Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas List

Christmas is one of my absolute favorite holidays! When I was a little girl, I used to make these elaborate and extremely long Christmas lists with a ridiculous amount of toys, games, and even animals on them (In my defense, didn't everyone ask for a pony once or twice?)
Here's an image to help you imagination:
Eloise at Christmastine has forever been one of my favorite holiday movies!

Now that I'm older, I know that Christmas is about so much more than presents. It's all about family, Jesus, and spreading holiday cheer here in my neck of the woods. 

With that being said, we still exchange gifts and every year my grandma, aunts, and uncles discreetly call my mom asking what it is that I'm in to since they don't know what to buy. I usually put together a list for my mom incase she does't know what to tell them. 

Here's what made the cut this year! 

This one is actually already under the tree. I bought it with my mom at Macy's when she had a coupon so that she could save a bit of money and I could have a link taken out. I can't wait to wear it on Christmas day!

Audrey Hepburn movies are my favorite! When I had a Netflix subscription, they were all that I watched. Now I get them from the library, but this DVD includes three of my favorites: Breakfast at Tiffany's, Roman Holiday, and Sabrina.

I love my EOS eggs, and I really want to try this mint flavored one! It's really the perfect stocking stuffer. 

I've been looking for a good pair of all-white shoes to wear for sorority ritual events, and I think these Jacks would be perfect! I think Jacks are one of the best summer shoes around! I have a pair in platinum and I love them! (They're a little dangerous before they're broken in, though)

5. Pink laptop case
There's no link for this one because I don't know where the best place to buy this is. I want a pink hard shell case for my 13" Macbook air, but buying one for $10 from Amazon seems sketchy and buying one for $50 from the Apple store seems so expensive. I'll just wait and see. 

6. Macarons
I'm not asking Santa to bring me macarons, but I included these on the list because I think they make the best gifts! I plan on whipping up a batch and giving some to my big and grand-big sisters in my sorority (Fingers crossed they aren't reading. Katie and Raleigh, if you are, just act surprised! I promise they'll be tasty!).
p.s. the picture for these Lauduree macarons is from this blog

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas Card!

I've wanted a sibling for as long as I can remember. Sometimes I still wish that my parents would have a baby. Around the holidays, I especially envy the girls with big families and little kids around to get excited about Santa. 
I also get a little jealous about the fun Christmas card shoots that some families have *cough cough-College Prepster*

When I was a baby, my parents sent out cards with just me on them, and while it's cute when you're little, it would be pretty awkward to send a picture of just me at age 19. For the past few years, we've been sending a family photo card, but we didn't get around to taking one this year!  

I was pondering this situation yesterday and came up with the perfect solution to my dilemma! 
Yes, that is the same hair bow :)

I designed it myself with Adobe Photoshop Elements because I couldn't find a template on any photo card websites that worked with my vision. 

It still has the little baby cute factor along with the fun of a throwback! 
I couldn't be more excited with the final product! 
They're being addressed and sent off tomorrow! (Yes, I know it's sort of last minute. Welcome to my life.)

What do y'all think? Does anyone else send out fun holiday cards? Any other exciting holiday traditions?

Sunday, December 8, 2013

A Night with John Mayer!

It's the middle of finals week for me and I may or may not be going a little crazy with two finals tomorrow and two Tuesday (this post = #procrastinationstation). However, yesterday I took a study break entire day off from studying and went to New Orleans with my mom to see John Mayer in concert! 
We had such a good time! We spent most of the day shopping, had dinner at Acme Oyster House (yum!) and then made our way over to the New Orleans Arena for the show! 
And what a show it was!! Phillip Phillips opened and did an awesome job! I absolutely love the sort of folk/rock/pop combo thing he has going on. You should definitely take a second to check out some of his music (his two big hits are Gone, Gone, Gone, and Home)

As for Mr. Mayer, there was no doubt in my mind that he would put on a spectacular show. He didn't let me down. His guitar skills alone are incredible, and I loved every song he sang. 
Our seats were pretty decent, too. (The last concert I saw at the arena was Taylor Swift and our seats were terrible in the very back and at the tippy top) This time, we were in the first level off the floor and off to the side. 
I'm pretty sure it sounded just as good from where we were as it did in the front row, too ;)

I apologize for the less-than-sub-par pictures. I'm still mastering the art that is iPhone photography and I took mostly videos anyway. 
But pictures don't really do that stage justice anyway. There's no way to capture the way the lights all came together to make your feelings from the songs feel stronger. The images in the background of the night sky and the desert just added so much. I loved the hippie vibe and I think it really matched his two newest albums, but I was over the moon that he played so many of his oldies too! 

Here's a clip of a video I took of John singing Gravity (one of my absolute favorites!). Again, apologies for the terrible video quality. At least it sounds amazing :)


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Catching Fire (A Midnight Extravaganza!)

As the title suggests, I went to the midnight premiere of Catching Fire a few weeks ago! (Not quite as exciting, because apparently there were also 8, 9, 10, and 11 o'clock showings as well.) 
But with a midnight premiere on my 20 before 20, I knew we had to see it at 12!



Aside from having to study for a biology exam after the show (my first #allnighter of college! Made an A, too!), I absolutely LOVED Catching Fire! Maybe even more than I liked The Hunger Games. I was so glad the cinematography wasn't so shaky this time, because I got a little motion sick watching the first one. This sequel was a little more emotional than I remember the book being, too. I caught myself tearing up a few times. 


Bottom line: I 100% recommend seeing this movie!!! (I also highly recommend reading the books!)

I love book-turned-movies, and sometimes pick which book I'm going to read next based on which movies are being made at the time. 

What about y'all? Read any good books or seen some great movies lately?


Monday, December 2, 2013

20 Before 20

On the night before my 19th birthday, I was inspired by Mackenzie's and Carly's exciting lists of things to do, so I made my own! I plan on achieving everything on this list before my 20th birthday!


  1. Learn to play the guitar
  2. Start working on my memoir
  3. Have a professional photo-shoot with my mom
  4. Get a mani+pedi
  5. Start a scrapbook for Phi Mu 
  6. Learn to cook
  7. Think of working out as 'play' and play at least three times a week. 
  8. Eat more colorfully
  9. Try sushi 10-11-13
  10. Go camping (in a tent!) (s'mores are a must!)
  11. Attend a midnight movie premiere 11-22-13 (Catching Fire)
  12. Read at least five classic books (2/5)
  13. Run a 5K
  14. Get back out on the golf course
  15. Go on a trip with friends (Spring Break in Disney!)
  16. Buy my Mom Christmas presents early and with my own money (maybe next year?)
  17. Bake more macarons
  18. Collect + test recipes for a cookbook
  19. Ice skate
  20. Actually dance like no one's watching at socials. 4-12-14

I also vowed to live every week like Birthday Week because I had a pretty great time leading up to my birthday. Now I'll try to keep up with these, and I've actually already accomplished a couple (!!!). Hopefully by writing them here instead of only in my journal will help me remember these. If I can stick to these (I won't go crazy if I don't), it should be a pretty exciting year!


And now, a quick little visit from the ghost of birthdays past:
19

18 (80's party @ a skating rink)

(big jump) 

6

3











Tuesday, November 26, 2013

An Explanation

I thought about titling this post "An Apology" because I'm so sorry that I haven't kept up with my blogging. Between my schoolwork, Phi Mu, and some personal issues, I've basically put the blog on the back burner for a while. However, after finals next week, I'll have around a month off and I'm sure a good bit of time for blogging! 

With that being said, I feel like y'all deserve a catch up session on what's been going on since the last time we "talked". 

So here it is, a review of the last two months (or so) in pictures!

Big milestone: I turned 19! (Thank goodness we're still a safe distance away from adulthood. Not quite sure I could handle it just yet.) I did, however, make a 20 before 20 list! More about that to come!
Surprised this cake didn't taste like smoke...

Early October was magical for me this year! Birthday Week fell on the same week as Big/Little Week, which made for a very happy Sydney! I resolved to try to live every week like it's Birthday Week.

*a brief summary of Big/Little Week for those of you unfamiliar with sorority life:
Active members of the sorority (Bigs) are each paired up with new members (Littles). They dedicate a whole week to showering their littles with gifts and clues, all the while keeping their identities secret until the big reveal*

My big gave the absolute best presents ever, and she did a really great job at keeping her identity hidden. My painted garbage can was the cutest one and she even baked me a cake on my birthday that looked like our mascot Sir Fidel the lion! When I think back to that week, I laugh because I was sooooo nervous about who she would be (Will she like me? Will I like her? Will we have anything in common? What if she's weird?) and we couldn't be more perfect for each other! I mean, we're almost the same person, except she's a culinary major! You can see all of my presents and clues from that week on my Instagram!

She couldn't make it to the reveal so she sent #KardboardKatie. 

My Monday nights are super duper crazy now that I'm in Phi Mu, though, because I'm still teaching religion classes at my church. It kills me that I'm going to have to stop after this year, but our classes and Phi Mu meetings conflict :( I have, no doubt, the cutest class ever, too. Fifteen third and fourth graders (small church makes for combined classes) and they always always always put a smile on my face.

My classes have been a little harder than I thought they would be, but I like to think I'm adjusting well. I've read those stories about Gen Y straight-A students getting to college and breaking down after their first C. (#dontsweatthesmallstuff) Despite a rogue C or two, I think I might be on the track to straight A's this semester, which is super exciting! I just wish professors would actually grade assignments in a timely manner. (*stepping onto soapbox* if I had to study and show up to class at a certain time and take tests in a certain amount of time, shouldn't they at least have my grades up to date online by Thanksgiving?? Finals are next week!!! *stepping off soapbox*)

 My highlight of the semester (and possibly a highlight of college completely) was definitely initiation! I was super nervous about this, too, but it was so great! (Unfortunately it's all very secretive and I can't really tell y'all what happened to make it so great, but take my word for it!)
Just after I initiated into Phi Mu! My big sis is right above me :)

 Even with a large amount of time spent studying (that business class is sooooo boring), I've managed to have a lot of fun, too! One of my favorite parts about college has been the socials put on by the fraternities and my sorority! I've always been a fan of dressing up! We've had two socials so far, and our semi-formal: Pink & Black (where we wear pink and black outfits or costumes! I was a 50s girl!) and Red, White, and Mu (patriotic and 'merica attire!), and Waking Up in Vegas themed semi formal ("get up and wipe the glitter off your clothes now" = excuse for sparkly dresses and glitter!)
The boys have had some super fun themes too, my favorites being Kappa Sigma's formal (who doesn't love dressing up super fancy?) and Sigma Alpha Epsilon's Thursday Night Fright on Halloween (some of my sisters and I dressed up like Disney princesses and we made tutus! I didn't get first pick and ended up being Mulan… Not exactly my twin, but chopsticks in my hair + silky kimono pajama shirt and it totally worked!)
Formal! 

Halloween! 

So yep, that's been my life. My first semester of college is almost over, and I am honestly loving it! I couldn't have possibly known how amazing it would be, and I like to think I'm handling it well! Dorm life is actually a lot better for me than it is for most. My roommate turned out to be really sweet, but we stay out of each other's way. I've still got my privacy and I'm actually missing my dorm room this week. I've grown used to being alone whenever I feel like being alone and with my mom off of work this week, too, our big house seems more crowded and noisier than I'm used too. One thing that I did miss was baking! Holiday baking is my absolute favorite, and I've already whipped up some yummy pumpkin spice french macarons that are sure to be a hit at Thanksgiving dinner if they can make it that long! 

I've got a fool-proof french macaron recipe, too! Maybe I'll do a recipe post one day! What do you think? 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Dream Jobs

Do you ever have dark days where you question everything you thought you wanted or plan for? 
I picked business administration as my major by process of elimination. Physics bores me, medicine makes me queasy, teachers don't make enough money, and artists, more often than not, make even less. 
But when I sit through my Business 101 class, I question my decision. And when I think about going to law school after college, I get depressed. I feel a little stuck. 

So in no particular order, the list I brainstormed while my professor was telling us all about supply and demand: 

Sydney's Dream Jobs!

  • Librarian in the Children's Department at the New York Public Library 
  • Social media representative for a company. 
  • Doll hairstylist at the American Girl Place, NYC
  • Child wrangler at a broadway musical
  • Journalist to review broadway shows and interview the stars
  • Nanny to adorable, well-manored children of the Upper East Side
  • Cupcake froster at Georgetown Cupcake Soho or Magnolia Bakery
  • Ice-cream flavor developer/tester
  • Non-profit company owner to benefit childhood cancer research
  • Best-selling children's book author
  • Best-selling cookbook author
  • Flight attendant on private planes for celebrities (do they even have flight attendants?)
  • Motivational speaker 
  • Worker in the Kate Spade offices
  • Someone who works with national Phi Mu 


Reading through this list makes me question why I'm on a pre-law track right now. I'll probably switch my major to something like marketing or PR and minor in English before it's all said and done... But on a happy note, I just made a 100% on my first calculus test of college. At least a high GPA will help me eventually get a real job.

My career day outfit from senior week in high school: a baking senator. It made for a cute outfit, but the likelihood of making a real career as a US senator in D.C. and a bakery owner... probably not going to happen.




Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A Dash of Pink

I added some more homey touches to my room! 


I finally bought a frame for my Audrey poster
I bought mine from Target for around $7, but they must only sell them unframed in the store because I could only find a pre-framed one for $70 online. My advice would be to shop around. I feel like I'm always seeing posters on sale at Rue La La, too. 


I also bought a command hook for outside my bedroom door! It matched my keychain perfectly! 
Backstory on why I needed a key hook:
I have a private room, so even though I share my bathroom and hallway with a roommate, we have separate bedrooms with our own doors. Said doors lock, and I've gotten into the habit of locking mine when I go out. This would be a great idea, except on days when I'm rushing or late (We're talking rarely, haha) and I lock my door with my keys inside! Total dilemma because after the first time, our front desk charges $10 every time we need them to unlock our door! (Which is crazy expensive considering that they do nothing at that desk anyway!) So obviously I'm already in the habit of leaving my keys outside my door! 

The magnetic board is mostly for displaying pictures, but I also clipped the school calendar to the bottom. I use my Apple calendar on my iPad and Macbook, but the school calendar has all the fun days already on it, like Free Cookies in the Union day! Totally handy dandy. 


So it's safe to say that I'm adjusting well to dorm life. How about y'all?? Anyone have a scary roommate (mine's super sweet) story or something you want to share about your first few weeks at college?? 

Anything to distract me from my boring biology notes...

Sunday, September 1, 2013

I Heart College!

It's official! 
I'm a college student now, and I couldn't be more excited! 

I said that I'd share some pictures of my new dorm room in my last post, but I had to unplug (i.e. no social network at all) for my first week because of sorority recruitment. 

But now I'm back along with a few snapshots of my room! I'm so sorry I don't have better pictures, but the lighting in there is terrible. I'm not completely finished decorating anyway, so it's still a work in progress.



Here's my bed! I love my bedspread, it's blue & white seersucker! And of course I had my frilly throw pillow monogrammed! 
Sorry for the horrid lighting. I promise it's cuter in person! 

I love my desk! It has all of my favorite things on it: New York, baking paraphernalia, and of course, goodies from my new sorority! 
Bonus points if you can already tell which sorority I chose!

In case you can't already tell which sorority from the quatrefoils or rose-colored carnation, here's my last dorm room picture: my new laptop wallpaper! 
Yay for monograms, pink, Lilly, and lions and ΦΜ! 

That's right! I pledged Phi Mu and I couldn't be happier! I love everything about my new sorority!
College has been super exciting so far, and I'm loving every busy minute of it! 

I'll try to keep y'all updated! Hope y'all are having a great Labor Day weekend! 


Any chance I have a sister reading?? That would be so neat! 








Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Sneak Peek Inside My Dorm Room!

Are y'all ready for some exciting news?? 
I went to my dorm room and met my new roommate for the first time today! 
She has a job on the school newspaper and got to move in early so I decided to pay her a visit.

I can't wait to move in this weekend and decorate! It's so empty right now :(

I'll be sure to keep y'all updated! 


Is anyone else moving into a new place for college soon?

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Summer Summary (Why I've been so quiet + pictures)

Hey y'all! 
So I've sort of dropped off the planet er blogiverse for a little bit, and I wish I had a better explanation for you. The truth is, I've just been lazy. 
I haven't been up to much of anything except a few trips to the library, Starbucks, and church.

But excitement is coming! I just know it! In exactly 5 days, 22 hours, and 5 minutes, I'll be moving into my new dorm room! 
I can't wait! When I get it nice and decorated, I'll do a Dorm Tour post! 
And since I'm working on cleaning out my closet to get ready, I'll probably do a Closet Tour post later this week! I can't wait for y'all to see them! Since I don't really have anything else to share with you (sad face), please enjoy these pictures from my summer:


The summer kicked off with a road trip to Dallas for the Taylor Swift concert with one of my best friends and our moms!

Our 5th Taylor concert! 
My Momma Bear loved her sign.
We met the band Florida Georgia Line when we were roaming around the Dallas Cowboy Stadium gift shop! 
See the seats at the very top (next to the lights). That's directly across from us.
3 rows from the very top. 
We used binoculars. Super handy dandy. (Please excuse my frizzy Texas-heat+rain hair. )

 When I got back it was time to get ready for New York City! 

I could do a whole post on this trip (I probably will one day), so I'll spare you with just a few pictures for now.



My nanny (which means godmother here in the south) gave me a weeklong trip with her and her daughter as a graduation present! 


We saw shows (Wicked & Annie; HIGHLY RECOMMEND), shopped, saw the sights, and ate some yummy food! 
If you'd like to see more of my New York pictures right this second, I have a bunch on my Instagram

Then I came back for a weeklong mission trip (in my hometown). 

If you've never experienced the joy that comes from helping others who can't help themselves, you should really look into volunteering. I was a mentor in a mission that was held at my own church, which shows that you don't have to travel to far away countries to help people. People need help here, too. Plus, I made a bunch of new friends! (not sure how'd they feel about my putting their pictures on here, so I give you permission to stalk my insta if you really want to see them). 

Then Momma Bear and I had a weekend getaway to Perdido Key, FL. 

We didn't let one day of rain stop us from having a good time, either! Can you say "outlet mall shopping"? 


Throw in Starbucks frappucinos, random drives in the Jeep with the radio blaring (can't wait for Luke Bryan's new album!), a few dates with friends, mindless hours spent planning for the future, and you'll have my summer. 

Truthfully, I can't wait until school starts! My new backpack came in on Friday and I spent most of the day packing and unpacking it with school supplies. 



What did you do this summer? And who else is ready for school to start? 


Monday, August 5, 2013

Journaling

I've always loved journaling, especially during the summertime. Every summer, since I was a little girl, I've kept a journal of my summer activities. I'll admit, some of the older ones are on the boring side, but it's nice to look back on softball scores or games played at the beach because those are memories that make me smile. These days, I write more about how I feel about certain events rather than just listing everything I did during the day. I like to think my journals are more interesting now. 

This summer was no exception to my summer journal routine, and my "Summer 2013" journal is almost full!

Around my seventeenth birthday, I decided that I wanted to keep a journal during the school year, too. I was having a rough patch with friends, and journaling helped me feel better about things. It worked out so that I was journaling more than ever during my first trip to D.C. and my first trip to NYC, too, and I'm so glad I can look back on that. Even though I have journals for 11th and 12th grades, one of my biggest regrets from high school is not journaling throughout all my years. 

My favorite journals are the kind with an envelope/pocket in the back cover so that I can save pictures, ticket stubs, post cards, receipts, and other memories. 
My "Senior Year Journal" and all the memories from its pocket.

I usually buy my journals from Marshalls for around $4 a journal. The one pictured and the one I'm using now are both Eccolo World Traveler Soho Journals and they're 5.5x8", which is the perfect size for me. 

I can't wait to start my "First Year of College Journal"! Less than two weeks, now!  

Does anyone else journal or scrapbook to preserve their memories? 


Sunday, August 4, 2013

On My Bookshelf

I've always been an avid reader (I cried on the first day of pre-school when I didn't learn how to read), and I've read some really good books this summer. 



It's set in New York and quite funny. Highly recommend.  

She's one of my favorite authors. This one had a tie-in story that took place during the Holocaust and Night by Elie Wiesel was one of my favorite school-required books. I got emotional reading it, but good books will do that to you. 

I loved the Great Gatsby (book & movie), this one helped me get over my post-Gatsby depression. 

I think reading children's books from time to time is perfectly acceptable. I'm not usually a huge science-fiction fan (except for Harry Potter), but this one was so well written. I felt what the characters felt the whole time, and that's what should happen when you read a properly written book. 

My guilty pleasure books. I've read almost the whole series this summer. I loved watching the TV show, and though it is different, I still love the New York vibe.  

I'm still reading this one, but it's really really good! When I was in New York, we saw the musical Wicked, and I fell in love with Elphie, Glinda, and Fiyero (along with musical theatre in general)! 


Did you read any good books this summer?

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Summer Favorites

Summer is drawing to a close, and soon this fabulous summer will be a distant memory.
Unfortunately, here in the South, the summer heat won't be going away any time soon. It will probably stay in the 80s and 90s with 100% or so humidity well into September and October.

I've mentioned that this was a summer of adventure as well as relaxation, and here are some of my favorite things for you to store in the back of your mind (or your Pinterest page!) for next summer.
But, all of these goodies could definitely be used throughout the year, too! Why limit them to one season? 



Kindle. I've used my Kindle so much in the past few months! I found out that my library offers e-book rentals, and that was definitely a top-ten moment of my summer. (You can check here to see if your local library does, too!) I got mine a few years ago, and Amazon has updated them since, but you can buy new versions like this and they're probably even nicer than the one I have! I also love my Starry Night skin

Ray Bans. These sunnies were a gift for my mom that found their way into my Jeep and they've been there pretty much ever since. These are big and have a sort of vintage vibe, which I love! 

Instagram. I've "grammed" so much this summer. You can follow me if you'd like to see what I've been up to. 

Lifeproof Case. I wish I could have pretty iPhone cases like this one from Tory Burch or a fun sparkle case but my poor phone has been known to take tumbles. My lifeproof case has definitely saved the day on multiple occasions, although I'm scared to death to purposely put it under water. No mermaid pictures for this girl, but it was free of sand at the beach! And it comes in pink :)

Lipton Tea & Honey. I could never make myself like sweet iced tea. I've felt like I was missing a special southern gene or something for my whole life, but I could never stomach plain old sweet iced tea. Just the other day, though, my mom had a coupon and brought home these Dragonfruit Peach packets since she is a tea-drinker. I'm so glad I decided to try one! It's sweet and refreshing and only about 10 calories for a whole bottle. And fewer chemicals than my usual diet coke, which is a plus. 

Chaco Sandals. Every time wear these sandals, I feel like I'm gearing up for a great adventure even if I'm only going to the library. I usually wear mine with nike shorts and tank tops, my go-to summer errand-running outfit since it's too hot to wear anything else. They're super comfy and come in a bunch of fun color and strap combinations. 

Eos Lip Balm. I can't get enough! They smell so good and I don't lose these eggs like I usually lose tubes of lip balm. I've mostly used summer fruit but I also love lemon drop because it has SPF. 



What were some of your favorite things this summer?


Thursday, August 1, 2013

College Wish List

So I've always been the nerd girl that gets super excited when school is about to start. This year is no exception. In fact, my pre-school impatience this year is probably the worst it's ever been. 

The end of August means a new place to call home (yay dorm life!), new friends (I'm hoping to join a sorority!), and a whole new routine! And what else could help prepare for a brand new life than fun new accessories?

Here's what I plan on picking up before school starts:





Monogrammed Rain Jacket - Sweet Sarahs

My countdown is on! 15 days, 16 hours, and 43 minutes until I can move into my new dorm, and then another three days before classes start!
I better order these soon!

What are some of your 'can't live without' back-to-school picks? 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

DIY: Monogram Wallpaper via Photoshop

One of my more popular posts on my Tumblr was this picture of my laptop. I love monograms and I think Lilly Pulitzer prints are super fun and summery so this is perfect for my summer wallpaper!


I had lots of requests for a tutorial, so I made a video and posted it to YouTube! 
If you have Adobe Photoshop and want to try to make one of these, it's your lucky day!


Please excuse my voice and my mispronunciation of Lilly Pulitzer... 

If I'm not clear enough, or you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask! 

And if you'd like for me to make a monogram wallpaper for you, I'd love to! Just comment below :)


Top Five Tunes

I'm always listening to music, and it's always different (presets on my satellite radio are The Highway-country, Hits One-pop, Coffee House Rock-acoustic/indie, Sinatra-jazz, and Broadway-show tunes). I've amassed a pretty large iTunes library since I got my first iPod on my twelfth birthday. Seven years and two iPods later, I still love Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney, but my musical horizons have broadened. 

My Top 5 Right now include: 






Honorable Mentions: Florida Georgia Line and Ed Sheeran.

Do yourself a favor and check out some of this music if you haven't already. 

What are some of your favorite songs right now? 

Monday, July 29, 2013

Dorm Excitement!

I've been living the lazy girl's dream this summer. Even though I love going on adventures and doing exciting things (trips to NYC and the beach were particularly fun this summer), I'm also perfectly content to sit on my queen-sized bed and watch movies all day. Side note- The only thing I'm not looking forward to is switching to a twin-sized bed.

via Instagram

But all good things must come to an end, and, between you and me, this summer is starting to get a little boring anyway.

So in exactly 18 days, 16 hours, and 35 minutes, I'll be moving into a little dorm room, meeting my roommate for the first time, and starting the next chapter of my life. My goodness, that sounds rather exciting, doesn't it?

These last few days have been filled with dorm shopping, too! I've already bought a bedspread (seersucker, my favorite!), sheets, towels, a hamper, a shoe organizer, and some other neat essentials.


via Instagram
 I've even painted some cute pictures to hang (with command strips I guess?)! My city love is showing again...

The dorm I'll be living in is fairly new, private (as in my roommate and I share a bathroom and a hallway, but have our own doors to separate rooms) and it even comes with a mini fridge and microwave right in our room! Another plus is that my house is only ten minutes from campus so I can visit home as often or as little as I want.

I follow Carly of TheCollegePrepster.com and she's got some great tips and stories, plus her site is so cute!

Is there anything that you think I should get to make dorm life a little easier or more fun? Any advice?

Saturday, July 6, 2013

If I lived in the city...

 I lived in the city, I would probably live in an apartment smaller than the average hotel room. I would never complain.

If I lived in the city, I probably wouldn't have my silver Jeep Wrangler anymore. I'd be so fit from walking everywhere.

If I lived in the city, I'd ride the subway. I'd never let the magic of being underground wear off.

If I lived in the city, I'd know how to properly hail a taxi.

If I lived in the city, I would get fresh produce from little grocery stores or street vendors.

If I lived in the city, I'd wake up every snowy winter morning and marvel at how beautiful the city is. I wouldn't complain about slush, ever. I'd have a nice pair of bean boots and a thick wool coat. I'd wear cashmere sweaters.

If I lived in the city, I'd go to a broadway show as often as I could afford to. Maybe I could get a job working at one of the theaters backstage. Maybe even on stage!

If I lived in the city, I'd probably still teach Sunday school at church, but at a church like St. Malachy's.

If I lived in the city, I'd go to the Jersey Shore or the Hamptons or something like that in the summertime for a weekend.

If I lived in the city,  I'd go to Central Park every chance I got.

If I lived in the city, I'd be a part-time nanny.

If I lived in the city, I'd read fancy periodicals like The New York Times or The New Yorker on my iPad.

If I lived in the city, I'd occasionally go to the ballet and the opera.

If I lived in the city, I'd have to get a boyfriend or a dog because I hear city life can be lonely.