Paris inspired

Headed for Paris!

Just a little something I created a few years back!

Cotton sweater
topshop.com

True Religion blue jeans
piperlime.gap.com

Marc jacobs handbag
$1,705 – mytheresa.com

Bracelet bangle
$72 – hfm.co.jp

Anita Ko heart ring
net-a-porter.com

Collar necklace
$115 – hfm.co.jp

Tiffany Co silver jewelry
$200 – colette.fr

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics blush
bloomingdales.com

Pink makeup
$6.04 – artbox.co.uk

Lancaster lips makeup
yesstyle.com

Chanel fragrance
amazon.com


How to Prepare for Wisdom Teeth Removal

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Chipmunk cheeks

Getting your wisdom teeth taken out is like a right of passage into adulthood. It just has to happen at sometime. Especially if your other teeth are impacted like mine were. Today my oral surgeon took care of that little problem. He gave me an IV asked me to take a few deep breaths. Then I was out cold. Next thing I knew I was waking up and had more gauze in my mouth than I thought possible. Oh and a very sore mouth. Once I got home I jumped in bed and proceeded to fall asleep… until I realized I needed more gauze because my mouth was bleeding. Anyway, here are a few things to have on hand when you get home from surgery!

1. Ice packs 

Your cheeks will be swollen and you will look like a chipmunk, trust me these are a life saver. 

2. Comfy clothes

I was wearing shorts and a hoodie but wear what makes you comfy. I personally would have loved a Juicy Couture sweatsuit but I tried one on a few months ago and the bottoms just love to highlight every single ounce of fat on your thighs. It wasn’t a good look for me. 

3. A movie

You will either come home and pass out or be bored out of your mind so have some entertainment ready. I was ready and armed with the 1st season of Laguna Beach (I don’t care how long ago that show was popular I still love it). 

4. Soft food

You will not be able to eat any hard food. Crackers, popcorn, candy, absolutely nothing. Have yogurt, jello, soft ice cream, or whatever suits your fancy on hand because you will not only be hungry but you will be sore and desperate to eat something. My surgeon told me I could not eat after midnight the night before my surgery (my appointment was at 11) so needless to say I was a little hungry. 

5. Water bottle

Pick out a cute one that you can sip out of so you don’t get dehydrated. I honestly haven’t wanted to open my mouth all dayphoto 2 but water was one thing I didn’t mind doing it for. I flavor my water with Skinny Girl Pineapple Coconut water additive and it really gives my water some zip! 

6. 2-3 Good pillows

Your surgeon will tell you to keep your head elevated when you go home. I stacked my nice, fluffy pillows on top of each other and laid down to take a snooze. 

7. A pet

If you have a furry friend in your home having them near by is nice company. My little tabby cat (his name is Hootie because his face is rather owl-like) jumped on my bed and curled up next to me for the afternoon. Every time I moved or shifted positions he would perk up and look at me then meow to make sure I was ok. It was the cutest thing!

Do you have any tips? Share them below!

-Liz 


My Divine Pinspiration

PinterestMy Pinterest is a reflection of me and what makes me happy. My first boards were the typical style, home decor, and cooking boards that everyone has. However, it didn’t take long before my creativity expanded what I pinned and where I pinned it. One of my favorite boards to update it my ‘Living Single‘ board. This one I use to pin cute, chic apartment style things and to promote a certain kind of lifestyle. The best part of Pinterest is when I find someone who pins similar things to me. So here are 10 pinners I follow on Pinterest!

1. Country Club Prep– Similar to me this pinner loves the classics and appreciates Ralph Lauren’s America. Not to mention her sense of East Coast casual and appropriate sailing attire. 

2. M T- This girl has a little bit of everything and plenty of it! Some of its chic and some is all about real life and making it beautiful. 

3. Caroline Grace Smith– Every time I go to this girl’s Pinterest site I am sure to find something cute and girly. She really captures what it is to be a girly girl in the things she finds. 

4. Roxane– All things chic, fabulous, traditional, and classy. I always want to redecorate my entire house when I look through her boards. 

5. Larisa– Her site address is ‘Classy in the City’ and it really is just that. She combines the classics with a few updates and captures the fabulousness of the city life. 

6. The Original Prep– I’m convinced this lovely lady started the preppy movement. Literally everything she pins is so northeast prep. She is an authority on the preppy lifestyle. And she has the following to prove it. 

7. Elizabeth Appleby– She is all about color and living life to the fullest. She explores so many different things with her boards that there is something for everyone! 

8. Rebeca Francia– Once again, a pinner that has a little bit of everything but keeps a constant theme of cute and girly.

9. Miss Nurke– I just love looking through her pins because they make me smile with the vibrancy of colors and yet relaxing themes. 

10. Lindsey– This girl and I literally pin the same things and I just love it! We inspire each other and find cute things to share. Not to mention her amazing collection of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe boards!

Bonus: Follow me if you like the above suggestions!

Do you have a favorite pinner you follow? Comment below!

-Liz

 


Tradition with Style!

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Meghan and I at the Derby

One of the most loved traditions in America is the Kentucky Derby. The big hats, mint juleps, mingling, and the fabulous outfits are signature to this revered event. And I was lucky enough to go last spring! I went with a good friend but we weren’t prepared for the true style of the Derby. Being the first timers that we were, we made a few little mistakes. Namely, assuming the general admission meant our seats were in the grand stand (ha, we were in the infield, grand stand seating was $600 a ticket). We had a nice time despite the chilly rain, mud of the infield, and nowhere to sit. It was still a memory worth making! We ended up standing around under a big tent with a bunch of frat boys and sorority girls singing ‘Sweet Caroline‘ with the band that was playing. Shout out to Vineyard Vines for this lovely experience! By the time the race started we were exhausted and wet. And fair warning to anyone thinking general admission tickets will get you a nice view of the race- it won’t! We couldn’t even see the horses except for the 2 seconds they ran by (and that was at a distance of about 150 ft). Anyway, my point in all this is to be prepared! You’ll be glad you were.

Tips for Derby Day

Hunter_bootsFirst off, check the weather. Like I mentioned earlier, it was pouring rain last year and it didn’t stop. Security also wouldn’t let you take umbrellas in so as you can imagine most people were sopping wet. Luckily, my friend and I brought rain ponchos and believe me they were a life saver. If the race gets rained on again this year I recommend a cute pair of Hunter rain boots. I saw several girls (and a few guys) sporting these last year and I was so jealous! Not only did they look adorable even with a nice dress or sport coat, they also kept your feet warm and dry. I wore a pair of nude flats last year (I almost wore heels) but something warmer would have been lovely. This might not be as important if you are in the grand stand or an executive club box but for anyone in the infield its vital!

Secondly, a small clutch is a must! I took a 1930s vintage black clutch that was my grandma’s. Security won’t let you take in a full size bag so a cute clutch is what you’ll have to live with. Put credit cards, lipstick, cell phone, hair spray, and if you plan to sport stilettos, a very small pair of  matching Tory Burch flats (the kind that fold up). This goes for no matter where you’re sitting! 

Third, pick a classic outfit! The guys can get away with a navy blazer, white button up, and nantucket reds. But ladies, we Kentucky_Derby_Hathave a standard to live up to! Last year I found a pink and white dress at a Banana Republic outlet in central Florida (originally $125, I paid $20, little victories!) that I wore. A trend I noticed with most of the women was a classic cut and style. A lot of reds, whites, blacks, tans, and yellows were being pulled off by attendees. There’s a reason for the subtlety and I’ll explain later. 

Fourth, accessories are important. They just are. Gents, a leather watch is really all you need. Ladies, wear pearls. They’re a classic and always will be. Plus, they match almost everything!

Kate_Middleton Finally, the hat! This is the reason for the subtle, classic look women wore. You don’t want your outfit competing with your hat. There are several styles of hats to choose from. A smaller hat like the ones Kate Middleton dons (called a fascinator) are nice if you plan on doing something a bit flashier with your hair. Otherwise, the bigger the better! Bright colors are a must as long as the base of the hat is a solid, subtle color. This isn’t something you need to spend hundreds on unless you’re the wife of someone important or a leading lady yourself. 

Well, that’s all I have for you! Have fun, take pictures, and memorize the lyrics to ‘My Old Kentucky Home‘ (you’ll be glad you did)!

Do you have any tips? Comment, like, and share!

-Liz 

 


Key_WestI have never seen water so clear and sand so white! Upon arriving at Key West, the tour bus I was on with about 35 other people dropped us off at the southern most point of Key West and the United States. In fact, we were 90 miles from Cuba! We took photos and then planned the rest of our day on the island. This was an adventure I took on my own. I vaguely knew a few of the other people on the bus from my Disney College Program (blog to come on my experience). I spent half the day navigating the island by myself and the other half with the entire group.

Shortly after I returned from Fort Zach Taylor beach (on a vespa!) I foundKey_Lime_Pie my way to a snack shop by the dock. The wonderful treat I got to try was frozen chocolate covered key lime pie! I’ve never tasted something quite so unique and refreshing in my life. It was perfect after an afternoon on the beach laying in the sand (and stone, ouch!) of Key West.

My next little adventure started soon after my frozen chocolate brain freeze ended. I had purchased a ticket to go snorkeling for $50. I assumed I’d just be swimming around in the water looking at sand and nothing really interesting. Instead we went out on a catamaran and sailed a few miles out into the water to snorkel at a reef! There were roughly 40 people on the ship and we were all given a life vest, flippers, goggles, and a snorkel. The boat’s crew lowered a set of stairs into the water and gave us the go ahead. I waited for about 20 people to go before me (in case of sharks or barracuda we were warned about) and then finally I worked up my nerve to jump in.

SnorkelingThe water was luke warm and had high salt levels (I swallowed enough to know). I began to swim towards the other snorkelers and looked down at the sea floor below. At 15 feet deep I saw sea life that I never thought I would get to see in a natural habitat. There were tons of fish, bottom feeding sharks, some sort of sea snake, little sea turtles, and beautiful coral reefs. It was so peaceful. The first time I ever felt at ease with nature! The sun was incredibly bright, illuminating the sea floor. A school of small clown fish ran into me (literally) and a few turned to look at me and then swam away. After about an hour a half we got back on the boat and sailed back to the dock. The ride back was accompanied by a setting sun, a light breeze, fruity drinks (I had a cherry limeaide mixed with pineapple juice) and reggae music.

It was a beautiful adventure and one I’ll always remember. When we got back into town the sun had set and we went to dinner. The downtown area of Key West was, in my opinion, a little sketchy. Not somewhere I’d take my children but it was great for people watching and a few hysterics. After dinner we boarded the bus to go back to Orlando. Unfortunately a few people were missing and showed up late, one passed out drunk in the back of a pick up truck. When we stopped in Key Largo she had to be taken to the hospital for alcohol poisoning. Did I mention she was underage?

Anyway, all around it was a great time and a really nice memory.

What’s your favorite vacation destination? Comment below!

-Liz


Hint: Academics didn’t make this list. 

 

1. You’re on your own

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My university’s campus

No one will be holding your hand through this experience. Get used to it. Your advisors are not there to register you for classes or create your life plan. They are there to advise you on what you should do. You have to decide what you will do. 

2. All nighters are stupid

All nighters seem to be a staple in college. On Facebook people are all like “Yeah, pulled an all nighter and drank so much Red Bull!” This is bad for you. Don’t do it. I admit to doing it on several occasions (particularly around mid terms and finals weeks). Unless you’re doing it with friends to keep you awake and totally wired (in this case you probably aren’t getting anything done anyway), then you will end up writing something completely incoherent. I distinctly remember writing a paper that had a paragraph of nonsense that I was thinking about and didn’t realize I was actually writing it down. I was that tired! 

3. Money doesn’t grow on trees

No, Seriously. It doesn’t. Learn how to budget the little money you have so you aren’t running to mom and dad for a loan. I wish I had been smart enough to figure this out. 

Bonus tip: If you think you can afford something expensive, then you probably can’t! 

4. Get a schedule

I cannot tell you how important it is to have some sort of a daily schedule for yourself. It really helps to know what you’re doing and when you’re doing it at least during the day. I preferred to keep my days really busy (i.e. homework, exercise, classes) so that my nights and weekends were mine to enjoy. 

5. Work out

Just do it. Besides the freshmen 15 you have the chances of gaining you will be building up stress. Exercise of some sort helps with this. My sophomore year I went to a YMCA across the street from my campus and I would run or lift weights. My stress levels were a lot lower than the year before. I also succeeded in losing some of the 15 pounds I gained the year before. 

6. Be involved

College is a hub of activities, clubs, and committees. Get yourself involved in one of them. Its a great way to be connected to your school and also find people that have the same interests as you. Plus, when you’re looking for summer internships (see next point) you will have something to put on your resume that says you are involved and dedicated. 

7. Intern, intern, intern!

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Semester in DC (in line for tickets at Supreme Court, we pulled an all nighter)

Internships are a God send. Sometimes. As long as they are paid (all of mine have been) and offer you substantive work to do then you have hit the jackpot. Don’t be afraid to branch out and go to knew places. You really don’t need to be at home with your high school buddies every summer. Just go and make something of yourself to improve your chances of being hired after college. 

8. Read the textbook

I hate reading (thanks to college) but there are definitely times when I wished I had read the textbook. Particularly in my freshman year when I was fulfilling my general education requirements. I found that the best time for me to read was when I had gotten in my pjs for the night with a cup of hot cocoa or tea and just read. Not only did this slowly chip away at all the reading I had to do, it also helped me go to sleep a lot quicker because the material was so boring (bet you didn’t see that coming). 

9. Build your professional wardrobe

After you graduate the world you will be entering is full of suits and pencil skirts. Prepare early. If you see something work appropriate on sale, buy it and save it for your not so far off future. If you do those internships I recommended, then you will be needing these a lot sooner! 

10. Make memories

Don’t live your life in your dorm room. Get out, make friends, take pictures, and savor every last minute of this awesome time in your life. The college years (for most people) really are the best time in their life. It goes by so quickly. I know, everyone says that about something. But its so true. Have fun and live it up!

What were the 10 most important things you learned in college or even high school? Comment below!

-Liz