As a collegiate woman there are quite a few things I am thankful for that may not resonate with the rest of the populous. Nevertheless these things are essential to my (and my college peers) existence. Without such we would be sad, desperate young adults. It would be a scary world, trust me.
Thank you Netflix for always being there for me. How many times have I skipped class just to watch that one more episode (jokes, like 5 more)? I wish you were an excused absence and an acceptable justification for being late to work. Oh, in an ideal world…Thank you for letting multiple devices be signed in at once so that I can use my parents’ account (or friends’, or friends’ parents’) and don’t have to pay for you myself. I’m not ready to be that adult yet.
Thank you Quizlet for always getting me through last minute studying. Without you I would not be able to procrastinate and still obtain reasonable grades on my exams. You are a college student’s savior and I hope whoever created you is sitting on piles of cash.
Thank you iMessage for syncing to my computer. In classes where I am not allowed to have my phone out and I am bored to tears, I can still be connected to the world because of you. I don’t know if professors just haven’t realized what’s happening or just have no way of preventing it but nevertheless I’m thankful.
Thank you meters for allowing me to drive to school everyday without a parking pass. Although parking at you is a gamble, and I have received many parking tickets from doing so, you let me live up to my full potential of being as lazy as possible. Thank you also for giving me the ability to spot change and pounce on it like a hungry animal anywhere I go.
Thank you bed for being so versatile. You are my desk, my table, my clothes hamper, my couch and my sleeping place. I never knew you would be such a great investment. You make everything I am thankful for come together. Many times I am watching Netflix, typing up a Quizlet (while messaging my roommate in the next room), laying on you and waiting to late to walk to class. They say the kitchen is the heart of the home but I really know you are.
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Share what you’re thankful for below! 🙂
Here’s a scary thought: There’s only 6 more Mondays until Christmas! As much as I advocate celebrating one holiday at a time (right now that would be Thanksgiving), I can’t deny the allure and practicalness of Christmas shopping early! In that spirit I have decided to do a gift guide a week until Christmas! All of my gifts will be under $50 because I am on that #brokecollegegirl budget and I feel like many of you are too! So many of my finds are going to be STEALS and you should get them FAST because I know they are going to be gone quick! Without further ado here is my gift ideas for my friends/roommates (who have way too expensive taste 😉 )
1. The Blanket Scarf- Simple Addiction
You know that thing that everyone has been wearing? Well don’t let your friends get left behind in the trend-following dust. I’ve found the perfect scarf (already have 2) at a great price! At $13 you might just have to buy one for yourself too (I know I did).
2. Kate Spade Necklace- Nordstrom
Nordstrom is having some like awesome fall sale and I am just going to roll with it. This necklace comes in four different colors including tortoise and would be the perfect piece of dazzling neck candy (yes neck candy). Plus who wouldn’t love a little Kate Spade in their life?
3. Kendra Scott Earrings- Nordstrom
Seriously the Nordstrom sale is awesome and if you have a little bit of time you should really check out all the great deals they have! These Kendra Scott earrings are mesmerizing and I know I’m putting them on my christmas list! I just know that some of my friends would swoon over these too.
4. Tommy Bahama Watch- MyHabit
So I recently discovered this website called myhabit.com. It’s a website that has crazy markdowns on designer items. Apparently Access Hollywood talks about it? Anyways that’s how my mom became hooked on it and now she’s got me addicted to it too! Watches are such a statement nowadays and my roomies would love to have this one gracing their arm.
5. The Happy Planner- Me and My Big Ideas
Absolutely OBSESSED with this planner. I actually originally saw it at Michaels and have been researching about it all day. The website I listed has a much greater selection and also carries all the accessories for it (who knew planners could have accessories?). Anyways I think this my next move planner-wise (sorry Lilly). I know many of my friends are off to grad-school next year and organization is going to be key to their success and sanity. Plus there’s a ton of cute stickers, flags and paperclips that just makes this the cutest and most useful gift.
(This is all in good fun.) So now you’re at college and you have discovered this new shiny thing called Greek life and it’s all parties and sisters and fun, fun, fun. However you are not only learning new words such as darty, date party and standards, but also Lily Pulitzer, Vineyard Vines and Southern Tide. It takes you about a year to assimilate to these new things but you do it with a smile on your face and new Jack Rogers squeezing on your feet. You didn’t know that you could conform so easily to srattiness but somehow you became the poster girl for Ralph Lauren Polo without even knowing. Don’t worry it happens to a lot of girls after living, breathing and eating being a sorority girl. It happened to me. (as if you couldn’t tell by my little scenario above.) I wasn’t preppy at all in high school but when I arrived to college and joined a sorority I felt that the prep life appealed to me. Soon I wanted to share my new knowledge of fashion with everyone. I wanted preppiness to seep into other parts of my life. So my family became my first victims, ahhhemm, willing participants:
- Dress preppy around them. I know you may say “Jessica! That’s crazy! Just wear the clothes I have around my family?” Yes. Do it.
- Give them croakies. These things are wild to people outside of Greek life. You’ll have to explain that, ‘No it’s not a broken headband and yes you do where your sunglasses like a necklace.’ Think of it as another accessory.
- Start monogramming everything. (Like you don’t already do that.) Soon they’ll catch on that you’re not just trying to make sure everyone knows what’s yours but that monograms are actually trendy.
- Take mom shopping with you. Mom’s can’t resist cute stuff just like their daughters. I took mine to J.Crew for the first time and now she can’t stop buying from J.Crew Factory online. Success.
- Get the siblings on board. As the people that are actually closest to you in age, they are the most susceptible to your evil genius. Because you’re awesome now they totally want to be like you, just give them a Frat Collection t-shirt and they’ll be hooked.
My brother and I this past summer.
Since I will be working a lot this summer I have compiled a list of things I want to save up for and buy! I am loving the all bright colors this season and I want to get in on the action. Hopefully I won’t be #poor and be able to splurge on a few things! Here’s my top 7:
- Triangl bathing suit — similar one from Amazon (I’ve actually bought the one from Amazon and I am curious on how it holds up. Nevertheless I still would like the real thing!)
- tassel necklace–Nordstrom (there’s another option from Bellac)
- fraternity collection t-shirt– I have a pocket tee but I love this printed one! Perfect for Fourth of July
- krass and co shorts– Country Clup Prep (sidenote: I am OBSESSED with this store. They just opened one in Lexington and I go in any chance I get!)
- visor–Vineyard Vines
- shep shirt– Vineyard Vines (I love this ombre one!)
- monogrammed pfg —Etsy
Okay so I am going to get a little serious in this post. The Internet has just blown up over cooler painting. YES, COOLER PAINTING (enter sigh of exasperation). But I actually think the debate is well warranted. A young lady posted on the cooler connection, a Facebook page where sorority women can share awesome cooler tips, about the negativity associated with the Confederate flag. She claims we as the Greek community need to “cool it with the Confederate flag on the coolers.” What a brave and outspoken young lady. I respect her for her beliefs and I want to stand there beside her in agreement. I’m from Kentucky and so arguably may not traditionally be considered “southern” but I believe that the Confederate flag, while carrying with it a sense of tradition and southern culture, holds with it negative connotations that as the younger generation we need repair. My boyfriend is African American and a member of Beta Theta Pi and I would never paint a Confederate flag on his cooler. While I don’t believe it is intentionally “racist,” the Confederate flag reminds us of a time when our nation was fighting to keep people of color enslaved. Like or not slavery was part of Southern culture. He upholds many of traditional southern values and identifies with many of the southern aspects of fraternity life like brotherhood, tradition, loyalty and family, but he doesn’t need the Confederate flag to identify himself as “southern.” I am not here to dictate if it is right or wrong to paint the Confederate flag on your cooler, it is after all your own creative liberty. I just think that we as the next generation need to be more conscientious of our history and what it means to truly be American.
Check out the TSM post here
Okay, so I thought it was about time for another ‘why’ post just in case other people need justification for why they do something as well. This time it’s another sorority girl staple: oversized t-shirts. These could be your t-shirts, your boyfriend/friend-that-is-a-boy’s,or that one random guy’s who you stole it from the morning after waking up in his unfamiliar room (oops). We all do it and we all love it. It is mostly the reason why I have posted so few Outfit of the Days. I just can’t pass up the t-shirt. It calls to me. So let me tell you why I wear them:
- They pair well with another versatile item in my closet: leggings. Check out why I wear those here
- They are seasonless. I wear them in the winter. I wear them in the summer. I wear them when its spitting rain and the humidity makes the 60 degree weather feel 10 degrees hotter. (plus they match my frizzy hair for a just rolled out of bed look)
- They are comfy. I’m not even the biggest advocate for comfort but sometimes you just need it.
- They cover up my norts so no one can see if I’m wearing shorts or not and I like a little mystery in my life.
- I like to REPRESENT. I love my sorority and the majority of my t-shirts let everyone know that.
- The pressure to find something to wear in the mornings is to much. I panic. I put on something too warm. Then I’m hot in class. And then I can’t focus. And then I fail. T-shirts=good grades (it’s just logical)
So there you have it. A complete list that you can submit to any t-shirt hater. You may look like a slob but at least you are happy with life.
image from Google
It’s spring lovely people and do you know what that means for the folks of the bluegrass? Horse racing! Before college I had never been to the track even though I resided in the horse capitol of the world. It just wasn’t popular in the area where I lived. When I arrived at college I was pleasantly introduced to the glamorous world of Keeneland. Its lush green pastures and bright white farm sense beckoned to me like the emerald city itself. From that moment on you could say I was hooked along with my other greek and non-greek friends. Opening day has since become a tradition and is begun at the earliest in the morning. It starts by carefully curling your hair and meticulously applying the perfect face of make-up to stand-up to a harsh day of warm sunlight and a fresh breeze. And then comes putting on your dress. This dress had probably been purchased weeks or even months beforehand to wear for this specific event and you have been dreaming about putting it on with your best wedges to go bet on the horses. And truly this is the main event because not just any dress makes it to Keeneland. It is most likely pastel or flowery and is modest so that it can be perfectly paired with a monogram or pearls. I never turn down a reason to dress up and this is no exception. In addition to a bomb dress, a few other essentials are necessary:
- Croakies. Preferably in your favorite Lilly pattern and attached to your favorite pair of sunglasses (mine are brown tortoise Rayban wayfarers) Get them here
- A big sunhat. These are not as popular as they are at the Derby and Carolina Cup but I believe they make any outfit better! Get one here or on etsy!
- Shoes. Don’t take this lightly. Shoes can make or break an outfit. If there’s not a pair of chunky wedges that match your dress, Jacks are always a safe bet! Get the pair here
- Money. A little bit of money to bet on horses make the whole day more interesting. Just bring five dollars to bet on two horses. Its fun to have some stakes in the race! Who knows you might even have the winning ticket!
Unfortunately for me I won’t be making opening day this season (sad sad face) because I will be out of town. But don’t worry I will be going to the races and I will be sure to post an outfit update!