Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fall Uniform


I think it's safe to say that summer days are officially over in New England. Besides some lingering hydrangeas, Boston has seemed to transition into fall mode. Last year, it was excruciatingly hot with high temps and no air conditioning; this year the leaves are starting change color now. After recently scoring a black thrifted Armani cropped sweater, I've been pairing it with my favorite J.Crew skirt (similar to the one above), tights, and short booties for these rather chilly 60 degree temperatures. Paired with a vest (love the reversible Madewell one above), this outfit will definitely be my go-to fall uniform.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Cronuts, Greenwich Village, Laudree, & More- Oh My!


































This post is really a mishmash of tiny adventures I had in the city a few weeks ago. The images have been floating around my computer for quite some time, but I just didn't around to making a post  because f a little thing called college.;-) From Greenwich Village to Washington Square Park and the UES, I had a genuine cronut from Dominique Ansel (and his new pretzel lobster roll creation) that I woke up for at 6:30am (totally worth the wait), some Laudrée macarons, a quick stop by the Plaza to see Eloise, and my first shake and burger at Shake Shack. We also went downtown to pop into Brooks Brothers to witness the preppy perfection of the flagship store and somewhere around Fashion Avenue we spotted a special Taylor Swift message in the clouds and finally relaxed at our hotel’s rooftop garden.

It really is the city that never sleeps...




Saturday, September 13, 2014

NYFW Spring 2015

image via pinterest

It's NYFW, and I've been stuck in libraries and classrooms all week!
Interestingly enough, my economics TA had a fun ice breaker today and asked us what we'd rather be doing than sitting in class right now, just so she could gauge our opportunity cost of being in class.;-)
Of course, fashion week came to mind, especially after I saw this designer's collection on the runway!

Here's some of my favorite NYFW links of the week!








What was your favorite look?
I still have a ton of shows to catch up on.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Brave Life Project










My trip to NYC this summer was the perfect mini getaway. I saw a group of my college friends, ate some cronuts, and got to experience some new places like the High Line. But, the real reason behind the trip was a grant I won for the Brave Life Project sponsored by Keds, the Girl's Leadership Institute, and Seventeen Magazine. To be honest, I had no idea what to expect from the conference, but I left feeling more empowered than ever.

In a room with over 100 Gen-Y women from all over the globe, I couldn't believe I was lucky enough to be among many so many accomplished women with unique and inspiring stories to tell. I got to hear from a handful of professional women like Lauren Berger, Alicia Mendez, Sarah Jones, and Rachel Simmons talk about overcoming challenges professionally and personally to be the brave individual they wanted to become. It was comforting to hear these women speak about their past and current struggles of being an overachiever, independent, different, etc. There were so many moments in their careers I felt like I was walking in their old shoes.

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Everyday, we all face our own little battles of bravery. Being brave can be as simple as introducing yourself to a new classmate or as monumental as asking your boss for a raise. Personally, having the courage to be brave is something I am constantly working on, but it's like a muscle that I keep strengthening with practice.

I survived my first week of sophomore year of college and it's amazing how much braver I am than freshman year. I have always struggled with math (it honestly scares me), but here I am taking calculus and finance courses this semester because I'm want to try to pursue a business major. On my first day of calculus, I was already way in over my head and wanted to run right out of the room and drop the class. But, here I am on week two learning to do limits and deviations soon (eek!). I'm also not afraid to take the initiative and have already gone to office hours and tutoring, and I've even made some new study buddies.;)

 If I earned a dollar for every time I pulled back on being brave, I'd have my college tuition paid for. There are so many times when I regretted not being brave enough to raise my hand in class, strike up a conversation with a stranger, or try something new. Going out of your comfort zone is hard, but you miss every shot you're not brave enough to go for.

This semester's classes aren't going to be easy, but I'm finding the courage to go for it anyhow.

"Be brave. Be bold. Be you." 



Monday, September 8, 2014

Teen Vogue & Olay Fresh Effects Party


I survived my first week of sophomore year- and I can't say it was easy. I'm overloading on my classes this semester and have to say the work load in and out of the classroom is much greater than last year! In between club meetings, classes, moving in, piles of homework (already) and catching up with friends, I was ready for some down time! 

Thanks to Teen Vogue and Olay Fresh Effects, I threw a Sunday brunch/spa party with some of my closest girlfriends where we painted our nails, ate some snacks, played games, and caught up after a busy and draining first week! Everyone went home with some products from Olay's Fresh Effects line like the makeup removal wipes, exfoliating scrub, and my personal favorite, the eye awakening cream. The skin care line is perfect for Gen-Y women with a busy lifestyle who need skin care products that help them feel refreshed and reenergized. Our little party was the perfect way to get ready for the upcoming semester!