Thursday, April 30, 2015

Spring Study Tips

It's hard to believe that it's almost May, the semester is almost over, and I'm graduating in a little over two weeks!  So many things going on, so many things to finish up, and so little time!

I don't know about y'all, but I've got my work cut out for me over the next week.  I actually have nothing but a written yoga exam (yes, yoga...) after classes end on Tuesday.  In the spirit of finals season, I've compiled some of my favorite study tips.  It's hard to believe that after this week, I won't be utilizing these tips anymore!  Academic freedom, at last!

To do lists are key.

Take productive study breaks.
(Set alarms on your phone every so often to make sure you are getting up and moving around!  With spring semester, my favorite study break is a walk around campus with a pal!  You get some exercise, catch up with your friend, get some fresh air, and have a brain refreshed and ready to get back to work!)

Don't forget to take care of yourself.
(Eating, sleeping, and bathing are important - even during finals week.)

Remember that grades are only a number, and your self worth isn't determined by the grade you earn on your final paper.

Consult your syllabus while working on papers and projects for guidelines and expectations.

Professors are still available during finals week.  Don't be afraid to set up a time to meet with them to go over any questions you come up with while studying.

Start early.  Review your notes every night leading up to the test instead of cramming the night before.

Avoid pulling all-nighters.
(Fun fact: I have never pulled an all nighter, and I don't think this is the semester to try it out.  Pace yourself and your work so you aren't forced to stay up all night!)

What are some of your best study tips?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Sweet Briar Bucket List: Magnolia Foods

If you remember from my Sweet Briar Bucket List, grabbing lunch at Magnolia Foods was on there!  On Fridays, both Katharine and I get out of class/work pretty early in the afternoon, so we decided to run some errands (aka drop of Katharine's Foxfield dress for alterations #priorities) and have lunch at Magnolia.

(Yes this is the same shirt I wore in this's just so comfortable and versatile!)

I had the turkey wrap with bacon and herb cream cheese.  It was such a simple sandwich, but it tasted so great!  I wish the dining hall could do something like this....

In addition to being a deli and bakery, Magnolia Food also has a great selection of local wines and beers plus some local gifts!  The ambience in the store is so calming, and I think Katharine and I could have sat in there for hours chatting had we let ourselves!

I loved the food so much, that I ended up ordering their catering for my graduation luncheon!


Monday, April 13, 2015

Tip Toein' In My Slip On Vans

I don't think I've ever really been one for sneakers before...unless I'm heading to the gym or wearing workout clothes.  

However, last week while my family was in town, my mom, sister, and I went over to the J. Crew Clearance Center in Lynchburg.  I've always found some of the best deals there, so I was eager to see what we would dig out that day.  I was on the search from some new tops, and a pair or two of Minnie pants if they had my size.  (I always get my minnie pants from the clearance store because you can usually get them for $12-$15!  They're my favorite type of pants, so I always try to snag a pair so I can retire an older, worn out pair.)  

While perusing through the shoe section of the clearance center (and trust me, it's like J. Crew Shoe Mecca.  I was seriously dying....and I may or may not have picked up four pairs of shoes for less than $75), I found this pair of metallic Van slip on sneakers. 

 I don't know what possessed me to try them on, but I did, and I fell in love.  They're seriously the most comfortable shoes (like maybe more comfortable than my Aasics running shoes?), and they actually look cute!  Plus, the price was right.  They were marked $35, but if you bought six or more items, you got an additional 40% off your total.  So these Vans ended up costing only $21!  I also picked up that white top, and that only cost $12!

What do you think of J. Crew's collaboration with Vans?


Friday, April 10, 2015

Sweet Briar Bucket List

Bruch at Robin Alexander
(I grabbed their price fixed brunch on a Sunday morning last year with Breck and I've been meaning to go back with my friends Katharine and Madi!  Their brunch menu has lots of great options and the prices aren't bad either!)

Hike around Sweet Briar
(There's 3,250 acres.  I should probably see a bit more of this beautiful place!)

Lunch at Magnolias
(Katharine and I got Madi gluten free birthday cupcakes at Magnolias back in February.  While we were there ordering, we saw some of their sandwiches and other lunch foods...and they looked amazing!  So we've been meaning to pick up lunch there one day!)

Pet a horse
(It only seems fitting that I pet a horse at some point during my last few weeks at SBC.)

Go to the Amherst Museum
(Once again, it just seems like something I should do before I leave Central Virginia...)

Go to Sweet Spot when the taco truck is also there
(The Sweet Spot is an ice cream truck that's permanently located on the side of US 29.  Their ice cream is great, but in the fall they also occasionally had a taco food truck.  I don't know about you, but ice cream and tacos are some of my favorite foods, so why not enjoy them at the same time!)

Hillcats Game
(The Hillcats are Lynchburg's Minor League baseball team.  I've been to their games in the past.  While the baseball isn't actually very good at all, it's a fun time with friends.)

Looks like I've got my work cut out for me considering graduation is just a few weeks away!


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Oak Lawn: Madison Heights, Virginia

Since I've been in college, my family has come down to Virginia to celebrate Easter with me.  My school doesn't give us any days off of classes for the holiday, so it was always the more suitable option with my class schedule.  This year, I could have gone home because I don't have class on Mondays and Fridays, but my parents had already reserved a house before I knew my class schedule.

This year, my mom found a beautiful 1810 Federal and Greek Revival Style home in Madison Heights, VA.  The house is only fifteen minutes (at most!) from my college, so it was ideal for this year since my mom wanted to take some photos of me in my cap and gown on campus.  Even better, we were able to reserve the house for my graduation weekend, too!

If you thought the exterior of the house was charming, I wish you could see the interior!  I promise to take more photos of the immaculately decorated bedrooms when we're back in May.  The homeowners have the home decorated with the most beautiful furniture and draperies.  It truly looks like a Southern plantation home!

Miss Alice also had a grand ole time at Oak Lawn!  They have a spacious back yard for Alice to roam around in.  I was just happy to have some puppy cuddles for the weekend, and Miss Alice was happy with the hundreds of new scents to sniff out!  #BeaglePriorities

What's your favorite type of architecture?  I'd have to say mine is Federal.  I took a course on the Architecture of Sweet Briar last semester and we also took a look at the architecture in the surrounding area.  I was always most fond of the Federal style simply because it's clean and classic. 


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Derby Days feat. Rysa Ruth

If you know me at all you, you know the way to my heart is through bows, ruffles, and seersucker...adding a floppy hat to the mix only makes my heart sing even more!  When Rysa Ruth sent me this dress (back in January), I couldn't wait for the weather to warm up and the sun to come out so I could style my new seersucker frock with some wedges and a floppy hat.  Add some monograms and pearls and you've got an outfit suitable for the sunniest derby day.


Thanks for playing photographer, Heather!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Photo Diary: Washington National Cathedral

I promise this is the last post about my trip to DC!  On the 21st, we had tickets to see the Kings College, Cambridge Choir sing at the Washington National Cathedral.  I had never visited this cathedral before, but while studying in Spain, I got to see my fair share of cathedrals.

To me, this was special because we weren't only going inside and looking around, we were able to hear the acoustics, as well!  The concert itself was amazing, as I had expected.

Could the sky have been any more beautiful?  I swear they were naturally that editing necessary!

Have you ever visited the Washington National Cathedral?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Photo Diary: Eastern Market

While in D.C., last week, we visited Eastern Market to pick up some fruit for snacks and breakfast.  I'm no stranger to markets...I frequent the Lancaster Central Market at home and I've been to Reading Terminal Market in Philly several times.  

I'm always enchanted by the smells wafting through the buildings, the craftsmen showing off their wares, and most of all, the delicious treats at every stand.

(If we weren't on a trip, a bouquet (or two!) of these pretties would have come home with me.)

(How cute is this little one!  I couldn't resist snapping her pic!)

Have you ever been to Eastern Market?