Monday, July 29, 2013

Dear Diary, Eureka! I've finally figured out how to layer!

J. Crew Spring 2013 from

Due to Pinterest, Instagram and J. Crew’s insane summer sales, I have been obsessing over a summer look very different than my own - layering. This means preppy sweaters with bright button ups underneath and lightweight jackets on top with mountains of jewelry in between. So fabulous, so nautical chic! Then I came to the sudden realization in that I have no idea how to layer on my own. I studied Pinterest more carefully, went into J. Crew stores and tried (and failed miserably) to piece together sweater and shirt combos. Everything I tried on felt stiff, hot and awkward. I thought, “I will never be able to do this, layering just won’t be a thing for me, like drop-waist dresses and shoes with fat horizontal straps.”

And then I went to San Francisco.

As fate would have it I packed for 75 degree weather, but when we arrived the fog and windchill made it 60 at best. I waltzed in wearing a semi-sheer silk button up and shorts for goodness sake! I had a feeling we weren’t in Texas any more. So what did I do? I pulled my one sweater over my silk shirt and put on only pair of jeans I brought with me. When I was packing I never intended to wear the white and red gingham silk shirt with the crème cable-knit sweater but the act of desperation made me pair them and the result was fabulous! We had a total mommy-and-me moment when I realized my mother had rolled her sleeves the same way: 
Me: Ralph Lauren Sweater, Madewell shirt, VS Jeggings
Mother: Northface fleece, Ralph Lauren shirt

The very first thing we did after leaving the hotel was B-linging it to the nearest shopping avenue to buy an army green cargo jacket. A green cargo jacket was something I’d been eying for years, but never needed it. But I wore it every day and turns out to be a great layering piece. The next day we went took a walking tour around the Presidio, and went shopping for more layers.

That night we at dinner at Tadish's for my mother’s birthday so I put on my new neutral sweater over my bright silk button up for the evening and zipped into my favorite wedges for the short walk to the restaurant.
Banana Republic sweater, Worthington silk shirt, J. Crew necklace, Kendra Scott earrings, Gap belt, VS jeans, Longchamp tote, Sam Edelman wedges

The next day we went to Tiburon and I was really feeling the blue vibes… almost too much! I decided I just had to throw on a sparkly necklace to give a little girly touch to my boyish outfit.
CottonOn jacket, J. Crew shirt, Henri Bendel sweater, J. Crew Necklace

So all I needed was a little change in temperature, some more long sleeves in my wardrobe and silk shirts under the sweaters in order to feel comfortable with the layering style! In the mid west we still have a few more months before we can bring our sweaters out of hibernation, but it’s a great look for fall if you have cooler temperatures coming your way!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Dear Diary, my Birchbox came today!

Lets be real, I never get mail. And who doesn't love getting mail? Especially living in a sorority house where you can dash upstairs and squeal and scream with everyone you see over what you just got. Every time I walked by our mail cubbies at the house I’d look and see if there was anything for me and the answer was almost always “no”. In December on a flight to Chicago, I was reading a magazine and discovered Birchbox. How it works is you sign up for a subscription that costs $10 a month (after a waitlist period, currently about four weeks), and they will send you a personalized box full of high-end samples in an adorable pink box. Of the six to eight samples that come every month, there has been at least one product in every box I decide I simply cannot live without. My favorites so far have been Clark’s Botanical Face Cream, Lancôme mascara, and folle de joie perfume. When you sign up you take a little quiz that helps customize the kinds of product samples you receive (i.e. I wanted more make-up, less lotions and creams, etc.). They also have men’s subscriptions for the guys who need more than the one miracle bottle of shampoo/conditioner/body wash (how is that even possible?). On their website you can buy the full sized products of the samples you received, and many more. Here’s a link to their website -> and this is a list of everything that came in my box this month!

Happy Friday!



Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Dear PNMs, some tips for Recruitment

Sorority recruitment is a stressful process- especially for a Potential New Member (PNM). The huge transition from high school to college comes with a lot of things to worry about, recruitment often being the first thing on the list. I wish I could have lunch with every PNM to help answer questions about the process and how to prepare, but that’s simply impossible. So here is a quick list of what to do and what NOT to do in preparation for your entrance into sorority life:

The DO’s and DON’T’s of sorority recruitment prep
1. DO clean up your social media, its the fastest way for chapter members to learn more about you before meeting you face-to-face and you don't want to make a bad first impression.
2. DO feel free to get your hair done/nails manicured/teeth whitened. If you look your best you’ll feel more confident!
3. DON’T be a cookie-cutter when it comes to your outfits! Chapters want to see your personality, what makes you an individual. So go ahead, wear your favorite Haute Hippie sequined shorts or that giant monogramed hair bow you just bought on Etsy. Plus it’ll be a great conversation starter!
4. DO remember that for the preference round (the final day of recruitment) most chapters have their members dress in all black or all white, so you may want to choose a dress that is neither of those colors.
5. DO take a tote or purse with you with a little notebook and a pen so you can write down thoughts/feelings about each house after you visit. At the schools with a large Panhellenic system the chapters tend to blend together that first day. Also consider packing things you can use to freshen yourself up like travel sized deodorant, blotting tissues, wash cloth, and a hand fan. 
6. DON’T be too overwhelmed on your first day – I know that’s almost impossible but here’s your fair warning – most sororities on most campuses chant and sing very loudly, in unison… just like the movies. It's supposed to be fun and peppy so don't be afraid to smile and wave back!
7. DON’T listen to any/all rumors you have heard about the chapters/the Recruitment process at your university. 99% of them aren’t true and 100% of them cause unnecessary stress.
8. DO go in open minded. It’s the best way to let yourself really reflect and decide which chapter you feel most comfortable in.
9. DO relax! Believe it or not every thing works out like it’s supposed to. Trust the system, it has worked for decades of sorority women and you will be no exception☺

Luckily all the beatification you do lasts after Bid Day, cause you’ll want to look your best for the first week of class, football games and date parties. Fall semester is one big photo op and you’ll be glad you put in all the effort you did for recruitment. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

At the end of the day all everyone wants is for every PNM to be happy with the sorority they commit to. And going Greek will be the best decision of your life- it will change you for the better in an immeasurable amount of ways. I was a PNM just short two years ago and looking for pictures for this article nearly brought me to (happy) tears because every Bid Day you can see the emotion on the girl’s faces who have just joined sisterhood and a lifetime of memories, laughs and tears. My sorority is the best thing that’s ever happened to me and I can’t wait for the next round of women to join our panhellenic ranks! Remember you only choose once, so choose wisely. And may the odds be ever in your favor…


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Dear Diary, tomorrow is the 4th of July and I have no idea what to wear!

Independence Day is my favorite holiday- it’s in the summer, there are fireworks, cookouts, parades and an overwhelming amount of American pride. Plus it’s almost impossible to go wrong with red, white and blue. After declaring independence, the best decision our founding fathers made was supporting Betsey Ross's flag bearing these fabulous colors. In fact, I’m considering getting married on the 4th of July, with my color scheme being cardinal, eggshell and navy (see my Pinterest for further details).  But for this year all I’ve got to do is come up with a few outfits to get me through the festivities, but what’s a girl to wear when there are so many options? I know I can’t be the only girl out there ransacking their closet for the perfect set of outfits. So I decided to round up all my reds, whites and blues to create some killer combos for any American pride event you will attend this year!

For parade watching/carnival attending/any morning or mid-day activities-
Above (from L to R): Blue top-Goodwill, white high-waisted shorts- Goodwill, Red belt - Target, white tank- Nordstrom's, gold bangles- Kendra Scott, red silk maxi skirt- Lucca, brown leather belt- Gap, cream crochet dress- Anthropologie, carmel leather sandals- Stavros Melissinos of Athens, Greece, red earrings- Kendra Scott, white striped top- H&M, jean shorts- Lucky Brand, brown leather sandals- Tory Burch. 
 For afternoon playing, picnic-ing, or lunching-
Above (from L to R): Silver/tan Sam Edelman wedges, vintage navy polka dot top,  J. Crew white chino shorts, white shift dress from Ann Taylor, red earrings, white earrings and gold bangles from Kendra Scott, vintage red shift dress, white tennies from Walmart, white pony tail cover from Nordstroms, gingham silk button up from Madewell, vingage high-waisted denim skirt, and Tory Burch leather sandals.

For your evening cookout, trip to the country club, or fancier firework show-
Above (from L to R): Vintage red belt, J. Crew red sweater, Kendra Scott bangles, Ralph Lauren linen pants, vintage navy silk shirt, vintage red high-waisted shorts, wedges from DSW, mom's vintage belt, J. Crew necklace, Tory Burch sandals, navy polka dot dress from Anthropologie, red Lorac lipstick and handmade hair bow. 

If your Independence Day will be spent on the coast, on the lake, or by the pool- 
Above (from L to R): Sam Edelman sandals, beach bag from Academy, striped bikini from Madewell, navy scrunchie and white bandeau swim top from American Apparel, high-waisted red bottoms from Asos, after-sun soothing lotion from Burts Bees, men's gingham button-up from Goodwill, sunglasses from Cream Vintage in Austin, TX, watermelon bikini from American Apparel, hat from Forever 21, and black leather sandals by Reef. 

If you're lucky enough to be on the east coast or somewhere a little cooler-
Above (from L to R): Red sweater from Forever 21, white lace shorts from Anthropologie, striped summer cashmere cardigan from Gap, coral shorts from J. Crew, vintage navy skirt, red scarf from Macy's, hand made monogramed hair bow, red Lacoste headband, Ralph Lauren cable-knit sweater, vintage denim cutoffs, navy Kendra Scott earrings, Anthropologie halter top, faux pearl/rhinestone earrings from Lucca, white J. Crew chino shorts. 

God Bless America!