shopping, internship & more

 

Until the end of the day on June 30th you can get 15% off on Shoptiques.com with the code ALYSSA15.

Literally, I look around all day and want to buy everything! There are amazing, cheap finds from this boutique that I personally love, and thousands of other unique items for any occasion. Some favorites I’ve looked at recently:

 

What do you think? Let me know if you use the code, happy shopping 🙂

 

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instagram top 10

It’s almost finals season, and that means a ton of new opportunities for procrastination. I’m eagerly looking for new accounts to follow on Instagram, and especially been looking for travel accounts [see previous post, rome!]. I wanted to share some of my favorite Instagram accounts with y’all. (in no particular order)

1 | @juliahengel 

Julia takes the cutest photos of travel & her daily life. I feel myself keeping a list of places to go and outfits to find when I look at her posts.

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2 | @nigelbarker

So you wanna be on top? Seriously though, forget America’s Next Top Model this could be America’s next top Instagram account, with a little bit of everything to keep you guessing. Also, he’s clearly a professional photographer so the photos are fantastic.

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3 | @palerthanyourwhitestwall

One of my sorority sisters, Emily, started this fashion account a few months ago. Shocker, she’s really pale but she has amazing style and I like to see her outfits on the days I don’t see her in person!

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4 | @humansofny

I think almost everybody has been in love with Humans of New York for quite some time now, but this is an obvious one. I like seeing the photos better on Instagram sometimes, because it’s less cluttered than Facebook and you can really focus on them. Also, spoiler alert sometimes they’re posted on Instagram first!

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5 | @carly (The College Prepster)

Carly is great for some blog inspiration and just cute, colorful pictures of NYC/Connecticut. I like to see what working for herself looks like, and although I’m not the preppiest person in the world her outfit shots are so cute.

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6 | I’ve been on the hunt to find some amazing Italy instagram accounts to get excited for my semester in Rome. Late last night, I think I found three that hit the jackpot. The first of those three is

@cucinadigitale

Nicolee features amazing shots of Rome and her surroundings, from flowers, to bicycles, to anything else that catches her eye. I feel like it’s a more intimate look at the city I’ll soon be calling home, and a great way to start figuring out my must-visit sites!

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7 | @saverome

I love this account for the history, as it’s mostly architecture and the details behind what used to be on sites in Rome. My inner history nerd feels like I’m learning something about the city and its past.

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8 | @notmynonni

When the tagline is grandmas and grandpas of Italy and beyond…you know it’s gonna be good. This account is so funny and still shows some of the Italian way of life. I have yet to see a Nonni that’s not adorable! My personal favorite might be Nonna trying to find her Vespa keys...

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9 | @mommyshorts

Mommyshorts never fails to deliver amazingly witty photos of her and her kids, living in NYC. Lately, I’ve also loved seeing all their cross-country travels. Morale of the story: I’m a sucker for cute kids and a sassy comment.

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10 | @Shoptiques

I love Shoptiques’ fashion, food and general New York City posts. They also post amazing inspirational quotes just when you need them (like Monday mornings!). Fun fact – I’ll be a Marketing/PR intern for them this summer, so be sure to stay tuned.

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And of course, I have to add in that I think the from campus with love instagram is pretty cool 🙂

What are your favorite accounts?

 

roma

The end of the semester this year seems like it’s looming more than ever. That’s because I’ll be abroad next semester, studying at the American University of Rome, in Rome, Italy! (!!!!!!!!)

Can I be Lizzie McGuire?

 

pick me, choose me, love me

I was in Tampa for spring break and it was the beginning of strawberry season, so we went out to Plant City for some strawberry picking.

First of all, it was SO HOT. I got a great tan, but also destroyed the bottom of my converse sneakers by stepping in strawberry remains. They might be permanently tinted red at this point!

2015-03-14 13.42.38A giant tin of strawberries was only 50 cents, so we picked about a million berries (no exaggeration) for $5.

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Afterwards, we headed over to Parksdale Farms Market for out of this world strawberry shortcake and smoothies. We waited in line in the sun for almost an hour for our yummy treats, but it was worth it. 2015-03-14 15.30.072015-03-15 11.13.49

(check out those fabulous crowns for candid photos)

 

 

gone greek sundays

I think Sundays should never, ever be used for anything but hanging around. Ever.

I love to relax in my letters, because they’re actually some of the comfiest clothing I own, and I can dress them up or down. Today, I was running a new member meeting for my sorority so I wanted to show some spirit when I met with the new pledge class.

I just got this amazing new letter shirt this week from Gone Greek – and I couldn’t be more in love! When I picked the pattern out, I was looking for something a little different than usual. There were so many choices it honestly took me hours to pick the perfect combination. In the end, I went with blue and pink because they’re my family’s colors and also some of my favorite colors. The navy blue letters have white stars that are super cute in person.

Gone GreekNot only are the letters adorable, the shirt is comfort colors so its insanely soft and comfy. I’m also in love with this dark grey because I can wear it with black leggings (aka my favorite bottoms ever).

It’s rained all weekend, so the white-wall study break, wet hair picture is real life right now, but I honestly am obsessed with this shirt. Gone Greek has so many options – it was hard to find one thing that was my favorite on the site. With Big/Little week coming up, I’m eyeing this tote bag, this adorable monogrammed hat, and the state sweatshirt. If I could, I would order it all for my little! The shirt came within two days, so I love knowing that my order will definitely come in time for clue week.

Who doesn’t love new sorority apparel? Let me know what piece of sorority clothing you’ve been eyeing!

Shirt c/o Gone Greek, photography by Elizabeth Littlefield Photography 

diy fold over elastic hair ties

It’s been a while since I’ve done a DIY, and I have simple yet extremely useful one today. I’ve been hooked on elastic hair ties for quite some time now. They just work so much better for managing my thick hair, and look like jewelry on my wrist.

I was at a fabric store near school that was having a blowout closing sale when I found some of this elastic in cute colors. Considering that these hair ties cost around $12 for a pack of four at most retailers, and I made eight for $3, I’d say this is a pretty great deal!

There are so many more patterns and styles you can find online, but I went for simple, wearable colors for this set.

Materials:

Elastic

Scissors (fairly sharp ones!)

Your Hands

Directions:

There are a few methods to determine how to measure the proper length for each band. One way is to fold the elastic around your wrist, then add a bit more elastic for the knot to be constructed from. Using this method, I was able to get four ties out of each pack of elastic.

You can also measure out approximately 8 inches with a ruler for an adult wrist. However, I was more concerned with how these would fit with my hair. Store bought ties tend to be an awkward size for me, and are often too lose and don’t hold my hair. I made a variety of sizes to experiment with this time to find out what I liked best.

I cut the edges of my elastic at a slight angle to prevent fraying. Some people will use a flame to burn the edges together, however I’ve found that they hold just as well without the extra step! This is also where a sharp scissor comes in handy – the cleaner cut you can get the less fraying.

2014-12-23 17.12.17To finish the hair ties, simply tie a knot. Be careful not to leave too much or too little fabric at the edge (it took me a few tries to get this right!), and pull the knot as tight as you can. Then, your ties are done and ready to wear!

It can’t get easier then that! These ties can make a nice little present, save you a few dollars, or be coordinated to team outfits for school spirit. I’m excited to experiment with patterns, the possibilities are endless!

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one year

I knew that this milestone was coming up sometime soon, but I’ve been reminded that today is officially one year since I started this blog. I’m so thankful for all the support I’ve received on this little adventure!

In honor of this year, I’ve rounded up my top five favorite posts. Enjoy!

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2)  snow week

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4) what’s in my longchamp bag – airplane carry-onlongchampnumbered

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Today I’m off to the tropics for a much needed tropical vacation with my family – Happy Holidays!

selfie sunday

My wonderful sorority sister Kristen took photos of some of us last week to use during recruitment in January. It was a ton of fun hanging out and taking some cute photos, and a terrific break from studying for finals! The “dress code” was pink (official Gamma Phi color), white and gold.

I thought I’d share a few today (#selfiesunday?). More of Kristen’s photos and her photography can be found here . It’s so great that she took the time out to do this for the sorority, and I really enjoyed it!

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We’re all really excited for recruitment when we return in January!

avocado “eggsperiment”

While I was home for Thanksgiving, my mom and I decided to experiment with some new breakfast choices. We may or may not have seen my cousin’s amazing looking breakfast on Instagram and decided we had to top it!

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Now that you’ve seen what ours looked like, what a simple google search turns up… clearly we didn’t win on the presentation factor!

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This recipe features two of my favorite things: eggs and avocados. On top of that, it was really simple and promised to be super healthy.

There are a million recipes out there, but this is the general recipe we followed and some tips for next time!

Directions:

1) Preheat the oven to 425. At first, we had it on 375 and then realized that the egg was not cooking fast enough (which might be why our yolk sunk!).

2) Cut an avocado in half and take out the pit. You’ll want to scoop out more of the avocado then just the pit- it needs to have a reasonable hole for the egg to fit in. Also, cut off the very bottom of each avocado so that they can lay flat and won’t roll over in your pan.

3) Place the avocados in a pan where they’re relatively close together. It doesn’t completely matter what you use, but we were trying to avoid them rolling and the egg dripping out!

4) Take an egg and crack it open, letting the contents fall into the middle of the avocado. We used one egg per avocado – if you really wanted you could split each egg in half and use one egg for two halves.

5) Salt and pepper, or whatever else you like, on top!

6) Cook for 15-20 minutes until the egg looks cooked. Our original temperature was too low, so the avocado got slightly hot and melted. Make sure your oven is at 450!

7) If you don’t like hot avocados you can let your creation cool down – otherwise enjoy!IMG_4658.JPG

The avocado ended up being slightly too cooked for me, but I think if we did it again it could be a perfect meal. It’s also something I’d feel comfortable throwing together myself, that doesn’t require too much time, effort, or many ingredients.

 

IMG_4652.JPGHave you tried it before? Any tips or tricks?