Adventure: Christmas 2012

The past few days have been a crazy, amazing blur filled with amazing memories with people I love. From Christmas with my family with intense games of Clue (I finally won!) to a mind-blowingly large Christmas with Alex’s family, I have been showered in love and gifts this year. I feel so blessed to have such caring people in my life. Here are some photos from the past few days as well as a video showing everything I got this year. Make sure you click the YouTube video photo to jump to the video!


The delicious homemade noodles at my family’s Christmas dinner (I’m eating leftovers right now!)


The pastry from Alex’s family’s Christmas breakfast. It tasted like a mix between a donut and apple pie.


The living room at Alex’s family’s house after Santa came to visit. The most presents I have ever seen!


The very beautiful Pandora bracelet from Alex’s unbelievably generous parents. The Christmas tree charm symbolizes my first Christmas with their family.IMG_1360

Some of the wonderful gifts I received this year. To see everything I got, be sure to click on the photo below to watch the video!

Christmas Haul

I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas!! I would love to hear what gifts you all received!


What’s in My Bag?

It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a post like this so it’s time again for another!

1. Purse: I got this bag from Forever21 (around $30) with my trip to England in mind. I wanted something cute that I could easily tote around all day long. The bag has a long crossbody strap as well as a braided shoulder one.

2. Wallet: An obvious thing to have in a purse…I’ve had this wallet for years now because wallets are something that once you get comfortable with one, it’s hard to switch.

3. Cell phone: My poor cell phone is cracked to hell after it took a short but scarring fall onto the cement. It was either the cell phone or my cat in his carrier. I chose the living thing and my phone suffered. It still works perfectly fine though!

4. Pencil Case: This Vera Bradley pencil case holds the usual items. I’ve found that over the years if I don’t have one specific spot for writing utensils, they’ll end up scattered throughout all of my purses and I keep having to buy more.

5. Cutoff Gloves: As a photographer wearing gloves and trying to take photos is almost an impossible task. I always carry around a pair of cutoffs in the winter because they still keep my hands relatively warm while allowing me to still be able to change settings on my camera.

6. Glasses: So I can see…

7. Digital Camera: I always have some sort of camera on me because you never know (and even more now that I’m in a sorority) a photo needs to be taken.

8. Planner: I simply ADORE this Lily Pulizter planner. I got it just over a month ago and have fallen in love with this beautiful piece of organization. If you’re trying to figure out what type of planner you want, seriously consider this one. It’s a bit pricier than the average planner, but it’s definitely worth it.

9: Artist Pens: I got this craft/artist pens from a craft store before I left for England. The course description said a lot of sketching would occur, so I wanted to get something besides crayons I could use. I ended up not using these for sketching at all, but for writing in my trip journal. Now I use them in my planner (I’ve color coded things like School, Work, Greek Life, etc)

10. First Aid Kit: This little box was a holiday gift from one of my jobs and I’ve modified it to be a serious life saver. Besides band-aids, it has hair ties, safety pins, rubber bands, bobby pins, etc. It’s come in handy on numerous occasions and since it’s so small it fits into every single bag I own.

Clothing Talks: Casual Saturday

I seriously love this outfit. When I look at it I just think about walking around a park or going to a farmers’ market on a lazy Saturday. It’s a super easy outfit to do with just a scarf and a bangle for jewelry, but it’s just so beautiful and relaxed. I added the small clutch because of its color, but a cross-body bag would be great for this outfit.

Clothing Talks: Summer Outfit

I have an outfit all planned out much similar to this one, and I’m so excited to wear it! This outfit is the perfect cute yet casual summer look. I got all of my pieces from forever21 (the romper and the jewelry), wet seal (the cardigan if it gets cold), and payless (the silver sandals). Wear it to any last minute graduation parties, cook-outs, or a belated trip to the zoo (that’s where I’ll be wearing it!).

It’s in the Bag

What someone carries around with them on a daily basis can be used in order to learn a lot about them. It’s what they find important that can give the most insight in regards to their character. I always have to have specific things with me at all times, or I wouldn’t know what to do with myself. So this is a blog-friendly spin-off of the “what’s in my purse” video that I’ve seen on YouTube from time to time.


1. BAG: I got this bag from Forever21 recently after I was shocked to discover that I’ve broken all of my other brown bags. It was just under $30 and it’s size is perfect as it’s not too large but not too small either.


2. PLANNERS: I have two planners that I use. I know it seems a bit overkill, but my school provided each student a planner this year eliminate the paper waste from hall passes (there’s a column in the planner for passes) and to encourage students to be more organized. There were good intentions behind this idea, except I already had a planner which I cannot go anywhere without. So instead of just picking one over the other, I use both.


3. IPOD HEADPHONES: I usually don’t carry my iPod around with me since I use it in my car, but I always keep the headphones with me just in case.


4. VERA BRADLEY WRISTLET: I’ve used this wristlet for years as a carrying case for my small electronics. It helps to keep the cords from getting tangled around things.


5. AUDIO RECORDER: I’ve mentioned my audlog obsession in a previous post, and the boyfriend and I are still doing them. I bring the recorder everywhere with me, because the opportunity to record in audlog can spring up at any moment.


6. BLACK PEN: I only write in cursive and black pen. Type of black pen in particular. I’ve done this for years and cannot remember when exactly this habit started, but there always has to be a pen in my bag at all times.


7. WALLET: When the hard-case wallets came out just a year or so ago, I really wanted one. I picked mine up at rue21 but you can get them just about anywhere these days. I really like the fact that the bills are kept flat so they don’t get those weird tri-folds in them.


8. CELL PHONE: This is a pretty obvious one. I like this particular phone (I’m pretty sure it’s the Voyager) because of the touch screen and keyboard, but a lot of phones these days now have those features.


9. GLASSES: I find myself wearing my glasses less and less, yet I still carry them around with me just in case I desire to see clearer.


10. SUNGLASSES: I saw these type of sunglasses on a YouTube video and fell in love with them. I got mine at Icing by Claire’s.


11. BOOK: I love reading, but I never have that much time to anymore. I always carry a book with me just in case though if I find myself with a few spare minutes to read. I’m currently reading The Starter Marriage by Kate Harrison that I picked up randomly at a used bookstore.



Leave a comment telling me what things you can’t live without in your bag/purse/backpack!!

Clothing Talks – Holiday Outfit

With our bellies still stuffed with the delicious foods of  Thanksgiving, the holiday season draws closer. No matter how you celebrate, a decent holiday outfit is vital to survive the numerous gatherings to attend during the season. It’s important to have the holiday cheer, without feeling the need to dress up like a Christmas tree.

Here’s an outfit I threw together as a basic idea of the type of outfit to wear this holiday season.

What’s great about this outfit is the fact that it doesn’t go overboard. There’s no need to dress incredibly fancy if you’re just going to a small holiday party, but this outfit still sends the message that you put effort into your outfit. Pairing a nice skirt with a plain white t-shirt makes the outfit more casual, yet the sweater, tights, and flats help to make the outfit less of an everyday look and more of a special event one.

Of course, this outfit doesn’t have to be reserved just for the holidays!

Clothing Talks – School Outfit

How you present yourself plays a really important role in the life of a teenager in high school. More so than for adults because there are only so many things teenagers have to worry about. Unlike adults, we don’t have the stresses of taxes or a full-time job, so we tend to place a lot more stock in the way we appear. During the teenage years, a lot of self discovery occurs and clothing has a huge part in this process as well as being a valuable means of expression.

So now we are faced with the problem of time. Trying to find a perfect medium between getting enough sleep yet still having enough time to look presentable at school is quite the balancing act. This school outfit looks as if a lot of effort was put into it, but really it could be thrown on in a few minutes and you’ll be ready for the day.

Outfit #3

Winters in Michigan can be brutal, so I’ve paired skinny jeans and a knit top with a nice fleece jacket and scarf. The jacket and scarf will keep you warm, but you’ll still be able to express some style. If it doesn’t get that cold where you live, the jacket and scarf combination will still keep out the cold winds of fall. You shouldn’t have to trade personality for warmth. The burgundy shoes give the outfit a nice pop of color, but they don’t take away from the outfit.

Pair the outfit with a nice Vera Bradley bag – which I’m completely obsessed with at the moment – and you’ll be all set for a fashionable day of education. This outfit could easily be worn for just about any occasion as well which makes it absolutely perfect.

Clothing Talks – Date Night Outfit

Be it the first date or the hundreth, the date outfit requires a lot of thought and planning since it plays a key role in sending off certain vibes to that special someone. Here’s an outfit that has more edge than most, but it shows obvious personality and style. Plus it can be worn just about anywhere and will sure to attract envious stares.

Outfit #2

The blue dress creates a center point for the entire outfit. Focusing on blacks and silvers, the overall feeling given off is an edgy one, yet the simple jumper along with the simplicity of the jacket takes the outfit out of the scary rocker-chick zone and makes it a unique, creative outfit for any night out. The shoes are just really cool.

Clothing Talks – Autumn Outfit

I’ve always found it throughly interesting that you can tell a lot about a person just based on the clothing they wear. The fact that you don’t even have a conversation with someone in order to get an idea in regards to what they’re about is really quite something. And in this fashion driven society, there are so many options and possibilities out there to create a style all your own.

I’ve decided to start posting what I’m currently just calling “Clothing Talks” until I can think of something more witty to name it. This type of post will consist of an outfit I’ve put together for everyday or a special occasion. To me, a lot can be learned from an outfit, so it would be foolish to exclude fashion from a blog that’s all about examining life.

This first outfit is perfect for an average autumn day in Michigan.

Outfit #1

The outfit embraces the change of seasons with the fall colored jacket, yet still keeps a sense of style with the ankle boots, bag, and jewelry. Just because the weather is changing doesn’t mean all personality has to be lost in favor of warm sweatshirts and Ugg boots. There’s still room to express yourself while adapting to the season. Plus the satin top is just really cute with the skinny jeans.