Monday, June 19, 2017

Current Wishlist

This summer I decided that I am not going to go on any big shopping trips until August. Because I work five days a week and have to wear my camp shirt and "khaki-style shorts" every day I don't really see the point in buying a super cute summer wardrobe. But, before I leave for school in August I most definitely need to go on a major shopping spree for more going out and cute clothes for school. A lot of people at LMU dress up for class, but I am not one of those people. You can always find me wearing running shorts and a big t-shirt or sweatshirt with flip-flops practically every day. Anyways, just because I'm not actually purchasing right now, doesn't mean I haven't found some items that I would love to purchase in the future! Here's what I'm loving right now.

Current Wishlist

First of all let's talk about that bikini. If the set wasn't almost $300 I most definitely would purchase it, but I'm on the hunt for something similar, but less expensive. I'm in dire need of a small backpack for work and this Fjallraven kanken mini backpack seems absolutely perfect for my job. I'm thinking about getting it in black, just so it is neutral enough for every day wear. 

I also managed to forget my two nice pairs of sunglasses at school in storage...or so I'm hoping because I can't find them anywhere. I love these round Ray-Ban's in this fun blue reflective color. I have this style in the classic black and gold, but really want a pair of the mirrored ones. Shop everything I shared below!


Xoxo

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Dealing With Grief in College

Today's post is definitely more on the personal side, but it's definitely something I wanted to share on the blog. Going to school almost 2,000 miles away from home has been such a great decision in terms of living my dream of living in Los Angeles, however the distance will always be something I struggle with. At LMU a lot of the kids are from around the area, some only an hour or two from LA. Others are from the Bay area which is only a 6 hour drive or an hour flight to get home. For me it's nearly a four hour flight, plus transportation to and from the airport and a two hour time difference, making it usually an all day ordeal to get home. The first semester of college was the longest I had been away from home, three months in total before I went back for Thanksgiving. I had gone to camp and been away from home before, but never for longer than a week. I've never been someone to get crazily homesick, and how could I in my favorite city on the planet, but there were definitely times that I just simply wanted to go home.

My great Uncle Ed who I was very close to passed away in March, just a few weeks after I had been home for spring break. I initially had plans to go to Arizona for spring break, but they fell through just in time for me to book a flight home for the week. Although I was bummed to not explore a new place, I was at ease that I could spend my week relaxing and catching up with family and friends that were home. My Uncle had gotten cancer about a year earlier, but things seemed to be looking up. Seeing him at Christmas he was doing just fine and being his hysterical self. However, when I visited him during spring break he looked very very different. He had lost a lot of weight due to loss of appetite, was sleeping most of the day and just wasn't the person he used to be. I am forever grateful that he was able to stay awake for over an hour while my sister and I were there, telling us stories and catching up, and even eating soup with us. I was so lucky that I got to see him one last time, although I did not know it would be the last.

When I woke up to the news I can't say I was in total shock. When my Grandpa Paul passed my freshman year of high school it was so unexpected, but I knew my Uncle was sick, and I knew it was coming. I remember waking up to a missed call from my mom and a text from my sister asking if I was awake, and I already knew exactly what happened.

I think the hardest thing about dealing with this death was not being able to be with my family. Flying four hours just for the weekend, seemed like too much, especially with the thought of why I was going home lingering in my head the entire flight. Two of my other cousins are also at school far away, and my aunt decided that it was best for us not to come home for the funeral, but do a mass and a dinner when we returned from school.

For me, I never fully developed any sort of closure from this death. I think I seemed okay to those around me because I tried to not cry about it, until one night I broke down sobbing to my friend about the whole situation. What's important about these types of situations is to actually let your emotions take you over for a brief moment. I think I tried to bottle it up and just not think about it, which proved to be the worst way to go about the situation. It's through these times of trouble that it's so so important to have friends by your side, and I was so grateful I had such amazing friends that reached out to me in this situation and were there for me. Also just FaceTiming my sister about it all really helped me to talk it all through. The first major death in my family I was surrounded by family which made the situation less difficult, but in college you're kind of on your own.

For me, surrounding myself with good friends and also talking to family through the entire grieving period really helped me to get through the situation. Dealing with grief in college, is never easy, but there are definitely ways to make the entire process less difficult.

Xoxo

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I Have Two Outfits

I Have Two Outfits
Shop my outfits below:

In the summer I kid you not I have only two outfits. As a camp counselor now I have to wear khaki shorts (gag) and my camp t-shirt with gym shoes. It's honestly not that bad, but it's really just the shorts that get me. But aside from camp you can constantly find me wearing one of two outfits. Nike shorts and a big t-shirt have always been a go-to. I love feeling super comfortable and being able to move around in the summer heat. Also, get yourself a pair of Rainbow's because they're literally the best shoes ever. I wore these shoes religiously at school because they're super quick to slip on and also are so incredibly comfortable and supportive for a flip flop. 

When I'm not wearing this outfit you can always find me wearing my absolute favorite Levi shorts and a flouncy off the shoulder top. I made my own pair of distressed Levi shorts for $5 when I was a sophomore and they have lasted me up until this summer when they randomly ripped. Although I had to say bye to my favorite pair of shorts, I welcomed two new pairs of Levi's from Urban this summer that I'm just as obsessed with. I bought Stan Smith's back in February, but really haven't worn them that much until this summer, with my job as a camp counselor. Also, this Fjalraven backpack isn't mine just yet, but it will be soon! I'm in dire need of a new summer bag.

So...what outfits are you guilty of repeating constantly? Share below!!

Xoxo

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Apartment Inspiration

Living in a dorm last year was honestly really fun, but I'm so excited to finally have much more space next year in an apartment on campus. We don't have official sorority houses, so although I am in a sorority, as sophomores most LMU students try to live in apartments on campus, rather than buy houses in the surrounding areas. It's honestly so nice because the apartment is on campus. Being in a dorm was so convenient because I was so close to everything, but now I don't have to sacrifice that convenience, while still gaining so much extra space.

I'm rooming with my friend Meghan this year, but my old roommate and other friend are also living in my apartment! Our apartment definitely isn't the most spacious place in the world, however we have two bedrooms, one bathroom, a living room and a full kitchen. I'm so so thankful to have a kitchen this year because it will make eating healthy so much easier. Not to mention not having to use communal bathrooms ever again (God bless). I'm also glad because the apartment complex I'm living in is pretty much sophomore central -- the ideal place where all the sophomores want to live. So there will definitely not be a shortage of people around us, which I'm super happy about.






When it comes to decorating I'm using the same bedding and most of the decor from last year. (Also, I just realized I never did a post on my dorm so I have a dorm tour video that I filmed in September, but just never uploaded coming live tomorrow!) Meghan also has white bedding so our room will most likely be pretty neutral. I'm hoping to deck it out with plenty of photos and wall decor. As far as our living room goes we definitely wanted to create some sort of backdrop for photos and what we're thinking right now is a bunch of record covers. However, plans might change so who even knows! Here's what I'm imagining as I shop for items in my apartment.

I definitely want lots of string lights, plants and tons of photos. My roommates and I were even joking about how we wanted to do a photoshoot of the four of us and just fill our apartment with pictures of us four everywhere haha.

Xoxo

Monday, June 12, 2017

3 Blogs to Start Reading

In all honesty, sometimes I'm the worst when it comes to reading other blogs. Sometimes I spend hours on hour scouring the internet for new blogs to read and dig deep into the archives. Recently, I've been resorting into old habits and reading a ton of different blogs. I found some new blogs, and some old blogs, but these are three that you should definitely start reading. Here's a little bit about each and why I love them. 

Also, today is my first day on the job as a camp counselor!! I'm excited, but a bit nervous too to say the least. However, I am so excited to finally get in the swing of things and have a real summer schedule. Plus, making some money doesn't hurt either! Wish me luck!!


So Dressed Up Life + Style

Funny story about this blog actually. My senior year of high school I took an AP Computer Science class that was probably the hardest class I've ever taken. I spent almost every lunch period with my teacher trying to learn Java and consistently struggling. This blog is written by his wife and I'm absolutely obsessed. She's a wedding planner in Chicago, but just recently decided to start her own blog. I love reading about her different family trip recaps and seeing all of her adorable outfit posts. Not to mention she has the cutest daughter in the world! You have to check out her post all about rosé and her super cute pink on pink outfit post

The College Prepster

I've been reading Carly's blog for years, but just recently I've gotten back into the swing of reading all her posts. She posts almost every day and her recent posts about her trip to Paris are really good. It's really making me want to travel there even more...Carly just has such a genuine voice and doesn't succumb to the only sponsored post vibes that some bloggers do. I met her in NYC a few years back at the Smart Girls Summit and really could just feel her authentic personality radiating. Also, her dogs are literally the cutest things in the world!

Prep Essentials

Although I definitely don't have the preppiest style anymore (California really changes you) I still love to read Olivia's blog. She's another local Chicago blogger and I just love her style of writing. She shares everything from college tips to life after college, along with fashion, bucket lists, playlists and more! I really like following along with Olivia's blog as she channels through life after college; it's definitely interesting to read! Her tips will hopefully help me in the future after college when I'll most likely live in Chicago!

I'm always looking to read new blogs...what's your favorite blog?

Xoxo


Thursday, June 1, 2017

5 Facts About Me

Sorry for the delay on this week's posts. I was out of town for Memorial Day weekend and then was having a ton of issues with Blogger/my internet when I returned!

I feel like when I first started blogging I did posts like this so often. I wanted my readers to "get to know me" so I posted more about me kind of posts like this or this (if you want a chuckle go read them). It's funny though because I legit wrote things like "lives that nautical life" and "my favorite foods are chicken nuggets, fruit snacks and gluten free pasta". I like to think that I have matured a little bit since writing those blogs, but I still think it's fun to share information about myself that you might not know just from reading this blog. 

Also, I have to give credit to Fran because I totally copied her on this post idea. I loved reading her post and wanted to try it out on my own! Be sure to read hers because I learned so much about her that I had never known just from reading her blog.
1. No one really calls me Kate

Haha, you're probably like what, why is your blog called A Sprinkle of Kate then? When I initially was born I was named Katelyn with the intention that my name would be shortened to Kate. But, no one really calls me Kate. My dad, a few family members and my brother/his friends call me Kate, but that's pretty much it. My last name is May so most people at school call me Kmay because it's short and easy. It's just funny to me though because when I created A Sprinkle of Kate I was debating if I wanted to go by Kate when I went away to school, but I honestly think if people were only calling me Kate I probably wouldn't even respond or realize that was my name. 

2. I love to spend time alone

As much as I love my friends, I absolutely love spending time alone. Just something about me and my computer and my bed is an endless love affair. Going to college has made me much more dependent on people because in high school I had no problem sitting or walking somewhere alone, but in college I don't necessarily like doing that. When I'm with my friends I love to spend time with them, but just something about being alone is super super nice.

3. I absolutely love YouTube

I'd be lying if I said I haven't spent a good portion of my life watching YouTube videos. I'm definitely more into the Vlogger type videos rather than like the beauty gurus, but I just love watching YouTube videos. I'm actually subscribed to over 100 channels and it's kind of ridiculous, but I just love watching different videos for all sorts of reasons; morning routines, workout routines, daily vlogs and meal-prep videos are some of my favorites.

4. I'm 5'9"

Maybe you're able to tell from photos, but I'm actually pretty tall. For the longest time I was a pretty average height, but in eighth grade I sprouted and then continued to grow throughout high school. My height is kind of random though because my Dad is only 6'2" and my mom is somewhere around 5'6". My brother who is three years younger than me is a few inches taller than me, but my sister who is two years older is only like 5'5". I actually like being tall, because I love my long legs. Plus, I can always see at concerts lol.

5.  I type 100 words per minute

I really don't even know how this came to be honestly, but I'm super fast at typing. In middle school we always had to do these typing tests and if you got more than 50 words per minute you didn't have to do the like typing warmup every day, you could just have free time. And at the end of the week we would have a contest where everyone would take a typing test and whoever had the highest score would win a prize. I kid you not every single week I won this challenge because no one's score was nearly as high as mine. Towards the end of the year though I started to just let other people win because I felt bad haha. Typing quickly definitely has its benefits though because I save so much time when writing papers.

Anything else you want to know? Comment below!

Xoxo

Friday, May 26, 2017

TGIF

Literally girl gang goals!

Wow, summer is already flying by! I've been home for three weeks now and it's been so nice to spend time with family and friends and just enjoy being home. Although the weather definitely could be a bit nicer, it's supposed to warm up in the next few days! I start work in just two and a half weeks and as much as I am looking forward to finally getting some work in this summer, I'm trying to squeeze in as much summer fun as I can before I start work on June 12. 

This weekend I'm headed to Columbia, Missouri to visit a friend that is staying there for the summer. She's coming home for a few days next week, and she visited me over her spring break, but she's one of my best friends and it's felt like forever. I'm so excited to see her apartment and have some much needed girl time with her and one of my other best friends. It's much warmer in Columbia so I'm excited to lounge by the pool -- as long as it doesn't rain!

I don't have plans for Memorial Day, other than driving six hours back from Columbia to Chicago, but hopefully it will be spent poolside if I crash my friend's Memorial Day pool party. If you're looking for something to wear this Memorial Day check out the archives for my all American looks here and here

Here are a few things I wanted to share this week...

+Did you read my San Francisco recap? My trip was seriously so fun and if you want to check out a video I made just click here

+This article is a definite must read: 5 Steps to Creating a Budget That Works For You
I've always been bad with finances, but I'm determined to figure out my entire financial situation before I head back to school in the fall

+I've been dying to go back to NYC since I first left and this site compiled the prettiest pink restaurants in New York City

Have an amazing Memorial Day weekend!

Xoxo

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Three Recipes To Try This Summer

One of the best things about being home from school is having a real kitchen that I can actually cook in. I'm so excited to live in an apartment next year and actually have a full sized kitchen so I don't have to eat dining hall food. I'm determined to spend this summer trying new recipes and perfecting a few different dishes that I can make next year for my roommates and me. Here are three fun summer recipes to try!
 Get the original recipe here! When I went to school I didn't really like pasta all that much, but my roommate being obsessed with Italian food and forcing me to eat it constantly definitely changed my opinion. This pasta looks sooo delicious just from the picture, but it also has arugula and burrata in a garlic lemon sauce. I think adding pine nuts to this dish would be so delicious too!!
 With my summer job starting soon I'm definitely on the lookout for easy and healthy breakfasts to eat before work in the morning. These yogurt popsicles with granola look so amazing and super refreshing for the summer. Check out the recipe here; and the fun part is you can change up the yogurt flavor with whatever you like! I definitely want to try out a peach flavor with pistachios. 
Wow okay do I even need to convince you that these cookies are delicious? Just look at that photo! S'mores are probably my favorite summer treat and this new take on them looks so so good. I definitely want to try these out this summer and see which I like better: classic s'mores or s'mores cookies!

Do you have any summer recipes to share? Comment below! Also, which one looks the best to you?!

Xoxo

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

My Skincare Routine

Skincare is so so so important. It's something I've definitely neglected in the past, and had yet to find the right products. College has been super destructive on my skin, with the late nights out, dehydration (if ya get what I'm saying), the sun in SoCal and just overall being lazy because my bathroom is all the way down the hall. I've come to a point where I definitely understand my skin a lot more than I used to and have found products that really help my skin, rather than hurt it. Also, being on a college budget I don't like to spend an insane amount on skincare at this point in my life. All of these products I swear by, and are super affordable!!
Current Skincare Routine
This CeraVe cleanser is literally the best at getting all of that dirt off of my skin. It's perfect for all skin types and super gentle. I don't greatly suffer with acne and was using acne products for far too long that were simply drying out my skin. This helps to keep my skin clean, and that keeps it acne free, but without over-drying my skin. Aveeno is my holy grail brand and I absolutely love their positively radiant daily moisturizer. It keeps my skin fully moisturized throughout the day and also has SPF 15. I love moisturizers that have sunscreen in them because in the southern California heat it's so so important to keep your skin shielded from the sun. I also love the Hawaiian Tropic sheer touch SPF 30 sunscreen for a daily sunscreen on my arms. Especially in the fall, LA is super sunny and warm practically every day from August to November so it's super important to keep your skin protected.

If I'm ever breaking out a bit I like to use the St. Ives apricot scrub to get rid of any dead skin on my face and help to clear up my skin. I don't use this always because it definitely does dry my skin out, but it's helpful if I'm every having problem skin. Also, the night calming Neutrogena makeup wipes are the best after a long night out when I'm feeling super lazy. Usually I'm too lazy to fully wash my face, but I like to use these wipes so I'm at least not sleeping with makeup on. 

Now I'm eager to hear...what products are included in your skincare routine?

Xoxo

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Best One-Piece Swimsuits for Summer

One of the perks of my summer job is that I get to spend so much time outside. I get to swim with the kids 4 days a week, which is so nice because I'm seriously trying to get that summer glow. However, I'm only allowed to wear one-piece swimsuits. Buuuttt one-piece swimsuits are like seriously so in right now so it works out! I've been searching high and low for cute, but more modest one-piece swimsuits that are fun for the summer, but will also work for my job! Here are a ton of different options, at all different price points. The fun thing about one-piece suits is that, especially in California, they can be worn as bodysuits too!

One-Piece Swimsuits



My favorite definitely has to be the off-the-shoulder white one-piece from J.Crew. Although maybe not super functional in the pool, it sure is cute! I'm most likely going to try and find one "cute" one-piece and then get two or three athletic one-pieces for my job. As much as I'd like to be super cute, I have to also be very comfortable because I'll be swimming with kids! But I definitely want a cute one piece for when I go back to school for pool parties!

If you have any recommendations of where to get cute or athletic one-pieces please share them below! I'd love to hear.

Xoxo

Monday, May 22, 2017

SF Recap

One of the best things about living in California is that it is a huge state. I mean seriously it's sooo long. But there are so many different areas to explore that aren't super far, but seem a world away. I have yet to explore the majority of the west coast, I've really only been to LA and Santa Barbara, and now San Francisco. 

One of my sorority sisters who I've been friends with since the beginning of the year lives about six hours north of LA, and only 45 minutes east of SF. My original plans for Easter were to stay with a friend who lives in Encino, but when Nicole offered her home to all of us for the week we couldn't resist! Four of us drove six hours north to spend Wednesday through Sunday at her house! Nicole also has a house in Lake Tahoe which we were planning on going to for two nights, but her mom unfortunately couldn't take the days off work so we opted to just stay in town. We were glad we did because as much as we saw a lot of things we were definitely on-the-go constantly.
On Wednesday morning we packed the car and headed north, but not before stopping for the necessary Starbuck's. Of course mid-drive we stopped for In-N-Out (my favorite!!) for lunch. We finally made it to Danville around 3 pm and spent some time unpacking. After doing a bit of homework (seriously why do professors assign so much over break) we headed into downtown Danville to explore. We didn't think ahead too much and most of the stores ended up being closed, but it was still fun to peek around. For dinner we went to a local pizza place that was seriously so good
The next day we explored downtown Danville again, but this time all the stores were open. It's such a cute little area and was so fun to explore! We went to a Danville favorite Sideboard's for lunch and my salad was seriously so good. Later in the day we went to Walnut Creek and had fun shopping and visiting Nicole's mom at work at Nordstrom. 
Day two was definitely my favorite day of the trip. This day was spent exploring the golden gate bridge. We went to a pretty famous lookout spot (where they filmed the sunrise scene in The Internship) to take lots of pictures with the gorgeous scenery. We ended up climbing down to a little restricted area oops but got the best photos ever. After looking at the view we hiked down to Kirby Cove to get pictures on the famous swing. Not gonna lie it was such a deal to get up on that swing and I got hit in the head by the wooden plank like 100 times. But...it's all for the photo ;)
At the end of the day we also visited UC Berkeley and the area around it. The campus is gorgeous with the prettiest view of SF, but it's huge compared to LMU's little campus. We met up with Nicole's friend that goes there and she toured us around the area. We also had dessert before dinner with incredible crepes. 
Saturday we actually went into the city by taking Bart. It's kind of a weird thing because the train actually goes underwater, which freaked me out honestly. But, it was kind of a cool concept. Once arriving in the city we wanted to go to the constantly Instagrammed sign "I got baked in San Francisco" at Mr. Holmes Bakehouse but we got there too late and had already sold out so they closed up shop. The walk to Mr. Holmes was through kind of a bad area, so my first glimpse of SF wasn't the best, but it was much improved when we went for a ride on the trolley. That was easily my favorite thing we did that day because it was so fun to finally do something I've wanted to do forever.
We took the trolley to Ghirardelli Square and got waffle cones of ice cream that were seriously to die for. Then we made our way to Fisherman's Wharf, not before stopping to see the sea lions lounging by the water. After exploring the wharf we Ubered back to the train station and headed home. We finished off the evening at Nicole's favorite local Chinese restaurant and then hit the hay. 

The trip was seriously so so fun and a great break from the high maintenance atmosphere that is LA. It's crazy that NorCal is only 6 hours north, but feels like a world away. I definitely want to visit again and next time go to my friend's house in Tahoe.

What's your fave thing to do in SF?

Xoxo

Monday, May 15, 2017

I'm Back. For Good!

Wow, blogging throughout college has turned out to be one of my biggest failures yet. All throughout high school I looked forward to posting on my blog and sharing different content for my readers five days a week, but college life got the best of me and blogging just wasn't as much as a priority as it used to be. But, I'm here now to stay for summer and I'm really going to strive to post five days a week and remain active on social media. So please comment what you'd like to see in the future because I'm pretty much open to anything! With that said, here's a little life update for you guys.
About a month ago I headed north of LA to San Francisco for Easter break. Going to a Jesuit school definitely has its perks; a full week for spring break plus five days off for Easter. A whole recap on the trip will be up tomorrow, but it was seriously so fun. It's only a six hour drive and three of my friends and I stayed in Danville, but went into the city on Saturday. More on that to come ;)
After returning from Easter break I spent most of my time studying for finals and with a broken phone. I broke my phone yet again, but managed to get a new one just in time for my sorority's formal. I brought a friend from high school that goes to school out west too and we had so much fun dancing and eating all of the snacks at the venue. 
The week before finals was my Big's birthday and we celebrated by going bowling. Seriously, bowling is like one of my favorite things ever and it was so much fun to spend some time with her, my phamily and her friends! I spent that weekend going to the final parties of the semester and overall just spending time with all of the girls on my floor. 
The week of finals was probably the most stressful time of my life because I had to manage studying for all of my finals (which was much harder than first semester) and moving everything out of my dorm and into my storage unit or luggage for the plane. Not to mention my recently developed fear of flying was distracting me the entire week. I managed to get through my finals and get everything out of the room in time and make my flight. Not before hauling my futon and rug in my friend's convertible with the top down because it wouldn't have fit any other way. Not having a car at school proved to be most irritating during move-out but thank God for Zipcar!
Two days before I left for school my friends and I went out to dinner for one final hoorah. Funny story actually, we wanted to go to this rib restaurant, but no one wanted to pay for it so we actually started a GoFundMe. I never thought anyone would donate or that we'd get more than $5, but we ended up raising $280 for our dinner!! It was so much fun to go out for a big, lavish dinner, but not actually have to pay for it.

I've been home for just over a week now and I cannot even begin to explain how good it feels to be in my own bed, have real food, and not have to wear shoes in the shower. College is so so fun and awesome, but it feels good to be back for a full four months. And it's even more fun being reunited with old high school friends. Something about distance makes relationships even stronger and all the petty things that happened in high school are really in the past. 

It's so refreshing to be on summer break and have zero responsibility - sort of :). I'm working as a camp counselor at a country club this summer and couldn't be more excited. I was in dire need of a full time job and am glad I found something that is fun, but also outdoorsy. Not to mention I'm done at 4 so I'll have the evenings and weekends to spend time with friends. 

What are you looking to read on ASAK? Please comment below because I'm in need of ideas, but I have a few different things coming up this week!!

Xoxo

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Warby Parker Spring 2017

As bad as it sounds I've always wished that I wore glasses. As much as I am so blessed to have great vision, glasses are such a cute way to accessorize. I've especially always been obsessed with classic frame tortoiseshell glasses like Carly wears! 

I've always been a huge fan of Warby Parker and am definitely guilty of going in their store just to try on glasses when in reality I don't even wear glasses. Their frames are just so cute and unique! I'm so excited to announce that WB's spring collection is launching today! I'm so obsessed with this collection and wanted to share a few of my favorites from this spring's line. The collection centers around metal frames, blues, blush tones and flat brows. Here's what I'm loving from the latest collection at Warby Parker




This collection is so so cute! The sunglasses are by far my favorites because they are something I could potentially wear! I love the navy and orange frames...I think they're so fun!

What do you think of Warby Parker's latest collection?

Also, Happy Valentine's Day!

Xoxo

Monday, February 13, 2017

What I Bought This Weekend

With my parents here this weekend it was especially nice to do a bit of shopping and re-vamp my wardrobe a bit. The weather's warming up a bit in SoCal (minus the major rain last Friday) and I was eager to find some cute new pieces for some fun spring style! Spring is my favorite season and I always love finding fresh new pieces to complement the blooming flowers. 

Of course I had to take my mom to my absolute favorite store in California, Irene's Story and she loved it just as much as I do! I ended up getting three fun tops; this fun plaid number, this ribbed off the shoulder top, and of course another off the shoulder top that's sadly not online. I also ended up finally caving and getting the Adidas Stan Smith sneakers in navy. Legitimately everyone has some form of the classic Adidas sneakers and I honestly hated them for some time (and I honestly still might), but I'm trying to learn to love them. I do have to say that they are extremely comfortable and easy to match!

Would you be interested in seeing a recap post from parents weekend? Let me know in the comments below!

Have you purchased anything recently?

Xoxo


Friday, February 10, 2017

TGIF


Happy weekend! The funny thing about college is that the weeks aren't necessarily long, they're just much busier than the weeks in high school. Especially since joining a sorority I've been busier than ever, meeting with the upperclassmen Pi Phis, going to new member meetings and having sisterhood events. Don't get me wrong, it's so so fun and I absolutely love it, but things have definitely picked up since first semester. 

This weekend I'm so happy to have my parents in town for parents weekend! My parents haven't visited since they dropped me off in August so it will be fun to show them around my neck of the woods in LA. I'm excited to show them around Abbot Kinney (featured above) and maybe a bit of Venice and Playa Vista. It's so nice being so close to just about everything in LA! I also can't wait to finally have some real food and try out different restaurants while they are here! A recap will surely be coming soon...

Here's what I've been loving this week:

+If you're planning on going through recruitment in college check out my post on What I Wish I Knew Before Sorority Recruitment

+I got a new computer recently and I'm planning on decking it out with stickers... a post from the ASAK archives about how to get free preppy stickers!

+Would you be interested in seeing a current playlist on the blog? If so, let me know.  For now, check me out on Spotify

+Kind of obsessed with these jeans right now!!

+Also, for the longest time I hated Adidas sneakers but now these are really making me want a pair...

+This is such a fun Valentine's Day recipe -- what are your plans for Valentine's Day? I think I'm having a Galentine's Day instead ;)

Have a great weekend!

Xoxo

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Things I Wish I Had Known Before Sorority Recruitment

Sorority recruitment is such a grueling process, and in all honesty was not entirely enjoyable. My mom, dad and sister were all involved in Greek life in college when they were in college so I always knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. Seeing both of my parents still have relationships with people from their Greek organizations made me all the more excited to establish bonds with girls that I would be friends with forever.

Since LMU rushes second semester I had a bit of time to think about sorority recruitment before it actually happened. All of the sorority houses (there are 7 total) host open houses during first semester as a chance for the PNM's (potential new members) to get to know the different houses. 

At first I thought it was the best idea to visit each open house and get to know the chapter a little bit better. I ended up visiting 5 out of 7 of the houses and went into recruitment knowing a few people in each house. In a way, this was good because I saw a couple familiar faces while going through recruitment, but I also had preconceived notions of each house. 

Here's some of the best advice that I can give about going through recruitment and the things that I wish I had known before going through sorority recruitment.

You will get dropped from houses you loved.
All of my friends that had gone through recruitment in the fall told me this and I did not believe them. LMU is a school with such a strong sense of community and such genuinely nice people that I always thought recruitment would entirely reflect that. In reality, that is just how sorority recruitment works. After day one I was dropped from one house that I really liked, but that's just how the system goes. 

It's definitely a demeaning process because you feel like people dropped you because they didn't like you, but that's not always the case. Each sorority knows their chapter very well and they will understand where you will fit in and find your home. The best way to go about this is to try and make real connections with the girls you talk to at each house. When you're dropped it's best to try and keep an open mind and continue to visit the other houses you were asked back to and continue to try and find your home.

Keep an open mind!
This is another piece of advice that everyone always told me, but it's definitely something that was hard for me to do. I definitely had biases when it came to my opinions of each house and going into recruitment with that was definitely not beneficial to me.

I'm glad I went to the open houses because it was awesome to see familiar faces when going to each house during recruitment, but I should not have picked a favorite in my mind. It's funny actually, because the house I loved most at the open houses, ended up being one of my least favorites during recruitment.

As much as you might think you love one house, definitely keep an open mind because rush is full of surprises.

Prepare a bit.
I'm not saying you should come up with answers in your mind for any possible question asked, but definitely go into rush having a few fun facts up your sleeve. This honestly just makes conversation so much easier rather than searching for the answers to all of your questions.

The first day is definitely small talk just about your major and where you're from, but I found that the girls I had a more in-depth conversation with on that first day were the houses that I ended up wanting to go back to! Share what's most interesting about you: do you love to travel? Have you ever been skydiving? Fun and funny stories made the best conversations for me!

Everything happens how it should.
The number of people that told me this is astonishing, but I never believed them until the entire process was over and I realized that I ended up where I belonged. Whether you choose to believe me now, I know you will agree with me later.

The process is exhausting and makes you question who you are as a person, but at the same time it always ends up working out and finding you a house that you truly belong in. Ya know that saying you have to kiss a few frogs until you find your prince, well sorority recruitment is kind of like that. You'll definitely visit houses that you think you love and houses that you think you hate, but as the process progresses it will all make sense in the end.

I hope this helps any of you that are rushing in the fall or just wanted to know a little bit about the process. Any questions? Comment below or email me here!

What advice do you have about sorority recruitment?

Xoxo

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Bid Day Recap

Hello there! I'm currently writing a post all about my sorority recruitment experience, but just until that goes live I wanted to share my super fun experience on bid day! If you're wondering which sorority recruitment I received a bid from...

Pi Beta Phi!

I was so excited to receive a bid from this sorority at my school! It was definitely my top choice and two of my best friends from school also happened to get a bid from Pi Phi as well! I was so so excited to go to bid night where all the girls of the sorority greet you and you have a celebration of joining the sorority!

Here are some fun photos!!



I'm so happy to be an angel and can't wait to get involved with this organization!

Are you involved in Greek life?

Xoxo

Monday, January 23, 2017

And We Back, And We Back

Omg hi guys...so honestly, I have no real, valid excuse as to why I haven’t been posting the past few weeks, or really the entire year. Although 2016 was such an incredible year filled with new experiences and lots of travel, blogging definitely got away from me and was not as much of a priority as I wish it was. 
College has been a crazy experience, but seriously so much fun! This past weekend was sorority recruitment and as exhausting as it is I cannot wait for bid night tonight! I'm planning on doing an entire post or maybe even video about sorority recruitment advice because there are definitely a few things I wish I had known before going through recruitment. 

With 2017 finally here (and a brand new laptop!) I’m more ready than ever to re-vamp this blog a bit and schedule a lot of fresh content for you guys. I really missed blogging and all the opportunities and friends that I have met because of it. And, living in LA I have no excuse to not post about the interesting things that I do on a day to day basis or even over the weekends. 

2016 was definitely not my year for blogging, but I'm really hoping to change that now that 2017 has arrived. If you have any input as to what you'd like to see coming up on the blog please leave a comment below with any requests. I'm really open to anything to build my blog and give lots of new content. I already have a few things scheduled for the coming weeks so get excited for lots of new posts! 

Cheers to the new year and I wish you a happy and healthy 2017!!

Something you want to see on the blog? Comment below!

Xoxo