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?

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? 


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? 

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?

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?

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?