New year, new look…

Every year it is the same old thing: you make new year resolutions that you intend to keep, and a couple of weeks in you’ve already failed to maintain them. Well, I want this year to be different!

It’s taken me a while to adjust to reality (being back in the US) after living my dream in London.  I worked all through the holiday season to make back some money for this next semester. Which explains, but does not excuse, my lack of blog posts recently. Now that I’m not completely broke, it is time to start getting everything else ready for this coming semester.

Since the new year began, I have been determined to check off all the things on my to-do list.  First item of business: write down my resolutions on decorative paper, and frame them.  If they are on my bedside table every morning, I will be more motivated to keep them (at least that is what I’m hoping). I got this idea from one of my favorite bloggers, Emily Schuman, who writes Cupcakes and Cashmere.  See her original idea here.

Second item of business, focus on my blog! (Which also happens to be one of my resolutions). Ever since I changed my layout, I have wanted to create a new header.  Now that I finally have the programs, and the time, I have created two options. As you may have noticed, one of the options is already visible on my blog. There is also another one, but I can’t decide which I like better. That is why I want to get your input on them! I’d love if you could comment on this post with which one you prefer.

Option One

Option Two

Hope you all had a happy new year! I’m looking forward to what 2012 has in store… What about you?  What are your new years resolutions?

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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