Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Witches, Ghouls, and Goblins Linkup

I'm so excited to be a part of the first of many holiday-themed linkups! Since Halloween is quickly approaching, this first post in the #GalPalHoliday Linkup will be, as you can probably tell from the title, all about Halloween. Although I love trick-or-treating, I think I may have outgrown that tradition. So, I wanted to share some ideas for celebrating Halloween that don't involve going door-to-door in your neighborhood!

1//Watch Movies with Friends
I don't know about you, but I love Halloween movies. The Disney classics alone are great - think Halloweentown (all of them!), Hocus Pocus, The Haunted Mansion, etc. etc. Get some of your best friends together, make a popcorn/candycorn mix, and watch some movies!

2//Host a Pumpkin Carving Event
This could technically be combined with the idea above. And if you're anything like me (AKA - horrible at carving pumpkins), you could paint them as well! If you do carve them though, save the seeds and bake them in the oven for a snack!

3//Go to a Costume Party
I feel like this one is self-explanatory. Plus, who doesn't love dressing up every once and a while?

4//Have an All-Things-Fall Event
Pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice lattes, chai tea, leaf piles, plaid flannels, bean boots, pumpkins, apple cider, apple cinnamon donuts - and that's just getting started. Think of every fall thing you can, and combine them into one, big fall-y event!

5//See What Events are Going on in Your Area
Chances are, there's going to be some kind of Halloween event in your area on, or around the days of, Halloween. It could be a block party, a street fair, even a parade. Figure it out and go have fun!

Don't forget to check out Cathleen, Rachel, and Cristina's blogs for more of the linked posts!


Monday, October 26, 2015

Fall Formal

This past Friday was formal for my sorority. The venue was a place called Chateau Elan - a nice vineyard about 35 minutes from UGA. There were fairy lights everywhere, not to mention the gorgeous sites of the vineyards and fountains scattered in the area.

Even though it felt a little like high school prom, it was such a fun night. The food was great (hello, delicious sliders), and it was wonderful to hang out with everyone. Plus, I love an excuse to wear a floor-length dress.


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Plaid in the Patch

My family has an annual tradition of going to a pumpkin patch to take the photo that goes on our Christmas cards. As it's my freshman year in college, it was a little difficult to coordinate our trip this year, but we ended up finding a little pumpkin farm pretty close to UGA! It was great to keep our tradition going, and I was so happy to see my family, especially my sister.

I've been seeing more of my parents than my sister because she's busy with junior year of high school and can't usually join when my parents drive up to visit. I loved hearing all her stories and getting caught up on what's going on in her life.


Monday, October 19, 2015

Instagram Lately

My favorite thing about Instagram has to be the ability to, quite literally, scroll through your life and relive your memories. What's scary to me is that if I have kids one day, and I'm still using Instagram (which I hopefully will be), that they'll be able to look all the way back to my awkward eighth grade selfies from when I first started using the app. It's all fun and games until someone reminds you of the time you posted a selfie with your bowl of cheerios. (Yeah, that was me.)

Anyway, I thought I'd share some of my recent favorite moments from my Instagram feed.

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PS - Have you entered the tassel necklace giveaway yet??

Friday, October 16, 2015

Fall Booties

Fall Booties

row one: 1//2//3

row two: 1//2

row three: 1//2//3

row four: 1//2//3

I absolutely love ankle booties. I'm in the process of looking for a new pair, so I thought I'd put together a collage of some favorites! I would get all of these if I could, but both my wallet and closet would say no - dorm living = no room for extra shoes. I really want to go for a fun color, like plum, but I'm wondering if I should stick to a tan or brown color so they'll match more.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Tassel Necklave GIVEAWAY!

As I mentioned in this post, my roommate's mom makes these adorable tassel necklaces. To be perfectly honest, they're extremely well made and look adorable with any outfit. The tassels are so fun and each has a unique vibe. They recently opened an Etsy Shop and named their company MonsterHoundJewelry after their dog, which they occasionally call "Monster Hound." Make sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post to win one of their necklaces!!

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Monday, October 12, 2015

5 Ways to Use Your Phone Less

A few days ago, I realized just how reliant I am upon my phone. I was on my new member retreat for my sorority, and the executive members took up our phones while we did "bonding" activities. We all kept blurting out comments about how we wanted to check to see how our Instagram posts were doing, or wondering if we had any texts. A little piece of technology was all causing us to "itch" because we couldn't access it for a few hours.

This may sound like a typical "disconnecting from technology" post, but this experience really made me think about just how much I'm connected to my phone. If I'm at dinner with friends, I check it. And this isn't just me - it's everyone. Our phones have become so integrated into our lives that we barely even realize it when we're absentmindedly scrolling through Twitter or checking Instagram or sending a silly Snapchat.

Recently, I've been trying to "cut-back" on my phone use. So far, I've found that it's quite refreshing to not worry about what I might be missing on the internet. And, when I do check my phone, there are many more updates, so I actually have a lot to look through, rather than exhausting all social media outlets in a matter of minutes because I'm checking them so often. Anyway, I thought I'd share my tips on disconnecting.

1//Walk Without It
When I'm walking to class, I normally have my phone in my hand so I can check twitter, instagram, and respond to any texts or snapchats I might get. What I've noticed though, is that when I leave it in my backpack, I not only get to class faster because I'm not looking down half the time, but I notice more, whether it's a person I know and can say hi to, or just the general scenery around me.

2//Turn Off Notifications
This is perhaps the most important. If you don't get a notification for everything, you're not going to be as inclined to go on your phone. You can obviously leave on notifications for certain things like texts, but I don't get Instagram or GroupMe notifications, which keeps me off the apps more than you'd think.

3//Leave it in Your Bag
When I'm out with friends, we'll normally all have our phones on the table and glance at them every now and then. Recently, I've started to leave it in my bag altogether, and, to be quite honest, I usually don't even miss it.

4//Check When You've Finished a Goal
It's so easy to get distracted by your phone while doing homework. To counteract that, I'll check it every time I finish something. For example, if I finish two paragraphs of a paper, I'll reward myself with checking my phone. 

5//Turn it Off
This is by far the hardest to abide by. It's so easy to feel like you're missing something when your phone is off, but really, it'll all still be there when you turn it back on. I'm not very good at doing this, but I'm working on it!


Monday, October 5, 2015

Printable To-Do List

I never thought I could be busier than I was in high school - between extracurriculars, classes, and friends, there was so much to keep up with. Little did I know, college is even busier. I've found it quite difficult to manage everything going on, and sometimes it helps to see it all spread out on paper. 

I've also found it helpful to break things up by when they have to be done, which is why I made this to-do list into different time segments. Short term goals go under today and this week, while things in the bigger picture go under this month. To access the image to print, click here.


Friday, October 2, 2015

The Week in Links

1//My roommate's mom made the necklace I'm wearing in this post - isn't it the cutest?

2//Don't miss 40% off of sale at J. Crew!

3//Carly's post about staying safe on social media - it's definitely more important than we realize.

4//Have y'all heard of theSkimm? It's my fave way to get news.

5//Freaking out over the fact that you can eat Christmas dinner in the Hogwarts Great Hall.

6//Adorable ankle booties for only $27? Count me in.

7//Definitely check out Cathleen's hilarious account of what goes through her head during a day of school.

8//If you can't tell, I'm definitely obsessed with fall.

9//This man built a mini-train for puppies, and it's the cutest thing ever.

10//A staple you need in your fall wardrobe.