Monday, April 24, 2017

Step Into My Week

Today is a bittersweet day as it is my last full day with my fourth graders. Although I've already decided that I am going to go back and visit them either at the end of this week or next week it is weird to think about not spending every week day with them. I'll share more on that next week but for now we will focus on last week. 

Nothing too big to report on from during the week however on Saturday I had my last KD Spring Formal. Formals have always been a fun part of being a member of a sorority and it was nice to have ours relatively late in the school year. I took one of my friends, John, which was fun and the weather was so nice! Get ready to scroll though since there are a lot of pictures! 

Last night we had our KD senior banquet. We go to an event venue and eat dinner, hear our senior superlatives, and spend time as a chapter. It was pouring down rain which was kind of a bummer but was overall a really sweet last thing to do as a collegiate member of KD. 

Hope y'all enjoyed all of those pictures and that your week is off to a great start already!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spring Nail Polish Favorites

If you asked my mom, the last thing she'd say I need more of is nail polish. She is convinced that I have all of the colors already and couldn't possibly need *another* pink. In a way she is right but any other nail polish lovers out there would probably agree that all of the different shades and colors that are released each season are ones you can't help but want to add to your collection. 

I've never really thought about it before but in a way you could definitely say I have my own little nail polish collection going. Maybe it's not the most practical collection but as far as collections go at least it is relatively affordable. I have so many nail polishes that each season I switch out which ones I have out in my room in the monogrammed holder I have. I think my favorite colors I own are my springing summer shades so I couldn't help but want to share those with you! 

As far as nail polish brands go I am pretty brand conscious. There is something about Essie's formula, colors, names, and bottle design that makes it my favorite. If anyone knows how to get a job as a nail polish namer you know who to call! I have included my favorites in the photo above and the ones below for you to see the various shades in case you're in the market for a new shade or two. 

I have listed them by row (front to back) and then left to right within each row. I think if I had to choose an all time favorite color it would have to be Essie's Fiji. It is the perfect light pink color and I just had to get a new bottle for Easter to replace my almost empty one. I am pretty sure it is the only nail polish color I've ever had to replace due to using it up instead of losing it. 

play date // under where // cascade cool // go ginza
come here! // cute as a button // status symbol // bachelorette bash
absolutely shore // boxer shorts // bikini so teeny // virgin snow 

So there you have it, my favorite nail polish colors for the season! I'd love to hear which are your all time favorite nail polish colors! 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Pink Gingham Off The Shoulder Top

I promise I'll have a more informative post up tomorrow but with all of the cute spring pieces out now  I couldn't help but share this cute top with y'all! I feel like off the shoulder is going to be the silhouette of the season since it seems to be everywhere and all the pieces I am tempted to add to my cart sport this style! Shockingly enough that isn't even what first draw me to this cute top. 

I've always had a special place in my heart for gingham after my childhood bedroom had a gingham bedspread. The large sized squares on this shirt make a statement but don't overcrowd it but the real kickers comes with the back. The open back tied together with a bow was just too cute to pass up that I may have gotten this shirt in two different colors. 

While I've tried it on with white jeans and jean shorts I couldn't help but complement the feminine style of this shirt with these white ruffle shorts. If you tuck something into them they have the cutest ruffle at the top that is carried down the sides to the pockets as well. While it's subtle I love when clothes have fun and unexpected details like these shorts and this top! 

pink gingham off the shoulder top (c/o) // white ruffle shorts // sandals // tan cross body bag // bracelets ( 1 & 2 ) // gold and white bracelets

I hope it's a little less rainy where you are! I am not loving the little drizzle we've been getting here but we are half way through the week so I am sure I'll manage just fine! 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Step Into My Week

It feels a bit funny to have a Step Into My Week post up on a Tuesday but I just knew that yesterday I'd be in full Easter recovery mode so decided that by posting it today it would be a bit more comprehensive. 

Last week was super nice since I was able to be on campus for class since it was Greenville County's spring break. Since we took our spring break with Furman we had class each day at 9:30 which definitely felt later compared to our normal alarms. I wasn't able to sleep in very late each day (habits are hard to break) so instead would get up, have my coffee in bed, and work on blog posts and emails. It was a nice luxury to have slower mornings for a little while.

I took advantage of eating meals on campus and going to the library after class which embarrassingly enough I missed! Wednesday night I even went out with friends after packing up to head home on Thursday after class. Furman gave us Friday and Monday off for Easter so I left right after class on Thursday to get as much time at home as possible. We went to the beach for Easter with my grandparents and aunt and uncle and cousin so after spending the night at our house on Thursday it was straight to the beach house on Friday. 

Unfortunately it was pretty windy which made the water rough so we weren't able to boat or soak up much sun without getting cold but it was good to see family and nice to relax. I was able to finish a book that I started over spring break, eat lots of good food, spend time with my family, and catch up on some sleep.

We came back home on Sunday afternoon and started packing up some stuff for me to take to my new apartment. I get my keys and can start moving stuff in today which is exciting. Although I have no furniture it will be nice to go ahead and start taking trips from Furman to the new place so that moving out at graduation isn't quite as hectic. I am going to do my best to keep y'all updated with the decorating progress although I know it may be a little bit slow to start. I am headed back to school bright and early this morning for my last days with my kids before we finish student teaching on Monday. I am also determined to have a productive last week since there are loose ends to tie up before being officially finished! 

I hope that your week is off to a great start! 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Palm Print Off the Shoulder Romper

Happy Monday y'all. I hope that your week is off to a great start after a weekend spent relaxing. I am headed back to school today for the last few weeks before graduating. Fear not though, tomorrow I'll have a new Step Into My Week post for you but for today I couldn't help but share the *cutest* romper with y'all. 

While I know rompers aren't everyone's favorite pieces the ones I own are some of my favorite pieces for summer time! Before I went to the formal I went to a couple of weeks ago I was told that the fraternity had rented out a bar and that according to my date, most girls were probably going to be wearing rompers. I asked my date if he knew what a romper was to which he responded "a dress with pockets." Well...not exactly however, rompers are just as easy when it comes to choosing a whole outfit and work perfectly for so many different occasions! I wore this romper for the first time at that function and got so many compliments that I couldn't not share this find with y'all. 

It's from a new to me brand called Buddy Love and after looking through their website I found a number of equally cute pieces from the brand that would be perfect for summer. But for starters lets talk about a few reasons I love this romper. 1. The print is so cute and perfect to wear to a dinner or outing with friends or on a tropical vacation. 2. It can easily be dressed up and down and I would love to pair it with these wedges and earrings for a bit of a dressier look. 3. The elastic waist and top make it incredibly comfortable and adjustable which is nice as I know a number of my friends are already banking on wearing this. 4. It has pockets! This list could go on and on but for the sake of boring you with an explanation prior to showing you I figured I'd give it a rest. 

romper (similar, similar, similar, similar) // sandals // cross body bag // bracelets ( 1 & 2 ) // gold and white bracelets

I know I've worn these sandals and this cross body in a number of posts recently but they really are such great go-to pieces! Talk about an easy to pack up outfit for any upcoming trips you may have!

I hope your week is off to a productive start (mine definitely needs to be after relaxing all weekend)! 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter & Pastel Pinks

Happy Easter y'all. I hope you are enjoying a restful day with your family celebrating. I have been at the beach since Friday and although we leave today some time in the sun is always appreciated. We have been here with my grandparents, aunt and uncle, and cousin and it is so fun to think that the next time I see my grandparents and parents will be in Greenville (finally my territory, yay) for graduation! 

I can't think about Easter without thinking about pastel hues. Whether that be the dresses you see or the Easter eggs gathered I figured today was the perfect day to share a fun pastel pink look. I wore this outfit when I went to Columbia and it was the perfect spring weather transitional outfit. I have found myself gathering to off the shoulder style silhouettes more and more as of late and this top in particular. I've worn it to meals and even out which makes it quite the versatile asset to my closet. The best part is it is so affordable. With dark wash jeans and a white shirt I figured I needed to spice my outfit up a bit which is where the pastel pink comes in. 

I received this necklace from Lisi Lerch and it quickly has become a favorite. I love that it can be styled in multiple ways due to its length. I chose to wrap it loosely twice but you could easily wear it as a chocker and long necklace or even just as a single long necklace. Paired with my favorite gladiator sandals (I got these before I went to Paris sophomore year and they have held up SO well and are re-released each season) and small cross body bag I loved the way this outfit looked. It also helped to find this cute pink wall that happened to pair perfectly with my outfit choice! 

If you need me I'll be soaking up the last moments of Easter break before heading back to school tomorrow! 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

What to Wear to Graduation Parties featuring Lilly Pulitzer

Earlier this week I vented to y’all about the struggle of picking out a dress for my college graduation. While I’ve made little progress I did share two very cute options here. Fortunately, it is a whole lot easier to dress for graduation parties than it is to dress for the actual event. In the same way that I shared a couple of looks from my time at Pink Sorbet last weekend in that post I am going to be sharing a bit of graduation party attire inspiration in today’s post as well. I hope that this will help you to figure out what may be best to wear to different types of events when the invitation may not specify the best outfit option. We are moving from a casual look to one that is a bit of an in between to a dress that works for those more sophisticated soirees. For the most part though, these ideas should work for a variety of events and none of them are too over the top. So, if you do happen to be heading to a nicer graduation party you may want to look for something a little dressier but since those are less common then these may just be your best bet.

It seemed like every girl in my graduating class in high school had her own individual graduation party and while that was a blast I felt like I constantly had to look cute. My biggest suggestion when it comes to shopping for clothes to wear to more casual graduation parties is to purchase pieces that you can pair with a number of different things. This white off the shoulder top for instance could easily be a staple in your closet paired with colored jeans, jean shorts, or even tucked into a skirt. No one has to know that it is the same thing you wore last week especially since you’re finding a variety of ways to wear it. For this look I paired it with the most comfortable pair of Lilly ruffle hem shorts. While these aren’t discrete when it comes to re-wearing them they make a statement and will become a go-to all summer long!

In Between
This two piece set is a bit different than my typical outfit picks but is equally as versatile as the off the shoulder top I picked for the more casual look. Because this set involves a skirt you won’t look overdressed at the most casual of parties but will also fit right in at those graduation parties that ended up being slightly dressier than the invite made it seem. You could easily wear these pieces separately to create an entirely different look if you weren’t feeling the matchy-matchy nature of an outfit set. Since I am less likely to wear a crop top I would pair this top with a cute pair of high waisted white shorts (I own and love this pair) and pair the skirt with a tucked in blouse or even the off the shoulder top in the last look.

Originally when I picked up this dress I expected it to be cute but was blown away by how flattering this style was on. The colors and print are so cute but as a sucker for a drop waist, peplum hem dress this was immediately added to the top of my wishlist. While it isn’t overly dressy, that makes it perfect for a variety of occasions. The sleeveless style will be perfect all summer long and paired with sandals or wedges it is the perfect piece for the nicer graduation parties you may be attending. My graduation party was Lilly themed and if I were to do the same sort of party now as I prepare to graduate college this dress would be more than likely what I’d wear.

I hope this helps any of you who may be shopping for graduation party attire! I’d love to hear from y’all.

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