Prioritize Your Life

What do new year’s resolutions and studying abroad have in common? They usually don’t last as long as you want them to… As soon as February comes around, reality generally steps in a throws your plans for a loop. Anyone agree with me? And if not, more power to you! (Teach me your ways.)

I confess: my problem was a combination of both reality after returning from London and the fact that I tend to put too many things on my plate. (Does anyone else do that?) I want to do everything and make everyone happy, but I’m starting to learn I have to make time for things that make me happy too!

Although I can honestly say that I am happy to devote my time to everything I currently do. Either because I’m dedicated to the cause (event planning for recruitment for Gamma Omicron chapter of Alpha Delta Pi or helping to coordinate a 5K race to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Alpha Delta Pi Foundation) or because I love the work (Sterling Communications and PRSSA).

But, there are so many other things I want to do: apply to more internships so I can get a summer internship, write articles for Mashed Marketing and Her Campus, read the Hunger Games… and write on my own blog!!

I know how to prioritize when it comes to my responsibilities and classes, so why can’t I prioritize when it comes to my own life? Taking time off is something I generally reserve for sleeping in on weekends and breaks from school. However, I have found recently that when I schedule in time to get tea with a friend or dinner with my sorority sisters my day gets a little brighter and things seem more doable. Do any of you find that you have to schedule in down time? It’s really not as bad as it sounds – my planner and iCal are my best friends! Intern Queen, Lauren Berger, demonstrates how to prioritize and schedule your life in her book All Work, No Pay.

So you might be thinking, what does this post have to do about fashion, not much except if you’re going to be busy all the time, look stylish while you’re doing everything! Oh, and if you’re not on Pinterest yet, get on there – tons of style inspiration.

Liz and I making diamonds! (Alpha Delta Pi symbol) One of my favorite recently documented outfits

And moral of the post is… The Naked Mannequin is back!  xx

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A lot to be thankful for:

Happy early Thanksgiving (to my American readers)!! Wishing you a great holiday, from across the pond.

I’ve been stumbling “Thanksgiving” and “recipes” all day long, and I must admit, it’s making me a little homesick. I’m one of those people who likes traditions, especially during the holidays. Usually, I get upset when one of my family members can’t make a holiday, but this year I am the one who will be missing. I won’t get the chance to say what I am thankful for… and I have a lot to be thankful for this year.

Luckily, I will be cooking Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow with some of my Alpha Delta Pi sisters, friends from my home university, and new friends! I think it will be fun to celebrate the holiday in a new way. The only thing I am not looking forward to is having class tomorrow…

What are you doing for Thanksgiving? More importantly, what are you wearing?! 

I’m thinking of wearing something like this outfit I wore in Paris! FYI: If you didn’t know, that is the fountain that Andy (Anne Hathaway) throws her phone into when she walks away from Paris Fashion Week in The Devil Wears Prada. I just had to take a picture in front of it, even though I would never walk away from Paris Fashion Week!

Cheers! XO 

Packing Light?

Even though I’ve convinced myself that I’m never leaving London, there is still the rational voice in my head.  And, it’s reminding me that I have to start considering how to pack all my clothes for the trip back to the US.  Or maybe that is my mom’s voice still ringing in my ears? Regardless, I have a large challenge ahead of me.

In retrospect, I could have gotten away with leaving 3 pairs of heels at home, as well as half my exercise clothes (obviously, I’m an idealistic thinker). Now, I am faced with the daunting task of fitting all my old clothes, shoes, souvenirs, and new clothes into 2 large suitcases, a broken duffel bag, and a backpack…

Any expert packers reading this? If yes, then please, leave me a comment with some tips.  It would be much appreciated!  If no, then I’ll be slightly relieved. I’m secretly hoping that I’m not the only fashionista that overpacks.

Surprisingly, I somehow managed to fit 10 days worth of clothes into a small backpack for my fall break vacation to Italy with my sorority sister, Ellen Varner. It truly was a miracle! I just made sure to pack basics that I could mix and match to create several different outfits. Fortunately, we went to Rome, Perugia, Florence, Milan and Como in those 10 days, so outfit repeats were forgivable.

However, I did not plan for the weather to be as cold as it was – who knew 10 day weather forecasts weren’t 100% accurate? Crazy.  I ended up buying tights and a pair of boots, and I layered as much as possible. Here is the outcome; did I pull it off?

In front of some Roman ruins

The view from Perugia!

Swing dancing in Perugia. Photo cred: Ellen Varner

Lighting a candle in the Duomo in Florence. Photo cred: Ellen Varner

In front of the Duomo in Milan with Stephanie Stewart. Photo cred: Ellen Varner

Sister love Stephanie, Ellen, and I at Lake Como

Spinning on the bull for good luck in Milan. Photo cred: Ellen Varner

There were a couple other outfits that were not photographed, as well as one from a previous post. 

Cheers! XO