Because You Only Turn 19 Once...

{ Sunday, January 31, 2010 }
Although we're only facing the beginning of February tomorrow, it's my annual tradition to become overtly excited for my birthday...starting now. Yes, I know it's over a month until grand 'ol March 3rd rolls around, but I can't help but get a little anxious about turning a year older. Not only will I deliberately blast Adele's album 19 all day long, but I also plan on having dinner at an unlimited sushi bar with my best friends. How could a birthday possibly get any better than that, right? Well, my mom's inclination to buy my presents on Etsy adds to my excitement just a bit! So, what's on my wish list this year?
I absolutely love this fine art print by Irene Suchocki! I'm forever on the lookout for unique art to hang on my dorm room's walls in the fall, and this piece in particular suits me perfectly. I'd love waking up the the sight of New York City's beautiful skyline every morning, again and again.

I think spoon rings are so neat, especially this one! I think the idea of wearing something so uniquely crafted is awesome. More designs are available in
Revisions' Etsy shop.

Lastly, this great bag by
Ikabags! Although it's advertised as a diaper bag, I think it is a far cry from any generic, baby-supply-toting carry-all. I love large bags, and I can't help but love the bright yellow, just in time for spring!
Of course, I'm not expecting to receive any of these great handmade finds for my 19th, but a girl can wish, right? I'm off to read about the wondrous system of federalism...
I wish all of you a great Sunday, happy blogging!

Style File: Geek Chic

{ Friday, January 29, 2010 }
It's finally Friday! Can you believe it? Yes, we've all made it through yet another hectic week of school. Although I only have classes on Monday and Wednesday (I jam-packed 5 classes into one day, yikes!) I'm still extremely busy on my off days. American Government has already proven itself to be my most challenging class. I'm naturally not an avid follower of politics, although I do tune in to the news daily. Unfortunately, I don't see eye-to-eye with my professor on a wide array of topics, and he feels compelled to openly bash his students, giving us the blanket label of "ignorant southerners." Needless to say, all I can do is look for the light at the end of this academic tunnel to where I'll be working on my major. Class schedules consisting entirely of Editorial Writing, World Literature, and English seminars sound much more appealing, no? Oh dear, I sound like such a nerd...
Which brings me to my next point, and the whole reason for this post. Geek Chic. It's a term I first heard in an early 2005 issue of Teen Vogue, where argyle sweaters were being artfully paired with dainty, high waisted skirts and colorful Keds. At first, I completely dismissed the idea of studious sweaters, seeing as I was the elitist 8th grader who insisted upon wearing only Juicy Couture and BCBG cast-offs from T.J Maxx. Oh, the humility of writing that. Anyhow, flash forward five years. Being the dedicated thrift store fiend that I am, I find interesting sweaters by the boatload at secondhand shops. I've admittedly grown to love the "geek chic" look; it's collegiate, quirky, and fun!

I hope the "geek chic" style concept never dies! I'm wild about it; it's just too cute and quirky.
In exciting news, I'm starting a writing internship with Vode Vintage on Monday! Vode Vintage is an upcoming clothing line based in L.A that decided to start a blog to correspond with their avid interest in fashion. Luckily, a nabbed an intern position. I'm in charge of posting stories on trends, runway reports, celebrity style, music, and more. I need to recruit at least one more intern by Monday, so if any of you are interested please comment this post and I'll give you all the details :) Have a lovely day everyone!

Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!"

{ Sunday, January 24, 2010 }
Title courtesy the ever-hilarious Robin Williams :)
My entire weekend has been glum, rainy, and dare I say it, chock full 'o pessimism. I think I'm battling a slight case of the wintertime blues, and not enjoying it one bit! So, as a way to concentrate at the light at the end of this icy tunnel- a post entirely dedicated to...
spring stylespiration!

The majority of these photos are from!

"Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world” -Albert Einstein

{ Thursday, January 21, 2010 }
In times like these, when I'm practically up to my eyeballs in homework assignments and papers, I must remind myself of the practical truth that school isn't everything. Sure, it's hard to believe when I'm a novice undergrad just navigating my way through the beginnings of college, but I know it's the honest to God truth. I'm keeping up with my workload and juggling everything else in my life, so I should give myself a little pat on the back.
Who else is already stressing over their second semester?
When I find myself criticizing my efforts in school, I look to Natalie Portman for inspiration. Not only do I love her for her impeccable sense of style, but also for her intellect and level-headedness. Graduating from Harvard College with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and fluent in over three languages, Portman is an actress I've always respected for more than her abilities on-screen.

"I'm going to college. I don't care if it ruins my career. I'd rather be smart than a movie star." -Natalie Portman

That little bit of academic inspiration will certainly hold me through the week. In other news, I finally received the Buried Life t-shirt I won from MTV! I love it :)

#41: Make a toast at a stranger's wedding.
Apparently this little task will be completed on next week's episode. Can't wait!


Live Abundantly

{ Monday, January 18, 2010 }
It's the start of a new week! What do you want to accomplish in the next 7 days? Personally, I'd like to ace my Public Speaking presentation on Wednesday without an ounce of nervousness (wishful thinking), complete my latest Stephen King novel, and hit the gym at least twice. Pretty do-able, huh?
My favorite verse from the Bible is posted above, which inspires me to wring every ounce of pleasure and fulfilment out of life. However, when the wind blows and it's my time to move on, I want to leave at least a little something significant in my memory.
Which brings me to my next point: The Buried Life! The series premiers tonight on MTV and I couldn't be more excited. Heck, I haven't been this excited for a T.V show since Jim and Pam got married on The Office, but this is real life which makes it even more compelling to watch. I cannot wait to see how Ben, Jonnie, Duncan, and Dave fulfil their wildest wishes while turning dreams into reality for the less fortunate.

Be sure to tune in tonight at 10 p.m Eastern time! I'd love to hear your opinions after the show :)


"Weekend Warriors & Our Best Friends"

{ Sunday, January 17, 2010 }
Hello fellow bloggers! I hope all of you have had a fulfilling and fun weekend, as I have. Aside from loathing my Algebra homework and completing a rather depressing 4-page essay on the hypothetical aftermath of a nuclear attack, the first portion of my 6 day weekend has been very pleasant.

friend⋅ship/ˈfrɛndʃɪp/ –noun 1. the state of being a friend; association as friends: to value a person's friendship.

I've recently taken the time to sit back, think, and most importantly realize how very important my friends are to me. With me leaving for college 2 hours away in the fall (granted, it's not that far away, but still!), I'm really going to miss these girls.

Although Sara (middle) is my sister and technically has to put up with me, she's still the best friend I could ever ask for. Carrie (left) has been the greatest listener and advice-giver of all time, as well as a trusty concert-goer! :) When I'm swimming my way through the sea of nearly 8,000 new faces come August, I know these two will still be the friends I talk to the most.

For the past weekend, I've also picked up the guitar and gotten back to strumming. I'm attempting in vain to break my old habit of learning nothing but catchy intros to songs. Oh well, some of us never learn, hm? Please disregard my stuffed Curious George lurking in the shadows of that photograph, by the way.

Now, for some music! I started listening to The Jakes over the summer, when I instantly fell in love with their song "Cough Syrup." However, I was broke as a joke at the moment and didn't buy their EP. Since changing their name to Young The Giant and getting back into the recording studio for 2010, they've graciously offered their wonderful EP, Shake My Hand, for free download on for a limited time here! Be sure to snap it up before time runs out, it's been playing non-stop in my room and car this weekend. Still feeling a tad iffy over whether or not the EP is worthy of your hard drive space and iTunes library? Take a listen to my favorite song, "Paid the Piper" and get a feel for Young The Giant's smooth infusion of jazz, soul, and flawless indie rock.

"It's A New Dawn, It's A New Day...

{ Thursday, January 14, 2010 }
...It's a new life for me, and I'm feeling good." I can't tell all of you how great it feels for my weekends to begin on Wednesday night! Although this week was extremely overwhelming and stressful, I feel as though I have everything under control. Ready for the good news? GCSU has received my application! Step one on the road to my dream school-accomplished. They sent me a postcard delivering the wonderful news, complete with a picture of the beautiful campus on the front. I'll be keeping it forever, without a doubt :)Personally, this little anecdote of inspiration couldn't ring any more true for me this week. For the past few months, I feel like I have grown exponentially in my faith, and even started a Bible study for the new year. Since starting it, I've felt my life fall miraculously in place, when I thought fixing it entirely was impossible. My parents and I have been getting along, I no longer quibble with my boyfriend Leighton over insignificant things, and I feel at ease with the general path my life is taking. In the last week alone I've been offered the opportunity to intern for a new blog (exciting!), I won a Buried Life t-shirt from MTV (a small, fun accomplishment at that), and most importantly I've finally made a wonderful new aquaintance at school who is just as sweet and gracious as she could be! "You get what you give, so give good." Reflect on it, see where it takes you :)

Food For Thought.

{ Tuesday, January 12, 2010 }

Who doesn't love a good batch of 'ol food art, hm? I think these images are fascinating, especially the intricate carving of the apple. It's amazing how creative and innovative our minds can really be, even with basic, everyday foods. My inner (or quite possibly outer...) nerd absolutely loved the gummy bear periodic table of elements! So cute and edible, although I'd hesitate to take a nibble of uranium if I were you. All of these scrumptious images are courtesy of Kevin Van Aelst.
Can you tell that I'm just a bit hungry? My first day back to school yesterday completely and utterly wiped me out! Who knew that 15 hours worth of classes could do that to a person? Unfortunately, I feel like that this semester is already turning out to be a rough one. Being the stubborn person I am, I opted to take all academic classes rather than a mixture of rigorous courses and fun electives. Although it'll pay off in the long run, it's nose in the books and pen to the paper for me until May. Luckily, I'm a complete logophile who doesn't mind spending hours writing papers. Quite honestly, I love it. I'm currently writing a paper on the possible consequences of an electromagnetic bomb being detonated over America, which is quite fascinating and frightening at the same time. It's scary to imagine "what if?"
Alright, enough with the college jargon.

Obviously, my regular readers are probably very aware of my long-running girlcrush on Zooey Deschanel. I love this ad campaign she did for Oliver People's glasses! So cute and different. I recently found out that She & Him is playing the Savannah music festival this March, but tickets to the show sold out like hotcakes. Ugh, just my luck. It would've made for the perfect spring break road trip!


"Books Do Furnish A Room" -Anthony Powell

{ Sunday, January 10, 2010 }

Upon visiting my great friend, Keri, at her college this past weekend, I've come to a solid conclusion: I'm going to miss the heck out of my room in the fall, when I'll be living in a dorm. Although I was down in the dumps last August when all of my peers were going away to college, now that I've experienced campus life for a weekend I've come to appreciate my own, solitary space at home. Needless to say, I'll be cherishing it for the next 7 months.
Speaking of school, my spring semester of college starts tomorrow! Exciting, huh? I'm actually feeling confident about this semester, seeing as I only have classes on Mondays and Wednesdays. The downside? I have to be on the road to class at 6:45 in the morning. Having 5 school-free days out of the week to study, write, work, and go to the gym are pretty wonderful, however. I'll try not to complain :)
I'm taking another solid 15 hours this semester, and I'm in love with all of my classes. American History, Public Speaking, Government, English, and Algebra (well, I could do without that little one...) will keep me very busy!
For everyone else who happens to start back to school tomorrow, best of luck to all of you! Let's all hope for a semester of success and productivity :)

Dear Mother Nature:

{ Thursday, January 7, 2010 }
Is it too much to ask for you to make up your fickle mind?
For the first time in my life, I'm dreading the possibility of snow. Seeing as it hardly ever reaches the temperatures and/or pristine conditions for snowfall to occur in Georgia, of course it's my luck that the weekend I'm planning a visit to see a close friend at college, Atlanta morphs into Antarctica! What gives?
These are two images I captured while the snow still freshly clung to the ground last March, two days before my birthday! Although it was a small amount compared to Northern states, it was still enough to keep us out of school for two days :)
Luckily, hot tea, my fun-loving puppy, and music are keeping me quite content today despite the bleak forecast. My musical muse for today? None other than Mr. Sam Sparro; he's fantastic! Some musicians have the knack to make me feel as though I'm driving a Mercedes Benz rather than a used Honda Accord when I crank them on my stereo. Sparro if one of those magical artists. Take a listen to my favorite song of his, Black and Gold. So soulful and jazzy, my cup 'o tea.


Good News & Hodgepodge!

{ Wednesday, January 6, 2010 }
Due to the fact that my thoughts have been all over the place today, this will indeed be a post full of random happenings of my day, happiness, and, perhaps, some music. So, first things first. Good news! Being the committed Twitter fiend I am, upon publishing my post about MTV's The Buried Life, I decided to mention the new post in an @reply to the show's Twitter page (for all of you wondering how to follow, it's @theburiedlife). After routinely checking my Twitter this morning, I realize the wonderful Buried Life boys have mention my post to all 1,500 or so of their followers. Exciting, huh? It feels good to know this little page of mine is getting a fair amount of exposure, although it's slightly embarrassing that my little aside about the cast of the show "being insanely attractive" is no longer a secret.
The other portion of my good news is that I have finally, finally finished the first chapter of the story I'm writing. I put it down for a few weeks over this break and got back to the keyboard this afternoon, where I was in this state of mind for some 3 hours:
No, the glasses are not prescription but they get me in the right mindset for writing; it's odd, I know. Perhaps after some intense editing next week I'll post the intro of the story!
On the darker, colder side of things, there is a freezing warning for my state starting tomorrow! Not cool, although it will be literally. Of course the local new station is making a huge to-do over low temperatures, although this happens every winter, sigh. At least my little Pekingese, Lily is prepared with her new sweaters.
She really can't help how adorable she is.
And with this, I leave you with a wintry play list that never fails to make me feel content and snuggly no matter how low temperatures drop in the middle of the night. Enjoy!
"It's Warmer In The Basement"- Cobra Starship
"Lua"- Bright Eyes
"Beautiful Love"- The Afters
"We've Got Company"- Civalias
"You Make My Dreams"- Melee

The Boundless Buried Life.

{ Tuesday, January 5, 2010 }
Although I'm not a slave to MTV and it's under-abundance of streaming music, the iconic channel's upcoming program, The Buried Life, has quickly captured my attention. For those of you who haven't already seen the previews, the show follows four young men and their attempts to fulfil their 100 quintessential "bucket list" experiences while giving back to others at the same time. Honestly, just watching the commercials makes me feel as though I'm simply not doing enough. The 30 second snippets alone have already inspired me to let go of my inhibitions, enjoy the short life we are given, and aspire to give back. So, my solution for these feelings of inadequacy?
For starters, I'm going to stop caring about what others think.
Secondly, I'm going to fill my time with more productive activities. Sure, scrolling through Twitter updates and chatting on Facebook is fun, but really- what am I accomplishing?
Lastly, I'll strive to give back. One of my dreams as a child was to volunteer at an animal shelter. With the help of the trusty Yellow Pages, I believe I'll make that dream into a reality in the near future.
Didn't you hear? Living comfortably is so 2009. This year, I want to live on the edge and experience life fully. To read more about the inspiring (and dare I mention, insanely attractive) cast of The Buried Life, check out their official website at: and be sure to catch the series premier January 18th at 10 p.m on MTV!