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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

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

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

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?