Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Get To Know The Girl Behind The Blog

Recently I realized that I haven't updated my about me page in quite a long time (definitely going to work on that when I have some time next week!) and in the time since I have updated it, I've gained quite a few followers.  So in the spirit of getting to know y'all, I'm letting y'all get to know me a bit better!

Photo credit : Bess Pearson

1. I was a competitive Irish step dancer all thought middle school and high school....  Here's proof!
2. I had my tonsils and adenoids removed when I was very young, and the only thing I remember is my Dad giving me a singing and dancing Bananas in Pajamas toy while I was recovering.
3. My favorite color combinations are pink and green (holla holla!) and pink and navy.
4. In my spare time, if I'm not on the computer blogging or getting lost in the internet, you'll probably find me with a good book.
5. No matter how ugly they are, I will continue to wear chacos.  Always.
6. I'm obsessed with my beagle, Alice.  If you didn't already know this, I'm shocked.
7. My favorite place that I've ever traveled to is Salamanca, Spain.
8. Tortoise shell is one of my favorite "patterns."  My glasses, sunglasses, and watch are all tortoise shell!
9. I always have to carry pen and paper with me.  I need to have a place to jot down phone numbers, blog post ideas, or just write down my thoughts when I'm bored!
10. My college's mascot is the vixen, a female fox.  Her name is Indiana, and she always wears a strand of pearls.
11. I graduated from the oldest girls' school in America.  It was founded in 1746...before the United States was even a country!
12. My favorite foods are tacos, chocolate, and peanut butter.
13. When I have my own house and decide to get a dog, my first will obviously be a Beagle.  But my second dog will be a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
14. I really enjoy cooking, but I hate cleaning up the kitchen when I'm done.
15. After this summer, I've learned that I never want to willingly live in New Jersey and commute to New York City. Ever. New Jersey Transit, I'm looking at you, and you suck.
16. 95% of my clothes are from J. Crew, but I've only paid full price for one or two pieces.  Sales and bargain hunting are my "thing."
17. Speaking of sales, it doesn't even seem odd to me anymore that I willingly waited in line in a sketchy parking lot from 9pm to 5am for the Lilly Pulitzer Warehouse Sale...more than once.
18. Freshman year, I was majorly addicted to "Temple Run."  But I'm glad to say I've moved on to bigger and better things, mainly 2048..
19. If I could see any band/artist in concert, Zac Brown Band would be my number one pick.
20. I think everyone should read The Skim, Times Magazine, The Economist, or some kind of news magazine every morning.  Then you have something interesting to talk about should you meet someone new!
21. Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, you will never get old and I will continue to watch re-runs forever.  #TeamStablerForever
22. I would rather it be -10 degrees at night and have to wear a fleece under four blankets than for it to be hot and humid while trying to sleep.
23. I'm 5'6".
24. I learned how to pass a horse and buggie in driving lessons before learning how to even park the car.  Sadly, this skill was more necessary than you'd think.
25. I'm surprised I made it to 24 facts without giving up, so here's to having 24 semi-interesting things to share with y'all!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Although I'm only spending half of the week in NYC, I can totally understand why people can feel cooped up when they live full-time in the city.  Luckily, I get to spend three days in The Big Apple and the rest of the week surrounded by luscious farmlands at home in Pennsylvania.  However, I'm still getting a little stir crazy and the feeling of wanderlust has been consuming my thoughts lately.

Sure, I'd love to go on a European vacation to the biggest and busiest cities in the world, but with my college budget and calendar, I'll settle for a few intracontinental trips.  (I mean, if you want to send me to London or Barcelona...feel free, I wouldn't complain!)

Luckily I'll be heading to this beautiful place at the beginning of October....

..any guesses where I'm headed?!

All photos from are Pinterest and are linked to their original source.

Yes!  I'm headed to Sewanee, TN, for my reading days for a fun fall weekend with Bess!  My plane tickets aren't quite booked yet, but it's written in pen in my agenda, so that must mean it's happening!

Also penciling in a trip to Portland, OR, to explore the west coast for the first time next summer, and hopefully a trip to Denver, CO, to visit Bess's new home over the winter!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Smart Girls Group Conference

About two weeks ago, I attended the Smart Girls Group Conference.  As I've mentioned many times on here, SGG has changed my life.  I've met some of the most inspiring, motivated, and hilarious people through SGG, and the founder, Emily, has allowed me to work for The Guide in ways that I didn't think I would ever be able to be involved.

I've been drafting this post for almost a week now.  I needed some downtime to process the entire conference and write a post that did the event justice.

The conference's speakers included Kayla Webley, Senior News Editor of Marie Claire, Brenda Berkman, first female fire fighter of the FDNY, Shiza Shahid, cofounder and CEO of The Malala Fund, and Stephanie Ruhle, managing editor of Bloomberg TV, among many others!

(and who better to take on the SGG conference & NYC with, than my partner in crime, Bess!) 

The speakers ranged in topics from career development, finding your passion, how to use your talents to benefit others, and even how to dress professionally.  I was so impressed that each speaker brought something new to the table.  After two days of speakers, I think we had only repeated topics once or twice, which I think is incredible!

Additionally, and one of my favorite parts of the conference, was being able to put "online" personas and names to faces.  I've been working with some of my Smart Girl Sisters on the Guide for over a year now, and I was finally able to meet some of them at the conference.

I could probably write an entire blog post about Emily Raleigh.  To make it short and sweet...thank you, thank you, thank you, to Miss Emily Raleigh for everything you've done so far, and everything that's going to take off in 2015.

Almost two weeks later, I'm still processing some of the speakers...and while I wished I could write a more succinct post, this will have to do for now.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What She Wore: Central Park

Last week, I was able to arrange my internship schedule so that I could attend the Smart Girls Group Conference on Wednesday and Thursday and spend Friday exploring the city with Bess.  If y'all don't know, Bess and I have been friends since she was in middle school and last summer she moved halfway across the country.  This was the first time Bess and I were together since last summer, so needless to say, it was the best week of best friend time.

The great thing about your best friend being a blogger is that we both know not to start eating until an instagram is taken and that if there's a beautiful in Central Park that's away from the people, we're probably going to have to stop and take outfit pictures...and that's exactly what happened...

Top : Lilly Pulitzer / Jeans : Joe Fresh / Sandals : Jack Rogers / Bracelets : Alex & Ani / Sunnies : Ray Bans /
Nail Polish : OPI La Paz-Itively Hot

I'm not usually a huge fan of white jeans.  I'm far too clumsy and messy, and when I wear them I'm constantly in fear of spilling a cup of coffee or sitting on a train seat that has residue from the last person (can we say eww?)  However, when I picked up this Lilly Pulitzer Elsa top at the Warehouse Sale, I knew it would look amazing paired with white bottoms, so I let go of my "white jean fear" and surprisingly enough, even after an entire day in New York City, my jeans remained white!

Photo credits: Bess of Belles in Bows


Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer Tunes

Between my two hour daily commutes and the six hours weekly drives, I've been listening to a lot of music.  A good playlist is essential to any road trip, especially when you're driving alone.

I like my playlists to have a good mix of new music, old melodies, upbeat tunes, and slower songs.  Here are some of the songs I've had on repeat lately...especially Rodney Atkins!

What are some of your favorite songs this summer?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Recently Read: Jean Kwok

Firstly, sorry for my absence this week!  Between having Bess in town, seeing her for the first time in a year, and attending the Smart Girls Group Conference, I've been enjoying everything going on without worrying about my "digital" life.  I'll be sharing more about the SGG conference next week, and photos from some of my adventures with Bess, so I hope you'll come back on Monday!

While at the beach last week, I was so excited to be able just spend time relaxing in the sun with a great book in my hands. When I was looking for books to pack, my sister recommended Jean Kwok's first book, Girl In Translation.  I finished it in less than 48 hours, before we even left for vacation, so I started right in on Kwok's second book, Mambo in Chinatown upon arriving at the beach.

Although I appreciated the flow and story of Girl In Translation, I also enjoyed the sequel, Mambo In Chinatown.  It's rare for me to enjoy a sequel, as much as the first, but Kwok certainly delivered with this great pair of books!  Both books were enlightening to the history and struggles of a minority group I didn't know very much about.

If you're looking for an interesting, heart warming, funny-at-times-but-might-make-you-cry, pair of books, look no further!


Monday, July 7, 2014

Necessary Apps for NYC

I've officially been interning in NYC for over a month.  I'm happy to report that I haven't been lost, even once, and with a little help from a few apps, I feel completely comfortable navigating the city.  I know a lot of my blog friends will be coming to NYC this week for the Smart Girls Summit, so I just wanted share some of my most necessary apps so that hopefully you, too, will also avoid getting lost!

Embark NYC
-Address to address (or subway station to station) directions for easy navigation
- App also includes subway schedule so you can see when trains are scheduled to arrive

NYC Subway Map
- Subway map that is available even when you don't have any service
- Perfect for when you're underground and you need to see where to make a transfer or which stop to get off

- A taxi service that you request pick up from your iPhone
- No money is exchanged between the rider and driver, you pay on the app using your credit card or paypal account
- You can split the fare with other riders through the app
- Use code "4x9u0" for your first ride free (up to $30)

Can't wait to see everyone in the city!