Friday, December 29, 2017

Looking Back at 2017

2017 has been a bittersweet year for me. It has come with challenging and even devastating times, but has given me amazing memories and even once in a lifetime experiences. 

Hard Times
My heart has broken way too many times for those who suffered this year due to terrorism, mass shootings, natural disasters, and being silenced by those in power. I pray for peace, hope, and help those who suffered this year and are still suffering.

I did not expect to be personally affected by one of 2017's tragedies, but it seems that no one came out of this year unscathed. It was hard and scary to see my town, places that I walked everyday, overrun by those who believe in sick ideologies. I cried for Heather Heyer, and for those who are so lost and broken that they feel that hate and murder are the answer. 

However, God is always bigger than any tragedy. He helped our community come together and heal. This saying is cliche, but I truly believe we became stronger. 

2017 brought many highlights to my year. I rang in the New Year in Paris while studying abroad over winter break. It was surreal to toast champagne at midnight with one of my closest friends and our classmates in my favorite city. 

I also got to visit London for the first time, and ended up stranded (alone) indefinitely in Heathrow airport when my plane back to the U.S. was having mechanical issues. After six hours of waiting in the terminal, I got to meet the dance and entertainment team from the Denver Nuggets who were also heading back on the same plane after an NBA tournament in London. 

The team was just the first of unexpected "celebrity" encounters I had throughout the year. That semester, I got to talk to Tina Fey and Katie Couric when they each guest lectured over Skype in one of my classes. I was definetly starstruck then, and became even more starstruck when Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande, Chris Stapleton, Coldplay, Stevie Wonder, The Roots, and other singers gave a free benefit concert for Charlottesville hosted by the Dave Matthews Band. The concert was a surreal experience that I got to experience with one of my best friends, which made it so much more memorable. To top off the celebrity experiences. I got to attend a Q&A with Hillary Clinton at my school. She was the main speaker for the Women in Leadership Global Forum, and had many wise and empowering things to say about women in leadership.

Looking Forward
I have a lot of things to look forward to in 2018. I'll be traveling more, starting new projects, and graduating (!!!)- I can't wait to share these experiences with y'all!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Favorite Things: Year End

One of the photo's from my house photoshoot. 

Hello! As I've mentioned in earlier posts, the last months of this year have been very busy but also very full of amazing experiences. Here is a roundup of some of my favorite things from the year end!

2. My sweet housemates decorated our mantel for my birthday with our house photos and loving notes.

2. I am still in unbelief in all the celebrities I saw perform at the free benefit concert that was thrown for my town. I had a blast dancing along to Cold Play, Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande, The Roots, Stevie Wonder and other musicians with my best friend. We loved all of the artists but without a doubt our favorite performance was Justin Timberlake (!!!).

3. I was super excited after my school's football team had a nail biting win in one of the last games of the season. The weather was horrible, and the score was back and forth. However, it made the win all the more memorable. At the end the fans got to rush the field and we all gathered together to sing the school song. 

4. Blurry photos of Hillary Clinton when she came to speak at the Women's Global Leadership Forum at my school. It was absolutely surreal to see her in person. She had so many wise things to say about women's leadership!

5. I got back into dance this semester and had a blast performing in our fall showcase. (The photo on the right makes me laugh- my face looks like an alien lol)

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

My Favorite Looks of 2017

I have had such a fun year sharing my personal style with you all. As 2017 comes to an end I've gathered up my favorite looks from the year. Take a look and come back in 2018 for more outfits!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Christmas Scarf

Scarf: H&M, Top: Target, Boots (Pictured Below): Macy's, Leggings (Pictured Below): 90 Degrees, Earrings: Alta'rd State
As I mentioned in my last post, I don't own a lot of festive clothing. My style during Christmas is cozy and subtle. Part of the reason why I don't get too much into holiday outfits is because I'm not the biggest fan of the color red. I like cranberry and oxblood, but stay away from true, bright red. This scarf is an exception. I bought it a few years ago during Black Friday weekend because it is super soft and warm and could add the perfect touch of holiday spirit to my outfits when needed. 

Shoutout to my mom for taking these photos! You can visit her website at!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Holiday Sweater

Sweaterdress: H&M, Boots: Macy's, Necklace: L Mae Boutique
I love Christmas, but I'm not into "Christmas outfits" (you will not catch me wearing red and green at the same time). Instead, during Christmas time I opt to wear color schemes that match the season. This includes cranberry reds, creamy whites, and forest greens like this sweater dress. This sweater has become a go- to cold weather outfit in my closet. It's easy to through on over leggings when I want to dress up a little, but still keeps me comfortable. I will either pair it with a scarf, or a statement necklace like this one. Scarves and statement jewelry can also help an outfit look more "holiday-ish" if you are not the most festive person like me. 

What are ways that you dress up for the holidays? I would love to hear your outfit ideas!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Printed Dress and Ballet Flats

Dress: Target
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As I mentioned in my last post, fall is my favorite season. Fall, especially in my town, is absolutely beautiful. I'm sad to see it officially end, but I've been embracing the Christmas season and am looking forward to the new year. 

I bought this dress last year to wear when the weather cooled down. It's lightweight enough to wear in warmer weather with flats, but also can be layered with a jacket and paired with boots when it cools down. 

I've been in love with dance ever since my parents put me in classes when I was 3. This dress is so comfortable and pretty that it inspired me to do some ballerina poses (even though my form could definitely use some improvement haha). 


Monday, November 27, 2017

Saturday at the Pumpkin Patch

Blouse: Target, Flannel and Shorts: American Eagle: Boots: Macy's
I'm not at all unique when I say that fall is my favorite time of the year. This fall has fortunately and  unfortunately a brought a lot of activity. While there have been definite stressful times, I have also had some amazing experiences (more on those in future posts!).

Recently one of my best friends came back for homecoming and so we took a trip to the pumpkin patch (because without pumpkins, does fall even exist?). It was my first time pumpkin picking since I was a kid. I had forgotten however how heavy pumpkins were, so in these photos I was struggling to hold them. I also didn't realize how expensive a pumpkin could be so my best friend and I bought small ones from the gift shop lol.

I will miss fall, and have been reluctant to be excited for Christmas since that means the end of fall. However, with the end of Thanksgiving I'm finally getting into the Christmas mood- so stay tuned for the next month full of holiday content!