Thursday, January 30, 2014

Slope Side

It's almost my favorite day of the year!  My favorite day of the year is the day I finally get to hit the slopes!  Tomorrow afternoon I'll be heading out to Wintergreen with the Outdoor Program at my college for a little bit of night skiing!  I've been doing this whole skiing thing for...a while.  It started with lessons where my legs were too short to touch the ground from the ski lift, but luckily my legs got a lot longer so the lift operator no longer has to slow down the lift for me to jump off.

If you can believe it...there's even trends on the ski slopes!  While I don't tune into those since I'm only skiing two or three times a year these days, I do take special care in picking my outfit for the evening.  I'm used to skiing at home in the North, but during the day.  So the temperatures skiing in the South at night are sometimes even colder than it would normally be if I was skiing at home.  Plus, the slopes here are always blowing powder, so it's important to stay dry all night.

The tough part about choosing what base layers to wear is that you want to stay warm and dry without overheating or bundling up so much you can't move.  I've pretty much got it down to a science now (give or take a few pieces depending on the weather.)

I like to start out with some kind of Under Armour/wicking shirt.  Although I don't have the one picture in the polyvore set, I'm going to watch for when that one goes on sale at the end of the season!  It's just too cute!  I prefer for mine to have some kind of turtleneck to keep my neck covered, too.  On top of that I layer some kind of fleece or shell, like my Patagonia Snap-T pullover.  On top of all of that, I wear my ski preference is with no hood, since I wear a helmet, but some like the hood to keep the heads warm.

On the bottom, I wear a pair of Patagonia capilene base layer pants, and over that, a pair of ski pants.  This keeps my legs warm and dry, but I can also bend my knees to maneuver my skis.

My favorite part about skiing?!  My skis, themselves!  I was lucky enough to be gifted a pair of skis and boots for Christmas a few years ago, and they make skiing so much more enjoyable!  My boots are perfectly broken in and fit to my foot, and my skis are the perfect length for my height, weight, and ability.  (And of course they're pink!)

Have you ever been skiing before?

Monday, January 27, 2014

I said Yes!

If someone told me last year, when I started my blog, that blogging would change my life....I wouldn't have believed them.  Yeah right...a website...can change my life?

I think it's safe to say that blogging has done just that.  A few months ago, I met the sweetest blogger, Breck of Whim of the South.  On a whim (ha ha get it, Breck?) we met for brunch because we go to school in the same town.  Little did I know that a simple brunch would turn into one of the most fun, exciting, and sincere friendships.

The first time Breck and I met....
Still mourning the loss of my long hair.

At that time, I had no idea that our friendship would turn into daily texts, brunches at her house, burning cookies, or....

Yes!  I said yes!  I can't wait to stand beside my best blogger friend on her big day!  I don't know any of the other bridesmaids (well I met two of them this past weekend), but I can't wait to get to know them while we cherish these precious moments leading up to Breck's big day!

Have you ever been in a friend's wedding?

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Remember a few weeks ago when I said I was going to blog five days a week, Monday through Friday?  Well, we're not even a month into the year and I've already messed up that goal.  Here's to better luck next week.

This week was less than stellar.  As y'all probably know, the North East was hit with another major snow storm.  Because we got so much snow at my house, I had to delay traveling back to school and I ended up missing my first day of classes!

This week has only taught me that I can only control myself.  I can't help that there was a huge snow storm that made it impossible to drive back to school.  But I can adjust how I respond to the situation.  Instead of getting angry and upset, which I assure you, I did, I can work hard the new few days to catch up on what I missed.  I can make changes to account for the situations that I could not control.

Have you ever been in a similar situation?

Monday, January 20, 2014

Five Ways To Start Spring Semester On The Right Foot

I head back to school tomorrow, and classes start on Wednesday.  I've finally got spring semester on the brain, so I thought I'd share my top five tips to help start the new semester on the right foot.

Purchase all books and supplies before classes start.
I know sometimes it is difficult to gauge what kind of supplies you will need for each class, but it's safe to assume you'll need a notebook to take notes in and a folder or binder to keep hand outs.  If you purchase too many notebooks, just save them for next semester!  It's better to have too many, but have everything you need, than to be scrambling out on the first day of classes and trying to find what you want.

Stay organized from the very first day of classes.
I know it's tempting to spend the first week or so of classes goofing off and catching up with friends after the long break, but "syllabus week" is actually the perfect time to get ahead on work and get yourself organized for the semester!  If a professor sends you a dropbox full of readings for the semester, hunker down in the computer lab and get them all printed and filed while you don't have much else to do.  Do you see a class that is going to have reading upon reading each night?  See what you can do to get ahead so later in the semester your life will be easier.

Get Involved.
See a club that sounds interesting or an organization that's tugging at your heart strings?  The start of a new semester is a great time to join a new club. Pop into their first meeting of the semester and see what it's like!

Schedule study time/library time into your calendar.
After spending five weeks away from school, it's tough to get back into the swing of things.  For the first few weeks of the semester, I'll physically add "events" to my iCal that say Study @ Library.  It helps me remember how to budget my time and get back into the swing of things.  Then, as the semester progresses, it will become a routine to go to the library at those times and I won't even have to think twice!

Say "no".
While I did just say get involved, it's also important to balance that involvement.  If a friend asks you to help with an event or join a club, but you just know it's too big of a commitment or your heart won't be in it, don't be afraid to say no! 

I hope y'alls semesters are off to a great start!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

I almost titled this post Little Things..until I realized that's also what I titled yesterdays post.  My winter break is dwindling down, and I'm taking the next few days to really rest and rejuvenate before diving into spring semester.

Tea for three.  Me, Jane, and Lady Grey.

The next two few days will bring lots of reading and tea, packing, visiting my grandparents, and cuddling with my sweet sweet Alice.

How can you say no to that little face?!?!


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Little Things

I'm writing this here because I don't want to forget.  I don't want to forget what this morning was like.  I don't want to forget that I can be productive on break.

Waking up early is good.  Getting right out of bed and having a yummy breakfast puts your day off to a good start.  And after breakfast?  It's not about lounging and watching TV, even if you are on break.  Get up and take a shower.  Listen to Rufus Wainwright's version of Hallelujah while you're getting ready...good stuff.  Put on nice clothes.  Not leggings and a Patagonia.  Jeans and a sweater.  You'll feel better.  Remember that day when it was 9:40 and you were already ready to take on whatever came your way?  And you felt like you still had the whole day ahead of you to accomplish everything?  Remember that feeling.

Remember how today you will work on internship applications, clean your room, schedule blog posts, reply to emails, and still have plenty of time to go out to dinner with your parents?

Remember It.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Tea for Two

I never used to be a huge hot tea drinker.  I love iced tea and sweet tea...but I just couldn't get behind hot tea.  Recently, I decided to try tea again...and I loved it!  I'm not a coffee drinker, but I love a hot beverage on a chilly morning.  Cup after cup of hot chocolate is not the healthiest way to go about that, but a mug of tea?  Perfect!

I bought the black tea variety pack from Twinings.  This box includes English Breakfast Tea, Irish Breakfast Tea, Earl Grey Tea, and Lady Grey Tea.  My favorites are Engish and Irish Breakfast.  The Bergamot oil in the Grey teas is an acquired taste, and although I liked a few sips of them, I couldn't stomach and entire mug.

tea for two
How cute are these mugs?!

I prefer to take my tea with a splash of almond milk and a teaspoon of sugar.  Yum!

Are you team tea or tea coffee?

Monday, January 13, 2014


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How are you avoiding this mid winter slump?

Friday, January 10, 2014

Friday Five

This snow has got to stop.  It's like every time it starts to warm up and the snow melts away we get another storm.  Granted, this mornings snowfall was only an inch or two, it's just enough to make things annoying!  Luckily I have no obligations to leave the house today!

Need some weekend fashion inspiration?
I just got my first pair of Hunter boots, so I've been surfing Pinterest for some outfit ideas.  I love Bethenny Frankel's laid back ensemble.  Using a brightly colored tote for a pop of color is genius!

{via pinterest}

What are you up to this weekend?  My mom and I heading to North Jersey to spend the weekend with my sister!  My sister and I are spending the weekend celebrating my mom's birthday with mani-pedis, visits to lots of yarn stores, and hopefully eating our way through South Orange.

Have y'all started classes yet?  I don't head back to school until the 20th or 21st.  I'm really looking forward to this semester.  I'm taking some super interesting classes and I can't wait to see what the semester holds in terms of internships for the summer.

Speaking of internships, I'll be dedicating next week to getting all of my cover letters and writing samples ready to go.  I'm hoping to have everything together before I head back to school so I can submit them as the final information from each organization becomes available.

What has been going on in y'alls worlds?

Thursday, January 9, 2014

To Read In 2014

Little Bee / Where'd You Go Bernadette? / Kisses from Katie Silver Linings Playbook / I Am Malala / The End of Your Life Book Club

Firefly Lane / I Shouldn't Be Telling You This / She Walks In Beauty
Sarah's Key / My  Name Is Memory / The Signature of All Things

What's on your to read list for 2014?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Survive The Chill... In Style

It's hard to deny the fact that the United States is experiencing record low temperatures.  Although I live in a state that is used to cold, even we are not prepared for this extreme chill.  Public schools have had closings or delays all week because it is not safe to have children waiting at the bus stop when it is -25 degrees!

If you have to venture outside in this weather, which I am avoiding at all costs, the key to surviving the chill is layers.  You may feel foolish when you are getting dressed, but you won't regret it when you walk outside and you skin doesn't begin to sting from the cold.

chill #1
You probably looked at the above polyvore set and thought, "Is she crazy? ALL THOSE CLOTHES?!?!"  Yes. All. Of. Those. Clothes.  The great thing about layers is that it keeps you warm while you're outside and driving to your destination, but once you come inside it's easy to shed the layers as you start to warm up.  It might seem excessive to wear a vest over a sweater and under a down jacket, but it keeps you toasty warm!  I actually wore this exact outfit when I ran errands with my mom the other day!  The only part of me that was cold was the tip of my nose!

chill #2

And on the lucky chance that I don't need to look presentable (or I'm just running to class and meetings at school) I'm all about layering the fleece and long sleeve shirts.  If you're wearing Hunters or another kind of rubber boot, which is great to keep your feet dry, remember to either wear fleece liners or thick wool socks to keep your feet dry, as well.  Or if it's -25 where you live...maybe wear both!

What is your "go-to" outfit when the temperatures drop below zero?

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Barbour Style

Recently I purchased my first Barbour coat.  It's not a purchase that came fact, I had been debating for over a year if the coat was worth the cost.  Then, on the Monday after Thanksgiving, Tuckernuck had a 20% off coupon code that could be used on Barbour coats, and I knew if I was going to take the plunge, now was the time.

I decided to order the Beadnell jacket in the olive color.  The Beadnell is the women's cut jacket, so I ordered it in a size larger so it would still have some shaping but also that oversized look that is so popular with the Barbour.

Since the jacket was such a big investment, I want to make sure I am getting tons of wear out of it.  I've come up with a few different ways to wear your Barbour.  Making outfits on Polyvore helps me to think of new ways to pair together pieces I own and to create outfits with pieces I wish I owned (Hunter boots).

Barbour #1

I think this is an outfit I will be sporting a lot this semester!  It's simple and cozy, while still being dressy and presentable.  I am a huge fan of button down shirts...stripes, solids, gingham, you name it, I've probably got a few.  I would either pair the button down with a pair of dark wash skinny jeans (I like J. Crew toothpick jeans) or J. Crew Minnie pants.  Add a pair of riding boots, bean boots, or rain bows, and you're good to go!  If it's especially chilly, or you need to add a pop of color to your outfit, a scarf is a great addition!

Barbour #2
The great thing, in my opinion, about Barbour jackets is that they can be dressed up and dressed down.  Depending on where you are going, I think a Barbour would look great paired with a skirt, tights, and flats.  I got this J. Crew Tartan Skirt for Christmas, and I can see myself pairing it with my Barbour for a busy day when I still want to look put together.

Barbour #3

And the look that I'll probably sport the most with my Barbour?  Comfy Casual.  Running to class, then a meeting, then lunch with your tap club sisters, then work, then two more meetings before  a marathon study session in the library?  You've got to pick an outfit that's functional, warm, and comfortable.  I didn't know that a piece of clothing could change my life...until I received the Patagonia Snap-T for Christmas.  Ladies (and gentlemen?) go get yourself one.  So warm and cozy, and I can guarantee I'll be wearing it at least every other day until it warms up.

How would you (or do you) style a Barbour jacket?

Monday, January 6, 2014

2014 Blog Goals

I don't exactly believe in New Year's Resolutions.  They're just made to be broken, so why make them at all.  However, I think a good alternative to resolutions is goals.  Long-term and short-term goals help to guide progress over the year, and hopefully lead to achievement of those goals.

There are two main focuses to my goals this year, my blog and my academics.  Today I'll share my blog goals and later in the week I'll share my academic goals.

When I first started life with rMe, I tried to blog every day of the week.  During the summer this was feasible, but my posts were always the best that they could be.  During the school year, this was just totally out of the question.  In 2014, my goal is to post five times per week, with a post up Monday through Friday.  This will give me Saturday and Sunday to plan and work on posts without having to worry about a post going up on those days, too.  I think this will help my posts be more informative and useful for y'all, too!

The second, third, and fourth goals kind of all go together.  It wasn't until recently that I started realizing what a big blog world there is out there.  And the best part?  Bloggers are some of the most kind, genuine, and hardworking people I know.  So why not use blogging as a tool to meet new people who can serve as inspiration and mentors?  Although I'm fairly good at keeping up with my blog feed and reading everyone's posts, I'm not so great at commenting on posts.  This year I want to make a better effort to comment on other blogger's posts, send them emails, and make connections.

If you're a blogger, what are your 2014 goals?

Friday, January 3, 2014

Best Reads of 2013

Maybe I'm just super nerdy, but I love to read.  Any time a school break rolls around, you can probably find me reading up a storm.  I don't get much time to read during the school year, so I have to squeeze it all in when I don't have classes.  If you're ever wondering what I'm reading (or what I want to read), you can check out my Goodreads account!

I don't read a specific genre, per se, so I surf through Goodreads and blog posts to find suggestions of what to read next.  Plus, my sister works at a publisher, so she sometimes suggests a book I might like.  In 2013, my top four favorite books were The Yonahlossee Riding Camp For Girls, Lean In, Wild, and Julie & Julia.

What are the best books you read last year?

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Saving Mr. Banks

Looking for a great movie to see to wrap up your winter vacation?  Look no further and go see Saving Mr. Banks!

Without spoiling the movie too much, I will say that if you love Disney, Disney movies, or Mary Poppins, you will love Saving Mr. Banks!  It's a mix of history and fun, and it was incredibly enjoyable!  There are two plots that are played simultaneously, but that just makes the movie even more interesting to watch!

Plus, Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, and Colin Farrell are in the movie!

If you go and see it, you'll have to let me know what you think!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy 2014!

{via a collaboration between tinyprints and life with rMe}

life with rMe turns one!

I can't believe it!  Life with rMe is already one year old!  It seems like it was just yesterday that I decided to start writing my own blog.  To celebrate the last 365 days, which has brought a over one hundred followers to my blog, we're going to do a little reflecting with my favorite posts from 2013.


It's kind of convenient that I started my blog on news years day..because not only does this summarize my year in blogging, but also as a recap to my life in 2013!  I can't wait to see what surprises 2014 brings, not only in life but on my blog!  As always, if you ever have a post request, just leave it in the comments or send me an email.  I love to hear from y'all, so don't hesitate to contact me!

Here's to an even better 2014!