"I can love you like a sailor, I can make you dance all night"

{ Thursday, July 29, 2010 }
As all of my readers know, I'm a dedicated and well-seasoned thrifter! Earlier this week my friend Carrie and I went to our favorite secondhand store in Atlanta, Rag-O-Rama, to check out the awesome duds their racks held. Although this store is considered "high-end vintage" with some items toting a hefty price tag, I found an adorable pair of nautical shorts on sale for $6 and fell in love immediately. Although I used to shy away from high-waisted shorts, I've decided to channel my inner Zooey Deschanel and give them a go.

Like many times in secondhand stores, these shorts had a minor defect (the zipper on the fly doesn't work- oh no!), but will be fixed easily thanks to my mom's great seamstress skills.

Another favorite purchase of mine is this chunky, gold owl ring that I snagged for a dollar at Rue 21. I usually never have luck in that store due to over-picked clothing or shabby quality, but I love this ring! My obsession with owls will never end.

In other news, after a year and three months of embarrassment, agony, and being mistaken for a 14-year-old, my braces came off today! Today is certainly a wonderful day.
If you're feeling like your ears need a quick pick me up, take a listen to a live version of Maroon 5's next single, "Give A Little More." I cannot get over how amazingly talented these guys are, and they fact that I never grow tired of listening to their music. Although I usually don't listen to "radio" artists, they are the one exception. I can remember back to the days nearly eight years ago when I fell in love with their funk-inspired pop-rock; they are simply timeless.


Oh Blog, How I Have Missed You So...

{ Wednesday, July 28, 2010 }
After a month away from my personal source of ranting, raving, and all-around gushing about the little things in life that make me tick- I have returned. I cannot begin to describe the ups and downs that have occurred in the last month of my life. Spending time away from my writing was unbearable, but my mind was so preoccupied with life's other problems that I nearly forgot how important this blog is to me.
Without going into too much detail, the reason for my hiatus was my boyfriend. I literally woke up one morning and came to the devastating realization that I simply was not being treated right, nor was I respected. I realized that just because you're committed to someone for two and a half years isn't reason enough to stay in a deteriorating relationship. Needless to say, I finally ended things.
After a week of crying, moping around, and leaning heavily on my wonderful friends (thanks guys!) I opened my eyes to a new life. I'm so much happier now. I feel rejuvenated, more mature, and stronger than ever before. I leave for college in two weeks, and I'm so ready to start this new and exciting chapter in my life. Speaking of college, check out my friend Anna's blog I Am Your Wallflower. I met her at orientation and she has the perfect taste in music and style!
I can't wait to start regularly posting outfit pictures and music finds for all of you again. Life has finally fallen into place for me; I'm truly blessed.
Oh, and my new outlook on dating? Settle for nothing less than Adam Noah Levine.