Monday, April 24, 2017

White Rose Formal 2017

I apologize for the few pictures I have from formal, I should have taken more "blog pics" because you can't even see the back of this dress, and it is stunning... but my date was carrying my phone so I didn't have it on me pretty much all night...
And actually, it was really nice because I was able to just enjoy myself and all of my friends, without having to keep tabs on what was going on in the world and what not.
I sent a photo of me and my date to the fam, and that was it! The phones were put away for the rest of the night!

I had soooo much fun Saturday night!
As you can imagine, I danced the night away!
I danced so much my feet were killing me by the end of the night... as you can imagine.
The minute we got back to the KD lounge I took my shoes off. These were brand new shoes and were very high, so probably part of the reason why my feet were killing me but I didn't complain at all during formal. 
After I took my shoes off my date offered to carry me and I was like ah no thanks, and then he pushed me into a puddle...
cute, but it's fine he kept stepping into big puddles with his suede shoes on... oops
Oh yeah, because that was the other thing, it was pouring out.
But don't worry I had my cheetah umbrella!

My date met me in my room and he met my besties. 
And then we went downstairs to meet up with one of my guy friends who I set up with one of my KD sisters!
So that was a lot of fun!
And then I saw my lineage up in the KD halls and hung out for a bit.
I also got told off by an older girl that I shouldn't have been in a long dress because I am a freshman....
But ummm I love this dress, I think I looked great, my date loved the dress and sorry, that's all that matters.
All the girls in the pictures above are freshman as well! And they were wearing long dresses.... so yeah.

We then waited for the mini school buses to take us to formal.
Because of the rain, the buses were a little delayed, but it was fine, more time for me to hang out with my friends and my date.
Funny story: it was my date's first time ever on a yellow school bus.
He's from England, so he has never been on a yellow school bus before....
He was so excited!
When we got to the venue we went straight to the Photo Booth and took some silly pictures.
And after that, we had no agenda. We just danced all night long.
I had so much fun, I didn't go to bed until like 4 in the morning, but it's fine, it was so worth it.
I did have to nap yesterday though, because I was so wiped out...

Get ready for lots of more pretty dresses in the next couple of years!!


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Exploring Downtown Winston-Salem

I would like to say that for the most part I am a city girl!
I live 30 minutes outside of the best city in the entire world, New York City, and frequent the city pretty often.
I hope to one day work and live in Manhattan, probably just like everyone else....
I love Manhattan for the hustle and bustle and for the food.
I am such a foodie.
When I decided on going to Wake, my mom told me, ah good luck in such a small city...
And don't get me wrong, Winston is TINY, but I kinda love it.
It is so charming.
And there is actually really good food!!
And look how artsy this part of the city is...
There are murals everywhere and it's very HighLine like.
Ashley and I are going to make a list of all of the places we are going to visit and take pictures at in the next three years!
Get ready to see more of my home!

Shirt: J Crew pink scalloped linen top
Pants: Gap white high waisted skinny jeans
Earrings: Tiffany pearl studs
Bracelet: Tory Burch gold logo bangle
Shoes: Jack Rogers Palm Beach sandal in white
Bag: Michael Kors medium Selma satchel

Live a Little

I had been working hard all week in preparation for finals so ya know what, I decided to go out Thursday night!
I am so glad I did!
I didn't get much work done on Thursday, but that's okay because I had fun.
You deserve a break every now and again!
My mom always tells me I have to "live a little," and just have some fun with some friends.

Thursday was a busy day. 
I went straight to the library after class and worked until dinner, which I ate by myself in my room, which is fine.
I love being by myself sometimes!
I then got all dressed up for my choral concert. 
It went horribly.
Our group was so bad I was mortified. We rehearsed some of the songs right before the performance and it was so bad, my director cut one of the songs.
Besides that I was embarrassed by how bad we sounded.
I was not proud to be a part of that group.
Next year I will be in the better choral group on campus, thank God.
One of my friends came up to me afterwords and said my facial expressions were hysterical because apparently I looked so embarrassed while on stage...
While the other group was performing I emailed my chorus teacher from high school.
That was probably really rude of me, but I just had to email her and tell her how much I missed her and our class.
Our class was so talented and my teacher had so much talent.
She has so much love for music and was just the best chorus teacher ever.
I miss her dearly and I really miss her teaching.... :(
I hope to come visit her in May when I am home!
Speaking of home- I will be home in 12 days!
That's crazy soon!!!
I started packing yesterday actually. I dropped some bins off at my storage unit and I bought some boxes from Home Depot.
I went in my super preppy outfit to Home Depot... yep, you can imagine I looked a bit out of place...

Shirt: J Crew orange ruffle tank (similar)
Bracelet: F21 gold cuff

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Too Much to do, Too Little Time

As the days are winding down, the work is piling up and I am a little too stressed out to function.
And instead of working right after dinner last night and being studious, I went and sat in Reynolda Gardens for three hours enjoying the outdoors and forgetting my responsibilities for a bit.
I had a wonderful time, yet it caused me to suffer a bit, as I still had to write a draft for my English paper and do my French homework.
I stayed up until the wee hours of the night, barley keeping my eyes open, but powering on through.

I am slowly beginning to check out, and I don't know if it's because I am just exhausted but also because I just have too much to do.
And I am really not trying to procrastinate but unfortunately I am, just a bit.
As soon as next week is over I will be less stressed because my papers are due next week and then I literally have a full week of doing nothing because I only have two finals, and they are at the end of first week of May.
So I have plenty of time!
Packing is also starting to stress me out...
My parents aren't coming to move me out, so I have to do it all on my own and with some help from some friends.
I'm gonna start packing up my things this weekend and start bringing them to my storage unit, so it is one less thing for me to worry about as school comes to a close.

I was talking to Ashley about school being over, and we are both in such shock! We both don't know how we feel about school being over.
Don't get me wrong, I am soooooo excited to sleep and eat good food again (and of course see my family and friends), but at the same time I love it here and I am really going to miss all of my friends.
This is my home now and my friends are my family and I am going to miss them dearly.

School is going to be over before I can wear all of my 15 pairs of shorts....
It's warm here but not too warm.
And it's still going to be kind of chilly back home so I guess I will have to start repeating outfits when I get back home... Oh no!

Shirt: J Crew navy blue eyelet top (similar)
Shoes: Sperry sparkly boat shoes (similar)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Last (Full) Week

Happy last (full) week of school!
Where has the time gone??
I know I keep saying I only have x amount of days left, but honestly, like I'm freaking out a little bit!
These next few days are going to fly on by!
I have so much to do in so little time.
I had a History paper due today, which I thankfully finished last week, before Marco, and then I have a draft of my English final paper due tomorrow, that I haven't started, as well as a French paragraph and another French paper due Monday, that I also haven't started.
So woo!
Fun times....
But actual fun times are coming because I have FORMAL this weekend!!!
I didn't do any of my papers over my long weekend, so now I'm suffering.
But it's fine, I enjoyed sleeping and eating some good food and seeing my parents for the first time in four months!
I also enjoyed lounging on the beach and getting my tan on!
But now back to the real world of college.
I gotta study, write and start packing!

I'm sorry if I look sleep deprived in these pictures but yesterday I had a crazy day.
I got up at 5:30 am, left my house in Florida, made my way to the airport, where I actually met up with one of my good friends and then we journeyed back to Wake.
And I had to go to class yesterday afternoon!
I also had to finish editing my History paper.
So last night at midnight, while walking back from the library, I was a zombie.
I don't even think I reread my paper for a final time before printing it, because I was so exhausted.
I am still exhausted because I am so stressed out and have so much on my mind I can't sleep!

As tired as I was yesterday, I'm glad I looked cute!
This was my travel and then class outfit.
This is the perfect outfit for travel because it is super pulled together but also very casual and simple!
It's also a great class outfit, for the same reasons!
I was rocking my FAV pair of earrings yesterday and loved the contrast of colors between them and my bright shirt!

Shirt: Banana Republic hot pink peplum top (similar)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Good Music and Good Laughs

I have always loved music, from as long as I can remember.
I remember standing center stage and belting the words, "I see skies of blue, clouds of white, bright blessed days and dark scared nights," at my preschool graduation. 
From then my performance experience only increased.
I joined Girl Scout of Nassau County Chorus, NYSMAA, All County, Honor Chorus, Women's Chorus, Vocal Jazz and now Collegium.
I have done it all.
But when I get asked what's my favorite type of music, I don't really have a favorite.
I like all types.
I am very much a fan of all the music on the radio and just silly songs I can sing along to.
But I also love my classic old French songs and a good Ave Maria!
My friend has a radio show here at Wake on Wednesday nights at 6 pm, so while I was in the library yesterday slaving away on my History paper and eating dinner, I tuned in.
The music was actually really good and some of my suggestions that I threw in even got played!
It was so fun!
I forgot how nice it is just to listen to music for enjoyment and not just as background sound.
So that was fun, and then I met the same friend for the Banshees, a comedy troop here on campus.
They had a performance last night and it was hysterical.
Very very dirty and I was probably laughing most of the time from just being flustered and embarrassed.
I think everyone in the audience was a bit embarrassed, not gonna lie...
I then made my way back to my home (aka ZSR, aka the library) and finished my paper.
I am really impressed with my paper actually, and am happy that I think I did well on it, so I don't have to work a lot on it this weekend when I am in Florida!

All my classes were shortened yesterday because I finished all my work early, so that was really nice because I was able to pack!
I have come to the conclusion that I am a professional packer these days!
All of my life I have been an over packer.
For example, my parents, brother and I would go down to Florida for nine days and I would bring a HUGE suitcase with sooo many outfits.
I never wore any of those outfits because I just ended up sitting in a t-shirt and shorts when I wasn't in a bikini.....
Over the years, I have become less of an over packer and especially now, since I really don't want to pay for a suitcase, I just do everything carry on.
And I know when I go to Florida, I wear the same two pairs of shorts and t-shirts and my bathing suits.
So honestly, it's really unnecessary for me to bring lots of outfits.
I don't need to be "extra" on vacation....
I even have room in my carry on bag for this trip!! 
I am very proud of myself! Well partially I need the room because I am bringing New York bagels back to Wake. Get excited friends!!!

Now about my outfit:
Funny story about this shirt. I'm sure you read about my experience into getting rejected and accepted into colleges, if not click HERE and HERE.
So this is one of the shirts that my mom bought me during my serious retail therapy session when I didn't think I was getting into Wake. 
So that's kinda funny!

Shirt: Banana Republic lavender tank top
Jeans: American Eagle skinny jeans
Earrings: large faux pearl studs
Bracelet: J Crew pave and gold link bracelet
Shoes: Jack Rogers Hampton sandals in platinum 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Distractions, Distractions

9 days of class left and I really don't have time for distractions right now.
I have a draft of a paper due tomorrow, a final paper due Tuesday and another draft of another paper due next Wednesday.
I have no time for nonsense, and yet, yesterday I found myself lying in the grass for hours just hanging out under a beautiful tree.
Honestly, it was so nice to just lie there, probably wasn't the best idea because of my allergies or my "hay fever," but it was really nice. 
I was reminded that I deserve a little break every now and then.
I was also reminded that being outside everyday for extended periods of time, rather just walking to and fro class is important for my mental and social health.
As much as I had to do yesterday, it was nice just to play outside and then hang out under a tree, and just forget about all my stressors and worries for once.
I really want to take a step back and really do little things like that and enjoy life more often. 
I didn't get done all of the things on my to-do list done from yesterday, but they were little things, and that break from reality was something I really needed.
I am going to have another break from reality tomorrow when I get a change of scenery and go down to Florida for Easter break.
I am really excited to just sit in the sun, and also see my parents, because I haven't seen them since January!
But I don't know how much of a vacation it is actually going to be because, well, I have all those papers to write....
I think I am just going to bring my backpack with me on the plane, something I never do, because it's really not stylish at all....
But tomorrow, I think I need to go for practicality over fashion for once. I can't believe I just said that, but yeah.

Speaking of fashion, I feel like I walked out of a J Crew catalog yesterday...
Like come on, look at me, and look at what I'm wearing.
I love it, but I'm so preppy it almost hurts me inside, not gonna lie, even though I am T&P.
But I thought, I might as well wear long sleeves and shorts while I can, because it's probably going to get scorching hot in the next two weeks, or maybe not.
But still. 
I'm in love with these shorts, as is everyone else! If only J Crew still sold the print, or should I say prints because they have a little print mix and match on them!
Super cute!
I almost had to wear a belt with these shorts yesterday, because they are soooo big on me!
I know, what problems I have.
But seriously, I am the opposite of most college students because I have lost so much weight, rather than gained it!
So ha, the freshman 15 isn't real at all (for me at least)!
I am going to do a whole blog post on eating healthy and exercise in college at the end of this semester, so stay tuned!

Shorts: J Crew 3inch chino multi printed shorts (similar)