Friday, November 29, 2013

What She Wore: Thanksgiving

My family goes crazy for Thanksgiving.  We probably cook eight different vegetables, two turkeys, and so many other casseroles and stuffings.  Needless to say, being comfortable after eating a huge meal is top priority on my Thanksgiving.

I chose these velour spotted jeans from Joe Fresh because they feel like leggings while still having pockets and a zipper like jeans.  Perfect after digging into some of my favorite dishes - green bean casserole, stuffing, and cranberry sauce!

Pants: Joe Fresh
Shirt: Old Navy
Vest: Old Navy
Shoes: Vince Camuto

I think this is a Signature Breck pose! 

What did you wear to your Thanksgiving Dinner?

Thursday, November 28, 2013



Thanksgiving is a difficult holiday.  Not because I'm not thankful, but because I'm thankful for so much.  I couldn't even begin to list everything I'm thankful for, let alone each person who has positively impacted my life.  From my friends at school to my Chung Mung sisters and my family to The Smart Girls Group, I am eternally grateful for each and every one of you. 

I'm so thankful for the support and love of my family in the past year (and the past twenty years), the amazing academic opportunities at Sweet Briar, the twenty-six beautiful Chung Mung sisters I've recently acquired, and my precious beagle, Alice.

I'm thankful for each and every one of you.  Without you, blogging would be pretty boring.  I have met some of the most fabulous people through blogging.  Y'all (and you know who you are, I'm sure of it!) are a constant source of motivation and inspiration.  I don't know where the next year will take me, in terms of blogging, but bloggy friends make it all the better!

(And I couldn't leave you without a picture of little Alice with her cable knit sweater on!)

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

All photos in this post are my own.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

My poor little blog... I had the grandest intentions in the world of spending my time at home writing and scheduling posts, redesigning the layout, catching up on reading everyone else's posts, and be a better blogger in general.

But then this happened...

Yup. Alice.
I came home to a snuggly, sleepy beagle..and the rest is history.  It's impossible to say no to her little face when she practically begs for you to just get out a huge fuzzy blanket and curl up on the couch with her.  So instead of being a better blogger, I've taken the past few days to catch up on my never ending Hulu queue, read a book for school, and continue reading Emily Freeman's Grace for the Good Girl.  And to be honest, I wouldn't have it any other way.  After the stressful past few weeks at school, I couldn't have asked for anything more.

I know that the last two weeks of classes are going to be even more stressful with final papers and projects, so I'm taking in these quiet moments and preparing for what's to come.

How are you spending your Thanksgiving break?

Friday, November 22, 2013

Today's the day!

Come 11 o'clock, me and my trusty Ford Escape will be hitting the road and doing this...

The only redeeming factor of the drive is coming home to this...
(Oh...and my parents, too...I guess!)

I'm so thankful that Thanksgiving is here...time to relax on the couch with Alice, bake pumpkin and apple pies with my Mom, and hopefully get this blog back into working order with a normal schedule!

What are you doing this weekend?

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Comfy Cozy

I'm going to be completely honest with y'all here...I feel so awkward taking outfit pictures.  I've probably taken four or five sets that I've just never posted because they were so awkward.

This morning I was helping my dear friend Amrit take some headshots for a conference she is attending at the beginning of next year.  We were fooling around on campus, and I decided to ask her to take an outfit of the day photo.  Much to my surprise, I actually love the way these turned out!

This Lilly dress is one of my favorite dresses.  It's so comfy and cozy and perfect for those days when you'd rather be wearing leggings and an oversized tee shirt!  I'm heading home tomorrow morning, so today just seems to be dragging on forever!  Luckily, my Jonah was clean, so I threw it on ready to take on the rest of the day.

Dress : Lilly Pulitzer "Follow the Leader" Jonah
Tights : Old Navy
Boots : RSVP via Zappos
Glasses : Ray Ban

(Let's not take note of how much I need a hair cut...woah for crazy hair!)

What is your "go-to" outfit when you have to look put together but you'd rather be in sweats?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

WILW: Friends

We leave for break in only a few days, so of course professors have been piling on the assignments and projects.  Just off the top of my head I know I have to revise a paper, finish my Social Media and Marketing journal, start a research paper and write an annotated bibliography, and read an entire play in Spanish.  I'm sure there are so many things I'm forgetting, because honestly I just write it all down in my planner and hope I'm not missing anything!

Stress levels at Sweet Briar are high, but I am so lucky to have amazing friends to study with in the library, eat dinner with, and laugh so hard until we cry because we are so sleep deprived.

Left, Kate and I at Hampden-Sydney last weekend
Right, Chloe and I on Chung Mung Ode Night
Kate and I are both Spanish majors, and Chloe and I are both in Chung Mungs.  And the best part about having two amazing friends?  They both love each other too...and we're hoping to be able to all live together next year!  Poor Chloe might have to brush up on her Spanish skills though, because you'll probably be able to find Kate and I in the library by following the chitter chatter of "vale, si, and que estupido."  (We're clearly a charming pair.)


Monday, November 18, 2013

Sweet Mackenzie

I need to tell you about one of the sweetest people I know.  A few years ago, I stumbled across a blog called Twirls & Curls.  The author, Mackenzie, was in high school at the time.  She was (and still is) incredibly well-spoken and mature.  Sometime during the summer, she posted that she would be taking her blogging over to a new platform on tumblr, and Mackenzie-Ann Believe was born.

{from her blog}
In addition to Mackenzie's wise words (especially for a college freshman!), she has some of the best photography skills I've seen in a long time.  And that's saying a lot because I am a big photo nerd (took AP Photo in high school...)!

{via her instagram, @mackenzieathrone}
Her posts are honest, candid, and genuine, and that is one of my favorite parts of Mackenzie.  Over the summer we started emailing each other...everything from college advice and summer job woes to book recommendations and prayer requests.  Her unwavering faith has been a huge inspiration to me this year.  As we all know, transitioning into a new environment (especially a new school hundreds of miles away from home) is difficult, but sweet Mackenzie has made the absolute best of her experience.

Recently, Mackenzie and I began texting each other inspiring verses and just generally motivating messages.  Dear Lord, I cannot tell you how much of a blessing Miss Mackenzie has been in my life!  Not only is she honest in her blog posts, but oh my, through her emails and texts, I know that Mackenzie portrays herself on the internet the way she is in real life.  Her reminders of grace, prayer, and forgiveness have reminded me how I want to live my life vs. how I see others live their lives.

 The only problem?  She's on the exact opposite side of the country in California.
But as I've expressed before, blogger besties are the best friends.  Even if I can't share a Starbucks drink over motivating conversations (like I do with Breck), I am still thankful for the conversations that Mackenzie and I share over text and email!

And guess what?  Today is Mackenzie's birthday!  What a joyful day to give thanks for such a beautiful friend!

Do you have someone in your life that is constantly inspiring and motivating you?

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Study Break

I don't know about you, but with the day winding down to Thanksgiving break, professors are piling on the work and I've been spending more time than ever in the library!  I know that once we return from Thanksgiving break, the work is only going to multiply and then it will be time to prepare for final exams.

I never used to study in the library.  However, this year, a new wing was added to our library.  It has tons of natural light, and the clean aesthetic makes it a perfect place to pound out a paper or finish up a take home test.

Don't believe me?  Check out this picture...

During those long days in the library, it's important to take study breaks.  I've read a few articles, one from the MIT Center for Excellence, that have all suggested that breaks should be taken between each assignment or after ninety minutes of work.  These breaks should last between 10 and 15 minutes.  Some of the best study breaks are the ones that will get you away from your computer and chair, get your blood circulating, and your heart rate going.

One thing that I am eternally grateful for at Sweet Briar is our honor code.  The beginning states that "Sweet Briar women do not lie, cheat, steal, or violate the rights of others."  Due to our honor code, it is common practice to leave your laptop, notes, and projects on a table in the library while you go back to your room to get a forgotten paper, go to the dining hall for dinner, or just get up to to a break.  Due to this practice, one of my favorite study breaks is to leave the library and take a quick walk around campus.  Going for a quick ten-minute walk clears my mind and allows me to focus even better when I get back to work.

Other study breaks include stretching, refilling your waterbottle (remember, a well-hydrated brain is a good thinking brain!), or going to a different part of the library to print something out.

Sometimes (ahem, like right now), I use my study breaks to write blog posts! ;)

What are your favorite study breaks?

Thursday, November 14, 2013


Since I haven't done an instagram recap for the past two weeks...I think I'd update you on life, share some pictures, and let you know what I have up my sleeve for the rest of 2013!

Halloween 2013 was crazy and exciting all at the same time.  My Chung Mung sisters and I threw a huge Halloween party, and luckily it went off with no problems at all!  I'm not big on dressing up (I admit, I just ran out of time to get a costume), so I threw on my Lilly Pulitzer Elsa top in "Fancy Fest" because I thought the cats were appropriate for the holiday!

My little sister Lily, my Chung Mung sisters Kaitlyn and Chloe, and one of my favorite first years, Abby
And we can't forget that my precious Alice was a penguin for Halloween!

Fall is an amazing time in Central Virginia.  I feel so blessed to attend a college with such a gorgeous campus.  The leaves are beginning to fall and the temperatures are dropping.  I think Fall has already come and gone!
View of the dell looking towards Prothro (the dining hall), the facade of the chapel

And we can't forget all of the studying I've been doing...
Amen for pretty school supplies, beautiful views of campus from the new wing of the library, and study parties in the dining hall when there's no power in any other building on campus

I am finally feeling 100% better from my month long illness, I'm moved into a new dorm room, I'm not behind on any of my school do you know what that means?  I am finally able to put more time into my little space on the internet.  I have some post ideas, but as always, I'd love to hear what y'all are interested in!

Make great use of today!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Blogger Besties: Part 2

To some, this is just a red Starbucks cup with a gross lipgloss stain.  Something many of you will accumulate this winter filled with yummy holiday drinks.

For me, it's more than a cup.  It's a reminder of a very special friend.  Last night, I had the pleasure of meeting up with Breck from Whim of the South for another #BloggerBestie date.  It fell at the perfect time for both us.  We had both been having rough weeks, and we're only going into even rougher times with our school work.

Breck has so many things on her plate between school, work, a fashion show that she is volunteering with, and her internship with The Southern Blog Society.  I am finally getting over my sickness, settling into a new dorm room, and managing my internship with the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and my work with The Smart Girls Group.  Basically, if you want to know busy, just look at me and Breck's agendas...see if you find any white space!

Getting off campus and spending time with Breck was the best thing that I could have done this week.  It gave me time to step away from my daunting piles of school work and spend time with someone who "gets me."  Breck understands juggling work, school, and blogging.  Plus, chatting over a peppermint hot chocolate is never a bad thing.

Needless to say, having a blogger bestie is a if you don't have one (or three), I recommend you go find them.


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Life Update

Well.  It's been a week since I last posted on this little blog...and if I could explain how this past week has gone, you would understand why!

It all started with a visit to the health center almost three weeks ago.  The nurse practitioner told me I just had allergies, and she encouraged me to continue taking allergy medicine and add in some Tylenol.   A week later, my sore throat had only gotten worse and I could barely swallow!  So I marched myself back into the health center, where the other nurse practitioner told me to start taking Mucinex, in addition to Claritin and Tylenol.  Since I'm no nurse, I trusted their advice and did just that.  A few days later, the pressure in my ears was so severe, that any time I tried to lay down, I immediately started crying!  Saturday morning, I went to the Urgent Care center in town where I saw a very kind and professional doctor.  She told me that I had a severe double ear infection, a sinus infection, and I may have had strep the week before.  Oh, and that if I had waited any longer my ear drums may have exploded.  Luckily, I'm on the mend and feeling much better now that I'm taking the appropriate medications.

If you're squeamish about rodents, this is where you should stop reading... Heather.

 After going to the urgent care center, I spent all of Saturday lounging in bed reading and watching movies.  I go to sleep and I'm rudely awaken at 3:30 on Sunday morning by...a mouse scurrying across my dorm room floor.  If you know me at all, you'll know that I don't do well with bugs, pests, and especially rodents.

To put things into the simplest terms, I am scared to death, paranoid, and I haven't been in my dorm room for more than a total of 15 minutes since Sunday.

So if there's ever a good reason to take a blogging hiatus, it might be due to sickness and mice.