Monday, August 31, 2015

What I Wore for Rush: Part 2

Me and the roomie:

Day two of rush was the second part of going to all the houses. UGA has 17 sororities so round one gets split into two days. The days of rush are so long, but you end up meeting so many people that it's worth it. Plus, you eventually find your "home away from home!" Look for part three soon!

Check out part one here.


Thursday, August 27, 2015

What I Wore For Rush: Part 1

I cannot believe sorority recruitment ended two weeks ago - it feels like it was just yesterday, honestly. I'll post more about the actual experience later, but for now, I'll just be sharing my outfits from the week. It was a stressful week, but so much fun at the same time.


Monday, August 24, 2015

5 Things That Happen in the First Week of College

1. You'll meet more people than you ever have before.
I cannot begin to tell you how many people I met during the first week. The conversations were generally all the same: "What's your major?" and "Where are you from?" were common convo starters - they still are in week two and probably will be for the next four years. Don't feel bad if you don't remember someone's name - chances are that they don't remember your name either! Asking for someone's name a second or even third time is not a big deal at all.

2. You'll start to find your groove.
It's weird to think that habits can only form in a short amount of time, but they do! Do know that they can change though. In the first week and a half, my schedule changed so much because of everything going on, but I started to find a nice groove to settle in around the beginning of week two. The transition into college gets easier and easier as you get used to your new schedule.

3. You'll realize that you're on your own.
This is perhaps this weirdest part of living at college, and it sounds much scarier than it actually is. But as you go through your first week or so, you'll start to understand your newfound freedom. You truly are an adult and in charge of yourself at this point - it's wonderful, scary, and amazing all at the same time. You have the power to do what you want, when you want, and even though it can be terrifying at times, it really is a great feeling.

4. You'll be exhausted.
So much happens in the first week of college. If you go through sorority recruitment, you'll be even more exhausted. (I finished up recruitment last week and will post more on that later!) Through meeting people, going to "welcome week" events, and getting used to your new surroundings, it'll be hard to get enough sleep. But things do calm down eventually. Just grab some coffee, and you'll be fine. It's a super fun week, but can be very tiring at the same time.

5. You'll miss home.
It's true, you will miss home. The transition can be hard, but in due time you'll end up calling your dorm room home without even realizing it. Call your parents, call your siblings, call your friends - you'll be okay. As you make friends, find your way around, and sink into a "schedule" of sorts, you'll find yourself thinking of home less and less. This isn't to say you still won't miss it, and you definitely won't forget about it entirely, but you'll be able to focus more on living in the moment at your newfound home.


Monday, August 17, 2015

The Biltmore Estate

Before leaving for college, my family wanted to do a small trip with me so we decided to visit the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina! It was the most beautiful place I've ever visited. There were views of the mountains from the balconies of the house and the scenery was nothing like I've ever seen.

My absolute favorite part of the estate was the gardens. There were flowers upon flowers - an entire section was devoted solely to roses. Needless to say, it smelled amazing. My sister and I took so, so many photos in the gardens. The sun was just setting, so the light was coming perfectly through the trees and onto the grounds.


Monday, August 10, 2015

What You Need To Stay Organized

Welcome to another week of the Bloggers Back to School Link-up! If you missed my first two posts about back to school outfits, you can find them here and here. You can also follow everyone else's posts by searching the hashtag #BloggersBTS on Twitter. 

This week's theme is organization! I always find that I stay organized best if I have the right materials. This means that every August you can find me hitting up the school supply sections at my local Target, Office Depot, and every store in-between. I pile in the post-it notes (seriously the best invention ever), paper clips, highlighters, and practically everything else they have to offer.

Organization Must Haves

Some of these items speak for themselves as to why they're great for organization, but I want to talk a little about how I use some of them and why they help me stay organized.

Desk Organizer
First of all, Target has some adorable desk organizers this year. I ended up getting this one for my dorm room desk. These organizers are so important because a clean desk is a happy desk. I find that I can work with so much more motivation and efficiency when there aren't any random things splayed across my desk. Throw them in the organizer and you're good to go!

Push Pins
To really get the full use out of these, it's great to have a mini bulletin board (love this half gold one from Target). I love being able to pin things up at my desk, whether it's an important reminder, a receipt I don't want to lose, or a cute picture with friends. It's so easy to lose the little things, so I try to pin them up if they're important.

The Long List
I don't know what I would do without lists. It's so rewarding to be able to cross something off a list or check off a box. This "Long List" from Kate Spade is awesome for the task - any little notebook or journal would work just as fine, though. (I love Moleskines for list-making and goal-setting as well!)

What are your favorite organization tools?


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Classy Look For Back To School

first day of school look

shirt - shorts - sunglasses - watch - necklace - purse - shoes

Like I said in my other back to school outfit post, keeping it simple for the first day is always a good way to go. If you wanna rock a super elegant and wild outfit for the first day instead of going with simplicity, then more power to you! My personal style could be classified as "simple" so that's what I tend to stick to.

I love the outfit above because it looks fresh and clean. The navy keeps things toned down, while the gold in the accessories adds a spark to the outfit. I included the Ray-Ban Clubmasters because I go absolutely everywhere with them. They compliment any outfit perfectly! On a cooler day, replace the shorts with dark-wash jeans and you're good to go.


Monday, August 3, 2015

Preppy Look For Back To School

Welcome to the Bloggers Back to School Linkup! Each week, I, as well as some other wonderful bloggers, will be posting about various back to school topics. This week's theme for the linkup is fashion! I always spent hours coming up with the perfect outfit for the first day of school, so hopefully this helps spark some ideas for those of you working on your first day look.

I love the idea of a simple outfits like this one for school. Stress is already running so high during the school year that the last thing you want to worry about is what you'll wear tomorrow. That's why keeping staple pieces in your closet, like this oxford, is so important. Once you've accumulated enough staples, it's generally more or less stress-free to come up with a cute outfit.

Make sure to check out the hosts of the link-up, Nicole and Cathleen!