Monday, April 28, 2014

...I'm going to college!

I have a few rules when it comes to blogging. Two things that I always shy away from are boys and college. I'm not really a relationship blogger and I like leaving those things to funnier girls that (anonymously) blog their hearts and relationships away, and I like having a few things more to myself. And COME ON, not everyone wants to read that kind of stuff from someone like me. The second one, college, has been what I've avoided because it was tacky to write about schools when I was promoting my writing and blogging on applications, and also because it's bad to talk about schools when I had no clue where I was going, and because I really didn't know what was going to happen with where I'm going to school. 


But, guys, the college admissions process is over.

After four years of working my butt off in high school in the hopes of going to college, months of applying to colleges, months of thinking about college every waking moment and waiting on decisions, a few days straight of hearing several rejections, several crying sessions, I officially know where I'm going to school.

I have gotten countless messages about my college decision and it killed me because I have so much to say about my tips on the college admissions process, but the fact that it's all over is completely relieving and refreshing and emotional. So what I'm emotional about this whole thing? Sue me. I poured my life into this for a long time and now that I can see my future, I feel a little lost and scared and nervous, but incredibly excited to see what this school will bring me.

And I'll be writing about this later, but this year really did stress me out a lot. I can't explain how many things I've learned about myself and learning and applying yourself and what I really value were brought up and it's weird to think that suddenly, it's all over.

I just want to say that this decision came about from many things. I truly, truly believe that this decision is for the absolute best. I would not have made this decision if I weren't head over heels in love with the school, and let me tell you, I really am. It's funny how God made His sign to me and honestly made my decision a little easier. I know that I'll be looking back in a few months, wondering how I ever let myself consider other schools.

So, all that's to say is that senior year can be a very stressful year, regardless of people telling you how much easier it is than junior year (side note: it is easier, it's just a very different kind of stress). So when you read my decision and the decisions of others my age, know that they weren't made on a whim or without careful consideration of all options. You really do not know what kind of school that person is looking for, what they're planning to study, or their personal situations that control their decisions. Respect each and every person's decision, because I know that they're also incredibly excited to share their future plans with everyone!

SO.........

I am SO excited to say that come this fall, I will be attending the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia as a part of the class of 2018!



Go Spiders!




Later, I'll share my personal details of how I came to this and how my schools actually played out, but for now, I'm really just pumped to say that I'll be a Richmond Spider!

Thanks to everyone for putting up with an emotional Meredith throughout this year and for being patient with this mess, I cannot explain to you how much the people in my life and this blog has meant to me through this year especially!

And if you're a fellow senior in high school, I'd love to hear where you're going to school! And if you're still deciding, I really am thinking of you and have faith that everything will work out the best for you!

Go Spiders,
Meredith

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Pink and Green and Spring, Oh My

This was one of those looks that was completely Pinterest inspired. Color blocking and wearing a sweater with a skirt, it wasn't really something I had ever worn before, but really loved (wish I could find the pin!) and tried yesterday!




Skirt: Gap
Shirt: Izod
Sweater: Old Navy

I felt so springy and colorful!

What do you wear to feel more springy?

xoxo,
Meredith

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dirt Cheap Jacks

Nothing is more beautiful in the prep world than a nice new pair of Jack Rogers. I've heard plenty of questions about whether or not they're worth the money and if they're comfortable, and let me just go ahead and say for the umpteenth time: they're my favorite shoes. I'm very frugal and didn't want to spend money, but I had found a discounted platinum pair and I never take them off. Here's a link to all my posts related to Jack Rogers!

And check out my other post today where my Jacks are featured in my Easter outfit!

Anyway, they're still really expensive, but sweet bloggers Preppy by the Sea, whom I've gotten to know mostly via Twitter and through their cute blog, tweeted about the best deal I've ever heard for Jacks. (Seriously, go follow on all social media right now)


This is a straight copy and paste from the email Catherine sent me and I was SO grateful for it! After tweeting about the $28 pair I bought, I had so many people text/tweet me about where to buy them, so I just kept forwarding it to all these girls spreading the love.




IMPORTANT: The Jack Rogers for this price are only on the Last Call Neiman Marcus website (linked below), so before purchasing your coupon, I would be sure to go through that site and make sure they have the color and size that you want. If not, the Living Social deal is still a great deal and I'm sure you can find other things on the Neiman Marcus site!

Here's how to get them:


1.) This is a Living Social coupon (somewhat similar to Groupon). You're going to pay $25 for a $50 coupon (PLEASE NOTE: there was a promo code "bestmom" that was valid yesterday, but it's expired since then. That code let you get the coupon for $19 instead of $25, so it's only $6 more today. If anyone knows of any other promo codes, please let me know!) by clicking right here.  

2.) Then, you'll go to Neiman Marcus's Last Call website and you can search for the Jacks you want here.  They had a great selection yesterday, but I'm not so sure about it today because I know some people had problems with not finding their right size!

So basically, you now have a $50 gift card to whatever you want, meaning that if you see a pair of Jack Rogers for $59.40, you'll only be paying $9.40 (+ shipping) for the shoes.

3.) Add the pair to your cart and proceed to checkout. After you type your billing/shipping address, there should be a box where you can type your promotion code and Living Social should have emailed you the code for the coupon you just purchased by then. Copy the code from the email they send you and paste it in the box as you're checking out and it should take your total down.

I haven't tried buying two of the Living Social coupons, so I'm not sure if you can pay $50 for $100 to get more expensive shoes.

I've also searched for promo codes for shipping, so if you're spending more than $75, use the code "FREESHIP". Try using "INCIRCLE" for free shipping as well (but I'm not sure about if this will still work).

Good luck, my friends! Tweet me or comment what pair you got! 





xoxo,
Meredith

Easter Thuggin

Easter is honestly one of my favorite holidays. I mean, it may even be higher than Christmas. I just love the spirit and the feeling of everyone around you and it's warm and everyone's so joyful. I mean, the Lord rose that day! How can you not rejoice?!

Regardless, I had a fabulous day with my family and at church!



I was so excited to break out my new Lilly Pulitzer dress! This was an eBay find (and anyone that saw me during this purchase and bidding knew how excited I was) that I've kept for a long time and just waited until it got warm enough to wear!





My Sunday School class at Calvary Baptist! Such a weird feeling to look at a picture like this and realize how much we've grown up.


And a cute GIF.

How was your Easter?

xoxo,
Meredith

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

DO IT FOR THE BLOG: prom

Everyone always jokes about "doing it for the vine", but the running joke among my friends and boyfriend is that I always have to "do it for the blog". Oh, wait, Meredith has to take a picture of her meal? Of everyone? Sorry, y'all, it's for my blog. So when we went to PROM and I forced Gammon to take a million photos, he kept saying "We're doing this for the blog, aren't we?" But then we ended up with supa cute pics, like this one.

And if you missed the insane promposal (that was actually for his prom), here's that story!


So, no, I did not go to prom for the blog, but I am most definitely writing all about it today because we just had such a good time!

Gammon came to my house first to take a few pictures, which actually turned out well!


So this dress was an exciting find. We had been at the mall a week and a half ago and I really couldn't find anything. All I had seen in the women's department of Macy's were dresses that were a little old for my taste, but my mom was insistent until I came over and this Guess dress was laid out. I'm normally an 8 and this was a 4, but I figured I'd at least try it on. Turns out it was a little too big (thank you, vanity sizing), but we bought it so fast and I was so incredibly excited. 


I'm hoping to write about how I did my hair and makeup soon!


If I didn't throw in a couple of "hashtag candid" pictures, I'd be mad at myself.


My parents may actually be the cutest things on the planet and love their dance classes, so this is my dad being his typical self and showing me his moves for before I left.

And then, my brother, Brandon, who goes to a different school (but had prom the same night), and his girlfriend, Ariadna, met us at my grandparents' house where we, again, took lots of pictures.




ATTENTION: Ariadna and I really do love each other. We're just standing awkwardly apart.




The rest of the Scroggin sibs.


I CAN'T STOP LAUGHING AT THIS. I'm so glad the two of them have a picture together, even if they were meeting for the first time the second this photo was being taken.



My dad made us take this, but I'd say it turned out pretty well.


Straight thuggin?

Then we headed to Jean Farris Winery & Bistro, which was incredibly beautiful to take pictures at and then eat!


It just so happened that three girls had blue dresses and three had black dresses, so as the tallest in the only white dress, I was stuck in the middle. I was also confused as a bride, but it's whatevs.

  
(Wow there's a bunch of good lookin' men)


Typical me, walking in front of photos. Whoops.





And heyooo, there's our prom group!





Designated purse holder.








Though this is an incredibly awkward picture of me, my corsage was beautiful and matched my dress so well!


We may or may not have had to stop at McDonald's for a bathroom break before actually going into prom.


Seniors 2014 and Prom 2014. WOWZA I love these girls.

And prom the dance was a BLAST. We danced so hard that my feet ached, but hey, I was wearing my sweet Jack Rogers. Such a good decision.



We went to a friend's house afterwards and of course he made friends.

But now I'm just as excited to go to his prom and get all dressed up again!

All in all, it was an incredible night and we had so much fun! It is insane to think that prom of my senior year is over. Like, where did time go and when did we get old?! Seniors are scary older kids. Not me.

HOW DID WE GET SO OLD?!??
-Meredith