Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Finals Frenzy

With the end of the semester quickly approaching, I thought it was only necessary that I touch on the topic of final exams.  Here at Sweet Briar, classes end on May 6th and exams start on May 9th.  Fortunately, I only have one sit down exam this semester, but I have three written take home exams and a final project due by the end of exam week as well.  The final projects in my other two classes are due on May 6th.

Needless to say, it's crunch time.  Now isn't the time to let your stress get in the way or procrastinate by watching the new season of Breaking Amish that was just released on Netflix (I admit, I am totally guilty of this...)  Personally, my goal is to power through the next two weeks so I can not spend the entire exam week at school working on projects, but instead be home relaxing and starting my summer!

Just a few of my tried and true tricks to get yourself through finals with without any major breakdowns...

1) Make lists.  Yes, more than one.  I like to keep one long list that for the next two weeks that I continually add things to as they get assigned or as I realize that they need to be done.  Then I make a smaller list of each assignment or task that I need to finish in a specific day.

2) Make a schedule (and stick to it!)  I don't know if I'm the only one, but the end of the year also brings all kinds of events and meetings.  Although I don't want to miss out on any of those, I don't want to fall behind on my work either.  By creating a schedule that outlines the meetings and events, and also schedules in some study time, I'm sure to have plenty of time to complete everything.

3) Breathe! It's stressful and everyone gets a little cranky, but don't forget to breathe!  Take some time every day to do something for yourself, whether it be painting your nails, sending some snail mail to a friend, or surfing through your favorite instagram tag, just do it!

Keep your chin up and make stuff happen!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Smart Girls Summit 2014

I know I've mentioned before that I'm the lifestyle and culture editor for The Smart Girl's Guide and that I've met some of the most intelligent, inspiring, and funny Smart Girls through my work with The Guide.

Needless to say, when Emily (the founder of SGG) announced that there would be a Smart Girls Group Conference in New York City over the summer, I jumped at the opportunity.  I could not be more excited to announce this amazing event!

Although I'm excited to get to meet some of my Smart Girl Sisters for the very first time, I'm even more excited for the line up of wonderful speakers!

Some of the speakers include...

Carly of The College Prepster
Mackenzie of Design Darling
Jill Abramson, Executive Editor of The New York Times
Brenda Berkman, First Woman Firefighter of the NYFD
Kayla Webley, Senior Editor of Marie Claire
Tammy Tibbets, Founder of She's the First

And that barely skims the surface!

Tickets went on sale yesterday, and they're going fast!  If you're interested in attending, hop on over to the Summit Website and purchase your ticket!  It will be a fun two days of great speakers, and Friday will be a day of optional small trips around The Big Apple!

The $50 early bird registration fee includes your ticket to all of the events, a goody bag (including over $100 worth of merchandise from our sponsors!), snacks, materials for the different break out sessions, and breakfast and lunch both days.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Foxfield Races 2014

Another Foxfield has come and gone...and I'm actually really sad that it only lasted one day.  Yesterday seemed to go by so quickly..but I guess that's what happens when you're having fun!  I rode on the bus with school to the races, but Breck and my other friends weren't far behind, so we met up with them pretty early in the day.

It's a bestfriend's kind of hard to understand.

Emma is one of my closest friends from high school.  She goes to the University of Virginia and despite the fact that Sweet Briar is only about an hour from Charlottesville, I usually only see Emma at Foxfield.  It's actually funny because it's SO hard to find people at the races...yet we always manage to meet up.  This photo set pretty much explains our relationship.  We're silly, we're serious, but when it comes down to it, we're plain old friends.

This isn't Lily's first time on the blog...but it was her first Foxfield!  Since she already told me she's ready for next year, I'm guessing she had a great time!

I think this is the first time Sydney has made an appearance on the blog.  She started out as my freshman RA, but luckily I stayed on her good side and we became friends.  I'll be taking over her job as the Academic Judicial Chair in the fall, so let's hope I do as good of a job as she did!


Miss Lauren!  Some of y'all may recognize Lauren from her blog Lauren in Lilly.  Despite a rocky start to Lauren's day (umm someone threw up on her basically as soon as she got to the races, so she had to go to the Lilly store to pick up a new frock), I was so happy to be able to spend a short moment with Lauren before leaving for the day.  
p.s., Isn't her dress the cutest?  It's the Ardleigh dress from the new Lilly collection.  I'm in love with this dress and there may or may not be one on the way to me...

What a day!
Miss Lily and I avoided sunburn, for the most part, saw some horses, and can't wait for next year!


Friday, April 25, 2014

Don't Forget Your... #talkderbytome

One more day until my favorite event of the year!  Since this is my second year attending Foxfield, I thought I'd share a few things I learned last year so that y'all won't have to suffer through your first year like I did!

When packing your bag (or purse or cooler, or whatever!) there are a few things that are non negotiable.  Now, you don't want to over pack and weigh yourself down with unneeded things, but there are some things that you just need to bring.

Don't Forget Your...

Sunscreen, a sun hat, and sunglasses are the most important.  
I came home with the worst sunburn of my life last year, and I would never wish that amount of pain and discomfort on anyone...not even my worst enemy!  It was terrible, and I was in pain for weeks.

Some kind of cup to hold your drink of choice.
We'll be bringing mason jars and plastic Lilly cups...mimosas for the over 21 crowd and orange juice spritzers for our younger friends.

A snack.
You're outside.  All day.  In 80 degree weather.  Most likely drinking.  Bring yourself a snack to eat during the day and a snack for the ride home.  Thank me later.

The service at Foxfield is terrible.  Let me rephrase that.  There might be wonderful service, but because there are hundreds of college kids try to contact one another, it is almost impossible to make any calls or send any text messages.  Because the service is so terrible, your phone dies really quickly because it is continually searching for service.  I would either recommend turning your phone on airplane mode to conserve battery but still be able to take pictures, or bringing a travel charger so you can instagram all those fun pictures on the ride home!

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Hand sanitizer and a small pack of tissues
You are essentially going to be in a field all day...who knows what kind of nasty things you'll encounter.  Additionally, the port-a-johns aren't glamorous.  Last year they ran out of toilet paper almost immediately, so help yourself by bringing some tissues or toilet paper.

Just a few more quick tips...
- Make plans to meet up with the friends you aren't traveling with BEFORE you arrive at Foxfield.  Give them your plot number, or arrange to meet at a certain location (Vineyard Vines tent, the ADAPT tent, etc) at a certain time.

- Apply sunscreen before you arrive AND reapply all day long.  I cannot repeat this enough.  Learn from my mistakes.

- Takes lots of pictures!  You'll regret it if you don't!

- If you're over 21, don't forget to pack non-alcoholic beverages!  Supplement your cooler with water bottles, Gatorade, or something else to help re-hydrate you!

Are any of y'all going to be at Foxfield?  I would love to meet you if you'll be there!  Breck of Whim of the South and I will be at the Vineyard Vines tent in the orange section (infield, where most of the UVa fraternity plots are) at 10am, and we'd love to see you!


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Talk Derby To Me

Foxfield is practically a holiday here in Central Virginia.  It's the Carolina Cup of our area, and although I've never been to Carolina Cup...yet, I'd bargain it's just as much fun!

This will be my second year at the races, and I just can't wait!  It was tons of fun last year, but I know it will be even more fun this year since more of my friends will be going.

Of course the most important part of getting ready for Foxfield is picking your outfit.  You'll see a lot of Lilly...and I'm not exception as I'll be wearing a Lilly shift.  While picking your outfit, pick something light, comfortable, and fun!

Talk Derby To Me

Foxfield isn't the time to wear your favorite wedges.  Essentially, you'll be walking around a big field all day.  Unfortunately the forecast has some rain for the day before, so the field may even be a little muddy.  I'd go for your favorite pair of flat sandals, or if the rain continues into Saturday, maybe even a pair of wellies.

Last, but certainly most important, a big sun hat is necessary.  Although they sure do look nice on Derby Day, they're even more important for practical reasons.  They keep the sun off of your face, neck, and shoulders.  Last year I didn't have a hat, and boy do I regret it!

I'll be back on Friday with another Foxfield post, but if any of y'all are going to be there, let me know!  I'd love to meet up with you!


Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter 2014

As I'm sure most of you know, I go to school 5-6 hours away from home.  Because my school doesn't give us any days off of classes for Easter, it's become a tradition that my family comes to Virginia since they have days off of work.  The past two years, we've stayed at a beautiful cabin in Rawley Springs, right outside of Harrisonburg.  Easter weekend is always the highlight of my spring semester because I get to spend time with my family (and dog!) and relax before gearing up to finals and the end of the semester.

This year was even more special because my friend Lily was able to join me for the weekend!  Lily has practically become part of our family.  She spent spring break at home with me, and judging by this past weekend, she'll be spending quite a few more breaks at the Mill house over the next year.

I can't even tell you how excited I was to get off campus for the weekend.  With the end of classes coming up, it was nice to be able to get away from the chaos of spending a weekend reading and relaxing with a snuggly beagle by my side didn't hurt!

In addition, my friend Jackie who graduated last year joined us for Easter Dinner!  She's working at a barn about an hour away from Rawley Springs right now, so she popped over for dinner and some time to catch up.  I hadn't seen her since last year, so it was nice to hear that there is life post-SBC.

Alice doesn't look too impressed that she was forced to be in this photo...

What do y'all do to celebrate Easter?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Rain, rain, go away!

Yesterday's weather was absolutely dreadful.  It was dark and dreary all day with 100% chance of thunderstorms.  Not only that, but we had been enjoying weather in the 70's and 80's at the end of last week, so to wake up to a forecast including 55?  I was not pleased.

When weather like this strikes, there are few things I would rather do than snuggle into bed with a good book.  Unfortunately, with the semester coming (quite quickly, may I add) to a close, the only books I'll be reading in the foreseeable future are textbooks.  It took some serious motivation to even get out of bed this morning, let alone make my way to my 9am American Government class.

The icing on the cake?  I woke up this morning to a forecast of 34 degrees, with a high of 53.  Can I have last week's weather back...please?

Nope, so I suck it up...throw on a pair of wellies, get a sweater out from where I had already packed away my winter clothes, put on a thick coat, and hope that tomorrow's better.

Does the weather affect your mood as much as it affects mine?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How Pin-teresting!

With the end of the semester approaching, procrastination is something that I think all college students can relate to.  Just one more episode of your favorite tv show...or ten minutes more on pinterest before heading back to the library.  Luckily for y'all, I've found some cool pins during a few of my study breaks that I'd like to share!

Ranch BLT Pasta Salad
Doesn't this look delicious for a warm summer day?

Leave it to pinterest to provide a darling graphic to remind us Smart Girls how to properly jump a car, should your battery die!

I think this fabric covered memo board would look great in any dorm room or apartment...
add it to my summer craft list!

I can't be the only girl who loves beagles this much...

Here's a little workspace inspiration to help you get through the rest of the semester...don't forget to take a few minutes to clean off your desk before you get to work!


Monday, April 14, 2014

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Friday, April 11, 2014

What She Wore: Charlottesville

As I mentioned in my post on Monday, over the weekend Breck and I went to Charlottesville to have brunch with Erin!  We had so much fun, from the drive down 29, to parking in Cville, to lunch at The was a great day!  A brunch with bloggers wouldn't have been complete without some outfit pictures...right?

Isn't Erin the cutest?  It was so great to meet her in person after having read her blog for so long!  I think the best part about meeting a blog friend is when you realize that they are 100% genuine on their blog.  Erin was so sweet, and I'm sure Breck and I will be getting together with her again next semester!

Shirt : G.H. Bass / Skirt : J. Crew Factory / Shoes : J. Crew Factory / Sunnies : Ray Ban New Wayfarer / Bag : Longchamp Le Pliage / Pink Bangle : Fornash / Watch : Fossil / Silver Bangles : Alex & Ani / Silver Rings : Pandora

#navyornothing, yes?


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Eat Your Wheaties

I know I'm not the first person to ever tell you this...but breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  For years I didn't believe this.  All I knew was that I was already waking up early enough for school, and there was no way I could wake up even earlier to make breakfast!

Recently, I've been researching what types of food are best to eat, and everything I've read encourages eating breakfast.  

Here are some reasons you should eat your breakfast...

1) Skipping breakfast may increase a women's risk for diabetes
2) Breakfast does exactly that, break the fast.  By eating within an hour of waking up, you wake up your metabolism and get your body to start burning off calories.
3) Breakfast provides energy for morning activities and reduces a mid-afternoon binge.
4) Breakfast helps you wake up and be more alert in your morning classes!
5) Breakfast is the most delicious meal of the day.

So nothing has changed.  I still don't have time to eat a full out breakfast every morning.  But you're breakfast can be something as simple as a granola bar, a container of yogurt with some granola, a banana, etc.  Those are quick breakfasts that are sure to jump start your metabolism and day!

What's your favorite breakfast?

Monday, April 7, 2014

A Whale of a Sale!

If you're in the Lynchburg area (or even a few hours away), and you like Vineyard Vines, you've got to get yourself to the Whalehouse Sale!

After a fun morning of brunch in Charlottesville with Breck and Erin (another post on this later in the week!), Breck and I made our way down to the sale.  Now, I'm an experienced warehouse sale shopper.  I compare sale prices to original prices, dig in piles, and hope for the best.  This is the second time I've been to the VV sale in Lynchburg, and I think this year was better than last!

They have men's, women's, boy's, and girl's something for the entire family!  They even had some pieces from last year's derby collection!

I came out with these two skirts...and an amazing deal!  They retail for $98 each, and I paid $35 total!  I saved 83%!

 Everything is marked down from the retail price, and some are even clearanced further!  Then, everything is 35% off the lowest price!  I was originally only going to get the red skirt (picture it with a navy gingham button down for the 4th of cute!) because I have J. Crew's city mini in navy...but I also would wear that J. Crew skirt every day if I could, so I figured this cute VV skirt would be a great second choice!  Also, the little bow is removable, so it allows for a few different outfit combinations!  Perfect!  I'm sure you'll see this skirts in a few outfit posts this spring and summer!

Have you ever been to a Whalehouse Sale?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spring Smoothies

As the weather gets warmer, I want nothing to do with a hot meal for breakfast or lunch.  I trade in my made to order eggs for a smoothie or breakfast bar.  I've been enjoying making smoothies in my dorm room lately.  In addition to being a yummy treat, depending on what you use to make them, they can actually be really healthy!

Here's the basic recipe I use to make the perfect smoothie (in my mind, at least!):

The thing I like about my "recipe" is you can adjust it to use what you have in the fridge or to use an ingredient you really like!  For instance, if you don't like almond milk, you can certainly use cow's milk or soy milk.

I tend to use frozen fruit, or a combination of fresh fruit and ice, so the smoothie has an icy consistency and it is cold.  While I'm at school, it's much easier to just go for pre-packaged frozen fruit, but while I'm home, I go for fresh fruit because it's so easy to obtain from the farm markets!

Do you like smoothies?