Thursday, August 31, 2017

Monthly Favorites: August

1. Getting my first taste as buyer for upcoming lines at AmericasMart in Atlanta. 

As I mentioned at the beginning of the month, August brings in a rush of emotions. At the beginning of the month I finished my internship with a trip to Atlanta with my boss and one of my co-workers. We went to that month's Market to shop for new inventory. It was an amazing experience to learn the behind the scenes of buying, and it was so cool to find out what is coming to stores in the upcoming seasons! (Free People's new lines are like nothing I've seen before). 

And last week I started my last year of undergrad. It's been surreal to realize that after seventeen years, my time as a student is coming to an end (at least until possible grad school). Being a student has been such a huge part of my identity, so I'm sad to leave school, but excited for all that God has planned for my life. 

August also brought unexpected calamity on my town of Charlottesville. As a Charlottesville resident, and person of color, it was devastating and frightening to see so many people so full of hate towards people like you march over your home. Our country is still heavily rooted in racism, so the feelings of the white supremacists were not surprising, but the magnitude of their fight was. In all honesty it is still something I'm processing and healing from. What has encouraged me and others, is having hope in Christ, the prayers and support from those across the country, and the unity of our town that has come in the aftermath. Please continue to pray for racial unity across this country. I pray that no one finds themselves in the aftermath of an event like ours, and I have hope our country will use this to understand and love one another better. 

2. Ending up on my school's website on my last first day of school. 

3. I'm reading though the book of Hosea right now which has been very refreshing for my soul. I love the graphics She Reads Truth provides for different verses. They also provide great supplements for your Bible reading for any book!

4. Loved watching the cutest and wittiest couple ever fight over baby proofing their house.

5. Chip and Joanna Gaines's company Magnolia are selling this T-Shirt to raise money for relief in Houston. 100% of proceeds go towards relief. Please keep those affected, and those to still be affected by Harvey in your prayers. 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Charleston Photo Diary

As mentioned in my latest Monthly Favorites, last month I took a day trip to Charleston with my roommates. Charleston is easily one of the most charming cities of the south. Its rich history, beautiful architecture, and waterfront views are hard to compete with. It also has great restaurants and shopping on King Street. One of my favorite bloggers, Julia Hengel of Gal Meets Glam, lives there and uses the city as an amazing back drop for her photos. So of course, my roommates and I had to do our own photo shoot, which we choose to do on the famous Rainbow Row. 

Besides seeing Rainbow Row, other highlights of the day included having brunch at a great restaurant called Blossom, shopping on Kings Street (and finding some great sales), and of course seeing the famous Pineapple Statue. Since this was a short trip I'm excited to visit the city again for a longer time, but glad I got to have a fun time there with friends!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tips for Moving into your Dorm Room (And a Bonus Packing List!)

My freshmen dorm room
If you are entering into your first year of college, the thought of packing your life into one side of a room can be daunting. When I packed for my first year of college it was hard to stay organized and make sure I had covered everything. What helped me was looking at lists other people had created. While everyone's packing lists varies, there are core items that you almost definitely need. Looking at these lists helped me start the moving process, so I made my very own college essentials packing list for y'all! Separated by categories, it will help you organize your things for a smoother move-in day!

Download It Here!

Tips for Moving Day

1. Get on the Road Early
I've been helping freshmen move in for the past two years, so I know that the later in the day you move, the hotter and more crowded it is. Getting an early start will help you hopefully beat the rush of other students and stay cool.

2. Pack in Plastic Containers and Luggage
Plastic containers make easy, under the bed storage and it's convenient to have luggage already with you when traveling back home or going away for a weekend.

3. Categorize Your Things
This seems like a no-brainer but creating your own organization system while packing will make it easier for you to unpack. For example, pack mugs and other kitchen items together, and your school supplies in one container. I even go so far as micro-categorizing: t-shirts are packed in one area, dresses in another, etc.

4. Unpack Things One Section at a Time
The easiest way to ensue chaos on your move-in day is to have no rhyme or rhythm to how you unpack. To prevent a mess, unpack things by layers. For example, don't start taking out decorations before your bed is even made. Don't unpack your bathroom items before you even know where you are going to store your shower caddy. And definitely know where all your different types of clothing are going before you unpack those.
*Pro Tip: If possible, store things out in the hallway and bring them in one part at a time. Depending on how many people you have with you, assign everyone something to unpack based on their strengths. For example, while my dad installed my mini-fridge, my mom made my bed, and my sisters and I unpacked clothing. But make sure that these tasks don't overlap spaces so you aren't all stepping over each other.

5. Send Things Back
I have had ideas about decor, or brought certain items I thought would fit in my room, that just did not work out. Instead of trying to make them work, I've had to let go and send them back with my parents. You will accumulate things like books, new clothes, and other random items (college is the mother of free useless stuff) over the school year, and your room will become more and more packed. Nothing can stress you out like a disorganized space, so it's good to get a head start and begin the year with less. Also, if you have the ability to go back home for weekends or breaks, leave heavy coats, boots, scarves, etc. home until you need them, and exchange them with your flip flops and sundresses.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Monthly Favorites: July (late!)

1. Cookies we had made for our customers at our latest social event that were almost too pretty to eat (but not quite). 

July was a whirlwind! (Which is why the monthly favorites are late sorry!) I finished up my internship with a bang: an event coordinated by us interns, a trip to Atlanta Market with my boss to buy inventory for the upcoming seasons, and then finally traveling home after living 2 months in another state! Even with the craziness, July was one of my favorite months this entire year. I have been extremely blessed getting to try out so many new things and visit new places.

2. My roommates and I took a super fun day trip to explore Charleston (more photos from that adventure later!)

3. Our work team had two very different but very fun girls' nights outs: one playing at an arcade by the beach (where I got to go zorbing!), and one taking a yoga class together (my first one!). You can see more photos from these nights here and here.

4. Photographing my first campaign for my job (for game day!). You can check out more photos here and here.

5. I absolutely loved my roommates (who were also 2 of my fellow interns) this summer. One evening we decided to go on the beach and have a "roomie" photoshoot. Not pictured: The couple having their engagement photos taken beside us who probably thought we were mocking them- oops!