Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday Musings

Happy Monday! It's clearly a chilly one here seeing as the above picture was the scene outside my apartment this morning. The first few snows are always somewhat special, and undeniably pretty in my book (even if you aren't expecting it in November). But past a white Christmas and maybe even New Years they're just annoying and yucky. 

  • If you don't follow me on Instagram (which you totes should) you missed this snap from this weekend in Knoxville. It was a down right horrible performance on Kentucky's part, and Rocky Top is still stuck in my head. But it was great to get down to see my mom for the weekend, and even better she's coming to visit me at the end of this week!

Hat || Scarf || Sweater || Shirt (not pictured) || Coat (old & not pictured, but similar) || Gloves (not pictured) 
  • Did you catch my first 10 under 20? This week I did journals/notebooks! I have a few ideas in mind, but let me know if there's anything you'd like to see!
  • I'm obsessed with BuzzFeed Videos. Yesterday I watched the little gem below and giggled the whole time. Assuming most of these people are from the North or out West it was comical how little they had been exposed to moonshine. 

  • Also who doesn't love military coming home videos? I once had a psych professor leave me crying in class after he played coming home surprises one day for the first 10 minutes of class. This video is made even better because it's at Rupp:

  • Lots of bloggers are doing holiday gift guides, and I'll be doing some myself. However, until then check out my friend Krista's guides for basically anyone on your list. I'm also loving the guides done solely on Pinterest by Sydney from Summer Wind, Carly from The College Prepster, and Dean from Proper Kid Problems. 

Stay warm out there!

Friday, November 14, 2014

10 under 20 || Journals

Happy Friday!!!

It's safe to say that I'm #ballinonabudget. Therefore I thought I'd try a new idea for a post every week or maybe every other week (we know how I get about these things). So I introduce you 10 under 20! Basically I'll pick category and showcase 10 items under $20 in said category. I decided to start out my 10 under 20 with journals/notebooks!

I love cute journals and notebooks, and since I'm not in school anymore I don't get the joy of having cute notebooks for class. However, in attempts to stay organized I've started carrying a small notebook or journal in my purse to write down pretty much anything or everything I need to remember. 

Left to right: Kate Spade New York Ikat Notebook Set ($12)  || Urban Outfitters Ideas Journal ($14.99) || Jonathan Adler Large Leatherette Journal ($18) || Francesca's Thought is Free Journal ($12) || May Designs May Book ($19)  || Mara Mi Animal Journal from Target ($4.99) || Moleskine Volant Ruled Notebook from Target ($12.95) || Jcrew Sugar Paper Journal ($18)  || Francesca's It's Gonna Be Okay Journal ($9.95)  || Design Darling Polka Dot Journal ($18)

I have a bad habit of writing down everything in one notebook, but to keep with 10 theme here are 10 uses for small journals or notebooks!
  1. Grocery/Shopping List- If you're like me going to the grocery or Target without a list always ends up in 50 more items that you definitely need. Ok, that might happen at Target even with a list. 
  2. To-Do List-Because sometimes (or always if you're me) you need something to keep you on track. 
  3. Goals- Because sometimes you need something to keep on track for the long term.
  4. Work- I keep everything for work on one notepad. It's nice because everything is right there from notes in meetings, to notes on small projects.
  5. Journaling- Even if it's just one line it's nice to reflect and see how far you've come. 
  6. Addresses- Of course they make address books for reason and we all have phones that do that, but hey sometimes you just need it on paper. 
  7. Quotes- I used to do this in high school. I would just write down quotes that struck my fancy. It's funny how over time you can look back on what you wrote and know exactly what you were going through at the time. 
  8. Networking- Along the lines of using a notebook for work, if you attend any networking events or meetings it's great to have a separate notebook to take down notes at these events.
  9. Blogging- This is something I'm trying to get in the hang of, but having a notebook to list out post ideas or to make notes on ideas helps insure you always have something to write about.
  10. Doodling- I can't be the only one that doodles on every extra sheet of paper around right?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Animal Sweaters

Is that a weird post name? I couldn't think of anything better if we're being honest here. Anyways last year I was obsessed with the Jcrew Factory sweater that had the camel on it, and I still regret never buying it. This year I've noticed more and more "graphic sweaters" with animals, and they're too cute. Here are some that have caught my eye:

From left to right:
1. This is half off at Target
2. My grandparents have a King Charles Caviler, and I'm pretty sure my Grammy would die if she saw this sweater from Ruche
3. Any UGA fans reading this? Because this Modcloth sweater is perfect for you!
4. The cat on this Jcrew Factory sweater is a little more subtle than the others.
5. I thought a second fox sweater might be a little excessive, until I found this one at Modcloth. Uh the ears have sequin detailing- yes please!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Music Moment || Uptown Funk

Shoutout to Dylan for introducing me to this song. I dare you to be in a bad mood after listening to it. "Don't believe me, just watch" :)

Perfect Coat

I'm headed to Knoxville Friday where on hopefully Saturday the Cats will redeem themselves for their past few performances on the football field. It's supposed to be a pretty darn chilly game, so please try to tell me that this coat isn't perfect:

Jcrew Factory City Coat
It's doesn't hurt that it's 30% off

Also in honor of the game: 

Go Cats!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


I love Christmas. It's my absolute favorite. I love Christmas decorations, Christmas movies, Christmas music- I'm getting excited just thinking about it! However, I think we often forget about the lovely little holiday that falls between Halloween & Christmas that we often call Thanksgiving.

One of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions is Friendsgiving. Sadly moving to a new city has left me with little nearby friends and a wonderful apartment that sadly lacks any real dining space. Therefore the wonderful holiday is solely celebrated amongst friends that occurs sans drama that being around family tends to cause won't be on my calendar this year.

But for you lucky souls I thought I'd put together a guide to Friendsgiving!

If you're a little unsure of this whole concept of Friendsgiving here is an article that may have laid it out a little bit more articulately than I did.

Also shoutout to Buzzfeed for laying out the 17 Rules of Friendsgiving (but really what would we do without Buzzfeed?)

Like any good party Friendsgiving needs invitations. These days that can be as simple as a witty Facebook event or if your like me and love the joy of some good ole fashion snail mail how cute are these invites:

Found here (fun fact: they can also be customized for emails if you'd rather go that route)

Be sure to decorate your place. I'm fan of word banners like this Give Thanks one:
I also think World Market & Target are great places to find decorations for a tight budget. 

If you're hosting more than your currently have dinnerware for then I highly suggest Ikea. You can't go wrong with solid white and you can always liven it up with fun placemats and table decorations!

I could go on forever about where to find great recipes, but we all know the best place for that is Pinterest

Lastly, how awesome is this list of things to do for Friendsgiving from Britt & Co.? Heck maybe you can even convince your family to do some of these to liven up your celebrations!

Be sure to come back later when I share some perfect outfits for both family Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving alike, as well as a perfect playlist to help you gobble til yah wobble!

Thursday, November 6, 2014


I recently finished Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I'd had seen this book countless times in Barnes & Noble and on list after list of books twenty-somethings should read. However, it wasn't until I realized that Reese Witherspoon was going to be playing the main character, and the lack of reading I was now required from school I decided to finally read it.

Wild is memoir of Cheryl Strayed. After experiencing the heartbreaking loss of her mother and a divorce all before she's 30 Cheryl decides to sell all her worldly possessions and hike the Pacific Coast Trail.

To be honest, I haven't read many memoirs. I think it's probably because my sophomore year of high school I attempted to half ass an essay on a memoir titled Love is a Mixtape and my teacher ripped it apart. Which made me question my ability to understand memoirs. Hindsight 20/20 I just shouldn't have half-assed the essay. Also side note, it's a great read as well.

Anyways, I really enjoyed this book. One of my favorite quotes is by Mahatma Gandhi that says, "the best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others." In terms of this book let's ignore the "in the service of others" par, but I think Cheryl did what she needed to do which is find herself. Granted she lost herself big time in the sense of drugs and infidelity, but she also lost herself in this hike. She let it completely consume her, and in the end she found herself.

I won't ruin it for you, but I definitely recommend this book. Plus I'll be honest it kinda reached me in that adventurous bone somewhere in my body. Especially now, I mean how awesome would in be to say screw phones, screw the internet and all the technologies we're constantly attached to, and get a little Wild. See what I did there? Has anyone else read it? What did you think?