Monday, April 1, 2019

Spring Lust List

Circle Crossbody Bag // Striped Button Down // Mom Jeans // Espadrilles // White Dress // Pleated Top // Velcro Sneakers // Wrap Dress

I did a major closet clean out this weekend. Normally, I'll sift through my closet and see what I don't like anymore. This time, I tried on everything. Well, almost everything as I didn't fully finish but you get the point. I thought I liked some clothes on the hangers but realized I wouldn't wear them when I tried them on. It feels nice to have clothing I truly love and wear in my closet.

As I was cleaning out my closet, I realized I was gravitating towards the more minimalistic earthy tones look. I've always been a lover of black, grey, blue, green, and white clothing, but I was surprised to see the only color in my closet were a few red shirts. What can I say, I stick to what I like.

I've been getting into edgy pants compared to my normal skinny jeans so these are totally up my alley. I have a pair of espadrille platform sandals that I wear on repeat so I love this everyday espadrille. This dress is perfect for springtime as its light and airy. My friend has a pair of velcro sneakers that give off the perfect cool girl meets childhood vibe. This crossbody is perfect for spring festivals.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Spring Lust List

I was recently inspired to do some online browsing, which is a big deal as I generally get bored sifting through all the clothing available. This time I was wowed by how many items I liked. I found I was more attracted to neutral colors and simple patterns. This type of style is classic and is easy to transition from year to year with.

I love the boyfriend/mom jeans trend and I'm excited to get onboard with it with this pair. I placed a large order of smocked dresses the other week so I'm sure I'll end up picking up a few for this season. I love the look of white sneakers but I've only seen the shoes from Adidas or in leather styles until now. I own a pair of Birkenstocks but this olive pair would add the perfect pop of color to any outfit. I'm beginning to see how small purses can be useful for everyday life, and this purse is the perfect size to fit your essentials.

Friday, January 11, 2019

11 Random Thoughts

I'm back with another random things post except I gave it a new name. I thought 11 Random Thoughts sounded more interesting so I've renamed the series this. Anyways, I have so many thoughts to share so lets get into it.

  • Time management is so incredibly difficult, and I would like to work on this year. I've found that I sometimes drag some tasks out for longer than they should take and then do a bunch of tasks in a short period of time. I still get everything I need to accomplish done. It might not get accomplished in the most efficient way.
  • College fashion seems to be all over the place. People wear everything from sweatpants to business clothes. I've enjoyed seeing how the student I've been meeting with dress. The majority have been in a t-shirt or a UGA jacket.
  • Everyone at UGA has so much UGA pride. People wear jackets and t-shirts for the school. Lots of students use UGA lanyards. People in sororities keep buttons on their backpacks that show their support for the Dawgs.
  • I went to the Georgia Museum of Art yesterday. The museum was so much bigger than I expected with multiple exhibits. I'm amazed that the university has enough money to keep such a robust art collection. The students are so lucky they can take advantage of the free museum anytime they want since its on campus.
  • As I walked around the museum, security wasn't in every room. They had two security guards in the main exhibit. I really admired how much the university trusted the students.
  • I went to a hockey game last night. It was such a cool experience to see what college athletics are like. UGA doesn't have a college team but they have a club team. The team ended up winning the game.
  • I saw a girl who graduated from my school a few years ago. It was nice to catch up with her at the game. She knows some of the people I've been interviewing so that's was exciting to hear.
  • I have so much respect for people who work from home. I've found its difficult for me to separate a work environment from a home environment. I'm sure someone who works from home has a dedicated space for working from home so its easier for them.
  • I'm going home for the weekend. I'll actually be home for less than 24 hours. I'm excited to see my dad because I haven't seen him since I left for Athens. Its a very quick trip for a BBYO dance but it'll be nice to be back.
  • I'm attending services Saturday morning with the family I'm staying with. I don't attend Saturday morning services at home so I'm excited to experience them in Athens. I believe they're being held at a home so that'll be a unique experience.
  • I'm planning on going to the UGA women's basketball game on Sunday. The tickets are incredibly cheap and are general admission. I'm excited to experience the camaraderie of basketball.
That's all I have to share for now. I'm sure I'll be back with another update next week giving my thoughts on the Saturday service, BBYO dance, the basketball game, and whatever else I want to write about.

Monday, January 7, 2019

11 Random Thoughts

I'm interning in Athens, Georgia with a non-profit that works with UGA students for a few weeks. I've been living in Athens for a few days, and I still have about two weeks left. I thought it would be nice to reflect on my first few days in Athens.
  • Grocery shopping is insanely difficult! Its difficult to buy food you want to eat that's healthy and won't go bad super soon. I'm gaining a lot of respect for the little things my parents do. I'm planning on going to Trader Joe's today to grab some fruit and veggies as I know I haven't eaten enough of them lately.
  • I recently tried a Grand Slam at Arden's Garden. The Grand Slam is a "shot" of wheatgrass, ginger, lemon juice, and cranberry. I went with someone who's a regular at Arden's Garden so the employee gave us a shot of cayenne and pineapple. We followed it with a shot of pineapple juice. It was such a fun experience!
  • I really like how Athens has a true downtown shopping experience. Atlanta's downtown is a dead zone that has office buildings and tourist attractions. Needless to say, I don't hang out in Atlanta's downtown. Athen's downtown is cute with shops, restaurants, and a music venue.
  • Athens has a local coffee chain called Jittery Joe's. I'm currently sitting in one as I write this. I've been sitting for an hour and a half now, and the people watching has been incredible.
  • I'm staying with a family who have the most delightful children. Their children are fireballs of energy. I played with them outside for an hour yesterday. It made me realize I don't spend enough time running around outside. I'd like to do more of that this year.
  • The family had a gathering last night for law professors, and I ended up playing with the cutest two-year-old. It was amazing how the boy was entertained for an hour by throwing a ball around.
  • I played soccer with the kids the other day. I really enjoyed kicking the ball around. I'd like to get a soccer ball to play with at home.
  • The students haven't come back to Athens, yet. I'm excited to see the town with all the students. I'm wondering if Athens has any traffic when the students are here.
  • I'm staying in a very central part of Athens. I get to my internship in a little over five minutes if the light isn't red. I've been impressed by how convenient everything is to one another.
  • I'm going to a vegetarian restaurant for dinner tonight called the Grit. I'm excited to experience what vegan Athens has to offer. I haven't looked at the website so it'll be a surprise when I get there.
  • I'm going to a hockey game on Thursday with my mom. I can't wait to experience college athletics, a hockey game, and the camaraderie of sports. I wanted to go to Nashville over winter break to experience a Nashville Predators game but the timing didn't work out.
That's a little glimpse of where my mind's been at while I've been in Athens. I'll try to do another one of these before I go back to Atlanta.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Blogging Goals for 2018 Recap: Where I Succeeded, Where I Failed & What I Want to Improve On

I thought it would be fun to look back at the resolutions I set way back at the beginning of 2018. I haven't looked at them since I created them so this will be a real treat. I'm gonna create some blogging goals for 2019 based on this reflection.

Double my pageviews // I got super close to this goal but didn't end up meeting it. I'm still so proud of how much exposure the blog got considering I hardly posted on here. I think I got so many page views because I became more active in promoting my posts using Pinterest, Instagram, and blogging groups.

Create an editorial calendar // I created an editorial calendar but I didn't follow through with using the calendar. I found that I put all of my ideas into the calendar rather than thinking if I could really create these posts. I'd like to be more intentional about creating an editorial calendar in the future.

Post consistently // I definitely didn't do well on this. I definitely wish I made the time for blogging more but sometimes life gets in the way. I definitely don't want to take a huge blogging break in 2019 like I did this year.

Improve blog photos // I succeeded on this. I definitely didn't use my nice camera enough but I chose quality iPhone pictures to post. I'm super proud of how my graphics have turned out this year. Canva is super user-friendly and has the cutest graphic designs.

Make videos // I didn't even try on this one. Maybe, I'll do it next year.

Create social media // I technically have an Instagram and a Pinterest but I didn't use either well. I always posted on Instagram stories when a new post went up but I didn't create any content for Instagram. I've been good about promoting my content on Pinterest but I should be doing it more frequently.

Find blog besties // I totally dropped the ball on this. I'd love to reach out to a few college and high school bloggers next year.

Attend a blogging conference // I definitely planned on doing this but my summer camp was during Her Conference. I'm pretty sure I'll be busy next year too.

Create a newsletter // I completely forgot about this idea. I'd love to create one next year.

Use a blog planner // Nope. While this is a good idea, it's not practical for me currently.

Work with companies // This didn't happen either. I'd love to work with companies in the future.

This year was a great year for me personally but I could have worked harder on Gold Clutter. I hope to make Gold Clutter even greater in 2019. I'm going to print out my blogging goals for 2019 and keep them up somewhere visible. This will remind me of the goals I've set for the year.