Peek at My Weekend

Friday evening the family and I went to the River Concert, a local event, for some delicious food truck delicacies and to listen to a great orchestra play. It’s an annual event that goes on during the summer for about 6 weekends in a row. Each weekend is a new theme and style of music. Most people bring a picnic and a blanket to sit on and enjoy the summer weather.

We stayed for awhile until the clouds started to roll in and a downpour was inevitable We left just in time. I got back to my apartment and it was a raging storm. Hopefully next week will be better! I made a little list of things I’m taking next Friday to include sparkling cider, cheese, wheat crackers, turkey and spicy mustard on sourdough bread, and lots of strawberries. Sounds good, right?

Anyway, here’s a peek at the event!

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My shorts are from JCrew and my top is from Ann Taylor! They don’t make these particular shorts anymore but here are similar ones.

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This adorable necklace is from Kate Spade! It was a gift from someone really special and looks really classy with a cute blouse and a matching bag.

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My mom and I! We both love this event!

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Part of the orchestra. Some of the musicians were really young!

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The St. Mary’s River, perfect for kayaking and sailing. When Maryland was first founded, the settlers sailed up this river and landed at what is now St. Mary’s City, only a few miles from where the annual concert takes place.

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My wonderful little sister and photographer, Rebecca.

Tell me what you did over the weekend in a comment below!

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Rejection Hurts

pouty_faceI think there are some days that are just better left forgotten. Yesterday was one of those days. I was rejected for not one, not two, but three jobs all before 11am. It was my own personal record! How embarrassing. My mood went from Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ to Green Day’s ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’. There’s nothing like a slice of humble pie for an early lunch. This whole job hunting experience has been nothing short of humbling. Being rejected time and again for jobs you’re probably overqualified for is becoming a right of passage for young millennial graduates like myself. Frankly, it’s a right of passage that sucks.

Instead of curling up under the covers for the rest of the day, I decided to make a short list of things I (and you) can do that will fill up our time and keep us sharp. When that dream job comes, we’ll be ready!

Read- How many times in undergrad did we wish we had time to read a new book that came out? For me, it was quite often. There was always a book series that looked cute or a Nicholas Sparks novel that would probably have me in tears I wanted to read. Guess what? We finally have time to read what we want to and not what’s assigned to us!

Network- Catch up with friends you made in various internships and places you lived during college. For me, I have a vast network of people from all over the world that I can connect with. These people also may have access to information regarding jobs and places looking to recruit. Send them a note and grab a latte together.

Start paying back student loans- In a previous post I mentioned a website that connects companies who are looking for people to do short-term, freelance work with graduates who are looking to pay back student loans using money other than that of which they earn in a full-time job. Some of these jobs pay upwards of several hundred dollars while others pay about $20. It all depends on how time intensive the work is.

I’m going to be working on these things this week along with a few other little projects I have going on. I can’t wait to share those with you! Enjoy your day loves and keep the faith!

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New Year’s Eve Style for Every Dress Code

Hello loves! I write to you while rocking out to Fergie’s new song ‘L.A. Love’ and I’m trying not smudge my pretty nails that are drying! A little pampering was long overdue for this tired girl. 2014 was one of those years that had high ‘highs’ and low ‘lows’. It was a roller coaster and frankly, I’m glad it’s almost over. Before it’s over we have to celebrate though! Bring in 2015 with some sparkle! 

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As you can probably guess, I love anything that glitters and New Year’s Eve is the perfect opportunity to really shine! No matter how dressy the event is you can still add a little pizazz. I’ve chosen five outfits for different dress codes. Some of these choices are more affordable than others. You can find similar looks at places like TJ Maxx and the price won’t be nearly as high.

The first dress is by Rare London. I would wear a dress like this to an upscale lounge in the city (think Lauren Conrad and her besties at La Deux in LA). Dresses like these are meant for places like that. It’s a mature look without losing the fun factor.

Dress number two is by Elie Saab. A black tie affair is the only time I would consider wearing this beautiful gown. If you find yourself lucky enough to be invited to a ridiculously classy event for New Year’s Eve, then consider finding something like this. The price tag on this dress is over $7000 (Nordstrom Rack is a great place to find dresses).

Dress number three is from Lily Boutique and is pretty affordable. I absolutely love a high-low hem and the sash around the waist really pulls it all together. If you’re attending a party that requires a cocktail dress, then invest in this lovely little thing. Better yet, if the party takes place outdoors the hem of the dress is going to look amazing in the breeze! It’s the little things girls.

The fourth option is dressed-down sparkle for those of us who plan on going somewhere a little more low key with friends. Kind Label on Etsy created this adorable V-neck t shirt. The leggings are by Marlene Berger. Put together, both pieces create a relaxed New Year’s look while still maintaining a little bit of sophistication.

Finally, the fifth look was inspired by the need for a work-party appropriate outfit. Most companies have Christmas parties but some have one for New Year’s. Maintaining a professional appearance is still important at these events. The gold pencil skirt is by Josie Natori and the peplum top is by Alice + Olivia. What could be more work appropriate than a pencil skirt and peplum top?

Enjoy your last few days of 2014!

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What Saturdays are for

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My favorite part about the weekend is that I can go out shopping and eating with friends. I love farmer’s markets like Eastern Market in Washington, D.C. I also love finding cute little cafes to get my coffee at and then a glamorous place for brunch later on. Going boutique shopping or even outlet shopping is also something I love spending my weekends doing even if I don’t buy a thing.

This look was inspired by the warm summer colors I love so much and the plaids that become a staple for New Englanders in the fall. It’s a great transition look. I’m still holding onto summer for as long as I can.

This weekend I hope some of you get to go out and enjoy the fabulous shopping and dining around your cities. I’ll be sitting in my room doing homework and gulping down coffee while rocking out to my new favorite song- Hideaway by Kiesza! Seriously, it’s easy to get in the mood to do anything with this song playing.

Speaking of getting in the mood to do things, here’s a little sample of my top 5 things I need to do this weekend:

1. Finish my paper and take my quizzes
2. Clean out my closet
3. Exercise (hoping to find a kick boxing program on Netflix)
4. Organize my Lilly planner a little better
5. Relax with my Pinterest and a latte

If only there were more hours in the day… first world problems. Tell me what you’re up to this weekend in the comments below!

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5 Ways to Make Summer Last

keep_calmI can’t believe summer is almost over. It seems like yesterday it just started. All the stores are bringing in their back to school supplies and fall decorations while I sit outside trying to soak in the very last bits of summer sun. Here are 5 things you can do to make summer last just a little bit longer:

1. Soak in the rays- Even if you live in the middle of Kansas take out a towel or beach chair and sit in your backyard or by a lake if you’re lucky enough to have one and just tan. Turn up your music and live like summer lasts forever.

2. Make a fruity drink- I love to make smoothies in the morning. Use a handful of frozen strawberry_smoothiestrawberries and a banana to combine with about a cup and a half of milk. You can add a little sugar for more sweetness. Blend on high for about a minute. Pour it into a pretty little glass and put whipped cream on top!

3. Play the Beach Boys- Nothing says summer like one of these 1960s summertime tunes. A classic for most Americans, the Beach Boys bring the sounds of summer to wherever you are. I could literally listen to them all day. Here’s a link to one of my favorite songs!

4. Go swimsuit shopping- Right now swimwear is so cheap! Buy a cute new suit to save for next year (or the rest of this summer.) I happen to know Target and Old Navy are practically giving theirs away.

summer_picnic5. Go for a picnic- Seriously, enjoy the warm weather because four months from now you’ll be wanting it back. Go in the evening when the sun is setting to avoid the intense heat of the afternoon. Pack up some fruit like pineapple, strawberries, peaches or whatever suits your fancy. Add in fresh bread and some cheese. Finish it off with a glass of white wine or a fizzy drink.

Share with your friends and get together for one last summer bash! 

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