July 30, 2011


Today I had nothing to do so I decided to have myself a crafternoon! The craft of the day was a scarf necklace. This is probably one of the easiest crafts you can do! All you need is an old T-shirt, scissors & yourself!

Start out with a shirt you don't wear anymore. Use a loose, long one or it won't be long enough on you!

I used an old Target pocket tee of Lindy's that she let me have.

First, Cut off the hem of the shirt

Then make it into a miniature scarf and model it on your dog.

Lookin' chic.

Work it, Rocky!

So fashionable.

Then bother him while he tries to sleep in his new cozy scarf.

One by one cut off inch thick strips of the t shirt. (holding the back and front together into one strip)

Take artsy pictures of yourself cutting the shirt
Beast calf muscles.

Keep cuttin'

and cuttin' and cuttin'

Until your shirt is just the v-neck and pocket

Gather all of your inch thick strips of shirt

Holding both ends, stretch out the strips as far as they can go.

The sides should roll in making them thinner and longer!

Now take the two ends of the stretched out strips, twist them into a figure eight and match the seams at one end.

Until all of them are like this... (except leave one to the side)
The seams should all be on one side.

Take the one you left to the side and cut it in half.
Loop it around all of the gathered seams and tie it in a knot.
Then continue to loop it until you can cover the seams and knot it at the other end.

Like this!

Admire your work...

Now you have to try it on!



..just me being lame.


If my directions were lame & hard to understand, here is where I got the IDEA! And I'm pretty sure I used the same shirt!

July 29, 2011

Tonight I'm thankful for

(I apologize in advance for the slight cheesiness of this post)
my friends that match me on the important stuff:

the importance of family, 

morals & values in lifestyles and relationships
Oh yeah...and music 

& TV!

( I kid, I kid)

But it's true, when you don't have a boyfriend in college, your free time is generally split between alone time & friend time. I don't know what I'd do without some of the amazing girls I've met at APP. When I'm bored, lonely, upset, hungry, laughing or crying, I can always depend on them! We can talk about guys, God & girl talk. We can be goofy or silent and it's always fun. These are the girls that I feel like I'll be friends with forever, who will be in my wedding and who I'll call up 30 years from now to catch up. Having the main stuff in common really makes all the difference. I can't wait to go back to Boone so I can spend more time with some of my most favorite people! 

Love them!

July 27, 2011


This summer I have been going, going, going non-stop! 

I went from Boone to Charlotte for about 2 weeks and then I was off to ECU for 2 months. Then I came back and started my internship the following week. After my internship I figured out I was starting Her Campus. Suddenly I was doing stuff for my internship and the magazine and I had 4 email addresses I was checking everyday! Busy, busy, busy!

After a few weeks at home, my family left for a 9 day trip to Atlanta, Destin and Mississippi!

We went to a Braves game

visited the aquarium, 

relaxed on the beach, played cards and dominos, swam, 

went out to eat, played putt-putt and then ended the trip with a family reunion in Laurel, Mississippi! To say I have southern roots is an understatement. We're like the countrified version of the family in my Big Fat Greek Wedding.

This is the group we ate dinner with one night. Not the reunion, just the group that ate dinner! Yeah, I know!

But anyway, It was a great trip! I loved hanging out with my family and I loved having some time away.

But while I was gone I was still working, checking my email and making small decisions for Her Campus and doing a few things for my internship.

For the internship I had been told to find a few pictures of Celebrity Looks for Less, little did I know that I would be wearing one of them. A few days before the trip Bridgette (the head of my internship) asked me about an exciting opportunity- she wanted me to be a model on the Fox News Rising: Wear it Wednesday, Celebrity looks on a College Budget segment! I said yes, of course!

 I was informed that it was going to air today, the wednesday after I got home, and I was really looking forward to it!

About a day later, Bridgette texted me because they needed another model, so she wanted to see if Lindy wanted to do it with me. I was excited to have Lindy by my side while we did the segment together. We were both told to find a celebrity look and then find a cheaper look at the boutique we were both assigned to. The problem was, the boutiques didn't know how small we both were and it was REALLY hard to find outfits that we could fit in.

After visiting my assigned boutique, Petal Boutique, I managed to find a dress that I could make fit with a belt and then I had to find a celebrity look that was similar instead to the outfit I had picked instead of the other way around.

It ended up working really well! I found a navy and white patterned one sleeve dress that I paired with a brown belt, gold bangles and big circular gold earrings. The look came together really well and was made a little more casual by pairing it with my cowboy boots!

Here's the look I was imitating, It's Eva Mendes at the Met Gala

Here's my look!

Lindy was modeling her look after Kim Kardashian and hers turned out really cute too!

Here's Kim Kardashian

 Here's Lindy in her version!

It was crazy to be live on air and to here him counting "5, 4, 3, 2, 1" before we were about to start! I was glad to get out of my comfort zone and to get some more experience!

Here's the news segment!

Overall it's been a very busy but fun summer! I'm so thankful for all of the opportunities that I've been given and the fun I've had! I'm loving summer but I'm looking forward to this fall when I can get back into a routine, escape the humidity and be back in Boone! 

p.s. Like my new header? I made it! Let me know if you want one!

July 20, 2011


During the summer months I always have travel on the brain. It was about 5 years ago, the summer after my sophomore year of high school that I was able to go to Paris, France with my family.

A friend of a friend, (my new friend) Laura Guidry, has a blog that focuses on transit. Her blog is really cute and quirky! She has asked me to be featured on her blog using a story about a car ride or some other "in motion" story. Here is a link to her blog!

With that said, here is my "Parisian Taxi Ride" 

It was the second stop on our trip, so the jet lag was still looming over our well-traveled heads. Our first stop had been foggy London town. We’d seen guards in thick red coats and tall black hats, made a trip to Harrod’s, stopped at a few museums and tried our share of fish and chips.

We arrived late at night when lights littered the sky like drops of water glistening on a spider web. There was something magic about it, the way the inky, black night held nothing but wonder and excitement.

A family of six doesn’t fit in one cab so we groggily stuffed our luggage in the back of two taxis and halved our crew, three in each car.

I sat in the backseat, my eyes gazing out the window. It was rolled down to let in the summer breeze and the air had that European smell that I would never forget. I’d never been to the city of lights before, but I had imagined it from cinematic displays in years past.

As I buckled my seatbelt, the driver pulled away and we were in motion to our local hotel.

What I thought would be an average car ride had my sleepy, blue eyes in a frenzy. I was zooming at 60 miles per hour, undoubtedly speeding, through the city I’d only dreamed of.

It whizzed by me, ancient landmarks and timeless structures of years past flashed before my eyes. The homes and storefronts blurred and a new world was created right in front of me. The late night hour had the streetlights and windows delicately twinkling but nothing was as special as when I saw it.

The Eiffel tower was like nothing I’d ever seen. I leaned further out the window, craning my neck with every turn to keep it in my view. It was lit up like a match, it flickered and shimmered, but it didn’t go out.

My hair whipped around my face and the air was electric in the Parisian night.

It was a car ride I’ll always remember, and a trip I’ll never forget. 

July 11, 2011

Old Song, New Obsession.

I'm starting something new for Mondays...
it's called Old Song, New Obsession.

This is where I post the youtube video of a song that I used to love and have recently become reobsessed with via the awesome shuffle button on my iPod. I know, genius right?

Well right now my Old Song, New Obsession is Last Request by Paolo Nutini. I think it came out in 2006.

Now I know that's not technically old but it's old enough. Well, it's not new anyway!

But his voice is mighty fine, the song is romantic and I just love it. If you haven't heard it, give yourself a listen. 

Feel free to join in on this little adventure if your a shuffled iTunes maniac like I am!

July 09, 2011

Exciting News!!!

I was going to wait until it was officially official but I just can't contain my excitement! After all, I just signed the papers... so that makes it real, right?

Yesterday I received an email with some awesome news...

I am going to be leading and launching the Appalachian State University branch of Her Campus Magazine!

For those of you who haven't heard of Her Campus magazine before, it's an online collegiate women's magazine that serves as a guide to each specific campus. Her Campus Magazine is a HUGE success around the nation. Women who have written for their branch of the magazine have gone on to work for magazines like Glamour, Vogue, Vanity Fair and many more amazing publications.

The magazine is an online publication that focuses on fun stuff like Style, Health, Life, Love and other hot topics for the college woman. It has branches all over the United States including Stanford, NCState, Baylor, South Carolina, Brown, Elon and Princeton. 

Here is a link to their website - Her Campus!!!

I know that it is going to be a HUGE task for me! I really didn't expect to get this position. I have held minor positions before but I have never lead anything in my life. So I am a little nervous but mainly I'm just super pumped to get going! 

I believe that everything happens for a reason and I am really, really, REALLY excited to get this started at ASU! We have a newspaper and a literary magazine, but this is focused on the women of Appstate, so I just know that this is going to be awesome! But guys can read it too, of course!

My goal is to make the Appalachian State branch of Her Campus magazine the best that it can be! I'm going to need photographers, people to work on publicity, writers, event directors, social media coordinators... there are going to be a lot of positions to fill!

Right now I am still at the very beginning of this process and I have a lot to be informed about. They are currently "onboarding me" and I can't wait to hear all about it.

Anyway, I just wanted to fill everyone in on the great news! Please please please let me know if you're interested in being involved!

You know where to find me! 

July 08, 2011

...stay tuned!

that's all I'm gonna say...