Friday’s Five

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It’s Friday at last! Today you’ll probably find me having a panic attack in holiday traffic because some car with those stupid antlers cut me off, since I have waited until now to start my Christmas shopping. LOL, TIS THE SEASON. Also, since I had copious amounts of time to waste this week while I was supposed to be studying for finals, I have found all sorts of wonderful things on the Internet to share with you people. So here’s what I’m loving:

1. Mayhem for JCrew

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Do you remember Mayhem, the adorable little girl that makes paper dresses? Well, she’s working with JCrew on a collection for Crewcuts. No, this is not a drill- a 4-year-old has your dream job. According to this Buzzfeed article, the 9-piece collection will be available this spring, and in all honesty, I will probably try to fit into it. Or maybe I’ll just buy a headband-tiara and hope that one day, I too will be able to form a collaboration with Jenna Lyons out of craft supplies.

2. Last-Minute Gift Ideas

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I saw these “Holiday Survival Kits” on Pinterest the other day, and I thought they were adorable! Not necessarily because I need a kit to survive the holidays, but mostly because I like the idea of tying a scarf around the outside of the jar. I feel like gift jars/baskets can sometimes convey a message of, “hey, I didn’t want/have time to get you an actual gift, so I threw some crap in a basket and tied a bow on it, enjoy!” but the scarf makes it more of an actual gift.

3. Prince George’s Christmas Portrait

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The best Christmas card that none of us will receive. The Royals released Prince George’s Christmas portraits last week and they couldn’t be more adorable. The cheeks! The hair! The sweater vest! I feel like I could be great friends with this kid- just look at that face, you know he’s got some tricks up his sleeve.

4. Fair Isle Sweaters

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So I have this mild obsession with Fair Isle sweaters that tends to resurface around Christmas. Something about them just looks so warm and cozy, which is definitely what I need for Texas weather. Jokes. But I always have this picture in my mind of myself wearing a Fair Isle sweater whilst traipsing around in a snow-covered wooded area, and I’d really like to make that dream a reality. Because the sweater is what’s holding me back. I really like this pastel option from JCrew Factory, so maybe if I get it I can settle for wearing it while walking across campus. Maybe.

5. Man Repeller

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I may be a little behind on this discovery, but I came across the blog Man Repeller while avoiding studying for finals, and I’m dying. Two of my favorites? This wonderful turtleneck hair tutorial, and this hilariously accurate account of waiting on a boy to text you back that has me convinced I’m being watched/terrified that it actually doesn’t get any better.

That’s all for this week! I’m home for Christmas break, so I can finally blog like a normal person again. YAYAY.

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Thoughts From my Closet Floor

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*An intro: something different today- a creative narrative. Enjoy please.

It happened.I was so convinced it wasn’t going to, but it did. I even told people it wasn’t going to happen.

But I was wrong. 3:47 pm on Saturday afternoon, I found myself in panic mode about finals, and I ended up in tears in my closet.

Yes. In my closet. On the floor. After a few minutes had passed and I had exhausted all of my not-exactly-genuine-more-like-dramatic-effect tears, I paused to reflect.

“You’re being ridiculous. You need to pull it together, write your essay, and then start studying for everything else. You’ve done this a million times, you can do it. Be an adult. Besides, I look great and I better be going on multiple job interviews in the spring- don’t screw this up.” snapped my Banana Republic power suit from inside its garment bag home.

She’s right, and I know it.

“But wait, think about how much fun you’re going to have over Christmas break!” my fur vest piped in. “No business casual for an entire month!”

That sounds really wonderful…also most of my other friends have been done for weeks. Why am I still here? This is the cruelest of punishments. When I get home, I’m going to sleep, drink coffee, blog until I’m literally out of ideas, and do everything I want and nothing I don’t.

The activewear section interrupted my daydream of my copious amounts of free time: “Um, why are you wearing that Juicy Couture tracksuit, is it 2003? What about all of these leggings you buy on impulse?”

Okay, 1. those are exclusively for the gym/when I’m going to be around other people and 2. IT’S FINALS WEEK I CAN DO WHATEVER I WANT BYE.

Speaking of the gym, I haven’t been today.

“Well you need to, we’re bored and tired of being in this box,” exclaimed my running shoes. Yeah, that makes two of us.

Okay, I’ll go to the gym. But I have to write at least one page first. Or maybe just a paragraph. Actually, I’ll just go over the chapters for that topic and think about it while I run.

Crap, it’s 4:03. I literally need to GET IT TOGETHER.

No gym until you actually do something productive, Kristen. Like write a blog post. Or eat dinner. Too bad you cleaned your room already or that would count.

4:05. Clock is ticking on your success at life/this semester. Actually, I have a really got shot at something above a 3.5 for the first time in a while. I should work on that.

“Good talk, guys,” I say to my garments. “And thanks for lighting a fire under my butt, Banana Republic. I can always count on you to make me be responsible”. (side eye to the tribal print mini skirt.)

Here’s hoping your finals week is coming along better than mine, and that if not you also have a nice closet to cry in.

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{Fall}-ing for Monograms- Collaboration with Marley Lilly

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Yay for Thursday and yay for being finished with my test and final paper! I actually just submitted my paper- I finished in the wee hours of the morn, per usual, and I always like to read it over a few times after I’ve gotten a little rest, just to make sure it’s ready to go! I actually didn’t do that the first time I submitted a paper for this course, and just sent it off at 2 a.m., and ended up with an awful typo- a percent sign in the middle of a word. Luckily my professor overlooked that mistake, but now I feel like I have to turn in work that says, “Yes, hi, I am actually a competent student and am capable of producing senior-level, liberal arts-major quality essays”. But I digress.

As with the majority of southern college-aged girls, monograms are a recent obsession I have been treating myself to on the regular (maybe too frequently, but it’s casual. It’s fine.). There’s something very personal about a monogram: it tells people who you are in the simplest of ways, and I love adding that traditional touch to my accessories. In fact, I recently told my sister that “if it’s not black, leopard, or emblazoned with my monogram, I’m not really interested”. So there’s that.

Marley Lilly, the monogram Mecca, recently sent me a few treats that fit perfectly in my fall wardrobe! I was beside myself when I got the package, and have had so much fun wearing my new monograms lately!

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I received the Scalloped Luxe Clutch, which I have had my eye on for quite a while (now available in gold and beyond perfect for the holidays), and the Monogrammed Tassel Bracelet, which is a great addition to my stacked wrist.

I wore this outfit to brunch and shopping last weekend with my parents when they were in town for Songfest, and I decided it was my favorite casual fall ensemble (so far). It’s casual and comfortable without being sloppy!

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Flannels are another one of my fall faves- they’re so warm and cozy, and can be dressed up (like this) or thrown over a t-shirt and leggings to go to class. True story: all of my flannels are from the men’s section of JcPenney. They’re always on sale and fit a little large, which is how I like them! Also my dad thinks the flannel trend is really awesome, and so he has been known to surprise me with flannels occasionally, which is adorable. I paired it with my puffy vest, jeans, and riding boots, and added the clutch and bracelet to complete the look!

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I will definitely be wearing both the bracelet and clutch throughout the season and beyond! If you’re looking for the perfect monogrammed addition to your favorite fall outfit, head over to Marley Lilly for plenty of options!

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*I was provided free samples from Marley Lilly to review, however all opinions are my own!

Gift Guide- Best Friends

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Christmas is COMING! I literally can’t believe it’s already December. This semester has absolutely flown by, but at the same time I feel like I haven’t had any down time in forever. I think staying in College Station over the summer has gotten me all sorts of confused. I digress. But really, it’s already December and as if finals weren’t enough to stress about, I have yet to decide for sure what I’m getting anyone for Christmas, let alone purchase anything. Also, since I have an actual income, I want to buy my family and friends something nice that I actually want to get  them, not just something that I bought because I could afford it.

It’s easy to buy for my friends, because I just buy things I would like. This also goes for my sister, but I know not everyone is basically twins with their sister, so for all intents & purposes, this is a “best friends gift list”. Here are a few things I have my eye on:

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First, I’m loving this mug from Ashley Brooke Designs. She has a wide variety of sayings for all types of friends, but I’m loving this little quip for some of my sassier, coffee-drinking friends.

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Next is this personalized notepad from Design Darling. While I love a good monogram, I think the full name is a refreshing touch to this stationery. This would be perfect for your friend with a busy schedule and a list-making tendency, and would make an adorable addition to a home or office desk.

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Another great option is this monogrammed travel tumbler from Marley Lilly. I have one similar to this, and it’s great for bringing an extra cup of coffee to work or school on early mornings! This is great for your friend who’s always on-the-go.

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Finally, this sassy bracelet from BaubleBar is a perfect addition to your snarky pal’s stacked wrist. If you say this more than once a day, you should probably buy it. There are also a few more trendy sayings if you’re one of those girls who actually can even. But I’m not.

What are you buying your besties this Christmas? Let me know!

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Monday’s Musings + Cyber Monday at Marley Lilly

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I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving! Mine would have been a little better had the Aggies beat LSU, but it was a great time to rest and be with my family! But now I’m back at school with the end in sight! I have a super busy week ahead with a test and final paper due, but I also have my sorority’s semi-formal on Friday, so that will be a great way to end a crazy week!

As we all know, I love clothes and I love to get dressed. Recently, I’ve found myself taking more and more risks with my ensembles, partly because I have more opportunities to wear real clothes, but also because I’m older and don’t really care what others think about what I’m wearing. If I like it, I’m going to wear it. I came across this quote on Pinterest, and it really just sums up my take on style at the moment.

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I saw this and I instantly thought, “YES, obviously, this is how I want to live my life”. And then I wore fur to a football game and hot pink lipstick to school.

One way I like to dress like I’m “already  famous” is with fabulous accessories. I’ve been searching high and low for a neutral, crystal statement necklace to add to my single-girl closet, and I was pleasantly surprised to receive this gorgeous piece from Marley Lilly in the mail last week!

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Necklace c/o Marley Lilly

The best part? Marley Lilly is running a Cyber Monday special where you will receive this statement necklace for free with any $50 purchase- no coupon code required. So head over to Marley Lilly, stock up on monograms for Christmas presents (and yourself, duh), and score this piece to help you dress like you’re already famous. Sounds like a great Monday, doesn’t it?

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Friday’s Five

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Yes, I am indeed alive (barely). I have been so insanely busy over the last few weeks it’s not even funny- I’m talking being at home for maybe two hours other than sleeping every day. Yikes! But, Thanksgiving and Christmas break are coming, so I will have some time to rest and focus on the blog for a while, which makes me really happy! I’ve discovered quite a bit during my absence, so I decided to return with Friday’s Five and show you what I’ve been loving lately.

1. What I’m Reading- The Skimm

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So a few weeks ago in my Health Communication class, we were talking about how important it is to be aware of current events, and how millennials aren’t doing a great job of staying on top of that. One of my classmates mentioned The Skimm, a daily email that gives a rundown on the happenings of the world, and once I saw it for myself, I was in! This is going to make me sound like a total nerd, but reading my Skimm email is probably my favorite part of the morning now. It  makes its way to my inbox around 6 or 7 am with a sassy subject line like “Bye Felicia” or “So fresh and so clean” and I just love it. It shares 5-7 snippets of news each day in an easy-to-read, slightly snarky voice, which is right up my alley. From the Uber media meltdown to updates on Palestine and how Washington is adjusting to the GOP taking over Congress, the Skimm will fill you in.  So if you’d like a side of responsible citizenship with your morning coffee (you do),  sign up today!

2. What I’m Buying- JCrew Factory Quilted Jacket

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PRAISE HIM. PRAISE THE LORD. I have been literally dying over this JCrew Factory quilted jacket in Olive Moss for months. It was on sale back in September, but since it wasn’t that chilly I thought it could wait. I was wrong, so very wrong. Have you ever heard the phrase “nothing haunts us like the things we didn’t buy”? Well for me, it was this. The price went back up, and the temperatures went down, and every morning for about three weeks all I could think was “Why the crap did I not buy that jacket?” Luckily, I received an intriguing email from the Crew yesterday, so I decided to make a quick price check, AND IT WAS 50% OFF PLUS FREE SHIPPING. I laughed, I cried, I ran downstairs for my credit card without batting an eye. It is mine and will be here next week(ish), so stay tuned!

3. What I’m Doing- Songfest

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Part of the reason I’ve been so insanely busy is because I’m participating in Songfest, an annual fundraiser hosted by Chi Omega sorority at Texas A&M. Each year, different sororities, fraternities, and other organizations pair up and prepare a seven-minute dance routine to perform and compete to raise money for their philanthropies. My sorority (Sigma Phi Lambda) and our partners have been working SO HARD, and tonight and Saturday are the show! Hopefully we will win, but if not, I’ve had a great time dancing and making new friends!

4. What I’m Eating- Spicy Brussels Sprouts

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I know, I know. Brussels sprouts again. I’m sorry, but they’re my favorite vegetable, and we should all just be glad that I’m voluntarily eating something green. But I came across this recipe for spicy brussels sprouts a week or two ago, and finally tried them earlier this week (speaking of, have I told you guys the story about how my garbage disposal/dishwasher was broken for almost a month? Well it was, and those were trying times- I cried). Just add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes for a little kick- SO GOOD.

5. What I’m Laughing At

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This, for obvious reasons.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! That’s all for meow!

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In My Closet- Black Jeans

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I hope everyone is having a great week so far! It’s Thursday…almost there!

Today I’m doing an “In My Closet” post, which is a post in which I share an article of clothing that I personally own that I feel is a staple in the wardrobe of a fashion-forward young woman. Today, I chose black jeans, because I recently bought a pair and I’m mildly obsessed.

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I bought these Rockstar Super Skinny jeans from Old Navy a few weeks ago on an impulse, and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. For a long time I said I would never wear black jeans, because whenever I thought “black jeans”, I thought of high-waisted, slightly faded 90’s black jeans, and it just really freaked me out. However, since I’ve noticed my style taking a slightly edgier turn, and since I wear jeans to work nearly every day, I decided that maybe it was time for black jeans to claim a spot in my closet. Much to my surprise, they have become my new best friends. If I could wear them everyday, I totally would. They instantly dress up a casual outfit for work, dinner, going out, or going to church. I like to pair them with a silk top or my trusty chambray and flats for a comfortable work look, a fancy top and bold jewelry for dinner or church, or a graphic tee and booties for going out. They’re so versatile and truly a necessary addition to your single-girl closet.

What’s your favorite way to wear black jeans? Let me know!

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Work It Wednesday

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Happy Wednesday! This week has been busy, but not nearly as crazy as last week, which is a relief! I only have one test tomorrow, and then it’s smooth sailing until I go home on Friday!

Also, I have been trying to write this post for actual weeks, but life keeps happening and I get distracted, and it keeps getting pushed back to the next week. Which is why I’m writing it now, when I should be studying for my test. Obviously.

So, I’m excited to finally introduce to you a new blog series…Work It Wednesday! Working out and living a healthy lifestyle has become something that’s very important to me lately, so I’ve decided to start sharing some tips, tricks, recipes, and other information for healthy living on a college-girl budget and schedule. That being said, I am not a doctor, registered dietitian, or any other type of healthcare professional- I am simply a 22-year old with a gym membership and a kitchen sharing what works for me, so please don’t take my words as Gospel truth.

This week, I’m starting with one of my favorite things about going to the gym- workout clothes. I’m not going to lie, sometimes the only reason I go is so I can wear my workout clothes…whatever works, right? I think they’re just as cute as real clothes, and have gained quite the workout wardrobe over the summer. However, I have a hard time spending a lot of money on gym clothes- I’m just going to sweat in them, and I could easily wear one of the six thousand sorority tees I have in my drawer. Luckily, I’ve been able to find great deals on all of my activewear- you just have to know where to look!

1.Old Navy

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Duh. Old Navy is my favorite place for basically anything, including activewear. They have the BEST deals, and there’s always something on sale. This is my favorite place to shop for leggings, because they’re great quality and you can typically find them on sale for under $20. I’ve also found a few of my favorite tanks here, including this one that I scored for $6!

2.TJMaxx

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If you’re willing to dig through racks of clothes (which is rare for me), you can find some great deals at TJMaxx. I found my favorite tank and sports bra here a few weeks ago!

3.Target

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Target is a great place for tanks, sports bras, and sometimes leggings. They have pretty low prices even when it’s not on sale, and it’s usually good quality!

As you can see from my examples, I prefer flowy tanks and leggings, and usually in black, with the exception of a few bright-colored tanks. I think that’s the most comfortable, but depending on what you’re doing that may change! What’s your favorite brand of activewear? Let me know!

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Monday’s Musings-Loving Your Story

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Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend- I sure did! It was the first weekend in a while I haven’t been out of town or had visitors, and while I absolutely love both of those things, down time is always welcome!

I came across this quote on Pinterest last week, and it pretty much stopped me in my tracks and made me take a good, long look at myself, where I’m at in life, and the bad attitude I’ve had about that lately.

love-the-storyI feel like many times as Christians, when we’re not thrilled about the current state of our lives, we tend to look at what’s coming next. We say things like, “It will all work out in the end”, “Someday I will see how God can use this for good in my life”, and “Just be patient. God’s timing is perfect”. None of these things are bad, and they’re all true, but sometimes they don’t provide the encouragement we’re needing. They tell us we just have to “get through” whatever’s happening right now to get to the blessings that God has for us, and don’t tell us what to do right now. Sometimes, the mindset that you’ll have to wait for things to get better makes things even worse. That’s why I love this quote- it tells me that I can have abundant life right now. 

But even that can be hard. If you’ll let me be honest for a second, here’s where I’m at in life:I’m I’m a senior in college, about to graduate with a “very versatile” Communication degree. So versatile, in fact, that I have no idea what I want to do. At least once a week, someone asks me what I’m going to do when I graduate, and it makes me want to scream. I have no idea what my life is going to look like eight months from now, and I’m terrified. I love College Station, but I feel like I’m too old for partying and college shenanigans, while at the same time, I’m not ready to be a full-on adult just yet.  Both of my best friends live in different cities now, and it’s been super hard without them. I have more activities and commitments than I have time for, and I’m constantly exhausted. I feel like I’m ‘stuck’ at this weird stage, and it’s been really hard to have a good attitude about pretty much anything. Yes, I know that God will work everything out for me in the future, and yes, that gives me a lot of comfort, but I can’t just mope around until He decides to show me His plans- that’s no good for anybody.

That’s what I realized when I came across these wise words. It may be difficult to understand and find joy in my very uncertain state of life right now, but there are so many reasons to love life and live it well. I started to think about the story God’s written for me so far, and it’s pretty awesome. I have seen Him do great things in me and through me, and I know He will continue to do so. I have seen Him use my weaknesses to make Himself known to me and others, and to make me aware of the fact that I’m nowhere near perfect and don’t have to be. And I can see that right now, I am at a scary and uncertain yet very exciting time in my life. I may not know what I want my career to be, but that gives me the opportunity to explore many different options. I may not get to see my close friends as much as I want, but they are the best friends I could ever ask for, and I know that I’m blessed to have them in my life. I may have such a full calendar that I cry at least once a week because I’m overwhelmed (this is a fact, and I should really think about cutting something out), but I have lots of new opportunities to meet new friends and learn new things. Most importantly, however God is showing me that if I am obedient and trust Him, he will be faithful and bless me.

Even though “things aren’t really super fun for me right now,” as I recently told my mother, I am learning to look for the good in every situation, and love the story God is writing for me. If you are in the same boat, I would encourage you to remember that abundant life is something always available to you- sometimes it just requires a little shift in perspective.

Thanks for letting me share a more personal side of myself this week- I hope you didn’t mind! That’s all for meow!

 

Julep’s Transition to Fall

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Happy Tuesday! I am so happy to have the day off of work- even if it is to study for my tests this week. But I plan to stay in my pajamas until I have to go to class (and maybe even when I go to class…jokes, I’ll put on yoga pants) and enjoy some rare time at home.

I was recently contacted  by Julep to create a fall transition outfit inspired by their new fall shades, and was so excited to participate! If there’s two things I love, it’s color-coordination and nail polish. The color that immediately caught my eye was Claudette, a rich, oxblood color. I thought it would pair perfectly with my maroon pants and a neutral sweater to ease into fall! I added riding boots because I spend March-October staring longingly at mine that are tucked away on the top shelf of my closet, and I’m always dying to wear them!  Also, after I finished putting this look together, I came across Roc Solid, a creamy forest green that would look great with these pants!

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If you’re looking for some new nail polish this fall (and let’s be honest, we are always looking for new nail polish), head over to Julep for some haute hues that are sure to bring some fun to your fingers!
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