Friday, May 18, 2018

How To Research and Compare Colleges

It's crazy to think that my freshman year of high school is coming to an end, and pretty soon I'll be heading off to college. Although it may seem a little early to start researching colleges, I've begun to do a little research and narrow down my list over the past year. Today I'm partnering with Her Campus Media and College Board to share some ways that you can start researching colleges, even if you're only a freshman or middle schooler!



The main colleges I'm interested in are the University of Texas, Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, and the University of Arkansas. I've visited the three Texas schools (see their respective blog posts here, here, & here) and my mom and I are trying to figure out a time to head up to Fayetteville to see the University of Arkansas. Since I'm only a freshman in high school, we've done very informal visits to the campuses (just walking around and getting a feel for the place) but as the time gets closer, we're going to do guided tours. I highly recommend going to visit college campuses that you might be interested in, because walking around the campus really helps you get a feel for the place and see if you can picture yourself there.


Another tool that I've found really helpful is the BigFuture search engine by College Board. BigFuture is an interactive tool that helps you discover potential colleges based on the criteria that you want: majors, college size, demographics, housing, environment... the list goes on and on! You can also compare all the colleges you're interested in and see how they stack up against each other in terms of tuition, admission, size, and more. There's also tons of articles and resources available to you if you're trying to determine what type of college is best for you. I could not recommend this site enough! It is so thorough and helpful, and I'm so glad to have discovered it.

Another thing I recommend is going to any college fairs your school might have. This is a great way to discover new colleges you might not have known about and get statistics and brochures for colleges you're interested in. My school had a college fair last fall, and that's actually what got me interested in the University of Arkansas - the lady at their table was really nice and told me a lot about the school! If you discover any new colleges this way, you can go onto the BigFuture website and research them more thoroughly to discover more facts about them.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Her Campus Media and College Board. All opinions are my own.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Link Love Vol. 36

Happy Friday! This week has been incredibly long, but I'm trying to stay positive because there's only three more weeks of school before summer! Today I'm sharing some of my favorite blog posts and articles I've been loving lately - enjoy!

similar top // necklace (only $4!)
1 // Microinfluencers are taking over the blogging game... are you one?

2 // Headed to Maui this summer and I'm starting to research places to visit - this travel guide has been my favorite so far!


4 // Lauren is expecting!!! She's going to be such an amazing mom!

5 // I've always wanted to try a barre class, and Kate's post about it makes me want to try it even more!

6 // How to take your beach outfits to the next level

7 // Dying to try these Trader Joe's finds!

8 // Currently on my wishlist: this skirt, this tee, & these shorts

9 // Julia released her dress collection recently, and I loved this interview about how she started it.

10 // Every Halo Top flavor, ranked... (what's your favorite? mine is a tie between red velvet and cake batter!)

11 // While we're at it, every Ben & Jerry's flavor, ranked... (again, what's your favorite? I love truffle kerfuffle & half baked.)

12 // I promise this is my last thing about ice cream, but have you watched my healthy ice cream taste test?

13 // I loved reading Molly's birthday reflections!

14 // This outfit is one of my favorites that Julia has ever shared!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Steal Her Style: Outfits Inspired By Rachel Green

Whenever I watch Friends, I always remark how it's funny that a lot of the outfits Rachel Green wears are back in style. It's so interesting to me how fashion recycles itself and we're now seeing a lot of trends that were big in the 90's - denim skirts, Adidas shoes... I could go on and on.


Rachel Green is one of my favorite TV show characters ever, and I often find myself watching Friends and thinking, Hey! I would wear that outfit! Today I am sharing some outfits that are similar to what Rachel Green wore, so you can duplicate her style if your heart desires.

This post was inspired by this post from The Every Girl - go check it out to see more Rachel Green fashion!



Lace-up tops have been a big trend in the past year or so - it's a perfect way to make a plain shirt a little more fun (see how I styled one here).



Shorts and tights may not be a trend right now, but this shirt definitely is! I'm sure you've seen the iconic Brandy Melville USA tee on Instagram at some point, but Shein and Forever 21 sell similar styles for only $10! Pair it with some comfy paperbag shorts and you've got the perfect 4th of July outfit right there.



Dresses with cutouts and knots like this one are huge this summer, and you can find them in all sorts of different patterns and prints! I have my eye on this gingham one...


While I'm not totally in love with the color combination here, overall dresses like this one are a big trend right now! You can throw them on over a t-shirt, plain top, or bralette and call it a day - so cute and effortless.


This has to be one of my favorite outfits Rachel ever wore. I love gingham (as seen here) and I'm so happy that it's still a trend this summer! A lot of places sell dresses that are almost identical to this for under $50, making them the perfect effortless summer outfit.


Velvet tops were a huge trend last winter (see how I styled one here), and a lot of velvet tops are on sale now! From pink, to blue, to velvet, you can find them in all sorts of different colors and styles.


This bralette + overalls combo is perfect for hot summer days! I love that overalls are coming back - I've been dying to purchase a pair, and seeing Rachel wear this makes me want them even more.


I've been wearing my denim jacket a lot recently, and I love how Rachel paired hers with a striped shirt and some olive jeans. This outfit may not be the trendiest, but I still think it's very cute!

Looking for more Rachel Green fashion inspo? I've linked some pieces in the widget below that I could totally see her wearing! (first up, the iconic Friends tee, of course)

What's your favorite outfit Rachel Green wore? Would you wear any of these outfits today?

Friday, May 4, 2018

Currently Vol. 8

Currently posts have become my favorite type of blog posts to write. I always look forward to sitting down and sharing my current favorites with y'all (and judging from the reader survey I made a few months ago, y'all seem to love them too!) Grab a cup of coffee, sit down, and keep reading to see what I've been loving lately!



Eating... hummus and cherry tomatoes! I've loved hummus for a few years, but I kind of forgot about it last year and haven't eaten any until last week, when my mom bought some. We didn't have any chips, so I dipped some cherry tomatoes in the hummus instead, and I fell in love with the combination!

Buying... I picked up the cutest striped shirt the other day! (more shirts like this are linked in the widget below)I love this style of shirt for spring and summer. I also finally bought a denim skirt (it's under $20!) I haven't styled it yet, but I'm looking forward to it!

Watching... my family and I started watching this Netflix show called Nailed It!, and we all love it. It's a cooking show, kind of like Cupcake Wars or Chopped, except the contestants have little baking experience and they try to recreate Pinterest desserts. It's so funny and my family and I all joke that I should be on it, since I'm notorious for messing up in the kitchen.

Reading... Unfiltered and The Alice Network. I wasn't crazy about Unfiltered (it's a really quick read, though; I read it in about an hour!) but I'm in love with The Alice Network so far. I heard about it while listening to The Young Adulting podcast (check out all my favorite podcasts here) and it's one of the best books I've read in a while. We also have to read To Kill A Mockingbird for English class, and it's actually a really good book!

Wanting... this sweater (Aspyn Ovard has it and it's under $30!), this skirt, and this swimsuit.

Wearing... Nike shorts and a t-shirt. All day, every day. (side note - is it possible to have Senioritis when you're only a freshman? I've completely given up on looking cute.)

Listening... nothing new! I need some good music to listen to... help a girl out!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

12 Things

Long time, no blog post, friends! I thought I was past my burnout that I talked about here, but lately I've had no motivation to publish any blog posts. This time is always a busy time of year, but I've honestly had plenty of time to write blog posts... I just haven't felt like it.


Enough of that - today I'm sharing 12 things that have been on my mind! Aspyn Ovard did a post like this a few months ago, and I've wanted to do one ever since.

1. A new Francesca's just opened up near me and it's two minutes away from my school... the employees already know me by name, haha.

2. It's gotten so. hot. in Dallas. It was 90 degrees last weekend and I thought I was going to melt.

3. My favorite snack lately has been tomatoes & hummus - such a good combination!

4. I only have 21 days of school left - thank goodness, because I'm so ready for summer!

5. My soccer banquet is this Saturday and I'm so excited. I'm wearing my Homecoming dress from last fall (similar linked here)

6. I need good, cheap swimsuits for summer that aren't too cheeky or anything. Where should I look?

7. I just scheduled my classes for next year and I got in to all the classes I wanted. I'm taking soccer, art, Spanish, and art history for my electives.

8. I'm going to Maui and Galveston this summer! Any places I should visit while there?

9. My phone has randomly stopped working. I can't get any text messages on it anymore, and of course my local Apple store is under remodel so I can't take it in.

10. I get my braces off in less than two months! It feels like I've had them on for forever.

11. I can't believe that it's already May. This year is going by so fast!

12. I'm dying to take a trip to Waco and visit Chip & Joanna's new restaurant. It's so gorgeous!

What's been on your mind lately?

Friday, April 20, 2018

Life Lately Vol. 36

Happy Friday! It's been a bit since my last post... I hit a complete creative block about two weeks ago and haven't felt like writing anything since then. My brain has been so fried and I just haven't been in the mood to write - I hope you understand!

On a brighter note, the past few weeks have been all sorts of fun. April is always such a busy month, but one I enjoy nonetheless!

First of all, Easter was so much fun! My family and I visited some local botanical gardens, and had a casual lunch at home! We made this orzo pasta salad and this egg nest bundt cake, among some other delicious treats!


My mom's birthday was last Thursday and I actually didn't have to go to school until 1:00 that day - funny how things work out! We went to brunch and did a little shopping afterwards. I picked up this hat and these sunglasses at Francesca's. Later that evening, we got pizza for dinner and had Nothing Bundt Cakes for dessert. (I got her these dessert plates for her gift and she loved them. Aren't they the cutest?!)


I went to my friends' birthday party last weekend, too, and it was so fun (they're the two girls in the second picture - they're twins)! We go to different schools, so I don't get to see them that often, and I loved getting to catch up with them!


Last weekend, my sister and I had the most fun photoshoot I've ever done - an impromptu photoshoot at Walmart! I've actually been wanting to take pictures there for a while, and it was such a weird experience but I think the pictures turned out so cute!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Link Love Vol. 35

my Easter outfit - shop my dress, cardigan, & necklace!

It's so hard to believe that it's finally Friday! This week has felt soooo long... it's always hard when you have a four day week and then have to transition back to a regular week. I hope y'all had a great Easter - mine was so much fun! My family and I went to the botanical gardens and ate a ton of delicious food (we made the BEST cake!). Today I'm sharing some of my favorite links from my favorite bloggers - enjoy!

Looking for some new podcasts to listen to?

I love love love Jessica's memo board!!

This jumpsuit is absolutely perfect for spring, and I love how Olivia styled it.

The secrets for throwing the best party

I'm loving ruffled skirts for spring, and Brighton's roundup includes so many cute ones!

Charleston is such a photogenic city - here's some of the most picturesque spots.

One of my favorite activities to do is discover new local restaurants, and I loved Cristina's tips for how she finds hers.

How cute is Lauren in this coral dress?! I love her earrings too!

This blueberry lemon bread is the perfect treat for spring.

How bright + fun are these sneakers?!

Kate's new dining room is what dreams are made of...

I'm dying to go to Puerto Rico after seeing Aspyn's gorgeous pictures.

Have a great weekend!