Sunday, January 29, 2012

Lilly State of Mind

Happy Sunday! I really cannot get over all this beautiful 50/60 degree weather I've been having - in North Carolina - in January! It is supposed to be 67 here Wednesday! I am not complaining though, I will take 60's over 30's any day!

A few posts back I blogged about my newfound love of Etsy and how I wanted to put some of my things up there, and I actually did! So far I've listed 2 of the gifts I've recently made for my little but I hope to upload some more pictures of previous things I've made soon! My 'shop' is MooreSdesigns so you all should take a look and let me know what you think!

So like most of you, I am a huge Lilly lover and yesterday the new spring line was released! Has anyone else had a chance to take a look at some of the new items/prints? I AM IN LOVE. She has really outdone herself - again. I really adore all the new floral prints this season. They are not as big and bold as signature Lilly and I feel that makes them a lot more practical and can be worn a lot more ways. My absolute favorite is the new print "Lilly State of Mind." This print is patchwork and has a different patch for each state! Sooo cute. I ordered the Tate skirt yesterday and I was so disappointed to see it will take a few weeks to be shipped out. But the anticipation of it arriving in the mail is better than looking at it in my closet and having to wait to wear it! Although with this weather I might be able to wear it sooner than I think! If you haven't been able to check out the spring line yet, I posting some pictures of my favorite pieces that will soon be additions to my closet!

The Tate I ordered in "Lilly State of Mind." Absolutely adorable!

This is a new style I've never seen before - Somerset dress in "Just Love" I really like the big flower print.

Allison top in "The Flowers and Trees." I'm really weird about my arms (I hate the "mom arm" fat) but this is such a flattering top, I may have to just risk it!

And there are a million more adorable pieces, but you'll just have to check for yourself! Can you tell I'm a shopaholic? Clothes are definitely my weakness.

I hope everyone has had a fabulous weekend and has a wonderful Sunday! I'm off to spend the afternoon with ADPi for a chapter retreat! I'm so sad it's inside on such a beautiful day but perhaps we all can convince everyone to move it outside! We will see!


Friday, January 27, 2012

New Clothes Fever

I hope everyone is enjoying absolutely BEAUTIFUL weather like I am enjoying today! I definitely do not mind 61 degrees and sunny in January! I hope it stays this way, I am itching to start wearing my spring clothes. 

And speaking of spring clothes, I stumbled across a fabulous boutique on Facebook a few days ago and I just had to share this great find! The Cousin Couture is North Carolina local (fast shipping for me!) and they have some of cutest clothes I have seen in a while, and did I mention how affordable the prices are? Although they might not be that affordable when purchases become frequent! Here are some of my favorite finds: 
I am in love with everything about this top! And only $35!

Love the fun colors in this dress - $59

I think this is my favorite find, some adorable! It can definitely be worn for a multitude of occasions! And you can't beat $75!

I am really loving all the sheer boyfriend fit tops being seen this season, and this one is especially fabulous. I love how it is two toned! $39.

I have quite a few weddings coming up, this would be the perfect dress! I love the color and the open back and for $34 it's beyond a steal!

They seem to update their website really frequently, but they add new items to their Facebook page everyday so you all should "like" them on Facebook if you are a fan of their clothes. I really like how they put up pictures of the items on models and not just hanging so you can get an idea of how they look on! 

I really think the beautiful weather has gotten me in a shopping craze! Has anyone else came across any great finds recently? 

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend, I know I definitely plan to stay outside as much as possible!!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Beginning of the End

Tonight is Anarchy Night, which is a tradition in my sorority that takes place the day of officer transitions, meaning we have no active officers in the chapter. So of course with no one to enforce the rules, it's always a night to remember! 
Making plans and preparing for tonight it hit me, this is really the beginning of the end. I have been in college for four years and it feels like it's been a few months. I really don't know how I feel about this! I know I'm so excited for the next stage of my life, but I also know I haven't really thought about how drastically my life will change .. and soon! Although I will be graduating a year late, going alum from my sorority is really going to change my day to day activities. What in the world am I going to do with the time I used to devote to chapter meetings, recruitment practices, date functions and mixers, etc? I may sound silly so forgive me, but my life really revolves around sorority activities! As many times as I wish to be alum and not have to attend all the required things no one really wants to go to, I am not sure I really am ready for it to end. I joined a sorority on a whim my freshman year and these four years have made me a more independent, outgoing, confident woman than I think I ever would have been without it! I don't know if any of you are Laguna Beach fans (watching the DVDs is still one of my guilty pleasures for rainy days) but how I'm feeling reminds me of Lauren and Lo discussing the "beginning of the end." I can't believe I've finally reached that place! It makes me want to rewind time and go back and do it all again. I know I have so many wonderful years ahead, but I've definitely made some of the best memories in these past few years.

This sad feeling of growing up has made me really stop and think about all I have been blessed with! I really need to take a moment more often to realize how lucky I am to have everything I have. I'm guilty of taking things for granted more than I should and I want to make a effort to really stop and appreciate the little things more often and the time spent with friends doing absolutely nothing that turns into some of the best memories. I hope my realization inspires some of you to do the same and really think about how amazing life can be!

Happy Saturday, everyone enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

XOXO, Gossip Girl

I hope everyone had a wonderful (and hopefully long) weekend! I know I was glad to have the extra day for MLK day, but by Monday night it was really throwing me off! 

Monday night was the winter return of Gossip Girl, which I am really obsessed with. Does anyone else keep up with it? When I was younger I used to read the Gossip Girl books so of course I was SO excited when I found out they were coming out with a TV show! At first I wasn't that happy with it because it is so different from the books, but now I am so addicted!! I was not pleased at all with Monday's episode, which is disappointing since I have been looking forward to it returning for a month! I am a huge supporter of Chuck and Blair being together and there is always a new twist added that keeps them apart. My friends have decided I'm so invested in this fictional relationship because it reminds me so much of my actual love life, but I think we all have a TV show that we just get absorbed in! I watched Monday night's episode with my best friend and both of our moods just fell after the show was over. It really was so disappointing! Let's hope next week is better. 

I've recently started using the website and it is just fabulous! Has anyone else used this site? They really have some super cute things for sale. I've been browsing the internet a lot lately looking for little gifts as initiation is coming up and I've been surprised to see things I make on a regular basis up for sale on etsy! If only I had the time I would love to put things up for sale on there! Maybe in the future, who knows! I have two super cute finds I'm really excited about: 
This is a little pocket mirror made with Lilly fabric! And my sorority mascot is a lion so it's just PERFECT!
I absolutely love anything monogrammed as well as searsucker, so what is better than a monogrammed searsucker koozie? I have a million koozies and I think this will make a perfect addition to my collection.

I'm really excited about my plans for today, craft supply shopping with my best friend after class, a dinner with my diamond family and then crafting & wine night with my best friend. She is making one of the airplane bottle flower pots that have become really popular for her boyfriend's birthday and I of course have a million things to craft for my little. I've been putting it off and I know I need to step up my game before I'm drowning in things to do at the last minute! 

I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Hurry Up Spring!!

I don't know about everyone else, but I am not a fan of the winter! I hate having to wear a coat everywhere and not being able to put all my colorful and fun clothes for warm weather to use! And now I have all my purchases from the Lilly 2 day sale hanging in my closet and I have to wait to put them to good use! Did anyone else take advantage of that amazing sale? There are always SO many great deals! If you missed out, be sure to keep your eye out for the next sale in August! Some of my favorite purchases were: 
The "In A Knot" bangle for only $34!
And this super cute wrap skirt for $24! Like I said, great deals!

I definitely have a weak spot for Lilly! It is amazing how much of my money goes towards purchasing her items and how many random Lilly things I have collected over time. I love all the festive colors and patterns she never fails to produce! This season her color is coral which I am absolutely in love with! You can never have too much coral in your closet! Or Lilly (; 

Last night was a big, fun night! I got my new little! She is absolutely perfect and I know she will be a great addition to the family! The only downside is how short of time I have left before I go alum, luckily I will still be around campus for another year! I will leave you guys with a few pictures from last night's excitement! You'll have to ignore how rough I'm looking, it was a long night!

I was SO excited!

New family picture with our addition 

My latest door decorations, I am rather proud of those letters!

I hope everyone has a fabulous Thursday and is just as excited about a new Grey's Anatomy as I am!

Monday, January 9, 2012


Happy Monday! Although it's a gloomy, rainy day here anndd the first day of classes, I am in high spirits! I found out Saturday evening I will be getting a new little in my sorority this week and I am absolutely ecstatic! Being a Southern sorority girl, one of the most cherished parts we all dream of is having the perfect little. I got my first little last fall but unfortunately she wasn't very involved or excited about being a member and eventually transferred schools. One of the best parts of being a big is all the fun crafts you get to make! I especially love to craft and put so much time and effort into all the things I make, so it was really disappointing when my last little didn't turn out as I had envisioned. However, I have high expectations for this time a round and I am so excited about this semester! Even though this is my last semester as an active member since I'm a senior, I am graduating late so I will still be around campus next year. 

For all you sorority girls out there, I know most schools do some kind of matching process to get big/little pairs. My chapter does things a little differently! On Bid Day the new girls pick some kind of object randomly (we have previously done items that go along with our bid day theme like baseballs, Spanish noise makers, dice, etc.) and on the bottom is a poem about the girl who will be their big and once the poem is read we of course run out and hug them! I know it's a little weird to do it randomly, but it always works out for the most part! My big and my twin have turned out to be some of my best friends! Here are some pictures of my wonderful sorority family.
This is my entire family, including my alum big, grand big, and great great grand big, at a 30th anniversary party for our chapter last year!
My big and twin at our Christmas Cocktail last year
Getting my first little last fall! Although things didn't work out with her, I still love this picture! 
My twin and her two littles at Bid Day this year.

My favorite favorite tradition bigs do in my chapter is decorating our littles dorm doors the night they get their bid! It's a fun way to show all the people in their dorm they've just joined a sorority and a fun way to end such a busy day! All the big sisters decorate paper letters to tape on the little's door which is really neat because it gives us a way to show a little part of ourselves and what we like to our new little! Plus, we all keep the letters for decoration because they always turn out so well! I still have the ones my big made me, as well as some that have been passed down to me over the years!
These are the letters I made last year 
They took absolutely forever! I hand drew one of Lilly Pulitzer's prints from the Spring 2010 collection and it was not an easy task! This year I'm once again doing a Lilly print, but one of the Lilly Pulitzer/Lee Jofa prints from their furniture collection. I will have to upload pictures once they are done! Ok I know I've went on and on about this, it just shows how excited I am! Does anyone have any fun stories or memories from sorority days? 

I am going to work a little more on my letters before I have to go to campus for recruitment meetings! I hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Very First Post!

I have to say this is all new to me! I have been very impressed by some blogs I've stumbled across in the past & recently one of my close childhood friends was telling me about hers, so I decided to give it a shot! I guess I can start by telling you a little about myself! I'm a college senior at a university in North Carolina. I'm absolutely in love with my major, event planning(even though recent changes in the curriculum will add an extra year to my graduation date). I am from a small southern town and love everything about being Southern. I can't imagine living anywhere else!

Today is the last day of Christmas break and I must say I am unbelievably sad to see it end! There is nothing better than spending a few weeks with no major tasks to fulfill except enjoying time with friends and family! And all the good food is just an additional plus! Over holiday breaks, I know I gain at least 7 pounds! My grandmother is an amazing cook, she still cooks by the old fashioned Southern rule of frying everything. As bad as it is for you, I don't mind indulging every now and then for the holiday's! My favorite thing she makes is fried cabbage. Now I know that probably sounds pretty gross but let me tell you, it is out of this world! I keep telling myself I need to ask her how to make it but I just don't think it could taste the same outside her kitchen!

This break I got to spend a lot of time with my group of high school friends that have remained close throughout the years. I am so lucky to have such a large group of friends that I have stayed close with for all this time. One of our friends has a garage/shop we used to have our parties at in high school and this break we went over there several nights and it felt like time had stood still and we were back in high school again! There is nothing better than reminiscing about old memories with the people who have seen you at your worst and still love you just the same. Old friends truly are a gift!

I have to end this procrastination and get back to packing up all my things to head back to school! I have to say, I bring home more and more every break! I hope everyone has a wonderful Friday!