Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A Much Needed Coffee Break

How on earth has the time flown so quickly?! One of my New Year's Resolutions was to write more, and though I've kept a journal mostly up to date, I thought it would be fun to revive this poor neglected blog. I like the idea of using the blog as a live journal with pictures and stories, so here's another update. I've just poured myself my second cup of coffee of the day and will attempt to fill you in on what's been happening since my last "Life Lately" post (last year!).

I have been debating on how to get back into the swing of blogging again, and the only way to do that is by writing a new post every once in a while. So without further ado...

I've graduated!

It seemed that the day would never arrive, and after weeks of stressful exams, final projects, and packing all of my apartment memories into boxes, I finally graduated! I was surprised when I arrived in my cap and gown and was handed another cord to wear with the ones from my honor societies: a red one to mark my status as magna cum laud! It was so exciting because I worked so hard to keep my GPA up, and having my hard work rewarded was like the icing on the cake. Oh, and we had the BEST cake at my graduation party afterwards. The party was way more fun than the ceremony itself (although our commencement speaker was great and told us that everyone should grow up and be an octopus!), but we had great food and it was so nice spending time with my family. Photo credits to the wonderful Nicholls State University.

I'm working at a law office!

When my academic advisor said he had a friend who needed some help at her law office, I was so excited! It's funny because that conversation happened in November, and after waiting a few weeks, following up, and waiting a few more months, I was starting to think she found someone else... And then I got a call for an "interview" in February. That day I met everyone in the office, brushed up on my legal definitions (plaintiff, defendant, etc.), and I started the following week. See how excited I was in my interview outfit? It's four months later and I still love everyone in my office, so I guess it goes to show you good things come to those who wait.

I've been back to D.C. (twice)!

I just can't seem to stay away from that cool city. Last summer I interned on Capitol Hill (see previous post), and earlier this spring my mom and I went back with another friend for a fun weekend trip. They attempted the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon, but it was so cold and icy, that they ended up "modifying" the course a bit. The metro was involved, but it was all good fun.

Last week, I actually went back with my aunt and sat in on a few of her meetings since she works with NADA (National Automobile Dealers Association) and ATD (American Truck Dealers) to lobby on the hill. I know the picture is a selfie and therefore backwards, but check out the I Heart Trucks button! Too cute! It was so cool to meet with different staffers and congressmen who have the power to really help the small business community by supporting certain legislation (H.B. 2946 if you're interested). Two congressmen even said they'd be co-sponsors, which is a pretty big deal! We also stayed at the Trump hotel, which is about as grand and beautiful as you'd expect (and they re-grammed my insta!)

I've have an exercise "routine" for the first time ever!

No picture for this one because I'm don't think I'll ever be a "gym selfie" kind of gal.

But that's right, I actually look forward to going to the gym (most of the time). It all started when I became addicted to tried out Pure Barre classes during my DC internship. During the school year, since we don't have a studio in town, I had been getting the occasional fix through their at-home DVD, but eventually switched to spin classes! I can't recommend it enough! Even more recently (three-ish weeks ago), I joined the new wellness center that popped up near my house and I couldn't be more happy. They have tons of classes and a pool with some other amenities that I'm still too nervous to try out (sauna, steam room, etc.). I've been loving the Sprint and RPM spin classes, but have also started going to yoga a few times a week. Believe it or not, I'm starting to see some real results in my body, so I can't wait to see how I look and feel by the time August rolls around. For me, the real results come when I start focusing more on getting stronger and less on losing weight.

I'm going to law school at LSU!

I'm so excited for August because I'll be moving to Baton Rouge for law school. The photo above was taken at a recent event the law school hosted! While I was apprehensive and originally leaning toward an out of state school, I know I'm making the best financial, emotional, and all-around decision for me. I can't wait to move into my own condo (of course I've started a Pinterest page for inspiration), but can't lie and say that I'm not a little nervous for the actual school part. Everyone I know says that law school quite a challenge, especially in the first year, but I'm going into it with an open mind and a whole lot of determination. With the right mindset, anything is possible, right?

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Life Lately

Wow! I'm surprised I even remembered how to log in and write a new blog post! It's been quite a while, hasn't it? So many things have been going on since the last time I decided to update my little piece of Internet. I'll try my best to get you up all to speed!

I interned in Washington, DC!

I spent almost seven weeks this summer working in our nation's capital for my home district's congressman, Garret Graves. The experience was absolutely amazing! I learned so much in my short time there (and more than just how to turn on the coffee maker!). One of my projects was to write a bill and it gave me a glimpse of how difficult it is to actually change the law. I also loved answering phones and helping constituents solve problems they had with other federal agencies like the VA or IRS. Though following policy is cool, it's nice to be able to hear the almost-instant relief in people's voices have when you cut through red tape they've been stuck in for so long. 

Senior year is here!

My my how the years have just flown by. It seems like just last week, I was a freshman moving into my dorm room and away from home for the first time. Living in DC for the summer gave me a much greater appreciation for small town life, and I'm so happy to be back in my favorite little corner of the bayou. I actually surprised my little sis, Megan, and left my internship a few days early to be back in time for recruitment. I had originally intended to miss recruitment, thinking the sorority could go on without me... Little did I realize I was the one who ended up missing them even more. 

I also started writing for The Odyssey

Yep, I'm writing the articles all your friends are sharing on Facebook. I'm also technically the "Editor in Chief" of the group of writers here at Nicholls. Go ahead and follow me so that you can post the viral articles first! You'll be the trendiest of all your friends, and everyone will wonder how you're always one step ahead of the game sharing all these spot-on articles. I'm also pretty pumped that Pumpkin Spice Season is back since I get some of my best writing done at Starbucks! 

That just about covers everything. Classes aren't too difficult this semester, but I'm still busy with law school applications, the pre-law society, the Odyssey, and Phi Mu. This Saturday is opening weekend for Colonel Football, and I'm so excited to head off to Georgia to cheer on our team! They're playing against UGA and our track record isn't great with the big schools, but I'm going to be optimistic and at least hope it's a fun game to watch. Who knows when I'll update the blog again, so... See y'all later!

Monday, December 7, 2015

My Fall 2015 via VSCO

Alternative titles for this post: "Where did the time go?" or "I have one more final left and no motivation to study anymore, let's blog!"

One of my favorite things about having a blog is the ability to choose how much or how little you can post. I love that even after my busy fall semester, my little blog is here waiting for me. Such a small comfort. It really is the little things.

Anyhow, this semester's been a whirlwind of excitement, late nights, long car-rides, and lots of pictures on my iPhone. I was scrolling through my VSCO app (@toodlebelle, I know you were curious), and was reflecting on the semester and thought it would be fun to show the fall semester's highlights with some of my favorite pictures.

Colonel Pride!

I'm still a Lisi Lerch Campus Rep! And the Colonels finally broke their awful losing streak!
(Use the code NichollsState15 for 15% off your own Lisi Lerch purchase)

I turned 21! 

Just in case y'all are wondering, my birthday wish has already come true ;)

I decided to opt for a small brunch with some of my best friends to celebrate my first legal alcoholic purchase (Mimosas are my favorite!). 

Lots of Writing! Lots of Coffee! 

I knew being the news editor would be a big commitment, but I didn't realize how much it would affect my coffee addiction. I'm up to two cups a day now!

Phi Mu

Phi Mu always seems to play a big role each semester, and this semester is no exception. But what was different about this fall was that I've learned to love my sorority a little differently. I actually enjoyed participating in recruitment this year and seeing the new members join our sisterhood really brought the experience full circle. Maybe it's from being older, but there was definitely something different about this year that I couldn't quite put my finger on. 

I have a new appreciation for sisterhood events, probably because I realized this year how few I have left. Next fall will start my last year!

(I promise I'm wearing shorts, I'm told this particular "sratty" look is called "lamp-shading")

My little also started her own blog (proud big sis moment!). Check her out over at

The End of #TheTinderChronicles

'Nuff said. 
The long-distance thing kind of stinks, but our weekend visits and road trip to meet his family have been one of the brightest highlights of my semester. (Oh, and he was also the real inspiration behind my Georgia on My Mind post)

The Pre-Law Society

A new friend and I got together and started a new club for students at Nicholls interested in going to law school. 
One of my favorite parts has been volunteering with a group called JOTS Birthdays. They're a charitable organization that throws birthday parties and other celebrations for children living in foster care and group homes. The ladies have been so sweet, and even though some of the children's stories will break your heart, it's been great seeing the joy such simple acts can bring. 

I also took more mirror pics this semester than I'd care to admit (#toovain). 

So there you have it: fall semester in a nutshell. I might blog a little more once winter break officially starts (throwing shade at you, finance final). 

I'm definitely looking forward to so much this winter (reading for fun, another trip to Georgia, Christmas, and starting my new internship just to name a few). Regardless of whether or not more blog posts happen, though, I know I'm in for a lot more excitement in the next few months! 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Back To School

Technically I've been back at school for about two weeks, but with recruitment week and the first week of classes falling at the same time, I haven't even had time to think about updating the blog.

I'm so disappointed because I've been taking super cute pictures all week, and then I had to replace my iPhone (I thought I saved my pictures but clearly it didn't work). Luckily, I have darling sisters that I can count on to take pictures for me!

So since my last post, a lot has happened!

Sorority recruitment week has  by far been the most stressful, yet most rewarding experiences of my college career. All the summer practices, retreats, late nights, crafting, and stress were worth it when we welcomed sixty-nine new members on bid day!

I'm back in my apartment! 
It's no secret that I love my apartment. Living at home for the summer really made me miss my own space. I also really missed my roommate AC! We hardly saw each other this summer (she did some mission work in Africa and I did a lot of traveling and took a summer class), and it's so great to finally get back to our semester-long sleepover.

I decided to switch it up this year and put a bulletin board where my "gallery wall" used to be. Eventually I'll hang my paintings up on the wall by the bed. 

Is it weird that I sleep better at the apartment than I do at home? 

News Editor!
I've been promoted to an editor position at our school newspaper. This means that I'm busier than usual this semester, but I'm loving it! My only "issue" is trying to find actual news on my little campus. I'm also struggling to learn AP style editing, but making progress! I've also increased my coffee intake to two cups per day, if that is any indication of how busy I am.

Lisi Lerch Campus Rep! 
I'm officially a campus rep for Lisi Lerch, a super fun jewelry company that I discovered through following other bloggers. I'm planning an Outfit Of the Day post with these adorable tassel earrings. They're going to be perfect for football tailgates in a few weeks!

If you'd like to comment with your email address, I can sign you up to receive news and coupon codes from Lisi Lerch and you'll help me reach my "collect 100-emails goal"!

Check back soon and I'll have a special code for you to use on their website! 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Currently Crushing On: Draper James

Have you guys seen Draper James yet? I've been obsessing over it since Reese Witherspoon first announced her new brand a few months back. Her instagram and @draperjamesgirl are a little of my daily inspiration.

I'm filing this outfit under to buy when I'm skinny & rich.

Seriously, everything about this brand has me in business-student-fan-girl mode. No detail too small, and the whole brand feels so sincere and genuine, even if it is crazy expensive a bit over my budget. Her genuine nature and southern grace & charm are why she's my absolute favorite celebrity/actress and also why Reese (along with Nell) is at the top of my baby-name list. 

These are just a few snapshots from their website, but I want everything!!

Along with the stationary, these are some of my favorites from the line:

As you can tell, I'm a little obsessed with the magnolias (having flashbacks to climbing the magnolia trees in my grandpa's front yard)

And if I couldn't love Reese any more, the Draper James blog has a little blurb about her favorite spots in New Orleans! And guess what! Her favorite spots are my favorites, too! Soul sisters...

I'd be so happy if I could be Reese Witherspoon when I grow up. 

Here's to hoping that Draper James creates a sale section ASAP. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Sucker for Seersucker

For those of you who aren't lucky enough to live in the South, let me let you in on a little piece of news: It's insanely hot these days. I'm talking 100+ degree heat indexes, the special kind of heat & humidity that probably rivals hell itself.

It's so hot, that I kind of hate going outside. I'm pretty content to stay in my pj's and hang out with a book or something in the air conditioning all day. I'm really loving these scalloped seersucker shorts!

The website might say sold out, but keep an eye on her instagram (@crystalfaye_) because I bought mine on flash sale! 

In the mean time, here are some more seersucker pieces (and adorable Lauren James t-shirts) to wear and keep cool while waiting for summer to burn out. (Beware of Lauren James dresses, though, they're lined with a not-so-cool polyester material). 

Is anyone else beyond ready for fall yet? Bring on the cooler temperatures! 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Weekend Recap + This Week's Goals

For a Monday, today couldn't get much better. I guess that's what happens when you're a student and don't really work during the summer. The day's not even close to being over and I've already gotten a nice little workout in, so I don't feel guilty at all for planning to stay on the couch for the rest of the afternoon with Say Yes to the Dress playing in the background.

Actually, I've basically been doing this for the past two or three days now (minus the reality TV). But before you start judging me for  being a lazy bum, here's a recap of the exciting things I've been up to, too! 

If you've never been the movies solo, I totally suggest it. 

On Friday I took myself out to the show to see Amy Schumer's new movie Trainwreck. Now, of course this movie may not be your favorite if you're a *typical southern belle* (what does that even mean?) or a bit more conservative. You'll probably hate it if you can't laugh at sex jokes. Obviously I knew what kind of humor to expect (Have y'all seen this sketch from Inside Amy Schumer?, it really made me lol.)  and I thought it was pretty funny. I think every conservative "classy" girl out there secretly wishes to be a little bit like Amy Schumer. A little less buttoned up, a little more carefree. 

Also, about the movie, it was really funny! I laughed soooo much and actually caught myself tearing up quite a bit.

The name Nelle (Harper Lee's real first name) is now at the top of my baby name list. 

If y'all have spent more than fifteen minutes on this blog (or follow me on snapchat), you've probably realized I'm a book worm. I've been looking forward to reading Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman since I first heard about it in February. A few days before the new book was released, I decided to reread To Kill a Mockingbird just to refresh myself with the characters. 

Even after reading the reviews (spoiler alert, Atticus has aged and is now somewhat racist), I was optimistic, and I have to say, I was not disappointed. I was surprised how even though it was very different, I was able to relate to it as much as the first one. The whole time I was reading it, I couldn't help but think to myself: "I am Scout. I'm totally Jean Louise Finch." 

Now, onto my ever-growing to-do list! 

I'm only putting this up here so I can actually make myself check everything off! 

Trips to the campus rec center have become a part of my daily routine (I know, I'm just as shocked as you must be). It's not as bad as it sounds. Today I went in and started out by jamming to BeyoncĂ© and then remembered that the Open was on. I spent the second half of my workout not-so-silently cheering on Jordan Spieth. I'm probably the only person who can actually get pumped up while watching such a "dull" sport. 

Also, there are approximately 7,000 emails in my inbox, so that's what I'm doing on my couch today. Totally being productive while saying yes to the dress #Multitasking.

What's going on this week for y'all?