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

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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.
Rules:
  • 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 ago 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

New URL

I'm super excited to announce that Gold Clutter is officially a .com. I had decided that I would make GoldClutter.com 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.
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Which pair is your favorite? Do you have prescription sunglasses like me? Where are your sunglasses from?