Friday, November 29, 2019

Fitness Gift Guide Under $100

Outdoor Voices Athena Crop Top // Outdoor Voices Exercise Dress // Hoka One One Bondi 6 Sneakers // Fitbit Charge 3 // Trigger Point Grid Foam Roller // Alo Warrior Yoga Mat // Hydro Flask Water Bottle with Sport Cap // Herschel Packable Duffle // Cotopaxi Teca Half-Zip Windbreaker // Apple AirPods // InvisiBobble Power Hair Ring Ties // Lululemon Hotty Hot Shorts // Lululemon Time to Restore Short Sleeve // Lululemon Time to Sweat Crop 23" // Lululemon Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve Crew // Lululemon The (Small) Towel

Leggings and gym memberships aren't the only gifts you can give your fitness loving friends. To help you come up with other ideas, I've rounded up some items that will be helpful for staying fit all year long. I know some people start on their New Yea's resolution of exercising early, so I thought this would be the perfect gift guide to share. I know lots of people are motivated to workout when they have new workout clothes so I'm sharing my picks for the perfect fitness gifts. Everything is under $100 so it should be relatively affordable with some items under $15. Whether the person you're buying for is a runner, a weightlifter, a yogi, or an occasional cyclist, these gift ideas are perfect for them.

Outdoor Voices Athena Crop Top - I got to hear the founder Ty Haney talk last year, and I was completely blown away by the their #doingthings ideas. This sports bra crop top is perfect for getting after it and #doingthings. You could rock this to yoga class and around town for the rest of the day.

Outdoor Voices Exercise Dress - Why wasn't this created sooner? It's genius! You can wear this dress made out of exercise material to your favorite workout class and bounce around town the rest of the day looking completely put together. All the color options are so fun!

Hoka One One Bondi 6 Sneakers - I got sized for running sneakers a few years ago and it completely changed the game. I'd previously been wearing Nikes that weren't supportive and now rock a pair of Saucony sneakers whenever I go running. These days I'm lusting after the Hoka sneakers. It seems like every pro runner I know is wearing these, so if you want to look like you totally know what you're doing even if you have no idea, you should get a pair of Hoka sneakers.

Fitbit Charge 3 - Competition is either really good for some people or its really bad. With the Fitbit, you choose whether you want competition or you don't, which I love. I strap on my Fitbit and see how many steps I can get in each day. I'm not competing against anyone but if I wanted to, I totally could. The FitBit is the ultimate athletic tracker and this Fitbit Charge is the perfect stepping stone to the most advanced running watches.

Trigger Point Grid Foam Roller - So many people I know swear by a foam roller. They say it helps stretch themselves out after a run and loosen them up before exercise. While I haven't tried a foam roller, it seems like the perfect tool for making you look like you know what you're doing.

Alo Warrior Yoga Mat - This is the yoga mat of yoga mats. It has all the features you could want with a no slip material that wicks away moisture. The cushioned rubber matting will support you in case you fall. My current yoga mat isn't very cushioned so I love the idea of this yoga mat.

Hydro Flask Water Bottle with Sport Cap - You're probably wondering why you should spend $35 on a water bottle? Until I tried out a Hydro Flask for the first time I didn't understand why anybody would want something besides a Nalgene. Boy did I learn. This water bottle will keep your ice frozen all day. Let me repeat that so it'll sink in. Your ice will stay frozen all day. This is a total game changer while you're working out. Go ahead, drop the pretty penny on the water bottle, and thank me later.

Herschel Packable Duffle - I'm not gonna lie, this took me forever to find. It seems like most gym bags on the market are ugly and chunky. I didn't want a boring black duffle so I love this colorblocked blue gem. This bag is perfect for taking to the gym and for a long weekend. We love a multi purpose bag.

Cotopaxi Teca Half-Zip Windbreaker - I found out about this brand in March, and I've been thinking about it ever since. This windbreaker is the perfect thing to throw on before you run out the door. It'll stop the wind from beating you down and has a pocket to store your keys while you run. The colorblocking comes in so many options allowing you to show off your personality while protecting you from drivers.

Apple AirPods - Don't you hate running holding your phone in one hand and keeping your earbuds in with the other? Well, I've got the solution for you. AirPods are the perfect practical gift for your favorite fitness junkie as they can use them all the time.

InvisiBobble Power Hair Ring Ties - Getting a hair tie stuck in your hair is no fun. It's a knotty mess to get out. These hair ring ties are the perfect way to sweep your hair back into the perfect pony while exercising.

Lululemon Hotty Hot Shorts - These shorts are perfect for storing your keys in so you can exercise without worrying about where to put your stuff. With that in mind, these shorts are an instant buy for me.

Lululemon Time to Restore Short Sleeve - When I first saw this shirt, I couldn't believe it was meant for exercise. It's just so pretty while I've always thought of exercise shirts as more plain. This shirt is perfect for yoga and wearing about town.

Lululemon Time to Sweat Crop 23" - Good cropped leggings are hard to come by. Cropped leggings are often too short or too long. These leggings are the perfect length. They also have a pocket for holding your phone so you don't have to do the awkward phone dance while running. Having done the awkward phone dance one too many times, I'm so happy for you already.

Lululemon Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve Crew - Running in the cold is just not fun. You're either freezing because you're not wearing enough clothing or you're sweating because you're to bundled up. It's hard, man. This long sleeve is perfect for keeping you warm while exercising in the cold winter months.

Lululemon The (Small) Towel - This towel is perfect for wiping off the grime before you hop on your gym's treadmill. It's also great for keeping sweat off of you. This towel has a million in one uses that'll help you keep exercising.

There you have it folks. The ultimate fitness gift guide under $100. No matter what you get your fitness buff friend or fitness newbie friend, they're sure to love it. If you want even more fitness gift ideas, be sure to check out my last fitness gift guide.

Monday, November 25, 2019

November Lust List

Here are some items I've been lusting after lately. Living in Atlanta, I don't have a ton of winter clothes as you can get away with wearing summer clothes during winter. As I prepare to head off to college, its important I start to cultivate a winter wardrobe. I've picked out some long sleeve options that are perfect for living in Atlanta and will work for winter wherever I go to college.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Desk Inspiration

My mom recently moved to a new house. I'm super excited about it as my room is currently a blank canvas besides the bedframe. With all of my items packed up in boxes, I'm itching to pick out a bookshelf and desk to keep my items stored on. I've been scrolling Pinterest for inspiration lately.

My room has incredible lighting as I have a big window that light streams in through all day. I love natural lighting! My walls are painted white which just makes the natural lighting bounce off the walls. My lighting situation is seriously so great.

With my white walls, I'm drawn to white desks to keep the room feeling light and airy. I really like the openness of the room. I've been loving white desks with monochrome displays over the desks. I think my room will have a bit more color than some of these pictures, but I still really love the vibe they give off.
I love the G print. I think it would be cool to do a monthly calendar in this style. I think everything looks so put together. You have so much storage but it's not all shown. I really like the actual desk.
The picture hangy thing (I wish I knew what it was called) makes everything look neat and organized while still allowing color to be present. I think this would like nice in a smaller version underneath my desk. For a DIY version, I'm thinking I could do this with chicken wire.
I really like the desk's simple drawer. It looks like it might a bit shallow. I've always had a really deep desk as I like to spread out so the actual desk might not work for me. I think the gallery wall is a cute idea. Once again, I like how similar everything looks.
I love the simplicity of the design. It doesn't feel overcrowded. I have so many random pens, papers, and office supplies. I would have to find a creative way to store them if I did a setup like this.

I'm excited to see what direction I go with for my desk. Hopefully, I can get it all setup before school starts.

Monday, July 8, 2019

My iPhone Case

My iPhone case broke a few months ago right before spring break. I duct-taped it together with plans to get a new one after spring break. Now, its the end of June, and I just I got a new case. You could say I'm a bit behind.

In my quest to find an iPhone case I had two requirements. First, it needed to fit my iPhone 8 Plus. Second, I needed to have some sort of phone wallet. Whenever I go places, I just carry my phone with my cards, keys, and water bottle. I like that I don't need to carry a wallet. Plus, it makes it super convenient with everything I need in one place.

After a bit of research, I quickly discovered I'd have to get the same case if I wanted a phone wallet. While I liked my old case, I didn't want to buy the same case. So, I came up with a creative solution. I could pick out any phone case and add a cardholder to the back.

I didn't want to cover my iPhone case with my card holder and not see any of the case. This meant I needed to get a single color case or a striped or polka dotted case. I decided to go with a single color case.

In the end, I chose Casemate's Tough Clear Case for iPhone 8 Plus. The case popped super easily onto my phone, which is awesome as some cases can be hard to finagle on. My school gave me a black card holder so I have that on there. While I would've loved a colorful case, I'm happy with my practical iPhone case.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

New About Page

Hi people! I figured it was about time I update my about page. The last time I updated it was January 2017 so it was long overdue for a makeover. Click on over to my about page to learn all about me. Do you know what my favorite color is? Favorite bridge? Favorite license plate? Go on over to find out.
If you have anything I think I should add to my about page, please let me know in the comments.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Step Into My Week: Portland, Oregon

As I'm writing this, it's been exactly a year since I last posted a Step Into My Week post. I love reading my old posts so I'm hoping to get back into writing them. Can't say they'll be a weekly post. I'm thinking a small goal of a monthly Step Into My Week post would be good for me. We shall see.

I recently took a trip to Oregon to tour the University of Oregon and to explore the Oregon coast. Somehow I'm more obsessed with the Pacific Northwest than before. It's so magical. The trees. The vibe. The vegan food. You name it, I love it.

When I went to Portland last summer, I went to the vegan mall. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to go again. I got the same delicious vegan ice cream I got as last time. The most exciting part for me was the cone. Most cones have some sort of dairy in them, so I was very excited to eat the cone.
We went to the Portland Japanese Garden. This place is absolutely beautiful. I was so amazed by the small tree plants they'd been growing for decades. They all had such intricate detailing. Doesn't the garden look so peaceful?
The International Rose Garden is right to the Portland Japanese Garden. It's definitely worth battling the traffic to go to these two spots. The Rose Garden has an excellent view of the city. Plus, the roses are just magnificent. I went in late May when only a few of the flowers were blooming. All the flowers had bloomed when I went in mid-June last year. No matter what, you'll see some flowers if you visit in the summertime. I captured this picture of the tennis court because it amazes me that you can be surrounded by roses while playing tennis. Maybe, I'd play tennis if I lived there?
We went to Powells Book Emporium. This place is absolute magic! Rooms and rooms with rows and rows of books. What's not to love? I ended up choosing a book that was a diary of a bookseller. Seemed very fitting.
We took the Columbia River Highway toward Mt. Hood. The fog against the mountains made for stunning pictures.
Here's a goofy picture of me in a park ranger hat. I actually really like it. It would've been perfect for hiking.

Friday, June 28, 2019

To Be Read

I recently downloaded the Libby app in preparation for my trip to Israel. I'm planning on reading a bunch on the plane so Libby's perfect since I won't have to lug around books. While I definitely prefer reading a physical book, I love that its so accessible.

I thought it might be interesting to share some of the books I've checked out to read. Without further ado, I present my Libby shelf.

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney

I've been reading a bunch of more serious books so I checked out some more light reads that are perfect for the beach. In this case, they'll be perfect for me for the plane.

Do you have any book recommendations for me? I've been on a reading kick so I'm down for your recommendation.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Recent Finds

I've done some shopping recently in preparation for what I have coming up for the rest of the summer.  I don't own a ton of business-y clothing, so I'm in the process of building a small wardrobe for the Jewish Studies program I'm doing. Ladies, I've just gotta say this, clothing is so expensive. I've been making a conscious to make sure I love everything I buy, but I can't stop thinking about how expensive it is. It'll last though! Also, please utilize your local alterations place. Mine has come in such frequent use lately. I'm just a short gal living in a tall girl's closet. Or that's what it seems like. But for real, y'all, alterations are the bomb digity.

If you're a Lululemon fan and short, you've gotta become an Iviva stan. Ivivva is Lululemon's brand for tweens and teens that sells a bunch of their women's styles for cheap. Well, not cheap, but cheaper. Plus, they have free alterations! Alterations are expensive but oh so worth it. All I'm saying is when a place has free alterations, please appreciate them. In the end, I ended up going with two pairs of leggings as I needed long leggings. I got the rhythmic tight in luxtreme and the rhythmic tight in brushed. I honestly can't tell you which is which, but one of them is more of a wear around the house material and the other is an exercise compression legging. They're both at alterations as I type so I can't talk about them besides the five minutes I wore them for. I'm happy with my purchase, and I can't wait to possibly run in them.
My mom was browsing Madewell's site and found this denim shirtdress. I love how versatile of a dress it is. You can dress it up or wear it more casual. I'm digging items that can be fancied up for my business clothing days but also worn more casual. It has a pocket that I think would be perfect for stuffing with wildflowers. When I saw the dress, I had this vision of me wearing the dress leaning against a bike and holding a straw bag with flowers poking out. If I wanted to have a photo shoot, I think it would be a cute photo shoot.
I've been looking for a denim jacket for forever. I mean f.o.r.e.v.e.r. Seriously, I've been looking for so long. This girl in my advisory always wear a denim jacket, and I think she looks so put together every time. Will this denim jacket make me look put together? Probably not, but I still want it.
Long story short, I found out I needed a maxi dress in less than a week. If you know the Instagram account @TargetDoesItAgain, you know that name is serious because Target Did It Again. I ended up with a few contenders but settled on this colorful striped masterpiece. Also, it has a square neck, which is so cute to me.
I've owned one swimsuit for the last few summers. I felt like it was time I buy another swimsuit. I ended up ordering two from Target and I love them both. I got a blue striped bikini that has awesome texture. I'm not crazy about the back of the bikini, but I love the pattern. I also got a bikini top that has metallic gold stripes. Now, I just need to go swimming.
Time to mix up this roundup! I lost my Chacos so my Grandma gave me her old pair to wear in the meantime. The meantime was supposed to be short but ended up being almost a year. Well, now that time is over because I got a pair of Chacos. I got the classic Z2 in black.
I'm so excited to wear all this clothing as I know they're going to get a ton of use. I'm thinking about going swimming tonight. Maybe, going for a run tomorrow. The jean jacket and denim dress will be getting their fair share of use in Israel. I've worn the Chacos every single day since I've gotten them. I think I'm wearing the denim dress to services on Friday.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Summer 2019, I'm Ready For You

It's summer y'all! If you can't tell, your girl is so excited. It feels like the last month of school drags on but goes by in a flash. This May was no exception but I'm so happy I'm on summer break.

I had to throw in the High School Musical summer gif in there to show I know a tad of pop culture and because it's so true.

So, what exactly am I doing this summer? I posted one blog post, a step into my week, the entire summer last year. I'm not letting that happen this summer as I want to document all that I'm doing. When talking about my summer, I'm gonna go at it like an action plan. The leadup to the game is June, the game is July, and the postgame is August — weirdest metaphor of all time, but I'm trying to metaphorize my summer, I guess.

If June is the leadup to the game, what am I doing all of June? Alright, I'll admit June my metaphor is just not good but I'm just gonna charge forward with it. June is my 'be productive' month.

I'm kicking off summer with a trip to Oregon to check out the University of Oregon (go ducks!), explore Portland, and see the Oregon coast. I'm stoked to check out more of Portland as me and my dad only explored Portland for twelve hours when we visited Washington and Oregon last summer.

After my trip to Portland, I'm flying back to Atlanta to take a summer class. Most people think taking a summer class is a lame thing to do, but I'm overjoyed about the opportunity. I'll be studying gentrification in Atlanta. It's going to be a neat and eye-opening experience.

While this is going on, I'm taking the ACT (go college!) and doing loads of summer work. I'm pumped for the classes I'm taking senior year but I have a large amount of summer work. I'm planning on knocking it out during June because June is the leadup to the game (the metaphor's never going away).

I made a list of events happening in June that I want to check out so I'm hoping to attend a bunch of things going on in the city. I also plan on volunteering quite a bit. I want to spend a lot of time giving back this summer.

The second two weeks of June are dedicated to summer work and college prep. I'm hoping to finish some of the essays I need to write for college applications in June so I can lessen the work I'll be doing when school's in session. If I can, I want to squeeze in a trip to Asheville to visit my family for a few days.

We're on to the game, also known as July. This is the meat of my summer (another weird metaphor) as I'll be out of town for 25 days. I'm spending three weeks exploring Israel, which I cannot wait to experience as I've never been. From there, I fly back to Atlanta to spend a few days adjusting to the flight difference before heading back up north to attend a Jewish studies summer program.

The postgame that is August is only summer for half the month so I've gotta make the most of it. The Jewish studies program takes up a good chunk of time leaving me with five days before school starts. In those five days, I'll be doing last minute errands to get ready for high school to start my senior year.

My summer is crazy busy in the best way. I cannot wait to be doing what I love, learning and exploring. I'm hoping I'll be a good blogger this year and share my adventures on the blog.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

My Summer Vision Board

School's wrapping up and summer's right around the corner. I'm stoked for all that I have going on this summer. I'm going to be super busy but I love being busy as I'm most productive when I'm busy. I'll post a list of everything I'm doing this summer in the near future. I'm figuring out some travels right now so I'll update y'all when I can.

I was on YouTube the other day when my sidebar featured a video about vision boards. I randomly clicked on it after resisting the concept for years. I was so impressed by the video's idea. I don't fully believe how it will revolutionize your life but I think it's a good way to visualize what you want to do. I ended up watching all the videos Olivia made on vision boards before deciding to make one for myself.

I followed Olivia's advice and wrote down some things I'd like to accomplish in the next few months, some actions I'd like to integrate into my life, and other goals I'd like to do. I picked out which goals were the most important for me to do in the coming months and set to work. I followed Olivia's advice and scouted Pinterest for pictures that fitted the vibe I was going for. I then uploaded my pictures to Canva and played around with them until I got a layout I liked. I uploaded the layout into VSCO to give the pictures a similar filter to help them look more cohesive.
Summer Vision
I feel like its very aesthetically pleasing since I tried to grab pictures in the same color scheme to help make it look uniform. I'm over the moon with what I created. I considered ordering a large print of it from Costco but I didn't find pictures in high enough quality to make it worth it. When I do this again, I'm going to focus on finding pictures in high quality.

You're probably wondering what all these pictures stand for. Well, I'm here to tell ya. Dinner parties have been on my brain recently. I don't whether it's having all the people you love around you, the delicious meal, or the conversation that seems the most magical to me. No matter what, I want to throw dinner parties. They can be potluck or themed. Whatever they are, I'm excited.

I want to create a dedicated exercise routine. I've been doing a mixture of running and walking on the treadmill lately. I turn on a YouTube video and run for one video and then walk for the next video. While I love that I'm exercising, I want to make the most of Atlanta's outdoors during the summer. I'm hoping to start a yoga practice through all the free yoga sunset sessions.

In addition to exercising, I'm hoping to spend more time hiking. I love the feeling of being in nature on the trails. It's so tranquil. I just got news today I'm going on a trip that will involve a decent amount of hiking. Cannot wait to be on the trails.

I love books. Books allow you to see the world from a new perspective and gain knowledge. I want to focus more of my energy on reading. I got frustrated at the lack of books I've read for pleasure in high school so I purchased some books to read a few months. I have a good stack of books to get through that excite me, which is awesome. I also have a ton of summer reading so I know I'll be spending a good portion of the summer with my nose in a book.

I want to live in the moment. I'm such a planner. Google Calendar is my #1, jk. But for real, so much of what I do is planned ahead. I want to have more adventures that come out of nowhere. I want to road trip to the middle of Georgia for no apparent reason. I want to stay up late goofing off with my friends. I want to say yes more. I want to go on adventures just for the sake of it.

I'm a travel gal. I love exploring new places and seeing the world from a different vantage point. I'm stoked about all the places I'm going this summer. I cannot wait to see all the adventures I go traveling to new places.

This summer is going to be epic. I can't wait to look back in a few months and reflect on all the incredible experiences I had. Here's to going for it, adventuring, dinner parties, and reading more. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Tucker + Tate Lust List

I came across this brand when scrolling through Nordstrom's sale section. Isn't it the cutest? I love the simplicity of their designs mixed with fun prints. I haven't decided which dress or romper I'm planning on testing out. I love the gingham jumpsuit but it might be too long on me.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Spring Lust List

It's warm out! Can I get a hallelujah for the warm weather? I've been able to wear jeans comfortably all year until today. It's probably because I've worn a thick sweatshirt today. But still... I'm ready to embrace the heat because it means summer's near.

For this roundup of what I've been eyeing, I rounded up my favorite yellow and striped clothing. I tend to stick to white, blue, grey, black, and green for my closet. Hopefully, this will inspire me to get some yellow into my wardrobe.

Monday, April 29, 2019

11 Random Thoughts

It’s been a hot second since I’ve written an eleven random thoughts post, but I’m back, baby (in the time of Ice, Ice, Baby). In the little bit since my last version of this series, I’ve traveled the globe, taken a multitude of tests, and continued on life’s adventures. Needless to say, I’ve been busy.
  • I’ve been “sporty.” I’m writing that in quotes because I haven’t sported (is that even a word?), but I’ve been going to sports games. In the last week, I’ve gone to a baseball game and a soccer game. That’s a new record for me! Here’s to hoping I keep this track record up!
  • Finals are coming up, which is scary but doable. They’re definitely not the most fun time of the year, but I’m always impressed by how much I remember. It’s always interesting to see what my teachers come up with for finals. My French final is always interesting.
  • I’ve become a podcast person. I’ve never been one to put on music without instinct. I always have to remind myself because I find that I get easily distracted by podcasts. I’ve been listening to podcasts on long drives as I like that I’m getting something out of them.
  • I’m reading Michelle Obama’s book. I’ve always thought of her as a queen but her book has given me even more respect for her. While the first forty pages were a bit slow for me, I’ve loved reading about her life.
  • I’ve been staring at a screen in front of me as I’ve been sitting on a plane for the last six hours. It makes me sad to think of how screen and WiFi dependent I am. While I’ve spent half the time reading Michelle Obama’s book, I’m upset to know I’ve spent my time staring at a screen getting nothing in return.
  • I’m wrapping up tech for the year. The seniors have become near and dear friends of mine (I sound like an old lady there.). While I’m sad to see them leave, I can’t wait to see all they accomplish next year. I’m soaking up the last few moments with them as I don’t know how much time I have left with them.
  • My school has advisory, which is similar to homeroom except we meet once a week. I jokingly refer to my advisory as the theater advisory as half of us do theater. It’s been cool to see how theater has allowed our advisory to get closer.
  • I’m really hoping I’ll make it to an Atlanta United game as I haven’t been yet. I’ve heard the energy in the stadium is really unbelievable. Hopefully, I’ll make it to a game this summer donning all the Atlanta United apparel I can find.
  • I haven’t figured out my full summer schedule yet. I have July and August covered but I have nothing down for June. I’m not really sure what I’ll end up doing but I’m hoping it’ll involve some sort of exploring.
  • I’m taking an independent study with my advisor next year. The topic is all on Atlanta, which excites me as I love where I’ve gotten to grow up. We need to talk more about the details. While I cannot wait for summer, I’m also excited for next school year because of this class.
  • I’ve been publishing fashion content lately, which is so unlike me as I’ve never been into fashion. It’s been so fun for me to spend hours scouring the internet to curate the perfect collection. I’ll have to spend some time looking through what I’ve picked out to decide what I want to order.

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.