Saturday, September 28, 2013

Saturday Recap {week thirty eight}

Pearls and Curls

What a week!!!  Here's some snapshots from my instagram to summarize the last few days...

Glory glory I'm a Chung Mung!
Spray painting the rock and hitching post and hanging out banner on the bell tower!
(L-R) The Morning After Tap Night
Amrit and I
My beautiful mom, Nina, and I!

Founder's Day
 How was y'alls week?

Friday, September 27, 2013


I realize I've been extremely absent this week.  I've been so busy, that it hasn't even occurred to me to write a blog post!  A lot of you were so kind to say that you were happy that I became a Chung Mung...but you had no idea what that even meant.

{via Sweet Briar Archives}
My college doesn't have Greek life.  Instead, we have Tap Clubs.  To quote the SBC website, tap clubs are "selective groups of students that have some sort of common interest. Each club has its own protocol regarding selection; it seeks different characteristics and chooses members in its own way."  

The group that I was just tapped into on Monday night, the Chung Mungs, are known as the "friendly ghosts" on campus.  That is why in any OOTDs for the next few weeks, you'll see me wearing a little ghostie on my shirt!  The Chung Mungs are described as some of the nicest students on campus, and there are always exactly thirteen new members.  The SBC website says that Chung Mungs believe that their educational experience can be enriched and deepened through a close association with a congenial group of girls...and I can attest that so far I am completely in love with my sisters!

In addition to having the most amazing sisters, I am also completely in love with all of the other members.  They're all so nice to us as we get used to the "Mungling" life.  And my mom?  SHE IS FLAWLESS!  Gardenia loves her mama, Cherry Blossom!  If any of you read Little Mrs. Laurel Rhyne, she is also a Chung Mung!  She graduated last year, so we weren't Chung Mungs at the same time, but I'm so glad to be her sister!

I'm sorry this post is so unorganized!  I'm sure I'll be back with another round of explaining tap clubs...but until then,



Tuesday, September 24, 2013


Sorry for the short post but....

I can't wait to tell y'all more about it, but until life settles down, you'll have to take in this glorious picture (oh do I look cute after 2 hours of sleep or what?!?!)


Monday, September 23, 2013

Monday Inspiration

You can. and You will.  Put in the extra effort, make to do lists, and know that you won't regret it.


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Saturday Recap {week thirty seven}

Pearls and Curls

I know I'm a day late...but I can explain!  Yesterday I spend the day at the University of Virginia to catch their football game, spend some quality time with friends, and get off campus.  It was an amazing day, despite the torrential downpours.

I guess you could say I'm an obsessive planner.

I think the J. Crew Clearance Center is probably what heaven looks like.

Life in Lilly is always better.

Pants : Old Navy / Shoes : Jack Rogers
Sweater : Ralph Lauren / Shirt : Ralph Lauren / Pants : J. Crew / Bag : Longchamp / Shoes : Vince Camuto
Sweater : Ralph Lauren / Pants : Joe Fresh / Shoes : Jack Rogers

UVa/VMI Football Game!
How was your week?

Friday, September 20, 2013

I'm going to be honest.  The last two weeks have been extremely stressful.  I've had a lot of reading for multiple classes (I'm used to only have one reading heavy class), I had my first psychology test, and my flash drive became corrupted after spending over half an hour scanning a forty-page reading for my Arts Management class.
Despite so many setbacks, I'm still going.  I got a B+ on my first Psychology test (and I'm really not a science person, so I'm extremely pleased with that grade), and I'm getting better about managing my time to complete all of the readings.  I also put my faith and trust in God.  Isaiah 46:4 says it all.  He will carry us, especially through hard times, and he will rescue us.

Have you had any setbacks this week?  Has God rescued you, too?

Thursday, September 19, 2013

A Thursday In My Life

Maybe I'm just nosey, but I think it is so interesting to learn about other people's daily routines.  So if you're just as nosey as I am, let's take a look at my typical Thursday this semester!

7:45 - Rise and Shine!
I am NOT one of those girls that takes hours to get ready in the morning.  Give me half an hour and my hair will be straightened and I'll be out the door.

8:15 - Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Breakfast is my favorite meal at Sweet Briar.  There's always made to order omlettes, a waffle maker, different kinds of bagels and croissants, fruit, bacon or sausage, and some kind of breakfast pastry.  Needless to say, it's always easy to find something to eat!

9:30-11 - Work, work, work!
On Thursday mornings I work one of my three campus jobs.  This shift calls for the President's Office.  I'm the only student intern this year (there used to be two of us!), so I'm doing all kinds of exciting things from filling out payment request forms, to shredding piles of papers older than I am (literally, they were dated 1991), and processing government forms for the donation of a horse to the college's riding program.

11:30-12:15 - Lunch time!
Lunch is hit or miss, but even if there's nothing something great to eat, I can always count on a funny story or joke from my friends!

1:30-2:45 - Arts Management Class
On Thursdays I only have one class.  This semester I am taking the Intro to Arts Management class.  So far it's really interesting and I think I'm really going to enjoy it!  In addition to class, we also have to do twenty hours of field experience.  For my field experience I will be doing the social media for the Virginia Center for Creative Arts here in Amherst!

5:00 - Supper, super pepper upper! (Name that musical!)
Once again...I eat.  

7-9 - Tutoring!
One of my other jobs on campus is through the Academic Resource Center.  I am a peer tutor for the first four levels of Spanish classes (101-202).  My tutoring hours are usually 7-9 on Thursdays, but that may change through the semester depending on who needs tutoring.

11 - Goodnight!
I am not a night owl.  If possible, I like to be in bed way before 11.

So that's what a typical Thursday looks like for me...of course all of the "empty" times are filled in with studying, studying, and even more studying.

What is your schedule like?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

WILW: Staedtler Textsurfer Highlighters

Confessions #1: I am addicted to school supplies.
Confession #2: I highlight things in my planner when I've completed them instead of crossing them out.

Steadtler's Textsurfer Highlters are the bomb.  Seriously.  They come in so many different colors (I'm obsessed with the pink and turquoise!) and the best part is that they don't bleed through the paper!

Please tell me I'm not the only person obsessed with school supplies?!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fall Playlist

With the temperatures dropping, all I want to do is pull out my sweaters and scarves and turn up the country tunes!  Although my fall playlist does include some Katy Perry and Mumford and Sons, I think it's the perfect combination of new and old country and a little pop, too.

What's on your fall playlist?

Monday, September 16, 2013

5 Ways To Skip The Monday Morning Slump

How are you going to make today a good Monday?

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Saturday Recap {week thirty six}

Pearls and Curls

Chocolate almond milk and cat cookies for a study snack.

Am I the only one who is kind of nosey and loves to see other peoples desk and work spaces?!

Pinterest comes to real life.

Reading Brene Brown's Daring Greatly.

Last Saturday my littles Kiersten and Lily and I went to the first football game of the year at our brother school, Hampden-Sydney.

Pants : Lilly Pulitzer / Shirt : Bass / Shoes : Jack Rogers / Watch : Fossil
Shirt, shorts, and belt : J. Crew / Shoes : Jack Rogers / Watch : Fossil / Bag : Longchamp
What have you been up to this week?

Friday, September 13, 2013

What I Wore

With summer quickly coming to and end, I'm trying to fit in all of my neons and bright Lillys before the weather dictates a new wardrobe.

Gingham button down, neon pink chinos, and belt : J. Crew
Watch : Fossil
Glasses : Ray Bans
Shoes : Platinum Jack Rogers

Already hitting the books and studying hard!

What outfits are you trying to fit in one last time before you bring out the boots and sweaters?

Thank you to my good friend Chloe for taking these pictures!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Transition into Fall Fashion

With the temperatures getting chillier, it's time to start transitioning your favorite summer fashions into outfits more suitable for fall.  I put together three of my favorite summer outfits and showed you three easy ways to wear them in the cooler months.

Outfit #1
Striped Tee Shirt

It's no surprise that my J. Crew neon pink chino shorts are a staple in my summer wardrobe.  Unfortunately, I'll be packing those away in a few short weeks.  A simple striped tee shirt and a pair of sandals looks great with shorts, but if you take that tee shirt and trade in the shorts for jeans and the sandals for flats, you've got a perfectly acceptable outfit for Fall!

 Outfit #2
Ponte Pants

I professed my love for Ponte pants a few posts back.  In the summer, I like to wear them with a lightweight button up (this one is a seersucker/gingham!) and either flats or sandals (depending on where I'm going.)  Once the leaves start turning, I trade in the button down for a sweater and add a scarf.

 Outfit #3
Tee Shirt Dress

On those days when you can't be bothered to match pants and a top, a dress is the next best thing.  I love easy pull on tee shirt dresses.  Even though this dress is long sleeves, in the warmer months I roll up the sleeves and throw my hair up into a top knot (complete with a monogrammed hair bow) with some sandals.  To transition this dress into Fall, I roll down my sleeves, through on a scarf and tights, and wear closed toe shoes.  (Any UVa fans out there?  I was channeling my inner Wahoo in this outfit.)

How do you transition your clothes from summer to fall?

All photos in this post are my own.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Agenda Organization

I'm sure I'm not the only one who is OCD about their agenda...but in the case that you're not as organized as you'd like, I thought I'd share some of my tips and tricks!  I depend on my agenda for everything.  It has my school work, appointments, test dates, meetings, and any other kind of random reminder I might need.

First, you need to gather some supplies.  My agenda "must haves" include colored pens and highlighters, sticky tabs, post it notes, and Lilly Pulitzer agenda stickers.  Personally, I use Stabilo Fine Liner Felt Tip Pens and Staedtler Ball 432 Ballpoint Pens.

In the weekly view, I write down all of my assignments.  I transfer any test or project dates from syllabi and work as it is assigned in class.  At the bottom of each day, I write any appointments or meetings.  At the beginning of the semester, I go through each syllabus and write down any dates that are already given so I can plan ahead.  As I complete assignments, instead of crossing them out, I highlight them.  I don't cross things out so that I can still read the assignment.  Occasionally I also add sticky notes in the weekly view to make daily to do lists or add any kind of notes that don't fit into my planner.

I add any test or project due dates in the monthly view as well.  I also mark down any school breaks or events.  For example, October 3-6 are Reading Days, so I've marked those down to remind myself that I won't have classes.

Most agendas have additional notes pages.  In my planner, there is a notes page both at the beginning and end of each month.  On the notes page at the end of the month, I plan out my editorial calendar.  (Are there any posts you want to see?  Look how empty that editorial calendar is!  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!) On the other notes page, I add in sticky notes with anything I need to write down!  The big sticky note has things I want to ask my Arts Management professor when I meet with her this morning.  The other sticky note has the classes I have left to take in Arts Management. 

 {Additional Agenda Tips}
-Even if you don't have a Lilly Pulitzer agenda (I don't) get their sticker packs!  For $6, it adds some color to your agenda and makes it more fun to do your homework.  I have the Academic sticker pack and it includes stickers like exam, cram, all nighter, big game, hair cut, and weekend home.
-Use sticky tabs to mark pages that you use frequently.  I have both the weekly and monthly views "tabbed" so I can flip to them quickly.
-Carry your agenda with you everywhere!  Even if I'm not going to class, I usually have my agenda in my bag.  If someone asks me about my schedule, I can pull out my agenda and make an appointment with them right then and there.  Plus, then you always know how much work you have to do.

What are your agenda tips and tricks?

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Saturday Recap {week thirty-five}

Pearls and Curls
Oh, I'm sorry your campus isn't as beautiful as mine.
#SweetBriarCollege #BlueRidgeMountains

Saturday Morning Target Runs

September 1st marked the day of the SGG Relaunch!
Isn't one of my little so precious?  Kiersten decorated my door and left a little present!  It was such a pleasant surprise when I got out of my last class yesterday!

Lots of school work I've been spending lots of time at my desk!

Lilly, Lilly, and even more Lilly!
(You'll be seeing tons of this You Gotta Regatta murfee!)

Polo : Lands End / Skirt : Old J. Crew / Shoes : Jack Rogers / Bag : Longchamp
Shirt : Bass Outlet / Skort : Lilly Pulitzer / Shoes : Jack Rogers
What did y'all do this week?

Friday, September 6, 2013

Splurge or Save: Ponte Pants

I am a huge fan of the J. Crew Minnie and J. Crew Factory Winnie Pants.  They're perfect to throw on with practically any top or sweater, and they are SO comfortable.  They only downside is the price.  If you can catch them on a good sale, they're manageable.  Otherwise, the price doesn't agree with my college budget.

In comes ponte pants.  I looked at a lot of different stores (Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Talbots, etc.) to see what kinds of ponte pants they offered.  I found Joe Fresh's pair from JC Penney for only $29.  I decided to order a pair and hope for the best.
$29 vs $89.50

I just got them in the mail today, and I'm already in love!  The fabric is a bit thicker than J. Crews and instead of having a side zip, Joe Fresh's have a front zipper and back pockets!  And now I have $60 saved to put in that back pocket!

I ordered the navy and black, but I might have to go back for the grey or hunter green!

Would you save or splurge?

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Fall Wishlist

If I happened to come into a big sum of money in the near future (which let's be honest, will never happen...) there are so many fall clothes that I would love to add to my closet.  I don't know what it is about Fall, but it makes me want to bundle up in vests with a long sleeve shirt and scarf underneath.
fall wishlist

Solid Colored Long sleeve shirts / Polka Dot Popover / Chambray Button Down / Corduroy Skinny Pants / Huntress Boots / Excursion Vest / Barbour Jacket

My ultimate splurge would be a Barbour Jacket.  I see people wearing them around campus and they just seem to timeless.  But until then, I'll stick with my Lands End Quilted Jacket and hope maybe I can add some of these items with a lower price point to my wardrobe.

What are you lusting after for Fall?

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

WILW: Study Snacks

Here at Sweet Briar, our dining halls are only open at specific times.  On the weekends, we only have brunch from 10-12 and dinner that starts at 5.  Because I often eat breakfast right at ten, I get super hungry as the day goes on and my head gets buried deeper into my textbooks.  With all that said, I was looking for a snack that was easy to grab/make, not too messy, and something that could be eaten while continuing to study.

In comes Boom Chicka Pop.  This is a "smart" popcorn that only has 35 calories per cup!  I started eating the popcorn alone, but I realized that it needed something else to help fill me up.  I started added a handful of peanuts to a cup of popcorn, and let me just say, what a perfect combination!

On those days when you're craving something sweet, too, a handful of M&Ms would go great in this little mix!

What are your favorite study snacks?

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Tech Obessed: iCal

With the school year off to a great start, your calendar is getting busier and busier by the hour (at least I know mine is!)  I use both a paper agenda and my iCal.  I use my paper planner predominately for school work and "to-dos."  I use my iCal to keep track of my class and work schedule, appointments, and meetings.

If you're struggling with how to use iCal, I'm going to go through some tips and tricks that I use to make iCal as useful as possible.

{color code}
I have a separate calendar for my class schedule, each job, activities that have meetings on a regular basis, and any other organization that I use my calendar for.  As you can see, I have a calendar for Smart Girls Group to keep track of due dates, google hang outs, and twitter chats.  I also have a calendar for my blog.  I use that calendar to leave myself reminders or schedule date specific posts.  For example, if I was going to write a post about a holiday, I would add that to my iCal to remind myself that I am writing that specific post for that day.

 {use weekly view}
I am constantly adding to my calendar.  If I get an email with a meeting or an appointment, I immediately add it to my iCal.  If I see a twitter chat I want to attend (like last nights SGG Twitter party), I'll add that to my calendar.  I also manage my work schedule on iCal.  If I change my hours for some reason, I make sure to change it on my iCal, too, so when I go to do my timesheet I know exactly when I worked.

{schedule study time and down time}
When the semester gets more hectic, I also schedule study time and down time with my iCal.  I might section off a block of time to work on a specific project or assignment, or just schedule off a block of time for a certain class.  During exam week, I schedule time to take a break.  Even if it's just ten minutes, it's important to remind myself to step away from my work and regroup.

If you use any other Apple products, sync your iCal to those products!  I have my calendars on iCloud, so if I make any changes on one device, it gets updated on the other devices.  I have it shared on my iPhone, iPad, and laptop.  That way no matter where I am or what piece of technology I have with me, I still have an accurate calendar.

How do you use iCal?