Monday, April 3, 2017

Step Into My Week: BBYO and Theater

These past few weeks have been quite busy. I helped plan a volunteer day that occurred, went to a BBYO convention, had lots of school work to do, and so much theater. Needless to say, I've been busy. The school year is starting to wrap up along with a lot of the activities I'm doing. I'm excited for summer, but I'm sad for some of my favorite activities to end.

I helped plan a volunteer day for 300ish people. It was a ton of work in order to make it successful. I'm so proud of the rest of my team for planning a wonderful day. While my volunteer group definitely had a few snags along the way, it was a complete blast. I absolutely loved seeing a smile on a volunteer's face after they realized they were making a difference.

ACSC (Atlanta Council Spring Convention) just happened for BBYO. This convention was the biggest its ever been with over 240 people signed up. I absolutely loved every single part of the convention. Looking around the room, I couldn't help but smile after thinking about what an incredible year its been.

At ACSC, Friday night was dedicated to the seniors. They get to celebrate Shabbat with their kids. It was a special experience getting to look around the room as parents bask in their teen's love for BBYO.

After Shabbat, Life happens. I'd been looking forward to life all year. This was when the Seniors talk about their BBYO experience. While most people dread the idea of sitting in a room for 5 hours, I absolutely loved it. The seniors were able to talk about anything they wanted to. It was super sad to hear my favorite seniors give life.

Saturday was a whirlwind of random activities. This year's convention was themed ACDC, so their were a lot of rock 'n roll themed programs. I went to a song session, Beatles talk, and an arts and crafts activity. Overall, the theme was amazing.

Saturday night is super fun. I got to attend a program that compared the four elements to the four years of BBYO. It was a really fun program that I loved. The people who made it were super creative. Also, their was a dance. It was a black light dance. My friends and I had a great time dancing, but we all ended up hanging out in a hallway after a little while.

Sunday was elections. I had been to elections at IC so I was prepared for all the sitting. My friends and I had a great time listening to people give their speeches. I'm excited to see what next year's board does.

The last 2 weeks have been filled with theater. I've been staying late and working on the show on weekends. We've had a few dress rehearsals and they went really well. The show is going to be amazing. I can't wait to see it in the end.

That's a wrap on the past 2 weeks. The rest of April is going to be tons of fun. It's weird to think that I have less than 2 months left until summer. Wow, time flies.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

March Lust List

I'm back with another installation of Lust List. This month, I've been loving inlay on home decor. It is stunning. Also, shorts weather is fast approaching. I'm obsessed with Madewell, so I would love to try their jean shorts.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Step Into My Week: Orlando, Give Kids the World, and Purim

Sorry that this post had to go live on Monday instead of Friday. I've been crazy busy this week. The semester is wrapping up with next being the half way point. I've had tons of things to do this week.

On Friday, our last day in Orlando, we had a volunteer morning shift. The dining room was jam packed. As soon as I was done cleaning a table, I had another table to clean. To say the least, it was a busy morning. I loved getting to interact with so many families on our last day volunteering at Give Kids The World.

The afternoon was spent at Kelly Rock Springs Park. Kelly Rock Springs is a beautiful springs that is supposedly 72 degrees year round. We had a great time splashing around in the water. The springs had a lazy river that was super relaxing.

Saturday was a travel day. When we got back to Atlanta, the Uber app wasn't working. It took quite a while for us to get home. We ended up taking Lift. The Lift driver was super sweet.

I had a relaxing Sunday of homework and volunteering. I had quite a bit of homework to finish before Spring break was over. It took up the majority of the day, but I still made time to volunteer. I helped out at a Purim party. This other girl and I made food everyone who came. We helped package and serve the food to 200ish people. I loved seeing the kids' faces light up with excitement from all the activities they could do.

I've been busy with tech all week. We've been working extra hard all week to finish dresses we have to make. The outfits are already looking amazing. I'm excited for when we get to see everything come together.

Next week, I have a huge service project going on and a lot of BBYO events to go to. I'm already looking forward to next week.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Prom Dresses Under $350

Top (L to R): 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6
Bottom (L to R): 1 // 2 // 3 // 4

Prom season is right around the corner. Lots of people spend hundred of dollars on the big night. I rounded up 10 dresses that are perfect for the night. Most of them are around $100 but a few of them are around $250 to $300. No matter your budget you're sure to find a dress you love.

Prom Girl, the website most of the dresses are from, has so many options. It might take you a while to search through the site, but you'll definitely find a dress. They also sell dresses for other occasions.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

One Lovely Blog Award + 7 Facts About Me

I got nominated to be in a blogger tag. I've always wanted to participate in a blogger tag, so I'm super excited to participate in this. For the tag, I tell you 7 facts about me. I'm going to hop right in, but I wanted to thank Marina Rosie from Marina Writes Life. She's a French blogger. How cool is that? I have an international reader. She posts beauty reviews that are crazy helpful.
I'm vegan.
My favorite color is grey.
I'm a Gilmore Girls fanatic. I'm on season 6 and am already sad for the end.
I am a costumer for theater at my school.
Tomatoes are my favorite food.
My ears aren't pierced.
I love the mountains.
  • Once nominated, you must write a post about the award! (I mean, no one's going to kill you if you don't but it would be nice if you did write a post about it!)
  • Share 7 interesting facts about yourself that your readers don't know! (Try to avoid ones like: "My name is Sophie " because it may be slightly too obvious.)
  • Nominate up to 15 bloggers to do the tag as well and let them know you've nominated them!
Hopefully y'all enjoyed learning more about. I'd love to learn more about you.

I really hope you guys enjoyed hearing a few little fact about yours truly! But, before I list my nominees, I want to find out a bit more about you guys! Let me know in the comments below what your star sign is and whether or not you have any piercings! I'd love to know!

To continue on this tag, I nominate:
Live The Prep Life
Daily Dose of Prep

I absolutely love these blogs. Please be sure to click through and peruse their sites.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Suitcases Under $150

With Spring break and summer travels happening soon, its the perfect time to get a new suitcase. I'm obsessed with all these suitcases after realizing how cheap suitcases can be. With so many colors to choose from, you're sure to find one you like in time for your next vacation.

This black suitcase is so simple. The black matte shape will be a classic for a long time.

This seafoam suitcase set is stunning. It won't get lost at the airport.

This pink suitcase set is such a great find. I love how they all fit inside one another.

The copper suitcase set is giving me major heart eyes. I love the pattern on the suitcase.

Design Love Fest's collaboration with Target is fabulous. I love the bold color of the pink suitcase.

This black suitcase set is so sleek. The modern look will last for years to come.

Monday, March 13, 2017

What I Got At BBYO IC: T-Shirts, Shuk, Spirit Wear

IC was a little less than 3 weeks away but I'm still cherishing the memories. I've been wearing my BBYO clothing a lot. At IC, every region has tons of pride. We're all trying to compete to see who has the most spirit. Southern Region always has tons of spirit. This year was no exception. I've gathered up all the spirit clothing I wore at IC. (Be sure to check out my IC experience here.)
To start off the weekend, every region had some sort of spirit wear they wore the first night during the opening ceremonies. Southern Region's mascot is the bunny and purple and white are our colors. We wore this shirt along with tattoos and bunny ears.
Every BBG at IC got this shirt. We all wore this shirt to our activities on Thursday. I felt like I was in a very comfy uniform since everyone was wearing the same shirt. The Alephs were wearing an identical shirt for AZA.
This was Southern Region's t-shirt for Israel day. The shirt is crazy soft. I just want to wear it everywhere. It might be the softest thing I own.
Every BBG got their t-shirt and a water bottle inside this bag. I don't fully love the color, but I love that it has BBG on it.
Atlanta always has tons of spirit at IC. This year was no exception. Everyone got bunny ears to wear with the Southern Region tank top along with beads to wear. I brought along a few extra beads that I wore throughout the weekend. The tattoos are super fun. I ended up getting a little rash from getting my tattoo off. I wish I got to wear the rest of them. Everyone has a name tag that you have to wear all of IC. Atlanta was super clever and made everyone Atlanta tags they can attach to theirs.
Shuk is always amazing. IC's Shuk was no exception. I ended up going on the last day with only 20 minutes left. Most of the stuff had already been sold out that I wanted. I ended up getting 3 t-shirts all from NTO (North Texas Oklahoma). I guess they make good t-shirts.

This penguin t-shirt is adorable. I love how it has a pocket. T-shirts with pockets are always good. It might be plain to some, but I love it.
This long sleeve is perfect. I love the color of it. I had such a hard time choosing between this and a dusty blue. The actual design is amazing. I love how the skyline of Dallas is on the t-shirt.
This long sleeve is awesome. I love how the logo says Southern bred. Maybe, Southern Region should make a t-shirt similar to it.

I absolutely love all the clothing I got from IC. BBYO clothing is the best. I love how t-shirts are passed down. If you missed my recap of IC, you can check it out here.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Step Into My Week: Orlando, Tampa, and Give Kids the World

I had been looking forward to this week for quite a while. I was on Spring break. It felt nice to have a break from school. Even though I had projects to complete, this break was relaxing and came just in time.

Saturday night my sister and I decided to mess around with our hair. The night ended with my hair covered in lotion. It was a pretty hilarious sight. My hair was so shiny even after I showered. Also, I bought my domain on Friday. You can read all about it here.

Saturday was so short. I caught up on some much needed sleep. Part of the day was spent watching Netflix and blogging. I haven’t watched any Netflix since Winter break, so it felt nice to watch my favorite show, Gilmore Girls. Saturday night was spent packing. I got out everything I might want to bring with me first. It was crazy to see how much stuff I wanted to bring. I got it down to a third, but I didn’t end up wearing most of what I packed.

Sunday was a travel day. We hopped on the plane to MCO (Orlando) with a dream and a tank top. (Anybody get that reference? Wow, I miss the glory days of Hannah Montana.) The airplane we were on had screens that you could see how far away we were. I love those.

I had researched Orlando a little bit before coming. (I'm going to make a city guide sometime soon.) I had found Ethos Vegan Kitchen. Luckily, my mom and sister agreed to go. The food was absolutely delicious. 10/10 recommend you go. We went to a gelato store after. They were making chocolate candies inside. It smelled so good.

We decided to go to Orlando for Spring break after learning about Give Kids the World Village. You can learn all about Give Kids the World Village here. I plan on writing a blog post all about my experience later.

Monday was our first day volunteering at Give Kids the World Village. We were in charge of busing tables and helping families with lunch. We had the rest of the afternoon to do whatever we wanted after volunteering. We ended up going to an outlet mall to shop around. My sister's friend, Madeline, ended up meeting up with us for an hour while we were there. The song "It's A Small World" really is true. While at the mall, we went into a bunch of stores, but didn't really score. The Lululemon outlet is awesome. My sister ended up getting a bunch of items. I totally recommend it.

Our volunteer shift on Tuesday wasn't until 6 o'clock, so we decided to take the hour drive to Tampa. We went to Taco Bus where we got the best tacos and Oxford Exchange where I got a delicious tea. While we were in Oxford Exchange, Warby Parker gladly tightened my glasses for me. It was awesome because I had needed to go to the store in Atlanta to get them tightened for a while now.

Downtown Tampa has their own free version of Uber. The downtowner will pick you up anywhere and take you wherever you need to go. We had walked from Taco Bus to Oxford Exchange and didn't feel like walking again. The bus was adorable. It runs on electricity, so I felt very environmentally friendly.

On our way out of Tampa, we decided to drive through Hyde Park. The area is absolutely beautiful. We saw a gourmet popsicle shop and had to stop in. They were absolutely amazing.

We ended our night with a volunteer shift where we helped throw a party. By the time we were done with the shift, I was hungry, so I swung by ARI sushi on our way back to the hotel.

On Wednesday, we didn't have a shift. This gave us ample time to go to St. Petersburg. The hour and a half drive to St. Petersburg was boring but totally worth it. While we were in St. Petersburg, we went to the Dali Museum, went on a mural tour, and ate lunch/dinner at The Avenue. All in all it was a fun day.
The Dali Museum
Thursday was a volunteer day. The morning was relaxing. In the afternoon, we bused tables and helped families get their food. We assisted with a Winter wonderland party later. My sister and I were in charge of helping kids decorate cookies. To end the night, we stopped at Orange World. It claims to be the largest orange in the world. We tried to get oranges to ship, but they weren't shipping this time of year. Instead, we sampled all the different types and picked out some to take on the plane.
Orange World

Thursday, March 9, 2017

What to Wear: St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's is a little over a week away. I've gathered up all my favorites in green to help you avoid getting pinched. Green isn't always the prettiest color, but I've rounded up some of my favorites from across the web.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Spring Break Essentials

I've gathered up everything you need to be prepared for your Spring break at the beach. The beach life is the simple life, so don't fret about not having everything. Just remember to pack sunscreen and you'll be fine. I made the mistake of not wearing sunscreen for a day. Oh boy, that was a bad decision.

When the Taylor Swift picture went viral, everyone needed a pool float. Well, everyone still needs a pool float. This pink flamingo will stand out in the water.

Beach bags are essential for making sure all your stuff doesn't get covered in sand. This beach bag has such an adorable pattern.

Shorts are a must for Spring break. With hot weather, you need a pair of jean shorts on hand. Levi's has been a classic for decades that everyone and their mother adores.

Swimsuits are an essential if you're going swimming, obviously. This one is gorgeous. Check out more amazing options here.

The lace-up sandal is still going strong. This pair is absolutely adorable and is super easy to put on and take off.

Water bottles are essential to avoid dehydration. S'well has so many options to choose from and this one is catching my eye

Sunglasses are an essential for the sun. Everyone seems to adore this style, but you can see even more options here.

Beach towels are a must. This beach towel that says "I am fun" will stand out among the sea of towels.

Coverups are great for when you're done with the beach. Whenever you throw one on, you're instantly look resort casual.

Avoid getting burnt with sunscreen. An all natural type like this one will not only keep you protected but will keep you safe.

Deodorant is necessary if you're out in the sun all day. This all natural type comes in tons of different scents. You'll definitely find one you like.

A hat will help keep sun rays off your face. This floppy hat says "Hello Sunshine." Nobody will take your hat by mistake.

Speakers are great for playing music. This one is portable and is so small it can fit almost anywhere. Play your favorite Spotify playlist and you'll definitely have a great time.

What are your Spring break essentials? What are you doing for Spring break?

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Swimsuits for Summer Under $100

Swimsuit season is upon us. With the weather getting warm enough for me to crave swimming, I figured its the perfect to post a round of my favorite swimsuits for the season. All of the swimsuits I gathered are under $100 with most under $50. I normally get my swimsuits from Target, but I thought I'd include some I'm lusting over.

Triangl always makes the cutest swimsuits. I love how simple this all black one is. The blue embroidered bikini is the perfect color combo.

Target is my go to for swimsuits. This one's back is amazing. I own this one and love it.

Pacsun always has a great selection. I'm loving the crocheted look on this. The pattern on this bikini is amazing. I love the back on this bikini.

Billabong is a surf company so their swimsuits are superb. I love the pattern on this bikini. I love the crocheting on this. I love the simplicity of this bikini.

Where do you buy swimsuits? Which swimsuit is your favorite?

Monday, March 6, 2017


I'm super excited to announce that Gold Clutter is officially a .com. I had decided that I would make a reality after reaching my page view goal. I'm so proud to announce that I've beaten that goal by more than 250+ pages in 2 days.

Having a URL with a .com makes Gold Clutter appear more professional. I'm excited to see where this new era of Gold Clutter goes. I can already imagine some of whats to come and I'm even more excited for what will be a surprise.

After changing Gold Clutter to a .com, I looked Gold Clutter up on on Google to find it was the top 2 search results. Back in the beginning of January, you couldn't see it on the first page. Hopefully, it will cover the entire first page one day. Its amazing to think how much the blog has grown in a matter of 2 months.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Step Into My Week: Volunteering

I've been waiting for the weekend all week, since Spring break starts then. I'm excited to get away from school for a week and have a vacation full of rest. I definitely need it after all the tests and projects I've had due this week.

I was feeling a little sick on Friday, so I decided to lay low all weekend. Nevertheless, I ended up volunteering a ton. Volunteering always leaves me with a smile, so I love doing it whenever I can. On Friday afternoon, I volunteered at a festival for an elementary school. My friends, Marin, Josh, and me were responsible for a bouncy house. We had to make sure the bouncy house didn't get filled with kids. It was funny to watch kids try and get in the bouncy house. Some of them were crazy determined.

I woke up bright and early Saturday morning to volunteer at my friend's breast cancer fundraiser. I was in charge of manning the displays and goody bags. The wind wasn't working in my favor. Every other second something would fall down. I definitely got my workout in for the day running back and forth.

On Sunday afternoon, I volunteered at a ceramic painting party. We helped paint ceramic tiles with our buddies. My buddy and I had a great time talking. I ended up knowing a few of the other volunteers, so that was nice.

For school, I have to make a TED radio hour style podcast. I've been doing my interviews all week for it. I'm excited to see how the finished project turns out. As I write this, I have a few more interviews before I'm done. Hopefully, I don't have to work on it over Spring break.

I'm going to Orlando for Spring break. My family isn't the theme park family. Is there anything I should do? Anywhere I should eat? Anything I should see?

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Sunglasses Under $150

Sunglasses weather is around the corner. Or in my case, next week, as I will be on Spring break in Florida. No matter where you live, everyone needs a good pair of sunglasses. I need prescription glasses, so I can't have a bunch of fun pairs to switch up. :( For those that can, I've rounded up some of my top picks from Ray Ban, Quay, Urban Outfitters, and Forever 21. With a variety of price points to choose from, you're sure to find a pair you love.

For some reason, I couldn't get the Warby Parker website to work when making this post, but I love them. I have glasses and sunglasses from there. My sunglasses are the Ripley style. I had to get my glasses replaced last year due to a giant scratch and they replaced them for free super fast. If you have them in your city, you have to check them out. The Atlanta store has a photo booth that I'm obsessed with.
1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9
Which pair is your favorite? Do you have prescription sunglasses like me? Where are your sunglasses from?

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February Lust List Under $100

This month it seems like I've been really into fashion looking at my lust list, but I haven't. I guess Spring fashion is on my mind with the swimsuits and open toed shoes. Can we get to Spring, already? I want to skip past the pollen and get to the nice weather before remembering why Atlanta has the nickname, Hotlanta.

Doesn't the onesie look oh so comfy? I'm obsessed with the bunny one too.

I've been commenting on every blog whose featured the Marc Fisher shoes about how much I love them. I'm glad Steve Madden decided to make a more affordable pair.

The red dress is stunning. I love the lace detail on it. Can we talk about the sleeves for a second? Come on, they're amazing.

I absolutely love the tropical leaf pattern on this swimsuit. I've been seeing pictures of it all over the Internet and just might have to get it.

The rash guard is calling my name. I'm loving the print on it. Plus, it'll keep me protected from the sun. I've got to keep myself protected against those harmful rays, you know?

The black dress might seem a little fancy compared to the rest of this list, but it is beautiful. I love the cutouts on it. This is one LBD that is sure to stand out.

The flats are amazing. I love the ankle wrap on them with the cute fringe at the end. They're only $25, so you're girl might have to have them.

This necklace is totally awesome. I'm not normally one for jewelry, but I'm obsessed with this piece. I love the simpleness of it.

What have you been loving this month?

Monday, February 27, 2017

Step Into My Week: BBYO IC

Note: For all my readers not familiar with BBYO, BBYO is a pluralistic Jewish teen youth organization. BBYO's mission is more Jewish teens, more meaningful Jewish experiences. BBYO is made up of AZA (Aleph Zadik Aleph), the boys, and BBG (B'nai Brith Girls), the girls, who all come together once a year for BBYO IC. You can learn all about BBYO here.

Sorry for no blog posts last week. I'm still recovering from IC. Yeah, that's right, I went to BBYO's International Convention. It was amazing. The IC sickness is real. Everyone at my school was sick and coming back from IC, I had no energy. Whenever I wasn't catching up on school work, I was sleeping.

I got to IC on Wednesday. My flight was full of people from Atlanta. I ended up sitting with a girl from Atlanta. We talked for the majority of the ride. The airport was total madness. They had to get a special bus to transfer all of us to the right terminal. While waiting for the bus, I went to the bathroom. Luckily, my friend, Mia, got to the bus while I went to the bathroom. I ran up to her and gave her the biggest bear hug. I was so excited to see her.

Mia and I got to room together with 2 other people we didn't know. Checking into our room was total madness. Mia had to go to band practice so I had to get all of our stuff to our room. Luckily,  another girl, Isabelle, offered to help. The elevator line was so long. I just wanted to get back to the convention. My room key wouldn't work, so I dropped our stuff off in Isabelle's room before heading down to dinner.

Dinner was so awkward sitting all alone. It was just me, Mia, and Isabelle. I felt like a tiny fish in the sea the first day. We had our delegation meeting next. Basically, we got hype for whatever we we're doing next and talked about what was going on the next day.
Southern Region Spirit
The opening ceremonies were amazing. I walked into a room with everyone screaming their region. The energy was unbelievable. All of the region spirt and pride got me so excited for the rest of the weekend. The region and council presidents got to go on stage to show off spirit. I loved seeing what everyone did. To end the night, Seeb DJed. (Side note: Not sure if DJed is a verb, but I just made it a verb.) No one had heard of him, so no one was all that excited. I ended up staying for a few songs before beating the rush to the elevators.

We had to wake up at 6:30 on Thursday in order to make it to breakfast on time. It was rough getting up early. Thursday was focused on being a game changer. The convention's theme was Changing the Game. I loved seeing all the creativity that went into the theme.

To start off the morning, we had a plenary. Game changers talked all about how they were sparking change in their communities. A little girl gave the cutest speech. Everyone was obsessed with it. At the end, we got into our groups for the day. I kept on thinking my group had already left. Luckily, I found my group.

I was in Teen Philanthropy. Going into the leads day activity as they called it, I didn't know what to expect from it. I ended up meeting a ton of new people, so that was nice. For the actual session, we learned all about how we can philanthropists. At the end, each table presented an idea on how our chapters can fundraise. It was hilarious to watch one guy put on a show and rap to present his idea. Hopefully, I see him on some comedy show in 10 years.

Shabbat was so fun. My friends and I ended up going to a service about who we are in Judaism. It was interesting to hear everyones perspectives. We had a blast the whole time.

To make the night even more eventful, we had separates. To keep the gamechanger theme going, the seperates was all about what cause inspires you to be a gamechanger. Everyone got into groups based on what cause they're most passionate about. We came up with ways we can help the causes we're most passionate about and goofed off. The people in charge of my room were I-Board, so that was cool.

To end the night, Mia and I went to Doughneg. We made challah and covered it with brown sugar and chocolate chips. Neither of us knew anyone at our table, so we met more people. All of us talked for a while before going back to our rooms to get some much needed sleep.

For Saturday, we didn't have to be at breakfast until 9. That was nice. I wish school days could be like that. Sometime in between the night and breakfast, Isabelle added Mia and I to a group chat. Everyone in the group chat got breakfast together. It felt good to meet even more people. These people became our squad for the rest of IC. Isabelle, Mia, and I had become really close friends throughout IC. Elena, someone we met in the groupchat, became really good friends with us. We ended up becoming a little squad inside a squad.

Our entire squad went to the song Shabbat service. I don't listen to popular music, so I was clueless to what any of the songs were. I loved getting to know the "new" people more.

Before lunch, we had Limmud. We could go to all these panels and hear speakers talk. I ended up going to one where campaign advisors for politicians spoke. It wasn't what I was expecting, but I still enjoyed it.

Mia and I had heard all about a sound hpnosis activity from the night before, so we we're determined to do it. We got in line for it super early. Everyone was pushing and shoving in an attempt to get in. They ended up shutting down the activity. I guess that means, I have to come back next year to do the activity. Did you read that, mom?

We ended up going to a women in technology Limmud. The lady in charge of it talked all about technology I hadn't heard of before. It was way more interesting than I was expecting. Although I have no interest in a STEM career, it was enertaining to learn all about.

Later that night, was the state of the order. I-Board talked all about what they had been doing. It was plenty cool to hear them talk. In addition to them, a bunch of other speakers spoke. They had an Olympic athlete and someone from Hamilton speak. It was unreal to see the pride in all the speakers' face. (That sounds way creepier than I meant it to.)

For Sunday, everyone could go sight seeing, participate in Color War, or go to AZA BBG elections. I ended up going to elections. Everyone was crazy excited about the new board with the excitement being palpable. (My English teacher would be proud of that word. Thanks, Membeam.) The elections were 10 hours long with a 30 minute break for lunch. Although it was long, I loved getting to see all of it. To make it even better, I got to vote. I went in not expecting to vote, so I loved getting the chance to vote.

I raced back to my room after elections were over in order to make it downstairs in time for the concert. After getting changed, I met up with Tia, someone I met from the group chat, for the concert. I hadn't listened to any of Fifth Harmony, Nelly, or Audien's music, so it felt nice to have someone guide me through the rope of the concert. (Why does that sound so awkward?)

After the concert was over, I dashed right up to my Shuk in order to get a few t-shirts to take home with me. A lot of what I wanted was sold out. :( I ended up getting all t-shirts from North Texas Oklahoma region. I guess they make the best t-shirts.

Sunday night, Mia and I had a jam session with our roommates, Ofree and Jennie. I hate that we we're just getting to know our roommates when the convention was over. We all had a blast hanging out with us pulling a failed all nighter of watching tv and talking.

Monday morning was full of goodbyes. I was so sad to leave all my friends. (IC 2018, right Mom?) It was so sad to see everyone crying with their goodbyes.

IC was an absolute blast. I loved every minute of it especially seeing Mia and meeting new friends. I'm still resting my body from all the craziness a week later. Hopefully by next week, I'll be fully recovered.

To end this, I feel it's very important that I let you know I wrote over 1500 words.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Step Into My Week: BBYO

I've had a crazy busy week. This post only goes up till Wednesday, so you'll have to see what I've been up to next week.

My grandma came into town on Friday night before she went to the airport on Saturday morning. I hadn't seen her in a little while, so it was nice to catch up. We went to Zinburger. My sister got the biggest shake.

On Saturday, I got TSA Pre Check. I expected the process to be an hour or two long, but I was surprised to be out within 20 minutes. I got to have my fingerprint taken, so that was cool. If you don't have it, I totally reccomend it. I'm excited for when I get to use it.

My BBYO chapter had a sleepover on Saturday night. I loved getting to see my friends I hadn't seen in a little while. We had a chapter meeting that took 2 hours. An amendment was trying to get passed, but it failed. After that, we watched some random movie.

Sunday was a busy day for me. Atlanta Council had a BBYO board meeting. I loved seeing people I hadn't seen in a while. It was an updates meeting, so an amendment wasn't trying to get passed.

I'm part of a volunteer leadership program. We got to visit shelters we support through our programs. It was interesting to see where we're helping. I got to meet people in the program I hadn't met before, so that was cool.

To end the day, I had a meeting about exchange students. I'm getting a French exchange student in April. I can't wait to show her all around Atlanta. It will be interesting to see what she thinks of Atlanta.

 The rest of the week was pretty calm. Actually, until Thursday it was calm.

Monday, February 13, 2017

New Design

If you can't tell, I changed up the look of the blog. I always wanted something different than the plain blogger template, so I was ecstatic to find Kotryna Bass offering a free blog design. I instantly jumped at the chance to use this template, and I couldn't be happier. The blog design is so sleek and is exactly what I want it to be. I love how simple, yet elegant it is.

I want to make an about me page with some silly FAQs. I'll have to work on that. If you have any questions for me, please leave them down below.

Please forgive me as I get used to the new site. I'm going to have to figure out what to size the images now that I'm happy with the site.  If anyone knows how to size images for the blog size, please let me know.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Step Into My Week: AJFF and Hiking

This week was a pretty good week. While the weekend was chill, the week was anything but chill. I was all over the place this week rushing from one thing to another.

I spent the whole weekend hanging out at my house. I needed a good "me" weekend after being go go for so long. I ended up going for a hike. The view was absolutely beautiful. I was surprised to see so many people hiking. I had a ton of homework that I had to get done. It felt so good to complete my to do list.

For French class, I was able to see Fanny on Sunday as part of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. The film was absolutely stunning. I was surprised that I understood so much of the movie without subtitles. Sadly my teacher couldn't be at the movie, but I loved immersing myself in the French environment. If you can see the movie, you have to go see it.

In French club, we watched a different movie. I'm not sure what its called as I came in a little late. The story was absolutely entertaining about a man being the caretaker of another man. I'm excited to finish the movie soon.

I had a volunteer program on Monday night. We talked about homelessness. It was saddening to hear some facts I didn't know about homelessness. It definitely makes me want to do more with homeless advocacy.

Tech Crew had a meeting on Tuesday. All of us got to talk about our expectations are for this semester. We got to lash out what we wanted to change and how we can change. I'm excited to see how this comes about.

The rest of the week was pretty chill with a few meetings here and there. I have a jam packed weekend, so you'll have to see what I did next Friday.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Valentine's Day: What to Wear

Valentine's Day is fast approaching. If you're still in need of an outfit, I've got you covered. While some of you will be with your sweetheart, I'll be studying. Luckily I got the thrill of Valentine's Day, while looking for outfits for y'all.
T-shirt / Jeans / Cardigan / Converse

What are you wearing for Valentine's Day? Are you staying in or going out?

Monday, February 6, 2017

Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Her

Valentine's Day is a little more than a week away. With all the pressure to find the perfect gift, I've gathered up gifts any girl would adore. With pink and red galore, you're sure to look festive. To make the gift extra special, be sure to get a bouquet.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Step Into My Week: BBYO and Homecoming

Its crazy to think we're already in February. This year is always flying by. The first half of the year always seems to disappear right before my eyes. I'm super excited for February. I have a weekend trip this month that I've been waiting all year for.

On Friday, I had mystery Shabbat for BBYO. It was so fun. I got to hang out with people I don't normally hang out with. It was funny to watch all people compete against each other to see who knows each other best.

Before Homecoming, I got sushi with my friends, Emma, Sylvie, Revell, and Catie. The food was super good. Sylvie went to Japan and was super knowledgeable about sushi, so she told everyone what to order. My friends all loved their food. It's pretty weird to think that 3 people who don't eat fish went to a sushi restaurant. We had tons of fun chatting.

Homecoming was James Bond themed and was a complete blast. After a little while of dancing, my friends and I ended up playing Black Jack. It was tons of fun. We ended up spending most of the dance playing Black Jack. Although, I missed the homecoming games for the mystery Shabbat, I loved the dance.

Sunday was spent cleaning my room. I got rid of so much junk that has been in my room for ages. During my cleaning, I ended up changing up the furniture locations in my room. I'm loving the new set up.

I ended the weekend with a volunteer workshop. A few of my friends were able to make it. We ended up playing Watch Ya Mouth for a while. It was hilarious to watch us try and decipher what each other was saying. Walking away from the workshop, I felt way more excited to volunteer.

The school week has been a pretty chill week. I haven't had a lot of school work this week, so its been super relaxing. I'm sure its going to start getting crazy next weekend again.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Homecoming Week

Homecoming week was an absolute blast. I loved dressing up in crazy costumes. I definitely took the themes much farther than most people at my school. It was always fun to see what people came up with for each day.

Monday was twin day. My friend Catie and I decided to match all week, so we celebrated twin day everyday. For the actual twin day, we went with a mermaid theme. Both of us had green scaley leggings. Mine were way too tall for me. I had to roll them up a ton in order for them to fit right. Catie made us seashell tank tops. They were so pretty. I would have thought they were from a store. The glitter made the tops perfect. Our costumes for twin day were totally out of this world.

Tuesday was decades day. Both of us are big Gilmore Girls fans. I'm not done with the series, but I knew we had to do something with Gilmore Girls. I was Rory while Catie was Lorelai. For my costume, I basically copied this look. Catie brought us coffee cups for us to carry around and it totally made the costume spectacular.
Wednesday was super hero day. We went as Batman. Catie made the Batman costumes. The shirts had a Batman logo on them, the cape had the batman logo, and we had the classic Batman belt. Sadly, the batman belt was too big for me, so I couldn't wear it. You could really see the attention to detail.

Thursday was America day. America day was my favorite. We went all out for this day. Both of us had on matching American flag leggings. They were surprisingly really comfortable. We paired the leggings with a t-shirt that had Abraham Lincoln on it. I wore some American flag socks to complete the look. This was by far my favorite costume.

Friday was T day. Each grade was assigned a letter. Catie and I decided to wear tie dye for T day. We got tie dye leggings. The leggings were crazy long, but I loved them. I would totally wear the leggings around my house. I paired the leggings with a white t-shirt to help balance out the intensiveness of the leggings.
I loved Homecoming week. It was so much fun to pick out what I was going to wear each day. I'm not sure if next year's outfits will be as elaborate. Maybe, they'll be even more elaborate?

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January Lust List

I've decided to start a new monthly series. Every month I'm going to make a list of items that I'm lusting after. My favorites don't change that much, so I figured this would be a great way to see what I've been enjoying lately.

What have you been lusting over this month? Do your monthly favorites change?

Monday, January 30, 2017

Great Snow Boots

The Atlanta weather has been crazy these past few weeks. One week it was supposed to snow, the next it was sunny, and now its cold and sad looking. I was totally hoping it would snow, but all we got was ice. I got to enjoy a nice, relaxing weekend studying for my Poli Sci exam instead of playing in the snow. What fun, right? In the hopes of it snowing, I rounded up some boots that would be great for the snow. Hopefully, you'll get snow if you want some or the snowing heading towards you will come to Atlanta.

Hunter Boots // I love my short Hunter boots so much that I wrote about them in my 2016 favorites post. My boots would be too short for a lot of snow, but the mid-height or tall boots would be great. With so many colors to choose from, you're sure to find a pair you love. I love the idea of having a plain outfit with a bold pair of rain boots. You can be extra warm by adding a pair of boot socks. Hunter boots will keep you warm and stylish all year.

Sorel Boots // Everybody who goes skiing or lives somewhere cold seems to have a pair of these. The brand makes so many options that its hard to decide which pair to get. The insulated boots will keep you warm no matter what activity you're doing. The boots are definitely expensive, but they will be able to be worn for years and years without being destroyed.

UGG Boots // This brand is so well known and totally deserves to be well known. The boots ultra soft material can become water resistant with a water resistant kit or you can buy water resistant boots. Lots of their normal boots have started to come in water resistant options in recent years. Everybody who has a pair don't stop raving about how comfy they are.

Bean Boots // Anyone who has these boots is obsessed with them. The classic look is perfect in the snow. Although their aren't a lot of color options to choose from, all the color options are incredibly adorable and would look great with any outfit. Some people love to add an extra lining in the boot in order to keep them warm in freezing temperatures.

Hopefully, this will bring some snow down South. I've been lusting after the tall Hunter boots for years, but I'm too short for them. They go up above my knees. The Sorrel boots are starting to become a new adore. I love the look, but I think Atlanta would be too hot for the warmth of the boots. What boots do you want? Do you have any of these shoes? What do you think of them?

Friday, January 27, 2017

Step Into My Week: Kallah and Tech Crew

Happy Friday! I love reading about what my favorite bloggers do in their lives off the screen. Prep In Your Step publishes a weekly recap of her week. I love the idea and couldn't help but make it a weekly tradition.

This week was crazy busy. I was constantly in the car trying to get to all the things I had to get done. I'm relieved to see the weekend coming near as this week has flown by. I'm excited for the weekend as I have 2 dances. Hopefully, next week isn't as crazy as this week was.

Over the weekend, I had Kallah for BBYO. I got to room with 2 of my good friends from my Chapter. It was great to take on the small, hotel convention with them. The intimate size of the convention allowed me to meet some new people.

Kallah is all about Judaism. The whole weekend was centered around exploring our personal Judaism. The convention's theme was Hineni - here I am. Overall, the convention allowed me to think deeply about Judaism in ways I hadn't thought before.

On Saturday night, we had a dance. Nobody gets dressed up, everybody wears a t-shirt and shorts. I decided to go all out for the Israel theme. I felt like a barber spinning pole in my blue and white striped tights. The Hannukah shirt is hilarious to me.

This week has been Homecoming week. My friend, Catie, and I came up with our outfits a few weeks ago. Our outfits are totally excessive and amazing in every way possible. I plan on doing a more in depth Homecoming week outfits post next week. The themes were twin day, decades day, superhero day, America day, and T day.

I started being on a leadership committee this week. Looking over the calendar of all the events for the year got me so excited. We have our first event in a month. It'll be exciting to get to experience an event from the behind the scenes perspective. I know a few people on the committee, but not a lot, so I'm excited to get meet more people.

To add to the excitement, I began tech crew. I cleaned up the scene shop along with a few other newbies. So far, tech crew seems like it'll be fun. The current tech crew is in the middle of a show, so we start doing actual tech crew activities next week. I'm going to have to work on balancing my schedule in order to do everything I need to get done.

Hopefully next week is as fun as this week.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Slip-On Shoes Under $100

I've been loving the trend of the slip on shoe. They're perfect for transitioning from Winter to Spring. Lately in Atlanta, it has felt like Spring weather with temperatures getting up into the high 60s I'm loving the weather change. These shoes will serve well during the transitional times of the season.
 Clockwise 1 (The pattern is giving me heart eyes) / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 (Adorable) / 10 (I'm obsessed) / 11 / 12 (Such a steal)

Which pair is your favorite? Are you in love with this trend?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Ways to be Politically Active

This past election season was crazy to say the least. With the Inauguration tomorrow, I compiled a list of things you can do to be politically active.

Know what's going on in the world.

Find out what your elected officials are voting on.

Register to vote.

How to talk to your elected officials.

How to get your elected officials to act.

March in the women's march.

Report sexism in the media.

Put restrooms available for all on the map.

Help immigrants learn English or prepare for the citizenship test.

Assist immigrants with legal help.

Report discrimination.

Support women in office.


I want to be an active volunteer in the causes I'm passionate about, and I want to voice my opinions to my elected officials. How are you going to be politically active?