Statement Necklaces

To be honest, I have never been a huge jewelry person.

I got my ears pierced in the 8th grade, I was 14 and it was pretty traumatizing. (I hate needles and I went after a baby)

I only wear 1 ring, a Claddagh ring, and it took me several months to get used to it.

I’ve been kind of collecting statement necklaces over the last couple of years or so, if I find one I like, I buy it. Even when I don’t wear them regularly.

Recently, I’ve been wearing them more, and I’m kind of loving it.

Here’s the ones I’ve gotten recently:


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via instagram

I’m in love with them! I want to get that flower bib in EVERY color!

Here’s some other necklaces that I’m loving:

Statment Necklaces

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101 in 1001

101 things in 1001 days


I’ve been reading Mackenzie’s blog, Design Darling, for about a year now. I just love her style and her mantra is “navy or nothing” and I can definitely get with that. She started this series of 101 goals in 1001 days. She is currently on her second list, which is really cool!

This is what I came up with, and I hope that you will enjoy following along!

Start Date: January 5, 2014

Finish Date: October 20, 2016

  1. Come up with 101 things
  2. Read all of the Jane Austen books
  3. Go antiquing
  4. Blog everyday for a month
  5. Read Buzzfeed’s list of 65 Books you have to read in your 20s
  6. Invest in a 3 cookbooks
  7. Invest in 5 coffee table books
  8. Organize addresses for friends and family into an Address Book
  9. Be able to run 5 miles without stopping
  10.  Pace my dad for Western States (goal is June 2014)
  11. Invest in a nice designer bag (Kate Spade Small Leslie)
  12. Learn to bake cookies well
  13. Make Business cards
  14. Read Atlas Shrugged
  15. Send out 50 handwritten notes
  16. To that end, get nice, personalized stationery
  17. Invest in 1 pair of brown boots
  18. Take a floral design class
  19. Take a cooking class
  20. Find the perfect LBD
  21. Visit Boston
  22. Get to a weight I’m comfortable with
  23. Invest in Hunter Rainboots
  24. Visit 4 new states
  25. Learn the rules of Football, Basketball & Baseball
  26. Treat my parents to a weekend away
  27. Apply to a graduate program
  28. Learn Photoshop and Illustrator
  29. Learn how to use my DSLR
  30. Eat Gluten Free for a week
  31. Eat Vegetarian for a month
  32. Go skinny dipping
  33. Go on a Road Trip
  34. Watch all of the seasons of Gilmore Girls again
  35. Send my mom flowers just because
  36. See 5 classic movies
  37. Make my bed everyday for a month
  38. Host a dinner party
  39. Learn HTML
  40. Donate to the Kappa Delta Foundation
  41. Donate to the St. Mary’s Fund
  42. Take a unique workout class
  43. Watch 10 TED Talks, and write about them on the Blog
  44. Cook 10 meals for my family
  45. Visit a Flea Market, and buy something!
  46. Buy a car
  47. Spend a day with my Dad, doing whatever he wants
  48. Spend a day with my sister, doing whatever she wants
  49. Get a blow-out just because
  50. Drink 8 glasses of water everyday for a week
  51. Watch all of the James Bond movies
  52. Do a juice cleanse
  53. Learn another language, not necessarily fluently
  54. Become fluent in French
  55. Buy coffee for the person behind me in line
  56. Do a scavenger hunt with my friends to explore our city
  57. Go to 3 concerts
  58. Leave my phone at home for a day
  59. Attend a weekend long music festival
  60. Go to a double feature
  61. Buy a classic black blazer
  62. Own and stock a full bar cart
  63. Have a picnic
  64. Take a ballroom dancing class
  65. Find a skincare regime I can stick with
  66. Plant a garden
  67. Go computer/phone/iPad free for a week
  68. Watch all of the Academy Award Best Picture nominees
  69. Go 2 months without shopping
  70. Read for 30 minutes before bed for one month
  71. Give five “just because” gifts
  72. Visit 5 new restaurants and blog about them
  73. Tip a server 100%
  74. Purchase a Barbour Beadnell jacket
  75. Make a T-Shirt Quilt of my Kappa Delta shirts
  76. Go one month without Dutch Bros, Starbucks, etc.
  77. Buy a Christmas tree for my apartment
  78. Sort out some ornaments from my parents’ stash
  79. Go to Canada
  80. Become more knowledgeable about US Politics
  81. Read the newspaper (or every day for one month
  82. Read Emily Post’s etiquette
  83. Visit 5 photobooths in Portland
  84. Organize my closet and keep it that way for 1 month
  85. Go to a movie by myself
  86. Write 10 Yelp Reviews
  87. Join the local SHRM chapter in Portland
  88. Go to the driving range once a week for 3 months
  89. Go sailing again
  90. Purchase a plant and keep it alive for at least 6 months
  91. Stick to my budget for 6 months
  92. Go one month without drinking soda
  93. Visit the wonderful world of Harry Potter with the girls from Study Abroad
  94. Make macaroons
  95. Attend a movie in the park
  96. Send a postcard on every trip I take
  97. Start a weekly signature blog post
  98. Master curling my hair
  99. Post an outfit photo on my blog
  100. Take a surfing lesson
  101. Put $10 into savings for every goal



Image via TripAdvisor

Tomorrow I am moving to Portland. 

Without a job. 

This summer/ early fall has been one of the most uncomfortable/ unnerving/ feelings I don’t even know how to describe times of my life. I graduated with a Liberal Arts degree (it was only the second year anyone had graduated with this major), and I’m trying to break into the Business world.

And that is difficult. 

I worked as a Lifeguard all through college on breaks. And I have never worked in an office. 

So, trying to find a job in an office is hard, if you’ve never done it before. 


But here I am, moving to Portland tomorrow to live with my aunt and uncle to hopefully find a job. 


It is completely terrifying. But I know that I have a super supportive family and group of friends. 


So let’s do this!

Fridays Fancies #7

I’m linking up with {av} for Friday’s Fancies again.

AND today is my 23rd birthday!!

The theme this week is Back to School,

and while this is the first time I haven’t gone back to school in 20 years,

I pulled together a look I would kill to own.

[seriously though, I want a Barbour jacket like nobody’s business]



Barbour Beadnell Jacket


J.Crew Tippi Sweater


J.Crew Liberty Buttonup


J.Crew Toothpick Jeans


French Sole Flats

New York City

After my family went to Philadelphia, we hopped on a train and went to New York City!

The last time I had been in New York was the second grade, so I was VERY excited!

My mom’s friend who we were staying with lives just off Madison on the UES, so it was PRIME location.

My mom and I also went out to the Hamptons with her friend, which was AMAZING. I loved it!

Here’s a few photos of what we did!

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An artist at the Met | My parents and I in front of the Empire State Building

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The Brooklyn Bridge from the water in Dumbo | South Street Seaport

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My sister and I had an outing to Times Square at night!

We stopped at NBC Studios and Magnolia Bakery!

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My parents and my sister in front of Eataly! [go there, you’ll thank me]| My mom my sister and I in Central Park

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The Belvedere Palace in Central Park | The Met

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The Statue of Liberty | The Empire State Building

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My mom, sister and I had tea at the Plaza

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The Cloisters, which is at the top of Manhattan, is amazing! It’s owned by the Met! I highly recommend it!

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When we were in the Hamptons, we went to a beach party, where they had Mr. Softee and earlier in the day, I had a Lobster Roll in Montauk!

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Montauk | Wolffer Estate Vinyard 

It was a wonderful vacation, and I’m really happy we went! It was much needed!


My family and I recently went on a trip to Philadelphia for my cousin’s wedding.

After the HORRIBLE journey

[we arrived 25 hours after plan A and 7 1/2 after plan B]

But the wedding was really fun, and we had a great time exploring downtown Philly on Independence Day!


Independence Hall


Outside the Hall


Congress Hall


Carpenter’s Hall


Outside Benjamin Franklin’s House


The Liberty Bell


I thought this clock was cool


The Wedding Venue, Cairnwood Estate


First Dance


My wonderful parents during the Anniversary Dance! 36 years and counting!


 My sister, cousin and I are all Kappa Deltas!

[Alpha Lambda, Mu and Phi Epsilon]


If you have not read this article by Baratunde Thurston, you need to.

It’s about how the author unplugged for 25 days, and simply lived his life.

He talked about how connected he was: “My friends say I’m the most connected man in the world. And in 2012, I lived like a man running for president of the United States, planet Earth, and the Internet all at once.”

 Have you ever gone to a restaurant or a bar and noticed an entire table of people on their phones?

This is how most of our generation is, I know I am. 

And I think it’s kind of crazy, and kind of sad how connected I am. 

I’m constantly checking my phone for Twitter updates, Instagram updates and Snapchat. 

Do I need these things? Absolutely not. 

I could use my phone the way it was intended, for calling and texting, but what’s the fun in that?


The amount that I tweet or check in is nowhere near how much the author does,

but it is still important to realize how attached we really are to our devices. 

Anyway, I just think that it’s a very important thing to notice about yourself, and our generation.

I’m thinking about having a screen-free day once a week.

Spend the day with friends and family and reading!!