Friday’s Five

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Happy Friday! I’ve got a busy day ahead, with the dreaded eye doctor appointment, lunch at my favorite barbecue joint with my bestie, and some other errands on my to-do list. I think I’m going back to College Station in the middle of next week, and the last few days at home are always super busy! I’ll be sad to leave, but I’m excited to get back to Aggieland for one last semester (omg, no.). This week has flown by, but here’s what I’m loving:

1. BarbieStyle on Instagram

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Hi, this is not a joke. Barbie has an Instagram account, and it’s better than mine and probably all of yours as well. As a child, I loved Barbies. My sister and I had three enormous tubs full of them, complete with clothes, houses, and a Barbie-sized Porsche. Well, Barbie has grown up with me, and now shares her life on the social medias. THANK GOD. Whoever is in charge of this project (hello, dream job) acts like Barbie has a real life, which is a little creepy, but not enough to stop me from being completely obsessed and glean outfit inspiration from a fictional character. I mean, the girl has a Barbie-sized Birkin, “shops” at Barney’s, and eats cronuts, so she’s very on-trend. Follow it, love it, and don’t even be sorry about it.

2. An Elevator Speech How-To

With this being my last semester of college, networking and finding a job is something that’s constantly on my mind. I’ve interviewed for a few jobs and internships during college, so I’m somewhat comfortable with talking about my skills and abilities in that setting- though there’s definitely always room for improvement. However, something I need to work on is a short spiel that I can give on the fly in case I ever come in contact with someone in the industry I’m interested in. Earlier this week, Molly from A Piece of Toast shared this great article on composing an elevator speech, and it was very helpful! She addressed a few of my concerns, like having confidence in yourself even when you have little to no experience, and having to explain what exactly you do. If you’re looking for a job (or even if you’re not!), this is a crucial skill to develop.

3. Avocado Toast Recipes

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I found this collection of avocado toast recipes on Pinterest, and I’m dying to try them all. Avocado toast is so delish, and these combinations look like they would really spice things up. Also I believe that putting goat cheese on anything makes it 10x better, so that’ll probably be the first one I try.

4. Spring 2015 Colors

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We talked about Marsala last Friday, but here is the complete Pantone Color Report for Spring 2015. I love that most of the colors aren’t too pastel, but are very rich hues. Also, who gets to name these colors, and how can I get that job?

5. A Cat for Good Measure

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Wrapping it up with this little kitten who wants you all to have a wonderful weekend. Don’t let him down.

That’s all for meow!

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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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Monday’s Musings

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Another Monday is upon us! For some, that may mean another week of work, or school, or fun summer activities. Whatever Monday means to you, I hope you make the most of this week!

I just wanted to keep it short & sweet today, and wish you a happy Monday from myself & this adorable kitten. Lately, I’ve been wanting to get a cat, but my roommates and I agreed on no animals, and I don’t think I could take care of it as well as I should right now. So until I become a real adult, I’ll have to stick to pictures and my cat at home.

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Jewelry- My Essential 5

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Happy Thursday! I’m so excited, because not only am I going home this weekend, but tonight I’m going to see the Backstreet Boys and Avril Lavigne! The summer after I graduated from high school, I went to see the Backstreet Boys when they toured with NKOTB with my friends Kinsey and Emma, and it was everything. I can’t wait to see my boys again- and Avril Lavigne is a special treat so I can relive my brief fifth-grade punk bad girl phase (don’t ask).

It’s no secret that I love my jewelry, and I love to mix it up every day depending on what I’m wearing. I shared my everyday jewelry a few months ago, but the other day I was thinking, “If I could only have five pieces of jewelry, what would they be?” If that ever happens I don’t know what I’ll do with myself, but it was definitely interesting to think about. It took me a while to come up with only five things I couldn’t part with- some were obvious, but some took a little more thought. Here’s what I came up with!

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First are my pearls. Technically this is two pieces, but it’s my hypothetical situation so I get to make the rules. Pearl earrings and a necklace are typically thought of as a set, so it still counts as just one. I got my pearls the Christmas after I turned 18- it’s a tradition in my family. I love my pearls because they’re a classic, and a perfect, Southern addition to nearly any ensemble.

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Next is my Michael Kors watch. I wear this every day, whether I’m wearing a dress or just Nike shorts and a tee shirt. It’s a classic piece, and it’s a staple in my jewelry box- I couldn’t go without it!

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Next is my dainty, sideways cross necklace. I love this because it’s a great reminder of my faith, and also because it’s so dainty. It can stand alone or be layered- very versatile!

cat earrings

I also chose my favorite cat earrings. It’s no secret that I love kitties, and I actually have quite the collection of cat-themed jewelry. What I love about these studs is that they’re whimsical yet practical. They’re a fun shape, but a classic color with a little sparkle. I typically wear these when I’m wanting something simple.

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Last, I chose my Aggie ring. Duh. It’s the most valuable piece of jewelry I own, mostly because it cost me 90 hours of studying, sweat, and tears. It represents one of my greatest accomplishments and it’s something I’m very proud of. I also think that it’s beautiful- shiny gold with intricate detailing and a diamond in the center. Out of all the jewelry I own, this is definitely my favorite.

What are your essential 5? Let me know!

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Wednesday Pins-Day

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I hope everyone has been having a great week! It’s Wednesday, so just two short days until RING DAY!! I can’t contain myself much longer. So for now, I’ll share what I’ve been pinning this week!

chairs

First are these chairs, found on indulgy.com I love the idea of a contrasting pattern in the same color scheme on the back of the chairs- it keeps it interesting without being too whimsical. I’m definitely keeping this idea in mind the next time I (okay, my mom) decide to recover a chair.

green chili casserole

Next is this green chili chicken casserole from Daydream Recipe. I made this for my roommates over the weekend, and it was SO GOOD. It was also incredibly easy, which I also appreciated. Even the leftovers are good, so that’s saying something.

mani pedi pairings

I’m loving this mani-pedi pairing cheat sheet from Lauren Conrad. I can’t ever commit to just one color on both my hands and my feet, but I don’t want it to look silly! I love these combinations, because they’re different but still complementary. My favorite is definitely the first, the pale pink and deep blue- I’ll be trying that out this summer!

cat ice

Last is this hilarious cat ice cube tray from Amazon. I mean, who wouldn’t want ice cubes shaped like cats? We have a dollar sign ice cube tray at my house, and I think the cats would be a perfect addition.

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Splurge vs. Steal- Kitty-Cat Flats

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If you know me, or if you’ve taken context clues from my blog title, you know that I LOVE cats. Love ’em. Not only are they precious little creatures, but they do whatever they want, just like me!

I have been dying for a pair of kitty-cat flats for some time now, but the problem is finding a pair that doesn’t make me look like a child or a crazy cat lady- which I am, but I’d like to keep that under wraps for a bit longer. When I found out that Nordstrom was debuting Charlotte Olympia’s Purrrfect Collection, I was ecstatic. I mean, how chic are these shoes? They’re an excellent touch of whimsy, yet still classic. I love the gold heel, and the little ears, of course.

charlotte olympia kitty flat

However, when I saw the price tag, I knew they would never have a place in my single-girl closet, due to my college-girl budget. So I decided to hunt for an alternative! I immediately thought of ModCloth, the site for all things whimsical and inexpensive. I came across these Cat Me if You Can flats, and although they’re not exactly the same style, they’re still super cute! I love the burgundy color (which is a surprisingly easy color to mix in your wardrobe) and the little kitten just hanging out on the toes. The best part? They’re only $44.99, compared to $595 for the Charlotte Olympia pair!

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As sad as it is when something I love is out of my price range, I really enjoy trying to find an alternative- it’s like a scavenger hunt! Just remember, you don’t always have to splurge, there’s usually something similar out there that you’ll love just as much!

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Wednesday Pins-Day

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I hope everyone is having a great week! I have a test and a paper due tomorrow so I definitely have my work cut out for me! Also, today is the Liberal Arts Career Fair at school, so right after I post this I’m going to go on the hunt for an internship- wish me luck!

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Wednesday Pins-Day, and I’ve found some great things recently that I’d like to share. Here you go!

brown sugar chix

1. First is this delicious recipe for brown sugar spiced baked chicken from Spoonful. I made this for dinner Saturday night, and it was delicious! However, I accidentally put half a tablespoon of cumin instead of half of a teaspoon- oops! I scooped a lot out, but it was still a little on the strong side! We had this with quinoa, sauteed mushrooms, and baked parmesan squash- a healthy, delicious little feast!

2. Next is this cute valentine idea. I love giving valentines to my friends, and I love Burt’s Bees, so this would be something I would love to give and receive!

Love Me earrings

3. Next are these sassy earrings from Nordstrom. My favorite are definitely the “Over It” set, and I’m probably going to get them soon. They’re only $12 for the whole set!

Adorable Rag Doll Kitten

4. Last is this precious ragdoll kitten. I kind of have mild kitten fever right now- it’s like baby fever, but more appropriate for this stage in my life. Isn’t it SO CUTE? Need it.

What have you been pinning lately?

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