Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Lilly Pulitzer Bay Blue

Don't mind me, I'm over here still enjoying summer. (Labor Day is next week people and fall doesn't "officially" start for a few weeks, so... just leaving that here.)

We're in Bonaire for this scuba trip. The Bonaire part has been great; I'm still on the fence about the scuba part... yikes. I think my favorite part though is the hour before the sunsets here. It's so beautiful! Boats start docking and divers are hurrying to get things rinsed and put away before dinner. The sky starts glowing. And the temperatures drop just enough to be comfortable when mixed with the ocean breeze.

We had dinner downtown the other night. With everyone's lack-of-watches set to Island Time, it takes some getting used to sit down and not worry about how quickly your food will arrive. The group of us sat outside and just ate and talked under the stars. After dinner, one half of the group loaded up in the van to go for a night dive, while the other half took the truck to find ice cream. (I'm sure you can guess which vehicle I found myself in, ha!)

I'm typically not a halter top kind of girl, but this Lilly halter top is just right. It's actually not completely a halter top, which makes it easier to throw on and more flattering around both the neck and back! With a breezy ruffle and subtle turtle print, I'd say it's just about the cutest top.

When I'm on vacation, particularly one at the beach, I try to keep everything super simple and carefree. Quick makeup, no hair styling, and easy to wear jewelry. I wore delicate sand dollar earrings, a doorstep necklace to remind me of home, and my bracelet of travel charms.

Also, long live the white jeans. I wear them year round, so expect to see them after Labor Day my friends!

– Lilly Pulitzer Millie Halter Top (c/o)
– White Jeans
Similar Clutch
Gold Wedges

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Twenty Six

This is the first year where I've been had a hard time remembering my birthday. I obviously know the date of my birthday, but I keep forgetting it's here! My birthday, September 1, always feels like the end of summer. As a kid, I used to remind myself to not look forward to it since it inevitably would mean the end of summer vacation and beginning of the school year.

For a number of reasons, I've never been huge into birthdays. I don't understand people who celebrate their birthdays for a month (sorry, it's a birthday not month). This year in particular I feel even less into my own birthday which is saying something considering my general apathy towards it. For starters, it doesn't feel like summer is over and 26 doesn't feel like that special of a year.

It doesn't even feel like anything special to write about or to even note. I want to make a Facebook status letting people know they can skip the birthday wishes on my wall. It's just another day, I'm just another year older.

But then again, there's something wonderful about having a mundane birthday. There's even something to celebrate in that. I'm in fantastic health, as is my family and friends. I'm in a wonderful relationship. I have a sweet pup who loves unconditionally. We've moved to great apartment in a state we're falling more in love with by the day. 

A non-special birthday is special. I have nothing to complain about. No need for a fresh start, no new year to look forward to. There's nothing I need to leave behind in 25 and no regrets to bring into 26.

I'm really genuinely content and happy... and would love to see that carried into this year. 

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Monday, August 31, 2015

5 Must Have Items in Your College Pantry

When I think back to what I had in my college dorm room food wise, it was pretty much Swedish fish, popcorn, almonds, and the occasional granola bar. I was really lazy when it came to cooking and let myself live off the dining hall's selection instead of trying to make anything on my own. Louisa from Living Lou is sharing her suggestions for a well-stocked college pantry. (If only I could rewind time!)

5 Must Have Items in Your College Pantry
Guest Post by Louisa from Living Lou

My college experience is a little different from most because: A) I lived at home all four years and B) I am a food blogger. So why does that make me different? Well, being at home is a no-brainer, but being a food blogger (I started my blog in 11th grade), means that the food I ate and cooked throughout my college experience wouldn’t be what is considered “normal.” So, for this post, I did some crowd-sourcing and ran a poll throughout my graduating class (we were a small class, about 40 students, I graduated from a really small film and media production program) and asked my friends what were their “must have” pantry items throughout college, that were both affordable and simple, here’s what they said.

1. Frozen fruits and vegetables 

Frozen fruits and vegetables are often more affordable than fresh produce and are available year-round. Because the produce are frozen when they are at their peak, they have a high nutritional value. I love adding frozen fruits to smoothies, or even eating it as a snack. One of my friends suggested throwing some frozen vegetables (just cook them according to package directions) with rice and either beans or tuna for an affordable, simple and healthy dinner. 

Try it: Add some ginger to your morning smoothie with a tropical ginger smoothie

2. Peanut butter 

Peanut butter is versatile and packed with protein, you can often find bulk-sized tubs that are more affordable. Peanut butter and banana wraps are a popular snack or lunch amongst my friends, but you can also make sandwiches or enjoy it as a snack with apple slices. 

Try it: My go-to breakfast for one has peanut butter, yogurt and fruit for a satisfying start to the day.

3. Potatoes 

I was surprised to find potatoes to be a popular choice, but when you think about it, it makes sense. They are affordable and you can really do anything with them, plus they last for a long time if stored properly (store them in a cool, dark place). Try making french fries, hash browns, baked potatoes, potato soup, or roasted potatoes. 

Try it: Find your inner Canadian with my great Canadian potato salad.

4. Canned beans and canned tuna 

You can find canned beans and canned tuna for under $1 which is an incredibly affordable source of protein. When I’m really busy, I’ll often eat a can of tuna for lunch with an apple and some yogurt, but beans and tuna are the sort of thing that you can add to a salad or rice for a simple, affordable meal.

Try it: Tuna and white bean salad uses both of these for a simple and healthy salad – I’ll often bring this for lunch. 

5. Eggs 

Eggs work for everything; breakfast, lunch and dinner. I’m known to make scrambled eggs no matter what the time, but you can hard-boil them for an on-the-go snack, fry them up in the morning or bake them with some tomato sauce for shakshuka.

What were your “must have” pantry items for your college pantry? I’d love to hear in the comments!

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Scuba Diving in Bonaire

If you're following along on Instagram and Snapchat, you may have noticed that I'm currently in Bonaire for a scuba diving trip. Garrett convinced me to sign up for a class to learn how to dive this summer. (If you're in the New York City area, I highly recommend Ocean Blue Divers– it was an amazing course.)

I've been a little apprehensive about this trip as we're diving a lot and I feel like such a beginner. We had the option to finish our open water certification in a lake in Pennsylvania, but this trip seemed like such a better option considering once we finish our certification (the first few dives there) we're good to go. Wish me luck...

This trip comes at a little bit of a stressful time considering the move we just did and back-to-school season, but at the same time maybe it's the perfect time to take a little vacation. I'm excited to soak up the last bit of summer (and celebrate my 26th birthday!) down there. 

Here's a few of the things I packed:

Anyone else a scuba diver?!

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Dixieland Collection Seersucker Pajamas Giveaway

I firmly believe one can never have too many cute pajama sets. I love wearing them to bed of course, but I also love spending a lazy day indoors watching movies or reading while wearing something comfortable and still cute. 

The Dixieland Collection is gearing up to release their new fall line of pajamas and, whoa, they are cute. They're made out a super soft combed cotton and genuine seersucker material. And they're made in America!

The detailing is really what takes the pajamas to the next level. I love the pocket detail on the tank and there's even a bow on the back (you can see how the bow looks for last spring's collection).

The pajamas will be released soon, so this is your chance to claim a set early! Enter to win using the Rafflecopter widget below:

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Back to College Q&A with Skype and Kevin Droniak

I'm really excited to be partnering with Skype this year as an online Resident Advisor. Skype was one of the ways I stayed connected with my family and high school friends. Also, as I've mentioned numerous times on here (hello broken record!), my freshman year was particularly rough. Because of my own struggles while transitioning to college life, it's a mission of mine to help freshman adjust better! I learned a lot the hard way and I hope you can pick up a few tips from my mistakes to make your own transition to college as smooth as possible!

I recently chatted on Skype with Kevin Droniak (the vlogger behind This Kid Needs Medicine– those hilarious videos with his grandma in the car!) to help answer some of his college questions before he starts his freshman year like how to do laundry or stay organized for class. 

To learn how you can get involved and to find out how to ask me your own questions about college life, visit here!

Thank you Skype for sponsoring this post!
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