Wednesday, December 31, 2014

December Favorites

It's hard to believe that December (and 2014, for that matter) are coming to a close.  I'll save the sentimental musings for another post.  December was quite the month, between returning to school from Thanksgiving Break, wrapping up the fall semester of my senior year, and coming home for Christmas break, I was all over the place.

Because of the chaos, I embraced routine to keep me sane.  With that (and the start of exams), I always seem to fall into a rut when it comes to outfits.  However, this year, I also embraced this rut with a sort of uniform.  I would be remiss if I did not mention a few of the pieces that made it into my winter uniform.

Needless to say, Bean Boots and cozy camp socks are the perfect combination for those chilly days when you don't really want to think about your outfit.  Also, I feel slightly obligated to wear my Bean Boots since there are 100,000 people still waiting for theirs that are backordered and I have two pairs.  With a fun plaid flannel and a pair of jeans (or leggings if I was really desperate), exam season was painless (and comfortable!)  To add some interest to my slightly boring outfits, an arm party was a necessity.  Alex + Ani bracelets won this round because they're easy to wear and fun to layer.  I received the NYC Subway Token bracelet and an Alex + Ani giftcard  for Christmas... can't wait to add a few more bracelets to my collection!

With the winter weather, my skin and lips have been insanely dry.  I've had to switch to a new moisturizer, the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, and at night I've started using Vaseline Lip Therapy to keep my cracking lips at bay.  Both products are reasonably priced and do the job.

What have you been loving this month?

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Where I've Been + Where I'm Going

Long time, no talk, friends!  The past few weeks have been such a whirlwind!  First I had exams and all of the papers that go along with finishing the semester.  When I got home for break, I promptly got sick and was down for the count for about a week...even missing my bestfriend's Christmas party!  Then it was Christmas Eve and Day...a couple days full of family fun time.  Everyone comes to our house for dinner, so the house was full of people!  Then, I went into three continuous days of best friend time.  Diana lives in New York City, and she was back in Lancaster for the Holidays, so I was glad to be able to spend time with her.  In fact, it was great because one day we drove out to visit another one of our friends from high school who moved to New Jersey.

The plan is to schedule up some blog posts for the next two weeks this week, so I can enjoy my trip to Denver next week.  I'll be visiting Bess of Belles in Bows at her new house in Denver!  Some of you don't know that Bess and I went to boarding school together, and we've been friends since the very beginning.  I'm sure I'll have some fun pictures to share when I get home, but you can always check out my instagram (@rebecca_mill) to see what I'm up to when I'm not updating my blog!

Are there any blog posts you want to see?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Gifts for the Girl Who Has Everything + Starbucks Giveaway!

We all have those friends who have everything.  Christmas shopping for them becomes a chore because it's impossible to pick something that they'll enjoy (and don't already have!)  I have several of these kinds of friends, so I've put together a little guide with some general suggestions for those tricky gifts!

What kinds of gifts do you pick for your friends who seem impossible to shop for?


I've also got a giveaway for a $15 Starbucks Giftcard.  Enter using the rafflecopter widget below!

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When: 12/17/14 12:00 AM - 12/23/14 11:59 PM

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Tips to Get Through Final Exams

I never heard from the first winner for the Chloe + Isabel Statement Necklace, so congratulations to Kaitlyn from Keepin Up With Kaitlyn!  Please email me within the next 24 hours to "claim" your prize!


I'm still amazed that this semester is almost over.  It just felt like each week went by so quickly and the next thing I know...the semester is over!  With that, brings a lot of time getting myself organized, long study sessions in the library, and hopefully lots of meals with friends before we part for our month-long break.

I've put together some of my tips to get through the next few weeks, and hopefully they'll help you maintain a bit of sanity!

Take the time to organize before starting.
I know it seems like taking fifteen, or even twenty minutes, before studying to make a to do list and get yourself organized would be counterproductive, I feel like the exact opposite is true.  If I don't take time to "brain dump", I can't focus on my work because I'm continually thinking about what needs to be done next.  I have a routine of cleaning my room and desk, making a to do list, and getting a snack and drink before I begin studying.

Find "your" study spot.
By this point in the semester, hopefully you've already found the spot where you study the best.  But if you haven't, now is the perfect time.  I like a quiet place, with very few people, and a lot of natural light.

Stock up on study snacks.
Before coming back to school after Thanksgiving, I stocked up on some of my favorite snacks....sweet potato chips and baked cheese crunchies from Trader Joes.  When I go to the library to study, I'll put a little bit in a baggie, and then when I get hungry while studying, I can just get my snack out!

Take a break!
Studying for hours on end is really unhealthy.  Whether it be a 10 minute break for a walk around the library, or a few hours to share a meal with friends, it's definitely necessary!

Don't forget to take time for yourself!
Even in the midst of exams, it's important to take care of yourself.  If you're a regular gym-goer, don't sacrifice your daily workout for study time.  Additionally, please do not forgo personal hygiene during exams!  I've seen far too many girls with unbrushed hair (and probably teeth, too...) during exam week.  Surely you can sacrifice fifteen minutes for a quick shower between study sessions!

Happy studying!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Giveaway Winner + What's Up

Congratulations to Patti LeBlanc for winning the Chloe + Isabel statement necklace.  Please email me with your contact information in the next 24 hours (by 11AM EST on 12/13/14) to claim your prize.  If I do not hear from you in 24 hours, the prize will go to the next winner.

Thank you for everyone who entered, and I hope you'll consider Chloe + Isabel's GEM program in the future, if you're a college student!


In other news, the next two weeks are going to include a lot of studying, paper writing, presentations, and all of those fun things that come along with the end of the semester.

I'm still not really sure if this is good or not, but by the last day of classes, next Friday, I'll be done with everything for all of my classes, except one.  I don't have any sit down exams, and during exam week I'll only have my Spanish Translation portfolio to finish up.  That means the last two weeks of classes are going to be complete insanity, but I think it will pay off when I'm at home relaxing while all of my classmates are still at school taking exams, ha!

Off to continue studying!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Christmas Wishlist

With Thanksgiving, sadly, past, and Black Friday shopping in full swing, it's officially Christmas season.  I figured my mom isn't the only one asking for my list (although she's probably already done Christmas shopping by the time you read this!).  Maybe you'll find a few things on my list to add to your own.

The worst thing about getting older is that the things you put on your wish list become more and more expensive.  You're no longer asking for an outfit for your American Girl Doll or the latest Lisa Frank coloring book.  I, in no way, expect to receive everything on my list.  In fact, if I even received one of the things on my list, I would be more than grateful.  By providing an extensive list, it gives your family a chance to pick something meaningful to them, to give to you.

In my opinion, the best way Christmas lists include a mix of high and low prices.  Additionally, they include a mix of "wants" and "needs."  (Although, to be honest, I don't really need anything.  But some of the gifts are a little more practical than others.)

The lens for my new camera, eye shadow palette, and perfume rollerball are fairly practical.  However, the new pair of cowboy boots, Patagonia vest, and Barbour scarf are more of a dream list than reality.  Like do I really need two pairs of cowboy boots  Well, no.  I purchased my first pair in the beginning of the school year and didn't expect to wear them quite so much.  They're a softer leather and I worry that if I wear them too often they'll wear out super quickly.  But receiving a second pair would be a luxury, because in reality I could obviously wear out the first pair before buying a second.

What's on your wish list this Christmas?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

GIVEAWAY : Chloe + Isabel

With the holidays coming up, I've been surfing the web to find the perfect gift for my friends.  Everyone loves a good piece of statement jewelry, am I right?  Chloe + Isabel offers a line of jewelry fit for any occasion.  Whether you pair their Midnight Reverie Statement Necklace with a LBD for a holiday party, or you add their Tresors Toggle Bracelet to your everyday stack, they offer a variety of different pieces to please anyone's style.

Chloe + Isabel also has a super unique program called GEM (Growth and Empowerment through Merchandising.)  The program, in short, allows college students to break into the fashion industry and develop their entrepreneurial skills through real-world sales, merchandising, marketing, and social media.  Not only does the program create creative and confident college leaders, it allows students to build their resume and their bank account!

GEM allows students to gain first-hand understanding of running a business by prospecting consumers, hosting pop-up shops, creating brand displays, and conducting online sales through social media promotions.

That sounds pretty cool, right?  But it gets even better.  Chloe + Isabel offers incentives like VIP trips to NYC, shopping sprees at top retailers, letters of recommendations from super star CEO Chantel Waterbury, and much much more for their GEMs!  Additionally, past GEM merchandisers have landed internships and jobs at Bloomies, Kate Spade, Madwell, Julep, and Kleinfeld...just to name a few.  

Chloe + Isabel is currently recruiting for their January GEM class.  The application deadline is quickly approaching, and applications are due November 30th.  If you're interested, you can apply directly on the GEM website.

Even better, Chloe + Isabel has generously offered to give away one Midnight Reverie Statement Necklace to a lucky reader.  Just use the rafflecopter widget below to enter.

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Giveaway ends 12/1/14 at 12am.


This post is in partnership with Chloe + Isabel through Smart Girls Media Sisters.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Gift Guide: Friends

I've not been one to hop on the gift guide bandwagon in the past, but as I head home for Thanksgiving break, I've been thinking about what I plan to pick up to gift my friends when I return to school.  I go to school literally in the middle of no where, so unless I want to buy everything online, it's easier for me to pick up a few things while I'm home.

I have a few super close friends who I want to pick up  more personal and thoughtful gifts, but for some of my tap club sisters and other friends, it's nice to have things on hand to gift, especially if they give you something and you weren't expecting a present from them!

I've thrown together some basic ideas, but it's easy to take these ideas and then either personalize them for a specific friend, or find something in the same genre to have on hand.

The most important thing to keep in mind when purchasing gifts for friends, is to pick something you would be excited to receive.  Even if it's something small, like the pair of fuzzy socks or a bottle of nail polish, just that little treat could brighten someone's day.  Sometimes those small treats are even more exciting, especially since your friend will be in the midst of final papers and final exams when you're giving gifts!

Maybe your group of friends isn't into gift giving, consider going out for a fun dinner before leaving for break.  I'm not talking about an expensive meal, but even just taking a study break at the local Mexican restaurant would be a fun.  For me, it's all about spending time with my friends before leaving for break.

What are you giving your friends this holiday season?

p.s., Are you interested in more gift guides?  For what genres/groups of people, if so?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Catch Up + Life Recap

I haven't forgotten about my fact, I have ten or so posts started that I just haven't finished.  I sit down to write a post and then I get wrapped up in finishing a paper or heading off to a meeting.  The end of the semester is always stressful because everyone is trying to cram in as many projects, papers, assignments, meetings, and last minute things before everyone heads home for break.  We only have two weeks of classes between Thanksgiving Break and Winter Break, so that end of the semester rush has already started here.

It seems like everyone night I have a meeting or a big assignment to complete, and unfortunately that doesn't leave much time for writing blog posts.  The good news is that I'm heading home for Thanksgiving break on Friday, and hopefully I'll be able to spend some time writing up posts that will go up for the rest of the semester while I'm home.

That said, what kind of posts are y'all interested in seeing?  I have a few ideas, but I'm always up for suggestions!

Wondering what I've been up to the past few weeks?  Here's a recap in pictures!

Lots of studying....

Lots of tailgating with friends...

And sadly, our last tailgate of the season.
Although Hampden-Sydney didn't win The Game, I'd still say Macon Weekend was a success because I got to spend A LOT of time with all of my favorite people!

What have you been up to lately?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Celebrate! RVA

Some of you may already know this, but I'm passionate about philanthropy and giving, hence why I want to work in development after graduation.  So when my sweet friend Julia told me about her non-profit, Celebrate! RVA, I knew I had to get involved.

The basis of Celebrate! is that every child deserves a birthday party.  However, when it comes to students at the Oakgrove Bellmead School in Richmond, many of them are not able to celebrate their birthday.  In fact, some of the kids don't even know what day their birthday is.  Celebrate! creates a safe environment full of fun, balloons, confetti, and cake, for the children to have a birthday party.

I had the opportunity to attend the first party of the year in September, and since then, Celebrate! has always been on my mind.  Just like you, I take my birthday celebration for granted.  I receive cards in the mail and goodie boxes galore, but for these kids, a slice of cake, an hour of playing on the school's playground with the University of Richmond lacrosse team, and getting to sit inside a police car is the extent of their celebration.

Julia and me after the first party of the 2014-2015 school year
Oh, did I mention that Julia, the CEO and Founder of Celebrate!, is only eighteen?  And in her freshman year in college?  Talk about a Smart Girl!

Celebrate! RVA's newest campaign is the "Sponsor a Birthday Child" campaign.  By giving only $15 a year, you can help one child be able to celebrate their birthday.  So maybe you have to give up your morning latte for a week.  But trust me, the pure joy and happiness is these kids' faces is enough to give up your Starbucks for an entire year if it means all of these kids get to celebrate.

I was the first sponsor of a birthday child, and I challenge you to sponsor a birthday child, too.

Julia didn't even ask me to write this post.  In fact, she won't even know about it until she sees it pop up in her twitter feed later today.  I write about things I care about, things I'm passionate about...and Celebrate! RVA is one of those things.


Monday, November 3, 2014

Is it just me, or did October fly by?  The last week went by so quickly that I didn't even have time to blog very much!  I hate to rush away time, but it feels like this semester is almost over and then I'm on to my last semester of college.

As the temperatures drop (trust me, it's 43 degrees as I type this) and it's time to start pulling out your biggest sweaters and warmest jackets, here's some outfit inspiration.  The key to winter fashion is layers, scarves, and coats.

All images from pinterest.

What are some of your favorite outfits for fall?


Monday, October 27, 2014

Fall Playlist : #2

Back in September I posted some of my favorite fall songs, but my playlists are always changing because I'm constantly listening to them - between driving, studying, getting ready in the morning, and just relaxing.  I'm not always up on the top pop songs, but my playlists usually guarantee
a mix of older and newer songs... a mix of upbeat and slower songs.

What are you listening to these days?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Review : It's A Monogrammed Life

As I've mentioned in plenty of past blog posts, staying hydrated while studying is very important.  But to be honest, sometimes it's hard to motivate yourself to continue sipping on the H2O when you're water bottle isn't exciting.  When I came across an etsy store, It's A Monogrammed World, that sold Tervis Tumblers with monogrammed Lilly Pulitzer patches, I knew I had to have one.

The owner, Laura, graciously agreed to let me feature this adorable bottle on my blog, and I couldn't be more excited to share it with all y'all!

To start out with - Laura has so many options to choose from.  You can choose either a 16 oz tumbler, 24 oz tumbler, or the Tervis waterbottle (what I chose.)  Additionally, she has quite the collection of Lilly fabric and monogram styles to choose from.

In addition to the monogrammed Lilly Pulitzer tumblers, Laura's shop also has monogrammed bows, tank tops, and other styles of monogrammed tumblers.  She'll even be adding monogrammed Lilly Pulitzer badge holders to her shop in the coming weeks.  Are you a teacher or a nurse?  Perfect to hold your ID card!

Even better than the impeccable quality of the Tervis Tumblers and Laura's work is the customer service.  Laura monograms the patches and then sends them out to Tervis to be inserted into the tumbler or waterbottle.  When I received my bottle, the patch was crooked and shortly after, it started moving around within the double walls of my bottle.  I quickly emailed Laura to see if she know of a way for me to fix this, and she insisted on sending a new patch out to Tervis for a new bottle to comply with their life-time warranty.

When you buy a Tervis from Laura, Tervis' life-time warranty is included.  Can't get much better than that!  Plus, Laura is the absolute sweetest and also answers emails promptly.

Looking for a Christmas present for your closest friend?  Or just a new water bottle to motivate yourself to drink more water?  Look no further, because I can assure you these monogrammed Lilly Pulitzer Tervis Tumblers will be making all of your friends jealous!


Disclaimer: I received this Tervis water bottle in return for a two-part review on life with rMe.  All opinions are my own, and I would not endorse a product that I do not fully believe in.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How I Do It: Night Routine

This isn't the first time I've said it on my blog, but I'm practically geriatric.  I rather go to bed early and wake up early than pull an all-nighter or sleep until the very last second before class.  

I need at least 8 hours of sleep to be a functioning human being, so my night routine probably differs greatly from your average college kid...but I still have a great GPA, I rarely get sick while at school, and I can guarantee my sleep greatly improves my maybe my night routine isn't so bad at all!

I rarely go to bed after 11pm, but I wake up around 7:15 every morning to start my day.  I really like to listen to music while I'm trying to fall asleep, and I just recently discovered that the Pandora app on my phone and iPad has a sleep timer.  I can set it to turn off automatically after 15, 30, or 60 minutes.  I usually set it to 30 minutes, and I'm asleep long before it shuts off.

What's your night routine like?

Monday, October 20, 2014

What She Wore: Ruffles

Sweater & Scarf : Lilly Pulitzer / Jeans : American Eagle / Boots : Justins / Watch : Fossil / Bangles : Alex and Ani / Ring : Pandora

There's some days when all it takes is a look at Sweet Briar's campus to remember how blessed I am to go to school here.  It wasn't until this year that I truly realized how beautiful this place is.  The view from my dorm this year is straight out over the Blue Ridge Mountains.  It's especially wonderful that time of year while the leaves are turning those gorgeous orange and yellow shades.

The other day my friend Chloe and I decided to go down to the lake and boat house to take a few pictures.  Although the trees on the other side of the lake were amazing and the lighting was perfect, it was this chocolate lab who stole the show.  He was wandering around the boat house, and unfortunately didn't have on any collar or tag.  He's been living in my friend's apartment for the weekend, and today he's off to the vet to see if he's microchipped.  Here's to hoping we find his owners soon, as he's a super sweet dog and obviously a family pet!


Friday, October 17, 2014

Fall Fashion: Top Ten

Although my home state of Pennsylvania definitely is a four-season kind of place, central Virginia, the location of my college, experiences these seasons more intensely.  As soon as the leaves start changing to their beautiful red and orange hues and the temperatures dip into the 50's and 60's, I know it's time to trade in my Lilly shifts for my cable knit sweaters.

Unlike my spring and summer wardrobe, some of my favorite clothes for fall are investment pieces.  They're pieces that stay in style forever, and although they cost a little more than your average piece of clothing, they're worth the price as you'll continue to wear them for years to come.

One key to my fall trends is layering.  I layer just about everything...not only to keep me warm on those blustery days, but also for the design aesthetic.  I layer button downs and sweaters, sweaters and vests, sweaters and scarves, etc.

One of my go-to fall outfits is a pair of dark wash skinny jeans with riding boots or bean boots, depending on the weather, a button down under a cable knit sweater, and my Barbour Beadnell jacket.  If it's particularly windy, I'll throw on a scarf while I'm walking to class or the dining hall.

The best part about dressing in layers is that the outfit possibilities are endless.  It is so easy to create a totally different looking by layering different pieces together or changing up the way you layer them.

What's on your fall must-have list?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Study Essentials

We're getting to that terrible point in the semester with midterms, papers, projects, all-nighters, countless cups of coffee.  I have to admit that I seldom pull all-nighters and my marathon library sessions are usually limited to Saturdays and Sundays.  Nevertheless,  I think the key to a study session is gathering all of the necessary tools to maximize the productivity in order to begin minimizing the work you have left to complete.

I have been victim to the dead laptop or iPad more than once.  In my hurry of running off to the library, I've thrown my laptop into my backpack without a charger.  Clearly, I usually intend on spending more than 2-3 hours in the library at a time, so bringing my charger is usually non-negotiable.

I also like to bring a mouse (mine is wireless and connects to my laptop with a small USB chip) if I plan on working on a powerpoint, prezi, or blog post.  The trackpad on my laptop is perfectly fine for most day to day work, but if I need to edit photos or adjust levels, it's way easier to use a traditional mouse.

A stash of your favorite school supplies like colored pens, highlighters, and post its, will make studying easier as well.  Make notes within your articles, highlight quotes you wish to use in your paper, or use postits to indicate where a new topic starts in your text book.  By utilizing some of these tips while doing the reading, although it may take an extra few seconds, will make writing your paper or completing your final project much easier!

Finally, don't forget a snack and drink!  Studying is hard work for your brain, so be sure to properly hydrate and fuel your body.  Dehydration is not only detrimental to your overall health, but a dehydrated brain can influence cognitive function and response times.  Interesting, huh?

In this shot from my instagram, you can see some of my study necessities in action, like colored pens and my water bottle!

What are your study must-haves?

Monday, October 13, 2014

What She Wore: Cowboy Boots

Vest, Shirt, and Skirt : J. Crew / Boots : Justins / Glasses : Tory Burch / Bracelets : Etsy

I love vests, and I love striped shirts.  So it only seemed natural to pair the two with my favorite J. Crew paperbag skirt.  I seem to wear this skirt at least once a week because it is so easy to pair it with practically any top in my wardrobe.

I think this outfit would look great with either cowboy boots or riding boots, but I went with my cowboy boots to tie in the southern charm of the shotgun shell bangle and the woodsy atmosphere.


Friday, October 10, 2014

How I Do It: Weekly Prep

I'm a huge fan of spending Sunday nights getting ready for the week.  Whether that means catching up with friends, doing laundry, finishing up some homework assignments, or recharging my batteries (literally and figuratively).

I tend to follow the same "routine" on Sunday nights during the school year.  My Sunday nights start with dinner with friends, and from there, I move into the library or hunker down at my desk for an hour or two of studying or paper writing.

Once I'm done any homework I need to finish, I like to go through and put any dates for that week into my agenda.  My Whitney English Day Designer has space for both a schedule (with hourly spaces from 5am to 9pm) and for a to do list.  I write in my class, work, and meeting schedule (color coded!) and also any due dates for tests, projects, etc.  This helps me to see what is coming up during the week and gives me a good idea of what needs to be done by what date.

Additionally, I try to get to bed by a good hour.  I feel like starting your week without a good sleep is the worst possible idea.  I don't go to bed super late any day (#geriatricstatus), but I especially hate to start my Monday's with lots of yawning.

Do you have a specific Sunday night routine?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


I used to kind of dread fall.  The change in weather, the lack of day light after school, and the increase in the amount of school work and activities just drove me insane.  

But this year, I'm taking a different approach to the weather change.  I'm embracing it.  I'm probably adding way too many new sweaters to my wardrobe.  I'm using the increase in school work as a motivator to study more.  But with that, I'm using the mantra "work hard, play hard."  I work hard during the week, spending hours upon hours in the library or nestled at my desk.  But when it comes to the weekends, I'm using them to live.  I'm taking spontaneous trips home.  I'm heading to Richmond to celebrate with Julia.  I'm planning winter break trips to Denver to visit Bess.  And most of all, I'm enjoying all of the little things like orange leaves on the walkway to my dorm building, being able to crack my window to let some fresh air into my room, and the weather allowing for a warm tea or coffee in the morning.