shopping, internship & more


Until the end of the day on June 30th you can get 15% off on 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 🙂



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.



Scissors (fairly sharp ones!)

Your Hands


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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vs sport vox box

This week I received my Victoria’s Secret Sport Vox Box ,which I have been eagerly awaiting for a while now. I mean, who doesn’t love sports clothing? Having some sent to me c/o of VS was like magic!

I was expecting the Incredible by Victoria’s Secret Sport Bra, which definitely did not disappoint. I usually get sports bras that are thin and not necessarily supportive, but this one feels like you could wear it for any activity. There is a full bra inside and it closes in the back just like a normal bra would. I received it in a beautiful floral, which I love but never would have picked out for myself. A similar version, in a different color:

I was super excited about the unexpected part of this package. Anyone who knows me understands I’m obsessed with leggings – they sent a pair of Victoria’s Secret Sport Knockout Crops as well!!

I’m in love with these. The heather grey is a perfect addition to my wardrobe – it’s a color I don’t have yet it will match with everything! The fit is perfect, which I was worried about because workout pants are so all over the place in size. They even have a nice drawstring pull at the waist for if you want them to be tighter, which I haven’t found myself needing to use.

Overall, this was one of the best Vox Boxes I’ve received so far, and I can’t wait to use both of these items! It also came with a ton of coupons for their sports line, which sadly I won’t be able to use before they expire.

Thank you, Victoria’s Secret and Vox Box!

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

breaking in jack rogers

I finally ordered a pair of the classic Navajo sandal in platinum when they were on sale at Nordstrom. I’ve heard that they can be quite a pain to break in, and after reading up online the best method seemed to be wearing them in ocean water so that they can mold to your feet.

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Jacks meet the beach.

I realized that instead of wearing the sandals into the surf I was better off holding them in my hand and dipping them in the water when the waves rolled in. Then, I wore them around my hotel room while they were wet to mold them into the right shape while they dried.  Today when I put them on, they seemed a lot more comfortable and were not rubbing painfully on my feet.

At first, the Jacks also lacked traction on the bottom because the soles haven’t been scuffed up yet. People recommend just walking around in them to solve this – but I took a scissor and drew lines in the bottom and it worked just as well.

I can’t wait to wear them around! How have you broken your Jacks in?




pineapple perfection

Lately, I’ve been noticing pineapples everywhere. Almost every graphic t-shirt features a giant picture of this sweet fruit and the number of pineapple accessories are hard to count.
I think it’s very cute and whimsical for summer and reminds me of more tropical places. I’m definitely on the lookout for pineapple fashion this summer.Pineapples
Rihanna especially seems to be loving the pineapple trend – maybe it’s her tropical roots?
I don’t know if I could pull of that look, but subtle pineapple accents are in. If you’re looking to rock the trend, Topshop is loving it as well.

repurposed (prom) dress

Meet my prom dress.

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I absolutely loved this dress, I wore it to senior prom and not only is it my favorite color, it was comfortable and unique.2014-05-24 20.48.51

Most of us don’t usually wear our prom dress again after the “big event”. Possibly the best thing about this dress is that it looks great short as well. For a wedding I attended this past weekend I got it cut into a short dress, and  the look was completely different while still something that I loved.The detailing in the top definitely came out more as well as my accessories and shoes .

The dress is by Erin Fetherston, who has a website full of amazing dresses. While this one is no longer online because it’s from last year originally, definitely check out her collection with similar silhouettes!

I’m so glad I got to wear this dress again and I’m definitely looking forward to wearing it in the future – it’s easy, comfortable, and is always a hit!


goldilocks and the three wallets

I’ll be the first to admit I’m never satisfied with my wallet. I’m like goldilocks – this one’s too big, this one’s too small, I loved this one but it got dirty…

I finally found a perfect wallet earlier this month when my sorority had a senior week event at the store C – Wonder. If you’re wondering what that is, don’t worry, I did too, but all of their items were adorable!

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