The Most Meaningful

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Every year the younger girls in our chapter put together some a nice ceremony for the last chapter meeting that the seniors will attend. We call it senior send-off. The younger girls are given the opportunity to write letters to the seniors they are closest to or who are in their family. I think it is a really nice tradition and being the sentimental person person that I am, for sure appreciate hearing the kind words. This year, they decided to do something extra and give each senior a packet of photos where several girls told us exactly why they loved us. I hope these girls don't mind me sharing my photos, but they just make me so happy. I know they will come in handy when I'm having a bad week. I think the most special part of this is that not all these kind thoughts were ones I was aware of. 

This photoshop job is actually really embarrassing, but all the photos were taken from different angles so it was hard...JRN professors PLEASE don't judge me, I swear I actually did learn something in your classes. :) 
Each of these complements were so meaningful to me, and I will miss these ladies dearly. Thank each and every one of you for the impact you have had on my life and also for the kind words. I certainly hope that I can live up to what you all think of me. Especially being the next Elle Woods, that is the dream. ;) AOT babes. 

I know that I am supposed to be updating on my life here in Georgia and all the exciting things I have been doing, but I came across these photos while I was unpacking and I knew that I had to post about them. Don't worry, this weeks adventures are soon to be shared and the last bits of my apartment are falling into place so that will be shared soon as well. 

Exploring Atlanta

Sunday, July 28, 2013

This weekend I was able to check a few things off my Georgia Tourist Bucket List, that I had posted previously. You can follow my progress on this list through the original post. But anyway, now on to the fun stuff. This morning, we kicked things off at the Georgia Aquarium. Oh.My.Goodness, this place was amazing. It is one of (the) largest aquariums in the world, and it was truly impressive. They had everything from clown fish to sting rays to whale sharks to otters to dolphins and beluga whales! I love aquariums so I was in heaven. The exhibits were really amazing. 

I was, of course, fully prepared for the occasion with my fish bracelet and nautical Lilly dress. 

These are called Moon Jellies. They reminded me of Finding Nemo. 
This ugly guy is a Piranha. Boy did he have some teeth. 
They were doing a feeding in their big reef was really cool to see how all the fish flocked to the diver. 
This is me and a really really big grouper. This exhibit was a tunnel that went through one of the big tanks.
This is a whale shark that was swimming above me in the tunnel. The photo really does not do justice to how large this guy was.  
The otters are one of my favorites. They are so cute and playful. Before the Traverse City Zoo closed, they had a big otter exhibit, it was always my favorite. 
I was excited to find they had four beluga whales! These guys are another one of my favorites. 
They are so massive, but so playful. 
And of course, the dolphins. Another one of my favorites. 
There were six, and you could hear them chirping at each other inside the tank! 
After the aquarium we went into the park to have lunch. The lines to get inside the aquarium at this point were unbelievable. I am glad we got there early. We had planned to go tour the World of Coca Cola which is just across the park from the aquarium, but the lines there were also insane so we decided to save that for another time. After lunch we walked over towards the Olympic Park. This park had several fountains and statues that commemorate the 1996 Olympics that were hosted in Atlanta. 

A statue with the Olympic rings. 

The founder of the modern olympic games. 
A really pretty fountain. 
This was the coolest part, on the ground it was just a water fountain but from up above you could see it was the Olympic Rings! Oh did I get this ariel view?? 
We rode this HUGE ferris wheel. It was amazing, there were 43 cars AND they each had air conditioning! 
It was super cool to see the city from up above! 
I was glad to be able to take a break from the unpacking and organizing to explore a little bit of Atlanta. After we rode the ferris wheel, we made a trip to IKEA to pick up a few things. Wow, this IKEA was big and was super stressful because there were so many people there. Luckily, I think I got everything I needed so I won't have to go back any time soon! 

Apartment Sneak Preview!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Here is a little sneak peak into my apartment to pique your interests!

My amazing new headboard!! 

The flowers and dragonflies are from my Mom's store, but I found this vase at Walmart! 

I am obsessed with this lamp. And there is a little peak at some of my pillows! 

This chair. IS SO COMFY. Ohmigoodness. Oh and my KS Oh-la-la pillow...what's not to love? 
Don't worry...there is more to come! 

On the Road

Well...we made it. It was a long 13 hour trip but, luckily we had good weather and very little traffic the entire way! I was so impatient to get here, for obvious reasons. (Sorry Mom.) Thankfully, everything thus far made the trip okay. The only casualty was one of Coconut's eyelashes. (sobs) 

Coconut on her chariot. Big thanks to Daddy for driving this mess. 

Before I left, all my roommates returned to East Lansing for one last hurrah together. We started the night at Dublin square with a bottle of champagne to celebrate a wonderful year together. Thanks to baby Stephen for being our DD. This night was hands down, one of the most memorable nights in East Lansing, and I am so glad it got to share it with these babes.  Thursday night? Let's do it. 

My beautiful roommates and best friends. From left to right Anna, myself, Arielle and Gina.  
The four of us have been through it all, and I can not wait to see where their lives take them. Each of them is so talented and drive at what they do, they are destined to do great things. Those great things would be even better if they did them in the state of Georgia though, so anytime you all want to move in with me, that would be great. 

Clearly, I wasn't ready to leave them...

My very empty room in East Lansing. 

 With a small amount of drama, we moved all my things out of my apartment in a few short hours. 
We stopped at the Georgia welcome center to pick up a few brochures. 
At this point...oh my goodness...I was SO ready to be there. 

Of course, we couldn't spend our first night in Georgia without having a true Southern meal. 
I know everyone is dying to see my new apartment, but I am not going to show it until everything is unpacked and in place. Right now...this place is a mess. BUT not to fear, I have prepared a little sneak preview of some of the things that are in place just to tide everyone over. Stay tuned. 

P.S. Congrats to Kate and William on their adorable baby boy! EEEE! He's so cute! 

Michigan Farewells (part 3)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

This is it. My third and final post of Michigan Farewells, hopefully it is all it is cracked up to be. Let me start off by saying a big thank you to Michelle from Jeanologie Boutique, for dedicating her time to help this post come to life. If you are in the East Lansing area, you should really go visit Michelle at the store, she has so many bright summer colors in right now, and some amazing accessories. 

My mission for this post was to pay one last visit to some of the wonderful places on Michigan State's campus. While we had beautiful sunshine for the shoot, it was SO warm and humid. (hence the sock bun)
Despite the heat, it was fun to dress up and go around campus to see these wonderful spots.
My first stop, and probably most important, was Kappa Delta. While I only spent two years living in this house, I spent four years growing up here. As I have mentioned before, joining my sorority was the best decision I made during my college career, I truly believe that this sisterhood changed my life. I feel so blessed to have been surrounded by the most supportive, caring and extraordinary group of women that I have ever come to known. To be able to call these girls my sisters, that is a feeling that is irreplaceable. It is so comforting to know that I have 150 individuals cheering my on for the next chapter of my life. I hope that eventually I will be able to revisit this house as more than just a recent alumnae, and I know that it will be just as meaningful then, as it is now.

Throwing what I know.

Next I went to the Beaumont Tower. In my opinion, this is one of the most beautiful pieces of architecture on campus. In addition to its physical beauty there are so many beautiful memories of past alumni that are attached to it. Everything from proposals, to weddings, to family picnics and future Spartan's being inspired. Besides Sparty this is probably one of the most widely recognizable places on campus. Today, it was so peaceful, with hardly anyone around, it was perfect for my last moment standing in its shadows. 

It is so tall, it was hard to get the entire tower in one photo, but that didn't make it any less beautiful. 

 I oh, so wish I had been able to see the carillon played before I graduated. I guess I will just have to visit sometime.

I have spent the summer working for the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center business office on campus, and our office is nestled between all of the beautiful gardens on campus. While I have not worked here for long, I am so thankful to my co-workers for the past the time I have been here. We are a small office, only four people including myself, but we handle all the finances and lab management for GLBRC at MSU. How could I possibly complain when I get to look at these beautiful gardens every day? 

Really, one of the perks of going to a school that has such amazing agriculture, science and research programs is that our gardens are expertly cared for, so everything is perfectly manicured and vibrant.
After taking all the photos I was so warm, I couldn't resist cooling off in the fountain. I unintentionally got soaked, but it was well worth it.

I decided I needed to make one more stop before we finished the shoot...

Steven, this is for you.
How could I not say good by to Rick's? Sure, it is a yucky basement bar...but I have had some pretty good times at this place, and every good night ends at Uncle Richard's.

So goodbye East Lansing, until we meet again. 

Outfit details:
Dress 1: Lilly Pulitzer//Sandrine Dress//Pop Print//Similar here and here
Dress 2: Lilly Pulitzer//Ferra Dress//Call Me Kitty Kat//old
Sandals: Jack Rogers//Navaho Sandal//Platinum//Find them here.
Heels: Nine West//old//Similar, that I am loving here!
Earrings: Express//Find them here.
Bracelet: JCrew Factory//Find it here.
Sunglasses:Amazon//Find them here.

Royal Baby Watch

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Okay, I admit it. I was one of those girls who watched the royal wedding, over, and over, and over. I am not the kind of girl who was sitting there obsessing over which details from the royal wedding would be included in my own, or over the fact that Prince William was officially no longer available. (small sob) But only because I think that Kate Middleton is one of the classiest women out there. She carries herself in such a way that I just can not help but want to be her! I suppose being royalty helps too. However, in all seriousness, she is in the public eye a lot, and is under such scrutiny because of her royal status she has to be on her A-game at all times. I think that she is wonderful role model and example of how all twenty-somethings and thirty-somethings and even women who are further into adulthood can balance life without diving into an extreme of wanting to stay young forever or the alternate of letting go of their young adulthood too soon. She has the perfect balance of tasteful clothing without losing an ounce of style...even throughout pregnancy. Que montage of photos of how beautiful Kate is:

 Okay, I think I have made my point. But, for all her beauty, fame and unbelievable style, she seems to remain kindhearted and humble. I mean, obviously I don't know her personally but you never hear stories on TMZ or E! saying that Kate freaked out at some paparazzi (I'm looking at you Suri Cruz...okay, I forgive you.) or that she refused to shake some little old lady's hand who had stood at an event waiting just to see her pass. For as much as she is in the spotlight, that is hugely commendable. Her life is under a microscope, half of Britain is literally sitting outside her chosen hospital waiting for her child to be born. I would like to think I would be able to handle it as gracefully as she does, but if I am being honest...I think eventually it would get to me! My personal feeling is that, while the wedding was a hugely public event, the birth of her first child should be something that is an intimate family event. Britain will have the opportunity to watch this child grow up, so why not let Kate and William have this moment to themselves. I knew that Kate was due this past Saturday, but other than that I had not put a whole lot of thought into the royal baby...until I saw this article: U.K. Moms Awaiting Kate Middleton's baby name choice leave own newborns nameless. Oye. This takes crazy obsessive to a whole new level. Except now I am curious...if Kate has a girl and names her Charlotte (my favorite of the rumored possible girl names) is there going to be a massive influx of baby girls named Charlotte around the world? I don't know about you but I want my children to have unique names...I never knew more than a handful of Leslie's (or Lesley's) in my entire life, and I can't imagine having been one of those kids who was known by their first name and last initial because there were 7 other kids in their class with the same name.

Some of the other rumored names include: Alexandra, Victoria, Elizabeth, George, Mary, Alice, Frances, James, and John. Which are your favorites? And more importantly, when do you think the baby will come?

Thank you Twitter for reinstating my Royal Family obsession, I now can not stop checking my news alerts to see if the baby has entered the world yet. I still think that the media needs to respect the family's privacy...but ohmigoodness I WANT TO KNOW! 

p.s. To my friends who are on study abroad in the U.K currently...I am so jealous that you will be there when Baby is born! 

Currently Obsessed

Prada Baroque Sunglasses at Nordstrom
When I initially saw these Prada sunglasses, I knew I just HAD to have them...but then I saw the price. HA! There was no part of me that could justify spending $300 on sunglasses, so I went on a mission to find an awesome knockoff version of these pretty sunnies. I found this pair on Amazon and the price? $ just can't beat that! I am obsessed. I find myself wearing them when its overcast, I just love how unique they are.  

I love the Minions. This little guy is a serious possibility. 
Despicable Me 2. I seriously can't get over how good this movie was. I may or may not have changed my text tone to the Minions. Bee do bee do bee do. Yes, it is incredibly annoying but for now, I just can't help it. (I swear I am not actually 5 years old.)

Cara (car-rah): noun, a beloved friend 

I am so excited about this one. I came across this on another blog that I follow and I think that Kaitlyn from Wifessionals is a genius for setting this up. I love getting snail mail and since I am new to the blog world I think that this will be so great for meeting some new blogging friends! Essentially, you are linked up with two other bloggers and you spend some time getting to know them via email, then you send one of them a cute little care package that goes with the theme that was selected for the month, as well as a handwritten note. (Love.) I have signed up to participate in next months exchange and I can't wait! 

Vera Bradley Commuter Tote
I received this bag as a graduation gift from some very wonderful family friends and it is so fantastic. It is absolutely perfect for any young professional who needs a feminine, sturdy and fashionable brief case type bag. It has a special compartment for my laptop and plenty of other space for books, notebooks and folders as well as my other essentials (ie: iPhone, chargers, pens, ID, debit card). It is going to be so perfect for law school, I can not wait to use it. 
KD Senior Class of 2013 at our Formal. 
These girls. It is no secret that I love my sorority, it was the best decision I made during my undergraduate career. There are so many memories that I cherish and I am so proud of each girl that I became an alumna with. Look out, because as a group we could take over the world (and we probably will). AOT 

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