Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday Five

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Today I am leaving for a very special trip! I am so excited, but more on that later! For now, here's what I've been loving this week!
1 // ilo inspired post
I am a pretty aggressive competitive person. I am totally fine admitting that because I know it to be true. I love Maxie's post because it so true that being aggressive (as a woman) is seen as a bad thing. I love the thought of just being proud of it…as long as your aren't big-headed and you can still listen. Definitely a good read, but yet, Maxie's posts almost always are. 
2 // This is how we do it 
Do I need to explain? It's just a throwback to a really good song that has been my go-to pump up song this week. I love it! 
3 // Amy's post on The Fault in Our Stars 
This just really made sense to me. I haven't read the book yet (Shock! Horror!), but I really loved this post. Some infinities are bigger than others. For me, my brain goes on over drive thinking of the long history of the world compared to my short little life, but that doesn't mean my life is meaningless. I think I've just been convinced to read the book! 
4 // The Skimm
This is awesome y'all. I have current events quizzes in my poll sci classes, which I've been failing miserably, but I finally have started making 5/5! The Skimm sends you a daily email with the biggest news in terms you can understand and it's actually quite funny. I highly recommend it if you want to stay informed but don't want to read a novel every morning!
5 // Il Mondo
Yes, another song. If you haven't seen About Time yet, then you may not get my obsession with this..but if you have, then I know you probably loved it too. It just makes me so happy and I also feel cultured because it's in another language. Heck, maybe I'll walk down the aisle to this too. (;

What have you been loving this week? 
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Exactly Who I Want to Be

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Do you ever have those moments where you feel like you're exactly who you want to be? I feel like throughout daily life I have little moments where I wish I was a little more A or a little less B, but lately, I've been really happy with who I am right now. 
When I was younger, probably about middle school, I watched an episode of True Life with my sister and it always stuck with me. No, it wasn't an episode with a drug addict or obsessive hoarder, it was True Life: I'm a Southern Belle. Before you judge, it wasn't all poufy hair and bad accents, I promise.There were some girls like that, but the main one that stuck with me was a normal, naturally pretty, true Southern Belle. There are a lot of things about being a Southern Belle that are pretty stupid to me (like the "bless your heart" stereotypes) but this girl was very proper and poised and had great manners and confidence, you could just tell. On top of all this though, the physical attribute that stuck out to me was her style. She was wearing a classic white Ralph Lauren button down and causal jeans…at home. To middle school me this was a foreign concept in my world of trash bag shorts and tshirts 24/7...but I knew I wanted to be just like her, inside and out. 
I think this stuck out to me because not only did I realize that I wanted my own personal style to be that way; clean, classic, and put together, but I also realized how important it is to always at least look presentable. No, not always a full face of makeup and flawless outfit, but at least some semblance to a living, breathing human…that has a style. 
So yes, I guess a bit of this "happy in my own skin" movement happened when I realized that a classic button down, laid back jeans, and ballet flats was my go to outfit (so I was literally becoming that girl), but more than that, just the things I do and way I act. I am involved in loads of things and I think I've got a pretty good handle on all of it. My resume is coming along quite nicely and I'm going after all the things I've always wanted. I am kind to people whenever I get the chance to be and it always brightens my day when I know I brightened theirs. I am growing so much in my relationships with my family, my friends, and most importantly, God. 
It's like I suddenly turned around and realized that I am starting to be that person who I always looked up to when I was little. And obviously, I know I'll always look up to different people for different things (like women in politics and business) and I'll always strive to grow towards that, but I'm genuinly happy with the mature, well rounded person that I am now. And that has changed so much in how I see myself, how I treat myself, and how I conduct my daily life with those around me. If I'm being honest, I'm really proud of that. And it makes me a much kinder, gentler person because I am confident in who I am and I don't feel the need to apologize for being this way. All in all, today I am me, and I am very happy with who "me" is. 
When do you feel the most comfortable in your skin? 
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Is going away for school right for you?

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When I was deciding between colleges, there were only two schools I ever considered. One was in my hometown and the other was an hour away. Of course it was a hard decision to make and many factors went into it, so hopefully I can share them with you and help you with your decision! 
your own space - this one is pretty much a no brainer. I have my own room in my house and my family is good about privacy, but it's so different having a space that is just mine. Of course, I have a roommate so this can have a con side too (such as getting woken up and living in a tiny little dorm), but that was my own choice. 

missing out on family/friends - originally, I didn't think about this one very much because I'm only an hour away, but an hour is still an hour. I left for school only two weeks after my sister passed away and went home every weekend for pretty much my whole year so that I could be close to them. Now, I go home every other weekend, but I still miss family things that fall during the week and little inside jokes and daily routines. Also, it must be said, your friends' lives are going to go on without you. I don't mean that in a totally bad way because of course yours will go on too, but be prepared for them to make new friends and have a life that you don't know about. 

doing only what you want to do - this might just be my favorite part of living on my own. I can sit in bed all day and watch Netflix, let my room get as dirty as I want it to be, eat whatever I want to, and do what I want whenever I want. This is bad for the cleanliness of my room and my health, but oh so good overall. 

added costs - this one is a doosy. Not only do you have to pay for things you never had to buy before like food and practicals like toothpaste and deodorant, but you also have to also for gas to travel back and forth and car repairs while you're at school. Things that you never factored in like medicines and basic home items (pots and pans, detergent, etc) really add up and it's definitely something to think about. 

new place and new experiences - This is a close second to doing whatever I want. I love having a new town with a million things to explore and new people to meet and things to experience. It can be a bit much in the beginning, especially if you don't know anyone, but having so many different people always around is really nice. You can be whoever you want to be and explore so many different clubs, hobbies, and classes and even though you have that in your hometown, you will also always have people from your high school around too, and out of town the chances of running into someone you know are very slim! 
Hopefully this post gave you a few things to think about and they help you make a decision (or at least narrow down your choices)! In no way do I think going away is better than staying at home, because honestly, sometimes I think living at home would be so much easier, but there are definitely lots of things to think about! 
What factors do you think are important when choosing a college? 
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Monday, February 24, 2014

Week in my Life #11

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Last week was awesome My test got moved to this week meaning I had nothing to do besides a few minor homework assignments! I did lots of hanging out with friends and had a pretty full week, so here it is! 
On Monday the weather was absolutely amazing and people were everywhere on campus. I saw someone in a hammock and had to take a picture to show you guys. Yes, this is in the middle of our quad. I kind of wished I was him for a bit. 

Omg y'all. This is my roommate Victoria and her boyfriend Dalton before a fraternity party. The theme was Mexican-ish and this is how they dressed. Dalton's mustache made us all cry-laugh and the whole thing was just too good to leave out. Check out his creeper grin…omg. 

Aah, Amy's post PLL snapchat. I could not have said it better myself. 

Rock climbing! In LSU's gym there is a little rock climbing room which I just found and I had to go test it out. Katie and I had a fitness night where we rock climbed at then played tennis outside! My body is just now recovering. #totalbaby 

This is Caroline's dog Louis. He is the most adorable thing and I have loved getting these silly snap chats from her. She is a nursing major, so yeah. 

Harry Styles at the Brits. This should be illegal…I mean. #icanteven 

I frequently third wheel Victoria and Dalton at the dining hall and this was one of the occasions. I took this to show you the extent of my eating habits (mac and cheese and pizza) but then threw away the pizza because it had carrots on it! Who does that?! It was a really good night to go because the chef's were having a cook-off based around mac and cheese and honestly, they were both delicious. 

Siri cracks me up. I mean, she just says the weirdest but funniest things. 

Thursday was another beautiful day before the rain came in. I think the temp was in the 60s and everyone was loving it. If you didn't know, the movie Pitch Perfect was filmed here and when I see people sitting in the quad it always reminds me of that! 

Gotta love Bible humor! 

Again, gorgeous weather. I was just loving it! I drove around all day with music blaring and my sunroof open! 

I had Chi Omega formal Friday night and this is just too funny not to include. I just cannot keep still for any amount of time. 

Andddd we're back. How cute are we? This is Allyce and Scotty and I love them both to pieces! 

You guys know, I had to include a collage. Again, Allyce and Scotty and one of my best friends Dean. I'm not all about dancing, but all in all it was pretty fun. People watching drunk people is one of my favorite pastimes and on Friday I hi the jackpot. 

My Valentine from my mom! I came home to this on Saturday and it was so awesome! I loved everything in there, especially my owl valentine's note because Chi O is owls. I still haven't given my mom her present (I know, I know), but once I do, I will definitely show it to you because I really love it! 

Oh, Lush. They know me so well. This is the starry night beth bomb and it was amazing. Isn't it precious? 

First it spins like crazy and turns your water and aqua blue...

and then pink and yellow start shooting out of it and your water turns the deepest blue! I really liked the smell of it and it made my skin so soft! 

On Sunday, we had the annual Mardi Gras parade in my town. My grandparents were on the city officials float and I just love it! It was the rainiest, dreary day, but it was still fun because I practically knew someone on every float. That's small town life for ya. 

When I got back onSunday I went to an exec board meeting at Yogurtland (I know, awesome) and then had dinner with Dalton and Victoria at Fat Cow. #thirdwheelforlife
Overall, very packed and fast paced, but full of fun things to do, so a great week in my life! 

How was your week?
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Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday Five

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You guys, I have been absolutely rubbish at posting on time this week. I have to ay, it's been nice not writing at 11pm, but I do miss the "on schedule"feeling of it. Anyhoo, it's finally Friday and you know what that means...Friday 5! 

1 // Tom Odell - Supposed to Be
Literally, I always see Amy posting stuff about him on Twitter and Insta but I never took the time to look him up. I recently started following her on Spotify and found this song on one of her playlists…it's incredible. His voice is already so good but I especially love the lyrics/meaning of the song. Deff go check it out. 

2 // Air Traffic Controller
I found these guys on 8tracks and am now obsessed - not a shock at all. You Know Me was my first favorite, but now I am really loving If You Build It, The Work, Pick Me Up, and Magic. Basically their whole album. Their sound is just so good and vintage-y feeling. #love 

3 // Vampire Weekend - Horchata
Yep, uh huh, more music. What can I say, I'm just in a Vampire Weekend phase. I love the quirky sound of this song and it makes it even better that I'll get to try horchata while I'm in Spain. So yeah, I love it…and I'm totally going to caption my picture trying horchata with some of the lyrics. Don't judge me. 

4 // Ilo Inspired post 
With my impending travels on the brain and my OCD way over packing, I'm trying to figure out what I want to bring to Europe and look cute but still be comfortable…without bringing my entire wardrobe. This post is great especially because I had never thought about checking up on the different cultures and dressing according to that…very good advice. She also talks about how to master Instagram while being comfy, so yeah…I needed dis. 

5 // TCP post 
Girls. We are just so confusing aren't we? I love how open and honest Carly is and I just felt like it was so relatable. As both the bully and bullied, this really hit home and I think everyone should read it. Here's my favorite little bit "Sometimes we're not very nice to each other– to ourselves. Sometimes that little eleven year old inside of all us comes out. The insecure girl, sometimes the mean girl. Girls, oh, girls."

What have you been loving this week? Happy Friday my loves! 
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Thursday, February 20, 2014

You Are So Worth Loving

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I'm not really feeling a long emotional post today, but I really wanted to share this tee with y'all because I think we all need a little reminder sometimes and this will definitely be finding it's way into my closet soon! I think I may also start getting it for people's birthdays, because not only are they worth loving themselves, but they are so worth the love they get from me! The blog post that inspired it can be found here and again, I absolutely love it. 
I will also leave this here as I found it this morning and really felt like it summed up my goal in life as far as beauty goes. I want to be this kind of beautiful. 
Go out and make today awesome lovelies! 
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A Letter to 16 Year Old Me

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This week I am just a bit burnt out. I am so ready to leave for my trip next week but am so not ready for the work I will have to make up when I get back. I am so excited to finally get my study abroad decision but am so scared that I may not get the result I want. I am excited for my Chi O formal on Friday, but as always, I am so worried about having a great night and looking my best that it's been constantly stressing me. 
I haven't done the "Blog Everyday in February" prompts not because I didn't like them, but because I had already blogged many of them and I just wanted to pick a few of my favorites randomly. Today the "Letter to your 16 year old self" prompt is begging me to write about it, so that's just what I'll do. It's about to get real personal up in hurr (I am terribly sorry for that bad joke).  
Dear Sarah, 
Please know that junior year is hard. Teachers expect a lot of you, but you expect even more of yourself. Be careful to stop and enjoy things every once and a while, and learn to let things go, because while you will not remember that B in American History, you will remember that panic attack over late homework that totally ruined your day. Calm Down. 
Please remember that having one sibling with one disease that consumes one parent, and another sibling with another that consumes the other one, does not mean you disappear. Everyone works as hard as they can to make sure that things get taken care of and no matter how many A's you get or clubs you lead, you will never be first. Learn to be okay with that. Your time will come. It will seem like a big deal that you get your license last of all your friends, but it isn't. Please try to not be bitter and resentful because that will only rob the good times of all of their happiness. 
Please realize that everyone learns in their own way and in their own time…even your parents. Just as you do not understand the struggles of everyone else, they will not understand yours, but it is important to remember that everyone struggles. Allow them to do so. Judging and ranking struggles and sins is not your place nor your responsibility. 
Please do not let your hair, or your teeth, or your thighs get the best of you. You are who you are and people love you for it. Before braces, after braces, blond hair, big butt and all. You will grow up and you will be fine. Eventually, people will stop tagging you in pictures from high school and you can stop hating yourself in them. You are worth so much more than that. It seems strange now, but one day you are going to really love the person that you already are and be so proud of the things you are already accomplishing. 
Please do not try to fill your life up with things, because things do not equal happiness. You will soon see that the people with everything in the world are often the saddest and loneliest of them all. The people that admire you because of your expensive accessories are not your friends and the people who lead perfect internet lives are just as confused as you. Love the people who laugh at your awkward jokes, quick wit, and funny faces. Let them admire you for that instead. 
Never be afraid of your dreams. The best things in your life will come out of chances that you never knew you wanted to take and doors that you ran through completely blind. People will try to box you in and say that dreaming about such big things is silly, but you can always always make them happen if you don't give up on them. 
Most of all, please never stop having hope in love, in family, in friendships. Be patient and always kind. Don't sweat the small stuff but always appreciate the beauty in it.
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What do you wish you could tell your 16 year old self? 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

It was the Best Haul Ever….

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Whenever I go into any sort of drug store or grocery, no matter how perfectly crafted my shopping list, I always end up in the beauty products and I come out with way more than I intended. This happened for the millionth time last week and I am seriously so chuffed about all my new goodies! Some may say "it was the best haul everrrr…" 
For a while I've been using the Clinique Take the Day Off makeup remover, but that got to be a bit expensive and I wanted to test out the drugstore alternatives. Even though this can leave a bit of oil around your eyes, it dried quickly and doesn't make my skin oily at all. I really love that the oil and water separate in the bottle because it provides a great science experiment. I find it works just as well as the Clinique version and my eyelashes are loving it!  

Yes, I have gone and jumped on the lip butter bandwagon. These things are genus in a tube and I want them all. I have Berry Smoothie, which is a "my lips but better" type with just enough color, and Sugar Plum, which still looks very casual for everyday but has more berry tones. Think softness of a chapstick, color of a lipstick, and semi-glossy like a gloss…total obsession. 
I hate using a bar of soap. For years I've been washing my body with shampoo because 1. I'm lazy and 2. Everyone using/ touching the same bar of soap day in and day out is very cringeworthy. The smell of this stuff is wonderful but super light and I find it to be very moisturizing. I love using it when I shower right before bed because it's just a super soothing scent. 

I have been using a pore minimizing scrub for the past few months or so, but lately I feel like my skin isn't squeaky clean enough. I picked this up in the store because I use the lotion that goes with this and really love it…I'm also a sucker for the clean, simple packaging. As far as gentle goes, it isn't the gentlest as if I didn't moisturize after a shower I think my skin would be too dry, but as far as cleanliness goes, it's absolutely wonderful. My skin has been looking amazing since I started using it and I would really recommend it unless your skin is very dry! This will definitely be perfect for summer though! 

Have you bought any stand out products lately? 

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