Saturday, December 31, 2011

How I'm Ending 2011

How I'm Ending 2011

How I'm Ending 2011 by frecklegrrl featuring denim jeans

How I'm Ending 2011: Hanging Out, home bound, with my at-home-BFF doing what we do best. Watching crappy movies on Netflix, eating way too much ice cream and Jello, having dance parties and Facebook stalking our old classmates and making tons of collages.

Not the most exciting end of 2011, but sounds like a decent time to me.

How are you spending NYE? 

What I Will Be Wearing this New Years Eve

What I Will Be Wearing...

What I Will Be Wearing... by frecklegrrl featuring pearl earrings

As I sit at home this New Years, with my Jello and my Ice, I will be wearing this fabulous, casual outfit while spending some time with friends while we watch the ball drop on TV and dream about the fabulous time NYE will bring in just a few years.

What are your plans for NYE? 

What Are You Doing New Years, New Years Eve?

New Years Eve

New Years Eve by frecklegrrl featuring sequin cocktail dresses

This is what I wish I was wearing tonight, as I spend New Years at some fabulous club in NYC. But, alas, since I had my wisdom teeth removed, there will be no clubs, no parties and let's be real here, no crazy fun for me.

But isn't this outfit amazing? Will someone, please, please, please wear it tonight as they kiss someone fabulous at midnight? 

Friday, December 30, 2011

FBFF: New Years Resolutions

These can be your personal, professional or blog resolutions. Whatever you are resolving to do in 2012.

Like I mentioned yesterday, this was quite a big year for me with so many changes and new adventures! Hopefully, 2012 will bring some new excitement and adventures to keep me inspired all year long. 

This year, I broke my resolutions into the three categories - personal, professional and blog. Here we go! 

Personal Resolutions 

1. This year, I resolve to finally lose the excess weight I have been carrying since high school. I have never had good eating and exercise habits, and in 2012, this is going to change! I am going to drop back down to a healthy weight (the healthy way - no starvation or purging here!) so I can finally feel confident enough to post outfit photos on this blog. (: I will also, then, be willing to buy designer and designer bridge items that I have put off because "I'm not going to stay at this weight forever!" I can't wait to feel confident in my own skin again and be able to wear the many styles of clothing I covet but know, with my current body shape, would not look quite right on. 

2. This year, I will be open-minded about everything that comes my way, whether it be with my internship in Orlando, school over the summer or starting my sophomore year at the University of Missouri in the fall. I resolve to stop letting life pass me by and to take more risks. I also want to find my home in the Greek system at Mizzou and join a sorority - it feels like the right place for me, I greatly regret not pledging last semester and I want to expand my networking and my involvement on campus. 

3. This year, I plan to read more and learn about the world around me, past and present. I plan on reading at least one book a month, which (as other college students will tell you) can be a tall order with all the studying we have to do! I will be reading classics that I've never read before but always have wanted to. I also will become up to date on world and domestic events (not just fashion news, which - believe me - I am plenty current on) by reading the newspaper (or at least, the online version) everyday - or a few times a week. 

Professional Resolutions

1. This year, I resolve to learn more about the fashion industry I so love by reading books, watching documentaries and staying on top of fashion news. I want to subscribe to Women's Wear Daily so I can be current on everything that is going on in my favorite industry.

2. This year, I will find a job (during the school year) that I adore - no more big box department stores for me, at least at this time. I want a job that has a little more freedom and creativity, something maybe like a boutique or smaller chain store, in my college town.

3. This year, I will put my voice and style out there by hopefully landing an internship with another fashion website or blog, posting regularly on Chictopia and other fashion networking sites, and continuing to photograph and write for the local arts and fashion magazine based in St. Louis, as well as campus news sources. 

Blog Resolutions

1. This year, I will blog as regularly as possible with my new adventures. I will keep up with Music Mondays, and will try to post every day, every other day at most. I want to keep my voice out there in the world. 

2. This year, I will try to network more with my fellow fashion bloggers - you never know what great friendships and connections could be made! I've already taken great steps by joining FBFF, Bloglovin' and IFB but I plan on being more active in all of these communities! 

3. This year, I will begin to post outfit photos on my blog, things that I am wearing day to day, after I reach my goal weight and become more comfortable and confident in my own skin. By posting outfit photos, I will be adding another dynamic to the blog and will be putting my sense of fashion and style out into the world. 
Well, there you have it! Those are my resolutions for 2012 - I have HIGH hopes of it being a great year for me! What are your resolutions for 2012? 

Thursday, December 29, 2011


Shoes and Bags and Shoes and Bags

Shoes and Bags and Shoes and Bags

Shoes and Bags and Shoes and Bags by frecklegrrl featuring flap handbags

My dream shoe-and-bag shopping list, retailing at $2,438.... I guess you could say I have quite expensive taste! oops, haha



Recovery by frecklegrrl featuring cream shoes

A few hours ago, I had my wisdom teeth removed (all four of them) and now am in recovery-mode. Luckily, I don't remember the surgery and so far, have no pain or discomfort - KNOCK ON WOOD! I'm just a little out of it and can't talk, so I'm communicating through notepads and white boards while I have gauze and cotton stuffed in my mouth. Oh, and I can only eat (or I guess, drink) liquids for the next two to four days.

While I'm in the recovery-mode, this is an example of what I'll be wearing for the next couple days. A cute noodie (no hood hoodie - aka a sweatshirt), some comfy leggings and slippers. So exciting, eh? 

2011 in Retrospective

2011 was a pretty big year for me, so now, as we near 2012 (resolutions coming tomorrow!), I am choosing to take a moment and reflect on all the changes that have come my way. 

I started my last semester of high school.

I got promoted to a new department at my high school job.

I fell in love.

I got college acceptance letters and chose the University of Missouri.

I applied for, and received, scholarships.

I went to my Senior prom.

I scored highly on my Advanced Placement exams, giving my college credit as I entered school.

I turned eighteen.

I graduated from high school.

I got hurt by the person I loved, but still loved him.

I explored my hometown in a whole new way.

I traveled by myself for the first time.

I became a regular at a coffeehouse.

I wrote a lot of poetry.

I bought my first DSLR camera and fell in love with photography.

I landed an internship with the Wear To Go Girls fashion network.

I spent a week on the beach with my family and friends.

I showed someone new around my city.

I moved eight hours away from home for school.

I started my freshman year at the Mizzou.

I made a ton of new friends.

I explored nightlife in Columbia.

I got my first (ever) article published.

I got a surprise visit from a friend.

I fell out of love.

I started this blog.

I landed an internship with the Walt Disney Company.

I finished my first semester of college with all good marks.

I moved out of Mizzou and back home for the winter term.

A lot went on this year and it was a great adventure, more than I could have ever imagined! How was your year? 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Workout Wednesday!!

Workout Wednesday!!

Workout Wednesday!! by frecklegrrl featuring a nylon duffel bag

As you know, or may not know, I've recently began eating healthy and working out again - have been working on my new lifestyle for the last four to six weeks or so. While there have been some trials along the way, I've thus far been successful with this new lifestyle - eating right and working out a few times a week.

And the shopaholic in me loves working out because that means buying all new workout clothes, haha. Which is twofold - one, it's cute and fun and two, new clothes are great motivation to get out there and start exercising. I'm currently coveting the cute workout clothes above. (:

What are your favorite workout clothes? 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Currently Coveting....

Ohhh yeah, I'm Blog Lovin' Now!!

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Christmas Break Uniform

Christmas Break Uniform

Christmas Break Uniform by frecklegrrl featuring suede heel boots

Now that Christmas is over, I have three weeks and six days left of break before I start my next adventure. Besides work and online classes, I plan on spending all of this time with my friends and family exploring the city and doing whatever floats my well as (hopefully) a Chicago getaway weekend with my friends Britt and Joel.

This outfit is very similar to what I'm planning on living in the next few weeks... the comfort of jeans and a cozy sweater with cute boots and my pearls. Sounds perfect to me!

What are your plans for Christmas break? 

Monday, December 26, 2011

Music Mondays: Sexy and I Know It

My latest jam, I've seriously listened to this song wayyyy too many times in the past couple weeks.

"Day After" Perfection

"Day After" Perfection

"Day After" Perfection by frecklegrrl featuring a jumper sweater

So, I have been up for about 16 hours already today...and I apologize in advance if this post makes little to no sense. I worked today at my old high-school retail job at a local department store from 6:30 in the morning until 3:15 this afternoon. It was pretty dead for most of the morning, but it started picking up around 11am until mid-afternoon. My work outfit is incredibly boring-and definitely not blog worthy- black skinny trousers, black plain sweater, black flats or moccasins.

After work, I headed back home to my parents' house for a "day after" party that has been a holiday tradition for as far back as I can remember. I quickly changed since the party was in full swing already into a gorgeous gray cabled sweater from Gap (a Christmas present), a pair of Gap jeans (dark wash, curvy - and my most flattering pair), a strand of 16-inch pearls (gorgeous ivory color) and a pair of moccasins (but these flats were too cute). Simple makeup finished off the look, many photos to come!

How was your holiday weekend? 

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! by frecklegrrl featuring sleeveless dresses

Merry Christmas, all my fashion-loving friends! I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family and Santa brings you many goodies to show us all tomorrow! 

Saturday, December 24, 2011

What I'm Wishing for this Christmas

What I'm Wishing for this Christmas

What I'm Wishing for this Christmas by frecklegrrl featuring vintage looking jewelry

Statement Necklaces, Pearl Bracelets, Cute Sunglasses, Kate Spade-anything, Coach clutch, Cambridge Satchel, Pearl or Diamond studs, J.Crew-anything, Madewell leopard skimmers, flat black boots and Tory Burch ballet flats... are all topping my wish list this season!

What are you wishing for? 

Dressing for Christmas, Part V

Dressing for Christmas, Part V

Dressing for Christmas, Part V by frecklegrrl featuring pearl earrings

The fifth part of dressing for Christmas in my family is for the "day after" - also known as the third day in our Christmas extravaganza tradition. 
It is the second most casual event in our three-day extravaganza, where the maternal side of my family and my mother's friends and their children gather at my parents' house in the afternoon and evening for a gift exchange, dinner and cocktails.
It requires cords (or nice jeans - if those exist, haha) and a sweater - ballet flats and pearls top it off as the perfect casual accessories. This outfit is comfortable. cute and (of course) picture perfect!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Dressing for Christmas, Part IV

Dressing for Christmas, Part IV

Dressing for Christmas, Part IV by frecklegrrl featuring pearl bangles

The second most formal part of Christmas, Christmas night is a time where all my parent's friends and their children gather at my parents' house for appetizers, cocktails and celebration.
It calls for a cocktail dress, pearls and heels, since most evening celebrations are more formal than day ones. It must be comfortable and easy to move in, while still being a statement dress, because being a hostess is a lot of work! 

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Dressing for Christmas, Part III

Dressing for Christmas, Part III

Dressing for Christmas, Part III by frecklegrrl featuring a shift dress

The third most formal part of Christmas (second most formal coming next) is Christmas during the day.
During this part of the Christmas celebration, we gather at my maternal aunt's house with the entire maternal side of the family for dinner and celebration.
It calls for a cotton-y dress with cardigan, heels (perhaps ballet flats, if you so wish) and a cute statement ring. The key is to be comfortable, yet formal because there are a LOT of pictures taken that day. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Dressing for Christmas, Part II

Dressing for Christmas, Part II

Dressing for Christmas, Part II by frecklegrrl featuring a christmas tee

Christmas morning, the second part of the Christmas extravaganza and is the most informal part of our traditions. 
Typically an extremely casual, intimate event, Christmas morning calls for cute pajama pants and a holiday-ey t-shirt. (I love this one with Snoopy on it!) Complete with some cute slippers and a pair of earrings you can slip on before you run downstairs!
Just make sure it coordinates, because there'll be plenty of pictures! (:

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Dressing for Christmas, Part I

Dressing for Christmas with my family is a five-part extravaganza. Yes, you heard me, five parts. This extravaganza also lasts three days - yeah we do Christmas BIG in my fam! 
First part is Christmas Eve, which is spent at 4pm (or 10:30pm, depending on the year) mass and then over at my paternal grandparents' apartment. It is the most formal of the events, and requires that a few guidelines are kept in mind.
First - keep it dressy. A nice black dress with heels and a clutch is perfect.
Second - it is spending time at church and then with my conservative family, so conservative choices are a must. The high neckline and three-quarter sleeves fits the quota perfectly.
Third - It's nighttime...a little sparkle is always nice!

What do you wear on Christmas Eve? 



Balance is one of the hardest things to find in fashion. Balancing the old and the new, the expensive and the inexpensive and countless different styles is something many women, like me, struggle with but have often come to enjoy.

Coming up with something surprising, like these tough boots and animal print clutch with a sweet collared dress and bangles is surprising but somehow works in the perfect way.

Wouldn't this be perfect for a work (or going out) outfit? I can NOT wait until I work in fashion, with other people who get me and my sense of style.

Do You Remember Me?


Sorry it took so long, finals were crazy and nuts and a pain in the butt with little sleep, no makeup and too many pairs of sweatpants. But, now I'm back, finals (and school) free for a little over a month. I can't wait to dive into the world I missed so much over the past few weeks - the fashion and blogging world.

There is something about the camaradarie in the fashion blogging world that I adore. Every blogger, whether they are well known or just getting started, has the common interest of clothes, accessories and fashion to bind us together and make it work. I feel like, even though I have met only a few of these amazing girls, I know them incredibly well through their blog.

I believe that a blog, whether you post outfit pictures, polyvore sets or just use it as a diary about everyday life and the world around you, gives people a new look into your soul. I hope that you have gotten to know more about me through this endeavor, and hope that you will stick with me as I start my next adventure, an internship down in Orlando with the Disney company.

It's a month away, I am so excited and I can't wait to see how two of my dreams intertwine. I'm sure it'll be a great experience!

But speaking of camaradarie, what fashion blogs do you relate to? Which do you love without a doubt? Which are daily reads? Fill me in! Remember, I've been gone for a while - so what's the new talent?

As for new talent I'm aware of, take a second to follow and check out my friend Brittany's blog: It's new, but she has a great voice in her writing and an independent view of fashion that I'm sure you'll love as much as I do. And I'm saying that both as a friend and as a fellow fashion blogger. Love ya Britt!!!

Well, that's all for now. Now that I'm back in my hometown, I'm back at my high school job - where the hours are insane, since I work retail and there are only 4 more shopping days left!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

FBFF: The Holidays

No holiday party is complete without: good company and lots of laughs, love and good conversation
My favorite Christmas song/album: I love it all, no really - I do. I love my Pandora Christmas stations, recently listening to Disney Channel Christmas (going back to my childhood) and the traditional Christmas station.
My favorite seasonal recipe: Guilt Free Peppermint Pie from Hungry Girl
The perfect New Year's Eve outfit includes: Lots of sequins!!! And glitter, and beads and jewels and everything that sparkles. (:
At the parties, I'll be drinking: Hot Chocolate...yum!
Eggnog, good or bad? Good in moderation.
Did you ever take pictures on Santa's lap at the mall? Every year from when I was born until I was seventeen.
Gingerbread Latte or Peppermint Mocha: Peppermint HOT CHOCOLATE, preferrably from Starbucks in the cute holiday cup. (:
Worst gift I ever got: Ugly black pleather bootie clogs that were two sizes two small - with no receipt or gift receipt.
Best gift I ever received: mmm...probably my heated blanket (wonderful for cold Midwest winters). When I was younger, my favorite was my MyTwinn doll, a doll I asked for for over six years before Santa gifted me with one. (:
My family has this weird tradition: well, it's not really "wierd" for me, but we have a traditional Polish Christmas dinner every Christmas Eve. Oh, and we always celebrate the day after Christmas with my entire extended family, so Christmas is a 3 day affair for me!
My best bargain find for a gift this year: I picked up 2 DVDs for $5 for my little sister.
If I could only buy all my gifts from one place, I'd shop at: Target or Kohls.
Rudolph the Red-nose Reindeer or Frosty the Snowman: Frosty the Snowman
My favorite holiday memory: too many to count, one that comes to mind is when we were younger, my cousins and I would put down the seat in the minivan and sit on the floor while my Aunt and Uncle would drive us to look at Christmas lights in this neighborhood called Candy Cane Lane.
My favorite Christmas movie: The Muppet's Christmas Carol
The best part about holiday decorations is: the warm fuzzy feeling I get inside when I see them. I love Christmas lights, and driving around to see everyone's outdoor decorations!
Rip off the wrapping paper or neatly pull off the tape: Neatly pulling off the tape, it's about the only time I am neat. (:
Miracle on 34th Street or It's a Wonderful Life: It's a Wonderful Life
It doesn't feel like the holiday season until: I am home with my family, with all the decorations up and we're baking cookies.
All I want for Christmas is: to be happy, surrounded by friends and family all at once. It sounds cheesy, but I am so excited to see them all! (However, in my dreams, I am getting a pair of Tory Burch flats and a Marc Jacobs dress)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

One more to go

Have all my packing done and most of my finals. I've got one final left and then I'm outta here!


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Break Countdown

Yeah, I'm one of *those* people - only three more exams til I'm done with the semester!! (So exciting, yo!) I've taken two exams, given one presentation and participated in one debate all within the past 48 hours, and now I have time to breathe for a few seconds. My first exam is brihgt and early Monday morning at 7:30 am. gahhh.

Can't wait for Christmas Break!! Have you started to think about what you want to do? I know I have!!

A little sampling (full post coming soonish):
Read all 7 Harry Potter books (and watch all 8 movies)
Read all 4 Twilight books (and watch the 4 movies)
Get started on my online classes
Pack/get pumped for DISNEY!!!!!!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011



Wish I could show you pictures of something cute I've been wearing, but truth is, you aren't missing out on much. The polyvore set above is essentially what I've been wearing for the past 72 hours -- and for the next 9 days until finals are done and over. So much to do, so little time! Christmas spirit has been put on the back burner, only to be seen again when I escape the finals stress.

But, hey, happy St. Nick's Day! (I forgot, to be perfectly honest, until earlier today)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Procrastination Bites the Dust

I've got so much on my plate right now (5 tests, 2 papers and 1 presentation) before I can call the semester over - plus packing - and I am fuh-reaking out. I've gotta stop procrastinating every second of every day and get my nose to the grindstone.

I guess we'll see how this goes.

wish me luck!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Disney Dreaming

Disney Dreaming
As finals are looming (EEE!!!! so stressed out), I keep trying to find ways to keep myself sane and focused. 2 weeks from right now, all of this stress will be OVER and I will be leaving Missouri for a blissful month home before heading to Orlando next semester for an internship at Disney World - aka, the happiest place on Earth! I am so excited, I can barely think about anything else -- but I am forcing myself to, clearly, seeing as I still have to finish off this semester.

To keep myself motivated, for every assignment I complete, I spend 10 minutes doing something not school related - which, lately, has been making Polyvore sets of the outfits I'm going to wear while exploring the parks and scouring the onboarding Disney College Program website for new info.

Oh, and of course, Disney music is playing 24/7 in my dorm room while I'm studying and eating and just hanging out. I'm so loving the Tangled and Hercules soundtracks right now.

Ahh, well, now its back to the books. My 10 minutes are up. (:

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Why, Hello There

Just wanted to let you know that I love you all and I promise that I will be around, but my posting will be a bit sporadic in the next few weeks. Finals are coming. In less than 2 weeks to be exact. And I am FREAKING out.

I wish you all luck as the semester comes to a close! I just keep reminding myself that Christmas break is only just around the corner. Got to have something to keep me sane. (:

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Winter's Here (Finally!)


Winter's officially here, down here in Missouri! The summer-y fall weather seemed to last forever and a day, but when I woke up this morning, it was a goregous thirty four degrees outside. I know this is too cold for many people, but I love cold weather! Now, if only it was snowing...then it would be perfect! (:

A girl can dream, can't she?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Oh, Darling - It's a Music Monday

The song I could not stop listening to over the weekend and all last week over Thanksgiving break was "Oh Darling" by Plug In Stereo. Give it a try - I guarantee you'll fall in love! I know I did (over 100 times).

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Back at the Zou

Today, Thanksgiving break ended and I headed back to CoMo to finish up the semester and study (all right, let's be real here, cram) for finals. While it really really sucked to leave Milwaukee (I love my home friends and my family and...everything about the city), I am glad to be back with my school friends. Plus, I keep fixating on the good news -- I'm going to be back home again in 17 days! Fantastic, right?

How were your Thanksgiving breaks?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello all,

I hope you are having a lovely Thanksgiving holiday! I have so much to be thankful for this year, and one of those things is this blog. (: I'm so happy to have a place to share my thoughts and my experiences (and my love for all things fashion!) with likeminded people. I could go on for days about how thankful I am about everything in my life, but I'll let you get back to your family and friends and that delish pumpkin pie.

Have a great rest of your Thanksgiving! And if you, like me, are getting up at the crack of midnight tomorrow to go shopping on the best holiday of the year (Black Friday!!), I wish you much luck and hope you have a fantastic time. I can't wait to hear all about it!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Home for the Holidays

Christmas Dresses
Now that I've been home for a couple days, I can't stop thinking about the holidays! Thanksgiving on Thursday, of course, and Christmas which comes shortly after! I love love love the holiday season, and part of it is dressing the part. What are you wearing this holiday season? Have you started to contemplate the many options yet?

These are four options I've been considering...but I have yet to make a decision! (:

Monday, November 21, 2011

Musical Mondays

I love this song -- it brings me back to middle school...just a little bit. I feel like I should be wearing Aeropostale and a newsboy cap while wearing black and pink Pumas. Oh yeah, can't you tell I had great fashion sense?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Cable Knits and Christmas Spirit

Cable Knits for Christmas

So...I'm HOME! I'm HOME! I'm HOME!

I'm still pinching myself a little bit and I am so happy that I'm back in Milwaukee. It's so good to be my own bed...with my own room...with a shower where I don't need to wear shoes...where I can drive my own car.

What are your favorite parts of going home? Fill me in!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Here we are a travellin'

Travelling Home for the Holidays

While you read this, I will be on my way home for the holidays! (ee!) This is an ideal "travel-home" outfit - the perfect mix of comfort, warmth, functionality, fashion and holiday spirit. Jeggings and a sweater provide comfort... Suitcase and a large hobo bag provide functionality... Peacoat, boots and a beanie provide warmth... and a goregous brooch and a pair of earrings provide the perfect amount of holiday spirit.

I am so excited, I can hardly stand it! Next time I blog, I'll be home!!

What are your plans for the weekend?

Friday, November 18, 2011

FBFF: What I'm Thankful For

This week for Fashion-Beauty Friend Friday, we're thinking about thankfulness - how timely as Thanksgiving is less than a week away (ee!). Here's the prompt: As tradition... for the Friday beforeThanksgiving. What are the things you are most thankful for right now?

I am thankful for many things, and this post definitely made me think about all the blessings I have -- which I narrowed down to a top ten list of things I am thankful for. So here we go:

Top Ten Things I am Thankful For This Year

10. Shopping and Fashion (:

I love clothes and fashion and shopping. I am so happy it's my passion and that I know what I want to do with the rest of my life. (:

9. Nature

Nature is goregous, and it makes me so happy that we live in a world where it can be seen everywhere. I know it sounds silly, but I always have nightmares like that one Carebears episode where they coat everything with concrete and the Care Bears have to undo it... (Wow, I can't believe I just admited this.)

8. Books

Books...such a great escape from reality.

7. Music

I don't know what I'd do without music, it does so much for me. No day is complete without it and it does miracles with my mood and such.

6. New opportunitiesI'm so excited about my opportunity with the Disney College Progam -- and I'm so lucky to have so many blessings on the way. (:

5. Good health

I'm so happy that my friends, my family and I have all been blessed with good health this year, in the past, and (hopefully) well into the future. I say thanks everyday for this.

4. Education
I'm so lucky to have the opportunity to pursue a higher education, especially at Mizzou. I love it here and am so happy about the knowledge that I am gaining.

3. My school friends

I've met some great friends here in CoMo and I'm so lucky to have them! I would trust them with anything and I know that they always have my back. Always. Sometimes even when I don't necessarily deserve it. Not all are pictured here, but those who aren't know who they are.

2. My home friends

My friends from home... words cannot describe how much I love them. This is only a few of them but I know that they will always be there for me and I have so many great memories its ridiculous. I can't wait to see them over break!

1. My family

I love my family. Here's a photo of three of my cousins at my sister's wedding reception, but I love my entire family - extended to insular - even though I can't seem to find a huge picture of all of them on my computer. They're always here for me, no matter what, and can always make me smile. I love them soooo much and I can't believe I get to see them tomorrow! I'm so excited!

What are you thankful for this holiday season?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Holiday Spirit

Holiday Spirit

Remember when yesterday I was in a Spring state of mind? Well that's far gone now, thanks to a lot of talking with my family on the phone last night and 26 degree weather today! Now, I am even more excited to go home (ee!!) and for the holiday season.

I've been listening to Christmas music all day on Pandora and have been packing and getting work done so I have as little homework to do over break as possible. I can't believe its almost Thanksgiving!

How excited are you for break?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Spring State of Mind (in 40 degree weather)

Untitled #59

I know its November, and next week is Thanksgiving, but right now I am in such a Spring state of mind. The weather is freezing but I've been doing some Spring cleaning, both in my life and in reality, so my brain's been set on the warmer months.

Maybe, perhaps, when I go home for break on Saturday (ee!) I'll go back to the Christmas spirit I am meant to be.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sparkle and Shine

Girly Blush

Today, all I felt like was sparkle and shine. I wanted glitter and sequins and rhinestones and all that sparkles with the elegance of blush and flowers and pearls. This is the outfit I felt like wearing.

But, alas, in reality, I setteld for glass beads, polka dots and black cutout flats. Same idea, not nearly as fun.

Maybe these items will make it onto my Christmas list....are you listening Santa?

Monday, November 14, 2011

Music Monday

A song to get you through your Monday. I love this song and my roommate and I have been listening to it nonstop all weekend.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Stylish School Spirit (Say that 3 times fast)


Mizzou-RAH! Mizzou-RAH! Mizzou-RAH!

One of the quintessential college activities is football games, and early in the semester it is easy to get dressed for them - college tee or tank, shorts, sandals. But, as the weather cools down, it is harder to still be stylish and warm - while showing school spirit! This outfit, which I put together on Polyvore (I am SO addicted to that website), balances school spirit and warmth perfectly. A longsleeve tee under a college tee will keep you warm while mascot earrings and a bag/shoes in school colors show your spirit!

As for me, yesterday I attended my first college football game. I know, blasphemy as it is the end of the season (last game is next weekend), but I got sick during the first game of the season (I didn't even see kickoff) and I never got season tickets so I didn't really think about it. My friend Brittany dragged me to this one and I was convinced that I was going to be bored out of my mind (I'm not really a football person, I greatly prefer college basketball) but I had a GREAT time. It was so much fun and now I'm strongly considering getting season tickets for next year!

I didn't get any pictures at the game, but here is a pic of me and my friends Brittany and Travis after we WON the game!! I say we, you know, because Britt, Trav and I were directly responsible for the win (haha just kidding). But don't you love our noodies?! (hoodies with no hood - aka, a sweatshirt)
Aren't we too cute?

How do you show school spirit at games? Do you even attend them? Fill me in!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Promotions and Winter - They CAN mix!

Winter Wonderland

I love my school's radio station. I love working for it on the promotions team and going to events and talking to people -- which is what I'm doing tonight! While most promotions events are inside, requiring a cute top and jeans, the event is outside -- in the nice chilly 38 degree weather.

The layering is one the most important parts of this outfit - sweater than jacket - and some cute winter accessories top it off! A beautiful beret and mittens will keep it cozy while I'm mingling with guests and pearls keep it classy. Matching boots and coat keep it cohesive and the sweater is a goregous gold, a beautiful pop of color!

How will you be looking cute this winter season? Any big events coming up?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Jeggings: Yay or Nay (I vote YAY!)

Thursdays are a busy day for me, starting with a (painful) 8am Chem Lab and continueing onto two other painful classes, last of which lets out at 4:45pm. Not only does this busy day call for so must-needed steam letout afterwards (can you say too many episodes of Gossip Girl and a LOT of time on tumblr? cause that's what I accomplished this evening!), it also calls for comfy clothes that are structures but still easy to toss on after too few hours of sleep, when all you want to do is crawl under the covers and hide from the world.

This means Jeggings.

Striped Jeggin's
Yes, I know that Jeggings are not only old news (and so 2009), but my little blog hasn't been around too long so I feel like I need to do a short writeup about this brilliant invention. 'Cause I love them...a lot. Leggings...that look like pants...with pockets!


Yeah, they're the best.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

What day? Wednesday!

Sorry for the brief hiatus yesterday -- I had a HUGE Chem exam this morning so I spent the prior 36 hours in the law library and general library with my nose stuck in the text -- no internet, no phone, no nothing. Luckily, I think the test went pretty well (here's hoping!). But, now that the exam is done, I have a couple minutes of breathing before onto the next thing...

via pinterest

But Thanksgiving Break is on its way (I just confirmed my ride today!!) and that's one of the things getting me through the next ten days. I'm sure I'll gush more about it in the coming days, but I CANNOT wait to be home. In my own bed. With my own friends. And my lovely family. And all my favorite places in the whole world. Gahh - is it November 19th yet?

Girly Girl

via Polyvore

As for the fashion front, Pinterest and Polyvore have become two of my favorite time wasters -- ahem, I mean, research outlets. The outfit inspiration and beautiful clothes are Christmas wishlist is a mile long!

via pinterest

More later, I'm sure!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Countdown to Disney

Dreaming of Disney

Disney College Program. That's where I'll be in just ELEVEN WEEKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeupp, that's right, in 77 days, I will be paid to be in the Happiest Place on Earth. I will be a PhotoPass Photographer in Walt Disney World for Spring 2012, and I can hardly contain my excitement!

Wouldn't this outfit be the CUTEST for movein? I think so!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Lazing 'Round in the Lounge

Lazing 'Round in the Lounge

Every once in a while, you need a lazy Saturday when all you do is stay in your loungewear and hang out in bed or in the room all day. I had one of those today, and it was fabulous!

I just hung around the room all day, listening to Christmas music and surfing the web. I also watched a lot of Friends and Gossip Girl and spent too much time on Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and Facebook. All in all, it was a good day. However, tomorrow I gotta be productive!

How was your Saturday?

Friday, November 4, 2011

FBFF: What a Novel Idea!

I love to read. So, the fact that my first FBFF post is about reading is a great coincidence and I've had a lot of fun with this one!

The theme (via Modly Chic): "November is the national novel writingmonth, and since I've been working on my next young adult book for thelast several months with very little progress it got me thinking...what's everyone reading? Let's keep this one basic and fun... name your top five favorite books, or the last five books you read."

The last five books that I've read:
1. Please Kill Me: An Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain - This book was an excellent interpretation on the punk movement. It was fascinating and I definitely consider it a must read, whether or not you're interested in the music genre.
2. Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg - Howl is a classic for a reason. The prose and poetry in this series of poems in beautiful, it really makes you think.
3. Don't You Forget About Me: Contemporary Writers on the Flims of John Hughes - A series of short stories and essays about the eighties films which caused a major shift in film history and pop culture. A definite must-read if you even remotely like/love the films.
4. Trainspotting by Irvine Welsch - The book which turned into one of my favorite British films with the same name. This novel is written in dialect, which makes it a little difficult to read, but it is definitely worth it!
5. Dubliners by James Joyce - a series of short stories by classic Irish writer James Joyce. A definite must read in studying British literature, if you're interested in Ireland or if you even remotely like classic lit.

My top five favorite books:
1. Writings from Prison by Bobby Sands - The smuggled poetry and prose of IRA revolutionary Bobby Sands. Heartbreaking and intense, this is a must read which sheds new light on the Struggles in Northern Ireland.
2. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath - Plath's tale of a woman going insane in New York City in the 20th century. I can read it over and over and never get sick of it.
3. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway - Hemingway's interpretation of the Lost Generation is riveting. I love his writing style and diction -- the characters and plot line of this novel are phenomenal.
4. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen - Similar to the Bell Jar, Kaysen's bio-novel of going insane and being in an insane asylum. Riveting.
5. Anything by Janet Evanovich or Sue Grafton - Fluffy and light, both Grafton and Evanovich write great murder-suspense literature with a twist of humor and romance.

I'd recommend any or all of these if you're looking for a good read! (:

Thursday, November 3, 2011

All Time High

Last night I got to see one of my favorite bands, All Time Low, play at the Blue Note in Columbia. I am still shocked that they played in such a small venue, but it was a great show! Me and two of my friends, Molly and Tess, waited outside before the show (me, from 10:30 am, them, from 11:30am) so we would be really close to the stage. Even though we ended up two rows back (ughh -- hate the preference meet and greets get), it was definitely worth it! It was so much fun hanging out with my friends all day, getting all dressed up and having a blast.

I wore a black bandage skirt with a cute lace tank top, paired with my favorite converse (black in the front, leopard print in the back. I'm on the left, Tess is in the center, and Molly is on the right.
We got to meet the keyboardist and vocalist of Paradise Fears before the show, and the keyboardist kept coming back both before and after the show to hang out.

All Time Low always puts on a great show, and the two openers (The Ready Set and Paradise Fears) were amazing too.
All Time Low played some of my favorite songs - Lost in Stereo and Six Feet Under the Stars but I was disappointed that they didn't play Jasey Rae. ):

They played Therapy as well, which made me cry my eyes out. I felt a little ridiculous, but that song has gotten me through so much.

After the show, we waited for over two hours in the FREEZING RAIN to meet them, and they didn't even make an appearance! That was disappointing, but I tried not to let it ruin the night -- the experience was definitely worth it and I would do it again in a heart beat!
Can't wait until their next tour...

*All photos are courtesy of the lovely Tess*