Hi again!

Okay so I have been really really busy lately...as stated in my last post, but I promise once this semester is over with I will be back to blogging regularly! Let me catch you up with what I have been doing lately...

1. Getting a 95% on a 7 page paper on rising sea levels in Maldives (side note: very interesting topic and Maldives is a beautiful place!)
GORGEOUS! who wouldn't want to be there?!
2. Getting an 80% on my business law final exam (not the greatest of all grades but hey...at least I didn't fail)
3. Planning an ugly sweater party with my roommates! We may or may not have invited 80+ people to our little townhouse. Not so sure our neighbors are going to have as much fun as we will on Friday, oops. Also not sure how we are going to fit this many people in our house...the more the merrier I guess!!! Surprisingly enough, ugly sweaters were hard to come by this year!!
Need to buy this bad boy!
4. Planning a FREE (yes, I did just say free!) trip to New York thanks to a promotion from Megabus. While I am not a fan of traveling in cars or buses, especially when I am not the one driving, it should be an adventure for me and my roommate Danielle! I may have forgotten to mention...we are leaving at 1:30am...yeah. At least we will make it in time for Live with Kelly and the Today show!
Empire state of mind?!...anyone?
5. Receiving early Christmas gifts. Okay so it wasn't exactly a Christmas gift but my parents generously got me a pair of RayBans...with my prescription and all! Because of this I didn't ask for much on my Christmas list (except an Iphone) because boy oh boy did those sunglasses cost a pretty penny! Thank you mommy and daddy, I am SO blessed!!
6. Studying, writing papers, studying, writing papers...oh and did I mention studying and writing papers?! Next wednesday I will officially be done with this semester and I am beyond excited! If you follow me on twitter you will know how much this semester has sucked for me...never in my life will I take an 8am ever again!
Cook Library...my home. 
7. Searching for the most perfect New Years Eve dress...with absolutely NO luck. Anyone want to help a sister out?!

Even though my life hasn't exactly been the most exciting as of late, it will sure to be better once I am home for an entire MONTH with all my family and friends. I have so many things planned for break already and it is sure to be exciting!

I have missed y'all!! What have you been up to lately?!

I'm Back!!

Sorry I have been so MIA lately!! After a lovely Thanksgiving break I unfortunately got sick with the stomach flu, let's just say that wasn't fun...at all. My sister had it during break and you know how it goes...once one family member catches something they all get it!

Now that I'm better I have been so busy with school work seeing as it's finals season! I've even been too busy to notice that Christmas is only 19 days away (well...maybe not too busy!)!!! But I really do need to get a start on all the shopping I have to do! I don't have much I want this year (except for a white Iphone.....santa....please....I hate my blackberry...) but here are somethings I wouldn't mind finding underneath the tree Christmas morning ;)

For New Years!

I just love this dress!

love the darker colors that could work for winter as well as summer!

this crewcuts top is just adorable

kate spade Iphone case...yes please!

Thanksgiving OOTD!

Sweater: Ralph Lauren
Jeans: Old Navy
Scarf: Lilly Pulitzer
Boots: Steve Madden (can't really see them)
Watch: Michael Kors
I wore this outfit for Thanksgiving, usually our dinner is pretty casual. I had a really nice outfit that included a skirt from Banana Republic that I haven't worn yet but I decided to save that for another time! My roommate actually wore it recently for a birthday dinner recently!

Roomie wearing the skirt!
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! What did you wear for your Thanksgiving dinner?

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone has a wonderful thanksgiving and has so much to be grateful for! Eat some delicious food and be with friends and family!


Is anyone braving the crowds tomorrow to go black friday shopping?! I've never been a huge black friday shopper, I hate being in crowded areas and my mom hates going so I never got into it. I also like to shop by myself, kind of weird, but I like to go to every store and look at everything before buying anything. I'm always so afraid I'm going to buy something and then like something better somewhere else! Anywhere in particular that you have found good deals before?! I would love some suggestions of places to go!!

OOTD!!

Yesterday I went to lunch with a friend/coworker to catch up! Usually we have lunch at the union in school in between classes on tuesdays but since I was home for break we decided to do lunch at home! We always have a week worth of catching up to do so we tend to have really long lunches!!

Top: Old Navy
Jeans: Old Navy
Scarf: Lilly Pulitzer
Boots: Steve Madden 

I was really excited because I was finally able to wear this Lilly Pulitzer Murfee scarf that I have had for a while! I actually got this at the Lilly Warehouse sale a few months back! I bought my mom a different Murfee scarf from Lilly for her birthday and she didn't like it as much as this one so we switched. Since I'm home though I was able to borrow it ;)

I also was able to wear my cowboy boots that I just recently bought! I am really particular about certain things and cowboy boots are one of them. It has taken me about a year to find a pair that I really like!! These are Madden Girl and not only were they a good price but they are SO comfortable. I love that they go with everything and can be dressed up or down!


Do you own any Murfee scarves from Lilly?! Do you like cowboy boots?!

Home sweet home!!

I apologize for my lack of blogging yesterday! I pulled my first all nighter on sunday evening so I spent the day catching up on some much needed sleep. I am now home for the thanksgiving break, and so grateful to be!
How cute is this girl laying next to me while I write this!!?
This weekend was beyond hectic for me filled with two birthdays, mama coming home from Paris, and seeing old friends! As crazy as it was I loved every second of it, I got to see so many people who I normally don't get to see! On Friday as you know I went to College Park to visit high school friends, which was a ton of fun! On Saturday I went to dinner with my sister and brother-in-law and watched Horrible Bosses (I swear it was the funniest movie ever...if you haven't seen it yet, do it!) until it was time to pick up my mama from the airport at midnight! So happy she is home! On Sunday it was both my roommates birthday and my brother-in-laws birthday! I surprised Danielle by decorating her room before leaving to my parents house to have our surprise birthday dinner for Mike (his family surprised him by coming down from PA!!!). Then I went back to school for a nice little all nighter Sunday night...let me just say I was not feelin' so hot on Monday morning!





My family has been making pumpkin, pecan, and apple pie for years now so we are trying to come up with a new dessert to make for turkey day, any suggestions?! I am a huge fan of chocolate (hint hint)

Happy Birthday to YOUUUU!

My roommate Danielle turns the big 19 today!!!!!! I have known her forever because we grew up playing lacrosse together and have lived in the same area...and now we live together at school!

Before a Towson football game!
(I'm top row on the right and she is top row third in from the left)

Prom!
At the beach! 
At Macky's in Ocean City, MD

Freshman year of college!
Twins?!
Happy birthday Danielle!!! Love you and can't wait to celebrate!!!

It is also my brother-in-law Mike's birthday!!!!!!!!! He's turning 30!! yayayyayay!! We will be celebrating this evening at my parents house!!

At my graduation!!

Best Friend!!

Today could quite possibly be the most fun day I've had in a while!! Not only is it friday (which obviously automatically makes the day 10x better) but my BEST friend Mandy comes home for fall break today!!

At the beach like two years ago!
We've been friends since 7th grade...which is like 8 years...which is actually crazy to me! She goes to James Madison while I go to Towson, so unfortunately we don't see each other very often during the school year. Tonight we are headed up to College Park to stay with our friend Danielle at her apartment. We are also going to visit our 4 best guy friends from high school who also go to UMD (they are all best friends and live together too...pretty convenient). It should be so much fun to reunite with everyone again since the summer!

This is from the last time she came home to visit! 
From over the summer!
High school?!

Hope you all have a wonderful Friday!! What are you up to this weekend?!

Bows on Bows on Bows!

I keep seeing the most gorgeous bows pop up on my tumblr dashboard! I was in desperate need of a game day bow for my Towson Tigers! The University stores sells them for about $20...but for a bow, that was way too expensive!

How cute is this bow I found on tumblr!?
I decided it was time to make my own! I set out to Joanne Fabrics and got ribbon and barrette clips. I also borrowed my brothers hot glue gun to save some money. It was super easy to make the bow and you can create so many different styles!

I obviously chose yellow and black polka dot ribbon. You tie the ribbon into a bow and just hot glue it right on the barrette! It may take a few tries to get it perfect but once you get the hang of it, it's really easy!! This craft is perfect for college students on a budget. The total cost brought me under $20 and I have plenty of extra barrette clips that I can now make tons of different bows for different occassions!

How perfect do they match!?
Here's one actually in my hair!
Have you ever tried making hair bows?! Any suggestions on making different bows?! 

Preppy Puppies!

Alright so what is better than Lilly Pulitzer and your dog?! A Lilly Pulitzer collar made just for your pup!!
This is one of the collars made from Lilly Pulitzer fabric! 
My sister recently started a line of designer dog collars and leashes!! It's called Preppy Puppies and I swear they are the CUTEST collars I have ever seen! Each collar is handmade and the highest quality (my dog Riley has had his collar for at least a year now and it still looks brand new!!).

Hellooo! If you like to golf here is the perfect collar for you! 
I may be a little bias since she is my sister and all but seriously, they are the cutest collars ever! You cannot find this kind of thing at Petco! What's even better is say you really like the Ravens (i mean come on, who doesn't?!) and want your dog to sport a Ravens collar. Just email mypreppypuppies@gmail.com and she will work with you to find a perfect pattern and create a custom collar just for you...it's that simple!

I helped her pick out this fabric!
Go to her website and check out the collars! Even if you don't have a dog, these collars make the perfect gift for the dog lover!! PS...free shipping until thanksgiving...so hurry, hurry, hurry!!!

Do you love the collars?! Which one is your favorite??! (mines the first one pictured...i love Lilly Pulitzer) 

Tea Time!

Anyone that knows me knows that I am obsessed with tea! I will drink it AT LEAST once a day, usually at night. I'm usually more into the chamomile types but I also love a good black tea! I was at Safeway the other day and noticed the Earl Grey Tea for Keurig was on sale for about $8, so I went ahead and bought a pack of 12. I definitely was not expecting it to even be half as good as it was!
My mom has always been a fan of Earl Grey, since that's what her and her sisters have always drank, but I have always leaned more towards chamomiles! Ever since I tried this though, I am officially a fan...it might even be replacing coffee for me in the mornings (shocker...i know!!).

I saw this online and thought it would be nice to share with you all since it is an even better deal than what I got! If you like Early Grey, Twinings sells Early Grey K-Cups in packs of 25 for only $9.99. That is literally a STEAL! I will definitely be buying them there from now on!!



Are you as big of a tea fan as I am?! Have you ever tried Earl Grey for Keurig?
xoxo

OOTD!

Just wanted to show you what I wore to classes today....just notice the footwear!

Yep, thats right....sandals!!! I cannot even believe its the middle of november and I'm wearing my rainbows! It is literally GORGEOUS outside right now...just soaking it all in!

Top: JCrew
Jeans: Old Navy (I swear by them...)
Watch: Michael Kors
Shoes: Rainbows 

I hope you all are having just as nice of weather today and are able to enjoy it!!
xox

Skin Care

Okay so I need some help! Recently my skin has been breaking out like crazy. I really have never had this bad of skin so I have no idea what to do!! My dermatologist isn't available for another 3 months (crazy, i know BUT she is GREAT!) so in the mean time I need your help!

I don't wear a ton of makeup..usually just mineral coverup (if needed) and bronzer with an SPF. I absolutely hate that I've had to wear more makeup since my skin has gotten bad! I use a generic face wash and I'm usually pretty good about washing my face in the morning and at night. If need be, I will put a dab of the Proactiv Refining Mask on before bed which seems to help with the size of a pimple.


My mom is not a fan of Proactiv so to get the entire kit is out of the question! I really like natural remedies but I am all for trying new products!!

Do you have any suggestions on how to clear up my skin?! Any products that you swear by?! 

Viva La Barstool!

Last night I attended the Barstool Blackout Tour at the Recher in Towson, MD with two of my good friends, Danielle and Danielle! It is basically a blacklight party with loud music, cut off t-shirts and LOTS and lots of dancing. Barstool goes all over the country to different schools and cities doing this Blackout Tour (Clemson, Michigan, and Maryland are just some of the schools they've come to!). Not something I would normally be in attendance of, because that is definitely not my scene, but tickets were only about $20 so I said why not! Talking with people in my classes, so many people were looking for tickets, even willing to spend over $50 to get one!
Danielle, me, and Danielle!! (we made shirts for the event)
The Recher is walking distance from our townhouse at school, so we set out on our way at around 10pm last night! We got there and were surprised by the small amount of people that were there (apparently, it was supposed to be sold out?!?) but about 30 minutes later the place was jammed packed!! We saw a ton of people we knew which was really fun!
The girls and I at the Recher!
I was not a fan of being sweaty, pushed around, people stepping on my poor little toes, ears ringing and people falling on me which is probably why I don't attend these things in the first place! I decided to leave around midnight because I still had class in the morning and needed to get some sleep! I also had one of my parents dogs, Riley, staying at my house that evening so I wanted to be able to get back to him!! I had a lot of fun with my friends and just being able to dance after these past few crazy weeks!
Riley and I being silly!! 
 Overall, I am glad I went and had a good time but I'm not so sure anyone that didn't get a ticket missed out!

Have you guys ever heard of this Blackout Tour? Have you ever been to something like this? Did you have fun? 

Stress. Stress. Stress.

I'm sure any college student or graduate could agree with me when I say by the end of the semester you are in much need of the upcoming break to relax. Seeing as I have about 5 weeks left of my semester, I am feelin' the stress! Midterms have come and gone, and it is now time to start focusing on final papers and end of the semester exams.

I am not the type of person that handles stress well....at all. My stress tends to just snowball from being stressed about all the things I need to get done to being stressed about being stressed. Tell me somebody knows what I mean?! All this stress is NOT healthy whatsoever and tends to have negative effects on the body (lack of energy, binge eating...you name it). While theres nothing you can really do about being stressed (in life you are bound to get stressed) there are some things you can help combat and manage your stress.

My first advice is when you are feeling too stressed and are clearly not accomplishing anything, is to make yourself a cup of tea and go to bed. I always thought my mom was crazy when she told me this because there was no way I could just go to bed...I had work to get done (helllllooo mom, thats why I'm stressed in the first place!!). BUT I have found that this is actually a really good technique. If you need to  wake up a little earlier to get the rest of your work done so be it but you are clearly not going to get quality work done if you are frustrated with being stressed. Being able to sleep on it allows you to calm down and think with a fresh mind. As for tea, my favorite is Sleepytime. For this type of situation I suggest Sleepytime Wellness Tea. It tastes delicious but it also really helps put you to sleep and stay asleep.


Another huge way to manage your stress is to lessen it in the first place by staying organized. If you are on top of the things you need to get done on a daily basis, then you are less likely to be overwhelmed by everything you have to do. This is especially helpful when you are in school, but it can also help if you are balancing your hectic schedule between work, picking up the kids, making dinner, feeding the dog and taking the kids to their activities. I know personally that I feel more at ease when I can see everything I need to do written down so that I can plan for the day. Having an agenda and making lists is one of the easiest ways to do this. It helps to also be able to cross off what you have completed.

Here's my agenda from 2 weeks ago!
I was a busy girl on Halloween!!


Do you have any tips on managing stress? I would love to hear them!