If you're going into your first year of college, you may not know what textbooks you need yet.  I know at Sweet Briar the first years do not register for classes until orientation.  However, if you have registered for classes and you have access to the book list, I recommend you start searching for your books now instead of waiting to buy them at the school bookstore.
The college bookstore will be super expensive.  They may only have new copies of the textbooks and they will charge full manufacturer price (or more!)

So in an effort to save you some money (maybe so you can buy a few more decorations or a new school bag), I'm going to give you some of my tips on the best ways to buy your textbooks while keeping some money in your wallet.

1. Using the textbook list from your college, gather the ISBN number for each book you need to purchase.  Organize the list by class so you know exactly what you need.
These are the textbooks I needed to purchase for the Fall semester
2. Start searching on websites such as Amazon, Half, Chegg,, Abesbooks, and Alibis to get the best price.  I recommend making a spreadsheet and listing the cheapest price for each book.

You will have to decide if you want to buy new, buy used, or rent.  I rarely buy brand new books.  This semester I did buy a few brand new books,  but that was because for my Spanish Literature class I needed three paperback novels and they were cheaper to buy brand new.

If you do choose to rent books, remember that you will not be able to make any money by selling them back at the end of the semester.

I usually choose to buy used books that are listed as "Like New" quality.  Most of the time, the books are practically brand new and show no signs of wear.

3. Once you have decided where you are going to buy each book, your next task is to actually order them.  If you are ordering your books this close to the start of the semester, I recommend having them sent directly to your PO box at school.  They'll be there waiting for you when you arrive, and you don't have to worry about fitting a box of heavy books in your car.


Dorm 101: School Bag

There are basically two options for school bags - totes or backpacks.

school bag
Longchamp Le Pliage / North Face Borealis / LL Bean Boat Tote / Patagonia Backpack

I alternate between a tote (either a large Longchamp or a Vineyard Vines tote) and a backpack (North Face Borealis) depending on my class schedule. For instance, on MWF I have my intro to Psych class.  For this class I have a huge, heavy textbook, so I will be using my backpack.  But on TR, I only have Intro to Arts Management and we don't have any textbooks.  I will only need my laptop/iPad, notebook, and a folder, so I will probably use a tote bag.

What bag you choose is up to you, but it's important to pick something durable, functional, classic.  Although it may seem tempting to pick up the latest, cutest bag for a cheap price, I think it's better to invest in a good backpack or tote bag.  Although you might put out more money this year, you will be able to use that same bag for your entire college career.  So in the long run, you're actually saving money!

Are you a tote bag or backpack kind of girl?

Monday, August 12, 2013

To Gild The Lily Review + GIVEAWAY!

A few weeks ago, Melinda from To Gild The Lily generously offered to send me an iPhone case to review.  Her etsy shop offers over 200 different designs to choose from and most of them have the option to add a monogram!  In addition to over 200 designs, she also has different types of cases to choose from.  I chose to review the "Tough Case."  I'm not the most gentle with my phone, so any added protection is a bonus!

One of my favorite things about this phone case is that it has a small lip over the front of the case.  If I do happen to drop my phone and it lands with the screen facing down, the lip will add a little bit of a buffer between the floor and my screen!  This case was really easy to put on, however I think it will be difficult to take off.  But since I'm planning on leaving it on for a while, I'm not worrying about that yet!

The quality of the case is great!  The design on the back seems very durable and it has a great shine to it!  I've used it for about a week and there aren't any scratches or anything!

You know what would be even better...IF YOU HAD YOUR OWN!  Melinda has graciously agreed to give one of her cases away to one lucky reader!  Just enter below with the Rafflecopter widget.

The giveaway will end on 8/19/13 at 12am.

Wouldn't a new phone case be great for a fresh start to a new school year?!

Dorm 101: Technology

Now that you've picked out your bedding and decorations, it's time to start thinking about your school work.  Today we're going to focus on technology and the different things that I think you should consider bringing to school to help you be a smart, successful student!

Obviously you need some kind of computer.  Whether you choose a mac or a pc, a laptop or a desktop, I think it is important to have a computer to call your own.  Personally, I have  Macbook Pro.

To go with your computer, make sure you get some kind of external harddrive...and USE IT.  Back up your computer on a regular basis so that if something did happen, your computer crashed or a file becomes corrupted, you can get that file off the harddrive.  Also, a USB drive will come in handy if you need to transfer files between computers, take a file to the computer lab to print, or back up a few files here and there.

The bottom row is purely optional.  A tablet or iPad may come in handy to view PDF files (and save paper by not having to print them), easily take notes in class without having to carry a heavy computer, and maybe play a game of Angry Birds to decompress.  

What technology do you plan to take to college?

Sunday, August 11, 2013

What I Wore: Central Market

The past few Fridays, my mom and I have made a tradition of going to Lancaster Central Market to stock up on fresh fruits and veggies for the coming week.  Last Friday, we got up early enough to grab a muffin (for my mom) and a peanut butter long john (for me) for breakfast at Market.

My  mom snapped a few photos of me after we ate breakfast, and I couldn't help but think that this is where the "wannabe fashion blogger" in my "About Me" comes from.  I'm not one to pile on the makeup, spend hours picking outfits, and scrutinize my accessories.  I prefer a more carefree, simple look...but I still want to look put together!

This outfit is pretty much as easy as it comes.  The dress is a 3/4 sleeved shift style dress made out of a thick cotton material.  I rolled up the sleeves a bit and threw on a light pink scarf to dress it up a bit.  This dress easily transitioned from market to shopping to lunch and back home to finishing up my chores and having a relaxing Friday night.

Dress: J. Crew / Scarf: Gift from Italy from my bestfriend, Diana / Sandals: Jack Rogers/ Watch: Fossil / Sunglasses : Ray Ban New Wayfarers / Bag: Lilly Pulitzer Cooler Tote
What is your go-to carefree outfit?

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Saturday Recap {week thirty-one}

Pearls and Curls

Aren't these hairties so cute?  They're from a company called Simbihaiti.  The proceeds fundraise to send water filtration systems to Haiti.

Soaking up the last days of summer and enjoying these sweet moments with my pup.

Too much Lilly is never enough / Waffles for brunch / Celebratory intern lunch at The Belvedere with Susquehanna Style
What have y'all been up to this week?