Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Gotta Have It....

Well, the end of summer does come with perks after all... The change in weather requires a few must haves for this season (and in my ideal world, these would be ideal in any season.. although I know a few who may beg to differ).

The first essential is a nice pair of riding boots. After looking high and low, I have finally found the perfect pair (and for the perfect price)! I am very particular about my boots, and I don't like anything flashy... just a classic pair with no extra bells and whistles. Where on Earth did I find this perfect pair? Why, Facebook of course. Thanks to an old high school friend, I was able to purchase these puppies over the phone and they are en route as we speak.

These beauties will look perfect with any cute little dress and tights, or skinny jeans and an oversized poncho... Which I happened to purchase while I was at home last weekend. A few dresses from Francesca's, another hidden treasure of a dress found at Express (much to my mother's chagrin), a few cardis from little boutiques, and a few tops and ponchos from Target (love!) have recently been added to my wardrobe... All of which will look great with these boots. I sure do love a good deal.

Another Fall essential is a nice oversized bag. While I am particularly partial to my sidebag collection (which consists of all of two bags thus far), I am in search for a bigger option. Rather than opting for a new Longchamp, I have been eyeing a few JPK bags. Something that could serve as a purse and a book carrier is ideal for the student in me.
 Not too big, not too small, this bag is simple yet elegant with the chunky gold hardware... And, if I decide to add on to my sidebag collection, they even make those! A dream for this girl! And while the deep red color is perfect for Fall, it may not be the perfect color for my next Fall must-have... so maybe I will stick to a more neutral color, like a taupe or a black.

Now I know I have you wondering what on Earth this cute little red bag couldn't go with... And without further adieu I bring to you THE FALL MUST HAVE... Hatsacks! And for those of you who are wondering what these 'hatsacks' are, let me fill you in on the best kept secret around (at least here in Boone). These hatsacks are actually berets, which have definitely come back into style. I started my hatsack collection with one lone orange hat... That orange hat sparked an addiction I can't seem to shake. Since the first purchase of my admired hat, I have added 3 more hatsack friends to the equation (one of which was a Christmas gift from my own Mother)!

As my girls Beyonce, Riri, and Fergilicious point out: these hats are here to stay. So get one before they're all gone (probably by me).

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

Just Another Reason to Love Ke$ha

As if this little bundle of joy couldn't get any sweeter.... she does. Ke$ha has been named the Humane Society's first global ambassador! Although she may seem to be a completely disheveled mess, she really has some compassion in there somewhere (sounds like someone I know)..

Even though she may be off the wall, and sometimes in need of a make-over, I have loved this girl since her hit song Tik Tok stole my heart (and followed me around everywhere I went). And I guess it's not too appropriate to call her a "girl" since she is about my age (actually, a little older.... which still makes me cool). But when I say "girl", I mean she is my "homegirl". And by protecting the rights of animals, she is even more of my homegirl.

So in honor of our new global ambassador, I am going to be listening to Ke$ha non-stop and spreading the word about how selfless she is. I may even try to incorporate her into my thesis: Ke$ha and Politics... it has a nice ring to it.


Sunday, September 18, 2011

I'll Drink to That....

So, if I haven't said it enough, I am getting too old for this college town (first time hearing that one right?).. Although I cherish my friendships with my somewhat younger girl friends here, going to Klondike just isn't my thing anymore (yes, I said it). It's just something about that trailer that makes me feel like.... a pedophile. Although I have some very fond memories of the trailer we like to call a "bar", it just lacks a luster it once had. Maybe this is due to the fact that I am now of a legal drinking age and am not looking to "scope out the scene".

However, with a few visits from some old friends, I'm sure to make an appearance there once or twice to relive my glory days. And this, my friends, is the really exciting part. I love having visitors, enjoying a care-free weekend, and momentarily forgetting about school obligations. That is why the next few weeks are going to be phenomenal. Every weekend until November I have something lined up either visiting friends, or having them head this way.

What I am most looking forward to is Homecoming, and a jam-packed apartment. What is better than one or two friends visiting you? A whole bunch of them. And believe me, I am in much need of some QT with some of these people. Back to normalcy, kind of. A few trips to Wilmington won't hurt either... One perk to being older: you have friends scattered all around the place (and infinite mini-vaca opportunities).

And even though it is only Sunday, here's to the weekend! And a little musical motivation...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Fall is in the Air!

This time of the year has to be one of my favorites. This bittersweet time of bidding farewell to Summer and welcoming Fall has always been my favorite time of the year, especially here in the Boonies.

It should come as no surprise that I love cold weather. I would much rather prefer freezing to death than drenching in sweat. And adding some new Fall pieces to my wardrobe doesn't hurt either ;)
Although I talk about how ready I am to get out of this college town (and trust me, I am ready), I really will miss the beauty of this place. The summers are absolutely perfect... and the winters, well I won't necessarily miss those.

I love the Fall because I love what you can wear in the fall. I am a cardigan and scarf kinda gal. I love layering and effortlessly throwing on something and heading out of the door. I go for comfort, so give me a pair of leggings and an oversized tee and I'm happy.
Another perk to the Fall is the fact that the leaves start to change colors and eventually fall off of the trees. And guess who loves that? You got it, my main man George. And anything that makes him happy makes me happy. As if he couldn't get any cuter right?

So here is to Fall! To pumpkin cheesecakes, college football, spiced lattes, and a spiced up wardrobe... Cheers!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

I Need People to Take Me Seriously

So it comes as no surprise that I like to have fun. I think laughing is one of the ultimate cures to any blues you may be experiencing. For as long as I can remember, I have always enjoyed joking around and making people laugh.

However, recently it seems as if I am the butt of all the jokes. Sometimes people take my sense of humor too literally. They think that this characteristic is the only thing that I am. This could not be further from the truth.

Believe it or not, there are other sides to me. There is a very affectionate side that is always there when a friend is going through a hard time or I simply want to show someone how much I appreciate them. There is the studious side, where I kick it into gear and really crank out a lot of work. Why else would I elect to be in school for so long? There is also a very calm, serious side where I do a lot of thinking and reflecting.

But most people don't know any of this. Why? Because even if I am having an awful day, it comes naturally to throw on a big smile and pretend nothing is wrong. So here lies the dilemma... How do I get people to take me seriously when I'm so used to goofing off?

While most people wear many different masks, I seem to be too attached to this silly one where I can't stop goofing off. Maybe it's time to exchange it for a more serious one...

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Wishful Thinking

Lately I have just been feeling, blah. It's another year in the same town where teeny boppers are flowing in from all corners of the state. I guess this would be fun, if you are in fact a teeny bopper yourself. But let's face it; I am not. Being 23 isn't the tough part.. The tough part is being in a college town when you technically aren't in college anymore. I think I can say I have gotten everything out of this ride.

I don't know if it's the being "old" part that I am having trouble with. After spending years bidding farwell to friends, I have sort of gotten used to losing people I care about. I am lucky to still have those rare moments when I can let loose with friends. Whether it be a weekend trip home, or a much anticipated visit from college friends, I treasure the times when I am around people I truly feel at ease with.

This realization has left me feeling a bit out of sorts. Usually I am a happy-go-lucky kind of gal, but lately during this transition period, I am lost. I know this is all a part of growing up and finding out who you are, but I have never been good with transitions. I absolutely, positively hate change. I get comfortable and snuggle into something and never, ever want to leave. Obviously this isn't the healthiest thing, but ignorance is bliss.

It just makes me wonder why we can't just be babied all of our lives? Can't I just move back home and earn my keep babysitting my baby brother, or my dog? I wonder what my Mom would say if I proposed this idea to her.. I'm sure I know the answer. But man, does this girl look happy! Just living the dream....

But more importantly, I just want to know if it will be acceptable to drink Four Lokos when I am 30. I'm approaching that checkpoint faster than I ever thought was possible, and I want a reward when I cross that finish line.