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?